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Thursday, June 2, 2016

DIY Pretty Swarovski Necklace

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

Hi friends, I am back this week with a simple jewelry making tutorial. This necklace was inspired from early episodes of FRIENDS where Monica and Rachel wear these simple vintage style bead necklaces. I love how simple they are to make yet look stunning on neck. It takes less than an hour for even beginners to make. Let me show you how I made it.

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

Supplies Used:
  • 6mm Swarovski Bicone mix beads
  • 4mm Swarovski Bicone mix beads
  • 18 inch silver color small chain
  • Silver color eye pins
  • Heart shape toggle and clasp
  • Small silver color jump rings
  • Made with love silver color charm (optional)
  • Bead board
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Side cutter pliers

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

Layout your beads and get creative with your design. I decided to go with 3 bead clusters with alternate colors.


DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

To make bead clusters you simply put them into an eye pin in order you want, leave enough to make a ring on other end too and cut the excess wire using cutter pliers. Using round nose pliers make a ring on the other end to finish. I am sorry, I missed taking elaborate pictures, however there are lot of tutorials online that show you how to use eye pins. Check them out.


DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

I decided to go with 7 sets of beads and made them first.

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

Layout the chain and beads together to see where you want to make cuts in the chain.

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

For my layout I wanted 2 long chains for either ends and 6 small chain pieces to connect my bead clusters to each other. To cut chain at equal lengths, I would suggest you hang them on a eye pin or straight wire as shown above and make the cut using cutter pliers. This will ensure that your necklace ends up symmetric.


DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

In above picture I show you 6 small cut pieces of chain that I used to connect my bead clusters together.

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

To connect the chain, you simply open the ring of a bead cluster and slide your chain in and close the ring back using flat nose pliers. Repeat with all the chain pieces and bead clusters in order that you have decided.

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

Now you are almost done with your necklace except for the closure.

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

For the necklace closure: Open a jump ring, slide one end of your necklace in, (optional made with love charm), the ring part of toggle clasp and close the jump ring. 
Open another jump ring, slide the other end of necklace in, the rod part of toggle clasp and close the jump ring.

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

You are done! Isn't it pretty simple to make? You can get creative with your design and make beauties.

DIY simple swarovski bead necklace. Beginners jewelry making.

I made this one for a friend and she loved it. Hope you like it too. If you like to check out much simpler bead necklace, see this basic bead necklace tutorial. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sew a Simple Summer Skirt

Hi friends, it's been long time. Hope you are all doing well. I am here to share with you a simple half skirt tutorial. I made this at the end of last summer and reserved it until this summer to post. Yes, LOL. Its simplest skirt ever. After all a beginner like me could sew it. There are a lot of expert tutorials on how to sew the same, but I wanted to share with you what helped me as a beginner.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.


Grab your sewing machine, fabric, sewing essentials, 1 inch wide elastic and let's get started.
You just need 2 measurements to finish this skirt. 1. Height of the skirt you want. and 2. waist measurement where you want your elastic to fall. Once you measure these 2 head over to circle skirt app to calculate waist radius and fabric length required. The app handles all the math for you so you don't have to worry. Isn't it cool? The one I am showing here is for half circle skirt.


Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Lay your fabric flat.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Fold it in half.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Take a string and tie it to marking pencil. Cut the string at the length of your waist radius obtained from the app. (mine was 7")

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Place the loose end of string at a corner (which has one folded side and one open side of fabric) use your pencil as shown above and draw an arc just like you would do with a geometric compass.
Draw another arc with our skirt length as length of the string, using the same fabric corner as fixed point.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Cut along the markings.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Now your fabric should look like this.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Open up the fabric and it should look just like half circle as shown above.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Double fold and iron the bottom seam.  


Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Stitch the bottom seam.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Pin the open side of the skirt and stitch.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Take 4 inch wide fabric as long as your waist plus half inch for seam allowance.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Sew close the fabric to form a band as shown above.


Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Fold the band in half and Iron.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Join the band with top end of the skirt, leaving a 2 inch gap to insert elastic. I used extra pins for the 2 inch gap so that I don't forget and sew along.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Insert the elastic using safety pin technique. Pull out the open ends of elastic.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Using zig-zag stitch join the 2 ends of elastic as shown.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Push the elastic inside waist band and sew close the 2 inch opening. If your fabric looks like it might fray a lot like mine did, use an extra zigzag stitch or serge along the raw edges.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

That is it! Your skirt is ready. Now rock your summer with pretty skirts and cool tank tops. Happy Summer! Thank you for stopping by. As always I love to hear your comments.


Friday, December 25, 2015

DIY No Bake Fruit Cake

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Hi there. Holiday greetings to you. Are you running short of time to bake a cake or looking for a healthy alternative? How about a no bake fruit cake for this Christmas or New Year? Let me show you how simple it is to make a gorgeous looking fruit cake in no time.

Ingredients:
  • Watermelon (I used small )
  • Cantaloupe (I used small)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Sliced almonds
  • Homemade icing or Store bought icing (I bought fresh vanilla whipped icing from bakery section in my grocery store)

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Cut two 1.5 inch thick whole slices of watermelon and one 1.5 inch thick cantaloupe across middle part of fruits. Remove the outer skin and middle seeds part for cantaloupe. Shape them into circles using a plate or bowl as template.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Place the round slice of watermelon on your cake stand or plate, layer it with icing and top with a layer of cantaloupe slice. I filled middle hollow part of cantaloupe with berries. Add one more layer of icing and top it with another watermelon layer.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Here is how your fruit arrangement looks like.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Cover the fruits all around with icing like you usually do for a cake. Its not necessary to have a perfect smooth looking icing. We are going to cover it all.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Covering your cake with sliced almonds is the fun part. All you have to do is take a hand full of sliced almonds, keep your hand at 6 inches distance from cake and throw the almond slices aiming at your cake sides. Almond slices will stick the icing. Repeat this procedure until you cover all around the cake with your almonds. Clear away any of the almonds that fall around the cake. 

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Arrange some blueberries around the bottom of your cake.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Slice the strawberries thin and group them according to size. Placing even sized pieces along a row makes the cake look more professional. We will start with bigger pieces for outer circle and lower the size as we go inside to the middle. You will see what I mean.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Take bigger size pieces of cut strawberries and arrange around outer circle of your cake top as shown.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Take next size group of strawberry pieces and arrange second circle just overlapping the outer circle a little as shown in above picture.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Similarly fill in a third circle of strawberry pieces.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Top the center with a cute little strawberry.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Tada!!! There it is. A stunning arrangement of fruits or a no bake fruit cake as I call it. Don't worry if your watermelon oozes out a little water but make sure you finish the cake as soon as possible. (As we added icing to the fruit it is not good to keep it or refrigerate it for long.) Make it fresh and eat fresh.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Hope you enjoyed my post. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for stopping by. I love to hear your comments.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DIY Birthday Party Backdrop, Decor and More


DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Hi friends, this post is all about sharing with you how we (myself, birthday boy's parents and aunt) managed to DIY entire birthday party decor including all the knick knacks.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

To see how I made this Colorful Bunting Birthday Banner check out my previous post here.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Coming to the backdrop, we got 2 white vinyl table covers and 4 blue plastic table covers from party city. We gathered 2 of the blue plastic covers in drapery style for the top border. We just stapled the plastic cloth after gathering it together and taped it around to be sure. Above picture shows how we did it before hand at home to save some time at venue.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

For rest of the backdrop we just ironed white vinyl table covers we got to make wrinkles less obvious (always use a cloth on top of vinyl cover before you iron) and for the sides we just dropped blue plastic covers on either ends. Using table covers instead of fabric for backdrop makes it possible to achieve the looks way under budget.
Those cute little monkeys, lions and giraffes you see here and there are from fun to be one boy set from party city. However you could always print them at home or a print store.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Isn't that chocolate wrapper cute??? It screams cuteness to me and they are personalized with birthday boy's name :) We designed this chocolate wrapper from scratch using picmonkey.com . I am not paid to say this but I just love picmonkey for making it so easy to design amazing printables.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

After designing we printed them at a office print press on to magazine style glossy paper. Once printed we cut them to size and stuck them using double side tape at the back where two ends overlap a little. By the way they are regular Hershey's chocolates behind the wrapper.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Here is one more simple DIY Cupcake Stand using dollar store plastic bowls and plates. We got 3 of those bowls for a dollar and the plates for dollar each at a local dollar tree. With just a little hot glue gun magic we joined bottom of the bowl to center bottom of plate and Tada! cupcake stand is all ready.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Here are the pictures of cupcake stands in action. We arranged them on either side of the birthday cake.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Yes! We made those Thank you tags too, without any fancy cutting machines. We designed the tag using picmonkey.com, printed onto thick glossy sheet at a office print press and then we hand cut each of the tags using a pair of scissors. It was little tedious to cut those fancy edges but the end result was well worth it.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

We put together little bags of sweet treats and topped with a Thank you tag for everyone who attended the party.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Basket of sweet treats and little fun goodies for kids at the party.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Last but not least we also made a photo booth out of plastic table covers from dollar tree. I made a banner saying "Photo Booth" the similar way that I made Bunting Birthday Banner. Photo booth is always a fun option for both kids and adults.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

My friend (Birthday boy's mom, Shriranjini) ordered few of the props on etsy.com and we got those colorful garlands from dollar tree. We made "Grab a prop and strike a pose" poster using picmonkey.com, printed and put it into a dollar tree acrylic photo frame.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Here is a close up picture of cute and delicious cake, just for you. I hope you enjoy this post as much as we enjoyed the party.
Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing your comments. Have a great day :)