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!

 

 

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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