5 Quick and Easy DIY Accessories



5 Quick and Easy DIY Accessories

5 Quick & Easy DIY Accessories

There is no end to what can be made by hand for the sake of fashion. With so many resources, virtually anything is possible. For these tips and tricks, all you need is a scarf, foldover elastic, and some bobby pins!

No-Sew Purse

Using a wide scarf, tie a knot a third of the way and tie another knot on the other third, but do so loosely to adjust the width between the two knots. The area between the two knots will be used to carry whatever is desired, so make sure the dimensions can accommodate what’s being carried. Tie the two loose ends into a knot to fashion together. This will placed around the shoulder for carrying. Place the items inside the portion between the first two knots, et voila. For extra flair, add a foot or two of ribbon to the top knot.

Scarf Fanny Pack

The no-sew fanny pack is similar to the purse created from a scarf and involves the same first two steps, but the back can be tied off and left the hang down or the scarf can be wrapped around again so that nothing is left hanging. Secure with a knot.

Headwrap with a Bun

This hair accessory is most useful for shampoo-skipping days and when it’s cold or wet outside. Create a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Place the scarf on top of the head to cover all of the hair. Criss-cross the ends underneath the ponytail. It may be tied off over the ponytail. Using both the ends of the scarf and the hair from the ponytail, twist to create a bun. Tie off your bun and enjoy your throwback style.

DIY Hair Decoration

Bobby pins can be used to keep your locks in place in a fun way. For instance, different colored chains can be used to create stylish streaks. Add charms to the chains for extra sparkle. Strips of velvet can be attached with flowers. Have some spare ribbon scraps? Tie them to a bobby pin for a flirty accent.

Elastic Watch Bands

Using foldover elastic and a spare watch face, you can make your own bands to complement any mood or outfit. Measure the foldover elastic to comfortable wrap around your wrist, with ½ inches on each end. Either thread the ribbon through the back of the watch face and tie a tight knot at the end, or wrap the ends around the links of the watch and glue.

This contribution comes from The Ribbon Retreat, an online fabric and ribbon store.

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“Come In and Lend a Hand” — Kitchen Activities To Involve the Kids In



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If you’re going to cook with your children, think about the kinds of foods that they might like to make, and then plan ahead with plenty of time to spare. Lots of kids like to bake, which is a chance to dazzle them with the bread maker. But remember, showing them what to do can take longer, so you may even have to hold off preheating the oven. And here’s how you involve the kids in those activities:

Shop savvy

There are two things to take care of before you start cooking. One is to make sure that you have all the necessary ingredients — so make a list. The second is to ensure that you get the best deals possible, so look online for any special ingredients that you need. Use coupons and check for local deals and discount vouchers before you head to the store.

Choose the recipes carefully so that you can fully encourage the kids to get involved. Also, check that these recipes are ones that the family will enjoy eating, such as bread and cakes.

Make bread to encourage your child to savor food

Take your child throw your child how to make bread using bread makers. It’s a basic food and helps to teach a child the fundamentals of savoring food. Buy a loaf from the store and it means nothing, but if the child can see how the dough becomes bread they become invested in the results. Bread makers are fairly cheap these days, and it’s rather special having fresh baked bread every day, rather than a load that’s been in the store or supermarket for two days.

Bake amusingly shaped cakes

You can liven up baking even more fun by allowing the kids to follow a pattern or create shapes with the things being cooked. Start with cookies and funny cookie cutter shapes. The kids can then have the time of their lives decorating them with jelly beans and icing sugar. A slightly older child may appreciate being able to design cakes with different shapes, and you can make far more for far less money than if you were to buy the cakes from a store.

What can you show your child how to do?

There are lots of things kids can do in baking such as cracking eggs, kneading dough, placing things in bread makers and watching the results. Sprinkles and toppings are easy enough, as is sieving and grating cheese with a rotary grater. Teach your child how to remove skins from potatoes or fruit with a peeler and how to mash potatoes with a masher. There are plenty of safe cooking activities children can participate in.

Take a photo of the mess before you start

When it’s time to clean your child may start to “um” and “aww,” so have your child take a few photos of all the mess before you start, then both of you clean up and then ask them to snap the area again once it’s been cleaned. Comparing the photos is fun and will illustrate to them that something has been achieved (they’ll want to take the credit, of course!). Children have a very short memory regarding things like this. A few before- and after-pictures will remind them what they’ve accomplished and also of the fun that you’ve had together. After all, it’s not just about making bread, it’s about making memories, and that’s one of the (many).

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