Pretty Magnetic Pen Container (DIY from spice tin)

Does it drive anyone else CRAZY when there is no pen nearby to add things to your fridge notepad? I tend to forget things easily, and sometimes, by the time I get my pen, I forgot what I needed to write down!

My mom has the same problem, so I made her this as part of her birthday week.  [I’ll add the link once her birthday week is over! I don’t want to ruin any surprises so I’m waiting…]

Magnetic Pen Container by thisthatandcraft

Super easy and ended up being super cute gift!  I got the notepad at Michael’s.

Here’s how to make the super cute magnetic pen holder!

What you will need:

  • empty spice tin (got mine at Kroger – they have 2 sizes, I used a large one)
  • scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge (make your own with Elmer’s glue)
  • small foam brush
  • magnets & glue (E6000 is good stuff)

Magnetic Pen Cup Supplies


  1. Remove the lid of the spice tin.  I opened it and was able to get it out with my fingers.  You could also use pliers.
  2. Cut your paper to fit the spice tin.  I set the paper on top of the ridge, and made it the paper about 1/2 – 1 inch taller than the container to create nice edges.
  3. Using the small foam brush, put a light coat of Mod Podge on the tin.  Place the scrapbook paper on the front – starting on the bottom rim, making sure the seam for the paper will be on the back.  Use a credit card to smooth the paper.  Smooth it around the corners.
  4. Cut a diagonal slice down each corner, put Mod Podge on the paper sticking out the top and then pressed it firmly to the inside of the tin.  Put more Mod Podge just where the paper overlaps the tin to secure the seal.
  5. Attach the magnets to the back of the tin (the side with the seam).  Let glue dry.
  6. Add pens, attach to fridge, and VIOLA!

My inspiration from Not Without Heels:


I also love the idea of using a pretty tea tin!  No paper necessary!

Tea container


Year-Round Full and Beautiful Wreath!

I like wreathes.  But I am a little bit picky about them.  I made this one, and I love it.  I usually have it over a large mirror in my kitchen:


But, since I keep it above my kitchen table, I wanted one for my door!  I found this tutorial and love it!  I love that I can change the colors out depending on the season 🙂  It ended up costing between $40-50 just for materials to make each one, but I will keep it up all year long and change it depending on the season!

My best friends and I had a girls’ crafting day to each make a wreath! I’m just going to let the pictures tell the story:

Again, here is a link to the full wreath tutorial.   Here is the tutorial we used for the hydrangea wreath.

DIY Appliance Vinyl Tutorial

I have been wanting to do this for MONTHS.  I finally got it done!  Thanks to a girls’ day with one of my BFFs!  I got the idea from this product.  If you don’t want to make your own – she has some CUTE ones! [This one is cute too!]

What you will need:

  • Die-Cut Machine
  • Design (I used an SVG found online and SCAL2)
  • Vinyl in color of your choice (I bought mine at Joann’s; can also order online here or here)
  • Glad Press and Seal or Vinyl Transfer tape
  • An extra pair of hands for application (optional)
What to do:
  • Select whatever cut you want to make, measure your appliance (where you want to place the vinyl), size appropriately.  Here’s my SCAL2 File and the SVGs from VectorLady!
  • Cut on a scrap sheet of paper.  Test it to check for size and placement.
  • When you have your final draft perfected, cut on the vinyl!  I recommend a kiss cut.  Settings:
    • Cut through – Basic Shape >1″ in size – Blade Depth 4 – Speed 3 – Pressure 3
    • Cut through – Intricate Shape <1″ in size – Blade Depth 4 – Speed 2 – Pressure 3
    • Kiss cut – Basic Shape >1 – Blade Depth 3 – Speed 2-3 –
      Pressure 2
    • Kiss cut – Intricate Shape <1″ – Blade Depth 3 – Speed 1 – Pressure 2
  • Remove the extra vinyl that you don’t need.
  • Follow directions on transfer tap or these directions for Glad Press and Seal.  Remove from mat.
  • Remove the backing on the vinyl.
  • Carefully apply – an extra pair of hands comes in handy!  Because of the curve of the mixer, and because I did not do a kiss cut, I had to cut and fudge some of the round parts.
  • Remove the transfer tape / Press and Seal if you haven’t already.
  • Admire your work!

I cut two of the large designs and then separated the 2nd design to put on smaller sections of the appliances.

I put some on my food processor too!

Here’s the SCAL2 File! Design was created by Ann from and modified slightly.

Graduation Gift

My mom needed a few graduation gifts recently.  She wanted something cute and crafty, that wouldn’t be too pricy to make.

Here’s what I made!

Here’s the original concept from The Creative Crate:

The Creative Crate includes a printable version.  I don’t have an awesome printer (well… any printer for that matter).  But I DO have a Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot 2.

I decided I wanted to use all cutouts – so I cut 2 sheets on the cricut (in gray), and then used the inverted letters as well!

I used a gluestick some and my skinny-tipped-glue (which didn’t work so well… it wrinkled the paper a bit).  I also cut the “bright” on yellow paper…. that was tricky because it was supposed to have holes. They were tiny, and because I may or may not be slightly stubborn, I used a toothpick to punch through each one.  I would recommend just not using holes.  What a novel concept…

I added flowers to the frame with sticky tack (mom didn’t want to wreck the frame)

Here’s the reverse image that I put up in my office:

Love it! I think they both turned out super cute!

DIY Wreath

Where did I find this idea you ask?  Well PINTEREST of course!  I could, and have, spent hours days on Pinterest.

The idea originated from Teach. Craft. Love and Miss Lovie Creations.  I followed Miss Lovie Creations instructions, except that I tried to use floral wire to hold the flowers and picks in (with the intention that I can always reuse the wreath).  Don’t do that unless you’re crazy like me.  I probably will never take them off, and it was a PAIN to do that way 🙂  It worked ok for the big flowers, but the little ones were way tricky – just hot glue them.

Don’t make this now, wait for the supplies to go on sale!  I made my wreath for about $20.  It would have been double that had I not gotten all my supplies 50% off (or used a coupon) at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joann’s.   If you’re a teacher, check out how to get the biggest bang for your buck here.

Click the photo to go to the tutorial or to pin her Welcome Fall Wreath

Girls’ Crafting Day: Coasters

Here are the coaster my girlfriends and I made today! (excuse the shower curtain liner – it’s my floor liner!)

Super cheap!  The coasters were $.10 each (at Lowes)!  I bought a set of sticky felt dots for about $3.  We didn’t use much paint or mod-podge.  And I had TONS of paper (although it was an excuse to buy more…)  So it cost about $10 to make 4 sets!!! AND they are custom and ADORABLE!

Aren’t they CUTE! 🙂





UPDATE 6/28/2012:

I made birthday gifts for my dad using photos of my family.  I cut the photos slightly smaller than the tile, put plenty of mod podge on top, and sprayed them.  Just like I did for above!

Here’s some of the tutorials I looked at:

Scrapbook Paper coasters!  This is the one I ended up following.

A few notes:

I had a hard time finding the correct spray.  I ended up buying Indoor/Outdoor clear sealant.  We’ll see how it holds up!

If using paper, don’t forget the step of mod-podge-ing on top before painting it.  The edges can curl up! (was ok on the ones I pressed down well).

Stamped Coasters – She stamped directly on the tiles.  You could do this on solid paper and then follow the tutorial above!

Lace Painted coasters

How to Re-cover a Lamp Shade Without Trim: No sew!

I have tricky colors to match and I NEED room darkening – so, with my mom’s assistance (…well, let’s be honest, I’m a terrible seamstress.  I assisted her) I found some beautiful purple fabric and got an extra 3/4 yard to add a matching lampshade.

I scoured the web for a tutorial on how to cover a lampshade.  Because my colors are so difficult to match, I didn’t really want to use trim.  I ended up watching this video.  I took the basic concept and ran with it.

Drum Lampshade from Target


  • smooth (no pleats) drum lampshade
    • does not have to be the same size at the top and bottom UNLESS you are using a patterned fabric
    • make sure that it has the correct type of attachment to the lamp you have; I bought the wrong kind at first
  • at least 3/4 yard fabric (more is better)
    • If you use a patterned fabric, a straight drum shade will be better.  The fabric will look curved/uneven on the shade otherwise.
    • Make sure you like how the lampshade looks with the fabric and a light on.  Mine is not the prettiest – so I just leave it off for guests, and just turn it on when I need a bedside lamp.
  • Spray adhesive, for fabric [something that is heatproof is best]
  • fabric chalk/marker/pencil
  • fabric glue (I used Liquid Stitch)
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue
  • Iron
  • Painter’s tape – optional


Image from Fat Orange Cat

1. Trace your lampshade.  Lay your fabric on a flat surface (I used my kitchen table), with the “good” side facing your surface.  Starting and ending at the seam, roll the lampshade in a “U” shape (angle it upwards when you start), making sure you’re starting in a good place.  It took me a while to figure out the proper placement.  I had JUST enough fabric.  Starting and ending with the seam, Mark where the lampshade is on both sides as you roll the shade with some sort of fabric pencil. [This is best done with an assistant.]

2. Cut out your fabric, leaving some room.  Cut the fabric, eyeballing at least 1-2 inches of extra fabric on each side. (on the straight edges, make sure you have about 1 1/2 – 2 inches.

3. Create a finished edge: Fold over and press the straight edge about a 1/2 inch so your “seam” will look clean.

4. Use a piece of scrap fabric and test your spray adhesive!  My spray adhesive did not spray smoothly at first, and it created an uneven patchy discoloration on my scratch fabric.  I’m SO glad I checked on a scrap piece of fabric first.  I just played with the spray adhesive (shaking, spraying) until it sprayed evenly.

5. Spray your fabric.  Following the directions on the spray adhesive bottle, spray the fabric on a flat surface.  I used a shower curtain liner in the outdoor hallway in my apartment complex.

6. Adhering your fabric.  Start on the raw edge (not the pressed edge).  Leave an equal amount of extra fabric on each side. Starting at one end, smooth the fabric slowly as you adhere the fabric to the shade.  Use fabric glue to adhere the finished, pressed edge to the shade.  I taped it down with painter’s tape to keep it from becoming loose.

7. Fix up the top and bottom.  Here, you have a few options:

Using Trim: Check out this post from Isabella & Max Rooms

Folded over edge - see part of the tutorial @ Isabella & Max Rooms

Using the trim on the original lampshade: Check out this post @ Isabella & Max Rooms

So… those are a few options.  Here’s what I did!

 Trim the fabric, leaving just enough excess to fold over the edge and glue down.  If your fabric frays, I would recommend adding Fray Check or something at this point if you are going to leave it without any additional fabric/trim.  (that was my original plan… it did not look fantastic because of how dark my fabric is and because it frayed.

Then, glue down the edge.  The inside of my shade was plastic, so I used hot glue.  If yours is fabric, I would use Liquid Stich (or another fabric glue) and have taped, binder clipped, or clothes-pinned it.

Cut the fabric around the metal if necessary.

Here’s what it looked like completed.  See the fraying?  You couldn’t see the bottom, but you could obviously see the top of the shade from above.

[Please excuse the blue painter’s tape… My lamp is a little wonky and likes to wiggle/be crooked.  I tried to fix it with tape… thank goodness you can’t see it easily!

So, here’s what I did (again, to be honest, I pretty much assisted my ex-home-ec-teacher mother… thank goodness for talented and helpful friends and family!)

I had some extra fabric, so we cut an inch long strip.  We pressed ¼ inch on both sides of the strip to make it look nice and even. A bias strip would have probably worked better, but we were working with what we had! We also pressed one end in so that the raw edge wouldn’t show.

Then, we glued it down using hot glue (again, it was plastic, and fabric glue would not hold), just at the top, closest to the edge of the shade, so that the bottom did not sit flush against the lampshade.  We found that this is a lot easier to do, and looks better if you don’t stretch the piece of fabric as you go, but let it be just loose enough.  This allowed it to look better than if we’d tried to glue the whole thing down and had ripples/pleats.


Here’s the lampshade, with the top completed!

Final product!  My bedding set came with curtain tiebacks.  I pinned two together and then wrapped them around each other until they looked FABULOUS!  I think it looks pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!