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? =)




DIY Owl ~ Made from empty toilet paper rolls!




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DIY OWL ~ Made From Empty Toilet Paper Rolls 

My DIY Owl ~ made from empty toilet paper rolls is the perfect craft to make this fall! It’s fun and very inexpensive to make. Not to mention they are adorable. I’m kinda on a roll ( pun intended) with my fall decor this year. 😉 Below is a list of supplies along with the how to to make these adorable little owls. If you make these or any other burlap kitchen DIY’s or recipes I would love to hear from you!

What you Need:

The how to:

Step 1:

Fold the top of the toilet paper rolls in so you have two points ( the ears). Paint the top half (the ears) of the toilet paper roll brown. While the paint is still wet sprinkle with glitter if you wish.

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Step 2:

Carefully put a strip of hot glue around the bottom of the owl and wrap the twine around the bottom. Keep wrapping the twine gluing every 5-6 wraps.

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Step 3:

Next, assemble the face. To do this I used 2 different types of buttons for the eyes. I cut up a piece of cinnamon stick and hot glued it to the owl for it’s nose. I then tied a piece of raffia into a bow and hot glued it onto one of the ears. I am just now seeing the big glob of glue under the bow.. I will try to carefully peel that off later! I’m hoping it doesn’t peel the paint off! wish me luck!

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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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7 DIY Spring Wreaths

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Check out these 7 DIY Spring Wreaths! With spring right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to post this roundup. They are all so beautiful, it will be hard to choose which one to make! If you are having a hard time deciding, you could always make a few and give them away as gifts. I’m sure your friends and family would love it!

I happen to really enjoy making wreaths. To be honest with you, it kind of relaxes me. Not only that I love turning nothing into something. You may get to see this side of me more once summer hits, that’s when I like to find cheap or free furniture and fix it up. But until it warms up I will stick with my wreath making 😉

1.  DIY Spring Tull Wreath – Thrifty Jinxy

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2.) DIY TuTu Wreath – Making of a Mom

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3.) DIY Frugal Easy Yarn Spring Wreath – The Jenny Evolution

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4.) Spring Clothespin Wreath – The Jenny Evolution

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5.) DIY Simple Spring Wreath with Burlap – Happy Deal Happy Day

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6.) Spring Wreath with Forsythia & Burlap – Happy Deal Happy day

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7.) DIY Dollar Tree Easter Wreath – Burlap Kitchen

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Sock Soothie

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Sock Soothie

This Sock Soothie  has become my new best friend. I mean seriously, this thing is amazing! You can use it for a number of things such as, After a long hard day at work, in a long car ride, if you have a sore neck., or just to relax on the couch. Better yet, they are super easy to make and budget friendly!

What you will need:

2 long tube socks

6-8 Cups of Epsom Salts depending on the length of your sock

5-10 dashes of essential oils; a relaxing, soothing scent. ( I put lavender – teatree in mine )

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funnel or empty toilet paper roll

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The How To:

Step 1 – Add 5-10 drops of a relaxing/soothing to about 6 cups of Epsom salts. I know I only have a 4 cup measuring cup in the picture but I had to add more. Mix with a spoon.

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Step 2 – Place your sock around the toilet paper roll and push the sock about half way up the roll.

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Step 3 –  Use a scoop or measuring cup to slowly add the Epsom salts. You want to fill your sock up but you don’t want to overly filled or it will get hard and uncomfortable. I start with 4 cups then hold the end of the sock super tight ( so salts don’t spill everywhere!) and place it around my neck to see how it feels. This helps me so I know whether or not I need more salts.

You will have to put a scoop of salts in then hold your sock up in the air so the salts move to the bottom of the sock.

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Step 4 – Tie the end of your sock soothie in a knot. Now, if you are an expert sewer you could sew it at the top, I tried this and the sewing machine ate my sock. I think I’ll stay away from the sewing machine for a little while, LOL.

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Step 5 –  Next, take the sock you want on the outside and put it over top the sock that is filled with salts. This just keeps the salts from falling out the tiny hole’s in the sock. You may even want to use a third sock depending on the quality of the sock,  I was fine with just two.

It is much easier if you get someone to help you with this part.

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Step 6 – You have a few options here. You could tie a knot in the sock, sew it, or tie a small piece of string around it. I used a piece of string so I didn’t cover the design of the sock with a knot. I tried to sew it but like I said above the sewing machine was hungry! =P

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Step 7 – Enjoy! SS9

Dum Dums Flower Valentines

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Dum Dums Flower Valentines 

You will have to excuse this post. I have had a fairly busy week trying to organize my house with a lively 4-year-old on the loose. It seemed that as I cleaned and organized one room he destroyed and un-organized the previous room. It has pretty much been a never ending cycle for me this week. I’m sure those of you with kids understand exactly where I am coming from and have been there yourselves a time or two. 😉 I tried to throw something together that was quick and inexpensive and I think that’s precisely what I have done. So I hope you enjoy this tutorial and more importantly, I hope you have a LOVEly valentines day.

What you will need:

Tissue paper – Red, white, and pink, whatever color you like. I chose red and pink. When buying your tissue paper figure 11 mug sized circles per dum dum.

1 pack of dum dums

coffee mug – ( to trace)

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scissors

yarn or some sort of string to tie a small bow with.

The how to:

Step 1 – Trace the wide part of the coffee mug onto a bundle of tissue paper.  You will use about 11 tissue paper circles per flower.

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step 2.-  Cut the circles out, fold them in half, and use your scissors to scallop the edges.

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step 3. – Take one of the circles and wrap it over the dum dum, twisting it tightly at the base.

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4. –  Start putting your tissue paper on one at a time. Poke a hole in the center of the tissue paper with the dum dum stick and slowly pull it up. You will want to give it a little squeeze around the base.

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5. – Tie a little bow at the bottom of the dum dum stick with your yarn to keep the tissue paper in place.

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And that’s it! A cute yet simple Valentine’s Day treat. You can step it up a notch by placing some dum dums flowers into a clay flower pot. This would be a cute gift for a teacher. You could also dress them up by wrapping paper name tags around them. Like I said above it has been a busy week and I ran out of time to do all I wanted to do with this post. So please forgive me. There’s always next year… right? 😉

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