Quick and Easy Crafts

Pillow talk, part 2

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my pillow dilemma, so now that it is mostly solved I thought I’d update you guys on what went down.

Earlier this summer I shared with you a bunch of different options I was considering for my couch. Taking a page out of Young House Love‘s (and many other bloggers) book, I photoshopped my options before actually deciding on one.

Couch_Option2

I opted to go with option 1, buying a single coral poppy pillow from decomodwalls on Etsy.

After I got the pillow I of course wished I had gotten a larger size and multiple pillows, much like one of the other options in my original pillow talk post.

Couch_Option5

I let the pillow situation fade to the background for a bit, option to live with just one pillow for the time being. Then my neighbor and I got to talking about her pillow situation (don’t worry, we solved that problem!) and I realized that she could probably turn my single pillow into two! You see, Allie is really good at sewing (something I really don’t like very much). And, I had two pillows that came with the couch that had a fabric backing the exact same material as the couch.

So I asked if she would rip apart my new pillow and my two couch pillows, and then frankenstein them together. Being the kind person she is, she happily said “yes!”

Pillow Front

Pillow Back

Pillow Side

The pillows look great and saved me some cash money, too. Gotta love when that happens!

Pillows on Couch

Loving the added color in my living room 🙂 I still might add in a navy pillow, but for now I am quite content. 

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Craft Projects

Feather Coat Pins and Hair Barrettes

It’s almost coat season, and I’ve got the world’s most boring, brown coat that I’m never super excited to wear. Actually, I hate most coats…. I am allergic to wool, so I’m always stuck with the oversized down coats instead of the super stylish pea coats. Cry myself a river, right?

Anywho, I decided to try my hand at making a coat pin to jazz up my brown coat. So, I dug around in my craft room for some supplies and set to work.

Supplies: Feathers, Buttons, Pin backings, Cardboard (I used old coasters), Felt, Hot Glue, Barrette backings (if you want a hair barrette instead of a pin).

Here’s what you do:

1. Gather the supplies above, selecting one button per pin and between 4 – 6 feathers per pin

2. Cut out a small piece of cardboard (or in my case, a piece of the coaster) to glue feathers onto. It can be as large or small as you’d like, depending on how much of a statement you’d like to make with your pin. I’m not that brave, so my cutout was about 2 inches wide. Before you start gluing ( I didn’t this the hard way the first time around), cut out a piece of felt the exact size of your cardboard. This will be the backing on the pin later on.

3. Glue feathers all over your piece of cardboard. Tip: Place the hot glue on the cardboard, not the feather. It becomes almost string-like on the feather and slides off easily. When all of the feathers are on the piece of cardboard and none f the backing shows through, let all of the glue harden. Then, glue on your button. I placed my button at the spot where all of the feather stems meet to hide them. It seemed to work rather well.

4. When everything is good and dry on the front of your pin, flip over the pin and use hot glue to attach the felt backing.

5. Attach your pin backing or barrette clip to your felt with hot glue and let it all dry. I found it useful to fold up a little piece of my coaster and place it in between the prongs of the hair clip so the glue wouldn’t fasten each side to the other.

6. Your pin/barrette is done! Put it on your coat or in your hair and show it off.

I think they are adorable and will really help make my boring coat a little more exciting (whenever I actually dig it out of the closet… I’ll probably be cold for a little while longer).

I think this one is my favorite:

Craft Projects, Quick and Easy Crafts

Copper and Silver headband

I set out the other night to make myself a new headband. I’ve been holding onto this extra silver headband base for two + years now, and it was long past time for me to do something with it.

I rediscovered some awesome bead/buttons I have at craft night last weekend, so I dug through my tupperware full of buttons to pull our four copper flower buttons. Originally, there were a bracelet that someone gave me to cut up. So cut it up I did, and I sure am glad because these beads/buttons make a way cuter headband than they ever did as a bracelet.

This project was really simple. All you need is some felt, hot glue, flat or hollow buttons, and a headband base.

To get started, I cut out four circles of felt that would fit behind each button. I chose to use felt so that the glue wouldn’t touch my hair.

Next, I added hot glue on my button and placed the headband on top.

Then, I placed an extra dab of hot glue on top of the headband and quickly placed a circle of felt on top. My buttons are metal, so they got pretty hot pretty quick. I rested the button and headband on fabric while the glue hardened before adding the remaining three.

Once all four buttons were on, I cut out a long, skinny strip of felt and glued it down the center.

All that was left to do was let the buttons cool completely and clean of any strands of remaining glue — then I tried it on.

I really like how you can still see the silver in the band. I love the look of contrasting metals.

So what do you think — super easy, huh? I bet you all want to make your own headbands now! You totally should 🙂