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24th Apr2014

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

by Dinah Wulf

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

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

Materials

Darice Supply List:

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

Instructions:

Step One

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

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Step Two

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

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Step Three

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

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Step Four

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

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Step Five

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

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

Try these other DIY decorating ideas:

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21st Apr2014

Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops

by Dinah Wulf

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Giveaway Alert!!!

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

Good luck!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post!

07th Apr2014

Easy DIY Personalized Pens Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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

You only need three items:

  • Clear Pens
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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

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

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

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

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

02nd Apr2014

Repurposed Bank Money Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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

Materials:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here is the AFTER.

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

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

14th Feb2014

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

12th Feb2014

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?

07th Feb2014

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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20th Jan2014

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. 

17th Jan2014

Paper Feather Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

The other day, I raided my paper scrap bin and started making paper feathers. I couldn’t stop. This is what I posted on Instagram the night I kept making them.

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They are so fun to make that I made too many! In case you missed it, here is the tutorial. I had no idea what to do with them so I brainstormed.  Here are some paper feather craft ideas that I came up with.

I busted out a couple craft items: washi tape, pencils and a pair of scissors.

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I attempted to make feather quill pencils.  I thought they’d be cute for Valentine’s Day. Perhaps I will add a little “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag to dangle from it. It might make a cute teacher gift.

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I was thinking that these feathers might make some cute artwork for my daughter’s room. So, I painted a canvas green and added the feathers for a three dimensional piece to hang on her wall.

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Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought some would be pretty displayed in an Apothecary jar for some quick and easy Valentine’s Day decorations. I think they’d also be pretty in other colors to be displayed at a baby shower or wedding shower.

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Finally, I had some feather’s left over so I used them to embellish a gift for a friend. I wrapped it in brown paper, wrapped it in lace and added three feathers.

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When I originally started making them I wanted to attempt to make a wreath for Valentine’s Day, however I opted not to make a wreath. I think I’m going to make a general spring wreath soon. Do you have any more ideas? I have a few left over!

13th Jan2014

15 Minute Craft: Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

by Dinah Wulf

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Woo hoo! Another series of Craft Lightening is here and I am sharing a fun recycled Valentine that my daughter and I made for my husband (hopefully he doesn’t see this post before Valentine’s Day)! This craft only takes fifteen minutes (or less) to make.  Here is how we made our Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll.

Materials:

  • Two paper towel rolls
  • Three sheets of scrap book paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape (or glue)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

First cut two pieces of paper (in the same color) with a paper cutter in 8X11 pieces. These will cover the paper towel rolls at each end of the scroll. Cut a third piece of scrapbook paper in a size 11X12. This will be the center piece that the letter is on.

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On both of your 8X11 pieces, place double sided tape (or glue) down the center to secure each paper towel roll.

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Next tape one of the paper towel roll ends to the center piece as shown.

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Fold it over and secure it with tape or glue.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Write your message on the blank side of your scroll.  We typed it, printed it, and taped it inside with a boarder (optional).  Our message said:

Daddy,

On this special Valentine’s Day,

There are a few things I want to say.

Even though I’m only three years old,

I know you love me more than gold.

And when push comes to shove,

You’ll always be my first love.

Because when I’m older and give life a whirl,

I’ll remember that I’ll always be your little girl.

Will you be my Valentine, Daddy?

Love, Mia

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You can roll it right up with the message inside…

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…and the patterned part on the outside.

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Lastly, add a pretty bow!

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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:

20th Dec2013

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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19th Dec2013

Three Holiday Party Tips with The Bouqs

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to The Bouqs for sponsoring this holiday party tips post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When hosting a dinner party, there are several tips that I personally like to keep in mind.  Today, I wanted to share some Holiday Party Tips with Bouqs. Why Bouqs? Here are three reasons:

  1. The Bouqs cut only what they sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. They cut only when you order and avoid the waste.
  2. The Bouqs also save energy through their direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. They use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and not at all from California, resulting in a lot of energy savings.
  3. Finally, The Bouqs farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And their growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company’s flowers.

Not only does Bouqs source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect the environment and their workers, the process of ordering and delivery experiences are great too.  I have never received flower delivery quite like this.  The flowers were packed in a way that they cannot get damaged.   

Holiday Party Tip #1

Make serving convenient.  I created a mini self-serve salad bar as the first course.  Not everyone likes all the toppings, dressings, and vegetables you like. Let your guest make their own combinations. You can also do this with dessert bars as well. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. I just used a small long and narrow tray.

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Holiday Party Tip #2

Fresh flowers are THE BEST centerpiece, in my opinion when you host parties. I have had two parties so far and my bouquet is still lasting and pretty! You can use them not only on the dinner table, but everywhere in your home. I chose the yellow-green, Hydrangea Antique with Green Solidago for my centerpiece.

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Holiday Party Tip #3

Think simple when it comes to small details to make your party stand out, intimate, yet won’t kill you! I simply placed colorful festive scrapbook paper under the plates as a charger.

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I also used small photo frames as name cards.  Just print the name on your computer and add a glittery backing.

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17th Dec2013

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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13th Dec2013

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!

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