It’s been a great year! Since starting Weve Tried It in April of this year we have tried many DIY projects, some turned out great and some not so good. At the start of this blog we were not crafty at all and now we are loving the DIY lifestyle.
Here are a few of our favorite DIY projects from 2014:
DIY Chalkboard Wall Calendar
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Easy Finger Crochet/Knitting Infinity Scarf Video
How to Crochet Headbands with Buttons Video
How to Make a No Sew Scarf Video
How to Create a Simple and Affordable Centerpiece
How to Make Glitter Ornaments Using Floor Cleaner
We are always looking for fun DIY projects. If you have something you think we should try please leave us a comment or send us an email.
Are you looking to add a little color to your Christmas Tree? With these easy to make glitter ornaments you are not confined to the standard Christmas colors.
My daughter has been asking me for pink ornaments which are not easy to find, so we decided to make our own. Nothing could be easier than these! Seriously!
Supplies: 1 bottle of floor polish (we used our favorite Quick Shine,) clear bulbs and various colors of glitter. Check out the video to see how quick and easy these ornaments are the make.
Do you have any quick and easy holiday crafts you think we should try? Leave us a comment below!
Easy Finger Crochet Infinity Scarf Video: For some reason my brain shuts down when I put a crochet hook in my hand, I just can’t seem to figure out how to crochet the conventional way.
I was able to figure out the arm crocheting that I have been checking out on YouTube. After completing a few arm crochet scarves, I was wondering if I could do the same thing using my fingers and get a tighter crochet. Well the answer is yes! I could and I was even more excited when I realized I could easily fit the 12 stitches needed for the scarf width on my fingers.
The great part about this project is all you need is yarn and your fingers. Using 5 or 6 oz yarn gives the scarf a great look. The skeins of yarn that have 106 yards make for a perfect size infinity scarf. I kept a pencil handy to use in case I need to take a break, just slide your loops onto the pencil and you can set it down and start up again when you are ready.
It might take a little practice using just your fingers, but just be patient and you will be amazed at how easy it really is. If you need to start, stop, pause – do it! Don’t give up!
When you complete your finger crochet share a picture of your project with us on our Facebook page, we would love to see it.
Recently I learned how to crochet using YouTube videos and have found that it is the only thing that shuts my brain off. My daughter asked me to crochet her a headband with a button.
After watching many videos and trying out different patterns, I used some things from several patterns and made up my own video tutorial. Please keep in mind that while I was learning I stopped and started the videos over and over.
Also, if you think you have done something wrong it is better to take the stitch out right away then having to go back after you have gotten farther into the pattern.
You will need yarn (I use Lion Brand 4 or 5 weight), I 5.5mm hook, darning needle, button and a scissors.
Remember I am new to this and I may not use the proper name for some of the stitches I use. I am a firm believer in watching someone do it and following along.
IKEA Spice Rack Hack: We love a good organizing project. So, when my sister called to tell me she was converting an IKEA Spice Rack into a bathroom organizer, I told her to take pictures.
Seems pretty cheap and easy! You can purchase the BEKVAM Spice Rack at IKEA for $3.99. It is solid wood so you can sand it and paint or stain it any color you desire. (Depth: 3 7/8 ” Height: 3 1/2 ” Width: 15 3/4 “.)
Lisa wanted to be rid of the clutter of products on her bathroom sink and this turned out to be a great solution. The spice rack took only a few minutes to assemble. She applied spray paint and hung the racks when they were dry. Seriously, it was that simple.
Thanks to my creative sister for sharing her IKEA hack with us. We like that idea so much we’re going to take on this quick and easy project too!
Do you have an IKEA hack you think we should try? Leave us a comment below and we will check it out.
Easy to Crochet Mittens Video: Easy? Maybe if you have made mittens in the past or have experience in crocheting. However, I stuck with it and now have a new pair of mittens.
This was the easiest how-to video I could find on YouTube. In the video she was uses a heavier yarn, I would for sure do so next time. I only had medium weight yarn and didn’t want to make a 4am run to my local Walmart. I consider these my practice mittens.
Supplies that you will need to complete your mittens: Yarn of your choice, I hook 9-5.50mm, tape measure, scissors and a yarn needle.
No worries if you think you have done something wrong, don’t be afraid to pull it apart and hit rewind. I pulled apart my mittens a few times, so don’t give up! I paused the video through every step.
If you decided to give this mitten pattern a try, we would love to see your finished product. Add a photo to our Facebook page and show off your talents!
What should I make next? I have tried Infinity Scarfs, Boot Cuffs and a Hat. Please leave your ideas in the comment section below.
How to Crochet Boots Cuffs: Here is the latest installment of my crocheting chronicles. The boot cuff fashion fad had me on a quest to find the easiest how-to video on YouTube.
I’m not sure why but these were so tricky for me. The first set I took apart 3 times. Keep the yarn thin – thicker yarn will make them bulky and you don’t want to look like you wrapped an afghan around your legs.
This will be it for my crocheting posts for a while. My plan is to work on making infinity scarfs, hats and boot cuffs for everyone I know for Christmas (I don’t think my family reads our blog so my secret should be safe.)
I went with Aran (cream) Red Heart 6oz and used an I hook. In the video they used size 4 yarn – I will try that next.
So check out the video that I used below. Stop, rewind, stop and rewind some more – Do whatever you need to do to complete the project. Hey when you finish, we really want to see! Head over to our Facebook page and post a picture of your project.
Be sure to check out my other crochet projects: Infinity Scarf, Button Infinity Scarf and Hat.
Quick and Easy Crochet Hat Video: My daughter asked for a hat to go with her new crocheted infinity scarf. So like any good mother, I found the easiest hat pattern how-to video on YouTube.
Thank goodness for videos or I wouldn’t be calling myself the “queen of crocheting.” OK, so like the title says this video below is quick and easy.
Supplies needed: 2 skeins of medium weight yarn, J hook and a needle to sew up the seams.
I should note that in my photo above I used a heavy duty yarn (It’s all I had.) The hat is heavy and extremely thick. We live in Wisconsin so it seems like it would be perfect – right? I will try this pattern with medium weight yarn too.
If you missed my infinity scarf patterns you can check those out. Seriously simple!
How to Crochet Infinity Scarf Video: I know we have been posting lots of scarf stories lately, but I just learned how to crochet and I am pretty dang proud. Although I only know how to make infinity scarfs, I like to refer to myself as the ‘queen of crocheting.’
So, after making my first infinity scarf I was on the search for more patterns that I could try out. I am not able to look at a pattern book yet… so it’s YouTube tutorials for me. And yes, I pause and rewind the video 100 times.
For me this video seemed easy to follow and I was thrilled with my finished project. Adding the buttons made it all fancy!
Supplies: 3 skeins of thick yarn, P hook, 2 buttons and a needle. If you decide to try out this pattern please post a photo of your scarf on Weve Tried It Facebook page – we want to see!
Last week we used a different pattern for our crocheted infinity scarf – link here and we also made a no sew t-shirt scarf – link here.
What should we crochet next? I am thinking about tackling mittens. How hard can it be? Leave us a comment below!
How to Make Crackle Paint with Glue: My 7 year old daughter had a great time working on this DIY project. Everything we used was kid friendly, so there was no worrying about any harmful chemicals.
Supplies: Crayola Washable Paint, Elmer’s Glue, Paint Brush and a glass jar (anything glass should work.) We would suggest painting on a paper plate, newspaper or a towel.
Directions: Apply 2 coats of your base color to the glass jar and let completely dry. Once dry apply a thin layer of Elmer’s Glue over your base coat. The paint is going to crackle in the direction in which you paint the glue, so feel free to paint in all different directions.
Once the coat of glue is tacky (ours took about 10 minutes) apply your top coat of paint. As the top coat dries you will see the crackle process begin. Watching paint dry can be fun for kids!
We added some colorful flowers to our mini jar to complete the project. Do you have any fun kids craft project you have tried? Leave us a comment below and tell us about it.