Category Archives: Crafts

DIY Instagram Magnets

We’ve all seen ads for companies that make instagram magnets – for the low low price of a lot of money.  Making my own was much easier and cheaper than I imagined.

instagram magnets

Here’s what you need:

Prints of your instagram pictures
- You can either get them printed at walgreens or another photo printer, or print your own on slightly thick paper. I printed my own on 60 lb paper in two sizes – 2 and 2.5 inches (2 inches is authentic instagram size, but I wanted some bigger ones as well).

Magnet Paper
- I bought a roll of magnet paper at Michaels (Jo Ann’s didn’t carry it) for about $10 and used a 40% off coupon.  One roll did quite a few – I made three sets of between 8-12.

Scissors

First, cut out your instagram picture.

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Then cut out a similar size (a hair bigger) magnet. Peel off the paper, line up a corner of the instagram picture as close as you can, and press them together. Smooth over with your fingers to get rid of any air bubbles.

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Use your scissors to trim around the magnet to tighten up the edges. That’s it!

The finished project:

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A New Hobby: Embroidery

As if I don’t have enough half-finished art/craft projects sitting around, I’ve decided to add a new hobby to my list.  Embroidery!  I’ve been seeing a lot of cute embroidery lately – displayed in the hoop they were sewed in – and hung by a nail or ribbon.  See examples HERE, HERE, and HERE.

My first project was a small embroidery of a tea cup for my youngest sister who is obsessed with tea.  I found a free pattern online, printed out a copy, and headed to the craft store for supplies.  I bought several small and medium hoops (super cheap), embroidery thread (super cheap), and off white cotton (super cheap).  I went home and sketched the pattern from the paper onto my fabric using a sun-filled window as my back lit drawing board.  I used simple stitches and finished the embroidered pattern within a few days of sewing during my down time.  I then took the frame apart, stained the wood brown with some acrylic paint, put the frame and fabric back together and stitched some felt on the back.  That was it!

 

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wooden embroidery hoop

 

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pattern

 

finished embroidery

finished embroidery

 

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back

 

I just completed my second embroidery last night for my sister-in-law who just had her second baby a few weeks ago.  It’s pretty cute as well (pictures to come after she’s received it).  A future goal is to create my own patterns.  That is, if I don’t get distracted by something else first.

Pinterest Stuff I Would Like to Make Someday Soonish

Here are a few of my recent Pinterest craft / recipe  cravings:

I just need an excuse to make this. And not just a normal night, or I will eat it all.

Sweet Paul Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake

 

Perfect for a holiday party.

Broadway, Holiday Drink

 

Front porch garland, perhaps?

Pine Cone Flower Garland

 

Fun necklaces, that I could paint any color under the sun.

Bauble Necklace

 

Can someone I know please have a baby girl so I can make you some of these?! I have two nephews and a best friend’s baby boy coming this spring…so no girls.

Painted Onesie

 

Pumpkin Day

Tis the season for pumpkin carving and pumpkin seed roasting.

sketching Jack Skellington, this year’s design

 

*Good to know: sharpie can easily be wiped off a pumpkin with a paper towel soaked in hand sanitizer.

 

carving it up

 

finding a good use for all the extra paint we have on hand

 

finished

 

prepping the seeds

 

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Post 100: Cork Coaster DIY

I’m a little surprised, this is actually my 100th post! And a DIY post, even better!  I have had my eye out for funky coasters for over a year and hadn’t really found any I love.  I decided to make some, and lucky for me there are a lot of DIY’s out there to choose from.  Most of them, however, use ceramic tiles as their base.  Our future house has wood floors so I didn’t really think that was a great option for us.  Cork was the next best thing.  Soft, durable, and you can still decoupage a paper of your choice on top.  I found packages of 6 round cork coasters at hobby lobby for under $3.  The paper I used is from some stationary I bought in high school that I’ve always loved but never had a great use for.  I love how they turned out.

Supplies:
Cork coasters  (round or square, from a craft store)
Decorative paper
A few foam brushes
Mod Podge
A stick piece of paper or cardboard and a pen
Sealer (I used spray sealer we already had on hand)

 

supplies

 

1.)  Place a coaster on the piece of stiff paper or cardboard and trace around it to make a cutting guide for your decorative paper.

2.) Cut out your decorative paper using the shape guide you’ve just created. (One for each coaster)

3.) Using a foam brush, spread a layer of mod podge on one side of the cork coaster, and place your decorative paper cut-out on top of it.  Then give the paper a layer of mod podge.  Let the coasters dry. Apply a second coat and allow to dry overnight.

4.)  After the mod podge has completely dried, give the coasters a layer of sealer.  Let this dry, and you have yourself a set of coasters!

 

Drying between mod podge layers.

 

the finished product