As many of you know, I am a bookworm. I read whenever I have a chance. And not just on the modern eReader, but physical books as well. I’m always thinking about ways to make new bookmarks. It’s a fun hobby.
This are fun too. They take a good bit of time to dry, but the actual execution is quick. Follow my tutorial below to to make some of your own.
Bottle cap bookmark supplies
1″ circle hole punch
*Chose a thicker scrapbook paper. Like a cardstock or something of a similar thickness.
Step 1: choose your design
Pick your scrapbook paper. Then use your circle home punch and cut out as many circles as you want bookmarks.
Step 2: glue the circles to the bottle caps
Using the Diamond Glaze, glue each circle to the inside of each bottle caps.
Let it dry. It will need at least 15 minutes.
Step 3: seal it
When it’s dry, another another thick layer of Diamond Glaze over top. If you get any bubbles, use a pin to pop them.
Let it dry. It’s going to take a while. Go clean or do some laundry or something.
Step 4: glue on the paper clip
You guessed it! Used the Diamond Glaze again to glue on the paper clip.
I find it helpful to prop it up on another bottle cap. That’s might help you too.
Let it dry for a few hours.
When everything is finished drying, you’ll have some lovely new bookmarks to try out or give as gifts. Know any avid readers? They might appreciate a bookmark.
Let me know what you think! Leave me feedback in the comments.
This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their February craft projects.
I’ve been crafting for about 5 years now, and it’s about time that I make some sort of holder for my hot glue gun. It’s fair to say that I use my glue gun in about 40% of my craft projects. In 100% of those, my glue gun falls over and drops glue on my table.
I used my sketchbook to design a holder, then went to Pat Catan’s to pick up supplies. It only took about 15 minutes to put everything together, excluding drying time for the super glue.
Want to make one? Keep reading!
Hot glue gun holder supplies
wooden letter I
You can find all of these supplies at your local craft or hobby shop.
Step 1: measure and cut the scrapbook paper
Measure (or trace) your wood plank and your letter I. You’ll want two pieces for the letter I, one for the front and one for the back. Cut out the scrapbook paper to meet those measurements.
Step 2: glue the scrapbook paper to the wood pieces
brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the wood pieces and press the scrapbook paper in place. Press down firmly to ensure that all edges are sealed.
Let it dry for a few minutes.
Add another layer of Mod Podge over top to protect the paper.
Step 3: superglue the wood pieces and mirror together
Super glue the mirror to one end of the wood plank. The mirror will be used to catch the hot glue when it drops.
Then, super glue the wood letter right in front of it. This will be the prop for the glue gun.
Let the glue dry. There will be drying directions on the tube.
When you’re finished, you’ll have your very own glue gun holder! I’m so excited to start using mine. I can’t tell you how much glue i clean off of my table. And now, I’ll just have to peel the drops off of the mirror.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.
You know those super cute mug cozies you see on Pinterest? The ones that people knit and crochet? I really love the way they look, but I’m not a huge fan of that creative process. Maybe it’s just because I don’t do it enough, but it kills my fingers.
Anyway, I wanted a mug cozy, but was trying to think of a better way to get one. Of course, my solution is usually to make it myself. I went to the Dollar Store to see if I could find some nice fuzzy socks, and they turned into a great alternative to the knitted cozy.
This might be the easiest craft I’ve ever made a tutorial for, so if you’re looking for quick and easy, this is it. Look no further.
Cup Cozy Supplies
Step 1: fit the sock to your mug
Set your mug, jar or whatever you drink out of into the sock.
Step 2: cut the sock appropriately
Cut the sock just under the lip of your mug.
Step 3: fold down the top of the sock and sew
Flip your sock inside out, fold down the section you just cut and sew it in place.
This area will be prone to fuzzies, so we want to eliminate that.
Shake it out, slide it back on your mug and you’re done! I love these so much because I drink a lot of tea/coffee in the winter, probably to keep myself warm in the cold Pennsylvania weather. I can hold my mug without burning my hands but it’s still nice and warm. I guess that’s why they call it a cozy.
Go get your beverage of choice and enjoy the warmth.
I’d love to hear what you think. Are you going to try it? Leave your feedback in the comments.
Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.
With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.
There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.
I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.
Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.
This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!
This one, from alkohaulers on Etsy, is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage he fancies.
Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.
Gifts to DIY
It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.
Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.
Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.
This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it. His friends have even started asking for it.
More Gift Ideas
Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him: