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gift wrap book covers

Sometimes the easiest little project yields the biggest rewards. These gift wrap book covers are case in point. My friend Chelsea covered some books last year with some adorable fabric….every since I saw that post I wanted to create something similar. These book covers can class up any bookshelf…from blah to AHHH!

I made these for a client who is having me design her family room. I will be sharing her whole new family room with you soon. It is such a fun transformation!

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Gift wrap is so hip now! I have a bunch from Homegoods that I keep on hand. In the past, I have showed you how to use it for photo backdrops..and a fun way to store it too.

I realize this really doesn’t deserve a full tutorial….but just in case you aren’t close to 40 and you never had to cover your textbooks for school like I did ;) Here is the quick how to…

 

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Cut a piece of gift wrap the same size as the book cover. If your book doesn’t have a cover, then trace the books binding all the way around.

Place the book in the center of the paper, fold edges under flaps.

Unfold and place double sided tape on the edges of the paper.

Tape to the inside flaps of book.

Done:)

This is of course the simplified version….my mom used to cover my books a lot more professionally then this demonstration:)

 

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I bought my books on the clearance section of my local book thrift store…..Not a bad little accessory for the bookshelves…for under $4!!

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Go check out Chelsea’s books too….so cute!

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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®)

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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!

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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.

DIY Wood Wreath

So I was walking through Lowes…checking things off my list when it hit me….I had some sort of DIY epiphany somewhere in between aisles 3 and 14…Has that ever happened to you? I have been feeling like my creative mojo was lost….but right there in the middle of the adhesive aisle it all came back. BooM!

What a good feeling:) So from then on…. I was on a mission. I wasn’t quite sure how it would come together…but I could see if clearly in my head….I went to the wood aisle and found some 4 inch pine. I stood there holding it… just staring at it for a good 5 minutes. Some nice man came up behind me and said “watcha making?” I said…”oh, a wreath….”….He made some comment that he hadn’t seen a wreath made from just a few pieces of pine. I said something to the effect…” Well, it’s all in my head….so I am just trying to figure it out…”…he sighed and went about his day. This happens often…to me…in Lowes. It’s like my creative juices are on overdrive and my brain is like “dude…slow down…I have no idea how to put that together…” #lifeofablogger

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Anywho, I was wanting a new special something for the mantle….and this totally fits that bill:) I am smitten with this wreath. I love that it is warm…but kind of edgy….it is classic…but kind of modern too. And I think it is going to look awesome once the mantle is all “Christmas-fied”….cannot wait:)  I thought that I would share it with you now in case you wanted to whip one up for your house:)

 

First put together your wreath form….easy enough….

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Then get to work on putting the wood together to glue to the wreath form….

(do be scared of the miter saw….:)

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Here is what you will need:

(3) 4” by 36” (1/4” thick) pine boards

hot glue

3 shades of Minwax stain ( I used golden oak, dark walnut and English chestnut)

foam brushes

rags or paper towels

24” wire wreath frame

1 roll burlap ribbon

miter saw

Directions:

Measure and mark your wood every 4 inches

With your miter saw make your cuts (you should end up with 27 pieces of wood)

Stain wood pieces (12 natural, 12 dark, 12 special)

Cover your wreath form with burlap ribbon (this will be your base to glue the wood to)

Place one layer on the wreath form and hot glue in place

Dry fit the top layer making sure your design is varied and then hot glue in place

Let dry

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There are so many variations that would be so neat to try. Get some old trim pieces and cut them up…or instead of staining you could paint….so many possibilities.

A super fun project to start off the week ;)

 

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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.

Wood Floor into Wall Art (DIY art)

You know that I hold onto things….things like random pieces of flooring. About 5 pieces to be exact. They were laying in the garage…collecting dog hair and debris…it was time to clean them up and put them to good use. And so they became wall art for the guest room…#boom…. Here is how I made it…

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Now don’t go all crazy on me….if you see a miter saw…don’t run the other way. If you don’t have an electric…go buy a new hand saw and $3 miter box , you are good to go. Pine is the softest wood to cut through…so use pine boards if you don’t have any pine flooring laying around.

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Supplies:

6 pine boards cut to 32inches (or as wide and you want your art to be)

Wood glue

2 brace pieces for the back (I used a thin 1 inch trim piece that I had already)

4 wood screws

sander

choice of spray paint

watered down white paint

old rag

How to:

1. Cut your pine board to the length you want your art to be.

2. Spray paint each board the desired color. I used up all my left over spray paint (weird that my colors on hand all matched the fabric I was trying to compliment…bonus!)

3. After paint dries…find a flat surface and place glue in between the tongue and groove on the flooring. Tap together with a hammer. If you are not using flooring and your boards are flat you will most likely have to glue them together upside down (so that the back is facing you) and then immediately screw your bracing in so that the boards are forced together)

4. When the glue dries the piece will be one and you can screw you trim on the back to brace it.

5. Water down some white paint and brush on the front. Wipe away excess.

6. For a more weather look…sand down the entire piece to age.

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Hope that makes sense….

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My Christmas apron…I’m hot like that….moving on….

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I hung it up by attaching a wire to the screws on the back. Place a heavy picture hanger on the wall and you are all set. Not bad for basically free….:)

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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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