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26th Jun2013

How to Make Your Own Personalized Mugs

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been on a thrift store roll lately!  I found these cute coffee mugs for fifty cents each at the Goodwill. I’ve always wanted to try making my own personalized mugs so I thought I’d give it a go.  It was actually quite easy.  The craft itself takes minutes, however the curing time is what takes the longest.  These personalized mugs make great gifts.  You can fill them up with candy as a fun hostess gift or teacher gift.  Here is how to make your own personalized mugs.

Materials:

  • Coffee Mugs
  • Glass paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Adhesive Stencils
  • Oven (optional)

Note: If you would like to cure your mug in the oven, make sure that the coffee mug you choose is oven safe.

Instructions:

Make sure your mugs are clean and dry.  Wipe them down with rubbing alcohol.

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Place your adhesive stencil in the desired area.

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I used Martha Stewart gloss opaque glass paint and applied it with a paint brush.

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You can peel off the adhesive stencils immediately after you are finished painting. 

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There are two ways to cure the paint.  First you can let is cure naturally for 21 days, or if your mugs are oven safe, you can place them in the oven to cure.  Let the paint dry for one hour and then set them in a cool oven. Set the temperature to 350 degrees and allow it to preheat.  Leave them in the oven for one hour.

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Here is an after photo.

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19th Jun2013

How to Make a Photo Strip Collage

by Dinah Wulf

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Last year, my 2 year old daughter was messing around with my iPhone.  She took several pictures of herself making goofy faces without even knowing it.  These pictures turned out so cute that I ended up making a photo strip collage of them and using it as my Facebook profile picture.  My husband thought this was the best picture ever and kept it as his computer desktop picture for months.  He said it always makes him smile.  With his birthday that just past in May, I decided to print the photo on canvas and give it to him as a birthday present.  Since doing this, I thought I’d share how to make a photo strip collage.

I used a free website called iPiccy to make the collage.  First, go to www.ipiccy.com and click “start editing”.

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Next click “upload photo” and load all the photos you would like to use for your collage.

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Once your files are uploaded, click “photo collage”.

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Choose the basic nine panel collage on the left.  You can play around with the roundness, color, spacing, and proportions.  You can also center your photos.  I used the auto-fill feature on the top menu.  Finally, click “done” and save your file.

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I asked one of my oldest and dearest friends and owner of (Custom Consepts, LLC) to print a 20X20 sized photo on canvas for me.

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I had to order custom framing so I went over to Michael’s with my coupon and had it done!  Here it is!  My husband loved it.

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Here are a couple photos of Mia (my little goofball) now…including a few of her many faces!

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16th May2013

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knockoff

by Dinah Wulf

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After I painted this set of bowls the other day, I couldn’t help myself when I found this wooden bowl at the Salvation Army.  I loved the shape of it so much that I decided to take it home.  I decided to do a hand painted wooden bowl knockoff project on some bowls I had seen in the past.  This set of bowls is one of my inspirations as well as these fun and funky various dipped wooden household items.  

Here are a couple of before pictures… I love the sleek lines and sexy curves!

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As with the bowls I painted last week, I used Martha Stewarts Multi Surface Acrylic Craft Paint.  I used this because it is good for wood, for indoor and outdoor use, and after the project cures (which is approximately 21 days), you can wash it in the dishwasher! I would recommend hand washing it prior to then.

I decided to hand paint it rather than dip it because I would use less paint.

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I ended up painting three coats.

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I also added a gold trim with a metallic gold color to glam it up a bit. 

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Here are a couple more pictures.  I love how a few simple coats of paint can make this old wooden bowl look more new and modern.  I tried to be fancy and take a photo of it in a mirror so you could see it better :) 

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15th May2013

Recycled Food Container Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

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Who says cereal and cracker boxes can’t be pretty?  I don’t know about you, but I hate spending money on gift boxes.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most people do to, because at every party I’ve been to in the last few years have gift tables, filled with gift bags with tissue paper hanging out the top. Am I right?  So, I decided to use what I already had available and came up with recycled food container gift wrapping.

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A very special birthday came up recently for my beautiful twin baby God Daughters.  Since it was their first birthday, I went all out and bought matching clothes and a couple other things.  Since the clothes are still so very cute but tiny, food boxes are the perfect size for their little outfits. 

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Oh yeah… I better wrap them.  I made some coffee filter paper flowers and decided to die the paper flowers as well.  After they were dry, I trimmed the ones that went on the smaller boxes with scissors. It was sort of like trimming a real flower. I cut out green leaves out of card stock and hot glued the flowers on, and added ribbon.

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Here is a photo of the gift assembled all together.  My God Daughter, Jamie is the pink package and her sister Brooklyn gets the purple package.

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I bought the chairs at one of my favorite stores, Homegoods.  They just happen to have one purple and one pink so I couldn’t resist!  Here is the back.

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The actual party isn’t for a few weeks, but I can’t wait to show you the Alice in Wonderland extravaganza that I know it’ll be!

13th May2013

DIY Rope Vase 15 Minute How To

by Dinah Wulf

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I recently wrote an article for GMC Trade Secrets on Bringing the Outdoors In.  In writing the article, I had so many ideas jumbled in my head.  I looked around at my own home to see what I had done myself to get closer to nature. I have a lot of natural elements displayed in my home décor and one of my favorite “chores” is to cut fresh flowers from the garden. I did decide to take my own advice and make a couple new vases.  Here is my DIY Rope Vase How To. The best part?  It only takes about 15 minutes to make!

Materials:

  • Glass Vases
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Step One: Choose your materials.

I had a successful trip to the Salvation Army the other day and I found some nice glass vases for $2.00 each.  In choosing a vase, look for the desired shape and choose a heavier more sturdy weight.  Sometimes, especially while thrift store shopping, you come across light weight vases that break easily.  Those are likely the vases that your flower arrangements come in and collect dust in your cabinet.  I chose wide hurricane style vases.

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For the rope, I went to the hardware store and found manila rope (3/8 inch X 50 feet). I chose it for the thickness and the color. There were a few options in sisal, but I wanted a darker color.  Fifty feet will make at least three vases of this size.  I purchased it for $8.00.

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Step Two: “Measure” the desired length.

The best way to measure the amount of rope you need, wrap it around the vase without gluing it until you reach the desired height and cut it.  This is easy to do with a thicker rope like the one I chose.

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Step Three: Unwrap & Glue

Unwrap the “measured” rope and glue the end to avoid fraying.

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Step Four: Wrap and Attach

Start wrapping and gluing as you go! 

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Here is the finished look.

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If you are interested in reading more of my weekly articles for GMC Trade Secrets, feel free to come over and visit!

A big THANK YOU to Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage for allowing me to participate in this weeks Craft Lightening 15 minute crafts   Be sure to stop by their amazing blogs and say hello!

 

10th May2013

8 Fun and Easy Ideas for Stencils

by Dinah Wulf

I must say that stenciling is one of my favorite craft projects to do.  It’s a fairly simple task, especially when you know a few tips or tricks.  It is also very versatile in that you can use it for small and large projects, from place mats to furniture.  Here are eight fun and easy ideas for stencils I’ve done in the past.  All of which have complete step by step photo tutorials.  I hope you try them out!

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Recycled Jar Tea Light

This is a tutorial for stenciling a monogram on a lantern made from a recycled food jar. I still have this displayed in my living room today.  It also makes a fun personalized handmade gift.  Fill it with tea lights or candy and give it to Mom for Mother’s Day!

Stenciled Wall Art

I made this initially as a prop for my daughter’s birthday party one year, but now it hangs in her room by her bed.

Burlap Stenciled Place Mats

Also a great handmade Mother’s day gift idea, these stenciled burlap place mats are a hit every time I bring them out to use for my guests.  Make a set of four to eight to give to Mom or Grandma.  Consider using words that remind you of her!

Stenciled Furniture

Stenciled Dresser

This is one of my first DIY projects I posted on this blog.  In hindsight I may have done it differently but you learn as you grow, right???

Upcycled TV Tray Table

One of my more recent projects, stenciling TV trays gives them a little upcycled flair.

Other fun Stenciling Projects

Stenciled School Spirit Shirts

I made these shirts with my best friend, Jenny for her daughter’s school spirit shirts.  Check out the post and Jen shares how she made he own stencil!

Recycled T-Shirt Bunting

I made this for Thanksgiving last year, but it’s a great tutorial for any type of banner or bunting you need for parties or holidays.  Make a “Happy Mother’s Day” one for mom!

Shoe Box Lid Wall Art

My thriftiness at its finest, I made this SUPER cheap wall art for my guest room!

I hope you try these projects!  Feel free to share some of your ideas in the comments!  Happy stenciling!

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08th May2013

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

by Dinah Wulf

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I went thrift store shopping last week and I found a set of wooden bowls for $6.00. The shape of these bowls is what interested me, so I decided to buy them.  I wanted to update them a little because to be honest, they reminded me of the wooden bowls, spoons, and other knick-knacks my relatives would bring us from the Philippines… maybe that’s why I was drawn to them.  Although I have fond memories of those souvenirs, they don’t exactly fit my style today.  Here is how I made my upcycled wooden bowls.

Here are the bowls before.

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Although this craft project is self-explanatory, I did want to mention that because of the type of paint I chose, they are still washable and easy to care for and even dishwasher safe!  So, with that said, the materials you need are:

I wanted to keep the inside and the rim of the bowl wood, and the outside of the bowl white, a classic modern color. I first painted carefully around the edges.

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I painted three coats total, allowing the paint to dry for an hour in between coats.

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The craft paint instructions indicate that the paint is weather proof. It is good for indoor and outdoor use and cures in about 21 days.  You can also do a top rack dish wash…which is fantastic!

I plan on using these bowls for entertaining.  Here are a few after photos.

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25th Mar2013

Plastic Cup Garbage Can

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny had a brilliant craft idea the other day (BTW, it was recently her birthday!  Happy Birthday, Best Friend!).  She told me that being the busy on the go mom that she is, she always keeps a large fast food plastic cup in her car for all the litter she accrues throughout the day from having four kids.  This plastic cup garbage can for her car is very handy; she admitted however her main complaint is that it’s ugly.  So, together we decided to make a car garbage can by recycling large plastic fast food cups.  Similar to making a recycled drink container sunglasses case or pencil holder.

Here is what you need:

  • Large plastic cup with a lid
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Paper Cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Embellishments like craft punches or stickers (optional)

Here are the cups we used.  Make sure it fits in the cup holder of your car!  Some are too large.  It’s also best if you have a lid to hide the trash.

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We picked out some of our favorite patterns and colors and using a paper cutter, cut out strips to decoupage onto the cup.  The angles of your strips will vary depending on the size and circumference of your cup… this part is a bit tricky.

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Using a decoupage medium, apply several layers onto the cup allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

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Embellish your cup however you’d like.  We used craft punches for flowers and circles for the lid and stickers to spell out “trash”.

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Allow it to dry completely… tah dah!  There you have it… an aesthetically pleasing trash can for your car!

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I hope you enjoyed this creative way to recycle plastic!

 

**Being the creative recycler that I am, I am excited to partner up with Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic! Join me and Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today! What are some creative crafty ways to recycle a plastic water bottle?** #Spon

 

15th Mar2013

Drink Mix Container Drink Sunglasses Case

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I asked on my Facebook page, “I made a decoupage pencil box out of a Crystal Light drink mix container… what else can I make/do with them?? Any ideas?”  I got some great suggestions.  In particular, I loved the comment made by Lorena Leon-Cruz when she said, “I use them to store my cut up celery and carrots and block cheese in the fridge. I also decorated one for sunglasses. My aunt uses them for her crochet hooks.”  Immediately I knew I would take her suggestion and make a Drink Mix Container Drink Sunglasses Case.

Materials:

  • Plastic drink mix container
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Decorative paper (I used scrapbook paper and an old map)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush

Here is the container that I used.

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See?  It fit my sunglasses perfectly!

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I chose some pretty scraps of scrapbook paper and an old map left over from my Recycled map Drawer makeover I did.

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Using a paper cutter I cut one inch thick strips approximately 8.5” in length.  I used Mod Podge to decoupage the strips to the container.

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Note: Towards the top, where the container is curved, I cut the strips in half due to the angle of the box.

Here is what it looks like when it is dry (approximately 15 minutes).

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Here are two more AFTER photos.

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This is such a fun and easy DIY gift idea.  Some other suggestions from my Facebook page were toy storage, art supplies, and sewing kits.  Think twice before throwing away your drink mix containers!

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Submit your DIY Projects or crafts for a chance to be featured on DIYInspired.com!

 

27th Feb2013

Conan O’Brien Glasses

by Dinah Wulf

I often take for granted the many fun activities there are to do here in sunny California.  I am always reminded when I have friends from my hometown come to visit.  Last week, my friends and I attended a taping of Conan O’Brien (it was the one with Snooki and Jwoww).  Of course, we HAD to set ourselves apart from the rest of the audience. So we decided to make Conan O’Brien Glasses.

My friend purchased orange sunglasses (Conan’s signature color) from a discount department store for $2.00 apiece.  What a steal!

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Her husband and my long-time friend is the owner of Custom Concepts, a signage and graphics business.  He designed and printed Conan’s hair, eyes, and nickname, Coco onto an adhesive vinyl.  The eyes and nickname had tiny holes in it so that you could cover the lenses and still see through them.

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Each of us attending the taping had a craft day and made our own glasses.  We even made a “blinged” out rhinestone pair for Conan himself.  For the hair, we stuck the sticker onto cardboard and cut them out.

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The material made it easy to smooth out.

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For the eyes and the nickname, we stuck them directly on the lenses and used a craft knife to trim the edges.

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Here are all five pairs of glasses we made.

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These are us being complete dorks and messing around and “modeling” in them!

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We had a fantastic time making them and attending the taping.  We had an audience page give the rhinestone pair to Conan.  They were a hit with the staff and fellow audience members.  A few couldn’t believe that we made them!

This is a great activity to do with kids (or adults!).  Consider making fun glasses like these for a birthday party activity or kid’s craft!

06th Feb2013

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

I have seen a few Pringles can cookie tins on Pinterest.  They are cleverly wrapped and hold the perfect sized cookie.  I’ve seen them wrapped with Christmas paper complete with a bow and I’ve seen them wrapped like a Mummy for Halloween.   These lovely ideas inspired me to create these Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits with a “pull me” tag and ribbon.  The long vertical shape is perfect for this.

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Here are the cans I used.

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I made these nail kits for a teenage girl is four easy steps.

STEP 1: Choose your gift.

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STEP 2: Make a “pull me” tag.

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STEP 3: Tie all your gifts together with ribbon.

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STEP 4: Insert them into your decorated Pringles can.

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Other Gift Kit Ideas:

  • Sushi Theme- chopsticks, sushi mat, soy sauce dish, packet of soy sauce, instructions on how to make sushi
  • Movie Theme- different types of candy and movie tickets
  • Spa Time Theme – loafa, travel sized soaps, bubble bath, bath wash, foot scrub, sponge
  • Tool Kit – screw drivers, nails, other tools
  • Sewing Kit – needles, thread, scissors, buttons
  • Makeup Kit – brushes and makeup
  • Creative Kit for Kids – crayons, markers, paints, brushes, stickers
  • Travel Theme – travel sized toiletries, tooth brushes
  • Puzzles – puzzle pieces and a photo of the completed puzzle
  • Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Kit- small liquor bottles, shot glass, cards, vail, sash, temporary tattoos, fun straws, games, etc.
  • Fourth of July- fill it with sparklers, snaps, matches
  • General- fill it with holiday themed candy and decorate accordingly

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

What else can you do with a Pringles Can???

 

31st Jan2013

My Funny Valentine Seas and Peas Giveaway

by Dinah Wulf

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I know I’ve said this a thousand (ok maybe six-ish) times, but one of the reasons I started blogging was to help promote other people, products I believe in, small businesses, and whatever else I feel like writing about that day.  I feel so lucky to e-meet so many creative people on a daily basis.  I reached out to Chad from Seas and Peas because EVERYTIME I saw a post on Facebook from his page I would literally laugh out loud.  He was so forthcoming to my email that he generously agreed to a Seas and Peas giveaway for not one or five, but 25 of his top selling cards for different occasions to one lucky winner!

With the omnipresence of text messaging, email, and social media, the hand written note is easily forgotten.  Chad said that, “One thing I am passionate about though, is the preservation and survival of hand-written correspondence. Getting a physical card from someone is very special; it conveys forethought and sincerity in a way that an email, a text, or an eCard cannot.”  I completely agree.

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That said, today we are sharing the hilarity that is Seas and Peas!  Here are the giveaway rules:

  • Must reside in the United States.

OK, yeah that’s about it.  So I hope you enter! In the meantime, browse through the Seas and Peas collection of greeting cards, button sets, and magnet sets and I guarantee you’ll be LOLing too.  Maybe you can purchase a funny Valentine (or a birthday card for yours truly) while you’re there!  It was hard enough for me to pick out ones to share on this post…Gah…too hard to choose!

In case you missed it:

One lucky winner will receive

25 TOP SELLING SEAS AND PEAS CARDS

25 Top Sellers

Woot woot!

The winner will be announced on my birthday, February 4th! Enter here!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

22nd Jan2013

DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf
I am so excited to have Heather from Setting for Four today!  She is sharing one of my favorite tutorials of hers, a DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial.  Also, she included a bonus of my absolute fave, her DIY Beaded Sunburst Mirror!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Please feel free to share it too.  If you Pin it, I’d love it if you pinned it from her website to show her some LOVE!  Welcome, Heather!

 

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to be here at DIY Inspired to guest post today!
My name is Heather and I blog at Setting for Four:
I’m a Military wife with a passion for family friendly design that won’t break the bank or sacrifice style! I am a mom of two teenagers and married to my best friend, an Infantryman, whom I am so proud of! I love to create things by hand, cook healthy meals and most of all create a comfy and cozy space for our family of four.
Here’s my DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial:
Drink Coasters are a great Do It Yourself project to make for your home or give as presents!
They are great to have in your living room, kitchen, office etc. but can be expensive to buy, so let’s make our own!
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DIY Coasters:
Custom DIY Coaster Tutorial from Setting for Four #coaster #custom #diy #personalized #diy #modpodge #tutorial
Many coaster tutorials use tiles but I find them to be a bit too big .
This tutorial uses coasters I found at the Dollar Store.  They are the perfect size and they are backed with cork so that step is already done!
Tile for DIY Coaster Tutorial from Setting for Four #dollar #tile #coaster #diy
Tile for DIY Coaster Tutorial from Setting for Four #dollar #tile #coaster #diy
Supplies:
Scrapbooking Paper – Michaels, 99 cents.  This paper has the added bonus of reversing to a different pattern, so you can alternate the colors of your coasters to make a set that looks beautiful together.  But for this project I just used the script side.
Script Scrapbook Paper from Setting for Four #paper
Script Scrapbook Paper from Setting for Four #paper
Script Scrapbook Paper from Setting for Four #paper
Coaster – Dollar store, $1.00 each. (More expensive than Lowes 20 cent tiles, but as I mentioned, the Dollar store’s are already backed with cork.)
Mod Podge
Polyurethane
Paint brush
Custom Coaster Tutorial:
Cut out a piece of scrapbooking paper to the exact width and length of your coaster.
Brush on Mod Podge to the reverse side of the paper and apply to top of coaster.
Make sure there are no bubbles and all edges are glued down by pressing firmly.
Seal the paper and apply one or two layers of polyurethane.
These custom coasters are great to make for hostess gifts, birthday and Christmas gifts too!
Personalized Coasters
DIY Drink Coasters from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #drink #coaster #paper
I love how these drink coasters turned out and have made a couple of sets for my home.
Here they are with my new mugs from Target:
DIY Cup Cozy Tutorial from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #cup #mug #cozy #knit
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03rd Jan2013

Recycled Craft Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, I’m not going to lie.  Sometimes I purchase things because of the packaging.  If I know I can reuse things, I feel like I get my money’s worth.  That’s what initially attracted me to Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup.  OK, the packaging was a bonus but I also liked that the ketchup is an all-natural healthy alternative to the average commodity ketchup… much better for my little Mia!  It has half the sugar and half the sodium of regular ketchup!  So, after I used up my jars (BTW, I used it in my turkey and vegetable meatloaf…. And it was amazing), I decided to turn them into Recycled Craft Jars for my new craft room (that post coming soon).

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Here is what you’ll need:

First, I cleaned out my jars (a regular and mini… so cute and perfect for glamping).

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Next, I cut out an old book page to fit around the existing label; two inches wide for the regular jar and one inch wide for the mini jar.

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I also covered the regular sized jar with some decorative ribbon.

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Using a circle craft punch, I cut out a circle for the lid and attached it with double sided tape.  I didn’t cover the mini jar because the knob I chose has a base that covers the label perfectly.

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After the top is covered, drill a hole in the center of the lid.

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Insert your drawer knob.

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Ta Dah!  Super adorable recycled craft jars or anything jars!  I used mine for beads and straight pins. I have made these before with Mason Jars and they make the perfect candy jar and gift.

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