March is National Craft Month. I’m celebrating with fun and easy DIY spring projects involving unicorns, coloring books, storage, St. Patrick’s Day, and rainbows—duh!
Unicorn Rainbow Brooch
A book is the inspiration for my first National Craft Month project. Check out Hello Happiness: An Adult Coloring Book to Live Your Happily Ever After by artist Kim Geiser.
Immediately, I wanted to share the uplifting quotes and adorable graphics in this book! I’m always one to improve my pin game, and a brooch seemed the way to go.
Here are the materials you need:
- Unicorn image
- Shrinky Dinks paper
- Sharpie marker
- Map pencils in different colors
- Safety pin
- Toaster oven
- Craft felt
- Clipboard to help with tracing (optional)
1. Print out the images you want for your pins
Making coloring book pages wearable is easier than you think. This is also making me think of making them into Christmas tree ornaments. The first thing I did was print out a few of my favorite images from Hello Happiness.
2. Trace the outline on Shrinky Dinks paper and cut it out
I placed the printed image underneath a piece of Shrinky Dinks paper. Then, I outlined the design using a Sharpie marker. Then came the fun part—coloring. Most shrink plastics recommend using map pencils.
The next step is cutting out your design. Remember, if you want your pin larger or smaller, adjust the size print you make to trace. If you plan to make a backpack charm or necklace, now is the time to punch a hole.
3. Cook the Shrinky Dinks and attach a safety pin to the brooch
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for “cooking” your Shrinky Dinks. I heated mine in a toaster oven on a sheet of tin foil. Once your design has cooled, you can either add a clear protective coat or back it in craft felt.
4. Pin it on your jean jacket
Add a safety pin to the back of your Shrinky Dink brooch, and this bad boy is ready for your jean jacket. Isn’t this project so easy and cute? Hello Happiness has so many fun designs. I’m sure it will inspire you to make enough flair for all your friends and family.
Are backpack charms more your speed? Stop by my blog to find out how to make them.
Easy Rainbow Stitched Desk Storage
I’m always looking for cute ways to organize all my craft and desk supplies. This brings me to my second National Craft Month project. Sometimes, it is hard to beat cheap white storage basket s. However, nobody said they had to stay white. Why would they, when rainbow yarn exists in the world? These plastic storage bins with their large holes beg to be stitched.
1. Gather your supplies
First things first, gather all your crafting materials. A quick trip to the store should give you everything you need:
- A basket (or baskets) with holes
- Sewing needle for yarn
- Yarn in different colors
- A pair of sharp scissors
By the way, if you’re a craft-a-holic like me, check if you have any leftover yarn scraps from past projects.
There’s no right or wrong way to stitch these baskets–just in and out. Make sure your needle has an extra-large eye so your yarn fits.
Get creative with your patterns. Think about cross-stitch or plastic canvas projects for inspiration. On the DIY Network, I shared several ideas for stitching storage, even weaving. Head on over my blog for a complete step-by-step for these rainbow cuties.
DIY St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Wreath
Not only is it spring and National Craft Month, St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon. Check out my rainbow wreath. Feast your eyes, people. Rainbows rule, and this wreath proves it!
Clearly, a rainbow wreath is awesome without a thing added to it. I wasn’t sure people would get my St. Patrick’s Day pot-of-gold-at-the-end-of-rainbow theme without a little decorating.
1. Prepare your crafting materials
- Color Burst Rainbow Wreath
- Gold coins
- Green plastic bucket
- Decorative St. Patrick’s Day trim
- Utility scissors
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
2. Cut your green plastic bucket in half
Find a green bucket to act as your “pot of gold,” then use utility scissors to cut it down the middle. This will make attaching the bucket to your wreath a lot easier. You can even use terracotta pots or paint an old Halloween pumpkin green. Be creative!
3. Decorate your bucket with gold coins and glue it to your wreath
Using a hot glue gun, attach the bucket to your wreath. I opted to add the bucket to the green section of the wreath to keep the rainbow going. Also, using your hot glue gun, attach a variety of gold coins as if they are coming out of your bucket.
Feel free to add other decorative elements to the wreath. I opted to weave some shiny shamrock garlands into the colorful branches.
All you need to do now is hang and enjoy. Oh, and who said wreaths only go on doors? I think mine looks pretty amazing on the gallery wall. What do you think?
Rainbows aren’t just for spring. They’re for any other occasion and season, too. Check out these other posts for rainbow crafts and party ideas:
- 3 Spring Crafts That Let the Rainbow into Your Home
- Have a Creepy Carnival-themed Party with a Rainbow Tree
- Colors of Love: 4 Colorful Ways to Decorate a Rainbow Tree
- 8 Fabulous Rainbow Party Ideas for Pride Month.
Got any rainbow craft projects you want to share with other readers? Leave a comment below!