Spring Centerpiece with Upcycled Bottles

This month’s #MyFavoriteBloggers challenge is Spring and nothing screams spring more than fresh flowers!

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

I took my favorite Starbucks drinks and upcycled the bottles into a pretty centerpiece using a little jute, my glue gun and a fresh bouquet of flowers.

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

So that means you need to get your drink on so you have a few of these glass bottles.  I love the  Starbucks Coffee Frappuccinos.  They are so good and come in a few different flavors!

Start by cleaning the bottles and removing the labels.  Then use your handy dandy glue gun to glue the bottles together.  Wrap some jute around the bottles and glue it into place so it doesn’t fall down.  Add some pretty flowers and your centerpiece is done.

So simple and gorgeous!!

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

Now I’m officially ready for winter to be over.  I’m ready to wear my flips flops and sit on my deck and I’m especially ready for Spring Break!

I’d love for you to check out some of the other spring inspired projects that my friends, #MyFavoriteBloggers, came up with!

11 spring inspired projects from _MyFavoriteBloggers

From top down, left to right: Stamped “Bloom” Necklace from One Artsy Mama, Spring Centerpiece from me, Washi Tape Popsicle Stick Flowers from The Benson Street, Simple Circle Pinwheels from Creative Capital B, Semi Homemade Strawberry Shortcake from Seven Alive, Five Minute Hair Pins from It Happens in a Blink and Suburble, Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn in Your Microwave from 4 You with Love, Color-able Free Printable Spring Banner from Do Small Things with Love, Fairy Guesthouse from Happy Hour Projects, and Geometric Print Vase from Pitter and Glink.

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Necklace Holder {Holiday Gift Ideas under $20 with My Favorite Bloggers}

I’m excited to be teaming up with my favorite bloggers again to share 12 handmade gifts under $20.

I must confess – I love handmade gifts!  I love making them and giving them to people and I love when people make them for me!

Necklace Holder with Glass Knobs

For my gift idea, I made something that I’ve personally wanted for the longest time.  And since I want it, I figured every other girl needs a necklace holder.

This was so much fun to make!  I started by picking out my knobs.  I was going to get a whole bunch of colored knobs but decided at the last minute that I liked the clear glass knobs better.  I bought all the knobs at Hobby Lobby on sale so they were each $1.99 or $2.99.

Then I cut a piece of scrap wood so it was 15 inches long and drilled 5 holes.  Each hole is 2.5 inches apart.

I sanded and painted it this pretty teal color. When the paint dried, I sanded and stained the edges of the wood.  The key to adding the stain is to rub it on with a cloth and then wipe it off.

After the stain dried, I added the knobs.  I did have to cut the ends of the knobs with a hacksaw which made me a little nervous at first.  I thought it was going to be difficult to do but it was actually pretty easy.

Once I attached all the knobs, I was ready to add my sawtooth hangers to the back and hang on the wall.

Finally I was ready to hang all my favorite necklaces and step back and admire my gorgeous new necklace holder.

This is going to be very hard to give as a gift.  I guess I better start making another one:)

Now meet all the lovely ladies and their AWESOME handmade gifts under $20!

MFB Nov 2013

Sky from Capital B, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, ChiWei from One Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive All Livin’ in a Doublewide, Bethany from  Pitter and Glink, Lauren from The Thinking Closet, Kirsten from One Tough Mother, Nancy from Do Small Things With Love, Kara from Petals to Picots and Nancy from 4 you with Love!

MFB $20 gifts

Sarah’s Handmade Hand Warmers

Lauren’s Painted Cork Coasters

Bethany’s Gold and Green Bracelet

Kara’s Crochet Pattern Roundup

Kirsten’s Glittery Utensil Gift Set

Sky’s Simple Fleece Face Guards

Marilyn’s Individual Peppermint Solid Sugar Scrubs

Kara’s DIY Necklace Holder

Kadie’s Easy Crochet’s Hot Pads

Melanie’s DIY Photo Desk Organizer Gift

Nancy’s DIY Wedding Photo Canvas Print

What is your favorite handmade gift to give?

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Ruffled Burlap Table Runner

This post is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.  All opinions are 100% my own!

I was recently shopping at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and came across this gorgeous gold burlap that I had to have!

Ruffled Burlap Table Runner

In my mind I was picturing a gold table runner with ruffles and this is exactly what I made.  (You can’t really tell in the picture how gorgeous this burlap fabric is so you’ll have to trust me on this.)

Supplies needed:

  • 2 yards of gold burlap
  • red spray paint
  • orange spray paint (the color is called orange harvest)
  • red thread
  • orange thread
  • needle
  • glue gun and glue sticks

At first I thought I would make ruffles with ribbon but I wasn’t crazy about the way it was looking.  I wanted thicker ruffles.  Then it hit me – spray paint the burlap!

I cut the table runner to 15 inches wide and it is about an inch and a half shorter than my table.

Then I cut six strips of burlap.  Each strip measures 2.5 x 34 inches.

I spray painted 2 strips red, 2 orange, and kept 2 gold.

Burlap Ruffles

Now for the fun part – making ruffles.  The gold strips are easy to ruffle because all you have to do is pull the center thread carefully to create the ruffle.  I then trimmed the thread and glued it underneath with my glue gun.

To create ruffles with the red and orange strips, I needed to use a needle and thread to run a straight stitch down the center of each strip.  Then just pull the thread to create a ruffle.

Once I had all my ruffles, I was ready to attach them to the burlap.  I spaced them 6 inches apart and I used my handy-dandy glue gun to adhere them.

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Then my gorgeous ruffled burlap table runner was ready to lay out on my table.

Have I inspired you to make a ruffled burlap table runner?  I promise it is an easy project!

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Jo-Ann’s has this awesome coupon for the month of November.  Use it to buy some gorgeous gold burlap and other supplies needed to make your very own Thanksgiving projects.  Need some inspiration?  Check out Jo-Ann’s Craft Catalog and for lots of great project ideas.

This is my first table runner ever and now I think I need one for every holiday!

Thank you Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  I am excited to work with a company whose mission is to spark creativity that lives in every person.

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My First Hand Painted Wooden Sign

I finally made my very first hand painted wooden sign.

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I’ve wanted to make one for awhile now but I was always too nervous to even try.   I kept putting it off because I was afraid that I wouldn’t like it since I’m such a perfectionist.

But I love it and I’m so glad I made it.  Plus, everyone asks, “Did you make that?” And I get to say “Yes I did!”

I was inspired by a sign from Mixin that I found on Pinterest but they do not ship to the US.

I started by painting a 12 x 14 piece of wood with turquoise paint.

I printed the words on printer paper and used carbon paper to trace the letters onto the wood.  Then I hand painted the letters with paint markers.

Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded over the entire piece of wood and around the edges to give it a distressed look.

Much easier than I thought it was going to be and it turned out even better than I had imagined.

What DIY project have you accomplished that was easier than you thought it would be?

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Add Glitter to Your Phone Charger with Ribbon

Want to add glitter to your phone charger?
glitter your cell phone charger with glitter ribbon
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I’ve found the easiest way to do it and I didn’t use mod podge or nail polish.  

I used glitter ribbon! 
  

glitter your cell phone charger with glitter ribbon

Have you seen this stuff before?  It is so much fun!  I found the ribbon at Michael’s and new exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I used double sided tape and easily wrapped it around the adapter and USB cable ends.

Supplies needed:

  • glitter
  • ribbon
  • double sided tape
  • scissors
  • clear glue

For the adapter I wrapped two rows of ribbon and it fit perfectly. For one side of the USB cable, I did have to cut trim the ribbon a little.

It literally took less than twenty minutes.  The next day I did have to add a little glue to the ends of the ribbon where it overlapped because it started to come off but that was an easy fix also.

What other crafts have you used glitter ribbon on?  This is definitely my new favorite thing to craft with!

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Ornament Wreath – Pottery Barn Knockoff

I am so excited to share my new holiday wreath with you!

 

I fell in love with this Pottery Barn Wreath as soon as I opened the catalog!    But since I have a problem where I look at everything and say “I can totally make that myself,” I knew I immediately I had to make one for my front door.

 

I really wanted a real wreath this year because I love the way they smell.  I found the wreath at Home Depot for $14.99.  Then I headed to my local Dollar Tree to buy some cheap ornaments.  I only needed three packs of ornaments so my wreath cost me less than $20.  Much better than $39.

 

This is a quick and easy project and you could always use an artificial wreath that is probably cheaper than a real one.

 

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 Step 1:  Glue ornament tops to ornaments with a glue gun so they don’t fall off when you attach them to the wreath.

 

Step 2:  Use floral wire to attach ornaments to wreath.

 

Step 3:  Hang and Admire!

 

Super easy and gorgeous!!  And it smells so good when you walk in the door!

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DIY Chandelier Earrings {Inspired by Pinterest}

I saw these earrings on Pinterest and new I had to make them!

I already had all the supplies needed to make these earrings but you could easily buy all the supplies for around $12.   And you will have plenty of supplies left over to make a few gifts.  So make yourself a pair and a few for family and friends!

DIY Chandelier Earrings

And believe me when I say – if I can make them, so can you!!

So let’s make some chandelier earrings:

Start by gathering your supplies:
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Chain
  • 22 gauge wire
  • Beads of different shapes and sizes
  • Fishhook Earring findings
Step 1:  Cut your wire to 2 inches. 1 1/2 inches, and 1 1/4 inches
Step 2:  Add beads.  I added 9 beads to row 1, 7 beads to row 2, and 5 beads to row 3 and close each end using your jewelry pliers.
Step 3:  Add each row to the first 3 links of the chain.  Then curve each row a little.
Step 4:  Attach the opposite end of the chain to the earring findings.
Step 5:  Repeat to make your other earring and admire your beautiful new earrings!
DIY Chandelier Earrings
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I hope I’ve inspired you to make your own chandelier earrings.  Thanks for stopping by!
Don’t forget to add your Pinterest inspired project to this month’s Pinterest Challenge.

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Point of View Party – Thrift Store Projects

I’m so excited to be a guest at this month’s Point of View Party.
These fabulous ladies host a monthly party called Point of View and each month there is a different theme.  The theme this month is Thrift Store.
I have to admit, I love going to thrift stores but often get overwhelmed with all the stuff they have.  Too many ideas run through my mind and I usually end up leaving with nothing.
So this month was really motivating for me.  I probably went to 5 thrift stores without getting anything.  Then I found this box and immediately knew what I had to make.
I desperately needed a docking station.  Every time I unhook my phone charger from my phone, it falls behind the nightstand and it drives me crazy.
I found the box at the thrift store for $2.99 but it was the color of the day so it only cost me $1.50.  Then I found the awesome textured felt at Michael’s.  I already had the paint so this project cost me less than $3.00.
And the best part – it was such an easy project to complete.  I simply unscrewed the lid of the box and drilled the hole.  The key is to drill your hole so only the smaller end of the charger can slide through so the larger end won’t slip through when you unhook the phone.   I sanded and painted the box.  Then used double sided tape to attach the felt.
So what do you think?
Now head on over and share your thrift store projects at this month’s Point of View Party!

 

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Chalkboard Plate Inspired by Pinterest

I’m working on a plate wall in my kitchen and as soon as I saw these chalkboard plates on Pinterest I knew I had to make them.

The hardest part was finding a plate or platter that was the size I wanted because I wanted it to be larger than a dinner plate.

After looking around for a large white platter, I finally decided to buy this charger from Pier 1 and paint it.

I sanded it, primed it, and then painted it white.  When that was all dry, I painted the center with chalkboard paint.

Another quick and easy project inspired by Pinterest.  Oh, how I love Pinterest!!

What has Pinterest inspired you to make recently?  Link up to The Pinterest Challenge and show off your Pinterest inspired projects!
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Chalkboard Paint Inspired by Pinterest

My Pinterest project for this month was inspired by the popular Custom Color Chalkboard Paint shared by Martha Stewart.  I first saw it on Pinterest a few months ago and couldn’t wait to add a chalkboard wall to Connor’s playroom.

Of course I have to make things difficult for myself, so I painted the wall first with magnetic paint.  When that was dry, I mixed up my chalkboard paint and painted two coats of chalkboard paint over the magnetic paint.

I’m not that impressed with the magnetic paint but I LOVE the chalkboard paint!!

Obviously the best part about making your own chalkboard paint is that it can be any color you want it to be.  I had left over paint that I had already used in Connor’s playroom so all I had to do was buy the unsanded grout.

I do have one piece of advice for those of you who want to make your own chalkboard paint:

Pour 1 cup of water into your paint container.  Then, draw a line at the top of the water.  This way you know how much paint to pour.  I did this so I didn’t have to ruin a measuring cup.  I actually made 4 cups of paint at a time because I was painting a large part of the wall.

Who knew chalkboard paint could be so easy to make?  Now I’m looking for more things I can paint with chalkboard paint since I have a whole box of unsanded grout left.

What have you painted with chalkboard paint lately?

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