DIY Wooden Garland

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: wooden triangles, twine, wood stainbrushsealer

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life
I find myself fortunate to live with a man who let’s me glitter dip and paint everything hot pink until my heart’s content. Really, he’s a saint. To balance things out in our home, as well as on this blog, I decided to mix things up a bit with a DIY Wooden Garland. If you have the time and tools, you can cut the wood yourself, but I found the pre-cut & pre-drilled triangles at Michael’s for around .19¢ a piece. Talk about a steal!

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life
Gather your materials and head to a well ventilated area.

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life
Open your wood stain and stir. You won’t need much for this project, so the smallest can you can find will be okay.

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life

Apply a thin layer of stain to the wooden triangle, including the sides. If you apply too much, just wipe with an old rag or paper towel. Once dry, seal with a coat of polyurethane.

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life

String pieces onto twine when completely dry. If you decided to use another material that’s thinner than twine, you may need to secure each triangle with knots. Hang & enjoy!

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life

 

 

DIY Baker’s Twine Party Favors

Time: 15 minutes (about 1 minute per favor + paint time)
Materialsplastic floss bobbinsspray paintbaker’s twinescissors

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

Fact: an awesome goodie bag can make any party 10 times better. For your next get-together try including a handmade favor to really wow your guests. These baker’s twine party favors take less than 20 minutes to make and cost about $.50 a piece, making them perfect for the hostess on a time and budget crunch!  And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love receiving free craft supplies?

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

Before starting, I recommend painting your bobbins to match your party theme. They’re originally white, so you can paint them any color you want without having to prime the surface or do multiple coats. If you’d like the paint to be extra durable, seal with a layer of Mod Podge.

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life
All you do it wrap your baker’s twine on the bobbin as you would embroidery floss. Secure in the slit, snip the excess twine, then get back to planning the rest of your party!
DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

DIY Baker's Twine Party Favors | The Crafted Life

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Alcohol Ink Coasters Kit

Time: 1 hour
Materials: glazed floor tiles, alcohol inks, blending solution, mod podge, sponge brush, cork or rubber for the bottom

DIY Alcohol Ink Coasters | The Crafted Life

You guys loved the Alcohol Ink Coaster project so much, that Darby Smart decided to turn it into their February To DIY For Box. Until Midnight tomorrow (Feb 8, PST) you can purchase the kit with all the supplies to make your own coasters for $19. The box ships for free on February 12th, so hurry while supplies last!

On a budget? Enter to win one for free!

DIY Alcohol Ink Coasters | The Crafted Life

DIY Alcohol Ink Coasters | The Crafted Life

Storage Box Makeover

Time: 20 minutes + dry time
Materials: ikea storage box, mod podge sheer, brush, glitter, tape

*This post is sponsored by Plaid. Although I received compensation for my work, opinions expressed are my own.

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that Mod Podge is my go to decoupage medium. It’s easy to work with, can be used on just about anything, and helps me dip everything I own in glitter. As if it wasn’t great enough, they just launched the same formula, in COLORS! I decided to use their new line (available at Michaels and on Plaid’s website) to give my craft supply storage a little love.

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

Remove tag plate and screws (if your box is already assembled) before beginning. Tape off the section you’d like to tint. I suggest using washi tape to avoid damaging the box upon removal.

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

Spread an even layer of Mod Podge Sheer on designated area. This applicator really helps hide brush marks!

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

Peel tape before Mod Podge is dry and set aside.

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

Rest your tag plate in cork to keep upright while working. Apply layer of the sheer on the metal then cover in glitter.

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

I chose a thick glitter so the sheer would peek through in between pieces. Remove excess and set aside to dry.

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

While everything is drying, make your label. My handwriting is not the best, so I used stamps. Once dry, reassemble box and fill with supplies!

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

Organizing tip: store your paints upside down for easy pour and fast access!

Storage Box Makeover | The Crafted Life

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