5-minute crafts

 

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Hello everybody!

If you looked at the above image, it probably seems like these are just some random crafts and that’s right. Every once in a while I get an idea for a cool craft and I do it but all of these were so easy I didn’t want to make a separate post for each. So I just decided to combine them in this post!

 

 

 

So in this post, I’m showing you how you can craft your own choker, popsocket and stress ball in just a few minutes!

 

Choker

This chocker is really easy to make, all you’ll need is:

  • Some cute ribbon
  • A clasp
  • An elastic
  • Glue

 

Step 1: Attaching the elastic to the clasp

I know it’s called a choker, but you don’t actually want to choke while wearing it. To prevent that we’re adding an elastic to the clasp which allows you to move your neck abit while wearing it.

Start with folding the elastic double and pulling it through one end of the clasp. Then loop it through itself.

Attach the other part of the clasp to the elastic band.

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Step 2: Attaching the ribbon

Cut off a piece of ribbon that fits around your neck. I cut it a bit smaller though because my clasp was pretty big.

Then glue the ends of the ribbon to both sides of the clasp and that’s it!

I think it looks really cute, what about you?

Stress Ball

All you’ll need to make a DIY Stressball is:

  • A balloon
  • Some Flour
  • A funnel
  • A Sharpie

 

Step 1: Filling the balloon with flour

Use the funnel to fill the balloon with flour. You might need to use something like a pencil to push it in.

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Step 2: Making a knot

Make a knot in the top of the balloon.

 

Step 3: Decorating

Use a sharpie to decorate the balloon. I decided to go with the Halloween theme and make a pumpkin, but you can decorate it any way you want!

And that’s it! It looks really cute and it’s so squishy!

 

Popsocket

If you don’t know what a popsocket is, it’s an accessory for your phone which makes you able to grip it better and you can use it to form a phone stand.

What you’ll need to make it:

  • 2 suction cups
  • A toothpick
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Decoration

 

Step 1: Glueing the toothpick to the suction cup

Start with cutting the points from the toothpick with your scissors and glue it into one of the suction cups. Most suction cups have little holes in the top and a toothpick fits in it perfectly. This is to give the popscocket more strength.

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Step 2: Sticking the other suction cup on top

Cut off the excess of the toothpick and use some glue to stick the other suction cup on top.

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Step 3: Decorating

You’re basically done now, but if you want you can decorate the popsocket. I decided to stick this button-ish thing on one side to make it look cuter, but there are loads of ways you could decorate it.

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Now you can just press it against a phone case.

 

I like this craft a lot because you can easily place and remove the popsocket when needed.

 

That’s it for today! Which craft is your favorite? let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

DIY Halloween Decorations – A Collab

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The weather is getting colder and the days are getting darker. The trees are dropping their leaves. Everybody knows what time it is… it’s time for Halloween!! Let the spooky decorations and treats come and most importantly: the Halloween parties!! 
This post is actually a collab with Maddie from alittlemadsmith. She blogs about DIY’s, crafts and baking. Her blog is amazing, you should definitely check it out!
We decided to organize a Halloween party together! I’m doing the decorations and she’s doing the treats, so definitely check out her post too! (link at the end of this blog)
For the decorations, I made three things: paper maché pumpkins, a ghost from a plastic bag and a spiderweb from string. I’ll explain how to make each of them in this post.
Starting with the pumpkins,
Paper maché Pumpkins
What you’ll need:
  • 1 balloon
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • old newspapers
  • elastics
  • tape
  • paint

 

Step 1: making the paper maché glue

To make the paper maché, take one cup of boiling water and put in a bowl. Then add one cup of flour and start stirring. Gradually add more boiling water until it becomes a smooth consistency. Then let it cool down and it’s ready to use.

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Step 2: preparing the balloon

Start with taking a balloon and blowing it up to the size of your choice.

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Then take your elastics and pull them around the balloon. Use tape to make sure they stay in place.

The elastics give the balloon a more flat and pumpkin-like shape and they give the balloon pumpkin-creases.

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Step 3: Covering the balloon

Start with cutting the newspaper into thin strips. Then cover the entire balloon with paper maché glue and stick the strips to it vertically. Press each strip down tightly and add more glue if needed.

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After you’ve done the first layer I recommend doing 2-3 more layers to make sure it’s strong.

Also cover the closing piece of the balloon to form the stem of the pumpkin.

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Step 4: Painting

You should wait for +-24 hours until the paper maché is completely dry and it has become hard. Then you can take your acrylic paint and paint the balloon. I decided to go for orange with a black stem, but you can be creative if you want.

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I think these turned out really cool. what do you think?

Spider Web

This was really easy to make, all you’ll need is string and tape.

Start with cutting three strings of the same length and stick them to a flat surface like this:

Then take a long string and bring it between the strings, making a knot to each.

Tek another string and repeat the same for the inside, making a spiral. Knot it every few strings.

That’s it, it’s really easy. Carefully pick it up and use the tape to stick it to somewhere you want.

Floating Ghost

To make this you’ll need some thin plastic. You can use plastic bags, cover sheet (like I did), maybe even cling film? You’ll probably be able to find something you can use at home.

You’ll also need some iron wire and fishing line.

Start with taking your iron wire and bending it around a circular object to form a circle

Place the circle in the middle of a big piece of foil and wrap it around.

Then make a ball from a piece of plastic and place it on top of the circle

Use another piece of foil and wrap it around.

Keep repeating this until you think it’s enough. Then use some fishing thread and wrap it around the foil and make a knot. use a needle to stick it through the head of the ghost so you’ll be able to hange it up.

And that’s it. Use some tape to stick it to a wall or attach it to a hook on the ceiling for a spooky ghost.

And that’s it! All of these decorations are really easy to make and cost almost nothing. A great way to make your house a lot more spooky. 

 

Be sure to check out Maddie’s post here, it’s amazing!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

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The Fall Tag

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Hello everyone!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been nominated to do this tag by Maddie! Her blog is amazing, you should definitely check it out!

 

The Rules:

  1. Put the tag badge and rules in your post. (and link to the person who nominated you)
  2. Answer the 10 fall-related questions.
  3. Tag at least 5 other bloggers to join the fun!

 

What’s your favorite fall outfit?

My favorite fall outfit is probably a light pink crocheted sweater that I own with a pair of jeans and high boots. I just really love sweaters. 🙂

Your favorite drink to have in the fall?

Definitely hot chocolate, preferably with whipped cream.^^
Does your family have any fall traditions? If so, what are they?

When I was little we used to go to the woods to collect pretty leaves and acorns and such in fall. Now we often go ice skating, which is always a lot of fun.
What are some activities and events you enjoy going to in the fall months?

I love fall forest walks, going ice skating or just sitting inside with a book and a cup of tea and reading.
What’s your favorite fall-scented candle?

I’m not sure, I don’t really have a lot of scented candles. But pinewood scented candles are nice I guess.
Tell us about one of your favorite fall memories.

That must have been one of the fall forest walks I made as a kid with my family. It was always so much fun to walk around and collect acorns. Sometimes we would use them and make little people and houses out of acorns and toothpicks. I used to love that.
What are some fall movies you enjoy watching?

I don’t know.. what falls under a fall movie?

 

What’s your favorite fall treat?

Apple pie of course! I LOVE apple pie. It’s a great fall treat, but I also like it in summer, winter or spring.😂

 

If you celebrate Halloween, what is the best costume you’ve worn?

Where I live we don’t really celebrate Halloween with costumes, so I don’t know..

 

My nominees:

These are the people I nominate. Of course, you don’t have to do the tag, only do it if you want to!

Deborah

Hannah

Gracie

My Comfort Zone

Emma

Elsie

Maya

Chachel

Just like last time: if you want me to tag you, just comment: ‘Can you tag me?’ and I’ll add you! 🙂

 

Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

 

First week of Art Dump journaling

Hello everybody!

I hope you’re doing good^^

This week I decided to start a new project: an Art Dump Journal.

It’s a journal you keep and the idea is that you do something in it every day. It can be anything, from drawing to painting to stamping to sticking, anything you like!

And the best thing is: it doesn’t have to be pretty. It can be really ugly, no problem! As long as you do something in it every day.

Sometimes it might just take a few minutes, sometimes you might want to spend longer on it.

It’s just a way to let out some creativity and relax, without having to worry about it being ‘pretty’.

 

So here is what I’ve done so far this week:

 

Day 1:

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I started off simple by just using watercolours to paint coloured horizontal and vertical stripes. It was nice to see how the different colours blend.

 

Day 2:

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The second day I drew a random pattern with a pencil and used alcohol-based markers to colour it in. It was really fun to do and the end result is really nice and colourful.

 

Day 3:

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The third day I used acrylic paint and put some dots on the top of the page. Then I used a ruler to smudge them out, leaving this cool pattern. This took me literally a minute to make, but it turned out quite cool.😂

 

Day 4:

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On day 4 I used watercolours to just paint horizontal stripes. It’s really simple but it was fun to do.

 

Day 5:

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Day 5 was really simple again, I just took my markers and coloured in some squares with the different colours. I accidentally made a mistake with the dark green colour, but that’s the fun thing about art dump journaling; making mistakes is fine!

 

Day 6:

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This last day I used coloured pencils to make this kind of gradient of colours.

 

I’m not an expert at all these things, and it isn’t always pretty but it doesn’t have to be, as long as you have fun doing it!

Art dump journaling is a great way to relax and have some fun and you can become more familiar with using different methods and supplies.

I’m definitely going to try to keep doing this every day, and I might give you monthly updates with some of the best pages.

I definitely encourage you to try this out, as it’s a lot of fun and only takes a few minutes a day.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

Mystery Blogger award

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I was really happy when I found out I was nominated for this award. Thank you so much Bayance for nominating me!  The creator of this challenge is Okoto Enigma.

RULES : 

    1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
    2. List the rules.
    3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
    4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
    5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
    6. Answer the questions your nominator asked you
    7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
    8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
    9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
    10. Share a link to your best post(s)

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME:

  • I like drawing and painting a lot but I’m not really good at them.
  • I really hate raw tomatoes. If they’re in a meal I don’t mind, but I hate the raw taste of them.
  • I really like watercolour paintings, they’re like my favourite thing.

THE QUESTIONS:

1.What’s your favourite colour?

I really like the colour blue, but which shade of blue changes every week.

2. What is one of your favourite quotes?

I really like this one: Everyone wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but there can;t be a rainbow without a little rain.

3. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to paint really well, that would be amazing.

4. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

Ehm.. I’ve never been mistaken for a celebrity before, so I wouldn’t know.

5. What story does your family always tell about you?

A lot of stories about things I did as a kid. I was really weird when I was little.😂

MY NOMINATIONS: Here are a few:

Aditi Singh

Starling

Bella

Emma

Elsie

Chachel

Doni

Hannah

Itsamomslife2017

TheWriteSteph

As you know, I’m really bad at nominating people, I end up nominating the same people every time… So this time I decided: If you’re following me and you want to be nominated, the only thing you need to do is ask in the comments and I’ll add you! (This is up to 20 people).

 

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What is something you’re afraid of?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  3. What is your favourite childhood book?
  4. Would you rather be able to play every instrument in the world or speak any language in the world?
  5. Do you have any weird secret talents?

 

MY BEST POSTS:

This is a hard one, but here are a few posts I’m quite proud of:

DIY Walnut lip balm

DIY Notebooks for back to school 2017

DIY Candy Bag Pencil Case

Easy DIY Planner Pinboard
Check them out if you want.😊

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

DIY String Bracelet

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Hello everybody!

I’m back again and today I’m showing you how you can make this very simple yet very cute bracelet.

It’s just a quick DIY, it’s really easy to make and it’s customizable however you want.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Beads
  • Coloured strings (I used embroidery thread)
  • Beads
  • Felt
  • Clasp
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Of course, you can use other things if you like: think of charms, pretty ropes, whatever you want! Just be creative😊

 

Step 1: Beading

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Take a piece of thread and bead all your beads on it. I had really small beads so I used some fishing thread.

Make sure the piece is long enough to fit around your wrist!

 

Step 2: Braiding

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Take three (or more) colors of your thread and split them into three groups. Make a knot at the top and braid all the way down until it fits around your wrists.

 

Step 3: Felt

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Take your felt and cut off a thin strip of the right size.

 

Step 4: Putting it all together

Take everything you made and sort it into a nice order. I decided to add some loose strings to it to make it a bit nicer.

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Then take your clasp and put one of the ends into one side of the clasp. Add glue to make sure it stays put. Repeat the same on the other side.

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And you’re done!

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I love this DIY so much!All the loose parts are so easy to make yet they look really cute all together.  I really like how this turned out, I like the blue-ish theme.

This is how it looks when you’re wearing it:

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

 

 

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DIY Candy Bag Pencil Case​

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Hello everybody!

Today I’m showing you how you can make a super cute pencil case.. out of a candy bag! I really like how this turned out and it wasn’t that hard to make. You can choose your favorite candy bag or any packaging that you like.

 

What you’ll need:

  • A candy bag
  • Some cute fabric for the lining
  • A zipper
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors

 

Step 1: Cutting the bag.

I decided to use this bag of Haribo gummy bears.

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I really liked the golden part at the top so I decided to cut that off, but you can make your pencil case bigger or smaller if you want. The great thing is that many medium-sized candy bags are already the perfect size for a pencil case.

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Step 2: Sewing the bottom.

For this step, start with turning the plastic inside out. Do this really carefully, it tears really easily!

Then take your needle and thread and carefully sew along the bottom. Make sure to keep a margin, as it still tears easily. I used some paperclips to keep the plastic in place.

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Step 3: sewing the lining

Of course, the lining isn’t necessary but I think it makes the pencil case so much cuter and a lot more durable.

To sew the lining start with cutting a piece of fabric that is twice the length of your plastic. I used this really cute fabric I bought in my post Crafting Supplies Haul.

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Fold it over so the right sides face each other and sew along the sides.

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Fold the plastic right side out again and place the lining inside.

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As you can see in the picture I added two pieces of strong paper to make the pencil case a little more sturdy. To do this just cut two pieces that are slightly smaller than the case and place them between the lining and the plastic.

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Step 5: Adding the zipper.

The last step is to add the zipper to the case. To do this, place the zipper inside the lining and hold it in place using a few paperclips.

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Then, carefully sew along the edge, sewing the plastic, the zipper and the lining together all at once.

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Repeat the same for the other side.

 

And that’s it! I think it turned out really cute, I love the gold colour. What do you think?

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara