Emoji Lights

emoji lanterns diy

Another day, another emoji project. In this one, I took some string lights with little paper lanterns around them and painted/drew emoji faces on them. It’s a pretty basic idea: just take paint them, draw faces, add extra features if necessary. As always, you can pick and choose your favorite emojis to include. And you could even do this project with larger paper lanterns if you prefer. Here’s a video in case you want a little more instruction.

painting paper lanterns

emoji lights

Believe it or not, I still have a lot more emoji ideas up my sleeve. If you have any cool ideas for projects or videos, I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com.

paper emoji lanterns

A Taco Coupon Holder for Taco Coupons

taco coupon holder

I’ve finally gotten back into crafting after a lengthy (for me) hiatus. So I thought that my first post back should have something to do with tacos because… well because. This is a super easy project and you can actually use it for a lot of different things – a wallet, a clutch, whatever. But I think it has a lot of practical value as a coupon holder (and also I have some taco coupons so really it’s only fitting…).

DIY Taco Coupon Holder – what you need:

  • felt in various colors (tan, green, red, brown, more if you choose)
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thread
  • button

taco felt pieces

taco felt stack

felt taco

Step 1: Cut the felt

The basic idea is that you’ll need one oval piece of felt in each color you’ve selected. They can be any size you want, but the ones here are about the size of a standard piece of felt from the craft store, just cut into oval shapes. For some of them, I added irregular edges to better represent the taco fillings (like lettuce and tomatoes) but that all is up to you.

Step 2: Stitch the layers together

When you’ve got the basic shapes cut out, you need to layer them on top of each other (in any order, so long as the tan/taco shell colored one is on the bottom). Then fold them in half so that the shell is on the outside. Stitch them all together going along the middle/bottom of the taco, and then stitch up about an inch or so of each edge so that your coupons or whatever you decide to fill it with won’t fall out.

Seep 3: Add a button and fill

To close it, you’ll need to stitch a small button onto the top front, then add a little loop of thread onto the top of the other “shell” piece of felt. Add some coupons or whatever you decide and then enjoy carrying around your fun taco accessory!!

felt taco clutch

New Home Snapshots

wood fireplace and plants

Hellooooooo! Long time no post. As I mentioned before, I’ve been moving to a new home. So all of my craft supplies, camera, etc. have been packed away (and I’ve had no time for anything to be completely honest). So that’s why I haven’t been around much. But I’m moved in now and kinda-sorta unpacked so I should be back to posting weird crafty stuff soon enough.

But for now I thought I’d share a few photos of my new place, just to ease back into this whole thing and to show you the space that I’m sure I’ll be filling with lots of DIY projects in the near future. These are just a few corners of the house, since I basically had to shove all of the boxes and junk over the the other sides of each room just to get a few pictures. But I hope you enjoy. And I can’t wait to start crafting for this new space!


living room setup

dining room bar

hanging basket planter

kitchen counters

pink purple bathroom floors

home office setup

5 Creative Ways to Display Your Instagram Photos

instagram diy projects

Instagram has become one of the easiest ways for people to document and share photos from their everyday lives. But the problem, for me at least, is that I basically rely fully on Instagram and don’t ever print or display photos in my home much anymore. If you have this issue too, there are actually a lot of really cool DIY ways to bring your Instagram photos into your home decor. Here are a few of my favorites.

What are your favorite ways to display Instagram photos?

Hats Flashback

diy knit hats

Okay, so here’s the deal. I’m in the process of moving so all of my craft supplies are being packed and everything is a mess. That means I don’t really have any DIY projects to share now or in the near future. I’ll still share some roundups and stuff but I probably won’t post quite as often as I usually do. Try not to shed too many tears.

Anyway, I was going through my old blog to see if there was any content I could repurpose over here in the meantime, and I came across soooo many of my old hats that I used to make. Aside from the semi-embarrassing pictures and less-than-stellar craftsmanship, I still think the ideas are pretty cool so I thought I’d share a few of them.

I still don’t know how to use knitting patterns or anything, but is anyone interested in seeing some projects like this here in the future? I used to make these all. the. time. and I really loved coming up with the concepts and then seeing how they turned out. Do you have a favorite of the ones shown or any suggestions for future ones??

Ice Cream Cone Nail Art

ice cream nail art

Ice cream season (<–what I call summer) is in full swing. So why wouldn’t I want to paint ice cream cones onto my nails? And why wouldn’t you want to do the same?? Here’s how.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Nails – what you need:

  • dark brown nail polish
  • mesh fabric
  • tape
  • light brown nail polish
  • white nail polish
  • red nail polish
  • various other colors of nail polish
  • tooth picks

nail diy

diamond pattern nail tutorial

textured nails

ice cream cone nails diy

ice cream nail tutorial

ice cream cone nail art

Step 1: Start with a base

Pretty simple – just add a coat of dark brown nail polish to each nail.

Step 2: Add the cone texture

Once the dark brown polish is completely dry, take some small strips of mesh fabric and wrap them around each nail, taping them in place. Then add a coat of the light brown polish over the top of it and let it dry before removing the mesh.

Step 3: Top it with some ice cream

After that, add some white nail polish to the top of each nail. You’ll want this part to be sort of rounded, but it can be a little messy (just like real ice cream) so you don’t necessarily need to tape it off.

Step 4: Embellish

When the white polish is dry, just add a small dot of red to the very top of each nail, because every ice cream cone needs a cherry on top, right? Then you can also dip a tooth pick into other nail polishes and use them to add little sprinkles around the top of each nail as well. That’s it!

ice cream nails

Gold Leaf Sunglasses

gold leaf sunglasses

It’s officially summertime, and that means it’s time to get out every pair of sunglasses you own. As you may or may not have gathered from reading this blog, I truly hate to throw anything away. So I have a lot of sunglasses lying around, some of which are very similar to other pairs I already own. That led me to brainstorm some DIY solutions to change up my sunglass collection a bit. So obviously I had to turn a pair gold. Here’s how you can really easily do the same.

DIY Gold Leaf Sunglasses – what you need:

  • sunglasses
  • painter’s tape
  • scissors
  • gold leaf
  • paint brush

sunglasses diy

painting sunglasses

gold sunglasses diy

Step 1: Cover the lenses

When you paint a pair of sunglasses gold, you want to cover every part of them except, of course, the lenses. Now, if you’re into not being able to see through your lenses, then by all means skip this step and just go full on gold. But if you want to actually be able to, you know, wear them, you’ll need to cover both lenses, front and back, with painter’s tape. Unfortunately, there’s not a secret formula to doing this quickly and easily with full coverage. But you can use a few different pieces of tape to make sure you get the whole area covered.

Step 2: Paint it gold

Then you’ll need to take your paintbrush and gold leaf paint and cover all of the plastic parts of your sunglasses with the gold. Let it dry and then add another coat. Do this until you’re happy with how the gold looks overall.

Step 3: Finish it up

Once your final coat is dry, remove the painter’s tape from the lenses. There might be some little flecks of gold that made it through – if so, you can just use your fingernail to scrape them off the sides. Then touch up any parts that might need it, and you’re good to go! Have fun showing off your shiny new specs all summer long!

gold sunglasses

Dino DIYs

dinosaur diy projects

I’m honestly still on a high from seeing Jurassic World last week (and I still have at least one more themed post to share – I just ran into a couple road blocks but it’s coming!) So I thought I’d share some cool DIYs from other bloggers (alongside my own) that also integrate dinosaurs in some way or another. Here are some of my favorites!





Have you guys seen the movie yet? I’d love to know what you thought of it!

Emoji Beaded Necklace

emoji necklace

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m obsessed with clay-based DIY projects right now. So you know it was only a matter of time before I made some sort of emoji project. And you’re in luck! This one’s so easy to make and I’m really happy with how it turned out. So pick out your favorite emojis and get to work!

DIY Emoji Beaded Necklace – what you need:

  • air-dry or oven-bake clay
  • needle
  • yellow paint
  • paintbrush
  • black marker
  • paint in other colors (optional)
  • embroidery thread

diy clay bead

clay beads diy

drawing emoji faces

clay emoji

painted emoji beads

emoji beaded necklace

diy emoji necklace

Step 1: Form the beads

Start by forming your clay into small beads (whatever size you want really). Then take a needle and poke it through the middle of each bead, sort of jiggling it on the way through so that there’s a good sized hole in the middle of each one.

Step 2: Paint the beads

Let the beads sit or bake them until they’re completely dry. Then add a coat or two of yellow paint to each one. You could use other colors too depending on your favorite emoji faces. Allow that paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step.

Step 3: Add emoji faces

Take a black marker and add some of the facial features of your favorite emojis. You can use other markers or paint to add some of the more colorful facial features as well. Let that paint dry fully.

Step 4: Complete the necklace

When all your beads are completed, just run a colorful string of embroidery thread through all of your beads and you have yourself a fun little necklace. You can wear all of them on one necklace together or you can just switch them out and wear one at a time depending on your mood or something.

emoji beads necklace

Snake Planter

snake planter diy

I have this problem where I can’t stop buying plants. I suppose in the grand scheme of things that’s really not such a bad thing. But I do seem to run out of containers to hold all of these plants. The latest addition to my plant collection is a little snake plant. So I decided to DIY a planter that goes along with the name of the plant, naturally.

DIY Snake Planter – what you need:

  • plain canister
  • white spray paint (optional)
  • wax paper (also optional)
  • air dry clay
  • paper towel
  • gold leaf
  • paintbrush
  • plant in container

snake plant diy planter

clay snake

clay snake planter

gold snake planter

snake planter

Step 1: Paint canister

This part is optional, especially if you already have a canister that’s white or a plain color that you like. But I used an old oatmeal canister, so it needed a couple coats of white paint to look like an actual acceptable planter. Note: this isn’t sufficient to actually hold the plan on its own. I used it as sort of an outer holder with a basic plastic planter and tray inside it.

Step 2: Form snake

Once the paint is dry, it’s time to make a snake with some clay. Use air dry clay because it needs to be around the canister when it dries so that it’s the right shape. I’m sure you remember how to make a snake from your Play-Dough days. The only difference here is that you should make yours a little more life-like. Form a head shape at one end. And then use a paper towel or something similar to add a little bit of texture to the clay so that it actually looks like a snake. Wrap a sheet of wax paper around your canister and secure it with tape. Then wrap the clay around the canister so that you can see it from all sides. Press it into the wax paper in a few spots so that it stays long enough to dry. I suppose you could skip the wax paper part if you’re confident enough to paint the snake without getting any on the canister.

Step 3: Add the gold leaf

When the clay is dry (which should probably take a few days) use a paintbrush to add a layer of gold leaf to the snake. If you used the wax paper in the previous step, this part should be pretty easy because you can make a mess. But if you didn’t, use a small brush so that you don’t get gold all over your pretty white planter. Or you could even use a bit of painter’s tape.

Step 4: Remove the wax paper

When the gold leaf is dry, you can remove the wax paper. If you do this part properly, the clay should fit perfectly around the canister without being actually attached to it. BUT you need to do this very carefully because I broke my clay at the last second and had to glue it back together which was quite the headache. I would recommend sort of cutting the wax paper around the snake and always always hold the clay in place while peeling off the wax paper.

Step 5: Add the plant

At this point, you should have a completed planter! You just need to add the plant (complete with plastic planter and tray for excess water) and enjoy!

snake plant planter