Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots

by Dinah Wulf

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If you can’t tell by now, I have been obsessed with getting ready for a Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower I am decorating.  The party isn’t until June but as my friends will tell you I always start WAY in advance for things like this. I like to get the creative juices flowing! The other day I shared my Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups and today I am sharing my Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots from all the great finds I got at the Goodwill.

First of all, I have to say that I found some GREAT STUFF at Goodwill. I have a few tips I go by when I thrift shop:

  1. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Buy it because you love it!
  2. Ask what the color of the day is, that means it’s 50% off.
  3. When looking for pieces, think outside the color because that can always be changed.
  4. Ask for a discount if there is something wrong with the piece.

Here’s all the loot I got this time around.  Check out all my thrift store loot the first time around!

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Tip number three was helpful in this case because, I was drawn to the shape of these pots, but they didn’t match the décor style I was going for. Here they are BEFORE.

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All I did was simply spray paint them with Krylon’s Metallic Gold Paint (two light coats).

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Now, a Christmas themed teapot completely fits my décor style for this party. These little flower pots would also make a great DIY gift for a mother, teacher, or friend.

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This teapot had a chipped lid, but that’s OK! It was dirt cheap and I don’t need the lid anyway because I am using it as a flower vase. By the way, I will be using fresh flowers at the party…just sayin…

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So, thrift store shopping is a fantastic way to save money when decorating for fun events like this! In case you missed it, check out my other ideas I have for this Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower:

Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been on a thrift store hunt for tea party decorations for a Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower I have coming up! It has been SO fun, let me tell you. I have raided a few Goodwill stores in our area and have found some great deals.  I ended up making these Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups to a few plain (but cheap) tea cups I found.

Here is all my loot (so far because I am still on the hunt) from my thrift store shopping adventures.

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Good stuff! Besides the tea pot, all the cups, saucers, and plates, and trays I found were less than $2.00. Here is the inspiration for this upcycle. I love the gold.

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I found these plain white tea cups and saucers, all four pieces for $2.99 so I couldn’t pass them up.

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I wanted to add gold to them to match the others.  At first I tried painting them but I would have had to do so many coats using the metallic paint I chose.  I wanted a deeper gold. I searched my craft room and found a metallic gold Sharpie!  Awe man! It went on like butta’. It was fantastic.

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Here is how I imagined using these tea cups for the Mad Hatter Tea Party I am decorating. I added a little moss and fresh cut flowers from the side of my house. These would also make cute little gifts too!

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The little pop of gold just makes it all better! In case you missed it, here are some of my other ideas for this Mad Hatter Tea Party I am doing:

For more fun Sharpie craft ideas check out these fun projects:

Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces & Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I shared my tutorial for some little Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Decoration and a mini Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair I made. That day, I played around with the centerpieces I am going to use for a baby shower I am decorating in this theme. I thought I’d share my ideas with you today along with some tips for saving money by using what you already have. Here are some tips for making Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces.

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Items I Bought:

  • Wood cut-outs for the top hats
  • Pack of four mini clocks (scrapbook section)
  • Glass rabbits (on sale for less than $1 after Easter)
  • Pack of mini glass bottles (scrapbook section)
  • Moss

Items I already had:

  • Decorative cages
  • Apothecary jars/ glass vases
  • Old books
  • Tea party set (my daughter’s)
  • Scrapbook paper and twine for “Drink Me” tags

Bottom line: I spent less than $10 on these centerpieces because I raided the décor in my house! I was able to put together these four examples.

Tip #1: You can even use recycled sauce and Mason Jars to make small vignettes and group a few together.

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Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpiece

Tip #2: I happen to have a collection of vintage books. If you do not, you can remove the covers of hardback books and use them as well.

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Tip #3: I used a tea party set that my daughter had. If you don’t have one, thrift stores like Goodwill always has inexpensive tea cups and sauces. You can mix and match for a party like this. If you have trouble finding ones you like, look for the shape you like and spray paint them. You can’t go wrong with metallic gold tea cups!

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpieces

by Dinah Wulf

Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpieces

When I made these cute little Mad Hatter Hats the other day for centerpieces for a Mad Hatter Tea Party baby shower I am working on, I couldn’t resist and found these cute little wooden cut-out chairs to use too. I thought they’d also be fun to place inside apothecary jars to make Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpieces.

Materials:

  • Chair wooden cut-out
  • Gold metallic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Felt scraps
  • Fabric scraps
  • Glue
  • Scissors

I found these wooden cut-outs and Michael’s Craft Stores.

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I painted them gold with metallic acrylic craft paint.

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I had some felt and left over fabric from an antique chair I reupholstered. I cut our a seat cushion out of the red felt and cut out the chair backing out of the left over material. I used white glue to attach them.

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In minutes I had these adorable little chairs that remind me of the chairs at the Mad Hatter Tea party in Alice in Wonderland! For the baby shower, I will put them next to a glass apothecary jar filled with moss, a “drink me” bottle and a little white rabbit stop watch. I like the idea of stacking them on antique books as well.

Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpiece

For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

 

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

by Dinah Wulf

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

I had the honor of sharing this project, how to make a spring centerpiece with stenciled burlap, on the Darice Blog and today I wanted to re-share it with you here on DIY Inspired! Now that spring well underway, this fun and easy project will help brighten up your dining room table! I have a particularly LARGE dining table, so I made three.  Of course you can always just make one or two!

Materials

Darice Supply List:

  • 3 Metal Planters
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Flourish Stencil
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Brush Set
  • Licorice FolkArt Acrylic Paint
  • David Tutera Natural Burlap in Brown
  • Dual Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Blue Grandiose Hydrangeas
  • Dritz Fray Check

Instructions:

Step One

Measure and cut the David Tutera Natural Burlap in three six by six pieces.

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Step Two

Apply Dritz Fray Check on all four sides of each piece of burlap and allow it to dry for approximately 15 minutes.

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Step Three

Once the Dritz Fray Check is dry, center the stencil onto one burlap square. Make sure to protect your work surface. Generously apply some paint onto the tip of the stencil brush and dab off any excess paint. Apply the paint onto the stencil in an up and down motion. Remove the stencil and wash it thoroughly.  Make sure to rinse and clean the stencil in between stenciling each piece. Repeat this step for the other two burlap squares.

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Step Four

Once your burlap pieces are stenciled and dry (approximately 15 minute dry time), hot glue them onto your metal planters.

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Step Five

Lastly, arrange four Blue Grandiose Hydrangeas or any flower of your choice in each of your metal planters. I personally like the look of fake hydrangeas. I use them all the time! Like here and here and here!

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In five easy steps you will have a beautiful personalized spring dining room centerpiece. These three metal planters were perfect for my eight foot dining room table.  You can personalize them with a monogram as well. These also make fun gifts too, especially for Mother’s Day!  

Check out this short video with four tips for crafting with burlap! 

Try these other DIY decorating ideas:

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Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be in charge of the decorations for one of my great friends baby shower for her twins! The theme the hosts decided on was a vintage inspired Mad Hatter Tea Party. I thought it’d be fun to make little Mad Hatter hats as part of the centerpieces decorations.

Materials:

  • Top hat wood cut-outs
  • Green craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon (green and black)
  • Scissors
  • Feathers
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pen
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Craft glue
  • Wire hanger
  • Wire cutter
  • Craft beads

I found these fun top hat cut-outs at Michael’s craft stores. They were only .49 and I had a coupon for 30% off! Score! They were practically free!

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I painted both sides green.

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While I waited for them to dry, I cut two wire hangers in approximately two inch pieces.

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I hot glued beads to the tips of each wire piece. Some of the beads I took from an old necklace (I save everything)! I also gathered some other embellishments for the hat. I cut out small squares out of scrapbook paper scraps and wrote the iconic Mad Hatter price of 10/6 on it.

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I assembled each trim with glue.

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Lastly, I hot glued it to my painted top hats. They turned out so cute!

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I am going to group them in various cages, apothecary jars, and glass domes with vintage books, tea cups, glass white rabbits and mini clocks. I can’t wait to show you some of the centerpieces I’ve put together!

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

 

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!!

DIY Wooden Inspirational Signs

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my amazing friends asked me for help getting crafty with her workspace at her office.  She wanted something girly, shabby chic, and anthropogie-esque.  She also wanted it colorful and inspiring. I immediately had several ideas in mind and couldn’t wait to get started. The first one I’m sharing with you today are some DIY Wooden Inspirational Signs I that made. These are great not only for an office, but as decorations for a bridal or baby shower, or even DIY artwork in a bedroom.

Materials:

  • Wooden Plaques
  • Wooden Cut Outs
  • Wood pre-made words
  • Craft paint
  • Wood glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Something heavy

I found some amazing wood cut outs at Michael’s Craft Store. I chose four wooden plaques.

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I also found these four pretty and intricate cut outs. I played around with them in the store, trying to figure out what looked best.

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Lastly, I found these four words that I thought would be appropriate for her office (as well as another project, “The BOLD Laws” which I’ll share in a later post). I did try to get individual letters for different words but they ended up being too long for the plaque.

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I played around with them and ended up arranging them like this.

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I had a color pallet in mind as well and picked some fun acrylic paints at Jo-Ann’s. I chose coral, a pale yellow, white, chalky blue, and a soft green. One by one, I painted each piece.

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It took less than an hour for all of them to dry. I pieced them together by applying wood glue with a paint brush and set a heavy jar on top.  It dried pretty quickly. Here they are all finished!

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I also made some other fun things to match for her office makeover.  I can’t wait to show you the rest!

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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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.

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!

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!

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.

More Valentine’s Day Inspiration:

 

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. 

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