J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Any belt lovers out there? This is a simple diy to jazz up a plain old belt. Plus, if you already have many of the supplies it won’t cost much to do either. Even if you have to buy everything, I am pretty sure it’s still cheaper than this J. Crew cork belt (which is currently sold out).

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
While doing my usual window shopping online, this J. Crew belt caught my eye. I think the main reason being that I had some cork ribbon in my stash and I knew I could recreate the look for myself. So I grabbed my friend Dorothy and we went to the thrift store to find a belt. We looked for one that was flat and would be easy to cover. I spent $1 to buy that belt which you can see in pictures below.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
To make this you will need most of the things pictured above. Turns out, I didn’t end up using that pen ;)

  • Flat Leather/Leather like belt
  • Cork Ribbon (I got this from Michaels, but I don’t see it online anywhere. It’s part of the Raw Bar collection)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint or Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Large Nail
  • Optional: Heavy objects like books

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Start by cutting a long piece of cork ribbon so there is plenty to wrap over the side edges. Then lay your belt down right side up. Brush on mod podge on most of the belt, but leave quite a few inches un-mod podged near the buckle. Then place belt on top of ribbon and let it dry really good. If you don’t let it dry, the ribbon will pop off when the belt is bended. Place books on top to help during the drying process if you want.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Next, flip down the un-mod podged ribbon so it is lined up with the rest of the ribbon. Cut down one side, close to the belt edges. Make sure to keep the ribbon even when cutting over the over lapped area. I found it easiest to make an equal precise cut this way.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Then repeat on the other side. Now all the ribbon will be the same width as the belt.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Push the buckle to the back of the belt and determine where the ribbon will need a hole for the prong to go through. Create a hole using a nail.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Place the prong through the hole. Then carefully add mod podge to the rest of the top of the belt and lay ribbon down flat.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Trim excess ribbon on the back, making sure there is enough to cover where the belt leather doubles up. Mod podge that part on as well. Agian, let it dry and use books to help keep it down during the drying process if you want.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Once everything is dry, trim any other places that need it. The end on this belt needed to be trimmed.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Take the nail and poke holes where the belt holes are.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
I also painted the buckle gold since I couldn’t find a belt that would work for this with an already gold buckle. So that is an option if you want the buckle a different color. I would suggest adding a coat of mod podge on top of the paint as well to help keep it from scraping off.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
So simple, right? It really makes for a cute accessory. To style this belt, we went searching on Pinterest for some belt styling ideas.  My friend did a great job putting this outfit together for it. Have a happy weekend!

-Jess

 

Popsicle Costume DIY

Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
It’s October! Fall is here for some and costumes are on the mind, so it makes sense that our Michaels Makers Challenge was to do a diy costume. I wanted to do something different that would take minimal time and money. Somehow a popsicle came to mind. Maybe because we are still having some hot days and it feels like summer? Maybe. Good news is that it did end up being different, took little time to make, and didn’t cost a whole lot either. You might already have many of the supplies needed to make this.

Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
What you will need (you can find all of these except the pants in your local Michaels store or Shop Michaels Online):

  • Black shirt and pants
  • Tan felt
  • Foam Board
  • Poster boards of your choice
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Stick
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Safety pins (not pictured)
  • Glue Gun (not pictured)
  • Pencil (not pictured)
  • Round Object, like a plate (not pictured)

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Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
One of my most favorite sewing projects are refashions. It’s fun to just sit down and alter something already made. It doesn’t usually take as long compared to making an item from scratch and it’s satisfying to add a little more “you” to clothing. We all know how much I adore Anthropologie, so I went there for inspiration first. I found the Cassia Scoopneck and decided it would be fun to replicate in my own way. I mainly focused on the back, but there are a few other details you could add to a shirt to look even more like theirs (like the ruched sleeves and the added lace details to the front bottom corner).

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
I originally had a shirt that looked more like the Anthro one. It was dark blue with small white stripes. Unfortunately I went to cut it and accidentally cut the front instead of the back! That made me so sad. That shirt will be made into something else though. I tried to find a shirt thrifting, with no luck, but came across this cute boat neck striped shirt at Walmart. They had it with mustard yellow stripes as well. My friend also gave me  a perfect vintage curtain for the back and I used buttons, knit fabric, and lace from my stash. This shirt would have cost me nothing at all if it wasn’t for my accident, but it ended up costing me $7.44 to make versus the $68 the Anthro one costs.

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
You can see the before and after of the shirt above. Just little details that take this shirt to a whole new level. This is what you will need to made your own refashion:

  • Knit shirt of choice
  • Lace fabric
  • Lining fabric (I just used a knit fabric so I wouldn’t have to sew a bottom seam and it wouldn’t unravel)
  • Lace trim of choice
  • 5 buttons
  • Small piece of ribbon for button loop (or can make a loop simply from embroidery thread)
  • Pins
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Appropriate sewing needle (for knit fabric) and sewing machine with notions
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Optional: Ruler or Measuring tape

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Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY

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Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You know how there are “cat ladies” out there? I think I might become a “plant lady” one of these days. I have fallen in love with plants and almost always buy one when I go to a store with a garden center. I especially love buying the “hanging in there” plants on clearance and loving them back to health. I get a good deal and feel great that I could nurture it back into its beautiful self. That being said, I needed a place to start holding some of my plants. The upcycled drawer plant stand has fixed that problem.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together It all started with these three dresser drawers from roadside trash I salvaged. I really  wanted to turn them into something. After thinking of what I could make using my very limited wood working/power tooling skills, I knew that a plant stand would the perfect project.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together So to make this stand you will need a dresser drawer. Make sure it is sturdy. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want it to hold up.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You will need some Americana Chalky Finish paint and the ultra-matte varnish. I chose that varnish to be the finish because I plan on having this outside one day and it’s designed for indoor and outdoor use. I hope to try the wax one day though. I used carbon and everlasting for the paint colors, but check out all the colors and see the ways you can mix them to get all kinds of pretty shades. Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

Grab a paint or foam brush too.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Clean up your drawer and remove any hardware from it. Sand if there are any uneven spots you don’t want splintering, but other than that NO SANDING NEEDED. Amazing. No sanding. My favorite part. Once all clean and dry, start painting. I used a regular brush and it went on so nice. Instructions say to do more lighter coats as opposed to doing fewer heavy coats. So I started with a very thin coat of paint. I painted the inside carbon and the outside everlasting. I only needed two coats to get the coverage I liked even with it being light coats. This was actually my first time ever using a chalky finish paint and I fell in love. I will no longer paint furniture with any other type of paint. It was just too easy. It went on great, dried so fast, and feels so smooth once dry. And remember that no sanding part? Yeah. That’s a big bonus too. Then, when all your paint is dry, paint on a thin coat of the varnish. I did one more coat after just to have extra coverage. It went on great as well and it says it can also be applied over acrylic paints too fyi.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together For the bottom of the stand, I went the super simple way and bought a folding tray table for $8.99 (from Target). You can find these at many places though. If you can’t find one in the color you want, paint this as well. I lucked out finding it in black, but after having a failed attempt at trying to make legs for this stand with some scraps we had in the garage, I didn’t mind taking a short cut.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together
I first used some wood glue to attach the stand to the drawer bottom. I placed weights on top to help add pressure while it dried. Then I used our drill and added a few screws here and there. Make sure to use a screw that isn’t too long so it won’t come out through the top of the drawer. The drawer I used had this wood area in the middle that I put the screws through, but if yours doesn’t you can always drill them in from the top (meaning go through the drawer into the stand as opposed to going through the stand into the drawer).

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Put back on the hardware if you like or add new ones. If you didn’t want any hardware at all, I would suggest using a wood filler or wood plugs/wood filler before you paint the drawer.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Place in a sunny spot and fill with plants. I even plan on using this for other things, like holding products at craft shows and such. I think it will come in quite handy.

-Jess

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How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
I recently finished making this super soft and fluffy crocheted blanket and want to share how I did it. I made it so fast and was so pleased with the end result. I have seen afghans with pom-poms on them and had been wanting to create one that would fit in with my living room.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
It currently resides on this amazing chair I purchased while in visiting Virginia. And yes. I stuffed it (along with 4 other chairs) into our van to make the trek back to Louisiana. It was a good deal and I had been looking for a chair like this forever with no luck. What can I say?

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
This how to is a bit general, as you can make it any size you want and all. I ended up using around 16 skeins of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool Yarn from Michaels. No matter what yarn you use, pick a thick and chunky kind. There are many brands that make this type of yarn. I also used my really big plastic crochet hook. It doesn’t have the size on it, but I would say it’s around the size P. You will also need scissors, a yarn needle, and a sewing machine.

To make the blanket, you start by making the first row of chain (ch) stitches. Make this length the approximate size you desire the blanket to be. Note: The yarn will have some stretch, so pull on it to see if it will stretch much further than your desired width. If it does, make the row shorter. Then start the second row one ch away from the hook. Do double crochet stitches (dc) across. At the end of the second row, {ch 2 and turn. DC on the front loop only of the second stitch in. Continue to dc in the front loop only across.} Then repeat from { to } until it is the length you want it.

After the final row, single stitch (sc) around the edges on the blanket 3 to 4 times. This helps keep the blanket from stretching a lot on the edges. Tip: When stitching around edge, do 3 sc on the corners for a smoother edge. Knot loose ends together where you started/stopped yarn  and weave in using your yarn needle. Weave beginning and ending yarn ends in as well (I also knot them around some of the yarn in the stitches for extra hold).

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
For the pom-poms, I made them the good old fashion way. On my hand. I just wrapped the yarn around my open/flat hand until it was the thickness I desired. Then I tied a piece of yarn around the middle. To keep these from coming apart, I sewed down the middle using a sewing machine. I was scared to sew them on the sewing machine, but it went well. I took my time and used a sewing needle for jeans as well as put the machine stitch setting on a large stitch. I kind of had to flatten the pom out a bit to fit it under the sewing foot, but they still turned out puffy. After the poms are sewn, cut off the ends and trim to achieve desired look.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
I ended up making 18 poms, 9 for each side. Make as many as you like. You could do this on all four sides, but all the blankets I looked at online just had them on two sides. I kind of spaced them out to my liking and then cut a piece of yarn and sewed them each in place using the yarn needle. I made sure they were really secure and then triple knotted the ends. Trim any excess strings.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
My girls have already gotten their hands on this blanket many times and it’s holding up really well. I plan to wash it as needed, according to the yarns instructions. I will probably even hand wash it to be on the safe side. I love the extra detail it adds to our living area and it will also be a great photo prop. Now we wait for it to actually cool down so we can snuggle under it and drink hot chocolate. Come on fall!

-Jess