DIY Crafts: Notebook & Mason Jars

Hello there! 
So lately I have become addicted to Pinterest (again). As I am preparing to go back to school, I have been feeling really inspired to try out some DIY projects for my dorm!

1) This first DIY is to spruce up a regular old spiral notebook and make it awesome. 
I got the idea from a pin of Melisa from Pie 'N' The Sky's triangle love notebook. When I saw it, I immediately thought, I can do that - I should give it a whirl!

All you need is...
- a notebook (mine had a plain black cover and was $1 from Target)
- glue (I used Rubber Cement but a glue stick would work perfectly fine as well)
- scissors
- photos / magazine clippings / cardboard **
- Mod Podge and a brush 

** I used snippings from National Geographic, Vogue, and Seventeen, as well as construction paper to write lyrics from my fav song. I also took my 'Mylo Xyloto' Coldplay album and cut a pattern from the insert in the CD with photos of them playing at concerts. 

Now...
Cut your photos/clippings into triangles and glue them each down. Then coat a thin layer of Mod Podge to ensure that none of the ends start to peel. Let dry for 15-20 minutes and there you go!


2) In this next DIY, I made a spunky pencil and pen holder.

You will need...
- a mason jar
- glue (I used rubber cement again)
- paint and brush 
- glitter

**I used Folk Art Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint

So...
Cover your mason jar in glue- this is why I prefer rubber cement because you have a nice brush that is easy to guide around the jar. Whilst turning the jar, pour glitter over the glue to coat the jar. Let dry over night. Separately, paint the top of the mason jar to give it a more complete look. Depending on what paint you use, let dry for several hours. Put the two back together and voil√†!  


 
3) This last DIY is very similar to number two. I made a unique holder to keep all my quarters for laundry when I go back to college.

What you need...
- mason jar
- paint
- flower

This one is quite simple! All I did was paint the mason jar with three coats of purple wall paint (left over from when my sister painted the walls of our room). I let each coat dry for several hours. Then I spray painted the lid pink and red. And, well, that's about it!! You can spruce it up in any way you wish. I am choosing to not have the actually lid on but keep the band for a pop of color. Then I can just pour the quarters out for easy access. 




So that's it! I will have a few more DIY posts in the next couple weeks as I prepare to go back to college.  I hope you enjoyed this post - let me know what you think!!

♥♥

Comments

  1. It's all so lovely! I especially love that glitter mason jar, so pretty! ♥

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    1. Thank you Jordan <3 That means a lot considering your crafts are AMAZING!!
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  2. These are all such great ideas! I love the glitter pencil holder, might try that myself! Xx

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    1. It was quite easy and cheap so I say why not?! Thank you Tasmin!
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  3. I love these diys! I'm about to start my final year of university and I think I need to find all different ways to motivate myself for the next few months!
    I think doing the notebook design would be the perfect way to get me excited and more prepared for the craziness that begins in September!
    I wouldn't mind trying the mason jars design either, how cute!!

    -sarah xo
    timetoseethestars.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yay I'm so glad haha ♥ Thank you very much!
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  4. This looks like such good fun!!
    You have a lovely blog; I nominated you for the Liebster Award; http://hamhilton.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/liebster-award.html There's the link for all the information and everything on my blog :-)!

    Hannah - hamhilton/blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Oh thank you for the nomination!! I will check it out :)
      xx

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  5. I have made a ton of DIY makeup holders for my dresser out of mason jars. I'm definitely bringing them back to school with me :)

    Maddie <3 |Ring-a-Round a Rosey

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  6. I have a ton of mason jars left over from my wedding that I don't know what to do with, definitely covering some up with gold glitter!

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  7. I love that notebook oh my gosh! I love your blog and have followed via GFC, would love a follow back!x

    lameyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!! I followed you back and left you a comment on your latest post :)
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  8. Wow great post! The notebook looks incredible - very professional! x

    janesjumbles.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Jane! That makes me so happy :)
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  9. These are so great!!! I love upcycle crafts and mason jars. Love that notebook!!!

    I hope you'll have a chance and stop by my blog. All about Beauty. Life. and DIY. If you ever have a an OTD, LOTD, hair or nail tutorial, or a fun fashion DIY, I'd love for you to share it at "That's my Style" Link party every Friday. Don't have anything to share? Stop by anyway for beauty tutorial and fun DIY projects. Hope to see you there. :)

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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    1. Thank you! Your blog is amazing - I am now following!!
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  10. Hi! I just started to follow your blog from the Rainbows and Honeysuckles Linkup! Your blog is so adorable! I'm slightly jealous that you get to go away and do DIY projects for your dorm! Well, I guess that doesn't mean I can't do it for home! ^_^ I can't wait to read more of your posts <3

    Elba
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    1. Aw that is so sweet of you! I checked out your blog and it is awesome :) And you can definitely still do the DIY's to make your room at home more fun!
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  11. These all look so simple and easy to make! Great ideas x
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  12. Hey there :)
    Great blog you have here. Thank you for following me, now following you back :) xx

    www.cosmeticallycreative.blogspot.com

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  13. LOVE this post!! Especially that file!! LOOKS GREAT!! Like me I also get that addiction to Pintrest now and again and have to have everything DIY haha!! After reading this I'm going to have a look around your blog, hope you don't mind!!;)

    Jack!!:)x

    http://jackedwardbevan.blogspot.com

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