My Portable Craft Space

ideal portable craft space

It might surprise you that I don’t have a craft room since I’ve been crafting and sharing tutorials on this blog for almost 3 years now. I’ve always worked on my projects at my kitchen table or on the floor (depending on the potential mess level). So, it’s about time that I start thinking about making a craft area to call my own.

Why haven’t I thought about this yet? Well, I have location commitment issues. I’ve moved 7or 8 times in the past few years. Not because I had to, but because I get bored doing the same things all the time. If I live in the same town too long, I see the same scenes, go to the same restaurants… you get the point.

So, long story short, my designated craft area has to be something that is portable. I won’t be able to depend on anything permanent like built-in bookshelves or drawers to hold my supplies. Here’s my plan.

My Portable Craft Space Wishlist

Inspirational Artwork

Lot 1410 Abstract Oil Painting

Lot 1410 Abstract Oil Painting by Thomas Lee

Any good craft space needs some inspiration, right? So I would pick vibrant, colorful artwork like this oil painting to hang within view of my craft table. I love how the colors blend so well, but each one still clearly defines a new section. Gorgeous!

I found it on invaluable.com if you want to check it out. There are a ton of great paintings on that site in different genres, mediums, etc. Good stuff.

Portable Craft Table

DIY craft table

DIY craft table via House on the Way

You know I love DIY projects so, of course, I’m going to make a craft table myself, if at all possible. I found this really great tutorial on House on the Way on how to make your own. It’s small, looks like it’s lightweight and has storage space on the sides. I think I would make mine a bit longer so that it had a little extra storage space, but I really like everything about this one.

Filing cabinet

fabric storage for small spaces

via Sew Many Ways

I know, a filing cabinet in a craft room? I would’ve thought I was crazy too, until I saw this post on the Sew Many Ways blog. If you cut hanging folders in half, you can lay fabric over each section and file it away. I doubt I have that much fabric, so I could probably fit it all into one drawer and use the others for extra storage. This system is perfect for those of us who don’t have a lot of space.

Extra Storage

Spinning storage

DIY Spinning storage caddy via HGTV

I loved this idea that I found on the HGTV website. This cute storage caddy is made out of a lazy susan, cake pans, and candle sticks that were glued together. This could sit on top of the craft table with my most-used items like Mod Podge, scissors, a hot glue gun and sticks, etc. I could paint it orange to match that lovely painting!

tin can pencil holder

tin can pencil holder via Better Homes and Gardens

I could finish it off with some up-cycled tin cans for pencil and marker storage. I seriously have a ton of colored pencils, pens and markers that I could put in these. Then I could decorate them with some orange and yellow scrapbook paper.

What do you think? Do you have any more ideas for me?

DIY Dripping Halloween Candles

DIY Halloween candle crafts

Since this is my last Halloween craft for Make Something Mondays this year (so sad), I wanted to pick one that was quick and easy, but also one that would add some flare to your parties this weekend. These candles are the are a little creepy, but not tacky, so I thought they would be the perfect addition to your Halloween decor.

They’re very easy to make and I got everything (except the scented wax) at the Dollar Store. They probably took about half an hour to finish and costed less than $5. Can’t argue with that, right?

DIY halloween dripping candle materials

Things You Will Need
crayons
Pillar candles
Lighter/matches
Scented wax (optional)
Scrap paper or newspaper

Step 1
Before you do anything, lay down some newspaper because this is going to get very waxy!

dripping wax

Candle wax for Halloween craft

pink and green candle wax

Step 2 (optional)
I don’t like the smell of crayons, as I imagine most of you don’t. So I started out by dripping scented wax (I used Scentsy but you can use whatever you want) down the sides of the candle. This way, while the candle is burning I will smell raspberry vanilla, ocean breeze, and sweet pea rather than purple crayon.

When I got the whole way around the candle, I set the rest of the wax on the side near the flame so that it would create a pool that will continue to make the candle smell great throughout the night.

green crayon wax

green wax over candle

Step 3
Take the paper off of your crayon.

Hold the crayon over the flame and when it start to melt, let it drip down the sides of the pillar. Make your way around the candle, but linger on every 3-4 drips to let the wax fall farther down each time. It gives it a pretty cool effect.

dripping candle wax project

DIY Halloween candle crafts

When you’re finished, you should have some awesomely waxy candles that not only look fun, but also smell good (assuming you participated in step 2).

You can layer colors or shades as well. With the purple one, I mixed some purple and black wax for a little bit more depth. I think I like that look the best. Your choice though.

This was a really fun project. Probably my favorite project this year (in terms of decor). It could be a fun bonding craft to do with your teens as well. Fair warning though… I don’t even know how many times I burnt myself.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Dyed Pantyhose

DIY dyed red stockings

Did you know that you can dye your pantyhose any color you want? I heard that the other day and thought how hard can it be? Honestly, it’s cake.

I thought you ladies could really use this tutorial for your Halloween costumes. Want to be a devil? Then you’re going to need some red pantyhose. A witch? You might want some green or purple ones. Why bother spending $30 on them at the Halloween or Party stores when you can dye the ones you already have?

My point exactly.

dyed panty hose materials

Things You Will Need
Pot
Strainer
Pantyhose
Water flavoring
Large plastic spoon

dying options

These are the two flavors I used to make my red pantyhose. I was shooting for more of a deep red than a bright red, so I added some grape flavoring as well.

dyed water for stockingsStep 1
Pour enough water into your pot to fill it about half way full.  Make sure the water is warm but not to the point that it will boil. So, put the burner on a medium setting.

panty hose in water

red panty hose

Step 2
When the water is warm you can drop your pantyhose into the pot.

Important note: make sure you continue to stir the pantyhose. You want the color to distribute evenly and if you stop stirring it, the color will get splotchy.

I left mine in for about 15 minutes. Choose your length of time based on the color of the fabric. Just remember that since it’s wet, it will be a little bit darker than it will be when it dries.

straining panty hose

Step 3
When you’re satisfied with the color of the pantyhose, go ahead and pour the contents of the pot into a strainer.

Don’t ask me how they turned out red when the water was blue… no idea.

rinsing dyed stockings

Step 4
Rinse your pantyhose until the water runs clear.

Then wring them out and rinse again. Make sure there is absolutely no excess color in the water.

hanging-stockingsStep 4
Go wring them out really well. Then hang them up to dry. Make sure they aren’t bunched up. You want everything to dry evenly.

DIY dyed red stockings

When they dry, you should have some awesomely colorful pantyhose! I was really considering making a few pairs of these or even trying to get some multi-colored pairs. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of how they turned out.

The greatest thing is, you don’t have to use the brands I used. If you have Kool-aid or Mio or something else sitting around, it should work on your pantyhose, as long as it colors your water.

What do you think? Want to give it a shot? What color would you choose?

DIY Girly Baby Headband

DIY baby headbands

My cousin is going to be having a baby girl soon and I went to her baby shower yesterday. She had a craft table set up with stretchy handbands, felt, buttons, hot glue and other fun stuff so that each person there could make a headband for her new baby. (She’s crafty like that and I love it!) I thought this would make a great Make Something Mondays project for those of you who have little girls of your own or know someone who might be having one soon.

The results are so cute and they are so easy to make. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

DIY headband options

There were several DIY options available and she even made instructions to go with them. Sooooo you are going to get a few DIY projects today.

Baby Pom Pom Headband

diy pom pom

 

DIY baby pom pom headband

Step 1: Cut your felt to the size of the Pom Pom strip to the side of the paper.

Step 2: Fold the felt in half and glue it at the bottom.

Step 3:  Cut vertical strips into the folded edges of the felt.

Step 4: Roll the up and glue it as you go.

Glue it the headband and you’re done!

Baby Bow Headband

DIY felt bows

 

Step 1: Using the templates, cut the shapes in the felt.

Step 2: Glue the ends of the bow underneath.

Step 3: Glue the bow loop and bow base together

Step 4: Glue on the center of the bow.

B-E-A-U-tiful!

Flowers With Buttons Headband

DIY flower headband

 

Step 1: Cut out your felt shapes using the templates. You will want a larger flower and a smaller flower.

Step 2: Layer the smaller flower on top of the larger one, add the button to the center and sew them to the headband.

This one is so cute!

Circular Flower Headband

DIY flower button headband

 

Step 1: Cut out 4 felt circles, each one a bit smaller than the last.

Step 2: Cut small slits in the edges of the flowers to represent the petals.

Step 3: Layer the flower circles from small to large and sew a button in the middle.

This was probably the easiest one to make.

 

I just loved this idea for a fun baby shower project. I’d love to know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Washi Tape Candy Jar

 

DIY Washi Tape Candy Jar

 

Everyone needs to spice up their decorations once in a while, but that can get expensive. Some people like to spend the money to do that, but I am not one of them. As you’ve probably noticed from my Make Something Monday’s crafts, I’m a little bit frugal. So, for this week’s DIY project, I decided to go with a fun and frugal craft. It’s super easy to make and took about 15 minutes to make, not including drying time. AAANNNNDDD it costed about $4. It is amazing how Washi Tape can transform and decorate.

I know, I’m calling it a candy jar and putting cashews in it… but I’m trying to keep junk food out of my house, so bear with me and pretend that it’s candy in there.

DIY Washi Tape candy jar materials

Things You Will Need
Jar
Washi Tape
Waterproof glue
Candle stick holder

You can find all of the materials to make your own DIY Washi Tape candy jar at any craft store. You might even be able to find it at Walmart.

Washi Tape

 

Washi Tape jar decoration

Step 1
Stretch out your Washi Tape and evenly wrap it around the top of your jar.

I decided to add one more layer around the top and one around the bottom as well.

waterproof glass glue

Step 2
Circle the glue around the top of the candle stick holder and press it into the center of the bottom of the jar. The candle stick holder will act as a base for the jar.

Make sure you let the glue dry for a while. My glue suggests that it dry for at least 24 hours. Make sure the room is well ventilated too… This stuff is strong!

DIY Washi Tape Candy Jar

 

Pile in your candy (or cashews) and enjoy!

If you wanted to get really fancy, you could make a few jars with similar colors but different patterns, and sit them on a glass candle square. The candy and Washi Tape could add a whole new level of decoration via color palette.

Let me know what you think!

DIY Air Freshener

DIY air freshener

This DIY air freshener is potentially one of the easiest, effective crafts I have ever made for Make Something Mondays. It doesn’t look like much but, I promise, it works well.

DIY air freshener materialsThing You Will Need:
Jar
Baking Soda
Essential oils

 

DIY air freshener

Step 1:
Pour the Baking Soda into the jar until it fills up about 1/4 of the jar. Maybe a little less.

 

DIY air freshenerStep 2:
Add some drops of each of the essential oils of your choice. It will eventually form clumps from the oil, so make sure you break them up with your fingers or a spoon.

You can add a lid with holes in it if your want to, but I plan to leave mine open.

DIY air freshener

 

You’re done! It took about 5 minutes and it smells fantastic! I used Dotera Oils (lavender and lemon) and put the air freshener in my bathroom. It smells soooooo good!

Happy crafting!

DIY Glitter Candle Holders

DIY glitter jar with candle

I love candles! If you have followed me for a while, I’m sure you are well aware of that. So,  wanted to make some cute New Years themed candle holders. Since the January 1st is coming up quickly, I thought I would share this one with you. It is super easy to make and, if you’re up for spending some time with your (little) kids, they will enjoy this one too!

coat the jar with Mod PodgeThings You Will Need:
Jars
Brush
Glitter
Paper towels
Mod Podge (gloss finish)
Tealights/flameless candles

*If you don’t put paper towels down before your start, you are going to hate yourself. The glitter goes everywhere!

coat the jar with Mod PodgeStep 1:
Using your brush (or sponge), coat the inside of the jar with a thin layer of Mod Podge.

 

drop glitter in the jar

DIY glitter candle jars

Step 2:
Before the glue dries, drop some glitter in the bottom of the jar. Put a lid on the jar and shake it up. You can always add more glitter if you want to.

Pour the remaining glitter out of the jar. (This is where the napkin comes in handy.)

Let the glue dry.

DIY sparkly candle jar

 

Step 3:
Drop your (lit) candle down into the jar.

 

DIY glitter candle jars

 

DIY glitter jar with candle

 

Beautiful! It makes a great craft to do with your kids and might even make a cute New Years centerpiece! Go ahead and experiment with colored glitter (you already know what silver looks like), and even the thickness of the glue. Since it has a gloss finish it will always dry clear. So, the more glitter you can get to stick, the better it will look.
Happy crafting!