In honor of the first 5 Day Challenge, I present you with 3 (yes, THREE) DIYs to make your 5 DAYS OF LETTERS even more fun this week! If you still want to pledge to participate, you still have time... Our challenge starts tomorrow!!
DIY: Wine Cork Stamps
This DIY is perfect for creating your own unique stationary for your 5 Days of Letters. Make these stamps & create endless amounts of stationary that fit your style. This was my first time doing this project and it was so much fun! Plus, I love wine and I love arts & crafts, so this couldn't be more perfect.
Glue the craft foam shape onto the wine cork.
Get creative, make more stamps & start printing! I started playing around with carving the stamp out of the actual wine cork and preferred it over using the foam - the prints turned out better and the stamps were much easier to clean! Try out both methods and decide what you like best!
DIY: EASY Iris Folding
If you've never heard of Iris Folding, look it up because it's pretty awesome. I stumbled across an Iris Folding book about 4 years ago at the public library, and I fell in love with the technique. Iris Folding can be pretty detailed and picky, so this is a simplified, user-friendly version. If you like this DIY, I strongly suggest trying a more intricate design for your next project!
Cut a piece of cardstock in half . Using one of the pieces, fold the paper in half to make a card. Then, draw a shape of your choice on the front. Next, cut out the shape using your X-Acto knife.
Page through your old magazines and find pages with colors that you like. When you've made your selection, cut out 1-inch strips of magazine paper. This is where your paper cutter will come in handy! Once you've cut your strips, fold them in half "hot dog style", aka the long way.
Cut your folded magazine pieces into 2-4 inch pieces (depending on the size of the shape you cut out). You are going to tape these folded pieces onto the back of your cut out shape with the folded side facing toward the center. Start with one color and tape 3 to 4 pieces around the outside of the shape. Next, change to a new color scheme and rotate the pieces slightly, so that you are covering more and more of the shape, slowly working your way toward the center. Continue this process until you have covered all of the open space. See below:
When you have covered all of the open space with strips of magazine, cover the taped area by gluing a piece of cardstock onto the inside cover.
DIY: Magazine Envelopes
I used to save all of my old magazines for when creativity would strike. I loved doing collages (and still do), but it's nice to find some other purposes for our beloved magazines. I love love LOVE this final DIY because it is so simple and yet so effective. I am already excited for the letter recipients to receive THESE beauties in their mailboxes!
Unfold an envelope and trace the outline onto a magazine page of your choice.
Cut out the magazine along the outline and glue it onto the outside of the envelope. Fold, glue and all done!