DIY Vinyl Iron on Decal

My monthly project for Happy Crafters is all about iron on vinyl, my favorite being the gold vinyl where I can quickly add a little bling to a plain t-shirt, tote back, pillow covers, onesies, etc. 

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Materials:

Tutorial:

Use Silhouette Design Studio software to create a design of text with a quote. 

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Resize text the text box and font to fit the front of your t-shirt. 

*Important! Right click and “flip horizontally” so that the text is a mirror image/backwards.

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Load sheet of vinyl iron on into the machine shiny/color side facing down. 

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Click “send to cut” and be sure to adjust settings for cutting smooth heat transfer. I found that I needed to up the blade 2 more than recommended to get through the vinyl (awesome quality stuff!) so you may want to do a small text cut. 

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Click “cut”. Once cutting is complete, remove vinyl from machine. 

Trim away excess vinyl. I like to have about an inch border around my text.

Weed away the negative part of the design (leaving text on the tacky clear transfer sheet). 

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Place iron on sticky side down onto t-shirt.

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Iron according to paper instructions included with the vinyl iron on material with a cotton cloth over the transparent plastic. 

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Carefully peel away clear transfer sheet. If vinyl iron on design hasn’t transferred, replace transparent sheet and re-iron/try again. 

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That’s it! This metallic gold foil has a mirror quality, reflections in the decal. So cool!

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. I love the products and the prices are affordable. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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Tea Cup Candle Sconce Bird Feeder Tutorial

Like to attract bird’s to the backyard? Me too. Well…away from the patio where I enjoy sipping tea and starting my day with devotions. 

The next time you’re at the thrift store, pick up an old candle sconce, tea cup and saucer to create a cute little bird feeder. 

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • candle sconce
  • tea cup & saucer
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover x2 (satin aqua)
  • sanding block
  • damp rag
  • E600 glue
  • clamp tape 
What I did:
 
Lightly sand and clean candle sconce. Apply light even coats of spray paint and let dry. 
Using glue, attach saucer and tea cup to candle sconce (saucer first then tea cup after the saucer has dried).
This is the first time I’ve used clamp tape. LOVE it! Worked really well to keep the pieces together while glue dried. 
Let dry according to glue package instructions. 
 
Hang, fill with bird seed and enjoy!
Pretty outdoor decor too. DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff
 
I haven’t noticed if the birds are enjoying it yet. The food disappeared but it may just happen to be feeding the squirrels. lol  DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

Easy DIY Personalized Easter Basket Liner

Happy Spring! With a new grand-baby in the family, I can’t help but get all giddy about making up an Easter basket this year. As you know, I love to personalize gifts and with just a t-shirt and a DIY iron-on vinyl, this liner is super easy to make! 

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used:

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

What you’ll need: sewing machine, scissors, straight edge, computer/vinyl cutter, iron. 

What I did:

Lay inside out t-shirt flat and using a straight edge, draw a line beneath the t-shirt arms. This is the sewing guide…simply a straight line. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Sew along the line. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Then cut straight across above the sewn line (right below the armpits of the t-shirt). 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Flip right side out. 

Place the seam inside of the basket and fold the edges of the t-shirt over the basket to create a liner. Measure how much room you have horizontally and vertically to get an idea of your iron on design’s size. I kept mine under 2″ high by 7″ wide. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I created a graphic with name and a cute little bunny shape. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

You’ll need to mirror the text and image by right clicking and selecting “flip horizontally”. 

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Double check the size. (One sheet of iron-on vinyl is going to make a LOT of decals!) 

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Load vinyl into the machine shiny side down. The shiny side is actually the transparent cover. Vinyl is the matte side (facing up). 

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Send the design to ‘cut’. Adjust setting for heat transfer material and “cut”.

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

When cutting is complete, remove vinyl from machine. Trim to a manageable size. 

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Weed away the excess vinyl. The decal will show a backwards design on the transparency. 

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Smooth out the t-shirt liner with the open end facing you. Place the iron on decal towards the bottom, centered. 

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Cover with a cotton cloth (or the scrap t-shirt material) and iron according to instructions that came with the iron on vinyl.

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Carefully remove the transparency film. 

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Line the Easter basket and fill. Easy, right? Cute too! 

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It’s actually a pretty easy DIY project for any time of the year, any basket or to personalize a gift basket for any occasion.

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

 

More Easter DIY ideas

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. I love the products and the prices are affordable. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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DIY aromatherapy heat/cold {rice} packs: Snuggle Bunnies

Who likes a little extra comfort with some warmth when cold, cooling off when hot and relaxing/calming essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep!? Don’t we all? 

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Only a few more weeks ’til Easter. (And we host our family’s dinner/get-together which is why you haven’t seen any major DIY projects in the works…no creating a bigger mess until post-Easter around here). But…enjoy some smaller fun projects in the meantime.

Looking for a (useful and handmade) gift idea? I like to give my nieces and nephews candy-free gifts. Since I’m so in love with essential oils, I think these cute lil’ snuggle bunny heat/cold packs are a nice gift idea. Perfectly soothing. Also a cute idea for essential oil class/party door prizes too. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

What I used: (*includes some affiliate links)

  • fabric – I purchased something similar to this (makes 15 bunnies)

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Tools: printer, scissors, sewing machine/thread, straight pins, screwdriver

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

What I did:

Iron fabric. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Download and print the bunny pattern on card stock. Cut out pattern.

Snuggle Bunny Pattern @diyshowoff

free printable Snuggle Bunny Pattern download

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Trace pattern on wrong side of doubled fabric. Pin fabric pieces together and cut out bunny shape.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Sew all sides (I sewed as close to the raw edge as I could get and capturing both pieces – front/back – of fabric). Leave the bottom open.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Turn right side out (a screwdriver comes in handy for the ears – don’t poke too hard). 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Iron. Fold in bottom raw edges and iron. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Fill with rice. You’ll want it to be a bit floppy, not super packed full. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Sew opening shut.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Add a ribbon bow, attach instructions inside a gift card and a sample of soothing/relaxing essential oil (Recommendations: Young Living Peace & Calming, lavender, Valor or Gentle Baby).

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Print usage instructions: (download printable)

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free download: printable Snuggle Bunny Directions

Cute, handmade hot or cold aromatherapy snuggle bunnies to promote a good night’s rest.

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DIY Denim Tic Tac Toe Game

Michael’s has a new collection of craft products called Make Market and this month’s challenge includes the denim trend, a collection of fun denim supplies.

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I made up a cute denim tic tac toe game with carrying case. It fits easily on a book shelf and makes for a great gift. 

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What I used: 

  • 12 x 12 stretched denim canvas
  • 12 x 12 denim panel
  • denim ribbon
  • fabric glue
  • adhesive velcro
  • 5-6 wood button cutouts
  • 5-6 wood heart cutouts
  • acrylic craft paint
  • two denim pockets

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What I did:

1. I painted the wood pieces and set them aside to dry. 

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2. Next I applied the denim ribbon to the denim panel with fabric glue to create a tic tac toe board. 

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3. Then I used the adhesive velcro on the back of a stretched denim canvas and the denim panel to create a ‘case’ for game pieces. 

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4. Two denim pockets also hold each player’s game pieces. I’m thinking an inexpensive drawer handle for carrying on one side would work perfectly too.

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Wasn’t that easy? Store game pieces inside the denim ‘box’. 

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Portable for easy carrying and fun!

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See more denim ideas from these Michael’s Makers bloggers: 


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Michaels has named denim the craft trend of 2015! Denim has always been a wardrobe staple and now it’s emerging in crafts and home décor.

If you’re looking for some spring project inspiration, take a look at Michaels’ new Make Market line for DIY project and home décor ideas – all made with simple, on-trend surfaces and textures like chalk, denim, galvanized, burlap and cork.

Michaels Makers readers are getting the inside scoop on an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris. Check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

Essential Oil Lotion Hearts

It’s the second month of the Embracing Wellness Series and giveaway – several blog friends sharing their favorite Young Living essential oils and hosting an awesome giveaway as our way of wanting to help spread the oily love. Woo hoo! More details below. *This post contains some affiliate links of what I purchased on Amazon, enough supplies for several different DIY/handmade recipes.

These essential oil lotion hearts are not only a great gift idea, they’re super handy for dry skin. Winter and extra-handwashing have made my hands super dry. I love having these on display/ready to grab near the soap on our bathroom sinks and in my purse for a quick grab. Not to mention a cute gift, great {essential oil} business incentive or prize at essential oil classes/events. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Ingredients I used:

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

*I chose Valor for the one I keep in my purse. I like the benefits for easing occasional feelings of anxiety on top of soothing dry skin on the go. I also like Joy, Peace & Calming, Lavender and Sacred Mountain. One of the bonuses to DIY! YOU choose the essential oil you prefer. 

Valor: Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.

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What I did: 

I simply added the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil into a double boiler (I bought this double boiler) and melted it together over medium-high heat.

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Once completely melted and blended, remove from heat and mix in essential oil. You’ll need to move through the next step rather quickly (but you can always reheat to liquify if needed). 

I poured my mixture into a glass measuring cup to make pouring the mixture into silicone heart molds easier. 

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I let them cool. It doesn’t take long. I waited a few hours just to be sure they were completely cool and formed. 

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Then I removed the hearts from the silicone mold. They pop out easily! Wrap for gifts or display in small labeled dish on the bathroom sink.

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Let’s get YOU started! Join the Oily Families team by simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor & enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? Today’s the day! 
Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living / Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing:

Catch up on even more information by visiting the January edition of Embracing Wellness here where I shared an easy lavender pillow & linen spray recipe. 

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Valentine Mason Jars

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Being able to create your own vinyl decals makes last minute quick gifts easy. You’ll need:

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Of course you can create your own designs by just cutting things out with scissors but investing in a vinyl cutter has proven to be well worth the it. I simply created some Valentine designs and circles for mason jar lids using the Silhouette Design Studio software…

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Load vinyl into the machine pattern/shiny side up. 

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Adjust settings for vinyl and send design to cut.

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Remove vinyl from machine and weed away (remove) excess vinyl (vinyl that isn’t a part of the decals).

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Apply vinyl like stickers or use transfer paper to decorate mason jars and lids. 

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Add ribbon or decorative tape to embellish and fill jars with candy, small gifts, homemade bath salts, etc. Instant, quick easy Valentine gifts for teachers or friends. 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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Personalized Baby Gift Set

I love being creative when it comes to baby gifts and personalizing a baby layette set with iron-on vinyl decals is just so easy to do!

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Supplies:

What I did:

Using my Silhouette studio designer edition software, I created a few fun decals. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

For iron-ons, text (and some images) will need to be mirrored/flipped horizontally. Simply right click and choose “flip horizontally”. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Load the vinyl into the machine shiny side down (the shiny side is the transparency side). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Adjust settings for cutting heat transfer material and send to cut. Unload vinyl from the machine. (Note: I do not use a cutting mat as shown below.)

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Cut off the excess vinyl/material and weed (remove) the unwanted part of the the vinyl leaving just the decals. 

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Set iron according to heat instructions provided with vinyl iron on. 

Place iron on decal, shiny side facing you (iron on isn’t sticky but the clear transparency is…sticker side down to help hold iron on in place). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Cover with a cotton diaper cloth, burp cloth or towel and heat iron on according to instructions. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Carefully peel away transparency (if iron on pulls up too, re-place and iron some more). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Create an entire personalized baby layette gift set…

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Felted Soap Tutorial

It’s time for the monthly Michael’s Makers challenge! I’ve been wanting to/meaning to make felted soap for years and I can finally check it off my craft bucket list. But first, January is a great time of year for getting organized. I love these Recollections Memory Boxes with chalkboard labels for keeping crafting supplies organized in my craft room…

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My craft project this month is felted soap. It’s something I usually purchase, handmade from boutiques…always for gifts but never for myself. I’ve always wanted to attempt to make my own but just never made the time to give it a try. Just one of those crafts that seemed time consuming or difficult. Boy, was I ever wrong! It’s so easy! No craft-talent required, although I bet it’s something we can acquire a skill at doing, to create some beautiful works of art maybe even too pretty to use. A fun craft to do with the kids as well.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What is felted soap? It’s like having your bar of soap wrapped in a felt washcloth. It lengthens the number of uses of a bar of soap and there’s lots of lather! It’s also pretty…you decide on colors or designs to coordinate with your bathroom decor, seasons or holidays, etc. You choose the soap brand or scent or even make your own.  

Materials I used: Shop Michaels Online

  • bar of soap (I made 3 this time around: lavender, peppermint and even an activated charcoal soap.)
  • wool roving
  • nylon stocking (cut to fit over soap with room to tie opening)
  • water, paper towels, drying rack
  • optional: felt appliqué and felting needle tool

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Do a search for felted soap tutorials. There are a lot of different ways to go about this. This is what I did:

1. I wrapped the bar of soap with a piece of wool roving in the long direction around a bar of soap, as tight as I could get it to stay. I left a little overlap on the edges/corners. I used a thin sheet of roving and kept the overlapping the pieces on the back to a minimum.

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2. I then wrapped wool roving the other direction. I tucked in the overlap on the corners from the first piece of wool roving placed. 

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3. Optional: add thin strands of different colors. Add an appliqué using a felting needle tool. Just place and punch. I didn’t really notice that it ‘stuck’ well (I could easily pull it back off) but it did seem to grab a few fibers and that seemed to be all that was needed to keep it sort of secure and in place. Maybe I did it wrong, I’m not a felting expert. lol! 

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4. I carefully placed the wrapped bar of soap into a piece of nylon stocking. If it was the toe piece, I tied a knot in one end. When I ran out of toe/foot stocking pieces, I used the leg parts of stocking and tied both ends. This just holds everything all together and in place.

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5. In the kitchen sink, I prepared a bowl of hot water. I dipped the nylon covered soap into the hot water and started “washing my hands” with the soap. Rubbing each side of the soap, lathering. Repeating for 15 minutes. Yes, it feels like a long time standing there, but it’s not really a long time for a DIY craft project. It’s worth it. Pull up a stool or chair! Be aware of the appliqué so that it doesn’t slide around or change shape. And don’t forget to give attention to the corners and edges of the bar of soap.

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6. Next I did a rinse in cold water, lathered one more time for a minute or so then a cold rinse and squeezed to remove some of the water.

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7. I then cut away/removed the nylon stocking and patted with a dry paper towel. If it does look as if the felt is not adhered well, repeat steps 5 and 6…without the nylon. 

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8. Set aside to dry overnight (I put mine on a rack with paper towels underneath). 

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It’s addicting…

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I want to make more, try more detailed designs! Maybe add a few drops of essential oil. Open my own shop! Okay, I wouldn’t go quite that far. But, I even made up a felted soap-on-a-rope by tying on wool yarn before felting (then simply decorated it by adding some wool yarn stripes). 

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What do you think? Something you want to try? Looking for more fun craft ideas? Check out these January projects from the Michael’s Makers team:

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Haven’t decided what project you’re going to kick off 2015 with? Stop by Michaels’ blog  The Glue String  for inspiration from all 30 of the Michaels Makers.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to clean out your closet, your office or even your bedroom, but you’re sick of the typical containers and boxes – here are some cool and creative DIY storage ideas that might help!

For those of us that just need a place to store our craft materials and organize our scrapbook paper, paint, markers and yarn, you must check out these nifty craft storage systems.

JOY vinyl covered wood blocks tutorial

JOY vinyl covered wood blocks

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What you’ll need: a vinyl cutter (or cut vinyl out by hand using scissors)

Happy Face Pattern Adhesive Vinyl - Holiday 8 Pack

Tutorial:

Using the Silhouette Studio Designer software, create individual designs…I created one for wrapping each block (measure and add up all side of each block for width and the height of block), three individual rectangles for the top of each block. Then the letters J – O – Y (be sure to create a size that will fit nicely on the front of each block). 

JOY vinyl design

For wrapping each block, I used the striped vinyl and the patterned vinyl for lettering. 

For each design, load vinyl into the machine pattern side facing up. 

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Send design to cut. Adjust settings for cutting vinyl. Cut. 

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Unload vinyl.

Peel away vinyl (like stickers) and apply vinyl to blocks, wrapping first

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then the top rectangle…

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followed by a letter for each block. 

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So cute. A great gift or holiday decor.

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Decorate!

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Gift Ideas for the Cook

Mr. DIY’s favorite hobby is cooking. Yes I know how to cook but he ENJOYS cooking. So while he doesn’t get home from work until around 6 p.m. every evening (and I work from home), he still does the cooking. It’s his way of unwinding. Am who am I to stand in his way? 😉 Cooking is his passion. He’s even been known to arrive home from work early when he has a new recipe he can’t wait to try. Cooking utensils, small kitchen appliances and gadgets are always great gift ideas for those who love to cook. 

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Gifts for the cook Inspired by Macy’s cookware buying guide

  1. Garlic Rocker
  2. Fat Separator
  3. Bamboo Steamer
  4. Round Ravioli Stamp
  5. Asparagus Pot
  6. Adjustable Potato Ricer
  7. Nonstick Ebelskiver Pan
  8. Food Mill
  9. Nonstick Grill Basket

And yes, I have lots of photos in my files for sharing his recipes. It’s getting him to take a moment to write them out that’s the challenge. I’ll keep on him. 

*This post is sponsored by Macy’s. As always, opinions are my own. 

My Top Ten 2014 Favorite Things

Today I’m participating in a Favorite Things blog hop and what I really like about it is getting ideas from my blog friends for my own wish list. Since we have a lot in common, reading their top choices gives me ideas for things I might enjoy too. It goes without saying that family, friends, good health, etc. and a brand new sweet grandson…are at the top of my list!

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After taking a look back, here are some of my top favorite material items and purchases: (*This post includes a few affiliate links.)

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10. Wool Dryer Balls – with the addition to essential oils in our home, I’m now using these wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets. I love that I can control the type and amount of scent I want to add to our freshly laundered clothes and bed linens. 

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9. Lush Shampoo – it’s a splurge but I love this shampoo. I ordered back in March, use it about 4 times a month and am just now ready to place another order. I think I’m going to give one of the shampoo bars a try this time. 

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8. This Rifle Paper black & gold polka dot iPhone 5 case…love it! It has protected my phone during many a fall and it’s pretty! 

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7. Hooded knit poncho – I believe I got mine at TJMaxx but here is a similar one at Boscov’s (on sale too).  It’s my favorite sweater to grab for cooler weather. 

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6. Minnetonka double fringe ankle wedge boots (I found mine at Ross) – these are the footwear you’ll see me wearing this year. I love them and they’re my ‘go to’ boots every time I leave the house! Comfy!

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5. I always have a lot to carry around. I use this Lucky brand Covina tote bag as a purse. I’ve about worn it out so I’ll be on the hunt for something new. Any suggestions? What do you carry? (Ps. A Google search shows it’s available on eBay.)

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4. My daughter’s handmade jewelry at The Lunar Fae. I love this one: Red Jasper with Gun Metal Wire Wrap. Red Jasper brings problems to light and provides insight into difficult situations. An excellent worry stone, it calms the emotions when played with. It stimulates the base chakras while cleansing and stabilizing the aura, not to mention the sentimental value of having something special and handmade from someone I love.

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3. Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser – this was a gift to myself this year. Diffusing essential oils has become a routine part of our daily life and this beauty is amazing! It transforms my room into a spa by diffusing my favorite essential oils, has spa sounds (or I can plug in my iPhone and listen to iTunes with the speaker system. There are options for different colored lighting and a timer. It’s so soothing and pretty too. 

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2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 / Mac (download) – I can’t believe I didn’t get this sooner. Game changer! A must have for blogging photography and now with a new little grandson in the family, I’m definitely getting even more good use of this awesome photo-editing software. 

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Here’s a sample photo that I’ve edited…because this little guy is one of my favorite things of 2014 too:

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1. I am new to Young Living this year and essential oils have been life changing for our family. This is by far my #1 favorite thing. No regrets other than “why didn’t I get started sooner?!” No joke. My newest blogging partner. I’m starting to make healthier, more natural choices for my family. I love creating a comfortable beautiful home … and now I’m working to provide a safe, poison/chemical-free environment for my family too.  Read more about them here. My Young Living essential oils are also my newest business venture and so popular/loved that they’re sponsoring my blog. Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested? You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. 

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Follow along and see what these blog friends loved most in 2014:

Chris – Just a Girl

Beckie – Infarrantly Creative

Beth – Home Stories A to Z

Brooke – All Things Thrifty

Rhoda – Southern Hospitality

Sarah – Thrifty Decor Chick

Stacy – Not Just a Housewife

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Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Lovers

If you love and use essential oils every day here are some great gift ideas (besides essential oils, of course) to add to your holiday wish list or gift suggestions for oily friends. These are things I already own or things that are on my own wish list. This post contains some affiliate links. 

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  • Diffuser – essential oil fans will move one diffuser from room to room so having a second on hand is super convenient, a luxury even! 
  • Mortar & Pestle – for use with fresh herbs or infusing essential oils and sugar or salt, recipes, etc. 
  • Serving Tray – I love having this tray on hand for creating essential oil recipes and containing spills. It’s sort of like having a portable laboratory and protects furniture and/or tablecloths, etc.

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  • We’ve switched from using dryer sheets to these cool Wool Dryer Balls. I love that I can add different scents when drying clothes (Lavender, Purification and Peace & Calming are my favorites). 
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitments – I love adding a roller ball lid to several of my essential oil bottles, especially ones I apply topically like DiGize, EndoFlex, Dragon Time, Valerian, etc. 
  • Acrylic Display – keeps essential oils organized and all within easy reach. I alphabetize mine. This display holds about 60 bottles. 
  • Stainless Steel Tumbler – a must have (personalize with vinyl). Several of my family members are never without their tumbler. Keeps drinks ice cold all day long (hot too)…if your drink would last that long and works great with citrus essential oils. 

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  • Measuring Shot Glasses – is a great gift idea (along with a bottle of Ningxia Red too). Handy for essential oil recipes too.
  • Sample Bottles – sharing essential oils with family and friends is inevitable. Having mini sample bottles on hand makes sharing a drop or two easy!
  • Organic Coconut Oil – so many uses and a favorite oil for diluting essential oils. 
  • Dish Pan and Natural Dish Soap – handy for washing/cleaning empty essential oil bottles and natural dish soap is an ingredient for a DIY essential oil/bubble bath recipe. 

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More: Love this shop for handouts and supplies (it’s where I got my tablecloth too). Get a Gift Card for Business Building. And I’m pretty sure anything from here would be a great gift for essential oil friends too since I know I personally have to downsize my shopping cart every time I place an order.

What are essential oils?

Check out how you can join me in taking the first steps to creating a healthier lifestyle with Young Living Essential Oils at diyshowoff.com

 Have anything you’d add to this list? Please share in the comments!

Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Lovers @diyshowoff

Easy Personalized DIY Ornaments

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Making up a personalized DIY ornament doesn’t have to be super involved, complicated or expensive. As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas December challenge, I grabbed these decorative ceiling medallion inserts from Lowe’s… easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff

Bonus: they were on sale. Check out the price…

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Make up a pretty matching complete gift set with a mix of personalized ornaments using the photo/frame insert, paint the decorative one in coordinating colors and add in a few mirrored inserts (attach a monogram sticker).

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Supply suggestions: photos, old holiday cards, wrapping paper or scrap book paper, alphabet stickers for monograms, paint, glitter, ribbon. 

What I did: 

I cut out scrapbook paper circles to fit in the photo/frame decorative ceiling medallion inserts x 4.

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I added metallic gold lettering to spell “N – O – E – L”. 

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Pull apart by twisting. Add the paper and re-assemble (reattach the back).

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Add a coordinating ribbon for hanging. 

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Display. 

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Easy, budget-friend, personal with a handmade feel. 

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You know that as soon as I have printed pictures of the baby, grandma will be swapping out “NOEL” for grand baby bragging photos instead. How nice that they can then be displayed all year long then? Love it! 

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.