How to make a Mini Gift Bag out of an Envelope

The Quick and Easy way to make a Mini Gift Bag from an Envelope.

The Envelope Gift Bag is a great way use large envelopes and recycle old ones.

The gift bag was decorated using the Farmhouse Market Collection from Carta Bella.

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  • Seal the envelope closed.
  • Cut the end off one side of the envelope.

  • Score the envelope 3/4″ on the remaining three sides of the envelope.  You will need to use medium to firm pressure when scoring to crease through all the layers.  Score on both sides of the envelope.
  • Fold the envelope on each score line.  Use the scoring tool to go over each line to make sure you have a good sharp crease.

  • Put your hand inside of the envelope and gently start opening it up.  Refold the lines as you open it up.   Create gusset folds on the sides of the bag.
  • Once the bag is fully open you will have two pointed flaps sticking out on each end.  Add adhesive to the flaps and adhere to the bottom of the bag.  (you can also add a piece of decorative washi to the bottom of the bag to hold the flaps in place.)

  • Start decorating the bag.
  • Add a decorative strip of washi tape around the bottom of the bag.
  • Add stickers to the front of the bag.  Stickers are a great way to cover up a name when re-using an envelope.

  • Fill the bag with your gift.
  • Fold the top of the bag over and crease.
  • Punch two holes in the top of the bag and add ribbon.

Remember the next time you get a card to carefully open the envelope on the side so

that you can recycle it into a cute little gift bag.

Holiday DIY with Old Kitchen Hardware


I have this old jar of assorted hardware on my shelf in my workshop.

I keep it just in case.  (Why you ask?)

Because I’m a “you never know” type of crafter.


I had picked up a bag of old kitchen hardware at a garage sale a couple years ago

for fifty cents and used it on a few projects and even made a couple of ornaments.

(you can see them here)


While it may be too late for you to make this year…

it’s an idea that you can put away on the shelf, so to speak, for next year.


Here’s how I made my ornament…

After disassembling the hardware, I spray painted the base plate cream.

What a difference spray paint makes.


I added silver around the edge using a  Chisel Point Calligraphy Paint Marker, Silver*    (*affiliate link)


I used the small hole at the top of the hardware plate to string red and white twine.

I embellished it with a glitter berry cut from a glitter berry sprig (see previous picture)

wrapped around a small craft pine stem to form a small swag.

I glued the pine swag and small red and white bow to the hardware with

Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry.*

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I painted a small wood snowflake, found at the craft store, with silver acrylic paint and added

the “let it snow” sticker from Small Talk Stickers by Tim Holtz Idea-ology*.

I added a small red pearl to cover the bottom hole in the hardware and glued the

snowflake on top.


A quick and easy upcycled ornament for the Christmas Tree.

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Making a Winterberry Table from a $2 treasure.



Making a Winterberry Table from a $2 Garage Sale treasure.

I almost missed the small cardboard sign leaning up against the mailbox…

I wasn’t completely sure it was even a sale.  So I backed the car up and parked.

You never know what you might find when your out “treasure hunting”.


While chatting with the fun older couple, I found out that they had just recently married and moved

into their new home.  They were downsizing and combining both households.

The couple had a lot of good stuff, most of which I didn’t need.

It was on my second look around when I spotted the table and it’s $2 price tag.  (no need to haggle)


She told me… “I always meant to refinish it.  I put a doily and a basket on it instead.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell her I was planning on painting it.


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I had just recently received some new paint from DecoArts and thought I’d give it a try.

I gave the table a couple coats of Americana Decor Satin Enamels Deep Ruby*.

I was seriously impressed with how smooth the paint went on and dried.

I didn’t even need to sand between coats.


I decided to stencil the top of the table using my new DecoArt Stencil 6 x 18 in. Winterberries*.

I secured the stencil in place using removable painters tape.

Using a stipple brush…

I applied DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint, White Birch*

inside the open stencil areas.


The Winterberry stencil comes with two 6″ x 18″ stencils which are slightly different.

I used the second stencil to add another berry branch to my table top.

I’m in love with my “new” table.  

For now, the table will be used with my holiday decorating and then after the Holidays it’ll find a

permanent home in the guest room.


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DIY Up-cycled Jar…a little trash to treasure

Ikea Toothbrush Holder

I was about to throw away this inexpensive toothbrush holder

(from IKEA) while cleaning my bathroom, when I got the idea.  I’m always looking for items

to use as a base on repurposed projects and thought this was perfect for a quick project.

Inspiration and ideas can be found anytime, anywhere…

even while cleaning your bathroom.
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Great Storage or Gift Idea.  So many ways to customize using items destined for the trash.

How to make an Up-Cycled Jar…

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  1. Disassemble toothbrush holder.  Set aside the top portion of the holder for future projects.
  2. Paint the bottom of the holder, the lid of the jar and the cabinet knob with black semi-gloss spray paint.
  3. Glue the bottom of the jar to the painted base.
  4. Cut a circle from the decorative paper and adhere it to the top of the lid.
  5. Glue knob onto the center of the lid.
  6. Add chalkboard label to front of the jar.


The DIY Up-cycled Jar was featured in  2016 Craft Ideas Garden Issue. (page 72)

This project was created for and sponsored by Craft Ideas Magazine.

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Making a place for Dad’s coffee

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Dad comes over every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for dinner.

It’s our weekly ritual.

He arrives at 5:30, sits in the leather chair closest to the television, in time for the evening news.

While he watches the news, I make dinner.  That’s the routine.

Dad sits in that particular chair so he can read the closed captioning.

Unfortunately, that’s the one chair that doesn’t have an end table.

Occasionally… he’ll give me a hard time telling me I need a table so he can put his coffee

cup down.  Problem is there’s no room to put one there.

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Problem Solved…

I noticed this old stool down in the basement, paint splattered and water stained.  (a little ugly)

A make-over was in order and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I wish you could of saw the smile when I told him why I did this.  (I had to sneak the first picture)

He thought it was perfect.

Easily put away when not in use.

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Old Stool Make Over Steps


  1. I gave the top of the table a quick sanding with my palm sander to smooth out the paint splatters.  (I could of sanded the legs but I was lazy.)
  2. I used Tattered Angels Decor and DIY, Ebony*, I love that you don’t need to do any sanding or priming.  I love the smooth matte finish that it gives.  I gave the table 2 coats of paint and some touch ups.
  3. Allow the paint to fully dry and cure before starting the stenciling.
  4. I custom mixed Americana Décor Chalky Finish paint relic and everlasting for a light contrast to the ebony black finish.
  5. Center the stencil onto the middle of the stool and tape down the edges with removable painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving.
  6. Use stipple brush to apply Chalky Finish paint inside open stencil areas.
  7. Remove Stencil.
  8. For the time being, I’ve decided to leave the stool as is.  You may want to apply a finishing wax to help protect the paint.


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