Skip to Content

See My Pool Noodle Party Decorations in Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine

I’m really excited to share that I’m featured in the July/August 2016 issue of Rachael Ray Every Day™ Magazine …it’s the one with the yummy grilled corn-on-the-cob recipes on the cover. Yay! The article is called “Life Of The Party: Use Your Noodle” and it shows how to make five clever and easy pool noodle …

Read More about See My Pool Noodle Party Decorations in Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine

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!) …

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

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. …

Read More about Stencil a DIY Infinity Scarf Using Recycled T-Shirts

Handmade Christmas Cards from Recycled Magazines

Thanks to Tesco for sponsoring this post. This DIY project and all opinions are mine. Although many Christmas cards are produced from sustainable sources, nothing beats making your own! Handmade cards are highly personal – both in terms of the uniqueness of the card maker and because they can be tailored to the intended recipient. …

Read More about Handmade Christmas Cards from Recycled Magazines

Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags

Here are some super easy fall napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags that you can easily make the night before your Thanksgiving feast. And these Thanksgiving napkin rings double as place cards. Elise and I went grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner and I totally forgot to bring our cloth bags. We walked out …

Read More about Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags

DIY Pillow from a Pile of Leftover Sofa Fabric Swatches

Make a DIY pillow from a pile of leftover sofa fabric swatches. It takes just an hour or so to put together this pillow with a quilted look that actually doesn’t require any quilting. It was really quick and easy to make and I’ll even show you how to put in a pillow zipper. Oh …

Read More about DIY Pillow from a Pile of Leftover Sofa Fabric Swatches

DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers

These free DIY printable garden seed markers are made from recycled plastic salad containers. The packrat in me always kinda feel bad about throwing these plastic salad containers away so thought I’d try to make something useful from them. And I thought that the salad container plastic could make a great waterproof outer case for …

Read More about DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers

Oatmeal container straw game: fun DIY toddler indoor activity

Today’s indoor craft activity is for toddlers under two years old: it’s a color sorting straw game made out of a recycled oatmeal container. And trust me, it will keep them entertained at home for hours. All you need is an empty Quaker oatmeal canister (or cardboard box), a standard hole punch, a bunch of …

Read More about Oatmeal container straw game: fun DIY toddler indoor activity

DIY Baby Wipes Container Craft to Match Nursery Decor

This DIY baby wipes container craft will put the finishing touch on your nursery decor. My baby wipes box has become a fixture on Elise’s shelf so I thought why not make it extra pretty? So I decided customize it by covering it with fabric. Here’s what the baby wipes pop-up container tub looked like …

Read More about DIY Baby Wipes Container Craft to Match Nursery Decor

Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton

I made this ring holder from a recycled cardboard egg carton as a gift for my friend Debbie’s recent engagement. Would you ever guess that this ring holder was made out of a recycled egg carton if I hadn’t told you? Is this crazy or what? I’ve been eyeing our empty cardboard egg cartons before …

Read More about Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton

45 vinyl records used as frames for wall art

My DJ friend Chad creates free compilation music mixes for anyone who asks. Being the lucky recipient of many said mixes, I wanted to make Chad something to thank him for the tunes. Chad collects bird-related art and of course loves music so I thought that birds from vintage linen calendars framed by old 45 …

Read More about 45 vinyl records used as frames for wall art

DIY Chalkboard Baby Food Jars to Track Freshness

Elise is eating solid foods now so I’ve entered the Land of Frozen and Leftover Baby Food. With my brain still set on ‘sleep deprived,’ I put my chalkboard obsession to good use with these recycled, reusable baby food jar lids to help me track it all. Hooray for re-writable lids and Chalk Ink food-safe …

Read More about DIY Chalkboard Baby Food Jars to Track Freshness

Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Recently I took part in the first inaugural Chicago Craft Social hosted by Amanda Edwards, Megan Hall, Megan Heep, and Jessica Jones. In addition to meeting tons of super cool crafty Chicago ladies, I made these fun retro Paris notecards out of old time-y black-and-white France vacation photos. Table leader Lisa Haskin of Faux Transformations …

Read More about Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes

I made this fabric napkin rings recycled craft from an empty Saran Wrap tube. A few months ago I was getting ready to throw away an empty Saran Wrap box and happened to notice how the cardboard tube inside was oh so strong and sturdy. What useful thing could I make with such a pretty?? …

Read More about Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes

Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card

My downstairs neighbor Susan gave us a beautifully wrapped wedding gift in thick, shiny silver and pearl-like white wrapping paper. Channeling my mom, I decided to fold up the shiny white and silver paper and store it until I found some use for it. Today I recycled the wrapping paper into a wedding card sewn …

Read More about Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card

Phone Book Wrapping Paper for Gifts

AT&T delivered piles of telephone books to my neighborhood a couple of weeks ago. Not needing ours but cringing at tossing the stack into the trash I decided to find some crafty uses for them. So I wrapped my sister Karin’s birthday gifts with birthday-themed yellow pages. Supplies: Telephone book (preferably yellow pages) Tape Scissors …

Read More about Phone Book Wrapping Paper for Gifts

Friday Inspiration: Tape Vases at Anthropologie

So my friend Renee and I decided to browse through Anthropologie after having afternoon tea at Julius Meinl. It’s no surprise to anyone that Anthropologie has some of the most crafty, creative, seasonal store decorations out there. But this one made me giggle. I remember back in Girl Scouts making ‘vases’ from bell jars, masking …

Read More about Friday Inspiration: Tape Vases at Anthropologie