Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bits Of Chain Candle Jar DIY

Hello Everyone,
Now if you've been a follower of the blog, then you know that I love decorating candle jars. Actually as I type this blog post, there is about 15 candle jars (no joke) under my kitchen sink which are waiting to be decorated. So my love of decorating candle jars is pretty deep!

Today's project has been spinning around in my head for quite some time. Ever since I made my Chain Canvas DIY, I've been wanting to find other ways to use bits of jewelry chain in projects. I finally got around to making this project and just loved how it turned out. 

So grab those bits of jewelry chain that you've been saving and lets decorate a candle jar! 

Candle Jar
Paint Pen
E6000 Glue
 Jewelry  Chain

Step 1: Clean out your candle jar. You can read this post where I explain my method for cleaning out candle jars.

Step 2: Lay out your jewelry chain on a flat surface and begin painting your chain with your paint pen.

As a side note, when painting your jewelry chain you don't necessarily want to cover the entire thing with your paint pen color. You really just want to ''highlight'' your jewelry chain by painting light strokes onto the chain.

When your done painting, set your jewelry chain aside to dry. 

Step 3: Once your chain is dry, flip it over and apply some E6000 to the back. Then adhere it to your candle jar. When your satisfy with the look of your jar, set it aside to dry. 

Step 4: Once your jar is done drying, take your paint pen and paint the top of your candle jar. When your done painting, set it aside (I promise for the last time) to dry. 

When your candle jar is completely dry, your ready to fill it up with goodies! 

Like I mentioned before, I just loved how this project turned out! It was really easy to make and was a great way to recycle all those random pieces of jewelry chain.

What do you think? Do like these projects that use bits of jewelry chain?

xo Katie 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

12 Ways To Craft On A Budget

Hello Everyone,
I love crafting as much as the next person but sometimes supplies and tools can get a little bit expensive. Which is why most of the time here on the blog, I try to create projects that use recycle materials so you don't have to spend that much money making the actual project. Even though this sounds warm and fuzzy, at the end of the day my supplies do run out and I need to go shopping.

Currently I'm a college student so my budget for craft supplies is very small. So over the pass couple of years,  I've tried to be more savvy with my craft supply shopping and have notice a difference in my spending. Since everybody here loves crafting and probably saving money, I thought you might like to hear a few tips about how I've have saved money in the past.

So below I listed my top 12 ways in which you can craft on a budget!

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1. Always Use Coupons: This seem like a no-brainier but I know many people who go to the craft store without there coupons. Most craft stores offer weekly coupons which can give you up to 40% off a regular price item. You can also check out weekly ads (online) for craft stores like Michael's or Hobby Lobby to get an idea of there sales. 

2. Search The Clearance Section: You never know what crafty treasures you may find. 

3. Shop Around Holidays / Big Events: Usually craft stores like to put a bunch of stuff on sales during certain times of the year. These sales are usually around holidays or big events like going back to school. Times like these are perfect for picking up a few extra supplies. 

4. Shop At The Dollar Tree: The Dollar Tree should be a crafty person's best friend! They have a nice selection of craft supplies and sell many other things (obviously for cheap) which you can use in your craft projects. For example, if you need some fake flowers or a picture frame, then the Dollar Store would be the perfect place to buy them. 

5. Buy Craft Tools That Can Be Used For Multiple Purposes: Ok, this may sound a little odd but the point is to get the most for your money. For example if you have a bit more money to spend (or have a coupon handy) then you could but something like this heat tool from Martha Stewart. The heat tool comes with different attachments which can be used to adhere embellishments, transfer patterns and cut stencil film.

6. Buy Craft Lots: Craft Lots are where you get a bunch of supplies for half the cost. You can find these types of lots on websites like Ebay and Etsy. Depending on the lot and the price your willing to pay, you can get a bunch of craft supplies ranging from beads, wooden items to actual craft tools. 

7. Trade With Other Crafters: Have a bunch of crafty friends? Then host a craft supply swap! Its the perfect excuse to hang out with your friends while getting a bunch of new supplies.  

8. Sign Up For E-Mails: This is another great way to get coupons and extra discounts that you may not be able to get at the store.

9. Buy Smaller ''Sample Sizes'' Of Products: The first item like this which pops into my mind, is Mod Podge's Sampler Set of 6 Pots. Basically in the set you get sample sizes of the 6 most popular Mod Podge glue formulas. This is a great way to test out a bunch of products at once without spending a ton of money. Its also a nice way to discover those hidden products which you may have not had thought of buying before.

10. Do Your Research: Doing research is a great way to find out if you really want to spend the money on that unique product. Before you buy, see if you can find reviews about the product on various blogs, the company's website or Amazon. Also YouTube is not just for make-up reviews. There are tons of craft product reviews on YouTube which may help you understand a product better.

11. Shop At Garage Sales / Goodwill / Flea Markets: Shopping at any of these places is a great way to get certain products that you may need for your craft projects but cheaper. For example, frames, flower pots, little knick·knack, etc. You may even find bags of various craft supplies being sold for fairly cheap.

12. Buy Craft Items In Bulk: You don't have to be broke to want to save money on craft supplies! So if your looking to buy more for cheap, then you may want to consider buying certain craft supplies in ''bulk''. For example, you could get a bag of 600 painted wooden beads for only $6.45 off of Oriental Trading. This type of buying would be a good if your planing a party or are in the need of having a bunch of supplies for a large number of people.

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If I had to pick my favorite tip,  it would be number 10. Just because you can never go wrong with doing a little bit research before spending your money.

How do you save money while buying craft supplies or tools?

xo Katie 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Hello Everyone,
I just wanted to stop by and say Happy Easter!

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays and today's Easter (in particular) has been pretty exciting (at least for me). Why you ask? Well, we finally reached 100 followers on Bloglovin' and this post got shared over on Craft Gossip.

With all of that and a chocolate bunny now eaten, a girl can't complain! 

Have a Happy Easter!

xo Katie

p.s Also if you want to see a great movie, check out Easter Parade on TCM tonight at 8:00 pm. You won't be disappointed! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wooden Bunny Necklace DIY

Hello Everyone,
As promised, today I'm going to be sharing with you my own bunny DIY!

This project actually came about when I shopping at Target and found a pack of wooden bunny ornaments for only three dollars. When I saw the bunny ornaments, the first thing that came to my mind was an  ''Easter necklace''. So today I'll be showing you guys how you can transform these wooden ornaments into charms for necklaces!

Wooden Bunny Ornament
Paint Pen
Jewelry Chain
 Jump Rings (you may need some in different sizes)
Scissors (not pictured)

Step 1: Using your scissors, cut off the string from your bunny ornament. 

Step 2: Paint the front of your bunny ornament in any color of your choice. Then set it aside to dry.

Step 3: When your bunny ornament is dry, take a paint pen (in the color of your choice) and paint the edges of the ornament. Once your done painting, set your ornament aside to dry. 

Step 4: While your ornament is drying, take your jewelry chain and cut it to length you want your necklace to be. My necklace ended up being 24 inches long which means you would want 48 inches of jewelry chain. 

Step 5: At one end of your chain attach your clasp.

Step 6: Take a jump ring and attach it to your bunny charm.

Step 7: Now feed the chain through the jump ring (that your bunny is on) and slide the whole charm till its in the middle of your chain. 

Step 8: Once your bunny charm is on your chain, attach your jump ring to the other end.

When your jump ring is on, you are ready to wear your necklace!

Now if you can't find these wooden bunny ornaments at Target, you could always order these wooden rabbit cutouts from Etsy and just drill a hole in the top of them for your jump ring. 

Also if necklaces aren't your thing, you could always follow the same steps for decorating the wooden bunny but just make it into a key chain instead.

So what do you think of this wooden bunny necklace?

xo Katie 

Monday, March 30, 2015

9 Bunny Hopping DIYs

Hello Everyone,
Bunnies along with goats are quickly becoming one of my favorite little critters. There small, fuzzy, come in a variety of colors and are just so darn cute to look at. So with Easter approaching (at what seems like the speed of light) I thought it would be fun to share 9 bunny inspired DIYs. 

Bunny Foldover Clutch Sewing Tutorial
Ceramic Bunny Ring Tray DIY
DIY Tutorial Bunny Coin Purse (with Free Pattern)
DIY Bunny Chalk!!
Easter Bunny K-Cup Sleeves with Free Cut File
Dot to dot bunny shirt
$5 Elizabethan Bunny Makeovers
DIY: Peek-A-Boo Bunny Bag
Don't you just love bunnies! My favorite project from this list would definitely be the bunny ring dish. Tune in tomorrow and I'll be sharing my own bunny DIY! 

What bunny DIY is your favorite? 

xo Katie 

p.s Has anybody ever owned a rabbit for a pet? I once had a friend who had a pet rabbit but personally I've never had one. Just curious ;) 
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