Macrame Air Plant Hanger

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a DIY with my new obsession: Air Plants. I know. My last post also involved air plants… its an obsession.

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You Need:
you need
-Yarn
-Key Ring
-Scissors
-Air Plants

One:
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Cut three strings of yarn in equal lengths, about 3 feet each. Pull the yarn half way through the key ring and tie them to the ring.

Two:
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Tie two of the yarn strands together two or three inches down from the key ring. Do the same with the remaining strings.

Three:
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Repeat step two, but tie two different strands together each time than you did the last. Repeat this step one more time.

Four:
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Tie the same group of strings together a second time, not with different strings like the past two steps.

Five:
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Repeat step three once more. Knot all of the strands together leaving about six inches of lose strands hanging. Insert an air plant so that it sits on top of the large knot. Pull it’s leaves through the strands of yarn to secure the plant. Hang it up and you’re good to go!

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I hope you all enjoy this new DIY!

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-The Whale

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DIY Stick Weaving

Hello, everyone!

I have a new DIY for you today!

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I’ve been pretty into weaving lately. It all started about six months ago when I saw this tutorial on my favorite blog… I came up with my own DIY adjustable loom, and ever since then I’ve been experimenting and learning new tactics and creating all sorts of new pieces!

This stick weaving is super great for beginners for a few reasons: It’s basic weaving. No crazy textures or tassels (as fun as those are!). You don’t need a loom. The stick acts as it’s own loom, so you don’t need to spend any time or money making or purchasing a loom. This weaving can be as big or as small as you’d like depending on the size of your stick.

You Need:
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-A ‘Y’ shaped stick
-Thread (though you really could use yarn, I just feel it looks cleaner with thread)
-A variety of yarn

One:
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Take your thread (or yarn) and tie one end around the beginning of the ‘Y’ part of your stick. Pull it tight to the other side, and wrap it around twice. Pull it back to the beginning side, and wrap it around twice again. Repeat this until the thread goes all the way up the stick, then tie it again. Make sure you keep the thread pulled at tight as you can while you do this step.

Two:
Plan out the design you’d like for your weaving. A lot of people like to sketch out a basic plan with their yarn colors. I tend to skip this step and follow a vision in my head, but it all depends on what works best for you.

Three:
Cut a decent length of the yarn you’re starting with. Pull it up over the first thread being sure to leave at least 4″ of yarn hanging under. Begin weaving your design following the direction of the stick by pulling the yarn under the next thread, then over the next, under, over, under… you get it (but here’s where I first learned if you’d like more detail). Weave until you’re ready for your next color (or just do the whole thing in one color if you’d like!), then end with the yarn going under a thread. Cut the yarn leaving at least 4″ hanging. Pick your next color and start where you left off in the same way. It’s really straight forward and simple, especially once you get the hang of it!

Four:
Once you’ve finished your weaving, turn it over and tuck all the loose yarn ends under the threads. You’re done!

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I hope you guys enjoy this DIY! I’d love to see any weavings you create!

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-The Whale

5 DIY Gift Ideas from TWE

Hello, everyone!

Tis the season. If you’re looking to save a bit of money this holiday season, or maybe you’re just into giving things with a personal, heartfelt touch, give one of these DIYs a try!

easy adjustable loom diy
Make an adjustable loom and create unique weavings for friends and family!

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Create cute color block bracelets.

Custom flask DIY
Everyone could use a custom flask in their life!

DIY Studded Hair Pins
Any girl would love studded hair pins!

Cat shirt diy
Cat shirts are always a win!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

-The Whale

Color Block Bracelet DIY

Hello, everyone!

I have a jewelry DIY for you all today!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of geometric and color block things as of late. I’m rather fond of it all, so I wanted to create something of the sort!
You Need:
you need
-Wood Strip (I had one lying around)
Head Pins
Jewelry Tools
Jewelry Wire
Tacky Glue
Paint Markers
Jewelry Crimps (not pictured)
-Beads
Lobster Clasp(not pictured)

One:
paint
Use your paint markers to paint the wood strip. I decided to go with a bright pink for more color block pop, but I left the paint layers thin enough to show some wood grain.

Two:
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Use your jewelry wire cutters to cut three equal lengths of wire, then use your pliers and crimp to secure them together. Cut off any excess.

Three:
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Braid the three wires together. Crimp the other end together as well.

Four:
curl
Use your round nose pliers to curl the end of two headpins into a loop.

Five:
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Place whatever beads you’d like (if any) on the headpins before using the tacky glue to attach them to the backside of your wood piece. Allow this to dry for a bit.

Six:
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Use another head pin to create a loop and attach the wood block to the braided wire on each side. Cut the braided wire in the middle and fit it to your wrist. Cut off any excess and secure with crimps.

Seven:
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Use another headpin loop to attach a lobster clasp to the end of your braided wire. Attach yet another headpin loop to the other end for clasping to. All done!

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-The Whale

Geometric Pet Painting DIY

Hello hello!

I know. I’ve been slacking again…. You ought to all know that this happens sometimes by now, and also that I never have an actual excuse. Let’s not dwell on that shall we?

I have a crafty thing for you all today!

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I made this painting of my beloved last week. I figured I’d share with you all how to create a similar portrait of your own pets!

You Need:
you need
-A canvas
-A photo of your pet (I edited my photo to be a high contrast black and white photo so that it is easier to pick out the shapes)
-Paint (I used acrylic)
-Paint brushes
-Graphite transfer paper (Like this here)
-A pen or marker

One:
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Use your pen/marker to trace the shapes you see on your photo. Even if the shapes are more organic, trace them to be geometric. Cully (my kitty) has a lot of colors going on, so I had a lot of shapes.

Two:
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Place a piece of transfer paper over your canvas graphite side down. Place your pet photo on top of that and use your pen to re-trace the shapes you have drawn. Make sure you apply a decent amount of pressure to ensure the drawing transfers well to the canvas.

Three:
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Remove the photo and transfer paper to reveal the drawing on the canvas. Pick out a few colors to use in your painting. I used three different shades of blue because I wanted my painting to be monochromatic, but I feel this would be nifty with three totally different colors as well! Determine what shapes should be what color. I labeled them as I went to create a sort of paint by numbers deal.

Four:
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Paint in your shapes and allow your art to dry. Done.

I think I may attempt a few more of these with different color combinations and photos in the future… maybe some architectural photos… hmm.

-The Whale

Embroidered Basket

Hey there!

New project today!

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I completed this quick little project in one afternoon while watching Netflix… lazy day. I enjoy adding a bit of personality to things. On occasion I will buy objects (typically from thrift shops) particularly to use them for projects. This is such an easy way to add interest to a simple basket! Of course it would be difficult to give exact instructions considering baskets are mostly different, but I’ll tell you all what I did.

You Need:
you need

-A basket (one with a loose weaving or a design will work best.)
-Embroidery thread

One:
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Think of the type of design you’d like to create. Take the first color of thread you plan on using and secure it around a part of the basket.

Two:
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Weave in your first color. Repeat with any other colors included in your design.
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Like I said, a quick project. At the very least I hope it provides some inspiration!

-The Whale

Quick Adjustable Loom DIY

Hey there, everyone!

So, I have recently picked up a new hobby. I came across this weaving class series on one of my favorite blogs, and decided to give it a try. One thing about me: I don’t like spending money on something that I’m not sure I’ll like or use… Weaving requires a loom. Since I wasn’t certain I would even enjoy weaving, I didn’t want to make the commitment of purchasing a loom I potentially would barely use.

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There are a ton of DIY Loom projects on Pinterest, but most of those also required me to purchase something or another. I wanted to use only things I already had. Here’s what I came up with!

You Need:
you need
-A box with a lid (such as a shoe box)
-Nails or screws (I used screws because that is what I had)
-Hammer
-Measuring device
-Marker
-Box cutter

One:
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Cut the box so that it is the same height as the lid. I simply put the lid next to the box and traced where to cut.

Two:
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Use your measuring device to mark dots 1/2″ apart on one side of each component of the box.

Three:
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Insert a nail (or screw) where each dot is. Leave about 1/2″ of the nail raised above the surface.

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You’re done and ready to get weaving! The great thing about this ‘loom’ is that it’s easy to adjust it for most any size weaving. Just place the two components as close or as far apart as you desire!

I’ve made a few weavings now, and I must say that I do enjoy it! While I probably would not have regretted purchasing an actual loom (and I may still do so with one of these: looms), I am glad that I tried it out beforehand.
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-The Whale

Mini Magnetic Wine Cork Planters

Hello all!

Today I want to share a quick little project with everyone!

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I made mini wine cork planters! These are so unbearably cute and easy to make!

You Need:
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-Wine Corks
-Magnets
-Exacto Knife
-Tiny Plants (I used mini cacti!)
-Planting Soil (like a tiny bit)
-Tacky or Hot Glue
-Paint Markers (optional)

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First thing’s first, you must hollow out a small hole for the plant to go in. I used an exacto knife to carve out the tiny hole. I carved about a half inch into the cork.

Now if you want to paint your planters, it is time. I painted about half of them just to keep it interesting. Basically just on the more ‘boring’ corks.

Once the paint is dry (if you painted), go ahead and glue a magnet to the back of each one. After the glue is dry (and I learned the hard way: waiting for the glue to dry is important) add a pinch of soil and a drop of water to the hole you carved out, then go ahead and add the tiny plant!

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SO CUTE! Mine are hanging out on my fridge for now, but I think it would be cute to have some on my dry erase board!

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-The Whale

DIY Custom Flask!

Hey, everyone!

TGIF! (for serious) This week has been DRAGGING. It probably has something to do with the fact that I’m GOING ON VACATION next week… it always seems that when you’re looking forward to something, it takes forever for the time to arrive!

Anyways, I recently invested in a new flask… It was just something I felt I needed to have. However, I also felt that I needed to make it my own in some way. Hence this post!

Custom flask DIY

So I’ve had these awesome paint markers for a while now. I really do use them a bunch. When I got my flask and was pondering how to be creative with it, I ultimately decided to use them to create a design!

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You Need:
-A Flask
-Paint Markers
-Clear Sealer

This is a pretty straight forward DIY. Use your markers to paint a design onto the flask. I decided to go with a geometric design that also incorporated the word “meow”… mostly because I’m crazy. Obviously draw what suites you!
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After the design is done, allow it to dry completely. (about an hour or so) Once the paint is dry, apply a coat of clear sealer. I did one side of my flask, let it dry, then did the other side. The sealer will ensure that your design stays on and will protect it from scratches! Be sure to follow the instructions on what ever sealer you get.

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And done! Easy as pie.

I love my new little flask… it’s probably coming with me on vacation.

Speaking of vacation… I’m leaving this Sunday morning to go west. I know that’s very general, but we’re going a lot of places! (Yellowstone, Denver, Mt. Rushmore, Ect.) I’m pretty excited about it, and I plan on taking a ton of photos that I can share with you all! Follow me on Instagram for current updates! Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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-The Whale

Hanging Basket Planter

Hey there!

So I completed a small project over the weekend that I want to share with you guys!

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I’m pretty into houseplants. Mostly succulents and cacti. This weekend I went into ‘get stuff done mode.’ This resulted in me re-potting all my house plants and cleaning up my little cacti gardens. I’ve had this vine type plant on my windowsill pretty much ever since I moved, and I had been thinking it would make a good candidate for a hanging piece! I had picked up a small basket I enjoyed at a thrift shop a bit ago, and had been trying to decided exactly what I wanted to do with it. It worked out perfectly for this project!

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First thing I did was spray paint the basket white. I really wanted to keep the fresh, clean look of my apartment going on.

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After the paint was dry, I grabbed some of my favorite mint colored yarn, and crocheted ‘straps’ directly to the basket. If you were trying to recreate this look, but don’t know how to crochet, you could easily braid some yarn and achieve something similar.

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I crocheted a consistent loop over a doorway to my living room so that there wouldn’t be a knot on the top.

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After that all I had to do was add the plant! I kept it in a plastic pot I also painted white, so that no dirt or water would leak through the basket.

Pretty cute, yes?

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-The Whale