Sunday, January 27, 2013

Week Three of Crafting on a Budget: Fun with Words!

For this week's craft, all you need is some paper and a fine point pen or marker! While doing my daily Pinterest browse I was inspired to have some fun with letters and words, so I thought I would do some hand lettering. Here is the result: 

It's my first shot at it, but I will certainly keep practicing. It can be useful for card making, scrapbooking, and eventually addressing envelopes (that is my next task)! Happy Crafting! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Week Two of Crafting on a Budget: DIY Dry-Erase Board

This cost me less than $5 and took me less than 5 minutes to make. 
These DIY Dry Erase Boards make great gifts. and decorations for the home.

Picture Frame (I bought one for $1 at Goodwill), buttons (optional), burlap (or any fabric), and glue


Friday, January 18, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Week One of Crafting on a Budget: Coffee Filter PomPoms

It turned out! :)


Paint color of your choice 
Paint Brush/Sponge (can use spray paint or dye to save time)
120 Coffee Filters (makes 4 PomPoms)
Something to paint on and let coffee filters dry on-drop cloth, cardboard, etc.
Cord/Ribbon to string PomPoms through
Scissors or Hole Punch

Guide to making Coffee Filter PomPoms 

Step One: Compile supplies
Step Two: Dampen coffee filters until they lay flat

Step Three: Paint one side of the coffee filter and lay to dry
Step Four: Continue for 30 filters
Step Five: Wait for filters to try (approx. 15 minutes)

Step Six: Fold dry coffee filter in half and then in thirds-will look like a pizza slice
Step Seven: Poke a hole about 1/2 in. above point of coffee filter
Step Eight: String coffee filter onto cord
 Step Nine: Tie a knot (that is larger than the hole in the filter) in the cord 
Step Ten: Repeat Steps Six-Eight for all 30 filters

Step Eleven: (Pretend this is 30 filters) Tie a knot in the cord at this end of the PomPom
Step Twelve: Now for the FUN part (kind of)...

 ...start creating the PomPom-seperate each filter as much as possible.

 And you have your very own Coffee Filter PomPom

I made four of them and strung them on the same cord-now a living room decoration.

I enjoyed making these, and do think that I could incorporate them into the wedding somehow. Yay! I purchased paint in other colors as well, so if/when I finish a few more strings I will share photos. 

This craft is pretty cheap, it cost me less than $5 to create this string (plus I have enough to make a few more).  It is however time consuming. Therefore, I have a few tips to save some time. If you have means to dye the filters or spray paint this will save you LOADS of time. Do It! I just didn't have the space or supplies. Painting was relaxing, relatively clean, and easy though. Also, if you have a hole puncher that has a small hole punch, that will also save you time. I used a scissors to poke the holes. Lastly, you can use any colors or combinations; I think multi-color PomPoms or different sizes (use smaller filters) would look really neat. You should try it! 

Now, off to think of next week's craft (or work on homework)...Happy Sunday!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Week One of Crafting on a Budget

Stay tuned for "Weekly Crafting on a Budget" for TBD weeks :)

This week: Coffee Filter PomPom String

Maybe a potential wedding decoration? So excited. Can't wait to see if/how this turns out!

A New Beginning

 Checking "Start a Blog" off of my 2013 Bucket List. Can't wait to share my journey with you.