Tagged DIY

DIY inspired by… | Tillandsia planter


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Friends who are moving and housewarmings are an ideal reason for me to try out a few DIYs. Cause it’s nice to give a gift that’s handmade. And also it can be cheaper than typical home furnishings and kitchen appliances, as well as being more personalized than just a bottle of wine.
This year, I knew a lot of people who were moving and many of them like plants. So, since it was nearing the end of summer, I figured they’d like adding some green to their house now that the green outside was fading with the coming fall. However, the friends I knew who really like plants have a bit of trouble taking care of them sometimes. (Limp and dried up succulents is a very sad sight) So I gifted them with easy to take care of apartment plants. The first being Tillandsias! But since air plants don’t need soil or potting, it looks a bit odd to just have them on a table. So here’s how I made an easy hanging planter for Tillandsias.

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1 | Materials


  • Cotton braided rope (Mine was 5mm thickness)
  • 1 Wooden ring (~5cm in diameter)
  • 1 Wooden bead (~8mm diameter hole)*
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers*
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    * These are optional and the planter can be made without them.
     

    2 | Beaded loop knot


    First, take your rope and fold it in half. Take the roped loop and feed it through the bead, then take the loose ends of the rope and pass them through loop. Don’t pull it tight yet. Take the roped loop and feed it through the bead one more time. Use the tweezers if you have trouble getting it out. Pull it tight and adjust the loop and you’ll have a roped loop with a stopper bead to hang your planter from.
    I added the wooden bead mainly cause I already had them for another project. But if you don’t have wooden beads, you can simply fold your rope in half and make a knot to create the loop. Works just as well.
     
    | Steps for the beaded loop knot |

     
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    3 | Clove hitch knot


    Take your wooden ring and the loose ends of your rope. Decide how long you want your planter to be, and then tie both loose rope ends to the wooden ring with clove hitch knots. Make sure to start off your knot from the inside of the ring out. That way knot will lay more nicely on the outside of the ring where we can see it. Once you finish your first knot, pay extra attention to knotting the second rope end at the same distance as the first so that your ring isn’t lopsided.
     
    | Steps for the clove hitch knot | Another explanation of the clove hitch knot |

     

    4 | Adjust your knots


    Once both your clove hitch knots are tied, adjust them on the wooden ring so that they’re across from each other, this is to make sure you’re planter won’t be unbalanced.
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    5 | Make sure it’s straight


    To make sure your planter isn’t lopsided, pull the top and bottom ends and check to see if the wooden ring is straight. If it isn’t, just loosen the knots a bit and adjust.
     

    6 | One last knot


    Tie the loose ends of the rope into a simple knot at whatever length you’d like, then trim off some of the rope with your scissors if you think it’s too long.
     
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    7 | Add some fringe


    Use your tweezers to fray the ends of the rope to create some fringe. You can also do this with your hands and pick at the rope’s strands to unravel it, but it’s much faster with tweezers, a needle, or even a pen that doesn’t work. As long as it has a sharp pointy end that can go through the strands.
     

    8 | Fluff it up


    And now you’re done! Just fluff up your fringe to make it more full and place your air plant in it’s new home.
     

    This is a really simple DIY, and honestly all you need is the rope, the ring, and knowing how to to a clove hitch knot. Once you have that figured out, you can modify it to make it however you want. You could paint the wooden pieces with color, use ribbon instead of rope, omit the fringe and add a charm instead. Try it out and make it your own!

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    DIY inspired by… | Floral headband


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    I had a wedding to attend this summer and it was the first time in a while that I had the opportunity to dress up for a fancy occasion. So I took it as my only chance to wear flowers in my hair. It’s the kind of accessory you don’t often get a chance to try. Unless you live in L.A. or visit music festivals every summer weekend. Which I don’t in both cases, so a wedding seemed like my best shot at trying this DIY. So here’s my take at a floral headband.

    I definitely wanted to use fresh flowers, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a bouquet from a florist. So… I “stole” some? Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t sneak into people’s gardens with a pair of sheers to take their flowers. Instead, I went to public parks and snipped a few buds from their flower beds. If you walk around, you can find quite a variety and their in such abundance that it’s unnoticeable that I took a few. Nevertheless, whether it’s wrong or not, I still ended up with a pretty flower crown.

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    My dress was lavender, and I was lucky to find flowers in that shade. Unless you prefer to only use one kind of flower, a useful tip is to find flowers of various sizes and textures to give more interest to the finished headband. (The designer in me highly suggests this) I also picked up some long branches with small leaves from some plant bushes to add some green. I made sure to snip an inch or two along the stem below the flower to have a long enough base to attach it to the headband. And finally, I gave my flowers a little shake outside before working on them to get rid of little insect residents. Cause you definitely don’t want to finish your crown, and then realize there’s a beetle in your hair. (Which happened to me)

     

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    1 | Materials


    Along with your flowers and branches you’ll need…

  • Wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Plier
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape that matches your hair
  • Liquid glue
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    2 | Prep the flowers


    Depending on the state of your flowers and branches, you might want to remove any broken leaves and wilted petals. Or, like in my case, I had to use my scissors to trim off the thorns. Cause, unfortunately, I picked up nothing but prickly branches.

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    3 | Making the headband


    I took my wire and wrapped it around my head to create the headband. Then I cut the wire an inch or two longer than what I measured and twisted the ends together with pliers to create a circle that fits around my head. You could just tape the ends but I find it more secure to make a twist too.

    4 | Wrapping the wire


    I used my black masking tape to cover the wire so that it would blend better with my hair. If you want to make a full flower crown you can skip this part, since the whole wire would be covered by flowers.

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    5 | Get an idea


    Before actually taping the flowers to the wire headband, I laid them in the approximate way I wanted my crown to look to have a rough idea of where I was going once I started taping the flowers down. Since flowers are so fragile, I figured it’s best not to manipulate them too much. So the way I worked, once they’re tapped down, they’re not moving.

    6 | Trim your branches


    I started by trimming certain leaves on the ends and center of the branches to give me more space to place my tape. This step isn’t really necessary and you can skip it, but I thought it gave a cleaner look to the finished headband.

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    7 | Start taping it down


    Once I was ready to tape my flowers and branches down, I just went at it. I started with the leaves then just built it up from there. I made sure to tape the flowers along the bump of the wire headband to hide the twist knot I made. And I always layered the flowers in a way to cover the cut stems, or I used small cuts of leaved branches to hide them.

    8 | Have fun with it


    I somewhat followed the placement I tried out at first, but used it more as a rough guide. Fresh flower crowns are such a fleeting accessory since they wilt after a day. So there’s no point in overthinking it too much. Just remember that most of your flowers should be facing forward instead of above as it looks like when you’re working on a table. So I made sure to actually try it on often to see what it looks like worn, that way I got a better view of what I needed to fix.

     

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    Once I finished taping all my flowers and I felt I had a harmonious garden on my head, I used some craft liquid glue to fix any drooping or out of place pieces that were too small to fix with tape. If you plan on wearing it the day after like I was, keep the crown in the refrigerator so that the flowers stay as crisp as possible. They will only look their best for about a day, so plan to make your crown the day before or even the day of.

    I wore my crown by splitting my hair in a top and bottom layer, and then placing the back wire of my crown beneath the top layer of hair so that my hair would drape down and cover the wire. Then I secured it with two bobby pins at the back and that’s it! It held well and lasted the whole wedding. That is, until it was mid reception and everyone started to dance and have fun. That’s when the heels came off and the flower crown too. By the end of the night, you could tell that it started to dry out, but it looked pretty while it lasted.

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    DIY • Open cardigan refashion


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    The cardigan I wore in my last post is actually a thrift store refashion that I pretty much tried out on a whim. That’s the thing I love about thrift store refashions, I can practice my sowing skills and even if I mess up, I only lose a few dollars from the cost of the garment.

    This black and beige cardigan was actually a really oversized zipped up sweater that I bought at the salvation army for 4$. The shape of it was literally a huge square. I wore it a few times before by having it unzipped and open. I would also wear a belt so that my body wouldn’t be lost in all of that fabric. But it still wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I pulled out the sowing machine and refashioned it into something that I would want to wear more often.

    And that’s how I ended up with this rounded cardigan refashion. It was so easy to do, I don’t know why I didn’t bother doing it earlier. I just traced out the shaped I wanted, rounding out the bottom edge. Then folded it lengthwise so that the cut would be perfectly mirrored on both sides, cut the fabric, then sowed down the raw edges with a straight stitch. I would write a more detailed tutorial, but for this particular DIY, there really isn’t anything more I can say cause I basically didn’t plan anything and just tried it out. And thankfully it worked!

    Now I have this casual rounded knit cardigan that’s still a bit oversized but drapes a lot better when I wear it. And it only cost me 4$ and took 2 hours of sowing. Two hours cause I’m still a total beginner with the sowing machine.