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27th Feb2014

Modpodgeable DIY Photo Key Chains

by Dinah Wulf

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My brother is moving away… booooooo. I’m so sad about it. I went to his house the other day because he had some extra craft supplies to give me that he didn’t want to pack. One of them was a bag of these plastic photo key chains. They reminded me of Modpodgeables! So I decided to try and make Modpodgeable Photo Key Chains for my friends and family and it worked beautifully!

Materials:

First picked out photos and edited and cropped them accordingly on my computer. I measured and cut out scrapbook paper and the desired photos that I found. I also cut out some letters. I wanted to make three key chains for two of my best friends and myself.  The three of our daughters are thirty days apart and are best friends. I cut out BFF (best friends forever) to put on the other side of the key chain.

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I placed the photos and scrap book paper inside.

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These are photos I picked out for the grandparents.

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Using a little bit of glue stick glue, I adhered the BFF and rhinestone on top of the plastic.Then, I used the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glue on top. Be careful not to shake the bottle to avoid bubbles.  Also, I used my finger instead of a brush to smooth out any bubbles and to help cover the entire surface. It helps to keep a wet paper towel nearby. As you can see in this photo the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glue goes on cloudy.

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Allow it to set for three hours.  It will look like this when you are done! Here’s the front and back!

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Here some of the other ones.

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05th Feb2014

No Sew Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve always wanted holiday themed kitchen towels, but I can never find ones that I actually like.  I decided to look around at Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  Of course, I can’t sew, so I figured I’d try to make them by using fusible web I also bought permanent fabric tape as well just in case. Here is how I made my No Sew Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towel.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Fusible web
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

After looking around for what seemed like forever, I finally found two patterns that I really liked. The fabric quarters were perfect for this project.

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I also found these four kitchen towels for four dollars at Target. What a deal! Only a dollar each! I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own!

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I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the fusible web and ironed it on.  The package said to heat it foe 3 seconds, but it took a little longer for me. Here’s how it turned out! I love it! This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

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In case you missed it, here are some other fun Valentine’s Day crafts and decorations I did.

30th Jan2014

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

by Dinah Wulf

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I just got the AdvantEdge Punch System from Fiskars and I wanted to test it out. Because I’m such a craft Geek, I didn’t bother reading the directions. I know. I know. Hence, I made a couple mistakes. BUT the good news is that you will learn from them! Ha! Anyway, I decided to turn my test pieces into some pretty border punch gift wrapping embellishments.

The punch system has a variety of small and large interchangeable border punches. They both are easy to work and punch out beautifully.  I tested a small size first. 

For the small standard sized cartridges, you have to pull out the wings before you insert it into the machine.

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It snaps right in to the adapter and the adapter fits snuggly into the cartridge. The large punches do not need an adapter.

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As you can see, the wings slide into the machine when moved to the left.

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A 12X12 piece of scrapbook paper fits and aligns easily. Push down the magnetic clamp to help hold the paper in.

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As you punch, the wings help guide you to ensure that your border is continuous and perfect.

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Here are a few of the punches I tested.

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Aren’t the borders beautiful?  They aren’t just for scrapbooking.  For me, I plan on using them for gift wrapping embellishments like this as well as party décor embellishments for favor bags, decorations, and such.

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I’m really excited to start another project!  If there is anything you think I should try, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

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Here are some other gift wrapping crafts I’ve done. Check out this round up of eco-friendly gift wrapping!

Thank you to Fiskars for sponsoring this post!

29th Jan2014

Heart Clothespin Valentines

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter and I have been making clothespin crafts lately {airplane clothespins & caterpillar clothespins}. I had some left over and thought it’d be fun to make heart clothespin valentines.  When you turn a heart sideways it looks like lips so I printed little tags that say “Smooch. Muah. Kiss.” Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Clothespins
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Computer and printer

Instructions:

I picked some pretty pink scrapbook paper with a light print, cut them to size with a paper cutter and glued and sealed them with Mod Podge.  This is the bottom of the clothespin. I let them dry completely.

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I printed “Smooch. Muah. Kiss.” on it in different fonts on the same pink paper and I cut them out to fit on the clothespins for the top half.

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I put Mod Podge directly on the clothes pin, the tag I made on top, and then sealed it with another layer of Mod Podge on top of that. Allow it to dry for about fifteen minutes.

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While those were drying I cut out hearts and cut them in half.

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I Mod Podged the heart on the side of the clothespin and sealed it with more Mod Podge on top.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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I also made a collage!

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The possibilities are endless with this little craft. You can make different sayings, similar to conversation hearts or make them more personalized.  I thought these would also be cute with lips instead of a heart.

27th Jan2014

Stenciled Cork Organization Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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My fellow Blogger and BFF gave me a four pack of small square cork boards. I knew I wanted to make something fun and give them back to her repurposed and reinvented. As I stared at them for a couple of days, I thought it’d be fun to make a stenciled cork organization board for her older daughter’s room. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • 8 square cork boards
  • Stencils
  • Spouncer
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Old food box
  • Scissors
  • Felt or fabric

I started off by stenciling four of the cork boards.  The key to a perfect stencil is less is more.

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I stenciled the letters in a direct up and down motion.

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I also added a little flower stencil after each “O”.

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While I was waiting for them to dry, I wanted to make a container to attach to the bottom of the organization board so I reused a granola bar box and cut it.

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I covered it with felt and added a ribbon.

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Once the paint was dry, I used ribbon to attach each board together using hot glue.

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I also added a little pen holder with ribbon and a ribbon at the top to hang it.

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I hot glued the container to the bottom of the organization board.

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Lastly, glue the final four cork boards to the back of the organization board for a finished look. Here are a few after pictures.

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I hope my friend’s daughter likes it and uses it.  The little container is big enough and sturdy enough to hold paper and pens. In case you missed it, check out the organization board I made out of a frame and my daughter’s first baby blanket and the organization board I made for my craft room. Another fun project I did with these stencils are my burlap stenciled placemats.

16th Jan2014

Braided Duck Tape Bracelet Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so when I said yesterday on my Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show 2014 post that I would post a tutorial on how to make my Braided Duck Tape Bracelet I made at the show “soon”, by “soon” I meant today. Ha!

Being invited and attending the Duck Brand breakfast last Sunday at the show was an honor. I was able to see all the new products and partnerships that the Duck Brand offered. They announced a partnership with Fiskars and a new set of scissors especially made for Duck Tape (I’m SUPER excited about trying those out). They had some fun and clever new patterns like the one’s shown in the background of this Instagram photo I posted.  

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To make the braided Duck Tape bracelet, all you need are three things, Duck Tape, a ruler, and scissors. First, pick three colors or patterns you would like.

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Cut three pieces of your choice at about 12 inches long.

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Fold each piece lengthwise in thirds.

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Secure the ends together with a piece of tape as shown.

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Weave your three pieces in a traditional braid.

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Secure each end with tape.

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Tape the two ends together.

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That’s it! Super easy!

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A few of the others were also making these flat wrist bands with three colors/patterns  as well.

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I also received this fun bracelet as a gift from Duck Brand! Don’t ask me how to make it though! Ha!

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If you haven’t read my post about the CHA 2014 show, check it out there are some funny pictures of yours truly on it! Also, you can see more photos on my Instagram if you want too!

10th Jan2014

Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I was staring at my scrapbook paper scrap bin (say that three times fast) while my daughter and I were messing around in the craft room. I picked up a piece of paper and started cutting. A paper feather was born two and a half minutes later. Before you know it, I couldn’t stop. I have no idea what I’m going to do with these paper feathers but I did notice some things when I was crafting them SO here are some Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers.

First, here is how you make them. You only need TWO things!

  • Paper and
  • Scissors

I searched through my paper scraps for long and narrow pieces like these.

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Next, fold them in half lengthwise.

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Cut out your feather as shown. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Start cutting your fringe in an angle. The angle can vary.

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Carefully unfold your feather.

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Now for some tips and considerations…

Tip #1: Consider different colors, patterns, paper weight, and textures for your feathers. The lighter the paper, the more flimsy BUT the more realistic too. Patterns and textures are fun to play around with too.

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Tip #2: Consider the length and width of your scrap paper. The shorter the paper, the wider your feather and vice-versa. Play around with varying lengths depending on your project.

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Tip #3: If you are using one-sided decorative paper, consider the fold of the feather. They both are interesting and pretty!

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Tip #4: Think upcycle! Not only can you make feathers out of paper scraps, but you can also reuse recycled book pages, magazines, sheet music, or even your child’s artwork!

Now that I’ve made all these feathers, I need to figure out what to do with them! Wreath? Gift wrapping embellishments? Artwork? Any suggestions? Hmmmm…

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09th Jan2014

Easy Homemade Love You Valentine

by Dinah Wulf

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I love making my own cards. It only takes a few minutes and is such a great personalized touch…oh yeah, and it’s cheaper than buying one! I made this easy homemade Love You Valentine in a few easy steps. I love that you can pull the little felt flower out as an added bonus! Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Cardstock (I used a pretty lavender color)
  • Paper cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Straight Edge
  • Felt
  • Toothpick
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Circle punch

I started off by cutting my card. If you have envelopes handy use those dimensions. For some reason I always have extra envelopes lying around. How does that happen???

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I used a cutting mat and craft knife to cut slits in the front of the card for my heart toothpick to go through. This slit was approximately one inch from the bottom of the card.

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Next, I cut out a heart out of some scrap pink felt I had left over…

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…and glued it to a toothpick. Hot glue works best because it’s quick and easy and you don’t have to wait for it to dry especially if you are making several of these cards at once.

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I also used a craft punch to cut out a circle and drew a “u” in the center of it.

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Finally I glued the circle to the front of my card.

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That’s it! A sweet, simple, and thoughtful “love you” card with a bonus gift! I thought this would be cute for Mia to send to her grandparents, cousins, and uncles and aunts.

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08th Jan2014

Encourage a Creative Green Living with your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring, Encourage a Creative Green Living with your Kids.

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A few days ago, I introduced REPREVE, a recycled fiber that helps turn plastic bottles you recycle into cool stuff you can wear and use every day. REPREVE is what turns 12 recycled plastic bottles into the two green beanies Mia and I are wearing above! Today I wanted to share how my husband and I teach our daughter to lead a sustainable lifestyle in a creative way. There are several easy and creative projects you can do to Encourage a Creative Green Living with your Kids.

Mia and I love to be creative and work with our hands, so that means we use a lot of materials.  We don’t have to buy new things; rather we reuse what we have around the house. For example, I always hoard…I mean… save:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Gift wrapping rolls
  • Small cardboard food boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Sturdy plastic containers
  • Glass sauce Mason jars
  • Bottle caps

We have been able to come up with some fun random recycled craft projects like these that are showcased on Inheriting Our Planet!

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Here is a short one and a half minute video of Mia explaining how to make her shoe box and toilet paper roll Princess Castle and Paper towel and ribbon roll dolls. Please excuse my giggles in the background… she cracks me up!

What tips do you have for teaching children how to live a sustainable lifestyle?  Is your child’s weekly chore to take out the recycling? Do you reuse household items in fun, creative ways? Share it for chance to win!

#TurnItGreen X Games Contest

When: Now until Jan. 31st! 

Grand Prize: $5,000 cash

To celebrate the X Games, REPREVE invites participants to share how they “turn it green”, or how they live a more sustainable life by recycling or reusing materials, by sharing an image or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the #TurnItGreen hashtag.

Once you share the image or video with the hashtag, you will be entered into a sweepstakes where five entries will be randomly selected as the Top Five. Those five will be voted on by visitors to Repreve[dot]com where the image or video with the most votes will win a $5,000 cash prize. The other four video entries will receive a REPREVE Jacket and a Go-Pro camera (retail valued at over $350).

REPREVE and the 2014 Winter X Games

REPREVE will take recycling to new heights with a special green event at the 2014 Winter X Games Aspen (Jan. 23-26, 2014).

Professional snowboarder Elena Hight, REPREVE’s brand ambassador, will compete in the Women’s Superpipe in a bright green Volcom jacket made with REPREVE (from 50 recycled plastic bottles). REPREVE will hand out free beanies (6 recycled plastic bottles) to fans at the Women’s Final Superpipe event, to wear and line the pipe with REPREVE green.

It’s not just about free swag, though. This is an event with a serious mission: to show the world that we have to get everybody involved in recycling—to create a reprieve for the planet.

Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% my own.

07th Jan2014

How to Decorate with Ribbon

by Dinah Wulf

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Adding special personal touches and details to your décor is what sets it apart from the rest. Decorating with ribbon is a great way to achieve that uniqueness. There are so many beautiful textures, colors, and patterns of ribbon available to make it easy for you to choose a style to fit your décor to add a little decorative adornment. You can add personality and style by simply adding ribbon to gifts and home décor like cards, artwork, pillows, and even furniture. Here are some Tips and Inspiration for How to Decorate with Ribbon.

First, decide on a project. Ribbon can be used for projects both large and small. You can embellish a small item as a gift like a homemade card, a cloth napkin, or piece of framed artwork. Ribbon is a great way to add continuity and design to a room if you would like to introduce a specific color or pattern to your décor. Large projects would include adding accents to curtains, trim around tables, or pizazz to upholstered chairs. Start with one small room like a bathroom or guest room to experiment. Bright and colorful patterned ribbon is great for accenting kid’s rooms.

Here’s a before and after of a lampshade for a little girls room.

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Next, measure how much ribbon you need. Ribbon comes in both spools or by the yard. For large projects, take your measurements before you go to the store and only buy what you need. Consider using fabric scraps to embellish jewelry boxes, lamp shades, and other small projects. I added trim to a forty-two inch pedestal table using less than one spool of ribbon. Left over ribbon can be used to decorate a matching vase and votive candles for the table top.

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Lastly, select your materials and method of attachment. There are several options in attaching ribbon to your projects. Besides sewing it to fabric, glue, fusible web or double sided tape made especially for fabric works well too. Fusible web is used by heating it with an iron. It is permanent and washable. Similar to tape, it comes in rolls, in various widths, and can be found in light, medium, and heavy weights. If you are attaching ribbon to fabric, make sure it is clean and washed prior to application.

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As you can see, ribbon is not just for wrapping pretty gift packages; rather it is much more versatile. Crafting and decorating with ribbon elevates an ordinary piece and turns it into a custom one of a kind upcycled treasure.

01st Jan2014

Best of DIY Inspired 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy New Year!!!!!! I can’t believe it’s 2014.  I remember New Year’s 1994 when I was 18 and thinking that 20 years was SO far away.  What happened? Where does the time go? I feel that way with blogging too.  It’s been over two and a half years now and just FLYING by. At the end of last year I wrote Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012 and I swear that wasn’t 12 months ago…Geesh! This year I decided to do the Best of DIY Inspired 2013. All nine of these posts have been shared over a thousand times, some several thousand…what?? Here we go!

Best Storage and Organization PostCraft Room Ideas  

This was when I turned an extra room into the official craft room AKA, my sanctuary.

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Best UpcycleRecycled Map Drawer Makeover

As you can see in that last post, my drawers in the craft room were naked. This post took care of that!

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Best Trash to Treasure PostStuffed Animal Toy Storage

Literally trash to treasure, I turned a plant hanger I found in the garbage into toy storage for my daughter’s room.

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Best Recycled Craft ProjectCoffee Filter Flowers

I made this bouquet of paper flowers out of coffee filters and book pages.

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Best Kid’s “Stuff” PostReading Nook for Kids

One of my best ideas to date because it encourages my daughter to read or be read to!

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Best Thrift Store Makeover- Painting Old Furniture

Best $5.00 I ever spent :) 

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Best 15 Minute Craft- DIY Rope Vase

This is an easy way to update a boring glass vase.

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Best Theme PartyAlice in Wonderland First Birthday

This is another fun theme party from my best friend who just started blogging too! Go visit her at Simply Creative Ways!

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Best Holiday PostElf on the Shelf Ideas

And finally, this post along with this Two Dozen Elf on the Shelf Ideas post were done in December but shared a lot! Oh and did I mention it started an obsession! Yikes!

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26th Dec2013

4 DIY Lace Projects

by Dinah Wulf

4 DIY Lace Projects is written by Guest Author, Molly Mulgrew

Coco Chanel knew a thing or two about the beauty of lace. In 1939, the iconic fashion designer had this to say about the openwork fabric. “I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of tree embroider across the sky.” It’s a fabulous quote and spoken like a true fashion designer. It’s also the type of inspiration you need the next time you break out the sewing machine for a DIY lace project. Whether you’re enhancing collars and cuffs, adding modern lace tattoo details to a bridal gown (the latest craze at Bridal Fashion Week), or making lace accessories like earrings or necklaces, it’s all about creating “incomparable designs.”

Add Pizzazz to the Scarf

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With the temperature plummeting faster than Scarlett Johansson’s neckline, you’re going to need a toasty scarf to keep warm this winter. However, not just any old scarf will do. By adding sections of lace and chiffon to a store-bought scarf, you’ll give it a chic texture that’s not often seen. A zigzag stitch will give the scarf a messy, night-on-the-town look. For an extra bit of cool, be sure to leave a fray.

Accentuate the Dress or Shirt

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Lace adds femininity and texture to clothing. Whether you’re doing ruffles, overlay or trim, solid color dresses at Target are a great foundation for your DIY project. If dresses aren’t your thing, you can add a small lace trim to a classic button cardigan. If you feel you have the skills for a more challenging project, then go ahead and start with a more expensive foundation. The satin camisole you bought at Nine West would look spectacular with a lace sleeve, right? Just be careful not to take on more than you can handle. The last thing you want is to have scissor and recycle that beautiful dress because you suddenly thought you had the sewing skills of a classic 16th century European lace maker.

Accessorize the Accessories

Photo’s by …love Maegan from Flickr

Lace can be used for other purposes than embellishment on apparel. For example, have you ever looked inside your jewelry box and thought, “Wow, I really need to get some new earrings, or I’m not wearing that necklace, it’s so last season.” Instead of heading to Tiffany’s to drop a bundle on a heart pendant, why not take what is old and on-hand and make it new again? Let’s put it another way: Why don’t you accessorize the accessories. From lightweight lace earrings to a simple, silver chain necklace embellished with a structural piece of lacquered lace, adding a little flair to your existing jewelry collection is a good idea if you’re tired of wearing the same stuff every day.

Decorate the Denim

Denim and lace go together like wine and cheese. It’s a fashion match made in heaven. Embroidery always looks good on jeans, but lace trim work and intricate, branching pinwheels are more elegant than traditional colored embroidery. A lace overlay on a denim pocket looks great, but it’s nothing in comparison to restyling those old Daisy Duke cut-offs that have been buried in your closet since the 1970s with lace trim or a small peekaboo window.

About Molly Mulgrew

Molly always looks like a million bucks. Her sense of style is excelled only by her knack for finding the best deals.

20th Dec2013

Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to Ralph’s for sponsoring this Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial post as a part of the Gift Card Pairings Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

As a Crafter and DIY Blogger, I spend a lot of time at not only craft stores, but home improvement stores. Many of my fellow Bloggy friends could attest to that statement! My BEST friend, in fact is also a craft and DIY Blogger over at Simply Creative Ways. This year for Christmas, I knew right away I wanted to give her a gift card that I selected from Ralph’s awesome gift card selection. I ended up making a fun gift card holder that looks like a pink toolbox.  Here is my Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial.

Materials:

  • Paper Cutter
  • Pink, black, and glittery silver card stock
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Computer and printer
  • Lowes gift card
  • A fabulous present to go with it!

Instructions:           

I ended up buying my friend DIY ideas: Projects and tips for every room and a $25 Lowes Gift card from Ralph’s.

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To make the toolbox gift card holder, cut your pink piece of card stock in 4 ¼”X 7”.

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Fold it in 3”, 3”, and 1”parts as shown.

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Cut out 3 4 ¼” X ¼” strips out of the glittery silver cardstock, two silver latches, and a black handle.

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On my computer, I made a little “Crafter” label, print it out and cut it.

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Using double sided tape, I put it all together.  You may find it easier to use glue or a glue stick, but I’m obsessed with double-sided tape and use it for everything… good stocking stuffer (hint hint)!

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Here are a few AFTER photos. I can’t wait to give it to my friend! 

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17th Dec2013

Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter is only three years old but she is in her first year of pre-school. So, this is the first time she’s really had teachers AND the first time I’ve gotten to make a teacher’s gift for the end of winter break. I decided to break out the good old recycled Mason jars and make Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits for her teachers, Mrs. Shelly and her assistant Mrs. G.

Materials:

  • Mason jar per gift
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Circle craft punch
  • Computer and printer (optional)
  • Felt ribbon
  • Gifts (see below)

I started off by using two spaghetti sauce jars.  I had to REALLY wash them because they smelled like sauce!

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I decided to buy some fun small things to fit inside like, candy, mints, gum, note pad, pen, lip balm, mini lint roller, hand sanitizer, lotion, and band aides. The possibilities are endless for this gift.  Gift cards and movie tickets are great too.

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Next I designed, printed, and cut out my scrapbook paper to cover the jars. Since they are pre-school teachers I picked little blue mittens and red stockings for my decorative paper.

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I stuffed the jars and everything fit nicely.

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I added them to the jar and painted the lid blue and used a circle craft punch to cover the top with corresponding paper. I love the combo of blue and red.

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Finally, I used felt ribbon to mimic a scarf for the ribbon around the lid. That’s it! I thought they turned out so cute.  I really hope Mrs. Shelly and Mrs. G love them!

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