Update

Update: New Posting Schedule!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

School just started this week, which means I am newly swamped with work.

I’ve decided to cut down on posts per week – instead of 2, I will only do 1. I will also posting on Fridays now, since I only have one class in the morning that day.

I’ve been absent the last week or so preparing for school but I will resume posting this Friday with a follow-up to 10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill!

See you Friday!

Update

Update: Postage Stamp Gift Tags!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Yesterday I posted a list of 12 easy postage stamp projects. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already, there are some wonderful ideas there.

Today I decided to make my own version of #12 on the list, the gift tags from Pillar Box Blue. I sort of did my own thing, but I loved how they turned out! What a great way to “dress up” some plain, store-bought tags:

These are so quick and easy to make, and you could use so many different embellishments. I just used washi tape, but if I had some coordinating stickers and things, I probably would have used those too!

I’m especially fond of the Batman tag, and I have specific plans for that one. 🙂 I do wish I had switched the two strips of washi tape, but it still looks nice.

For the sweet corn tag, I opted for a smaller tag because the stamp itself was a lot smaller, and the rectangle tag would have been too big. If you can’t tell, the stamp has some red on it, which is why I went with the red polka-dot washi tape.

Hopefully this further inspires you to try out some stamp projects for yourself!

Connect and share on social media if you enjoyed. See you on Monday!

Roundup

12 Easy Postage Stamp Projects!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

My latest obsession is postage stamps. I actually wish I got more mail so I could save ALL the stamps! Be right back, I’m going to beg people to send me more mail. 😛

My current collection is pretty sad (you can see some – I mean, most – of it in the above graphic), but I hope to grow it more in the future so I can make some of these awesome projects! Most are very simple and won’t cost a fortune to make. Just how I like it.

Kick back and go postal (hmm, I’ll work on that…) with me! Also, if you’re interested in seeing my take on #12, check out the update to this post.

Note: I like to use blogger’s names when I can find them, but I am not personally affiliated with any of them.

1. Decoupage Box – Craftideas.info

This box is so cute, and so easy to make! You’ll have to click through to the tutorial, but make sure you read the materials listed at the link above, first. 🙂 You can also decoupage stamps onto other things such as bowls and coasters. There are a few more ideas on this list too!

2. Stamp Pendant – Crafting My Way

I honestly thought this might be a bit of a difficult and expensive project, but Jennifer makes it look so simple! You could make magnets using this same technique, too.

3. Postage Stamp Brooches/Jewelry – Miss Vicky Viola

This is another jewelry project, but it’s done very differently than the stamp pendant, so check this out and see if it’s more your style. I think it’s even easier, actually!

4. Wall Art – cabin + cub

There isn’t a tutorial given here but Valerie does mention mounting the stamps onto white archival paper in another post. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out, and it looks oh so cool organized by color! I’ve also seen a similar idea where the stamps overlap, leaving no white space between them. You can also arrange them into a monogram or other shape. The possibilities are endless!

5. Postage Stamp Wreath – Sweet Paul

If there’s anything I’ve learned from my years of poking around for craft ideas, it’s that people are suckers for wreaths. This one is super easy and not very expensive at all!

6. Decoupage Vases – Art Education Daily

What I love about this project is that it is also a great way to upcycle a glass bottle that might otherwise get recycled. I think it would make a great display piece.

7. Map Art – Papery & Cakery

Niki used solely “love stamps” (stamps relating to love) for her US map art, but you could use a variety or pick a different theme! I love how this looks – it is so colorful and unique!

8. Postage Stamp Buttons – Izzwizz Creations

I would never have thought to cover a button with paper, let alone a stamp, but it looks so neat! You’ll have to scroll a little to find where Maddy describes using a postage stamp to cover a button, but the first part is also important so that you know what to use and how to poke the holes after you’ve glued the paper to the button!

These would be great as embellishments for a card or scrapbook.

9. Postage Stamp Notebook – My Poppet

Here’s a great way to upgrade a plain notebook! How cute would this be as a travel journal?

10. Postage Stamp Tabletop – Gardening Nirvana

I saw this idea floating around a couple of places, but it was hard to track down a tutorial. Once I found this one, though, I knew I couldn’t have asked for a better one! Very personable and fun to read. It makes me want to go out and make one right now!

11. Magazine Files – notes on paper

Now even your storage can have stamps on it! No real tutorial to speak of here, but as Julie puts it, “you glue stamps on to a box.” If you don’t want to buy magazine files, you can make your own out of old cereal boxes!

12. Gift Tags – Pillar Box Blue

Create personalized gift tags with the help of stamp or two and some embellishments! It’s that easy.

You can check out my version of these tags in this post update.

Final Thoughts:

There are so many more postage stamp ideas I wanted to include but couldn’t find tutorials for. If you’re curious, you can do your own search to find more ideas, so long as you don’t mind possibly not having instructions to follow.

Connect and share on social media, and come back Monday for another pretty little post!

 

 

 

Makeover Monday

Makeover Monday: Boring Bowl to Cool Container!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

It’s time for another Makeover Monday, this time involving a wooden bowl. If you want other ideas for upgrading wooden bowls, check out my post 10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill. Wooden bowls are the first item on the list!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

The Original:

These bowls were gifted to my family by my aunt, but we never found a good use for them. I took to painting a few and gave them to my mom and sister; however, there were still quite a few left.

One day I decided to use Mod Podge (link is to glossy version) to glue some torn comic book pages to one of the bowls. I don’t have any in-progress pics, but you’ll still get to learn a little about how I took a plain wooden bowl and made an awesome piece of décor!

I first painted the rim of the bowl with black paint. I did this because I wanted to leave that part comic-free.

Next, I tore up the black-and-white pages of the comic and used Mod Podge to affix the pieces to the inside of the bowl. I allowed for some overlap, but I had fun trying to figure out which pieces would fit best where.

Here’s how the inside ended up looking:

For the outside, I tore up the colored comic book pages and glued them down.

Finally, I used Elmer’s glue to seal and provide a glossy finish. The Mod Podge I was using had a matte finish, which I didn’t like – the above link is for glossy finish, though.

Final Product:

I love how this turned out! I think it looks so cool.

Let me know what you think, and as always, connect and share on social media!

See you Thursday for another pretty little post!

 

Makeover Monday

Makeover Monday: Drab to Fab Frame!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Welcome to a new segment that I am calling Makeover Mondays!

On Makeover Mondays, I will be posting pictures of an item that I have transformed in some way, along with some information about how I did it.

The point is to inspire you to makeover your own items. Happy makeovering! (I know that’s not a word, but it’s all I could think of.)

The Original:

I picked up this rough, dull little frame at a yard sale for 25 cents.

For a quarter, I was willing to take a chance on it. After all, a little paint can sometimes go a long way…

I painted it with a paint sample that I got when I was trying to decide which color to paint my room. It’s not the exact shade that I ended up going with, but it’s similar enough that it will go well in my room.

There were some glimpses of the solid-aqua frame in my post last Thursday.

(Look familiar?)

Next, I blocked off parts of it with masking tape, like so:

I painted over some of the aqua areas with gold, which is one of the accent colors in my room.

Finally, I added a little pink paper flower to cover up the huge scratch/dent in the corner.

Final Product:

(I have a soft spot for Pusheen, as you can see.)

There’s the frame all set up in my room! Hard to believe it was once so plain, isn’t it?

Let me know your thoughts and, as always, connect and share on social media!

See you Thursday for another pretty little post!

 

DIY

Make a Cute Bib Necklace in Minutes

Hello, my pretty little readers!

I’ve wanted a bib necklace for a long time, but I’ve never found one I liked both the look and the price of, so I decided to make my own! This is my first attempt at one, and I love how it turned out:

Read on to find out how I did it!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Time:

30 minutes (could be split up if you don’t have a lot of time all at once)

Materials:

  • small piece of fabric
  • small piece of thin cardboard/cardstock
  • glue (Elmer’s is fine) or Mod Podge
  • small hole punch (Here’s the one I use)
  • jewelry pliers
  • 4 jump rings (I don’t recommend using weird oval ones like I did)
  • necklace clasp
  • unfinished jewelry chain (you can do a search on Amazon for those exact words)

Cost:

I made this for less than five dollars!

  • used a piece of an old pillowcase for the fabric!
  • cardstock was from some other craft supplies that I bought
  • already had Elmer’s glue and Mod Podge on hand
  • bought the hole punch from a Tuesday Morning a while back and was glad to have another chance to use it!
  • bought jewelry pliers a while back as well
  • had some jump rings leftover from a previous jewelry-making project
  • necklace clasp was also leftover from another project
  • unfinished jewelry chain – I got mine at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon for $2.40 – cheap, but perfect for what I wanted

 Basically, the chain was all I needed to buy for this project, and if you use materials that are available to you, yours shouldn’t cost too much either!

Instructions:

1. Cut the fabric into whatever shape you want. If you want symmetry, you can fold the fabric in half, pin it, and cut it out that way. I don’t have a picture for this step, whoops.

2. Glue the fabric onto the thin piece of cardboard/cardstock. My “cardstock” was from some packaging and had some pictures on the back, so I painted over that using some white paint, even though it probably won’t show.

Here’s the fabric glued to the cardboard. I originally was going to make two, in case one didn’t turn out, but the first turned out so well I didn’t bother with the second!

3. Once dry, cut the fabric shapes out of the cardboard.

4. Punch holes into the corners, and attach the jump rings using pliers.

5. Figure out how long you want each side of the necklace to be. Cut the chain into two pieces, and attach one to each jump ring.

6. Attach jump rings to the ends of each chain, then attach your clasp. One half of the clasp goes on one chain the other half goes on the other. You’re done!

Final Thoughts:

I haven’t worn this yet, but I’m dying to! I’ll have to post a picture when I finally do.

What do you think? Leave a comment, or connect and share on social media.

The picture frame seen in the last two pictures is a hint toward next Monday’s post!