Make your own DIY Valentines with this super easy (very crafty!) homemade stamp.
Secret craft supply needed? A potato!
Potato stamping might be one of my all time favorite homemade crafts because it’s so cool that you can take a potato out of your pantry, carve it up a little, and within minutes you have your very own stamp!
Right? So very cool. Kind of like these pretty DIY rose stamps I made with lettuce a couple of years ago.
Leftover pantry food for the win.
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DIY Valentine Stamp How to
Author: Allison Czarnecki - Petit Elefant
Recipe type: Paint Craft
- paring knife
- tole paint
- card stock or plain note cards to print on
- scissors to cut card stock
- Cut card stock into note cards and fold to use in a minute.
- Slice the potato in half.
- Use the pencil to trace a shape into the potato. I made a heart but you can make whatever you'd like!
- Using a knife, cut away the potato around the shape you
This craft how to for making painted plain wooden pencils is so easy and adorable! Let’s get started.
I love pencils. I just do. I love the way they smell a little bit like fresh wood, I love it when they get sharp to a perfect point, and I love writing with them. It takes me all the way back to Kindergarten, which is basically the very best year of anyone’s education. Freshly sharpened new pencils, treats, crafts, and nap-time. I wish all of life was like that. The best!
Anyway. Let’s paint some pencils.
How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft Supplies:
- plain wooden pencils
- craft paint
- sharpened pencils or pins (to make dots)
- masking tape (to make stripes)
- paintbrush or small paint sponge
- newspaper or recycled paper
Step 1: Lay out your craft supplies on a few layers of recycled paper or a newspaper so you don’t get paint on your nice counter or table surfaces.
Step 2: Squirt some craft paint onto the newspaper or in a small bowl.
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Today’s how to: Make Personalized Dinnerware!
You guys, I’ve been wanting to make my own how to, markered-up plates and mugs since Pinterest became a thing. Truly, I’ve had this Sharpie Mug DIY from A Beautiful Mess bookmarked since 2012. Finally, on a whim one night I ordered these Sharpie Oil Based Markers from Amazon and I’ve been playing around with them since. It’s so much fun, I can’t even tell you.
So, shall we get started?
How To Make Personalized Dinnerware DIY
- Step 1: Once you’ve selected your dinnerware (I started with one plain white mug) sit down somewhere comfortable with your markers. Turn on your favorite tunes, a great TV show you’re in the middle of binge watching on Netflix (who YOU?), or listen to an audiobook. This is sort of a zen process and like any good art project, it can’t be rushed.
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- Step 2: Shake your markers! Shake ’em like a Polaroid picture. Okay, maybe not quite, but
You know you want some free printable Valentines! Because yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Have you even started thinking about Valentine’s Day cards for you or your kids yet? If not, I’ve got you covered with these 5 AWESOME Valentine’s Day cards that are free, printable and super cute.
1. DIY Superhero Valentine’s from 100 Layer Cake-let: Loving these SUPER cute superhero cards that can easily be printed out and crafted!
2. Quick & Cheesy Hubby Valentines from Eighteen25: I am kind of obsessed with these cute tags for a quick gift for the husband in your life! They are cheesy, funny, and perfect for Valentine’s Day!
3. Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy: Who doesn’t love Olaf from the movie Frozen? I think any kid would LOVE recieving one of these fun and yummy Valentines!
4. Heart Sunglasses Valentines from Studio DIY: Pair these gorgeous Valentine’s Day cards with your favorite pair of shades and give them out to your friends!
5. You Color My World Free Printable Valentine from DIY Candy: This Valentine’s Day card is EASY and no candy is involved! Just add a few colorful crayons and … >> find out more...
You want to make this beach sand souvenir for yourself. I know, because, well, if the amount of sand we shake out of our suitcases, vacuum out of the car and wash out of our hair every summer is any kind of indicator, then we are definitely a family of beachcombers.
And no matter whether we drive to a local lakeside beach or fly to a more far flung oceanside locale, our modus operandi is always the same: build sandcastles that never stay up, hunt for pretty shells/interesting rocks until sunset, and bring a little bit of beach sand home in a bucket.
It’s become a beloved family tradition, especially now that I figured out how to make beach sand keepsakes from our found treasures.
It takes less than 20 minutes to make a display-worthy beach sand souvenir that you’ll enjoy year round, and all you need are measuring cups and a few empty jars with tight-fitting lids. Plus your beach sand and little shells, of course!
Making sure your jar is clean and dry, start by pouring sand that you’ve already sieved (to remove bits of driftwood and seaweed) into the bottom until it’s filled about halfway. Gently shake to make the sand level, then layer … >> find out more...
This Summer activity book DIY might save my sanity for the next 9 weeks. I’m not really kidding. The month of May was so insanely over-scheduled and hectic it seemed the last day of school would never arrive. Then WHAM! The kids are home and it’s head first into swim team and t-ball and worrying about the infamous “Summer Slide”. It’s a thing, the “Summer Slide”, the thing where kids lose some of their academic skills over the summer. Turns out it’s legit–according to my resident expert and professional educator who happens to be my husband. The good news is a little bit of reading and writing over the summer can kick it to the curb.
So, school ended in a flury and frenzy and I realized I needed to come up with a strategy for keeping their brains busy and strong, not to mention keeping their mouths quite and bodies still for a precious few minutes. And I had to do it quick. Really quick. That’s how this no-frills, easy Summer activity book DIY was born. Or, rather, printed off, hole punched, and thrown in a binder. Made almost entirely of stuff I had on hand or could quickly … >> find out more...
My kids seem to be growing especially fast these days, so when I find a cute tee or dress on sale for a great deal, I usually buy their current size plus the size I know they’ll soon be fitting into. I found some bright neon shirts at Target a while back and bought a few colors, knowing they would be perfect for school and play time for my 9 year old. But when it came time to size up, I thought I’d make the tees a little more unique, and use up some sequins from my hoarded stash supplies. That’s how this sequin tee DIY was born.
You may recall I made some cute sequin bracelets a while back? Well, I still have several bags of sequins just hanging around, so inspired by the Crew Cuts catalog which offers a bunch of cute sequined embellished tees for a bajillion dollars, I decided to make my own. I ordered a bottle of glue especially made for this type of DIY, and got to work, creating a couple of cute tee options for my sweet little gal. I decided to start with an easy pattern, this Peter Pan version, and have … >> find out more...
Just look what our newest contributor, Andrea, has been up to in the craft department! Read on for this fabulous sequin bracelet DIY.
I’ve loved the look of stacked sequins in jewelry for a while now. I have a long boho-type necklace that mixes metallic sequins with all sorts of funky beads to make a very unique and pretty statement, and I’ve gifted a couple sets of simple sequin bracelets for birthdays. The store I had picked up a couple of bracelets has long been sold out, and months later, I’m still dreaming of owning a set of my own. So, when I spotted loads of pretty sequins at my favorite bead shop, I decided I could most definitely make my own. Turns out, I was right, and the process and results came out better than I ever expected. Here’s what you’ll need for your own sequin bracelet DIY:
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- Flat sequins in your favorite colors
- Unique beads or stones (try to find ones that match the diameter of the sequins as close as possible so it doesn’t wind up looking bulky)
- Elastic bead cording
- Beading needle
- All supplies should be available at a local craft store. To find
// Today’s DIY: how to recycle old trophies with spray paint. I know you’ve always wanted to learn how to do this. In fact, *I* have always wanted to learn, so I’m extra stoked about this DIY.
A while back I had a hellish, non-stop migraine for 3 months straight and was pretty immobilized, unable to post on the blog in any regular fashion. I put a call out to friends and loved ones to guest post, and everyone came through with flying colors, of course. My Instagram friend, Courtney Snowden, offered up this amazing post on how to re-purpose old trophies, and it’s been sitting in the queue ever since. Courtney is extremely clever and I’m excited for you to check out this DIY she whipped up to show all of us how to spray paint + re-purpose random household objects into cool decor. //
Note from Allison
It makes me happy that the word “CRAFT” isn’t basically considered a swear word anymore. It wasn’t too long ago that the simple mention of the word evoked images of grannies crocheting barbie doll toilet paper roll covers. Crafting today is actually considered pretty cool.
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