DIY No-Sew Blanket Scarf

DIY Blanket Scarf | Revamperate DIY Blanket Scarf | RevamperateSince I live in Southern California, I don’t really get to take advantage of cold weather (which is totally OK with me). But I do love scarves. Whenever it’s cold here (and by cold, I mean 60 degrees), I look forward to wrapping myself in a scarf because they’re warm and cozy and are the easiest addition to whatever I’m wearing. On the days I don’t feel well or I’m feeling incredibly lazy, I’m probably wrapped in a scarf trying not to use it as a pillow. It’s my go-to “I’m comfy, leave me alone” accessory. 

Blanket scarves are like the comfiest of scarves. They’re generally quite large and made of flannel with perfectly frayed edges. Well, why pay $20 for a scarf that I can make for less than $10? 

This is how I made my own no-sew blanket scarf with some good ‘ol flannel. Flannel is the most underrated fabric, in my opinion. And just like pajamas, it’s the perfect fabric for a cozy scarf! It’s really easy to make your own blanket scarf and no sewing skills are required, so it’s a good project for literally anyone. Wrap one up for a gift or make them in hundreds of patterns and hoard them for cold, rainy days (I know I will!).

DIY Blanket Scarf | RevamperateDIY Blanket Scarf | Revamperate Time: 10 minutes 

Supplies:

  • 2 yards flannel fabric (patterned on both sides)
  • Scissors 

Lay out the flannel and fold corner to corner. Trim excess fabric and unfold – you should have a square piece of fabric now. 

Grab loose threads at one corner and pull gently, fraying the edge of the fabric. Pull until there are no loose threads and the edge is frayed approximately 1/4 inch. Repeat on all four sides of the fabric.

Of course, there are plenty of ways to wear a scarf, but the common way to wear a blanket scarf is to fold diagonally to create a triangle. Place around your neck with the point in front of your chin, and wrap the ends around the back of your neck. 

Add one to any outfit and cozy up on a cold day! Happy crafting!

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Halloween DIY Gumball Machine Costume

DIY Gumball Machine Costume | RevamperareDIY Gumball Machine Costume | Revamperare It’s really hard to be original with Halloween costumes anymore. It feels like everyone has already thought of my ideas, but this one I just had to run with because I thought it would be really fun to try. I hope you know what it is based on that photo? 

Yup, today I’m sharing my DIY gumball machine costume! This is one of my favorites in the history of all of my Halloween costumes. Last year I shared my DIY pineapple costume, and the year before that I dressed up as an owl with homemade wings (that was tough costume). In other recent years, I made myself a Mindy from Pokemon costume (Andrew’s all-time favorite) and Ke$ha. You never really have to grow out of loving Halloween, especially the costumes! 

This gumball machine costume is really easy to make, but it will take a lot of gluing, so just make yourself comfortable. You can also easily adapt this costume for children instead of adults, and you could even make this in a dress version instead of a top and skirt combo. Have fun with it and make it your own! It’s a fun costume and I can’t wait to wear it for Halloween. 

I’m not the best model, so these were probably the only good photos of me where I’m not fooling around making weird faces. I even bought a bag of bubblegum to blow bubbles during the shoot, so 90% of the photos were outtakes of me failing to blow bubbles and Andrew making fun of me. I should probably stick to taking photos of inanimate objects, right?

DIY Gumball Machine Costume | RevamperareTime: 30+ minutes

Supplies:

  • Red skirt
  • Tank top or crop top
  • Glue gun
  • 1-inch multi-colored small pom-poms (I used 5 80-pack bags)
  • Thick black ribbon 
  • White cardstock or sticker paper 

First of all, you’ll need to pick a tank top or crop top that you don’t mind ruining because you’re about to glue, like, a thousand pom-poms to it. It will forever be your gumball machine top, so don’t worry about buying anything fancy. I recommend choosing a top that doesn’t stretch too tight, because then you’ll have large spaces in between your pom-poms, so go up a size if possible. I used about 5 80-count bags of pom-poms and I’m a size small/medium, so adjust the number of pom-poms you buy as needed to cover your top. 

Heat up your glue gun and, starting at the top of your top, start gluing your mini pom-pom balls around the neck and staps. While you don’t need to follow an exact color pattern for the whole top, you’ll still want the colors to vary so that you don’t have too many of the same colors right next to each other. Glue them closely together to account for any stretching. Keep gluing the pom-poms in rows all the way down and around to the back of the top, preferably offsetting each new line a little so that you can’t see the undershirt at all.

DIY Gumball Machine Costume | RevamperareDIY Gumball Machine Costume | Revamperare SO MANY POM-POMS.

Pom-pom every inch that you think will be showing. If you’re using a tank top as opposed to a crop top, consider how much of the shirt will be tucked in to your skirt. 

Then set aside your top to make the belt. This part is really easy. Using either a marker or your computer, make a label on your cardstock that is about 5-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. Write 25 cents with a twist level and a slot for coins, and cut it out as needed. I used sticker paper and removed the backing to wrap around the ribbon, but if you use regular cardstock, you can glue or tape it to the ribbon. This way, you can easily remove it because it’s part of the belt. 

Assemble your outfit! Put on your new pom-pom crop top and your red skirt, and tie the ribbon around your waste. Now look at that – a gumball machine! 

5 Minute DIY Gold Leaf Sunglasses

DIY Gold Leaf Sunglasses | Revamperate DIY Gold Leaf Sunglasses | Revamperate
Happy Friday! Let’s talk about sunnies! What’s more important this time of year than a cute pair of sunglasses?

I actually scored these sunnies at a rummage sale at the Studio DIY studio a few months back, which was awesome BTW. Seeing my favorite bloggers in real life seriously feels like seeing celebrities…These have been sitting on my dresser for quite a while and I figured it was about time that I do something to them. I had so many ideas, but I ended up utilizing an unopened bottle of liquid gold leaf that I’d been saving for the right project. Thus, I whipped up these DIY gold leaf sunglasses! 

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Time: 5 minutes

Supplies:

  • A pair of sunglasses with thick top (such as classic Ray Bans or similar) 
  • Liquid gold leaf 
  • Small paint brush 

DIY Gold Leaf Sunglasses | Revamperate DIY Gold Leaf Sunglasses | Revamperate
First, make sure the glasses are clean and then slowly paint on the gold leaf. It’s best to apply long strokes in the same direction until you’ve completely covered the area you want. In my case, that was the top of the sunglasses, which was plastic. 

If the gold doesn’t come through thick enough, let the glasses dry for close to an hour and paint a second coat (I needed a second coat). Then allow them to dry completely before wearing them out! And there you have it – only five minutes for a cute pair of bright gold leaf glasses! Enjoy!

5 Minute DIY Painted Fedora Hat

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I have looked everywhere for a good hat. Unfortunately, I just don’t look good in hats of any kind and I’ve been searching high and low for a cute hat to wear for my cruise (!!!!) next month. Excuse the exclamation marks…can you tell I’m excited about my cruise?! As much as I wanted one of those huge but cute floppy hats to go with the new clothes I shamelessly bought for my vacation, floppy hats were just not made for my head. 

Nonetheless, I did stumble on this cute fedora in the dollar bin at Target and figured that I had to have it for a dollar. I’m still not destined to wear hats, but I think this painted fedora will look cute on my 5-year-old niece. After all, I painted it with her two favorite colors – pink and purple. 

This DIY is quick and easy, so sit in front of the TV and knock out a pattern in minutes. I’ll be honest, my triangles took me a little longer than 5 minutes though. Here’s the plain hat before:

DIY Painted Fedora Hat | Revamperate
Time: 5 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Fedora hat 
  • 3+ colors of acrylic paint 
  • Paintbrush

Separate your paints and paint your pattern either directly on a fedora or on the band around a fedora. Hint: you can totally add a thick ribbon to a fedora! I painted small triangles, alternating with upside down ones as I made my way around the hat. Let it all dry and wear, gift it, own it! Easy as pie, right? 

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My vacation is still a few weeks away, so I’m still hunting for a good floppy hat I might be able to pull off! Happy crafting! 

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
Do you remember stamping with potatoes as a kid? It’s a pretty classic craft that most people have some experience with. And it’s actually really fun. You can do a lot with potato stamps. Carve different shapes and stamp fabric, paper or even wood.

I used potatoes to jazz up a plain white infinity scarf with colorful triangles. To make this personalized potato stamp scarf, you only need a couple supplies, most of which are very inexpensive.

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
Supplies:

  • White scarf (found mine for $5 at Charlotte Russe, similar here)
  • 1 potato
  • Kitchen knife
  • Craft cutting tool (similar here)
  • Fabric-safe paint
  • Cardboard (not pictured)
  • Sharpie (optional)

First, cut the potato in half. You don’t need to worry about washing it since you won’t be eating it. Carve a triangle or other shape into the inside of each potato half with the craft cutter. To make it easier, you can use a Sharpie to outline your design and cut around it. With potato stamps, you generally want to stick to a pretty easy design, such as a triangle, square, heart, etc. unless, of course, you’ve got mad carving skills. Then I’d suggest washing off the potato – this will help eliminate any leftover little pieces from your carving.

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
Lay out the scarf on a table and place large pieces of cardboard underneath the fabric (between the two layers in the case of an infinity scarf). Squeeze some paint out onto a foil surface and begin stamping! Stamp the designs several inches apart and in varying colors and let dry completely.

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
If you’re stamping an infinity scarf like mine, turn over the dry side and repeat the stamping on the other side. Once completely dry, remove the cardboard, and it’s ready to wear. Pair with just about anything for a pretty homemade outfit that everyone will ask you about. Potato stamp scarves also make nice gifts. Enjoy!