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5 Pins We Tried… and Our Results!

5 Pins We Tested at the AdTech Studio


If you’re a creative, you’ve spent time on Pinterest. And if you’ve spent time on Pinterest, then you know that there is a wide range of DIY inspiration out there—from projects you’ll never even want to do, to projects you really want to do (and are totally feasible), to projects that look super awesome but you kind-of know would be impossible to duplicate (even if the person who posted the project did it and swears it was worth all the effort).

I thought it might be fun if we here in the Studio started testing a few pins each month just to see how doable they really are. Here is our first batch!
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Sleepy-Eye iPhone Case DIY

Super Easy DIY iPhone, iPad, or Laptop Cover

Project time: 10 minutes
DIY level: (Super) Easy

This might be one of my favorite projects at the Studio so far. Why?

One, because the project literally takes 10 minutes once you have the supplies. Maybe 15 if you’re really meticulous. Low labor, high reward.

Two, because the end product is simple, clean, and eye-catching. I am astounded how often I come back to the simplest design principles when I’m trying to create something exciting—often the most minimalist designs pack the most punch. And for this iPhone case, that’s definitely true. Read more…

Anthro Hat Knockoff!

Anthro Hat | Easy DIY

Project time: 1 hour
DIY level: Easy-medium

I love Anthropologie. A couple times a year I splurge and get myself a sweater or dress out of their “Freshly Cut” section online. And when I get that rare treat of getting to visit one of their actual stores, you bet I’m going to walk out of there with something, even if it’s just ridiculously cute measuring spoons.

Sometimes, Anthropologie’s product turnover is just a little too fast, or the item I want is out of my price range. Fortunately, I’ve got some skills up my sleeve when such occasions arise—I can make certain items on my own, like this origami flower garden hat! Read more…

Evil Eye Talisman DIY… with Glitter Glue!

Greek Evil Eye Necklace DIY

Project time: 30 minutes
DIY level: Easy

This necklace is inspired by the “Evil Eye” talismans that travelers often bring back from their visits to Turkey and Greece. It’s not an Evil Eye—you’ll notice my version doesn’t have that sinister pupil in the center!—but it definitely elicits that feel. Mine’s made with glitter glue, so you know I think it’s a step up!

The cultural history of the Evil Eye is both abundant and mysterious—the idea that casting an “evil eye” has the power to cast doom and curses on a person is prevalent in countries all over the world. For centuries, people on all continents and speaking dozens of languages have believed so strongly in this idea that they have taken active measures to ward against the angry glares of others. But where this idea first caught on, no one knows for sure. Read more…