DIY mosaic coffee table

We all have ready-made dining and coffee tables at our homes. These tables are surely stylish and functional but you may want to make a few changes to them, especially if they are getting old and beat up. Making a personalized coffee table can be really fun. You can remodel an old coffee table or buy a new one for this project. I’m going to teach you how to make a mosaic coffee table. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Take a low coffee table which features an insert. Remove the insert as it has to be used as a pattern in the new mosaic top. Clean the insert and refinish by painting the base of your coffee table. You can choose a table which comes with slim lines, low profile and ample top. Go for sturdy coffee tables as they can give your house a contemporary look. These tables are a great accent piece for your place.
  • Now cut out a piece out of plywood. This piece should be equal to the original insert. Sand the edges of this piece and draw a design you want to use for your mosaic. You can use a permanent marker to trace the outline.
  • Make sure you protect your eyes and body during this project. You can use a bath towel to prevent the tile pieces from flying. Wear safety glasses and take a hammer for the next step.
  • Pick up tiles of different colors, break them in an assortment of sizes and keep them in gallon buckets plastic. These buckets hold all the pieces so that they don’t get scattered on the floor. Available in many colors and sized, they are made of sturdy food-grade high density plastic. You can use these tough buckets for many other purposes.
  • Now you can glue the broken pieces and arrange different colors in the design you have created. Use tile adhesive to glue the pieces.
  • Start making the grout once the design is complete. Mix the colored grout as per the directions written on the package. Spread out the grout to cover the entire surface. Make sure you cover all of the cracks of the table. Now remove the excess grout and wipe off with a damp sponge.
  • You can insert the beautiful mosaic insert onto the coffee table once the table is completely dry.

Making a special coffee table is easy and fun. All you have to do is follow these simple steps, take the important precautions and there, your personalized table is ready!

How to customize your best knitting tote

It you are looking for a subtle way to stand out when you leave the house, I have a great solution for you.  There is a simple craft you can make that will put a little bit of your individuality on display for people without being too far out there.  If this sounds like a stellar idea, keep on reading to find out how to customize your best knitting tote bag into a fashionable force of originality.

Take a look at your knitting tote and brainstorm the varied crafting techniques you can use to customize it.  Remember, you want something that is distinctly you.  You can:

  • Stitch.
  • Paint.
  • Highlight.
  • Stencil.
  • Sew.
  • Any combination of the above.

Keep in mind that, although there is no limit to how many techniques you can use, you want to avoid having too many opposing forces clash with one another and make your best knitting tote look clustered and messy.  Simplicity is – to an extent – a wonderful thing.

Once you have chosen your method, you must choose your madness.  What exactly is it that you want to put on this tote bag in order to show the world who you are?

  • Your first or last name, or a nickname.
  • A creative design that inspires you.
  • The flag of your native country.
  • A motto that you live by.

As you can see, there are many options.  You may have to do some soul searching to find out what defines you.  What I can tell you is that a friend of mine got excited about the upcoming Summer Olympics and went to work.  She took five metal craft rings and spray painted them blue, black, red, yellow, and green, respectively.  She then intertwined them and sewed them on to her tote bag using some thread.

That’s who she is, who are you?

Best of the Web No. 5

This week for Best of the Web we have four amazing bloggers. These bloggers excel in a wide range of crafts and there are an endless amount of posts and tutorials for you to get lost in. These blogs have tutorials on how to make food crafts, socks, throws, an iPad case and just about anything else you can think of. These blogs really have everything covered!

Useless Beauty Designs

Useless Beauty Designs is ostensibly about my adventures in sewing, patchwork and fibre, and a place to share my progress; but it veers off course often into subjects as diverse as whether Craft will bring down Capitalism and the amount of money you would be willing to pay on the yarn for a teacosy. I periodically interview other crafters/ artists/ people I find interesting, and I also like to highlight patterns from around the web. Blogging from Cambridge (UK), I try to show quirky things from around the local area and the freerange cats I meet do seem to feature quite heavily… -Susie from Useless Beauty Designs

Ohhh Lulu

Ohhh Lulu started in 2010, as a way to chronicle my adventures in Lingerie Making, antique-collecting, and everyday life. My sewing-hobby quickly became a part-time job – a life long dream of mine! I now sell my creations on Etsy and share sewing tips and tidbits on my blog. I am always crafting something new, and having just bought my first house, will be having lots of home decorating DIY features soon! -Sarah from Ohh Lulu

Enchanted Events & Design

I use my blog to keep my readers updated on my designs, inspirations and DIY ideas for parties. The events I feature on my site range from weddings to children’s birthdays to holiday table settings. I generally focus on trying to create a beautiful setting with minimal costs so my posts usually focus on tips and tutorials for helping stretch your party budget as far as it can go. -Alexandra from Enchanted Events & Design

KraftyKat

 

A year ago i rediscovered my love of making things, which had been put to one side since childhood. My blog documents my dabblings in all things crafty, from dressmaking to knitting, applique to embroidery and lots more besides. Here I show my finished makes as well as patterns, books and other blogs I love. This year I hope to learn to crochet, to expand my me-made wardrobe, to continue to make gifts for my friends and family and to try and sell a few of my makes at my very first craft fair, all the time charting my progress on my blog. -Katherine from KraftyKat

If you find yourself buying countless rolls of paper for your craft making activities, consider buying some roll paper racks. They are a simple way to organize your paper in one place. The best part is that you no longer have to worry about the paper getting bends and folds in it from being stored in the open or in a closet. Since each one is organized in the rack, pulling the paper out and tearing is a breeze. Remember, the more supplies you have the harder it will be to organize everything unless you start early.

How to make a recycled quilt

Many people think of spring cleaning as a time to rid your home of excess clutter that’s made its way throughout the years. If you’ve got extra sheets or bedding laying around, you can transform your favorite vintage sheets into a cozy quilt. Recycling your blankets is an easy project that doesn’t require and special equipment or prior quilting experience. If you’ve never made a quilt before, this project is a great introductory to quilting and you can use your finished product to revamp the look of your home interior or room.

What you’ll need:

  • Two sheets
  • One blanket
  • Scissors
  • Large safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and 1 hand-sewing needle
  • Yarn

What to do:

*Before you get started with this project, make sure you have enough floor space around you to lay each sheet out proportionately.

  1. Lay the two sheets out, right sides together. Your blanket (which should be fairly thin) should be hidden in between both sheets so be sure to check for any signs of dirt or rip on your sheets.
  2. Once you’ve placed your blanket atop the sheets, you’ll want to place safety pins on the blanket, pinning all three layers together. Be sure to pin at roughly 3-inch intervals in order to achieve the complete quilted look. Once all three layers are pinned together, you are free to move your piece around to cut and sew.
  3. If you’ve got extra or uneven material around the edges, trim the sheets and blanket to the same size.
  4. Machine-sew the layers together around the sides. These can be hand-sewn but if you’re more machine savvy, you’ll save extra time with this step.
  5. Trim the blanket close to the seam (this will take more bulk out from the seam and allow you to turn the quilt right side out more smoothly).
  6. Turn the quilt right side out. You can easily hand-sew the raw edges closed after and remove all the safety pins.
  7. To finish off your project, you will need to bind all three layers of fabric together. With your piece of yarn, take your large-eyed needle and take a small stitch through all layers of the quilt. Make sure you pass all the way to the bottom sheet.
  8. Once you’re done with each stitch, trim the yarn so you have two lengths of about 2 inches sticking up from the quilt. Tie the ends in a tight double knot and trim to about half an inch.

Keep in mind that you can place your ties in any configuration or pattern you like. The main idea is to spread them in a way to where your blanket doesn’t shift around within the sheets. You can measure the distances between each tie, but I find that lining them up visually works easier and looks just as great! You can design a baby boy blanket personalized out of old sheets or even from purple paisley crib bedding. There are so many options you can create from this project. Happy quilting, everyone!

The perfect holiday cookies

We know what you’re all waiting for when it comes to the holidays. No, it’s not presents; it’s all the tasty food! So we have a really quick recipe when it comes to baking the perfect Christmas or holiday cookies of your choosing for giving out as presents or as a great treat around the house. Here’s what you’ll need to bake the best cookies in town.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups of butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cookie cutters

What to do:

  • In a large bowl cream together your softened butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Then, stir in the flour, baking soda and salt. Cover with something like cellophane wrap and chill in the fridge for at least one hour (or overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (or 200 degrees Celsius). Roll out your dough on a floured surface to ¼ or ½ an inch thick. Cut into shapes with your favorite holiday cookie cutters. With any left over dough, continue to roll everything out and cut out cookies until there is no dough left. Place cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven. Let them cool completely upon finishing.

Something extra

If you want to decorate your cookies then we have a very simple recipe for some icing. This is a great holiday activity for your kids and all families. This is what you’ll need.

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
  • Food coloring (optional)

What to do

  • Stir the powdered sugar and milk and smooth and creamy
  • Beat in corn syrup and extract of your choice until the mixture is smooth and glossy
  • If mixture is too thick, add in more corn syrup
  • To get different colors, separate the frosting into different bowls and add food coloring until you acquire the desired effect

Mmm… Delicious! That about does it for our holiday cookie recipe. What are your favorite foods to eat during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below and good luck.

How to gift tea


For those of you who have friends who love tea, you know how excited they get when they receive tea as a gift. If you want to add a personal touch when gifting tea (because grocery store packaging is not special at all!), then here are some neat ideas to try out:

Tea chest

If your friend or relative is an avid tea drinker and loves a variety of tea, you can buy different flavored tea bags and place them in a wood tea chest silver that would not only keep the receiver’s tea organized, but also be a staple accessory which they can use for years to come!

Tea card holder set

Does the person you are giving tea to, also love to host brunches or tea parties? You can get really clever and take a flower card holder set and secure different flavored tea bags into the holder instead of seating name cards. This way, they can enjoy the tea, and keep the card holders to use for future dining occasions.

Thermos and tea duo

Want to give tea to someone who has not really tried much tea before? Perhaps you are on a budget and you want to make a useful gift for your friends this holiday season. Buying decorative or seasonal thermoses and travel mugs, and then stuffing them with popular tea flavors can be a cute and simple way to gift tea on budget.

The great thing about tea is that there are so many flavors and types out there, so you can get creative when deciding on how to gift it!

How to create your own card

 

One of the greatest craft ideas I ever came across was showed to me by one of my best friends. And it’s something so simple, anyone can do it. You can make your very own greeting cards with just a few simple steps and supplies. Not only do they end up looking beautiful, but they’ll be cherished for years to come because they’re so personal.

What you’ll need:

roll-on tape

avery greeting card stock

-several pages of scrapbook paper in whatever style you choose

-cut-out letters

-lace

-jewels, craft flowers, or stickers

What you do:

First, before you’ve purchased all your supplies, choose what type of card you’re making. Is it a birthday card, a Christmas card, a happy anniversary card or even a just because card? Depending on the type of card decides what type of paper you buy. At your local scrapbook store, there are always dozens of types of paper to choose from.

Once you have your card stock, you have a blank template to style to your heart’s content. Buying things that add pizzazz to your card makes a world of difference, like stick-on jewels or some ribbons. This is what you can do for one style of card.

  • Cut your scrapbook paper into half inch strips, long enough to cover the surface of your cardstock
  • Apply your roll-on tape onto the back of the scrapbook paper
  • Gently press each strip onto your cardstock, with no gaps, varying the pattern to create an assorted look
  • Once the paper has been set, applied and is dry, stick or use your roll-on tape to apply letters into your card
  • Use some lace to adorn the top edge of the card
  • Apply your jewels or other accessories near the edge of the lace on opposite sides of the card
  • You’ve completed your card!

Once you’ve finished decorating the outside of your card, make sure to write something well thought out and sincere in your card as well. Not only will your card look beautiful but it will also show how much you care about the person you’re giving it to.

How to make your own makeup organizer

It is time to do some spring cleaning in the house and get all your things organized and stored. The same applies to your makeup kit as some need to be disposed and replaced with new ones so that it is easier in the morning to find everything within your hands reach and get going. Here is a simple technique you can use to make your own makeup organizer to store your makeup and nail polish in an organized fashion for easy access.

What you need:

  • Cookie sheet
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue gun

How to do it:

  1. Measure the bottom of the cookie sheet and cut the craft paper accordingly.
  2. Next, take the hot glue gun and paste it to the edges of the cookie sheet. Place the craft paper delicately and stick it to the cookie sheet.
  3. Now take the hot glue and paste it on the magnets. Spread the glue well and stick it to your make up containers. You can easily place it on glass containers, containing face powder or concealer. In order to place your brushes in an organized manner, you can either use a jar or pouches you might find at home and stick them to the cookie sheet in a similar fashion.
  4. This way you can easily reach and later place your makeup back on the cookie sheet without ever having to dig through your drawer and leaving it in a disorganized manner.

You can also create a simple nail polish storage using a wooden spice rack. You can spray paint it to a fun color you want and Voila! -You have a nail polish organizer and storage unit in a few minutes.

How to make an origami bat this Halloween

Bats account for around a quarter of all mammal species. They are valuable to us, as well as natural ecosystem. Sadly, the winged mammals number have been diminishing due to pollution, habitat loss and other reasons. Therefore, grab a chance to express your love for this warm-blooded symbol of Halloween by making an origami bat. An origami bat makes a great Halloween decoration. You could make a ton of these and hang them up on your ceiling, in the kitchen, patio or the entrance this Halloween.

What you will need:

A sheet of square origami paper (6″ x 6″ / 15 cm x 15 cm) or a decorative printer paper, a flat surface, scissors, punch and paint

Instructions for making an Origami bat:

  1. Start by folding a perfect square sheet of paper to make a triangle. Paper can be black, brown in any shade, gray or any other color that suits your imagination for Halloween.
  2. Fold your square paper twice diagonally
  3. Turn the paper over and fold two times side to side.
  4. Push in at the sides to form a sort of pyramid by using both hands.
  5. Cave it into a double triangle with two flaps on each side.
  6. Bring the top left flap down and under the center. Do the same to the right side.
  7. Now fold the top down a little to form a bat face.
  8. Cut a slit on each side on the bat head at the point you see in the photo.
  9. The pointed ends are the ears and the folded tip is the bat’s face.
  10. Use the punch to make ears and feet. Then use the paint to make the eyes.

And you are ready with your fun creative project!

Fun ways to upgrade your cabinets

If you’re wondering how you can spruce up your cabinets in a few simple easy steps, then look no further. All you really need are a few supplies and you can not only make your cabinets look nicer, but upgrade the appearance and functionality of it as well. Read on for what you can do to improve your home.

Very recently my dad requested that I spruce up some of the cabinets inside his kitchen. And a very easy way to do that is to lay down some vinyl on the bottom of the cabinets. The huge benefit of doing this to your cabinet is it’s significantly easier to clean and it’ll completely give your cabinets a make-over. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll be off and running in no time.

Things you’ll need

  • Scissors or cutting razor
  • Adhesive vinyl roll
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen/permanent marker
  • Cardboard/paper bag

What to do:

  • First you’ll need a template to work off of. Empty out all the cabinets you’d like to apply the vinyl roll on and take a piece of cardboard or paper bag and trace along the edges of the cabinet on your template. This will not only let you know how big the area is, but give you a space to work with before you start cutting the vinyl.
  • Once you have your template, roll out the vinyl roll and lay against your template. Trace the outside of the roll using a pen or permanent marker on the vinyl. You can use measuring tape to make sure that your lines are straight. Once you have your traced vinyl roll, you can now cut it out.
  • Use your scissors or razor blade to cut out the piece of the vinyl. After your vinyl has been cut, simply lay it down in your cabinets, or adhere it to the bottom surface and voila! You have your own cabinet liner.

Another easy trick to updating your cabinets is to get some gray floor tile use the same trick and place those down on the inside of your cabinets too. There are a dozen different ways that you can change the appearance of not only your cabinets but your entire kitchen. What are some fun ways that you upgrade your home?

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