It’s summer. It’s warm and sunny (sometimes) and it makes me think of flip fops, bright pink nail polish and toe rings. I like them a lot, and used to have a few. Instead of buying more, what does a maker do? We make our own.
Get some good wire and some jewelry pliers. Let’s get to wire wrapping!
DIY Toe ring supplies
Step 1: make the first wire swirl
Using the rounded pliers, twist the wire until you’ve made a swirl.
Step 2: create the ring loop
Use your Thing-A-Ma-Jig to create the loop that will become the ring.
Step 3: create the second swirl
Now, you’re going to do the same thing you did for the first swirl for the second. The only difference will be be that the swirl will twist in the opposite direction.
When you’re finished, you’ll have your own wire wrapped toe ring!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them 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 July craft projects.
Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.
Store bought dryer sheets are gross. They’re filled with chemicals that get into our clothes and onto our skin. I don’t know about you, but I’m not into that.
I started using dryer balls not too long ago and I like them a lot. However, they’re pretty loud thumping around the dryer. I was looking for an alternative and a friend (thanks, Kel) recommended that I make my own dryer sheets.
Now this method involves vinegar, which I HATE the smell of. Hate is probably an understatement. As you can imagine, I was apprehensive about getting vinegar anywhere near my clothes. Surprisingly, you can’t smell it at all after you pull them out of the dryer. I’m hooked!
The best part is that you probably have most of the stuff to make your own dryer sheets already.
Supplies needed to make your own dryer sheets
1/2 measuring cup
If you need/want essential oils, you can get a great starter pack on Amazon of lemon, lavender and mint. I like doTerra oils.
Step 1: combine vinegar with essential oils
First, pour half a cup of vinegar into the jar.
Then put about 10 drops of essential oils into to jar. 10 drops per oil.
Mix the liquids together.
Step 2: cut the fabric scraps
Cut your fabric scraps into rectangles. I didn’t measure, as you can see. But the shortest one is about 6 inches tall.
Step 3: soak the fabric sheets
Fold your scraps in half and place them into your jar.
Put the lid on and shake it so the vinegar and essential oil mixture soaks the fabric sheets.
These are a great substitute for those yucky dryer sheets.
When you’re ready, wring out one of the fabric sheets and throw it in the dryer with your clothes. Turn on the dryer and your good to go.
I’d love to hear what you think. Have you tried this before? Are you thinking about it? Leave your thoughts/feedback in the comments.
My current excuse for a sewing box is a mini mason jar and it’s overflowing. I’m definitely in need of a bigger one so I was on the lookout for a way to make one.
My husband occasionally smokes cigars and has accumulated a few cigar boxes over the years. I won’t let him throw them away because I know I can upcycle them when I think of the right project. These boxes are perfect for sewing boxes because they’re spacious and sturdy (since they’re usually made of wood).
Grab the materials below and we’ll get started!
Supplies to make your own sewing box
Step 1: measure and cut scrapbook paper to decorate the cigar box
Measure your box, or trace the edges, onto the scrapbook paper and cut out the pieces.
Step 2: glue the scrapbook paper to the cigar box
Using the Mod Podge, glue the scrapbook paper to your cigar box.
Let it dry.
To protect the paper, add another layer of Mod Podge on top (after the glue dries).
Step 3: glue in the nails
Using the super glue, adhere the flat top of the nail to the bottom of the cigar box. Make sure you space them out appropriately for your thread. I tend to buy mini sewing kits so I left space for some big spools and some small ones.
Let it dry.
Slide your thread spools over the nails.
When you’re done, you’ll have a nicely organized thread box! Now I have to figure out what to do with the needles. As you can see, they’re just strewn about. Any ideas?
Those kitchen rolls, like plastic wrap and aluminum foil, drive me crazy because I can’t close my drawers without mangling the boxes. Recently, I finished a family-sized box of Cheerios and realized I could fit the rolls inside, so I wanted to find a way to upcycle it for kitchen storage.
Turns out, I had some plastic holds that I could use to hang it. The cupboard door seamed like a good location since it’s convenient, but out of the way. Now my drawer space is free for other things.
Want to make your own? Keep reading!
Kitchen organizer supplies
family-sized cereal box
plastic stick-on hangers
Step 1: cut down the front of the cereal box
Following the creases, cut about 2 inches down the front of of the cereal box.
To ensure the cuts are even, fold it down and line it up with the edges. Then fold across and cut on that line.
Step 1: cut diagonally upward from the front
Now, from the corners of the cut you just made, cut diagonally upward toward the top corner of the box.
Repeat for the other side.
Step 3: remove the back flap of the box
Cut across the top of the cereal box to remove the back flap.
Step 4: Duck Tape the box
Use the Duck Tape to decorate the box. You’ll want to cover the whole thing starting with the bottom and working your way up.
When you get to the top, just fold the Duck Tape inside.
Step 5: place the stick-on hangers
Cut a small hole on the left and right corners of the backside of the cereal box.
Push the hangers through so the flat side is facing the outward.
Apply the sticky tape to the back of the hangers.
Step 6: hang the kitchen organizer
Stick your organizer wherever seems convenient. I choose the inside of my sink cupboard.
Fill it with plastic wrap, aluminum foil, plastic baggies or whatever else you want.
Hope you enjoyed this one. Happy crafting (and upcycling)!
I haven’t painted anything in SO long! That’s why I got excited when I found these mini canvases. I could have time to paint, but on a smaller scale. And they’re so cute. Who wouldn’t love these? I think I’ll make one for every season and keep them on my desk at work.
They don’t take long to make and definitely add some oomph to your space, wherever that may be. You only need a few supplies and some small paint brushes.
Beach Sunset Painting Supplies
cup filled with water
paint brushes (small brushes)
paper towels are helpful
Step 1: choose your paint
Pick the colors you want to use.
I’d also recommend white in case you don’t have light versions of those colors. you can mix to get a lighter variation.
I chose a medium and light of each color.
Step 2: start the sunset with pink
Paint the medium pink across the top right corner of the canvas. Make that section pretty thick.
Then, paint white from the middle of the canvas to where the pink starts.
Use the heavy amount of pink paint to cover your brush again and brush downward into the white until you have a gradient like in the image above.
Use your colors here! Mix in some of the light purple or light pink to give the sunset some depth. Play around with it until you’re happy.
Step 3: sunset with blue
Do the same thing you did above, but start with blue. don’t use a dark blue, but a medium blue, teal or turquoise. It will look really nice with your pink.
Again, paint across the top left corner and use the paint to brush downward into the white.
Note: acrylic paint dries fast. If it dries before you get to blend, just wet your paint brush a bit and the paint will start working for you again.
Step 3: paint the ocean
While the sky dries, we’re going to work on the ocean. Start with a bold blue line across the painting. I like to start it up a little bit higher than the center.
Pull the paint downward as you go. Use multiple shades of blue or some white. You can cover the whole bottom, but you don’t have to since we’ll be adding some sand. (You won’t be able to see much sand once we’re finished though.)
Then, use the white paint to add a some streaks (in a triangular shape) down the center of the water. This is going to be our reflection.
Mess around with the colors a bit. Get some good streaks in there.
Step 4: paint the sand
Get your yellows and golds together for the sand. Paint it across the bottom at an angle. Notice how the left side is higher than the right?
Don’t put too much effort into this part. Most of it is going to get covered up with the plants a few steps down. We just need some sand-colored coverage for the bottom.
In the step below, you can see that I played around more with my ocean and sand. Don’t be afraid to layer the colors. It makes a cool effect.
Step 5: paint the setting sun
Now that the sky is dry, we’re going to go back up and paint the sun.
First, you want to add some yellow in there. Try to make a light yellow, almost a cream color. Keep the yellow between the blue and the pink and down toward the ocean.
Maybe add a few light streaks of that into your ocean for the reflection.
If you want to make any touchups to your sky, now is the chance. Once we add the sun, it’s all over. Not really, but it will be harder.
Get white paint on your brush and dab it in the middle of the yellow to make a small circle. Don’t paint a circle. Dab it. If you paint it, it will mix will the other colors and your sun will become less vibrant.
Step 6: paint the beach plants
What is a sunset with a silhouette? I know it’s scary. You just made this beautiful beach and now you’re going to add black. Don’t freak out! It’s going to be okay.
Get black paint on your thinnest brush. No water for this one.
Start at the bottom of the left corner with your brush at the bottom of the painting and brush upward. Don’t apply pressure. This is a very light gesture. It’s okay if you can see the texture of the canvas. You can go over the plants again later. Keep going until that section is mostly covered.
You can add some white, gray or blue highlights along the grass.
You should also add some puffier plants. I have no idea what those are called but you can see them in the finished image below. Just paint small upward streaks on one of those grass blades. Repeat a few more times.
Voila! You made your own beach painting! And it’s so cute and little that you can display it anywhere.
I’d love to hear what you think. What colors are you going to use? Where are you going to put it?