DIY Wine Bag with Macrame Knots

diy wine mag with macrame knots

Every time I go somewhere with a bottle of wine, beer, whiskey, or whatever else, I always worry that I’ll hit it against something and break it. That’s why I decided to make a wine bottle carrier! I had some macrame cord left over from the yoga mat straps I made last week so it seemed like the perfect craft project for today!

I know this is two macrame projects in a row, so bear with me. I’m developing a love of macrame but I promise to spread out the projects and get some other goodies in here!

I love this craft because it’s quick (about 15 minutes), easy, and functional which, as many of you know, is my favorite kind. Follow the steps below to make your own.

wine bag supplies

Wine carrier supplies

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wine bag macrame tutorial

Step 1: size your macrame cord

Cut about 7 arm lengths of the macrame cord.

Then fold it in half.

Fold it in half one more time.

Cut the cord at the bottom so half of your cords are still connected and the bottom half is cut.

Step 2: make the handle

Tie a knot on the left side about 3-4 inches from the top.

Then braid the cord until you get to an even length on the right side.

  • Separate the cord into 4 groups of 2 strands each.
  • The group on the right side goes over the second group, under the third group, and over the last group.
  • Repeat that process.

Tie another knot to the end the handle.

Step 3: tie macrame knots to make the bag

  1. Separate 4 pieces of rope from the rest.
  2. Take the end of the left piece and lay it over the middle two, but under the last one
  3. Take the 4th piece on the far right and lay it over the end of the first piece and take it under the middle two. Then through the loop created by the first piece of rope.
  4. Pull them tight to create the knot.
  5. Make one more knot using the same cords.
  6. Continue this process around the bag until there are 4 knots.

macrame knots

Step 4: create a second layer of knots

Take the 2 closest cords from the 2 closest knots and create two more knots.

Repeat this process the whole way around, and the whole way down until you’re ready to end the bottle carrier.

Create the gathering knot

  1. Cut another piece of macrame rope.
  2. Make a long loop that faces downward. Leave a little bit on the rope facing upward like in the middle image. Lay this loop on top of the excess rope from your carrier.
  3. Take the longer piece of rope of your newly created loop and wrap it around the excess rope of your carrier about 6-7 times.
  4. Push the end of that rope through the loop and pull the rope at the top to tighten it.
  5. You can cut the top rope when you’re finished. Glue it if it makes you feel more comfortable.

diy wine mag with macrame knots

That’s it! Now you can take your wine bag to visit friends, hang it as a display in your house, or gift it! These make great gifts for wine lovers.

It doesn’t have to be wine either. You can carry beer, whiskey, or other glass bottles too!

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments below!

DIY Yoga Mat Strap with Macrame Knots

I’ve been doing yoga for a long time. Going on 10 years now, I think. My mat is my favorite place because it relieves stress, helps me focus, and gives me exercise.

I’ve even made my own yoga mat cleaner because I bought it so frequently.

I choose to do my practice at home because I haven’t found a studio that I like since I moved. Occasionally, I go with a friend or coworker to a class though, which prompted my craft project this week.

When I go to a yoga class, I just roll my mat up and throw it in my trunk or back seat. During the drive, it usually gets unrolled, which can get annoying, so I decided to make a yoga mat strap to keep it contained.

Why not buy one, you ask? Let’s be realistic here… I’m always looking for ways to make things I could buy. This is no exception. Plus, macrame yoga mat straps on Etsy are like $50. Not that the price is unreasonable for the time commitment, but if I can DIY it, why pay for it?

Want to make your own? Grab the supplies and follow the steps below!

Macrame yoga mat strap supplies

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Step 1: cut two ropes

Measure 10 arm lengths of macrame rope, twice.

You’ll have two pieces of rope when you’re finished, like in the image above.

craft rope loop step 1
craft rope loop step 2
craft rope loop step 3

Step 2: tie the role to the D-loop ring

This part comes in two steps.

First, take both pieces a rope that you just cut and fold them in half. Pull the loop through the d-loop ring.

Then, pull the remainder of the rope over the d-loop ring and through the hoop you just made.

Repeat with the second rope.

macrame knots

Step 3: create the macrame knots

I cut a smaller version of the ropes you just cut to show you how to make the knots.

  1. Separate your 4 pieces of rope.
  2. Take the end of the left piece and lay it over the middle two, but under the last one
  3. Take the 4th piece on the far right and lay it over the end of the first piece and take it under the middle two. Then through the loop created by the first piece of rope.
  4. Pull them tight to create the knot.
  5. Continue this process of creating knots until you get to a length that works for you and your mat. This will depend on your hight and the thickness of your yoga mat.
yoga mat strap homemade

The knots will create a design that twists like in the image above.

yoga mat strap loop

Step 4: add the last d-loop ring

take each piece of rope and wrap it around the ring. You don’t need to make any knots here.

Step 5: create a gathering knot

  1. Cut another piece of macrame rope.
  2. Make a long loop that faces downward. Leave a little bit on the rope facing upward like in the middle image. Lay this loop on top of the excess rope from your yoga strap.
  3. Take the longer piece of rope of your newly created loop and wrap it around the excess rope of your yoga strap about 5 times.
  4. Push the end of that rope through the loop and pull the rope at the top to tighten it.
  5. You can cut the top rope when you’re finished. Glue it if it makes you feel more comfortable.

yoga mat strap tassel

Step 6: cut off any excess rope

Cut off any additional rope to create a tassel. You can add beads or anything else you’d like here to beautify it.

yoga mat strap detail

When you’re finished, pull your strap through the d-loop rings to create hoops. Place your mat through those hops and you’ve got yourself a yoga mat strap!

This one is a bit time consuming, but worth every second. Find a podcast or show you like and bang it out.

It takes me back to my teen years when I would make and sell friendship bracelets. I definitely used a similar knot, too. After the first two knots, muscle memory kicks in and it’s like you never took a break from it, surprisingly.

The process is also relaxing, so you can expect a few more macrame projects from me.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to see your yoga mat strap when you try it!

Happy crafting!

DIY Tiki Torch Bottles

My husband and I just built a patio and I’ve been so excited to spend time out there! Unfortunately, we don’t have a ton of lighting and there are a lot of bugs, which doesn’t create the best experience after dark.

We talked about buying tiki torches, but being the crafter that I am, I save a lot of bottles and jars so I decided to use what we had to make some for our outdoor table.

It took less than 10 minutes to make them and they work wonderfully! If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below.

Tiki Torch Supplies

Note: Pick a bottle that has a twist-off cap. The couplings won’t fit just any bottle so choose wisely.

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Step 1: fill the bottles with torch fuel

If you’re using weights in the bottles, now is the time to add them (before the fuel).

Be careful with this step. The fuel is flammable and can easily catch fire if it’s near an open flame so be sure to keep it off your hands and clothes and clean up afterward.

Take your bottles outside or to the sink and fill them with tiki torch fuel through the funnel. (I used one as well but forgot to add it to the pictures.) This is the easiest way to make sure the fluid is contained at all times.

Step 2: Add the couplings to the wicks

There are two important things to remember when setting up your coupling and wick.

  1. When you twist on the coupling, make sure the side with the black rubber pieces are facing the bottom of the wick. These pieces keep the coupling from moving around inside the bottle top.
  2. Keep the wick less than an inch above the coupling. That flame can get big, so keep the wick short.

Step 3: put the wick in the bottle

Push the wick and coupling into the bottle and you’re done!

Now you can take them to your table, light them, and enjoy!

Tiki Torch Safety

I’m probably telling you something you already know, but bear with me because I want you to be safe while you enjoy your new tiki torches. Please keep the following in mind while in use:

  • Tiki torch fuel is flammable. Be careful with the bottles around an open flame.
  • In addition, the bottles you’re using are glass. Please be careful around the bottles whether they are lit or not. If they get knocked over, that liquid will spill everywhere and the bottle could potentially break. Consider purchasing a tin bottle holder or bucket to keep bottles from tipping over.
  • Don’t overfill your bottle with torch fuel. As long as the wick is submerged, the wick will light. It doesn’t need to be filled to the rim to get a flame.
  • Don’t leave your torches unattended! We’re talking about fire here.
  • When you’re finished, extinguish your tiki torches. You want to make sure the flame is completely smothered before you go back inside.
  • Don’t use your tiki toches indoors.

DIY Reusable Cleaning Wipes

diy reusable cleaning wipes

Do you buy disposable cleaning wipes? I used to all the time, but then I started thinking better of it. Even the ones that are compostable aren’t the greatest. I’d rather have a product I can reuse.

Why Disposable Wipes Aren’t Ideal

Three reasons:

  • Not Environmentally-Friendly: paper products are thrown away so often. They can be replaced with a reusable alternative and we can keep our houses clean and put less in the landfills.
  • Harmful Side Effects: Many of the store-bought brands we’re familiar with contain toxic chemicals with harmful side effects. For example, Clorox wipes contain ingredients that can cause respiratory problems and Lysol wipes also have risks for respiratory and cancer. No thanks. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s guide to Healthy Cleaning to learn more about the products you’re cleaning with.
  • Financially Wasteful: They might seem cheap if you’re buying a container at a time, but let’s assume you like your home very clean and you buy the bigger canisters to save on money. They cost about $8. So if you buy one of those a month you’re looking at $86/year for something you throw in the trash.

How do you feel about that? I feel crappy about it, so I decided to make my own cleaning wipes with a non-toxic cleaner that will make my house smell lovely. If you’d like to do the same, grab the supplies below and follow the steps.

Cleaning Wipes Supplies

diy cleaning wipes supplies

I got the cloths and sponges at Family Dollar for $4 and spent about $25 dollars on everything. That’s much better than $86, right?

I got a small jar for the bathroom wipes and a large jar for the microfiber cloths and sponges. You can use whatever sizes work best for you.

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jar cleaning solution

Step 1: Fill your jars with water

Take your jars to the sink and fill them about halfway with warm water.

castile soap cleaning solution

Step 2: Mix in the Castile Soap

Check your bottle the recommended dilution for the size of jar you have. Then mix the soap with the water and stir.

Step 3: Add the Cloths

Fold your cloth set to a size that will fit in your jar and squeeze them in!

diy reusable cleaning wipes

There you go. 5 minutes later you have your very own REUSABLE cleaning wipes. When there’s a mess to clean up, or you’re just tiding and wiping everything down, take a sponge or cloth, do your thing and throw the cloth in the laundry when you’re finished.

For the sponges you  have two options:

  • throw it in the dishwasher
  • microwave it

I’m not kidding! You can microwave your sponges. I learned this recently and it’s changed everything.

Give it a go and let me know what you think! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!


By the way, I know it’s been a while since we talked. I’m sorry 🙁 But you’ll be happy to know I’m back in action. I have a ton of great projects planned out for the rest of the year and I’m excited to craft with you regularly again! Thanks for not giving up on me. You’ll see some great changes coming soon. Stay tuned. Talk soon!

DIY Triangle Planter

diy triangle planter

It seems like the older I get, the more greenery I want. It’s strange because as a teenager, I hated having plants everywhere (sorry, Mom). But now, I love having an herb garden and succulents are just adorable.

I’ve made some planters in the past but have usually given them to other people as gifts. I actually ended up gifting these too, but I really enjoyed making them and will definitely be making more for myself.

If you want to try making your own, follow the steps below.

diy plaster planter supplies

Triangle planter supplies

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plaster planter diy project

Step 1: mix and pour the plaster

This step has a few parts.

First, oil up the inside of your mold. The oil makes it SO much easier to get the plaster out when it has dried.

Second, follow the instructions on your plaster pail to mix water with the powdered plaster in your cup. My ratio was 2-1.

This stuff dries super fast so you have a little less than 10 minutes to mix it and pour it.

Pour in the plaster and let it dry. If you’re using the same brand I am, Plaster of Paris, it should be dry in 30 mins max.

Afterwards, if you want to sand the planter you can. I like the imperfections a lot, so I just sanded the edges to soften them and kept the divots on the sides.

spray painted planter

Step 2: paint your planter

Alright, I cheated a little bit here and spray painted the first planter I made. HOLY COW did that smell linger. I hated it.

I ended up painting over it with outdoor acrylic paint. That was much better.

You might also want to consider adding a sealant if you plan to keep your plants outside or on a porch to protect the paint from the elements.

homemade triangle planter

Step 3: plant your plants

Get dirty planting whatever it is you want… herbs, succulents, or any other small plant. These are small planters, so your plant doesn’t have much room to grow. Keep that in mind when choosing your plants.

diy triangle planter

When you’re done, you’ll have some adorable triangle planters to gift or keep for yourself.

I plan to make a few more for myself. What colors do you think I should go with? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Beer Candle – Cappuccino Stout

diy coffee beer candle

I LOVE candles and almost always having one burning when I’m home. A few months ago I found Brewed2Burn candles, which are amazing. There’s not beer in them, but they’re all designed to smell like styles of beer like stouts, IPAs, etc.

I was inspired to try making my own. As many of you know, my husband owns a brewery, so I have access to a lot of beer and have smelled a lot of it over the years.

I decided to try to replicate the brewery’s cappuccino stout, Hold the Foam. It’s one of my favorites. It smells just like a coffee shop.

If you’d like to make one of your own, grab the supplies and follow the steps below!

beer candle supplies

DIY beer candle supplies

  • melting pot
  • beer can
  • coffee (brewed)
  • vanilla scent/flavor (either essential oils or vanilla extract
  • food coloring (optional)
  • soy wax
  • stirrer
  • can opener
  • pliers
remove beer lid using a can opener

Step 1: remove the beer lid

Using a can opener and pliers, remove your can lid. Set it off to the side.

coffee grounds candle wax

Step 2: melt the wax, add the coffee, vanilla

The amount of wax you use depends on the size of your beer can. I’m using a 16oz can, so I need 13oz of liquid soy wax, 3oz of coffee, and a splash of vanilla.

Once it’s melted, pour in your coffee. Make sure you get some grounds in there too as it helps permeate the scent when the candle burns.

candle wick

Step 3: pour the wax into the beer can

Anchor your wick to the bottom of the beer can with hot glue.

Then, pour your wax and coffee combo into the beer can while holding up the wick. Put two knives on each side of the wick to hold it in place.

Let the wax harden.

diy beer candle

When you’re done, you’ll have a lovely smelling beer candle that will make your house smell like coffee.

I’d love to hear what you think! What kind of beer would you use for this project? Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

DIY Citrus Mint Lip Balm

citrus mint lip balm diy

A few years ago, I started experimenting with my own lip balm recipe. I’ve made a new batch every few months, give it out to family and friends, and try to get as much feedback as possible. This batch hasn’t been distributed yet, but I think it’s the best one yet!

Growing up, I loved the Dr. Pepper lip balm from Lip Smackers! It had a hint of color and smelled/tasted fantastic. Little did I know, I really enjoyed that brand for it’s texture. Now, I strive for something similar, minus the hint of color. I’ve experimented with many flavors and have found a few I like including orange cream, peppermint, and grapefruit. Obviously, I’m a fan of citrus and mint so I decided to combine the flavors for an orange mint lip balm.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

citrus-mint-lip-balm-supplies

Materials Needed for Vanilla Orange Lip Balm

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beeswax in the microwave

Step 1: melt the beeswax

Place your beeswax into your bowl and put it in the microwave.

Microwave in 30 second intervals with a few seconds between sessions. This takes about 3 minutes altogether.

wild orange lip balm oils

Step 2: add your flavors  and jojoba oil

Add 10 drops of peppermint oil and 30 drops of wild orange. Then add 1oz of jojoba oil.

You can play with this a bit if you’d like. I prefer a little tingle in my lip balm so I wanted a good bit of peppermint. However, I didn’t want that to over shadow the orange. This is perfect for that. If you prefer the smell of peppermint but don’t like the tingle as much, then add less peppermint.

Mix well.

lip balm making

Step 3: pour the lip balm mixture into tubes

Using your mini funnel, pour your beexwax and oils mixture into the tubes.

Let it sit.

citrus mint lip balm diy

When the wax has hardened, you can use or gift it. These make great stocking stuffers!

I’d love to hear your feedback. Do you like the flavor combo? What others flavors would you try?

Goodwill Lantern Upcycle

Goodwill lantern upcycle

I love Goodwill. It’s like a goldmine with all its discarded goodies. Among these goods was this roughed up lantern. Look at the chipped paint and ugly flowers. Ugh. That has to go.

Goodwill lantern purchase

It’s definitely in rough shape but I knew I could save it, so i bough it… for $2.99! I immediately went to buy spray paint and headed home to beautify it.

lantern improvement supplies

Lantern improvement supplies

  • paper (optional)
  • pencil (optional)
  • scissors (optional)
  • razor blade (optional)
  • spray paint
  • old lantern

If you can remove the glass, the first four supplies aren’t necessary.

cover lantern glass with paper

Step 1: remove or cover the glass

If you’re lucky enough to find a lantern with removable glass, then celebrate and remove it because this project just became a lot easier. I spray painted the outside before I realized I could take the glass out. Duh!

If you can’t remove it, measure it, cut paper to that size and tape it on. You’ll have to repeat this on the inside as well.

 

spray paint the lantern

Step 2: spray paint the frame

Spray paint your lantern and let it dry.

Flip it and repeat until the whole lantern is covered.

 

Use a razor to clean lantern glass

Step 3: remove spray paint from glass

If you get spray paint on the glass, don’t worry! It comes off. Get yourself a razor blade, hold it at a 45 degree angle and, with light pressure, scrape away the paint. Be careful not to scratch it.

You might want to clean the glass before decorating it.

Goodwill lantern upcycle

Since it’s fall, I added some craft pinecones and turned on my flameless tea light. It’s beautiful!

lantern decor

Don’t pass up the “junk” in thrift stores. There’s a lot of value in the old and unfinished. Sometimes you have to rummage for them, but they’re there.

Happy crafting, and upcycling!

5 Easy DIY Earring Ideas

I usually post a single DIY project every Monday. But, sometimes you just need ideas. A compilation of DIYs to get your inspiration flowing. Today, that inspiration is jewelry projects, earrings to be more specific.

Over the course of the past 6 years, I’ve made a bunch of my own earrings. Here are my favorites, that I still wear, by the way!

 

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

Gemstone Bar Earrings

These are my second favorite pair of earrings. They’re colorful but subtle, and match with most of my wardrobe. These are easy and cheap to make. Much better than buying them in a store. Follow this tutorial to make your own.

 

DIY paper beaded earrings

DIY Paper Beaded Earrings

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I’m a big fan of recycling and upcycling. Earrings are no exception. A friend taught me how to make these a long time ago and this was my first attempt. Even though I don’t wear these as much (because I don’t have that much pink clothing, surprisingly), I like them a lot! They’re lightweight, fun and colorful. What more could you want? Make your own paper beaded earrings.

 

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

DIY Wire Wrapped Swirl Earrings

This is, by far, my favorite pair of earrings. They’re fanciful, dangly, and go with everything, even combat boots. They aren’t colorful, but I love them and can wear them often. Want to give it a shot? Get a thing-a-ma-jig and follow this tutorial.

 

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings

These are my second favorite pair of homemade earrings. They go with everything and I wear them often. This is another project you’ll need a thing-a-ma-jig for, but the cost is worth it. Make your own.

 

diy stacked beaded earrings

DIY Stacked Beaded Earrings

These are great because they’re lightly colored, light weight and somewhat elegant. They could be worn with a formal dress or with a business casual outfit. These are quick to make you’ll have your own pair in less than 15 minutes.

 

DIY T-shirt Scarf

diy tshirt scarf

It’s getting colder and I’m unhappy about it. In lovely Pennsylvania, it stays cold from about Sep-Mar, give or take a month. That means you have to layer up if you want to be comfortable.

Personally, I like scarves and probably have too many of them. But they’re great for fall and winter weather so I stock up. Recently, I started make some of my own. However, I’m not a big fan of sewing, as most of you know, so I like the no-sew method.

Want to make one? It’s SUPER easy. Keep reading.

 

tshirt scarf supplies

T-shirt scarf supplies

  • scissors
  • soft t-shirt

Use an old t-shirt or check out Goodwill for cheap options. I recommend size Larger or bigger. I chose Large for this one. You should also consider a neutral color so that scarf matches more of your clothing. White, black, brown, gray and beige are all good options.

 

tshirt

Step 1: flatten your tshirt

Lay the tshirt flat on a table or flat surface.

Don’t worry about ironing. The scarf looks better without it.

 

t-shirt scarf making

Step 2: cut out the bottom of the shirt

Cut across the shirt right below the arms.

Then, cut off the bottom section of the shirt above the hem.

 

diy tshirt scarf

Now, you’ll have a scarf that’s ready to wear! I like to keep the sewn sections at the back of my neck and bottom of the scarf.

There’s also an option to make two of these t-shirt scarves and link them together for  nice infinity scarf, but that’s a tutorial for another day.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!