DIY Terrarium Magnets

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Easy DIY Terrarium Magnets for Your Fridge!

I’ve been trying a lot of new DIY projects out recently, some with success and some that were so dismal I hid them in my craft box afterwards. As it turns out many crafts actually do require some skill and/or practice to get them just right – even those of us who were fine art majors in college. I’ve always known I don’t have steady enough hands for making jewelry, but apparently metal stamping and glass etching are not my forte either. However, this adorable project for making your own DIY Terrarium Magnets is definitely one craft project that everyone can make regardless of whether you were born with a Mod Podge and glitter embellished silver spoon in your proverbial craft gene.

I purchased the DIY Terrarium Magnet Kit for this particular project from to avoid having to hunt down supplies from various sources. My handy dandy super awesome sometimes assistant, Hunter, then helped me pull it all together. Here’s how it’s done.

Easy DIY Terrarium Magnets

What you’ll need:

Sheet of Clear Plastic Film
3 Open Faced Magnetic Tins (3.5″ diameter)
Stone White Gravel
E6000 Glue
Preserved Green Reindeer Moss
3 Air Plants
Sharpie Marker

What to do:

DIY Terrarium Magnets - Step One

Begin by placing the lid of a magnetic tin on the plastic sheet. Use a Sharpie marker to trace around both the inside and outside of the tin.

DIY Terrarium Magnets - Step One

Repeat this step for each terrarium magnet you want to make.

DIY Terrarium Magnets - Step Two

Using scissors cut the circle shapes out of the plastic sheet by cutting in between the two lines you drew for each circle. Cut the circles in half. Use the glue to glue the plastic inside the open faced lid for each tin and allow to dry.

DIY Terrarium Magnets - Step Three

Place the gravel, moss and an air plant into the base of the tin arranging the rocks on the bottom with the moss and air plant on top.

DIY Terrarium Magnets - Step Four

Now screw the lid of the terrarium onto the base so that the plastic half circle you glued to the inside of the lid covers the bottom half of the tin where the rocks and moss are.

Easy DIY Terrarium Magnets

And that’s it! Your project is complete. Now just stick your DIY terrarium magnets on your fridge or to any other metal surface you’d like so you can show them off. Be sure to keep your air plants “watered” by misting or immersing the air plants in water once a week.

These DIY terrarium magnets are the perfect home accessory to perk up your home or office decor.

Interested in crafting a live moss terrarium? Then check out this Moss Terrarium DIY by Jacie of Moss Love. And for more fun ideas for craft projects be sure to follow DIY Craft Projects board on Pinterest!

DIY Handmade Terrarium Necklaces

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DIY Terrarium Necklaces - How to Make Terrariums You Can Wear Plus A List of Suppliers!I’ve been planning to make my own terrariums for some time. Our neighborhood park has some both interesting and beautiful moss varieties growing within it especially after all of the rain we’ve gotten lately – nearly daily – for the past two months. However, I’ve been holding out until I have the chance to buy some activated charcoal which I plan to use in the base of the terrarium to help prevent mold growth. (Plus I plan to use it in an upcoming acne soap bar recipe.) However, after running across this gorgeous tutorial for crafting your own homemade diy terrarium necklace via Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club there may just be a change of plans. Not only does the author share a step by step photo and instruction tutorial on how to make these stunning terrarium necklaces, but she also supplies her priceless source list of suppliers for buying the actual terrarium housing for both necklaces and rings! So not only can I now make my own stunning terrarium necklaces, but I can also make those beautiful dandelion seed globe necklaces and rings I’ve seen for sale.

To learn how to make your own handmade terrarium necklaces and rings and find out where to get the goods, just make a quick stop over to the Utah based Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club blog.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make Handmade Art Collage Note Cards

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Making your own art collage note cards is easy. It just requires a few paper products, some glue stick, scissors and your imagination. This tutorial will walk you through how to make your own custom collage note cards featuring tiny owls.

What you’ll need:
  • Standard 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
  • Assorted scrapbook papers
  • Glue Stick
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ink Jet or Laser Printer/Copier
  • Pen
  • Markers (optional)
  • 5.5″ x 4.25″ envelopes

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by measuring out your backgrounds for your collage designs. Each sheet of cardstock will serve as the base for two original works of art. You’ll need to measure and cut two rectangles from the background paper of your choice for your first set of two cards. These rectangles will be 4.75″ wide by 3.5″ high. Take your measurements then draw lines to connect the marks. A ruler works best for this. Unfortunately the boy commandeers all of my rulers and all I had left was a measuring tape.
2. Once you have your first rectangle, cut it out and then proceed on to the next.
3. Here are the two backgrounds I cut out. This is how they will look laid out on your cardstock. Remember that half the width of the cardstock is 5.5″. Once you’ve completed your collages, you will glue your backgrounds with the final art horizontally onto the bottom half of the cardstock. Be sure that the backgrounds are a quarter inch from the bottom of the page and that they are center within their own 5.5″ sections on either side of that imaginary divider line.
4. Cut out your shapes for your owls and any other imagery you’d like to use in your artwork. Use different colored or patterned papers to represent shapes. If you don’t have a paper in a color you need, simply flip it over to the white side and color it with marker before cutting out your shape. The basic shapes for the owl are pictured above. A circle for the body, smaller circles with dots colored on for the eyes, a triangle for the beak, and circles halved and shortened for the wings.
5. Once you have all of the shapes you need for your design, piece them together and arrange them to suit your taste. Once satisfied with your arrangement, glue the elements to the background.

6. You would then glue your collages to a piece of cardstock as instructed earlier. Remember, based on the measurements of your background, place the images a quarter inch up from the bottom. You can draw a light line down the center of the cardstock at 5.5″ to center your artwork onto either side so they are center with the edge of the cardstock and the center of the cardstock. Be sure to erase the line completely afterwards.
Here are some more images of note card designs I created:

 7. Once you’ve created your template for your note cards, all there is left to do is print off your cards! Simply place your card design on your copier and print out as many copies as you like onto cardstock. Then, using a paper cutter, cut each page down the middle so you are left with two single cards. Then fold the cards in half with the image side out. Pair each card with a standard invitation envelope measuring 5.5″ x 4/25″. These are available at any arts and crafts store. If you’re looking to make large quantities to sell, I recommend purchasing envelopes in bulk from Clear Bags. Clear Bags also sells Flap Seal Crystal Clear Bags for protecting your cards from dirt and grime especially if they’ll be on store shelves. They also allow you to bundle cards into sets.
To see more card designs I’ve created using this simple collage technique, check out my blog post “Before there was soap. Handmade cards and other paper crafts.
Do you still use paper stationery and note cards? If so, where is your favorite place to shop for paper cards?

DIY Makeup Bag Tutorial for all your cosmetic essentials.

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I just love the way bunting looks when it’s applied as an applique to products rather than being used strictly as a party decoration. So when I ran across this sewing project for a Bunting Cosmetic Bag Tutorial, I simply couldn’t resist sharing it with you. After all, every girly girl has must have basics in her makeup ensemble, so a great makeup bag is prudent.
This tutorial comes to us from Just Another Hang Up Blog and produces a super cute bag that can be used for anything from makeup, to coins, to craft supplies. Make it your own through your fabric and color choices. You can get the skinny on how to craft this bag here. Then all you have to do is fill it up!
I have a specific list of “staples” that go in every makeup bag I have – those things that make their way into the travel bag even when the glitter eyeshadow stays at home. Here’s what I’ll be filling me pretty, new cosmetic bag with: Waterproof Mascara Remover from Green Beauty Cosmetics, mark. face xpert flawless touch makeup (foundation), mark. powder buff natural skin foundation, CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Mascara (waterproof), Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner, a brow and lash brush/comb combo, Revlon Powder Blush, Almay intense i-color powder shadow and CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain since my boyfriend can’t stand the feel of lipstick when I kiss him.
Speaking of makeup I’m always on the look out for new brands and types to try. After running across the beauty brand My Pretty Zombie on etsy, I’m psyched to add a few of their shadow to my wish list. Created by a gal who loves zombies almost as much as eyeshadow, she creates fun themed shadows named after things an old bruise, murder, black eye, gangrenous, scurvy, decay, nacreous alchemy, unicorn pee, and others. Don’t let the names fool you though. These shadows are pretty as a picture. Shop online with My Pretty Zombie.
So, what do you plan to fill your new cosmetic bag with? Or what do you plan to keep around in the old one even if the new one doesn’t quite make it to fruition?