Thursday, August 17, 2017

DIY: Locker Kit Makeover

Hello Everyone!

Earlier in the week, I mentioned that I would be showing you guys 2 back to school DIYs here on the blog. Well, on Tuesday I showed you my Cheetos Pencil Pouch DIY and today I’m showing you a DIY that involves updating those plain old locker kits!

Today's back to school project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a few Xyron products in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 9'' Creative Station and the Xyron® Magnet Tape. I've talked about the Xyron 9'' Creative Station and Magnet Tape before, so if you want to learn more about them, then click here (for the Xyron 9'' Creative Station) and click here (for the Xyron Magnet Tape).

Xyron challenged its design team member to create a back to school project. Last year, I created a DIY Crayon Box for this same challenge. However, this year, I wanted to take a different route and create a project that was more customizable and unique. So, today I will be showing you how to give those plain old locker kits a makeover!

Now, what I do I mean by plain old locker kits? I mean those locker kits which are a solid color and usually include a variety of items (like a wipe off board, mirror, etc.) in the kit. These locker kits can be found almost everywhere right now because it's back to school season. However, just because they are available doesn’t mean that they are in the style or color that you want.

So, if you're ready to give that boring locker kit a cute makeover, then keep reading below!

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Xyron® Magnet Tape
Locker Kit
Scrapbooking Paper or Patterned Paper (I am using patterned paper from Mollies Makes issue 80)
Small Wooden Rectangles
Foam Brush
Thin Washi Tape (not pictured)

Step 1: If possible, take apart your locker kit pieces. For example, I could remove the frame from my wipe off board. If you can do this with your own locker kit, simply grab the front part of the frames and set the rest of the pieces aside. 

Step 2: Grab your scrapbooking paper or patterned paper and cut out pieces which match your locker kit. For my locker kit, I cut out a piece for the frame, a piece for the front of the storage caddy, and a few smaller pieces to fit my wooden rectangles.

Crafty Side Note: These smaller pieces for the wooden rectangles will be turned into magnets later.

Step 3: Now, grab your wooden rectangles and paint them on the front and back. Then set them aside to dry. 

Step 4: Gather up all of your paper pieces and run them through your Xyron 9'' Creative Station.

Step 5: Now take each paper piece and rub the top of the sticker paper. Then peel each paper piece off the sticker paper and adhere them to the corresponding pieces in your locker kit.

My recommendation when doing this step, is to take your time peeling and placing your paper pieces. This is because the paper (I found) can rip easily if you’re not careful and if you don't take your time.

Step 6: Flip your wooden rectangles over and apply a small strip of Xyron Magnet Tape to the back of each piece.

Step 7: To add a finished look to each of your locker pieces and to cover up any mistakes, grab your thin washi tape and apply it around the edges of your locker pieces. In the above photo, you will see that I added washi tape around the edges of the storage caddy and in the opposite corners on my magnets.

Once you are happy with the final look of your locker kit, you are ready to display it and begin using it! 

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I loved how this locker kit makeover turned out! This would look so cute whether you were using it in a locker, on your fridge, or on a metal filing cabinet at work.

One thing I wanted to mention, is that for this project I decided to use some exclusive papers that were designed by Holly Maguire for Mollie Makes magazine (issue 80). When I got this particular issue of Mollie Makes, I fell in love with Holly Maguire's illustrated papers and thought the cats were just adorable! Also, since my locker kit was light pink, I thought the cat paper and the locker kit would look purrfect together (see what I did there).  ;)

Now, even though I used this exclusive paper from Mollie Makes, you could use any type of scrapbooking paper or magazine page paper that you like for this project.

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like this locker kit makeover?

xo Katie

*All opinions are my own. This post is not being sponsored by Mollie Makes. The only sponsor for this post is Xyron. I just liked the exclusive paper from Mollie Makes (issue 80) and just wanted to mention it in the post.*

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DIY: Back To School Cheetos Pencil Pouch

Hello Everyone! 

Whether you want to believe it or not, the back to school season is upon us. I am happy to say that this will be the first Fall season where I am not going back to school myself. So, part of me (actually the whole part of me) is wanting a confetti cannon to show how happy I truly am about not going back to school! 

Now, if you are going back to school, I’m sorry. I feel your pain and hope you have a wonderful year. In the meantime, making your own DIY school supplies might make the sting of going back to school a little less painful. 

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a no-sew DIY when it comes to creating your own pencil pouch. The cool thing about this pencil pouch (as you probably noticed) is that it is made from a chip bag! I got the idea for this project after seeing this DIY video on YouTube. The video itself, reminded me of an old cookie pencil pouch that I had when I was in school. I wanted to recreate that type of pencil pouch for this DIY but thought a chip bag sounded like more fun. 

Before I begin the tutorial, I do want to say that the DIY video that I refer to throughout this tutorial is very helpful when creating this project. Personally, I did not come up with the idea of turning a chip bag into a pencil pouch or with this particular pencil pouch method. However, I could not find any tutorials that showed how to make a chip bag pencil pouch in the ''traditional pencil pouch way''. Meaning, that the zipper was on the side of the pencil pouch and not on the top or back. Due to that, I thought it would be ok if I showed my interpretation of this DIY.

 So, if you want to learn how to make your own Cheetos Pencil Pouch then keep reading below! 

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Bag of Chips
Duck Tape (that matches your chip bag)
Zipper (that matches your chip bag and that is the same length as the side of your chip bag)
Cutting Mat (optional)

Step 1: Eat your bag of chips (or transfer them to another bag to eat later)!

Once your chips have been eaten, try to open the bottom of the chip bag the same way you would open the top of the chip bag. Then cut down the right side of your chip bag.

Finally, clean out the inside of your chip bag with a wet paper towel or antibacterial wipe. 

Step 2: Flip you chip bag over so the silver side is facing up. Then begin to line the inside of your chip bag with pieces of duck tape. Once the inside of your chip bag has been lined, cut around the sides of the bag to get rid of any excess tape.

Crafty Side Note: I found the best way to do this step was to work on a cutting mat because the duck tape came off of the cutting mat very easily, when you were ready to cut off the extra tape around the sides. 

Step 3: Grab your zipper and turn it zipper side down onto the edge of your chip bag. Then staple that side of your zipper into place.

In the above photo, I made lines showing where the staples should go.

Step 4: Now apply a piece of duck tape to edges of your staples, then bring that piece of duck tape over and adhere it to the inside lining of your chip bag. In the above photo, I made a box showing where that piece of duck tape should end up when doing this step.

Once you have done this step, repeat steps 3 and 4 to attach the other side of your zipper. The only difference when doing these steps to the other side of your zipper is that when you adhere the tape to the lining, you will want your zipper to line up with the middle of your bag before you adhere the tape.

The final look of your bag (at this point) is that the right sides of your chip bag should be together, the zipper should be zipped, and the lining of your bag (the duck tape) should be on the outside.

To get a better understanding of this step and to see a visual of this step, you can watch minutes 4:35 - 8:00 of this DIY video.

Step 5: Now that your zipper is in place, it is time to close the sides of your bag. To complete this step, staple one side of your bag. Then add a piece of duck tape to that side of the bag to cover the staples. Once you have completed one side, unzip your zipper and repeat this step with the other side of your bag.

In the above photo, you will see, that on the left-hand side is the staples and on the right-hand side is how you would cover the staples up with tape.

When your bag has been completely stapled and taped up, slowly begin to flip your pencil pouch right side out.

Once your bag has been flipped right side out, you are ready to fill it up with your school supplies! 

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I loved how this pencil pouch turned out and how it looks (in my opinion) store bought! I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did, but now I want to make a whole bunch of chip bag themed school supplies.

As a pencil pouch, this guy has already taken a beating and has held up very well.  The outside of pencil pouch (which I am amazed by) has not ripped or shown any signs of wear. So, overall, I think this pencil pouch would hold up quite nicely throughout the school year.

So, what do you think? Do you like this Cheetos Pencil Pouch? Also, if you made this pencil pouch what chip bag or candy bag would you use?

xo Katie

p.s Come back to the blog on Thursday to see another back to school DIY which features Xyron!! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Buttons Galore & More: How To Make A DIY Button Pumpkin Wall Hanging

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my latest DIY project that I created for the  Buttons Galore & More Design Team

Before I talk about my project, I wanted to briefly say that as a member of the design team I do get free products to create awesome DIY projects. More specifically, Buttons Galore & More is sponsoring this post. With that being said, as a member of their design team, my projects will appear on the Buttons Galore & More blog instead of mine own. However, I will write these types of posts to keep you guys up-to-date about what is going on!

Now that we have all of that out of the way, let's get back to the project!

The project that I made for Buttons Galore & More (this month) was all about Fall decorating. Specifically, the project that I made was a Button Pumpkin Wall Hanging! I wanted to make a wall hanging for the Fall season because 1) I love wall hangings and 2) DIY wall hangings (in general) are a great way to spice up your space for little money. For this particular wall hanging, I wanted to make the DIY as simple as possible. In this case, that means the project is no-sew and is only 3 steps! 

For my button pumpkin wall hanging, I used a variety of Fall themed buttons like the 28 Lilac Lane ''Pumpkin Spice'' Embellishment Bottle and Buttons Galore Autumn Value Pack. Both of these button sets provided a wide variety of harvest/Fall style buttons and worked really well together. With that being said, my personal favorite out of both of these sets was definitely the ''Pumpkin Spice'' Embellishment Bottle because you received a ton of beautiful orange colored buttons.

To get the full DIY on how to make your own Button Pumpkin Wall Hanging, click here!

xo Katie


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