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I am super excited to be collaborating with Unglued for their Handmade Home Series and bring Be Crafty back to Fargo, ND.  Registration opens today, and space is limited do to space. We will be making 3 projects, all part of the Handmade Home series. Workshop will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 10am-1pm.


  1. Chose from a variety of paint colors to paint 2 bamboo kitchen cooking spoons
  2. Paint a polka dot tea towel with lace trim
  3. Learn how to make your own laundry soap and take home in a decorated jar

Grab a friend for a discounted price and I will see you in Fargo in July!!!


* please note that workshop registration is NOT in the be crafty shop due to the unique nature of this collaboration with the Unglued shop. To register follow the above link.




  • June 2, 2014 - 9:44 am

    molly yeh - ohmygoodness!!! this is so exciting. i love unglued and i had such a blast at your workshop at bethy’s over the holidays!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Laundry soap and a new typewriter » Be Crafty - […] This past weekend I had a few High School graduation parties to addend. I waited of course to the last minute to figure out a gift.  I wanted to do something meaningful and useful and handmade. As I sat on the couch trying to think I happened to look over and see a jar of laundry soap sitting on the table that I had just made for a sample for one of our upcoming workshops. […]ReplyCancel


Last week as I was cleaning the kitchen,  I couldn’t believe how much plastic was building up to go out to the recycle bin.  Granted, we did just take a trip to Costco.  And I should note, MOST of them contained fruit.  So, instead of throwing the containers away, I thought it would be fun to try find a way to re-use them.


To start, I sprayed the plastic container with a gold spray paint, a perfect match for my Maggie Holmes style board collection paper. Once the container was dry I measured the front and cut 2 strips.  I love when the front and the back are the same size. To finish the front off, I began layering using a small crochet doily, ruffled crepe paper, and 2 tags both from the styleboard collection. I love using a variety of textures when layering.


cardI knew right away that I wanted to turn this container into a gift card holder. It was the perfect size to hold a large manilla tag. And, with a few graduation parties coming up, it will come in handy!!

Let’s first talk quick about how awesome this cork board paper is. And a perfect look for a graduation too.

To create the card holder I first sized and attached a pattern paper onto the manilla tag. To make the gift card pocket, size the cork paper to to the manilla tag. Cut a triangle shape off the top.  Slowly , I sewed the cork paper onto the manilla tag.  Using a heart shaped pin, I stuck a collection of layers onto the front.


To finish it off, I added this super fun kraft and gold polka dot paper inside. And to think this cute little basil container was going to be recycled.

  • May 29, 2014 - 8:31 am

    ~amy~ - Awesome, love what you’ve done. I’m amazed at how well the plastic took to the spray paint…looks fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    Stephanie - This is just too cute! You are amazing! Totally need to make one of these for myself, lol!! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    alissa - i LOVE how you’ve dressed these up! I’ve been using strawberry/tomato containers to store my ribbons and twine. Your creative brain is always firing!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2014 - 1:05 am

    Scrappy Manila - Oh my this is just so cute!!!ReplyCancel


Hello Summer, Good-bye Spring.

Just like that it went from being in the 60’s to 80’s. I am not complaining. I love summer, and the warm sun. Each year I try see how long I can go without turning on the Air Conditioner. This past weekend I almost caved.

A few weeks ago I found this old metal fan sitting next to someone’s garbage can. Attached was a sign that said           ” I work”.  Of course I jumped out of my car, picked her up and brought her home for a little DIY makeover.


This project was super easy. All you need is a screwdriver, and a couple cans of spray-paint.

After everything was wiped down and the grates were removed, I started spraying from the outside. Once the outside was covered, I used a paper bag to protect the outside base and began spraying the fan propeller.


The grates needed 2+ coats, as I wanted to make sure all the areas were covered.  Once everything was dry, I screwed the grates back onto the metal frame.

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I am loving her new look, and here’s to hoping for at least 2 more weeks without the AC on !!!

  • May 28, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Jenna Lou - Dang girl you made that junky old fan look so cute! Way to save it from the landfill too.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    darcy - cute cute cute!
    i caved already!the ac is on over here in hudson!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2014 - 7:40 am

    Jaime ♥ Raising up Rubies - i will never look at old junky fans the same again. ever.

  • May 29, 2014 - 8:16 am

    creole wisdom - Leave it to you to turn an ugly old fan into something gorgeous! I love this idea, Amanda :)ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Fancy That. | julie lynn design - […] never even thought twice about it’s condition until I saw a recent fan DIY on the Be Crafty blog.  After discussing paint colors with Taco, I went for it.  It was as easy as Amanda said it would […]ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Maggie May's Gifts - So cute. Makes me want to get a box fan!!!ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2015 - 3:12 am

    calideb - Love the fan’s colors. I have one that I’m going to update too. How did you protect the motor from getting painted? Thanks for the creative ideas to add color to ordinary things :>ReplyCancel


This weekend I spent as much time outside as I could, soaking in the warm spring sun. The lawn was mowed for the first time, and I finally got a chance to plant some seed packets that I had picked up weeks ago while I was patiently waiting for the snow to melt.

Last year, I made these bamboo fork markers, and loved how they turned out that I decided to make them again. This year I am trying to grow a few new greens, so new markers were needed.



I am all about using supplies that are on hand and does not require a trip to the store.  And since I didn’t have popsicle sticks ( who dosen’t have popsicle sticks stashed in their craft supplies ??)  I did  however have a bunch of left over bamboo forks .

With a little washi tape, I sectioned off the area where I wanted to paint. Washi tape is the perfect size in tape for the forks, and peels off easily.


Once I wrapped all the forks, I picked out one of my favorite paint colors (citrus hill by behr ) and and painted the bottom portion of the forks. Once the paint has been fully covered, remove the tape. If you wait for the paint to dry and try to pull off the tape, you might peel off paint which will create an uneven line.  markersstamp

Since each fork will be used for a different seed, I used individual mini stamps to create label names. Once the forks were all stamped I sealed them with a clear coat. Using a spray sealant ( found in the spray can isle) works the best.


Now I am crossing my fingers these little seeds will grow!!!!

  • May 19, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Jessica - Eeeep! I love these a lot! So simple and sweet! This would make such a lovely gift!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    Brandi Talmadge - Adorable! I agree with the previous comment that these would make a great gift. But, I’d also have to make a set for myself. Thank you for the post!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I am always so drawn to your color choices! Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    All Things Creative and Beautiful - DIY Mama - […] ladies at Be Crafty made the simplest, yet cutest, garden markers ever! I can even see doing this with your kids but using kid-safe paint and having them write on […]ReplyCancel