DIY: pretty altoid tins

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a DIY.  Russia gives me all his empty altoid tins.  I’ve been using them to store rescue cards, but I finally took to pinterest to come up with some ideas and this one was easy peasy.


  • Altoid tin
  • Washi tape
  • White paper (put it over the top to cover the altoid words before taping)
  • Xacto knife




DIY woven charm bracelet


  • embroidery floss
  • 2 bobby pins
  • chain bracelet


Instructions are here.

Lesson learned: after going through the chain, I went over the the other string instead of under which resulted in a mirrored twist, rather then a braid. This also made me have a lot of extra floss at the end. Happy weaving!



DIY: Instagram Calendar

I got this idea from the wonderful Emma over at A Beautiful Mess.


  • 12 instagram pics (I printed mine from postal pics)
  • 2013 Calendar (I made mine on Microsoft Excel)
  • Cardstock
  • Paper cutter
  • washi tape
  • hole punch
  • yarn
  • scissors


1. Cut cardstock to desired size, I did 5.5 x 4.25 rectangles

2. on the first cardstock rectangle, label calendar title, on the back of same cardstock, tape first instagram pic

3. on second cardstock, add January, on the back add an instagram pic.  Continue through December.

4. Punch holes

5. Cut yarn, thread through holes, tie a bow


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DIY: elastic hair ties

Anthropologie and Pinterest sparked my crafting.

Anthropologie has 10 cute hair ties for $15 (that is $1.50/each)

After researching on pinterest, I decided to make my own!


  • elastic (I got mine here)
  • measuring tape
  • flame

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1. Cut elastic to 9 inch pieces

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2. Knot elastic

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3. burn edges

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20 yards of elastic for $10 made around 80 hair ties (13 cents/each)

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Makes a great Christmas gift

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DIY: earrings

Finally another DIY post. I guess I haven’t been very crafty. My ears went on strike for about 5 years, I couldn’t put any earrings in my ears without them getting infected, so I didn’t wear any earrings. After talking to some friends, they told me I had to find some studs and leave them in and put the new earring solution from Claire’s on them every day until the infection went away. I gave it a try with some stainless steel studs and it worked! Surgical/stainless steel is my new best friend. So I got this idea to find my own hooks and charms and make my own earrings. Enter Etsy!


  • Stainless steel earring hooks (I bought from this shop)
  • Charms (I found mine at this shop)
  • pliers




  1. Using the pliers, open the loop at the bottom of the earring hook (next to the ball)
  2. Slip charm onto hook
  3. Using pliers, close loop

Happy earring making!