From DIY Projects

It’s DIY Time, Baby!

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Yesterday afternoon I whipped up this super cute tote using gold leaf on fabric. Ever tried it? It actually works great and has a cool effect. The hardest part of this entire project was trying to get a good picture of it because the gold reflects the light so much. I used the new Cricut Explore to cut out the design and already am starting to think about more ideas for this technique. I know it’s a long way off, but I think this could make some really cool and sophisticated metallic Christmas stockings. Or even a big piece of fabric art for a room. My wheels are turning!

Check out the full step-by-step DIY on Whimseybox!

 

Hey, I made this rad bear water/wine bottle pouch!

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Any picnics or festivals in your future? Have a ton of those freebie flat plastic water bottles that everyone is slapping their logo on these days? Well then I’ve got a project for you! I sewed up this cutie in just a few fast minutes and even got to play with our new Circut Explore to cut out the cute iron-on bear.

You can find the full project over on Whimseybox of course!

DIY Faux Jeweled Sweatshirt

What’s this? A DIY post? What the what?! I know, it’s been forevs. And that’s crazy because I’ve been wanting to make this sweatshirt for so long and hadn’t gotten around to it. Today I did and (with the help of Whimseybox designer Alyssa) it came out so amazing and was super easy! You should totally send me stuff that you want jewels ironed-on to because I’ve got a bunch leftover and want to put them on everything now.

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Find the full step-by-step instructions on Whimseybox!

DIY Reusable Duct Tape Coffee Sleeve

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Turn your morning coffee into a fashion statement with this DIY woven coffee sleeve. Using Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape website Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape you can give your daily cup and colorful upgrade.
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To make this woven coffee sleeve you’ll need:
- Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape website Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape – we used Lace Vegas, Pearl White and Jet Black
- A paper coffee sleeve
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- A paint marker (optional)
- Felt

Instructions:

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Cut or tear a 6″ section of Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape in your primary pattern. We used our fave, Lace Vegas. Fold it in half lengthwise.
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Place a small piece of double-stick tape at the top of your cutting mat and stick the duct tape piece on top.
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Use the X-acto knife and ruler to carefully cut the duct tape into 4 separate 1/4″ wide strips. Repeat until you have enough strips to span the length of the coffee sleeve.
Next, cut or tear a 12″ section of Scotch Colors or Patterns Duct Tape in your accent color or pattern.
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We used white tape and colored it with a paint marker to give it a neon yellow pop. Fold the tape in half lengthwise. Using the scissors, cut the tape into 1/4″ strips. Repeat until you have enough strips to span the height of the coffee sleeve.
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To line up your pattern for weaving, start by placing a 12″ strip of double-stick tape on your work surface. Stick the 6″ segments of your primary color along the length of the of the tape edge to edge.
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Once all of the 6″ segments are secured, begin weaving your longer 12″ strips in a design. We made a large diamond.
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It’s often easiest to start from the center of your design and work outwards symmetrically. Don’t be afraid to play around and find the design you like best!
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When you are done weaving, lay a second 12″ strip of double-stick tape on your work surface at the bottom of your design and press the ends of each 6″ strip neatly onto the tape. This should secure your woven design.
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Take 3 12″ strips of duct tape (we used white) and overlap them slightly with one another into a large patch, sticky side facing up. Pick up your woven design and place it on top of the duct tape patch. Starting in the center, press down to secure.
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Using your paper coffee sleeve as a pattern, trace the shape onto the felt and cut it out.
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Spread a thin layer of tacky glue on the inside of the paper pattern and press the felt to secure.
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Using the paper coffee sleeve as a pattern again, trace the shape onto the reverse (white) side of the duct tape design and cut it out.
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Place the duct tape on the outside of the coffee sleeve paper pattern so that you have a ‘sandwich’ that looks like: duct tape on the outside, paper in the middle and felt on the inside.
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To secure the edges of the tape to the paper coffee sleeve, cut a 1/2″ wide by 2″ long strip of duct tape (we used black) and place it so that only 1/4″ or slightly less overlaps the edge of the woven design. Fold the tape around to the back onto the felt. Continue working around the entire coffee sleeve in this manner. Using the short 2″ pieces instead of one long large strip makes it easier to handle the curves of the coffee sleeve design.
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When you’re finished, wrap the coffee sleeve into a cylinder and use a 1/2″ strip of duct tape to connect the edges of the strip into a cylinder.
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Slide your one-of-a-kind DIY duct tape coffee sleeve onto your favorite beverage and enjoy!
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This post is a collaboration with Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape website Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape, but words and opinions are my own. You can find more information and project ideas on the Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape Facebook page Facebook, Scotch® Duct Tape TwitterTwitter and Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape Pinterest pagePinterest pages!