Mini Clipboard DIY

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
I love putting together little gifts to have on hand. One thing I like to add in those type of gifts are mini clipboards with a cute printable on it. I sometimes can find them ready made, but they either sell quickly or are more on the expensive side (in my opinion). So I found some supplies at Michaels to make my own. Now I can customize them however I want and not be limited to what I find in a store.

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To make these, you will need (I found these all at Michaels):

  • Metal Clips (make sure they have a flat back)
  • Wood rectangle (I found these two sizes: 4.75″ x 6.75″ and 5″ x 6″)
  • E6000 Glue
  • Printables/Pictures (I find that the Project Life cards work well too)
  • Any other supplies to decorate your clipboard such as paint, glitter, stickers, yarn, fabric, fun papers, etc.

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together

Start by painting and decorating your wood and clips as desired. I painted one clipboard white and left the other two plain. Then I painted two of the clips and added glitter to one of those.
Once everything is dry, add glue to the flat side of the clip and place on wood. I liked the top of the clip to hang off the top a bit myself, but you can put it where you like.

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
Let the glue dry and then add any other embellishment you want. I tied on fabric, yarn, and found some other little things to add like a glitter paper pendant and doily to put behind the main paper.

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Now that you have some gifts made you can wrap them. I used some clear bags I found in the baking section at Michaels to package the clipboards in. I also grabbed a bunch of random stuff to use as wrapping decorations. I like to create fun packaging and the more supplies I have for that the better!

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
I stamped some tags as well (tags found here).

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
For this one, I tied a piece of fuzzy yarn on the outside. Then I cut a straw and used a mini clothespin to attach the tag to the straw.

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
I taped on a piece of streamer that I had ruffled on my sewing machine to this one first. Then I added some pom poms on top of that. I stuck a candy cane in the middle and then used a mini clothespin again to attach the tag.

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
This was the real simple one. I added some fake snow inside the bag, taped the tag on the outside, and tied the top of the bag with pop pom trim.

Do you have any go to diy gifts that you make? Look below to see all the other gift ideas brought to you by the Michaels Makers. Happy Crafting!

-Jess

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Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
It’s almost time for full Christmas mode! I have some ornament ideas I have been wanting to try and just made this one last week. So I bring to you the Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY.


Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together I designed the merry and bright image on a piece of paper with a pencil and sharpie. Then I scanned it into my computer and brightened/contrasted it in PSE so the lines would be easy to be defined. I made sure to shrink the file size and then easily uploaded it into Cricut Design Space™. One day I do plan on learning Illustrator and all, but I wanted to show you that anyone can create their own custom image and do amazing things with it even with minimal tools.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
To make one yourself you will simply need:

  • A plastic light bulb ornament (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Cricut Explore™ and Weeder tool
  • Choice of material for hanging (I used fabric strips, ribbon, and leather)
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Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Save the image and then upload it into Cricut Design Space™ and create the size you need it to be to fit. Mine was roughly 3″ x 2″. Cut it out and then remove all the extra vinyl using the weeder tool.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Cut a piece of transfer taper that is about the same size and peel off the backing. *Pin is there to show you how small the Explore cut!*

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Stick transfer tape on top of image and rub over vinyl.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Peel transfer tape off. The vinyl should be sticking to it. If it has spots where it isn’t, put back on and rub on that spot to help it stick.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Then stick image on light bulb ornament. I will admit, it’s a bit tricky. Take your time because you are putting a flat image on a curved item. I had to rearrange a few places to make it not overlap. If it is too frustrating, you can leave some of the design off like I did in the second picture in this post.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
If you want to add some sparkles to the inside, rub some glue on the sides and sprinkle confetti or glitter on. Put ornament back together and add a ribbon, etc. to hang it with.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together This would be a great idea for your tree or if you are involved in an ornament exchange this year. Let me know if you make one or it inspires you to create something of your own :) And, so you know, I will be back with a good deal for the Cricut Explore on Black Friday. So be on the lookout! -Jess

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together

Felt Pumpkin DIY

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Thanksgiving is coming up and I wanted to share this real easy felt pumpkin diy before it’s time to switch completely over to Christmas stuff. These little pumpkins are made with very few materials and can be added to napkin rings, headbands/hair clips/pins, gift tags, magnets, and whatever else you might think of.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
After I styled the above picture, I thought they might look pretty on a wreath as well. Or what about a garland? See? Endless possibilities.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together You will need:

  • Felt for pumpkin and stem (I used the cheap acrylic felt, but wool felt would work too. Since it’s thicker, you might only need to do 4 or 5 circles though)
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue
  • Pen
  • Circle Pattern (here is a Felt Pumpkin Template if you need one)
  • Scissors

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Trace six circles on your felt.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Cut circles out. Make sure to cut inside of lines so they don’t show on the circles. Cut a little pumpkin stem out as well.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Fold a circle in half and dab some glue in the middle fold. Hold in place for a few seconds until cooled down. Repeat on 4 more circles. There will be an unfolded one left.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Take a half circle and put hot glue down the folded side. Lay another half circle on top, matching up on the fold.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Repeat for the rest of the folded circles until it looks like above.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Glue on stem.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Open up the two outermost sides and glue the last circle to the back. It will help the pumpkin be “open” and will give a nice flat surface to add onto other things.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
I added a pin on one and a hair clip on another to try out.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
I plan on making these for little Thanksgiving gifts. If you make any, please let me know how you used them :) Hashtag your Happy Together projects on social media with #happytogetherbyjess

-Jess

 

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Any belt lovers out there? This is a simple belt diy to jazz up a plain old belt. Plus, if you already have many of the supplies it won’t cost much to do either. Even if you have to buy everything, I am pretty sure it’s still cheaper than this J. Crew cork belt (which is currently sold out).

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
While doing my usual window shopping online, this J. Crew belt caught my eye. I think the main reason being that I had some cork ribbon in my stash and I knew I could recreate the look for myself. So I grabbed my friend Dorothy and we went to the thrift store to find a belt. We looked for one that was flat and would be easy to cover. I spent $1 to buy that belt which you can see in pictures below.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
To make this you will need most of the things pictured above. Turns out, I didn’t end up using that pen ;)

  • Flat Leather/Leather like belt
  • Cork Ribbon (I got this from Michaels, but I don’t see it online anywhere. It’s part of the Raw Bar collection)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint or Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Large Nail
  • Optional: Heavy objects like books

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Start by cutting a long piece of cork ribbon so there is plenty to wrap over the side edges. Then lay your belt down right side up. Brush on mod podge on most of the belt, but leave quite a few inches un-mod podged near the buckle. Then place belt on top of ribbon and let it dry really good. If you don’t let it dry, the ribbon will pop off when the belt is bended. Place books on top to help during the drying process if you want.

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Next, flip down the un-mod podged ribbon so it is lined up with the rest of the ribbon. Cut down one side, close to the belt edges. Make sure to keep the ribbon even when cutting over the over lapped area. I found it easiest to make an equal precise cut this way.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Then repeat on the other side. Now all the ribbon will be the same width as the belt.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Push the buckle to the back of the belt and determine where the ribbon will need a hole for the prong to go through. Create a hole using a nail.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Place the prong through the hole. Then carefully add mod podge to the rest of the top of the belt and lay ribbon down flat.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Trim excess ribbon on the back, making sure there is enough to cover where the belt leather doubles up. Mod podge that part on as well. Agian, let it dry and use books to help keep it down during the drying process if you want.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Once everything is dry, trim any other places that need it. The end on this belt needed to be trimmed.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Take the nail and poke holes where the belt holes are.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
I also painted the buckle gold since I couldn’t find a belt that would work for this with an already gold buckle. So that is an option if you want the buckle a different color. I would suggest adding a coat of mod podge on top of the paint as well to help keep it from scraping off.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
So simple, right? It really makes for a cute accessory. To style this belt, we went searching on Pinterest for some belt styling ideas.  My friend did a great job putting this outfit together for it. Have a happy weekend!

-Jess

 

Popsicle Costume DIY

Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
It’s October! Fall is here for some and costumes are on the mind, so it makes sense that our Michaels Makers Challenge was to do a costume diy. I wanted to do something different that would take minimal time and money. Somehow a popsicle came to mind. Maybe because we are still having some hot days and it feels like summer? Maybe. Good news is that it did end up being different, took little time to make, and didn’t cost a whole lot either. You might already have many of the supplies needed to make this.

Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
Popsicle Costume DIY | happy together
What you will need (you can find all of these except the pants in your local Michaels store or Shop Michaels Online):

  • Black shirt and pants
  • Tan felt
  • Foam Board
  • Poster boards of your choice
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Stick
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Safety pins (not pictured)
  • Glue Gun (not pictured)
  • Pencil (not pictured)
  • Round Object, like a plate (not pictured)

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