Lamp

I love Dana from Made Everyday. She has the best tutorials that show us how to make fun things out of ordinary everyday things (thus the name). This latest tutorial is all about turning string and glue into stunning lampshades, balls, and globes. They are lovely!

This looks really easy and I want to try it someday! It will take some hard work and two whole days to dry but still pretty easy. Christmas decorations? Yes! They can match any decoration scheme and they’re easy and affordable. I love the lampshade version. The decorative balls are nice but the shades are the best!

Here’s a tip from my personal experience…pull the string from the inside out. It will go much easier and faster. This is the perfect DIY for kids. You could use balloons if you are short on balls but they won’t give the perfect round shape. Looking for more string crafts? Apartment Therapy has some really fun ones. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a string art trophy. Did you? So fun! Check them out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Vase

‘The tans will fade but the memories will last forever…’ Hooray for summer! Another thing that will last after the winter storms have set in is are these fun colorful vases. Their bright colors just scream summer!

You need some different sized vases, rubbing alcohol to get the surfaces clean, your favorite colors of enamel paint, some brushes, and one of those pottery wheel spinny things. And just like with pottery, you will need to bake your finished product to be sure that the paint stays. I think these would make wonderful drinking glasses. Is the paint non-toxic? I’m sure there is a brand that is somewhere…

There are so many craft projects out there for the kids. School’s out for the summer and everything seems geared toward the littles. Martha Stewart (God bless her) says no! It’s important that you have some adult fun and make something that doesn’t involve pipe cleaners or cotton balls every once in a while. She has some great ideas that you need to try!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Garden

Did you ever watch The Secret Garden as a kid? I loved that movie! I loved the mystery, the towering brick walls, and the wild English gardens. Anything could happen in a place like that. I don’t think many of us can reproduce a garden like the one in the movie but It really doesn’t take a whole lot to add some magic to an ordinary garden. Diply has a collection of 19 DIYs that will get you well on your way.

These DIYs use rocks, stones, and pebbles to add a fairy tale like quality to your garden and they are so clever. I love the rock strawberries. The stone labels and stone wall are both wonderful. I especially love the tic tac toe board!

Even though it’s not made of stone, I’d throw a fairy house in there for good measure. There’s nothing more whimsical than having your own precious yard fairy. Finding a place in your garden for fairies is a must. Anything really is possible with Sprites flitting about.

Here’s the link to all 19 ideas…

Diply: 19 Ways To Turn Your Garden Into A Fairy Tale With Rocks And Stones


watermelon candles

watermelon candles


Happiness is cold watermelon on a hot day. Watermelon is the official, delicious, and refreshing fruit of summer. Don’t get me wrong, I adore peaches and plums are pretty perfect but watermelon has the market cornered. Everything watermelon is adorable. That definitely includes these DIY candles from Ann Le. They are precious!

These candles are an easy DIY that everyone can make. Literally everyone! You need some candle wicks, paper cups, candle wax, fragrance oils, and color pigments. You can use any smell but I think it would be a shame to choose anything but watermelon. The ones in the video are made with citronella to keep the bugs at bay but any will work. Everyone loves watermelons! Everyone from the little babes to the old timers. Check out this adorable little baby watermelon costume. Here’s one for the girls. Here’s one for the boys. And lastly, here’s one for the grownups. Now you have a costume idea for next Halloween.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Canvas

Photo transfers are super fun! And there are so many techniques for transferring images but I love this one. It’s not even really a transfer; it’s taking a pic and making it look like it’s printed on canvas. It is easy and looks really awesome in the end. The best thing is that is will only take a few minutes of your time and it’s super affordable. The best tutorials show you what to do in detail and that’s exactly what this one does.

Canvas pics are spendy, even with coupons or a Costco membership. DIY is much more in my price range! You will need a blank canvas, a picture, some modge podge, acrylic paint, and sponge-ey brushes to make one of these for yourself. I have the perfect pic in mind! We had fun sledding back in January and got some fabulous pictures that I’d love to preserve.

Canvases are an easy and affordable way to decorate your home. Better Homes And Gardens has a fun roundup that has 14 fabulous and easy projects that you will love! Find them all here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

wood coaster

I hate it when things get ruined. It’s bound to happen and slowly I’ve learned to ‘let it go.’ Hehe, Anyone seen Frozen lately? One area that is especially hard for me to not freak about is with my furniture. Ahhh! Please don’t ruin that! There are little tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way to make it last longer and one of those tricks is coasters. They are very helpful and if you aren’t on board maybe these DIY glow-in-the-dark ones will do the trick! I love ‘em.

Making things glow in the dark isn’t as difficult as you’d think. Cross my heart. You just need some glow powder and a good tutorial. The powder comes in a bunch of colors and the packaging says it can be recharged millions of times. Some brands are super expensive but you get what you pay for. I’d hate to put in all the work and then only have the powder last for a week!

These coasters look easy and I love the end results! Let them sit in the sun all day long then at dusk watch something magical happen. It will turn any dinner, especially an outdoor one, into something super special! I never knew this but you can make your own photoluminescent powder. Check it out here.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial and “after” photos…

Little Things: How To Make Glow-In-The-Dark Wooden Coasters

Paint

I love chalkboard paint! It is very popular these days. Just check out Pinterest if you need proof that chalk is in. You can buy it from any paint store for $9.97-$13.48 (depending on the brand). You can also make your own. Whatever it takes, get some of this paint because there are so many fun DIYs you can make with it! I’m so excited to feature this chalkboard roundup from Diply. It has 16 brilliant crafts that you will love. I know that I do!

Black paint with white writing looks so elegant and is perfect for entertaining. It’s nothing like the green boards we had when I was in grade school. Did you ever have eraser duty? Blech! I could taste chalk for hours! I love the place mats and drink identifiers, especially the wine glass ones. I really adore all of these crafts. Mug bottoms, cheese tray, race track, and calendar. All of them! Do you have a favorite? I don’t know how you could pick just one but good luck!

Painting with chalkboard paint is just like apply regular paint, mostly. Benjamin Moore has a few tips that I think you will find most helpful.

Here’s the link to all 16 ideas…

Diply: 16 Incredible DIY Projects Using Chalkboard Paint!

Pennies

A penny saved is a DIYers dream come true. Don’t believe me? This roundup from Diply proves that with just one cent your dreams could come true. I’m beyond excited to show off this roundup and the 23 (yes 23!) fabulous projects featured in it.

Do you have a change jar? Well it just makes cents to use those coins for something fun. Something like decorating a vase, or making coasters, or flooring the kitchen! Pennies are so fun! I love the necklace (#6 and #12) and rings (#8). They’re so creative. Do you have a favorite?! if you have any cents and are sensible, you will adore them all. Hehe.

Pennies come from the bank all shiny and new. Obviously. But what if your DIY needs aged copper and an older look to it? Like the roof on #14 (birdhouse)? You can artificially age those Abe Lincolns in about 24 hours, giving you a nice patina color. Find the tutorial here.

Here’s the link to all 23 DIY penny projects…

Diply: Change It Up With These 23 DIY Penny Projects

pencil case

What a fun craft. I love having little bags to stash my stuff in and this craft is very easy and the tutorial is great! These would make wonderful gifts, especially with Mother’s Day right around the corner. They take less than 10 minutes to make (glue drying time not included)! Sign me up.

Cute little bags like this are perfect for makeup, pencils, sunglasses, or whatever else you can think of. They would be nice for traveling too. (Grrrr, TSA and their frustrating regulations.) This tutorial has three different types of bags to make and two of them don’t require any sewing! Bonus. I really like the look of bag number two with the corners but I don’t want to break out my sewing machine.

Looking for more ‘no-sew’ projects? Look no farther! (Further?) Brit and Co has a MEGA roundup of crafts that don’t require a needle and thread. How many DIYs are in a ginormous roundup??? 66! Yikes! 66 DIYs and every one of them awesome. Find them all here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Balls

Stressed much? ‘Stressed’ spelled backwards is ‘desserts,’ but we can’t always eat our feelings. It’s important to have other healthier outlets. Some people run, others do yoga, some swim, and I kick box. Another option, perfect for everyone, is stress balls. This DIY is so clever and fun!

You only need four things to make these soft, squishy, and colorful balls. Flour, balloons, scissors, and a water bottle. Talk about low cost! This project would be so fun to do with the kids! Outside. The thought of one breaking? Ahhh! Not in the living room! I would use extra balloons and a lot of super glue to be sure they stayed together.

These would be perfect for an office ‘stress-less’ gift or as a Ninja Turtle party favor. I would make mine blue (Leonardo, baby!). One important thing to remember about these stress balls…they are used to relieve stress by squeezing them and not by throwing them at the people who are stressing you out. Lol

Stress isn’t healthy! So if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, check out the roundup from She Knows roundup of fun ways to eliminate it from your life.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!