The Craft Challenge

Guess what?!

I have started a blog collaboration, organized by Emily over at A Pop of Red, to help bring readers new an interesting craft projects!

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What is the craft challenge?

Every month, participating bloggers will share their DIY and craft ideas and projects related to a particular theme. I will be linking to the other blogger’s posts so that you can see the variety of projects we’ve come up with. The posts for The Craft Challenge will be posted every Monday starting on March 30th.

What are the themes?

For the first project of the craft challenge, the theme is yarn. That’s going to be interesting for me, because I don’t do much with yarn, but I’m looking forward to having to think outside of the box!

We have two more themes lined up and are currently deciding on more. We’d love to hear any suggestions you may have though, so be sure to post your thoughts in the comments or mention them on social media using the hashtag #CraftChallenge.

The Bloggers

Right now, There are two other crafters in addition to myself.

Emily from A Pop of Red

Emily of A Pop of Red

Emily, the organizer of The Craft Challenge, is the blogger over at A Pop of Red. She’s always posting great craft and DIY projects, fantastic (that is not an exaggeration) foodie recipes and her life experiments.

 
 

Erika from Eclectic Enchantments

Erika of Eclectic Enchantments

Erika is the blogger at Eclectic Enchantments where she shares everything related to crafts, vintage and beauty. She has a lot of passion and a lot to share!

 

 

Want to join us?

If you’re Interested in joining The Craft Challenge as a blogger, send a message to Emily at apopofred@gmail.com for more information!

It’s going to be a good time!!

 

DIY Decorative Scrapbook Paper Pins

DIY decorative scrapbook paper pins

Before I get started with this week’s Make Something Monday’s craft project, I have to tell you a story.

After I finished taking my pictures for these DIY pins, I was talking to my boyfriend and not paying any attention to what I was doing. I stuck my camera card into the CD slot in my laptop instead of the camera card slot and it disappeared. I was freaking out. How the heck am I going to get this thing out of my computer??? My smart boyfriend, suggested that I use a toothpick to pull the camera card out. How brilliant is he? So, I tried it and it worked. Make Something Mondays almost didn’t happen today.

Moving on…

I got the idea for these pins because my boyfriend is opening up a brewery and needed some promotional materials to sell at a Brewfest that’s taking place this weekend. We decided to make some pins, magnets, T-shirts and hats. To save money, I offered to make the pins and magnets. The pins looked pretty cool, so I wanted to make a craft project out of them. (I’ll post all of the stuff I made for it when I’m finished with everything.)

These are very easy to make and, outside of drying time, only takes about 10 minutes.

DIY decorative pin materials

Things You Will Need:
Pin blanks
Diamond Glaze
Scrapbook paper
Dimensional Magic
2 coasters (optional)
Scissors or 1″ hole punch

decorative scrapbook paper circles

Step 1
Cut out the scrapbook paper of your choice into 1 inch circles (or to whatever size your pin blanks are).

decorative paper pin

Step 2
Using your Diamond Glaze, adhere the scrapbook paper circle to the pin blank.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

diy pin preparation

Step 3 (optional)
Since the pins won’t lay flat, I highly recommend that you prop them up between two even surfaces. I chose coasters because I know they’ll be the same height. I also put a paper towel down so that I don’t get any glaze on my coasters.

decorative glazed pins

Step 4
Fill in the scrapbook paper circle with Dimensional Magic.

It’s going to have a very foggy appearance for a while but, after the recommended drying time of 3 hours, it will clear up and harden.

If you get any bubbles, use a safety pin to pop them before the glaze starts to harden.

After the first layer has dried, you can continue to add more layers.

decorative scrapbook paper pins

When you’re finished, you’ll have some really cute, decorative pins to put on your purse, tote bag, hat or wherever else you can think of.

DIY decorative scrapbook paper pins

I’d love to hear what you think!

DIY Glass Orb Keychain

DIY customized keychains

If you have the choice to buy something that customized or templetized and both are the same price, which one are you going to pick? Right, customized, because we all would all rather have something unique. That’s part of the reason I like DIY projects so much.

These DIY keychains are perfect for customization! They’re quick and easy to make, you can use any design you want and they make great gifts.

I used scrapbook paper for each of my keychains, but you could print out your own designs like I did for the DIY bookmarks a made a few years ago or even use material from a bridesmaids dress for a more sentimental gift. There are a lot of options.

DIY keychain materials

Things You Will Need:
Glass orb
Jump rings
Metal Bezel
Keychain top
Diamond glaze
Scrapbook paper
Scissors or circle punch

designs for customized keychain

Step 1
Cut out a circle the size of the glass orb.

glass orb with glueglass orb

Step 2
Put a small dot of Diamond Glaze on the back of the glass orb and press the designed side of the circle against the glue.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

jewelry bezel

Step 3
Put a drop of Diamond Glaze on the back of the glass orb and press it into the bezel.

Let it dry.

keychain jump rings

Step 4
Attach the jump ring and keychain top to the bezel.

DIY glass orb keychain

When you’re finished, you’ll have a uniquely designed keychain that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift. You could even order the materials for the keychains and make them on a weekend with friends while drinking some wine (or whatever you like).

DIY customized keychains

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting! :-)

DIY Fridge Pen Holder From A Tin Can

DIY pen holder from a tin can

Do you know what I realized today? Every single time I need a pen I’m in the kitchen, which happens to be a room away from the nearest pen. I could walk to the next room and get one when I need it but why would I want to do that when I can just keep pens in the kitchen? I’m not lazy, I swear, it is just more practical this way.

So I started looking through the drawers to see where I could keep pens. Everything is too cluttered. I don’t want to add to that messiness. Then I looked over and saw a tin can I cleaned out yesterday that didn’t make it to my craft room yet. Yes! That’s where I’m going to put pens. I’m going to decorate it and put some magnets on it, and stick it to the fridge. (I love tin can crafts! Really, I love any up cycled craft.)

If you have the same issue, I highly recommend the fridge pen holder. It keeps the pens out of my drawers and off the counter, yet is still accessible. Sorry, I know I sound like a TV commercial or something, but I really do enjoy the convenience of it.

tin can pen holder materials

Things You Will Need:
Ruler
Tin can
Scissors
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Magnetic strips
Scrapbook paper
Hot glue or super glue

Measure the tin can

Step 1
Measure the tin can and cut your scrapbook paper to the appropriate size.

Decorated tin can

Step 2
Using your Mod Podge, glue the paper onto your can.

Press down tightly to make sure you don’t get any bubbles.

magnets on tin can

Step 3
Depending on how many pens you wants the tin to hold, either use hot glue or super glue to adhere your magnets.

I had originally planned on using hot glue, but after thinking about my excitement level, I decided to go with super glue.

Let it dry (especially if you’re using the super glue).

DIY pen holder from a tin can

Now, go get a cute tablet and stick it to the fridge next to your newly finished DIY pen holder!

Happy crafting!

Happy (Belated) Valentine’s Day

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I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!! The above drawing is the Valentine I gave to my boyfriend of almost 7 years. He actually said this about a week ago and I thought it would make a cute card.

This is what we did yesterday and it was wonderful.

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I made these chocolate covered pretzels for him because they’re his favorite.

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Then we went to a new brewery that opened up nearby for pizza and beer.

That’s my kind of Valentine’s Day!

What did you do? Anything fun?

DIY Candy Jar for Valentine’s Day

DIY Candy Jar for Valentine's Day

If you couldn’t tell yet, I love pink. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I have more of a reason to make everything pink. My first victim? A very fun and easy to make DIY candy jar! This is one of those crafts that you never would’ve guessed was under $5. You can get all of your supplies at the Dollar Store except the Deco Pens (but you could also use Sharpies). You might not be able to find the knobs there either, but any craft store will have them just a bit more than $1.

DIY candy jar materials

Things You Will Need:
Jar
Brush
Super glue
Glass bowl
Acrylic pain
Wooden knob
Terra cotta pots
Terra cotta base
Ribbon (optional)
Deco markers (optional)
Newspaper or paper towels

pink terra cotta pots

Step 1
Paint everything pink! I put two layers of acrylic paint on the pots, the base and the knob.

Hugs & Kisses detail on candy jar

Step 2
If you plan to decorate your candy jar with your Deco pens, now is the time.

Then, you can go ahead and super glue the bottom of your pots together, glue the knob to the bottom of the base, and glue the glass bowl into the top pot.

You will want to let all of these dry over night.

DIY Valentines Day Candy Jar

Add some ribbon if you’d like to spice it up a little bit. I used the heart-themed ribbon to break up all of the solid pink.

Pour your candy of choice into the jar. If you like the craft but are on a diet, fill the jar with pistachios or almonds instead.

DIY Candy Jar for Valentine's Day

This would be a fun craft to make with you friends or kids (sans super glue). Girls night, anyone? Get your friends together for a craft and movie night. When you’re finished, you can sit and eat all of the chocolate!

The candy jar might even be a nice Valentine’s Day gift. People keep coming up with more and more creative ways to give candy. I think this option will turn some heads ;-)

I apologize for the rough pictures. The candy jar, when fully constructed, was slightly too large to fit in my new light box. I was sad. Oh well…

Let me know what you think! Happy crafting!

Want another gifting idea for Valentine’s Day candy? Try this quick and easy toilet paper roll craft.

DIY Headphone Organizer from Clothespins

Clothespin headphone organizer

Headphones are like a necessity, aren’t they? We use them when we’re exercising, working and relaxing. I always have a pair with me, and they’re usually getting tangled up in the contents of my purse. I needed a way to keep them separate from everything else, so I decided to use what I had sitting around to make headphone organizers.

I had some left-over clothespins from the Missing Sock Station I made a few years ago and thought that I might be able to use them for the DIY project.

If you’re like me, and you carry around your headphones, you’ll appreciate this easy craft. Anyone can make these.

materials for DIY headphone organizer

Things You Will Need:
Wood glue
Newspaper
Clothespins
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes

Pink clothespins

Step 1
Take apart the clothespins and paint them whatever color you like. I’m a big fan of pink, obviously.

Let it dry.

Pink clothespins with polka dots

Step 2
Paint on any decorative elements you want. I chose polka dots because they’re easy and cute.

Let the paint dry.

clothespins for headphone organization

Step 3
Put the clothespins back together and glue them facing opposite directions. They should be positioned like they are in the image above.

Pink headphone organizer made from clothespins

  1. Clip the bottom clothespin around the ear buds.
  2. Wrap the cord around the clothespin.
  3. Clip the top clothespin around the headphone jack.

Now you can transport your headphones without getting them tangled up or losing them in your purse or gym bag.

My boyfriend saw them when I was done making them and asked me to make him a pair. Apparently the guys like the organization as well!

Hope you liked it! Happy crafting :-D