Mother’s Day ideas can be hard to come by. Especially those that are super easy to make by kids of all ages. This handprint pillow can be made by toddlers and preschoolers (with a little help from you of course). So grab you supplies and make mom (or grandma) this one of a kind keepsake gift idea. This one was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed where I am a paid contributor but I am posting it here in case you missed it.
Making custom gift bags has never been easier! Chalk Couture makes projects like these super simple and professional looking. I love how this one turned out and it really is an easy project. Make yours like mine or use one of the dozens of transfers available to customize your options.
Did you know that you can make your own DIY photo coasters? I have a fabulous method below that will give you professional results every single time. It uses two products you might not be familiar with – 2 part epoxy resin and printable tattoo paper. What?? Read on to find out more! This post is sponsored by Environmental Technology, Inc however all projects and opinions are my own.
Supplies needed to make DIY photo coasters:
- Wood coasters
- Printable tattoo paper
- EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish
- White craft paint
- Measuring cups
- Mixing cups
- Stir sticks
- Paint brush
- Printer and ink
- Protective gloves
Want to learn more about 2 part epoxy resin? You can watch me make the coasters in the video below and get tons of tips and tricks.
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? Just follow along below!
Step 1: Painting
Start by painting your coasters. I used two coats of white chalk paint on all surfaces (top, bottom, and sides). Be sure to allow to dry in between coats and also before continuing with the tutorial. It is important to paint or seal your coasters when using the tattoo paper method of image transfer.
Step 2: Image transfer with tattoo paper
In the meantime, you can print your images onto your printable tattoo paper. I did mine in black and white. Be sure to mirror your images before printing so they will be the correct orientation when transferred to the coasters.
Follow any instructions that comes with your tattoo paper. For this packet, you peel back the liner on the adhesive and put it on top of your printed images. I pressed it down really well using a stir stick like a squeegee.
Trace the coasters with a pencil on top of the images. Cut out with scissors.
Now just peel away the clear liner to expose the adhesive. Turn the image over with the adhesive down and place it on your painted coaster. Press down really well. Again I used a stir stick like a squeegee to ensure complete adhesion.
Then use a damp rag on top of the paper that is covering your image. Do not rub. Just press with the wet rag. Eventually the paper will start to lift from the image. Remove the paper and you are left with a gorgeous image on your coaster. This is by far my favorite method for adding a printed image to wood.
Step 3: Seal
You will need to seal the images before continuing to make your DIY photo coasters. I used two coats of decoupage medium. Apply one horizontally and one vertically allowing to dry in between coats. Also you will want to make sure to get all the way to the edges. Then allow your coasters to dry really well before continuing.
Step 4: Pouring your resin
Now it is time to make a glossy, thick coating on your DIY coasters. You will need to protect your work surface. For this, I use paper plates. You will also want to raise your coasters up off the work surface. I just used a clay pot turned upside down for this purpose.
I also like to put painter’s tape around the edges of the coasters to protect the edges. Just apply tape all the way around pressing down well to ensure adhesion. Repeat for all four coasters.
Then put on your protective gloves and start mixing your resin. You will want to follow all instructions that come with the box for this step. Measure equal amounts and use the two container mixing procedure outlined in the instructions. Once you have completed that, you are ready to pour. I like to pour some resin in the center of my coasters then tilt them to get complete coverage.
Once covered, I set my coasters on the terra cotta pots over the paper plates. You can then follow the instructions for popping any bubbles that may rise to the surface. I would recommend waiting an hour or so then carefully taking off your tape and wiping away any resin that may have leaked through. Then let your DIY photo coasters rest flat and level until they are fully cured (I do about 24 hours).
You can tell how glossy they are in the image below! I love the thick professional finish to these and how great they look! Between the awesome tattoo paper transfer method and the epoxy resin coating, these coasters look like you had them professionally made. They are the perfect gift idea for Mother’s Day or any occasion really.
Grab your supplies and do not be afraid of resin! There is a learning curve, however, the results are definitely worth it.
Now, get started picking pictures to make your own DIY photo coasters. You might even make a list of everyone in your life that may need a set!
You can make these decorated wooden spoons for a gift for mom or for your own kitchen. This week I am going to share a couple of tutorials using a 2 part resin epoxy. This is one material that I think people are afraid to use in their crafting but can give really professional results. You can also see below just how easy this product can be to use!
DIY lotion is actually really easy to make. Today we have over 20 recipes to make in your home. Grab your supplies and get started making your own all natural beauty products. You will love the results it has on your skin and the fact that you are eliminating chemicals from your home. That my friends is a win-win….don’t you think? Plus, remember that Mother’s Day is fast approaching and these will also make great gift ideas.
DIY Lotion Ideas
Click on each of the links below to be taken to the DIY lotion recipe. The recipe will open in a new tab on your computer where you can then save it or pin it or print it or whatever else makes you happy. Y’all enjoy and start making DIY lotion at home soon!
- Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion
- Easy Recipe for Beeswax Lotion
- Mermaid Lotion Bars
- Best Homemade Lotion
- How To Make Intensive Moisturizing Lotion
- Homemade Ultra Moisturizing Lotion
- Homemade Vitamin E Scar Lotion
- Cooling DIY Stress And Headache Relief Lotion
- Easy Homemade Crockpot Peppermint Lotion
- Coconut Oil Lotion Tutorial
- Easy DIY Shea Butter Lotion Recipe
- DIY Organic Baby Lotion
- Homemade Lotion Balls
- Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe
- Homemade Lotion Bars
- Lotion Recipe With Essential Oils
- Homemade Chocolate Massage Lotion
- Easy DIY Calamine Lotion
- DIY Organic Moisturizing Lotion
- How To Make Violet Lotion
- Homemade Lotion For Dry Skin
- Homemade Lavender Lotion Bars
These are great right? DIY lotion has never been easier to make! If you love these, however, you might also like our collection of handmade beauty products here. Between the two collections, you will be making all the gifts!
Now that you have the recipes to make your own DIY lotion, you will need to get the supplies as well. I have an Amazon widget below with some supplies that may be helpful. Remember that any links below are affiliate links which means that you do not pay anymore but a portion of your purchase will go to this site. Y’all enjoy!
Did you know that you can make wooden candlesticks from table legs? Well you can! It is so easy and you can add a rustic touch with the new Texture Chalk Paint from FolkArt. This paint is actually coming out within the next few months but I was able to test it before it was even available to the public. Fun right? So you can see more about the paint and making the candlesticks below.
Supplies needed to make these wooden candlesticks:
- Table legs from the home improvement store
- Wood circles from craft store
- Wood glue
- Finish nails
- Texture Chalk paint from FolkArt
- Pouncer brush
Step by Step Instructions:
Start by making your wooden candlesticks. You will want to find the center of the circle to add the table leg. Draw on two lines that are the same length and touch the outer edges of the circle. Connect these two lines from end to end as shown below. The center of that “X” is the center of your circle.
Drill a hole large enough to accommodate the screw on the table leg in the center of your circle piece. Then screw in your table leg. Add wood glue to the top of the table leg and add the other circle. Secure with finishing nails to hold everything together until the glue dries.
All About Texture Chalk Paint
Let’s talk a little about the paint we are going to use while the glue dries. The new Texture Chalk paint from FolkArt is perfect for those that want a rustic, worn, layered look to their projects but in just one coat. Yes I did just say one coat! You can layer the colors for a different look or just go with one. You can sand it back to reveal part of the wood if you want. The possibilities are endless! You should be able to get it at Plaid Online within the next few months if you want to try it for yourself.
Once your glue is dried, you can start adding your paint. I tried several methods for applying the Texture Chalk paint but the one I loved the most was with a pouncer brush.
Want to watch me paint one of these wooden candlesticks live? Just watch the video below for all of the details on the paint and how to use it. Plus I have a few more cute projects to show off in the video.
Once completely painted, allow the paint to dry and these wooden candlesticks are ready to display around your home. Want to add a little more flair? You can try some burlap flowers around the bottom of your candlestick. Just create a mini wreath and wrap it around. You can find the flowers through my Amazon affiliate link by clicking here.
You can see the rustic appearance the Texture Chalk paint gives your project in the image below. And yes that is just one coat of paint!
A simple way to add that farmhouse flair to any project that you are working on! And yes making wooden candlesticks for your home is a quick and easy project to test this out on!
Love these and want more farmhouse style ideas? Try the links below!
Wood burning ideas are some of my favorite crafts. Today we are going to talk about how to make DIY coasters but you can use wood burning to create a wide variety of projects. It is actually super simple but might sound a little scary to you. Never fear! We have all of the details below!
Is there anything better than a smiling llama? I think not! I made a llama finger puppet pattern using the Cricut. It is perfect for the little ones that love the Llama Llama series of books. Pick up your supplies and make one for your child or to give as a gift.
This is a part of Craft Lighting this week where we are sharing 15 minute felt crafts all week. If you have missed any of the fun, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for today’s ideas and also catch up with day 1, day 2, and day 3.
Coffee sleeves make a really great and inexpensive gift idea. I thought I would show how to both cut one and customize it with your Cricut machine today. Of course, if you just want a plain version it would be super simple to cut from felt with scissors. But who doesn’t want a little bling?
This is a part of Craft Lightning week where we are sharing felt projects all week that can be made in 15 minutes or less. You can see today’s ideas at the bottom of this post. You can also catch up with the ideas from day 1 and day 2.
This double photo frame is one of my favorite projects of all time. You can make this for your home using your Cricut machine to cut the vinyl. Yes we even have a free template that makes it super simple! This quick and easy project is perfect for those that want to add a little rustic, farmhouse style to any room in their home.