DIY Seashell Art

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

DIY Seashell Art

Next time you’re off to the beach, be sure to bring a bag and fill it with seashells. At the studio we always have a table set with watercolors and a basket full of shells to paint. There’s just something magical about painting along the smooth surface and watching the paint absorb into the shell. We also love to collage with colored tissues which is how this project came to be. I like to wash the shells and dry them in the sun before I work with them. While the shells are drying gather your supplies and cover your work surface with newspaper or kraft paper.

Supplies for DIY Seashell Art

  • Seashells
  • Colored tissue papers cut into small pieces
  • Mod podge or white glue
  • Glue brush
  • Typewriter and paper
  • Scissors

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DIY Seashell Art Directions

  1. Brush the glue to your shell and add tissue pieces. You can overlap the pieces, make a pattern or create a specific color combo. Be sure that your pieces of tissue lay flat. You can gently brush a thin layer of glue over the entire surface for a smooth finish.
  2. While the tissue is drying, set up your typewriter with paper. Have fun composing your message… it can be a riddle, a poem or you can tell a story. If you’ve never used a typewriter you’re in for a treat, we can’t get enough of it! IF you don’t have a typewriter a hand printed message is really cool and fun too.
  3. DIY Seashell Art 3DIY Seashell Art 4Cut out your words or you can get fancy and cut out individual letters… just keep track of the tiny pieces! Arrange them as you like on top of the tissue and secure with a teeny dot of glue.
  4. Let your shell message dry completely.
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Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art.

End of Year Teacher Gifts

 Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

End of Year Teacher Gifts
The school year is quickly coming to an end. Here’s a sweet and simple end of year teacher gift to show your favorite teachers some love…

  1. Purchase clear containers
  2. Fill them with gobs of gummy bears
  3. Tie on a pretty ribbon
  4. Download, trim and attach this free printable tag (don’t forget to have your child sign it first)
  5. And you’re done! Now go out and make a teacher’s day.

 If you’d rather go BIG… gift the tags with a giant gummy bear instead!End of Year Teacher Gifts 2

Becca Gorski lives in the SF Bay Area, is a working mother of two, and moonlights as an occasional designer / blogger / celebration maker. You can find her creative ideas at CAKE. and her line of merry happy party printables on Etsy.

DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace

I’ve got one more last-minute project you can make for a quick Mother’s Day gift. When my grandmother passed away, my sister and I were given a bunch of her old costume jewelry. We’ve saved it knowing we’d use it someday; but I wanted to do something extra special with it because I have a lot of fond memories of dressing up in that jewelry as a kid. For this colorful necklace, I paired some beads from my grandma’s jewelry with some new charms I made with my kids’ fingerprints.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace:

  • Blank stamping charms
  • Heat embossing tool
  • Watermark ink pad
  • Embossing powder
  • Chain
  • Beads (optional)
  • Jewelry tools

Embossing Supplies

Now grab the heat embossing tool, the blank charms, embossing powder and watermark ink. Holler for your kids to come help. Have them smoosh a finger into the ink pad, blot it once on some scrap paper, then put their fingerprint onto the blank charm.

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Pour out a small pile of embossing powder onto some scratch paper, and gently dip the stamped side down into the powder. Tap off the excess powder, and set aside. Take care not to touch the powder on the charm, so the fingerprint stays in tact. Now repeat these steps for each kid or charm you’d like to make.

Once your charms are fingerprinted, use the heat tool to melt the powder. Don’t pick them up yet…they’ll be really hot! While you’re waiting for them to cool, grab your jewelry-making supplies, and start planning your necklace.DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace - FingerprintsDIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace - Fingerprint Necklace

You could do just a simple charm on a chain, without the beads for a more understated look.

But if you have some of Grandma’s old jewelry laying around, now is the time to put it to use! Use a combination of large and small beads, and alternate them with the fingerprint charms. Now, just attach them all to the chain and you’re in business. This is one Mother’s Day gift that is both sentimental and stylish; and I’m bet she’ll wear this new necklace with pride.

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

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Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

It’s no secret, I love plants! I have a plant in almost every room in our home. It’s an instant way to make the space feel fresh! The only place you won’t see plants are obviously, the kids rooms. They are too curious for their own good and so I’ve avoided a predictable disaster. But these DIY Faux Cacti and Terrariums will do the trick!

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums Materials:

  • Colorful Foam paper (with sticky back)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Mini Green Houses (I got mine from IKEA)

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums Instructions:

  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Simply sketch out your cacti (google different cactus to see which form you prefer) and planter on the back of your foam paper.
  3. Using your scissors, carefully cut out your cacti and planter.
  4. Peel the back off and stick to the inside of one of your greenhouses. You can use a sharpie to add the little spines (spikes).
  5. Repeat step for the second one. It’s so easy!

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Now the kids can enjoy their very own cacti that won’t prick or poke! They also add a great pop of color in their space, which is perfect for summer! It would be so fun to do a whole wall installation of these of various cacti hanging from different levels on a wall. The terrariums have little holes at the top which makes it easy to string twine from. It sure would make an interesting focal point, don’t you think?!

Now off to make a few more with the kids! DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

XOXO, Lidy

Lidy is the face behind Hello Lidy: a blog focusing on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces while keeping up on current trends and designs. Lidy and her husband have three adopted toddlers.