Stenciled Cork Organization Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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My fellow Blogger and BFF gave me a four pack of small square cork boards. I knew I wanted to make something fun and give them back to her repurposed and reinvented. As I stared at them for a couple of days, I thought it’d be fun to make a stenciled cork organization board for her older daughter’s room. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • 8 square cork boards
  • Stencils
  • Spouncer
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Old food box
  • Scissors
  • Felt or fabric

I started off by stenciling four of the cork boards.  The key to a perfect stencil is less is more.

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I stenciled the letters in a direct up and down motion.

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I also added a little flower stencil after each “O”.

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While I was waiting for them to dry, I wanted to make a container to attach to the bottom of the organization board so I reused a granola bar box and cut it.

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I covered it with felt and added a ribbon.

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Once the paint was dry, I used ribbon to attach each board together using hot glue.

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I also added a little pen holder with ribbon and a ribbon at the top to hang it.

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I hot glued the container to the bottom of the organization board.

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Lastly, glue the final four cork boards to the back of the organization board for a finished look. Here are a few after pictures.

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I hope my friend’s daughter likes it and uses it.  The little container is big enough and sturdy enough to hold paper and pens. In case you missed it, check out the organization board I made out of a frame and my daughter’s first baby blanket and the organization board I made for my craft room. Another fun project I did with these stencils are my burlap stenciled placemats.

Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box

by Dinah Wulf

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Being a craft hoarder at heart, I went to throw away this juice carton and in mid throw I stopped myself. I decided to myself up to the challenge and upcycle it. I stared at it for a bit and stared some more. After a few minutes knowing that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I willed myself into a trash to treasure making a Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box.

Materials:

  • Clean milk or juice carton
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Straws (the pretty paper kind!)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Large plastic treat bag
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape

Here’s the juice container that taunted me.

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I cut it in half by measuring and marking with a pencil and ruler and cutting with a craft knife.  I measured about three inches from the bottom. I washed and dried my new box… oh and the craft knife and ruler too because they got sticky (apparently I didn’t rinse out the carton well enough).

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The straws are a little over seven inches, so I ended up cutting them into three and a half inch pieces. To make it easy, I used the ruler each time and cut.

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One by one I hot glued each straw to the carton. You can kind-of-sort-of create a pattern by arranging the stripes as you go. Make sure you know which side you want to show before you add the hot glue since it dries so quickly.

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A large treat bag fits perfectly over the treat box. I filled it with Valentine’s day heart shaped cookies from my bakery (no I didn’t make them!). I closed the top with a little bit of fun patterned washi tape and tied a pink ribbon around the outside of the plastic bag.

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There you have it! Instant treat box! You can use these for any holiday or occasion and switch up the straw colors. I thought that this one would be cute for Christmas as well. 

Paper Feather Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

The other day, I raided my paper scrap bin and started making paper feathers. I couldn’t stop. This is what I posted on Instagram the night I kept making them.

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They are so fun to make that I made too many! In case you missed it, here is the tutorial. I had no idea what to do with them so I brainstormed.  Here are some paper feather craft ideas that I came up with.

I busted out a couple craft items: washi tape, pencils and a pair of scissors.

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I attempted to make feather quill pencils.  I thought they’d be cute for Valentine’s Day. Perhaps I will add a little “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag to dangle from it. It might make a cute teacher gift.

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I was thinking that these feathers might make some cute artwork for my daughter’s room. So, I painted a canvas green and added the feathers for a three dimensional piece to hang on her wall.

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Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought some would be pretty displayed in an Apothecary jar for some quick and easy Valentine’s Day decorations. I think they’d also be pretty in other colors to be displayed at a baby shower or wedding shower.

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Finally, I had some feather’s left over so I used them to embellish a gift for a friend. I wrapped it in brown paper, wrapped it in lace and added three feathers.

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When I originally started making them I wanted to attempt to make a wreath for Valentine’s Day, however I opted not to make a wreath. I think I’m going to make a general spring wreath soon. Do you have any more ideas? I have a few left over!

Braided Duck Tape Bracelet Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so when I said yesterday on my Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show 2014 post that I would post a tutorial on how to make my Braided Duck Tape Bracelet I made at the show “soon”, by “soon” I meant today. Ha!

Being invited and attending the Duck Brand breakfast last Sunday at the show was an honor. I was able to see all the new products and partnerships that the Duck Brand offered. They announced a partnership with Fiskars and a new set of scissors especially made for Duck Tape (I’m SUPER excited about trying those out). They had some fun and clever new patterns like the one’s shown in the background of this Instagram photo I posted.  

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To make the braided Duck Tape bracelet, all you need are three things, Duck Tape, a ruler, and scissors. First, pick three colors or patterns you would like.

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Cut three pieces of your choice at about 12 inches long.

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Fold each piece lengthwise in thirds.

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Secure the ends together with a piece of tape as shown.

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Weave your three pieces in a traditional braid.

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Secure each end with tape.

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Tape the two ends together.

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That’s it! Super easy!

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A few of the others were also making these flat wrist bands with three colors/patterns  as well.

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I also received this fun bracelet as a gift from Duck Brand! Don’t ask me how to make it though! Ha!

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If you haven’t read my post about the CHA 2014 show, check it out there are some funny pictures of yours truly on it! Also, you can see more photos on my Instagram if you want too!

15 Minute Craft: Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

by Dinah Wulf

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Woo hoo! Another series of Craft Lightening is here and I am sharing a fun recycled Valentine that my daughter and I made for my husband (hopefully he doesn’t see this post before Valentine’s Day)! This craft only takes fifteen minutes (or less) to make.  Here is how we made our Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll.

Materials:

  • Two paper towel rolls
  • Three sheets of scrap book paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape (or glue)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

First cut two pieces of paper (in the same color) with a paper cutter in 8X11 pieces. These will cover the paper towel rolls at each end of the scroll. Cut a third piece of scrapbook paper in a size 11X12. This will be the center piece that the letter is on.

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On both of your 8X11 pieces, place double sided tape (or glue) down the center to secure each paper towel roll.

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Next tape one of the paper towel roll ends to the center piece as shown.

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Fold it over and secure it with tape or glue.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Write your message on the blank side of your scroll.  We typed it, printed it, and taped it inside with a boarder (optional).  Our message said:

Daddy,

On this special Valentine’s Day,

There are a few things I want to say.

Even though I’m only three years old,

I know you love me more than gold.

And when push comes to shove,

You’ll always be my first love.

Because when I’m older and give life a whirl,

I’ll remember that I’ll always be your little girl.

Will you be my Valentine, Daddy?

Love, Mia

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You can roll it right up with the message inside…

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…and the patterned part on the outside.

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Lastly, add a pretty bow!

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Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I was staring at my scrapbook paper scrap bin (say that three times fast) while my daughter and I were messing around in the craft room. I picked up a piece of paper and started cutting. A paper feather was born two and a half minutes later. Before you know it, I couldn’t stop. I have no idea what I’m going to do with these paper feathers but I did notice some things when I was crafting them SO here are some Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers.

First, here is how you make them. You only need TWO things!

  • Paper and
  • Scissors

I searched through my paper scraps for long and narrow pieces like these.

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Next, fold them in half lengthwise.

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Cut out your feather as shown. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Start cutting your fringe in an angle. The angle can vary.

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Carefully unfold your feather.

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Now for some tips and considerations…

Tip #1: Consider different colors, patterns, paper weight, and textures for your feathers. The lighter the paper, the more flimsy BUT the more realistic too. Patterns and textures are fun to play around with too.

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Tip #2: Consider the length and width of your scrap paper. The shorter the paper, the wider your feather and vice-versa. Play around with varying lengths depending on your project.

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Tip #3: If you are using one-sided decorative paper, consider the fold of the feather. They both are interesting and pretty!

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Tip #4: Think upcycle! Not only can you make feathers out of paper scraps, but you can also reuse recycled book pages, magazines, sheet music, or even your child’s artwork!

Now that I’ve made all these feathers, I need to figure out what to do with them! Wreath? Gift wrapping embellishments? Artwork? Any suggestions? Hmmmm…

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Best of DIY Inspired 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy New Year!!!!!! I can’t believe it’s 2014.  I remember New Year’s 1994 when I was 18 and thinking that 20 years was SO far away.  What happened? Where does the time go? I feel that way with blogging too.  It’s been over two and a half years now and just FLYING by. At the end of last year I wrote Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012 and I swear that wasn’t 12 months ago…Geesh! This year I decided to do the Best of DIY Inspired 2013. All nine of these posts have been shared over a thousand times, some several thousand…what?? Here we go!

Best Storage and Organization PostCraft Room Ideas  

This was when I turned an extra room into the official craft room AKA, my sanctuary.

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Best UpcycleRecycled Map Drawer Makeover

As you can see in that last post, my drawers in the craft room were naked. This post took care of that!

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Best Trash to Treasure PostStuffed Animal Toy Storage

Literally trash to treasure, I turned a plant hanger I found in the garbage into toy storage for my daughter’s room.

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Best Recycled Craft ProjectCoffee Filter Flowers

I made this bouquet of paper flowers out of coffee filters and book pages.

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Best Kid’s “Stuff” PostReading Nook for Kids

One of my best ideas to date because it encourages my daughter to read or be read to!

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Best Thrift Store Makeover- Painting Old Furniture

Best $5.00 I ever spent :) 

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Best 15 Minute Craft- DIY Rope Vase

This is an easy way to update a boring glass vase.

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Best Theme PartyAlice in Wonderland First Birthday

This is another fun theme party from my best friend who just started blogging too! Go visit her at Simply Creative Ways!

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Best Holiday PostElf on the Shelf Ideas

And finally, this post along with this Two Dozen Elf on the Shelf Ideas post were done in December but shared a lot! Oh and did I mention it started an obsession! Yikes!

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Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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You KNOW I love a good Mason jar craft.  I’ve even done a round-up of Mason Jar Crafts in the past. Most recently, I glittered some for to look like candy corn for Halloween and Fall. This time, I wanted to come up with something quick and easy.  Specifically, I wanted to make this Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece because it was a great décor piece to transition from Christmas to New Years. As an added bonus, it only take about 15 minutes to make!

Here’s what I used, but you can make any variation to fit your décor.

Materials:

  • Mason jars or Recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Raffia and twine
  • Tea lights
  • Silver serving platter
  • Gold and silver ornaments
  • Tea light holders

My favorite jars to save are the Classico sauce jars (notice I don’t have any recipes on this blog… yes, I use sauce in a jar a lot of the time!) They come in a couple sizes and they are pretty without the label. Also, the label comes off SUPER easily. All you need is a little hot soapy water and the abrasive side of a sponge and you are good to go!

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I sprayed the jars upside down in a well-ventilated area. I only needed one coat for these.

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The jars look plain but I wanted to add a little raffia and twine to the top.

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I found the platter and ornaments at the 99 cent store… SCORE! I thought it turned out quite nice for a 15 minute craft project!

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Check out more of my Mason Jar Crafts!

 

Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to Ralph’s for sponsoring this Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial post as a part of the Gift Card Pairings Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

As a Crafter and DIY Blogger, I spend a lot of time at not only craft stores, but home improvement stores. Many of my fellow Bloggy friends could attest to that statement! My BEST friend, in fact is also a craft and DIY Blogger over at Simply Creative Ways. This year for Christmas, I knew right away I wanted to give her a gift card that I selected from Ralph’s awesome gift card selection. I ended up making a fun gift card holder that looks like a pink toolbox.  Here is my Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial.

Materials:

  • Paper Cutter
  • Pink, black, and glittery silver card stock
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Computer and printer
  • Lowes gift card
  • A fabulous present to go with it!

Instructions:           

I ended up buying my friend DIY ideas: Projects and tips for every room and a $25 Lowes Gift card from Ralph’s.

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To make the toolbox gift card holder, cut your pink piece of card stock in 4 ¼”X 7”.

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Fold it in 3”, 3”, and 1”parts as shown.

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Cut out 3 4 ¼” X ¼” strips out of the glittery silver cardstock, two silver latches, and a black handle.

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On my computer, I made a little “Crafter” label, print it out and cut it.

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Using double sided tape, I put it all together.  You may find it easier to use glue or a glue stick, but I’m obsessed with double-sided tape and use it for everything… good stocking stuffer (hint hint)!

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Here are a few AFTER photos. I can’t wait to give it to my friend! 

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Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter is only three years old but she is in her first year of pre-school. So, this is the first time she’s really had teachers AND the first time I’ve gotten to make a teacher’s gift for the end of winter break. I decided to break out the good old recycled Mason jars and make Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits for her teachers, Mrs. Shelly and her assistant Mrs. G.

Materials:

  • Mason jar per gift
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Circle craft punch
  • Computer and printer (optional)
  • Felt ribbon
  • Gifts (see below)

I started off by using two spaghetti sauce jars.  I had to REALLY wash them because they smelled like sauce!

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I decided to buy some fun small things to fit inside like, candy, mints, gum, note pad, pen, lip balm, mini lint roller, hand sanitizer, lotion, and band aides. The possibilities are endless for this gift.  Gift cards and movie tickets are great too.

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Next I designed, printed, and cut out my scrapbook paper to cover the jars. Since they are pre-school teachers I picked little blue mittens and red stockings for my decorative paper.

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I stuffed the jars and everything fit nicely.

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I added them to the jar and painted the lid blue and used a circle craft punch to cover the top with corresponding paper. I love the combo of blue and red.

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Finally, I used felt ribbon to mimic a scarf for the ribbon around the lid. That’s it! I thought they turned out so cute.  I really hope Mrs. Shelly and Mrs. G love them!

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How to Make a Large Bow with Ribbon

by Dinah Wulf

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Just face it… not every gift you give someone fits perfectly into a box that can be easily wrapped.  Sometimes you have to get creative and come up with an alternative to cardboard boxes and wrapping paper.  I recently purchased a gift for my brother and had to do just that… come up with a creative alternative.  I decided to wrap his small gifts and put them inside his large gift and simply make a bow to go on top. With that said, here is my tutorial on how to make a large bow with ribbon.

Note these measurements are for a bow approximately one foot in diameter.

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Materials:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Yard stick or measuring tape

Instructions:

For this bow, you need to cut seven strips as follows:

  • Two 24” strips
  • Two 22” strips
  • Two 18” strips
  • One 10” strip

One strip at a time, fold down one end over meeting in the center as shown.

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Fold up the other end as shown.

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Staple the center, securing it together.

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Repeat this for the other five longest pieces. For the 10” strip, simply fold it over to make a hoop and staple it.

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Start layering each piece one by one, with the largest pieces on the bottom.

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Using a stapler, staple all the layers together to secure the entire bow.

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Here is an AFTER photo.

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You can play around with the dimensions, depending on the size of the bow you need.  As I mentioned above, these measurements ill make a bow approximately 11-12 inches in diameter. Try making these with different materials.  I made a bow like this out of recycled book pages in the past for smaller gifts.

Stenciled Monogrammed Placemats Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I love my Thanksgiving placemats.  They are simple, black and white, with a script style.  It has words like, “gratitude”, “share”, “Blessings”, and “thanks”… perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner party.  BUT you know me, and I had to spruce them up a little.  I thought a little shimmer of gold would be a nice touch.  I did a similar post in the past on burlap placemats I made.  It’s quite the popular post! With that said, here is my stenciled monogrammed placemats tutorial.

Materials:           

  • Fabric placemats
  • Stencil of choice
  • Spouncer stencil brush
  • Small paper plate
  • Craft paint good for fabric
  • Two clean towels

Here are my lovely placemats. Pretty but needed a little oomph.

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I chose a “W” for our last name, Wulf.  I love collecting “W’s” and they are all over my house.

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First, place a small amount of paint onto your paper plate.  Dip the spouncer brush in the paint and allow the paint to saturate the end of the brush.  Stamp the excess paint onto the plate BEFORE you apply it to the placemat.  Once your brush is saturated (without any clumps of paint), apply the paint in an up and down stamping motion.  This will avoid bleeding.

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You can immediately remove the stencil.  I rinsed the stencil from paint in between each placemat and dried it with two dish towels.  I had quite the system going on! I was actually able to finish this project very quickly (about a half hour).

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Allow your placemats to dry completely.

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That’s it!  These would make great personalized gifts.  I was thinking of making sets of 4 for my friends.  You can also stencil on cloth napkins and give them as a set. Make a set of two for your favorite couple and give it as a hostess gift as well!

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How to Make a Secret Book Safe

by Dinah Wulf

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Making a secret book safe is a lot easier than I thought.  It’s one of those things that I thought I’d have to buy because I thought it’d be a really cool gift.  But before I spend any money to buy one, why not try to make it myself??? Here is how to make a secret book safe.

Materials:

  • Thick hardback book
  • Decoupage medium or glue and water mixture
  • Paint brush
  • Sharp knife
  • Metal straightedge

Step One:

I wanted to keep a few of the front pages in tact to show the copy-write date and an illustration. I covered the front cover and those pages plus one page with plastic wrap.

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Step Two:

I used Mod Podge, a decoupage medium, and a paint brush to seal the three edges. Make sure you saturate them with approximately three coats.  Allow the Mod Podge to dry (about 15 minutes), meanwhile set something heavy on top of the book to create pressure.

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Step Three:

Next, using a straightedge and a pencil, I marked the area I wanted to cut out.

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Step Four:

Using a sharp knife and a metal straightedge, I carefully cut out a few pages at a time, making sure to remove small bits and pieces along the way. Take your time while doing this step.

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Step Five:

After I reached the desired depth, I sealed the inside edges with Mod Podge and allowed it to dry completely.

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Step Six:

I then used Mod Podge around the top edges and glued the extra front page on top.  After a few minutes, I used the knife to cut out the center.  This top page gives it a nice clean look.

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Notes:

Save the book pages for other book page craft projects. Also, consider using ribbon to cover the inside edges or decorative paper to cover the inside back for a more finished look.

Seven Step By Step Burlap Craft Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

I think all Crafters these days love making crafts out of burlap.  It’s inexpensive, rustic yet feminine in style, and timeless. We use it for weddings, showers, and even home décor projects.  The possibilities of its use are endless.  As I sat here the other night I realized that I have done several burlap crafts myself, so as usual, I put together a round-up of some of my favorites. From a simple upcycled vase to an upholstered ottoman, here is my list of seven step by step burlap craft tutorials.

7 step by step burlap craft tutorials

Burlap Wire Hanger Wreath- my most recent tutorial this one is easy with only two materials 1) burlap and 2) a wire hanger…duh!

Repurposed Earring Burlap Napkin Rings- perfect for your holiday table this season.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman- You guessed it!  I found this baby for $5, and reupholstered it in a cool printed burlap material with all the places I’d love to travel to on it. BTW, I actually ended re-doing this one again {here it is}.

Recycled Patron Bottle Vase- A super simple way to upcycle a tequila bottle using burlap and lace.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillows- An easy sewing tutorial using coffee bean sacks for durable outdoor pillows.

DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light- A stenciled monogramed tea light holder made out of an old sauce jar.

Burlap Stenciled Placemats- Probably my most popular post of all time! It includes tips and tricks for washing and caring for burlap.

Hope you enjoyed my list! And I hope you try some of them!  Leave a comment if you have any questions. :) Have a great weekend!

Burlap Wire Hanger Wreath Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I wanted to make a small wreath to hang on the door to my guest bathroom downstairs.  A friend of mine used a wire hanger for a Christmas wreath in the past, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I also have made a recycled book page butterfly wreath with a wire hanger.   I have to say it turned out pretty cute! Here is my burlap wire hanger wreath tutorial.

Materials:

  • One yard of burlap
  • Wire Hanger
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Flower embellishment

WARNING: Burlap crafts are messy!  Here are some more tips for working with burlap and caring for it as well.

Instructions:

Unwind a wire hanger and maneuver and bend it to shape a circle and set it aside.

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For this wreath, I cut 2” thick strips of burlap.  I also used about 14 strips for this wreath. You can make the wreath as thick and as full as you like.

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Fold each strip with two inch width as shown.

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The wire hanger makes it easy to poke through the burlap with the strip completely folded. Continue to add folded strips until your wire hanger is covered.

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Using wire cutters, trim off any access wire if needed.

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Secure the ends of the wire hanger as shown.

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Spread and fluff the burlap to make a continuous ring.  Cut off any access fraying.

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Turn and twist the burlap until you get the desired look.

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I added a pre-made burlap flower as an embellishment. Here is the finished project!

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This wreath is smaller than normal; the perfect size for my bathroom.  You can easily add more wire to make it larger.  If you are making a larger wreath, I would also suggest making the strips wider as well.

More Burlap Craft Ideas:

Burlap Accent Crafts:

How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint

by Dinah Wulf

How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint is sponsored by Elmer’s. All opinions are 100% my own.

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I had the honor of testing out a fun craft product, Elmer’s Paint Markers.  They are great because you can use them on wood, metal, glass, ceramic, and even fabric.  When I received these markers I knew immediately what I wanted to try with some recent thrift store finds. 

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Here is a short four minute video tutorial I did on How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint.

How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint

Before and After Painted Vase

Materials:

Instructions:

I purchased these glass vases at a thrift store for $2-$3 a piece.

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Step One:

Once you remove your Elmer’s Paint Markers from the package, shake them well.  Remove the cap and press the tip down onto a piece of scrap paper for approximately 60-90 seconds to allow the paint to bleed through.

Step Two:

Fill your glass with a generous amount of paint.

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Move and shake the glass until the paint coats the entire inside of the glass.  This takes time and patience!   Allow the paint to dry overnight.

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Step Three:

Apply an adhesive stencil to your vase.  Feel free to free-hand your design instead of using a stencil.

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Fill in the stencil with the desired Elmer’s paint Markers color.

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Remove the stencil.

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Here is another clear glass vase that I painted green and added polka dots with the metallic markers.

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Here is another vase I found at a thrift store that was already green in color. I painted a flower trim with the markers.

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There you have it!  The possibilities are endless.  Try these markers on canvas, metal, and wood too!

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Thank you to Elmer’s for sponsoring this video and post!

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