Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DIY Craft for Runners

A few years ago when I graduated from college, my mom made me an awesome gift that I could proudly display in my own home – see below photo (Wreck ‘em Tech!). I have always thought this DIY gift from her was an amazing idea, so around last Christmas I had an idea to make one of my own to represent running.

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I had plans to give it to my BRF (best running friend) Stacy in February to commemorate our one year anniversary since the Princess Half Marathon (it was our first long distance race and runDisney event)! However, as easy as a project it is in theory, it is quite time consuming, so I only just recently finished it and will get it to her soon! I put a 13.1 with a tiara on top to represent the Princess theme of the race.

So now that you’ve seen the finished product, let’s talk about how to make it! I know you all want to display one of these in your homes now, right?! :0)

What you’ll need:

Styrofoam Ball: I bought a medium sized ball but you can get whichever size you want; just keep in mind you’ll be covering the entire thing with sequins so the larger the ball, the longer it will take.
Vase: This will be the base on which the final product sits.
Pins: The pins hold the sequins and small beads and are then pinned into the Styrofoam ball. Make sure to get the larger/longer ones so they won’t fall out.
Sequins: I bought small multi-colored sequins for the 13.1 and top part of the tiara, and large silver ones to cover the rest of the area.
Small Beads: I used these for the bottom portion of the tiara, and just to add some extra umph to the final product.They go onto the pin first, followed by the sequin, then are pinned into the ball.

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How to make it:

Assemble all your pieces and choose your colors. Take a pin and put a small bead on first, followed by a sequin. I did the 13.1 and tiara first so I could make sure everything lined up nicely. Start pinning your main design until you are happy! I did mine in turquoise at first, but once I started pinning the silver sequins around it, I realized it was very hard to read. I decided to change the design to royal blue instead and it stood out MUCH better. Try to use contrasting colors so your design will really pop! Once your design is done, start putting the background bead/sequin colors on the pin, and pin until the remaining area is covered.

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Once you are done, you now have a gorgeous new home decor item to proudly display in your home, OR you can gift it to your BRF! They will definitely love it!

QOTD: Do you enjoy DIY craft projects?

30 comments

  1. That came out super cute! When I was really small, my mother made very creative ornaments using those styrofoam balls, pins, sequins, ribbons, etc. I had completely forgotten about it. I may try to make DG one: a Mickey with the 26.2 inside. :)

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    1. Thanks! I love your Mickey and 26.2 idea! Now I want to make another one lol!

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  2. I did something similar to that years and years ago to make two Christmas ornaments.

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    1. I love the ornament idea...it wouldn't take near as long!

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  3. That's so cute! Definitely going to try it out.

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  4. Very cute! I am a big DIY person. I think my "craft space" drives my husband crazy. Lol.

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    1. Lol! Thanks :0) I am not super crafty so when I am able to put something together I am pretty proud of it haha!

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  5. Look at how crafty you are :)
    I love fun projects.

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    1. Haha actually I am not crafty at all! This one project just happened to be pretty easy :0)

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  6. Wow, I bet that was super time consuming. You are very creative making that tiarra. That came out really nice. At first I thought it was going to be a christmas ornament. I could see easily turning it in to one by adding a ribbon at the top!

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    1. Haha it definitely takes some patience to make. I just love how it came out though! I think making an ornament like this is an awesome idea!

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  7. Nice job Lauren. It is a really cute idea, but I can only imagine how many hours that would take!

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    1. Thanks! Haha yeah, it took quite a bit of time for sure!

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  8. I love this! Pinterest gets me all excited and wanting to do DIY projects but then I realize how tedious and time consuming they are and normally give up.Your BRF is lucky to have you make one for her!

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    1. Right?! There are tons of Pinterest stuff I'd like to try, especially Halloween and Christmas decorations!

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  9. Super cute! Wow did that take a lot of patience!!

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    1. Thanks Jess! It's funny, when I sat down to finally complete it, I kept thinking to myself 'it's a marathon, not a sprint' to keep me from putting it away to finish another day lol!

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  10. What a sweet raceiversary gift! I almost looks like Spaceship Earth!

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    1. Thanks :0) Ha, it kind of does - never thought about that! So much Disney opportunity with a craft like this!

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  11. You are an awesome friend! This is labor intensive indeed but love the final product!

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  12. I'm a big DIY fan and this is quite possibly one of the coolest I've seen!! Awesome job, Lauren!

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  13. Super cute! I wish I was better at DIY stuff.

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    1. Thanks Maria! I am not much of DIYer either lol..I do like this one though since it is super easy!

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