What is the most practical wedding gift when the bride and groom are in their 30’s, own a home and are already living in an established household?!… cards containing a monetary gift! I wanted to come up with a creative way to house those wonderful gifts… so I decided to make this mailbox! I saw variations of this project on pinterest, but I put my own creative spin on it. For this project, I used the following:
- Architectural black metal mailbox 20.8″L x 6.6″W x 8.8″H, $27 from Lowes.com
- White scrapbook sticker letters (I had these on hand)
- Cardboard cut-out letters, silver with rhinestone detail (I had these on hand)
- Rhinestone letter stickers (I had these on hand)
- E6000 adhesive (I had this on hand, but I bought it at Michaels)
This was a super simple project! Because the mailbox already had the straight line embossments on it,… it was extremely easy to make sure the letters were applied in a straight line. Most scrapbook letters are repositionable, if you don’t press down firmly on them. So when making sure the letters are centered left to right, loosely position the sticker letters on the mailbox, adjust until centered and then press firmly on them to secure their position. I secured the cardboard cut-out Mr and Mrs letters with E6000 adhesive.
If your local Michaels or other craft store is anything like mine,… they have a whole aisle of sticker, rhinestone and cardboard cut-out letters to choose from, …so you can customize your mailbox to your wedding color scheme!
I give this craft project 4 paws!
My first Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit arrived! YAY!! I signed up for the 3-month subscription and paid only $28 total for it because there was a promotion of 1-month free! That is under $10 per monthly DIY kit… such an amazing deal! Regular pricing is $19 per month, $114 for 6 months or $199 for 1 year. If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com. This month’s project was “Decorative Monogram Ring Dishes” and included the following:
- 2 circular porcelain dishes
- Reusable adhesive alphabet stencil
- Reusable adhesive berries design stencil
- 2 folk art enamel paints (I got dark green & yellow)
- Foam brush
- Pop Bar, hot chocolate on a stick (Not part of the project, just a surprise treat meant to be enjoyed while I craft.)
I wasn’t crazy about the colors I received in my kit, so I purchased a few others of the same kind at my favorite craft store, Michaels. I also wanted to turn my ring dishes into “critter dishes”… because I’ve been wanting to make some ever since I saw those online… so I added a plastic dinosaur & panda bear to my materials, 2 rhinestone accessories they will wear and E6000 adhesive!
I used the alphabet stencils to paint on “Rawr” and “Pandamonium”, which was easy based on the online instructions. Each kit usually includes a card with a code word you enter to get project instructions online at darbysmart.com/howto …but mine was not included so I emailed them and they promptly replied with the code info I needed. I decided I wanted to add a spiral water-like design to my “Rawr” dish, so I used a paint brush I had on hand to create that. The instructions said to wait 3 minutes before layering on the next design… I waited about 30 minutes, and when I used the berry stencils for the center of my “Pandamonium” dish, sadly some of the lime green letter paint peeled off when removing the berry stencils. I was able to easily fix the damage so it didn’t bother me much.
As instructed, I put both on a baking sheet, set the oven to 300 degrees and baked them for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, I turned the oven off and let them cool off in the oven for the next hour. I then removed them and they sat overnight.
I attached the critters to the dishes and attached the rhinestone accessories to the critters using the E6000 adhesive and let them set for a couple hours. Here is the final result:
OMG I just loved making these and I’m so happy with the results!! Although I had to add a few more items to the kit to create what I wanted… I still love what I received from Darby Smart because it finally gave me the push I needed to create these critter dishes I’ve been longing to make!
I give this DIY box 4 paws!
My first Darby Smart DIY kit arrived! YAY!! I discovered this marvelous website from a recent issue of People Style Watch magazine & I am already completely obsessed with it! You know all of those projects on Pinterest you see… but don’t really know where to begin to create them?!?… well this site sells kits… which contain everything you would need to create the project! If you haven’t heard of this yet and you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you check the website out! This kit was $29.99, from DarbySmart.com.
The packaging was very nice, and among the items included in the kit, was an info card in which I had to go to a Darby Smart how-to web link and enter my key word/ code, to get the DIY instructions. This project had a 4-step process that was very easy to understand and execute. Items in the kit, included the following:
- Black Clutch with chain link shoulder strap
- Super Glue
- Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
They do no supply the magazine cover… that is the unique and creative part of this kit. I had a really hard time deciding which magazine cover I wanted to use… I have A LOT of old magazines to choose from! Deciding that was probably the hardest part of the project! I saw a rottweiler on the cover of ‘Dog World’ magazine in Pet Supermarket ($9.99) and decided I wanted to put this adorable Bubba look-alike on my clutch!!
I didn’t get the magazine cover completely flush with the clutch and I was getting slightly discouraged with how it was turning out, …but the finished product, although not perfect… is SO awesome!! OMG… I cannot wait to rock this adorable Rottweiler/ Dog World clutch.
I just ordered another kit with a 30% off coupon they emailed me… because I already want to make another one!! This would also make for a great gift!
I give this kit and website 4 paws!!
My cousin is getting married next month, so I helped my aunt, plan a bridal shower for her. Of course I went straight to Pinterest for ideas! In search of a unique bridal party activity, I happened upon this “Bra Pong” game from another pinner… I immediately knew I wanted to create my own variation of this game, that would make for a Very memorable night that the bride-to-be would love! For this craft project, I would need the following:
- Red tri-fold project display board, $8 from Office Depot (Different colors are available… I picked red because it’s one of the bride’s wedding colors.)
- 6 bras in 4 different cup sizes and patterns, $24 from Wal-Mart ($3.99 each…crazy cheap! You want to select bras with push-up support… so they easily create a cup when glued to the board. I cut the straps off of all the bras as well, to avoid having to secure them with glue as they are unnecessary to the look or game play.)
- Orange Table Tennis Balls 6-pack, $5 from amazon.com (These are also available in other colors, but I selected orange because it’s another one of the bride’s wedding colors.)
- Hot glue gun, 5 glue sticks, black paint, silver loose glitter and a black sharpie (I already had these items on hand).
A lot of hot glue is used in this project… almost a stick per bra! I started by laying out the bras to determine placement… with the D cups at the bottom, C and B cups in the middle and the A cup at the very top. This makes for a good point system with the highest points at the top due to difficulty from a smaller target. Once I glued all the bras down I painted on the “Bra Pong” black lettering, adding silver glitter to the wet paint of “Bra” only. Then I wrote the point value numbers above each bra, using a black sharpie. Last step,… I typed up the rules, secured them in a page protector and taped it to the right side of the display board! (I left the bottom right side of the board blank… for all of the guests to sign and/or leave a note for the future Mrs.!)
I was so happy with the way the board turned out… and even more happy with the outcome of the game play & excitement over it at the bridal party! We of course did a test run the night before, and discovered it wasn’t very easy to make the ball into the “cups” when sitting on a table top. We moved it to the floor & found that it was slightly easier to score points from the angle of bouncing it off the ground, rather than a table top.
It only took me a couple of hours to create it and this game was such a hit… Seriously so much fun… so I highly recommend you make one for your next bash where a bra pong drinking game would be appropriate LOL! I’m SO happy a fellow pinner invented this game! I can definitely see myself making another one in the future… for the right event!
I give this craft project 4 paws!!