Santa Wrapping for a Bottle of Wine

BE FESTIVE.

Wine bottles are such an awkward shape to wrap so if you happen to be giving some wine as a gift this year, here’s the perfect solution.  It is super cute and festive and just takes a few minutes to put together.  Of course, they’ll know it’s a bottle of wine but they won’t know what kind ;)

santa wrapping for a bottle of wine

Supplies:
  • red scrapbook paper
  • white paper or white sheet of cotton (like what you use to put under Christmas village scenes)
  • 4 buttons
  • 1 washer
  • electric tape
  • double stick tape
  • ribbon and tag
Game Plan:

1. Cut the red scrapbook paper so it covers most of the bottle of wine from top to bottom and reaches all the way around the bottle.  Use double stick tape to adhere it to the bottle.

how to wrap a bottle of wine

santa wrapping for a bottle of wine

2. Cut a strip of cotton, felt, or white paper and attach it to the bottom of the red paper using double stick tape.

santa wrapping for a bottle of wine

3. Cut small strips of double stick tape and fold it in half to attach buttons to the red paper.

santa wrapping for a bottle of wine4.  Put electric tape around the middle of the bottle to make Santa’s belt.

Hopefully you can do a better job of making your belt be straight unlike me!

santa wrapping for a bottle of wine5. Attach a washer in the middle of the electric tape with double stick tape to serve as Santa’s buckle.

santa wrapping for a bottle of wine6.  If you want to add a little something extra, wrap ribbon around the neck of the bottle and a tag.

santa wrapping for a bottle of wine

santa wrapping for a bottle of winesanta wrapping for a bottle of wine

santa wrapping for a bottle of wine

How do you like to wrap wine bottles?


DIY Bunting

CREATE.  DECORATE.  SAVE MONEY.

Ever since bunting became a craze, I’ve been in love with it.  That being said, I’ve never gotten around to making any, that is until last month…

I helped throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law and thought bunting would be a good way to add some color to the room for little to no cost (ended up being $0 because I had all the supplies on hand).  I figured while I was making that one, I might as well make an orange and black one to usher in fall.  So glad I did.

This project was super easy and very cheap for me because I was able to get all the material from my mom’s leftover quilt scrap collection.  I already had the thread and the only thing I ended up buying was casing for the fall bunting; I just used a pink gross grain ribbon I had on hand for the baby shower bunting.

 easy sew fall bunting

Supplies:
  • ribbon or casing
  • different fabrics (I prefer 5-6)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors or rotary cutter

 

Game Plan:

1.  Make a template out of cardstock of a triangle that is the size you want your bunting to be.

easy sew fall bunting

2.  Fold all your fabric and lay flat so when you cut out the triangles, you will get two triangles.

3.  Using your template, cut out as many triangles you need for the length of your bunting.  

I made mine way too long, but now know that I just need 16 triangles for our mantle.  I used a rotary cutter and yard stick, but scissors work too.  You will want to cut neatly though, because I left my edges raw.

easy sew fall bunting

4.  Using a straight stitch in a coordinating thread, sew each set of two triangles together.  

easy sew fall bunting

easy sew baby shower pink bunting

 

5.  Using a straight stitch, sew the triangles to a ribbon or in a casing.

A ribbon will work just fine if you are hanging the bunting in a place where it will only be seen from one side, but otherwise I would recommend using casing.  I actually prefer the look of casing and it only costs $1-$2.

easy sew baby shower pink bunting

easy sew fall bunting

Open up the casing and insert the triangles between the two flaps, then close and sew all together.

6. Hang up and enjoy the warmth and fun it creates!

easy sew fall bunting

Fireplace BEFORE

easy sew fall bunting

Fireplace AFTER with fall bunting

easy sew fall bunting

easy sew fall bunting

easy sew fall bunting

easy sew baby shower pink bunting

We used the pink bunting to liven up the gift table

 

Here are some other posts on fall decorating:

Fall Burlap Wreath

burlap flower wreath tutorial

Spooky & Autumn Blocks

halloween and fall diy decorating

Fall Floral Wreath

fall decor

Decorating for Fall

halloween decorations

Halloween Painted Sign

DIY halloween sign


Fall Burlap Wreath

CREATE.  DECORATE.

My friend Izzy had some leftover burlap from her vintage wedding that she passed off to me several months ago.  Ever since then, I’ve been switching from burlap project to burlap project in my head and finally rested on this one.  I have to say it was definitely a good choice!

I thought this project was pretty easy, a bit time consuming with all the cutting out and a bit messy too because of the nature of burlap and what happens when it comes in contact with scissors.

burlap flower wreath tutorial

Supplies:
  • 1- 1.5 yards of burlap
  • fabric scissors
  • raffia
  • colored fabric (I used dark teal and orange)
  • straw wreath
  • screwdriver
  • hot glue gun (optional)
  • cardstock

 

Game Plan:

1.  Create a flower template out of cardstock.

I just used a cookie cutter and traced it on the cardstock.

2.  Cut out flowers of the burlap using your flower template.

You don’t have to be exact by any means!  I was able to cut two layers out at a time which cut down on my time investment.

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3.  Layer two flowers on top of each other, rotating the angle of them so they’re not laying right on top of each other.

 

burlap flower wreath tutorial

4.  Keep the plastic on the wreath, this will cut down on the mess.

burlap flower wreath tutorial

5.  Using a screwdriver, punch the center of the two layered flower into the wreath until it bunches up and is stuck in there.

For greater stability, you can put hot glue on the back of the flower before you punch it through; I didn’t and it seems to be holding up fine but I am keeping my wreath inside.

burlap flower wreath tutorial

burlap flower wreath tutorial

burlap flower wreath tutorial

6.  Continue this process until the entire wreath is covered.

You can stop right here if you’d like.  I was tempted to and may revert back to this after fall and hang it up as regular decor.

burlap flower wreath tutorial

burlap flower wreath tutorial

7.  Create a bow out of raffia and use wire to stick it in the straw or use hot glue to attach it to the wreath.  

burlap flower wreath tutorial

burlap flower wreath tutorial

8.  Cut flowers using your template out of colored fabric of your choice if you want to add a little pop of color to your wreath.

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Check out the other wreaths I have made:

DIY Twine Letter Wreath with Felt Flowers

tutorial spring twine letter with flowers

Mesh Garland Christmas Wreath

diy mesh garland christmas wreath

Moss Monogram Door Hanging

monogrammed door

Vintage & Rustic Wreath

inexpensive vintage wedding decorations

Traditional Christmas Wreath

how to make a christmas wreath

Fall Floral Wreath

fall decor

 

Handmade Wooden Kitchen Table

At the beginning of the summer, my husband started on a new project: a kitchen table.  We had been using a retro red table from his Grandma Gen for the past seven years.  You really couldn’t get a table to suit me more than that table; the problem was that it was falling apart and the seats were cracking.  In addition, it was a fairly small table and we knew we would need something larger once Emden was out of a high chair.

And so a new project was born for my husband, and like all projects, it took much longer than anticipated.  We thought it would be a month before we were able to feast on the new table, but in reality, summer was coming to an end before we welcomed it into our home.

I didn’t write a tutorial up for this one, because, well, there are a ton of steps and I didn’t do any of them!  Instead, I thought I’d provide you with some pictures to show the process!

handmade oak table with pictures of process

The top piece of wood is what all the boards started out looking like- very rough

handmade oak table with pictures of process

The stack of wood my husband started off with that was given to him by our friend. Thanks Tyler!


 

handmade oak table with pictures of process

Planing the rough wood several times to make them smooth

handmade oak table with pictures of process

Planing takes a long time, each side has to be done multiple times and that adds up!

handmade oak table with pictures of process

My husband making quite the mess!

handmade oak table with pictures of process

The best boards he choose for the table top

handmade oak table with pictures of process

After gluing between all the boards he clamped them together and let set overnight which turned into a couple of days before he was able to find time to get back to this project

handmade oak table with pictures of process

Closeup of the glue squirting out

handmade wooden oak table pictures

Gluing a second board around all the edges to make it appear to be a thicker table. He only had enough clamps to do one side each night to let dry.

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

Top stained


build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

Finally ready to bring inside

build a kitchen table

Owen wanted his picture taken with the new table

build a kitchen table

We bought our chairs online from Nebraska Furniture Mart.

build a kitchen table

Our table in real life with a dirty floor and highchair always accompanying it.

 

 

I wasn’t really able to get the pretty shots I wanted of the table because, well, the kitchen table is kind of our family hub and so there seems to always be toys, smears of who knows what, and drinks cluttering its surface.  Yes, I know I can clean it off, but then I’ve got to do the floor too, and frankly, that just seems like too much work for a couple of pictures!

Anyway, I LOVE our new table and Jeff did an amazing job on it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiderman Toy Bin

DIY.  SAVE MONEY.  ORGANIZE.

My boys are in love with superheroes which is no surprise because their daddy is too!  Anyway, I had a little Superman bin holding all of their superheroes but it soon became too small for all of them and we needed to upgrade to something a little larger, so here is what I came up with.

I absolutely love it and if we run out of room again, I will most likely make another one of these but with a different superhero.  I went with Spiderman because we already had a Spiderman comicbook I could use for the side of it.

how to store superhero toys

Supplies:
  • red paint
  • black paint
  • pencil
  • paintbrush (small and medium)
  • cardboard box (I got this one for 50% off at Hobby Lobby, I think I ended up paying $3)
  • comic book
  • Mod Podge
Game Plan:

1. Paint lid with red paint.

how to store superhero toys

2.  Search Google images for Spiderman logo, print to appropriate size, cut out, and then use to trace it onto the top of the box lid.

how to store superhero toys

3.  Paint Spiderman logo black.


how to store superhero toys

4.  Cut out scenes in the comic book.

5.  Apply Mod Podge to one side of the box, place comic strips onto the glued side, and press down firmly.  Continue will all four sides, until box is completely covered and then let dry.

For any excess comic paper that sticks off, you can either wrap it and put Mod Podge to get it to stick to the inside or bottom, or you can cut it off.  I did a little of both.

how to store superhero toys

6.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of all the comics to act as a sealant and protectant.

7.  Fill your box with superheroes!

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Here are some other related posts of mine: 

Green Lantern Cape

diy how to make a super hero cape

DIY Superhero Cape

diy super hero cape

 

Jute Wrapped Vase

Turn an ordinary vase into something great by wrapping it with jute.  You can also use a tin can which would be great instead of throwing it away.  I needed something tall so I just reused some vintage vases I had made with sewing patterns.

jute bud vases tutorial

BEFORE

jute bud vases tutorial

Start at the bottom and use hot glue to adhere the jute to the vase. Wrap, glue, wrap, glue.

 

jute bud vases tutorial

A simple pink ribbon adds a nice little touch



jute bud vases tutorial

jute bud vases tutorial

Thursday Repost: Price Match at Wal-Mart

SAVE MONEY.  SAVE TIME.

Watch this video to find out how to get all of the grocery deals you see in the newspaper ads just by going to Wal-Mart.  It will save you money and lots of time just by going to one store!

I’ve been doing price matching at Wal-Mart for a long time and can’t imagine trying to cart my three kids around to multiple grocery stores.

Thursday Repost: Kitchen Renovation- New Tile Backsplash

DIY. DESIGN.

I have to say that our new tile backsplash is definitely my favorite part of the kitchen renovation. It completely transforms the room and makes such a statement. All of our appliances look so much better with the glass tile as a backsplash.

We found this mosaic 1 inch square glass tile at Lowes and bought the last of it– luckily we measured correctly and had enough! It gives the kitchen a contemporary look and really pops next to the white cabinets and blends so well with the new countertops.

This project from beginning to end took several days. Jeff removed all of the old tile over the process of two nights. Jeff and I worked together on cutting and hanging the tile all in one day. After it dried 24 hours, we grouted the tile. Jeff spread it on and I wiped it clean with a damp sponge. After a couple hours, Jeff stayed up late to get the remaining grout off with a cheesecloth. Next, Jeff had to caulk the edges.

Three days later we had to seal the grout which was not a fun project at all. Because it was glass tile, we couldn’t rub the sealant over all the tile or it would leave a haze. Instead, we had to use tiny paint brushes and paint the sealant on all the grout lines! Needless to say, we spread this out over several nights– ugh!

installing 1 inch glass tile

We first had to take down the old tile & patch the hold behind the oven

how to tile a kitchen backsplash

Take off old tile BEFORE installing new countertops

remove old tiles before installing countertop

Rylan got in on the tile demolition

kitchen renovation new tile backsplash

Jeff used painters tape on the new countertop to make a smooth grout line

install glass mosaic tile

New tile up and waiting for it to dry before grouting

mosaic brown tile backsplash

AFTER

mosaic tile backsplash

brown mosaic tile backsplash

brown mosaic tile backsplash

Tuesday Tip: Create a Card Pocket for Wrapped Gifts

This is so easy, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before, thank you Pinterest!  BTW, I pretty much do this on all my packages now if I’m going to be including a card; it’s genius!

card pocket for presents

Fold in a flap on what will be the front of your gift

card pocket for presents

Same step seen from far away

card pocket for presents

The front of the gift without the card

card pocket for presents

Slide the card into the slot you created

card pocket for presents

card pocket for presents

An added touch of ribbon!

Paper & Paperclip Birds

DIY.  SAVE MONEY.

If you’re looking to add some accessories to a room right now, birds are definitely the thing right now and I love this trend.  Birds are just so darn cute and when I saw these birds on Pinterest, I thought why not?  I’m so glad I did, because I had all the supplies on hand and therefore cost me $0, plus they were easy to make and super cute!

I love that you can make these any color you want.  I had to make a “fun” bird just because I wanted to see how cute it would be, not that it would match anything in our house.  I’m glad I did though, because Rylan adopted it…I should’ve known; his bed is practically an animal shelter.

baby birds in a nest diy

Supplies:
  • scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paperclips
  • double stick tape
  • ink pad
  • jute
  • raffia

 

Game Plan:

1.  Draw birds onto card stock and cut out to make a template or use the ones I did at Charcoal & Crayons.

2.  To make the “kid” birds, just insert into word and make them smaller and print and cut into templates.

3.  Fold scrapbook paper and using the template, cut out your birds and wings.  

By folding the template, you cut out both sides of the bird at once!

 

baby birds in a nest diy

baby birds in a nest diy

baby birds in a nest diy

4.  Rub the ink pad on the edges of your birds and wings.

I used brown to create an aged effect.

baby birds in a nest diy

BEFORE ink

baby birds in a nest diy

AFTER ink

5.  Glue wings to each side of the bird.

6.  Glue the top portion of your bird together, but don’t adhere glue to the bottom portion.

baby birds in a nest diy

7.  Straighten out one loop of your paperclips.

Make sure you don’t end up with two left feet or two right because I think it creates balance issues.

baby birds in a nest diy

8.  Put a piece of double stick tape along bottom of bird, press paperclip legs onto tape, add another piece of double stick tape on top and then press the bird firmly on top.

baby birds in a nest diy

9.  Cut a circle out of felt as big as you want the bottom of your nest.

baby birds in a nest diy

This is what the bottom of my nest looks like

 

10.  Glue jute onto bottom of felt in a swirl and then when you’re ready to make the sides you just gluing on the outside upper edge and keep twisting.  Just cut the jute whenever you get it to the size you want.

baby birds in a nest diy

11.  Cut little strips of raffia and using a hot glue gun, glue into your nest.

12.  Make baby birds for your nest, just like in the above instructions, but I don’t put legs on them.

13.  Glue baby birds into nest with hot glue.

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Now we have a bird family in our home that is representative of ours.  What an adorable little bird family!

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scrapbook paper bird decor

I thought these would be cute to make for a wedding cake topper with just the two birds and do them in the wedding colors.  Would be super cute and cheap!  I also thought you could put these on a canvas, minus the legs, and have a cute piece of art, and lastly, you could use half of the bird and glue it on some cardstock to make a cute greeting card.  The possibilities are endless…

What idea do you have for these little birds?