Tag Archive | DIY projects

you have CAT to be KITTEN me right MEOW

My new project is to make one of these phone inserts for the spiffy customizable phone case I made for my brother.  Yea? Nay?

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I’m using light blue and dark blue for the lettering (blue is his favorite color, and I’m pretty sure he DOESN’T like pink).

Until next time, Em 🙂

P.S. ~ I’m babysitting in a week and a half, for a 4 year old and a 2 year old… does anyone have any advice? It’s my first time babysitting (how I could be 16 and never have babysitted, I have no idea) and I’m freaking out…


I just love pillows so much.

A little too much. My next project is to make a TON of pillows (probably around 5) to have on my bed. I’ve wanted to do this since, like, the 8th grade.

Here’s some ideas I have.

Any Scrabble Tile Letter - Monogrammed Gift - PILLOW COVERS ONLY. $19.00, via Etsy.

This would be super easy to make! I just need some fabric paint and BAM. And I could make it in any color… hm, maybe red? To match 1/2 the stuff I own? I could even make it “E 13” or “E 7” cuz those are my favorite numbers…

Puzzle Piece Pillows - Pick 2 and Save - Personalized - Custom - Geek Chic Home Decor. $47.00, via Etsy.


making this fabric into a pillow! :)

I have this fabric, and I’m planning on making it into a cute little pillow – maybe 12″ by 12″?

Air Travel Pillow. $22.00, via Etsy.


postal pillow cover - 16 inch x 24 inch - lumbar. $31.50, via Etsy.

WANT. Seriously, how much cuter could you get?!

Anyways, check out all of my pillow-spiration (uh yeah, that’s a word. As of now.) here 🙂 And let me know if you have some other good ideas!

Until next time, Em 🙂

DIY Phone Case

Today I’m going to be showing you how to make a personalized phone case. I made this case for my brother (though he never uses it) for an early Christmas present. Enjoy!

1. Get a clear phone case. I got this one:

AmazonBasics Protective TPU Case with Screen Protector for AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S (Clear)

It came with a cleaning rag and screen cover, and it’s bendy yet sturdy.

2. Get some cardstock/decorative paper in designs or colors you like. You can also print out images for a super-personalized case.


I made the image size 2.25″ by 4.5″ in photoshop – I would make it a tiny bit bigger if I had the chance to do it again.

3. Trace the outline of the case and the camera hole onto the paper

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4. Cut out the case and camera hole



I used sharpie to outline the camera hole, to make it look more polished.

5. Put the paper inside the case and trim if needed

6. Put the case on your phone


7. Enjoy!

Until next time, Em 🙂

These are the cases I made for my brother for an early Christmas present. I used decorative scrapbooking paper (L and R) and cardstock-ish paper that I painted (M).

DIY Christmas Ornament

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing a super easy craft that takes 3 ingredients… if they can be called ingredients. My brother and I made a few of these ornaments when we were in elementary school, so obviously it’s super easy and doesn’t take much time at all.

All you need is: a clear glass ornament, six inches of ribbon (optional), and four feet of star garland (two feet in each color)


1. Thread the first color of star garland into the ornament.



2. Thread the second color of star garland into the ornament.


3. Put the lid back onto the ornament and thread the ribbon through the hole (optional – for more support)


4. Enjoy!

Until next time, Em 🙂

C is for Cookie Exchange

This year at my church, we’re having a cookie exchange, and since I love to bake, I decided to join in.

I’m making these yummy homemade snicker bars.

And of course, I’m packaging them in cute homemade cloth bags, which I featured in one of my DIY projects.



Until next time, Em 🙂
Jenny Matlock

DIY Reusable Holiday Bag

At school, the club that I co-lead, the Green club, is organizing a “make it yourself reusable holiday bag event” where students can come and make bags for their Secret Santa or for family, etc.

Here’s how to make your own:

1. Gather your supplies: a piece of 9″x12″ fabric, some thread, a needle, a sewing machine (optional), and a piece of ribbon between 1/2″ and 1″ wide, and 18″ long.

2. Lay your ribbon over your fabric, leaving some room at the top.

3. Fold the fabric over while the ribbon is still in it, to make a little pocket.

4. Crease the fabric and take the ribbon out.

5. Use pins to mark the pocket for later use.

6. Sew two of the sides (leaving the top open!) using a sewing machine or a needle, making sure NOT to sew over the openings to the pocket (super important!)

7. Slip the ribbon back into the pocket, and sew the ribbon in, using a running stitch. Make sure NOT to sew through the ribbon, because then you won’t be able to close your bag.

8. Turn the bag inside out.

9. Give a family member or friend a gift in your newly made bag!

Until next time, Em 🙂

DIY Washi Tape Keyboard

I’ve seen some pretty cool washi tape keyboards around the internet, and today I decided to make my own.

Here’s how to make one for yourself:

1. Get some washi tape/craft tape. I got this tape at Michaels for $3.


2. Put the washi tape on your keyboard. For most of the keys, I made the width a little smaller than the height of the washi tape, because that’s what fits on my keyboard.


3. Enjoy!


Just make sure you have all the keys memorized! It’s kind of hard to see through the tape – it’s pretty translucent.

Until next time, Em 🙂