DIY Newspaper Garland

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Okay. Once again, I have a new obsession…NEWSPAPER. Plus, I have so much of it laying around. I can envision all of the things I can make from newspaper.

Anyway, I saw this awesome scroll garland on Bird’s Party Blog. The garland was made using cardstock. Since I have all of this newspaper, I decided to use newspaper.

Here’s what you’ll need:

newspaper items

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Step 1: Cut newspaper into strips (about 1in).

Step 2: Roll a strip of newspaper into a circle.

Step 3: Use a paper clip to attach the roll to another strip.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3.

Step 5: Fold a strip in half, but don’t crease it.

Step 6: Repeat step 5.

Step 7: Cut a strip in half. Fold that strip in half, once again, don’t crease it.

Step 8: Repeat step 7.

Step 9: Staple the strips and remove the paper clip.

Step 10: Staple another strip to the strip that sticks out.

Step 11: Repeat steps 2-10.

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You can make your garland as short or as long as you’d like. Some things to keep in mind…because the newspaper is not thick, you’ll need to staple some of your loops together to make your garland sturdier. Also, trim some of those shaggy ends as needed.

It took me about 20 minutes to make one garland. Yikes! I know…As crazy as it sounds, I plan on making more of them to spice up one of my walls…when I have time.

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More newspaper crafts to come.

Enjoy!

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DIY Cork board jewelry display

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Now that I’ve made a necklace and earrings, I figure I needed a new way to display them.

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Because my current jewelry drawer is ONE BIG MESS! All of my necklaces get all tangled together and it take me forever to find matching earrings. This is not going to work! A great and cute way to display all of your jewelry is with a cork board!

Here’s what you’ll need:

corkboard items  I forgot to include a pen to outline and scissors. I just used an old frame that I had.

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Making this jewelry display was super easy. Plus, the pack of cork board that I bought came with four pieces. I have enough to make a few more.

Enjoy!

DIY – Button Earrings

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It’s official…I’m obsessed with making earrings. I just can’t help it. Since I have some extra buttons, I decided to use them to make some earrings. These earrings were so easy to make. I ended up making two pairs in two minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

button earrings items

Earrings #1

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Earrings #2

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Which do you like better?

Enjoy!

The Cupcookie

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Cupcookie Collage

I’m sure that this dessert is nothing new. But it’s new to me…lol. I needed to make a dessert to celebrate the hubby’s birthday. All I had was chocolate cake mix and the fixings to make chocolate chip cookies. So, the cupcookie was born.

You prepare your  cake according to the directions on the box. You prepare the cookies and place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Using a muffin pan ( I am in love with this pan!), you place a cookie on the bottom of the pan and pour your cake batter on top. That’s it.

Chocolate chip cookie recipe (from Parent’s magazine);

2/3 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup softened butter

1 slightly beaten egg

1 Tbs. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

chocolate chips

Just mix them together.

Enjoy!

DIY Button Necklace

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This craft is super cheap and super easy to make. Let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

button necklace items

Just follow these five easy steps.

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Step 1: Lay your buttons out on the black felt in the design that you want.

Step 2: Glue your buttons to the felt.

Step 3: Cut out the design. Here’s a tip: fold the felt back just a little as you cut along the edges. It’ll give the necklace a more circular outline.

Step 4: Remove any glue strings from the necklace.

Step 5: Glue your chain to the back of the necklace.

If you’re a visual person like me, here’s my video on YouTube.

Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

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Soda top earrings – Easy DIY earrings

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So, I have been on this jewelry kick for a few days now. I have literally been scaveging my house looking for items to turn into earrings. We don’t usually drink soda, but with the holidays, you know how you indulge. Anyway, I saw the soda cans and immediately thought of some super cute earrings.

All you have to do is take the tops off of two cans and hot glue your eearring backs to the top. So easy!!!

What items have you used to turn into earrings?

Let it snow globe! – tutorial

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I was on my favorite site – Pinterest, and I saw snow globes! Surprisingly I don’t usually decorate for Christmas. I just never have enough time, energy, nor money. But when I saw those snow globes, I just had to try making them. In the end, these snow globes were really easy to make and only cost me $5!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Pint size mason jar
  • Minitature tree
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Fake snow

Step 1:

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Remove the top from the mason jar and glue the tree to the top.

Step 2:

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Add some fake snow. You don’t want to add too much. Just a little is enough.

Step 3:

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Carefully screw the top back on to the mason jar.

Now you can stop here. However, if you want to make it a little more decorative, it’s time to get out the glue gun again.

Step 4:

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Measure your ribbon, cut, and glue in place.

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Add a decorative sticker and trim the ribbon. Voila! You have your very own snow globe. You can add distilled water to make it like a “real” snow globe. But I like it like this.

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Cake in a jar – easy Christmas gift!

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My kids attend a small private school and I was trying to find a gift to give all the teachers without breaking the bank. Cakes in a jar immediately came to mind. They are super easy to make and super tasty as well. You can make any kind of cake in a jar. I chose strawberry short cake – my favorite.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Muffin pan
  • Pint size mason jar
  • Cake mix
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Whipped cream (not pictured)
  • Ribbon, stickers, or anything else to decorate your jar

Step 1:

Bake your muffins according to the box. I like to add in half water/half coconut milk for a fluffier muffin.

Step 2:

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Cut the muffin into three parts.

Step 3:

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Place the muffin top (the rounded piece) in first. Add a layer of strawberries, then a layer of whip cream.

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Repeat step three until you have filled the mason jar.

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At this point, you can add a personalized tag or tie a spoon to the jar for extra decoration. I was in such a hurry to make 12 of these that I didn’t take a picture of the final product 😦 … Next time.

Enjoy!