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Freshen up that boring office!

A little pattern goes a long way!  This is such a great way to take those average magazine holders and give them new life with a fun and fresh wallpaper. 

All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Trace the tall back panel of a magazine holder onto cardboard, and cut out.

Step 2: Using that template as a guide, trace 1 panel for each holder onto a width of decorative wallpaper (floral and geometric prints work best). Cut out.

Step 3: Squeeze craft glue onto the back of a magazine holder, and spread evenly with a sponge brush. Align paper with the back panel of the holder, and affix, smoothing out air bubbles as you go.

Step 4: Repeat with remaining paper and holders. File issues chronologically, and arrange the holders on a shelf to re-create the wallpaper’s design.

What you’ll need:


May 21, 2010 at 9:55 am 1 comment

Shamrock Party Accessory!

Happy St. Pattys Day everyone!! Here’s a quick and easy way to spice up your table and add a little luck 🙂

Rinse the pink ink from a heart-shaped rubber stamp, and use it (and a green ink pad) to add shamrocks to napkins, coasters, and more. To make a swizzle stick, stamp a clover pattern onto card stock, and draw a stem with a colored pencil; repeat. Cut out with a 1-inch circle craft punch. Glue circles together, back sides facing, onto a skewer.

March 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm 1 comment

Nursery Room DIY Project!

A few months ago I made these for a nursery room.   They are made out of felt so it gives you a worry free decor item to put above the crib 🙂  The koala was placed over the changing station and is used to hold the diapers!









 What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard of felt (per animal)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • buttons for the eyes
  • needle and thread

Step 1:

Place 2 layers of felt on top of each other and cut out your desired animal.  (I drew mine freehand but those of you who might need a little more guidance you can try to find animal templates on google images.)

Step 2:

Place pins around the entire edge of the animal and then sew together the 2 layers with contrasting thread that goes with your color scheme. (if you are making the koala you’ll want to leave the top of the pouch open, and if you’re making the pelican you’ll want to not sew around the top of the beak so you have a storage pocket there as well)

Step 3:

Add the eyes by hand sewing buttons through the felt.

Step 4:

Now you’ll want to add small metal hooks to the back of the animal so you can hang him.  You can find these at your local fabric store.

March 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm 1 comment

Spice up your aisle!

We’ve all seen a wedding with the flower balls running along each side of the aisle.  Here is a great way to give those a new look and incorporate your wedding colors as well!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Hooks for aisle way

2. Paper Balls – These can be a variety of different types, these are what I used

3. Glue gun

4. Variety of silk flowers

5. Ribbon

Step 1:

Lay out all of your materials and count out how many flowers and leaves you will have per ball. 

Step 2:

Pull off the flowers/leaves from their stems so they will easily attach with glue.

Step 3:

Cut your ribbon to size.  Mine were cut to about 36″ long.


Step 4:

Start by taking your pre made bows and glue it to the top of the white ball.  I used 2 different types of ribbons and combined them for my bows.


Step 5:

Then begin to glue on the largest flowers that you want to add to the balls and place those in the middle.  Start adding smaller flowers to each side almost behind the larger flower. 

Step 6:

Fill in with leaves and trailing greens underneath your flowers.  Make sure you have glued everything down with your hot glue gun and you’re done!

The wedding that I made these for isn’t until July so i’ll send you pictures of them in action this summer!

March 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Flower Pens for All Occassions!

These flower pens are really easy to make and add color to any table!  You could use these for your sign in book at your wedding or just to keep in your pen holder at home!

Here are the supplies you will need:

1.  Bag of pens

2. Silk flowers of your choice

3. Flower tape (found at your local craft store)

Step 1:

Remove top from end of pen and remove the stem from the flower and insert the flower into the tube of the pen.  You may want to attach the flower with a glue gun to make sure it stays in place.


Step 2:

Start just under the flower at the end of the pen and begin to wrap the green floral tape around the pen until you reach the bottom and cut your tape!

Now you’re ready to display your pretty little pens!  I like to keep mine in a vase with sand…this is a great way to show them off and looks cute too! 🙂

March 15, 2010 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Easy Sew Beach Towel Tote!

This is such an easy craft project that will stand up to the beach elements and is super easy to just throw into the washer/dryer to get ready for your next trip!

Beach-Towel Bag How-To
1. Start by folding one-third of the towel over on itself.

2. Topstitch along the two sides. Fold the free flap down, and tuck it into the bag.

3. Cut two 12-inch lengths of colorful grosgrain ribbon. Fold one piece of ribbon in half lengthwise, and sew each of its ends to the top edge of one side of the tote bag to form a handle. For reinforcement, sew the ends of the ribbon with a square containing an “X” of stitches. Fold the second piece of grosgrain ribbon in half lengthwise and attach it to the other side of the bag, as before, being careful to leave the flap free to open and close.


March 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

Button Up Window Shade

This simple shade is quickly and easily sewn and can be raised to two heights to let in varying amounts of light. All you need is French ticking, raw linen, twill tape, and buttons.

Measure inside of window frame, and use dimensions to cut one piece of ticking and one of linen. Place right sides together; pin along sides. Cut three 4-inch lengths of twill tape for loops. Fold ticking and linen outward 1/2 inch along the bottom, and press. Position loops on ticking fold, one at center and at each corner; machine-stitch back and forth to reinforce. Leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew up the shade’s two sides. Turn right side out. Draw out loops; sew bottom shut. To finish top opening: Fold linen and ticking inward 1/2 inch; press, and sew closed 1/4 inch from edge.

For curtain-rod channel, make a second seam across top, 1 1/2 inches from the first. Open channel’s side seams with a seam ripper. Place two rows of buttons — three at the top and three halfway down the shade — so they align with loops, and hand-sew them on.

March 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

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