• How to Make This {Adorable} DIY Water Bottle and Rep Hoboken While You’re At It

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    Everyone knows that it’s important to stay hydrated, but getting those eight cups a day can be hard. Even when we start the day with the best intentions, sometimes we look up and it’s 2:00 and we’ve barely made a dent in our water intake. Now that temps are heating up {and up and up}, it’s even more important to make sure that you are staying hydrated throughout the day. If you’re tired of just plain water, you can add cucumber, lemon, or strawberries to amp up the flavor. And if adding fruit still isn’t enough motivation to keep picking up that water, you should get your DIY on with this simple and adorable Hoboken {or really any city} water bottle. Here’s an easy-to-make DIY water bottle craft to enjoy on your next day off: 

    As if you needed more convincing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that getting enough water helps your body to cushion your joints, protect your spinal cord, get rid of toxins and waste in an appropriate manner, and regulate its temperature. Start hitting those #watergoals with this DIY acrylic hometown pride tumbler — directions outlined below.

    What You’ll Need:

    • An acrylic or plastic tumbler that has a photo insert {here is one option and another from Amazon.com}
    • Printed paper, card stock, photos, or maps — whatever you want to display in the cup
    • Scissors
    • Markers
    • Pencil
    • {Optional} heat embossing tool, embossing powder, and embossing pen, stickers, or anything else you want to include!

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    Instructions:

    • Open up your tumbler and take out the included inserts. While it’s empty, you can wash the cup and make sure that it’s fully dry. As the cup is drying, you can start crafting.
    • Choose what paper will be the background of your cup; we chose a green marble paper that looked like the ocean {because summer}, and also printed out this map of Hoboken.
    • Flip the papers over, and trace the shape of the included inserts with your pencil. Make your markings light, but enough that you can see them. Cut out your new inserts and set aside the scraps.
    • Now it’s time to get creative — decide how you want to decorate your inserts. For the green marble paper, we went with “07030”, and for the map, you can highlight some of you favorite streets or locations.
    • If you don’t have a heat embossing tool or don’t want to go that route, you can use markers, colored pencils, or stickers to decorate your card stock.

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    • If you’re using a heat embossing tool, trace out the numbers with pencil {again, lightly, but dark enough for you to see} and when you’re happy with how it looks, go over the markings with your embossing pen. Sprinkle enough embossing powder to completely cover the numbers, and then dump the excess back into the jar of powder.

    • To make sure that your numbers will come out perfectly, with no random splotches of embossing powder, it’s good to use a small paint brush to wipe away any excess powder that was left behind.

    • For the map, you don’t need to trace with pencil first – just use your embossing pen to draw across the streets and repeats the steps above.

    • When you are satisfied with the powder’s coverage, turn on your heat embossing tool and heat the powder to set it.

    • When you’re finished and satisfied with decorating the insert you’ve created, slide it into your cup and screw the lid closed.

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    And there you have it! An adorable, personalized way rep the Mile Square and stay hydrated all summer long — no matter where you go. Tag us in all of your hometown crafty creations on IG @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl!


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    Arielle, a lifelong Jersey girl, has been “the crafty friend” for as long as anyone can remember. She is always working on something, whether it be a knitting project, a homemade card, or a delicious dinner - because why buy when you can DIY? When she’s not creating something new, Arielle can be found down the shore with her husband, laughing way too hard at her own jokes, reading whatever historical books she can get her hands on, or enjoying a beer or a bourbon with friends!


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