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DIY of the Week – Rock Photo Holder

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Hi there!

So, it seems that we’ve hit upon a bit of a trend in August (completely unintentional, we promise). It seems that all of our DIYs for the month have featured rocks! (Maybe because August was so rocking?) So, in keeping with this trend, we’ll round off with the last project of the month also featuring, you guessed it, rocks.

This one is also pretty easy to do, and is a great way to personalize a work table or a quiet corner in your home. So, let’s get started!

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

What you need :

1. Rocks (any shape, size and number, as per your preference – though it’s easier to use smoother rocks the first time around)

2. Copper wire

3. Needle nose pliers

4. Paint (at least one dark color as base, and one light (or white) for contrast)

5. Paintbrush

6. Marker or thick pen

7. Varnish or mod podge (if you wish)

Image source - Crafted in Carhartt

Image source – Crafted in Carhartt

 

What to do:

Step 1

After washing and drying the rocks, paint them over with the base colors. You might have to give several coats to make the color stand out, instead of showing light and transparent.

 

Step 2

Once completely dried, paint small repetitive designs with the contrasting light shade. You can make lines, stripes, dots, stars, or whatever else takes your fancy. Once dry, top off with a coat of varnish to seal the colors in. (This is not compulsory, but suggested, as it ensures that your paint colors don’t fade quickly.)

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

Step 3

Take the edge of the wire, and loop it around the middle of the marker, then, straightening the remaining end, slide the marker out of the loop. Now, take the other end of the wire and loop it three or four times around the rock.

Image source - Sometimes Homemade

Image source – Sometimes Homemade

Image source - Jenny Doh

Image source – Jenny Doh

 

Step 4

Now just take any photograph, postcard, note, and slip it between the smaller loops, and your photo holder is customized and ready for display!

Image source - Rustic Crafts

Image source – Rustic Crafts

DIY of the Week – Marbled Rocks

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Hi there! What’s a great way to start the week? With a dose of creativity! And in our role as your creative pal, we’re back with another DIY project for you to get your hands on. This week we’re going to make marbled rocks, which you can use as decorative pieces, paperweights, or even just put a bunch of them in a glass bowl to create a cool centerpiece.

So let’s get started, shall we?

 

What you need:

  1. Rocks, ideally white or grey, and as smooth as you can find
  2. Various colors of nail polish (or paint)
  3. Shallow and wide pan or vessel
  4. Water
  5. Disposable gloves
  6. Toothpick or skewer
  7. Newspaper or tarp, to cover your work surface and to dry the rocks
  8. Clear varnish, optional
Image source - Parenting.com

Image source – Parenting.com

 

 

What to do:

Step 1

Find an even-leveled surface (like a table), and lay out your newspaper or tarp. Now take the pan or vessel and fill it with water about halfway. Wash and dry the rocks and keep them ready.

 

Step 2

Take the nail paints, and one by one, start pouring a little in the middle of the water, layering it with another color, then another, as shown in the picture.

Image source – Kiwico

 

Step 3

Now take the toothpick or skewer and, dipping it ever so slightly in the center of the paint pile, drag it to the edge of the paint. You can also make zig-zag patterns or swirls.

Image source - Kiwico

Image source – Kiwico

Image source - Omelto

Image source – Omelto

 

Step 4

Put on the gloves, and then hold the rock and dip it into the paint design, submerging it into the water. Then take the rock out and lay it on the tarp to dry. You can coat the rock with varnish once it dries, and this will help the colors remain strong and fast on the rock.

Image source – Kiwico

 

And there you have it! Your colorful rocks are ready to brighten up any old corner of your house, your desk, even your garden! Hope you have a colorful and enjoyable week!

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