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03rd Apr2014

No Sew Easter Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I have become obsessed with making festive holiday themed kitchen towels! Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel and a St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towel, so I thought I’d keep it up and make a No Sew Easter 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 a few changes since the last time. 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 pastel patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together for Easter and Spring time. 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.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own! I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used 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!  

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This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

 

26th Mar2014

Spray Painted Birdcage

by Dinah Wulf

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I bought this birdcage on sale around Halloween time at Michael’s.  I used it once during Halloween for a spooky skull display. It’s been sitting at the bottom of my craft closet ever since then collecting dust. I like it but the color was to dark and dreary so I decided to paint it a more vibrant color for spring time and use it for my Easter decorations. Here is my Spray Painted Birdcage.

Materials:

  • Birdcage
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint in color of choice

Here is the birdcage BEFORE. Pretty, but drab.

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Since it was so dark I used one coat of spray primer. A good tip is to use primer anytime you are going dark to light. When spray painting, make sure you do it in a well-ventilated area and protect all the surfaces around it.

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I chose a pretty bright green color. I used two coats. Much better!!!

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I used it on my mantel with some fake blue paper grass and some colorful Easter eggs. It adds the perfect amount of color!

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The great thing about it is that if I get tired of the green, I can always change it! With a little spray paint, you can transform almost anything!

Here are a few more of my favorite spray painted projects in case you missed them:

25th Mar2014

Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so I know I’ve made these before! Recently I made a burlap St. Patrick’s Day bunting and I also made a Vintage Baby shower bunting. I had some left over fabric from this no sew kitchen towel and this no sew kitchen towel and I couldn’t resist. This time I made this Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting for my friend’s office makeover I was helping her with.

I also made her…

You only need a few things:

  • Rope
  • Fabric scraps
  • Lace ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter

Here is the left over fabric I had. I intended on using the burlap too, but as I was making it, I decided it didn’t need it.

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I used my rotary cutter and ruler which made this process so easy! The strips don’t have to be perfect.

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My daughter helped sort them (kinda sorta)… or maybe messed them up. That’s what you do when your three!

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I knotted them to some rope in a pattern.

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I loved the way it turned out. I think it’ll go great with the other things I made for my friends office.  She wanted it colorful, shabby chic, and Anthropologie-esque. I thought this would be a perfect touch. You can make these to fit almost any theme (as you can see I did!). They are great for parties or even as decoration in a nursery or kid’s room.

Be sure to check out the other things because they are soooo cute!!

07th Mar2014

A Dozen St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

St. Patrick's Day Ideas

Last year, I didn’t do many St. Patrick’s Day crafts, but I definitely made up for it this year! Most of these are new, but I threw in a few old ones from last year, including some fun and tasty Irish cocktail recipes created by my friend and Contributor, David Edessa. Enjoy a Dozen St. Patrick’s Day Ideas!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Kids Crafts and Activities

These are a few new posts this year from my new-she blog, Inheriting Our Planet.  My absolute favorite was the Leprechaun trap because it’s the first year my daughter and I did it together and it was a blast.

Leprechaun Trap

Toilet Paper Roll Four Leaf Clover

Saint Patrick’s Day Rainbow Count Down Activity

 

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Decorations

Although my decorations were sparse this year, I loved making all three of these projects.

Saint Patrick’s Day Front Door Decoration

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel

 

St. Patrick’s Day Treats and Favors

You know I love giving away treats and having parties! These are three ideas you can use for teacher gifts, hostess gifts, or party favors.

Leprechaun Hat Candy Gifts

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Pot of Gold

 

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes

Fun and festive original cocktail recipes by David Edessa including the traditional Irish Car Bomb and a Maple Nut Coffee recipe.

March Madness Cocktail Recipes

Shamrock Milk Shake Cocktail Recipe

Pistachio Infused Whiskey Cocktails

06th Mar2014

DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set

by Dinah Wulf

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A couple months ago I had the honor of attending an exclusive FaveCrafts Networking event party at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Mega Show . One of the brands I got to meet was Krylon. At the event, we were given a Krylon Mystery Box Challenge for CHA Spring Fling. Inside the Mystery Box were six craft items. The items were: 1) a DIY bird house, 2) a small grapevine wreath, 3) a small circular box, 4) 6 canvas pennants, 5) 6 small clothespins, and 6) 3 small corks. Our challenge was to use a minimum of four of the six elements and create a unique craft project. I decided to make a DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set using the wreath, box, pennants, and clothespins.

Here are the contents of the Mystery Box.

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Another part of the challenge was that we got to pick between two color pallets of Krylon spray paint to use with our project. I chose Pallet #1 which was 1) Color Master Mambo Pink, 2) Color Master Citrus Green, 3) Green Shimmer Metallic, and 4) Natural Stone in Limestone.

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I decided to spray paint the inside of the box Citrus Green and the outside Natural Stone and I also spray painted the canvas pennants Mambo Pink.  They turned out great! I then stenciled “spring” onto the pennants to make a spring bunting.

Once my spring bunting was dry, I used ribbon to tie them together.

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Here is the AFTER of the bunting.

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For the box, I hot glued the grapevine wreath onto the top of the lid to look like a nest and then glued Styrofoam eggs inside as well.

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For the fourth element, I glued a clothespin on top to hold a little gift tag.

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Here is the AFTER of the gift box.

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OK, One more BEFORE and AFTER :)

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The banner fit nicely inside…OK so I stood it up for the picture, but it fit perfectly!

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER of the final project!

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I hope you enjoyed my DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set! I had SO much fun doing this! Who wants to send me another Mystery Box???!!! Thank you to Krylon for sponsoring this challenge!

05th Mar2014

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

I had some left over fabric from some St. Patrick’s Day no sew hand towels I made. I am lacking in my decorations this year so I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting. My leftovers were the perfect amount.

I had made a banner similar to this one for a Vintage Themed Baby Shower I did. You can see the full tutorial for it there. These two fabric quarters were perfect for making a hand towel and this bunting. Score! So cheap (less than $5 for both)!

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Anyway, the difference between this bunting and the scrap fabric bunting I made for the baby shower was this…

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I used this awesome Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler that pretty much cut my time in half when making this!  It was so ah-mazing and cut the lines perfectly clean. All you need is the cutter and a cutting mat and with one swipe you have a perfectly straight line.  No need for scissors! Oh… and so much easier to use this when cutting the burlap as well. I highly recommend it if you couldn’t tell.

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I cut my strips of fabric and burlap and then knotted them to some rope I had left over as well from these nautical inspired thrift store rope vases I made. I altered the two patterns and a burlap strip.

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I love the mix of fabric and burlap. As you may or may not know, crafting with burlap is messy! Make sure you have your garbage can handy!

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03rd Mar2014

No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I really like festive holiday themed kitchen towels, but I can never find ones that I actually like.  Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel so I thought I’d make a No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Fusible web
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

After looking around for what seemed like forever, I finally found two green patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together. The fabric quarters were great for this project.

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I also bought these four kitchen towels for four dollars at Target. Only a dollar each! I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own!I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the fusible web and ironed it on.  The package said to heat it foe 3 seconds, but it took a little longer for me. Here’s the AFTER! Fun, right? This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

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25th Feb2014

Saint Patrick’s Day Front Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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By the time Valentine’s Day arrived, I was already ready to decorate for Saint Patrick’s Day since I create new things so far in advance! I had posted my super easy Valentine’s Day Door Decoration in January and I fell in L-O-V-E with it, but I did make it easy to change out because I wanted to reuse the basket for my Saint Patrick’s Day Front Door Decoration.

In case you missed it, here is the Valentine’s Day one I made.

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Isn’t it cute? I used safety pins instead of glue to attach the burlap so that the basket could be easily changed for all holidays, seasons, and special occasions.  The basket is great too because it is so versatile and can be used for any holiday, season, or event.

For this door decoration, I am using the same types of floral arrangement but in green for Saint Patrick’s Day. I love hydrangeas because the fake ones look pretty good! Here is what I bought.

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Hint: If I fall in love with something (and it’s on sale) I ALWAYS buy it in other colors.

I also found this cute and sparkly green clover welcome sign at Jo-Ann’s.  It’s nice and light and made out of foam so it was perfect for this basket. Oh! And OF COURSE it too was on sale!

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I put it all together in minutes, again using safety pins instead of glue so that I can change it for spring and Easter!

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I hope you enjoy it! I’m already looking forward to the Easter version! Ha!

24th Feb2014

Pretty in Pink Playdate

by Dinah Wulf

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Two of my best friends and I all had little girls 30 days apart from each other. Needless to say, the three of them are now best friends just like their mommies. Two weeks ago, they started dance classes together. After dance class, all of us get together for a playdate. I just couldn’t help myself the night before our last one and made a special Pretty in Pink table setting for their lunch.

I had some left over plastic sparkling cider glasses from New Year’s and dressed them up with a little lace at the bottom.

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I couldn’t resist and added little name tags as well.

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I also printed their names and framed them in little frames from the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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For the centerpiece I simply chose a fun patterned scrapbook paper with a pink try, mercury glass vase, and burlap hydrangeas. I also added a little pink craft butterfly on top.

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I found some mini cupcakes from the grocery store and put little white pompoms on top.  I used a pedestal tray I made out of a glass candlestick and porcelain tray I found at Goodwill.

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I put some lace on little wooden baskets to match the glasses and put pink Sixlets candies inside.

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Here are a few more pictures.

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It only took a few minutes to do this out of items I already had in my craft room.  The girls were so excited when they saw it and it added a little special touch to their playdate. This would be cute for Mother’s day, a birthday party or Valentine’s Day as well.

20th Feb2014

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I am on a treat box roll! I know I just posted how to make Candy Box Treat Boxes the other day, but I couldn’t help myself and just HAD to make some St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes since Valentine’s Day is officially over. I made these with my Fuse Creativity System from Fiskars. Here’s how I made them.

Materials:

Instructions:

Place your treat box design set on the machine. I put the plates on top so that the design on the box would be plain.

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Place your desired 12X12 scrapbook paper on top of the design set.

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Note: I used regular scrapbook paper which worked nicely; however card stock scrapbook paper is a little sturdier. It depends on what you are putting inside. For example, temporary tattoos, stickers, plastic toys, some candy will work great in these.

Place your cutting plate on top of the scrapbook paper. You are basically creating a craft sandwich. Next, push the plate through the machine while cranking the handle.

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The box cut out will look like this.

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Fold the paper in the indicated areas.

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Tape or glue your treat box together.

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I embellished these boxes with shamrock stickers and I made a leprechaun buckle out of paper scraps for one of them. You can fill them with whatever your heart desires, like chocolate coins, play gold coins, small toys, or candy.

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These treat boxes are addicting to make! I want to make them for every party and holiday. I will more then likely make an Easter themed treat box soon!

If  this post is your style, you may also like my post on Boarder Punch Gift Wrapping!

14th Feb2014

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

05th Feb2014

No Sew Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve always wanted holiday themed kitchen towels, but I can never find ones that I actually like.  I decided to look around at Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  Of course, I can’t sew, so I figured I’d try to make them by using fusible web I also bought permanent fabric tape as well just in case. Here is how I made my No Sew Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towel.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Fusible web
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

After looking around for what seemed like forever, I finally found two patterns that I really liked. The fabric quarters were perfect for this project.

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I also found these four kitchen towels for four dollars at Target. What a deal! Only a dollar each! I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own!

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I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the fusible web and ironed it on.  The package said to heat it foe 3 seconds, but it took a little longer for me. Here’s how it turned out! I love it! This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

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In case you missed it, here are some other fun Valentine’s Day crafts and decorations I did.

31st Jan2014

16 Valentines, Gifts, & Decorations for Valentine’s Day

by Dinah Wulf

I noticed that I have done a lot of Valentine’s Day crafts this year compared to last year.  I must love my husband more this year… JUST KIDDING! After perusing through all of them, I thought I’d create a list of this years and years past. I came up with 16 Valentines, Gift Ideas, and Decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Round-Up

Let’s start with the new projects I did for this year. Holy smokes there’s a lot!

Heart Clothespin Valentines

Duck Tape and Washi Tape Valentine Treat Bags

Non-Candy Valentine for School

Valentine Front Door Decoration

Recycle Juice Carton Valentine Treat Box

Decorating for Valentines with Paper Feathers

Recycled Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

Easy Homemade “Love You” Valentine

Pretty Lace Valentine’s Gift Wrapping

The next few are some ideas I had from last year, 2013.

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

Valentine’s Day Craft Garland

DIY Candy Valentines with Free Printables

This post was from when I first started blogging in 2011and gets shared around this time of year each year. I did this for my husband when he hurt his foot and was out of commission for a while.

Sweet Gift Idea, A List of Clever Candy Sayings

Here are some fun ideas you can do with the kids on my new(ish) site, InheritingOurPlanet.com! These are crafts that my daughter and I did together.

Recycled Candy Jar Bowls

Handmade Owl Valentine Card

Recycled Toilet Paper Roll Valentine Card Kids Craft

Phew! I think that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my round up of 16 Valentines, Gift Ideas, and Decorations for Valentine’s Day! Until next year (because I’m already onto St. Patty’s Day… hee hee)!

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.

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