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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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White and gold painted DIY wooden playing card box

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 a perfect handmade gift idea for my bridge-playing mom! Are you making DIY gifts …

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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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Geometric Painted Pots Easy DIY Idea

Here’s an easy DIY geometric painted pots idea to get you in the mood for spring. This geometric painted planter is actually super easy to make yourself by hand. It may look complicated but it’s actually really simple for beginners. Keep reading to see how to make your own DIY painted pots in your favorite …

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How to make a DIY winter hat from recycled sweaters

Recycling sweaters into winter hats is an oldie but a goodie because it’s cheap and useful and makes a great DIY gift. Check out this cute recycled sweater hat that Elise and I made from a recycled sweater! Making a hat out of a recycled wool sweater is such a quick project! I think this …

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Personalized gift wrapping paper from minted

This post is sponsored by Minted but all opinions are my own. I love wrapping gifts. There’s something about cutting just the right amount of paper, creasing those crisp edges, playing with sticky tape, then all those lovely wrapped boxes under the tree. So when I found out that Minted now offers exclusive personalized wrapping …

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Cute mittens Christmas gift tags printable template – type to personalize

Warm-up your holiday gifts with these printable mitten tags and labels that YOU personalize and print at home! These cute mitten gift tags are festive and also non-denominational so they’re perfect for teacher gifts and hostess gifts as well as gifts for friends and family, whether they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or the Winter Solstice. Just …

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DIY Wall Art: Personalized Sun Prints

Here’s a fresh and sun shiny DIY nursery wall art idea: Personalized sun prints made using sun paper and alphabet magnets. Liam’s room is getting a makeover so I decided to make a bit of DIY artwork for his room to keep company with his super adorable Minted monster artwork. Chicago has been sunny and …

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