Succulent Garden Hostess Gift

by Dinah Wulf

Succulent Garden Hostess Gift

It’s time for another Dollar Bin Challenge! The Dollar Bin Challenge is when a few Bloggers are given an item from a dollar bin at a major retail store, put their own creative spin on it, and share their unique upcycles.  Recently a few of us upcycled milk botttles, but this time our items were small plastic bins from Target. For my project, I made an easy DIY succulent garden hostess gift.

Here are the bins we all got. They came in white, black, or navy blue. They were in the dollar bins at Target for 2 for $1!

Succulent Hostess Gift

I only needed a few materials:

  • Plastic Bins
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Potting Soil
  • Succulents

After I stared at them for days, I broke out a gold Sharpie and started writing. With the holidays coming up, I know I’ll be attending several holiday parties. I hand wrote “thank you” with the Sharpie on all four sides.

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I planted an array of succulents and watered them. I thought these bins were perfect for plants.  Plus the host or hostess can easily replant the succulents when ready. This would also be a great gift for Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation Day.

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There you have it! I made this unique gift for about $6.00.

Succulent Hostess Gift Dollar Bin Challenge

Hostess Gift Dollar Bin Challenge

Don’t forget to stop by and visit the other Bloggers who participated in the Dollar Bin Challenge to see what they made and how they made it! Here’s the rundown!

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The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea, is sponsored by Rich Product’s Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

Each holiday season, we all spend a considerable amount of time going to holiday parties. But figuring out what to bring for the party hostess can be a daunting task that ultimately ends with the purchase of the traditional bottle of wine or box of chocolates. This year, be the hostess gift hero! Create a unique breakfast basket full of baked goods and other goodies that the hostess can enjoy the next morning. Better yet, visit the bakery department of your local grocery store to find a variety of treats that can be gifted. With simple creative packaging, a baked good can become a personalized (and delicious) gift that will make hostess’s day a little brighter. It’s simple, easy and affordable—no baking required!

I found these cookie jars at the thrift store for next to nothing. 

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After I washed and cleaned them, I decorated it with green burlap ribbon and red felt ribbon.  I made a tag that says “thank you for everything”, and tied it on along with a pretty glass Christmas ornament.

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Next, I went to the bakery of my local grocery store and bought some fresh baked goodies. I bought a variety of bagels, croissants, and rolls.

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I filled each cookie jars, which kept them fresh.

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Now for the ULTIMATE hostess gift…you can include your goody-filled cookie jar in a basket with champagne and orange juice for mimosas, and even some champagne glasses (plastic will do!).

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Now, after weeks of party planning, and a successful party night, your Host or Hostess can enjoy breakfast the next morning thanks to you!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Thank you to Rich Product’s for sponsoring this post! Be sure to visit the Bakery Because Pinterest page for more inspiring ideas!

Mason Jar Gift Idea with Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Mason Jar Gift Idea- You Blow My Mind

I wanted to make something that you could say “thank you” with or even just a simple, “I’m thinking about you gift”… something quick and easy for that anytime occasion. I thought of this mason jar gift idea with a free printable that says, “you blow my mind”. I love it when I hear my friend’s say “my mind is blown”… It’s funny to me for some reason! AND it stuck with me, so hence, this printable.

You only need a few things:

I made this printable in a few different colors. Hopefully, you’ll find one that suits your gift and special occasion. All I did was print it out and punched them out with a circle punch. I tied some tulle around the mason jar and then clipped the little tag onto the lid.

Mason Jar Gift Idea with Printable

Voila! Super easy peasy!

Mason Jar Gift Idea

You can use these for thank you gifts, hostess gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, game prizes, or even as part of a mother’s or father’s day gift.

Mason Jar Gift Idea with FREE Printable

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Vases

by Dinah Wulf

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I originally shared this idea on my friend’s blog, A Fabulous Fete, and thought I’d share it with you today! I don’t know about you but I am always saving spaghetti sauce jars. I’ll even take this a step further and admit to you that I buy spaghetti sauce based on the jar and not the actual spaghetti sauce… I know! I know! I have a SERIOUS problem! Anyway, I did a very simple upcycle that can be completed in minutes. Here is how to make recycled can and Mason jar vases.

Materials:

  • Cans and jars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper or old packing paper
  • Spray paint

You can use any type of can or jar. When I thought of this project I had a collection already.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece a

First, tape off the jars with Painter’s tape.  Be sure to smooth it on applying pressure with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. I like the look of glass and color, and tin and color, so I randomly taped off sections.

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After you tape them off, cover the area you do not want painted with newspaper. I used old packing paper that I had on hand.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece c

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece d

I chose Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze and Citrus Green.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece e

I sprayed on one coat outside in the back yard. One coat was perfect and only took fifteen minutes to dry. I removed the tape and the lines were perfect!

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece

I filled them with colorful inexpensive flowers I got from the grocery store.

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Here are a few more pictures.  I am LOVING these two colors together.

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This project is great because you can play around with the colors to fit any style, holiday, or special occasion.

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

I have done a dozen or so paper flower tutorials since I started blogging. I noticed that there are so many talented Bloggers out there with some GORGEOUS paper flower tutorials as well. So, I wanted to put together a list of paper flower craft tutorials that are great for any season, holiday, or special occasion.  You can use these paper flowers for cards, centerpieces, embellishments, home décor, and so much more. Here we go!

Origami Poinsettia, Blossoms and Posies 

Tissue Paper Rose, Blossoms and Posies 

Kleenex Lilly, Blossoms and Posies 

Cupcake Paper Flower, Blossoms and Posies 

Blooming Map Wreath, Crafts N Coffee 

Persimmon Paper Roses, Simply Kelly Designs

Quilled Blooms Frame, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Butterfly with Flowers, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Paper Flower Topiaries, Suzy’s Sitcom

Magazine Paper Flowers, Organized 31 

Crepe Paper Flowers, Ribbons and Glue 

Inkling Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

White Crepe Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

Paper Flower Tacks, Carolyn’s Homework

Book Page Paper Hydrangeas, Muslin and Merlot  

Kusudama Paper Flower, Muslin and Merlot

Paper Towel Tie Dyed Flowers, This Simple Home

White Pumpkin with Paper Flowers, Baby Loving Mama

Tissue Paper Flowers, Life With Lovebugs

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Water Colored Book Page Roses, DIY Inspired

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Recycled Coin Wrapper Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Book Page Paper Flower Magnet, DIY Inspired

Back to School Teacher Bouquet, DIY Inspired

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping, DIY Inspired

Toilet Paper Roll Flower Ornament, DIY Inspired

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday, DIY Inspired

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins, DIY Inspired

Special thanks to all the Bloggers that allowed me to share their fabulous paper flower craft tutorials!

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases

Every time I’m at the thrift store (which is a lot), I see these vases for about $2.00 apiece. You can do so many things with them with paint and other embellishments. This time, I decided on making mercury glass vases.  You can do this project two different ways, 1) with the paint inside, and 2) with the paint outside.  For this tutorial, I painted the outside so that I could use the vases for fresh flowers. Here is how I made my DIY Faux Mercury Glass Thrift Store Vases.

Materials:

This project takes minutes…literally only a few minutes. Here are the vases I picked up at the thrift store.

DIY Mercury Glass Vases

Place the vase upside down on a hard surface. Using a spray water bottle, gently mist the vase and allow the water to bead.

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Tutorial

Lightly spray the vase with two light coats of Looking Glass Spray Paint. Allow it to dry for a few minutes.

DIY Mercury Glass

Lastly, lightly pat the bubbles so that they pop with the alms of your hands or fingers. Don’t worry, the paint washes off of your hands very easily. Allow the paint to dry completely.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase How To

If you decide to paint the inside instead, the glass will glisten more and look more shiny, however the paint will flake if you decide to put something inside.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase Tutorial

These look great for fall, winter, and actually all year round.  They make great centerpieces for New Year’s or weddings as well.

Easy Felt No Sew Bags

by Dinah Wulf

Easy DIY Felt Pencil Cases

My family and I travel a lot and it seems like I can never have enough little bags to help me organize my makeup, makeup brushes, jewelry, hair accessories, and so on. Not to mention my daughter’s things as well. Looking around my craft room and supplies I already had in hand, I busted out my trusty glue gun and made these easy felt no sew bags in a jiffy.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Rotary Cutter (optional but makes life easier!!)

I picked out some pretty fall colors of felt. One piece makes one bag. I used the third piece for embellishments.

Easy DIY Felt Bags

Fold up one end to the desired size.

Easy No Sew Makeup Bag

Hot glue the sides to create a pocket.

Easy No Sew Pencil Bag

The top will fold down like a flap.

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I wanted to add some weight to the flap so I used my rotary cutter to cut a perfectly straight white strip and glued it to the bottom of the front flap. 

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I also added a little felt bow for a pop of color.

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Bag

You can use these little bags for almost anything… AND it costs pennies to make!

Easy DIY Felt No Sew Pencil Bag

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Holder

They also make great gifts for Teachers or a tween craft for pencil bags at school. They are even inexpensive enough to use as clever gift wrapping for a hostess gift, movie tickets, or a gift certificate.

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Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post, Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am honored to be working with UncommonGoods, a New York based company that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Most of the products they carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials… right up my alley!

I received these beautiful set of six floral Italian-style wine glasses and thought they would be perfect for hosting my next wine tasting party. I mean really, how cute it the packaging?

Wine Score Card Printable

Here are a few close ups of the glasses. They are absolutely gorgeous, small, and perfect for wine tasting or even juice or mimosas.

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I had thrown a wine tasting party before and I have actually gotten a few emails asking for a copy of the wine tasting score card I used, so I decided to make a free printable available today! The score card has instructions and a rating system for five different wines.  There were five categories including, appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish. You can list the wines you are tasting if you wish, and there is a section for notes. You can add a boarder like I did to fit any party décor as well.

Wine Score Card Free Printable

Download your free Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable here.

Wine Tasting Score Card Printable

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These glasses, wine tasting score cards, and a bottle of wine would make a lovely gift basket as a hostess gift, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day gift too! If you’d like more gift ideas, be sure to check out UncommonGoods for several beautifully crafted and handmade gifts!

Thrift Store Find Wooden Bowl Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Wooden Rope Bowl DIY

I spend A LOT of time perusing the aisle of thrift stores. As a result, I have done so many thrift store makeovers. If I go, I rarely leave empty-handed. If you have the patience to look, there’s a good chance you’ll find a hidden gem.  I found this wooden bowl for $6.00 at a local Goodwill. I snatched it up, because I know that wooden bowls like these are usually too pricey for what I am willing to pay. Here is my process for my wooden bowl makeover from this lovely thrift store find. You only need four things.

Materials:

  • Wooden Bowl
  • Jute rope
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors

Here is the bowl before. It is a little scratched up but nothing too bad.

Rope Bowl DIY

The easiest way is to start from the bottom up. Also, you can use other glue, but I found it easiest to use hot glue because it dries quickly. For me, since I work with hot glue so much, it’s less messy for me that white glue as well.

Thrift Store Makeover Rope Bowl DIY

Simply keep gluing and winding until you reach the desired height. I kept part of the bowl open because I like how the wood and jute look together.

Rope Thrift Store Bowl DIY

 I am using mine for fruit and decorative purposes.  It is food safe because I didn’t alter the inside of the bowl itself. It is also hand wash only.

Rope Bowl Tutorial

I did a similar trash to treasure project on inexpensive thrift store vases as well! Check out my DIY rope vase tutorial here.

Hope you try it out!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm How To

Thank you to Nature’s Flavors for sponsoring this post, Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY. All opinions are 100% my own.

I have made my own lip balm before, but I must say that this batch might possibly be the best! I’m going to venture to say it’s because of the ingredients I chose to work with this time around. Here is what you need for this Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY.

This recipe makes four small containers of lip balm.

Materials:

Equipment:

  • Small Saucepan
  • Pyrex Measuring Cup
  • Stove
  • Metal Measuring Spoon
  • Paper Towel
  • Lip Balm Containers
  • Droppers
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board

Optional:

  • Old Book Page
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape

Instructions:

Choose the best ingredients. Nature’s Flavors has produced natural organic flavors for over 30 years. They have a variety of over 8000 custom flavors to choose from including everything from banana to lemon meringue. I chose pina colada and mango for my lip balm.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm DIY

Fill a small saucepan with 2 cups of water. Place a glass Pyrex measuring cup inside and turn the stove to medium high heat.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Meanwhile, using a cutting board and knife chip off approximately 2 tablespoons of beeswax.

DIY Lip Balm with Beeswax

Place the beeswax, one tablespoon of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of coco butter inside your glass measuring cup and allow it to melt.

Easy Lip Balm DIY with Coconut Oil

One the mixture is melted, give it a stir and remove it from the heat.

Lip Balm DIY

Using a dropper, put five drops of mango flavor and five drops of pina colada flavor into your mixture and stir.

All Natural Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Fill your containers. I like to save containers or ask friends to save them for me and reuse them for projects like this.

Homemade Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Make Your Own Lip Balm

Tip: If you are reusing an old tube container like this one allow the lip balm to harden slightly, and then top it off with more lip balm mixture.

Make Your Own Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

The lip balm will harden after a few minutes.

How to Make Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm

Your homemade lip balm should work just as well as in a store bought lip balm container.

Make Your Own Lip Balm Tutorial

I covered my containers with old book pages for a finished look.

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm How To

There you have it! These make great homemade gifts as well!

Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm Tutorial

Thank you to Nature’s Flavors for sponsoring this post.  Be sure to visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter and tell them DIY Inspired sent you!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

How to Etch Glass Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Salt and Pepper Shakers

I found these spice jars while I was thrift store shopping the other day.  I fell in love with the little wooden lids, PLUS they were only 99 cents each.  My Mother accidentally broke my antique pepper shaker that I had and so I decided to turn these spice jars into my everyday salt and pepper shakers. I had some etching cream and settled on putting the classic “s” and “p” on them.  Here is my tutorial on how to etch glass.

Materials:

  • Glass
  • Etching Cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint brush
  • Water/sink

Glass etching is probably one of the easiest and quickest craft projects to complete. I think it took me less than ten minutes to do this project.

Here are the spice jars I got. I have never (or don’t recall) seeing any like this before. I put them in the washing machine to make sure they were clean.

Thrift Store Salt and Pepper Shakers

I used Martha Stewart’s adhesive letter stencils which make this project SUPER easy. As you can tell by this photo I used them often. Make sure your glass is completely dry.

How To Etch Glass

Once your stencil is in place, apply an ample amount of etching cream onto your surface. Wait 1-3 minutes and rinse the etching cream off under cold water. Remove the stencil.

How To Etch Glass DIY

Voila! It works in literally minutes.

Repurposed Spice Jars

I poured in my salt and pepper and these spice jars still had the rubber shaker lids with holes. These would make a fun gift or you can be greedy like me and keep them all for yourself!

How To Etch Glass Tutorial

 

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Chalkboard Activity Tray Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

My daughter uses this plastic activity tray that has now officially been through the ringer.  Not only does she use it to color on or eat snacks on, she steps on it, leans on it, and sits on it. It’s now warped and slouchy in the middle. When I went on a hunt on my last thrift store shopping outing, needless to say I was so happy I found this durable wooden activity tray for $6.00. I thought there was a chalkboard on top, bought when I brought it home it didn’t work. So, I decided to give it a mini thrift store makeover.

Materials I used:

  • Light Pink craft paint
  • Pink iridescent pearl craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalkboard paint

Here is the tray BEFORE. As you can see it has the green chalkboard look, but when I tried two different type of chalk, it didn’t work.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (1)

I taped it off with painter’s tape, because I planned on hand painting it and let’s just say I do not have a steady hand.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (2)

When I asked Mia what color, of course she shouted “pink!” I used a light pink coat on the bottom (two coats).

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (3)

Then I used one coat of Martha Stewart’s pink pearl craft paint on top, with an extra coat of touch up.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (4)

Once the pink paint trim dried, I painted the top with chalkboard paint.  I ended up doing four coats… yes four, with one hour drying time in between.  On the final coat I waited 24 hours to allow it to cure before drawing on it.

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It turned out great and works well! My daughter loves it and now we can safely replace the plastic one!

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

Here are some more DIY Trays I have made!

Pocket Greeting Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I like to make my own greeting cards and invitations.  Since both my parents and my husband’s parents live on the East Coast and Midwest, we often send them snail mail with our daughter’s school photos or artwork.  Most recently, my daughter danced her very first ever dance recital, so I wanted to make a little card to go along with her photos to send to each grandparent. Here is an easy and budget friendly pocket greeting card DIY.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Paper Cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Circle punch
  • Letter stamps
  • Glue stick
  • Envelopes

Depending on the size of your envelop and pictures you are sending, measure and cut one piece of cardstock accordingly.  I used envelopes to fit a 5X7 and 4X6 photo.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card

Fold the cardstock in half and then fold up to create a pocket as shown.

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Use a straight edge and a craft knife to cut the center folder flap. This will make it easier for the card to fold.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (2)

It creates a pocket like this.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (3)

Next, embellish the card as you wish!  I don’t like to waste any paper so since I used four different hues of purple, I cut the left over and made a band for the front.

DIY Pocket Greeting Card (4)

I also used a circle punch to make a circle. I stamped on “love you” onto the card as well.

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Lastly, I put it all together.

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It’s a quick and easy project and MUCH cheaper than buying cards!

Be sure to check out the cards I sent to the grandparents last time for Mia’s school photos {DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion}!

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

One of my best friends gave me this tray that she was about to throw away. It was actually from a bridal Shower we gave many many years ago! I decided to keep it and bring some new life to it.  Here is my Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To. You only need a few materials, and some will depend on if you are starting fresh with a new tray.

Materials:

  • Wooden Tray
  • Sander
  • Clean Cloth
  • Tarp
  • Spray Paint
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Measuring Instrument
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive Spray

Here is the tray BEFORE, It was a little beat up!

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray

Because I a) had little time, b) had two coats of paint on it, and c) feel like I’m getting old with arthritis, I decided to take an electric sander to it versus a hand sand block, but either works well.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray (1)

Once I finished sanding it, I wiped the tray from debris with a clean cloth (aka and old t-shirt).

I laid it out on a tarp in a well-ventilated area and spray painted with Krylon Citrus Green. I used two coats.

Trash to Treasure Easy Serving Tray

While the tray was drying I measured and cut the fabric with my Fiskars Rotary Cutter. I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools I use. It measures and cuts up to 24 inches! I’ve used it on projects like this fabric and lace bunting and it just made it so easy to make.

Trash to Treasure DIY Fabric Lined Serving Tray

I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. I found it easiest to spray the back of the fabric and then place it on the tray, versus spraying the tray.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray Tutorial

Tah-dah! I love the color combo. It’s perfect for summer and entertaining. It’s a simple trash to treasure project that I hope you try out!

Trash to Treasure Serving Tray

 

In case you missed it, check out some of my other trash to treasure projects:

DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Cards School Photo

Sometimes it’s really tough living so far away from family.  We live in California while my side of the family lives on the East Coast and my husband’s side of the family lives in the Mid-West. It’s especially difficult when you have a little one who always asks for their grandparents at night or when there is only Dad and Mom in the audience for a dance recital, while all the other little ones maxed out their ticket limits. Because of this, I get creative with good ‘ole snail mail when I send out Mia’s artwork, school pictures, and dance photos, etc. to all the grandparents and aunts and uncles. So, I thought I’d share something you can make for anytime. Here is my quick tutorial for DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Paper Cutter
  • Various Large Circle Punches (at least 2 sizes)
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Wallet Sized Photos
  • Envelopes

Cut the desired size for your card. You can fold them vertically or horizontally.  The larger cards pictured here are 5”X7”.

DIY Cards Any Occassion

I wanted Mia’s grandparents to be able to remove the card and have the full wallet size photo intact just in case they wanted to remove it and show it off! So, I cut a 4”X4” square. Each card will use 2 different sized circles. Cut the smaller circle into the square piece.

DIY Cards Any Occassion (1)

Next, cut out a large circle, and use the smaller circle punch to cut a hole inside the larger circle to match the square. (Say that 10 ties fast!)

DIY Photo Cards

Assemble the picture as shown.

DIY Peephole Cards

Tip: I only put one small piece of tape on the picture (again, just in case the parents want to disassemble the card and carry the photo in their wallet).

DIY Cards Invitations

Tape the photo to the front of the card.

DIY Cards How To

There you have it! You can use these for invitation, birthday cards, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or anytime cards!

DIY Cards Birthday

DIY Cards Thank You

In case you missed it, here are some more of my DIY card and invitation tutorials:

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

I love entertaining outdoors during the warm weather months. I wanted to make some fun beach inspired napkin rings to add a little DIY to my table setting this summer. Here is how I made these easy shell DIY napkin rings. You only need a few materials.

Materials:                   

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

How to Make Napkin Rings

Instructions:

I found the rope at Home Depot. I was able to make these nautical themed vases, this fabric bunting, this other fabric bunting, and eight of these napkin rings (and more) out of one package. Cut each piece into about 6 inches. Play around with the length to reach your desired ring size. Simply hot glue the ends together to form a ring.  I like to use hot glue because it dries quickly and holds the rope very well.

DIY Rope Napkin Rings

Glue the shell on top, covering where the ends of the rope meet. I used E600 for a fast and strong bond. Here are a few close ups.

Shell DIY Napkin Rings

DIY Napkin Rings

Easy Nautical DIY Napkin Rings

I love how they turned out.  Consider making these with other trinkets to match your theme or décor. You can even wrap them up to make a cute gift for Mother’s Day, or even a fun and thoughtful house warming gift. Hmmm… which gives me another idea! Ha! Stay tuned!

Easy Beach DIY Napkin Rings

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

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