DIY Halloween Luminary

DIY halloween luminary

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I love candles. It’s actually surprising to me how many candle related crafts I’ve made, from the actual candle to holders, and now luminaries.

Fall and Halloween are known for their candle crafts. There’s something… I don’t know, mysterious, or maybe eerie, about candles during this season, so luminaries are the perfect addition to your decor.

This one is incredibly easy to make and you’ll be so happy with the result. Turn the lights off and you’ll have dancing shadows all night long.

Get the supply list below to make your own. There are links to these products if you’re unsure of where to find them.

homemade luminary supplies

Glass luminary supplies

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halloween luminary tutorial steps

Step 1: adhere the scrapbook paper to the candle holder

Adhere your scrapbook paper to the glass with Mod Podge and your brush.

I suggest fitting the scrapbook paper and making the necessary folds before you start gluing.

candle luminary

Step 2: add your candle

Choose your favorite candle, or flameless candle if you prefer, and place it inside your holder. Turn it on or light it.

glass luminary

I love the way the light dances inside and casts shadows on the nearby surfaces. It’s so pretty! I could watch it all night. Flip the lights off and enjoy it for yourself.

I’d love to get your feedback. Leave it in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Lemon Lavender Yoga Mat Cleaner

yoga mat spray with lemon and lavender

Have you ever thought about the germs on your yoga mat? I think about it too much.

For the most part, mine stays in my house with the exception of my patio and a yoga studio now and then. But your mat can absorb a lot of grossness from all of these places, not to mention your sweaty body rolling all over it.

Answer this question honestly: how often do you clean your yoga mat?

If you sighed when you read that, let me give you some motivation. A few years ago there was a lab study of 13 yoga mats from a local gym and a yoga studio and found Staph, yeast build-up (a form of fungus), fecal matter, allergens, and millions of bacteria. There’s more, but I won’t spoil it all for you if you want to read it on your own.

Just because it’s your mat and your germs, doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean it. Obviously, it’s important to clean your yoga mat after every use. I get it though, yoga mat cleaners can be expensive especially if you want something environmentally friendly and safe for your household.

How do we solve that problem? We make our own, of course! This yoga mat spray cleaner is a recipe I’ve used for years. It works well and I love it.

The essential oils I use are always DoTerra. I know… everyone has an opinion about essential oils. You can use whatever brand you want. If you want to use the ones I use, there’s a link to a starter kit in the supply list below and getting 3 oils in that kit is cheaper than buying 2 of them individually, most of the time.

lemon lavender yoga mat cleaner

Yoga Mat Cleaner Supplies

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essential oils yoga mat spray

Step 1: add the lemon and lavender essential oils

Add 4 drops of each essential oil and shake the bottle to mix them together.

Don’t worry, you can add more later if you’re not sure how much you want. Start small and work your way up!

yoga mat cleaner

Step 2: use Witch Hazel as your cleaner

Fill your spray bottle with Witch Hazel and shake to mix with the oils.

At this point, you might want to add a few more drops of essential oils, depending on your preferences. I like a stronger smell, so I added a few more drops of lemon in mine.

yoga mat spray with lemon and lavender

That’s it! Now all you have to do is grab a soft cloth and wipe down your mat. Give it a few minutes to dry before rolling it up or starting your yoga practice.

If you’re not crazy about lemon and lavender, I made a version with peppermint and lemongrass If you’re not crazy about lemon and lavender. This is also a go-to scent for me!

Have you tried making your own cleaner before? What did you think? I’d love to get your feedback. Leave it in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Fall Tin Can Lantern

Fall tin can lantern

Do you know what’s strange? I don’t love decorations. I’ve always taken a realistic/pragmatic approach to holidays and I can’t find a reason to buy festive decorations just to keep them in a closet for the majority of the year. BUT I do love crafting and upcycling. If I can do them both at the same time, then I’m all over it.

The plus side is that if I make something festive, friends know that it’s out of character for me. Sometimes, they will ask if they can have the festive thing I just made. I’m more than happy to give it to them. 🙂

I digress… this lantern was such a fun project. As mentioned in a previous blog post, I was sick a few weeks back and ate a lot of soup, so I have a number of tin cans just waiting to be upcycled!

This is an easy one because you probably have all of the supplies in your house already, except maybe the spray paint. It’s perfect for sitting outside as the sun goes down to provide some extra light and keep the bugs away. You could even make an adorable fall centerpiece out of these if you made a few.

Want to make your own? Grab the supplies listed below and keep reading!

Quick tip: if you want the avoid the hammered look, fill your can with water and put it in the freezer for a few hours before you get started. The ice will help the can keep it’s shape.

tin can fall lantern supplies

Upcycled lantern supplies

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Leaf art on tin can

Step 1: tape leaf clip art to the can

Tape your leaf printout to your tin can.

hammered tin can fall lantern

Step 2: create a leaf outline

Pick a point on your leaf and hammer the nail through that point the can.

Continue this process around the outline of the leaf.

gold spray painted upcycled tin can

Step 3: paint the can

I used white spray paint to put a base layer on the tin can.

After it dried, I added a second splotchy layer of gold to make it unique and give it some flair.

Step 4: hammer out the imperfections (optional)

Now you can hammer the inside of the can to even out the surface if you’d like.

I chose not to do this step. Fall is all about change and imperfection. Here, in lovely Pennsylvania, fall is cold and everything begins to die. But somehow, its incredibly beautiful. I wanted to capture beauty with the colors and imperfection with the hammered look.

That’s it! Throw a flameless tealight or small candle (may I recommend apple cinnamon, orange spice, or pumpkin) in there and you’ll have yourself a fancy new fall candle holder.

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

Happy crafting! 🍁

DIY Planter from Upcycled Tin Cans

diy planter from upcycled tin cans

I have been sick for about a week now, which means I’ve been eating a lot of store-bought soup. Which also means I have a lot of tin cans.

Since I’m getting to the end of my sickness, I don’t have a lot of energy but still wanted to make a craft to lift my spirits. Creating something always makes me happy 🙂

What better to craft with than my new stockpile of cans, right? I like upcycling, why not? I’ve had a parsley and mint plant that’s needed a new home for a while, so I decided to go with planters this week.

I love this craft because most people have cans laying around and a lot of people like plants. Clearly, I’m not the blossoming flower type of girl based on my choice this week, but I do enjoy herbs. Whatever your preference, your plants can have a brand new recycled home.

diy tin can planter supplies

Recycled planter supplies

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tin cans with wooden feet

Step 1: add feet to your tin cans

Glue your wooden feet onto the bottom of the tin cans.

You can use any strong adhesive for this. I’d recommend super glue that is durable and waterproof. I love Gorilla Glue, but you can pick whatever you like.

Let it dry.

spray painted tin cans

Step 2: spray paint your tin cans

Spray your Rustoleum paint onto the cans.

In the link in the supply list above, I’ve sent you to a Pure Gold color, which I originally wanted but couldn’t find when purchasing. Instead, I got Gilded Brass which I like a lot. Your pick! Remember to choose an outdoor, or water-resistant spray paint.

Let it dry.

homemade planters from old tin cans

Step 3: repot your plants

If you’ve decided not to add holes to your tins for drainage, it’s a good idea to add the marbles people typically used in vases. It lets the water drain so your plants’ roots don’t stay too wet.

Now you can move your plants from their starter pots to their homemade planters!

Beautiful, and made with love! You can keep these for yourself or give them as a gift. Mine are going on my kitchen windowsill to soak up the sun. Maybe later I’ll make one for my office.

I’m also planning to make some hangers for them, so come back for that in a few weeks if you want to learn to make those, too!

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

Happy crafting!

DIY Decorated Clothespins

decorative clothespins

The world has gotten digital (obviously) and because of that, people have stopped writing notes, letters, etc. It’s all online now. But there’s a group of people that still prefer handwritten notes, including myself.

I like to leave Post-Its on a bulletin board in case my phone fails to update me, and why not use something pretty to hold that Post-It note? Like a decorative clothespin, maybe?

I think yes. There are so many ways to decorate clothespins that it’s hard to choose a method, but I’m really loving the Washi Tape look.

Excluding drying time, spicing up my clothespins took 15 minutes or less. I love the way they look too!

decorative clothespin supplies

Washi Tape Clothespin Supplies

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Note: Be sure to choose short clothespins and not mini. The mini ones are too thin so the thumb tacks will stick out from the edges.

Step 1: choose your decorative tape

Pick the Washi Tape you’d like to decorate your clothespins with. I like to find tape that matches the room decor. I’m going to make another set of clothpins to match my office too 😀

In the supply list above, I linked to some fun decorative tape on Amazon (because they have a huge supply) but you can get it elsewhere, like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

diy decorative tape clothespins

Step 2: adhere the Washi Tape

Align the tape to fit the clothespin and cut off the excess. Scissors work fine for this. No fancy tools needed!

thumb tack clothespins

Step 3: glue on the thumb tack

Glue your thumb tack to the backside of the clothespins (the side that isn’t decorated).

Let it dry.

diy decorative clothespins on cork board

When you’re done, you’ll have beautifully decorated noteholders for your corkboard.

I’d love to get your feedback! Leave it in the comments.

DIY Paper Gift Card Envelope

diy gift card envelope

Did you know that consumers prefer physical gift cards? I always thought that was strange for our instant gratification digital age. According to the National Gift Card Annual B2B Gift Card Report, of the volume in gift card program redemptions is still in physical cards versus 25% for egift cards.

So, when you’re looking for a gift idea, remember that gift cards are always an option. What I like about gifting them is that I can customize the envelope however I want.

Depending on the person it’s going to, my envelope can be whimsical or more muted. As long as you can find the scrapbook paper to fit the person, you’re golden!

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

gift card scrapbook paper template

Gift card envelope supplies

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gift card holder printable template

Step 1: print the template

Save the template above:

  • Right click
  • Choose Save Image As
  • Choose a file name
  • Open the image

Choose one of the following methods for printing

  1. print the gift card template directly onto your scrapbook paper
  2. print the gift card template onto a piece of printer paper, cut it out and trace it onto your scrapbook paper.

TIP: Don’t scale the image when you print. It’s the right size for an 8.5×11″ piece of paper.

gift card scrapbook paper template

Step 2: trace the template onto your scrapbook paper

If you printed directly onto the scrapbook paper, skip this step.

If you followed option 2 above, keep reading.

Cut out the template you printed and trace the outline onto your scrapbook paper.

Don’t forget to cut the slit in the middle. This is used to secure the flap which holds the gift card in place.

foldable gift card envelope

Step 4: glue the tabs

Fold on the dotted lines and glue the tabs to create the gift card.

diy gift card envelope

Slide in your gift card and you’re finished! Mail it, take it to a birthday party, or whatever you need to do to share your gift card.

What I love about these is that you can customize however you want. Choose your scrapbook paper, add embellishments, or wrap it in ribbons. Or all of the above.

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

For previous craft projects, I’ve made different variations of gift card holders. If you like these better, follow the tutorial to make your own!

Stand-up gift card holder

opened gift card holder

Gift card envelope

DIY Gift Card Holder

DIY Essential Oils Air Freshener

diy water bead air freshener

I’ve been on the hunt for a good air freshener for a while now. When my husband and I bought our house, it smelled a little… mothy. Not very fresh.

I cleaned from top to bottom, including curtains and carpets to no avail. There’s no hope but to replace it all. Of course, that’s expensive and I’m cheap. So, until we save up enough to replace all the carpets with anything but carpet, we’ll have to settle for an alternative.

For me that’s an air freshener. We use candles, diffusers, room spray… all that good stuff. But I need something more permanent.

The smell of essential oils seem to linger for quite a while, so I decided to buy some water beads and make a homemade air freshener. It works pretty well!

Want to make your own? Follow the super easy steps below.

air freshener supplies

Air freshener supplies

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how to make an air freshener

Step 1: pour the water beads into the jar

Using the instructions listed on your water beads, pour the recommended amount into the jar.

Water beads expand, a lot, so it’s important to follow the instructions for the size of the jar you’ve chosen.

water bead air freshener

Step 2: pour water on top of the water beads

Again, using the recommended amount of water, pour it into the jar over top of your water beads.

Let the beads expand. It won’t take more than a few minutes to start happening.

diy essential oils air freshener

Step 3: add the essential oils

Add a few drops, between 5-10 (depending on your preference for potency) and swirl around the oil with a spoon or whatever you have around.

air freshener made with essential oils

Step 4: cover the opening with fabric

Choose a loosely woven fabric like burlap and cut it into a square to cover the top of your jar.

Screw on the metal lid to hold the fabric in place.

diy water bead air freshener

That’s it! No go put it in a room that needs some refreshing!

Also, try this the baking soda version (instead of water beads) and this essential oils car air freshener.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave your comments below.

DIY Kitchen Labels for Better Organization

diy organizational kitchen labels

I’m on a mission to remove as many single-use plastics from my house as possible.

I save most of my jars and use them for storage, but the problem is that I’m not always sure what’s in them. This is especially true when it comes to baking products. At first glance, sugar and flower look pretty similar. Then there’s powdered sugar and flour. Ugh. No thanks.

I needed a better organizational system because I wasn’t a fan of opening and smelling jars every time I needed to bake something.

Enter kitchen labels. This is the obvious solution right? I didn’t want to buy a label maker though. Or a Cricut. Those things are expensive! All I needed was some organizational assistance. I found some clear sticker paper that can be printed on with a regular inkjet printer and off to the kitchen I went!

Goal 2019: finish organizing my entire kitchen. We’ll see how that goes…

In the meantime, you can make your own labels by following the steps below.

printable sticker labels for kitchen organization

Organizational label supplies

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supplies to print your own kitchen labels

Step 1: choose your font

You can save my file above and use it, or you can make your own. To save, right click and choose Save Image As. Then you can rename the file if you want a print it.

You can use a font on your computer or download a custom font from sites like dafont.com or fontspace.com and install it.

I used Lobster for my labels. It’s the perfect font because the letters are thick enough that you can easily read them on a jar and it’s pretty, of course.

printable sticker paper

Step 2: print your labels

When adding your sticker paper to the printer, make sure you set it up so the glossy side will get printed on. For example, in my printer, I have to load the paper glossy side down for it to print properly.

IMPORTANT: let the ink dry before doing anything with the sticker paper.

sugar label pantry organization

Step 3: apply the kitchen labels

Cut out the labels and stick them on your storage container.

Don’t worry about cutting them perfectly. Remember, these are clear so no one will notice your mistakes. 😉

kitchen pantry organization with diy labels

Go wild! Label your baking cabinet, pantry, under your sink, whatever else you can get your hands on.

As I said, my goal is to remove all plastic and organize in jars or other storage containers by the end of the year!

I’d love to get your feedback. Leave it in the comments!

DIY No Sew Hanging Kitchen Towel

diy hanging kitchen towel

For as long as I’ve lived outside of my parents’ house (which has been quite a while) I have hung a kitchen towel over the stove handle. And for just as long, that towel has fallen on the floor if someone brushes up against it.

Gross, right?

Now that I have a dog that sheds a lot, I care way more than I used to. I had to find a way to keep that towel in place.

Enter, the hanging kitchen towel. It’s a real thing and it’s fantastic. However, most people sew theirs together. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m not wild about sewing. Obviously, this is going to be a no-sew project, except the button. I have no idea how to attach a button effectively without sewing it.

I know what you’re thinking, yeah right. You can’t make a project like this without sewing. Well, my friend, I have a life-changing product called Stitch Witchery. If you’re unfamiliar, this very thin piece of fabric tape that bonds fabric together when activated by heat. It’s glorious for people like me.

By the way, I found my towel and pot holder at Dollar Tree but there are some really cute sets on Amazon if you don’t want to go that route.

Want to make your own hanging dish towel? Let’s get started.

hanging kitchen towel supplies

Hanging kitchen towel supplies

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button sewn to tea towel

Step 1: sew a button to your pot holder

This is the only sewing part, I promise.

Thread your needle and sew your button to your potholder. Pick a spot toward the top in the middle. The goal here is to be able to connect the pot holder’s loop around the button to hold it on the stove.

Step 2: adhere the kitchen towel and potholder

Place a piece of Stitch Witchery on the center of the towel.

Lay the potholder on top so the center meets the center of the kitchen towel.

Following the instructions, position the hot iron over the dish pot holder and hold it there for 10 seconds without moving it.

Repeat on the opposite side. You might have to go back and forth a few times before it sticks.

diy tea towel stitch witchery

When you’re finished, it should stick like this.

Don’t worry, Stitch Witchery is great for fabric and clothing so it can go through the washer with no problem. A match made in heaven, right?

hanging stove towel

Leave your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear what you think.

Happy crafting!

Easy DIY Bookmarks!

I love to read and I do it frequently. You can only imagine how many bookmarks I have gone through in my life. The paper ones tear, the metal ones discolor the pages, the wooden ones break… I had to come up with a better idea because these are just not working out for me.  So, I’ve seen people make magnets using this same technique and I decided I could use it to make bookmarks.  It is super easy and only takes a few minutes (excluding the time you are waiting for the glue to dry.)

diy glas tile bookmarks

diy bookmark supplies

DIY bookmark supplies:

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diy bookmark instructions

Step 1: cut a circle in your scrapbook paper

First, you are going to need a pattern or design.

I made mine with Photoshop but you can search the internet to find some cute ones to print out. I’ve also seen people use scrapbook paper, which always looks cute!

Cut out the design. Make your edges are neatly trimmed and that it does not extend the edges of your glass tile.

bookmarks made with scrapbook paper

Step 2: glue the design to your glass tile

Flip your glass tile over so that the round side is face down.

Add a small dot of Diamond Glaze on the back side of the glass tile and press your fingers from the center outward to ensure the glue makes its way to the edges.

Then, add a thick amount of Diamond Glaze on the back of the design like in the picture above. Make sure you cover the entire surface so that the design does not lift. This is our sealer.

Wait for the glue on the back of the tile to dry. This will take around 30 minutes.

At this point you glue should be dry. When you flip over the tile it should look something like this.

Step 3:

Get some hot melt glue and and adhere the paper clip to the back of the glass tile.

At this point, I am regretting not adding the paper clip in the last step because the hot melt glue is looking pretty messy. Note to self.

paper clip bookmarks

The finished product looks cute and functions the way I want it to.

glass tile bookmarks

I really enjoyed making these and the results make me happy as well. The one on the far left is my favorite!

I am sure you will see plenty more of my crafts using this technique. If you decide to make any of these I would love to see them! Please tag me on Instagram or twitter if you post them. You can also use #makesomethingmondays to get my attention!