Easy DIY Gift Baskets

Whether you’re trying to make a custom, one-of-a-kind gift basket for a friend’s birthday, need a last-minute house-warming present for a loved one, a token of appreciation when meeting your significant other’s family for the first time, or simply a just-because gift, these gift baskets will become your go-to idea! …

Overnight Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Slow Cooker Recipe

Wake Up to the Smell (and Taste) of Pumpkin Pie!

It’s my second favorite season of the year, folks (behind Christmas, of course)! Costumes, pumpkin carvings, fall decor. Halloween is next week, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Some of you might be dreading the food-filled holiday, but for those of you who have a sweet-tooth for pumpkin pie, I’ve got just the thing to satisfy your craving without the loads of calories and guilt!Read more

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

What costume will you wear for Halloween?

Halloween is fast-approaching, and time is running out to figure out what ghoulish goblin or pretty princess you’ll trek out into the night as on October 31st. At this point, you’ve got 11 days to shop-and-ship, and let’s be honest: are you really going to trust the expedited shipping to get your costume to your home in time? Not to mention–will it fit?

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Chalkboard DIY Wine Art Quote

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Merlot; cabernet sauvignon; pinot noir. Chianti; old vine zinfandel; red blends. I love wine. I am best friends with red wine.

So, it seems only appropriate that while I prepare decor for my new apartment move, I focus on some wine decor.

My latest favorite method of DIY crafting has been chalkboard. Chalkboard wine bottles, chalkboard sign. Anything that I can spray some paint on and decorate with chalkboard markers, sign me up!

I merged my two favorites into one with my latest project:

DIY Chalkboard Wine Quote Art Decor

I still need to cut more wine corks in half and finish the cork board border of the frame (aka I need to drink more wine… oh darn!), but you get the overall picture. And don’t you just love the quote?! Thank you Pinterest!

love the wine you're with diy quote chalkboard art

 

Chalkboard Wine Art Quote Materials:

This project is super easy to complete, and inexpensive, too! I used the following items to complete it:
– Picture frame with glass (picked up at thrift store)
– Chalkboard spray paint (leftover from previous projects)
Bistro chalk markers by Marvy Uchida
 Several corks from wine bottles, cut in half, lengthwise

chalkboard DIY wine art quote decor

I can’t wait to finish up the frame and hang this beauty in my kitchen. Because, let’s be real, is there ever a reason NOT to love the wine you’re with?! 😉
Also, on a side note to that, has anyone noticed that so many wine brands are switching to the synthetic corks now? Boo-hiss! I want my expanding cork that sometimes breaks off in my bottle! (No but really, what brands do you know of with cute, REAL cork designs? I need this project done ASAP!)

So far, I’m loving these bistro chalkboard markers by Marvy Uchida. They’re so easy to use and create art with, and when you’re done or want to change up your decor, all it takes is a quick wipe with a wet rag, and you’ve got a new, clean slate!

Chalkboard crafts, chalkboard decor, and more chalkboard stuff!

Want some more chalkboard inspiration? Try this patriotic project–perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July! And stay tuned for my Marvy Uchida Chalkboard Marker Set Giveaway, coming next week!

 

Last-Minute Memorial Day Decorations

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Man, this month is just flying by, isn’t it?! It seems like just yesterday it was Mother’s day, I blinked, and bam, Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner!

Today I thought I’d share a quick and easy DIY Project: DIY Last Minute Memorial Day Decorations

Memorial Day 4th of July Decorations Chalkboard Display

Seriously, y’all, this display took me about 15 minutes total, which is exactly how long I like to spend on holiday decorations in my home, haha. Okay, okay, it might take you a BIT longer if you have to take the time to chalkboard paint the bottles and an old picture frame, but still, this project shouldn’t take you more than a day, total. And just in time for Memorial Day weekend, no less!

Materials:

  • Empty, cleaned wine bottles with labels removed.
  • Old picture frame
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalkboard markers (I used Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalkboard Markers)
  • Any other red, white, and blue decorations you have lying around.

And that’s it! Seriously!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab you chalkboard spray paint, spray on 2 coats, wait to dry, then get to decorating!

Chalkboard Spray Paint Project

 

The best part? When you’re done, use a wet rag, and you’ll have a clean slate for the next holiday (or leave it up for Fourth of July?)! I used Marvy Uchida Chalkboard Bistro Markers for this project. They’re SO easy to use. Shake, press, and draw as if you were using a regular marker. The best part is they clean up super easily, and stand out brightly against the chalkboard background. If you’re looking for a last-minute project to spruce up your place for Memorial Day weekend (perhaps a Memorial Day BBQ?), then these will add a little cute pizzazz in less than a day’s work!

Chalkboard Memorial Day 4th of July Decorations Wine Bottles

Chalkboard Memorial Day 4th of July Board Decorations

 

What other decorations are you planning on displaying for Memorial Day weekend? Do you usually buy and save Memorial Day/4th of July decorations to use year after year? Or do you opt for the disposable, one-use decor for your BBQ party needs?

 

DIY Pillow Cover in Five Easy Steps

I’m back with another Drab to Fab for y’all:

DIY hand-sewn pillow cover!

This is one of the Pinterest project attempts completed for the 30-before-30 challenge: 30 completed Pinterest projects. View the rest here.

I had seen so many pillow case tutorials online, and sewing-machine tutorials for decorative pillow covers. But as ironic as it is, this avid DIY-er does not own a sewing machine (yet)! Because of this, the easier the template, and the fewer stitches needed, the better. And thus, though I pulled some tips and tricks from other Pinterest pins of pillow covers, I’m sharing a tutorial for those of y’all who also stick to the traditional way of sewing–by hand!

DIY Pillow cover

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Easy and Quick DIY St. Patrick’s Day “Feelin’ Lucky” Bunting Banner

Hey there, all my crafty vixens!

February always seems to come and go so quickly, doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday I was figuring out what heart-shaped goodies to give my Valentine.

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. In honor of the holiday (and because I needed an excuse to FINALLY take down the Merry Christmas bunting banner… I know, I have holiday decor problems), here’s a quick set of pictures to give you some inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day home decor.

Specifically, a Feelin’ Lucky bunting banner!

Looking for a full tutorial? Use the dimensions and tips in my previous bunting projects: Give Thanks Bunting Banner, and Merry Christmas Bunting Banner.

I used a mixture of 60-cent scrapbook papers and laminated white burlap for the bunting flags this time, gold letters in a perforated pack from The Dollar Tree, and spray adhesive glue from Lowe’s to attach the letters.

Enjoy! What decorations are you rolling out for the Irish holiday?

Feelin Letters and Flags Adhesive Spray Glue for Bunting Banner

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky St Patricks Day Bunting Banner DIY Feeling Lucky St Patricks Day Shabby Chic Bunting Banner DIY

St Patty's Day Banner Quick
The St. Patty’s Day banner in the day time.
Banner St Pattys Day at Night
The full banner at night time.

 

DIY Christmas Bunting Banner

Got an hour to spare this weekend before the big day arrives next week? Get out your holiday scrapbook paper and get to work! This quick, easy-to-make Chirstmas bunting banner is sure to brighten up your home during your holiday festivities!

DIY Christmas Bunting Banner

Materials Needed:

– Scrapbook Paper, 2 sheets in 3 separate Christmas-related designs/colors

  • Craft-Laminated Burlap

  • Jumbo-Sized Jute String

  • “Clipboard” Self-Adhesive Letters

  • 15 Wooden Clothes Pins

  • Christmas-Themed Ribbon

  • Two Clear Push Pins

  • Scissors

 

Instructions:

1. Cut the scrapbook papers and burlap. Make a template stencil using scrap paper or cardboard. I used this blog post for guidance on the dimensions for the stencil for my last project, the Thanksgiving Bunting. However, since “Merry Christmas” takes more letters, I decided to cut down my dimensions a little to fit the space better. You can see the dimensions I used in the picture below. Cut enough flags for the saying you’d like to hang, alternating the colors.

Bunting Flag Dimensions cut burlap flag dimensions Christmas burlap flag colors

 

2. Attach letters to the cut flags. If you’re able to find the self-adhesive “clipboard” scrapbooking letters, these will work best. Otherwise, find letters in lightweight material, and use adhesive spray to attach them to your flags. Keep in mind the color pattern you want when you hang them (Ex: mine was “burlap, orange white, burlap, orange, white…” and so on).

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3. Measure and cut jute string. If you can recruit a friend, family member, or roommate, have them help you measure out how much jute you will need to string the flags across the wall. I left extra jute on each side to tie bows and let the excess hang down in a light spiral.

4. Clip flags to jute string using wooden clothes pins.  At this point, I laid the string across my living room floor, and got to work. I spread out the flags, pre-tied the red ribbon into a bow, and spaced it out to my liking. Then, one by one, I clipped the flags onto the string, using my feet to keep the string taut as I went along. I used a pin to attach the bow, as well (this way, I can take the bow off easily when I go to change out the bunting flags for the next season). Let me tell you, once you have done this the first time, replacing flags in the future while the jute is already pre-hung is a piece of cake!

5. Hang banner on wall, using clear push pins to secure. Again, if you can recruit someone to help you, this will be easier. Use a tape measure to see where on the wall you will place the first push pin. Once the push pin is in the wall, tie one side of the banner around the push pin in a bow, double-knotting if necessary. Measure the next side so the flag hangs evenly. Adjust as needed.

 

And, voila! Easy-peasy, done-in-a-few-hours project for Christmas. AND, the Christmas bunting banner makes for a great backdrop for pictures!


Christmas themed bunting

 

Have you made bunting before? How did yours differ from mine?

Did you partake in any last-minute Christmas holiday crafts this season?

DIY Thanksgiving Bunting

It’s one week before Thanksgiving, but JUST in case you’re a last-minute DIY-er like me, here’s a quick Pinterest-inspired tutorial to spice up your living area for the quickly-approaching holiday!

PS: This is part of my 30 before 30 project (completing and posting 30 Pinterest projects before I turn 30). I used this pinthis pin, and this pin for inspiration.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Bunting Flag Banner Picture

DIY Thanksgiving Bunting Banner

Materials Needed:

– Scrapbook Paper, 2 sheets in 2 separate designs/colors

  • Craft-Laminated Burlap

  • Jumbo-Sized Jute String

  • “Clipboard” Self-Adhesive Letters

  • Wooden Clothes Pins

  • Autumn-Themed Ribbon

  • Two Clear Push Pins

  • Scissors

 

Instructions:

1. Cut the scrapbook papers and burlap. Make a template stencil using scrap paper or cardboard. I used this blog post for guidance on the dimensions for the stencil. Cut enough flags for the saying you’d like to hang. Ex: mine was GIVE THANKS, so I cut 10 flags (3 orange, 3 white, and 4 burlap).

2. Attach letters to cut flags. If you’re able to find the self-adhesive “clipboard” scrapbooking letters, these will work best. Otherwise, find letters in lightweight material, and use adhesive spray to attach them to your flags. Keep in mind the color pattern you want when you hang them (Ex: mine was “burlap, orange white, burlap, orange, white…” and so on).

3. Measure and cut jute string. If you can recruit a friend, family member, or roommate, have them help you measure out how much jute you will need to string the flags across the wall. I left extra jute on each side to tie bows and let the excess hang down in a light spiral.

4. Clip flags to jute string using wooden clothes pins.  At this point, I laid the string across my living room floor, and got to work. I spread out the flags, pre-tied the autumn ribbon into a bow, and spaced it out to my liking. Then, one by one, I clipped the flags onto the string, using my feet to keep the string taut as I went along. I used a pin to attach the bow, as well (this way, I can take the bow off easily when I go to change out the bunting flags for the next season).

5. Hang banner on wall, using clear push pins to secure. Again, if you can recruit someone to help you, this will be easier. Use a tape measure to see where on the wall you will place the first push pin. Once the push pin is in the wall, tie one side of the banner around the push pin in a bow, double-knotting if necessary. Measure the next side so the flag hangs evenly. Adjust as needed.

 

And, voila! Easy-peasy, done in a few hours project for Thanksgiving. AND, it makes for a great backdrop for pictures!

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Bunting Flag Banner

Have you made bunting before? How did yours differ from mine?

Did you partake in any last-minute Thanksgiving holiday crafts this season?

 

Linking up with: Wow Us Wednesdays, And Sew We Craft, From Dream to Reality,

 

DIY Halloween Wine Bottles Decor

It’s that time of year, folks! As September crept by, I began to see the rollout of Halloween decor in all my favorite stores. Of course I made the annual grumble, thinking, “It’s still 100+ degrees out, how the hey can I get in the mood to buy halloween stuff right now?!” But, truth be told, I love Halloween and fall decor. Fall has become one of my FAVORITE times of the year, and I love the pretty colors that go along with this season.

So, during this time, I wanted to try out a new DIY project I had pinned a while back:

Decorative Halloween Wine Bottles

(It should also be mentioned that I’m a bit of a wine-o, and I admittedly indulge in a glass or two of red wine each night.) I took inspiration from here, here, and here, and got to work.

Materials Needed:

  • 7 wine bottles

  • Large pot for soaking bottles 2 at a time

  • Tempera paint in: red, green, white, orange, and black

  • Brushes for painting: a wide brush for base coats, a small brush for details

  • Halloween-themed ribbon (or black tulle if you opt for that look)

  • Krylon gloss finishing spray

 

Directions:

Step 1: Take off the wine labels.

Like an amateur, I attempted to just peel off the label on my first go. Yeah, that doesn’t work too well. So, I Googled some ideas and finally opted for soaking my bottles in a pot of hot (but not boiling) water for 15 minutes at a time. I noticed that adding some dish soap helped for the extra pesky labels.

After soaking, use a butter knife to scrape off the wet labels. It’s ok if some residue from the glue does not come off, but keep in mind this will keep your bottle from having a completely smooth finish.

Empty Wine Bottles for DIY Project Soak Wine Bottles to Remove Wine Labels Soak Wine Bottles to Remove Wine Labels Wine Bottle Removed from Wine Label

Step 2: Paint!

I noticed that the inspiration photos seemed to have a spray paint base, but let’s face it, I’m a college student, and if there’s a way to save money but have the same overall effect, you better believe I’ll find it!

I opted to paint both the base coat background and my designs for the Halloween wine bottles with Tempera paint. Plus sides: Super cheap, dries extra quickly to make coating to faster. Down sides: Goes on thin, so will need plenty of coats, dries with a chalky finish (I found the remedy for this downside, keep reading to find out), and can crack or get air bubbles if you don’t wait for the coat to dry completely before coating again.

painted halloween wine bottles

 

Step 3: Spray with Finish and Top with a Bow.

Because I wasn’t a fan of the chalky finish, and I wanted to make sure my bottles would last more than one season, I went out to the craft store and picked up some gloss finishing spray from Krylon. This stuff is great, since you can use it on practically any surface, and it leaves a clear shine to whatever project you’ve completed. Best part? The store was having a buy 2 deal, so I picked up some chalkboard paint spray from Krylon as well (to use on other projects as seen here and here and here!).

I decided on a cute small ribbon with Halloween colors that would go with all the bottles. I’ve seen some pins where people opted for black tulle, or even spray painted burlap black for a BOO-rific shabby chic look. This is a fun way to change up your halloween wine bottles decor look each season by simply swapping out the ribbon!

diy Halloween painted wine bottles

Halloween painted wine bottles diy project

(Please ignore the Christmas PJ Pants… I obviously have my holidays a bit mixed up! 😛 )

So, what do you think? Have you dabbled in any budget decor for Halloween season? What’s your favorite upcycling technique with wine bottles?

Until Next Time…