Snow Wine Bottle Centerpiece

Once you’re nice and uncomfortably full from Thanksgiving dinner, it’s time to start preparing for the mother of all holidays, Christmas! And every college student knows, decorating your dorm room or apartment with your roommates is half the fun of the holiday season. So heat up some hot cocoa, put on Elf and get ready to make a super cute Christmas and winter centerpiece. After you drank wine from that blog wine glass all semester, now it’s time to recycle all those empty win bottles into a craft.

Marissa Vick, an ASU student, is always looking for ways to recycle things in her apartment. “I think recycling wine bottles into a craft is the perfect way to decorate and do something great for the environment.”

Briana Galati, Vick’s roommate, agrees as well. “I never thought to use bottles for decorations but I’m open to anything!”

As probably one of the easiest crafts posted in a while, this craft will take less than an hour to make and win light up your place with a cheery Christmas spirit.

Of course you will have more than three bottles to use, so below is a list of other great ways to use those bottles again!

Cork Jewelry Hanger

Bottle Corner Decorations

12 Ways to Recycle Those Wine Bottles

 

 

Aren’t they just beautiful? Who knew salt would look so much like snow!

Happy Crafting! ❤

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Tom the Turkey Thanksgiving Wreath

Now that Halloween has come and gone, it’s time for the only holiday, or day for that matter, of the year where eating 2,000 calories in one meal in completely acceptable. It’s time for Thanksgiving! Although this holiday can be overshadowed by the mighty and powerful Christmas, holiday lovers across America need to stand up for Turkey Day and make the gobble known across the states.

Briana Galati, a 20-year old ASU student, believes that Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. “I can’t stand it when Thanksgiving is taken over by Christmas,” she said. “This holiday actually celebrates giving thanks for your blessings in life while Christmas is largely based know-a-days on presents.”

Jory Nance of ASU agrees as well. “Although decorating and getting in the ‘Christmas’ spirit right away in November is tempting, I love it when Thanksgiving gets the attention and appreciation it deserves.”

One way you can pay homage to the turkey is by creating a fun and very creative tulle wreath of Tom the Turkey. After scouring Pinterest for hours, stumbling upon this craft was a jackpot. Tom makes a great Thanksgiving accessory and can be placed on your front door or anywhere in your home that is lacking that Turkey Day spirit. Although he is a bit pricey for your average “college” budget craft, Tom will win over the hearts of everyone who visits your home and create that missing Thanksgiving feeling we all need.

Isn’t he just adorable?! Have fun making your own variations of Tom the Turkey!

Babies Rabies also has a monster tulle wreath that you can prepare for next year’s Halloween if you so desire!

Happy Thanksgiving and happy crafting!

Rhinestoning 101 for Dummies

The holidays are quickly approaching and that usually means society gears up for the festive season with tons of lights, over-the-top holiday decorations and displaying the images of a fat guy in a red suit ubiquitously; however, for crafters around the world, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas provide the perfect season of three straight months where you can craft continuously and as much as your heart desires without anyone judging you for it. Just one look at Pinterest right now and there can be no doubt that the holidays are upon us.

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One way that you can spruce up decorations bought during previous years or make anything look new again is to add some bling, or rhinestones if you will, to it.

Rhinestones are the quintessential way to add sparkle and bling to any craft project. The amazing thing about rhinestones is that you can literally glue them to almost anything. Rhinestones are a perfect way to spruce up and add some much needed bling to simple items around your house or dorm room or apartment. So here it is, Rhinestoning 101 for Dummies.

The Five Rules of Rhinestones

1. Not all rhinestones are created equal. Rhinestones of better quality sparkle and shine more, obviously. A very popular and prestigious brand is Swarvoski. You can never go wrong with Swarvoski.

2. Rhinestones come in a variety of colors, cuts and shapes and to a rhinestoning newbie, it can be quite confusing sometimes. In order to get a grip on everything visit The Rhinestone Guy to get a basic understanding of what is what.

3. Any dancer, cheerleader, gymnast or baton twirler will tell you that the best glue to use for rhinestones is the incredible E-6000. With industrial strength able to withstand even the Arizonian heat, this glue will guarantee rhinestone gluing success; however, be careful it can be stringy, literally, so be careful with how much you use.

4. Applying the glue can be difficult without getting it everywhere. One great trick is to load the glue into syringes. Yes, medical syringes.  You can purchase small medical syringes in bulk online by visiting here where you can buy 100 3mL syringes for around $20.

5. Rhinestones can either be patience-testing or therapeutic. Sit down with that wonderful wine glass you crafted last week and enjoy the repetitious but oh-so-worth-it action of rhinestoning.

In honor of Halloween coming up, this week’s craft is dedicated to those of you who are tired of the traditional pumpkin carving ritual. How ’bout we rhinestone a pumpkin instead?

Here is a list of online rhinestone companies. Be warned, they are not cheap.

Rhinestone Guy                         Dream Time Creations                 Dance Shopper   

But if all this seems too complicated you can always take a trip down to your local crafts store or visit Michaels, Joann Fabrics or Hobby Lobby to find cheaper quality rhinestones and a limited selection of Swarovski crystals.

Happy Crafting! ❤

DIY Glitter Drinking Glasses

As every college girls knows, nothing hits the spot after a difficult week of studying and ridiculously hard examinations then a wine night with the girls. Wine nights provide the perfect balance of relaxation, gossip and yes, alcohol. As every college girls also knows, what glass you decide to drink that wine out of says a lot about you. So, why go to this sacred gathering with a boring and plain wine glass? Instead, spice it up and customize your drinking glass to express your personal style. Below is a great step-by-step instruction guide to decorate your wine glass (or champagne or shot or any glass really) with some shiny glitter. Not only can these babies work for a wine night, but you can personalize them as gifts for a friend’s birthday, a wedding gift or anything you can imagine! All you sorority sisters crafting for your future littles and grand-littles can make these glasses with the sorority’s letters on the glass!

Kaitlyn Carl, a junior in the Delta Zeta sorority at ASU, is very excited about getting a little sister this semester. “I’m always looking for cute ideas to put in my little’s basket,” she said. “I want to give her practical and custom gifts that aren’t too expensive!”

Supplies you will need for this week’s project.

For this week’s project, the supplies used are a wine glass and champagne glass, Martha Stewart Muti-Surface Glitter Acrylic Paint (in Florentine Gold and Rubellite), Martha Stewart glass painting tool set and sticker letters all from Michaels. While these supplies can be a bit pricey, modge podge and regular glitter can be used as well with the same outcome.

Isn’t the champagne glass gorgeous? Check out another design below that features sticker letters to a wine glass.

Lauren’s pink glittered wine glass with a “DZ” customized into it. DZ stands for her sorority, Delta Zeta.

After you’ve let them dry for 24 hours, make sure you cure them in the oven in order for them to be 100 percent dishwasher safe! This is simply achieved by placing the glass on a baking sheet into a cool oven (make sure no part of project that is painted is touching anything). Then turn your oven to 350 degrees and set an alarm for 30 minutes later. Once the timer goes off, turn off the oven and let the glass cool inside the oven. Take out the glass and let it sit for 72 hours. After that you are free to wash and use it as many times as you want!

Get creative and have fun!

Don’t feel tied down to this style if glitter isn’t your thing. You can paint glasses to be anything you want. Visit the pages below for some more glass decorating ideas!

Easy Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers

Flower Painted Glasses

Happy crafting! ❤

Quick and Easy Costumes for Themed Parties

We all know the story. You’re sitting at home or in your dorm room at 7pm on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night casually snacking on chips and pizza when suddenly your phone beeps. Oh, it’s a text from your best friend, Brittany. She really wants you to come to a party with her at 11 that night. Just one problem, it’s themed and you don’t have a costume.

Lauren paired her cut-up shirt from last week with neon pink shorts, pink sports bra and teal pre-wrap to make her 80s themed party outfit.

Themed parties are notorious in college. Some of these themes include ‘Murica (America for those of you who live under a rock), white/black, devil/angel, toga, 80s, 90s and the personal favorite, bright and tight (basically neon). Some of the themes can get even crazier and more creative such as When I Grow Up, Rescue Me, Candyland, Noah’s Ark, CEOs and Office Hoes, I’m on A Boat, Partners in Crime and so much more.

Why are there so many of them? Simply because they are just so ridiculously fun! And don’t think that themed parties are for Greek life only; they occur all over campus and are very popular. However, with this inevitable fun also comes major stress. Who has dozens of costumes laying around in there dorm room especially when you’re a freshman and don’t know any better?

The ability to adapt is crucial when designing costumes. So, here’s a guide to creating them in a flash.

What did Lauren buy to create this “I’m on a Boat” themed outfit? Just two strips of fabric (headband and waist), a necklace and black tank to tear up. Everything else was already in her closet!

1.You need a ‘Murica outfit. It doesn’t even have to be an entire outfit. Just at least own American socks, a flag, headband or red, white and blue separates. These will be CRUCIAL during that crunch time before the party.

2. Invest in neon. A neon shirt, sports bra and pair of spandex shorts or tights can go a loooooong way. Think about how many themes above these are applicable to? Exactly.

Jamie Belin, 21 and a senior member of Greek life, has been to and seen her fair share of themed parties. “Neon is by far the easiest outfit to pull together,” she said. “You can also use thigh-high socks as leg warmers for 80s themes.”

3. Never underestimate the power of head gear. No, not orthodontic headgear but rather headbands, bandanas, fabric or anything you can use as a forehead accessory. Heck, even pre-wrap works because it comes in many colors (teal, hot pink, white!).

Lauren demonstrates the easiness of putting together a “Pajama” themed outfit.

4. Also invest in a simple and tight black dress or bandage skirt. This basic has saved so many people it’s unbelievable. You can literally pin or paste anything on these to create an outfit that you desire.

“Don’t underestimate a pair of animal ears or animal print either,” said Alyssa Michael, 21 and an ASU senior. “Any jungle or animal themed party is super easy with those items.”

5. Don’t forget about office attire. High waisted pencil skirt and a flirty blouse and you’re good to go for some themes!

6. Make friends with a guy or two. You never know when you will need a men’s oversized button up shirt for a Risky Business or Pajama Jam party. This costume=free.

7. If you do have a day or two, don’t stress and don’t end up spending tons of money on one night’s costume.  Target  is open until 11pm and Party City is a great place to find semi-cheap accessories.

Looking for more easy and quick costume ideas? Check out Halloween.com for some hilarious and somewhat questionable costume ideas. If you’re thinking about throwing your own themed party visit College Party Themes for more theme ideas.

Now that you’re fully armed with tips on to handle these stressful themed situations, go out and party hardy!

Happy Crafting ❤

Something Else You Can Cut Besides Class

College football, student sections and hot weather can only mean one thing: it’s T-shirt cutting season! Let’s face it, cutting up T-shirts is as common in college as football tailgates and drunk fraternity guys. Especially in Arizona, where the sun is our friend for practically the entire year, nobody wants to wear unflattering T-shirts let alone anything with sleeves that can produce sweaty pit stains. And the best part about cutting up this staple fashion item is you can cut as little or as much as your heart desires. But, you ask, what are the different ways I can cut up a T-shirt? How can I, the least crafty person in the world, actually cut a shirt and make it cute? It is surprisingly a very simple process (and cheap one, too)!

Melanie Weitzel, 21 and a senior at Arizona State University, has been to every football game since freshman year. “I enjoy cutting up T-shirts for the football games,” she said.  “It creates a camaraderie  among students and ASU gives us so many gold T-shirts you have to start getting creative with them!”

One easy-to-make T-shirt idea is to fringe it. That’s right, fringe! According to Elle, the fringe trend is great look to rock in moderation. You can even add beads to the fringe to achieve an even more ’70s hippie look. Check out instructions and photos on how to get this summer and fall trend!

What You’ll Need

1. Any T-shirt you wish to transform

2. A pair of scissors

Directions

1. Start by laying the T-shirt flat on your table.

2. Starting on the side, cut small strips up into the T-shirt. You can determine how long and thick you want the fringe to be. Continue cutting around entire shirt until it is all fringed.

3. Gently pull on the fringed pieces to curl them up a little bit.

4. For an off-the-shoulder look just cut a few inches around the  top neckline and slide it off your shoulder.

5. Cut the hemmed seam off the sleeves for a more rouged, ’70s vibe.

You’re all done! You can do this to any shirt that you want to recycle or need to update. You can even use the fringe look as a bathing suit coverup for parties.

Lauren’s version of the fringe look paired with pink shorts.

Here are some Youtube videos for you to get even more creative with your T-shirt cutting designs!

Now that you’ve styled your own T-shirt, go wear it to a sporting event, to class or even out to the mall!

Happy crafting! ❤