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.


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


Water Bottle and Paper Bangle Bracelets

Water Bottle Bangle Bracelet

Take an old water bottle and turn it into a fun bangle bracelet that you can wear alone, or layer with other bracelets.  This is recycling and upcycling at its very best!

How to Make a Water Bottle Bracelet

The premise of this DIY bracelet is that you’ll sandwich some pretty paper between two layers of plastic cut from a water bottle.  Finish off the edges with an adhesive tape that holds it all together, but that also adds a pretty contrast to the pattern in the paper.

Video by EcoHeidi Borchers

Supplies for this craft are minimal.  You’ll just need some paper, glue, decorative adhesive tape and a water bottle. An inexpensive way to accessorize your outfit.  You can make the bangles as thin or as thick as you’d like, so you can create lots of variations for mixing and matching.


How to Make a Makeup Brush Roll

Makeup Brush Organizer

Is there a makeup enthusiast in your life who would love a compact way to hold all of her makeup brushes?  Whether you make this brush roll for yourself, or as a gift for someone special, this DIY craft is perfect for keeping brushes organized.

This project is super easy and only requires a few items.  All it takes is a sushi rolling mat and elastic.  I found some sushi mats for about $2.50 on Amazon.  What a bargain and a really inexpensive gift idea.  Add a fancy MAC brush or two and you’ll have an extra special gift.

DIY Makeup Brush Organizer


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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.


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

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.


DIY Mothers Day Flower Pot

Mother Day Gift Idea

Flowers for mother’s day are a lovely gift, but you can make it extra special with a unique flower pot with a custom design.  And best of all, this DIY project lets you upcycle an old food tin.

This photo tutorial shows you how to make this pretty Mother’s Day Gift and it even has different printable labels that you can use.  You could use these labels on a variety of projects.  It’s why I love crafts- you can take an idea and use it anyway you want.  These labels would be perfect for making your own card or decoupage gift.

DIY Mother’s Day Gift

Be creative and show mum how special she is.  This is a great craft to do with the kids too.

Mother Day Gift Idea

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No Sew Duct Tape Purse

No Sew Purse

This little purse is so cute and I can’t believe that it’s a no-sew project.  All you need are a few supplies and you’re ready to create a coin purse, cell phone holder, or larger clutch.  You can make it whatever size you want.

All it takes to make this purse is a pretty piece of fabric, some duct tape, scissors and a stapler.  Oh, and a small piece of velcro if you’d like to fasten the flap closed.  This short video gives you all the details.

I hope you have fun making this no-sew project.  I may give this a try to make a crayon case for my daughter.  The duct tape would wipe clean so easily!

DIY No sew duct tape purse tutorial

Enjoy my tutorial for creating an easy and adorable purse with fabric and duct tape. The perfect cheap gift idea for your friends and yourself! See my blog G…


Upcycle a T-Shirt Into a Tote Bag

Upcycle T-Shirt Tote
Take an old t-shirt and turn it into a tote.  Take it to the gym, work, or around town and enjoy having a tote made from your favorite graphic-T.
This easy craft does involve sewing, but just a simple straight stitch so it’s not tough at all.  A beginner can handle this DIY project without any problems.

How To Upcycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag

This is a tutorial on how to upcycle your old t-shirts into reusable tote bags. It only takes some cutting and one straight stitch. So easy!!!!! For more gre…

How to Make a Polymer Clay Vase

clay polymer vase
If you love clay vases, but you don’t have a potters wheel or the experience to make your own base, then this clay polymer vase is the perfect craft to make.
See how easy it is to take a simple, clear vase and use clay polymer to transform it into something beautiful.  You can even make it so that it glows in the dark!

Polymer clay Vase, IT GLOWS!!

This is my first try at wrapping glass with this clay.. And I tell ya’ I LOVE it!! Think of all the possibilities… this will be some real fun for everyone!…

DIY Stenciled Shower Curtain

Stenciled Shower Curtain

I love this stenciling project.  I was just at Bed, Bath & Beyond the other day trying to find a shower curtain I liked and I came up empty handed.  There was nothing that I liked and I didn’t like the $40 price tag either.

This article shows you how to transform a drop cloth into a spectacular shower curtain.

Stenciled Shower Curtain

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