This is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and its incredibly useful and so cheap to make! All you need are some marbles and 2 cheap cake pans to make a Lazy Susan that works as well as the one’s you buy. With a little spray paint and some contact paper or scrapbook paper, it’s also quite pretty. Lazy Susan’s are pretty pricey so this is a way to make several for only a couple dollars each. This was part of our outdated kitchen transformation which included some other fun posts such as our Chicken Wire Memo Board and our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl
This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus, it has all kinds of uses!
Lazy Susan Supplies
- 2 cake pans any size (we got ours for .88 each at Walmart)
- Marbles, normal to smaller size. They must all be the same size. You need enough to almost cover the bottom of the pan.
- Spray paint (optional)
- Paper or contact paper for bottom of one pan (optional)
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Gather your items. IMPORTANT: You need enough marbles to COVER NEARLY THE ENTIRE BOTTOM OF THE PAN.
Spray paint your pans whatever color you choose. You don’t need to paint the inside of the bottom pan where the marbles will go.
Measure the inside of the pan for cutting your liner.
Cut out your contact paper or liner paper.
Place it in your pan.
Fill the bottom pan most of the way with marbles.
Set your top pan onto the marbles and your Lazy Susan is ready to use!
There are many reasons that people prefer to take their shoes off before entering their home. Cleanliness and custom being the top two. For those of you who do, we’ve created a quick and classy entryway shoe rack that comes with a bonus of aromatherapy, so not only is there a place to hang your shoes up, they smell better when you put them back on! And last but not least, we have three lovely printables you can frame above your shoe rack to remind visitors. If you’re interested in other ways to make your feet smell sweet, check out our How to Cure Smelly Feet naturally with our DIY Foot & Shoe Spray and also learn why Going Barefoot is Best!
Entryway Shoe Rack Supplies
NOTE: You can of course make your own rack with wood and hooks. We took the short cut and used a coat rack!
- Coat Rack with 6 hooks ( this exact one was used).
- Felt, white and grey
- White 1/4″ Ribbon
- Glue of choice ( Quick Grip was used)
PDF Comes with ALL three in 8×10 and 5×7 size
Print out the templates and cut them out of felt.
We used grey and white for the flowers, leaves and centers. It gave a crisp clean look. Glue the centers onto your flowers.
Glue the leaf onto the back of your flower as shown.
Cut 3″ strips of white ribbon.
Loop and glue as shown.
Place a dab of glue onto the top back of the leaf. Stick your ribbon onto the glue.
After it dries you will hang your flower onto the bottom hook of each set.
You can use any oil you choose to place on your flowers. I use Tea Tree.
I’m not one to waste space, especially in a small home. After getting my simple diy pantry built in as part of our outdated kitchen transformation, the back of that pantry door was just staring at me all empty-like. So I asked Roy if he could pleeeeease make me a pantry door organizer. Being a sucker for my puppy dog eyes, he said yes. I just wanted it to hold some basic things like plastic bags, teas, jellos and other smaller items. He measured it up and before I knew it, my panty door was empty no more! Roy is not a professional carpenter and only recently started dabbling in building things. He claims anyone can build these things with a few basic tools. So don’t let the idea of wood work overwhelm you!
Pantry Door Organizer Supplies & Tools
- 1″x4″ for sides and shelves all cut to 2.5″ wide
- 1/4″ slats cut from left over pieces for cross pieces
- Luan 1/4″ plywood, 2″x4″ piece
- Wood Glue
- Saber Saw for Cutting Notch in Back for Door Knob
- Table Saw was used for everything else
I added some colorful contact paper to the back of some of the shelves. You can never have too much storage!
This charming kitchen wall decor cost us $1.00 to make. Dollar Tree carries these bright plastic plates and platters regularly. The set we did for our kitchen, assuming you have trouble with basic addition, was $3.00. I actually cheated a bit and used my Silhouette Portrait to cut vinyl letters for my kitchen set. But that’s just a perk if you have one.
These are so easy and fun to make and you can fill your kitchen with whatever words you choose! If you’ve been following along you know this is part of our Outdated Kitchen Transformation. Make sure you check out our last decor addition to the project. Our Chicken Wire Frame Memo Board with Faux Succulents. It’s pretty unique!
Kitchen Wall Decor Supplies
NOTE: If you own a Silhouette cutting machine you can of course easily make your own words easily out of vinyl. You can also buy ready made letters at the craft store. The most inexpensive way is to use colored paper and card stock and cut your own. You can use our patterns or make your own on a printer.
- Plastic plate or platters
- Card stock , colors of choice
- Precision Scissors (these are small scissors great for cutting details. This is the best set I have found.)
- Colored paper for text (you can use card stock, I just preferred the flatter paper)
- Glue stick, or other method of attaching letters to plates
Choose a plastic plate size, shape and color.
Print out your words of choice or create your own on a printer and print them out.
Place the letters on a colored piece of paper and carefully cut each one out.
Lay out the words as they will be placed for gluing.
A glue stick works very well for this project as it allows you to slide them for adjusting as you go along.
Coat the back of each letter.
Place them on your plate or platter. If needed, slide them with your finger to align.
For the flowers, print out the flower templates.
Cut out the size you need. We used the smaller two.
Cut the small slit into the middle that allows for overlapping two petals together to make a single petal and give the 3D effect.
Place glue on one next to the cut you made into the center of your flower, then overlap the petal next to it onto it completely, turning two petals into one.
Add a dob of glue and add your center circle. You can trim the double petal with scissors if needed.
Glue onto your platter. Add leaves if desired.
This is the set we did using vinyl cut from a Silhouette Machine to match our kitchen.
We supplied the same text so you could do something similar with your own flowers as flourish.
I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this but we were using a stand up clothes armoire as a simple DIY pantry in our kitchen because we didn’t have enough space to hold all our food stuffs. Hey, you do what you need to do. And I needed more space for my canned goods. Roy, who’s not a carpenter, finally decided he was going to make us a pantry as part of our outdated kitchen transformation. It would be small and in the corner, but it would be floor to ceiling. So he designed it using Googles free program SketchUp. Then he bought the materials and started building! I’m amazed at how much this small pantry holds. I was able to empty the “armoire” pantry and a couple of cupboards. You can watch him make it start to finish below. If you enjoy these do it yourself wood projects, you might also like our DIY Bed Canopy.
This is the corner it was going in to. Not very big is it? (FYI it has been painted)
This is what we were using for a pantry along with a couple of the kitchen cupboards.
Roy LOVES messing around Google SketchUp and he designed the new pantry.
The start of the framing now begins!
The outlet was on the wall which would now be “inside’ the pantry so Roy had to move it. Fairly easy job.
After the frame was up, the sheet rock was cut and put up.
Then wood strips were added for the shelves.
The sheet rock was mudded and sanded by our son Adam.
Roy began painting the inside.
Shelves were cut.
More sanding by Adam.
Shelves inserted and painted. The final step. The door!
The door and frame were painted.
Though this will be part of the decorating post you get a sneak peek. We added a label to the door.
Perfect! You’ll see more later!
Actually there was one more step. Roy added some shelving on the side so we could get rid of a bakers rack that held a variety of appliances. Now came the fun part. Filling the new pantry!
I can’t believe how much stuff we could fit into that small pantry. We opened up so much cupboard space in addition to getting rid of the old armoire.
I purchased a special container on wheels for Oliver’s dog food. We can now store paper towels inside rather than in the garage.
Items that are not used as much go on the upper shelf.
I don’t get all fancy with my organizing in here as there is such a turnaround. I just keep it neat.
I always wanted a chicken wire frame memo board and when we did our kitchen transformation, I decided to add one into my new kitchen. We’d used chicken wire once before in a really popular Dream Catcher Vision Board but this one was meant to be kitchen oriented, though I throw in a little twist using a pinecone craft succulent craft we did recently. It turned out gorgeous! I even made my own mail holder from a Malt-O-Meal box. The entire thing was a wonderful upcycle project. Fill yours with whatever pleases you!
Chicken Wire Frame Supplies
- Large Frame. We used an old rough wooden one we had lying around.
- 1″ size chicken wire to cover frame 24″x25″ roll
- Staple gun (I own this inexpensive stapler and brad nailer and its great. Manual but strong.)
- Mail Box Metal Label Holder
- X-acto Knife
- Spray Adhesive
- Glue gun
- Washi Tape
- Clips with Hooks These are PERFECT for using on your bulletin board and for a variety of other things! We used one to hold our notepad on.
- Pencil with tiny cup hook
- Small white clothespins
Please visit our Pinecone Craft post for details on making these.
- Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
- Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
- Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
- Moss, if desired for containers
We had an old rough wood frame that we decided to use for our chicken wire frame. Roy cut some chicken wire to fit it.
Then he stapled it in place around the edges.
We did this backwards and painted it after we put the chicken wire on.
Next we made our pinecone succulents. It’s very easy to do and we have detailed instructions on our Pinecone Craft post here.
After our succulents were made and painted, we cut small circles out of felt to attach them to our chicken wire.
Place a large amount of hot glue on the felt circle.
Place it where you will be putting your succulent.
Push your succulent down onto the felt while pushing the felt with glue onto the succulent. Use something, if needed, to help push the felt so you don’t get burned.
This shows all of the succulents attached.
I decided to add moss in between the succulents.
I just poked it down in between and didn’t use any glue. It’s a messy job I suggest you do outside.
Next, I designed a note pad and pencil to hang on the board.
A tiny hook screw was twisted into the end of the pencil eraser.
I was painted silver and Washi tape was wrapped around the end.
We covered the top of our note pad with Washi tape to match.
I was originally going to use a binder clip and somehow rig a hook onto the chicken wire to hold the memo pad.
Then I remembered I had these awesome Clips with Hooks. They were perfect!
I wanted to have a pouch on my board to hold mail until we had a chance to open it. A Malt-O-Meal box was the perfect size.
I measured it and marked it how I wanted with a sharpie marker.
Then cut it with an X-acto knife.
I chose a color of scrapbook paper to cover it with.
I laid the box on the wrong side of the paper and carefully traced it.
Then I made two of the main folds.
At this point I pulled out my spray adhesive and gave the front and sides of the box a quick spray.
Then I pressed the paper carefully onto the box aligning the folds. I decided not to cover the back as it would not show.
I then proceeded to cut and fold the bottom paper.
I used stick glue to hold it in place.
Any extra was trimmed off.
On the top side I carefully decided where to make the cuts so I could fold the paper down and glue it into place while trimming away the excess.
I used a stick glue to do the seams.
For the finishing touch I added a metal label holder. It was bronze and I wanted silver so I used a little rub ‘n buff on it.
I glued it onto the front of the box and made a hole for the screws and pushed them through. Then I printed a label that said MAIL on my computer to insert into it.
I found a plastic hook and glued it upside down on the back of the box so I could hang it on the board. I could have also used felt to glue it on but I wanted the box to be removable.
I’m a keepsake person. Not to be confused with a hoarder, mind you. I’ve saved things from my own childhood and my children’s childhood through the years. I don’t keep every little scrap of paper they ever brought home. Only the best and most special things are kept and then filed away by year in a large plastic tub. My kids are all grown now and one of their greatest pleasures is going through those tubs. I even saved recordings of them talking when they were little. And I’ve done a post on How to Make a Keepsake Dog or Puppy Paw Print. Even with all I’ve saved, there are some things I wish I’d kept. Like the key for every house we ever lived in. I’ve seen people do awesome displays with those but that just never even crossed my mind.
My daughter did something for me recently that was such a unique idea I wanted to share it in case others might want to do it at some point in the future. As part of our kitchen transformation, she removed wallpaper that had been in the home I’m pretty sure since the 70’s. We’re talking retro-city. Wall to wall fruit and berries and such. She did all the work herself and stripped it off and painted the kitchen a lovely eggshell. What I didn’t know until the next day was that she had taken a swatch of the old wallpaper and framed it for me and hung it in the kitchen as a reminder. It almost brought a tear to my eye. So I wanted to share that little tidbit in case any of you have the same opportunity in the future and might want to do the same thing. Eventually the swatch will go in our family keepsake box but for now it will hang on our wall for several years at least, a reminder of years past.
See that look on my oldest daughter Jennifer’s face? That’s the unrehearsed snapshot moment she walked into my kitchen for the first time. When Roy and I purchased our 1st home in 37 years of marriage, (a unique story in itself), the kitchen was like a time warp back to the 70’s. I’m sure that wallpaper was all the rage back then but it was gonna have to go at some point. And the cupboards were some sort of attempted crackle mess from long ago. But hey, this was my very own house, and after years of rentals I loved every little pimple and wart it might have.Fast forward and my daughter makes yet another visit, this time with ulterior motives. She wants to give my kitchen a makeover. And now I’m more than ready for it.
We’re going to take you step by step through our process. We tried to be as frugal as possible and a good deal of it was just hard work. But you’re going to be amazed at the end result. As you know I lean towards the whimsical and unusual in my home and my kitchen is no exception. We also have a budget bedroom makeover plan that would be helpful for any room if you want to take a look at that.
So follow along with us the next few weeks as we show you what we’ve done. We’ll also toss in a craft and decor item or two along the way that we did just for the room. Our goal is to show you that you can redo a room without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
First, here’s what the kitchen looked like in all its original glory!
KITCHEN TRANSFORMATION STEP #1
Stripping Wallpaper : Painting Walls : Painting Cupboards
The wallpaper came off much easier than expected. You never know how that’s going to go and it can sometimes be a nightmare. But it came off in fairly large strips as you can see. All Jennifer did was soak it using warm water and a sponge and let it sit for a few minutes then pulled it off in huge chunks. Any residue that was left came off with warm water and a sponge.
Next she worked on the cupboards. She removed all the door and drawer pulls and filled them in. Once dry she sanded them. Then she sanded the cupboards lightly.
She used a satin acrylic and gave it two coats.
The insides of the cupboards were as nasty as the outside so those got cleaned out.
Then she gave them a coat of paint.
Here’s a reminder of the cupboards before.
And here’s an after view with new hardware for the drawers.
Now it was time to start on the walls.
Two coats were given. As you can tell from the first photo I posted it’s already like night and day.
A Little Something Special
My daughter did something for special me that I thought was so clever and touching. View this great keepsake idea here or by clicking below.
If you’ve always liked succulents but didn’t want the hassle of watering them or the tediousness of making them from paper, this pinecone craft will amaze you! In a matter of minutes you can have a bowl full of stunning succulents you never have to touch again. They just sit there looking pretty. Since they don’t need watering they can be also be used in a huge variety of fun ways. If you enjoy flowers in general that are low care, you might also enjoy our Felt Flowers in 5 Minutes, our DIY Paper Flowers in 5 Minutes and our Coffee Filter Twinkle Light Flowers.
Succulent Pinecone Craft Supplies
- Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
- Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
- Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
- Moss if desired for containers
APPLE BARREL ACYRLIC
RUST-OLEUM SPRAY PAINT
Gather your supplies.
Cut the top and or bottoms off your pinecones.
This may require pulling out some of the pine cone scales to be able to reach in to the core. You can use both tops and bottoms of a pine cone as both look appropriate.
Once you have your pieces, paint as desired either by hand or spray painting.
As you can see, the bottoms and tops both resemble succulents.
Fill your container with moss or stones if desired.
You can now arrange your “succulents” inside.
Have you ever been walking through a thrift store looking for your next upcycling project and saw something that screamed “take me home and turn me into something awesome!” That’s what happened with this little retro coaster set. It was the proverbial puppy looking at me with big brown eyes. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic but I just knew I could do something special with it, though at the time I had no idea what. So I set in my basket and off to to the checkout I went, along with a few other finds.
It sat on my craft room shelf for quite a while as I pondered what I might create with it. Then I did what I always do when I have a “crafters block”. I called my daughter Jennifer. And thus from that old brown retro coaster set a beautiful gold and white picture holder was born. Nothing warms my heart more than an upcycling project where I give an old item a new home. FYI this is also fits into our Buff Your Stuff series so you might want to take a peek at those other items. Speaking of which, you’ve got to check out two of our other favorite things made from another time that seems to be in abundance in thrift stores: Brass candle holders. First is our Classy Jewelry Stand and the second is a Portable Recipe Holder!
Retro Coaster Upcycling Project Supplies
- Old Coaster Set
This is what the coaster looked like straight out of the thrift store.
It needed a little cleaning up.
I also had to remove the top pieces.
Then the spray painting began!
I found that a spray paint cap was the perfect size for tracing my photos.
I found photos I wanted and traced them.
I then cut them out.
There were just enough trays for each family member to have a photo with one extra so I made a special circle with our family name and printed it out to go on the very top tray.
I used Tacky Glue inside each tray to adhere the photos.
Then I pressed each one in place.
If you’re looking for a small token for Valentines day or anytime, here’s cute little heart keyring you can make while saving the planet! OK, that might be a little extreme but it does use up a plastic lid, which hopefully you grabbed by digging in your neighbors trash… those darned non-earth caring people. I won’t mention where I got my lid but they make the cutest little keyrings rather than adding to our bulging land fills. And if you’re looking to gain even more positive Karma, place the keyring in our lovely little Soda Bottle Pillow Box. And if you’re looking to increase your Karma with the person you’re giving it to, attach a key to a new car. Just saying.
Heart Keyring Supplies
- Plastic Lid (butter lid or other flat plastic items etc)
- Scraps fabric or burlap
- OR Washi Tape
- Keyring loop
- Mod Podge (protects and helps water proof it)
- Small hole punch
- Optional: Crop a Dile Eyelet Punch I had just received one of these and wanted to test it out so I used it for one of the hearts.
Gather your supplies. For this first heart we’re using fabric.
Choose the size of heart you want to make from our free printable patterns.
Cut out a heart from the plastic lid.
Trim the end a little so it’s not a sharp point.
I used my plastic heart as a pattern for the fabric. I used a tight weave burlap for one side. You can cut your other fabric at the same time if you want.
Add a generous amount of Mod Podge on one side of your plastic.
Place the burlap on.
Add a little extra Mod Podge on the edges to keep it from unraveling.
For the ring holder, take a small piece of fabric and cut it approximately 1/2″ wide and 2 1/2″ long. Coat it lightly with Mod Podge.
Fold it over.
Bend it over and trim it to about 1 1/2 to 2″. You just want a large enough loop to slip your ring through but also enough to glue under the fabric on your heart.
On the other side of the heart you will add another piece of fabric. If you have not cut it out yet do so with your pattern.
Glue the end of your loop onto the back of your heart using Mod Podge, then cover the entire back of the heart with Mod Podge.
Press your fabric down over the heart. Once it dries you can also give it another coat of Mod Podge for added gloss and protection.
You can now slip your ring into the loop.
All ready for keys!
For the next heart we used the lid from a plastic egg carton.
We traced the heart on.
For this heart we added strips of Washi tape touching each other. Once they are on we cut around the heart where we had drawn.
Remember to round the tip a little so that it’s not sharp.
Turn your heart over and apply Washi tape to the back just as you did on the front.
Trim off the extra Washi tap around your heart.
Coat each side with Mod Podge and let it dry between coats.
You can punch a small hole into the corner of the heart to hold the ring. I had just received this nifty Crop a Dile Eyelet Punch so I decided to try it out for the first time on this heart.
It’s a pretty neat little gadget and you can use at least two sizes of eyelets. Punch the hole.
Insert the eyelet, which comes in every color of the rainbow.
And clamp. Done!
I admit it’s cool and does give it a more professional finish but had I not had this, I’d have just used a 1/8″ hole punch.
Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!
You got three minutes? You got an old t-shirt? Add in a heart shaped pony bead and now what you’ve got are 3 minute DIY bracelets! Make them in bulk using our free printable cards for Valentines day giveaways or just make them to wear. It’s a wonderful way to upcycle those old t-shirts and they’re great for kids and adults! You could also put a set of these little bracelets in a variety of colors inside our Soda Bottle Pillow Box. And if you’re looking for other quick jewelry ideas check out our Charming Soda Bottle Bracelet DIY and our Easy DIY Necklace for Someone You Love.
DIY Bracelets Supplies
- T-shirt material
- Fabric Scissors
- Heart Pony Beads
- Card Printout Below (optional for giving them way)
Card Printout Download
Gather some old T-shirts and heart pony beads.
Cut approximately 12″ long by 1″ pieces in the same direction as the hem. You can trim the ends as needed when completed.
Grab each side of your piece of materiel.
Slowly stretch it out.
Continue stretching until it rolls up as shown.
Let go and you should have a roll as shown. Clip one end to a very skinny point to allow you to feed it into a bead.
You can trim it more if needed.
You can also use a large needled to help push it through.
Once you have your bead or beads on, tie it around your wrist where it just fits. Tie a square knot and trim the ends. It will slip on and off as needed because it stretchy. (Try not to pull or stretch it too much when you put it on and off.)
If you’re giving these DIY bracelets away as Valentines gifts, print and cut out the paper tags on cards stock.
They will be folded around each bracelet and glued.
Close them together to hold.
Have you been searching for those unique valentines crafts ideas? Well, here’s one we bet you’ve never seen before! That’s bold statement to make now a days! It’s two halves of one heart made from plastic soda bottles and it’s the perfect gift for a couple. Then we thought, what more perfect couple to give this too than good old mom and dad. I mean it’s their two loves that make you whole… or is it their two halves of love that made you a whole… well, you know what we mean. In any case they certainly deserve something special on this day so we think they are perfect candidates for a set of these. You can put something dad likes in one side and something mom likes in the other, add one of our free printable tags, and let them know just how glad you are that they both came together. Just like these soda bottles did! #lame But the gift works for any couple or for that special person of your own. And if you like this you just gotta check out our Pretzel Arrows Valentine Gift Idea which is placed inside our Clear DIY Pillow Box made from , you guessed it… a soda bottle!
Half Hearts Valentines Crafts Supplies
- Two Clear Straight Sided 32 oz Soda Bottles
- Two small pieces of sturdy white poster board
- GOOP Glue We tested hot glue but it just didn’t work well. You need a thick, clear glue of choice. GOOP worked great.
- Wipe off marker
- Red paint for lids
- Template below
- Tag of choice below
You’ll need two 32 oz bottles.
Print out the download template and cut off the top section.
Wrap the template around your bottle with the base touching the table.
Tape it into place.
Using a wipe off marker trace around the top curved part.
The two bottles, marked and ready for cutting.
Carefully cut as straight as possible along the lines you made.
Get two pieces of sturdy white poster board, large enough to set each bottle base onto.
You’ll need some thick glue. Hot glue was tested and didn’t work well for us so we used GOOP.
Place a line of glue on the cut rim of your bottle.
Very carefully, and without bending the bottle, place it down on the poster board. Assuming you cut the bottle straight it should touch all the way around. It will need to sit this way until it dries. NOTE: Every so often I would go in and lightly press down on the bottle to make sure it was firmly adhering to the poster board.
After it dries you will cut the poster board off around the edge of the bottle. You will also be cutting off any excess glue that may have spread out too far.
You will see glue around the edges which is fine.
If there happens to be any gaps because the bottle was not cut straight you can fill them in with a little extra glue if you desire.
Paint the bottle lids red.
Fill each side with any candy that will fit inside the bottle.
You can use each person’s favorite if you know what it is. M&M’s are also a great choice!
Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking your gloves on and off so you can text? Power Texting Gloves to the rescue! They’re inexpensive, simple to make and best of all you can add whatever power words you’d like and save all that time and money and pain on finger tattoos that your mom, husband, wife or whomever won’t let you get anyway. This is a win win DIY all around! You might want to sit down here because it just keeps getting better… guess where we got our gloves? That’s right… THE DOLLAR STORE! Oh my gosh… I know, I know… it’s almost too much to take in. And you get the free instructions below plus a list of words to pick from. Catch your breath from all this excitement, then grab you some gloves and get busy!
Power Texting Gloves Supplies
- Tightly knit cheap gloves
- Fray Check
- Puff Paint (for paint words)
- Heavy String (for string words)
- Fabric Glue (for string words) Tacky Glue might work well as long as the gloves are not washed.
NOTE ON FABRIC GLUE: After a lot of research I use Beacons fabric glue because it has the highest reviews.
Download Word Idea List
pdf of word list and direction image
NOTE: You do need to treat your gloves with care and don’t stretch out the finger holes anymore than necessary. The Frey Check helps a lot but they are still knit gloves and will pull apart if you are too rough with them. Just use a gentle “hand” so to speak.
These are the supplies needed for the Puffy Paint Power Texting Gloves. Gloves, Fray Check and Puffy Paint of choice.
These are the supplies you will need for the string text gloves. Gloves, Fray Check Fabric Glue and heavy String.
Begin by cutting off the tips of the gloves where they start to curve.
Carefully put them on and see where they fall on your fingers. This lets you know if any need trimmed. You want to be extra careful at this stage to not stretch the ends out as they will fray easily at this point.
The pinky finger needed trimmed as you could see so I trimmed it a little.
You then want to test them, again being careful to stretch them out as little as possible, to make sure they work fine for texting. Trim more if needed.
Once one glove is trimmed to the exact length needed, lay it over the other glove and trim it to match.
Find a slim object you can stick your gloves over to hold them up while you put the Fray Check on the ends of each finger. I used two small spray cans.
Make sure each finger hole is spread out.
It’s now time to pull out the Fray Check which is perfect for things like this.
You will run a bead of Fray Check around the edge of each finger hole. Don’t be afraid to rub it in as you go with the tip of the applicator. Put plenty on. If the end of any finger is curved under slightly make sure to pull it up so you can coat the area that has been cut. Fray Check dries quickly. Go over the ends again if needed to make sure you get a good coat around it. Do this on both gloves.
Make sure the tips don’t touch each other and stay open so they don’t stick together from the Fray Check as it dries, which takes only minutes.
For the puffy paint text I suggest practicing on paper first then apply your text to the four fingers. MAKE SURE TO DO IT THE RIGHT DIRECTION. Puffy paint normally takes about 4 hours to dry lying flat.
For the string words, cut pieces of string for the words you choose.
You’ll want to make the words in sections as I did with the M. I laid all my words out ahead of time to make sure they were the correct size.
Once all your letters are cut, grab your fabric glue.
Glue where the letters will be placed and attach them.
Here’s a quick little Valentine gift idea to give someone you’re fond of or who you just plain old adore. They literally take seconds to make and are as cute as a bug’s ear. And we all know how cute those are! Just grab some small stick pretzels and some tiny gummy hearts. Stick one into the other. (Description below if needed) and voila! You’ve got a mini arrow! We placed ours inside our Soda Bottle Pillow Boxes which were the perfect small package for them. We even have a sheet of cute little tags you can choose from to print and attach. And if you’re in need of even more ideas, you could make them a Pixel Heart Necklace or make a Quick Love Note Kit and leave those little messages of adoration hidden in unlikely places. One thing is for sure, we’ve got you covered in the quick gifts for that someone special!
Pretzel Arrow Valentine Gift Idea Supplies
- Small pretzel sticks
- Mini Gummy hearts. Try to get really soft ones.
- Pillow Box Container (or any thing to put them in as a gift)
Download Gift Tags
Grab your pretzels and gummy hearts.
Carefully push the pretzels into the tops of the hearts. Depending on how fresh or soft the hearts are, they can crack a little. You might try warming them in your hands for a minute or so to help soften them. We purposely didn’t do end feathers as they are difficult to keep on and we thought they looked great without them!
Place your arrows into your container. As we mentioned, we used our Soda Bottle Pillow Boxes which are fun to make and are perfect for this.
Choose your ribbon for wrapping.
Download and print the free tags and cut out your choice. Add ribbon and your tag and you’ve got a fun Valentines gift idea anyone would love!
A pillow box is a nifty little invention that’s perfect for putting a small gift in. They are magically self closing and most are made from cardstock. But we’re going to show you how to make one from a plastic soda bottle! It’s easy and fun. Plus pillow boxes aren’t the only thing you can make from a soda bottle. (Not to brag or anything, but we kinda consider ourselves soda bottle gurus over here.) First, you gotta check out these other awesome Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Soda Bottles (though you can use them any time of year of course.) Next, well… where to start… I’d have to say one of our more popular soda bottle posts is our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser. It’s an upcycle that not only looks great but is useful!
Pillow Box Supplies
- Clear Straight Sided Soda Bottle (works with most sizes, 32 oz being a good average)
- X-acto knife
- Dry erase marker
- Small bowl, cup or plate to match the end of your bottle
- Bone folder or butter knife for pressing sides of bottle
When your finished, use the pillow box for a Valentines Gift idea!
I use a dry erase marker for making all my cutting lines because it wipes right off afterwards.
If you’re lucky there may be a line already near the bottom of your bottle. There was on this one so I used it as a cutting line. If not, you’ll have to measure up to cut off the base just where it stops curving in.
After I cut the bottom off I then measured up and marked the bottle using my dry erase marker where I would cut it on the top. Go as high as you can before it starts to curve.
Cut along where you marked.
Wipe off your marks and you should now have a cylinder.
Carefully flatten the cylinder and crease it on two sides. Press is with your hands and fingers to start but you will then need to use something to get a crisp crease on each side.
I use a bone folder which is made for the purpose of creasing paper and card stock. Its actually made out of bone and very strong. You can use pretty much anything, however, that will give you a good crease. The handle of a butter knife for example should work well. Just make sure to get a good crisp crease all the way to the ends.
You will now cut a curve around each end. To do this you need to find a cup, bowl or plate that fits your bottle end as shown. You want a nice gentle curve as shown, with very little being taken off. You want the bowl to barely touch the top of the end.
Mark it with your dry erase marker as shown.
Cut off the end where you marked and do the same on the other side.
This is the part is a little tricky. Take your bowl and face it the OTHER way on each end.
Make sure to score it with the knife all the way to the corners. As the scoring will not go through to the back side, you will need to flip the container over and do the same thing to the back side, then repeat the same thing on the other end.
Carefully bend down on the crease you made with the knife and fold it inward.
Pinch the crease some if needed to help it bend inward.
Once pressed in, it should stay. You can pop it out to do the other side.
To close your container you close one flap in, then the other. Do this on both sides.
Fill them with whatever you like and wrap a ribbon around them!
We also used this container for our Pretzel Arrows Valentines Gift Idea.
Have you ever had a time when you’re really in the mood for some sort of change in your home but your budget just won’t allow for it at the moment? #raisedhand Well, this is where our geometric door decorations come in handy. For the price of a roll of Washi tape (About $3.00) you can have an awesome looking closet door in 15 minutes or less. And it’s a pretty sizable statement piece to boot! Plus, it’s easily removable, which makes it perfect for rental homes or if you’re the type of person who likes to change things frequently.
Speaking of cheap ideas with big effects, we’ve also got another Washi Tape idea that will blow you away. It’s our Huge Wall Calendar. You’ll also notice a really large $100 bill decor item. That was an upcycle made from a piece of throw away foam that comes in furniture. (Waste not, want not!) You can get the pattern and instructions for that Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea Here.
Geometric Door Decorations Supplies
NOTE: DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL TAPE. It does not work. It stretches and falls off. This comes from experience. Ü
We suggest using a piece of paper and drawing out your design ahead of time and then just copying it with your Washi tape onto the door. Placement does not have to be exact.
We made this cheap wall decor lightning bolt from a piece of foam that came packed in some furniture but the foam board you buy at the store works just as well. Most Dollar Stores, Craft Stores and Walmart carries it. You could literally make any design but this one went in our daughter Amy’s chic office and the lightning bolt fit her decor perfectly. This is one of those upcycles or basic crafts that costs next to nothing but looks phenomenal! If you’re looking for more great inexpensive ways to decorate, check out our DIY Cash Statement Piece and our Anti-Bad Vibe Shield, both made from foam board!
Lightning Bolt Cheap Wall Decor Supplies
- 40mm round gold sequins (we purchased ours at Hobby Lobby for 1.99 a pack)
- Foam board, 22″ x 28″ or any size you want your lightning bolt.
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-acto Knife or utility knife
There are three patterns. One is just a small example to look at so you can draw your own large one. The other two are larger version you can print out and tape together and use as an actual pattern.
Example to Copy 18″x11″ 24″x15″
Gather your supplies.
We upcycled a piece of foam packing that came in a small piece of furniture we ordered.
However, foam boards you buy at most stores will work fine also!
Trace your lightning bolt onto your foam board whatever size you like then cut out with an X-acto knife.
Begin at the bottom and add the sequins overlapping each row slightly. Try to cover all your foam.
Continue until all the lightning bolt is covered.
This particular lightning bolt was hung in a fun chic grouping in my daughter Amy’s office.
Don’t throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and, in this case, you’ve got a Modern Geometric painted dining table. Pretty amazing transformation isn’t it? This is part of our “Buff Your Stuff” series whose sole purpose is to inspire you to transform old things into new! Or even new things into different things! The key word here is “transformation”. And boy did we accomplish that in this case. So look at all the photos below and get inspired! This project was completed by our daughter Amy whose home is a masterpiece filled with before and afters! Check out some of her other spectacular ideas such as How to Turn a Working Console TV into a Piece of Art , DIY Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea and Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors.
Painted Dining Table Photos
This is the table as it was purchased from a thrift store.
First thing we did was add some yellow to the metal bottoms.
Next we painted the legs and edges of the table black. Then the side boards teal. The triangles you see are cut from black Washi tape and stuck on. Done!
The two chairs were purchased from Hobby Lobby. They are very sturdy, just make sure to buy them on sale. Everything at Hobby Lobby rotates on sale. Plus every week there’s a 40% off printable coupon on one item! You’ll see it at the top of their site here.
Just a quick before of the dining room area.
And an after photo complete with wall decor. The pug painting was also purchased at Hobby Lobby.
This shows our first attempt at using thrift store chairs. It was a FAIL. Ü
Doing a contact paper countertop makeover has been a popular way to inexpensively cover up an old ugly countertop. Granite contact paper is typically used as it resembles a real granite countertop and while if done well it looks awesome, this comes with a variety of inherent problems. Well, we’re going to show you how to fix almost all of them on one fell swoop! And if your looking for other great inexpensive fix-up ideas check out our Frugal DIY Bedroom Makeover Ideas and our Classy Living Room Ideas on a Budget.
PROBLEMS WITH A CONTACT PAPER COUNTERTOP
- Seams. There’s no way around having seams and even with pattern matching they tend to show. With granite paper you can’t match patterns and they show up more. Accept it.
- Water can get under the seams. If it does, they will start to peel up.
- It’s easily damaged because, well, it’s paper. In a kitchen you can’t cut on it or put anything hot on it. In the bath room no curling irons can touch it.
- Edges peel up. If your countertop has a straight edge as the one shown below, the paper will peel away easily where it meets together when anyone rubs against it.
- Be careful. You just have to be careful because it can be nicked with anything sharp or discolored easily.
Those are some pretty big issues considering all the work you go through to put the stuff on. And it does take a good bit of work. But we found a way to make it more sturdy and long lasting. You still can’t set extremely hot things on it or cut on it but water and peeling should not be an issue which is the biggest problem in a bathroom.
NOTE: This is best done in bathrooms mainly because you can’t cut or place hot things on it even with our method. However, if you’re really careful in your kitchen, go for it!
How To Make a Contact Paper Countertop Last
Water Based Polyurethane Gloss Finish. Because it’s water based it doesn’t harm the contact paper. It seals over the seams and edges so water cannot get in. It protects the surface and all your hard work. The only type I found is linked below and made by Rust-Oleum. A little goes a long way. It’s a bit pricey but we use it for all types of things such as my post on how to build a Large Surface Home Office Desk. Buying it in the two quart package can save you almost $15. This is of course optional. You can just treat your contact paper with great care. But if you have kids or just don’t want to worry about being extra careful you don’t have to use it. But if you have edges of your counter like mine, I’d still suggest gluing them somehow as they will find a way to peel just from leaning against them.
FYI This does make it more of a permanent thing. You cannot easily remove the paper later. You would have to do some light sanding to get through the gloss.
Contact Paper Countertop Supplies
NOTE: Once companies realized people were using granite contact paper to cover counters they raised the price of that type so its a bit more costly. Buy enough to cover your counter. If you’re using a pattern that you can match you’ll need more. One roll “barely” did my small countertop.
- Granite Contact paper or other Paper of Choice.
- X-acto Knife
- Yard stick
- Vinyl Squeegee or something with a very smooth edge to press with. A credit card works!
- Rust-Oleum Polyurethane Water Based Gloss Finish Heavy Use (This is the best deal by far) Single Quart Normal
- Good quality paint brush or foam brush. If you’re doing a larger area you might use a foam roller.
This job could be done in a day and ready to use the next day but you’d need to start early to allow yourself to get all the coats of varnish on.
How Long It Took Me
(I’ve never done this before.)
Covering small bathroom vanity: 2 Hours
Clear Coat: 1 day due to drying time of 2 hours in between each of three coats.
Should you decide to not use clear varnish grab one of our free reminders to print and/or frame and set on your countertop! Photos of them printed up are at the bottom of post. Various sizes!
- Scrub and clean your countertop thoroughly and wipe with a clean dry cloth. You want to make sure there is nothing left on it to make the contact paper not adhere to the surface.
- Having someone to help makes it go much faster and makes the paper easier to handle.
- This project takes patience. If you hurry it up you’ll mess up.
This is what our bathroom looked like before we repainted our walls. The house must have been a rental because at some point they had painted over wall paper. Sad but true. For the moment we were looking for a quick fix up so we did a little sanding and hole filling and added a new coat of paint. Eventually we’ll redo the entire bathroom the “right” way and also replace the vanity but for now we were looking for a quick inexpensive facelift. The walls had been painted here. But the counter top still needed some work. It appeared that some past owner had also painted the countertop. It wasn’t too bad of a job, however, they went over everything including the part of the back splash that was metal. I debated what to do and finally decided I would paint the metal parts metallic silver. I chose Martha Stewart’s metallic silver as it’s close to the real thing.
I masked off everything with painters tape.
I probably didn’t need to do the inside parts as those would be painted over anyway but I was thorough.
I painted two layers of silver paint on all the trim parts, allowing it to dry in between coats.
It looked quite a bit better in my opinion.
Now it was time to start on the counter top itself. I grabbed my roll of granite contact paper.
There will be some measuring involved on parts but for the larger areas you just unroll and start. Again, your surface should be cleaned spotless and free of any soaps etc. so that the paper sticks well.
The trick is to make sure you have no bubbles and that it’s even as you lay it out. Use a credit card or something similar to help smooth it down as you go.
When you come to the sink you will carefully press up to it and down into the area around it. Because our sink was curves as many are we were only able to go so far and then needed to start cutting small slits that allowed us to press the paper closer to the sink. Cut a large hole out for the sink, making sure to give you plenty of paper to work with on all sides.
Notice how I cut the paper and moved on. At some point you might run out of paper and have to make a seam. I did not due to how short my counter was. If you do have to make a seam you can decide ahead of time where you might want to have it fall for atheistic purposes.
Once I had my paper laid longways across my counter, I’d go back and do the detail work around the rest of my sink. I make small slits with my X-acto knife, part way down and NOT TOO FAR, just enough to allow me to push the paper around the edge of the sink and curve it around as shown.
Again, you want no bubbles. This might require some lifting and re-positioning. It takes patience and time. Go slow.
You want your paper tucked tightly next to your sink.
More slicing down to allow for the curve. Again, do not go down too far.
Trimming off extra.
Moving onto the other side.
The front edge.
The paper was not deep enough to go to the back which is where I thought I would rather have my seam as apposed to having a seam vertically down my sink. I decided this would show much less.
I cut a piece of paper a bit larger than the area and moved it around to determine where the pattern was the “best”. Remember you can’t match granite exactly.
I then put it in place and rubbed it down.
My piece was going to need a seam at some point. I decided right behind the facet was perfect.
After it was in place I carefully trimmed it with my knife.
I cut the pieces for the backsplash and added and trimmed those, seaming if needed.
I was now ready to trim around the sink. I trimmed a bit high to start.
Then I went back and trimmed it where I wanted it. You’ll notice my sink has a brown area where it was caulked years back. I plan on re-calking around it, so that’s fine.
I bought a tube of waterproof DAP acrylic latex silicon caulk.
I squeezed out a bead around my sink.
Because it is water based I wet my finger slightly.
Then I smoothed it out. Don’t use too much water or it thins it out too much.
If you mess up, you can quickly wipe it off with a damp rag and add more.
Make sure to wipe off any extra with a damp paper towel.
I now have a nicer edge to my sink.
I now need to cut the pieces to go on the edge of my counter. I cut them larger and added them on.
Corners like this are tricky and these areas problematic if the contact paper is not sealed with something as they tend to come up if leaned against.
I then trimmed the sides.
As an added precaution, I dabbed some clear glue under the corners.
Now comes the part that makes your new countertop last. The clear finish.
I added a light coat of this everywhere on my counter where I placed the paper.
Make sure its brushed on evenly. Let it dry 2 hours or until its not tacky. I then added another coat, it dry as before and added one more. Once the last coat is on, let it cure 24 hours and its set!
You now have a beautiful new countertop that will last a good long while.
Here are some close ups to show the details.
The seams are noticeable but because of how the human eye works, most people won’t see them unless you point them out!
You can choose to use this humorous poem to set on your counter or tape to your mirror if you don’t use the clear coating. Or even with it!
Here’s a more standard reminder. Both are a free download on the top of this post.
Get organized with a gigantic wall calendar! As you might know, huge wall calendars are not only hard to find but also really expensive. Well, here’s a way to make your own using Washi tape and its not only inexpensive but a fun eye catching focal point. Ours was used in my daughter Amy’s home office but it would be equally great as a family center. It incorporates Post-it Notes and you can use smaller ones and assign each person a different color or use large ones that fill the entire block. So many choices! We did ours in black and gold but get creative! If you’re looking for other ways to get organized check out how to Organize Office Supplies in Style and our Home Office Closet Makeover!
Wall Calendar Supplies
NOTE: We tried electrical tape for the calendar as we thought it would be perfect. It was too stretchy and would not stay up on the wall.
- Black Washi Tape
- Post-It Notes These come in a variety of sizes too!
- 40mm round gold sequins
- Sequin Pins (to hang sequins on for dates)
- Gold Letters for Week Days These are 2.5″ tall. The size you need will depend on the size of your calendar.
- Black cardstock
- Double Sided Tape
- Black Sharpie Marker
Step By Step Instructions
Wall Calendar Frame
Something To Think About: What types and sizes of Post-it notes you want to use. i.e. small sizes for each person, a large size that fills the block etc. Some might require doing some specific math to get your boxes the right size. You’re also using wider Washi Tape than the typical type.
- Pick a wall that you’ll place the calendar on.
- Decide how big you want the calendar. The only size limit is your wall.
- Measure out and lightly mark where your rectangle will be.
- Take your width number and divide by 7. Take that number and measure and mark across the top and bottom of your rectangle.
- Take your height number and divide by 5. Take that number and measure and mark down the right and left side of your rectangle.
- Cut your Washi Tape and lay it out along the all the lines you made. The main calendar is now completed.
Calendar Sequin Dates
- Write the numbers 1 through 31 on your sequin’s with the hole on the top. These are for hanging on your days.
- Lightly hammer tap in the sequin pins where you want your dates to hang out. Change them out each month!
Calendar Days of the Week
- Make half circles from black paper that fit over your day columns.
- Place your day of the week letters on each half circle and tape it over the appropriate column using double sided tape.
- As everyone generally always knows what month it is we didn’t add a month label but you certainly could.
Get organized with this fun huge wall calendar made with Washi tape, large sequins and Post-it notes! It’s great for a home offices or a family center!
The burning bowl is a fun visual way to let go of all the “stuff” that is not working for you. This could be anything from a behavior or habit you’d like to stop to an addiction or a relationship that’s not healthy for you. It can be anger or old grudges you’re carrying. Basically, any negativity that’s affecting your life in a way that’s keeping you from being who you want to be. You will literally watch anything that’s holding you back burn up in flames. It’s amazingly cathartic and empowering for children and adults alike!
You can do it as an individual or make it a family event. You can follow the visual instructions below and also download our awesome Burning Bowl Ceremony kit for 99 cents and start the New Year empowered with a fresh outlook. Make sure to grab our free “Unique New Years Resolution Ideas Kit” as it goes hand in hand with this wonderful activity. And if you like this you might also enjoy our Sage Smudging Ceremony Kit.
SAFETY: Even though its just a candle you are dealing with fire so please be safe. Don’t do it outside if there is any wind. Don’t do it on the ground. Find a safe clear surface. We don’t suggest doing it inside but if you do make sure there is good ventilation.
Burning Bowl Ceremony
- Large metal bowl, large glass bowl or large mixing bowl covered with several layers of heavy foil to protect it.
- Candle 3″x3″tall 3″x4″ tall 3″x6″ tall
- Pencils, one per person
- Burning Bowl Ceremony Kit Download below
Burning Bowl Ceremony Kit Download
Purchase the instructions in a compact 5 page kit pdf complete with handouts for only 99 cents. Great for group ceremonies! Pay via PayPal or Credit Card! NOTE: After you order you will receive an email with your download link within 10 minutes.
The simplified instructions are as follows below. If you prefer to do a more detailed ceremony with greater explanations and a nice handout you may purchase our 99 cent kit above. It comes with a detailed Leader Sheet.
Each person needs a pencil, some strips of paper and a full sheet of blank paper. They are to write the things that they feel are holding them back on each strip of paper, one per strip. These can be things such as anger, a health issue, a bad habit etc. Anything negative they would like to get rid of. After they write it down they hold the paper to the candle flame and light it on fire then drop it into the bowl and watch it burn. They continue doing this until they can think of nothing else to write about.
They then take their blank sheet of paper, or the Positive Future sheet from the kit, and write down everything they hope for the new year. Once the ashes have cooled they should be buried. If there are just a very few they can be blown to the wind!
The basic supplies you need for the ceremony are a metal or glass bowl, a candle, some paper and pencils.
If your purchased the 99 cent kit there is a page for cutting into strips. Other wise just cut any paper into about 12 strips each to hand out to each person participating.
Each person writes down one thing on each strip of paper that they would like to leave behind in the past year. Then they place the end of the strip into the candle to let it catch fire.
As soon as the paper catches fire they then drop it into the bowl and watch it burn up. They continue this until they can think of no more issues or negative things to write down. –
After they have written and burned up every thing they can think of they take a clean sheet of paper, or the Positive Future Instruction Sheet and Positive Future writing sheet. They then write down everything they wish for themselves for the New Year. That’s it!
This is our 3rd year to update this popular kit. It’s full of new ideas, new colors, a new calendar and this time we have a quote craft we’re also linking to go with it to help inspire you! Believe it or not, its time again to make those New Years Resolutions, that phrase that either inspires you or makes your stomach hurt. For some, it’s about all the possibilities that a new year can bring. For others it just another list that you have to get done. Well, we think setting resolutions should be a blast so we’re here to change your perception once and for all with our free New Years Resolutions Idea Kit which focuses on “Casual Resolutions” because who the heck needs another guilt list?
Our kit has printables to keep your goals fun and stress free! Now listen closely as this is the important part: The list you make are things you’d like to accomplish during the year, but if you don’t… no big whoop. You feel good about what you do accomplish and let the rest go because there’s always next year! Like most things in life, this is all in how you view it. So, enjoy the new year, learn some new stuff but most of all have fun! Make sure you grab our Motivational Quote Kit with ten free quotes and a display stand DIY. It’s perfect for inspiring you on your journey!
Instructions for New Years Resolution Ideas
- Download and print out the kit. You can hang the pages on the fridge or place them in a binder with your other sheets.
- Write down things on your calendar that you would enjoy doing. Remember, don’t make this a guilt list filled with things you “should do”. Choose things you will look forward to and truly want to do to learn, grow or just have a good time with. Use our idea list if you need inspiration!
- Use the Objective Planner sheet to formulate your ideas and plans for your goals.
- Have fun! This is about the journey and enjoying it. Add or remove items from your list if needed as you go along.
Here’s to a wonderful new year full of promise!
New Years Resolutions Idea Kit with Casual Resolutions (pdf)
Though its free, we always appreciate donations.
I put my kit in a colored colored binder.
I chose a quote from our free Printable Motivational Quotes to slide into the front pocket of my binder. This one seemed perfect.
Of course, nearby I have my Classy Quote Display Stand I made to switch out the other free quotes you can grab from the same post.
We’ve found yet another wonderful way to upcycle candle stick holders and turn them into a beautiful classy display for motivation quotes, ten of which we provide free below. This is a perfect match to go with our New Years Resolution Ideas Kit & Casual Resolutions. Change them in and out as desired. But that’s not all! Use it to display photos. Or how about artwork your children draw for you? You could also use it as a fancy note holder. Make different styles for each room. Give them as gifts! These candle stick holders can be found in a variety of styles and types at most thrift stores. You might remember seeing other ideas we used them for such as our Beautiful Classy Jewelry Stand and our Fun Upcycled Portable Recipe Holder. Who would have thought you could do so much with such a tiny object!
Motivational Quotes Stand Supplies
- Candle Stick Holder (Brass and glass ones such as ours can also be found at thrift stores and dollar stores.)
- Primer Spray Paint (This might be optional but since I was painting glass and I had some, I used it.)
- Gold Paint I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Gold as it has a true gold look.
- White Paint
- E600 Glue or glue of choice
- Bobby Pins, 2″ size
- Wire Cutter
- Round Wood Ball with Flat Surface to fit your dowel.
- Dowel 3/4″ Average NOTE: This can vary with your holder and some can hold a variety of sizes of dowels. I chose a 3/4″ size for mine but I could have gone larger or smaller.
Ten 5″x7″ High Resolution Prints (pdf)
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Gather your basic supplies.
Because I used a glass candle stick holder I decided to use paint primer, because I had some.
I added white on the bottom of my candle stick.
I painted the rest of it metallic gold. I had to do two coats of each, drying in between.
I painted the stick and then the wood wall.
Squeeze glue into the bottom but only a small amount as you don’t want it seeping up the sides when you push your dowel down into it.Set the dowel down into the holder. NOTE: You will have to find a way to keep it from leaning while it dries, depending on the type of holder you have.
You need a single small bobby pin to use for the claps.
With a pair of wire cutters cut the bobby pin on the middle of the second curve up then cut it on the bottom at the same spot. Try not to bend it too much.
This is how it looks when you’re finished cutting. You can easily slip a paper in the top part.
Apply glue to the back of your bobby pin with a toothpick or paperclip.
Stick the bobby pin onto the top of your dowel as shown.
Paint the bobby pin gold to match, being careful not to get it between the pins.
If you do get paint between the pin, just slide something in until it dries to assure it does not stick together.
Cut out your quotes from our free download packet.
We give you ten choices of quotes to switch in and out of your holder.
They easily slip in and out of the clip when you want to change one.
Many years back I heard of a chiropractor that had this sign in his office and I never forgot it. I love it when controversy is embraced with humor. Our chiropractor has literally saved Roy from being crippled, all without making a single cut on his body or without a single drug. She’s amazing. If you’d like to give a small thank you to your own chiropractor who has a sense of humor you can print out this high resolution graphic and frame in a nice 5″x7″ frame. It’s sure to make them smile.
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We created these personalized gift tags and they were a HUGE hit. We got a bunch of photos printed at the local 1 hour place and then sat down with a tag punch and punched away. If you have a large family, you can make it even more fun by using baby and child photos of adults. People LOVE looking at the tags and trying to figure out who is who. It makes an already special holiday even more so. All you need is a large tag punch. Making the tags is as much fun as finding them on the presents Christmas morning and even kids can do it. This means you don’t write names on the presents. Just attach the photo tag. Follow the simple directions below and you’ll be on your way to a very unique Christmas morning and it just might be the start of a new tradition for your family. If you’d like some other tradition ideas take a peek at our kit for Christmas Eve Traditions. It’s FULL of specific ideas themes and printables! And if you’d like an incredibly unique way to package smaller items and use your personalized gift tag, check out our Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas using Soda Bottles.
Personalized Gift Tag Supplies
NOTE ON PUNCHES: You want one that is large enough to get a photo or head into. We used a Recollections brand purchased at Hobby Lobby. Below are two that we found on Amazon that should work great.
NOTE ON PICTURES:
You can also print photos out on your home printer if you don’t mind using the ink. Black and white photos also work great for tags. If using a store for printing, use a place like Walgreen’s that always has specials. You can get 4 x 6 photos for pennies each on a regular basis. If you have time to order online, places like Shutterfly usually has going specials and does great work.
- Lots of 4×6 photos
- Large tag punch (see a couple of choices below that we found on Amazon)
- Small 1/8″ hole punch for string (For small tags) or you can just tape them on!
All you need is a stack of photos and a tag punch.
You’ll want a test photo to see how it punches. You can also use a 4×6 index card or piece of paper.
Center your photo and make sure it’s pushed evenly all the way back against your punch. Punch the tag with firm even pressure.
You can now see where it punched the hole.
I can now lay my template over a normal picture and see where it will punch if I put my picture in the exact center.
You will have many photos that you will have to trim to insert. It’s difficult to be exact with most punches. Just do the best you can!
If you choose to tie your tags on with ribbons, you will need to punch a hole in them. For smaller tags use a smaller hole punch.
Punch the holes.Add string or ribbon.
We did the entire family one year using old and new photos.
If you need a last minute table centerpiece, holiday gift or even something simple that the older kids can make, these candy cane Christmas candle sticks are perfect! All the supplies can be purchased at the dollar store which is yet another bonus. They are beautiful and you can, of course, decorate them any way you like. These are a perfect match for our other poinsettia decor items. I’m talking about our Poinsettia Christmas Placemats, our matching Poinsettia Christmas Placecards and of course our gorgeous Poinsettia Lights. There’s no shortage of poinsettia crafts here, for sure! But the best thing about making these candy cane Christmas candles? You get to eat the left overs!
Christmas Candles Supplies
- Candy Canes, Pack of 12, Singly Wrapped (KEEP WRAPPED) 4.5″ measured tip to curve. If candy canes have a measurement on the box it is from tip to tip not tip to curve. FYI.
- 10″ White Taper Candles, Wrapped (KEEP WRAPPED)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Silver Ribbon 1.5″ wide
- Sheet of Red & Green Cardstock
- 1/2″ Gold Jingle Bells, one per candle
- Detail Scissors for cutting out poinsettia pattern
Poinsettia Flower Download
IMPORTANT: Candy canes break easily. HANDLE THE FINAL WITH CARE. Once you have placed them on the glue, you can only adjust them for just a second or two. So be quick! The trick is to get your candle to stand straight. If it does not, in the end you can glue a little something under one side to make it even, such as a sliver of wood, then paint it to match so it won’t show.
Gather your supplies!Make sure to keep the wrappers on your candy canes and your candles. This is because of the obvious reason. The glue will not hold to wax. Also the candy canes will melt. Choose candy canes that are not broken. It helps to have extras.
Lay down a 3 to 4 inch heavy strip of hot glue on the candle base.
Quickly stand up the candle and press the first candy cane on it to make it stand as straight as possible.
Add your next row of glue.
Quickly stand up your candle and press on your cane. Because these are taper candles the candy canes will touch at the top but will have small gaps at the bottom. Again, the goal is to get your candle to stand straight.
This shows the bottom of my candle after all the candy canes were glued on.
You can see the gap at the bottom because of the taper. This is fine.
Cut out your poinsettia pattern.
Cut the leaves out of green and red cardstock.
These are ready to glue together.
Glue your poinsettia together.
Add a bell.
Glue your ribbon around the candy cane base.
Add a large dob of glue to the front and add your poinsettia flower.
If your candy canes have uneven spots where the plastic sticks up you can clip them off.
The finished Christmas candles. Please handle carefully!
Four dollar store Santa hats and some felt that’s all you need to make this darling two sided Santa pillow. It does require a small amount of straight sewing. But I use hot glue for the rest. Feel free to sew it all if you like! You end up with the cutest reversible pillow you’ve ever seen. It only takes minutes to whip one up and they make great neighbor gifts! We even made a special tag poem to print out should you decide to use them that way. If you’re looking for more creative ideas like this make sure you check out our Christmas Caps for Visitors and 2 No Prep Last Minute Gifts from Your Pantry.
Santa Pillow Supplies
- Four Santa Hats per pillow (We got ours from the Dollar Store)
- Sewing machine You can get these SO cheap now. I’m not much of a sewer, only using sewing machines for minor crafting projects. But they sure comes in handy for things like this!
- Felt, black and yellow
- Seam Ripper
- Hot Glue
- Stuffing of some sort
- Tag Download below (for a gift)
Gift Tag Download
Gather your basic supplies.
Remove the bottom white bands from your Santa hats.
Hat with white band removed.
Open up one seam on the caps.
Remove the top pom poms.
You should now have two sets of each of these as shown. You will be trimming all four pieces as shown.Cutting off the area as shown above on all pieces so you can sew them into square shapes.
Both sets after cutting of the points.
Take each set and sew a seam along where you just cut.
You now have two square piece, the front and back of your pillow.
Take one of your white brim pieces and iron it out as needed. Fold over the edge that was ripped away and hem it so that it matches the other side that is already hemmed.
Lay out where you will place the white strip across your pillow. I chose to glue mine onto the pillow rather than sew it. Trim the excess off on the ends. Take three of the pom poms that are left over and glue or sew them onto the center of your white band.
For the other side of your pillow you will be making a Santa belt. Measure and cut your black felt.
Using our free pattern cut a belt buckle out of yellow felt.
Glue the belt together.
Mark the center of your pillow.
Glue or sew your belt into your pillow.
This shows the front and back of your pillow.
Place your pillow pieces right side together and sew the edges.
Make sure to leave a few inches for stuffing.
I used a wooden spoon to help poke out the corner. Trim the extra fabric off inside on the corner to help them pop out more.
Stuff your pillow with whatever stuffing you like and sew or glue up the seam.
Completed belt side.
Completed Pom Pom side.
Add our wonderful poem for a gift.
Bring a little magic into your home with this snowy mason jar craft made with good old fashioned Epsom salt! Even children help make them and use the salt to mimic snow. It’s very safe. Add a real or battery operated candle in your jar when it’s finished and set them in your windows or on your fireplace mantle. Or give them to neighbors as a holiday gift. They are inexpensive, unique and they’ll love them! You can see some of ours on our Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Decoration mantle post along with other gorgeous ideas like our Twigs n Twine Wooden Reindeer. For cheap, awesome ideas we’re the place to go!
Snow Mason Jar Craft Supplies
NOTE ON SALT: The salt can come in different forms. Some is more crystallized and icy looking, other types is more flaky like we used. All of it is safe as it can even be eaten. It will fall off your jar a bit. you can use a clear acrylic sealer if desired to help prevent this.
- Mason Jars, Any Size
- Epsom Salt, 1/4 cup per jar
- Mod Podge
- Red Pom Poms
- Brown String
- Candle, real or Battery Operated on Timer
- Clear Sealer (OPTIONAL to help seal on salt)
- Holly Pattern Below
Holly & Poem Gift Tags Download
Gather your supplies. This shows a quart size mason jar but I ended up using a pint size.
Epsom salt comes in different textures. This is how mine looked. Place it in a cup ready to sprinkle.
I placed my jar over a paper plate for quick cleanup afterwards.
Working quickly, brush Mod Podge down the sides of your jar. You want an even, slightly heavy coat.
Make sure to bring it down around the curved part of your jar. Notice there are some extra heavy areas. I smoothed those out.
I had my Epsom salt ready in a cup and sprinkled it over my jar while turning it. A little goes a long way.
Dump the extra back in for another day, another jar.
Cut out your leaf pattern and trace your holly leaves.
Cut where shown and glue them together to make a curved effect.
Wrap your twine around the jar and tie, gluing two holly leaves underneath it.
Glue on three small red pom poms for berries.
Choose your tag of choice if your giving your jar as a gift. Print and cut it out.
Attach some ribbon.
Add it to your jar.
Add in a real candle or battery operated candle and display!
I’ve never liked putting holes in my doors and I was also never a fan of those metal or plastic over the door wreath hangers either. When I learned how to hang them with ribbon, I’ve never looked back. Then I took it a step further and created by own little system involving large thumbtacks and tiny corks for storage. I feel so organized now! My door remains hole free and I can match my hanger if I want so it blends right in. We have a tutorial for the Peace Wreath below which I think works for any time of year, depending on how you tweak it. We also have a Burlap Wreath made from an embroidery hoop which I think is quite clever so check that out!
How to Hang a Wreath Supplies
- 1″ wide to 2″ wide ribbon to match your wreath and/or door. 1 1/2 yards will most any wreath.
- Thumbtacks Extra Large are really nice for this purpose
- Small .25″ corks size #000 (for storing your thumbtacks in your ribbon)
I used some wide burlap to hang one of my Christmas wreaths with. Using ribbon, the sky is the limit.
Glue your tack to your ribbon which attached onto your wreath.
When storing your wreath, push a tiny cork into the push pin.
Keeps it safe and keeps fingers from getting poked.
This is how we store our Peace Wreath.
For this Spring wreath I used a 1″ piece of white ribbon which blends right into our door.
It took about 1 1/4″ yards.
Reach up and push one pin into the ends of your ribbon to secure it above the frame. That’s it!
In case you need an extra example this is one using our burlap hanger.
Depending on your color choice of ribbon it can blend in very well.