DIY: Mini Summer Notebooks

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
Summer is here! And with the sunshine come vacations, camping trips, weekend getaways, and other outdoor adventures. Any time I plan a trip, I always make sure to bring a little notebook with me to record all the special memories that happen along the way. This mini notebook is the perfect companion to any adventure, plus it uses recycled materials and is easy to make!

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Materials:

• Colored Card Stock or other pretty paper (for your notebook cover)
• Stamps and ink pad (to decorate your cover)
• Recycled papers (for your inside pages)
• Bakers twine (for the binding)

Tools:

• X-acto knife
• Ruler
• Cutting board
• Paper cutter (optional)
• Bookbinding Awl
• Bone Folder
• Bookbinding needle

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

1. Cut your papers to size

For the cover, I chose a thick colored cardstock. The thicker the notebook cover, the better. You can also try using handmade paper. For the inside pages, I used a variety of recycled papers I had on hand like lined notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, construction paper and even some pages cut out of old books and magazines.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

I wanted my notebook to fit easily into my backpack or purse so I chose to make the finished size 4.25”x5.5”. Using my paper cutter (or a ruler and x-acto knife works too), I cut all my papers (cover and inside pages) 8.5”x5.5” inches, which when folded in half, will become the finished size.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

2. Decorate your cover

To decorate my cover, I decided to carve my own stamp. And since I plan to take this notebook with me on a camping trip, I chose to carve a campfire. I also stamped the word “summer” below using my set of alphabet stamps.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Feel free to decorate your cover however you want! You could also collage your cover, draw or paint something, or cover the entire thing in wash tape. It’s up to you!

3. Prep your inside pages

I chose 15 sheets of paper for the inside of my journal, which when folded in half will become 30 pages. This is the perfect amount for me to fill up while on vacation.

To prep the inside pages for binding, gather the cover and inside pages together (in the order that you want them to be) and fold the entire thing in half making a crease in all the pages. You can use the bone folder to get a nice clean fold/crease.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

4. Bind Your Notebook

Starting at the middle of your book (cover page is on the bottom), take 5 pages from your stack. Using a ruler to measure, draw two dots 1 ½” apart at the center of the fold. Take the bookbinding awl and punch a hole through all 5 sheets where you marked with the pencil. Set aside. Repeat this process two more times, or until you have holes punched through all your pages.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Reassemble your notebook back to its original order. Using a piece of baker’s twine and a bookbinding needle (or other needle with a large enough eye to thread the baker’s twine through), stitch the notebook together. Then tie a knot and trim.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

One final touch you can do (which is totally optional) is to trim your finished notebook. You’ll notice that with the pages folded in half, the inside papers peek out of the cover. You can use a ruler and x-acto knife to carefully trim the excess making for a clean, finished notebook.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

That’s it! Now you have a fun little notebook to take with you on all your summer adventures. Do you have any other summer travel traditions? Like making a photo album of your trip, collecting ticket stubs, or pressing leaves and flowers you collect along your way?

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

DIY: Strawberry Pin Cushions

Handmade Strawberry Pin Cushions #sewing #gift
I’ve been having a lot of fun working on little sewing projects lately. I had been eyeing this tutorial by Down Grapevine Lane for so long; I’m excited to finally be able to try it out. I enjoyed the time consuming hand-stitching involved as I have not practiced that in a while and it made for the perfect lap project while watching TV with my boyfriend, James.

Handmade Strawberry Pin Cushions #sewing #gift

All the materials used I found in my grandmother’s sewing room (she has more fabric than most fabric stores!). I chose four different purple toned fabrics and was lucky enough to find a piece of real wool felt perfect for the leaves of the strawberries.

Read full tutorial >>

Handmade Strawberry Pin Cushions #sewing #gift

As I made them, I decided to omit the white felt flower and instead sew a cute oval “thank you” tag into the top of each strawberry. These will make for the perfect thank you gifts and I can’t wait to give them to our first Adventures In Making contributors! You heard me right, we are currently looking for new creative writers. Each month, we plan to send out little thank you gifts to everyone who contributes. Read more about becoming a contributor >>

Handmade Strawberry Pin Cushions #sewing #gift

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

alissa-biopic_200x200Please welcome our very first guest blogger, Alissa Thiele! Alissa is a Portland based artist who’s photography & illustration work is inspired by the Pacific Northwest – the mountains, mushrooms, ocean, and sea otters. Alissa loves creating jewelry with kitschy, vintage gems. Her work can be found at many locally owned stores and in her Etsy shop at www.atealeaf.etsy.com.

Does your home need a little sprucing up? Make this crafty paper garland to hang on your walls, windows, or doorways. This fun DIY is a perfect decoration for your next special event, holiday, or even just year-round. Plus it’s a great craft project to do with your friends and family – what better excuse for a craft night!

Supplies:

Butterfly Template
• An old book you don’t mind cutting up (thicker pages work best)
• Ink (Speedball calligraphy ink works great)
• Baker’s twine
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Stapler
• Paper hole punch

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

1. Choose Your Shape

Take your scissors and cut out the butterfly stencil. If you are feeling extra creative you can make your own shape. Maybe a clover, flower, heart, or circle. It’s best for the shape to be about 2”-3” in length & height.

2. Use An Old Book

Find an old book that you don’t mind cutting up. Remove 3-5 pages from the book. An X-acto knife & ruler make it easy to do, but you can also tear them carefully. Using a pencil, trace your butterfly stencil onto a page. Be sure to trace in an area that has lots of text (or fun illustrations!). Depending on the size of your book, you should be able to fit about 3 butterflies on the page.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

3. Cut Out Your Shape

Next, paperclip the rest of your removed pages below your traced page. Now we can cut lots of butterflies at once! Carefully cut out the butterfly shapes with scissors.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration
DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

4. Form The butterfly

Gather 3 of the butterflies that you just cut out. Put them together & fold them in half vertically. On the fold, staple the center of the butterfly. With your hole punch, make a hole above the staple (this is how you’ll string the butterflies into a garland). Finally, fan out the butterfly wings. So pretty!

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

5. Dip Dye Your Butterflies

Now we’re getting to the fun part! First create a work space where you can dye and dry the butterflies. I like to put down some plastic wrap on a table and then add a layer of paper towels so it’s extra ink proof. Then put a half cup of water and a teaspoon of ink into a glass. Take your butterfly sample and submerge it halfway down. Hold for 10 seconds, making sure the ink gets on all sides of the butterfly. Remove it from the ink, blot excess ink on paper towels, and carefully lay it out. Pro Tip: stand the butterfly up on the paper towel so it doesn’t get bent while it dries.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration
DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

If you’re happy with the color repeat STEPS TWO – FIVE to make more butterflies. If not, add more ink or more water as needed. Keep it interesting by alternating between dying the tops and dying the bottoms. Make about 10 completed butterflies.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

6. String Into Garland

Almost done! After all the butterflies have dried, cut a piece of baker’s twine about 6 feet long. String the butterflies on the twine, tying a knot in between each to prevent them from sliding too much. Now hang up your awesome new garland on your doorway, ceiling, window, or wall!

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

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DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

DIY: Aromatherapy ‘Cat Nap’ Eye Pillows

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

I’ve been struggling with neck and back pain for over a year now. Chiropractic and physical therapy haven’t seemed to be working so I’ve been looking for alternative, DIY treatments to manage my pain and heal. The first thing I’ve started is learning and practicing yoga. I’ve found that the gentle stretching and relaxation techniques that yoga promotes help to calm my nervous system and relax tight muscles. One of my favorite poses that I do every day is called Legs-Up-The-Wall. I try to hold the position for 10-15 minutes at a time and always feel better afterwards!

A prop I like to use while doing the Legs-Up-The-Wall pose is an aromatherapy eye pillow. I find that it really helps me to relax! Rather than going out and buying one, I decided to make my own. Inspired by my own feline pets, I made this cute ‘Cat Nap’ eye pillow. It was such an fun sewing project, I wanted to share my pattern and process.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

I ordered my herbs in bulk from the San Francisco Herb Company. Beware that they aren’t joking when they say ‘bulk’! I have A TON of these herbs on hand now. I’m ok with it as I know I’ll find more ways to use them. But you can also look for a local herbal apothecary in your area. Here’s a little info about the herbs I chose:

Lavender: Soothing, relaxing and eases headaches.
Chamomile: Calming, relaxing, and said to keep bad dreams away
Lemon Balm: Relieves stress, anxious and nervous feelings, insomnia, stress, and headaches.

Check out The Mountain Rose Blog for more herbal suggestions and their effects.

‘Cat Nap’ Eye Pillows

Note: This is an intermediate level sewing project. I used my sewing machine, but this project could also be done completely by hand.

Also, I have included links to videos on how to do the basic embroidery stitches I used for the cat face. Another alternative if you don’t want to embroider is to buy fabric markers and simply draw the face on.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Supplies:

‘Cat Nap’ Eye Pillow Pattern
• Cotton fabric (I chose fabrics in calming colors like blue, purple and green. Plus some pink for the inside of the cat’s ears)
• Pink and black embroidery floss
• 3 tablespoons of each: dried lavender, chamomile, lemon balm (I ordered in bulk from the SF Herb Company)
• 1 cup flax (purchased from the bulk section at my local grocery store)

Tools:

• Sewing machine & thread
• Fabric scissors
• Pins
• Craft scissors
• Pencil
• Transfer paper
• Iron & ironing board
• Small embroidery hoop
• Needle

Step One: Cut Out Your Pattern

Print out the pattern provided and cut out with craft scissors. Following the instruction on the pattern, cut out all your fabric pieces using fabric scissors. Iron all your pieces flat.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Step Two: Draw the cat face

Pattern piece A is the front of your pillow and also where you will embroider the cat face. Fold your fabric in half and iron. This fold will be your center guide for the face. Lightly sketch the eyes, nose and mouth freehand with a pencil. If drawing freehand isn’t your thing, you can also use transfer paper to trace the cat face directly from the pattern onto the fabric.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Step Three: Embroider the cat face

Cut a length of black embroidery floss and thread it through your needle. Using a Back Stitch, embroider the eyes and mouth of the cat.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Next cut a length of pink embroidery floss and and rethread your needle. Back Stitch the outline of the cat’s nose, then use a Satin Stitch to fill in the outline (note: you’ll notice in the video, she uses a split stitch as an outline instead of the back stitch. Feel free to do either).

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Now that your cat face is complete, you can begin sewing your pieces together!

Step Four: Sew the Cat Ears

To sew the cat ears, put two pattern C pieces together, right sides facing in. Use a small pin to hold in place. With your sewing machine (or by hand), sew around the top sides of the ears leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Repeat for the second ear. Turn both ears right side out and press with an iron.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Take pattern piece D and pin to the center of each ear. Sew again along the top sides of each ear, leaving about a ¼” seam allowance.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Step Five: Sew the pillow

Next it’s time to sew all the pillow pieces together. Pin the ears, front side facing down onto the top of the cat face. Be sure to place them equal distance apart from the center. Next place piece B on the top, right side facing down and pin together with piece A.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Sew all the way around, making sure to sew through the edge of the ears, leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Leave about a 2-3” opening at the bottom edge (so we can fill the pillow with the flax and herbs).

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Trim notches where indicated on the pattern (be sure not to snip through your stitches) and then turn right side out and press with the iron.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Step Six: Fill the Pillow with Herbs

Add 1 cup of flax plus 3 tablespoons of each herb of your choice. Carefully hand stitch the opening closed.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
Spring has sprung and I’ve been cooking up some fun and easy DIY projects to celebrate. This sweet daisy headband is a very simple project and makes for a lovely pop of color perfect for wearing with your favorite spring dress.

What You Need

• Cardboard
• Pins
• Yarn needle
• Sewing needle & thread
• Sewing machine (optional)
• Scissors
• Pencil
• X-acto knife
• Cutting board
• Craft glue
• Ruler
• Ribbon
• Yarn
• Elastic

STEP ONE:

Using your x-acto knife cut 2 cardboard circles, 2″ in diameter. I used the lid of a spice jar as my template.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP TWO:

Draw lines across one of the cardboard circles to create 12 sections (like a pie). Then write corresponding numbers near the end of each line (see photo below for reference).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP THREE:

Glue the two cardboard circles together and insert 12 pins around the edge of the cardboard circle (following the lines you just drew).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP FOUR:

Hold the end of the yarn down with your left thumb. Then, working in a clockwise direction, pass yarn with the right hand from left to right around pin 1. Pass yarn across the center and from right to left around pin 2 (opposite), going back across center. From left to right around pin 3, and right to left around pin 4. Continue until all pins have been wrapped (once if using thick yarn, several times if using thin yarn) and cut, leaving a tail about 12″ long.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP FIVE:

Take your yarn needle and thread the tail of the yarn. Work 13 back stitches, passing the needle under 2 petals and back over 1. Make sure to do all 13 back stitches or the center will not be complete. Work in the starting end with weaving stitches to bind it firmly, and tie both yarns together at the top side of the daisy (this will be the back when daisy is finished).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP SIX:

Pull the pins out of the cardboard to release the daisy.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP SEVEN:

Cut a piece of ribbon about 20″ long and a piece of elastic about 4.5″ long. Turn the end of the ribbon and pin one end of the elastic to it.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP EIGHT:

Using a sewing machine, attach elastic to the end of the ribbon (you could also hand-stitch this).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP NINE:

Repeat steps 7 and 8 to attach the other ends of the ribbon and elastic.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP TEN:

Using a needle and thread, hand stitch the daisy to the ribbon. I attached mine about 6″ in form one end.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

TA DA!

The cutest springtime headband ever!

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

SHOW + TELL: Handmade Paper Envelopes

Show + Tell: Handmade Paper Envelopes #adventuresinmaking #crafting #craft
Tara over at Ephemera Press started a great new project called the Elevated Envelope. It’s just what it sounds like, a chance to brighten some people’s day with an artsy envelope (made by you); and you get cool envelopes back! The theme was “Summer,” so I used my summer obsession with handmade paper to my advantage.

Check out my full tutorial and paper making adventure here.

I started with a blended concoction…

Show + Tell: Handmade Paper Envelopes #adventuresinmaking #crafting #craft

which included cotton paper scraps, cut off pieces of cover paper, and (of course) junk mail. I did my usual process (blend, screen, roll out, dry) with one big change.

Show + Tell: Handmade Paper Envelopes #adventuresinmaking #crafting #craft

For these envelopes I did some quick-pressing to get plants I could add into the paper. I used the microwave, board and rubber bands to get nice flat pieces I could embed.

When I pulled the screen out of the pulp, I laid a few leaves on top, and gently poured more pulp over them with a spoon. I then went ahead with the rolling and drying process.

Show + Tell: Handmade Paper Envelopes #adventuresinmaking #crafting #craft
Show + Tell: Handmade Paper Envelopes #adventuresinmaking #crafting #craft

A few days later (so I knew it was really dry) I trimmed and embossed the paper to fold into an envelope. I decided to stitch the ends together with my sewing machine rather than glue it like a normal envelope. (This was both creativity and laziness on my part.)

Show + Tell: Handmade Paper Envelopes #adventuresinmaking #crafting #craft

I included an extra piece of handmade paper inside of a little story. Some of the pieces were seeded with wildflower seeds. (If you want to add this to your paper, make sure you have really small seeds, and add them before straining your pulp. Don’t blend them or try to sprinkle on top.) I put the whole thing together and sealed the flaps.

Show + Tell: Handmade Paper Envelopes #adventuresinmaking #crafting #craft

So now these little envelopes are headed out all over the world. It was an awesome excuse to do my favorite summer things (wander around my yard picking flowers and making paper.)

Now back to the real world.

DIY: Handmade Paper Tutorial

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled
I have always wanted to make paper. It seemed like a magic trick.

I mean, you’re gonna make paper out of only paper? AMAZING.

When Rachel asked me what I wanted to do on our upcoming craft retreat, this was the first thing that popped into my head. What follows can only be referred to as an adventure… in magic!

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

What You Need

• Recycled wastepaper
• Paper shredder
• Blender (I would recommend buying one second hand and only using it for paper making)
Large Dip Handmold
• Bucket
• Large dishpan or container
• Sponge
• Piece of cloth or sheet
• Warm water

For those of you who don’t know, you can make paper out of your trash. This part I found particularly exciting because it fit in perfectly with my hoarder tendencies. (No, I don’t keep my trash, I just hate throwing it out. Especially shredded paper which the recycling “man” won’t take.)

My Process

We shredded paper using a paper shredder, and our hands (when the shredder died a loud horrible death, making a noise that Patrick referred to as a cry of “just let me go.”) We sorted it by color (which meant that the resulting papers were slightly different shades of gray.)

I dunked it all in a bucket of warm water to soak for a while.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

Here I am, excited about a bucket full of water and shredded paper.

I took these handfulls and put them in a blender (ala Goodwill) along with more warm water. I then blended them until they were the consistency of…. pulped paper.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

I poured several batches of the pulp into a larger storage container filled with more warm water.

There are several ways to build the “pulp catcher.” I cheated and bought one on clearance at a craft store. (It’s an Arnold Grummer.) It’s basically a thick screen with small holes sandwiched between a wooden frame (deckle) and a hard plastic screen. I slipped the whole sandwich underneath the water and brought it up slowly until it was above the water and evenly coated in pulp.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

This is what the pulp looks like at first (and when it starts feeling like magic.)

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

The kit also included a thin piece of screen. After removing the whole kit from the water, I removed the wooden deckle, and laid the piece of screen over the top.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

I have to admit from here on out the tasks were a little tedious. First I had to press most of the water out of the pulp, through the screen, using a sponge and all of my wringing strength.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

Then I got this piece of magic… something that looked like a piece of paper!

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

After flipping the thick screen over onto a piece of old sheet, and sponging the back of it some more, I was able to separate the paper from the whole kit. I sandwiched the piece in between two cotton sheets, and ironed it like crazy (highest setting) until it was mostly dry.

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I left all the pieces between two heavy wooden planks over night… to see what happens next check out this post on Handmade Paper Envelopes.

During this adventure I learned…

• Paper is magic, and putting your hands in warm pulpy water is therapeutic.

• Don’t use your fancy appliances for crafting. I killed the shredder and blender. (Though, I think it was shoddy modern manufacturing what did them in.) The iron…

• The iron got coated in some sort of ick. Fortunately I used our old iron, AND discovered that the ick was easily removed by white vinegar and a little scrubbing.

• After doing the paper making process a few times, I actually got rid of the ironing step. Now I roll the sheets out between 2 shamwows (I know…) and then place them on extra cardboard while they are still pretty damp. Once they are dry enough to hold their form, I transfer them to a clothes line to dry, until I move them into a stack to dry fully between two heavy peices of wood.

• When you use junk mail, your paper is going to be gray. Most of the tutorials I read recommended using blank papers, and colored tissue paper. I’d rather have gray paper than create more trash in the world, but we’ll see how things go.

• Thick flower petals and pieces do not work best for this project. I ended up with a couple of very lumpy pages. Also, predried flowers often have dyes on them that do not bleed how you think they should.

• Rachel is a great crafting cheerleader and documentorian, and Patrick loves me, and proved it by ironing paper for hours.

SHOW +TELL: Tips On Creating An Amazing Costume

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

In 2012 my boyfriend James and I went to Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon to see Donovan perform. Costumes are a big part of the festival so we had fun creating our own.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

James created his costume with all thrifted items he found at Goodwill and SCRAP here in Portland.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

MY COSTUME DETAILS:

Dress: Used to be a long skirt I wore bellydancing in high school. With the help of this easy tutorial, I transformed it into a faerie dress.
Belt: I first saw this belt worn by Kaylah from The Dainty Squid and recently found this one at Wanderlust here in Portland.
Large Bead Necklace: Bought on Haight & Ashbury during my 2008 trip to San Francisco.
Love Beads: Thrifted at Red Fox Vintage.
Beaded Choker: Handmade by me when I was in high school.
Rose Hair Clips: Claire’s.
Beaded Cuff Bracelet: I don’t remember! Bought it in high school during my belly dancing days.
Rings: Silver spoon ring, Red Fox Vintage. Red rose ring, Flora. Mood Ring, Fuego.
Dreamcatcher Wings: Handmade by me!

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie
Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

Read more about our adventure into the faerie realm on my personal blog.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie
Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

Tips On Creating An Amazing Costume

Collect. Start collecting items a month or so before your event. Frequent your local thrift and vintage stores, dig through “FREE” boxes in your neighborhood, check out garage sales- you never know what you might find!
Make a Costume Box. Get a box to hold all your costume pieces. Then whenever you find something with potential, you have a place to put it. Once you’re ready to start putting together a costume, you already have a slew of things collected in one place to start with.
Remake or DIY. Whenever I’m creating a costume I try to find easy ways to make as much as I can rather than buying everything. I had a silk patchwork skirt I hadn’t worn in years and decided to look up a tutorial on how to transform it into a dress. It was such an easy remake and it didn’t even require any sewing.
Make It Unique. For my Faerieworlds costume I dreamt up the rainbow dreamcatcher fairy wings. They started as a sketch, I did a little research and then gathered my supplies and gave it a go. They didn’t turn out perfect, but I loved the look and I received many compliments from fellow faeries at the festival. Don’t be afraid to dream up something you’ve never seen before!
Test it Out. One week before your event, try everything on and make sure it works. If it doesn’t, you still have time to make adjustments. We knew we would be camping for an entire weekend, so we wanted our costumes to be comfortable and easy to take on and off. Also be sure practice any special hair or makeup styles so that you feel confident when getting ready the day of your event.

Lastly, HAVE FUN!

Photos taken by Bobby Pathammavong.