Craft

Gift Guide Day 4: A Very “Mary” Christmas

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Today’s gift is a fun collaboration between Roots and Mary Maxim: the Mary Maxim Scarf Knit Kit.  Inside is everything you need to make your very own Roots infinity scarf (yarn, needles, pattern and instructions, as well as a cute cotton tote!).  What I love about this as a gift for someone, is that you’re giving them an experience, whether it’s learning something new, or doing something they already enjoy.  I also love that the outcome is a modern, trendy scarf, similar to those in Roots Cabin collection.  Pair it with a cute mug, some hot chocolate, and a scented candle, and you’re giving someone the perfect winter-night in.

Check out the first 3 days of the Gift Guide here:

Day 1 (+ Giveaway!)

Day 2

Day 3

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Personalize Chargers Using Duct Tape!

Duct Tape Charger

I’ve shared my love of Duct Tape DIY’s previously, (Duct Tape Earrings), but this time I used my chevron and lime green tapes to personalize something that I already own: my phone charger! The benefits of this project are twofold: 1. it adds a personal (and fun) touch to something you probably use almost every day, and 2. wrapping tape around the base of the cord actually reinforces it and prevents (or stops) splitting.  All you’ll need is some duct tape, scissors, and you’re good to go.  One warning: it’s highly addictive!

DIY: Duct Tape Flower Earrings

Duct Tape Earrings

You use duct tape for household repairs and school projects, and so I  know what you’re thinking: “there’s nothing glamorous about duct tape”.  But this fun craft proves otherwise.  In fact, there are a variety of adorable (and grown-up) duct tape crafts that you can find instructions for in books, or on the internet.  Everything from jewelry, to tote bags, to ipad covers, and more! This project is fun, simple, and took me less than half an hour to complete.  You can use these instructions to make earrings, like I did, or make a cute ring instead!  For inspiration, and to check out all the fun patterns and colours of duct tape available, visit the Duck brand website, here.

Materials:

Materials

-A self-repairing cutting mat

-A precision cutter (X-acto knife)

-Flat-post earrings

-Metal barrel earring backs

-Approximately 1 foot of decorative duct-tape (I used the leopard pattern)

Note : I purchased all materials from Michaels craft store

Step 1

Place approximately 1 foot of duct tape on the cutting mat (make sure you line the duct tape up with the measurement guide at the bottom).   Begin by cutting the duct tape in half length-wise, so that you have 2 long strips.  Then begin cutting into 1 inch squares.  You may also find it helpful to use a ruler for this part. Duct Tape

Step 2

Fold over one corner of each square (do not fold entirely in half; you want there to be excess around the edge of the triangle). Duct Tape 2

Step 3

Fold over another corner so that you have a point on the top, and a section of “sticky tape” along the bottom. These are your petals. For each earring, I used about 10-12 petals (around 20-24 in total). Duct Tape 3

Step 4

Begin by rolling one petal into a tube.  This will act as the base to start adding other petals. Duct Tape 4

Step 5

Continue adding petals until you reach your desired “fullness” for your flower. Duct Tape 5

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Step 6

Once all your petals have been added, you may want to use scissors and cut the base of your flower down (so that it’s easier to stick to your earring base).  Take an additional 1 inch square and poke the earring base through the center (with the stick of the earring poking out of the patterned side of the duct tape).  Wrap the sticky side of the duct tape around the base of the flower, lining up the earring with the centre.  (If you choose to make a ring instead, simply attach the flower to a plain ring, or make your own using rolled duct tape). Duct Tape 7

Step 7

Pair your earrings with a cute outfit, and get to making extras (for all the requests you’ll receive from friends)!

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“I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares” ~Saul Bass