This week on MakeKind, I’m sharing a DIY pencil holder that doubles as a mini office organizer. Made from cork trivets, this project is easy to create and super functional – bonus!
MATERIALS // 6 cork trivets, power drill, 3/8″ drill bit, glue
STEPS // 01 GLUE TRIVETS Using the glue, adhere two trivets together by stacking one directly on top of the other.
02 // STACK TRIVETS Continue gluing each trivet to one another, making a complete stack when all six trivets are used. Press firmly when finished. (helpful hint: place a heavy item, like a book, on top of the stack when finished and allow to dry overnight)
03 // MEASURE FOR DRILLING Measure about 2/3 down the stack of trivets and note the measurement. (Mine was 1.5″). On your drill bit, make a mark (I wrapped tape around the drill bit) of the same measurement, so you will know how far to drill into your stack.
04 // DRILL THE HOLES Using the power drill and 3/8″ drill bit, make several holes in the cork. I put one in the middle and six surrounding the middle, for a total of seven holes. You can certainly choose to make more or less holes depending on your preferences.
Fill each hole with a writing utensil and there you have it!
The added bonus? Because the pencil holder is made from cork, it doubles as a memo board! Enjoy!
Leave a tiny bit of wiggle room because you’ll lose a bit when you seal the ends together.
(With those matches. Yes, there is fire in this tutorial.)
So creating your own Anthropologie Marjorelle Necklace isn’t so hard.
All you need, is 3 different looking brooches, you can go any theme, butterflies, flowers, leaves etc.
I chose flowers, so make sure they are more or less similar in sizes, they don’t have to be exact, but not too far apart in sizes too, unless you can make it work of course.
Choosing them in similar shades or colours will be better, or else you can just spray paint them. Which on a side note then I would not encourage you to use vintage or expensive brooches if you are going to paint them - just get those cheap ones. I got mine for a few for a couple of dollars.
Then just clip the brooches on a rope/velvet/strong satin ribbon. I chose a pale gold rope for mine [like those they use to make curtain tassles].
Attach a clasp at the ends of the ropes and you have yourself an Inspired Anthropologie Marjorelle Necklace.
Quick Photo Frames
Turn pretty place mats into supereasy photo frames. Simply glue or tape a photo to the center of each place mat, then use removable adhesive squares to hang the finished pieces. For a hip retro look, use classic vinyl records for frames.
What you need for this DIY vintage lace bag
- an old leather bag or purse
- Mod Podge
- Fabric glue
How to make a fabulous vintage lace purse
First you have to decide which part of the bag should be covered in lace. Cut the lace a little bigger then that area, you will cut off the excess lace later on. Use the brush to put the Mod Podge on the bag. Put the lace on top of the Mod Podge and at another layer of Mod Podge to secure the lace. Let the Mod Podge dry. If you are not really patient, like me, you can use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process. Cut the lace in the right shape. To make the edges of the lace stay in place I used a little bit of fabric glue. This way you know for sure (well almost for sure) that this bag will stay just as beautiful as the day you made it.
1. Cut the shirt into 3 strips roughly 1-inch wide and about 12 inches long. But don’t stress cutting this precisely. The ends will roll in so you don’t need it to be pretty.
2. Cut the rattail cord into 3 10-inch pieces.
3. Anchor the top with a bobby pin or rubber band, separate into 3 strands, and start braiding.
5. Do the same to the other end. Wrap it around your wrist and make sure you have the right length before attaching the second magnet.
7. Fold the fabric over the magnet and glue together.