As much as I love earrings, I somehow ALWAYS lose them. Since it’s a pretty nasty (and expensive) habit, I’m attempting to make more of my own. Using oven-bake clay is not only cost efficient, but also easy and fun! And with several cutter shapes and paint options to choose from, the possibilities are endless.
Cut of a chunk of clay from your block and start mending in your hands. Try to remove all lumps and air bubbles by rolling it back in forth between your fingers.
Next, roll out your clay on wax paper, making sure it’s even all the way through. If the clay is uneven, your earrings will be too.
Just like you would with cookie dough, punch out your shape then transfer onto a baking sheet. Don’t transfer with the wax paper because it will burn when you bake it.
Bake in the oven at 275° for 15 minutes. Let cool, then paint. Once the paint is dry, apply the earring backs with E-6000 glue and let dry fully overnight. Earrings will be wearable in the morning!
It may be a pain to clean, but my love for glitter is endless. Thankfully Amy from Mod Podge Rocks teamed up with Plaid to make the coolest stencils I’ve ever used (available for sale at Michael’s). Perfect glitter polka dots with minimal effort? Count me in!
Start by painting your planter with the color of your choice. Because of the terra cotta surface, the paint dries fast and you should be able to do two coats in no time!
Peel your stencil from the packaging and apply on the planter. The stencil is reusable, so don’t discard the film it comes on (and be sure to wash it when you’re done)!
Dab on a layer of Mod Podge then peel off the stencil. Before it dries, cover dots in glitter. Use a brush to wipe of any excess glitter. Repeat until area is completely covered. Let dry then pot your cactus.
For those of you born without a green thumb, here are some few basic tips for keeping your cactus alive and happy—
Time: 40 minutes
Materials: clock base, clock kit, mod podge, paper, brush
You might say that I have a bit of an obsession with Rifle Paper Co. Seriously, it’s out of hand. When I came across this wrapping paper at Paper Source, I knew had to display it in our apartment somehow and what better way than with a diy clock? Head over to Henry Happened to see the full tutorial!
Time: 1 hour
Materials: Darby Smart Kit
As much as I love taking photos, I’m terrible at displaying them. Perhaps it’s my inability to hang a picture level or because there’s something about frames that seems so permanent, but I have boxes (and bowls) of photos just dying to be seen. If you have framing commitment issues like me, then consider these plaster photo blocks the perfect solution.
If you’ve never worked with plaster before, this project is fairly painless, so take a sigh of relief and keep reading!
To make your plaster, measure out all the ingredients before stirring together. It’s a time sensitive material, so the faster you can stir and pour, the better! 2 cups plaster mix and ~10.5 tbsp water will produce 3 blocks.
Combine plaster mix and water then stir until smooth. Pour directly into the mold until plaster reaches the top. Tap mold gently on a hard surface to remove any air bubbles.
Let plaster firm for about 3-5 minutes, then push your alligator clips into the mold. Make sure to center your clips and have the heads face out so photos display forward when dry. Let dry in mold for 35 minutes or until completely set (overnight).
Remove from the mold and decorate! Mod Podge + glitter is always a winning combination. Once done, add your photos and display. These blocks make it easy to swap out photos, notes, and cards on a moments notice without damaging your pictures or walls.