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DIY recycled calendar envelopes

6 Jan

It’s time to change calendars and I couldn’t let the perfect Sierra Club landscapes of last year go to waste, so I made some envelopes.  DIYEnvelope7

Supplies

old calendar pages

ruler

scissors

glue

washi tape (optional)

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I made 4×6 envelopes. I started by drawing a big 8inch by 10inch square on the back. I usually free hand the rest of this but here is a template to show you what I do.

DIYEnvelope8Cut out the large rectangle. Then take 1 inch off of each side of the bottom flap and 1 inch off each side of the top flap. I also trim the top flap at this point, which are the diagonal lines I drew in.

DIYEnvelope11Just add some washi tape around the edge and you’re ready to send it. I suggest using a white paint marker or metallic Sharpie for addressing darker pages.

DIYEnvelope13I also used a couple pages to line envelopes I had on hand. Simply trace the envelope on the image, cut it out, slide into the envelope, and the secure it to the flap with a line of glue.

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DIY orange surprise balls

9 Dec

Did you get an orange in your stocking when you were growing up? I always did, right in the toe. Something to do with Santa paying someone’s dowry or my grandpa having to eat the orange “peel-n-all” during the depression or something like that. I thought these surprise balls would be a fun twist on that old tradition. They can be made big or small, I tried to keep mine close to the size of a small grapefruit (it’s supposed to be an orange after all).#DIY orange surprise balls

Supplies:

several different colors of crape paper including orange

small surprises (stickers, erasers, etc.)

white glue

scissors

green construction paper

a button

First cut the crape paper in half (HonestlyWTF suggests using crape paper sheets and cutting it into stripes but I wasn’t sure where to find that in town so I used streamers). This step was a little tedious.

Start wrapping your surprises up! I started with something round (a light-up ball) to help get the right shape. Just wrap the first surprise in crape paper until it is fully covered. Then switch colors and add another surprise. Keep wrapping and adding items until everything is inside! Make sure to use orange for the final layer.

WrapingSurpriseBallNow that everything is all wrapped up. Use a dab of glue to secure the end. Then cut a couple small leaves from the construction paper and glue them over the end and glue the button on top of the leaves. Let it dry and it’s ready to be unwrapped!

If  you wanted to tell the story behind the tradition, you could add it on strips of paper with the surprises.

Side note: Dogs don’t really like crape paper

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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.

Making an Impression by Geninne D. Zlatkis

25 Sep

Making an Impression by Geninne D. Zlatkis

I won this copy of Making an Impression from Factom of Arts earlier this month and I couldn’t be more excited. This book is absolutely beautiful! It has some amazing stamp designs with templates. It shows you how to stamp on a lot of different surfaces and has some cute ideas that I hadn’t thought of before.

I haven’t made stamps since my high school crafts class.  We made simple rubber stamps, linoleum cuts, and wood blocks. I remember it being fun and really easy, unfortunately my designs as a 15 year old were less than impressive. I will definitely be trying my hand at it again this year, perhaps I’ll start with some hand stamped gift tags for Christmas.

Making an Impression by Geninne D. Zlatkis

For a more from the author, Geninne Zlatkis, head over to Geninne’s Art Blog. She shares a lot of tips and the basics of stamping. Plus you can check out some of her incredible pieces to get inspired!

P.S. I really want this print from her Etsy shop!

Making an Impression by Geninne D. Zlatkis

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!

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