Empty Oats Container & Coffee Filter Flower Vase




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How to Turn an Empty Oatmeal Container into a FLower Vase

I’m wrapping up Coffee Filter Week with this cute flower vase made from coffee filters. Along with my coffee filter flowers, this vase will be the perfect addition to your spring decor! Not only are they super fun to make but you probably already have everything to make them on hand. Now, let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Empty oats container
  • Coffee dyed coffee filters
  • Mod podge
  • paint brush
  • small old bowl
  • Twine
  • Coffee dyed strips of fabric
  • Coffee dyed paper doilies
  • Stencil ( I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 )
  • spanish moss
  • Foam for the inside of the vase to hold the flowers.

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STEP 1: Coffee dye coffee filters and make sure they are dry. If you’re not sure how to do this click here —> HOW TO COFFEE DYE COFFEE FILTERS 

STEP 2: Brush one side of the coffee filter entirely with mod podge and begin sticking them on the oats container; you will need a few layers. Carefully press out any creases with your hands. A few won’t hurt as long as they are flat to the container. Also, make sure to wrap the filters around the top and bottom of the container. See photo below. 

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STEP 3: Once oats container is completely covered in coffee filters, allow to dry. If you can see part of the container through the coffee filters then apply a few more layers in that area and allow to dry.

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STEP 4: Once the container is Dry use mod podge to secure the coffee dyed paper doily. I ONLY brushed the outer edges. If you brush the mod podge over the writing it will smear. I used my Cricut to write one of my favorite bible verses onto the doily. If you do not have a Cricut you could use stencils. Stenciling on the beginning letter of your last name would be a very cute idea.

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Below is a better look at the doily I made using my Cricut. If you have a Cricut the possibilities are endless of what you could do here.

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STEP 5: Next I wrapped a piece of twine around the vase a few times and tied a bow. Just remember when you are making this vase that it is yours! Have fun with it! Just because I wrapped twine around mine doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Do what makes you happy =)




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STEP 6: Finally I added a piece of coffee dyed fabric and tied it in a knot. Here’s a little tip to consider: When working with fabric if you rip it rather then cut it you will get nice frayed edges. Also, if you wait and coffee dye after ripping the fabric you will get nice dark frayed edges.

TIPS: To secure the flowers in the vase add a piece of foam to the bottom. You can also fill the container with dry rice and secure the flowers in the rice. Adding Spanish moss to the top of the vase helps to hide the flower stems.

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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers 

Remember the other week when I showed you how to dye coffee filters with coffee? You are going to need a few of those for this project. If you missed it just click this link —-> How to Dye Coffee Filters using Coffee & Food Dye

Supplies:

1.  FOLD THE FILTERS: To make one flower you will need 4 coffee filters. Fold all of the coffee filters in half, then in half again, then in half again, use your thumbs and really press and crease the folds so they stay.

(sorry for the different background in this photo! I realized at the last minute that I forgot to photograph the folds! #oops!)




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2. Fold your coffee filters one more time in half but this time do not crease it. Round the top, wide, part of the coffee filters with a pair of scissors. When you unfold the filters you should have what looks like a heart.

TIP: If you wait to dye your filters directly after this step you will get nice dark edges. I fold them plain white, cut the rounded edge, plop them into my dye, then into the oven.

 

3. Now it is time to cut the hearts. You have 4 coffee filters so each time you will cut one more heart. Your first filter cut one heart, second filter cut 2 hearts, third filter cut out 3 hearts, fourth filter cut 4 hearts. Use the diagram below to help with cutting.

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4. GLUE: Overlap the hearts on the end and glue them so they form a cone. Do this to all of the cut filters.

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You will not be able to overlap the two smallest hearts, the single and double heart. To do the smallest one I use a glues stick to roll it tight and glue it. I do the same for the double heart but you will not want to make this one as tight.




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When you have them all rolled and glued you should have something like this.

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5. Now it’s time to start building your Coffee filter flower. Before gluing, put the flower together and make sure everything fits nicely. Some of the bottoms will probably need trimmed so they nestle inside one another nicely. To put your coffee filter flower together start with the biggest cone and work all the way down to the single one putting each inside the other. Below is an example of what this should look like.

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6. Gluing the Flower together: Now take the flower apart sitting each layer in order, biggest to smallest. Begin to glue the bottoms and gently stick them inside each layer.

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When you’re finished gluing your flowers will look something like this. Pretty, right?

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Now it’s time to add the stems to your coffee filter flowers. Here are a few materials you will need..

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Use the pointy end of the shish Kabob stick to poke a hole through the glue at the bottom of your flower. Then cut the point off of the stick, glue it, and insert it into the hole you just made. Put a little glob of glue around the base so it is secure to the stick.

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Finally, glue and wrap the floral tape around the flower stem. The floral tape says that it is self stick but trust me it’s not and so you will need to glue it.

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To make the flowers a little more durable I like to spray them with a clear sealant. And here’s what I use –> Mod podge Sealant.



How to Make Jumbo Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

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Being Consistent 

Last week I told you a little bit about my game plan for becoming a more consistent blogger. I have been doing tons of research lately and as it turns out I am not the only blogger with this issue. I find it even more difficult since I am a creative person. Sometimes I feel as if I can’t finish ANYTHING. I start a million projects and go from one project to the next without ever finishing any of them. So my next step in becoming a better and more consistent blogger is to give myself finish dates. I’d call them deadlines but I feel that word puts a damper on my accomplishments so let’s just stick with finish dates. Since you are reading this post it means I must have made all my finish dates for the past 2 weeks! Yay me!

How to Make Jumbo Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

Now that you know how to Dye Coffee Filters using coffee and food dye it’s time to get into the fun stuff! This week I want to show you how to make these super cute coffee filter Easter eggs. These are so easy to make and I really think you are going to love them. You may even have everything you need to make them on hand!

Supplies: 




STEP 1: Paint the egg with Mod Podge.

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Step 2: Paint one side of each coffee filter strip and begin covering the egg with them. Use your fingers to to press strips down while smoothing  out any creases.

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Step 3: Keep adding strips until egg is completely covered and the color of the egg is no longer visible. Let dry over night.

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Step 4: Once the eggs are dry look for spots where the original eggs may be still showing through the coffee filter strips. Add a few more layers of strips and allow to dry over night.

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Step 5: You know you are done adding strips when the eggs look like the photo below. =)




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Step 6: To dress up the eggs cut strips of fabric and/or burlap and mod podge them to the egg. Once this dries you can use smaller strips of fabric and twine to really dress them up! Look at my main photo for examples.

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Step 7:  Add glitter because it makes everything beautiful. =)  (use the white kind)

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Finally, embellish eggs with layers of fabric and twine. I have found that if I cut or rip the fabric first, and then coffee dye it, I end up with a nice dark edge on my fabric. It also gives it more of that rustic look I love so much.

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DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments

Pine Cone Ornaments

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DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments are a cute and inexpensive way to spruce up your home for the holidays. I gathered all my pine cones at a local park and I had plenty of mason jar rims laying around. These also make great gifts!

What you will need:

  • Lots and lots of mini pine cones ( I filled a brown paper lunch bag a little over half way and that made 10 ornaments)
  • Mason jar lids ( you only need the rims)
  • Red ribbon ( Depends on how many you make the amount you will need. I bought a few spolls of the $1 ribbon)
  • Sprigs of pine ( 1 sprig per ornament)
  • Fake snow and white glitter – optional

The how to: 

Step 1: Begin by gluing pine cones around the rim of the mason jar lids. The first few are the trickiest, you have to hold them in place for a minute or two until the glue dries and they stick. Once you get the first few to stick the rest go on much easier.

  • If the pine cones are closed it means they are damp. If you lay them on a cookie sheet for a few hours they should dry out and open back up. You can also put them in the microwave for a few seconds ONLY to open back up.

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Step 2: Once you finish gluing pine cones to the rim then begin gluing them around the front of the rim. Make sure to hold each pine cone in place for a few seconds so they stay secure.

  • You can pick off the excess glue when you are finished.

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Should look like this:

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Step 3: Using a hot glue gun, embellish with sprig of pine and red bow for hanging. I also sprayed a little fake snow on them, this is optional.

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Send us a face book message! – If you try these DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments I would love to hear from you!



Toilet Paper Roll Penguins




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Toilet Paper Roll Penguins 

What you will need to get started:

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The How To:

Step 1: Place the black sock over the toilet paper tube. You may have to cut the ends as needed. Tuck the ends inside the toilet paper roll and secure with a few small dabs of glue. christmas-penguin-2

Step 2: Put the hat on. To do this cut off the ribbed end of the sock. Place the sock over the top of the toilet paper roll. Fold the bottom up a little to give the effect of a beanie. Pull the rest of the sock up and tie a bow using a thread from the burlap or twine. Trim the hat above the bow to your liking. Embellish with a small snowflake, button, or rusty jingle bell.christmas-penguin-3

Step 3: For the Belly cut a small triangle out of the burlap and cut the top corner off. You may want to put your scarf on quick just to see how much of the corner to cut. Glue the burlap belly on making sure the fat side is at the bottom like in the photo below.

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Step 4: Put the scarf on. Just wrap it around and tie a knot in it making sure the knot is slightly to the right or left side, which ever you prefer. For the scarf we used an old tea towel. We made a small cut into the tea towel then ripped it the rest of the way to give it a frayed look.christmas-penguin-5

Step 5: The Face-

The eyes– Glue two little beads on for the eyes. An easy way to do this is to slip the bead on the end of a toothpick and put a tiny dab of glue on it. Then use the toothpick to stick the eyes where you want them. Once the eye ball is in place gently pull the toothpick out.

The nose– Color the tip of a toothpick with an orange marker. Snip the tip of the toothpick off with scissors and glue the nose ( orange tip) on the penguin.

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How cute are they? Theses are great gifts to give to teachers and neighbors along with some cookies, of course 😉 Check out my easy recipe for Double Chocolate Cake Box Cookies, a plate of these would compliment this gift perfectly!

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DIY Chalkboard Log Slice




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DIY Chalkboard Log Slice 

DIY Chalkboard log slice’s are probably one of the easiest DIY Projects around. If you have log slices. I didn’t but I did halve a Pap, with a chainsaw, with an unlimited amount of fire wood in the field. When you are a good cook it’s easy to bribe people into doing things they don’t want to do like cutting log slices in exchange for an apple pie ;).

What you will need: 





The How To:

Step one:Find a sweet Pap to cut some log slices. Remember to bribe him with an apple pie ;).

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Pap bring up my load of Log slices:

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Step Two: Paint the log slice(s) with chalkboard paint in the middle leaving a rim. Leaving a rim makes them look more natural and rustic in my opinion.

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Step Three: Once the paint is completely dry you can write on it with chalk. I like to write different saying for each season. You will have to use a damp cloth to get the chalk off when you switch out the writing. P.s. Don’t laugh at my sad attempt to draw a leaf.. I am not an artist. LOL.



DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree




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DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree

I have been seeing these around everywhere lately and decided to try making one of my own. They are really easy to make and look so stinking cute! I wish I would have made one last year! I want to mention that in the photo above I made a mistake, I should have wrapped the lights on and THEN the Burlap ribbon. You can see how it looks a little funny with the lights going around the burlap.. Oops! Also, it will probably look a lot cuter once those mums beside it bloom 😉

What you will need: 

The how to: 

Step One– First you will need a tomato stake. This is an old one I got from my pap.

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Step Two – Tie a knot around the base of the tomato stake with one end of the leaf garland.

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Step Three – Twist the leaf garland around the tomato stake tying new ones as needed, I used 8. You can use as many or as little as you like, I like a lot of leaves on mine.

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Step Four – Start at the base of the tomato stake and wrap the lights around the tree. Make sure to start with the end that plugs into the wall.

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Step Five – Next, Starting at the base of the tomato stake wrap the burlap ribbon around it. The ribbon I bought had wire in it and was easy to bend around the base to stay in place. If you don’t have ribbon with wire in it then I suggest using some wire or twine to secure the ribbon.

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Step Six: Next, tie a bow and use a piece of twine or wire to secure it to the top. I do not know how to make these bows so I had my mom make one for me. This is actually her tree, I made mine a few days ago.

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DIY Football Magnets




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DIY Football Magnets

Fall is almost here and with that comes football season. I am not a fan of football, or any sports, for that matter but I do enjoy the atmosphere. I love hearing football games in the background while the smell of a hearty meal is in the air.. don’t tell my husband this, I wouldn’t want this to go to his head.

To kick off this year’s football season I thought I would make these cute little football magnets, aren’t they adorable? They are also a fun craft for the kiddos to make, although, depending on their age, they should not be the ones handling the hot glue gun..duh! The burn marks on my hands make me wonder if I should even be handling a hot glue gun (haha).

Check out the candy corn magnets I made last year! CANDY CORN MAGNETS

 

What you need: 

The How To:

Step One: Break the spoons near the base. You may break a few trying to do this so make sure you have plenty of spoons, you can buy a pack at the dollar tree. Use a hot glue gun to carefully touch the base of the spoon where it broke off. This will make the sharp part of the spoon smooth.

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Step Two: Paint the spoon(s) brown. You will need 3 coats of paint or at least I did. Make sure to allow each coat of paint to dry before you add another coat. (sorry for the fuzzy photo)

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Step Three: Once the brown paint is completely dry paint the threads of the football on using the white puff paint. Allow to dry over night.

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Step Four: I took some green yarn and glued it around the base of the footballs. This just covered up the sloppy ends and added a touch of color. Make sure to do your gluing in the back so you don’t see big globs of glue.

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Step Five: Hot glue a piece of card board to the back of the spoon to build it up slightly. Then glue the magnet to the cardboard. If you don’t do this your magnets won’t stick due to the shape of the spoons.

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That’s it! Easy as pie, right? =)




Barn Board Flower Door Hanger




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Barn Board Flower Door Hanger

What you will need:

  • Pieces of fabric ( I like homespun material.)
  • pieces of burlap
  • Fake flowers of your choice ( you can switch these out with the seasons)
  • Spanish Moss
  • Decoration for the burlap, I used a rusty star. (optional)
  • wire ( I use rebar wire for my crafts. You can but this at lowes and if I remember correctly it costs less than $5)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Drill ( to drill holes to hang)

The How To:

Step 1:

Cut a piece of fabric to fit around the the plank. Lay the fabric over the board making sure the board is in the center. Hold fabric in place and flip the board over.

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 Step 2: Fold the bottom fabric up and staple. Next fold the fabric on both sides and staple. When you staple you want to make sure the fabric is tight.

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Step 3: Cut a piece of burlap double the width you want it. Center the burlap over the board and allow it to slightly overlap the (black & white checked) material. Fold the burlap down to make a crease, unfold the burlap and put a staple on the crease as close to the edge of the board as possible. Put another staple at the bottom of the burlap. Do the same on the other side.

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Step 4: Then pull the burlap around to the back and staple. Make sure it is tight.

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Step 5: Now you should have a pocket. Put an arrangement of flowers of your choice in the pocket. Tuck in some brown Spanish moss. I then drilled two holes in the top corner so I could hang it. I twisted the ends of my wire around a pencil to give it a cool swirly look. You can leave the burlap plain or you can dress it up. I chose to dress it up with a rusty star.

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DIY Burlap Napkin rings




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DIY Burlap Napkin Rings

The other day I was pondering about all the strange things I know being a DIY/food blogger and one of those strange things is the fact that I know a toilet paper roll is 4 inches long. I mean that’s not normal, is it?  I’ve been kind of obsessed with empty toilet paper rolls lately. There’s so many cool DIY projects you can do with them as you will be seeing over the next couple months (that was your warning). But I am in love with these burlap napkin rings that I made. These are very inexpensive to make and fairly easy! I think they would be gorgeous for a wedding, and they cost next to nothing to make!

What you will Need: 

I also found these super cool finger caps on amazon! I am always burning my fingers when doing projects like this so I will have to invest in a pack of these myself!  Click Here to see FINGER CAPS 

The How To: 

Step 1: First take your scissors and cut the toilet paper roll in half.

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Step 2: Next cut little pieces of burlap to go around the toilet paper rolls. The best way to do this is to lay the toilet paper roll on the burlap and eye ball it. Once you cut your first square out you can use it as a pattern for the rest of them.

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Step 3: Take your glue gun and run a strip of glue in a zig zag motion up the roll. Place the end of your burlap square on the glue and hold till dry. Roll the toilet paper roll till you reach the other end of the burlap, glue it using the same technique you used with the other end.

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Step 4: Run glue along the inside of the toilet paper roll and gently tuck the burlap down carefully pressing so it sticks. Do the same to the other end.

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Step 5: Get a few pieces of raffia and tie a double knot around the center of the roll. Make sure your bow is on the opposite end of the seam. Trim raffia to desired length.

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Step 6: Glue buttons on the middle of the knot.

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Step 7: Fold silverware in napkins and put burlap ring around the napkin.

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