This month’s Ready, Set, Craft! Challenge item is FABRIC DYE! A few weeks ago, on one of the first beautiful days we had this spring, I was sitting on the back patio working on my laptop. I was enjoying the sunshine on our covered patio (thanks daylight savings!) when the sun dropped below the edge of our patio roof but was still above our back wall. There’s a sweet spot, when the sun is setting that it shines RIGHT in your eyes if you are sitting on the patio. It was at that moment I came up with the idea to add a curtain to our patio. DIY patio curtains fit perfectly with this month’s challenge since it gave me a chance to try fabric dye for the first time.
I can’t smell coconut without picturing a beach. As soon as I smell it, I can practically feel the ocean breeze and taste the pina coladas. This month’s Ready, Set, Craft! challenge item is mason jars. I created a coconut lime sugar scrub that will leave your skin smooth and moisturized and hopefully help you relax a little! I got the idea from Thrive Blog Conference, where we made Rose Body Scrub at the Friday night kickoff party. Because I was short on time, I used ingredients I already had in the kitchen to create this quick DIY: coconut lime sugar scrub.
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- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 lime zested
- 4 oz mason jar
- Combine coconut oil and sugar in a small bowl.
- Zest lime and stir it into the oil and sugar mixture.
- Spoon into mason jar and keep closed tightly when not using.
This is a quick DIY that takes less than 5 minutes. This “recipe” is for one jar, but can easily be double, tripled, etc. to make multiple coconut lime sugar scrubs to use as gifts or as a special treat for yourself. Coconut oil has tons of benefits and the sugar scrub will leave your skin amazingly smooth. If you use essential oils, you could easily add in a few drops.
I’ve also created a free printable for you to label your jars. Simply click the DOWNLOAD button below, save the PDF, print and enjoy!
What other variations of sugar scrubs would you like to try?
Check out other mason jar craft ideas and join our link up with yours! Next month’s challenge item is fabric dye! Start planning your project that uses tie dye, Rit dye, or even Kool Aid! Be ready to link up next month on April 5th.
I got a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday and couldn’t wait to start creating amazing things! I immediately created a Pinterest board and started looking for inspiration – that was 2 months ago! I decided it was time to finally pull this puppy out and get to cuttin’. Because I’m obsessed with dogs (shocked right?) I decided to try to create a dog silhouette using the Silhouette Cameo. Using a photograph and Photoshop, I was able to “cut” the sillhouette of the dog out and import that image into Silhouette Studio and cut the image. Easy peasy, right? The Photoshop part turned out to be a bit harder than I thought, but I created a quick video to show you how I did that part. This project is also part of an AWESOME Silhouette Project link up! Check out the other cool projects below and follow me on Instagram.
Can you believe it’s already February!? Seems like Christmas just ended and it’s now time to decorate for Valentine’s day! (Or if you’re like me – finally take down the Christmas tree!) This is the third month of the Ready, Set, Craft Challenge with Gav + Ro, Our House Now A Home, and XOKerry. We’ve had some fun challenges the past 2 months including Mini Ornaments and Yarn. I was especially excited for the challenge item this month: wood! A few months ago we had a HUGE tree limb fall in our front yard (narrowly missing our house and cars). Most of it was hauled away, but I saved a few branches thinking I would craft something out of them. Who else do you know that has a major disaster in the front yard and immediately creates a Pinterest board with projects for it? The same kinda gal with a friend who comes over with a chainsaw to help clean up and is paid in wood scraps! The challenge this month finally gave me a chance to put some of this wood to good use! I originally planned to create ornaments with these (and you totally could!) but since it’s now time for Valentine’s I decided to use a wood burner (for the first time!) to create a custom wood slice banner.
What do you do when you need a nightstand but can’t seem to find the right one? You make one! We needed something for the teeny tiny space between the door and the bed in our master bedroom and couldn’t find a table that would fit there. I came home one day and Eric was making his own DIY Nightstand. Figuring out the design took the longest; the actual building can be done in about an hour. Add in the time to sand, stain, and attach hardware and you can still have a new DIY nightstand in one afternoon. Perfect for those hard to fill spaces.
The January Ready, Set, Craft! challenge item was YARN. As one of the co-hosts of the monthly challenge, it was my turn to choose the item. I have a big bag of yarn remnants I’ve had for years from my grandma so I decided to try to use those for something (finally!). Someday I’d like to learn to knit or crochet. I tried crochet when I was younger but was never very good at it. I have a simple DIY anyone can do: yarn pom poms! You can use these little yarn pom poms for so many different things: a cute banner, a mobile, trim on curtains or pillows, etc. For this month’s project I used them to make a knock off Anthropologie wreath. This wreath retailed for over $100 – mine was FREE. Even if you had to buy the supplies, it should cost less than $10 to make. I sat and made the yarn pom poms while watching The Mindy Project during the holidays.
- Cut a small piece of yarn (about 8 inches) and lay it between you middle and ring finger
- Hold the end of the yarn between your ring finger and thumb. Then start wrapping.
- Keep wrapping until you have a good amount on your fingers. The more you wrap, the fuller the yarn pom poms will be.
- Snip the end of the yarn from the spool and pull up the piece of yarn that’s been resting between your fingers.
- Gently slip the yarn ball off your fingers and pull the small piece of yarn tightly to knot it. I double knot here.
- Holding the ball in the middle, slip the end of the scissors through the loop the yarn made and cut the edges.
- Cut the other side.
- You now have a yarn pom pom! You can trim it or leave it crazy like I did.
I made about 30 yarn pom poms for my Happy New Year wreath, but may go back and add a few more so it’s even fuller. After wrapping the wreath form with fabric, I used straight pins to attach the yarn pom poms to the wreath. You could also use a hot glue gun, but I wanted something less permanent and the pins held the poms in place just fine. The yarn pom poms reminded me of fireworks so I added a Happy New Year banner I cut out with my Silhouette machine.
December – Mini Ornaments
I’m so excited for our first Ready, Set, Craft challenge! This month’s challenge item was chosen by Kelly of Gav + Ro – MINI ORNAMENTS! I racked my brain for weeks trying to come up with an original idea for the challenge. I had a few ideas but kept putting off working on this project. By the time I was ready to get started, we had to travel out of state for the Thanksgiving holiday. I had plenty of down time between eating leftover turkey and watching football, so I decided to work on this project. I mentioned it to my family during dinner, and my sister in law gave me the idea to use the mini ornaments for a DIY Advent calendar! One trip to the craft store later, I put this project together with the help of my 9 year old niece.
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- Paint your frame.
- While you frame is drying, you will prepare the pilot holes for the cup hooks. The 12×12 frame was almost too small to fit all 25 ornaments, but I made it work. Use a small nail to make holes for the cup hooks. Because the hooks screw in, you need these holes so the screws have something to attach to.
- Next, I lined up the scrapbook paper and used a straight pin to poke a tiny hole through the back so I would see where to attach the cup hooks. To make this step easier, I would glue the paper down first. I didn’t so mine has a few little bumps in it.
- After all the cup hooks are attached, you can prepare the ornaments. I used a Sharpie to write scriptures on each of the ornaments. We’ll use this to countdown the days until Christmas. Free printable of the verses available below for download!
- Lastly, attach the backing to the frame and put the ornaments on the hooks!
We hope you enjoyed this challenge! Our January challenge item will be: YARN! Get to craftin’ and have your Ready, Set, Craft! post ready for January 5th.
I’ve wanted a custom painting of Barkley for a while now. There are tons of artists out there who do amazing pet portraits, but the ones I found were way out of our budget. Recently, I found an app called Waterlogue that gives you beautiful water color images right from your iPhone! I picked out some of my favorite pictures of Mr. B and decided to try making my own DIY Pet Portrait.
After choosing the perfect picture and using the Waterlogue app to create a watercolor version, I teamed up with CanvasPop to have the picture printed on a high quality canvas. Just like that we had a quick, simple, and cheap alternative to costly custom art with our DIY Pet Portrait. CanvasPop had quick response time and got the canvas created, a proof sent over so I could see exactly what we were getting, and had it in our hands in just a few days. I loved the how friendly the company was and the detail the put into their work. The back of the canvas even has a sticker stating exactly who it was that assembled our canvas.
I can’t believe Halloween is only a week away! I haven’t had a chance to watch my favorite Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus, but I did buy it so this year I don’t have to scour the TV to find when it’s playing. Since we are first time homeowners, this will be our first year to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. I’m still not sure what costume to wear on Halloween, but I wanted something festive to wear around the holiday. Since I couldn’t bring myself to pay 25+ dollars for a t-shirt, I came up with a way to make my own DIY Halloween t-shirt using a Target tee and a sharpie! Yes, just a simple sharpie. You could probably pull this project together with things you already have in your closet.
How To Make a DIY Halloween T-Shirt:
For this DIY Halloween t-shirt, I came up the phrase I wanted, typed it up with a simple font in Microsoft Word, then printed it off on a standard size paper. (Click HERE for a printable version of mine.) I then put the page between the shirt so I could trace it. You may want to hold the page up to your chest first to get an idea of the placement. The best way I found to keep the lines straight is to make dots on each of the corners and then play connect the dots! Once you have the dots marked out, you can stretch the fabric with your fingers and fill in the lines.
Do you celebrate Halloween as an adult? Do you dress up at all? Let me know what your plans are and how you celebrate.
When we bought our house this spring we found a potted plant abandoned in the backyard. It had overgrown its container months ago and several of the leaves at the bottom were dead. Oh, and did I mention it attacked you anytime you got near it? The thing had razor sharp points on it and was impossible to move. So for months it sat there. Somehow, even without any love, it lived (the plant that lived – where are my HP fans?). I decided to repot it and give it a new life. It reminded me of a pineapple top so I searched for a yellow pot to make it a new home. Would you know it – I couldn’t find a bright yellow pot anywhere! On a trip to Lowe’s I came across some pots in the clearance section and snagged a large pot for less than $10! With a can a spray paint I made my own yellow pot. I had to call in reinforcements to get the thing moved to the new pot and had to wrap it in a towel to avoid losing an eye, but we did it! We gave an abandoned plant new life with a pineapple pot. It’s an easy DIY you can do yourself with a large or small plant.
I added the white stripes to make it look even more “pinapple-y”. I used some white acrylic paint I had in the craft room, so we will see how it holds up. My new pineapple pot is the perfect companion for my 5 foot flamingo on the back patio!