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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

What To Do With: Chalkboard Paint – in the Kitchen!

      What to do with Chalkboard Paint

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to better organize my kitchen.  My favorite way to stay organized is by writing things down, and as a DIY and crafting enthusiast, I make a pretty mean list.  I use different colors, pictures, and fonts to categorize and plan out how and when I’m going to execute all of my to-dos.  I’ll even include quotes for the day!  That being said, my lists can be pretty extensive and not very change-friendly.  What better way to write and draw things in a more dynamic and sustainable way than on a good ol’ chalkboard?  I had some chalkboard paint lying around and plenty of space in my kitchen, so I got to work.   Though I might not have stuck perfectly to my “kitchen organization” plan in all of my ideas, I’m so happy with my new, easy, and fun chalkboard additions!

When using chalkboard paint, it’s important to read and follow the instructions on the paint label.  Different brands and styles of paint may specify unique drying times and painting strategies – chalkboard paint is not a “dry to the touch, ok to use” type of medium.   With this type of project, if you don’t wait long enough between steps or you skip one, you might not be able to wipe the chalk off the board – nobody wants that.

For all of my projects, I applied one layer of chalkboard paint using a vertical stroke pattern, let it dry for one hour, then applied one layer of paint using a horizontal stroke pattern.  For the door and glasses, I repeated this process twice.  After painting each item, I waited 24 hours for the paint layers to be fully dry.  Next, I “cured” the chalkboard paint by lightly scribbling some chalk lines on the painted surfaces and blending the chalk with my fingers.  I waited another hour, then used a dry paper towel to gently erase the chalky blur – after that, all the chalkboards were finished, and I put them to use!

1) Kitchen Door Chalkboard

I love my kitchen door chalkboard.  When I painted the door, I thought I would use it for grocery lists, chore reminders, or other miscellaneous household needs.  Turns out, this door became the perfect vehicle to have the kitchen ready for every season, and mood.  This door often has congratulatory quotes, holiday pictures and greetings, and in this case, a Happy Birthday message for my roommate.  I particularly like it when we leave the chalk out when we are entertaining, and our “4th of July” themed board gets taken over by the creative minds of our guests – it’s always a funny surprise during morning clean-up.

The easiest part of this craft? Most doors have indented rectangles or raised edges along the outer part of the door, so you won’t need to measure any of your shapes to ensure they’re sides are straight and centered!

Kitchen Door Chalkboard Paint

2) Chalkboard Martini (or Wine) Glass Labels

I bought these martini glasses because they were HUGE and I love a good martini – plus, they were only $1 on clearance!  There are only a few people that frequent my apartment that like martinis.  Ok, there is only one person (aside from me) that is always in the martini-mood, and that’s my dad.  Fortunately for him, I got two glasses so we could both enjoy our drunks!  Unfortunately for me, they match, and because my dad and I drink identical cocktails it would be impossible to distinguish who’s is who’s when we are together.  Chalkboard paint to the rescue!  I painted the bottom and top of the base of the glasses, and left the stems unpainted.  Now, we can write our names (or the type of drink) on each glass to avoid any martini-mishaps.

Martini Glass Chalkboard Paint

3) Freezer Contents Chalkboard

When you cook for one, your freezer can be your biggest asset – so many bulk purchases and leftovers!  Every time I try and keep a tally of what’s in there, I end up with five or six different slips of paper with notes and no idea as to how they connect.  What’s even worse?  I end up just buying more of what I already had!  This project fixes everything.  I painted a scrap piece of wood and used velcro strips to mount it on the wall.  I can take the board down, update it, and stick it back on the wall – no more confusion!  I had to get at least one true “list” chalkboard in my kitchen, and this was a great way to do it.

Wooden Chalkboard Sign for Kitchen

 

Upcycled Clementine Crates

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Every time we finish a batch of clementines, I always feel the need to keep the cute little wooden crate that they come in. I am the biggest sucker for cute packaging! But after compiling a few of these after this year’s clementine season, I decided it would be nice to pretty them up a little if I was going to keep them around. Heres what I did to upcyle these cuties into some fresh looking storage boxes:

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What you will need:
– empty clementine crate (or 2 or 3 or 5!)
– craft paint
– Mod Podge (I used the hard-coat kind but any type will do)
– some pretty paper
– foam brush
– a craft knife or scissors

I decided to go with a sea foam green paint and floral scrapbooking paper, but you can customize these with any combination you like to match your style or decor.

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First remove any excess staples or splinters from your box so that you don’t poke yourself, then get to painting. I painted all the wooden surfaces of the crate except the bottom.

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Trace the ends of the crate onto the back of your paper sheets. Cut these 2 pieces out, making sure to keep nice straight lines. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the end surface and lay your paper on top to adhere. Press flat to remove any bubbles or wrinkles.

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Cover the papered AND painted surfaces with a liberal coating of Mod Podge to seal and protect your crate. This layer will dry clear. Once the Mod Podge has hardened, you’re all done! These little cuties (pun intended!) are great for corralling any kinds of odds and ends around your house, or piled up with someone’s favorite goodies, and would also make an adorable gift basket!