DIY Studded Constellation Tote Tutorial from For The Makers here.If you aren’t a member you cannot get their clipart for the zodiac/constellation guide templates, but google it and look under images for lots of options. *Tip: want to save money? Use office brads or scrapbook brads. You could even “paint” the brads with nail polish but I like the brass look. These would make cheap, practical and yet personal gifts.
DIY Tie Dyeing Tights on the Cheap Tutorial. You can experiment dyeing cheap nylons with Kool Aid or food dye with vinegar. Tutorial from The Work Is Getting To Me here. *People on Pinterest have been making the rudest comments about the red tights (shocking) - but the joke is on them because Xandy has a great sense of humor and writes:
“Red dye only kind of looks like a terrible skin disease.” She also says of the pink and mint colored tights, “This is how they turned out. If unicorns wore tights…”
DIY Vintage/Retro Tulle Trees. Photo on left from Greg’s Alerts for $35 for an 18” tree here.DIY version in white on the right from Craftster.org herewith the tutorial here.*Tulle is SO cheap and comes in every color of the rainbow. Lots of tutorials out there for garlands, etc…
Ren Ariel Sano, the blogger behind semijewels, explains how to create this statement feather ear wrap in her tutorial found here. Not only is this project cheap (approximately 4 dollars) but you also don’t need to have pierced ears to pull off the look!
1 medium eggplant 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper 2 eggs 1/2 -1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/4-1/2 cup breadcrumbs oil for frying
Preheat about 2 inches of oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cut of tip and peel eggplant. Using a sharp knife slice eggplant into 1/8 inch circles. Then slice in half. You want them to be about the width of two fingers. Pat dry with paper towels. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a resealable bag. In a bowl, beat together eggs. Set aside. On a plate mix together Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. In batches, place eggplant slices in flour and shake to coat. Then dip slices in egg and press into the Parmesan-breadcrumb mixture to lightly coat. Once oil reaches 350 degrees, begin frying the chips in batches. (If you don’t have a thermometer, drop a little flour in and if it sizzles it’s ready) Fry 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to paper towels. Repeat with remaining eggplant. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve hot with your favorite marinara sauce.
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