DIY Cookie Mason Jar Gift

diy cookie mason jar gift

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a Make Something Mondays project. I’m sorry 😦 I’m really trying to get back into it. This week, my project reflects my busy lifestyle.

I’ve seen cookie jar gifts like these on Pinterest for a few years now and I really like the idea. Rather than baking cookies for someone, you just put the dry ingredients in a Mason Jar and gift it with a little card that includes directions for making the cookies. Easy peasy.

Want to try it? Keep reading.

 

cookie mason jar materials

Cookie Jar Supplies

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 quart size mason jar

You will also want to print this card to attach to your cookie jar.

smores cookies recipe

 

cookie jar dry ingredients

Step 1: Combine white dry ingredients

Combine the following ingredients into a bowl:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda

Mix well and pour it into your jar. Pack it down with the back of a spoon.

 

layered ingredients cookie jar

Step 2: Layer on the sugars

On top of that mixture, layer on the brown sugar, followed by the white sugar.

Pack it down.

 

cookie jar ingredients in jar

Step 3: Add the chocolate chips and/or marshmallows

This is the last ingredient step. I prefer to put all of the chocolate chips into the jar and add some marshmallows at the very top. If you prefer to just use chocolate chips, fill it up to the top of the jar.

 

cookie jar gift

Step 4: make it pretty

Place a square piece of fabric on the top of the jar and tie it with a ribbon.

 

diy cookie mason jar gift

You’re ready to gift your cookie jar!

Tip: when you roll the cookies onto the cookie sheet, stuff marshmallows into the cookie dough. It makes them look much more appetizing.

Happy crafting… errr gifting?

DIY No Sew Pillow

diy no sew pillow

A few weeks ago, I was inspired by Emma’s T-shirt Cushion blog post on Puddleside Musings. She turned a t-shirt with a cute sloth into a pillow and I really enjoyed the spunk.

I found an old shirt and set out to make my own. Unfortunately, I’m not into to measuring if I don’t have to and I don’t have a sewing machine so it would take me quite a while longer to make something like that. My solution? Press-on fabric bond. It’s kind of like Stitch Witchery, except you don’t have to heat it. You just press down and the fabric sticks together.

My dog seemed particularly fond of of it. For weeks now, I’ve been convinced that my dog needs something plushy that doesn’t squeak (sqeakers drive me nuts), so I gave him the pillow and he seems pretty happy with it.

Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial below.

 

diy no sew pillow supplies

No-sew pillow supplies

  • scissors
  • t-shirt
  • Poly-fil fiber fill
  • No heat fabric bond

The Poly-fil isn’t pictured, but you can find it at a craft store, JoAnn’s, and probably Walmart. I also used it last week to give my old couch some life, if you want to see what it looks like.

 

pillow fabric pattern

Step 1: cut out your pillow design

Cut the sides of the t-shirt to outline the design in the middle. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but give yourself an inch or so on each side.

 

press bond fabric adhesive

Step 2: flip the pillow inside out and bond the edges

Flip the pieces inside out so the design is on the inside.

Line the fabric bond along one edge at a time and adhere the edges. I find it helpful to match up the corners and pull them to stretch the rest into a straight line.

Important: be sure to leave a small opening on one side. We’ll use this space to fill the pillow.

 

stuffing pillow

Step 3: fill the pillow

Stuff the pillow with Poly-fil and seal the small hole with fabric bond.

 

diy no sew pillow

Now give it to your dog and test it out! Or put it on the couch, bed, or office chair… whatever you want.

Hope you enjoyed. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

How to Fix Saggy Couch Cushions

I’ve had this couch for nearly a decade and the cushions are super saggy, as you can see in the photo on the left. The structure of the couch is pretty good though, so I wanted to try to find a way to salvage it. There’s no use in spending a few hundred dollars on a new couch when this one just needs some love, right?

It was easy to fix it. All you need is some stuffing, cushion wraps and 20 minutes. I should warn you though, if you have sensitive skin like me, you might want to wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt. I get rashes after touching anything scratchy, cushion wraps were no exception.

 

poly-fil and cushion wraps

Supplies to Fix Your Cushions

  • 10-20lb bag of Poly-fil
  • Cushion wraps

If you have a sectional, you’ll probably need 20lbs of Poly-fil. My couch probably used less than half of the 10lb box. but now I have left overs, so When my couch gets saggy again, I can fix it quickly.

You can get the materials from JoAnn Fabrics. I advise waiting for a coupon. I got 20% and was able to fix my couch cushions for $70. Much more appealing than buying a new couch.

 

couch stuffing

Step 1: fill the back cushions first

Starting with the cushions against the back of the couch, pull off the cover and begin filling it with Poly-fil. Stuff it until it’s full, but don’t overdo it. You still have to get the cover back on.

 

Step 2: fill the seat cushions

The seat cushions are much harder to stuff. My advice? Don’t take the whole cover off. Cut the cushion wrap to the size you need and push the edges to the front of the cushion. Try to smooth it out as much as you can.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a couch that looks like it’s brand new. Look at the difference! It’s crazy!

re-stuffed couch finished

Add some pillows and you’re good to go.

Happy… crafting? Is that considered crafting? Happy home improvement? We’ll go with that.

DIY Side Tables From Wood Crates

side table from wood crates

Happy Monday! I feel like every time I post now I say it’s been a while. This case is no different. I’m working on getting back to a regular posting schedule. As most of you know, I just moved so it’s been time consuming to get my house it order.

Anyway, along with the move, we donated our old side tables and needed new ones. I thought it would be a fun Make Something Mondays craft to make my own. The whole project took 2 days and cost about $40. Not too shabby for two end tables, right?

These crate side tables are super cute and really easy to make. They’re time consuming though because of drying time. As long as you have something to do between spray paint coats, you should have no issues.

Keep reading to make your own!

 

Side Table Supplies

  • wood feet
  • spray paint
  • wood crate(s)
  • super glue

Supply Notes:

  1. Choose a spray paint that will stick to wood. I chose Design Mater brand in Blue Sky for mine.
  2. I attempted wood glue for the feet before moving to super glue. Wood glue works, but I was nervous that it might not hold.
  3. I got the wood feet at Lowe’s for $1.50 a foot.
  4. Buy crates and spray paint from Michael’s if you can. If you wait for the 20% off entire purchase coupons you can get 2 crates and 2 cans of spray paint for a little less than $30. Win!

 

Step 1: paint the crates and feet

Spray a few light coats leaving time between each for the paint to dry.

I added 3 coats.

 

glue feet onto wood crate side table

Step 2: glue the feet to the crate

Very carefully glue the feet to the bottom of your crate. Let the glue dry over night.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a lovely new side table for your living room, bedroom or wherever you need one. I’m a big fan of mine!

Please ignore the crap wallpaper in the background. Along with the new house came horrid wallpaper that we plan to remove this year. I’m very excited to have solid colored walls. Also, if you have any tips for removing wallpaper, I’d love to hear them.

Hope you enjoyed my side table project and try making your own. Happy crafting!

DIY Beaded Wire Wrapped Bobby Pins

diy beaded bobby pins

My hair has been short for a while so I haven’t been able to get it into a pony tail. I’ve relied heavily on bobby pins to add flare. But bobby pins are so boring, right?

I wanted to spice them up a bit. Add more color or excitement to them and I’ve always been a fan of wire wrapping, so I combined the wire wrapped jewelry design that I’ve always loved with the bobby pins for a neat hair accessory.

They’re super easy to make and only took about 15 mins altogether. The supplies are cheap too (wohoo)! Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial.

 

beaded bobby pin supplies

Wire wrapped bobby pin supplies

  • beads
  • bobby pins
  • jewelry wire
  • jewelry pliers and wire cutters

 

 

wire wrap sizing

Step 1: cut the jewelry wire

Pull your wire out and straighten it as much as possible. It should be about the length of both of your pliers.

 

Step 2: Thread the wire through the bead and bobby pin

connect the bead to the bobby pin by threading the wire through the bead. Then criss-crossing the edges through the bobby pin.

 

Step 3: wire wrap the bobby pin

Begin to wrap the wire in a circle around the bobby pin. Be sure to leave a small amount of wire. Wrap that up inside the wrapping to keep from exposing the sharp edges.

If you need to clean up the wire, use your pliers to squeeze everything together a bit.

 

diy beaded bobby pins

Repeat until you have as many designed bobby pins as you’d like. Use them when your hair is up or down or gift them to a friend.

Happy crafting!

How to Remove Rust From Dumbbells and Weight Plates

rusty olympic weight plates

When my husband and I decided to buy a house, one of his only requirements was that it had room for a gym. Fortunately, we found a home with space. When we started buying weights, we learned that, to get a good deal, you sometimes have to settle for rusty plates and dumbbells.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard to remove the rust. So, If you’re trying to get a discount on weights, don’t let the rusty ones deter you from buying them. It’s a smelly process, but totally worth it.

Follow the instructions below to try it yourself.

 

Supplies needed to remove rust from weights

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • stainless steel brush
  • Large tote or plastic box
  • Rust-oleum spray paint (optional)*

 

When we got the weights they looked like this. Not totally covered in rust, but they were not in the best shape.

 

steel brush the weights

Step 1: brush off the rust

Using a steel bristol brush, scrape off as much of the excess rust and chipping paint as  possible.

 

Step 2: Soak the weights in vinegar and water

Pay attention to the recommended dilution ratio on the vinegar you buy. Use that ratio of water and vinegar and soak the weights for about 3 days.

I recommend keeping them somewhere you don’t have to spend much time because it smells bad. I’d recommend a garage or basement.

Also, when you’re finished and dump out your solution, make sure you pour it down a large drain and not in your yard. The vinegar will kill your grass.

Note: We used 4 bottles (64 fl oz) of vinegar. We also took some of the less rusty weights out earlier and got similar results. If your weights have a lot of rust, they will need more time in the solution.

 

weight plate after rust removal

Step 3: Dry the weights

Take the weights out of the vinegar solution and dry them really well. If they’re exposed to moisture, they’ll begin to rust again.

The plate in the image above is the same plate pictured in step 1. looks much better now. It has not been spray painted. I was shocked to see the difference!

 

spray painted weight plates

Step 4 (optional): spray paint the weights

In the image above, the first plate has been spray painted. The other was just removed from the vinegar solution and dried.

 

When you’re done, you’ll have some fancy, seemingly new weights. And they look so nice!

 

weights soaking in vinegar/water solution

Look at the round iron dumbbells. Super rusty, right?

 

spray painted York dumbbells

These are the same ones!

So, if you’re considering buying weights, don’t avoid the rusty ones. And if you’re considering getting rid of your rusty weights, don’t do it! Use this process to fix them up instead.

Hope you enjoyed this one.

Happy crafting!

DIY Gemstone Bar Earrings

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

Hi. It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? I feel like I need to re-introduce myself or something. I promise I’m not abandoning Make Something Mondays, but it’s been a crazy 2 months. In short, my husband and I bought a house and moved, along with a bunch of other goodies. It’s taken a while to get packed, moved unpacked etc but, I’m back in action!

I have a great new lineup of craft projects! This week I’m showing you how to make some fun gemstone earrings. It’s an easy and functional craft project which, to me, makes the best ones.

Follow the tutorial below to make your own!

 

gemstone earrings supplies

Gemstone earring supplies

  • gemstones
  • earring rod
  • earring hooks
  • jewelry pliers

 

gemstones on earring rods

Step 1: line up the gemstones

String the stones onto the earring rod. Leave some space at the top.

 

bar earrings gemstones

Step 2: loop the earring rods

Using your jewelry pliers, create a loop at the top of the earring rods like in the above image. Don’t completely close the loop.

 

gemstone earrings

Step 3: attach the earring hooks

Slide the earring hooks into the space you left in your loop in the last step. Close the loop.

 

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

You’re done! Plan a date night and flaunt your new, fun earrings.

Hope you enjoyed. Happy crafting!