April DIY Challenge Results!

We had a lot of fun experimenting with watercolor this month. We shared basic supplies, beginner techniques, and experimented in new ways. Of course, our favorite part of the Monthly DIY Challenge is to see what YOU come up with. We were so impressed with everyone’s projects that we’ve decided to award all the submissions!

DIY Challenge Award: Most Inspiring

These whimsical florals painted on old book pages by Aline of Paris, France are just beautiful! We just love her playful style.

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I love art and craft activities and I have a blog where I post some of my work. I decided to work on this project thanks to one of the inspiration images you posted on your blog!

I like using old paper to paint on and since I had a very old book, I decided to use it and paint some floral and natural ornaments because i love drawing nature. – Aline Savan

DIY Challenge Award: Most Useful

Donna’s watercolor bookmarks are so cute and functional. We love how she experimented with the wax resist technique! Check out a full tutorial of her process on her blog.

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Though I’ve tinkered with watercolors over the years, I wasn’t inspired for this challenge until I learned that April is also National Public Library Month in the US. I had the idea to combine the two and use some simple, yet creative watercolor techniques to make some colorful bookmarks. These watercolor bookmarks are easy to make and a great project for everyone in the family to enhance their enjoyment of reading! – Donna Heron

DIY Challenge Award: Best Practice

This floral bunny silhouette created by Zakkiya of Doha, Qatar is absolutely stunning! Zakkiya is an illustrator and founder of design and illustration company, Inkstruck Studio. You can follow more of her work on Instagram and twitter.

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Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums to work with so I got all excited when I saw the theme for this month’s DIY challenge. One of the reasons I created this was to help beginner artists learn an easy way to paint. Generally, it’s all the tiny details that intimidate beginners (I was when I started off). So I decided on creating a silhouette of an animal. In this case a bunny. But instead of leaving it plain and boring, I added floral elements inside thus forming the shape of a bunny but with all floral goodness. The flowers are far from realistic, so even a watercolor novice can attempt and create this. – Zakkiya Hamza

DIY Challenge Award: Most Thoughtful

We were oohing and ahhing over Angela’s twisted vines and handwritten words. Angela wanted to create a piece of art that expressed what her family stands for. What a creative way to display family values!

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I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have been making things for as long as I can remember. I have dabbled in carving, sketching, painting, fibre arts and many other mediums. Lately I am in love with yarn, craft and have renewed my passion for painting. It is my dream to start a business that provides retail for local makers and have space for fellow makers to take workshops, as well as have studio space for makers to use our equipment or try out new stuff. – Angela Reddekopp

Thank you for participating in the April DIY Challenge! For those of you who wished they could have joined in the fun, never fear! Our May DIY Challenge begins tomorrow!

April DIY Challenge: Watercolor

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April DIY Challenge: Watercolor

Watercolor is a favorite medium of ours and what better way to celebrate Spring than playing with colorful paint. Whether or not you consider yourself an ‘artist’, watercolor is a wonderful way to experiment and create no matter your skill level. So get our your favorite paints and make something inspired by the beauty of watercolor.

HOW TO ENTER

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, April 1, 2015 and ends on April 29th, 2015. We will post our favorite projects + announce the award winners on April 30th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more watercolor project ideas.

March DIY Challenge Results!

This month’s DIY Challenge theme was close to our hearts, so we’re very excited to share a roundup of submissions we received from our readers. With a theme like ‘Letters’ you know you’re gonna have some fun. Without further ado, here are the April DIY Challenge Award Winners along with the gallery of everyone’s lovely submissions…

DIY Challenge Award: Most Brilliant

Check out these amazing billboard letters Rebecca Morrissey and Clarissa San Diego made for a (very lucky) friend’s wedding.
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These are made of foam and painted to look like copper patina then lighted. So much fun to make and they turned out great!! Plus they’re light and easy to transport.

I live in Issaquah and this was for a Pi Day wedding at the Berkeley Faculty Club in California. Clarissa lives in Newcastle and helps run the SODO Makerspace in Seattle where we used a CNC Router to cut out the letters. The painting involved using copper, brown, green and teal with sponges for the desired effect. – Rebecca Morrissey

DIY Challenge Award: Most Resourceful

This entry by Deb Disalvo, inspired us to look at materials in a whole different way. We love the way she and her class in Dublin, Ohio put these mosaic letters together. (You can read more about Deb’s mosaic letters in her recent guest post.)
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I was teaching a recycled arts and crafts class after school with kids in the 3rd and 4th grade. Over the years, I had accumulated hundreds of used gift cards. I came up with the idea of having each child cut out the letter of their first name. I, along with the kids, cut up the used gift cards in various shapes and sizes and then glued the shapes onto the letter to create a mosaic look. It was such a good way to use the colorful gift cards and the kids had a great time coming up with their own style mosaic letter. – Deb Disalvo

DIY Challenge Award: Most Character

Katie Smith shared her adorable art journal entry, and of course we swooned. We love her sweet painted letter. Katie lives in the Dallas/Ft Worth area and shares more of her work on her blog, Punk Projects.
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 I love everything crafty- scrapbooking, mixed media, sewing, quilting drawing, crocheting, etc,. So I do a little bit of everything. Inspired by your challenge, I got out my watercolors and practiced some hand lettering in my art journal! It seems like everyone is doing hand lettering these days and I really wanted to try it out! – Katie Smith

Letters Gallery

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Credits

1. Hand-letter J by Judith Laguerre from Teaneck, New Jersey.
2. Scrap Paper Ironwork Letter by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington.
3. La Casa De Hojas painted sign by Rachel Beyer in Sante Fe, Veraguas, Panama.
4. Alphabet Hoop Art by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon.
5. Scrapbook Paper Word Art by Sarah White from Fayetteville, Arizona.
6. Faux-Etched Letter Frame by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington.
7. Chalkboard lettering by Bobby Pathammavong from Portland, Oregon.

Thank you for participating in the March DIY Challenge! For those of you who wished they could have joined in the fun, never fear! Our April DIY Challenge begins on Tomorrow!

Happy Making – Rachel & Alison

March DIY Challenge: Letters

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Sources left to right: Yarn Wrapped Letters by Let Birds Fly, Ombre Crayon Letter by Craft Cuts, Monogram Cork Coasters by Better Homes & Gardens, Felt Stuffed Letters by Buggy and Buddy, Decorative Vintage Plates by Angel In The North, Cross-Stitch Gift Tags by About The Nice Things, Pompon Letter by Craft & Creativity, Ampersand Shadow Box by Adventures In Making, DIY Floral Letter by The Mrs. & Momma Bird, D Is For Dinosaur by Little Page Turners, DIY Painted Mugs by Glued To My Crafts, Lettering With Watercolor by Melissa Esplin, DIY String Art by HelloBee.

March DIY Challenge: Letters

Letters are one of our favorite subjects for art and craft projects. We are both trained graphic designers so type, letters, fonts, etc. are always floating around in our brains. There are endless ways you can make something inspired by a letter or monogram, so we decided it would be a great theme for the March DIY Challenge! Make your own letter decor, practice some hand-lettering or calligraphy, or make a fun alphabet project with your kids!

How To Enter

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, March 2, 2015 and ends on March 30th, 2015. We will post our favorite projects + announce the award winners on March 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more heart project ideas.

February DIY Challenge Results!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received for this month’s DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Hearts’ and we were blown away by the creative projects everyone came up with. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions.

DIY Challenge Award: Most Heartening

These crochet heart pins made by Margaret Temari are just darling! Margaret is a single mom of 4 and a school district nurse living in suburban Chicago. Her favorite hobbies (modes of stress relief) are cross-stitch and crochet.

I share office space with 4 coworkers and we’re always leaving little gifts for each other. All of us are crafty so we appreciate handcrafted items. I wanted a valentines gift that was personal but affordable. So I crocheted pins to wear. The timing coincided with a fundraiser we were doing with the American heart association! – Margaret Temari

February DIY Challenge Results

DIY Challenge Award: Most Lovely

The award for “Most Lovely” goes to Donna Herron. We are head over heals for her Love Letter Keychain made from polymer clay. Donna is originally from New England and enjoys making things that use various materials and lots of color. Check out her tutorial on how to make this lovely Love Letter Pendant on her blog!

I love playing around with polymer clay and this project is very easy. It really only takes a little bit of clay, and some basic tools that are probably lying around most folks homes. And it’s easy to personalize these “love letters” for any recipient with the addition of a special saying or decoration. – Donna Herron

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DIY Challenge Award: Most Adorable

These heart sachets made by Rute Caldiera are just darling! She calls them Anti-Moth Sachets, filling them with herbs to protect her clothing. Rute is a single mom from Portugal. Be sure to visit her blog, Heartland.

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While looking for a natural (as much as possible) solution to protect clothing during winter time, a friend of mine who knows a lot about herbs came out with this simple solution: bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and rosemary. I added rice, to keep the herbs dry. These Heart Sachets smell like nature, no too intensly and have proven to be effective. – Rute Caldiera

Hearts Gallery

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Credits

1. Tangle Love Wreath by Shellie Wilson
2. Heart Pancakes by Aterno from Australia.
3. Anniversary Wall Art by Donna Heron
4. Sweetgum Heart Wreath by Daniele Anderson Stringer from Long Island, NY.
5. Pipe Cleaner Heart Garland by Daniele Anderson Stringer from Long Island, NY.
6. My Heart Belongs 2 U Wall Art by Judith Laguerre from Teaneck, NJ.
7. Celtic Heart Knot Garland by Sarah Nenni-Daher from Seattle, WA.
8. Rainbow Origami Hearts Bouquet by Sarah Nenni-Daher from Seattle, WA.
9. Jar of Hearts Art by Clemencia R. from Ecuador.
10. Watercolor Heart by Clemencia R. from Ecuador.
11. DIY Heart Stamps by Alison Lang from Issaquah, WA.
12. Heart Door Wreath by Helen Lebert from Clayton, CA.
13. Watercolor Heart Galaxy Art by Rachel Beyer from Portland, OR.
14. Prayer Hearts by Keisha Pittman from Arkansas.

Thank you for participating in the February DIY Challenge! For those of you who wished they could have joined in the fun, never fear! Our March DIY Challenge begins on Monday!

Happy Friday – Rachel & Alison

February DIY Challenge: Hearts!

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Sources left to right: Origami Hearts Bouquet by My Bohemian Summer, Hearts Garland by Head vs. Heart, Big Woven Paper Heart by House That Lars Built, Heart Bird Feeder by Wine & Glue, Hearts Cherry Pie by The Diary of Dave’s Wife, Heart Dream Catcher by Molly Moo Crafts, Crochet Hearts by Craftaholics Anonymous, Heart Suncatcher by Growing A Jeweled Rose, Geometric Hearts by Minieco, Tiny Hearts Garland by Design Mom.

February DIY Challenge: Hearts

Since February is the month of all things lovey-dovey, we chose hearts for the DIY Challenge theme. Hearts are sweet and simple, so we know you’ll have fun coming up with a creative way to make your own heart-shape project. Use this as an excuse to make a valentine for your sweetie or bake a heart-shape pie for your BFF! What better way to show your love than with something special created by you!?

How To Enter

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, February 2, 2015 and ends on February 26, 2015. We will post our favorite projects + announce the award winners on February 27th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more heart project ideas.

January DIY Challenge Results!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received this month for our DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Yarn’ and we had so much fun seeing everyone’s projects. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions. Great job everyone!

DIY Challenge Award: The Most Snuggly

We just love this knitted blanket made by Sheila Zachariae of Creative Design. Sheila first learned to knit from her mother as a teenager growing up in the 1970’s. Fast forward to 2004 and she began selling her knitted scarves at a local art gallery. Now she sells her handmade wares and knitting patterns on Etsy, Ravelry and Patternfish.

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I can most often be found in “my chair” surrounded by a pile of yarn, fabric, more yarn, needles, another pile of yarn, patterns, more fabric…etc. I love designing, picking out yarn colors and seeing it all come together in fabric. Baby blankets and women’s accessories are my favorite projects. – Sheila

DIY Challenge Award: The Most Battable

We are suckers for handmade pompoms! There are so many fun ways to make and use them, though our favorite way is to gift them to our favorite felines. These two-color pink pompoms made by Sarah White would make our kitties go nuts! Sarah is an avid crafter, author and blogger behind Our Daily Craft. Be sure to check out Sarah’s blog for more crafty ideas and tutorials.

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DIY Challenge Award: The Coziest

These hand-knit baby clothes look so warm and cozy! Made by Lindsay McCoy of A Wooden Nest who has been knitting up a storm in preparation for having her first baby this April. Be sure to check out Lindsay’s blog for a peek into her life and latest knitting projects. You can also follow her on Instagram.

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Yarn Gallery

January DIY Challenge Gallery

Credits left to right

1. Slouchy Crochet Hat by Katie Smith from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
2. Creative Wall Art by Catherine McAtier from Scotland
3. Crochet Little Death Dolls by Kat Duke from Seattle, Washington
4. Pompom Love Bugs by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon

We wish you all a wonderful weekend! We’ll be back soon to announce the theme for next month’s DIY Challenge!

January DIY Challenge: Yarn

Need a creative boost to start off the New Year? Join our DIY Craft Challenge! Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme, Glitter here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

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Sources left to right: Weaving Class Basics by A Beautiful Mess, Crochet Granny Square Cozy by Ellebel, Yarn-Wrapped Flower Pots by Celebrations At Home, Sunshine Wall Hanging by Yarnspirations, Pompom Bookmarks by Design Mom, Friendship Bracelets by The Purl Bee, Yarn-Wrapped Monogram Letter by Catch My Party, Octopus Yarn Doll by Celebrations, Crochet Mollie Flowers by Roman Sock

JANUARY CHALLENGE: YARN!

For us, January is a time to relax and work on projects we didn’t have time for during the holidays. If you are a knitter/crocheter this month’s theme is for you! But don’t worry if you can’t figure out the whole needle and hook thing. Use this as an opportunity to learn a new skill or get creative and making something unique! There are tons of ways to use yarn without the traditional method of knit/crochet. You can use actual yarn to make something, or use ‘yarn’ as a theme for your project.

Need more inspiration? Take a look out our Pinterest board for more yarn project ideas.

 

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, January 1, 2015 and ends on January 29, 2015. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on January 30th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

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December DIY Challenge Results!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received this month for our DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Glitter’ and we were blown away by the shimmery creativity of everyone’s projects. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions. Great job everyone!

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Sparkly

This winter mobile is just gorgeous! We love the combination of nature and glitter elements together. Made by Bobby Pathammavong from Portland, Oregon. You can follow her on Instagram.

December DIY Challenge Award Winner: Bobby Pathammavong

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Glittery

Check out these fun glittered shoes! I can just picture Nicole Stevenson of Dear Handmade Life dancing in the moonlight wearing this shimmery shoes. Check our the tutorial on her blog and follow her on Instagram.

December DIY Challenge Award Winner: Nicole Stevenson

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Shimmery

These whimsical glass bottles are made from floor polish and glitter by Sheena from Pennsylvania. We just love how she let her creativity shine with these unique decorative glass bottles. You can follow Sheena’s creative adventures on Instagram.

December DIY Challenge Winner: Sheena of WhimsyMoonSpirit

Glitter Gallery

December DIY Challenge Results

Credits left to right

1. Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments & Gift Toppers by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon.
2. Glitter Clothespins by Sarah White by Sarah White of Our Daily Craft.
3. Festive Holiday Wall Art by Amanda Grant from Seattle, Washington.
4. Shiny Robot Ornaments by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington

We wish you all a wonderful New Year! We’ll be announcing next month’s DIY Challenge theme on January 1st, so stay tuned!

DIY CHALLENGE: December Glitter

Need a break from the holiday madness? Our December DIY Challenge is the perfect excuse to escape to your craft room (or kitchen table) for an afternoon of making. There’s something so therapeutic about sitting down with a simple craft project and a tasty snack. Invite a friend to join you and make something together!

Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme, Herbs & Spices here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

DIY CHALLENGE: Glitter! Join us in our monthly DIY Challenge. The theme for December is GLITTER!
(Sources left to right: 1. DIY Deer Glitter Ornaments by Sweet Paul 2. Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments by Adventures-In-Making 3. Glitter Silverware and Gift Tag by The Perfect Palette 4. Gold-dipped Feathers by Ruffled 5. DIY Glitter Glass Jars by Something Turquoise 6. DIY Glitter Polka Dot Napkins by Copy Craft 7. Geometric Paper Ornaments by Best Friends For Frosting 8. Glitter Champagne Flutes by HGTV 9. Glitter Bobby Pins by A Subtle Revelry)

DECEMBER CHALLENGE: Glitter!

We have a confession to make: we LOVE glitter! And nothing says ‘holiday’ quite like the sparkle of a handmade glittered ornament or edible glitter cupcake! You can create something using your favorite glitter, or use ‘glitter’ as a theme or inspiration for your project.

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, December 1, 2014 and ends on December 28, 2014. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on December 29th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

“Adventures

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