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19th Sep2013

Recycled Box Gift Bags with Scotch Brand

by Dinah Wulf

I’m honored to be partner up with Scotch Brand, sponsor of Recycled Box Gift Bags!

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I’m excited to announce this year’s 2013 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest!  The 17th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest will take place Friday, December 6 at Celsius at Bryant Park in New York City. All you have to do is submit a 3-minute video of your best gift wrap and gift wrapping tips before September 22 to be considered (Quick! That’s THIS Sunday!). Eight finalists will be chosen and flown to New York City for an all-expenses paid trip to compete for the $10,000 and the title of the 2013 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper!!! The first 50 valid entries will automatically receive a prize pack of the new Scotch Expressions Tapes! Learn more about the contest {HERE}!

I was able to try out some of my own gift wrapping inspired by Scotch Expressions Tapes.  They are available in over 100 colors and patterns and four varieties—Magic Tape, masking tape, washi tape and shipping tape.

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I decided to upcycle these used food boxes from my kitchen pantry (so now you know I eat generic whole wheat rotini and pop tarts!).

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I started off by cutting off the top flaps.

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Then, I covered the box with colorful paper to match my Scotch Expressions Tape.

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I also used a hole punch to punch holes on each side of the boxes to insert a ribbon for a handle.

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I chose some masking tape and some washi tape to embellish my upcycled gift bags, and tied on some ribbon. Tah-dah!

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More info about Scotch Expressions Tapes:

They are available at office superstores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as online. Head to their site to find a store near you. It’s easy! Just type in your zip code. The Scotch Expressions Tapes line ranges in price from $2.50 (single pack)—$5.99 (triple pack).  Office Depot is also currently selling five limited edition One Direction tapes in partnership with an anti-bullying campaign.

Thanks again to Scotch Brand for sponsoring today’s post!

03rd Sep2013

Upcycled Thrift Store Storage Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I went on a crazy thrift store shopping spree and bought some great things. I spent less than $60.00 on my finds form that day.  I already made, some pedestal trays, a craft storage jar, and upcycled a $5.00 ottoman.  I had these old black CD storage bins left over, so I decided to brainstorm some upcycled thrift store storage ideas.

I walked around my house to look at what needs to be organized…yes…I do this all the time.  I was in my kitchen and noticed that although hidden, my pantry was a mess!  I decided to turn this storage sideways and turn these boxes (this is what happens when you shop at Costco)…

Into this…

SOOOO much better, right?? And so easy!

Of course I couldn’t just throw away the empty boxes. I cut them up and organized my drawers.

Then I took this CD storage box I got and placed it under my bathroom sink for some much needed extra bathroom storage for small items, like my contact lens boxes, razors, and such.

CD towers and storage is so easy to find at thrift stores these days because frankly CD’s are obsolete.  You can buy then SUPER cheap and they can be upcycled into storage for many other things.  I think I may look for small ones like the one I used in the pantry to use in my deep dresser drawers to organize my daughters socks and underwear.  It’s the perfect size!

05th Aug2013

DIY Recycled Wine Cork Wine Charms

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to have Robert Mondavi Private Selection sponsor this DIY summer craft tutorial! Today I want to share with you how to make DIY Recycled Wine Cork Wine Charms.  These would make great homemade party favors for your next summer party.

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Materials:

  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine corks (One cork will make six charms)
  • Serrated knife
  • Cutting board
  • Small sea shells
  • E6000
  • Small picture frame eye hook (one for each charm)
  • Hoop earring notion
  • Beads or charms (optional)
  • Small pliers

Favor Packaging (optional):

  • Plastic favor bags
  • Decorative paper
  • Small hole punch
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Instructions:

Using a serrated knife cut the wine cork into six even pieces. This is very easy to do by applying a little pressure.  Make sure you use a cutting board.

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Choose one shells for each of your charms.  Make sure they are all different.

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Use a strong glue to glue the shells onto the center of the cork.  I used E6000 but hot glue will adhere well also.

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Screw in a small picture frame eye hook to the top of each charm. 

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If you desire, add an extra charm or bead with the help of small pliers.

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Add the hoop earring notion.  Here is an AFTER photo.

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If you’d like to make them as a homemade gift or party favor, you can get creative with your packaging.  I decided to use clear plastic favor bags.  I used a small craft punch to punch holes into decorative cardstock so that the charm will easily slide through.  Six charms fit nicely onto a 3X4 piece of cardstock. Here are a couple photos.

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I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Robert Mondavi Private Selection for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Monetary compensation and products were provided by the company.

02nd Aug2013

Six Easy Crafts You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less

by Dinah Wulf

I recently participated in a fantastic Craft Lightening 15 minutes craft challenge and it made me think of all the easy crafts I have recently completed in 15 minutes or less.  I wanted to put together a round-up of some recent favorites SOOOOOO, here are six easy crafts you can do in less than 15 minutes! All these make great personalized gifts for friends and family.

Etched Glass Containers

Glass etching is addicting!  It’s so simple and versatile.  I chose to etch some laundry detergent glass containers in an attempt to make my laundry area prettier, but you can do this project with almost any type of glass. Consider jars, vases, wine glasses, plates, mugs, and other household items.

Heat Transfer Tote Bag

This craft was also fun and easy to do.  With my obsession with recycled bags (you should see the trunk of my car), I decided to make one for my daughter.  Heat transfer works great on canvas, but you can use other types of fabrics to personalize shirts and other clothing, pillows, throws and more!

Personalized Mugs

You thought I had an obsession with recycled bags? Well, I also have an obsession with coffee!! I loved making these fun Mr. and Mrs. Coffee mugs.  These would be a cute wedding or shower gift.

Upcycled Bottle Vase

What is it with my vices today? Hello, my name is Dinah and I am a hoarder. I couldn’t throw away this pretty tequila bottle so I just HAD to turn it into a vase.  15 minutes? More like three…

Nautical Inspired Rope Vase

I made these on my first Craft Lightening challenge that I participated in.  Now, these little pretties are sitting in my bathroom, giving it a tropical relaxing feel. 

Easy Thrift Store Pedestal Bowl

I scored with finding these two items at Goodwill for practically nothing! Now, this little bowl is so useful that I keep it on my bedside table to hold my jewelry.

18th Jul2013

Inheriting Our Planet Is Here!

by Dinah Wulf

I am so excited to announce the launch of my new website, Inheriting Our Planet!  Woo hoo! 

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Inheriting Our Planet is another eco-friendly site that is geared towards teaching our future generations through educating our families in a creative way.  It includes another part of my life that you don’t see on DIY Inspired. 

What can you expect from IOP:

Recycled Kid’s Crafts – I know I have lots of recycled crafts here on DIY Inspired, but on IOP I will post recycled crafts projects geared towards kids and DIT (Doing It Together) as a family.

Gardening – OK, I’m probably the last person you want gardening tips from because I will admit that I DO NOT have a green thumb, however I will share my adventures in things like planting flowers and herbs with my daughter and our learning process together.

Recycling Tips – I am passionate about raising a green family, so occasionally I’ll write about why we should go green or how to go green as well.

Green Products – I hope to share some earth friendly product reviews that support green manufacturing and materials as well as all-natural DIY tutorials. I’d like to review products such as clothing, shoes, cleaning products, and health and beauty products.

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There will be much more, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out along the way!  Who knows? Maybe I’ll throw in a recipe here or there! I hope you join me in my journey as I figure it all out!

We have officially been up and running since June 17, 2013.  You can read more about why I started Inheriting Our Planet if you’d like.  I would also LOVE it if you followed in support. You can also find us on PinterestFacebookTwitter, and Google+. I hope you’ll find a lot of inspiration there.

15th Jul2013

Recycled Pallet Table Project

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Pallet Table Project, Written By: Robert Bridgman

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If you’re like me you can’t stand to see anything go to waste: food leftovers, outgrown clothes, or wood scraps. That’s why I knew as soon as I saw it that this recycled pallet table project was perfect for me.  Even in our high-tech times, the majority of goods are still shipped on simple wooden pallets. After one or two uses pallets go to the junk heap. So, making this table keeps pallets out of landfills.  You can find pallets wherever retailers or businesses get goods in bulk. Choose pallets that have “HT” stamped on them; they are treated with heat, rather than chemicals, so are safer to use.

Materials You Will Need

  • You will need one pallet 100 x 100cm and another pallet 120 x 100cm. Take the second pallet, the larger one, apart.
  • For the top you need one 100 x 100 cm piece of tempered safety glass.
  • You will also need four meters of timber 2 x 2.
  • Plus, you’ll need 76 wood screws 5 x 60mm, and paint.

Here’s What to Do

From the pallet slats cut eight pieces 70 x 660mm for the legs. Why eight pieces? Because you are going to use two pieces for each leg.  From the timber cut one piece 70 x 680mm for the frame and eight pieces 320mm at a 45-degree angle for braces. (By the way, if you don’t have a saw, many hardware stores will cut the wood for you for a small fee.)

Then, piece the table frame together, as you see in this picture: 

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Now screw the legs to the frame, like the pictures below show: 

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Then add the braces, like this: 

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Finally screw the legs and frame onto the 100 x 100cm pallet and turn it upright, as in this photo: 

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Sand the wood and paint it to go with your décor. Then top it with the glass and you’ve got a fabulous, fun table. With a success like this I’m ready to make pallet chairs—how about you? 

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About Robert:

Robert writes on behalf of Bridgman, suppliers of luxury furniture. He writes about all things home & garden, lifestyle and DIY. When not writing, Robert can be found travelling or studying Psychology. For updates you can follow him on or on Twitter.

There was no monetary compensation received for this post.

01st Jul2013

Recycled T Shirt Fourth of July Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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Geesh! The Fourth of July is right around the corner! How time flies!  I wanted to share a quick and easy recycled T shirt Fourth of July bunting sponsored by Silhouette that I made with the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software.  You can make this in minutes; just in time for the 4th. More importantly, you can purchase the software on sale from now until July 10th with the promo code: DIYINSPIRED! You’re welcome!

Materials:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait™
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software
  • Scrapbook paper in patriotic colors and/or patterns
  • An old T Shirt
  • Spray Starch
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and glue gun

What is great about the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software is that there is a built in ruler and guidelines for precise alignment and drawing. Because of this, I was able to easily make these cut outs.

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Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus the following designer features:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision

Next, I made a fabric bunting out of an old T shirt.  You can check out the full tutorial for how to make it.  It turned out great and was very quick and simple to do!

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Just in case, the promo code is DIYINSPIRED to receive a discount from now until July 12th

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This post is sponsored by Silhouette and contains affiliate links.

17th Jun2013

Repurposed Kids Play Kitchen Hutch

by Dinah Wulf

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I had yet ANOTHER successful trip to the Goodwill!  I found this old red and white play hutch that I thought was too cute to pass up for $9.99.  I knew I needed to hunt for a second piece to complete this repurposed kids play kitchen hutch I had in my head.  It just so happens that my best friend was storing an old wooden vanity table in my garage… and guess what? She said I could have it…FOR FREE!!! So, here’s what I ended up doing with these two fab pieces.

Materials I used:

  • Old kids play hutch and kids table
  • Electric sander
  • Spray paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint
  • Wooden knobs (3)
  • E6000

Here is the hutch BEFORE. It had painted drawers and little flowers on it.  It’s a little scratched and warped on the bottom but for ten bucks, I was OK with that!

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Here is the vanity table BEFORE.  This was caked with paint.

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Both were pretty beat up so I had to break out the electric sander.  The table had survived two previous makeovers.

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I spray painted both of them white.

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I measured and cut three pieces of fabric to fit the three bottom shelves.  I had fabric left over from the little upholstered stool I made over.

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I attached the fabric strips to the hutch with spray adhesive.

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Next, I liked the fake drawers that the hutch had originally, so I taped off three drawers and painted them blue (of course).  

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I added little knobs that I had left from an old dresser I upcycled a while ago. Since the bottom of the hutch was hollow and the way the hutch and table aligned, I had to use an industrial strength E6000 glue to attach the two together.

Here are a few AFTER photos. I love that it matches the repurposed toy storage stuffed animal cage I made and the upcycled play table I painted.

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14th Jun2013

Heat Transfer Recycled Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so excited to have started a partnership with Silhouette America.  I wanted to share a project I did using the heat transfer starter kit that they have available.  Since I have this weird obsession with using recycled bags (I haven’t gotten a plastic bag from a store in almost three years), I thought I’d upcycle an old bag and make a heat transfer recycled tote bag for my daughter.

Materials:

Step One:

Create your design using your Silhouette software program.  Make sure you mirror your image when you design it, otherwise your image will apply backwards.

Step Two:

Print out your design on your heat transfer material and peel away the negative space.

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Step Three:

Position your design on your tote bag and place a scrap piece of fabric over the design.  BTW, I used a piece of scrap fabric from the upcycled headboard I made.

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Step Four:

Iron your image onto the tote bag by pressing firmly and placing pressure on the design for 45-60 seconds.

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Step Five:

Gently remove the transfer sheet and place the fabric scrap over the design again.  Iron it for 45-60 to allow the design to set.

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There you have it… a personalized recycled tote bag!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Silhouette America for sponsoring this post! Opinions are all mine!

11th Jun2013

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

by Dinah Wulf

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My in-laws are coming! My in-laws are coming! Oh my, it’s been over a year that I made this headboard out of a curtain panel and an ugly painting my husband had before we were married.  This headboard was for our guest room and ever since I made that garage sale bench for this room, the old headboard didn’t really match. I even made shoe box lid wall art and matching pillows (even though I can’t sew).  Now that my in-laws are visiting, I wanted to update it with a little fabric.

Here is the old headboard.  I thought it looked nice, considering I spent ZERO dollars making it!

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Here is the bench that I made that I put at the end of the bed.  This one cost about $20.00 total for the bench AND the supplies…score!

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And just in case you missed that shoe box lid wall art.  Here it is!  This was also very inexpensive to make since I already had everything!

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This is the fabric I chose to match the bench.  It’s outdoor fabric that is very durable.  About a yard and a half was perfect for this sized canvas.  I didn’t bother taking off the old curtain panel… well…because I was lazy that day!

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Here’s the AFTER photo again.  I’m really excited for my in-laws to visit.  We rarely get to see them since we live in California and they live in Wisconsin.  I hope they have a nice stay, and the headboard doesn’t fall apart!

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28th May2013

Alice in Wonderland Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend is having an Alice In Wonderland themed party for my God daughter’s first birthday. I decided that I wanted to make a paper flower centerpiece for her using a recycled pretzel container and some dyed coffee filter flowers.  This was my original inspiration. First let me show you how to make the vase.

Materials for Flower Vase:

  • Large plastic container (I used a pretzel container from Costco)
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (ribbon, craft butterflies)

Instructions for the Centerpiece Vase:

Cut the plastic container to the desired size. I found it easiest to puncture the container with a craft knife first and then use scissors to cut the rest.

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Remove the stickers and paint the inside of the container with craft paint and embellish it with ribbon.  I also used craft butterflies. Painting the inside will give it a nice glossy finish.

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Materials for Alice in Wonderland Flowers:

  • Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers
  • Scrapbook paper and/or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sharpies
  • Skewers
  • Floral Tape
  • Styrofoam

Photo Instructions:  I thought photo instructions would be self-explanatory. I just cut and trimmed as I went, using the inspiration photo on my phone as a guide.

Note: I started with a 3”X3” piece of cardstock.

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Here are few close ups of the faces.  I hot glued the paper flowers onto the floral wrapped skewers and inserted them into Styrofoam hidden inside the vase.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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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!

 

06th May2013

Alice in Wonderland Theme Party: Red Paper Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend is having an Alice in Wonderland theme party for my twin God daughters for their first birthday.  Needless to say, I wanted to help her decorate for the festivities.  The twins have two older sisters and their birthday parties were amazing.  Check out this Candyland themed party and this circus themed party. So, we started brainstorming ideas.  I recently made these coffee filter paper flowers (see below) and I thought they would be perfect for the painting red roses scene when Alice meets the Queen of Hearts.

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Dying coffee filter paper flowers is extremely inexpensive and easy to do.  Here are the materials you need:

  • Bowl
  • Red food coloring
  • Water
  • Coffee filter paper flowers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Newspaper

To make the actual paper flower, check out the tutorial here.  Once your flowers are made, here are the two easy steps to dye them.

Step One: Depending on the hue of red you desire, mix several drops of food coloring and about three tablespoons of water in a bowl.

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Step Two: I tried two different ways. Dipping the pre-made flower and dipping the individual filters.  Wearing rubber gloves carefully dip the paper flower (or individual filters) into the color mixture and set it aside to dry on the newspaper.

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Here are pictures of each.  I let them dry overnight.

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When they were dry, I noticed that the dipped flower had a nice deeper red color on the edges while the filters that were dipped individually were not.  Here is a photo.  It’s very subtle, but I like the former better.

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Here is a photo of the coffee filter rose and a real rose from my garden next to one another. Not too shabby! Can you see the difference?

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Here they are in the bush that we will use for the party.

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