DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Teach the kids to recycle and reuse with this fun gift tag project.

If you have left over glitter, you could go paint some animals too!

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Supplies:

  1. Magazines
  2. Glue
  3. Scissors
  4. Glitter
  5. Cardboard for backing
  6. Hole punch
  7. Ribbon
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Cut a rectangle from your cardboard backing.
  2. Use this a template to cut your magazine into rectangles too - make sure your template covers the pretty part of the magazine your want on your gift tag.
  3. Glue both sides together.
  4. Punch a hole at the top.
  5. Apply some glue to the parts of the tag you want to glitterize.
  6. Sprinkle the glitter onto the glue and let dry.
  7. Thread a ribbon through the hole and tie.
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

TIP: You could also use magazine pages with fun typography or words, of glue a variety of pages to your cardboard backing for a jigsaw effect.

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

If you're not feeling very crafty or you don't have time to clean up a glitter mess, you could download these cute polka dot gift cards instead.

DIY Pretty Painted Leaves

DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

The leaves are starting to turn at my place and as I was sweeping them up today I remembered this pretty painted leaves project I did back in the days of Love From Ginger.

This is a relaxing. Sunday crafternoon DIY that the kids and the hubby could join you in doing. Imagine a giant vase of these gorgeous leaves on your dining room table!

DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Supplies:

  1. Acrylic paints
  2. Paint palette or an old plate 
  3. Paint brushes
  4. Scissors
  5. Cotton thread (I used gold thread)
  6. Dried leaves
  7. Sewing needle
  8. Branch
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Paint your leaves in assorted colours and patterns. 
  2. Once the leaves are dried, sew them to your branch using the thread.
  3. Display your branch in a beautiful vase and enjoy the pretty pops of colour from your new fall leaves.
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

I'm such a sucker for colourful things and with this project you could make a whole variety of different branches to suit the different seasons of the year.

DIY Animal Makeovers

DIY Animal Makeovers | Easy kids' craft by Rachael Mary

If you have a few spare zoo animals lying around the house the kids have lost interest in, this little project will re-ignite their imagination and make play time with those animals awesome again.

Plus, this is a glitter project and who doesn't love that gorgeous, glittery mess afterwards!

DIY Animal Makeovers | Easy kids' craft by Rachael Mary

Supplies:

  1. Non-toxic acrylic paints
  2. Paint brushes
  3. Paint palette
  4. Assorted glitter
  5. Plastic or wooden animals
  6. Non-toxic finishing spray
DIY Animal Makeovers | Easy kids' craft by Rachael Mary

Steps:

  1. Paint your animals white. This provides a nice even base for the colours to pop.
  2. After the white paint has dried, start painting each animal one section at a time.
  3. Once all the sections have been painted and are dry, dip the feet, tails or heads into the glue and then dip into the glitter.
  4. Wait for the glue and glitter to dry and then spray with a finishing spray to make sure those glittery bits don't go all over the house!

TIP: Use as many bright colours as possible and mix and match your glitter colours too.

DIY Animal Makeovers | Easy kids' craft by Rachael Mary

I can guarantee the kids will love playing with their new zoo friends again once they are all shiny and glittered!

The perfect way to show kids how to reuse, recycle and create something beautiful.

DIY Neon Triangle Photo Frames

DIY Neon Triangle photo frames | Easy DIY project to make from Rachael Mary

I'm having a lot of fun going back through my DIY archives from my time as a DIY blogger (back in my days as Love From Ginger), and finding lots of lovely DIY projects to repost for you.

These triangle photo frames were featured in Inside Out Magazine, which of course made me blush with much happiness! They are easy to make and the perfect craft for a little bit of Sunday afternoon making and creating.

DIY Neon Triangle photo frames | Easy DIY project to make from Rachael Mary
DIY Neon Triangle photo frames | Easy DIY project to make from Rachael Mary

Steps:

  1. Get your local hardware store to cut some marine ply triangles for you. Make sure they are small enough for an A4 printed photo.
  2. Print your favourite photos and while they are drying, paint the edges of your triangles in neon paint.
  3. Cut your photos to size and glue to the triangles.
  4. Allow to dry and display!
DIY Neon Triangle photo frames | Easy DIY project to make from Rachael Mary
DIY Neon Triangle photo frames | Easy DIY project to make from Rachael Mary

The perfect, cheerful DIY project to make your home happy!

DIY Printable: Dotty Gift Tags

Free download, cute gift tags, easy DIY by Rachael Mary

I was caught off guard (again!) this week with some last minute gift wrapping at home and not a card in sight to attach.

I remembered these cute dotty gift tags I made a while back and in just a few clicks of the mouse, voilà, my wrapping dilemma was solved.

I thought I'd give them to you too in a little download so your future wrapping disasters are happily solved too!

Free download, cute gift tags, easy DIY by Rachael Mary

Steps:

  1. Download the file
  2. Print onto thick card stock (I used a linen card for a textured look)
  3. Follow the instructions on the print out to cut and finish your tags

 Hooray for a quick fix to a common gift giving problem!