Michael’s Maker Summit Recap

Michael's Maker Summit RecapHello and happy Monday! If you were following along to my Instagram last weekend, you probably saw that I attended the Michael’s Maker Summit in Sonoma. Well today I am ready to dish on alllll the details!

For the next year I’ll be participating in the Michael’s Maker program. Basically each month I, along with 50 other awesome bloggers (see them all here), will be creating unique DIYS based around a specific theme. The summit was a way to kickoff the program, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Michael's Maker Summit RecapWhile there, we took four amazing classes (weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer) – all taught by Mchaels education partner, Creativebug. And a bit of great news for all of you– each of the classes are available online for FREE on Michaels.com until 8/22 (you can re-create one or all of our summit projects)!

I was personally blown away by the image transfer class, as well as watercoloring, so you may see those techniques pop up in a few projects in the future.

Michael's Maker Summit Recap

Michael's Maker Summit RecapI’m so excited to share my projects with you all for the next year! And if you try any of the Creativebug classes, I’d love to hear what you think/if you have a favorite!

Michael's Maker Summit RecapFor more crafty goodness, be sure to follow along to #MichaelsMakers on social media!

Friday Links!

Straw Flowers by The Crafted Life on Instagram(via Instagram)

Happy Friday! This weekend is going to be a fun one because… I’m heading back to San Francisco! I’ll be there for the entire month of August and I cannot wait. Especially since it was 104˚F in Portland yesterday. Woof! I’ll be driving down the 101 again, so be sure to follow along on Snapchat (thecraftedlife) and Instagram! And to keep ya entertained while I’m away, here are some links you won’t want to miss:

- Fran from Fall for DIY launched a Kickstarter you will LOVE!

- Take me to the beach.

- Chicken and waffles forever! Love this fresh take.

- The cutest thing I’ve ever seen done with a shadow box!

- Must head to Ikea to make this for my office.

- Deeeeelicious!

Have a lovely weekend!

xo
Rachel

PS If you’re in Portland, my friend Karina is celebrating the launch of her new stationery line tonight! Here are all the details, hope to see you there!

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired ProjectsAnnnddd my love for all things cactus continues! Hopefully you are feeling the same way about the current trend, because you are going to love the following cactus-inspired projects if so! I may dare even say that cacti > pineapples, but I don’t want any of you to mail me a glitter bomb or anything like that. Let’s just pretend I wasn’t thinking that just now, shall we?

I’m blown away by everyone’s creativity when in comes in incorporating the cactus shape into everyday home decor. From making a cute patterns to print on pillows, to making your own cactus (that will never die), these tutorials have it all. And if you’re not into the trend just yet, perhaps you’ll change your mind by the end of this post!

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects1. Cactus Cake Topper by Tell Love and Chocolate

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects2. DIY Cactus Pillow by Everything Emily

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects3. Cactus Place Card Holders via Oh Happy Day

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects4. Cactus Pincushions by A Beautiful Mess

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects5. Painted Rock Cacti by Craftberry Bush Continue reading…

DIY Washi Tape Holder

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)If there’s one thing I think we all love as crafters, it’s washi tape. And by love  of course I mean obsess over to the point where we can’t get enough. The only draw back is that sometimes they can get a bit disorganized if you don’t have a way to display/store them. This diy washi tape holder is beyond easy to make and can be customized to fit just about any collection. Here’s how to make your own:

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: dowel rods, copper fittings, spray paint, saw, pipe fitting
Cost: $15

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)You’ll be able to find all the materials you need at your local hardware store. I would recommend that you test to see if the dowel and fittings are the right side (fit in to one another) before leaving the store. I used 2″ copper fittings and a 5/8″ dowel.

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)Start by painting your base so that it can dry while you complete the other steps. Cut your dowel rod into piece. You’ll need four 4″ pieces and three 3″ pieces. Sand ends if necessary.

Once you have your pieces, you really just need to put it together! I used the 3″ pieces for the height and the 4″ pieces for the length. You can easily adjust this to fit your needs. Screw final copper fitting into the base to attach.

All that’s left to do is add your washi! And because I’m sure you’re just itching to know where I got mine, they’re all from Duck®. Not only is their washi super cute, but it also holds great. Don’t even get me started on their prism rolls either. Seriously, I can’t get enough!

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)All my tape used to just sit in a jar on my desk, so this is such an improvement! I’ll probably make it larger as time goes by, but for right now it does a great job of keeping my desk clean while displaying a bit of my collection.

So what do you think?! Easy enough, right?

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)

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