DIY Beach-Inspired Candle Centerpiece

beach-inspired candle centerpiece

I took a trip to Clearwater, Florida with family earlier this year. I saved a water bottle full of sand and seashells in hopes of making a fun craft in memory of the trip.

Unfortunately, I threw the sand bottle in my mom’s suitcase before we got on the plane and she took it home with her, which is about an hour and a half from my home in Pittsburgh. This past weekend I was able to get it back and start my beach craft project. So exciting ūüėÄ

candle centerpiece

Beach-inspired centerpiece supplies

  • sand
  • candle
  • seashells
  • glass vase

Note: I switched vases halfway through my project. I decided that I prefer the look of the square vase for this one, rather than the cylindrical vase.

Sand in the vase

Step 1: add sand

Pour your sand into the vase and shake lightly to even it out.

Sand and seashells

Step 2: arrange the seashells

Drop your seashells in right around the glass wall of the vase.  Push some of the seashells into the sand for a more realistic look.

beachy centerpiece

Step 3: add the candle

Place your candle in the center and light it.

beach-inspired candle centerpiece

This is such a quick and easy way to remember your beach vacations.

I did another beach memory craft a few years ago, and it’s still hanging on my wall. So, I keep the memories going.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them 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.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Seashell Rings for Summertime Style
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Heather from ShiftMama: DIY Retro Glitter Bracelets
Martha from The Art in Martha: Alien Stuffies
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Watercolor Birthday Card
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Magazine Clippings Upcycled Journal
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Planner Clip Holder Flipbook

Happy crafting!

DIY Peppermint Lemongrass Yoga Mat Cleaner

diy yoga mat cleaner lemongrass peppermint

Yoga has been such a great part of my life for the past, I don’t know, 7 years. One thing I struggled to find that I liked was a cleaner for my yoga mat. I’ve tried a bunch of store bought variations, but they either don’t work or leave a strange smell on the mat. I’m not a big fan of that. It was time I tried to make my own and I’m pretty happy with the results.

The cleaner only includes 2-3 ingredients and you might have them already. I chose to mix two oils together, but you can use one if you prefer. Find a scent you like and go with it.

 

yoga mat spray supplies

Yoga Mat Cleaner Supplies

  • spray bottle
  • witch hazel
  • essential oils (lemongrass, peppermint)

 

essential oils yoga mat spray

Step 1: add your essential oils

Add 4 drops of each essential oil and shake the bottle to mix them together.

 

yoga mat spray witch hazel

Step 2: use Witch Hazel as your base

Fill your spray bottle with Witch Hazel and shake to mix with the oils.

 

diy yoga mat cleaner lemongrass peppermint

You’re done already! Spray down your yoga mat and wipe it down with a soft cloth to get it clean. Give it some time to dry and you’ll be ready to start your practice in no time (without having to worry about sweat on your mat).

I’d love to hear what you think! Do you like the oils I chose? What would you choose? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

DIY Upcycled Travel Tin

accessory travel tin

I always carry hair ties and bobby pins with me when I travel. I think I’ll want to leave my hair down but it just gets irritating, so I pull it up. My hair is so thick that one hair tie doesn’t last very long. A few days, maybe. That’s where my travel tin comes in. I don’t know how I ever traveled without it.

Mint tins are perfect for upcycles like this. The closure works really well, and they hold a decent amount of stuff. Give it shot!

 

travel tin supplies

Travel Tin Supplies

  • tin box
  • brush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Magnets
  • Mod Podge
  • scrapbook paper

*You can ignore the Diamond Glaze in the image. I have no idea why I left that in there.

 

travel tin plans

Step 1: trace the tin

Line the tin up on the back side scrapbook paper and trace it. I’m showing traces of the top and bottom in the image above. You’ll want to trace the entire tin though, including edges.

Cut them out when you’re done.

beautify an Altoid Tin

Step 2: decorate your travel tin

Line the cutout up on the tin and glue it in place.

 

upcycled altoid tin

Step 3: add a sealant

Add another 1-2 layers of Mod Podge to the scrapbook paper. This will create a sealant that will protect the paper from getting dirty or ripped.

 

magnetic strip for bobby pins

Step 3: glue on the magnet

Cut the magnet into a strip and glue it to the inside of the lid. This will come in handy if you plan to carry bobby pins in your travel tin.

 

accessory travel tin

When you’re ready, load up the tin! I like to carry hair ties, bobby pins and barrettes and such in mine, but you can carry whatever you want. It might be a good place to store first-aid kit elements like band-aids, wipes, gauze etc.

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

Happy crafting!

DIY Essential Oil Air Freshener

DIY homemade air freshener

I hate the air fresheners you buy in stores. Granted, some smell really good for for like a day, but really all you’re doing is breathing in things you shouldn’t. I’ve read a lot about it because I like candles or anything that keeps a room smelling fresh. I don’t know if that’s all true, and I’m certainly not trying to freak anyone out, but I’m not willing to take chances.¬†That’s why I always make my own.

Today, lemongrass was my scent of choice. It’s made with a few ingredients and you probably have at least one of those in your kitchen right now.

Interested in making your own? Keep reading.

 

homemade air freshener supplies

Homemade air freshener supplies

  • glass
  • essential oil
  • baking soda
  • ribbon (not pictured)
  • square piece of fabric (not pictured)

I used an old sampling glass but you can use whatever jar you have available.

 

jar of baking soda

Step 1: freshen up with baking soda

Baking soda helps to neutralizing odors so we’re going to use it as the main ingredient in out air freshener.

Pour your baking soda into the glass/jar. I usually fill mine about half way.

 

essential oil lemongrass

Step 2: add the scent

Pour in 5-7 drops of oil and mix it around with a fork. The prongs on the fork help to mash up the oiled baking soda and allow you to disperse the oil more evenly.

Repeat 3-4 times until you’re happy with the smell.

 

air freshener

Step 3: cover and fasten

Use your square fabric to cover the top of the glass and tie it shut with a bow.

 

DIY homemade air freshener

Place it anywhere you’d like and shake it up when you can’t smell it anymore. You can always add more essential oil, too!

You should change it out every month or so to keep the room smelling fresh.

If you’re interested in more replacements to air fresheners and candles, try some grapefruit wax melts!

DIY Grapefruit Candle Wax Melts

Happy crafting!

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: Spring Ribbon Wreath
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: Spring Wreath
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Shaker Cards

 

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!