Flower Potluck Gold Leaf Mason Jar

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On Thursday, July 31 we are pairing up with Prairie Petals for a Flower Potluck inspired by Kinfolk!  Below we have our DIY for gold leafing a mason jar but you are welcome to join us on this beautiful summer night to make your own, enjoy desserts and drinks, and learn to arrange flowers based on what you have in your backyard, the wild, and from a shop!  Your “hot dish” to bring to the potluck is 12 stems of flowers in water to share. These can be wild flowers, from your garden, or bought (Prairie Petals will get you set with 20% off a dozen flowers as well when you mention this workshop!). This beauty of an evening will take place at Elevate Executive Meeting Suites at 210 Broadway on the 4th floor.  You can register for tickets HERE!

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Gold Leaf Mason Jar DIY

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Supplies:

Mason Jar (we used a quart size with regular mouth)

Masking Tape/Painters Tape

Foam Brush

Gold Leaf (ie. metal leaf)

Gold Leaf Adhesive Size

Gold Leaf Sealer (spray or brush on)

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1.  Tape off the top with your tape.  Be sure to press down well so no adhesive sneaks under.

2.  Apply gold leaf adhesive size.  We’d do an area big enough to lay down a full sheet at a time.

NOW WAIT!  Allow the size to get less milky looking and actually feel tacky to touch.

3.  Apply gold leaf sheets.  As you lay it down on the jar you’ll begin to smooth it down more with your fingers and can tear off pieces that aren’t covering adhesive to use in other areas.  The letters are a little tricky on the mason jar and require more intentional smoothing with your finger.  Be sure to not use fingers that have the adhesive on them as you smooth out the leaf.

4.  This photo is an example of what happens if you don’t wait for the adhesive size to be tacky enough – it’ll slip around in areas.  This is totally fine because you can wait longer and apply more adhesive size over this area and gold leaf sheets/pieces.  It’s just annoying;)  So wait, really.

5.  Once you have all the gold leaf on you want apply sealer.  Leave your masking tape on.  You can brush on or use a spray sealer specific for gold leaf.

6.  Remove tape!  We usually don’t wait for everything to dry so just be sure to slowly pull the leaf off.

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Add flowers!  And come to our Flower Potluck – it’ll be a beautiful night to hang out with old and new friends as well!  This is a part of our Handmade Home Series so check out more plus our Handmade Home Tour by bicycle as well on August 23.

Happy leafing!




Late Night Craft Party Recap DIY

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As part of our Handmade Home Series we hosted a Late Night Craft Party…our first-ever with more to come quarterly!  Gold leafed agate coasters were created, bitters for cocktails were made, and a new garden & tonic drink recipe found.  Below is a recap of how this fun was created for you to try out this summer!

It’s no secret we LOVE GOLD LEAF!  We also love agates.  Two of the ultimate tutorials we learned from are here and here!  Chelsea Thorson of Raine Design instructed with some helpful hints we learned from her as well:

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1.  Get your agate slices.  Make sure you have clean fingers prior to touching gold leaf!

2.  Apply gold leaf adhesive (we used a foam brush but you can use a paint brush).  This is the most important step!  Be sure to avoid areas you don’t want the gold leaf to go.  Allow to get tacky prior to the next step.

3.  Lightly take pieces of gold leaf and carefully tap onto the edges of the coaster where adhesive was applied.

4.  Use a non-sticky finger to rub edges to flake off extra pieces of gold leaf.

5.  Apply CLEAR adhesive stickies to bottom of coaster.

6.  Apply gold leaf sealer.  Since this is metal leaf and not real gold it will tarnish without sealer.

BONUS:

Bitters!  Our Late Night Craft Party included making 2 bottles of bitters – the “spice” of cocktails.  We had 4 oz and 2 oz glass dropper bottles, vodka, and a variety of spices (star anise, cardamom, coffee beans, cinnamon, orange zest, cacao nibs, and more!).  People chose their spices to put in the bottles and filled it with vodka.  We also had ways to decorate the bitters bottles with gold leaf, wax seals, and more.  About a week after these sit the spices can be strained out and the bitters mix filled back into the bottles.

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Cocktail Recipe!  Mixologist Sophie Johnson crafted up a Garden & Tonic Cocktail Recipe that she also designed an adorable recipe card for below.  All ingredients were mixed and enjoyed!

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Have a beautiful summer!!  Be sure to join us for more of our Handmade Home Series coming up this summer and our next Late Night Craft Party this fall!




Etsy Craft Party: Fargo 2014

“photography is the beauty of life captured.” tara chisholm

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Fargo, ND joined the Etsy Global Crafty Party this past June 6, 2014!  We had such a sweet turnout that we didn’t really anticipate – thank you all for coming and creating!  Here’s a little photo recap of the wonderful night of recapturing old photos (amazing photography by Penny Burns of Northern Stories!).  We had such a great time working with photos to get them off our phones and computers and onto our home walls that look forward to more photo workshops in the future!

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Our party was held at the Elevate Executive Meeting Suite downtown Fargo.  It was a tish dreary outside, but we still were able to open it up to the beautiful patio!

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(print by Lens & Limestone of Moorhead, MN!)

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Workshop instructor and coffeeshop manager Angelique guided attendees through a wall banner that could be sewn or glued.  We were stoked how many people chose to try out a sewing machine who hadn’t done much sewing (or any!) before.  Super cool.

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Taea Made’s Emily manned the embroidered photo station with her sweet background in embroidery and needlework!  Initially we planned for mostly teaching French knots but Emily was blown away by how adventurous people got in wanting to learn more stitches.

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Attendee Brandi brought a HEDGEHOG.  Finley was a great creative inspiration.  SERIOUSLY.

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My personal favorite is the tiny Polaroid necklace…super adorable.

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Chelsea of Raine Design had the popular Polaroid coasters and tiny Polaroid necklaces.  At one point so many coasters were being created we had to run back to our shop to improvise with supplies to get everyone finished projects to take home!

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We included this event as part of our Handmade Home Series kick-off!!  Check out more kick ass inspired home workshops to round off your summer to creative perfection.  We’re here for your creative outlet and connecting with other crafty people moments!  Huge thanks to Etsy for their big help with supplies for the night, our Unglued crew, our sweet instructors Angelique, Raine Design, and Taea Made, AMAZING PHOTOS by Penny Burns of Northern Stories, the Kilbourne Group and Jenn & Cass for your sweet venue help, and all of you for participating in this beauty of a night!




Campy Craft Project Party

We are joining the North Dakota Today Show Monday morning (watch here!) to share about our downtown Summer Camp along with some crafty camp-inspired projects.  We’d love for your campers to join in the fun for one heckuva summer – below is some inspiration with a science project with bouncy balls, adventure project with our explorer book, and an a-frame tent with the coolest fabric.  As a bonus at the very end we’ve got some healthy camp snacks as well!

Bouncy Balls

Throw in a little bit of science with your household items to create a bouncy ball!  These little guys need to be stored in a ziplock bag when not used and will last a couple weeks.  ”Real” super balls are made by compressing rubber with thousands of pounds, but this is a great DIY you can do with any age right at home.

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Supplies:

Borax (in the cleaning aisle near detergents)

Cornstarch

Water

Elmers Glue

Food Coloring

Also:  2 cups/small bowls to mix in, 1/2 cup measuring cup, tablespoon, popsicle stick or something to mix with, paper towel, ziplock baggie to store in

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1.  In one bowl/cup mix 1/2 cup of very hot tap water and 1 tablespoon of borax.  Mix until it mostly dissolves.

2.  In another bowl mix 1 tablespoon of Elmer’s glue and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.

3.  Add 1-3 drops of food coloring and mix.

4.  & 5.  Drop the glue mixture into the borax mixture.  Let sit before mixing for 20 seconds.  Stir around a bit for 20 seconds.

6.  Use a fork or popsicle stick to get the glue mixture out of the container.

7.  Begin to knead and roll with your hands.  Little air bubbles will maybe pop and feel re-sticky.  Drop in borax mix again and stir around.  Take out again and it’ll be less sticky.  Pat your hands occasionally on a paper towel to start to help the ball to dry.  Balls will not maintain shape – reroll each time you take out of baggie!

8.  Balls will bounce best on tables and against wall!  They won’t bounce very high directly on the floor while standing.

Options:

*Put a few mason jars together and try to bounce balls into certain jars for certain points!

*Bounce balls off garage!

*What to do with all that borax?  Try monster slime, silly puddy, or grow crystals!

*Create different shapes to see how angles affect the bounce.

 

Explorer’s Book

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Supplies:

Variety of envelopes, little bags, sketch paper

Scrap leather (can substitute paper grocery bag, cardboard, thick fabric, etc. instead of leather)

Glue (hot glue or tacky…I hate tacky glue because I don’t have patience, but just give your drying time longer if you use it!)

Scissors

Hole Punch

Cord/twine

Accessories like feathers, beads

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1.  Cut sketch paper down to largest envelope size.  Line up papers how you want them to go in the book.

2.  Cut the leather or substituted material to be a little wider on all sides than the papers/envelopes (big enough for a hole punch to go on both short sides).

3.  Optional:  Sew around edges to embellish or add any fun stitching for interest!

4.  Glue a full side of envelope to each wrong side of leather to anchor the insides.

5.  Glue the rest of the papers/envelopes together to these but only glue up to the middle on each to allow for easy opening.

6.  Punch a hole on both sides of the short ends of leather on both layers.

7.  Pull your cord/twine through your hole punches.

8.  Use scrap leather or fabric to glue on a “binding” to the end of the book.

9.  Tie some feathers together.  Glue a small piece of twine to the back.

10.  Tie feathers to the main cord to allow it to move back and forth to allow easy tying still of main cord.

Then go take your explorer book to the park, beach, or on your summer trips!  Collect any fun nature items and create other fun projects with your collections.  Maybe even create a scavenger hunt with items that would fit slick in the explorer book as well!

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A-frame Tent DIY

For this tent we pretty much followed the instructions found with this blog post.  We’ll show you a few things we focused on below as well!  We did skip the hemming of the ends of the tent as we wanted to make this as easy as possible, but you sure can go for it!

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We used 4 – 1″x 2″ x 48″ pieces of standard lumber from Menards – the beauty is they come this size already!  Same with the dowel – we used a 48″ x 3/4″ dowel.  You certainly don’t have to drill the hole through the 1″ x 2″‘s and could just use more twine to hold the dowel in place on top of the sides.

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But if you do drill be sure to do it through all 4 1″x2″ about 6″ from the top.  This was exciting to me to try with a 3/4″ spade bit.  No joke.  We did it on our way out to a fancy evening;)

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You’ll see in the full blog tutorial more details, but we decided to sew on the elastic pieces with 2 zig zag stitches that we went back and forth on quite a few times to strengthen it.

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We also are obsessing over Modern Textiles fabric of course…so we also had to buy mini pom poms instead of twine!!

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It’s like a perfect little reading nook, play area out of the sun, perfect for indoor rainy days, and whatever you want!  The frame came to about $12 for the wood pieces so it’s really up to whatever fabric/vintage sheet/twine you want to use for the rest.  We used 83″ x 44″ of fabric and it worked perfectly :)

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Bonus Snack Time!

Roasted Strawberry Parfait 

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Check out the full recipe we used here.   Loved this!  Roasted strawberries are to die for.  No measuring was involved here, but we combined quartered strawberries with brown sugar.  Put them on parchment paper to bake at 425 degrees for about 8 minutes.  Combined Greek yogurt with local honey and then layered!

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Layer with the yogurt mix, strawberries, and granola (we used a delicious organic blueberry/apple grandola) and top with mint.

Fruit Cone

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For this we used a teaspoon to make little half balls of melon!  Ultimately we were going for blueberries but the grocery store was out?!  So blackberries won.  We put greek yogurt again combined with honey in the base and then layered with the fruit using the yogurt as the “glue.”  We also topped it with a little piece of mint.  It’d be fun to substitute some cool whip as well!

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Three Mother’s Day Kid’s Crafts and DIY’s

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

Join us in creating 3 fun, trendy, and cool Mother’s Day projects for kids – but that can be just as awesome for adults to do as well!  Below are DIY’s for a Chalkboard Fabric Banner (with a Dad Hack!), Terrariums (with 2 cutesy alternatives), and Beeswax Candles (with a bonus glitter candle holder).  These can all be adjusted for kids of all ages or advanced to fancier adults.  So, go!  Create for mom!

Chalkboard Fabric Banner

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

Supplies:

Photo of your choice!  We like vertical ones best for the banner layout.

Chalkboard fabric (at Modern Textiles if you are near Fargo otherwise here)

Chalk

Tacky glue, fabric glue (dries much faster), or DAD HACK:  duct tape only

Dowel (any size thickness you prefer)

Twine

Scissors

Potentially needed:  heavy book and wax paper to help hold while glue dries, sand paper if dowel has a sharp end later.

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1.  Place photo on chalk fabric and outline the size you want the banner to be.  Consider how much writing you want to allow.

2.  Be sure to mark extra for the fabric that will cover the dowel.  We used about 1 1/4″.

3.  Cut this outlined area out – including the extra on the top for the dowel.

4.  Mark each corner of the photo with chalk.

5.  Remove photo and add lines inside the corners you marked to frame the photo and allow it to stay behind the fabric when glued/taped.

6.  Cut out this inside piece.

7.  Place photo behind fabric and use a light tape like washi tape to hold photo in the place you want it to be able to work on the other side.  {alternate idea:  use washi tape to stay on the end project!}

8. – 10.  Either use a DAD HACK and use just duct tape to hold photo in place OR a glue like tacky glue or fabric glue (dries faster than tacky if you have it!).

11.  Place dowel on the top and fold fabric over.  Use chalk to draw a line where this lands.

12.  Using tacky glue, fabric glue, or just duct tape adhere this fabric you folded over into place.  Be careful to leave unglued room for the dowel to slip in later.

13.  If you used glue, hold into place and wipe excess glue with a damp cloth.

14.  If you used glue, use wax paper between something heavy and the glued fabric.  Let dry.  Tacky glue we had to let dry for about 2 hours, fabric glue just took about 10-15 min, and if you used duct tape go to the next step right away!

15.  Be sure there was space left to slip dowel in.

16.  To create banner bottom, either fold bottom in half and cut from middle to corners downward.  Otherwise, just use chalk to create this bottom and cut so you don’t have to fold photo.

17.  Place dowel in place and use chalk to mark ends where you want to break it.  Snap dowel close to this or use awesome scissors.  If needed, sand this quick to prevent slivers.  For us the dowel snapped cleanly and didn’t need sanding.

18.  Attach twine.  We just used a circle and slipped it behind the fabric and around sides.  You could also just tie on both sides.

19.  Add chalk drawings!

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

Terrarium + 2 Cutesy Alternatives

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

Supplies:

Succulents (Bakers Nursery in Fargo, Lowes, Home Depot, etc.)

Container (we used a heavy duty wine glass but the options are endless – larger mouthed glassware will be easier for smaller kids)

Soil

Little Rocks

Spoon (to help add soil)

Options:  preserved moss (Hobby Lobby), sand, little cute decor

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

1.  Add little rocks to the base of your glassware/container.  This will help water drainage if the plant gets too much watering.

2.  Add soil – but only a bit at first to fit the plant and then more soil around it.

3.  Take your plant (succulent) out of the container.  Divide if needed (if you have more than one succulent in a container).

4.  Place in your glassware and add more soil around it up to the base of the plant.  Add more plants if desired.

5.  Add the cute stuff!  Check out cutesy additions below.

ALTERNATIVE #1:  Washi Tape Banner

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

Grab a little washi tape, extra dowel (break in half or to desired height), and twine!  Fold washi over twine and cut into your cute banner.

ALTERNATIVE #2:  Chalkboard Fabric Flag

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

Use a little extra chalkboard fabric, cut into desired shape, and glue (or duct tape!) onto a dowel!

Care for your terrarium:

*Do not leave in super direct sunlight.  Just a little to some is good.

*Water sparingly.  Wait until soil is pretty dry to add just a little water at a time.

Beeswax Candles + Glitter Candle Holder

Beeswax candles win because they are natural and actually purify your air (similar to how plants do) AND they are simple and pretty.  We’ve used these as a fun after-dinner project with friends to a simple project with kids.

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

(this was from a Harvest Table dinner with close friends that ended with making beeswax candles to take home!  photo credit: Kelsey Sargent)

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

Supplies:

Beeswax (there is literally no place at least in Fargo that sells these sheets so we keep buying them here)

Wick (usually comes with the sheets if you buy them from above)

Anything to decorate to gift such as scrap fabric, gift bags, etc.

Scissors to trim wick

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

1.  Lay your beeswax on a clean surface so it’s mild stickiness doesn’t pick up dirt and dust.

2.  Choose if you want a tall or short candle.  If you want a short one, carefully fold the beeswax in half (consider what it’ll be burned in).

3.  If you are going for short and folded the sheet of beeswax, you can now carefully “rip” it down the fold you created.

4.  Cut a piece of candle wick (be sure you pay attention to the top and bottom of the wick and place the top on top!).  Cut it to be a bit over a 1/2″ longer than the candle.  Lay this near the edge of one end of the candle.

5.  Carefully begin to roll the beeswax over the wick to cover it tightly.

6.  Continue to roll the beeswax until the end.  Try to keep the ends even so it can stand up straight.

7.  Once rolled completely, use the warmth of your fingers to seal the end starting in the middle.  Don’t press too hard – we’re just helping the candle keep its shape.

8.  Press to each end.

9.  Trim the wick to be about 1/4″.

10.  Decorate for giving with scrap fabric!

11.  Continue to DIY below to glitter-ize a candle holder if desired!

 BONUS:  Glitter Candle Holder!

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

(but truly you could certainly modge podge or glue anything on these that you’d want to if mom hates glitter…but glitter is just so awesome we needed to do something with it…)

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

Supplies:

Candle Holder

Masking tape/washi tape/painters tape

Modge Podge

Foam Brush

Glitter!!!

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

1.  Put paper or wax paper below your project for easy clean up.  Tape your holder where you don’t want the glitter to be.  Press down well so extra modge podge can’t sneak under!

2.  Apply modge podge with foam brush.

3.  Shake on glitter.

4.  Allow to dry about 10-15 minutes so the glitter isn’t flaking off too easily.

5.  We choose to apply a second coat but this does mean some glitter will get into your modge podge container so consider pouring some out first.  Apply a second coat of modge podge on top of first glitter layer.  Shake on MORE GLITTER!

6.  Allow to dry well – about 30 minutes.  Take off tape.  If desired, seal the glitter on prior to taking off tape with a clear adhesive spray or another layer of modge podge.  If you apply these, some of the “glisten” of the glitter won’t be as nice…but if you hate glitter you’ll want to apply something to seal it.  We didn’t…because we love glitter and it only came off upon scratching off.  Save your leftover glitter from shaking it on back into the original container!

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Still scratching your head for mom’s gift?  You could also come visit us at Unglued (and online!) to check out some gift ideas or use this guide below:

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!

{1.Love Builds a Happy Home Print $14, 2.Handmade Bead Necklace $20, 3.Fabric Butons $5, 4.Batiked Scarves $28, 5.Unglued Gift Certificate, 6.Card $4, 7.Mother’s Garden Seeds Bombs $22, 8.Freshly Roasted Coffee $10.50-15, Large Ceramic Mug $18, 9.Ceramic Spoon Rests $3.50, 10.Vintage Fabric/Vinyl Zip Pouch $12}

Thanks for making with us!

Three Mother's Day COOL Kid's Projects from Unglued!




Organize It! Makeup Brush Holder Tutorial Review

We’ve been inspired to drop a bit of paperwork and to-do lists with this hint (some days!) of spring and get to MAKING things again!  Today Emily reviews a DIY Makeup Brush Holder tutorial below using some really perfect fabric from Modern Textiles…hope your spring is filled with making and creating as well!

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“I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be an easy-ish project that I could at least attempt without help (warning: new seamstress here!). I followed the pattern for the most part, though I smudged a little on measurements as I wanted to use my scraps from a previous project that the lovely ladies at Modern Textiles had helped me with.

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Overall, it was a simple piece to make. I made a few different sizes of pockets – I didn’t measure with a ruler, just with my brushes. It wasn’t until the very last seam that my sewing machine decided it was SO OVER this project and refused to work anymore. I decided to just hand-stitch the top with big, obvious stitches as I was traveling over the weekend and wanted to use this! The hand stitching ended up actually “making” the piece for me – adding more character and a more handmade look.

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This was a quick, easy project that I see being very useful. I am thinking it would even make a really great gift for future birthdays and perhaps for my sister’s wedding (she mentioned as a bridesmaid gift).” – Unglued Crew Emily

 

Jump on over to the tutorial to get to making!




Unglued’s Top 10 Valentine’s DIY’s!

So before we begin this post on treating your sweetheart or sweet friends to some handmade gift love or your home to sweet decor, don’t miss out on the great mix of Valentine’s-inspired workshops for you – many which can be used much beyond Valentine’s in that not-tacky-holiday-decor kind of way!

{PS – I used to think Valentine’s was a lame holiday, but quite honestly you can make it what you want and fun with friends or any favorite people.  Why not dress in red, have some hearts up, and make inappropriate throw pillows?!  It doesn’t have to be such a high-pressure holiday – have fun with it and do something handmade or give handmade to keep it more meaningful and special <3  Stay in and have an indoor picnic, invite friends over and drink champagne with raspberries and watch Amelie, so many options!}

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Tues, Feb 4 6-8pm – Valentine’s Handmade Party -  Make THREE sweet projects and yes, cupcakes will be included.  For real.   More details here or register directly here!

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Sat, Feb 8 11am – Kids’ Valentine DIY - Is this not completely adorable?  Get your kids signed up to make a cute branch garland with yarn, wire, and hearts!  More details here and register here!

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Sat, Feb 8 1pm – Valentine’s DIY with this 80-hour-long burning candle!  Seriously, that’s a bitchin’ candle!  Register here and more details here!

OK, let’s get to it!  Here’s our round up of favorite DIY’s online – we challenge you to go for it and get handmade going on for your V-day fun!  Click on the links underlined to find the DIY’s.  I’m going to promise you we’ll make 3 of these ourselves – want to join me?!

1.  My favorite decor.  DIY Glitter Banners.  Because I love glitter still.

 

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2.  Heart pillows.  Use your leftovers and make it your own with whatever Modern Textiles fabric you are in love with (see how much love can happen?!).  Super easy.  Sometimes I take an old pillow and steal the stuffing from there instead of buying new stuff…

 

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3.  Valentine’s Kit from Design Sponge.  Design Sponge wins all the sweet DIY things.  Substitute maybe some Bakeology cupcakes and keep it local, hmmm?

 

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4.  Gold Sequin Heart.  A few extra steps including drying paper mache overnight, but if you love gold and sequins it’d be worth it!

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5.  Red Velvet Nutella S’mores Cookies – whew!  and nom.

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6.  The perfect Valentine’s cocktail with moscato.

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7.  Heart Cut Wood Plaque.   What a great mantel decor, too!  Includes DIY just for the wood heart cut out, but use some paint strips to make it your own version behind it!  Warning – power tools required.

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8.  Lovey sharpie mug.  Go ahead and call this as something you’ve seen done now a mazillion times, but I know for a fact that Justin would adore this on his office desk with sweet words and thoughts!

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9.  Mailer Valentines from Oh Happy Day!.  I see this as the sweetest little and creative Valentine’s you could dream up to send someone!  Currently ordering some of these mailers right now to make this happen!

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10.  Valentine’s Fort.  Boom.  So, sure this might be going overboard, but how fun could you make this – and, yes, it’s from Design Sponge if you remember who wins all the things?!  You are welcome.

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Sidenote:

This looks amazing.  A new take on hot cocoa (recipe way at the bottom of the link):

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Also – this cozy Valentine’s party with friends is getting me thinking of using this Valentine’s in such a way!  It’s a little over the top with a fully catered meal and a saxophone player…but how sweet:

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So why repost a bunch of DIY’s we haven’t done yet – well, personally, I need some motivation and sometimes when you generically search on Pinterest you don’t find the best things right away!  Here’s hoping you got a little inspired like I did and watch our instagram for some of these and from our Pinterest to happen in real life.  Now, go make something!

-ashley




Unglued’s Top 25 Online DIY Gift Ideas {useful, fun, and super unique last minute DIY’s!}

Welcome to Unglued’s top 25 DIY gift ideas online!  You may or may not be the last minute holiday shopper such as I…but let’s not kid ourselves – sometimes the best gifts come at the last minute when you have to get reeeally creative!  We decided that we would do our best to represent Unglued and all we are and MAKE as many gifts as we can this year…and if something isn’t made by us it’d be handmade or from one of our awesome business neighbors.   If you are up for the challenge, join us in MAKING some of your gifts this year to really get your friends and family feeling special;)

Here’s our round up of top 25 DIY gift ideas (ssshhhh…some of these truly are going to get given from us!)…we chose ones that require minimal extra tools and hard-to-find supplies.  Keep an eye out for some of our own workshops coming up we linked, too!

 

coffee syrups

1.  Homemade Coffee Syrups - Use vintage decanters, Ikea glass bottles, or any cool glassware to create coffee syrups that any coffee lover (or martini lover!) will enjoy!

 

 

skewers

2.  Personalized skewers/s’mores sticks – Don’t have a wood burning tool?  Just stop by Unglued and use ours if you’d like for free!  They are only $12 on most online shops or in town and we’ll bet you’ll find a lot of projects to use them for.

 

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3.  Painted Picnic Table Cloth - Everyone is feeling a little cabin fever crazy already this winter.  Make your friend (or even for a kid!) a cute, durable picnic table cloth.  It could be paired so easily with other picnic supplies or entertaining wares.

 

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4.  Fabric Stamped Cloth Napkins - Pick up a new simple skill and make something everyone can appreciate!

 

embroidery photo art

5.  Embroidered Photo Art - I have wanted to do this for so long!  It’d be such a great gift with your own photos or for a friend using their own from instagram or Facebook.

cat toy

6.  Feather Catnip Cat Toy – You have a cat, right?  Or a bunch of friends with cats?  Try this simple cute gift to make feline friends happy!  (But did you know we are hosting a Cat Gift Making Workshop next week?  Yes, indeed, you should be there!!)

 

key fobs

7.  Personalized Key Fobs – Buy the leathercraft kit at Hobby Lobby and go to it with a leather key fob that both gals and guys will actually want to use!  This style does call for a wood burning tool but these are just $12 usually or come to Unglued and use ours for free!

 

sisal trivet

8.  Sisal Trivets - A little bit of rope and a little bit of spray paint gets you some modern, trendy coasters going on!

 

maple bacon pop corn

9.  Maple Bacon Popcorn - Just add “maple bacon” to any gift idea and you’ve got perfection.  Put a batch of this in a sweet treat bag with baker’s twine and you will WIN.

 

tea bags

10.  Handmade Tea Bags – Made with coffee filters, tea from your local grocery store or fancy tea place, and make it as cutesy as you wish!  Maybe include a sweet book from the thrift shop or Zandbroz such as the Midwestern Table!

 

office supply diy

11.  Trendy Office Organization - Watch Home Alone while you do a simple cross stitch after spray painting some good ol’ office storage supplies.  A sweet gift for anyone who loves organization!

 

clay bowl

12.  Imprinted Clay Bowl (with or without gold leafing!) - Forget a kiln – you just need this type of clay to dry overnight!  Add gold leafing if you’ve got time and imprint away prior to drying with geometric patterns or leaves/pine or lace, etc.!  Everyone can use another little dish to store keys, bobby pins, and more.

 

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13.  String Art - You can easily make these babies happen by buying your supplies all in town and using items you already have.  Michaels has those sweet wood cuts otherwise using any sort of reclaimed wood.  You can personalize these gifts with a monogram, word, or image like a deer mount.

 

wedding invite ornament

14.  Wedding Invite Ornament - We received one of these for our wedding and have put it up every year.  Perfect for the wedding invite of your friends that you’ve forgotten on your fridge from the summer;)

salty caramel bourbon

15.  Salty Caramel Bourbon Sauce – Get a few thrift shop jars and make away!  Should be refrigerated and used within 2 weeks, though, but see how procrastinating on gifts was necessary?

 

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16.  DIY Stencil Pillow Case – Find a quote, song, or phrase your friend loves or maybe an anniversary date.  Buy or make an envelope pillow case and a fabric marker and go to it!  OR take our Handmade Gifting Part Workshop on Saturday, Dec 21 to make a pillow (and get the pillow form included!) to do this with later!  (plus you make 2 other sweet gifts!).

 

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17.  Wine Cork Coasters – To pair with our Wine Bottle Cheese Platter Workshop this Saturday!  We have 2 great workshops from Glass ArtCessories who has the wine bottle cheese platters at our shop – one for kids using alcohol inks and one for adults to decorate and personalize your own cheese platter (sign up with 2 people to get the cheese platter for less than the cost of a pre-made one!)

 

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18.  Beeswax Candles – We have ordered the same beeswax Oh Happy Day! references, but you still may be able to find some in town, too!  We are hosting a kids workshop version of this to make 3 larger and wider beeswax candles and adults are also welcome to attend this workshop since it’s such a sweet gift!

 

pine satchels

19.  Pine Satchels - Win with the plaid trend by using freshly fallen pine needles or other scents like lavender.  It’s cute and small and useful!

 

no sew food toys20.  (Mostly) No Sew Food Toys -  Apartment Therapy has the best links for (mostly) no sew food toys that would all be pretty quick and make great gifts for the little ones on your list!

 

 

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 21.  Pine Cone Fire Starters – This is such a COOL IDEA!!  You can forage your own pinecones, buy some tea lights, do a little baking and have a perfect gift for all the campy and adventurous (or bonfire-loving) people in your life!

 

sailors knot doorstop

22.  Sailor’s Knot Doorstop and Paperweight – Knot tying is all the rage and again a great gift for the the men and the ladies.  Design Sponge even includes youtube tutorial videos here!

 

boozy hot cocoa

23.  Boozy Hot Cocoa Kit – This gift is special because you can finally buy some of those jars you’ve been wanting to make a sweet gift out of, it’s perfect for someone who will need to relax after the holidays, AND it’s adorable (and made-from-scratch hot cocoa so it’s really special!).

 

lumberjack sack

24.  Lumberjack Sack – Plaid + lumberjack + reusable tote makes the perfect wintery gift.  Just a little bit of sewing to get through and you’ll be set!

 

sewing kit

25.  Travel Sewing Kit in a Vintage Book - Make a list of these little supplies needed, run to a vintage shop and pick a sweet book, and create the person who can make everything an adorable sewing kit they can travel with!

 

Of course, if you don’t find the time to make everything you want be sure to check out three venues of Unglued’s to get hooked up!

holiday hours

 

Our permanent shop is expanded to 7 days a week at 408 Broadway!  Packed with over 150 artists, crafters, and makers and gifts galore!

 

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Our holiday pop up (temporary) shop is open on the weekends and features a completely different selection from our permanent shop!  We’ve got awesome Pride of Dakota food items, a kids’ toyland, and an overflow of handmade gifts and seasonal items – in addition to sweet events like Santa, live reindeer, and Pet Date Night!

 

 

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Lastly, we’ve got our online holiday pop up shop open, too!  If you live out of state or just can’t make it in, check out our updated and restocked selection before they sell out again!

Have a lovely rest of your week and Happy Holidays from all of us in the Unglued Crew!

ashley