Craft Ideas Weekly DIY, Crafts, Easy Projects 2015-03-20T11:10:52Z WordPress Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[It’s Spring on Google!]]> 2015-03-20T05:15:10Z 2015-03-20T11:10:52Z I opened up my browser to do a Google search today and what did I find? 


 This beautiful stop-motion artwork animation to welcome the first day of Spring! 

The artwork and animation were created by an artist named Kirsten Lepore. 

See this artful animation here and check out some of the previous graphics Google has shared for the first day of Spring.

Google Spring Doodle For 2015

Gabriela Ivanova <![CDATA[Free printable wall art: ‘Above All Love’]]> 2015-03-18T19:37:24Z 2015-03-18T23:50:00Z

I love this printable wall art from Kimberly Geswein. And isn’t that what it’s all about? :) Love. 

To get this free printable, click here.

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Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[Dreamy Cinderella Inspired Nail Art ]]> 2015-03-18T21:07:34Z 2015-03-18T19:42:32Z

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Channeling my inner Disney Princess. These nails have all of the whimsy of a fairy tale, but are not that hard to do! (And won’t get you fired like trying to wear a Disney Princess dress to work. ;))

Watch this nail design tutorial to learn how to create these pretty nails yourself! 

Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[Custom Coffee Mugs Using Mod Podge]]> 2015-03-18T16:09:35Z 2015-03-18T15:58:55Z Custom Coffee Mug - How To

Custom Coffee Mug Using Mod Podge

Custom coffee mugs can be personalized in lots of ways, but this might be one of my new favorites.

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When I heard about the dishwasher-safe decoupage medium from Mod Podge, I was like what!?!? Amazing!!This means you can customize a coffee mug on the cheap with printables. (Plus expand the kinds of designs you can get.)

Here is how you make a decal with your printer and apply it with the new dishwasher-safe Mod Podge formula!

What you will need:

Decal designs printed on heavy paper or cardstock.

Here is a printable with five silly coffee-inspired designs you can grab for free!

A foam brush

A coffee mug

Dishwasher-safe Mod Podge (it’s the middle one in the pretty blue container)

How to make custom coffee mug with Mod Podge:

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1. Print the design you want to apply on white heavy paper or cardstock. Cut out your decal designs close to the edge of the graphic. Cut on the outside, not the inside for the best effect. Now prepare the mug by cleaning the outer surface of your mug with rubbing alcohol.

How to make custom coffee mugs yourself using Mod Podge!


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2.  Apply a thin coat of dishwasher-safe Mod Podge just a little bigger than the paper decal you will be applying. Keep in mind, DIY designs are not necessarily food safe, so just to be sure, I position all deals or glass decorations about one inch from the lip of the glass.

How to make custom coffee mugs yourself using Mod Podge!

3. Stick the decal print to the glue. If it bubbles up, press the bubbles out with a finger (don’t rub or wipe, just downward pressure,) or use a brayer to smooth out the paper before the bottom layer of glue dries.

How to make custom coffee mugs yourself using Mod Podge!

4. With a damp paper towel, wipe the excess glue off being careful to leave at least a 1/8 inch rim of glue around the outside of the paper decal. The decal has to be covered on all sides and edges to withstand normal wear. You will need to wipe off the excess glue like this after every coat of glue. Don’t wipe the paper decal, just around it.

How to make custom coffee mugs yourself using Mod Podge!

5. Now you will apply two additional coats of dishwasher-safe Mod Podge on top of the decal to seal it. I have a trick for this that most people don’t know about. (It also works for stencils!) I like to use a credit card or gift card to do this. Just load it up as shown and gently glide it over the surface.

Leave 2 hours between coats per the instructions on the Mod Podge. And don’t forget to wipe off the excess glue   Around the decal with a damp paper towel each time you add a coat before it dries.

How to make custom coffee mugs yourself using Mod Podge!

Don’t toss that used Michaels gift card. It makes a fabulous paint applicator!


How to make custom coffee mugs yourself using Mod Podge!

Let this dry and cure for 28 days before you try to wash it. After that, it is dishwasher safe and should be washed on the top rack.

How to make custom coffee mugs yourself using Mod Podge!

Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[This will transform the look of your next mixed-media project!]]> 2015-03-18T19:14:43Z 2015-03-16T18:30:25Z

Denim is trending again! That means all kinds of new ways to work with it. 

Check out this very cool pre-stretched denim canvas. You can find these in the craft store or make your own with an old pair of jeans! 

For mixed media and home decor projects, this means you can paint and distress in all new ways including techniques you might use for jeans like strategic ripping and sandpapering. 

Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[Not Your Mama’s Podge]]> 2015-03-16T17:54:57Z 2015-03-16T17:19:46Z Did you know these existed?

You know about Mod Podge, of course, but they have come up with all kinds of new formulas that make this product even MORE awesome! 

Meet the glow-in-the-dark, dishwasher-safe, and outdoor Mod Podge! 

I was at Micheals today and picked up some of the dishwasher-safe version. Get ready for some cool glassware projects on the blog! :)

Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[Make Awesome Word Art With Rope]]> 2015-03-16T00:48:49Z 2015-03-16T00:44:16Z Rope Name Sign

This crafty home decor idea is a really good one. You have seen painted signs, wire signs, and even printable wall art, but I bet you haven’t seen DIY word art signs made of rope! Tonya at For Love Of Family And Home used rustic-looking rope to make word art as a backdrop for a party table. How did she do it?

Hello, hot glue!

But how did she get it to look so perfect?

Check out her tutorial on how to make rope art word signs here.



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Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[Polymer Clay Flower Tutorials]]> 2015-03-15T05:18:33Z 2015-03-15T14:26:23Z These polymer clay flowers are so realistic, you would think they are hard to make. But they are just the opposite!
Polymer clay is easy to work with once you get used to how it works.

It is almost like unsticky taffy and until it is warmed and kneaded, it is hard as a rock. This can be daunting to some who have never worked with it before. But seriously…follow the directions and stick with it. Once you have the clay at the right consistency, it is easy peasy!

And the tools…there are lots of tools available for polymer clay. But don’t forget to check out the cake decorating aisle as well. The cut outs and shaping tools for gum paste work great for polymer clay too! In fact, one of these is actually a gum paste tutorial. The method works just as well for your polymer clay. The only difference is that you will need to follow baking directions for the clay on the back of the polymer clay package. :)

When making flowers with polymer clay, you basically cut out the shapes (with a cookie cutter or by hand,) use tools to create texture, wrap, shape, and bake. Really not so hard!

Get inspired by these easy-to-make polymer clay roses and other clay flowers with these video instructions. Have fun!


Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[The DIY Sleepover Mat You Can’t Miss!]]> 2015-03-14T20:02:04Z 2015-03-14T20:02:04Z How cute is this DIY Sleepover Mat from Jessie at Dimplicity? Love!

It is made with brightly-colored fabric and minky for softness. Plus, it rolls up into it’s own carrying case for easy portability and storage. 

Learn how to make this easy customized sleepover mat here

Molly Freudenberg <![CDATA[Crazy Cute Easter Egg Cozies]]> 2015-03-10T19:05:21Z 2015-03-12T15:05:00Z Easter Egg Cozies - Handmade Hats For Your Easter Eggs

Oh, this is a good one…What a cute little Easter craft!

Are you are tired of decorating eggs with dye pellets and those weird wire egg holders? This Easter, try making these adorable bunny egg cozies. It is a great way to brighten up the boring look of your eggs during the whole year! (You know, if you are in to seeing your eggs in the fridge with cute little hats on. :))

All you need for these lovely bunny egg cozies is yarn, 4 double pointed needles size 7 US, a stitch marker, tapestry needle, and scissors. Easy, Right?

These little cuties are really quite easy to make and you will be able to enjoy them for years to come!

To get this awesome tutorial, click below:

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