New Years Craft

 

 

Our family always has a New Year’s Party and this is a super cute and cheap way to decorate! We had almost everything we needed already sitting around our house!

What you need:

  • Gold spray paint
  • Gold ribbon
  • Gold glitter
  • Four empty wine bottles
  • Wooden numbers (we got ours from Michaels)
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

How to make:

1.) First you take your wood letters and put mod podge on one side. Then sprinkle the glitter over it until it is covered. (It is easier to do a little bit at a time to make sure the mod podge does not dry and make sure it is getting covered completely)

2.) Next you need to go over the numbers again with mod podge otherwise the glitter will fall off every time they are moved.

3.) While the numbers dry take your wine bottles and peel the labels off. If they are hard to get off soak them in room temperature soapy water they should then scrap off really easily.

4.) Once the labels are off spray paint the bottles gold. You should not need to many coats; we only used 2.

5.) Next hot glue the letters on to the painted wine bottles. Only put hot glue on the part of the letters that that will touch the bottles. You don’t need much hot glue to keep them on securely.

6.) Next take your ribbon and cut strips of varying length. (We have a range from about 1 bottle length to 2 bottle lengths) Then use scissors to curl them.

7.) Finally hot glue your ribbons inside the very top of the bottles, and that is it.

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Sharpie Mugs

I made these as a gift to go with the cork coasters. It was a super cool and easy gift!

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What you need:

*Mugs (I got mine from Walmart but I have heard Dollar Tree has some too!)

*Oil-based sharpie paint markers (I used black and gold but feel free to use any colors!)

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How to make your Sharpie Mugs:

**If you are comfortable with freehand skip the first 2 steps. (I did a mix of freehand and using a stencil)

1.) Find your design online and print it out.

2.) Cut out your design and trace it on your mug with a pencil.

3.) Draw on your designs with your paint sharpies.

4.) Put in the oven at 250 Degrees for 2 hours.

** There are tons of suggestions for temperature and time but this combination won based on the test done here

Then you are done! It should stand up to hand washing but avoid the dishwasher because it might cause the paint to chip. These are the perfect gift they are super simple and turn out really well. I made these as a gift for a Harry Potter fan!

Cork Coasters

These are super easy and quick to make! I am giving these ones as a gift but am thinking of making some for myself as well!

What you need:

*Cork Coasters (I found mine at Walmart)

*Oil-based sharpie paint pens ( I only used black but you can choose any color)

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How to make your Cork Coasters:

**If you are confident doing your designs freehand feel free to skip to the last step.

1.) Find pictures of your designs online and print them out.

2.) Cut out your designs and trace them on to the cork coasters with a pen or pencil.

3.) Paint your designs on with your paint sharpies. Then wait for them to dry and they are ready to use.

Three steps and your done!! Super easy and quick and makes a super cute gift!! I made these for a friend’s birthday gift!

 

DIY Wine Bottle Citronella Candles

Here is another project that we found on Pinterest. Here is the link: DIY Wine Bottle Citronella Candles

This is a great way to reuse wine bottles that you have laying around the house! These are perfect for summer nights to keep the bugs away!

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What you need:

*Replacement Tiki Wick

*Tiki Fuel with citronella

*Marbles, pebbles or craft gems like we have

*Teflon Tape

*Wine Bottle (if you want to leave the label on make sure to mod podge it so it can handle being left outside)

*1/2″ X  3/4″ copper coupling with stop (in the pluming section of a hardware store)

*1/2″ copper tube cap (in the pluming section of a hardware store) (This is to cover the wick when it is not in use)

*Funnel (this is really helpful so you don’t spill the fuel)

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How to make your Citronella Candles:

Optional first step! If you want to leave the labels on the wine bottles like we did then mod podge over them so they will stand up to the elements. Otherwise you can remove the labels from the bottles. You could also you any glass bottle of similar size and follow the same steps.

1.) First fill your wine bottles about half way with your marbles or gems.

2.) Then take the copper coupling and wrap Teflon tape around the bigger end until it fits snugly in the top of the wine bottle, but don’t insert it yet.

3.) Next insert your wick in to the coupling leaving only about an inch sticking out of the smaller side.

4.) Fill your bottle with the Tiki fuel (about to where the neck of the bottle starts) using the funnel so you don’t spill. Then insert your wick making sure it fits in snugly and won’t fall in. The wick should rest right above where your pebbles are.

*Wait a couple of minutes before you light it so the fuel has time to soak into the wick.

*Use the copper tube cap to cover your wick when your candle is not in use to ensure the wick doesn’t get wet and the fuel does not evaporate.

Chalkboard Wine Glasses

This project is super simple and makes a really cute gift for that wine lover in your life! (So really everyone, right?) We made these as a gift for our parents a while ago and they love them!

What you need:

*Cheap wine glasses(we got ours at the Dollar Store)

*Newspaper or something to protect where ever you are spraying

*Spray chalkboard paint

*Painters tape

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Making your wine glasses:

1.) Start by taping off how far up you want the chalkboard paint to go on the stem of the wine glass.

2.) Then lay out your newspaper, I would suggest outside because it can be hard to control where the spray paint ends up.

3.) Next you just spray the stem and bottom of the wine glasses until you get to the tape.

4.) Let them dry, remove the tape and you should get a very straight line where the chalkboard paint stops.

They are then ready to use or wrap up with some chalk as a gift! Make sure to hand wash because the chalkboard paint will come off in the dishwasher.

Some Past DIY Projects

Here are a couple Do It Yourself Projects that we have done in the past and had great success with!

*Blanket Ladder-This is a super simple project that you can make for pretty cheap! We use ours all the time it is a great way to store blankets in your living room! Blanket Ladder

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Blanket Ladder

*Lawn Chairs- These chairs we made off this link: Chaise Lounge Chair. It is pretty simple to follow but make sure you read through it a couple of times before you actually start cutting the wood. As our dad always says “Measure twice and cut once”. We also added a piece to the back so that you can put the back up to different heights.

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*Mud Room Organization- We customized this to fit our needs but we followed the general template from this link: Entryway Storage and Organizer

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Mud Room Organization

*Pallet Table- This was one of our first pallet projects! IMG_20160624_172244

 

How to make your own Mason Jar Herb Garden

Making a herb garden is something we have been wanting to do for awhile. We came across so many different cute and clever ways to do it on Pinterest, but we settled on a mason jar herb garden because of our lack of space as well as the need for it to be indoors because of our cold Minnesota temperatures. It takes only a few steps to create a cute and very usable herb garden for your kitchen.

What you need:

*Mason Jars (enough for the different number of herbs you want)

*Rocks

*Soil

*Soil Crystals (helps with extra moisture so the jars don’t mold)

*Seeds or herb plants (It is easier to start with plants over seeds, especially for those of us with no patience or a green thumb)

Making your herb garden:

1.) Fill each of your mason jars with rocks about an inch or so. This will help with water drainage which is one of the biggest problems planting in jars because if there is too much moisture it can get moldy.

2.) Next mix some of your soil with the soil crystals. Again the crystals will help the jar not to mold by absorbing the extra water.

3.) Fill your jars with soil about 3/4 of the way up leaving room for the plants or seeds.

4.) Next either sprinkle your seeds or insert your pre-grown plants in to the jars. If you are using plants make sure you break up the roots a little bit before planting them in the jar.

5.)Now fill your jars up to just under the lip with soil. The soil will settle and go down a little with watering so be sure to fill it up to the top.

Repeat for each herb and jar you have. You now have your mason jar herb garden. Make sure to water it everyday and check under the rocks to determine if it needs more or less water. I know we are looking forward to cooking with fresh herbs and we hope you are too.IMG_20160626_204151

Some extra notes that helped us when choosing our herb garden:

*Choosing herbs to grow: Here are a couple links to choosing good indoor herbs to grow as well as some more specific information on them.

Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors

An Herb Growers Cheat Sheet

*What to do with all your extra herbs: Here are a couple ideas we saw. Let us know if you have any more!

How to Harvest and Preserve Your Herbs

Herb Candle

*We also found this site with a ton of cute and simple ideas to label your herb garden

Label Your Herb Garden (We are going to go with the wine corks!)