DIY: Easy trinket holder


I have been on the look out for a trinket holder for a while now, but have had no luck in finding one that I like and can afford. So I decided to make my own one out of things that I already have at home. After a dig around in my recycling and craft supplies I found some items I thought I could use. Above is the result! A completely upcycled trinket holder.

If you would like to have a go making your own one this is what you will need: 


All you need to make a trinket holder is: 

3x same size jar lids (I used lids from pasta sauce jars), a cotton spool, a marble or a bead, a glue gun and spray paint. If you would like to have patterned paper on the inside of your lids you will also need paper, craft glue and scissors.

How to make it:

  • Clean jar lids and dry.
  • Position lids together in a triangle shape and using a glue gun, glue the edges where the lids meet.
  • Glue the end of the cotton spool to the center of where the lids come together
  • Then glue the marble/bead on top of the cotton spool
  • Take the trinket holder outside or to a well ventilated room and spray paint it ensuring even coverage. It may need 2-3 coats of paint, let it dry in between coats.
  • Once dry you can either leave the trinket holder as it is or insert patterned paper to the inside of the lids for added colour. To make paper circles just find an item with a circular bottom (that is the same size) and use it as a template to draw circles on to your paper. Cut the circles out and glue to the inside of the lids. If you want to add a glossy effect to the paper when its inside the lids coat it with modge podge (or 50% pva glue mixed with 50% water). 

I hope you have enjoyed my trinket diy, let me know in the comments section below what you thought.

Quick and easy ways to decorate envelopes (part 2 of 2)

Hello there! A little while back I shared part 1 of my quick and easy ways to decorate envelopes. Here at last is part 2. I hope you like my suggestions!

1, Paper inserts


Putting decorative paper inserts into your envelopes adds a nice splash of colour to your mail. All you need to do is trace around your envelope (address side facing down) onto the paper you want to be on the inside. Once you have your paper cut out, trim about 1cm off the bottom so that when you push the paper insert inside the envelope you can still use the sticky strip at the top to seal it. Also trim 2-3mms on each side of the paper so it slides into the envelope nicely. On the back of the paper, using a glue stick apply glue to it's bottom and side edges (I found a tiny bit of glue in each corner to be enough). Open the envelope up wide and carefully insert the paper into the envelope. When the paper is in position glue down it's top edge to. Let the envelope dry for a few minutes and then your done.


I used decorative paper that I got free with craft magazines and gift wrap but you can use any paper you think would look good inside your envelopes. 


2, Wax seals


Another quick way to decorate your envelopes is by sealing them with a wax seal. I have finally got my own stamp to make wax seals, I have wanted one for ages. I just love how an envelope looks when it is sealed with wax. It makes the letter feel so special, I think. I bought this one from Hobby Craft and it is so quick and easy to use. Basically, just light the wick on the wax and let it drip onto the part of the envelope you want to be sealed. Then make an imprint in the wax with the stamp, it's  easy!


Not keen on using a wax stamp? Why not try sealing your envelope with a sticker instead? It adds a nice finishing touch to your mail. The stickers I used above are: Snail Mail stickers, Just For You doily stickers, Rainbow colours, Cath Kidston stickers, and Retro Animal stickers.

3, Stickers


Stickers are a super quick and easy way to decorate envelopes. The stickers I used for the envelopes above and below are from Wilko but you can find similar ones in lots of places and are usually very cheap. Whether you arrange them into pictures or patterns or have them stuck down like confetti, they definitely brighten up an envelope.


I hope you have enjoyed the second part of my quick and easy ways to decorate envelopes. I should have made it three parts because I have thought of quite a few more ways to decorate envelopes whilst putting this blog post together. I will be sure to share my other ideas soon. 


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