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29th Jan2014

Heart Clothespin Valentines

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter and I have been making clothespin crafts lately {airplane clothespins & caterpillar clothespins}. I had some left over and thought it’d be fun to make heart clothespin valentines.  When you turn a heart sideways it looks like lips so I printed little tags that say “Smooch. Muah. Kiss.” Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Clothespins
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Computer and printer

Instructions:

I picked some pretty pink scrapbook paper with a light print, cut them to size with a paper cutter and glued and sealed them with Mod Podge.  This is the bottom of the clothespin. I let them dry completely.

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I printed “Smooch. Muah. Kiss.” on it in different fonts on the same pink paper and I cut them out to fit on the clothespins for the top half.

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I put Mod Podge directly on the clothes pin, the tag I made on top, and then sealed it with another layer of Mod Podge on top of that. Allow it to dry for about fifteen minutes.

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While those were drying I cut out hearts and cut them in half.

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I Mod Podged the heart on the side of the clothespin and sealed it with more Mod Podge on top.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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I also made a collage!

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The possibilities are endless with this little craft. You can make different sayings, similar to conversation hearts or make them more personalized.  I thought these would also be cute with lips instead of a heart.

28th Jan2014

Easy Duck Tape and Washi Tape Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I couldn’t help it. The other day, a few moms at my daughter’s school arranged a big playdate for about a dozen kids at a local park.  I had about 15 minutes before I had to leave my house to meet.  I decided to bring some treats for the kids and in a few minutes I ended up making these easy Duck Tape and Washi tape treat bags.

Being the DIY’er, Crafter, and Party Planner that I am I already had these supplies handy.  I took out a dozen plastic treat bags, some Duck Tape and some Washi tape.

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Since I only had a short time, I decorated the bags by adding the tape and folding over each side.  They weren’t perfect by any means!

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I put pink Washi tape on the bottom, heart patterned Duck Tape that I won at CHA in the middle, and blue Washi tape on the top.

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I filled them with some SweetWorks Valentine’s treats that I had, closed the top with more Washi tape and we were out the door.

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When I arrived at the play date, of course I had to get permission from the other moms to give their kids a bag of candy just a couple hours before dinner. Luckily, these small gifts were well received.  These were SO quick and easy to make, I thought about making them for future parties.  It’d be easy to change up the colors and patterns to fit any party theme or holiday.

 

24th Jan2014

Easy Homemade Valentines for School

by Dinah Wulf

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Are you sick of my Valentine’s Day posts yet? Ha! Anyway, I didn’t want to give out candy with my daughter’s Valentine’s for school this year, so I thought I’d try something different.  Of course buying in bulk is always cheaper, so I found these mini colorful gel pens at Staples for a good price.  They actually write really nicely and come in so many fun colors. I made these easy homemade Valentines for school and they turned out so cute.

Here’s what you need:

  • Mini pens
  • Card Stock or Scrapbook paper
  • White paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tape
  • Paper cutter
  • Computer and Printer

I asked my husband for help when trying to think of what to put on the Valentine card and he was absolutely no help. In my head I was trying to think of things like, “Ho-PEN you have a nice Valentine’s Day.” I know! I know! Cheesy! But I finally decided on, “You’re the WRITE friend for me. Happy Valentine’s Day!” I designed and printed them out. I used a paper cutter to make things easier on me.

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I used double sided tape and right aligned it so that I could put the pen on the left side. When I hooked the pen, I also put a piece of regular tape on the back to secure it because I knew I’d be traveling with a dozen Valentines in one bag.

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That’s it! Here they are. Mia said they were “cute” (I love it when she says things are cute because she’s still so little and it’s funny).

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Hope you like them and try it out!

22nd Jan2014

Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas and Giveaway

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas is sponsored by Rich Products for the Bakery Because. Give the Gift of Deliciousness. campaign.

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As you may or may not know, I am not confident in my cooking or baking skills. Sure, I make dinner for my little family every night, and I’ve even pulled off a few successful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties before. But know you know that this is why I don’t post any of my own recipes!

I do, however love eating and giving baked goods gifts. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the bakery in my local grocery store and all the tasty and tempting cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. There is always a great variety and I’m never disappointed. For this Valentine’s Day, I thought it be fun to buy some sweet treats from my bakery and get creative with the packaging to give away as gifts to my friends, Mia’s teachers, and a couple neighbors. Here is what I came up with.

Oh and don’t forget to stick around for the GIVEAWAY below!

I made this Recycled Juice Carton Treat Box myself.  You can view the full step by step tutorial {HERE}. You can also use a milk carton as well.  I simply cut, measured, and glued on paper party straws to embellish it.  I filled it heart shaped sugar cookies I got from the bakery.

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Washi tape is a simple way to embellish a gift. I used it on my recycled carton treat box as well as added it to heart shaped tin as well.

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If you don’t want to make your own treat box for your bakery goodies, the dollar bins and several retailers have great options.  I bought these two for one dollar each! I am going to add a pretty “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag and ribbon to the handles.

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As you can see there are several fun, inexpensive, creative ways to gift some sweetness on not just Valentine’s Day but any holiday or special occasion! Visit your local grocer’s bakery to find easy and delicious treats that you can personalize and give as gifts on Valentine’s Day and every day. Now for the giveaway…

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{GIVEAWAY}

When: Now until February 4th (My birthday! Woo hoo!)

What: Three winners for $25 Gift Card each for your own baked goodies.

Who: Three winners with the best stories will be chosen to receive a $25 Gift Card. You must live in the US and be over 18 years old to participate.

How: Just simply leave a comment answering: Name a person in your life who makes every day better and WHY.

I will pick the three best stories on my birthday! If you decide to make a gift of your own to give, I encourage you to take pictures and upload photos to Pinterest using the hashtag #BakeryBecause so that we can all see them! Thank you in advance for entering! GOOD LUCK!!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this article and giveaway!

 

21st Jan2014

Easy Valentine Front Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I love sales! I found this hanging grapevine basket at Joann’s on sale for $8.49 from $29.99. Score! I thought I could use it for my front door and easily change it up each holiday.  Today, I am sharing an easy Valentine front door decoration that I made.

Materials:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Wide burlap ribbon
  • Pink ribbon
  • Love sign
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Safety pins

Here is a close up of the basket.  I saw them during Christmas and liked it but I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars on it.  Even with my 40% off coupon, I couldn’t do it. Yes… I’m THAT cheap! But nine dollars… that’s 70% off!

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I bought a roll of wide burlap ribbon and safety pinned it so that I can easily take it off for St. Patrick’s Day when I change it.

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I hot glued a pink ribbon and a “love” sign made of MDF. I originally had the intention of painting it, but once I saw the white, I liked it. Since my front door is black, I thought the white letters would pop better.

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Now, I’m not a HUGE fan of fake flowers and plants (unless their crafted out of paper… or duct tape!) but I couldn’t resist when I saw these. Oh! And I bought them in green too for March (they were on sale too!).

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Pretty right? I put them inside my basket and had a pretty and easy Valentine front door decoration in literally minutes!

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I already can’t wait to change it up for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. 

20th Jan2014

Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box

by Dinah Wulf

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

Materials:

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

Here’s the juice container that taunted me.

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

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

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

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

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

14th Jan2014

Unique Twists on Traditional Valentine Gifts

by Dinah Wulf

Be an Original Valentine: 4 Unique Twists on Traditional Gifts, By Guest Author Deb Russel

When the Huffington Post asked readers to share the worst Valentine’s Day gifts they’d ever received, there was almost no end to the list of atrocities, including a book bearing the title “Love Isn’t Easy” and a garden gnome clutching a soccer ball. Avoid your gift from ending up on a similar list this year by taking special care to come up with a creative twist on the traditional gifts.

It doesn’t have to involve a dance troupe or a fireworks display—although if you have access to either or both, don’t count them out! Simply think of the things that your partner enjoys and use those as inspiration to find the perfect gift to make her feel special.

Exotic Chocolates

Photo by HC’s Foodventure via Flickr

Unless your Valentine has some aversion to the delightful confection that’s known to have aphrodisiac effects, a box of chocolates is a safe bet for a Valentine’s Day gift. Remember, though, that you’re not aiming for safe, you want original and unusual. The great news is that there are more varieties of chocolate to choose from than ever before. Give your Valentine hand-dipped chocolate-covered potato chips, caramelized cocoa hazelnuts, Himalayan sea salt truffles or a chocolate-dipped persimmon. When you go the extra mile to find a special version of the mouth-watering traditional holiday treat, your effort will be appreciated.

Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunt

Photo by the_exploratorium via Flickr

Tap into your creativity by using an activity to stretch out the anticipation for Valentine’s Day this year. Choose a Valentine’s Day gift from FTD and have it delivered to her office, containing the first hint to your treasure hunt. From there, leave additional hints in places that are special to your relationship, such as the place where you had your first date, your favorite restaurant, or in your very own home. Each hint should be a tip to lead her to the next hint, so spend time coming up with creative riddles to really get her thinking. At restaurants or small stores, you might even be able to enlist an employee to assist in your exciting activity.

Take Your Sentiments to the Social Networks

Photo by mkhmarketing via Flickr

You might not be one for store-bought gifts, and that’s perfectly fine. But even though you compose clever, even poetic romantic prose for the object of your affection each year, take special care with your presentation this year. Take your poetry and heartfelt sentiments to the social scene to let everyone know how much you care. And if you haven’t made it Facebook-official yet, now’s the perfect time! Make a statement by letting your Facebook friends know that you are officially in a relationship. It’s a bold move, and one that will send the message that you are committed to someone special.

About Deb Russel

Deb has a culinary degree and loves to host gourmet dinners for her closest friends.

13th Jan2014

15 Minute Craft: Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

by Dinah Wulf

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

Materials:

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

Instructions:

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

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

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

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Fold it over and secure it with tape or glue.

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Repeat on the other side.

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

Daddy,

On this special Valentine’s Day,

There are a few things I want to say.

Even though I’m only three years old,

I know you love me more than gold.

And when push comes to shove,

You’ll always be my first love.

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

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

Will you be my Valentine, Daddy?

Love, Mia

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You can roll it right up with the message inside…

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…and the patterned part on the outside.

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Lastly, add a pretty bow!

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

09th Jan2014

Easy Homemade Love You Valentine

by Dinah Wulf

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I love making my own cards. It only takes a few minutes and is such a great personalized touch…oh yeah, and it’s cheaper than buying one! I made this easy homemade Love You Valentine in a few easy steps. I love that you can pull the little felt flower out as an added bonus! Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Cardstock (I used a pretty lavender color)
  • Paper cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Straight Edge
  • Felt
  • Toothpick
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Circle punch

I started off by cutting my card. If you have envelopes handy use those dimensions. For some reason I always have extra envelopes lying around. How does that happen???

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I used a cutting mat and craft knife to cut slits in the front of the card for my heart toothpick to go through. This slit was approximately one inch from the bottom of the card.

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Next, I cut out a heart out of some scrap pink felt I had left over…

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…and glued it to a toothpick. Hot glue works best because it’s quick and easy and you don’t have to wait for it to dry especially if you are making several of these cards at once.

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I also used a craft punch to cut out a circle and drew a “u” in the center of it.

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Finally I glued the circle to the front of my card.

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That’s it! A sweet, simple, and thoughtful “love you” card with a bonus gift! I thought this would be cute for Mia to send to her grandparents, cousins, and uncles and aunts.

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27th Dec2013

Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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

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

Materials:

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

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

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

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

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

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Check out more of my Mason Jar Crafts!

 

25th Dec2013

Merry Christmas 2013 from DIY Inspired

by Dinah Wulf

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23rd Dec2013

DIY Style: Decking Your Halls for the Holidays

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Style: Decking Your Halls for the Holidays, Written by Rebekah Saner

There’s no need to worry about guests saying your home has a bah-humbug attitude when you can easily dazzle it up with a dash of do-it-yourself holiday inspiration. Remember that decorating during the holidays includes the entire room, even the windows. With a touch of DIY creativity, you can transform your windows into joyful holiday centerpiece. Start first by creating a backdrop for that wintry whimsical scene with window treatment ideas that serve as a focal point in any room. Whether you choose wooden or pleated shades, Roman, roller or solar shades, vertical blinds or drapery, a striking window display can make a lasting seasonal statement. Next, you’re ready to spruce up your windows with these festive and easy DIY creations.

Decorative Window Swag

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Frame windows with festive garlands that highlight the beautiful colors and shimmers of the season that highlight the spirit beautiful colors and shimmers of the holiday into your home.

Supplies:

  • Two 9-foot artificial pine garlands (longer pieces, if necessary)
  • Sparkling miniature lights Additional stems of artificial greenery
  • Pine cones
  • Ribbon 3-inches wide
  • Artificial red, gold or white poinsettias with glitter
  • Colorful ornaments
  • Gold or silver metal tinsel
  • Hot glue pot
  • Craft scissors
  • Thin craft wire
  • Adhesive hooks

To Construct: Attach an adhesive hook at each corner of the window approximately 2 to 3 inches from the window rim. Hooks can also be placed along the side of the windows to help secure the garland. You’ll need a large table or countertop to decorate the garland. Place a sheet over the surface to prevent scratches from the craft wire. Overlap the ends of the two pieces of garland and secure with wire. Test that the lights are working. Intertwine the lights from one end of the garland to the other securing with wire. Cut a piece of ribbon a little longer than the length of the garland. At intervals, squeeze the ribbon together creating folds. Wrap a piece of wire tightly around the fold, twist to secure, then attach the ribbon to the base from end to end.

Before proceeding, fluff up the pine needles so the garland has a full look. Use hot glue to attach additional greenery, pinecones and poinsettias. Use either wire or hot glue to attach the ornaments. Wire tinsel to the garland. Optional: hang miniature candy canes or attach miniature ornaments to the garland.

Once the garland is decorated, fit it into the hooks. Place the garland so the length is even on each side of the window then pull the center portion down to create a draped look. Check out Martha Steward for more decorative garland ideas.

Festive Centerpiece

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To draw attention to the decorated window, place a colorful centerpiece in front of the window.

Supplies:

  • One red or gold basket
  • Red, white and green tissue paper
  • 1 to 2 blocks of craft foam
  • Silk red and white poinsettias, assorted seasonal floral picks, holly, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and stems of greenery
  • Bag of green craft moss
  • Red or gold ribbon with glitter
  • Miniature ornaments
  • Hot glue

To Construct: Line the basket with tissue paper. Fan the paper so each color is visible. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the basket handle, if applicable, and secure with hot glue. Cut and place the foam on top of the tissue paper so it fits snugly inside the container. Insert and arrange the greenery creating a backdrop, followed by poinsettias and assorted picks. Cover the foam with green moss working it in-between the stems. Glue pine cones, ornaments and cinnamon sticks to moss.

About Rebekah Saner

Rebekah is an aspiring interior designer who enjoys furnishing her rental properties with mid-century modern furniture.

20th Dec2013

Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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

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

Materials:

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

Instructions:           

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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19th Dec2013

Three Holiday Party Tips with The Bouqs

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to The Bouqs for sponsoring this holiday party tips post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When hosting a dinner party, there are several tips that I personally like to keep in mind.  Today, I wanted to share some Holiday Party Tips with Bouqs. Why Bouqs? Here are three reasons:

  1. The Bouqs cut only what they sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. They cut only when you order and avoid the waste.
  2. The Bouqs also save energy through their direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. They use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and not at all from California, resulting in a lot of energy savings.
  3. Finally, The Bouqs farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And their growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company’s flowers.

Not only does Bouqs source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect the environment and their workers, the process of ordering and delivery experiences are great too.  I have never received flower delivery quite like this.  The flowers were packed in a way that they cannot get damaged.   

Holiday Party Tip #1

Make serving convenient.  I created a mini self-serve salad bar as the first course.  Not everyone likes all the toppings, dressings, and vegetables you like. Let your guest make their own combinations. You can also do this with dessert bars as well. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. I just used a small long and narrow tray.

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Holiday Party Tip #2

Fresh flowers are THE BEST centerpiece, in my opinion when you host parties. I have had two parties so far and my bouquet is still lasting and pretty! You can use them not only on the dinner table, but everywhere in your home. I chose the yellow-green, Hydrangea Antique with Green Solidago for my centerpiece.

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Holiday Party Tip #3

Think simple when it comes to small details to make your party stand out, intimate, yet won’t kill you! I simply placed colorful festive scrapbook paper under the plates as a charger.

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I also used small photo frames as name cards.  Just print the name on your computer and add a glittery backing.

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Love what you see about The Bouqs and want to brighten your or a loved ones holiday table? Create an account to receive a 20% off promo code, then order your favorite Bouq for your holiday table or to give to a loved one. Also, The Bouqs wants you to spread the love! Refer friends to Bouqs and they get $10 off their order and you receive a free Bouqs for every two friends that make a purchase.

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Register to The Bouqs to receive their 20% off discount code and browse the site to see all of the great Bouqs you can give as a gift to a gracious host or to use to decorate their table for a party.

To Enter:

Answer below in the comments: WHO would you gift a Bouqs to, WHY, AND which Bouqs would you choose? Leave a link or the name of the Bouq. Make it a great comment because that’s how the winner is chosen!

The contest ends on Monday, December 23rd at 10am PST. The winner will be announce the winner at 3pm PST Monday, December 23rd.

Good Luck!!

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