Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Crayon and Glue gun DIY!

Hello, internet! Today's post is about a crayon canvas/glue gun craft!(also I am SO SO SORRY that this post took so long- I was drowning in school!)

You will need:

-Crayons(they can be old and broken, as long as you have enough of each of the colors that you want)

-A glue gun

-A canvas/piece of poster board(any size will do)

(that's poster board up there by the way)

That's really all you're going to need! Okay, one more thing before we begin- always remember to cover your work area so you don't spill crayon wax on your table/ floor. 

It's really quite simple- just insert your crayons into the hole where the glue stick usually goes. Trace whatever design you plan to put on your canvas before hand. The last thing you should do before you begin to apply your liquid crayons to the canvas is to make sure to clear all the glue out of your glue gun. Then just be creative! You can write a name, a word, a quote, draw a picture of something or just be random with abstract art. Let your masterpiece dry for about 10-15 minutes. You can keep it for yourself, or give it to a friend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DIY Cost-friendly Cosplay- Part 2- DIY hoodie and thrifting it to the finish line!

Hello, internet! It's Amanda, and this week is all about the DIY hoodie and the finishing touches of your cosplay. I am so sorry for the delay, I had some technical difficulties with my camera, and I was unable to post! But I'm back now, and with more DIY! For this DIY, you will need: 

-Felt in whatever colors you need- Michael's has a pretty good selection (remember to buy extra, just in case).

-A hoodie in the color that your cosplay requires (no designs)

-Jeans in the color your cosplay requires.

-Boots/sneakers (they should be comfortable, seeing as you're probably either cosplaying for Halloween or a convention- both of which imply a lot of walking and standing)

-A hot glue gun with clear glue sticks


Okay, let's begin. The best way to get your hoodie is at a thrift store- most of them sort clothes by color, so it'll be easy to find in the color you want in the price range everybody wants*. Wash your hoodie, especially if you got it from a thrift store. Stretch it out over a flat surface so that it's easy to position your pieces of felt and glue them. Cut out the large pieces you need first, then the smaller. Position the pieces, then glue them down one at a time (Don't worry if you get glue in the wrong spot, that's an easy fix, here's the link: Then you're done with your hoodie! 

Now that your hoodie is done, your cosplay is nearly finished! Now all you need are the final touches. The jeans are as easy to find in thrift stores in a low, low price as well as the hoodie. The shoes are trickier to find in the color you want, so be willing to compromise a little. Just put it all together and you'll have yourself one EPIC cosplay! 

This cosplay cost less than $30, and it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. 

Here it is!

*Make sure to go to at least a couple of thrift stores, each one has different things than the last.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DIY Cost-friendly Cosplay- Part One- DIY Tail made out of yarn!

Hello, internet! It's Amanda and this week I will be posting about... a DIY cost-friendly cosplay! I don't have a ton of money, so this cosplay worried me a bit in terms of being able to afford it. Thankfully, thrift stores are a girl's best friend! This cosplay is versatile, cheap, and super simple to make! For the first part of the cosplay, you will need:

-100% acrylic yarn (I suggest going to your local Michael's, they have a huge selection of yarn)

-Pet brush (it needs to have metal bristles, like in the picture below)

Alright! I am blogging about the tail first because it takes the longest to make. Let's begin! Get your yarn and measure it as long as you want your tail to be. Then cut it a bit longer than that, then cut 11 more strands the same length. Knot your yarn at the top, then loosely braid your bunch of yarn. Now, knot the other end of your braid, leaving a few inches on the end. Then your pet brush comes in! Take the end of the braid you just knotted and brush out those few inches you left there until it's fluffy, which might take a little bit. Then measure out 10 pieces of yarn that are 8 inches long. Then, cut a strand of yarn and tie it around those 10 pieces of yarn. Just brush it out until it's all fluffy while holding it at the top (don't worry if the top isn't fluffy and brushed out, the next layer will cover it up). Tie it one inch above the tip of the tail that you brushed out earlier and continue the process until the first layer is complete. Then start the next layer an inch above the first one and do the same thing until your tail is complete.

Here's my tail, just to show you how it should look by the time you're halfway done(I used two colors- I'm cosplaying as Cake the Cat from Adventure time).

That's all for this week, come by next time for part two- the hoodie!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Introduction post!

Hello, internet! My name is Amanda, and I love DIY's and crafts! However, I 
think it would be much easier to find all my DIY's in one place instead of having to search the internet without knowing whether or not the source is credible. So, I took it upon myself to make that happen. I also plan to test all the awesome-looking DIY's I find on Pinterest and other sites known for DIY's, to let you know if they work or not. Please give me suggestions in the comments so I know what you all want. Subscribe if you like what I post! Hugs, Amanda~ :P