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27th Aug2014

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

Thank you to Nature’s Flavors for sponsoring this post.  Be sure to visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter and tell them DIY Inspired sent you!

25th Aug2014

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

20th Aug2014

Chalkboard Activity Tray Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

My daughter uses this plastic activity tray that has now officially been through the ringer.  Not only does she use it to color on or eat snacks on, she steps on it, leans on it, and sits on it. It’s now warped and slouchy in the middle. When I went on a hunt on my last thrift store shopping outing, needless to say I was so happy I found this durable wooden activity tray for $6.00. I thought there was a chalkboard on top, bought when I brought it home it didn’t work. So, I decided to give it a mini thrift store makeover.

Materials I used:

  • Light Pink craft paint
  • Pink iridescent pearl craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalkboard paint

Here is the tray BEFORE. As you can see it has the green chalkboard look, but when I tried two different type of chalk, it didn’t work.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (1)

I taped it off with painter’s tape, because I planned on hand painting it and let’s just say I do not have a steady hand.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (2)

When I asked Mia what color, of course she shouted “pink!” I used a light pink coat on the bottom (two coats).

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (3)

Then I used one coat of Martha Stewart’s pink pearl craft paint on top, with an extra coat of touch up.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (4)

Once the pink paint trim dried, I painted the top with chalkboard paint.  I ended up doing four coats… yes four, with one hour drying time in between.  On the final coat I waited 24 hours to allow it to cure before drawing on it.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (5)

It turned out great and works well! My daughter loves it and now we can safely replace the plastic one!

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

Here are some more DIY Trays I have made!

18th Aug2014

Pocket Greeting Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (6)

I like to make my own greeting cards and invitations.  Since both my parents and my husband’s parents live on the East Coast and Midwest, we often send them snail mail with our daughter’s school photos or artwork.  Most recently, my daughter danced her very first ever dance recital, so I wanted to make a little card to go along with her photos to send to each grandparent. Here is an easy and budget friendly pocket greeting card DIY.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Paper Cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Circle punch
  • Letter stamps
  • Glue stick
  • Envelopes

Depending on the size of your envelop and pictures you are sending, measure and cut one piece of cardstock accordingly.  I used envelopes to fit a 5X7 and 4X6 photo.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card

Fold the cardstock in half and then fold up to create a pocket as shown.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (1)

Use a straight edge and a craft knife to cut the center folder flap. This will make it easier for the card to fold.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (2)

It creates a pocket like this.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (3)

Next, embellish the card as you wish!  I don’t like to waste any paper so since I used four different hues of purple, I cut the left over and made a band for the front.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (4)

I also used a circle punch to make a circle. I stamped on “love you” onto the card as well.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (5)

Lastly, I put it all together.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (7)

It’s a quick and easy project and MUCH cheaper than buying cards!

Be sure to check out the cards I sent to the grandparents last time for Mia’s school photos {DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion}!

06th Aug2014

DIY Yarn Tassels Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Yarn Tassels Tutorial

My brother designed some adorable free printable coloring bookmarks for Inheriting Our Planet and I wanted to make little tassels for them.  I thought they would make great back to school gifts for teachers or a Teacher Appreciation gift as well. I had never made them before and found they are extremely easy to make. You only need three things.

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Something to wrap the yarn around (I used an old Tic Tac container) – optional

Small bonbons of yarn like these are perfect for this project. I have a stocked jar in my craftroom at all times!

DIY Yarn Tassels

I used a plastic Tic Tac container to wrap the yarn around.  Wrap it several times.  Depending on the desired length, you can also use your fingers, the narrow part of your cell phone, a business card, or the like.

DIY Yarn Tassels (1)

Remove the yarn bundle you just wrapped and snip one end of the yarn as shown.

DIY Yarn Tassels (2)

I slipped a long piece of yarn through the folded end and then tied off the top.  This will be the hanger of the tassel. Wrap the yarn around to make a head and double knot it.

DIY Yarn Tassels (3)

If desired, trim the tassel for a more finished look.

DIY Yarn Tassels (4)

I made them in several colors.

DIY Yarn Tassels How To

I also tied some to the coloring bookmarks that my brother designed.  These are great because you can create your own design in any color you wish.

DIY Yarn Tassels (5)

See some examples and print them in three different designs for free here: {Free Printable Coloring Bookmarks}. You can use tassels for party decorations, ornaments, pillow embellishments, jewelry, and so much more.

If you like my brother’s designs, check out some other free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired:

28th Jul2014

Kids Artwork Display Idea

by Dinah Wulf

Kids Artwork Display Idea (8)

My daughter got a new loft bed in her room and we had to rearrange her furniture.  That also meant that I had to move her fabric Duck Brand tape shelves. The wall was blank and empty so my best friend from Simply Creative Ways gave me a Kids Artwork Display Idea. The two of us both have these frames left over from parties we have done; mine from my Tea Party by the Sea baby shower and hers from her Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party.  

There are so many great wood cut outs available in craft stores, and that just makes my life so easy! Here are the frames before.

Kids Artwork Display Idea

With a little craft paint, I painted them some vibrant colors that matched her room.

Kids Artwork Display Idea (1)

I found these rustic metal clips at Michael’s for about $3.00 for four. I simply hot glued them on. Hot glue works really well and is sturdy.  I tested it out, and was able to change the artwork in the frame very easily.

Kids Artwork Display Idea (3)

Here is the wall BEFORE. It’s blah!

Kids Artwork Display Idea (2)

Here is the wall AFTER! Much better!

Kids Artwork Display Idea (7)

Mia and I chose some of her favorite pieces of art that she has done in preschool and we hung them in her room.

Kids Artwork Display Idea (4)

She told me she titled the dinosaur one, “Dinosaur with Ear Pickers”. They are supposed to be bones, by the way! She cracks me up!

Kids Artwork Display Idea (5)

Here are a couple AFTER Photos. Now we can display her artwork over the years instead of piling up in my closet!

Kids Artwork Display Idea (6)

Kids Artwork Display Idea (8)

24th Jul2014

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

As you may already know, we took my daughter to the circus for her birthday.  I am loving this circus theme and had such a fun time making these cute circus party favors that were a hit with the kids.  I also wanted to share simple paper craft and easy DIY circus theme cake topper I made for her cake. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Two paper straws
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Colorful paper
  • Two pompoms
  • Glue

I cut a one inch strip of red and white striped scrapbook paper that I had left over from the party favors I made. I cut them into little 1”X1” pendants. The red and white stripes made it easy to just eyeball and cut a 45 degree angle.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (1)

Fringe makes everything better!! I used some left over blue paper to make these little fringed squares.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (3)

Next, I cut two slits on each of the tops of the straws and inserted the twine as shown. It slides right in perfectly.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (4)

I glued the pendants to the twine and added a little yellow fuzzy pompom I had left over from some caterpillar clothespins Mia and I made a while ago. You can use any glue.  I chose to use hot glue.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (5)

There you have it! Instant circus theme cake topper! It’s very quick and easy and costs next to nothing to make.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (2)

If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

09th Jul2014

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags How To

These cute little versatile DIY chalkboard clothespin tags are perfect for creative gift wrapping, party favors, name place cards, or even gardening or home organization labels.  They are inexpensive to make and you only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Wooden Shape Cut-Outs
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Scrap Paper
  • Clothespins
  • Glue
  • Chalk

I found these cute little wood cut-outs at Michael’s for .29 each but then I got 15% off of that, so they were roughly four for a dollar.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

I painted one side using a foam brush.  I like using this type of brush because the edges stay nice and neat so that only the front of the wooden cut-out is painted.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Easy

Tip: You may have noticed on previous posts, I like to save packing paper and reuse it.  It’s easy to store and doesn’t take up much space and it’s perfect for protecting any craft workspace.  I use it especially when I do kids crafts that involve paint with my daughter.

Two coats will suffice, but I did three, allowing one hour in between each coat.  I find that waiting works best when working with chalkboard paint.

Lastly, I glued each painted chalkboard tag to a clothespin.  You can use any type of glue. I personally prefer hot glue in this craft.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft Idea

Tip: I noticed after the fact that it was easier to glue on the wood cut-out BEFORE painting it so that it is easier to hold while painting and less messy on your fingers!

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft

I used these for little party favors but you can use them for several purposes. They would be adorable as place cards settings for a dinner party or even a wedding or shower.  You can also use them to label and organize craft supplies as well.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Tutorial

Here are a few more after photos.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Party Favor

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin GiftTags

01st Jul2014

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers

This post, Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers with FREE Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints.. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

My family camped a lot when we were younger and I thought that Tic Tac packs were the perfect size to transport herbs, spices, and seasonings while camping or traveling. I love trying out different Tic Tac flavors especially the Fruit Adventure flavor. Fruit Adventure Tic Tacs mini capsule-shaped candies come in: Mango (yellow), Orange (orange), Green Apple (green), and Cherry (red)!

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Printable

Creativity definitely runs in my family.  Growing up, I think I learned the most from my older brother.  He is six years my senior and I thought, (and still think) he was (is) the most influentially creative person in my life. I look up to him in so many ways.  He is a Graphic Designer and I am lucky enough to share some Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers with FREE Printables today that he designed. Here is how you make them.

Materials:

Instructions:

Enjoy your Tic Tacs! I must say I am a HUGE fan of the Strawberry Fields pack and this Fruit Adventure pack comes with two of my favorite flavors (mango and green apple). I always have a pack in my purse.

Print your FREE Printable on full sheet label paper.

Tic Tac Printables (650x326)

My brother designed three different types of labels:

  • Herbs (basil, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme)
  • Seasonings (beef seasoning, seafood seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper)
  • Spices (red crushed pepper, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, all spice)
  • Sprinkles (powdered sugar, parmesan, cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar)

Cut out the desired labels and place them on your filled Tic Tac packs! Here are a few pictures of mine.

Tic Tac Pack Spice Repurposing Idea

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers with Printable

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Repurposed

I hope you enjoy them! In case you missed it, here are some other ways to repurpose Tic Tac packs into DIY gifts or party favors!

Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post! Join 12M others and stop by the official Tic Tac Facebook page!

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Upcycled

27th Jun2014

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY (4)

I made some paper decorations for the Fourth of July parade coming up and I couldn’t resist but add a little extra pizazz to our wagon we bought on Craigslist, hence my Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY. I actually had everything stalked in my craft room (I know I have a problem), so I didn’t have to go buy anything new. I only needed a few things.

Materials:

  • Wood Plaque (I think I bought this one at Walmart)
  • Wooden letter
  • Paint
  • Foam Brushes
  • Newspaper
  • Wood Glue or Other Adhesive

Here is a photo of the wagon before I painted it.

Metal and Wood Wagon

Photo Source

I painted the wooden sides with Krylon’s blue ocean breeze.

Fourth of July Parade Wagon

I had this wooden plaque and a wooden “w” for our last name which happen to fit perfectly on the back of the wagon.

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY

I painted the plaque white with red trim and the “w” black.

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY (1)

Unfinished wood dries very quickly, so I was able to glue the letter on almost immediately.  I ended up using E6000 because it dries quickly and I find it works well. You can also use wood glue.

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY (2)

I removed the wooden back of the wagon and glued on the plaque to the back.

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY (3)

Here is the AFTER! I can’t wait to decorate it again for the Fourth of July parade.  In case you missed it, check out the easy paper decorations I made.

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY (5)

You may also like these other fun upcycles I did for my daughter:

24th Jun2014

Fourth of July Parade Wagon and Paper Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Fourth of July Parade Wagon (1)

I am really looking forward to the mini Fourth of July parade that we do every year. I don’t know why, but my husband and I have never gotten a wagon for our daughter.  We would always hitch a ride with someone else, or even just pushed her in her sparsely decorated stroller. This year, we finally purchased a wagon off of Craigslist and I want to share some easy paper crafts you can make to decorate for this year’s festivities.

When we bought the wagon, the plain wooden sides were screaming for paint! I chose Krylon’s blue ocean breeze. I thought it’d look pretty with the red wagon.

Fourth of July Parade Wagon

I made some paper medallions for the side. To make these, I cut two 2” strips for each medallion, and cut out two circles with a circle punch.

Patriotic Paper Crafts

I folded each strip like an accordion.

Patriotic Paper Crafts (1)

Using double sided tape I attached the two pieces on one side.

Patriotic Paper Crafts (2)

I punched a small hole for the string.

Patriotic Paper Crafts (3)

Using hot glue, I added the circles on both sides of the medallion. Hot glue works the best because it dries quickly.

Patriotic Paper Crafts (4)

I strung them on ribbon and attached them to the wagon!

Fourth of July Parade Wagon (2)

I also made little flags with scrapbook paper and BBQ skewers.  Super easy! I attached them to the wagon with Duck Brand tape (it works perfectly).

Fourth of July Parade Wagon (3)

Fourth of July Parade Wagon (1)

In case you missed some of my other recent Fourth of July ideas, here are a few:

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Parade Wagon Collage

23rd Jun2014

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights (5)

I came across these adorable red and blue metal buckets in the dollar bins at a Joann Fabric and Craft Store.  They have a little star cut out, perfectly patriotic for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. I wanted to add a little oomph so I ended up turning them into DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Metal or glass candle holders
  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Patterned Scrapbook Paper
  • Wet Paper Towel
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Tea Lights

Here are the dollar bin metal buckets I found. Cute, right?

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

I measured and cut little strips of patterned scrapbook paper that I had left over from these Glow Stick Party Favors (and free printable) that I made.

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights (2)

I poured a little outdoor Mod Podge onto my paper plate and used the foam brush to apply the Mod Podge both to the back of the strip and then on top of it. I added four strips to each little bucket.

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights (1)

Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights (3)

I added tea lights and voila! Instant festive DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights.

DIY Mod Podge Patriotic Tea Lights

I thought about giving them as a hostess gift to the annual Fourth of July party that my family and I attend.

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights (5)

In case you missed it, here are a few more patriotic posts I did recently:

 

13th Jun2014

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

One of my best friends gave me this tray that she was about to throw away. It was actually from a bridal Shower we gave many many years ago! I decided to keep it and bring some new life to it.  Here is my Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To. You only need a few materials, and some will depend on if you are starting fresh with a new tray.

Materials:

  • Wooden Tray
  • Sander
  • Clean Cloth
  • Tarp
  • Spray Paint
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Measuring Instrument
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive Spray

Here is the tray BEFORE, It was a little beat up!

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray

Because I a) had little time, b) had two coats of paint on it, and c) feel like I’m getting old with arthritis, I decided to take an electric sander to it versus a hand sand block, but either works well.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray (1)

Once I finished sanding it, I wiped the tray from debris with a clean cloth (aka and old t-shirt).

I laid it out on a tarp in a well-ventilated area and spray painted with Krylon Citrus Green. I used two coats.

Trash to Treasure Easy Serving Tray

While the tray was drying I measured and cut the fabric with my Fiskars Rotary Cutter. I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools I use. It measures and cuts up to 24 inches! I’ve used it on projects like this fabric and lace bunting and it just made it so easy to make.

Trash to Treasure DIY Fabric Lined Serving Tray

I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. I found it easiest to spray the back of the fabric and then place it on the tray, versus spraying the tray.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray Tutorial

Tah-dah! I love the color combo. It’s perfect for summer and entertaining. It’s a simple trash to treasure project that I hope you try out!

Trash to Treasure Serving Tray

 

In case you missed it, check out some of my other trash to treasure projects:

10th Jun2014

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

I love entertaining outdoors during the warm weather months. I wanted to make some fun beach inspired napkin rings to add a little DIY to my table setting this summer. Here is how I made these easy shell DIY napkin rings. You only need a few materials.

Materials:                   

  • Shells
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Strong Bonding Agent like E6000

How to Make Napkin Rings

Instructions:

I found the rope at Home Depot. I was able to make these nautical themed vases, this fabric bunting, this other fabric bunting, and eight of these napkin rings (and more) out of one package. Cut each piece into about 6 inches. Play around with the length to reach your desired ring size. Simply hot glue the ends together to form a ring.  I like to use hot glue because it dries quickly and holds the rope very well.

DIY Rope Napkin Rings

Glue the shell on top, covering where the ends of the rope meet. I used E600 for a fast and strong bond. Here are a few close ups.

Shell DIY Napkin Rings

DIY Napkin Rings

Easy Nautical DIY Napkin Rings

I love how they turned out.  Consider making these with other trinkets to match your theme or décor. You can even wrap them up to make a cute gift for Mother’s Day, or even a fun and thoughtful house warming gift. Hmmm… which gives me another idea! Ha! Stay tuned!

Easy Beach DIY Napkin Rings

In case you missed it, here are some other fun homemade gift ideas that you might like:

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