Tuesday, October 29, 2013

FAIRY TALE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES: EASY DIY APRON (ALICE IN WONDERLAND)

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

Hey, y'all! It is time for another Halloween costume post! Today, we'll be sharing with you how to make a super easy and cute DIY apron (for Alice and Wonderland, or almost any other apron-requiring costume). Let's just jump right into it, shall we?!

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need some white fabric (we got ours from Hobby Lobby for just $2.62 on clearance), some pins, fabric scissors, and whatever trim and additions you want to throw on in the end.



Step 2: Cut your apron down to the length and width you want. 
*Note: We cut this into a perfect rectangle, and it did not occur to us that it might look better if we cut the length on a slanted angle (so it starts out thinner on top and then gets wider on the bottom). So, you might want to do that. But the perfect rectangle thing isn't bad, either.



Step 3: Pin along three edges (all but the top, because we'll be folding that edge over ribbon later) prior to sewing seams.



Step 4: Yep, you guessed it! Sew the seams...
*Note: If you don't want to sew, you don't have to. You could fold over the edges and "hot glue in seams," or skip steps 3 and 4 altogether. 



Step 5: Cut ribbon to the length you want it, so you can tie it around your waist, and have plenty of extra room for a cute bow in the back!



Step 6: Place the ribbon along that top, dab on some hot  glue, and fold it over!




Step 7: Now that the actual apron is done, you'll just want to add the extra cuteness! Why not start out by adding some colorful ribbon along the bottom-ish of the apron?! Just cut it to the right length, and hot glue it in place! Easy!




Step 8: Now, try to think of something that REALLY ties it in with your costume, and is super unique to your Halloween character. Just for fun. In my case (for Alice), we added a playing card! We just hot glued it on...because we LOVE hot glue...and sparkle!! *wink wink*



And that's it!! Now you have a super cute apron for your Halloween costume!



Thanks for reading, and don't forget to tell us what costume your apron is for in the comment section below!!

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Friday, October 25, 2013

SINFUL COLORS L.E. CHRISTMAS NAIL POLISHES

Prepare yourself for another post in our Feeling Pretty series....

If you follow our blog, then you already know that we LOVE Sinful Colors nail polish! So you can imagine how excited we were to find polishes from their Christmas collections (on the Decorate Decadently display) at Walgreen's, on sale for $1 each, as well as polishes on the Naughty or Nice and Glitz and Glittered displays at Rite Aid for $1.99 each!





"Call You Later" (from the Naughty or Nice collection) is a very pretty, light, bright green with fine shimmer. It's a perfect Christmas color!


"Aubergine" (also from the Naughty or Nice collection) is a stunning purplish maroon, with no sparkle! It is this succulent berry shade that is perfect for fall and winter!



"Gilded" (from the Glitz and Glittered collection) is a sheer, peachy champagne with gold and red shimmer. It is stunning, and the perfect topcoat for golden shades.



"Full Spectrum" (from the Glitz and Glittered collection) is a pretty polish loaded with chunky pink and silver glitter! What a fun one this is!



"Ice Dream" (from the Glitz and Glittered collection) has gorgeous bright blue and sparkling silver shimmer! This is a beautiful winter color!



"Triple Platinum" (from the Mirror Metallics collection) is a stunning, grayish purple with a shimmer, metallic finish! This is one of my favorites!



"Red Eye" (from the Mirror Metallics collection) is a bright, vivid red with shimmer!



"Gold Tinsel" (from the Tinsel 'N Ice collection) is a pretty unique polish with stringy, tinsel-like sparkle, in a golden hue!



"24 Karat" (from the Sheer Luster Topcoats collection) is a very light, sparkly golden champagne! Very pretty!



Gotta love these fun Christmas polishes!!



Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY HALLOWEEN CARD: THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN'S CREATURE

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

Get ready for another fun Halloween card! Last time we shared a stylish witch design, and today we are sharing one featuring the fabulous bride of Frankenstein's creature! Don't you just love it? And look at how artistic it is--I mean, talk about brilliant perspective and a wonderful color scheme!!



Here is how to make your own...

Step 1: Cut an orange rectangle (to put onto the front of the purple card), and stamp a line of tombstones and a few bats with some black ink. You can also ink up the edges, if you want. (The two stamp sets we used came from JoAnn's, for just $1 each. So did the stamping ink.)






Step 2: Cut out the bride of Frankenstein's creature using the Cricut "A Frightful Affair" cartridge. She should be about five inches tall. The bottom layer should be white card stock, and the top layer should be black card stock. Glue her onto the orange card stock.



Step 3: Glue the orange paper onto a purple card, and you're done!!



We hope you love this cute Halloween card as much as we do!!


Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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ENHANCING NATURAL WAVES

Prepare yourself for another post in our Feeling Pretty series....

Wavy hair can be many things... Frizzy. Unevenly curled. Dry. Lackluster. Crazy... But one thing it's not is unmanageable. That means that if you take good care of your natural waves and use the right styling products, you can trade in the frizzy for smooth, the unevenly curled for more uniform waves, the dry for conditioned, the lackluster for shiny, and crazy for beautiful. Waves, when in the right conditions and with the right tools, can be shaped, controlled, and "beautified." 



 I have tried a bunch of products and techniques to help shape my waves and tame the frizz over the last few years. I have finally found the right techniques and products for my hair, and I want to share them with you other wavy-haired girls who might find this helpful...if you even care to know... I have actually had a few girls ask me over the last few months how I do it, so apparently someone must care, right?!

I use three products that increase the bounce, decrease the frizz, and don't leave a crunch! I imagine these would work great for most wavy-haired girls, but if something works better for you, then don't forget to tell us about it in the comment section below!! 



Okay, so I guess I'll just go ahead and tell you how I style my hair when I want to rock the natural waves (please note they are WAVES, not CURLS, so I don't know how these products/techniques work on someone who has curly ringlets, or someone who has no wave at all)...

The first thing I do is brush my hair, and then I dampen it (only a little--just enough to make my hair "shape-able") with a spray bottle of water. 


Then, I add the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Oil Treatment, which is super healthy for the hair! This helps add shine and reduce frizz, and makes my hair softer. It smells good, too. I love this stuff!





Then I scrunch it up with the Garnier Fructis Surfer Hair Power Putty. This leaves my hair a whole lot softer than gel, and even mousse. It's kind of amazing like that--and it smells good! This is probably the BEST product I've found for making my waves smooth, even, and bouncy without the stickiness. (Kaitlyn even likes this to help shape her straight hair.) When I scrunch my hair, I flip my head upside down because it helps give volume and makes the wave a little more even.





I finish off by spraying my hair with the Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel. If I spray too much, it can leave my hair a bit stiff, but not too much. It's fairly forgiving, and I can use it to scrunch up my hair more or just to set my style (like a hairspray), so it's very versatile, as well. It smells yummy, too! 





And that's how I style my wavy hair! We hope this helps, ladies! Don't forget to leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite hair products!

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

FAIRY TALE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES: DIY NO-SEW TULLE CAPE (RED RIDING HOOD)

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

If you have been following our Halloween series, then you already know that Cami is going to be Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween! She wants to put a fun spin on what might first come to your head when you think of Little Red Riding Hood, so we decided to come up with a fun, whimsical, original cape for her--it turned out AWESOME! We made it out of tulle, without any sewing. It is pretty simple, so we'll tell you how you can make your own tulle cape for Halloween! This is fantastic for Little Red Riding Hood, but would also be great for something like a little girl's superhero cape!


You just need some tulle (we got ours at Hobby Lobby on sale for 79 cents per yard), ribbon (we got ours at Hobby Lobby for about $1), some fabric scissors, and a hot glue gun!

Step 1: Find tulle in the color you want, and measure out enough for two to three layers of "capeness," depending on how many layers you want. Cami wanted two layers, and we probably used about three yards (she's 5' 8'').


Step 2: If you have extra tulle (we didn't have the exact right amount, we had extra!), then cut it down to the length you want. 


Step 3: Find some ribbon in a color that is similar to or compliments the tulle, and wrap it around the shoulder/neck area (because the ribbon will go in between the two layers, and and then you can tie each end of the ribbon together to keep the cape on).


Step 4: Cut the ribbon to the length you want (depending on how big of a bow you want when you tie the ends together).


Step 4: Pin the ribbon and two layers together. The two layers should be folded over the ribbon (so the ribbon is sandwiched between the tulle).  


Step 5: Hot glue the ribbon to the tulle. Carefully remove each pin one at a time as you go along, and press the tulle down HARD (without burning yourself) to hold it in place.


And that's it! You have yourself a fun, pretty, unique cape for your Halloween costume! Just throw it on and model it like a rock star...or maybe like Little Red Riding Hood, or a superhero, or whatever you will be for Halloween!!



Let us know what you think of this DIY cape tulle!! Thanks for reading! 

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

DIY ARMBAND PHONE CARRIER (MADE OUT OF A SOCK)!

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

I was on the hunt for a good, affordable case to hold my phone when I work out. Unfortunately, I learned these kinds of cases tend to be pretty expensive, have mixed reviews, and can even damage your phone! So, I hopped on Google and found a DIY solution using a tube sock! I was so excited to try out this simple DIY phone carrier, so I ran to WalMart to buy a tube sock. And surprisingly enough, I could not find your traditional tube sock there. I ended up getting a knee-high sock at Dollar Tree for $1 and praying that would work just as well. And, it does! I have gone running with my phone in it six or seven times now, and I have never had any problems. It totally stays in place the whole time, every time! Later, I picked a few more socks at Walgreen's, because they had some super cute ones for $1, too.

You can fold your phone into the sock, and wear it on your upper arm, and have peace of mind!


Since I did things a bit differently than what I found online in my search, I thought I might share this little project with you! I hope you find it helpful! Here's how to make one...



Step 1: Find a tall sock--preferably a cute one, but I suppose an ugly one would work just as well. (Like I said, I read to use a tube sock, but my knee-high sock works perfectly.)



Step 2: Cut the toe (or foot) off the sock. (The tutorial I watched cut the whole foot off, but I wanted mine longer... I experimented by doing the whole foot with one sock, and just the toe with other. I'm happier with the "just toe" one because it is longer and gives me more flexibility.)



Step 3: Turn the sock inside-out.



Step 4: Pull the sock onto your arm, and then fold it in half (or maybe a little less than half) so you can see the pretty (or ugly) pattern. Then, just slide your phone into the fold!



Step 5: Fold the excess fabric above the phone over the top of the phone for extra security. (This is something I added, since I had extra length.)




Isn't that nifty?! You can find the sock solution on lots of different websites (I guess it is not that original of an idea), but you can see the video tutorial I mention here:
http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57403641-285/diy-a-dead-simple-workout-armband/

And that's a wrap! Let us know what you think of this DIY solution if you give it a try! 


Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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