12th Jun2013

Amazing Repurposed Rubber Tires

by Dinah Wulf

Rubber tires are so problematic to landfills that 11 U.S. states ban tires from landfills, and all but eight states have some sort of restriction on how tires can be disposed. Not only are they slow to degrade, but they also tend to rise to the surface, which causes a problem with landfill covers. In 1990, only 17 percent of Americans’ waste tires were put to better use while the rest filled landfills. Today, the EPA estimates that 80.4 percent of tires can be recycled or repurposed as asphalt, playground covering, fuel — and functional art.

Art Rolls On

Creating sculptures with re-purposed items is all the rage at farmers’ markets and craft shows this year. You can take your old tires and make something that grabs the attention of anyone passing by. Removing the tread is part of the process, known in artistic circles as tire carving, explains lushome.com.

Professional artists have fancy tools to get the job done, but the average DIY project planner can simply use a screwdriver or sharp tool to pull the tread off. This leaves you with a clean rubber canvas. What you do with it is up to you, but the more artistic, the better.

  • Use stencils to paint interesting patterns on the tire.
  • Slice up the sides of the rubber and paint complementary colors bursting out of the tire frame.
  • Pull out the tube and cut it into sections. Fold each piece together and glue them to create eclectic vases.
  • Don’t throw way the tread you remove either – use it as part of the project. Weave strips together to create coverings or cut sections into flower petals or tree fronds for large yard sculptures.

Used Tires

Image from Flickr user Paul Garland

Clever Seating

Forget the old tire swing hanging from a tree. Expand on that concept by creating lawn furniture that will get your neighbors talking. The key to making a tire chair is building on a strong base.

Repurpose

Photo from Flickr user suvajack

Slice the tire in strips, for instance, and use the tread as a decorative edge for an old, beat-up patio chair. Try a weave or patchwork pattern out of the rubber to replace torn seating. Redecorate an ugly metal chair with something that says you are not only stylish but practical.

Add an ottoman to the tire chair to create a full seating arrangement. This is a sensible way to reuse motorcycle tires. Cut two pieces of plywood to cover the top and bottom of a tire and then attach them with screws. Now, glue rope over the outside edge and create a circle pattern on the boards. Screw in furniture legs, and you have a faux wicker-style ottoman, explains recycledawblog.com.

The Blooming Planter

Tires have made suitable planters for years, but you’ve never seen blooming tires like these. Clean your tires with an environmentally friendly de-greaser and then put them into place in the yard or garden.

Planters made from tires, metal

Image from Flickr user creativedc

Take a coffee cup, or anything with a round edge, and draw chalk circles on top of the tire to create petals. Using a sharp utility knife, you will cut around the inner edge of the circles – this is the section facing the opening of the tire. Pull back on the rubber to flip your petals outward and create a blooming flower. Now just paint it a bright color and fill the tire with something green. Thank you wuvie.net.

Repurposing allows you to take what once was litter and make it into something unique. Instead of tossing the old tires, turn them into a masterpiece using your hands and a little imagination.

Tire planters in Amite, LA

Photo from Flickr user shawnzrossi

11th Jun2013

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

by Dinah Wulf

 

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My in-laws are coming! My in-laws are coming! Oh my, it’s been over a year that I made this headboard out of a curtain panel and an ugly painting my husband had before we were married.  This headboard was for our guest room and ever since I made that garage sale bench for this room, the old headboard didn’t really match. I even made shoe box lid wall art and matching pillows (even though I can’t sew).  Now that my in-laws are visiting, I wanted to update it with a little fabric.

Here is the old headboard.  I thought it looked nice, considering I spent ZERO dollars making it!

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Here is the bench that I made that I put at the end of the bed.  This one cost about $20.00 total for the bench AND the supplies…score!

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And just in case you missed that shoe box lid wall art.  Here it is!  This was also very inexpensive to make since I already had everything!

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This is the fabric I chose to match the bench.  It’s outdoor fabric that is very durable.  About a yard and a half was perfect for this sized canvas.  I didn’t bother taking off the old curtain panel… well…because I was lazy that day!

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Here’s the AFTER photo again.  I’m really excited for my in-laws to visit.  We rarely get to see them since we live in California and they live in Wisconsin.  I hope they have a nice stay, and the headboard doesn’t fall apart!

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07th Jun2013

How to Upcycle a Step Stool for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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I found this step stool for kids at Goodwill the other day.  It was $7.00.  Man, am I lucky with my thrift store finds lately!  Just the day before I almost bought a kid’s step stool at a retail store for $20.00; and it was on sale.  Thank goodness my cheapskate-ness (is that a word?) got the best of me! Naturally, this find resulted in a great trash to treasure project.

I decided that I wanted to pad it and add fabric since I had some left over padding from the $5 garage sale bench I made not long ago.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Wooden step stool
  • High density craft foam (it doesn’t have to be high density, but this is what I had so I used it)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Half yard of fabric
  • Spray paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Sand block and sand paper
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon

Here is the stool before.

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Thrift store finds can often be questionable when it comes to cleanliness.  After I cleaned the stool, I had to lightly sand and paint it because of the marks and scratches.

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Once it was dry, I cut and pieced together the craft foam to fit the top of the stool.

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I used a craft spray adhesive to attach it.

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I bought a half a yard of outdoor fabric and cut it to size.

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I turned the fabric upside down on my craft table. Placed the stool padded side down and centered and stapled the fabric to the rim of the stool, pulling the fabric taught as I stapled.

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Next I trimmed the excess fabric.

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I hot glued ribbon around the trim to give it a finished look.  Here is an after photo!  My daughter loves it.  She props her little legs up on it when she looks at her books in her reading nook I made her.  It’s adorable!

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06th Jun2013

Mirror Makeover Inspiration Help

by Dinah Wulf

Being a creative craft and DIY Blogger, there are times where I get stuck.  I personally have the pressure (that I put on myself) of inspiring others… after all that’s why I started DIY Inspired.  Today, I am stuck. I bought these two mirrors at HomeGoods for a steal!  They were in the clearance section because they were damaged.  One frame retailed for $120 and I got it for $8 and the other retailed for $80 and I got it for $12. I couldn’t pass that up!! Even the cashiers were amazed when I went to check out. Needless to say, I need some mirror makeover inspiration.

I don’t want to just repair and paint it like I did with this free curbside pick-up, or turn them into organization boards like this one and this one.  I want to do something totally different.  Here are a few pictures.

This one is the smaller one.  It’s 30”X35”.  This was the one that was originally $80.00 and I got it for $12.00. This one is not real wood. (See my craft room in the reflection??)

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Here is a close-up of the damage.

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This one is the larger one.  It’s 41”X33”.  This was originally $120.00 and I got it for $8.00!

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Here is the close-up of the damage on this one.

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Both of the mirrors are beveled and in perfect condition… not even a tiny scratch!  So here’s where I’m stuck.  Do I repurpose them completely?  A coffee table? OR do I just upcycle them? Add driftwood? Add metal? I’m lost!

I DO know that I would like them to look more upscale and less “crafty”.  Any thoughts out there in the WWW? Help!

05th Jun2013

How to Make a Birdbath

by Dinah Wulf

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This is yet another trash to treasure post!  This time, not only did I find a hidden treasure at Goodwill, I also found something in the trash…yes…the trash. Here is my tutorial for how to make a birdbath out of trash (ha!).

Materials:

  • Large plate or bowl
  • Trash- ok this one is ambiguous but I’m not sure what it was. A plant stand? An actual birdbath?
  • Ceramic birds
  • E6000
  • Spray paint

Here is a photo of my “trash”. This was another broken item I found on the side of my house in a trash pile when I first moved in. 

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Obviously birds love it (or hate it), based on this next gross photo…

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I had some left over spray paint from my refurbished thrift store shelf makeover, so I decided to paint the base blue.

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While it was drying, I cleaned my plate I found at Goodwill for $7.00.  It was the perfect size.  It would have been better if it was an orange tag, because it would have been half off that day, but oh well!

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I found some ceramic birds that were just adorable.  I used E6000 (best stuff ever) to glue the birds onto the plate.  I used a bowl to prop them up while they dried.  I followed the instructions on the E6000 tube and allowed it to dry for 72 hours.

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Finally, I placed the plate on top of my base.  Here are a few close ups and after photos.  It looks great in my back yard, and I’ve noticed a few birdies playing in it already!

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04th Jun2013

Five Dollar Thrift Store Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

Holy moly have I been lucky while thrifting lately!  I noticed that most of my finds are about $5.00, so I thought I’d put together a quick round-up of my most recent five dollar thrift store transformations.

$5 Thrift Store Transformations

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Mirror Makeover

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

03rd Jun2013

Patio Table and Chair Update

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my best friends (the same one who challenged me with the coin wrappers!) and fellow avid yard saler found this old set of metal patio table and chairs for $25! It needed some TLC but was sturdy and had strong bones.  Her husband spent the day bring it some new life. A metal patio table and chair update is a weekend project that anyone can do.

My husband and I have refurbished outdoor metal before and it makes QUITE a difference.  Here is simple tutorial on How to Paint Metal.

Here is the table before.

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Here is a close up. You can see the rust and discoloration.  The old paint was pretty much completely chipped off.  The arms took most of the beating.

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Materials:

  • Wire metal brush
  • Spray Primer
  • Rust-oleum Spray Paint
  • Old blanket
  • Drop cloth

Using the wire brush, gently scrub off any rust or paint.  This is an important step. To remove the paint chips and rust debris after scrubbing, you can hose it off and wipe it dry with a clean cloth.  To pant, use an all in one primer that stops rust for metal.  For a large project like this one, you may need three to four cans. Follow the instructions on the can for drying times.  Make sure you spray in a well-ventilated area.  Once the primer was dry, paint the table and chairs with two coats of spray paint made for outdoor metal.  Allow it to dry completely before handling it.

Here are a couple after photos.  It looks brand new!

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29th May2013

DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have had some great luck lately on my thrift store outings. I found this great mirror for five dollars at a local thrift store the same day I bought my $5 shelf that I refurbished.  I loved the long hexagonal shape and immediately thought I would repurpose it and make the perfect DIY serving tray for entertaining. Here’s a photo of my great find!  The style is questionable but I could see right past its outdated tackiness!

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Mirror
  • Two cabinet handles (I chose 3”)
  • Spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Drill
  • Scissors

Step One:

Using a ruler and sharpie, measure where your handles will be drilled. A Sharpie works great because it’s dark, plus you will paint over it so there is no need to worry about the marks.

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Step Two:

Drill the holes for your cabinet handles and remove any picture frame hardware from the back.  If it is not removed, the hardware can scratch your tabletop or countertop.

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Step Three:

Protect the mirror by covering it with newspaper and securing it with painter’s tape.

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Step Four:

Spray paint your tray in the color of choice in a well-ventilated area and allow it to dry completely. I decided to paint it my favorite color… GREEN!

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Step Five:

Once the paint is dry, attach your handles with a screwdriver.  If you choose, cover the screw heads with a small piece of felt to prevent scratching any surfaces.

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Here are a few after pictures. I just love it!  I keep it out in the kitchen at all times and use it for a display with my apothecary jars. 

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

28th May2013

Alice in Wonderland Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend is having an Alice In Wonderland themed party for my God daughter’s first birthday. I decided that I wanted to make a paper flower centerpiece for her using a recycled pretzel container and some dyed coffee filter flowers.  This was my original inspiration. First let me show you how to make the vase.

Materials for Flower Vase:

  • Large plastic container (I used a pretzel container from Costco)
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (ribbon, craft butterflies)

Instructions for the Centerpiece Vase:

Cut the plastic container to the desired size. I found it easiest to puncture the container with a craft knife first and then use scissors to cut the rest.

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Remove the stickers and paint the inside of the container with craft paint and embellish it with ribbon.  I also used craft butterflies. Painting the inside will give it a nice glossy finish.

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Materials for Alice in Wonderland Flowers:

  • Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers
  • Scrapbook paper and/or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sharpies
  • Skewers
  • Floral Tape
  • Styrofoam

Photo Instructions:  I thought photo instructions would be self-explanatory. I just cut and trimmed as I went, using the inspiration photo on my phone as a guide.

Note: I started with a 3”X3” piece of cardstock.

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Here are few close ups of the faces.  I hot glued the paper flowers onto the floral wrapped skewers and inserted them into Styrofoam hidden inside the vase.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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You may also like a this Vintage Inspired Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party!

21st May2013

Painting Old Furniture: A Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I heart thrift stores!  I can spend quite some time in the home and furniture sections. I move things around, re-imagining how I can make them look different.  I picture things in different colors and in different rooms in my house.  One of the easiest trash to treasure transformations is painting old furniture.  I always say, “They just don’t make things like they used to”… I know… I sound like a Grandma.

I went to a local Salvation Army (SO conveniently located I’m in there so often!).  I found this great shelf.  It was a little beat up… ok A LOT beat up. P.S. Don’t look at how gross my garage is!

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Look at the top. Ew…

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And who knows how long this has been there…

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BUT it was only $5.00, I knew exactly where I would put it and I loved the lines and shape of the arms…or are they legs? Whatever they’re called…  With a little TLC, I knew I could give it new life.

I sanded it down really well and took a knife to the gum.  I cleaned it and cleaned it again.

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Spray paint is the best way to go with a makeover like this.  Spray in a well-ventilated area and make sure to protect all surfaces.  I allowed mine to dry for a full 24 hours before I brought it in and used it.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.  Isn’t it cute?  It’s DIY Inspired Blue! (I wish that was the real name…{sigh}…maybe someday).

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By the way, I recall two other garage sale furniture pieces I bought for five dollars each.  If you want to check out my upholstered bench makeover or my refurbished side tables, please do!

For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

Thanks for reading!

17th May2013

Upcycled Telephone Desk

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored to have the very creative, animal loving, well-traveled, and crafty Kimberly Noelle from Quirky Cool share her fabulous upcycled telephone desk.  Inspired by her family and home decorating magazines, Kimberly is a writer and avid DIY’er. She has some beautiful projects including her Burlap Furniture entertainment stand and her most recent beach cottage inspired side table. Be sure to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Welcome Kimberly Noelle!

 

Hi everyone!  I’m Kimberly Noelle from Quirky Cool.  I’m so excited to have been asked to write a guest post on the lovely DIY Inspired about my upcycled telephone desk.  I hope you enjoy…..

I love secondhand. There is just something about  a well lived, aged, or sometimes even horrid piece that gives me inspiration and drive to make it quirky, unique, and beautiful. I like to think of myself as the Fairy Godmother to my secondhand furniture finds and my paintbrush as my magic wand.

As I went on my weekly thrift store jaunt, I stopped in at the Goodwill which can be a hit or miss. However, I spotted this cute little telephone desk in the corner. It was in perfect shape, had great bones and in fact looked as if it had been painted recently, but the color…. It was questionable. I thought what the heck, and picked it up for 20 bucks. I put it in a few different areas throughout my home, debated on what to do with it and finally after asking myself the question of “should or shouldn’t I paint this?” I decided to go for it and so the process began.  During a trip to Wal-Mart I stopped by the paint section and picked up a beautiful spicy banana pepper yellow color. I went home grabbed some sandpaper and “tried” to sand the piece down so I could start painting.  The paint was not lifting so I decided to use a paint stripper that I at the time was using on another project. Oh my…….why I did that instead of priming it will forever be a question I ask myself!  I don’t care what anybody says stripping paint is not easy, at least not for me. I had failed to realize as I slapped the stripping gel on that the 25 spindles that made up the telephone desk were going to be the death of me. So what happened? I got so frustrated with the massive process of it all that I left it sitting for 2 weeks until I finally  had enough mental pep talk to tackle the project…. and  tackled it I did.

The Process…Here’s a look at the stages of the desk. I’m glad I let myself take a break from it. I almost gave up completely during the stripping of the paint, but I conquered….2 weeks later of course.

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Here is a few close ups…Finally in a spot I like, decorated up pretty, and shining like the Spicy Banana Pepper Yellow that it is!

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After I painted the telephone desk I decided on a whim to paint the top of the desk in black Chalkboard paint for an extra touch of detail. Not to mention I am obsessing over chalkboard paint right now.  I used sandpaper to ruff up the edges and spindles. It gave it that beautiful aged look with its own unique character. I am so happy with how it turned out.  It now fits my style and home décor perfectly.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my upcycled Goodwill telephone desk and to remember to never overlook the ugly pieces sitting in a corner. Even they, have great potential with a fairy godmother and her magical paintbrush at their service.

Please check out my blog at Quirky Cool for tons more Goodwill finds, Upcycled furniture and DIY’s. I also have a blog with my sister and mom where we talk about our pieces we upcycle and DIY for our Flea Market Booth at Prairie Sisters Boutique.

 I hope this has inspired you to DIY…

Kimberly Noelle

 

15th May2013

Recycled Food Container Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

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Who says cereal and cracker boxes can’t be pretty?  I don’t know about you, but I hate spending money on gift boxes.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most people do to, because at every party I’ve been to in the last few years have gift tables, filled with gift bags with tissue paper hanging out the top. Am I right?  So, I decided to use what I already had available and came up with recycled food container gift wrapping.

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A very special birthday came up recently for my beautiful twin baby God Daughters.  Since it was their first birthday, I went all out and bought matching clothes and a couple other things.  Since the clothes are still so very cute but tiny, food boxes are the perfect size for their little outfits. 

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Oh yeah… I better wrap them.  I made some coffee filter paper flowers and decided to die the paper flowers as well.  After they were dry, I trimmed the ones that went on the smaller boxes with scissors. It was sort of like trimming a real flower. I cut out green leaves out of card stock and hot glued the flowers on, and added ribbon.

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Here is a photo of the gift assembled all together.  My God Daughter, Jamie is the pink package and her sister Brooklyn gets the purple package.

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I bought the chairs at one of my favorite stores, Homegoods.  They just happen to have one purple and one pink so I couldn’t resist!  Here is the back.

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The actual party isn’t for a few weeks, but I can’t wait to show you the Alice in Wonderland extravaganza that I know it’ll be!

13th May2013

DIY Rope Vase 15 Minute How To

by Dinah Wulf

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I recently wrote an article for GMC Trade Secrets on Bringing the Outdoors In.  In writing the article, I had so many ideas jumbled in my head.  I looked around at my own home to see what I had done myself to get closer to nature. I have a lot of natural elements displayed in my home décor and one of my favorite “chores” is to cut fresh flowers from the garden. I did decide to take my own advice and make a couple new vases.  Here is my DIY Rope Vase How To. The best part?  It only takes about 15 minutes to make!

Materials:

  • Glass Vases
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Step One: Choose your materials.

I had a successful trip to the Salvation Army the other day and I found some nice glass vases for $2.00 each.  In choosing a vase, look for the desired shape and choose a heavier more sturdy weight.  Sometimes, especially while thrift store shopping, you come across light weight vases that break easily.  Those are likely the vases that your flower arrangements come in and collect dust in your cabinet.  I chose wide hurricane style vases.

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For the rope, I went to the hardware store and found manila rope (3/8 inch X 50 feet). I chose it for the thickness and the color. There were a few options in sisal, but I wanted a darker color.  Fifty feet will make at least three vases of this size.  I purchased it for $8.00.

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Step Two: “Measure” the desired length.

The best way to measure the amount of rope you need, wrap it around the vase without gluing it until you reach the desired height and cut it.  This is easy to do with a thicker rope like the one I chose.

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Step Three: Unwrap & Glue

Unwrap the “measured” rope and glue the end to avoid fraying.

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Step Four: Wrap and Attach

Start wrapping and gluing as you go! 

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Here is the finished look.

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If you are interested in reading more of my weekly articles for GMC Trade Secrets, feel free to come over and visit!

A big THANK YOU to Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage for allowing me to participate in this weeks Craft Lightening 15 minute crafts   Be sure to stop by their amazing blogs and say hello!

 

02nd May2013

DIY Pedestal Bowl

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my thrifty obsessions is to walk through the local Goodwill shop on the weekends, particularly because of the half off sale.  Throughout the day, they announce a color and the price tags labeled in that color are half off.  It never fails, each time the make the announcement they assure you that you will find that color label in every department.  Naturally, you will always find me by the home goods and furniture section.  This trip I found a nice white ceramic beaded ramekin and a short pewter candlestick all for less than three dollars.   I had to marry the two together and make a DIY Pedestal Bowl.

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I’ve made something similar to this for my daughter’s birthday party last year.  For her cupcake decorating station, I made party platters made out of plastic serving trays and candlesticks.  I still have them today and have used them several times since then.  This project is quite simple and doesn’t really need too much explanation, so here are just a few tips that may help you out.

Tip #1: When looking for candlesticks, look for the shape you want.  You can always paint them.

Tip #2: The wider the candlestick the sturdier.

Tip #3: Consider wine glasses or champagne flutes instead of candlesticks.

Tip #4: Use a strong bonding agent like E6000 and let it dry for 24-48 hours.

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Tip #5: Consider spray painting them to fit your theme or décor.  Protect the surface with a doily or decorative paper if you are using it for food.

There are several uses for this easy project.  Use them for displaying desserts or appetizers for parties and entertaining.  Use a small pedestal bowl for jewelry or a larger one to hold toiletries in your bathroom.  You can also use them to display flowers or favorite collections.  Make several in different heights and group them together for a unique display.

 

23rd Apr2013

Two Year Blogaversary

by Dinah Wulf

Woo hoo! With well over 500 blog posts published and a community that has grown to be over fifteen thousand, I can’t believe it’s been two short years already. Last year I did a One Year Blogaversary Awards and Honorable Mentions.  I thought I’d do it again combining both years.  As with last year, the winners are chosen by social media shares, “likes”, email inquiries, pins, and more.

Most Popular Recycled Craft: Book Page Butterfly Wreath

DIY Book Page Butterfly Wreath

I made this wreath out of items I already had (wire hanger, book pages, branches from my back yard), so I didn’t spend a dime on it.  Who knew it would be so popular!

Honorable Mention Recycled Craft: Coffee Filter Flowers

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Another project I made without buying any new supplies.  This is probably one of the easiest crafts I’ve EVER done.  They are still displayed in my living room today!

Most Popular Kid’s Stuff Post: Reading Nook for Kids

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I loved this project made from a free frame and photo ledges.  More importantly, it encourages my daughter to read.  We have read 4-5 books every night since I put it together.

Honorable Mention Kid’s stuff Post: Repurposed Plant Hanger Toy Storage

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Originally a hanging centerpiece at a garden inspired birthday party, I turned this plant hanger I found in the trash into a fun and whimsical storage bin for my daughters small stuffed animals.

Most Popular Upcycling Idea: Map Covered Drawers

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By covering my craft room craft drawers with maps, it instantly transformed my otherwise boring white drawers.

Most Popular Round-Up Post: Top 15 Recycled Crafts of 2012

Top 15 Recycled Craft and Projects of 2012

These are my top and favorite recycled crafts by yours truly… the best of 2012.

Most Popular Theme Party: Candy Land Theme Party

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This is the most visited post to date; a fabulous candy land party by my best friend Jenny that I had to break up into two posts!  Make sure you read both!

Honorable Mention Theme Party: Hello Kitty Theme Party

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This is also one that I get a ton of emails about.  It’s fun Hello Kitty themed party filled with ideas for games, activities, and decorations by my friend Maily.

Most Popular Halloween Post: Headless Man and Headless Woman Costume

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Back again this year!  I have a feeling this post will reign as the most popular Halloween post every year.

Honorable Mention Halloween Post: Hello Kitty Pumpkin

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I had this pumpkin forever!  Who knew that an un-carved pumpkin would last so long?  I changed her hat from a Halloween witch to a pilgrim for Thanksgiving and then to Santa for Christmas.

Most Popular Kid’s Craft: Recycled Christmas Card Ornament

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Need an idea for all those Christmas cards you get every year?  Here it is!  This is a fun craft project you can do with the kiddos at Christmas time.

Most Popular Christmas Post: Hanging Pinecones Wreath

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After going on a hike and collecting the largest pinecones in the neighborhood, I made this lovely pinecone hanging wreath that I kept and will use every Christmas.

Most Popular YouTube Video: Owl Themed Party Decorations

DIY Owl Invitations

I started a YouTube channel this year and these Owl themed decorations I made for my cousin’s birthday were my most viewed.

Honorable mention YouTube Video: DIY Address Wreath

DIY Address Wreath

I was honored to be a part of Joann Fabric’s Creativity Made Simple campaign.  Here is a tutorial I did for making an address wreath with fabric flowers for your front door.

Most Popular: Craft Room Ideas

Craft Room Makeover

Last but not least, my craft room was all over Pinterest for a while!  Check out my craft room reveal and all my organization ideas!

Phew!  Thanks so much to all of you for your continued support!!! Here’s to 2014!

22nd Apr2013

Recycled Kid’s Craft: Cereal Box Puzzles

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy Earth Day!  In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share a special recycled craft I did with my daughter.  She may only be two, but crafting runs through my little one’s blood!  I love it!  We are always trying out different kid’s crafts.  Most of the time, I look for things around the house to repurpose and reuse.  Today I want to share a recycled kid’s craft my daughter and I did made out of cereal boxes and the covers of her coloring books.

Materials:

  • Cereal boxes or old board game boxes
  • Coloring book covers or damaged soft book covers
  • Scissors
  • Straight edge
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue sticks

Like most kids, my daughter has several coloring books.  Oftentimes, we tear out the pages and color and we are left with an empty spine and cover.  We decided to save these to make these puzzles.

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Using a cutting mat, straight edge, and craft knife, we cut the coloring book covers to our desired puzzle size.  Mainly, we cut off the titles and price tags.

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Next I cut the fronts and backs of the cereal boxes.

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Mia glued the covers to the cereal boxes with some kid-friendly glue sticks.  The cereal cardboard makes the puzzles more durable.

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After the glue dried, I trimmed around the sides and cut out the puzzle in different shapes.  Cut larger shapes for younger children and smaller pieces for older children.  If your kids are older, they can cut out the shapes themselves.

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Mia loved them!  I’m guessing it’s because she helped make them.  She did them over and over again, clapping as she finished each one.  This was such a great kid’s craft for us to do together, and the puzzles are sturdy enough to keep and use over and over again.

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