Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY Painted Rocks - Cactus Decoration

This week's craft is such a happy and fun craft to do. We made painted rocks look like cactus. It is easy and the kids will love being creative with this idea. The colors are amazing and so cheerful. 

They will make great gifts for anyone who does not have a green thumb. No maintenance required. I love the fact that I can't over water them or kill them. LOL  They will brighten up any dark corner.

I will show you step-by-step how to make your own cactus out of rocks in this video:

Use your imagination to create your own style of cactus. Give this wonderful homemade project a try. You will have a blast.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How To Finger Knit an Infinity Scarf

Today I will be showing you step by step how to finger knit an infinity scarf. This project is so easy and inexpensive that I wanted to make up a bunch of them to give away for Christmas gifts. It takes me 30 minutes to finish each scarf. The only things that you will need are yarn, scissors and your fingers. :) Kids love to finger knit but adults will love this project too. 

I made a video that will show you how I made my scarf as I do it. So if you have any questions, check out the video. 

The kind of yarn that I used was Lion Brand and it is listed as bulky number 6.
I got my yarn on sale for $2.50. We will be using only one spool of yarn to do this scarf. This is a wonderful price for such an awesome gift. It is stylish and the yarn comes in all kinds of colors. I plan on making some for myself too. :)

The first thing that I do is take off all the rings on the hand that I will be knitting with. I will be using my left hand. 

I make a slip knot on the end of my yarn and then slip the knot over my thumb. 

I give myself a little extra yarn in the beginning so that I will have enough to tie the ends together when my scarf is finished. I hold the yarn in place with my thumb as I begin wrapping the yarn around my fingers. 

I go in front of my first finger and behind my second finger.

I go between my third and pinky finger and then behind my pinky.

I wrap the yarn around my pinky and go back between my pinky and third finger.

I go between my second and third finger and in front of my second finger. 

Now I go between my first and second finger and wrap it behind my first finger.

I wrap the yarn around my first finger and come across the front of all my fingers like this.

I take the yarn that is wrapped around my pinky finger and pull it over top of the yarn that is laid across the top of my pinky finger.

Then I pull the yarn that is wrapped around my third finger over top of the yarn string laid across my fingers.

Now I do my second finger.

Now I do my pointer finger. 
You can do this by starting from the pinky OR starting from the first finger. I show you by starting from the pinky finger because I do not want you to skip your pinky. Sometimes when we first start finger knitting we might miss the pinky by accident because the yarn might fall off the pinky and then we skip it. So once you get the hang of it, give both starting points a try. :) 

Now I take my yarn string and wrap it around the back of my hand to the first finger and across the front of my fingers. Then we start pulling the wrapped yarn from each finger over top of the loose yarn like we did before. Keep doing this over and over again until you get to the end of your yarn.

This is what your scarf will start to look like on the back of your hand. You can pull the end of your scarf like this from time to time to check out how awesome your scarf is looking. :)

Once you get to the end of your yarn you can take the end of your yarn and slide it under the yarn on each finger like this. You can slide the yarn off of your fingers as you do it. Now you pull the end string to tighten it.

Now it is time to end our project. I take the end string of one side and push it through any hole on the end of the opposite side and then do the same thing on the other side. I tie the strings together a couple of times and then I push the end strings through each other's side again and double tie it again. Then I cut the ends off when I know that it is tied securely. Yay!! We are all done! That was so EASY! 

Don't forget to check out the video if you have any questions on how to do this. It shows you in more detail how to do it. :) 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

DIY Easy String Bracelets

This is a super easy bracelet pattern that is fun and inexpensive to make. they are even washable. Kids will love making them but so will adults. :)  I made up this pattern so that I could add this project to the list of things that I am making for Christmas gifts this year. I wanted to share it with you so that you can have an extra gift idea for your friends and family too.  
I made a step by step tutorial for our YouTube channel if you would like to watch the video.

Here is what you will need:
*Measuring Tape
*Crochet Hook (optional-see video)
*Glue (optional)
*Clamp or Clipboard
*Cotton String
(I use Peaches and Cream string)

The first thing that we do is chain stitch the cotton string into 2 chains. I show you how to do this in the video. You can do this with or without the crochet hook. One chain will be about 12 inches.
The second chain will be about 54 inches.
This will make a bracelet that is about 9 inches long.
 You will need to adjust the chain length if you would like your bracelet to be longer or shorter. 

Once you crochet your chains to the length you need them we will fold our long chain in half and lay our short chain down on top of the folded piece. We will make the clasp where we folded the chain by tying a knot at the base of the clasp with the short chain tied in with it. This is where we will put the knot. Once the knot is tied you can cut off the extra string.

I put my clasp under my clamp and spread the chains out like this. The two long pieces go on the outside and the short piece goes on the inside.

I make a loop on the right side with the right string and put it under the center string like this...

Then I put that string over top of the left string so that it looks like this... 

Now I pick up the left string and put it through the loop on the right side like this... 

Then I pull it tight.

Now we do the same steps by starting on the left side this time... 

You continue this pattern until you run out of string or until the bracelet is the size you want it. 

Now we take our 3 end strings and tie a knot in the end. Then we trim off the end pieces. You will put the knot through the loop on the other end to hold your bracelet on.

The last thing that I do is put glue on the knots to be sure that the knots do not come undone. I used super glue but you can use tacky glue too.

There are lots of ways that you can make your bracelets different. You can add beads...

You can buy different colored string or even mix crochet string with your cotton string to give it a different look.
This bracelet reminds me of strawberries and cream.

Use your imagination to make your bracelets different and unique.
Don't forget to watch our video for more tips, tricks and techniques on how to make this bracelet. 

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope this tutorial was helpful to you and will inspire you to make your own bracelets. :) 

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