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clay cross planter: diy

I saw a hanging clay planter on Etsy awhile ago, and it’s been on my DIY list ever since. Actually, I’ve always wanted to learn how to throw pots on a wheel. It looks like so much fun! So until I can get my hands on one, here is my rendition of a clay planter. It’s still very fun to create.

Materials

Packaged molding clay
Acrylic paint
Paintbrushes
Toothpicks
Succulent
River rocks
Rope
Rolling pin

Steps

1. Remove the clay from the packaging. Place it on a flat and clean surface. Using a rolling pin, flatten the clay so that it is roughly an inch thick.

2. Now it is time to form a pot. Start with the sides. Determine the height that you would like, then form one cohesive piece of clay that is that exact height. Use the rolling pin to make it smooth. Ensure that the length of this piece will be long enough so that when you bring the ends together, it forms a cylinder large enough to hold your succulent or plant.

3. Take another piece of clay and make it into a circular shape. This will be the base of the pot.

4. Now form a cylinder with the clay in step 3. Gently place it on the base. Attach the cylinder to the base with your fingers. Spend some time blending all of the visible lines on the pot.

5. Using the wooden ends of the paintbrushes, create a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot, as well as two on either side and closer to the top. Make sure that they are wide enough for the rope, and are level with one another.

6. Using the toothpicks, carve crosses into the pot. Once you have completed this, set the pot aside. Let dry overnight.

7. After the clay is completely dry, you may begin to paint it. Start with the base color, covering the exterior and interior of the pot. Once dry, use a different color for the crosses. Let dry once again.

8. Add the succulent and river rocks to the pot. Then take the rope and string it through the two holes on either side of the pot. Knot the ends, and proceed to find a sunny place to hang your new and beautiful creation!

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animal magnet diy

animal-magnet-diyHi everyone! Today I’m sharing my most recent DIY that I’ve made. These magnets are a great addition to any country or vintage-themed kitchen, or one that has a child or children with busy little fingers.

animal-magnets-1Supplies:

Any animal toy(s)
Magnets
Crazy glue
Miter saw
Clamp
Spray paint (optional)

animal-magnets-7Steps:

1. When choosing an animal, make sure to select one or more that can easily be cut to have a flat neck and midsection. This is where you will eventually be gluing the magnets, and so you will need to consider how they will look once placed on your fridge.

animal-magnets-22. Once you have your selection, the next step is to saw the animal into three parts. Clamp the animal down, and using a miter saw, saw the head and the bottom off as smoothly and carefully as possible.

animal-magnets-33. Next, glue one or two magnets onto the backs of the head and bottom. If the magnets are larger, then you will most likely only need one. If you have smaller magnets, then two or more will be needed.

animal-magnets-84. Once the glue has cured, the animal magnets are ready to be used. Alternatively, you may wish to spray paint them. If so, then do so between steps 2 and 3. Either way, they make a pretty unique and fun DIY to add to any kitchen!

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make these: christmas gift ideas

burlap-tree-ornaments-7With Christmas being less than a week away, I’m sure some of you are still in need of one or two gifts (or maybe more) for those special people in your lives. I know that I am. Here are a few DIY gifts that I have featured over the years that will be sure to please come Christmas day!

Food:

shortbread6Shortbread Wedges

buttertarts10Pecan and Raisin Butter Tarts

dsc_8016-copyTreat-Filled Stocking

Crafts:

rustic-christmas-candle-diy-4Rustic Christmas Candles

burlap-tree-ornaments-6Burlap Tree Ornaments

Tell me, are you ready for Christmas this year?

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four essentials you need for your crafting arsenal

When you want to start crafting, it can seem like you need a lot of things to get started. While there are a few things that you need in your crafting arsenal, you can add things as you go along. It doesn’t have to cost a lot up front, which is what can put a lot of people off starting to do some DIY. So if you want to get crafting this Christmas, let me share what could help you get started.

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Scissors

As any keen crafter will tell you, you can’t use the kitchen scissors for your crafting. Having a special pair (or two) is a must have for any craft cupboard. They are much more precise and sharp, which is essential for use with fabrics. You don’t want to have your fabric snagging with scissors that aren’t sharp enough. You could even get a few different styles of scissors, as you go along. Crimping shears are a good option, for example.

Sewing Machine

You might start crafting by doing things that aren’t sewing related. It sort of eases you into the hobby. But as you gain confidence, you might like to branch out and try sewing. Then you can really step up your game. The crafting world is your oyster when you can sew. New clothes, baby accessories, bedding and things for the home. So shop around a bit when you are looking for your sewing machine. There are all kinds available for all kinds of budget. I quite like to use a Singer or a Kenmore. Whatever style you choose to get, make sure that you check how easy the parts for the machine are to get. You could look online for Kenmore sewing machine parts, for example.

Paper Trimmer

Having some scissors is, of course, part of a craft kit. But for precision, for things like card making, you need a card and paper trimmer in your life. You can use it for intricate and small details for all of your card craft. They are pretty small to store and quite a low budget item too. If you want to invest more in your craft kit, you could stretch to an electronic die cutting machine. They are quite an investment, though. So maybe invest in one when you are getting serious about your crafting game.

Quality Glues

If you are getting into crafting, then you are going to need quality adhesives to stick everything together. You’ll need a variety, though, depending on what craft you choose. Glues for card craft are things like tacky glue and adhesive strips. Double sided tape is a great idea too. For fabrics and plastics, a hot glue gun is a must. The glue is strong and dries clear, so can help stick together a large number of things. Glue guns and the glue sticks are pretty cheap to add to your collection. Just make sure that you have plenty of them in, for all of the crafting that you are going to do!

** This was a contributed post.

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last minute gift ideas

DSC_7958-copyThis post was originally inspired by Rubyellen’s Three Easy Gift Ideas on her blog CAKIES. While I couldn’t think of any friends or family members specifically that would relish her handcrafted gifts, I thought that each were so simple yet inventive and definitely needed a mention. 

These are some of her selections.

DSC_8044-copy1. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

DSC_8016-copy2. The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney With Care

If you were looking for other quick presents to DIY, check out these previous tutorials from HSB.

img_341. Woodland Snow Globe

reindeer32. Reindeer Plate

Only two more days!

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