outer space

DIY Constellation Canvases (now a Darby Smart kit!)

Hello World,

Back in January, my first Darby Smart kit launched. The kit included all the craft supplies needed to make your own Suede Fringe Bib. Well, today I have exciting news! Remember my DIY constellation art tutorial? It just launched today as a Darby Smart kit!

Photo Credit: Darby Smart

The kit includes all the supplies needed to make your own out-of-this-world home decor! Materials include: 3 mini canvases, Martha Stewart paint, Martha Stewart glitter, super glue, a silver sharpie, a foam brush, and (my favorite) silver spikes!

Photo Credit: Darby Smart

Head on over to Darby Smart’s website for more details, and if you make your own version, show it off it on Twitter or Instagram with #DarbySmart or #madebyme!

Happy Crafting!

Constellation Canvases - a Darby Smart kit designed by Laura Olphie


Make Your Own Constellation Art


Hello World,

It’s no secret I love anything outer space related and stargazing. Before I discovered my passion for design, I actually wanted to be an astronomer or a physicist. I even was almost going to be a galaxy for Halloween this last year.  To bring a little of the night sky into my home, I DIY-ed some simple wall decor featuring one of my favorite constellations- Ursa Major.

Check out the tutorial to make your own:


1. Gather your supplies: a small canvas, black and blue acrylic paints, Mod Podge, glitter, a Sharpie, studs, and a brush.

2. Paint your canvas. I painted black paint on the top half, and blue on the bottom half, and then blended them together to create a gradient night sky.

3. Allow paint to dry, and then apply a layer of Mod Podge.

4. Sprinkle glitter onto the wet Mod Podge and allow it to dry. Once dry, add a second layer of Mod Podge to seal the glitter.

5. Once all your Mod Podge is dried, draw out your favorite constellation with the Sharpie.

6. Dip the back of each stud in some Mod Podge, and place it on the canvas at each star location. Allow to dry and enjoy!

If I can get my hands on more small canvases, I think I’ll make a series of these and hang them up in a row. What is your favorite constellation?

Happy Crafting!

Planet Inspired Ornaments

Hello World,

As you might have noticed from my last post, I have a slight obsession with anything extraterrestrial. The tutorial below shows the process I used to make some planet inspired ornaments. All you need is: glass-friendly paint, glass ornaments, and cheap paint brushes.

Extra Tips: Be sure to cover your workspace. I didn’t, got paint on my craft table, and then had to give my table a nice scrubbing. When after you are done painting your ornaments, allow them to dry with the lids off (so the paint dries faster).

Happy Crafting!

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*FTC- This is not a sponsored video. All opinions are my own. I only mention Michael’s because I do like a good deal.