Friendship Bracelets are Back + Giveaway!

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Do your kiddos love crafting like mine do?  It’s exciting to see a project through from start to finish – and as a DIY-er myself, it’s cool to see my kids appreciation for the handmade. When WowWee sent us their Digloom ahead of their August 4th release, my creative tween was instantly hooked – so much so that we had to share here.  Friendship bracelets are back my friends and making them is more fun than ever!

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This app-controlled interactive digital loom allows the user to design their own cool patterns or select pre-made designs to weave into bracelets, headbands, anklets, bookmarks and more.

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The Digiloom is in no way one of those press a button and the machine does everything for you toys. My nine-year old is engaged in every step of the process – as she’s the one doing the manual weaving through the app’s pre-set thread pattern.

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The Digiloom comes with enough supplies to make eight items, and we’re already ready to grab more kits. Hopefully, my girl will make one for her mama too!

Find it exclusively at Michaels stores, tomorrow, August 4th.

Win It! Our friends at WowWee are sending a Digiloom to one lucky MB reader! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  For another entry, visit our Facebook fan page and leave a comment on the corresponding post.  Our randomly selected winner will be announced on Facebook on Sunday evening, August 6th.

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20 Easy to Make DIY Planters to Dress Up Your Home

With the official start of spring (despite the frigid temps over here!), we can’t ever have enough cacti, succulents, and plants in our home and have been looking for ways to be more creative with planter ideas.  We found so many easy to make DIY planters across the web – begging us to dress up our boring terracotta pots.  Check out the gems we found below and find some inspiration to give that next craft project a go!  DIY-easy-homemade-pretty-plantersA Bubbly Life – DIY Holographic Planters

A Charming Project – Upcycled Rustic Rope Planters

Homemade Ginger – Tissue Paper Tassel Planters

The Sweetest Occasion – DIY Gold Leaf Planters

Shrimp Salad Circus – Giant DIY Mudcloth Planters

Revamperate – 5 Minute DIY Spray Painted Planters

Lolly Jane – DIY Gold Dipped Faux Concrete Planter

Make and Tell – Tea Cup Planters

Make It Love It – DIY PLywood Planters

A Pumpkin and Princess – Dalmation Spot Planters

Little Red Window – ‘Hello There’ Stenciled Planters

Made to be a Momma – Chalkboard Flower Planters

Crafts Unleashed – DIY Fairy House Planters

A Bubbly Life – DIY Brushstroker Leathe Planters

Aww Sam – DIY Ice Cream Cone Wall Planters

A Charming Project – Retro DIY Planters

Lu Loves Handmade – DIY Car Planter

House of Hawkes – DIY Fiddle Leaf Planters

Shanty 2 Chic – DIY Cedar Planters

Maggie Overby Studios – DIY Dinosaur Planters

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Adorable Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

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There’s something really wonderful about having homemade holiday touches in the home and gifting handmade gifts. Jen from Craftic walks us through a lovely painted Christmas ornament tutorial inspired by clear glass ornaments discovered at a local craft store. With paint, imagination, and fun finishing touches – these adorable DIY Christmas ornaments are the perfect holiday craft to make right now.

Materials

  • Acrylic paints
  • Glass or plastic clear ornaments
  • Paint brush
  • Sequins, buttons, googly eyes, or any finishes for decorating.
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Directions

  1. Carefully take off the ornament tops.
  2. Get your acrylic paints ready. Consider mixing a custom palette to match holiday cards or other decorations in your home.
  3. Paint the interior of the ornament by squeezing a bit of paint into the ornament from the bottle. Depending on your paint’s viscosity, swirl it around to get a good coating (if it’s more fluid) or coat it with a paint brush (if it’s thicker).
  4. Place the ornaments upright on a paper plate and allow the excess paint to drip down overnight.  Tip: don’t use a napkin or you’ll end up with little bits of the towel dried to the edges!
  5. Check on your ornaments after drying overnight.  If there are splotches where the paint dried, touch up the spots with a bit of paint on a brush.
  6. Decorate the outside of the ornament however you wish!  Using craft glue, attach sequins, buttons, and beads to create patterns, googly eyes to make faces, or anything else. Leave to dry for at least two hours.
  7. After drying, secure the ornament tops back on and enjoy your newly created works of art!

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Check out more of Jen’s crafty goodness over on Craftic!

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20 DIY Tree Skirt Tutorials

Christmas always makes me want to dust off the sewing machine and whip up something special.  I love gifting homemade goodness and adore having handmade touches in our holiday decor.  Several years ago, I made Christmas Stockings for the family, and I’ve been thinking about making a tree skirt this year.  There are some seriously brilliant, crafty ideas on the web – and after searching high and low for the best DIY Tree Skirt tutorials – we complied twenty incredible, fun, festive and modern tutorials to teach you exactly how to make the perfect tree skirt for your home.  From no-sew  – to crochet, quilted, fur-trimmed and more.  Check out these fantastic Christmas tree skirt ideas below.  DIY-Tree-Skirts-tutorial

Thinking Closet – DIY No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

Almost Makes Perfect – DY No Sew Moroccan Blanket Tree Skirt

A Subtle Revelry – Patterned Rope Tree Skirt

DD Hines – Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt

Say Yes – DIY Peppermint Candy Tree Skirt

Pretty Prudent – Felt Fringe Christmas Tree Skirt

Centsational Girl – Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt

View From the Fridge – Ruffles and Pom Poms Tree SKirt

Rustic Luxe – DIY Buffalo Plaid Tree Skirt

The Crafted Sparrow – Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Polka Dot Chair – Quilted Tree Skirt

Dream a Little Bigger – No Sew Tree Skirt Tutorial

Centsational Girl – Fur Trimmed Tree Skirt

It All Started With Paint – No Sew Burlap Tree Skirt

Little Red Window – DIY Snowflake Christmas Tree Skirt

Design Dazzle – No Sew 10 Minute Tree Skirt

I Heart Naptime – No Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

Make It Love It – Classy Christmas Tree Skirt

The Paper Mama – DIY Doughnut Tree Skirt

Jacey Craft – Hexagon Tree Skirt Turtorial

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DIY, Design and More: Join Us at HGTV Magazine’s 3rd Annual Blogger Block Party

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Calling all design-lovers, DIYers, makers and more! HGTV Magazine is hosting their 3rd Annual Blogger Block Party, here in NYC on August 22nd, and this full-day event is set to engage a coveted influential audience of designers, lifestyle bloggers and style savvy consumers who turn to HGTV magazine for all things creative.

With live demos and access to highly talented creatives, last year’s event was incredibly impressive, drawing over 500 attendees and generating over 5 million social impressions!  Check out the line-up of dedicated speakers below, including Emily Henderson, Genevieve Gorder, Sherry & John Petersik of Young House Love, Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte and Emily Bidwell from Etsy.

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HGTV Magazine Blogger Block Party || August 22, 2016, 12-8pm || 404 Studios || 404 10th Avenue, NYC

Make sure to RSVP here. I look forward to seeing you at the event and please note that it’s open to ages 18+, so grab a sitter if needed to fully enjoy a day of design inspiration!

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25 Incredible DIY Easter Crafts & Decorating Ideas

Say goodbye to the store-bought Easter egg decorating kits! We’ve rounded up 25 incredible, creative, and beautiful DIY Easter crafts and decorating ideas from our favorite creatives around the web.  Here you’ll find tons of crafty goodness featuring, Easter egg tutorials, kids’ Easter crafts, wreaths, free downloadable printables, Easter decor, Easter basket ideas, and so much more festive spring DIYs! Just clink on the links to get the full tutorials and scroll to the bottom to pin for later.

DIY-watercolor-Easter-EggsWatercolor Eggs – Craftberry Bush

Make-Peeps-magnets-using-clayPeeps Clay Easter Magnets – DIY Candy

Easter-Bunny-Cups-DIYLittle Easter Rabbits – Giochi Di Carta

Easter-easter-cross-stitchPeeps Cross Stitch Canvases – DIY Candy

Diy-Easter-basketMini Plastic Cup DIY Easter Baskets – DIY Inspired

DIY-Easter-Cake-TopperDIY-Bow-Tie Bunny Cake Topper – Handmade Charlotte

DIY-Easter-tray-burlap-bunny-decorDIY Easter Tray with Burlap Bunny – Mod Podge Rocks!

Mod-Podge-Sign-DIYDecoupaged Happy Easter Sign – Mod Podge Rocks!

pretty-simple-easter-egg-decorationsDIY Easter Eggs -A Daily Something

DIY-carrot-Easter-Mason-candy-jarsCarrot Inspired Mason Jars – Homemaking Hacks

DIY-succelent-gardenDIY Eggshell Planters – Le Robin’s Nest

DIY-easter-decorDIY Twine Carrots – Cincy Shopper

DIY-Easter-Twine-EggsDIY Twine Easter Eggs – Cincy Shopper

DIY-easter-wreathUpcycled Easter Wreath – The Tiptoe Fairy

DIY-bunny-headbandBunny Ear Headband – Homemaking Hacks

Easter-DIY-GiftEasy Easter Craft – Craftberry Bush

DIY-Easter-Bunny-GarlandEaster Garland – Minieco.co.uk

Easter-chick-kids-craftWine Cork Painted Chicks – Crafty Morning

Free-Printable-Easter-Candy-Box-DIY Adorable Easter Bunny Pillow Box – Marino Bambinos

Beautiful-Easter-Dessert-KidsRice Krispies Easter Bunny Pop – Craftberry Bush

DIY-Easter-Bunny-WreathEasy Bunny Wreath – My Sweet Sanity

DIY-gold-leaf-easter-eggs-Modge-PodgeMod Podge and Gold Leaf Easter Eggs DIY – Marino Bambinos

DIY-name-Easter-EggsChalkboard Easter Eggs – ljcfyi

DIY-Easter-Favor-Playdough-CarrotEaster Carrot Playdough Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

DIY-Easter-basketDIY Fringed Mini Easter Baskets – DIY Studio

Plan some now and pin the image below for later. Happy crafting friends!

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