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23rd Oct2013

Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

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Since I got a little taste of my glittery and “bling-ed” out Halloween, I thought I’d definitely want to bring a little glitz and glam to my dinner table this year for Thanksgiving.  I guess you could call it rustic chic!  Plus, I love burlap crafts. I found some sparkly earrings in my closet and thought I would make Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings.

You only need 3 things:

  • Earrings of choice, one per napkin ring
  • Burlap strips
  • Scissors

Here are the earrings I found. I think it’s been close to a decade since I’ve worn them… yikes! Dangly rhinestone earrings MUST have been in!

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I went to Joann Fabrics and Crafts and found these fun blue feathers in the floral section.

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I gave them a little bend and they were the perfect size for napkin rings.

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First I folded my cloth napkins and wrapped a strip of burlap around it.  I didn’t secure it in any way.

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The feather wraps nicely around the burlap and keeps it in place.  This will also make it easy for your guests to take off when they are ready to use them. Next, I simply pierced the earring through the burlap and out the backing on the earring to keep it on.  This way, you won’t ruin your earrings and you can still wear them…that s if they are still in style!

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I thought they turned out cute!  They are definitely the inspiration for my whole Thanksgiving table scape… now for the centerpieces!

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25th Sep2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower

by Dinah Wulf

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FINALLY! I get to share the vintage themed baby shower that I have had the honor of working on for my best friend’s brother and sister-in-law.  It was a beautiful day and my friend had the perfect back yard for it.

I know I already shared:

I had such a great time decorating for this party.  I bought some flowers and arranged them all before I left.  I loaded the car and brought all my decorations including the thrift store shelf I made over.  I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to decorate because I had no idea how the venue would be set up.  There were five tables, so I needed five centerpieces.  I brought some toys, vintage books, small decorative suitcases, several handkerchiefs I bought while antique shopping, and of course the flowers.

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I also had the food table to decorate.  I layered the table with boxes to create some height.  I also brought some cupcake stands I made. The table was quite the hodge-podge, but I think I made too many decorations!

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I ended up using my thrift store shelf to place the favors on.  I brought my DIY pedestal trays, some antique books, and more handkerchiefs. I c small flower boxes from the craft store and put chocolates inside.

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I wish I took more pictures of the backyard in total but I forgot!  There was too much going on and I was trying to enjoy myself.  Oh well!

16th Sep2013

Fun and Easy Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

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There is so much that goes into decorating a baby shower…well, at least when I decorate for one!  Last week, I shared a couple decorations I made; a fabric scrap bunting and recycled jar flower vases I made for a vintage inspired party. I’ve been on a roll with making these fun and easy baby shower decorations, and sometimes some of the work and details are missed when you only show the final product, so I thought I’d share a few more.

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I bought these wooden frames from Michael’s and Mia and I painted them different colors.  I bought some onesies and baby socks and hung them from twine.  I embellished each end with lace and ribbon in different colors and textures. They turned out so cute.

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Here’s another tiny flag banner made out of scrapbook card stock, twine, and mini clothes hangers. I will string this inside a vintage suitcase as part of one of the center pieces (I think… We’ll see how it actually turns out the day I decorate. I always end up moving things around).

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I made this banner using doilies I found in the dollar bin. I simply folded them in half and secured it with double sided tape.

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I’m getting really excited for this shower! I’ve pulled a bunch of thing together that I already have, I’m just going to bring it all and wing it that day. I think I’ll bring my up cycled blue thrift store shelf to put the drinks on. We’ll see! The shower isn’t for a couple weeks. Can’t wait to show you!

06th Sep2013

Ultimate DIY Girls Spa Night

by Dinah Wulf

Where do I begin?  Being a part of the Skinny Cow Influencer Program has been amazing. First, I got to introduce you to my obsession and WoCavé sanctuary, my craft room.  Then, Skinny Cow sent me on my first Mission of three which was a girl’s craft night with my best friend. My second Mission, was a crazy thrift store shopping spree with my bestie complete with a driver and all. Finally, today I am excited to share with you THE ULTIMATE DIY Girls spa night!

Now, there are a few things you need to have a successful spa night like we did… I will share the tutorials for the kits next week!

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You definitely need a WoCavé for an Ultimate DIY Girls Spa Night.  As a reminder, a WoCavé {wo-cah-vay} is short for “Woman Cave”. It can be any place that you are in your truest self, where you are both fabulous and flawed, but ALWAYS celebrated! Mine is my craft room!

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Every girl I know loves to celebrate with some sweet treats.  For this spa mission, my girlfriend and I enjoyed Skinny Cow’s Pretty In Pink Truffle Bars and Chocolate Covered Low-Fat Ice Cream in a Chocolate Cone. Yowzers! I had one of each… ok, well two of each (they were SO good and we did A LOT of crafting! I worked up an appetite!)

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A Crafter’s spa night isn’t complete without a DIY bath salts kit {tutorial to come}.  We made and packaged some pretty lavender bath salts to give to our friends. It was so fun!

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Next we tried out an Apprentice perfume kit.  At first we were intimidated by trying out different scents, but I ended up with an Apple/Rose/Amber combo which smelled amazing!

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Being that I am obsessed with lip balm, this kit was the most exciting for me to make {tutorial coming soon}.

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After all this crafting (and eating) you DEFINITELY need to wind down with a Massage Therapist!  We each had a thirty minute massage that topped off our busy day of creative bonding in the WoCavé!

Here are some photos of what we made on our spa night Mission.  We had a great time, creating, chatting, and relaxing together.  It couldn’t have been a better night.

If you haven’t checked out my other Missions yet please do so! This was an amazing opportunity for me to be sent on these three Skinny Cow Missions. I would have to say that they were probably some of the most fun and memorable times in my Blogging career!

I am honored to be a Skinny Cow brand Influencer for the WoCavé Program.  Products and monetary compensation were provided by Skinny Cow. All opinions are 100% my own.

05th Sep2013

Whimsical Navy and Yellow Wedding

by Dinah Wulf

My baby cousin got married!!! Woo hoo! I’m so happy for them…they are seriously PERFECT for one another.  With their permission, I just HAD to share some fun DIY wedding ideas for this very sweet, very whimsical navy and yellow wedding.

Ceremony

This was a very small and intimate wedding. It was the perfect size, if you ask me. There were about fifty or sixty guests.  The center aisle was lined with lanterns adorned with painted wooden yellow hearts with a navy background.  Simple white paper flower flowers graced the alter.

Table Setting

Covered in navy linens and yellow napkins, the table was beautifully done with wooden boxes.  Each box had three bottles of yellow and white flower bouquets.

The bride and groom had special Mr. and Mrs. Wooden letters on their chairs.

There were also special bottles of wine gifted by the groom’s father. Each bottle had a personalized number of years labeled on it and a silver pen attached.  Each guest wrote a special note on the bottle for the bride and groom to open on the corresponding year.

Decorations

Lanterns and lights were strung across the entire dining and dance floor.

The bride crafted recycled bottles spray painted in a textured gray spray paint as pretty vases scattered on the food, gift, and favor tables.

The bride also upcycled a hutch she found for five dollars and used it to display cupcakes.

She also make DIY cupcake stands with candlesticks and plates.

Games

There were several games for guests to play under a beautiful gazebo with cushioned seats.

Favors

Last but not least, there were personalized navy and yellow pinwheels for each guest to take home and place in their garden to remind them of this special day.

This was one of the best weddings I have attended… congrats again to Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Jenny Fusco! Love you guys!

04th Sep2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

I have been working on this vintage themed baby shower that I have coming up for a friend and I just wanted to share a couple of the decoration ideas I have already started. You know how I love upcycling so I started saving sauce and dressing jars to use as flower vases. I also had some fun vintage inspired baby fabric from my swag bag from the SoCal Social event I went to last year… I knew it would eventually come in handy!

Here are the materials I used:

  • Recycled Jars and Bottles
  • Fabric
  • Lace ribbon
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Craft Flowers
  • Burlap
  • Pearl Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Double sided tape

Here are a couple more pictures.  I will use them for the flower arrangements for the shower.

I also used the scrap fabric to make a banner.  My daughter, Mia helped with this one! I cut all the fabric I had into strips.

I also cut a few pieces of left over lace ribbon.

One by one I tied on each strip, alternating the colors and patterns to some rope that I had left over from some thrift store rope vases I made a long time ago.

It turned out so cute!

I can’t wait to show you the shower.  It’s coming up soon!  I’m never sure exactly how things will turn out until the day of the event but I know I am using some things I already have for decorations like vintage suitcases, antique books, vintage handkerchiefs and baby books I bought while antique shopping, and some other things! Until then!

UPDATE! Here are some more fun decorations I made!  Oh! And also some free Vintage inspired printables!

31st Jul2013

Easy Felt Flower Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been brainstorming some ideas for a baby shower that I am helping with.  The Mommy-to-be requested a vintage inspired shower with lots of lace and burlap.  She is not giving away the gender, so she wants neutral colors or both blue and pink and other pastels. I decided to try and make a felt flower.  I have sewn similar fabric flowers before and working with felt was actually easier because it is sturdy. 

Here are the materials I used for one flower:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pearl Bead

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Instructions:

Each flower takes six felt petals.  Here is how I cut mine. In hindsight I would have cut smaller pieces.

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You can play around with the size and shape of each petal.  With a good pair of scissors, you can easily cut 3-4 petals at a time. Keep in mind that each flower will be 5-6 times larger than one petal.

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Thread your needle and sew each petal together as shown.

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Lastly, sew on the pearl.

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I think I may make smaller ones in blue, pink, yellow, and green and embellish some mason jars with them with burlap and lace for flower vases. I think it will be cute to mix in rattles, white baby shoes, and vintage books.

You can also use these to make hair accessories like this one and this one or use them to embellish gifts or cards.  Use them for home décor and sew a cluster of them on accent pillows or throw blankets.

26th Jul2013

Recycled Patron Bottle Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so now you know I like Patron…Silver, that is.  It took a long time and a few parties and get-togethers to get through this bottle.  Initially I didn’t intend on keeping it.  After I finished it, however I couldn’t part ways because I love the shape, color, and durability of it. Instead of throwing it away, I made a recycled Patron bottle vase.  The pictures speak for themselves; however I wanted to write out the tutorial.  It’s a fun and SUPER easy project you can do in minutes with any type of bottle or vase. I did a guest post for Jill over at Popsicle Blog and she gave me some great materials to use.

Materials:

  • Patron bottle or any bottle or vase
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Coffee bean sack or burlap
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Here is the Patron Bottle BEFORE.  It’s the large size (I know, I know, I SWEAR my husband bought it!)

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Instructions:

I used a thick lace ribbon first and wrapped it around, securing it with glue. 

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Next I found an old coffee bean sack that I used to make outdoor coffee sack pillows with a few months ago.  I measured and cute accordingly.

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I secured it over the lace ribbon with glue.

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That’s it!  Here is another AFTER photo.

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The possibilities of decorating a bottle are limitless.  You can use all different textured, patterned, and colored ribbon to match your home or party décor.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to recycle bottles and use them for wedding or bridal shower centerpieces as well.  Group or cluster a few together to make a whimsical tablescape.

08th Jul2013

Picnic Themed Retirement Party

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny attended a retirement party recently and was kind enough to get the permission and share the hostess’s adorable picnic themed party decorations, invitations, and cupcakes.  Perfect for spring or summertime, these retirement party ideas include recycling old ornaments and Mason jars, making handmade burlap invites, and sculpting with clay.  The main colors were red and white with watermelon and a little army of ants used throughout.

The hostess made handmade and hand sewn burlap invitations embellished with plastic and paper flowers and colorful yarn.  She printed the invite with a watermelon design to fit the red and white picnic theme and inserted them in to a burlap envelope.

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She also made a cute retirement sign for the table.  It is decorated with scrapbook embellishments and says, “Happiness is Family, Friends, Love, and Retirement.”

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Wild flowers were displayed in scrapbook and ribbon covered Mason jars atop a red and white checkered tablecloth to fit the party theme.  She used several different types of textured and patterned red and white ribbon.

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The tables and cupcake stand was absolutely adorable and had little ants she made from old ornaments that she had.  She also made clay food to make it look like the ants were carrying the food away!

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The cupcakes were also adorned with chocolate ants and a gummy watermelon on top with green icing.

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This summer picnic themed retirement party was so sweet and clever.  A big thank you to Jenny for allowing me to post it!

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.

 

26th Mar2013

Tutorial for Fabric Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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Fabric flowers have many uses in the craft world.  I use them to embellish pillows, adorn wreaths, and dress up a plain head band for my EXTREMELY girly daughter.  I use them for so many things and since spring has officially sprung, I thought I’d post a tutorial for fabric flowers today.

These fabric flowers are so easy and inexpensive to make.  All you need are:

  • Fabric of choice
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Button (per flower)

The magic number that I have found to work best is five (pretend there are only five pictured below…haha!).  Cut out five flower petals in the desired size.  Remember that there will be five petals, so the larger the petals the MUCH larger the flower.  If you choose a lighter weight fabric, you can cut all five petals out at once.  The lighter the fabric, the flimsier the flower, however the more realistic they look.

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Once you have your petals cut, sew your petals together, keep the ends of each side flapped down.

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Continue sewing your petals together.

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Once all five petals form the flower and are sewn together, sew a button in the center to complete your fabric flower.

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Here is another AFTER photo.

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Consider making them in several patterns, sizes, and fun colors!  Add them to jackets, clothing, purses, and hair accessories.  You can even use them to add a special touch to a gift or use them for weddings or baby shower and bridal shower decorations.

 

04th Mar2013

How To Throw a Party

by Dinah Wulf

If you are throwing a party for adults, whether it’s a birthday, an engagement do, a housewarming, an office bash or anything in-between, you want to make sure it’s remembered for all the right reasons and that everybody has a good time. So, make your party stand out from the rest with some little suggestions that should make it a fantastic event for all involved.  Here are a few tips on How To Throw a Party.

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First and most importantly are the invitations. Make your own invitations right and you are halfway there. There’s no point in throwing the most fabulous party there has ever been, only for no one to turn up because they didn’t have enough notice. Make sure you get your invitations sorted and sent out in plenty of time so that people with responsibilities such as work, children or just hectic lives in general can make arrangements so that they’re able to come.

Making your own invitations is a wonderful way to add a personalised touch and will make them stand out. It will also save you money if you can make your own invitations, so give it a go and get crafty! Use whatever theme you go for in your invitations to decorate the house with as well. If you’ve got kids, get them involved in making things like bunting and table decorations, turning a money-saving tactic into a fun, family activity to stop the kids getting bored! Here is an example of a DIY Owl decoration.

Obviously any party needs plenty of food and drink, but a good idea is to have a theme running through this as well. So you could go for an Australian theme if someone is emigrating and make sure the invites and party decorations match the food and drink on offer or a hearts and flowers theme for an engagement; whatever is suitable for the occasion.  Here are some fun party theme ideas to get some inspiration.

Finally, some entertainment is what really makes a party memorable, whether it’s a band, a magician or, for something really different, you could arrange for everyone to have a tarot card reading! Do some research into online clairvoyant readings to find out what’s available for parties and events.

 

07th Feb2013

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Looking back at my past 22 months of blogging, I noticed that my party theme ideas get a lot of love in the social media world.  I decided to put together this round-up of 12 DIY Theme Party Ideas.  These parties have been liked, shared, and pinned often and I also get several emails about them too.  Each link has the full details for each party and some parties have more than one post.

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Animal Print Tween Party

This is a collection of easy decorating ideas including food labels, paper medallions, and glittered wild animals perfect for the favorite tween in your life.

Butterfly Garden Party

A whimsical outdoor butterfly inspired party complete with DIY decorating tutorials, hot dog bar and recipes, and cupcake decorating station ideas.

Candy Land Party

A fun candy filled board game inspired party with life sized game board, peppermint, gumdrop, chocolate, and lollipop woods.

Carnival or Circus Theme Party

A true birthday carnival complete with DIY game ideas including ring toss, balloon darts, baseball toss, costume photo station and popcorn centerpieces.

Cherry Themed Party

A baby shower perfect for a mommy expecting twins.  This posts shows giant cherries, adorable party favors, and decorating ideas.

Colorful First Birthday

With Elmo as the special guests, this first birthday party has colorful inspirations to fit and type of party.

Golf Themed Party

This party was for a co-ed baby boy shower; however these navy and green party ideas are great for father’s day or for any golf lover.

Hello Kitty Party

One of the most shared theme parties in the social media world, this Hello Kitty party is all pink with ideas for games, dancing, dress up, and more for both boys and girls.

Mickey Mouse Party

Inspired by red, black, yellow, and polka dots, this party has ideas for Mickey Mouse sweet treats and food serving ideas.

Owl Themed Party

This cute owl themed party has tutorials on how to make your own owl invitations, party banner, and centerpieces.

Poker Party or Casino Night

This budget friendly party shows you how to use a regular pack of playing cards in your party décor with tutorials on how to make playing card drink umbrellas and personalized poker chip party favors.

Wine Tasting Party

Probably the most popular theme party on DIY Inspired, this party has tutorials for DIY wine charms, invitations, wine tasting rules, and bridal shower games.

I hope you enjoyed my 12 DIY Theme Party Ideas round-up!  Which one is your favorite???

 

06th Feb2013

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

I have seen a few Pringles can cookie tins on Pinterest.  They are cleverly wrapped and hold the perfect sized cookie.  I’ve seen them wrapped with Christmas paper complete with a bow and I’ve seen them wrapped like a Mummy for Halloween.   These lovely ideas inspired me to create these Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits with a “pull me” tag and ribbon.  The long vertical shape is perfect for this.

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Here are the cans I used.

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I made these nail kits for a teenage girl is four easy steps.

STEP 1: Choose your gift.

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STEP 2: Make a “pull me” tag.

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STEP 3: Tie all your gifts together with ribbon.

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STEP 4: Insert them into your decorated Pringles can.

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Other Gift Kit Ideas:

  • Sushi Theme- chopsticks, sushi mat, soy sauce dish, packet of soy sauce, instructions on how to make sushi
  • Movie Theme- different types of candy and movie tickets
  • Spa Time Theme – loafa, travel sized soaps, bubble bath, bath wash, foot scrub, sponge
  • Tool Kit – screw drivers, nails, other tools
  • Sewing Kit – needles, thread, scissors, buttons
  • Makeup Kit – brushes and makeup
  • Creative Kit for Kids – crayons, markers, paints, brushes, stickers
  • Travel Theme – travel sized toiletries, tooth brushes
  • Puzzles – puzzle pieces and a photo of the completed puzzle
  • Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Kit- small liquor bottles, shot glass, cards, vail, sash, temporary tattoos, fun straws, games, etc.
  • Fourth of July- fill it with sparklers, snaps, matches
  • General- fill it with holiday themed candy and decorate accordingly

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

What else can you do with a Pringles Can???

 

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