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!

Upcycled Vases

I’ve always liked the texture of Santa Cruz jars, so converting them into vases seemed like the right thing to do for my first project.

Time: 2 hours
Materials (seen below): jars, Krylon indoor/outdoor spray paint, yarn, glue gun,  gloves scissors, brown paper bag
Cost: $4

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Materials used

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1. Peel off the labels. These jars are nice because the glue is in one spot, verses all the way around. Make sure the outside surface is dry before painting.

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2. It helps to hold your fingers inside the mouth of the jar and spin as you spray; holding the jar still may cause uneven paint.

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3. Place lids on jars and rest upside down to paint the bottom. Allow a half hour or more to dry.

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4. Time for yarn! Leave a short amount of string on one side, using the majority of the yarn to wrap around the lip of the jar, gluing along the way.

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5. Done!

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