Posts Tagged: diy

The Sunbathing Companion

It seems like women like to have huge bags with many unnecessary items on hand at all times. When my girlfriends and I head to the beach, this gets to be a bit much, as you want as little as possible for fear of someone snatching your stuff while we are having fun in the water. When I found this precious towel craft, I wanted to go make one right away and hit the hot sand! This extremely simple and even more useful project is a great way to bring your towel and the essentials that are needed for the beach, without the huge tote.

 

For full directions with photos, check out the “recipe” for cuteness at Moda Bake Shop.

 

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DIY Soup Can Caddy

As a college student, I am always looking to do two things cheaply — eat and decorate. With this darling Soup Can Caddy decoration, I can use the leftover cans from my cheap dinner to decorate and organize my kitchen. You can add as much extra decoration you would like and all of the supplies can probably found in your craft drawer or garage. The supplies list is small — 3 soup cans (any size), small amount of paint (in two colors), three screws, a wooden dowel, jute and anything else you would like to decorate your caddy. Most of these items can probably be found leftover from other crafts you have completed. I plan on making at least one for our kitchen table this weekend!

 

Directions on how to make your own can be found at Sow & Dipity.

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DIY Mason Jar Wall Storage

Living in a house with nine girls will always pose space problems, especially in the bathroom. While searching for ways to utilize our space wisely, I found this cute and simple idea to organize items that usually get lost in a girl’s bathroom, such as bobby pins and hair ties. I plan on making this decorative space saver to hold hair ties, bobby pins, toothbrushes, cotton swabs and maybe even mascara. I have a feeling I will be making more than one, as this could really work for any small item! For example, in the kitchen you could use it for spices, herbs, or even silverware. This might just be the cutest and most versatile craft I have found with mason jars yet!

I will probably not be adding the yardsticks like it shows on the full directions at Upcycled Treasures, but they go in depth with their steps on how to drill the holes in the metal clamps that go around the Mason jars, which was helpful for someone who is not a very good “handyman.”

 

Upcycled Treasures Mason Jars

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Kids Art Collage

I’m a big fan of kids art.  Keeping their original work is fantastic however I thought this idea found on ArtfulCircle would allow you to display several different “pieces” of art in one large picture.  Such a simple and creative idea.  I love it!

What You’ll Need:

  • A few pieces of kids art
  • A large picture frame – this is a decent 16 x 20 for about $25 on Amazon
  • A circle punch – about $11 on Amazon
  • Mod Podge – about $9 on Amazon

Visit ArtfulCircle for full instructions.

Kids Art Collage

DIY Hover Craft

Remember those air hockey tables they had at the arcade?  This fun little DIY project works with the same concept.  The only materials you need are an old CD or DVD, a sports bottle cap, a balloon and some crazy glue.  The Cap gets glued to the CD covering the hole in it (make sure it is completely air tight), the the balloon goes around the cap, and when you release the air from the balloon, it gets regulated by the sports cap, and creates a small cushion of air under it, so it can be pushed around.  You can blow up the balloon, twist it so the air won’t come out, and slide the end over the cap.  When you are ready to float, just let go, and the balloon will untwist and release the air.  I can see a lot of fun games being created around this toy!  This project, and photos, was found on ICanTeachMyChild.

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DIY Kids T-Shirts

With spring just around the corner I’ve been doing a bit of looking for some cute spring wear for my 10 month old.  I’ve found a few things but admit I’m mostly frustrated with the lack of  good options and have resorted to making a few things myself.  Now as you probably already know, I don’t sew, so anything I take one needs to be simple.  I found these cute DIY Tees on Ona Befort and thought they’d look absolutely adorable on my little man.  Ona includes a free printout for each of them so I don’t have to do any free handing (good thing!).

For the free printout and instructions for the Bear Tee click here.

For the free printout and instructions for the Apple Tee click here.

Also, you’ll need a few things you may not have on hand to take on these projects:

  • Fabric Paint (can be purchased here on Amazon)
  • Paint Brush (can be purchased here on Amazon)
  • Blank Tees (can be purchased here on Amazon)
  • Clorox Bleach Pen (can be purchased here on Amazon)

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DIY Leaf Stepping Stones

What a great project for the kids!  Allowing them to make a semi permanent object to be displayed in the yard is very exciting for them.  They get to show off their creation to the guests at your house, and beam with pride as they explain the process with which they created them.  And, it will look great too!  I have some nice big hosta leaves I’d like to try this with.  I love the photo tutorial I found on I Am Trend too.

To make the cement for your casting I got some nice tips from a poster on Therpf.com, go pick up a bag of Portland cement (not concrete) Portland cement is just the powdered gray part no rocks or sand in it… It’s not hard to find, and everywhere that carries concrete should carry it… Also pick up some fine sand, not the cheap traction sand that has large chunks in it, you want the kids play sand that is nice and smooth…

The mix ratio can vary but 1 part cement to 2 (or 3) parts sand, is a good starting point… Play around a bit with the mix ratios, less sand will be more like plaster, glossy smooth and pretty brittle and flaky and too much sand will get you to the mortar consistency you have experienced already… BTW mortar is simply Portland cement with a high sand and lime dust content… You should be able to find a happy medium around the 1:2 or 1:3 mix ratio…

The 1 part Portland to 2 (or 3) parts sand will be close to your normal concrete consistency, smooth but not brittle…

If you need more strength, you can get some fiberglass flock or strands and mix that in as well…

Make sure to have the large ridges on the underside of the leaf facing up.

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DIY Dish Bird Feeder

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Spring is coming soon!  The birds should be migrating back any day now.  This is a really fun way to make a feeder from very inexpensive supplies.  You can buy the dishes at any local thrift store, or garage sale.  Then all you need is some hardware from your lumber or hardware store, and some paracord.  The tutorial for this on ErinsCreative is really good too.  Bird feeders are a great way to bring the wildlife close to home, and help feed the animals!

Homemade 15 Minute Thin Mints

Since moving to upstate New York, I have not had a single girl scout come to sell me Girl Scout Cookies.  I guess that is actually a blessing in disguise, because if they are not here, I can’t eat them.  I just found this recipe, for better or for worse, to make my own, and they seem like a much lighter version.  The best part?  They require no baking, and can be made in about 15 minutes!  Here is the recipe I found on LoveVeggiesAndYoga:

Homemade Thin Mints

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies

18 Ritz Crackers

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract* (see notes below)

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or wax paper; set aside. Clear out a spot in your refrigerator or freezer to accommodate baking sheet.

In a shallow microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and shortening (the shortening helps the chocolate stay smooth when using it for dipping; it prevents that thick and gloppy, chocolate getting hard before you want it to phenomenon) and heat for 1 minute on high power to melt. Stir and heat in 10 to 15 second bursts until chocolate can be stirred very smooth.

To the melted chocolate add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract* and stir. If you prefer it mintier, add another 1/4 teaspoon. I used 3/4 teaspoon in total, but because all brands and taste preferences differ, taste your chocolate and add peppermint to taste.

*Note: Mint extract is much, much more potent than vanilla extract; 1 teaspoon of mint extract has an extreme amount of potency compared with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. You cannot un-do mint once added so be very, very careful to not over-do it and end up with a bottle of Listerine-tasting food. There are different kinds of mint extracts available and are labeled as “mint, “peppermint”, “spearmint” and more. For this recipe I used store-brand (Kroger/Ralph’s) “peppermint extract” sold in a small 1 ounce bottle. Select the version of “mint” you think sounds best as not all types are available in all areas.

Add 1 cracker to the chocolate, coat it, and remove it by lightly scooping it up from the underside with a fork, allowing excess chocolate to drain off through fork tines. Place cracker on parchment and repeat with all remaining crackers. If necessary, re-heat the chocolate in 10 to 15 second bursts if it starts getting too firm for smooth dipping. After all crackers have been dipped, place baking sheet in refrigerator. Although these will solidify at room temperature, the shortening in the chocolate lengthens the amount of time that will take; the fridge or freezer helps speed it up. Store extra Thin Mints in an airtight container in the refrigerator for many weeks. In the freezer, I estimate that these could be kept for 3 to 6 months successfully.

DIY Organic Fruit Snacks

I have to admit, any time my kids are eating fruit snacks I have to steal a few.  They are just so delicious, and the texture is just right.  The idea of being able to make my own really excites me.  You can make them in any shape you like, change up the colors, experiment with flavors, and make them for different occasions!  One of the coolest things about this recipe is that it only calls for 4 ingredients!  Here is the recipe I got from anorganicwife.

Ingredients:
2 ½ c. strawberries
½ c. lemon juice
2 TBS. honey
½ c. gelatin

Directions:
1. Put fresh or frozen fruit and lemon juice in a saucepan and heat it on medium-low until the
fruit starts to soften.
2. Use an immersion blender to puree the fruit, or pour it all into a blender. Then, set it aside to
cool slightly for about 5 minutes.
3. Stir in the honey and gelatin. Whisk in the gelatin a little at a time so it doesn’t clump up.
Whisk, whisk, whisk!
4. Once it is all incorporated, pour the liquid into silicone molds or a 9×13″ baking dish,
preferably lined with unbleached parchment paper.
5. Put the molds or pan into the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours to let it set up
6. Remove and pop the fruit snacks out of the mold, or cut into squares if you used a baking dish.
7. Store the fruit snacks in a lidded container either at room temp or in the fridge, if you like
them cold.