DIY

  • Create an Agate Slice Art Wall

    My grandmother likes to collect rocks and gems. She displays them in bowls around her home, and I always love admiring her collection when I visit, especially the agate slices she has carefully propped up on various shelves. I’ve been wanting to start my own collection of these slices for several years, but only recently found a simple way to display them on the wall, or in the window as a suncatcher.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Hand-Painted Evil Eye Tights

    Pack up the summer clothes: autumn is here at last! Ward off chilly weather with a pair of hand-painted evil eye tights.

    If evil eyes aren’t your thing, feel free to use this technique with your own design. I free-handed my pattern, but you can also trace your design to scale on a piece of paper and slip it under the tights as a guide. Let’s begin!  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Wood-Burned Cutting Board

    I love preparing a home cooked meal, and with harvest season upon us, there is no better time to pull out the family cookbook and dream up a feast. Step up the presentation with a beautiful personalized cutting board that will last for years to come, or keep it in mind as a wonderful housewarming, wedding, or holiday gift. You just can’t go wrong with a thoughtful item like this!

    This project is a fun and easy introduction to pyrography. There are a lot of pyrography tools on the market, and some even cost less than $20. For this tutorial, we will be using a solid point burner, which you can find on EtsyRead more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make a Magical Kaleidoscope

    Remember looking through a kaleidoscope as a kid? It was like being a pirate on a treasure hunt, but instead of discovering unexplored land we were glancing into a world of brilliant beauty.

    Most of the supplies needed for this great project can be found in your home — some of them are even recycled. If you don’t have a stash of gems on hand, you can find a great selection of jeweled beads on Etsy. By the end of this tutorial, you and your inner explorer will be dazzled by the endless and unique patterns created by your handmade kaleidoscope. Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make Your Own Marbled Scarf

    My mother and I used to marble paper on the weekends when I was younger. To this day, I still feel like I am a mad scientist when I marble, experimenting with new colors and testing new patterns.

    Even if you don’t have experience with marbling, it’s a fun project to try with friends. It requires about an hour prep time, but once you’re all set up you’ll be able to marble to your heart’s content. You can get great results on your first try, but the more you play with the paint and pattern-making, the better it gets.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Make Your Own Kite

    Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” While more than 2,000 years have passed since the flight of the first kite, you can recreate that magic moment (and add a little wonder to your weekend) with a handmade kite.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.

  • Pressed Flower iPhone Case

    It’s no secret I love flowers – in my apartment, on my desk, or as a pattern on my dress. Pressing fresh flowers is a great way to preserve their natural beauty, and by decorating your phone case with them, you can showcase their vivid colors and add a little touch of nature to an otherwise ordinary gadget.

    You can make your own pressed flowers with a flower press or by placing them inside a large book, like an encyclopedia or phone book. If you are pressing your own flowers, keep in mind that the drying time takes a little while – usually a minimum of seven days. You can also find pressed flowers on Etsy. For this project, I used carnation petals, baby’s breath, tulip petals, statice, wax flowers, hydrangeas and alstroemeria petals.  Read more ➜

    DIY by Clare McGibbon originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Editing by Aleksa Brown. Photography and styling by Clare McGibbon.