DIY Wood Branch Coasters With Gold Leaf Design

The Craft Challenge

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DIY 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 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 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 similar 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 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 the top 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!