DIY Plaster Lip Magnets

Time: 1.5 hours (includes plaster dry time)
Materials: silicon mold, plaster, paint, E-6000 glue, magnets, sandpaper

DIY Plaster Lip Magnets (click through for full tutorial!)Part of me did this project because we needed new magnets for our fridge. The other part of me did this project because it was an excuse to make plaster lips. What can I say, when I see an opportunity, I take it. Regardless of why you want to recreate this project (and I hope you do!), here’s the how-to:

DIY Plaster Lip MagnetsFull disclosure on the materials for this project. The tray I used was part silicon and part plastic. Because it wasn’t flexible all the way through, I had to essentially ruin the tray to get the plaster out. Make sure your tray is completely made of silicon if you want to reuse it. Also, I decided to switch from acrylic to spray paint when it came time to paint the lips, because hey, it saved a ton of time.

DIY Plaster Lip Magnets (click through for full tutorial!)Mix your plaster according the the directions. You won’t need to use the entire box if you’re only making one tray. Let plaster harden in the tray for about 45 minutes and remove. Sand out any bumps or scraps that may have occurred when the plaster was hardening.

Paint and let dry. When completely dry, you can glue the magnets on the back. The ones I linked to above are super strong, so be sure to keep magnets away from one another while drying, otherwise they will move because of the pull.

When everything is good and dry, those lips are ready to be used on your fridge! Mwah!

DIY Plaster Lip Magnets (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Plaster Lip Magnets (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Plaster Lip Magnets (click through for full tutorial!)**San Francisco friends, listen up! If you love the photographed ‘Be Dazzling’ card above (which hello, it’s adorable), you must check out my dear friend Sarah’s first solo art show, Golden! Golden features photographs of a fabulous golden dinosaur named Frederick and his friends with hand-lettering by Lisa Congdon. Opening reception is this Friday May 1st at Rare Device from 6-9pm and will run for the full month. And if you’re not in the bay, you can still buy prints online. Here’s a bit more about it!

Friday Links!

Wallpaper // by @thecraftedlife on Instagram(via Instagram)

Happy Friday friends! I’ve got some big and exciting things in the works, so it looks like this will be a working weekend for me (though really, I can’t remember the last time it wasn’t!). I think spring is working wonders on my creativity because these wheels are turning. Does anyone else feel like that? In case you’re in need of a boost, be sure to check out these links for some inspiration:

- This table makeover is gorgeous!

- I think I found the dress of my dreams.

- What to do with all of those box lids!

- A pretty idea if you’re looking for something to make for Mother’s Day.

- Be still my heart!

- Ad easy and adorable way to makeover a basic shelf.

- Everyone in Calgary, check out this workshop!

- After this diy, I think I’m finally hopping on board the eye trend. Where do you stand?

Have a great weekend!


10 Juicy Fruit Themed DIYS

10 Fruit Themed DIYSMaybe it’s the sunshine we’ve been having in Portland over the last few days, or these cocktails I shared a bit back, but I can’t get enough fruit lately. For breakfast, on my dessert, or in my DIYS, whatever, I’ll take it! If you’re looking for a way to bring more color into your home, these ten projects are bright, cheery, and oh so adorable… any way you slice it :)

(PS This post totally counts as one serving of fruit, right?)

10 Fruit Themed DIYS1. Felt Fruit Mobile by Make and Tell

10 Fruit Themed DIYS2. Fruit Slice Umbrellas by Studio DIY

10 Fruit Themed DIYS3. Pom Pom Fruit by Mr. Printables

10 Fruit Themed DIYS4. Watermelon Pinata by Oh Happy Day

10 Fruit Themed DIYS5. Strawberry Herb Planter by A Charming Project Continue reading…

Meet the Maker: Charlie and Blair

Meet the Maker: Charlie and BlairPack your virtual bags because we are heading to Australia for today’s Meet the Maker! I’m so excited to introduce you to the ceramic making duo, Charlie and Blair. Each one of their completely gorgeous pieces is crafted my hand all from their home. It’s amazing. Here’s what they had to say:

Meet the Maker: Charlie and Blair

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi, we are collectively known as Charlie and Blair!  Together we run our shop straight from our home in Brisbane, Australia. We specialize in functional pieces that are made in limited batches, turning each fire into a ‘clean slate’ of possibilities.

2. What made you decide to start selling your work?

As an avid artist and tactile craftsmen we are always creating wares to decorate our home, we started specializing in creating functional pieces that simply bring beauty to a space. As our art evolved so did our pieces, adopting a refined and stylized approach to our medium.

Meet the Maker: Charlie and Blair(Leaf Serving Plate available for sale here)

3. What would you say is the greatest challenge you face as a shop owner?

As a fledgling shop owner, our studio is part of our home and this can sometimes blur the distinction between work and life balance. Our greatest challenge is ensuring that our love for our pieces is at the forefront of the creative process. Every piece we create is a possibility and fraught with challenges and self doubt, we embrace our failures and use them as a method of seeking positive aspects within our failures to aid us in our creativity.

4. And the greatest reward?

The creative process for us is rewarding in itself, seeing our pieces take shape from the raw material state and transform into a functional object that can be part of your home and cherished for many years to come.

Meet the Maker: Charlie and Blair(Dot Dash Bowl)

5. Who or what inspires you?

Our inspiration is drawn from many sources, in particular our travels abroad to Turkey and Japan. Blue is a prominent feature throughout our wares, it is an ode to the beautiful mosques, tiles and jewelry, we have encountered in our travels.  We also gain much of our inspiration from nature.  These simple forms are reflected in the textures and shapes of the vessels we create.

6. Any advice for people looking to open their own shop?

Start small, try and create a unique feel for your product. Find your niche and try and do localized market research with family and friends. But most of all enjoy the creative process!

7.What’s one fun fact about you that others may not know?

Before we became partners we were childhood friends, having known each other since we were 6 years old.

*Be sure to visit Charlie and Blair’s site as well as their Instagram!