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Have you all tried your hand at marbling? I tried this DIY water marble jewelry dish. There are so many ways to marble, but today I want to share my favorite. It is technically called water marbling, but instead of water, I use liquid starch to create a dense, viscous bath for the paint to be marbled on. The best thing about this type of marbling is that it is easy to do and works perfectly on porous surfaces like all the unfinished ceramics available on Consumer Crafts. This DIY Water Marble jewelry dish not only looks adorable storing all your accessories, but it’s so fun to make!

Just look at those wisps of color! So pretty!

Supplies to make your own DIY Water Marble Jewelry Dish:

Begin by pouring the liquid starch into your sheet pan. Make sure the starch is deep enough to submerge the inset of the tray into the starch. If the starch layer is too low, the paint won’t be able to touch the surface of the dish to transfer the marble pattern.

Next, it’s time to thin out your paint. Add a dollop of paint to each plastic cup and then a few drops of water. You want the paint to be similar in viscosity to cream or whole milk. Thinned out but not completely watery.

Once you have your paint mixed, use the Popsicle sticks to drop the paint onto the starch surface.

Next, use a Popsicle stick to swirl the paint a bit to create a marbled look.

Now, hold your jewelry dish upside down at an angle and slowly lower it into the starch until the entire surface of the dish is submerged.

Then quickly remove the dish and pour off any excess starch. Gently run the dish under running water to remove excess starch (do this quickly in one or two passes, if you let the water run on it too long, it will remove the paint in addition to the starch).

Now, set the dish aside to dry. Once dry, give the dish a coat of triple thick gloss glaze and let dry.

Once the clear coat is dry, your DIY marbled jewelry dish is ready to help you corral your earrings, necklaces, and whatever you need to store!

Kara is the owner and designer of Kailo Chic. She loves all things bright, colorful, and patterned. Kara also loves interior design, DIY projects, designing new accessories, gardening, and cooking. A Kailo Chic Life features all of these passions.

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If you haven’t noticed, barrettes are making a big, stylish comeback! If you scroll through any style influencer’s Instagram feed currently, you’ll find them layering tortoise, pearl and fabric-covered barrettes and using these small clips to make a big statement! So, it’s time to continue the traditions of our fore-mothers, break out our glue guns and start making them for every holiday! I think we should start with some for the patriotic summer celebrations that are on their way with these 4th of July DIY barrettes! The beauty of barrette-making is that you can attach nearly anything to a barrette form with hot glue, so today we are making 4 kinds: pearl, bead, gem, and wool ball barrettes!

Supplies Needed to Make 4th of July DIY Barrettes:

Step 1. Arrange your supplies (as best as you can without them rolling away) on top of your barrette form (or next to it on a flat surface) to map out where your supplies will go on the form, and how many pieces you will need.

Step 2. Place a dot of hot glue on the barrette form where your bead (or ball/gem/pearl, etc.) will go, then, carefully press the bead into the hot glue.

Step 3. Continue step 2 until you have covered your barrette with beads. Let glue set completely.

Step 4. Repeat steps 1-3, attaching all supplies desired to barrette forms, until you have made four very cute 4th of July DIY barrettes!

That’s it! You are ready for fireworks! And BBQ’s! And parades! Just clip these babies in and you’ll be a total babe in red, white and blue!

I love these DIY barrettes so much and the possibilities for others makes the mind reel! Plus, they could not be easier to make, you could do it in your sleep! (But please don’t. Think of your fingers.)

Happy 4th of July Crafting!

The Pretty Life Girls is a blog about babies and sugar and paint and twirly dresses, written by two sisters who love all things pretty.

Liz is a momma of two who lives in NYC. She has a Master’s Degree in Technical Communication and has embraced the fact that she is a diet coke addict and a bookworm.

Sam lives in Utah and is a momma of two with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and has a weakness for thrift stores, succulents, and colorful tights.

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I don’t usually take much time to focus on 4th of July crafts because it sneaks up so fast. But my little girl loves headbands and I thought how fun it would be to make her a DIY star crown one. How fun will this be for 4th of July? But I figured she would probably also wear it anytime of the year.

This DIY star crown headband is such a quick little project that can be made last minute and doesn’t need hot glue or any glue at all. SO if like me, you find the holiday fast approaching, then this can be done the night before. This headband could work for any country and holiday, just change the star colors to coordinate.

Supplies needed to make your own DIY star crown headband:

Step 1. Cut wire about 6″ long. Attach one star sticker to side of wire.

Step 2. Attach a different star to opposite side of first star. You basically will be sandwiching the wire in between the two stars. Since they are stickers, they will hold the wire in nicely.

Step 3. Now arrange the stars where you want them to go and how high. Save at least 3 inches of wire and start wrapping the bottom of wire around  headband. It will not look pretty, but you won’t be able to see any of this once you put it on your head. Make sure you leave the end of wire on the top of the headband so it doesn’t poke your head.

And that’s it for your DIY star crown headband! You could wrap ribbon around the headband if you want to hide the wires, but I wanted to show you a quick 4th of July craft that would be perfect for the parade or party or just fireworks. Happy 4th of July!

Havalah is a creative blogger over at Sisters, What! and is DIYer who loves to try anything creative. But especially loves to sew, craft and paint. She seems to have millions of projects going on at one time, but enjoys every minute of it.

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If you follow recent trends in decor, you may have noticed that wrapped rope rainbows are super popular right now. Why allow your walls to have all the fun? Make this super cute homemade rainbow pendant so you can enjoy it all day long around your neck!

Supplies needed to make a homemade rainbow rope pendant:

To begin your homemade rainbow pendant, cut four 6″ strips of the rope. This gives you a little bit of extra room to work with the embroidery floss and copper wire. We’ll be trimming the excess near the end of the project.

Cut a 6″ section from the copper wire. Holding both the wire and rope together, begin wrapping the first embroidery floss color down the re-enforced rope section. Go slow with this process so that the wrapped floss looks uniform and neat.

Repeat the previous step with all four sections of rope. Notice how I added a small loop to the copper wire on the final section of rope. This is what we’ll use to attach the wrapped rope rainbow pendant to the suede necklace.

Bend the rope sections to form the shape of a rainbow. You may need to add or remove the embroidery floss for certain colors to make sure everything lines up. Once you’re happy with the look, apply a thin line of hot glue to the inside of the outermost row and press into the next color row. You’re going to want to only apply the bare minimum of hot glue and try to keep the glue line toward the back. It’s ok if the glue seeps out a bit on the back of the pendant but you definitely don’t want to see the glue on the front!

Now that the rainbow has been assembled, take a pair of wire cutters and remove the excess pieces of copper wire.

Level out the rope with a pair of sharp scissors and then use your fingers to fray the ends.

Attach the jump ring to the copper hoop and secure on suede necklace.

I absolutely love how bold and fun this homemade rainbow rope pendant is! It’s the perfect accessory to wear either out on the town or lounging at home. Consumer Crafts has so many embroidery floss options that almost any color scheme is possible!

Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.

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My daughter will turn 5 soon and she loves all the sugariest, pinkest, heart-covered girly stuff and it’s so FUN. On top of that, she loves to paint and craft and get her hands dirty in our craft room. This got me thinking about the perfect gift I could give her that would infuse all of her favorite girly things. That’s when I came up with an idea for a charm bracelet project kit, perfect for letting her create an adorable bracelet that she makes herself!

If you have a girl between the ages of 4-14 in your life, I think this charm bracelet project kit is going to be a hit. It’s so fun and easy to put together and lets their imagination run wild since part of the fun is creating their own one-of-a-kind beads! Here’s how you do it:

Supplies needed to make your own charm bracelet project kit:

Step 1. Paint your beads! Part of the fun of this kit is that these wooden pieces are unfinished which gift your bracelet maker free reign to create something totally original! Apply two coats of paint and let dry completely.

Step 2. Make some adorable pom pom beads by poking your brass eye pin through the middle. Cut off the end and secure with a dot of glue.

Step 3. Get the beads ready for the charm bracelet project kit by drilling a small hole in them. You could also do this prior to painting them.

Step 4. Push a jump ring through all of the DIY beads.

Step 5. Attach your beads to the bracelet and close the jump ring!

That’s how you make a gorgeous DIY charm bracelet! Now let’s assemble all the pieces in a charm bracelet project kit you can give to a craft-loving lady in your life!

Step 6. Assemble all of the pieces for making the charm bracelets in separate re-closable bags (i.e. a bag for pom poms, one for the wooden pieces, one for the jump rings, etc.). This will keep them organized and allow the recipient to see them all when they open the box.

Step 7. Layer your box with tissue paper and place the bags of supplies in the box along with a couple paint colors and a paint brush!

That’s it! Now you’ve created a one-of-a-kind gift that is going to let the girls in your life express themselves in the cutest way!

We hope you have a blast giving away a charm bracelet project kit, or making a bracelet for yourself!

The Pretty Life Girls is a blog about babies and sugar and paint and twirly dresses, written by two sisters who love all things pretty.

Liz is a momma of two who lives in NYC. She has a Master’s Degree in Technical Communication and has embraced the fact that she is a diet coke addict and a bookworm.

Sam lives in Utah and is a momma of two with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and has a weakness for thrift stores, succulents, and colorful tights.

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I never realized how easy homemade jewelry is to make. I always thought you needed special tools. However, I’ve recently tried my hand at DIY air dry clay stud earrings and was happily surprised how easy and quick they are to make. You simply need a small object that you want as an earring, some plain earring post and e-6000 glue. It’s amazing how quick of a project this is and so fun. I used clay for these earrings and painted them my favorite colors.

To showcase these DIY air dry clay earrings, I attached them to a paper card and used my handmade stamps. They will make great, quick gifts.  Make a ton of them and save them when you need a quick, but cute gift. These could also be an easy craft item to sell at a local bazaar.

Supplies needed to make your own DIY air dry clay earrings:

Step 1. Make Balls.

Using the air dry clay, roll really small balls, about the size of the tip of your pinky. You can experiment here with different size balls to get different size earrings.

Step 2. Flatten balls.

Now take the balls and gently squeeze into little disc, about 1/4 inch thick. Depending on the size of your ball, the size of the earring will vary. Try to get your two matching pair to be about the same size.  Let dry for 2-4 hours or longer if needed.

Step 3. Paint and glue.

Next paint your little discs just on half of them. Let the paint dry. I also suggest painting a sealant onto the earrings so the paint doesn’t chip off. Then using E-6000, glue the discs to the studs and let dry.

And you’re done with your DIY air dry clay earrings. You could add so many different variations to these earrings. Instead of color blocking, you could paint stripes or polka dots, or if you’re really good small flowers. Or you could paint them a solid color or leave them plain clay.

Havalah is a creative blogger over at Sisters, What! and is DIYer who loves to try anything creative. But especially loves to sew, craft and paint. She seems to have millions of projects going on at one time, but enjoys every minute of it.

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With Easter coming up, I wanted to create something floral and fun for my new little. This glittery bunny ear headband is perfect – not only for Easter day, but also for spring photos! It’s so easy to create it, and you definitely don’t need a machine to cut the elements – just plain old scissors! See how I made this DIY bunny headband so you can make one for yourself or your little, too!

Supplies needed to make your own DIY bunny headband:

Step 1. First, cut the stiff white felt for the bunny ear base. You can print the pattern and trace it onto the felt sheet before cutting.

Step 2. Fold the two sides of the bunny ears together like in the photo below. A bone folder might help in creasing it easier.

Step 3. Attach your bunny ears to your headband base – here I used a nylon headband (tip – it’s made from pantyhose!) so it’s comfortable on baby heads but you can also use a plastic headband.

Step 4. Now cut the glitter htv for the bunny ears and iron them down. Remove the carrier sheet and your bunny ear base is done!

Step 5. Now let’s make some flowers to adorn it – here’s a couple you can do: You can cut individual petals and and attach them onto a rolled center; or you can cut a circle, before cutting slits on four opposite sides and rounding the segments into petals before attaching a rolled center. You can also make rosettes or other flower patterns, or experiment and come up with your own flower design.

Step 6. For leaves, just fold a piece of rectangle and cut an arc and you have a basic leaf shape.

Step 7. To assemble, first you want to set it up and see how you would like it to look like before gluing everything down. Start gluing the leaves first.

Step 8.  Attach the flowers using hot glue, making sure they are secure.

Step 9. For empty spaces, you can fill it with clusters of pom pom balls.

And you are done! This fun headpiece is easy to change up – make a unicorn headband for dress-up play, change the flower colors for a Fall look, or even add poinsettias for a Christmas feel. For me, I love this bunny one for a spring mini photoshoot!

What colors would you use for this DIY bunny headband?

Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.

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