DIY Wood Branch Coasters With Gold Leaf Design

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hDIY wood branch coasters

This month’s theme for the Craft Challenge is wood.

When brainstorming ideas for the theme, I thought how much more wooden can you get than tree branches? Which is why I chose to turn tree branches into coasters. Can’t stop there, though. They needed a pop of color and I love the gold leaf color against the wood and the texture of the rings in the branch slices.

They’re super easy to make. I believe they took about 15 minutes. It actually took longer to write out this blog post than to make the the coasters.

You only need a few items and you can find it all at the craft store (including the branch slices). If you really want to cut your own coasters, go for it. I don’t own a saw, so I bought them instead.

wood branch coaster materials

Branch coaster materials

  • Felt stud
  • Branch slices
  • DecoColor gold leaf pen

 

polka dot branch coasters

diy-bottoms-up-branch-coaster

Step 1: Design the coasters

Paint on your chosen design with the gold leaf DecoColor pen.

 

felt stubs on coasters

Step 2: Protect the your surfaces

Add 3-4 felt studs to the bottom of your branch coaster to protect the surface it will be sitting on.

 

DIY wood branch coasters

When you’re finished, you’ll have some fancy branch coasters to keep on your kitchen table or side tables. Or give them as gift!

I’ve not had any trouble with the coloring coming off, but if it’s something you’re concerned about, you can always use a waterproof sealer, just in case.

Be sure to check out the Emily’s and Erika’s wood crafts.

Let us know what you think!

 

 

Craft Organization for Small Spaces

Craft storage for small spaces

I’ve been writing this blog for about 5 years now. That means I have a whole lot of craft supplies.

I also live in an apartment, which means I don’t have a lot of space.

Until I eventually move out and buy a house, I’ve learned to improvise.

I had an old bookshelf that I wasn’t really using, so I turned it into a case for craft storage. I saved boxes, Mason Jars, vitamin containers and tins to store all of my supplies.

It doesn’t look like much, but I assure you, there’s a tons of stuff crammed into that bookcase.

craft-storage-jars

Make sure you get some labels to help with organization. Boxes and tins are great but if you can’t see what’s in them, it kind of defeats the purpose.

 

Washi Tape and Match storage jars

Mason jars are great for storing Washi Tape and matches. Unless, of course, you’re a hoarder. Then, you might not have enough jars.

 

ribbon storage

And have Mason Jar ready for ribbon storage! This is my favorite. Wrap all of your extra ribbon around a clothespin a put it in a jar. It’s perfect for keeping all of the excess in one place, but neatly  wrapped up and in a place where you can still see all of it.

 

cardboard box paint storage

Don’t forget to spice up your boring boxes with some Duck Tape.

 

What are you best craft storage ideas? Especially for small spaces? I’d love to hear them!

 

 

 

DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

In elementary school, I remember doing a project similarly to this one. The challenge was to make art with geometric shapes. I really enjoyed it. I believe I used squares for mine because I didn’t have a choice. I imagine because it was easier for the art teacher to cut out. Now, there are shaped hole punches, which makes this process so much easier.

I wanted to do something a little different with this art project, though. Something a little more exciting. Maybe a little more adult? I wanted to use multiple shades of multiple colored triangle cut outs to create somewhat of a gradient. It was fun. It would be really fun to work on with young kids.

With the most basic of shapes and colors, you can make something beautiful.

Want to give it a shot? Keep reading.

 

triangle art materials

Triangle Wall Art Materials

  • frame
  • scissors
  • Mod podge
  • paint brush
  • triangle hole punch
  • multi-colored cardstock

FYI: Michael’s always has awesome cardstock and I’m pretty sure there they’re having a sale right now.

 

colorful cardstock triangles

Step 1: cut out your triangles

Using your hole punch, cut out triangles. I cut out 2-3 of each color, depending on how often I plan to use that color in the art work.

 

triangle artwork

first row of triangle art

triangle art

Step 2: start your base layer

Use the Mod Podge to glue on the base layer of the design to a piece of paper or cardboard the size of the picture frame.

Start with the pastels and work your way up to the brighter colors.

Don’t worry about the pieces that hang over the edge.

 

triangle art with clean edges

Step 3: clean up the edges

Use the scissors to cut off the remaining so that the artwork fits in the frame.

Now, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over top of it to seal it.

 

DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

Frame it and you’re done.

After photographing it, I thought better of using the glass since the Mod Podge I used had a gloss finish. The glossy glue under the glass is a little strange. Don’t you think?

It makes for some neat wall art, though. And adds a pop of color to the room!

Let me know what you think. Would you use the same colors? Shape?

 

 

DIY Grapefruit Candle Wax Melts

DIY Grapefruit Candle Wax Melts

I love candles. If you’ve followed me for a while, you probably know that already based on the amount of candle crafts I’ve made.

Although I enjoy burning candles, I don’t always enjoy the smokey smell, so occasionally I’ll use wax melts instead. You know, the little wax cubes that you put in wax burners?

I was looking at the melts I have and thought, those look so boring. They’re just boxes. With that, I decided to make my own prettier version. Any why not? They’re easy and I can choose any fragrance I want. Grapefruit has been my scent of choice lately, so I decided to stick with that.

Want to make your own? Keep reading.

 

DIY wax melt materials

Candle Wax Melts Materials

  • Stirrer
  • Soy wax
  • Measuring cup
  • Wax melting pot
  • Soap/candle mold
  • Grapefruit essential oil*

*You can get essential oils at The Vitamin Shoppe and online. I always buy mine from Amazon and almost always choose the Doterra brand. You can choose whatever you want.

 

soy wax

Step 1: measure the wax

Measure a little over a cup of wax and dump it into your melting pot.

 

candle making

Step 2: melt the wax

Set the melting pot on the burner and let the wax melt completely.

 

melted soy wax

Step 3: add the grapefruit oil

Move the melting pot off the burner to a cooler surface.

Shake in 20-30 drops of grapefruit oil, depending on your strength preference.

Stir.

 

flower-shaped wax melts

Step 4: mold the wax

Very carefully pour the melted wax into your flower mold.

Let it harden for about an hour before removing it.

 

grapefruit wax melts

Step 4: enjoy your flower melts

Pop your melts out of the mold and enjoy!

 

DIY Grapefruit Candle Wax Melts

These would make a great gift, too! Make a batch and gift them in a Mason jar with a bow. Or in a small burlap gift bag. That would be adorable!

What scent would you use? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial and, as always, if you make your own, I’d LOVE to see them!

 

 

 

DIY Spring-Inspired Abstract Wall Art

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DIY spring-inspired abstract wall art

This month, the Craft Challenge is a Springtime craft. I was originally planning to make Duck Tape flowers, but I changed my mind.

Spring is a time to get out of the depression of the cold winter months. That means blooming flowers, bright colors and spring cleaning. The best way to tie all of that together seemed best displayed in a painting.

I chose these colors because they remind me most of spring. Typically, spring colors are all pastel. I don’t think they have enough contrast though. I wanted some dark blues, bright pinks and dark purples to offset the pastels.

Want to give it a shot? Keep reading.

abstract wall art materials

Abstract Painting Materials

  • Cup
  • Water
  • Cavas
  • Paint board
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towels

 

acrylic paint drops

Step 1: Choose your paint

Drop a few blobs of each color of paint on your board.

 

abstract paint strips

Step 2: Paint

Start with your lightest colors. Use a brush about the width in the image above or slightly larger. I used this same brush the whole way through the painting.

Tip: paint different shapes for a more intriguing design.

Be sure to rinse the brush before moving on to another color.

 

pastel abstract painting

pastel paint strokes

Step 3: Layer the colors

Randomly paint shapes with your colors. Some should be painted directly beside another color and some in the negative space.

By the way, don’t be afraid of negative space. Leave some white spaces on the painting. It helps to lighten the rest colors.

Make sure you let each color dry before applying another color next to it.

 

abstract painting tutorial

Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful, chaotic mess of color on your canvas. It’s exciting, right?

Get it hanged up and add a pop of color to any room in your house.

To those of you who celebrated, Happy Easter. To those of you who don’t, Happy Spring!

Either way, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I’d love to see your spring-inspired paintings.

Be sure to check out the other Craft Challenge bloggers’ DIY projects!

Check out Emily’s beautiful wire flower on canvas and Erika’s springtime craft, too!

DIY Washi Tape Laptop Skin

Washi Tape Laptop Cover

I’ve been on a fancy tape kick for the past few weeks. I’ve been using decorative Duck Tape and Washi Tape on everything… pencils, boxes, my sketchbook, etc.

I’d been in the market for a skin for my laptop, but it’s about 7 years old and will probably need replaced soon, so I was contemplating whether it was worth the money. Of course, if I can find a way to make my own, I’m certainly going to. This was no exception. Guess what I used.

Yep, Washi Tape.

Why I chose Washi Tape:

  • It’s cheap (and I have a lot of it)
  • It provides a protective cover
  • It’s easy to remove and leaves no sticky residue

So, why not try to make my own computer skin with it?

Exactly, there’s no good reason not to.

If you want to spice up your laptop and have a few bucks to buy some decorative masking tape, keep reading!

DIY computer skin materials

Washi Tape Laptop Skin Materials

  • Scissors
  • Laptop
  • Washi Tape

 

Washi Tape laptop skin

Step 1: your Washi Tape

All you have to do is measure out your tape and cut it off at the edges.

Layering in pretty colors and patterns makes a nice skin.

When you’re finished, it should like something like the image below.

 

DIY laptop skin

I love how the Apple logo shines through the tape. It looks neat, especially with the bird pattern.

 

Washi Tape Laptop Cover

You could do it in all one color or just stick with a similar pattern.

Let me know what you think! Is there a pattern or color you’d prefer?

Happy crafting:-)

 

DIY Desk Organizer From A Cereal Box

DIY desk organizer from a cereal box

I’m not a hoarder of all things, I really don’t even like to have a lot of possessions, but I do tend to hoard notebooks and sketchbooks like a madwoman. I know I’ll use them, so if I find good ones on sale I’ll buy them. Before I know it, I have stacks of them all over my desk. No one hates piles of stuff more than I do. That’s when I decided I needed a desk organizer.

I thought about buying one, or ten, but thought, I can make that myself. If I can upcycle something to make it, that’s even better!

I started digging for cereal boxes and found one that would fit (size wise) most of my notebooks. Perfect.

If you want to make one, you can follow along with my tutorial below. You don’t need much and it doesn’t take long.

DIY desk organizer materials

DIY Desk Organizer Materials

  • scissors
  • weights*
  • cereal box
  • Duct Tape
  • Hot melt glue and gun

*Weights are optional.

 

cut cereal box

Step 1: Cut the cereal box

Cut the cereal box at an angle like in the image above. This is going to serve as the base for your organizer.

 

Weights for organizer

Step 2 (optional): add weight

You don’t have to add weights if you don’t want to. I was worried about the notebooks being too heavy and causing the organizer to tip over.

I used small tiles, but you can use whatever you want.

 

Duct Taped cereal box

Desk organizer with Duct Tape

Step 3: Duct Tape

Layer the Duct Tape onto the cereal box. Start with the solid color and then add the designerly tape. Keep going until the box is covered.

I added tape around the rim as well to polish it off.

 

DIY desk organizer from a cereal box

When you’re finished, you’re notebooks and papers will have a home and your desk will be organized! For me, that’s a huge sigh of relief.

I’m thinking about making a few more. What do you think? Do you have a favorite Duct Tape design that you might use for this?

I was considering the woodgrain or black and white flower design.