14 Alphabet Letter Crafts You Can Make

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters via www.Momcaster.com.

Every time I go into Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, I see those letters of the alphabet that are made of cardboard (and also chipboard and paper mache) and I always wonder, “What kind of craft could I make with those alphabet letters?”

Sadly, God forgot to put that girl chip in my brain that lets me look at things and come up with awesome ideas for crafting. That’s why I absolutely fall in love with bloggers who come up with craft ideas for me, and who are generous enough to post their tutorials.

I’ve found 14 of the cutest crafts you can make using those boring letters of the alphabet at the craft stores, and I think you’re going to love them, too. Be sure to visit these blogs for the how-to!

Alphabet Letter Crafts

 

1. Buttercups & Blue Scrubs created this sweet bookend. I would never have thought about using craft letters to make bookends. I don’t even own bookends! Does that make me a bad person.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Buttercups & Bookends

2. Using chipboard alphabet craft letters, HGTV put together this darling MOM banner. Perfect for Mother’s Day! (But, then again I’m kind of a fan of HGTV because I was on one of their shows in 2011.)

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via HGTV

3. How could you look at these alphabet craft letters all dressed up and framed and not love them? Right? From Watch Out for the Woestmans, this tutorial is very crafty – and crazy clever.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Watch Out for the Woestmans

4. Letters from Coco came up with a darling way to decorate her kitchen using alphabet craft letters and prints she picked up from Etsy. Isn’t she talented? Why can’t I have a craft-soaked brain? Maybe if I took more vitamins.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Letters From Coco

5. Scrappy Chick 101 writes that she decorated these craft letters with scrapbook paper and embellishments. She makes it look (and sound) so easy! This is one talented lady. Be warned that when you go to her blog you’ll be ten kinds of jealous. I know I was.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Scrappy Chick 101

6.  Casa Cullen made this framed monogram art for a little boy’s room. I like it a lot. Before you go to her blog, get yourself prepared…her baby is bordering on too cute to legally be featured on the internet. Seriously.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Casa Cullen

7. Never would I have thought to use alphabet craft letters the way A Little Moore did. I am mad for this idea at Christmas, and also trying to think of other ways I could use the same idea.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via A Little Moore

8. Sew Grown is SEW talented. I adore the way she uses all different shapes & styles of craft letters, and she made them absolutely cool enough to use in a boy’s room.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Sew Grown

9. Oh. My. Gosh. Look at these topiaries using chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby! Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss is just too awesome. Can’t you see these at a wedding reception?

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

10. A $1 frame plus alphabet craft letters from Hobby Lobby, and look at the adorable wall art created by TwoGirlzStuff. This is so awesome.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
viw Two Girlz Stuff

11. I have never seen such a cute Christmas tree topper in my life. The Fabulous Baby Striblings created this cuteness from an alphabet craft letter and a clothespin. Her tutorial is so easy, even I can do this! Love it!

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via The Fabulous Baby Striblings

12. These yarn wrapped craft letters from Bump Smitten are just delicious. Wonderful tutorial and beautiful photography.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Bump Smitten

 

13. Check out what the Mardi Gras Outlet did with Mardi Gras beads and a cardboard letter! I can imagine these in all sorts of colors.

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Mardi Gras Outlet

 

14. Little Inspirations says this craft letter is created quite simply with Elmer’s Glue and paint. Isn’t it elegant? It’s almost impossible to believe it started out so humbly. It’s beautiful!

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters featured on www.Momcaster.com.
via Little Inspirations

Okay – so this next one is blatant self-promotion and so I didn’t count it. 🙂 I LOVE to grab these chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby and pretty ’em up. I sell them (and lots of other stuff) in my Etsy shop. (I do custom orders – hint, hint.)

PS: I’d love you harder than a goat butts a stump if you’d Pin this post! 🙂

Oodles of super cute crafts made from those Hobby Lobby letters via www.Momcaster.com.

Ooooo! Don’t miss this other post I did about how to use wine corks and a craft letter to create something ridiculously awesome.

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7 Easy Mason Jar Crafts

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I really don’t know why I love Mason Jars so blessed much, but I surely do. There is something so clean and homey about them and I guess they remind me of my life growing up in the South. In fact, I love Mason Jar crafts so much, I created a website where I can organize all the best ones I find online. It’s called…

Mason Jar Crafts Blog! Are you shocked at the originality of the name?  I add new Mason Jar ideas, crafts, recipes, and general jar goodness there every time I find something delicious online – which is OFTEN. (I have a little Mason Jar monkey on my back. I can admit this thing.) Come join me over there when you’re done here!

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7 Easy Mason Jar Crafts…

 

1. These Mason Jars are dotted with glow-in-the-dark paint. I think they’re so crazy adorable. I actually made some of these glow-in-the-dark jars a couple months ago. There really is nothing to it.

You just dot the jars with glow-in-the-dark paint, let them soak up the light during the day and at night… shock & awe, Baby! I keep mine in my bathroom to store things like cotton balls, and then at night…they’re kind of like a little nightlight.

I did have a heck of a time finding glow-in-the-dark-paint, though. After going to Hobby Lobby and Walmart and Home Depot, I wound up ordering mine from Amazon. Hint: if you dot the jar with several different colors of paint, it looks even cooler.

glow in the dark jars
via Bucikah

2. Look at these pendant lights from Secret Pocket Blog.  It looks entirely doable. (In other news, that line is the entire reason I said yes when my first husband popped the question.)

How to make pendant lights from Mason Jars
via Secret Pocket Blog

3. Who in the world would ever think of displaying photos inside a Mason Jar AND suspended in oil?

Who wakes up one day and says, “You know what, Mildred? I’m going to drop a whole bunch of our family photos inside some oil in a jar today and see what that’s about”?

I just adore people who have these kinds of creative minds. You can get the instructions on Funky Bear Decor.

How to display photos in Mason Jars
via Funky Bear Decor

4. Mason Jar soap and lotion dispensers are really easy to make. Country Living is happy to tell you how. It involves a drill bit. That lets me out. I haven’t been allowed to operate power tools since…ever.

Turn a Mason Jar into a soap dispenser
via Country Living

5. The Inspired Room came up with something so simple, but so lovely. Check out this “Key to Your Heart” Mason Jar.  Why can’t I think of stuff like this on my own, y’all? I fear I was born deficient in whatever essential mineral that is in the DNA of all crafty chicks.

Valentine's Day Mason Jar gift
via The Inspired Room

6. I have Christmas lights and I have Mason Jars. What is preventing me from shoving one inside the other like Lea Klausen? I’ll tell you what…

The moment I start cramming Christmas lights into jars, my partner-man is gonna be all, “Why are you doing this thing?” And I’ll be all, “You don’t understand my creative spirit!” And he’ll be all, “You’re off your hormones again aren’t you?” And then I’ll smack him in the kidney and it’ll be a whole thing.

mason jars with Christmas lights
via Lea Klausen

7. I do not have a garden, nor do I have the talent to create these lovely, lovely, uber-cool garden lights. The Country Barrel does though.

These are so pretty, and at only twenty-six smackeroos for the hangers, they make me want to pack it all up and move to a house with a garden… where I would promptly murder every living thing because I have a black thumb.  Maybe I’d better just stay put and admire these from afar.

hanging mason jar garden lights
via The Country Barrel

Since you’re a Mason Jar Crafts fan, (all the best people are), don’t forget to come hang out with me at…

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10 Triple Awesome Wine Cork Crafts

make a wine cork letter

Wondering what to do with the wine corks once the cab is gone? Wine cork crafts, that’s what! You can’t believe the really amazing crafts these talented folks have made with wine corks.

I drink wine almost every day. Before you go thinking I need an intervention, I should tell you that it’s one glass of cab or pinot a night. (Although some nights are longer than others.) I save my wine corks and always wondered what in the heck to do with them. And then…I found these crafts and decided saving up corks to make stuff is my new license to buy Rodney Strong.



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Wine Cork Crafts!

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1. Wine cork letters are kind of awesome. Once I read this tutorial from Green is Universal, I felt like a dumb head that it took a tutorial to make me understand how these are made.

make a wine cork letter
via Green is Universal

2. You’ll need 175 wine corks to make this wine cork bathroom mat from Crafty Nest. So like a couple week’s worth of drinking, right?

How to make a wine cork bathmat
via Crafty Nest

3. Design Sponge has the how-to for wine cork trivets. You’ll need 10-12 corks to complete this easy project.

Make wine cork trivet
via Design Sponge

4. Heartmade Blog created some adorable round wine cork coasters that you can make, too. She says you’ll need about 25 corks.

via Heartmade Blog

And now, as promised, a quick little video from me to you. Check out MY wine cork craft awesome sauce. Be prepared to be dazzled in 60 seconds.

5. Wine cork napkin rings can be really pretty. Look at these from Beaucoup Joie de Vivre. Click through to her website for the how-to.

How to make wine cork napkin rings
via Beaucoup Joie de Vivre

6. I’m not a stamper, but I do appreciate seeing the beautiful things people make using stamps. Zakka Life takes it a step further and creates her own stamps using wine corks.

wine cork stamps
via Zakka Life

7. This super simple wine cork candle displays delights me. I love it because it looks so clean and unique and I appreciate the way the light glows through the corks. Get the how-to on TwoTwenty-One.

wine cork candle holder
via TwoTwenty-One

8. This cutie is from Design Finch  and it’s precious. She made it completely on the cheap, too. Make sure you check out her wine cork bulletin board tutorial. 

Wine Cork Bulletin Board
via Design Finch

9. I don’t usually care for most of the wreaths I see made from wine corks. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I’d have to be straight up wine-wasted to hang one in my house… and I have almost no style whatsoever. But this one from Lolly Chops is just about perfect. I love how full it is. I’d definitely love to make it. For the tutorial, make sure you visit her site.

 

diy wine cork wreath
via Lolly Chops

10. I LOVE these wine bottle stoppers made from corks and drawer pulls. They are like jewelry for your bottle. Awesome DIY project by The Spotted Fox.

DIY WINE STOPPER
via The Spotted Fox

Did ya love these? Do they make you want to drink? Just remember ladies… don’t drink and glue.

7 Beautiful Kitchen Crafts

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My kitchen is the size of a clown car. Still, something happens to me when I see beautiful kitchen crafts. I start to believe that I’m actually capable of using a hot glue gun and whipping up extraordinarily beautiful kitchen crafts that would cause visitors to weep at my talent.

What actually happens is I wind up with my fingers glued together, lace stuck to my eyebrows, and glitter in places glitter should never be.

7  beautiful kitchen crafts you should make  – because we both know I won’t.

 

(And please, if you manage to make one or more of these beautiful crafts without having the cat covered in Mod Podge, send me a picture. I’d be thrilled.)

1. These DIY chalkboard mugs created by Wit & Whistle are so stinking cute, I want to make them and force everyone I know to drink coffee with me. Even toddlers. 🙂

by Wit & Whistle

2. Every yard sale I go to (and I go to a bazillion of them every year) almost always has three things in common: damp stuffed animals sitting on the ground, a woman running the show who has smeared make-up from the night before all over her face, and a box full of mismatched eating utensils. How cool would I be if I made these crazy cute crafts from old silverware found on Whimsy Love? The answer is: I would be crazy cool.

by Act Normal – Be Different

3. I don’t have a baby because I’m almost one-hundred years old. But this baby food chandelier from Natural Home & Garden makes me want to be friends with one – just so I could talk them out of their baby food jars.  I could do it, too. Babies are gullible.

from Natural Home & Garden

4.  I dig word art. The Mostly Food & Crafts blog found a cool online tool and made this awesome Cooking Terms word art photo. If I do it for my kitchen though, I’ll have to add a few words.

You know, like “Burn” and “Messy” and “Why Does My Oven Smell Like I Roasted a Gorilla?”

Word art for the kitchen craft
by Mostly Food & Crafts Blog

5.  One time, long ago and in a marriage far away, my ex-husband used All Spice in the pot roast he made. “What?” he said bewildered when my gag reflex kicked in at the taste of beef and gingerbread cookies. “Doesn’t ‘All Spice’ mean it has every spice in it?” That’s not why I divorced him, but it should have been. This DIY wall-mounted magnetic spice rack from Kitchn is awesome. Maybe my next husband will make it for me.

DIY wall mounted spice rack craft from Kitchn
from Kitchn

6. Delightful Order is the creator of this Everyday Message Board she made for her kitchen command center. I’m in love – partly because this is so cool, but mostly because I love to command people and things as often as possible.

beautiful kitchen craft
via Delightful Order

7. I am NUTS over this utensil art from One Month to Win It. Made from thrift store finds, this kitchen craft screams beautiful. I want to haz it.

beautiful kitchen craft
via One Month to Win It

Are you made for beautiful kitchen crafts? Get thee to Momcaster on Facebook and show it to me. Oh, and don’t forget to check out WIN STUFF here on Momcaster. I like giving things away. 🙂

8 Awesome Girl Scout Ideas

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If you’re a Girl Scout troop leader, you’re probably always on the prowl for great Girl Scout ideas. It’s not always easy to find really cool Girl Scout ideas to keep your girls busy, engaged and having fun! But, the ideas I’ve found today are guaranteed add some pop to your Girl Scout troop meetings or your money back!

But first, you’ll need to give me your money. That’s key to this whole money-back plan working. 🙂

Girl Scout Ideas

 

Designs by Kristen shows you how to make a super cute bowl using buttons and balloons. You gotta know this is an awesome Girl Scout craft!

girl scout idea - button bowl
via Designs By Kristen

For a new twist to Popsicle stick crafts, you should take a look at these Popsicle stick bracelets. Craft Affection does the impossible – she turns a wooden stick into a bracelet. She may be a magician. Meanwhile, this is an awesome Girl Scout craft, right?

Girl Scout idea - popsicle stick bracelet
via Craft Affection

Every household has cereal boxes. Well, maybe not EVERY household but I’m saying those who don’t definitely know how to get their hands on a box or a thousand. 🙂 So what about Girl Scout craft ideas made from cereal boxes?

Taste With the Eyes created these stunning shadow boxes from cereal boxes! Are you in love?

girl scout idea - cereal box shadow boxes
via Taste With the Eyes

Infarrantly Creative turns cereal boxes into notebooks! Cute as bug noses, aren’t they? I’m saying this is a fabulous Girl Scout craft idea.

girl scout crafts - cereal box notebooks
via Infaranntly Creative

If your Girl Scouts want to help their Moms out, they can snag the old T-shirts from their brothers and then you can use this amazing idea from One Good Thing By Jillie. It’s a tote bag made from an old T-shirt! Can you stand it? Isn’t it fun?

Girl Scout Idea - t-shirt tote bag
via One Good Thing by Jillie

Four Marrs and One Venus must have a mind like a Martha Stewart steel trap because she shows us how she turned a Capri Sun drink into an iPod holder. Your Girl Scouts are going to DIG this!

Girl Scout Idea - Capri Sun iPod Holder
via Four Marrs & 1 Venus

Can you believe these flowers were made from recycled security envelopes? A lovely idea from Weddings and Cookies you could use for your Girl Scout troop.

Girl Scout Ideas - Flowers from envelopes
via Weddings & Cookies

Grab some straws, grab some book pages and BLAMMO! Totally Green Crafts will teach your Girl Scouts how to make this trendy bracelet!

Girl Scout Idea - straw bracelet
via Totally Green Crafts

 

If you thought these were cool, you’re probably going to like 7 Easy Mason Jar Crafts and my super popular Ultimate Flip Flop Craft List!

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Quick, Easy Crafts – A Roundup!

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Momcaster has lots of crafty crafts, because the internet is filled with crafty chicks. Sometimes though you just want some quick and easy crafts – not crafts that cause you to pull your hair out and staple your fingers to the Mod Podge bottle.

Here are links to some crafts that are easy enough that I think it’s a real possibility that even I could make them.

Maybe. But, probably not.

quick easy crafts

Quick, Easy Crafts for Your Home

 

14 Alphabet Letter Crafts You Can Make Today – Lots of super simple and totally cute ways to decorate those letters you see in craft stores.

Easy Craft Using an Old Book – How I made a sweet banner for my bedroom using pages from an old book. Mad easy.

7 Easy Mason Jar Crafts – Mason Jars are wicked hot these days, and these 7 ways you can trick them out are adorable.

 

Quick & Easy Crafts for Spring

 

13 Easy Flip Flop Crafts – If you pick up some cheapo flip-flops, you can customize them in so many ways. Even the kiddos can do some of these.

Decorating Crafts for Easter – Not just for Easter, some of these are so springy and flowery. You’re gonna love them!

 

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6 Darling Activities for Easter

How to make an Easter centerpiece from Peeps

Hippity-hoppity, Easter’s on its way! For those of you who celebrate the Easter holiday, I’ve found some incredibly fun (and completely cute) Easter activities and crafts you can make this year.

Some are even suitable for help from little hands, if you want. These Easter activities could be fun for the whole family!

1. The only thing better than Easter jelly beans, are Easter jelly beans that have been turned into napkin rings! Delish has turned an ordinary candy into Easter home decor that is pretty enough to eat.

Easter activity - make jelly bean napkin rings
via Delish

2. Creative Carissa has an Easter activity that is so simple, (and so smart), I can’t even stand it. Who says we have to always fill Easter baskets with chocolate? Look at what she does with Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies crackers!

Easter activity - make carrot treats
via Creative Carissa

3. Everything is better when it sparkles, and Easter eggs are no different. Sew & the City has a tutorial to make glitter Easter eggs that are so easy, and so darling. You have to check it out for sure.

How to make glitter Easter eggs
via Sew & The City

4. Have you seen these Easter Peep centerpieces? An Affair From the Heart saw them and conquered them! I despise Peeps almost as much as I despise Jell-o, maybe more. But, I would totally pay good money for Peeps in order to make this Easter centerpiece.

Easter centerpiece made from Peeps and flowers
via An Affair From the Heart

5. Even though I’ve just told you how much I hate Peeps, this Peep Topiary cannot be denied. Seriously? Isn’t it cute? The Hungry Mouse did a good thing for Easter decor – even if it does involve devil candy.

How to make an Easter centerpiece from Peeps
via The Hungry Mouse

 

6. Sugar Teachers‘ nod to Moon Pies for Easter is too brilliant! I grew up in the South so Moon Pies were a staple on all holidays. I love these! So pretty, and I’m sure, so good!

Make Easter egg marshmallow cookie pops
via Sugar Teachers

You’ll also want to check out 10 Easy Decorating Ideas for Easter. It’s springy goodness!

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Thumbtack Crafts. Yep…thumbtacks.

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Thumbtack crafts are way cooler than I first realized. As it turns out, thumbtacks are superior crafty wonderfulness –  in the right hands. Thank the craft gods that these 10 blogging humans saw the potential in thumbtacks or I may have lived the rest of my life completely in the dark. You’re going to LOVE these thumbtack crafts and ideas!

thumbtack crafts

1. Jessica had 1000 thumbtacks and an afternoon, and BLAMMO! She created this slice of impressive craft creativity on her wall.

If I had 1000 thumbtacks I know for sure it would never have occurred to me to stick them on my wall and create art. I’m obviously deficient in whichever vitamins generate creativity with office supplies.

Thumbtack walls
via Jessica Hische

2. It is my firm belief that this thumbtack craft wreath is utter foam sexiness. Those chicks in Canada have all the cool ideas.

How to make a thumbtack wreath
via Shannon Phillips – Canadian Family

3. If there is one thing I know I’ll never run out of, it’s wine corks. I do loves me a nice cab, so I have a fast growing wine cork collection. That’s why this thumbtack craft from The Wooden Bee warms the cockles of my heart.

PS: If you know what a cockle is, please let me know.

Wine cork craft with thumbtacks
via The Wooden Bee

4. These pretty thumbtacks are are ridiculously sweet. They make me want to go on a  tacking spree all over North America.

DIY pretty thumbtacks
via Torie Jayne

5. I think I could make these color block thumbtacks. I totally think I could! Yay for your tutorial, House of Earnest

DIY thumbtack colorblocked craft
via House or Earnest

6. Kitty the Law Student tricked out these thumbtacks using a fabric button kit. She says it’s way easy. I’ve decided I believe her.

Fabric pushpins and thumbtacks
via A Law Student’s Journey

7. These thumbtacks are all about glitter and nail polish. Seriously? Oh Vixen Made, you are a woman of brilliance and mad insight.

glitter thumbtacks
via Vixen Made

8. Are you loving these delicious thumbtack and foam decorative balls for spring? I’m crushing on them hard. Loveliness from Landee See, Landee Do. 

Thumbtack decorative balls
via Landee See, Landee Do

9. Leave it to Martha to come up with these baby face thumbtacks. I’m just hoping she didn’t steal the souls of these babies to get their faces. Once again, Martha Stewart has terrified me.

Baby face thumbtacks
via Martha Stewart

10. I will admit I had no idea who Jeffrey Campbell was or why his shoes were ten kinds of awesomeness. That is until I found these “tacky” shoes made by Suze Geeks Out that she says were inspired by his Tick shoes.

So here are the Jeffrey Campbell shoes

Jeffrey Campbell shoes
by Jeffrey Campbell $169.95 – Amazon.

And here are Suze Geeks Out version, made with 1000 thumbtacks for a cost of about $20…. Nicely done, Suze!!!!

 

Shoes decorated with thumbtacks
via Suze Geeks Out

So here’s my disclaimer, Lovelies. There are about 20 thumbtacks stuck in my wall in various and assorted places in my sad attempt to be “tacky cool.” Why can’t I be like these crafty chicks??? WHY OH WHY?

Did you love these “tacky” thumbtack crafts? Then you’re going to want to eat Activities for Easter with a spoon!

 

 

 

 

Divine DIY Lamp Shade Ideas

Lampshade makeover with Sharpies.

I recently bought 2 lamps at a garage sale for a buck each. They are in pretty perfect condition, except that they are an unholy, glossy white. They are, to quote my Daddy, “Ugly as homemade sin.” I know I want to spray paint the lamp bases, but I needed some inspiration to re-do the lamp shades. As always, I went searching for what I needed online. Thankfully I found some DIY lamp shade ideas from people who are far smarter, and far craftier, than little ole me.

Crafty Little Chick lives up to her name with this DIY lamp shade tutorial. Using fabric, she gives a plain Jane lamp shade a kick. Bonus: no sewing! All praise the n0-sew fabric glue!

DIY Lamp Shade how-to
by Crafty Little Chick

People like Laura from About Goodness absolutely blow me away. So talented, and so creative. The DIY lamp shade she created is about 5 levels of awesomeness. (To put that in perspective, 4 levels is peanut butter & marshmallow fluff and 6 levels of awesomeness is, of course, losing one pound of old lady fat even though I just ate carnival-sized amounts of marshmallow fluff & peanut butter.)

DIY lamp shade tutorial
by About Goodness

I used to know a man known to children everywhere as Uncle Bubbles. True Story. Also a true story, Aunt Peaches is a crafting goddess who manged to turn Mardi Gras beads into a stupid cool DIY lamp shade.  I don’t know what she had to do to get all those Mardi Gras beads, but so long as the result was this piece of lighting fabulousness, she is forgiven.  Respected, even.

DIY lamp shade tutorial with Mardi Gras beads
via Aunt Peaches

Coming up on Oprah, more beads on DIY lamp shades and the women who love them. Suesan at Frou Frugal saw the box and stepped outside it. That makes me heart her. This lamp shade is ridiculously delightful. I want to sneak into her house while she is sleeping, and steal it. Is that weird?

DIY lamp shade tutorial using beads
via Frou Frugal

I see pop tops and think “trash.” Beautiful minds see pop-tops and think “lamp shade!” That’s why I’m not a zillionaire – my brain is two sizes too small. From Makezine, take a look at this DIY lamp shade from pop tops. Isn’t it awesome???

DIY lamp shade made from pop tops
via Makezine

Rosy Red Buttons saw a lamp shade by Pottery Barn Kids and did what all good humans do – she figured out how to make one herself.  It’s so girlie and so precious. It’s almost sweet enough to make my teeth hurt. I love it!

DIY lamp shade makeover for girls room
via Rosy Red Buttons

This lamp shade makeover was done with a Sharpie by A Little Glass Box. This is the lamp shade tutorial I think I may actually be able to do on my garage sale lamps. It’s very cool, very unique, and it requires only a skill I learned in 1st grade. There may be hope for me thanks to the brilliance of someone else’s creative mind!

Lampshade makeover with Sharpies.
via A Little Glass Box

When you reach the point in your life that you can take coffee filters and make something beautiful from them, you have achieved crafting nirvana. Gotta be. Little Miss Momma gave this lamp an AMAZING makeover using coffee filters. I swear, I am in awe. PS: How much do you love the colors in this shot? Doesn’t she have an eye for putting things together?

Makeover a lamp shade with coffee filters
via Little Miss Momma

Young Wifey also grabbed a Sharpie to makeover her lamp shade. Instead of writing, she traced, and the result is so adorable, it’s crazy. Can you imagine using a child’s coloring book and colored Sharpies? Wait… did I just have a creative thought? That can’t be right.

Makeover lamp shade - Sharpie art
via Young Wifey’s blog

Scrapalicious! That’s what I have unofficially named this beautify from The Pleated Poppy. Seriously, it’s cute as a bug, isn’t it? It makes me want to rip my ex-husband’s clothes into shreds and make a lamp shade.

Makeover lamp shade with fabric scraps
via The Pleated Poppy

Do you love these lamp shades? Aren’t the bloggers who created them super talented? If you know about a DIY lamp shade I should see, let me know!

Today’s post “Divine DIY Lamp Shade Ideas” is brought to you by the letter “S” for Sharpies, the letter “C” for Coffee Filters and the letter X for Sadie’s ex-husband’s shredded clothes. 🙂

 

10 Amazing Mason Jar Ideas

Mason Jar centerpiece spray painted

I am drinking the Mason Jar Kool-aid! I swear to you I had a dream last night that I was being chased by Martha Stewart who wanted to share her Mason Jar ideas with me…and also stab me in the kidney with a hand-crafted shank she’d made from crisp autumn leaves and re-purposed light bulbs.

In other news, Martha Stewart scares me a little.

I can’t help loving Mason Jars and every time I find some person online (obviously smarter & more creative than me), I am delighted by the ideas they come up with for using these jars.

10 Mason jar Ideas

Once you’ve checked out these 10 Mason Jar ideas, you’ll want to see 5 Easy Mason Jar Crafts for even more Mason Jar awesomeness, and… and… AND… visit my newest website baby www.MasonJarCraftsBlog.com. You’ll dig it. I know this.

1. My Greenbrae Cottage has a fantastic tutorial for painting Mason Jars in order to make them look like they are vintage blue. Aren’t they absolutely delicious?

How to Paint Mason Jars
via My Greenbrae Cottage

2. This idea to turn a plain Mason Jar into a super cute way to hold utensils for a party is from A Soft Place. My mind wanders to all the possibilities!

Mason Jar utensil holder
via A Soft Place

3. These gumball filled Mason Jar gifts are just beautiful pops of color. The 2 Clever Blog says she gives them each year to teachers, bus drivers, crossing guards, etc. Her blog is named appropriately because she’s definitely 2 clever!

Mason Jar gift with gumballs
via 2 Clever Blog

4. The Pleated Poppysays she hearts Mason Jars and I’m inclined to believe her. She shows off lots of the crazy cute ways she uses Mason Jars…which makes me feel like a zombie sucked my brain because I didn’t think of 85% of them myself.

Mason Jar Ideas
via The Pleated Poppy

 

5. As a Hillbilly American myself, I am completely offended at these Redneck Wine Glasses aka Hillbilly Crystal made from Mason Jars. Okay. I’m not really offended. Any website called Sweet Tea with Cindy is too Southern for me not to love.

Hillbilly Wine Glasses aka Redneck wine glasses
via Sweet Tea with Cindy

6. I don’t care who you are, etching Mason Jars seems like the right thing to do. This tutorial on Sense & (Non) Sensibilityis very well done and I think what she’s done amounts to Mason Jar loveliness.

how to make etched mason jars
via Sense & (non) Sensibility

7. These Mason Jar terrariums from Rae’s Little Garden make me want to give it all up and go into the Mason Jar farming game. I don’t think I could grow regular corn in them, but maybe those tiny little corns that are on salad bars that I never eat because I don’t understand what the hell they really are.

How to make a mason jar terrarium
via Rae’s Little Garden


8. This little Mason Jar hanging vase is so sweet, it makes my teeth hurt. The Crafty Little Gnome says it cost her exactly none dollars and none cents to make. That makes it ever sweeter. Now I won’t need to eat a brownie for lunch. (I won’t need to, but we all know I will anyway.)

how to make a mason jar wall vase
via Crafty Little Gnome

9. Pollyanna Reinvents captured a fairy in her jar. This delights me. I’m going to open a jar and put it outside on my balcony right now. But first, I’ll run to the Walmart for some Fairy Chow. I think Purina makes it.

how to make a captured fairy jar
via Pollyanna Reinvents

10. I found this incredibly adorable Easter Mason Jar centerpiece craft at The CSI Project. It’s by Larissa at Just Another Day in Paradise. I’ve personally always found the notion of a giant bunny with a basket full of boiled eggs and chocolate creeping around my kids while they slept  a little objectionable. I’m loving these bunny adorned Mason Jars, though. Truly.

Mason Jar centerpiece spray painted
via The CSI Project