Easy DIY – Eraser Stamped Journals

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I’m in a crafty mood lately, so yesterday I decided to try my hand at the ‘Pinterest-popular’ eraser dot/stamping technique. The basic concept is to use a pencil eraser as your paint brush. The project was fast, easy and since you can wipe the erasers clean…there was very little mess. 

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Supplies:

– Blank cover notebooks. I used Moleskine Pocket Cahier booklets which come in a set of three.

– Paint in your favorite colors. You can use any type of opaque paint for this project. I used Acrylic paints because that is what I had on hand, but you can use craft paint or even stamp pads for another cool look.

– Classic #2 Pencils with pink erasers. I also tested the dot technique with a Pentel Clik Eraser and some craft Stencil Daubers. All worked, but the yellow pencil/pink eraser provided the best result.

– Paper Towels and a little water for clean up, and small paint brush is helpful for any paint touch-ups you may find necessary.

 

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I decided to do the first notebook with metallic dots. I used the pencil eraser to dot copper dots on first. I found it helpful to keep a small paintbrush on hand to gently tap down any paint that peaked as you can see on some of the dots above. It’s not necessary to do this step, it was just my personal preference.

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I gave the copper dots a minute or so to dry, then I used the same pencil eraser to dot on some gold paint.

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Then I added some silver dots. Since you are using such a small amount of paint, the booklet dries very quickly.

SUCCESS! I love the finished journal!

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While the metallic booklet was drying, I tried using the Pentel Clik eraser to dot the other booklet.

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I used Aqua, Dark Purple, and Silver for this one.

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I didn’t like this finished booklet as much since the Clik Eraser didn’t stamp the paint as cleanly as the Pencil Eraser. You can see the difference in how poorly the purple stamped. That was partly due to the eraser and partly due to the type of paint. The aqua and silver worked just fine so I would recommend testing the paints you choose on a piece of paper before you stamp your final product. I had such good luck with the fist booklet that I didn’t test out the purple paint…but you live and learn.

It’s still pretty in it’s own way and now I have two lovely personalized booklets to write in. Bonus, clean up was a breeze and the whole project was done in less than 20 minutes. These would also make great gifts to the book/journal lover in your life!

 

What DIY Projects have you been working on lately?

DIY: Heart Art

Technically I did this project for Valentines Day, but it really doesn’t have to be only for February. I think it would look adorable in a little kids room year around, in fact, it’s an easy project that kids can do with you.

Heart Art

I started out with a piece of framed art from Christmas. I had hung this over the mantle for the holidays, but wanted to use the frame for something else throughout the year and this project seemed perfect.

Step 1:

Find an empty frame. A floating frame would look really beautiful with this type of art too, the hearts would appear to be floating on your wall.

Heart Art

Step 2:

I took the Christmas Art out and replaced it with a blank sheet of white computer paper. Nothing fancy here.

Heart Art

Step 3:

Collect the rest of your supplies.

  • Heart shaped scrapbook punches (I used two different sizes)
  • Rubber Cement
  • Scrapbooking or other colored paper

Heart Art

Step 4:

Cut out a bunch of hearts from the scrapbook paper. Begin laying them out to get an idea of the design before you start gluing them down.

Heart Art

Step 5:

Start Gluing to the frame and glass using rubber cement.

This project was all about texture. I folded some hearts in half to give them a 3D look, others I left flat. Most were glued directly to the glass, while some were glued to the frame for additional dimension. The reason I glued on top of the glass, instead of laying them under, was so that I could fold them. This was my alternative to using a more expensive shadowbox.

I used the rubber cement because after February I expect to remove the hearts and use the frame for something else. This is purely temporary for this month.

Heart Art

I wanted it to look like the hearts were sweeping across the frame. There was no magic in how I laid them out, it was all by eye and how the pieces was flowing.

Heart Art

Heart Art

Step 6:

The finished piece. Add some hangers, if necessary, and hang on the wall.

Heart Art

I really love how it turned out and there is a part of me that is considering leaving it up longer than February. It also sparked my art bug again and I can’t wait to dig into my paints soon. I’m thinking the paintings in the spare bedroom may have some mixed media incorporated, perhaps some hearts…

Heart Art

Heart Art

Heart Art

Total Project Cost Breakdown:

Frame/Mat/Paper/Glass (Already Owned) = $0

Scrapbook paper (Michael’s, clearance colors) = $.19 each (I used 4 colors so it cost $.76 and I have plenty left over)

Large Heart Punch (Michael’s) = $12 (on 40% off)

Small Heart Punch (Michael’s) = $2.50 (also 40% off)

Rubber Cement (Staples) = $2.50

Total Cost: $17.76

If you are a crafter then you likely have heart shaped punches already and the project would cost only a few dollars. For anyone that likes this idea, be sure to check out your local craft store right after Valentine’s day, they will likely put heart craft items on clearance and you could purchase some for next year.

I hope everyone is having an excellent Valentine’s Day…I’ll be back later today to show you a special Valentine gift I’ve been planning.

Heart Art

DIY Christmas Ornament 14: Raised Words

Whoa,where did the day go? Even though today was incredibly busy, it was also completely productive. I feel like I knocked out most of my to do list for this week and it feels so good.

The best news of all…my Christmas shopping is DONE!

I even finished up the ornament for today; although, I’m barely getting it posted in time.

Puffy Paint Ornament

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Clear Ornament
  • Puffy Paint
  • White Spray Paint
  • Twine/Ribbon

Puffy Paint Ornament

Step 2:

Using the puffy paint, write a holiday message on the ornament. I learned pretty quick that I’m not great at writing with puffy paint so I chose a short word.

Puffy Paint Ornament

Tip: You can also use hot glue to do this step if you don’t have puffy paint. Make sure to clean off any glue strings before you spray the ornament. Also BONUS, with hot glue, it will dry much faster and you’ll be able to spray paint much sooner.

Step 3:

After the puffy paint has dried, I sprayed the entire ornament with some satin white spray paint that I had on hand. Since my garage has terrible lighting, I don’t have any pictures. However, it made quick work of the ornament and after letting it dry overnight, I was pleased with how it turned out.

Step 4:

Add a little twine and ribbon for a fun.

Puffy Paint Ornament

 

Project Cost Breakdown (per Ornament):

Clear Ornament (Already Owned) = $0

Puffy Paint (Michaels) = $2

Satin White Spray Paint (Already Owned) = $0

Twine/Ribbon (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $2

DIY Christmas Ornament 12: Sequins and Lace

What could possibly be more girly than sequins and lace? Not much, but this ornament is more than just girly…dare I say sexy? This one was inspired by a friend who asked me what to do with all those sequins after completing this ornament. It’s true you’ll have a lot leftover and I wasn’t sure what to do with them either.

So one recommendation is to use them in another ornament.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Yes, I think this is a SEXY ornament.

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Sequins (any color)
  • Clear Ornament
  • Lace
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Piece of paper (to make funnel) or use an actual funnel

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Step 2:

Remove ornament cap. Create paper funnel by rolling the piece of paper and securing with a piece of tape.

Using the funnel, fill the ornament with the sequins.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Tip: Use a bottle cap or rubber band to keep the ornament stable while you deal with the sequins.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Step 3:

Replace ornament cap. Cut a piece of lace large enough to wrap around the ornament, overlapping slightly.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Step 4:

Spray one side of the lace with spray adhesive and carefully wrap it around the ornament. Press down all the edges so everything is securely attached to the ornament.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

That’s it, easy right?

Tip: Usually I would advise to use whatever glue you have on hand to keep costs down, but in this case, spray adhesive is your best option. Mod podge and tacky glue will work but will show on the ornament. The same with hot glue. If you use spray adhesive the lace will hold well and won’t show any unnecessary residue on the ornament.

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

  • Sequins (Already owned from this project) = $0
  • Clear Ornament (Already Owned) = $0
  • Lace (Already Owned) = $0
  • Spray Adhesive (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0

Sequin & Lace Holiday Ornament

DIY for the Peacock ornament in the background is found here

Linking To: Funky Junk Interiors

DIY Christmas Ornament 10: Cork Ball

I’d like to take this moment to thank my wino friends  & family who supply me with a large collection of corks for crafts just like this. I really appreciate your love for the booze. I kid…I kid…ok, not really. Since I rarely drink wine (I don’t even own a wine opener), I actually really love you for keeping me stocked in cork.

Looking back, the Cork Tree, was one of my favorite ornaments so far. I also like that you could make it very meaningful by using corks from a specific event or holiday. On that note, keep the corks you pop for Christmas/New Years this year and make an ornament out of them. Next year it will be a nice reminder of a past holiday (make sure to date it).

A quick note, this ornament is actually much heavier than it looks. Make sure you are starting with a smaller Styrofoam ball as the corks will make it much larger/heavier than you expect.

Also, don’t limit yourself to using this as an ornament. Skip the ribbon and you have a very cool decorative ball that can fill vases or decorate other areas of your house year round.

Cork Ball Ornament

 

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • About 10 corks (if you are using a small Styrofoam ball)
  • Small Styrofoam Ball
  • Hot Glue
  • Screw Eye
  • Ribbon
  • Utility Knife or Straight Edge Blade
  • Glitter/Homemade Mod Podge (Optional)

Cork Ball Ornament

Step 2:

Cut down the corks using the knife (I used a Straight Edge Blade which made it very easy). I recommend cutting them down to about 1/2 inch, you should get 3 pieces out of each cork.

Cork Ball Ornament

Cork Ball Ornament

Step 3:

Using the hot glue, attach the cork pieces. I was using high heat, black glue, but you can use regular, clear hot glue for this project.

Cork Ball Ornament

Continue attaching the cork pieces until the entire Styrofoam ball is covered. Keep the knife handy as you may need to cut down some of the cork pieces to fit them on the Styrofoam.

Cork Ball Ornament

Step 4:

Once your done, pull out the hanging and decorating supplies.

Cork Ball Ornament

Step 5:

You can easily attach  ribbon hanger by using a small screw eye. It will screw easily into one of the cork pieces.

Cork Ball Ornament

Attach the ribbon.

Step 6:

This step is optional, but since I used black glue, I found it necessary. I used a small paint brush to apply the homemade mod podge to the glue only, then sprinkled a black/green glitter on top. It may look a little funky, but it helps blend the hot glue in with the ornament and add some sparkle.

Cork Ball Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown:

Styrofoam Ball (Already Owned) = $0

Corks (Supplied by a wine loving pal) = $0

Hot Glue/Knife/Paint Brush (Already Owned) = $0

Screw Eye/Ribbon (Already Owned) = $0

Homemade Mod Podge/Glitter (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0

Cork Ball Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornament 8: Spray Painted

After yesterday’s post about No Mess Glitter Ornaments, I decided to do a few more. I also tried to add glitter to an older ornament.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

However, the older ornament was dirty inside and the baby oil didn’t stick in some places. Unfortunately this meant that the ornaments were only partially sparkly.

Then I tried to make another glitter ornament and ran into a similar problem. I was bummed and thought I’d just have to throw them out, chalk it up to a good idea gone wrong.

Stay with me…and don’t toss those ornaments just yet.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

If you tried the No Mess Glitter project and it didn’t work out as well as you hoped, you still have a great option.

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Glittered Ornaments (see tutorial here)
  • Painters Tape (or Masking Tape)
  • Spray Paint

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Painters Tape

Step 2:

Remove ornament caps.

Cut strips of painters tape and apply to the ornament. Make sure to leave any glitter-less areas uncovered so that the spray paint can cover them. The aqua ornament in the back was one of my old ornaments. The inside was dirty and the glitter only stuck to the bottom half.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Step 3:

Spray paint the ornaments with your choice of color. Oh, the possibilities.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Step 4:

Remove the tape and revel in the beauty.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Glitter Stripe Ornament

This one was fun because I can actually see the etchings now.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Tip: If any of the spray paint has seeped under the tape, use a blade (like X-acto) to remove. It will scratch off quite easily.

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Tip: If you are concerned about scratches, I recommend spraying the ornaments with an acrylic sealer (you can buy in any art/craft store).

Glitter Stripe Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

Glittered Ornaments (Already Owned) = $0

Painters Tape (Already Owned) = $0

Spray Paint (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0

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DIY Christmas Ornament 7: No Mess Glitter

I have a love hate relationship with Glitter. As a girly girl, I love sparkly things, but it’s so messy. I end up wearing glitter for the rest of the day, finding it in weird places, like behind my ears. How did it get there…I still don’t know.

I used to have a lot of glittery Christmas ornaments, but I ended up throwing them away a few years back when I just couldn’t handle the mess anymore. So this year, I decided to come up with a way to get my glitter fix and remain shiny flake free.

Then end result…glittery, lovely, and it’s all on the INSIDE!

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Clear Glass Ornaments (Any Size)
  • Baby Oil
  • Glitter
  • Piece of computer or ‘writing’ paper

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 1:

Remove the caps from your ornaments.

Add about 2 teaspoons of Baby Oil inside the ornament and swirl around until the entire inside is covered. After swirling, tip it upside down and let the excess drain out. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any pictures of this step. You’d be surprised at how difficult it is to hold a heavy camera while swirling something filled with baby oil.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Tip:I tipped them into the baby oil lid to let them drain.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 2:

Create your paper funnel (for inserting the glitter) by rolling the piece of paper at an angle and securing with tape.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 3:

Pour in about 1 Tablespoon of the glitter into the ornament (for smaller ornaments). Feel free to add more, you’ll be able to pour our the excess in a minute.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 4:

Swirl, Swirl, Swirl.

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No Mess Glitter Ornament

When you’ve covered nearly all of it, cover the opening with your thumb and shake. That should cover the last bits inside the ornament.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Step 5:

Replace cap. Hang from tree. Repeat with other colors.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

I did one more in black, because I was hoping the dark glitter would help the show process better in pictures. It didn’t, but the ornament came out pretty.

No Mess Glitter Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

Clear Glass Ornament (JoAnn’s) = $.50

Baby Oil (Target) = $2 (I bought a travel size, since I don’t like the smell of baby oil and won’t use it for anything but these ornaments)

Glitter (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $2.50 (Additional ornaments would be $0.50

Linking To: Funky Junk Interiors

DIY Christmas Ornament 6: Cookie Cutter

Every year, when I’m in the holiday spirit, I buy a few cookie cutters. The problem is, I don’t like sugar cookies. I don’t really like to make them, decorate them, or eat them. I do like to use cookie cutters for completely random things, like making a gingerbread man shaped grilled cheese sandwich…but otherwise I really have no use for all the cute cutters that come out this time of year. True to form, I picked up a cute little snowflake cookie cutter at Michael’s recently.

Then this happened…

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament (X)

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Inexpensive holiday Cookie Cutter
  • Craft Paper
  • Tacky Glue
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Scissors & X-acto Knife

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Step 2:

Cut down the craft paper to be just larger than the cookie cutter.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Step 3:

Using the tacky glue, apply a thin layer to the back of the cookie cutter. Be careful not to use too much, you don’t want it to squeeze into the inside of the ornament. If you are using a darker color cutter, you may want to consider buying clear tacky glue so you don’t see it.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Step 4:

Press the glue side down onto the craft paper and allow a few minutes to dry.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Step 5:

Once the glue has dried, use an X-acto knife and trim around the cookie cutter. (You can use scissors for this if the form you choose is a simple design, I know not everyone has an X-acto knife at home. Don’t feel like you need to buy one just for this project.)

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

While you still have the knife out, cut a small hole in the paper, just big enough to thread the twine or ribbon. Cut the small hole where the paper and cookie cutter meet and you’ll be less likely to notice it.

Tip: A few people told me they were having trouble getting a knot to stay when using twine as the hanger. I agree, the knot will unravel before you ever get it to the tree. If you want to use twine, break out your glue gun. I recommend tying a double knot and before you tighten the second knot, add a small bubble of glue, then tighten the knot. Once dry, you can trim the excess twine and rest assured your twine hanger will hold strong.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament (X)

Project Cost Breakdown (per ornament):

Snowflake Cookie Cutter (Michael’s) = $1

Craft Paper (Already Owned) = $0

Tacky Glue (Already Owned) = $0

Twine or Ribbon (Already Owned) = $0

X-acto Knife (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $1

DIY Christmas Ornament 5: Cardboard Flower

I’m not sure what to call this one. For some reason it just feels odd to refer to it as the Toilet Paper Roll Ornament…but that’s exactly what it is.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

I’m very inspired by the cardboard roll art out there so I’ve been collecting toilet paper rolls from everyone (which can be weird). However, while I figure out the larger art piece I’m working on, I came up with an ornament that everyone can do. I’m mean let’s face it, unless you’re super ‘green’, you use toilet paper and have toilet paper rolls in your house.

In addition to the rolls, break out some paint…things are about to get crazy!

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • 1 Toilet Paper Roll (per ornament)
  • Craft Paint
  • String, Ribbon, or Twine
  • any other decorations or baubles
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Ignore the clamp scissors in the picture, you will use regular everyday scissors for this craft.

Step 2:

Flatten the rolls. Use something heavy to make the fold clean and crisp.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Step 3:

Cut the rolls into 5 even pieces. They’ll be about 3/4 inch each.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Arrange the pieces into the flower shape to make sure they are even. They don’t need to be perfect, but you want them to be similar in width.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Step 4:

Break out the paint and paint all sides of each petal. I painted several ornaments which is why you see green paint; however, white paint worked the best. It had the best coverage and if the cardboard peaked out, it had a rustic look. Yes, I just called a toilet paper roll rustic.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Step 5:

Once the pieces are dry, arrange the petals and begin gluing them together with tacky glue.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Step 6:

I had a few bells leftover from last year which I used on the bottom of the ornament. Then I used some twine as a hanger.

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per Ornament):

Toilet Paper Roll (Already Owned) = $0

Twine (Already Owned) = $0

White Craft Paint Already Owned) = $0

Glue/Scissors/Painting Supplies (Already Owned) = $0

Holiday Bell (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $0 FREE!

Cardboard Flower Holiday Ornament

I didn’t have the highest hopes for this ornament, but in the end I really like it. I also think it would make a really stunning garland to string a few up across a mantle. Maybe even with some Christmas lights.

DIY Christmas Ornament 3: Sequins

You can file this ornament under something to do when you need to zone out and have some time on your hands. The result is really stunning, but attaching each pin takes time. Overall this took me about 2 hours so settle in with some good music or an audio book and pin away.

Or have a few friends over and chat while you pin…if you drink some wine you can also make these!

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Step 1:

Collect your supplies.

  • Styrofoam Ball (use any size you wish)
  • Sequins
  • Seed Beads
  • Sequin Pins or Straight Pins (sequin pins are typically shorter than sewing straight pins)
  • Screw Eye
  • Ornament Hanger or Ribbon

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Step 2:

Unless you are pinning the ornament in a single color, you’ll want to make a general plan on where to start. I decided to go with stripes of white, turquoise, and light green.

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Once I had my plan in place, I started pinning.

Sequin Holiday Ornament

I started with the center row and I pinned three rows of turquoise.

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Then I did two rows of White on either side of the turquoise.

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Next I pinned one row of light green…

Sequin Holiday Ornament

…followed by another two rows of white sequins.

Finally I finished the ornament with the green sequins.

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Step 3:

Be sure to leave a small hole on one end so you can attach a hanger. In this case, I chose to use a screw eye.

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Step 4:

Attach some ribbon so you can hang the ornament. For all of these tutorials, please consider using what you have already on hand. If you don’t have ribbon, use string, twine, thread, or the metal hooks that are typically used for ornaments.

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Project Cost Breakdown (per Ornament):

Styrofoam Ball (Michaels) = $1

3 colors of sequins (Hobby Lobby) = $6

Seed Beads (Already Owned) = $0

2 packages of Sequin Pins (Hobby Lobby) = $2

Screw Eye (Already Owned) = $0

Ribbon (Already Owned) = $0

Total Project Cost: $9 (however, you’ll have a lot of sequins left over, so any additional ornament will be much cost you about $2 each)

Now, as an added bonus, here’s another sequin ornament in case you don’t want stripes. If you want to do a solid color, consider using colored seed beads to give it something extra. However, you can keep everything in a single color as well and it would look great.

For this smaller ornament, I chose to go with silver sequins, purple seed beads, and light green ribbon. I use the same steps as above to create this ornament so I’ve only included pictures below.

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Sequin Holiday Ornament

Sequin Holiday Ornament

This ornament used the same supplies and cost about $2.75 since I had to buy the sequins for $2.

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