Category Archive

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)

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

click here for more diy craft by dani.

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.

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

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

click here for more diy craft by dani.

DIY Craft: Taco-Folded Cord Cases

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

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)

click here for more diy craft by dani!

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!

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

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

click here for more diy craft by dani!

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)

click here for more diy craft by dani!

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)

click here for more diy craft by dani!

DIY Craft: Clay Ring Bowl

diy craft: clay ring bowl - drifter and the gypsy blog

Despite the fact that I have numerous well organized jewelry boxes, I always find my favorite pieces that I wear daily end up sitting on my bathroom sink most days. When I know I’ll most likely be wearing those earrings or that ring again tomorrow, it doesn’t seem worth putting it away at the end of each day. What I need is a little ring bowl to keep my favorite delicates safe and sound from day to day. Sure, you could use an old dish from the kitchen, but why would you when making your own custom made bowl is so easy?!

You will need: Air dry clay, a rolling pin, a bowl or plate, a knife and a nail file.

Method:

diy craft: clay ring bowl - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Cut off a lump of clay roughly 3” x  3” and knead it between your palms until soft and easily pliable. If you find that the clay is breaking or starting to crumble, wet your hands slightly and continue to knead the added moisture into the clay.
2. On a dry, flat surface, roll out the clay with a rolling pin until around 1/4 of an inch in thickness. Turn the clay over in between rolls to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the surface.

diy craft: clay ring bowl - drifter and the gypsy blog

3. Using a bowl or plate as a guide, cut out a circle from the roll out clay. Reserve the left over clay in an air tight container for the next time you need it. Smooth out any rough edges from your circle.
4. Take the bowl from the previous step and turn it over so the underside is showing. Carefully press the circle of clay onto the bowl, pressing down with your palms so that the clay forms into the same shape as the bowl. For a smooth, round bowl use the same bowl that you used for the last step. If you prefer a more irregular shape, use a bowl that is slightly smaller than the one previously used.

diy craft: clay ring bowl - drifter and the gypsy blog

5. Wet your hands again and gently wipe away any imperfections on the bowl. The water will help to smooth the clay without leaving indents. Set the bowl aside the dry.
6. After roughly 1 hour, check on your bowl. It should be firm but still cool to the touch. At this point you can carefully ease the clay from the bowl and allow it to dry completely overnight.

diy craft: clay ring bowl - drifter and the gypsy blog

7. Once completely dry, take an old nail file or emery board and file away any rough edges from the rim of the clay bowl. File in a circular motion to avoid leaving marks. Wipe over with a dry cloth when you are finished.
8. If you would like to decorate your bowl you can do so now; I used a gold paint pen that you can get from most craft stores, but basic craft paints will also work just as well – just be careful not to use too much water as the clay will soak it up and the color can run!

diy craft: clay ring bowl - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: clay ring bowl - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

click here for more diy craft by dani!

1 2 3 4