DIY Key Holder

DIY Key Holder

 

I cheated a little bit on this weeks DIY project. I didn’t really make the key holder, I just painted it. But I wanted a key holder, and this one was cute! Call me a nerd but I like the way the light hits it. Anyway, this was an easy one. So, for all of you who think you can’t craft (I promise you can), this one is for you.

I bought the key holder at Walmart, where you could also get the acrylic paint and a paint brush.

 

DIY Key Holder Materials

 

Things You Will Need:
Water
Paint brush
Acrylic paint
Key holder

 

DIY Key Holder

Step 1:
I am somewhat anal about using paint. So, I just added a little bit to the paint brush and started working.

 

DIY Key HolderStep 2:
Don’t forget the inside edges and the back side of the wood text. It doesn’t seem like a big deal to paint the back, but I promise, if you don’t, some day when you take it off the wall, you will think eww, that looks bad.

 

DIY Key Holder

 

Step 3:
Let it dry. It won’t take more than a few minutes, since the paint is acrylic.

 

DIY Key Holder

 

That is a cute DIY key holder, don’t you think? It could probably use some polka dots or some other decorative element, now that I’m really looking at it… Thoughts? What would you put on it?

DIY Fall Leaf Bookmark

diy leaf bookmark

 

I’ve made DIY bookmarks before, and I like them, but the problem was that they extend the pages of the book. I like to carry my books with me, so when I used those bookmarks and put the book it my purse, it would always fall off the pages. So, I decided to make another version. This one is obviously fall inspired. I considered using scrapbook paper, but then decided to use leaves since there are so many of them on the ground outside this time of year. Let me know what you think!

 

diy leaf bookmarkThings You Will Need:
Leaves
Scissors
Mod Podge
Paint swatch
Paint Brush(es)
* Hot melt glue is optional but recommended. If you are impatient, like I am, it makes the process go a bit faster.

 

diy leaf bookmarkStep 1:
Cut the paint swatch in half and round the edges.

 

diy leaf bookmarkStep 2:
Glue the first leaf to the paint swatch. Press down and hold for a few seconds to make sure it sticks.

 

diy leaf bookmarkStep 3:
Repeat step 2 until the whole paint swatch is covered.

 

diy leaf bookmarkStep 4:
Add a thin layer of Mod Podge over the leaves. This will act as a sealant and will leave a gloss cover when it dries.

 

diy leaf bookmark

 

There you go. A quick and easy festive bookmark. You most likely won’t lose this one in your purse either!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

DIY Ombre Tote Bag

Ombre tote bag via Make Something Mondays

This week’s Make Something Mondays project is a DIY ombre tote bag. Everyone seems to be so excited about the ombre style that I wanted to see what the hype is about. The whole way through this DIY, I kept thinking it is only okay. When I finished it though, it looked beautiful! I’m a big fan. Maybe just because the tote bag is pink? I’m not sure. I hope you guys enjoy this one!

Materials for making your DIY ombre tote bag

Things You Will Need:
Scarf
Tote bag
Paint brush
Fabric glue
Fabric paint
Masking Tape (not pictured above)

*If you are interested in making your own tote bag there are a ton of patterns on Pinterest. I bought mine at Pat Catan’s but you could find one at any hobby shop.
*I highly recommend Martha Stewart muti-purpose paints. I’ve never had a bad experience with these and you can use them for almost anything.

lay out your masking tape

Step 1:

Lay out your masking tape. Make sure it is pressed down tightly against the fabric.

step 1 to your ombre tote bag

Step 2:

Paint panels 1 and 3 to make the process move quickly. Let it dry for one hour before removing the tape.

*As you can see, I didn’t think this through and painted panels 1 and 4, so it took me an extra hour to do this. I’m trying to save you some time 😀

step 2 to your ombre tote bag

Step 3:

Remove the tape for panels 1 and 3 and lay out the tape for panels 2 and 4. Paint panels 2 and 4. Let dry for one hour.

fabric glue for your ombre tote

Step 4:

Using your fabric glue, adhere to scarf to the sides of the tote bag. You could sew this if you wanted to but I am going to be lazy and use fabric glue. It works just as well.

DIY ombre tote bag

There, you have yourself a cute ombre tote bag! I plan on using mine for a beach vacation that I am overly excited for!

Ombre tote bag via Make Something Mondays

Happy crafting!

DIY Smashbook

I’ve missed ONE Make Something Mondays in over a year and the one I missed, I posted the following morning because it was over Christmas. I think that is decent. So, today, I am going to take Monday off. However, I still want you to get the enjoyment of crafting on Monday.

I went in search of a craft that I would probably make and that you would probably enjoy. Until today, I had no idea what a smashbook was. I was scouring the internet for craft ideas to show you guys and I found a DIY smashbook. What the heck is that? It is like a scrapbook, but more awesome. I found this craft/DIY project at Little Birdie Secrets. The following images, text were written/taken by Little Birdie Secrets. I hope you enjoy it because I think it is an awesome idea! I would definitely make something like this.

 

Our featured notebook is a simple composition book (we found it at Target for $.50) covered with patterned paper and a little ribbon. Your child will never have to ask to borrow a pen or pencil again with this clever design. (We scraplifted this idea from a Close To My Heart ad.) Plus those mini pens and pencils are adorable.

Cut a piece of cardstock to fit the front, back, pen area, and spine of your composition book. Glue all pieces on using the adhesive of your choice (we like Mod Podge, but be sure to smooth out all the bubbles with a brayer or bone folder). Lightly sand the edges of the paper so it “becomes one” with the notebook cover. We zigzag stitched along the seam through the paper and cover with a sewing machine just for fun.

Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around and tie a bow, plus a little extra for the pen loops. Zigzag stitch the ribbon in measured spaces to accomodate pens and pencils (be sure to use the pen or pencil as a guide so it’s the right size). Secure the rest of the ribbon to the book with a little MonoAdhesive or double-sized tape so it doesn’t slip off.

We used a Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes in the cover and place large eyelets at the top. Then we tied a little ribbon through them and attached a scrap of paper with a stylish paperclip. This would be so cute with the owners name on it instead of “notes.”

DIY Heart Hand Warmers


diy-hand-warmer

 

I was thinking about Valentine’s Day. What is something practical that I would want on this holiday? I would like hand warmers because I don’t like to be cold. I’ll make them BLUE heart-shaped hand warmers 😀

 

 

materialsThings You Will Need:
Rice
Fabric
Needle
Thread
Scissors

 

heart-shaped-fabricStep 1:

Cut two pieces of fabric into identical heart shapes.

 

 

sewing-heartsStep 2:

Sew the hearts together using close stitches. Leave a small opening like the image above.

 

 

heart-fabric

 

Step 3:

Flip the fabric inside out so that your stitching is hidden.

 

 

rice-fillingStep 4:

Fill the fabric with rice and sew the rest together.

 

 

heart in hand

 

You should have something that looks like this. Now duplicate for matching hearts.

 

 

diy-hand-warmers

 

Lovely. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave and you hand some cute Valentine’s Day hand warmers 😀

 

 

 

 

DIY Fall-Inspired Votive Holder

diy candle holderI know its February and that I should be doing winter or valentines day crafts, but I am really longing for fall right now. I miss semi-warm, sunny and breezy days. I really want to see changing leaves, candles in people’s windows, and pumpkin pie. No idea what is going on in my head right now. Maybe all of the snow is getting to me… Anyway, all of this inspired me to make this fall-inspired votive holder. It is super easy and pretty cute 🙂

votive holder materialsThings You Will Need:
Paper stamps
Votive holder
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Tissue paper

tissue paper leavesStep 1:

Stamp out all of the tissue paper designs you want for your votive holder. I just cut out a few because I didn’t want to go overboard, but your design might look much better in excess. You decide.

leaves and mod podge

Step 2:

Get a small amount of Mod Podge on your paint brush and make a tiny circle on the glass where you want you tissue paper design to go. Place your paper design on top of the glue and lightly put another layer over the top. Remember how fragile the tissue paper is. If you add too much glue it will most likely fall apart.

Note: Wherever the glue is applied the glass will look frosted. In the picture above there is glue outside of the area where the leaves are. I cleaned this up with a dry paper towl. Do it quickly though; the glue dries fast.

Let it dry.

diy candle holder

Voila! A cute, fall-inspired votive holder. Can you tell that the candle is flameless?

Happy crafting 😀

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses | Make Something MondaysI am sure you’ve seen these redneck wine glasses around. At first, I thought, who would want something like that? Little did I know, A LOT of people wanted them, so they are buying the glasses online from ebay and Amazon. No thank you… I can make this myself.

Call it peer pressure if you would like, but I am trying to keep an open mine here. Just like my site quote states, “Keep you head open, something might fall it”. It is true. These redneck wine glasses are pretty fun.

redneck wine glasses materialsThings You Will Need:
Mason Jar
Candle Stick Holder
Waterproof, Glass Adhesive

*There are plenty of glues out there that will work for this. 9001 was kind of a multipurpose glue. You can pick whichever glue you want. Just make sure it is waterproof.

redneck wine glasses step 1Step 1:

Add a layer of glue to the top of the candlestick holder. If you are using the same glue I used, let it sit there for 30 seconds or so. You want the glue to get tacky first.

close-up redneck glass

Step 2:

Try to center your mason jar on top of the candle stick. Hint: If you take the lid off and look down into the jar when you are adhering the glass together, it is helpful.

Let it sit for 24 hours before using it. I have heard that it is dishwasher safe but I haven’t tried it yet. If you don’t hear anything more from more, it hasn’t blown up and it is safe.

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses | Make Something Mondays

Happy Crafting!