DIY Notebook Pen Loop

notebook with pen loop

Every notebook should have a pen loop. Notebooks and pens are like partners in crime, right? One without the other is useful, but they’re better together. My Moleskine notebooks included.

I get tired of digging in my purse for something to write with so it was time to make a pen loop for my notebook. It was surprisingly simple and takes 1 minute to create, literally.

pen loop supplies

Pen loop supplies

  • pen
  • scissors
  • notebook
  • hot melt glue
  • elastic ribbon

 

notebook pen holder

Step 1: measure and cut your ribbon

Choose a thin pen to use as your foundation for measurement. Since the loop is elastic, it will expand for your larger/wider pens.

Wrap the elastic ribbon around the body of the pen. Pinch the ribbon where it meets and make sure there’s about half an inch of ribbon available before you cut it. Use the image above as a reference.

 

elastic pen loop

Step 2: hot glue the ribbon edges

While still holding the ribbon in place, remove the pen and glue the ends together. You want to leave space for the body of the pen. Glue from where you’re pinching the ribbon to the ends.

 

make a pen holder for notebooks

Step 3: choose the placement of the pen loop

Put the pen back into the loop. Then, open your notebook to the back and decide where on that back cover you want to place the loop.

You might want to use a pencil to mark the location.

 

diy notebook pen loop

Step 4: glue the loop to the inside of the back cover

Hot glue the ribbon in place and let it dry.

 

You’re done!

If you’re an artist and carry a sketchbook, or someone who carries a planner or bullet journal, this will be so helpful!

I wish I would’ve done this when I was a student. The elastic ribbon is so cheap and it doesn’t take long at all to make the pen loop. I could’ve glued one of these to every notebook I ever used for class.

Now they’re on every sketchbook and notebook I frequently use.

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

Happy crafting!

 

 

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DIY Swirl Wire Wrapped Toe Ring

diy wire wrapped toe ring

It’s summer. It’s warm and sunny (sometimes) and it makes me think of flip fops, bright pink nail polish and toe rings. I like them a lot, and used to have a few. Instead of buying more, what does a maker do? We make our own.

Get some good wire and some jewelry pliers. Let’s get to wire wrapping!

 

diy toe ring supplies

DIY Toe ring supplies

  • Thing-A-Ma-Jig
  • jewelry pliers
  • jewelry wire

 

wire jewelry design

Step 1: make the first wire swirl

Using the rounded pliers, twist the wire until you’ve made a swirl.

 

swirl wire wrapping

Step 2: create the ring loop

Use your Thing-A-Ma-Jig to create the loop that will become the ring.

 

toe ring wire wrapping

Step 3: create the second swirl

Now, you’re going to do the same thing you did for the first swirl for the second. The only difference will be be that the swirl will twist in the opposite direction.

 

diy wire wrapped toe ring

When you’re finished, you’ll have your own wire wrapped toe ring!

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 July craft projects.

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

Emily from A Pop of Red: Paper Mache Rain Cloud
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Trifold Gift Card Holder
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Criss Cross Tshirt
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Tulle Pom Pom Necklace

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Dryer Sheets with Essential Oils

diy dryer sheets with essential oils

Store bought dryer sheets are gross. They’re filled with chemicals that get into our clothes and onto our skin. I don’t know about you, but I’m not into that.

I started using dryer balls not too long ago and I like them a lot. However, they’re pretty loud thumping around the dryer. I was looking for an alternative and a friend (thanks, Kel) recommended that I make my own dryer sheets.

Now this method involves vinegar, which I HATE the smell of. Hate is probably an understatement. As you can imagine, I was apprehensive about getting vinegar anywhere near my clothes. Surprisingly, you can’t smell it at all after you pull them out of the dryer. I’m hooked!

The best part is that you probably have most of the stuff to make your own dryer sheets already.

 

supplies to make dryer sheets

Supplies needed to make your own dryer sheets

  • fabric
  • scissors
  • white vinegar
  • essential oils
  • glass jar/container
  • 1/2 measuring cup

If you need/want essential oils, you can get a great starter pack on Amazon of lemon, lavender and mint. I like doTerra oils.

 

vinegar & essential oil cleaning combo

Step 1: combine vinegar with essential oils

First, pour half a cup of vinegar into the jar.

Then put about 10 drops of essential oils into to jar. 10 drops per oil.

Mix the liquids together.

 

fabric scrap sheets

Step 2: cut the fabric scraps

Cut your fabric scraps into rectangles. I didn’t measure, as you can see. But the shortest one is about 6 inches tall.

 

dryer sheets from fabric scraps

Step 3: soak the fabric sheets

Fold your scraps in half and place them into your jar.

Put the lid on and shake it so the vinegar and essential oil mixture soaks the fabric sheets.

 

dryer sheets made with essential oils & vinegar

These are a great substitute for those yucky dryer sheets.

When you’re ready, wring out one of the fabric sheets and throw it in the dryer with your clothes. Turn on the dryer and your good to go.

 

diy dryer sheets with essential oils

I’d love to hear what you think. Have you tried this before? Are you thinking about it? Leave your thoughts/feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Sewing Box from a Cigar Box

diy sewing box made from a cigar box

My current excuse for a sewing box is a mini mason jar and it’s overflowing. I’m definitely in need of a bigger one so I was on the lookout for a way to make one.

My husband occasionally smokes cigars and has accumulated a few cigar boxes over the years. I won’t let him throw them away because I know I can upcycle them when I think of the right project. These boxes are perfect for sewing boxes because they’re spacious and sturdy (since they’re usually made of wood).

Grab the materials below and we’ll get started!

supplies for making diy sewing box

Supplies to make your own sewing box

  • nails
  • scissors
  • cigar box
  • Mod Podge
  • super glue
  • sponge brush

 

scrapbook paper cutouts

Step 1: measure and cut scrapbook paper to decorate the cigar box

Measure your box, or trace the edges, onto the scrapbook paper and cut out the pieces.

 

cigar box upcycled craft

Step 2: glue the scrapbook paper to the cigar box

Using the Mod Podge, glue the scrapbook paper to your cigar box.

Let it dry.

To protect the paper, add another layer of Mod Podge on top (after the glue dries).

 

sewing box craft Step 3: glue in the nails

Using the super glue, adhere the flat top of the nail to the bottom of the cigar box.  Make sure you space them out appropriately for your thread.  I tend to buy mini sewing kits so I left space for some big spools and some small ones.

Let it dry.

Slide your thread spools over the nails.

diy sewing box made from a cigar box

When you’re done, you’ll have a nicely organized thread box! Now I have to figure out what to do with the needles. As you can see, they’re just strewn about. Any ideas?

Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Kitchen Roll Organizer From A Cereal Box

diy kitchen roll organizer

Those kitchen rolls, like plastic wrap and aluminum foil, drive me crazy because I can’t close my drawers without mangling the boxes. Recently, I finished a family-sized box of Cheerios and realized I could fit the rolls inside, so I wanted to find a way to upcycle it for kitchen storage.

Turns out, I had some plastic holds that I could use to hang it. The cupboard door seamed like a good location since it’s convenient, but out of the way. Now my drawer space is free for other things.

Want to make your own? Keep reading!

 

diy kitchen roll organizer materials

Kitchen organizer supplies

  • scissors
  • Duck Tape
  • family-sized cereal box
  • plastic stick-on hangers

 

cereal box kitchen organizer

Step 1: cut down the front of the cereal box

Following the creases, cut about 2 inches down the front of of the cereal box.

To ensure the cuts are even, fold it down and line it up with the edges. Then fold across and cut on that line.

 

upcycled cereal box

Step 1: cut diagonally upward from the front

Now, from the corners of the cut you just made, cut diagonally upward toward the top corner of the box.

Repeat for the other side.

 

cereal box upcycled crafts

Step 3: remove the back flap of the box

Cut across the top of the cereal box to remove the back flap.

 

Step 4: Duck Tape the box

Use the Duck Tape to decorate the box. You’ll want to cover the whole thing starting with the bottom and working your way up.

 

kitchen organizer duck tape

When you get to the top, just fold the Duck Tape inside.

 

kitchen organizer hangers

Step 5: place the stick-on hangers

Cut a small hole on the left and right corners of the backside of the cereal box.

Push the hangers through so the flat side is facing the outward.

Apply the sticky tape to the back of the hangers.

 

kitchen organizer plastic wrap aluminum foil

Step 6: hang the kitchen organizer

Stick your organizer wherever seems convenient. I choose the inside of my sink cupboard.

 

diy kitchen roll organizer

Fill it with plastic wrap, aluminum foil, plastic baggies or whatever else you want.

Hope you enjoyed this one. Happy crafting (and upcycling)!

 

 

DIY Mini Beach Sunset Painting

mini beach sunset painting diy

I haven’t painted anything in SO long! That’s why I got excited when I found these mini canvases. I could have time to paint, but on a smaller scale. And they’re so cute. Who wouldn’t love these? I think I’ll make one for every season and keep them on my desk at work.

They don’t take long to make and definitely add some oomph to your space, wherever that may be. You only need a few supplies and some small paint brushes.

 

mini canvas painting supplies

Beach Sunset Painting Supplies

  • acrylic paint
  • mini canvas
  • paint palette
  • cup filled with water
  • paint brushes (small brushes)
  • paper towels are helpful

 

acrylic paint

Step 1: choose your paint

Pick the colors you want to use.

My recommendations:

  • blues
  • pinks
  • purples
  • oranges/yellows
  • black
  • white

I’d also recommend white in case you don’t have light versions of those colors. you can mix to get a lighter variation.

I chose a medium and light of each color.

 

pink sky mini canvas

Step 2: start the sunset with pink

Paint the medium pink across the top right corner of the canvas. Make that section pretty thick.

Then, paint white from the middle of the canvas to where the pink starts.

Use the heavy amount of pink paint to cover your brush again and brush downward into the white until you have a gradient like in the image above.

Use your colors here! Mix in some of the light purple or light pink to give the sunset some depth. Play around with it until you’re happy.

 

sunset painting tutorial

Step 3: sunset with blue

Do the same thing you did above, but start with blue. don’t use a dark blue, but a medium blue, teal or turquoise. It will look really nice with your pink.

Again, paint across the top left corner and use the paint to brush downward into the white.

Note: acrylic paint dries fast. If it dries before you get to blend, just wet your paint brush a bit and the paint will start working for you again.

 

Step 3: paint the ocean

While the sky dries, we’re going to work on the ocean. Start with a bold blue line across the painting. I like to start it up a little bit higher than the center.

Pull the paint downward as you go. Use multiple shades of blue or some white. You can cover the whole bottom, but you don’t have to since we’ll be adding some sand. (You won’t be able to see much sand once we’re finished though.)

Then, use the white paint to add a some streaks (in a triangular shape) down the center of the water. This is going to be our reflection.

Mess around with the colors a bit. Get some good streaks in there.

soon to be beach scene

Step 4: paint the sand

Get your yellows and golds together for the sand. Paint it across the bottom at an angle. Notice how the left side is higher than the right?

Don’t put too much effort into this part. Most of it is going to get covered up with the plants a few steps down. We just need some sand-colored coverage for the bottom.

In the step below, you can see that I played around more with my ocean and sand. Don’t be afraid to layer the colors. It makes a cool effect.

mini beach painting tutorial

Step 5: paint the setting sun

Now that the sky is dry, we’re going to go back up and paint the sun.

First, you want to add some yellow in there. Try to make a light yellow, almost a cream color. Keep the yellow between the blue and the pink and down toward the ocean.

Maybe add a few light streaks of that into your ocean for the reflection.

If you want to make any touchups to your sky, now is the chance. Once we add the sun, it’s all over. Not really, but it will be harder.

Get white paint on your brush and dab it in the middle of the yellow to make a small circle. Don’t paint a circle. Dab it. If you paint it, it will mix will the other colors and your sun will become less vibrant.

 

small sunset beach painting

Step 6: paint the beach plants

What is a sunset with a silhouette? I know it’s scary. You just made this beautiful beach and now you’re going to add black. Don’t freak out! It’s going to be okay.

Get black paint on your thinnest brush. No water for this one.

Start at the bottom of the left corner with your brush at the bottom of the painting and brush upward. Don’t apply pressure. This is a very light gesture. It’s okay if you can see the texture of the canvas. You can go over the plants again later. Keep going until that section is mostly covered.

You can add some white, gray or blue highlights along the grass.

You should also add some puffier plants. I have no idea what those are called but you can see them in the finished image below. Just paint small upward streaks on one of those grass blades. Repeat a few more times.

mini beach sunset painting diy

Voila! You made your own beach painting! And it’s so cute and little that you can display it anywhere.

I’d love to hear what you think. What colors are you going to use? Where are you going to put it?

Happy crafting… errr, painting!

DIY Manly Beard Balm

diy manly beard balm

A few years ago I made my husband, then boyfriend, some beard oil because he was complaining that his beard was getting itchy. He’s gone through a few bottles and it’s worked well. But sometimes he wants something that can be used for styling/taming.

That’s where the beard balm comes in. I wanted a mixture that would moisturize his beard while also taming the facial hair. I came up with a pretty standard combination of ingredients used in lotions and moisturizers. Then I used doTERRA Balance essential oil for scent. The woody smell is wonderful and it’s supposed to promote calmness and relaxation. I don’t know if that works, but it’s a nice thought because he’s a busy busy man.

 

manly beard balm diy supplies

Beard Balm Supplies

  • 1oz Beeswax
  • Small container
  • 2oz Raw coconut oil
  • 1.5oz African Shea Butter
  • 10 drops essential oils (not pictured)
  • Candle Making Pot (not pictured)

 

beard balm ingredients

Step 1: combine beard balm ingredients in pot

Portion out your ingredients and combine them all into the candle making pot.

 

beard balm mixture

Step 2: melt the ingredients

Put the pot on the stove on medium heat and let it all melt.

This is when you want to add the essential oil. Stir well.

 

beard balm for men

Step 3: pour out the beard oil

Pour the mixture into a small container and let it harden. It will probably take about an hour to harden completely.

 

diy manly beard balm

When ready, get a little bit of the balm on your hands to soften it up. Then rub hands together and apply to beard.

My husband’s feedback:

  • I love the consistency
  • It smells good and not too strong
  • Works well

I’ll take it!

Hope you enjoy it! As always, I’d love to heard your feedback.

Happy crafting!

 

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 June craft projects.

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

Emily from A Pop of Red: Popsicle Stick Necklace Craft
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Martha from The Art in Martha: Flower Thank You Card
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Cool Treats Cards
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Faux Embroidery with Fabric Markers
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: How to Dress Up a Terracotta Pot
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Coming soon!

Happy crafting!