Simple Summer Totebag

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Hey y’all! I’m Dena from Hearts & Sharts and I am super pumped to be a new contributor for The Crafting Chicks. Eeek! Summer is here! Time to throw all your junk in a tote bag and hit the beach! If you’re not a beach person (do those exist?), this tote is perfect for the grocery store and can also transition from your basic nautical, summery look to a simple patriotic look for those big summer holidays! Extra bonus: It’s super easy to make. Totes Muh-goats! You will need two types of fabric, one for the lining (the inside) and one for the outside. I used a thick outdoor fabric (waterproof, score!) for the outside and a white cotton duck for the inside. Thicker fabric will help the tote keep its shape. While you’re hittin’ up the fabric store, grab two yards of rope and a set of grommets (grab the ones with the grommet tools in the package). Make sure that [Read More...]

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DIY Easy One Hour Rustic Crate

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Hello Crafting Chicks Readers! My name is Amanda and my husband and I blog over at The Contractor Chronicles. We bought a home seven years ago and have started telling our story about our home remodel and sharing our love of tools. We believe that anyone can use tools and build beautiful things for their homes. We like to share big home projects as well as sharing small projects that you can do in a hour – with the right tools! Today I am sharing how to build an easy 1-hour rustic crate. This project is a great project if you are just learning to build or learning to use tools. Materials Needed: 1 1×4 1 1×10 Gorilla Glue 1” staples (or nails) Paint/Stain Handles Tools Needed: Miter Box Staple Gun or Hammer Tape Measure Use your miter box and cut the 1×10 for your bottom and your ends. The length of the bottom is 16” and the ends are [Read More...]

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DIY Glitter Shoes

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There’s something about girls and shoes. Especially if that girl is my 2 year old daughter. The biggest tantrum she has ever thrown was because I left a pair of (too small for her) neon pink Nikes behind. And she wanted them, dangit. It was a body flailing, ear piercing screaming hysteria which was followed by sobs as I carried her to the car. It was bad, so bad I’m sure the entire mall could hear her screaming. So when we discovered these blank canvas shoes at Hobby Lobby and she loved them and they cost like $6 (after coupon) and they fit, I made her dream come true and bought them for her. And what does the girl love almost as much as shoes? Sparkles. I pulled out some gold glitter and tacky glue and got to work.   Using the tip of the bottle of glue I made dots on the shoe. They don’t have to be perfect, [Read More...]

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DIY Running Belt

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My husband runs. He doesn’t like to be called a runner, but he does run. Last year while training he was faced with a problem – he liked to run with his phone, but hated all the armband cases. He said the phone was too heavy to have on his arm, I said he could run with his old iPod Nano. He said he relied too much on a running app on his phone to leave it at home. What to do, what to do? Then one day he sent me a link to a running belt and asked if I could make him one.  It didn’t look too difficult, so I picked up some Spandex and gave it a try. He loves running with it, so I thought I’d share instructions in case you are stuck in the same predicament. You’ll need Spandex for the belt. The stretch allows the belt to fit snuggly around the waist, and hold [Read More...]

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Headband of the Easiest Kind!

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Ok, so i’m usually long-winded here and my goal today is to make it short and sweet for your sake ;). I love these headbands so much!  I’ve always loved the classic look of a simple striped bow. Here’s my quick version.  If you want darling ribbon to work with, you can go to HairBowSuppliesEtc. 1.  Start with a foot and a half of ribbon and fold like so (with snake tongues cute out of each end).  Hot glue ribbon in the middle of the bow where everything comes together and on all layers. 2.  Wrap and glue one piece around the center. Done!!! 3. Glue along the metal headband and attach bow. 4.  Use one last piece of ribbon to glue onto the bottom side of the ribbon and over underside of the headband. DONE.  Enjoy. Pin It

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DIY Interchangeable Belts

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I’m so excited to share with you today the online shop Hair Bow Supplies Etc!  Why you might ask?  Check out the awesomeness below.  I don’t know about you, but when I get my hands on ribbon, especially ribbon with stripes, trinkets, jewels, fabric flowers, stretchy elastic and glittery stretchy elastic, I get extremely giddy.  This is what I came up with when I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the very best stuff from Hair Bow Supplies Etc. Keep going… So there are a thousand things you could make with these awesome supplies.  I wanted to come up with something unique, something my little 5 year-old Q would adore. Oh and check out their Valentine ribbon… So we came up with Interchangeable belts, with interchangeable things to put on them.  Easy enough right?!. Here’s an example: Supplies: -Flowers -1 yard of elastic -alligator clips -glue gun and glue -felt Glue the flowers onto a circle [Read More...]

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TOP 10 Favorite Things about the NEW Cricut Explore

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  We are so super excited to introduce to you…..drum roll please…..i’m not sure if you know how big of a deal this is….it’s a big deal…the NEW CRICUT EXPLORE machine!!!!  This lovely baby was unveiled in Salt Lake City, Utah Monday evening at an event hosted by Cricut.  We were lucky enough to be in attendance and were able to see and USE this beauty first-hand.  It’s everything other cutter machines are NOT and we are so excited to tell you about it so here it goes….. ***IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER*** 10.  It’s the FIRST machine that CUTS, SCORES, and PRINTS all in the same simple machine. YES, it’s TRUE!!!  This is truly groundbreaking and when we heard about it just last night, we couldn’t believe what we were hearing.  We got to see it in action and it’s AAAAHHHmazing!  Down below, you see a picture of this in action…at least the cutting and printing part.  As you can [Read More...]

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Best Tips for An Easy Faucet Install!

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This post is sponsored by MOEN, but the thoughts and feelings about the product are my own. I’m really really excited to share this post with all of you today, REALLY EXCITED.  I learned how to do something that was totally out of my regular realm of whipping up things on Photoshop or sewing on my Bernina…I was able to learn how to install a FAUCET!  A new kitchen faucet, something we have needed for over a year!  Even better, I got to work with MOEN on this project.  It wasn’t hard at all and the instructions made it really easy and doable. When it comes to great design and great functionality in the faucet department, leave up to MOEN to totally nail it.  On this particular occasion, I got to work with the  Indi Pulldown Kitchen Faucet that features: Features a sleek aesthetic and clean lines (AWESOME) Features Microban® antimicrobial protection and Spot ResistTM finish (AWESOME) The pulldown wand features Moen’s [Read More...]

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Deer Silhouette {Christmas Tradition Series}

Jessica’s tagline is “creating a happy home on a real life budget”, which is something we’re all working towards I believe! We’re happy she is joining us today! ****************************************** Hey, hey Crafty peeps! I’m Jessica from Mom 4 Real, and I am so excited to be hanging here with some of the coolest chicks around! I am totally obsessed with silver and white this year, and have created my version of a Winter Wonderland in my breakfast nook. Today I want to share a simple and inexpensive Deer Silhouette Christmas Decor project… I started with a wooden deer silhouette of a deer head that I picked up for $1 at Michaels, a roll of Merry Christmas wrapping paper, some glitter, glue, ribbon and jingle bells. I started by painting a very thin coat of decoupage on the front of the deer silhouette, then placing it face down on the back side of the wrapping paper. Once the decoupage was dry, [Read More...]

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BUILD A Children’s Arbor Bench-ANA WHITE

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This was such a fun project.  It’s always fun building projects from Ana White’s website, plans for the bench found HERE on Ana’s site.  Until I found her, building stuff with wood was just a dream of mine that I would think about frequently.  I would look at furniture and wonder how it was done, or wondered what tools I would use.  When I found here site, I built Q’s Blue Play Kitchen, and Q’s Doll High Chair and a handful of other fun projects that I will share in the future.  Today I will be sharing how I cut the arch, and if you are lucky you will hop on over to Ana’s site and see the building plans.  ANA YOU ARE A GENIUS MY DEAR!! So I KNOW you will want to know where I got this LOVELY fabric….because I was DYING over it when I found it.  I purchased this fabric at Quilter’s Haven in Woods Cross, UT during [Read More...]

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