Facorns (Fabric Acorns)

Acorns. Man, who doesn’t love em’? They’re tiny, cute, and hold the power to create a huge tree inside their tiny shells! When I was eight years old, I would cram as many acorns into my pockets whenever I stumbled across an acorn tree, then empty them into jars once I got home.

The jars disappeared, as well as my habits of collecting acorns, as the years progressed, but I never creased to enjoy their natural beauty. Finally, a couple weeks ago, when those little suckers started falling from the trees, I began to collect them again. Pretty soon, I started finding them everywhere, falling out of my coat pockets, and littered all over my room. I contemplated what I should do with them, then I found a small pile of acorn tops missing their bottoms.

I had a “Uricka!” moment, took out some scrap fabric, and came up with this.

These are really easy and fun to make! Here’s what you’ll need.

  1. Some scrap fabric.
  2. A sewing needle.
  3. Some matching thread.
  4. A pair of scissors.
  5. An acorn cap. (To make sure it doesn’t start to decompose, store your acorn caps in a dry area for several days before use. This’ll remove any moisture that might still be there.)
  6. Your trusty hot glue gun.
  7. A sewing pin.
  8. A pen.
  9. Pillow stuffing.

Let’s get started!

Step 1.

fold your fabric in half, put the acorn cap on top, then take your pen and draw a loose acorn shape around it. Be sure to make it a little bigger then you want your actual acorn to be.

Step 2.

Take your sewing pin and put it through your fabric. Then, take your scissors and cut along the lines.

Step 3.

Thread your needle and sew around the perimeter.

Step 4.

Take out your pin, then turn the fabric right side out.

Step 5.

Stuff your facorn with pillow stuffing.

Step 6.

I had fun taking this picture.

I had fun taking this picture.

Re-thread your sewing needle and sew the opening shut.

Step 7.

Fill the acorn cap with hot glue, then quickly put your facorn into the cap before the hot glue can cool.

And you’re done!

Tada!

Tada!

The background is a miniature door I got for a birthday present.

Now that you’ve mastered the technique, why not make a couple dozen?

Now comes the hard part, finding out what exactly to do with them! Decided to turn one of them into a removable button and attach it to one of my hats.

Tada!

What ideas will you come up with for using the facorns? Let me know in the comment section!

Green Tip

Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you need to turn the heater up! Keep them as low as possible, then open all of your windows to let sunlight and warmth inside and bundle up!

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Top it Off Top Hat!

Raise your hand up if you know about steampunk.

I do.

I do. (The expresion on her face is priceless!)

Keep your hand up if your into steampunk.

I do.

I do.

If your hand’s still up, hooray!

  Recently, I have been obsessed with the wonderful world of steam, and I have been trying to find ways to show it in my wardrobe. Unfortunately, I’m not anywhere near as advanced as I need to be in sewing, so I can’t make anything like these beauts.

Keep prancing Lindsey!

Keep prancing Lindsey! (Prancing: dancing and playing a musical instrument at the same time)

So for now, I’m going to go in the “accessories” approach.

Steampunk Top Hat

For this DIY, I followed the instructions on this video.

Mini Top Hat

Here are some photos of the hat making process.

I used a part of a cereal box to make the base.

I used a part of a cereal box to make the base.

We didn't have any card stock, so I used a blank card. (They're the same stuff right?)

We didn’t have any card stock, so I used a blank card. (They’re the same stuff right?)

I used duct tape. No one's going to see it underneath the fabric!

I used duct tape. No one’s going to see it underneath the fabric!

Hot glue.

Hot glue.

The top is a little uneven, but that's the beauty of it!

The top is a little uneven, but that’s the beauty of it!

While I waited for the glue to dry, I joined my family watching a Tinker Bell movie.

While I waited for the glue to dry, I joined my family watching a Tinker Bell movie.

Feathers.

Feathers.

I then  finished gluing on the bottom part of the hat, added my ribbon, and more steampunk features. Just in case you think it means gluing on gears, then no.

Just Glue Some Gears On It

The most agonizing part was, I had to wait overnight for it to dry. :^c But it gave me some time to do more research for more steampunk DIYs and inspiration!

My sister's creepy unicorn is the head model. (Don't judge!)

My sister’s creepy unicorn is the head model. (Don’t judge!)

Here’s a closer look.

Closer.

Fancy.

Fancy.

This is my favorite handmade accessory ever! I’ll definitely be making more. ;^J If you want more mini hats, here’s a link to a tutorial on how to make them out of bottle caps and cardboard.

Mini mini Top Hats

Be prepared for more steampunk in the future! ;^)

Green Tip

After using any electronics that need to be plugged in, pull the plug out. Even if you turn it off, the plug will still guzzle up energy.

UPDATE (8/3/15)

Since this hat is steampunk themed, I swapped the penny for a British coin.

And I also made a white hat with pink lace, a teacup, and a teapot!

:^)

:^)

Springumathings

YES! It is officially springtime! HUZA! To kick off the season, I’m going to teach you how to make a colorful, bright, “Springy” DIY.  Best of all, it’s recycled! Presenting, the Springumathings!

Tada!

Tada!

Need:

  1. A bottle cap. Any type.
  2. Some small items that can it inside said bottle cap. (beads, earrings, broken jewelry, etc.)
  3. A hot glue gun or really good glue.

 1. Decide how you want to arrange your beads.

Aligator!

Aligator!

2. Now glue your pieces into place.

You have been warned.

Keep layering until your happy with your results. You can add a safety pin and use it as a button, glue it onto a headband, or use it as fridge magnet!

You can also use the metal ones, but you have to be even more careful with those. Hot metal can hurt! (believe me I know).

Green Tip

Did you know that one million plastic bags are used a minute? (I learned this from a National Geographic’s book). Instead of using plastic or paper, use fabric bags when you go shopping instead.

Candy Wrapper Caft-athon!!!

Hi guys how was your Halloween? For those who went trick-or-treating, I’m pretty sure you already have some candy wrappers all over your house. If your going to throw them away, (or recycle them) WAIT! DON’T MOVE! Why you may ask? Well, you can use them to save the world!!! (actually that was just meant as a joke but you never know). But for real, you can use them for a bunch of fun and cool recycling DIYs.

For those who have been visiting my blog for a while, you might have seen this post I made about candy wrapper flowers. It is very fun and, the best part, if you use actual candy wrappers, it’s recycling!!!

Ok so now I’m going to show you some stuff I thought you should know about using candy wrappers as well as a few links to some other tutorials I think are amazing.

Tips I’ve learned form trial and error

  Ok this is some stuff I’ve learned about using candy wrappers. This is stuff I’ve learned from what I have. This might not apply to every type of candy wrapper you might come across.

 1. I’ve learned that lollypop wrappers are not very good for crafts that need stiff paper (like origami).

 2. You can use candy wrappers for crafts like origami, (You can use candy wrappers for origami!) they’ll just be a lot smaller then how they would originally be (here’s a link to a website full of origami crafts). P.S. Try out the project with actual origami paper first before you use the candy wrappers first.

 3. Try to avoid using hot glue. You could risk melting the plastic (Burning plastic vapor is poisonous! I just want you to be safe.) and you could end up with sticky hot mess.

 4. If your doing a project that needs multiple pieces, take one part and trace it around the other pieces then cut them out.

Links

 1. This one is SO cute! I am defiantly going to do this one. If you don’t have any big plastic wrappers, simply sew the smaller candy wrappers then trim it to the size you want. No-Sew Candy Wrapper Zipper Pouch

 2. Ohhoho, I am so ready to do these! It hurts not to dive in but I don’t have the right kind of shoes! Candy Wrapper Shoes

 3. I am definitely going to make these, but you’ll have to turn the volume all the way up because it’s not the best quality video around. Candy Wrapper Bows

  Now I promise I will make a sequel. When that happens, I’ll show you a few projects I came up with on my own. But until then, DON’T THORW AWAY YOUR CANDY WRAPPERS!!!

Green Tip

Be conservative when you’r making crafts. For example: If you need to use paper, try to use every bit of one sheet before you use a second.  Keep your scraps and you can make new sheets of paper yourself.  I’ll post that tutorial later.  

Sorceress Costume

Hello everyone! I know this is SUPER last minute but you know what they say, better late then never!

Now originally I wanted to make a What Dose the Fox Say Opagugunstyle smashup, but we didn’t have any fabric stores around and if we bought our fabric online, it would come to late. Then I thought of making a Wildstyle costume but I didn’t like the sweatsuit we were going to use. So in the end, I decided to make a modern sorceress costume.

1. So my costume is loosely inspired by Harry Potter so I didn’t add a cape or anything else obvious. Instead, I took a fun patterned shirt, simple jeans and a black jacket since it’s cold.

2. So next you’ll have to gather all of the jewelry that would go good with this costume. Stuff like chains, mystical-y pieces lockets, mismatched earrings, rings, that sort of stuff.

3. Next you’ll try out your hairstyle. You can do it differently but I was going for the kind of crazy sorceress from Harry Potter.

That lady

That lady

So I put my hair up in a really loose, slightly on one side high pony tail. If your going for this then you’ll really want it to look messy and slightly crazy. You can even put ribbons and hair clips if you wanted to. (P.S. My parents have strict rules when it comes to putting photos of me online, so I couldn’t do a good photo to show you my hair. Sorry!)

5. Next you’ll want to see how it looks together. Experiment with your jewelry and mess around with your hair even more.

6. For make-up I didn’t use anything. You can if you want to but I wasn’t in the mood for it.

7. Ok you can simply use weird hand motions and utter gibberish or you can make a wand and utter gibberish. I didn’t have enough time to make one so I borrowed my brother’s instead.

1st Harry Potter wand tutorial

Lavender Wands (I think this is for spa home treatments but it looked pretty nifty)

2nd Harry Potter Wand Tutorial

Little Kid’s Wands

 8. Now to add to the whole sorceress look, I simply took a magical-y book I had on hand (It happened to be the Monster Manual from D&D).

 9. And viola! Your done! Now you can go trick-or-treating or go to a fun party!

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays post and I hope you’ll enjoy this Halloween! You can easily change this up to a more “everyday” wear like I would (parents may not agree). Tell me what you’ll be dressing up for Halloween and maybe you can suggest a how-to as well. Oh, and until then you can watch this video about the history of Halloween.

Halloween!

I don’t have enough time to take a photo so I’ll update that as soon as possible!

EXPECTO PETRONUM!!!

EXPECTO PETRONUM!!!

Green Tip

When your out trick-or-treating, be sure to not throw your wrappers on the ground!

Summer Fun!

Hi guys I know it’s been a while since my last post and a summer special was way overdo, but I haven’t been on the computer for a while  and I was really busy.

When I was surfing the net (Har har. Summer. Beaches. Surfing? Never mind.) looking for fun, summer projects I came across this. I’m definitely going to try some of these projects sometime. It has everything from jewelry to mustaches to duct tape to cool, recycling DIYs, almost everything I love to make (though I’m still a beginner)! I also came across this awesome blog, DIY | Trash To Couture, I’m totally going to try some of these DIYs. I love how this person takes old stuff (in the clothes, pillow cases department) and turning them into something awesome (that’s kind-off what I’ve been trying to teach people on my blog right?)!

I feel like I’m forgetting something… Oh, right! Ice-Cream! I never said this, but I have an obsession with ice-cream. So ever since I discovered Chocolate Covered Katie, and that it’s now summer time, I’ve been trying to convince my parents to make every ice-cream recipe she’s made! Here is a link to a recipe I want to try Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. We made the peanut butter smoothies once, we shoved two bananas, a lot of peanut butter into a blender and added some milk to help it blend. It was really good though. I promise I’ll post more summer DIYs in the future and maybe I’ll throw in a few surprises…

 

Green Tip

Did you know that the average family of three people can save up to $150 and 3,200 gallons of water per year if they turn the water off when they shampoo and condition their hair? (I learned this fact on a shampoo bottle)

Punk Pants

Hi everyone, today’s project is going to be a refashion that you can do to any of your old pants.

A simple pair of pants right?

A simple pair of jeans right?

Wrong!!!

Wrong!!!

These were one of my favorite pants and I was so careful to not let this happen :^(

Oh well I guess it’s DIY time! I tried this video on distressing old jeans.

Quickie, How-to Dye Stuff  in Coffee

Ok, I did everything the tutorial said except dyeing my pants in coffee, (I didn’t want to waste it) and my dad didn’t let me borrow the car. (Don’t ask) After a lot of pulling, ripping, cutting, and “cheese” grating I got this.

Meh

Meh

It’s fine but it needed something more so I grabbed this.

Ohhh shiny!

Ohhh shiny!

I thought “I can iron it on like any other patch.” WRONG!!! I warn you, the next photo is not for the faint of heart.

ARG!!!!!!!

ARGGGG!!!!!!!

What hapend!?!

What happened!?!

I forgot to put a paper towel in between the iron and patch. UGGGGGGGGHHHH!!!! Oh well time for plan B.

Fun!

Fun!

My aunt got these for me and I love them but I couldn’t find the right article of clothing to put them on, until now!  So I ironed the patches on.

Huza it worked!

Huza, it worked!

After you iron on your patches I advise you sew them securely in place. I didn’t because I was losing daylight but I’ll do it later. Now I’ll show you a little trick that I do to add a little style to my jeans.

This will do.

This will do.

Take any necklace or long chain and weave it through 2 of your belt loops.

And viola! You’re done!

Nice pants.

Nice pants.

Now I loved my pants before they got a hole in them but I love them now even more! And the best part is that the more they get torn, the better they get! You can do this to almost any article of clothing made from denim, like skirts, shorts, and jackets.  It’s pretty easy too, but I have to warn you, ALWAYS read the label before ironing on patches ESPECIALLY if it’s made out of glue and sequins to avoid getting a big, sticky, hot mess.

Blegh!!!

Blegh!!!