DIY Plaid Flannel Scarf

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This DIY Plaid Flannel Scarf.


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


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

Clogs with Yellow Ruffles - cover

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

shoes beforeBefore

And after:

Shoes 2

(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


Ruffled Shoes with Blue DressClogs with Yellow Ruffles

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!

Two-Toned Infinity Scarf Upcycled from T-Shirt and Dress


After months of avoidance, I’ve finally jumped on the infinity scarf bandwagon! And I’m glad I did because I’m loving the way my two-toned infinity scarf turned out.

Whenever I can, I try to salvage old materials from my thrift shop haul, so I grabbed a t-shirt made out of a rayon jersey material and an old dress that looked like it was made from a chiffon fabric. Both were very silky and lovely to work with. The chiffon especially surprised me with because I’ve had pretty bad experiences with chiffon before and I didn’t want to repeat the disasters with this project. But what’s so great about infinity scarves is that they’re incredibly easy to make and fashionably versatile!

Here are the dress and t-shirt that I upcycled to make the scarves:


I didn’t like the original dress and couldn’t think of how I could have hemmed, elastic-ed, or sleeved it in order to make it look better. I did love the actual fabric though so I thought why not turn it into a scarf? Look at the pretty.


Anyway, I followed Secret Life of a BioNerd’s tutorial on how to make an infinity scarf. I cut and sewed and scrapped together pieces until I had the correct measurements. Love how it turned out! It’s really warm and the material is light and soft, perfect for California’s version of winter!


9 Halloween Crafts Made with Recycled Materials

Halloween isn’t just about the costumes. More than anything, it’s about the decorations and getting the spooky feel just right. But instead of wasting money on a new set of Halloween decorations this year, why not make your own from recycled products? We gathered some of the cutest crafts from around the Blogosphere, and the best part is they’re all made from recycled or repurposed materials. Check out all the tutorials and projects below.

1. Jack-O-Lanterns Made with Old Lightbulbs

A new spin on the Jack-O-Lantern, these are made from old light bulbs. We all know you’ve got a few hiding somewhere, so whip ’em out, paint on them, and then draw in the details with a sharpie. You can even add embellishments like the one shown in the photo.

LightBulb Jack O Lantern

2. Bat Masks Made with Milk Jugs

Milk jugs are wonderful things to recycle. They are malleable and sturdy and can basically make anything…like these bat masks! Cut out mask shapes, then paint over them and voila!

milk jug bat masks

3. Frankenstein Made with Old CD

The CD once had its heyday, and now there are probably a bunch of them sitting in the corner of a forgotten cupboard in your house. Grab one and embellish all over it with felt and other craftiness to make this adorable Frankenstein.

frankenstein cd

4. Pumpkin Made with Old Grocery Bags

If you’ve got a lot of grocery bags lying around that you know you’re never going to use, cut out a bunch of pumpkin shapes and turn it into this cute piece.

3 dimensional paper bag pumpkin - - cover

5. Halloween Garland with Coffin Made from Old Book Pages

This garland is made from some Christmas lights and clothespins. The coffin shapes are made from recycled book pages. The best part is once Halloween is over you can take down the coffin and pumpkins and you’ll be ready for Christmas!

halloween coffin garland recycled book page stamped

6. Halloween Bowling with Used Milk Bottles

Throwing a party? Make up a fun game with these used milk bottles and a jack-o-lantern or ball, and play Halloween bowling!


7. Old Crayon Boxes into Trick Or Treat Bags

When your old crayons are long gone, save the boxes and turn them into these trick or treat bags.


8. Mummified Boxes

Grab some old strips of fabric or toilet paper and wrap it around a box or any object to “mummify” it.

9. Egg Cartons into Bats

You’ll probably never have a shortage of egg cartons. So cut yours up, paint on them, and make these spooky bats!

Egg Carton Bats


DIY Planner with Recycled Book and Paper

As a notorious procrastinator, I’m plagued with a combination of contradictory habits: I’m messy but I’m also extremely organized. Or rather, I like to pretend I’m organizing my time and managing my projects, when really, what I’m doing is putting off having to do those projects themselves. As a result, I start a lot of “journals” where I attempt to plan. I’m obsessed with notebooks, pens, post-its, dividers, index cards… Needless to say, my desk is a mess and I hate it but I also love it. It’s quite a dilemma.

My obsession with organization came in handy when I got the itch to stitch make something yesterday! I didn’t just want to buy a new SONY DSCplanner for a number of reasons. Mostly because they are so limiting with pre-filled sheets, and I like some room for creativity.  Plus I knew that my daily planner sheet needed to be specific to what need to focus on to actually get things done. Lastly, I wanted to recycle and repurpose materials that I had laying around my house. I’ve been dying to make my own planner, especially when there are so many free printable planner sheets on the Pinterestosphere. So I finally sucked it up and got to work.

Step One: Decide what sort of planner you need–day, week, or month–and what your pages will look like

Personally, I prefer daily planners. I know there are some of us who like to use weekly or monthly planners, which is fine. But I like to break my tasks up into small, quick-to-finish steps, and a daily planner is more ideal for me. There are lots of free printables, but I wanted something specific to fit my needs and what keeps me on track. I created my own, which I’m uploading here (Day Planner Sheet) for you to download for free if you would like to use it yourself. My daily sheet is based on the “one thing a day” concept. In this day and age where people are constantly running around, getting things done, life can be overwhelming, and just concentrating on one task a day, even if you will obviously do more than that one task, is a relief and gives more focus to your day.

I also created monthly sheets (Monthly Planner Sheet) because even though I need to see my tasks on a day-to-day basis, I also need to glance at the bigger picture now and then.

These sheets are sized at 6.5″ by 9″ to fit the cover that I used, but if you’re using them personally, you can still print them on regular sized paper by adjusting your printer settings so it fits at 100%. These don’t have dates so you can fill them in as you go, and that gives a bit more room for breathing.

I printed these pages on used paper, so it’s like double recycling! You could also print on both sides of the paper to save space.

Step Two: Decide on the cover

My favorite children’s book of all time is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I always feel like I’m committing the biggest sin when I use a book for a crafty project (AKA cut it up, rip it apart, completely destroy it). But I had to remind myself that books are for sharing and learning, not gathering dust on your bookshelf. I decided to use my copy of Green Eggs and Ham as my cover for my planner, but instead of just using the cover, I left the pages in the planner itself. I randomly dispersed the pages throughout the planner so the story and the book in its entirety are still part of the final project.

Step Three: Decide on your binding

I punched 2 holes into the pages, drilled 2 holes in the cover, and binded everything with book rings (I bought an assortment from Target, but you can also order them from Amazon). You can also use blinder clips, thread the pages together (Design Sponge has a great tutorial), or use a binding method that you like.

Step Four: Sort your paper and bind everything together

Planner Once I had all my paper cut (since my planner sheets were 6.5″ by 9″ to fit my book, I had to do a lot of cutting. Poured myself a large glass of water and set up my table on the balcony to soak up the sunset and nice breeze), I assembled my pages. I put all the months at the front, then all the daily sheets after. The pages from Green Eggs and Ham were dispersed throughout the book. Make sure the holes are aligned, then insert the book rings or bind them in whatever way you want. Presto, you are done!

I like the way mine turned out, although my printer did cut off some parts at the top and left hand side of the pages. It’s really thick, but that’s because I only printed on one side of the page (since I printed on used paper), but you can minimize this by printing on both sides. Also, I pretty much stuffed it with as many daily sheets as possible so that I don’t have an excuse not to use it.

What do you think? I hope you were inspired to create your own planner with reused materials! What would you make your DIY planner with? If you do, be sure to email pictures or leave a comment below and tell us all about it. 🙂