Over 50 Easy Watercolor Inspired DIY Tutorials

50 Plus Easy Watercolor DIY Decor and Art Tutorials @savedbyloves I am thrilled to share today's 50+ round-up! It is a colorful collection of watercolor inspired DIY tutorials that you can make, even if you aren't an artist! From fashion to wall decor to kid's crafts and more, you will be ready to create with these detailed tutorials. Enjoy!

50 Plus Awesome Yarn Crafts to Make

50 Best Yarn Crafts to make from @savedbylovesDon't let the title scare you. For this collection, no crochet or knit skills are needed. This week's crafty round-up is all about things to make with yarn. You will find all kinds of kids crafts, home decor, paper crafts and more. Enjoy!

30 Plus Free Spring Crochet Patterns

30 Plus Free Spring Crochet Patterns from @savedbylovesThe fact that winter is coming to an end doesn't mean it's time to put away the yarn. Today's round-up is full of beautiful free spring crochet patterns. You'll find everything from Easter decor to spring scarves and more. Enjoy!

DIY Dollar Store Eraser Valentine Earrings

Valentines Day Jewelry Tutorial

I heart creating with dollar store supplies. For one, it is cheap, and it challenges me creatively. When I saw these cute Valentine's Day erasers over the weekend, I immediately thought they need some resin and ear wires! Follow along to see how I made earrings from dollar store erasers!

Dollar Store Craft Idea

At first I imagined making a pendant, but then I realized the erasers came in pairs, just perfect for earrings. This project is super cheap and easy to do. Don't be intimidated by resin if you've never used it.

ICE Resin Jewelry Tutorial

Especially now that ICE resin has made mixing the two parts so simple.

Dollar Store Resin Craft Idea

When working with 2 part resin, it is crucial to mix equal parts A and B. If you are off even just a little, the resin may no cure properly. ICE resin comes in a plunger that extrudes equal parts automatically.

How to Use Resin

Use a craft stick and mix the 2 parts by stirring for at least 1 minute.

TIP:  After mixing, let resin sit for 5 minutes before applying it. This lets the mixture settle and decreases air bubbles.

How to apply resin

Apply a little bit of resin at a time, starting in the center using the craft stick. It can take awhile to get use to how much resin to use. Just don't go overboard. You can always add more to create a dome effect after the first layer has dried, but you are in for a mess if you use to much and it spills over the edge.

Let resin cure for 12 hours.

Upcycled Jewelry

I picked up these screw eyes at Walmart for $0.97.

How to Make Earrings

 Upcycling

Just screw the hardware into the top center of your resin eraser.

Jewelry Making Tutorial

Add ear wire and you are set!

Valentines Day Craft

Do you love them as much as I do? You can make 6 pairs with the pack of $1 erasers!

Make Adorable Valentine's Day Earrings Dollar Store Craft @savedbyloves

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Valentine’s Day Washi Tape Charms

DIY Washi Tape Resin Charms for Valentines Day

Today's project is a washi tape and resin craft that makes the perfect Valentine's Day gift! Follow along as we die cut washi tape and apply ICE resin for a quick and easy charm that you can customize to fit your needs.

Valentines Day Washi Tape Craft

I was inspired on a recent trip to the craft store by these Valentine's Day prints on washi tape by Hampton Arts.

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I covered white card stock with strips of the tape as shown.

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I folded the excess tape over the back of the paper. If you want your charms two sided, you could cover the entire back in tape as well, or use printed scrap book paper instead of white card stock.

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I cut the tape covered paper with these heart dies by Spellbinder's Media Mixage.

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Here is what they look like after die cutting the shapes.

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I sealed the front and back of the hearts with Iced Enamels Medium. If you don't seal the paper tape, the resin will darken it and look funny. Let dry.

ICE Resin

I used ICE Resin on my charms. You could use any jewelry grade resin, or Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

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Following the directions on the resin package, I mixed the two parts in a plastic dixie cup with a clean craft stick.

Valentines Day Washi Tape Craft 9TIP: Place the paper hearts on top of sticky contact paper to keep them flat while resin dries.

Use the toothpick to drip the resin onto the hearts.

DIY Washi Tape Valentine's Day Jewelry Idea

Hole punch the hearts once dry. The resin instructions say 6-12 hours. I let mine sit overnight and used a jewelry hole punch to place holes for jump rings.

Washi Tape Crafts

Add keychain fobs and other charms. I went for keychains with the larger hearts. I will be using the smaller hearts for earrings!

Laduree Hot Chocolate Recipe Knock Off

Laduree Hot Chocolate Recipe Knock Off @savedbyloves

If you read anything about traveling to Paris, Ladurée hot chocolate and macarons are bound to be mentioned. We heard about the place first on Rick Steve's audio Paris app, in one of his many interviews with Parisians.  Then pretty much everyone we talked to about "must see places" in Paris recommended we go there for chocolat chaud (hot chocolate).

Laduree Paris

Well we went there, and I must say, the hot chocolate was smooth and divine.

chocolat chaud paris Recipe

I came home, and much like with the french onion soup recipe I shared yesterday, I had to try to recreate the experience here in Indiana! After some time with Google, I found this Parisian Hot Chocolate Recipe. I followed it to the letter, using Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips from the local Wal Mart. To grind them, I used my blender on "grind". I also blended the mixture after adding the chocolate in the same blender on "Liquefy" for 1 minute.

Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

It was so much like the real thing! The next 10 minutes consisted of "mmmm...." and that's about it. I have made it twice more since then, and it is a huge hit in our house. I won't make hot chocolate any other way now.  If you can't make it to Laduree, this is the next best option! Enjoy.

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Ornaments

I am so happy to be here today sharing a tutorial for these Cozy Christmas Ornaments made from old sweaters. That ugly Christmas sweater you have? I bet it would make beautiful ornaments! This is an easy ornament to DIY, and you can make quite a few ornaments from one sweater, so let’s get started.

Upcycled Sweater Ornaments DIY from @savedbyloves @craftsncoffee

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You are going to need 3” balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam (you could go larger or smaller, too); an old sweater or two; scissors; a sharp pencil; needle & thread; thick, white craft glue; and ribbon for hanging the ornaments.

Sweater-Ornament-Supplies

To start, mark the center top and bottom of your foam ball with a pencil. Then insert your pencil at each point to make a 5/8” hole.

Insert-Pencil

Cut a piece of sweater fabric, measuring about 4” - 5” high and 8” long. If you’re using a patterned sweater, be sure to plan where you cut to best highlight the pattern. Test fit your fabric piece around the ball to be sure it fits – the size of the fabric you’ll need may vary depending on the stretchiness of your sweater.

Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch a ¼” seam. Turn right side out. Slip the ball into the center of your tube.

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Handmade Ornaments

Place a dab of white craft glue in the hole at the top and using a sharp tool such as a pencil, firmly push the cut edges of the fabric tube into the hole. Try to space the fabric folds evenly around the ball. Repeat at the bottom of the ball.

Tuck-in-sweater

Knot together the ends of a 6” – 8” length of ribbon, and push the knot down into the hole at the top. If you like, add a bow and jingle bell, or any other decorations, to the top of the ball. Let the glue dry before you hang your ornaments.

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Red-Argyle-Orn

I want to give a shout out to designer Kathleen George for helping out with these Sweater Ornaments. I have a few more ideas for repurposing old shirts to make ornaments in the Christmas Ornament series “Mad for Plaid & Paisley” over on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Please come by and check them out!

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Thank you so much for having me today, Johnnie. It’s a thrill to guest post here! I wish you, your family, and all of your readers a wonderful Christmas season!

Want more Repurposed Sweater Ideas? Check out our 50+ Ways to Upcycle Sweaters!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

DIY Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board

Easy Upcycle Cookie into Copper Patina Magnet Board @savedbyloves @petscribbles

Hi everyone! I'm Laura from Pet Scribbles, and I'm thrilled to be guest posting for Johnnie today!

I've got a fun DIY project to share: a copper patina magnet board from an upcycled cookie sheet!

After seeing so many cookie sheet makeovers on Pinterest, I began collecting some of our older ones. I also bought this new round one at the dollar store:

Copper Patina Magnet Board

As regular readers of my blog know, I love the look of copper and patina. I've made over quite a few pieces using this technique, from glass vases made to look like copper pipes to large wooden planter boxes made to look like metal. In each DIY, the steps are the same but the patina effect is always different - just like real patina on aging copper.

Step One: Apply one coat of Modern Masters Copper Reactive Metallic Paint to both sides of the cookie sheet. Let dry.

For many surfaces, I use the Metal Effects Primer (also by Modern Masters) as the first coat. On metal, it isn't necessary as the first step. However, as you'll see in the image below, the first coat of paint did go on a bit more streaky than I would have liked. (Using a primer always provides some tooth for any subsequent coats of paint to adhere to.)

Copper Patina Magnet Board

Step Two: Apply a second coat of the copper paint to the back side of the cookie sheet only. Let dry.

Isn't the paint gorgeous? There's real metallic particles in the paint, which is what reacts with the patina solution that will be added in the next steps.

Copper Patina Magnet Board

Step Three: Apply a new coat of the copper metallic paint to the front of the cookie sheet, then immediately spray the patina solution onto the cookie sheet right over the wet paint. The patina solution comes in blue and green. I used the green shade:

Copper Patina Magnet Board

Using a sea sponge, I then played around pouncing the solution on the cookie sheet, just making random patterns. It isn't necessary to do this, but it sure is fun!

Copper Patina Magnet Board

Step Four: Add a bit more of the copper paint, if desired. After everything dried overnight, I used the same sea sponge and pounced a bit more copper paint here and there onto the front of the cookie sheet. There's no right or wrong way to do this, just play with the look until you love it.

Here's a close-up of the gorgeous patina finish:

Copper Patina Magnet Board

Step Five: Drill two holes into the cookie sheet. These holes will be where you thread your ribbon through, to make the hanger for your magnet board.

Copper Patina Magnet Board Step Six: Cut two pieces of thin velvet ribbon (or a ribbon of your choice), which will become small bows on the front of the magnet board. Cut two longer pieces of the same ribbon, which will be used to create the hanger. (I didn't measure my pieces, instead I just eyeballed it.) Copper Patina Magnet Board

Step Seven: Create the velvet ribbon hanger. Make a loop with the smaller piece of ribbon (A), then thread it (B) through the drilled hole, with both ends coming through to the front. (C) Turn the tray over and slide one end of the longer ribbon through the loop of the smaller piece. (D) Tie the longer piece onto that loop with a simple knot.

Repeat this step for the other drilled hole.

Copper Patina Magnet Board

Step Eight: Pull the ends of the smaller pieces of ribbon all the way through the drilled holes. (They will be stopped by the knots underneath that you made in Step Seven.

Step Nine: Tie the ends of each ribbon together with a simple knot, then trim the edges to a length you like. I trimmed mine so each looks like a very basic bow shape and covers the holes completely. (See image below.)

Step Ten: Tie the long ends together and make a large, floppy bow. Hang up on the wall and enjoy!

Copper Patina Magnet Board

Since it's Christmas time, I decorated my magnet board with some of my favorite vintage Christmas postcards. (I also made the glitter marble magnets, and you can find that tutorial here.)

Copper Patina Magnet Board

I added a sprig of a faux pine branch too.

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And when the Christmas season is over, my magnet board will be ready to take on the new year and hopefully keep us more organized! (Unless I decide to decorate it with more vintage postcards!)

Copper Patina Magnet Board

I've been a long-time admirer of Johnnie. Whether she's crafting bracelets or building furniture, her creativity knows no bounds!

Thanks Johnnie for having me guest post today, and thank you Saved By Love readers too!

Happy crafting!

~Laura

60 Plus Christmas Cookie Recipes to Make

60-Plus-Easy-Christmas-Cookie-Recipes from @savedbyloves

We have moved things around a bit, and are now sharing with you our 60+ Christmas Cookies to Make from Taste Every Season. These will be great neighbor gifts and party treats this holiday season! Enjoy.

50 Plus Favorite Pottery Barn Knock Offs

50 Plus Best Pottery Barn Knock Off Ideas from @savedbylovesWho doesn't love getting designer home decor and furniture for a fraction of the price? Today I am sharing our favorite Pottery Barn knock off decor DIY tutorials from around the web. If we missed your project, leave us a link!