diy clay emoji magnets

design and curiosity diy clay emoji magnets

this weekend i went a little diy magnet crazy, i made a bunch for the fridge including these super cute emoji ones. i don’t think emoji stuff will ever get old (or at least hope they don’t!!) – those faces are just too funny! they’re simple to make and it’s hard not to smile when making them 🙂

design and curiosity diy clay emoji magnets

here’s what you’ll need:

  • bright yellow clay
  • circular magnets
  • paint pen markers in white, black, blue and pink/red

simply soften up the clay in your hand and roll into ball. place on a flat surface and roll out flat with a rolling pin. i wouldn’t make it too thin, mine ended up being probably around 3/16″ thick which i thought made it look nicer. i used a small (about 1″) circle cookie cutter to cut the clay which ended up being a really great size – you can make them as big or as small as you want though!

design and curiosity diy clay emoji magnets

design and curiosity diy clay emoji magnets

design and curiosity diy clay emoji magnets

i then placed them on a sheet of wax paper on a cookie and baked according the instructions on the packaging. once done – shouldn’t be more than a few minutes – let them cool and draw your favorite emoji faces. if you’re nervous about doing straight marker to clay then use a pencil to lightly draw on the clay first then add marker next.

design and curiosity diy clay emoji magnets

once the marker has dried then use a hot glue gun to attach the magnet to the back and voila! put them on the fridge and leave expressive notes to your rookie, everything is more fun with an emoji 😉 these are also great to add to your locker for all you back to school folks out there!

design and curiosity diy clay emoji magnets

what are some of your favorite emoji faces?? are you emoji’d out yet?!


quick diy: midcentury style end table

final 4

today i’m coming at ya with another quick diy: living room edition! i am constantly searching for my next home project, even when i feel like there isn’t another inch of space in my apartment for a new piece. and truthfully my beautiful new home is a touch on the smaller side but where there is a desire to make there is a way to squeeze in another project!

my living room, out of all of the spaces, needs the most help in my apartment. while there are some good things about it, the space is really a mix of hand me down and mix matched pieces. the scheme i am trying to go with is a mix of blacks and greys with silver and white accents, peppered in with some warmer wood tones. i think it could look pretty good but we’re about a third of the way there. my next big projects are to get a different ottoman, a new coffee table for the space (i’m a little lost what would be best in that space right now) and a slipcover for that ugly purple hand-me-down sofa. id buy a new sofa but things are tight for a young twenty-something starting her career….

anyway! i was in need of a another side table for the room and shopped around for a bit. i currently have this accent table and wanted the next to complement it in some way. i had one from target that was a contender (don’t see it online anymore *sad face*) but i wasn’t confident shelling out close to $100 – not to mention i do like taking the diy route. i already had a circular wood top from a project that i never got around to and thought that i could simply add some nice legs and my problems would be solved!


to make a similar table, here’s what you’ll need:

plates on bottom

ultimately the most time consuming part was waiting for the stain and spray paint to dry but the actual construction was just minutes. this is such a great option if you need a cute table real quick! i’m happy with it and helps my living space feel a little more complete.

final 2

final 3

final 5

what do you think? would you try this diy for your space?


diy: suspended wooden shelves


earlier this week i shared how i’m living in – and loving! – my new teeny tiny bathroom, check it out if you haven’t yet! one of my favorite parts of my little makeover was the shelves that are hung over the toilet. if you recall from my last post i just couldn’t find the right shelves that would fit the space, that also looked good and could hold everything i needed it to. so naturally my mind went to making it myself! like any project i pulled some inspiration images to help me visualize it.


i love the use of simple materials and the ability to have multiple shelves, via


i toyed with the idea of perhaps finishing the wood and what different materials might look like, via

there are endless floating shelves, rope shelves, etc but i liked the style of the two inspiration images above. both looked simple to make, would be pretty low budget and also give me the flexibility on width and length of boards.

here’s what you’ll need:

  • boards in your desired size, i went to my local hardware store and bought a long pine plank and had them cut it down into three 18″ long pieces (with some scrap leftover)
  • polyurethane, since these would be in the bathroom i wanted to make sure there was a protective coating
  • rope or cord, i used this one
  • c-hooks for mounting, similar
  • other supplies like drill, sandpaper, paintbrushes were helpful


i deliberated for awhile whether i wanted to finish the boards with a paint or stain but ended up really loving the look of the knotty pine. the poly coats gave it a little extra warmth but i really liked how natural it was.

mark hole to cut

i marked the bottom of the boards one inch in from each side.

drill holes

i then used a drill bit that was slightly larger than the cord i was using to drill holes in the spots i marked.

poly boards 2

after i gave it another light sanding to smooth out the rough edges and rubbed it down with a tack cloth i applied the coats of poly. you can’t tell too much from the picture but the poly warmed up the wood and helps bring out the grain of the wood.

progress 1

*sorry for the poor quality of progress shots, i quickly snapped them on my phone* i started by screwing in the c-hooks and tied the rope on. i didn’t measure the rope and just cut a long length to give myself a lot to play with. when adding the board i kept the knots loose to adjust as i was going. the level was soooo helpful in this process.

progress 2

i followed the same process of level, adjust, level, adjust for all the shelves. it was a little tedious but it really didn’t take that long.

shelf close up 2

shelf close up

and ta-da! i love it and it works so perfectly for my storage needs and gives my space a cozy, spa-like feeling. what do you think? would you try making shelves like these?