DIY Halloween Luminaries

Halloween crafts are my favorite ones! Mostly because I love the color black (don’t judge) and candles for their luminescence. So many of them include at least one of those things. Today, I’m combining them.

This is a great craft to do on your own or with kids. You might want to cut everything out in advance if you’re doing this with the little ones though. It works well, because assembling doesn’t take long so it will keep their attention.

I used black construction paper, but you could use orange to make it more pumpkin-like.

Okay, let’s get started!

DIY Halloween luminary supplies

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Step 1: cut construction paper into 4 pieces

With the construction paper positioned vertically, make a cut down the center.

Then, again down the center horizonally.

This will give you 4 pieces like in the image above.

Step 2: draw and cut out faces in your luminaries

Just like you might plan your pumpkin carvings, draw a face on your construction paper and use the X-acto knife to cut it out.

This is the fun part so get creative here! Look on Pinterest for pumpkin carving idea if you need inspiration.

Step 3: glue the long ends of the paper together

Using the Elmer’s glue stick, adhere the long ends of the construction paper. Hold them together for a few seconds to make sure they stay in place.

These will be large enough to fit around the tealight candle.

halloween luminaries diy

When you’re finished, switch on your tea light candles and light up those luminaries!

These are perfect for in front of windows at night during the holiday month. I love the way they light up and command attention from a room (or a street).

I’d love to get your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Succulent Planter from Beer Cans

succulent planter diy

Succulents are the cutest plants ever! I especially enjoy them because they don’t need a deep root system. They can grow in the most unique of containers. For example, I used these old beer cans to make my own DIY succulent planters and I love them!

If you’re not a beer fan, you can make this upcycling project with soda cans, coconut water cans, or whatever can you have piling up in your recycle bin.

You only need a few supplies and I’ll bet you already have most of them. Grab the supply list below and let’s get started!

succulent planter supplies

Succulent Planter Supplies

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NOTE: In my beer cans I used sand and potting soil. I really should have used pebbles and succulent soil, so I linked to those above. I was just being lazy because when I ordered supplies they didn’t have what I wanted.

removing beer can lid with can opener

Step 1: Remove the beer can lid

Using your old-fashioned can opener, trim around the top of the can and remove the lid. Be careful though! If your can opener isn’t aligned perfectly, it might rip apart the side of the can. I did this on my first try, so go slow.

Don’t worry if you can’t get it the first time. These things can be difficult. Try going back and forth over the hard spots. If all else fails, very carefully use the X-acto knife to cut the remaining pieces. This aluminum is thin and sharp so be aware of your pressure and depth.

You might also want to consider drainage holes. I didn’t add them because my can curves up significantly on the bottom so most of the water will fall into a moat, so to speak. If yours is not like that, I highly recommend adding a few nail holes to the bottom of the can.

succulent soil in beer can container

Step 2: add the pebbles and soil

First, add about 2 inches of pebbles to your beer can. These are important for 2 reasons: drainage and weight (you don’t want your can to tip over.

Second, fill the rest of your can with soil.

beer can planters

Step 3: pot your succulent

Make a small hole in the soil for your succulent and plant it!

Depending on how dry your soil is, you might want to water it now as well.

diy succulent planter ideas

How cute are these!? I absolutely love them.

succulent planter diy

If you have a beer and plant lover in your life, these DIY succulent planters would be a great gift idea! Or you could have a craft night!

I’d love to get your thoughts so leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Painted End Tables

painted side table makeover

This is a crazy before and after, right? Someone gave me these end tables right before I left for college. Do you see all of the scratches? I’ve moved these to a different apartment or house 9 times. Now, a decade later, I still have them and they’re in need of a makeover.

I scoured Pinterest for refinishing ideas, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on them. These tables are over 10 years old and friends were encouraging me to buy new ones. That’s funny, right? They know I’m going to try to rehab them first.

So finally, I settled on spray paint and contact paper. I’m serious! That’s how I took the beat up end table to the left, to the farmhouse style end table on the right. I’m so excited about it!

I brought it back inside and my husband was like, “did you decide to buy new ones?” That’s when you know you’ve done a good job!

If you want to makeover your end tables, grab the supply list below and get started.

supplies to paint end tables

End table makeover supplies

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sand end tables before painting

Step 1: sand your end tables

Sand your end table everywhere but the top. You don’t need to go all out here. Just a light layer will do.

The purpose of this step is create a textured surface so the spray paint will stick.

white spray painted end table

Step 2: spray paint the end table

Lay down your cardboard and place the end table on it top down. Then spray paint your first layer. Make it a light layer.

After it dries, paint another light layer. Make sure you get all of the nooks and crannies.

Let that dry.

You can also get clear spray paint to use as a sealant if you’re worried about the paint chipping.

applying wood textured contact paper

Step 3: apply the contact paper

If you’ve never worked with contact paper, it can be a mess because it’s super sticky, so do this in steps.

  1. Measure your contact paper to match the dimensions of the end table top.
  2. Peel the back off of a small portion of the contact paper so the ends are exposed.
  3. Align the ends of the paper with the end table corners.
  4. Double check the last step to make sure it’s perfectly aligned.
  5. Slowly pull away the rest of the contact paper backing and smooth the paper with your fingers as you go.

smoothing contact paper bubbles

Step 4: smooth the contact paper

Get something portable with an edge like a book, ruler, or credit card, and begin smoothing the contact paper. Make sure you get all of the bubbles out. If you lined up your edges well, this will be a quick process.

clean up contact paper edges with an exacto knife

Step 5: clean up your edges

Get an X-Acto knife and run it around the edges of your end table to remove any excess.

diy painted end table makeover

That’s it! You now have a farmhouse style end table. Not bad for $20, right?

I hope this helped you decide to revamp your old end tables instead of buy new ones. I hope you love the process.

Happy crafting!

DIY Spray Painted Curtain Rods

diy curtain rod makeover

When we bought our house, the curtains and curtain rods came with it. The house was built in the 60s and it definitely looked like it, remaining decor and all.

We actually kept all of the window coverings because it was easier. We also planned to make updates slowly, so it made sense to keep what matched for the time being.

This is what it used to look like…

I know, it’s rough. As you might notice, this house has a beige color trend and all of the curtain rods are brass. Not my favorite.

In the upcoming months, you will see many changes to this room.

Last month, we tore down all of the wallpaper in our living room and dining room (yes, it’s beige wallpaper) and painted. Now was the time to update the curtain rods and curtains. As you know, I’m frugal, so I wasn’t about to go out and buy new curtain rods when I had a pair of good ones and just didn’t like the color.

Spray paint to the rescue! Yes, I spray painted them and they look great! You would never know they didn’t come in black.

If you want to spray paint your own, grab the supplies below and get to work!

Curtain rod makeover supplies

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I used black indoor/outdoor spray paint, just to ensure a long-lasting color. There are a ton of other good options for you if black isn’t what you’re looking for. I recommend trying one of these:

Step 1: Spray paint the curtain rods and hangers

Lay the rods and hangers outside (or somewhere that’s well ventilated) and spray paint them.

Let them dry.

Then flip the over and paint the other side.

Again, let them dry.

I actually ended up painting on two coats for better coverage.

When you’re finished, you’ll have seemingly new curtain rods. No one will know the difference. Pictured above are both rods that I painted. You can see how the paint covers two different styles. One rod is textured and one is not. The spray paint covers both equally well.

Here’s the whole window with new curtains against the walls with a fresh coat of paint.

diy curtain rod makeover

Huge difference!

Let me know what you think! Would you spray paint yours curtain rods? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

DIY Upcycled Storage from a Strawberry Container

Oh my goodness, it’s been a crazy few months for me. I’ve missed you! I hope you all are safe and well.

I’m super excited to get back into crafting. It’s my escape from the mess of the world, but the crafting sessions have been few and far between.

Lately, I’ve been spending time planting and organizing a garden. This is a strange new hobby for me because I’m not great at planting anything. A few years ago, I started growing herbs and it took me a while to get the hang of that. I even made cute planters for each herb as well as these garden markers for a handful of herbs I planted a few years later.

I’m getting to the storage container, I promise. Throughout my gardening journey, I learned that strawberry containers work as great mini-greenhouses for my plants. Thus, I have many strawberry containers laying around. This year, there was excess. I thought, what am I going to do with these!

You all know how I love organization and storage containers. I’ve made so many, and today there will be more! Save your strawberry containers because you can make this cute farmhouse style storage box with them.

They’re the perfect size for pens and pencils and I love throwing in odds and ends to keep the organized but fashionably, of course.

If you want to make your own, grab the supplies and follow the steps below!

strawberry container storage craft supplies

Storage container supplies

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strawberry container storage step 1

Step 1: Glue the jute to the container

Flip your strawberry container over so you’re looking at the bottom.

Along one of the corners, glue the end of your rope to the plastic. Don’t add too much glue or the container will begin to melt!

Step 2: Wrap the rope around the container

 You’ll want to add a drop of glue to the rope every inch or so and hold it tightly against the container. Every inch or so keeps you from wasting glue but is enough to make the rope stick to the container.

farmhouse style storage box upcycled

Step 3: Cut the rope and fasten it

Now that you’ve reach the lip of the bottom of the container, you can cut the rope at an angle and glue it in place.

You can stop there if you want. I don’t prefer the plastic sticking out, so I also like to wrap the rope around the lip of the strawberry container. Move on to step 4 if you’d like to do the same.

Step 4: Continue around the top

At this point, I cut the top off of the container and start the wrapping process again.

However, this time we’re going to start around the projection. You know, the little round pieces that the container lid connects to the hold the lid on. Glue your rope to the outside of that piece and continue gluing (just like you did in on the bottom section). Make sure you stay on the outer edges so the rope aligns with the projections.

You’ll probably need about 3 layers (depending on the size of your rope) to completely hide the plastic.

diy farmhouse style upcycled storage from a strawberry container

That’s it! When you’re finished, you’ll have an adorable farmhouse style storage container that you can feel good about because you upcycled it. I hope you’re as excited as I was to use this.

I’d love to get your feedback so leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Positive Quote Poster

diy watercolor positive quote poster office

With most people working from home due to coronavirus, I wanted to give you all a craft that can also contribute to your day-to-day mindset. This is an 8.5×11 poster that you can print out at home and, hopefully, help you to think positively.

Anyone who knows me calls me a pessimist, and for a long time I thought of myself as a realist. Over the past few years, I’ve recognized the power of positivity in my mindset.

Not to get all sappy on you, but the last few years have been the hardest I’ve experienced and having a positive person and positivity around me generally has helped me push through some challenging times. Maybe something as simple as a positive poster could help you do the same.

Before we get into this craft project, you need to know that you can do this two ways.

  1. Print the poster first and then paint: this will give the font a weathered look. The black ink won’t be as vibrant as it would if you went with option 2. I kind of like this look.
  2. Paint on paper first and then print: This keeps all of the paint and ink looking pristine.

I made both of these so you can see which one you like best.

Have you decided which one you like best?

Great, grab the supplies below and we’ll get stared.

watercolor positive quote poster supplies

Positive quote watercolor poster supplies

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positive quote poster 8.5x11

Step 1: download the poster

Right click on the image above and click “Save Image As”.

Choose a name for your file and save it.

If you want to paint over the text like in the first option above, go ahead and print it on your cardstock paper now.

If you want to print over the paint, move on to the next step.

watercolor poster diy

Step 2: paint the poster

Go ahead and paint your poster.

Choose a few colors you like that go well together. I picked pink, purple and blue.

purple watercolor paint technique

Step 3: touch up the edges (optional)

When you’re finished, get your paint brush wet and roll it in the paint. Then, brush it along the edges like in the image above.

I like to do this to make it pop a bit more. Totally optional though.

Let it dry.

diy watercolor positive quote poster office

When you’re done, frame your poster and hang it somewhere visible like your office or your bedroom.

Hopefully it will remind you to think about the positive things in your life and to be grateful for what you have. When you’re positive, life seems to go more smoothly.

I’d love to see what you’re making! Using the #MakeSomethingMondays on social to share it with me. I’m usually over on Instagram checking out everyone’s masterpieces. I just started my account on IG late last year, so I have a lot of catching up to do! If you follow me here, come check out the fun stuff I’m doing there as well.

Happy crafting!

DIY Mountain Bracelet

diy mountain bracelet

It’s been an interesting few weeks for everyone, hasn’t it? Coronavirus is changing the way we live and I want to acknowledge that, but I don’t want to focus on negative things. I hope you are all safe and healthy at home and are doing your best to entertain yourselves. My craft this week is to keep you positive.

I’ve made a mountain bracelet to remind myself of the things that make me happy. In this case, that’s hiking, camping, being outdoors, etc. I plan to wear it every day to keep my spirits high.

You don’t need many supplies and it takes about 15 minutes to craft.

You can get the supply list below.

diy mountain bracelet supplies

Mountain bracelet supplies

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diy bracelets

Step 1: create the bracelet band

Cut two pieces of embroidery thread. When folded in half, each piece should be able to wrap the whole way around your wrist.

If you feel these are too long, you can cut them down later. It’s better to have more slack at first.

mountain charm embroidery bracelet

Step 2: string the embroidery thread through the charm

Slide the thread through the mountain charm and tie a knot right beside it like in the image above.

knotted bracelets diy

Step 3: tie knots at the ends of the bracelet

At the end of the bracelet bands, tie a knot. This keep the bands from sliding through the closure we’ll add in the next step.

Keep the bands in this position (in the image) for the next step.

square knots bracelet closure

Step 4: create the closure

Find the intersection of the bands and create a closure around them.

Cut another piece of embroidery thread about 6″ long and use a series of square knots (about 5) to create a closure.

If you’re not sure how to make a square knot, watch this video.

When you’re finished, test pulling the bands back and forth through the closure. You should easily be able to loosen and tighten the bracelet. All good? Great.

This is completely optional, but it’s beneficial to super glue the knots to make sure they don’t come apart.

diy mountain bracelet

When you’re finished, you should have something that looks like this.

This is a great craft to make on your own, with your kids, with friends, etc. You could even make this on a virtual craft chat!

I’d love to get your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Storage Bin from a Cardboard Box

DIY upcycled storage boxes

I’m a big fan of upcycling, so I’ve written this post to help you turn your old cardboard boxes into beautiful storage bins!

I often wonder why people go buy boxes for storage when they probably have some waiting to be recycled. I guess it’s a matter of convenience, but I’m pretty sure I made 2 storage bins before I could’ve made it back from the store.

No joke. It took me about 10 minutes to finish these boxes. You only need a few supplies to get started and you probably have most of them already. If not, I have links to all of the supplies I used below.

supplies to make cardboard box storage bins

DIY Storage Bin Supplies

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cardboard box with top cut off

Step 1: cut the flaps off of the cardboard box

Using your box cutter, slice the closing tabs (what do you actually call those?) off of the box and set them aside.

TIP: You can use these as separators inside of the box for extra organization. Cover them in contact paper too!

scissors on contact paper

Step 2: measure and cut the contact paper

Set your box at the edge of the contact paper to measure how much you will need. The best part is that the back of the contact paper contains gridlines so you don’t even need a ruler!

Cut on the right lines.

Once you determine how tall the box is, you can cut the contact paper to that height and just use one long strip to cover the whole box. It’s much faster than cutting 4 pieces to fit each side. You can always cut down the paper where the top of the box is uneven.

cardboard box covered in gray herringbone contact paper

Step 3: apply the contact paper

Apply your contact paper to all 4 sides of the cardboard box. Press down firmly and continue to smooth it as you go.

The upside of using contact paper is that it’s sticky but not uncomfortably so. When you peel the back off and apply the paper, you can lift and reapply if it’s not perfectly straight the first time, so don’t stress about perfection. 🙂

DIY upcycled storage boxes

When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful new storage bin. AAAAANNNNDDD you can feel good about upcycling at the same time!

Have you tried this before? Would you try it? Have you tried a different method? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments below.

How to Remove Labels from Glass Jars

remove labels from glass jars

A few days ago, I asked my Instagram followers what kinds of crafts they wanted to see in the next few months. Nearly everyone who responded wanted to learn how to make crafts that would help them organize their home, car, or life in general. I thought we would start with the basics: containers.

Glass jars are the perfect tool to organize with because you don’t have to pay extra for them. You get them when you buy pasta, pickles, salsa, and a ton of other products. All you have to do is remove the label, clean, and reuse them.

Most people toss them in the recycling and move on with their day. I’m not against recycling, but glass lasts forever! It would take nearly a million years to decompose if it was thrown out. By doing that, you’re missing out on an organizational opportunity. If you buy containers to organize, you can spend a lot, especially when it comes to your kitchen. You could just save your jars, clean them and use them to store food.

Most people think it’s too time-consuming, but I promise it isn’t. Give yourself 10 minutes of active cleaning and you can clean a dozen jars. There’s some waiting time, but you can go do other things.

Grab the supplies and follow the steps below to save some money organizing your kitchen.

jar label removal supplies

Supplies needed to clean glass jars

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You’ll want to do this in your kitchen sink so plan accordingly.

use goo gone to remove glass jar labels

Step 1: spray your labels with Goo Gone

I always try to peel the label off first. Sometimes they’re easy to remove, but if not, continue with the steps below.

Place your jars on a surface you don’t care about. I like to use cardboard so I don’t have to clean up my kitchen counter when I’m done.

Then, spray your labels with Goo Gone and let them sit for 2 or 3 minutes.

While you wait, fill your sink with hot water and add dish soap. You’ll want to fill it so that the jars can be completely submerged.

Step 2: scrub away the jar’s label

Using your stainless steel scouring pad, scrub away the label. This won’t take long. This process will work on paper labels and on the sticky residue leftover from other types of labels.

As you can see in the images above, this method works well!

Rinse the jar when you’re finished.

Step 3: soak the jars in hot soapy water

Let your jars soak in the sink for 20 minutes to clean them out and make sure they’re ready to use.

Set them in a dish drainer to dry.

TIP: If you’re keeping the jars in storage before putting anything in them, make sure you keep the lids off of them to air out.

Step 4: use your jars as storage

All you have left to do is fill up your jars! I like to use mine for nuts, coconut, baking ingredients, granola, parmesan cheese, and so much more!

But you don’t have to use them in the kitchen only. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

DIY Decor: Bathroom Storage Jars

DIY Bathroom Storage Jars

Keep these in your bathroom and store Q-tips, cotton balls, or even homemade lotion.

DIY Kitchen Labels for Better Organization

DIY organizational kitchen labels

If you choose to use your jars in the kitchen, you might want to add some labels. Large jars are perfect for baking ingredients!

DIY Customized Coffee Jar

DIY-customized-coffee-jar

These are perfect for storing coffee or tea! You can even decorate your jar and give it as a gift!

DIY Cookie Mason Jar Gift

diy cookie mason jar gift

Speaking of gifts, you can use your jars to share food with other people too! The large make the perfect cookie jar!

Craft Room Organization

Use your jars to organize your craft space or office. I enjoy using them for ribbon, buttons, decorative tape, and other supplies that are helpful to see clearly.

DIY Valentine’s Day Themed Mason Jar Hot Chocolate Gift

valentines day mason jar craft

Store powdered hot chocolate or add a decorative ribbon and give it as a gift!

DIY Planner Dashboard From A Tissue Box

diy planner divider from a tissue box

I love making dashboards for my planner! You can buy them, but designing your own is way more fun. To make one, all you need is a tissue box, glue and some scrapbook paper.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, a planner dashboard is used as a divider that is typically made of plastic or cardboard. Some people use them to store post-its, some are used as a storage folder (which I’ve also DIYed if you’re interested), others use them as a place to keep their checklists.

I like many of these options, but right now, I need something to segment pages, much like a bookmark. I’ve tried page corner bookmarks and paperclip bookmarks to keep my place, but I open it and shuffle through the pags too often and they keep falling off or damaging the pages. I need something that’s easier to move around like a dashboard.

Of course, I didn’t want to buy one, so I made my own and I’ll show you how I did it below. Keep reading!

tissue box planner divider supplies

Planner dashboard supplies

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tissue box pieces for craft

Step 1: cut apart your tissue box

Disassemble your tissue box and cut off the long edges on the sides. You could use the bottom too, if you want a larger dashboard.

planner divider base from tissue box

Step 2: determine the size of your dashboard tab

I wanted my dashboard to have a tab so I can find my place faster. I decided how tall it should be and measured and cut for that space.

scrapbook paper planner divider cover

Step 3: measure the scrapbook paper to fit your dashboard

Trace your dashboard base (from the previous step) onto the scrapbook paper.

Then cut out the shapes.

tissue box craft idea

Step 4: decorate your planner dashboard

Glue the scrapbook paper cut outs onto the front and back of your dashboard to add some flair!

I really like this yellow and blue scrapbook paper. It’s such a fun, modern design that matches my planner perfectly.

Let the glue dry.

At this point, you could laminate the dashboard if you want. This enables you to write and erase or just protect the paper.

hole punching for your happy planner

Step 5: hole punch the dashboard to fit in your planner

Hole punch the dashboard and put it wherever you want in your planner!

Depending on the type of planner you have, you might need a specific kind of hole punch. Mine requires one for a disc bound planner. I don’t have the right kind of hole punch so I cheat a little bit.

In the image above, you’ll notice that I’ve used another page in my planner to mark where the holes should go. Then I took a regular hole punch (single) and punched a hole over each mark. Then I used my scissors to cut a slit up to the hole so it will fit around the discs.

diy planner divider from a tissue box

When you’re finished, you’ll have something like this!

I’m loving my new dashboard. I can find my place much faster and it keeps my pages from getting ripped up from.

Eventually, I’m planning to design dashboards with motivational says and images you can colors to add some individuality. I’ll post a link to that when I do.

In the meantime, I’d love to get your thoughts on this process. Have you made your own dashboards? If so please share your pictures on social media using #MakeSomethingMondays!