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30th Jun2014

Creative Fourth of July DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I ended up having quite a few Fourth of July DIY ideas that came to fruition this year. I thought I’d put together a round-up of those including my favorites from last year. All of these ideas are quick, easy, and budget friendly! I hope you check them out, enjoy them, and share them! Let’s start with some repurposed and upcycled décor!

Creative 4th of July DIY Ideas

Decorations

Here are three fun ideas for festive and patriotic decorations for your home, or Independence Day parade wagon.

Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY

Recycled T Shirt Fourth of July Bunting

Fourth of July Parade Wagon and Paper Crafts

Hostess Gifts

Going somewhere? I do every year. Bring one of these sweet homemade gift for the party host or hostess this year.

DIY Mod Podge Patriotic Tea Lights

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable

Party Favors

There are always a lot of excited kiddos at the Fourth of July parties I attend.  Make some fun easy to make and budget friendly favors for the kids to enjoy.

Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable

Accessories

Last year I made a last minute red, white, and blue headpiece literally minutes before we left for or party.  This year, I ended up making another one and shared it with my best firend.

Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips

Quick and Easy Flower Headpiece

There you have it! Ten easy patriotic DIY ideas for the festivities this weekend! Thanks for reading!

24th Jun2014

Fourth of July Parade Wagon and Paper Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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I am really looking forward to the mini Fourth of July parade that we do every year. I don’t know why, but my husband and I have never gotten a wagon for our daughter.  We would always hitch a ride with someone else, or even just pushed her in her sparsely decorated stroller. This year, we finally purchased a wagon off of Craigslist and I want to share some easy paper crafts you can make to decorate for this year’s festivities.

When we bought the wagon, the plain wooden sides were screaming for paint! I chose Krylon’s blue ocean breeze. I thought it’d look pretty with the red wagon.

Fourth of July Parade Wagon

I made some paper medallions for the side. To make these, I cut two 2” strips for each medallion, and cut out two circles with a circle punch.

Patriotic Paper Crafts

I folded each strip like an accordion.

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Using double sided tape I attached the two pieces on one side.

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I punched a small hole for the string.

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Using hot glue, I added the circles on both sides of the medallion. Hot glue works the best because it dries quickly.

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I strung them on ribbon and attached them to the wagon!

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I also made little flags with scrapbook paper and BBQ skewers.  Super easy! I attached them to the wagon with Duck Brand tape (it works perfectly).

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In case you missed some of my other recent Fourth of July ideas, here are a few:

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23rd Jun2014

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

by Dinah Wulf

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I came across these adorable red and blue metal buckets in the dollar bins at a Joann Fabric and Craft Store.  They have a little star cut out, perfectly patriotic for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. I wanted to add a little oomph so I ended up turning them into DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Metal or glass candle holders
  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Patterned Scrapbook Paper
  • Wet Paper Towel
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Tea Lights

Here are the dollar bin metal buckets I found. Cute, right?

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

I measured and cut little strips of patterned scrapbook paper that I had left over from these Glow Stick Party Favors (and free printable) that I made.

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I poured a little outdoor Mod Podge onto my paper plate and used the foam brush to apply the Mod Podge both to the back of the strip and then on top of it. I added four strips to each little bucket.

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Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.

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I added tea lights and voila! Instant festive DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights.

DIY Mod Podge Patriotic Tea Lights

I thought about giving them as a hostess gift to the annual Fourth of July party that my family and I attend.

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In case you missed it, here are a few more patriotic posts I did recently:

 

20th Jun2014

Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Wooden Ruler Patriotic Wreath

Remember these old wooden fold out rulers? I hadn’t seen one since I was little. For some reason I remember playing with my dad’s in our garage. I was antique shopping in Orange a few months ago and just had to buy it, for that reason…it reminded me of my dad. So, after months sitting in my craft room, I finally decided to make an Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY.

Upcycled Fold Out Ruler

Materials:

  • Wooden fold out ruler
  • Artificial flowers
  • Pliers (optional)
  • Small flags

The ruler folds into ten sides, so it makes the perfect five point star!

Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY

I like to use artificial flowers on my wreaths like I did for this Valentine wreath, and this St. Patty’s Day wreath, and this radiant orchid address wreath! I used pliers to cut one stem off of a bunch of white hydrangeas. I coiled the stem tightly.  This will allow the flower to attach to the ruler, flags, and other flowers.

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The coil I made in the back worked brilliantly because the wire stem was so thick, so I was able to tuck in some blue artificial flowers, and two small American flags at the bottom of the wreath.

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Upcycled Ruler Fourth of July Wreath

I thought it was a fun and unique repurposing idea and very festive for the fourth of July coming up!

Upcycled Ruler Memorial Day Wreath

Upcycled Vintage Wooden Ruler Wreath

In case you missed them, here are some of my other wreaths and door hangings I have done in the past.

09th Jun2014

Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to SweetWorks, Inc., for sponsoring the candy for this post, Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors.

If you know me, you know that I work out often. When I do, I bring bottled water with a vitamin B12 energy powder mixed in. The powder comes in these cute little cases that I have been saving because I’m a Craft Hoarder (that’s right…I admit it!). They come in several colors and I have a ton of them because I buy them at Costco! Aren’t they cool?

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When I got these cute little red, white, and blue Sweet Shapes stars from SweetWorks, Inc., I thought I’d make some candy filled patriotic party favors that look like little dynamite sticks with my containers. If you don’t have these containers, you can make larger favors with toilet paper rolls.

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Materials:

  • Plastic Energy Powder Containers (or something similar)
  • SweetWorks Sweet Shapes Candies
  • FREE “Have a Blast” Printable
  • Decorative Paper
  • Black Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Tape

I made sure each container was clean and dry and filled them with the red, white, and blue, star pressed candies.

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Next, I wrapped each container in patterned decorative paper and secured it with double-sided tape.

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I taped a piece of twine to one of the containers, and then bound three containers together with a black piece of cardstock. I also printed and added a little tag that says “Have a Blast!”

Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors

These little favors are great for the Fourth, Memorial Day, end of the school year, or any birthday party. In case you missed them, check out some of my other patriotic craft and party ideas!

03rd Jun2014

Creative Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Creative Homemade Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is right around the corner! I found some fun and creative ideas to inspire you to make your own gift this year. This list is from a group of some of my favorite Bloggers. Their creativity also inspires me every day. I tried to come up with unique ideas to fit all types of Dads! Here is my list of Creative Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas.

Homemade Root Beer Barbecue Sauce from Janel at A Mom’s Take

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DIY Coupon Book Free Printable from Kim at Seven Thirty Three

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Jalapeno Infused Tequila from Shannah at Just Us Four

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Comic Book DIY Coasters on Amy’s Blog, Mod Podge Rocks

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Old School Skateboard inspired Father’s Day Fun by Sharon of Cupcakes and Cutlery

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DIY Etched Beer Glasses from Laura at Pet Scribbles

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Father’s Day Gift Bags from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage

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Mustache Coffee Cozy Sleeve from Club Chica Circle

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Father’s Day Coffee Sampler by Carolyn from Homework

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Etched Glass Baseball Vase by Shannon at Madigan Made

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Father’s Day “Stache” Printables by Jill from the Popsicle Blog

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D-A-D Photo Gift by Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

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Birthplace Map Keychain Charms by Amanda from Crafts By Amanda

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I hope you enjoyed this round up! Be sure to stop by all these great blogs and tell them DIY Inspired sent you! If you need some more Father’s Day Inspiration, here are a few posts by yours truly:

02nd Jun2014

Chocolate Toolkit Father’s Day Gift & Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to SweetWorks, Inc., for sponsoring the candy for this post, Chocolate Toolkit Father’s Day Gift & Printable.

My husband has the BIGGEST sweet tooth of almost anyone I have ever met. He loves it all; chocolate, cookies, candy, cake, and pie. When I saw these cute Milk Chocolate Toolkits from Niagra Chocolates, I thought it’d be the perfect Father’s Day Gift for him.  The boxes are already cute, but I thought I’d dress it up just a little for Father’s Day and add a tag, AND since I made them, I might as well share the printable with you just in case you want to make them too.

Materials:

  • Milk Chocolate Toolkit
  • Black Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock
  • Paper
  • Paper Cutter
  • Free Printable
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • String
  • Scissors

These are the little Milk Chocolate Toolboxes. Aren’t they cute? Inside is a chocolate saw, hammer, pliers, wrench, and screwdriver. These are also cute gifts for the DIY’er in your life!

Chocolate Toolkit Father's Day Gift

I cut a strip of black cardstock with my paper cutter and attached it with double-sided tape for the handle.

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I also added a “Happy Father’s Day” printable on the bottom front.

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I layered the “We Love You, Daddy” printable with black and red cardstock, punched a hole in it, and tied it with baker’s twine on the handle.

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There you have it! A super quick and easy Father’s Day Gift for the special man in your life!

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In case you missed them, here are a few of my favorite SweetWorks candy posts I have done in the past on Inheriting Our Planet:

29th May2014

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Glow Stick 4th of July Party Favor Printable

My family and I celebrate the Fourth of July at the same place every year. There is an annual party with family and friends at my best friend’s in laws. Every year after the sun sets and we wait for the fireworks, all the parents pass out glow sticks and sparklers to all the kids.  This year, I thought I’d make a glow stick Fourth of July Party Favor and free printable to make and bring to the party.

Materials:

You can find glow sticks and sparklers everywhere at this time of year.  I found some fun multi-colored bracelets.

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable

They have a little more flare than the traditional glow stick bracelets. I removed them from the packages and placed the plastic clasp on one end of each.

Glow Stick Fourth of July Free Printable

I printed out the printables that you can download here and cut them out with a paper cutter:

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable

I cute out 10”X3” strips of patterned scrapbook paper. I taped three glow sticks onto each strip and then used double sided tape to tape a corresponding piece on top, with the printable on top of that. Again, sparklers work great for this too. You can even do a combo of both along with a little pack of matches!

Glow Stick 4th of July Party Favor Printable

The printables say “Light Up Your 4th” and “Have a Bright 4th”.

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor

I hope you enjoy them! In case you missed them, here are a few more fun Fourth of July posts:

20th May2014

Father’s Day Gift Wrapping and Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Did you know that a 5X7 frame fits perfectly in a Cheez-It’s box? Me neither until now! I, of course, am too cheap to buy gift wrapping boxes.  As you can see here and here and here… oh and here! Man I am thrifty! With Father’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d do a quick and easy free printable and I happen to throw in this Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Wrapping idea.

We bought my husband a frame for his desk at work and put my daughter’s most recent school photo in it. I really should have taken a picture before I wrapped it because it was a fantastic repurposing idea. I bought it at Tall Mouse.  It was a frame covered in old computer keys. It is so cute and perfect for my husband’s desk at work.  Maybe I’ll have to make one myself.

See? It fits perfectly in the box!

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I wrapped it with blue wrapping paper and embellished it with Washi tape and some other decorative tape I had.

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I created a simple printable and tied it on!

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I was going to stop there, but then I thought that since I already made it, why not share it! So feel free to download this free Father’s Day printable here:

Happy Father’s Day Printable

I embellished my tag with patterned scrapbook paper and more Washi tape. Cute, right? I can’t wait to give it to my husband.

In case you need some more eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas, check out a round up post I did.

 

14th May2014

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

I have become obsessed with making festive holiday themed kitchen towels! Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel, a St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towel, and an Easter Kitchen Towel so I thought I’d keep it up and make a No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  I made it similar to the Easter towel because the permanent fabric tape worked better than the fusible web. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Permanent Fabric tape
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

I found two red and blue patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together for the fourth.  I wanted some different shades of blue and red rather than the traditional bold red and blue. The fabric quarters were again great for this project.

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I also had these kitchen towels from the other kitchen towels I made. I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  I ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel and I used some spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the permanent fabric tape and aligned it onto the towel.  It was a little tasking to remove the peel off sticker, but it all worked out. I found this way to be much easier than using the fusible web.  It seems to stick better too and is also much quicker! Here’s the AFTER!  This would make a great hostess gift. 

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You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

12th May2014

Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

This post, Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

Did you know that there’s a brand new flavor of Tic Tac mints? Tic Tac® brand launched new limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints, the coolest flavor to heat up your summer with a nostalgic nod to summertime memories.  These artificially flavored mints are a delicious combination featuring blue Berry pills, red Cherry pills & white Lime pills, and are a unique treat for guests at summer gatherings this year. Mia’s and my favorite are the blue Berry pills.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Gift

To help celebrate the launch of this new fun, festive, and patriotic Tic Tac®Pack, I thought I’d make a unique repurposed Tic Tac Packs hostess gift to bring to all those summer parties you may have coming up this season. You can print this FREE printable here:

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I used my empty Tic Tac packs and filled them with various ice cream sundae toppings like crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Here is a tip to help you fill these cute little packs with goodies.

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I used some red and blue card stock, ribbon, the printable, and double sided tape to create a special card to bring to your favorite party Hostess this Memorial Day or Fourth or July. You can even make this for Father’s Day, for Dad’s like my husband, who has a major sweet tooth!

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Of course I added a pack of the limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints as well!

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Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints can be purchased at select convenience and grocery stores nationwide for a limited time only. I hope you enjoy the printable! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out how I used Tic Tac packs to make Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits!

 

07th May2014

Last Minute Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Gah! Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! I am so excited because I actually get to spend this Mother’s Day with my Mom.  We live 3000 miles away from each other but she is visiting me now for a whole month! I’m a lucky girl.  If you couldn’t tell, my Mother and I are really close.  Because of this, I thought I’d put together some Last Minute Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. Some of these projects take minutes, while others take only an hour or two, but all will come from the heart.

  • Cookie Mason Jar – Give her favorite cookies in s decorated Mason Jar.  She can use the jar as a drinking glass as well.  Just add a tag that says “Happy Mother’s Day, Just add milk!” and attach a straw!
  • Mod Podgeable Necklace and Matching Ring – Make her a special necklace and matching ring. This project was so fun to make. If you’re a Crafter, you’ll love making these
  • Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap – Make a pretty stenciled vase to put a fresh arrangement of flowers in.
  • Cookie Lollipops – Does your Mom have a sweet tooth? These easy cookie lollipops are a great gift for all of the favorite Moms in your life.
  • DIY Personalized Pens Gift Idea – Add a little personality to a boring pen. You can make a few and package them with stationary or note cards.
  • Repurposed Bank Money Bag – Does your Mom travel a lot like mine does? Stencil a canvas bag to make her very own laundry bag to put in her suitcase while she travels.
  • DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes – These treat boxes filled with Mom’s favorite candies will be a sweet hit on Mother’s Day.
  • Paper Towel Roll Letter Scroll – Upcycle two paper towel rolls to make a scroll and write a special note or poem to Mom inside.
  • Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder – Is your Mom a fellow DIY’er? Give her a gift card but wrap in this clever little toolbox gift card holder.
  • Repurposed Cabinet Door Jewelry Organizer – Make Mom a unique jewelry organizer out of a cabinet door, drawer pulls and knobs.
  • Mason Jar Gift Kits – Lastly, fill a Mason Jar full of Mom’s little favorite things like, makeup, nail polish, candy, gum, movie tickets, and so on!
30th Apr2014

Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts

by Dinah Wulf

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Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts and GIVEAWAY is a part of the “Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious.” campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

Teacher Appreciation week is May 5th-9th and Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6th! Recently, I made a free Teacher Appreciation Printable that you can download to make bookmarks or gift tags. I wanted to use them as both. In a jiffy, I put together these Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts for Mia’s teachers. All they have to do is just add milk!

Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gift

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. This is perfect for the busy parent on the go that still wants to give a semi-homemade gift.

You only need a few things:

  • Mason Jar
  • Free Printable
  • Decorative Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Drinking Straw
  • You favorite Grocer’s Cookies

I bought two different types of yummy cookies, chocolate chip and lemon crisps, and layered them in a Mason jar. I embellished my printable tag with decorative paper and photo corners and added a ribbon at the top so that it doubles as a bookmark. Add a drinking straw and tell your recipient to just add milk when you give it to them!

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This little Cookie Mason Jar is an inexpensive, quick, and unique way to show your appreciation!

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17th Apr2014

Clever Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

Earth Day is next week already! I swear it was just Christmas. Where does the time go? In honor of this important national holiday, I thought I’d put together some fun and clever trash to treasure Earth Day Crafts.  Each craft has a step by step photo tutorial done by yours truly! I hope you try some out!

Recycled Mason Jar Lantern

I still have these macramé lanterns hanging in my back yard. They are great especially this time of year in southern California while entertaining outdoors. I light the tea lights before sunset and they stay lit for several hours.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Can you believe it cost me nothing to make this butterfly wreath? I made it out of branches from my backyard and a wire hanger.  I decorated it with butterflies I cut out of an old book and used beads and twine for the antennas.

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

Does anyone use a phone book anymore? Here’s a fun craft you can do with all those pages.

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

This is another great wreath tutorial. I made this one also out of book pages. For the wreath I used Plumber’s insulation.

Hollow Book Safe How To

This makes a great gift. It’s a clever way of hiding some important things or extra money in an old hardback book.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

I had bought some old coffee bean sacks at a flea market and ended up making some fun outdoor pillows for my back patio.

 

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