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DIY Craft: Customized Notebooks

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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!

Materials:

– Notebooks (ie: moleskine books)
– A4 Adhesive sheets
– Paints & paintbrush
– Masking or washi tape
– Ruler

diy craft: customized notebooks - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

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!

diy craft: customized notebooks - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: customized notebooks - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: customized notebooks - drifter and the gypsy blog
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DIY Craft: Geometric Clipboard

diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
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!

Materials:

– 1 Small wooden clipboard
– 1 Ruler
– 1 Pencil
– 1 Masking or painters tape
– 1 Acrylic paint (various colors)
– 1 Permanent marker (optional)

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Steps:

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.

diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.
diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
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.

diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: geometric clipboard - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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DIY Craft: Display Tray Makeover

diy craft: display tray makeover - drifter and the gypsy blog
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!

diy craft: display tray makeover - drifter and the gypsy blog
Materials:

– Patterned paper
– Display tray
– Mod Podge
– Ruler
– Scalpel/craft knife
– Sandpaper

diy craft: display tray makeover - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

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.

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DIY Craft: Taco-Folded Cord Cases

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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.

diy craft: taco-folded cord cases - drifter and the gypsy blog

This craft takes 5 minutes and when you’re done, you will never have to worry about your cords getting tangled ever again!

diy craft: taco-folded cord cases - drifter and the gypsy blog
Materials:

– Leather scraps
– Hole punch (optional)
– Press Stud Buttons (like these)
– Sharp scissors
– Hammer

diy craft: taco-folded cord cases - drifter and the gypsy blog

Steps

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!

diy craft: taco-folded cord cases - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: taco-folded cord cases - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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DIY Craft: Faux Marble Magnets

diy craft: faux marbled magnets - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hello hello! Dani from High Walls, here to share another craft project!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but marble is totally on trend at the moment. It seems to be everywhere: on tables and chairs, phone covers, place holders, shelves, pens and pretty much anything you can think of! If you’re digging the craze as much as me, now you can add a touch of faux marble to your kitchen, without the hefty price tag of the real deal.

Materials:

– Polymer clay in white and black
– Magnet strips
– Strong hold glue
– Clear sealer or clear nail polish

diy craft: faux marbled magnets - drifter and the gypsy blog

Steps:

1. Start by kneading each color clay in your hands until the clay is smooth and pliable.

2. Flatten out the white clay with your fingers and, taking a small piece of black clay at a time, press into the larger piece.

3. Fold the clay onto itself, and then fold again, so that the black pieces are in the middle.

4. Meld the clay between your fingers until streaks of black and grey start to show. Be careful of over mixing or else the clay will just turn grey. If you want more or less dark streaks add in either black or white pieces of clay as in Step 3.

diy craft: faux marbled magnets - drifter and the gypsy blog

5. When you are happy with the marbling in the clay, roll it out into one piece of around .15 in (4mm) thick.

6. Using a round cutter (or a small jar lid) cut out circles from the flattened clay. When you have cut as many circles as you can, fold the remaining clay back into once piece and repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you can no longer cut any more circles.

7. Place each circle face down onto a baking tray and bake in the oven according to the packet directions.

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

9. Cut each magnet strip to size so that it fits the clay circles. Glue onto the back of the clay pieces and allow to dry.

diy craft: faux marbled magnets - drifter and the gypsy blog

10. Coat the front side of the clay magnets with a clear coat of gloss sealer or clear nail polish and once this has dried you will have a full set of faux marble magnets!

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DIY Craft: Wrapped Color Block Rope Bracelet

diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hi guys! Dani here again, with a nifty fashion craft project to share with you! Rope is a favorite crafting material of mine. Besides the fact I love the calico look of rope and there really isn’t another bracelet material out there that is soft and comfy in the same way rope is. Plus it’s so affordable and you can use it for basically everything!

diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog

For this project you will need approximately 18 inches of rope per bracelet, very sharp scissors, sewing needles, and 1 spool of embroidery thread in at least 3 colors. I used rope in three different thicknesses for three bracelets, so don’t be afraid to experiment with your bracelet styles!

diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Start by measuring out a circle of rope when doubled on itself is just big enough to fit over your wrist.

2. Using sewing needles, pin the ends of the rope back down onto itself so that it overlaps the body of the circle.

diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog

3. Start around 1 inch from one end of the rope and take your first color of embroidery thread. Tie it tightly and securely around both overlapping pieces of rope.

4. Wrap the thread around the rope tightly, trying to keep the thread in uniform lines that overlap. You don’t want to have any gaps between the thread but the thread should still lay relatively flat. Continue wrapping until you have covered around 1 inch of rope.

diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog

5. To start a new color, wrap the next piece of thread around the end of the previous and tie the two threads together around the rope, with the knot on the inside of the bracelet – you can cover this up as you wrap the next color. Trim away the first color thread and repeat the wrapping process, this time in a smaller block. Repeat with varying colors of thread, at alternating thicknesses until you have covered around 1/3 of the rope circle.

6. Tie off the last color and knot securely. Using a pair of sharp scissors, trim away the excess rope from each end of the wrapped area so that only about 1/2-3/4 inch is still showing. Trim away any loose threads.

diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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DIY Craft: Patterned coasters

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hi there lovely Drifter & the Gypsy readers. Dani of High Walls here. I’m back again to share a new craft DIY with you!

Way back when, my very first DIY project for Micaela was some painted citrus coasters. Adorable as they are (and they are super cute!) sometimes you want something a little more understated. As a lover of both spots and vibrant colors I came up with this great project to make some pretty patterned coasters in any color that catches your fancy!

You’re going to need a sheet of felt; you want to get the type that is fairly stiff, kind of like cardboard. You also need nail polish in a different color, a wooden skewer and some scissors.

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Take the wooden skewer and dip the flat end it into the nail polish so that the top is coated completely. Starting from one corner, stamp the end onto the felt to create small colored dots on the fabric. Alternate dot positions as you go, and continue to dip the skewer into the nail polish as it runs out. You may want to practice on a scrap piece of fabric first if you aren’t feeling confident. Don’t worry about making the dots evenly spaced, just stamp them freely so each coaster will be unique.

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

2. After allowing too dry for an hour, check your dots to see if they are dark enough for your liking. If you want to make them stand out more, carefully stamp over each dot again to deepen the color. You can even add a second or third color if you want to have different colors. I chose to stick with white on yellow.

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

3. Once it has completely dried, turn the felt over and lightly mark out two rows of squares on the back. With my piece of felt I was able to twelve 4 in x 4 in coasters. Carefully cut along the marked lines and discard any off cuts and you’re ready to go!

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

4. Use them straight away or tie the whole stack together with a piece of twine or ribbon and give them as a gift! How easy is that!

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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