4 Unconventional, Easy DIY’s Using Everyday Items To Keep You Busy

 

Chase those cramps away with…

A Heating Pad

What you need:

  • Cotton Fabric – 12×20 inches
  • Sewing Thread
  • 6 cups of rice
  • 3-5 drops essential oil (optional, for scent)
  • Funnel (Make one with paper if you do not have one)

 

 

 

How to make it:

  • Take your 12×20 inch piece of fabric and fold it into a long rectangle with right sides together, making a 6×20 inch rectangle.
  • Sew fabric down the three open sides but stop so that you have a 1-2 inch opening. You will need this opening to turn your fabric right side out and to fill the bag with rice.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Turn fabric right side out.
  • In a bowl, combine, rice, dried lavender, and lavender essential oil (if using). Mix well. The essential oil is optional but it definitely increases the lavender scent.
  • Place a funnel into the bag opening and begin to fill the bag with your lavender rice. The 6 cups of rice should get the bag half full which is just the amount you want.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Fold the raw edges of the opening so that it matches the sewn edge. Sew the opening shut. Sewing by hand is preferred so that you cannot see the seams but if you don’t mind seeing a couple of inches of seams then go ahead and use your sewing machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to use:

Warm-up your heating pad in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. If you do not have a microwave, you can warm your heating pad up in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes.

 

 

Redecorate your room with …

A hanging flower wall

What you need:

  • Fishing wire (or any transparent string/wire)
  • A bucket of flowers and greenery (fake ones if you want them to stay up for a while)
  • A 3-4′ length metal rod or wooden dowel (alternatively: washi tape)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to make it:

1. Cut your fishing wire to desired length and quantity (the tutorial went with 4′ long, and used 8 strands and quantity) but it’s best to measure the wall and give it a few extra inches for leeway.

 

2. Cut each flower, leaving a 2-3″ stem, trimming any fussy leaves.

3. Grab your first length of fishing wire. Leaving 6-8″ or so at the top (so you can tie it to your rod or dowel), begin by tying individual blooms directly to the fishing wire. Every so often, tuck in a few leaves, or double up on your blooms, to keep things interesting. Try to play around with different textures, colours, and sizes. And keep anywhere from 6-8″ between each bloom. Repeat for as many strands as you have.

4. Once you have all of your strands of flowers, carefully tie them at equal intervals to your metal rod. Next, hang your rod on the wall using nails as support. Alternatively, tape each strand directly onto the wall using colourful washi tape.

 

 

 

 

Build your pet a new tent…

CAT TENT

What you need:

  • Two-wire hangers
  • A square piece of cardboard (about 15″ x 15″)
  • Duct tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Scissors or a penknife
  • Hole punch (if you have a strong one, otherwise poke your holes using your wire or a knife)
  • A medium t-shirt

 

How to make it:

1. Clip your wire hangers below the twist on both sides and bend roughly straight. Then bend both wires into an arches that are about the same size.

 

2. Poke holes into the 4 corners of your cardboard or foam board, about 1/2 ” from the edges. You can use a hole punch, but if your cardboard is too thick simply poke holes using your wire hanger or make holes with a knife.

3. Insert your first hanger-arch into one of the holes, then push the other side into the diagonal hole. Using your pliers, bend the wire on the bottom of the box to prevent it from slipping through. Repeat using the other hanger, crossing your first hanger. Centre the arches at the top and tape together using duct tape.

4. Tape the bottom of the box to cover the bent wire on all four corners.

 

 

 

 

5. Slip your t-shirt over the box. You may have to do some arranging to make it line up so that the hole/entry is centred. Pull the excess fabric tight and wrap on the bottom. Pretend you’re wrapping a gift. You’ll need to pull the sleeves down and wrap them on the bottom as well. Many tutorial say to secure the extra/loose fabric with safety pins; duct tape might be safer to secure the t-shirt under the cat tent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep the hair out of your face with…

A DIY Wire Headband

What you need:

  • About 1/4 yard of the fabric of your choosing
  • A sewing ruler
  • Scissors
  • 20 wire
  • Needle nose pliers
  • A sewing machine threaded with matching thread!

 

 

How to make it:

1. You’ll want a strip that’s about 4.5″ wide (so when you fold it and sew it, you’ll end up with a 2″ wide headband) and 32″ long. You can cut it, or you can make a snip and rip to get the strip you need.

2. Next, cut a length of wire that’s about 36″. You want it to be the length of the headband, plus a few inches on either end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Fold the fabric in half hot dog style, aka: so the long edges meet.

4. Starting about an inch from the centre, sew towards one end of the strip of fabric, leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. When you get 2″-3″ away from the end of the strip of fabric, gradually begin sewing towards the centre fold, meeting it 1/4″ from the end of your fabric strip.

6. Then, cut the curve down, leaving 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat the last 3 steps, being sure to leave about a 2″ hole at the centre of the folded strip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Once that’s complete, turn everything right side out! You should be able to get the corners out pretty easily with a bit of wiggling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Grab your wire, and make a loop at either end. Twist the tail around the wire to keep it in place, and use your pliers to bend the ends in such a way that they won’t poke you. Insert the wire into the strip of fabric through the hole you left open, and adjust until the loops have reached their respective ends of the strip of fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Now, this next step is completely optional. To avoid the wire moving, pull the loops up against the seam allowances at the ends of the strip and doa quick stitch inside the loop. This holds it in place by permanently sandwiching the wire between that stitch and the seam allowance, so it doesn’t get quite so twisty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Last, you’ll want to close the hole you left open on your wire headband. You can do this either by doing an edgestitch if you don’t mind the stitching being visible or by hand stitching it closed.

 

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