DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

I don’t know about you, but I always buy gift tags around the holidays for presents. I thought about it the other day, though, and decided that I don’t need to spend money on gift tags because I have everything to make them myself.

That’s usually how this stuff starts, right? You see something and think I bet I could make that.

So, if you want to make your own you can follow along with my tutorial below. It’s quick and easy!

Gift tag materials

DIY Watercolor Gift Tag Materials

Hole punch
Paint brush
Media paper
Watercolor paints
White crayon (if you want to experiment)

Note: Go to a craft store or art store to find media paper. It’s typically 80 lb. paper so it can be used with multiple mediums like pens, markers and watercolor paint.

soon-to-be gift tags

Step 1

Measure and cut out your gift tags.

I cut mine to be 1.5″ wide by 3″ tall.

Basic gift tags

Step 2

Hole punch your gift tags and design accordingly.

I decided to try a variety of designs like rounded and angled edges.

watercolor gift tags

Step 3

THIS PART IS OPTIONAL: If you decided to be adventurous, this is the step where you want to draw or write on your gift tags with white crayon. Make sure you press hard though, or it won’t come out clearly. In the image above, you can see that my attempt to write with the white crayon didn’t turn out very well and I pushed pretty hard.


Now, brush on your watercolor paint!

If you’re not very familiar with this kind of paint, let me give you some tips:

  • The more water you use, the lighter the color of paint will become.
  • The less water you use, the darker the color.
  • Use a smaller brush.

To get a gradient like I did in the image above:

  1. Dip your brush in the water, then in the paint and back in the water.
  2. Go over the entire gift tag with your brush.
  3. Dip the brush back in the paint (without getting it wet again) and paint the top portion of the gift tag. If you get a harsh line dip the brush back in the water and brush a line or two of water over the line. That should help to blend it more.

DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

Write your message on your gift tags and you’re finished!

You can get as fancy as you want to. I chose to keep them more basic for this tutorial but I am definitely planning to make some for Christmas presents so I’ll show you a more artistic version next month.

Hope you guys enjoyed my gift tags!

Happy crafting!

DIY Glitter Clothespin Magnets

DIY glitter clothespin magnets

If you follow me regularly, you know that I have a small obsession with glitter. It’s one of my favorite craft supplies but I try to talk myself out of using it on everything because I’m aware that many people don’t share my problem. This week, though, I was looking forward to making these glitter magnets. They’re a fun way to spice up your fridge. They’re functional, too, which makes them twice as wonderful.

They take about 15-20 minutes to make and cost $5. Actually, you could buy all of the supplies except Mod Podge at the Dollar Store, so maybe $2?

glitter clothespin magnet materials

DIY Glitter Clothespin Magnet Materials

Mod Podge
Paint brush
Hot Melt glue and gun (not pictured above)

clothespin magnet prep

Step 1

Cover one side of your clothespin with Mod Podge.

Move quickly onto step 2.

glitter clothespin

Step 2

Before your glue dries, cover it with glitter. Make sure to get the corners and edges. They’re easy to miss.

Tap the clothespin on the surface to remove any excess glitter.

Let the glue dry.

glitter sealant

Step 3

Add a thick layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it so you don’t get glitter all over your kitchen.

Let it dry.


Step 4

Hot glue the magnets onto the back side of the clothespin.

glitter clothespins

Stick those beauties to the fridge! Get your business cards, reminders, pictures and anything else that’s important out in the open so you don’t forget about them. Not everything has to be digital, right?

I hope you liked my clothespin magnets and you try making a set of your own. They might even make a cute (and affordable) Christmas gift.

DIY glitter clothespin magnets

DIY Vintage Necklace

DIY vintage necklace

I’m a really big fan of vintage jewelry. Most of the time I admit I would never wear it, but I really like the way it looks. The other day, I was at Michael’s (of course, it’s like my second home), and found these really cute key charms. They’re not really vintage keys, obviously, but they’re close enough in appearance. I wanted to make something with them, but the craft I planned on making this week didn’t work out like I’d hoped. I didn’t measure properly and the key was too big for the holder. Anyway, I won’t go into too much detail on that one because I plan to use the remaining keys to do it right someday.

So, I made the jewelry I thought I’d never wear and surprised myself!

This one is quick and easy! It takes longer to pick the charms you want than it does to make the necklace. Sometimes that’s a good problem to have.

vintage necklace charms

Vintage Necklace Materials

Jump rings

You can find all of this at Michaels or any other craft store.

vintage necklace macro

Step 1 and only

Attach your jump rings to your charms and slide the charms onto the necklace.

I chose the key first. Then rounded hammered charm to match the key. Then the silver bird charm to compliment the gems in the key.

DIY Upcycled Artist Organizer

DIY upcycled artist travel case

I don’t know about you, but I try to recycle or upcycle as much as possible. I keep 6-pack carriers, pasta jars and disposable tupperware because I know I can use them for other things, like storage.

A few months ago I made a travel case for my sketchbook, and I love it, but I can’t carry a ton of pens in it. Sometimes, I like to work on colorful drawings that require a variety of pens or pencils, so I decided to make an organizer from an old 6-pack carrier. I don’t plan take it outside of my house, but it will nice to have all of my tools in one place and not strewn across the table as I work.

It should only take about an hour to make. All of the instructions are below if you want to construct your own.

artist travel case materials

Upcycled Artist Organizer Materials

Duct tape
Mod Podge
6-pack carrier
Sponge brush
Scrapbook paper

artist case edges

Step 1

Duct tape the edges of your carrier to keep the it from folding flat.

artist case cut outs

Step 2

Measure (or trace) the sides of the box and cut out scrapbook paper pieces to match those dimensions.

artist case siding

Step 3

Brush some Mod Podge onto the carrier and firmly press the paper down. Repeat this process for the rest of the carrier.

Then, brush think layer over the scrapbook paper to seal it. Don’t forget the edges!

sketchbook slot

Step 4 (optional)

Cut out the top left segment so that a sketchbook can fit in your new organizer.

upcycled travel 6 pack

When you’re done, drop in your drawing tools and enjoy!

DIY upcycled artist travel case

Hope you enjoyed my artist organizer.

Happy crafting!

#Inktober Drawings: Weeks 4-5

This is the last week of inktober drawings. I’m sad. I know I can keep going, but it just isn’t the same. The community that’s grown out of the inktober challenge is so wonderful and I’m going to miss it.

If you’ve been viewing, liking, commenting or sharing my work, thank you very much. 

If you’ve been participating, thank you for sharing your work and inspiring me!

Happy Halloween, all!

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crow in tree inktober sketch

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street lamp post inktober drawing

zentangle doodle inktober

zentangle drawing inktober

angry jack-o-lantern drawing

Halloween Craft: DIY Spell Book

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge.  Me and 4 other bloggers challenge ourselves to bring you a creative craft tutorial based around a different theme each month. This month, the theme is Halloween. There’s a link to their crafts at the bottom of this tutorial.

DIY Halloween spell book

How many people do you think dress up as a witch for Halloween? You always see a few of them while you’re out and about, right? That’s why I decided to make a spell book for this month’s Halloween-themed craft. 

The process is easy and cheap, but I’ll warn you that it’s time-consuming because of drying time. Toward the end, I got impatient and got out my hair dryer to make it move a little bit faster.

Want to make your own? This is what you’ll need.

halloween spell book materials

DIY Spell Book Materials

Mod Podge
Paint brush
Fake spider
Sponge brush
Paper towels
Hot melt glue
Cup of water
Paper mache book
Acrylic pant: black and metallic copper

I found my book at Michaels for about $5. You can get the rest of your materials there as well.

paint spell book

Step 1

Paint the entire book and your fake spider black.

Let it dry.

mod podge spell book

textured spell book

Step 2

Cover the front cover of the book with Mod Podge.

Then, peel one layer off of your paper towel, get it wet and place that ply over top of the Mod Podge. You want it to be wrinkled and torn to add some texture and character.

spell book in progress

Step 3

Paint the paper towel black.

Let it dry.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the spine and back cover.

spider web decoration

Step 4

Using your hot melt gun, glue on your spider and draw a web around it. If you want, you can also add the title Spells at the top of the cover.

mod podge spell book2

Step 5

Cover that whole front cover in Mod Podge, again.

spell book design

Step 6

You guessed it. Get another paper towel, wet it and cover your newly made design.

This time, though, you’ll want to make sure you trace around your design with a wet paint brush so your spider, web and title stand out.

Let it dry.

copper detail on spell book

Step 7

Last step! Using a small, dry paint brush, brush on the metallic copper paint. Get just a little bit on the brush and lightly cover the edge of your spider, web and title. You don’t want to go overboard here. The purpose of the metallic paint is to make the design stand out and make the book look enchanted.

Cover any little wrinkles from the paper towels, the edges of the book, the details in the spine and whatever else you think needs a little bit of a pop.

Let it dry.

DIY Halloween spell book

When you’re finished, you’ll have a creepy new spell book to carry around or to use as a prop for Halloween. I have a tutorial for the potion bottles, too, if you want to go all out.

Don’t forget to give me feedback! You know I love to hear your thoughts.

Check out the rest of the Halloween crafts in The Craft Challenge by clicking on the links to each blogger in the image below. Each blogger is supposed to have their posts up by the end of the day today.

Craft Challenge 2015 Introduction Eclectic Enchantments A Pop of Red Found This Painted That Tinkerbell Knits Make Something Mondays Image Map

DIY Ombre Halloween Pumpkin Decor

diy halloween ombre pumpkin decor

Did you all know that Michael’s Craft Store is having a pumpkin decorating contest right now? You have to use one of their craft pumpkins, decorate it and upload the photo to their site. If they pick your pumpkin, you can win a $250 Michael’s gift card and $500 in craft supplies. Yep, I’m aaaaalllll over that.

This is my entry and I figured if I’m going to make it, I should share how I did it, right?

If you want to make one, keep reading!

halloween pumpkin decor materials

Ombre Halloween Pumpkin Decor materials

Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Craft pumpkin

light paint pumpkin

Step 1

Make a medium sized circle with cream colored paint.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, we’re just going to use it to make a gradient in the next step.

Move on to step 2 before your paint dries!

purple pumpkin

Step 2

Add a light purple paint in a circular shape above the yellow and blend them together the best you can.

Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect. We’re going to paint over a lot of this soon. We just have to get a good ombre going.

Before the paint dries, move on to the next step.

purple ombre halloween pumpkin

Step 3

Now, add some dark purple to the top and blend downward.

Let it dry.

halloween pumpkin

Step 4

make a hill in black paint. it should be uneven.

Let it dry.

diy halloween ombre pumpkin decor

Step 5

Paint some tombstones, a tree and some birds (or bats).

When you’re finished, poke a hole in your pumpkin stem and hang it on your door.

I love my new Halloween pumpkin! I kind of wish I had purchased a larger pumpkin so I might go back and get a bigger one.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!