10 DIY Back to School Ideas

Suddenly, summer fun is over and we are transitioning into school year routines!  It’s not a fun change for anyone, but a little DIY project always improves moods. Here are some great ideas that will make this back to school season more fun and less stressful for the whole family! 

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Are you looking for a fun DIY to get the kids excited for back to school? Jane & Sonja over at Sustain My Craft Habit made these cute pencil cases using only Duck Tape and an empty cardboard box! It’s super easy, and it takes one more thing off that never ending school supply shopping list.

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

This chalkboard is quick and easy to make! It’s a great place to jot down daily reminders, to-do lists, or even jokes to start the day with a smile!  Check out the how-to on Designers Sweet Spot.

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com Here’s a great way simplify the morning rush to school. The kids know exactly what to wear, and you have peace of mind that they are ready for their day! Take a look at the easy instructions over on Little House of Four.

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Teachers have a hard time getting back into the routine of school too! Keri at Shaken Together put together these cute back to school gifts to help them ease back into it. Fill the mason jars with tasty treats, or various school supplies they may need throughout the year!

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Have you ever been rushing around to get one child to football and another child to music lessons, all while keeping the others happy in the process? Then you realize you forgot a crucial piece of clothing or equipment needed? This DIY will solve that problem! Keep the bags ready and grab them on the way out the door.  (Or better yet, just keep them in the car!)  Check out Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for all the details.

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The nightly homework battle just got a little easier! This little lap desk I made over on Designers Sweet Spot is a great place to work on projects, or to keep your books open while you study. The best part is that the materials used were things that were already laying around the house!

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Here’s another cute back to school gift from Ribbons & Glue! You can grab all the supplies for this easy DIY while you’re out school supply shopping for the kids!

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

These would be a fun first day treat for the kids in your life! You could even send them in the mail to add to the excitement. Get ideas on what to put inside over at Lemon Thistle.

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Are you needing some inspiration for those first day of school photos? What about these cute grad year tees? Mandy at  Sugar Bee Crafts has some great tips on how to make this project quick and easy!

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Do you know someone that needs some back to school inspiration? (Or maybe it’s you!)  Check out Eighteen25 to give those notebooks a great upgrade!

 

There you have it! 10 easy DIY projects that will inspire you to get a happy start to the school year!

 

 

Remember to pin this post for later! 

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

How to Make a Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Hand Painted Signs add so much charm to your farmhouse decor! This sign is easy to make even if you have never painted anything before! This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Micheal’s Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, please see the disclosures page.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

How to Make a Hand Painted Rustic Sign, Step by Step

Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Rustic signs are all over the place, I have seen so many beautiful ideas on Pinterest lately! However, I am not one to go with the flow. I prefer more color, so many of the signs that I have seen are monochromatic. Color makes all the difference to me!

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

I chose to work with yellows and greens to coordinate with my colors on my front porch. This sign will take me into some fall decor, and I am so happy with how it turned out!

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Supplies Needed:

•Pre-finished Pallet sign from Micheal’s Craft Store

•Americana Deco Premium Acrylic Paints (also available at Micheal’s)  in the following colors:

Americana Premium Acrylics — Burnt Sienna — DTA09
Americana Premium Acrylics — Cadmium Yellow Hue — DTA44
Americana Premium Acrylics — Carbon Black — DTA37 
Americana Premium Acrylics — Viridian Green Hue — DTA25 
Americana Premium Acrylics — Yellow Oxide — DTA15 
 
•Paint Brushes in the following sizes:
#2 script liner brush    
#20 flat brush
3/4″ Scruffy Brush    
#14 flat brush 
•Mason jar with water for rinsing brushes
•Artist pallet or paper plate for mixing paints
•Paper toweling, paper plate or artist pallet for mixing paint
•Artists all purpose media notebook for practice painting
•Optional: artist’s easel

Painting Directions:

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Load the 3/4″ scruffy brush with Burnt Sienna and Black paint.  Use a dollop the size of a quarter on the pallet of each paint. Place the two paints with 1-2″ between paints on the pallet. Dip the corner of the brush in the brown, the other corner into the black paint. Stroke the brush back in forth on the pallet working the paint into the brush. Continue adding more paint and stroking until the bristles of the brush are almost full of paint to the top of the bristles.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint a circle by dabbing the brush with the paint on the sign, placing the circle in the center of the sign. Keep the light brown color to the outside of the sign, being careful not to mix the colors as you work the circle shape. Reload brush as needed. Paint another circle inside the first blending the colors slightly together and refining the shape of the circle. Set brush aside when finished, let dry slightly.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Load the #20 Flat Brush with the Yellow Oxide and Cadmium Yellow Hue as described above. Be sure to keep the colors separate as you load the brush.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint the petals of the flower by placing the brush at the edge of the circle, pressing down and stroking out. Turn the brush slightly at the end of the stroke to get the pointed tips of the petals. Keep colors going the same direction, darker yellow on the top of the petal, lighter color to the bottom as you stroke around the flower. Overlap each petal slightly as you work. Reload your brush as needed.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Reload the brush again with the yellows. Paint a smaller flower to the lower right of the first, leaving the center empty.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint a second layer of petals on top of the first. Place the ends of the petals between the first row of flower petals to fill out the design. Do the same second layer of petals on the small flower as well.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Use the #14 flat brush with Cadmium yellow and Viridian Green Hue, for the same technique above on the greenery. Stroke the green leaves on the back of the flower, working from the center area out. Twist your brush as you work to make the points of the leaves as you did the petals before.

•Using the #2 Script liner brush loaded with Yellow and Green, stroke the stem for each flower.

  1. How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Next Load the #14 flat brush with Cadmium Yellow and Viridian Green Hue as described above. Stroke the large leaves. Reload and make smaller leaves if desired. Change to the #20 flat brush and make leaves larger in the same colors. Let dry completely.
  2. How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
•Plan your letting for the sign. I practiced painting on paper before beginning on the pallet. Mark where you want your lettering to go on the sign with a pencil. Tip: It’s easiest to mark the center of the sign with a pencil, then place the center letter of the word over the mark. Fill in the other letters to the right and left of the C. Add a few squiggles to take up the rest of the space. Load the #2 Script liner brush and paint the letters with black paint.
How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
You did it! Sit back and enjoy! Don’t forget to Pin this post!
How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
If you enjoyed this post, try some of these other posts:
Kitchen Pantry Decor

How to Spray Paint Your Walls in Record Time

If you are a busy person, here’s the fastest way to get your painting done in record time! This post is sponsored by Home Right. Any opinions are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

Spray Paint Your Walls in Record Time|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

How to Spray Paint Your Walls in Record Time

Painting is a time consuming job. I have been anxious to paint our attic stair way for quite some time. Mainly, because it’s dark and creepy up there. Our home was built in 1915. The attic is one of those places you just don’t want to spend much time. It is cold and drafty in the winter, and hot and stuff in the summer. It is full of 100 years of dust and bat guano. But, it has the potential to be an amazing art studio, this is my dream work space!

How to Spray Paint Walls in Record Time|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

This amazing space is the main reason why I chose to begin working on painting it. It is a HUGE project. There is a ton of potential here!

How to Paint in Record Time

The stairway to the attic space has old green plaster walls with plenty of cracks and holes, and beautiful original wooden stairs.

The rest of the attic space is completely unfinished, hopefully we will be able to finish it in the near future. For now, painting the stairway will bring me one step closer to my dream art studio!

Home Right was kind enough to supply me with this awesome sprayer, and I can honestly say I would have never tackled this job without it. It’s too big, too overwhelming for your average painting job.

How to Spray Paint Walls in Record Time|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

How to Steps:

  1. Fill Holes and Cracks: The first step in this project was to fill all the holes with Spackle medium. I prefer to use Spackle than joint compound for filling holes. It’s much easier to work with, and dries faster. Spackle can be applied with a small putty knife to cracks and holes, smoothed out and then left to dry. After an hour or so of drying time, any rough spots can be sanded with a bit of fine sand paper and your ready to paint. Easy, peasy!

2.  Gather Materials: This is where the fun starts! I decided to use the Finish Max Extra paint sprayer for this project for a number of reasons. Time was a big factor, but there are so many small crevices and holes in the wood that I knew painting with a brush would be very difficult. I the Finish Max Extra sprayer was perfect for this task!

There are a number of new features on this sprayer, it comes with a cover for the paint reservoir, so you can store your left over paint for the next paint job. Love that! Also, this sprayer comes with several color coded spraying tips for different types of paint jobs. I used the red tip with the yellow adapter for the widest range of coverage.

Because this is an unfinished space, I did not need to worry about taping around wood work or messing with drop clothes. Nothing up there in the attic to protect from paint splatter, except the giant dust bunnies.

Paint your walls in record time!|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com3. Prepare the paint: The paint I was using was pretty thick, since it was a primer and paint in one. I watered it down to work better in the sprayer. I used 1/3 water to 2/3 paint, the paint reservoir has handy marks on it so it’s easy to measure out. Be sure to combine your paint and water carefully for the best coverage.

4. Start painting: Then there was nothing left to do but start painting! Home Right recommends testing the spray nozzle with water before actually painting to adjust the nozzel for accurate coverage. I have used their sprayer products before, and I wasn’t concerned with coverage being too large, so I jumped right in and started to paint. Can you believe it only took me 45 minutes to paint the entire stairway? Wow! It was super fast! I used an entire gallon of paint in the process because I had to go over a few areas more than once, but the coverage was even and beautiful over all. The old green paint was darker than I thought, because it looks so much better now!

5. Clean the Sprayer: If you leave the paint sprayer with the paint in it too long, the paint will dry and clog the sprayer nozzle. I had to clear it out once or twice as I worked for the best sprayer action. I had a bucket of clean water next to me that I dropped the sprayer parts in to and rinsed them as I worked if they got clogged. Then, right after I was finished with them I put them back in the bucket and gave them a final scrubbing in the Kitchen sink. They were easy to clean in this way and and are ready for the next job!

Paint your attic stairs in less than one hour!|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

I can’t believe the difference the paint makes! The hall seems so light and bright! I am anxious to do more with the Finish Max sprayer, it was so fast and easy! By the way, clean up was a breeze. Having a bucket of water on hand to soak the parts in is definitely a time saver!

Paint Your Walls in Record Time|Designers Sweet Spot|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The next part of the attic will be a doozy, but I am sure I can do it now with the Home Right Finish Max paint sprayer!

Thanks to Home Right for sponsoring this post! Don’t forget to Pin this post!

How to Paint your walls in record time!Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Love this post? Check out some of these other ideas:

Pallet Planter and Privacy Screen

Chemical Free Paint Remover

How to Use a Professional Paint Sprayer

Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen Farmhouse Decor

SaveSave

Make a Fun Ice Cream Sundae Pin Cushion Craft

This Ice Cream Pin Cushion project is fun and easy to make. Make one for yourself or to give to a friend! 

Make a Fun Ice Cream Pin Cushion craft|Designers Sweet spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

You can make this Ice Cream Pin Cushion craft, in a heart beat! It will keep you thinking cool! There is nothing better than ice cream on a hot day. We have had plenty of those hot days around here lately. Hot, hot, hot! I was inspired to create this adorable Ice Cream Pin Cushion to remind me of cool things during a hot summer day!

This project is easy to make with just a few household items. Make  a couple for gifts as long as you are at it! I started with just one, but I struggle to make just one of anything. It’s one of my compulsive behaviors, I can’t help myself.

Make a Fun Ice Cream Pin Cushion craft|Designers Sweet spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

I had to make a chocolate version too. I love chocolate sundaes don’t you? The chocolate pin cushion uses brown wool yarn and a dark colored sock instead of the white sock and clothesline in the white sundae. You’ll love how easy they are to make!

Ice Cream Pin Cushion Supplies Needed:

•white tube sock or brown sock for the chocolate sundae

•dry rice or beans for filling the sock, about 1 1/2 cups

•Clothesline or brown wool yarn

•Fabric glue or craft glue

•Red wool for felted “cherry” and felting needle, or a purchased small red pompom

•Multi-Colored stick pins or pins with flowered decorative ends

•Glass ice cream sundae dish (I got mine at the thrift store)

 

Pin Cushion Directions:

  1. Fill sock with rice or beans. Tie shut with string or yarn. Trim off excess fabric, leaving 1″ tail.
  2. Glue sock into the sundae dish, making a rounded top and hiding the tail underneath.
  3. Glue clothesline on top of the sock in a circular pattern covering the entire surface of the sock. Trim and secure end with more glue at the top.
  4. Make the red cherry by felting red wool with a felting needle into a ball. Alternatively, use a store bought red pompom for the cherry.
  5. Add stick pins around the “sundae” to look like sprinkles.
  6. Make another one, because you know you are having so much fun!

If you love this post, don’t forget to Pin it!

Make a Fun Ice Cream Pin Cushion craft|Designers Sweet spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Check out these other fun crafty projects!

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New, No Sew!

No Sew Lavender Sachet

Spring Table Runner

Reed Stool Update

Vintage Style Apron

Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag

Wine bottle bags make a great gift idea, this vintage style Yo-Yo design is a great project to accomplish while you are watching TV. This post contains affiliate links.

Yo-yo Wine Bottle Bag

Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag

I’ve been working late at night lately. It’s very hot outside and I don’t have a ton of energy for accomplishing much during the day. The basement is my favorite retreat, along with my sewing workshop. Needless to say, I have been very productive in that nice cool environment. It’s not hard to get started on a project and never want to leave that room.

This little Yo-Yo bag is fun to make, although it requires a bit of hand sewing. The Yo-yo’s are made from 5″ quilt squares and a Yo-Yo maker, although it would be just as easy to make them without the Yo-Yo making device. I have included a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Pattern for this project!

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN HERE.

Oh, by the way I also get my wine FREE,

YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT HOW TO GET FREE WINE WITH MY AFFILIATE LINK HERE.

For this wine bag design, you will need 16 yo-yo’s of various colors. I used 8 contrasting yo-yos that matched the background fabric and 8 colored ones.

My first inclination was to make the yo-yo’s out of denim, however, after reading the yo-yo maker directions, they warned against using denim. It is too heavy and will not gather well. I found this pretty blue cotton chambray at the fabric store instead, and after working with it, I decided it was a far better choice. The fabrics for this project need to be thinner cottons, such as quilting cotton, or fabric with a soft, drapey hand.

NO DENIM.

Supplies Needed:

1 package colored cotton 5″ quilt squares in various colors

1 Yo-Yo maker (buy one here with my affiliate link), or use a (circular cardboard pattern with 5″ diameter)

1/2 yard blue cotton chambray fabric

1/4 yard heavy weight interfacing (for the bag handle)

Needle and thread

Directions:

  1. Make yo-yos by fitting the cotton square into the yo-yo maker (wrong side up). Stitch around edge with large, loose stitches, using the punched holes in the plastic as a guideline. Remove plastic insert (do not cut thread), pull up threads to gather fabric into the round yo-yo shape, tucking raw edges of fabric into the center of the yo-yo. Secure with the needle and thread by stitching a couple of anchor stitches in the center of the yo-yo. Create 16 yo-yos of various colors, or 8 chambray and 8 colored yo-yos.  (If you do not have a yo-yo maker, use the cardboard pattern to cut out 5″ circles. Fold over edge 1/4″ and loosely stitch a hem on the wrong side of fabric. Follow directions above for completing the yo-yo.
  2. Cut a blue chambray fabric piece 8″ x 12″. Iron on a 1 1/2″ piece of fusible interfacing to top edge of wrong side of fabric.
  3. Stitch 1/4″ rolled hem on top edge of fabric.
  4. Arrange yo-yos in rows of 4 across and 4 down on top of the fabric rectangle. Pin yo-yo’s in place, making sure you leave 1/2″ seam allowance on side edges, and 2″ seam allowance at bottom of rectangle.
  5. Tack yo-yo edges in place two at a time by using the side to side stitch on your machine buttonholer. Place yo-yo’s under the presser foot, lower the foot, stitch three or four times to anchor them in place. Repeat until all edges are tacked at top, side and bottom of yo-yos. If you do this two at a time, it doesn’t take long to accomplish.
  6. Fold down turned hem 1″ at top, catching top of yo-yos under the edge. Pin in place and  stitch.
  7. Turn rectangle in half, with right sides together matching top, bottom, and raw edges. Stitch 1/2″ seam allowance along side and bottom. Turn bag right side out. Press lightly.
  8. Make bag handle by cutting 3″ wide strip of chambray fabric, 8″ long. Iron on 1″ wide piece of interfacing in center. Fold in thirds, zigzag top stitch over raw edge down the length of the handle. Attach to top of bag with single needle stitch.

Yo-yo Wine Bag, FREE DOWNLOADABLE PATTERN|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Sewing Tips:

I didn’t sew the handle as per the directions above on my bag. When started to make a casing with the interfacing inside,  it was very cumbersome to work with. So, I changed the sewing directions. Also, the zig zag stitch will add more stability to the bag handle, as the weight of the wine bottle is rather heavy.

You don’t need to finish the inside seams of the bag, but you could if you choose.

Yo-yo Wine Bottle Bag

I would love to see your Yo-Yo creations! Tag me on social media with this hashtag:

#Yo-Yowinebag!

Yo-Yo Wine Bag with Free Downloadable Pattern| Designers Sweet Spot|www.desingerssweetspot.com

Here are some more fun sewing projects:

How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

Spring Table Runner

Tea Towels with Appliqué

How to Sew a Satin Robe

Sewing a Fleece Robe

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave