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DIY Gold Strings Lights

DIY Gold Strings Lights DIY Gold Strings Lights
Christmas might be over, but that’s no reason to put away all the twinkle lights! Turn them into an year round decor piece with a little time and paint and you’ll end up with something fun and fabulous! While any color can be used here, gold makes an excellent pairing with the glow of the lights and is perfect indoors or out.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Strings lights, either traditional or LED bulb style
Gold plate spray paint
Masking tape and/ or paper towels

Things to do:
1. Before you begin to paint, you’ll need to mask off or remove the bulbs from your lights. If you are using non-removable LED bulbs, wrap the glass of each bulb in a small piece of masking tape. If you are using traditional lights or LED lights with removable bulbs, pull out each bulb, set it aside, and stuff a small piece of paper towel into the cavity where the bulb was. Repeat for all the lights on the strand.
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2. Mask off the prongs of your plug or, if you are using solar lights, the end of the wire and the solar panel using tape and paper towels to cover the unit.
3. In a well ventilated area, spray the lights with thin coats of paint on a covered work surface, turning the strand over as each coat dries to make sure the whole things is well covered.
4. Once the cords and bulb bases are painted and dry, remove the masking or paper towels and replace the bulbs on the removable style strands. Plug in and enjoy!

Easy DIY Wine Tags

February 19, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Easy DIY Wine Tags Easy DIY Wine Tags
While a full scale party calls for some forethought on the which wine glass belongs to who front, an informal or smaller gathering might need some last minute prep to keep the wine glasses separate. These tags are quick to make and fun to customize, just keep a stack of tags handy and you are set to go!

Time required: less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Tags
Pinking shears
Paper punches
Scissors
Twine

Things to do:
1. Trim tags to a roughly square dimension.
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2. Use scissors, and punches to decorate each tag differently to differentiate them.
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3. Tie them to wine glass stems with twine, trim the ends and party away!
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Binder Clip Photo Holders

February 18, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Binder Clip Photo Holders Binder Clip Photo Holders
I love having photos of my kids and family on my desk but I don’t always have frames handy, so having easy, quick ways to display my photos is a plus in my book. This trick is so simple and fun! And bonus, you can customize these easily with paint or washi tape. Here we’ve use gold spray paint to brighten this set but you could pick your own colors and run with it!

Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: easy

Things you’ll need:
Binder clips
Spray paint
Cardboard
Washi tape (optional)

Things to do:
1. Clip your binder clips to some cardboard and, in a ventilated space, spray the body of the clip in thin layers until it’s well covered.
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2. Once the clips are dry, carefully insert the pictures by pulling back on the arms of the clips.
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3. Adjust the photos so they are centered and so the bottom edge of the print rests on the bottom of the clip. Squeeze the arms together and slip them out of the edges of the clip. Stand the picture on the flat end.
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DIY Soap on a Rope

February 17, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Soap on a Rope DIY Soap on a Rope
One of my pet peeves is finding that little sliver of soap stuck to the wall of the bathtub after the kids get out of their bath. Besides being a pain, the floating soap in the water habit means we go through soap much faster than we should. So my solution? Soap on a rope. Not only does it save the soap and my sanity, I can customize it with ingredients and scents that I like! Win-win!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 45 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Parachute cord
Scissors
Glycerin soap block or other meltable soap base
Yogurt containers
Double boiler or microwave
Essential oils (optional)
Pencil, spoon or ruler

Things to do:
1. Start by melting your soap, either in a microwave container or over a double boiler.
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2. While the soap is melting, cut an 18-20 inch piece of paracord for each soap you plan to make. Fold in half and tie a knot near the ends. Singe the ends to avoid fraying.
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3. Set the paracord loop into the yogurt container, knot side down, and fold the top over a pencil or ruler suspended over the edges of the carton to keep the rope centered in the container.
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4. When the soap base in melted, add essential oils as desired before pouring it into the yogurt container, filling it about 3/4 of the way full. Allow the soap to set up fully before removing it from the container with a sharp, inverted tap on the counter and hang the rope loop on you faucet handle for easy access.

DIY Rustic Log Slice Chalk Clipboard

January 28, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Log Slice Chalk Clipboard DIY Rustic Log Slice Chalk Clipboard
This adorable DIY makes the perfect display for a fun print or sweet message. Find cool clips and create custom clipboards for your loved ones. This is a great gift or fun project for your own home. You’re sure to love the finished results!

Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10 and Up
Difficulty level: Beginner

Things you’ll need:
Large Clip
Chalkboard Paint
Foam brush
Paint brush
Medium log slice
Picture hanger
Hammer

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting the front of the log slice. Use a foam brush to cover the surface in a thick, but even, coat of chalk paint. Leave ½ inch empty space around the edges of the slice.
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2. Use a small paintbrush to paint a smooth line around the edge of the log slice. Let the first layer of paint dry completely.
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3. Apply a second layer of chalk paint using a foam brush and allow it to dry completely.
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4. Once the paint has dried completely, rub a piece of chalk across the surface of the log slice. Use a damp cloth to clean the surface.
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5. Attach a push-in photo hanger to the back of the log slice.
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6. Use a nail to secure the large clip to the front of the log slice.
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Upcycling: Transform an Old Clay Pot into a Rustic Twine Beauty

January 26, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

clay pot upcycle Upcycling: Transform an Old Clay Pot into a Rustic Twine Beauty
This upcycle project makes it easy to transform your old clay pots into something cute and modern. It’s amazing what a little paint and jute can do for an old gardening tool!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Clay Pot
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
White acrylic paint
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. The first step is wrapping the entire base of the pot in jute. Start by applying a small drop of hot glue to the base and attaching the end of the piece of jute.
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2. Apply a line of hot glue around the base of the pot and start wrapping. Use hot glue throughout the surface of the pot as necessary.
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3. When you’ve finished wrapping, trim the jute and use hot glue to secure the end to the pot.
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4. The next step is painting the top rim of the pot. Use a paintbrush and white acrylic paint to cover the surface.
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5. Add a second coat of paint to surface and make sure that your brushstrokes are all going in the same direction.

How to Make a Puzzle Wreath

January 23, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

How to Make a Puzzle Wreath How to Make a Puzzle Wreath
If you have children, then you know these two things about kids and puzzles. Kids love puzzles. And kids loose puzzle pieces. It’s just a fact of life. But don’t despair, as much as kids love puzzles, they’ll love a puzzle wreath for their play space and you’ll love to have a way to use up all those sad puzzles that are no longer complete!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Puzzle pieces
Wire wreath form
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Spray paint

Things to do:
1. Heat up your glue gun, high temp glue works best here, allowing you to spread glue over a section of the wreath and work without the glue drying to fast.
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2. Run a bead of glue around the outer edge of the wreath and then press puzzle pieces into the glue, working in 2-3 inch sections.
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3. Once you’ve covered the outer ring, repeat the process with the inner ring.
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4. Once the inner and outer ring are covered, glue puzzle pieces to cover the center, using the edges of the puzzle pieces on the inner and outer rings and the center rings to get good coverage.
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5. When the entire wreath is covered, place the wreath on a covered work surface in a well ventilated space and spray with several coats of paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next. Add coats until the whole wreath is well covered.
6. Once the wreath is dry, add a bow to decorate or hang just as is!
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DIY Simple Twig Hangers

January 19, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Simple Twig Hangers DIY Simple Twig Hangers
Having spent some years living deep in the woods, I love having the feeling of trees around me. And now that I’m a city mouse once again, I miss having the forest at my fingertips, so I take any opportunity I can to bring the feeling of the woods in to my house. These twig hangers are a fun way to have a little of the outdoors inside while displaying and organizing some of your things. While these can’t hold heavy items, they are perfect for light and pretty things, as much art themselves as they are a way to display it.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Birch twig sections
Foam mounting tape
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut sections of mounting tape to cover one end of each stick and press them in well.
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2. Remove the backing from the tape and then press them into the wall firmly. Allow the tape a few minutes to set up before using the hangers.
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DIY Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder DIY Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder
So here’s a craft truth, mason jars are the most useful thing on the planet. They really are. If you were to peek inside my home you’d find them being used a vases and kitchen storage and paint jars and drinking vessels. They hold buttons and knitting needles on my desk, potpourri on my mantle and candles in my bedroom. So why not in the bathroom? And if a mason jar alone is a useful thing, it is even better with a flower frog lid attached to the top!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Flower frog lid
Toothbrushes
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Clean and dry your mason jar and then screw the flower frog lid onto it.
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2. Test your toothbrushes to make sure they will fit into the holes. Some modern toothbrush handles may be too bulky for the squares of the lid. If this is the case, simply clip the wires between two or four adjoining holes to create a larger space. Using the flog lid keeps the heads of your toothbrushes from touching and germs in their place!
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Easy DIY Rustic Wood Slice Clipboard

January 14, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Wood Slice Clipboard Easy DIY Rustic Wood Slice Clipboard
This log slice clipboard is the culmination of rustic glamor. I made several and covered the wall behind my desk. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of the forest by the lake.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wood slice
Clothespin
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Moss
Gold spray paint
Glitter
Craft Glue
Picture hanger

Things to do:
1. The first step is spray-painting your clothespin gold. The gold adds a glamorous accent that complements the rustic wood perfectly.
2. Once the clothespin is dry, add gold glitter to the bottom inch using craft glue.
3. The next step is prepping the log slice. Mine looked a little plain, so I added fake moss to the outer edge using hot glue.
4. Attach the clothespin to the front of the log slice using hot glue.
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5. Add the picture hanger to the back. I used push-in picture hangers, but because the wood was so dense, I found that it worked best to use hot glue to attach it.
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