Bottle-cap magnets are a fun way to add a little personality to your fridge, and are a gift friends and family will love.
I follow Martha Stewart’s instructions, and have found that it’s a pretty easy process (although using clear casting resin for the 1st time was intimidating). I use a 1″ hole puncher and stamp out the circles, the glue them into the bottle caps with enormous amounts of ModPodge, let it dry thoroughly and then pour in a thick layer of clear casting resin. After the resin is totally dry, about 24 hours later, I glue on a super strong magnet on the back and, ta-da, bottle cap magnets.
What you’ll need:
- 1-inch circular craft punch
- Any interesting paper (I often use scrapbooking paper)
- Craft glue or ModPodge
- Bottle caps
- Clear casting resin
- Contact cement
- Small magnets (I recommend these by Rare Earth)
- Using the craft punch, cut out pictures. Using craft glue or ModPodge, attach one picture to the inside of each bottle cap. Let dry thoroughly.
- Cover a work surface to protect it from spills, and lay caps on top. Following manufacturer’s instructions for clear casting resin, fill each bottle cap to the rim. Let dry overnight.
- Using contact cement, attach magnets or thumbtacks to the backs of the bottle caps. Let dry overnight before using.
I found a tutorial for these tile coasters a year ago and have made them quite a few times since. They are so easy to make and inexpensive as well. Last year, I gave sets of 4 out as Christmas gifts, and my friends loved them!
Any scrapbook paper can be used. Ross and T.J.Maxx often have scrapbook paper (I got a book of over 100 sheets for less than $5 at Ross). Also, JoAnn’s frequently has coupons that can be used on any regular-priced item. Instead of scrapbook paper, you could save the Christmas cards you receive this year and make a set of holiday coasters for next year’s Christmas gifts.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tiles from your local hardware store (4.25″ x 4.25″)
- Scrapbook paper (3.75″ x 3.75″)
- Felt or cork (4.25″ x 4.25″)
- Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- Glue (i.e. Fabri-tac or other strong adhesive)
- Clear acrylic sealer
- Acrylic paint
- Small paint brush
- I followed the instructions from The Cottage Mama’s blog, but made two customizations:
- I extended the felt to cover the entire bottom of the tile (4.25″ x 4.25″). The Cottage Mama’s instructions had you cut the felt at 3.75″ x 3.75″.
- I also painted the edge of the coaster as I wanted to hide the rough edges. I used Martha Stewart’s metallic gold acrylic craft paint, and applied the paint at the very end (after Step #6 in the tutorial).
Wrap four of these coasters up with some beautiful ribbon and you’ve got a gorgeous handmade gift.
P.S. – If Christmas cards are piling up and you’re running out of ways to display them, these creative Christmas card projects on Better Homes and Gardens are easy-to-make and will put holiday greetings to good use.
I made these lovely lavender sachets earlier this year for my bridesmaids. Quick, easy and inexpensive to make, I think that they would also make a great gift for friends/family during this holiday season. You could stamp with holiday images of snowmen, snowflakes, Santa, Christmas trees in colors of red or green…use your imagination!
The instructions I followed are from PaintCutPaste.com, but I did make mine with one variation. As I didn’t have any rubber stamps on hand, and didn’t want to leave the house just to find a stamp, I made a simple heart shaped stamp from a potato. A potato stamp is easy to make and very inexpensive, and if you don’t know how to, I recommend watching the How to Make Potato Stamps video from Martha Stewart.
Here’s what you’ll need to make linen lavender sachets:
- Linen fabric
- EITHER rubber stamp(s) and ink pad(s) in color(s) of your choice OR potato stamp(s) and fabric paint(s) in color(s) of your choice if using a potato
- Sewing machine
- As mentioned, the instructions I followed are on PaintCutPaste.com, but used a potato stamp instead of a rubber stamp. If using a potato stamp, do allow the paint to dry before sewing. Please do let me know if you have questions.
This is our first Christmas in our new house, and I decided to make new Christmas stockings for the fireplace mantle. I love the rustic look of a burlap stocking, but wanted to soften it up a bit, which is why I decided to add a quilted cuff with a lace trim.
I found the best tutorial for making a lined stocking with a cuff on the Cluck Cluck Sew website. McCall’s has a free stocking pattern (with instructions) online, but as I don’t have a printer at home, I used last year’s Christmas stocking as the pattern and cut 5/8″ larger than the stocking’s edge.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fabric for the outside of the stocking – I used burlap
- Fabric for the lining of the stocking – I used linen leftover from another project
- Fabric for the cuff – I used the Diamond Double Faced Quilt Fabric
- Fabric for the hanging tab – I actually used twine, but you could use the burlap and sew a tab
- Lace (optional)
- As mentioned, the best tutorial was on the Cluck Cluck Sew website. The only change I made was to add a piece of lace to the bottom of the cuff. I added the lace before I sewed the raw edges of the cuff together.
I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy decorating for the upcoming Christmas season!
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I got married a couple months ago, and my husband and I made a lot of the decorations for our outdoor, DIY, rustic themed wedding. Thanks hubs! 🙂 Most of our projects were pretty easy, and I thought I’d share a few of the things we made, beginning with the wedding signs.
Before we started making the signs, we walked the wedding venue and decided what signs we needed – Parking or Ceremony or Photobooth or Dancing. This also helped us decide what size each sign should be (the Parking sign by the road needed to be large so it was easy to see, while the Ceremony sign could be smaller). I had seen an adorable use of Mr. & Mrs. signs on the back of the bride and grooms chairs and knew I wanted to do that too.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wood – the size and shape are up to you
- Paint – the color is also up to you
- Lettering – I used the Vladimir Script font
- Carbon paper
- Paint brushes of assorted brush sizes – I used a tiny/small brush size the most often
- Sealer or lacquer
- I followed the instructions on My Pink Life’s blog, with the exception of Step #3 & #4. I liked the natural color of most of the wood I used, so I didn’t prime or paint it. For the Mr. & Mrs. signs, as this was new wood, I actually wanted it darker, so I applied a dark walnut wood finish.
If you are interested in seeing the photos from our wedding and/or the inspiration for the wedding decor, please check out my Facebook album and/or my Pinterest board.
Hello again! It’s been over a year since I have made a post! Life got a bit busy. I started a new job, then got engaged/married, and bought a house…all in the same year! Now that life has slowed down, I have more time for crafting…and blogging. Yea!
Last week, inspired by Martha Stewart’s Autumnal Door Arrangements, my friend and I made our own versions of the seasonal door decorations. Only a few materials are needed, and you may find that you already have most of what’s needed. Unfortunately, the caning was impossible to find! I substituted burlap, which turned out amazing and was probably way cheaper! I decided to use fresh flowers instead of dried or artificial silk and got the Autumnal flora from a variety of places – JoAnn’s, the grocery store, even my own backyard.
- Floral wire or floral tape
- Caning or burlap
- Decorative ribbon
- Autumnal flora arrangement (dried or fresh)
If you found caning and will use that instead of burlap, follow Martha’s instructions. However, if you will be using burlap as I did, you’ll want to follow these steps.
- Bind the stems of foliage, twigs, and flower bouquets using floral wire or floral tape.
- If using fresh flowers, wrap ends of stems with a damp paper towel or newspaper and secure a small plastic bag over the towel/paper with the floral wire.
- Position burlap as a diamond, and wrap the sides around, enclosing the bouquet. To secure, tie a piece of string around.
- Wrap with a decorative ribbon (I used a brown ribbon I saved from Pottery Barn), tying it in back for a tailored look. Run a wire through the back to hang.
I also made an arrangement that didn’t hang on the door. Instead I used a plate stand to prop it up. Worked perfectly!
I have quite a few old, half burned candles packed away in a closet, with little intention of using again. I knew that there had to be a way to get new life out of the candles, but what? And how easy would it be to do? I’ve never melted wax before!
Turns out it’s super easy to melt down an old candle. Simply put the candle(s) in a pot, turn the burner on medium and the wax will melt. I would recommend buying an old pot from Goodwill/Salvation Army because you will ruin the pot.
For the containers, I found inspiration online – use old tea cups from Goodwill or Salvation Army. I decided to expand the idea and use old Mason jars too.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tea cups and/or Mason jars
- Candle wicks
- Wick stablizers
- Candle scent (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Pencils or kabab sticks
- Clean the tea cups and jars thoroughly and dry completely.
- Place candles in the pot and put the pot on a stove with the burner on medium. If candle is already in a glass container, simply place the glass container into a pot of water on your stove burner. Water should reach no more than halfway up the glass sides. Heat the glass container in the water over a medium flame until the was is pourable.
- While you are waiting for wax to melt, cut candle wicks. The candle wick should be 1-2″ longer than the depth of the cup/jar. Attach one end of the wick to a wick stabilizer (I didn’t use them, but wish I had).
- Place your wick in the center of your cup/jar and glue the base down with a dab of hot glue. Let dry.
- When wax has melted, pour into the cup/jar. You can gently adjust the wick to make sure it is straight after you poor the wax in. You may need to hold the wick in place with pencils or with kabob sticks.
- Let sit until the wax is cool and solid.
- Trim wick down to 1/4″.
I have a few final FYI’s:
- Be cognizant of what colors you are melting together.
- Wax is very hard to clean up from counters. In order to help with cleanup, cover your work space in newspaper. wish I had done that.
- Wax’s flash point is 300 degrees F, don’t let it’s temperature exceed 250 degrees.
First post! I’m excited!
I made this jewelry organizer a few years ago, but recently gave it a facelift to match my new apartment. That’s one thing I love about it. So easy to change to match a new color scheme or theme.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- An old frame. You can find these for a few bucks at any Goodwill or Salvation army.
- Spray paint (if you want to paint the frame).
- Foam board. If I remember correctly I picked mine up at a Bartell’s. If not, any craft store will have it.
- Glue gun or craft glue
- Mounting T-Pins
- Craft Razor Knife
- Clean the frame. If you found one that doesn’t need painted, skip to step #3.
- Spray paint the frame. I recommend 2-3 light coats. Be super careful not to put on too heavy of a coat or it will run. Let dry.
- Cut the foam board to fit the frame. I found a Craft Razor Knife to be the easiest. You probably could get away with scissors since no one will see the edges.
- Cut the fabric to fit the foam board. Leave 2-3 inches of fabric beyond the edge of the foam board. You’ll need this extra fabric!
- Heat up your glue gun. Put the fabric face down on a table. Center the foam board over the fabric and turn the fabric over the edges of the board. Glue the fabric down. Again, don’t worry about it being neat. It’s on the backside an nobody will see. Let dry.
- Fit the covered foam board into the frame and glue down along the lip of the frame. You can use a glue gun or a stronger craft glue. You will need to be a bit more careful with the glue because it could leak through to the front of the frame. Let dry.
- A quick way to hang is to hammer in two nails, one on either side of the frame, towards the top. Secure a piece of wire to each nail.
- Arrange the t-pins to your liking. And re-arrange as your jewelry collection changes.