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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.

Baby Mug Cake: Baby shower favor

 

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A new baby. The only reason you need to throw a little celebration.  And you know I cannot let my party guest leave without a little something in their hands. This little mug cake was really easy to throw together. Perfect for a hostess gift or for your next party favor.

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I purchased these glass mugs at the dollar store. Make sure whatever mug you chose is microwave safe. A cute ramekin would also be great. Line the mugs with a plastic bag. In assembly line fashion…fill the bags with the dry ingredients for the baby mug cake. (recipe is below)

 

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The instruction card will tell your guest the rest of the recipe so they can make it at home.

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Here is a tag you can print out…just right click on it to print.

tag

 

 

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Attach a cute tag with the instructions. Tie up bags with some fun ribbon and that is it! Best part is you can make these a few days ahead of time…so no rushing around:)

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Baby Mug Cake: Baby shower favor
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 caramels-Optional
Instructions
  1. Procedure:
  2. Into a small bowl add: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and vegetable oil. Mix to combine.
  3. Pour mixture into a regular sized coffee mug. Drop caramels into center of mixture one at a time.
  4. Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds. If needed and batter is too gooey...microwave 30 more seconds.

(adapted from Babble)

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If you could take a second to vote for me this weekend….I would be so grateful! I was invited to participate in Earth 911’s challenge this month. Repurpose a camera strap….(I am number 4) You can vote on the very last page of their post…and you can vote once a day. Thanks!

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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 Necklace Travel Case

This idea is kind of genius. It isn’t mine….so I am not calling myself genius. When I went to Haven last summer…one of my roommates Chelsea pulled out this rolled up placement. As she unrolled it…all of her long necklaces were just laying there…all untangled..and perfect. I thought…now that is a great idea. It took me this long to make one for myself….here is how I made my DIY necklace travel case…

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Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 15 by 17.
  • 1 piece fusible fleece 14 by 17.
  • 2 small pieces of sew on velcro (about 3 inches)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors

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Steps:

  • Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of your outside fabric.
  • Place both fabric squares, right sides together and sew straight stitch around the whole square. Leaving an opening to allow to turn right side out.
  • Turn right side out and sew seam shut. Iron flat.
  • Roll up gently and mark with a pin where your velcro will be sewn (mine is about 6 inches on the outside fabric).
  • Sew one velcro piece to the inside fabric on the edge (see picture above)
  • Sew the other piece of velcro to the outside fabric. I sewed mine in opposite directions to allow for more wiggle room.

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Thanks for such a great idea Chelsea!!

 

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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