DIY Spray Painted Curtain Rods

diy curtain rod makeover

When we bought our house, the curtains and curtain rods came with it. The house was built in the 60s and it definitely looked like it, remaining decor and all.

We actually kept all of the window coverings because it was easier. We also planned to make updates slowly, so it made sense to keep what matched for the time being.

This is what it used to look like…

I know, it’s rough. As you might notice, this house has a beige color trend and all of the curtain rods are brass. Not my favorite.

In the upcoming months, you will see many changes to this room.

Last month, we tore down all of the wallpaper in our living room and dining room (yes, it’s beige wallpaper) and painted. Now was the time to update the curtain rods and curtains. As you know, I’m frugal, so I wasn’t about to go out and buy new curtain rods when I had a pair of good ones and just didn’t like the color.

Spray paint to the rescue! Yes, I spray painted them and they look great! You would never know they didn’t come in black.

If you want to spray paint your own, grab the supplies below and get to work!

Curtain rod makeover supplies

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I used black indoor/outdoor spray paint, just to ensure a long-lasting color. There are a ton of other good options for you if black isn’t what you’re looking for. I recommend trying one of these:

Step 1: Spray paint the curtain rods and hangers

Lay the rods and hangers outside (or somewhere that’s well ventilated) and spray paint them.

Let them dry.

Then flip the over and paint the other side.

Again, let them dry.

I actually ended up painting on two coats for better coverage.

When you’re finished, you’ll have seemingly new curtain rods. No one will know the difference. Pictured above are both rods that I painted. You can see how the paint covers two different styles. One rod is textured and one is not. The spray paint covers both equally well.

Here’s the whole window with new curtains against the walls with a fresh coat of paint.

diy curtain rod makeover

Huge difference!

Let me know what you think! Would you spray paint yours curtain rods? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

DIY Upcycled Storage from a Strawberry Container

Oh my goodness, it’s been a crazy few months for me. I’ve missed you! I hope you all are safe and well.

I’m super excited to get back into crafting. It’s my escape from the mess of the world, but the crafting sessions have been few and far between.

Lately, I’ve been spending time planting and organizing a garden. This is a strange new hobby for me because I’m not great at planting anything. A few years ago, I started growing herbs and it took me a while to get the hang of that. I even made cute planters for each herb as well as these garden markers for a handful of herbs I planted a few years later.

I’m getting to the storage container, I promise. Throughout my gardening journey, I learned that strawberry containers work as great mini-greenhouses for my plants. Thus, I have many strawberry containers laying around. This year, there was excess. I thought, what am I going to do with these!

You all know how I love organization and storage containers. I’ve made so many, and today there will be more! Save your strawberry containers because you can make this cute farmhouse style storage box with them.

They’re the perfect size for pens and pencils and I love throwing in odds and ends to keep the organized but fashionably, of course.

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

strawberry container storage craft supplies

Storage container supplies

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strawberry container storage step 1

Step 1: Glue the jute to the container

Flip your strawberry container over so you’re looking at the bottom.

Along one of the corners, glue the end of your rope to the plastic. Don’t add too much glue or the container will begin to melt!

Step 2: Wrap the rope around the container

 You’ll want to add a drop of glue to the rope every inch or so and hold it tightly against the container. Every inch or so keeps you from wasting glue but is enough to make the rope stick to the container.

farmhouse style storage box upcycled

Step 3: Cut the rope and fasten it

Now that you’ve reach the lip of the bottom of the container, you can cut the rope at an angle and glue it in place.

You can stop there if you want. I don’t prefer the plastic sticking out, so I also like to wrap the rope around the lip of the strawberry container. Move on to step 4 if you’d like to do the same.

Step 4: Continue around the top

At this point, I cut the top off of the container and start the wrapping process again.

However, this time we’re going to start around the projection. You know, the little round pieces that the container lid connects to the hold the lid on. Glue your rope to the outside of that piece and continue gluing (just like you did in on the bottom section). Make sure you stay on the outer edges so the rope aligns with the projections.

You’ll probably need about 3 layers (depending on the size of your rope) to completely hide the plastic.

diy farmhouse style upcycled storage from a strawberry container

That’s it! When you’re finished, you’ll have an adorable farmhouse style storage container that you can feel good about because you upcycled it. I hope you’re as excited as I was to use this.

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

Happy crafting!

DIY Positive Quote Poster

diy watercolor positive quote poster office

With most people working from home due to coronavirus, I wanted to give you all a craft that can also contribute to your day-to-day mindset. This is an 8.5×11 poster that you can print out at home and, hopefully, help you to think positively.

Anyone who knows me calls me a pessimist, and for a long time I thought of myself as a realist. Over the past few years, I’ve recognized the power of positivity in my mindset.

Not to get all sappy on you, but the last few years have been the hardest I’ve experienced and having a positive person and positivity around me generally has helped me push through some challenging times. Maybe something as simple as a positive poster could help you do the same.

Before we get into this craft project, you need to know that you can do this two ways.

  1. Print the poster first and then paint: this will give the font a weathered look. The black ink won’t be as vibrant as it would if you went with option 2. I kind of like this look.
  2. Paint on paper first and then print: This keeps all of the paint and ink looking pristine.

I made both of these so you can see which one you like best.

Have you decided which one you like best?

Great, grab the supplies below and we’ll get stared.

watercolor positive quote poster supplies

Positive quote watercolor poster supplies

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positive quote poster 8.5x11

Step 1: download the poster

Right click on the image above and click “Save Image As”.

Choose a name for your file and save it.

If you want to paint over the text like in the first option above, go ahead and print it on your cardstock paper now.

If you want to print over the paint, move on to the next step.

watercolor poster diy

Step 2: paint the poster

Go ahead and paint your poster.

Choose a few colors you like that go well together. I picked pink, purple and blue.

purple watercolor paint technique

Step 3: touch up the edges (optional)

When you’re finished, get your paint brush wet and roll it in the paint. Then, brush it along the edges like in the image above.

I like to do this to make it pop a bit more. Totally optional though.

Let it dry.

diy watercolor positive quote poster office

When you’re done, frame your poster and hang it somewhere visible like your office or your bedroom.

Hopefully it will remind you to think about the positive things in your life and to be grateful for what you have. When you’re positive, life seems to go more smoothly.

I’d love to see what you’re making! Using the #MakeSomethingMondays on social to share it with me. I’m usually over on Instagram checking out everyone’s masterpieces. I just started my account on IG late last year, so I have a lot of catching up to do! If you follow me here, come check out the fun stuff I’m doing there as well.

Happy crafting!

DIY Storage Bin from a Cardboard Box

DIY upcycled storage boxes

I’m a big fan of upcycling, so I’ve written this post to help you turn your old cardboard boxes into beautiful storage bins!

I often wonder why people go buy boxes for storage when they probably have some waiting to be recycled. I guess it’s a matter of convenience, but I’m pretty sure I made 2 storage bins before I could’ve made it back from the store.

No joke. It took me about 10 minutes to finish these boxes. You only need a few supplies to get started and you probably have most of them already. If not, I have links to all of the supplies I used below.

supplies to make cardboard box storage bins

DIY Storage Bin Supplies

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cardboard box with top cut off

Step 1: cut the flaps off of the cardboard box

Using your box cutter, slice the closing tabs (what do you actually call those?) off of the box and set them aside.

TIP: You can use these as separators inside of the box for extra organization. Cover them in contact paper too!

scissors on contact paper

Step 2: measure and cut the contact paper

Set your box at the edge of the contact paper to measure how much you will need. The best part is that the back of the contact paper contains gridlines so you don’t even need a ruler!

Cut on the right lines.

Once you determine how tall the box is, you can cut the contact paper to that height and just use one long strip to cover the whole box. It’s much faster than cutting 4 pieces to fit each side. You can always cut down the paper where the top of the box is uneven.

cardboard box covered in gray herringbone contact paper

Step 3: apply the contact paper

Apply your contact paper to all 4 sides of the cardboard box. Press down firmly and continue to smooth it as you go.

The upside of using contact paper is that it’s sticky but not uncomfortably so. When you peel the back off and apply the paper, you can lift and reapply if it’s not perfectly straight the first time, so don’t stress about perfection. 🙂

DIY upcycled storage boxes

When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful new storage bin. AAAAANNNNDDD you can feel good about upcycling at the same time!

Have you tried this before? Would you try it? Have you tried a different method? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments below.

How to Remove Labels from Glass Jars

remove labels from glass jars

A few days ago, I asked my Instagram followers what kinds of crafts they wanted to see in the next few months. Nearly everyone who responded wanted to learn how to make crafts that would help them organize their home, car, or life in general. I thought we would start with the basics: containers.

Glass jars are the perfect tool to organize with because you don’t have to pay extra for them. You get them when you buy pasta, pickles, salsa, and a ton of other products. All you have to do is remove the label, clean, and reuse them.

Most people toss them in the recycling and move on with their day. I’m not against recycling, but glass lasts forever! It would take nearly a million years to decompose if it was thrown out. By doing that, you’re missing out on an organizational opportunity. If you buy containers to organize, you can spend a lot, especially when it comes to your kitchen. You could just save your jars, clean them and use them to store food.

Most people think it’s too time-consuming, but I promise it isn’t. Give yourself 10 minutes of active cleaning and you can clean a dozen jars. There’s some waiting time, but you can go do other things.

Grab the supplies and follow the steps below to save some money organizing your kitchen.

jar label removal supplies

Supplies needed to clean glass jars

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You’ll want to do this in your kitchen sink so plan accordingly.

use goo gone to remove glass jar labels

Step 1: spray your labels with Goo Gone

I always try to peel the label off first. Sometimes they’re easy to remove, but if not, continue with the steps below.

Place your jars on a surface you don’t care about. I like to use cardboard so I don’t have to clean up my kitchen counter when I’m done.

Then, spray your labels with Goo Gone and let them sit for 2 or 3 minutes.

While you wait, fill your sink with hot water and add dish soap. You’ll want to fill it so that the jars can be completely submerged.

Step 2: scrub away the jar’s label

Using your stainless steel scouring pad, scrub away the label. This won’t take long. This process will work on paper labels and on the sticky residue leftover from other types of labels.

As you can see in the images above, this method works well!

Rinse the jar when you’re finished.

Step 3: soak the jars in hot soapy water

Let your jars soak in the sink for 20 minutes to clean them out and make sure they’re ready to use.

Set them in a dish drainer to dry.

TIP: If you’re keeping the jars in storage before putting anything in them, make sure you keep the lids off of them to air out.

Step 4: use your jars as storage

All you have left to do is fill up your jars! I like to use mine for nuts, coconut, baking ingredients, granola, parmesan cheese, and so much more!

But you don’t have to use them in the kitchen only. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

DIY Decor: Bathroom Storage Jars

DIY Bathroom Storage Jars

Keep these in your bathroom and store Q-tips, cotton balls, or even homemade lotion.

DIY Kitchen Labels for Better Organization

DIY organizational kitchen labels

If you choose to use your jars in the kitchen, you might want to add some labels. Large jars are perfect for baking ingredients!

DIY Customized Coffee Jar

DIY-customized-coffee-jar

These are perfect for storing coffee or tea! You can even decorate your jar and give it as a gift!

DIY Cookie Mason Jar Gift

diy cookie mason jar gift

Speaking of gifts, you can use your jars to share food with other people too! The large make the perfect cookie jar!

Craft Room Organization

Use your jars to organize your craft space or office. I enjoy using them for ribbon, buttons, decorative tape, and other supplies that are helpful to see clearly.

DIY Valentine’s Day Themed Mason Jar Hot Chocolate Gift

valentines day mason jar craft

Store powdered hot chocolate or add a decorative ribbon and give it as a gift!

DIY Planner Dashboard From A Tissue Box

diy planner divider from a tissue box

I love making dashboards for my planner! You can buy them, but designing your own is way more fun. To make one, all you need is a tissue box, glue and some scrapbook paper.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, a planner dashboard is used as a divider that is typically made of plastic or cardboard. Some people use them to store post-its, some are used as a storage folder (which I’ve also DIYed if you’re interested), others use them as a place to keep their checklists.

I like many of these options, but right now, I need something to segment pages, much like a bookmark. I’ve tried page corner bookmarks and paperclip bookmarks to keep my place, but I open it and shuffle through the pags too often and they keep falling off or damaging the pages. I need something that’s easier to move around like a dashboard.

Of course, I didn’t want to buy one, so I made my own and I’ll show you how I did it below. Keep reading!

tissue box planner divider supplies

Planner dashboard supplies

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tissue box pieces for craft

Step 1: cut apart your tissue box

Disassemble your tissue box and cut off the long edges on the sides. You could use the bottom too, if you want a larger dashboard.

planner divider base from tissue box

Step 2: determine the size of your dashboard tab

I wanted my dashboard to have a tab so I can find my place faster. I decided how tall it should be and measured and cut for that space.

scrapbook paper planner divider cover

Step 3: measure the scrapbook paper to fit your dashboard

Trace your dashboard base (from the previous step) onto the scrapbook paper.

Then cut out the shapes.

tissue box craft idea

Step 4: decorate your planner dashboard

Glue the scrapbook paper cut outs onto the front and back of your dashboard to add some flair!

I really like this yellow and blue scrapbook paper. It’s such a fun, modern design that matches my planner perfectly.

Let the glue dry.

At this point, you could laminate the dashboard if you want. This enables you to write and erase or just protect the paper.

hole punching for your happy planner

Step 5: hole punch the dashboard to fit in your planner

Hole punch the dashboard and put it wherever you want in your planner!

Depending on the type of planner you have, you might need a specific kind of hole punch. Mine requires one for a disc bound planner. I don’t have the right kind of hole punch so I cheat a little bit.

In the image above, you’ll notice that I’ve used another page in my planner to mark where the holes should go. Then I took a regular hole punch (single) and punched a hole over each mark. Then I used my scissors to cut a slit up to the hole so it will fit around the discs.

diy planner divider from a tissue box

When you’re finished, you’ll have something like this!

I’m loving my new dashboard. I can find my place much faster and it keeps my pages from getting ripped up from.

Eventually, I’m planning to design dashboards with motivational says and images you can colors to add some individuality. I’ll post a link to that when I do.

In the meantime, I’d love to get your thoughts on this process. Have you made your own dashboards? If so please share your pictures on social media using #MakeSomethingMondays!

DIY Beginner’s Planter

self draining planter

If you’re new to growing plants, this easy DIY project will definitely help you get started!

A few years ago, I got really excited about growing plants like herbs, vegetables, etc. Stuff I could use in the kitchen. But, I learned very quickly that I’m bad at it because I didn’t know how much water my plants needed.

I followed the advice of friends and started with a mint plant. “You can’t kill mint” they said. Well, I killed 3 of them before I figured out how to properly water them. If I had known about this draining option, I would’ve been enjoying herbs in my food and drinks much faster!

All you need is a plastic bottle so this is great opportunity to upcycle! When you’re finished with your orange juice or soda, hang onto the bottle and use it for your very own beginning planter! Follow the steps below to make your own.

self-draining planter supplies

Self-watering planter supplies

  • scissors
  • hammer
  • potting soil
  • screwdriver or nail
  • use plastic container

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upcycle plastic orange juice container

Step 1: cut off the top of your container

Cut off the top 1/3 of your container. Make sure the part the tapers inward is all on the top. You can see how it will be used in the image below.

homemade self-draining planter

Step 2: create the self-draining container

Flip the top section of the container upside down and place it in the bottom section.

Now, fill it with soil.

self watering planter

Step 3: plant your seeds

Stick a finger into the soil to create a space for your seeds or plant.

Now you can place the seed inside and cover it up. If you’re planting more than one, make sure you check how far apart and how deep they should be planted. Full disclosure, I’m kind of bad at that part.

I’m planting garlic from bulbs, not seeds, and I know that they need to be planted about a thumb-size deep and need to be about 4″ apart. After I took this picture, I decided to move one of the bulbs because I didn’t think they would be both get enough nutrients.

self watering planter

When you’re finished, you should have something that looks like this.

Now you can water your plant. The water will fall into the bottom of the container and you won’t have to worry about overwatering your plant. But pay close attention to how much water your plant needs. Once you have a good idea of how much to use, you can transfer your plant to another pot and plant something new in this one.

I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave them in the comments.

DIY Candle Holder From Alcohol Bottles

candlesticks burning in alcohol bottles

Did you know you can repurpose your old alcohol bottles as candlestick holders? It looks classy and vintag-y all at the same time. I love it!

Save your wine, whiskey, beer, and vodka bottles. You don’t even have to take the label off. It’s a nice way to upcycle glass since it generally takes longer for them to get recycled anyway. If you could reuse them, why not? Especially if you’re adding some oomph to your living room, man cave, patio, or wherever.

There’s actually a cute Italian restaurant in my hometown that uses their old wine bottles to make these, which is where I got the idea. I’ve always loved that they place a bottle at each table to give it a romantic element.

Want to make your own? Grab the supplies and follow the steps below.

alcohol bottle candlestick holder supplies

Candlestick holder supplies

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Note: Larceny bottles don’t work for this craft. I found that out after taking the supplies picture. However, most wine, whiskey, and beer bottles will work.

candlestick in glass bottle

Step 1: size your candlesticks

Adding the candlesticks to the bottle as is can be a bad idea. It makes the bottle topheavy and it can topple over.

I recommend breaking or cutting your candles to keep them from extending too high above the bottle top.

I like to stick the candlestick in upside down (wick inside the bottle) to see which point on the candlestick is thick enough for it to fit in the bottle opening. Then, I break it a bit lower than that area.

You can also use scissors or a knife to shape the top of the candle if you had to break it toward the bottom and can’t use the original top.

So break your candlestick and wedge it into the bottle opening.

diy candlestick holder from alcohol bottles

Step 2: light the candle

Yep, it’s that easy. when your candle is secure in the bottle and you’re sure it won’t fall out, go ahead and light it.

Wax will drip down the side of the bottle and possibly onto the surface it’s sitting on, so I recommend setting them on a plate or some other base to catch the wax.

candlestick wax dripping

You know, these would be great for events like weddings or banquets. They make beautiful centerpieces!

I’d love to get your thoughts! Have you tried this before? If you made one, where would you put it?

Happy crafting!

DIY Beaded Bookmarks

diy beaded bookmarks

One reason I love the holidays is because I (sometimes) get downtime. I don’t do anything crazy with it, but I like to read when I’m able to.

Recently, I’ve started reading physical books instead of using my Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, an e-reader is great, but when you spend 10 hours a day looking at a screen you might want to give your eyeballs a break. I’m in that camp right now. Because I haven’t read a physical book in a while I didn’t have any bookmarks so, of course, I made some.

What’s great about these DIY bookmarks is that you can make them quickly and it’s a fun project to do with the little ones. Just make sure they don’t eat the beads.

Want to make your own? Grab the supplies and follow the steps below.

beads and ribbon bookmark supplies

Beaded bookmark supplies

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beads on rope

Step 1: add your beads to the rope

When you choose a sequence of beads your like, slide the onto the rope or jute and tie a knot at the end.

You might also want to tie another knot above the beads to make sure they don’t slide around. I ended up adding one after making these.

homemade bookmark with beads rope

Step 2: add beads to the other end of the rope

I made my bookmark long so it would work with books of many sizes (. Cut yours to whatever size you like best.

Add a charm or more beads to the other end of the rope.

Follow the same process: tie a knot at the end to keep it from sliding off.

trinket bookmarks with charms and rope

You’re done! Yeah, it’s that easy. Choosing the beads and charms is the hardest part. 🙂

I’d love to see your bookmarks! If you post pictures on social media use the hashtag #MakeSomethingMondays to share them with me.

Leave your feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting!

Want more bookmark tutorials?

Try these!

Magnetic Bookmarks

DIY magnetic bookmarks for planners

Page Corner Boomarks

DIY page corner bookmark

Watercolor Bookmarks

watercolor bookmarks

Free Printable Gift Card Holder Template

diy gift card holder scrapbook paper

Every year, there are a handful of people that tell me they want gift cards for Christmas. I love that because it ensures they get something they’ll use.

The problem, for me, is that it’s too easy and I feel like I don’t put enough effort into it. These are people I love! I want to put some thought into their presents. So, I like to make my own gift card holders.

This year, there were quite a few people that wanted gift cards, so I got to work on those way more adorable envelopes.

I wasn’t feeling particularly festive though. Possibly because everything is red and green right now. I just wasn’t feeling it so, I used patterns typically not associated with the holidays. BUT if you’re still feeling festive, I have a link to some really cute Christmas scrapbook paper in the supply list.

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

gift card holder supplies

Gift card holder supplies

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gift card holder template

Step 1: Download the gift card template

Download the template from the supply list above. I’ve put two templates per page so you can print it directly onto your scrapbook paper. I promise it saves a lot of time.

Remember to put your scrapbook paper design side up into the printer so it will print the template (or the blank side).

Cut out the template.

If for some reason you can’t print directly to the scrapbook paper, you can print the template, cut it out, and trace it onto the scrapbook paper.

Step 2: score the folds and add the slits

Using your utility knife, lightly score the fold lines. Remember to do this on the side with the design. It will make the folded edges look cleaner.

Then, cut the slit lines for the gift card.

diy gift card holder scrapbook paper

If you want, you can ad slits for the envelope flap. Otherwise, I like to put a festive To and From sticker over it the hold everything together.

Give them a try and let me know what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.

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Below are a few other templates for you to try!

diy gift card envelope

Standard gift card envelope

opened gift card holder

Stand-up gift card holder

DIY Gift Card Holder

Gift card envelope without closure