Crafting For – Grads –

It’s that time of the year people – time for graduation, of high school, of college, of a big time in you life.  

Let’s celebrate those going through this important time with you – grad parties.

With grad parties comes presents… What do you get a graduate?  What do they need?… Well, since you asked, a graduate needs memories…a reminder of all the things (small or large) that helped them get to this significant point in their life.

A memory jar.  A place to keep all your past memories that helped shape you and to add your new memories that you want to remember forever and always. A place you can go to, pull out a random memory and remember the beauty of that certain memory.  

What you need to create the memory jar-

  • A Glass Jar
  • Initials (based on person gift is for)
  • Chalk Marker
  • Chalk Cirle 
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue
  • Paper
  • Pens/ Markers

  

How to build the memory jar-

  1. Use the hot glue gun to glue the initial onto the glass jar
  2. Use the hot glue gun to glue on the chalk cirle to the glass 
  3. Use the chalk marker for the chalk circles & write what you please – I chose to call it, Jar of Memories – and on the back I wrote the date I made in    
  4. The final step is to write memories on paper, fold the paper & place in jar

Congrats you have now given your graduate a memory jar that will keep them smiling for the rest of their life.

Always remember the past

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”
-Dr. Seuss-

Always cherish the moment 

“Cherish every moment and every person in your life, because you will never know when it will be the last time you see someone”
-Unknown-

Always hope for the future

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness”
-Desmund Tutu-

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The Ville

The perfect place to go for DIY project ideas is Uptown Westerville.  This vintage looking town is full of different shops; antique shops, record shops, music shops, shops with their own diy projects and many many more cute little places to go to.  This little area has tons of multicultural food places to eat at!  And let me personally tell you that you will be hungry from shopping at these beautiful shops all day and these food places are mouthwatering and delicious (there’s even a Greater’s)!

A little vintage shop contains old cameras, records, homemade t-shirts, vintage clothes, etc. (pictures below)

  

 

Another shop has locally made merchandise, such as Ohio shirts, Miami University shirts, bracelets, earrings, etc. (pictures below).  This shop is one of my personal favorites 🙂

  

If you have already created something and need to paint it, then this next place is perfect for you.  Annie Sloan created this paint: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The employees at this shop in Westerville know what they are taking about when it comes to using the paint and what types to use with certain types of wood.  A great store with great employees to help!

The last store I went to is another antique shop with tons of vintage things to choose from (and they have a cat waking around)!!

Uptown Westerville, also known as “The Ville,” is a beautiful place to go to, especially when there is good weather!  I highly recommend you take a visit here to help if you’re have DIY idea block because you will get tons of ideas!

Let’s Get Crafting!

Hello!  I thought it would be time for me to start showing you some of my easy DIY projects.  The first project I’m going to show you is something you can make for your friends, your family or even yourself!  I made this for my friend’s birthday because she is obsessed with Disney and this is a Disney based project, so if you love Disney this is for you.

You do not have to be artistically superior, you can, in fact, be quite the opposite to be able to do this!  As Walt Disney once said, If you can dream it, you can do it!”

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What you will need:

  • Paint brushes – I used a large brush, a medium-sized brush and a tiny brush
  • Paint – you can use whatever colors you would like, I used a periwinkle & black
  • Canvas – any size

Steps:

  1. I like to sketch what I’m trying to make before I start painting – so you can sketch it firstFullSizeRender-4
  2. Paint the background the color of your choice (in my case – periwinkle) — using the large paint brushFullSizeRender
  3. If you used step 1, cut out your sketch, place it on your painted canvas and trace lightly with a pencil
  4. Paint on the Disney castle and name (or any other design you used) — using the medium paint brushFullSizeRender-3
  5. You can stop now, or you can continue, using the small paint brush to make the edges of your design neat & clean
  6. You’re finished! You have now created a Disney master piece that Walt Disney, himself, would be proud of!!FullSizeRender-2