Saturday, March 26, 2016

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers



Happy Easter weekend!

Has anyone else come down with spring fever lately? I'm loving these longer, sunnier days and watching the grass gradually brighten into vibrant green. Not to mention, my heart leaps every time I see little flower sprouts peeping out of the ground! I'm always so impatient for the flowers to start blooming. Every spring, I always end up making these paper flowers to hold myself over until the real ones blossom! I love making these paper flowers- they're so cheery, each flower only takes a minute to make, and you have all the materials already! They instantly brighten up any space and they create such a lovely flowery atmosphere that's sure to get you in a springy mood!

I'm giving you a full tutorial today so you can make bundles of beautiful flowers for yourself! Keep scrolling for the walkthrough.



Materials

Tissue Paper | Scissors | Stapler



Cut up the tissue paper into squares. Mine were about 3" x 3" but the size is totally up to you. The bigger the squares, the bigger the flowers.



Take three of the squares and stack them up. The more squares you have in each stack, the more petals you'll have. However, I find that three works best- it's not too many, not too little.



Accordion-fold the stack.



Staple the accordion directly in the center, as pictured.



Just so you can make sure that you're on the right track, these cute little bow ties are what you should have at this point!



Next, we're going to give the petals a little shape by cutting the ends of the bow ties. You can make different types of flowers depending on the cut of the petals and alternating the colors of the paper in each stack (before you staple them).


Now, take one end of the flower and very carefully pull the layers of paper apart, each in the same upward direction. The picture shows the first layer peeled up (my fingers are holding it).




Separate the rest of the layers and fluff/shape the petals as needed.



Repeat on the other side.

You made it!





Wasn't that the easiest thing ever? You can make so many gorgeous decorations with these things! I've made garlands by stringing them together and I've glued them to twigs to make pretty floral arrangements for my bedroom.

However, I made these flowers in particular for a new project- a personalized floral monogram that you can hang on your wall! I'll be posting the whole project soon, so get excited!

Happy spring and stay crafty xx






Friday, March 11, 2016

DIY Velvet Choker Necklace




I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed that choker necklaces are making a comeback! This 90's trend has quickly become a spring wardrobe staple. I love how it adds a little bit of edge to any outfit without the commitment.

You can DIY this necklace in just under 10 minutes (and for free if you already have the materials)! Keep scrolling and get making!





Materials

Pliers | Bracelet Crimp Ends | Jump Rings | Necklace Clasp | Ribbon/Material

I used a scalloped velvet trim that I picked up at a garage sale. You can choose whatever material you want, just make sure sits comfortably on your neck. Look around and get creative!



Measure your ribbon/material to fit around the base of your neck. You want to make sure the choker isn't so tight that it's choking you but you don't want it so loose that it droops off your neck like a regular necklace. Chokers also tend to look best if they rest near the bottom of your neck. 

I started by cutting 12 and 1/2 inches of ribbon and snipping off length as I went. I suggest moving around your head and neck when trying to figure out the length so you can feel if it's restraining your neck movement too much. 

Also, keep in mind that adding on the crimps, jump ring, and clasp will add roughly a half inch to your choker, so cut the material a bit smaller than you want it!



Take your pliers and clamp the bracelet crimp ends onto the ends of the ribbon.


Finally, attach the jump rings and the necklace clasp. Also, if the holes on the bracelet crimp ends are not located in the middle like mine, simply take your pliers and bend them inward. 


You made it! Now dig out your black tank and enjoy the spring weather!

The only trouble I had was getting the correct length. If you add on your crimps/jump rings/clasp and find your choker is too big, then carefully pry open one of the bracelet crimps and cut off material until its right. If it's too tight, simply add more jump rings.

Want more DIY jewelry? That marbled quartz pendant I'm wearing will be a future tutorial!

Stay crafty xx

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Welcome to We Made It!



I finally made it!

After weeks of excessive planning and preparation, the We Made It Blog is officially launched!

This is the first blog I have ever created and the process so far has been a DIY project in itself! I can honestly say I have developed a new level of appreciation for blogging.

The goal of We Made It is to present simple and trendy DIY tutorials. If I made it, this is where you will find it! I adore DIY blogs and avidly follow the wonderful fallfordiy, ispydiy, and designlovefest to keep up with the latest art and design trends. Those who know me well know that I have a talent for art and I am usually found amongst the felt snippings and clay shavings of my latest artistic endeavor.

I absolutely love crafting and creating and I can only hope that my passion for art will extend to you, my readers, and inspire you to pursue your own projects. At the We Made It Blog, I made it, you made it, we made it together!



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