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21st Apr2014

Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops

by Dinah Wulf

 

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Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops is a part of the Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. My daughter just started dance this year and she always talks about her teachers, Miss Michelle and Ms. Kathy.  I wanted to give something to them just because. I thought it’d be a nice gesture to show our appreciation for them.

These easy cookie lollipops save time because there is no baking involved and very affordable because you only need a few products:

  • Your favorite cookies from you Grocer’s bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat bags
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • Gift tag

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To make the lollipops, simply apply a generous amount of cookie icing to the back of each cookie. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of two cookies. Place them in a treat bag. I chose pink sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles for Mia’s dance teachers.

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Add a little tag for that special someone and tie it with ribbon of baker’s twine.

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Tah-dah! In minutes you have quick, adorable, and affordable gifts for anytime gifting.  What’s great about the bakery at the grocery store is that they have a variety of cookies to fit the season or holiday. One package of a dozen cookies will make six just because gifts!

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Giveaway Alert!!!

Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

Simply leave a comment and I will randomly select two winners to receive a $25 gift card! The winner will be announced next Tuesday the 29th!

Good luck!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post!

18th Apr2014

Jelly Bean Martini Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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Today, my friend and cocktail expert, David Edessa is sharing a sweet and tasty Jelly Bean Martini Recipe.

Written by: David Edessa

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Jelly Bean Infused Vodka (recipe below)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Sparkling Wine Brut
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Cocktail Shaker

Glass Preparation:

Add sugar along the rim of the martini glass. To do this, place blue curacao (blue), grenadine (red), or lime juice (white) on a flat plate (depending on the color of the rim you wish to create) then dip the glass into the liquid to wet the rim. Place powdered sugar on a flat plate or surface then rim the wet rim glass into sugar and coat the rim. Place rimmed prepared martini glasses in the freezer to chill.

Instructions:

Put all liquid ingredients and squeeze a lemon wedge into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice and shake vigorously and strain into chilled prepped martini glasses. Float on top of glass the sparkling wine.

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Jelly Bean Infusion Instructions:

Ingredients:

  • 750ml bottle of vodka or rhum
  • 16 oz. of jelly beans
  • Glass jar
  • Fine mesh sieve

To create jelly bean-infused vodka, place 750mL bottle of vodka and 16 oz. of jelly beans in a glass jar for about 48 hours and shake throughout the day. Strain using a fine mesh sieve. Use one color of jelly beans for best results. Also, a great alternative to vodka is rhum. For a different flavor you can try vanilla flavored vodka or rhum.

{See more Easter Themed Cocktail Recipes by David}

17th Apr2014

Clever Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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Earth Day is next week already! I swear it was just Christmas. Where does the time go? In honor of this important national holiday, I thought I’d put together some fun and clever trash to treasure Earth Day Crafts.  Each craft has a step by step photo tutorial done by yours truly! I hope you try some out!

Recycled Mason Jar Lantern

I still have these macramé lanterns hanging in my back yard. They are great especially this time of year in southern California while entertaining outdoors. I light the tea lights before sunset and they stay lit for several hours.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Can you believe it cost me nothing to make this butterfly wreath? I made it out of branches from my backyard and a wire hanger.  I decorated it with butterflies I cut out of an old book and used beads and twine for the antennas.

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

Does anyone use a phone book anymore? Here’s a fun craft you can do with all those pages.

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

This is another great wreath tutorial. I made this one also out of book pages. For the wreath I used Plumber’s insulation.

Hollow Book Safe How To

This makes a great gift. It’s a clever way of hiding some important things or extra money in an old hardback book.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

I had bought some old coffee bean sacks at a flea market and ended up making some fun outdoor pillows for my back patio.

 

14th Apr2014

DIY Kitchen Playset

by Dinah Wulf

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Mia loves her bed. She sleeps in her toddler bed that was once her crib. Now that she’s almost four, we thought it was a good time to get her a new bed.  After literally weeks of convincing her to get a new one, I had to make some room in her bedroom. I moved several downstairs to our family room and created a little area where I put a DIY Kitchen Playset.

This little repurposed kid’s play hutch was such a fun trash to treasure project and great thrift store find. I found the top shelf part at Goodwill for $10.00. It used to be red and white.  I got the table for free from a friend.  I pretty much winged this project but it worked out and has lasted and is in good condition still after almost a year. Since then I have added little hooks for her apron, oven mitts, and pot holders.

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I upcycled this little play table almost three years ago. It used to be a pink Disney Princess table that was a little beat up.  I got it for free from my best friend who was moving at the time.  With a little paint and primer, I refurbished it.  I also added cushions to the seat and a little monogrammed seat back all for about $20.00. Check out the before and after photos along with my step by step process at this Upcycled Play Table post.

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I also moved a second-hand stove I got from Craigslist, and at Mia’s request moved her baby high chair and bassinette she got for her birthday last year.  It turned out to be such a cute little play area for her and she will play there for hours and definitely gets more use now than it did in her room. 

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11th Apr2014

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas FREE Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Recently I shared some fun stenciled DIY bachelorette party favor bags that I made for a girls weekend I have coming up. Today I wanted to share what’s inside!! AND I decided to make a Bachelorette Party Favor FREE Printable that is perfect for survival kit for a weekend getaway. I also wanted to put together some fun ideas for DIY bachelorette party favor ideas for you.

Girls Weekend Survival Kit

Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas:

  • Gum or mints
  • Candy
  • Bra Strap Clips
  • Invisible Tape
  • Hair Ties and Hairbands
  • Mirrors
  • Aspirin
  • Cups and Straws
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Eye Masks
  • Mini toiletries
  • Tissues
  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss

I raided the dollar bins at various retail stores.  I found these jeweled compact mirrors and eye masks for $1.50 each at Michael’s!

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You can also buy things that come with several pieces and then break them up in packages to save money.  I did that with the hairbands, gum, aspirin, bra clips, and invisible tape.

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The FREE printables come with Girls Weekend labels, including an “in case of an emergency”, “sweet treats”, “extra hairbands”, and “hangover relief”.  By the way, after I already made the favors for my friends I realized that “hairbands” and “hangover” is one word! They are wrong in the photo but correct on the printables! My friends are free to make fun of me later! Ha! Print the Girls Weekend Printables here:

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The small labels will fit a two inch plastic bag, the medium will fit a three inch plastic bag, and the large labels will fit a four inch plastic bag. You can buy these favor bags at any supply craft store and some party supply stores. Here are my favor bags all filled up! Feel free to stop by my post on how to stencil these fun jute tote bags!

 

09th Apr2014

DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour

by Dinah Wulf

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I have shared my sanctuary, I mean my craft room before however, I have done some fun inspiring updates, upcycles, and repurposing ideas since then and I wanted to share them today. PLUS I am also a part of a fun series of Craft Room Tours hosted by The Country Chic Cottage! So, I hope you enjoy my DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour!

I am lucky enough to have dedicated a bedroom into my craft room and office. This is the view when you first walk in the door.

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I have a large table in the center of the room that is perfect for so many projects.  I bought the table top and bases at IKEA. It’s a little beat up from paint and glue and other things, but the great thing is that IKEA is so affordable, that I can easily just replace the top if I need to.

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This is the base of the craft table. It is so handy for extra storage. The table has eight shelves all together. The stool pictured here are old wooden barstools that I upholstered and painted. In case you missed it, here is my upholstered bar stools post.

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I also purchased this shelving unit from IKEA. It’s fantastic! You can customize it with drawers and doors. I used decoupage on my drawers and made recycled map drawers. This unit houses several craft storage ideas I have done including 1) stenciled thrift store craft jar, 2) repurposed spice rack, 3) thrift store pedestal trays, 4) recycled jar craft storage, 5) dollar store craft storage, 6) a magnet board filled with repurposed magnet craft storage, and lastly my 7) DIY organization ribbon board.

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To the left of it I proudly display my degrees I worked so hard on!

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To the right of it I hung this inspiring print.

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Underneath that print is an old milk carton I used to hold wrapping paper, yard sticks, and stencils. It’s perfect because it has the metal slots that used to hold milk bottles.

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Here is a shot of the other side of my craft room.

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On this side, I hung some fun vintage craft books that my best friend gave me. I also just recently painted this wall from dark to light.

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I also have a kitchen cart that I put my sewing machine, burlap, and fabric on.

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I also hung an inspiration board I made out of a paint canvas and giant rubber bands.

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Here’s another angle of the room. I have to admit there is another side not pictured with a desk with two monitors, my laptop, and two different printers, and my Silhouette CAMEO but it is JUST to messy to show! Ha!

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I hope you enjoyed the DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour! Be sure to check out Michelle’s tour over at Delicate Construction, and tomorrow, Kellie from Nest of Posies will share her creative space! You can also visit our Host, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage who will be showcasing all the Bloggers participating (over 30!!!) in all this crafty goodness!

08th Apr2014

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Bags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Bachelorette Party Gift Bags

I am honored to be sponsored by BurlapFabric.com today for this tutorial. OK, so I’m not technically going to a Bachelorette party, rather a fun annual girls weekend that my four best friends and I try to do once a year (it doesn’t always work out with over a dozen kids among us!).  This year, is special because it’s the first year in the last five years that all five of us will be going on a weekend getaway.  I wanted to do something special so I decided to make personalized stenciled swag bags, which would also make a great DIY Bachelorette party favor bags.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jute tote bags from BurlapFabric.com
  • Paper plate
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Letter stencils
  • Clean towels

If there was a Queen of natural fiber stenciling, I think I’d be in the running! Ha! I have done so many stenciling projects because it’s both fun and simple to do.  I was able to stencil these five bags in no time. Here is one of the bags I got from BurlapFabric.com. They are great because they are sturdy and lined inside. The 9X11X4 size was perfect for these party favor bags.

Jute Party Bags

First I chose a paint color for each of my best girlfriends. Naturally, I chose their favorites. Several different colors look vibrant and pretty against a natural fiber like these jute tote bags.

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I stenciled our names on each bag in each of my friend’s favorite colors. Since I wanted our names to go up and down from the top right of each bag, it helped to start stenciling with the last letter first.

Stenciled Burlap DIY

Stenciling Tips:

  • Use a spouncer to help prevent bleeding.
  • Apply in a straight up and down motion.
  • Remove the excess paint before stenciling.
  • Wash your stencils in between each application so that your stencils will stay clean and last a long time.
  • Less in more. In the picture below you will see that I used very little paint for each name.

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Here’s how they turned out! The girls are going to love them.

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I can’t wait to show you what’s inside! Stay tuned for a fun Girls Weekend FREE Printable!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to BurlapFabric.com for sponsoring this post. Be sure to stop by and see all the fabulous products from bags to ribbon and much more! You can also follow them on FacebookPinterest ,  Twitter, and  YouTube!

07th Apr2014

Easy DIY Personalized Pens Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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My crafty older brother gave me this idea. He was actually moving and gave me these pens. His intentions when he bought them were to make these easy DIY personalized pens as gifts. So I thought I’d do them for him! With Teacher’s Appreciation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s day all just right around the corner these would make a fun craft idea and accessory for a set of note cards or stationary, and would even make a cute party favor.

You only need three items:

  • Clear Pens
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

There are several types of clear pens available. These are very easy to open, fill, and close.

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I chose a few patterns and colors of ribbon.  There are so many fun ones available these days. I also chose a 5/8” thick ribbon.  It does not reach completely around on this particular pen; however I adjusted it so that the gap was aligned with the writing on the pen for a clean look.

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Simply disassemble the pen and insert the ribbon. Cut it at the desired length and put it back together.

I even use rhinestone ribbon for one. This ribbon has two small rows of rhinestones and it fit perfectly into the pen. It’s a trial and error process. You have to test out various thicknesses to make sure both the rhinestones and pen will fit.

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The more colorful the pattern the better so that your pen stands out!  I hope you give it a try. It’s such an easy way to dress up an ordinary clear pen and give it away as a small gift. For Teacher Appreciation coming up, give these pens away along with this homemade bookmark and this homemade bookmark!

04th Apr2014

Over Two Dozen Ideas for Paper Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Paper Crafts

I love making paper crafts, especially for parties like DIY invitations, decorations, and favors or for gift giving like homemade gift tags and gift wrapping embellishments. I put this list together of fun paper craft tutorials I have done in the past and came up with over two dozen!

Paper Crafts for Home Décor

These three crafts are fun and all made our of recycled materials. The butterfly wreath I made without buying one thing!

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers

Gift Wrapping Embellishments

I love wrapping presents! Part of that is making my own embellishments to put on top of the gift to make it stand out a little. Here are a few I have done, most of them made out of recycled materials.

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

Recycled Coin Wrapper Gift Embellishment

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping

Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers

Water Colored Book Page Roses

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower

Book Page Bow

Homemade Cards & Gift Tags

Along with a gift, you just have to make a card! Or sometimes the card is the gift. Here are a few I’ve made. My favorite is the little paper tool box gift card holder I made, perfect for the fellow Crafter or DIY’er in your life.

Paper Towel Roll Scroll Card

Easy Homemade Heart Love U Card

Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Teacher Appreciation Free Printables

Briefcase Candy Notes For Dad

A List of Two Dozen Candy Sayings

Paper Crafts for Parties

These crafts are great for party decorations and favors because they are fun, inexpensive, and easy to do.  The standard accordion flower tutorial can be used as paper flowers or medallions to fit any party theme.  Just change the patterns and colors of paper to fit your theme.

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

Accordion Paper Flower Tutorial

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins

Homemade Paper Invitations

DIY Invites are also fun to make, assuming your guest list isn’t outrageous. Here are several I have made for kids parties, baby showers, and even one for a Bachelorette party.

Lego Ninjago Invitations

Owl Themed Invitations

DIY Birthday Invitations

Cherry Themed Invitations

Rocker Themed VIP Invites

Simple Anytime Invitations

Boarding Pass Invites

03rd Apr2014

No Sew Easter Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I have become obsessed with making festive holiday themed kitchen towels! Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel and a St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towel, so I thought I’d keep it up and make a No Sew Easter Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  I made a few changes since the last time. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Permanent Fabric tape
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

I found two pastel patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together for Easter and Spring time. The fabric quarters were again great for this project.

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I also had these kitchen towels from the other kitchen towels I made. I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own! I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the permanent fabric tape and aligned it onto the towel.  It was a little tasking to remove the peel off sticker, but it all worked out. I found this way to be much easier than using the fusible web.  It seems to stick better too and is also much quicker! Here’s the AFTER!  

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This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

 

02nd Apr2014

Repurposed Bank Money Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I love this trash to treasure project, a) because it’s repurposed, and b) it’s so easy!! My Mother-in-law gave me a bunch of bank money bags that are no longer used at bank branches. They are great because they are long and narrow. I wanted to make something to match my upcycled dollar bin pouches for traveling. I decided to make this repurposed Bank Money Bag into a laundry travel bag for my suitcase.

Materials:

  • Canvas bag
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small paper plate
  • Towels
  • Rhinestones
  • Jewel glue

These bank money bags are the perfect size for your laundry to fit in a suitcase.

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I wanted to write “my stuff” on the bag to match my dollar bin pouch I upcycled. To make it easy, I started with the center letter “u” and worked my way out.

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When stenciling, make sure to dab the excess paint off of the spouncer. Less is more. Stencil it in an up and down motion to prevent bleeding.

Note: I like to wash and dry my stencils in between each letter to keep them clean. It helps to keep a couple towels handy.

To place the “my” I stenciled the “y” first for ideal placement.

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I also stenciled a border on the bottom right corner. I added some rhinestones with some jewel glue.

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Here is the AFTER.

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Here is a photo of my entire blinged out travel kit! I’m so excited to use it… now where should I go?

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What would you make out of a canvas bank money bag???

01st Apr2014

Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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I love the dollar bins and craft and retail stores. I think I stop and look every time I go.  You never know what you’ll find. Recently, I went to Michael’s and found these cute little canvas bags that I thought would be great for when I travel or the perfect gift. With a couple embellishments I bought at a vintage flea market and some rhinestones, I made these Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags.

Materials:

  • Dollar Bin Bags
  • Rhinestones
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Fabric Glue
  • Jewelry Glue
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Clips
  • Straight pins

This project is so easy and self-explanatory but I’ll try to share some helpful hints that I learned while embellishing these. Here is the BEFORE photo of the bags. Cute right? I couldn’t help myself!

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They are great just the way they are but of course I just HAD to upcycle them just a tad. I started off by adding lace to one of them. I measured the lace around and used Fabric Fusion to attach it. 

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At the ends where I saw the lace lifting, I used straight pins and clips to hold them down until it dried.

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I did the same this when I added the metal corner embellishments that I bought at an antique flea market not long ago.

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For the rhinestones and the metal embellishments I used jewelry glue.

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So far so good! I’ve pulled them inside and outside of bags and purses and everything has stayed on! Here are some after photos of each one.

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I hope you like them! I’m excited to share with you the repurposed canvas bank money bag I made into a travel laundry bag to match!

31st Mar2014

Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be sponsored by Alliance Rubber Company! Today I wanted to share a step by step tutorial on how to make a stenciled rubber band inspiration board. With just a few craft materials and some colorful Super-Size Bands from rubberband.com, you can do this Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY.

Materials:

  • 16” X 20” White Canvas
  • Spray Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Super-Size Bands
  • Towels

Step One:

I chose a Citrus Green spray paint to paint my blank canvas. It’s quicker, easier, and dries faster than other paints. You can also opt for any other paint as well. Be sure to protect your surroundings and spray in a well-ventilated area.

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Step Two:

I decided to stencil “inspire” on my board because I wanted to hang it in my craft room. I worked backwards when stenciling the word with a spouncer. You need very little acrylic craft paint when stenciling. Dab on the paint and remove the excess by dabbing it on the paper plate. Stencil in an up and down motion to avoid bleeding.

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Step Three:

Once the paint is dry, begin adding your super-size bands. I chose two alternating colors. When adding the bands also alter them horizontally and vertically.  This will “weave” the rubber bands together and will come in handy when adding things to your inspiration board. You can choose how many rubber bands you would like to use. Mine is four vertical and three horizontal. Consider covering the entire board!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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The super-size bands will fit larger canvases as well for larger boards.  They come in red, blue, and green. A big THANK YOU goes out to Alliance Rubber Company for sponsoring this post. Visit them for a wide variety of rubber bands for almost any craft project!

In case you missed it, here are more Inspiration Boards I have made in the past:

28th Mar2014

Tips for Painting a Wall from Dark to Light

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be sponsored by 3M DIY today! As you may know, I spend so much time in my craft room. It’s painted a beautiful dark blue, which I love, however I felt that it was too dark with all four walls painted blue.  I decided to paint one of the walls a bright white to help enhance the natural light. Here are my Tips for Painting a Wall from Dark to Light.

Here is a photo of my craft room wall before.

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Materials:

Instructions:

Prepare your surface. First remove all hardware. Using sand paper, sand any bumps or blemishes.

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3M offers a variety of Painter’s tape to help you with any DIY Project. I chose to use the Safe-Release tape. After you apply your tape to the area that you would like protected, use your fingers to press down and smooth over the tape to prevent bleeding.

 

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Protect your floor with a drop cloth. I have the Scotch Blue Heavy Duty Non-Slip Drop that is durable, light weight, and easy to clean so that you can reuse it.

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Once you have prepared your wall and workspace, you are ready to paint. I chose an interior latex high hiding primer. It’s great for changing drastic dark colors to lighter colors.

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Using an angled paint brush, I started by priming the edges first as shown. An angled brush will help maintain smooth lines.

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Next, I primed the rest of the wall using a short roller brush. Depending on the area you are painting, you may opt for a longer roller.

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I primed the entire area in two coats, allowing it to dry for two hours in between coats. This is a photo of my second coat.

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Next, Paint your wall with the desired lighter color. I chose a bright white. I was able to only use one coat of paint. Once the paint is dry, remove the painter’s tape. Look at how clean my lines were!

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Here is another AFTER photo! I love how it turned out. The natural light in my craft room is so much better.

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I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. You can also visit 3M DIY on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!

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