DIY Star Photo Holder

I always forget what a mess it is to work with glitter, it ends up stuck on everything, but a glittery mess is totally worth it. These photo holders are super easy and quick to make and can easily double as a Christmas or New Year's eve decoration.  

Hope you liked this quick DIY.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

DIY upcycled advent calendar // Christmas Crafts

Everyone is already thinking about twinkling sparkling lights and presents, so to get even more in the Christmas spirit, why not make this calendar with papers you already have at home? Best part is finding treats and small presents to fill the bags with, since I made this one especially for my sister and since she is a little fashionista, besides the candy, I've also added some hair clips, rings, a necklace and small makeup items.

paper bags or any kind of paper you want to use | glue | scissors | x-acto knife | cord | small clothes pins | sewing machine (optional)

Start by taking the bag apart and draw a rectangle as big as you want your calendar bags to be and cut it.

Fold both sides to the middle overlapping in the center and glue it.

To make the bags a little bigger, I'm folding the sides to the inside making an accordion effect.

Print a bunch of numbers with different types of fonts. Since I'm also making white bags, I printed the numbers on a piece of paper from one of the bags as well.

Cut the numbers one by one, this actually didn't take as long as I expected, though it does take a while, maybe watch a tv show in the process.

Make sure to plan which bags are going to be white and which are going to be brown, so you don't waste time cutting numbers that are not even going to use.

Once you have all the 25 numbers you can start gluing them onto the bags.

Once they are dry you can start filling them up.

To make sure there is no peeking, I've sewed the top of the bags with a zig-zag stitch.

Lastly, hang all of the bags onto a piece of twine and hold it with small clothespins. Since the brown and white paper is not very christmasy, you can decorate it with Christmas lights, or maybe some red ribbons.

Are you planning on making an Advent Calendar this year?
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Free Download // Craft Supplies Vectors and PNG

Finally a new freebie today!
Regardless of my absence on the blog lately, I'm still planning a few new crafts and even brainstorming Christmas ideas, I'm determined to start early this year for a change.
Meanwhile, I've put together this set of free craft supplies vectors, that you can use for wherever you like.

The files are available in transparent png and eps vectors, they are hosted on google drive and all you need to do is press the download button bellow.

Do you have any requests for future freebies?
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Upcycle Pencils Intro Jewelry // Back to school DIY

Even though I'm no longer in school, I could not pass this opportunity to make a themed craft. My two younger sisters start in September, and before starting to buy new supplies this was the perfect timing to brainstorm some upcycling ideas to make with the old ones. We ended up deciding on jewelry pieces (somehow I always end up making some kind of accessory) wich consist of front/back earrings, wich I am kinda obsessed about, an arrow necklace and a more discreet bracelet.

Materials: Colored pencils | Saw | Sandpaper | Pencil sharpener | Scissor | Hot glue | Super glue | Earring posts | Clear nail polish

1. Start by cutting the tip of the pencil with the saw, make sure the cut is as straight as possible
2. Cut a 2cm piece for the back
3. Sand the ends on both parts
4. Use superglue to glue the earring post to the front and on the back remove part of the pigmented core until you can fit the earring post inside
5. Fill the hole with hot glue and let it cool
6. Pierce the glue with the earring and protect the pencil from smudging color with a coat of clear nail polish.

Materials: Pencils | Screw Hooks | Saw | Sand paper | Superglue | Chain | Jumprings | Pliers |  Nail polish

1. Start by aligning all the pencils in the position you want and mark where you will cut each one
2. Cut the pencils and don't forget to send the bottoms
3. Attach a screw hook on the two pencils from the outer sides
4. Use superglue to glue all the pencils together
5. Finally attach the jump rings and chain.

Materials: Pencils | Saw | Scissor | Washi tape | Pliers | Suede cord | Jumprings | Crimp ends | Clasp | Screw hooks

You can always make your pencil jewelry a bit more discreet like this bracelet, by covering the pencil in washi tape or painting a fun pattern in nail polish.

1. Same as the other two you will need to cut the pencil with the size you want
2. Cover it with washi tape
3. Screw the hooks on each side
4. Use suede cord or any other thick cord to make the wristband, and to close it, attach the crimp ends, jump rings and clasp.

How many of you are making back to school crafts this year? Has your school started yet?
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5 DIY Leather Bracelets

One of my most popular posts right now has to be the 5 different square knot friendship bracelets, I've been getting a lot of positive comments and questions about it wich makes the work I've put intro it really worth the while.

I've also been getting requests for new bracelet projects so it was about time for a new mega tutorial, but this time using leather cords instead. All of these are beginner approved and I tried to use as few supplies as possible, so besides easy these are also very inexpensive.

Watch the video bellow for step-by-step instructions and all the supplies and measurements are listed bellow each bracelet picture.

For the 1st bracelet you are going to need:

1 meter or 40 inches of leather cord | 2 pieces of  thin ribbon with 70 cm or 30 inches each
1 Button | Scissors | Glue

To make the pearl bracelet you will need:

50 cm or 20 inches of leather cord | Wire | Pearl Bead | 2 Crimp ends | Lobster clasp | Chain | Pliers | Scissors and Glue.

For this very easy twisted bracelet the materials are:

90 cm or 35,5 inches of leather cord | 2 Crimp ends | Lobster clasp | Chain | Pliers | Scissors and Glue.

For the knotted one you will need:

2 Strands of leather with 50 cm or 20 inches each | 2 Crimp ends | Lobster clasp | Chain | Pliers | Scissors and Glue.

To make the last bracelet the materials are:
50 cm or 20 inches of leather cord | Ball chain | 2 Crimp ends | Crochet Thread | Lobster clasp | Chain | Pliers| Scissors and Glue.

I can't believe how long it took me to film and edit this video, between work and lazy beach days, the time left on the weekends just sleeps away so quickly. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this DIY, I made a special hidden Pinterest image so don't forget to pin it, and I will talk to you soon,

Craft adventures // DIY Lace-up Flats

Lace-up shoes are super on trend, and I've been wanting to DIY my own since I saw Pair and a Spare's version. I was not sure how this would work for me, but I manage to complete it with some minor mistakes. Sucess! 
Watch the video bellow for a better understanding of my suede cord problem...

Have you made any shoe makeovers lately? 
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10 of the Best Sites to submit your DIY tutorials // Updated

When you make a DIY tutorial, you want to share it with the world, but sometimes that can be hard especially if you are just getting started on your blog.
It has been almost two years since I started blogging, since then I've been discovering new sites and tried a few, some are not that good, they take a lot of time and sometimes your diy never gets featured, others like these ones are great, bringing traffic and new followers to your blog.
Of course this is just a selection of my favorites, so if you know any others fell free to share, so I can add them to the list.

So before you spend hours searching web for websites, here is a list of my top 10 favorite sites where you can submit your tutorials.

1- Craftgawker, Foodgawker and Stylegawker
These gawker sites are super popular, if you haven't heard about it, where have you been?
But seriously, craftgawker is the one that drives most of my redirected views and is also my favorite to discover new crafts.
You can submit craft tutorials to craftgawker, nail tutorials and fashion related posts to stylegawker and recipes to foodgawker.
You have to be registered to submit your posts and the administration is rigorous with the submitted pictures, but if you have good quality pictures and nice posts you can easily get featured.

2- Roadkill Rescue
This is a reporpuse and recycling blog, where you can find great ideas from the owner Beckie and from other bloggers who submit their projects.
You don't have to be registered to submit, all you have to do is fill out a form with your post information.
Click here to the submition page.

3- Totally Tutorials
It's very easy to submit to this blog as well, although sometimes can take a while for them to publish your tutorial, due to the amount of submitions.
Click here to fill the submition form.

4- Recyclart
If you like to make recycled crafts like me, this is also a great site, all my submitted posts here were accepted with no problem, once again no registration required, just a form with the post information and pictures.

5- Craftgossip
This is also a nice site, when you submit your tutorial you have to choose the category of your craft, each category has a different editor. You can also submit recipes and food related posts in the edible crafts category. Submit here.

6- Cut out and keep
Also a good site, although your tutorial needs to be written in the Submission Form and your tutorial is hosted on their site, good for crafters who don't have their own blog but still want to share their ideas.
Here you also have to be registered to submit and you can add your social media and blog information on your profile. I also have an account here if you want to follow.

7- Copycat Crafts
Have you made any designer inspired DIY lately or cook up your own version of a well-known recipe? This is the best place to submit it. No need for registration, all you have to do is fill out their form.

8- Create Happy Crafts
Here you can submit every kind of crafts, also running a craft-a-month challenge if you want to join. Click here to submit.

9- Blitsy
Blitsy is mainly an online craft supply store, but they also have a great inspiration section where you can submit your craft tutorials, you will need to register and like most of these sites your submission will be reviewed by their team. Click here to submit

10- Kollabora
And lastly this is one of my recent favorites, the idea here is unite crafters of all skill levels and craft categories to share projects and get inspired, the main reason that I like it so much is that allows video embedding, so I can share my youtube videos. Plus there are some fantastic projects there, and I recommend you to take pay them a visit and check out for yourself.

Here are a few more that you might want to give it a try:
Looksi Square
A Little Craft In Your Day
Dollar Store Crafts
IShare Crafts
Freeneedle - for sewing tutorials

Do you submit your tutorials to these sites?
Do you know any others?

Talk to you soon,