Time to DIY! It is so much more than gluing dry pasta together! Every Tuesday we will be posting a new craft to do.

 Check out the list below for the crafts we have coming up. Instructions will be posted each Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Sept. 15 - Welcome Mat

You’ll need:

Approximate cost: $22

1. Print or draw your design on to the cardstock to act as a stencil for your design.

 

2. Cover your doormat in painters tape making sure that it is pressed firmly into the mat. Make sure the edges overlap to prevent the paint from bleeding.

 

3.  Once your tape is secured, layer your stencil on top. We chose to keep ours centred but feel free to get creative! To hold the design down while cutting the stencil, use tape or pins to hold it down.

 

4. Once your stencil is in place, begin using the exacto knife to CAREFULLY cut out your design. A sharp knife is recommended as you’ll need to cut through the cardstock as well as the tape.

 

5. Paint your doormat! If you’re confident with your stencil and skills, spray paint would be much faster!

We chose to start off with a sponge paintbrush to get the general shape but found the paint was not able to get into the small crevices which made the letters look uneven. We followed up with a smaller paintbrush to evenly coat the smaller areas that couldn’t be covered with the sponge brush.

Apply 2-3 coats for the best coverage.

 

6. Once the paint has fully dried, peel off your stencil and tape to reveal your design! If there are spots that need touching up, go back and do that now!

 

7. This step is optional but it’s our favourite trick for long lasting crafts! Use a clear sealant to lock everything in place!

8. Enjoy your awesome doormat!

 

Check out the photos below to see our #craftytuesday creation!

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create! Inspiration link

Sept. 22 - Geometric Coasters

Materials Needed:

  • Cork coasters
    • Michaels Cork Discs: $3.79
    • Dollar Store: $1.25
  • Acrylic paint (any number of colours you want – we did 4)
    • Michaels: $1.79 each
    • Some Dollar Stores carry the paint as well
  • Paintbrush
    • Dollar Store: Set of 5 for $2
  • Tape – normal tape, nothing fancy needed
    • Dollar Store: $1

Total Cost: $13.95 or $11.41 depending on where you get materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions:

1. Place tape on the parts of the coaster that you don’t want paint on. It can be any design you want! Make sure the piece is long enough that it covers the whole coaster and extend on the back of the coaster.

2. Press down the tape hard as to prevent paint from getting under the tape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Paint the areas of the coaster that are not covered in paint. Some colours might require more than one coat. Mine took 4 coats to complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Once you are done with your painting and the paint has dried; carefully peel the tape off. You now have beautiful coasters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craft inspiration link here.

Sept. 29 - Wine Cork Succulents

You’ll need:

  • Wine Corks
  • Scissors or a Utility Knife
  • Mini Artificial Succulents
  • Hot Glue or Super Glue
  • Round Magnets

Approximate cost: $10

  1. Grab your wine corks! Either save your wine corks or pick up a few from the craft store! Stick to using wine corks that are made out of actual cork. The cork on the right pictured below is a foamy/plastic material which doesn’t work as well.

2. Use your scissors or utility knife to carve out a little hole in the cork. The depth of the hole will depend on the size of your artificial succulent. As you can see below, ours is quite shallow.

3. Test out the position of your artificial succulents in the wine cork before you glue them down

4. Once you have decided on a position, add a drop of hot glue or super glue into the cork, along the edge or wherever you need to make them secure.

5. Glue your magnet onto the back of the wine cork. We would recommend gluing it halfway or closer to the top to support the weight of the glue and the succulent.

6. Let it all dry and you’ve got yourself some adorable wine cork succulents!

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create! Inspiration link

Check out the photos below to see our #craftytuesday creation!

Oct. 6 - Autumn Vase

Materials Needed:

  • 1 Glass vase
  • Items to decorate the vase
    • Examples:
      • Fake leaves
      • Wood cutouts
      • Twine/string
      • Wrapping paper
      • Fake acorns and pinecones
      • Fake flowers (or real if you prefer)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Total cost: $17 approximately, depending on what you use to decorate

Instructions:

  1. Wash the vase to make sure you have a clean surface for gluing
  2. Plug in your hot glue gun to warm it up
  3. Take your decorations and hot glue the back of it and press it onto the vase. Be careful the glue will be hot!

4. Continue gluing on your decorations

5. Take the twine or string and wrap it around the vase as many times as you like. If you want you can tie it in a bow or just tie it to then glue a decoration to. Cut the twine/string to the length you prefer.

6. Optional: Fill the vase with the fake acorns and pinecones

7. Add your flowers into the vase. Now you have a beautiful Autumn Vase!

Craft inspiration link here.

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Oct. 13 - Macramé Keychains

Materials Needed:

  • Keyrings (at least 1”)
  • 3/16” Natural Cotton Piping Cord (this is only needed for certain keychains)
  • Beads
  • Embroidery floss or yarn
  • Small rubber bands (this is only needed for certain keychains)
  • Scissors

 

Total Cost: $21.09 (depending on where you get materials from)

Instructions: Basic Tassel Keychain

 

There are many more Macramé Keychains to try out! At the bottom of these instructions there is a link to more crafting fun!

 

  1. Cut a 20” piece of yarn and attach it to the key ring using a lark’s head knot

2. Thread both ends of the yarn through two beads

3. To start making the tassel, cut about 20 pieces of yarn twice the length you want the tassel to be. Bunch them together making sure they are even and center them between the two pieces of yarn attached to your key ring.

4. Tie the two pieces of yarn around the bunch together in a simple knot


5. Before you pull the knot tight, make sure the beads are snug to together and that the yarn bundle is even across the two sides. Pull the knot tight and tie another knot.

6. Fold the ends of the tassel down and smooth the bundle together

7. Use the embroidery thread to make the neck of the tassel. With the thread bundle on the right, pull the loose end over, under and around the tassel where you want the top of the neck to start. Make a fold in the thread and bring it back down to make a loop.

8. Using the bundle of embroidery thread, wrap the thread tightly around the tassel. Start moving down towards the end of the tassel. Once you get to the length you want the neck to be, wrap back up towards the top of the neck.

9. Cut the thread and pull the end of the thread through the loop.

10. Pull the top and the bottom of the thread in opposite directions, pulling tight until the loop disappears.

11. Cut the ends of the embroidery thread.

12. Trim the ends of the tassel to even them or to the length you prefer.

13. Now you have a completed keychain!

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create!

To check out other keychains and see the inspiration for this Basic Tassel Keychain click here!

Oct. 20 - Dried Citrus Garland

Dried Citrus Garland 

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 navel oranges (or other citrus, but we found oranges worked the best)
  • Serrated Knife
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Paper Towel
  • Parchment Paper
  • Twine
  • Scissors or Utility Knife
  • Scotch Tape (optional)

Total cost: approximately $10

 

How to Make the Garland:

1. Heat oven to 250 degrees

2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper

3. Slice oranges crosswise 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick using a sharp serrated knife. Try to cut them as close to the same size as possible to ensure they all have the same baking time.

4. Pat slices dry with paper towel or cloth

 5. Place in a single layer on baking sheet and bake for about 2.5 hours. Flip the slices over half-way through the baking time.

6. After 2.5 hours in the oven, take out any slices that have started to brown and put the remaining back in oven until dried and slightly browned.

7. Once slices have cooled, use scissors or utility knife to poke a hole through the oranges

8. Thread the oranges onto your twine.

Tip: add a small piece of tape to the twine to help thread through the oranges

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create! Inspiration link

Check out the photos below to see our #craftytuesday creation!

 

Oct. 27 - Tin Can Pumpkins

Materials Needed:

  • Tin cans – as many as you want (soup cans, tuna cans, etc.)
  • Paint – the original craft asks for spray paint but you can also use acrylic paint
    • Orange
    • Black
  • Paintbrushes (if you don’t use spray paint)
  • Pom-Poms – the original craft asks for doorknobs but I could not find any
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Black marker

 Total Cost: $10 (depending on where you get the materials)

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Clean the tin cans you want to use and soak them in hot water to be able to easlily peel the can label off and dry them off.

2. Turn the can over with the bottom facing up. Paint the cans using spray paint or acrylic paint. Multiple coats may be needed.

3. Once the paint is dry, draw on your pumpkin faces. Either using the black marker or black paint, colour in the pumpkin faces.

4. Heat up your hot glue gun. Glue your pom poms or the doorknob to the top of the can.

5. Tie twine or string into a bow around the base of the pom poms or doorknobs.

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create!  Craft Inspiration link here.

Nov. 3 - Painted Pot

What You’ll Need:

  • Terracotta Plant Pot (any size)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Plastic Plate for Paint
  • Paper Towel
  • Optional: Tape
  • Optional: Clear Spray Sealant

Total cost: approximately $10-$20

 

How to Make the Painted Pot:

  1. Prepare your terracotta pot for painting by dampening a paper towel and wiping down the pot. This will ensure that there is no dust or dirt on the surface.
  2. Paint your pot however you would like! The first image below is ours and we chose to paint some fun geometric shapes. Check out the other photos for some inspiration. Get creative and make it seasonal or personalize it for a gift!

Optional, but recommended: spray a coat or two of a clear sealant on the pot to ensure that the paint doesn’t chip away!

 

Our Creation:

More inspo:

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If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create! Inspiration link

Nov. 10 - Terracotta Vase

What You’ll Need:

  • Glass Vase/Jar/Container (we used an old candle jar)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Baking Powder (NOT baking soda)
  • A container to mix the paint in
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: clear sealant spray

Total cost: approximately $10-$15

 

How to Make the Painted Pot:

  1. Prepare your surface for painting by washing with soap and water. This will ensure that there is no dust or dirt on the surface.

2. Prepare your paint colour (we mixed light yellow and blue to make a sage green) and then add in your baking soda. We don’t have an exact measurement but make sure its liquid-y enough that its still runny but has enough baking powder to add grit and texture

3. Paint your surface in thin coats and ensure that each coat is completely dry before adding another. This takes a bit of time so put on a show or do some homework while you wait

4. Once your done, add a coat of your sealant pray to make sure that the paint stays in place. 

Note: We used one of them as a plant pot, but the inside got wet which made the paint peel off so we would recommend using this as décor or a fancy container for small items.

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create! Inspiration link

Nov. 17 - Canvas Tote Bag

What You’ll Need:

  • Canvas Tote Bag (any size)
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Plate for Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Optional: Fabric Marker

Total cost: approximately $10-$15

 How to Make the Canvas Tote Painting:

  1. Start by deciding what design you would like to paint on your bag. A quick google search of “painted canvas tote” will provide you with lots of inspiration!
  2. With your pencil, lightly draw on your design. We chose to make little peaches all over the tote. Keep in mind that it is a bit hard to erase if needed so go lightly.

3. Prepare your paint and paint your first layer. Make sure you prepare more paint than you normally would as the canvas tote will absorb some of the paint.

4. Let dry and then if needed, add a second coat of paint.

5. Optional: For our design, we also chose to go in with a fabric marker to write the word “peachy”. You could also do this with black paint or a sharpie (but sometimes a sharpie will bleed so be careful).

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create! Inspiration link

Nov. 24 - Star Garland

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • Small Cooking Pot
  • Medium Sized Bowl
  • Saran Wrap
  • Wax Paper
  • Star Cookie Cutter
  • Thin Wire, Twine or Cord 
  • Hot Glue

Total cost: approximately $10

 

How to Make the Star Garland:

 

  1. In a small pot on the stove with the heat turned off, mix the baking soda, corn starch and water.

2. Turn the heat on to medium-high and stir mixture until it boils.

3. Bring down to medium heat and continue stirring until thick. This should take about 5 minutes.

4. Take clay out of the pot and put into a bowl. To prevent drying while it cools down, place saran wrap over top of the bowl.

5. Lay down some wax paper and sprinkle some baking soda to prevent sticking to the surface and start to roll out your clay to a ¼ inch thickness.

6. Using your cookie cutter (we used a star but you can use any shape), start to cut out your shapes. If sticking occurs, either sprinkle more baking soda over your clay or dip your cookie cutter into some baking soda.

7. To finish your shapes, you have two choices:

  • Bake the clay at 170˚F for two hours.
  • Lay the clay to dry on a baking soda floured surface – make sure they’re flipped so both sides dry out.

8. Lay out your shapes and glue them on to your wire, twine or cord.

9. Hang it up and enjoy your beautiful craft!

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create! Inspiration link

Dec. 1 - Explosion Box

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 Different Sized Boxes (they should all fit in one another)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Supplies for the inside:
    • Candy
    • Photos
    • Flowers
    • Stickers

Total cost: approximately $10-$15

 

How to make the Explosion Box:

  1. Taking the largest box, start by cutting each corner of the box with your knife and unfold it into a “+” shape.

2. Taking the medium sized box, cover the bottom in hot glue and place into the centre of the larger, unfolded box.

3. Cut the corners of the medium box and unfold.

The following steps are ideas and allow you to customize your explosion box

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to the smallest box to have a complete explosion box.

5. Glue the smallest box in the centre but instead of cutting the corners, fill it with goodies like flowers, candy, photos, whatever you think the recipient may like.

6. Glue cardstock on to the squares for a more finished look.

7. Fill up each side with photos, candy, notes, whatever you want! The possibilities are endless! Check out the photos below for inspiration!

If you make this craft, share a picture on Instagram and tag @saitsalife with #craftytuesday! We can’t wait to see what you create! Inspiration link

Check out the photos below to see our #craftytuesday creation!