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Cheery spring wreath

Cheery spring wreath

Even though the beginning of March is part of winter, I always have spring fever as soon as we get past February.  I look forward to spring all winter long, and as soon as the calendar hits March, I feel like we’ve made it!

To welcome the change of seasons, one of the first things I do is update our front door wreath.

I found a fun chevron patterned burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby that spurred this year’s spring wreath for our front door.  My front door makeover last fall was all about presenting a cheery welcome to our home, and I thought this ribbon was perfect.

While at Hobby Lobby, I also bought an 18-inch wire wreath form and a few stems of purple silk flowers to complete my wreath.  Best of all, everything was on sale.  My total for the materials was just over $13.  I love the Hobby Lobby sales!

I wrapped the burlap ribbon around the wreath form in overlapping layers and used clear packing tape to hold it together in the back.  I decided not to hot glue anything in case I wanted to change up the look after a while.

After clipping the stems down, I arranged and inserted the flowers into the ribbon layers.   Everything has been staying in place just fine without glue, and I like having the option to revamp the wreath later if I want.I used a smaller chevron-patterned ribbon to hang the wreath on the door, but I thought it needed something else.

I found a monogram letter that I bought a few months ago but had never used.  Using the same ribbon, I added a bow and hung the monogram behind the wreath.  Cheery spring wreath

Now we’re ready to welcome the change of seasons with this cheery spring wreath!

Are you as excited for spring as I am?

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Girly storage from upcycled container

Lovely storage for a little girl

My daughter loves Cool Whip.  Our weekly tradition is chocolate chip pancakes for Saturday morning breakfast.  She usually puts more Cool Whip than pancakes on her plate.Crafty storage from a repurposed container

She also seems to love anything that comes with lots of little pieces: hair clips and elastic bands, rubber bracelet bands, beads, stickers, Barbie accessories, etc.  Then we need to find places to store all of these items so they don’t get lost all over the house.

These two loves inspired my trash-to-treasure project today.  We end up with a lot of empty Cool Whip containers.  They’re nice little containers, so I wanted to try to repurpose one as a storage solution for my daughter.

I decided to make it a floral accent for her room with a green base and pink top.  For the bottom, I found some lovely green ribbon with a pattern that reminded me of a stem.  For the top I bought a small piece of pink felt and a spool of  adorable rosette ribbon.

The green ribbon was only $1.99 at 50 percent off.  The felt was 23 cents, and the pink ribbon was $1.99.  Since I used less than half of each, the real cost is lower than the $4.21 I spent on the materials.

First I used my hot glue gun to attach the green ribbon to the base in two overlapping strips.

Once that was done, I cut the felt to size (freehand) around the Cool Whip lid.Felt for lid

I hot glued the felt to the lid around the inside of the lid indentation, then glued it down on the edge.  I trimmed off excess felt as needed.

I arranged the rosette ribbon on top of the felt and adjusted it until I liked how it looked.  I cut it off the spool and carefully hot glued it in sections to avoid moving it.Craft a girly storage container

The project was a quick and easy way to add some cute storage for my daughter’s room.   I think it looks adorable by her lamp!
Girly storage from upcycled plastic containerHappy crafting!

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A great gift – DIY monogrammed candle holders

Over the holidays, I found myself in need of a few last-minute gifts.  Can you relate?

I wanted to give something with a personalized touch, but I was on a budget.  Since most people like candles, I decided on monogrammed candle holders.  It was a fast, easy, and inexpensive project for some cute gifts.Monogrammed candle

I found candles with a light, pleasant scent (fresh linen) at the dollar store, along with the glass holders, making these gifts just $2 each.

I already had the letter stencils, paint sponges, and DecoArt Glamour Dust glitter paint on hand, but those supplies are inexpensive as well.  The glitter paint was about $2 and the letter stencils were $3.99 at Hobby Lobby.  I’ve used them for several craft projects.

Monogrammed candle supplies

For some of the letters, I just held on the stencils with one hand while painting with the other hand.  Other letters had two pieces, like the “D” in the picture below.  I taped those stencils to the glass to keep them in place while I painted the monogram on the candle holders.

Monogrammed candle paint

The glitter paint dries lighter than it looks when wet, so I put on several coats.  You can also put the glitter paint over a similar solid color for a darker result.

The paint dries quickly to the touch, so you can apply multiple coats in a short time, but it requires 24 hours to fully cure.  That makes it easy to fix any “oops” spots as needed before the paint cures. Monogrammed candleThe candle holders were a fun project, and make a great little gift for a neighbor, hostess, teacher, etc.  I liked them so much, I made one for myself, too!

Happy crafting!

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