Easy Peasy Upcycled Container

I love a good upcycled, recycled project.

Creating a useful item from something that would be thrown away or put in the recycling bin.

This project was made using an empty Nesquik container.

I have been drinking chocolate milk for as long as I can remember. My dad used to use the Nesquik containers in his garage to store nuts and bolts and lots of other small items. We found several vintage cans out in his garage when we were going through it.

For my Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Up-cycled Container I used:

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Directions:

  • Measures and cut two pieces of  vinyl to wrap around the container.  (I used one long piece and one shorter piece.)
  • Use the printed graphics on the side of the container to line up your edge.  Slowly wrap the vinyl around the container smoothing as you go to reduce the air bubbles.

  • Use the squeegee tool to smooth the vinyl.  If you can’t get rid of the air bubble with the squeegee tool you can use a small pin to poke a hole in the vinyl to release the air.

You can find the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy SVG file at the Silhouette Design Store.

  • Use the vinyl pick to remove the letters from the vinyl lemon, leave the inside pieces of the letters.

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl image.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.
  • Remove the vinyl from the white liner, center the image on the front of the can.
  • Gently rub over the Vinyl Transfer Tape* to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Repeat the process with the stem and leaf.

A fun little upcycled project, great for many different uses.  (not just in the garage)

Place several cans side by side for a cute and creative way to store supplies.

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Just for Fun- DIY Golf Menu Board

DIY Golf Menu Board…

It started as a joke.

Last month, as my husband was painting the floor of the deck, I opened the window,

stuck my head out and asked if he wanted anything to drink.

He said we should put in a counter at the window so we could take orders.

I wanted a Pool Snack Bar, he really wanted the 19th Hole.

This is our compromise.

  • I painted a thin hardboard panel with several coats of DecoArt Americana Decor Black Satin Enamel Paint.
  • I gave the painted board a light sanding with steel wool to make it smooth.

Supplies Needed:

Directions:

  • Using an SVG Cut File purchased from the Silhouette Store, size and cut all the pieces using the Cameo Die-Cutting Machine.
  • Use the Vinyl Tools to “weed” out the negative spaces around your image.

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  • Apply transfer tape over the image and give a gentle rub with using vinyl scraper tool to transfer the image to the tape.
  • Gently lift up to remove the image off white backing.

  • Align and place the image onto the board.
  • Give a rub with the vinyl scraper tool to transfer the vinyl onto the board.

My husband loves the board.  (I wonder if I can get him to pay?)

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How to make a Beach Inspired Windchime

A Beach Inspired Windchime for those us that LOVE the beach.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that live on the ocean or have a Beach House.

Here is a simple project to make that you can hang on the back porch.

Or if you don’t live on the beach or have a beach house.

The Windchime is a fun reminder of trips to the ocean,

and a great way to use some of those shells you collected. 

How to Make a Beach Inspired Wind Chime.

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Gather Your Supplies…

The Caddy Storage Tray* is so handy to use. It’s perfect for sorting the various sizes of wood beads. And it fits into the large container of the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.  I used the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* in the caddy to hold my paintbrushes.  I put all my supplies in the caddy and took it onto the deck, where I worked on the wind chime under my umbrella on a beautiful Summer day.  (and wished I was on the beach)

Faux Driftwood…

Because I didn’t have an actual driftwood stick from the beach.  I used a stick found in the yard and broke it down to size.

  • Scrape the bark off the stick.  (I used an old table knife.)
  • Paint the stick with white acrylic paint and a couple of stripes of pale blue and aqua.
  • Give the stick a light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper to rough it up and make it look more natural.

  • Cut five pieces of twine approximately 24″ long.
  • Tie a knot on one end of the twine.
  • Wrap a small piece of blue removable painters tape on the other end of the twine to keep the twine from fraying.
  • String Wood Beads onto the twine.

  • Tie beaded twine to the painted stick.
  • On the center of the stick, I glued a medium-sized Starfish purchased at a Beach Gift Shop.
  • Add a couple of beads to a piece of twine. Tie twine to each end of the stick to use as a hanger.
  • Stick the loose ends of the twine through the beads to hide.

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Patriotic Themed Summer Party

Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue!

No matter if your party is big or small.

It’s easy to throw together a Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Themed Summer Party.

Gather up some hotdogs, burgers, and brats for the perfect Summer BBQ Get-Together.

Here are a few Ideas to make the Summer Holidays fun and special.

Grab and Go Party Ware.

Bring Deflecto to your next party.

I used a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* to hold my tableware and condiments

for easy grab and go.

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Bold Stripes and Bright Stars

Every party needs a few yummy desserts.

The 3 Tier Dessert Stand* from Deflecto is perfect for displaying cupcakes and other goodies.

It is easy to put together and folds flat for compact storing.

All three tiers on the stand have holes for holding cake pops.

They were the perfect size for inserting small flags and the handmade banner for the top.

How to make the Banner…

  • Cut two bamboo skewers 6″ each.  Wrap the ends with decorative washi tape.  The washi tape helps keep the skewers securely in place when inserting in the stand.
  • Die-cut or hand-cut 5 banners out of decorative scrapbook paper.
  • Tie a piece of blue and white twine on each end of the bamboo skewers.
  • Fold banners and adhere to the twine.
  • Apply letter stickers on the front of the banners.
  • I used red glitter vinyl and my silhouette die-cutting machine to create the words USA to apply to my banners.
  • Stick on each side of the top tier in the holes made to hold cake pops.

Little details make everything more festive.

Don’t forget to make a few star picks to stick into the cupcakes.

This is a fun project that the kids can help you make.

  • Create the picks by punching or die-cutting several blue and red stars.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the star and place a toothpick in the center.
  • Adhere a second star on the back.
  • For quick and easy work, I used the Xyron Create-A-Sticker* to add adhesive to the stars.
  • Decorative the stars with additional small foil stars.

Add a touch of Vintage Americana with blue Ball mason jars. 

They are great for storing straws, and they also make great drinking glasses.

And when the sun starts going down, don’t forget the sparklers and glow in the dark novelties.

Summer Fun Party Decorations Ideas:

I found most of my supplies at Michael’s Craft Store, Dollar Tree and Walmart.

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The Pool is Calling Drink Holder

It feels like Summer is here now that the pool is officially open.

A few more bright and sunny days, and I’ll be ready to jump in.

Who am I kidding?  I’m either under the umbrella or on my pool float relaxing.

And since we’re not allowed to have glass items by the pool, (my rule) I made myself

a cute drink container using an expensive stainless steel tumbler found at Dollar Tree.

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For my drink holder, I used Iridescent Opal Vinyl from StyleTechCraft to create the words.

I love the way the Opal Vinyl shimmers and changes with the light.

StyleTechCraft Opal Vinyl comes in 9 different colors for a lot of fun options.

While taking pictures of the products for this post, one of the pieces flew into the pool.

I thought it was ironic, so I took a picture.  (opal vinyl holds up in water)

Here’s what I used to create my drink holder:            (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  1. Wipe the surface of the tumbler with the alcohol wipe to remove any oils.
  2. Use the Silhouette Electronic Die Cutting Machine to cut the words “the Pool is Calling!” out of Opal and White Craft Vinyl
  3. The cut file I used came with an outline for the word “Pool”.  I cut it out of white glossy craft vinyl to make the word “Pool” stand out.
  4. Use a small piece of transfer paper, place onto the individual letters that spell the word “Pool”.  Place letters one by one on the white outline.
  5. Cut a piece of transfer paper slightly larger than the white vinyl outline.
  6. Apply transfer tape over the outline. Give the transfer tape a gentle rub.
  7. Apply the word “Pool” onto the tumbler.
  8. Apply additional words onto the tumbler.
  9. Allow the vinyl to cure on the tumbler for 4 days before using. (Hand wash Only)

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Shaving Cream Art

Create Unique One of a Kind Art with Shaving Cream.

Shaving Cream Art is a fun project that the whole family can participate in.

How to Create Shaving Cream Art

Materials Needed:

I use the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* to hold my ink refills and other crafty supplies.

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Shaving Cream Art can get a little messy so a little prep work is necessary.

  • For easy clean up…Place a piece of wax paper* over a large baking sheet.
  • Add shaving cream onto wax paper.
  • Add several drops of ink onto the shaving cream.

  • Use a craft stick* to swirl the ink into the shaving cream.
  • Do not over stir or the shaving cream will become muddy.

  • Place card-stock directly onto the shaving cream and lightly Smoosh.

  • Carefully lift the card-stock from the shaving cream.

  • Use the scraper tool* to scrape the excess shaving cream from the card-stock.

  • Without re-stirring the shaving cream, you can repeat the process several more times.
  • The first one will be the most vibrant and will get subtly lighter each time.

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Each one will be different and will lighten as they dry.

You can use this process to create even larger pieces of art. 

Shaving Cream Art also makes a great background for card-makers.

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How to Personalize a Wine Glass with Glitter Vinyl

One of my favorite snack combinations is Wine and Popcorn.

It’s great for a casual party or a perfect movie night snack!

For your next party, try personalizing inexpensive Wine Glasses from Dollar Tree*.

Add names to the glasses, and they’ll be no more mixing them up .

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How to Personalize a Wine Glass with Glitter Vinyl

Materials:    (*affiliate link)

The great thing about StyleTechCraft Transparent Glitter Vinyl is that it’s the only film in the world that is colored glitter on both the inside and outside.  

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Directions:

  • The flower and leaves image used on the wine glass was purchased online as a “cut file” from the Silhouette Store.
  • Using the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*, I resized the flower and leaves image to fit on the front of the wine glass.  (Mine was approx. 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″)
  • Lay the vinyl on the cutting mat.  (Because my mat is old and not super sticky, I use a piece of removable tape to hold my vinyl on the mat.)
  •  Set machine on the vinyl setting, cut images out using the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.  Cut the image out in red and green adhesive glitter vinyl.
  • Use the Weeding Tool, to carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the image.

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* a little larger than the flower shape.
  • Lay the Vinyl Transfer Tape*on top of the flowers. Gently rub over the transfer paper using the vinyl scraper tool to make sure the image has transferred.

  • To help the vinyl stick securely to the glass…Wipe the surface of the wine glass with the alcohol wipe to remove any oils.   
  • Lay transfer paper onto glass. Because the surface is curved, start from the center of the image and rub one side at a time using vinyl scraper tool. The tool allows you to smooth the image and get rid of air bubbles.
  • Remove Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • Center leaves over floral design and repeat process.

Allow the vinyl to cure on the glass for 4 days before using. (Hand Wash Only)

And of course, you’re going to need a cute coaster to go with your wine glass.

  • Apply adhesive Silver Glitter Vinyl to the front of a chipboard coaster.  Trim around the edge of the coaster with a craft knife.
  • Create the words using red and black transparent and apply onto the coaster the same as the wine glass.  Enjoy!

Cheers…looks like a Wine and Popcorn kind of night!

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Spring Care Basket

With so many people stuck at home, share a little love and kindness with a Spring Care Basket.

Hang the basket on the front door of an older relative or neighbor to brighten their day.

I created the care basket with extra essentials and re-purposed items I already had at home.

Here’s what I used to create the Spring Care Basket:

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I refreshed the look of the basket with a new coat of paint using a white color stain.

I glued the floral applique to the front of the basket with craft glue.

After adding a little paper shred to the bottom of the basket, I filled it with useful essential items.

A little chocolate might be a nice touch too.  (if you’re willing to share)

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Tips and Benefits of working at Home

Now that more and more people are working from home, I wanted to share a few tips for

getting organized, creating a neat desktop and benefits of working at home.

One of the first steps in creating a working environment is your workspace.

It doesn’t have to be fancy or stylish.

My desk/work surface is an old Sunday School table that I purchased at a church rummage sale.

Start with a clean desktop.  It’s the one thing I like to do to help control the chaos in life.

Find useful items to keep you organized.

I use a variety of new and vintage items to organize my craft/office space.

On my desk, I like to keep it as clutter-free as I can.

I found the Deflecto 12″ x 12″ Stackable Storage Trays* is a great way to corral my paper

clutter.  I use the first tier to hold the items I reference most often.

As a paper crafter, I use the second tier  to hold my scrapbook paper and future projects.

Also on my desk, I used the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* to hold my everyday

items.  Of course, it’s also perfect for holding your markers and other crafty items.

It’s interlocking, which means you can add multiple organizers.

And best yet…it fits inside the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.

As a member of the Deflecto Design Team for the last 5 years,

I’m partial to all the craft and office storage items that they have.

You can check out their website here.

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Make it Personal.

It doesn’t matter if your space is temporary or permanent,

make sure it reflects your personal style.

Choose Good Lighting.

To help your eyes from getting tired, choose a light fixture to brighten up your space.

I chose an inexpensive desk lamp in my favorite color of red.

If you have room, place a favorite family photo on your desk.

It’ll remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.

One of my favorite benefits of working from home is Cute Co-Workers.  

Don’t let the cuteness of this scruffy puppy throw you.

He’ll steal your supplies the moment you turn your back.  (sometimes right in front of your face)

Below is a short list of benefits I discovered while working at home.  (in no particular order)

10 Benefits of Working from Home

  1. A Short Commute:  My son has to be at work at 8:00 in the morning.  He said he can get up by 7:55 and still be there on time.
  2. No Traffic or Crowds
  3. Every day is Casual Friday:  (really, really casual)  Shoes optional.
  4. You don’t have to make small talk with your co-workers.  (that is unless your co-workers are really small and also home)
  5. Less annoying co-workers.
  6. No boss breathing down your neck.
  7. Save Money on Gas, Coffee, and Lunches
  8. You can eat when you want.  (Heck, you can drink wine while you work.)
  9. Throw in a load of laundry during breaks
  10. More time with your Family

(There are definite disadvantages of working from home, but, for this post, I’m choosing not to focus on those.)

This is one corner of my Office/Craft Room/Studio.

It’s where all the real work happens.

I’ve been working on this space since last Spring when I moved into my son’s old bedroom.

This room is a much larger space than I had previously.

With a fresh coat of paint, a ship-lap accent wall, it’s turning into my favorite room of the house.

With additional purging, picture hanging and organizing, it’ll be ready for a full studio tour

in no time.

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Creating a Mini Greenhouse for Starting Seeds

I was searching online for Mini Greenhouses when I came across an image of a container

for starting seeds that reminded me of the containers found in the

Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.

That image sparked an idea for creating a moveable mini greenhouse.

Because everything’s a little better when you add vinyl…

I decided to personalize the containers.

I used my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* to create and cut the flower

names out of Ruby and Apple Green Polished Metal adhesive vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

Using the weeding tool, carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.

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I also cut and weeded 4 graduating sizes of ruffled flowers using Yellow and Orange Polished

Metal Adhesive Vinyl and leaves made from Apple Green Polished Metal Vinyl.

Stager and layer the vinyl flowers to create a marigold looking flower.

To apply the vinyl:

  • Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the words.
  • Lay transfer tape over the words and give a gentle rub using scraper tool.

  • Use the transfer tape to apply the words onto the container.
  • Rub over the transfer tape with the scraper tool to help the letters stick.
  • Remove the transfer tape.

The Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* comes with three clear containers; small, medium

and large.  I used the two larger containers to plant my seeds.

I took the lid off the smallest container and used it to hold my garden tools and seed packets.

  • Add a layer of potting soil in the bottom of the clear containers and sprinkle the top with seeds.
  • Add a thin layer of soil on top the seeds and water.

The containers create a humidity dome which is great for keeping seeds moist and protected.

The seeds will start to sprout in a 5-10 days.

When the seedlings mature, I will transfer them into pots and then into the ground.

My Mini Greenhouse Seed Starter is easy to move around so I can take advantage of the best

sunshine.  A great project to do as a family.

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