diy with Brittni:

Good morning. Its Brittni from papernstitch, and this week instead of a diy roundup, I have a festive tutorial to get you ready for the holidays. About a year ago, I was asked by Country Living to create a nautical paper weight for one of their issues, and I’ve been meaning to complete some additional projects using the plaster molds I had lying around from that diy. So I created this vintage-inspired golden anchor ornament to bring you a little holiday cheer. And if you like this tutorial, you might want to check out my free eBook, The Happy Holidays Guide to DIY, with eight easy winter projects for the holidays.

Materials: Flexible silicone mold (I used this anchor mold – lots of different molds to choose from on that site), Pottery Plaster Powder, Water, Gold Paint or Liquid Gold Leaf, Sealant (I like to use Liquitex Matte Medium), Ornament Hook or Thin Wire

Instructions: 1. Following the package instructions (and wearing rubber gloves), mix your pottery plaster powder with cold water. 2. Stir continuously to remove lumps. Stop mixing when the plaster is the consistency of pancake batter.
3. Now you are ready to pour. Very slowly pour the mixture into your anchor mold until it just reaches the top of the mold. 4. Let dry for at least one hour on a flat surface (follow package instructions).
5. Gently remove the hardened plaster from your mold. Be careful here. 6. Let the plaster set for the rest of the day (if you’re really anxious to keep going you can probably skip the waiting here, but I like to be on the safe side), then coat the front and back of your unfinished piece with a sealant. This will ensure that the paint, which is step 7, will not soak into the plaster. So you won’t have to use as much. Allow an hour or more for drying time.
7. Now its time to paint. Paint your anchor (front and back) with gold liquid leaf or simple gold paint. Let dry for another hour. 8. Coat each piece again with sealant and wait for it dry. *If you want a more antique look, use a clear spray shellac (like Zinsser) and it will begin to “turn” over time. It reacts with liquid gold leaf but it takes quite a while to see the results. 9. Attach your ornament hook or wire and your golden anchor is ready to hang.

Have a wonderful holiday! Happy crafting.

About Brittni: She is the founder of papernstitch (a site dedicated to finding the best in art + handmade), and is also the editor of a handmade + diy blog, by the same name. When not working on papernstitch, she is dreaming up fun little tutorials and crafting projects for her home. If you love DIY as much as Brittni does, download a free copy of the Happy Holidays Guide to DIY eBook, packed with eight step by step tutorials for the season.

diy with Brittni:

Hi there. Its Brittni from papernstitch with some fashionable diy projects for your weekend. I’ve put together my top seven crafty fashion picks that you can get done in an afternoon – simple projects that are super cute…

1. Learn how to transfer a photo to fabric.

4. Cut your own paper feather earrings.

5. Make the easiest DIY bow tie ever.

6. Fashion a leather glitter cuff with a fun transfer technique.

7. Make your very own arrow belt.

So, what will you be DIYing this weekend?

About Brittni: She is the founder of papernstitch, an internationally curated exhibition site where you can buy handmade goods and submit to have your own work showcased. Brittni is also the editor of a handmade blog that features diy projects, business tips for creative entrepreneurs, and (of course) handmade items. You can view more free diy projects and tutorials here for 60+ quick and easy ideas you can start and finish today.

diy with Brittni:

Good morning! It’s Brittni from Papernstitch with this week’s DIY round up. Today’s crafts are all about you: crafts you can wear and accessorize with (everything from skirts and cardigans to hair bows and book purses). I think you’re going to love these projects, so lets just get right to it…

Show off your passion for books with this clever book clutch tutorial. *You might want to close your eyes if it makes you sad to see the pages of a book removed.

Blast back to the 50s with this charming bowtie headband.

Sew your very own striped cardigan.

Get ready to cook in your diy unisex apron. Love this.

Make a cute bow clip for your hair.

Learn how to make your own fabric buttons in minutes.

And finally, work your romantic retro side with this circle skirt tutorial from Cotton and Curls.


Do you have a favorite from this round up? Tell me about it the comments below.

About Brittni: She is the founder of papernstitch, an internationally curated exhibition site where you can buy handmade goods and submit to have your own work showcased. Brittni is also the editor of a handmade blog that features diy projects, business tips for creative entrepreneurs, and (of course) handmade items. You can view more free diy projects and tutorials here for 60+ quick and easy ideas you can start and finish today.

diy with Brittni:

Hey there. It’s Brittni from papernstitch. This week I’ve been spending a lot of time indoors, probably because the temperatures are still pretty high here. Florida heat is intense. But anyway, since I have been inside so much these last few days, I’ve been thinking about all the house projects I just never got around to doing. And now its too late to start new things because we are moving in just a few weeks to a new place. A new state in fact. BUT after we move, I am making a promise to myself to get busy with all of the projects I never got to. So this week’s diy roundup is all about home decor…

take the diy projects outdoors and make a hanging garden

revamp a mirror in a different way with another mirror makeover

create your own faux zinc letter decor

or build you own desk from scratch

What’s your favorite room in the house to decorate diy-style?

Let me know in the comments below.

About Brittni: She is the founder of papernstitch, an internationally curated exhibition site where you can buy handmade goods and submit to have your own work showcased. Brittni is also the editor of a handmade blog that features diy projects, business tips for creative entrepreneurs, and (of course) handmade items. You can view more free diy projects and tutorials here for 60+ quick and easy ideas you can start and finish today.

diy with Brittni:

We still have about a month and a half left of summer, but the heat is INTENSE here in Florida right now (it’s Brittni from Papernstitch), and I all I can think of is fall. I guess its because I’m just kind of ready to be able to walk around the neighborhood without sweating.
So anyway, when I think of fall, I think of nature. Which is why I’ve rounded up my favorite diy projects this week with a nature theme. Something to get your creative wheels spinning when the sun finally cools off in the states. Enjoy!

Create tracing paper envelopes with natural embellishments in a matter of minutes.

Make a paper flower bouquet with the help of Martha (Stewart) and a revamped planter tutorial for indoor plants.
Grab some twigs from the backyard and put them to good use with this woodsy candle holder diy.



Give your hair a little boho pick-me-up with this

nature-inspired hair clip project.

Make your own bath salts (this project is so easy. great gift idea!).

And probably my favorite diy project of the week: a shadowbox with vintage porcelain letters and a little bit of flora (from none other than Victoria Smith of SFgirlbybay-love her blog).

What are you diy-ing this weekend?

About Brittni: She is the founder of papernstitch, an internationally curated exhibition site where you can buy handmade goods and submit to have your own work showcased. Brittni is also the editor of a handmade blog that features diy projects, business tips for creative entrepreneurs, and (of course) handmade items. You can view more free diy projects and tutorials here for 60+ quick and easy ideas you can start and finish today.

diy with Brittni:

Good morning! And happy Friday to you. It’s Brittni from Papernstitch with another diy roundup. Today I have a little bit of everything, but the common theme this week is easy breezy: super simple projects in every category…

Create a unique piece of wall art that doubles as a floral arrangement with a couple of household items and some chicken wire.

Organize your teas in minutes with this diy storage idea
(complete with chalkboard lid).
Make a fool-proof fools gold necklace or keep cool and celebrate an upcoming party with popsicle invitations.

Let your fringe fly with this diy tissue paper fringe chandelier.

And finally, I saved the best for last, with these

What are you doing this weekend? Any DIYs planned?


About Brittni: She is the founder of papernstitch, an internationally curated exhibition site where you can buy handmade goods and submit to have your own work showcased. Brittni is also the editor of a handmade blog that features diy projects, business tips for creative entrepreneurs, and (of course) handmade items. You can view more free diy projects and tutorials here for 60+ quick and easy ideas you can start and finish today.

diy with Brittni:

I am not sure what has come over me this week, but I am feeling especially girlie today, as you will see (it’s Brittni from Papernstitch with another diy roundup for you). Today’s craft projects to start your weekend are so very lovely. And pretty. And girlie. And well, let’s just jump in…

Create the prettiest pair of shorts you’ll ever see.

Whip up a unique set of business cards on the fly

with this fabric backed business card tutorial.

Make use of those extra fabric scraps with a pom pom braided friendship bracelet.

Create a natural butterfly centerpiece that will have you heart aflutter.

And finally, add some pizazz to your wardrobe with this ascot bow project. Love the vintage fabric!

Any projects that you think I should know about?

Leave your links in the comments below.

About Brittni: She is the founder of papernstitch, an internationally curated exhibition site where you can buy handmade goods and submit to have your own work showcased. Brittni is also the editor of a handmade blog that features diy projects, business tips for creative entrepreneurs, and (of course) handmade items. You can view more free diy projects and tutorials here for 60+ quick and easy ideas you can start and finish today.

diy with Brittni:

Hey there. It’s Brittni from papernstitch with 5 new craft projects for your long Fourth of July weekend. Now, I don’t know about you, but I get pretty excited when I realize I have an extra day for DIYs. I mean, c’mon. Three day weekends don’t happen too often. So in the next few days, I am inviting you to put down the firecrackers, have a sip of lemonade, and join me in re-creating these clever summer craft projects…

Grab some wool yarn and you can re-create this clever jewelry holder in minutes. Or get into the summer spirit with a more sophisticated version of a tie dye tee.

Make a boho bunting/streamer using special items and scraps you already have.

Get your embroidery on with this step by step tutorial for hand-embroidered note cards.

And finally, sit back and relax by the fire with this diy tripod camping stool.

Have a great Fourth of July weekend!

About Brittni: She is the founder of the art + handmade exhibition site, papernstitch and is also the editor of a handmade blog, by the same name. When not working on papernstitch, she is dreaming up fun little tutorials and crafting projects for her home. If you love DIY as much as Brittni does, visit her free diy projects and tutorials section for more than sixty quick and easy projects.

diy with brittni:

Good morning! It’s Brittni from papernstitch with the week’s top five craft projects to get your creative juices flowing. As usual, I am searching high and low for the best tutorials on the web. So break out your scissors and that sewing machine because it is time to diy…
keep your stamps safe with a diy stamp collecting book
create a crop top perfect for the warm summer months
make your own diy boutique soap gifts
paint the inside of glass jars (this idea never gets old in my mind)

About Brittni: She is the founder of the art + handmade exhibition site, papernstitch and is also the editor of a handmade blog, by the same name. When not working on papernstitch, she is dreaming up fun little tutorials and crafting projects for her home. If you love DIY as much as Brittni does, visit her free diy projects and tutorials section for more than sixty quick and easy projects.

diy with brittni:

Hey there. It’s Brittni from papernstitch with another diy roundup to start your weekend off on a creative note. I’ve searched high and low this week to find the very best in diy just for you. So enjoy!

First up is a heartwarming postcard birthday poster from Jordan Ferney. There’s more to this one than meets the eye. So, you’ll have to visit Jordan’s blog to grasp the full concept of this diy.
If you are a future bride or have a fancy party to attend, keep this tutorial on file for how to make your own birdcage veil. Pretty, huh?
Make a diy domino set and then play with a friend (or give the set away as a gift) with this tutorial from Aesthetic Outburst over on A Beautiful Mess.
If you’re planning a party (or a wedding) this simple succulent place cards project might just be the perfect match.
And if you’re a girl that just wants to have fun this weekend, make this A-Frame tent for an unforgettable, indoor slumber party.
Finally, if you’re looking for a small project that won’t take up too much of your precious Saturday and Sunday, try this upcycled lantern + vases idea. Fun to make and super easy to boot!
That’s all for now. See you next time.

About Brittni: She is the founder of the art + handmade exhibition site, papernstitch and is also the editor of a handmade blog, by the same name. When not working on papernstitch, she is dreaming up fun little tutorials and crafting projects for her home. If you love DIY as much as Brittni does, visit her free diy projects and tutorials section for more than sixty quick and easy projects.