DIY zipper bag

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Hi friends! It’s been a while. I took a little break over the holidays to relax and reflect on the year. But now I’m back with this adorable DIY zipper bag.

My mom taught me how to use a sewing machine when I was quite young, but it’s been years since I’ve used one. Last Christmas, I got my very own sewing machine, and I wanted to test my skills with a pretty easy project. This was perfect!

If you want to create your own zipper bag, you’ll need:

  • 2 different fabrics, one for outer and one for lining
  • A zipper, I used a 7-inch zipper
  • A sewing machine, with thread of your choice
  • An iron, while not 100% necessary, it helps to make it look so much more professional
  • Yarn, for an optional pompom

This is the tutorial I used, from MADE Everyday, and I highly recommend it:

The pompom was also from MADE Everyday:

This turned out to be the perfect size for a daily cosmetics bag or a travel bag for toiletries (whenever we can do that again!) The pompom is optional, but I feel like it really elevates the whole bag.

In total, this took maybe an hour to complete – but if you’re more confident with your sewing machine, it’ll likely be much faster.

This bag could make the perfect gift for birthdays or other special occasions – just fill with small snacks, lip balms, toys, stickers or anything else your loved ones might enjoy. Those are my favorite type of gifts – homemade and made with love.

DIY beeswax candles

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Candles make such a difference during the holiday season – wouldn’t you agree?

That’s why I wanted to make them as Christmas gifts this year. These hand-rolled beeswax candles are gorgeous, and they smell absolutely wonderful.

I have to say that this was one of the easiest projects with some of the most beautiful results. I highly recommend this project to everyone of all level – grab your friends, partners, and even kids to join in on the fun!

All you need are beeswax sheets and wicks.

Pro-tip: Make sure you buy good quality beeswax. It’s a good idea to look locally and definitely read the reviews. Low quality beeswax can be mixed with chemicals and other nasty things you probably don’t want to burn inside.

I used this video to create several different sizes and shapes:

Note: I’m not the creator of this video, but I found it super helpful!

I think these are just such a lovely gift to give this year, but don’t forget to make a few for yourself as well. You won’t regret it!

DIY holiday garland

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Are you looking for some easy DIY décor that makes a big impact this season? I love how this garland turned out, and I think it makes the space so cozy.

Read on to learn how I made this fun project.

All you’ll need is some yarn, wooden beads, scrap cardboard, and a knitting needle (optional).

Step one: Make the tassels! Cut out a rectangle of cardboard about the length you’d like your tassels to be. Wrap your yarn vertically along the cardboard until you reach your desired thickness (mine were about 50 wraps).

Carefully slip the yarn off the cardboard. Cut a small piece of yarn and tie one side of the wrapped yarn very tightly. Then cut the ends of the opposite side of the wrapped yarn, and trim to your liking.

Voila – a tassel! Now repeat that as about 10-15 more times.

Step 2: String the beads and tassels. Cut another length of yarn to be your main garland string. Alternating between tassels and beads, string your main garland until it includes all of the tassels you made.

I used a knitting needle to help guide the thread through the tassels and beads. You could do this by hand, but it might take a little more finessing.

This is optional, but in order to keep the beads from grouping together along my garland, I made knots where I wanted them to sit, and I slipped the beads over the knots. This has helped the beads stayed put after I hung this on the wall.

There you have it. A fun craft project for the whole family to decorate your home for the holidays.

DIY Christmas ornaments

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Do you like DIY holiday gifts? They are my absolute favorite, to give and to receive.

I’ve planned a few DIY Christmas gifts this year, and I’ll share those with you all as I make them. I’m very excited to make these, and I hope you’ll give these a try. Whether they’re for someone else or just for you, they really get you into the spirit of the season.

First up, these adorable cross-stitch ornaments!

They each took about an hour to make, plus or minus a few finger pricks. But of course you could make these more complicated with more colors or details. I’m personally a big fan of the minimalist, Scandinavian-like feel to these adorable ornaments.

The original patterns were from The Nesting Needle on Etsy.

I did make backs for these hoops with cardboard and fabric, but you could just as easily keep the back open to let the lights shine through.

Happy Holidays, and happy crafting!

DIY Fall wreath

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Wow, Fall is just zooming by! I can’t believe Halloween is nearly here. I’ve been looking for fun DIY projects for décor that fits in this timeframe between Halloween’s spooky vibes and Christmas’ cheer. And I stumbled upon this project from Love Create Celebrate. I was inspired!

If you want to give this a try, I highly recommend it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large embroidery hoop (I got a 14”)
  • Faux or dried flowers, plants, leaves, or stems
  • A hot glue gun
  • Some ribbon

I had a small accident with my hot glue gun while making this wreath, so make sure you are extra careful if you try this one. Hot glue guns are no joke! (As I type with my blistered fingertip…)

In total, this project came in under $20 – which is a steal! But if I were doing this again, I would 100% check out my local dollar store for even cheaper faux flowers. You never know what you’ll find.

I hope you all are having a wonderful autumn season, and I hope that you take a little time to channel your creativity in these truly chaotic times.

Pumpkin origami

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I’ll be honest, I stumbled upon this crafting project by accident. I was sitting at my kitchen table, nursing a migraine and waiting for the triptans to kick in. The origami paper had been left out on the table, and I was looking to keep my hands mindlessly busy.

I found these amazing instructions on how to make origami pumpkins, and before you know it, I had made three.

This was so easy and fun, and I hope you give this a try! Even if you don’t have origami paper, you can use any paper – all you have to do is cut it into a square.

For the finishing touches, I simply taped them to some wooden blocks I had in my crafting haul. I’ve also seen the adorable little pumpkins used in seasonal garlands, attached to giftwrapping, or framed and hung on the wall. Use your imagination and bring a little bit of Fall into your home.

Here’s the steps:

*Yeah, I know you’re not supposed to use tape in traditional origami. 🤷‍♀️

Original pattern from Gathering Beauty – THANK YOU!

Painted pumpkins

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Only 27 days left until Halloween! (But who’s counting?)

As the scent of pumpkin spice scones baking in the oven filled my apartment, I picked up my paint brushes to start this fun and easy craft project. It ended up being the perfect thing for a chilly, grey day where staying home seemed preferable, not just suggested.

All you need is a pumpkin (or three) and a few paints and paintbrushes.

When it comes to pumpkins, you can use real or fake. I used fake pumpkins because I wanted to keep these fun decorations year after year. But don’t feel like you have to do the same! Pick up an extra pumpkin at the patch this year, and let your spooky creativity flow.

Supplies I used:

Did you paint pumpkins this year? I want to hear about what you created! Share your stories in the comments below.

What’s up, witches!

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It’s officially the season of witches, ghosts, and ghouls.

Whether you’ve canceled trick-or-treating this year or not, you can still bring the spooky spirit to your space with a few decorations. Throughout this month, I’ll be sharing a few ways to bring a little “boo” back into your life.

First up is this fun witches cross-stitch pattern.

I had so much fun creating this cross-stitch, and I hope you have just as much fun recreating it.

I would consider this pattern beginner friendly, and it may take roughly an hour or so to complete depending on your cross-stitching speed!

You’ll need:

  • White cross-stitch Aida cloth
  • Black, Orange, Purple, Green embroidery floss of your choice
  • 4 x 6 frame (optional)

Free pattern:

Add your own touch to this pattern with additional stiches throughout.