Transform a journal into a locking diary

Our tween has one request for her upcoming birthday: a locking diary. So this week my husband and I perused the stores looking for one. We found a few, but nothing we fell in love with. We then decided to look in the “adult” section of the store where the prettier journals are, and found a beautiful one, only it didn’t have a lock. Jim turned to me and said “you could totally make this into a locking diary“. And you know what? I did! Smart Man. And what’s more, I came up with a tutorial for how to transform a journal into a locking diary, so you can make one, too.

transform a journal into a locking diary

This is a super quick project (the longest part is waiting for the glue to dry- literally).

First, gather a few supplies:

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  • strong glue (I used E6000 and went outside to use it with gloves on)
  • journal
  • lock and key (I wish we would have seen this one first!)
  • d-ring hangers (we used these)
  • *optional* small buttons or gems (these look fun) to cover the holes

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Line up the d-ring so that the ring is hanging off the edge of the book (the hinge should allow the ring to swing down against the pages). Glue in place. Because some of the glue was coming through the hole, I also stuck the button on at the same time. Allow it to dry.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Flip it over and repeat, making sure to line it up with the one on the front.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

When it is completely dry, you are done! Seriously, the most simple project ever.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

It is now ready for someone to write down all the secrets of their heart.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Put the lock on, and don’t forget where you put the key! If your lock comes with an extra key, you may want to hold on to it, just in case your child loses things, like mine does.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

I am considering making a necklace for our girl to wear hers on.

Who will YOU make one for?

*This post contains affiliate links. if you click on my link and purchase the product, I can earn a few pennies toward my ever-growing crafting habit. No pressure, though.

Recycled Water Bottle Washi Tote tutorial

We try not to make a habit of buying bottled water, but on occasion found ourselves in need. When that happens, I cannot bring myself to get rid of the bottles. So I made them into handy totes!

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

To make this recycled water bottle washi tote, gather these materials:

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

  • Empty clean water jug/ bottle
  • scissors (not your good sewing scissors!)
  • hole punch
  • decorative tape (I used washi. you could use any tape: duct, washi, masking, cloth. etc)
  • rope (I used laundry line from this project. You can use any rope, ribbon, string you would like)

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

After removing label (if there is one), decide how large you would like your container, and then cut your bottle in half.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

It should look something like this.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

It will be sharp, so take your tape, and go around the outside of the rim. Make sure to leave some to fold down to the inside. Cut off  the excess.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Pinch it down, so the tape is enclosed around the edge.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Punch holes (I did two on opposite sides).

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Thread a piece of rope/ string through the two holes, and knot them. Repeat with other side and another piece of rope/ string.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Fill with whatever you want! Really they are great for holding all sorts of things, from wash cloths to….

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

possessed hamster toys.

Recycled Water Bottle + Washi Tote tutorial

Really, anything that needs to be organized.

Because they have handles, you can hang them from hooks, or just tote around.

What have YOU made today?

Making Magic: Paper and Glue Wands

As this last week winds up our Summer, I am determined to slow down a bit, and enjoy my family.

Falafel came into the room and said she wanted to make wands (she has been listening to at least one of  the Harry Potter books on CD every day this Summer). I jumped at the chance to sit for a moment and craft with my girl (especially this one because it is one of my favorites).

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

If you need a tutorial to make your own, you can see mine here. You can also see some others we made here. All you need to make these is paper, hot glue, and paint. We also used tissue paper (for stuffing) and tape (to hold them tight). Oh and don’t forget to bring your imagination.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

I made this one. I love making them bronze. I have no idea why. Just seems magical to me. My Falafel, on the other hand, made hers a dark sparkly green/brown. She also made hers much shorter and wider. This is a craft of much creative freedom.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

I absolutely love the simplicity, and ease of making these. We always have materials to make them, so the convenience factor really pushes this one to the top of my list.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

Falafel said that hers reminds her of a flute, and she likes the way mine turned out, so of course I said that she could have them both. She has  been casting spells and pretending to play the flute like Hagrid ever since.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

It is amazing how making time to sit and create with my child helps me recharge. Did I need to make a wand? Probably not. But did I NEED to MAKE a wand? Absolutely.

What is YOUR favorite craft to make with your children?

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

I had several requests for a class to teach how to sew rope bowls. I am not offering a class (yet) but have the next best thing….

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

What’s even better is, I will teach you how to use pieces of rope to do it. I love being able to save these little pieces from the landfill, and give them purpose once again. My friend Liesl of Pioneering the Simple Life (among other things) sparked this newfound passion when I asked for rope, and she offered pieces that washed up on a local beach. I thought “Why not?!”, and gave it a whirl. And you know, the bowls I made with them are my very favorites.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

This is one of them, pictured above

The one I am showing you today was made from an old hammock! I had my girls unknot it (in exchange for extra media time). Some pieces are long and some are short, but they all are sturdy and work perfectly for this.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

After it was made, I set it in a shallow amount of navy blue dye. It bled up the sides and created this subtle ombre effect. I really want to play with this a whole bunch more.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

If I have piqued your interest, head over to Instructables, and check it out!

More Zippered Change Purses

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Zippered Change Purses

Remember the change purse I made for our friend’s graduation? Well, I thought they would make great teacher gifts, too, so I quickly whipped more of these up to give away, yesterday!

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I adore this fabric. It is all colorful and happy. We all need more happy, don’t you think?

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I am also thrilled that I had enough of this pigeon fabric to make another wallet. That bird makes me giggle.

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

If you are looking for Noodlehead’s FREE pattern, click here.

 I cannot believe this school year is over. I think we are all more than ready for Summer.

What have YOU made for teacher gifts this year?

 

Making a tablecloth for a patio table with an umbrella

I made another Instructable! This time it shows how to make a tablecloth with a hole in the center for an outdoor umbrella to go through.

DIY tablecloth with a hole for an umbrella Tutorial

We have this beat up old plastic table that really doesn’t come clean anymore, so I needed a cover for it that would allow us to still use the umbrella.This is a super quick and easy project. It actually took longer to write the tutorial than it did to make it (and I even made the tablecloth from an old bedsheet).

Head over and make a tablecloth or two.

30 Days of Sundresses: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

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I am so thrilled to be a part of 30 Days of Sundresses this year! This series has been going on since 2012 and it has always included such talented sewists. Tons of free patterns and tutorials, just for you! I am honored to share my fabric splatter paint tutorial with you today.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

First, gather up your supplies:

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

acrylic paints (however many colors you would like to use)

empty spray bottles

white sheet/ or fabric

water

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

To prepare the paint, you squirt some of the acrylic paint into the spray bottle. I did about a tablespoon. Then add about a cup of water to that. Shake to mix.Test it on scrap fabric. The more you dilute it, the better.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Hang your sheet up somewhere you don’t mind getting painty. Add one child/person who would love to get messy (wearing clothes you don’t care about getting messy). Spray!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

My daughter went a little heavy in parts, which made the fabric stiff. If you can, limit how much spraying goes on. Letting the white shine through is a good thing. I also had her do a second piece, and I watered down the paint even more, which helps too (not shown).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Plan on getting covered in paint (which, according to her, is the best part!).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

After it completely dries, throw the whole sheet in the dryer for a few minutes to heat set your paint. If you need to soften it up a bit, you can then machine wash it with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Then dry again.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Sew up one of your favorite sundress patterns using your new fabric! For the bottom of this dress, I used the very watered down painted sheet. I like how it looks like the top is running.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Now your girl can sport fabric designs she actually made!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Thank you for stopping by! If you decide to give this a try, please show me what you make!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

If you haven’t been, yet, head over to Melly Sews to check out some of the other tutorials.

Where you can find my tutorial today: Hemming a Circle Skirt

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You can find me today over at Sew Mama Sew sharing my tutorial for hemming a circle skirt! I have it down, now, and actually enjoy hemming them!

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Plus it gave me an excuse to make another one of these. I used the Amaryllis Dress (affiliate link) by Blank Slate Patterns (like the one I made here).

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I love this pattern so much. And that fabric? I found it on clearance, for $5/yard! This pattern takes a surprising amount of fabric, so getting it at that price was so helpful. circlepreview4m

If you would like to learn how to hem a circle skirt (or curved hem), hop on over to Sew Mama Sew!

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 Happy Tuesday!

I am going to be reminding myself what day it is all day today. Ha!

 

Adults making friendship bracelets

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Making Friendship Bracelets Tutorial

Today I am teaching a class for adults on making friendship bracelets. I used to adore making these as a teen, and I still do. It is a great meditative exercise.

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I truly love the simplicity of taking string, and knotting it to make something pretty.

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I am teaching the class how to make three different kinds of bracelets.

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This one is a fishtail braid, which is new to me, but so pretty.

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I have been making this kind, forever.

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Years ago, in my early 20’s, a friend of mine came over to my house, we watched The Doors movie (which you can get with my affiliate link, if you like that sort of thing), and she wrapped my hair using the same method as I used for this bracelet, pictured above. It took the entire length of the movie, because I had such long hair back then, but it was so worth it. I kept it in for about a month.

I created a tutorial over at Instructables for only one of the designs, so you can make one of these for yourself!

My first Instructable

It happened! I finally made my way over, and created my very first Instructable!

If you are here from there: Welcome!

I am so excited about it. I just entered it into the DIY dress contest that is going on. Here are a few photos of what I made.

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Many of you have asked how I refashion. Now you can find out! Head over to Instructables, and make one for yourself.