November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
With the cold weather approaching, all of us are looking for a way to brighten up our surroundings. These floral letters are creative pieces of wallart and a way to add color to your apartment, bookcase or mantel!
First, here are all of the supplies you will need:
Cardboard Letters: $3 per letter
Flowers: $1 per bouquet
Floral Styrofoam: $6 for bulk package
First, you will need to carefully cut the top of the cardboard letters off. You want to cut them so there is a well for you to place the floral styrofoam in. You may have to shape up the edges after you initially cut the top of the letters off.
Now, start to cut the floral styrofoam to fill the inside of the cardboard letters. If you are using letters with rounded edges like “G”, “R”, or “O”, make sure to fill in all the extra space with small pieces. Don’t worry it won’t look pretty at this point!
After this step you should cut the flowers and use the wire to secure them in the floral styrofoam. The wire of the flowers should be enough to keep them in place. You may need to experiment with different arrangements, so extra styrofoam is useful.
The total cost of this project is about $5 per letter. That is comparable to similar products you would find at Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie. These floral letters also make great housewarming gifts!
February 6, 2013 § 3 Comments
On February 5th, Marthastewart.com published a “Craft Of The Day” blog post. Most of the posts for the month of February have centered on homemade crafts for Valentine’s Day. The post on February 5th is about how to make “Heart-Shaped Soap.”
The post shows readers all the materials needed to make the craft. The steps to make the soap are also outlined in five easy steps within this post. With only five steps, this “Craft Of The Day” post makes it easy for readers to follow along and replicate the heart-shaped soap.
The blog also offers a video link for readers. The video is a more in depth description of how to make the handmade craft. Another great feature of the marthastewart.com blog are the links at the bottom of the page guiding readers to other crafts they may be interested in. The particular post “Heart-Shaped Soap” suggests readers to blog posts, “Bath Fizzies,” “Crayon Hearts,” and “Heart Bookmark.” This is a great way to keep readers on your website or blog as well as satisfy their need for crafting!
February 5, 2013 § 2 Comments
I am always trying to find an inexpensive way to turn cheap housewares into something that looks extraordinary. Ethching cream is an easy solution to transform simple and potentially boring glassware into one of a kind pieces.
First these are the supplies you will need to create etched glassware:
- Glasses: $2.50 (4-pack from Wal-Mart)
- Tape/Stencil/Stickers: $2.00
- Paintbrushes: $2.00
- Etching Creme: $6.63 (inexpensive etching cream)
- Rubber Gloves: FREE (any type of hand protection will work)
- Newspaper: FREE
Total: $3.28 per glass
First, make sure the glasses are clean. The etching cream will stick better on clean glasses. Next, place the tape, stickers, or stencils on the glass. Once you have decided where you want the stencil, make sure it is completely secure. (This step is important if you are using a stencil. Tape the stencil down securely so the design is precise.)
Now, with the rubber gloves on, use the paint brush to paint the etching cream on the glass. If you paint a thick layer on the glass it will take longer to dry and you may want to let the glasses dry over night. If you paint a thin layer on the glasses, the cream may completely dry in about 30 minutes.
Once the cream is dry, rinse the glasses with water. Make sure you are wearing rubber gloves while washing the glasses just in case they are still wet. The etching cream can cause burns or skin irritation while it is still wet, so its always better safe than sorry!
Believe it or not, you’re glasses are done. Its as easy as that, you have now turned your $2.50 glasses into one of a kind glassware!
What would you use etching cream on? I plan on trying to etch mason jars or a vase.
May 30, 2012 § 2 Comments
Whether you are going through final exam week or trying to find different ways to organize your office space. This budget friendly craft may be just the right one for you! At school, my folders and notebooks usually end up all over my room making it difficult to find materials when I was in a rush. This craft is a simple way to organize your things with a personalized touch!
First here are the materials you will need…
Cereal Box $FREE
Mod Podge $10 (Once you buy mod podge it will help with all different types of crafts in the future!)
Scrapbooking Paper $1-2 a sheet (12×12) You will need two pieces per cereal box.
Ruler $FREE ($1 at the dollar store or Walmart)
Paint Brush $1.00
Now you will have to use the sharpie and the ruler to mark the place where you would like to cut on the cereal box. I found it easiest to use a knife but if you have a box cutter that would work too. Scissors weren’t sharp enough to cut the cardboard evenly! I left about a half an inch from the top and extended that about 5 inches. After I extended the line I drew an angled line down to where I wanted the opening of the file holder to start.
Next, use the same measurements and mark the scrapbooking paper. TIP! Make sure that you leave a little extra (1/2) along the top edges of the paper so it can be wrapped around the cereal box.
Cut the other piece of paper the opposite way. Remember that the pieces will be on the different sides of the cereal box so they match up when they are glued on. Now, use the paint brush to bruch the mod podge onto the cereal box. I recommend working on one side at a time. TIP! Make sure you but a little bit of mod podge on the inside of the cereal box so the extra scrapbook paper has something to glue it down.
After you complete this step your file holders should be completed. If you would like you could paint the inside or line the inside to make it look more presentable. I plan on labeling the back of each of my file holders and have them sit on a shelf so there is no need to make the inside look pretty because no one will see them! You can also mix and match patterns if you make more than one file holder!
The total cost of this project is about $5 but that price can change depending on the materials you already own. Not to bad when file holders are priced anywhere from $10 – $30. You save $5 – $25 by recreating this craft instead of buying it in the store!
What would you use the file holders for? Would you change anything about this craft?
Make sure to keep checking my blog over summer for more updates on budget friendly, crafty collegiate crafts!
May 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
I can’t say I am creative as I think I am. Often, I find a lot of my inspiration through other blogs online, pictures or Pinterest. My week has been very hectic and I hate to admit it but I haven’t had time to create a blog post with a craft for the day. I thought I would take sometime today to tell you about three of my favorite websites/blogs where I come across inspiration for the items I make!
First, The Beauty Department!
This blog is written by Lauren Conrad, Kristin Ess (LC’s hairstylist) and Amy Nadine (LC’s makeup stylist)! At first some may be a little hesitant to take all sorts of beauty, fashion and DIY advice from a girl from MTV’s hit shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, but do not let this stand in your way! I cannot say how much I love looking at their blog. Not only do they provide useful information about DIY, they also talk about fashion, hair, beauty as well as things like etiquette, packing tips and health tips. This blog is perfect for women of all ages and is a great blog to have in your reserves.
Second, I Spy DIY
This blog is (almost) strictly about fashion. A cool aspect about this blog is the fact that she [Jenni] tries to makes posts about crafts that won’t break the bank. Maybe I like this blog because it has a similar concept to my own? Another thing that I like so much about this blog is that she takes inspiration from current fashion and celebrities. This is nice because we all know its a bit tough to spend $$$ on a simple friendship bracelet that we learned how to make when we were 5 years old.
Last, but not least, Martha Stewart
I don’t think anyone could talk about DIY or crafting without mentioning Martha Stewart. As cliche as it may sound, she is the “godfather” or should I say “godmother” of DIY. If you are ever in a rut or need a quick DIY Marthastewart.com is the place to turn. Her crafts range from holiday decorations to crafts that one could recreate with children. (This is really helpful for summer babysitters!) Not only does her site post crafts, but the other sections include, food, entertaining, weddings, holiday, pets, home & garden and more! Her website is very organized and also has a search bar if you can’t find what you are looking for. I don’t think many people could deny the usefulness of Martha Stewart’s website…. she is Martha Stewart after all!
I hope this post helped you come up with some websites/blogs to reference when you are in need of some new and innovative DIY ideas!
Do you have any favorite blogs?
May 16, 2012 § 2 Comments
Trying to make a space feel more like home? An affordable way of doing this is adding some bright-colored canvases. Not only can you pick the color goes best with your room, you are able to personalize the quotes, lyrics or words that are on the canvas! I got my idea for this (almost) monochromatic canvas on Pinterest. The lyrics are from Mumford and Son’s “Sigh No More.”
First, here are the supplies you will need:
Canvas $9.99 (you can use any size, I chose to use a 16X20 canvas)
Paint $1.00 each ($2.00)
Paint Brush $2.00
Wooden Letters $3.00 per pack or 30 cents individually (I bought 3 packs and about 6 individual letters)
Tacky Glue $3.29 (this bottle will last you a long time, if possible buy the smaller bottle)
TIP! When buying the wood letters, make sure you write out your quote first and see how many of each letter you will need. For a simple word like “LOVE” you could purchase the individual wooden letters. Because my quote was so long, I found it easier to buy three separate backs of wooden letters and a few extra miscellaneous ones.
Now, you will want to lay out the letters on the canvas to make sure you know how they will fit and where you will want them to be placed.
Next, you will want to paint the background of the canvas. While you are waiting for that dry you will want to start painting the letters too. I chose to mix a little bit of white into the orange for the letters to make sure that the orange wouldn’t turn out too dark after being painted on the wood. Use your personal judgement about drying time when it comes to the canvas and the letters. They should both be dry to the touch.
TIP! If using multiple colors, make sure you set the different words/letters a part from the others so you don’t mistakenly paint them the wrong color!
Now, Lay out the letters on the canvas again for spacing. Glue them down one buy one to make sure that you are keeping consistent with the lines and other letters.
Finally, you must be patient and wait for the glue to dry before you can hang the canvas on the wall or place on a mantel.
The total cost of the monochromatic canvas was about $28.08. When compared to a canvas of this size that is sold in stores, you will save about $20-$40!
What kind of quotes or lyrics would you use? Would you make any changes to the letters or the canvas?