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DIY Hand Lettered Jewelry Tray

DIY Jewelry Tray

HELLO FRIENDS! I’m Katie, remember me???  Do you also remember when I said this was my favorite & easiest DIY of the summer, that would be on the blog?  Well, if you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that I said that…eight weeks ago.  I’m so sorry for the delay, and I hope you haven’t been holding your breath!  I took a little Lemons hiatus to focus on my day job and a few other things – but I’m back, and so excited to (finally) share this DIY with you! You will see that it is simple to complete, but looks very elegant and professional when it’s finished.  Your friends might not even believe you when you tell them you made it yourself!

For this craft, you will need a ceramic dish, shallow bowl, or mug, scissors, tape, a pencil, colorful (or not so colorful) oil based markers – I used Sharpies – and a good quote typed on a plain white sheet of paper. [Libations, music, and rooftop crafting session, “optional”]

Decorated Jewelry Tray Sharpies

Start by picking your ceramic item and your quote/text.  For once in my [indecisive creative-juice process] life, I knew exactly what I wanted to make, and exactly how I wanted it to look – although I did have some adorable alternative ideas…stay tuned for another post?? (Let us know in the comments section, or by following us on Instagram!)

I picked up a plain, white, ceramic appetizer plate on sale at Target, and used black and gold sharpies.  After deciding what I wanted to write on the tray, I typed/printed it out so that I could get started.  If you don’t find a font in your word processing program that you like, I’d suggest that you check out DaFont.com – it’s free, and has hundreds of cool choices.

Jewelry Organizer Sharpies

Once you have all of your supplies, it’s time for the magic trick that will make you seem like a crafting wizard – carbon copying.  It’s by far the EASIEST way to transfer a font to a surface – no complicated stencils or skillful freehand here!  Take the printed quote, turn it over, and scribble on the back of the paper with a pencil (only where the letters are).  Next, turn the paper over, and cut/tape it to your surface wherever you’d like the words to be. To make the transfer, outline the letters with the pencil by drawing over the print.  Peel the paper off, and voila!

Carbon Copy DIY Font Sharpies

Now that you’ve got your letters down, take your marker and get to work!  One point to make about oil based markers – they are a little fickle.  Make sure you use them according to package directions, and be prepared to be patient and allow time to dry before you do any touch ups.  Also, don’t press too hard, else you might take the marker off of the ceramic after you’ve put it on!

Sharpies on Ceramics

To finish my tray, I added a gold trim by outlining the rim.  Feel free to add any doodles or other images as you see fit!  I tried to follow a less-is-more mentality for this DIY, knowing that when it’s in use, most of the “hard work” I put into it would be covered.

I love this craft, and this quote.  It’s impressive, and motivational all in one.  I think something that Hayley and I have learned over the course of this past year of blogging is that there will be ups and downs and lefts when you want to right, and most if it will be out of your control, but if you love something or if you think you might love something and you just can’t stop thinking about what will happen if you try it, sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and just GO FOR IT.  Failures will happen and posts will be missed and life will get in the way, but nothing should stop you from following your dreams!  And let me tell you, we love this blog.  It’s a hodgepodge of our creative portfolios and current life interests, and it means the world to us that we get to share our dream with you.  [We especially love it when we interact with you all! Tell us everything! You’re likes, dislikes, what you want to see more and what you want to know about us…we’re open to it all!]

Emotional interlude over…better late than never, am I right?

P.S. A big shout out and THANK YOU to my PIC, Hayley, for holding down the fort while I was gone.  She is a creative genius, and also a wonderfully supportive friend.

Upcycle Jewelry Tray

DIY Constellation Tights

DIY Constellation Tights

I love wearing tights this time of the year, and printed tights are a fun way to liven up a drab winter wardrobe. Ever the do-it-yourself type, I recently decided to experiment with customizing my own pair, and what I ended up with is one of my favorite DIY fashion projects to date: starry CONSTELLATION TIGHTS! They’re fun and quirky and even easier to make then I anticipated.

The simple black and silver makes them easy to style with pieces you already have, but if you’re in need of ANY kind of fashion inspo, head on over to AU Gold Standard, the charmingly inspirational fashion blog run by our dear friend Ashley Urban in San Francisco! You’ll see these tights making a guest appearance there (I mailed her a pair).

painting on tights

Did I mention how easy it is to make your own printed tights!? (I’m seriously excited for the possibilities of this medium…) All you need to make a pair like these is a plain pair of tights, a fabric paint marker in a contrasting color, and some scrap cardboard. Heres how:

using fabric paint marker on tights

Lay your leg along a big piece of cardboard, roughly trace the length and shape, and cut this out. You’ll use this as a form to stretch out the tights while you paint on them

Working one leg at a time, stretch the tights over the cardboard form.

For the constellation pattern, I just looked up a chart of all the familiar star constellations, and sketched them onto the tights in a series of dots, lines and small star shapes.

Let each leg dry for an hour or so before removing it from the cardboard… and thats it!

DIY Printed Tights

I picked out all the astrological zodiac constellations, plus some other familiar patters like Orien and the Big Dipper. I made sure to feature my own zodiac constellation (Pisces) and Ashley’s (Saggitarius) front and center for each of our custom pairs!

I didn’t worry too much about the rest of the placement, I just kept adding stars and patterns until I filled up all the space on each leg. They may not have perfect astrological accuracy, but they sure are swanky!

hand-painted star tights