DIY deer hair pins | Kittenhood

DIY deer hair pins

DIY deer hair pins | Kittenhood

This is probably the easiest DIY project ever. I’m not even kidding – instructions are redundant. However, I won’t leave you guessing and I’ll break this down so that anyone can make it. In my opinion, these hair pins are great for wearing this time of the year – the wood texture looks warm, and deers are kind of the star animal of the season, aren’t they?

How to make deer hair pins | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • wooden deers
  • bobby pins
  • glue (gun)

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Instructions:

Apply glue on one side of the wooden deer and place it on a straight surface. Gently press the hair pin on the glue and hold until it sticks. Done!

Tips:

  • We’re used to wearing bobby pins with the curly side up, but they actually hold better with the straight side up. Remember this when you glue your decorations!
  • If you have soft hair and bobby pins don’t do their jobs right, spray them with a little hairspray before pinning. They’ll hold all day!
  • Make the pins more festive by adding a red dot where the (rein)deer’s nose would be.
  • Dip the deers in glitter or gold spray paint them if wood is not your thing.
DIY minimalist golden bracelet - Kittenhood

DIY minimalist golden bracelet

DIY minimalist golden bracelet - Kittenhood

Long time no jewelry on Kittenhood! And to think I’ve started this blog to promote my jewelry back in 2010… A lot has changed since then, including the type of jewelry I like. It’s now on the minimalist, delicate side, with much less cuteness and adornments. Such is this bracelet idea, which can easily be reproduced by any one of you with the proper supplies. And here they are:

DIY minimalist golden bracelet - Kittenhood

What you need:

  • separators
  • chain
  • pliers
  • tape measure
  • closure

How to:

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I began by measuring my wrist and adding 2 cm to that number (e.g. wrist is 14 cm, bracelet will be 16 cm). I laid the tape measure flat on the table as shown above, and placed the bracelet closure at 0 and 16 cm (adjust to your own number). Then I placed the spacers, at regular intervals. I measured the distance between two spacers, then measured a piece of chain of the same size. For me, this was 2.5 cm, which translates as 7 chain links.

I broke the chain into lots of small pieces of this length. I used 20 chain pieces of 7 links each, plus four more for the closure. I connected each five pieces of chain to two spacers, until a bracelet was formed. I finished with a clasp.

This would also work nicely as a choker!

DIY minimalist golden bracelet - Kittenhood

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3 Portuguese tiles wallpapers for your iPhone

3 Portuguese tiles wallpapers for your phone - Kittenhood

The first time I visited Portugal in 2010, I was completely mesmerized by the things that were so different from Romania: the ocean, the vegetation, and most of all, the tiles (azulejos). The mostly blue pieces of ceramics feature intricate patterns and they cover the exterior walls of many buildings, as well as the interior of some. This year, inspired by Dani‘s cat wallpaper idea, I took a few tile pictures to turn into wallpapers for my phone. Perhaps you’d like them too? Download your favorite(s) below – and if you have another type of phone you’d like to use these on, let me know and I’ll gladly customize them for you.

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Portuguese tile wallpaper - Kittenhood

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DIY floral headband - Kittenhood

DIY flower headband

DIY floral headband - Kittenhood

I know everyone has already made a flower headband, but I was never fully convinced up until now. This tutorial is self-explanatory and as easy as gluing fake flowers to a plastic headband. The fun part is that you can customize it in any way you want, and even though we may all use the same method, the results will be unique and personal. I picked these particular flowers because they looked like peony blooms, although who can tell with these plastics? And I finally got the chance to use my glue gun, which has been sitting in a corner all winter long.

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What you need:

DIY flower headband:

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Start by warming up your glue gun. Meanwhile, cut off the blooms off your fake flowers. Glue the blooms to your headband one by one. I glued a row of flowers on top, from ear to ear, and then another row towards the front side. I filled the blanks with tiny white blooms (which came in the same bunch of fake flowers) and let it dry off.

Accessorize by holding cats. 

DIY floral headband - Kittenhood

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DIY bead & tassel necklace

DIY bead & tassel necklace - Kittenhood

Here comes another rope necklace! This is the second one I’ve made this year, and I like it even more than the first one. This one is rather nautical, in red and navy, with tassels and beads, just right for the warm season. I thought I’d give regular tassels a bit of a twist, by tying them with beads, and I’m happy to say it worked! I was nervous about all that string passing through a single bead hole, but it turns out it can be done with the aid of a thick needle. It would also look great in white + navy or gray + neon pink, if you ask me.

Bead, tassel & rope necklace - Kittenhood

What you need:

  • rope
  • string + large needle
  • beads with large holes
  • scissors
  • 2 ribbon ends
  • 2 jump rings
  • clasp

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Tassel necklace how to:

Start by cutting a piece of rope of your desired length. To make a tassel, cut a long piece of string, fold it in half and pass it through a needle. Pass the needle through a bead, back and forth, forming loops on both ends. Once you’ve reached the desired thickness, pass the rope through one loop, and tighten with the bead. Cut the loop at the lower end, to form a tassel. Repeat as many times as you like. Finish the rope with ribbon ends for a neat look, then add the jump rings and clasp. Wear with striped shirts on every sunny day! Or make your cat wear it, if she’s into fashion. Mine is undecided.

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DIY Cross Stitch Heart Pin for Valentine's Day - Kittenhood

DIY Cross Stitch Heart Pin for Valentine’s Day

DIY Cross Stitch Heart Pin for Valentine's Day - Kittenhood

Is everyone excited for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re celebrating or not, I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to resist this pretty pin. It has neon pink, cross stitch, and a cute heart, which makes it wearable all year round. And with just a few minor twitches, you can use your creativity to turn it into a pendant. Since I’m more of a pin person, that’s what I made. And this is how I did it:

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What you need:

  • 16 hole button (available here)
  • red or pink thread + needle
  • scissors
  • felt scraps
  • pencil
  • strong glue
  • brooch pin
  • heart template (pictured above)

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How to:

Thread your needle and cross stitch the heart, using the chart (third picture from the top). This should take less than five minutes. Next, use the round pin to outline a circle of the same size on the felt. Cut it out and make sure it fits, as you will use this to cover the back of the pin.

Stitch the brooch pin on the felt, towards the upper side, or glue it if you like. Next, glue the felt part to the plastic pin, using strong glue.

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DIY knotted rope necklace

 DIY knotted rope necklace | Kittenhood

I suppose everyone on the Internet tried their hand at a DIY knotted rope necklace by now. Even so, I decided to make my own. I found this cool rope I couldn’t resist at the hardware store, and it just screamed “necklace”. The combination of primary colors is not a favorite of mine, but I feel it works here somehow, especially once I added the skull. But let’s get down to business, and let me show how easy it is to make such a necklace:

DIY knotted rope necklace | Kittenhood

What you need:

    • cord in two colors
    • 2 ribbon ends
    • 3 jump rings
    • chain
    • clasp
    • bead or charm

 
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Cut two pieces of cord equal in size, and use them to make a simple 8 knot (very good instructions here). Then make another one, symmetrically. You can move the knots around until they’re perfectly centered, this type of knot allows it.

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Next, place the ribbon ends at each end, and use the jump rings to connect them to the chain. Close the chain with a clasp, adjusting the necklace length as needed, and finish with a charm at the middle of the knotted rope (if you want to).

DIY Knotted Chord Necklace

 

DIY donut bangle - Kittenhood

DIY Donut Bangle

DIY donut bangle - Kittenhood

The KSNY x Darcel donut bangle is a cutie in its original version, but so easy to make, it would be a pity to pay the price! Or at least that’s where I’m standing. So if you want a cheap knockoff that’s full of personality, here’s what needs to be done:

DIY donut bangle - Kittenhood

What you need:

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Just apply a coat of pink nail polish to mimic the donut glaze, and let dry. Apply a second coat of pink polish, and let dry again. Use different colors to make irregular lines that look like sprinkles. Correct anything you might need to with nail polish remover. Allow to dry completely before trying on!

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