DIY Recycled Wine Cork Wine Charms

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to have Robert Mondavi Private Selection sponsor this DIY summer craft tutorial! Today I want to share with you how to make DIY Recycled Wine Cork Wine Charms.  These would make great homemade party favors for your next summer party.

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Materials:

  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine corks (One cork will make six charms)
  • Serrated knife
  • Cutting board
  • Small sea shells
  • E6000
  • Small picture frame eye hook (one for each charm)
  • Hoop earring notion
  • Beads or charms (optional)
  • Small pliers

Favor Packaging (optional):

  • Plastic favor bags
  • Decorative paper
  • Small hole punch
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Instructions:

Using a serrated knife cut the wine cork into six even pieces. This is very easy to do by applying a little pressure.  Make sure you use a cutting board.

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Choose one shells for each of your charms.  Make sure they are all different.

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Use a strong glue to glue the shells onto the center of the cork.  I used E6000 but hot glue will adhere well also.

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Screw in a small picture frame eye hook to the top of each charm. 

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If you desire, add an extra charm or bead with the help of small pliers.

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Add the hoop earring notion.  Here is an AFTER photo.

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If you’d like to make them as a homemade gift or party favor, you can get creative with your packaging.  I decided to use clear plastic favor bags.  I used a small craft punch to punch holes into decorative cardstock so that the charm will easily slide through.  Six charms fit nicely onto a 3X4 piece of cardstock. Here are a couple photos.

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I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Robert Mondavi Private Selection for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Monetary compensation and products were provided by the company.

Six Easy Crafts You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less

by Dinah Wulf

I recently participated in a fantastic Craft Lightening 15 minutes craft challenge and it made me think of all the easy crafts I have recently completed in 15 minutes or less.  I wanted to put together a round-up of some recent favorites SOOOOOO, here are six easy crafts you can do in less than 15 minutes! All these make great personalized gifts for friends and family.

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Etched Glass Containers

Glass etching is addicting!  It’s so simple and versatile.  I chose to etch some laundry detergent glass containers in an attempt to make my laundry area prettier, but you can do this project with almost any type of glass. Consider jars, vases, wine glasses, plates, mugs, and other household items.

Heat Transfer Tote Bag

This craft was also fun and easy to do.  With my obsession with recycled bags (you should see the trunk of my car), I decided to make one for my daughter.  Heat transfer works great on canvas, but you can use other types of fabrics to personalize shirts and other clothing, pillows, throws and more!

Personalized Mugs

You thought I had an obsession with recycled bags? Well, I also have an obsession with coffee!! I loved making these fun Mr. and Mrs. Coffee mugs.  These would be a cute wedding or shower gift.

Upcycled Bottle Vase

What is it with my vices today? Hello, my name is Dinah and I am a hoarder. I couldn’t throw away this pretty tequila bottle so I just HAD to turn it into a vase.  15 minutes? More like three…

Nautical Inspired Rope Vase

I made these on my first Craft Lightening challenge that I participated in.  Now, these little pretties are sitting in my bathroom, giving it a tropical relaxing feel. 

Easy Thrift Store Pedestal Bowl

I scored with finding these two items at Goodwill for practically nothing! Now, this little bowl is so useful that I keep it on my bedside table to hold my jewelry.

DIY Craft Storage Jars 15 Minute Craft

by Dinah Wulf

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Woo hoo!!! I get to participate in another Craft Lightening today with Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts! Last time I did a tutorial for how to make a rope vase and this time I’m sharing how to upcycle craft storage jars in fifteen minutes or less!

Materials:

  • Any jar(s) with a lid
  • Drawer knobs
  • E6000
  • Paint (optional)

Instructions:

I was looking for craft storage jars ever since I started making this flower cluster headpiece and this red, white, and blue headpiece because all my craft supplies were building up!  I purchased these three multi-purpose jars from the 99 cent store. 

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I had these wooden knobs left over from an old dresser I upcycled.  I used some for a little kitchen play hutch I made and had exactly three left for this project.

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I decided to paint them, blue of course!

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Tip: I left the screws in to make it easier to paint.

Next, with a little E6000, I glued the knobs to the lid after the paint dried. An industrial strength glue is great because you will be able to pull or twist the lid without worrying that the knob will fall off (take my word on this one).

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That’s it!  SUPER easy upcycled craft storage jars in less than 15 minutes! 

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You can use these cute little buggers for things other than craft storage of course!  Consider using them for spices in your kitchen, office supplies, or bathroom necessities.  You can also use different types of knobs, depending on your décor. 

Easy Felt Flower Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been brainstorming some ideas for a baby shower that I am helping with.  The Mommy-to-be requested a vintage inspired shower with lots of lace and burlap.  She is not giving away the gender, so she wants neutral colors or both blue and pink and other pastels. I decided to try and make a felt flower.  I have sewn similar fabric flowers before and working with felt was actually easier because it is sturdy. 

Here are the materials I used for one flower:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pearl Bead

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Instructions:

Each flower takes six felt petals.  Here is how I cut mine. In hindsight I would have cut smaller pieces.

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You can play around with the size and shape of each petal.  With a good pair of scissors, you can easily cut 3-4 petals at a time. Keep in mind that each flower will be 5-6 times larger than one petal.

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Thread your needle and sew each petal together as shown.

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Lastly, sew on the pearl.

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I think I may make smaller ones in blue, pink, yellow, and green and embellish some mason jars with them with burlap and lace for flower vases. I think it will be cute to mix in rattles, white baby shoes, and vintage books.

You can also use these to make hair accessories like this one and this one or use them to embellish gifts or cards.  Use them for home décor and sew a cluster of them on accent pillows or throw blankets.

Wocave Mission #1: Girl’s Craft Night Out

by Dinah Wulf

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I am once again ELATED by my sponsors at Skinny Cow! You may recall my introduction to my craft room sanctuary also known as my WoCavé. So far, it has been shared over 600 times thanks to YOU! Today I am sharing my first WoCavé Mission, a girl’s craft night out!

OK, I have to be honest.  Now that I’m a Mom and many of my besties are also Moms, scheduling a girl’s night out is a little tough these days.  For me, however, craft time with my best friend and no kids is JUST as good… day or night. Am I right?  With the help of Skinny Cow, my best friend Jen and I raided Michael’s for our beloved craft time together and bought some supplies.

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Our husbands were kind enough to take the kids for a few hours and Jen and I had some amazing girl bonding time in my WoCavé.  We crafted these awesome accessories including some rings, earrings, and barrettes.

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We got to chat and craft uninterrupted by our little ones and eat some Skinny Cow Cookies and Dough ice cream bars. Isn’t Jen cute? I heart her!

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Here is the AFTERMATH.

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JUST KIDDING! We didn’t eat ALL the ice cream.  When our much needed craft time was over, we shared it with our husbands and kids.  They loved it!

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Now, for my next Skinny Cow WoCavé Mission #2… here are a few hints…

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  • “What’s your lowest price?”
  • A pink measuring tape and a recycled tote is a MUST
  • Ice cream sandwiches

Any guesses???? I CAN’T WAIT!!!

Before I go I want to share two more EXCITING things:

  1. TOMORROW, July 30th at 3pm EST, interior decorator Melissa Micheals (@theinspiredroom) will be hosting a Twitter party to offer tips on creating the ULTIMATE Wocave (@TheSkinnyCow).  The first 25 fans who ask Melissa a question will receive a fun surprise! Use #askMM, #WoCave, and #SkinnyCow.  AND…
  2. Did you know that August 1st is National Girlfriend Day? Take this special day to celebrate with your besties in YOUR WoCavé just like Jen and I did!

I can’t wait to share Mission #2 with you!

I am honored to be a Skinny Cow brand Influencer for the Wocave Program.  Products and monetary compensation were provided by Skinny Cow. All opinions are 100% my own.

Recycled Patron Bottle Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so now you know I like Patron…Silver, that is.  It took a long time and a few parties and get-togethers to get through this bottle.  Initially I didn’t intend on keeping it.  After I finished it, however I couldn’t part ways because I love the shape, color, and durability of it. Instead of throwing it away, I made a recycled Patron bottle vase.  The pictures speak for themselves; however I wanted to write out the tutorial.  It’s a fun and SUPER easy project you can do in minutes with any type of bottle or vase. I did a guest post for Jill over at Popsicle Blog and she gave me some great materials to use.

Materials:

  • Patron bottle or any bottle or vase
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Coffee bean sack or burlap
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Here is the Patron Bottle BEFORE.  It’s the large size (I know, I know, I SWEAR my husband bought it!)

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Instructions:

I used a thick lace ribbon first and wrapped it around, securing it with glue. 

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Next I found an old coffee bean sack that I used to make outdoor coffee sack pillows with a few months ago.  I measured and cute accordingly.

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I secured it over the lace ribbon with glue.

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That’s it!  Here is another AFTER photo.

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The possibilities of decorating a bottle are limitless.  You can use all different textured, patterned, and colored ribbon to match your home or party décor.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to recycle bottles and use them for wedding or bridal shower centerpieces as well.  Group or cluster a few together to make a whimsical tablescape.

DIY Flower Cluster Headpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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Oh did I get the DIY accessory bug after I made that last minute headpiece for the Fourth of July!  I just HAD to make a flower cluster headpiece.   I’ve had to wear headbands for several months now because I am growing out my hair.  Did you know I had a shaved head?  Yep… that picture over there to your right?  The sides of my head are shaved.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s proof:

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Oooops! It looks like my daughter didn’t like that I shaved my head in that last picture! When I had that haircut, my husband had to shave my head for me every two weeks…that’s love! I had it that way for 425 days before I decided that I didn’t want to have a shaved head once I reached 40 years old and I knew it would take a while to grow back! So now that I have to wear headpieces all the time to cover up the weird growth on the side of my head I have decided to do this tutorial.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Flower craft embellishments
  • Tulle
  • Hair clip

Instructions:

There is no exact science to this due to personal style, but I simply arranged the embellishments until I liked the way it looked.

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Hot glue your arrangement onto the felt.

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Cut the excess felt off around the back of your headpiece with scissors.

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Hot glue the arrangement to your hair clip.

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I clipped it to a headband in this photo. I like using hair clips and headbands separately so that I can interchange the style depending on my outfit. Oh! And there is an added bonus! This giant headpiece hides my gray hair perfectly!

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Eight Popular Round-Ups You Don’t Want to Miss

by Dinah Wulf

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I was browsing through all the posts on my site, and man have I published a lot. This post is actually my 588th one!  As I was perusing all the different things I’ve done, I noticed that my round-up posts get a lot of love. Soooo, I thought, why not do a round-up of round-ups? I’m hoping you didn’t miss and so I put together eight popular round-ups you don’t want to miss. Here is over 150 ideas and tutorials… Here we go!

Five Dollar Thrift Store Transformations

One of my more recent posts, this one shares five different projects that I have done using some amazing five dollar (or less) thrift store finds.  Mostly from the Salvation Army or Goodwill, I have been really lucky lately!

$5 Thrift Store Transformations

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

This one is one of my faves, because I LOVE theme parties! I’m a sucker for them.  I tend to plan my parties so far in advance because I get obsessed with themes.

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

8 DIY Girls Room Ideas

This round-up is close to my heart because these are some of the projects I’ve done for my daughter, Mia’s bedroom.

DIY Girls Room Ideas

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

So this year for Christmas I think I’m going to ask for a spray paint gun from Santa.  That would make these projects, SO much easier and quicker to complete!

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

10 Easy Mason Jar Craft Ideas

Oh how I love Mason Jars!  Here’s proof! :)

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100 Creative Ways to Recycle

Most of these are ideas that have inspired me and the projects on this blog.

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Eight Tasty Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

This round-up is a list of original recipes concocted by David Edessa, especially for DIY Inspired!  It’s a fantastic refreshing cocktail drink list perfect for summertime.

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Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012

And finally, in commemoration of last year’s projects, this one is also close to my heart.

Top 15 Recycled Craft and Projects of 2012

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

by Dinah Wulf

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Once again I am on a roll with the thrift store finds!  This time I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top. I have done some recent similar upcycled projects just by painting wood. I think white mixed with the natural wood makes ordinary household look more modern.

Here is a $5 serving bowl I hand painted with white and added a gold trim.

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Here’s another wooden set of bowls I painted, leaving the inside natural. I bought this entire set for $6.00.

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I decided to do it again with this cake platter I got from Salvation Army for…wait for it…$2.00!!!!! What??? This was a REALLY good find. Here is the cake platter BEFORE.

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I only used three things to complete this project:

  • Painter’s tape
  • White Craft Paint
  • Paint brush

I simply used painter’s tape around the edges.

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Next I used a craft paint that is good for wood.  It is also dishwasher safe once the paint cures (approximately 21 days).  I left the top wood, because I wanted to make sure it stayed food safe.

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Here is an AFTER photo.

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This literally took me minutes to do.  I ended up painting on two light coats.  It was very simple and I think it change the whole look of the platter.  It’s amazing what a little bit of white paint will do.  I thought about etching the glass dome as well but I’m unsure what I want on it still.  Any ideas???

Introducing My Skinny Cow WoCavé

by Dinah Wulf

I am absolutely ecstatic to be sponsored by Skinny Cow brand and a part of the WoCavé Campaign this summer!  What is a WoCavé  you ask? WoCavé {wo-cah-vay} is short for “Woman Cave”. It can be any place that you are in your truest self, where you are both fabulous and flawed, but ALWAYS celebrated!  It’s a place where you can indulge in sweets, do whatever you love, and kick up your heels with your friends. For me, my WoCavé is none other than… my craft room! 

Until the end of August, you will see me here on DIY Inspired completing three exciting creative DIY missions from Skinny Cow. More on that in a second…first, let me introduce you to MY WoCavé!

My craft room is my sanctuary. Period. <Insert music from the heavens here>

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It’s a place where I am inspired and where I write this blog.  It’s a place filled with “stuff” I have upcycled, including these stools and these drawers.

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It’s a place where I am most organized and everything has its place.

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It’s a place where I am surrounded by things that I can’t live without, like craft paint and spray paint.

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It’s a place where my daughter is just as inspired and likes to create too!

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Now that you have had a sneak peek into MY WoCavé, let me share a tad about my first mission from Skinny Cow!

Hint #1: The inspiration is inside this box.

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Hint #2: It involves crafting with my best friend in my WoCavé!

Hint #3: It involves Skinny Cow ice cream candy bars! 

More exciting news…

Every girl needs a WoCavé and Skinny Cow wants to know how you’d style your personal WoCavé. Now until July 15th, just visit Skinny Cow’s page to build your WoCavé, making sure to include one featured item in your set.  One grand prize winner will receive a $7,500 gift card, a Skinny pink mini fridge, a micro-suede “ottowoman”, a hammered metal candy bowl, a memory board, a WoCavé wall decal and five coupons for Skinny Cow treats!  What????? Yes! And five runners-up will win a Skinny Cow prize package that includes all the above except the gift card.  You have one week left to enter!

I can’t wait to show you my first Skinny Cow WoCavé mission and introduce my second mission!

This post was sponsored by Skinny Cow brand. I received monetary compensation and product for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Quick and Easy Flower Headpiece

by Dinah Wulf

I wasn’t going to do a post today because of the holiday weekend…BUT I COULDN’T DO IT!  This blog is an addiction, I tell ya!  If you haven’t guessed, I am an extremely calculated person.  I HATE to procrastinate and I almost feel a strong anxiety when I do not plan ahead.  This includes this blog.  I have my posts and projects completed very early. My secret is out.  Every post is published exactly at 6am PST Monday to Friday.  It has been that was since this blog started in April 2011.  Sometimes, I’ll admit, I have projects ready months in advance.  I know I’m crazy.  Today, IS THE VERY FIRST BLOG POST out of over 500 that I did not plan.  Eeeek! With that said I found myself scrambling right before a party yesterday and decided to make this quick and easy headpiece.

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Materials I used:

  • Flower
  • Clip
  • Pre-made felt flower
  • Felt
  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue & glue gun

Literally minutes before we left I threw this baby together.  Thank goodness hot glue dries so quickly.  I cut out scraps for blue leaves and a small sliver of tulle. 

Here’s how it turned out!

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This is me posting it on Instagram! Yes. I am in my garage and yes…that is a lot of gray hair.

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Soooo, now that I am actually nearing the end of this spur of the moment blog post, I can take a deep breath….Ahhhhhhhhh.  Hey! That wasn’t so bad!  I really need to do this more often!

Recycled T Shirt Fourth of July Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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Geesh! The Fourth of July is right around the corner! How time flies!  I wanted to share a quick and easy recycled T shirt Fourth of July bunting sponsored by Silhouette that I made with the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software.  You can make this in minutes; just in time for the 4th. More importantly, you can purchase the software on sale from now until July 10th with the promo code: DIYINSPIRED! You’re welcome!

Materials:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait™
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software
  • Scrapbook paper in patriotic colors and/or patterns
  • An old T Shirt
  • Spray Starch
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and glue gun

What is great about the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software is that there is a built in ruler and guidelines for precise alignment and drawing. Because of this, I was able to easily make these cut outs.

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Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus the following designer features:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision

Next, I made a fabric bunting out of an old T shirt.  You can check out the full tutorial for how to make it.  It turned out great and was very quick and simple to do!

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Just in case, the promo code is DIYINSPIRED to receive a discount from now until July 12th

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This post is sponsored by Silhouette and contains affiliate links.

How to Make Your Own Personalized Mugs

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been on a thrift store roll lately!  I found these cute coffee mugs for fifty cents each at the Goodwill. I’ve always wanted to try making my own personalized mugs so I thought I’d give it a go.  It was actually quite easy.  The craft itself takes minutes, however the curing time is what takes the longest.  These personalized mugs make great gifts.  You can fill them up with candy as a fun hostess gift or teacher gift.  Here is how to make your own personalized mugs.

Materials:

  • Coffee Mugs
  • Glass paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Adhesive Stencils
  • Oven (optional)

Note: If you would like to cure your mug in the oven, make sure that the coffee mug you choose is oven safe.

Instructions:

Make sure your mugs are clean and dry.  Wipe them down with rubbing alcohol.

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Place your adhesive stencil in the desired area.

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I used Martha Stewart gloss opaque glass paint and applied it with a paint brush.

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You can peel off the adhesive stencils immediately after you are finished painting. 

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There are two ways to cure the paint.  First you can let is cure naturally for 21 days, or if your mugs are oven safe, you can place them in the oven to cure.  Let the paint dry for one hour and then set them in a cool oven. Set the temperature to 350 degrees and allow it to preheat.  Leave them in the oven for one hour.

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Here is an after photo.

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Heat Transfer Recycled Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so excited to have started a partnership with Silhouette America.  I wanted to share a project I did using the heat transfer starter kit that they have available.  Since I have this weird obsession with using recycled bags (I haven’t gotten a plastic bag from a store in almost three years), I thought I’d upcycle an old bag and make a heat transfer recycled tote bag for my daughter.

Materials:

Step One:

Create your design using your Silhouette software program.  Make sure you mirror your image when you design it, otherwise your image will apply backwards.

Step Two:

Print out your design on your heat transfer material and peel away the negative space.

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Step Three:

Position your design on your tote bag and place a scrap piece of fabric over the design.  BTW, I used a piece of scrap fabric from the upcycled headboard I made.

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Step Four:

Iron your image onto the tote bag by pressing firmly and placing pressure on the design for 45-60 seconds.

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Step Five:

Gently remove the transfer sheet and place the fabric scrap over the design again.  Iron it for 45-60 to allow the design to set.

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There you have it… a personalized recycled tote bag!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Silhouette America for sponsoring this post! Opinions are all mine!

Etched Glass Laundry Detergent Container

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve always thought that all rooms in the house should be beautiful and well organized.  This includes rooms like the laundry room. Being a busy work from home mom, it’s important to me to love my home because I’m here so much! Today I wanted to share a tutorial on how to make a pretty etched glass laundry detergent container as well as 3 tips to help save you time in the laundry room. 

Here is what you’ll need to make your laundry detergent container:

  • Glass container with a lid
  • Glass etching cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint Brush
  • Tide Liquid HE

Instructions:

Step One: Make sure your glass container is clean and dry.  Apply the adhesive stencil to the glass. 

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Step Two: Using a paint brush, generously apply the glass etching cream and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. 

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Step Three: Rinse the cream off with water and remove the stencil.  Fill your container with Tide Liquid HE.

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Although laundry is a chore, added touches like a pretty etched glass container or a well-organized laundry room makes it seem a little less like a boring routine.  Here are 3 tips that I use to save time in the laundry room and make this task a little less mundane.

Tip #1: Sort as you go. Sorting is my least favorite thing to do when it comes doing laundry.  I use a hamper that has three compartments.  I separate my laundry by lights, darks, and delicates.  It makes it easy to just grab each bag to throw in the washer without having to sort it first.

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Tip #2: Separate small items.  I use a mesh bag for all small undergarments.  Also, sock clips come in handy so that you don’t lose pairs.  You can keep a container of clips near your washer for easy access.

Tip #3: Organize your laundry space.  Have your Tide Liquid HE, dryer sheets, and mini trash can within arms-reach.  That way, you can quickly add your detergent, throw in a dryer sheet, or clean out the lint trap with ease.

Hopefully this quick etched glass craft and my three laundry tips will help make your laundry time fast and fun!

This is a collaboration between Tide Original Liquid HE and the AOL Lifestyle Curator Network. Compensation was provided by Tide Original Liquid HE via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Tide Original Liquid HE.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

Holy moly have I been lucky while thrifting lately!  I noticed that most of my finds are about $5.00, so I thought I’d put together a quick round-up of my most recent five dollar thrift store transformations.

$5 Thrift Store Transformations

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Mirror Makeover

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

DIY String Art

by Dinah Wulf

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I recently attended the Elevate Blog Conference 2013.  One of the fun activities we did was a nail art and string art craft.  There were several patterns we could choose from and for some reason yours truly decided to pick the hardest one!  What was I thinking?  I know… I was thinking that I love antlers!  Needless to say, I ran out of time and had to finish this project at home so I decided to share it today.

I have to make as early disclaimer… IT DIDN’T TURN OUT!  My antlers look horrible, but I had to share it mainly because my friends Tara and Joni would get a kick out of the final product.  They both thought I was insane for choosing it in the first place.

Although it didn’t turn out, here is how I did it. Perhaps if you printed a simpler pattern, OR you can kick some nail art antler booty, this project’s for you!

Materials:

  • Piece of wood
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Pattern
  • String
  • Scissors

First, place your pattern on the wood.  Secure it by hammering in a few nails along your line.  Here is a photo of the pattern and string I used.

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Continue hammering nails along your pattern.  Once you are finished, remove the paper.  Here’s is what mine looked like.  I know I know, not perfect.

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Next, tie your string to one of the nails and make a knot.

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Start weaving your string. I went around twice.

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Here is the after photo.  If you look quickly it’s not that bad.  If you look closely, the antlers look horrible!  Oh well! I think I may need to mark this one as a craft fail!

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Alice in Wonderland Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend is having an Alice In Wonderland themed party for my God daughter’s first birthday. I decided that I wanted to make a paper flower centerpiece for her using a recycled pretzel container and some dyed coffee filter flowers.  This was my original inspiration. First let me show you how to make the vase.

Materials for Flower Vase:

  • Large plastic container (I used a pretzel container from Costco)
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (ribbon, craft butterflies)

Instructions for the Centerpiece Vase:

Cut the plastic container to the desired size. I found it easiest to puncture the container with a craft knife first and then use scissors to cut the rest.

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Remove the stickers and paint the inside of the container with craft paint and embellish it with ribbon.  I also used craft butterflies. Painting the inside will give it a nice glossy finish.

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Materials for Alice in Wonderland Flowers:

  • Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers
  • Scrapbook paper and/or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sharpies
  • Skewers
  • Floral Tape
  • Styrofoam

Photo Instructions:  I thought photo instructions would be self-explanatory. I just cut and trimmed as I went, using the inspiration photo on my phone as a guide.

Note: I started with a 3”X3” piece of cardstock.

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Here are few close ups of the faces.  I hot glued the paper flowers onto the floral wrapped skewers and inserted them into Styrofoam hidden inside the vase.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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