Saturday, April 6, 2013

Dry Erase Calendar/Cork Board

DIY Dry Erase Calendar/Cork Board is a great project and is very useful. You will need a poster
board or picture frame. I chose a 20" x 16" poster board. You will need to take the poster board
apart or take the glass off the picture frame to place the colored circles for the calendar.

Place a white or different color paper first and then glue the circles on top.  (Measure or visually
place the circles so that they look centered and lined up. Place the glass back on the poster or
picture frame.

You will then need to cut out the cork roll. I cut this one (outer section 19" x 15 3/8", inner
section 10" x 8 1/4" and the distance from outer to inner bottom 3 1/2", distance outer side to
inner side 5",but it all depends on how large you want the calendar area and the cork area to be.
Use a large amount of an all purpose glue on cork board, and glue onto frame.  Place some
heavy books over cork board for a few hours or overnight.

Finally, you might want to frame the area around the calendar to hide any imperfections or just
to add color to the Dry Erase Calendar/Cork Board.

Materials Needed:

20 x 16 Poster Board or Picture Frame
Circular Punch
Color Paper or Paint Chips
All Purpose Glue
Cork Roll
Dry Erase Marker

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

DIY Valentines Dry Erase/Cork Board

Valentines Dry Erase/Cork Board. This is an easy and fun project to make for Valentines
day.  I used a 16" x 20" poster board, but you can also use a picture frame.

You will need to purchase a cork roll which you can find at any large craft store. First, cut
out paper hearts and trace them onto the cork roll, then cut them out. For the letter O, use
something circular like a pill bottle, placed upside down to trace the circle. Your will need
to draw the inner part of the O and cut it out with a knife, instead of scissors. For the letter
X, cut out two thin rectangles and glue them together.

The final step, is to paint and glue everything onto the board.

Materials Needed:

16" x 20" Poster Board or Picture Frame
Dry Erase Markers
Cork Roll
Pink Acrylic Paint
Red Acrylic Paint

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Upcycled Pill Bottles

Upcycled Pill Bottles to store your smaller craft items. You can use colored  craft foam for the
top or a piece of cardboard and fabric. If you use the colored foam, just turn the bottle upside
down and trace the circular shape. With the cardboard, you do the same, then cut a piece of
fabric just a little larger and glue it onto the cardboard, then onto the pill bottle. Cut pieces of
ribbon for top and lower part of bottle for decoration. You can also glue a few rows of twine.
Very nice looking for any craft room.

Materials Needed:

Empty Pill Bottles
Craft colored Foam/
or piece of cardboard and fabric

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Seashell Jar

This beautiful Seashell Jar was upcycled from a mayonnaise jar. The wooden sign
was made out of flat thin craft sticks. First you make the wooden sign. Cut one
side of the three sticks that you are going to place vertical into pointy shapes.
Lay them down on a flat surface and evenly spread apart (about 1/2"). Then take
four craft sticks and glue them together to make the sign.  You need to glue, then cut
the four sticks into one pencil looking point. Then, you glue them on to the three vertical
sticks. The last step for the sign is to cut one stick 2 inches, lay it flat and glue the sign
onto it.

Once you have your sign made, you are ready to glue everything on.  Place some glue on
the jar top (enough to cover the whole surface).  Next, you place the seashells, starfish,
wooden sign, and you sprinkle some beach sand to the remaining area of jar top. On the
sides of the jar top, you place glue, and add some twine in a circular fashion. (even though,
I did this step last, after everything was dried, it is probably best to do it first.) You can also
tie a piece of twice, and hang a few seashells on the outside of the jar. Fill up the jar with
seashells and voila!

Materials Needed:

Empty Mayonnaise Bottle
Beach Sand
Starfish (optional)
Flat Craft Sticks