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24th Oct2012

Yes To Fruits and Veggies

by Dinah Wulf

Yes To Fruits and Veggies

I am guilty.  That’s right.  Guilty.  I am guilty of completely being gluttonous and indulgent in those tempting and beautifully decorated displays of sweets that seem to be the center of every shower, special event, or gathering.  Each one, found on every blog (even this one), is usually a magnificent color scheme to fit a specific well-thought out party theme.  There are beautifully designed signs and labels and banners, a variety of apothecary jars filled with candy, and matching platters with cookies and cakes… SO GOOD (and pretty too)!

Now that I am a parent, I have to make smart choices not only for myself but for my child.  Don’t get me wrong, I will STILL have my sweets table at my parties but it just may be a small one.  I decided to put a post together showing ways to display healthy fruits and veggie crudité for your next party as an alternative to the sweets table (or at least an addition) to help live a greener and healthier life. Here goes…

We all do it…use recyclable bags, wear Tom’s, try to take quick showers…basically taking small steps to live a greener life. Well, here are three more tips for you (and your family) to try!

1) Use water and vinegar to clean your windows (instead of Windex)

2) Bring a coffee cup on your next run

3) Start using natural skin and hair care products (try Yes To, a line full of natural treats – like fruits and veggies)!

A GIANT thank you to Yes To for sponsoring today’s post!

 

09th Oct2012

Hello Kitty Pumpkin

by Dinah Wulf

I got DIY Inspired from this Hello Kitty pumpkin I saw on Pinterest.  My daughter LOVES Hello Kitty and so do I! I remember collecting Hello Kitty “stuff” when I was little circa early 80’s.  When I saw this pumpkin I HAD to make it for myself…I mean my daughter… This would be perfect for a Halloween party for your little ones.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Construction paper (white, black, yellow, and orange)
  • Double sided tape
  • Black felt
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Circle punch (optional)

We went to a local pumpkin patch and picked up a white pumpkin, I found the perfect shape for her head.  If you can’t find a white pumpkin, you can spray paint or paint a pumpkin white.

I used my daughter’s Hello Kitty doll as a guide.  She has several different sizes, so I found one that was closest to the pumpkin size.  The most important part of this craft is getting the shapes and proportions correct.  First I cut out all the shapes for the face, a yellow nose, two black eyes, and six black whiskers.  Using double sided tape, I glued each piece following my doll guide.

Next I cut out the ears.  Initially I cut two because I wasn’t sure if the hat would cover the right ear.  I used the pumpkin as a guide for the base of the ear. I used hot glue to attach the left ear.

Next I cut a circle out of black felt for the rim of the hat. I used felt because I like the floppy look.  I hot glued it to the top.

I made a cone shape out of black construction paper and hot glued it to the top of the hat as well.

Next, I cut out the iconic Hello Kitty bow using orange paper, scissors, and a circle punch for the center.  I used double sided tape to attach it.

There you have it! A super simple and fun Hello Kitty Pumpkin the perfect Halloween craft!

If you LOVE Hello Kitty like I do, check out this Hello Kitty themed birthday party my friend Maily put together!

Update! Here’s the evolution of this pumpkin over the holidays!

Hello Kitty Holidays
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25th Sep2012

Diaper Cake and Diaper Cupcakes

by Dinah Wulf

I am helping host a golf themed co-ed baby shower for one of my best friends.  Check out the sneak peek I did.  I can’t wait to show you the rest soon.  Anyway, I have always wanted to make a diaper cake and thought that this would be the perfect time to try it; so here is my quick and easy tutorial.  I had extra diaper so I ended up making a diaper cake and diaper cupcakes as well.

For most tutorials, they tell you to roll each diaper and secure it with a rubber band.  I have actually received a diaper cake before and it’s kind of a pain to take off all the rubber bands.  So, I decided to use tape.  The tape isn’t as secure, however it is MUCH faster and easier to use.  The trick is to make about three rolls and then wrap your rubber band for the entire layer around the rolls and add as you make them.

I made three layers as shown.  My top layer had seven diapers, my middle layer had eighteen diapers, and my bottom layer had twenty-eight diapers.  Layer your “cake” and insert two BBQ Skewers to secure it as shown.  Add ribbon or cardstock as desired.  I found a plastic golf game at the 99 cent store and used the clubs for the topper.  The cupcakes were left over diapers.  I simply made a top layer with seven diapers and added a thick piece of scrapbook paper to represent a cupcake wrapper, I used the plastic golf balls from the golf game from the 99 cent store as “cherries”.

Here are some after photos.

I hope you try it!

Update! Here is the Golf party!

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11th Sep2012

DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light

by Dinah Wulf

I’m pretty sure I save every single jar after it’s empty.  Pickle, spaghetti sauce, salsa… I don’t discriminate.  The Mason jar is beautiful but I think it gets too much credit (don’t get me wrong, I’ve done several Mason jar crafts in the past and I still LOVE them).  For this DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light, I decided to use a pickled beet jar.  Yes, I eat pickled beets…yum!!!

Materials:

  • Jar
  • Burlap scraps
  • Scissors
  • Wire or a wire coat hanger (I used 20 gauge because it’s easy to work with)
  • Spouncer
  • Craft paint in the color of your choice
  • Stencil of your choice
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers
  • Hot glue
  • Tea Light

First, cut your burlap so that it fits nicely around your jar.  Next, stencil your burlap and set aside.  Wrap your wire around the mouth of the jar several (4-5) times depending on the desired thickness.  Cut another piece of wire for the handle wrapping each end securely around your wire circle as shown.  Place the wire circle with handle around the mouth of the jar.  Locate the ends of the wire circle and pull taught.  Pliers may help.  You may have to massage the circle accordingly.  Tuck in the ends of the wire.  Finally, hot glue the burlap around your jar and insert and light your tea light.

I thought six of these spelling out “boo” and “eek” would be really cute on the mantel for Halloween.  Hope you try it out!

 

25th Jul2012

DIY Birthday Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

One thing I never buy anymore is invitations.  This is for two reasons: 1) I feel like I have an endless supply of scrapbook paper in my craft closet, and 2) I’m cheap.  I’ve made several invites before with spending little to no money including.  Some of them include, Bachelorette Party Boarding Pass Invites, Rocker Themed VIP Invites, and Cherry themed Invites.  This time, I made girlie invites for my daughter’s second birthday party.  I personalized them with a recent photo of her.  The only money I spent was for the envelopes.  These DIY Birthday Invitations work great for any type of party or event and are very easy to make.

Here is what you need to make DIY Birthday Invitations:

  • Decorative or scrapbook paper
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double sided tape or glue
  • One inch craft punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Brads
  • Photo Paper
  • Computer

First, I gathered several pieces of scrapbook paper that (kinda sorta) matched. And cut them in the desired size for each invite.

Budget Saving Tip: I find it most cost efficient to make six 4X6 invites out of one piece of scrapbook paper.

I printed my daughter’s picture on photo paper and cut them into 1.5 inch squares.  I used a one inch circular craft punch to cut out each circle for the front of the invitation to insert the photo. I printed the information for the party on regular paper, cut them out with a paper cutter and attached it to the inside of the invitation.  I attached the two sides of the invitation by using a hole punch and flower shaped brad.

That’s it! Super easy and cost effective :)

 

24th Jul2012

DIY Floral Arrangement

by Dinah Wulf

My friend Maily is the ULTIMATE (non-professional) floral arranger.   I got a phone call from her a few weeks ago and we quickly got together to collaborate for the flowers for my daughter’s birthday party.  She has such an amazing eye, and I wanted to share some tips if one day you consider taking on DIY Floral Arrangement for your next bridal shower , baby shower, or and special event.  You can save so much money by taking this on yourself.  By the way, all the flowers shown in this post were done by Maily (I told you she was fabulous!).

Tip #1: Shop Wholesale

Lucky for us we live nearby the Los Angeles floral district.  There you will find fresh cut wholesale flowers and greenery.  If you don’t live near something like this, check discount super stores like Sam’s Club or Costco for inexpensive flowers.

Tip #2:  Use Coupons

When purchasing your floral supplies, always check your weekly ads for craft supply stores such as Michael’s.  Nine out of ten times you will find a 40% (sometimes 50%) off coupon.  If you are shopping online, don’t forget to search for coupon codes.

Tip #3: Don’t forget about embellishments

When arranging your flowers, you can easily implement beads, feathers, beautifully crafted butterflies, and even lighting.

Tip #4: Think vertically and horizontally

Depending on where you are placing your flowers, keep in mind whether you need to build your bouquet vertically or horizontally.  For horizontal arrangements use a shallow vase or container. Also think about the shape of your arrangement (oval, triangle, etc.).

Tip #5: Use creative recycled containers

A floral arrangement doesn’t always have to go in a glass vase or a pot. Consider using, a small vintage suitcase, a hollowed out book, a vintage tin, mason jars, you get the picture!

Of course, if taking on your own floral arrangement is too much, there are great sites like PickupFlowers to help.  Don’t forget to use your PickupFlowers Coupons upon your visit with them!

 

A special thank you goes out to CouponSnapshot.com for sponsoring this post.

Photo Source: BrendanCaoPhotography.com

 

 

 

23rd Jul2012

Glamping

by Dinah Wulf

That’s right… “glamping”… glamorous camping.  It’s when we get inspired by the great outdoors, and make it more convenient, less icky, and pretty.   I think I may have first heard on an episode of Real Housewives of Orange County (don’t make fun of me).   I also like to call it, “Woodland Chic”.  When I initially think woodland feel in a home, I think of screened windows, wood paneling, and hardwood or premium laminate flooring, neutral walls and rich accents.  Oh glamping is much more than that!  You can choose to bring the outdoors in or the indoors out!

Ever since we moved into our home now, I always thought it’d be great to throw a camping themed party since we have a decent sized back yard (for Southern California anyway).  Have all the families, kids and all, bring their tents and stay as long as the kids would allow… All night if possible! We could set up an outdoor screen and project a great movie and eat popcorn and A LOT of candy.  The beauty of glamping is that I could also run inside and serve ice cream with all the toppings on a hot summer night.  Then, I can run back in and throw everything in the dishwasher!

This is one of my most favorite examples of glamping.  It was designed by Kelly Moore.

Apartment Therapy, one of my favorite sites featured tent bedrooms.  This particular bedroom is my favorite.  This is what I would picture if I was throwing a glamping party inside the house.

Don’t have a fireplace?  I’d serve indoor smores.   I’d also make sure it was casual and cozy with plenty of seating (both on and off the floor).  I’d create a place to gather and relax centered around a hearth or fireplace.  I’d look for rustic salvaged materials and scatter flea market finds to help create an ambiance.

Are you a glamper or a camper?

A special thank you goes out to Bestlaminate.net for sponsoring this post!

 

14th Jun2012

Father’s Day Bouquet

by Dinah Wulf

Here is something you can do last minute for Father’s Day.  I hope I’m not posting it too late, but I’m taking the chance that my husband won’t look at my website until Monday!  It’s very easy and inexpensive.

I think many of us enjoy receiving bouquets of flowers, however for many men in our life, I think they’d rather enjoy this Father’s Day Bouquet.  Here are the main materials needed:

  • Gifts for your recipient (see below)
  • Container (preferably recycled!)
  • Foam or floral foam that will fit inside the container
  • BBQ Skewers
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Card stock
  • Computer (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Stuffing (preferably recycled!)

Gift ideas for your bouquet:

  • Candy bars
  • Wrapped cookies
  • Cigars
  • Matchbook or lighter
  • Gum
  • Mini liquor bottles
  • Beef sticks
  • Small packages of cookies, crackers, pretzels, etc.
  • Travel sized items (deodorant, shave gel, razors)
  • Concert, movie, or game tickets
  • Gift cards

 

First, insert the foam into your container.

Next, using your glue gun, attach each gift item to a BBQ skewer.  I used a small piece of card stock to make it more secure and aesthetically pleasing from the back.  The best part of this project is that you can change the size of your skewer accordingly by breaking it.  Start long, and break it as needed.  I glued the entire skewer and broke each one as I made the arrangement.  Another great thing about this project is that you can take out and insert each skewer anytime to create the desired arrangement.

Lastly, I used made a small sign on my computer, framed it with decorative scrapbook paper, and glued it to the skewer as part of the bouquet.  I embellished it with ribbon and stuffed the inside with recycled phone book paper (who uses the phone book anyway???).

There you have it! A manly Father’s Day Bouquet! Here’s another photo :)

 

07th May2012

Embossed Cherry Thank You Cards

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: Jennifer Hostetler

As a mom of two already you don’t expect anyone to want to throw you a baby shower, but when I found out I was having twins my girlfriends stepped up and threw one of the best baby shower ever. The baby shower was Cherry themed and they left no details to spare.

I decided that with all the work they put into the shower that I needed to hand make thank you cards to them and the guest. I had never embossed cards before but I thought this would be the perfect time to try and I found that it was very easy and a lot of fun!

Here is how I made Embossed Cherry Thank You Cards.

Materials:

-Embosser (Martha Stewart Crafts Embossing Starter Kit)
-Embossing Powder
-Clear embossing ink
-Red stamp pad
-Thank you stamp
-E6000 Multi-Purpose Adhesive-3.7 Ounce  (one of my favorites)
-Brown String
-Scissors
-Foam Brush
-Toothpicks
-Card Stock
-Envelopes
-Paper Plate

1st I used a red stamp pad and thank you stamp and placed it on the card stock. I positioned the stamp in three different locations; the bottom left, bottom right and middle.

2nd I used the clear embossing ink to make two circles next to each other on the card stock. (I was lucky that the top of the embossing ink was the perfect size circle I needed. Otherwise, you can use a 1” circle stamp.) Then, I sprinkled the embossing powder over the circles. I found that if you use a paper plate you could put the embossing powder that doesn’t stick back in the container. Tip: If you flip the paper over and flick the back of the paper the loose powder will fall off. If any remained on the paper I used the foam brush to remove it.

3rd Now is the fun part. You use the embossing tool to heat up the embossing powder. It only takes a few seconds; once you see it begin to bubble you are done. If you hold it to long you will notice the embossing powder start to move.

4th Cut the brown string to about 5”. Then I folded the string in half and tied a knot about ¼” from top of the string. Then I cut the loop that was created by tying the knot. The string now should look like two cherry stems. Then glue the stems to the card stock so they are just touching the red dots embossed previously.

This completes the card! Here are a few examples of the finished product!

I cannot thank my girlfriends enough for showering the twins with the most beautiful thoughtful Baby Shower ever! I truly appreciate you and your friendship!

 

23rd Apr2012

One Year Blogaversary

by Dinah Wulf

Hope everyone had a great Earth Day yesterday!  Today is my one year Blogaversary! I cannot believe one blogging year has passed me by already.  It went so fast.  I knew I would stick to it (as I have seen several come and go in such a short time), but I honestly did not foresee that DIY Inspired would succeed so quickly. I guess that would be “success” in my own terms.

Today, one year after my first published post, I have experience with multiple guest authors, sponsors, good and bad product reviews, over 2000 reader emails and comments, 266 published posts, 2 awards, 3 nominations, and most importantly thousands of loyal followers.

I thought I’d celebrate it by recapping my most popular blog posts of the year… kind of like my very own DIY Inspired awards and honorable mentions.

The winners of each category were chosen based on a combination of Facebook and Pintrest Social Media shares, website analytics, and email inquiries.

Most Popular Tutorial: DIY Canvas Headboard

Most Popular Trash-To-Treasure Post: Simple Ways to Reuse and Repurpose

 

Most Popular Theme Party Blog Post: Wine Tasting Bridal Shower

Most Popular Repurposing Post: Repurposed Pallets

 

Most Popular Guest Author Post: DIY Reupholstered Chair, By Loren Crane

 

Honorable Mention Guest Author Post: Easter Themed Cocktails, By David Edessa

 

Honorable Mention Guest Author Craft Post: Kid Soap Making Projects: Soapcicles, By Sandy Simmons

Most Popular Craft Idea: Simply Spray Fabric Paint

Most Popular DIY Artwork: Book Page Wreath

Last but definitely NOT least, my personal favorite post of my first year…

Most Popular Holiday Post: Headless Man and Headless Woman Costume

My sincere gratitude goes out to all of you who have “liked”, commented on, emailed, written, shared, voted, posted, pinned, tweeted, or just read my blog in my first year.  I truly appreciate your continued love and support!  Here’s to many more Blogaversaries to come!

 

 

16th Apr2012

Tea Party Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

I have been contemplating what to do for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party.  For some reason I keep going back to a tea party theme.  I know she’s a little young, but I think it may work.  It’ll be a small and simple party anyway… we won’t go big until she turns five years old (at least that’s what I’m telling my husband).

I decided to get some inspiration from the World Wide Web and… man… there are some GREAT ideas out there… TONS of tea party inspiration right at your fingertips! I love it all!

Check out what I found.  The Better Homes and Gardens Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter party is tremendous!  One of my favorites is using colorful vintage tins as flower vases.  I found a ton of cool ideas from party favors to decorations, and centerpieces to finger food ideas.  I also dug up some of my past ideas that I thought would go nicely.  I added links at the bottom for tutorials and for sources for your reference.  I hope it helps.

If you have more ideas, please comment! I’d love to read them.  I need all the tea party inspiration I can get.

Tea Cup Candles

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Stacked Tea Cups

Pink and Purple Dessert Table

Fabric Flag Banner

Tea Party Dress Up

Accordion Flowers

Tea Cup Dessert Display

Mini Cupcakes in Tea Cups

Party Pinwheel How To

Paper Dahlia Favors

Tea Party Favors

Tea Pot Flowers

BHG Mad Hatter Party

 

Did anything on this inspiration board actually inspire you? Please fee free to leave a comment! :)

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19th Mar2012

White Party Inspiration Board

by Dinah Wulf

I had so much fun looking for St. Patrick’s Day inspiration and posted a St. Patrick’s Day inspiration board last week.  I had such a great response to it, so why not do it again!  This time, I wanted to the focus to be a White Party. I threw one several years ago (long before my blogging days) and it was so much fun.  It was a Bridal Shower white party where all the guests wore white with wide brimmed hats.

When I think of all white, I think of crisp, clean, and elegant.  Putting together this inspiration board for an all-white party or for an all-white wedding reminded me of my own personal version of Pintrest.  I pulled together some great ideas for decorations, favors and gifts, and sweet treats for desserts.  Many are from Etsy.com, one of my favorite websites.  If there is no link (scroll all the way down to the list) to the picture you are looking for, I apologize ahead of time (I couldn’t find it)! Hopefully it will inspire you anyway.

Decorations:

Sweet Treats:

Favors & Gifts:

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26th Jan2012

Baby Shower Message Cards

by Dinah Wulf

This project was SUPER easy, but since I did it, why not put it on my blog? One of my very busy friends was throwing baby shower for her girlfriend and I gladly made these for her so she would have more time to do other projects.  She showed up at my house with all the supplies, and with the help of my craft closet, I busted them out in a couple hours while I watched The Biggest Loser.

These Baby Shower Message Cards are a way for the guests to write a message or wish for the guest of honor. Here is what you need:

Cards

  • Scrapbook Paper or Card Stock
  • Craft Punch of your choice
  • Glue
  • Paper Cutter

Sign

  • Wooden Frame
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Computer
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Craft punch

The pastel colors for the shower are pink, yellow, and green. I used craft paint and painted the inside and outer edges yellow, and the main part of the frame pink.

I printed out a sign that said “Please write a message or wish for baby” (the baby’s name is a surprise!). Once the paint was dried (minutes), I punched and glued paper butterflies to the frame.

I used 12X12 scrapbook paper and used a cutting board. I was able to cut out six 4X6 cards for each sheet. One by one, I glued the punch butterflies on each card, making each one a little different.

Here is the after.

I tied them all up in a pretty yellow bow to give to send off with my friend.

That’s it! SUPER easy!

 

 

02nd Jan2012

Wine Bottle Frames

by Dinah Wulf

I made these wine bottle frames out of recycled wine bottles for a wine tasting party.  It was also a bridal shower party, so I used them for a “who knows the bride best game”. I framed each question and placed the wine bottle frames all over the room so that the guests could mingle, talk, drink their wine, and play the game at the same time. Each guest wrote their answers next to the corresponding question number on their wine scoring card.

These wine bottle frames are very simple to make. The materials needed are, an empty wine bottle, a wooden frame, picture frame hangers, and string or ribbon.  I purchased the wooden frames from IKEA which were only $1.99 for a set of three…CHEAP!

The pictures speak for themselves, but all you need to do is to screw each picture frame eyelet into the wooden frame by hand in the desired area.  It takes a little pressure at first, but it should screw in fairly easily.  Use a ribbon or string to hang the frame onto the wine bottle.

Also consider, decorating the bottle with wallpaper remnants or scrapbook paper, or ribbon or you can also paint the inside of your frame with chalkboard paint.  I preferred to remove the wine label with warm soapy water.  There is something beautiful about a plain wine bottle.  Arrange your display with other wine bottles of different colors and sizes.

Another option is to frame a letter and place several bottles in a row to spell out the bride’s (guests or honor’s) new last name.  Use decorative paper as a boarder.  Make displays by using other recycled wine bottles and recycled wine crates.

 

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