How to Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

by Dinah Wulf

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I use sugar scrub all the time and NEVER thought of making it myself until a few months ago. So, with a friend’s inspiration, I made it, tried it, and LOVE it! So, I thought I’d share it with you! I have used it on my body, face, lips, and hands but use it mostly with a pumice stone as a foot scrub. Here is how to make your own sugar scrub.

It’s SO easy to make. I just wanted to share a few tips. Here is what you need.

Materials:

  • Container
  • 1 Part Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 Part Brown Sugar
  • Plate or Bowl
  • Two Metal Spoons

Depending on your container size, you need equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar.

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Using to utensils, mix the two ingredients together on a plate or in a bowl. It’s important not to use your hands or fingers because the coconut oil will melt very quickly.

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Once your coconut oil and brown sugar are mixed well, use your utensils to place the mixture into your container. This way, you avoid the heat of your hands, allowing the coconut oil to stay solid.

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That’s it! I like to use this sugar scrub in the shower for my feet.  The coconut oil stays solid until you use it.  I place a little on a pumice stone and gently scrub to help with calluses and it works great! You can also use it as a body or face scrub. It would make a great gift for Mother’s day, Father’s Day, or as a teacher’s gift as well.

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Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Pops

by Dinah Wulf

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As you may have figured out, I’m not much of a cook. That’s why there are very little recipes on this site! Last year, St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Monday, so many people including myself, celebrated it on the Saturday before.  We had left over cookies from the party, and I had a playdate on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, so I whipped up these easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Pops for our playdate.

Here’s what I used:

  • Cookies from the market bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat Bags
  • Ribbon

I had three different kinds of cookies left over.

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I turned each one over and put on some cookie icing. You can also use cake icing, but I thought I’d but the bottle because it was less messy and there was no need to spread it out.

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Next, I simply added a lollipop stick and sandwiched two cookies together. If you use cookie icing like I did, you have to let the icing set and harden which takes about an hour. I recommend using small cookies that aren’t too heavy for the lollipop stick.

Lastly, I put them in little treat bags and tied a cute little green argyle ribbon.

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They were a hit at the play date! It only took a few minutes to put them together. These are great for semi-homemade party favors for baby showers, wedding showers, or birthday and holiday parties. The local bakery always has fun themed holiday cookies that you can use.

Check out more of my St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Fortune Cookie Valentine DIY

I found the cutest erasers ever in the dollar bins at Target. I couldn’t help myself so I picked up a little bag. I knew IMMEDIATELY what I wanted to do with them as soon as I got home.  I made some printable fortunes to go along with this cute little cookie. So, today, I am sharing this Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable that you can use for real fortune cookies or these cute dollar bin erasers.

Here are the erasers. Adorable, right? They come in a pack of six in light pink, hot pink, and purple. I figured I could have Mia give them to friends, school teachers, dance teachers, or coaches.

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

I designed two different ones. One is for teachers with the Chinese symbol for “teachers”, and the other one is for friends or classmates that has the Chinese symbol for “friendship”. They even have lucky numbers like the ones you find in real fortune cookies. They say, “I am “fortune”-ate to have you as my friend/teacher.”

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable for Student or Teacher

You can download the FREE printable here:

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

Enjoy!

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How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Eucalyptus Bath Salts

It’s time for another Dollar Bin Challenge! Our item this month is a glass test tube found for $1.50 in the dollar bins at Michael’s. I decided to make this little gift set of eucalyptus Epsom bath salts. In case you are wondering, these are not the type of bath salts that make you want to eat another person’s face… ha! Kidding… well, not kidding, but rather a soothing all-natural way to relax in the tub!  Here is how to make homemade bath salts.

Materials:

  • Glass test tubes
  • Epsom Salt
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Essential oils and dropper
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring
  • Funnel
  • Labels (optional)

Here is a photo of our dollar bin challenge items. I love these! I love them so much that I bought five.

DIY Bath Salt

Depending on your container, the ratio for the recipe is 2:1 coarse sea salt to Epsom salt. These particular test tubes hold about a quarter cup, so I measured accordingly. Mix the two ingredients thoroughly.

DIY Soothing Bath Salts

Next, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice and mix.

How to make DIY Bath Salts

Lastly, if you want to add color, add two-three drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. I played around with the colors.

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DIY Colored Bath Salts

Next, I used a funnel to pour the bath salts into the test tubes.

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DIY Scented Bath Salts

I also made a label for the tub with directions that say “add 1-2 tablespoons to hot H2O.”

DIY Bath Salt Set

I added my labels and placed them in a gift box.

How to make DIY Epsom Bath Salts

I also made a video as well!

Want to see what other Bloggers are doing with their test tube Dollar Bin Challenge? Check them out right here!

Test Tube Craft Ideas-Dollar Bin Challenge

 

Monika from Life with Love Bugs – Decoupage Candy Holders

Tara from A Spectacled Owl – Love Potion No. 9 Valentine Printable

Kara Noel from Small Things are Big Things – Test Tube Candle 

Jill Parkin from Popscicle Blog – Valentine’s Day Strawberry Milk Printable

Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem

by Dinah Wulf

Roses are Red Violets are Blue Printable Teacher Poem

I know Mia is only in preschool but she has had some amazing teachers. It makes me want to give them something small to say thank you anytime there is a holiday. With Valentine’s Day just right around the corner, I put together this Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem to share. It can be used for Valentine’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, or Just because. You can also attach it to a single rose (chocolate or fresh) or an entire bouquet!

I found these chocolate roses at Target for $1.00 each. I bought three for Mia’s teacher and her assistants.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Poem

I designed this printable, glued it onto black cardstock, and punched out a hole in the shape of a heart. It says, “Roses are red, violets are blue, you are a great teacher, and inspiring too.”

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I tied on some twine ribbon.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Appreciation

You can download the design here and make it any size you need it to be.

Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem

I loved how it turned out. It only took a few minutes and I hope it brings a smile to their faces on Valentine’s Day.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Valentine

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Date Night Valentine Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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Have I told you how awesome my brother is? Well, he is… amazing, really. I think I may have about an ounce of his creativity.  This year for Christmas, he designed made my husband and I a homemade card.  Inside was a gift certificate for dinner, a movie, and money for babysitting…score!! The card was so beautiful that I asked him if I could share it.  I thought it’d be a great idea for a date night Valentine card DIY for a special couple.

My brother designed the card, but you can use any decorative paper you choose, or design the front yourself. This could be used for any type of occasion like an anniversary or special event like a wedding.

Materials:

  • 2 Foam core boards
  • Glue
  • Decorative paper of choice
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Tape

Take one piece of foam core and position your gift cards, one overlapping the other. Trace the outside with a pencil. Cut out the outline using a cutting mat, straightedge, and craft knife.

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Glue the two pieces of foam core together.

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Cut your decorative paper to size. Make it long enough to wrap around and cover the card. You may need to use two pieces. Glue the paper to the bottom of the foam core and fold the paper around.

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My brother also made a matching envelope with babysitting money inside and placed it behind the gift cards.

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Insert your gift cards on top.

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Close the card with a piece of tape on the inside.

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Isn’t it cute? I absolutely love it. Be sure to stop by my brother’s design site Figure Ground Graphics. On there you will find examples of his work along with some free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired!

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Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea

I’m a member of the “Tic Tac Pack” and this post is sponsored by the Tic Tac® brand. While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

I wanted to make some inexpensive, but creative and special gifts for my neighbors, my friend’s parents, and Mia’s teachers. I thought a winter themed survival kit would be a cute idea, and making it into an ornament would be even cuter! Here is my Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea.

Materials:

  • Plastic cubes
  • Fake snow
  • Survival Kit items:
    • Candy Cane & Cherry Apple Twist flavored Tic Tac® mints
    • Antibacterial soap
    • Holiday bandages
    • Holiday lip balm
    • Lotion
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

I knew that I wanted to make these before I even thought about where I could buy plastic cubes. After searching a few stores with no luck, I remembered I had these cases from these mini ornaments I bought. They look like this.

Winter Survival Kit Ornament

I have these in gold, red, and silver, and now, I will just think of a different way to store them so I can use the cases for these ornaments. Ha!  The first thing I did was fill them with fake snow.

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I purchased some fun items to put inside the winter survival kit including antibacterial soap, holiday bandages, lip balm, lotion, and of course Tic Tac® Packs. This year, Tic Tac® has transformed a holiday favorite into a portable, shareable treat with the introduction of new limited-edition Candy Cane flavored Tic Tac® mints! It’s a festive and affordable treat that fits nicely into these cute “orna-mints” (get it??)! With just one Candy Cane flavored Tic Tac® mint, you can enjoy the classic holiday treat any time without battling with sticky plastic wrap. Tic Tac® is also bringing a holiday favorite, Cherry Apple Twist, back to shelves this year. Yum!

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 I purposefully picked colorful holiday themed items to fit inside the cubes.

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Lastly I tied them up with ribbon.

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They look great hanging on the tree as well! This little gift is perfect for party hosts, neighbors, teachers, and any special someone in your life!

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Need some Christmas projects to inspire you?

I’m a member of the “Tic Tac Pack”and this post is sponsored by the Tic Tac® brand. While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

Succulent Garden Hostess Gift

by Dinah Wulf

Succulent Garden Hostess Gift

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

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

Succulent Hostess Gift

I only needed a few materials:

  • Plastic Bins
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Potting Soil
  • Succulents

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

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

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

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Hostess Gift Dollar Bin Challenge

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

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Mason Jar Gift Idea with Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Mason Jar Gift Idea- You Blow My Mind

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

You only need a few things:

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

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Voila! Super easy peasy!

Mason Jar Gift Idea

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

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Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

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

Origami Poinsettia, Blossoms and Posies 

Tissue Paper Rose, Blossoms and Posies 

Kleenex Lilly, Blossoms and Posies 

Cupcake Paper Flower, Blossoms and Posies 

Blooming Map Wreath, Crafts N Coffee 

Persimmon Paper Roses, Simply Kelly Designs

Quilled Blooms Frame, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Butterfly with Flowers, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Paper Flower Topiaries, Suzy’s Sitcom

Magazine Paper Flowers, Organized 31 

Crepe Paper Flowers, Ribbons and Glue 

Inkling Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

White Crepe Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

Paper Flower Tacks, Carolyn’s Homework

Book Page Paper Hydrangeas, Muslin and Merlot  

Kusudama Paper Flower, Muslin and Merlot

Paper Towel Tie Dyed Flowers, This Simple Home

White Pumpkin with Paper Flowers, Baby Loving Mama

Tissue Paper Flowers, Life With Lovebugs

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Water Colored Book Page Roses, DIY Inspired

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Recycled Coin Wrapper Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Book Page Paper Flower Magnet, DIY Inspired

Back to School Teacher Bouquet, DIY Inspired

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping, DIY Inspired

Toilet Paper Roll Flower Ornament, DIY Inspired

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday, DIY Inspired

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins, DIY Inspired

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

Easy Felt No Sew Bags

by Dinah Wulf

Easy DIY Felt Pencil Cases

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

Materials:

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

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

Easy DIY Felt Bags

Fold up one end to the desired size.

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Hot glue the sides to create a pocket.

Easy No Sew Pencil Bag

The top will fold down like a flap.

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

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

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

Easy DIY Felt No Sew Pencil Bag

Easy DIY Felt Makeup Brush Holder

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

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Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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

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

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

Wine Score Card Printable

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

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

Wine Score Card Free Printable

Download your free Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable here.

Wine Tasting Score Card Printable

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

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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When I was thrift shopping the other day I found a kids activity tray that I upcycled; I also found this rooster tray for $3.00. Not my style, but definitely fixable with a little thrift store upcycle. I snatched it up and decided to make a colorful tray for Mia’s teacher to use in her classroom. I thought it’d be a nice welcome back to school teacher gift.

Here is the tray BEFORE.

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Materials:

  • Tray
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray Paint or paint
  • Tarp

I had some metallic green spray paint from Krylon that I have wanted to try. The metallic goes well because the scrapbook paper I chose has a shiny metallic gold in it. I painted the sides on a tarp outside.

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I had some fun scrapbook paper with an apple theme.  One said, “apple of my eye” on it and measured and cut a few pieces in different colors and patterns to size.

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Next I used Mod Podge to apply the paper.  I applied the glue on both the tray ad the back of the scrapbook paper.  I smoothed it out to ensure there were no bubbles, and then applied a top layer. I let it dry completely.

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Here is how it turned out! Mia can’t wait to give it to her teacher.

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Makeover

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In case you missed it, here are some more fun homemade Teacher Gift Ideas:

DIY Yarn Tassels Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Yarn Tassels Tutorial

My brother designed some adorable free printable coloring bookmarks for Inheriting Our Planet and I wanted to make little tassels for them.  I thought they would make great back to school gifts for teachers or a Teacher Appreciation gift as well. I had never made them before and found they are extremely easy to make. You only need three things.

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Something to wrap the yarn around (I used an old Tic Tac container) – optional

Small bonbons of yarn like these are perfect for this project. I have a stocked jar in my craftroom at all times!

DIY Yarn Tassels

I used a plastic Tic Tac container to wrap the yarn around.  Wrap it several times.  Depending on the desired length, you can also use your fingers, the narrow part of your cell phone, a business card, or the like.

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Remove the yarn bundle you just wrapped and snip one end of the yarn as shown.

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I slipped a long piece of yarn through the folded end and then tied off the top.  This will be the hanger of the tassel. Wrap the yarn around to make a head and double knot it.

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If desired, trim the tassel for a more finished look.

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I made them in several colors.

DIY Yarn Tassels How To

I also tied some to the coloring bookmarks that my brother designed.  These are great because you can create your own design in any color you wish.

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See some examples and print them in three different designs for free here: {Free Printable Coloring Bookmarks}. You can use tassels for party decorations, ornaments, pillow embellishments, jewelry, and so much more.

If you like my brother’s designs, check out some other free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired:

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