Category: Crafts

DIY Beeswax Food Wraps

Hey guys, so these beeswax food wraps have been all over the internet lately. Personally, I really like the idea; the price not so much. So I set out to make a DIY version. The great part of this project was that I got to do it at my parents house with Mama Morton. (I seriously miss crafting with her) So, I started with researching what is in these wraps this passed week, and I found the most common ingredients are: Beeswax, Pine Resin, and Jojoba Oil. So, first I tried several combinations of these ingredients and application methods. Here is the best combination and method that Mama Morton and I found. After I show you what I found to be the best method I’ll explain what I found with other combinations of ingredients. So, here we go.

Materials:DIY Beeswax Food Wraps

  • 100% Pure Beeswax, either grated or the pellets
    • I’m using pellets because they were on sale. Either works very well.
  • Jojoba Oil
    • 100% Pure, Make sure you have no mix ins. I bought mine off of Amazon: Here
  • Pine Resin
    • Again make sure it is 100% pure. Here is where I got mine.
  • Foil Lined, Oven Safe Sheet
  • A clothsline
    • I made mine in a doorway with twine and push pins
  • Pastry Brush
  • 100% cotton fabric cut to size
    • I did 8″ X 8″, 11″X 11″, and 14″ X 14″

Process:

DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
First, I set up the clothes line.
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Pre-Heat your oven to 250 Degrees Fahrenheit.
(Please ignore how crooked this photo is)
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Lightly brush the Jojoba oil onto the foil. Think greasing a pan to cook on.
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Sprinkle the pine resin on the pan. Think salting a piece of salmon
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Repeat with the Beeswax
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Put in the pre-heated to melt all ingredients and mix with your pastry brush
Lay your fabric wrong side down and brush with your pastry brush to ensure it get coated. (By melting it first it helps avoid splotchy-ness in the wraps) Put it back in the oven with the fabric for 5 minutes. When it comes out hang it on your clothes line.
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
To repeat for more fabric add about 1/2 to 3/4 the amount of each ingredients that you did for your first batch. And Repeat
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Let them cool completely before removing and TADA you have your own food wraps! Store folded in a dry place!

Why Beeswax, Jojoba oil, AND Pine Resin

Well, Mama and I tried all combinations of these ingredients and here is what we found out.

Just Beeswax:

I had no luck with getting these to cling to what I was covering it was like a lid that didn’t fit and would just fall off. They do shape really well though.

Beeswax and Jojoba Oil:

This combination also didn’t cling well but it also left a gross residue on what I put it on.

Beeswax and Pine Resin:

These cling well, but it also left a residue and was…crunchy.

There we have it!

You can use any of the combinations that work best for you.

What fabric will you use?!

Show us pictures in the comments; we can’t wait to see them!!

-Katy

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DIY Chalkboard

DIY ChalkboardHey Guys! So, I love chalkboards, but I am not a fan of the price tag that tends to follow them. With my current cork board falling apart I figured it was time to try to make my own DIY chalkboard that could also replace my cork board. It actually turned out really well! So here we go!

MaterialsDIY Chalkboard

  • Cork Board
    • I bought mine pre-framed but you can buy a roll of it and frame it yourself or keep it free. Even do some squares with different paint for a removable grid!
  • Chalkboard paint
    • If you don’t want to buy any you can make your own with this recipe.
  • Foam Sponge Brush
  • Chalk
  • Painters Tape
  • Decorations
    • I used decorative tape but you can use anything you want.

Process

DIY Chalkboard
Tape of your cork board to paint. You can do this in any sizes or shapes. It’s completely up to you!
DIY Chalkboard
Following the instructions on your paint, paint the areas you wish to be the chalkboard. I am doing three areas and leaving one for just a bulletin board.
DIY Chalkboard
Once you have painted the approiate layers and allowed it to dry according to instructions you need to condition your chalkboard. To do this simply run a piece of chalk over the chalkboard, then wipe off with a lightly damp towel.
DIY Chalkboard
DECORATE!

ENJOY!!!

DIYChalkboard DIY Chalkboard

Tips!

DIY Chalkboard
Be cautious of chalk pins. I haven’t had much luck with getting them to clean off.

I really hope you all enjoy this as much as I am!

What decorations would you use? What shapes and sizes would you paint with chalkboard paint?

Let us know below!

-Katy

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Mermaid Jar

Mermaid Jar

Hey Everyone! Megan Here.

Today I want to share with you a craft that I am really happy with. I originally designed and created this jar as a decoration for our mermaid theme bathroom. This enchanting jar can be used as decoration for a bathroom, a table centerpiece for a mermaid theme party, or as a way to weigh down napkins and such at your summer BBQ.

What you need

A mason jar

ribbons

sand

sea shells

pearls

hot glue gun

 

Directions

  1. I love to layer ribbons when decorating. I simply used hot glue to attach the two ribbons. Then apply hot glue to the back of the ribbon that is to be applied to the jar. Attach the ribbon to the middle of the jar.

Mermaid Jar

2. Next, fill the jar a little above the ribbon with sand. You can use whatever color sand you want, or layer different colors.

3. Finally, add any additional items. I choose to use pearls and sea shells. You can press the sea shells into the sand to help them stand up a little, so that they are more visible. Put the lid on and your done. Super easy and so adorable!

Mermaid Jar

I hope you enjoy your mermaid jar!

Megan

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DIY Clipboards

DIY Clipboard

Hey Everyone! Megan here!

I can’t wait to share this craft with you! These DIY Clipboards are so simple and fun to make. They are also affordable. I got everything I needed from the Dollar store (minus the scrapbook paper, which I already had).

What you need

Clipboard

Scissors

Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Paint brush

Directions

1. First, you will need to cut your scrapbook paper to size, which includes cutting out the metal clip area.

DIY Clipboard

2. Next, paint the clipboard with mod podge. Make sure to get the edges well.

DIY Clipboard

3. Then place the fitted scrapbook paper onto the clipboard. Make sure to smooth it out in order to avoid bubbles. After it is on, apply a layer of mod podge on top to seal it. Make sure to get edges and corners covered.

DIY Clipboard

4. Let it dry! Enjoy!

DIY Clipboards

I hope you enjoy using your new DIY Clipboard! Looking for more ways to organize or update your office? Check out this post from Katy!

Megan

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DIY Desk Organizer

DIY Desk Organizer

Hey Guys!

So, I got a lovely Polaroid Camera for Christmas and have been trying to figure out what to do with the photos. Now, I’ve seen all the crafts on Pinterest but I wanted to make it more than just a wall hanging. I live in a smaller space and wanted something that was….practical, I suppose, as you have read in Megan’s Home Management post organization is  a key to managing your home.  So I came up with this DIY Desk Organizer. Best part, I found all the materials at the dollar store! So,here’s how I did it.

Materials:DIY Desk Organizer

  • Scissors
  • Thick Cotton Thread or Rope of your choice
  • Tiny Buckets
  • Wasbi Tape (Or any decorations of your choice for the buckets)
  • Labels (Mine came with the buckets)
  • Other decorations for the ropes (I’m using the Polaroid photos)
  • Hole punch and string (or any other means of attaching your decorations)
    • You can also use hot glue or tiny clothes pin
  • A way to attach it to your wall. (I’m using thumbtacks but you can use hooks, nails, whatever works for you!)

Process:

DIY Desk Organizer
I got these plain white buckets and these small rolls of wasabi tape at the dollar store. So I decorate the buckets with the tape.
DIY DeskOrganizer
The white buckets came with these thank you tags and ribbon (Found them in the wedding section)
DIY Desk Organizer
So, I wrote and doodled on the opposite side and tied them to the top of the buckets for labels. You can also attach them to the front of your buckets and make your own labels however you want! Even some chalkboard paint labels maybe.
DIY Desk Organizer
Take your other decorations and prepare them for attaching to your rope. I hole punched my photos to tie up. You can also use the small clothes pins or safety pins. Use your imagination!!
DIY Desk Organizer
Cut your ties. I did a rough lay out of what I wanted to get an estimation of how much rope I needed.
DIY Desk Organizer
I then attached everything in its rough place before hanging it on the wall.
DIY Desk Organizer
TADA! Here it is! Once I hung it up I adjusted the positions and filled the buckets.

That’s It!

So, I can’t wait to use this. You can use it for whatever you want. Not just as a Desk Organizer. You can use it in the kitchen for bag clips and such OR the Laundry room for spare change and other randoms that fall out of pockets on laundry day.

If you try this out in any way let us know! We would love to see photos!

Comment below!

-Katy

DIY Desk Organizer
P.S Look at the etched mug in use! 😀 If you want to make your own check out this DIY Etched Glass post.

DIY Etched Glass

Hey Guys! So, today I’m going to show you how to make your own etched glass at home. I love etching glass to keep things personalized, and it can make a cheap gift that looks amazing. You can etch any smooth glass; they can be drinking glasses, mugs, vases, wine glasses, etc… The possibilities are endless!! I’ve even done smooth mason jars that I filled with each persons favorite candy. This has also come in handy to give the gamers and anime fans something that includes their favorite game or such without breaking the bank. Not to mention that the glass I tend to use is usually available at the dollar store! This bottle of etch cream has lasted through 5 Mason jars, 5 drinking glass, and several other random projects. Best part, I still have over half of the bottle left. So, let’s look at how to do this.

Materials:

  • Clean and Dry ClearDIY Etched Glass Glass, of your choosing
  • Scissors
  • Stencil, see below on how to make your own
  • Painters Tape
  • Etching Cream
  • Brush
  • Warm Water

Process:

DIY Etched Glass
Cut and Attach your Stencil to your clean glass. Then tape it out with painters tape. The tape helps give you a safety boarder for if you bump out of the stencil.
DIY Etched Glass
Brush a think coat of the etching cream over the stencil and let sit for at least one minute.
DIY Etched Glass
To make your own stencil use layers of painter tape, vinyl, and/or contact paper. Trace out your design and cut it out. Remember that the part you cut out is what will be etched.
DIY Etched Glass
Attach the stencil and paint on a thick layer of the etching cream as done earlier.
DIY Etched Glass
After they have sat for at least one minute rinse with warm water and remove the stencils. Wash with soap and you have your DIY Etched Glass

Tips:

  1. Make sure you use a thick layer of etching cream.
  2. Don’t rinse until they have sat for at least one minute.
  3. When using pre-made stencils follow package instructions.

These make great gifts. I get my glass from the dollar store! Talk about a bargain! The best part THEY ARE DISHWASHER SAFE! I always hate getting/buying things that HAVE to be hand washed. It’s so nice to be able to just pop them into the dishwasher and let it do the work.

What glass are you going to etch; what designs and themes will you use?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

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DIY Tea Towels!

Hey Guys!! So around here, Spring Break starts this weekend, which sounds like the perfect time to start getting ready for spring and all of it’s bright, wonderful, happy vibes. I’m Excited. So how are we going to make these Tea Towels you ask? Well, we are going to make our own stamps and stamp them.

Materials:

  • Craft foamDIY Tea Towels
  • Card Board
  • Washed Tea Towels
  • Fabric Paint (I’m using dimensional fabric paint since I have it laying around but you can use what you have or what you can find as long as it is for fabric)

 

Process:

DIY Tea Towels
Take your cardboard and glue two pieces together that is big enough for your stamp design. Having the two layers gives you a little more to grab onto.
DIY Tea Towels
Glue your designs down to the cardboard pieces.
DIY Tea Towels
I like to roughly cut around my designs so I can see where it’s going to stamp better.

Now, brush your fabric paint on to your stamps and stamp your design onto you washed tea towel.

  • If you want to know more about stamping check out This Post.
  • You might want to consider putting something under your towel while stamping. When I stamped the apple with red paint it bled through onto my work surface. I didn’t have this problem with the yellow or green though.
  • While I am applying this to Tea Towels you can apply this method to any fabric you want. Such as: Shirts, Fabric/Canvas shoes, Aprons, etc….
DIY Tea Towels
Wipe of your stamps with a paper towel and you can reuse them another day!!

Let it dry according to your paints directions AND….

DIY Tea Towels
TADA!!! I used a smaller bristle brush because I like the stroke marks. Looks more handmade to me and I like that for this. If you don’t want those brush marks I’ve seen mini paint rollers that would work very well. You could also try large foam brushes.

Tips:

DIY Tea Towels
If your design has an groves in it, like the lemon shown, make sure you wipe out those every couple of stamps. Otherwise you can get a glob where you don’t want it.
DIY Tea Towels
It might take a few tries, but don’t apply to much paint or your lines are muddled together.
DIY Tea Towels
Reapply paint after each stamp, otherwise the next stamp looks very faded.

The best thing is that you can apply this process for all the seasons! Seasonal Tea Parties and Kitchen decor here I come!

What designs would you stamp on your Tea Towels? If you have pictures we would love to see them!!

Comment Below!

-Katy

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Recipe Box

Recipe Box

Hey everyone, Megan Here! I am so excited for this craft. This recipe box is the perfect kitchen accessory. It is functional and can double as a decoration. Customize it based on your personal style or kitchen theme and colors.

What you need:

  • Recipe box (I found this plain one at Hobby Lobby)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Mod Podge (If you’ve seen my previous crafts, you already know I’m obsessed with it)
  • Any additional accessories you would like to use.

First, cut scrapbook paper to size of sides, apply mod podge to box, and glue on paper. I used two different scrapbook pages.
Recipe Box

Next, I painted the top of the box. I used a gift tag to make a label on the box and used mod podge to glue that onto the front.

Recipe Box

I can’t wait to use this with my recipe cards. Check out Katy’s post on recipe cards: Here!

We would love to hear your ideas for decorating your very own recipe box! Leave us a comment below!

 

Thanks for reading,

Megan

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DIY Bookmarks

DIY Bookmarks

One of my favorite things in the entire world are books. Katy and I spend hours browsing the shelves for deals whenever we go to book stores. However, when we finally make it to the checkout line I always have to convince myself not to buy one of the pretty bookmarks.  It’s a struggle. At this point I have already made a difficult decision on which books to buy and not to go overboard and go over our budget. So, I must avoid the bookmarks. Recently, I found plain bookmarks at the craft store and decided to make my own DIY bookmarks to help me not be tempted by the bookmarks staring me down while I wait in line.

Here is how to make DIY Bookmarks.

Start with plain bookmarks, cardstock, or old greeting cards. If using cardstock or an old greeting card, you’ll need to cut them to bookmark size.

DIY Bookmarks

 

 

So here is where it gets fun! You get to decorate these how you choose.

For my first one, I cut scrapbook paper to the size of the bookmark and then applied mod podge to the bookmark and then pressed the scrapbook paper on. I absolutely love this ribbon. Chevron and elephants make my heart happy. Additionally, you might recognize this scrapbook paper from the DIY Coasters! I always save scraps, which helps to be crafty on a budget.

DIY Bookmarks

DIY Bookmarks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the second, I used one on my favorite stamps. (I love Cameos.)

DIY Bookmark

 

For the third, I used some scrapbooking stickers.

DIY Bookmark

 

The fourth is pretty special. It is a greeting card that has this really lovely vintage print. I paired it with a fun ribbon to give it a modern twist.
DIY Bookmarks DIY Bookmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here is how to tie the ribbon on! First, use a hole punch to make a hole wherever you want the ribbon.  Fold the ribbon in half and put both ends through the hole in order to make a loop.

DIY Bookmark

Then we take the both ends and feed them through the loop we just created. DIY Bookmark

 

Pull it tight, but gently so that we don’t break the paper.

DIY Bookmark

 

That is it! A super simple craft that I love to see in my books!

DIY Bookmarks

 

 

If you make one, we would love to see it!

Thanks for reading!

Megan

 

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DIY Envelopes

Hey Guys! Between birthdays, valentines day, Thank you Letters, and general everyday letters that need to be sent. I have found my card collection coming down to the cards I never used because the envelopes were lost. I started on Pinterest to see if there was an easy way to make your own envelopes. Sadly all the tutorials I found basically had you take apart an envelope that fit the card and use it as a template. Problem…what if I don’t have an envelope that fits that card? So through a little trail and error I figured out how to make an envelope from any paper you want with only the card that needs to go into it. Here’s all you will need.

Materials

  • PencilDIY Envelopes
  • Straight edge of some kind
  • Bone Folder or something for pressing down creases such as a glue stick
  • Ruler (This can also be your straight edge)
  • Chosen Paper (for my card I used a 12 x 12 sheet)
  • Your card that needs an envelopes
  • Mess free Adhesive (I’m using scrap-booking glue dots, you can also use school glue stick that dries clear)
  • Scissors

Process

Step 1:

Trace your card of choice and then add 1/8 inch to each side. Label the top and bottom, then section it into equal quarters.

DIY EnvelopesDIY Envelopes

 

Step 2:

Next measure from one end, (left or right) to 1/2 inch past center. Then draw a line out that far from the center of the left and right edges. Repeat for the top and bottom.

DIY Envelopes DIY Envelopes DIY Envelopes

 

Step 3:

Now using your straight edge draw a line connecting the end of the lines you just drew in step 2 to each corner of your base shape.

DIY Envelopes

Step 4:

Cut out the final, outer shape and fold in the triangles at the lines of your base shape.

DIY Envelopes

Step 5:

Using your adhesive of choice attach the left and right triangles together. Be careful not to attach it to the rest of the envelope.

DIY Envelopes

Step 6:

Now attach the bottom triangle to the left and right triangles. Again be careful not to attach it to the rest of the envelope.

DIY EnvelopesNow you have a great envelope for your card! To attach the top after you have inserted your card just use a little adhesive and/or tape.

DIY EnvelopesDIY Envelopes

But what if I don’t have a card? Just a hand written letter?

Well I have something for you too. Here we go!!

Materials:

  • Your Written Letter (I use standard 8 by 11 paper)
  • Bone Folder or something to make good creases with
  • Adhesive

Process:

Step 1:

Take your letter and turn it long ways. The fold two corners towards center like when you make a paper airplane. Make sure you crease it well.

DIY Envelopes DIY Envelopes

 

Step 2:

Fold up the bottom edge to meet the two triangles you folded in

DIY Envelopes

Step 3:

Fold the left and right edges to the center.

DIY Envelopes

Step 4:

Now fold your top triangle down and secure with adhesive. If you are using glue I recommend putting it under a heavy box while it dries. Other recommendations are: a piece of tape, wax seal, etc… Once it’s dry you can address the front as needed for your uses!

DIY EnvelopesDIY Envelopes

 

TADA!!!

Two methods for having your own envelopes. Make sure you let any adhesives dry completely before using and crease each fold well for and clean sharp finish.

Do you have tons of cards without envelopes? What are some other things you do with these cards?

Let us know below!

-Katy

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