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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!

 

13th Sep2013

How to Make Your Own Lip Balm

by Dinah Wulf

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I have always wanted to make my own lip balm, probably because I’m obsessed with it. I have lip balm in every purse, every bathroom, and in my car. I think it’s an addiction. The kits I have seen in the past look so fun, but for some reason I’ve never pulled the plug and bought one. Thanks to Skinny Cow and my Spa Night Mission, I was able to try a make tour own lip balm kit from Herban and Crafts. Here’s how I made it.

Materials: (Provided in your kit)

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Beeswax
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Spearmint Essential Oil

Equipment:

  • Saucepan
  • Pyrex Measuring Cup
  • Metal Spoon
  • Paper Towels
  • Lip Balm Tins (Provided in your kit)

First I put water in my saucepan and placed the measuring cup inside. I put the beeswax, cocoa butter, and sun flower oil in the cup.

I allowed the mixture to heat and melt.

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Once it melted, I removed it from the stovetop and added my essential oil, mixing it with my spoon. I poured it into the metal containers.

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They cooled very quickly!

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I decided to make my own personalized labels. I used scrapbook paper, a circle cutter, double sided tape, and monogram stickers. Here are some after photos.

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I have to admit, that I loved making these and I didn’t realize how easy it was.  Thank you to my sponsor, Skinny Cow for providing me with this kit! I loved it!

10th Sep2013

How to Make Your Own Bath Salts

by Dinah Wulf

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One of the fun DIY projects I was assigned during my Skinny Cow Wocave Mission was a make your own bath salts kit I received from Herban Crafts.  I have to say that I haven’t done anything like this before and it was so much fun! I think this Herban Crafts kit would make a great gift.  Here is how to make your own bath salts.

Materials: (provided in your kit)

  • Lavender buds
  • Sea salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Citric Acid

Equipment:

  • Blender
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Sieve or strainer
  • Metal or plastic spoon
  • Jars (2 provided in your kit)

The kit came with everything I needed except for the equipment.

First, I ground half of the lavender buds provided in a blender (about .25 ounces) for one minute.

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Next, I placed the ground lavender buds and sea salt into a mixing bowl.

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I strained the baking soda with a strainer to remove the lumps and placed it into the bowl.

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I mixed well, and then added the rest of the lavender buds until they were evenly blended.

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I put them in the two containers provided, and had enough to place more in another jar.

I decorated the jars with my ribbon, twine, and burlap.

Here are a couple after photos.  These were such a fun and easy homemade gift to make.  The kit is perfect for the crafter at heart.

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A big THANK YOU to my sponsor, Skinny Cow for providing me with this kit!  Loved it!​ Check out my ultimate spa girls night that I made these for!

06th Sep2013

Ultimate DIY Girls Spa Night

by Dinah Wulf

Where do I begin?  Being a part of the Skinny Cow Influencer Program has been amazing. First, I got to introduce you to my obsession and WoCavé sanctuary, my craft room.  Then, Skinny Cow sent me on my first Mission of three which was a girl’s craft night with my best friend. My second Mission, was a crazy thrift store shopping spree with my bestie complete with a driver and all. Finally, today I am excited to share with you THE ULTIMATE DIY Girls spa night!

Now, there are a few things you need to have a successful spa night like we did… I will share the tutorials for the kits next week!

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You definitely need a WoCavé for an Ultimate DIY Girls Spa Night.  As a reminder, a 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! Mine is my craft room!

TWO

Every girl I know loves to celebrate with some sweet treats.  For this spa mission, my girlfriend and I enjoyed Skinny Cow’s Pretty In Pink Truffle Bars and Chocolate Covered Low-Fat Ice Cream in a Chocolate Cone. Yowzers! I had one of each… ok, well two of each (they were SO good and we did A LOT of crafting! I worked up an appetite!)

THREE

A Crafter’s spa night isn’t complete without a DIY bath salts kit {tutorial to come}.  We made and packaged some pretty lavender bath salts to give to our friends. It was so fun!

FOUR

Next we tried out an Apprentice perfume kit.  At first we were intimidated by trying out different scents, but I ended up with an Apple/Rose/Amber combo which smelled amazing!

FIVE

Being that I am obsessed with lip balm, this kit was the most exciting for me to make {tutorial coming soon}.

SIX

After all this crafting (and eating) you DEFINITELY need to wind down with a Massage Therapist!  We each had a thirty minute massage that topped off our busy day of creative bonding in the WoCavé!

Here are some photos of what we made on our spa night Mission.  We had a great time, creating, chatting, and relaxing together.  It couldn’t have been a better night.

If you haven’t checked out my other Missions yet please do so! This was an amazing opportunity for me to be sent on these three Skinny Cow Missions. I would have to say that they were probably some of the most fun and memorable times in my Blogging career!

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

04th Sep2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

I have been working on this vintage themed baby shower that I have coming up for a friend and I just wanted to share a couple of the decoration ideas I have already started. You know how I love upcycling so I started saving sauce and dressing jars to use as flower vases. I also had some fun vintage inspired baby fabric from my swag bag from the SoCal Social event I went to last year… I knew it would eventually come in handy!

Here are the materials I used:

  • Recycled Jars and Bottles
  • Fabric
  • Lace ribbon
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Craft Flowers
  • Burlap
  • Pearl Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Double sided tape

Here are a couple more pictures.  I will use them for the flower arrangements for the shower.

I also used the scrap fabric to make a banner.  My daughter, Mia helped with this one! I cut all the fabric I had into strips.

I also cut a few pieces of left over lace ribbon.

One by one I tied on each strip, alternating the colors and patterns to some rope that I had left over from some thrift store rope vases I made a long time ago.

It turned out so cute!

I can’t wait to show you the shower.  It’s coming up soon!  I’m never sure exactly how things will turn out until the day of the event but I know I am using some things I already have for decorations like vintage suitcases, antique books, vintage handkerchiefs and baby books I bought while antique shopping, and some other things! Until then!

UPDATE! Here are some more fun decorations I made!  Oh! And also some free Vintage inspired printables!

27th Aug2013

DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

by Dinah Wulf

I was recently sent on a FANTASTIC thrift store shopping mission by one of my sponsors.  I had the BEST TIME and bought some great, and more importantly, CHEAP stuff!  I made a stenciled craft storage jar out of a cookie jar and a little ceramic quail I found and I also made these fun thrift store pedestal trays out of candlesticks and plates.

Now, I have done similar projects like this in the past like a DIY Cupcake Stand which was awesome for a cupcake bar for my daughters second birthday and a diaper cake display for a golf themed baby shower I did. I also made an Easy Pedestal Bowl that I use as a jewelry holder.

Here are the pieces I found at Goodwill.

I just LOVED the shape of these glass candlesticks.

And look! They fit perfectly together!

E6000 is a go-to for me on projects like this.

I carefully spread it around the top of the candlestick and I placed in the center of the plate.

I let them dry for a full 24 hours before I used them.

I put one in my bathroom for when I take off my jewelry.

And I put the other one in my craft room.

This is such a fun and EASY project that you can do with just about any plate, tray, candlestick, jar, or glass.  The look and shape of the endless combinations can fit any décor style as well!

14th Aug2013

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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I had the most successful thrift store shopping trip the other day.  I will tell you all about it and share all my thrift store finds next week. Today, I wanted to share with you what I did with two items I found for less than ten dollars total. With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

Materials

  • Glass Jar with a lid
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Glass paint
  • Small Spouncer
  • Craft Paint
  • Ceramic bird (or something similar)
  • Oven

I found this large glass cookie jar for $5.99 at the Goodwill with a wooden lid.

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I also found this cute little quail bird for $2.99 and couldn’t resist buying it.

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I started off by centering the adhesive stencils to spell “Craft Junkie”.

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Using a small spouncer brush, I painted on the stencil.

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Here’s what it looked like when I was done.

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You can peel off the stencil immediately.

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Allow it to dry for one hour.

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Meanwhile I painted my lid and bird. To easily paint the bird, I put a pencil in the center and placed it in a jar to dry.

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Once the paint was dry, I used strong industrial strength glue.

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Once the paint is on the jar dries for one hour, place the jar in a cool oven.

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Turn the oven to 350 and leave it in there for 30 minutes. If you do not want to place the jar in the oven, you can also allow the paint to cure for about 22 days.

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Here are a few after photos.

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I can’t wait to show you what else I got on this shopping trip!

12th Aug2013

12 Easy Paper Flower Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Paper flower crafts are fun and easy to do.  Over the past couple years I’ve noticed that I’ve done quite a few of them. I decided that I had to stop at a dozen! I tried to pull from old posts from when I first started blogging. It’s amazing how much I feel like I have grown through this creative blogging journey.

Here are a few ideas for crafts, gifts, or party ideas.  All the links have full step-by-step photo tutorials.

Easy Paper Flower Crafts

I used many of the following projects for gift embellishments and home décor. All of these are made from recycled materials like book pages, coin wrappers, and coffee filters.

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers

Water Colored Book Page Roses

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower

Recycled Coin Wrapper Paper Flower

Book Page Paper Flower Magnet

 

Paper Flowers for Gifts

These crafts and gift ideas are fun to do with the kids.  Make a back to school gift for a teacher or an easy paper flower ornament made out of a toilet paper roll.

Back to School Teacher Bouquet

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping

Toilet Paper Roll Flower Ornament

 

Paper Flowers for Parties

These crafts are great for party decorations because they are fun, inexpensive, and easy to do.  The standard accordion flower tutorial can be used as paper flowers or medallions to fit any party theme.  Just change the patterns and colors of paper to fit your theme.

Accordion Paper Flower Tutorial

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins

I hope you try some of these out! Easy Peasy! 

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