Crafts

  • diy halloween decals with duct tape make jack o'lantern faces with black duct tape to decorate your planters
    Crafts,  holidays

    DIY Halloween Decals With Duct Tape

    Oh yes, you can make your own Halloween decals with duct tape. Specifically, black duct tape. This is a super easy, smile-inducing craft that will make it look like you purchased some fancy vinyl decals online instead of using the roll of black duct tape that’s been jammed in the back of your junk drawer. Honestly, black duct tape has never looked better. The sky is the limit with this craft. I made jack o’lantern faces and bats. The jack o’lanterns were my favorite. However, you could make witch hats, cats, ghosts, or something I haven’t thought of. Let’s get started! Materials Needed To DIY Halloween Decals With Duct Tape:…

  • how to leaf stamp on wood using house paint or craft paint fresh leaves and a wood round
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    How To Leaf Stamp On Wood

    Get ready because I’m going to show you how to leaf stamp on wood. It’s an easy craft that looks like a million bucks when you’re done. Plus, it’s a lot of fun! You really only need 3 basic things to leaf stamp on wood: paint, leaves, and a flat piece of wood. Two of those things you probably already have: leaves and paint. Let’s get started! Supplies Needed: Leaves (You’ll need freshly picked leaves that lie flat.) Wood rounds (Mine are 7-8 inches in diameter and come in an 8-pack.) Paint (I used house paint, but almost any type of paint like craft paint will work.) Ribbon Staple gun…

  • diy wood acorn wreath using wood acrons, wood beads, and wire fall wreath
    Crafts,  decorating

    DIY Wood Acorn Wreath

    If fall is your favorite season, you are going to love this DIY Wood Acorn Wreath. Bold words, I know. This wreath might not have pumpkins or spice but it does have an underrated but ready for its moment item – acorns. Yes, acorns. Wood acorns to be precise. If you didn’t know wood acorns were a thing, this craft is going to blow open the door of possibility for you. I, for one, can’t wait to see what you create. But let’s start with this Wood Acorn Wreath. Materials Needed: wood acorns (I used 16 acorns out of a package of 20.) 20 mm wood beads (I used 16…

  • grey and white striped bowl cozy from Crafty Wanda via Etsy in praise of bowl cozies
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    In Praise Of: Bowl Cozies

    I recently visited an Amish market and a vendor was selling bowl cozies. Bowl cozies?!? I had never heard of such a thing. Have you? It’s SUCH a good idea. Do you know how many times my kids have spilled ramen noodles all over the floor because the bowl they microwaved their ramen in was too hot? Me neither. I stopped counting a long time ago. A bowl cozy is, in essence, a pot holder shaped like a bowl. You can microwave a bowl while it is sitting in the bowl cozy. This means you won’t burn your fingers handling a hot bowl out of the microwave. I didn’t even…

  • flagstones directly on the ground flagstone path metal awning painted with brush on hammered copper paint
    Crafts,  DIY

    4 Places To Use Brush-On Hammered Copper Paint

    You’ve probably seen hammered paint of all colors in a spray can but have you seen brush-on hammered copper paint made by Rust-Oleum? It’s the paint you didn’t know you needed until now. Prepare for your mind to be blown intrigued. The hammered paint does come in a spray can version, but I prefer the brush-on version. Here are 4 places where I’ve used brush-on hammered copper paint. On drip edge metal flashing: You might have a small shed like ours that has drip edge flashing right below the roof. Our flashing was looking a little worse for wear and I painted it with the hammered copper paint. The paint…

  • how to turn a clock into a picture frame a broken brass clock turned into a picture frame
    Crafts,  decorating

    How To Turn A Clock Into A Picture Frame

    What can you do with a clock that isn’t working? You can fix it, you can get rid of it, or you can turn it into a picture frame. Yes, it’s possible, under many circumstances, to turn a clock into a picture frame. Here’s how: First, start with any clock that has the potential to be a picture frame. This will most likely be a tabletop clock or mantel clock. I found this brass clock at the thrift store. Now, take apart the clock so that you can access the clock face. You might need a screwdriver for this part. Pay attention as you go or take a picture of…

  • diy retro stripe painted visor or hat use fabric paint to paint stripes on a visor or hat
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    How To DIY A Retro Stripe Painted Visor Or Hat

    Have you ever used fabric paint to jazz up your clothing? I used fabric paint to DIY a retro stripe painted visor and I love how it turned out. If I can do this craft, you can definitely paint a visor or hat. How do I know? Well, there aren’t many rules. So, most anything goes. This is one of those low pressure, therapeutic crafts that’s also practical because you can wear your creation. Let’s get started. Supplies needed to make a retro stripe painted visor or hat: visor or hat of your choice (mine) fabric paint (this set comes with paintbrushes) paintbrush paint palette or paper plate to mix…

  • no sew denim bunting banner flag banner made from old jeans
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    No-Sew Denim Bunting Banner

    I’m excited to share a no-sew denim bunting banner with you today. Honestly, it took me longer to decide what to call this creation than it did to make it. According to the internet, which never gives false information, flag banner, flag bunting, pennant bunting, pennant banner, and 4 million other iterations of those words were also acceptable names. Thanks, internet. Super helpful. I made these denim bunting banners to hang over my son’s bed. They replaced the crepe paper streamers that had been hanging there for 11 months. ELEVEN! I hung the streamers up for his birthday and never intended them to be up for more than a day.…

  • egg painting kids activity using paint filled eggs thrown at a canvas
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    From The Archives: Egg Painting

    Easter is almost here and I thought this was a good time to share a classic post from the archives about the time I learned what egg painting was all about. This learning experience ended up beingĀ eggcellent and it happened while we lived in Ireland and our children attended a Montessori-based elementary school. Enjoy! On the list of superficial worst nightmares, kids throwing paint ranks pretty high for me. Twenty kids age 4 to 11 filling eggshells with paint and throwing the eggs (hopefully) at a canvas? What could possibly go wrong?!?! Oh, I could think of one or a million things! Especially when I saw there was a bottle…

  • DIY wood cube cord holder charging cord holder
    Crafts,  DIY

    DIY Wood Cube Cord Holder

    Today I’m going to show you my latest creation, a DIY Wood Cube Cord Holder, and how you can make one yourself. Cord management for all of our electronic devices seems like a universal problem we can all get behind. That’s a rarity in our world! I’ve been on a kick to contain, manage, and wrangle all the charging cords in our house. It’s a thankless job but someone has to do it. My laptop charging cord is particularly wily. If that cord wasn’t plugged into my laptop, it would slide right off the back of my desk. There are adhesive clips you can purchase to solve that problem but…