Tabs

home aboutme homedecor recycle sew organize gallery

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bead Necklace-Tutorial


Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

I was planning to start Jewelry making from a long time. I can hear some of you saying "Me too", so this post is for you. After I attended a free jewelry making class at Michaels, I couldn't stop any further from stepping in. Great reason, my niece birthday was coming up and I thought why not make her a pretty necklace. My niece loves pink as much as I do. So I grabbed few white and pink glass pearl beads to get started.

Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

Supplies I used for necklace:
  • Darice White glass beads
  • Darice pink glass beads
  • Crystal Rondelle Spacer Beads
  • 2 Crimp Beads
  • Heart shape toggle clasp
  • Darice Made with love metal charm
  • Beading wire
  • Jewelry making tools: Side cutter pliers, Flat nose pliers, Crimping plier, Round nose pliers(not needed to make this chain but for earrings) 
  • Bead Board (optional)
Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

Arrange beads in a pattern you like. Just play around a bit with beads you have and you can create something unique. This is where a bead board comes very very handy. It not only helps you keep your beads from rolling all over but also gives you a vision of how your design looks even before you make it. However, if you don't have one then use cotton fabric as a bead mat. It just helps a little.

Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

Once you are happy with your design, go ahead and start adding beads to the beading wire from one end. Don't cut the beading wire yet, just let it stay in your spool and keep adding the beads at an open end. (If you cut the wire prior to adding beads chances are sometimes while you add beads on one end they slide off the other end or sometimes you can fall short of wire to crimp at the end)

Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

Check if you are satisfied with the length of necklace. Hold the beaded ends tightly and place around your neck to check the length. If you are satisfied, leave 3 inches of extra wire on both ends and cut the wire. (Incase you want to lengthen the necklace, cut few more extra inches of wire and add extra beads to both ends to keep necklace symmetrical.)

Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.


To one end of  the wire add a crimp bead, ring part of toggle and an optional charm.

Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

Enclose the clasp, charm in wire by bringing back wire into crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead using crimping pliers.

Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.
Source: Beadalon.com

Above instructions found on beadalon website describes clearly how to crimp.


Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

After Crimping, tug on wire to check if the wire is secured properly. Go ahead and cut the wire leaving about half inch of wire (using side cutter pliers). Pull the beads back in to place. Beads will cover the half inch piece of wire we left.

Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

To the other end of necklace add a crimp bead and rod part of toggle clasp. Enclose the rod part of clasp with wire by bringing back the wire into crimp bead and few white beads(or which ever color beads you used). Tug on wire tight enough so that there is no gap left in necklace anywhere. Crimp the crimp bead using above instructions.
Tug once again to ensure the wire is securely crimped. Cut the extra wire with side cutter pliers.

Bead Necklace Tutorial for Beginners. Jewelry Making. White and pink Necklace with swarovski elements.

Tada!!! Your first pretty necklace is ready :) Adore it by wearing with a proud smile.

I am glad my niece loved it and she could appreciate the fact that its handmade.

I hope this tutorial helped you. I love to hear your comments. In next post, I will show you how easy it is to make an elastic bracelet.

P.S: Make sure you like my Facebook page Let's Make it Lovely to stay connected.
Have a good day :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Flower girl dress or Tutu dress

Flower girl dress or Tutu dress never go out of fashion. They are so cute, adorable and make you say aaahhh pretty! I made this pretty little one as a birthday gift for a cute angel, Aditi. 


DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.


Isn't it just awesome that you don't need any kind of sewing equipment or sewing skills to make one like this? I know, at this point you are getting impatient and shouting just show us the procedure!!! Okay, I am coming to that.

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.


Supplies you need.
  • 100 yards Tulle fabric roll. (I got mine at hobby lobby)
  • Crochet band or crochet tutu top (Lined or unlined)
  • Soft fabric flowers
  • 1.5 inch wide Ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Rhinestones to stick on flowers (optional)
  • Scissors
Let's get started! 

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

1. Measure your girl's height from waist to toe. Double the height and that's the length of tulle strips you would need. ( Aditi's height from waist to toe is 15 inch so I cut 30 inch pieces.) I happen to have a plastic container lid that measures approx 15 inch so I wrapped my tulle around the lid and cut at a single spot to get 30 inch pieces of tulle fabric. Nice trick, isn't it?

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.


2. Put the crochet band around a cubical or cylindrical box such that your band stretches a tiny little bit and makes finding the crochet holes easier.


DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

3. Now take a cut piece of tulle, fold into half and insert in one of the holes on 3rd row from down of the band. Make a loop and pull through the rest of the tulle piece such that it knots on itself to the band. 
Proceed doing same all around the crochet band in same row and leaving alternate holes.

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

4. It should look like above picture, once you finish the first row. If you look closely, you can see little gaps between every two knots. Don't worry about those, we are going to cover them with next layer of tulle.


DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

5. For the second layer, choose third row from the earlier worked row on crochet band. Repeat to knot tulle pieces around the chosen row. Try to knot the tulle pieces in between tulle pieces of earlier worked row so that you cover those gaps between earlier tulle pieces. 

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

5. After you are done knotting tulle pieces around the second layer, your dress should look like above.

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

6. For the sleeves: Bring the satin ribbon through 3rd or 4th hole from the right side in the 2nd row from top of crochet band knot it to crochet band. Bring it under the crochet band to left side and knot it again at 3rd or 4th hole from left on the same row. Make sure you have enough ribbon to tie a bow at the back of dress.

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.


7. Bring both ribbon ends to the back and slide them through corresponding holes from the front side. Do not knot the ribbon here, just bring the ribbon down under the band and get the ribbon out at which ever height you like to tie a bow. This makes the straps adjustable and doesn't let the sleeves to slide off the baby shoulder easily.

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.


8. Tie a pretty bow and cut v shape at ribbon ends. 


DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

9. Using your hot glue gun start sticking fabric flowers on to crochet band row by row. Always be careful while using hot glue gun.

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

10. You can get creative and stick flowers in random fashion or form a heart or do it diagonal. I decided to fill entire arena with flowers.

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.

11. If you are doing the same design like mine, make sure to go back and fill the little gaps in between flowers. 

DIY No Sew Tutu Dress. DIY Flower Girl Dress. DIY Floral Tutu Dress. DIY No Sew Dress.


That's it!!!  Now, go do a happy dance. Just make sure to close windows in case you do crazy dancing like me :)
Aaaahhhh isn't it pretty??? I wish I could fit into this little dress. LOL :)

Don't forget to make matching hair clips. Stick same flowers on plain hair clips to match the dress. Oops!!! I forgot to take a picture of the clips I made. Will update you with a picture, when I visit the little girl next time.

I hope this tutorial helped you. Thank you so much for joining me in making this pretty floral dress or tutu dress. I love to hear your comments. Thank you for stopping by.

P.S: Make sure you like my Facebook page Let's Make it Lovely to stay connected.
Have a good day :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Simple Valentine's day Decor

Today, I am going to share with you a simple and romantic background decor that works great for your valentine's day dinner or photo booth. I did this decor on valentine's day 2 years back. I was thinking to post this from a while but never got around it. Finally, here it is on time for this valentine's day.



It is so simple that all you need is Red card stock paper, pencil or pen, scissors, white thread and invisible adhesive tape.



First draw a heart shape on a cardboard piece or cardstock piece, cut it and use it as a template to trace hearts on red cardstock paper. Trace as many hearts as you would like.
Cut the paper hearts one by one using a pair of scissors.



Cut the thread at the lengths you would like to hang from ceiling. (Mine were about 8 feet.) Stick the backside of hearts to pre cut white thread pieces using invisible adhesive tape leaving equal distance of space between the hearts.



That's it! Hang the strings of hearts from ceiling using adhesive tape.

Add flowers and candles for a romantic touch and you are done :)
Have a good one. I love to hear your comments and thank you for stopping by.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's day Special - Chocolate dipped Strawberries

Want to impress your valentine on this valentine's day or just treat yourself with something sweet and delicious? Try these gourmet style chocolate dipped strawberries. Be it kids, friends or family, everyone will love them. They work wonderful even as a romantic dessert for your husband or fiance ;)

DIY Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Valentine's day Treat. Romantic dessert or Fun food for any occassion.

They taste so delicious that I don't need a reason or occasion to make them for myself. Here is how easy it is to make them.
Things you need:
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Chocolate chips of your choice 
  • Microwave or just a double boiler on stove top
  • Vegetable oil (optional)
  • For toppings: White chocolate, your choice of nuts finely chopped and mini chocolate chips (optional)

DIY Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Valentine's day Treat. Romantic dessert or Fun food for any occassion.

1. Wash and thoroughly dry strawberries. If your strawberries are wet, chocolate won't stick to them. 

DIY Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Valentine's day Treat. Romantic dessert or Fun food for any occassion.


2. Get ready with your toppings in advance. ( I used finely chopped cashews, mini dark chocolate chips and white chocolate.) Melt the white chocolate and put into a ziploc bag or parchment cone.  

3. Cover a plate (or cookie sheet ) with parchment (or wax paper).

DIY Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Valentine's day Treat. Romantic dessert or Fun food for any occassion.

4. If you have microwaveable chocolate go ahead and melt it according to directions on your package. 
If your chocolate is not microwaveable, then use a double boiler on a stove top and melt the chocolate. Don't have a double boiler either? No worries many of us don't and here is a tutorial on how to make a double boiler at home. It just takes seconds :) 

Tip: If your melted chocolate looks thick, add little unsalted butter or vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.

DIY Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Valentine's day Treat. Romantic dessert or Fun food for any occassion.


Once you melt the chocolate, dip your berries 3/4th way using a circular motion, wipe the excess chocolate that is dripping from berries on to the bowl side wall and place them on parchment paper covered plate. 

To add toppings, as soon as you finish dipping the berries in chocolate roll them in your favorite topping before you set them on parchment paper covered plate. 

Randomly drizzle white chocolate (that we melted earlier) on to chocolate dipped berries.

5.  Now leave the berries at room temperature for about 15 mins and then put the entire plate of berries into refrigerator for about 15-30 mins. 

DIY Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Valentine's day Treat. Romantic dessert or Fun food for any occassion.


6. Lift chocolate dipped strawberries off the parchment paper on to serving dish and enjoy!!! Don't they look irresistible?

Hope you will give it a try. I am sure once you try them at home, you will never buy them from store again.

Happy valentine's day :) Thank you for stopping by. I love to hear your comments. Have a great one.