I’m kind of mad for the new “transfer photos to canvas” trend. In my bedroom sits a very special photo that was transferred to canvas as a gift to me from my daughter. It’s one of my most prized possessions because the photo was taken at the exact moment I first saw my first grandchild – Brady.
In the background you can see my son-in-law hugging his Dad. This photo canvas is one of two things I would grab in a fire – the other being a small box my son made me in 1st grade in which he whispered “I love you, Momma.”
You can pay a company to transfer your digital photo onto a canvas, which is what my daughter did for me. Canvas People does it and usually is running some kind of special. (As of this writing, it’s a free 8×10 photo canvas plus S&H.)
But, if you’re Crafty Suzanne of the Long Island Crafties, you can transfer a picture to a canvas all by your lonesome.
What You’ll Need to Transfer Photographs to Canvas
Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “I just really want to write about napkin rings today?” Is it weird that I did? I caught napkin ring fever when last I was in Pier One. Their napkin rings look like jewelry and I wanted all of them for my very own. Today I started thinking… I’ll bet there are crafty bloggers out there who have taken the idea of napkin rings to a whole “nuther” level.
Sure enough, there are always brilliant minds who can create something beautiful out of thin air, and napkin rings are no different. I have so much respect for these crafty ladies.
A Brooklyn Limestone in Progress is just a wealth of creative energy & talent. She took old forks and turned them into gorgeous hand-stamped napkin rings. Maybe I should start a blog about what to do with old husbands as I do have a growing collection of those just lying around.
Shower curtain rings become napkin rings! Seriously!? Via DIY Life comes these shower curtain rings that have been turned into nautical themed napkin rings (found on Country Life) that are crazy cute. Even if I were captured by terrorists who demanded I come up with a craft involving old shower curtain rings, I couldn’t have come up with this. Meanwhile, I’m assuming terrorists like that probably work for Martha Stewart.
There are a lot of things I can’t do. In the top three are: I can’t sing, I can’t multiply by 9, and I can’t sew. The minds behind Prudent Baby CAN sew however, and they came up with these cuter-than-cute reversible napkin rings. And if they weren’t cool enough for you, (you napkin ring snob), they are reversible! Brilliant, right?
If you’re trying to put a little “spring” in your house, check out these little bird’s nest napkin rings you can make. From Scissors & Spatulas, these sweet little nests would really brighten up a table. Best part? No danger of real birds popping out while you’re enjoying some meatloaf.
Crafty California Cottage whipped up these rosette napkin rings and I think they’re just about perfect. She says they’re easy to make. That’s only because she hasn’t met me. She means they are easy to make for “normal” women.
Mel Designs made these outrageously precious bird cage napkin rings from recycled materials. Just wow. Aren’t they pretty?
When I saw the napkin rings by Mitzi’s Miscellany made from vintage pieces, I melted. Aren’t they eye-popping and jaw-dropping? I love finding vintage jewelry anyway, but I never know what to do with broken pieces or pieces that I just can’t do anything else with. Now I do. Send them to Mitzi. 🙂
Feels Like Home saw a craft in a 2009 copy of Family Fun Magazine using photos for DIY napkin rings, and made her own. I love the idea, and I can think of lots of ways you could change this up a little.
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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!
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!
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 Mommagave 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?
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.
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.
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!
The Lorax is such a cute movie. I adore the bright colors for a kid’s birthday party! Check out all these completely adorable Lorax Theme Party Ideas.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The Lorax, Dr. Seuss.
Can you imagine being married to Dr. Seuss? I wonder if he rhymed every time he was supposed to take the trash out? But I digress.
Let’s take a look at some of the coolest, most colorful ideas I’ve found to throw the biggest and best Dr. Seuss Lorax kids party EVER!
1. Gwynn Wasson Designs (GWD) shares these amazing Lorax party ideas on her website. She has such an incredible eye for detail. Every adult and child in attendance to a Lorax party like this is sure to be blown away. And not for nothing, how cute is this idea for using straws to give a nod to The Lorax?)
2. You absolutely cannot have a Lorax birthday party for your kidlet without these Lorax Truffula Trees. I forbid it! (I’m sorry. Twenty-seven years of Mothering just popped out for a minute.) All you need is cake mix, pretzels, cotton candy, and this tutorial from Tablespoon contributor – Pizzazzerie.
3. Truffula Tree party favors hardly get much cuter than these Truffula tree pencils on the I’m Feelin’ Crafty blog. (I’m feelin’ sort of icky today, as it happens.) Visit the blog for the how-does-she-do-this tutorial!
4. If you aren’t familiar with Bakerella, I don’t know what to say right now. She is the absolute Queen of the cake pops, or as I like to say, she’s the Elvis of cake pops. I will know I’ve made it in life when Bakerella makes a Momcaster cake pop. Until then, can you even stand how adorable these Lorax and Truffula Tree cake pops are? If you’re ready to make them for your little Lorax party, the always generous and genius Bakerella offers a tutorial.
5. The only way that gigantic Lorax mustache could be any better would be if it were made of candy. WAIT! Oleander & Palm and Wilton rush to the rescue! Do you love ’em? (PS: You can get these molds from Amazon for a couple bucks. Click here.)
6. Meet The Dubiens had a little help from some small hands to make this Lorax print. Kidlets would LOVE to make this at a Lorax birthday party, I think. Isn’t it a cutie-patootie idea?
7. Also from I’m Feelin’ Crafty, look at these giant Truffula Trees! Seriously. This is one smart chick. She made these from those noodles you use in the swimming pool! I swear to you, if ever I wake up and start thinking of ridiculously awesome things to do with swimming pool noodles, you know I’ve had a stroke and should be seen by a trained physician at once. LOVE THIS!
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
I’ve seen lots of crafts online where people use covers from old books and create some really cool crafts with them. Today I wanted to see what I could do with just pages from a book, a Sharpie and my love of doodling. I’m kind of excited about this fun little craft because it was so easy and I was able to complete it so quickly.
My “old book craft” took less than an hour. All I did was tear pages from a book, doodle the letter I wanted on the page, grab a pair of scissors and cut off the white borders so that the page was filled with text.
After I finished, I did smear a little Elmer’s glue and then sprinkle a bit of glitter on them (because I love sparkly things), but you don’t have to. They look really nice just having the black letter on the page.
I think I’ll do this book craft again, but next time I’ll probably cut the page to fit a frame size. Have you done this kind of craft before? Are you going to? I’d love to see what you come up with.
The letters don’t need to be perfect, so have fun. I think it produces a prettier result when it’s obviously hand-drawn.
I just kind of smeared a little bit of Elmer’s glue around in no particular pattern, and sprinkled some super fine glitter on it and shook off the excess.
What do you think? Do you have some crafts made from old books? I’d love to see!
It’s Monday, and what better day to makeover your office – the place where you spend so much of your life? I really believe the space we’re in can affect us positively or negatively. Who can be creative and vibrant in an entirely gray, dull, boring office?
Meanwhile, get some office makeover inspiration from the creative minds featured below. They’re all easy enough that you could have a super cute office by the end of the week!
1. Filing cabinets are just about the ugliest piece of something I’ve ever seen. Isn’t it crazy that even though women have been in the workforce in massive numbers for decades now, there has been almost NO advancement in manufacturing filing cabinets that don’t make you feel like you work in the warden’s office of a second-rate penitentiary? Thank goodness for I’m a Yarner and her chalkboard filing cabinet! I love it!
2. Do you remember these trays? Growing up, they were everywhere and I still see them at garage sales all the time. I think having several of them in different, but complimenting, patterns and colors would make for some awesome bulletin board space.
3. On the subject of awesome magnetic bulletin boards, I adore these from Saving the Family Money. She gives you the entire tutorial, and it looks easy enough that even I could do it. 🙂
4. Apartment Therapy shows you how to make this AMAZING piece of string wall art by Kathryn Anderson using pushpins and yarn. I think having a DIY mural like this one in your office would make the most mundane business feel a little more tolerable.
5. Time passes slowly in an office and you know you have photos of kids or dogs or honey-pies, or whatever it is that gets you through the day. I say this tutorial from Good Housekeeping for a cool wall clock would be a perfect fit for your office.
6. The Undressed Skeleton spray painted some bottles and added some salt and glitter for some pretty delicious eye candy. I think you could do the same with some old vases to create some very sexy pen and pencil holders for your desk. What do you think?
7. No way you don’t have candy on your desk! Gotta have candy on your desk! C’mon! This Mason Jar bird feeder is now a delightful candy dispenser. Can you stand the cuteness? Chica and Jo, you are brilliant. (Psst: check out these other yummy Mason Jar pics.)
In other news, did you know that every time this post is shared or pinned, a supermodel gains 5 pounds?
Things that glow make me happy. Lately I am completely drawn to things that glow in the dark ideas and crafty projects. No idea why! Every time I see things that glows in the dark, I have to check it out.
The talented crafty brains below have some up with some awesome things to do with glow in the dark paint, and one even tells you how to make FOOD GLOW!
1. From Family Fun, take a look at this super fun glow in the dark mural for a kid’s room.
2. This glow in the dark little girl’s room from The Paint Princess is super fun. You know, this glow in the dark paint could really help a little one who is afraid of the dark!
3. I had no idea a person could make glow in the dark food and drinks at home. Guess what? You totally can and when you find out the super simple, non-toxic trick to doing it, you’re going to be like, “What?” Nice tutorial at Our Best Bites.
4. These glowing firefly jars are so cool. I have another one listed on this site made from a mason jar that’s also pretty awesome. I like the colors of this one featured on Curbly very much.
What about you? Do you love things that glow? You might also like this post about Mason Jar crafts. They are equally as awesome.
Some people really don’t care for Valentine’s Day. I kind of love it. I think any day that you are encouraged to tell people, “I love you,” has to be a good thing. Another reason I love Valentine’s Day is because you don’t have to feel like you need to buy a gift. There are so many absolutely wonderful “do it yourself” gifts you can make for someone you adore, you’ll have no need to run out shopping.
Here are some super adorable do it yourself Valentine gift ideas that could be given to anyone you love this year – husband, boyfriend, partner, child, grandkids, besties – there’s something for everyone. Be sure to visit each of these websites for the how-to so that when February 14th rolls around, you’ll be ready for some Cupid shock & awe! (Also check out our Valentine’s Day Quotes!)
1. I’m seeing these cool rings made from quarters all over the internet. A Law Student’s Journey has the instructions for making a great ring from a quarter. Love it!
2. What Dad, Grandparent, Aunt or Uncle wouldn’t just melt upon getting this adorable DIY Valentine photo? The Letter 4 has some precious ideas for snapping photos for February 14th.
3. Valentine’s candy is just okay. Anyone can buy a box of heart shaped candy that tastes like it has toothpaste in the middle. But this idea to make a candy sundae from Edible Crafts Online is so cute, I can hardly stand it. If it’s the thought that counts, you’ll score!
4. I always say my kids are funny because I ate Pop Rocks when I was pregnant. I believe it’s a scientific fact that Pop Rocks are the single funniest food and even though I’m almost one-hundred years old, I still LOVE THEM. Fiskars came up with a super simple, but very fun idea for your Pop Rocks loving Valentine.
5. I am smitten with this little book from PaperVine. It’s made from a deck of playing cards! Can you even stand it? Of course you’ll have to come up with 52 reasons you love somebody – which might not be a bad thing to do!
6. Martha Stewart is the Queen of DIY. Yes – she makes me feel like a big loser because I don’t know how to make a new sofa out of old credit cards, cereal boxes, and Gatorade lids. But these delightful homemade bath salts are so easy, I think even I could make them.
7. From 24-7-365 comes these cutie-patootie Valentine’s cards made from photos of your kiddos with outstretched hands. Why am I not smart enough to come up with something like this? I think I need more Vitamin B in my diet or something.