Jennifer Perkins

First and foremost Jennifer Perkins is a mother trying to raise her children, Tallulah and Baxter, in craftivity. She is a work at home mom who spends her days covered in glitter and finger paint. After the kids bedtime, Jennifer is the Editor of “Kids Crafts 1-2-3 Magazine,” a lifestyle blogger, designer for “I Love to Create” and contributing DIY editor for “BlogHer” She has been married to her best friend Chris for over 10 years.

A self proclaimed ADD crafter, Jennifer is a Jill of several different crafty trades. She started her creative career as a jewelry designer. Her company Naughty Secretary Club grew into a blog, book and booming brand. Besides jewelry, Jennifer has dabbled in everything from embroidery to scrapbooking. Her current obsession is art journaling and mixed media art.

Jennifer has never met a flea market or thrift store that she didn’t like. She has called Austin, TX, home for almost 20 years and has no plans to ever leave. Crafting and collecting for an eclectic home is every bit as rewarding for Jennifer as a fresh roll of washi tape or new box of markers. Her kitschy home includes items ranging from wood mounted pictures of Burt Reynolds on bear skin rugs to Jonathan Adler sofas.

Jennifer is a founding member of the pioneering Austin Craft Mafia which went on to have branches across the globe. Jennifer was a producer for Stitch, one of Austin’s largest craft and fashion shows. In front of the camera, Jennifer has hosted several programs for HGTV and DIY Network including Stylelicious and Craft Lab. She has done creative consulting work for large craft companies and small local boutiques. Her work has been featured in ad campaigns for Michaels, JoAnn’s and I Love to Create.

Jennifer’s weaknesses include stuffed avocados, throwing over the top Halloween parties, tacky collectibles and red wine.

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How to Plant a Pineapple + a Pineapple Pot DIY

Pineapples are still the hot summer design trend. Don’t believe me? Check Pinterest. In the spirit of the pineapple, I thought I would show you how to grow your own, PLUS make a DIY pineapple-riffic planter. ...more
This is so creative and so cute!! Pinning to try as soon as I buy a pineapple! Thanks for the idea!more

Recycled Newspaper Gift Tags: An Easy Papermaking DIY Project

Every time my father-in-law comes to visit, he leaves stacks of newspapers behind. He does the crossword, chuckles at the comics, and then he tosses the paper aside. After this weekend’s visit, I decided to get crafty with the kids and his newspaper. I have always wanted to try making paper, but somehow it seemed really daunting. I was wrong; it is really easy. ...more

Fourth of July Spoon Puppets and Cereal Box Theater DIY

Give an old craft a new spin with some patriotic spoon puppets, complete with cereal box theater, this Fourth of July. ...more
Cutest presidents ever.more

DIY Stencilled Cinderblock Pool Umbrella Planters

I love my pool. My kids love our pool. None of us love sunburns. Sure we use sunscreen—lots of it—but shade is also helpful. Alas, my dreamy pool that we all love had none. ...more
z umbrella n blocks luks so goodmore

Super-Easy Hexagon Shelf DIY

I love hexagons, whether in a honeycomb, on a quilt, or —in this case— as a wall shelf. Bringing the hexagon trend to your humble abode is easier than you might think. New shelving awaits you in the gift box department of your local Target. ...more
This project is so cute! I love hexagons. What a cool idea.more

Converted Candle Holder Terrarium

Some people plant vegetable gardens. Others might invest in a spot of landscaping. I, on the other hand, like to find plants that have been spray-painted hot pink, plop them in neon gravel, and paint them a turquoise chevron home. To each her own. ...more
Love the idea of using an old candle holders as plant containers!more

Food Allergy Awareness Week: Sunbutter Craft

This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week. Unlike, say, Valentine's Day or the Fourth of July, this holiday (if I can call it that), which affects 15 million Americans, does not have many crafts associated with it. My son Baxter is one of those 15 million. ...more
jenniferperkins This is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing.more

How to Make Stained Glass - Quick and Easy Mother's Day Gift Idea

Tinting glass is just a trip to the craft cabinet and baking pantry away.  Surprise mom this Mother's Day with an adorable desk top container that you made yourself.  Check out the full tutorial by Jennifer Perkins. ...more

Bowling Trophy Wine Bottle Toppers

Merlot, Pinot, Malbec—they will all look more dashing and feel more thoughtful with a customized wine bottle topper. The nice thing about these toppers is that they can transfer from bottle to bottle. SUPPLIES ...more
What a great idea!! I love these!!more

How to Make a Headboard From Rugs

Last summer, I bought a slew of rag rugs made from Indian sari material. I thought I was going to join them up to make one giant floor rug, but alas, that plan was flawed. In my closet those poor rugs sat, until, one day, I had an epiphany and decided to mount them on the wall and make them into a headboard. ...more