It's that time of year - Prom. With the exception of a wedding or the birth of a child, Prom is one of the most important days in the life of a teen. The downside is Prom is one of the most expensive days for a parent. The dresses and suits are expensive enough and there is yet more expense to be added - the accessories. Parents, save a few dollars and work with your teen to DITW - Do It Your (Their) Way. Wait, What? Yes, DIY those accessories (and gown - more on that later)!
Materials you may have, or can easily find that will work for DIY accessories:
DIY Tools and other items you may want on hand for completing your beautiful work:
Scroll through these pictures for a few ideas (out of the box!).
The Dress. I think I'll leave you with a few lovely DIY formal attire ideas I found recently. Before I sign off, I want to wish you success and inspiration with your DIY Prom projects, today and always!
If you sew, knit or crochet, it's likely you have scraps, or bags and boxes of scrap yarn. It's hard to throw it out, knowing it's wasteful and will only add guilt to our environmental concerns.
What do you do with your scraps? If you haven't found a few ideas, I'll share some of my favorites with you. Let's start with this wonderful idea that uses all sorts of scraps! Twiddlemuffs! This fun craft was designed for persons with dementia - it provides something for their hands while they twiddle their fingers.
Take a closer look at the picture. It's knit but this can be sewn or crocheted as well. Use your skillls, imagination and make a few Twiddlemuffs for your local hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and the like. I'm betting at least 3 could be made in a weekend and for those less experienced in needle work, it's an awesome way to improve your skills.
The Snuggles Project accepts donations of "Snuggle Bunting". These are small buntings that wrap around and snuggle a frightened animal in shelters. Again, these can be made up in short time and with your yarn scraps.
Of course, you can always make buntings and small blankets for your local animal shelter.
Project Linus works to provide blankets to all chidren in need. Their website has information on what and how to donate, along with more information about their mission and upcoming events.
February 20, 2016 is MAKE A BLANKET DAY - Check it out!
There are hundreds, thousands of ways you can donate handmade items to a favorite or national cause. Call, write, email them, or, browse the internet to find out what their needs are. What ever you decide on, know that I'm with you in spirit, wishing you success and inspiration in all you do, today, and always!