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

The Perfect Tree Swing – DIY Tutorial

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 The Perfect Swing

Growing up I remember vividly this little picture of a girl propelled into the sky, head thrown back, smile spread over her face, legs stretched out in front of her, hands gripping the rope of a swing, cotton candy clouds sounding her and a grand castle in the distance.  My mother had it hanging it in her room, it was a gift from her beloved grandmother and when she was a child and looked up into the blues and green of the Maxfield Parish print her grandmother would recite this poem;

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,

Up in the air so blue?

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing

Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,

Till I can see so wide,

Rivers and trees and cattle and all

Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,

Down on the roof so brown—

Up in the air I go flying again,

Up in the air and down!

– ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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This little ritual was passed on to my mom along with the print titled Dinky Bird and as I would lie on her bed gazing at the sheer joy and magic of this framed heirloom my mother would recite the poem from memory.

These moments molded me, shaping my belief in the magic of The Swing.

I strongly believe in swings and the memories that are made on them; the first day of spring- a girl in a cotton dress soaring to the clouds, a cool autumn night- bare feet and hot tea, wrapped in a blanket leaning against the rope while you sway; a warm summer night- fireflies sprinkle the grass with stars as you sail through the evening cooling off.  The Swing is joy, it’s freedom, it’s childhood and lets face it, it’s simply adorable.

So it will come as no surprise to you that as soon as I saw the yard of our little vintage home, all I could think about was a bright red swing.  It would hang, entreating to be sat on, hovering above the ground in a yard decorated with flowers lovingly buoyed by a tree over a hundred years old.  I mean this tree practically begged to be swung from with its perfect branches and heaps of shade.  My mind was made up: I must make a swing.

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DIY Personalized Travel Chalkboard

Hi My Crafty Spot readers!  I am Jennifer, and I blog over at PinkWhen.com.  I thought I would introduce myself since I’ll be a regular contributor, and share a fun project I worked on just for you!

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These personalized travel chalkboards are a perfect craft and gift for the little ones.  They are easy to make, and a ton of fun when you are finished! You can easily take these traveling with the carry handle, and they would be perfect for a long car or plane ride.

 

I have a list of supplies, and a ton of pictures along the way so you can follow this easily.  Let’s get started making our boards!

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