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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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.

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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!

 

Recycled Candle Holder Turned Bud Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I am sharing how I turned an old store bought candle into a painted stenciled bud vase. This super easy trash to treasure project makes a great gift or would even be a nice addition to a bedside table or table setting. Here is how I made this simple Recycled Candle Holder Turned Bud Vase.

Materials:

  • Old glass jar or candle jar
  • Acrylic craft paint (2 colors)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Spouncer
  • Stencil
  • Small paper plate or scrap paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Decorative craft tape

Here is the BEFORE picture of when I cleaned and removed the old wax. Here are the step by step instructions on How to Remove Wax from a Glass. This wax removal tutorial takes time, but works very well.

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Once your glass is clean and free from wax, tape off the top edge with Painter’s tape. This step is optional, but I like the look of it.

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Using a paint brush, paint your glass the desired color.  I used Martha Stewart’s gold metallic acrylic paint. Allow it to dry one hour in between coats. I ended up using four coats.

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Add a decorative craft tape to the edge. I used gold sparkle tape to add a little bling!

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Next, apply your stencil. I like to use adhesive stencils to prevent bleeding and they are quick and easy to use. Using a spouncer in an up and down motion, paint your glass. The less paint you use the better. Be sure to remove the excess paint onto your paper plate. You can remove the stencil right away and allow the paint to dry.

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There you have it! Think twice before throwing away used candles, rather, get creative and upcycle it into a great gift.

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Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tags

by Dinah Wulf

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Today is my twin Goddaughter’s 2nd birthday!  Last year for their Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Party, I wrapped their gifts by making Recycled Food Container Gift Wrapping. This time, I was inspired by the beach bags I bought them and made Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tags to match. Here’s what they look like.

Popsicle Gift Bags

Aren’t they cute? I got a great deal on them at TJ Maxx. In case you were wondering, here’s is what’s inside; two matching bathing suits, hats, and sunglasses for the twins.

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Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Craft punch
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • String or ribbon

I never buy cards anymore, because I like to make my own special ones for fun. To make the popsicle tags, simply cut out the popsicle shape out of cardstock as shown. I cut both of them out so that they were symmetrical. They aren’t perfect, but still cute!

Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tag

I used a circle punch and glued colorful circles onto the front of the card. You can also punch other shapes or even add stripes. I picked polka dots because they are my best friend’s favorite (the twin’s Mom).

Popsicle Gift Tags

Lastly, I glued on a Popsicle stick and wrote a message to the twins on the inside. You can also use craft sticks as well.

Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tags

That’s it! Here are a couple AFTER photos. I tied them on the existing tag of the bag with blue baker’s twine.

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I hope you try it out! These are fun for the summertime. You can even turn them into a little invitation for a summer BBQ!

Happy Birthday to my little ladies!!!

Check out the Upcycled Step Stool Tutorial I did when I made over some matching step stools for them.

 

Last Minute Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Gah! Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! I am so excited because I actually get to spend this Mother’s Day with my Mom.  We live 3000 miles away from each other but she is visiting me now for a whole month! I’m a lucky girl.  If you couldn’t tell, my Mother and I are really close.  Because of this, I thought I’d put together some Last Minute Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. Some of these projects take minutes, while others take only an hour or two, but all will come from the heart.

  • Cookie Mason Jar – Give her favorite cookies in s decorated Mason Jar.  She can use the jar as a drinking glass as well.  Just add a tag that says “Happy Mother’s Day, Just add milk!” and attach a straw!
  • Mod Podgeable Necklace and Matching Ring – Make her a special necklace and matching ring. This project was so fun to make. If you’re a Crafter, you’ll love making these
  • Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap – Make a pretty stenciled vase to put a fresh arrangement of flowers in.
  • Cookie Lollipops – Does your Mom have a sweet tooth? These easy cookie lollipops are a great gift for all of the favorite Moms in your life.
  • DIY Personalized Pens Gift Idea – Add a little personality to a boring pen. You can make a few and package them with stationary or note cards.
  • Repurposed Bank Money Bag – Does your Mom travel a lot like mine does? Stencil a canvas bag to make her very own laundry bag to put in her suitcase while she travels.
  • DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes – These treat boxes filled with Mom’s favorite candies will be a sweet hit on Mother’s Day.
  • Paper Towel Roll Letter Scroll – Upcycle two paper towel rolls to make a scroll and write a special note or poem to Mom inside.
  • Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder – Is your Mom a fellow DIY’er? Give her a gift card but wrap in this clever little toolbox gift card holder.
  • Repurposed Cabinet Door Jewelry Organizer – Make Mom a unique jewelry organizer out of a cabinet door, drawer pulls and knobs.
  • Mason Jar Gift Kits – Lastly, fill a Mason Jar full of Mom’s little favorite things like, makeup, nail polish, candy, gum, movie tickets, and so on!

Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts

by Dinah Wulf

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Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts and GIVEAWAY is a part of the “Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious.” campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

Teacher Appreciation week is May 5th-9th and Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6th! Recently, I made a free Teacher Appreciation Printable that you can download to make bookmarks or gift tags. I wanted to use them as both. In a jiffy, I put together these Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts for Mia’s teachers. All they have to do is just add milk!

Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gift

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. This is perfect for the busy parent on the go that still wants to give a semi-homemade gift.

You only need a few things:

  • Mason Jar
  • Free Printable
  • Decorative Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Drinking Straw
  • You favorite Grocer’s Cookies

I bought two different types of yummy cookies, chocolate chip and lemon crisps, and layered them in a Mason jar. I embellished my printable tag with decorative paper and photo corners and added a ribbon at the top so that it doubles as a bookmark. Add a drinking straw and tell your recipient to just add milk when you give it to them!

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This little Cookie Mason Jar is an inexpensive, quick, and unique way to show your appreciation!

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Giveaway Alert!!!

Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

Simply leave a comment and I will randomly select two winners to receive a $25 gift card!

The winner will be announced in one week! Good luck!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

Mod Podgeable Necklace and Matching Ring Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I attended the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show in January this year and I was invited to the FaveCrafts networking event with some of the industry’s best craft bloggers. We were given several products from sponsors and were challenged to make a unique project.  This Mod Podgeable Necklace and Matching Ring was my entry to the challenge! As a result, FaveCrafts published an awesome eBook of all the crafts and tutorials. It is now available for you for free! See more details below. First, the tutorial!

Materials:

  • Mod Podge – Matte
  • Plaid Podgeable Papers
  • Plaid Podgeable Shapes
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Plaid Foam Brush
  • Turbo Tacky Glue
  • Elmer’s Pro Bond Advanced
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Circle punches

Here are some of the products I used.

Mod Podgeable Tutorial

Instructions for the Necklace:

Step One: Cut out desired shapes and embellishments using circle punches.

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Step Two: Apply Mod Podge to desired Podgeable Shapes.

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Step Three: Apply Mod Podge to the back of embellishment and adhere it to the Podgeable Shape, smoothing out any air bubbles.

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Step Four: Add any additional embellishments to the top of your Podgeble Shapes.

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Step Five: Once the Mod Podge is dry, add Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the pendant. Let dry for three hours.

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Step Six: Add a jewelry ring charm, and attach ring to necklace or chain using pliers.

Step Seven: Weave chain necklace with ribbon. Seal each end with Turbo Tacky Glue.

Mod Podgeable Necklace Tutorial

Instructions for the Ring:

Step One: Repeat steps 1-5 as listed above.

Step Two: Attach charm to the ring base using Pro Bond Advanced.

Mod Podgeable Ring Tutorial

Here are some AFTER photos.

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Download the E Book here:

The Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2014: Decoupage, Sewing, Jewelry Making, and More Free eBook

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In this eBook, you’ll find amazing projects for jewelry crafts, chalkboard crafts, floral crafts, home décor crafts, and kid crafts.  The bloggers that participated in this contest and I received their materials from several well-loved companies, including Coats and Clark, Fiskars, iLovetoCreate.com, Jimmy Beans Wool, Krylon, Leisure Arts, Plaid, Scupley, Shurtech Brands, Elmer’s Glue, Darice, Simplicity Creative Group, RIT Dyes, Sizzix, and Lion Brand Yarn! Enjoy!

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

This post, Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits, 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.

I have bought Tic Tacs ever since I can remember. I recall being so excited to try them when they came out with the orange flavor years ago.  Today, there are a variety of flavors and colors like dark strawberry and green apple available. I went onto The Tic Tac My Pack site and made my own DIY Inspired Pack! I filled it with berry, passion fruit, grape, dark strawberry, and green apple. Check them out!

Tic Tac Packs

You can create your own one-of-a-kind pack with your ideal flavors as well!

Being the Crafter that I am, once I finished my Tic Tacs I just had to reuse them and repurpose them into something new and different.

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

I realized that the container and the opening are the perfect size to hold and pour glitter.  Using a scrap piece of paper, I rolled it up to make a funnel and filled each Tic Tac Pack. This is a quick and easy method that works beautifully.

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Aren’t they perfect? I thought it’d be fun to wrap them up and make repurposed Tic Tac Pack craft kits to give away.

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Storage

I put together some supplies for a fellow Crafter and Scrapbooker I had in mind. I included some scrapbook paper, glue, markers, a foam paint brush, and of course the glitter. The contents are up to you and the recipient!

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I put it in a little bag and made a gift tag. These would make fun party favors too.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

Oh! I also made some customized swag bags to give away as well! They have a keychain I made with DIY Inspired and Inheriting Our Planet key chains in them, a business card, and a pack of Tic Tacs in it!

DIY Customized Swag Bags

Be sure to make your own Tic Tac Pack! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

 

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

by Dinah Wulf

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

I had the honor of sharing this project, how to make a spring centerpiece with stenciled burlap, on the Darice Blog and today I wanted to re-share it with you here on DIY Inspired! Now that spring well underway, this fun and easy project will help brighten up your dining room table! I have a particularly LARGE dining table, so I made three.  Of course you can always just make one or two!

Materials

Darice Supply List:

  • 3 Metal Planters
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Flourish Stencil
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Brush Set
  • Licorice FolkArt Acrylic Paint
  • David Tutera Natural Burlap in Brown
  • Dual Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Blue Grandiose Hydrangeas
  • Dritz Fray Check

Instructions:

Step One

Measure and cut the David Tutera Natural Burlap in three six by six pieces.

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Step Two

Apply Dritz Fray Check on all four sides of each piece of burlap and allow it to dry for approximately 15 minutes.

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Step Three

Once the Dritz Fray Check is dry, center the stencil onto one burlap square. Make sure to protect your work surface. Generously apply some paint onto the tip of the stencil brush and dab off any excess paint. Apply the paint onto the stencil in an up and down motion. Remove the stencil and wash it thoroughly.  Make sure to rinse and clean the stencil in between stenciling each piece. Repeat this step for the other two burlap squares.

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Step Four

Once your burlap pieces are stenciled and dry (approximately 15 minute dry time), hot glue them onto your metal planters.

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Step Five

Lastly, arrange four Blue Grandiose Hydrangeas or any flower of your choice in each of your metal planters. I personally like the look of fake hydrangeas. I use them all the time! Like here and here and here!

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In five easy steps you will have a beautiful personalized spring dining room centerpiece. These three metal planters were perfect for my eight foot dining room table.  You can personalize them with a monogram as well. These also make fun gifts too, especially for Mother’s Day!  

Try these other DIY decorating ideas:

Feeling Crafty? You may also like:

Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops

by Dinah Wulf

 

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Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops is a part of the Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. My daughter just started dance this year and she always talks about her teachers, Miss Michelle and Ms. Kathy.  I wanted to give something to them just because. I thought it’d be a nice gesture to show our appreciation for them.

These easy cookie lollipops save time because there is no baking involved and very affordable because you only need a few products:

  • Your favorite cookies from you Grocer’s bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat bags
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • Gift tag

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To make the lollipops, simply apply a generous amount of cookie icing to the back of each cookie. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of two cookies. Place them in a treat bag. I chose pink sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles for Mia’s dance teachers.

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Add a little tag for that special someone and tie it with ribbon of baker’s twine.

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Tah-dah! In minutes you have quick, adorable, and affordable gifts for anytime gifting.  What’s great about the bakery at the grocery store is that they have a variety of cookies to fit the season or holiday. One package of a dozen cookies will make six just because gifts!

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Giveaway Alert!!! ** Giveaway CLOSED**

Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

Simply leave a comment and I will randomly select two winners to receive a $25 gift card! The winner will be announced next Tuesday the 29th!

Good luck!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

Clever Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

Earth Day is next week already! I swear it was just Christmas. Where does the time go? In honor of this important national holiday, I thought I’d put together some fun and clever trash to treasure Earth Day Crafts.  Each craft has a step by step photo tutorial done by yours truly! I hope you try some out!

Recycled Mason Jar Lantern

I still have these macramé lanterns hanging in my back yard. They are great especially this time of year in southern California while entertaining outdoors. I light the tea lights before sunset and they stay lit for several hours.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Can you believe it cost me nothing to make this butterfly wreath? I made it out of branches from my backyard and a wire hanger.  I decorated it with butterflies I cut out of an old book and used beads and twine for the antennas.

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

Does anyone use a phone book anymore? Here’s a fun craft you can do with all those pages.

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

This is another great wreath tutorial. I made this one also out of book pages. For the wreath I used Plumber’s insulation.

Hollow Book Safe How To

This makes a great gift. It’s a clever way of hiding some important things or extra money in an old hardback book.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

I had bought some old coffee bean sacks at a flea market and ended up making some fun outdoor pillows for my back patio.

 

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas FREE Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Recently I shared some fun stenciled DIY bachelorette party favor bags that I made for a girls weekend I have coming up. Today I wanted to share what’s inside!! AND I decided to make a Bachelorette Party Favor FREE Printable that is perfect for survival kit for a weekend getaway. I also wanted to put together some fun ideas for DIY bachelorette party favor ideas for you.

Girls Weekend Survival Kit

Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas:

  • Gum or mints
  • Candy
  • Bra Strap Clips
  • Invisible Tape
  • Hair Ties and Hairbands
  • Mirrors
  • Aspirin
  • Cups and Straws
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Eye Masks
  • Mini toiletries
  • Tissues
  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss

I raided the dollar bins at various retail stores.  I found these jeweled compact mirrors and eye masks for $1.50 each at Michael’s!

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You can also buy things that come with several pieces and then break them up in packages to save money.  I did that with the hairbands, gum, aspirin, bra clips, and invisible tape.

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The FREE printables come with Girls Weekend labels, including an “in case of an emergency”, “sweet treats”, “extra hairbands”, and “hangover relief”.  By the way, after I already made the favors for my friends I realized that “hairbands” and “hangover” is one word! They are wrong in the photo but correct on the printables! My friends are free to make fun of me later! Ha! Print the Girls Weekend Printables here:

Girls Weekend Free Printables

The small labels will fit a two inch plastic bag, the medium will fit a three inch plastic bag, and the large labels will fit a four inch plastic bag. You can buy these favor bags at any supply craft store and some party supply stores. Here are my favor bags all filled up! Feel free to stop by my post on how to stencil these fun jute tote bags!

 

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Bags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Bachelorette Party Gift Bags

I am honored to be sponsored by BurlapFabric.com today for this tutorial. OK, so I’m not technically going to a Bachelorette party, rather a fun annual girls weekend that my four best friends and I try to do once a year (it doesn’t always work out with over a dozen kids among us!).  This year, is special because it’s the first year in the last five years that all five of us will be going on a weekend getaway.  I wanted to do something special so I decided to make personalized stenciled swag bags, which would also make a great DIY Bachelorette party favor bags.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jute tote bags from BurlapFabric.com
  • Paper plate
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Letter stencils
  • Clean towels

If there was a Queen of natural fiber stenciling, I think I’d be in the running! Ha! I have done so many stenciling projects because it’s both fun and simple to do.  I was able to stencil these five bags in no time. Here is one of the bags I got from BurlapFabric.com. They are great because they are sturdy and lined inside. The 9X11X4 size was perfect for these party favor bags.

Jute Party Bags

First I chose a paint color for each of my best girlfriends. Naturally, I chose their favorites. Several different colors look vibrant and pretty against a natural fiber like these jute tote bags.

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I stenciled our names on each bag in each of my friend’s favorite colors. Since I wanted our names to go up and down from the top right of each bag, it helped to start stenciling with the last letter first.

Stenciled Burlap DIY

Stenciling Tips:

  • Use a spouncer to help prevent bleeding.
  • Apply in a straight up and down motion.
  • Remove the excess paint before stenciling.
  • Wash your stencils in between each application so that your stencils will stay clean and last a long time.
  • Less in more. In the picture below you will see that I used very little paint for each name.

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Here’s how they turned out! The girls are going to love them.

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I can’t wait to show you what’s inside! Stay tuned for a fun Girls Weekend FREE Printable!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to BurlapFabric.com for sponsoring this post. Be sure to stop by and see all the fabulous products from bags to ribbon and much more! You can also follow them on FacebookPinterest ,  Twitter, and  YouTube!

Easy DIY Personalized Pens Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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My crafty older brother gave me this idea. He was actually moving and gave me these pens. His intentions when he bought them were to make these easy DIY personalized pens as gifts. So I thought I’d do them for him! With Teacher’s Appreciation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s day all just right around the corner these would make a fun craft idea and accessory for a set of note cards or stationary, and would even make a cute party favor.

You only need three items:

  • Clear Pens
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

There are several types of clear pens available. These are very easy to open, fill, and close.

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I chose a few patterns and colors of ribbon.  There are so many fun ones available these days. I also chose a 5/8” thick ribbon.  It does not reach completely around on this particular pen; however I adjusted it so that the gap was aligned with the writing on the pen for a clean look.

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Simply disassemble the pen and insert the ribbon. Cut it at the desired length and put it back together.

I even use rhinestone ribbon for one. This ribbon has two small rows of rhinestones and it fit perfectly into the pen. It’s a trial and error process. You have to test out various thicknesses to make sure both the rhinestones and pen will fit.

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The more colorful the pattern the better so that your pen stands out!  I hope you give it a try. It’s such an easy way to dress up an ordinary clear pen and give it away as a small gift. For Teacher Appreciation coming up, give these pens away along with this homemade bookmark and this homemade bookmark!

Over Two Dozen Ideas for Paper Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Paper Crafts

I love making paper crafts, especially for parties like DIY invitations, decorations, and favors or for gift giving like homemade gift tags and gift wrapping embellishments. I put this list together of fun paper craft tutorials I have done in the past and came up with over two dozen!

Paper Crafts for Home Décor

These three crafts are fun and all made our of recycled materials. The butterfly wreath I made without buying one thing!

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers

Gift Wrapping Embellishments

I love wrapping presents! Part of that is making my own embellishments to put on top of the gift to make it stand out a little. Here are a few I have done, most of them made out of recycled materials.

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

Recycled Coin Wrapper Gift Embellishment

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping

Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers

Water Colored Book Page Roses

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower

Book Page Bow

Homemade Cards & Gift Tags

Along with a gift, you just have to make a card! Or sometimes the card is the gift. Here are a few I’ve made. My favorite is the little paper tool box gift card holder I made, perfect for the fellow Crafter or DIY’er in your life.

Paper Towel Roll Scroll Card

Easy Homemade Heart Love U Card

Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Teacher Appreciation Free Printables

Briefcase Candy Notes For Dad

A List of Two Dozen Candy Sayings

Paper Crafts for Parties

These crafts are great for party decorations and favors because they are fun, inexpensive, and easy to do.  The standard accordion flower tutorial can be used as paper flowers or medallions to fit any party theme.  Just change the patterns and colors of paper to fit your theme.

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

Accordion Paper Flower Tutorial

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins

Homemade Paper Invitations

DIY Invites are also fun to make, assuming your guest list isn’t outrageous. Here are several I have made for kids parties, baby showers, and even one for a Bachelorette party.

Lego Ninjago Invitations

Owl Themed Invitations

DIY Birthday Invitations

Cherry Themed Invitations

Rocker Themed VIP Invites

Simple Anytime Invitations

Boarding Pass Invites

No Sew Easter Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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

Materials:

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

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

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I also had these kitchen towels from the other kitchen towels I made. I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own! I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used spray starch as well.

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

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

 

Repurposed Bank Money Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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

Materials:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here is the AFTER.

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

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