DIY Chain Maille Bracelets

Chain-Maille-Bracelet-Tutorial50I found this pin on Pinterest (of course)ūüôā and I received so many repins and inquiries that I thought I would share on here.¬† This is¬†not my tutorial.¬†

The tutorial is¬†by¬†Irina of Irina’s Cute Box, pictured¬†below and the link to the tutorial is here.

I’m going to attempt this tutorial myself tonight (I already have all of the¬†items needed)¬†and I will post and share as well. It really is a beautiful bracelet.¬† Good luck to everyone who gives it a try and don’t forget to leave a comment or post a pic when you’re finished.

You can head over to¬†Irina’s site for more great tutorials too!

Happy Crafting! Maryann Matas of Maryann’s Creations

How to Make a Hanging Magnetic Makeup Holder

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You know I’ve seen these on Pinterest and I pinned, of course, to make one for myself.¬† How cool is it to not have to dig through your makeup bag?¬† If you’re like me I can never find what I’m looking for, or the top/covers break off leaving¬†my makeup pretty vulnerable!

I wanted to share this post by The Flower Hazard ( by Kendra) where she gives a great tutorial on how to make one for yourself.  Check out her site for other great tips too; Kendra shares recipes, tips on parenting, couponing and much more!

Give it a try and send me a picture if you’d like.¬† I’d love to see how you did.¬† I’ll post mine soon.

Have a great day!

Maryann Matas

Projects List for January

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How are you doing after this Christmas holiday?  I hope well of course!

I’ve been enjoying my time with my husband and two boys. ¬†My mind has also been flooded with ideas for DIY projects. ¬†I’ve gotten so much inspiration from Pinterest, and I’ve wanted to do these projects for some time but with little ones running around…well…they are a little bigger now and I have decided to give these ideas a go! ¬†Now, where to start, that’s the fun part.

My upcoming tutorials will be:

  • Building a King-sized Headboard (still deciding on fabric or stained wood)
  • Sewing new throw pillows
  • Handmade fabric bins
  • Fabric Binders with name plates
  • All-purpose Canvas/Fabric totes (for around the house, my van, grocery shopping, etc.)

I can’t wait to share this with you. ¬†Getting started today and will be posting soon. Please share your thoughts and comments!

Have a great day!

Maryann

Decorating Clear Plastic Ornaments

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Decorating Clear Plastic Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is nearly here and these ornaments are so simple and fun to make!  Try it out for a last minute Christmas gift or just for your own tree!

I didn’t take pictures, but I will explain step by step.¬† Next time I will take picsūüôā.

Supplies

1.  Go to your local crafting store, these balls cost me 77cents.

2. Purchase (for a few more¬†dollars) Glitter It.¬† It’s specially designed for this particular craft (and others) and it has a nice pointed snout for easy applications.

3. Glitter: Buy any type of glitter, I purchased several colors.  They sell glitter sets (several colors together) and with a craft store coupon you can save a bundle.

4.  Accents/Embellishments: I bought some glitter covered vinyl letters to place for initials/names/customization.  They sell the vinyl letters without glitter, and you could paint them or glitter in any color you choose.  I also bought Christmas themed jeweled accented stickers.

5.¬† Ribbon:¬† To your heart’s desire.¬† Pick whatever you feel will match your theme.

Steps

1.  Remove the top to the clear ornament.  You can wash it out and let air dry (I skipped this part) or just lightly blow into to get out any dust.

2.¬† Take your Glitter It and squeeze a tsp or so into the ornament and swish around, making sure to cover the entire inside.¬† It won’t evaporate, you can go slow to see where the coverage is.¬† You can turn the ornament nearly upside down and not spill any out.¬† When you’re sure you have complete coverage, turn the ornament upside down onto a papertowel and let drain for about 30 seconds.¬† If you have a lot of liquid left then pour it back into the Glitter It bottle or pour into another ornament (I did this a few times).

 If there is too much excess liquid then the glitter will bunch up.

3.¬† Get your glitter (the fun part!) and tap a tablespoon inside the ornament, measuring doesn’t have to be perfect.¬† Then swish around and tap the ornament to obtain great coverage.¬† To get all the way to the top I cover the opening of the ornament with the palm of my hand and shake the ornament.

This usually works perfectly.  You may take a few times (ornaments) to get the hang of it.  Some of my ornaments did not get full coverage.  I just waited for the inside to dry 10-15 minutes and then repeated steps 2 and 3.

4.  Replace your top (hook).

5.  Add your embellishments and ribbon.

For tips on how to tie a ribbon you can click here.

Take pictures of your creations so you can remember for next Christmas or even adapt for upcoming holidays such as Eas