Decorating on a budget can feel like an impossible task. Not everyone is thrifty, and when you buy items online they often look completely different upon arrival. We have a DIY project that will have your apartment looking sophisticated and your friends asking “where can I find?” and “how much?”
Two pairs of tights
4 Safety pins
Sew the ankles of leggings shut.
Fill one pair of leggings with polyester stuffing (just the legs).
Roll the top tightly.
Pin it and sew shut.
Repeat with other pair of leggings.
Now, time to knot them together.
Cross the bottom pair of leggings over the top pair.
Cross the top pair of leggings over that.
Fold the other side of the bottom pair.
Tuck the other side of the top pair into the original loop.
Turn and tuck the leggings around the knot.
Pin the ends in place.
Make a few stitches on each end to secure them in place and you’re done.
The holiday season can be stressful and pricey. We’re here to make sure you can decorate and buy gifts while on a budget. Sock snowmen are the perfect decorations, because they’re adorable, hassle-free to make, and cost efficient.
One white sock (for snowman)
One colored sock (for hat)
Two rubber bands
Hot glue gun
Orange pom poms (small)
Fill white sock with rice. The amount depends on how big you want your snowman to be.
Tie the top with a rubber band.
Place a rubber band in the middle. Form body and head.
Draw eyes and mouth on the head.
Use ribbon to make scarf. Secure it with hot glue gun.
Use hot glue gun to place the three buttons on the body of the snowman.
Cut colored sock. Use the foot part minus the heel. Cuff the sock on the head to create a hat. Secure it with hot glue.
Looking for a new craft idea to keep you warm this winter?
Candle making can provide a calming activity to engage in during the chilly months of Chicago’s infamous winter. Plus, they make a great and inexpensive gift for your friends! You can play around with colors and scents to create the perfect environment in your home or office. Below is a simple step by step tutorial to get your creativity flowing. Be sure to post a photo to Instagram or Twitter and tag @30eastapts. We love seeing all of your unique creations!
What You’ll Need:
Soy wax chips
Wax Dixie cups
Scissors or zester (we used scissors)
Bonus tip: add a few drops of an essential oil into each layer for a scented candle.
How to Make Soy Candles
Peel crayons and cut into small pieces. Each color goes into a different Dixie cup. (Please note: final color will be lighter than wax appears when melted
Place wick in center of jar. Use tape to hold it in place. You will need to keep tape on until first layer of melted wax has dried.
Microwave first cup of crayons. The smaller your crayons are, the faster they will melt. This will be your bottom layer.
Stir in soy wax chips with coffee stirrers or a toothpick. The amount will depend on how thick you want each layer to be. You may need to return to microwave if your chips do not quickly melt.
Pour melted wax into mason jar. Be mindful not to pour on the edge of the glass. It will add a vertical drip line and mess up your layer. If you create a vertical drip line, wait until layer has dried to scratch away with clean coffee stirrer.
Wait for layer to completely dry. Repeat steps 3-6 until candle is at your desired height.