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DIY of the Week – The Easiest Bird Feeder Ever!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

It’s Monday! And so, we’re back again with a brand new DIY project. This week, we’re going to learn how to make the easiest ever bird feeder in the history of DIY bird feeders ever! (OK, so we might be a little over enthusiastic about how easy this one is to make, but we’re not kidding about how easy it really is)

So, let’s get started then!

 

What you need:

1. Cardboard egg box

2. Scissors

3. Jute thread

4. Bird feed

Image source - Homemade Bird Food

Image source – Homemade Bird Food

 

What to do:

Step 1

Carefully cut the top half of the egg carton off, and proceed to make four small holes in each of the corners of the remaining bottom portion.

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Image source – Pbs,org

 

Step 2

Run the string through each of the four holes, leaving enough length to hang over a tree branch, and tie together at the top.

 

Step 3

Fill each egg compartment with the assorted bird seed.

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Image source – DIY Health Academy

 

Step 4

Head outside and hang your bird feeder. Ideal location would be on a tree branch, but if you don’t have a tree right near your house, you can even hang it in your balcony, or off the grill outside your kitchen window.

Image source - Homemade Bird Food

Image source – Homemade Bird Food

 

And there you go! See? We weren’t exaggerating about the simplicity of this project.

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Image source – greendiary.com

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

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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.

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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.

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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 – Harmonica with Popsicle Sticks

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Hi there! Hope you had a great week. We’re back here to get you started off with the next one with this cool DIY of another musical instrument. Make sure to look at the older ones (every Monday) to see if you missed one in the past few weeks.

This week’s project is an easy harmonica (or mouth organ). So, let’s get started.

Image source – Mum in the Madhouse

 

What you will need:

1. Two popsicle or craft sticks (wide ones work best)

2. Two rubber bands, or pieces of string

3. A strip of paper cut to match the size of the sticks you are using

4. Two pieces of toothpick, cut to the same length as (or slightly longer than) the width of the craft sticks

5. Paints or any other material to decorate the craft sticks

Image source – Anna Gillespy

 

What you need to do:

 

Step 1

Paint or decorate the craft sticks as per your wish, and let dry/set.

 

Step 2

Arrange the cut piece of paper between the two sticks.

Image source – Pomelody

 

Step 3

Wrap a rubber band on one side of this arrangement, until the sticks are nice and snug with each other.

Image source - Skip to my  lou

Image source – Skip to my lou

 

Step 4

Stick one of the toothpick pieces between the two craft sticks and slide in to the end with the rubber band. Follow this up with placing the other toothpick piece at the open end, and fit it in by tying the other rubber band on this end. (It works best if you ensure that the piece of toothpick at one end is placed under the paper, and the one at the other end, over the paper.)

Image source – Anna Gillespy

 

And you’re all set. All you have to do now is blow between the sticks, and that’s your very own handmade harmonica!

Image source – YouTube

DIY of the Week – Handmade Tambourine

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

It’s our favorite day of the week again! Every Monday brings on a brand new week, brand new possibilities, and in the world of NSPA, a brand new Do-It-Yourself project!

In keeping with our theme for DIYs focusing on musical instruments, this week’s activity is none other than the favorite (and super easy to play) tambourine. It’s great for family picnics, friendly get-togethers, and camping trips too! So let’s get our craft on

 

What you need:

1. 10 metal bottle caps

2. Piece of scrap wood (or any safe surface on which you can use a hammer)

3. Large nail

4. Hammer

5. 7-inch wooden embroidery hoops

6. Craft wire

7. Colored electric tape

8. Cardboard

 

What to do:

Step 1

Punch a hole in each bottle cap, one at a time, by placing them face down on the scrap wood, placing the nail in the center and lightly tapping down on the head with the hammer until a hole is made. Make sure you’re careful while holding the caps, as the edges are sharp and can easily lead to cuts.

Image source – Arts and Crafts Collection

 

Step 2

Cut five 3-inch pieces of the craft wire, and bend each piece of wire at one end, about half inch in from the edge. String in two bottle caps, with the top sides facing each other. Repeat this for all five pieces of wire, as shown in the picture.

Image source - Manos a la obra

Image source – Manos a la obra

 

Step 3

Open and separate the two embroidery hoop rings. Screw the outer loop tightly. Now cut five pieces of cardboard into 1 inch squares. These will be our spacers.

Image source – Amazon

 

Step 4

Cut the tape about 5 inches long, and lay it down with the sticky side facing up. Place a spacer piece in the center of the tape. Now place the spacer between the two hoops and secure by wrapping the tape around tight. Loop another round of tape to secure it firmly. Repeat this step with the remaining four spacers, evenly spacing them out between the rings.

Image source - Arts and Crafts Collection

Image source – Arts and Crafts Collection

 

Step 5

Now place the wires and caps between each of the spacers, looping both ends of the wires around each hoop.

 

Step 6 Cover the looped wire ends with tape, securing them in place.

Image source - Arts and Crafts Collection

Image source – Arts and Crafts Collection

 

Et voila! You’re now ready to be the star attraction at the next singalong!

Image source – Pinterest

DIY of the Week – Hand Drum

Monday, June 25th, 2018

It’s official! The last week of June is upon us. And so is our weekly, easy-to-do DIY for the week.

This cute little hand drum is sure to perk up not just your mood, but your week too!

 

Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters

 

What you will need:

- A cardboard tube (Pringles cannister is ideal)

- Craft knife

- Wooden stick or dowel. (You can use a large paintbrush stick if you can’t find that)

- A single hole puncher

- Decorative tape, washi tape, or paints/colors

- 2 balloons, ideally large size

- Duct tape

- Ribbon or string

- Large wooden beads, or other decorative

- Strong glue

- Scissors

 

What you need to do:

Step 1

Take your craft knife and cut the canister about an inch or inch and half from the top.

Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters

 

Step 2

Now paint over the sides or cover it with fancy tape. Use your imagination on how fancy of you want it to look.

 

Step 3

Take your wooden stick/dowel/paintbrush and cut it or break it to the required size.

 

Step 4

Punch a hole through the side of the canister. Try to keep in the center of the height. Increase the size of the hole (if required) to fit the wooden stick. You can use either the craft knife, or the scissors, depending on what you are more comfortable with.

 

Step 5

Now put the stick in the hole, inserting the broken or cut-off end. Once you have put it in, secure it with strong glue and leave to dry completely before proceeding.

Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters

 

Step 6

Cut off the neck of the balloon. Now tape a section of the balloon on the bottom edge and stretch the balloon over the entire opening of the section you’ve been working on. Make sure to stretch it nice and tight, so that there are no rolls or ridges in the stretch over rubber.

 

Step 7

Now secure it in place with duct tape (there are colored or decorative duct tapes available in the market. Feel free to use those if you don’t want to use the standard black or brown tape)

 

Step 8

Poke a hole in both sides of the drum, put in the edge of your string/ribbon, and tie a couple of knots on the inside of the drum to secure the piece in place, followed by a knot on the outside as well.

 

Step 9

Add the beads, and cut the ribbon/string to the desired length, knotting it at the end to secure the beads in place. Do this on both sides.

Image source - Kiwico

Image source – Kiwico

 

Step 10

Now seal the open side of the drum with the other balloon, following the same procedure as the first side.

 

Step 11

Decorate the protruding part of the stick with tape or paints. You can even use sketch pens to lightly create designs on the stretched part of the balloon too if you so wish. (But remember to use the nibs softly, so as not to puncture the balloon)

Image source - Pretty Prudent

Image source – Pretty Prudent

 

And voila! You’re all done. Happy drumming!

 

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Image source – Genius Premium