You know what I’m talkin’ about? The time of year when the days get longer, the sky gets bluer and even the birds seem to be singing in a higher octave? That’s my favorite time of the year. Fortunately, in California, spring starts early with flowers blossoming as soon as in February. By the time March rolls around, things are in full bloom.
One of my favorite blooms are the mustard greens. The flowers from the mustard plant are so vibrant but only last for a few weeks in the early spring; I wanted to capture that moment and keep it forever. So I did just that. There’s a beautiful mustard field not too far from our house where I took some pictures. (Pictures from that outing to come in a future blog post!)
To display my Polaroid pictures, I partnered with Glade to create a handy (easy) DIY project you can do in literally 2 minutes (okay maybe 3).
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I’m sure most of you, like me, have a well-stocked gallery of images on your Instagram feed. Instagram is so much fun to post and share your images with the world, but I always find myself wanting to display the images around my home. There are many printers and services you can purchase to get your pictures into hard copy, but I’m here to share a craftier option for those of you who are looking for something a little more personal.
These wooden polaroids are cheap and easy to make, and with the addition of a mini canvas easel, you have an adorable way to display your photos. Of course, if you can’t find these easels, or you want to display a whole bunch of photos at once; these little guys are lightweight enough you can put them just about anywhere! Pop some double sided tape on the back and hang them on the wall, punch a hole in the top and string them onto a garland, be as creative as you’d like!
– Miniature canvas easels (available from craft stores)
– 1 sheet of 3mm Balsa Wood
– Paper & Printer
– Instagram photos
– Exacto knife
– White acrylic paint
– Craft glue
1. Take the balsa wood and measure out 2.5 x 3″ rectangles, one for each image you are making. Using the exacto knife, cut out the rectangles. The balsa wood is quite thin and will easily break without a knife, so cut gently and try to cut along the grain as much as you can, it will make it easier.
2. Once you have cut out the wood rectangles, cut away any rough edges or splinters and then wipe down with a cloth to remove any dust.
3. Give the wood pieces a coat of white acrylic paint. If you want a more rustic look, only do one thin coat. For a more opaque look, add on a few coats until you have achieved the depth of color you are looking for. Allow to dry in between coats.
4. Print and cut out the photos you would like to use: Instagram photos are best for this because they are already cropped to square shapes. The easiest way to do this is to copy the images and paste them into a word document for easy printing. The images should be 2 x 2″ in size.
5. Once the paint has dried, you can simply glue your images onto each wooden piece. Center your images 1/3″ from the top, left and right sides, leaving extra room underneath the image to mimic the shape of a real polaroid photo.
6. Place the wooden photos onto the miniature canvas easels and display around your home.
I hope your 2015 is off to a great start, Drifter & the Gypsy readers! My first craft post for 2015 is to keep that marbling trend of 2014 going well into the new year! Today I’m going to show you how to make some sweet and stylish Geometric Marbled Tumblers. It’s a bit messy and takes a bit of patience to get the hang of it, but once you do, you’ll suddenly be marbling everything insight! So don’t blame me if your significant other gets annoyed when you marble all their kitchenware!
– 1 set of glass tumblers
– 1 plastic container
– Paper masking tape
– Nail polish in three similar colors
– Clear top coat polish
– Nail Polish Remover
– Cotton balls/cotton buds
1. Start with clean dry glass tumblers. Cut three strips of masking tape and stick onto your first glass in the shape of a triangle. If you are using tall tumblers you may want to use a ruler to mark out where your tape is going to go so that all the triangles are aligned. When you are happy with the shape and placement, firmly press down on the shape ensuring that the tape is secure.
2. Fill a plastic container with room temperature water. The container should be big enough to lie the tumbler on its side comfortably.
3. Choose three similar shades of nail polish to marble with, shake well and prep by removing the lid and brush and setting aside on a piece of paper. You will need to complete the next few steps as quickly as possible.
4. Slowly and carefully pour a small amount of nail polish onto the surface of the water – pouring from a low height from the surface. The polish should spread across the top of the water. (If a few drops sink to the bottom don’t worry). Immediately pour the next color onto the polish you just poured and repeat again with a third color. With each pour the polish will spread less and less as it gathers on the surface.
5. Take a toothpick and dip it into the water and polish and swirl around until the polish starts to marble and mix together. You will need to do this as soon as possible after pouring the nail polish as it will start to form into a skin and you will not be able to mix it if you are too slow. If you find it is setting too quickly try again with slightly warmer water.
6. Take your prepared glass and gently roll it across the surface of the water so that the polish adheres to the taped area. These steps may take a couple of practice runs so be patient!
7. Remove from the water and set aside to dry. Do not attempt to pat dry or else you will smudge the polish.
8. Once the polish is dry enough to touch you can gently lay a sheet of tissue onto the marbled area to soak up any droplets. If there are any corners that missed the marbling, you can paint on some color by hand using the lighter color polish. Finish the marbled area with a coat of clear top-coat.
9. Once dry, carefully remove the masking tape and using a cotton ball or cotton bud, remove any excess polish with nail polish remover.
10. Wash thoroughly before washing–but please remember to be gentle! These glasses may not stand up to dishwashing or rough sponges.
11. Repeat with the whole set of tumblers. You can do them all in matching colors or keep it fun with a whole rainbow of shades!
I like to carry a notebook with me where ever I go. You never know when you are going to need to jot down a note or cross something off of your to-do list. Rather than carrying around lots of scraps of paper that always seem to get lost in the abyss that is the bottom of my handbag, I have started making my own notebooks to keep my thoughts in order. It’s so fun and easy to do, I’d be selfish not to share the process with you! As is the case with most craft projects, the beauty of this one is that you can tailor each book to your own taste AND it will cost you a fraction of what you would pay for a boring old store bought version!
1. First things first: download this template for the title words or make your own using a outlined font and Microsoft Word or Photoshop.
2. Print your words onto a sheet of A4 adhesive sticker paper, you should be able to find this at your local stationery store.
3. Using a variety of colors, paint each letter using watercolor or acrylic paints. Experiment with paint daubs, lines, spots or even messy splashes of color for each set of words. Allow to dry completely.
4. Carefully cut your letters out and set aside.
5. Using a ruler as a guide, tape straight lines across the cover of your notebook, allowing room for the height of your letters.
6. Remove the backing from your letters one by one, sticking them along the taped lines–the lines will keep your letters straight.
7. Once all of the letters are stuck down, remove the tape and enjoy your new notebooks!
I am someone who can never seem to find a piece of paper when I need one. You know what it’s like: you’re on the phone and you need to write down some details, and suddenly it is as if every pen and paper in your house has disappeared! ARGH! So annoying! So let’s fix this – Let’s get organized with a super fly geometric note board for your home! Tailor it to your liking with whatever colors you like! I love this bright version, but pastels would also look lovely!
1. Start by drawing three overlapping triangles (using a ruler) from the bottom of the clipboard to about 1/3 of the board. Don’t worry about making them the same size, alternate the width and height of each triangle. Then draw a diagonal line from the inside corner of each end triangle to its nearest side. You should have 9 intersecting shapes.
2. Run a line of tape around one of the shapes, making sure that the tape is perfectly aligned with the drawn lines. I like to start with the center and two outer shapes and work my way in.
3. Fill each tape lined shape in a different color of paint. Keep your coats thin to reduce any paint bleeding under the tape and try to keep your brush strokes all going in one direction to ensure a smooth finish. Paint as many coats as you need to achieve the depth of color you desire. Allow to dry completely before proceeding.
4. Once the previous shapes are totally dry, remove the tape and repeat steps 2 and 3 with the rest of the shapes. You will probably need to do three separate sets of painting to get all the shapes colored in. Remember to ensure that the tape is perfectly aligned, so that there are no gaps between the colored areas.
5. Once you have painted all the shapes and all have dried completely, remove the tape and using a small brush, touch up any mistakes.
6. OPTIONAL STEP: To really make your shapes POP, go over the lines with a permanent marker.
Slip some small sheets of paper under the clip and you are ready to use your geometric clipboard! To always have something to write with, tie a pen to the board by knotting some string around the metal clip.
Mini trays like this one are perfect for holding jewelry and those knick knacks that you use every day. I found this one on sale at my local craft store, however you can usually find something similar at a homeware store like Bed Bath & Beyond. They are cheap and, once given this easy make over, totally unique. Use it yourself or give it as a gift!
– Patterned paper
– Display tray
– Mod Podge
– Scalpel/craft knife
1. Start by measuring the inside edge of the wooden tray and using a ruler mark out a rectangle the same size onto the patterned paper.
2. Cut out the rectangle and check to see if it fits into the tray – it should sit flush inside. Trim if necessary.
3. Most store bought trays are sealed with varnish, so to ensure the paper will stick properly you may need to sand the inside of the tray. Be careful not to sand the sides, you only want to rough up the base. Wipe out the inside with a damp cloth to clear away any dust from sanding.
4. Coat the base with an even layer of mod podge and firmly stick down the paper. Smooth out any air bubbles. Give the paper an additional coat of mod podge to seal. Wipe away any glue that gets on the side. Allow to dry completely before using.
I don’t know about you, but my cords get tangled all the time. Are you feelin’ me Drifter & the Gypsy readers? Fear not, this month I have possibly the most useful craft project I have ever shared: Taco-Folded Cord Cases.
This craft takes 5 minutes and when you’re done, you will never have to worry about your cords getting tangled ever again!
1. Using a lead pencil or chalk, trace a circle onto the underside of the leather approximately 3 inches (8 cm) in diameter. I used a glass as a guide.
2. With very sharp scissors, cut around the line you drew
3. Fold the circle in half so that the two sides line up. Then measure about 1/2 inch (1 cm) from the top edge and mark a spot on the leather.
4. If you have a small hole punch (3 mm) use it to punch a hole over the mark you just made. If you don’t have a hole punch use you scissors to carefully snip a 3 mm ‘x’ into the fabric instead. Fold the fabric over again and use the hole as a guide to mark the other side. Punch a second hole over the second mark, this will ensure the two line up.
5. Following the directions on the press studs packet, thread the pieces through the first hole and using the tool provided, hammer to secure. Repeat with the opposite side.
To use, simply wind your cords around three fingers to loop neatly. Place the wrapped up cords in the center of the case and clip together to secure. Now say goodbye to the annoyance of untangling any cords!