How to Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

by Dinah Wulf

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I use sugar scrub all the time and NEVER thought of making it myself until a few months ago. So, with a friend’s inspiration, I made it, tried it, and LOVE it! So, I thought I’d share it with you! I have used it on my body, face, lips, and hands but use it mostly with a pumice stone as a foot scrub. Here is how to make your own sugar scrub.

It’s SO easy to make. I just wanted to share a few tips. Here is what you need.

Materials:

  • Container
  • 1 Part Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 Part Brown Sugar
  • Plate or Bowl
  • Two Metal Spoons

Depending on your container size, you need equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar.

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Using to utensils, mix the two ingredients together on a plate or in a bowl. It’s important not to use your hands or fingers because the coconut oil will melt very quickly.

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Once your coconut oil and brown sugar are mixed well, use your utensils to place the mixture into your container. This way, you avoid the heat of your hands, allowing the coconut oil to stay solid.

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That’s it! I like to use this sugar scrub in the shower for my feet.  The coconut oil stays solid until you use it.  I place a little on a pumice stone and gently scrub to help with calluses and it works great! You can also use it as a body or face scrub. It would make a great gift for Mother’s day, Father’s Day, or as a teacher’s gift as well.

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How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Eucalyptus Bath Salts

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

Materials:

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

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

DIY Bath Salt

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

DIY Soothing Bath Salts

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

How to make DIY Bath Salts

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

DIY Homemade Bath Salts

DIY Colored Bath Salts

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

How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

DIY Scented Bath Salts

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

DIY Bath Salt Set

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

How to make DIY Epsom Bath Salts

I also made a video as well!

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

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Monika from Life with Love Bugs – Decoupage Candy Holders

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

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

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

Date Night Valentine Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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Have I told you how awesome my brother is? Well, he is… amazing, really. I think I may have about an ounce of his creativity.  This year for Christmas, he designed made my husband and I a homemade card.  Inside was a gift certificate for dinner, a movie, and money for babysitting…score!! The card was so beautiful that I asked him if I could share it.  I thought it’d be a great idea for a date night Valentine card DIY for a special couple.

My brother designed the card, but you can use any decorative paper you choose, or design the front yourself. This could be used for any type of occasion like an anniversary or special event like a wedding.

Materials:

  • 2 Foam core boards
  • Glue
  • Decorative paper of choice
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Tape

Take one piece of foam core and position your gift cards, one overlapping the other. Trace the outside with a pencil. Cut out the outline using a cutting mat, straightedge, and craft knife.

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Glue the two pieces of foam core together.

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Cut your decorative paper to size. Make it long enough to wrap around and cover the card. You may need to use two pieces. Glue the paper to the bottom of the foam core and fold the paper around.

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My brother also made a matching envelope with babysitting money inside and placed it behind the gift cards.

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Insert your gift cards on top.

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Close the card with a piece of tape on the inside.

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Isn’t it cute? I absolutely love it. Be sure to stop by my brother’s design site Figure Ground Graphics. On there you will find examples of his work along with some free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired!

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Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea

I’m a member of the “Tic Tac Pack” and this post is sponsored by the Tic Tac® brand. While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

I wanted to make some inexpensive, but creative and special gifts for my neighbors, my friend’s parents, and Mia’s teachers. I thought a winter themed survival kit would be a cute idea, and making it into an ornament would be even cuter! Here is my Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea.

Materials:

  • Plastic cubes
  • Fake snow
  • Survival Kit items:
    • Candy Cane & Cherry Apple Twist flavored Tic Tac® mints
    • Antibacterial soap
    • Holiday bandages
    • Holiday lip balm
    • Lotion
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

I knew that I wanted to make these before I even thought about where I could buy plastic cubes. After searching a few stores with no luck, I remembered I had these cases from these mini ornaments I bought. They look like this.

Winter Survival Kit Ornament

I have these in gold, red, and silver, and now, I will just think of a different way to store them so I can use the cases for these ornaments. Ha!  The first thing I did was fill them with fake snow.

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I purchased some fun items to put inside the winter survival kit including antibacterial soap, holiday bandages, lip balm, lotion, and of course Tic Tac® Packs. This year, Tic Tac® has transformed a holiday favorite into a portable, shareable treat with the introduction of new limited-edition Candy Cane flavored Tic Tac® mints! It’s a festive and affordable treat that fits nicely into these cute “orna-mints” (get it??)! With just one Candy Cane flavored Tic Tac® mint, you can enjoy the classic holiday treat any time without battling with sticky plastic wrap. Tic Tac® is also bringing a holiday favorite, Cherry Apple Twist, back to shelves this year. Yum!

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 I purposefully picked colorful holiday themed items to fit inside the cubes.

Winter Survival Kit Tic Tack Ornament

Lastly I tied them up with ribbon.

Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift

They look great hanging on the tree as well! This little gift is perfect for party hosts, neighbors, teachers, and any special someone in your life!

Winter Survival Kit Tic Tack Orna-mint Gift

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Need some Christmas projects to inspire you?

I’m a member of the “Tic Tac Pack”and this post is sponsored by the Tic Tac® brand. While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to J. Jill for sponsoring this post and giveaway, DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am so excited to a) show you how to make a DIY gift card holder out of a brown paper bag, and b) give one lucky winner this DIY gift card holder along with a $100 J. Jill gift card! I was lucky enough to celebrate the J. Jill opening at the Shops at Mission Viejo the other day. It was a lovely event where I got to peruse the beautiful store, meet some amazing people, and try on the clothes! BUT! More on that and the giveaway in a minute… first, let me show you how to make this upcycled gift card holder.

Materials:

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Decorative Tape and Washi Tape

Any paper bag will do. The one pictured here will make four gift card holders.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Idea

First, I cut out a rectangle (approximately 4”X9”) and folded it into thirds as shown. The top flap should be shorter than the lower flap. Leave a small gap in between the flaps.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag

Tape down the top flap with Washi tape, and trim the bottom edge. I used the tape I had left over from my Washi Tape Gift Wrapping idea.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Upcycle

Next, add two more strips of Washi tape all the way around the bottom half.

Repurposed Paper Bag

Insert the gift card.

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

Wrap another two strips around the top flap all the way around the holder to close it.

DIY Gift Card Holder Idea

I added more sparkly decorative tape, left over from my 12 Days of Christmas mini tree, on the front as well.

DIY Gift Card Holder Upcycling Idea

 Sooooo, inside is a $100 gift card to J.Jill and one of you is going to win it!

Jill’s beautiful collections are designed for the women who lead rich, full lives. Additionally, to celebrate the opening, J. Jill made donations to their Orange County-based Compassion Fund Partner: Laura’s House. Laura’s House is committed to changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

My visit was so much fun. The store was beautiful.

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The clothes were just my style… comfy with a lot of neutral colors.

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There was a great selection of scarves and other accessories.

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I also loved the jewelry.

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Now for the giveaway! Good luck! The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 15th at 12:00 AM.

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Washi Tape Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

As a one-stop “Holiday Workshop,” Office Depot and OfficeMax offer everything with the lowest prices ever on the Black Friday deals like high-performing laptops to the hottest gift cards so shoppers can find the right gifts for everyone on their holiday lists. Whether you need a gift for someone in the office or a client, a family member or a friend, or an impulse buy for yourself, Office Depot and OfficeMax have all the business and home office essentials, technology products and accessories you need.

Today I thought I’d share some holiday Washi tape gift wrapping ideas. Office Depot and OfficeMax have an AWESOME selection of Washi tape and duct tape in several colors and patterns to choose from. It took me a while to decide on the colors and patterns I wanted, and ended up getting a mixture of black and white, gold, pink, and blue.

I knew I wanted to use brown wrapping paper to wrap my gifts. I thought the Washi tape would be a great contrast to the brown paper for small gifts I am giving to my family this year. Here are a few tips to Washi tape gift wrapping.

  1. When choosing colors and patterns, place all of them together in a row, and change the orders of the colors and patterns until it’s pleasing to the eye.
  2. I chose to limit each gift to one pattern and two or three solid colors. For some reason I’m not confident in my mixed patterned choices! Ha!
  3. Place the Washi tape in a weave pattern. For example, lay one horizontal, the next vertical, and keep alternating.

Here are a few pictures.

I love this type of gift wrapping because it’s simple, inexpensive, and gives your gift an extra special DIY touch.

Office Depot and OfficeMax are offering great Holiday savings (the lowest prices ever) even earlier this year with Black Friday sales starting on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. and online deals beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. They are offering web-only offers including Black Friday ad deals valid on Wednesday at midnight, and Cyber Monday begins on Sunday at midnight.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Office Depot and OfficeMax. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Succulent Garden Hostess Gift

by Dinah Wulf

Succulent Garden Hostess Gift

It’s time for another Dollar Bin Challenge! The Dollar Bin Challenge is when a few Bloggers are given an item from a dollar bin at a major retail store, put their own creative spin on it, and share their unique upcycles.  Recently a few of us upcycled milk botttles, but this time our items were small plastic bins from Target. For my project, I made an easy DIY succulent garden hostess gift.

Here are the bins we all got. They came in white, black, or navy blue. They were in the dollar bins at Target for 2 for $1!

Succulent Hostess Gift

I only needed a few materials:

  • Plastic Bins
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Potting Soil
  • Succulents

After I stared at them for days, I broke out a gold Sharpie and started writing. With the holidays coming up, I know I’ll be attending several holiday parties. I hand wrote “thank you” with the Sharpie on all four sides.

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I planted an array of succulents and watered them. I thought these bins were perfect for plants.  Plus the host or hostess can easily replant the succulents when ready. This would also be a great gift for Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation Day.

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There you have it! I made this unique gift for about $6.00.

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Hostess Gift Dollar Bin Challenge

Don’t forget to stop by and visit the other Bloggers who participated in the Dollar Bin Challenge to see what they made and how they made it! Here’s the rundown!

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Tote-ally Awesome Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

Tote-tally Awesome Tote Bag

Today I just wanted to share a great deal going on at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores right now! These Tote-ally awesome tote bags are available at Jo-Ann for $9.99 with a minimum $30 in-store purchase! I have to say, they are the perfect size for so many things this holiday season.

I have several out-of-town family members staying with us this year; my mother and father in law, my brother and sister-in-law, and their three kids. I am SO excited about it. This is also the time that Mia’s cousins have visited us at our house ever and their first time in sunny California! Needless to say, we have a lot of things planned. This tote bag will definitely come in handy.

It’s the perfect size to…

  • Use as an overnight bag on short excursions.
  • Use as a beach or picnic bag (the weather is still amazing here in CA).
  • Carry gifts and toys to our friend’s holiday party.
  • Use as a carry-on for the plane on their way home to Wisconsin.

So don’t forget to stop by Jo-Ann’s to get your holiday decorations and crafting supplies and pick up a tote or two. They come in a few colors to choose from as well!

Oh! And don’t forget to down load your Jo-Ann’s app on your smart phone so you can use the coupons when you check out… I’d be lost without mine…

Thank you to Jo-Ann’s for sponsoring this post and sending me my very own tote-ally awesome tote bag!

Need some Christmas projects to inspire you?

The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea, is sponsored by Rich Product’s Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

Each holiday season, we all spend a considerable amount of time going to holiday parties. But figuring out what to bring for the party hostess can be a daunting task that ultimately ends with the purchase of the traditional bottle of wine or box of chocolates. This year, be the hostess gift hero! Create a unique breakfast basket full of baked goods and other goodies that the hostess can enjoy the next morning. Better yet, visit the bakery department of your local grocery store to find a variety of treats that can be gifted. With simple creative packaging, a baked good can become a personalized (and delicious) gift that will make hostess’s day a little brighter. It’s simple, easy and affordable—no baking required!

I found these cookie jars at the thrift store for next to nothing. 

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After I washed and cleaned them, I decorated it with green burlap ribbon and red felt ribbon.  I made a tag that says “thank you for everything”, and tied it on along with a pretty glass Christmas ornament.

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Next, I went to the bakery of my local grocery store and bought some fresh baked goodies. I bought a variety of bagels, croissants, and rolls.

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I filled each cookie jars, which kept them fresh.

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Now for the ULTIMATE hostess gift…you can include your goody-filled cookie jar in a basket with champagne and orange juice for mimosas, and even some champagne glasses (plastic will do!).

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Now, after weeks of party planning, and a successful party night, your Host or Hostess can enjoy breakfast the next morning thanks to you!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Thank you to Rich Product’s for sponsoring this post! Be sure to visit the Bakery Because Pinterest page for more inspiring ideas!

Mason Jar Gift Idea with Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Mason Jar Gift Idea- You Blow My Mind

I wanted to make something that you could say “thank you” with or even just a simple, “I’m thinking about you gift”… something quick and easy for that anytime occasion. I thought of this mason jar gift idea with a free printable that says, “you blow my mind”. I love it when I hear my friend’s say “my mind is blown”… It’s funny to me for some reason! AND it stuck with me, so hence, this printable.

You only need a few things:

I made this printable in a few different colors. Hopefully, you’ll find one that suits your gift and special occasion. All I did was print it out and punched them out with a circle punch. I tied some tulle around the mason jar and then clipped the little tag onto the lid.

Mason Jar Gift Idea with Printable

Voila! Super easy peasy!

Mason Jar Gift Idea

You can use these for thank you gifts, hostess gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, game prizes, or even as part of a mother’s or father’s day gift.

Mason Jar Gift Idea with FREE Printable

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Skull Wine Charms DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I saw a bag of mini skulls and I HAD to buy them. Wow…I never thought I’d say that! Ha! I do love decorating for Halloween. In fact, I can’t wait to show you my decorations this year later this week. Skulls happen to be one of the main decorating elements.  I think they look cool and look even better when they are glittered or even jeweled. For these mini skulls, my inspiration was one of my old friends that LOVES all things skulls AND all things wine, so why not make a Skull Wine Charms DIY?

Materials:

Aren’t these little Halloween skulls cute? I also used them as part of a mini graveyard scene inside small apothecary jars for my Halloween decorations this year.

Skull Wine Charms How To

I used a hot glue gun for this, but regular glue works well. To add a little color and interest, I added colorful plastic beads in the eye sockets. If you have difficulty picking them up, tweezers work well.

Skull Wine Charms

Anytime my daughter has a play necklace that breaks, I salvage all the beads and keep them in a jar.  I just happen to have matching beads for these wine charms.  I strung the beads (one on each side) and the skulls on a hoop earring notion, to use as the wine charm.

Skull Wine Charms DIY

That’s it! It took no time and these little cuties are ready for a Halloween party, or to gift them as a gift to a skull-lover friend like mine!!

Easy Felt No Sew Bags

by Dinah Wulf

Easy DIY Felt Pencil Cases

My family and I travel a lot and it seems like I can never have enough little bags to help me organize my makeup, makeup brushes, jewelry, hair accessories, and so on. Not to mention my daughter’s things as well. Looking around my craft room and supplies I already had in hand, I busted out my trusty glue gun and made these easy felt no sew bags in a jiffy.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Rotary Cutter (optional but makes life easier!!)

I picked out some pretty fall colors of felt. One piece makes one bag. I used the third piece for embellishments.

Easy DIY Felt Bags

Fold up one end to the desired size.

Easy No Sew Makeup Bag

Hot glue the sides to create a pocket.

Easy No Sew Pencil Bag

The top will fold down like a flap.

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I wanted to add some weight to the flap so I used my rotary cutter to cut a perfectly straight white strip and glued it to the bottom of the front flap. 

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I also added a little felt bow for a pop of color.

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Bag

You can use these little bags for almost anything… AND it costs pennies to make!

Easy DIY Felt No Sew Pencil Bag

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Holder

They also make great gifts for Teachers or a tween craft for pencil bags at school. They are even inexpensive enough to use as clever gift wrapping for a hostess gift, movie tickets, or a gift certificate.

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Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands

by Dinah Wulf

Dollar Store DIY Halloween Headbands

My first Halloween post of the year…woo hoo! Anyway, I’m a sucker for a good deal and every time I see these adorable glittered headbands in the dollar bins at Jo-Ann’s I snag one…or two… or three! In the past I have made a party top hat for my daughter’s fourth birthday and I have made some colorful headbands for everyday wear.  This time, I thought I’d make some DIY Halloween Headbands.

Materials:

  • Dollar Bin Headbands! (or any thick headband)
  • Halloween Embellishments of Choice
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Glue

I picked out some fun rubber snakes, glittered spiders, and “boo” embellishments at the dollar store and the craft store.

Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands

I made a small purple felt flower (tutorial for DIY felt flowers).

Felt Flower DIY Halloween Headbands

I also cut out a little white ghost from felt as well.

Felt DIY Halloween Headbands

I used hot glue to glue the flower and spider as well as the felt ghost and “boo” embellishment. For the rubber snake, I originally used hot glue, but found that it came off easily once it was dry. So, instead I used some industrial strength glue (good for rubber) to make sure it stayed on.

Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands for Kids

Here are a couple AFTER photos! Mia loved them. She put them on right away and asked me to make some for her friends.  Guess I need to go back to the dollar bins again… darn it ;)

Easy DIY Halloween Headbands

DIY Halloween Headbands

Here are some other SUPER easy hair accessories I have made in the past:

Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post, Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am honored to be working with UncommonGoods, a New York based company that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Most of the products they carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials… right up my alley!

I received these beautiful set of six floral Italian-style wine glasses and thought they would be perfect for hosting my next wine tasting party. I mean really, how cute it the packaging?

Wine Score Card Printable

Here are a few close ups of the glasses. They are absolutely gorgeous, small, and perfect for wine tasting or even juice or mimosas.

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I had thrown a wine tasting party before and I have actually gotten a few emails asking for a copy of the wine tasting score card I used, so I decided to make a free printable available today! The score card has instructions and a rating system for five different wines.  There were five categories including, appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish. You can list the wines you are tasting if you wish, and there is a section for notes. You can add a boarder like I did to fit any party décor as well.

Wine Score Card Free Printable

Download your free Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable here.

Wine Tasting Score Card Printable

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These glasses, wine tasting score cards, and a bottle of wine would make a lovely gift basket as a hostess gift, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day gift too! If you’d like more gift ideas, be sure to check out UncommonGoods for several beautifully crafted and handmade gifts!

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