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Easy DIY Coasters from Hexagon Marble Tiles

If I could renovate our 13-year-old kitchen tomorrow, I would choose classy Italian Carrara marble counter tops. Until then, I made myself some modern DIY hexagon Carrara marble coasters that cost just $5 each. See how to make these easy DIY coasters for yourself or a friend. This is a super quick DIY project. You’ll …

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Easy DIY Jewelry Organizer for Tangle-Free Necklaces

Tired of untangling necklaces? Make an easy DIY jewelry organizer using a piece of wood, cup hooks, decorative paper and Mod Podge in just a couple hours. This DIY necklace display uses curved hooks to keep necklaces tangle-free. And I’ll show you how to hang it up damage-free on a wall or dresser using my …

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Handmade Chocolate Stir Sticks for Hot Chocolate and Coffee

Lately I’ve seen a lot of old-school handmade chocolate stir sticks for sale. You guys, DIY chocolate stir sticks are so easy to make yourself! It’s an easy and economical throwback DIY gift for teachers, neighbors and family so the kids and I made a batch using candy canes and sprinkles and they turned out …

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‘Four Gift Christmas’ free printable gift tags: Want, Need, Make, Read

We have a new Christmas tradition in our family: the Four Gift Christmas. We give four Christmas gifts to each of our children from mommy and daddy: Something You Want Something You Need Something To Make Something To Read Today I’m going to tell you about it and give you free personalized printable Four Gift …

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DIY wedding gift: Wine tags that transform into Christmas ornament keepsakes

Want to make a cheerful and sentimental DIY wedding gift? Stock the newlywed’s wine fridge with bottles to enjoy together on their future anniversaries. The wine bottles are colorfully labeled with handmade tags that transform into Christmas ornament keepsakes after each anniversary. Just attach the corks using VELCRO® Brand fasteners after your toast and voila! …

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DIY Will You Be My Groomsman / Best Man Gift and Free Printable Labels

Engaged? Here’s a simple and clever way to ask ‘will you be my groomsman?’ and ‘will you be my best man?’ I want to share this easy ‘Will You Be My Groomsman?’ DIY gift idea that I made for the Amazing Connections™ Official Velcro Company Blog as part of a wedding series that shows how …

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10 Simple & Useful Mother’s Day Gifts to DIY or Buy

Ask a mom what she wants for Mother’s Day and she’ll probably say a good night’s sleep. And next, I bet she’ll say she’d like a handmade gift! Here are ten of my favorite simple and useful DIYs that your mom will love. Fingerprint Table Runner Let the kids loose on this hand-painted fingerprint table …

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hearts – Valentine’s Day Dessert

This easy chocolate-covered strawberry hearts recipe is a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day that you can make with kids. These heart-shaped chocolate strawberries look pretty yummy, right? We already ate them all! We also made some more traditional super easy chocolate-covered strawberries that were a big hit, too. Easy Valentine’s dessert to make with kids …

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Washi Tape DIY Christmas Candles – Cute and Cozy!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is decorating our house to feel super festive and cozy. Chicago gets dark at 4:30 PM in wintertime (sigh) so I like using candles to add a warm glow and create a happy mood …especially these modern and whimsical DIY Christmas candles using washi tape and …

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DIY Tie Napkin Rings and Tie Bunting Father’s Day Decorations

Here’s an easy idea for DIY Father’s Day decorations: Colorful paper tie napkin rings, tie garland bunting decorations, and a tie card. It’s a kid-friendly activity and a festive way to Colorize your Father’s Day brunch. The kids think Father’s Day is kind of like a birthday and so they wanted to decorate for “Daddy …

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Wine Wedding Gift with DIY Monogrammed Wine Tags

I made these DIY monogrammed wine tags for a wine-themed wedding gift for our downstairs newlywed neighbors. We gave them three bottles of wine: one to open on their 1st wedding anniversary, one to open on their 5th annivesary, and one to cellar until their 10th. And you can download my free wine tag file …

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Gold and White Painted Wooden Card Box DIY

Make a quick and easy DIY gift idea with a hint of glamour: a gold and white painted wooden storage box. And there’s a surprise inside: this cute little wooden box actually fits two decks of playing cards. Hooray, this is perfect for my bridge-playing mom! Are you making DIY gifts this season? Keep reading …

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See my three sewing projects in the “Little One-Yard Wonders” book – plus a giveaway!

Even though I like to dabble in lots of crafts like paper and decoupage and painting, sewing is still my first love. That’s why I’m so proud to be included as a contributor in the new book “Little One-Yard Wonders – Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make For Babies and Kids.” It’s the …

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How to etch a monogrammed horseshoe beer glass for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes

Hey mint juleps, step aside. Make this monogrammed horseshoe beer glass to watch the jockeys race for the Triple Crown. All you need is a $3 beer glass and some etching cream to make a lucky glass. You can use a craft knife like I did or if you own a die cutting machine (lucky!) …

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DIY Bath Bombs for Mother’s Day with Free Printable Tags

Who wants flowers? Make DIY Bath Bombs for a Mother’s Day gift that your mom will love! And you can also make a few extras for yourself 🙂 My friend Sonya is a talented beauty blogger at Parlor who writes easy-to-follow, modern hair styling and make-up tutorials. She made this easy DIY bath bomb recipe …

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How to sew reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags

This free sandwich bag sewing pattern and tutorial is so easy you’ll be able to replace your old plastic snack bags in no time. I designed these free fabric sandwich bag and snack bag sewing patterns to have extra large flaps. The flaps act like teeny little place mats, which helps avoid germ fests like …

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Stencil a DIY Infinity Scarf Using Recycled T-Shirts

I made this DIY infinity scarf from a recycled t-shirt in exactly one nap time. Cute, yes? It looks like I bought it at a Chicago boutique or Etsy or Renegade Craft Fair but all it took was a scallop stencil by Ed Roth from Stencil1, FolkArt Multi-Surface paint, and my husband’s old gray t-shirt. …

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