How to Make a Terrarium

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: rocks, charcoal, sand, soil, succulent or plant of your choice, container 

How to Make a TerrariumAs much as I love a good house plant, terrariums have totally won my heart with their playful nature. You can customize everything from the container,  to the colors of rocks/sand, and the decorative elements you use, making this project one with endless possibilities!

How to Make a TerrariumI am no botanist, so before starting I did some research to learn the specific layers needed to make a thriving terrarium. PS by using Bing, I was able to rack up points through Bing Rewards that I can put towards food, shopping, and even charitable donations (it’s like a frequent flyer program for searching)!

How to Make a TerrariumStart your first layer by pouring in a layer of rocks thats about an inch in height (this will prevent root rot). Next, add a very thin layer of charcoal, which is great for filtration. You should still be able to see your rocks peaking through the top. Cover all with a layer of sand then add your soil.

How to Make a Terrarium

How to Make a TerrariumThe very top layer is for additional decor. I chose to add some moss and a cute plastic deer, because hey, why not? There are so many options here, so have fun! If you have a container with a narrow opening, I recommend using these long tweezers to help you place everything.

You’ll want to water your terrarium with the tiniest bit of water a few hours after you’ve finished. Repotting is a little traumatic for plants, so if you happen to over water, the roots will absorb too much and it may kill it.

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Place in a sunny spot in your house (non-direct light), and enjoy!

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Paper Wedding Crafts Course

Starting June 3, Creativebug is releasing a four-week paper wedding crafts course, taught by the excellent Lia Griffith-- click through for promo code!I don’t know about you guys, but I love weddings. And I mean LOVE them. The ceremony, the cake, the speeches, and of course, the personal touches. If you’re getting married soon and want to add some DIY flair to your wedding decor, then you must sign up for Lia Griffith’s course over on Creativebug!

Learn how to make these 3-d monogram letters in Lia Griffith's Creativebug course. Click through for promo code! (I’m completely in love with these 3-D monogram letters.You may see me whip up one of these for my apartment soon!)

From a hanging paper flower backdrop to oversized, monogrammed letters, Lia provides ideas for wedding projects that can be customized to reflect your personal style. There will be weekly live chats, downloadable templates and gorgeous how-to videos. Best of all, since these projects are made from paper, glue, and other basic crafting materials, making them won’t break the bank!

Learn how to make this crepe paper floral crown in Lia Griffith's Creativebug course. Click through for promo code!

Exciting news! Creativebug is offering each of you a free 14 day trial (normally is $9.95) with the promo code: WEDDING. You can sign up here, class starts June 3rd. Even if you’re not getting married I think all of these projects would be a great addition to your next party or event. So grab some friends, a bottle of wine and get crafting!

Paper Crafting + More with Lia Griffith If you’re looking for more details on the class, you can read about it here or watch this video.

Learn how to make these 3-d monogram letters in Lia Griffith's Creativebug course. Click through for promo code! (All images provided by Creativebug)

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DIY Clay Bead Necklace

Time: 1 hour
Materials: premo clay, bead making tools, wax paper, leather cord, oven

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!I’m always amazed that when I make something out of clay that it doesn’t fall apart. Call me skeptical, but it seems like it should be harder to work with than it is. I’ve been wanting to learn to make my own beads for a while (because hello, endless jewelry projects), so I finally took the plunge and picked up some Premo Clay to start experimenting with!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Before you begin, preheat your oven according to the instructions on the back of your clay.DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Cut of a chunk of clay and mend in your hands. When soft, roll out on wax paper (this will help keep your clay clean). Once you have the amount of clay you want, shape by rolling in between your two palms like you’re making a ball.

There are a variety of ways to make your own beads. I really liked playing around with creating new shapes and sizes without any real guide. For those of you looking to create a more symmetrical piece, the bead kit does comes with a circle punch that helps you measure out the same amount of clay per bead. Just be sure to repeat the same technique when shaping.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Once you have your desired bead shape, you’ll need to pierce it to create your hole. Poke through on one side until barely making it through, then repeat on the other side, starting where the existing hole is. Set on baking pan when done.

*Tip: Wash your hands in between each color to avoid the colors mixing in with one another.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Bake in the oven according to clay instructions. Let cool then string on leather cord to wear! DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!If you have any tips or tricks for making your own beads, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!

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Dyeing with Kool Aid

Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Materials: For the Makers Soft Focus Collection Kit

Dyeing with Kool AidIt’s a rare treat to come across a diy project that actually smells delicious; we deserve a break from all the glue and paint fumes once in awhile, right?! If you’re looking to add some beautiful pastel colors into your spring projects without compromising your sense of smell, then the Soft Focus Collection by For the Makers is just what you need. Added bonus: you can win $50 to buy one of your own (keep reading for how to enter)!

Dyeing with Kool AidThe full collection comes with four individual projects. Be sure to have all the materials in your kit prepped so you can do all of the dyeing at once.

Dyeing with Kool AidWhen I was a kid, I never thought that the Kool Aid that gave me blue lips would one day make it’s way into my craft toolbox as an adult, but I’m glad it did. Kool-Aid works great when dyeing natural materials like silk, cotton, and wool. You don’t want to add sugar to your dye solution, just a few teaspoons of Kool Aid powder and a cup of water.  For a complete color guide and mixing tips, click here.

Dyeing with Kool AidFirst up, the air plant holder! Mix your Kool Aid + water together and allow cup to sit in the liquid for about 1-2 minutes. You can hold the cup in place, or, if you choose to live on the edge, let the cup float and have the color hit where it may.

The base will fill up with liquid (dyeing the inside), so be careful when tipping out the dye to not get any on the outside. If you leave the cup in the liquid for too long it will crack; just keep an eye on it and remove once you’ve achieved the color you want.

Dyeing with Kool AidKool Aid also works as a type of watercolor. To personalize your stationery, simply dip a paint brush into your Kool Aid dye and paint as though you were working with watercolors. It’s fun to layer colors and experiment with patterns, like the splattered dots I did below.

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Dyeing with Kool AidYou can see the full tutorials for the other materials that come with the kit here.

Now for the extra fun part! One of you will win $50 to the For the Makers shop, which is one of my personal favorite shops online. There you’ll find kits, rhinestones, beads, tools, and more. Prepare to want everything! Enter below to win. Best of luck!

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