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!

 

 

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

The Craft Challenge 2017

The Craft Challenge 2017

It’s that time again! The Craft Challenge is Upon us and I’m very excited to start working on this year’s craft projects. I’ve been a Craft Challenge participant for the past 2 years and it’s been a really fun time. I’ve met bunch of new people and have tried a ton of crafts I’ve never thought of making prior to this challenge. You can see a full list of tutorials at the link above if you are interested.

What is The Craft Challenge?

Every month, participating bloggers will share their DIY and craft ideas and projects related to a particular theme. I will be linking to the other blogger’s posts so that you can see the variety of projects we’ve come up with. The posts for The Craft Challenge will be posted every Monday starting on January 30th.

How it Works

The challenge this year comes with a different set a rules. For the previous challenges, the participants agreed on a theme for each month. However, in 2017 we’re choosing a main material from our stack of craft supplies and working with that. For example, maybe in my stash, I have a lot of yarn, so I’ll use that for the January challenge.

The Bloggers

Emily | A Pop of Red Emily, over at A Pop of Red, is the host of The Craft Challenge. Her blog is filled with fun craft tutorials and awesome recipes. I think the desserts are the best recipes.

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Shiftmama blog Heather over at Shift Mama is a working mom who shares her travel, food recipes and craft projects.

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Carin | Eclectic Soapbox Carin at Eclectic Soapbox shares a variety of stuff: everything from creative projects to adventure and recipes.

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Social Stampers Vanessa over at Social Stampers is a designer and photographer sharing all things creative, such as craft projects and sketching ideas.

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Sew Much Love Mary  Mary at Sew Much Love Mary blogs about modest style, refashioning, sewing and scripture.

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Jemma | Thimble & Twig  Jemma over at Thimble and Twig is the mom of 4 little ones. She shares her family’s adventures, baking recipes and crafting ideas.

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Martha | The Art in Martha Martha at The Art in Martha shares creative projects as well as some parenting advice and art stuff for the kids.

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Craft Projects

I’ll be posting links to my craft projects here as I share the tutorials each month.

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December:

DIY Farmhouse Style Tissue Box

DIY farmhouse tissue box

I never really thought about my tissue boxes, until recently. When grocery shopping, I typically just grab a pack of them and check out. But this week, I noticed there were a few more options of more appealing boxes. Why?

Unless the design on the tissue box is neutral or very simple, it will never match the room they’re placed in. Everyone has a different style and it’s reflected in their home. So, tissue boxes are now becoming more than boxes, they’re becoming home decor.

I liked this idea and wanted to make a container that I could reuse. One that always looked the same in the room. So I decided to make a farmhouse style container for my living room.

Want to make one? Follow my step-by-step guide below.

farmhouse tissue box supplies

Tissue Box Supplies

You will need the following supplies to make your own.

  • rope
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • hot melt glue sticks
  • cardboard container

I used an old Trader Joe’s coffee container to hold the tissues. You could use a Mason Jar or any other vertical container you have. You can find the rest of the materials at your local craft or hobby shop.

Step 1: glue the rope to the container

Using the hot melt glue gun, adhere the rope to the container. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top.

tissue box lid

Step 2: cut a hole in the lid

Now, we need to make space for the tissues to come out. Cut an X shape in the middle of the lid.

Step 3: roll up the tissues

Roll the tissues up and place them in the container.

Pull the tissues out from the center of the roll and up through the hole in the lid.

DIY farmhouse tissue box

When you’re finished, you will have your very own tissue box that will remain a consistent piece of home decor in any room you choose.

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

Happy crafting!

DIY Teacup Candles

DIY Teacup Candles

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and got to spend time with the people you care about the most! What did you do? Anything fun?

I need to apologize for my absence. I’ve had a very busy holiday. First, my boyfriend and I did a lot of traveling, as we usually do around the holidays. Then, this past Wednesday, I got married. All of this has kept me very occupied. As you can imagine, the blog took a back seat the past two weeks.

Okay, so now that I’m back, I was working on some teacup candles. I’m so excited about them and couldn’t wait to share the tutorial. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ve probably seen a few candle crafts. But I really enjoy the teacups because it gives the candles so much more character!

 

DIY Teacup Candles supplies

Candle making supplies

  • pot
  • wax
  • tin can
  • tea cup
  • candle wicks
  • hot glue gun
  • knives or chopsticks
  • candle oil (optional)

You can find your teacups at many hobby shops, consignment shops or online.

 

Candle wax

Step 1: melt the candle wax

Pour some wax into the tin can.

Fill the pot about a quarter of the way full with water.

Put the tin into the water and turn the burner on to a medium setting. The water can boil.

 

candle-making-process

Step 2: glue the wick into the teacup

Using the hot glue gun, adhere the wick to the bottom of the teacup.

 

candle-making-set-up

Step 3: set up the teacups

Use the knives or chopsticks to hold the wicks upright.

 

DIY Teacup Candles with Lemon Chiffon scent

Step 4: add your fragrance

When your wax has fully melted, pull the tin out with tongs or a hot pad and place it on a hot pad.

Let the wax cool for a minute or two.

Then, pour in the fragrance of your choice and stir.

 

DIY Teacup Candles process

Step 5: pour the wax into the teacup

Carefully and slowly pour the wax into the teacup.

Now, all you have to do is wait for it to harden.

 

DIY Teacup Candles

When you’re finished, you should have a teacup candle that looks something like this! Chop your wick and burn when ready.

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

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Remote Organizer From A Cigar Box

DIY remote organizer upcycle

It’s tough when you don’t like having a lot of things in your house but you also don’t like to throw stuff away if you can reuse it. That’s the basis for the craft project. 

I have a few cigar boxes laying around that I’ve been thinking about upcycling for a while. This weekend, I finally did it. Wohoo!

It’s really easy and prob took less than 30 minutes. Want to try it? Keep reading. 
Cigar box organizer supplies

Cigar box organizer supplies

  • Paint brush
  • Cigar box
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Exactly knife and ruler OR paper cutter

Scrapbook paper sized for cigar box

Step 1: meadure and cut

Measure the sides of your cigar box. 

Cut scrapbook paper pieces to those sixes. 
Glue scrapbook paper to cigar box

Step 2: glue the paper to the box

glue your scrapbook paper to the sides of the cigar box.

You should have something that looks like this. 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a fun new place to store your tv, XBox and other remotes. 

You can even makes separators to better organize your things if you would. Use cardboard and glue for that. My box wasn’t big enough to need those, but they would make a fun addition. 

DIY remote organizer upcycle
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments. 

Happy crafting!