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Hot Cocoa in a Jar Gifts
I had a bunch of leftover mason jars laying around, so I decided to get a little crafty with some of my Christmas gifts this year.
For the fixins, I used homemade cocoa mix, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and a peppermint candy cane. I printed these adorable reindeer gift tags with ‘instructions’ on the back, then topped the jar with red/gold paper napkins and green raffia ribbon. Everyone I’ve given one to (coworkers, postman, and dog walker) seem to really like them, so I think it was a success!

Hot Cocoa in a Jar Gifts

I had a bunch of leftover mason jars laying around, so I decided to get a little crafty with some of my Christmas gifts this year.

For the fixins, I used homemade cocoa mix, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and a peppermint candy cane. I printed these adorable reindeer gift tags with ‘instructions’ on the back, then topped the jar with red/gold paper napkins and green raffia ribbon. Everyone I’ve given one to (coworkers, postman, and dog walker) seem to really like them, so I think it was a success!

Filed under diy christmas gifts mason jars

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Raise your hand if you’re a wine lover like myself. Keep it up if you’ve collected a zillion wine corks and have no idea what to do with them…
 Yeah, me either, which is why I went looking for some ideas. 
Here’s what I found:
Candle Holder by: Two Twenty One
Bulletin Board by: Casa Sugar
Wreath by: Nikki In Stitches
Coasters by: Dollar Store Crafts

Raise your hand if you’re a wine lover like myself. Keep it up if you’ve collected a zillion wine corks and have no idea what to do with them…

Yeah, me either, which is why I went looking for some ideas.

Here’s what I found:

  1. Candle Holder by: Two Twenty One
  2. Bulletin Board by: Casa Sugar
  3. Wreath by: Nikki In Stitches
  4. Coasters by: Dollar Store Crafts

Filed under diy wine corks

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I’m in love with this DIY Dixie Cup Garland!
All you need is a pair of scissors, a pack of dixie cups, double-sided tape, pretty scrapbook paper and some cheap Christmas lights. Think about all the cute ways you could use these as decoration… on a mantle, in a nursery, for an outdoor wedding, a backyard bbq, a bridal/baby shower, etc.
I’m going to make one for Halloween!

I’m in love with this DIY Dixie Cup Garland!

All you need is a pair of scissors, a pack of dixie cups, double-sided tape, pretty scrapbook paper and some cheap Christmas lights. Think about all the cute ways you could use these as decoration… on a mantle, in a nursery, for an outdoor wedding, a backyard bbq, a bridal/baby shower, etc.

I’m going to make one for Halloween!

Filed under diy dixie cup garland

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So I’m pretty happy with the way my tray turned out!
All said and done, the whole thing cost me about 7 bucks to make, which certainly beats the $75 price tag on these trays that served as my inspiration. Not going to lie, this was a tedious process that definitely tested my patience, but for someone who is NOT artistic, I think I nailed it. Here’s what I did:
First, I painted the white base of the tray. Then using this pattern, which I blew up and printed off of a fabric website, I made a stencil out of black cardstock. I then traced the stencil pattern directly onto the tray with a pencil. Matching up the design was a little bit of a geometric nightmare, but it worked:

Then, using the traced pattern, I simply painted between the lines:

After doing a couple of coats, I painted the blue sides and then the rim/outer sides using a really pretty antique gold color. And… that was it!
What do ya’ll think? Cheap to chic?

So I’m pretty happy with the way my tray turned out!

All said and done, the whole thing cost me about 7 bucks to make, which certainly beats the $75 price tag on these trays that served as my inspiration. Not going to lie, this was a tedious process that definitely tested my patience, but for someone who is NOT artistic, I think I nailed it. Here’s what I did:

First, I painted the white base of the tray. Then using this pattern, which I blew up and printed off of a fabric website, I made a stencil out of black cardstock. I then traced the stencil pattern directly onto the tray with a pencil. Matching up the design was a little bit of a geometric nightmare, but it worked:

Then, using the traced pattern, I simply painted between the lines:

After doing a couple of coats, I painted the blue sides and then the rim/outer sides using a really pretty antique gold color. And… that was it!

What do ya’ll think? Cheap to chic?

Filed under diy trellis tray crafts

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Unique Thrift Store: Goodwill on Crack

Kate and I, in search of a crafty DIY project, journeyed out to the holy grail of DC-area thrift stores over the weekend. Unique Thrift Store, converted from an old Circuit City, is HUGE and chock full of bargains. There are seemingly endless rows of clothes, books, artwork, housewares, toys, and chachkies galore. If you venture out to one of their 30 US locations, be sure you’re feeling inspired for some serious ‘digging’. Here are some of the hidden treasures we found:

An oversized serving tray - might use pale yellow lacquer paint on this one:

a wooden standing mirror - will probably paint this white or a grayish-blue:      

a wooden jewelry box with mustard velvet lining - not sure on this one yet:

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Chevron Shoebox Lid Art
This is a cute and inexpensive idea from Spunky Junky for chevron-lovers, like me, who have extra shoeboxes laying around (or for someone like Katie, who keeps every single pair of shoes she owns in their respective shoebox). It’s a great way to recycle and if you decide you want to change things up after a while, you won’t feel bad tossing these out!
Tip: If you don’t have extra shoebox lids… stop into any Payless. They throw them away all the time.

Chevron Shoebox Lid Art

This is a cute and inexpensive idea from Spunky Junky for chevron-lovers, like me, who have extra shoeboxes laying around (or for someone like Katie, who keeps every single pair of shoes she owns in their respective shoebox). It’s a great way to recycle and if you decide you want to change things up after a while, you won’t feel bad tossing these out!

Tip: If you don’t have extra shoebox lids… stop into any Payless. They throw them away all the time.

Filed under diy chevron art

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A girlfriend and I decided to channel our inner artists over a bottle of wine and some pottery painting last night. What do we think of my chevron tray creation?

A girlfriend and I decided to channel our inner artists over a bottle of wine and some pottery painting last night. What do we think of my chevron tray creation?

Filed under diy pottery