No Sew Easter Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I have become obsessed with making festive holiday themed kitchen towels! Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel and a St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towel, so I thought I’d keep it up and make a No Sew Easter Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  I made a few changes since the last time. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Permanent Fabric tape
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

I found two pastel patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together for Easter and Spring time. The fabric quarters were again great for this project.

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I also had these kitchen towels from the other kitchen towels I made. 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! 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 permanent fabric tape and aligned it onto the towel.  It was a little tasking to remove the peel off sticker, but it all worked out. I found this way to be much easier than using the fusible web.  It seems to stick better too and is also much quicker! Here’s the AFTER!  

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This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

 

Repurposed Bank Money Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I love this trash to treasure project, a) because it’s repurposed, and b) it’s so easy!! My Mother-in-law gave me a bunch of bank money bags that are no longer used at bank branches. They are great because they are long and narrow. I wanted to make something to match my upcycled dollar bin pouches for traveling. I decided to make this repurposed Bank Money Bag into a laundry travel bag for my suitcase.

Materials:

  • Canvas bag
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small paper plate
  • Towels
  • Rhinestones
  • Jewel glue

These bank money bags are the perfect size for your laundry to fit in a suitcase.

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I wanted to write “my stuff” on the bag to match my dollar bin pouch I upcycled. To make it easy, I started with the center letter “u” and worked my way out.

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When stenciling, make sure to dab the excess paint off of the spouncer. Less is more. Stencil it in an up and down motion to prevent bleeding.

Note: I like to wash and dry my stencils in between each letter to keep them clean. It helps to keep a couple towels handy.

To place the “my” I stenciled the “y” first for ideal placement.

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I also stenciled a border on the bottom right corner. I added some rhinestones with some jewel glue.

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Here is the AFTER.

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Here is a photo of my entire blinged out travel kit! I’m so excited to use it… now where should I go?

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What would you make out of a canvas bank money bag???

Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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I love the dollar bins and craft and retail stores. I think I stop and look every time I go.  You never know what you’ll find. Recently, I went to Michael’s and found these cute little canvas bags that I thought would be great for when I travel or the perfect gift. With a couple embellishments I bought at a vintage flea market and some rhinestones, I made these Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags.

Materials:

  • Dollar Bin Bags
  • Rhinestones
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Fabric Glue
  • Jewelry Glue
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Clips
  • Straight pins

This project is so easy and self-explanatory but I’ll try to share some helpful hints that I learned while embellishing these. Here is the BEFORE photo of the bags. Cute right? I couldn’t help myself!

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They are great just the way they are but of course I just HAD to upcycle them just a tad. I started off by adding lace to one of them. I measured the lace around and used Fabric Fusion to attach it. 

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At the ends where I saw the lace lifting, I used straight pins and clips to hold them down until it dried.

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I did the same this when I added the metal corner embellishments that I bought at an antique flea market not long ago.

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For the rhinestones and the metal embellishments I used jewelry glue.

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So far so good! I’ve pulled them inside and outside of bags and purses and everything has stayed on! Here are some after photos of each one.

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I hope you like them! I’m excited to share with you the repurposed canvas bank money bag I made into a travel laundry bag to match!

Shabby Chic Office Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been a busy girl making some fun things for my friend’s shabby chic office makeover. As a recap, she wanted a colorful shabby chic and Anthropologie inspired office. These ideas and projects are also perfect for a home office or craft room!

I started off by making some pretty Inspirational Wooden Signs from cut outs I bought at the craft stores. Be sure to check out the full tutorial! Here is a picture of the four that I made.

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My friend had a sheet of BOLD laws that she follows. They are inspirational quotes that she tries to review daily. She wanted them displayed, rather than just a piece of paper with all of them written on it. I made her this Bird Cage display with some of the BOLD laws framed.

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I also rewrote them in different colors and fonts for her to display on the wall and put them on some pretty off-white patterned scrapbook paper.

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I added magnets to some clothespins for any notes or reminders she has to put on a metal magnetic board.

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I also got her a chalkboard and some chalkboard jars to help her stay organized. The colors were perfect!

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I also made her a matching lace and fabric scrap bunting for her to hang in her office.

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In case you missed them, here are the links to projects I have done for this makeover!

Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so I know I’ve made these before! Recently I made a burlap St. Patrick’s Day bunting and I also made a Vintage Baby shower bunting. I had some left over fabric from this no sew kitchen towel and this no sew kitchen towel and I couldn’t resist. This time I made this Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting for my friend’s office makeover I was helping her with.

I also made her…

You only need a few things:

  • Rope
  • Fabric scraps
  • Lace ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter

Here is the left over fabric I had. I intended on using the burlap too, but as I was making it, I decided it didn’t need it.

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I used my rotary cutter and ruler which made this process so easy! The strips don’t have to be perfect.

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My daughter helped sort them (kinda sorta)… or maybe messed them up. That’s what you do when your three!

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I knotted them to some rope in a pattern.

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I loved the way it turned out. I think it’ll go great with the other things I made for my friends office.  She wanted it colorful, shabby chic, and Anthropologie-esque. I thought this would be a perfect touch. You can make these to fit almost any theme (as you can see I did!). They are great for parties or even as decoration in a nursery or kid’s room.

Be sure to check out the other things because they are soooo cute!!

Radiant Orchid DIY Spring Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m loving spring and I’m so excited to partner up and sponsored again with Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores®! Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website. I have been anxious to make something incorporating the 2014 Spring Trend Radiant Orchid for my home. I decided on making a DIY Spring Door Decoration.

Jo-Ann Shopping List:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Wooden Numbers
  • Orchid Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Spring Inspirations Flower Assortment
  • Safety Pin
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks                  

Instructions:

First, I painted my house numbers a beautiful orchid color with acrylic craft paint and let it dry.

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Next, I layered the lace on top of the burlap, and hot glued the dry painted numbers on top.

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Here’s a close up.

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Wrap it around your grapevine basket and secure it with a safety pin.  I don’t like to glue it because I like to change my basket each season like this and like this.

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Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® has the most beautiful selection of artificial flowers. I chose three different ones for my arrangement to fit the Radiant Orchid theme.

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Aren’t they pretty??? Next, arrange the flowers inside of your basket…

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… and hang it on your front door!

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I absolutely ADORE it!!! Now I really want to make something else in radiant orchid!

This review is part of the Jo‐Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

DIY Wooden Inspirational Signs

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my amazing friends asked me for help getting crafty with her workspace at her office.  She wanted something girly, shabby chic, and anthropogie-esque.  She also wanted it colorful and inspiring. I immediately had several ideas in mind and couldn’t wait to get started. The first one I’m sharing with you today are some DIY Wooden Inspirational Signs I that made. These are great not only for an office, but as decorations for a bridal or baby shower, or even DIY artwork in a bedroom.

Materials:

  • Wooden Plaques
  • Wooden Cut Outs
  • Wood pre-made words
  • Craft paint
  • Wood glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Something heavy

I found some amazing wood cut outs at Michael’s Craft Store. I chose four wooden plaques.

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I also found these four pretty and intricate cut outs. I played around with them in the store, trying to figure out what looked best.

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Lastly, I found these four words that I thought would be appropriate for her office (as well as another project, “The BOLD Laws” which I’ll share in a later post). I did try to get individual letters for different words but they ended up being too long for the plaque.

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I played around with them and ended up arranging them like this.

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I had a color pallet in mind as well and picked some fun acrylic paints at Jo-Ann’s. I chose coral, a pale yellow, white, chalky blue, and a soft green. One by one, I painted each piece.

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It took less than an hour for all of them to dry. I pieced them together by applying wood glue with a paint brush and set a heavy jar on top.  It dried pretty quickly. Here they are all finished!

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I also made some other fun things to match for her office makeover.  I can’t wait to show you the rest!

DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set

by Dinah Wulf

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A couple months ago I had the honor of attending an exclusive FaveCrafts Networking event party at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Mega Show . One of the brands I got to meet was Krylon. At the event, we were given a Krylon Mystery Box Challenge for CHA Spring Fling. Inside the Mystery Box were six craft items. The items were: 1) a DIY bird house, 2) a small grapevine wreath, 3) a small circular box, 4) 6 canvas pennants, 5) 6 small clothespins, and 6) 3 small corks. Our challenge was to use a minimum of four of the six elements and create a unique craft project. I decided to make a DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set using the wreath, box, pennants, and clothespins.

Here are the contents of the Mystery Box.

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Another part of the challenge was that we got to pick between two color pallets of Krylon spray paint to use with our project. I chose Pallet #1 which was 1) Color Master Mambo Pink, 2) Color Master Citrus Green, 3) Green Shimmer Metallic, and 4) Natural Stone in Limestone.

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I decided to spray paint the inside of the box Citrus Green and the outside Natural Stone and I also spray painted the canvas pennants Mambo Pink.  They turned out great! I then stenciled “spring” onto the pennants to make a spring bunting.

Once my spring bunting was dry, I used ribbon to tie them together.

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Here is the AFTER of the bunting.

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For the box, I hot glued the grapevine wreath onto the top of the lid to look like a nest and then glued Styrofoam eggs inside as well.

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For the fourth element, I glued a clothespin on top to hold a little gift tag.

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Here is the AFTER of the gift box.

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OK, One more BEFORE and AFTER :)

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The banner fit nicely inside…OK so I stood it up for the picture, but it fit perfectly!

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER of the final project!

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I hope you enjoyed my DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set! I had SO much fun doing this! Who wants to send me another Mystery Box???!!! Thank you to Krylon for sponsoring this challenge!

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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I had some left over fabric from some St. Patrick’s Day no sew hand towels I made. I am lacking in my decorations this year so I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting. My leftovers were the perfect amount.

I had made a banner similar to this one for a Vintage Themed Baby Shower I did. You can see the full tutorial for it there. These two fabric quarters were perfect for making a hand towel and this bunting. Score! So cheap (less than $5 for both)!

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Anyway, the difference between this bunting and the scrap fabric bunting I made for the baby shower was this…

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I used this awesome Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler that pretty much cut my time in half when making this!  It was so ah-mazing and cut the lines perfectly clean. All you need is the cutter and a cutting mat and with one swipe you have a perfectly straight line.  No need for scissors! Oh… and so much easier to use this when cutting the burlap as well. I highly recommend it if you couldn’t tell.

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I cut my strips of fabric and burlap and then knotted them to some rope I had left over as well from these nautical inspired thrift store rope vases I made. I altered the two patterns and a burlap strip.

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I love the mix of fabric and burlap. As you may or may not know, crafting with burlap is messy! Make sure you have your garbage can handy!

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No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I really like festive holiday themed kitchen towels, but I can never find ones that I actually like.  Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel so I thought I’d make a No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  Here is how I made it.

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 green patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together. The fabric quarters were great for this project.

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I also bought these four kitchen towels for four dollars at Target. 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!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 the AFTER! Fun, right? 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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DIY Wood State Art

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Wood State Art, Written By Loren Crane

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I’ve been to many states but there have been to places in this world that I would call home. They are New York and California. I miss one home but live in the other and I wanted to find a way to remember them both because we sometimes need a reminder that we are very lucky to be living in such a beautiful place. I also want to have another reason to smile at something pretty every morning.  I went out and got two wood slices which you can find at your local craft store to make the silhouettes for my two favorite states.

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The first thing I did when I got wood slices was clean them up from any saw dust. Then I applied black acrylic paint. Depending how hot or humid your home might get you might even want to seal the wood so it won’t dry out.

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I got my cameo silhouette out and made a stencil of New York and California. I decided to design a cute little heart in the middle of New York and add the words home is where you are because where ever my hubby goes I will follow.

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Once the stencils where created I used white acrylic paint to go over the stencil. Except for the heart which I did in purple because it my favorite color.  To finish it off I added hanging hooks so I can display them on the wall or maybe on my DIY trunks.

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What state will you be stenciling on your wood slice?

Stay Crafty,

Loren, Pandora’s Craft Box

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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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.

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!

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.

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.

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