Saturday, November 17, 2012

DIY Dot Bobby Pins

Hey everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I've been busy with school and these posts take quite a while to write. I didn't do any Halloween DIYs because to be honest, I'm not really into Halloween. I've never been, and I don't expect I will be. BUT, the holidays are my favourite time of the year so expect a lot more DIYs! I'm going to try to get back on schedule of 1 post per week, but I'm not going to promise anything yet.
But anyways, enough about that. Today I'm going to be showing you how to make dotted bobby pins to make your hair a little more interesting!
What you'll need:
-bobby pins
-liquid glue
-fabric scissors

Information about the supplies:

Bobby pins: You can find these in large quantities at the drug store.
Fabric: You can search for a fabric store in your area and get the design of your choice. I had picked up this fabric a few weeks ago and thought it was gorgeous! It was pretty expensive though- about $13 per metre (ouch!) 

Buttons: You can find these at any craft or fabric store. You probably have some lying around your house anyways!

Glue: I am using liquid glue. Super glue or stronger glue would work better because I found this glue was a little weak and that the button felt like it was going to break off.

Fabric scissors: Any fabric store will sell loads of these! If you have fairly sharp scissors, that would work well too.

1. Cut out a square piece of fabric, enough to cover your button (it really depends on how big your button is). If you're unsure, cut more than you think you need. Too much is better than too less!
2. Cover the top of your button with the glue
3. Place the fabric on top of the button, having the button approximately in the middle of the fabric.
4. Place a dot of glue on the back of your button.
5. Fold the excess fabric onto the glue dot and hold it in place for a few seconds.
6. Do the same thing again, but placing the glue dot on the fabric this time. Fold the excess fabric in.

7. Continue doing this until all of the excess fabric is folded in like so.
8. To let the glue set and dry, place it under a heavy dictionary or textbook for about an hour or two to make sure that the excess fabric on the back is securely pressed down.
9. After it's dried, place a glue dot on your bobby pin.
10. Place your bobby pin onto the button, where the glue dot is. Feel free to add more glue to make it extra secure (make sure you don't glue the bobby pin together!!).
11. Wait for about 2 hours or until the glue is dry. To tell if the glue is dry, it will be clear instead of a white colour.
You're all done! Stick this in your hair for some extra decoration. 

 This is quick, easy and simple DIY that you can make with some simple supplies you probably already have in your house!

Hope you enjoyed reading and I'll talk to you next week!
-Megan :) xx

Next time: Another DIY! Check back next week!

Monday, August 27, 2012

DIY: Back to School Binders

So today I'm doing another back to school DIY which involves binders! Since not all of you have notebooks or use notebooks for school, I'm gonna show you a really quick and easy way to spruce up your binders! To decorate one binder took me literally 5 minutes. So if you have all of the right supplies it really won't take you long at all! Okay, let's get started! :)

What you'll need:
-a binder
-stock paper

Information about the supplies:

Binder: I got this binder at Staples ($6.99) and I really like the bright colours of it. You especially want to get a binder where it has a clear covering on the front where you can slip in papers, or etc. because that is a VERY important part in this DIY!
Stock Paper: You can just pick this up at Michael's. They're really inexpensive ($0.99) and super cute and versatile! For this DIY I would recommend getting some that sort of matches the colour of your binder. As you can see, the stock paper that I purchased has blue butterflies which goes with my blue binder!

Ruler: I just got this from school, but you can easily find these at any office supply store or your local dollar store!

Scissors: I picked these up at Staples but you can get them at any office supply store!

Pencil: I don't think I need much explaining for this one, but I got this at Staples in a huge package!

1. In your binder should be a slip of paper in the front, clear pocket. Place it on your stock paper to make sure it fits!

2. Then, flip over the stock paper, once you've maken sure that the stock paper is big enough for the slip of paper.

3. Line up the slip of paper with the back of the stock paper. Make sure it's lined up almost perfectly! And if your stock paper has something that you don't want to be sideways (like my butterflies, or maybe dogs..?) make sure that you're cutting it the right side up!

4. Once it's lined up, take your ruler and place the edge of the ruler with the edge of your piece of paper, so you can easily trace the side with a pencil!

5. It should now look something like this picture to the right!

6. Now, cut on the lines you have traced, with your scissors! Try to be as precise as possible!

7. You should have a piece of stock paper the exact same size as the slip of paper that came with the binder! Slip the stock paper into the front, clear pocket!

8. You can also do the same thing with the side of your binder (though it depends what type of binder you have, since some binders don't have a side window). There will be another slip of paper in the side.

9. Just take that out and measure the stock paper again (though you can measure it a little smaller than it actually is so it can fit easily into the little window on the side of the binder!

10. Measure and cut the piece of paper out. Slip it into the little window and you're done!

So this is the final product! Transfer your binders from boring to amazing!

I also did this with my 2 other binders and really liked how they turned out! You're ready for school now! :)

I hope you enjoyed this week's DIY and maybe try it out if you have time! It's really quick, easy and inexpensive!

Hope you enjoyed reading and I'll talk to you next week!
-Megan :)xx

Next time: Dotted bobby pins! Check back soon!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

DIY: Back to School Notebooks

Hey everyone! Today is my second DIY and since school is coming up pretty quick (I know a few people are already back to school), I have decided to do a post on how to make your notebooks look amazing instead of ugly and boring. It's super quick, easy and inexpensive! :)

What you'll need:
-one sheet of 12x12 stock paper
-hole puncher
-paintbrush (optional)

Information about the supplies:

Notebook: I picked this up at Staples, but you can just pick these up at any office supply store! This is a 3 subject notebook that DOES NOT have a coil. The ones without the coil are going to be WAY easier for this DIY!

Stock Paper: I got this at Michael's. These are really inexpensive ($0.99 each) and so pretty! I picked a lot of different patterns when I went shopping but decided to use this ABC one because it's so cute and perfect for back to school!

Glue: I actually used liquid glue. I got this at Michael's ($2.99 for 120 mL), but I would highly recommend using a gluestick instead because with liquid glue, it tends to make little bubbles in the pages when you glue paper together, and eventually creates little crinkles. Unfortunately I was oblivious to this result.

Pencil, hole puncher, and scissors: I'm just using an old pencil, an old hole puncher and some scissors I got at Staples, but you can get them at any office supply store. I think these supplies are pretty self explanatory.

Paint brush: This is an old paint brush, but you can just pick some up at Michael's.

1. Line up your notebook with the stock paper. It's a little hard to see in this picture, but I just placed the stock paper on top of the notebook and lined it up so that it stopped just before the black spine.

2. Then, flip the notebook over, carefully making sure that the stock paper is still lined up. Trace the notebook cover with a pencil onto the stock paper.

3. Don't forget to trace the holes in the notebook! That will be your guide to where you need to punch out the holes with the hole puncher!

4. Cut the stock paper, but don't cut on the lines that you have traced. Allow about a 1 inch strip of extra paper on all sides, EXCEPT for the side that has the holes.

5. Now, punch out the holes with your hole puncher. Make sure you punch them out on the circles you've traced.

6. So now when you place the stock paper on the notebook, the holes should line up perfectly, and there should be an inch of paper hanging off of every side, excluding the one with the holes/lined up with the spine

7. Put the glue onto the notebook and be generous with it, so that it'll stick, but don't put too much that you're drenching the notebook.

8. If you're using liquid glue, go ahead and spread it out with a paint brush. Though as I said, I would highly, highly recommend using a gluestick instead!

9. The glue should be evenly distributed, and make sure it covers all corners and sides.

10. Place the stock paper on the glue and make sure it's all lined up. As I said, an inch of paper will hang off of all edges of the notebook except for the side with the spine. With those sides that hang off, fold them onto the inside of the notebook.

11. Glue the sides down on the inside of the cover of the notebook. Make sure they are all glued down. Wait for about an hour or two for it to dry and leave the cover open, to prevent it from sticking to the inside of the notebook!

12. Then you're done! Hopefully you'll have the best notebook in class! ;)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this DIY and that it helped you add a little more personality to your notebooks! I'll see you next week for another DIY :)

-Megan :) xx

Next time: Quick and easy way to decorate your binders for back to school! Check back next week!