DIY Layered Cactus Stamp

DIY Layered Cactus StampBy now I’m sure you’ve seen how to make your own stamp in a number of ways. I still remember it was one of the first craft projects I even did (you can see that project here). What I haven’t done, however, is make a stamp into multiple different parts. It’s totally fun and a great way to create custom patters or art for your home. Here’s how:

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: stamp carving kit, ink, paper

DIY Layered Cactus StampI recommend using a color wheel for ink so that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on individual pads. Plus it’ll give you the freedom to experiment with colors. Also make sure you stamp is rubber so that it’s easier to carve.

DIY Layered Cactus StampLightly sketch out your design to the rubber. You won’t really be able to erase, so take your time. Carve out all the spaces you don’t want to be show on paper, leaving you with your stamp design.

Ink up your multiple parts and layer/stamp on paper! You can do anything with these stamps, from diy greeting cards, to custom pillow cases and more. So many possibilities, don’t you think?!

DIY Layered Cactus Stamp

DIY Layered Cactus Stamp

DIY Layered Cactus Stamp

 

 

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 Iron-On Cactus Shoes

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! If there’s one recent trend I can fully support, its the cactus print. Cover my home, clothes, and everything in between with it and I’d still be happy. Perhaps it’s because I miss California, or that it’s one of the only plants I can keep alive and healthy, but I’m wayyyy into it.

If you have a plain pair of sneakers on hand (or have $7 to spend on new shoes), you can add a bit of the desert to your wardrobe in no time at all! Here’s how I made my cactus shoes:

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: sneakers, iron, heat transfer material, fabric (can be scrap piece)

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! I used a Silhouette to cut the cactus shape, but you could make a less intricate stencil and cut out by hand if you don’t have a machine. It will most likely add another 30-40 minutes to the make time.

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! Before beginning, stuff your shoe with paper or fabric so that the outside is firm. Cut out all of your cacti shapes and peel the excess transfer material away from the plastic. Position on your shoe (plastic side up), cover with fabric, and iron. I saw the best results when I held the iron in place and just pressed down firmly for 60 seconds.

Peel plastic away from your design and continue transferring remaining shapes until shoe is covered. Then ta-da, you’re done!

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! I haven’t tested these shoes in anything but sunshine (we’re in a bit of a drought in Oregon), so I can’t say how they’ll hold up in rain. I’d seal with decoupage if you were planning on wearing these outside in different weather.

And if you’re not so into the cactus trend, perhaps these diy glitter shoes are more your style!

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour!

Stenciled Cactus Planter

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: planter, acrylic paint, stencil, mod podge, glitter, brush

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

It may be a pain to clean, but my love for glitter is endless. Thankfully Amy from Mod Podge Rocks teamed up with Plaid to make the coolest stencils I’ve ever used (available for sale at Michael’s). Perfect glitter polka dots with minimal effort? Count me in!

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

Start by painting your planter with the color of your choice. Because of the terra cotta surface, the paint dries fast and you should be able to do two coats in no time!

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

Peel your stencil from the packaging and apply on the planter. The stencil is reusable, so don’t discard the film it comes on (and be sure to wash it when you’re done)!

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

Dab on a layer of Mod Podge then peel off the stencil. Before it dries, cover dots in glitter. Use a brush to wipe of any excess glitter. Repeat until area is completely covered. Let dry then pot your cactus.

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

For those of you born without a green thumb, here are some few basic tips for keeping your cactus alive and happy—

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life