Pinterest Inspired DIY Artwork for Home & Office

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DIY Crayon Canvas ArtworkMy co-worker Erica, who made me a set of lovely coasters last Christmas, has been getting her craft on recently to bring some new life to her office here at work. Inspired by projects she discovered on Pinterest, she created a lovely collection of new “attire” for her blank walls. (Please excuse the quality of these pics. I photographed them with my cell phone.)

Crayon Canvas Paintings - DIY Art Project for your walls that's both inexpensive and easyErica made these crayon “paintings” from a box of crayons – with back to school right around the corner you can pick these up for super cheap! – artist canvas, a hot glue gun and a hair dryer. Simply use a hot glue gun to glue crayons along the top of a blank canvas, then use a hair dryer to melt the crayons so the colors run down the canvas creating a one of kind work of art.

Mod Podge Scrapbook Paper Wall Covering Art DIYThese works of art were created using square canvases, scrapbook papers, mod podge and paint. Simply cut scrapbook papers to fit the canvas size and use mod podge to adhere the decorative papers to the front of the canvas. Once dry, paint around the sides of the canvas – based on Erica’s paper choices she used brown paint – and lightly brush paint around the edges of the papers on the front. Let dry and hang!

DIY Ruler Clip Board OrganizerErica also made a place to hold and organize her important notes and phone lists she uses on a daily basis. She purchased jumbo clothespins, painted them black then glued them to a yard stick. She initially tried to hot glue the clothespins but found that they didn’t hold with hot glue. I recommended E-6000 glue (craft adhesive) since it holds just about everything and it worked like a charm.

For more ideas for art projects, be sure to visit and follow my Art Class Board on Pinterest. For diy decorating ideas and inspiration, follow my For the Home Board on Pinterest. And finally, for home and office organizing tips and diy’s be sure to follow my Home & Office Organization Board on Pinterest.

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DIY Handmade Coasters – A Pretty Home Decor Gift Idea

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Handmade Coaster DIY - Great Handmade Gift Idea

I feel so blessed to have so many crafty people in my life. And I am just thrilled to have received these beautiful handmade coasters made by my co-worker, Erica, as a Christmas gift. I had been in need of coasters for quite some time and had been pondering making my own but never quite got around to do doing it. Erica solved that problem for me and I will definitely be using her gift often.

Handmade Coasters DIY - How to Make Coasters for Your Home and as Gifts

Should you wish to make a set of handmade coasters for yourself or to give as gifts, here’s a little know how into how it’s done. To get started you’ll need four 4 1/4″ square, matte white ceramic tiles, scrapbooking papers, Mod Podge, felt squares, and a clear acrylic sealer. Optionally you may also want glitter or other embellishments to make your coasters pretty.

How to Make Ceramic Coasters - DIY Handmade Coasters - Home Decor and DIY Handmade Gift Idea

Begin by cutting your scrapbooking papers into 4″x4″ or smaller squares. Then apply Mod Podge to the entire surface of the top of the tiles. Apply the paper squares to the tops of the tiles and smooth on. Then apply another layer of Mod Podge over the papers and tiles. If you want to get a little more creative, you can then add paper shapes of paper on top of the first layer and repeat with another layer of Mod Podge. Erica added circles in a different patterned paper on top of a solid scrapbook paper for a fun look and then trimmed the edges of the circles with glitter. Alternately, you could also add pretty borders with washi tape. Once the Mod Podge has dried completely, seal the tiles with a clear acrylic spray sealer.

How to Make DIY Ceramic Coaster Tiles for Gift Giving and Home Decor Accessories

Finally, glue squares of felt to the bottom side of the tile to keep the tiles from slipping on surfaces or scratching table tops. Now all that’s left is to tie your tiles up in ribbon to gift to your recipient. Or, if you’re using them for your own home, simply set them out on an end table or coffee table for use!

>Looking for more fabulous diy gift ideas? Click here to see some of the other diy gift tutorials available on Soap Deli News!

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Upcycled Breakfast Table – DIY Chalkboard Game Table Craft Project

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Upcycled DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape Craft Project
Our neighbors upstairs recently had to move out unexpectedly. One thing they didn’t take with them was a breakfast table and two chairs. So they gifted them to us. While I haven’t decided whether I’ll be keeping the chairs or not – I may paint the fabric seats – I thought the breakfast table was perfect for upcycling into a chalkboard game table!
Breakfast Table Makeover
This is the table I started with. The first step was to clean it.
Upcycled Breakfast Table - DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table Project
Next I applied two coats of Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint to the top of the table. I then painted the base of the table with Rustoleum White Gloss Enamel Spray Paint. I allowed both to then dry completely.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Easy Upcycled DIY Craft Project Using Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape
Next I took Washi tape and applied it around the entire edge of the table top. Because Washi tape is more like a masking tape than a regular, super sticky tape, I highly recommend that you apply Matte Mod Podge to the edge of the table only, then adhere your tape to the edge of the table over top of the Mod Podge. Next, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over top of your Washi tape trim. Once the Mod Podge dries completely, apply a Clear Matte Acrylic Sealer over top of the edge of the table so it covers the areas that you used Mod Podge on. (If you plan to use your Chalkboard Paint Game Table outdoors at all in a covered area, I recommend using Outdoor Mod Podge to adhere the trim for your table followed by a gloss sealer as this Mod Podge dries with a gloss finish.)
DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Easy Upcycled DIY Craft Project Using Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape

Finally, add a magnetic tin – that DIY is here – to the metal base of the table. Or, if the stand for your table is not metal, you can glue one on using Gorilla glue. Now you have a finished Chalkboard Paint Game table for kids and adults alike!

One final note. You will want to allow your chalkboard paint to dry for a full 24 hours before attempting to write on it. This allows it cure completely to avoid scratching the paint off with the chalk. After 24 hours you would then prep your chalkboard surface by rubbing the SIDE of a piece of chalk over the surface then erasing. Now your chalkboard table top is ready for games of tic-tac-toe, artwork, or whatever else the heart desires!

What kinds of games would you play on this chalkboard game table?

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DIY Decoupage Address Book – Mod Podge Craft Project Idea

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Handmade DIY Decoupage Notebook / Address Book / Journal
When my son and I were out school shopping over the weekend we stumbled across some mini composition books. At 4.5″ x 3.2″ I thought these would be perfect as small journals or address books. So I picked up a pack of two and my son and I gave these tiny notebooks a makeover.
Mini Composition Book Decoupage DIY
We started by cutting a piece of decorative scrapbook paper to fit the front cover. Then, using Mod Podge, we decoupaged it onto the front of the composition book. Next, I applied a strip of decorative Washi tape along the edge closest to the spine of my book, then applied another coat of Mod Podge over the paper and tape.

DIY Decoupage and Washi Tape Journal

Finally we applied a scrapbook embellishment to the front cover. I also took a piece of ribbon and tied a bead to each end to use as a bookmark for my notebook. I plan to use my notebook as a journal.

DIY Address Book - DIY Decoupage Craft Project

My son chose to apply a small strip of Washi tape to the bottom right corner of his book. In addition to adding two scrapbook embellishments to his notebook, he also used Mod Podge to decoupage some ribbon onto his. I think his book is perfect to use as an address book.

This project is easy and fun. You can make your book as elaborate or as simple as you like. It’s also perfect as a weekend family project for both mom and the kids! What types of craft projects do you like to do with your children?

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DIY Washi Tape Stash Tin – Another DIY Washi Tape Project Idea

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Loving my new rolls of Washi tape from Downtown Tape! Yesterday I showed you how to make a DIY Washi Tape Notebook. Today I’m going to show you how to make a DIY Washi Tape Storage Tin.
DIY Washi Tape Storage Tin - Washi Tap
I created this super cute Washi tape stash tin using an empty Chimes Ginger Chews tin. You could also apply this same concept to empty Altoid tins.
DIY Washi Tape Ideal - Washi Tape Storage Tin
Crafting my Washi tape storage tin was surprising easy. So don’t be afraid to give this project a try. For this project I used my Chimes Ginger Chews tin, Washi tape, ribbon, Mod Podge, Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer, ribbon, and a scrapbook embellishment.
DIY Washi Tape Stash Tin - Simple DIY Washi Tape Project Idea
Using my materials for this Washi tape project I first started by wrapping Washi tape around the tin in a pattern I liked. I wrapped each row of Washi tape around the tin at least twice so the writing and design present on the tin did not show through the tape. I also put a strip of Washi tape along the lid of the tin. I then used a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the entire tin. Before the Mod Podge dried I then wrapped two pieces of ribbon around the entire tin using the Mod Podge to glue them in place. Next, I applied another coat of Mod Podge over the entire Washi tape and ribbon covered surface area and allowed to dry. Once the Mod Podge dried completely I sprayed the tin with a clear acrylic sealer. After the sealer was dry, I applied my scrapbook label embellishment. I now have a great little tin for stashing money, knick knacks, wallet sized photos, sewing materials like needle and thread, and even small craft supplies like buttons or beads. This tin would look great on a bookshelf or can be carried in a purse without fear of the contents spilling out.
What would you store in this Washi tape stash tin if you had one?
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