me: Daniel James “Dan” Howell (born 11 June 1991) is a Britishvideo blogger and radio personality. He is best known for his YouTube channeldanisnotonfire, which has reached over six million subscribers. Together with frequent collaborator Phil Lester, Howell presented Sunday night entertainment show Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 from January 2013 until August 2014, and presented the station’s Internet Takeover slot from September 2014 until April 2016. Howell was born and raised in Wokingham, Berkshire, England. He has a younger brother named Adrian.Before starting his YouTube channel, he worked in retail chains Focus DIY at the age of 16, and later at the supermarket Asda. After attending The Forest School, Howell went to the University of Manchester in 2010 to study law, but dropped out in order to pursue video blogging as a profession.Howell has lived with best friend and fellow YouTuber Phil Lester since August 2011, and the pair moved to London together in July 2012. Howell uploaded his first YouTube video titled “HELLO INTERNET” on 16 October 2009. He was encouraged by “some friends” including Phil Lester to continually upload videos to the site.He also has a second channel, danisnotinteresting, which has over 1.5 million subscribers and 39.5 million views, as of August 2016.In 2012, he won the YouTube competition “SuperNote” run by Rhett and Link. He also featured in the weekly video series Becoming YouTube created by Benjamin Cook which looked at the different aspects to becoming an internet celebrity. He also wrote a blog for The Huffington Post, in which he wrote about the creative process behind making his videos.Howell and Lester collaborated on a YouTube channel for My Damn Channel, entitled The Super Amazing Project, in which they investigated paranormal events. In October 2014, it was announced that as of that month, the duo would not carry on working on the project, in order to concentrate on their Radio 1 show. It was later announced that the Super Amazing Project would continue production, but hosted by different presenters, scouted by the My Damn Channel network. On 12 September 2014, Howell and Lester posted the first video on their new gaming YouTube channel, DanandPhilGAMES. On 8 March 2015 the channel hit 1 million subscribers. It was officially the fastest growing channel on YouTube.On 1 April 2015, Howell and Lester launched a spin-off channel, DanAndPhilCRAFTS, as an April Fools joke. It features a single video of them creating square snowflakes out of paper, with an amateur editing style and humour throughout. It reached over 154,000 subscribers and 500,000 total video views in one week. “Don’t cry, craft” became a popular Internet meme from that video, described by the Standard-Examiner as “one of the best known YouTube phrases of all time”. The channel was awarded the YouTube Silver Play Button at Summer in the City 2015. On 1 April 2016 Howell and Lester made a second video for that channel in which they did another joke tutorial, this time on making glitter faces.
Apologies for the lousy second photo, but this was too long to photograph without a mirror and my mirror is nowhere near a window!
I’m aware that this sits in the because I can category of crafting, but this is what happens when I decide to make a wearable roller bead lanyard with a bead ring on the end and then attach a beaded gecko to that ring. I really like it! While I find that while this is a little long for walking around in, the gecko sits on my knee such that I can roll it without dropping it or holding it. It’s pretty functional, doesn’t require me to clench or grasp it to use, and it offers me several different ways of stimming with the beads. Plus it’s easy to shorten by using fewer beads for the lanyard part, if you’d rather wear a shorter version.
Regular pony beads in whatever colours you like (I used 87 different beads)
Rattail cord (you’ll want about 3 metres)
A giant pony bead or a wooden bead (the hole needs to be large enough to hold four strands of cord)
A couple of star or flower shaped beads for the top of the lanyard and the end of the gecko’s tail (if you’re fancy)
Thread and a sewing needle for a few overstitches (or glue)
Clear nail polish or glue for finishing the end of the lanyard and the knot on the gecko’s tail (this keeps the cord from unravelling)
First, make a bead ring, a roller bead fidget/lanyard and a beaded gecko using these linked tutorials. Don’t try to put these together - just make one of each so you’re familiar with the process of making them. This tutorial assumes you know how to make each of those three things. It will not make sense if you don’t learn those three tutorials first.
Second, make the lanyard. I cut 1.5 metres of cord (taller people may want it longer still), folded it in half, threaded two pony beads on each end and then threading both ends through a star bead (but any pony bead will do). This just finishes the top of the lanyard nicely. I shifted those three beads down the cord, leaving enough space to pull the lanyard over my head, before I added however many beads I wanted in the normal way of a roller bead lanyard before leaving the usual gap of unthreaded cord. I then threaded on four beads (three rounded pony beads and one giant pony bead or wooden bead) over both ends of the cord (in the way you normally finish a roller bead lanyard) and cut the cord. Dab the cut ends of the cord with clear nail polish or glue. Do not knotthe ends. Put the lanyard aside.
Third, make the bead ring in the normal way (threading beads onto a split ring).
Fourth, make the gecko in the normal way. Instead of using a new split ring, I slipknotted the cord for the gecko (I use 1.1 metres of cord) around the bead ring I made, halfway between the beads.
(I diverge from the linked tutorial in that I add a fancy bead like a star or a flower at the bottom of the tail, just because I like how it looks. I also use slightly smaller pony beads for the gecko’s claws, because I think that looks a little better. Neither of these things is necessary, though. I also seal the knot at the end of the tail with clear nail polish to make it a little sturdier.)
Firth, I join the bead-ring-and-gecko fidget to the lanyard. I push the beads at the bottom of the lanyard up to the bottom-most woven pony bead, wrap the cut edges of cord around the top of the ring and sew or glue them together, forming a closed loop of thread. Make sure the edges of the cord, the ones sticking up past the ring, are not longer than the length of your large bead - the purpose of the giant bead is to hide the cut edges of cord!
(If sewing, you’ll want the thread to go in and out of all four pieces of cord, sewing them to each other so they firmly hold the ring. I then coat the sewing with clear nail polish or glue. If gluing, make sure all four pieces are firmly glued to each other.)
Sixth, side the large bead over the four sewn or glued pieces of cord, hiding the join of the lanyard cord around the bead ring gecko - and that’s it!
Mine took less than an hour to make, was quite easy on my hands and only required a tiny bit of handsewing.
New diy project. Having trouble deciding what to do with it though. It took some experimenting with different dyes to get the vest to these colors (it started out as a bright red), but I love how it turned out and I kinda don’t want to cover it all up in patches and stuff because I like it clean so that the colors show.
But I also don’t want it to be too clean.
And I’m not sure what I feel about the back… Fuck, I’m not sure how I feel about anything. Except the colors.
So I recently discovered these cute little key ring notepads and wanted to order one right away. But unfortunately the shipping was higher than the prize of 5 notepads. That’s why I decided to make my own. Here’s how I did it, so you can make your own little notepad as well! Enjoy!
What you’ll need:
some sort of ring (which will hold your pages together)
Step 1 Fold the paper into a size you like. I folded it 4 times, using a A4-paper. 1st fold: halve the width of the paper 2nd fold: halve the width again of your now smaller paper 3rd & 4th fold: divide the remaining height into 3 equal-sized sections
Step 2 Cut or tear the paper along the folded lines to get the final format. I teared the paper to get softer edges because I often cut myself on paper.
Step 3 Fold one of your little paper sheets in half & punch a hole centered on the folded mark. I would also recommend to fixate the track that comes with the hole puncher, so that you can punch the hole exactly at the same place for every sheet. This is really important because this is why your little notepad will have all sheets above each other without anything sticking out. So, you only need to fold the first paper, all the others will have the fixed track already set.
Repeat Step 1 - 3 for as long as you are satisfied with the amount of paper sheets you got for your little notepad.
Step 4 Trace one sheet onto the cardboard and cut it out. Punch a hole in it using the fixed track on your hole puncher. This is where you can get creative. You don’t have to use a simple cardboard as I did. Colored paper is also a great idea! If you don’t like the cardboard look but still also don’t have some pretty paper, you can also draw something on it or decorate it with stickers afterwards. So don’t worry! The most important thing is, that it protects your inner notepad sheets!
Step 5 Put it all together, using your key ring (or any other ring that you can open for adjustments later). There we go! You can use a rubber band to keep the sheets all together or just use it without one. As with decoration, that’s totally up to your personal taste.
I hope you enjoyed this second little tutorial of mine. I tried to make it similar to the first one, but still make it feel like it’s its own thing. If you are interested in how I gave this little cactus a new home, the mini tutorial for it can be found here. Have a good day! ♥