Sewing Challenge: DIY Lip Balm Carrier

The Craft Challenge This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge. If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge, you can read about it here. DIY lip balm carrier Happy Monday everyone! The theme for this month’s Craft Challenge is sewing. Originally, I had a much bigger project planned but I went to Ohio for a wedding this weekend and didn’t have as much downtime as I had planned for. It happens. So, I changed my project plans and made this fabric lip balm carrier in place of it. It’s a quick craft and would make a great beginner sewing project. lip balm holder materials

Things You Will Need

Thread Fabric Needle Scissors Key ring Lip balm Ignore the button in the image. I’m not sure why I had that in there… measured fabric lip balm carrier

Step 1

Cut out your fabric in a similar pattern to the above. It should have a shape similar to glass beer or soda bottle. sewed edges

Step 2

Flip your fabric inside out and sew the edges and top together. Flip it right-side out through the open space at the bottom. folded fabric

Step 3

Now, you’re fabric is right-side out, but it’s still open at the bottom. Push about half an inch of the fabric down inside and sew the pieces together. lip balm holder inside out

Step 4

Now, fold the bottom half upward like in the image above. This is going to be the pocket for your lip balm so make sure you place the tube in there for accurate measurement. When you’re happy with the sizing, sew the sides together. Flip it inside out. DIY lip balm carrier

Step 5

wrap the top part of the carrier around the key ring and sew it together. You have a quick and easy lip balm carrier! To see the other projects from other Craft Challenge participants, click each image below. All of the projects will be posted today.

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DIY Stenciled Casserole Dish

DIY stenciled casserole dish

The DIY Customized Casserole Dish was such a fun project! It’s cheap and quick, which is great, but you have to pay close attention to what you’re doing. Getting the stencils to sit in a straight line and paying attention to how well the stencil is adhered to the glass is going to make a big difference in whether or not you’re redoing the project.

The good news is that, if you mess up, you can wash it off (if you do it quickly) and start over.

The most important part is the paint you choose. I highly recommend Martha Stewert’s Satin paint. It’s a multi-surface paint so you can use it for a variety of projects. I’ve used it on glass before, and it works very well.

diy customized casserole dish-materials

Things You Will Need

Satin paint
Paint brush
Casserole dish
Adhesive letter stencils

stenciled name on glass

Step 1

Position your stencils in the middle of the glass in a straight line.

Tip: Put the middle letter on first and work your way to the beginning and end of the name. This helps to center the name.

satin paint stencil name

Step 2

Brush on a light layer of paint.

Peel the stencil off slowly and cautiously while the paint is still wet. Let the paint dry.

senciled glass

I recommend cleaning the stencils immediately after you remove them from the casserole dish. It makes cleaning much easier. Make sure to rinse off the back as well.

DIY stenciled casserole dish

Make sure you read the label on you Satin paint. Different brands have different requirements. Some require that you bake the dish to cure the paint and some don’t.

Either way, when you’re finished, your glass will be dishwasher safe. Wonderful, right?

customized name dish

When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful, customized casserole dish that you can take to family reunions to distinguish your dish from everyone else’s or give it as a gift along with some tea towels or a casserole dish carrier.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave any feedback in the comments!

DIY Coffee Stained Mug Rack

diy coffee-stained mug rack

I’ve wanted to make a coffee rack out of palettes for a very long time and I finally had the resources to do it.

Don’t be deceived. It’s much harder than it looks. Although, I am thrilled to finally have one, I am not 100% happy with the results.


Because I didn’t think this project the whole way through. Originally, I wanted a much bigger palette but I couldn’t find one that would fit on the wall in my kitchen. I found this palette at Michael’s and decided to use it. It works, but the wood planks aren’t spaced as far apart as a typical palette, so I had to alternate the spoon hooks so that the mugs would fit properly.

Oh well, you live and you learn, right?

If you have the wall space for a full palette mug rack, you could use this tutorial to make it happen.

Things You Will Need

Wood palette
Sponge brush
D-ring mounts
Dollar Store Spoons

Pliers are useful but not necessary.

Coffee staining the palette

Coffee staining is effective, but it is going to take some time to complete. I spent about 2 hours staining the wood.  Take a book or your tablet outside with you for entertainment between layers and you’ll be find.

I used a french press and some really dark coffee for my stain, but I’ve read that instant coffee works well too. You’re call.

wood staining with coffee

Step 1

Pour a thin layer of coffee onto the wood and use the sponge brush to evenly distribute it.

Let it dry between coats.

wood coffee stain layer 3

Coffe stain layer 3

This was layer 3, but I took this picture after I coated the top two planks. You can see that they’re darker than the bottom two.

Keep going until you get your desired color.

Making the spoon hooks

My dad was kind enough to help me with this part since he has a drill and I don’t. Thank you for that!

Warning: even though spoons from the Dollar Store are cheap, they are chrome plated, so that first layers is hard to get through. Be careful with that.

drill hole in spoon

spoon with drilled hole

Step 1

Drill a hole in the center of the spoon.

spoon with hammered texture

hammered spoons

Step 2 (optional)

Add some texture to your spoon by hammering it with a ball-peen hammer. I just like the way it looks.

DIY spoon hooks

Step 3

Now, you want to wrap the bottom part of the spoon upward to form a hook.

I didn’t have a particular tool to get the shape I have in the picture above. I used a chair leg and pliers. Classy, I know. Sometimes you have to improvise.

Making the coffee stained mug rack

frame hangers

coffee rack hangers

Step 1

Screw the D-rings on to the top wood plank on the back of the palette (for hanging).

spoon hook nailed to rack

Step 2

Nail your spoon hooks to the wood palette.

I alternated the spoons. If you have the space, you might be able to fit 3 spoons hooks per wood plank.

coffee mug rack

diy coffee-stained mug rack

When you’re finished, you should have something like the above.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave your feedback for me in the comments. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear those as well!

Happy crafting!

DIY Creamsicle Lotion

DIY creamsicle lotion

I’ve made my DIY Peppermint Lavender Lotion over and over again, and I love it. But I get bored easily so I wanted to sweeten it up a bit. I’ve been experimenting with some new scents and I think you’ll really enjoy this DIY Creamsicle Lotion. I keep opening the jar because it smells so good! I wish I could let you smell it.

creamsicle lotion ingredients

Things You Will Need

Hand mixer
Mixing bowl
Shea butter
Coconut oil
Vitamin E oil
Sweet almond oil
Sweet Orange essential oil

coconut oil and shae butter lotion base

Step 1

Using the hand mixer, mix the following together in a large bowl:

  • 1 Cup of coconut oil
  • 3 TBSP of shea butter

About a minute should do it.

oils for DIY creamsicle lotion

Step 2

Add the following oils and mix well:

  • 30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 3 drops Vitamin E oil
  • 3 drops Sweet Almond Oil

Another minute should be enough.

diy creamsicle lotion mixture

You should have something that looks like this.

diy lotion creamsicle scented

Scoop it out of the bowl and into a glass jar with a lid.

DIY creamsicle lotion

Voilà! Your very own, sweet smelling, natural lotion.

I hope you like it as much as I do 🙂