Time: 20 minutes
Materials: clear iphone case, paint in 3 colors, brush
1. Start painting with the lightest color in your pallet. Loose brushstrokes will give your case more of a painterly feel.
2. Mix in your second color by blending your first and second colors together before applying to your case.
3. Finishing by blending in your third and final color. If you want your colors to be less transparent, let paint dry in between layers before adding a second coat.
The next time you’re short on cash, but need to add some spice to your wardrobe, try making your own jewelry. These fantastic DIY jewelry projects below are an easy way to get started!
1. Paper Arrow Earrings by Delightfully DIY
2. DIY Shoe Clips by Honestly WTF
3. Banana Chip Clay Necklace by Stars for Streetlights
4. Painted Diamond Earrings by Creative Index
1. Trace your text on to the freezer paper. Have the wax coated side facing down. You can download the text I used here!
2. Cut out the text with an xacto knife.
3. Position & iron on.
4. Dab on paint, let try, then peel off your stencil.
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Mother’s day is this weekend, in case you forgot! Instead of buying her flowers that will be gone in a week, try your hand at making some paper flowers. These DIYs are simple, cost efficient, and not to mention way too cute.
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1. Remove the backing from your earrings, if it’s still there.
2. Slide your bobby pins on to a thin piece of cardboard and paint with nail polish. Some colors will require multiple coats. Clear sealant optional.
3. Once dry, remove from cardboard and select what color looks best with your earrings. For those not selected, you now have plain, colorful pins!
4. Apply E-6000 glue to the back of your earring, place, then hold. You’ll only need to hold the earring in place for 1-2 minutes, then it can dry on its own.
Give your photos life outside of your dusty old hard drive by trying one of these simple, yet completely awesome, photography projects!
Hi folks, exciting news! Thanks to the fine team at Whimseybox, one of you will win the materials you need to complete this project. Details below!
Time: 1.5 hours
Materials: Whimseybox, hammer, clothespin
1. Choose what shape you’d like for your art, print image, cut out. Secure with tape, then hammer nails in around the edges. *Tip* use a clothespin to keep nail in place if you want to avoid hitting your fingers!
2. Once all nails are in place, tie a knot around one nail and begin stringing. There’s really no wrong way to do this, so have fun! End with a knot.
How to Enter-NOW CLOSED
Pin an image (or two) from the project above then let me know your username by leaving a comment below. Tweets also accepted. One lucky winner will be chosen and notified Friday May 3rd at 10:00am PST, contest open until then. US & Canada only. Best of luck!
Liven up your standard 9-5 with these upgraded office supplies DIYs!
In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), my guest Cristin from Eve of Reduction is going to show you how to turn your old paint cans into lovely hanging baskets! You can follow the instructions below, or watch how to on youtube.
Time: 2 hours
Materials: paint cans, spray paint, painter’s tape, drill, polpropylene rope, dried foliage/plastic recyclables, potting soil, seeds/starter flowers
1. Begin by cleaning out your old paint cans. If there is still paint left in them you’ll need to pour in some kitty litter to absorb the moisture. Once dry, you can wrap the paint clump in newspaper and place it in the garbage. Remove paper labels from cans.
*Note: do not do this project with cans from lead paint.
2. Since the handle on the paint can doesn’t allow enough space for plants to grow, you’ll need to snip off the handle with wire cutters. Snip close to where the handle goes into the can then twist the hooked end out of the can.
*Upcycling Opportunity: I bent my can handles into two u-shaped pieces and reused them as stakes to hold my wire garden fencing in the ground
3. Spray paint the cans to your liking using outdoor spray paint that will not rust.
You may also want to use painter’s tape to mask off a design on your cans. Be sure to do this outside wearing protecting gear like a mask, goggles and gloves.
4. Once the cans have fully dried, use your drill to add holes to the bottom of the cans for drainage and to the sides of the can where you will add a new, polypropylene rope handle for hanging.
5. Measure and cut the polypropylene rope to your preferred length for hanging. Be sure to singe all cut ends so it doesn’t fray. Thread the polypropylene rope through the holes you drilled on the side of the cans and knot on the inside of the can.
6. There is a groove in the rim of the paint can where the lid fit in. To keep this from becoming a reservoir for rain, fit a piece of the polypropylene rope into this groove. There’s no need to glue it in, it will stuff in there securely.
7. Lastly, you’re going to fill the paint bucket for planting. If you fill the entire bucket with potting soil it will be very heavy and wasteful. You only need about 4” of potting soil. So, to fill in the bottom 3/4 of the bucket, it’s best to use garden refuse such as dried foliage. I used last year’s elephant grass. You can also use small plastic containers from your recycling bin to fill up space and keep the bucket light.
8. Once your bucket is full of 3 parts recyclables and 1 part potting soil, press in your seeds or imbed your starter plants!
More from Cristin—
I am the author of the new DIY lifestyle book, Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt & Waste. My book includes 10 upcycling tutorials all of which serve to create better storage or organization out of existing doors, dressers and baby furniture. My new book and my blog, promote the message of taking what you have and making it what you want. My projects and simple living tips help readers reduce clutter and waste while reusing under-utilized things in their home. I love to upcycle and repurpose things because it helps the environment, I spend less money (sometimes even free) and I get to be creative. Everything about that feels great! Check out my video book trailer to see some inspiring project photos from the book.
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1. Cut holes in your foam board so that the pencils can stand upright. Place the test tubes over the pencils.
2. Spray the test tubes with paint. Let dry for 1 minute in between coats.
*note that in the video I sprayed the tubes with water & vinegar. My initial plan was to make these mercury glass, but the test tubes were plastic and it didn’t work.
If you saw my project earlier this week, you know that I’ve been in the mood for color (it is spring after all!). Dip dyeing is a relatively easy method that can transform ordinary objects into something special.
1. In a plastic bowl or bucket, mix your dye with hot water and salt then stir.
2. Dip in your napkins and let sit for about 1 minute. Rise until water is clear then wash & dry.
Whether you’re starting with a fresh, blank canvas or you need to breathe new life into an old item, the possibilities of printing your own fabric are endless!
Time: 4.5 hours
Materials: recipe book, ingredients (specific to your flavor choice)
Macarons are one of life’s greatest pleasure, which is no wonder why most places charge about $2 a cookie. After receiving one of the best books for Valentine’s day, I decided to try and make my own.
The ingredients are simple, yet specific. I used almond meal/flour instead of plain almond flour as called for and mine came out flat! Although they didn’t come out of the oven as I envisioned, they were still pretty tasty (vanilla + key lime is an excellent flavor combo). It is, however, still a bit disappointing to spend so much time baking, only to have it not be a success.
Have you tried making macarons before? I’d love to hear how it went!