Sewing Challenge: DIY Lip Balm Carrier

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge. If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge, you can read about it here.

DIY lip balm carrier

Happy Monday everyone!

The theme for this month’s Craft Challenge is sewing. Originally, I had a much bigger project planned but I went to Ohio for a wedding this weekend and didn’t have as much downtime as I had planned for. It happens. So, I changed my project plans and made this fabric lip balm carrier in place of it.

It’s a quick craft and would make a great beginner sewing project.

lip balm holder materials

Things You Will Need

Thread
Fabric
Needle
Scissors
Key ring
Lip balm

Ignore the button in the image. I’m not sure why I had that in there…

measured fabric lip balm carrier

Step 1

Cut out your fabric in a similar pattern to the above. It should have a shape similar to glass beer or soda bottle.

sewed edges

Step 2

Flip your fabric inside out and sew the edges and top together.

Flip it right-side out through the open space at the bottom.

folded fabric

Step 3

Now, you’re fabric is right-side out, but it’s still open at the bottom. Push about half an inch of the fabric down inside and sew the pieces together.

lip balm holder inside out

Step 4

Now, fold the bottom half upward like in the image above. This is going to be the pocket for your lip balm so make sure you place the tube in there for accurate measurement. When you’re happy with the sizing, sew the sides together.

Flip it inside out.

DIY lip balm carrier

Step 5

wrap the top part of the carrier around the key ring and sew it together.

You have a quick and easy lip balm carrier!

To see the other projects from other Craft Challenge participants, click each image below. All of the projects will be posted today.

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DIY Stenciled Casserole Dish

DIY stenciled casserole dish

The DIY Customized Casserole Dish was such a fun project! It’s cheap and quick, which is great, but you have to pay close attention to what you’re doing. Getting the stencils to sit in a straight line and paying attention to how well the stencil is adhered to the glass is going to make a big difference in whether or not you’re redoing the project.

The good news is that, if you mess up, you can wash it off (if you do it quickly) and start over.

The most important part is the paint you choose. I highly recommend Martha Stewert’s Satin paint. It’s a multi-surface paint so you can use it for a variety of projects. I’ve used it on glass before, and it works very well.

diy customized casserole dish-materials

Things You Will Need

Satin paint
Paint brush
Casserole dish
Adhesive letter stencils

stenciled name on glass

Step 1

Position your stencils in the middle of the glass in a straight line.

Tip: Put the middle letter on first and work your way to the beginning and end of the name. This helps to center the name.

satin paint stencil name

Step 2

Brush on a light layer of paint.

Peel the stencil off slowly and cautiously while the paint is still wet. Let the paint dry.

senciled glass

I recommend cleaning the stencils immediately after you remove them from the casserole dish. It makes cleaning much easier. Make sure to rinse off the back as well.

DIY stenciled casserole dish

Make sure you read the label on you Satin paint. Different brands have different requirements. Some require that you bake the dish to cure the paint and some don’t.

Either way, when you’re finished, your glass will be dishwasher safe. Wonderful, right?

customized name dish

When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful, customized casserole dish that you can take to family reunions to distinguish your dish from everyone else’s or give it as a gift along with some tea towels or a casserole dish carrier.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave any feedback in the comments!

DIY Coffee Stained Mug Rack

diy coffee-stained mug rack

I’ve wanted to make a coffee rack out of palettes for a very long time and I finally had the resources to do it.

Don’t be deceived. It’s much harder than it looks. Although, I am thrilled to finally have one, I am not 100% happy with the results.

Why?

Because I didn’t think this project the whole way through. Originally, I wanted a much bigger palette but I couldn’t find one that would fit on the wall in my kitchen. I found this palette at Michael’s and decided to use it. It works, but the wood planks aren’t spaced as far apart as a typical palette, so I had to alternate the spoon hooks so that the mugs would fit properly.

Oh well, you live and you learn, right?

If you have the wall space for a full palette mug rack, you could use this tutorial to make it happen.

Things You Will Need

Drill
Nails
Coffee
Spoons
Hammer
Screwdriver
Wood palette
Sponge brush
D-ring mounts
Dollar Store Spoons

Pliers are useful but not necessary.

Coffee staining the palette

Coffee staining is effective, but it is going to take some time to complete. I spent about 2 hours staining the wood.  Take a book or your tablet outside with you for entertainment between layers and you’ll be find.

I used a french press and some really dark coffee for my stain, but I’ve read that instant coffee works well too. You’re call.

wood staining with coffee

Step 1

Pour a thin layer of coffee onto the wood and use the sponge brush to evenly distribute it.

Let it dry between coats.

wood coffee stain layer 3

Coffe stain layer 3

This was layer 3, but I took this picture after I coated the top two planks. You can see that they’re darker than the bottom two.

Keep going until you get your desired color.

Making the spoon hooks

My dad was kind enough to help me with this part since he has a drill and I don’t. Thank you for that!

Warning: even though spoons from the Dollar Store are cheap, they are chrome plated, so that first layers is hard to get through. Be careful with that.

drill hole in spoon

spoon with drilled hole

Step 1

Drill a hole in the center of the spoon.

spoon with hammered texture

hammered spoons

Step 2 (optional)

Add some texture to your spoon by hammering it with a ball-peen hammer. I just like the way it looks.

DIY spoon hooks

Step 3

Now, you want to wrap the bottom part of the spoon upward to form a hook.

I didn’t have a particular tool to get the shape I have in the picture above. I used a chair leg and pliers. Classy, I know. Sometimes you have to improvise.

Making the coffee stained mug rack

frame hangers

coffee rack hangers

Step 1

Screw the D-rings on to the top wood plank on the back of the palette (for hanging).

spoon hook nailed to rack

Step 2

Nail your spoon hooks to the wood palette.

I alternated the spoons. If you have the space, you might be able to fit 3 spoons hooks per wood plank.

coffee mug rack

diy coffee-stained mug rack

When you’re finished, you should have something like the above.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave your feedback for me in the comments. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear those as well!

Happy crafting!

DIY Creamsicle Lotion

DIY creamsicle lotion

I’ve made my DIY Peppermint Lavender Lotion over and over again, and I love it. But I get bored easily so I wanted to sweeten it up a bit. I’ve been experimenting with some new scents and I think you’ll really enjoy this DIY Creamsicle Lotion. I keep opening the jar because it smells so good! I wish I could let you smell it.

creamsicle lotion ingredients

Things You Will Need

Jar
Hand mixer
Mixing bowl
Shea butter
Coconut oil
Vitamin E oil
Sweet almond oil
Sweet Orange essential oil

coconut oil and shae butter lotion base

Step 1

Using the hand mixer, mix the following together in a large bowl:

  • 1 Cup of coconut oil
  • 3 TBSP of shea butter

About a minute should do it.

oils for DIY creamsicle lotion

Step 2

Add the following oils and mix well:

  • 30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 3 drops Vitamin E oil
  • 3 drops Sweet Almond Oil

Another minute should be enough.

diy creamsicle lotion mixture

You should have something that looks like this.

diy lotion creamsicle scented

Scoop it out of the bowl and into a glass jar with a lid.

DIY creamsicle lotion

Voilà! Your very own, sweet smelling, natural lotion.

I hope you like it as much as I do :-)

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

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DIY diffuser charm necklace

The June theme for this Craft Challenge was jewelry and I was having a hard time coming up with something to make. Jewelry is usually a pretty easy one for me because I make so much of it. Turns out, that was my problem. I’ve made a little bit of every kind of jewelry and I don’t want to repeat any of my tutorials. So, I tweeted for a fresh perspective. Thankfully, my friend, Christine, from Dreaming in CMYK gave me this brilliant idea—A diffuser necklace. Thank you, Christine!

I’ve never been very interested in perfume, so this is nice alternative. It’s really easy to make and you will smell GREAT all day long. I got all of my materials at Michael’s for about $11. Oh, except the essential oils. I got that on Amazon. You can get them at Giant Eagle or The Vitamin Shoppe as well.

diffuser necklace materials

Things You Will Need

Felt
Scissors
Essential oils
2 Small charms
1 Large charm with holes
Necklace chain (with or without beads)

For the diffuse charm, you’re going to want to find a locket with some holes to let the essential oils escape.

I chose peppermint for my essential oil. I would love to make another diffuser necklace with grapefruit or citrus essential oils too. That would smell amazing.

 

felt circle diffuser pad

Step 1

Measure the diffuser charm and cut out a piece of felt that will fit inside.

 

peppermint oil diffuser necklace

Step 2

Soak your felt piece with the essential oil and place it back in the diffuser charm.

You might have to add more oil to the felt after a few weeks to keep the smell. These oils are very aromatic though, it will probably take a while before the smell is gone completely. The good news is, it doesn’t take more than a few drops each time.

 

diffuser charm beaded necklace

Step 3

Attach your new diffuser charm to the necklace chain.

 

DIY diffuser charm necklace

Step 4

Now, attach the two smaller charms to the necklace on either side of the diffuser charm.

 

essential oil necklace

And now you have your very own diffuser necklace that will keep you smelling fresh and wonderful all day long. Not bad for $11 and 15 minutes, right?

I’d love to know what you think! Leave me some feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

The Craft Challenge Participants and Their Jewelry-Themed Crafts

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These are The Craft Challenge participants. Click each image to check out their jewelry-themed craft tutorials! They will all be posted at some point today.

Bren Bataclan, artist who gives free artwork for a promise to smile

Make Something Mondays:

What a great idea! This Boston-based artist gives away his artwork for the promise of more smiles. He’s done this in all 50 US states.

Originally posted on Jenny's Serendipity:

Bren’s Bataclan is a Filipino-American artist who began his street art installation in the summer of 2003. The painting involves the artist leaving his cartoon inspired FREE paintings for takers who ‘promise to smile.’ He calls this SmileyB project. Bren started around the Boston area but has since gone worldwide with his project and has begun to paint murals and exhibit his paintings across the country.

Bren Bataclan, Art, Artist, Filipino Artist, Fil-American Artist, Art Drop, Spread Smiles, Smile Project, SmileB Project, The Smile Movement, Conduct Kindness, Muralists, Smile Artist, Street Art, Street Art project, Spread Kindness, Share Art, Draw with Bren, Artist Feature, Art Profile, The Art of Kindness, Art Feature, Painting, Elementary Art, Mural, Art Project for Inspiration Bren’s Bataclan paintings in a line up! They look suspiciously smiley!

Bren Bataclan, Art, Artist, Filipino Artist, Fil-American Artist, Art Drop, Spread Smiles, Smile Project, SmileB Project, The Smile Movement, Conduct Kindness, Muralists, Smile Artist, Street Art, Street Art project, Spread Kindness, Share Art, Draw with Bren, Artist Feature, Art Profile, The Art of Kindness, Art Feature, Painting, Elementary Art, Mural, Art Project for Inspiration Free painting in Budapest

Bren Bataclan, Art, Artist, Filipino Artist, Fil-American Artist, Art Drop, Spread Smiles, Smile Project, SmileB Project, The Smile Movement, Conduct Kindness, Muralists, Smile Artist, Street Art, Street Art project, Spread Kindness, Share Art, Draw with Bren, Artist Feature, Art Profile, The Art of Kindness, Art Feature, Painting, Elementary Art, Mural, Art Project for Inspiration Free painting at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC.

His childhood in the Philippines helped form the characters he paints today. The color scheme he uses–effervescent and festive–is based on what he used to see when he was a kid in Manila. Anime is also a big inspiration in his work, which is why most of his creatures have big eyes—one big eye and a smaller one…

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DIY I Love Yoga Bleach Pen Shirt

DIY I love yoga shirt

Did you know you can make designs on fabric with a Bleach Pen?

I saw someone post a t-shirt on Pinterest and said it was made with a Bleach Pen. I thought, why haven’t I ever thought of that?! I have one so, of course, I had to try it.

I’ll be honest, it didn’t turn out the way I thought it would, but I actually like the bleeded effect I got. It kind of it reminds me of tie-die. If you go into the craft knowing that it’s going to bleed, you can make some neat shirts!

I would like to figure out how to get straighter lines, so when I do, I will let you know. I plan to experiment this week.

DIY yoga shirt materials

Things You Will Need

Iron
Shirt
Design
Notebook
Bleach pen
Ironing board
Freezer paper*

*You can find freezer paper at the grocery store in the aisle with the foil.

I love yoga shirt graphic

Step 1

Make a design you like or download mine.

Print the design on the freezer paper (not on the side with the wax) and cut it out with an X-acto knife. This is the hardest part, so take your time with it.

iron-on i love yoga design

Step 2

Iron the freezer paper onto your shirt, wax side down.

The wax, when heated, adheres to the fabric and peels off easily. No clean up necessary.

bleach pen shirt design

Step 3

Place your notebook inside of the shirt to keep the bleach from soaking through to the other side.

Beach it. (I might have gone overboard.)

washing tank top

Step 4

Take your shirt to the sink, carefully peel off the Freezer Paper and wash the shirt.

Let it dry.

DIY I love yoga shirt

When you’re finished, you should have something like the above.

Let me know what you think! Do you like the bleeded effect or would you prefer a design that looks clean with straight lines?

Happy crafting!