2015 DIYShowOff Recap

2015 brought less DIY home related projects with more of a focus on crafty things and gift ideas. Here is a recap of 2015 DIYShowOff projects. So much fun! 

January:

toilet paper holder/shelf

DIY Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf tutorial @diyshowoff

color block door

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

personalized baby gift set 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

 

lavender pillow and linen spray

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

 

felted soap tutorial

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

February:

essential oil lotion bars

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff

 

DIY striped love you more Valentine sign

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

denim tic tac toe – on the go 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

Valentine Mason Jars

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

March:

DIY aromatherapy bunnies (hot/cold rice pack)

Snuggle Bunnies Tutorial - DIY warm/cool/aromatherapy with essential oils) rice packs @diyshowoff

striped gallery wall

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

simple spring centerpiece

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

personalized Easter basket liner

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

Love Your Home Challenge

DIYShowOff kitchen #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

 

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Pasta Shells Recipe

organic broccoli cheese soup with pasta shells diyshowoff

 

Metallic Gold Favorites

gold home decor trend @diyshowoff gold gift ideas @diyshowoff

 

Springtime in Paris

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

April:

painted chalkboard bin labels

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff #FrogTape

teacup candle sconce birdfeeder

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY club foot brace cover

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

May:

Bistro Set Before and After

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

DIY Patio Umbrella Table Planter

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces

DIYShowOff Colander Planter

 

DIY Chemical-free Outdoor Spray

DIY outdoor spray recipe

Creating a Reading Nook

reading nook @diyshowoff @SauderUSA #puttogether

Crib Vinyl Decals DIY

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

June:

Side Table Makeover

diyshowoff side table makeover

Awesome Dill Dip Recipe

organic dill dip recipe @diyshowoff

Tie Dye Party Fun

Tie Dye Party #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Summer Home Tour

Summer Home Tours Blog Hop @diyshowoff

Flower Pallet Garden

flower pallet garden @diyshowoff

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Snack Time Entertaining Table Runner

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

July:

Red, White & Blue Decor

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

Easy DIY Color Block Wall Art Tutorial 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Berry Grapefruit Summer Recipes

grapefruit berry yogurt frozen treats @diyshowoff

Feeding Flowers

flower pallet garden @diyshowoff

 

DIY Transfer Stickers

how to make DIY image transfer stickers @diyshowoff #MadeWithMichaels

August:

Industrial Milk Can Side Table

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Sweet Dreams Cream

DIY sleepy time gift idea / sweet dreams cream @diyshowoff #youngliving #essential oils

Hallway Paint Refresh

hallway refresh @diyshowoff #frogtape

September:

Pumpkin Vase Wall Art Tutorial

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Fall Room Spray Recipe

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Fall Party Snack Ideas

fall recipes - essential oil infused make & take class ideas Part 2 @diyshowoff

October:

Halloween vignette

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff

Halloween Make & Take Printables

Halloween essential oils Make & Take ideas, graphics and printables @diyshowoff

 

DIY baby farmer costume

cutest baby farmer DIY costume @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

November:

Thanksgiving essential oils

5 must have Thanksgiving essential oils

DIY “thanks” sign

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

December:

essential oil infused bath salts

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

vintage-inspired NOEL wall art 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

 

Birds & Berries Christmas Tree

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

2016 has us back on track for home improvement and remodeling with a couple of bathroom updates (one major remodel) and a man cave! Not to mention, updating my sister’s kitchen and a little DIY assistance at mom’s complete home makeover. Can’t wait!

2015 DIY project recap @diyshowoff

See the 10 most visited project pages of 2015.

10 most visited pages of 2015 @diyshowoff

DIY Vintage-Look NOEL Wall Art

‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa-la-la-la-la-la”…well, I did that once. Holly is quite scratchy! Ouch! Guess what?! Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com are hosting a Home for Christmas themed blog hop! Oh my Christmas! Time to belt out your favorite Christmas carols, top your cocoa with some marshmallows and to get inspired! Grab your slippers and get your pin-finger ready while you’re at it!

Home for Christmas

Once the Christmas tree was all decorated for the holidays,

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge  

I needed a little holiday cheer for above the mantel. The stormy beach portrait that’s there most of the rest of the year really wasn’t going to work.  So I decided on a “NOEL” idea for filling the empty space. Did you see the cute wooden circled monogram letters at Michaels? I knew I wanted to do something with them. This is the perfect project!

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: (I’ve included some affiliate links so you can find the supplies easily and to maybe add a little jingle to Santa’s wallet.Ty!)

  • extra large monogram wreath letters N – O – E – L 
  • craft paint and foam brushes (I chose berry red and forest moss)
  • paper towels
  • velcro picture hanging strips
  • TransTint dye (Note: a bit on the pricy side, but this dye is AWESOME! It’s water based so it’s not oily and makes for a gorgeous wood stain. Tip: Easiest clean up ever! Just let brush dry and hide styrofoam cup on a shelf in the basement/out of the way. Dye will evaporate. Simply add water and resume use on your next project!) That bottle is going to last YEARS! 
  • paint or chip brush

What I did: 

1. I gave each letter two coats of paint and let dry. Note: One coat/dry brushing would actually look fantastic too! I wish I was a little more carefree. One coat/dry brushing means step 4 is going to look WAY better…so adopt a technique as if you’d had an extra cup of eggnog. Tip: If hanging in a grid pattern and using two colors like I did, paint the N and L the same color and the O and E the same color to avoid one color on the left, one color on the right. Mix it up!  

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

2. Sand the edges, distress as desired. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Next, add a drop or two of TransTint dye to water in a styrofoam cup, more TransTint dye for a darker tone if desired. TransTint dye WILL stain fingers and work surface. I recommend wearing gloves and protecting your work table with layers of newspaper or a tarp or old vinyl table cloth or if you live in a warmer climate (lucky you…make up the guest room for my impending arrival!), work outside.

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Dip the brush into the TransTint dye, tapping excess from the brush. Randomly brush, fling, stipple, drip (get messy and creative – have fun!) the TransTint dye onto the painted wooden letters. Wipe away or dab with paper towels as needed. Sprinkle TransTint to create a  “dirty, worn, aged” finish. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

5. Let dry TransTint dye dry overnight. 

6. Optional: Secure a small holiday wreath to the “O” with a ribbon for a touch of texture. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Hang and display using velcro picture hangers. You might want to grab a level while you’re at it. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

I love the worn, aged finish. Vintage goodness! What do you think? 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

See MORE holiday DIY and decorating inspiration from these sweet and talented HomeTalk friends:

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3 Ways to Wrap Odd Shaped Objects – Holiday Hack Challenge

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff

The Michaels’ Makers December Challenge is “Holiday Hacks”, how to creatively tackle everything the holidays might throw at you! Some helpful ideas for making holiday prep go smoothly. And I’m sharing 3 ways to wrap odd shaped objects. For example: a toy that’s got part of a box package, jewelry and a stuffed animal/ball.

these odd shapes…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

now look irresistible…

#michaelsmakers #makejolly Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Challenge: How to Wrap Difficult Objects

1. Gift wrap idea with a little handmade DIY touch: create a gift using a gift. Add jewelry or small gifts to a fillable ornament (this one comes in two pieces that snap together) with some filler (crinkled shredded paper or pine & berries). Embellish with a hook and bow. Almost too cute to open, isn’t it?

these…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

wrapped this way…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects  

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2. DIY! Create your own custom gift bag using your supply of wrapping paper for difficult shaped objects. 

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Instructions: 

  1. Gather supplies: wrapping paper, scissors, tape and gift.
  2. Cut a piece of wrapping paper that fits around the gift.
  3. Fold paper so seams meet in the center.
  4. Tape seam.
  5. Fold bottom up, making sure that the folded area fits the depth/width of the gift. 
  6. Open folded area and shape paper to create a diamond.
  7. Press seams with your fingers to create diamond shape. 
  8. Fold down top and bottom of diamond to meet in the center, overlapping a bit. 
  9. Tape seams. This creates the bottom of the gift bag. Tape well!
  10. Open gift bag.
  11. Place gift into the bag.
  12. Fold top down.
  13. Tape the package closed. 
  14. Embellish with ribbon, bow, tag. 

All set for giving!

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

3. And the obvious: A gift sack! Not just any ordinary gift bag, this adorable gift sack (available at Michaels) is a cuter option than the traditional gift bag AND something that will get use year after year. A re-usable gift! Love it! Perfect for oddly shaped gifts OR toting your stash of gifts on the go. 

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Cute, right? I love gift wrapping and these ideas are so helpful when it comes to solving the challenge of oddly shaped presents. Want to see more Holiday Hacks?

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff

  • Michaels has so many holiday project ideas with instructions at Michaels.com, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more.
  • Check out the other four holiday hack topics and the unique ideas from more creative Michaels’ Makers on the Michaels’ blog, The Glue String.
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*I received a Michaels gift card to complete this challenge. All ideas are my own. 😉

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DIY Thanks Sign Tutorial

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Hosting Thanksgiving dinner? It’s a bit late for this tutorial but there’s always filing it away for next year. Make up this easy sign to add the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving decor. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • 12 x 24 piece of plywood
  • FrogTape®
  • paint and foam paint brush
  • wooden letters
  • hot glue (or wood glue and clamps or screws)

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

What I did:

1. Paint wooden letters if needed and let dry. Mine came from the craft store dollar section pre-finished. 

 2. I taped off stripes using FrogTape Multi-Surface. I made a larger stripe in the middle to create a darker background since my letters are lighter in color. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Using a plastic card, I burnished the edges of the tape to ensure crisp clean lines. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Next I applied a coat of paint. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

5. While paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape. Then let the paint dry. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

6. I secured my letters using hot glue. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

I love this quick and easy piece to add to my Thanksgiving vignette: 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

   FrogTape Blog Squad

12 Days of Christmas Essential Oil Infused Bath Soak Ornament Gifts

Every time of the year is a good time to share essential oils and Christmas is the perfect time to whip up your own DIY homemade gifts. 

12 Days of Christmas

essential oil infused bath soak ornament gifts

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

Supplies: (some affiliate links included)

  • epsom salt
  • your choice of essential oils (I only recommend Young Living brand)
  • 12 mini fillable glass ornaments (only use glass ornaments when using citrus essential oils)
  • small decorative Christmas tree
  • battery operated lights
  • ribbon and twine
  • Sharpie
  • mason jar
  • funnel (paper cones work well because you can snip the point to fit into the small ornament opening)

Instructions:

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

1. Add 2 level (or just under level) tablespoons of epsom salt to a mason jar.

2. Add 1-3 drops of essential oil. 

3. Screw on lid and shake, shake, shake it up!

4. Remove top from glass ornament. Using the funnel, transfer contents of mason jar to glass ornament. You’ll have to tap. I recommend holding the ornament/funnel over the mason jar. 

5. Attach ornament lid and embellish with ribbon.

6. Label ornaments using a Sharpie.

7. Tie ornament onto tree with a piece of twine.

*Repeat steps 1-6 for each essential oil. You may want to wash/rinse/dry mason jar between each use when creating a different batch. 

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

Gift giving ideas:

1 – Give the entire 12 days of essential oil infused Christmas tree to a busy friend who could use some quiet ‘me’ time. Yes…it’s perfectly acceptable to keep it for yourself! Display the tree on the bathroom counter! The battery operated lights provide just the perfect glow for a relaxing bath soak. Set the mood with soothing holiday music. 

2 – Or display the tree at your next holiday essential oil 101 class or holiday party. Bam! Instant guest favors, gifts or prizes.

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

3 – They make cute gift-toppers/accessories too!

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

A special gift just for YOU! Embrace wellness this season, prepare for winter! Get a the DIYSHOWOFF HOLIDAY BUNDLE (free gifts!) when you purchase a Young Living Premium Starter Kit using member #1836762 at youngliving.com. Why? Everyone I know who has taken that step to get started has no regrets and turns from skeptic to believer! Let’s get these drops of oil into your home! 

See more fun holiday essential oil gift ideas from these sweet blog friends: 

DIY essential oil Gift ideas @diyshowoff

Check out these other great DIY gift ideas using essential oils!

Young Living essential oils are so loved and so amazing that they’re sponsoring my blog! Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll not only be embracing wellness (we feel better than ever with this lifestyle change!), you’ll make new friends, be a part of an awesome team and have tons of support/resources so you aren’t left clueless. You’ll also learn of the generous business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom if you want it, but no obligation! I’d love for you to join us! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. So excited to hear from you!

Young Living at diyshowoff.com

Gift Wrap Finishing Touches

There are two types of people when it comes to gift wrapping…those who loathe it, those who LOVE it. I’ve always been a lover of gift wrapping so I’m excited to join 9 friends in a Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas blog hop! 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

And I’m the type who makes gift wrapping an event – a holiday party for one! I prefer to do it all at once. I love the tradition of setting out the supplies just so with a view of the Christmas tree…rolls of beautiful gift wrap, displays of cute holiday tags, whimsical ornaments, glitter pens, tape, ribbon and scissors. Pump up the volume on the Michael Bublé Christmas album, dress up in your most comfy pjs and grab a mug of hot cocoa…I’m going to share some gift wrapping finishing touches with you.

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff  

last year’s gift wrap to coordinated with an orange and green Christmas theme

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge

Each year, I select about 4-5 coordinating rolls of Christmas wrapping paper. I love mixing patterns. And I do prefer that the wrap matches my holiday decor too. So this year, it’s traditional red and green with a touch of black. 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Above was staging of empty boxes for my Dream Tree Challenge but what I’m sharing today is what I’ve gathered for real gift-giving this year. I snagged a fun mix of patterns ranging from plaid, stripes, reindeer and text in red, white, green and black from Michaels. 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Embellishments: decorative/washi tape (you know that collection you have but never quite use? GET IT!), black/white printed photos, monogrammed letters, cute gift tags, bows, ribbon, twine and some snips of pine, small ornaments, little DIY crafts/gifts.

And since a tutorial isn’t really necessary, let’s just cut to the chase and show some pretty gift wrap ideas in photos, okay? OKAY! Here we go…

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Use decorative tape instead of ribbon to secure/stack a collection of gifts. I used chalk tape above. I love the satiny wide ribbon-like look. And those presents are going to stay stacked! Grab a chalk marker and personalize! Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Add small handmade gifts or ornaments instead of a bow. Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tips: If you prefer wrapping gifts as you go, designate a roll (or coordinating rolls) for each family member. 1. That way you can embellish with tags/bows/etc. after the gifts are under the tree (tag the first gift you wrap for each member so you know who’s paper belongs to who). It makes storing much easier until “Santa” arrives! 2. It also makes it easier to tally the # of gifts for each person (in case you have a little one who keeps track!) 3. It’ll create a nice mix of colors and patterns when on display under your Christmas tree. 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Snag a photo straight from social media, print in black/white on card stock to create an easy and personalized gift tag!

Are you an all at once or as you go wrapper? Love it or loathe it?

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

See more creative holiday gift wrapping ideas from these awesome blog friends:

Sunday, November 16th 
 
Monday, November 17th 
 

Repurposed Frame to House Numbers

I’m sharing a quick weekend project that’s going to help guests and delivery drivers to locate the front door as well as add a little interest to curb appeal. 
 
 
 
What I used:
 
  • RustOleum Universal spray paint
  • house numbers
  • picture frame with wood backing
  • scrap wood plank 
  • clear lacquer 
 
What I did: 
 
1. Remove glass from picture frame. Dispose/recycle glass.
 
 
 
2. Apply light even coats of spray paint to frame and house numbers. Let dry. 
 
 
 
3. Apply light even coats of spray paint to wood backing. Let dry. 
 
4. Replace backing to picture frame.
 
5. Attach house numbers to center of frame with screws, use scrap wood plank behind backing to anchor house numbers to frame backing. 
 
6. Apply a clear coat of lacquer for sealing and let dry.
 
7. Hang and display. 
 
Indoors:
 
 
or out: 
 
 
Enjoy! 
 

Birds & Berries Christmas Tree ~ Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Happy November, friends! Yes…this is a Christmas tree blog post the day after Halloween. I know. I know! It’s crazy! In my pre-blogging days my Christmas decorating didn’t begin until the weekend after Thanksgiving. But don’t panic! The Michaels Dream Tree Challenge mission is to bring you some holiday inspiration in preparation for seasonal decorating. It’s not too early to start collecting decorating ideas!

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Michaels provided me with a beautiful pre-lit 7 ft. artificial pine and a gift card for decorating to participate in the dream tree challenge to kick off the decorating season in the DIY Show Off house. 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Christmas is my favorite holiday and I feel all organized by getting an early start. Get comfy, my friends. I have a lot of holiday cheer to spread around!

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

When the days are short and evening arrives early, there’s just something happy about twinkly lights on a Christmas tree that lifts my spirits and warms my heart this time of year. 

Birds & Berries Christmas Tree ~ Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Materials I used: 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

  • 7 ft. pre-lit artificial pine tree
  • clip on cardinals
  • faux red berries
  • red feathers
  • white berries
  • plaid and burlap ornaments
  • shatterproof ornaments
  • Christmas plaid ribbon
  • small nests with snowball eggs
  • corrigated cardboard and ribbon base
  • mini banner, stickers, ribbon and tiny clothespins
  • assorted coordinating ornaments

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

My favorite part of displaying a Christmas tree is the beautiful glow, curling up on the couch with a warm blanket, a cup of peppermint cocoa, listening to traditional Christmas music, reflecting on the past year’s ups and downs, milestones and celebrations, counting my blessings, remembering the true meaning of Christmas.  

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos and busy-ness that accompanies the holidays but throughout the day, the Christmas tree stops me in my tracks. It’s a moment when I’m reminded to Rejoice!

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

and a time to celebrate love…

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and the gift of every.single.day….life!

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Wishing you happy holiday planning! 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

DIYShowOff Dream Tree Challenges from previous years: 

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge ombre christmas tree decor

Can’t get enough? I’m not the only crazy one to have a Christmas tree up in October for a November 1st deadline. Crank the Christmas tunes, spike the holiday punch and check out these talented blog friends and their gorgeous Dream Trees for more inspiration: 

Michaels annual dream tree challenge

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Inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year.

From now until November 14, you can get FREE shipping on all Christmas trees that are 6ft or taller on Michaels.com!

·         If you’re just getting started on your holiday decor, you can also check out some of the ornament projects and tutorials available on Michaels.com.  

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Complete the ‘mood’ by swapping out chemical filled candles for essential oils with amazing health benefits. Diffuse Christmas Spirit, pine, Thieves, cinnamon bark…so many options to fill your home with healthy holiday scents. Young Living essential oils are so loved and so amazing that they’re sponsoring my blog! Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll not only be embracing wellness (we feel better than ever with this lifestyle change!), you’ll make new friends, be a part of an awesome team and have tons of support/resources so you aren’t left clueless. You’ll also learn of the generous business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom! I’d love for you to join my team! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. So excited to hear from you!

Young Living at diyshowoff.com

DIY Halloween Vignette

Decorating for Halloween? I’m not much of a Halloween decorator but I do have friends with October birthdays and these make a great gifts! 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff

EASY Halloween Wall Art 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff You’ll need these items from the craft store:

  • stretched burlap
  • felt placemat
  • felt decor
  • glue dots (or recommended: hot glue)

Using lots and lots of glue dots or hot glue, layer and secure the felt placemat onto the stretched burlap canvas (glue dots = temporary and using stretched burlap for another project in the future, hot glue = more permanent). Then secure the felt decoration on top of the felt placemat. It doesn’t get much easier than that! 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff

Halloween BOO Blocks tutorial

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff

Check out my DIY wooden BOO blocks tutorial on the FrogTape® blog squad site HERE!

Do you decorate for Halloween? Just a little or do you go all out?

I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY Duck Tape Trick or Treat bag tutorial and SpookDuckular Sweepstakes

DIY Duck Tape Halloween Trick or Treat Bucket tutorial

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular

Supplies I used: 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

  • poster board or light weight card board
  • duct tape – fun check out the Halloween patterns
  • OR…I realized after the fact that the shape resembles a coffee can or paint can (and would provide more durability). This is a fun craft idea but GO grab some fun patterned DuckTape from Michaels and a clean empty paint can from the hardware store! 

Tools/extras: cutting matt, Xacto knife/box cutter, scissors, plate 

What I did: (this is what I did, but see note & recommendation under “supplies” above!)

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular

1. Decide depth/height of bucket and cut a strip the length of poster board.  

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

2. Place and overlap strips of duct tape to cover each side of the poster board. 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

3. I folded over a ‘border’ at the top and bottom.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

 

4. Trim short sides. Set aside.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

5. I used a salad plate for the size of my bucket. Cut a square of poster board just large enough for tracing the plate. Place and overlap strips of duct tape to each side. 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

6. Trace plate and cut out circle. This is the bottom of the bucket. 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

7. Using small pieces of duct tape, attach sides to the bottom.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

8. Use a strip of duct tape to ‘close’ the open side of the bucket. Cover with coordinating duct tape to camouflage seam if you wish. 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

9. Reinforce bottom with more strips of duct tape.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

10. Create an embellishment/sticker by overlapping duct tape, placing directly onto cutting matt. Cut out shape, etc. using an Xacto knife. Transfer to front of the bucket.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

11. Handle is a strip of duct tape folded into thirds and secured with…more duct tape.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

Ta-da! That was fun! 

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular

Get creative! Make more than one! My second one is a cute bat with googly eyes and wings. I love the interior Duck Tape design too. Next up on my DIY list is a monster design. So fun! 

DIY Duck Tape Trick or Treat bag tutorial and SpookDuckular Sweepstakes

spookduckular sweepstakes

Enter the SpookDuckular Sweepstakes! 

Decorate your trick-or-treat bag using duct tape, and then add an image of your creation to Pinterest. Submit your pin at SpookDuckular.com for a chance to win! Easy! 

Oh My Gosh! The Prizes: $100 Michaels gift card each week in October, with a Grand Prize drawing happening the last week for one $500 Michaels gift card! Woo hoo! 

 

Remaining Entry Periods:

  • Week 2: 10/05/15 – 10/11/15
  • Week 3: 10/12/15 – 10/18/15
  • Week 4: 10/19/15 – 10/25/15
  • Grand Prize: 09/28/15 – 10/31/15

Sweepstakes ends Oct, 31 2015. Good luck!!!

spookduckular sweepstakes

*I received compensation to share about this awesome SpookDuckular sweepstakes. Tutorial was optional. All thoughts, project tutorial and images are my own. 

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular

DIY Baby Farmer Costume

Michaels Makers October challenge is DIY Halloween costume.

DIY Halloween Costume Challenge #michaelsmakers

So fun! Someone in our family is celebrating a first Halloween this year. But babies aren’t too interested in Halloween or costumes so I love that this costume really is super easy to throw together with an existing pair of overalls, and flannel or plaid shirt. 

cutest baby farmer DIY costume @diyshowoff

Grab a few props from Michaels and you have a perfect harvest/farm fresh themed photo opportunity for this time of year, a few decorative items to re-use and a comfortable baby ready for that Halloween party.

cutest baby farmer DIY costume @diyshowoff

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Cute, right?

cutest baby farmer DIY costume @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

And easy too!

cutest baby farmer DIY costume @diyshowoff

After the fact, you have items for an autumn harvest vignette or centerpiece. Duel purpose pieces rock!

cutest baby farmer DIY costume @diyshowoff

Need more DIY Halloween decor and costume ideas? Check these out: 

DIY Halloween Costume Challenge #michaelsmakers

  • Michaels has great products and inspiration to help transform your yard, classroom or living room into a spooktacular space this year!
  • Whether you’re into spooky sights, playful pumpkins or giggling ghouls, the Michaels.com Halloween project page has tons of ideas for DIY Halloween costumes and décor.
  • Still haven’t decided what you’re going to be? Check out the other 49 DIY costumes from the Michaels Makers starting at 11 a.m. EST today and you might just find the perfect one for you, your kiddos or your beloved pet this Halloween– they’re to die for! 


DIY Essential Oil Infused Fall Room Spray

Last week I hosted a fun fall celebration for family and friends in my home and wanted to share a few ideas and recipes (great ideas for a fall essential oils 101 Make & take class). I used one of my own fall decor images to create an invitation for make up a Facebook invitation/event.

fall make & take @diyshowoff

Make & Take: a Make & Take is a term used for hosting an essential oils class where guests have the opportunity to make up an essential oil infused gift to take home with them, to sample the benefits of essential oils. My guests made up a fall room spray. 

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Essential Oil Infused Room Spray

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. spray bottles (I love THESE (affiliate link) – glass, fine mist and a lock, great price too)
  • Essential Oils (choose oils like Light the Fire essential oil or mix and match essential oils like cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg)
  • epsom salt (helps keep the blend of oil and water mixed)
  • distilled water
  • labels/stickers/ribbon 

Directions:

Fill spray bottle with distilled water (fill to about 1/2 to 1 inch below the top). Add 5-7 drops of essential oil and a pinch of epsom salt. Embellish spray bottle with a label, fall sticker and ribbon, if desired. Easy!  

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Light the Fire essential oil

As an extra little something/thank you gift/party favor…we made up these cute easy DIY monogrammed mini pumpkins.

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

I created a ‘pumpkin patch’ for guests to pick a pumpkin to monogram with metallic stickers. 

monogrammed mini pumpkins favors DIY @diyshowoff

Pin for future reference: 

Fall Essential Oils Make & Take Ideas Part 1 @diyshowoff

Get some delicious ideas for easy refreshments here:  essential oil infused recipes perfect for celebrating fall! Part 2:

fall recipes - essential oil infused make & take class ideas Part 2 @diyshowoff

Learn more about Young Living essential oils, my story and join me in creating a healthy chemical free home HERE. AND! Get the DIYShowOff welcome bundle for free from me personally! Extra gifts, loads of support. If there is one thing I regret, it’s waiting as long as I did to jump on board. It’s worth the investment as it’s motivated us to truly make healthier choices, sparking a new healthy lifestyle. What are you waiting for? 

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DIY Sleepy Time Cream Recipe

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep. It sets the stage for a great start to an amazing day! I recently made up some DIY recipes using essential oils for gifts and this is one of my favorites. Toss in a small pillow and journal to create a sweet gift set. EVERYONE needs a good night’s rest so it’s a one size fits all kind of gift. 

DIY sleepy time gift idea / sweet dreams cream @diyshowoff #youngliving #essential oils

DIY Sweet Dreams Cream Recipe

DIY sleepy time gift idea / sweet dreams cream @diyshowoff #youngliving #essential oils

ingredients:

  • 4-6 drops of essential oil per
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • small jar with lid (I got mine in the wedding favor aisle at Michaels) 
  • essential oil suggestions: Lavender, Cedarwood, RutaVaLa, Tranquil, Peace & Calming, Valerian, SleepyIze. (Best scents are lavender and Peace & Calming.)

directions:

Mix and add to jar. For larger quantities use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. 

DIY sleepy time gift idea / sweet dreams cream @diyshowoff #youngliving #essential oils

 

DIY sleepy time gift idea / sweet dreams cream @diyshowoff #youngliving #essential oils

DIY sleepy time gift idea / sweet dreams cream @diyshowoff #youngliving #essential oils

 

printable recipe:

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

kids fighting sleep? Let's talk! @diyshowoff

Sleeping away from Home

I only recommend Young Living essential oils. Want to learn more? Visit my Young Living Essential Oils page for details!  And take the steps towards a better night’s sleep with the premium starter kit. Get it HERE!

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related:

Young Living sleepy time essential oils @diyshowoff #1836762

 

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Learn more about Young Living essential oils, my story and join me in creating a healthy chemical free home HERE. AND! Get the DIYShowOff welcome bundle for free from me personally! Extra gifts, loads of support. If there is one thing I regret, it’s waiting as long as I did to jump on board. It’s worth the investment as it’s motivated us to truly make healthier choices, sparking a new healthy lifestyle. What are you waiting for? 

diyshowoff young living essential oils member#1836762

Framed 3 Dimensional DIY Pumpkin Wall Art

Helloooo, DIY lovers! I’m still hanging on to summer but there’s no mistaking that fall is in the air! My first official challenge for Michaels’ Makers is a DIY Pumpkin Challenge. Fun!

DIY craft pumpkin challenge @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

It’s nearly that time of year! Shorter days, chilly evenings. I love faux pumpkins or ‘funkins’ for fall DIY crafts and decor! This year Michaels has “half craft pumpkins”! The tutorial tag I saw in the store showed 3 vertically on ribbon with the letters “B – O – O”. How cute is that? But I decided some framed 3D wall art was in order! I always think floral arrangements in pumpkins are so pretty…works of art. So why not add a frame and make it 3D wall art?

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Materials I used: (some affiliate links included)

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Tools: wire cutters, hot glue gun, knife or box cutter

Project Time: Less than 1 hour. 

What I did:

1. With the box cutter, I cut the top off of my half craft pumpkin similar to the way I would cut the top of a whole pumpkin. 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. Cut down the foam brick to fit inside of the craft pumpkin and secure with hot glue . This step may not be necessary but I think it makes the flower arranging easier and keeps the arrangement in place. Flowers can be swapped out for a different look.

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Secure the half craft pumpkin to the the message board, centered inside of the frame with hot glue. I really think it’d work to attach it to a picture frame with backing (with glass or without) using hot glue too! If you give that option a try, let me know. I’d love to see it! Well, if you try this project at all, do share your creativity! I want to see! 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

4. Using wire cutters, remove stems from floral bunches and arrange flowers inside of the half craft pumpkin, poking stems into the foam brick to secure. 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

5. Embellish pumpkin if you wish. I just added the push pins that came with my message board. Stuff in some Spanish moss, if you’re inclined to do so. It adds some texture.

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

6. Hang to display! 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

Isn’t it pretty?

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

The other accessories are from Michaels too! I really love the combination of blues, plums, creams and green for a fresh fall vignette but I think traditional colors with touches of metallic gold would be gorgeous too! 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

See more Michaels Makers DIY Pumpkin Crafts from these talented blog friends (starting today at 10 a.m. CST):

DIY craft pumpkin challenge @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

·         To kick off fall in your own home, visit Michaels.com and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – there is every color, shape and size you could ever want!

·         There are tons of ways to DIY your own craft pumpkin for your home, a party or even as a gift.

·         If you’re looking for something a little bit different, Michaels recently started selling these fun half pumpkins, perfect for fall décor wall mounts and fun signs.  

·         If you’re in need of more fall décor inspiration be sure to look at the 49 other DIY pumpkin projects from the rest of the Michaels Makers – they are fabulous!

*I received a Michaels’ gift card to complete this challenge. All opinions are my own. 

Decorating with Natural Accents

Because of tight budgets and a desire to make a pretty home, I’m no stranger to using natural accents and being creative with plants and natural elements from our back yard by incorporating them into our decor from succulents in teacups to a nature-themed baby shower to my husband working on creating a log-handle for his beloved Big Green Egg as I’m typing up this blog post.

summer beach mantel @diyshowoff

There’s just something “real” about adding bits of nature to my decorating that make it feel alive.

rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com DIY succulent planter tutorial tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

So I was so super excited when a) our sweet friend, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, was publishing a book and b) when I found out it was all about bringing the outdoors in with natural accents! Beautiful, natural budget friendly decorating inspiration?! Yes, please! 

Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay

My summer has been crazy but I finally had the time to enjoy flipping through the pages, losing myself in gorgeous staging and decorating and discovered so much inspiration.

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I loved that it’s more than a decorating book. It’s filled with beautiful photos, helpful tips, 35 tutorials and fresh new ideas. Natural elements can add texture to design and Stacy’s thoughts, memories and writing add an additional beautiful dimension to the pages of this helpful book. I love it! I think you’ll love it and want to add this book to your collection too!

I have my favorites DIY projects bookmarked and I’m already referring back to it for tips on keeping cut flowers and houseplants in tip top shape! 

You can get it here on Amazon (affiliate link) or here at Barnes & Noble or Books & Things

 

Easy DIY Image Transfer Stickers

It’s the beginning of another fun crafting year as a Michaels Maker! Hurray! As a member of the team, I have the opportunity to participate in fun craft challenges and share lots of crafty goodness!  I’m super bummed that I wasn’t available to attend the Michaels Makers Summit last week (although I do show up in some of the photos!). It looks like everyone had an amazing trip! See recaps of all the fun in the links below. 

Michaels Maker Summit  This month’s challenge options are awesome! Since I’m a frequent gift-giver, I chose image transfers to decorate note cards and gift bags using the tutorial from Courtney at CreativeBug. Hey, we may not have attended the summit, but we can create the same fun projects! Take a look at the full image transfer tutorials/videos and more, found online at Michaels until 8/22/15. Which would you choose?

Here’s a quick tutorial of my choice, the image transfers using packing tape. Seriously so cool, you’re going to want to grab a roll of packing tape and a few magazines! Today!

easiest DIY image transfer stickers ever! @diyshowoff #MadeWithMichaels

Easy DIY Image Transfer Stickers  

Materials I used:

how to make DIY image transfer stickers @diyshowoff #MadeWithMichaels

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Also needed: scissors, warm water, credit card (burnishing tool), paper towels, optional: embellishments

What I did: 

Cut a piece of packing tape. 

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

Carefully place it onto magazine image, smoothing with fingers to avoid air bubbles. 

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

Burnish the packing tape. 

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

Trim rip away excess magazine page. 

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

Place into warm water. I let mine sit for maybe a minute or two but you could do longer if you’re working on creating more or give it less time if you’re impatient. 

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

Remove from water and using thumb, rub away paper. Dunk back in water during the process to “clean” away the paper. Thicker magazine pages (like the weight of a magazine cover) will take more work than thinner pages. 

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

Ta-da! A transparent image transfer! How is it that I’ve never known about this fun project? Love!

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

Pat with a paper towel and let dry a few minutes. As packing tape dries, it becomes sticky again! So cool, right? If it dries out, I found that dipping back into warm (not cool) water reactivated the glue. If not using right away, store your image transfer stickers on wax paper. 

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

Apply to gift bags, blank note cards, wrapping paper, packages, scrap books, collages, even glass. Embellish if desired with ribbon, decorative tape, quotes, etc.

easy image transfer stickers tutorial @diyshowoff

So many ideas and finally a real use for those pretty magazine pictures! Go grab your packing tape and old magazines. Make up your own and share using #MadeWithMichaels

easy image transfers tutorial @diyshowoff #MadeWithMichaels

So fun & easy!

More fun craft ideas from the Michaels Makers Summit: 

·         Some of the Michaels Makers attended the Michaels Makers Summit last week where they learned four amazing classes (weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer) – all taught by Michaels education partner, Creativebug and great news –  each of the classes are available online for FREE on Michaels.com until 8/22 (you can re-create one or all of the summit projects)!

·         In case you haven’t met all 50 of this year’s Makers, check out each of our blogs and bios here! Follow along throughout the year and feel free to create projects with us by sharing on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels for a chance to be featured!

See more about the Michaels Makers Summit from these awesome blog friends at 10 a.m. CST: 

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how to make DIY image transfer stickers @diyshowoff #MadeWithMichaels

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

Roeshel #MichaelsMakers

Colorblock Art

The area above the bed in the guest room was in need of a little something…

Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

I didn’t photograph the area in my guest room/nursery reveal closely because it was bare. But not anymore…

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff I grabbed:

  • 48 x 22 inch plyboard (recycled from shipping packaging but available at the hardware store too)
  • FrogTape® MultiSurface
  • paint

Since my board was stored in the basement, I cleaned away the dust. 

Then measured and marked the center of my board. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Next I applied FrogTape to create a sunburst design, starting from the center marking. I just placed my pieces randomly. 

Using a gift card, I burnished the edges of the tape to get clean crisp lines. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Then painted each area, applying paint in the direction of the wood grain with a foam brush. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

While paint was still wet, I carefully removed the Frogtape then let my painting dry. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Add picture hanging hardware or use velcro hangers to display the masterpiece! It fills the space nicely and adds pops of color. Fun! A great way to add a big statement for little cost. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

{notice the photobomber? lol!}

I’m not very “artistic” when it comes to painting but a geometric pattern is something anyone can do. Coordinate colors with your existing decor, make a big statement without breaking the bank. 

See more details on the diagonal wall paint, the chevron/colorblock door and guest room/nursery makeover

easy diagonal wall paint design tutorial @diyshowoff color block door makeover @diyshowoff combined guest room nursery reveal @diyshowoff  

*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

 FrogTape Blog Squad

Red White & Blue DIY

Looking for some last minute patriotic, 4th of July DIY ideas? Here are some past projects and red, white & blue DIY highlights/round-ups from the DIYShowOff archives:

Celebrate America

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

red, white and blue table markers

DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

this Independence Day round-up from 2014

16 Patriotic 4th of July DIY highlights from That DIY Party at diyshowoff.com  

and this collection of 4th of July DIY highlights from 2013

11 Patriotic DIY Projects

Happy Celebrating, USA friends! 

follow the DIYShowOff patriotic Pinterest Board for more ideas from 2015

Follow DIY Show Off’s board Patriotic DIY on Pinterest.

Got something red, white & blue DIY to share? There’s still time to link up to this week’s That DIY Party!

Snack Time Table Runner

Serving up snacks for guests? Dress up the ‘buffet’ with a cute table runner. 

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: 

What I did: 

Wash, dry, iron and hem edges of toweling fabric to create a runner. I accidentally deleted the photos from this step…but the toweling only needs hems on the short sides. 

Create text using Silhouette Studio Designer software. 

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

Important: flip/mirror text (right click and “flip horizontally”). 

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

Adjust Silhouette blade settings for heat transfer in the “cut” screen.

Load iron on vinyl into machine shiny/pattered/glittered side down and click “cut”.

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

When complete, remove vinyl from machine and weed away excess iron on vinyl. Design/text will show backwards on the tacky side of a transparency. 

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

Place iron on decal with transparency onto fabric. Cover with scrap fabric and apply heat with iron on high setting for 20-30 seconds.  snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

 

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

Pull away transparency. (If iron-on pulls up, replace transparency and repeat applying heat.)

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

After iron on decals are all placed, iron entire runner on the back side.

Perfect for adding a special touch to snacks for a small gathering. 

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

Cute display for appetizers, desserts and beverages displayed on our kitchen island.   snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

 

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters and my last one. What a fun partnership – I’m in love with the products and they’re affordable too! Tutorial, experience and opinion are my own. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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Essential Oil Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

Gift giving can be a challenge sometimes, right? I love coming up with creative ways to give gifts. So I’ve gathered a few of my essential oil loving blog friends to create and share essential oil gift basket ideas. Follow the blog hop below for lots of essential oil gift ideas!

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

I recently created and donated two gift baskets for a local humane society fundraiser. Both work for many different occasions:  “cheer up”, “feel better”, “thinking of you”, “Happy Birthday”, “Happy Mother’s Day”, etc. {some affiliate links below}

When Life Gives You Lemons….

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts I put together:

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Stop & Smell the Lavender

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts: 

Add a DIY lavender linen spray.

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

lavender linen spray recipe

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

*Most of my supplies were purchased at Michael’s Craft Store. Here’s a few more ideas:

citrus essential oils gift basket

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

holiday cheer gift basket

 

baby it's cold outside holiday gift set idea @diyshowoff

Get your premium starter kit + free gifts directly from me HERE! Give the gift of wellness to yourself and your family!

Young Living Essential Oils @diyshowoff

Learn more!

More essential oil gift basket ideas from these sweet blog friends:  Essential Oils Gift Basket Blog Hop

 

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

Tie Dye Party Fun

Celebrate the start of summer with snacks, sweets and some tie dye fun! 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

I had the opportunity to participate in trying out the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Party kit and cute FREE exclusive tie dye printables from Lillian Hope Designs. It’s summer time! I’m always up for hosting a fun themed event. Toss in tie dye, kids, a pretty day at the park and who can resist? To be perfectly honest, I’ve actually never tie dyed anything so I almost felt like one of the kids! 

I partnered with Dana from Parties & Playdates to get a few kids together to kick off celebrating summer. With everything in the kit and free printables, it was easy to throw together a party. Everything needed to tie dye comes in the kit including 18 bottles of dye, 6 gloves, 6 t-shirts (kids large), plastic table cloth, 90 rubber bands and instructions for creating cool designs. And there a TON of cute tie dye themed party printables at TieDyeYourSummer.com. Here are just a few that we utilized: 

Invitations: personalize to “get this party started”!

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Cupcake wrappers and mini tie dyed-shirt cutouts: I served gluten free fun-fetti cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting. We had organic veggies, dip and chips too. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Rectangle flags and sandwich/snack bag toppers: to coordinate bubble sticks and punch balloons favors. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Party Banner and tent cards: print and assemble the cute banner, add some tulle to create a pretty backdrop. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Water bottle labels: 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

{free tie dye party printables available at TieDyeYourSummer.com}

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

We gave guests the option of bringing their own dye-able item and kept the extra t-shirts from the kit on hand too. 45 minutes before the party began, I simply added water to the powdered dye in the bottles provided and shook them to mix. Instant tie dye party!

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Tie dye can be accomplished with damp or dry shirts. Our guests started with dampening their shirts at the water fountain. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

The kit includes instructions for creating spirals, sunbursts, stripes, ombre, crumple, bullseye, heart and more using the rubber bands included in the kit. 

Tie Dye Party invitation #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Wearing plastic gloves, everyone got creative with tie dying their shirts by applying different colors of dye to the fabric after rubber bands were placed.

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I loved watching the interaction, the intensity, the creativity. 

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18 vibrant colors.

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So much fun! 

Then we wrapped the creations in plastic wrap and tossed them in a ziplock bag and attached a ‘wash and care’ printable: Let sit 6-8 hours or overnight for more vibrant colors. Rinse until excess dye is removed. Remove rubber bands. Wash and dry as instructed. 

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I was surprised with how easy it was to pull together a party with the Tulip One-Step Kit and free printables. Set up and clean up were simple. With the exception of a few drips of red on the pavilion concrete (which faded fairly quickly), dye was contained to the plastic tablecloth, rolled up and easily discarded. Quick clean up! The kids? Not too bad. Be sure to instruct parents to dress children in old play clothes just in case. You remember: kool aid mustaches, bandaid stickies, half worn temporary tattoos, popcicle drips, dirty bare feet, grass stains and a bit of tie dye = summer time and being a kid! 

The results: 

lots of cute colorful tie dyed shirts…

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cool tie dyed onesies…

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Samantha’s awesome galaxy tie dyed crib sheet…

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Host a tie dye party and share your creations using #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff. Have fun!

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Those extra t-shirts? I’ll be making a few of these upcycled t-shirt reusable market bags in tie dye colors as gifts! Because co-hosting and manning the camera means I still haven’t ever tie dyed something myself. lol Next time for sure! 

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

The tie dye kit is available at Michaels and several additional dye products are available on Michaels.com.  

CLICK.BUY. CREATE. Shop Michaels.com today!

Disclaimer: I received a free Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye kit in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own. No arm twisting required. 😉 

Round of applause and thank you for my co-host Dana from Parties & Playdates, my assistant, Evangeline from The Lunar Fae who taught the heart technique, Steve, Suzie and mom for their help and to all of my cute tie dye tutorial models!

Jazz up baby’s crib for under $10

Need a splash of color in the nursery? Jazz up the crib with vinyl decals for less than $10! 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Crib before:

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: Happy Crafters adhesive vinyl x 2 colors 

Tools Needed: Scissors

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

The Oracle brand adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters has a grid on the back side. Using scissors, simply cut strips of adhesive vinyl to size. No vinyl cutting machine required.  

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Remove backing and place onto crib like stickers. You choose the color or colors that coordinate with your space. Best part? They’re removable! Get a fresh new look temporarily without ruining the crib’s finish. 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

After: 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Can’t go wrong with easy, affordable, temporary and cute crib decorating! 

*Please note that you should make safety your first priority. If you find that your vinyl decals are peeling up, remove vinyl immediately. We do not have any issues, I’m only sharing a decorating project that works for us. Attempt this project at your own risk. 

**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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