Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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I love the dollar bins and craft and retail stores. I think I stop and look every time I go.  You never know what you’ll find. Recently, I went to Michael’s and found these cute little canvas bags that I thought would be great for when I travel or the perfect gift. With a couple embellishments I bought at a vintage flea market and some rhinestones, I made these Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags.

Materials:

  • Dollar Bin Bags
  • Rhinestones
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Fabric Glue
  • Jewelry Glue
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Clips
  • Straight pins

This project is so easy and self-explanatory but I’ll try to share some helpful hints that I learned while embellishing these. Here is the BEFORE photo of the bags. Cute right? I couldn’t help myself!

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They are great just the way they are but of course I just HAD to upcycle them just a tad. I started off by adding lace to one of them. I measured the lace around and used Fabric Fusion to attach it. 

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At the ends where I saw the lace lifting, I used straight pins and clips to hold them down until it dried.

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I did the same this when I added the metal corner embellishments that I bought at an antique flea market not long ago.

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For the rhinestones and the metal embellishments I used jewelry glue.

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So far so good! I’ve pulled them inside and outside of bags and purses and everything has stayed on! Here are some after photos of each one.

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I hope you like them! I’m excited to share with you the repurposed canvas bank money bag I made into a travel laundry bag to match!

Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be sponsored by Alliance Rubber Company! Today I wanted to share a step by step tutorial on how to make a stenciled rubber band inspiration board. With just a few craft materials and some colorful Super-Size Bands from rubberband.com, you can do this Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY.

Materials:

  • 16” X 20” White Canvas
  • Spray Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Super-Size Bands
  • Towels

Step One:

I chose a Citrus Green spray paint to paint my blank canvas. It’s quicker, easier, and dries faster than other paints. You can also opt for any other paint as well. Be sure to protect your surroundings and spray in a well-ventilated area.

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Step Two:

I decided to stencil “inspire” on my board because I wanted to hang it in my craft room. I worked backwards when stenciling the word with a spouncer. You need very little acrylic craft paint when stenciling. Dab on the paint and remove the excess by dabbing it on the paper plate. Stencil in an up and down motion to avoid bleeding.

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Step Three:

Once the paint is dry, begin adding your super-size bands. I chose two alternating colors. When adding the bands also alter them horizontally and vertically.  This will “weave” the rubber bands together and will come in handy when adding things to your inspiration board. You can choose how many rubber bands you would like to use. Mine is four vertical and three horizontal. Consider covering the entire board!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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The super-size bands will fit larger canvases as well for larger boards.  They come in red, blue, and green. A big THANK YOU goes out to Alliance Rubber Company for sponsoring this post. Visit them for a wide variety of rubber bands for almost any craft project!

In case you missed it, here are more Inspiration Boards I have made in the past:

Teacher Appreciation Free Printables

by Dinah Wulf

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This is the first year in many years that I finally get to participate in Teacher Appreciation week!  As a bonus, I have the honor of participating in another Craft Lightening! This sweet little gift can be made in less than 15 minutes! Mia is in her first year of pre-school and has three teachers. I thought I’d make a few Teacher Appreciation Free Printables that can be used as gift tags, bookmarks, or little signs. With a little bit of paper scraps and ribbon you can embellish them any way you’d like.

I came up with three sayings that I found online:

  • 2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever
  • Thank you for helping me GROW.
  • There’s no one quite like a special teacher and no one quite as special as you.

Materials I used were:

  • Scrapbook paper scraps
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Picture corners
  • Double-sided tape
  • Craft flowers
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • Skewer

The printable looks like this, so that you can dress them up however you’d like!

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They can be used any way you please. I thought the “Thank you for helping me grow” one can be attached to a BBQ skewer and inserted into a favorite blooming flower or plant.

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Download the FREE Printable…

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I hope you enjoy them! The creative possibilities are endless for these.

Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

Be sure to check the other fabulous Bloggers participating in this series!

Recycled Gift Wrapping Idea: Pop Top Cans

by Dinah Wulf

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I first saw this trash to treasure idea on the Dukes & Duchesses blog. Randi made the most adorable Pop Top Valentine in a Can. She also made Christmas pop top tins. It just so happened that I was at my crafty older brother’s house helping purge his things for a move and he had been saving these cans specifically for this purpose! Score! I made mine a little differently than Randi’s because my brother had already taken off the top of the can, so here is my version of a fun recycled gift wrapping idea, pop top cans.

Materials:

  • Any cans with a pop top
  • Smooth Edge Can Opener
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Strong glue
  • Something heavy
  • Ribbon

Step One:

Use a Smooth Edge Can Opener to open the can. Remove the contents and label and thoroughly clean and dry the inside. I used tuna cans for this project.

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Step Two:

Once the can is clean and dry, fill it with the desired gift.  I was wrapping the Modpodgeable key chains I made for my best friends.  I put a little burlap scrap inside to pad it.

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Step Three:

I’m not going to lie. I had a little trouble at this part.  First I tried hot glue, BUT the glue dried too quickly and it was also too thick. I ended up using Elmer’s Probond Advanced glue. I set my craft jar I made on top of it to add pressure and left it there overnight to dry.

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Step Four:

Once it was dry, I wrapped them in some pretty paper and added a ribbon.

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I gave them to the girls and it worked beautifully! Success! Thank you to Randi Dukes for the original inspiration! Make sure you stop by her blog and tell her DIY Inspired sent you! :) 

DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set

by Dinah Wulf

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A couple months ago I had the honor of attending an exclusive FaveCrafts Networking event party at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Mega Show . One of the brands I got to meet was Krylon. At the event, we were given a Krylon Mystery Box Challenge for CHA Spring Fling. Inside the Mystery Box were six craft items. The items were: 1) a DIY bird house, 2) a small grapevine wreath, 3) a small circular box, 4) 6 canvas pennants, 5) 6 small clothespins, and 6) 3 small corks. Our challenge was to use a minimum of four of the six elements and create a unique craft project. I decided to make a DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set using the wreath, box, pennants, and clothespins.

Here are the contents of the Mystery Box.

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Another part of the challenge was that we got to pick between two color pallets of Krylon spray paint to use with our project. I chose Pallet #1 which was 1) Color Master Mambo Pink, 2) Color Master Citrus Green, 3) Green Shimmer Metallic, and 4) Natural Stone in Limestone.

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I decided to spray paint the inside of the box Citrus Green and the outside Natural Stone and I also spray painted the canvas pennants Mambo Pink.  They turned out great! I then stenciled “spring” onto the pennants to make a spring bunting.

Once my spring bunting was dry, I used ribbon to tie them together.

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Here is the AFTER of the bunting.

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For the box, I hot glued the grapevine wreath onto the top of the lid to look like a nest and then glued Styrofoam eggs inside as well.

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For the fourth element, I glued a clothespin on top to hold a little gift tag.

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Here is the AFTER of the gift box.

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OK, One more BEFORE and AFTER :)

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The banner fit nicely inside…OK so I stood it up for the picture, but it fit perfectly!

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER of the final project!

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I hope you enjoyed my DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set! I had SO much fun doing this! Who wants to send me another Mystery Box???!!! Thank you to Krylon for sponsoring this challenge!

No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I really like festive holiday themed kitchen towels, but I can never find ones that I actually like.  Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel so I thought I’d make a No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Fusible web
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

After looking around for what seemed like forever, I finally found two green patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together. The fabric quarters were great for this project.

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I also bought these four kitchen towels for four dollars at Target. Only a dollar each! 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 fusible web and ironed it on.  The package said to heat it foe 3 seconds, but it took a little longer for me. Here’s the AFTER! Fun, right? This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

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Modpodgeable DIY Photo Key Chains

by Dinah Wulf

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My brother is moving away… booooooo. I’m so sad about it. I went to his house the other day because he had some extra craft supplies to give me that he didn’t want to pack. One of them was a bag of these plastic photo key chains. They reminded me of Modpodgeables! So I decided to try and make Modpodgeable Photo Key Chains for my friends and family and it worked beautifully!

Materials:

First picked out photos and edited and cropped them accordingly on my computer. I measured and cut out scrapbook paper and the desired photos that I found. I also cut out some letters. I wanted to make three key chains for two of my best friends and myself.  The three of our daughters are thirty days apart and are best friends. I cut out BFF (best friends forever) to put on the other side of the key chain.

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I placed the photos and scrap book paper inside.

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These are photos I picked out for the grandparents.

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Using a little bit of glue stick glue, I adhered the BFF and rhinestone on top of the plastic.Then, I used the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glue on top. Be careful not to shake the bottle to avoid bubbles.  Also, I used my finger instead of a brush to smooth out any bubbles and to help cover the entire surface. It helps to keep a wet paper towel nearby. As you can see in this photo the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glue goes on cloudy.

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Allow it to set for three hours.  It will look like this when you are done! Here’s the front and back!

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Here some of the other ones.

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A List of Two Dozen Candy Sayings

by Dinah Wulf

A List of 2 Dozen Candy Sayings

My husband LOVES candy and sweets.  A couple years ago, he severed his Achilles tendon playing soccer and needless to say, he was on crutches for a while. He hated it! I wanted to surprise him with a candy bar with a clever saying every day when he opened his briefcase just to cheer him up a little. We kept it up for over a month and I just wanted to re-post an updated list of Two Dozen Candy Sayings since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

  1. Mini Chips Ahoy Cookies – For our own special ‘COOKIE’ monster!
  2. Butterfinger – We love you so much “BUTTERFINGERS” won’t count that high!
  3. Kit Kat – We don’t ever want a break from you!
  4. Snickers – We love how you make us laugh and “SNICKER”!
  5. Junior Mints – You are worth a “MINT”!
  6. Peanut M&M’s – We’re “NUTS” about you!
  7. M&M’s – You make us melt!
  8. Rice Krispies Treat – I think it’s a “TREAT” that you’re my Daddy!
  9. Peanut Butter M&M’s – Daddy, we think you’re Magnificent and Marvelous!
  10. Hazelnut Chocolate Bar – We love you so much it’s “NUTS”!
  11. Milky Way – We think you are out of this world!
  12. Anything with cookies – We love you so much it makes us COOKIE!
  13. Zero Bar – You’re not a “ZERO”. You’re our hero!!
  14. Heath – Sugar and Spice you’re everything nice!
  15. York Peppermint Pattie – Daddy, we get the sensation from you!
  16. Twix – Just be “TWIX” you and me, we love you!
  17. Rolos – Daddy, you’re my “ROLO” model!
  18. Slim Jim Twin Pack – Daddy, we hope no one gives you any “BEEF” today at work!
  19. Candy Dipped Fortune Cookies - We are so FORTUNE ate to have you in our lives!
  20. Anything with Nuts – There’s “nuttin” I wouldn’t do for you!
  21. Anything chewy – We CHEWS you!
  22. Bit O’ Honey – You’re as sweet as honey.
  23. Mini Nutter Butters – We love cookies “BUTTER” hearts are with you.
  24. Here are some sweets for my sweet.

I recently did a post on Briefcase notes for Daddy.  Who says you only have to do this on Valentine’s Day?

Briefcase Candy Notes For Dad

by Dinah Wulf

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I know Valentine’s Day is coming up, but I don’t think you need a holiday or special occasion to send sweet and thoughtful notes to a loved one.  I think the best thing is sending them little surprises when they least expect it. My husband LOVES candy. When he hurt his foot a while back, we would put a candy bar in his briefcase with a little candy saying. For example, we put a Butterfinger candy bar with a tag that said, “We love you so much BUTTERFINGERS can’t count that high!” For a full list of fun candy sayings check out my Sweet Gift Idea post. Anyway, I kept it up five days a week for over a month! I wanted to get back to it, maybe do it once a week, so we made some new briefcase candy notes for Daddy.

Here’s what we used:

  • Candy Bars
  • Paper Scraps
  • Paper Cutter
  • Craft Punches
  • Craft cut out letters
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue stick

First we cut out some letters. You can always hand write the notes or print them on your computer.  You can even cut words out of old books or magazines.

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We covered our candy in colorful paper from our paper scraps bin.

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One by one we glued on our message with a glue stick.

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Now we have to hide them somewhere so he won’t see them. Oh! And we have to remember to slip them in his briefcase! Hope you like our briefcase candy notes! Don’t forget to check out those candy sayings too. There are some good ones!

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No Sew Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve always wanted holiday themed kitchen towels, but I can never find ones that I actually like.  I decided to look around at Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  Of course, I can’t sew, so I figured I’d try to make them by using fusible web I also bought permanent fabric tape as well just in case. Here is how I made my No Sew Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towel.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Fusible web
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

After looking around for what seemed like forever, I finally found two patterns that I really liked. The fabric quarters were perfect for this project.

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I also found these four kitchen towels for four dollars at Target. What a deal! Only a dollar each! 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!

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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 fusible web and ironed it on.  The package said to heat it foe 3 seconds, but it took a little longer for me. Here’s how it turned out! I love it! This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

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In case you missed it, here are some other fun Valentine’s Day crafts and decorations I did.

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

by Dinah Wulf

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I just got the AdvantEdge Punch System from Fiskars and I wanted to test it out. Because I’m such a craft Geek, I didn’t bother reading the directions. I know. I know. Hence, I made a couple mistakes. BUT the good news is that you will learn from them! Ha! Anyway, I decided to turn my test pieces into some pretty border punch gift wrapping embellishments.

The punch system has a variety of small and large interchangeable border punches. They both are easy to work and punch out beautifully.  I tested a small size first. 

For the small standard sized cartridges, you have to pull out the wings before you insert it into the machine.

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It snaps right in to the adapter and the adapter fits snuggly into the cartridge. The large punches do not need an adapter.

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As you can see, the wings slide into the machine when moved to the left.

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A 12X12 piece of scrapbook paper fits and aligns easily. Push down the magnetic clamp to help hold the paper in.

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As you punch, the wings help guide you to ensure that your border is continuous and perfect.

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Here are a few of the punches I tested.

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Aren’t the borders beautiful?  They aren’t just for scrapbooking.  For me, I plan on using them for gift wrapping embellishments like this as well as party décor embellishments for favor bags, decorations, and such.

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I’m really excited to start another project!  If there is anything you think I should try, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

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Here are some other gift wrapping crafts I’ve done. Check out this round up of eco-friendly gift wrapping!

Thank you to Fiskars for sponsoring this post!

Stenciled Cork Organization Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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My fellow Blogger and BFF gave me a four pack of small square cork boards. I knew I wanted to make something fun and give them back to her repurposed and reinvented. As I stared at them for a couple of days, I thought it’d be fun to make a stenciled cork organization board for her older daughter’s room. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • 8 square cork boards
  • Stencils
  • Spouncer
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Old food box
  • Scissors
  • Felt or fabric

I started off by stenciling four of the cork boards.  The key to a perfect stencil is less is more.

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I stenciled the letters in a direct up and down motion.

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I also added a little flower stencil after each “O”.

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While I was waiting for them to dry, I wanted to make a container to attach to the bottom of the organization board so I reused a granola bar box and cut it.

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I covered it with felt and added a ribbon.

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Once the paint was dry, I used ribbon to attach each board together using hot glue.

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I also added a little pen holder with ribbon and a ribbon at the top to hang it.

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I hot glued the container to the bottom of the organization board.

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Lastly, glue the final four cork boards to the back of the organization board for a finished look. Here are a few after pictures.

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I hope my friend’s daughter likes it and uses it.  The little container is big enough and sturdy enough to hold paper and pens. In case you missed it, check out the organization board I made out of a frame and my daughter’s first baby blanket and the organization board I made for my craft room. Another fun project I did with these stencils are my burlap stenciled placemats.

Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas and Giveaway

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas is sponsored by Rich Products for the Bakery Because. Give the Gift of Deliciousness. campaign.

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As you may or may not know, I am not confident in my cooking or baking skills. Sure, I make dinner for my little family every night, and I’ve even pulled off a few successful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties before. But know you know that this is why I don’t post any of my own recipes!

I do, however love eating and giving baked goods gifts. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the bakery in my local grocery store and all the tasty and tempting cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. There is always a great variety and I’m never disappointed. For this Valentine’s Day, I thought it be fun to buy some sweet treats from my bakery and get creative with the packaging to give away as gifts to my friends, Mia’s teachers, and a couple neighbors. Here is what I came up with.

Oh and don’t forget to stick around for the GIVEAWAY below!

I made this Recycled Juice Carton Treat Box myself.  You can view the full step by step tutorial {HERE}. You can also use a milk carton as well.  I simply cut, measured, and glued on paper party straws to embellish it.  I filled it heart shaped sugar cookies I got from the bakery.

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Washi tape is a simple way to embellish a gift. I used it on my recycled carton treat box as well as added it to heart shaped tin as well.

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If you don’t want to make your own treat box for your bakery goodies, the dollar bins and several retailers have great options.  I bought these two for one dollar each! I am going to add a pretty “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag and ribbon to the handles.

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As you can see there are several fun, inexpensive, creative ways to gift some sweetness on not just Valentine’s Day but any holiday or special occasion! Visit your local grocer’s bakery to find easy and delicious treats that you can personalize and give as gifts on Valentine’s Day and every day. Now for the giveaway…

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{GIVEAWAY}

When: Now until February 4th (My birthday! Woo hoo!)

What: Three winners for $25 Gift Card each for your own baked goodies.

Who: Three winners with the best stories will be chosen to receive a $25 Gift Card. You must live in the US and be over 18 years old to participate.

How: Just simply leave a comment answering: Name a person in your life who makes every day better and WHY.

I will pick the three best stories on my birthday! If you decide to make a gift of your own to give, I encourage you to take pictures and upload photos to Pinterest using the hashtag #BakeryBecause so that we can all see them! Thank you in advance for entering! GOOD LUCK!!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this article and giveaway!

 

Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box

by Dinah Wulf

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Being a craft hoarder at heart, I went to throw away this juice carton and in mid throw I stopped myself. I decided to myself up to the challenge and upcycle it. I stared at it for a bit and stared some more. After a few minutes knowing that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I willed myself into a trash to treasure making a Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box.

Materials:

  • Clean milk or juice carton
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Straws (the pretty paper kind!)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Large plastic treat bag
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape

Here’s the juice container that taunted me.

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I cut it in half by measuring and marking with a pencil and ruler and cutting with a craft knife.  I measured about three inches from the bottom. I washed and dried my new box… oh and the craft knife and ruler too because they got sticky (apparently I didn’t rinse out the carton well enough).

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The straws are a little over seven inches, so I ended up cutting them into three and a half inch pieces. To make it easy, I used the ruler each time and cut.

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One by one I hot glued each straw to the carton. You can kind-of-sort-of create a pattern by arranging the stripes as you go. Make sure you know which side you want to show before you add the hot glue since it dries so quickly.

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A large treat bag fits perfectly over the treat box. I filled it with Valentine’s day heart shaped cookies from my bakery (no I didn’t make them!). I closed the top with a little bit of fun patterned washi tape and tied a pink ribbon around the outside of the plastic bag.

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There you have it! Instant treat box! You can use these for any holiday or occasion and switch up the straw colors. I thought that this one would be cute for Christmas as well. 

Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to Ralph’s for sponsoring this Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial post as a part of the Gift Card Pairings Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

As a Crafter and DIY Blogger, I spend a lot of time at not only craft stores, but home improvement stores. Many of my fellow Bloggy friends could attest to that statement! My BEST friend, in fact is also a craft and DIY Blogger over at Simply Creative Ways. This year for Christmas, I knew right away I wanted to give her a gift card that I selected from Ralph’s awesome gift card selection. I ended up making a fun gift card holder that looks like a pink toolbox.  Here is my Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial.

Materials:

  • Paper Cutter
  • Pink, black, and glittery silver card stock
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Computer and printer
  • Lowes gift card
  • A fabulous present to go with it!

Instructions:           

I ended up buying my friend DIY ideas: Projects and tips for every room and a $25 Lowes Gift card from Ralph’s.

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To make the toolbox gift card holder, cut your pink piece of card stock in 4 ¼”X 7”.

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Fold it in 3”, 3”, and 1”parts as shown.

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Cut out 3 4 ¼” X ¼” strips out of the glittery silver cardstock, two silver latches, and a black handle.

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On my computer, I made a little “Crafter” label, print it out and cut it.

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Using double sided tape, I put it all together.  You may find it easier to use glue or a glue stick, but I’m obsessed with double-sided tape and use it for everything… good stocking stuffer (hint hint)!

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Here are a few AFTER photos. I can’t wait to give it to my friend! 

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Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter is only three years old but she is in her first year of pre-school. So, this is the first time she’s really had teachers AND the first time I’ve gotten to make a teacher’s gift for the end of winter break. I decided to break out the good old recycled Mason jars and make Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits for her teachers, Mrs. Shelly and her assistant Mrs. G.

Materials:

  • Mason jar per gift
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Circle craft punch
  • Computer and printer (optional)
  • Felt ribbon
  • Gifts (see below)

I started off by using two spaghetti sauce jars.  I had to REALLY wash them because they smelled like sauce!

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I decided to buy some fun small things to fit inside like, candy, mints, gum, note pad, pen, lip balm, mini lint roller, hand sanitizer, lotion, and band aides. The possibilities are endless for this gift.  Gift cards and movie tickets are great too.

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Next I designed, printed, and cut out my scrapbook paper to cover the jars. Since they are pre-school teachers I picked little blue mittens and red stockings for my decorative paper.

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I stuffed the jars and everything fit nicely.

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I added them to the jar and painted the lid blue and used a circle craft punch to cover the top with corresponding paper. I love the combo of blue and red.

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Finally, I used felt ribbon to mimic a scarf for the ribbon around the lid. That’s it! I thought they turned out so cute.  I really hope Mrs. Shelly and Mrs. G love them!

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9 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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I was wrapping gifts the other day and realized that I have published some fun eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas here on DIY Inspired and on Inheriting Our Planet as well.  Since the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I’d share nine easy ideas from both sites. Make sure you check out the links for all the pictures and full step by step tutorials!  Here we go!

Recycled Food Containers & Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers

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I made these for my Twin God Daughter’s on their first birthday. Recycled food boxes worked out perfectly because their clothes were so small!

Brown Paper Bag with Neon Color Gift Wrapping

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These are a bright mix of fun neon colors mixed with the simplicity of the brown paper bag.  This wrapping is perfect for stocking stuffers and small gifts.

Dyed Book Page or Newspaper Flowers

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I used good old newspaper to wrap this present but gave it a colorful kick with some dyed water colored book page roses.  Check out the full tutorial.

Recycled Box Gift Bags

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I loved making these!!! And they were quite a hit with the recipient. All you need is boxes, scrapbook paper, ribbon, and decorative tape.                                                                                                                           

Recycled Food Box Gift Bags IOP

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On Inheriting Our Planet, I made similar ones for a Hello Kitty themed gift for my daughter’s best friend’s birthday.

Recycled Coin Wrapper Gift Embellishment

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These were the result of a challenge from one of my friends who works at a bank and handed me several rolls of coin wrappers.  These cute little flowers are perfect for embellishing gifts, especially at this time of the year.

Repurposed Coffee Can Gift Set

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This one was a quickie! I drink so much coffee that I always have these little buckets handy.  They are perfect as gift boxes.  You can paint and decorate them any which way you wish!

Recycled Baby Food Jar Gifts

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I made these on Inheriting Our Planet recently. These are perfect for an upcoming Christmas party for favors.  So ask your friends with little ones to save those jars for you!

Pringle’s Can “Pull Me” Gift Kits

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Last but not least! Another one from Inheriting Our Planet; these fun gift kits are great for anyone on your list and are fun to open too!

Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors, is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and DCWV for the PaperCrafted Christmas Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

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I am so excited for this year’s annual Christmas party at my house this year.  It’s not an extravagant party, by any means.  Rather, it’s quite intimate for my closest and dearest friends and their kids. As part of the Paper Crafted Christmas campaign with Jo-Ann Fabrics and DCWV, I couldn’t resist making these Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors.

I bought these mini-recycled gift bags at Jo-Ann’s.  I found them in the dollar bins for two for $1.00. What a deal!

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I thought the paper in the DCWV Christmas Basics and Winter Basics stacks were perfect for these cute little bags.

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Using iPiccy.com, I made these tags that say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year love The Wulf Pack”… get it? My last name is Wulf? Ha!  Anyway, I picked some fun colors and fonts and printed and cut these tags using a paper cutter.

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I also cut out pieces of the DCWV cardstock to create a border and attached the tag with double-sided tape.

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I used a small hole punch and attached them to each bag with ribbon.  I filled each bag with lollipops, chocolate, and candy! That’s it!  Super easy! I can’t wait to give them away.  I may give a couple to some of Mia’s friends from school and her teachers and teacher gifts.

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Thank you so much to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and DCWV for sponsoring this post!