DIY Tissue Box for TP

I don’t buy tissue unless someone in the family has a bad runny nose, and then I get them the nice ones with lotion! The rest of the time we go without tissues in the house, until I saw this tutorial on how to use toilet paper as a tissue refill.

It’s been awhile since I bought tissues so I didn’t have a tissue box. I did however have a box that used to hold cornmeal and it fit a small roll of toilet paper. It’s been sitting on our counter looking like we are using some special cornmeal tissue for a few weeks now. I finally got around to making it cute!

The top of the lid was easy, I just took a box cutter and slit a large “X” into it. It works perfectly.

I mod-podged some cute fall paper onto it, because our kitchen and living room are always fall colors and I can’t wait to start decorating for fall soon!

Once it dried I was able to put the toilet paper back in it and put the lid back on. I love that it’s easy to change when needed as well.

Check out these other “Almost Free” fall crafts!
Turkey Pumpkin
Stuffed Pumpkin Baskets
3 Boo-ing Ideas

Beware of Dog and Owners Sign

As a gun enthusiast, I love this sign:

(Image from Applegate Signs on Etsy)

But I am more worried that people need to be aware of the dog, I wouldn’t want her to get the wrong idea about someone and attack. So I created my own sign to cover both the dog and the owners.

Materials:
Square Piece of Wood
Acrylic Paint
Pencil or Stencils
Silver Sharpie
Outdoor Mod Podge or other Sealant

Directions:
1. Paint the background color onto the wood. Let it dry completely.

2. Pencil the words onto the wood. It would be easier to use a stencil, but with my spending fast I used a pencil and tried to do everything by hand.

3. Paint the words onto the board. After they are dry, outline the letters with the silver sharpie.

4. Using the mod podge as a sealant, spread it over everything. When the front is dry, do the same for the back.

Now it can be hung on the fence. Hopefully if anyone gets attacked in our yard, this sign will help save our assets.

Dog Stuff Holder

I had some miscellaneous dog stuff (including my new dog brush)laying around the house and I had to find a place for it. I saw this TP holderfrom an oatmeal container. It made me think about putting the dog stuff in one. I had an ugly oatmeal container sitting in the bathroom for a little while and finally decided to cover it.

Paint didn’t cover it well, so I mod podged some scrapbook paper onto it, and made it somewhat presentable.

Toy Laptop

My son always wants to play with my laptop- and if he gets to it before I do he inevitably does something that I never knew how to do. Did you know sticky notes change color?

I saved a keyboard from my old laptop that was thrown out because I knew the keys could atleast be used as scrapbooking letters. Instead, I wanted to make my son his own laptop. I still keep it up and only let him play with it occasionally, so I think that he still thinks that it’s the real deal! He at least knows that it’s special! Also, it probably isn’t a very safe toy, so that is another reason it is only played with on occasion, I want him to be supervised! This could be embellished tons more, be creative! This was all I felt like doing, maybe I will add more later, like icons.

Materials:
Old Laptop Keyboard
Cardboard
Acrylic Paint
Buttons
Hot Glue
Super Glue
Picture
Mod Podge

Directions:
1. Cut out your cardboard, paint so that it doesn’t look like cardboard. Fold cardboard in half.
2. Mod podge your picture to where the screen would be.
3. Super glue keyboard to cardboard, hot glue or super glue buttons on as power buttons.
Let dry, then enjoy playing!

Dimensional Magic Jewelry

I have been on the lookout for a locket for a little while. I’m being picky about it because I know I will be wearing it for the next few years. (I never take off my current necklace.) I saw this cute charm that was made by Polish the Stars. Her’s is actually glass and it’s customizable! But.. I’m kinda a DIY girl. So I found a bracelet with a metal ribbon slide that said hope. I put my tiny picture down and put the dimensional magic over the entire thing, giving it that glass-ish look. After it dried (wait the entire 24 hours to touch it! Mine has a finger print!) it turned out great and I just added a ribbon to it. Now I can wear a bracelet with my two favorite boys on it until I find my perfect locket. When I do, I was thinking a little strap of leather could make this a boy-ish cuff bracelet for the little man when he gets bigger.

Mod Podged Coasters

This is a super simple mod podge project. I found glass candle bases at an overstock store. I mod podged the paper to the underside, and let it show through. On the very bottom I did a very generous coat of the mod podge in case of any spills. I didn’t do it for these ones, but a felt piece glued to the bottom would make a nice addition to the project, to further protect your tables.

Stolen Goods: Super Quick Tutorials

I don’t need much direction when it comes to reading other people’s tutorials. Usually. I see a picture or something in the store and try to copy it when I get home. So here are some pictures from the last few things I have done.


My (Super Quick) Pumpkin Jar Tutorial:
1. Mix food coloring with mod podge
2. Paint on jars
3. Cut out paper faces and mod podge
4. Let dry and add ribbon
5. Put candle inside and light 🙂


(Yes my craft room is constantly messy, fooled you right?!?)


My (Super Quick) Pennant tutorial:
1. Cut and Zig-Zag stitch Traingles
2. Sew to ribbon

15 Cent Notebooks

I don’t think that I ever got a cute notebook or folder, unless I bought it myself. And the latest movie characters on a notebook was never worth my money. Now that I have to buy all of the school supplies, a 15 cent notebook is a good deal. I usually take a quick peek to see how much the cute ones cost, but a whole dollar more for the same thing?!? Forget it!

I don’t have kids yet, but I’m a student still. I want cute school supplies too!! So I bought a bunch of the 15 cent notebooks and the equally cheap and ugly folders and took them home to decorate.

I used a little scrapbook paper and some mod podge. I made a folder for my stencils and a cute one to show if I had a little boy. Think about the possibilities! Magazine cut outs could make a collage of your child’s favorite things, or you could print a Hannah Montana picture instead. Just be careful when using the mod podge you keep it away from the actual pages so that they don’t get glued together or anything!


I made a rolled flower (click here for tutorial)for this notebook, and just glued that over the ugly words in the corner. (I’ve been fond of anything silvery or gray lately!)


If you don’t want your kids making a mess of mod podge, use laminate paper instead. Have fun decorating!

Getting Dirty with Mod Podge- Glass and Yarn Art

I wanted to play with my new bottle of mod podge, so here’s what I made.

Cut out all of your pieces of yarn first.

Paint a layer of mod podge around the entire glass. Then dip them in modpodge ( I put mine on a paper plate to the side, you don’t want random yarn fibers hanging out in the mod podge canister later) and stick them on your glass. The mod podge makes a nice clear texture So you want it to be textured all over.

That’s it! Now I have some funky labeled jars in my bathroom instead of just plain ones. Have fun crafting!

Love Wall Hanging


I created this wall hanging for our apartment to make it look a little more homey. The frame itself was a bit hideous in the beginning, but I had found it at Goodwill for a decent price.

First, I mod poodged scrapbook paper to the frame.

Next I painted the extra cardboard in the frame black.

The gray and flowers paper you see is just plain white cardstock that I laid out and painted by hand. In the swirls are me and my husband’s names. After painting all the flowers, leaves and swirls I used a silver paint and a stiff bristly brush to lightly texture over everything. These papers were then glued to the cardboard backing.

Next the ribbon was glued to the backing, and the bow tied afterwards.

I made my own stencils from cardstock so that they would last longer than one use. I still have them in a folder. I stenciled “Love” onto the same scrapbook paper used for the frame, and backed them with brown paper. These were then glued on.

The cardboard was then put into the frame, carefully so that the bow would look good and not crushed funny. It was the only thing that hung on the wall in our first apartment, and still hangs on the wall in our home.