DIY PROJECT: This adorable and economic gift was originally given from one creative boyfriend to his girlfriend of eight years. But this is a creative keepsake that you can make for friends, family, or even yourself!
Contained within are three-hundred and sixty-five handwritten notes, each color coordinated to the below themes (moments and memories, quotes and lyrics, reasons I love you). Every morning for the next year you can pick one note out and it will be a nice start to the day for you!
-Hammer, nails, spray paint, paint can (free at most paint stores, the one I used is a pint sized can, but you can get quarts and gallons too).
1) Fill the can with water.
2) Leave it in the freezer until it’s totally solid.
3) Hammer nails into the side in the pattern you’ve chosen. I chose the letter K because this one is for my boyfriend whose name starts with K. Don’t try to skip straight to this step. Without the ice for the nails to stick into, the paint can will dent instead of being punctured.
4) Run under hot water until all the ice is melted.
5) Optional: With a can-opener, remove the rim that the can’s lid would usually fit into. This makes it easier to slot in a candle, though if you have a lid you might want to fill the lantern with a strand of LEDs (found at most dollar stores this time of year) and hammer the lid on (kinda looks like a jar of fire flies). If that’s the case, don’t remove the rim.
6) Spray paint. I used gold, though for christmas lanterns you might want to get creative with gold, silver, red, and green. Cut out paper snowflakes and use them as stencils. Spray it white, wrap tape around like a candycane’s stripes and spray it red, then remove the tape. Another idea would be to try a galaxy paint job so it’s a space-lantern. (Tutorial here)
7) Optional: Use craft wire (cheapest kind comes from home-improvement stores in the floral/ garden section) to make a handle or holder for your lantern so it can be hung up. Be aware that the top does get quite hot.
Caution: Don’t light a candle inside right after spray-painting. Best to rinse it completely and wait a while for the fumes to disperse. Lighting a candle when the fumes are still around will cause an explosion. Can confirm: missing the hair on my arm.
Here’s how to make some Christmas dinner themed pendant necklaces! Cross stitch a pudding, turkey, brussels sprout and a pig-in-blanket.
You will need some 13-count vinyl Aida (DMC/Charles Craft), one scrap of ribbon per pendant, and a necklace chain to put it on. Use your usual DMC stranded cotton to stitch the designs using 3 strands for best coverage.
Each pendant needs two sides, so choose two designs as your front and back or the same design twice. Complete the backstitch (using 2 strands) of the motifs, but don’t backstitch around the outline of the circles yet. Cut out your sides from the vinyl Aida along the red cutting-out line. Don’t worry, the vinyl doesn’t fray. Looking like the above, the sides are now ready for assembly.
For this example, the front is a turkey and the back is a pudding. Place your two sides back to back to be stitched together. Use 2 strands, about 70 cm long. 1 Starting at the bottom, stitch back and forth through each side, alternating spaces along the indicated backstitch line. Fold over a small piece of ribbon to make a loop and hold it sandwiched in the sides at the top. Stitch over it as you go around, securing it in place.
2 When you’ve stitched all the way around, your front will look like this. 3 And the back side will look like this.
4 Now continue around the outside again, filling in the gaps on each side as you go on the front, 5 and on the back. 6 When you complete the stitching, bring the two ends of the thread between the sides so that you can knot them together away from the outside. Run the thread between the sides to hide it.
The pendant is done and ready for your necklace chain. To help the chain through the loop, attach a bit of thread to the end of it, put the thread in a needle, and draw it through the loop. You could finish by sticking on a tiny bow to the ribbon, or how about a small jingle-bell?
I decided to make my girlfriend a jewelry holder for Valentine’s Day. I’m not very good at writing cards (writing is not my strong suit). So I decided to use one of my strengths (something that involved using my hands). You may think cards are a hell of a lot easier to do (if you’re good at it go for it), but if you have a really crappy way with words I suggest making your significant other something to express your love and appreciation.
Things you’ll need:
1. Drawer pulls (I bought mine from Home Depot.) You can get them anywhere I just wanted to pick the designs. I know you can find them at some thrift stores probably. I just didn’t have the patience to go out and look. Haha
2. I bought my wood plaque from Michael’s. You can use any piece of decorated wood. I just really liked the way this one looked.
3. Some wood craft paint (bought it from Michael’s too)
4. Paint brushes (if you don’t have any)
5. A pack of small brass hook hangers, I used this to hold the earrings. (Bought them at Home Depot)
6. A pack of picture hangers to hold this thing up (bought it at Home Depot)
And you’re set!
1) The hook hangers were too shiny so I burnt them over the stove till they turned dark. (Do this safely, I used a pair of needle nose pliers to hold them)
2) I suggest drawing out some straight lines so you can make the placement of the holes even.
3) Write something cute and simple on the back if you want. “Made with love, for my love”. Whatever, be as dorky as you want!
4) Chose a color of paint that is their favorite. (Or yours). And make sure your paint strokes are with the grain of the wood it makes it look a lot better.
5) By all means change this up as much as you want, add in things, don’t add things. Make this your own!
6) This project doesn’t have to be for your partner it could be for a friend or family member too. Or just TREAT YO SELF!!!
This is my first DIY post, I wanted to share this awesome ass idea with everyone because I know my girlfriend is going to freaking love it. Have fun with this and don’t be afraid to ask me any questions.