As terrifying as it is, school time is fast approaching. Personally, I’ll be moving into my new apartment for the school year within the next week and as I prepare for my final year as an undergrad, I know it will be filled with late night stresses and early morning classes. One thing I know will brighten any morning time drowsiness is to have school supplies that are not only functional, but personalized. These crafts are the perfect way to add something extra to a school day that will make me happy to take out my pencils and hit the books for one more year.
This recipe book could easily be used as notebook instead. Not only will this book be a great way to create a personalized school supply, it will be lighter then the average notebook and pages won’t tear out as easily. I would happily keep my notes for classes if I could line up notebooks like this on my shelf after they were over.
I am often accused of not allowing enough color into my life. As a generally rule, I can usually be found in black, grey, or white and I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to stray away from colors when trying to decorate. One of the reasons I tend to stick to my blacks and greys is my fear of clashing colors. There’s one new trend that seems to alleviate some of this problem. The new trend of ombre colors is the perfect way to satisfy my color fearing palate and these DIYs are a great way to add some tasteful color in your life.
I have too many t-shirts. My t-shirt drawer over flows with a multitude of colors and baggy fits that I never actually find time or the occasion to wear. My mom has constantly over the years asked me to toss some of these shirts out to create space for clothes that might actually see the light of day. Unfortunately for my dresser, I’m much to sentimental and practical to just toss out a t-shirt. Instead of wasting these memories and fabric I’ve been on the search for something to do and create with my old t-shirts. One craft trend that has emerged and has given my old t-shirts a new purpose and a new life is t-shirt yarn. There’s a number of options for this new medium of yarn and I’m excited by the possibilities I have found so far.
This cute bag is great for your local farmer’s market and great for re-purposing an old t-shirt. The project only takes four different materials and looks like a fun and easy project to whip up. The t-shirt yarn makes for a perfect material for this project as it will stretch to fit your items.
I love making friendship bracelets. In the eighth grade I once spent two weeks of my summer making friendship bracelets for everyone I knew. With my love for friendship bracelets come a love for embroidery floss. Though embroidery floss is prefect to use with friendship bracelets and of course, embroidery, this cheap craft supplies has come in as a recent craft trend lately for all of the different uses it can have. Here are a few of the crafts I found and now want to try that use embroidery thread in uncommon ways.
Though it’s far from Easter I still love the look of these hollow eggs. With different colors you could make these crafts relevant year round. As shown in the post, they would make excellent placeholders for summer dinners.
As I have discovered over the past few years, at times, it’s hard to make dorm rooms and apartments feel like home. The smaller space, combined with knowledge that this is not a permanent residence constantly brewing in the back of my mind, sometimes keep me from decorating to my hearts content. One thing I have missed whilst moving from dorm to dorm is plants. I grew up in a home where indoor plants were abundant and there is something soothing to me as a Pacific North-Westerner of being constantly surrounded by green. This craft trend of DIY Planters (especially the ones of the smaller variety) may be the perfect thing to ensure that the apartment I’m moving into in the fall can be another home away from the ones of my childhood.
This House Number Planter is the perfect way to customize the outside of an apartment or home and also provide a welcoming look. I love the idea that this is both a great decoration and a practical way to make it easier to recognize your apartment or living space from the others in the area.
I am a big fan of dogs. In fact, they may be my favorite thing on the planet. Though I do not currently have a dog of my own, there are many dogs in my life who I hug on a regular basis. Making crafts for my friends has always been something to make me happy and it seems crafting for your pets has become a new trend in the crafting community. Here are some great projects I’ve found to give the dog in your life a present.
This is necktie is adorable and slips easily over your dog’s collar. It could make a great costume or even a funny addition to a family photo. Plus, it’s easy to make and a great way to re-purpose an old tie. It will look better around your furry friend anyways.
While spending too much time on Pinterest the past few weeks I have noticed one craft trend that I did not expect emerging to the foregrounds, tassels. I have become surprised with all of the possibilities for these colorful additions. Whether it’s jewelry, home decor, or sprucing up old accessories and clothing, tassels are becoming a craft trend that I can full-heartedly get on board with.
This Fringed Yarn curtains uses tassels in a new and inventive way. An easy way to add color and some personality to any door way. I love the shape it creates, and that it gives the perfect excuse to buy more yarn.