I’m coming to you from beautiful Old Orchard Beach in Maine! This post is entirely done on my phone, so bear with me!
I really wanted to make t-shirts for the kids and I had seen some cute ones on Pinterest made with bleach pens.
That’s Mr. USA on the left and Miss Independent on the right!
These were super easy to make. Here’s a mostly pictorial tutorial.
You’ll need a T shirt, some chalk, a bleach pen or two and some type of flat cardboard to insert into the shirt so that you’re bleach doesn’t bleed through to the opposite side of the shirt.
Step 1. Insert a piece of cardboard into the shirt. Lay the shirt on a flat surface.
Step 2: Use the chalk to make a rough draft of your design. Do not skip this step and go straight to the bleach. Trust me. I erased my chalk renderings a couple of times before I was happy with the way things looked.
Step 4: Trace over your chalk outline with the bleach pen. This part is way easier than I thought it would be.
Step 5: Allow the bleach to dry for about an hour.
Step 6: Rinse the bleach from the shirt in cold water. After rinsing you may decide to go over your design with the bleach again. I did this on the red t shirt. The blue one didn’t need it.
Step 7: Wash your shirt as you normally would, but you may want to wash it alone or with whites only.
***This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission*** Does anyone else find this to be a super hectic time of year? Right as school is about to end it seems like every sport/instrument/otherkidthing plans a big hurrah, which is awesome and fun but a lot of running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. If I may mom brag for a moment, two of those end of the year events were my daughter’s first solo violin concert (!) and my son’s field day, where he was the fastest in his class! Actually, I’m really not bragging. I’m proud, but I’m not taking credit for their accomplishments. Those are all their own! I can push and prod them into things, but in the end, it’s really their own skill or hard work that gets them across the finish line, literally or figuratively.
Anyway, that went way off on a crazy tangent, didn’t it? My point is, I’ve been crazy busy so I didn’t make anything cool this week. But I did make plans for making some cool things in the next few weeks. Here’s what’s on my craft play list:
No, I’m not building booths, but I am going to try to replicate those super cool pixelated pieces of art. Aren’t they crazy cool?
For the Fourth of July, I am going to use this tutorial from Craft By Photo to make custom t-shirts for my kiddos. I’ll be sure to have this one posted in the next week or so so you can copy!
These pretty watercolors from Burlap and Blue have been on my to do list for a long time, and they are about to get a big ole check mark next to them.
And, last, but not least, how awesome is this Sticker Mandala from Honestly WTF? I’ve been wanting to make some of these with my kids for ages and I’m finally going to do it!
So, you might be wondering, how are you suddenly so organized and have four craft projects already planned? Ok, you might not be wondering that, because you are probably organized and think it’s no biggie to have four projects planned and materials purchased. Like, in advance. For me, this is actually a big deal. I’ve always been more of a buy all of the things, craft all of the things, photograph all of the things and post all of the things at the VERY LAST possible moment kind of gal. But I thought I would branch out a little this time and maybe try being a little less headless chicken for once.
So how did I achieve this feat? Did I have to shop at 57 stores and spend hundreds of dollars? Nope. I hit up my homey Amazon and took care of everything, on the cheap, with just a few clicks. And because I have Amazon Prime, all of my stuff will be here in 2 days. And, yes, they will ship free. Here is what was in my virtual shopping cart. If you would like to craft along with me over the next few weeks, feel free to add them to your cart, too, but, be advised, these are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you purchase something!
Pixelated Art Supplies:
Fourth of July T Shirt Supplies
Watercolor Paintings (I already have watercolors and brushes):
(I’ll use some of the 5×5 canvases for the Mandalas, too!)
In total, the items above come to about $66. Do you want to know what is the best part of this story? I used $40 of the rebates I have earned through iBotta (if you haven’t signed up, you must! For the love of money, sign up! To make grocery shopping fun again, sign up!) to purchase an Amazon gift card, which dropped the price down to about $26! For all of those wonderful craft supplies. Life is good, friends.
I couldn’t let Easter come and go without at least one Easter related craft. You all know my love for felted soap, and when you use multiple colors of wool when felting, you get sort of a pretty Easter egg effect. So, I present to you, Felted Soap Easter Eggs!
Cute, right? I love making felted soap because it is useful and beautiful. This took a little tweaking to also get it to be Easter inspired, but I still used only materials I had on hand to get the soap to be in the shape of an Easter egg. If you haven’t seen my first felted soaps, you can read about how to make them and why I love them here. The only thing I don’t love about felted soap is that I have only ever found the roving wool on-line. So, if you want to make this before Easter, you’re going to need get quick shipping. I got my roving wool from Amazon here. This is the third project I have made with the wool I bought and I still have enough left over to do one more full size bar of soap.
Materials for Felted Soap Easter Eggs
Plastic Eggs (I used four eggs)
Roving Wool in your choice of colors
Melt and Pour soap (1lb package) (This you can get at your local craft store)
Tape (I used electrical tape because I happened to have it close by. Duct tape would work)
Egg carton with some empty spots to hold your plastic eggs while you fill them and they solidify
Nylons that you don’t mind discarding
Snip a hole at the top of your plastic egg. This is where you will pour in the melted soap.
2. Tape the middle of the egg where it opens. AND TAPE THE TWO HOLES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE EGG. I am yelling this at you because I forgot to do this. TWICE! Big mess people. HUGE.
3. Place your egg in the egg carton so that it is in a sturdy spot while you pour the soap in.
4. Melt your soap in the microwave. I cut off two cubes of soap at a time and microwaved them for 30 seconds until they were completely melted.
5. Pour your soap into the egg through the hole you cut. At first, I made a small funnel out of wax paper to pour the soap into, but I eventually discovered that it was just easy to pour it directly into the hole itself. Each egg took about two cubes of soap to fill completely.
6. Allow the soap to harden for several hours.
7. Once the soap has set, remove it from the eggs. This is actually not as easy as it sounds. You will need to sort of free the soap from the egg. There may be some excess to scrape off and you may need to run it under hot water for a minute to loosen the soap a little.
8. Your next step is to add the roving wool to the soap. I will direct you to my instructions on how to felt soap here.
In all this project takes about 30 minutes of actual working time and a couple hours of waiting for the soap to harden. I really love how they came out and I can’t wait to give these as gifts!
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I feel like throughout the winter I have had a deficiency of creative juices. As spring starts to approach, I’m getting back in that crafty mood. I’m not a wreath person (I say that every time I make a wreath and I’ve made a lot of wreaths. See here,here, here, here, here, here and here), but I do love a great, simple, springy wreath for the front door. So I have a DIY Simple Spring Wreath for you to view and (hopefully!) make.
I love how slightly preppy but also romantic this beauty is. And when I say simple, it’s by far the easiest wreath I’ve ever made. Not, however, the least expensive. Here is what I needed to make the wreath:
1 – 14″ Wreath foam– I used a styrofoam one from Michael’s and got for 50% off (about $4.50)
Silk Flowers Stems – Confession. I’ve never bought these before. I have an aversion to fake flowers. I love these though. I got a beautiful, large Peony and one smaller peony, some pretty green smaller buds, some pussy willows and then a couple of sprigs of little white filler flowers. I also got a rose that I didn’t end up using. They were not cheap, however. I ended up spending close to $20 on flowers alone. I did have a bunch of leftover flowers though.
2-3 Rolls of 4 yard, 1 1/2 inch thick, Grossgrain Ribbon – I don’t think you *have* to get grossgrain, but I did and I enjoyed working with it. My recommendation here is do a solid or a pattern, but don’t pick a pattern that will annoy you if it doesn’t line up properly throughout the wreath. Because it won’t line up properly around the wreath. It’s some type of law of Physics. Or Math. My polka dotted ribbon was $2.99 and on sale for 50% off. You do the math. I’m all mathed out.
Begin wrapping your wreath form with your ribbon, hot gluing as you go. Try not to use too much glue as it will sort of seep through the ribbon. Continue until the wreath form is completely covered. I used *exactly* two rolls. It was a little weird.
Apply your flowers and stems to the wreath using hot glue. This is where your inner artist can come out to play. The general plan is to start with the biggest, prettiest flower and fill in around, but go with your heart and know that you can always gently rip it off and re-glue it if you have to. Nothing to fear!
Once your flowers are applied and the glue is dry (a matter minutes if you’re not used to working with a glue gun. Also, if you’re not used to working with a glue gun, sorry about the glue gun burns. That happens. It’s part of the craft game. No pain, no gain) you will want to apply a loop of string or something to the back of the wreath so that you can hang it. I just tied a little loop and hot glued it to the back of the wreath. Don’t overthink it.
Just kidding, there is no step 4! Hang up your wreath and pat yourself on the back while you practice saying, “Oh, thank you! I actually made it myself!” Not that that’s why we craft. But it is a little why we craft, right?
On occasion, the great crafting fairy bestows upon us a craft that is as close to perfect as possible. Today, friends, I have one of those for you. What I’m about to show you is the holy grail of crafts. It is beautiful AND useful. It is inexpensive and it uses limited resources. It is also an upcycle of an item I found at the thrift store. I love everything about all of those things.
So, what am I talking about? It’s a Solid Perfume Locket. Or, a locket filled with solid perfume. Here it is:
Here’s how you make it:
Step 1 – Go to the thrift store and get a locket. Or, scour your mother’s jewelry box.
Step 2 – Gather your supplies:
2. Melt together 1 T of the beeswax and 1 T of the coconut oil.
3. Add in your essential oil to the melted oil/wax mixture. 1 to 2 droppers full should be enough. Start with 1 dropper and add more if you like a stronger scent. Mix well
4. Use a small spoon to add the melted wax to the locket. This takes a tiny bit of patience. You have to hold the locket flat until the wax starts to set or it will spill or puddle. Unless your locket happens to have a flat bottom that will allow the locket to lie flat. I actually held mine flat in the freezer for a minute or two until it was solid enough that if I put it down it wouldn’t spill. That seemed to do the trick.
5. Apply your solid perfume using your fingertip.
After you’ve made one for yourself, how great would this be as a totally unique and custom gift for a friend? Or teacher? Or your daughter who is starting to get into jewelry and perfume and it’s kind of freaking you out?
When I go to our local Savers, there are always tons of cute little vessels and cups and trinket bowls that I’m enchanted by, but not sure what to do with. Until I came up with the idea of Homemade DIY Mini Candles. Ok, I might not have actually “come up with” the idea. I doubt I’m the first person to make a candle in an egg cup, right? What’s important here is that I tried it and you can, too!
Aren’t those little bird egg cups the cutest? It’s little unique things like these guys that I think really bring some personality and individuality to your home. I love Target and all of their stylish home décor, but stuff like this that is unique to me, makes me smile.
Here’s what you will need:
Various small ceramic or glass vessels
Wax for melting (I bought mine at Michael’s)
Wicks (also from Michael’s)
Your favorite Essential Oils
1. First, play with your scents and see what you combinations you like. This was my favorite part. My daughter and one of her friends did this with me and they loved it. A note of advice, write down the combos you like. By the time you get your wax melted, you’ll forget what you tried. Trust me on that.
2. Prepare your wicks. Basically your sticking the wick into your little cup and using a pencil to anchor it until you pour the wax in and it sets.
3. Melt your wax. I melted mine in a double boiler set up on the stove. You can also do it in a crock pot. This was my least favorite part of candle making. I wasn’t properly prepared with the right tools for this and now I have a pot and a bowl and some utensils that can only be used for future candle making.
4. Add your scent or scents to your melted wax, mix thoroughly.
5. Add the melted wax to your vessels. You do need to move through steps 4 and 5 quickly as the wax does start to set quickly.
6. Allow the wax to cool and set and then light your candle and enjoy!
I have been wanting to make a book page wreath forever, but it never made it onto my to do list. This year after Halloween I needed to change up my door wreath, so I thought I would go for it. Spoiler Alert: What I made didn’t end up on the door, so I see another wreath in my future.
Funny aside, before I get to the tutorial. See that ripped spot on the couch? One day I found my son sitting on the couch with a pile of leather scraps and a huge (the blanket is hiding most of it) hole in the couch. When I asked him what he was doing, he said he was making a sculpture. I wasn’t even mad. And now I need a new couch. Win win if you ask me.
So this is a pretty easy and cheap project. It does requiring rolling a LOT of book pages. I broke up the project over two nights, probably less than a couple of hours each night.
DIY Book Page Wreath
1 Wreath form – I used this super cheap (less than $5) 12″ flat wooden frame. I like that it is flat, but I could have used a smaller one and it would have worked well.
Book pages – I used an old book I had, but you could thrift one if you are sentimental about your books
Glue gun and glue sticks
1. Remove a stack of pages from your book. Don’t stress is they don’t tear out perfectly; you can hide a gnarly edge.
2. Sit down in front of your favorite binge show on Netflix and start rolling paper. I can’t exactly put into words how to do this. It took me a few tries to get a groove going. You definitely want to make sure of a few things. You want the torn edge of the paper to be on the right and then start rolling the paper from the bottom right corner. You will roll sort of on an angle. This is the part that takes a little finesse. Give it a couple of tries and you’ll find the way that works best for you. Also, make sure there are words printed on the side of the paper that is face down. My pages had some blank sheets and others with pictures that I didn’t want to use. Secure the paper roll with a dab of hot glue.
If they look like cotton candy holders, you’re doing it right! Make approximately a kajillion of these and then make a kajillion more. You need a lot depending on the size of your wreath. Before you start adhering the rolls to your wreath, snip the bottoms to give them a flat, clean edge.
3. Begin adhering the rolls to the wreath form. I found it easiest to go with the pizza cutting method. Or I guess you could call it the clock method. Start at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 on the wreath form and then continue cutting those quadrants (oh my god, I’m not mathy. If that makes no sense, I do apologize) in half. Then cut those in half. And so on and so forth until the entire wreath is filled. Then, for a more dimensional wreath, add paper rolls on top of the paper rolls you already glued. At the end I made some smaller paper rolls and added those in as well.
And that is pretty much it! I tied some string around the wreath form and hung it from a tack over the mirror in my living room. That room tends to be dark, so the white wreath is really brightening things up. I’m very, very happy with it! OH! I almost forgot. I didn’t end up using it on the front door because it is WAY to big. If you want one for your front door, use a smaller wreath form, OR, don’t attach the paper rolls at the edge of the wreath. Happy wreathing!
I made something and it doesn’t look like I made it. That’s one way I know I’m happy with the outcome of the project I just completed.
Is it me, or does that look expensive? Guess what? It wasn’t. I spent less than two dollars on it. I already had the wreath form and a glue gun and glue sticks, so I didn’t have to purchase those. The hydrangeas are from my mother’s garden. I cut them a few weeks ago and left them in a vase without water and they dried nicely. The only thing I bought was a package of cupcake liners. For $1.99.
Straw Wreath Form
White Cupcake Liners
4 Tea bags
4-5 Dried Hydrangea blooms
Step 1. Dye your cupcake liners. This is the most tedious part of the process. Fill a bowl with hot water and pop in your tea bags and allow to steep for a few minutes. Separate your cupcake liners and place them in the tea water. Allow to sit for several minutes until they have absorbed some color from the tea.
Step 2. While the cupcake liners are dyeing in the tea, turn your oven on to about 180 degrees. As soon as it preheats, shut it off. Place the freshly dyed cupcake liners on baking sheets and pop them in the oven until they have dried out. They will take a good 20-30 minutes to dry out. I had to repeat this process several times with batches of cupcake liners.
CHEAT – When I ran out of white cupcake liners, I went to Target to get more. Guess what? They didn’t have white cupcake liners. But they did have a beige parchment paper cupcake liner. They looked pretty much exactly the same as the dyed cupcake liners. They only problem with them is that the parchment didn’t glue as well as the regular liners.
Step 3. Grab your glue gun. Prepare yourself for the inevitable glue gun burns on your finger tips. Take a dyed and dried cupcake liner and fold it in half. Pinch the middle of the straight edge of the cupcake liner and form it into a ruffly, bunchy flower like blossom. Hot glue the little ruffly flower like liner to the wreath form. Repeat until the wreath form is covered.
Step 4. Secure your dried hydrangeas to the cupcake liner flower lined wreath form using the floral pins.
This is a bit time consuming. I dyed the cupcake liners one night and then attached them to the wreath form the following night. I would say I spent 2-3 hours total on the wreath. It was worth every minute, though. I love the way it came out.
I have been in a crafting funk lately. I’ve been wanting to try one of the marbling tutorials I’ve seen on Pinterest, but I was thinking I would need to buy stuff for it. Namely an object to marble. It seemed like all of the tutorials I saw were done on white objects, white cups, white plates, white paper… And I didn’t have anything laying around that was solid white. Tonight I decided, to heck with it, I’m going to try marbling on glass. What’s the worst that could happen?
I can tell you that the worst that will happen is that you will mess up on your first few tries and have to clean your glass vases and start over. No biggie, right?
Materials for DIY Marbled Glass Vases:
Glass vases or other non-food/drink vessel (mine are from the dollar store)
Various colors of nail polish
A disposable pan, pot, etc that you can pour hot water and nail polish in (I ended up using an old chip & dip bowl that I don’t like)
Toothpick or skewer
1. Fill up your pan, pot or, in my case, unwanted chip & dip bowl, with HOT water from the tap. You want the water to be hot so you give yourself a little time before the nail polish starts to harden. I added more hot water with each round of dipping the glass into the water/nail polish mix so that it stayed hot.
2. Pour a few drops of nail polish into the hot water. Pour it close to the surface of the water so that it doesn’t sink. Pour a few drops of a second color of nail polish in next to the first color.
3. Using a toothpick or skewer, swirl the two colors together. I used hot pink and a cream color and hot pink and gold nail polish.
4. Quickly (!) dip your glass vase into the water/nail polish mixture. I laid mine on it’s side in the bowl so that one side got covered. Quickly (!) take the vase out of the water and stand it up to allow it to dry.
5. Allow the vase to drip dry for a few minutes and then repeat the process, laying the un-marbled side of the vase into the water/nail polish mix. Two dips covered my entire vase, but if you’re vase needs more, then repeat it again.
6. Allow to dry. NOTE! These are definitely NOT dishwasher safe. They will need to be very gently hand washed.
Special Note: Notice the lack of pictures of the steps in this post? That’s because you HAVE to move very quickly on this project. If you don’t, things get goopy and yucky. And then you have to start all over again.
Please bear with me and my bird obsession. I had so much fun playing with Sharpies and alcohol. Rubbing alcohol that is. Funny aside, I went out for a drink with another mom the other night. Between the two of us we spent $23.50.
I feel like by the time I had figured out the best ways to do watercolor with Sharpies and rubbing alcohol, I had run out of pillow space to play on. Truth be told, this pillow isn’t my favorite thing ever, but it was very fun to make.
Here’s what you need:
Makeup Sponges (the triangle ones)
Plain white pillow (like what you would use as an insert)
Step 1: Practice. I used a papery, plastic backed table cloth to practice on.
Step 2: Choose your favorite method of applying the Sharpie color to your practice surface. First I tried drawing a design (a bird) onto the practice surface and then dabbing it with an alcohol soaked Qtip. You will notice as you practice that when you dab the alcohol onto the material, the color spreads. Keep that in mind as you are dabbing. You don’t want to dab right up to the edge of your design if you don’t want a lot of bleeding past your outline.
When you are done with the general shape of the birdie (or whatever you choose to draw!), you can add some detail with your black Sharpie.
The second method I tried for applying the sharpie color to the pillow was different and a lot more fun. I used the makeup sponges. I dabbed the flat rectangle end of the sponge with the sharpie, then I dipped that into the rubbing alcohol. That’s how I got the overall watercolor effect on the entire pillow. Once the sponge was saturated with color and alcohol, I dapped and swiped it onto the pillow. This took a lot of Sharpie color and a lot alcohol, fyi.
If I were to do this whole project again, and I might!, I would have used this method to draw the birdies and then outlined the details with the black. I think I would have preferred the look of that. Maybe I’ll do an update!
Step 3: Take the plunge and start painting on the pillow! Map out approximately where you want your designs to go and just jump in. Don’t forget that as you dab with the alcohol that your color will start to bleed outward, so if you don’t want a lot bleeding over your outline, dab towards the middle of your design.
You *could* stop there and not do the whole watercolor all over effect. But if you are like me and you just don’t know when to say when, start dabbing the pillow using the makeup sponge method! I will say that the all over watercolor effect did hide some of my little mistakes with over-bleeding.
Step 4: Pop your pillow in the dryer to set the color.
That’s it! I would so much love to see what someone else comes up with for this! If you try this, please send me a pic of your finished DIY Watercolor Sharpie Pillow!