With the 4th of July finally here, it’s the season for outdoor barbecues and long summer nights. I love spending whole days outside and I love the idea of adding some personal touches to make your backyard more cozy and more entertaining. I’ve spent many 4th of July’s at block parties where children were left to roam free and adults were left to talk about politics and other important adult topics. I’m entering a time when I’m looking more at home decor than I ever have before. Here are some great crafts to spruce up the outside environment in your life.
This upcycled chair is a fantastic way to create a chair you’ll be proud to take to the beach, camping, or to any outdoor activity. The how-to video and step by step instructions make this professional looking final product look like a both a fun activity and one that won’t be too difficult to make or customize to your own style and colors.
Upcycling has become a recent craft trend. Finding things that may be inexpensive and changing them to create a better product is both a good way to save money and to keep yourself entertained during hot summer days. One of my favorite things to shop for is shoes and at times I cannot find the exact pattern or design I’m looking for. Luckily, crafting exists and these fun ideas will give both the opportunity to revamp your old pairs of shoes and get exactly what you want.
With Father’s Day fast approaching, I went on the hunt for affordable and crafty ways to celebrate the occasion. Through my search I found these fantastic ideas that Dad will be sure to appreciate. As someone who has made a lot of coupon books and terrible versions of breakfast in bed, these crafts bring a clever way to celebrate the father in your life. Not to mention, he won’t have to pretend to like the burnt toast and coffee grounds you’ve brought him, or is that just me?
As a universal truth, I believe that all dads love socks. This is a clever way to present his brand new pairs that will be sure to enlist a smile. Make sure they are washed and new before you tell him to “smell the roses.”
As summer sets in and the heat seems unrelenting, I am finding myself disregarding good hair days in an attempt to keep cooler. Long hair on a hot summer day often means a very sweaty head and rather than subject myself to the heat, my hair ends up in some sort of up-do. As someone who struggles finding the perfect balance between fashion and function I can say that DIY Summer Headbands make this a much easier task. As a current trend, DIY headbands are perfect for the summer season. Stay cute on the beach and accessorize your top-knot with these great ideas!
This Spring I’m feeling more enthusiastic than usual about sprucing up my surroundings. My husband and I bought our first home this year and there are still many bare walls in need of arts and crafts. What better way to spruce things up than with pretty stencils and paint! Stencils and paints are on sale and I’m busy drafting up projects for wall art, patio art and some newly decorated accessories to make with my pretty new supplies.
I’m enamored with the Folkart Bird stencils. I can’t wait to use them on my husband’s herb planters. The chalkboard paint also gives the planters such a clean bright quality.
In celebration of National Craft Month I thought I’d compile a big list of inspiring and helpful craft tips from Craft Experts like you!
Sew Many Ways has brilliant tips for organizing your Sewing and Craft Room. Check out this blog for some crafty inspiration! One of my favorite ideas I found on Karen’s site is this tutorial on how to File Your Fabric.
“In the spring – I take all the scraps and thread that come from my serger and put them outside along with used dryer sheets and lint and bits of yarn – there are many colourful bird nests in my neigbourhood.” – Susan M. from Gatineau, Canada.
I have to admit, I’ve never actually tried glass painting before, and I knew I would need to do some research before trying it out for myself. There are so many different effects you can achieve using glass paints and vases. You can find inexpensive glass at the dollar store or even in the top shelf of your kitchen cabinets! My husband and I have a constant battle over the mason jars in our house – he uses them for canning and I use them for decorating. Once he’s used them once or twice, I wash them out and hide them in hard to reach cabinets. Once you’ve gathered your extra glass containers and pretty paints check out some of these tutorials for design ideas and tips.When your projects are complete feel free to post pictures of your new glass decor in the comment section!
These Modern Mason Jars are a great way to re-use or reclaim the mason jars in your own kitchen! Once you’re done with this project those old mason jars won’t be hiding any longer. These would be great for holding crafts supplies, or decorative knick knacks on a modern mantle place.