DIY Wooden Beaded Bracelet

DIY Wooden Beaded Bracelet

I saw these cute wooden beads at Walmart the other day and decided to buy them. I was especially attracted to flowers. Since today is Memorial Day, and there will likely be teens and tweens in your care at some point throughout the day, this would be a great project to do with them. I used to make bracelets like this all the time as a kid. All together, I think I spent $10 and you could probably get 4 or 5 bracelets out of the bead kit.

DIY bracelet materials

Things You Will Need
Clasps
Cording
End fasteners
Wooden beads

heart clasp

Step 1
Stretch out your cording and cut to be a bit larger than the circumference of your wrist or ankle, whichever you plan to make your bracelet to fit.

Then, flip over one end of the cording and attached the end fastening. Loop that through the clasp so that it looks like the image above.

beaded bracelet trick

Step 2 (Optional)
When making beaded bracelets, I always wrap the end of the cord in tape to make the process go a bit faster. Just a little trick of you don’t want to fight with the beads.

wooden beads

Step 3
Start to string the beads through until you come about half an inch from the end of your cord.

Bracelet clasp

Step 4
Repeat step 1 with the other end so that your bracelet is secured.

DIY Wooden Beaded Bracelet

Beautiful! And your teens will love it.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Bird Bath

My mom doesn’t typically enjoy making crafts. She would rather buy it. But she called me the other day and told me that she made a bird bath. I was so proud of her. Immediately I wanted to see pictures.

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I’m not wild about flowers but, even I have to admit, that is pretty cute!

She found the tutorial on a site called Mami Talks. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Of course, she put the bird bath next to her beloved pergola with all of her other flowers.

Good job, Mom!

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Craftsman Makes A Ring Out Of Colored Pencils

I was browsing StumbleUpon earlier today and found this awesome video of this guy who took a bunch of colored pencils, fused them together, and made a ring out of them. The guy’s name is Peter Brown, and he is a very talented woodworker.

Colored pencil ring

Image via Peter Brown

To see the process he used to make the colored pencil ring, watch the video.

You can check out more of his awesomeness on FacebookYouTubeGoogle+Pinterest and his blog.

DIY Spring Wreath With Flowers

DIY spring wreath with flowers

I asked my mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day and she said a wreath. Then, she sent me to her Pinterest board with a bunch of wreaths she recently pinned. “Something like those”, she said. All of them were flower wreaths, mostly with tulips and other spring flowers. So I went to Pat Catan’s and searched for an arrangement that might look good together. You didn’t think I was going to buy it if I could make it, did you? Something handmade makes a better Mother’s Day gift anyway.

So, I grabbed all of the materials I needed and headed to my parent’s house for the weekend. I remembered my glue gun, but forgot extra glue sticks. I got about half way through my project before I ran out. Thankfully, mom had a glue gun that I could use to finish up. This was the first Make Something Mondays craft my mom has been able to experience first hand. She even helped a little bit.


spring wreath materials

Things You Will Need:
Glue gun
Wreath base
Fake flowers

 

spring flowers

Step 1
Pull the flowers and leaves off of the stems and arrange them into piles according to color so that you can find the flowers you want easily.

 

spring wreath

 

Step 2
Hot glue the flowers and leaves to your wreath base. You will probably burn yourself a few times, but make sure you press the flowers down into the glue or they won’t stick very well.

Repeat until you’ve worked your way around the entire base. Then, go back and fill in the areas that could use some extra color.

 

DIY spring wreath with flowers

Add a string or a ribbon to the top of the wreath and hang it up. Beautiful!

If your wreath is going to be semi-exposed to the outdoors, you can always go back with super glue to make sure the flowers don’t detach. This one is going to be between a door and a screen, so it should be fine without the super glue.

Mom loves it, so I guess it’s doing its job 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Peppermint Lip Balm

DIY peppermint lip balm

I have wanted to attempt to make my own lip balm since I started my blog about two and half years ago. It’s sad that I am just now getting around to it because it is sooooo easy.

I go through a lot of lip balm. Way more than the average person, so I plan to save money by making my own. I plan to make a base and save that so that when I want to make a new kind, I can just melt the base and add whatever flavoring or colors I want.

Altogether, I would say this took me about half an hour to forty-five minutes, not counting the time it took for the lip balm to harden.

peppermint lip balm materialsThings You Will Need:
A pot
Tongs
Beeswax
Glass jar
Jojoba oil
Coconut oil
Peppermint oil
Lip balm tubes

If you don’t have any of the above, you can get them on amazon. I’ve added links to all of the supplies I bought from there. The coconut oil is from Trader Joe’s, the jojoba oil is from Giant Eagle, and I got the mason jar from a hobby shop.

I know the peppermint oil is expensive, but I like Doterra most of all the essential oil brands. You can pick whatever kind you want, just make sure it’s edible.

boil water

 Step 1
Start off by boiling a few cups of water.

combine oils and beeswax

Step 2
Combine beeswax, coconut oil, and jojoba oil into the mason jar.

I used 1 oz beeswax, and 1 oz of coconut and 1 oz jojoba oil.

It doesn’t matter which oils you use, but make sure that you use double the amount of oils as you do beeswax.

melting beeswax and oils

Step 3
Put your jar of beeswax into the boiling water and wait for it to melt. The beeswax takes a while. When it is all liquified, you can add in your scent. I probably added about 15 drops of peppermint to mine and it ended up being VERY peppermint-y, but I like it that way.

lip balm tubes

Step 4
While your materials are melting you can sen set up your tubes. I used a plastic container to hold them all, but you can use a bowl or tupperware container. Just make sure they are all standing upright.

funnel

Step 5
Stick a small funnel in one of the tubes and start to pour in the lip balm. Continue until the tubes are filled. Let it sit for about an hour before you do anything else with them.

lip balm

Obviously, I didn’t do such an awesome job filling mine the whole way to the top, but it still works. I wasn’t able to fill all 25 tubes, so I had 4 left over. I’m going to have to buy some more for my next experiment.

I was pleasantly surprised as to how well these turned out. I’m seriously never going to buy lip balm again. Ever. This was a good blend of the materials, but if you like your lip balm a little more oily than the regular Chap Stick brand, you might want to add a little more oil to this recipe.

DIY peppermint lip balm

Aaaannnndddd if you want to get super crafty, you could make your own lip balm labels. I didn’t get to that this weekend, but I plan to do that soon! Stay tuned for that DIY project and probably a few more lip balm creations.

Hope you liked this one. Happy crafting 🙂

Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make Yourself

It’s almost Mother’s Day already. Can you believe it? You have about two weeks left to find or make Mom something good to celebrate how awesome she is. And she IS awesome. Now, I’m not a mom, but I’ve done my share of babysitting, and it can be hard work if you have a rowdy child. Think about how much time and effort, not to mention patience, that she put into raising you for 18 years. I hope that, by now, you’ve come to the conclusion that your she deserves a thoughtful gift. My mom sure does!

If I could afford to buy my mom a class corvette, or something comparable in value, I would do it but, I can’t. I would rather give her some from the heart anyway, and there is nothing more thoughtful that something you make  yourself. So, I’ve compiled a list of DIY Mother’s Day Gifts that you can make on your own. All of them come with tutorials (some even have free printables) so you have no reason to say you can’t do it. 🙂 By the way, I plan to stay away from the typical foot scrub and bath bomb DIYs. I want to give you something a bit more unique because your mommas are worth it.

Be sure to let me know what you think.

*Click the images for links to the tutorials.

Mother’s Day Gift Board

Mother's Day Gift Board

 

Any mother wants to be reassured that she’s done a good job of raising you. This board would let her know that you would be her friend regardless of whether or not she was your parent. The tutorial comes with free printables, too!

DIY Brag Book

DIY Brag Book

This one is absolutely perfect, especially if you have kids and your mom is always trying to show someone pictures of the them. It’s a small book, 5″ in width and length to be exact.  It will fit in Mom’s purse and she can take it out whenever she wants to brag about her babies.

Personalized Family Clock

Personalized family clock

This is such a good idea. The tutorial is very descriptive and the end result is beautiful. If you can find a good picture (with a decent resolution) you will have an awesome DIY Mother’s Day Gift. She will absolutely love this.

DIY Jewelry Dish

DIY Jewelry Dish

This jewelry dish is pretty unique and doesn’t seem like it takes much effort. As long as you have a few hours, this might be a winner. All you do is roll out some clay (which you can find at a craft store), cut it into a circle shape, lay it on some wood for texture, fold it over a bowl for shape, bake it in the oven, and paint it. Lovely tutorial.

DIY Painted Mason Jars

DIY Painted Mason Jar decor via Make Something Mondays

This is one of my favorite tutorials that I’ve made. These painted mason jars are the perfect pop of color to any room. You can pick whatever colors you want, and add some flowers (fake or real) to the jars for a center point. They make great centerpieces too. Mom will love them!

DIY Frosted Glasses

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Not only are these glasses fun, they will make your mom think of you every time she gets a drink. All you need is etching acid, gloves, some rubber bands, and a paint brush. You don’t even have to use the pattern I used. You could etch on her initials or a different design.

DIY Soy Candle

DIY Soy Candle

 

Making candles is so easy. The part that takes the longest amount of time is waiting for the wax to harden. You can pick any scent you want and you can put the candle in a mason jar, tea cup, votive holder, or whatever you want. I like the mason jars, though, because they are great for decorative bows and card attachments.

That’s all I’ve got. Hope you liked them. If you have any good ideas, please leave them in the comments. Readers will thank you, especially if they are reading this the day before mom’s special day.