DIY Kindness Rocks

DIY-joy-rocks

Have you heard of the Kindness Rock Project? It’s based off of the idea that the right message at the right time can change a person’s life.

I first learned about this, without actually knowing what it was, a few months ago. I was running on a trail that I run on all the time and this brightly colored rock caught my eye. It was bright blue and said “you matter”. I smiled and kept going. What a cute idea. A mile down the trail I saw another one that said “Smile. It looks good on you.” Again, another smile.

I didn’t think anything of it until a month or so later I was in a different city and saw more of them. That’s not a coincidence. After some digging, I learned about the Kindness Rock Project. Create kindness rocks to inspire someone and take a rock that inspires you and pass it on. What a great idea!

So, here I am, joining the movement. Why? Because everyone needs some kindness. You never know what another person is going through, so give them some motivation to get through their day. Make Kindness Rocks.

 

joy rocks supplies

Kindness Rock Supplies

  • flat rocks
  • paint brushes
  • oil-based markers
  • outdoor paint (acrylic)
  • water dish filled with water

 

painted rocks

Step 1: paint the rock with a solid color

Pick a few bright colors that will catch attention and paint it onto the rock. You might have to paint a second layer, depending on the color.

Let it dry.

 

choose joy rock

Step 2: write your inspiration

Choose your inspirational saying or visual and write it on the rock with your marker.

Let it dry.

 

choose joy motivational rock

Step 3: add some fun elements to the rock

I chose polka dots, because who doesn’t smile at polka dots? They’re up-lifting. You can add whatever decorative elements you’d like though.

Let it dry.

 

joy rocks craft

Make a few more and you’re done. Go and share them with the world!

For some kindness rock inspiration, check out Pinterest. There are a ton of examples and ideas for you to try.

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I want to try so many more variations. In the upcoming months, you will see more of these from me. Join the movement and make someone’s day better.

Happy crafting!

DIY Sweet Orange Fall Candle

diy sweet orange fall candle

There’s a chill in the air and everyone is talking about fall. That means autumn smells are permeating craft stores and Thanksgiving DIY projects are in season.

Every year around this time, I like to make candles. Something about the cold weather makes me enjoy them so much more. This week, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Sweet orange sounded like a good scent since I’m not quite into the cinnamon spice deal just yet.

The candles are really easy to make and won’t take up much of your time. They make great gifts too, so keep that in mind. Instead of making one or two, you could make them in bulk and give them away for the holidays, or use them for parties.

 

sweet orange candle supplies

Candle making supplies

  • jar
  • coloring
  • soy wax
  • pouring pot
  • candle wick
  • festive ribbon (optional)
  • sweet orange essential oil

 

soy wax chips

Step 1: melt the wax

The amount of soy wax you use will depend on the size of your jar. A good rule of thumb is 1 pound (by weight) of candle wax will equal 20 ounces (in volume) when pouring into containers or molds.

But you know I don’t measure if I don’t have to. I have a 12oz jar and melted about 4 cups of wax for it with a little bit left over.

Once melted, remove from heat and let it sit for about 3 minutes to cool.

 

 

 

candle wick

Step 2: adhere the wick

While your wax is melting, stick the metal part of the wick into the melting wax (just the bottom) and quickly press it against the bottom of the jar. Hold it in place for a few seconds until the wax dries.

soy candle wax melted

Step 3: add color and/or fragrance

Add about 30 drops of essential oil (more if you want a more prominent scent).

Add color. Keep adding drops until you’re satisfied. Remember that the color will be lighter when the wax dries.

 

secure candle wick

Step 4: pour the wax into the jar

When your wax has had time to cool off, pour it into the jar slowly and secure the wick with two knives. They don’t always stand straight up on their own.

Let it cool.

 

diy sweet orange fall candle

Tie a cute, festive ribbon around the top and enjoy your candle. Or you can give it to someone else to enjoy. Whatever makes you happy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Halloween Candy Treat Bags

halloween candy scrapbook paper treat bags

Halloween is right around the corner and trick or treaters are ready for their candy.

Every year, the apartment complex I live in participates in trick or treating for the kids in the building and I always use it as an opportunity to get creative. This year, I’m aiming at the treat bags. Since I have a surplus of Halloween scrapbook paper, this was an ideal project.

It’s a really easy craft and doesn’t take too long. Although, I wouldn’t recommend taking this route if you’re going to be giving candy out to more than 20 kids. You’ll be crafting for quite a while.

If you’d like to make your own, gather these materials and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

 

halloween candy treat bag supplies

Halloween Treat Bag Supplies

  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Halloween-themed scrapbook paper

 

halloween scrapbook paper

Step 1: cut your scrapbook paper

Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to about 6×8″.

 

halloween scrapbook paper craft

Step 2: fold the paper into a cylinder

Create a cylinder with your halloween paper and tape it in place.

 

halloween treat bag

Step 3: tape the bottom of the treat bag

Pinch one end of the cylinder and tape it shut. This will be the bottom of the treat bag.

 

candy treat bags

Step 4: fill the treat bag & seal it

Drop in the candy. I recommended mini candy bars, jelly beans, fruit snacks or other small treats.

Then pinch the top of the treat bag closed, but in the opposite direction of the bottom (in step 3). Tape it in place.

 

halloween candy scrapbook paper treat bags

You’re done! Make a few more and you’re ready for parties and trick or treating!

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

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their October craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Heather from ShiftMama: Easy Holiday Memory Ornament
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Distressed Denim Jacket
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Handmade Height Chart Keepsake for Kids

 

DIY Upcycled Halloween Candy Bowl

diy upcycled halloween candy bowl

Every year, the kids in my apartment complex get to participate in Trick or Treating. Unfortunately, we’re not home very often and Halloween is no exception. So, I always put a big bowl of candy outside the door and let the kids take what they want.

This year, I decided to upgrade my candy bowl by decorating a old dish washer pod container. Originally, I wanted to make a pumpkin out of it, but I couldn’t find orange Duck Tape anywhere. So, obviously, that didn’t work out. I had to settle with my witch hat decorated box.

If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below.

 

diy duck tape candy bowl supplies

Duck Tape candy bowl supplies

  • scissors
  • witch hat outline
  • Dish washer pod container
  • Duck Tape (purple, black and green)

 

witch-hat-template

Step 1: download the witch hat

Right click on the image above and open the image in a new tab. Then click print.

You can choose to scale the image if you need a smaller or larger version.

 

black duck tape base

Step 2: layer on the black Duck Tape

Wrap the container with black Duck Tape.

 

Step 3: cover the witch hat with Duck Tape

place your hat on a flat surface and cover it with purple Duck Tape.

Then, peal it off and flip it over.

Begin cutting around the hat.

 

duck tape witch hat

Step 3: decorate the hat

Wrap a thin strip of green Duck Tape around the hat.

 

diy upcycled halloween candy bowl

Step 4: tape the hat to the container

Create tape rolls and use them to adhere the hat to the container.

You’re finished! Set your candy bowl out on the table out outside the door if you’re in an apartment complex and wait for the Trick or Treaters to come.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Mini Pumpkin Painting

diy mini pumpkin painting

Tis the season for pumpkins, costumes, scary makeup and scarecrows. Pumpkins are my favorite part of that, so today, I chose to paint just that.

We painted a beach sunset a few months ago for summer. Well, because I wasn’t ready to let go of summer. I’m not  embracing the cold weather now, but I’m more open to the idea, ha.

So, grab your supplies and some friends and meet me at step 1 below!

 

mini painting supplies

Mini pumpkin painting supplies

  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • water cup
  • paper towels
  • mini canvas
  • acrylic paint
    • light green
    • dark gree
    • navy blue
    • medium blue
    • brown
    • orange

 

acrylic paint blobs

Step 1: paint set up

Drop a few blobs of paint on your palette.

 

paint outline of a pumpkin

Step 2: paint the base and pumpkin outline

I’m combining a few steps into one because it’s all prep.

2a: Paint the top 3/4s of the canvas navy blue. Mix in some medium blue here and there. Paint horizontally for the sky. Let it dry.

2b: Now we’ll paint the grass. Paint the bottom 1/4 of the canvas dark green. Mix in some light green. Let it dry.

2c: Now the fun part: the pumpkin. Paint an orange oval in the space slightly off center of the canvas. This is going to be the center of the pumpkin.

2d: Now paint half an oval on each side of the original oval.

2e: Repeat step 2d on each sides of the half circles you just painted. Let it dry.

 

how to paint a pumpkin

Step 3: paint the pumpkin

Fill in the lines you just painted with orange paint. Let it dry.

 

painting highlights & shadows

Step 4: paint the highlights

Before your paint dries, get a very small dab of white paint and paint over the orange. Don’t cover all of the orange though.

Think about where the light would hit the pumpkin and paint in those places. If you’re unsure, look at illustrations of pumpkins and pay attention to the lighting and shadows. I say illustrations, and not photos, because the lighting is more exaggerated. It’s easier to noticed the differences.

Let it dry.

 

pumpkin painting

Step 5: paint the shadows

Remember where the original outlines were? Use those lines as a guide and paint the top and bottom of them brown. Let it dry.

 

how to paint a pumpkin stem

Step 6: paint the stem

Paint a stem on your pumpkin.

Tip: stems are far more exciting when they twist to the side.

 

pumpkin painting in acrylic

Step 7: paint the stars

Get a small dab of white paint on your smallest brush and paint dots on top of the blue sky. Try to spread them out and vary the sizing.

 

diy mini pumpkin painting

Now you can put your pumpkin painting on a mini easel and display it until it snows, or year around. Whatever you like!

Hope you enjoyed this one! Let me know what you think and what you’d like to see painted. Is anyone interested in some video?

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Bottle Cap Wreath

diy bottle cap wreath

As we sit here, me writing, you reading, I’m drinking beer. Most of the time, that beer comes in a bottle and I refuse to throw away those bottle caps. I figured I could use them for something. Lo and behold I found a purpose… I made a bottle cap wreath!

 

beer bottle caps

I have no idea how many it took to cover the form, but I do know it took about 1.75 pasta jars filled with caps. I counted the first row I glued on and there were 23. There are 5 rows, so I’ll guestimate around 115. However, I only covered the front half.

So, save your bottle caps and make something fun!

 

bottle cap wreath supplies

Bottle cap wreath supplies

  • paint brush
  • bottle caps
  • black paint
  • wreath form
  • black ribbon
  • hot glue and gun

 

wreath painted black

Step 1: paint the wreath

Use the black paint to cover the wreath, front and back.

Let it dry.

 

 

Step 2: Glue on the first bottle cap layer

For the first layer, cover the front of the wreath by gluing on the bottle caps side by side. Make sure each is touching the one beside it.

 

 

Step 3: Keep layering

Add a layer above and below your base row.

Then, add two more layers over top, covering up the space where you can see the black paint between each layer.

 

diy bottle cap wreath

Add a pretty bow and hang it up! You’re finished.

Grab a jar and upcycle those bottle caps so you can make fun craft projects like this one.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their September craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Burlap Flower Decor

DIY Fall Inspired Gift Box

fall lace bow

Some wrapping paper is really cute, but most of it is boring and common. Sometimes it’s nice to change it up and make your own, so to speak.

My best friend’s birthday was this past weekend and my dilemma was getting the gifts to fit in the baskets I had. (Based on this blog post, I obviously deviated for the basket idea.) Eventually I gave up and moved to a box. A box that fit my boots.

I wanted something fall-inspired but also girly, because Kelly is quite girly. I settled with brown paper, off-white lace and orange, brown and yellow plaid ribbon.

 

fall gift box supplies

fall-inspired gift box supplies

  • box
  • lace ribbon
  • brown paper
  • plaid fall ribbon
  • hot melt glue and gun

You can get the brown paper at any craft store. You might be able to find it at Walmart or Target too. If not, there’s always the internet.

 

Step 1: Wrap the box lid

Start with the lid. Cut 4 slits on each corner of the box about the hight of the lid.

Fold those inward and glue them to the box.

Then fold the remaining brown paper flaps over the lid and glue them down.

 

Step 2: wrap the box bottom

Repeat step 1 for the bottom of the box.

 

bow tying

Step 3: wrap the ribbon around the gift box

Place the lace ribbon flat on the floor and place the box over top of it, face down.

Then twist the ribbons around each other and pull them in opposite directions so you form a cross on the back of the box.

Pull your loose ends around to the front and flip the box front side up.

Slide the ends under the strip of lace already crossing the front of the box.

Tie a knot over top of it.

Then, tie another knot around it with your plaid ribbon.

 

fall gift box decoration

Step 4: tie the ribbons in a bow

You have two options, tie a single bow with both ribbons, or tie two bows separately.

I chose two bows:
Tie a bow with the lace ribbon.
Tie a bow with the plaid ribbon.

 

When you’re done, you gift box should like the images above. Brown paper, lace and plaid ribbon is quite fall-esque, I think. I love the way they look together. ❤

Quick, easy and unique.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!