DIY Table Top Fire Bowl

sterno fire bowl

It has been waaaay too long. I apologize for my absence. It’s been an interesting few months, but I’ll spare you the details. I’m getting back into my crafting and I have a schedule ready to go! You’ll be hearing from me a lot more often.

First up, this lovely table top fire bowl. I happen to live in the borough of my neighborhood and the rule is that you can’t have a fire unless it’s contained. My workaround is a table top option since I can’t have a fire pit.

You don’t need much to make one and, depending on the size of bowl you get, you’ll likely spend less that $25 to make your own.

 

fire bowl supplies

Fire bowl supplies

  • pea gravel (get it from Lowe’s)
  • large ceramic bowl (I got mine from Ollie’s)
  • Sterno burning gel (Grocery Store)
  • Long-Stemmed lighter

 

fill bowl with pea gravel

Step 1: Add the pea gravel to the bowl

Fill the bowl with pea gravel and even it out.

 

sterno fire bowl

Step 2: Add the burning gel

Make space in the middle for the Sterno burning gel and fill in the space around it with pea gravel.

Light the gel when ready! Be sure to use a long stemmed match or lighter. Enjoy the outdoors a little more this fall with the warmth from your new fire bowl.

Tip: get the food safe Sterno gel and make s’mores!

 

DIY Upcycled Charger and Cord Organizer

DIY Upcycled cord and storage organizer

In the past few years, I’ve accumulated numerous cords and chargers, as I’m sure many of you have. I used to store them in a basket, but that got messy quickly. Every time I wanted one I’d have to untangle several. That’s obviously not an effective storage solution.

I decided to upcycle a cardboard box and some toilet paper rolls to design a better option. So far, it seems to be working pretty well. I haven’t had to untangle anything, which is just wonderful.

Want to try it? You only need a few supplies to get started. If you do any amount of crafting you probably have most of them already.

 

charger and cord organizer materials

Materials needed for your upcycled cord storage box

  • box
  • ruler
  • toilet paper rolls
  • scissors/exacto knife
  • Duct Tape or scrapbook paper

**Add glue to that list if you’ve chose to work with scrapbook paper instead of decorative tape.

upcycling a storage box with Duck Tape

Step 1: cover your box with Duct Tape

Cover your cardboard box in Duct Tape or scrapbook paper, whichever you prefer.

 

Duck Tape covered toilet paper rolls

Step 2: cover the toilet paper rolls with Duct Tape

Repeat the process with your TP rolls.

 

DIY Upcycled cord and storage organizer

Fill your rolls with chargers and cords, set the rolls upright in the box and you’re done! Storage made easy. Now you don’t have to untangle anything! Very exciting.

If you’re more interested in organizing the cords that are always plugged in, check out the tutorial for my Device Charging Station instead:

DIY device charging station

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy crafting!

 

Short Break

Hey everyone, I hope you all have been having a wonderful week!

I’ve been quite busy so I decided to take short break from crafting and blogging. Last weekend was my boyfriend’s sister’s college graduation (yay!) and this past week I was traveling for work, so I felt like I needed a mental health day. 

You should take one, too, if you haven’t in a while. Maybe sketch, walk or take a mini vacation. 

I’ll be back to crafting this weekend! See you soon. 

flight to Boston

flight to Boston


flower sketch

flower sketch


coffee packaging inspiration sketch

coffee packaging inspiration sketch

DIY Duct Tape Snack Packs

make your own snack bag

Do you know that there’s a whole exciting world of Duct Tape crafts out there? I learned about all of the possibilities a few years ago when I heard about the Duct Tape Prom scholarship, but there’s so much more than that. Get on Pinterest and search “duct tape crafts”. It is insane what you can do with it.

This week, I had a craft all planned out, but I pushed it back because I wanted to play Duct Tape instead. I started small, since I haven’t done much with this medium. So, I decided to make some snack packs. They took about 15 minutes to make.

DIY snack pack materials

Things You Will Need
Scissors
Duct Tape
Sandwich bags

duct tape strip

Step 1
Lay the sandwich bag flat and stick the first piece of Duct Tape to the top of the bag.

Repeat step 1 until the bag is fully covered.

snack bag

I started with one side, then flipped it over and taped the other side. If there was any tape that was longer than the bag, I cut it off.

DIY snack pack

These might be the best snack bags I’ve ever had 🙂

make your own snack bag

Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!

DIY Decorative Scrapbook Paper Pins

DIY decorative scrapbook paper pins

Before I get started with this week’s Make Something Monday’s craft project, I have to tell you a story.

After I finished taking my pictures for these DIY pins, I was talking to my boyfriend and not paying any attention to what I was doing. I stuck my camera card into the CD slot in my laptop instead of the camera card slot and it disappeared. I was freaking out. How the heck am I going to get this thing out of my computer??? My smart boyfriend, suggested that I use a toothpick to pull the camera card out. How brilliant is he? So, I tried it and it worked. Make Something Mondays almost didn’t happen today.

Moving on…

I got the idea for these pins because my boyfriend is opening up a brewery and needed some promotional materials to sell at a Brewfest that’s taking place this weekend. We decided to make some pins, magnets, T-shirts and hats. To save money, I offered to make the pins and magnets. The pins looked pretty cool, so I wanted to make a craft project out of them. (I’ll post all of the stuff I made for it when I’m finished with everything.)

These are very easy to make and, outside of drying time, only takes about 10 minutes.

DIY decorative pin materials

Things You Will Need:
Pin blanks
Diamond Glaze
Scrapbook paper
Dimensional Magic
2 coasters (optional)
Scissors or 1″ hole punch

decorative scrapbook paper circles

Step 1
Cut out the scrapbook paper of your choice into 1 inch circles (or to whatever size your pin blanks are).

decorative paper pin

Step 2
Using your Diamond Glaze, adhere the scrapbook paper circle to the pin blank.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

diy pin preparation

Step 3 (optional)
Since the pins won’t lay flat, I highly recommend that you prop them up between two even surfaces. I chose coasters because I know they’ll be the same height. I also put a paper towel down so that I don’t get any glaze on my coasters.

decorative glazed pins

Step 4
Fill in the scrapbook paper circle with Dimensional Magic.

It’s going to have a very foggy appearance for a while but, after the recommended drying time of 3 hours, it will clear up and harden.

If you get any bubbles, use a safety pin to pop them before the glaze starts to harden.

After the first layer has dried, you can continue to add more layers.

decorative scrapbook paper pins

When you’re finished, you’ll have some really cute, decorative pins to put on your purse, tote bag, hat or wherever else you can think of.

DIY decorative scrapbook paper pins

I’d love to hear what you think!

DIY Glitter Christmas Ball Ornaments

DIY Glitter Christmas Ball Ornaments

Christmas is almost here and I’m betting there are a few of you who haven’t put all of your decorations on your tree yet. If not, you should make these glitter Christmas ball ornaments. It’s a super easy DIY project and you can even do it with your kids. You’re going to have a big glitter mess with, or without them, so you should just enjoy the bonding experience. If you let them pour the glitter in and shake it up, they’ll love it!

glitter christmas ornament materials

Things You Will Need
Pledge
Glitter
Glass pens
Super glue
Clear glass ornaments

Okay, so I didn’t actually use pledge. I’ve seen this done with Pledge but I didn’t have any. It’s cold here in lovely PA and I’m a baby about it, so I wasn’t planning on going to get any. I have this wood cleaner that I used instead and it worked just fine. I’m not really sure what the ingredient is that makes the glitter stick, but it’s working so I’m not going to question it.

Christmas bulb prep

Step 1
Remove the ornament cap and pour or spray some pledge into it.

swirl it around so that it covers the ball and pour it out.

glitter Christmas ornament

Step 2
While the ornament is still wet, pour the glitter in and shake it up (with your finger over the top). Make sure the glitter covers the whole inside of the ornament.

Warning: if you want to mix different colors of glitter, do it before you put it in the ornament. It won’t mix at all if you try to do it once the glitter is inside. Trust me. I failed miserably.

glitter ornament

Step 3
When you’re done, flip the ornament upside down and let it dry.

glued top ornament

Step 4
Flip the ornament over and super glue the top down so you don’t have a glitter explosion later on.

Christmas tree ornament

Step 5
Using your glass-safe pens, draw on your favorite holiday symbols, phrases, bible verses or whatever comes to mind.

DIY Glitter Christmas Ball Ornaments

When you’re finished you’ll have some really cute glitter ornaments that make great decorations for your tree or nice gifts to give.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!