Arts & Crafts

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Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems – Guest Post by Pretty Handsome Guy

Hi all, Pretty Handsome Guy here filling in for Brittany. Last night Brittany and I were wrapping presents and I thought I'd share with you some common gift wrap problems and how to deal with them.  Think of this as the polar opposite of…
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Easy Peppermint Star Ornaments

Last year I made these Easy Peppermint Star Ornaments. They were a lot of fun to watch as they melted and fuzed into a snowflake ornament. My son asked if we could make them again this year. Because the kids are officially out of school now,…
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How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign

How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign: You guys, I'm super excited about this Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign I made using scraps from my workshop. This sign turned out 200 times better than I imagined in my head. I knew I had to share…
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Galvanized Metal Tree Form

Want to make a super cute and fast galvanized tree form? This little galvanized tree will fit in with some of your holiday vignettes, especially if you like the rustic look. Last year I had fun playing with DIY galvanized metal (otherwise…
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PPG Paint Tips & Sips + a Giveaway

Last month I had the honor to represent PPG, makers of OLYMPIC® Paints & Stains , GLIDDEN® Paint, the LIQUID NAILS® brand and the PPG PAINTS™ brand, at the Paint Tips & Sips media event in New York City. It was an invite-only…
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DIY Copper Pipe Centerpiece

I'm super excited to be back with another fun copper pipe tutorial for you to make for the holidays! Today let's make this unique DIY Copper Pipe Centerpiece that acts as a candelabra . . . . . . or a floral centerpiece. This is such…
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DIY Copper Ring Jewelry

The holidays are here and you know what that means: It's time to check off items from your gift list. I don't know about you, but I detest braving the mall traffic and chaos. I'd much prefer to stay indoors and make gifts for the ones I love.…
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Making Hot Air Balloon Decorations

This year I'm helping out with the school book fair decorations again. The theme for our fair was air travel. We made cute hot air balloons, clothespin airplanes, a giant "Welcome" word cloud, and cut out book clouds (tutorial to come soon.)…
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12 Toys that Help Kids Grow Creatively

For birthdays and holidays I like to buy gifts for my boys, nephew, and nieces that help grow their creativity and in turn boost their self-esteem. These gift ideas help increase creative thinking and problem solving (skills that are on the…
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Woodland Fairy Garden in a Jar – Styled x3

Have you been following Stacy Risenmay's Styled x3 series? It's addictive y'all! It's kind of like the "who wore it best" in the home decorating world, but there's no shaming. The way it works is Stacy buys three of one item and ships two…

Painting with Alcohol Inks

I've been indulging in my own art therapy lately. It's been a stressful month and I've found a new outlet for all that tension. Alcohol! Well, alcohol inks to be accurate. These brightly colored inks feed my love of colorful art. And the…
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Rustic Wine Crate with Rope Handles

Have you ever stumbled across a wine crate and wondered what you could do with it? I have just the idea for you and it will take less than an hour to create. Today I'll show you how to make a Rustic Wine Crate with Rope Handles. Materials: …
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Make Your Own Street Sign

Do you have a favorite street or a town that brings you fond memories? Don't you wish you could have a vintage sign from that place? But, what are the chances of stumbling across one in an antique shop? Probably slim to none. You could steal a…
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Summer Garden Flag from a Dollar Store Placemat

I have to admit, I'm a little addicted to making garden flags out of fabric placemats from the dollar store (The Dollar Tree to be exact.) In fact this flag was made using all materials from The Dollar Tree. I bought fake flowers, bar towels…
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Simple Washi Tape Vases {Teacher’s Appreciation Gifts}

Teacher's Appreciation Week is coming up.  I needed a gift that would be special and would make the teachers' smile. And, I needed a gift that would require very little time to create. As I strode by the recycling bin, I grabbed some jars…
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Decorated Chalkboard Clipboards

Teacher Appreciation time is coming up. Every year, I find myself scrambling for last minute gift ideas for the teachers. My sister-in-law is a school teacher and she has always lamented the amount of sugar-laden sweets she is gifted. For…

Fork Photo Holder

Today I have a unique photo holder that you can create using forks from Goodwill... ...and an angel decor item that I bought on clearance. Good thing too, because I didn't own the angel for more than 20 minutes when I dropped it in our…
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Make a Driftwood Gift Crate

I love making small crates or boxes to use as a gift baskets for friends. It's a great way to used up scrap wood and give a gift that can be used to organize a desk or shelf.  Stick around today and I'll show you How to Make a Driftwood…
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How to Make a Snowman without Snow

Do you wanna build a snowman? Come on let's go and play! Ha, my apologies if you have that popular Frozen song in your head now. Do you have snow where you are? We are on the tip of an "epic" winter storm that is rolling into North Carolina right…
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Melted Crayon Heart Valentines

After the abundance of candy and cookies consumed over the holidays, I cringe at the idea of more sweets finding their way into our home. Especially candy with artificial colored dyes added. Valentine's Day and Halloween are the two holidays…
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Galvanized Metal Star Garland and Mantel Vignette

Remember when I told you I've been on a galvanized metal kick? Yes, you may have noticed my Rustic Metal Magnetic Window Frame on Monday. When I put the windows over our fireplace mantel, I knew there was something missing. I tried a few different…
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Rustic Metal Magnetic Window Frame

I was really inspired by Laura Putnam's new book: DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts. I love the look of aged galvanized metal and knew that our home needed more of it. Today I'll share with you a tutorial to create your own Rustic Metal Magnetic…
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Halloween Canvas Door Decor

Today I have a special guest rockstar for you! Kim is here to show you how to whip up the quickest Canvas Halloween Door Decor. Kim is the creative goddess behind Today's Creative Life. She truly has an eye for the awesome. I mean have…
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PB Teen Inspired Jewelry Organizer

Today, I'm super excited to have Jen Woodhouse here to present the tutorial to make this Pottery Barn Teen Inspired Jewelry Organizer. Jen is the creative muscle behind The House of Wood. She recently knocked my socks off with this West…
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State Pride Magnetic Key Holder

Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Brad! Brad is our first guy rocker to join the tour. He has an amazing creative brain and woodworking skills that will blow your mind. Brad has created this State Pride Magnetic Key Holder for you to build.…
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Pottery Barn Blue Textile Knockoff Art

Today we have Roxanne taking over the Rockstar DIY stage! Roxanne is the knock off queen. She will be showing us how to create these beautiful knock off Pottery Barn Blue Textile prints for much less. If Roxanne sees something from a high…
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Easy Clipboard Stand

Today's project is so easy, I named it the Easy Clipboard Stand (catchy name, no?) This is a great way to upcycle an old clipboard and a scrap 2x4. This clipboard stand is super versatile. It can be used as a traditional stand for announcements;…
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Customizing a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt

Welcome to another Tote Bag Week Post! Are you getting lots of ideas for how to make and dress up tote bags? If you're just joining in here's the line up: Monday: How to Sew a Canvas Tote Bag Tuesday: Dress Up a Store Bought Tote with…
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Cute Reversible Reusable Tote Bag Tutorial by Sawdust Girl

Are you enjoying Tote Week?! If you're just joining in here's the line up: Monday: How to Sew a Canvas Tote Bag Tuesday: Dress Up a Store Bought Tote with Piping Wednesday: Reusable Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial Thursday: Customizing…
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Dress Up a Plain Tote with Piping

Welcome back to Tote Week! If you're just joining in here's the line up: Monday: How to Sew a Canvas Tote Bag Tuesday: Dress Up a Store Bought Tote with Piping Wednesday: Reusable Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial Thursday: Customizing a Tote…
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Make Your Own Clock Sign

Making a clock is an easy project. All you need is a flat surface that you can drill a hole into and BOOM, you can make a clock. Let's get started and I'll show you How to Make Your Own Clock Sign. Materials: Chalkboard sign (I purchased…
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Metal Number Sign

Want a quick and easy way to display a favorite number? Create a metal number art sign for your wall; for wedding tables; to commemorate your favorite athlete, etc. Materials: Metal sign (found at Michael's) Spray Paint Numbers …
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Upcycled Cabinet Door Chalkboard Art

What do you do with an old cabinet door? Besides keep it with your wood scraps for ten years like I did (not recommended.) You can create pre-framed art! Today I have an easy Upcycled Cabinet Door Chalkboard Art project for you. If you have…
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Easy Plexiglass Art Frame

Have you ever wanted to frame a piece of art but didn't want to pay the high cost to buy a custom frame? Or worse, you're like me and too lazy to DIY your own frame? That's where I found myself last week when I was creating the perfect gallery…
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DIY Feather Art

When I needed an extra piece of art for our living room gallery wall I created DIY Feather Art. You can create your own, but please purchase craft feathers, use fake feathers or paper feathers. (Per the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is…
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12 Tips to Create a Perfect Gallery Wall

When you Don't Love It, a room in your home can become a place to avoid. Last week I hung our TV on the wall in our living room, but was cringing because that big fat TV was screaming "Look at me! Look at me!" It was killing the cozy vibe…
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Boredom Buster DIY Projects for Kids

If you're on a quest to keep the kids entertained, I have several Boredom Buster DIY craft projects for you and your kids that will keep you busy over the next few weeks or so. Summer Calendar & Bucket List   Kids' Thumbprint Envelope…
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Little Playhouse for Ollie {Mystery Thrift Off}

I love giving my boys creative freedom on projects. Frequently I let them have access to my scrap pile. Inevitably they build little houses for their stuffed animals. This little house was designed and painted by my 8 year old for Ollie (his…
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Housewarming Gift Caddy {Mystery Thrift Off}

Do you have a new neighbor or know someone who just moved? It's time to celebrate with them by giving them a housewarming gift caddy! This is an easy gift tote that you can customize to any size you like. Plus, the recipient can use the caddy…
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Chalkboard Arrow Sign {Mystery Thrift Off}

Are you having a yard sale, a lemonade stand or an open house? This Chalkboard Arrow Sign is an easy DIY project that will bring more attention to your event. But, let me back up to explain exactly how this Chalkboard Arrow Sign came to be.…