Archive for the ‘crafts’ Category

A Simple Patriotic Banner

Monday, April 27th, 2015

It’s hard to believe summer is just a few weeks away…we had snow this weekend!

Memorial Day kicks off for us our days of red, white and blue in our homes…just a touch!

boxwood clippings a really simple patriotic banner
We made this simple bunting with printed paper from the craft store and mini pegs (HERE) and string.


boxwood clippings a really simple patriotic banner

boxwood clippings a really simple patriotic banner

 We are always glad when we make a little effort to celebrate all the holidays…makes our homes a little happy too :)

Candles Made in Baby Food Jars

Monday, April 20th, 2015

We have a lot of baby food around here these day, and these little glass jars are way too cuters to send to the recycle pile!

We thought they would make perfect little candles and are so thrilled with how they turned out!

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

There are A LOT of tutorials out there on how to make candles. We kept it as simple as possible. We bought THIS wax and THESE wicks which we kept in place by bending the top of the wick around a skewer.

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Next we melted the wax in a double boiler, stirring constantly. When the temperature reached 170 F we removed from the heat, added a few drops of essential oil and waited til it dropped to 150 F before pouring the wax into the jars.

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

It took a few hours for the candles to set, and we finished them up by trimming the wicks and covering the candles with scrap pieces of fabric. We love how these turned out, and they were so much easier than we thought they were going to be.

Our houses are smelling yummy and we can’t wait to give this out as little gifts and favors.

Have you given candle-making a try?

Five-Minute Easter Garland

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! It may be snowing outside, but inside we are thinking of spring!

We made the EASIEST garland for Easter, and LOVE that it only took five mins!

boxwood clippings easter egg garland

boxwood clippings easter egg garland


We used THESE eggs. So cute and less than $5 for the dozen!

Jute rope (HERE)

Pearl pins (HERE)


These eggs are made of foam and are light-weight, which made them perfect to pin onto a rope.

Decorating for holidays in just a few mins with just a few dollars is our absolute favorite, how about you?

Simple Heart Artwork and a Mini Makeover

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

This post was suppose to be a DIY of this heart artwork I whipped up for Valentine’s Day. But I literally drew a heart on a scrap piece of wood and painted it with white craft paint. It took about 5 minutes tops, so there was really no need for a tutorial.

I do think it’s fun. How about you?boxwood clippings_black and white powder room

Anyhow, lately I’ve been really really loving the whole Scandinavian look. They do simplicity and style at it’s best.

So I thought I’d have a little play around in our powder room to see if I could mimic the look.

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 Natural elements along with strong metals and lots of white space were key.

It’s still not quite there, but I’m enjoying mulling it over.

Any suggestions?!

DIY Leather Feather Magnets

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Today we are sharing this fun autumn project we came up with using leather scraps!

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You will need:

Leather scraps (Hobby Lobby HERE)

sharp scissors


Glue gun + glue

pegs (optional)


1. Roughly sketch outline of feather on back side of leather.

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2. Cut outline and then freehand the feather spaces.

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3. Hot glue magnet strip directly to back of feather or add a peg in between if you would like.

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

Ta Dah..your bits n’ bobs on your fridge or magnet board just got an upgrade  for the season!

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These would be fun for kids to make to hold their artwork and would make cute little pressies too. Hope you likey!

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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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.

boxwood clippings_cinnamon stick mirror diy

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:

boxwood clippings_cinnamon stick mirror diy

 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.

boxwood clippings_diy falling leaves garland

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!

boxwood clippings_diy halloween medallion copy

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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boxwood clippings_diy googly eye card

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!

boxwood clippings_diy halloween wreath

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

boxwood clippings_diy halloween wreath

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.

boxwood clippings_diy sunburst mirror


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)



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

boxwood clippings_diy sunburst mirror

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…

boxwood clippings_diy sunburst mirror

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.

boxwood clippings_diy personalized plates

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!