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DIY: Handmade Love Notes

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You will need:

  1. paper
  2. stick glue
  3. Washi tape or stickers
  4. scissors

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I like to use double sided paper, like the picture below, or origami paper. The origami paper is easier to fold, but usually only has a pattern on one side. The paper pictured below is a little more sturdy, and you get to see pretty patterns on both sides. These usually already come in a square shape, but if you have paper that isn’t square, just cut where necessary to make it the same length on all 4 sides.

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First, choose the side of the paper that you want to be the outside of the envelope, and lay it face down. The “inside” of the envelope will be face up. Follow the folding pattern below.

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Once you reach step 7, mash the creases down really good so that you have some deep lines, and then unfold it as shown in step 8. Place some stick glue where the arrows are pointing, and fold it back together.

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Now you will most likely need to cut your own paper for the note that is going inside the envelope. Just trace along the bottom of the envelope leaving a little space on either side. Next, trace up to the top crease of the envelope, once again leaving a little space. After cutting out your note, you may need to trim it a little to make it fit just right. Another option is to use whatever paper you’d like, and just fold it up to fit inside.

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Now write something sweet, stick it inside, and seal it with some cute Washi tape!

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These one-of-a-kind notes are great for thank you notes, Valentine’s, love notes, gift tags, etc…the possibilities are endless. The handmade envelope and custom sized paper really makes a big difference in making someone feel special. A gift is always better when it is obvious that the giver put in some extra effort and extra love! Enjoy ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY: Gold Dipped Kitchen Canisters

Earlier this week, I purchased these old kitchen canisters at a local consignment store. They were selling the entire set for $1.00, so I couldn’t pass them up! There are 3 tall ones and one shorter one, which I thought was kind of unique. They are just acrylic, air tight containers, with a rather ugly pattern on them. But of course, I saw them as much more than that. Luckily, they were in great condition, especially on the inside where it really counts.

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So the first thing I did was clean them up really good, inside and out. Once they were dry, I gave them a couple coats of antique white spray paint. The metal latches were a little difficult to cover completely, but I actually really like the way it looks with some of the metal coming through. It gives it a nice vintage, industrial feel almost. So, I decided not to go all out on the latches, and just leave them a little patchy with the paint.

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Once they finished drying, I free handed the “labels” on them myself with a black paint marker. Most of the time you see labels on the front of these, but I decided to do something different and put them on the top. Plus, the hardware is kind of big which didn’t leave much room to put them on the front anyway. If you don’t feel comfortable free handing them, there are tons of tutorials and printables out there on Pinterest for kitchen canister labels!

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Lastly, (this is the fun part), I wrapped some painters tape around them, and spray painted the bottom with metallic gold paint. I had literally been DYING to use this paint for something, and this just seemed like the perfect project to do so.

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I really love how this project turned out. The gold on the bottom of my canisters matches perfectly with the copper hanging basket in my kitchen. The finish on them ended up being a little textured in some spots, but that is mostly because my spray painting skills need some work! But, it doesn’t bother me. I think it actually adds even more character, which is always a plus in my book. So, the moral of the story is that when you see something useful in a thrift store or a consignment shop, don’t pass it up just because it’s ugly and outdated–especially if they are selling it at a great price. There is usually always a way to make it into something beautiful that you will enjoy for years to come.


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{basically} Free Wall Art: DIY

If you are looking for some free, custom wall art, this is the tutorial for you. Here is how you can transform black and white printed pictures into colorful works of art! You will need standard sized paper that you can put in a computer printer. I used just regular printer paper, but I recommend finding something that has a little more weight to it so that it doesn’t wrinkle up from the water. The size is usually 8.5″ by 11″. You’ll also need a printer, watercolor paint and paintbrush, and an 8.5″ by 11″ picture frame. I was able to find my frames at the Dollar Store!

***these images do NOT belong to me***

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So the first thing you’re going to do is find the pictures you want to print out. Be specific with your search, and make sure you search for “black and white”. You want the picture to have a lot of definition and depth to it. If it looks too “cartoon-ish”, then your final product is not going to look very good. As you can see, the ones that I chose have a lot of shading. I chose pictures that have more than just an outline.

Now you just need to add some paint. Watercolor is really the only thing that’s going to work for this, so don’t try to use acrylic or just any kind of craft paint. When you are painting, be really careful not to get too much water on the paper, because this will make the paper all wrinkly. If you have paper that is a little more thick, that will make it easier. Just keep dabbing your paintbrush on a paper towel to get rid of excess water. This makes the process a little longer, but it’s worth it! To get the right effect, paint mostly just on the parts that are white. Don’t get too much paint on the black areas or your picture will end up looking “muddled” and all smudgy. If you do get too much water on there, or you get too much paint on the black areas, just quickly use your paper towel to dab it off. Think of your paint as just an accent to the picture. It looks kind of neat when you leave some of it black and white.

A little patience and a little practice is all it takes to turn these printed pictures into colorful art. I was actually really happy with the way mine turned out! This is a really easy project, it just takes some time and precision. With that being said, it may be a good idea to do a practice run first. But if I can do it, so can you!

Enjoy!

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At Home: DIY Round-Up

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As this month comes to a close, I have been reflecting on all the fun projects I’ve been working on for our very old, new house. With it being our first home, we can’t help but put so much energy and work into it to make it feel like ours. Since we are on a tight budget, and just because I love making things, almost all of the decorative items in our house are/will be handmade, DIY projects. Sometimes, yes, it would be nice to go shopping and buy a lot of shiny, new things. But my love for handmade pieces has grown exponentially in the past few years, and I know how meaningful and unique they are. Since this house is so very special to us already, it only makes sense to fill it up with the things that are most special to us. Obviously, that would be the things we make with our own hands; the things we make with love.

Here is a quick round-up of some of my favorite projects from September.

DIY Pillowcases

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Making these is so fun, and incredibly easy. I bought 4 pillows at the thrift store that were very close in size. These were only around $2 a pillow–insane! Then I went to the craft store and chose the fabric. (I made sure to put them in the washing machine before adding fabric) Custom made pillows are not something you see in every home, and these are actually less expensive than any you would buy already made. Here is the awesome tutorial that will blow your mind and make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

 

Wooden Initial

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Once again, adding those personal touches really makes a big difference. Our last name starts with a “K”, so I knew I wanted one in our house somewhere. I bought this plain, wooden letter at the craft store for around $4. I spruced it up using some acrylic paint that I already had on hand. I painted it black first, then added some soft yellow for a worn, vintage look. Another way is to paint it yellow first, or whatever color you choose, then paint over it. Once it dries, you can scuff it up with some sand paper so that the bottom color comes through.

Embroidery Hoop Art

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I love the homemade, vintage feel that embroidery hoops offer. These are pretty self-explanatory. There are a variety of sizes you can choose from, and I have found that a quarter of a yard of fabric will work for any size. Between the hoop and fabric, I paid less than $4! You can add felt or buttons, like I did, to personalize it and make it a little more special.

Old Windows

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I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet, but I really love anything old/vintage/antique. Old windows are definitely a favorite of mine. You can usually find them for around $7-$10 at thrift stores, flea markets, or consignment shops. There are so many possibilities! Obviously, I turned this one into a beautiful picture frame using twine and mini clothespins. It serves as a beautiful focal point in our living room.

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Here is another option that I love. This is an old window, turned chalkboard, that we are using as a message board in our kitchen.  I did not use chalkboard paint for this. I actually used chalkboard contact paper! The contact paper cost me a whopping $3 as opposed to the $15-$20 I would have spent on paint and primer. It works just as great as a normal chalkboard, it erases easily, you can gently wash it with warm water if needed, and if you decide you don’t want it anymore or want to replace it….just peel it off! So easy, quick, cheap, useful, and beautiful. Not to mention it adds a ton of character to any room.

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I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of these already, but I still love them. Although it’s not a new idea, the design can always be new and fresh. The Styrofoam ring was around $5, and I already had the other supplies on hand. I just wrapped it with yarn, and embellished it with ribbon and felt flowers.

There you go: 5 quick, cheap, easy projects that anyone can do. I hope you feel inspired, and are ready to accomplish some DIY’s of your own!


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DIY: Bathroom Window Privacy Screen

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Buying your first house is such an exciting process. When my husband and I saw this adorable 1930’s farm house, sitting all by itself on top of a hill, we fell in love and made it our first home. Right now we are in the process of getting it move-in ready, and with it being an old house built in 1932, you can imagine the work we have to do. Honestly though, for the most part we got really lucky. The previous owners updated so many necessary things, while keeping all the charm and character in tact. So while my husband is working hard on making our house livable, I get to do all the fun stuff.
Our “new” house has a really nice sized bathroom. It’s very spacious, has tons of storage, and has a lovely little window to let in some natural light. I love having a window in the bathroom, but privacy is naturally a concern. Luckily, we don’t really have neighbors on that side of the house. There’s just a very small church that meets once, maybe twice a week. Still, everyone has already voiced that they would feel more comfortable if the window wasn’t just wide open. So of course, one of my first projects was to make a privacy screen. We are on a strict budget, but this little project only cost me about 6 bucks, and didn’t take long at all.

              Materials:

  • CLEAR (yes, clear) contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Razor or X-acto knife
  • Poster board
  • Marker

You can make this screen in any pattern you’d like. There are a lot of stencils you can print out online, you can use a store bought stencil, or you don’t have to even use a pattern at all. My husband and I looked at some different pictures and chose this pattern that looks like scales or scallops. It was very easy to make!

The first thing I did was grab something that I could trace to make a perfect circle. I used the lid of a medium sized mason jar, and drew three different circles onto a piece of poster board:

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You can space them out as much as you want to get your desired size. Just remember, the smaller you make your stencil, the more you are going to need. I shaded the part I wanted to cut out, and very carefully cut around the lines.

Here is my stencil!

Here is my stencil!

Next, I used my stencil to trace out the pattern onto the back of the contact paper. Just keep placing and tracing until you think you have enough. (It’s probably going to take more than you think) Once you are finished tracing, very carefully cut them out. Make sure you are making them as similar as you can, because they need to fit perfectly into each other. This part takes a long time, but it will be worth it!

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Once you have all of your pieces cut out, it’s time to apply them! First, make sure the window is clean and completely dry. Next, carefully peel off the backing, and place your first piece in the very center at the very bottom of the window. When applying these, make sure you smooth them out so that there are no bubbles. A credit card will help you do this, but don’t be too rough or it will tear. Now you will be tempted to just start putting the pieces together like a puzzle, but trust me, you don’t want to do that. After you place your first piece, you need to place them side by side, and complete the first row along the bottom of the window. This will ensure that everything is going to be even. I love this stencil, but the only downside is that there are no straight edges…everything is round or pointy, so you must be really careful lining them up. When you get to the edge of the window where the entire piece won’t fit, just stick it on, firmly pressing down around the edges, and use your razor or X-acto knife to trim the excess. Do every row the same way as you did the first one.

Just keep sticking…just keep sticking…just keep sticking, sticking, sticking…

Now you’re done! Step back and admire your work, and enjoy some privacy!

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I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.  There is no need to go to a home improvement store and buy pricey material for window privacy when you can just use a roll of inexpensive contact paper. Who knew?!

Thanks for stopping by!


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DIY: Resurrection Egg Hunt

Easter is one of my most favorite holidays. Aside from all the candy, fluffy animals, and pretty pastel colors, I love celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus, because it means so much to me. Unfortunately, it can be really difficult to direct my children’s attention to what this holiday is all about. It’s so easy to get sidetracked by all that chocolate!

My oldest is 7 years old now, and I’m really feeling the urgency to make sure that she understands how meaningful and important Easter really is. So this Sunday, we are having an Easter egg hunt just for her. We have a pretty big yard, and lots of places to hide eggs. Most of them will be filled with candy, but 12 special eggs will be filled with the Gospel. I’m sure a lot of you have heard of “Resurrection Eggs” already, but I have never done these before. I feel like it is a great idea to explain the events that happened from Good Friday through Easter Sunday, without losing her attention. I read a lot of different tutorials which were all basically the same, but they seemed to be geared a little more towards pre-school age. So I changed mine up a bit to appeal more to my 7 year old.

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As you can see, I bought some plastic eggs and numbered them with a Sharpie, 1-12. As each egg is opened, the next part of the story is revealed. Most of the other tutorials do not include the Bible verses inside the eggs, but since my daughter is a little older and reads very well, I typed out the Bible verses for each egg, rolled them up, and put them inside with the object. If you have younger children, you can keep the verses with you and read it to them yourself. Below is a diagram of each object, and what Bible verses go along with it.

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  1. Jesus Rides into Jerusalem > Mark 11:8-9
  2. The Last Supper > Matthew 26:26-28
  3. Jesus Prays in the Garden > Mark 14:32
  4. Judas Gets Jesus Arrested > Mark 14:10-11, Matthew 26:47-49
  5. Peter Denies Jesus Before the Rooster Crows > Matthew 26:34, 69-74
  6. They Give Jesus a Crown of Thorns > John 19:1-2
  7. Jesus is Nailed to the Cross > John 19:17-18
  8. Jesus’ Death > John 19:28-30
  9. Jesus’ Body is Prepared for the Tomb > John 19:40
  10. The Tomb > Matthew 27:60
  11. Jesus is Alive! > Luke 24:1-3, Matthew 28:5-6
  12. Jesus Goes Up to Heaven > Acts 1:9-11

 

I am so excited to do this with my daughter, and I can’t wait to watch her open the eggs and read the Bible verses. This Resurrection Egg Hunt might just become a new tradition for our family. I hope you feel inspired to find a way to show your children the real meaning of Easter this year, and in the years to come!

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Snapshot 03, First Birthday Project: DIY

This past weekend we celebrated our sweet, baby girl’s first birthday. It was all around a beautiful day that went by far too quickly. What’s really odd though is that, being the “crafty” person that I am, this is actually the first time I have made almost everything myself for one of my girls’ birthday parties. I suppose now that I’m a stay-at-home-mom, I have more of a chance to slow down and do little projects here and there versus running to the store and buying literally everything the night before the party. Honestly, it was really fun and rewarding this time, cost me a lot less money than usual, and added just the right personal touch.  I already had almost all of the supplies I needed at home, which was a huge help in the budget department. My husband thinks I’m crazy for keeping such an enormous stash of craft supplies, but it really does come in handy for things like this! So I want to share with you all of my little ideas, and it may even inspire you to do some of these yourself.

I bought this plain, pink onsie. I hot glued the lace trim around the neckline, the letters are iron-ons, and the cupcake is a felt applique also hot glued on. All items were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

First I bought this plain, pink onesie. I hot glued the lace trim around the neckline. The burlap letters are iron-ons, and the cupcake is a felt applique which is also just hot glued. *This actually ended up just being a keepsake. She kept trying to eat the button off of the cupcake, so we took it off!* 🙂

This cardboard cupcake tower was only $4. I got the beautiful burlap and purl trim for half-price, and just hot glued it around the edges. I already had the fabric flower, which I just glued on top.

This cardboard cupcake tower was originally $4, but I had a 40% off coupon. I got the beautiful burlap and pearl trim for half-price, and just hot glued it around the edges. Lastly, I glued the fabric flower on top to finish it off.

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I can even use this again for future parties.

These glittery balloons add the perfect touch of sparkle. All I did was funnel some gold glitter into them before blowing them up.

These glittery balloons add the perfect touch of sparkle. All I did was funnel some gold glitter into them before blowing them up.

The gorgeous cake banner was so easy to make. I used yarn, glitter ribbon, and wooden skewers. Cut the ribbon into two inch pieces, fold them, and cut out the V shape. String them on some yarn, glue the pieces together, and tie the yarn onto the skewers.

This gorgeous cake banner was so easy to make. I used yarn, glitter ribbon, and wooden skewers. Cut the ribbon into two inch pieces, fold them, and cut out the V shape. String them on some yarn, glue the pieces together, and tie the yarn onto the skewers.

I bought this banner came as a blank canvas from the craft store. I painted it myself. I can reuse it again in the future and cover it with scrapbook paper or paint over it.

This banner came as a blank canvas from the craft store. I painted it myself. I can reuse it again in the future and cover it with scrapbook paper or paint over it.

Here is a collage of baby's first year! I just cut a big "1" out of poster board, and cut and glued the pictures to fit.

Here is a collage of baby’s first year! I just cut a big “1” out of poster board, and cut and glued the pictures to fit. We taped it on a sliding glass door, because we just didn’t have the right wall space for it. But obviously, I suggest putting it somewhere that sunlight doesn’t shine through!

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Party Punch : Two 2 liters of Ginger Ale, one 12 oz. can frozen pineapple juice concentrate and one 12 oz. can of strawberry juice concentrate. Delicious!

Party Punch : Two 2 liters of Ginger Ale, one 12 oz. can frozen pineapple juice concentrate and one 12 oz. can of frozen strawberry juice concentrate. Delicious!

The Party Mix is a combination of pretzels, sliced almonds, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, rice cereal, and corn cereal. It is coated with a special mixture of brown sugar, butter, and light corn syrup.

The Party Mix is a combination of pretzels, sliced almonds, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, rice cereal, and corn cereal with a special, sweet coating on top.

Here is the cupcake tower from a previous photograph. It is adorned with strawberry cupcakes, angel food cupcakes, and all topped with a sliced strawberry.

Here is the cupcake tower from a previous photograph. It is adorned with strawberry cupcakes, angel food cupcakes, and all topped with a sliced strawberry.

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The birthday cake and cake banner. It is a 3 layer cake of strawberry cake and angel food cake, topped with whipped vanilla icing, sprinkles, and fresh strawberries.

Once again, the birthday cake.

The cake

Baby's little cake, just for her! It is a strawberry cake with whipped vanilla icing.

Baby’s little cake, just for her! It is a strawberry cake with whipped vanilla icing.

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The pretty birthday girl!

The pretty birthday girl!

Needless to say, I really enjoyed making everything for this party. The girly, pastel colors and touches of sparkle fit her personality just right. This may or may not be the last FIRST birthday we celebrate, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to DIY all birthdays from now on!