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DIY Crease-less Hair Ties

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The ponytail crimp.  The hair-style enemy of most women.  You just want to put your hair up for a few minutes.  Or maybe just for a short time while you bake or wash dishes.  Just to keep your hair out of our face.

But now you can’t take it out of the ponytail because of the dreaded ponytail crimp.  It’s stuck like that now.

My thick, humidity-controlled hair loves to crease.  So I know that if I decide to pull my hair back, that’s it!  There’s no going back!  This is annoying because even just a temporary ponytail makes my mane forever crimped.

When I started seeing these elastic hair ties spring up, I was intrigued.  It seemed like they probably wouldn’t crease my hair.  Or snag it.  Or damage it.

But I was often disappointed with the color selection – and the price tag.  Why so much?!

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Then I ran across a couple tutorials for making your own.  And I figured that even I could take on this DIY.

I wrote about how I made these hair ties and hair bands over at Mom It Forward this week.  These could not be easier.  I ordered for Hairbow Supplies Etc. and was super happy with the colors and the quality of the elastics.

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I ordered a slew of colors and patterns.  Just ordering 1 yard of the 5/8th inch elastic was perfect for creating one hair tie and one hair band.

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So cute!  I’m in love with these.  Since I like to wear an elastic on my wrist during the day for hair emergencies, I love how cute these look on my arm.  And when I need to tie by hair up for a quick minute, no creasing!

DIY princess crafts, sugar-free granola bars, out door game // Latest posts for Mom It Forward

Since I was selected to be a contributor for Mom It Forward, I’ve had a blast trying out new projects.  My niche on the site is sort of a hands-on parenting approach to crafts, games, and recipes.  Meaning, getting the kids involved in making stuff!

Kate is at an age where she can wield a paint brush, tape and glue things together, adhere stuff, and mix things together.  We’ve had fun doing these projects together (many of which were her suggestions).

Here’s what we’ve done so far:

DIY princess tutu and handmade wand and embellished headband and flip flops

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DIY outdoor obstacle course

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Homemade sugar-free granola bars

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DIY princess crown

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My next post is something I’m really excited about (it’s hair and beauty related, my favorite!) and a couple holiday things in the works.

DIY hand-dyed scarf

While I do tend to get flustered when it comes to DIY, one thing I really love to do (and have had a lot of success with) is spray painting.  Man, I love spray painting.  Probably because it doesn’t require so much precision.  Once you get the hang of it, holding the can a good 12 inches away from whatever you’re spraying and keeping your hand in motion rather than settling on one spot, you’re good.

I don’t have anything to spray paint as I don’t have a place to put any spray painted items (We’re building a home and living with my parents during the construction period, so I can’t really do large-scale projects.), but I recently found myself intrigued with fabric dyeing.  It’s kind of like spray paint but with fabric, no?  This appealed to me because, again, not so much precision and not too many steps.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to dye until I ran across this scarf.  I LOVE scarves.  I own approximately 154,841 scarves.  My love for scarves rivals my love for stripes.  (So a striped scarf is basically my kryptonite.)  A striped DIY scarf struck me as complicated.  But dyeing a scarf a single color?  That I could do.

I went to JoAnns and purchased a huge piece of white open-weave cotton fabric (about 45′ x 100′) and a pack of Rit Dye in Pearl Grey.  At home I followed the directions on thee package, filling up plastic bucket with warm water in the sink, adding the dye, and submerging the fabric (use gloves!).  I massaged the dye into the fabric with my hands and then let it sit for several hours.

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After it had sat for probably around 4 hours, I removed it from the dye and rinsed it with cool water.  My intent was to create a deeper, richer grey.  Instead I got a purply-toned grey.  At first I was a little bummed (I realized I should have used two dye packets – that might have created more saturated color.).  But I don’t have any scarves this color (And I already own a deeper grey scarf I love.), so I decided this was a happy accident.

I washed the scarf ALONE in the washing machine on cool and after it was washed, ran it through the dryer on low.

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After it was dry, I didn’t think it was quite done.  I liked the look of the raw edges.  But I worried that they would fray.  So I purchased a matching grey thread and started to roll and stitch the edges.  Since that process would have taken me 100 years, I happily handed it over to my mother-in-law (A much better sewer than myself.), and she stitched it for me.  (Thanks, Maryellen!)

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I know it’s kind of a weird time to be wearing scarves (It’s about 95 out today and 100% humidity.), but that’s never stopped me before!  I like to wear scarves year round.  I get chilly in the house with the AC on, and when I go to the grocery store, it always super chilly.  So I like to toss this scarf in my bag and wrap up in it when I’m cold.  Since it’s light weight, it’s the perfect type of wrap for these conditions.

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The fabric isn’t the softest.  But I think it turned out pretty good for costing a whopping total of $20.

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Have you ever dyed fabric?  Any tips?  I’m thinking of some other stuff I want to dye (It’s addicting!).

Kid’s DIY thank you notes

I’m really into thank you notes.  I write them for birthday gifts, when friends have us over for dinner, when someone does something nice for me.  I’ve been a thank you note writer since I was a little girl, and it’s something that I want to instill in Kate and Michael.  A short and sweet handwritten card is always a good thing.

After Kate’s little birthday party, she received generous gifts from her friends, and we talked about how nice it was for her friends to give her such thoughtful gifts.  And I asked her if she’d like to write some thank you notes.  She was interested, so we popped over to Michael’s Craftstore to pick up some plain white note cards and envelopes.

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She received two different stamp kits for her birthday (She LOVES these.  They are the Melissa and Doug brand, and she was sad that I packed up the one set she had, so when she got these two new sets, she was eager to use them).  So I set her up with colored pencils, markers, and the stamp kit.  Then I reminded her what gift she received, and she helped dictate the note I should write to her friend.  Then I let her go to town stamping and drawing.

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Despite the look on her face in these photos, she enjoyed decorating the cards.  She was particular about what sort of stamps and drawings she wanted on each card (“Da smiley face is for Dosh! Dis crown is for Alaina!”), and it was so cute to watch her decorate and stuff the envelopes.

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This entire activity probably took 20 minutes and B+ effort, but I know it made our friend’s smile when they received the cards.