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  • Make DIY Nautical Knot Bracelets

    Bring a little seafaring flair to your style with these bright, bold bracelets. Inspired by Simone’s sailor’s knot bracelet tutorial, I decided to reimagine this nautical classic. The project itself is very approachable, so even if you’re not an experienced knotter, you’ll be able to cruise through these steps.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • DIY Marbled Candles

    Want to add some personality to your space? An eye-catching pair of marbled candles and vintage candlesticks will add excitement to your dining room or mantle.

    As a fan of all-things marbled (including cheesecake), today I’m sharing my latest discovery: a DIY swirling method that allows you to easily marble three-dimensional objects (!). With the right paint and an organized workspace, you can easily create a swoon-worthy set of marbled candles in your own home.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • How to Make (Personalized!) Soap

    You don’t have to be a professional soapmaker to create your own batch of personalized (and oh-so-giftable) soaps this holiday season. While the traditional cold-process method can take four to six weeks – and a lot of experience – to perfect, this melt-and-pour technique yields several small bars of soap in just one day and is totally approachable for beginners.

    What I like most about this project are the endless possibilities for personalization – the color, shape, scent and letters you choose are all up to you. The result is a set of completely custom soaps perfect for gifting or giving out as party (or wedding) favors.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make a DIY Statement Necklace In an Hour

    It’s no secret I love flowers – in my apartment, on my desk, or as a pattern on my dress. Pressing fresh flowers is a great way to preserve their natural beauty, and by decorating your phone case with them, you can showcase their vivid colors and add a little touch of nature to an otherwise ordinary gadget.

    You can make your own pressed flowers with a flower press or by placing them inside a large book, like an encyclopedia or phone book. If you are pressing your own flowers, keep in mind that the drying time takes a little while – usually a minimum of seven days. You can also find pressed flowers on Etsy. For this project, I used carnation petals, baby’s breath, tulip petals, statice, wax flowers, hydrangeas and alstroemeria petals.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make a Colorful Paper Weaving

    If you’re looking for an approachable way to make visually striking and totally frame-worthy original artwork, paper weaving — a fun update on the textile-weaving trend — just might be for you. Combine your favorite images with embellishments like ribbon, yarn, colored paper, magazine pages, or even your child’s artwork, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind statement piece to display in your home. It’s so easy even a kid could do it (just grab the safety scissors first!).  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Learn to Weave

    My mother is a weaver, so the apartment I lived in as a kid had a loom that took up half of our living room. Growing up, I loved sitting on the ground and watching the loom’s pedals going up and down, with the sound of the shuttle moving back and forth as she worked.

    Since then, I have often dreamed about having that loom back in my life. But in the meantime, I’ve learned that you don’t need to invest in a large professional loom to learn the basics of weaving. You can make your own loom out of a simple piece of re-used cardboard instead!  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Custom Metal-Stamped Keychains

    I’ve always wanted to work with a metal in a more creative way. Last year, I finally splurged and bought a metal stamp set: the alphabet letters, steel bench block, and leather sand pad (which helps keep the noise level to a minimum – stamping metal can be loud!) added up to around $60. Since then, these supplies have opened up a whole new world of experimentation: custom jewelry, hand-stamped leather goods, and these totally custom, totally easy stamped brass key tags.

    This project is an easy introduction to working with your metal stamp set, and the end result is a gorgeous brass tag with any word or phrase you can think of (that fits, of course). Make a few and switch up your keychain to suit your mood, or give some away as small gifts or party favors. Let’s get started!  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make a Flower Power Photo Backdrop

    I’ve got summer on the brain, and that means gearing up to host gatherings with friends: birthday celebrations, barbecues, and of course, Craft Party. I wanted to create a backdrop for these get-togethers that would be simple, cost-effective and easily re-purposed. The result? This colorful (and customizable) curtain of floating flowers. Just hang it against a wall or between two trees and you’ve got an instant backdrop worthy of some serious Instagramming! Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make Embroidered Postcards

    Every year during my ritual spring cleaning extravaganza, I come across old family photos and postcards from vacations past. This year, instead of putting them back in the box where they belong, I had a thought: why not give them new life and add a little inspired personalization instead?

    After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to update my postcard collection by embroidering photocopies of the originals, which proved simple, inexpensive and stunning. Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Create an Agate Slice Art Wall

    My grandmother likes to collect rocks and gems. She displays them in bowls around her home, and I always love admiring her collection when I visit, especially the agate slices she has carefully propped up on various shelves. I’ve been wanting to start my own collection of these slices for several years, but only recently found a simple way to display them on the wall, or in the window as a suncatcher.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Hand-Painted Evil Eye Tights

    Pack up the summer clothes: autumn is here at last! Ward off chilly weather with a pair of hand-painted evil eye tights.

    If evil eyes aren’t your thing, feel free to use this technique with your own design. I free-handed my pattern, but you can also trace your design to scale on a piece of paper and slip it under the tights as a guide. Let’s begin!  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Wood-Burned Cutting Board

    I love preparing a home cooked meal, and with harvest season upon us, there is no better time to pull out the family cookbook and dream up a feast. Step up the presentation with a beautiful personalized cutting board that will last for years to come, or keep it in mind as a wonderful housewarming, wedding, or holiday gift. You just can’t go wrong with a thoughtful item like this!

    This project is a fun and easy introduction to pyrography. There are a lot of pyrography tools on the market, and some even cost less than $20. For this tutorial, we will be using a solid point burner, which you can find on EtsyRead more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make a Magical Kaleidoscope

    Remember looking through a kaleidoscope as a kid? It was like being a pirate on a treasure hunt, but instead of discovering unexplored land we were glancing into a world of brilliant beauty.

    Most of the supplies needed for this great project can be found in your home — some of them are even recycled. If you don’t have a stash of gems on hand, you can find a great selection of jeweled beads on Etsy. By the end of this tutorial, you and your inner explorer will be dazzled by the endless and unique patterns created by your handmade kaleidoscope. Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make Your Own Marbled Scarf

    My mother and I used to marble paper on the weekends when I was younger. To this day, I still feel like I am a mad scientist when I marble, experimenting with new colors and testing new patterns.

    Even if you don’t have experience with marbling, it’s a fun project to try with friends. It requires about an hour prep time, but once you’re all set up you’ll be able to marble to your heart’s content. You can get great results on your first try, but the more you play with the paint and pattern-making, the better it gets.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Pressed Flower iPhone Case

    It’s no secret I love flowers – in my apartment, on my desk, or as a pattern on my dress. Pressing fresh flowers is a great way to preserve their natural beauty, and by decorating your phone case with them, you can showcase their vivid colors and add a little touch of nature to an otherwise ordinary gadget.

    You can make your own pressed flowers with a flower press or by placing them inside a large book, like an encyclopedia or phone book. If you are pressing your own flowers, keep in mind that the drying time takes a little while – usually a minimum of seven days. You can also find pressed flowers on Etsy. For this project, I used carnation petals, baby’s breath, tulip petals, statice, wax flowers, hydrangeas and alstroemeria petals.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make Your Own Kite

    Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” While more than 2,000 years have passed since the flight of the first kite, you can recreate that magic moment (and add a little wonder to your weekend) with a handmade kite.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.