Time: 2.5 hours
Materials: canvas/cotton bag, paint, circular sponge
*tip* If you want to save time, buy more than one circular sponge of the same size. Otherwise you will have to rinse in between each color each time you stamp a side.
1. Fill the inside of your bag with books for a smooth hard surface. If you happen to like your books don’t forget to protect their covers from paint with a thick sheet of paper.
2. If you’d like there to be order to your polka dots, a straight edge will help keep everything in line.
Time: 25 minutes
Materials: paper (blank and patterned), bone folder, paper cutter, stapler
1. Mark half way on your blank paper so you know where to cut.
An 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper should give you two books.
2. When flat, make sure your cover paper is a little bigger than the blank paper on all sides. This way, when your book is stapled and folded, your blank pages will be covered.
3. Take your bone folder and fold your blank sheets of paper in half then stack them around one another.
4. Fold your cover sheet around your blank pages, staple vertically in the middle, and voila! I chose to cover my staples on the outside with fabric tape.
I bought this stamp recently and have been waiting for the right project to come along to use it. These water color gift tags are perfect to add to any present, large or small.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: water colors, tags, ink, stamp
(Available on Etsy)
I firmly believe that a coat of gold paint can make anything spectacular!
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: metal trash can, primer, gold spray paint
Gabe and I are in the process of moving into our first home together, so I’ve been thrifting a lot of household items. Sometimes things just need a fresh coat of paint.
Cost: $5 for salt and pepper shakers, already owned paint
Time: 1.5 hours, including drying time
Materials: spray paint, primer, tape
Time: 2.5 hours- including drying and planting time
Cost: $18- including 4 planters, seeds, and materials
Materials: painters tape, chalkboard paint, planters, seeds
Time: 45 minutes (including second coat and drying time)
Materials: pencils, tape, acrylic paint, cardboard box
1. Wrap the pencils in tape. It helps to pull the pencil tight while you turn.
2. Paint pencils— allow drying time between coats.
Time: 1.5 hours for 15 bags
Materials: Loose leaf tea, coffee filters, sewing machine, paper/scissors
1. Cut two identical rectangles from the coffee filters.
2. Stitch three sides then fill the bag with tea (1 tsp should be enough— make sure your tea has space to expand)
3. Sew the final side, fold string/yarn in and staple.
Time: 2 hours
Materials: Arnold Grummer’s paper making kit, blender, flat tray, iron
The best thing about making your own paper is that you can recycle any type of existing paper that may be considered useless like labels, magazines, news paper, wrapping paper, etc. You can even add natural elements like leaves and grass (one of these sheets has peppermint tea in it!).
Time: 2.5-3 hours
Chipboard- (2) 3.5”x 4.75”, (1) 0.5”x 4.75”
Cover Paper- (2) 4.75”x 6”, (1) 1.25”x 6.25”
End Paper- (2) 3.25”x 4.5”
Text Weight Paper- 6 sheets, folded in half
4 feet colored binding thread
3.5 feet of thin binding linen, needle
PVA Glue, brush
Time: 1 hour
scissors or triangle punch
1 sheet of paper
(Special thanks to How About Orange for this marvelous idea!)
What you’ll need:
1. Tote/Canvas bag
2. Stencil of your choice
3. Fabric paint or marker
Time: 1.5 hours, depending on stencil
Place cardboard inside the tote so the ink does not bleed through to the other side.
Use tape and your other hand to secure your stencil while you paint.
Let dry, then iron for 2-3 minutes to set your design.