7 Must Try Adhesive Vinyl DIYS

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYSOkay guys, confession: I’ve never used vinyl in a project. Not even outside of this blog. ::let the stone throwing begin:: I know, it’s a magic tool (can be used on glass, cloth, walls and more), and I have yet to use it. After coming across these seven awesome diys, however, I think I’m ready to take the plunge. Sometimes all you need is some inspiration to kick you in the pants, right?

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS1. DIY Travel Mugs by Studio DIY

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS2. Scalloped Jars by Sarah Hearts

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS3. Gem Boxes by Oleander and Palm Continue reading…

Stenciled Pencil Holder

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: pencil box, Americana Multi-Surface paint, stencil, stencil adhesive, brush

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderWhen organizing my desk for the new year, I noticed that my supplies were looking a bit drab. That’s got to be the reason my desk was so messy in the first place, right? I decided to add some much needed color and pattern to my pencil holder with this quick stencil diy!


DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderAmericana Multi-Surface paint is the perfect paint to pick up for this project, especially if you’re grabbing your pencil cup at a thrift store. It won’t matter if the one you find is made of wood, plastic, ceramic or metal, the paint will still look/apply great!

Also please note that I have tape in the pictured supplies, but found out that it didn’t work nearly as well as the spray stencil adhesive. The closer to the surface you can get the stencil, the crisper the lines.

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderSpray a light coat of the adhesive to the back of your stencil. If you use too much, it will goop up on your pencil box.

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderPosition your stencil and start dabbing on your paint.

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderWhen finished, peel stencil and let dry. I recommend doing this step before the paint dries so that you can fix any unwanted paint mistakes.

DIY Stenciled Pencil Holder

DIY Stenciled Pencil Holder

Fill with your desk supplies and enjoy! Americana Multi-Surface paint is available in Michaels. Be sure to visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration!

DIY Stenciled Pencil Holder

This post is sponsored by DecoArt and Michaels Craft Stores. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep The Crafted Life making!


Movie Inspired Crafts: Amélie

If you have the Monday blues, put on some Yann Tiersen and dream of summer in Montmartre. Better yet, grab a bottle of wine and your dvd player because today’s movie inspired crafts come from Amélie! It’s quirky and whimsical nature is bound to make you forget about the week ahead. And if not, well, at least you had wine!

Movie Inspired Crafts: Amélie

Travel Album in a Box via Camille Styles

Movie Inspired Crafts: Amélie

Raspberry Ice Cream Pie via Love Taza

Movie Inspired Crafts: Amélie

DIY Gold Rimmed Acrylic Jewelry Box by House of Earnest


And for one of my favorite lines from the film:

Voilà, ma petite Amélie, vous n’avez pas des os en verre. Vous pouvez vous cogner à la vie. Si vous laissez passer cette chance, alors avec le temps, c’est votre cœur qui va devenir aussi sec et cassant que mon squelette. Alors, allez y, nom d’un chien!”

Translation: So, my little Amélie, you don’t have bones of glass. You can take life’s knocks. If you let this chance pass, eventually, your heart will become as dry and brittle as my skeleton. So, go get him, for Pete’s sake!

Friday Links

LA Flower Mart(Shopping at the LA Flower Mart with Hello Lidy last summer)

Happy Friday friends! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for it! Although I’ll be spending some time of the next few days working and painting, we also have some friends coming in from SF that I can’t wait to see. Weekends should really be three days long, don’t you think?  Whether you’re up to something big, or just relaxing at home, you’ll want to include these links in your weekend reading material:

- If I made these hangers, I’d probably do laundry more.

- I don’t think it gets any cuter than this!

- Started a new column earlier this week and would love your input.

- This image is downright amazing.

- I’ve seen potato stamping before, but never this chic!

- Must invest in a heat gun.

Last but not least, I’m hosting a workshop next month with my friend Becky and we’re looking for goodie bag donations! If you’re interested, email me at hello@thecraftedlife.com.