DIY Polka Dotted Gift Card Holder

opened gift card holder

Did you know that the total volume of gift cards is projected to reach $160 billion by 2018? That’s a whole lot! Obviously, some of that is composed of digital cards, but that still means that many people are giving gift cards in crappy envelopes or wasting money on buying the metal holders.

Can we all agree that opening gifts is the most exciting part? Let’s make the gift card experience a little more exciting then. We’ll make our own!

 

supplies for diy paper gift card holder

Paper Gift Card Holder Supplies

  • ruler
  • embellishments
  • scrapbook paper
  • scissors/Xacto knife
  • double-sided tape
  • mat board (optional)

 

fold 1 for DIY gift card holder

Step 1: fold scrapbook paper in half

I started with an 8.5×11″ piece of paper.

Fold it in half with the fun side facing inward.

 

Step 2: create space for a pocket

The crease in the paper you see below the gift card is the first fold we made.

Now, we need to make two more folds, one on each side of the first crease. The folds should be about half the size of the gift card and creases should be going in the opposite direction from the first.

When you’re done, you should have an upward fold in the paper like in the second image above.

 

shortened paper envelope

Step 3: shorten one end of the paper

Measure about 1.5″ down and cut off that portion of the paper. You can do this on either side.

 

Step 4: fold the long end of the paper

To create a flap for our holder, we’re going to make one more crease on the long end of the paper. This should fold over the short end when everything is folded up into an envelope.

 

paper folds for gift card holder

Step 5: tape the folds together

Using double-sided tape, adhere the folds together. Make sure you only use the tape on the edges and bottom. We need to make sure there’s room for the gift card!

 

gift card pocket

Step 6: create a pocket for the gift card

Cut down into the fold like in the image above to create a pocket for your gift card.

Put the gift card in place.

 

 

Step 7: seal and embellish

Close up the gift card holder.

Seal it with a ribbon or more scrapbook paper and embellish as you’d like.

 

 

opened gift card holder

paper gift card holder

When you’re done, you can gift your newest creation. Homemade gifts are the best ones.

 

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 February craft projects.

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

Emily from A Pop of Red: Pastel Word Art
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox
Heather from ShiftMama: Folded Paper Keepsake Book
Martha from The Art in Martha: Spirograph Pillow
Vanessa from Social Stampers: How to Make Wedding Invitations By Hand
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Pastel Easter Wreath
Jemma from Thimble and Twig

 

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

DIY Upcycled Paper Organzier

DIY paper organizer upcycled craft

As many of you may know, my husband started a company not long ago. The downside of that is the paperwork that comes along with it. There are papers aaaaaallllllll over my house. Piles upon piles, and it drives me up the wall. I had to find a way to organize them.

The best craft projects come out of a need for something. I needed an organizational structure for all of the papers. You can make an organizer too. All you’ll need is a few supplies and 15-20 minutes.

 

paper organizer supplies

Paper Organizer Supplies

  • cereal box
  • duct tape
  • scissors

 

foundation for paper organizer diy

Step 1: frame the cereal box

Cut the edges of the cereal box at a downward angle.

Then cut across so the sliced edges meet.

 

duct tape covering for organizer

Step 2: Cover the box in Duct Tape

Starting with the edges you just cut, Duct Tape the corners and try to get them as even as as possible.

 

paper and folder organizer

Then, work your way down the box, smoothing the layers as you go.

 

DIY paper organizer upcycled craft

Now, all you have to do is start organizing.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Bottle Cap Bookmarks

diy bottle cap bookmark

As many of you know, I am a bookworm. I read whenever I have a chance. And not just on the modern eReader, but physical books as well. I’m always thinking about ways to make new bookmarks. It’s a fun hobby.

This are fun too. They take a good bit of time to dry, but the actual execution is quick. Follow my tutorial below to to make some of your own.

 

bottle cap bookmark supplies

Bottle cap bookmark supplies

  • bottle caps
  • Diamond Glaze
  • scrapbook paper*
  • 1″ circle hole punch

*Chose a thicker scrapbook paper. Like a cardstock or something of a similar thickness.

 

scrapbook circle punch

Step 1: choose your design

Pick your scrapbook paper. Then use your circle home punch and cut out as many circles as you want bookmarks.

 

making bottle caps

Step 2: glue the circles to the bottle caps

Using the Diamond Glaze, glue each circle to the inside of each bottle caps.

Let it dry. It will need at least 15 minutes.

 

sealant for bottle caps

Step 3: seal it

When it’s dry, another another thick layer of Diamond Glaze over top. If you get any bubbles, use a pin to pop them.

Let it dry. It’s  going to take a while. Go clean or do some laundry or something.

 

bookmarks from bottle caps

Step 4: glue on the paper clip

You guessed it! Used the Diamond Glaze again to glue on the paper clip.

I find it helpful to prop it up on another bottle cap. That’s might help you too.

Let it dry for a few hours.

 

diy bottle cap bookmark

When everything is finished drying, you’ll have some lovely new bookmarks to try out or give as gifts. Know any avid readers? They might appreciate a bookmark.

Let me know what you think! Leave me 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 February craft projects.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Mini Journal
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: DIY Fairy Dust
Heather from ShiftMama: Repurposed Stuffies
Martha from The Art in Martha: English Paper Piecing Pin Cushion
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Valentine Love Greeting Cards
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Heart Pouch
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Geometric Leather Necklaces

 

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Hot Glue Gun Holder

DIY glue gun holder

I’ve been crafting for about 5 years now, and it’s about time that I make some sort of holder for my hot glue gun. It’s fair to say that I use my glue gun in about 40% of my craft projects. In 100% of those, my glue gun falls over and drops glue on my table.

I used my sketchbook to design a holder, then went to Pat Catan’s to pick up supplies. It only took about 15 minutes to put everything together, excluding drying time for the super glue.

Want to make one? Keep reading!

 

DIY glue gun holder supplies

Hot glue gun holder supplies

  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brush
  • wooden plank
  • wooden letter I
  • scrapbook paper
  • super glue
  • small mirror

You can find all of these supplies at your local craft or hobby shop.

 

scrapbook paper cut outs

Step 1: measure and cut the scrapbook paper

Measure (or trace) your wood plank and your letter I. You’ll want two pieces for the letter I, one for the front and one for the back. Cut out the scrapbook paper to meet those measurements.

 

glue gun holder in progress

Step 2: glue the scrapbook paper to the wood pieces

brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the wood pieces and press the scrapbook paper in place. Press down firmly to ensure that all edges are sealed.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

Add another layer of Mod Podge over top to protect the paper.

 

holder-glue-gun

Step 3: superglue the wood pieces and mirror together

Super glue the mirror to one end of the wood plank. The mirror will be used to catch the hot glue when it drops.

Then, super glue the wood letter right in front of it. This will be the prop for the glue gun.

Let the glue dry. There will be drying directions on the tube.

 

DIY glue gun holder

When you’re finished, you’ll have your very own glue gun holder! I’m so excited to start using mine. I can’t tell you how much glue i clean off of my table. And now, I’ll just have to peel the drops off of the mirror.

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

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Mug Cozy From a Dollar Store Sock

DIY Cup Cozy from a Dollar Store Sock

You know those super cute mug cozies you see on Pinterest? The ones that people knit and crochet? I really love the way they look, but I’m not a huge fan of that creative process. Maybe it’s just because I don’t do it enough, but it kills my fingers.

Anyway, I wanted a mug cozy, but was trying to think of a better way to get one. Of course, my solution is usually to make it myself. I went to the Dollar Store to see if I could find some nice fuzzy socks, and they turned into a great alternative to the knitted cozy.

This might be the easiest craft I’ve ever made a tutorial for, so if you’re looking for quick and easy, this is it. Look no further.

 

DIY Cup Cozy supplies

Cup Cozy Supplies

  • needle
  • thread
  • scissors
  • fuzzy sock

 

mug warmer

Step 1: fit the sock to your mug

Set your mug, jar or whatever you drink out of into the sock.

 

making a mug cozy

Step 2: cut the sock appropriately

Cut the sock just under the lip of your mug.

 

how to make a mug cozy

Step 3: fold down the top of the sock and sew

Flip your sock inside out, fold down the section you just cut and sew it in place.

This area will be prone to fuzzies, so we want to eliminate that.

 

DIY Cup Cozy from a Dollar Store Sock

Shake it out, slide it back on your mug and you’re done! I love these so much because I drink a lot of tea/coffee in the winter, probably to keep myself warm in the cold Pennsylvania weather. I can hold my mug without burning my hands but it’s still nice and warm. I guess that’s why they call it a cozy.

Go get your beverage of choice and enjoy the warmth.

I’d love to hear what you think. Are you going to try it? Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him 2017

Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.

With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.

There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.

Gifts to Buy

Stainless steel travel mug gift

OuterEQ Travel Mug – $19.99 with Prime

I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.

 

leather knotted bracelet gift

Leather knotted bracelet – $11.90 with Prime

Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.

 

This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!

 

This one, from alkohaulers on Etsy, is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage he fancies.

 

Coffee painting gift

Coffee Painting – $20.99

Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.

 

Gifts to DIY

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It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.

 

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.

 

DIY photo magnets

Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.

 

DIY manly beard oil

This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it. His friends have even started asking for it.

More Gift Ideas

Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:

 

I’d love to hear your ideas for gifts or date nights! Leave them in the comments!

 

 

DIY Lemon Zest Soap

DIY lemon zest soap

I’ve been experimenting with soap making for a while, but haven’t found many I like. This lemon zest recipe is one of the few. It smells wonderful and works well. I think I’ll experiment with some other bases for this one, too.

If you would like to make your own, follow the steps below! The whole process takes about an hour and the majority of that time is letting the soap harden. The actual creation part takes no more than 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

lemon zest soap supplies

Homemade lemon soap supplies

  • lemon
  • soap base
  • soap mold
  • yellow soap coloring
  • lemon essential oil
  • glass measuring cup
  • knife or cheese grater

You can get all of the soap supplies at your local craft store or online. I chose an oatmeal and honey soap base for this recipe.

 

Oatmeal soap base

Step 1: microwave the soap base

First, cut your soap base into small cubes and put them in the measuring cup.

Then follow the instructions on the packaging. Most will tell you to microwave in 30-second intervals until the base has turned to liquid.

The amount of soap you want will depend on how much of the soap base you use. It doesn’t shrink or expand when you melt it so you can measure out the cubes pretty easily.

 

lemon zest for homemade soap

Step 2: make lemon zest

Using your knife or grater, slice off the skin of your lemon.

I like to use a knife to get bigger chunks, but you can do it however you prefer.

 

Step 3: add the zest, color and fragrance

It really doesn’t matter what order you do this in, because it’s all going to the same place. Throw in the zest, add coloring and the fragrance.

Stir well.

 

homemade lemon soap

Step 4: mold the soap

Pour your liquid soap into the mold. Let it sit for an hour or so until it has cooled and hardened.

 

DIY lemon zest soap

When you’re finished, flip the mold over and push the soap out from the bottom.

Tip: if you have any difficulty with this, put the whole mold in the freezer for 10 minutes and the soap will come right out.

I’ll be sure to post more when I discover new recipes! Let me know what you think. Leave your feedback or great soap recipes in the comments.

Happy crafting.

 

The Craft Challenge 2017

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

Emily from A Pop of Red: Baby Block Toys
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Home is Where the Heart is Map Craft
Heather from ShiftMama: Pony Bead Sun Catchers
Martha from The Art in Martha: Paving Stone Quilt
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Weathering the Storm Together Card
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Easy Fabric Flowers Refashion
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Children’s Room Door Letters