23rd Sep2014

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

No Sew Felt Halloween Bags

After I made my no sew travel bags and my daughter’s Halloween headbands, I came up with this idea for a 15 minute craft in participation of the Halloween edition of Craft Lightening! You only need a few items to make these cute little no sew Halloween treat bags.

Materials:

The instructions are self-explanatory but you know me and my step by step photos!

I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut one piece of felt into four 3” wide pieces.  One piece of felt will make four bags.

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags

Simply fold your pieces in half and hot glue the sides together to form a little pocket.

No Sew Halloween Treat Favor Bags

I had some embellishments left over from other crafts, so I cut a few extra pieces of felt and glued a little Halloween embellishment on them.

No Sew Halloween Treat Bag Embellishments

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags with Felt

Then stuff them with little toys, candy, or other Halloween treats! I thought these would be cute to pass out at a classroom Halloween party or even as party favors at a Halloween party.

No Sew Felt Halloween Treat Bags

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags DIY

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags Tutorial

Be sure to visit the other blogs participating in Craft Lightening this week and head on over to our hosts, Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for more 15 minute Halloween ideas!

 If you want to see some of my other 15 minute Craft Lightening crafts you might like:

22nd Sep2014

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases

Every time I’m at the thrift store (which is a lot), I see these vases for about $2.00 apiece. You can do so many things with them with paint and other embellishments. This time, I decided on making mercury glass vases.  You can do this project two different ways, 1) with the paint inside, and 2) with the paint outside.  For this tutorial, I painted the outside so that I could use the vases for fresh flowers. Here is how I made my DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases.

Materials:

This project takes minutes…literally only a few minutes. Here are the vases I picked up at the thrift store.

DIY Mercury Glass Vases

Place the vase upside down on a hard surface. Using a spray water bottle, gently mist the vase and allow the water to bead.

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Tutorial

Lightly spray the vase with two light coats of Looking Glass Spray Paint. Allow it to dry for a few minutes.

DIY Mercury Glass

Lastly, lightly pat the bubbles so that they pop with the alms of your hands or fingers. Don’t worry, the paint washes off of your hands very easily. Allow the paint to dry completely.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase How To

If you decide to paint the inside instead, the glass will glisten more and look more shiny, however the paint will flake if you decide to put something inside.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase Tutorial

These look great for fall, winter, and actually all year round.  They make great centerpieces for New Year’s or weddings as well.

19th Sep2014

Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram Sign How To

I first saw this Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram on Honeybee Vintage and thought it was an absolutely adorable idea to do for my best friend’s daughter’s fourth birthday party coming up.  I had already made her Rapunzel invitations, Flynn Rider Wanted posters, and sun bunting, but thought this would be a great addition. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Canvas
  • Purple Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Yellow Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

I started out by painting my canvas lavender.

Rapunzel Monogram Sign

While it was drying, I made two large braids with yarn. The braid for the top of the “T” is longer than the bottom of the “T”. Your length will depend on the size canvas you choose. I tied each end with ribbon. I played around with the positioning of the braid and each flower before I broke out my glue gun. I changed my mind SO many times.

Rapunzel Monogram Braided Hair

By the way, I purchased the flowers from the dollar store. They were hair accessories that I took the clip off of and the best deal I could find. The small flowers came in sets of two with extra bobby pins. Once I finally decided on where the braid and each flower and leaf went, I hot glued it all together.

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

Here are some photos. I hope Taylor likes it! She can even hang it in her room after the party.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

Rapunzel DIY Party Decorations

Thank you to Honeybee Vintage for the original inspiration! Be sure to stop by and see all of her other amazing creations!

Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

 

18th Sep2014

Easy Felt No Sew Bags

by Dinah Wulf

Easy DIY Felt Pencil Cases

My family and I travel a lot and it seems like I can never have enough little bags to help me organize my makeup, makeup brushes, jewelry, hair accessories, and so on. Not to mention my daughter’s things as well. Looking around my craft room and supplies I already had in hand, I busted out my trusty glue gun and made these easy felt no sew bags in a jiffy.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Rotary Cutter (optional but makes life easier!!)

I picked out some pretty fall colors of felt. One piece makes one bag. I used the third piece for embellishments.

Easy DIY Felt Bags

Fold up one end to the desired size.

Easy No Sew Makeup Bag

Hot glue the sides to create a pocket.

Easy No Sew Pencil Bag

The top will fold down like a flap.

How to make a no sew pencil bag  (1)

I wanted to add some weight to the flap so I used my rotary cutter to cut a perfectly straight white strip and glued it to the bottom of the front flap. 

Easy DIY Felt Bags (1)

How to make a no sew pencil bag  (2)

I also added a little felt bow for a pop of color.

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Bag

You can use these little bags for almost anything… AND it costs pennies to make!

Easy DIY Felt No Sew Pencil Bag

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Holder

They also make great gifts for Teachers or a tween craft for pencil bags at school. They are even inexpensive enough to use as clever gift wrapping for a hostess gift, movie tickets, or a gift certificate.

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You may also like these easy to make gift ideas:

17th Sep2014

Iron-On Rapunzel Sun Bunting with Printables

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Bunting Printable  (1)

Rapunzel Flag Iron-On Sun Printable  (1)

There is probably an easier way to do this, but when I decided to make these 1) I had a particular style of sun in mind and 2) I wanted to be inexpensive to make. I was originally going to try my Silhouette Cameo however I read that it may or may not cut felt, SO this is what I ended up doing instead. Here is how to make a Rapunzel sun bunting for a birthday party decoration.

Materials:

I decided to make two different flags; a flag bunting and hanging flags. First, print out the desired printables on iron-on transfer paper. For the 2.5” suns, I just trimmed the sheet and iron on the whole thing and for the 5” suns I trimmed close to the edges.

Lay a freshly ironed pillow case on a hard service, not an ironing board.  I used my granite counter tops in the kitchen. Next, lay the white felt on top and then the printables faced down. Set the iron to the cotton setting and be sure to turn off the steam.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Printable (4)

Apply pressure with the iron and iron for approximately 20 seconds pressing firmly.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Printable (5)

Allow the suns to cool and then peel off the paper. Cut out each sun close to the edges. I left a white boarder.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Free Printable  (3)

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Printable

I cut one 12”X18” piece of purple felt into 8 equal pieces and then trimmed them as shown to make the bunting.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Free Printable  (2)

Glue the suns on with fabric glue.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Free Printable  (1)

For the larger flags, I scored and found these pre-made purple flags on sale for $1.99 each from $7.99. I glued the 5” suns on them.

Rapunzel Flag Iron-On Sun Printable  (2)

For the bunting, I hot glued twine on the back top. Here are some after photos.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Bunting Printable  (2)

Rapunzel Flag Iron-On Sun Printable  (3)

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Bunting Printable  (3)

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Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

16th Sep2014

Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I have been on a roll with invitations lately! I have to say, I really enjoy paper crafts like this. Recently, I made a clam shell for a Little Mermaid Party and a Rapunzel Tower invite with yarn hair for a Tangled themed party. This time, I am helping my best friend with her oldest daughters Breakfast at Tiffany’s birthday party (her name is Tiffany too!). Here is how I made Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations.

Materials:

  • Blue Card Stock
  • Black and White Patterned Card Stock
  • White Card Stock
  • Glue Stick
  • White Ribbon
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Gems
  • Envelopes

To prepare my little assembly line, I cut 5” X 7” pieces for the main backing and 3” X 5” pieces of black and white paper and 6” white ribbon. I designed the invitation, printed them on white card stock and cut them out at 4.25” X 6.25” (approximate).

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations

I used a glue stick to assemble them.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (1)

I also tied the ribbons in knots and put a little gem on each side.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (2)

My friend looked online for Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations for inspiration and she loved the wording on this one.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (3)

So, on her invitation I wrote:

Darling…

You are cordially invited to a birthday party honoring the fabulous…

Tiffany Hostetler

Date

Time

Place

In the true spirit of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Will you please wear your best

Little Black dress?

Don’t forget your Fabulous pearls,

Divine sparkles, and

Gorgeous costume jewelry!

RSVP

I loved the end result.

Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I was so inspired that I also made…

… a drink menu including, Wonderful Water, Magnificent Milk, and Sparkling Apple Cider…

Breakfast at Tiffany's Drink Menu

 … some food labels including Picture Perfect Pancakes, Wonderful Waffles, Divine Donuts, Delish Bacon, Marvelous Mini Muffins, Fabulous Mini Bagels, and Yummy Yogurt and…

Breakfast at Tiffany's Food Labels

… some special gift wrapping for the birthday girl too!

Breakfast at Tiffanys gift wrapping

15th Sep2014

Hanging Fall Wreath DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Hanging Fall Wreath

Maybe I should have titled this post “One Wreath, Five Ways” because this is the fifth time I have used this little hanging basket for my front door decoration.  I love that it is so versatile and you can use it for all holidays and special occasions.  This time, since autumn is officially here, I decided to share my Hanging Fall Wreath DIY today.

In case you missed the others, here they are!

Materials:

  • Hanging Basket
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Green Ribbon
  • Lace Trim
  • Scissors
  • Wooden Letters
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Chalk
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Safety Pins
  • Newspaper

When I went to the craft store, I purchased a few new flowers on sale (plus a coupon) for $6.00! Score! I already had the white hydrangeas pictured below.

Fall Door Decoration Flowers

I painted two coats of chalkboard paint on the letters.

Fall Door Hanging Decoration

While they were drying, I hot glued the lace trim and green ribbon onto the burlap.

Fall Door Hanging with Burlap and Lace Decoration

I hot glued the letters onto the burlap.

Fall Chalkboard Letters Door Hanging

Next, I rubbed some chalk on the letters and smeared it with my fingers for more of a chalkboard look.

Fall Front Door Hanging Wreath

I arranged my flowers and hung it up! It didn’t take me long to complete, nor did it cost much! Now… what should I do for Halloween… and Christmas… Ha!

Fall Decor with Flowers

Fall Hanging Wreath DIY

Here are the other wreaths again in case you missed them (or don’t feel like scrolling up)!

12th Sep2014

Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands

by Dinah Wulf

Dollar Store DIY Halloween Headbands

My first Halloween post of the year…woo hoo! Anyway, I’m a sucker for a good deal and every time I see these adorable glittered headbands in the dollar bins at Jo-Ann’s I snag one…or two… or three! In the past I have made a party top hat for my daughter’s fourth birthday and I have made some colorful headbands for everyday wear.  This time, I thought I’d make some DIY Halloween Headbands.

Materials:

  • Dollar Bin Headbands! (or any thick headband)
  • Halloween Embellishments of Choice
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Glue

I picked out some fun rubber snakes, glittered spiders, and “boo” embellishments at the dollar store and the craft store.

Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands

I made a small purple felt flower (tutorial for DIY felt flowers).

Felt Flower DIY Halloween Headbands

I also cut out a little white ghost from felt as well.

Felt DIY Halloween Headbands

I used hot glue to glue the flower and spider as well as the felt ghost and “boo” embellishment. For the rubber snake, I originally used hot glue, but found that it came off easily once it was dry. So, instead I used some industrial strength glue (good for rubber) to make sure it stayed on.

Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands for Kids

Here are a couple AFTER photos! Mia loved them. She put them on right away and asked me to make some for her friends.  Guess I need to go back to the dollar bins again… darn it ;)

Easy DIY Halloween Headbands

DIY Halloween Headbands

Here are some other SUPER easy hair accessories I have made in the past:

11th Sep2014

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

Recently, I made the Rapunzel birthday party invitations for my best friend’s daughter’s birthday coming up this month. I’m also, slowly working on some decorations for the party as well.  I’ve been trying to brainstorm some budget-friendly ideas and thought that printing wanted posters would be an easy way to spruce up the overall party décor. I ended up making a Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable to share with all of you.

I first did a search for what the poster in the movie looked like.  There were even some printables out there. BUT I ended up making my own because, a) I wanted to make one that uses less printer ink, and b) I changed up the fonts a little.

I designed the printable so that the background was white.  This way, you can print on textured decorative paper instead of using so much ink. I chose some scrapbook paper I already had and used a paper cutter to cut it to the 8.5”X11” size.

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster

I printed out the Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable.

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster- Rapunzel Party

There you have it! I’m no graphic designer by any means. It’s a little different than the ones out there. It just has a little DIY Inspired twist.

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Free Printable

Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

10th Sep2014

Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Wine Score Card Printable- Wine Tasting (2)

Thank you to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post, Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am honored to be working with UncommonGoods, a New York based company that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Most of the products they carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials… right up my alley!

I received these beautiful set of six floral Italian-style wine glasses and thought they would be perfect for hosting my next wine tasting party. I mean really, how cute it the packaging?

Wine Score Card Printable

Here are a few close ups of the glasses. They are absolutely gorgeous, small, and perfect for wine tasting or even juice or mimosas.

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Wine Score Card Printable- Uncommon Goods  (1)

I had thrown a wine tasting party before and I have actually gotten a few emails asking for a copy of the wine tasting score card I used, so I decided to make a free printable available today! The score card has instructions and a rating system for five different wines.  There were five categories including, appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish. You can list the wines you are tasting if you wish, and there is a section for notes. You can add a boarder like I did to fit any party décor as well.

Wine Score Card Free Printable

Download your free Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable here.

Wine Tasting Score Card Printable

Wine Score Card Printable- Uncommon Goods  (2)

These glasses, wine tasting score cards, and a bottle of wine would make a lovely gift basket as a hostess gift, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day gift too! If you’d like more gift ideas, be sure to check out UncommonGoods for several beautifully crafted and handmade gifts!

08th Sep2014

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

I had the honor of working with my best friend Jenny from Simply Creative Ways on this Little Mermaid themed party for her daughter’s fourth birthday this year.  You may remember Jenny from her ultimate parties in the past like her Alice in Wonderland Party, Circus Party, and Candyland Party. This party was smaller in size, however she did not leave out any detail! It was a gorgeous, and not to mention fun party. This post is filled with a ton of The Little Mermaid party ideas from decorations to cake. Here we go!

Under The Sea Decorations

Jenny made these adorable jellyfish lanterns and fish lanterns out of some old party lanterns she had saved. We hung them on finishing line under some blue and green plastic table cloths we draped under the patio. When the wind blew, the table clothes moved like the waves of the ocean.

Lantern Fish DIY

Jellyfish Lantern DIY

Jellyfish Lanterns

Ariel’s Treasure Trove

This was my favorite part! I brought over some glittery under the sea decorations that I had bought a long time ago for a Little Mermaid party I wanted to throw my daughter that never happened. Doh! I lent them to Jenny and we transformed the food table into Ariel’s Treasure Trove.

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations

Jenny brought out her good silverware (AKA Dinglehoppers) and we placed them inside containers and candlesticks. We also used seashells, netting, and other treasures Jenny found around the house.

Ariel Treasure Trove Party Decorations

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Ideas

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Dinglehopper Ideas

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Dinglehopper (2)

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Dinglehopper (1)

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations (3)

Under the Sea Party

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations (2)

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations (1)

The Little Mermaid Food & Drink Ideas

For the food and drink, I designed labels on my computer and Jenny and her older daughter made food signs for the table. Jenny served goldfish (crackers), whales (crackers), Sebastian sandwiches (meat sandwiches and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches), clam cookies (lemon cookies with icing and a chocolate pearl), shellfish pasta (macaroni pasta), and fish food (fruit skewers).

Little Mermaid Party Food Goldfish

Little Mermaid Party Food Sandwiches

Little Mermaid Party Food Sebastian Crab Sandwiches

Little Mermaid Party Food

For drinks she served Mermaid Punch (blue juice) and Seawater (water).

Little Mermaid Juice

The Little Mermaid Kid’s Table

Jenny decorated the kids table with blue linens, artificial flowers, and sea glass. She made little place settings with scrapbook paper and also made seashell and burlap bottles for their drinks.

Little Mermaid Table

Little Mermaid Table Centerpiece Ideas

Little Mermaid Bottles

The Little Mermaid Party Favors

The party favors for the guests were so cute! Jenny made each girl a personalized Under the Sea Mermaid headband with real shells. Here are some of my favorites.

Little Mermaid Headbands DIY

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Idea

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands (1) Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Party Favors

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Party Favor

The Little Mermaid Cake

Grandma Hoss, a former baker, made a beautiful Ariel chocolate layer cake for Becca.  It was not only gorgeous, but moist and so yummy! The details were amazing!

Little Mermaid Cake Idea

Little Mermaid Cake Homemade

Little Mermaid Cake With Ariel

Little Mermaid Layered Cake

Little Mermaid Cake

Little Mermaid Cake Details

Little Mermaid Cake Chocolate Shells

The party was fabulous! The adults had fun too. I brought over some homemade sangria and some recycled wine cork charms I made. Stay tuned for a Rapunzel party that Jenny and I are doing together!

Recycled Cork Wine Charms

05th Sep2014

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (4)

I am no stranger to thrift store shopping. In fact, I have done so many thrift store makeovers that I have lost count. I noticed that I have made over several pieces, specifically for my daughter, so I thought I’d put together a round-up of thrift store finds to makeover for your kids. This entire round-up are all original projects done by yours truly. All the links led you to step by step tutorials of my project.

Old Wooden Toys

Let’s start with the obvious first… old toys. Usually when a toy ends up at a thrift store there is a little damage. If you think you can repair it go for. I particularly am on the lookout for wooden toys. I found this little doll bed for $6.00. I saw it and immediately grabbed it with no questions asked. I painted it and made a mattress and bedding for it. My little Chihuahua even sleeps on it sometimes!

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (6)

Wagons are hard to come by at a thrift store, but I thrifted this wooden framed wagon on Craigslist. I ended up painting it and adding a monogrammed plaque.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (10)

This little toy shelf was a sweet find for $10.00. I attached it to a free table I got and made a little kitchen hutch for my daughter. I think she plays with it every day!

Thrift Store toys to Makeover for your Kids

So I didn’t buy this one, but it’s a great example of trash to treasure. This old wooden Radio Flyer horse just needed a little TLC. I upcycled this for one of my best friend’s daughters.

Thrift Store Wooden Toys to Makeover for your Kids

Kid Friendly Furniture

Small furniture accent pieces like shelves and tables are great for kid’s rooms. You can use them for added storage and organization, or completely transform and repurpose them into something new. This play table was a freebie. I painted it and upcycled the chairs for a brand new kid’s play table.  This is another piece that my daughter uses almost every day!

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (9)

I painted this old shelf a bright color to match my daughter’s room and use it as a book and toy shelf.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (8)

Serving Trays

Serving trays are abundant at thrift stores. You can turn them into a portable kid’s activity table by adding legs. I made over this chalkboard activity table in less than an hour.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (7)

Picture Frames

Several old wooden frames can be painted and made over into an interchangeable kid’s art display. Just add a clip with industrial strength glue and voila!

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (11)

Step Stools

I always see little step stools like these at thrift stores. We have them both upstairs and downstairs because my little lady isn’t quite tall enough to reach some cabinets and sinks. I made this upholstered step stool to match her play hutch and added a little fabric and padding so she can sit on it comfortably.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (12)

I made upcycled these pink and rhinestone stools for my twin God Daughters.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (3)

Baskets and Hanging Planters

Baskets are great for toy storage and even clothing storage. You can hang them as well. I turned this plant hanger into hanging toy storage.

Thrift Store Baskets to Makeover for your Kids

03rd Sep2014

Rapunzel Invitation DIY with Yarn Hair

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Handmade

One of my best friend’s daughters is turning four! So many soon-to-be four year olds love Disney Princesses. Recently I made a Little Mermaid clam shell birthday card for our other bestie and this time, I volunteered to make a Rapunzel invitation for a Tangled themed party. I perused Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration and I found some great ones, but ended up making a version of my own. Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Purple cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Stone printed scrapbook paper
  • Purple ribbon
  • Craft roses
  • Paper cutter
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Instructions:

Rapunzel Invitation DIY

Prepare your pieces as shown. These are the measurements amounts per one Rapunzel invitation. Keep in mind that my friends did not need envelopes because she was hand delivering each invite, so measurements will differ in order to fit inside envelopes.

  • 2 – 8” Long Purple Ribbon
  • 9 – 8” Long Yellow Yarn
  • 1 – 2.5” X 6” Stone Tower
  • 1 – 3” X 4.25” Yellow Background
  • 1 – 3” X 2.5” Purple Rectangle
  • 1 – 3” X 4.25” Purple Rectangle
  • 1 – 2” X 1.75” Black Rectangle

Next, cut the purple rectangles into triangles, and the black rectangles into windows, using a pencil and ruler to measure.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY (1)

I designed printed out my message on 2.5” X 4.25” paper. It says, “Come let your hair down. We are celebrating Taylor’s birthday!”

I assembled the invitation as shown with a glue stick, using the small purple triangle.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Castle

Next, I bunched 9 pieces of yarn and 1 purple ribbon and taped it to the larger triangle.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Tower

I braided the hair and then hot glued the black window on top.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Invitation DIY

I hot glued three ribbon craft flowers onto the hair.

Rapunzel Yarn Hair Invitation DIY

Lastly, I hot glued the hair falling out of the window onto the invitation. Here it is!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Tutorial

I also made a little castle out of left overs to make some unique gift wrapping for her gift. We can’t wait to give it to her!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Gift Wrapping

Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

01st Sep2014

Thrift Store Find Wooden Bowl Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Wooden Rope Bowl DIY

I spend A LOT of time perusing the aisle of thrift stores. As a result, I have done so many thrift store makeovers. If I go, I rarely leave empty-handed. If you have the patience to look, there’s a good chance you’ll find a hidden gem.  I found this wooden bowl for $6.00 at a local Goodwill. I snatched it up, because I know that wooden bowls like these are usually too pricey for what I am willing to pay. Here is my process for my wooden bowl makeover from this lovely thrift store find. You only need four things.

Materials:

  • Wooden Bowl
  • Jute rope
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors

Here is the bowl before. It is a little scratched up but nothing too bad.

Rope Bowl DIY

The easiest way is to start from the bottom up. Also, you can use other glue, but I found it easiest to use hot glue because it dries quickly. For me, since I work with hot glue so much, it’s less messy for me that white glue as well.

Thrift Store Makeover Rope Bowl DIY

Simply keep gluing and winding until you reach the desired height. I kept part of the bowl open because I like how the wood and jute look together.

Rope Thrift Store Bowl DIY

 I am using mine for fruit and decorative purposes.  It is food safe because I didn’t alter the inside of the bowl itself. It is also hand wash only.

Rope Bowl Tutorial

I did a similar trash to treasure project on inexpensive thrift store vases as well! Check out my DIY rope vase tutorial here.

Hope you try it out!

29th Aug2014

DIY Little Mermaid Card or Invitation

by Dinah Wulf

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Birthday Card

My daughter’s best friend is having a Little Mermaid themed birthday party and I wanted to make her a card. I don’t typically buy cards because I actually like to make my own.  I’m always spontaneous about it.  I stare at the things I have in my craft room, and just start creating. Here is how I ended up making a handmade DIY Little Mermaid card or invitation.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Flower craft punches, 2 sizes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue
  • Plastic pearl beads

I was really winging this one. I thought a clam shell would be the easiest to make. I grabbed a pale blue piece of cardstock, folded it in half, and started drawing.  I messed up a few times, erased and started over. Once I was happy, I cut it out.

How to make an easy Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

I had a couple small flower punches that reminded me of the colorful flowers in the “Under the Sea” part of the movie, so I punched several out in two sizes from paper scraps. I arranged them how I liked and used a glue stick to glue them on.

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

I also cut out a smaller clam (one side only) in blue, and glued it inside the card to add a little dimension.  This is where we wrote our birthday message.

DIY Little Mermaid Card or Invitation

I stared at it for a while and thought it needed a pearl inside.  It didn’t quite look right so I ended up gluing plastic pearl beads in the centers of the larger flowers on the outside of the card.

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card for a birthday

Here is the card. I thought it turned out pretty cute! It could also be used as a birthday party invitation.

DIY Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

27th Aug2014

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm How To

Thank you to Nature’s Flavors for sponsoring this post, Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY. All opinions are 100% my own.

I have made my own lip balm before, but I must say that this batch might possibly be the best! I’m going to venture to say it’s because of the ingredients I chose to work with this time around. Here is what you need for this Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY.

This recipe makes four small containers of lip balm.

Materials:

Equipment:

  • Small Saucepan
  • Pyrex Measuring Cup
  • Stove
  • Metal Measuring Spoon
  • Paper Towel
  • Lip Balm Containers
  • Droppers
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board

Optional:

  • Old Book Page
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape

Instructions:

Choose the best ingredients. Nature’s Flavors has produced natural organic flavors for over 30 years. They have a variety of over 8000 custom flavors to choose from including everything from banana to lemon meringue. I chose pina colada and mango for my lip balm.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY

Fill a small saucepan with 2 cups of water. Place a glass Pyrex measuring cup inside and turn the stove to medium high heat.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Meanwhile, using a cutting board and knife chip off approximately 2 tablespoons of beeswax.

DIY Lip Balm with Beeswax

Place the beeswax, one tablespoon of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of coco butter inside your glass measuring cup and allow it to melt.

Easy Lip Balm DIY with Coconut Oil

One the mixture is melted, give it a stir and remove it from the heat.

Lip Balm DIY

Using a dropper, put five drops of mango flavor and five drops of pina colada flavor into your mixture and stir.

All Natural Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Fill your containers. I like to save containers or ask friends to save them for me and reuse them for projects like this.

Homemade Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Make Your Own Lip Balm

Tip: If you are reusing an old tube container like this one allow the lip balm to harden slightly, and then top it off with more lip balm mixture.

Make Your Own Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

The lip balm will harden after a few minutes.

How to Make Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Your homemade lip balm should work just as well as in a store bought lip balm container.

Make Your Own Lip Balm Tutorial

I covered my containers with old book pages for a finished look.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm How To

There you have it! These make great homemade gifts as well!

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm Tutorial

Thank you to Nature’s Flavors for sponsoring this post.  Be sure to visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter and tell them DIY Inspired sent you!

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