Let’s get crafty!

This page will have projects, awesome crafts, and decor for your creative side! I know I love making new things, and I can’t wait to share them with you! Please comment and add any tips or examples of things you have done from this page too! Here we go……


Christmas wooden ornaments

These little ornaments are so fun and easy to make! This is a great family Christmas craft to do altogether with a cup of hot cocoa, Christmas Spirit diffusing in the air, and Christmas music! 

What you’ll need: 

 

  1. A small log with a diameter of about 2 – 2 1/2 inches
  2. Acrylic paint { here are the ones that we used!}
  3. Sharpies, handlettering pens, etc.
  4. Twine, ribbon or string
  5. Placemat, paper bag, or paper to protect your table or countertops

Directions:

  • Using an electric saw or hand saw, cut circular slices of the log measuring about 1/8 -1/4 inch thick. And drill a small hole on the top large enough for twine or ribbon to go through.
  • Sand them on both sides to create a smooth surface
  • Lay out your wood slices, paint, pens,twine, and start crafting!
  • Once you are done, let them dry, then string your twine through the hole and tie the ends together. Make sure it is big enough so you’re able to hang it on a branch. These also make great Christmas gifts and tags!

Here are some pictures of us doing this, and some ideas for your ornaments!

           


How to Make Your #Hustle Work Space Perfect for You!

Your work space is important. It is where you are creative, motivate other people, do what you love, and be inspired. That is why I came up with this blog post on how to make your work space perfect for you and your taste!

Your workspace needs to have three things: Organizational pieces, convenient and realistic expectations ( it doesn’t have to look like those amazing instagram or pinterest desks!) , and things that make you excited, motivated and inspired for what you do. You don’t want to have too many things, or you’ll get distracted and lose your focus.

 1. Organization.

1. A utility cart. I saw these things everywhere on social media and thought it wasn’t that impressive…. but I needed a solution for my books and etc. things, so I took a swing at it and discovered that I really do love it! It is so helpful for use as a nightstand, bookshelf, craft cart, and so many other things! I have even seen them at spas!

2. Dry erase calendar. There are soo many adorable planners out there that I have been tempted to get and have, but for me it isn’t as convenient as a dry erase calendar that you can hang up or stand on your window seal or desk. It is always right there when I need it and I’m not distracted with all the extra stickers and fancy stuff that is in a book planner.

3. What do I do with all these pens, markers, and pencils?? I literally just used a mason jar. I love the Ball mason jars because of the cute writing on them and they are soo versatile to use! You can also use plastic stackable containers that have dividers. I use those for lots of things like erasers, magnets, pencil sharpeners, stickers, tape, and etc.

2. Notebooks, notebooks, and more notebooks!

In my opinion, you can never have too many! they organize your thoughts, checklists, and there are so many different types to fit your taste. My main notebook is a big ol’ binder packed full of my school, notes, checklists, and it is my go to answer for “What do I need to do today?”.  I printed out lots of pretty quotes, and art for my binder cover and inspiration from Pinterest. I use Pinterest for just about all my crafty related ideas and inspiration! My Bible is a big leather-bound journaling Bible that I got from Christianbook.com. I am so happy with that purchase!! it is very simple, yet you can do so much to it, and I love to write calligraphy in it. the larger text is also very nice!

3.For me, beauty is such an important part of what I love.

And I don’t mean like makeup and high heels type of beauty, I mean nature, creativity, and Jesus type of beauty! So I make sure that I surround myself with the things I love and find beauty in because it is shown through my personality, taste, and how I live my life. I really like calligraphy ( here are some really good calligraphy pens) and watercolor painting, so I invested in myself and learned how to do those things!  Now I can use those skills to create what I love and express myself. I love to sing and it is just a part of who I am. I can glorify God through the gifts and love he has given me.  It all connects to each other! So my desk and workspace is full of pretty little things that I love and that mean something to me! Vision boards are also a great way to express your dreams, desires, and prayers! You can get a foam board at a craft store and then start glueing and pinning on your goals and the things you want to think on!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).

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Fall DIY no. 3. Thankful Tree

A couple years ago, we started a tradition, where every Thanksgiving, we go out on a walk, find a nice branch and put it in a small pot with rocks on the bottom. We either cut out small leaves from paper,  or  buy fake fabric leaves. We write what we are thankful for on them, and hang them on the tree with string. Then we put it somewhere where everyone can see it and remember how thankful they are. This is a great family project, and going on a walk during the Fall time, is always nice because of the cool weather!

What you’ll need:
1. A small to medium sized branch with smaller branches coming off of it.

2.  A small pot { you can get these at Hobby Lobby}

3. Small rocks { click HERE to easily see what kind of rocks are great for this project}

4.  Small fabric leaves, or wooden leaves

5. Markers or sharpies { click HERE to easily view Shaprie markers}

Directions:

Have someone hold the branch in place in the pot while another person pours rocks into the pot until it’s full. You can even paint the pot if you want! Hole punch little holes into the ends of the leaves. Pull string or thread through the hole and tie and knot. Write what you are thankful for on the leaf and hang it on the tree.

Please comment and share how you made this thankful tree and how you like it!


Fall DIY no. 2. Hand lettered pumpkins

I was painting pumpkins with my siblings recently, and I just got kind of bored of painting them.  Then, an idea popped into my head, and I ran and got my calligraphy pens. I started writing on the pumpkins, and absolutely loved how it looked! I learned that it is very hard to write on painted pumpkins though! You don’t have to do calligraphy of course, because it takes a while to learn, but fun hand lettering  that you know how to do, or stencils work just as well! I hope you enjoy this and try it at home!

What you’ll need:

  1. Pumpkins { I learned that pumpkins that are naturally white, are easier to write on because there are smoother and not as bumpy, but orange pumpkins work too!}
  2. Stencils, calligraphy pens, or hand lettering skills!

Directions:

Before you start using your artist skills on the pumpkin, take a wet paper towel or regular cloth towel and wipe off any dirt on the pumpkin space where you will be writing.

While writing, take your time and be patient! When you rush with it, it doesn’t look very pretty!  I wrote things like ,”welcome” on one pumpkin, and then “fall” on another and put them side by side so it said “Welcome Fall” when together! You can also write other Fall inspired quotes, or words you’ve thought of or looked up!

When you are finished put it up somewhere to dry if the ink from your pen or marker is still wet. When it is dried, you can decorate your house with beautiful, hand- lettered pumpkins!

Please comment and share how you made your pumpkins!


 Fall DIY no.1.  Festive Burlap Leaf Banner

It is almost Thanksgiving already, and I thought this fall decoration would make your home more festive, and warm for Thanksgiving with your family and friends! My mom and I were searching for good fall decor to make, but whenever we clicked on something from the internet to make, it wouldn’t show us the directions, so we looked up a picture of a banner, went to hobby lobby, and got our supplies and made it at home! It was super easy and cute!

What you’ll need:

  1. 1/2 yard of burlap

2. Fake leaves { we got these at hobby lobby too!}

3. Twine

4. Hot glue gun { you get a good one HERE!}

5. A placemat you don’t care about or a paper bag for catching runaway glue!

Directions:

Measure the length of your fireplace mantel with your twine, letting it droop down a little. Cut your twine where you measured it. Depending on the length of your mantel you will need more or less burlap triangles and leaves.  Our mantel is 5 feet long, so all we had to use for ours was 4 burlap triangles and 5 leaves.

Fold your burlap in half, and then in half again. Using a ruler and a marker, measure and draw a large triangle on the folded burlap. Our triangles measured about 9 inches down and 7 1/2 inches across. Cut the triangle out. This will make 4 triangles. Repeat the step if you need more for a larger mantel.

Lay your measured twine down on a protected table, and heat up your glue gun. Take your burlap triangles, and lay them underneath the twine. Leave a gap about 2 -3 inches between each triangle. Take the flap of the burlap, and fold it over the twine. Glue it down. Repeat with the rest. Take your leaves, and hot glue them on the gaps that you made between the burlap. Let it dry before you hang it up.

You can tape the excess twine to your mantel to hang it up, or use a heavy weight, { such as a pumpkin or mantel decoration} and put it on top of the twine so it doesn’t fall!

Please comment and share how you made this!


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Polaroid Picture Banner

I got this adorable Fuji instax mini 8 raspberry colored polaroid, and I love taking pics with it! I just wasn’t really sure how to display the pictures…. So I went onto Pinterest to find some ideas. I went to Hobby Lobby [ my favorite store!] and got all the materials I needed. This is a super easy DIY, and you can make it even if you don’t have a Polaroid camera, to use for regular pictures.

What you’ll need:
1.A small flag banner or twine {I got mine at Hobby Lobby}
2. Miniature clothespins { I got mine at Hobby Lobby}
3. Your polaroid pictures or regular pictures { HERE is the polaroid I got and I really love it! THIS one comes with two boxes of film, a camera case, assorted frames, stickers, photo album, and much more, all at a great price! }

How to:
Simply tape, or tack your banner onto the wall, picture frame, etc. hang your pics onto it with the clothespins and ta da!

Please comment and share how you made this project!