DIY Glitter Travel Mug!

Hey all! Okay I am super excited about the latest DIY!  It is super easy and you are going to love the results! Here we go: a DIY travel floating glittering mug! 

Who doesn’t need this in their life?  We’ve all been there in the morning, late, rushing, no time to sip your favorite caffeinated beverage.  So you have no choice but to take it along that drowsy commute.  You reach for a disposable paper cup with just as much dullness as the sleepy zombie persona of those who are non-morning people.  

Brighten up your morning (literally) with this DIY!

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Supplies:

  • Glitter of your choice
  • Clear tacky glue
  • water
  • Travel mug with a removable inner cup (not sure if there is an official name for these, but they are found at a local craft store such as Michael’s!)

Let’s get started.

  1. Remove cup inside.
  2. Fill base of cup with water about 3/4 of the way that will fit your cup, this will take some experimentation so I recommend filling the water without glitter or glue to make sure your happy with the measurement.
  3. Add a bunch of tacky glue! This will take up the rest of the 1/4 of space needed but don’t stress about exact measuring, it’s adjustable!
  4. Get Glittery! Add you favorite mixture of glitter into the cup and stir vigorously with the water and glue!
  5. Insert travel mug inner piece into cup of glitter mixture.  **this WILL be messy, find a sink or outdoor setting!** You will loose some of your water mixture so there is room for the inner mug, but its totally alright!  It gives the glitter just enough space to be able to float and dance around!
  6. Screw on the inside mug super tight!! You won’t be opening this again, unless you have a desire to change the inside mixture.  
  7. Fill with your favorite morning beverage and get out there and sparkle!!

 

I am in love with my mug currently, and hope this DIY is helpful for you all! Let me know what you think!

xxo,

 

A Whimsical way to Upgrade Your decor 

Hey everyone! So naturally in the summer time, we try to get outside and soak up all that good feeling sunshine as much as we can! One spot I absolutely love to relax in is an outdoor porch or patio, decorated with the perfect whimsical decor to fit your summer time vibes! 

Although, sometimes to find the perfect whimsy items you may just have to DIY!! That’s right, one of my favorite things to do! So for a few items I’ve decided to give a makeover, I thought what easier way than to use basic acrylic paint. It dries like its a plastic and also fast, so it’s a super simple way to jazz up any old dingy knick knacks you might need to. 

Paint can be used on so many items, even some you may think are trash. Like maybe all those used up empty wine bottles from last weekends summer soiree.  Why not turn them into something that gives a colorful splash to your atmosphere! 

Take a look at a few things I decided to make over, maybe they will inspire you to see some things in a new light. I used some old wine bottles, and a rusted up chandelier to brighten up a new summer time table setting. 

The steps are simple:

1. Find something that could use a revamp in style 

2. Gather paints of any colors you want!

3. Get painting & go wild! The more colors, the more whimsical your environment can be! 

4. Let dry & love! 

I hope you like this little tip so if you’re going to take anything away from this post: don’t underestimate the power of paint! 

xxo,

Amanda 

 

DIY Distressed Boyfriend Denim

Hey everyone!! Welcome back to Eat Your Glitter.  Things have been insane lately, but I am gaining some more free time and will be on a more frequent update to the blog schedule soon!  In the meantime, I NEED to share the latest DIY project!

So I found these old boys jeans hiding in the depths of what I call a closet, and I seized the opportunity for a crafty upgrade!  Similar to how I DIY-ed my black skinnies (see post here about it!)  I took the same method and hacked away at these til they came out JUST how a distressed boyfriend jean should!

They are durable for work, since I always am COVERED in acrylic paint, I don’t mind dirtying them up a bit, and they are the perfect weekend go-to casual look!

Let me know what you think!

xxo,

Amanda diyboyfriendjeans

DIY Distressed Black Skinnies!

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Hey everyone!  So it’s time that I have to get something off my chest– I am a serious jean addict.  There is just something about the right pair of jeans that hug in all the right places that make you feel like strutting the streets in style and confidence!  One trend I’ve been seeing lately in the denim category is the distressed black skinny jean and as soon as I saw them, I went on a HUNT for the perfect pair.  After a days worth of energy in a huge mall, I failed to find my ideal distressed skinnies anywhere.  (Or a pair that fell into a reasonable price range…) So, the plan became to DIY myself a pair!  Follow my steps to creating your perfect DIY distressed denim!

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Before

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Supplies: Old Razor, box cutter (or blade) tweezers, Fabric Scissors
So here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Pair of any jeans you want to rough up a bit!  One brand I know fits me like a glove, and is cheap for a DIY project is from H&M. I highly recommend them!
  • An old razor
  • A box cutter or sturdy blade
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors – preferably fabric ones that will slice through denim nice & smoothly!
  • Cardboard or something to block the blade from cutting through to the opposite side of the jeans.

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I marked off where I want to add distress with chalk
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Step 1: Insert cardboard into a leg of the jeans!

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Step 2: Get slicing! (CAREFULLY with those fingers please!) Take your blade and start ripping in a line across where you want the distress to start.  It shouldn’t be a cookie-cutter perfect line, we want them to look roughed up!

  • As you are slicing, make the next cut about 1/2 an inch (or however wide you want the rip to be) right below the first line.  And so on…until you are happy with the amount and size for distressing.

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After blade slicing

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After blade slicing
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Step 3: Take your scissors and cut through the rough lines you made, so all the threads are broken and you are left with strips of fabric.

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Step 4: Look closely at the strips of fabric.  You’ll notice there are vertical threads and horizontal ones weaved together.  Your goal here is to keep as many of the horizontal threads in tact, while removing and plucking out the vertical ones.  If you are using a blue jean, the horizontal threads are more likely than not always white and the vertical ones are blue!

  • Before you go and rip up every one of the strips you cut, KEEP some of them as they are! They will distress naturally and keep some structure to the leg.
  • Take your tweezer and begin by pulling up one or two vertical threads at a time.  
  • You’ll begin to be able to yank out a bunch at a time and be left with the horizontal threads only.

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  • Here is what your fabric will start to look like once you get moving on those vertical threads!  Be patient, that perfect distressing is worth your time, I promise.  

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After completing one leg, this is my result.  (Above) I left a few strips of fabric still in tact beneath the ones I tore up as I mentioned before.  I prefer a little structure, It says I’m down and dirty when I need to be, but I’m still a lady and I have my shit together… 😛 Effortless style is hard to achieve! Take your time in perfecting each leg the way you are most happy with!

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Step 5: After you have sliced up the legs and any major areas of the jeans, go in and take your old razor and scrape away at some smaller areas.  I like to add this around the back pockets and the front pocket areas!  It will lighten the cotton and you can always go back in and scrape some more roughness with the big blade.  

Step 6: Although your jeans are already looking amazing, they will really pull together if you throw them through your washing machine TWICE.  Wash them, dry them. Then wash and dry again.  This helps to naturally tumble up the fabric and give that polished distressed softness we all are seeking! 

Step 7: Rock the hell outta your new personalized jeans! 

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I hope you all enjoyed this DIY project! I personally am thrilled with my results and I’m sure you will be too! Any questions? Let me know via comment or email! amandaj@eatyourglitter.com.  

xxo
Amanda