DIY Terrarium

After a long sabbatical, I decided to have a craft meet up last weekend. I’ve been zealously pinning terrariums all week, and set out to make one for every room in my house. Fortunately, I wasn’t alone in this plan and several other peeps wanted to join in and make DIY Terrariums. Thank you to my friends for your participation and enthusiasm–crafting is so much more fun when we are doing it together!

Here is what you need for the job:

Soil:
sand, rocks, gravel- you can mix and match according to your plant of choice. I use rocks on the bottom for drainage and then add topsoil.

Plants: Succulents, Air plants, Ferns, Fake plants- fake moss or succulents look very realistic.

Container-Vase, glass bowl, light bulb, Mason jar, Starbucks bottle- you can use anything really, so get creative!

To amp up the cute factor, we added tiny animals and Miniature Toy Figures to our terrariums. For small figurines check the doll house section at your local craft store, or a 25 cent toy machine at the grocery store. I just thought of it, but a LIL HOMIES figurine would have been perfect …next time.

Gutting a light bulb is quite a feat, but we managed to achieve it without injury. Here is a great post via Hipster Home on how to make a light bulb terrarium. Also, another helpful resource for instructions is Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds. For more pics of our craft meet up check out Kelsey’s recap via Minted Life and Monica’s recap via Nona’s Market.

My  sister-in-law Tori lives out of town, but wanted to participate from afar. She created this beautiful table lamp terrarium.


P.S. For the occasion I made everyone these terrarium prints-

Design Throwdown: Lamp Makeover

*Update: Congrats to Micah and Catherine for winning the Design Thowdown!

Design Throwdown is a design challenge in which two individuals (or two teams), compete in a redesign of a similar home décor item. For more about Design Throwdown look here. This round Micah and Catherine from Forty Twenty Four are throwing down with Kelsey and I.  Thanks for your participation Micah and Catherine! See the results below and VOTE HERE for your favorite design. Voting closes Thursday at 8pm.  If you’re interested in participating in Design Throwdown, contact me .

Team 1 (Micah and Catherine)
Lamp – $7 from Craigslist including delivery to her front door
Paint – she had it already
Glass globe – she had it from an old chandiler
plants, dirt, rock – from her garden

Team 2 (Morgana and Kelsey)
Lamp – $8 from Goodwill
Stencils – We already had
Paint: Gold-$2, White-we already had
Stencil sponge brushes-$1

Craft Meet-Up: Homemade Chalkboards

The ladies of the craft club met up recently to get our craft on and make homemade chalkboards. Here are the basic steps to accomplishing this fairly easy project.

Step 1- Hunt & Gather
Rummage through a thrift store, garage sale or even your own garage and you are bound to find something to transform into a chalkboard. For example: Picture frames, serving trays, tacky wall decor, tired and unwanted paintings, all make excellent chalkboards. It is very satisfying to see gaudy decor that was collecting dust, repurposed into something useful.

Step 2- Tape and Paint x 2:
Like with any paint project the first thing you need to do is tape off the edges of the area framing the chalkboard to be. Then apply a coat of the Chalkboard paint to the surface. Let it dry for about 15 minutes and apply a second coat. After about 30 minutes the chalkboard paint should be dry. Then if you want to add a pop of color you can tape off the chalkboard area and paint the frame surrounding it as well.  Let it dry, and congrats you have your very own chalkboard.
Here are the results of our chalk boarding adventure, didn’t they come out great?  For more stories and pics about our chalkboard craftivity check out Kelsey’s post at Minted Life and Monica’s at Nona’s Market.

Special thanks goes to baby JoJo who came along to help us with our chalkboards. He is quite photogenic, here he is again modeling adorable onesies from Nona’s Market !

Design Throwdown

Welcome to the first official Design Throwdown! Because of our love for home projects and all things DIY, Kelsey of Minted Life and I decided to launch Design Throwdown. Design Throwdown is a design challenge in which two individuals (or two teams), compete in a redesign of a similar home décor item. We felt this would be a fun way to involve others and share great project ideas.

Here are the rules for entry:

  1. Find a challenger that wants to participate in the Design Throwdown.  You can either compete one on one or in teams.
  2. Agree on timeline, budget (if necessary) and home décor item to redo.  Items must be similar in size, style and quality (examples: mirror, bookshelf, chair, etc).
  3. Get as creative as possible and, think outside the box.  You want to win, right??
  4. Submit photos of the redesign process and before and after photos.
  5. Start the throwdown!  Have fun!!  And good luck!
  6. If you want to participate in a Design Throwdown, email us!

Check out the the first Design Throwdown between Team Ahoy: Kelsey and I and Team Pinboard: Bien Living Design and Pantomime Papers . For our throw down we chose to redesign an IKEA door mat.

How we made the Door Mat:
1. We drew and cut our own stencils.
2. Placed the stencils on the mat. We used felt sticky letters to stencil the “Ahoy”
3.Painted the mat with red, white and blue spay paint
4. Let dry for 20 min. and done!

Update: Results are in!

Vote for your favorite throw down below!

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Craft for a Cause

Recently, our craft club participated in a project organized by Craft Hope. Craft Hope is an initiative that gathers crafters from around the globe and provides them with opportunities to create and donate their handmade goods to a charitable cause. We participated in Craft Hope’s Project 11, which called for crafters to make birthing kits to aid Knobit Sante, an organization that provides medical and educational resources to the people of Haiti.

The birthing supplies requested for the kits were very basic items: soap, string, alcohol wipes, latex gloves etc. We packed the supplies along with handmade felt softies in sturdy canvas bags that we stenciled in bright colors. Before we knew it ten kits were complete and ready to be shipped. Participating in this project was a great experience, thank you to all the wonderful gals that helped out!

Make a Cake Stand

I saw these DIY cake stands on You Are My Fave, and as soon as I can get a hold of a miter saw I’m making them! Put a scalloped edge on anything and I’ll swoon.

These are lovely, sturdy, fairly easy and inexpensive to make – a winning combination when it comes to crafting. You can see a step by step tutorial on how to make these lil’ darlings, at Bee in Our Bonnet.

Plasti-Dip Revisited

So I did it again. Yes, I  plasti-dipped. Why? Well because I had a gallon of it left over from the last go round. The plasti-dip, having sat in my garage untouched for over two months now, was a bit on the thick side. I realized that to get good results I’d have to use larger objects with very defined shapes, like pine cones for instance. When re-opened the plasti-dip gave off the same smell of burning tires. However, this time the conditions were much more desirable, it was a sunny and breezy outside and the smell wasn’t as unbearable. I tied wire to the pinecones and dipped each one individually.

Some of the pinecones I used to make a nest-like centerpiece, some I hung on the tree. The PLASTI-DIP gave the pinecones a ceramic look without the fragility, which makes them perfect, durable, holiday décor. When you have a rowdy, Christmas tree climbing house cat, you come to value décor that can take a beating.

Felt-A-Palooza

For December’s craft meet-up the FC crew made felt ornaments. We drew, cut, stitched and stuffed, and by the end of the day we were buried in an explosion of felt.  A big thank you to all the ladies that made this event such a blast!

Here are the results!

My hubby and I drew ornament templates especially for this meet-up. To download them, click here-  Download the Felt Ornament Templates PDF here

Download the Felt Ornament Templates PDF here

Cookie Crafternoon

We added a sweet twist to December’s craft meet-up with a cookie swap. Like wine and cheese, boots and tights, grey and yellow, I can now add crafts and cookies to the list of my favorite things to pair. Crafters brought dozens of delish cookies, and I ate more sweets than any person should consume in one sitting. Stay tuned for more on our December craft project. In the meantime, scope out the yummy cookies and the recipe links listed below, enjoy!

1. Snicker Doodles 2. Mini Apple Pies 3. Almond Crescents 4.Chocolate Truffles 5. Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies 6. Cuernitos 7. Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies 8. White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats 9. Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

BYOP


Thanks to Monica’s ingenuity, we bought wood carving tools instead of the typical cheap plastic set to design and carve our pumpkins for our 2nd Craft Meet-Up.

When we dug into our pumpkins, a steak knife and wood carving /whittling tools were much sturdier than a plastic carving set, and allowed for more design detail. If you’re interested in trying this for yourself, the wood carving tools can be purchased here- Mini Wood Carving Chisel Set. They cost about the same price as the plastic set. These tools aren’t as kid safe, but what carving tool really is, plastic or not? Using these tools we were able to achieve unique and creative results.

Next craft meet-up project, plasti-dipped pumpkins…any takers?

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