Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Clay Gift Tags

DIY Clay Gift Tags |

I love thinking up ways to make my wrapped gifts special. The wrapping can be almost a present by itself! Make a bunch of these clay tags and have them ready for when for those late night gift wrapping sessions. They'd also be handy for when you're running out the door at the last minute and need to bundle up a hostess gift!

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Clay Gift Tags |
  • Premier Air-Dry Clay
  • Wax Paper 
  • Rolling pin
  • Cardstock tag templates. Mine were 1.5" x 2" and 1.5" x 3"
  • Xacto knife
  • Small cookie cutters or scrap pieces of cardstock to make your own
  • Baker's twine
  • Liquid Gold Leaf
  • Paint brush
  • Permanent marker or letter stamps and ink pad

DIY Clay Gift Tags |

Roll out a ball of clay with a rolling pin in between two layers of wax paper. Aim for about 1/8" thick. Lay the cardstock template over the clay and cut around it with the xacto knife.

DIY Clay Gift Tags |

Punch out a hole at the top of each using a pen cap or something similar. Cut the star shapes. If you don't have cookie cutters small enough (I didn't) just accordion fold a strip of cardstock 10 times. Glue both ends together. Ta-da! A star cutter that will last you for about 8-10 uses before it starts to fall apart. Perfect for this kind of job and it was free! Smooth out any rough edges with your fingers. Let dry on a drying rack for a few hours. I just left mine overnight.

DIY Clay Gift Tags |

Paint the edges with the liquid gold leaf and let dry. Stamp or write names on the tags. Tie up with baker's twine and add to your pretty packages! They look great layered! DIY Clay Gift Tags | DIY Clay Gift Tags | DIY Clay Gift Tags |

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Ornaments, Fabrics, Etc!

Handmade Wood Ornaments by Vitamini

Hey there! The busy season has already started and before I get swept away filling orders and sharing new holiday DIYs, I wanted to stop by to share a few updates, shop and otherwise!

Handmade Wood Ornaments by Vitamini

Remember the retro ornament gift tags I shared last week? I shared them on Facebook and my good friend Ann suggested I make some actual ornaments out of my ornament designs. As per usual, I immediately got swept up into idea and spent the next two (or three or four) evenings working out a design and refining the technique (and sanding, sealing, printing, leafing, drilling, and sealing some more)! And now here they are! Mixed media (screen print on wood with gold leaf) ornaments. They're available in sets of three in my shop and on Etsy. I hope you like them!

Original Fabric Prints by VitaminiKebab Fabric Print by Vitamini

I have some new fabrics in the shop, too. Kebab and Flower Grid. All of the colors coordinate with my other fabric prints. I'm looking forward to sewing something up with these guys.

Kebab Fabric Print by Vitamini

In non-shop news, my Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship class has been going so well! There's only one class meeting left! I can't believe how fast the past 5 weeks have gone. I've been having a great time meeting local artisans and helping them get their shops up and running.

Baci & Me :)

My pup Baci is growing super fast. She's almost 6 months old. In the past few weeks she's been teething like crazy and losing the last of her baby teeth. I feel like our housebreaking training may be coming to a close (thank goodness).

In addition to the usual shop updates and blog diys I'm just about to jump into a bedroom makeover project! I'm currently working out the design details, but I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get started. Keep an eye out for those posts on the blog, coming soon!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY Gold Flecked Tray

DIY Gold Flecked Tray | Full tutorial at

This gold flecked tray is so pretty, you'd never believe how easy it is to make! All you need is some gold leaf scraps, pourable resin and supplies, and a tray to make this unique piece that would look beautiful on a bedside table or dresser. Package it up with some nice bath products and it would make a thoughtful gift!

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Gold Flecked Tray | Full tutorial at
DIY Gold Flecked Tray | Full tutorial at

Clean the inside of the tray to remove any dust. Sprinkle the gold leaf into the bottom of the tray. Try to get a good mix of sizes.

DIY Gold Flecked Tray | Full tutorial at

Mix up the resin according to the instructions on the box. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area! Slowly pour the mixture into the bottom of the tray, on top of the leaf, to about 1/8" thickness.

DIY Gold Flecked Tray | Full tutorial at

Use the stir stick to rearrange the gold leaf as necessary. Remove any bubbles by popping them with the stir stick or by gently exhaling over the surface. Let cure on a level surface in a well ventilated area. Mix and pour another 1/8" layer of resin after the first one has set for about 24 hours. Let cure.

DIY Gold Flecked Tray | Full tutorial at
DIY Gold Flecked Tray | Full tutorial at DIY Gold Flecked Tray | Full tutorial at

I love how the resin adds dimension and depth to the tray. The leaf almost looks like it's floating. I really like how it turned out! I hope you'll try to make one, too!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holiday Shop Update

Hand Screen Printed Holiday Gift Tags

Is it socially acceptable to talk about the holidays yet? I sure hope so! I've been adding festive holiday items to the shop lately, like these screen printed gift tags.

Hand Screen Printed Holiday Gift Tags Hand Screen Printed Holiday Gift Tags Hand Screen Printed Holiday Gift Tags

They feature the same ornament designs from my Merry & Bright holiday cards (I shared my creative process for that design here). Available in kraft & black, kraft & white, white & teal, and white & pink. They'd add a cool, retro vibe to all of those pretty gifts you'll give this season. You can find them all in my shop.

Hand Screen Printed Holiday Gift Tags

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Milkshake, a free typeface from Fairgoods

The fine folks at Fairgoods have a brand new typeface, Milkshake, up for grabs on their site. It's a hefty script with a bit of retro flair and is right up my alley. I really got a kick out of the promotional video they made to go with it.

Mmm, milkshakes... Head over to Fairgoods and download it for free!
Happy weekend! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

6 Autumn DIYs to Try

Fall is my favorite time of year! (Have I said that before?) I've been spotting lots of great projects around the web that look perfect for cool weather craft time. Cozy candles, necklaces that would look great layered over sweaters, festive leaf-themed decorations, and handmade wearables.

6 Autumn DIYs to Try |

1. I love these wood bowls with gold accents from Sugar and Cloth.
2. This leaf garland by I'mDrewScott would bring a colorful, modern touch to your Thanksgiving decor.
3. Pour your own soy candles with this tutorial by Paper and Stitch
4. You'd never guess these sophisticated necklace beads are made out of polymer clay! By The Lovely Drawer.
5. Block print your own scarf like this one from Almost Makes Perfect.
6. I love this wreath made out of textbook pages by Nalle's House.

*Photos via their respective sources

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins

DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins | Learn how to make these mid-century style pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape with just a few materials |

Can't stop, won't stop? Yeah, that's like me and these fall projects.

Lovers of mid-century Scandinavian design are probably all too familiar with the highly collectible Catherineholm enamelware. While I wish I had a collection of those colorful pieces, I'll have to wait until I hit the thrift shopping jackpot and find some of these in the rough. But lucky for us, it's easy to make some Catherineholm Lotus style pumpkins to decorate your mid-century tablescape!

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins | Learn how to make these mid-century style pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape with just a few materials |
  • White mini pumpkins
  • Black and orange washi tape
  • Freezer paper or wax paper
  • Xacto knife or scissors
  • Scrap paper
  • Pen or pencil
DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins | Learn how to make these mid-century style pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape with just a few materials |

Tear a piece of freezer paper from the roll. Layer pieces of the washi tape, about 3" long, on the waxy side of the freezer paper in twos, side by side. (I couldn't find my solid black tape, so I used this one and used a black marker to cover up the pattern.)

DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins | Learn how to make these mid-century style pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape with just a few materials |

Create a lotus pattern template on the scrap paper, about 2 1/2" tall, no wider than the 2x the width of the washi tape. Flip the freezer paper over and trace the template over the tape pairs, making sure its centered over the two tape strips on the other side. Cut the traced pieces out with an xacto or with scissors.
DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins | Learn how to make these mid-century style pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape with just a few materials |

Peel the tape pieces from the freezer paper and stick onto the pumpkin. Make sure to keep the center straight edges vertical, then smooth the rest of the tape over the surface of the pumpkin. Continue around the entire pumpkin.

DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins | Learn how to make these mid-century style pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape with just a few materials |

Try it with colored tapes!

DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins | Learn how to make these mid-century style pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape with just a few materials | DIY Catherineholm Pumpkins | Learn how to make these mid-century style pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape with just a few materials |
Have a happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DIY Origami Vampire Fangs

DIY Origami Vampire Fangs
There are only a few days left until Halloween, so time to whip up those last minute crafts! I love simple projects and using nothing more than a sheet of paper is about as simple as it can get! I came across this vampire fang model in an origami book I had as a kid and thought it would be a great, versatile decoration for Halloween. Glue it to toothpicks for cupcake toppers or use it to decorate a Halloween bar. They'd be great at a Twilight/True Blood/Vampire Diaries/Buffy/Lost Boys theme party!

All you need is red origami paper! I used three sizes: 7 1/2", 5", and 3 1/4" square.

DIY Origami Vampire Fangs

With the white side of the paper up, crease diagonally both ways and unfold. Fold the corners to the center and crease. Fold the new corners to the center, crease and unfold. Fold the bottom and the top to the center line and unfold. Unfold the right and left flaps. Fold the bottom up to the center again. Fold the right flap upwards to meet the top corner.

DIY Origami Vampire Fangs

Lower the flap down and flatten. Repeat on the left side. Open the center flaps and fold the top downwards to the center. Lift the right pointed flap, open it out and press it down into a diamond shape. Repeat on the other side. Fold both edges towards the center of each diamond. Pinch the center of the white part, folding it together. Hold the edges flat while folding it downward, making a fang. Repeat on the other side. Open the flaps and tuck the white parts inside, so only the fangs are visible. Fold the model in half and fold back the top point. Done!

DIY Origami Vampire Fangs

You can fold some blood drops, too! Just use 1" squares of red paper. Fold diagonally, white side up. Fold two edges to meet the center, then fold the side corners in and the top corner down. Flip over.

DIY Origami Vampire Fangs

Model adapted from Horrorgami by Steve and Megumi Biddle. 

If you're looking for other fun Halloween projects to try, check out this roundup of Origami Bats! There's one for each skill level! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Links


Wow, there goes another week! I've been extra busy around here because I just started teaching the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship program at my local community college this week! It's a brand new program and is still in the pilot stage, but it's geared to help creatives start Etsy shops from scratch, giving them all the necessary resources and basic information to get a running start. It's a really great program and I'm so happy to have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and share my experience with local artists. They're planning to roll out the course nation-wide fairly soon, so keep your ear out for a program near you!

Meantime, here are some links from around the web that I thought you'd enjoy:

Also, if you're in need of some puppy wrinkles...


You're welcome.
:) Have a nice weekend!

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Spooky Plant Pick

DIY Spooky Plant Pick
I love Halloween, so any excuse to create another craft project is good by me! I partnered up with Mod Podge to make a Halloween project with a few of their supplies. These fun plant decorations can are made with just a few materials and can help spookify your favorite houseplants. Plus they're glow-in-the-dark!

Here's what you'll need:
DIY Halloween Plant Decoration
  • Mod Melts in Green
  • Mod Podge Silicone Mat
  • Mod Podge Glow in the Dark
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cardstock in yellow and black
  • Single ply crepe paper (or tissue paper) in orange
  • Stapler
  • Double sided tape or gluestick
  • Striped paper straw
  • Scissors
DIY Halloween Plant Decoration
Punch (or trace and cut) 2 1/2" diameter circles from the yellow and black cardstock. Cut notches out of the black circle to make an irregular, spiky edge. Glue the two circles together.
DIY Halloween Plant Decoration

Cut a 3.5" x 18" piece of crepe. Accordion fold and staple in the center. Add double-sided tape to the edges and fan out.

DIY Halloween Plant Decoration

Glue the paper circles to the fan. Hot glue the straw to the back of the fan.

DIY Halloween Plant Decoration

Now for the fun part! Heat up the Mod Melt in the hot glue gun. Write "eek" in script directly onto the silicone mat. Nothing sticks to this mat so it'll be easy to pop off the words once they're cool! It might take a little practice (it did for me!) but it'll get easier once you get the hang of it.

Once the word is cool, carefully pull it up from the mat. To get a nice, thick coat of glow-in-the-dark goodness, brush the glow Mod Podge over the letters, or do like I did and dip the whole thing into the jar. Let dry on the mat and then glue to the center of the circles.
DIY Halloween Plant Decoration DIY Halloween Plant Decoration

Add the pick to a spooky-looking plant for a nice Halloween gift! Wouldn't these make the cutest party favors? I used a Christmas cactus, but there are all kinds of other creepy-looking plants that would be great with this pick: venus fly traps, spiky succulents, spider plants, something cabbage-y (an ode to Little Shop of Horrors). The plant container is another opportunity to bring in the Halloween theme. I added black washi tape stripes to a plain white metal bucket, but the opportunities are endless!

DIY Halloween Plant Decoration

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Mod Podge and Blueprint Social. I was compensated for this post, but all ideas and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Vitamini Handmade going! 

If you're looking for more craft ideas from Plaid check out these projects: DIY Faux Sugar Skulls with Collage Clay by Mod Podge, 3 DIY Cell Phone Cases with Decoden by Mod Podge, Plaid Blog - Introducing Mod Podge Modeling Clay, Plaid Decoden Pinterest Board

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