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02nd May2014

Mod Podge Photo Booth Props

by Dinah Wulf

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I volunteered to make some photo booth props for my 20 year high school reunion coming up. Yes… TWENTY years! Where does the time go??? Anyway, I have several ideas including these fun and simple Mod Podge Photo Booth Props that I made with some wooden props I found at Michael’s Craft Store.

Materials:

  • Wooden props
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Embellishments

Instructions:

These wooden photo booth props at Michael’s are so cool and inexpensive! There’s a decent variety to choose from as well.

Mod Podge Photo Booth Props

I began by tracing each prop. I chose some fun pattered blue scrapbook paper for our school colors, blue and white.  Who says a mustache has to be black???

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I cut them out with scissors. I did some difficult areas with a cutting mat and a craft knife. Personally, it was easier for me to just use scissors.  When cutting the paper, cut towards the inside of the line.

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Once they are all cut out, apply Mod Podge to the wooden area, and place your cut out on top. Take the time to rub over the entire area to avoid and bubbles. Next, apply another layer of Mod Podge on top and allow them to dry.

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I raided the clearance bin and found some blue craft flowers, so I embellished the bows a little.

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Here they are!

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I have a few other ideas for photo booth props I will share at a later date.  Let’s just say, I raided the dollar store too!

29th Apr2014

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!

13th Jun2013

Wine Tasting Party Ideas with Black Box Wines

by Dinah Wulf

With summertime quickly approaching, I tend to entertain more and more.  I LOVE playing hostess.  It’s always been a way for me to get creative.  Today I wanted to show you some wine tasting party ideas with Black Box Wines.  Here are four creative party ideas for hosting the perfect Black Box Wines tasting party.

One: Make inexpensive decorations.

Embellish recycled bottles with scrapbook paper and ribbon.  Place different colors, sizes, and heights in small groupings all around your party venue.  You can even use recycled wine crates and wooden frames as part of your décor.

Two: Make simple personalized wine charms.

Using craft punches, punch out each party attendee’s initials on colorful paper.  Use Mod Podge to make them sturdier.  Punch out a small hole at the top and use an earring hoop notion to complete your charm.  Your guests can take them home as a souvenir.

Three: Make wine tasting score cards.

Print wine scoring cards for each guest and let them rate each wine with a score from 1-5 in categories like appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish.  Highest average for all the guests wins!

Four: Frame a little write-up of each Black Box Wine they will taste for their reference.  Print them on your computer and frame them as a decorative display.

1.       Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Valle Central Chile – This is a refreshing and zesty wine featuring stone fruit aromas and has the sweetness of peaches with slight floral notes.

2.       2011 California Merlot – This wine displays aromas of leathery plums and cinnamon-spiced oak.  The palate is smooth with sweet red currant flavors.

3.       2012 Coquimbo Region Chile Moscato – This medium bodied wine has sweet and luscious white floral notes and has a smooth palate of juicy peach and nectarine.

With these four simple party entertaining tips you’ll create a relaxing, thoughtful, and fun party that your guests will remember. 

What other creative ideas do you have for hosting the perfect wine tasting party?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Black Box Wines. The opinions and text are all mine.

25th Mar2013

Plastic Cup Garbage Can

by Dinah Wulf

Plastic Cup Garbage Can

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!

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23rd Jan2013

Recycled Map Drawer Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I just recently redid my craft room.  It wasn’t complete when I recently published the craft room makeover reveal.  I think it definitely needs a chandelier of some sort… I’m on the hunt!  Anyway, I bought these maps at a local gift shop.  It is actually gift wrap, however old maps work well too.  I decided to cover my craft drawers with these maps to go with the lovely calming blue hues I have going in the room.  Here is my Recycled Map Drawer Makeover.

You will need:

  • Piece of furniture you are covering
  • Maps, gift wrap, or decorative paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Knobs (optional)
  • Cutting mat

Here is the BEFORE.

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First, I removed the drawers from the shelving unit and took off the knobs.

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Using a ruler and a craft, measure your area and cut out the desired size on a cutting mat.

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Lay the cut map and align it on top of the drawer.  Using your craft knife, mark the area where your knob will be inserted.

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Remove the map and apply Mod Podge to the drawer using a paint brush.  After doing four drawers I found that the easiest way is to apply the Mod Podge to the entire area at once and then place the map on top smoothing it out from left to right.  If you do this application enough, you may find your fingers or wrists hurting.  Quick tangent alert!  As I am writing this post, I’m thinking about how much we do with our hands nowadays.  Especially if you’re a DIY girl.  I am now looking at the endless amount of hand and wrist conditions .  You may not want to look if you get easily squeamish.  Anyway, after securing the map, use the screw from the knob to poke out the hole for the knob.

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Apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the map.  I applied three coats, allowing it to dry in between coats (approximately 15 minutes).

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Once the drawers are dry, insert the knobs.

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Here are some AFTER photos.

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

 

17th Jan2013

Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin

by Dinah Wulf

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Every year for Christmas we get several yummy treats as gifts… it’s the best!  It seems, however, that every tasty indulgence comes in a tacky Christmas tin.  Why is that?  I love receiving these tins because they are so useful.  You can use them for organization in your pantry, craft room, office, or bathroom.  This time I received one that was the perfect size to hold my daughter’s crayons.  It is wide enough to show several colors at once, which seems to be important to my toddler.  Here is how I made a crayon holder out of a Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin.

Here is the BEFORE photo.

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas tin of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Ruler

This craft project is SO easy that I even had my daughter help me (I probably don’t even need to write a tutorial, but here it is anyway!).  After all, this was for her.  First, I let her choose the paper she wanted. Using a paper cutter or scissors, and a ruler to measure the tin, cut your paper to size.

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Using a paint brush, paint on a thin coat of Mod Podge or watered down glue.  Put your decorative paper on top.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper and allow it to dry completely (approximately 15 minutes).

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Repeat this process to cover the rest of your container.

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I applied two coats.

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Here is another after photo.

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

12th Dec2012

DIY Colored Glass Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Since I have done so many mason jar crafts, I have always wanted to try DIY Colored Glass.  I searched the web and found some great tutorials, but as always found my favorite one and tweaked it a little. I love these jars because they are so pretty and useful at the same time.  You can use them for craft, kitchen, or bathroom storage.  You can also use them as centerpieces with flowers.  Here is my version of the DIY Colored Glass Tutorial with some tips and tricks along the way.

Step One:

Gather your materials.

You will need:

  • Recycled glass jars (sauces, pickles, dressings, etc)
  • Water
  • Craft glue
  • Food coloring (I used neon because that is what I had, but regular food coloring works well too)
  • Glass ramekins
  • Spoons
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper towel
  • Oven

Step Two:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line your cookie sheet with wax paper.

Step Three:

Add the ingredients to the ramikins (approximately)

  • 2 tablespoons of glue
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Step Four:

Mix your ingredients thoroughly.  You don’t want the mixture too thick because it will be too hard to cover the glass, and you don’t want it too watery because it will create streaks.  The consistency is similar to Alfredo sauce (that’s the best way for me to describe it)!  Also, because you are using such a small amount of glue and water, you only need one or two drops of food coloring depending on the desired color.

Step Five:

Pour the mixture into your glass and slowly tilt and twirl the jar until the entire jar is covered.

Step Six:

Allow the excess to drip back into the ramekin.  I was able to color two jars with each mixture.

Step Seven:

Place the jars upside down on a wax lined cookie sheet and allow the liquid to drain.  If you notice streaks, your mixture was too thin.  You can start over at this point (without rinsing) and cover the glass again with a new and thicker mixture (I know this from experience)!

Step Eight:

Once your jars are drained, remove the wax paper and wipe the edge of the rim with a wet paper towel.  Be careful not to wipe off the inside of the rim.

Step Nine:

Place the jars upright onto the cookie sheet and place them in the oven.  Let them cure for 45 minutes to one hour.

Handle with care when removing them from the oven.  Once they are cool you can use mason jars for so many things including craft storage or flower vases.

Note: The tutorials that I read said that you can put water in them for flowers, however I found this not to be the case!  Flowers with no water? No problem.   I personally use them for craft storage such as paint brushes, colored pencils, scissors, rulers, markers, etc. Here are some fabulous suggestions from DIY Inspired Facebook friends!

” I just created a girls gift, and put in the jar an entire nail polish kit.” –  Manon Roderick

“Christmas lights make a cute night lite.” - Nicki Etheridge

“Colored hanging tea lights, centerpieces, and potpourri pedal holders. My wife suggested filling them with Jewels, stones, seashells and making them into a lamp base.” – Chris Carl

“Pad the top to make it a pin cushion and inside the jar could be a sewing kit. You can use them as candle holders (attach a glass taper candle holder to the bottom so it has a base). Use them as a vase with coordinating colored flowers in them. Put a slot in the top and make it a pretty bank.” - Frugal Sally

“My momma just converted several of her “old blue glass” ones into functioning oil lamps…they’re great!!!” - Heather Mueller

“We are putting bath salts in them.” - Hope E Barker, Photos Of Hope

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18th Sep2012

Recycled Plastic Container Pencil Box

by Dinah Wulf

School’s here!  I know my little one isn’t quite ready just yet, but she does love drawing and coloring.  I don’t think a day passes that she doesn’t (she must take after her Mama).  I have a trip coming up to visit my parents back home in Maryland and I have a long(ish) plane flight with a toddler to prepare for.  I need to keep her busy on the plane.  I was about to throw away my Crystal Light container when I realized it’s the perfect size for pencils, markers, crayons, and such.    I decided to alter it a bit and make this recycled plastic container pencil box for our trip.

This project is very easy, as the pictures are self-explanatory.  Here are the materials you need:

  • Crystal Light Box
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Decorative Paper

Simply remove the existing plastic and cut your scrapbook paper to size.  Using a paint brush apply the Mod Podge in even strokes to the back of the paper and carefully wrap it around the container.  This is the trickiest part in order to align it correctly.  If you work quickly, it is fairly easy to lift and adjust if you make a mistake.  Next apply an outer layer of Mod Podge
and allow it to dry (approximately 15 minutes).  I thought one coat sufficed however you can apply another if you wish.  Consider embellishing it with stickers or plastic gems.

This container can hold anything!  I actually may use it for my daughter’s toothbrush and toothpaste for when we travel.  You can use it to hold hair accessories or even use it for craft supplies.  This is the perfect project to do with your kids.  Now they will have a one of a kind pencil box to bring to school and show their friends.

 

23rd May2012

Repurposed Bottle Cap Magnets

by Dinah Wulf

The other day, I was reorganizing my drawers and found some Christmas photo cards from last year.  I love these cards because it showcases my friends and their families as they grow over the years.  The whole family is dressed up and looking their best.  The only problem is that the cards sit in a drawer, get tucked away in a box, or even get tossed in the trash.  Looking at these photos, I wanted to recycle them into something that I can look at daily, so I made these Repurposed Bottle Cap Magnets.

 

This project takes some time; days in fact. It takes a while because I, of course, took the cheap route! I chose to use decoupage medium because it was already in my craft closet.  For quicker results, you can use resin.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Bottle Caps
  • Decoupage medium like Mod Podge
  • Old pictures
  • A half inch circle craft punch
  • Magnets
  • Strong adhesive, like E 6000
  • Time

First, fill each bottle cap ¾ of the way with decoupage medium. Gently lift and tap the cap on your counter to even and smooth out the glue.  This also helps eliminate small air bubbles.  Set them aside (I waited 24 hours).  Meanwhile, use the craft punch to punch out pictures that you would like to use.  You don’t have to use pictures for this.  I have also tried patterned scrapbook paper and small stickers.  You can even use magazine photos as well.

 

Once the glue has hardened (it doesn’t have to be COMPLETELY hardened), put another small dab of glue on top and insert your photo.  Add another layer of glue.  Again, gently tap the bottle cap to a hard surface to even and smooth out the glue.

 

Allow the second layer to dry.  This time, I waited 48 hours.  This photo shows the 24 hour mark.  Next, attach the magnets to the back of the bottle cap using a strong adhesive.  The glue will dry completely clear over time (approximately 48-72 hours).

 

Consider packaging these cute magnets in a small treat bag with a personalized label and give as homemade gifts!

 

17th Jan2012

Recycled Magazine Bowl

by Dinah Wulf

Awe man! This project was a lot tougher than I thought. Ever since I made that recycled magazine frame, I have wanted to make something else out of magazine pages.  When I first had this recycled magazine bowl project in my head I pictured a large shallow fruit bowl. Let’s face it, not all DIY projects turn out exactly like you want them to.  In this case, my fruit bowl turned into a… ummm… key/change holder thingy? LOL!

I do have to admit, however, that this little sucker is VERY sturdy.  Although it didn’t turn out quite like I expected, it is still very cute and useful.  Here is how I made it.

Using a paper cutter, I cut two inch thick strips from an old magazine.  Each page gave me three strips and I used about 75 pages for this project.  See? Now you know why there was no way I was making a larger bowl!

I folded each strip twice lengthwise to create a half inch thick strip.

Next I began rolling each strip, securing it with a tiny piece of scotch tape.  Make sure you pull your roll taut as you go.

When the base was completed, I applied two coats of decoupage medium, allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

Next, I continued adding strips gradually layering each round upwards. When I reached the desired height (actually when I was tired of folding and rolling strips), I added another two coats of decoupage medium to the inside and outside of the bowl.

Here are a few after photos.

 

**I heart comments! If you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.  Is there a craft project you want me to try? I’ll gladly do my best to take on your craft challenge and I’m always looking for new ideas! Just let me know! Also, if you have a project you’d like to share, please email me at dwulf@diyinspired.com.**

 

 

12th Jan2012

Paper Flower Magnets

by Dinah Wulf

After making a Hollow Book Safe out of antique books that I inherited, I kept the left over pages in case I wanted to use them to make other craft projects. I ended up making these cute Paper Flower Magnets out of a few of the recycled book pages and beer bottle caps.

I actually made these book page flowers a few months ago but I wanted to wait to post the tutorial to see if they would pass the test of time.  So far so good!  My toddler has tugged and pulled and played and they remain intact… phew!

So here is a quick picture tutorial on how I made them. The materials needed are:

  • Pages from books (colorful children’s books would work nicely too)
  • Flower Craft Punch
  • Bottle Caps
  • Decoupage Medium
  • Paint brush
  • Magnets
  • Glue
  • Rhinestone Embellishments (optional)

The photos are self-explanatory, so here are a few tips.

Tip One: Make sure to decoupage both sides of the flower.

Tip Two: If you are using layers, let the coats of decoupage medium dry completely in between coats and layers (approximately 15 minutes).  Use two coats.

Tip Three: When adhering the magnet, use a strong glue bonding agent.

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06th Jan2012

Recycled Magazine Frame

by Dinah Wulf

My brother and I decided to make Christmas gifts this year to exchange.  Naturally, I had to do a recyling project. I have always wanted to try making something out of recycled magazine pages so I finally sat down and made this frame.  I have to say, although slightly tedious, it was quite fun, especially when I looked at the results.  My only regret is that I wished I didn’t use such a cheap wooden frame mainly because of the cardboard back.  I should have shelled out a few more bucks for a nicer one.  Even a thrift store one would have been better. Oh well.  Anyway, here is how I made a recycled magazine frame.

Materials:

  • Any frame (again, I regret using the crappy one from IKEA)
  • Old Magazine
  • Tape
  • Paper Cutter
  • Decoupage medium
  • Small Paint brush

Gather a few magazines that you’ve already read and no longer want.  I say a few, because for this project I used four different Rolling Stones magazines to get the colored pages I wanted.

I chose to cut my strips to the width of the frame.  For example, the frame pictured here is for a 3X5 photo and the frame is a one inch wide, 4X7 frame.  I ended up cutting 1”X7” stripes (approximately eight pages).

Next, start rolling your strips.  The toughest part is the beginning; however it’s easy to get used to!  I used a small narrow piece of tape to secure each roll.  It was cleaner than attempting to glue each roll; and the tape can be easily hidden when attached to the frame.

For each roll, I laid it onto the frame so I knew when to stop. It helps to do this while you’re watching your favorite shows on TV.

After rolling all the strips, I glued each piece with a paint brush and decoupage medium one by one.

When you are finished adhering each roll, allow it to dry completely (about 15 minutes). Then, I used 2 coats of decoupage medium on top.  Allow it to dry between coats.

Insert your picture, and there you have it! The perfect handmade gift!

By the way, I had to show my little plug to recycle. If you look closely on the top left side of this picture, you will see what I mean!

 

***I heart comments! If you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.  Is there a craft project you want me to try? I’ll gladly do my best to take on your craft challenge and I’m always looking for new ideas! Just let me know! Also, if you have a project you’d like to share, please email me at dwulf@diyinspired.com.

 

19th Sep2011

Do It yourself Wine Charms

by Dinah Wulf

Did you know that September is California wine month? Me neither…

Since writing a DIY blog, I’m constantly looking for DIY projects both big and small.  One of my best friends is getting married and her family and I are hosting a wine tasting theme party for her for her bridal shower.  For the favors, I decided to give away the wine glass with a personalized wine charm with each guest’s initials.  Making custom-made do it yourself wine charms is an inexpensive way to personalize a wine tasting party.

These disposable do it yourself wine charms are very quick and easy to make. The materials needed are as follows:

  • Decorative paper and blank card stock
  • Craft punch in two sizes (I used a 1” diameter circle and a ½”
    diameter circle punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Decoupage medium
  • Paint brush
  • Wire earring hoops
  • Computer (optional)
  • Double sided tape (optional)

I have also made blank charms as well.  That way, your guests can write down or initial their own name.

Step One: Punch out desired amount of 1” circles.

Step Two: Punch out desired amount of ½” circles.  For this tutorial, I printed and punched guest initials for the front and a personalized message and date for the back.

Step Three: Use double sided tape or decoupage medium to adhere 1/2” Circles to 1” circles.  I find it easier and less messy to use double sided tape.

Step Four: Punch small hole in the top of each charm and fasten an earring hoop onto each charm.

Step Five: Use decoupage medium to seal each side.  Paint two coats on each side, allowing the glue to dry completely in between each coat (approximately 15 minutes).

Note: When applying the decoupage, the circle will curl, however after two coats are dried on both sides, the charm will flatten.

Tip: If you are making blank charms, skip step three. Then after you paint on your second coat, lay the ½” circle on top of the wet second coat and allow it to dry.

Click here to view the DIY tutorial for the matching invitations for this wine tasting party.

 

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