DIY Christmas Card Display

by Dinah Wulf

 

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This article, DIY Christmas Card Display, is sponsored by Pear Tree Greetings. All opinions are 100% my own.

Lucky for me, this year I was able to design my custom Christmas cards with Pear Tree Greetings. There were SO many choices for holiday photo cards I couldn’t decide. Their personalization process made it so easy though to save the photos I wanted to use so that I could come back to them later. I FINALLY decided on the Golden Greeting Trifold Christmas Cards. I love them because they are made from 100% recycled matte card stock.

Then, I started to think about all the lovely cards that my friends and family will be sending me. I have never had a nice photo display so I decided to make one. Here is how I made my DIY Christmas Card Display.

Materials:

  • Old Frame (check thrift stores!)
  • Paint, Paint Brush, Painter’s Tape (optional)
  • Poultry Netting
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Wire Cutter
  • Pliers
  • Ornaments and Ribbon (optional)
  • Clothespins

Can you believe I found this painting for free in the trash? Yep… I took it and was REALLY excited about it.

Before-Old Painting

Because I am upcycling an existing painting, I had a couple extra steps.  You can see here, I had to disassemble the painting and remove some nails.

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I also decided to paint the frame white. So, I taped off the burlap trim and primed and painted the frame.

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Next, I measured and cut the poultry netting to fit inside the frame. Be sure to staple down all four sides.

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Here is what it looks like with the netting. You can leave it like this and use it as an organization board in an office or craft room as well.

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Christmas Card Display

But, since I’m using this for Christmas cards, I added some ornaments and ribbon.

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Here are some close ups of the cards I ordered from Pear Tree Greetings. This is the front.

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When you unfold it, this is the front of the card.

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This is the back.

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I absolutely love them and I’m sure my friends and family will love them too.

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DIY Christmas Card Display Upcycled

Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

Thank you so much to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, check out the wall decals I got from them to make some DIY Wall Art for my daughter’s play area!

Easy Mini Winter Scene in a Cloche

by Dinah Wulf

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I think I have an obsession with all things mini and pretty things inside glass cloches. For example, I recently made these DIY Snow Globe Ornaments and these Mini Winter Forest in Vintage Tea Cups. I also made a few centerpieces like my Easy Gold, Black, and White Pumpkins DIY and for a bridal shower I made these Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces & Ideas. Today for Craft Lightening, I wanted to share a simple fifteen minute Easy Mini Winter Scene in a Cloche for your Christmas decorations.

Here’s what I used:

  • Mini Trees
  • Mini Clock
  • Unfinished Wooden Bench
  • Paint Brush
  • Black Craft Paint
  • Printed Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Fake snow

First I painted the little bench. I used what I had and painted it black. You can also stain it a darker wood tone as well (I had some stain but it dried out! Whoops!).

Mini Winter Scene Cloche

I found some scrapbook paper that I had that looked like newspaper. I cut out a small rectangle and then folded and rolled it to look like a mini newspaper to lay on top of the park bench.

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Desn’t it look cute? I thought it was a nice extra touch.

Easy Winter Scene in a Cloche

I put some fake snow on the base of my stand and made the little arrangements with three sparkling green mono trees I got last year to use for my winter forest display.

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Here it is! Super easy and took minutes. I realized the clock isn’t to the exact scale, but I thought it still looked cute. It was on sale anyway!

Easy Mini Winter Scene in a Cloche

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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 Christmas ideas!

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

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My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

This article, My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition, is sponsored by IKEA. All opinions are 100% my own.


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My craft room is more than just a craft room. It’s a place of inspiration, a place of creativity, and a place of tradition. My daughter and I spend a lot of time in there. I keep it as well organized and neat as possible, and everything has its place. Over the past few years, I have shared my craft room sanctuary on my blog and social media and I have received several emails and messages with questions. So, I thought I’d share it all with you today.

A Place of Inspiration

When we first moved into this home and I found out I had an entire room devoted to crafting, I knew where I wanted to go to buy the furniture.  In fact, the furniture for this room was my Christmas present one year. Since I keep an IKEA catalog handy at all times, I knew what pieces I wanted to buy right away.

This is the view from the door. The table and shelving unit are from IKEA. I knew that if I had both beautiful and functional furniture, I would have no problems getting inspired.

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This is the view from the other side of the room.

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The table top is the perfect size for not only the room, but to spread out all my materials to do my projects.

Craft Table Top

A Place of Creativity

For me to have creative mojo, my supplies have to be in order and organized. Every pen, paint brush, and glue stick, has a special spot. I raided IKEA for different sized storage boxes to keep all my supplies in.

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I also added magnets to small containers for smaller notions that I hang on this magnetic board attached to the side of the shelving unit.

Magnetic Board

I opted to add the drawers and doors to the shelving unit as well. I changed the knobs and decoupaged the front of the drawers with recycled maps.

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For my sewing machine and sewing supplies, I bought a rolling kitchen cart that fits everything beautifully.

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Here is the list of items in my craft room you can purchase at IKEA:

Furniture

Storage

A Place of Tradition

I think the best part of this room is that I get to share it with my daughter. Since we have lived here, we have created some new traditions sparked by our creativity. During the holidays, we make handmade Christmas decorations and ornaments every year together.

The last time I was at IKEA I found this fabulous white felt wreath. They have so many great holiday decorations this season.

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I made some felt poinsettia’s to embellish it. To make the flowers, cut ten small petals for each flower. Glue them together in groups of five to form a flower. Glue two groups together. Lastly, glue or sew on small beads or pearls for the center of the flower.

Felt Poinsettia Tutorial

I pinned three of them onto the wreath.

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Here is the result. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a beautiful addition to our Christmas decorations this year. I’m even thinking of making more to give as gifts.

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It’s amazing to me that one room could inspire so much. I look forward to many more early mornings and late nights in there creating new projects and traditions with my daughter.

Special thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post.

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Last year was the first year to participate in this fun family Christmas tradition.  If you missed any of my other easy Elf on the Shelf ideas posts, here they are:

This time, I wanted to share some ideas that I actually did for my daughter last year, but didn’t get a chance to post (partly because I didn’t want to irritate you with a FOURTH Elf on the Shelf post last year). Here is the post of the others I actually did last year as well. All ten of these ideas take little to no effort except for one (No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt) which I have a tutorial you can check out.

Our elf had a couple run-ins with some reindeer that were chasing her.  The first she climbed up some books and onto some red ribbon and the second they chased her up a mini holiday tree.

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With a little bit of tape, you can have your elf, hang onto a stair rail or peep over a mirror.

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If you have already received some Christmas cards from friends and family, you can create a little tent for your Elf.  When my daughter found this one she said she needed a blanket and pillow… details details! I wonder where she gets it?

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This was one of my favorites. Our Elf crafted up a little skirt using some felt she found in my craft room {tutorial}.

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Here are four for those nights I was in a hurry or almost forgot!

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Just in case you missed last years, here they are again.  It’s exciting to see them being shared thousands of times! 

Come back soon for my new ideas for this year!

Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

My daughter has a large playhouse on the side of our home that needed a little TLC.  I didn’t want to spend too much time and money on this project, so I decided on giving it a mini makeover to make it a little more appealing and inviting. With a little imagination and some thrift store finds, I was able to complete this project over a weekend. First, here are the three key materials I used for this Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover. They were honestly lifesavers and helped make this project so quick and easy!

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Materials:

  • Hose, soap, and Water
  • Exterior Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Small Wooden Flower Boxes
  • Mailbox (reimagined)
    • Thrift store find
    • Wooden letters
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Metal ribbon
    • Scissors
    • Glue
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces
  • Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape

The first thing I did was power wash the house. I had to scrub it down with soap and water.  I cleaned it as best I could, however was unable to remove all the chalk paint that was an unfortunate mishap from a previous playdate!

Once the playhouse was dry, I taped off the windows and trim with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces.

I hand painted all the window and door trim with white exterior paint.

Scotch Blue Tape

For the flower boxes and mailbox, I used Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape. This worked PERFECTLY! Let me tell you 3 main reasons why:

  1. It’s all weather and works for outdoor use.
  2. My flower boxes and mailbox are all light weight. For every two inches of tape, it holds one pound.
  3. The mounting tape allowed me to mount all of it without having to use nails through the very thin playhouse walls.

For the flower boxes, I found premade boxes at the craft store, which I painted white.

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Artificial flowers worked well inside because a) the don’t weigh down the boxes, and b) they are easy to rinse off and clean…oh! AND they are pretty too!

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For the mailbox, I found this for a few dollars at Goodwill.

Thirft store transformation

I painted part of it white, and added “MAIL” in wooden letters.

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I found metal ribbon trim, removed the old trim and replaced it with the new trim. I attached it with industrial strength glue and used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to hold it in place overnight.

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Once the glue was dry, I used Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape.

Outdoor Mounting Strips 3M

It attached to the house with ease.

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Here are a few before and after photos! I loved the way it turned out!

 

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Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover

Thank you to 3M DIY for sponsoring this post!

Easy Christmas DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Christmas DIY Ideas

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s a time that I cherish tradition and time with family and friends. It’s a time of inspiration and creativity for me. I enjoy coming up with creative ideas for holiday décor, Christmas ornaments, and handmade gifts. Just last year I introduced the Elf on the Shelf tradition to my daughter when she turned 3 years old so now that is a whole new obsession as well! I thought I’d put together a round-up of easy Christmas DIY ideas of things I’ve done in the past. I hope you find some inspiration among these posts and tutorials.

Here you will find ornaments made from recycled items around the house, holiday party ideas, simple home décor ideas, and a couple easy DIY gift ideas… oh… and that dreaded and beloved Elf! Enjoy!

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids BLACK + DECKER

Thanks to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring today’s post, Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids. All opinions are 100% my own.

I finally did it! Inspired by BLACK + DECKER’s “Your Big Finish” initiative, I completed a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. A few months ago, I found a little bench while thrift store shopping. It was only $9.99 and it even had a little drawer for storage. I bought it, took it home, and unloaded it into the garage.  Months later, which is highly unlike me, it has been sitting there collecting dust. Thanks to this initiative I did this upcycled thrift store bench for kids to complete a reading nook for my daughter!

Here is the little bench BEFORE. Cute, right? I’m unsure if there used to be another part to it or not.

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

There is even a little drawer for toy or book storage.

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Materials:

  • Awesome thrift store find!
  • Sander
  • Patch and Primer
  • Putty Knife
  • High Density Foam
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Clean Clothes

There were a lot of scratches, so I used an electric sander to sand down as much as I could. As you can see, there were also a lot of dents and blemishes. 

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I filled it with a primer plus patch. When doing this, I find it easiest to overfill it and then once it is dry, sand over it to make it smooth.

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I cleaned and dusted off all the debris and then spray painted the bench and drawer with a glossy finish.

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I also cut some high density foam to size and then covered it with a colorful fabric to make a little seat cushion. I couldn’t decide on what color of fabric. I think that’s why it took me so long to do this project. So, I asked my Facebook friends and I listened to what they had to say! I mean come on, you need to be comfy while reading!

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It turned out so cute, and now my daughter’s reading nook in her bedroom is complete!

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Here are a couple more photos!

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Succulent Garden Hostess Gift

by Dinah Wulf

Succulent Garden Hostess Gift

It’s time for another Dollar Bin Challenge! The Dollar Bin Challenge is when a few Bloggers are given an item from a dollar bin at a major retail store, put their own creative spin on it, and share their unique upcycles.  Recently a few of us upcycled milk botttles, but this time our items were small plastic bins from Target. For my project, I made an easy DIY succulent garden hostess gift.

Here are the bins we all got. They came in white, black, or navy blue. They were in the dollar bins at Target for 2 for $1!

Succulent Hostess Gift

I only needed a few materials:

  • Plastic Bins
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Potting Soil
  • Succulents

After I stared at them for days, I broke out a gold Sharpie and started writing. With the holidays coming up, I know I’ll be attending several holiday parties. I hand wrote “thank you” with the Sharpie on all four sides.

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I planted an array of succulents and watered them. I thought these bins were perfect for plants.  Plus the host or hostess can easily replant the succulents when ready. This would also be a great gift for Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation Day.

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There you have it! I made this unique gift for about $6.00.

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Don’t forget to stop by and visit the other Bloggers who participated in the Dollar Bin Challenge to see what they made and how they made it! Here’s the rundown!

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Tote-ally Awesome Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

Tote-tally Awesome Tote Bag

Today I just wanted to share a great deal going on at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores right now! These Tote-ally awesome tote bags are available at Jo-Ann for $9.99 with a minimum $30 in-store purchase! I have to say, they are the perfect size for so many things this holiday season.

I have several out-of-town family members staying with us this year; my mother and father in law, my brother and sister-in-law, and their three kids. I am SO excited about it. This is also the time that Mia’s cousins have visited us at our house ever and their first time in sunny California! Needless to say, we have a lot of things planned. This tote bag will definitely come in handy.

It’s the perfect size to…

  • Use as an overnight bag on short excursions.
  • Use as a beach or picnic bag (the weather is still amazing here in CA).
  • Carry gifts and toys to our friend’s holiday party.
  • Use as a carry-on for the plane on their way home to Wisconsin.

So don’t forget to stop by Jo-Ann’s to get your holiday decorations and crafting supplies and pick up a tote or two. They come in a few colors to choose from as well!

Oh! And don’t forget to down load your Jo-Ann’s app on your smart phone so you can use the coupons when you check out… I’d be lost without mine…

Thank you to Jo-Ann’s for sponsoring this post and sending me my very own tote-ally awesome tote bag!

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Mini Winter Forest in Vintage Tea Cups

by Dinah Wulf

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It’s the little things like this that make me happy… a good deal, an old treasure, a stranger’s artwork. I found these two little vintage tea cups at a thrift store. They stood out like sore thumbs in a sea of saucers, other tea cups, and coffee mugs. I picked them up without a thought and put them in my cart.

Here they are… so pretty and dainty.

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I looked closely and saw they were hand painted by someone named G Harris. It made me smile. I’m not sure if they are worth more (or less), but the $2.99 price tags made me happy. I couldn’t find anything online. I purchased them, excited to bring them home.

Vintage Hand Painted Tea Cups G Harris

I had some fake snowflakes and craft trees left over from the DIY Snow Globe Ornaments I made. I decided that they would look cute in these tea cups… why not? With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it be a very cute addition to my holiday décor.

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Here are a few other photos.

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Winter Forest in Hand Painted Tea Cups

It’s a simple and unique décor idea for the holidays. Hopefully somewhere out there G Harris will be happy knowing their tea cups made it to a good home!

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DIY Snow Globe Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

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I have always wanted to try to make these, ever since I made my winter forest in my apothecary jars last year. I’m sure there are several ways to make them. The way I tried it, worked pretty well, and I did this project is just a few minutes. Here is how I made my DIY snow globe ornaments.

Materials:

  • Large plastic ornament balls
  • Small craft trees
  • Chopsticks
  • Glue stick and glue gun
  • Artificial snowflakes
  • Funnel
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Scissors

I found these little trees in green and white.  There are so many different kinds. Just make sure they will fit through the ornament ball opening.

DIY Snow Globe Ornament

Carefully pinch one tree from the top, until you feel you have a good grip on it. For me, it took a couple adjustments.

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Carefully add a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the tree. Quickly and carefully, place your tree inside the ornament. When working with plastic and hot glue, it attaches right away, so once the glue hits the plastic, there is only about 2 seconds (literally) to place and adjust.

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Repeat until you are satisfied with your mini forest.

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Using a funnel, fill your globe with artificial snowflakes.

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The chopsticks come in handy to help push the snowflakes into the ball. Gently shake the globe to get the flakes to spread out evenly.

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Tie ribbon and twine to your ornaments.  These would make great Christmas gifts or even a neighbor or teacher gift.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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Here are a few other DIY ornament ideas:

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt

by Dinah Wulf

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If you love the Elf on the Shelf tradition at Christmas time like I do, you know where I’m coming from on this post! Being the Crafty Mom I am, one night last year, had Josie our elf make her own no sew Elf on the Shelf skirt. I felt that Josie was a little naked with no clothes AND I wasn’t about to spend $10 on a pre-made skirt at the store.

She does look a little naked here doesn’t she? This was one of her antics last year:

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If you missed any of my other Elf on the Shelf idea posts, here they are:

To make the apron you only need three items:

  • Red and white felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun (OK four items…)

Instructions:

Cut out these three shapes out of the felt.  I literally “winged it” on this one as far as the pattern and size goes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I actually used felt scraps. You don’t need much for that tiny Elf waist!

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I used a hot glue gun (because it’s quick and easy) and glued it together like this.

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I tied it around her waist as shown.

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It turned out great and the red and white felt match her perfectly.

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Here’s what I set out the night Josie made her own skirt for my daughter to find the next morning.

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Just in case you need some Elf on the Shelf inspiration, here are those other posts again!

The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea, is sponsored by Rich Product’s Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

Each holiday season, we all spend a considerable amount of time going to holiday parties. But figuring out what to bring for the party hostess can be a daunting task that ultimately ends with the purchase of the traditional bottle of wine or box of chocolates. This year, be the hostess gift hero! Create a unique breakfast basket full of baked goods and other goodies that the hostess can enjoy the next morning. Better yet, visit the bakery department of your local grocery store to find a variety of treats that can be gifted. With simple creative packaging, a baked good can become a personalized (and delicious) gift that will make hostess’s day a little brighter. It’s simple, easy and affordable—no baking required!

I found these cookie jars at the thrift store for next to nothing. 

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After I washed and cleaned them, I decorated it with green burlap ribbon and red felt ribbon.  I made a tag that says “thank you for everything”, and tied it on along with a pretty glass Christmas ornament.

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Next, I went to the bakery of my local grocery store and bought some fresh baked goodies. I bought a variety of bagels, croissants, and rolls.

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I filled each cookie jars, which kept them fresh.

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Now for the ULTIMATE hostess gift…you can include your goody-filled cookie jar in a basket with champagne and orange juice for mimosas, and even some champagne glasses (plastic will do!).

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Now, after weeks of party planning, and a successful party night, your Host or Hostess can enjoy breakfast the next morning thanks to you!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Thank you to Rich Product’s for sponsoring this post! Be sure to visit the Bakery Because Pinterest page for more inspiring ideas!

DIY Playroom Wall Art

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post, DIY Playroom Wall Art. All opinions are 100% my own.

OK, so I don’t really have a playroom, however I CAN say that my daughter and some toys have officially taken over part of the family room.  I know a lot of fellow parents have issues with keeping toys organized and out of site. For me, I like to make them cohesive and pretty! I know I have posted my DIY Kitchen Play set before and just recently I made another kitchen play hutch from some thrift store finds. Today, in effort to make this play area even more beautiful, I am sharing some DIY playroom wall art ideas.

Doesn’t it look cute?

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Here are a few things I used:

  • Pear Tree Greetings Wall Decals
  • Wooden Photo Frames
  • Toy Wooden Spoon
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes

The first thing I did was design and order my wall decals from Pear Tree Greetings. First of all, THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! The interface is easy to use and the designs and color choices are vast and modern. There is plenty to fit all styles. I chose some photos of my daughter from when we went to a recent street fair.  I took pictures looking at herself on my iPhone, and I thought her reaction was just too cute.

Pear Tree Greetings Wall Art Decals

Next, I made a few other pieces to match my wall decals. I picked up some inexpensive wood frames and painted the edges pink and green.  I framed some left over fabric I had from making my kitchen play hutch and upcycled thrift store stool.

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I also painted some wooden wall plaques.

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DIY Playroom Wall Art

I glued on a toy wooden spoon, since these would be displayed in her play kitchen.

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Lastly, I hung them all up in her play kitchen.  Another thing that’s great about the decals is that if you don’t like your placement, you can easily remove it and stick it on again. Here are a few AFTER photos. They are really the perfect final touch for this play area.

DIY Playroom Wall Art Decals (3)

DIY Playroom Wall Art (9)

DIY Playroom Wall Art Decals (2)

DIY Playroom Wall Art Decals (1)

DIY Playroom Wall Art (6)

Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their other wall art, invitations, DIY cards, and more!

In case you missed them, here are the tutorials to make everything you see here in Mia’s play kitchen:

Beanie Baby Party Ideas with Printables

by Dinah Wulf

Beanie Baby Birthday Party

One of my childhood friends messaged me on Facebook not long ago looking for Beanie Baby party ideas for her son’s birthday coming up. She had mentioned that she had searched the internet and couldn’t find anything. I was delighted by the challenge of creating something she could use. My first thought was to do printables; that way she could just download them and make as many as she needed for the party. So, with the help of my brother, this is what we came up with.

Beanie Baby Party Hat

These cute little hats come in four different color combinations.  You can print and cut them out and use them as decorations for the party.  Another option is to just print a few out and (depending on the age of the kids) let the kids cut them out, tape them together, and use them for their own Beanie babies.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Printable Party Hats

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Hat Printables

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Hats

Beanie Baby Cupcake Toppers

These were designed to look like the iconic Ty tag that comes with each Beanie Baby. The front says, “Beanie Cakies” and the back says “Cupcake sweet, yummy, beanie-cakey, goodness!” The back represents the inside of the Ty tags that come with an original Beanie baby’s name and description.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Printables

Simply print and cut them out, tape them to a toothpick, and insert them into the cupcakes.  I added some colorful baker’s twine to each tag.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Ideas

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Cupcake Topper Printables

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers

Beanie Baby Party Favors

Lastly, my brother designed a “thank you” tag that says “Beanie Beans” on them. You can make the tag any size you wish. I filled small party bags with colorful chocolate candies.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Favors

You can download your Beanie baby party printables here:

FREE Beanie Baby Party Printables

My brother has helped me with some pretty cool printables in the past. In case you missed them, here they are:

 

Last Minute DIY Adult Minion Costume

by Dinah Wulf

Last Minute DIY Adult Minion Costume

This is TRULY a last minute costume for my husband and I. We actually have a reason to dress up for Halloween this year because we are going to attend a 40th birthday party, however we kept changing our minds. Finally, now that Halloween is only a few days away, we have out costumes.  Here’s how to make a last minute DIY adult minion costume.

Costume:

  • Overalls
  • Yellow Shirt
  • Yellow Beanie
  • DIY Minion Goggles
  • DIY Minion Logo

DIY Minion Goggles:

Minion Goggles DIY

Originally I used part of these goggles for a steampunk look we were going to do this year, but changed our minds.  I only spent $3.00 to make these. For these goggles you only need a few things.

  • Blind Spot Mirrors ($2 at Walmart)
  • Silver Sharpie
  • Two Baby Food Jar lids (or any lids)
  • Black Headband (check the dollar store)
  • Glue
  • Circle punches
  • Black and White Card Stock

Glue one blind spot mirror and one jar lid together. Repeat for the other side, or you can just do one.

DIY Minion Goggles (1)

Color the edges with a silver Sharpie.

Minion Goggles DIY (1)

Use a circle craft punch or trace round objects and cut them out to make the eyes.

Minion Goggles DIY (2)

Glue them onto the goggles and onto the headband.  Make sure to glue in between the two goggles as well so that they stay together.

Minion Goggles DIY (3)

DIY Minion Logo:

Last Minute Adult Minion Costume (3)

For this, I used materials I already had, so I’m sure there are other options you can do. I used:

  • Logo from Google Images
  • Iron-On Transfer
  • Felt
  • Pin
  • Scissors

Simply print a mirror image of the Minion logo on iron-on transfer paper and iron it on to a piece of felt. Cut out the logo and add a pin to the back.  This way you can easily take it on and off the overalls… I mean…overalls ARE back in style now!

The best part of this costume is that it’s comfortable and warm! Here are some after photos!

Last Minute Adult Minion Costume (2)

Last Minute Adult Minion Costume (1)

In case you missed them. Here are some other DIY Costumes I have done in the past:

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