Sadie Holloway is a writer and artist who uses the power of journaling to bring more peace, serenity, and joy into her life.
My Use It or Lose It Crafting Challenge
One of my goals this year is to use up all of my excess craft supplies before I buy any more. I have drawers, baskets, boxes, and plastic containers filled with the remnants of countless DIY projects that I either finished successfully, gave up because (insert random excuse here), or didn't even start because (insert another random excuse). So, no more excuses! It's time for me to put those craft supplies back to work!
My First Project: Ladybug Fridge Magnet
Here are the instructions on how to make my first project, which is a lucky ladybug fridge magnet. I made it in about 15 minutes (not including drying time for the paint).
Are you ready to work your way through your stash of unused craft supplies, too?
- One bag of round glass stones
- Crafting magnets
- Medium-tip black permanent marker (or black paint)
- Hot glue gun and one glue stick cartridge
- Red acrylic paint (For this project, I actually used some leftover red nail polish I received as a gift. I used the polish once on my fingers and toes but decided bright red nails weren't my thing. The color was too vibrant to throw out.)
If you are doing this craft, or any other craft, as a way to use up your existing art supplies, get creative and see what unexpected things you can find around the house to complete your creative projects!
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- Use the black marker to draw the ladybug's head, wing outline, and polka dots on the flat side of the glass stone. Let the ink dry for a few minutes and then go over the black dots again with the marker.
- Let the ink dry completely and then carefully apply a thin coat of paint. Instead of swiping the brush across the black ink, apply the paint in small dabs over the black ink first, then fill in the remaining spaces with paint. (Hint: Even though you are using a permanent marker, the ink may smudge a bit. That's why it is important to avoid using long strokes while applying the first coat of paint.)
- Once the first coat of paint is completely dry, add a second coat.
- When the second coat of paint is dry, use your hot glue gun to apply the fridge magnet(s) to the back. I used two small magnets because that's all I had, but if you have a larger magnet, I would recommend using that one.
When strolling through the garden,
If you should chance to see
A ladybug out walking,
Please say "Hi" for me!
For ladybugs are good bugs,
They help the garden grow
They will bring you good luck,
So always say "Hello!"
— Author Unknown
Fun Facts About Crafting
- About 63 percent of American households completed at least one craft project in 2017.
- According to the Craft & Hobby Association, the retail crafting industry was valued at $43 billion in 2017.
- More men are getting involved in crafting. As of 2017, they represent 40% of all crafters.
© 2017 Sadie Holloway