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21st Oct2013

DIY Perfume Kit

by Dinah Wulf

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I received this fun DIY Perfume Kit. It even included a guide to making your own fragrance. I’ve seen people on TV do it, so I thought I’d try it out! I actually don’t buy perfume… it makes me sneeze!  For some reason I can, however wear fruity fragrances so this was going to be a challenge for me. 

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The kit was very beautiful as you can see.  I busted out the instructions and went for it. I started out by testing each scent using the test strips provided. 

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I read about Top Notes, Heart Notes, and Base Notes, and ended up choosing one of each for my scent. I chose Apple, Rose, Amber… very pretty! I marked my note cards.

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I put four drops of apple, three drops of rose, and two drops of amber.  I figured I’d start with very little just in case.

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I poured it all into the glass perfume jars that were provided using the funnel also provided.

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I ended up playing around with this kit for quite a while.  I was so intrigued and believe it or not I only sneezed twice!

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Although this was fun, I DID decided, however that making my own scents wasn’t my thing.  I’d rather buy it from the experts! This would be a fun gift.  If you want to check out some more kits I tested out.  Check out my posts on DIY Lavender Bath Salts and How to Make Your Own Lip Balm.

I received this kit as party of my Skinny Cow Ambassador program. All opinions are 100% my own.

15th Oct2013

Envelope Pillow Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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Making your own personalized pillows cost literally a quarter of what decorative throw pillows cost you at retail department store prices. This is what I love about this project! Even at a discount, doing it yourself is a much more creative option that allows you to show off your personality (and your sewing skills).

Pillows are also a simple and budget friendly way to update any bedroom or living room and alter the decor throughout the changing seasons and holidays. For this project, I decided to use an outdoor/indoor fabric from Joann’s Fabrics toad the pillows to my patio. 

Just so you know I am not very good at the sewing machine, well, sewing period.  These pillows are very easy to make (even for me) because you don’t have to mess with buttons or zippers. This was also perfect for me because I’ve had these old pillows that have been collecting dust in my linen closet.  I ended up making four pillows and spent $20.00; AND I had fabric left over!

Materials Needed:

  • An old pillow
  • Fabric of choice ( 1” wider and 2.5 times longer than your pillow’s dimensions)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Directions:

Step one: Cut the width of your fabric to the size of your pillow plus one inch to allow for ½ inch seam allowances. Next, cut your length at 2 and ½ times the length of your pillow.

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Step two: With right side of fabric facing you, fold bottom of fabric up about 1/3. Then fold that raw edge back about 1/3.

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Step three: Fold the top of your fabric down, covering the fold you made in step two and pin raw edges.

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Step four: Sew raw edges, using ½ seam allowances.

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Step five: Turn pillow slipcover inside out.

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Step six: Insert your pillow.

11th Oct2013

12 Homemade Gift Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know about you but I’m a planner. I need to know what I’m doing next week two weeks ago. OK, not really, but when it comes to events and holidays I DO plan WAY in advance.  I was just sitting in my craft room thinking about Christmas and thought I’d put together a round-up of a dozen homemade gift ideas that I have personally made in the past. Here we go!

12 Homemade Gift Ideas

DIY Lip Balm

I made these little tins for a few of my girlfriends.  They are so fun to make and actually VERY easy.  My favorite part is decorating the tin!

Make Your Own Bath Salts

I made these lavender bath salts to go with the lip balm.  It smells amazing and once again… my fave was decorating the jars…ha!

Wine Cork Wine Charms

These are great party favors.  One wine cork will make six wine charms.  You can personalize them to fit any party theme or holiday.

Upcycled Vase with Flowers

This is a fun and easy way to upcycle an old bottle or jar. I prettied up a tequila bottle.  I didn’t give this one away, it’s actually on my kitchen table and I use it for everyday flowers.

Flower Cluster Headpiece

This was so fun to make and perfect for the girly girl in your life!

Personalized Mugs

I love these!  I made a “Mr. and Mrs.” set, great for a  wedding or shower gift but you can also personalize any monogram to fit that special someone.

DIY Serving Tray

One of my most favorite makeovers, this thrift store mirror turned serving tray is the perfect fit for the hostess in your life.

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl

Gracing every thrift store shelf you can find these wooden bowls.  Make them a little more modern with a hand-painted dipped look.

Nautical Inspired Rope Vase

A fun and easy, 15 minute craft, this nautical inspired rope vase is great for beach lovers.

Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

Upcycling at its best, these recycled coffee bean sacks are great for an outdoor patio set.

Heat Transfer Tote Bag

If you’re recipient is anything like me, his/her trunk is filled with recycled bags!  Personalize your gift with this heat transfer tutorial.

Burlap Stenciled Placemats

One of my most popular posts, I think I may do this one again! Make your own burlap stenciled placemats for your friends or even your pets!

10th Oct2013

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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This recycled book page wreath tutorial was an oldie but goodie trash to treasure idea.  I wanted to re-share it because I thought it may have gotten lost in the mix of over 600 posts I’ve published and I thought it was a fun book page craft! I had a damaged antique book with beautiful gold leafed pages.  The book is a book of poems by Keats, however it is falling apart and some pages are missing, so I decided to upcycle it into a wreath and turn it from trash to treasure.

Here is what you need:

  • Plumbing Insulation Tube
  • Scissors
  • Duct Tape
  • Book
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Sharp Knife

Instructions:

Start by cutting the plumbing insulation tube in half (one tube makes two wreaths).  Set aside one tube for another project. Carefully and gradually peel away the adhesive strip and stick the two sides together.  I say “carefully and gradually” because this sucker’s extremely sticky.  Next, tape the two ends together with duct tape. If you pinch and massage the tube, it will form into a circle and end up looking like this.

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Next, cut your pages out of the book.  I found that the fastest and cleanest way is to use a sharp knife. One by one, roll each page to make a cone shape and flatten the bottom part.

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Using a hot glue gun, glue the cones onto the foam wreath. After your first layer, turn the wreath over.  You have just finished the back of the wreath. I used approximately 35 pages for the first layer. Start your second layer. For the third, fourth, and fifth layer, you will glue the cone over the ring as shown below.  After the fifth layer, “QC” your wreath and fill any open gaps with another cone.

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Here are some after pictures.

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07th Oct2013

Glittered Candy Corn Mason Jar

by Dinah Wulf

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The candy corn was my inspiration for this project.  Even though I don’t care to eat them, I always thought that there was something whimsical about the colors.  It reminds me of Halloween, but it’s not scary or frightening.  So, I decided to make a glittered candy corn Mason jar.

Materials:

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Instructions:

I started with the center orange stripe on purpose to save time.  I knew once that the orange was dry; I would be able to apply both the gold and white without waiting for one to dry.  Using painter’s tape, I taped of my center stripe and then covered the entire center with glue using the paint brush. I sprinkled the glitter all the way around the jar.  Tap off the excess glitter and put it back in your container.

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While the glue was still wet, I pulled off the painter’s tape. I allowed it to dry completely.

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Next, I taped off the lower half of the orange stripe to begin glittering the gold stripe using the same technique above.

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Remove the tape while it is still wet.

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Repeat the process for the final white stripe.

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Once the glue was dry, I gave the vase a light tap over the garbage can to remove any excess glitter. Then, I added water and fresh flowers!

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I loved how it turned out.  I think these would make a great homemade hostess gift during all those parties over the holidays!

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04th Oct2013

Decoupage Fabric Pumpkin How To

by Dinah Wulf

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Decoupage Fabric Pumpkin How To is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® for the Creativity Made Simple Campaign.

Decorating for Halloween this year has been a blast!  I have made so many fun Halloween decorations already and it’s only the first week of October!  Today I wanted to share one of my favorites so far for one of my spooky spaces in the house, a decoupage fabric pumpkin tutorial.  All of the supplies for this project can be purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores®.

Materials:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Fabric remnants
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Mod Podge
  • Two paint brushes
  • Black acrylic craft paint

Instructions:

First, prepare your materials. I measured the distance from the top and bottom core of the pumpkin and cut approximately 1-2 inch thick strips.  For this pumpkin, my strips were 9” long.

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Next, I found it easiest to cut both ends as shown.

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Generously apply Mod Podge directly onto the pumpkin, lay down your strip, and then generously apply a top layer of Mod Podge.  Using your paint brush, smooth out your fabric against the pumpkin.  Apply more Mod Podge as needed.

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Continue adding each strip until your pumpkin is covered.  Allow the pumpkin to dry completely.

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Once the pumpkin is dry, paint the stem in the desired color to match your fabric.

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Here are a couple after photos. I added some bones, antique books, and rhinestone skulls to help spook up my space.

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Join me in celebrating the season with Jo‐Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® and make a craft to help spook up your space!  Here is a 50% off coupon to help get you started good until October 31, 2013!

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This review is part of the Jo‐Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® Celebrate The Season campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

02nd Oct2013

Five Fun Home Décor Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

Did you know that I’m a regular Home Decor contributor over at GMC Trade Secrets? I have had the honor of sharing some fun ideas over there for the last several months and I just wanted to share a round-up of five of the DIY Home Décor Tutorials.

5 Fun Home Decor Tutorials

How to Etch Glass

Etching glass is so simple! What’s great about it is that you can upcycled almost any glass piece like a vase, mug, or wine glass, personalize it, and give it as a unique gift.

How to Update Kitchen Canisters with Chalkboard Paint

These were outdated canisters that just needed a little update.  Chalkboard paint is perfect for something like this so that the label can change as your contents change. Mine are currently labeled, “junk”, “more junk”, and “a lot more junk”!

How to Make a Recycled Candle in a Mason Jar

This one was a lot more fun than I thought it would be (not that I didn’t think it’d be fun!). I’m considering doing this for Christmas gifts because I have a lot of used candles that could use Mason jar face-lift!

DIY Upcycled Book Ends

This is also a great way to personalize a gift.  I made these with some decorative ledges that I had.

How to Make a Decorative Fall Banner

I love this one!  It’s still hanging up in my home.  Before you work with leaves however, make sure you prep them with these tips I wrote for Preparing Branches and Other Natural Elements for Decorating.

I’d love it if you checked out all my Home Décor articles and tips over at GMC Trade Secrets!

27th Sep2013

Eerie DIY Halloween Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

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I loved making this wreath! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I used to plan my costume months in advance.  Now that I have a daughter, we take her trick-or-treating every year so I rarely dress up.  In lieu of my obsession for Halloween costumes, I now put my creativity into the decorations! Here is how I made my eerie DIY Halloween wreath.

Materials:

  • Grape Vine Wreath
  • Gauze
  • Craft Letters (ours spell “eek”)
  • Black Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Rhinestones and Rhinestone Stickers
  • Small Plastic Halloween Skull
  • Feathers
  • Hot Glue and Glue Sticks

Instructions:

First I covered my grape vine wreath with the gauze I had.  I purchased the gauze in the Halloween section of the dollar store.

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I found these feather bunches on sale at Jo-Ann’s for less than $2.00 a piece in the floral department… score!

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I added them to the bottom right of the wreath.

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Meanwhile, my daughter Mia painted the EEK letters black on both sides.

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Once they were dry, I added pre-made rhinestone cluster stickers to each letter to go with my glam theme this year (check out my glam skulls!).

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Next, I thought this little guy needed some bling too…

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So I added a couple rhinestones in his eyes and on his forehead.  Much better!

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I glued the skull in the center of the feathers…

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…and glues the EEK letters on the top right.

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Tah dah!  There you have it…my eerie DIY Halloween wreath. Mia is a little scared to walk by it!

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26th Sep2013

Halloween Glam Skulls

by Dinah Wulf

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I FINALLY started decorating for Halloween! I know I have a whole month but I feel so far behind… I know I know… I broke out my bin of fake skulls and bones from the garage. Yes, I have a GIANT bin filled to the rim of fake Halloween bones and skulls…it’s a sickness. I brought a few to the craft room and decided that this year, I wanted to glam them up a bit.  Who says I can’t have scary AND pretty skulls? So, I went to work and made these Halloween Glam Skulls.

Here is what I used:

  • Foam and plastic Halloween bones and skulls
  • Rhinestones
  • Rhinestone and pearl stickers
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush

For my first set, I used a small plastic skull and a foam skeleton hand.  Here they are before.

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In seconds I glammed them up with rhinestones!  I even added a diamond ring to the skeleton hand (this was actually a rhinestone button I had.

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For this next skull I got a little more adventurous.

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I used a combination of stickers and rhinestones.  I just added as I went, with no plan in mind.  Be forewarned… once you add hot glue to a foam skull, the rhinestone is pretty much permanent (don’t ask me how I know that… ha!).  So, if you add it and don’t like it, too bad!  Here’s how it turned out.

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Finally, like the skulls I made last year, I added glitter with a paint brush and white glue to just the front of this skull.  I like the mix of the glitter and grossness!

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Now…where to put them????

P.S. Check out the rhinestone skull I made last year… love this one!

24th Sep2013

Upcycled Dining Room Chandelier

by Dinah Wulf

BE FORWARNED!!! This post contains a FAIL! I think I added too much bling to this attempt at my upcycled dining room chandelier.  Let me explain.

Here is the chandelier before… nice… but not our style.

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My husband and I took it down and he decided he wanted to try and upcycle it instead of selling it.  He took the whole thing apart because we wanted to get rid of the metal leaves.

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Once they were removed, he took it apart and used a metal file to smooth down the rough areas.

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We bought some PVC pipe to cover part of the light bulb (BAD idea… because the bulbs were too hot for them! Of course I didn’t know that during these photos so let me continue…)

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He spray painted it all black.

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Meanwhile, I decided to turn this light into a sparkly chandelier to match these lighting fixtures we bought.

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I bought beads.

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I strung them one by one. Pretty right?? Not so much… you’ll see!

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My husband but the light back up after the paint was dry and I was still stringing beads (very tedious). Not bad!

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Then I attempted to add them to the chandelier…

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It’s not THAT bad…but it didn’t look quite right.  I think it needed more, but I wasn’t willing to spend more money.

THEN, we discovered that the PVC pipe started deforming… Ooooops!!! SOOOOO we decided that we liked the light without the PVC pipe and the sparkly beads.  What do you think???? FAIL??? Should we take the whole thing down? Maybe try some Edison bulbs instead?

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23rd Sep2013

Easy Pumpkin Halloween Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so thrilled to participate in yet another Craft Lightening hosted by Angie from Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts. This is my third one and I’m particularly excited because it’s the Super Spooky Edition! The last two times I participated I made craft storage jars and a DIY rope vase.  This time, I am sharing a fun and easy 15 minute Pumpkin Halloween Decoration my daughter and I made.

Here is what you need:

  • Three craft pumpkins
  • Pre-made MDF or wooden letters that spell “Boo”
  • Black craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Rhinestones

I found these craft pumpkins for a steal at Goodwill for .99 each! Most craft pumpkins are around $5-$10 each. AND they already came in a funky green metallic color so we didn’t have to paint them.

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I also bought these pre-made letters from Hobby Lobby for .99 each.

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My daughter and I painted them black.  I love that she’s old enough now to do things like this with me.  Although she’s only three, I love sharing in the creativity. It’s a great age!

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Once they were dry, I hot glued them onto the pumpkins.

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Finally I added rhinestones to give it a little Halloween sparkle.

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Here they are posing on the spider doilies I made! I think I might display them at my front door.

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A big THANK YOU to Angie and Carolina for allowing me to participate in the Halloween edition of 15 minute craft lightening. It was a blast as always!  Make sure you visit their blogs to see what the other participants have in store.

20th Sep2013

Halloween Spider Lace Doilies

by Dinah Wulf

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I was so excited when I received this circle edge punch and spider punch in the mail. I took the package out immediately to test it all out.  I made the first spider doily and was obsessed.  There were a couple tricks I learned so I thought it’d be a good idea to do a quick photo tutorial to show you how to use Martha Stewarts Circle Edge Punch to make Halloween spider lace doilies.

Materials:

  • Paper Cutter (or scissors and a straight edge)
  • Martha Stewart’s Circle Edge Punch
  • Spider Lace Circle Edge Punch
  • Black scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge

Step One:

Cut your square into the desired size. I recommend making your paper slightly larger.  In this example I used an 8.5”X 8.5” square to make an 8” spider lace doily. You can choose up to size 12.

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Step Two:

Find the center of your square and mark an “X” with a pencil as shown.

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Step Three:

Disassemble your circle edge punch and insert the bottom metal plate for the spider punch into the base.

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Step Four:

Select the desired size on both sides of the circle edge punch using the measurement switches.  I chose 8” for this tutorial.

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Step Five:

Line up your “X” under the rotating knob from the base.  This is probably the hardest part! The magnet will click it in place. I always test a turn of the knob here to make sure the paper is secure.

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Step Six:

Place the punch cartridge on top of the metal plate.  You will feel and hear the magnets click together.

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Step Seven:

Using both of the palms of your hands, press down firmly on the punch.  Rotate the knob and repeat until you complete your spider doily.

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Remove the doily and rotating knob and clean and empty the base.

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There you have it! Warning! Once you make one, you won’t be able to stop!

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19th Sep2013

Recycled Box Gift Bags with Scotch Brand

by Dinah Wulf

I’m honored to be partner up with Scotch Brand, sponsor of Recycled Box Gift Bags!

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I’m excited to announce this year’s 2013 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest!  The 17th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest will take place Friday, December 6 at Celsius at Bryant Park in New York City. All you have to do is submit a 3-minute video of your best gift wrap and gift wrapping tips before September 22 to be considered (Quick! That’s THIS Sunday!). Eight finalists will be chosen and flown to New York City for an all-expenses paid trip to compete for the $10,000 and the title of the 2013 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper!!! The first 50 valid entries will automatically receive a prize pack of the new Scotch Expressions Tapes! Learn more about the contest {HERE}!

I was able to try out some of my own gift wrapping inspired by Scotch Expressions Tapes.  They are available in over 100 colors and patterns and four varieties—Magic Tape, masking tape, washi tape and shipping tape.

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I decided to upcycle these used food boxes from my kitchen pantry (so now you know I eat generic whole wheat rotini and pop tarts!).

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I started off by cutting off the top flaps.

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Then, I covered the box with colorful paper to match my Scotch Expressions Tape.

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I also used a hole punch to punch holes on each side of the boxes to insert a ribbon for a handle.

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I chose some masking tape and some washi tape to embellish my upcycled gift bags, and tied on some ribbon. Tah-dah!

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More info about Scotch Expressions Tapes:

They are available at office superstores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as online. Head to their site to find a store near you. It’s easy! Just type in your zip code. The Scotch Expressions Tapes line ranges in price from $2.50 (single pack)—$5.99 (triple pack).  Office Depot is also currently selling five limited edition One Direction tapes in partnership with an anti-bullying campaign.

Thanks again to Scotch Brand for sponsoring today’s post!

18th Sep2013

DIY Magical Fairy Wands with Pottery Barn Kids

by Dinah Wulf

A big THANK YOU to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring today’s post, DIY Magical Fairy Wands with Pottery Barn Kids!

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<GASP!> was the first thing I heard when my computer screen opened up the Pottery Barn Kids Halloween Costumes page.  My daughter was so excited trying to pick her favorite one.  Naturally, being the girly girl that she is, she wanted EVERY fairy costume that she saw.  I told her that if she picked a favorite, we could make a magic wand together to go with a costume. When I asked her which one she liked best she said, “The Mermaid one! No! The butterfly fairy! No wait! THAT one!” She couldn’t decide.

Since my daughter couldn’t decide on a favorite, we marched upstairs to the craft room and raided the storage bins to get inspired to make our own DIY Halloween costume accessories. We decided on making not one, but four wands!

Here are the materials we used:

  • Materials
    • Felt
    • Ribbon (in different colors and textures)
    • Wooden Dowels
    • Embellishments: Craft flowers, butterflies, shells
    • Craft paint
  • Tools
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Needle and thread
    • Foam paint brushes

For all four wands that we made, we used these wooden dowels that I had left over.  They are sturdier than BBQ skewers. Another option is to raid your kitchen drawers and use wooden chopsticks from those nights of Chinese takeout!

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First, we picked paint colors to match a few of the fairy costumes and painted the dowels with a foam paint brush.  Acrylic craft paint works well, because it dries in seconds.

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Mia wanted to make a mermaid wand first. Here is the Pottery Barn kids Halloween costume that inspired us.

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I made a felt flower by cutting out petal shapes and sewing them together with a needle and thread.

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We picked out some ribbon in varying textures and thicknesses.  For all four wands, I cut out felt circles to glue to the back of each wand to hide the dowel and the ribbon.

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We glued it all together with hot glue and embellished the front with a shell (I stole this one from some vase filler in my bathroom!).

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Next we made a pink heart wand inspired by this pink unicorn costume.

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We cut out two felt hearts and added iridescent curling ribbon and pearl ribbon.

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We were on a roll and having so much fun we decided to make this white wand with a craft flower to go with the Swan Fairy Costume.

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And finally we made this butterfly wand to go with the Butterfly Fairy costume.

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Making these DIY Magical Fairy Wands was such a fun activity to do with Mia. Be sure to check out the rest of Pottery Barn Kids beautifully crafted costumes! Right now, you can also get 20% off plus free shipping on Pottery Barn Kids treat bags online.

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Thanks again to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring this post! It was such a great opportunity to share my love of crafting with my daughter!

 

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