DIY Christmas Card Display

by Dinah Wulf

 

Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire (1)

This article, DIY Christmas Card Display, is sponsored by Pear Tree Greetings. All opinions are 100% my own.

Lucky for me, this year I was able to design my custom Christmas cards with Pear Tree Greetings. There were SO many choices for holiday photo cards I couldn’t decide. Their personalization process made it so easy though to save the photos I wanted to use so that I could come back to them later. I FINALLY decided on the Golden Greeting Trifold Christmas Cards. I love them because they are made from 100% recycled matte card stock.

Then, I started to think about all the lovely cards that my friends and family will be sending me. I have never had a nice photo display so I decided to make one. Here is how I made my DIY Christmas Card Display.

Materials:

  • Old Frame (check thrift stores!)
  • Paint, Paint Brush, Painter’s Tape (optional)
  • Poultry Netting
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Wire Cutter
  • Pliers
  • Ornaments and Ribbon (optional)
  • Clothespins

Can you believe I found this painting for free in the trash? Yep… I took it and was REALLY excited about it.

Before-Old Painting

Because I am upcycling an existing painting, I had a couple extra steps.  You can see here, I had to disassemble the painting and remove some nails.

Old Painting Preparation (650x215)

I also decided to paint the frame white. So, I taped off the burlap trim and primed and painted the frame.

Old Painting Prep (650x515)

Next, I measured and cut the poultry netting to fit inside the frame. Be sure to staple down all four sides.

DIY Christmas Card Display

DIY Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

Here is what it looks like with the netting. You can leave it like this and use it as an organization board in an office or craft room as well.

DIY Christmas Card Display with Poultry Netting

Christmas Card Display

But, since I’m using this for Christmas cards, I added some ornaments and ribbon.

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Here are some close ups of the cards I ordered from Pear Tree Greetings. This is the front.

DIY Christmas Card Display Repurposed

When you unfold it, this is the front of the card.

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This is the back.

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I absolutely love them and I’m sure my friends and family will love them too.

DIY Christmas Card Display Pear Tree Greetings

DIY Christmas Card Display Upcycled

Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

Thank you so much to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, check out the wall decals I got from them to make some DIY Wall Art for my daughter’s play area!

My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

This article, My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition, is sponsored by IKEA. All opinions are 100% my own.


Craft Room - IKEA

My craft room is more than just a craft room. It’s a place of inspiration, a place of creativity, and a place of tradition. My daughter and I spend a lot of time in there. I keep it as well organized and neat as possible, and everything has its place. Over the past few years, I have shared my craft room sanctuary on my blog and social media and I have received several emails and messages with questions. So, I thought I’d share it all with you today.

A Place of Inspiration

When we first moved into this home and I found out I had an entire room devoted to crafting, I knew where I wanted to go to buy the furniture.  In fact, the furniture for this room was my Christmas present one year. Since I keep an IKEA catalog handy at all times, I knew what pieces I wanted to buy right away.

This is the view from the door. The table and shelving unit are from IKEA. I knew that if I had both beautiful and functional furniture, I would have no problems getting inspired.

Craft Table and Storage (1)

This is the view from the other side of the room.

Craft Table and Storage (3)

The table top is the perfect size for not only the room, but to spread out all my materials to do my projects.

Craft Table Top

A Place of Creativity

For me to have creative mojo, my supplies have to be in order and organized. Every pen, paint brush, and glue stick, has a special spot. I raided IKEA for different sized storage boxes to keep all my supplies in.

Craft Room Storage (2)

Craft Table and Storage (4)

Craft Table and Storage (2)

I also added magnets to small containers for smaller notions that I hang on this magnetic board attached to the side of the shelving unit.

Magnetic Board

I opted to add the drawers and doors to the shelving unit as well. I changed the knobs and decoupaged the front of the drawers with recycled maps.

Craft Room Storage (3)

For my sewing machine and sewing supplies, I bought a rolling kitchen cart that fits everything beautifully.

Craft Room Storage (4)

Here is the list of items in my craft room you can purchase at IKEA:

Furniture

Storage

A Place of Tradition

I think the best part of this room is that I get to share it with my daughter. Since we have lived here, we have created some new traditions sparked by our creativity. During the holidays, we make handmade Christmas decorations and ornaments every year together.

The last time I was at IKEA I found this fabulous white felt wreath. They have so many great holiday decorations this season.

Felt Poinsettia DIY  (2)

I made some felt poinsettia’s to embellish it. To make the flowers, cut ten small petals for each flower. Glue them together in groups of five to form a flower. Glue two groups together. Lastly, glue or sew on small beads or pearls for the center of the flower.

Felt Poinsettia Tutorial

I pinned three of them onto the wreath.

Felt Poinsettia DIY  (1)

Here is the result. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a beautiful addition to our Christmas decorations this year. I’m even thinking of making more to give as gifts.

Felt Poinsettia DIY  (3)

It’s amazing to me that one room could inspire so much. I look forward to many more early mornings and late nights in there creating new projects and traditions with my daughter.

Special thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post.

DIY Snow Globe Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

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I have always wanted to try to make these, ever since I made my winter forest in my apothecary jars last year. I’m sure there are several ways to make them. The way I tried it, worked pretty well, and I did this project is just a few minutes. Here is how I made my DIY snow globe ornaments.

Materials:

  • Large plastic ornament balls
  • Small craft trees
  • Chopsticks
  • Glue stick and glue gun
  • Artificial snowflakes
  • Funnel
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Scissors

I found these little trees in green and white.  There are so many different kinds. Just make sure they will fit through the ornament ball opening.

DIY Snow Globe Ornament

Carefully pinch one tree from the top, until you feel you have a good grip on it. For me, it took a couple adjustments.

DIY Snow Globe Ornament (2)

Carefully add a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the tree. Quickly and carefully, place your tree inside the ornament. When working with plastic and hot glue, it attaches right away, so once the glue hits the plastic, there is only about 2 seconds (literally) to place and adjust.

DIY Snow Globe Ornament (1)

Repeat until you are satisfied with your mini forest.

DIY Snow Globe Ornament (3)

Using a funnel, fill your globe with artificial snowflakes.

DIY Snow Globe Ornament (4)

The chopsticks come in handy to help push the snowflakes into the ball. Gently shake the globe to get the flakes to spread out evenly.

DIY Snow Globe Ornament (5)

Tie ribbon and twine to your ornaments.  These would make great Christmas gifts or even a neighbor or teacher gift.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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DIY Snow Globe Ornament (7)

Here are a few other DIY ornament ideas:

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt

by Dinah Wulf

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If you love the Elf on the Shelf tradition at Christmas time like I do, you know where I’m coming from on this post! Being the Crafty Mom I am, one night last year, had Josie our elf make her own no sew Elf on the Shelf skirt. I felt that Josie was a little naked with no clothes AND I wasn’t about to spend $10 on a pre-made skirt at the store.

She does look a little naked here doesn’t she? This was one of her antics last year:

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If you missed any of my other Elf on the Shelf idea posts, here they are:

To make the apron you only need three items:

  • Red and white felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun (OK four items…)

Instructions:

Cut out these three shapes out of the felt.  I literally “winged it” on this one as far as the pattern and size goes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I actually used felt scraps. You don’t need much for that tiny Elf waist!

Elf-DIY-Apron

I used a hot glue gun (because it’s quick and easy) and glued it together like this.

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I tied it around her waist as shown.

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It turned out great and the red and white felt match her perfectly.

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Here’s what I set out the night Josie made her own skirt for my daughter to find the next morning.

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Just in case you need some Elf on the Shelf inspiration, here are those other posts again!

Upcycled Milk Bottles Dollar Bin Challenge

by Dinah Wulf

Milk Glass Crafts

A few of my friends and I got together to do a Dollar Bin Challenge. This is where we choose the same dollar bin object and each upcycle it and put our own creative spin on it.  None of us know what the others are doing until the night before our posts are published. For this challenge, we chose milk bottles. These were found in the dollar bin section at Target, two for $3.00. My upcycled milk bottles turned into fall turkeys!

Materials:

  • Milk Bottles
  • Scrap Paper in Fall Colors
  • Circle Craft Punch
  • Scissors
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Tape (double-sided works best)

These are the milk bottles I used.

Upcycled Milk Bottle Dollar Bin Challenge

First, I dug into my paper scraps bin. Yes I have a paper scraps bin in my craft room.  It comes in handy for SO many projects, plus I don’t waste a lot of paper! I found these great colors.  I liked that some had patterns.

Fall Paper Crafts

I folded each piece of paper in half and made paper feathers. If you need tips on how to make paper feathers, I wrote a post on it!

Paper Feather Crafts

Aren’t they pretty? To save time, I cut two at a time and it worked beautifully.

Glass Milk Bottle Turkey Feathers

Using a craft punch I cut out three circles per turkey. I also cut out yellow beaks and red turkey wattles.

Paper Turkey Craft

I spread out the feathers and taped them together with two circles (front and back).

Glass Milk Bottle Fall Craft

For the turkey’s face I attached the beak and wattle and also added two wiggly eyes.

Glass Milk Bottle Turkey

I taped it all together!

Glass Milk Bottle Crafts for Fall

For a brown turkey you can fill your bottle with chocolate milk! My daughter drank the milk and thought it was the coolest thing ever! These would be great for a fall party or for the kid’s table at Thanksgiving!

Upcycle Milk Bottle Turkey

Now let’s see what the other Bloggers came up with for our Upcycled Milk Bottles Dollar Bin Challenge! Be sure to check them all out!

Barbara from Chase the Star made this adorable milk bottle kids table centerpiece.

Kids Table Milk Bottles

 Make homemade Candy Corn Scrub from Loren at Pandora’s Craft Box!

Candy Corn Sugar Scrub

Fun and festive Halloween Milk Bottles by Jenny from Simply Creative Ways!

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Upcycled Metal Pumpkin Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Metal Ribbon Pumpkin

Once I saw this metal ribbon at Hobby Lobby, my first instinct was to post a photo on Instagram and Facebook. I didn’t hesitate to buy a roll and knew almost immediately that I was going to make an upcycled metal pumpkin. I already had the rest of the materials, and I was excited to get started.

Materials:

  • 9 Foot Roll of Metal Ribbon
  • Drawer Knob
  • Screw and Nut
  • Scissors
  • Green Burlap Ribbon
  • Twine

There were a few styles, but I chose this one because I wanted the screws to be easy to punch through. I wanted to make a decent sized pumpkin so I cut the ribbon in four two foot long pieces. The ribbon is easy to cut with sharp scissors.

Metal Ribbon for Crafts

I located the center of each piece and pierced the screw through the metal. I secured it with a nut.

Upcycled Metal Industrial Pumpkin

I did the same for the top, only with a drawer knob. The metal is easy to shape and maneuver so I bent the tops to shape the sphere I just made into a pumpkin.

Repurposed Knob Metal Ribbon Pumpkin

Lastly, I cut green burlap ribbon for leaves, and added twine to represent the vines of a pumpkin.

Upcycled Metal Ribbon Pumpkin How To

It turned out so cute and fits my industrial décor perfectly!

Upcycled Metal Ribbon Fall Pumpkin

Now, I want to go back and buy the different ribbon to make some more!

Upcycled Metal Pumpkin Tutorial

For more DIY Pumpkin ideas check out:

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Vases

by Dinah Wulf

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I originally shared this idea on my friend’s blog, A Fabulous Fete, and thought I’d share it with you today! I don’t know about you but I am always saving spaghetti sauce jars. I’ll even take this a step further and admit to you that I buy spaghetti sauce based on the jar and not the actual spaghetti sauce… I know! I know! I have a SERIOUS problem! Anyway, I did a very simple upcycle that can be completed in minutes. Here is how to make recycled can and Mason jar vases.

Materials:

  • Cans and jars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper or old packing paper
  • Spray paint

You can use any type of can or jar. When I thought of this project I had a collection already.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece a

First, tape off the jars with Painter’s tape.  Be sure to smooth it on applying pressure with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. I like the look of glass and color, and tin and color, so I randomly taped off sections.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece b

After you tape them off, cover the area you do not want painted with newspaper. I used old packing paper that I had on hand.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece c

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece d

I chose Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze and Citrus Green.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece e

I sprayed on one coat outside in the back yard. One coat was perfect and only took fifteen minutes to dry. I removed the tape and the lines were perfect!

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece

I filled them with colorful inexpensive flowers I got from the grocery store.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece f

Here are a few more pictures.  I am LOVING these two colors together.

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Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece i

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Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece g

This project is great because you can play around with the colors to fit any style, holiday, or special occasion.

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

I have done a dozen or so paper flower tutorials since I started blogging. I noticed that there are so many talented Bloggers out there with some GORGEOUS paper flower tutorials as well. So, I wanted to put together a list of paper flower craft tutorials that are great for any season, holiday, or special occasion.  You can use these paper flowers for cards, centerpieces, embellishments, home décor, and so much more. Here we go!

Origami Poinsettia, Blossoms and Posies 

Tissue Paper Rose, Blossoms and Posies 

Kleenex Lilly, Blossoms and Posies 

Cupcake Paper Flower, Blossoms and Posies 

Blooming Map Wreath, Crafts N Coffee 

Persimmon Paper Roses, Simply Kelly Designs

Quilled Blooms Frame, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Butterfly with Flowers, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Paper Flower Topiaries, Suzy’s Sitcom

Magazine Paper Flowers, Organized 31 

Crepe Paper Flowers, Ribbons and Glue 

Inkling Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

White Crepe Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

Paper Flower Tacks, Carolyn’s Homework

Book Page Paper Hydrangeas, Muslin and Merlot  

Kusudama Paper Flower, Muslin and Merlot

Paper Towel Tie Dyed Flowers, This Simple Home

White Pumpkin with Paper Flowers, Baby Loving Mama

Tissue Paper Flowers, Life With Lovebugs

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Water Colored Book Page Roses, DIY Inspired

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Recycled Coin Wrapper Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Book Page Paper Flower Magnet, DIY Inspired

Back to School Teacher Bouquet, DIY Inspired

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping, DIY Inspired

Toilet Paper Roll Flower Ornament, DIY Inspired

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday, DIY Inspired

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins, DIY Inspired

Special thanks to all the Bloggers that allowed me to share their fabulous paper flower craft tutorials!

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

No Sew Felt Halloween Bags

After I made my no sew travel bags and my daughter’s Halloween headbands, I came up with this idea for a 15 minute craft in participation of the Halloween edition of Craft Lightening! You only need a few items to make these cute little no sew Halloween treat bags.

Materials:

The instructions are self-explanatory but you know me and my step by step photos!

I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut one piece of felt into four 3” wide pieces.  One piece of felt will make four bags.

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags

Simply fold your pieces in half and hot glue the sides together to form a little pocket.

No Sew Halloween Treat Favor Bags

I had some embellishments left over from other crafts, so I cut a few extra pieces of felt and glued a little Halloween embellishment on them.

No Sew Halloween Treat Bag Embellishments

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags with Felt

Then stuff them with little toys, candy, or other Halloween treats! I thought these would be cute to pass out at a classroom Halloween party or even as party favors at a Halloween party.

No Sew Felt Halloween Treat Bags

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags DIY

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags Tutorial

Be sure to visit the other blogs participating in Craft Lightening this week and head on over to our hosts, Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for more 15 minute Halloween ideas!

 If you want to see some of my other 15 minute Craft Lightening crafts you might like:

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases

Every time I’m at the thrift store (which is a lot), I see these vases for about $2.00 apiece. You can do so many things with them with paint and other embellishments. This time, I decided on making mercury glass vases.  You can do this project two different ways, 1) with the paint inside, and 2) with the paint outside.  For this tutorial, I painted the outside so that I could use the vases for fresh flowers. Here is how I made my DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases.

Materials:

This project takes minutes…literally only a few minutes. Here are the vases I picked up at the thrift store.

DIY Mercury Glass Vases

Place the vase upside down on a hard surface. Using a spray water bottle, gently mist the vase and allow the water to bead.

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Tutorial

Lightly spray the vase with two light coats of Looking Glass Spray Paint. Allow it to dry for a few minutes.

DIY Mercury Glass

Lastly, lightly pat the bubbles so that they pop with the alms of your hands or fingers. Don’t worry, the paint washes off of your hands very easily. Allow the paint to dry completely.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase How To

If you decide to paint the inside instead, the glass will glisten more and look more shiny, however the paint will flake if you decide to put something inside.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase Tutorial

These look great for fall, winter, and actually all year round.  They make great centerpieces for New Year’s or weddings as well.

Easy Felt No Sew Bags

by Dinah Wulf

Easy DIY Felt Pencil Cases

My family and I travel a lot and it seems like I can never have enough little bags to help me organize my makeup, makeup brushes, jewelry, hair accessories, and so on. Not to mention my daughter’s things as well. Looking around my craft room and supplies I already had in hand, I busted out my trusty glue gun and made these easy felt no sew bags in a jiffy.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Rotary Cutter (optional but makes life easier!!)

I picked out some pretty fall colors of felt. One piece makes one bag. I used the third piece for embellishments.

Easy DIY Felt Bags

Fold up one end to the desired size.

Easy No Sew Makeup Bag

Hot glue the sides to create a pocket.

Easy No Sew Pencil Bag

The top will fold down like a flap.

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I wanted to add some weight to the flap so I used my rotary cutter to cut a perfectly straight white strip and glued it to the bottom of the front flap. 

Easy DIY Felt Bags (1)

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I also added a little felt bow for a pop of color.

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Bag

You can use these little bags for almost anything… AND it costs pennies to make!

Easy DIY Felt No Sew Pencil Bag

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Holder

They also make great gifts for Teachers or a tween craft for pencil bags at school. They are even inexpensive enough to use as clever gift wrapping for a hostess gift, movie tickets, or a gift certificate.

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You may also like these easy to make gift ideas:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I have been on a roll with invitations lately! I have to say, I really enjoy paper crafts like this. Recently, I made a clam shell for a Little Mermaid Party and a Rapunzel Tower invite with yarn hair for a Tangled themed party. This time, I am helping my best friend with her oldest daughters Breakfast at Tiffany’s birthday party (her name is Tiffany too!). Here is how I made Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations.

Materials:

  • Blue Card Stock
  • Black and White Patterned Card Stock
  • White Card Stock
  • Glue Stick
  • White Ribbon
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Gems
  • Envelopes

To prepare my little assembly line, I cut 5” X 7” pieces for the main backing and 3” X 5” pieces of black and white paper and 6” white ribbon. I designed the invitation, printed them on white card stock and cut them out at 4.25” X 6.25” (approximate).

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations

I used a glue stick to assemble them.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (1)

I also tied the ribbons in knots and put a little gem on each side.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (2)

My friend looked online for Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations for inspiration and she loved the wording on this one.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (3)

So, on her invitation I wrote:

Darling…

You are cordially invited to a birthday party honoring the fabulous…

Tiffany Hostetler

Date

Time

Place

In the true spirit of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Will you please wear your best

Little Black dress?

Don’t forget your Fabulous pearls,

Divine sparkles, and

Gorgeous costume jewelry!

RSVP

I loved the end result.

Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I was so inspired that I also made…

… a drink menu including, Wonderful Water, Magnificent Milk, and Sparkling Apple Cider…

Breakfast at Tiffany's Drink Menu

 … some food labels including Picture Perfect Pancakes, Wonderful Waffles, Divine Donuts, Delish Bacon, Marvelous Mini Muffins, Fabulous Mini Bagels, and Yummy Yogurt and…

Breakfast at Tiffany's Food Labels

… some special gift wrapping for the birthday girl too!

Breakfast at Tiffanys gift wrapping

Hanging Fall Wreath DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Hanging Fall Wreath

Maybe I should have titled this post “One Wreath, Five Ways” because this is the fifth time I have used this little hanging basket for my front door decoration.  I love that it is so versatile and you can use it for all holidays and special occasions.  This time, since autumn is officially here, I decided to share my Hanging Fall Wreath DIY today.

In case you missed the others, here they are!

Materials:

  • Hanging Basket
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Green Ribbon
  • Lace Trim
  • Scissors
  • Wooden Letters
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Chalk
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Safety Pins
  • Newspaper

When I went to the craft store, I purchased a few new flowers on sale (plus a coupon) for $6.00! Score! I already had the white hydrangeas pictured below.

Fall Door Decoration Flowers

I painted two coats of chalkboard paint on the letters.

Fall Door Hanging Decoration

While they were drying, I hot glued the lace trim and green ribbon onto the burlap.

Fall Door Hanging with Burlap and Lace Decoration

I hot glued the letters onto the burlap.

Fall Chalkboard Letters Door Hanging

Next, I rubbed some chalk on the letters and smeared it with my fingers for more of a chalkboard look.

Fall Front Door Hanging Wreath

I arranged my flowers and hung it up! It didn’t take me long to complete, nor did it cost much! Now… what should I do for Halloween… and Christmas… Ha!

Fall Decor with Flowers

Fall Hanging Wreath DIY

Here are the other wreaths again in case you missed them (or don’t feel like scrolling up)!

More Burlap Craft Ideas:

Thrift Store Find Wooden Bowl Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Wooden Rope Bowl DIY

I spend A LOT of time perusing the aisle of thrift stores. As a result, I have done so many thrift store makeovers. If I go, I rarely leave empty-handed. If you have the patience to look, there’s a good chance you’ll find a hidden gem.  I found this wooden bowl for $6.00 at a local Goodwill. I snatched it up, because I know that wooden bowls like these are usually too pricey for what I am willing to pay. Here is my process for my wooden bowl makeover from this lovely thrift store find. You only need four things.

Materials:

  • Wooden Bowl
  • Jute rope
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors

Here is the bowl before. It is a little scratched up but nothing too bad.

Rope Bowl DIY

The easiest way is to start from the bottom up. Also, you can use other glue, but I found it easiest to use hot glue because it dries quickly. For me, since I work with hot glue so much, it’s less messy for me that white glue as well.

Thrift Store Makeover Rope Bowl DIY

Simply keep gluing and winding until you reach the desired height. I kept part of the bowl open because I like how the wood and jute look together.

Rope Thrift Store Bowl DIY

 I am using mine for fruit and decorative purposes.  It is food safe because I didn’t alter the inside of the bowl itself. It is also hand wash only.

Rope Bowl Tutorial

I did a similar trash to treasure project on inexpensive thrift store vases as well! Check out my DIY rope vase tutorial here.

Hope you try it out!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm How To

Thank you to Nature’s Flavors for sponsoring this post, Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY. All opinions are 100% my own.

I have made my own lip balm before, but I must say that this batch might possibly be the best! I’m going to venture to say it’s because of the ingredients I chose to work with this time around. Here is what you need for this Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY.

This recipe makes four small containers of lip balm.

Materials:

Equipment:

  • Small Saucepan
  • Pyrex Measuring Cup
  • Stove
  • Metal Measuring Spoon
  • Paper Towel
  • Lip Balm Containers
  • Droppers
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board

Optional:

  • Old Book Page
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape

Instructions:

Choose the best ingredients. Nature’s Flavors has produced natural organic flavors for over 30 years. They have a variety of over 8000 custom flavors to choose from including everything from banana to lemon meringue. I chose pina colada and mango for my lip balm.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY

Fill a small saucepan with 2 cups of water. Place a glass Pyrex measuring cup inside and turn the stove to medium high heat.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Meanwhile, using a cutting board and knife chip off approximately 2 tablespoons of beeswax.

DIY Lip Balm with Beeswax

Place the beeswax, one tablespoon of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of coco butter inside your glass measuring cup and allow it to melt.

Easy Lip Balm DIY with Coconut Oil

One the mixture is melted, give it a stir and remove it from the heat.

Lip Balm DIY

Using a dropper, put five drops of mango flavor and five drops of pina colada flavor into your mixture and stir.

All Natural Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Fill your containers. I like to save containers or ask friends to save them for me and reuse them for projects like this.

Homemade Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Make Your Own Lip Balm

Tip: If you are reusing an old tube container like this one allow the lip balm to harden slightly, and then top it off with more lip balm mixture.

Make Your Own Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

The lip balm will harden after a few minutes.

How to Make Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Your homemade lip balm should work just as well as in a store bought lip balm container.

Make Your Own Lip Balm Tutorial

I covered my containers with old book pages for a finished look.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm How To

There you have it! These make great homemade gifts as well!

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm Tutorial

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How to Etch Glass Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Salt and Pepper Shakers

I found these spice jars while I was thrift store shopping the other day.  I fell in love with the little wooden lids, PLUS they were only 99 cents each.  My Mother accidentally broke my antique pepper shaker that I had and so I decided to turn these spice jars into my everyday salt and pepper shakers. I had some etching cream and settled on putting the classic “s” and “p” on them.  Here is my tutorial on how to etch glass.

Materials:

  • Glass
  • Etching Cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint brush
  • Water/sink

Glass etching is probably one of the easiest and quickest craft projects to complete. I think it took me less than ten minutes to do this project.

Here are the spice jars I got. I have never (or don’t recall) seeing any like this before. I put them in the washing machine to make sure they were clean.

Thrift Store Salt and Pepper Shakers

I used Martha Stewart’s adhesive letter stencils which make this project SUPER easy. As you can tell by this photo I used them often. Make sure your glass is completely dry.

How To Etch Glass

Once your stencil is in place, apply an ample amount of etching cream onto your surface. Wait 1-3 minutes and rinse the etching cream off under cold water. Remove the stencil.

How To Etch Glass DIY

Voila! It works in literally minutes.

Repurposed Spice Jars

I poured in my salt and pepper and these spice jars still had the rubber shaker lids with holes. These would make a fun gift or you can be greedy like me and keep them all for yourself!

How To Etch Glass Tutorial

 

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