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Create52

I’m not very good at making New Year’s resolutions. That’s partly because my years feel marked more by the start of a new school year than the turn of the calendar and partly because I can only stick with goals if they are super specific and, most of the time, I struggle to come up with something super specific every New Year. This year, my New Year’s resolution is really more of a personal challenge: to do something creative every week for the next year. It can be anything from knitting or sewing to DIYing something for my apartment. I don’t even have to finish an entire project each week. Basically, I just want to set aside a little time in each busy week to be creative and invest time in things I enjoy doing.

I have always been crafty and creative – my mom and all of my grandmas are very crafty and so I grew up constantly making things with them – but it’s easy to let those fun projects slip when things like school, work, and relationships take priority in your life.When I am in the middle of a creative project, I am much more passionate and excited about life in general and I want to make the effort to be that way more often. I’m planning on using Instagram to keep me accountable and track all the different projects I work on throughout the year and I’ll probably be posting about it here too. Looking forward to 52 weeks full of craftiness!

DIY Gold Wire Bracelets

Ever since Eric gave me my Timex watch set for my birthday, I’ve really been wanting to expand my bracelet collection so that I can come up with lots of cute combinations to wear with it. Especially during the summer when layering isn’t really an option, a little accessorizing can go a long way to make an outfit. I was inspired by this heart bracelet on I Spy DIY to make my own gold wire bracelets. I experimented with all sorts of different shapes, but I think the star-shaped one is my favorite.

You’ll need:
20 gauge gold wire
Round and needle-nose jewelry pliers
Wire cutters

How-to:
1. Cut a length of wire twice as long as you would need to fit loosely around your wrist.
2. At one end, bend the wire in alternating directions at equal lengths until you have five points and a star shape.
3. Use needle-nose pliers to hold the wire in place and wrap the tail of the wire around the beginning of the star shape three times, as shown. Cut off excess wire.
4. My wire was already in a rounded shape so I didn’t need to do much to create a bracelet shape.
5. Measure where the end of the bracelet should be by wrapping the wire around your wrist.
6. Create the hook by bending the wire back and then bend the doubled up wire back again. Wrap the tail of the wire around the other wire three times and trim the excess.

DIY Chevron Corkboard

This post has been a long time coming as I actually made this cute corkboard for my apartment back in September. I was inspired by this painted corkboard I saw on Pinterest to make a fun chevron striped corkboard that’s both functional and statement-making. This was super easy and inexpensive to make so I thought I’d share how I did it.

You’ll need:
Corkboard (I got mine from IKEA for $6)
White acrylic paint
Painter’s tape
Paintbrush
Ruler and pencil

1. Tape off frame and paint. Let dry.
2. Remove tape. Draw evenly spaced lines in pencil on the cork to use as a guide (mine were about 5″ apart).

3. Use tape to create the first set of diagonal lines in between two of your pencil gridlines. I used an extra piece of tape to make sure they were spaced apart evenly.
4. Continue using this method to tape off the rest of the chevron pattern, making sure to leave plenty of overlap at the tips of each of the chevrons. You could get all fancy and use math to figure out the perfect angle for your strips of tape, but I just eye-balled it.
5. Carefully trim away excess tape to create nice clean lines. Make sure all the tape is pressed down well.

6. Paint the corkboard in smooth strokes going in one direction. I found it was best to paint in light coats and add more until the coverage is how you want it. I did about three coats, but touched it up a little more in some areas. Let dry.
7. Peel off tape. My lines bled in a few spots where I didn’t have the tape stuck down well enough, but it’s not too noticeable, especially when things are pinned to it.

I hung mine as part of a gallery wall above my bed, which I love. I’m planning on adding more to it over the years that I’m living here! Here’s how my corkboard looks today, covered in cards, drawings, and other mementos:
I also used this same technique to dress up a tray I picked up at Target as a catch-all for my jewelry. The sides made it a little trickier to make a cohesive pattern but I really loved how it turned out!

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