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DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 2)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

And we’re back, as promised. Last week, we learned how to make an upcycled mobile charger holder from a plastic bottle. This week, we’re making one with the back pocket of your jeans! (Just maybe don’t try to wear them after the fact).

Not only does your charger no longer need to lie there on the floor while it charges, it also looks great while it charges. And now that old pair of jeans doesn’t need to hide in the back of your closet either, it can finally be put to work!

 

Method 2 – Denim Jeans’ Pocket

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

What you need:

1. Old Jeans

2. Scissors

3. Needle and Thread

 

What to do:

Step 1

Cut around the back pocket area of the jeans.

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

 

Step 2

Now you need to make a hangar. To do that, you need to cut the side seam section of the leg of the jeans.

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

 

Step 3

Sew the hanger section into the pocket, and your charger holder is now complete.

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

 

Now all you need to do is stick your phone into the pocket, connect that charger, and hang it over the charger head.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Hope you like your swanky new charger holder.

DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 1)

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Isn’t it an awkward struggle to hunt for a table or some other such surface near a plug point every time you want to charge your phone? You can’t possibly leave your phone just hanging off the charger wire, can you? Well, of course not. But instead of constantly searching for supporting furniture, wouldn’t it be great if your charger itself could hold your mobile up? Ah yes, the stuff dreams are made of.

But wait. What if we told you that not only was it possible, it was also completely doable from upcycling stuff you probably have lying around the house? Don’t believe us? Too good to be true? No, no. We’re very serious. This week’s DIY (and next week’s too) is on how to make a mobile charger holder meant to hang on to your phone while it charges. The first method, which we’re doing this week, show’s you how to do from a regular plastic shampoo or bath wash bottle. And it’s super simple too!

 

Method 1 – Plastic Shampoo Bottle

Image source - Easy Life Hacks

Image source – Easy Life Hacks

 

What you need:

1. Old, wide plastic bottle (shampoo or large hand wash works fine)

2. Scissors

3. Marker

4. Washi tape (or whatever other method you want to use to decorate it)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the selected bottle and remove the sticker from both sides, then ensure that it is completely washed and dried out.

 

Step 2

Take the marker and create a horizontal line across the width of the bottle about three-fourths of the way up the bottle. Then, create an extra handle-like protrusion on one of the wider sides, above the line you just drew.

Image source - Fab How

Image source – Fab How

 

Step 3

Take your scissors and carefully cut along the line you just drew. Now placing your charger base against the extra protrusion, mark out its size. Cut along (from the inside) of this section.

Image source - wikiHow

Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 4

All that’s left now is to cover the bottle with washi tape (or wrapping paper, or colored paper, paint, markers, or whichever way you want to decorate it). And there you have it! You’re all set with your brand new mobile charger holder.

Image source - So Creative Things

Image source – So Creative Things

 

Come back next Monday to see the second easy method to make your very own upcycled mobile phone charger holder. Hint Hint – Whether crafting is in your genes or not, it can definitely be in your jeans!

DIY of the Week – Cereal Box Organizers

Monday, September 17th, 2018

If you read one of our previous posts about decluttering, it’s a genuine possibility you’re considering it. But how to you get more sorted? The intentions are there, but who wants to buy more things, just so that you can store the old things? Because sometimes, those craft supplies will be randomly stuffed into a couple of drawers. And sometimes, your magazine pile will be just that – a pile. So should you be heading out to the stationery store to buy organizers to file away those magazines neatly, or buy drawer separators to organize your supplies better? Nope. You just need to stock up on your favorite cereal!

This week, we’ll show you how your cardboard cereal box is the perfect thing to help you get a teensy bit more organized, and keep it classy and personalized to your liking too. So, let’s get this show on the road!

 

What you need:

1. Cereal boxes

2. Scissors

3. Tape

4. Wrapping paper

5. Glue

6. Ribbon, if required

 

What to do:

Step 1

Once you have decided on what kind of organizer you would like to make, cut the cereal boxes based on the photos you see in this post. Remember, if you are making drawer organizers, keep the height of the box a quarter of an inch shorter than the height of the actual pull-out drawer. If you are making a magazine holder, make sure the slant of your cut goes low enough that you should be able to read the names of the magazines. Hold the magazines against the box for an ideal height estimate.

Image source - Kix Cereal

Image source – Kix Cereal

 

Step 2

Once cut, arrange the separate boxes in the order you would like them and stick them in place with the tape.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 3

Once done, cover the exposed part of the cereal box with fancy wrapping paper. You can add to the design with colored or washi tape, or even ribbons and bows.

Image source - One Good Thing

Image source – One Good Thing

 

 

 

DIY of the Week – Folded Corner Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Whether you love going out in the monsoon season or not, you have to admit, it is absolutely the perfect weather for staying in, curling up in your favorite chair with a hot cuppa and a great book! To honor that, we’ll be dedicated the DIY projects this month to making the perfect bookmarks for our favorite books.

We’re kicking of the first DIY of September with these lovely (and incredibly easy to make) folded bookmarks, that you just need to stick on the corner of the page you take a break on.

 

What you need:

1. Origami colored paper (regular paper or chart paper can be used to, if you so wish)

2. Ruler

3. Scissors

4. Markers / paints

 

What to do:

Step 1

Measure and mark a 6 x 6 inch piece of the paper and cut it.

Image source - JAM Paper

Image source – JAM Paper

 

Step 2

Fold the piece you have cut, following the steps shown in the figure below. Take your time, the first few times, as it can get a bit confusing.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 3

Take your markers or paint, or even other colored paper, and make your design, and there you go – your bookmark is ready!

Image source - dltk-kids.com

Image source – dltk-kids.com

 

The only limit to the kind of designs you can make or create is your own imagination. From animals, to superheros, to monsters, try a new one for each new book you read! P.s. they make great gifts for fellow readers too. Here are some photos for extra inspiration -

Image source - Namaste Switzerland

Image source – Namaste Switzerland

 

Image source - Scraplisters.com

Image source – Scraplisters.com

 

Special Bonus:

If you’re looking to try your hand at a different shape, you can try this heart-shaped bookmark too. Just take a paper of the color of your choice, and fold away!

Image source - Funstitch

Image source – Funstitch

 

Happy Reading!

DIY of the Week – Rock Tic Tac Toe

Monday, August 27th, 2018

As another month draws to a close, we leave this last Monday with possibly the easiest and simplest DIY yet! No memory of childhood is complete without the ever-favorite game of tic-tac-toe, and this easy project gives you its handmade version, small and compact enough to carry with you wherever you go. Not only are the things you need simple and easy to find, the actual process takes just two steps, and these are so easy that even kids can do them (so no excuses left for you!)

Well then, let’s get this show on the road.

 

What you’ll need:

1. Ten small, smooth rocks

2. Paints of your choice

3. Paintbrush

4. Canvas drawstring pouch (you can make your own too)

 

Image source - Eighteen25

Image source – Eighteen25

 

What to do:

Step 1

Clean and dry the rocks completely. Once done, all you have to do is paint half of them with X, and the other half with O. If you feel experimental, you can always change it up by painting the two sets of rocks with different colors, or even different designs altogether.  Let dry.

 

Step 2

Take the canvas pouch and create the tic tac toe base design on its outside. You can do this with a permanent marker or with basic black paint.

 

Step 3

As promised, there is no Step 3! Once you’ve done the above two steps, your very own portable tic tac toe game is ready for a game or two. Once done, all you have to do is store the rocks back in the pouch, and off you go!

 

Image source - Wonderful DIY

Image source – Wonderful DIY

 

Happy playing!

DIY of the Week – Rock Photo Holder

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Hi there!

So, it seems that we’ve hit upon a bit of a trend in August (completely unintentional, we promise). It seems that all of our DIYs for the month have featured rocks! (Maybe because August was so rocking?) So, in keeping with this trend, we’ll round off with the last project of the month also featuring, you guessed it, rocks.

This one is also pretty easy to do, and is a great way to personalize a work table or a quiet corner in your home. So, let’s get started!

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

What you need :

1. Rocks (any shape, size and number, as per your preference – though it’s easier to use smoother rocks the first time around)

2. Copper wire

3. Needle nose pliers

4. Paint (at least one dark color as base, and one light (or white) for contrast)

5. Paintbrush

6. Marker or thick pen

7. Varnish or mod podge (if you wish)

Image source - Crafted in Carhartt

Image source – Crafted in Carhartt

 

What to do:

Step 1

After washing and drying the rocks, paint them over with the base colors. You might have to give several coats to make the color stand out, instead of showing light and transparent.

 

Step 2

Once completely dried, paint small repetitive designs with the contrasting light shade. You can make lines, stripes, dots, stars, or whatever else takes your fancy. Once dry, top off with a coat of varnish to seal the colors in. (This is not compulsory, but suggested, as it ensures that your paint colors don’t fade quickly.)

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

Step 3

Take the edge of the wire, and loop it around the middle of the marker, then, straightening the remaining end, slide the marker out of the loop. Now, take the other end of the wire and loop it three or four times around the rock.

Image source - Sometimes Homemade

Image source – Sometimes Homemade

Image source - Jenny Doh

Image source – Jenny Doh

 

Step 4

Now just take any photograph, postcard, note, and slip it between the smaller loops, and your photo holder is customized and ready for display!

Image source - Rustic Crafts

Image source – Rustic Crafts

DIY of the Week – Marbled Rocks

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Hi there! What’s a great way to start the week? With a dose of creativity! And in our role as your creative pal, we’re back with another DIY project for you to get your hands on. This week we’re going to make marbled rocks, which you can use as decorative pieces, paperweights, or even just put a bunch of them in a glass bowl to create a cool centerpiece.

So let’s get started, shall we?

 

What you need:

  1. Rocks, ideally white or grey, and as smooth as you can find
  2. Various colors of nail polish (or paint)
  3. Shallow and wide pan or vessel
  4. Water
  5. Disposable gloves
  6. Toothpick or skewer
  7. Newspaper or tarp, to cover your work surface and to dry the rocks
  8. Clear varnish, optional
Image source - Parenting.com

Image source – Parenting.com

 

 

What to do:

Step 1

Find an even-leveled surface (like a table), and lay out your newspaper or tarp. Now take the pan or vessel and fill it with water about halfway. Wash and dry the rocks and keep them ready.

 

Step 2

Take the nail paints, and one by one, start pouring a little in the middle of the water, layering it with another color, then another, as shown in the picture.

Image source – Kiwico

 

Step 3

Now take the toothpick or skewer and, dipping it ever so slightly in the center of the paint pile, drag it to the edge of the paint. You can also make zig-zag patterns or swirls.

Image source - Kiwico

Image source – Kiwico

Image source - Omelto

Image source – Omelto

 

Step 4

Put on the gloves, and then hold the rock and dip it into the paint design, submerging it into the water. Then take the rock out and lay it on the tarp to dry. You can coat the rock with varnish once it dries, and this will help the colors remain strong and fast on the rock.

Image source – Kiwico

 

And there you have it! Your colorful rocks are ready to brighten up any old corner of your house, your desk, even your garden! Hope you have a colorful and enjoyable week!

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