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.













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 Happy Planner Insert

DIY Happy Planner Folder Insert

Happy Monday! For today’s craft project I’m going to show you how to make a Happy Planner folder insert. It’s the beginning of the year and it seems like everyone, including myself, is trying to get organized.

I cannot remember my life before planners. I used them all through high school, college and now in my professional life. Apps are fine, but my planner really does keep me on schedule. I’ve used many different kinds, even bullet journals. But this year I decided to try the Happy Planner. Why? Honestly, because I had coupons at Michael’s and I’ve heard so much about this darn thing that I couldn’t pass it up. Plus, it’s a bonus if I can get craft and planner supplies in the same store.

The big problem I had with this planner is that there’s nowhere to store papers, business cards, notes to myself, etc. That’s not going to work for me. With that in mind, I set out to create my own folder inserts. I know many of you are organizers and planner advocates, too, so I thought you could benefit from my exploration.

By the way, this can be used for other planners, as long as they are disc bound or in a binder of some sort. So don’t run away because you don’t have the same brand.

Let’s get started!



Materials for Happy Planner folder inserts

  • pencil
  • scissors
  • planner
  • hole punch
  • standard folder
  • double-sided tape or glue (which I forgot to put in the picture)


trace your planner insert

Step 1: trace the planner insert

If you have a Happy Planner, use one of the separators or covers as your template.

If you don’t have the same brand, you can use one of the standard pages as your template.

Line it up along the edge of your folder where it folds over. Don’t forget to trace the holes!


cut the folder

Step 2: cut out your soon-to-be folder insert


Cut along the lines you traced from your template.


disc bound planner folder in progress

Step 3: make it insertable

Using a hole punch, cut holes along the edge where your folder will be inserted into the planner.

I couldn’t find my single hole punch so I just used a 3-ring punch. You can use whatever you have available.

Then cut a small slit from the punched hole through the edge of the fold.


measure folder for accuracy

Step 4: test your measurements

Insert the folder to make sure it fits.


Step 5: folder-ize it

Draw a straight, angled line downward from the fold to the right edge of the folder.

Then cut across and up the fold.




When you open it, you should have something that looks like this.


glue folder edges

Step 6: glue/tape the edges

This is the last step! Using double-sided tape or glue, adhere the bottom and right edges. Not the folded edge!


DIY Happy Planner Folder Insert

Now you can pop it into your planner and fill it with all of the reminders, confirmations, sticky notes and whatever else you need to make you a more productive, organized human.

I think I’m going to make a few of these! One for every month? Maybe that’s too many.

I’d love to hear what you think! 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.



Step 2: glue the wick into the teacup

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



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!

DIY Magnetic Bookmarks

DIY magnetic bookmarks

Do you like reading? Like, physical books. Not just ebooks. Me too. I also keep a planner to help with organization. That’s why I love the idea of these magnetic bookmarks. Especially since they’re easy DIYs.

Regular, rectangular bookmarks are great, but sometimes they fall out, or it’s difficult to find them in the pages. The magnetic bookmarks are easy to find because they wrap around the top or side of the pages. They won’t fall out either since the magnets hold them in place.

So, if you are interested in something different to help with your page marking and organization, follow along with the tutorial below to make your own.


magnetic bookmark supplies

Materials needed to make magnetic bookmarks

  • scissors
  • magnets
  • glue stick
  • cardstock paper
  • scrapbook paper/ribbon/Washi Tape


cardstock paper strips

Step 1: Cup strips of cardstock

Cut a few strips of cardstock (for however many bookmarks you want to make).

They should be about 2-3″ tall and 4-5″ wide.


How to make homemade bookmarks

Step 2: fold the cardstock in half

Fold one of the cardstock strips in half.


magnetic bookmarks designs

Step 3: decorate

Measure your cardstock and cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the same size.

Glue it to the cardstock.


craft project: homemade bookmarks

Step 4: make it magnetic

Cut the magnets to size and glue them onto the bookmark: one on each side.


DIY magnetic bookmarks

Make all kinds of magnetic bookmarks! Use scrapbook paper, ribbon, Washi Tape…. whatever you like decorate yours.


DIY magnetic bookmarks for journals

They’re great because they fit over several pages so I can bookmark 2 pages at once. Or use more than one to bookmark a few pages.


DIY magnetic bookmarks for planners

Use them for planner organization too! I know there are a good many of you who are planner users and bullet journalers who would appreciate these.

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy crafting!


DIY Christmas Ornament Door Decor

diy framed christmas ornament decor

This month’s theme for The Craft Challenge is Christmas. I’ve had this one planned for a month or so and was excited to get started on it. Shadow boxes are so neat, but I never could think of something to put in them. So, why not Christmas ornaments?


DIY Door Decor supplies

Door decor materials

  • Ribbon
  • Shadow box
  • Christmas ornaments

Note: I started with a cheap frame from the Dollar Store, but decided to switch to a much more stable shadow box from Michael’s. 


ribbon for Christmas ornaments

Step 1: cut the ribbon

Cut a few strings of ribbon, preferably multiple colors, to different lengths.


Christmas ornaments

Step 2: string the Christmas ornaments

Use the ribbon you just cut to string the Christmas ornaments.


hanging ball ornaments

Step 3: tie the ornaments to the shadow box

Pull apart the shadow box and tie the ornaments around the inner frame.

Tie them at different lengths to add some additional visual appeal.

When you put the box back together, be sure to move the tied ribbon as close together as possible so that they’re centered.


hanging christmas ornament craft

If they’re different lengths and you get diverse styles, you’ll end up with something like the above image.


diy framed christmas ornament decor

When you’re finished, hang it on your door and enjoy the holidays!


The Craft Challenge

this blog post is part of The Craft Challenge. Be sure to check out Emily’s Christmas themed craft over at A Pop of Red.