DIY Chalkboard Menu

Wow, it’s been a hectic weekend! You know how I’ve been talking about my boyfriend’s soon-to-be brewery? The one I made bottle cap magnets for? Well, it opened on Saturday. Yay!

On Thursday, I made a big chalkboard for their tap room with some help from friends. I thought it would also make a nice DIY project for anyone who has considered such a craft.

Keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial.

Materials needed for a chalkboard menu

  • Chalk
  • Roller
  • Palette
  • Barn wood
  • Large board
  • Valspar chalk paint

Step 1: setup

Place your board in an upright position. Maybe against a wall (protected by plastic) or a beam.

Step 2: paint the board

Paint your board. I had to paint 2 coats on each board.

Let the base coat dry before applying the second coat.

Step 3: frame the chalkboard

Cut barn wood to the size of your chalkboard to frame it.

Screw the frame into place.


Step 3: design your menu

And the best part, writing up your menu.

We used basic sidewalk chalk but you can get chalk markers if you prefer.


Happy crafting!

DIY Grapefruit Lip Balm

DIY grapefruit lip balm

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I have a big lip balm addiction collection. I’ve been using the stuff every day for years. Long enough that my lips no longer produce moisture on their own. I wish I was joking.

lip balm collection

My shameful collection

If people asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I’d tell them lip balm because I’ll definitely use it and it’s cheap. But how cheap is it really? Prices range from $2-$5 depending on how picky you are. I’m picky. So we’re looking at the $5 end of that range.

About a year ago I decided to try making my own, not only because it’s practical but also because it’s more affordable than $5 a tube. I started with a peppermint lip balm. I like that flavor a lot, but it’s also potent so I can smell just how much I’m using. It was a good starter batch.

Now, all of those are gone and I’m ready to make more! Since fall is here and I’m not quite ready to let go of summer’s warmth and fruity flavors, I decided to make some grapefruit flavored lip balm to get me through the winter.

It was a very successful DIY project and if you’d like to make some of your own, you can follow my tutorial below.


grapefruit lip balm recipe

Materials Needed for Grapefruit Lip Balm

You can get coconut oil at your grocery store. You might be able to get the jojoba oil there, too. Everything you might not be able to get locally has a link to the product on Amazon.


melting wax and oil

Step 1: melt beeswax and oils

Pour the oils (excluding the grapefruit oil) and beeswax into a jar.

Fill a pot with water about a quarter of the way full. Put the jar in the water and let every melt together.


lip balm tubes and funnel

Step 2: prepare the tubes

While you’re waiting, line up your tubes in a container and place the funnel in one of them.

This will prevent big messes.


grapefruit flavoring

Step 3: add grapefruit flavoring

When everything is melted, get a tea towel or tongs and pull the jar out of the water.

This is going to dry quickly so work fast.

Shake about 20 drops of grapefruit oil into the jar. Stir.


DIY grapefruit lip balm

When you’re ready, pour it into the tubes and let the mixture harden.

This stuff is wonderful. The perfect consistency.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

InkTober 2016: Week 1

I do not have a craft to post today, because this past week was the first week of InkTober!

Take the #inktober challenge

InkTober is a drawing challenge that was initiated by an artist that wanted to get better at drawing with ink. He dedicated time every day for the month of October to improve that skill. That challenge is accepted by artist everywhere, including myself, from Oct 1-31st.

I’d love it if you would join us! Artists are sharing on all social media platforms using the hashtag #inktober or #inktober2016.

Here are my first two:

dead tree on the hill - inktober 2016

dead tree on the hill – inktober 2016: Day 2


Angry pumpkin - inktober 2016

Angry pumpkin – Day 1

Want to check out my past InkTober drawings?

DIY Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Decor

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

The Craft Challenge theme for September is Halloween so I decided to go with pinecones and pumpkins. You know those spiced scented pinecones you smell when you walk into Michael’s? I can’t stay away from the things! They smell amazing. I had to get them into my craft this week. And I haven’t decorated pumpkins yet this year, so it just seemed fitting.

This craft is really easy, smells wonderful and will give your table or windowsill a nice pop for fall. Keep reading if you’re interested in making your own!


autumn pumpkin decor materials

Materials needed for fall pumpkin decor

  • craft pumpkin
  • flameless candle
  • pumpkin carving kit
  • fall-scented pinecones


hollowed craft pumpkin

Step 1: cut a big hole in your craft pumpkin

You can buy pumpkins with the hole already cut. Get that one if you can. If not, use a pumpkin carving kit to cut your own.



flameless candle decor

Step 2: add decorative fall elements

Put your flameless candle in the middle and surround it with scented pinecones.


DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

You’re done! You can tie some ribbon or maybe some burlap around the stem at the top if you want to spice it up a little more. I wanted to keep this one a bit more simple.

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

The Craft Challenge

This craft is part of The Craft Challenge. Be sure to check out Emily’s Halloween Ghost Candy Boxes tutorial over at A Pop of Red!

DIY Upcycled Charger and Cord Organizer

DIY Upcycled cord and storage organizer

In the past few years, I’ve accumulated numerous cords and chargers, as I’m sure many of you have. I used to store them in a basket, but that got messy quickly. Every time I wanted one I’d have to untangle several. That’s obviously not an effective storage solution.

I decided to upcycle a cardboard box and some toilet paper rolls to design a better option. So far, it seems to be working pretty well. I haven’t had to untangle anything, which is just wonderful.

Want to try it? You only need a few supplies to get started. If you do any amount of crafting you probably have most of them already.


charger and cord organizer materials

Materials needed for your upcycled cord storage box

  • box
  • ruler
  • toilet paper rolls
  • scissors/exacto knife
  • Duct Tape or scrapbook paper

**Add glue to that list if you’ve chose to work with scrapbook paper instead of decorative tape.

upcycling a storage box with Duck Tape

Step 1: cover your box with Duct Tape

Cover your cardboard box in Duct Tape or scrapbook paper, whichever you prefer.


Duck Tape covered toilet paper rolls

Step 2: cover the toilet paper rolls with Duct Tape

Repeat the process with your TP rolls.


DIY Upcycled cord and storage organizer

Fill your rolls with chargers and cords, set the rolls upright in the box and you’re done! Storage made easy. Now you don’t have to untangle anything! Very exciting.

If you’re more interested in organizing the cords that are always plugged in, check out the tutorial for my Device Charging Station instead:

DIY device charging station

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy crafting!


DIY Paper Bookmarks for Page Corners

DIY page corner bookmark

I read a lot. Most of the time, I’m reading 2-3 books at once because I like to soak up a lot of information. Topics change a lot too. Sometimes I want to educate myself but other times I’m in the mood for some mindless fiction. It depends on the day.

Regardless, books in-progress need bookmarks. I love the elaborate fun markers, but I can never justify paying for something like that. So, I make my own. And I can make them as exciting as I want them to be.

This week, I’m working on some bookmarks for the corners of the pages. It works really well. They just slide on one of the corners and it’s easy to find your place whenever you’re ready to start reading again.

If you’re interested in making your own, keep reading and I’ll show you how I made mine. Oh, I also have some bonus templates for you to download to make the process easier.


Materials needed for paper bookmark for page corners

Materials needed for paper bookmarks

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook paper
  • My downloadable template (below)


paper bookmark templateStep 1: download the bookmark template

Right click the image above and click “Open image in new tab”.

Then, print the image. (file > Print.)


Step 2: cut out the template

Cut the template out. You can do this by printing the template I provided and then tracing it onto your scrapbook paper.

Or you can print it directly onto your scrapbook paper.

Your call.


bookmark paper folds

Step 3: fold the paper

Place the scrapbook paper face down so that the pattern you want displayed on your bookmark is against the surface you’re working on. I want the green flower design, so that is against the table.

Fold one of the legs inward so that it follows the contour of the diamond shape.

Repeat that on the other side. Glue the second leg on top of the other one.

You should have something that looks like this.

scrapbook paper origami bookmark

I used double-sided scrapbook paper, so I hope the image isn’t confusing. I apologize if it is. Please leave a comment if you need further instruction.


paper bookmarks for page corners

Repeat that as many times as your would like. I made an extra one, just in case I find another book I want to read in the next day or two.


DIY page corner bookmark

Now you can slide your new bookmark onto the page you want to come back to.  It’s so cute and minimal. I love it. It doesn’t stick out from the pages, so the book fits in my bag without any worry of bending or destroying my bookmark.

I have another goodie for you!

If you like to color, download my coloring-page bookmark templates below.

color your own bookmark templates

Follow the same steps I provided above and then color til your heart’s content.

For example, I used the pattern in the first template design in a drawing recently. It turned out like this:

abstract doodle art

I’d love to know what you think and I’d love to see what you make. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

If you’re interested in some other DIY bookmarks, check these out:

DIY Doodle Bookmarks

These are made from paint samples and Sharpies. The project is super easy and you can turn them into anything you want. I especially enjoy the gradient created from the paint swatches.

diy doodle bookmarks


DIY Glass Orb Bookmarks

If these didn’t stick out from the edges of the pages, they would be my favorite bookmarks ever. I made these years ago and still use them for books that sit on my nightstand. Not so much for the ones I carry with me.

diy fancy glass orb bookmarks


DIY Autumn-Inspired Leaf Bookmark

I was a bit more in the Fall mood when I made these bookmarks. The leaves were beautiful… all different colors and not quite crispy yet. It was the perfect time to make them into bookmarks.

diy leaf bookmark


DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

These were very enjoyable to make. They’re similar to the doodle bookmarks above, except with these you would use thick paper and watercolor paints. Oh, and a marker. You can write or draw whatever you want on them.

watercolor bookmarks


Happy crafting!