Make your own dinosaur keychain

I’m always wanting to change things around and add new colour and art to my home. This patchwork paper art is an easy and budget friendly way to do that, and a great way to use up or recycle paper scraps too. In this tutorial I’ve used wrapping paper and origami paper, but you could also reuse greeting cards, store carry bags, magazine pages, thrifted books, or scrapbooking paper. (click on the ‘read more’ link below for the full step by step tutorial).

Handmade objects always contain a piece of author’s soul. When you buy such item you become a little bit happier…

Easy DIY Cork Magnets.

We’ve absolutely loved our kitchen since the big rehab that we completed this past fall. It’s been amazing. But with a smaller square footage where we both work and take care of our family, {until we can finish that basement} space has been a little tight to come up with a clever command center.

Sometimes, it’s nice to go with the basic things.

So since some of our items are still in storage {I know. For shame. We’re clearing it out this week!} We thought we’d whip up something fun and easy. Homework season is just around the corner {hold me} and the kids love displaying their work. Here’s what we used:

  • glue gun + glue
  • paint brushes + craft paint
  • cork shapes here or here
  • magnets

This is so simple you should be embarrassed for us. We emptied out the cork shapes, and put them into layers. Then we painted each one in fun contrasting colors, and laid each one out to dry.

Once dry, we glued together each layer, adding the magnet last. A glue gun worked just fine for this. Necessary disclaimer: As always, if you’re doing this with children, we recommend keeping the magnets out of reach until you have glued them on. They’re dangerous if ingested and can pinch little fingers.

Tada! An easy afternoon project with the kids that works perfectly.


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