6 Must-Try Home DIYS

As February comes to a close and we head into March (where has the year gone?!), I’m starting to get spring cleaning fever. Well, maybe not so much the clean aspect, but I’d love to revamp our apartment with some new decor! These must-try home DIYs are the perfect solution if you’re looking to change things up a bit without spending a fortune.

6 Must-Try Home DIYS

1. Vertical Kitchen Organization by A Beautiful Mess
2. Gold Salt + Pepper Shakers by Cupcakes & Cashmere
3. Simple Wood Coat Rack by Almost Makes Perfect
4. Washi Tape Light Switch by Morning Creativity
5. Copper + Pine Magazine Rack by Fall for DIY
6. Tissue Paper Banner by The Lovely Cupboard

Happy crafting!

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

Upcycled Wrapping Paper Clock

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: clock base, clock kit, mod podge, paper, brush

DIY Upcycled Wrapping Paper Clock | The Crafted Life

You might say that I have a bit of an obsession with Rifle Paper Co. Seriously, it’s out of hand. When I came across this wrapping paper at Paper Source, I knew had to display it in our apartment somehow and what better way than with a diy upcycled wrapping paper clock? Head over to Henry Happened to see the full tutorial!

DIY Upcycled Wrapping Paper Clock | The Crafted Life

Plaster Photo Blocks

Time: 1 hour
Materials: Darby Smart Kit

DIY Plaster Photo Blocks | The Crafted Life

As much as I love taking photos, I’m terrible at displaying them. Perhaps it’s my inability to hang a picture level or because there’s something about frames that seems so permanent, but I have boxes (and bowls) of photos just dying to be seen. If you have framing commitment issues like me, then consider these plaster photo blocks the perfect solution.

DIY Plaster Photo Blocks | The Crafted Life

If you’ve never worked with plaster before, this project is fairly painless, so take a sigh of relief and keep reading!

DIY Plaster Photo Blocks | The Crafted Life

To make your plaster, measure out all the ingredients before stirring together. It’s a time sensitive material, so the faster you can stir and pour, the better! 2 cups plaster mix and ~10.5 tbsp water will produce 3 blocks.

DIY Plaster Photo Blocks | The Crafted Life

Combine plaster mix and water then stir until smooth. Pour directly into the mold until plaster reaches the top. Tap mold gently on a hard surface to remove any air bubbles.

DIY Plaster Photo Blocks | The Crafted Life

Let plaster firm for about 3-5 minutes, then push your alligator clips into the mold. Make sure to center your clips and have the heads face out so photos display forward when dry. Let dry in mold for 35 minutes or until completely set (overnight).

DIY Plaster Photo Blocks | The Crafted Life

Remove from the mold and decorate! Mod Podge + glitter is always a winning combination. Once done, add your photos and display. These blocks make it easy to swap out photos, notes, and cards on a moments notice without damaging your pictures or walls.

DIY Plaster Photo Blocks | The Crafted Life

DIY Plaster Photo Blocks | The Crafted Life

Fun news! My Glitter Dipped Photo Block Kit on Darby Smart now comes with black glitter. Get yours here today!