DIY ‘bat country’ Mouse Mat

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I did say that I would share what I did with the other cork pot stand – so here we go, a more manly mouse mat made as a birthday present (see my original one here)!  I’d like to mention that I have never read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, so I’m hoping that this is an alright representation.  This time I experimented by drawing on the cork with Sharpie instead of the acrylic paint I used on my own mat and I actually think it turned out better.  The mouse glides much more easily over it.

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Christmas Countdown 5: DIY Reindeer Six-Pack

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I’m a bit wary of posting gifts that I’m going to be giving to people this year in case they see it on here before they get the chance to open them, so I’m sharing something else I made last year.  I got the inspiration for this cute little gift from Life of a Modern Mom where Kim dressed up six-packs of rootbeer and beer for her family.  I thought this was the cutest idea and just had to make them myself.

I made mine a little differently.  Instead of wrapping the pipe cleaner around the top of the bottle, I cut up the pipe cleaners and made antlers by glueing the pieces together with a hot glue gun.  I then glued the antlers to the bottle caps, so they wouldn’t get in the way while trying to drink from them.  I used smaller stick on eyes and sparkly pom poms for the noses.  I also used some extra wrapping paper to wrap the box in order to make it seem more festive.  I think these turned out really well, and I would be making them again this year if I didn’t think my dad would get bored of receiving the same gift two years in a row!

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DIY Heart Stationery

 

I’ve been wanting to try out The Sweet Spot’s DIY cork stamp for a while.  This sunny Sunday afternoon seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Despite being unable to find a proper craft knife, the stamp didn’t turn out too horribly.

I love the texture created by the cork and the imperfect shape of the heart.  I used the cork stamp with purple ink to decorate some plain stationary.  I was really worried that it would just end up as a purple blob, but it turned out better than I expected.  I think the stamp could also be used with acrylic paint to create a bolder design.