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DIY instant comfort boxes

18 Nov

I saw these adorable matchboxes from  Kim’s Little Monsters and thought I would make some of my own. These will make great little gifts or stocking stuffers. The best part is that you can use whatever supplies you have on hand and really personalize them. Don’t worry too much about making them perfect, the imperfections add to their charm.

#DIY instant comfort box by Making Mondays

Supplies

empty matchbox

scrapbook paper/paper/washi tape

pens/markers/colored-pencils/paints (whatever you prefer)

cardboard

scissors

glue

First wrap the outside.

#DIY instant comfort box from Making MondaysThen draw the cover. Cut to size and glue on the top.

#DIY instant comfort box by Making Mondays

Now decorate the inside. Cut a decorative background and glue it into place. Then make a character. If you’re not a great at drawing, you can use a photo or clipart. Cut out your character and glue to a small piece of cardboard (smaller than the character so you won’t see it). This will add depth. Glue it into place.

#DIY instant comfort box by MakingMondays

Lastly, add words of encouragement. Draw a ribbon and write in something sweet. Cut it out and leave a tab on the side. Fold and glue the tab to the side of the matchbox.

DIY postcard coasters

21 Oct

DIY postcard coasters by MakingMondays.wordpress.com

I picked up these beautiful vintage botanical chart postcards a couple weeks ago. And I’m feeling kinda selfish, they are just too beautiful to share. After a long internal debate over whether or not I should simply frame them, I decided to turn them into coasters! I’m so glad I did because they turned out amazing with a really thick, high-gloss finish. Looking around the internet there are a lot of different tutorials for making coasters, this is the way I did it.

Supplies

tiles

postcards

scissors

white glue

cheap brush or foam brush

pour-on epoxy resin (I used Envirotex)

plastic cups

drop cloth/cardboard/paper

felt pads

#DIY postcard coasters by makingmondays.wordpress.com

Cut postcards to size. I cut mine into 3 ½ inch squares.

#DIY postcard coasters by makingmondays.wordpress.com

Coat the back of the postcard with glue and place it onto the clean tile. Make sure you get the postcard positioned correctly and press it down to remove any trapped air. Coat the top with a layer of glue. Don’t worry about brush strokes, they will disappear when you apply the resin. Allow to dry completely.

#DIY postcard coasters by makingmondays.wordpress.com

Use a disposable cup to elevate your tile, so the resin runoff will not pool under the tile. Put down a piece of cardboard to catch the runoff.

Pour on the epoxy as directed on the package. For more thorough instructions on using Envirotex, check out this incredible step-by-step from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

#DIY postcard coasters by MakingMondaysAllow to dry completely, which took 3 days in my case. The resin was easier to use and less messy than I expected. I highly recommend it if you want a professional finish. Mine turned out smooth, even, and really glossy.

#DIY postcard costers by MakingMondays.wordpress.com

Attach felt pads to the bottoms and you’re done.

The total cost of this project was around $10 (but there was enough resin left to do a lot more than 4). The postcards were 25¢ each, the tiles were 16¢ each, I already owned the glue, disposable cups were a $1, and the pour-on resin was $7 from Michaels with a 50% off coupon (it can be found in the glue section). They took less than an hour of active time to make, but took several days if you include drying time.

If you aren’t feeling selfish like me, these would make a great gift.

DIY postcard photobook

16 Sep

This is a simple book binding technique I found on PhotoJoJo. I used it to put together a quick photo book. This is perfect for photos from a weekend trip or a party. I used photos from a hike I took with my dad during my last visit to New Mexico.

#DIY postcard photo book by Making Mondays

Supplies:

2 postcards

photos

scissors

2 binder clips

glue (acid-free, PVA glue works best)

strip of paper (4inches by 1inch)

#DIY postcard photobook by makingmondays.wordpress.com

Cut postcards to match the size of the photos. Get photos in the order you want and sandwich them between the postcards. Make sure your stack is flush and use the binder clips to secure the stack together.

#DIY postcard photobook by makingmondays

Glue the top evenly.

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Prop it upright and allow to dry. Then repeat. Once dry, apply glue to the strip of paper and use it to cover the top.

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There you have it, a simple flip book of photos for about $5 ; 25 prints for 10¢ each (from Walmart), 2 postcards 50¢ each, glue $2 (but regular Elmer’s works too). It took about 30 minutes total to put together including drying times.

Scissors, Paper, Craft by Christine Leech at SewYeah

11 Sep

Scissors Paper Craft by Christine Leech

I recently won this beautiful book from Christine at SewYeah for my suggestion of a book on gift wrap. She insisted that her gifts are not usually well wrapped, but I find that hard to believe because my book arrived so cute; simply wrapped in tissue and bakers twine and when I opened it confetti flew everywhere, such a beautiful surprise. I’ve always loved gifts that were a little messy to open. I really appreciate that carefree moment of wondering what it is more than caring about who’s going to sweep this up, it reminds me of being a kid.

Anyway back to the book, it’s amazing and includes 30 paper craft projects. It’s one of the best craft books I’ve seen in a long time. There are tons of lovely photos, the instructions are very clear and easy to follow, most of the projects include a template, and the ideas are original (I haven’t seen them all on Pinterest already). Having looked through it, I can tell I’m going to put this book to good use. I can’t wait to make this mirror, how beautiful!

Scissors Paper Craft by Christine Leech

Head over to SewYeah for a full preview of the book and a free printable of one of the projects!

DIY postcard notebook

9 Sep

Here is another quick notebook you can make from a postcard and some scrap paper.

#DIY postcard notebook by makingmondays.wordpress.com

These make great travel journals, since they are small enough to fit in your pocket. When I travel I try to write down funny quotes and moments from the trip, the little things you forget about; later these are the perfect captions for photos. I started doing this after I scanned all my family photos, most of them had notes on the back that gave me a better idea of what was going on. It bummed me out to realize when I look back at my own photos, how much I will have forgotten about those moments. So I try to record more and when I put together photo books or albums I include these little notes.

Supplies:

postcard

paper (cut to size)

2 small binder clips

heavy needle

embroidery floss

#DIY postcard notebook by makingmondays.wordpress.com

Fold postcard and paper directly in half.

Position paper inside postcard. Use the binder clip to secure the paper to the postcard.

#DiY postcard notebook by makingmondays.wordpress.com

Use needle to punch though paper and post card from the inside. If you are making a thick notebook, you may want to use a hammer and nail to punch the holes.

Run floss through holes and tie on the inside.

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Trim the excess floss.

If your notebook is thick, place it under a stack of heavy books to flatten it.

That’s all there is too it. Really easy to put together, it only takes about 5 minutes.

DIY matchbook notebook

26 Aug

CONFESSION: I buy too many postcards.

I’ve found a few uses, other than just sticking a stamp on them, that I will be sharing over the next couple of weeks. Here is a simple matchbook-stlye notebook. It’s the perfect pocket sized notebook to jot down a daily to-do list or other short notes.

#DIY matchbook notebook by makingmondays.wordpress.com

Supplies:

postcard

paper

scissors

stapler

Cut paper to size. Slightly smaller than the width of the card by half the height minus 1/2 inch. My postcard was 4 1/2 inch by 6 1/2 inch so I cut my paper to 4×3.

Fold base of postcard up about 1/2 inch.

Place stack of paper under the fold and staple it. Since it is wider than a traditional matchbook, I stapled it twice.

#DIY matchbook notebook by makingmondays.wordpress.com

Fold the top down over the paper and slip under the bottom flap to close.

#DIY matchbook notebook by makingmondays.wordpress.com

DIY friendship bracelet kit with *FREE PRINTABLES*

6 Aug

I put together this friendship bracelet kit to send to a certain 9-year-old I know. She doesn’t have any experience making bracelets, so I went with a really simple design. If you want something more complicated there are lots of patterns around the web.

#DIY friendship bracelet kit by makingmondays

Supplies:

embroidery floss in a few colors

cardboard

safety pin or tape

instruction sheet

envelope

I went to the trouble of putting my floss on spools, because it will be much less likely to turn into a tangled ball. Since it is going to a 9-year-old, this is very important. It also allows you to use up embroidery floss you already have.

#DIY friendship bracelet kit by makingmondays

Cut your cardboard into spools. You can cut a template out of graph paper or just wing it. I cut the cardboard into 2inch squares then cut in the indentions freely. Cut a slit in one end of the spool to secure the loose end of floss. Then just wrap the embroidery floss around the spools.

double knot bracelet pattern by makingmondays

Click on the image above to open it full size and print out the instruction sheet.

Then follow the instructions to include a completed bracelet as an example.

#DIY friendship bracelet kit by makingmondays

Put it all together in a cute envelope and you’re done. I made my envelope out of vellum; I like that it alludes to the contents yet, without knowing you still can’t quite guess what it will be.

#DIY friendship bracelet kit by makingmondays

DIY galaxy prints with *FREE PRINTABLES*

29 Jul

I was elated when I discovered that Hubble Telescope images are public domain. That’s right! You can access and print amazing celestial scenes for FREE (or at least just the cost of printing). The HubbleSite provides incredible high resolution images and tons of information. I got lost in it for a few hours when I was picking my images. If you have time, check out how they are colored.

#DIY galaxy prints by makingmondays

Because I know you’re wondering, the above image is under the wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way’s closest neighbors.

To add focus and because I didn’t want to bother with mats, I used Photoshop to make my images round with a white border.

To do this to your images:
1. Download the highest quality image and open in Photoshop
2. Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool
3. Set it to a fixed size and use the same number for the height and width so that it will be a perfect circle (i used 2000px)
4. Select your circle
5. Copy the area
6. Create a new document (I used a 2400px square)
7. Paste

Or if you’d rather skip the work and use the images I chose, just click on them, save, and print! Even the image above with a title is printable, just click and the title will disappear. The images are 8 inch squares which is perfect for a home photo printer, but you can make them larger if you’re willing to take them to a print shop.

#DIY galaxy prints by makingmondays

Above is a jet in the Carina Nebula.

#DIY galaxy prints by makingmondays

This one shows a cloud of gas and dust being molded by radiation in the Small Magellanic Cloud.

#DIY galaxy prints by makingmondays
This one is the Crab Nebula.

I recommend printing the article that corresponds with each image and attaching it to the back of the frame for future reference. If you’re anything like me, you will undoubtedly forget and wonder just exactly where your looking. Click on the description to access the article.

All image credits go to NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Thanks for showing us beyond our world.

DIY hanging basket

1 Jul

I was inspired by these planters I saw here. I love the impact of the long neon cord, but you can do it with whatever color you prefer. Parachute cord is available in a huge range of colors and in patterns. I went with hot pink. I like the contrast between the unnaturally bright cord and the natural fiber of the basket.

#DIY hanging basket by makingmondays

Supplies:

Basket

550 parachute cord (approx. $10 for 100 ft.)

Scissors

Lighter

Plyers

Metal ring (key ring or a loop of wire)

Houseplant (planted in a container without holes)

#DIY hanging basket by makingmondays

Choose a sturdy basket. Mine has a wire frame. If yours does not have a wire frame, you may want to put your knots around the rim.

Cut the cord in to 3 ft strips. I cut 12 strips, one for every other vertical rib in my basket. You can use less, but I recommend at least 4.

In a well ventilated space, use the lighter to singe the cut ends of the nylon cord to prevent unraveling. Do not touch the molten nylon, it will hurt.

#DIY hanging basket by makingmondays

Take one cord. From the inside push the cord through the weave at the joint between the rib and the rim. Push the end back though to the inside on the other side of the rib. Now both ends are on the inside and around the rib.

#DIY hanging basket by makingmondays

Tie a bowline knot. This is a simple fixed knot, I learned in one try. Repeat with each cord. I will be doing every other rib. But the important part is to attach the cords in a balanced way.

Gather all the cords and even the tension out. I tied a simple slip knot with the bundle of cord around a metal ring (I used a loop of wire but a metal ring would look better) to hang it from. Trim cord if necessary.

#DIY hanging basket by makingmondays

My project total was approximately $25. The cost of the hanging basket alone was $15, not including the cost of the houseplant. Your cost will vary depending on how much cord you decide to use and the cost of your basket.

#DIY hanging basket by makingmondays

DIY watercolor sand dollars

24 Jun

On a past trip up the coast, we stopped at this beach that had an abundance of sand dollars. At the time they were rich in color from the algae and I really loved them. I had big plans to display them. But after sitting with my craft supplies for a year, they have lost their color and turned dingy yellow. I wanted to do something different and add the bright color back into them. So I used watercolors.

#DIY watercolor sand dollars by makingmondays

Supplies:

Sand dollars

Watercolors and water

Brushes

Bleach water solution (optional)

I began by whitening my sand dollars with a simple bleach/water solution (1 TBS per gallon of water). Simply mist with the solution and allow to sit in the sun to dry for an afternoon. If you buy sand dollars from a gift shop or online shop, they will probably already be bright white.

#DIY watercolor sand dollars by makingmondays

They absorb color really well and you can play around to get whatever effect you want. With some I just colored the star in the center which looked nice. But since the color spreads really easily it a little difficult to keep it contained. But that’s ok because as the color spreads it reveals more of the natural texture in the sand dollar. My only real tip for painting is to use water to blend the colors and blend out any rings that may appear. They will a grey tone when wet, but that will go away as they dry.

#DIY watercolor sand dollars by makingmondays

This project is easy, fun, and super kid-friendly. It really doesn’t require much artistic ability, but I liked the way they turned out. I glued magnets to the backs of mine to use on the fridge, but they would look cute in a shadow box display or basket too.

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