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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.

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Chocolates by Kerry Can

7 Nov

These delicious, small-batch, handmade chocolates that I won from Kerry at Love Those “Hands At Home” came in the mail today. Two of my favorite things mail and chocolate! What a good day.Chocolates by Kerry CanThey are from her Etsy shop, Kerry Can, where she shares her passion for candy making and some of her vintage finds. In addition to these 3 yummy candy bars, she included an assortment of chocolate covered caramels that were amazing! I’ve tried my hand at caramel making before and have never been able to produce something so perfect. Kerry has clearly mastered the process. The caramel was buttery-sweet and gooey but didn’t stick to my teeth too much like some caramels.Chocolates by Kerry Can

Turtles have always been my favorite candy and these did not disappoint. But the ginger caramels may be my new favorite! Wow! I have no idea why I’ve never had a ginger caramel before, these should be in every heart-shaped candy box. You will not regret ordering a batch of these, but you may regret how quickly they disappear. They will definitely test your self-control.

Thank so much Kerry! Keep up the delicious work!

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.

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 photo postcards

17 Jun

Did you know you can mail a photo just like a postcard? Nothing fancy, no work. Just put a stamp on it, and mail it. I think that’s awesome, but I’m not sure how well it will hold up. So I made my photo postcards a little sturdier by sewing on a backing. Super simple, plus I love the texture added by the stitching.

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

Supplies:

photos

card stock/thin cardboard

scissors

glue

sewing machine and thread

I didn’t have any good photos lying around, so I printed some childhood photos that I scanned a while back. I added text to some in Photoshop.

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

You can use whatever you have around the house as the backing. I used an old folder and a cereal box for mine. Just cut to size. Since I was printing pictures,  I printed the lines onto my backing using this template from Martha Stewart. Of course, you can always draw them in or sew them in.

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

Put a dab of glue in the middle of the photo and attach it to your backing. You don’t want to glue the edge because it will gunk up your needle. Once it is dry, use your machine to sew around the edge. Begin and end by adding a back stitch to secure your thread.

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

Now write a note and add a stamp!

#DIY photo postcards by makingmondays

P.S. The current postage rate for postcards is $0.33

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