Showing posts with label DIY Tutorials. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY Tutorials. Show all posts

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Easy Burlap Candle Rings {repost}

Tell me, have I gone to far? Is it just too much?

Because sometimes I feel like I need Burlap intervention. 
Really, no joke.
 And instead of a fiscal cliff, I feel like I am on a Burlap Cliff,  ready to dive into a huge burlap pit!
I mean, I really didn't mean for all this obsession to happen ... it just did.
 And kinda by accident actually. See, it all started when I ordered too much of this
And started doing this,
with these

And it just happened... like that

For my  easiest burlap wreath tutorial click here  and here and fall burlap wreath tutorial click here. The tutorial will give you more detail on how to make the candle wraps.

Grateful for~
The weekend

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

When I went to school back in the day, the extent of teacher appreciation was putting a shiny red apple on the teachers desk and ..... staying out of trouble.   
Today appreciation is shown for our dear teachers, the one's that tirelessly give their heart and soul into educating our children, in a variety of creative ways.
 I am on the PTO at my son's school and was the first to raise my hand to help coordinate Teacher Appreciation week this year. In addition to a kickoff breakfast and a lunch during the week, we are passing out a few goodies along the way to show how much we appreciate our teachers and staff.
 Keep in mind, small school, small budget.

 "Thanks for Making This Year So Sweet". 
We attached a Target giftcard to a candy bar with the 
thanks tag on top.

"Thanks for being the highlight of our year!"
For this one we took paint chip cards, affixed a label and a 
couple of Sharpie highlighters.

"Thanks for planting the seeds of knowledge"
Because every teacher loves to garden on their weekends..... right???
We stuffed these cute little painted clay pots with garden gloves, both purchased at the Dollar Store.  We also included a variety of seed packets.
The pots were wrapped in a plastic bag, tied with some jute and attached with this cute tag that we printed on cardstock.
I think they will love all of these ideas just as much as
 we love them! 
And to all you teachers out there, I applaud you for all of the hard work and dedication that you give each day to our kids.
Grateful for~

PS-  If you looking for more ideas I have collected a whole bunch more here .
PPS- Some of these ideas would be perfect for Mothers Day too!

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Clearly.... I am not Irish

Well that'll be the last time I have a few Irish spirits and then head on up to the craft room to work on an Irish Craft....

Because clearly..... I am not Irish.

I mean come on, what was I thinking??? I guess listening to "Danny Boy" or "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" on my ipod does not count as membership into the Irish Hertiage Club. 
Perhaps if I were thinking, then my homage to the Irish tradition for St. Partick's Day would better resemble that of a feathery shamrock that I was going to hang on the front door, and not look like a confused fluffy, green shaped alien that may even scare the kids.
 But as luck would have it, and with a few of those chocolate coins, a simple snip with the scissors and magically a Shamrock began to appear, just as my non-Irish eyes had envisioned.
So I say to all you Irish men, woman and Leprechans around the globe that may or may not visit this non-Irish household this St.Pattys Day....

Top of the morning to you. And the rest of the day to yourself.
irish translation:Mora na maidine dhuit. Agus cuid eile an lae dhuit fein.
Look who's non-Irish eyes are smiling now!

Grateful for~
Gold coins made of chocolate that make everything better.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Late Bloomer and My Tissue Paper Flowers

There, I said it. I am a late bloomer..... but my reasons have nothing to with puberty. You see, a late bloomer is a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual.  
Take for instance Maya Angelou. Did you know she was in her 60's when her poetry and books became popular. And there is Mozart, who composed his groundbreaking Concerto No.9 when he was 21.

Claude Monet got discovered for his creations in his 40's. And although Dr.Seuss wrote his first book "And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street" in his thirty's he didn't start writing successfully until his later 40's.
 Vincent van Gogh didn't start painting until his late 20's. 
And then there's my tissue paper flowers that I did not attempt to make until my mid 40's.

Clearly my skills in  tissue paper flower making came a bit later then usual.
So to celebrate this moment and in case you are a late bloomer too, I wanted to share this easy tutorial with you. 
  • 10 sheets of tissue paper
  • String or thin ribbon - length depends on how long you want to hang or suspend your flower.
  • Scissors

Step 1: Take your 10 sheets of tissue paper and fold back and forth like an accordian. Carefully press down each seam  and create flat folds. The flatter the better.

Step 2: Take your scissors and cut each of the tips in a v like cut creating a point. You can also use a rounded tip cut.
Step 3: Tie your string or thin ribbon in the center of your folded paper. It is key that the string is pulled tight.
Step 4: Begin on one side and carefully lift up each sheet of paper towards the center of the flower. You want to be gentle with this step or your flower paper will tear. 
Step 5: When one side is complete, follow this same process on the other side going the other direction until all sheets have been lifted towards the center.
Step 6: Sit back and rejoice that there is one more person on this planet who can make tissue paper flowers. 
Now if only I can get the training wheels off my bicycle!
Any other late bloomers out there?

Grateful for~
Knowing that there is always hope regardless of your age!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Candy Coated Pretzel Tips

Have you every seen a project that  you have wanted to do for the longest time, finally did and then feel silly that it took you this long to accomplish because it was so easy and effortless ?
This is that project.

Supplies needed
Pretzel Sticks/Rods
Candy Melts- I used red from Wilton
Wax paper

Instructions- Dip, Sprinkle, Dry

Place in pretty decorated once upon a time chip cans, details here and use for hostess gifts, teacher gifts or for your own snack table this holiday season.

Grateful for~
Good teeth after eating all of these sweets!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Gift Containers using Chip Cans

I love when a plan comes together like this one.....
well sort of
The plan was for my husband to buy a COUPLE of Pringles cans that I could use for this project at the grocery store. 
Easy enough, right?
Well a  couple turned in to 2, then 4, then 18, then 227. 
Honestly, no joke. 
Here's more evidence of the Pringles can obsession
So instead of the original 'couple' that I needed to do this
I was also able to do this
 and have enough left over to do this
So I guess the failed plan wasn't so bad after all since I was able to package all 103 containers of Christmas Cookies,  all 54 Chocolate dipped pretzel tips and all 70 presents. 
My part was easy. I just applied some tacky spray over the cans that I spray painted in white 
( this will help to conceal the original packaging) with a fun festive cotton fabric and finished off the edges with fun embellishments of boa feathers and other pretty trims.
We now have a new rule in the house- NO MORE PRINGLES! 
And if you are looking for something a little less crunchy and salty, a few of my favorite friends put together some more creative ways to gift wrap this season.
Linda @ It All Started With Paint

Laura @ Finding Home
Holiday gift wrap boxwood and button finding home

Karianne @ Thistlewood Farms
Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas Cookie Tag Thistlewood Farms
Bonnie and Trish@ Uncommon Designs
holiday gift wrap Boxwood wrapped present no graphic uncommon 250

PS-And in case your wondering, I don't even like Pringles!

Grateful for~

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