DIY Plaid Flannel Scarf

GUYS GUYS GUYS GUYS GUISE. I have great news!

I!

FINALLY!

MADE SOMETHING!

This DIY Plaid Flannel Scarf.

CHECK IT OUT YO.

Plaid Scarf by Bumbling Panda

Plaid Scarf by Van Hoang Bumbling Panda

Plaid Flannel Fabric by Van Hoang

Plaid Flannel Scarf by Van Bumbling Panda

Flannel Plaid Scarf by Bumbling Panda Van Hoang

Yeah it’s literally a yard of 60″ fabric that I frayed the edges of, then draped around my neck. So no tutorial yet but but but but but I’m coming around yo. Hopefully will actually have more projects soon. ;P

Like dresses.

And hats.

And things.

DIY Citronella Bug Repellent Candles

DIY Citronella Bug Repellent Candles

DIY Citronella Bug Repellent Candles

Finally crossing these off my arts and crafts bucket list.

I get a lot of mosquito bites. Step outside for five minutes in the summer and I’ll be covered in red welts. Those suckers love me. Candles have been something on my arts and crafts bucket list for a while, so when I finally got around to making them, I decided to also make them bug repellent. These DIY Citronella Bug Repellent Candles are practical AND they smell nice AND they’re pretty to look at. Is anyone else as addicted to washi tape as I am?

Here are the materials I used:

DIY Citronella Bug Repellent Candles

Pour wax into your double boiler and start melting it over medium heat

Preparing Melting Wax for DIY Bug Repellent Candles

My double boiler held about 2 cups of melted wax. This project took way longer than I had projected, and I ended up just adding more to it as it melted, since the wax shrinks once it melts.

Let’s just get this out of the way that I am very sucky at measuring things. This is why everything I bake turns out WRONG. So…sorry.

Melting Candle Wax for Bug Repellent Candles

Melting Wax for Mosquito Repellent Candles

While I waited for the wax to melt, I prepared the candle wicks.

I dabbed a bit of E6000 glue to the tab of the candle wick. Then I plucked it onto the bottom of my glass jar.

E6000 Glue Materials for DIY Bug Repellent Candle

Using E6000 Glue for Wicks DIY Bug Repellent Candles

Preparing Wick for DIY Bug Repellent Candles

Once the max has melted, set it aside in a bowl to cool.

Melting Wax for Mosquito Repellent Candles

Melted Candle Wax for Bug Repellent Candles

Candle Wax in Bowl to Cool Down for Bug Repellent Candles

Choose what essential oils or smells you want for your candle.

Essential Oils for DIY Bug Repellent Candles

I knew mine was going to have citronella, but I didn’t want it to be overpowering, so I added other scents. I found that orange made the citronella more bearable, even though I don’t particularly like citrus-y smells. Tea tree oil also works wonders, and so does eucalyptus.

I am by far not an expert on essential oils. I suggest reading more about them, as it will open up a whole new world of DIY to you. Lotion and body butter anyone? (Coming up soon!)

Once your wax has cooled for about two minutes, add in your oils.

I used Jillee’s recommendation of 75 drops to a pound of wax (about 2.25 cups of wax).

Drop Essential Oils in Candle Wax DIY Bug Repellent Candles

Give it a stir.

(Please don’t use that chopstick to eat with later.)

Stir Essential Oil into Wax DIY Candles

Carefully pour your melted wax into your containers.

Pour Wax in Jars DIY Candles

I had to ghetto engineer the wick so that it stayed propped upright while the wax cooled and hardened.

Cool Down Wax for DIY Bug Repellent Candles

SCIENCE.

Candle Wick in Hot Wax DIY Bug Repellent Candles

Cooling Down DIY Bug Repellent Candles

I let it cool overnight (a few hours should do the trick, though) and then snipped the wick to a quarter inch above the wax.

Snip Wick for DIY Bug Repellent Candles

Then I taped it up with washi tape!

Most of these tapes are gifts from my best friend Rebecca. The shape of the jars was difficult to maneuver, so apologies for the less-than-perfect execution. Hey, I spent like 5 hours melting wax, all right. I deserve these kisses.

DIY Bug Repellent Candles

Husband came out of the bedroom mid-project and sniffed the air. He was all, “Oooh, smells good.” Then he walked into the kitchen and was like, “Are you cooking meth?”

Yes, because that is what I do in my spare time, in my kitchen.

So there ya go. I hope you guys try out this DIY. It’s simpler than you think and makes you feel like a super mad scientist who doesn’t like mosquitoes. Have fun and enjoy!

DIY Upcycled Ruffled Chiffon Shoes

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So! I upcycled some shoes. Here’s what they looked like before:

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And after:

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(Also, don’t you love my Kindle case? It’s adorable! I love it so much, and also I don’t feel so paranoid about leaving it on a desk when I go use the restroom at a cafe or something, since it looks like a notebook-ish. And did I mention it’s adorable?)

Ruffled Yellow Shoes

Yellow Ruffled Shoes

Shoes

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A few weeks ago, Cat from Cut Out + Keep ~~ this really cool social networking site for crafters like moi, or should I say, US (I’m assuming, since you’re on my blog) ~~ asked me if I was interested in being a featured member on the site! Actually they asked me quite a while ago, but being the weirdo that I am, I totally didn’t notice until a few weeks ago. I thought I’d totally missed out when I responded, but nope! They were still willing to collaborate with me. So check out my featured member page, yo! **Brush dirt off shoulders.**



Also, go check out some of the other projects on Cut Out + Keep. People get so creative on there, and there are some projects I’ve stashed away for my weekends. I’m also fairly active on there when I can get a chance to post my projects on yet another site, so if you want to stalk me further, you can follow my profile.



Anyway though, Cat also asked if I’d like to upcycle some shoes from Lotta From Stockholm, and of course when I saw these adorable clogs, I knew I had to have them.



They’re even cuter in person–so cute that I felt a little bad gluing extra stuff on there. But too late! And I loved how these DIY Upcycled Ruffled Chiffon Shoes turned out. 🙂 They would make a really great statement piece to wear to a wedding, and are the perfect way to add bright colors to an otherwise basic outfit.



Here’s the tutorial if you want to make your own. The method is really simple and easy. The actual cutting, sewing, gluing takes about 30 minutes, but if you factor in drying time, they took about twelve hours to make. This depends on the glue you use, and I used E6000 so I let them dry overnight.



The shoes are also up on Cut Out + Keep, so don’t forget to go check out the website!

DIY Batman Pillow Plushie

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My husband and I are Superhero fanatics. My favorite Superhero is definitely Spiderman, but in honor of the new Superman vs. Batman movie, I decided to whip up this cute version of the usually somber Batman.

He still looks pretty mean in pillow format though. I guess there’s something about those sharp, piercing eyes and the straight, set mouth. I love that his cape billows out too, so if I really feel like playing around, I could just toss him across the room and pretend like he’s flying.

This post is a little late, seeing as the DIY Batman Pillow Plushie video went up on Sunday, but in honor of DIY Friday, here it is at last. It’s actually very simple to make, even though there are a lot of steps and little pieces of fleece involved. Any time I make a plushie pillow stuffed animal whatchamacallit, I am reminded of my days in Kindergarten when we would cut out little pieces of construction paper and glue them into a mosaic. I loved those arts and crafts projects. I miss being a kid, actually.

Come to think of it, I guess this means I haven’t grown up one bit, except instead of construction paper, I’m now using  fabric, and instead of glue, I’m using a sewing machine and thread.

I guess I can live with that.

Especially when it turned out so cute.

Here’s the tutorial if you want to make your own. I’m also planning to add it on Etsy if you’d rather purchase it instead. 🙂 Though they are made to order, so keep that in mind. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Of course, now that I’ve made Batman, I’ll have to whip up a Superman. He’ll be ready, hopefully, in time for next week’s DIY Friday. Have a great weekend guys, and don’t forget to come back on Tuesday for the next dress tutorial. 🙂

DIY Football Panorama Box + Tickets (Free Template)

DIY Football Box and Tickets by BumblingPanda

For my husband’s birthday, I decided to surprise him with football tickets! If you know me at all, then you probably are surprised that I’m willing to go to a football game, seeing as how I really hate spectating sports (playing them is a different story).

But Hubz is one of those rare humans who never ask for anything and says he already has everything he needs or wants.

(Me on the other hand–my wish list spans for several gigs.)

I thought it would be nice to do something extravagant, so we decided to take a trip to San Diego, and I also got him 3 home USC football tickets, since they’re his favorite team. The thing was that the tickets weren’t set to arrive until two weeks before the game–and those are pretty spaced out throughout the rest of the season. I couldn’t just hand him a print-out of the tickets purchase! So I made this DIY Football Panorama Box and my own tickets to give to him as a surprise.  Keep reading for the tutorial. 🙂

DIY Football Box before

I started out with a plain box.

DIY Football Box Step 1

I painted the inside light blue.

DIY Football Box Step 2

DIY Football Box Step 3

I painted the outside brown.

DIY Football Box Step 4

I painted a football stitch grip thingy on top in white (what do you call these things anyway?)

 

DIY Football Box Step 5

I used green sponges for “AstroTurf” and painted a football field border in white.

DIY USC Football Tickets

I made my own tickets with Word and a barcode generator. Click for the free Word template if you want to make your own. (Sorry I blotted out our seats for obvious safety reasons.)

DIY Football Box and Tickets by BP

Then I painted some envelopes red and “USC” in yellow on the front to hold each ticket.

 Here’s the template for the tickets if you guys want to make your own! :: Bumbling Panda DIY Football Tickets Template

What do you think?

I surprised him with this during his birthday dinner. See his reaction in our video!

DIY Monkey Pillow Plushie

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monkey panda and pig by Bumbling Panda

Click the images for the tutorial!

Monkey and Pig by Bumbling Pnda

Monkey by Bumbling Panda

For this Friday’s how-to, we’re making this cute DIY Monkey Pillow Plushie. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been really into making stuffed animals lately. It’s probably due to my recent trip to the San Diego Zoo with hubz for his birthday. 🙂 Keep checking back for my video on the trip. We had such an amazing weekend and got to experience so many things together. Plus, I was super happy with how his surprise gift went down!

This DIY Monkey Pillow Plushie was actually a request from a friend at work. She saw the pig and the panda and decided she wanted her own! I’m not sure why she picked monkey, but I like it!

I feel like Chuck Wendig might appreciate the monkey writer below, what with him being a pen monkey and all.

Monkey Writer by Bumbling Panda

 

Head to YouTube for the tutorial, click the image, or just watch it below.

 

DIY Friday: Non-Slip Shoe Pads with Traction Tape

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

All right ladies, I know we’ve all been there. There’s a pair of shoes that are just gorgeous. The only problem is once you try to walk in them, your feet will go flying and you’ll look like Bambi learning to walk.

You can buy non-slip pads, but those can go anywhere from $4 to $8 a pop, which adds up pretty quick if you’re like me and have more shoes than, well, I’m not going to say than what because you might be horrified.

So learn how to make DIY non-skid shoe pads for more comfy heels! I bought a roll of traction tape, and I’ve been cutting off strips to stick onto the bottom of my shoes. They work great–actually, even better than the non-slip pads that I was scammed into buying way back before I knew traction tape existed. And seven and a half feet of this stuff will last me, um, hopefully until next year, haha.

You can get traction tape on Amazon or any hardware store. This is the one I got, because it’s clear, but color doesn’t matter since it will go on the bottom of the shoe. As long as it’s sticky and wide enough to cover your shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

First measure how much you’ll need, and then cut out a piece of traction tape that will cover the bottom of your shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Then snip off any extras if your shoe has a unique shape, like these pointy toed pumps.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Peel and apply to the bottom of the shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Press and rub to activate the adhesive, or just walk around in them for a little bit.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Voila! Easy enough, right? 🙂

(Yes, sorry for the gross cuticles. Swimming and sewing and crocheting and never having lotion will do that to ya.)

DIY Friday: Bumbling Pig Plushie

How to make a pig plushie

Last week in my Bandit the Bumbling Panda video, I gave you all a sneak peak of Bandit’s friend. So here she is! And I still have no idea what to call her. 🙂

But at least I know how to make her, and now so will you, with this DIY Pig Pillow Plushie tutorial.

I’m not sure what happened but the last video clip was suddenly not there. The only step missing was to flip her right side out through the opening at the bottom, stuff her with polyester stuffing, and sew her up by hand. Hopefully that isn’t too confusing, but you can always watch the panda video which uses a similar step to finish up the plushie.bumbling snugglies panda and pigI gave her dreamy anime eyes. 🙂 I would call her Sakura but that seems too cliched and overdone. Any suggestions on her name, anyone?

By the way, she’s currently available on-order on my Etsy shop as well.

** Today’s post is inspired by and dedicated to my friend Beverly, for her love of pigs! Congratulations on your recent engagement, yo! May your marriage be as full of stuffing life and dazzle-eyed with dreams as this pink-alicious, adorable, nameless pig. **

DIY Panda Pillow Plushie: How to Make a Bumbling Panda!

How to Make a Bumbling Panda

bandit the bumbling panda and mommy

Meet Bandit, everyone! He’s been with me through thick and thin over the past few years since I’ve started my YouTube channel, stopped, and then re-started. I make so many things, including plushies and pillows and all sorts of snugglies and cuddlies. Then it hit me the other day that, of all the things I’ve made, my cute little panda has never been one of them. So I decided to get cracking down on it. And while I was at it, I also made a tutorial:

Bandit staring at an orchid

So in the video I mentioned that everyone keeps asking me why he’s so sad. Guys, he’s a BUMBLING panda. Has anyone ever looked happy while they’re bumbling?

Haha, joking aside though, I kind of love how “meh” and dejected he always seems. Like no matter how hard you try he’s never going to cheer up. Some people might say this says a lot about me, but I don’t know any of those people, so…meh. Besides. Pain builds character. So his painful smile gives him a lot of character, in my opinion. Right?

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Bandit Dejected at an Orchid

Right now, he’s available on-order at my Etsy Store. So if you’d like a Bandit for yourself but don’t feel like making one, feel free to message me on how you want him customized. I can make changes to his size, facial features, etc. (Like, maybe, if you don’t like him looking as sad and tortured as I do, I can give him a smile. If I must. *Sigh* Haha.) But if you want to order Bandit just the way he is, then feel free and I’ll make him as he’s shown here.Mommy stop embarrassing me

I know this doesn’t come close to the real thing, but I do feel like a mommy in these photos. Like, look at me embarrassing the stuffing out of my baby. I can pretty much hear him going, “Mommy. Staaaaahp.”

Oh and here’s a sneak peak at an upcoming DIY Friday. I thought Bandit seemed lonely, so I made him a little friend. Actually, she’s not quite so little since her head is way bigger than mine (and my swim cap size tells me I have a pretty large head–literally, not figuratively. Although I might also have a figuratively large head as well haha). I don’t know what her name is yet, so if you want to help me name her, leave a comment below! bumbling snugglies panda and pig

And who knows, this might be part of a new series of Bumbling Plushies I’m doing. 😉

One last thing, if you know me at all then you know how obsessed I am with pandas. So in honor of Bandit’s debut into the world Internet with his DIY Panda Pillow Plushie video, here are some past panda arts and crafts I’ve done.

Have a great weekend everyone. Don’t forget to check back on Monday for my next makeup and beauty review, and on Tuesday for the next dress in the 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Summer Sewing Series!

DIY Crocheted Knit-Like Hat

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My husband always complains that I never make him anything, while my closet is overflowing with clothes. So I finally got down to business and made him a very simple hat. It’s crocheted but the stitches look knitted, and it took about half an hour to make. Really, it’s that easy.

Don’t believe me? I made a tutorial to show you just how simple it is. 

I used a size 10MM crochet hook and some Bernat Soft Chunkee yarn. Here’s the simple pattern:

Cast on 26 single chains or enough so that the length measures from the crown of your head to your eyebrows. If you want a fold at the brim of the hat, cast on a few extra single chains.

Half double crochet in the BACK STITCH ONLY for the next row, and then for the rest of the hat until it is wide enough to wrap around your head.

Once you’re finished, you should have a crocheted rectangle. Again, the length should be equal to the crown of your head to at least your eyebrows, and the width should be equal to the circumference of your head.

Fold your “fabric” in half, making sure the stripes or rows are vertical. Stitch down the side with a knitting needle. (In the video, I didn’t have one on hand, so I just used my crochet hook.) Then either with a knitting needle or a crochet hook like me, gather the top of the head with a piece of yarn, tighten, bind the yarn, snip, and flip it inside out.

You can add a pom pom for extra oomph! But since this is for my husband and he has enough oomph as it is, I decided to leave it out. 🙂

Voila. You have a crocheted hat that looks like it was knitted. And it will only take you about half an hour to make, depending on how awesome you are.

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