Sometimes I get sick of using the same old gift wrapping supplies every year - they just never seem to run out! So this year I decided to get a little creative with my Christmas gift wrap by using office supplies to decorate plain brown kraft paper packages. And it was surprisingly easy! Click through to see five different ways to wrap gifts using office supplies.
If you're like me, you probably have a few artists, DIYers or crafters on your Christmas list this year. You might also be running out of ideas for gifts to give these creative individuals, especially if they've been on your nice list for awhile. In an effort to make your gift shopping a little easier this holiday season, here are some ideas of gifts for artists.
Themed gift baskets make amazing, affordable, and memorable gifts. The key is to pick the items carefully and to pay attention to the presentation. Here is a complete list of our very favorite gift basket ideas for everyone on your list, plus money-saving tips and tricks on assembling DIY gift baskets!
Last year I made a sushi costume for my dog Charlie, and this year I thought I'd stick with the same food theme... so he'll be going to our local Halloween "Yappy Hour" as Taco Tuesday! Click through to check out the tutorial.
- Felt in red, green, yellow and cream
- Hot glue gun and extra glue
- 12x12 inch piece of burlap (or a few inches larger for a big dog)
- 1 inch piece of velcro
- Marker that matches your dog's fur color
- Black Sharpie
- Gold and yellow acrylic craft paint
- Foam brush
- 2 feet of white elastic, 3/8 inch wide
Begin by cutting two half circles out of cardboard. These will be the taco shells. Measure from your dog's front legs to his or her hind legs and use this measurement as the length of your semicircle.
Use a foam brush to paint both taco shells. Use yellow and gold together without mixing them to get this textured look. Let them dry and do the back sides also.
Next, cut out your "toppings" from felt. Cheese, tomatoes and lettuce are my favorites!
Glue them down randomly using a hot glue gun, overlapping different colors. Leave the sides empty as shown above... this is where you will eventually attach the toppings piece to the taco shells.
Next, cut a piece of yellow felt in half and glue the two pieces together end to end so you have a long strip that's 24x4 inches. Then glue the edges together lengthwise as shown above to create a long tube that the collar will slip into.
Trim it so that it is just a touch shorter than your dog's collar. Flatten it out and write "Taco Tuesday" on the area without a seam using a black Sharpie.
Flip the collar cover over and glue two 6 inch pieces of elastic to the back - one almost at the end, and one about halfway over. Use a marker to color the elastic the same color as your dog so it blends in with his or her fur.
Next, glue one end of the toppings piece to the inside of one taco shell as shown here, about 3 inches from the top. Repeat this process with the other side of the toppings piece and the other shell.
Try it on your dog at this point and measure how far the collar should be from the taco shells and then glue the elastic pieces at that point. Add one more piece of elastic about 1/3 of the way down the bottom edge of one shell and glue the soft side of the velcro to the other shell as shown above. Measure on your dog one more time, and then glue the corresponding piece of velcro onto the elastic at that measurement.
Clip the collar around your pooch's neck, attach the velcro underneath and you're ready for Halloween!
It's really pretty adorable, and he got used to it once he had it on for a few minutes. Plus, your friends will get a kick out of it. Happy Halloween!
I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!
Our house lacks closet space, especially by the entryway... so I've always wanted a fun coat rack that I could put near the door. But if you've ever tried to buy a coat rack online, you know that it's hard to find a cool one - and the ones that are attractive usually have crazy price tags to match. So of course I decided to make one! Keep reading to check out the instructions for this super easy wood and cement coat rack.
As a serious crafter, I always have two recurring problems: I ruin my clothing (thanks to paint/stain/glue splatters), and I'm also always running around the house looking for tools as I'm trying to finish my project. So I made a crafting tool belt with detachable apron, and it solved both of these problems! Now I can gather all my tools at the start of the project and literally keep them on me as I work. I don't know why I didn't make one of these ten years ago! Click through to check out the sewing tutorial.
September is a transitional time of year... the kids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler and the landscape is changing. Which means that it's a great opportunity to give your living room a refresh too. One of the best ways to do this is by adding texture - so take a cue from Scandinavian decor and add some beautiful layered texture to your space this fall.
Upholstered headboards almost have it all - they look beautiful and they're super comfortable to lean against. But they're often quite pricey too. There's good news though... there are tons of great tutorials out there to help you make your own. So today we've rounded up 20 of our faves. Click through to check them out.
Are you on the hunt for some unique ways to decorate your walls? There are tons of great ways to fill wall space with things other than paintings... and you might even already have some of the materials you need! Click through to check out ten of our favorite ideas.