My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

This article, My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition, is sponsored by IKEA. All opinions are 100% my own.


Craft Room - IKEA

My craft room is more than just a craft room. It’s a place of inspiration, a place of creativity, and a place of tradition. My daughter and I spend a lot of time in there. I keep it as well organized and neat as possible, and everything has its place. Over the past few years, I have shared my craft room sanctuary on my blog and social media and I have received several emails and messages with questions. So, I thought I’d share it all with you today.

A Place of Inspiration

When we first moved into this home and I found out I had an entire room devoted to crafting, I knew where I wanted to go to buy the furniture.  In fact, the furniture for this room was my Christmas present one year. Since I keep an IKEA catalog handy at all times, I knew what pieces I wanted to buy right away.

This is the view from the door. The table and shelving unit are from IKEA. I knew that if I had both beautiful and functional furniture, I would have no problems getting inspired.

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This is the view from the other side of the room.

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The table top is the perfect size for not only the room, but to spread out all my materials to do my projects.

Craft Table Top

A Place of Creativity

For me to have creative mojo, my supplies have to be in order and organized. Every pen, paint brush, and glue stick, has a special spot. I raided IKEA for different sized storage boxes to keep all my supplies in.

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I also added magnets to small containers for smaller notions that I hang on this magnetic board attached to the side of the shelving unit.

Magnetic Board

I opted to add the drawers and doors to the shelving unit as well. I changed the knobs and decoupaged the front of the drawers with recycled maps.

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For my sewing machine and sewing supplies, I bought a rolling kitchen cart that fits everything beautifully.

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Here is the list of items in my craft room you can purchase at IKEA:

Furniture

Storage

A Place of Tradition

I think the best part of this room is that I get to share it with my daughter. Since we have lived here, we have created some new traditions sparked by our creativity. During the holidays, we make handmade Christmas decorations and ornaments every year together.

The last time I was at IKEA I found this fabulous white felt wreath. They have so many great holiday decorations this season.

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I made some felt poinsettia’s to embellish it. To make the flowers, cut ten small petals for each flower. Glue them together in groups of five to form a flower. Glue two groups together. Lastly, glue or sew on small beads or pearls for the center of the flower.

Felt Poinsettia Tutorial

I pinned three of them onto the wreath.

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Here is the result. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a beautiful addition to our Christmas decorations this year. I’m even thinking of making more to give as gifts.

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It’s amazing to me that one room could inspire so much. I look forward to many more early mornings and late nights in there creating new projects and traditions with my daughter.

Special thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post.

Tote-ally Awesome Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

Tote-tally Awesome Tote Bag

Today I just wanted to share a great deal going on at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores right now! These Tote-ally awesome tote bags are available at Jo-Ann for $9.99 with a minimum $30 in-store purchase! I have to say, they are the perfect size for so many things this holiday season.

I have several out-of-town family members staying with us this year; my mother and father in law, my brother and sister-in-law, and their three kids. I am SO excited about it. This is also the time that Mia’s cousins have visited us at our house ever and their first time in sunny California! Needless to say, we have a lot of things planned. This tote bag will definitely come in handy.

It’s the perfect size to…

  • Use as an overnight bag on short excursions.
  • Use as a beach or picnic bag (the weather is still amazing here in CA).
  • Carry gifts and toys to our friend’s holiday party.
  • Use as a carry-on for the plane on their way home to Wisconsin.

So don’t forget to stop by Jo-Ann’s to get your holiday decorations and crafting supplies and pick up a tote or two. They come in a few colors to choose from as well!

Oh! And don’t forget to down load your Jo-Ann’s app on your smart phone so you can use the coupons when you check out… I’d be lost without mine…

Thank you to Jo-Ann’s for sponsoring this post and sending me my very own tote-ally awesome tote bag!

Need some Christmas projects to inspire you?

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!

DIY Playroom Wall Art

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post, DIY Playroom Wall Art. All opinions are 100% my own.

OK, so I don’t really have a playroom, however I CAN say that my daughter and some toys have officially taken over part of the family room.  I know a lot of fellow parents have issues with keeping toys organized and out of site. For me, I like to make them cohesive and pretty! I know I have posted my DIY Kitchen Play set before and just recently I made another kitchen play hutch from some thrift store finds. Today, in effort to make this play area even more beautiful, I am sharing some DIY playroom wall art ideas.

Doesn’t it look cute?

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Here are a few things I used:

  • Pear Tree Greetings Wall Decals
  • Wooden Photo Frames
  • Toy Wooden Spoon
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes

The first thing I did was design and order my wall decals from Pear Tree Greetings. First of all, THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! The interface is easy to use and the designs and color choices are vast and modern. There is plenty to fit all styles. I chose some photos of my daughter from when we went to a recent street fair.  I took pictures looking at herself on my iPhone, and I thought her reaction was just too cute.

Pear Tree Greetings Wall Art Decals

Next, I made a few other pieces to match my wall decals. I picked up some inexpensive wood frames and painted the edges pink and green.  I framed some left over fabric I had from making my kitchen play hutch and upcycled thrift store stool.

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I also painted some wooden wall plaques.

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DIY Playroom Wall Art

I glued on a toy wooden spoon, since these would be displayed in her play kitchen.

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Lastly, I hung them all up in her play kitchen.  Another thing that’s great about the decals is that if you don’t like your placement, you can easily remove it and stick it on again. Here are a few AFTER photos. They are really the perfect final touch for this play area.

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Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their other wall art, invitations, DIY cards, and more!

In case you missed them, here are the tutorials to make everything you see here in Mia’s play kitchen:

Glittered Coffin Halloween Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, Glittered Coffin Halloween Party Favors, is sponsored by Jo-Ann’s. All opinions are 100% my own.

If you haven’t noticed I LOVE Halloween! Ha! I love all the scary stuff, BUT I don’t necessarily think it’s pretty… and I HAVE to have pretty things displayed, no matter what holiday. I recently shared my Glam-O-Ween decorations for this year which mixes scary and pretty. Today, I want to do the same.  I’m taking these wooden coffins from shriek to chic by transforming them into glittered coffin Halloween party favors, perfect for your Halloween party this year.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Wooden Coffins from Jo-Ann’s
  • Craft Paint
  • Glitter Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Sparkly Spider Embellishments
  • Mod Podge

Here are the coffins I found.  I bought them at Jo-Ann’s on sale for 50% off! Score!

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I painted the boxes alternating colors for the lid and base.  I used Martha Stewart’s Satin Granny Smith and Pacific Iris. I found it best to use a foam brush to get straight lines.

Glittered Coffin Halloween Party Favors

Next, I used glitter paint, to paint over the tops of the lids to make them shimmer a little bit. I used Martha Stewart’s Glitter Paint in Charoite and Limeade.

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Lastly, I found glittered spider embellishments.  They are stickers, however to make them stay on the wood, I used a coat of Mod Podge to keep them in place. 

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Once they are dry, fill them with candies, or small toys to give away as party favors or game prizes.  They would also make great gifts if you get “boo-d” by your neighbor! Here are a couple after photos!

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Explore the latest Halloween projects and ideas on Jo-Ann’s special Halloween hub to help you throw the perfect Halloween party. If you are on Instagram, use the hashtag #DIY4Halloween! Tag me too (@diyinspired) while you’re at it because I would love to see your creations!

Thank you to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this post!

Check out some of my other favorite DIY Halloween Projects:

Spooky Stagecoach Pumpkin #TrickYourPumpkin

by Dinah Wulf

Spooky Stage Coach Pumpkin

I was so excited to be invited by Michaels to participate in the #TrickYourPumpkin contest this month. I’ll tell you all about it in a minute, but first, let me share how I made my Spooky Stagecoach Pumpkin to enter into the contest myself! There were a lot of parts to it, so I thought I’d break it down by part and products.  All the products I used can be purchased at Michaels.

This was the black craft pumpkin I purchased, my BEFORE photo, if you will.

Black Pumpkin

Let’s break this down!

Coachman’s Seat

 

Materials:

  • Wooden Treasure Box
  • Scrap Material
  • Polyester Fiber Fill
  • Metallic Paint
  • Black Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Six Craft Sticks
  • Skeleton
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Carving Knife
  • Glue

I found this cute little wooden treasure chest for one dollar at Micheals.

DIY Coachman Upholstered Seat

I painted it metallic silver.

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I padded the seat with scrap fabric and a little polyester fiber fill and glued it into the chest to secure it.

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Doesn’t the skeleton look comfy? I found a skeleton garland for five dollars at Michaels and took it apart.

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I painted two craft sticks black and silver and glued them together as shown.

DIY Coachman Seat for Pumpkin

Using a craft knife, I poked four slit into the craft pumpkin as shown. The two in the center allows the treasure chest to stay up.

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I glued the treasure chest onto the two center craft sticks. I also glued on metal embellishment gears and a small skeleton key.  I used an old necklace for the chain. To secure the chain onto the seat, I used two push pins.

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Stagecoach Wheels

Materials:

  • Four Cork Coasters
  • Four Halloween Doilies
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • White Paint
  • Four Craft Sticks
  • White Duct Tape

Four the four wheels I found a pack of four cork coasters at Michaels for less than three dollars.

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I painted them white and mod podged Halloween doilies I also found.

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I inserted four craft sticks into the bottom of the pumpkin and shown for the wheels.

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I glued the wheels on each stick and reinforced it with white duct tape on the back.

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Stagecoach Window

 

Materials:

  • Small Wooden Frame Ornament
  • White Pant
  • Paint Brush
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Skeleton Arm
  • Glue

For the window I used a small wooden Christmas ornament frame I found for 99 cents.

Pumpkin Stagecoach Window

I painted it white and added fabric scraps as curtains. I cut slits in the fabric and frayed each slit to give it an eerie effect. I glued it onto the pumpkin. I also cut off an arm of a skeleton from the garland I bought and glued it onto the window.

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Once the stagecoach was all put together, I added a little greenery. I purchased one stem for $1.99 and cut it up.

Stagecoach Embellishments

Here it is!

Spooky Stage Coach Pumpkin #TrickYourPumpkin

Pumpkin Stagecoach Window #TrickYourPumpkin

DIY Coachman Seat for #TrickYourPumpkin

Now it’s time for YOU to Trick Your Pumpkin for a chance to win!

Michaels Sweepstakes

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The sweepstakes kicks off with the Great Pumpkin Event on October 4th at all Michaels locations and runs all the way through Halloween. They will choose a winner each Friday to receive a $250 Michaels gift card and Plaid products; entries are unlimited, so keep posting! Submissions must include #TrickYourPumpkin and #sweepstakes and can be submitted October 4th -October 31st via Instagram or at Michaels. They’ll highlight our fans’ submissions on our social channels and on Michaels.com/trickyourpumpkin so keep those great ideas coming!

If submitted via Instagram, you must grant Michaels permission to enter your photo into the sweepstakes. To do this, @MichaelsStores will comment on your photo, asking you to follow the link in Michaels’ Instagram profile to grant permission. Because of this process, if you have private Instagram profiles, you should submit via the website.

Good Luck!!!

Thank you to Michaels for sponsoring this post!

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More DIY Pumpkin Projects:

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!

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

by Dinah Wulf

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Disclosure: Thank you to Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto for sponsoring this trip and post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Where do I begin? I attempted to summarize four fun-filled days and three nights about my trip to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto in one blog post.  It didn’t quite work out. So I ended up writing several including 1) our boat tour, 2) diving for clams, 3) our morning hike, 4) my tips for paddle boarding, and even 5) how I learned how to make a beautiful sun-shaped garnish on the beach while sipping on some fresh cucumber lime margaritas. Oh! I even shared 6) How I wrapped my souvenirs in toilet paper rolls!

There is still so much more to share, so I summed it up as best as I could in a three minute video. In it, you will see photos of our entire trip including my gorgeous suite, all the adventures I mentioned above, and all the gourmet food we ate.

Enjoy!

ABOUT VILLA DEL PALMAR AT THE ISLANDS OF LORETO (Press Release)

Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico

Baja’s First Million Star Resort

Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a self-contained destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with balcony or terrace, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square feet Spa, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.  The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands, horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto chef prepare it for you), paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking.  With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous.  The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children. 

More about my adventures in Loreto, Mexico:

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

This post, Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

I have bought Tic Tacs ever since I can remember. I recall being so excited to try them when they came out with the orange flavor years ago.  Today, there are a variety of flavors and colors like dark strawberry and green apple available. I went onto The Tic Tac My Pack site and made my own DIY Inspired Pack! I filled it with berry, passion fruit, grape, dark strawberry, and green apple. Check them out!

Tic Tac Packs

You can create your own one-of-a-kind pack with your ideal flavors as well!

Being the Crafter that I am, once I finished my Tic Tacs I just had to reuse them and repurpose them into something new and different.

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

I realized that the container and the opening are the perfect size to hold and pour glitter.  Using a scrap piece of paper, I rolled it up to make a funnel and filled each Tic Tac Pack. This is a quick and easy method that works beautifully.

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Aren’t they perfect? I thought it’d be fun to wrap them up and make repurposed Tic Tac Pack craft kits to give away.

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Storage

I put together some supplies for a fellow Crafter and Scrapbooker I had in mind. I included some scrapbook paper, glue, markers, a foam paint brush, and of course the glitter. The contents are up to you and the recipient!

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I put it in a little bag and made a gift tag. These would make fun party favors too.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

Oh! I also made some customized swag bags to give away as well! They have a keychain I made with DIY Inspired and Inheriting Our Planet key chains in them, a business card, and a pack of Tic Tacs in it!

DIY Customized Swag Bags

Be sure to make your own Tic Tac Pack! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

 

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!!! ** Giveaway CLOSED**

Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

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! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Bags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Bachelorette Party Gift Bags

I am honored to be sponsored by BurlapFabric.com today for this tutorial. OK, so I’m not technically going to a Bachelorette party, rather a fun annual girls weekend that my four best friends and I try to do once a year (it doesn’t always work out with over a dozen kids among us!).  This year, is special because it’s the first year in the last five years that all five of us will be going on a weekend getaway.  I wanted to do something special so I decided to make personalized stenciled swag bags, which would also make a great DIY Bachelorette party favor bags.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jute tote bags from BurlapFabric.com
  • Paper plate
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Letter stencils
  • Clean towels

If there was a Queen of natural fiber stenciling, I think I’d be in the running! Ha! I have done so many stenciling projects because it’s both fun and simple to do.  I was able to stencil these five bags in no time. Here is one of the bags I got from BurlapFabric.com. They are great because they are sturdy and lined inside. The 9X11X4 size was perfect for these party favor bags.

Jute Party Bags

First I chose a paint color for each of my best girlfriends. Naturally, I chose their favorites. Several different colors look vibrant and pretty against a natural fiber like these jute tote bags.

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I stenciled our names on each bag in each of my friend’s favorite colors. Since I wanted our names to go up and down from the top right of each bag, it helped to start stenciling with the last letter first.

Stenciled Burlap DIY

Stenciling Tips:

  • Use a spouncer to help prevent bleeding.
  • Apply in a straight up and down motion.
  • Remove the excess paint before stenciling.
  • Wash your stencils in between each application so that your stencils will stay clean and last a long time.
  • Less in more. In the picture below you will see that I used very little paint for each name.

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Here’s how they turned out! The girls are going to love them.

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Idea

I can’t wait to show you what’s inside! Stay tuned for a fun Girls Weekend FREE Printable!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to BurlapFabric.com for sponsoring this post. Be sure to stop by and see all the fabulous products from bags to ribbon and much more! You can also follow them on FacebookPinterest ,  Twitter, and  YouTube!

Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be sponsored by Alliance Rubber Company! Today I wanted to share a step by step tutorial on how to make a stenciled rubber band inspiration board. With just a few craft materials and some colorful Super-Size Bands from rubberband.com, you can do this Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY.

Materials:

  • 16” X 20” White Canvas
  • Spray Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Super-Size Bands
  • Towels

Step One:

I chose a Citrus Green spray paint to paint my blank canvas. It’s quicker, easier, and dries faster than other paints. You can also opt for any other paint as well. Be sure to protect your surroundings and spray in a well-ventilated area.

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Step Two:

I decided to stencil “inspire” on my board because I wanted to hang it in my craft room. I worked backwards when stenciling the word with a spouncer. You need very little acrylic craft paint when stenciling. Dab on the paint and remove the excess by dabbing it on the paper plate. Stencil in an up and down motion to avoid bleeding.

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Step Three:

Once the paint is dry, begin adding your super-size bands. I chose two alternating colors. When adding the bands also alter them horizontally and vertically.  This will “weave” the rubber bands together and will come in handy when adding things to your inspiration board. You can choose how many rubber bands you would like to use. Mine is four vertical and three horizontal. Consider covering the entire board!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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The super-size bands will fit larger canvases as well for larger boards.  They come in red, blue, and green. A big THANK YOU goes out to Alliance Rubber Company for sponsoring this post. Visit them for a wide variety of rubber bands for almost any craft project!

In case you missed it, here are more Inspiration Boards I have made in the past:

Radiant Orchid DIY Spring Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m loving spring and I’m so excited to partner up and sponsored again with Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores®! Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website. I have been anxious to make something incorporating the 2014 Spring Trend Radiant Orchid for my home. I decided on making a DIY Spring Door Decoration.

Jo-Ann Shopping List:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Wooden Numbers
  • Orchid Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Spring Inspirations Flower Assortment
  • Safety Pin
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks                  

Instructions:

First, I painted my house numbers a beautiful orchid color with acrylic craft paint and let it dry.

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Next, I layered the lace on top of the burlap, and hot glued the dry painted numbers on top.

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Here’s a close up.

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Wrap it around your grapevine basket and secure it with a safety pin.  I don’t like to glue it because I like to change my basket each season like this and like this.

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Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® has the most beautiful selection of artificial flowers. I chose three different ones for my arrangement to fit the Radiant Orchid theme.

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Aren’t they pretty??? Next, arrange the flowers inside of your basket…

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… and hang it on your front door!

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I absolutely ADORE it!!! Now I really want to make something else in radiant orchid!

This review is part of the Jo‐Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

Printography: Tips for Hanging Pictures

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored to be sponsored by Printography today to share with you my Tips for Hanging Pictures. I received a beautiful bamboo mount 8X8 photo of my daughter the other day.  I chose this picture because it sums up her age at this moment in time… mismatched clothes because she has to pick out her own, messy hair because she won’t let me put it in pig tails anymore, and arms raised with a huge smile so happy for her new found independence.  She’s such a ham!

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The Printography site is so easy to navigate and order. It only took a few minutes for me to place my order.  When I received it, I was so excited, because the quality exceeded my expectations. Now until March 2nd, you can receive 15% off of your order by using the PROMO CODE: DIYINSPIRED!

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Anyway, I wanted to create a photo gallery way of family photos. I did a black and white photo gallery and my new bamboo mounted photo of Mia is an awesome pop of color.

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General Height Guidelines I have learned:

  1. For hanging photos above a couch, measure 10” above the back of the couch.
  2. For hanging photos on a hallway wall, measure up from the floor 5-6 feet.
  3. For hanging photos on a dining room or living room wall, measure up from the floor 4-4.5 feet.

My Tips for Hanging Pictures for a Home Gallery Wall:

  1. I decided to stick to three types of frames only: black, silver, and wood.
  2. I used mostly black and white photos because I thought it made it look more modern.
  3. I used a variety of frame sizes: 8X10, 5X7, 4X6
  4. I kept one vertical imaginary straight line all the way across the wall and placed the photos above or below the line.
  5. I used a photo mat for some of the photos which created a little more dimension.
  6. Social networking sites are a great resource to get family photos if your collection is lacking.
  7. Photo wall adhesive strips are DEFINITELY the way to go when hanging ANY picture frames.  No holes!!! You can get them at several retail stores. It also makes it easier, because you don’t have to worry about aligning a nail and frame hook.
  8. Lastly, arrange all of your photos and take pictures of them to help you choose the right arrangement. 

Here is an example of my arrangements. I did this a few times until I was satisfied.

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Here is the final one more time.

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I hope you enjoyed my tips! Don’t forget, you can receive 15% off of your order by using the PROMO CODE: DIYINSPIRED on Printography!

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

by Dinah Wulf

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I just got the AdvantEdge Punch System from Fiskars and I wanted to test it out. Because I’m such a craft Geek, I didn’t bother reading the directions. I know. I know. Hence, I made a couple mistakes. BUT the good news is that you will learn from them! Ha! Anyway, I decided to turn my test pieces into some pretty border punch gift wrapping embellishments.

The punch system has a variety of small and large interchangeable border punches. They both are easy to work and punch out beautifully.  I tested a small size first. 

For the small standard sized cartridges, you have to pull out the wings before you insert it into the machine.

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It snaps right in to the adapter and the adapter fits snuggly into the cartridge. The large punches do not need an adapter.

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As you can see, the wings slide into the machine when moved to the left.

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A 12X12 piece of scrapbook paper fits and aligns easily. Push down the magnetic clamp to help hold the paper in.

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As you punch, the wings help guide you to ensure that your border is continuous and perfect.

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Here are a few of the punches I tested.

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Aren’t the borders beautiful?  They aren’t just for scrapbooking.  For me, I plan on using them for gift wrapping embellishments like this as well as party décor embellishments for favor bags, decorations, and such.

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I’m really excited to start another project!  If there is anything you think I should try, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

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Here are some other gift wrapping crafts I’ve done. Check out this round up of eco-friendly gift wrapping!

Thank you to Fiskars for sponsoring this post!

Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas and Giveaway

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas is sponsored by Rich Products for the Bakery Because. Give the Gift of Deliciousness. campaign.

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As you may or may not know, I am not confident in my cooking or baking skills. Sure, I make dinner for my little family every night, and I’ve even pulled off a few successful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties before. But know you know that this is why I don’t post any of my own recipes!

I do, however love eating and giving baked goods gifts. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the bakery in my local grocery store and all the tasty and tempting cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. There is always a great variety and I’m never disappointed. For this Valentine’s Day, I thought it be fun to buy some sweet treats from my bakery and get creative with the packaging to give away as gifts to my friends, Mia’s teachers, and a couple neighbors. Here is what I came up with.

Oh and don’t forget to stick around for the GIVEAWAY below!

I made this Recycled Juice Carton Treat Box myself.  You can view the full step by step tutorial {HERE}. You can also use a milk carton as well.  I simply cut, measured, and glued on paper party straws to embellish it.  I filled it heart shaped sugar cookies I got from the bakery.

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Washi tape is a simple way to embellish a gift. I used it on my recycled carton treat box as well as added it to heart shaped tin as well.

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If you don’t want to make your own treat box for your bakery goodies, the dollar bins and several retailers have great options.  I bought these two for one dollar each! I am going to add a pretty “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag and ribbon to the handles.

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As you can see there are several fun, inexpensive, creative ways to gift some sweetness on not just Valentine’s Day but any holiday or special occasion! Visit your local grocer’s bakery to find easy and delicious treats that you can personalize and give as gifts on Valentine’s Day and every day. Now for the giveaway…

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{GIVEAWAY}

When: Now until February 4th (My birthday! Woo hoo!)

What: Three winners for $25 Gift Card each for your own baked goodies.

Who: Three winners with the best stories will be chosen to receive a $25 Gift Card. You must live in the US and be over 18 years old to participate.

How: Just simply leave a comment answering: Name a person in your life who makes every day better and WHY.

I will pick the three best stories on my birthday! If you decide to make a gift of your own to give, I encourage you to take pictures and upload photos to Pinterest using the hashtag #BakeryBecause so that we can all see them! Thank you in advance for entering! GOOD LUCK!!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this article and giveaway!

 

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