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Guest Blog: Be a DIY Diva

Thank you to Ryan over at Calm Clinic for the post

If you’re looking for a new hobby, getting into arts and crafts is your best option. It’s easy, fun, and inexpensive, and you will surely enjoy every minute of it. When you come home after a long day, check in on your art supplies and think about what you can do to relax your mind and liven up your spirit. Whatever may have been an anxiety cause can be buried under the delight of getting crafty and inventive. There are a lot of websites you can draw inspiration from to start on your DIY projects, and here are some suggestions on what you can do to get started on being artsy fartsy.

Deconstruct your clothes

Does your closet need a revamp? You don’t have to spend so much money for a new wardrobe. What you can do instead is to take all those old tops and cut them up into new ones! It’s so easy – get started by making tank tops out of old shirts. Fashion them into gym tops by tying them at the back, or go for a summer top by tying them in the front. Look for patterns on the Internet to inspire you, and don’t forget to think of your own style.

Of course, for the fun of it, you can always go for good old tie-dye shirts. Doing it with friends and throwing a hippie party after would be fun. If you feel like keeping up with the latest trends, dip-dying your shorts can also be a good idea. While you’re at it, you can stud them with spikes. This way, you not only end up with good-as-new comfortable pieces of clothing, you also save and explore new styles that could suit you.

Try sewing or crocheting

Who says crocheting is only for your adorable grandmother? There are a lot of things you can create with that string, yarn, and hook if you only try. You can make a lot of gifts for people through crocheting, and you can also use it to update your wardrobe. Crocheting is a very cheap hobby, and it’s also fun to see what you can create while just sitting idly on your couch or even on the bus to work. You can do it whenever you have free time, so you can create more things and marvel at what you can do with just a needle and string.

You can crochet small things like pot holders or coasters for starters. Use it around your house so you wouldn’t have to buy. Next, you can try things like smartphone holders or small pouches. You can give these away to friends and family just to show something for what you’ve been up to. Then you can try crocheting fashionable items like beanies and collars as additions to your accessories. These will be cute updates to your outfits, and you can also take that opportunity to show off you crocheting skills to people.

These are good ideas for starting on being a DIY diva. When you’re ready to explore other DIY activities, you can try getting crafty by assembling furniture or home decor for your living space. Try gluing Scrabble letters together for coasters, creating body pillows out of throw pillow cases, or gluing corks onto a frame to create a bulletin board. Search the Internet for inspiration and see what you can do with only little materials and time on your hands. The best part is it will be fun the whole time.

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Thrifty Thursdays: DIY Ways to Wear a Men’s Button-Up Shirt

I decided to post this after a friend of mine and I had a discussion yesterday about what to do during a “walk of shame”. A quick google search brought me to this and I love it. Even though I don’t have a bf or a potential “walk of shame” partner, I am going to go to the thrift store and try this out on a large old men’s button-up anyway. Enjoy!

Thrifty Thursdays: DIY Drawstring Bag

Thrifty Thursday via Glitter and Glue

I have been building up my DIY blog following over the last few days. One of my new favorites is Glitter and Glue. Kristen’s blog is youg and fun and the projects are easy. Today I wanted to share her tutorial for
her DIY Chanel Inspired Transparent Bag. I think it’s really cute and as soon as I get some free time I will trying it. Please check out this tutorial and the many others she has.

Thrifty Thursdays: 10 Ways I Use Vinegar

  1. Sweat stains: I soak my gym gloves and ipod holder in a 1/2 cup of vinegar and a basin of water  for about 15 minutes, rise, and let dry (can also be used on workout clothes)
  2. Ant killer, kills and removes the scent of their trail (great if you have pets)
  3. Kitchen degreaser, (1 part vinegar 1 part water in spray bottle) I use it on my counters after cooking (followed by bleach spray)
  4. Window Cleaner (half vineger and half water in a spray bottle) 
  5.  Gets rid of buildup on scalp (soak a cotton ball in it and run it over the part at your scalp)
  6. Dishwasher rinse aid (helps with grease buildup and makes your dishwasher fresher), just put it whereever your rinse aid is supposed to go.
  7. Deodorizer (you can also soak smelly shoes in it, 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, overnight, rinse and let air dry).
  8. Soothes bug bites (cotton ball soaked in it)
  9. Gets rid of warts (put ACV on cotton ball, cover with Band-Aid, leave on over night for 1 week)
  10.  Can be used as a facial toner (1 part vinegar, 2 parts water)

Thrifty Thursdays: Old T-Shirt Project

I got this idea from Blogilates. Check out her post here.

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Materials

– Old t-shirt

– Pair of scissors

TIME: 15 min

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut away the crew neck the sleeves and the bottom. For the sleeves, you will want to start at the shoulder (you decide how thick you want the strap to be) and cut straight into the chest area. Then curve. If you curve the whole way, it’s gonna look weird on you.

2. Clean up the edges. Decide how low you want the neckline to be.

3. Turn the shirt to the back and make a narrower racerback. Then cut a deep V.

4. Take the bottom edge of the shirt that you cut off and cut the seams off so that you’re just left with fabric. Stretch it out as much as possible.

5. About 2″ from the bottom of the V tie a know with one edge of the noodle.
Wind it round ‘n round, then double knot it at the other end too. Cut off loose ends.

6. To make this a hi-low top, lay your shirt sideways and flat. Then starting at about 4-5″ from the front center of the shirt start diagonally cutting down til you reach the back. You’ll want to cut straight for a bit at the front center then start creating the diagonal or else you’re gonna get a weird arrow shape with you open up.

Here is the final product:

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I also did another one:

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