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DIY Wood Coasters

So….sometimes I’m in a craft store…for a specific purpose….and I get this crazy idea in my head…and then start shopping for the crazy idea….this was one of those moments. I was in the wood burning tool aisle….you know with all the wood…and tools. Too specific? Anywho, I started to gather an idea in my head for some coasters that we were in desperate need of….side point: why are most coasters ugly? why are most set of coasters expensive? why do birds sing so gay? why do fools fall in love? why do the raisenets in my drawer keep popping in my mouth? Sidenote #2: my husband is a coaster freak….if he sees a glass on a table without a coaster…it kind of drives him nuts….now you know:)

Sorry, I’m back…. So I set out to make some really hip, cool, unique, rad, awesomesauce coasters…on a dime.

Here is how it all went down…(btw, if you don’t want to make your own…I have these for sale in my etsy shop. A perfect gift for guys and gals:) ANNNNND….a sweet little local gift shop in Norton Commons called 7 Southern Giraffes is going to be carrying them very soon (as soon as I fill their orders:) Whoot!!!

 

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I found these Walnut Hollow tools at my local Michaels. Here is a link for the Amazon store too…I have the burning tool and the letters.

 

 

state coasters

To make these coasters…..you will need:

Woodburning tool

woodburning letters

needle nose pliers

blank wood (found these in Michaels wood aisle)

sanding block

wipe on poly by Minwax (or brush on)

state stencil (I printed mine off the web)

pencil

 

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I obviously had my hands a bit tied up while making these….so pictures are thin on this post:) Basically, you trace the state gently onto the wood. I followed the lines of my stencil, then I knew where to burn. Screw in the tool that looks like a pen tip and plug in your burner. Allow it to heat for about 5 minutes. Test and practice on a scrap piece of wood. Helps to get the feel for it….obviously the slow the pace the more wood burns….

To change out the tip, I use a needlenose pliers, switching out the letters as I go. Like anything else, it takes practice and you get better the more you do… (insert your own joke here…moving on…)

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I may or may not be addicted to burning wood….it is very relaxing:)

Like I said before, I am selling them through my etsy shop….through the holiday season….so check out the link to find more….I did some ornaments and frames too:)

Have fun with it! Go learn something new and make some for gifts this year:)

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.

DIY Diaper Wreath (DIY baby shower decoration)

There was a time in my life….when diapers consumed my house. It is funny….that is one of the first things I remember people saying to me when I told them we were having twins.. “OH I cannot imagine the diapers you are going to go through!!” So it is natural when you are throwing/attending a baby shower that giving the gift of extra diapers is always a real safe gift!

I had this baby shower at our house over a year ago….and I am just now sharing this project. It is really too cute not to share. I thought it you are giving or going to a shower…this would be something fun to whip up! I is a practical gift that is also real darn cute too….win win :)

 

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Here is what you will need to create this super cute diaper wreath:

One package of diapers (I used 3 month I believe)

2 rolls of ribbon

one flat wreath form (18in)

coordinating blankets and toddler toys for top

 

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How to:

Open the diaper and place the wreath form in the center

Secure with some ribbon double knotting

Go all the way around the wreath form, pushing the diapers close together as you go

Roll blankets and fold in half, tie a knot and make a bow

Secure blankets and toys on top of diapers and wreath form with ribbon

 

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Wait for the oohhhhhs and ahhhhhhssss….and “Oh my CUTE!!!!” :)

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Have a fabulous weekend friends;)

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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.

last minute advent calendar

I know I said I was taking a few days off….but I wanted to pop in and share this really easy Christmas Countdown with you so you can do it this week or weekend:) Also…I am sharing a bunch over on instagram and twitter while I take the rest of the week off. Hoping you can visit me there:)

I tend to blog in real time…I realize this post may have been helpful to have a couple weeks back….but it is easy to put together…and I bet you already have everything you need to make one this weekend. What is nice about this advent calendar….it is more than just candy…I included a printable list of sweet things to do each day. They cost nothing…they are easy to do…and they will make your advent so special. Things like “turn on a Christmas tune and dance…” ….”tell your sibling a favorite memory…”….”ride your bike around the block shouting “MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!” Free fun….is the best kind of fun;) You can print up the entire list below….and have fun with it…add your own in there too!

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Supplies:

List (click on list and another window will open and you will be able to download the entire list and print it out)

5 pieces cardstock (or heavy wrapping paper, kraft paper the heavier paper will help to keep the candy in place.)

stapler

small candies

scissors

Sharpie (I only numbered the last one to open on the 25th :)

printable list of activities for each day

 

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How to:

Cut your paper into 4 inch by 2 inch pieces

Cut out each activity so that it is a small strip of paper

Fold almost in half…leaving a small lip to cover staple

Glue one activity on the inside

Place piece of candy inside and fold tightly and staple

Fold the top lip over to cover staple

Label the last to open “25” (for the 25th day) Or you could label it “1” to countdown…whatever works:)

 

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Place in a pretty jar…and your done! Let the fun begin!!

 

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Here is the PRINTABLE

 

Happy Thanksgiving friends!!

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.

Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape & A Thanksgiving Favor

Target has provided some pictures in this blog post and I have been compensated for my review; as always thoughts, projects and ideas are my own.

You know how every year I like to give my family a parting favor on Thanksgiving. Last year I gave them some dry dip recipe…another year I gave some sugared almonds…and cinnamon butter (this post is starting to make me hungry…) Anywho, I love to give a little gift. This year….I thought up these little tic tac favors. So affordable…so easy…and always appreciated. They are easy to put together and you can gather most of your supplies at your local Target…you know you will be there this week anyhow…am I right??!?!

I found the printable here and resized them. I have a link for the dropbox printable in case you want to print some. (here is the link)

 

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They were easy to put together….just print out (link will take you to downloadable printable) and cut them into strips ( 2 3/4 x 5) and tape directly to the tictac container. They would look so cute on some of these fun tabletop items from Target….

Target wants to help you make your Thanksgiving table shine. They have put together some of the coolest color schemes…and what I love (and will always love) about Target is that they do it all on a mindful budget. Check out some of the cool hues for this years table….

 

Pops of white, orange and green….maybe not your traditional rust colors that you would think of for this time of year….but I think they are so fresh and exciting.

Loving the pairing of silver and gold together. Traditional but yet modern….and I am thinking a gray tablecloth is on my list now. I love this look…..sparkle=fun ;)

To be honest, I am sort of over all the ombre….except for these glasses. The look of the mercury glass is so elegant…and looks like a million bucks…but you know it’s not:)

Of course….you always start a party with a fun cocktail….kudos target….#mykindofholiday :)

Are you going to make some favors for your guests this year??

Content (pictures) and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. Project and thoughts are my own.

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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.
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