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10th Jun2014

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

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.

Materials:                   

  • Shells
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Strong Bonding Agent like E6000

How to Make Napkin Rings

Instructions:

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.

DIY Rope Napkin Rings

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.

Shell DIY Napkin Rings

DIY Napkin Rings

Easy Nautical DIY Napkin Rings

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!

Easy Beach DIY Napkin Rings

In case you missed it, here are some other fun homemade gift ideas that you might like:

04th Jun2014

Summertime Party Favor Gift Idea and Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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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!

Summertime Aquarium Fish Candies

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.

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Here is how to make them. You only need a few things.

Materials:

I filled each shovel with the Aquarium Candy Fish from SweetWorks, Inc.

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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.

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I put them in clear party favor bags and tied them up with blue Baker’s twine with a little tag.

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Here are a few more pictures.

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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:

03rd Jun2014

Creative Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Creative Homemade Fathers Day Gift Ideas

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

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DIY Coupon Book Free Printable from Kim at Seven Thirty Three

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Jalapeno Infused Tequila from Shannah at Just Us Four

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Comic Book DIY Coasters on Amy’s Blog, Mod Podge Rocks

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Old School Skateboard inspired Father’s Day Fun by Sharon of Cupcakes and Cutlery

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DIY Etched Beer Glasses from Laura at Pet Scribbles

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Father’s Day Gift Bags from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage

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Mustache Coffee Cozy Sleeve from Club Chica Circle

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Father’s Day Coffee Sampler by Carolyn from Homework

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Etched Glass Baseball Vase by Shannon at Madigan Made

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Father’s Day “Stache” Printables by Jill from the Popsicle Blog

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D-A-D Photo Gift by Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

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Birthplace Map Keychain Charms by Amanda from Crafts By Amanda

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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:

02nd Jun2014

Chocolate Toolkit Father’s Day Gift & Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

Materials:

  • Milk Chocolate Toolkit
  • Black Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock
  • Paper
  • Paper Cutter
  • Free Printable
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • String
  • Scissors

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!

Chocolate Toolkit Father's Day Gift

I cut a strip of black cardstock with my paper cutter and attached it with double-sided tape for the handle.

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I also added a “Happy Father’s Day” printable on the bottom front.

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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.

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There you have it! A super quick and easy Father’s Day Gift for the special man in your life!

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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:

30th May2014

Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

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.

Materials:

  • Clear Cell Phone Case
  • Rhinestones
  • Rhinestone Ribbon (optional)
  • Brooch, pin, or earring
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Strong Bonding Agent

Here is the plain case… BORING!!!

Repurposed DIY Cell Phone Case

Here is my phone… PRETTY!

DIY Cell Phone Case

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.

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I removed the pin with pliers. Surprisingly it took little to no effort to remove it.

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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.

Make Your Own Cell Phone Case

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.

Upcycled DIY Cell Phone Case

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.

Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

28th May2014

Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Metal Hair Clips
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Scissors

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.

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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.

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Next I hot glued on a metal hair clip.

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In a few minutes, I had two fun and festive hair pieces for my friend and me.

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You can clip them directly on your hair, or clip them onto a headband like this.

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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!

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Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

27th May2014

Easy Dollar Bin Headbands

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

Materials:

  • Headbands
  • 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.

dollar store headbands

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.

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Here are a few pictures of Mia wearing them.

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Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

22nd May2014

Recycled Vintage Jewelry Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Vintage Jewelry Inspiration

I love going to vintage flea markets. I am so attracted to the booths with vintage jewelry and embellishments. In the past I have attempted to upcycle my own jewelry but for some reason, I am horrible at it! My pieces always fall apart.  I really should take a class. This, however, doesn’t stop me from admiring others and buying great pieces from talented artist that make quality one of a kind jewelry. So, I thought I’d put together a round-up of a dozen upcycled and recycled vintage jewelry I found on Etsy.

Hot Pink and Green Rhinestone Flower Necklace Debbie from ChicMaddiesBoutique

Hot Pink and Green Rhinestone Flower Necklace

Recycled Vintage Watch Bracelet by Carla from ShesCrafty121

Recycled Vintage Watch Bracelet

Recycled Vintage Statement Cuff {Via}

Recycled Vintage Statement Cuff

Recycled Vintage Tin Floral Brass Bracelet by Melani from CraftyLikeMom

Recycled Vintage Tin Floral Brass Bracelet

Steampunk Butterfly Brooch by VintageStarrBeads

Steampunk Butterfly Brooch

Antique Spoon Bracelet by Michael and Erin of OliveSpoonStudio

Antique Spoon Bracelet

Antique Spoon Ring by Michael and Erin of OliveSpoonStudio

Antique Spoon Ring

Recycled Vintage Tin Gold and Fuchsia Dangle Earrings by Melanie from CraftyLikeMom

Recycled Vintage Tin Gold and Fuchsia Dangle Earrings

Upcycled Sunglasses by PinkParee

Upcycled Sunglasses

Vintage Jewelry Statement Necklace {Via}

Vintage Jewelry Statement Necklace

Vintage Earring Bracelet by Debbie from ChicMaddiesBoutique

Vintage Earring Bracelet

And last but not least, for a little fun night out…

Ball in the Pocket Game Necklace by VintageStarrBeads

Ball in the Pocket Game Necklace

These were some of my most favorite repurposed pieces.  I hope you enjoyed them. Be sure to stop by these shops and show your support! They all have so many beautiful unique items to fit every style. Tell them that DIY Inspired sent you!

21st May2014

Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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I have done so many Mason Jar Crafts over the years.  This time, I wanted to try out some new Krylon glitter blast spray paint that I got.  I decided to make a Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece. It turned out beautifully and I only needed a few materials to get the job done.

Materials:

  • Clean recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tarp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter Blast spray paint
  • Fresh flowers

Instructions:

Make sure you sauce jars are clean and dry. I like to save all sizes because you’ll never know when you’ll need them!

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Turn them upside down and spray paint them in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed three light coats of metallic gold.

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Once they are dry, use Painter’s tape to tape off the area you would like glittered.  Again, I used three light and even coats of Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint. . I used the colors Posh Pink, Silver Flash, and Fierce Fuchsia. Allow them to dry.

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I filled my vases with water and made an arrangement of fresh peonies and roses.

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Isn’t it pretty??? Here are a few more pictures.

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For one of them, I decided to wrap a little lace and make a “welcome home” tag to give to my best friend as a house warming gift for her new house! It’s a great gift for teachers appreciation and Mother’s Day too!

mason jar house warming gift

These would also make great inexpensive bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, or birthday party centerpieces.  The possibilities are endless with color combinations as well. You can embellish them further with lace, ribbon, or burlap.

20th May2014

Father’s Day Gift Wrapping and Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Did you know that a 5X7 frame fits perfectly in a Cheez-It’s box? Me neither until now! I, of course, am too cheap to buy gift wrapping boxes.  As you can see here and here and here… oh and here! Man I am thrifty! With Father’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d do a quick and easy free printable and I happen to throw in this Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Wrapping idea.

We bought my husband a frame for his desk at work and put my daughter’s most recent school photo in it. I really should have taken a picture before I wrapped it because it was a fantastic repurposing idea. I bought it at Tall Mouse.  It was a frame covered in old computer keys. It is so cute and perfect for my husband’s desk at work.  Maybe I’ll have to make one myself.

See? It fits perfectly in the box!

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I wrapped it with blue wrapping paper and embellished it with Washi tape and some other decorative tape I had.

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I created a simple printable and tied it on!

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I was going to stop there, but then I thought that since I already made it, why not share it! So feel free to download this free Father’s Day printable here:

Happy Father’s Day Printable

I embellished my tag with patterned scrapbook paper and more Washi tape. Cute, right? I can’t wait to give it to my husband.

In case you need some more eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas, check out a round up post I did.

 

15th May2014

Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots

by Dinah Wulf

upcycled thrift store teapots

If you can’t tell by now, I have been obsessed with getting ready for a Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower I am decorating.  The party isn’t until June but as my friends will tell you I always start WAY in advance for things like this. I like to get the creative juices flowing! The other day I shared my Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups and today I am sharing my Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots from all the great finds I got at the Goodwill.

First of all, I have to say that I found some GREAT STUFF at Goodwill. I have a few tips I go by when I thrift shop:

  1. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Buy it because you love it!
  2. Ask what the color of the day is, that means it’s 50% off.
  3. When looking for pieces, think outside the color because that can always be changed.
  4. Ask for a discount if there is something wrong with the piece.

Here’s all the loot I got this time around.  Check out all my thrift store loot the first time around!

thrift store teapots

Tip number three was helpful in this case because, I was drawn to the shape of these pots, but they didn’t match the décor style I was going for. Here they are BEFORE.

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All I did was simply spray paint them with Krylon’s Metallic Gold Paint (two light coats).

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Now, a Christmas themed teapot completely fits my décor style for this party. These little flower pots would also make a great DIY gift for a mother, teacher, or friend.

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This teapot had a chipped lid, but that’s OK! It was dirt cheap and I don’t need the lid anyway because I am using it as a flower vase. By the way, I will be using fresh flowers at the party…just sayin…

upcycled thrift store tea party teapots

So, thrift store shopping is a fantastic way to save money when decorating for fun events like this! In case you missed it, check out my other ideas I have for this Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower:

14th May2014

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

I have become obsessed with making festive holiday themed kitchen towels! Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel, a St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towel, and an Easter Kitchen Towel so I thought I’d keep it up and make a No Sew Patriotic 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 it similar to the Easter towel because the permanent fabric tape worked better than the fusible web. 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 red and blue patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together for the fourth.  I wanted some different shades of blue and red rather than the traditional bold red and blue. 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.  I ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel and I used some 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!  This would make a great hostess gift. 

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You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

13th May2014

Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been on a thrift store hunt for tea party decorations for a Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower I have coming up! It has been SO fun, let me tell you. I have raided a few Goodwill stores in our area and have found some great deals.  I ended up making these Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups to a few plain (but cheap) tea cups I found.

Here is all my loot (so far because I am still on the hunt) from my thrift store shopping adventures.

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Good stuff! Besides the tea pot, all the cups, saucers, and plates, and trays I found were less than $2.00. Here is the inspiration for this upcycle. I love the gold.

vintage tea cups

I found these plain white tea cups and saucers, all four pieces for $2.99 so I couldn’t pass them up.

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I wanted to add gold to them to match the others.  At first I tried painting them but I would have had to do so many coats using the metallic paint I chose.  I wanted a deeper gold. I searched my craft room and found a metallic gold Sharpie!  Awe man! It went on like butta’. It was fantastic.

sharpie tea cup

Here is how I imagined using these tea cups for the Mad Hatter Tea Party I am decorating. I added a little moss and fresh cut flowers from the side of my house. These would also make cute little gifts too!

mad hatter tea cup

The little pop of gold just makes it all better! In case you missed it, here are some of my other ideas for this Mad Hatter Tea Party I am doing:

For more fun Sharpie craft ideas check out these fun projects:

12th May2014

Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

This post, Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

Did you know that there’s a brand new flavor of Tic Tac mints? Tic Tac® brand launched new limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints, the coolest flavor to heat up your summer with a nostalgic nod to summertime memories.  These artificially flavored mints are a delicious combination featuring blue Berry pills, red Cherry pills & white Lime pills, and are a unique treat for guests at summer gatherings this year. Mia’s and my favorite are the blue Berry pills.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Gift

To help celebrate the launch of this new fun, festive, and patriotic Tic Tac®Pack, I thought I’d make a unique repurposed Tic Tac Packs hostess gift to bring to all those summer parties you may have coming up this season. You can print this FREE printable here:

Just Add Ice Cream FREE Printable

I used my empty Tic Tac packs and filled them with various ice cream sundae toppings like crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Here is a tip to help you fill these cute little packs with goodies.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Idea

Upcycled Tic Tac Packs

I used some red and blue card stock, ribbon, the printable, and double sided tape to create a special card to bring to your favorite party Hostess this Memorial Day or Fourth or July. You can even make this for Father’s Day, for Dad’s like my husband, who has a major sweet tooth!

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Hostess Gift

Of course I added a pack of the limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints as well!

Repurposed Tic Tac Containers

Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints can be purchased at select convenience and grocery stores nationwide for a limited time only. I hope you enjoy the printable! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out how I used Tic Tac packs to make Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits!