Organizing Buttons with Mason Jars

I am continuing with cleaning and organizing week today and showing y’all my way of organizing buttons with mason jars.  You could use this method to organize any small craft supplies or household items.  Grab some of the new blue Ball heritage collection jars to get started.  If you are looking for even more great cleaning and organizing tips this week, be sure to visit my partners for this series Always Expect Moore and The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Organizing buttons with mason jars -- a great idea for organizing buttons or any craft supplies.

I started with a pile of buttons in a huge plastic tub.  I could never find anything when looking.  So I grabbed my jars and started sorting the buttons by color.  I also have a ton of vintage buttons still on cards so I threw those in a large galvanized bucket.

 

Organizing buttons with mason jars -- a great idea for organizing buttons or any craft supplies.

Once the buttons were sorted by color, I already felt better about my button “collection”.  Okay I might just be a button hoarder.  You be the judge.  I then cut white card stock to the size of the mason jar lids.  I stamped the colors in each jar on the top of the lid.

Organizing buttons with mason jars -- a great idea for organizing buttons or any craft supplies.

I reserved two jars for my buttons from Buttons Galore and More.  I am a member of their design team and love getting their colored and shaped buttons to add to my crafting stash.  I will continue to keep those separate while I am a member of their team so I can easily find the buttons supplied by them.  It is working better than my old method of hunt and find already.  

Organizing buttons with mason jars -- a great idea for organizing buttons or any craft supplies.

Organize any small objects by finding a basket and fitting in your jars.  Stamp those lids once you have sorted to easily identify your contents.  You will have a more organized home in no time flat.  How do you use mason jars to organize?  Be sure to check out Crafts with Jars where I will be rounding up tons of mason jar organizing ideas all month.  For now I will enjoy my way of organizing buttons with mason jars.  Y’all stay tuned for even more craft organizing posts right here this month as well.

DIY Baby Shower Decorations — a virtual SURPRISE baby shower!

I am joining with some other bloggers for a really fun post today and bringing you some DIY baby shower decorations.  We are having a SURPRISE baby shower for some of our expectant mommy blogger friends.  That is right ladies….YOU are being celebrated today!  Y’all come on in and get all of the instructions on how to throw your own DIY baby shower.  Plus meet the {awesome} expectant mommies that are the reason we are all together.

DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!
 

We have FOUR blog friends that are all expecting around the same time.  What do you do when your virtual friends are expecting?  Throw a virtual shower of course.  You can find links to all of the pictured projects at the bottom of this post so you can host a virtual (or real) shower of your own.  The place setting is my project so we will get to those details in a bit.  For now, lets meet those lovely expectant mommies!
 
Jacque @ The DIY Village 
 Courtenay @ The Creek Line House 
Laura Beth @ A Step In The Journey 
DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!

What a great group of ladies right?  We think so!  Let’s all say a big CONGRATS to them all!!  Now are y’all ready to learn how to make a set of DIY baby shower decorations with ONE stamp?  Yep I used one stamp multiple ways to create a series of projects for a table setting the expectant moms would love (I hope they love it anyway!). 

 

DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!
 
The stamp I used is from PSA Essentials but any baby themed stamp that makes you happy will work.  First lets stamp some napkins.  The only critical part here is what kind of ink you use.  Be sure to use a permanent ink that will not come off when your guests use the napkin.  I love my StazOn!  

DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!

Next up I made some tent cards.  Fold a plain 4 x 6 index card in half and stamp.  You can use these for place cards or to mark food on a buffet.  Anywhere you need a little note for the party.

DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!

Now for some utensil pouches.  I used a folded cookie bag wrapped in washi tape.  I then used a blue disc cut with my Sizzix and a stamped circle in the center.  So easy yet oh so cute.  These can be used at a set table or put in basket on your buffet for ease of picking up utensils.

DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!

I also made some green discs with my Sizzix and stamped those as well.  You can use these as table scatter or as tags on gifts.  Anywhere you want to add a cute baby touch to your party.

DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!

I set my table with a white tablecloth and striped place mats.  Then just add in your plate, decor, and of course a mason jar glass with a fancy straw.

DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!

Your guests will love all of the personalized touches in your DIY baby shower decorations.

DIY Baby Shower -- find DIY baby shower decorations, gifts, and more with this fun virtual baby shower!

Now give the ladies your well wishes in the comments below.  Then visit the rest of the baby shower projects below.  And ladies…congrats once again….we are all wishing you the best!

DIY Wedding Candle Wrap — a quick and easy tutorial!

I have a great DIY wedding candle wrap tutorial for you today.  First though this week is Craft Lightning week!  I am joining Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and each project we post this week will be able to be completed in 15 minutes or less.  I will also be doing some features from around the web each afternoon.  Would you like a chance to get featured?  Be sure to link up your quick and easy crafts to the linky party for a shot.  Then come back and make these great candle wraps for decor at your wedding.  This candle wrap and another version were originally posted over at Buttons Galore and More but I wanted to be sure to post it here in case you missed it.  
Catch up on Craft Lightning with round ups from day 1day 2day 3, and day 4.

Make this great DIY wedding candle wrap in minutes with this super simple tutorial that will be perfect for your wedding.

Materials needed for candle wrap wedding decorations:  (Some items were provided to me from Buttons Galore and More however all projects and opinions are my own.)

 

Make this great DIY wedding candle wrap in minutes with this super simple tutorial that will be perfect for your wedding.

Cut a sheet of paper so that it fits your candle.  Punch out a pattern of windows in your scrapbook paper with the Fiskars Everywhere Punch.

Make this great DIY wedding candle wrap in minutes with this super simple tutorial that will be perfect for your wedding.

Cut a sheet of tissue paper slightly smaller than your paper and tape to the back.

Make this great DIY wedding candle wrap in minutes with this super simple tutorial that will be perfect for your wedding.

Use various stamps to decorate each window of your candle wrap.

Make this great DIY wedding candle wrap in minutes with this super simple tutorial that will be perfect for your wedding.

Wrap the candle and secure with tape in the back.  The candles I am using are wax sleeves that accept battery power tea lights.  There is no threat of fire when using these types of candles.  Add random buttons from the Something New button pack around your candle wrap.  Use hot glue to secure your buttons.

Make this great DIY wedding candle wrap in minutes with this super simple tutorial that will be perfect for your wedding.

Add a collection of these to your reception tables.  Make them in various sizes for a stunning display.  Your guests will marvel at your skills once you make these great DIY wedding candle wraps.  Grab your buttons and get started today.

 
Make this great DIY wedding candle wrap in minutes with this super simple tutorial that will be perfect for your wedding.


Don’t forget to link up your quick 15 minute crafts to the Craft Lightning linky party and stay tuned right here all week for lots of easy craft inspiration.

How to Carve Stamps from Erasers in 15 Minutes or Less

Welcome to day 3 of Craft Lightning.  All this week I am hosing a quick and easy craft series with 30 Minute Crafts.  If you have missed any of the fun you can check out the round ups from day 1 and day 2.  Plus if you want a chance to be featured you can link up your own 15 minute craft (excluding dry time) in our linky party.  
Today’s craft is super fun and so easy to make.  I even made a video of the process just to show you that it is in fact quick and easy to do.  You can carve stamps from an eraser in a flash.  Grab a pack of those big white erasers from the Dollar Tree and get started today.  There is no limit to what you can create.    

Learn how to carve stamps from simple white erasers in less than 8 minutes!  A great video tutorial that anyone can follow.
 
 

Supplies needed to make your own custom stamps (my supplies were provided by Consumer Crafts but all opinions and projects are my own):
The process is so super simple.  But after some trial and error I found it was much simpler to explain on a video.  You can watch me make the feather stamp pictured above in less than 8 minutes!  That is right you can watch the entire process of making a stamp in the video below.  So yes this is a Craft Lightning project and I have a video to prove it.  
 
So now that you have made a custom stamp, what can you do with it?  I made a few projects with the stamps that I made.  I started with a “V” shaped stamp and a recipe box.
Learn how to carve stamps from simple white erasers in less than 8 minutes!  A great video tutorial that anyone can follow.
 
I made a herringbone type pattern around the sides of the box to give my kitchen a little flair.
 

Learn how to carve stamps from simple white erasers in less than 8 minutes!  A great video tutorial that anyone can follow.

 
Next I had to use that feather stamp that I made in the video.  I grabbed a pack of cork trivets for this project.
Learn how to carve stamps from simple white erasers in less than 8 minutes!  A great video tutorial that anyone can follow.
 
I also used some tiles from the home improvement store.  I added non-slip feet to the bottom of both tiles.
Learn how to carve stamps from simple white erasers in less than 8 minutes!  A great video tutorial that anyone can follow.
 
I then stamped the cork and added that to the top of both tiles.  These are the best trivets ever!
Learn how to carve stamps from simple white erasers in less than 8 minutes!  A great video tutorial that anyone can follow.

What type of stamp will you make with this technique?  You are limited only by your imagination.  Grab a pack of erasers and get carving…all in 15 minutes or less.
Be sure to stick around here as we are only half way done with our Craft Lightning week.  There is plenty more fun yet to come!
 

Quick and Easy Favor Bags for Weddings or Parties

I am joining up with 30 Minute Crafts this week to bring you lot of great quick and easy crafts.  Love quick crafts?  Be sure to subscribe do you don’t miss any of the fun!  Also, link up YOUR quick crafts in our linky party for a chance to be featured.  Be sure to check out the features from day 1, day 2, and day 3.
Now for my DIY stenciled favor bags.  Planning a wedding?  These favor bags are super simple and may be customized to your theme.  I have a super simple secret for stenciling these quickly — ink!  Yep ink gets the job done fast and dries in a flash.  I actually came up with five different DIY stenciled favor bags.  
 
DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags
 
 

The idea is really simple and easy even for a beginner.  The concept uses an ink pad that you would use with stamps.  I found that the small ink pads worked best with the stencils.  Stencils like these can be found at most craft supply stores or you can always order online.
 
DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags
 
Just lay down your bag, then the stencil, and apply the ink with the ink pad until your design is complete.  Using the ink pad to stencil makes this project so fast.  It is much easier then using any type of paint plus it dries very fast.  I did find that the small ink pads worked best so look for those at the craft store.  
DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

After I stenciled a few different favor bags, I thought about different way you could close them to get different looks.  I came up with five different looks to choose from.  My first favor bag uses a stencil that is a series of circles.

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

I held this one closed with a clothespin.  This clothespin actually has a piece of scrapbook paper that I used Mod Podge to adhere to the top.  You can also use glitter or paint on clothespins for a different look.

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

My next favor bag has a branch stencil that I just loved for a slightly rustic look.

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags
 
I folded this one over and punched a couple of holes.  I added baker’s twine to close.  
DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

My next bag has a lovely frame stencil and I used a lavender ink.

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

Again I used the two punched holes method of closing but this time threaded in ribbon.  Just using different materials can give a completely different look.

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

Next up is a fleur de lis stenciled on a white bag.

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

I actually used washi tape to close this bag.  I love this sheet music washi tape.

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags
 
I allowed the washi tape to hang over the front slightly.  I also really like the way you can see the circles from the ink pad.  Be aware that this will be visible in stencils with large open areas such as this one.
DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags
 
For the last version, I chose a rose stencil and put it on a brown bag with white ink.  
DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

This time I bunched the bag closed with a wide ribbon.  Loving that bright pink!

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags
 
I bet you never knew you could do some much with a paper lunch bag.  Turn these plain jane bags into the perfect favor bags for your ceremony with just a few simple supplies.  These favor bags are an easy DIY project that can save you money on your big day.
 

DIY Stenciled Wedding Favor Bags

 
So take a few minutes, an ink pad, and a stencil and design your own favor bags.  Use them at your wedding or party and save cash.  I hope y’all enjoyed these quick and easy favor bags.  Remember to stay tuned all week for quick and easy crafts.  There will be two posts each day filled with craft lightning fun!    
 

Deer Silhouette Art

I never got around to sharing this art I made a few months back.  I thought I would show it off a little today.  It is one of my personal favorites.  It was originally shared over at PSA Stamp Camp but here is the tutorial for anyone that is ready to make their own Deer Silhouette Art.  

deer silhouette art
 
I started with a plain canvas and painted it in a dark blue.  I then took a plain piece of white card stock and using a stamp from PSA I made a tribal triangle pattern all over the paper.  I then used my Silhouette to make a deer head.  
deer silhouette art
 
I then used Mod Podge to put the deer head onto the canvas.  Yes it was that simple. 
deer silhouette art

This one went up in my son’s room on the barnwood shelf we made him.  I love that the deer silhouette looks slightly modern with the tribal like pattern yet it is surrounded by old vintage pieces.  

deer silhouette art

What is better than that?  My son loves this little canvas as well.  Now that is what I call a win – win.

deer silhouette art

 

DIY Love Bird Ornament

Time for day 2 of Craft Lightning.  All week 30 Minute Crafts and I are sharing crafts that can be completed in 15 minutes or less (excluding dry time).  Every morning there will be a new craft and every afternoon there will be a quick craft round up from great bloggers that are joining us.  You can also link up YOUR quick craft at our linky party for a chance at a feature everyday this week.  I am sharing another ornament with y’all today.  My love bird ornament would be great on your tree or to give as a gift.    

love bird ornament

I bought a pre-cut wood shape from Walmart for this project.  I coated the entire thing front and back with a silver metallic paint.

love bird ornament

I then used some dimensional fabric paint from Tulip in white metallic.  Yes it is for fabric but trust me it worked fine on the Christmas ornament and I love the effect.

love bird ornament

I outlined the entire bird and wing with the dimensional paint.

love bird ornament

I used some small stamps and Staz-on ink to stamp “love” on the wing.  I actually stamped while the dimensional paint was still wet.  I then set the entire thing aside to dry.

love bird ornament

After your project is dry, punch or drill a hole and add a ribbon to hang.  So simple yet elegant.  I love that metallic sparkle!

love bird ornament

 

Button Stamped Table Runner

Yesterday I showed you how I came up with the centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table.  Now I am back with a tutorial for my table runner.  A button stamped table runner?  Yes a button!  Read on to find out how!

I saw in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living how to use everyday objects for stamping onto fabric.  My head was swimming with ideas.  I looked at every object differently.  I ran for my bucket of buttons and started playing with them on fabric.  This one was by far my fave…

So I used some hot glue to attach it to a small scrap of wood.

Then I was ready to stamp!  I used a combination of red, orange, and golden yellow on each impression.  I mixed the colors so that each stamp looks different.

I just painted right onto the button in a thin, even coat then stamped directly onto a torn piece of muslin.

I started the pattern with a ruler then just continued all the way to the end of the muslin.  I left the edges of my runner raw as I want a slightly rustic table.  You could of course use a pre-made runner or hem the edges.

It actually did not take me that long and I really love the results.  I am already stalking thrift stores and my home for other objects that would make great stamps.  Have you ever used an object as a stamp?  What was it?  What did you stamp? 

Mason Jar Trivet (in under 15 minutes)

It is the last day for our Craft Lightning series.  It has been so much fun and I hope y’all have gotten tons of inspiration.  One more round up this afternoon.  So if you want a chance to be featured, be sure to link up to the Craft Lightning Link Party.  Now onto the craft for today.  Last week I showed y’all my screen printed mason jar dish towel, this week I am giving y’all my mason jar trivet.  This tutorial will give you a super simple method to use your stamps on glass.  So let’s get started…

I am stamping on a tile from the flooring section of The Home Depot.  I added little rubber feet to the back with glue before I started on this portion of the project.  You will need the stamps of your choice and some glass paint markers from Deco Art.

Just take the marker and write directly on the raised area of the stamps.

Then stamp right on your project.  Notice that the stamp will not be perfect.  This initial stamping is just to get your outline.  After stamping, just fill in the areas with your glass paint marker.

Repeat with the letters.  I choose the word “yum” because I thought it was cute inside the mason jar.

The glass paint markers dry so fast that you will be complete with this one in no time at all!  If you want your trivet to be dishwasher safe, please follow the instructions for baking your project (you will have to leave the rubber feet off your project until this is complete).  I never run my trivets through the dishwasher so I am not concerned.  
 
 
I love the touch of whimsy this “yum” mason jar is giving my kitchen both in the towel and in the trivet.  I am wondering what else I can apply this treatment to.  Y’all breakout your stamps and glass markers to make something cute this weekend okay?
 
Some of the products in this tutorial were given to me from various retailers.  All projects and opinions are my own.

 

Hand Stamped Napkin Rings

We are continuing today with Craft Lightning week.  All week long I will be sharing a craft in the morning that can be completed in 15 minutes or less.  Then each afternoon I will do a round up of crafts for even more inspiration.  Do you want featured in my round ups?  Head on over and link up your quick craft project for a chance.
Today I am going to share with you a super simple technique for making napkin rings fast.  I happened to have made beach themed ones in this case but the possibilities are endless.  Ready to see the secret for making these quick?

beach themed napkin rings

The secret is a fake rose petal!  You can find these at the Dollar Tree or in the wedding section of your favorite craft store.

beach themed napkin rings

Just stamp on the image of your choice in any color ink.  Cut a hole in the top of the petal and thread through some ribbon.

beach themed napkin rings

Slip in your napkin and you have a super simple and quick napkin ring that will make your guests ooh and aah.

beach themed napkin rings
 
You can whip up enough of these for a party in 15 minutes or less.  Probably even set the table in that amount of time as well.
beach themed napkin rings

So what would you stamp on the rose petal?  Any ideas for fall?