Easy DIY Coasters from Washers

DIY Coasters from Washers

DIY Coasters from Washers

This easy craft shows you how to wip together some DIY coasters using washers you can buy at the hardware store. You won’t believe how quick and easy it is to make these. Best of all, they have a contemporary flair that looks great with any decor.

Supplies for DIY Coasters

Washers
Foam backing
Glue
Scissors

How to Make Coasters Using Washers

The design shown above uses 16 small washers and 9 larger washers, but you can use a variety of sizes depending upon the design you choose to create.

1. Put glue on back of washer

2. Place washer, glue side down, onto foam

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all the washers are placed on the foam and in the desired design. The design used in the photo is simply a circle of washers. Start with a large washer in the middle, place 8 small washers around that and then a ring of 8 large washers next. Add 8 small washers as the final ring, placing a small washer in-between 2 large washers.

4. Let glue dry and then cut off excess foam board.

Step by Step Video Tutorial by Innova Crafts

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DIY T-Shirt Scarf

DIY Braided Scarves

Here’s a great upcycle idea for old t-shirts that you have on hand, or that you find at the local thrift shop.  All you have to do is cut strips of the t-shirt and then braid them together to make cute and cheap DIY scarves.  Here are a few tutorials for how to make your own t-shirt scarf.

Video by Kim Kovelle. Thanks Kim! I love this scarf because it’s a no-sew project that anyone can do.

Another idea comes from Ann Le. This project does require the use of an iron, but by using bonding tape it’s another no-sew project that’s perfect for everyone to try.

Hope you have fun making a few of these cute scarves for yourself, or to give as a gift. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or for that special teacher.

 

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DIY Christmas Card Ideas to Make This Year

Snowtop Mountains Card

Making your own Christmas Cards is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Whether it’s a photo card that puts together a collage of your favorite family photos from throughout the year, or a homemade card with your own creative touches, a hand made Christmas card is a fun craft project for the whole family.

Christmas Card Ideas

There are a wide variety of Christmas cards that you can make. There are simple designs that are quick and inexpensive, and there are more elaborate designs that layer paper and accessories to create a magical keepsake for family and friends. One of the best things about a Christmas card is that you can make them with your kids. They may not have the attention span to help with them all, but I’m sure that there’s a step or two where they can lend a hand. Or, let the kids make a special card for their Grandparents or teacher.

Here’s a look at the types of Holiday Cards that you can make for Christmas this year.

Snowtop Mountains Card

This snowy mountain card by lindsay.dee.bunny (via Flickr CC 2.0) shows what you can do with a little paper. If you don’t have a die-cut machine to make the trees, you could cut some out by hand or use tissue paper to glue down your own trees. Or another idea would be to make a needle felted tree and glue that to the card. I love adding texture and depth to a card.

Bike Chain Christmas Tree

I love the creativity and ingenuity used to make this card. The Christmas tree is made from a bike chain that has been painted green and then shaped into a tree. What a brilliant idea shared by Richard Masoner via Flickr CC 2.0

Photo Ornament Christmas Card

Are you newlyweds celebrating your first Christmas together? Or maybe there’s a new baby in the house? This photo ornament card is a great way to show-off your news. All you have to do is make a photo ornament, take a picture of it and then add a greeting. You’ll enjoy working on every step of this project. Photo courtesy of njt1982 via Flickr CC 2.0

Kids Christmas Card

Kids love getting involved with Christmas and want to help whenever they can. Let them get involved with the family card, or let them make one for someone special. I’m sure that this adorable card would be loved by all. You can also make copies of your kids artwork and turn it into a card. I did this with one of my son’s drawings when he was too young to write. I made a card using a photo I took of the drawing. I then used Send Out Cards to make Thank You notes with his drawing on the front and my writing on the inside. A frame-able card that we still have on display! Photo via Brentwood Borough Council via Flickr CC 2.0

Here are a few more ideas. All of these cards were made with scrapbook paper, card stock and and lots of creativity.

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Photo by starshaped via Flickr CC 2.0

Holiday Card
Photo by amy.gizienski via Flickr CC 2.0

Embellished Card
Photo courtesy of WordRidden via Flickr CC 2.0

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DIY Beach Decoration or Ornament

DIY Beach Decoration

Living in Boston, the water and beach are a huge part of my life.  I guess that’s why I enjoy any craft or DIY project that has a beach theme to it.  Whether it’s using pieces of sea glass that we find on a walk, or making sand art, I love beach-inspired projects.

This DIY terrarium from Henry Happened is so beautiful.  It’s an easy technique that uses souvenirs and trinkets that you find during your travels.  If you aren’t a beachy person, you could use this same technique to create a family keepsake with items you find while on vacation.  You could use the finished product as a decoration in your house, or you could even turn it into an ornament for Christmas.

DIY Beach Decoration

Drop by Henry Happened to see the full tutorial on how to make this cute DIY craft.  I think you’ll have lots of fun coming up with unique items to put inside your terrarium.

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How do you stay connected with blogs and sites that you like to follow?  Maybe you’ve been using Google Reader?  Well, Google Reader is shutting down on July 1st, so you’ll need to find a new reader for all of your favorite RSS feeds.

My favorite place to read all of my favorite craft and DIY blogs is on Bloglovin. It works great on my computer and iPhone, so it covers my needs no matter where I am.  I hope you’ll join me at Bloglovin and follow along to get all of the latest news from us.

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Fun Crafts Using Rolled-Up Magazines

Rolled-Up Magazine Crafts

Do you have piles of magazines at home that are just waiting to be recycled?  Before you toss them in the recycling bin, how about some fun craft ideas for how you can take rolled-up magazines and turn them into vases, organizers and other pretty pieces to decorate your home.

How to Make a Rolled-Up Magazine Vase

All you need for this craft are a few magazines, a glue stick, glue gun and a paper or plastic container (like a recycled food container).  You may also want ribbon, pipe cleaners or rope to finish off the edges.

This video shows you how easy it is to make a magazine vase.  You can use this idea to make a pen holder, trash can, or any size holder you’d like.

Video by PattieWackDesigns

And this video uses the same rolled-magazine technique, but shows you how to make a decorative box with it.  In this example, she has made a magazine holder.  How appropriate, right?


Video by kelseyr2

How to Make a Rolled Paper Trash Can

These two videos show you variations of the rolled-up magazine technique.  Rather than creating long tubes with the magazine pages, these two ideas both use coils of paper.  Definitely more time consuming to do it this way, but the result is pretty cool.

Video by Flux Magazine

Video by Keepinitsimple101

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DIY Box Clutch Purse

DIY Box Purse

It’s always nice to have a little clutch to go with a special dress, but buying them can get expensive and I can never find the style I want.  You know how it is right?  You’re heading out to a wedding or party and you want the perfect shoes or bag to go with your dress, but you can never find what you want, when you want it.  So here’s the solution, make a clutch purse yourself.

This box clutch purse from LifeAnnStyle is a fun way to make your own clutch in whatever color you choose.  I think that this is a fun project for girls of all ages and it would even make a really cute gift to make for mum. A girl can never have enough purses after all!

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How to Make a Box Clutch Purse

What I like about this DIY idea is that you can recycle and upcycle things that you already have on hand.  Use a little gift box for the frame of the purse and use some old pieces of cosmetic jewelry that you have around the house.

Make sure you check the kids toys for things to upcycle too.  I know that my daughter has broken tiaras and play jewelry that we could use to make a cute purse.  And if you don’t want to use this as a clutch, you could skip the handle and just use it as a treasure box to keep on your bureau.

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DIY Mothers Day Gift Idea

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Make a painted cup or mug for Mother’s Day and every day your mum will enjoy this personalized gift.  One of the reasons why I love this gift idea is because a personalized mug can be made lots of ways.  You can use markers or paints to create a truly memorable gift.  Write a simple message on the mug to let her know how much you love her, or paint something special.  No matter what you do, she’ll love it.

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Personalized Painted Mug Tutorial

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Create a Clay Pottery Vase from Old Vase

DIY Faux Clay Pottery Vase

If you have an old vase lying around the house and you’re ready to throw it out, why not transform it into a high-end vase?  You won’t believe the results you’ll get when you use a little paint, clay and stencils to create something that rivals what you’d find at a designer show-room.

Faux Clay Pottery Tutorial

DIY Faux Pottery Vase

Debbiedoo’s walks you through the steps for taking an old vase and using stencils and clay to create texture and design on the vase.  By combining that with Terra-cotta colored paint, you give this vase the look of pottery.

Supplies needed to make this project include:

  • Vase
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Clay
  • Popsicle sticks (or something else to help apply the wood filler)
  • Stencil
  • Elmer’s Wood Filler
  • 60-80 Sanding block (or paper)
  • Crackle Medium
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DIY Mosaic Painted Mason Jar Lanterns

mosaic-lantern A DIY lantern is perfect for outdoor fun and entertaining this summer.  Learn how to take a simple mason jar and paint it with a mosaic pattern to create a colorful lantern that will look beautiful against the glow of a candle.

This tutorial shows you how to paint glass to get a mosaic design.  Add a beaded handle and you can hang these lanterns on a hanger.

If you don’t like the mosaic pattern, just use the same techniques shown in the video and use them to make a painted lantern that matches your style.

Painting on Glass DVD Step-by-Step Guide

All you need to make these beautiful lanterns are some mason jars (aka jam jars), some paint and brushes.

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DIY Cell Phone Cases

DIY Cell Phone Cases

Buying a fancy case for your iPhone can get expensive.  See how easy it easy to make your own, personalized cell phone case for next to nothing.

All you need is a clear case and a little imagination to make an iPhone case that is truly one of a kind.  And the best part is that since this DIY craft is so inexpensive, you can make a bunch of cases and switch them out to match your outfits, or your mood.

DIY: Cell Phone Cases!!

It doesn’t take much to make your own cell phone case. Here are some things you can use to decorate a clear phone case and transform it into something unique.

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Stickers
  • Buttons
  • Pictures
  • Crystals, beads and anything sparkly
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How to Make Fabric Wall Art

Embroidery Hoop Art

Do you have some extra fabric that you don’t know what to do with it?  See how to frame it and turn it into a beautiful piece of art to hang on the wall.

There are lots of ways that you can use fabric to create accent pieces for your home.  Cover a corkboard with fabric and now you have a pretty place to pin-up your family calendar, chore lists, or important phone numbers.

If you’re on a budget, a framed piece of fabric is an affordable way to hang a piece of artwork on a large wall.  It’s also an easy way to decorate a nursery.

This craft is very easy and the video gives you some tips on how to get the fabric nice and tight without wrinkles.  Skip ahead 1 minute to where she starts to talk about the craft itself.

Fabric Wall Art – CRAFT Video Podcast

In this week’s CRAFT video, we take a visit to the new fabric store Whiz Bang Fabrics in San Francisco where owner Helen Fawcett shows us how to make some co…

Embroidery Hoop Art

Love this picture of more fabric wall art ideas using embroidery hoops. Visit Purlbee to see how to make these.

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