Mini Plastic Cup DIY Easter Baskets

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Mini Easter Baskets

I have to say, these mini plastic cup DIY Easter baskets are one of my most favorite Easter crafts I have done so far! I used the infamous red Solo cups that were left over from an event that I had at my Couples Olympics party.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • One plastic cup basket per basket
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Twine
  • Ribbon or pre-made bows

Instructions:                                 

Step One:

First cup your plastic cup to the desired depth. I used a pair of fantastic scissors, the Fiskar’s amplify scissors. They just made cutting so much cleaner and smoother.

Plastic Cup Mini Easter Baskets

Step Two:

Next cut three pieces of twine for the handle. Use Mod Podge to dipp the ends and glue it to your cup. I positioned it close to the bottom. Allow it to harden a little. I made several baskets so I prepped the rest of my materials as I waited for the glue to dry.

Plastic Cup Mini Easter Baskets (1)

Step Three:

Next, braid your handle and glue the other side.  It will look like this.

DIY Easter Baskets

Step Four:

Since I was making several baskets, again I did steps 1-3 to wait for the glue to dry. Once the handle glue is slightly dry, brush on a generous amount of Mod Podge around the entire outside of the cup. Wrap the twine around the cup starting at the base.

DIY SOLO Plastic Cup Mini Easter Baskets

Step Five:

Once you reach the end, seal the tip with Mod Podge, ideally at the base of the handle for a clean look. I added little craft bows with more Mod Podge.

Plastic Cup Mini Easter Baskets DIY

Step Six:

Lastly, fill your Easter baskets with grass and Easter chocolates! I filled mine with chocolate foiled eggs. I also added a little pink felt bird that I glued onto a toothpick because I thought it was so darn cute!

Plastic Cup Mini Easter Baskets -Repurposing Idea

Here are a couple more pictures! I hope you try it out. 

Upcycled Plastic Cup Mini Easter Baskets

SOLO Cup Mini Easter Baskets

Plastic Cups turned Mini Easter Baskets

Dragonfly Clothespin Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Dragonfly Clothespin Craft for Kids

My daughter and I like a good clothespin craft.  We’ve made several different kinds before (tutorials to come). This time, we wanted to share a cute clothespin craft we made out of  fabric Duck Brand Tape and some Washi tape.  You can use them to decorate, embellish, or even just play with! I think they would be cute sitting in a plant or clipped to a school notebook. Here is how we made our dragonfly clothespin craft for kids.

Materials:

  • Clothespins
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Duck Brand Tape
  • Wiggly eyes

Step One

A small Washi tape roll cut in half length wise is the perfect size for two clothespins.  We picked a pretty blue pattern and taped it to the top of each clothespin.

Clothespin Dragonfly

Step Two

Next cut a strip of fabric tape at approximately 3.5” in length. I eyeballed it. Fold it, leaving a small section of the adhesive side open as shown. We love this pink, white, and gray pattern.

Clothespin Dragonfly (1)

It should look like this.

Clothespin Dragonfly with Washi Tape

Step Three

Fold it again in half lengthwise with the sticky side out.

Clothespin Crafts for kids- Dragonfly

Step Four

Cut out your wings. Repeat steps 2-4 with a slightly longer piece.

Clothespin Craft Ideas-Dragonfly

The wings will stick nicely onto the inside of the clothespin and you should still be able to open and close it without the two sides sticking together. We also added small adhesive wiggly eyes to our clothespin dragonflies.  Aren’t the adorable??

Dragonfly Clothespin Craft for Kids

We hope you like it!

Washi Tape Clothespin Dragonfly

Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

by Dinah Wulf

Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

This post, Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft, was a tutorial I did for my other blog that I am officially saying farewell to. It was a lot of fun, but I quickly found out that it was more work than I can handle maintaining two blogs. What was I thinking? So, slowly I will be moving over some of my posts, over here to DIY Inspired.

This is a fun St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun hat.  I made two for Mia’s teachers last year. Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Clear plastic cups
  • Gold, Black, and Green card stock
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Plate or cup to trace a circle for the rim of the hat
  • Tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic wrap
  • Green candies

Instructions:

First I cut out large circles for the rim of the hat. I found that a large cottage cheese container worked well for the type of cup I used.

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Next, I cut out black strips to go around the hat and two gold squares for the buckle.

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Using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat, I measured and cut out a buckle.

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I glued the buckle to the black strip and fit it around the hat. It should fit snuggly.

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Next I filled the cups with green candies.

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I covered the top with plastic wrap and secured it closed using a rubber band.

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You can now turn the cup over without the candy spilling. I taped the circle to the bottom of the hat and tucked in the plastic wrap around the edges.

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Lastly, I slipped the buckle and black strip around the hat and secured it with tape. There you have it!

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Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat (304x750)

4 Tips for Crafting with Burlap

by Dinah Wulf

Four Tips for Crafting with Burlap

Some of my most popular posts are burlap craft projects. I’ve cut it, sewn with it, stenciled it, ironed it, washed it, and even upholstered furniture with it! It gets pretty messy and you have to deal with fraying and fiber debris all over your work space. I’ve done so many projects and through the creative process, I have learned a few tricks to help make this messy medium more manageable (Messy medium more manageable? Say that ten times fast!). So, I made a short little one minute and twenty second video of 4 tips for crafting with burlap.

In this video I will address washing burlap, fraying, ironing burlap, and eliminating debris. I hope you enjoy it!

For those of you that don’t want to watch the video, here are my four tips.

Tip #1: Washing

I recommend hand washing burlap instead of machine washing. You can machine wash it in COLD. However be prepared for a messy lint trap and a lot of fraying.

Tip #2: Fraying

Use a liquid seam sealant like Fray Check to stop the burlap from fraying. Protect your work surface with cardboard and keep the sealant out of reach of children.

Tip #3: Wrinkles

You can use spray starch to iron the wrinkles out of your burlap. Use a linen (high) setting.

Tip #4: Eliminating Excess Debris

Take your burlap outside and give is a few shakes! Shake off that excess debris. Trust me. You’ll thank me later!

More Burlap Craft Ideas:

Burlap Accent Crafts:

How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Eucalyptus Bath Salts

It’s time for another Dollar Bin Challenge! Our item this month is a glass test tube found for $1.50 in the dollar bins at Michael’s. I decided to make this little gift set of eucalyptus Epsom bath salts. In case you are wondering, these are not the type of bath salts that make you want to eat another person’s face… ha! Kidding… well, not kidding, but rather a soothing all-natural way to relax in the tub!  Here is how to make homemade bath salts.

Materials:

  • Glass test tubes
  • Epsom Salt
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Essential oils and dropper (My friend sells them!)
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring
  • Funnel
  • Labels (optional)

Here is a photo of our dollar bin challenge items. I love these! I love them so much that I bought five.

DIY Bath Salt

Depending on your container, the ratio for the recipe is 2:1 coarse sea salt to Epsom salt. These particular test tubes hold about a quarter cup, so I measured accordingly. Mix the two ingredients thoroughly.

DIY Soothing Bath Salts

Next, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice and mix.

How to make DIY Bath Salts

Lastly, if you want to add color, add two-three drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. I played around with the colors.

DIY Homemade Bath Salts

DIY Colored Bath Salts

Next, I used a funnel to pour the bath salts into the test tubes.

How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

DIY Scented Bath Salts

I also made a label for the tub with directions that say “add 1-2 tablespoons to hot H2O.”

DIY Bath Salt Set

I added my labels and placed them in a gift box.

How to make DIY Epsom Bath Salts

I also made a video as well!

Want to see what other Bloggers are doing with their test tube Dollar Bin Challenge? Check them out right here!

Test Tube Craft Ideas-Dollar Bin Challenge

 

Monika from Life with Love Bugs – Decoupage Candy Holders

Tara from A Spectacled Owl – Love Potion No. 9 Valentine Printable

Kara Noel from Small Things are Big Things – Test Tube Candle 

Jill Parkin from Popscicle Blog – Valentine’s Day Strawberry Milk Printable

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

by Dinah Wulf

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

Happy New Year! Wow! What a great year. I can’t believe we are officially in 2015…yikes! Just as in 2013 and 2012, I wanted to reflect back to this past year and put together a best of DIY Inspired 2014. I broke it up in different categories. Here we go!

Best Furniture Makeover

I did a lot of furniture makeovers for my daughter this year, but the most popular was an old dresser that I’ve had since college. I painted this Chevron Dresser with spray paint and stencils to add a pop of color to my walk in closet.

Best Thrift Store Makeover

I found a little bench at Goodwill for less than $10 and turned it into an upcycled bench for kids with new paint and a cushioned seat, intended for my daughter’s reading nook.

Best Free Curb Side Pickup Makeover

I hadn’t done too much dumpster diving this year. I did love my Santa Stop Here sign from a shelf found in the garbage and a fabric lined serving tray I made also destined for the trash, but the most popular is this DIY Organization Board made with chicken wire I upcycled from an old painting I found in the garbage.

Best Trash to Treasure Project

One of the first projects I did in 2014, January 3rd to be exact, this Repurposed Jewelry Organizer is still one of my favorites of all time.

Best Repurposing Idea

Not ready to part with my daughter’s crib, I made this Repurposed Bed Spring turned Craft Organization,  that is probably one of the most useful things in my craft room today.

Best Theme Party Post

I had some fun theme parties I have helped with this year including a Mad Hatter Tea Party, Rapunzel birthday, Dr. Seuss party, Beanie Baby, The Little Mermaid, and Angry Birds party, but these Angry Bird Boxes were definitely the most popular.

Best DIY Gift Idea

This was so fun to make and all natural and organic! This Mango Pina Lip Balm was a hit in 2014.

Best Party Related Tutorial

Who knew these DIY Personalized Bachelorette Bags would be so popular! I actually made these for a girls trip to Las Vegas, but quickly realized that they are great for anytime.

Most Popular Printable

My talented brother designed these Tic Tac Packs Spice Container Printables, which turned out to be popular for Campers this summer.

Best Halloween Post

My very last Halloween post of the year was so last minute! This DIY Minion Costume was simple, quick, and easy to do.

Best Christmas Post

These two posts tied for most popular and they are both globe ornaments! My DIY Snow Globes and Winter Woodland Ornaments were a hit on Pinterest this past season.

12 Days of Christmas Count Down Tree

by Dinah Wulf

12 Days of Christmas Count Down Tree

I know advent starts earlier, but this year, since I like to give little candies or small toys each day, I thought I’d limit the gifting to 12 days and made this cute little gold 12 Days of Christmas Count Down Tree.

As part of December’s Dollar Bin Challenge, a bunch of Bloggers and I got together and purchased mini trees from a retail store dollar bin. We all put our very own creative spin on them. Here’s the tree!

12 Days of Christmas Tree Dollar bin Challenge

Cute, right? It was only $3.00 at Target. Here is how I made mine.

Materials:

  • Mini Tree
  • Glittered Letters
  • Raffia Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tree Topper Embellishments of Choice
  • 12 Small Boxes and Bags
  • Gift Wrapping Embellishments of Choice (ribbon, stickers, decorative tape)

I wanted to put “Merry & Bright” on my mini garland, so I found these cute adhesive gold sparkly letters.

12 Days of Christmas Tree Decor

I removed the paper backing and carefully hot glued each letter onto some raffia ribbon.

12 Days of Christmas Tree Garland

For the tree topper, I found these to pieces in the Christmas bins at Jo-Ann’s and intertwined them together.

12 Days of Christmas Tree Topper

I also wrapped 12 small toys, candies, and chocolates in different boxes and mini gift bags.  I used any small boxes I could find around the house. I embellished them in gold stickers and ribbon to match the tree.

12 Days of Christmas Tree Advent

We will start our countdown on December 13th this year through the 24th. Mia’s three cousins will be here on the 19th, so I made sure to put a little extra in the boxes for her to share.

12 Days of Christmas Tree

Be sure to stop by and see what the other talented participants of the December Dollar Bin Challenge did with their mini trees!

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Tina from Zoo Cutie Printables

Robin from Crafting Mommy of Two

Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box

Jenny from Simply Creative Ways

Monika from Life With Love Bugs

Also, in case you missed them, here are a few other easy Christmas crafts I have done over the years!

 

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.

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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:

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!

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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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More Elf on the Shelf:

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

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.

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

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece j

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece i

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece h

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:

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