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I love giving personalized/handmade gifts. This year for Christmas I was kind of struggling for an easy/inexpensive personalized gift to give to my boyfriend. He’d been looking for good pocket notebooks to carry around with him to jot down ideas, so I found these small Moleskine notebooks at Target I knew would be perfect. Now, I knew he would appreciate these just as is, but me being me, I decided I needed to take them up a notch. I decorated these notebooks with short quotes from a few of our favorite nerdy TV shows, but you could use any quotes or phrases!

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Supplies:
+ notebooks
+ pencil
+ ruler
+ acrylic paint
+ paint brush
+ a good eraser!

First, come up with your quotes. I chose really short phrases so I could have one word per line. Once you have your phrase chosen, measure the height of your journal, or space you want the quote to take up vertically, and divide that by the number of words in your phrase. Use a pencil to draw lines to use as guides, you can erase these later.

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Next, figure out how wide your letters need to be, and draw lines for those. If you have all really short words, like this Firefly quote, you can just choose a width you think looks nice, and mark it out. If you have longer words, like I had in my X-Files quote, divide the width of the journal, or width you want your word to take up horizontally, by the number of letters in your longest word. Make that the measurement for the width of every letter in your phrase. Once you have your measurements, create a grid using pencil. When you paint on your phrase, make each letter fill its space on the grid completely. I used tan acrylic paint I had left over from the Antler Tip Necklaces I’d recently made.

Once your paint has dried completely, you can just go over the whole thing with your eraser to get rid of all the pencil! If you have a light color like I did, you may end up needing to touch up a few places where the pencil shows through the paint.

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I hope these directions aren’t too confusing! I wasn’t initially planning on posting these, so I didn’t take pics through my process, but I’m confident you can figure it out! Or you could always just wing it! ;]

// Laura Jude //

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I have had these antler tips for over a year, and I was never really sure what I wanted to do with them. They were on this really tacky necklace I found at a thrift store, but I took them off and I’ve been keeping them until I thought of a good use for them! I finally decided I would paint them and make individual necklaces to give to some of my friends.

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What you’ll need:
+ Antler tips with 1/4in hole drilled in the top. [You can buy antler tips online with holes already drilled in them!]
+ leather chord/string
+ acrylic paint & brushes
+ Matte Finish spray paint

First, paint the tips with the acrylic paint. I chose to use a variation of pastels & chevron patterns. The neon yellow didn’t work out so well, which was a bummer; it dried too clear! I recommend sticking with more matte opaque colors. The dark antlers, like the ones I used are pretty bumpy so you have to go slow & be sure to fill the grooves to give the illusion of a nice straight line. Next, once they are dry, give them a coat or two of the matte finish clear coat. That’ll keep the paint from chipping. Wait a couple hours before finally stringing the leather through!

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I’m definitely going to order some & make more. I’d like to make some with the white tail deer antler tips, and the claw tines. I also think I’ll use a little gold to add some shine!

// Laura Jude //


So, I know there are a million floral crown DIYs out there, but here is how I did mine. I really wanted one that was simple, & JUST roses. I also get headaches really easily when I wear headbands. So, I decided to make mine just out of ribbon. That way it would be soft & comfy on my head. The basic idea is just to buy roses, in this case fake ones, cut them off the stems, & hand sew them onto the ribbon. Super simple idea, relatively easy to execute.

What you’ll need:
+Flowers
+Ribbon
+Needle & Thread
+Scissors
+Hot Glue [optional]

Start by picking your flowers. I chose large pink roses, 6 was the perfect number to make it across the front of my head from ear to ear. After you pick your flowers, pop them off the stems & cut off any excess plastic that’s sticking out. This is when I used the hot glue. You don’t HAVE to, but once you pop them off the stems they tend to come apart. So, I used hot glue to reinforce the backs so they would stay together.

Once you’ve got the flowers ready, cut a piece of ribbon that is long enough to tie around your head. Cut it longer rather than shorter; you can always trim it down.

Now, it’s time to sew on the flowers! Cut the thread just long enough to do one flower, & then re-thread the needle for each one. This keeps the thread at a manageable length, & makes everything easier. I recommend sewing the flowers on starting at the center, & working your way out. That way, you can make sure everything is centered correctly. Begin sewing up through the back of the ribbon into the back of the flower. Be sure to go through several of the layers, so that the flowers will stay together better. I made a couple good stitches on the left and right side of each flower so that it would lay flat. Sew them on about 1 inch-1.5 inches apart.

I also created two small headbands for my nieces. For these, I used the same exact process, but with smaller flowers & elastic to create a stretchy headband.

So there you have it! Relatively easy, simple rose headbands for you & any pretty little girls in your life!


[Somebody was nooot too into having her picture taken!]


Good luck & get creative! ❤

// Laura Jude //

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