There’s basically no movie character that I look up to more than Elle Woods. When I was younger I loved Legally Blonde because it was cute and funny. But as I’ve gotten older I realized how great it really is. Elle is so confident and smart and so unashamed to just be who she is. So when I was trying to come up with some gifts for my girlfriends for Galentine’s Day, I knew I had to throw some Elle-spiration in there. I’ve seen these types of wire bracelets on a few blogs, but I wanted to make my own version with an Elle twist. Her signature move, “the bend & snap” makes for the perfect 2-person friendship bracelet. Here’s how to make your own!
DIY Bend & Snap Friendship Bracelets – what you need:
- round nose pliers
- 2 ribbons or wrist bands
- 4 end connectors
- 4 jump rings
- 2 lobster clasps
Step 1: Shape the words
Use the pliers to shape the wire into the words “bend” and “snap.” It might be beneficial to print or write the words out first to use as a guide, but I just eyeballed these. Make sure they are about the same size as each other, and not too big to fit around your wrist. But other than that, you can choose how big or small you want the words to be.
Step 2: Connect the wire
When you have both of the words shaped, fit the ends of the wire around each of the words into end connectors. Loop the wire through and around the connectors and then wrap it around itself so that the connectors stay put.
Step 3: Finish the bracelet
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon or band that fit around the rest of your wrist. Fit end connectors to the ends of each piece of ribbon. For each bracelet, loop the one of the jump rings on the wire through an end connector on the ribbon to connect the two sections. Add a lobster clasp to the other end connector. Fit the bracelet around your wrist and connect the lobster clasp to the jump ring. Give the other one to a friend and use the bracelets to channel the power of Elle Woods!
After Christmas this year, I found myself searching for cool things to make out of all the empty wrapping paper rolls I had lying around (weekly reminder to myself that I should probably stop being such a hoarder). Then after my annual marathon of all the Lord of the Rings movies, I had an idea. The empty rolls could really easily become bangle bracelets. And what would be a more powerful bracelet than a larger recreation of The One Ring? It’s super easy, so you could even make a bunch of them and use them as favors at a party or something. Just try not to turn into Gollum, Okay?
DIY Lord of the Rings Bracelet – what you need:
- empty wrapping paper/paper towel tube
- gold spray paint
- sharpie marker
Step 1: Cut the tube
To make the actual structure of the bracelet, you’ll need to cut off a small section of the cardboard tube. Just use some scissors or a knife to cut off about a 3/4 inch section of the tube. You’ll probably also need to cut open the circle so that it can actually fit around a wrist.
Step 2: Spray it gold
When you have the basic shape cut out, it’s time to paint it gold. Just take it outside and spray around the entire bracelet, inside and outside, with gold spray paint.
Step 3: Add the lettering
Once the gold paint is dry, use a black sharpie or marker to add the details. I just pulled up a picture of the ring and tried to re-create it by hand. You might have more luck printing out a template or something. But it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.
There are few TV shows that I relate to more than New Girl. If Jessica Day likes something, I probably like it too. So there’s an episode where Jess is drinking what she calls a “Temple Grandin (because it makes me friendly and compassionate).” It’s described as a “Shirley Temple with a finger of coconut rum and lemon squeeze,” which sounds delicious. So I decided to try it. If you need more complete instructions, here they are.
Temple Grandin – ingredients (serves 1):
- 8 oz. Sprite or lemon lime soda
- 1 tbsp. grenadine
- 1 oz. coconut rum
- maraschino cherries, lime slices for garnish (optional)
There aren’t really steps to this one because it’s so simple. Add the soda to a glass, then pour in the grenadine and coconut rum. Squeeze a lemon over the drink and stir. Add a garnish if you’d like and enjoy! Here’s me in my most Jessica Day look enjoying it.
You’ve seen them all over the internet – photos of landscape scenes with cheesy quotes or sayings over them. People have even made them with quotes from Michael Scott and Ron Swanson – those ones are actually inspirational to me. So I decided to make a real live version.
DIY Motivational Quote Art – what you need:
- thrift store art (framed, with no glass)
- letter stencils
- gold leaf paint or paint marker
Step 1: Choose a quote
There are basically an infinite amount of quotes to choose from, but I’d highly recommend going with a Ron Swanson or Michael Scott original. I chose: “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” But I definitely considered: “I am Beyonce, Always,” or “The worst part about prison was the dementors.” Find one that speaks to you.
Step 2: Lay out the stencils
Once you have your quote, lay out the stencils that will spell it out. I recommend laying out the whole thing before actually painting on the letters – I didn’t do that and the quote is a little uneven (gives it character though, I guess).
Step 3: Add the quote
When all the stencils are laid out, use some gold leaf paint or a paint marker in the color of your choice to add each of the letters. Let it dry, hang it up and enjoy the inspiration!
Well ladies, tomorrow night is it. I’ll be watching Mean Girls with some friends while we make “burn book” scrapbooks. The idea behind these though, is to put some actually nice things about our girlfriends in them. Or you can just fill them with whatever you want, honestly. Here’s how you can make your own!
DIY Burn Book Scrapbook – what you need:
- an old journal, book, sketchbook, etc. (if you want to get really involved, you can make your own)
- pink paper
- mod podge
- old magazines
- photos, pens, and other decorations for the inside
Step 1: Cover the outside
If you’re starting off with a pink book/journal then you can skip this step. You could also choose to go with a different color if you’re not going for movie accuracy. Use a paintbrush to apply an even layer of mod podge or glue to the outside of the book. Attach some pink paper, fold it over and glue it along the inside edges.
Step 2: Make a collage
Once the glue has dried, you can start adding little decorations. At a minimum, go through some magazines and cut out the letters to spell “burn book.” But you can add some other elements if you want. Glue on the letters and let it dry again.
Step 3: Fill the pages
Once the outside is done, you can fill the inside pages however you want. Add some photos of your friends and write some nice things about them. Or just add/draw some pictures of fun events you’ve enjoyed. Basically just scrapbook however you wanna scrapbook!
Step 4: Post on social media
If you plan on participating in the movie/craft night tomorrow (we’re starting at 8pm EST) you can use the hashtag #SayCrackAgain on Twitter and Instagram and follow along with other people’s projects there too. There’s also the Facebook group that you can feel free to post in as well. And if you can’t make it to the actual craft night, feel free to make the project whenever you’d like and share it – I’d love to see what you all can come up with!
So with the Mean Girls virtual movie/craft night coming up this weekend (consider joining the Facebook group if you haven’t already – there will be more movie/craft nights in the future!) I was thinking about some food/drinks to serve to my friends who are coming over for an in-person movie/craft night. My mind immediately went to that scene in Mean Girls when Regina’s mom comes into Regina’s room to serve drinks to the girls. While those drinks don’t have alcohol in them (Why, do you want a little bit? because if you’re going to drink, I’d rather you do it in the house), I decided to come up with a cocktail recipe based on that drink. Now, this is really only based on the look of those drinks and what I imagine Mrs. George might serve. But it’s fruity and delicious and here it is:
Mean Girls Cocktail – ingredients (serves 4):
- 1 cup acai vodka
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1/3 cup apple juice
- lemon garnish (optional)
Step 1: Combine and shake the ingredients
Pour all of the ingredients listed above (aside from the lemon garnish) into a cocktail shaker. Shake for a few minutes until combined.
Step 2: Pour and enjoy
Strain the liquid and pour it into a few martini glasses. Add the lemon garnish if you so choose and enjoy celebrating your Mean Girls double happy hour with your friends!
And don’t forget about the Mean Girls craft/movie night this Sunday at 8pm EST! I’d love to craft, drink and watch Mean Girls with you all via Twitter and IG. I’ll be back tomorrow with the full Burn Book tutorial!
So who has been binge-watching Friends since it came to Netflix earlier this month? I have, even though I’ve already seen every episode a bunch of times. I think one of the most iconic images from the series is that frame that hangs on the inside of the door at Monica’s apartment. So I decided to try and sort of recreate one of my own. It doesn’t look exactly the same but I think you can definitely tell what it’s referencing. What do you think??
DIY Felt “Friends” Frame – what you need:
- stiffened yellow felt
- hot glue
- frame or matting (for size reference)
Step 1: Cut out a frame shape
First, you want to cut out a basic frame shape from the felt. I used a rectangle matting board to outline the area, but you could also use a frame or a couple rectangular objects in varying sizes. Outline the shapes in pen and then cut them out with scissors.
Step 2: Add the decorative edges
Once you have the basic frame shape, it’s time to transform it into the Friends frame we all know and love. To do this, cut out two circular shapes at each corner, and then round each of the sides. Those instructions might not make the most sense, so I’d just use the photo below as a guide.
Step 3: Add the 3D effect
After that, you’ll need to cut out a few more shapes from your extra yellow felt. Cut out small spiral shapes for each of the circular shapes (should be 8 for each frame) and then 2 curved edges for each side of the frame (again, should be 8 for each frame). As with the last tip, I would use the photo below as a guide for cutting out each of these shapes. Then use hot glue to attach them.
That’s it! Hang the little frame on the back of your purple door or wherever you’d like! You can even add it as a decorative accent to an existing frame – maybe one that holds a picture of you and your friends, huh?
As I work on re-focusing/re-working my blog, this is one of the things I’m most excited about. Since I started blogging 7-ish years ago (!!) I’ve met so many cool people. I often wish I could just hang out and watch movies with all of you guys, but that would be impractical I guess. So I thought it would be fun to organize a virtual movie night instead. And for all you fellow crafty folks, I’ll also share a craft tutorial that goes with each movie.
The craft nights will take place the last Sunday of every month at around 8pm EST. We’ll have a movie selected beforehand and I’ll share the craft tutorial a few days before that too so we can all be prepared with supplies and stuff. Then we’ll have a hashtag for each movie night so we can “hang out” and share our progress on Twitter and Instagram. (If you want to just watch the movie or just do the craft project, that’s fine too!) I’ve also created a Facebook group where we can chat, and I’ll share info and get feedback about upcoming projects there too. So join!
So the first movie/craft night will take place next Sunday, January 25 at 8pm. We’ll be watching Mean Girls, because why not? We’ll also be making our own Burn Book scrapbooks like the one above (but let’s fill them with nice things about our girlfriends instead). If you’re interested, mark the day on your calendar, join the FB group, and memorize that Kevin G. rap (as if you haven’t already…) because this is going to be fun!!
A thing about me: I love Taylor Swift. I love her music, I love her style, I want to be her best friend. Now that that’s out of the way, I have a DIY idea that I think is pretty cool because it combines some of my favorite things: Taylor Swift, my new love of engraving, and cocktails! Sound good? Of course it does!
Note: I’m still pretty new with engraving, so this project turned out a little imperfect, which I’m cool with. It was also extremely hard to get a picture where you can see the final finished product because of how reflective it is. But it honestly looks much better in person.
Shake It Off Cocktail Shaker – what you need:
- plain metal cocktail shaker
- sticky mailing label
- engraving tool
Step 1: Create a design
The idea here is similar to engraving projects I’ve shared in the past. You need to write out a design onto a mailing label and use it as a template for the engraving. In this case, that design would be the words “Shake It Off” unless for some reason you think you’ve come up with a better phrase to engrave onto a cocktail shaker. You can print out some professional font if you’d like, or just freehand it. Since I’m still getting used to engraving I just wrote it out myself with some “messy” font so that if my hand slipped a little it would look intentional. Then I added some little “shaky” embellishments around the letters. The whole style is up to you though!
Step 2: Engrave
Once you’re happy with your design, adhere the label to the cocktail shaker where you want the design to go. Then use your engraving tool to carefully go over each letter and embellishment. You might have to go over it twice for it to really show up.
Step 3: Clean it off
When you’re done, remove the label, wipe off the surface and clear up any blemishes or imperfections. That’s it! Now I pretty much guarantee you’ll have “Shake It Off” in your head every time you make cocktails. It’s a win/win, I’d say.
Have you ever wished you lived in a different decade? Well…I haven’t. I like having a cell phone and Google and the right to vote and stuff. But I do love the style aspects of a lot of past decades. I’m especially obsessed with old fashioned hairstyles these days. So I came up with a little project to fake having one of these hairstyles without even getting out of bed.
You can really easily customize this idea, and I don’t have a template or anything. So this is really just an idea that I thought I’d share with you all. But here are some very rough instructions.
DIY Vintage Hairstyle Pillowcases – what you need:
- plain pillowcases
- iron-on fabric
Step 1: Cut out a hairstyle
You can use the photos above as guides, or just choose out other hairstyles you like. But you should try to make them just a bit larger than life-sized (I used my head as a measuring tool, fyi). They should also be able to fit on your pillowcase, of course.
Step 2: Iron on the fabric
Then all you need to do is place the fabric onto a clean, plain pillowcase and iron it on. That’s all there is to it! Then when you lay down it kind of looks like you have that hairstyle (if you really squint, ya know?). Here’s a picture of me with mine that I made really blurry since no one needs to see me first thing in the morning. But it also looks really cute on its own.