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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!

25th Aug2014

How to Etch Glass Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Salt and Pepper Shakers

I found these spice jars while I was thrift store shopping the other day.  I fell in love with the little wooden lids, PLUS they were only 99 cents each.  My Mother accidentally broke my antique pepper shaker that I had and so I decided to turn these spice jars into my everyday salt and pepper shakers. I had some etching cream and settled on putting the classic “s” and “p” on them.  Here is my tutorial on how to etch glass.

Materials:

  • Glass
  • Etching Cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint brush
  • Water/sink

Glass etching is probably one of the easiest and quickest craft projects to complete. I think it took me less than ten minutes to do this project.

Here are the spice jars I got. I have never (or don’t recall) seeing any like this before. I put them in the washing machine to make sure they were clean.

Thrift Store Salt and Pepper Shakers

I used Martha Stewart’s adhesive letter stencils which make this project SUPER easy. As you can tell by this photo I used them often. Make sure your glass is completely dry.

How To Etch Glass

Once your stencil is in place, apply an ample amount of etching cream onto your surface. Wait 1-3 minutes and rinse the etching cream off under cold water. Remove the stencil.

How To Etch Glass DIY

Voila! It works in literally minutes.

Repurposed Spice Jars

I poured in my salt and pepper and these spice jars still had the rubber shaker lids with holes. These would make a fun gift or you can be greedy like me and keep them all for yourself!

How To Etch Glass Tutorial

18th Aug2014

Pocket Greeting Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (6)

I like to make my own greeting cards and invitations.  Since both my parents and my husband’s parents live on the East Coast and Midwest, we often send them snail mail with our daughter’s school photos or artwork.  Most recently, my daughter danced her very first ever dance recital, so I wanted to make a little card to go along with her photos to send to each grandparent. Here is an easy and budget friendly pocket greeting card DIY.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Paper Cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Circle punch
  • Letter stamps
  • Glue stick
  • Envelopes

Depending on the size of your envelop and pictures you are sending, measure and cut one piece of cardstock accordingly.  I used envelopes to fit a 5X7 and 4X6 photo.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card

Fold the cardstock in half and then fold up to create a pocket as shown.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (1)

Use a straight edge and a craft knife to cut the center folder flap. This will make it easier for the card to fold.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (2)

It creates a pocket like this.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (3)

Next, embellish the card as you wish!  I don’t like to waste any paper so since I used four different hues of purple, I cut the left over and made a band for the front.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (4)

I also used a circle punch to make a circle. I stamped on “love you” onto the card as well.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (5)

Lastly, I put it all together.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (7)

It’s a quick and easy project and MUCH cheaper than buying cards!

Be sure to check out the cards I sent to the grandparents last time for Mia’s school photos {DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion}!

15th Aug2014

How to Make a Tulle Bow

by Dinah Wulf

How to Tie a Tulle Bow

My daughter’s best friend’s birthday is coming up and we decided to buy her…craft supplies, of course! We raided a few stores and bought a colorful floral plastic bin to keep everything inside.  This way, she would have her own storage bin separate from her three sisters. The plastic bin was beautiful in itself, so I didn’t want to cover it in wrapping paper.  I ended up making a tulle bow in her favorite color, purple.  Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a tulle bow.

You only need two things:

  • 6 inch wide tulle
  • Scissors

The plastic bin is so cute, right? No need to cover it up!

How to Make a Tulle Bow

You can find spools of 6 inch by 10 yard rolls at any craft store.  We chose glitter tulle, which was probably a bad idea mess-wise. It’s pretty, but the glitter goes EVERYWHERE when you are tying your bow.

I started by wrapping the plastic bin with the tulle like a standard ribbon as shown. This was my first time attempting this so I played with the length.

DIY Tulle Bow Instructions

Next fold the tool in layers. The length you use depends on the size of your bow.

How to Make a Tulle Bow Step By Step

 My layers were about ten inches long. I made layers of three (and four) and cut the ends to make three separate pieces.

How to Make a Tulle Bow Tutorial

 

Tie the three layers in a standard knot.

How to Make a Tulle Bow DIY

Then repeat with another three layers.

How to Make a Tulle Bow Tie Layers

Fluff up and separate each layer of tulle.

How to Make a Tulle Bow Separate Layers

Lastly, curve the ends of each layer as you wish; the beauty of tulle is that it is easy to maneuver and the shape will hold.

How to Make a DIY Tulle Bow

 

06th Aug2014

DIY Yarn Tassels Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Yarn Tassels Tutorial

My brother designed some adorable free printable coloring bookmarks for Inheriting Our Planet and I wanted to make little tassels for them.  I thought they would make great back to school gifts for teachers or a Teacher Appreciation gift as well. I had never made them before and found they are extremely easy to make. You only need three things.

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Something to wrap the yarn around (I used an old Tic Tac container) – optional

Small bonbons of yarn like these are perfect for this project. I have a stocked jar in my craftroom at all times!

DIY Yarn Tassels

I used a plastic Tic Tac container to wrap the yarn around.  Wrap it several times.  Depending on the desired length, you can also use your fingers, the narrow part of your cell phone, a business card, or the like.

DIY Yarn Tassels (1)

Remove the yarn bundle you just wrapped and snip one end of the yarn as shown.

DIY Yarn Tassels (2)

I slipped a long piece of yarn through the folded end and then tied off the top.  This will be the hanger of the tassel. Wrap the yarn around to make a head and double knot it.

DIY Yarn Tassels (3)

If desired, trim the tassel for a more finished look.

DIY Yarn Tassels (4)

I made them in several colors.

DIY Yarn Tassels How To

I also tied some to the coloring bookmarks that my brother designed.  These are great because you can create your own design in any color you wish.

DIY Yarn Tassels (5)

See some examples and print them in three different designs for free here: {Free Printable Coloring Bookmarks}. You can use tassels for party decorations, ornaments, pillow embellishments, jewelry, and so much more.

If you like my brother’s designs, check out some other free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired:

04th Aug2014

Stenciled Burlap Sacks DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Stenciled Burlap Gift Sacks

You may know that I am obsessed with dollar bins at retail stores.  I ALWAYS get sucked in.  There are very few times where I walk by and find nothing. This time I found some little burlap sacks and some pretty trim. I tossed them into my basket and knew exactly what I was going to make with them.  Here is my tutorial for stenciled burlap sacks.  They make fun wedding favors, gift wrapping, or even great gifts as-is for jewelry or other small trinkets.

Materials:

  • Dollar bin burlap sacks
  • Various trim
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Black craft paint
  • Foam spouncer
  • Small paper plate
  • Stencils

Here are the cute little bags I found.  They were three for two dollars.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks (1)

I also found this pretty trim in mint, yellow, and white.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks (2)

I used adhesive stencils for this project. The Martha Stewart brand is great because the fuzz from the burlap rubs right off the stencil if you run it under a little water and it’s as good as new.  I placed the stencil on my bag and used a spouncer and black paint.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks How To

Tip: Here are my tips for stenciling, crafting, and caring for burlap.

I made each bag a little different.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks Tutorial

Next, I added trim to each bag using a hot glue gun.  You can use fabric glue as well, but I found it easier to use hot glue (I’m an Expert Hot Gluer!).

Stenciled Burlap Sacks DIY

Here they are… adorable, right?  I am using these as gift bags for small gifts. I think these would also make really sweet wedding or baby shower favor bags as well.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks

Stenciled Burlap Gift Sacks

Need more inspiration?  Here are some burlap craft ideas and stenciling craft ideas!

01st Aug2014

Door Decoration: One Basket Four Ways

by Dinah Wulf

One Basket Four Ways (1)

I LOVE it when I find a great deal. I bought this hanging basket at a massive sale price at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store after the holidays last year.  I thought it would be a great base for a hanging door decoration for the front door of my house. I have used it three other times so far including:

This time, I made a few simple and quick changes using the materials from the above three door decorations to create a whole new look.  I kept the burlap, lace, and address numbers from the radiant orchid themed one I made most recently.  I just used a little craft paint and a foam brush to paint the front of the numbers white.  I left the back and sides lavender. What is great about these wooden numbers is that you can constantly change them to fit any holiday color scheme.

Door Decoration

I went to Michael’s the other day and all of their summer items were 70%-80% off. I found these adorable clip-on burlap butterflies. I clipped some onto the front.

Hanging Door Decoration

I also added a few to the straps of the wreath. These were such a great find for less than a dollar a piece.

DIY Address Wreath

I used the flowers from my four leaf clover and L-O-V-E door decoration and mixed them together along with more butterflies.

One Basket Four Ways (1)

Here is the final look! I spent less than $5 on the butterflies and everything else I already had.

One Basket Four Ways

In case you missed them, here are the other three hanging door decoration ideas I used for this one basket:

25th Jul2014

Carnival Carousel or Circus Cake Topper Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Circus Cupcake Topper DIY

I made a DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper the other day for my daughter’s birthday cake.  The little pompoms on top of the straws I used reminded me of a carousel. Plus, I was not only serving cake for her birthday, but cupcakes as well.  It gave me the idea of making a Carnival Carousel with those little plastic animals you get at party supply stores. I went on a hunt, and came up with this Carnival Carousel or Circus Cake Topper tutorial.

Materials:

  • Plastic circus animals
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper party straws
  • Pompoms
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper

I found a bag of plastic animals at a local party supply store for $2.99 for a dozen.

Circus Cupcake and Cake Topper Tutorial

I laid down some paper on my craft table and Mia and I painted each one a solid color.

Circus Cupcake Topper How To

We chose colors that reminded us of a carnival or circus. Some of the lighter colors needed two coats of paint, but they dried very quickly.

Circus Cake Topper

While the animals were drying I cut the party straws. Once in half, and then the half I cut in two, with one side slightly longer than the other.

Circus Cake Topper DIY

I hot glued the animals onto the straws and also glued a fuzzy yellow pompom on top.

Circus Cupcake Topper Decoration

I used some as cupcake toppers.

Carnival Cupcake Topper

Circus or carnival Carousel Cupcake Topper

I also used three of them as circus cake toppers and placed them in a circle to look like a carousel.

Circus Carousel Cupcake Topper

It turned out so cute!

Circus or Carnival Cupcake Topper

Be sure to check out some of my other circus themed posts!

21st Jul2014

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (5)

If you have been following along both of my blogs, this one and Inheriting Our Planet, you may have noticed all the posts I have been writing about my amazing trip to Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto in Mexico! Of COURSE I had to bring home a few souvenirs from my trip. Thanks to my Mother In Law, she gave me the inside scoop that Mexico has THE BEST vanilla extract so I always know it’ll be a hit when I get home. I ended up using Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping to present my gifts to my friends and family.

Materials:

  • Gift (duh!)
  • Toilet Paper Rolls (duh!)
  • Decorative Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun (optional)

It just so happens that a small bottle of vanilla extract fits perfectly in a toilet paper roll.  I KNEW I was hoarding toilet paper rolls for a reason!

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (2)

I picked some colorful and bright paper that reminded me of Mexico,  cut it to size with my paper cutter, and secured it with double sided tape. FYI, toilet paper rolls are 4.5” long.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

Next, I simply rolled the bottle in some tissue paper and inserted it into the roll.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (1)

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (3)

Next, I tied a ribbon on each end.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (4)

Now, the bottle was a little thin and slid around in the tube, so I put a little dab of hot glue into the tube to keep it from sliding around and it worked beautifully.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (6)

I can’t wait to give them away, especially to my Mother In Law!

In case you want to read about my adventures in Mexico, check out these posts!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a cute little video of my trip!

09th Jul2014

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags How To

These cute little versatile DIY chalkboard clothespin tags are perfect for creative gift wrapping, party favors, name place cards, or even gardening or home organization labels.  They are inexpensive to make and you only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Wooden Shape Cut-Outs
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Scrap Paper
  • Clothespins
  • Glue
  • Chalk

I found these cute little wood cut-outs at Michael’s for .29 each but then I got 15% off of that, so they were roughly four for a dollar.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

I painted one side using a foam brush.  I like using this type of brush because the edges stay nice and neat so that only the front of the wooden cut-out is painted.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Easy

Tip: You may have noticed on previous posts, I like to save packing paper and reuse it.  It’s easy to store and doesn’t take up much space and it’s perfect for protecting any craft workspace.  I use it especially when I do kids crafts that involve paint with my daughter.

Two coats will suffice, but I did three, allowing one hour in between each coat.  I find that waiting works best when working with chalkboard paint.

Lastly, I glued each painted chalkboard tag to a clothespin.  You can use any type of glue. I personally prefer hot glue in this craft.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft Idea

Tip: I noticed after the fact that it was easier to glue on the wood cut-out BEFORE painting it so that it is easier to hold while painting and less messy on your fingers!

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft

I used these for little party favors but you can use them for several purposes. They would be adorable as place cards settings for a dinner party or even a wedding or shower.  You can also use them to label and organize craft supplies as well.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Tutorial

Here are a few more after photos.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Party Favor

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin GiftTags

12th Jun2014

DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Cards School Photo

Sometimes it’s really tough living so far away from family.  We live in California while my side of the family lives on the East Coast and my husband’s side of the family lives in the Mid-West. It’s especially difficult when you have a little one who always asks for their grandparents at night or when there is only Dad and Mom in the audience for a dance recital, while all the other little ones maxed out their ticket limits. Because of this, I get creative with good ‘ole snail mail when I send out Mia’s artwork, school pictures, and dance photos, etc. to all the grandparents and aunts and uncles. So, I thought I’d share something you can make for anytime. Here is my quick tutorial for DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Paper Cutter
  • Various Large Circle Punches (at least 2 sizes)
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Wallet Sized Photos
  • Envelopes

Cut the desired size for your card. You can fold them vertically or horizontally.  The larger cards pictured here are 5”X7”.

DIY Cards Any Occassion

I wanted Mia’s grandparents to be able to remove the card and have the full wallet size photo intact just in case they wanted to remove it and show it off! So, I cut a 4”X4” square. Each card will use 2 different sized circles. Cut the smaller circle into the square piece.

DIY Cards Any Occassion (1)

Next, cut out a large circle, and use the smaller circle punch to cut a hole inside the larger circle to match the square. (Say that 10 ties fast!)

DIY Photo Cards

Assemble the picture as shown.

DIY Peephole Cards

Tip: I only put one small piece of tape on the picture (again, just in case the parents want to disassemble the card and carry the photo in their wallet).

DIY Cards Invitations

Tape the photo to the front of the card.

DIY Cards How To

There you have it! You can use these for invitation, birthday cards, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or anytime cards!

DIY Cards Birthday

DIY Cards Thank You

In case you missed it, here are some more of my DIY card and invitation tutorials:

10th Jun2014

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

I love entertaining outdoors during the warm weather months. I wanted to make some fun beach inspired napkin rings to add a little DIY to my table setting this summer. Here is how I made these easy shell DIY napkin rings. You only need a few materials.

Materials:                   

  • Shells
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Strong Bonding Agent like E6000

How to Make Napkin Rings

Instructions:

I found the rope at Home Depot. I was able to make these nautical themed vases, this fabric bunting, this other fabric bunting, and eight of these napkin rings (and more) out of one package. Cut each piece into about 6 inches. Play around with the length to reach your desired ring size. Simply hot glue the ends together to form a ring.  I like to use hot glue because it dries quickly and holds the rope very well.

DIY Rope Napkin Rings

Glue the shell on top, covering where the ends of the rope meet. I used E600 for a fast and strong bond. Here are a few close ups.

Shell DIY Napkin Rings

DIY Napkin Rings

Easy Nautical DIY Napkin Rings

I love how they turned out.  Consider making these with other trinkets to match your theme or décor. You can even wrap them up to make a cute gift for Mother’s Day, or even a fun and thoughtful house warming gift. Hmmm… which gives me another idea! Ha! Stay tuned!

Easy Beach DIY Napkin Rings

In case you missed it, here are some other fun homemade gift ideas that you might like:

28th May2014

Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips

by Dinah Wulf

easy red white and blue head piece (5)

I know yesterday I shared Easy Dollar Bin Headbands that I made for my daughter, but I was on a roll with hair pieces so I thought I’d share another one I made for my friend and I to wear at an annual Fourth of July party that we go to.  Last year I made this one and this year I made these Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Metal Hair Clips
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Scissors

Fabric flowers are fun to make on your own, but when I come across a good sale, I just can’t pass up a great deal. I picked up these flowers and a whole bag of feathers for next to nothing.

easy red white and blue head piece

I simply arranged the flower cluster on a piece of felt and hot glued it on. I cut off the access felt with fabric scissors.

easy red white and blue head piece (1)

easy red white and blue head piece (3)

Next I hot glued on a metal hair clip.

easy red white and blue head piece (4)

In a few minutes, I had two fun and festive hair pieces for my friend and me.

easy red white and blue head piece (5)

You can clip them directly on your hair, or clip them onto a headband like this.

easy red white and blue head piece (2)

Here is the one I made last year last minute on the day of the party that I posted on Instagram. Here is the tutorial for it too!

easy-diy-headpiece

Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

27th May2014

Easy Dollar Bin Headbands

by Dinah Wulf

dollar store headbands (2)

My daughter will be turning age four soon and I think she gets more girly and more girly every day.  Because she loves dressing up with skirts and dresses and shoes, it gets a little expensive.  I always try to find ways to save a little money here and there.  The other day, I went craft shopping and found some great deals to make inexpensive and easy dollar bin headbands for her.

You only need a few items.

Materials:

  • Headbands
  • Felt Craft Flowers
  • Felt Craft Bows
  • Hot glue and glue gun

With coupons in hand, I spent less than $6.00 for these three headbands I made and have left over embellishments for other projects. I found the plain glitter headbands for a dollar each at Joann Fabrics and Craft Stores and I found the felt embellishments in the dollar bins at Michael’s.

dollar store headbands

I actually thought about making the felt flowers myself, but these were so cute I had to buy them!  Each pack was $1.50 and I had a 30% off coupon for all three. I couldn’t pass it up! I simply glued each piece to the headbands. My daughter LOVES them. She wears one every day. They are pretty sturdy as well.

dollar bin headbands (2)

Here are a few pictures of Mia wearing them.

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dollar store headbands (2)

dollar store headbands (1)

dollar bin headbands (1)

Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

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