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DIY Boxwood Wreath

I am sorry I am a woman of few words lately! The end of the school year always seems like Christmas time….so much to get done in a little amount of time. Plus…with moving…it seems there is not enough hours in the day! But I have stuff to share with you…it is just hard finding the time to write about it! Hoping it calms down soon…and lazy summer days are ahead of me:)

Boxwood wreaths are expensive. Why are they so much more than any other kind of wreath?? #thingsIponder  Anywho, I set out to make one that was pleasing but on a dime:) Using grapevine wreaths that I already had on hand….I was able to create a couple of wreaths for not a lot of cash.

These will keep nice all year long…

 

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Really….these wreaths couldn’t be easier! Here are the supplies you will need:

2 grapevine wreaths (24 inches)

2 6 foot length of boxwood garland (found mine at Michael’s)

green floral wire

wire cutter

 

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Place the garland on top of the wreath and arrange it so it covers the wreath nicely.

Using pieces of wire….secure the garland to the wreath about every 10 inches or so.

(I secured mine by wrapping it around the front and twisting it on the back)

Hang your wreath! (a little trick to hanging a wreath on a glass door is to use wire and on the inside of the door hand a command hook upside down…loop the wire on to hold the wreath)

 

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That’s it! Easy right?!?!

 

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Go make some for your doors this weekend:)

xo

Tracie

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

No sew Pillow cover from a Sweater

I’ll be back next week some some #clevermoving updates…today…a fun craft! Hope you had a beautiful weekend!

 

I can promise you ….I am not the first person to think of this project. If you search out new use for an old sweater…you are sure to come up with a ton of inspiration. But when I stumbled across these sweet “beachy” sweaters at Old Navy…that happened to be on clearance…we are talkin $4.99 clearance people….I thought that they would make a really sweet addition to our couches. So I was off to figure out the easiest way to make that happen…here is how it went down;)

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So when I say “no sew”….I mean no sewing machine;) You do need to know how to use a needle and thread…but I think you should know that anyway:) File this under “Things to teach your kids this summer” ;) But other than a needle and thread…that is about all your going to need to create these pillow covers.

Upholstery extra strong thread (in color that matches sweater)

Old sweater, clearance sweater, dads old sweater…you get the point. (Mine was a size small sweater for a 18inch square pillow)

Pillow form (I used a couple of worn out pillows from my couch)

needle

 

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How to:

Dress your pillow;) Smooth out and arrange the pillow in the center of the sweater.

Tie the arms behind the back (try not to think to much about how horrible it would be to be stuck in a straight jacket…and then how do magicians get out of those??…and then I could use a hershey kiss…and then my butt hurts…I should have sat in a chair… #randombloggerthoughts)

Ok, moving on…Place the neck flaps over each other

Thread your needle and sew a basic long straight stitch to incase your pillow.

Do the same thing on the bottom of the sweater.

 

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Flip the sweater over and place a little knot on the tied arms to secure them from unknotting (hope that makes sense;)

 

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Ahoy mates! So stinkin cute….for $5!!!

 

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Go find yourself some pillows and go for it!

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xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY ereader holder (Handmade Father’s Day gift)

This little handy ereader holder makes really good use of those inexpensive wooden craft store frames. They can be customized for pennies…and your recipient will be delighted at the time the kiddos took in making them one of a kind. This handy DIY ereader holder is perfect for Dad’s smartphone or ereader. Kids can put this together in just a few minutes (although it is best to allow the glue to dry over night.) All the supplies can be found at your local craft store and for very little money too. You may want to go ahead and make one for a favorite Uncle and Grandpa while you’re at it! Here we go….

 

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An inexpensive frame from the craft store becomes a really useful stand that will fit most tablets and ereaders. (The one shown above is the Kindle Fire) This would be great to place next to the bed where it could be easily found and charged too.

 

The supplies you will need to make your DIY ereader:

  • craft store wooden frame
  • wood glue or super glue
  • spray paint
  • small wood blocks (1/2 inch)
  • hobby wood (1/4 inch thick, 1 1/4 inch wide, cut to the width of frame)
  • hand saw
  • pencil
  • stickers and decorations
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Steps:

  1. Measure the hobby wood. This will be what the ereader sits on. Mark with the pencil the width of the frame so you know where to cut.
  2. Cut your wood.
  3. Glue 2 blocks onto the top of the wood. This will “hold” the ereader and prevent it from falling off.
  4. Glue the hobby wood onto the edge of the frame and lay flat. Allow to dry overnight if possible.
  5. When dry…spray paint or stain the ereader holder.
  6. Decorate and place a picture in the frame.
  7. It’s ready to use!

 

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This would be great to use bedside…or in an office. Very useful:) Plus every time he looks at it he will smile and think about his little munchkins;)

You can get a jump start on these now for Father’s day and actually be ahead of the game!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Bunny Wall Decal DIY (easy Easter Decor with DuckTape®)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Funny thing about this post….I had this idea in my head for awhile now…but hadn’t really had the time to put it together. I haven’t crafted in awhile and I needed to get out some creative energy. I grabbed some DuckTape® that I had on hand and started playing around. Then I got an email from my friends at DuckTape® and they wanted me to come up with an Easter craft to share…weird huh…so that is the story of how this little DuckTape® bunny was born;) These sweet little rabbit would be great for kids to whip up this weekend….make up a bunch and stick them everywhere (bunnies do multiply quickly you know;). I just made one….but I think several on a mantle would be so sweet. Here is how you make one…   DuckTape® Easter Craft @cleverlyinspired (1)     A few items you will need:

rotary cutter

white DuckTape®

clear contact paper

bunny stencil

a mat to cut on makes it go super fast scissors

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Place bunny template on flat surface and tape a piece of contact paper on top. You will be able to follow the lines to fill the bunny in

Cut 1.5-2 inch slices of white DuckTape® (cutting on the mat is easy because the tape won’t stick to it.

On each piece of tape, fold in the bottom leaving the top of the tape still sticky

Place tape on the bottom of the bunny (on top of your contact paper).

Start at the bottom and work up until you have the bunny covered.

When you are finished filling the bunny in, turn the paper over and cut out the bunny shape. Peel away the contact paper and stick your bunny to the wall of your choice!

DuckTape® Easter Craft @cleverlyinspired (3)  find Duck Tape here in a load of fun colors and styles….white is sweet on this little bunny….but that doesn’t touch the surface of the fun colors it comes in!!DuckTape® Easter Craft @cleverlyinspired (1) Sweet little Bunny for Easter…on the cheap! :)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Make a Newspaper Flower

Just popping in to share this sweet little craft for spring break week:)

With the winter that we have had….these may be the only flowers in bloom this spring. I shared this a long time ago on another blog…but I haven’t shared it here yet. This would be great spring break craft to whip up with the kids…and the cost is almost free! Instead of newspaper…you could use some pretty scrapbook paper and mix it up a bit for a little punch of color—bonus…it doesn’t require any watering;) Which means it is impossible for me to kill this flowering plant!

 

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How to:

Create a stem by cutting one piece of newspaper in half. Roll it up tightly and tape.

 

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Then you are ready to make your flower. Cut a 4 inch strip of newspaper and then fold in half lengthwise (should be 2 inches wide)

On the folded side, cut a large slit every 1/4 inch of so, creating a fringe effect.

Roll up the uncut side of newspaper and staple at the end.

Gently pull the fridges apart to poof out the flower.

Tape on your stem

 

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Make a whole bouquet and deliver them to friends!

 

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Easy enough right?!?!

 

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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