Category Archives: craft

Valentine’s Day: Crafts from the Past

XOXO

Decorating for “small” holidays can sometimes be a bear. I mean do we really need to deck the halls for St. Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day? We’re not ones to transform our homes for each and every holiday, but it is nice to display a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to add a teeny tiny touch for the upcoming celebration.

Since Valentine’s Day is this Saturday, we figured we’d show off some of our V-day projects from the past. Most of these are incredibly simple to create, so you’ll have plenty of time to get them done in time for February 14th.bulletin board

Valentine’s Day Bulletin Board

XOXOXOXO Holiday DecorGold-Dipped-Glitter-FeathersGold Dipped Feathers

Valentine's CoastersTribal Coasters

Mint-Chocolate-Cupid-CakeMint Chocolate Cupid Cake

Framed_Love-Lyric

Love Lyrics – Free Printable

Date nightdate nightDate Night Surprise & Free Printable

wreathBurlap Bubble Wreath

masonjarcookieMason Jar Cookie Gift

We’ll have a few more ideas for you this week (including a guest appearance by our hubbies!), so be sure to tune in.

IMG_0870


Now time to down some pink and red M&M’s (one of our favorite holiday themed treats.)  Cheers to a holiday that’s all about fresh flowers, chocolate, and wine. We’ll take it!

Bridget and Casey Signature

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Melted Crayon Abstract Art

Melted-Crayon-Abstract-Art-001
If you guys follow us on Instagram, then you may have seen this R rated picture grace your feed in February.
Bottles and Bottega
Yep…that’s my mom, sister-in-law, and I all holding portraits of a naked man.  I added the nice big red “X” to keep things PG around here. 😉
The three of us had an amazing girls night out at a painting and wine class called Bottles & Bottega. They offer all kinds of painting classes and it’s a fun way to bond, drink wine, and get a little creative. I’ve done it a few times with friends (and even for B’s bachelorette party!), but I’ve never ever ever done it with a nude model. Let’s just say it was quite the experience and I’m pretty sure I blushed the entire night. The nude painting class definitely forced me to channel my inner artist, as I tried my best to be mature and view our male model as art…and not as some naked man standing on a platform.
Naked man
Heck, I tried. But I still ended up with a pretty crappy painting.
But let’s be real…even if I created a masterpiece, I probably wouldn’t be hanging any naked men in our apartment. Something tells me Finn wouldn’t be very keen on the new art addition. But I certainly didn’t want to waste a perfectly good canvas, so I decided to give the canvas a new life!
I’m sure you guys have all seen the crayon art craze all over Pinterest. You know what I’m talking about….the crayons glued onto a canvas with the color dripping down the piece of art.  I know you’ve seen it before! That look isn’t exactly my style (maybe if I had a kids room or playroom to decorate!), but I still wanted to do something fun using crayons.
So, I ordered a box of 120 crayons off of Amazon and started to plan my new masterpiece…
crayons and white paint
First step, cover the naked man! 3 coats of white acrylic paint did the trick for me. I soon had a blank canvas that was ready for some color.
Crayons
Then it was time to peel the crayons. I decided to go with a color palette of blues, grays, greens, and purples…mostly cool tones. So I took out all of the crayons that I wanted to use and put the rest of the colors away.
Time to get peeling…
soak crayons in water to peel
I asked Finn to help me peel the paper off of the crayons and after attempting crayon #1, he instantly headed to Google to try to find an easier method. Turns out there is a very easy way to peel crayons…just throw them in cold water! The paper magically peeled right off. Who knew?!
hair dryer and crayons
When all of my crayons were peeled, I got out my trusty hair dryer and got ready to “paint” my canvas.
Crayon painting setup
I wasn’t in love with the idea of having melted crayon wax all over your countertop. So I put down a tarp and put the canvas inside a cardboard box while working. You could definitely do this outside if you don’t want to make a mess inside your home.
When my working area was ready, I got down to business. I simply put my hair dryer on the lowest & hottest settings and held a crayon on the canvas as I went. I found that if I went to a higher setting, the crayon wax would fly out everywhere and it got a bit messy, so low is the way to go. As the crayon melted and became drippy, I tilted the canvas all around so the color would spread. Then I grabbed another crayon and did it again, working my way around the canvas. Really there is no right or wrong way to do this. Just be adventurous and layer colors on top of one another.  I also recommend stepping back every few minutes to see how it looks from afar.
Rookie Tip #1: Don’t burn your fingers! The hair dryer can get really hot on your hand when you’re holding the crayon. Try to just hold the crayon on the end, or you could even spear it with a skewer to keep your fingers away from the heat. As your crayons get smaller, you’re more likely to get burned, so just be careful!
abstract art on gallery wall
Rookie Tip #2: If I wasn’t loving a color, I would often lighten it up with a white or light gray crayon on top of it. It gave the color a cool diluted, ombre effect.
melted crayon art on canvas
For now, I’m enjoying the end result…I mean it’s a heck of a lot better than my naked man. It’s definitely different, and very abstract. I love the pop of color it brings to our space, and it has a cool drippy watercolor effect to it. Art is totally subjective, so if this isn’t your style I totally get it. It was just kinda fun to step outside of my comfort zone to channel my inner artist.
melted crayon abstract art
So there you have it…the story of the naked man.  He has come a long way from standing heroically on the beach…to being covered in melted crayon.  I think I’d take the new colorful crayon art any day (sorry dude!)
Casey DIY Playbook
So what do you think of the melted crayon craze? Have you jumped on board?
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

One thought on “Melted Crayon Abstract Art

  1. Jackie

    I had to take my handsome guy down from over the bathtub when we got the house painted. I didn’t want our painters to think we were total weirdos! Now he hangs out in my closet behind my dirty laundry. Poor lonely naked man.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

One thought on “Melted Crayon Abstract Art

  1. Jackie

    I had to take my handsome guy down from over the bathtub when we got the house painted. I didn’t want our painters to think we were total weirdos! Now he hangs out in my closet behind my dirty laundry. Poor lonely naked man.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Be Happy Pallet Sign

Personalized-Pallet-Sign1

Happiness.

It’s such a strange word isn’t it? I feel like these days many people often say their goal is to lead a “happy life.” You ask, “Where do you want to be in 5 years?” and often times you’ll hear “I want to be HAPPY!” thrown somewhere in there along with a fulfilling career, family, and good health. That’s a great answer, but what does it truly mean to be happy?

I’ve been thinking A LOT about that question lately. Last year I quit my “corporate-y” job to come home to Chicago and pursue projects that I actually enjoy. I wasn’t feeling stimulated at my past job, and didn’t see much room for growth. I remember coming home crying to Finn, asking him what I should do, how could I be happy at work? And he simply (& sweetly) urged me to take control of my career path. So in August I made the scary jump from full-time gig to freelance, and I haven’t looked back. It was a terrifying decision, but I’ve managed to survive the transition and I’m now taking on plenty of clients.

Am I happy now as a freelancer? Kinda. The answer should be a resounding “yes!” However, as any freelancer can tell you it’s scary to think too far into the future. Sure I’m busy now, but what if that one client doesn’t ask me to come back? What if I sit at home the entire month of July with no work? The anxiety of the future is holding me back from truly being happy RIGHT NOW. And the thing is I don’t want it to. I want to be able to wake up each day with a smile on my face, and be able to count my blessings on all of my fingers and my toes.

Quote on a canvas

Remember the last time I was worried about the past….anxious about the future…and not living in the present? I decided to make this quote onto canvas, so the mantra would be stuck in my mind each and every single day.

Master Bedroom

That canvas art is still going strong in our master bedroom…but I wanted to also incorporate this new happiness sentiment. So I decided to tackle another DIY project, and I enlisted the help of my fellow rookie and pallet building extraordinaire.

See those O’Connor’s have quite the knack for building magnificent pieces of art out of old pallets…

Craft fair pallet signs
Father's day pallet sign

Just like when B made this amazing pallet for her Dad for Father’s Day. When she blogged about that pallet, she divulged all of the deets on creating this awesome work of art. So I won’t bore you with the details about building a pallet sign. If you’re looking for the goods, you can just head to this post for the full tutorial.

Instead, we’re going to jump right to my finished pallet sign…

Be happy instagram picture

If you follow us on Instagram, then you may have seen this little gem a few weeks back. Yep, it’s a pallet with a big “BE HAPPY” message on it. That pallet sign is actually hanging in Bridget’s guest room. We worked on it at her casa, and hung it up in there to try it out on the wall. Looked pretty fab if you ask me.

Lucky for me, Bridget already has an amazing pallet sign in her guest room and I was able to take this home with me for a much needed pick-me-up on a boring wall…

Before blank wall

The area by our TV has been seriously lacking in the decorating department, and I knew this sign would be the perfect addition to the space.

Be Happy pallet sign

I’m totally loving this little area. I added some color with a HomeGoods throw and pillows, and it is now looking much more cheerful.

Personalized pallet sign

Not to mention, you can’t help but notice this huuuuge sign when you walk into our home. Sure it’s a nice message for our guests. But more importantly it’s a reminder to me.

I look at this sign and take its message seriously. I’m going to Be Happy RIGHT NOW. It doesn’t say Be Happy….when you have more money. Be Happy…when it’s finally the weekend. Not when I buy my own house. Not when I’m 10 lbs lighter. Not when I have a child, or a family of my own. Nope. It simply says Be Happy. And to me that means I need to see the joy and happiness in this moment. The blessings I have right now…not the ones that may happen in my future.

Be hapy

So there you have it. My small daily reminder that is making a big impact on my life. I hope you take some time today to live in the moment and be happy right now. You deserve it.

Casey DIY Playbook
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

All-in-one Beach Storage

IMG_1817
I know, I know… it’s only March, which makes it not even close to beach weather here in Chicago. But for any teachers or students in the crowd, the beach may not be so far off. Do we have any spring breakers tuning in? Whether you’re headed on Spring Break to somewhere tropical (jealous) or just wishing beach weather would hurry its behind up and get here already… it’s always a good time to get organized (and plan ahead for those much needed days of sunshine).
In our house, when beach weather comes around… there’s nothing more annoying than planning for a day at the beach and checking 42 places in our home for all of the day’s necessities. His trunks are somewhere in there, my suit is somewhere around here, the sunscreen is who knows where. Ah-nnoying. Our solution to this chaos? A simple, all-in-one place to store ALL things beach.
It’s simple. You put all of the stuff you need for a day at the beach/lake all in ONE spot. Let me break it down for ya….
1. Get a storage bin/box (I scored this one on super sale at HomeGoods).
2. Gather all of your beach towels, fold them up and add them to the bin.
3. Dig through his stuff to find all of his trunks….
4. Gather up all of your suits (ya know, mixing and matching is in these days… having all of your options to decide the perfect suit combo is essential)
5. Corral all of your travel sized goodies and beach essentials (sunblock, lotions, mouthwash for overnights, etc. etc.)
6. Add your travel goodies into a small travel bag. I actually made this one in my high school sewing class, but any large make-up tote would work.
7. Add everything neatly into the bin.  Keyword: neatly! You’ve come this far, don’t fall short now.
8. Label the bin so you don’t forget where to find your box o’ beach. (because if you’re anything like me, you forget what is in each box if they are not labeled properly).
9. Find a home for your beach box and store it until it’s time for some serious fun in the sun! I added mine to my linen closet and love that it frees up space in our drawers and cabinets while also keeping everything in one central location.
When it’s time for our next va-cay or road trip to the lake, we are practically packed and ready to go. Gone are the days where we are tearing the drawers and cabinets apart to find the bottoms of my bikini, the sunblock, or his mysteriously missing trunks. We know exactly where they are and we are ready to GO (without any stress)! Now, all we need is some warm weather…
…it may be awhile, but we are ready for it!
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

2 thoughts on “All-in-one Beach Storage

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

2 thoughts on “All-in-one Beach Storage

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Greeting Card Frame Art

IMG_4579
I always have a hard time finding the perfect piece of “art” to add to our frames. I never want to spend big money because I find that I’m often sick of it in a few months & don’t want to change it out because of the money I spent on it.
I love Etsy, but find myself feeling overwhelmed trying to find a print that is inside of my budget and one that I feel I can live with for awhile. Plus, I’m pretty awful at online shopping. Unlike Casey, I need to be in.the.store- touching the product, holding the product, hmmming & hawwwing on whether I should actually buy it or wait for something better to come along.
Enter today’s amazing framed art, which magically seems to answer all of these dilemmas for under five bucks…
Love is all you need art
Framed greeting cards. Yup, they fit my criteria perfectly and solve all of my wishy-washy art dilemmas.
1. Affordable – check
2. Able to be changed every few months without feeling guilty – check
3. Able to be picked up at a store so I can hmm and haww as to whether I should really buy them -check
Card & frame art
I bought this white frame at Target and scoured their greeting card section for a card that shared a message/design that I loved. Target has a great selection of greeting cards, but I’m sure any store that offers greeting cards could be a winner. (Especially those trendy gift shops that seem to have THE BEST cards. Typically those cards are out of my rookie budget, but for a piece of art that could cost far more than a couple bucks if I purchased it on Etsy- I feel less guilty splurging on a $4 card).
greeting card

I picked this winner in the “engagement” section at Target. The color scheme was exactly what I had in mind, the watercolor trend has recently stolen my heart and I just loved its simple message.

greeting card art

This was my runner-up. See a trend here?

framed greeting card

I added the greeting card to the frame and just like that, my framed art was ready to be hung!

framed greeting card

I absolutely l.o.v.e. everything about it, but most importantly, I love that I’m not “married” to this design. If I’m out & about and see another card that begs me to buy it, I’m going to pick that bad boy up and not feel bad switching them out. And who knows… Maybe I’ll pay this adorable card forward. Maybe not though… would that be weird?

water color print

Either way, I don’t foresee taking this one down anytime soon. It just works. And for $3 a card, it really, really works for me.

water color print
two white frames
I added it next to another very special frame in our home (a new addition as well)…
meaningful frames
The frame to the right is my wedding gift to Matt on the morning of our wedding. To make a long story short, Matt and I are both high school teachers. After a weekend retreat with our students (where we met and got to know each other thanks to a variety of high school aged team building activities), I found this crumbled up note in my mailbox.
personal art
E239 is Matt’s classroom. Of course this old-fashioned note stole my heart and sealed the deal early on (although I didn’t leak that information to Mr. Matkovich). The funny thing is, I never responded on the note itself, but instead, saved the note without him knowing. Right before our wedding, I dug out this old treasure and finally gave him my official answer with a bold check mark. I framed it, and on the morning of our wedding, Matt unwrapped this frame and was shocked to find that I still had the piece of paper that started it all….
greeting card framed art
The greeting card message seems like the perfect neighbor to such a meaningful treasure. I love how they work together to spread love and simplicity. Tune in tomorrow to see where these two darling frames are currently hanging in our home. Spoiler alert: I spy an IKEA hack, milk painted chair and lots of color popping!  
Oh and how could I forget my Rookie Tip for this project? I would advise to skip the singing greeting cards. They just don’t seem to have the same charming affect when they’re stuck behind the glass… but hey, it’s up to you.
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

3 thoughts on “Greeting Card Frame Art

  1. Waverly

    Ahhh, I love that you saved that note for your special day!! I’m really sentimental too & keep sweet little notes from over the years 🙂 I really love your blog & am excited to get some DIYs going!

    Reply
  2. Wisconsin Dragonfly

    This is PERFECT for some of the special cards or notes a person receives and doesn’t want to throw away. Better than saving them stuffed in a drawer or shoe box.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

3 thoughts on “Greeting Card Frame Art

  1. Waverly

    Ahhh, I love that you saved that note for your special day!! I’m really sentimental too & keep sweet little notes from over the years 🙂 I really love your blog & am excited to get some DIYs going!

    Reply
  2. Wisconsin Dragonfly

    This is PERFECT for some of the special cards or notes a person receives and doesn’t want to throw away. Better than saving them stuffed in a drawer or shoe box.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Organizing Grill Supplies

Grill Supplies
(Disclaimer: We have partnered with Sears to bring you this post. However, all opinions expressed are our own and are not influenced by Sears.)
sears grill
Grilling season is right around the corner in the Chicagoland area (okay maybe not right around the corner…but these girls can dream, right?!), and we cannot wait! Both Casey and I have been practicing our grilling skills (thanks to these amazing grills) and it was time to get our grill accessories & patio paper-ware organized.
bbq tools
No doubt, there are a lot of tools and patio accessories that go hand-in-hand with grilling and outdoor entertaining. Keeping all of this “stuff” organized and in one spot will help make sure you don’t forget to use those adorable napkins or you won’t go out and buy more plastic silverware when you already have some hiding somewhere else in the house. Although it may not be patio season just yet, it’s never too early to get organized (& excited!) for the upcoming festivities.
thrift store box
I scored this $3 wooden box at a local thrift shop. It was the right price and seemed like the perfect size to hold all of my backyard goodies.
dragon lid
One problem …the lid. “Dragons Krystal Wars” was not the look I was going for to organize my grilling accessories.
blue green ikat
My solution to this? Reupholstering the lid. I bought this outdoor ikat fabric from JoAnn and cut it a little larger than the Dragon lid.
padding
Using a knife, I cut the padding to the size of the lid as well.
lid padding
reupholstering supplies
From there, all I needed to do was wrap the fabric and staple it onto the bottom side of the lid.
ikat fabric blue and green
fabric and ring
ikat
staple gun
grill box
In no time, there was no more trace of Dragon warfare, and I was left with a trendy little box that was ready to be filled with lots of summer essentials.
patio and grill tools
bbq corn holders
patio plates
vera bradley napkins
I used an old container I had laying around the house to hold some of the napkins and these corn holders (if that’s even what they are?). Putting the “small” stuff in their own container helps keep the box far more organized and less cluttered.
napkins
patio box
Then, I put the remaining plastic silverware, grill tools, napkins, plates, and drink container into the box…all very neatly of course.
grill tools
grilling acessories
organized grill box
With this ikat lid, you can’t even tell what is in the box, which is my favorite part of this storage solution. The box is extremely functional, but can be used as a decorative piece in the house or even on the patio in a few months. I will eventually spray the fabric with scotch guard, just in case it ends up outside for good. For now, I’m feeling far more organized & ready to welcome some warm weather to get grilling!
reupholstered lid
top of ikat
ikat lid
Looking for more colorful inspiration? Check out our Guest Room Redesign ….

or this chair makeover using milk paint…

…or follow us on Facebook to get the latest scoop on DIY Playbook Projects! Xo, Casey & Bridget
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

DIY Beer Tray

Beer Tray for Dad
Any beer lovers tuning in? If there are… forgive me. I am n.o.t. a beer drinker (not even a little) so my knowledge of beer and the appropriate language that reflects this world of all things beer is non-existent.
I may not know much about beer, but there is one thing I do know about it. Loyal beer lovers have an entire language and lifestyle that revolve around their favorite brews. So when my brother-in-law and avid beer fan celebrated a birthday recently, I knew that I could try my hand at a craft beer, wait… I mean a beer craft.
Introducing the beer lover’s beverage tray.
how to DIY a tray
This DIY tray is the perfect personalized gift for any beer fan, because it can reflect that secret language and those favorite brews you beer lovers spend so much time dreaming about.
beer tray supplies
To start off, here’s what you’ll need:
-Circular wood piece (can be found at Home Depot in the lumber aisle for around $5)
-Mod Podge
-Paintbrush/Sponge (or both)
-Credit card or old gift card (not pictured but so important to eliminate air bubbles when mod podging)
-Printed COLORED labels of your favorite beers (I used google images to find mine and printed two copies of each label.. at least)
print beer labels

The first thing you should do is cut out each label. Like I said, I printed two of each of the labels. It’s better to have too many than not enough. Because there is some layering that is involved and awkward sides to cover when folding over the labels, it’s better to have lots of labels at VARYING sizes.

mod podge tray
Using mod podge, I attached one label at a time until the entire tray was covered (no rhyme or reason in placing the labels).
Here are a few tips I would recommend when mod podging the labels onto the tray:
1. Apply mod podge onto the tray AND onto the label separately, and then place the label onto the mod podged area.
2. After placing the label onto the mod podged area of the tray, use an old credit card or old gift card to eliminate any air bubbles under the label and to secure all sides onto the tray. Some extra mod podge may ooze out of the sides… that is a good thing!
3. If you want, paint some mod podge onto the top or sides of the labels for extra coverage. Trust me… although it looks cloudy, the mod podge will dry CLEAR and will not damage the label, but will make sure the label stays flush against the tray.
4. Folding the labels over the sides of the tray can be tricky. The paper will probably crease along the edges. That is okay! As long as it is not creased on the top of the tray, or as long as there are no air bubbles anywhere…everything is okay. The creases add some character.
5. Make sure you apply mod podge to bottom of the tray before applying a label that will wrap around to the back. Like Tip #1 says, there must be mod podge on both the tray and the label before the two meet.
labels
The sides are awkward when wrapping the labels around. For the few parts that were still bare after wrapping the labels around, I cut some pieces of the remaining labels to size and attached them in each bare location.
diy beer tray

Once the entire tray is covered and you are happy with the “design”, paint a full layer of mod podge all over the tray and all over the sides of the tray. I know, I know… this doesn’t sound safe for the paper, but trust me, the tray will dry CLEAR. You will NEED this layer of mod podge to protect the paper before moving onto the next steps, so do not skip the top layer of mod podge.

Before moving on to the next step, let your tray dry OVERNIGHT.

handles
Now, it’s time to add some handles to your tray and WATERPROOF your tray so it can hold drinks, resist spills and be a part of any patio party without a problem.
 
For this part, you will need:
-2 handles with screws (I bought mine in the hardware aisle on sale for $2 each)
-Screw driver
-Power Drill (to drill holes into the tray)
-Super Glaze (Pour on High Gloss)
-Stir Stick
-3 plastic cups
-Drop Cloth
-Cardboard for extra safe work area (optional)
-Something to elevate the tray when pouring on the glaze (I used a paint can)
-Level
putting on the handles

Okay, now it’s time to drill your holes for the handles. Make sure to drill from the top of the tray down, this will help eliminate the possibility of your labels ripping. Once you drill the holes, insert the screws on the back and use the screw driver to secure the handles. Try and tighten the handles enough so that they are flush against the back of the tray and the tray can sit on a table top without wobbling.

handles on DIY tray

I decided to attach the tray’s handles BEFORE the pour-on glaze because I didn’t think it would be a good idea to drill into the glazed surface after the fact.

label tray
Finally, all that is left to do is to waterproof this baby!!
level tray
This part was definitely a little intimidating at first. I am not at all familiar with pour on glaze and knowing that this step was “make or break” made me extremely nervous.
After doing a little research about pour on glaze, I kept finding one tip: MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY. So that’s exactly what I did. I read the directions several times and literally followed them to a T.
supplies
The super glaze that I used instructed me to use three plastic cups and a wooden stir stick. The directions were extremely detailed and very clear. I poured the two mixtures accordingly, followed the precise stirring times and directions, and worked as carefully as I could.
glazing a tray

Now that I’ve lived through super glazing, I would give the same advice: Follow the directions EXACTLY and you will be okay. But I would also add- wear gloves, open a window, and be ready to let your project sit for at least 72 hours (yup, that baby isn’t going anywhere fast).

72 hours of “curing” later, my DIY beer tray was completely waterproof & ready to be served to the birthday boy!

high gloss tray
This picture shows the “glazed” or finished look that the super glaze created. The stuff is seriously amazing!!
DIY label tray
Beer on tray
How to make a beer tray
Who needs craft beer when you have beer crafts?! Cheers!
DIY Beer Tray
Have you ever made anything with super glaze or pour on high gloss?
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

36 thoughts on “DIY Beer Tray

  1. Jessica Shilt

    The tray turned out fantastic! Speaking of craft brews, I got my boyfriend hooked on making his own beer. His first batch actually turned out good (or so people say, I wouldn’t try it)

    Reply
  2. Jessica Shilt

    The tray turned out fantastic! Speaking of craft brews, I got my boyfriend hooked on making his own beer. His first batch actually turned out good (or so people say, I wouldn’t try it)

    Reply
  3. Clara

    Such an awesome creation, I love it! My life is full of craft beer lovers and we have tons of caps/labels/beer paraphernalia in my closet just begging to be put to use. Do you think actual six-pack labels would be too thick to work for this project?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      With all of those beer lovers in your life, you’re going to be one busy lady!! Unfortunately, I would NOT recommend using six-pack labels because I’d think they will be too thick. I’d stick with the printed image of each of the beers. Good luck!!

  4. Clara

    Such an awesome creation, I love it! My life is full of craft beer lovers and we have tons of caps/labels/beer paraphernalia in my closet just begging to be put to use. Do you think actual six-pack labels would be too thick to work for this project?

    Reply
  5. DIY Playbook

    With all of those beer lovers in your life, you’re going to be one busy lady!! Unfortunately, I would NOT recommend using six-pack labels because I’d think they will be too thick. I’d stick with the printed image of each of the beers. Good luck!!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Great question, Doris, I should have addressed that in the post. I actually screwed the nails in deep enough so they are not poking out of the back. If this wasn’t the case, I would advise adding felt pads to protect the table.

  6. DIY Playbook

    Great question, Doris, I should have addressed that in the post. I actually screwed the nails in deep enough so they are not poking out of the back. If this wasn’t the case, I would advise adding felt pads to protect the table.

    Reply
  7. Trang

    I just love this idea! I am going to do one just of my favorite craft beer brewery: Southern Tier Brewery. Their website is so awesome that they have a download section of ALL their beer labels. Print, print, print time. Thank you for this blog.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks @Trang!! And wow, Southern Tier Brewery having all free printables available – AMAZING!! You’ll have to send us a pic when you’re done… we’d love to see!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Bridget & Casey

    2. Trang

      Girls – I posted a picture of my finished beer tray to your instagram page. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this glaze finish. I am thinking of doing the same finish to my corn hole boards. However, do you think that would be too slick for the corn bags and make the game too difficult to play?

    3. DIY Playbook

      OMG! I have to go check and see!!! I love the glaze too… it just looks so professional. I see what you mean with the boards though… hmmmmmm, they’d look good?!

    4. Trang

      Yes, I am a private user. I’m still trying to get a hang of this Instagram thing and didn’t realize that you wouldn’t be able to see my picture. I also used hashtag #beertray. Can you see it that way?

  8. Trang

    I just love this idea! I am going to do one just of my favorite craft beer brewery: Southern Tier Brewery. Their website is so awesome that they have a download section of ALL their beer labels. Print, print, print time. Thank you for this blog.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Trang!! And wow, Southern Tier Brewery having all free printables available – AMAZING!! You’ll have to send us a pic when you’re done… we’d love to see!

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Bridget & Casey

    Reply
  10. Pingback: How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer | DIY Playbook

  11. Emily Golladay

    How do you cover both sides of the tray with the glaze coat? I’m at this step now and a little confused.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Emily,
      I’ll try and be as thorough as possible. I only covered the top of the tray because the bottom of the tray will sit on the table (with pads attached to protect the table). So all I did was put one coat of the glaze on top of the tray, spread it evenly throughout the tray and on the rounded edges of the tray. Once that was dried, I attached the felt bottoms to the tray and I was done! I hope this helps, let me know if I can provide any extra tips. I’d love to see the finished product!! Good luck =) You’re more than half way there!!!!

    2. Emily Golladay

      How did you spread the glaze on the tray and the rounded edges? You used felt bottoms on the tray? Where can I find those? I did a slight variation on mine. My birthday boy is a Scotch lover so I used scotch labels instead of beer. It’s such a great project. Thanks for sharing it!

    3. DIY Playbook

      Even better… that sounds awesome! I’m sure he’s going to love it and be super impressed! I used a straight edge (an old ruler to be exact) and spread it evenly. The glaze actually spreads itself for the most part, the ruler just helped urge it a little more. The felt sticky bottoms are sold at any hardware store or even at places like Target.

  12. Manny

    I love this! I have one question before I try this out. You mentioned how to spread the glaze with the old ruler. How did you specifically do the round edges? Did you “push” the glaze to the edge with the ruler and let it “run off” or did you “paint” it on? I guess I’m confused as it won’t stay on the round edge as it does on the larger flat surface area. Does all that make sense??

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Manny! I know exactly what you’re saying and I did a mixture of both, but used more of the push the glaze with the ruler and the run-off covered the edges. The places where the run off was not covering, I would “paint” it on. I would ale note that the edges did not have as “thick” of a coat of glaze as the actual board. And if you do use the run-off method, make sure you check the bottom edges of the board. Sometimes the run-off goes under the board and drips down like small icicles. Before it dries, I would try and scrap those drips off so the bottom of the board is as flush as possible. Make sense?

      Good luck!! So happy you’re giving this project a try! =)

    2. Manny

      Thanks so much for that info! I guess I’m going to give it a go. While spreading out the glaze, I’ll try to leave it as think as possible? I don’t want to “thin” it by trying to get it to the edges.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

36 thoughts on “DIY Beer Tray

  1. Jessica Shilt

    The tray turned out fantastic! Speaking of craft brews, I got my boyfriend hooked on making his own beer. His first batch actually turned out good (or so people say, I wouldn’t try it)

    Reply
  2. Jessica Shilt

    The tray turned out fantastic! Speaking of craft brews, I got my boyfriend hooked on making his own beer. His first batch actually turned out good (or so people say, I wouldn’t try it)

    Reply
  3. Clara

    Such an awesome creation, I love it! My life is full of craft beer lovers and we have tons of caps/labels/beer paraphernalia in my closet just begging to be put to use. Do you think actual six-pack labels would be too thick to work for this project?

    Reply
  4. Clara

    Such an awesome creation, I love it! My life is full of craft beer lovers and we have tons of caps/labels/beer paraphernalia in my closet just begging to be put to use. Do you think actual six-pack labels would be too thick to work for this project?

    Reply
  5. DIY Playbook

    With all of those beer lovers in your life, you’re going to be one busy lady!! Unfortunately, I would NOT recommend using six-pack labels because I’d think they will be too thick. I’d stick with the printed image of each of the beers. Good luck!!

    Reply
  6. DIY Playbook

    Great question, Doris, I should have addressed that in the post. I actually screwed the nails in deep enough so they are not poking out of the back. If this wasn’t the case, I would advise adding felt pads to protect the table.

    Reply
  7. Trang

    I just love this idea! I am going to do one just of my favorite craft beer brewery: Southern Tier Brewery. Their website is so awesome that they have a download section of ALL their beer labels. Print, print, print time. Thank you for this blog.

    Reply
  8. Trang

    I just love this idea! I am going to do one just of my favorite craft beer brewery: Southern Tier Brewery. Their website is so awesome that they have a download section of ALL their beer labels. Print, print, print time. Thank you for this blog.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Trang!! And wow, Southern Tier Brewery having all free printables available – AMAZING!! You’ll have to send us a pic when you’re done… we’d love to see!

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Bridget & Casey

    Reply
  10. Pingback: How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer | DIY Playbook

  11. Emily Golladay

    How do you cover both sides of the tray with the glaze coat? I’m at this step now and a little confused.

    Reply
  12. Manny

    I love this! I have one question before I try this out. You mentioned how to spread the glaze with the old ruler. How did you specifically do the round edges? Did you “push” the glaze to the edge with the ruler and let it “run off” or did you “paint” it on? I guess I’m confused as it won’t stay on the round edge as it does on the larger flat surface area. Does all that make sense??

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Organizing Greetings Cards

organized greeting cards
It may be February, but we’re still chugging along on that organizing train. With the big ticket Hallmark holiday on its way and a whole year of celebrations in store over the next 11 months…. let’s get those greeting cards organized!
organizing greeting cards
Everyone can appreciate a cute card every once in awhile, but if you’re anything like me, you canNOT appreciate the price tag that comes inside that envelope. Rookie budgets do not support $4+ greeting cards, regardless of how fabulous the celebration is. My solution? Stocking up on greeting cards on sale so when the time comes to celebrate- I’m ready (and don’t have to break the bank)!! You’d be surprised, I have come across quite the selection of cards at going-out-of-business sales, estate sales and even the occasional garage sale. Plus, there’s a local card shop where I check out post holiday sales.
box and paper
Now that you know my secrets, let’s get down to business. To kick off this project, I bought this polka dot box for $3 at JoAnn’s (bring your coupon!) and picked up a few pieces of HEAVY card stock. If you want more than 8 categories of cards, I’d advise buying MORE paper.
template
I used some grid scrapbook paper (note: the stains are part of the design) to create a template for my dividers. I measured the size of the box to make sure the dividers would fit and I made three tabs on top so I could use this same template for each of the dividers.
trace
I traced the template and simply cut along the lines.
greeting card box
Before long, my dividers were ready to greet their counterparts.
greeting cards
Cards… lots & lots of cards. Holiday cards, birthday cards, valentine’s cards, cards just because, blank cards,  animal cards– you name it, I got it.
organizing cards
Before you jump right into adding your cards to the box, I have one tip for you. Rather than wrapping the envelope around the card, tuck the envelope INSIDE of the card instead. This will help you see each card in the box more clearly and will help reduce paper distraction while flipping through your cards.
card organzing
Categorize the cards and label your tabs. My labels were:
Birthday
Holiday
New Baby
For Him
Congratulations
Just for Fun
Blank Cards
Thank you
(Rookie Tip: I know a label maker would make this project far more attractive, but I’m keeping it real here. As much as I’m all about a pretty label, I know that when I see pretty labels on the blogosphere, I often feel intimidated and don’t complete the project because I don’t have the tools/machines to create the pretty label. Anyone else guilty? You have no excuses here! Just a plain pen and paper is all you need to get this done. You can do this!!)
extra stationary
In the back of the box, I put some random stationary and tiny cards that wouldn’t quite fit like the others. I used the bottom of one of the old stationary boxes to hold the notecards and tiny thank you notes. I also added stamps to the box to make sure I had all of my snail mail essentials in one place.
mini thank you's
holiday cards
Last but very not least, a tiny little label. Like I said before, a label maker would make this far more attractive. But for the sake of keeping it real (and not having the equipment to make those professional labels) my 5th grade art skills will have to do. So, I slapped on an envelope (a rectangle plus a triangle… I know you can draw that too) to complete the box o’ snail mail.
See, organizing isn’t so bad is it? Paper, scissors, and a pen can really do some damage around these parts. No label maker, professional glitter machine, or high end slicer necessary. #inmydreams
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

4 thoughts on “Organizing Greetings Cards

  1. Alex

    So cute! I love this idea! Can I ask what size box you used? Can’t tell by the picture. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Alex

      Thanks! Now that it is summer vacation (I am a teacher) I can finally get around to this project. 🙂 I was looking at joanns, and their boxes look awful short, and would not allow for a five inch high card to stand upright. How tall is this box? Thanks!

    2. DIY Playbook

      Congrats on your summer vacation! Being a teacher myself, I completely understand what it’s like to FINALLY be able to get through your looming to-do list now that school is out. As for the size of the box– I used a pretty shallow box too. If I buy large cards, I just don’t put the lid on the box. This was annoying when I first created the box, but not I actually like the lid being off so the cards are easily accessible and I always know what cards I have. Good luck!! Have a great summer =)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

4 thoughts on “Organizing Greetings Cards

  1. Alex

    So cute! I love this idea! Can I ask what size box you used? Can’t tell by the picture. Thanks!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Upcycled Coffee Can Planter

Coffee Can Planter
In preparation for Friday’s Patio Reveal (can’t wait to show you!!), I thought I would share one of the easy DIY crafts I created to add some color to this new space. Check it out…
coffe can planter
Don’t tell anyone, but I scored this empty (and FREE) coffee can in the recycle bin at work. When no one was looking, I snuck this treasure out of the teacher’s lounge and into my bag. I knew she would be a great addition to the DIY to-do list.
coffe can crafts

First step, clean the container.

coffee can crafts

Second step, add some holes to the bottom of the can to allow the water to drain. (yes, you probably need to use your power tool to do this. I promise it’s not nearly as scary as you think). To drill these three holes literally took me less than 2 minutes.

diy coffee can
Next up, remove the label.
coffee can planter tutorial

Using this tutorial, I switched off using my hot glue gun and wrapping the roll of jute around the can. To be honest, this step can get a little boring after a while but on a brighter note, it’s an easssyyyy one. That’s all that counts right?

coffee can jute jar

Keep on wrapping…

coffee can crafts

Until the can is all covered up!

coffee can craft

Rookie tip: Make sure each layer of the jute (or rope) is close together so you don’t see any of the hot glue.

paint a planter

Unlike the plain jute tutorial, I wanted to add a little extra charm to this planter. I used some old paint I had laying around the house to add a color that would compliment our patio set.

painting jute

I painted it on carefully, making sure to run the paintbrush very slowly around the top line. If you don’t trust yourself to create a straight line, feel free to add a little painter’s tape and dab the paint around the tape. This will ensure the paint will not sneak under the tape line. Now the hardest part, waiting for this paint to dry.

coffee can planter

Then I added a plant (a begonia to be exact) and some potting soil to finish off my upcycled coffee can planter.

upcycled coffee can

I love that the blue/grey paint makes the colors of the plant and colorful watering can POP!

diy planter

Although this coffee can was technically in the recycle bin, I’m glad to know that I gave her new life and a new home on our patio. Tune in Friday for the big reveal!!

diy planter
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Herringbone Doormat Tutorial

doormat

Today we have a fall inspired DIY project that we know you’re gonna love!

We take a cheap doormat and instantly glam it up for fall with some tape and paint. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Home depot plain doormat
To get started, you’ll obviously need a plain doormat. We bought ours for a whopping $8 at our local Home Depot, but I’m sure any large retailer would carry these simple slates.
Acrylic paint
You’ll also need painter’s tape, sponge brushes (34 cents at Michael’s), and acrylic paint (3 for $1 @ Michael’s). Overall, the mat & materials totaled less than $14. That’s what we like to call a big league SCORE in our Playbook!
Plain doormat with painter's tape

The first and most difficult part of this doormat makeover is taping the herringbone design onto the mat. But let’s be real here… if us DIY Rookies handled it, we know that you can too!

Start by equally sectioning off the area with pieces of horizontal painter’s tape. Our strips were 14 centimeters apart- just make sure your measurements work for your mat.

Blue painter's tape

Rookie Tip: the tape may not seem to stick perfectly on the mat… that’s normal! Try your best to make sure the tape is secured as much as possible to the mat, but if it doesn’t seem perfect… it’s okay!

Taping diagonally

Then measure across both horizontal tape lines in increments of 3 inches. Lay a new layer of tape, diagonally hitting the three inch mark that is one mark across and one mark down from the initial one. If we haven’t lost you yet… you’re a rock-star.

If we have lost you, just ignore me and let the pictures do the explaining… We’re making this far more complicated than it needs to be. In short: tape diagonal lines across the mat evenly.

Herringbone painter's tape pattern
We then took a razor blade to detach the diagonal tape lines in the middle section of the rug. Once we cut them (in the middle only), we flipped each piece so it was attached to the outside tape lines just in the opposite direction. If you don’t get a clean cut initially, you may have to tear some more tape and attach a fresh piece instead. We promise it gets much easier from here on out…
Dabbing paint
We randomly painted each square with our acrylic paints. We tried to come up with some sort of color pattern, but that ultimately made our brains hurt. So we just figured out the colors as we went.
It’s important that you dab, dab, dab the paint rather than wiping it. Dabbing will ensure that the paint won’t sneak under the painter’s tape and you’ll get fresh, crisp lines.
Painting pattern
After all of the boxes were painted, we waited for the paint to dry and slowly peeled away the tape. Thanks to our precise dabbing, our lines were as crisp as a fresh sunburn after a long day at the beach. Bridget’s extra pale skin knows this story all too well… trust us.
Herringbone pattern tutorial
Ta-daaaa!! Feast your eyes on our festive fall doormat.
Fall Doormat
We love that this simple craft adds some fun fall color, texture, and function to the porch.
painted doormat tutorial
Fall herringbone doormat
Now it’s your turn! We invite you to go create your own festive mat, and show off your style before anyone even walks into your home.fall-herringbone-door-mat-diyBridget and Casey Signature
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

10 thoughts on “Herringbone Doormat Tutorial

  1. Pingback: Polka Dot Holiday Door Mat | DIY Playbook

  2. Pingback: How to Paint Herringbone Curtains | DIY Playbook

    1. DIY Playbook

      Monica,
      That would be a pretty terrible doormat if the paint came off from just rubbing your feet! Nope, it stays on there just fine. We’ve used it for over a year and while the paint has faded from wear and tear…it certainly hasn’t come off.
      Happy Crafting!
      Casey

  3. Guest

    Tired this myself… LOVE IT!!!! The mat is from Target and already had the black pattern down the middle. Looks incredible on the porch!!!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

10 thoughts on “Herringbone Doormat Tutorial

  1. Pingback: Polka Dot Holiday Door Mat | DIY Playbook

  2. Pingback: How to Paint Herringbone Curtains | DIY Playbook

  3. Guest

    Tired this myself… LOVE IT!!!! The mat is from Target and already had the black pattern down the middle. Looks incredible on the porch!!!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.