16th Sep2014

Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

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

Materials:

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

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

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations

I used a glue stick to assemble them.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (1)

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

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (2)

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

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (3)

So, on her invitation I wrote:

Darling…

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

Tiffany Hostetler

Date

Time

Place

In the true spirit of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Will you please wear your best

Little Black dress?

Don’t forget your Fabulous pearls,

Divine sparkles, and

Gorgeous costume jewelry!

RSVP

I loved the end result.

Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I was so inspired that I also made…

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

Breakfast at Tiffany's Drink Menu

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

Breakfast at Tiffany's Food Labels

… some special gift wrapping for the birthday girl too!

Breakfast at Tiffanys gift wrapping

15th Sep2014

Hanging Fall Wreath DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Hanging Fall Wreath

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

In case you missed the others, here they are!

Materials:

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

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

Fall Door Decoration Flowers

I painted two coats of chalkboard paint on the letters.

Fall Door Hanging Decoration

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

Fall Door Hanging with Burlap and Lace Decoration

I hot glued the letters onto the burlap.

Fall Chalkboard Letters Door Hanging

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

Fall Front Door Hanging Wreath

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

Fall Decor with Flowers

Fall Hanging Wreath DIY

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

05th Sep2014

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (4)

I am no stranger to thrift store shopping. In fact, I have done so many thrift store makeovers that I have lost count. I noticed that I have made over several pieces, specifically for my daughter, so I thought I’d put together a round-up of thrift store finds to makeover for your kids. This entire round-up are all original projects done by yours truly. All the links led you to step by step tutorials of my project.

Old Wooden Toys

Let’s start with the obvious first… old toys. Usually when a toy ends up at a thrift store there is a little damage. If you think you can repair it go for. I particularly am on the lookout for wooden toys. I found this little doll bed for $6.00. I saw it and immediately grabbed it with no questions asked. I painted it and made a mattress and bedding for it. My little Chihuahua even sleeps on it sometimes!

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (6)

Wagons are hard to come by at a thrift store, but I thrifted this wooden framed wagon on Craigslist. I ended up painting it and adding a monogrammed plaque.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (10)

This little toy shelf was a sweet find for $10.00. I attached it to a free table I got and made a little kitchen hutch for my daughter. I think she plays with it every day!

Thrift Store toys to Makeover for your Kids

So I didn’t buy this one, but it’s a great example of trash to treasure. This old wooden Radio Flyer horse just needed a little TLC. I upcycled this for one of my best friend’s daughters.

Thrift Store Wooden Toys to Makeover for your Kids

Kid Friendly Furniture

Small furniture accent pieces like shelves and tables are great for kid’s rooms. You can use them for added storage and organization, or completely transform and repurpose them into something new. This play table was a freebie. I painted it and upcycled the chairs for a brand new kid’s play table.  This is another piece that my daughter uses almost every day!

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (9)

I painted this old shelf a bright color to match my daughter’s room and use it as a book and toy shelf.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (8)

Serving Trays

Serving trays are abundant at thrift stores. You can turn them into a portable kid’s activity table by adding legs. I made over this chalkboard activity table in less than an hour.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (7)

Picture Frames

Several old wooden frames can be painted and made over into an interchangeable kid’s art display. Just add a clip with industrial strength glue and voila!

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (11)

Step Stools

I always see little step stools like these at thrift stores. We have them both upstairs and downstairs because my little lady isn’t quite tall enough to reach some cabinets and sinks. I made this upholstered step stool to match her play hutch and added a little fabric and padding so she can sit on it comfortably.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (12)

I made upcycled these pink and rhinestone stools for my twin God Daughters.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (3)

Baskets and Hanging Planters

Baskets are great for toy storage and even clothing storage. You can hang them as well. I turned this plant hanger into hanging toy storage.

Thrift Store Baskets to Makeover for your Kids

01st Sep2014

Thrift Store Find Wooden Bowl Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Wooden Rope Bowl DIY

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

Materials:

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

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

Rope Bowl DIY

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

Thrift Store Makeover Rope Bowl DIY

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

Rope Thrift Store Bowl DIY

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

Rope Bowl Tutorial

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

Hope you try it out!

27th Aug2014

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm How To

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

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

This recipe makes four small containers of lip balm.

Materials:

Equipment:

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

Optional:

  • Old Book Page
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape

Instructions:

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

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY

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

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

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

DIY Lip Balm with Beeswax

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

Easy Lip Balm DIY with Coconut Oil

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

Lip Balm DIY

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

All Natural Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

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

Homemade Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Make Your Own Lip Balm

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

Make Your Own Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

The lip balm will harden after a few minutes.

How to Make Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

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

Make Your Own Lip Balm Tutorial

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

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm How To

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

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm Tutorial

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

25th Aug2014

How to Etch Glass Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Salt and Pepper Shakers

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

Materials:

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

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

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

Thrift Store Salt and Pepper Shakers

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

How To Etch Glass

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

How To Etch Glass DIY

Voila! It works in literally minutes.

Repurposed Spice Jars

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

How To Etch Glass Tutorial

22nd Aug2014

Spray Painted Chevron Dresser DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Spray Painted Dresser Makeover

I have had this dresser since college.  It was a cheap IKEA buy that has lasted over 15 years. Now, I am working on making my walk-in closet a little prettier and wanted to make it stand out. This project came just in time for the Make It Yours®​ with Krylon® contest (details to follow) as my entry. Here is how I made my spray painted chevron dresser DIY with the spray paint Krylon provided me.

Materials:

  • Dresser
  • Screwdriver
  • Chevron Shape Tape
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Facemask
  • Krylon Pewter Gray Gloss Spray Paint
  • Krylon Peekaboo Spray Paint
  • Tarp

Instructions:

Here is the dresser before.

Spray Painted Dresser

I removed the drawers and disassembled the front and top only, leaving the side and back shell.

Spray Painted Dresser Before

I used FrogTape Shape Tape to tape off the chevron stripes on the front of the drawer.

Spray Painted Dresser with Shape Tape

I spray painted the front and top of the dresser in Krylon Peekaboo Blue and spray painted the chevron stripes Krylon Gray. I spray painted two coats allowing the paint to dry in between. When spray painting, be sure to spray in a well-ventillated area. You may opt to use a facemask as well.

How to Spray Paint a Dresser

Lastly, I put the hardware back on and reassembled the dresser. Here are a couple AFTER photos.

Spray Painted Chevron Dresser

Spray Painted Dresser with Chevron Stripes

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Make It Yours with Krylon

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Spray Painted Krylon Dresser

20th Aug2014

Chalkboard Activity Tray Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

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

Materials I used:

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

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

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (1)

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

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (2)

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

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (3)

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

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (4)

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

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (5)

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

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

Here are some more DIY Trays I have made!

18th Aug2014

Pocket Greeting Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (6)

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

Materials:

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

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

DIY Pocket Greeting Card

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

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (1)

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

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (2)

It creates a pocket like this.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (3)

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

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (4)

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

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (5)

Lastly, I put it all together.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (7)

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

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

15th Aug2014

How to Make a Tulle Bow

by Dinah Wulf

How to Tie a Tulle Bow

My daughter’s best friend’s birthday is coming up and we decided to buy her…craft supplies, of course! We raided a few stores and bought a colorful floral plastic bin to keep everything inside.  This way, she would have her own storage bin separate from her three sisters. The plastic bin was beautiful in itself, so I didn’t want to cover it in wrapping paper.  I ended up making a tulle bow in her favorite color, purple.  Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a tulle bow.

You only need two things:

  • 6 inch wide tulle
  • Scissors

The plastic bin is so cute, right? No need to cover it up!

How to Make a Tulle Bow

You can find spools of 6 inch by 10 yard rolls at any craft store.  We chose glitter tulle, which was probably a bad idea mess-wise. It’s pretty, but the glitter goes EVERYWHERE when you are tying your bow.

I started by wrapping the plastic bin with the tulle like a standard ribbon as shown. This was my first time attempting this so I played with the length.

DIY Tulle Bow Instructions

Next fold the tool in layers. The length you use depends on the size of your bow.

How to Make a Tulle Bow Step By Step

 My layers were about ten inches long. I made layers of three (and four) and cut the ends to make three separate pieces.

How to Make a Tulle Bow Tutorial

 

Tie the three layers in a standard knot.

How to Make a Tulle Bow DIY

Then repeat with another three layers.

How to Make a Tulle Bow Tie Layers

Fluff up and separate each layer of tulle.

How to Make a Tulle Bow Separate Layers

Lastly, curve the ends of each layer as you wish; the beauty of tulle is that it is easy to maneuver and the shape will hold.

How to Make a DIY Tulle Bow

 

06th Aug2014

DIY Yarn Tassels Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Yarn Tassels Tutorial

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

Materials:

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

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

DIY Yarn Tassels

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

DIY Yarn Tassels (1)

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

DIY Yarn Tassels (2)

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

DIY Yarn Tassels (3)

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

DIY Yarn Tassels (4)

I made them in several colors.

DIY Yarn Tassels How To

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

DIY Yarn Tassels (5)

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

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

04th Aug2014

Stenciled Burlap Sacks DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Stenciled Burlap Gift Sacks

You may know that I am obsessed with dollar bins at retail stores.  I ALWAYS get sucked in.  There are very few times where I walk by and find nothing. This time I found some little burlap sacks and some pretty trim. I tossed them into my basket and knew exactly what I was going to make with them.  Here is my tutorial for stenciled burlap sacks.  They make fun wedding favors, gift wrapping, or even great gifts as-is for jewelry or other small trinkets.

Materials:

  • Dollar bin burlap sacks
  • Various trim
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Black craft paint
  • Foam spouncer
  • Small paper plate
  • Stencils

Here are the cute little bags I found.  They were three for two dollars.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks (1)

I also found this pretty trim in mint, yellow, and white.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks (2)

I used adhesive stencils for this project. The Martha Stewart brand is great because the fuzz from the burlap rubs right off the stencil if you run it under a little water and it’s as good as new.  I placed the stencil on my bag and used a spouncer and black paint.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks How To

Tip: Here are my tips for stenciling, crafting, and caring for burlap.

I made each bag a little different.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks Tutorial

Next, I added trim to each bag using a hot glue gun.  You can use fabric glue as well, but I found it easier to use hot glue (I’m an Expert Hot Gluer!).

Stenciled Burlap Sacks DIY

Here they are… adorable, right?  I am using these as gift bags for small gifts. I think these would also make really sweet wedding or baby shower favor bags as well.

Stenciled Burlap Sacks

Stenciled Burlap Gift Sacks

Need more inspiration?  Here are some burlap craft ideas and stenciling craft ideas!

28th Jul2014

Kids Artwork Display Idea

by Dinah Wulf

Kids Artwork Display Idea (8)

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

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

Kids Artwork Display Idea

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

Kids Artwork Display Idea (1)

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

Kids Artwork Display Idea (3)

Here is the wall BEFORE. It’s blah!

Kids Artwork Display Idea (2)

Here is the wall AFTER! Much better!

Kids Artwork Display Idea (7)

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

Kids Artwork Display Idea (4)

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

Kids Artwork Display Idea (5)

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

Kids Artwork Display Idea (6)

Kids Artwork Display Idea (8)

09th Jul2014

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags How To

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

Materials:

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

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

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

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

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Easy

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

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

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

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft Idea

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

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft

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

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Tutorial

Here are a few more after photos.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Party Favor

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin GiftTags

07th Jul2014

Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover DIY

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Refurbished Doll Bed (2)

I was perusing Goodwill last week and found this wooden doll bed for $7.  I snatched it up right away and posted it on Facebook and Instagram. I got to work almost immediately because I couldn’t contain my excitement for the great deal I just got.  Here is my Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover DIY. The Bed Here is the bed I bought. Isn’t it adorable?

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed (2)

It was a little beat up as you can see and when I put in the slats they didn’t stay in and kept falling out.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed

I disassembled the whole thing.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed (1)

I spot sanded a few areas where there were a lot of scratches.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed Upcycle

I asked my daughter what color she wanted and naturally she said, “PINK!”

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover

After I painted it, I glued in the wooden mattress slats and let it dry.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed DIY

The Mattress As you can see there was no mattress. I actually had some high density foam left over from the garage sale bench makeover I did. I measured and cut it to fit the bed using my trusty Fiskars amplified scissors (P.S. They are awesome).

DIY Doll Bedding How-To

I bought some flannel fabric at Jo-Ann’s.  I intentionally bought flannel because I used hot glue to attach the fabric to the foam. I simply wrapped it like a present. It fit beautifully.

DIY Easy Doll Bedding

The Bedding For the bedding I made it all reversible, so I made two pillows out of the fabric and a blanket, stuffing the pillows with polyester fiber fill.

DIY Doll Bedding Tutorial

DIY Doll Bedding Reversible

I also made a white pillow out of white felt.

DIY Doll Bedding (1)

Here are some AFTER photos! My daughter was so excited and so far she’s played with it every day since I gave it to her!

DIY Refurbished Doll Bed

DIY Refurbished Doll Bed (3)

DIY Refurbished Doll Bed (1)

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Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover (231x650)

03rd Jul2014

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

by Dinah Wulf

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

OK. I PROMISE this will be the last Mad Hatter post I will do for a while but I just HAD to post the Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket that the guest of honor made for all the attendees of the baby shower I have been posting about! It was just absolutely adorable.  Better yet, she raided KFC for buckets and upcycled them into these adorable DIY gifts.

Materials:

  • Cardboard buckets
  • Paint brush
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Glue
  • Tulle
  • Circle cutter
  • Black cardstock
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Labels and butterfly punches (optional)
  • Tissue paper
  • Goodies

Maily got mini KFC buckets from the restaurant, which was the perfect size. She cut out 12” black circles and then traced the large side of the bucket onto the hat to create a ring that she glued on.  She painted the bucket with black chalkboard paint and let them dry.

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket (8)

Maily’s all about the details! She tied colorful tulle around each hat.

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket (5)

She also glued different patterned butterflies that she cut out with a craft punch.

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket (6)

She also made a personalized ‘thank you” label that looked like a clock with each guests name.

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket (7)

Inside, Maily filled the top hat gift basket with goodies.

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket (1)

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

All of them fit the mad Hatter theme. She put a “drink me” label on some tea and “eat me” on the gourmet popcorn.

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket (4)

She also was generous enough to give each couple a pair movie passes in box labeled, “I’m late for a very important date!”

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket (3)

Isn’t it so cute? I love it!

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket (2)

Maily is also the mastermind behind this awesome Hello Kitty Party. Check it out!

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