Desk Zen Kit DIY – Printable

I’m so excited to be a part of the launch of My Crafty Spot. It is a privilege to contribute my craftiness here. Just as this is a new gig for me, my sister recently started a new job that she is really excited about. You can call me the queen of homemade gift-giving, and this occasion called for something special. I needed to make the perfect gift to wish her well in her new position.

I spend a lot of time crafting with my tween daughter, and one of our go-to boredom busting activities is making colored sand and pouring them into pretty clear glass bottles. We have both made our own “Desk Zen” sandboxes for ourselves, and I knew this would be a fun and interactive gift idea to send to my sister. The trouble is—colored sand in an open clear box will NOT travel. She lives about 400 miles away from us, and I needed to figure out a way that this gift could travel.

Introducing… the Desk Zen Kit DIY!

Starting with the basic supplies of a 5″ x 7″ shadowbox frame, small empty containers, bamboo fork, and small polished rocks, you can create your ZEN and gift it to a friend.

Desk Zen Kit Colored Sandbox DIY from clubchicacircle

 

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Simple Wine Cork Herb Garden Markers

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Ever wondered what you can do with your leftover wine corks? These wine cork herb garden markers are super simple to make and add a little sweetness to your garden.
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What you need:

  • 4-7 wine corks (As many corks as herbs you are growing)
  • This is the easy part because you get to actually drink a bunch of wine! These markers are so simple to make you can make them while you drink a few glasses of wine if you would like.
  • Fine point permanent marker, I used American Crafts brand
  • 4-7 different colors of acrylic paint
  • Sponge tip paint brush
  • White wire hanger (mine was from the dry cleaners)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Modge Podge

DIY Stamped Tea Towels

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An easy way to brighten your kitchen is with custom made tea towels. This project is rather inexpensive and super easy to do.
To make your own tea towels, you will need:
  • -tea towels (washed and ironed)
  • -paint for fabric
  • -fabric medium
  • -paint brushes 
  • -iron
I found almost all of my supplies at Joann’s Fabric and Craft Stores. I choose Martha Stewart’s paints because I really like her color selection.
A little important tip: be sure and purchase the fabric medium, it will help keep the paint soft and washable.
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DIY Colorful Bohemian Tassels for Bags

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I’ve been wanting to make a big, colorful, crazy tassel for ages. In this tutorial, I’ll show how to create one of these bohemian beauties of your very own. It’s such a versatile accessory: right now, mine’s clipped to my favorite clutch, but I can see one or two of these tassel on a straw beach tote, or even on car keys- anywhere that you want to add a little pop of color.
To begin, you will need:
  • leather craft lace in assorted colors (can be found at your local craft store)
  • yarn in different colors
  • scissors
  • a purse, clutch, or key fob

Supplies

1. Cut the leather craft laces into equal pieces. The length of your tassel will be half of the length of the pieces you cut (i.e. a 10” piece of fabric will yield a 5” tassel). I used between 10-15 pieces; experiment with the number of pieces to create the desired thickness for your tassel. I mixed both brown, gold, and purple lace to add variety.
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