Beaded Hair-Ties

Hi guys, summer is here and it is HOT! I could probably survive it better if there was air conditioning (there is NO AIR CONDITIONING in Germany!!!). I’ve been trying to find ways to cool off without the technology of cooling. Now part of what makes the heat miserable for me is because I am growing my hair out (I’m doing Locks for Love) so the hair makes my neck get warmer then it would if I chopped it above my neck. Now I made this DIY a while ago and it’s more like a fashion accessory but I think it helps. But I have to warn you, if you use a lot of really heavy beads then it will stretch the hair tie out faster but it doesn’t really bother me.

Need: A hair-tie (NOT a rubber-band. Super important.), Some beads, Some string (you can use elastic but it doesn’t really matter) and a pair of sizers.

1. Decide how long you want your beaded hair tie to be and boucle the length (sorry I didn’t take a photo) then cut it.

2. Now as the photo shows you, fold your string in half over the hair-tie.

3. Now tie it onto the hair-tie.

Like that.

Like that.

4. Then string on your beads (I try to keep it even but you don’t have to).

5. Once you’ve reached your desired length, if your beads have a big hole then you can rather add a smaller bead to it then tie a small note, or you can just make a really big knot.

6. Snip off the excess string then use it to tie your hair up (or use it for any other hair styles).

I made the first one for the 4th of July.

 I also made a few more to show you different ways you can make them.

You can decide which one is your favorite! Just put your vote in the poll and I’ll tell you which one people liked the most in a week.

I really hope you liked this post and tell me what projects you would like to see here in the comment section.

 Green Tips 

When your washing the dishes, scrape the excess food into the trash before you wash it in the sink.

Flea Market Saturday

Hi guys. Remember this post? (here’s a link) I told you about this flea-market that’s opened the first Saturday of every month and that I was going to show you more projects with the stuff I find there. Well, after I went to this month’s flea-market I decided to show you some of the stuff I got, including the stuff I wouldn’t use for projects. I’ll also add the price and total and uses for the things I get. I’m calling it, Flea-Market Saturdays! (Since Saturday’s when it’s open) I know today isn’t the first Saturday of the month and that it isn’t a Saturday at all, but let’s just overlook that fact OK?

 My first find was this adorable watering can.

It was only 2 euro to and it was just too cute for me to resist! For now I’m using it to water my indoor plants but I’m planing on buying some flower seeds to plant inside (maybe some purple pansies or violets?). It started to rain and as my mom and I were squeezing our way to the car we found this lady who was selling a TON of buttons (And I mean a TON). I had to hide my excitement and think, “Am I ever going to use these?”. There was a large pile of buttons or 50 euro cent per bag and I decided to get these. I already used two of the blue ones to make a gift for a friend’s birthday party (I made a little sock monster). I have them stored in this lovely button box my Grandma sent me (Love you!).

Isn't it adorable?

Isn’t it adorable?

So in total I spent 4 euro. We would have stayed there longer but the weather was starting to get bad (my ears were starting to go numb) 😦 but it was really fun.

Green Tip

 Did you know that textiles produces about 5% of landfill waste worldwide! (Here’s a link to were I found out about this and ways to help lower that amount) Instead of throwing away your old clothswaist give them to a friend or sibling.

Flavored Ice-cubes

Hi guys how’s it going? I’ve been really busy and I have wanted to do this project since the beginning of spring but I didn’t really get to it until now. Ok, we have these wild strawberries growing everywhere in our backyard.

 

They’re  like weeds the way they’re growing, but they’re really small and there isn’t enough to make preserves or ice-cream.

And this is one of the bigger ones!

And this is one of the bigger ones!

So as I was thinking about something to do with them I had an idea. You know popsicles? Well the idea I had is similar only smaller and they can fit inside your mouth. Presenting, the recipe for the flavored ice-cubes!

Orange Juice Strawberry Surprise!

Need: An ice-cube tray, a freezer, a orang juice, and some strawberries (be sure to wash them!).

1. Pour your orange juice into the ice-cube tray. Be careful not to fill it up all the way.

If you accidentally fill it up to high, don't worry! Take a straw and drink the excess.

If you accidentally fill it up to high, don’t worry! Take a straw and slurp the excess.

2. Add your berries.

3. Freeze overnight.

4. Pop them out of the tray and add to a glass of orange juice or sparkly water (mineral water) or place them right in your mouth.

Mmm. Yummy!

Mmm. Yummy!

I felt like this one recipe wasn’t enough. So as I was looking around the pantry I asked my mom if she liked iced tea. She told me yes and told me that it tastes good with some lemon and mint. So that is how I got the idea for this next one. (this is if your a tea fan. I am not a tea fan.)

Iced Tea Melts

Need: Cutting board, some mint, a lemon, a bag of tea, a measuring cup, a knife and a juicer (the weird thingy down there was the juicer I had on hand).

1. Add a cup of hot water to your measuring cup.

Careful: You don't want to get burnt.

Careful: You don’t want to get burned.

2. Add your tea bag to the measuring cup.

My mom likes black tea for iced tea so that's what I'm using.

My mom likes black tea for iced tea so that’s what I’m using.

3. While you wait for the tea to steep, chop MOST of your mint leaves (you’ll see why in a little bit).

4. Cut your lemon in half.

5. Add your chopped up mint to the mix and stir it occasionally.

6. After about five to ten minutes, juice the lemon and add it to the potion (queue the evil witch laugh). And let it sit for about five more minutes and continue mixing.

7. Now it’s starting to look like this.

Doesn't look very tasty does it?

Doesn’t look very tasty does it?

Now a strainer would have helped out a LOT but the one we had was in the dish washer so I had to carefully pour it in and pick out anything that fell in.

I didn't fish the stuff out yet when I took the photo.

I didn’t fish the stuff out yet when I took the photo.

8. Then place a mint leaf on top of each one.

9. Now you freeze it over night.

10. In the morning, they should be ready for use.

11. Get some tea ready, add your ice-cubes, grab your tablet, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy on a rainy day (this one can work all-season and you can use the ice-cubes to cool down your tea if it’s too hot.).

 Now these two projects are only a few of the many you can make. You could try grape juice and blueberries or soda and ice-cream (I wanted to do that but we didn’t have any soda or ice-cream). Let your creativity run wild! Please let me know the flavored ice-cubes you tried in the comments. Mark my words, there will be a sequel!

Green Tip

When using the printer, use BOTH sides of the paper (turn it over and send it through the printer or use the double-sided feature if your printer has one) before you toss it or print again.