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!

toy lamp 2

Do you know what movie comes out this weekend? A bunch of them, but there is one that I have been waiting for… the latest of the Avengers movies. Sooo excited. I love superheroes with my whole heart. Batman is my favorite of the old school heroes but Captain America is my new fav. How cool would it be to have a lamp that incorporates any and all heroes, villains, toy cars, etc?! Now you can with this fun DIY.

This is a great way to get some of those less played with toys out of the way. I hate stepping on action figures! Ouch! I see a Buzz Lightyear, the Hulk, and even a ninja turtle in this lamp! This is a quick and easy DIY that you and your kids will love. It’s pretty spectacular considering that it’s just old toys and paint.

A little rusty on your heroes and villains? Get a little refresher course here.

See the ‘super’ video here… Enjoy!

egg carton crafts

This roundup from Viralnova is the egg-xact thing that I’ve been looking for! I’m so glad that I stumbled across these 15 brilliant ways to repurpose those old cardboard containers and clean up the recycle bin. We are huge egg eaters and there will never be a shortage of cartons at mi casa! (PTL for Costco! Am I right?!) These hits, hacks, and crafts and so fun! Truly egg-celent!

#3 would be perfect for parties and picnics. Traveling with food is always tricky. I also really like the idea of using a carton and briquets as a grill starter. Perfect for traveling up to the lake. Using an old cardboard carton for an iPod stand is a great lazy lack. I love it!

Eggs are so yummy! The best part of repurposing cartons is eating the eggs first. My favorite way to eat eggs is benedict. Yumm! Serious Eats has the best recipe for it.

Find the egg-citing roundup here…

ViralNova: 15 Crafty Ways To Re-purpose Egg Cartons

silk eggs hack

Krafts With Kendra has done it again! She has put together a brilliant video tutorial on dyeing Easter eggs. There are so many tutorials out there but this one is different from the rest because it uses silk and produces vintage looking eggs. Love.

I’ll have to try this dying style next. I did marbled eggs last year, much to the dismay of my kitchen table. This method is perfect for beginners and non-Picassos.

You will need; eggs (of course), silk scarves (they can be used 2-3 times), white fabric, twist ties, white vinegar (to help the color set, and oil (to shine them up after). The eggs end up patterned and have a faded vintage look.

From everything I’ve seen you can’t eat these eggs. Fabric dye and food dye aren’t the same thing. So before you do this, remember you won’t be able to make a huge bowl of egg salad for Easter dinner after all the eggs have been found. If you decide to use food dye so you can make that salad, make this recipe. Yum.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

DIY Bag

Old t-shirts clutter up my closet. Where do they all come from? I’m not a hoarder and I constantly take things to Goodwill but they keep showing up! The mystery may never be solved. One good thing about the cotton tee surplus is all the amazing repurposing crafts out there. These shirts are so versatile. You can use them to make everything from a cat tent to fashionable scarf. You can do it all! Making a fun DIY purse is another great way they can put to good use!

This is a cute and simple place to start your repurposing journey. You need an old shirt and some scissors. What could be easier? This isn’t a trick I swear! Snip snip. Knot knot. Done done. A bag like this would be perfect for shopping or a day at the beach. I have this faint recollection of doing something like this in Home Ec but I’m not sure. Sorry Mrs. Thompson. (I do remember that wretched pillow thought!)

This video got me thinking about purses. I heart purses. #LouisVuitton #Chanel #Prada #Gucci. Sadly, those wardrobe changing (life changing?) bags aren’t in my budget! Lucky for me there are some cute DIY alternatives out there. They’re no Dior but they are pretty splendid. By Wilma has a fabulous roundup of the top 10 DIY bags and I know you will love ‘em! Find them here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Plastic Bottles

Any soda drinkers in the house? Soda addicts? My hand is raised high! I love coke (I don’t care that it might not be that healthy for me). I have a lot of soda bottles laying around I need to do something about it! I need to recycle them into amazing crafts. That will be a win for everyone, especially the planet.

I’m so excited to feature this roundup from DIY And Crafts. There are so many great ideas here! Has anyone ever tried the ‘floral paintbrush’ bottle? I’ve always been curious about how well that works. #4 is my favorite! Cha-cha-cha-chia! The piggy bank is my second favorite. How Cute!

Not all recycled and repurposed crafts are created equal. The concept may be amazing but the end result stinks like…well, they just stink. Some end up looking like epic fails. One DIY that I am desperate to try, and there is no way that it will fails, is a plastic bottle flower bouquet. It is so lovely! Find the full tutorial from Creative Jewish Mom here.

See all 20 ideas here…

DIY And Crafts: 20 Fun And Creative Crafts With Plastic Soda Bottles

plastic spoon ladybug

‘Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home…’ Who doesn’t love these dainty little beatles? (Yup beatles not bugs.) This adorable plastic spoon lady bug is easy and the kids will love it! I can’t wait to try it.

This craft uses red and black plastic spoons, black beads, black paint, pliers (or scissors), paint brush, and a hot glue gun. I don’t think I’ve seen red and black spoons before so I’m going to use white ones and acrylic paint. I think that will work just as well. Don’ you? The hardest part about this bug is going to be cutting the spoons; I’ve found that they tend to crack. I’ve heard that heating them up a little can help with that.

I Myself Mk.Ru has a similar tutotial for making adorable plastic spoon lady bugs. It’s always better to have to much info than not enough! Find it here

Here’s the fun video tutorial… Enjoy!