If you have been following along both of my blogs, this one and Inheriting Our Planet, you may have noticed all the posts I have been writing about my amazing trip to Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto in Mexico! Of COURSE I had to bring home a few souvenirs from my trip. Thanks to my Mother In Law, she gave me the inside scoop that Mexico has THE BEST vanilla extract so I always know it’ll be a hit when I get home. I ended up using Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping to present my gifts to my friends and family.
- Gift (duh!)
- Toilet Paper Rolls (duh!)
- Decorative Paper
- Tissue Paper
- Paper Cutter
- Double-sided tape
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun (optional)
It just so happens that a small bottle of vanilla extract fits perfectly in a toilet paper roll. I KNEW I was hoarding toilet paper rolls for a reason!
I picked some colorful and bright paper that reminded me of Mexico, cut it to size with my paper cutter, and secured it with double sided tape. FYI, toilet paper rolls are 4.5” long.
Next, I simply rolled the bottle in some tissue paper and inserted it into the roll.
Next, I tied a ribbon on each end.
Now, the bottle was a little thin and slid around in the tube, so I put a little dab of hot glue into the tube to keep it from sliding around and it worked beautifully.
I can’t wait to give them away, especially to my Mother In Law!
In case you want to read about my adventures in Mexico, check out these posts!
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a cute little video of my trip!
My daughter is turning four next week and instead of having an elaborate birthday party we are taking her and her two best friends to the circus. Since we are saving money on food, decorations, a bounce house, shaved ice booth (we have this every year), and everything else that goes along with a party, I thought I’d spend a few extra dollars to make three special Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors for my three favorite little ladies.
I found these adorable plastic bottles at a craft supply store. I wrapped some red and white paper around it and filled them with blue candies.
I also found these candy shaped plastic containers and filled them with red and gold candies.
I filled some candy pretzel bags with animal crackers and iced animal crackers and tied them with red and blue ribbon.
I also bought a bag of candy peanuts and divided into three. I put them in small plastic sandwich bags, stuffed the bottom of these cute popcorn treat boxes, and placed the peanuts on top.
I designed a little Happy Birthday sign on my computer for the front of the treat box.
I stuffed the box with all the goodies I made including a blue felt flower hair clip and a little stuffed elephant. I also decorated it with some carnival tickets I bought at the craft store.
They turned out so cute and I only spent about $15 per girl. I thought it was well worth it for my daughter and her best friends. I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when we take them to the actual circus!
If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!
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.
- Wooden Shape Cut-Outs
- Chalkboard Paint
- Foam Paint Brush
- Scrap Paper
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Here are a few more after photos.
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.
- Cardboard buckets
- Paint brush
- Chalkboard paint
- Circle cutter
- Black cardstock
- Cutting mat
- Labels and butterfly punches (optional)
- Tissue paper
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.
Maily’s all about the details! She tied colorful tulle around each hat.
She also glued different patterned butterflies that she cut out with a craft punch.
She also made a personalized ‘thank you” label that looked like a clock with each guests name.
Inside, Maily filled the top hat gift basket with goodies.
All of them fit the mad Hatter theme. She put a “drink me” label on some tea and “eat me” on the gourmet popcorn.
She also was generous enough to give each couple a pair movie passes in box labeled, “I’m late for a very important date!”
Isn’t it so cute? I love it!
Maily is also the mastermind behind this awesome Hello Kitty Party. Check it out!
If you need more Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland inspiration check out these posts:
I came across these adorable red and blue metal buckets in the dollar bins at a Joann Fabric and Craft Store. They have a little star cut out, perfectly patriotic for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. I wanted to add a little oomph so I ended up turning them into DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights. You only need a few materials.
- Metal or glass candle holders
- Outdoor Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Paper Cutter
- Patterned Scrapbook Paper
- Wet Paper Towel
- Small Paper Plate
- Tea Lights
Here are the dollar bin metal buckets I found. Cute, right?
I measured and cut little strips of patterned scrapbook paper that I had left over from these Glow Stick Party Favors (and free printable) that I made.
I poured a little outdoor Mod Podge onto my paper plate and used the foam brush to apply the Mod Podge both to the back of the strip and then on top of it. I added four strips to each little bucket.
Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.
I added tea lights and voila! Instant festive DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights.
I thought about giving them as a hostess gift to the annual Fourth of July party that my family and I attend.
In case you missed it, here are a few more patriotic posts I did recently:
You may have noticed that I have been posting some ideas and inspiration for a Mad Hatter tea party baby shower that I am decorating. Well, the party is to celebrate the birth of twins…. one boy and one girl! I am so excited for my friend. I just wanted to share the gift that I wrapped. It’s colorful and vibrant, and fits the theme well. I was visiting my besties and Maryland and I was lucky enough to hang out with several of them for an overnight scrap booking party. I used one of the girl’s Cricut machine to cut out this cute little teapot. I also typed out the message and printed it on some purple cardstock. I used a large circle punch to cut it out.
Here’s a picture of the card. Cut and simple and made in minutes!
Since my friends are having twins, I wrapped their gifts separately in the corresponding bright blue and hot pink, and went to work on the ribbon. I rummaged through my scrap ribbon box in my craft room and went a little overboard!
I tied on my little teapot (short and stout) onto the package.
Here it is!
I love gift wrapping. It is part of the present in my eyes. Here are a few gift wrapping ideas I have done in the past in case you need more inspiration!
Oh! And if you want to see some Mad Hatter Tea Party Inspiration, here is what I have been working on!
One of my best friends gave me this tray that she was about to throw away. It was actually from a bridal Shower we gave many many years ago! I decided to keep it and bring some new life to it. Here is my Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To. You only need a few materials, and some will depend on if you are starting fresh with a new tray.
- Wooden Tray
- Clean Cloth
- Spray Paint
- Fabric Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Measuring Instrument
- Adhesive Spray
Here is the tray BEFORE, It was a little beat up!
Because I a) had little time, b) had two coats of paint on it, and c) feel like I’m getting old with arthritis, I decided to take an electric sander to it versus a hand sand block, but either works well.
Once I finished sanding it, I wiped the tray from debris with a clean cloth (aka and old t-shirt).
I laid it out on a tarp in a well-ventilated area and spray painted with Krylon Citrus Green. I used two coats.
While the tray was drying I measured and cut the fabric with my Fiskars Rotary Cutter. I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools I use. It measures and cuts up to 24 inches! I’ve used it on projects like this fabric and lace bunting and it just made it so easy to make.
I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. I found it easiest to spray the back of the fabric and then place it on the tray, versus spraying the tray.
Tah-dah! I love the color combo. It’s perfect for summer and entertaining. It’s a simple trash to treasure project that I hope you try out!
In case you missed it, check out some of my other trash to treasure projects:
I love entertaining outdoors during the warm weather months. I wanted to make some fun beach inspired napkin rings to add a little DIY to my table setting this summer. Here is how I made these easy shell DIY napkin rings. You only need a few materials.
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Strong Bonding Agent like E6000
I found the rope at Home Depot. I was able to make these nautical themed vases, this fabric bunting, this other fabric bunting, and eight of these napkin rings (and more) out of one package. Cut each piece into about 6 inches. Play around with the length to reach your desired ring size. Simply hot glue the ends together to form a ring. I like to use hot glue because it dries quickly and holds the rope very well.
Glue the shell on top, covering where the ends of the rope meet. I used E600 for a fast and strong bond. Here are a few close ups.
I love how they turned out. Consider making these with other trinkets to match your theme or décor. You can even wrap them up to make a cute gift for Mother’s Day, or even a fun and thoughtful house warming gift. Hmmm… which gives me another idea! Ha! Stay tuned!
In case you missed it, here are some other fun homemade gift ideas that you might like:
Thank you to SweetWorks, Inc., for sponsoring the candy for this post, Summertime Party Favor Gift Idea and Printable.
School is almost over and I wanted to share a fun little gift idea for your kids to take to their friends at school, or for anytime fun. I can’t believe that summer is just around the corner. This year has gone by so fast! Having a little one makes the days go by way too fast.
When I saw these Aquarium Candy Fish from SweetWorks, Inc., I fell in love and knew immediately what I wanted to do. They are just adorable…and taste good too!
I was at Michael’s a few days ago and saw these adorable little shovels for the beach and they were on sale. I think I got them for about .50 a piece.
Here is how to make them. You only need a few things.
I filled each shovel with the Aquarium Candy Fish from SweetWorks, Inc.
I made little tags that say “Have a Great Summer”, and since I already made them I thought I might as well share them! You can download the free printable here.
I put them in clear party favor bags and tied them up with blue Baker’s twine with a little tag.
Here are a few more pictures.
I hope you enjoyed them and use the printable. In case you missed it, here are some more party favor ideas to help inspire you!
Here are a few of my favorite SweetWorks candy posts I have done in the past on Inheriting Our Planet:
Father’s Day is right around the corner! I found some fun and creative ideas to inspire you to make your own gift this year. This list is from a group of some of my favorite Bloggers. Their creativity also inspires me every day. I tried to come up with unique ideas to fit all types of Dads! Here is my list of Creative Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas.
Homemade Root Beer Barbecue Sauce from Janel at A Mom’s Take
DIY Coupon Book Free Printable from Kim at Seven Thirty Three
Jalapeno Infused Tequila from Shannah at Just Us Four
Comic Book DIY Coasters on Amy’s Blog, Mod Podge Rocks
Old School Skateboard inspired Father’s Day Fun by Sharon of Cupcakes and Cutlery
DIY Etched Beer Glasses from Laura at Pet Scribbles
Father’s Day Gift Bags from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage
Mustache Coffee Cozy Sleeve from Club Chica Circle
Father’s Day Coffee Sampler by Carolyn from Homework
Etched Glass Baseball Vase by Shannon at Madigan Made
Father’s Day “Stache” Printables by Jill from the Popsicle Blog
D-A-D Photo Gift by Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
Birthplace Map Keychain Charms by Amanda from Crafts By Amanda
I hope you enjoyed this round up! Be sure to stop by all these great blogs and tell them DIY Inspired sent you! If you need some more Father’s Day Inspiration, here are a few posts by yours truly:
Thank you to SweetWorks, Inc., for sponsoring the candy for this post, Chocolate Toolkit Father’s Day Gift & Printable.
My husband has the BIGGEST sweet tooth of almost anyone I have ever met. He loves it all; chocolate, cookies, candy, cake, and pie. When I saw these cute Milk Chocolate Toolkits from Niagra Chocolates, I thought it’d be the perfect Father’s Day Gift for him. The boxes are already cute, but I thought I’d dress it up just a little for Father’s Day and add a tag, AND since I made them, I might as well share the printable with you just in case you want to make them too.
- Milk Chocolate Toolkit
- Black Cardstock
- Red Cardstock
- Paper Cutter
- Free Printable
- Double-sided Tape
- Hole Punch
These are the little Milk Chocolate Toolboxes. Aren’t they cute? Inside is a chocolate saw, hammer, pliers, wrench, and screwdriver. These are also cute gifts for the DIY’er in your life!
I cut a strip of black cardstock with my paper cutter and attached it with double-sided tape for the handle.
I also added a “Happy Father’s Day” printable on the bottom front.
I layered the “We Love You, Daddy” printable with black and red cardstock, punched a hole in it, and tied it with baker’s twine on the handle.
There you have it! A super quick and easy Father’s Day Gift for the special man in your life!
In case you missed them, here are a few of my favorite SweetWorks candy posts I have done in the past on Inheriting Our Planet:
I FINALLY bought the new iphone 5S (of course when the 6 is coming out soon), and I just HAD to get the Rose Gold color. I love it! My only problem is that I needed a case and most of them covered the color. I bought a clear case, but it’s so boring! SOOOO, I ended up making a Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case from an old piece of jewelry I had.
- Clear Cell Phone Case
- Rhinestone Ribbon (optional)
- Brooch, pin, or earring
- Strong Bonding Agent
Here is the plain case… BORING!!!
Here is my phone… PRETTY!
I have had this brooch for YEARS… possibly over 10, and I have never worn it. I think I forgot about it until I had this idea.
I removed the pin with pliers. Surprisingly it took little to no effort to remove it.
I used an adhesive rhinestone ribbon, which made this so easy! Otherwise, if you’d like you can add each rhinestone one by one using tweezers you can.
Next, I used Liquid Fusion to add the remaining rhinestones as well as the brooch. I let it dry for four hours. So far so good! I’ve even accidentally dropped it! You could also try using E6000 which I have used for several projects and works well.
Here is the final! I think it turned out great. You can see the gold, and I can see a pretty brooch that otherwise would have staying in my closet for another 10 years! This would make a fun personalized gift idea as well.
I know yesterday I shared Easy Dollar Bin Headbands that I made for my daughter, but I was on a roll with hair pieces so I thought I’d share another one I made for my friend and I to wear at an annual Fourth of July party that we go to. Last year I made this one and this year I made these Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips.
- Metal Hair Clips
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Fabric Flowers
Fabric flowers are fun to make on your own, but when I come across a good sale, I just can’t pass up a great deal. I picked up these flowers and a whole bag of feathers for next to nothing.
I simply arranged the flower cluster on a piece of felt and hot glued it on. I cut off the access felt with fabric scissors.
Next I hot glued on a metal hair clip.
In a few minutes, I had two fun and festive hair pieces for my friend and me.
You can clip them directly on your hair, or clip them onto a headband like this.
Here is the one I made last year last minute on the day of the party that I posted on Instagram. Here is the tutorial for it too!
Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!
My daughter will be turning age four soon and I think she gets more girly and more girly every day. Because she loves dressing up with skirts and dresses and shoes, it gets a little expensive. I always try to find ways to save a little money here and there. The other day, I went craft shopping and found some great deals to make inexpensive and easy dollar bin headbands for her.
You only need a few items.
- Felt Craft Flowers
- Felt Craft Bows
- Hot glue and glue gun
With coupons in hand, I spent less than $6.00 for these three headbands I made and have left over embellishments for other projects. I found the plain glitter headbands for a dollar each at Joann Fabrics and Craft Stores and I found the felt embellishments in the dollar bins at Michael’s.
I actually thought about making the felt flowers myself, but these were so cute I had to buy them! Each pack was $1.50 and I had a 30% off coupon for all three. I couldn’t pass it up! I simply glued each piece to the headbands. My daughter LOVES them. She wears one every day. They are pretty sturdy as well.
Here are a few pictures of Mia wearing them.
Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!