WorkWith Empty Bucket: Cute Gift Basket

Good Morning to you & Welcome to our first BONUS Friday post!

Backstory: The other day at my job, we ran out of some marshmallow puff and as I washed this perfectly, in tact bucket, I thought to myself that I could workwith it to make it purposeful for something in my life. So, I bagged it up, ran to the dollar store to grab a few accessories and here I am sharing with you guys my bucket makeover 🙂

What I Used:

1 Empty Bucket ( Try not to buy one, I am pretty sure that there is some kind of bucket around you that could be used)

Paint ( Optional)

Tulle ( Optional)

How It’s Done:

There really is NOT one way to do this kind of craft because it really is about using what you can to make your basket yours. I used paint, ribbon, homemade tulle bows and these faux plastic butterflies but you can make it your own by using whatever you would like. So, today I am just going to just share with you the process in making mine as a way to inspire and encourage you to make your own.

First, I decided to match the bucket with the butterflies and bows that I would add to it so I painted it yellow/turquoise-like blue ( it reminded me of a beach ball honestly ;p)

Then I just hot glued the tulle bows on, all around the top rim of the bucket

Next, I added on the faux butterflies…

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And I was done 🙂

The Before & After:

Sure, this bucket may not be anything too special but it cost me barely nothing to make and I am sure that I can find something to put into it and one can easily find a way to make it into a gift basket. The sky is the limit in terms of decor..stencils, designs, markers, ribbon, rhinestomes (gems), glitter, etc etc!

WorkWithIt : Make it Yours, Make It Work ♥

WorkWith Fake Flowers: Flower Canvas Wall-Art

Backstory: So, I had originally planned to post a different craft today, specifically how to make this bow garland, but after reverting it back to a draft, the whole thing was questionably deleted so I have to rewrite that post again. That being said, I’ve been wanting to do this idea for quite some time but I just have not been able to get my hands on fake flowers. I have thought about it as I looked at them in the store but I was just being too cheap to buy anything other than the food that I actually needed. However, I have so many canvas boards that I just decided to take one and use a real flower for the time being just to convey my idea here and to show you how to workwith a blank canvas and flowers to create something that is simply lovely; in my opinion at least.

What I Used:

Fake Flowers ( As many or little as you’d like: honestly on a bigger scale, I am sure this could be very pretty to add a whole plethora of flowers onto a canvas)

Hot Glue Gun

Canvas Board ( I used an 8×10 board)

Watercolor Paint

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Take your canvas and paint it to your likings ( you can adjust it) after you have glued the flower but it is best to do it before hand

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Step 2) Glue your flower in the way that you want to onto the canvas. * Now I used a real flower for this which looked nice but was not lasting. If you want it to last, definitely stick with the fake flower or else, it will just fall a part.

Step 3) Do any finishing touches of paint/additions to your canvas ( lettering, more paint, etc).

Step 4) You can either get custom framing, wire the canvas as is to be placed on your wall or glue your canvas into the backing of a 8×10 frame so that you may put it onto your wall like so.

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And you are done!

I really wish I could have saved this piece because I was surprised with how well it turned out. Funny thing is, my roommate had these fake flowers in the living room that had been sitting in a vase forever and I was seriously debating on whether I should just use those ( just one strand) for this project but I just never got around to doing so. As for next time, I think that I will just head to the dollar store to pick up a few just to make things easier.

Until next time, remember that what you have does not determine where you will go, what you think does.

WorkWithIt Take It Back Wednesday: The Most

Good Wednesday to you all  and welcome to the first takeitback Weeednesday!

Once a month or so, I thought it would be nice just to look back to to reminiscence about a project or few that stood out for whatever reason that may be. So, let’s get started: 

Most Liked ( Viewer’s Choice based on like-count as of this post):

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It was interesting to me that the most liked post so far was the DIY Blank Canvas one; though it is currently tied with the Unique Bookmarks and the Roll, Dip & Go Cake Pops following closely. What made it interesting for me is that this DIY was in my opinion one of the most simple ideas that I have had.Sometimes, okay most times I associate goodness with complexity and averageness with simplicity but really, sometimes the simple things can be the best things.

Most Motivating:

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I think the most motivating craft that I have completed thus far was the Unique & Quirky bookmarks that I completed. The reason why I say these were the most motivating was because I was just lying on my bed one afternoon “wishing” that I could create them but as usual, I was going to put making them off because I did not have X and Z but it only dawned on me then, that that was exactly what workwithit was not about. It’s not perfect, it’s far from it but the point is not the pursuit for perfection in creation but contentment in creation. That’s when I got my behind out of bed and did what I cooooooould do.

Most Useful:

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The most useful craft that I have shared so far has been the Birthday Book. Admittedly, I have realized that this book can become useless if one just lets it sit and never looks at it because then birthdays will keep passing but one won’t have any idea sooo I guess it’s more of a memory Birthday book. None the less, I just love how this book came out of a book that was so scarcely used to something useful and at least practical.

Most Exciting:

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While it’s a pretty close tie between the Denim Choker and the Hello Kitty Tutu, because the tutu is still hanging in my closet despite my inability to wear it, it wins as the most exciting. It was a Friday night and while I am sure making a tutu was not what many people my age was doing, I had a goood time making it. Paper everywhere…..going back and forth to find better lighting for taking pictures…my desk was a cluttered mess but I really was proud of the results. It was my first post here and hopefully not my last.

Overall, I have had a lot of fun creating and bringing these ideas to the blogging world; even though sometimes I may have been dragging my feet to start them. I am getting something out of this blog because it helps me build contentment AND helps me to not be lazy because I want to keep posting no matter what. Anyhow, have you had a favorite craft that you’ve seen thus far ? Or if you have any suggestions, comments or questions, comment below with your thoughts ?

Until Sunday, stay working, stay withit!

WorkWith Old Journal: Handy-Dandy Birthday Book

Backstory: Personally, I love birthdays because without them, none of us would be here today. Unfortunately, as much as I love them, I have a hard time remembering the days for various individuals in my life; my own Mother is one of them. However, I know that I am not the only one and because I am not the only one, I thought I would create a DIY handy dandy ( hence, the reference to Blues Clues) birthday book. Since I was not about to go out to buy a journal/small book for this project, I decided to workwith an old journal that a good friend of mine gave to me but that I never ended up writing pass a few pages in. Here’s to remembering birthdays: 

What I Used:

1 Old Journal

Stamps (Optional: you can use any type of decorative material that you want, I just love stamps as they substitute for my poor hand-writing and lack of drawing skills).

How It’s Done:

Now this is not quite a DIY/craft project because really this book will be everything that YOU make it to be but I will tell you the process of how I created my book and you can go from there:

Step 1) Take your old journal and tear out the previous pages of writing ( If they matter to you, save them….but if they don’t, toss them on out).

Step 2) Decorate the cover of your book in what works best for you. My design is super simple but there are a thousands ways you can make it yours. Stencils, unique penmanship, stamps ( like I did), drawing, etc etc).

Step 3) Call up your family, friends & whoever else you want in your book and start adding them to your book. For me, I decided to stamp each person’s name on a single page  along with their birthday date. You can do whatever you like.

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And there you have it!

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This book I am sure all of…well some of us like myself need in our lives so that we never look bad again as we forget to wish someone a happy birthday, get the birthday date wrong or whatever other scenario we might find ourselves in. Also, just as a suggestion, youu can even make one of these and give to your family members ( like ask your aunt’s, cousins, uncles, sisters, etc etc etc etc) and give them as a gift…that way whenever that person wants to look up a birthday, they can open their book and look or add in more members themselves (extended family, mother in laws, their friends, etc etc, etc).

Until next time, let there be no more shame in the birthday game!