DIY Fabric Flower Pushpins + DIY Desk Accessories

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One of my favorite things about working with Waverly on some special DIY posts over the past few years (here, here, and here), has been the challenge to think outside of the box when it comes to fabric. So when they recently asked me to dream up a project or two that would make a great Mother’s Day gift, I envisioned a set of fabric-adorned office goods that are perfect for dressing up a desk at home or work…and are even better when given as a gift to your lucky mom!

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Keep reading to find out how to make four easy-to-create gifts using these great Waverly fabrics:

DIY Fabric Flower Pushpinsdiy-flower-pushpins

Supplies:

  • Printable Fabric Flower Template (download will begin immediately)
  • Medium-weight fabric 
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue (permanent) | I recommend Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives
  • Standard pushpins
  • Brooch pinback (optional) | for wearable variation
  • Standard pencil set with erasers (optional)

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These pushpins look great on their own…and even sweeter when presented as a gift inside a DIY Fabric Embellished Pencil Cup (below). The project only takes minutes to make…so there’s no reason not to!

Tip: If your mom is a fashion maven, switch things up by crafting a fabric flower into a wearable brooch! Simply add a pinback onto the back of your bloom (leave off the thumbtack) and you’re all set!

DIY Fabric Embellished Pencil Cupdiy-pencil-cup

Supplies:

  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Small empty paint can | available at hardware stores
  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge adhesive (matte finish)
  • Paintbrush

Imagine just how much it will brighten your mom’s workday every time she sees this lovely cup full of useful blooms that you made for her!

DIY Fabric Embellished Mini Message Boarddiy-mini-message-board

Supplies:

  • Cork Trivet or small cork board | I found a set of two cork trivets for just a few dollars at Target
  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge adhesive (matte finish)
  • Paintbrush

You can make just one or several of these mini message boards (you might even want to keep one for yourself). They can be propped up or hung on the wall with removable wall-hanging strips. Don’t forget to pin a favorite photo of you and your mom onto the board when you give it to her!

DIY Fabric Embellished Note Card Setdiy-fabric-note-cards

Supplies:

  • Blank note cards or heavy-weight paper cut and folded into note cards
  • Envelopes (optional)
  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue (permanent) | I recommend Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives

These beautifully customized notecards just might bring back the lost art of the hand-written note. Tie them up with a length of pretty ribbon…and don’t forget the posy-topped pencil!

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I hope you liked my DIY gift making ideas! Stay tuned tomorrow for a giveaway from Waverly…you could win all the fabric used in this post! xo Ez

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DIY Faux Bois + Real Wood Gift Bows

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Oh craft fails! There have been so many in my life lately. In fact, today’s project came out of the aftermath of a particularly disappointing project gone wrong. What started as a hopeful bunting morphed into a heap of wonderful wooden gift bows, and since several of you asked me about them over on Instagram, I thought I’d share how I made them so you can make some too!

I initially hesitated to share this project because I used real wood veneer (on the pricey side) for my first bows. I’m an equal opportunity crafter, and believe that everyone should have a chance to make something great, so I came up with a more wallet-friendly solution: paper bows that are printed to look like real wood! I’ll be sharing the tutorial for those below.

If you’d like to try your hand at some true wood bows, simply follow the steps below, skipping the paper printing step and substituting the printed paper for Band-It Paper Backed Veneer Facing Sheets (found in some hardware stores – I found mine at Ace Hardware).

diy_wooden_bow_suppliesSupplies Needed:

  • Cardstock paper
  • Color printer
  • Woodgrain printables | Found via How About Orange
  • Scissors
  • Low-heat hot glue gun with glue sticks | Resist the urge to use other glues or tapes…I tried them and they do not adhere well enough for this project
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive glue dots (optional) | Used to easily attach finished bows onto gifts

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Start by choosing which woodgrain pattern you would like to use. Print it onto one side of your cardstock. Allow page to dry for a moment. Flip printed page over and print same woodgrain pattern onto the backside of your paper, so that both sides have a woodgrain pattern printed on them.

Trim off any white areas. Use your ruler and pencil to lightly mark long strips of “wood.” You can do anything from .5″ to 1.5″ in width, depending upon the bow size you’d like to make. The bows I created here were around .5″ wide.

To create bows like the ones I made here you will need to cut your .5″ wide paper strips into several different lengths. You will need the following:

  • Main bow portion: 8.5″ length (CUT 1)
  • Bow loops: 4.5″ length (CUT 2)
  • Tails: 2.5″ length (CUT 2)
  • Bow center: approximately 1″ length (CUT 1)

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Curl your longest strip of paper around until the ends overlap, and glue together.  Place a dab of glue inside the center of the paper band and press down to adhere.

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Place your shortest strip of paper onto the center of your bow, wrap around and seal with a dab of glue on the backside. Prepare your two bow loops by gluing ends together. For a neater bow, it helps to cut an angled portion off of the end of each loop (as seen in the image above).

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Prepare your bow tails by cutting out an inverted V-shape from the bottom of each paper strip, and removing an angled portion from the top of each. Attach bow loops onto the top backside of your main bow loop with ends pointing in towards the middle. Finish by gluing on the bow’s tails beneath the bow loops.

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Decorate your gifts…and your home. I put some of the bows I made onto our Christmas tree and love them! xo Ez

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DIY Customized Gift Jars with Free Templates

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I’ve been sitting on this DIY post for quite a while now, so I’m super excited to finally be able to share it with you all today. One of my favorite gift giving solutions: DIY Customized Gift Jars!

We all know someone (or more than one someone) who is tricky to buy for. Luckily, with just six simple steps and a few basic supplies, you can bust out these custom gifts that are sure to please just about anyone. I’ve created 4 different jar variations (with free templates): The DIY Treat / Food Jar, The Pampered Pet Jar, The Craft Supply Jar, and The Mini Spa Jar. You’ll find ideas below on what to fill each one with, but since the best gifts always reflect the tastes of the person receiving them, feel free get creative with the contents of your jars. Time to start checking people off your holiday gift list!

Basic Jar Making Supplies:

  • Printable templates
  • Glass jars with smooth sides | I found all of the ones used here at Target. If you’re not sure what size jar(s) to get, I recommend printing the templates to bring along with you to the store
  • Sakura 1.0mm Fine Point Pen-Touch Paint Pen | You can use white, gold, or silver ink varieties. Available in many craft stores
  • Removable tape / masking tape
  • Gift fillers | Store-bought or handmade

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There are only six simple steps to this project, and the same basic steps are used for all four jar versions (easy-peasy):

  1. Print and cut out the desired word template
  2. Tape template inside jar using removable tape
  3. Use your paint pen to carefully trace the template on the outside of the glass
  4. Remove template from inside the jar and allow paint to dry (Sakura paint pens dry quickly)
  5. Add a second coat of paint pen over the original layer if desired (optional)
  6. Fill your jar with small gifts and give

Note: Once design has dried fully, jars can be washed by hand with warm soapy water if needed. Avoid scrubbing the design on the exterior of the jar.

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Download and use the FOOD JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Hard candies
  • Chocolates
  • Caramels
  • Candy canes
  • Cookies
  • Sweet bread
  • Savory snacks
  • Homemade goodies

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Download and use the PET JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Toys
  • Bones
  • Biscuits
  • Other treats

DIY Craft Supply Jar:diy_craft-jar_gift

Download and use the CRAFT JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pom poms
  • Sequins
  • Clay
  • Googly eyes
  • Washi tape
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Other craft supplies

DIY Mini Spa Jar:diy_mini_spa_jar_gift

Download and use the MINI SPA JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Nail polish
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Hand / foot lotion
  • Bubble bath
  • Loofah
  • Lip Balm
  • Other pampering supplies suited to the gift recipient

If you end up making any of these jars as gifts, or come up with your own variations I’d love to see! Have a happy crafty day friends! xo Ez

Psst…if you’re looking for more DIY ideas for the holiday, be sure to check out the Creature Comforts DIY Gallery!

Easy DIY Block Stamps + A Watercolor Gift

easy-diy-block-stampOne of the things I’m most excited about for our trip to the East Coast this weekend is the chance to meet my dear friend’s daughter Lucy, who is turning one this week! One…and this will be my first time meeting her! How does time go by so quickly?!

lucybear-framed-art0713Anyhow…a few months ago my friend asked if I would illustrate Lucy’s party invitations (such an honor), and since I couldn’t exactly arrive for her big day empty-handed, I decided to watercolor a sweet baby bear that could double as both a gift and the invite illustration.

lucybear-art-detail713 I first sketched the design in pencil, applied watercolor, and then finished the piece by adding a bit of a gilded touch (my latest obsession) using my favorite gold paint pen.

When the painting was done, I decided that I wanted the gift presentation to have an extra special touch, and stamped up some wrapping paper to coordinate with the stars on my watercolor. I quickly photographed and listed the steps in a slideshow below so you can create your own easy DIY Block Stamps next time you’re in the mood for something crafty.

You will need:

  • Plain Gift Wrap | I only tested my stamps on non-glossy paper, purchased at Michael’s and Target…so I can’t vouch for how well they would work on standard glossy paper
  • 2mm Thick Sticky Back Foam Sheets | These are available at craft stores and look very similar to the non-sticky back variety. Make sure that the ones you get have one foam side and one sticky side (protected with a sheet of peel off paper)
  • Wooden block | Available in craft stores, or you could probably use a piece of smooth scrap wood
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Stamp pad or block printing ink (such a Speedball water soluble ink – this is what I used for this project)
  • Brayer (optional) | This handy rolling tool is great for smooth ink application on stamps. I highly recommend it, although it is not entirely necessary.

stamped-gift-wrappedI hope you have a blast whipping up some of your own stamps soon! You can find more DIY projects in the Creature Comforts’ DIY Gallery. Enjoy! xo Ez

P.S. I’ll be away until Tuesday of next week. Don’t forget that you can keep me company during my trip over on Instagram. See you again soon!

Free Printable Floral Stitch Gift Tags

printablefreestitchtagsleadOne of my most favorite printables that I’ve created for Creature Comforts was the Free Printable Tag Set inspired by Fossil’s Spring Collection. Ever since, I had been on the lookout for a fashionable source of inspiration for a new tag set, and then a few weeks ago I came across the gorgeous Daksha Stitched Blouse from Anthropologie! Those colors…that pattern…swoon!

creaturecomforts_floralstitchtags2freefloralstitchtags3So with a little extra time on my hands last night, I put together a sweet little set of Printable Gift Tags inspired by the blouse. I hope enjoy using them to top presents you will be giving…or you could even string a few up as a garland to decorate a Summery party! Download your free set using the link button below. Enjoy! xo Ez

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