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DIY Vintage Mason Jar Lid Coasters

April 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Mason Jar Lid Coasters DIY Vintage Mason Jar Lid Coasters
While I’m not a strict “Use a coaster or else!” kind of girl, with summer on the way and tall glasses of iced tea on the horizon, it’s time to get out the coasters and protect the tables from the worst of the dreaded rings. These coasters bring the fun, casual look of vintage mason jar rings and turn them into practical, pretty coasters.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cork sheet
Sharp scissors or craft knife
Galvanized large mouth jar lids
Pen

Things to do:
1. Trace the bottom of the jar lid onto the cork sheet.
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2. Using the scissors, cut around the circle cleanly.
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3. Press the cork circles into the jar lid, fitting them in under the lowest thread. The thread will keep the cork in place while you use them but alternately, you can add a little glue between the lid and the cork to secure it in place.

Easy Foam Easter Wreath

Foam Easter Wreath Easy Foam Easter Wreath
This Easter wreath is made out of foam eggs and is the perfect decoration for any spring party. Let your kids help customize the colors and stickers to create a look that everyone is sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up *Younger ages may need help with the hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Foam Easter Eggs
Foam Stickers
Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Arrange the foam eggs in a circular shape, creating a wreath. I’ve found that it is best to complete the entire wreath before gluing the eggs together. You want to be sure that you like the shape and that they fit together perfectly.
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2. Use a hot glue gun to attach the foam eggs. Continue around the circle until the entire wreath is glued.
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3. Decorate the wreath with foam stickers.
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4. Create a hanger by hot gluing a piece of ribbon to the top of the wreath.
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DIY Origami Lantern String Lights

April 12, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Origami Lantern Lights DIY Origami Lantern String Lights
Turn simple twinkle lights into an extraordinary string of lanterns with this cool box light project! While the boxes are a little time consuming to create in bulk, they can be placed here and there on a string of lights or you can have them cover all the bulbs. While we used ordinary printer paper for this project, origami paper would offer the opportunity to create colorful lanterns.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes per box

Things you’ll need:
Paper
Scissors (if trimming regular paper)
LED string lights

Things to do:
1. Fold the paper to create a perfect square if you are using regular paper.
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2. Once you have a square, fold the paper diagonally both ways. Open up and fold the square in half.
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3. Fold the rectangle in half again and turn so you have a diamond with the folded edges down.
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4. Fold the wings of the diamond in toward the center on one side then repeat on the other.

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5. Tuck the single layer flaps into the folded wings on each side.
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6. Blow into the open end to inflate the balloon.
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7. Slip the light into the hole on the balloon and push it all the way up to the wire.
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Rock Plant Markers

Rock Plant Markers Rock Plant Markers
I’m a big gardener, or at least I want to be a big gardener. I’ve always loved working with plants and while I’ve had several smaller gardens over the years, someday I dream of having a big huge garden with a greenhouse and plants galore. In the meantime, though I’m practicing on a smaller scale. Learning different varieties, planting from seed, and making my garden my own. These little plant markers help with that. No plastic steak from the nursery six0pack for me! These are fun, homey, reusable and they fit right in with the natural surroundings of the garden.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Polished, smooth stones in dark colors
White paint pen
Outdoor Mod Podge or Polyurethane
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Wipe the stones free of any oils, dust or dirt.
2. With a steady hand, write the name of your plant onto the stone, adding dots, stars, flowers or other decorations as desired. Allow the paint to dry.
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3. Coat the entire rock in a thin coat of Mod Podge or Polyurethane to protect it from the elements. Allow it to dry before placing in the garden.

Easy DIY Lego Magnets

Lego Magnets Easy DIY Lego Magnets
I have two Lego maniacs in my house. They aren’t just fans, no, they love Legos like nothing else. So anything with Legos on it becomes a huge hit around here. And since we’re also always on the lookout for fun ways to display the piles of art that the kids produce, these Lego magnets are a perfect fit for our house! Look for very strong, but thin magnets for the best finished result.

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

Things you’ll need:
Strong magnets
Lego bricks
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Look for the center point on the underside of the Legos and add a generous dollop of glue. Longer bricks may require two magnets.
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2. Place the magnets in the glue and allow the glue to dry completely before using.
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Revamp an Old Serving Tray with Mod Podge

March 7, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Revamp an Old Serving Tray Revamp an Old Serving Tray with Mod Podge
This awesome DIY will teach you how to repurpose an old tray that you have around the house. This unique staining method will greatly improve the look of the wood, resulting in a beautiful piece that you will be proud to display. Enjoy mixing and matching a variety of patterned papers to create a serving tray that is one of a kind and totally adorable.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10 and up *Some assistance may be required for younger ages.

Things you’ll need:
Wooden tray
Cardstock or heavy wrapping paper
Paint Brush
Hard Coat Mod Podge
Ruler
Pencil
Gloves
400 Very Fine Sandpaper
Old Mason Jar
Steel Wool
Used Coffee Grounds
Vinegar

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing your homemade stain. Pour ¼ cup old coffee grounds into a pint jar. Fill the remainder of the jar with vinegar and let a piece of steel wool set inside the mixture. Allow stain to sit overnight.
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2. Use a steel wool to apply stain to your tray. Apply several coats, until desired shade is achieved. Color will darken as it dries.
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3. Once the stained tray is dry, use a paper towel or cloth to wipe off the excess coffee grounds.
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4. Measure the inside dimensions of your tray, and cut your paper to fit the designated area.
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5. Apply a layer of mod podge to the inside of the tray, and place your paper on top of the mod podge.
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6. Use a pencil and role along the top of the paper, ensuring it sticks securely. This will prevent any bubbling.
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7. Apply a layer of mod podge over the paper and allow it to sit for 20 minutes, or until mod podge is dry.
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Upcycle: DIY Jute Light Bulb Pear Bowl Fillers

Light Bulb Pears Upcycle: DIY Jute Light Bulb Pear Bowl Fillers
These eclectic pears are the perfect accent to the fruit bowl on your counter. The jute looks amazing when paired with this season’s freshest produce. Recycle your old light bulbs with the hip, DIY that you’re sure to get endless compliments on. **Please remember to keep out of reach of young children.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Old light bulbs
Jute twine
Hot Glue Gun
Small twig from a tree branch
Crafter’s Pick Glue
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1: Hot glue the end of your jute to the top of the light bulb. Allow the glue to sit until it has dried completely.
2. Make a puddle of Crafter’s Pick glue and cover the surface of the light bulb with glue. Use your paintbrush to spread the glue, creating an even covering.
3. Begin wrapping your jute around the light bulb, covering the entire surface. Continue adjusting your jute, pressing it tightly into the row above, as to cover the entire surface of the light bulb.
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4. Attach the twig to the bottom of the light bulb, to create the top of the pear. Allow glue to dry completely.
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5. Cover the bottom of the light bulb with glue and finish covering the surface with jute.
6. Allow the pear to dry complete before using it. Make several jute pears to create a coherent look for your countertop accessories.

Washi Tape Accented Picture Frames

February 26, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Washi Tape Accented Picture Frames Washi Tape Accented Picture Frames
We keep photos of our children all over the house and so, have oodles of frames on all our walls and shelves. For the most part I like the simplicity of basic frames, but sometimes I want something with a little more POP! Washi tape is the answer. Easy to apply, simple to change, a snap to remove when you want a different look, the fun patterns of the tape are perfectly suited to adding a little zing to your basic frames.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Picture frame
Washi tape
Craft knife

Things to do:
1. Wipe down the edges of your frame to make sure they are free of oils and dust that might cause the tape to not stick.
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2. Pull out a length of tape longer than one side of your frame. Press it down, lining up along the edge, so that it overhangs both ends.
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3. Using your craft knife cut away any excess along the sides and cut away the ends using the seam of the frame as a guide.
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4. Repeat this on all four sides, making sure the corners line up neatly.
5. Smooth down all edges and display your new frame!
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DIY Decorative Accent Beaded Spoon

February 24, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Decorative Accent Spoon DIY Decorative Accent Beaded Spoon
This spoon is a gorgeous accent piece to your current set of dishes. Use it in your sugar bowl, to add an element of beauty and elegance. This DIY also makes a great gift, as it is something that anyone would enjoy using.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Spoon with Flat Handle
Silver wire
Beads
Wire Cutters/Pliers

Things to do:
1. Create a swirl by twisting your 20 gauge wire around the nose of your pliers.
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2. Place the swirl at the top of the spoon, leaving a ¾ inch space from the edge.
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3. Wrap the piece of wire tightly around the handle of the spoon several times. Add beads on the wire, and then wrap several more times. Repeat this step until the entire handle of the spoon is covered.
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4. Once you’ve covered the handle with wire and beads, cut the excess wire, leaving 1 ½ inch of wire. Twist the remaining wire around the nose of your pliers, creating a swirl similar to the one at the top of the spoon. Press the swirl down onto the handle, to secure its place.
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Upcycle: Turn Old Jars into Glitter Lined Votive Candle Holders

February 13, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

glitter votives Upcycle: Turn Old Jars into Glitter Lined Votive Candle Holders
In the depths of winter, or heck, even on the brightest day, there’s nothing like a little sparkly glitter to make the day just that much better. These glitter lined votives may look plain on the outside, but the sparkly lining inside reflects the candle light for a extra magical look. Perfect for a special dinner or a romantic mantle-scape, these are shiny and bright and oh so fun.

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time.

Things you’ll need:
Jars
Flat white paint
Paint brush
Craft glue
Glitter

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface paint the outside of each jar with two or three coats of white paint, enough to cover the glass with a solid coat. Allow each coat to dry before adding the next and allow the final coat to harden completely before proceeding.
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2. Paint the inside of the jars with a thin coat of craft paint, you don’t want the glue to be too heavy or it will slide down as it dries, add just enough glue for the glitter to cling.
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3. Pour a generous amount of glitter into the jars and quickly, before the glue dries, roll the jar around so that the glitter covered the entire inside.
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4. Allow the glitter to dry completely before adding a candle and lighting.
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