Archive of ‘DIY & Crafting’ category

The Creative Magic of Die Cuts & MN Blog Con Preview

die cut storage ideasThanks to Hefty for sponsoring today’s post.

About a year ago, I got access to a die cut machine. It’s a tool that uses molds to cut paper shapes out, and these shapes are perfect for uses in children’s crafts, card making and scrapbooking. And for about a year, I’ve been storing these little cutouts so they are ready for the occasions to use them.

On Saturday, I’m presenting at the Minnesota Blogger Conference and I’m totally using these cutouts in my workshop. Everyone who attends my session is going to get one of these to use in a creative exercise. I’m so excited to meet some other local bloggers and share ideas with them on my topic, Getting Unstuck: Using Writer’s Block to Your Creative Advantage!

In the meantime, I found a great solution for storing these little cutouts. Because once you have over 100 of these paper shapes, you start looking for die cut storage ideas beyond stuffing them in a box, which is how mine were for a while! I picked up a box of Hefty® Slider Bags at Walmart so I can easily sort and transport them. And since the brand is a sponsor for this post, I’m sharing a special offer for savings on slider bags.

Die cut storage Check out more clever ideas for crafts and recipes as well as household hacks.

And if you’re going to the Blogger Conference, make sure to say hi!

die cut storage solutionsOne thing I noticed while shopping is that they’re actually less expensive than Ziploc, plus you get the strength of the MaxLock® track design. These are not flimsy bags. They feel sturdy and could handle storage for crafts a lot heavier than my die-cuts. That’s just what I happened to have an urgent need for this week, since the blog conference is coming up fast!

Happy crafting! If you have a storage hack to share this fall, leave it in the comments.

Flag Bows for July 4th

A couple years ago, I wanted flag-inspired July 4th hair bows. I couldn’t find any, so I made my own.

Bow lovers this year can celebrate America all they want, because these beauties are easier to find than ever. And they’re all under $10! Case in point:

Cute, right? Perfect for you, your kids, or your dog. If you want to learn how to make them yourself (it’s so easy!) click on the image below to go to my tutorial.

DIY July 4th Hair Bows
July 4th hair bows

Wishing all my readers a happy and safe Independence Day weekend! Will you be wearing red, white and blue?

Upcycled DIY Corkboard

DIY Framed CorkboardI had a small space by my desk where I wanted a board to post important reminders and little notes. Most corkboards would be way to big for this space, so I made a custom one using upcycled materials. It’s covered in fabric so it looks very clean and matches the decor. It turned out just how I wanted. I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to find anything like it available in a store. Best of all, it was so easy to make that I had to share how I did it so you can make your own corkboard too.

Materials to Make Your Own Corkboard

I used a laser cut wooden frame from the craft store that I had leftover from another project, but you could upcycle an old photo frame just as easily.

Acrylic paint to customize the color of the frame, if you choose. Natural wood is a great look too.

Cork board I salvaged from an office renovation with this project in mind. I happened to have the cork, but you could use recycled cardboard instead. Since it’s getting covered in fabric anyway, the difference won’t be visible.

Fabric. Any old leftover fabric will do! If you don’t have any, ask a friend who sews. Choosing the fabric is the best part. I went with an old upholstery swatch in a neutral woven silk, but patterns and bright colors would be fun too.

Craft glue and scissors.

Make your own corkboardHow to Make Your Own Corkboard

First I painted the frame using two coats of acrylic leftover from another project. Then I sized the corkboard to the size of the frame opening, plus 1/4 inch on each side for overlap. I did the same for the fabric covering. I glued the fabric to the corkboard, but realized later that stapling it on the edges is actually just as effective. Then I glued the edges of the covered corkboard to the frame. Let it sit until dry, then hang and enjoy!

More DIY Fun

You might also like my Tassel Necklace DIY and DIY Patriotic Hair Bows. If you’re interested in upcycling, follow my Pinterest board.

For more fun and easy DIY projects, check out and Craftsy (affiliate links) for Make In A Day Sewing Project Kits and Crocheting kits around $10 or less, excluding shipping.

This post is part of a link up with other bloggers who created fun Eco-friendly DIY projects.

Slow Fashion – Sashiko

How to make your own bug spray and bug bite sticks

How To Build Your Own Vermicompost Factory

DIY- Vegan Body Butter Bars

Make a Pet Paw Stocking

Pet paw stocking for dog or catHalf of households in the U.S. have pets and millennials are the largest age group of pet owners, says PR Newswire. So chances are good that either your house includes a pet or you’ll be going to a pet-loving house this holiday season. Include four-legged family members in holiday traditions by making a super cute pet paw stocking! It’s very easy and quick to make.

Materials: 2-3 pieces of felt in your choice of colors. Some acrylic felt is made with 100% recycled plastic bottles! Scissors, plus embroidery floss and needle OR hot glue.

I chose to sew mine since I enjoy hand sewing, but hot glue works just as well and is faster.

Make a DIY Pet Paw Stocking

First, fold the piece of felt in half* and cut a half moon shape in the bottom, as shown in the pink piece. The other shapes are 4 small ovals and 1 large oval for the paw, a large rectangle for the top, and a small rectangle for the hanger.

*This can be a dog paw stocking or a cat paw stocking. For a larger stocking, use two pieces of felt for the body instead of folding one piece. Or for a slimmer stocking, fold in thirds and trim off one third.

Pet paw stockingOf course, if the pet paw stocking is for a cat he will insist on helping to make it. This probably means delaying your progress by sitting on the pieces for a while.

Cats love to "help" with craft projectsAssemble and sew or glue your pet paw stocking in this order:

  1. Paw pieces
  2. Hanger piece
  3. Sew up the sides
  4. Add the accent piece to the top

Now you’re done with your dog paw stocking or cat paw stocking!

Small Business Weekend Shopping Giveaway

Small Business Weekend shopping starts now! Small Business Weekend is a time to discover and support small shops, locally made items, and handcrafted art. In the flurry of Black Friday and holiday sales, Small Business Weekend shopping reminds us about the unique items we may be overlooking!

Here are some of my favorite vendors that offer fun handmade gift ideas this year. And keep reading–there’s a giveaway exclusively for Pink Paperdoll readers, with the chance to win every item from these shops pictured below! Talk about getting a head start on your shopping.


starfelts on Etsy: Small Business Weekend ShoppingThese felt plushies are handmade by a real mermaid! Stasia Higgins plays Starla the Mermaid and sews felties and plush toys. She runs the Etsy shop StarFelts and loves making custom orders! (Mermaid Starla is also available for events and parties.)

Perfect for: kids, mermaid lovers, anyone on your list who needs a good luck charm or a happiness boost.

Silver Lining Designs

Small business Saturday jewelry designsThis Canadian-based jewelry designer uses a combination of stainless steel wire and beads to make keepsake creations.

Here’s what she says about her line: “Jewelry says a lot about a person, I love connecting with people through the fun, quirky, colorful and the classy jewelry that I make, sell, wear and give as gifts. And now you can too!

Perfect for: Moms, Grandmas, Co-workers, Cousins, Friends, Aunties or any favorite who loves unique keepsake jewelry. Also check out her Tree of Life design on Etsy for nature-loving ladies.

Are you shopping at any small, local or handmade stores this year?  Comment to share your suggestions for where to do small business weekend shopping!

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