Upcycled Toy Storage Idea

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Dollar Bin Toy Storage

Last month I opened up the Dollar Bin Challenge that I do with some fellow Bloggers to my Facebook friends on the DIY Inspired Facebook page. I got a great response with more than a dozen emails saying they were interested. That’s when I came up with this upcycled toy storage idea for all of Mia’s little toys (there are SOOO many at this age!). Sadly, however, when it came to the due date of the Dollar Bin Challenge, only one person submitted their project. But that’s OK! I get it. People are busy and before you know it, it’s February 2015 (can you believe it?)! I can’t wait to show you what Jada came up with! First, let me show you what I did in just a few minutes to add a little pink to these match Mia’s room.

Here are the bins I found at Target for $3 apiece. Love the black and blue.

Upcycled Dollar Bin Storage

Here is Mia’s room. See? I needed to add a little pink!

Mias-Room-After

I used Painter’s tape to tape off some stripes. I wanted Mia to be able to see the inside of the box.

Painted Upcycled Toy Storage Bin

I used one coat of spray paint for each side, and that’s it!

Spray Painted Dollar Bin Storage

Remove the tape after about 15 minutes, and voila!

Upcycled Dollar Bin Challenge

These bins are perfect because they are small and clear… perfect for her Legos, Lalaloopsy dolls, and Strawberry Shortcake figurines, Shopkins (the list goes on). They keep it all organized and she is able to grab the one she wants to play with and know what’s inside. Plus, it’s “pretty” and matches her room. I need to buy about five more!

Upcycled Toy Storage

Now, for the Dollar Bin Challenge! My Facebook friend, Jada Roberts from Westville, Florida made this adorable Washi tape holder. She has six kids and lives an hour away from the nearest Target and she pulled this off! Isn’t it cute?

Dollar Bin Challenge- Plastic Container

As a thank you, look out for a package of goodies in the mail! Thanks, Jada!!

Easy Upcycled Toy Storage Idea

Ribbon Craft Flower Arrangement

by Dinah Wulf

Ribbon Craft Flower Arrangement

I was lucky enough to attend CHA this year again, including an exclusive Blogger party where we got to mingle with some amazing brands and learn about some new products. One of the products I received were these cute pull ribbon flowers from Little B. When I pulled them out of the container, I knew immediately what I was going to make… a ribbon craft flower arrangement with real branches from my backyard.

Materials:

  • One Package of Little B Pull Flowers
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Branches
  • Vase

These flowers are addicting to make! They are so easy and so fun. I counted ten scallops across and cut. Fold it in half as shown.

Little B Pull Flowers

Look for the ends of each string and pull. You will see the flower naturally form.

How to make flowers out of ribbon

Tie the two strings together in a knot.  Make sure to pull the string taught as you go to get the knot as close to the flower as possible. Cut the excess string close to the knot.

Ribbon Roses

Aren’t they pretty? I decided to make my blooms on my tree pink and yellow, which will be great for both Valentine’s Day and springtime.

Flowers made out of ribbon

I found this branch in my backyard, which was perfect for this project. I soaked it in water and then let it dry overnight.

Ribbon Flower Arrangement

I originally tried to attach the flowers with decorative Washi tape. It worked, but it was a little hard to keep the flowers on, and you couldn’t see the tape anyway. So, a reverted to using a hot glue gun which cut the time in half and made it SO much easier.

DIY Craft Flowers

Here are a couple after photos. Love it Looks great in my Patron bottle vase!

Ribbon Craft Flowers

Craft Flowers on Natural Branches

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Date Night Valentine Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Date Night Valentine Card (1)

Have I told you how awesome my brother is? Well, he is… amazing, really. I think I may have about an ounce of his creativity.  This year for Christmas, he designed made my husband and I a homemade card.  Inside was a gift certificate for dinner, a movie, and money for babysitting…score!! The card was so beautiful that I asked him if I could share it.  I thought it’d be a great idea for a date night Valentine card DIY for a special couple.

My brother designed the card, but you can use any decorative paper you choose, or design the front yourself. This could be used for any type of occasion like an anniversary or special event like a wedding.

Materials:

  • 2 Foam core boards
  • Glue
  • Decorative paper of choice
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Tape

Take one piece of foam core and position your gift cards, one overlapping the other. Trace the outside with a pencil. Cut out the outline using a cutting mat, straightedge, and craft knife.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card (4)

Glue the two pieces of foam core together.

Date Night Valentine Card DIY (2)

Cut your decorative paper to size. Make it long enough to wrap around and cover the card. You may need to use two pieces. Glue the paper to the bottom of the foam core and fold the paper around.

Date Night Valentine Card DIY (1)

My brother also made a matching envelope with babysitting money inside and placed it behind the gift cards.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card (3)

Insert your gift cards on top.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card

Close the card with a piece of tape on the inside.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card (1)

Isn’t it cute? I absolutely love it. Be sure to stop by my brother’s design site Figure Ground Graphics. On there you will find examples of his work along with some free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired!

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DIY Date Night Valentine Collage

 

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Winter Wreath for After Christmas

by Dinah Wulf

Winter Wreath for Front Door

I LOVE this hanging basket. It has been so useful over the past year. I have used it for my front door for several holidays and seasons. In fact, I even mentioned in a post last fall that I should entitle it One Basket Five Ways. Now that the holidays are over, I wanted to do a winter wreath for after Christmas.

I didn’t purchase anything new. I rummaged through my existing decorations. I gathered some:

  1. White feathers from my Christmas tree
  2. Artificial succulents I used to embellish my Christmas card display
  3. A garland from my outdoor Christmas decorations
  4. Artificial floral pieces from a Christmas wreath I made this year
  5. Pinecones
  6. And thick burlap ribbon.

When I make these things I never know exactly what I’m going to do. I just grab what I think might look good together and start arranging and rearranging. This particular piece just got bigger and bigger!

Front Door Winter Hanging Wreath

When I was satisfied I tied a giant bow with thick burlap ribbon. I simply tied it in a knot and then folded the edges back.

Winter Front Door Hanging Wreath with Burlap

Here are a couple photos.

Winter Wreath for After Christmas

Winter Front Door Hanging Wreath

In case you miss the other wreaths I made with this basket, check them out here:

I hope you like it! Thanks for reading!

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

by Dinah Wulf

Brown Paper Bag Turned Chic Gift Card Holder (650x584)

Thank you to J. Jill for sponsoring this post and giveaway, DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am so excited to a) show you how to make a DIY gift card holder out of a brown paper bag, and b) give one lucky winner this DIY gift card holder along with a $100 J. Jill gift card! I was lucky enough to celebrate the J. Jill opening at the Shops at Mission Viejo the other day. It was a lovely event where I got to peruse the beautiful store, meet some amazing people, and try on the clothes! BUT! More on that and the giveaway in a minute… first, let me show you how to make this upcycled gift card holder.

Materials:

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Decorative Tape and Washi Tape

Any paper bag will do. The one pictured here will make four gift card holders.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Idea

First, I cut out a rectangle (approximately 4”X9”) and folded it into thirds as shown. The top flap should be shorter than the lower flap. Leave a small gap in between the flaps.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag

Tape down the top flap with Washi tape, and trim the bottom edge. I used the tape I had left over from my Washi Tape Gift Wrapping idea.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Upcycle

Next, add two more strips of Washi tape all the way around the bottom half.

Repurposed Paper Bag

Insert the gift card.

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

Wrap another two strips around the top flap all the way around the holder to close it.

DIY Gift Card Holder Idea

I added more sparkly decorative tape, left over from my 12 Days of Christmas mini tree, on the front as well.

DIY Gift Card Holder Upcycling Idea

 Sooooo, inside is a $100 gift card to J.Jill and one of you is going to win it!

Jill’s beautiful collections are designed for the women who lead rich, full lives. Additionally, to celebrate the opening, J. Jill made donations to their Orange County-based Compassion Fund Partner: Laura’s House. Laura’s House is committed to changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

My visit was so much fun. The store was beautiful.

J. Jill

The clothes were just my style… comfy with a lot of neutral colors.

J. Jill  (1)

There was a great selection of scarves and other accessories.

J. Jill  (4)

I also loved the jewelry.

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Now for the giveaway! Good luck! The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 15th at 12:00 AM.

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30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

I have done a dozen or so paper flower tutorials since I started blogging. I noticed that there are so many talented Bloggers out there with some GORGEOUS paper flower tutorials as well. So, I wanted to put together a list of paper flower craft tutorials that are great for any season, holiday, or special occasion.  You can use these paper flowers for cards, centerpieces, embellishments, home décor, and so much more. Here we go!

Origami Poinsettia, Blossoms and Posies 

Tissue Paper Rose, Blossoms and Posies 

Kleenex Lilly, Blossoms and Posies 

Cupcake Paper Flower, Blossoms and Posies 

Blooming Map Wreath, Crafts N Coffee 

Persimmon Paper Roses, Simply Kelly Designs

Quilled Blooms Frame, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Butterfly with Flowers, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Paper Flower Topiaries, Suzy’s Sitcom

Magazine Paper Flowers, Organized 31 

Crepe Paper Flowers, Ribbons and Glue 

Inkling Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

White Crepe Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

Paper Flower Tacks, Carolyn’s Homework

Book Page Paper Hydrangeas, Muslin and Merlot  

Kusudama Paper Flower, Muslin and Merlot

Paper Towel Tie Dyed Flowers, This Simple Home

White Pumpkin with Paper Flowers, Baby Loving Mama

Tissue Paper Flowers, Life With Lovebugs

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Water Colored Book Page Roses, DIY Inspired

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Recycled Coin Wrapper Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Book Page Paper Flower Magnet, DIY Inspired

Back to School Teacher Bouquet, DIY Inspired

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping, DIY Inspired

Toilet Paper Roll Flower Ornament, DIY Inspired

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday, DIY Inspired

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins, DIY Inspired

Special thanks to all the Bloggers that allowed me to share their fabulous paper flower craft tutorials!

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.

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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Easy No Sew DIY Felt Bags (329x650)

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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)!

More Burlap Craft Ideas:

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

 

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

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}!

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

 

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:

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

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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:

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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!

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