DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes for Valentine’s Day

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | Revamperate DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateGuys, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! I swear time flies by faster and faster every year. Lucky for my boyfriend, I’m not obsessive over Valentine’s Day, but he and I agreed to celebrate our anniversary and Valentine’s Day as one happy holiday since we met the day after Valentine’s Day. Last year we went to Disneyland and I’m (fingers crossed!) hoping we can make it an annual thing. Life’s a bit tougher on our schedules these days, so I’ll just be happy to just have some dinner at home together (with some wine!) for a night without work or school. 

Anyway, today’s project is an easy one and one of my favs. Dress up a box of chocolates in minutes by making it look like everyone’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy – conversation hearts! These cute conversation heart chocolate boxes are as simple as cutting paper and picking out some stickers, but they’re really fun and make cute gifts. Plus, if your boxes are like mine, you can remove the plastic when you’ve eaten the chocolate and still use the boxes for little candies or wrapped chocolates!

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateSupplies:

Trace the top of the box onto the backside of colored cardstock. Cut around the marks as carefully as you can, leaving about 1/4 inch extra so that the paper does not lie right on the edge of the box. Use the stickers to spell out your favorite conversation heart sayings onto the frontside of the cardstock. Then glue the backside of the cardstock (with pencil markings) onto the top of the chocolate box and let dry. 

Then, if you want to add strips of paper on the sides of the box top, lay the side of the box against the edge of the paper to measure the size and cut a long strip the length of the paper. Starting at the middle curve of the heart, glue the paper down and around the box, clipping any extra paper. Let dry and replace the box tops.  

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | Revamperate DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateThey make fun gifts for anyone, really. Naturally, I gave “BAE MINE” to Andrew 🙂 The others I gave to my coworkers. Happy crafting!

DIY | How to Sew a Travel Makeup Brush Roll

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | RevamperateI think (hope) I’m getting a lot better at this sewing thing. I’ve been finding opportunities to practice and now that we have a lot more space in our spare room for sewing, I hope it will be easier for me to stay on top of my projects. 

For Christmas a couple years ago, my aunt gifted me a great MAC makeup brush set that came in a cute zipper pouch. I’ve used and abused it over the last couple years, and even though several of my brushes have lasted incredibly well, it was time for the zipper pouch to retire. So I decided to put all my sewing practice to good use and share how to sew a makeup brush roll, so it easily rolls up and ties together to fit inside of your bag when your travel or just to sit in your drawer. 

This tutorial doesn’t require very much fabric or very high sewing skills. It was fun to create something that I actually found useful, and it’s fun to customize the fabric. Because it’s for brushes and brushes do get dirty, you will need a fabric that is machine washable and durable. You may also want to consider a fabric that is a little darker that will not show as much of the makeup residue. I promise you can make this in about 30 minutes, and you’ll be surprised how easily it all comes together. I chose two different fabrics – one patterned, one solid. My pattern is very busy, so I thought it would be a lot easier to see the various pieces if I balanced it out with a solid black fabric. I also made the strap out of the solid black fabric, but you could even use a thick ribbon and just follow the same steps for securing it to the fabric.

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | RevamperateTime: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1/2 yard patterned cotton fabric
  • 1/2 yard solid cotton fabric
  • Coordinating thread 
  • Fabric marker or chalk
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter

Fold the patterned fabric in half. Cut a 9″ x 13″ piece to become the “ammo belt.” Then fold the solid fabric in half and cut one 10″ x 14″ piece to become the brush pockets (10″ x 14″ when unfolded). Make sure the 10″ side is along the fold. Cut the strap by cutting one 4″ x 10″ piece along the fold, resulting in one extra long piece. Iron all pieces flat. 

Here’s what you should have now:

  • Two 9″ x 13″ pieces (ammo belt, patterned)
  • One 9″ x 13″ piece (brush pocket, solid color)
  • One 4″ x 20″ piece (belt strap, solid color)

Take the 9″ x 12″ sold brush pocket piece and fold in half along the longer side with the wrong sides together. This folded edge will be the top of the brush pocket. Align the sides and bottom with the edge of the 9″ x 14″ piece and pin into place. With a fabric marker or chalk, make a mark every inch across the brush pockets to indicate where to sew each pocket. 

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate Because brushes come in different sizes, adjust based on the size of your brushes. I have some brushes that are larger than the others, so when I got several inches to the end, I increased the pocket size to 2 inches. 

Starting at the bottom of the brush pocket sew up the edge and backstich at the top of the pocket. Repeat at each marked spot all the way across the brush pocket. Trim extra strings and set aside.

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | RevamperateTo make the strap, take the 4″ x 10″ piece and fold the long side one inch inward, wrong sides together. Repeat with the other side so that both long edges are folded to meet in the middle. Iron the creases. Then fold together along the long side one more time, edges together and iron down. Starting at the end of the strap, sew a very thin seam around the edge, backstitching at each end. 

Take the second 9″ x 14″ piece (back of ammo belt) and lay right-side up. Position the middle of the completed belt strap in the middle of the fabric and pin in place. Sew the strap in place across the fabric about 3 inches from each edge. This is to allow for seams so that the belt does not get stuck both sides of the ammo belt are sewn together and to allow the ties to work even the brush pack is rolled tightly.

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | RevamperatePlace both pieces of the ammo belt right-sides together and pin around the edges, making sure the loose straps are tucked safely inside. Sew a thin seam around the edge of the fabric, leaving a 3-inch hole on the side and backstitching at each end. Turn the fabric right-side out through the opening and stitch up the opening with a very thin seam or with an invisible stitch. Iron the entire pieces again if you desire (I recommend this to press the seams).

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate Now you have a completed makeup brush roll! Best of all, it’s completely washable, so when it gets covered in makeup (which it inevitably will) just pop it in the wash with a good detergent. For best results, I do not recommend drying, unless you choose to pre shrink your fabric. I don’t trust the dryer with my homemade items, but that’s just me. Happy sewing!

 

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | RevamperateContinuing on with my copper obsession, I’ve been updating some of the items in our newly redesigned (!!!) office space with some copper spray paint. I can’t wait to share the final redesign in about a month! 

I spent some time going through our office closet to purge some supplies or find ways to use items I hadn’t touched in a while. That included my supply of copper refrigerator pipe. Thinking of ways to use it, I decided it would be perfect for making a necklace with different layers of pipe. 

It turned out to be a very quick project, and I was really happy with the outcome! Honestly, the hardest part of this DIY is just waiting for the glue to dry. To make it as easy as possible, I recommend using a pipe cutter like this one to cut the refrigerator pipe. It makes it SO much easier and it keeps the ends clean. 

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | RevamperateTime: 10 minutes 

Supplies:

Cut the refrigerator pipe into five 1 1/2-inch pieces. To keep each pipe the same size, I recommend marking each 1 1/2 inch with a dot of ink before cutting. If the ends are jagged, sand them down until smooth, but they should be smooth if you use a pipe cutter.

Cut the string string to about 3 1/2 feet. It’s better to overestimate the length. 

Thread the first piece of pipe onto the string so that it’s approximately in the middle. Thread the next piece onto one side, and then thread the other side of the string through the same piece of pipe. Repeat with all pieces of pipe. You should now have five layered pieces of pipe that sit right on top of each other.

Using you round nose pliers, add jump rings to each cord end, and attach the clasp to one jump ring. 

Trim the string again to your desired necklace length and glue the ends of the string to the cord ends. Because the string will probably be thinner than the cord ends, you may need to fold the end of the string to fit more snuggly into the metal piece. Allow to dry completely before wearing. 

It holds up pretty well as long as the glue dried completely, and if the copper dulls, you can shine it up with a good cleanser. If you’re as obsessed with copper pipe as I am, you can also check out my copper pipe bracelet and copper pipe magazine rack.

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | RevamperateHappy crafting!




DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | Revamperate DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | RevamperateHow is December going by so quickly?! I can barely keep up. In fact, this entire year has gone by incredibly fast. I’m already preparing New Years ideas and am freaking out that it’s almost 2016 and it’s already almost Christmas. I have so much more I want to do and not enough time to do it all!

Dear Christmas, please stay forever. Don’t get me wrong – I want nothing to do with any kind of shopping center until mid-January, but I still love Christmas. The lights, the flavors, the gifts, the sales, the weather. Even though working in retail took away some of my Christmas spirit, I’ll never stop feeling like a kid during Christmastime. 

One of those amazing Christmas flavors I mentioned is peppermint, so I’m soaking up all the peppermint while I still can! This homemade peppermint sugar scrub is so easy to make, and it’s a really nice Christmas-themed gift that’s not too expensive. Make a big batch, divide it among little containers (hello, Dollar Store!) and finish with a label, and you have really cute gifts for anyone who likes smooth hands…which I’m sure is anyone. Bonus: it’s really easy to make with only a few ingredients.

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | Revamperate DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes  

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4-5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1-2 drops red or pink food coloring (optional)

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for several seconds and pour into a bowl. Mix in the sugar, essential oil and food coloring with a fork or spoon until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Move to a container with a lid and dress it up with a tag and some ribbon or a sticker label. 

**Note that using too much food coloring can result in colorful hands when using the scrub.

The ingredients may separate a little after sitting for a while, so mix a little before using for best results. 

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | Revamperate

DIY How to Sew a Lumbar Pillow from a Placemat (or Anything Else!)

DIY Placemat Lumbar Pillow | RevamperatePillows are my favorite. Every time I go shopping somewhere, I find myself gravitating toward pillows and wishing that I had ten couches and three beds in my house to fill with pillows. BUT since I don’t, I end up being so critical and picky that I don’t buy the beautiful pillows that I lust after and only have a couple on my couch. Plus, it’s kind of crazy how expensive pillows are…or maybe I’m just that cheap? Luckily, it’s Christmastime now, so I can make pillows that are just for Christmas! It’s a perfect excuse to have MORE PILLOWS and then store them away for the rest of the year. 

So today I’m sharing how to make a lumbar pillow from a placemat (or pretty much anything else). The great thing about a pillow is you can recycle any fabric to make it, so grab a placemat, scarf, table runner, table cloth, old t-shirt, etc. and get to sewing! This is a super easy sewing project for anyone, and I like making pillows this way because you can stuff the pillows yourself and make them as full as you want. I find that pillow forms are just never as lusciously full as I would like them to be, and the cost of a giant bag of fiberfill is still cheaper than one pillow form. 

DIY Placemat Lumbar Pillow | RevamperateTime: 30 minutes 

Supplies:

  • One standard sized placemat (can also use a scarf, table runner, etc.)
  • 1/2 yard matching fabric (for backside)
  • Fiberfill pillow stuffing
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board (if you have one)
  • Needle 

I laid my eyes on this cute, simple placemat with “Merry & Bright” embroidered on it at Target and instantly knew that I could use it for something and it was only, like, $3 and I just had to have it. So that’s how I decided to turn a placemat into a Christmas pillow…because I don’t actually use placemats as placemats but I love pillows.

You can follow this tutorial to make a lumbar pillow out of pretty much anything (a scarf, table runner, recycled fabric, etc.). Your pillow can vary sizes, but I based mine on the length of the placemat, so I ended up with a pillow about 12 in x 4 in when I allowed room for seams. Plus, because I have an embroidered pattern, I wanted to make sure that portion showed up in the middle of the pillow. Whatever size you choose, just be sure to add at least 1/2 inch to your desired size to allow for seams, but know that I’m writing as if we’re all making a 12 in x 4 in pillow.

Because this placemat was double sided, I didn’t actually end up using a different fabric for the backside, but I added it in the supplies list because I had fully intended on using it at first, and it’s likely that you’ll need more fabric for the back of the pillow.

First, cut the placemat to be about 12.5 in x 4.5 in, taking into account the direction you want the pattern (or in this case, embroidery) to be in, making sure that pattern is centered. Because a placemat has a fairly thick seam around the edge, I cut that off first before cutting the rest of my measurements. 

Then cut the same size from your matching fabric for the backing. You can either use a color that stands out against your front side or that blends well with it – whatever you want! Place the two right sides (or patterned sides) together, line up the edges and pin all the way around. 

DIY Placemat Lumbar Pillow | Revamperate
Beginning at a corner along one of the long sides of the fabric, back stitch and then sew all the way around the pillow with at least a 1/4-inch seam, leaving a 3-inch hole before you reach the end of the pillow and back stitching again. Trim the threads and cut your corners. Then turn the pillowcase right side out and iron down the seams (not entirely necessary but recommended). 

Grab your pillow stuffing and push it into the corners from the opening left in the side of the pillowcase (I use a little chopstick-looking tool). Fill the pillow until you reach your desired fluffiness. 

Lastly, use a ladder stitch to close the opening with an invisible seam. Then you’re left with a cute lumbar pillow and even though you’ll know that it’s made from a placemat, no one else will ever guess it. It looks great on my chair for the season. Definitely a worthwhile Target purchase!

Christmas DIY | Photo Transfer Ornaments

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | Revamperate DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | RevamperateImage transfers are really fun, and I’ve been looking for a good reason to break out my gel medium and try it again! I took a class on it a few months ago at Craftcation, so when I was brainstorming ideas for Christmas, I thought this would be a cute idea to try! 

I printed out a few of my favorite photos of my nieces and got to work. You can easily make a ton of these as personalized gifts for your friends and family. They’re not difficult to make, but they require some wait time for the medium to dry and gentle hands for removing the paper. If you’re never tried photo transferring before, I recommend buying extra supplies because you might not get it right the first time. For best results, take your time and leave the gel on the ornament for at least a full day before trying to remove the paper. Also, when removing the paper, do so very carefully. The biggest mistakes you can make are removing the backing too early or scraping to much. For that, I just recommend buying a couple extra wood pieces and printing multiple photos because you just never know! Luckily those supplies are fairly inexpensive.

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | RevamperateTime: 25 minutes + dry time

Supplies:

  • Thin wood ornament (any shape)
  • Photo printed with laser printer (sized to match ornament)
  • Paint brush
  • Gel medium 
  • Ribbon 
  • Nail and hammer 
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sponge (optional)

First, let’s talk about “gel medium.” What is it? It’s essentially a goopy clear gel that resembles ModPodge or something. It’s used for making the transfer to the wood, but the same effect can also be achieved with white paint. I used Liquitex brand, which is very common at any Michaels location. 

Note, you need a laser printed photo on standard printer paper to do this. An inkjet photo will not achieve the transfer you need, so if you don’t have a laser printer at home, you can get photos printed at a FedEx or Office Depot or something. Most of their machines are laser, but you can check with an attendant to be sure. If you format your photos ahead of time, you can place multiple photos on one sheet of paper to save space and check your formatting to ensure the printed photo will fit your ornament. 

Also note that your image will be inverted. For this reason, do not print something with words and be prepared to see a mirrored image on the final ornament. 

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | Revamperate DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | RevamperateCut out the photo. It’s OK if it’s not the exact size of your ornament, and any white space on your photo will just appear transparent against the wood. I chose round wood ornaments, so I cut my photos into circles a tiny bit larger than the ornament so that the photo would cover the entire piece. Then prep the surface of your ornament by applying a fairly thick layer of gel medium all over the surface where you want your photo. It should be just thick enough to see your own brushstrokes but not thick enough for the gel to drip or move at all. It needs thickness in order to bond, but the thicker the layer of gel, the longer it will take to dry and the less reliable the transfer may be. 

Press the photo color-side down on the gel medium, and smooth it out with your fingers or something like a popsicle stick so that the photo is smooth and tightly pressed against the wood, BUT do not press so hard so that no gel seeps from the sides. The gel should remain in place and completely covering the photo. Leave the ornament(s) in a dry place where they can stay untouched for at least one full day (the more time, the better). 

After a day, check the top of the ornament to see if the gel feels dry. If completely dry, use a clean, damp sponge or your hands to apply a small amount of water to the top to dampen the paper. Gently scrub in a circular pattern to remove the paper backing. If you scrub too hard, it will remove the photo along with the backing, which you certainly don’t want. 

Allow the wood to dry for a few minutes and then use a clean paintbrush to cover the image with a light layer of ModPodge, which will preserve the image. Let the ModPodge dry.

I found that the edges of my photos didn’t look as clean as I would have liked, so I also used a small amount of paint and a clean, dry sponge to add some paint around the edge of the photo, hiding any imperfections. Using a light blue, I thought this gave it a wintery look – almost like an icy window. Let the paint dry completely. 

Then you’ll need to poke a hole for the ribbon. To do this, I used a standard sized nail and a hammer to hammer a small hole about 1/4 inch from the edge of the top of the wood slice. You can certainly do this another way, BUT the wood is very thin and fragile, so be careful not to split it. Then thread the ribbon through the hole and tie the ends. Now it’s ready to hang on a tree! 

They make nice gifts for people, and I could totally see this being a sweet gift for grandparents or family members with family photos or pictures of the kids. Have fun with it!

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | Revamperate DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | Revamperate

Look at those cuties! 🙂 

Christmas DIY | Felt Donut Ornament

DIY Felt Donut Ornament | Revamperate DIY Felt Donut Ornament | RevamperateIt wouldn’t be Christmas without a few homemade ornaments, right?! Well, the one thing missing from my Christmas tree was a donut so I had to remedy that this year, and this DIY felt donut ornament did just the trick. It’s front and center on my tree this year, and I think it’s actually one of my favorite homemade ornaments. 

This is a pretty easy DIY, but it may take some time because you’re sewing the whole thing by hand. I went pretty quickly, but if you’re not very experienced with a needle and thread, it might take a little longer than 30 minutes. Don’t worry though; it’s worth it! I also individually sewed sprinkles onto the donut frosting, but you could probably also use a Sharpie to create sprinkles if you want to skip some of the sewing. 

DIY Felt Donut Ornament | RevamperateTime: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1 piece light brown felt
  • 1 piece light pink felt
  • Round stencil (about 5 inches wide)
  • Glue gun
  • Brown embroidery floss
  • Bright multicolored embroidery floss (for sprinkles)
  • Matching ribbon
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pen/marker
  • Fiberfil pillow stuffing

You can do this freehand or with a stencil in whatever size you choose – I actually used a donut cutter. Trace two circles onto the brown felt and one on the pink felt. Cut out the brown circles and carefully cut out the middle hole. On the pink one, squiggle lines around the inside of the circle to represent frosting, and cut it out. The pink should fit on top of the brown with a little space around the sides and middle. 

Thread your needle with a small piece of colored embroidery floss. Because embroidery floss has multiple strands, you can use only one for this if you want as it can be easier to thread. Poke through the bottom side (with pen markings) of the pink frosting and piece make a knot. Sew small 1/2 inch lines, poke through to the other side and tie another knot to secure (I went around a couple times so that they would appear thicker). Repeat with multiple colors in a random pattern to create sprinkles. 

Once satisfied with your sprinkles, heat up the glue gun and glue the pink frosting piece on top of one of the brown pieces (side with no markings). On the opposite side, loop the ribbon and glue down on the edge. 

DIY Felt Donut Ornament | RevamperateThen thread the needle with a neutral colored floss place the two brown pieces together, marks facing in. Use a whip stitch to stitch the outside edges of the brown felt together, stitching over the ribbon. A whip stitch is one that shows around the edge. You can certainly use another type of stitch, but I liked the way a whip stitch showed around the edge and thought it gave it a homemade look. 

After the outside is secure, push the fiberfill stuffing into the donut through the middle opening until full. Then use another whip stitch to stitch the donut hole closed, and snip any loose threads. Then you’ve got a donut ornament! Display it on your tree or give it as a gift to a donut-lover!

DIY Felt Donut Ornament | Revamperate

Christmas DIY Ombre Glitter Tree Decorations

DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | Revamperate DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | Revamperate
My first Christmas post of the season! You have no idea how excited I am for Christmas (and a couple days off), and making decorations is how I celebrate the start of the season. By Thanksgiving, my apartment was already Christmas-fied and my tree was up. I spent my Thanksgiving break making Christmas treats, ornaments and other little things I’m excited to share in the next few weeks.

Sorry to go completely cat lady on you, but I’m also incredibly excited because it’s Penny’s first Christmas! I’m sure her and Oliver will leave a path of destruction around the house, which is why I put the tree up a little early before even hanging any ornaments. I caught them climbing it several times…

DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | RevamperateTime: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam trees (variety of sizes)
  • Fine glitter, 3 color variations 
  • ModPodge or similar glue
  • Paintbrush 
  • Chopsticks (optional, for drying)
  • Clear sealant spray (optional)

Choose your colors! I used three different shades of blue as well as shades of silver and white. 

Use a paintbrush to brush a layer of ModPodge on the bottom third of a tree and sprinkle with one of the glitters (I used the darkest on the bottom). Do this over paper to avoid a mess. Sprinkle on the glitter and gently tap the tree to release excess glitter. If making multiple, set aside to dry while you work on the bottom layer of another tree.

Then repeat the same process with the next layer of glitter. When you reach the top layer, you can either carefully hold the stryofoam bottom or poke something like a chopstick into the bottom to hold it. I used a chopstick in order to avoid touching the glued portion while it was still wet. Once done with the top, either set the bottom on paper to dry or place the chopstick-end in a cup to dry. Complete all of your trees and let them dry for at least an hour until the glue dries.

DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | Revamperate
If you want, you can spray the trees in a clear sealant after the glitter dries, which may prevent some of the glitter from shedding. 

Then display them and let them sparkle! Also, prepare to find glitter everywhere from now on (I’m only half kidding)…they’re a fun addition to my Christmas decor and even Andrew said he liked them, so that’s always a win in my book.

Happy holidays!

DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags

DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | Revamperate DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | RevamperateI’m sorry to say I’m not a big fan of loose leaf tea – it always finds a way to escape my strainer, so I was really happy when I found a quick hack for making my own tea bags. Coffee filters! We use them for coffee, so why not tea, right? Coffee filter tea bags are my new favorite thing and I plan on making some as gifts this Christmas. With a cute homemade tag and jar, I think they’ll make sweet gifts for tea lovers, and this way I can give someone multiple kinds of teas to try out. 

I tried making tea bags a few different ways with coffee filters. First, I tried sewing them with my sewing machine, which worked pretty well, but I’m certainly not an advanced sewer, so they didn’t look as pretty as I would have liked. Then it dawned on me that store-bought tea bags don’t look sewn. Rather, they’re folded. So I did some Frankenstein work and studied a couple different tea bags to see how they were made, and it turns out that all it took was some quick folds to make a tea bag. Piece of cake. Really, the only part that is slightly difficult is attaching the string, but that’s only because you have to poke a needle through several layers of coffee filter and it’ll wear out your fingers a little, but I’m happy to report that these are easy to make and don’t require any special skills or supplies. 

OK, now let’s make some tea bags…

DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | Revamperate DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes (per tea bag)

Supplies:

  • Coffee filters (1 per tea bag)
  • Loose leaf tea
  • Scissors
  • String (something heavier than thread, such as embroidery floss)
  • Needle 

DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | RevamperateFirst, fold the coffee filter in half. On the rounded side, fold over about a 1/2 inch (This step isn’t necessary, but it keeps your tea bags smaller. If you don’t make this fold, you will have wider tea bags). Then fold it again over to the other straight side of the coffee filter. Now you should have one long piece, about 1 1/2 inches wide. 

DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | RevamperateFold in half along the short side. Then fold it again about 1/4 inch about the existing fold and do the same on the other side, leaving you with three folds about a quarter inch apart. The middle fold should fold up and the other two fold down, creating a bottom for the tea bag to stand upright. 

DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | RevamperateUse you scissors to cut off the top curve, leaving it straight instead. When you hold it open now, there should be two opening for your tea. Insert small spoonfuls of tea (about 1/2 teaspoon on each side). 

DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | RevamperateThen fold in the top corners as triangles (kind of like when wrapping a gift), and fold over the top point. At this point, it should look like a tea bag!

Thread your needle with string, and poke through the top where you folded over the point. Leave about an inch of string and then poke the needle through the opposite side, creating a loop around the top. Repeat and then tie a small knot. Let out about 4-5 inches of string and cut. Also cut any remaining string from the knot. Ta-da!

DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | Revamperate DIY Coffee Filter Tea Bags | RevamperateIf you really want to have fun with it, make small labels with the tea names! I just made these little circle-shaped tags for my tea and secured them to the end of the string with a staple. After all, that’s exactly what they do with some store-bough tea bags. Add your completed tea bags to a cute box or jar, and they’ll make a sweet homemade gift or stick them in your cabinet to enjoy for yourself. Happy crafting! 

5-Minute DIY Wrapped Copper Pipe Bracelet

DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | Revamperate DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateCopper pipe is a favorite lately, and it’s quickly become a staple in my craft closet. So far, I’ve used copper pipe to make a magazine rack, and I’ve got a lot of other ideas up my sleeve. When I was home visiting family a while back, I was telling my dad about my newest copper pipe obsession and mentioned I was looking to get some refrigerator pipe for a couple projects. Lucky for me, he had a ton of it! That’s the benefit of having a handy dad – he always has little tools and supplies I need so I don’t always have to buy things. 

I used that refrigerator pipe to make this copper pipe bracelet. It’s incredibly easy to make – seriously, it’s the easiest jewelry tutorial ever. And yes, you want to use refrigerator pipe, not plumbing pipe to make this bracelet because of how easily it bends. 

DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateDIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1/4 inch copper refrigerator pipe 
  • Pipe cutter (hacksaw also works) 
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Round object like a spray paint can, etc. 

Depending on the size of your wrist, cut the pipe to be about 5-6 inches. I have very small wrists, so make sure you adjust the size to fit your own.

I used a pipe cutter, which made a pretty clean cut. If you don’t have one, you can use something like a hacksaw, in which case you’ll probably want to use sandpaper to clean up the cut edge. Luckily, the thin pipe will still cut quickly and easily. 

Refrigerator pipe bends easily, so you can do all of the work with your hands. Placing the middle of the pipe over a spray paint can (or something similar), begin bending it around the can. Once you’ve started the bend, it’s a bit easier to wrap it around the can. Then remove it from the can and continue bending around your wrist to make sure it fits. Once you’re satisfied with the fit of the copper, you’re done! If it’s tough to get on or off, you can just bend it slightly to loosen or tighten it as needed. 

It’s simple, but it makes a perfect addition to any outfit. Just remember to shine it up as needed to keep the copper looking great! Happy crafting!

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