I’ve been an avid fan of Pinterest and if you don’t what that is, you’re missing out! I wouldn’t even know where to start on how to explain what Pinterest is other than it’s an amazing website. They have arts & craft ideas I would’ve never ever thought of, wedding ideas, recipes, holiday decor, home decor, fashion, beauty, destinations, and just a whole bunch of great stuff.
Anyways, I’ve been liking and reposting a lot things on Pinterest and have finally got down to trying some of the projects I liked. So last week I decided to do my first Pinterest project, which was turning my unused curling iron into a curling wand. I’ve always wanted a curling wand but I wasn’t really trying to spend a lot of £££ just to curl my hair. So when I saw how to make one myself, I was ecstatic! It was really easy to do and all you need is a screw driver and 5 minutes of your time. Also I’ve included step by step instructions as well as pictures for those who want to try this.
Here’s the directions to make your own curling wand from an old curling iron:
1) unhook the curling iron stand by simply pulling it apart and it should pop right off.
2) unscrew and remove the clamp part of the iron (the part of the iron where you put your hair in the middle of)
3) remove the spring by unscrewing it and then take the screw that held the spring in place and screw it back into the hole where the spring used to be to keep the metal tube part that covers the heating component together. (hopefully that makes sense??)
4) then plug it in and enjoy your new curling wand, tada!
The best part is that it works just as good as buying the expensive ones but without spending a penny!
I am still obsessed with Instagram – are you? I think it’s a great way to capture small, every-day moments that you might otherwise forget. I love looking back over my photos and remembering when I took them! Here are a few tips for how to make your Instagrams shine.
Use your phone’s camera app to take your photo, then import into Instagram. The built-in camera app has way more capability than the Instagram camera, including zoom, focus, and exposure.
Bonus tip – ever had a photo turn out poorly because your subject was backlit and appeared too dark? On the iPhone, touch and hold your finger on your subject to lock the focus and exposure.
When you bring your photos in from the camera app, you will have the ability to zoom in on your subject – use it! Cut out anything unimportant in the background and showcase the details. Your photos will have so much more interest!
Lux, an enhancement feature represented by a sun icon, enhances the light in your photo. It works best on photos shot outdoors in natural light. It does not work well for indoor photos with artificial light, photos of food, or photos of people.
Tilt-shift, represented by the rain drop icon, places focus on one area of your photo and blurs the rest. You can choose either a circular focus (resize by pinching your fingers) or a rectangular focus (turn it by placing a finger on either end and spinning). Use tilt-shift to highlight one area of your photo or just add a little interest. You can also try blurring your entire photo by making the circular focus as small as you can and sliding it off to one corner.
Once you’ve applied either or both of the above features, you can apply one of the Instagram filters. To preview, tap the filter button at the bottom of your screen. Some filters have a frame attached, which you can toggle off with the frame button in the top left.
• Want to filter your photos without posting them? Switch your phone into “airplane mode” in your settings – any photos you edit will be saved to your phone.
• To quickly “like” a photo in your feed, tap twice on the photo.
• To easily reply to someone’s comment, tap and hold on their username, then click “mention user.”
• Combine the Instagram features with other apps!
Fun web tools for Instagram:
- Statigram: view statistics on your photos, share your photos on other platforms
- Webstagram: view your photos and your feed
- Instagrid: view your photos in a neat gallery format
Thanks to Her New Leaf.com