DIY Clay Jewelry Cups

Hi Friends,
I would love to say I saved the best for last, but it’s hard to top my vintage luggage chair. Todays tutorial is awesome and defiantly a close second. I found this one at A beautiful mess and one I had to try it. I remember playing with clay in high school. I was pretty sad they didn’t have any clay modeling classes at my Art School, so it’s been over 10 years since I’ve got down in dirty with a little clay, that’s 10 years too long. This project rekindled my love, I foresee lots of clay projects in my near future.
Lets jump in.
I’ve been keeping my posts short and sweet. I hope you guys like it, no time to lolly-gag on this site. lol

Clay Jewelry Holders

Skill: Beginner, kid friendly
Cost: $10 – $20
Time: 1 hour

Materials

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Colorful clay – $1.50 each pick out 3-4 colors, make sure to grab while
Small oven safe bowl – $1.49 each I purchased 4 small ceramic bowls at target 
Gold liquid gilding – $5.99
Glaze – $5.99 optional
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Preheat oven to 275 degrees F
Pick your colors, about 3-4 colors should do the trick
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Pull off a chunk of clay, you don’t need a lot
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Use palms to create snakes out of each color
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Combine smaller snakes and create one big colorful snake
Twist Twist Twist Twist
I took pictures of my first try at this project, in the video you can see I twisted a lot more than I did in these picture
Twisting creates colorful swirls
 
Once twist is twice its length fold snake in half and twist the two ends together
 
Continue to twist and roll twist and roll until you are happy with your swirls
I twisted about 4 times 
 
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One you’re happy with your swirls smooth the your twisted master pieces into a ball
 
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Using your hands, and fingers, press and flatten clay until its about 6”wide and 1/2 inch thick
 
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Use the top of your bowl to cut out a circle
Flip mouth of bowl over and press down firmly
Remove access clay
or use knife
 
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Carefully place clay into oven safe bowl push down sides and smooth with finger tips
Bake clay for 15 minutes at 275F or whatever the packaging suggests
 
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Remove bowl from oven and allow clay to cool for at least 5 minutes
With oven mittens turn bowl over and tap until clay dish falls out
allow to cool for another 10 minutes
Once completely cool use a small paint brush and paint the rim of your bowl gold
Allow rim to dry
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Paint entire bowl with glaze to obtain a glossy finish
**This bowl is not food safe of totally waterproof but its great for holding random rings and stud earrings
The bowl will be flimsy like hard rubber
DONE!
I hope you enjoyed this week as much as I did.
Have a great weekend.
XOXO
MARY

DIY Bracelet Holder

Hi Friends,

This week is shaping up to be a great one. Yesterday I shared my sick vintage luggage chair and today it’s 10 minute bracelet holders. This tutorial is super simple, even the kiddies can join in. Bottles, a little gold guiding, some tape if you want to get fancy and that’s all there is too it. I have lots of bangles and bracelets hidden around the house very random places, I have a feeling I’m not the only one with this issue.

DIY Gold Bracelet Holder

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Skill: Beginner – kid friendly
Cost: $10
Time: 20-30 minutes

Materials

Empty bottles – opt for skinner bottles $0.99 each
Liquid gilding – $5.99
Paint brush
Tape – optional
Acetone – optional
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Empty bottles and rinse out or run through dishwasher
Make sure bottle is clean and not sticky, you don’t want to attack ants
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Peel labels off all bottles
There are many ways to do this
Soak in hot water
Run through dishwasher
I used the old fashion fingernail trick
Use Acetone or goo gone to remove any glue left on bottles
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Once your bottle is clean inside and out put down an old paper bag or newspaper
it might get a little messy
 
I don’t suggest shaking your liquid gilding, instead use a tooth pick or paint brush to carefully mix together
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Using long strokes paint your bottle, make sure paint is even
Cover entire bottle with gold paint
Dry for 15-20 minutes
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Done!
If you want to get fancy use tape to create a fun design
Paint over tape
Allow time to fully dry, about 10 minutes
Use tweezers to remove tape
XOXO,
MARY
 
 

DIY Vintage Luggage Chair

Hi Friends,

Today is the day! It feels like I’m going to burst so here it goes:

My “Space Just for Me”

 Do you love it? I do!!! I created a jewelry vanity that I will also use as a desk. I hid my plans from Tony so he was surprised when he came home and saw what I created. Thank God he loved it.

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Dressing Table – $150  purchased at ikea
DIY Suitcase chair – $110
Bracelet holders -$10
Jewelry cups – $20
I spent $290 on everything
I should have repurposed an old desk that would have shaved the total price in half but I didn’t have the time or energy to do that.
The highlight is my vintage suitcase chair. I ran across a gallery of vintage chairs here and knew I could make it. The only thing I was worried about was upholstering. Since I’ve never done it and my sewing skills aren’t the best I didn’t know how it would turn out. Putting the chair together was no problem, it was done within 20 minutes. I had to make a special trip to Joann fabrics to purchased a fluffy fabric, my original fabric was too thin, you could see the green foam and it looked sloppy and loose. The fluffy fabric was super forgiving and matched perfectly with my furry rug. I even had some left over to line my desk.

Vintage Suitcase Chair

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Skill: Intermediate
Cost: $100 or less depending on how much you spend on your vintage suitcase
Time: 20 minutes
Materials
Vintage suitcase – thrift store – $30
Piece of wood that fits inside of suitcase – home depot – FREE
4 chair/stool legs and leg attachment hardware – home depot – $20
Power drill
4-5 foam squares – $8.99 each
Fluffy fabric – Joanne’s fabric – $18
Directions:
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Search for a vintage suitcase in good condition
I was lucky enough to find 3 reasonably price suitcases at the first thrift store I went to. I told the employees what I was doing and talked them into giving me the suitcase for $30 it was originally $50 
Most thrift stores aren’t moving much merchandise so they are usually up to making a deals 
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Once you get your suitcase take it with you to home depot or a hardware store
Purchase a piece of wood that fits into your suitcase almost perfectly.
I found a guy that was eager to help me. I think he had a crush on me. He spent 20 minutes making sure the wood fit perfectly, then he didn’t even charge me for it, he said it was scrap wood! 
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This is also where I found the legs for my chair, there were 2 sizes and i didn’t want to make an extra trip so I purchased both, the longer legs worked better for this project 
I plan on using the shorter legs for another craft in the near future
**Make sure to remove any unneeded hardware attached to your suitcase
You can paint, stain, or draw on your legs, I decided to leave them just as I purchased them
**Make sure to buy the leg attachments it should be a silver triangle and a few screws – this is very easy to forget, I actually forgot and remember once I was in line
 
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Map out where you are going to place the legs, make sure it lines up with the wood
I placed my legs 1.5 inches from the frame of the suitcase 
Without the wood in suitcase drill 1 hole into leg hardware and suitcase
Remove the hardware, you will be left with a hole, this makes it easier when drilling through the wood
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Sit the suitcase up, place wood in, and hold it with left hand, use right hand to attach leg hardware to suitcase drill through the wood
As soon as you get the first screws in you shouldn’t have to hold the wood anymore
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Attach all hardware and screw in your legs to make sure your happy with the positioning
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Measure and cut foam so it fits snuggly into the suitcase
I cut mine about 2 inches too big
I used 3 on the bottom and 2 on the top
I plan on adding another foam cushion at a later date to make it softer
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This is my first attempt, the fabric was too thin and it made the chair look cheap 
Fluffy fabric is a lot more forgiving
Carefully cut your fabric making sure it will fit into the chair
Make it about 4 inches large width and length(wise) so you can firmly tuck in the sides
Stuff fabric between the foam and suitcase
Keep playing with the fabric until your happy with it
Now sit down and enjoy your chair
My boyfriend tried to see how far back he could lean in the chair, I freaked out and we both realized it wasn’t that kind of chair. Nothing broke or popped it is just luggage and vintage luggage at that.
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Sit back and enjoy your repurposed vintage luggage chair.
Tomorrow I’m sharing my bracelet holders. They only took 20 minutes to make and they are super cute.
Peace & Love,
Mary

Spooky Candle Holders

Hi Friends,

I hope you are enjoying craft week as much as I am. If you have been following my blog for a while you know the crayon wax technique. It’s relatively easy to create while looking and feeling like something you would splurge on in the store.

I have mason jars hanging around the house and thought I would melt some black crayons on the outside of the jar to create a spooky candle holder or flower vase. Adding the twine and making a noose like handle keeps the spooky Halloween theme alive.

The crafts will be getting more advanced as the week continues, this one is simple, the kids or husband can join in on the fun.

Spooky Candle Holder

Cost: $15-$20
Time: 20-30 minutes
Skill lever: Beginner

What you need:
Black, Purple, Sliver crayons – $3.99
2 Small Mouth Mason Jars –  $1.50 each
Blow drier or embossing tool – FREE
Twine – $2.99



Directions

Start by lining your work surface with a large garbage bag


Melt crayons spraying wax over bottle by holding blow drier 2-3 inches away from mouth of mason jar 
As crayon melts make sure to move it around covering the entire bottle in wax
Continue add new crayons colors melting wax all over bottle top
Layer your colors
I went purple, black then silver
Allow 5 minutes to fully dry

Follow these directions to create 2 nooses out of twine to hang your bottles

Add some candles or a few flowers and Enjoy

That’s all today folk’s 
Blessings,
Mary 

Mossy Pumpkin Wreath

Hi friends,



Today we are making a mossy pumpkin wreath. Wreaths are an easy crafting project to tackle on a lazy Saturday or during the week. Why not decorate your front door with creative DIY projects? The entire neighborhood, and everyone that drives by, will get to admire your crafting skills.

I love winter squash. They are a rich source of plant based anti-inflammatory nutrients like omega 3s and beta-carotene. These nutrients strengthen the immune system, which protect the body against sickness. 
Not only are they good for you, they are festive and fun to decorate with. Every year I purchase mini pumpkins and place them throughout my house.

Pumpkins seem to turn up everywhere: pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, carved pumpkins, curries pumpkin, and pumpkin spiced lattes…

Adding mini pumpkins to this simple wreath makes it perfect for the beginning of this holiday season.
Let’s dive into this tutorial



Mossy Pumpkin Wreath

Cost: $20-$25

Time: 30-60 minutes

Skill level: beginner
What you need:


Medium sized stick wreath – $9.99
Clear drying glue or a glue gun – $3.99
Foam winter squash/pumpkins – $3.99 smaller ones work best for this project
Ribbon – $2.99
Moss – $4.99 
I purchased everything from Michael’s, they have some wonderful coupons that I took advantage of
Start by lining your work surface with a black garbage bag
If you check out the pictures you will notice I started gluing without lining my surface which created a huge mess on our wooden table, oh well
Glue moss onto wreath
Have fun with this part, try to leave a few sticks pointing out of the moss 

I used tacky glue, but it took longer to dry then I expected

I would use a hot glue gun next time to speed up the drying process



Allow time to dry and pre-arrange your foam winter squash before you start gluing it on your moss covered wreath



Once your happy with your lay out start gluing

A hot glue gun is needed for this step, the foam squash is light but needs to be securely held in place since it’s going to be exposed to the elements for an extended amount of time

Create a bow by cutting ribbon into a 8-10 inch strip
Fold ribbon strip in half and use fold as a guide
Glue both ends of ribbon to the middle of the strip 
Take another piece of ribbon (I cut mine in half lengthwise) and wrap it around the middle of your glued strips
It should start to look like a bow 
Fold ribbon in half horizontally and hot glue it together 
Now cut 2 strips of ribbon and glue them to the back of your bow
You just created an easy ribbon bow

Decided where you want to place your ribbon and hot glue it on to wreath
Allow wreath 10 minutes to fully set

Hang it on your door for the world to see.
How much fun was that? This tutorial is easy to follow, kid friendly and impressive. 
That’s all today folks,
Peace & Love,
Mary 

4th of July Crafts

Happy Thursday Friends!

One more day and it’s Friday baby! I can’t believe the 4th of July is tomorrow. Do you have any fun things planned? I have a gut feeling that this year will be an 4th of July weekend since a lot of people work on Fridays.

My bestie took the day off just for me. 🙂 We are going to meet up early Friday morning for brunch, go on a quick hike to catch up and get in touch with Mother Nature, then we’re getting Thai Massages. After all that, we plan on bar and restaurant hopping until it’s firework time. Sausalito is centrally located so we can watch 2 sets of fireworks, fireworks in San Francisco and San Rafael.

I want to decorate the house with 4th of July themed DIY crafts, and I’m letting all of you in on my fun. 

All crafts are quick, easy, cheap, and kid/boyfriend friendly

Enjoy!

4th of July Crayon Art Poster


What you need:
Crayons
Hot glue gun
Pencils
Black Marker
Blow dryer or Embossing Heat gun

Write out Happy 4th of July with a pencil, keep working on it until your happy with your design
When you happy use the black marker to finalize your design
Cut crayons in half
Create a star like shape with crayons and glue onto canvas
Carefully melt each crayon creating an firework design
Allow to dry, hang and enjoy
Mason Jar Lights

4 Mason Jars or water bottle
10-20 red whit and blue, glow sticks depending on how many lights you want to create
I found glow sticks at 99 cent store 

When you are ready for your Mason Jar Lights break your glow sticks, shake them to activate the lights. 

Stuff 3-6 glow sticks to each jar
Close jar and place them around the your deck or yard


4th of July Wreath


What you need:
Red, White, Blue, construction paper
Cardboard
Hot glue
Scissors

Create 4 equally sized squares out of the red, white, and blue construction paper

Glue left and bottom edge of squares together creating a cone shape
You do not have to be perfect with the glue gun
All of your mistakes will be conveniently covered


Once all cones are made cut a small circle of cardboard and glue cones to cardboard

Cut small star out of left over consturction paper and glue it to the front of the wreath where the cones meet

Create a handle with ribbon 


That’s all today folks
Blessings
Mary








Crayon Craft

Hi Friends,

It’s Friday, we doing crafts with crayons. This project is great for kids, teenagers, and adults. So what is it already????

Crayon Art!!!

I’ve used this method before, it was so fun my “non crafting” boyfriend helped me with it.

I used this sign for a Chili Cook Off I participated in last year. It took me 4-5 different attempts to get it right, now I’m a crayon art expert. 

It should only take you 1 hour to create this masterpiece. I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

 Crayon Art


What you need:
Lots of Crayons
Blank Canvas – can be found at local craft store
Glue gun
Embossing Heat tool or Hairdryer 

Draw a small heart in the middle of you canvas
Take your time, keep trying until you draw it close to perfect, this took me about 5 minutes, lol

Hot glue crayons
 tips facing in pointing to the boarder of your heart 
Make sure to switch up the colors
Brighter colors work better with this project

Line your working surface with a thick black garbage bag, crayons shouldn’t splatter but they do drip

**Caution while melting the crayons make sure not to touch the wax, it will be very very hot. I have burned myself in the past

Now comes the fun part:

Melt the crayons, holding the embossing heat tool or hairdryer at least 10 inches away from crayons
Aim for the bottom of the crayons while tilting canvas letting gravity do all the work. 

Once your crayons get warm the wax will start to pour out, use the hair dyer to push the wax around covering as much as the canvas as you can
If crayons splatter you are holding the heating tool too close to the canvas


Rotate the canvas until all the crayons are melted and your happy with your design. Wax dries in seconds so clean up should be simple.


You have created a one-of-a-kind Crayon Masterpiece



That’s it folks!
Enjoy your weekend!
Blessings,
Mary   

Memorial Day Crafts

Do you know what Monday is??? Memorial Day Baby! Most of you guys have a 3 day weekend. 

There will be BBQs, picnics, hanging out with friends, and family gatherings. Holidays give me an excuse to create some cool crafts. Today I’m sharing a textured wreath and a 3-D star banner. Both of these crafts are kid friendly and pretty simple to create. Instead of bringing the cupcakes to the party, a bring handmade wreath and the cup cakes. lol

Have fun guys!!!

Memorial Day Rocket Wreath


Foam Wreath
Ribbon to wrap around foam
Hot glue and glue gun
6-8 packs red hot candy depending on the size of you wreath
coordinating ribbons
Dimensional magic spray polyurethane or resin to seal candy




Wrap wide ribbon around the wreath from and secure it with hot glue


Hot glue the red hot candies on the wreath start on front of wreath then continue to inside…

brush or spray on Dimensional Magic over top
** only brush once because some of the sugar from the candies might come off when wet

Tie red white and blue ribbon to wreath.


Hang and enjoy!

I had a dream about this project. I wanted a fun door hanger that screamed HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!! I wanted it to have texture and a few surprise elements. Tadaaa! I loved putting this project together. It took about an hour, which was a little longer then I thought it would take, to glue on the red hots. Even though I don’t have any kids, I think this project is great to do with kids. They can snack on the red hots and help with sticking them to the wreath. Try this craft, it’s fun, and impressive. 


3-D Paper Star Banner


Red – White – Blue card stock
Hot Glue
String
Hole Punch
Medium to large star cutter optional

I purchased a star cutter from Michael’s. It was $25.00, I had a 40% off coupon so I paid about $15 for it. I’m sure I’ll use it in other projects. Go to Michael’s.com and sign up for free coupons. It’s defiantly worth the junk mail. 😉

If you don’t want to spend 15 bucks on a star cutter, draw a star, try to get it as perfect as possible, trace and cut out 5 starts 


Cut out 5 stars


Fold Stars in half



Hot glue corners of the 5 stars creating a 3-D paper star


Create 10-15 more 3-D paper stars 
this is why I opted to buy the star cutter


Punch holes at the top of each star
Sting stars together leaving about 1-2 inch space between each star

This was EASY, lots of fun, and kid friendly. The stars are simple to make once you get the hang of it, and the banner looks pretty sick when your done. 

Enjoy the crafts friends!!! 

Blessings,
Mary 

DIY Bottle Cap Picture Magnets

Hi Friends, 

Today we are tackling Bottle Cap Picture Magnets. 

I originally set out to create plastic pendents with personalized pictures, but I couldn’t find any round plastic pendents. I was frustrated and ready to give up and move on to the next project when I saw bottle caps. If I was in a cartoon a light bulb would have appeared above my head as soon as I saw them. 


Why not create bottle cap picture magnets instead. The bottle caps were only $3.99, I picked out some serious jewelry glue to make sure the pictures would stick and the glue would dry clear. 

Then I ran down an employee to help me find a circular cutter. I knew this was the only missing piece to really knocking this DIY craft out of the park. I was not willing nor did I think I would succeed in cutting perfect circles. After about 5 minutes we decided on a 1 inch-2.54cm circular hole punch made by Recollections.

My next stop was Kinko’s. I needed to print out some pictures that would fit in my bottle cap frames. I found that wallet sized pictures worked perfectly. 

The project came out divine. I gave a few of these magnets to my boyfriends Mother, with pictures of her new Grandson in it and she loved it. I think this present will make any ones heart melt. 

Enjoy this quick, easy, and cheap project

Bottle Cap Picture Magnets


You need:
Bottle Caps – $3.99 Michael’s
Wallet Size photos – $10.00 Kinko’s
E600 Jewelry and Bead glue – $4.99 Michael’s
Magnet strip, with adhesive on one side – $6.99 local hardware store
1in-2.54cm hole punch *mine was made by Recollections$10.99 Michael’s
Scissors

Take your bottle caps out and arrange them cap side up

Use your hole punch to cut out faces on your wallet side photos

Squirt a little glue in the middle of your bottle cap 
&
Gently slide your picture into the bottle cap


Cut circles out of your magnet strip

Peel off adhesive paper and stick magnet circle to the back of your bottle cap


You’re done!!!!



This project took me about 30 minutes in total. The hardest part was cutting the magnet strip, and it wasn’t hard at all. The fun part is cutting out the pictures with your over-sized hole punch. 

I love crafting and I hope that some of my recent projects have inspired you to Do It Yourself

Blessings Friends, 
Mary

Lavender Infused Bath Tea & Shortbread Cookies

Hi Friends,

Today we are tackling: Oatmeal Lavender Bath Tea & Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Oatmeal Lavender Bath Tea


2 cups Epsom Salt – CVS $4.99
2 heaping tbs dried Lavender – Whole Foods $3.00
15-20 drops Lavender Essential Oil – Whole Foods $11.99
1 cup Oatmeal – Whole Foods $3.99
1 cup Powder Milk – Whole Foods $4.99

Grind oatmeal in blender or food processor until it is a coarse powder

Combine Epson Salt, Dried Lavender, Essential Oil, powdered milk, grounded oatmeal and mix well

Fill your tea bag
Enjoy

I’d never heard of Bath Tea and now I’m hooked. It only took 15 minutes to whip together and it was super cheap. It transformed my bath time into a luxurious spa treatment 

Lavender Shortbread Cookies


1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Dried Lavender
Zest of 1 lemon (the zest is the skin)
1 cup (2 sticks)  butter (at room temp)
1/4 tsp salt
Coarse Sugar (optional) 

Combine powdered sugar and softened butter mix until creamy

Add flour and salt

Add dried lavender and lemon zest until incorporated
Mix until just combined

Remove dough from food processor on a large piece of parchment paper

Gently form dough into a ball, dough will be sticky

Chill dough for at least 4 hours

When your ready to bake preheat oven to 375 degrees


Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick 

Cut desired shape, I used a square cookie cutter
Sprinkle with coarse sugar (optional)
Bake for 13-15 minutes

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before serving

These cookies are scrumptious. I was a little nervous about adding lavender to my cookie batter but they turned out delicious. 

That’s all today folks,
I hope you are all enjoying craft week as much as I am. Tomorrow we are tackling bottle cap picture magnets. It’s a cheap and easy project that will make any Mother’s heart melt. 

Blessings, 
Mary