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You’re looking for quick and easy projects to give as gifts or spruce up the house – and I have some solutions for you. I hate fussy craft projects that take a ton of time and have too many steps. These are guaranteed to be quick and painless, but look like you bought them at the craft store or from a professional artisan.

Check out my posts here, let me know what you think, and I’m always looking for great ideas to feature on the blog. If you have one, email it to me at carrie@lookslikehomemade.com!

Crafts & Projects

Turquoise and Leather Bracelet

So i saw this bracelet on Pinterest that I loved – and thought – hey I bet I can make that….so I gave it a whirl.

Bracelet on Pinterest & Obaz

Mine is not identical – but it uses the same thought process.  I kinda like mine better – I used better beads and its really comfortable to wear.

I will say the suede-like straps I used are not the best choice.  I think they’re not sturdy enough.  I think I might try this again with a better leather cording and see what happens.

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Crafts & Projects

Rolled Fabric Flowers – Quick & Fun

I love flowers.  This spring I’ll start planting and sharing pics of my flowers.  In the winter I like to WEAR flowers.  They make me feel happy and “spring-y” while things are kind of grey and drab.

I found a great video tutorial that will show you how to do it – this is probably the easiest one I’ve found out there,and I looked at a lot of them.  I think each flower takes less than 5 minutes – you just need fabric and a glue gun, or fabric glue.  Here are the flowers I made:

Recycle old tshirts in to fabric flowers

The video tutorial will be after the jump.  It’s a little shaky but bear with her, this is the best technique I found for making these.  Let me know how it works out for you!

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My Favorite Scarf

My friends will be quick to tell you that I am one of the most impatient people they know.  In this world of “instant gratification” of high-speed Internet and “buy it instead of make it” I’ve had to really work hard to be patient when starting projects.

That being said, I LOVE to crochet, but I hate to spend weeks or months getting a project done.  I like 2 – 4 hour projects.  I’m a big fan of starting something that I can finish wile I’m watching a movie or two on a Sunday.

This scarf came about for two reasons.  One, I cant ever seem to keep one around my neck.  Long or short I end up tripping over the end or dropping it in the slop on the ground; and two, I didn’t want the project to take all day, let alone weeks.

I tried quite a few different patterns and hated them all, they take too long.  Then I started messing around with Lion brand Hometown USA yarn and a HUGE crochet hook.  I’m talking a size P hook.  They are normally plastic and as big around as my thumb.

 

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