Beauty

EASY LAST MINUTE DIY CHRISTMAS GIFT

By on December 20, 2016

I don’t know about you guys but with finals going on for the past week, it’s been hard to get all my Christmas shopping done. Lucky for me, my mom shared her amazing DIY gift idea with me! Y’all, I’m not lying to you. It’s SO easy and pretty inexpensive!

I went by this tutorial although I changed some things.

What you need:

  • Etching glass solution (found at Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • A glass
  • Painters tape
  • Stencil stickers
  • Small paint brush
  • Gloves and eye protection

Generally I think you can use any glass container! For this gift idea however, we recycled candle jars from Bath and Body Works and used those.

Step One: 

Clean your glass with isopropyl rubbing alcohol so there are no smudges or fingerprints. We also washed our glasses out with soap and water before just for good measure!

Step Two:

Put your stencil where you want it, make sure it’s straight and use the painters tape to block off the parts of the glass that you do not want etched. We didn’t have any painters tape so we just used shipping/masking tape.

Step Three: 

After it’s all taped up, put gloves and eye protection on. There were some safety gloves next to the etching solution at the store but I think you can also use plastic gloves. Gardening gloves work too because that’s what we used! It’s really important to wear gloves. This solution is highly acidic os be careful! Then take a small paintbrush and dip it in the etching solution. Pat it on the stencil until you have a pretty thick layer. I found that patting it on made the solution stay better than actually brushing. Brushing made it kind of wipe off and that’s not what you want! So I patted on a thick layer and made sure I couldn’t see the outline of the letter anymore.

Step Four:

Now time let it sit for 5 minutes. I timed this on my phone. It was suggested in the tutorial I went off of to swirl (or just tap more) on the solution two times during the five minutes. Once after a minute and a half (3:30 minutes) and once when there is only a minute and a half left (1:30).

Step Five:

There is no harm in leaving it on for longer than five minutes so do not feel rushed! After the time is up, wash it off with a ratty old washcloth and hot water. Then peel the tape and stencil off.

It may take a second to fully show up. We couldn’t tell if it had actually worked until a few moments after but they turned out really good! I was so pleased to see how nicely they turned out! You can use as many letters as you want or even other stencils that you can find! We just wanted to use one letter for the initial.

Step Six:

Fill it with goodies! Put inexpensive but nice little things in there like a bath bomb, a small candle, hand sanitizer, jewelry, anything! This would be such a lovely gift for a friend, your sister, mom, cousin, anyone! It’s inexpensive and thoughtful! They will appreciate the time and effort put into making it!

 

 

I think it turned out so nicely! A special thank you to my mom for her idea and her help with this project! If you recreate these, let me know how they turned out! What are some other last minute gift ideas?

xoxo Ariana

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Beauty | Fashion

DIY Last Minute Halloween Shirts

By on October 31, 2016

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FOMO is real (feeling of missing out). Everybody is posting pictures at Halloween parties and in costume and I kinda got sad that I didn’t have anywhere to go or any reason to dress up this year! I plan on having a night in and watching some not-so-scary Halloween(ish) movies. Well, instead of being down about it, I decided to do something about it! I scouted the internet to get some ideas but ultimately I just made it up myself as I went!

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So what I did is I decided to make a jack-0-lantern shirt and my sister joined in and made a ghost shirt! I looked around on the internet and saw that some people made stencil with adhesive paper, some people used fabric paint but since this was super last minute, I didn’t have time to mess with that! I also had a very low budget and fortunately, I bought all my supplies for under $15!

What you need:

  • a shirt
  • Felt
  • scissors
  • glue gun

That’s it! Only four things! I already had a glue gun and scissors at home.

I just googled “jack-o-lantern t shirt stencil” and went to images. There are plenty of different options to choose from! I used this and my sister used this.

 

Step one:

Outline your stencil on the felt. I used a silver metallic Sharpie that I had so I could see it! Don’t be afraid to mess up, you’re going to flip it to the opposite side when gluing so you won’t see the marker.

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Step Two:

Cut out all your shapes. LET IT BE KNOWN. Cutting felt is not as easy as you think. I spent about 15 minutes on one eye before I switched scissors (changed my life y’all) but it still wasn’t a piece of cake. It’s not hard if your scissors cut easy through it but it’s definitely not paper.

Step Three: 

Lay out all shapes to see where you like them. I then place a hand towel inside the shirt (I don’t really know if this served a purpose but it made me feel better). Now just heat up your glue gun and glue the pieces on! (If you are younger than 16, I would double check with a parent or adult if its okay for you to use one by yourself. If not, ask for help!)

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Now just let it dry and they should be ready to go! This was so easy, cheap, and fun to do with my sister! I think they turned out so cute!!

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What are y’all’s costumes for Halloween? I’m super interested to know!!

Happy Halloweeeeen!

 

xoxo Ariana

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Bath & Body Works Mini Haul

By on November 19, 2015

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Hello all! My mom , sister, and I had been saving our coupons for Bath and Body Works (if you have em, use em!). I desperately wanted some new candles and needed body wash, but I’m a college student on a budget. Luckily these coupons helped! I got the Cinnamon Caramel Swirl candle, a mini Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle (aaaah) and hand sanitizer in the scent called “Give Thanks” which kind of smells like apples. I also got the Winter Candy Apple body wash because it smells amazing, it’s one of my favorites, and its finally the holidays! I’m so excited! My mom also got the body wash, with the lotion, along with the Forever Red and Sweet Pea body wash. My sister got the Vanilla Noel mini candle and sanitizer (that’s her favorite scent!).

I just love this store! I really wanted some fall candles but it’s so close to Thanksgiving so I wanted them to be able to transition into winter as well. Candles could quite possibly be my greatest obsession (or addiction if you want to go that far). I love burning them on a cold day and being all cozied up in a blanket! What’s your favorite product from Bath and Body Works?

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