Archive for the ‘crafts’ Category

DIY Bat Garland

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Good morning readers!

I’m so excited to be sharing our first Halloween project of the season, this bat garland…eek!

Be sure to head over to Lil Luna to see more details and instructions (click HERE).

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See you over there!

‘USA’ Fourth of July Decoration

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Good morning everyone!

Today I’m sharing this patriotic ‘USA’ craft over at Lil Luna

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Be sure to pop over for a little ‘how-to’!

(Click HERE!)

Dressing up a Plant Pot

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Today I’m over at Lil Luna,

this time sharing a cute and easy project that is perfect for Mother’s Day!

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Do pop over!

Guest Post over at Lil Luna Today!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Today I’m sharing this cute DIY over at Lil Luna

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Be sure to come check it out, it’s a perfect favor to hand out at your New Years Party!!!

DIY Cinnamon Stick Sunburst Mirror

Monday, November 18th, 2013

 We are obsessed with the DIY we are sharing today. So pretty and s0 easy! We couldn’t be happier to share with you…

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Learn how to make your own little mirror below:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Cinnamon sticks (we got ours at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon)

Spray paint

Round mirror (we used this one)

Scrap cardboard

Glue gun + glue sticks

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 Directions:

Spray-paint cinnamon sticks.

2. Cut scrap cardboard into a circle about 2″ larger than your mirror.

(This can be very rough as it will not be seen, just gives the cinnamon sticks something to stick to.)

3. Glue mirror onto the center of your cardboard.

4. Apply glue onto outer rim of cardboard and start sticking on cinnamon sticks.

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Work in about 2″ increments. Gluing and placing cinnamon sticks before the glue dries.

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Once you’ve surrounded the mirror it should look something like this.

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5. Now repeat the process, this time layering cinnamon sticks over of ones already placed, filling in the gaps.

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When you are done, it should resemble something like this:

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 We use these handy dandy Command velcro strips to hang the mirror on the wall. Get a $.50 off coupon here.

This mirror cost about $5 and looks amazing. We hope you love this project as much as we do!

DIY Fall Garland

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

 Today we’re sharing this DIY falling leaves garland at 6th Street Design School.

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Head over if you’d like to learn how to make your home nice and shimmery for the next few months!

Lil Luna Guest Post Today!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

 Good morning readers! Today I’m sharing this fast, cute and easy project over at Lil Luna, do come over and visit!

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DIY Googly Eye Card

Monday, September 16th, 2013

boxwood clippings_halloweenDo you love googly eyes as much as we do? We’ll take any excuse to use them!

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Perfect for a Halloween invite or an October notecard for any occasion, sticking pairs of googly eyes onto black card stock makes for a very spooky greeting card! Pick up a pack for yourself at the Dollar Tree or craft store.

DIY Spooky Halloween Houses

Monday, September 9th, 2013

boxwood clippings_halloweenWe’ve always loved these little houses, but since we have no little girls we’ve had no chance to purchase them. That was until Sarah’s brilliant idea to decorate them for Halloween! :)

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We simply painted them with black craft paint, added a battery operated LED tea light, and added tissue paper at the windows for extra glow…an easy spooky village to get in the mood for Halloween!

If you’d like to make your own houses don’t forget to use this coupon to buy the houses for just a few dollars in store.

DIY Halloween Sweater Wreath

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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Today we’d like to share a super affordable and fun way to decorate for Halloween. This sweater wreath only cost $2 and couldn’t have been easier!

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We simply cut up a few old sweaters into strips and tied them onto this wire wreath frame.

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We are pretty impressed with what a statement this large wreath makes for a mere $2, when using this coupon.

It found a perfect home for the season in Sarah’s guest bathroom that she always makes extra spooky for Halloween.

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Just wait until you see the whole room…

DIY Sunburst Mirror

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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When I first came up with this idea I thought I was genius, but then I showed Em and she was like “that’s already all over pinterest!”

Boo. I hate not being as original as I think I am, but I still love this project and can’t believe it cost under $2 and only took about an hour. I’m really loving it above our bed.

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To Make You Will Need: 

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glue gun

glue sticks

10″ cardboard circle (just cut from shipping box, free!)

7″ mirror (got mine HERE, and used 40% off coupon so about $1.25 per mirror)

About 40 paint stir sticks (just ask for them at Home Depot, I offered to pay, but they were happy to give for free…yippee)

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Directions:

Glue mirror onto cardboard circle

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Then start glueing the sticks onto the cardboard, aline with mirror as much as possible

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If the last one is a tight squeeze, just sand down to fit

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First layer all done looks like this:

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Then just start the next layer, trying to center between 2 sticks at a time…

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And that’s it! All done, and looking beautiful!

If you wanted to it would look great painted, but I was loving the natural wood look.

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 Worthy of an hour don’t you think?!

DIY Personalized Sharpie Plates

Monday, June 17th, 2013

I have been dying to get some things up on the walls around here and saw these cute salad plates at Crate + Barrel that caught my fancy. I decided to try making them for our family room wall.

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I bought a few different sized plates from the thrift store, sat down in front of the tv and got to work. I outlined my designs in pencil and then went over my design with a black sharpie.

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This was super quick and easy and if I didn’t like the way it turned out I cleaned the plate with all-purpose cleaner and paper towel and started over.

I read on Pinterest you can bake the design at 350 for 30 mins, but I decided to skip this step so I can wipe off, and change the designs without buying new plates.

I used my handy-dandy command strips to attach the plates to the wall, so I can change the arrangement around without marking up the wall.

Fast, inexpensive and easy, it’s amazing what you can get done while watching tv! I think this would be a great project to do with kids this summer. Have you given sharpie plates a try get?

DIY Wooden Flags

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Good morning everyone, we hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Today we’re sharing this project over at Lil Luna, diy wooden flags…

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See you over there!

Paper and Fabric Flowers

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Although it’s not April Fools day until next week, these paper and fabric flowers have me second guessing their true identities.

This time of year in Utah seems to be a constant battle between Winter and Summer, and although it won’t be long till real blossoms are in bloom, I’m dying to try my had at these beautiful creations.

This up cycled beauty is by Alternative Blooms and can be found HERE.
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This giant wall flower is perfection, found on You Are My Fave (instructions HERE). Picture 23

And finally, these beauties by Craftberry Bush are to die for (instructions HERE).boxwood clippings_paper flowers

My mother had a mini freak out when I mentioned I wanted to make flowers for my wedding centerpieces 8 years ago. I don’t think this is what she had in mind! I’m sold, are you?

DIY Cake Stand

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Good morning everyone!

Today we’re excited to announce we’ll also be contributing to one of our favorite blogs 6th Street Design School. Be sure to go and check out our post today where we’ll be sharing this fun DIY!

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 See you over there!

Disposable Plastic Tablecloth for Wrapping

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Here at Boxwood we are always trying to explore new ways to wrap gifts. Today I am happy to share one of our new favorites: Disposable tablecloths! You can find them at any grocery or party supply store costing about $3 per large tablecloth.

Believe me when I say this stuff is amazing to wrap with! Here are three different ways I used an aqua tablecloth:

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As a Filler: I cut squares of tablecloth and put into the gift bag, just like I would tissue paper. Sometimes by the time I get a gift to a party my tissue paper is all smushed and wrinkled…but the plastic holds its shape beautifully. Love!

As Gift Wrap: I used the plastic exactly as I would wrapping paper. The only difference is the plastic is quite translucent, so you have to use a few layers. It is actually easier to wrap up the ends of your present as it doesn’t hold its creases like paper does if you need a re-do. Also, tape sticks to the plastic better than paper.

As Trimming: When cut into strips, the plastic was a cross between rafia/ribbon. it is so fun to work with.

The presents look very polished with their shiny plastic finish, and I can’t wait to give them to their recipients!

With the great price (I only used a fraction of the tablecloth), ease of  wrapping and pretty finish I will be buying many more plastic tablecloths in the future. What do you think?

DIY Birthday Banner

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

This week my friend Brooke’s twin girls turned one. Naturally she wanted a girly celebration, so one afternoon we threw together this garland (with lots of help from Katie).

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HOW TO:

First, we printed off the letters we needed and cut them in circles. Next we glued the edges and dipped them in glitter. While they were drying we cut out bigger circles out of card stock and folded them in half, again and again until we had this accordion look. Then we simply hot glued the letters onto the folded card stock, and then them onto ribbon.

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Pretty darn cute, don’t you think!

Winnie’s Workshop

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Last weekend we escaped the inversion and headed up to the mountain village of Midway, Utah to attend Winnie’s Workshop Valentine’s class and boy, did we have fun…

Winnie’s Workshop is a picturesque country barn owned by mother and daughter duo, Nancy and Meredith who’ve put their heart and soul into making this space a crafter’s heaven.

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Nancy, a life-long seamstress, has a larger than life personality and is currently teaching classes on quilting and felting what she calls “wacky woollies”.

Meredith has a bachelors in print-making, a masters in visual art, and is currently teaching classes on letter-pressing and bookbinding.

We were warmly greeted into a Valentine retreat with Nancy at the sewing machine, stitching bright wool hearts to pillow covers, Meredith warming up the vintage letterpress with red ink, and the workshop adorned in heart garlands and fabric, cards, and ribbons galore all ready for us to start crafting!

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For the next three hours we made our own letter-pressed Valentine’s cards and crafts, munched on delicious snacks, chatted and laughed, and enjoyed the beautiful and quaint surroundings of the Midway valley and mountains. It was a day to remember, that’s for sure!

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Thank you Nancy and Meredith! We had a such a great time!

Click HERE for upcoming classes, make sure to look at the kid classes too.

Please inquire about any special requests, private parties and group discounts. Nancy and Meredith are so great to work with and will work with almost any budget. We are already thinking of future birthday parties and girlie retreats!

We had a crazy good time and know you will too!

Nancy and Meredith will be at the Utah Art Market this weekend (Fri Feb 1st+ Sat Feb 2nd) selling their gorgeous letter-pressed stationary and ‘wacky woollies’…we can’t wait to see what these two talented ladies bring!

Gift Idea: Deck of Cards, 52 Things I Love about You

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

While looking for ideas for ideas for Valentine’s presents this year I stumbled upon this idea from Nicole at Visual Heart. I love the idea of a Valentine being a thoughtful token of love rather than huge, commercial presents, so thought this idea was perfect.

I picked up a deck of cards from the dollar store, a few binder rings at Target, and got to work.

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I love this idea, not just for a significant other but for anyone you love. Can’t wait to celebrate the month of love :)

DIY Paper Bow Wreath

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Paper bows are always one of those things we can’t resist once they go on clearance, but we rarely end up using them on gifts.

Since most things look better grouped together we thought we’d try adding a whole cluster of bows to a foam wreath. We were surprised how lovely, modern and clean it looked.

To make the wreath you’ll need:

A foam wreath.

Some pins.

A thimble.

About 70-100 bows (depending on size of wreath and bows).

This really is the easiest project, because all you do is pin the bows into place. The hardest part is punching the pin through the paper on the bow, that’s why the thimble comes in handy. :)

What do you guys think? Will you be making one?