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Paint Swatches :: Even More Things to Make! by Laura
July 20, 2011, 11:07 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

As you may have noticed, I made *quite* a few things with paint swatches for a recent soire’ of mine. Here I come across even another use for paint swatches!

Check out the tutorial HERE.


Hospital Survival Kit :: For a New Mom by Laura
June 10, 2011, 8:52 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

Everyone loves buying, gifting and crafting things for a new baby – it’s natural. But much like everyone buys stuff for the bride at weddings, why not think about the new mom? She actually gave life to a new and very cute little human.

So…weirdly enough I stumbled upon this tutorial as if it was fate. I asked a friend of ours how her “peanut was roasting” since she has been full term for a number of days. 4 hours later? Her water started breaking!

So anyhoo – onto the crafting! A Hospital Survival Kit for the mom? Love it!

I took a “money shot” before I put it all together to show how easy, fun and cheap this is to do. I did this all in one stop to a Family Dollar.

Little cookies, blue gift bags (set of 2 for $1), facial wipes, beeswax chapstick (Burt’s Bees ripoff), BIG Hersheys, lotion, and hair bands. All for slightly under $10.






Check out the tutorial HERE!

She also has free printables, which can be easily modified for any gift bag!

Free Door Hangers! :: How-to by Laura
June 5, 2011, 8:00 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

I had 3 orange paint chips sheets left. Can’t let those go to waste right? They have this odd circle that punches/falls out. I’m guessing to peek at the wall color to compare or something. They’re big swatches of just one color – I got them at Wal-Mart if you’re looking to repeat this tutorial.

Punch out the circle near the bottom, turn and slice a cut towards the corner of the sheet. Making a doorhanger! Pfew, wasn’t that difficult?

What I did, so she could switch up the messages, was slice some white post-it notes (so it didnt have the logo on it) to fit the little paint swatch. So she can write on it, take off the post it note, and switch it for another use.

Clever, no? Teeheehee

How to make a paper bouquet :: For almost free by Laura
June 4, 2011, 8:00 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

To continue my “orange” themed 2-person soire party planning – I decided I wanted to have a small flower bouquet. I had office supplies around, some paper towel rolls and some leftover paint chips. Well, why not combine all of these?

If anyone has tried, cutting out big flower shapes are a PAIN. How do I make flowers without killing my hand? Ah-ha! I have a circle cutter (previously mentioned in prior posts as the circle cutter of death) and I have a small 1″ circle punch (one of my 3 punches I own). I used the circle cutter and made 4 varying sizes from about 4″ – 2″. I then cut a TON of circles out. All from 1 sheet of fluorescent orange paper I had around from another office project. Slice the circle and make it 3D, then glue 1″ circles around the edge of the circle – bam – you have a flower.

Next was the “vase” – take part of a paper towel holder, cover with pretty paper. Easy-peasy. I used some strips of the paint chips.

Making them stick in the vase? Paper clips. Yup. Straighten those boogers out (or opt for the super nice floral/jewelry wire) and bend just 1/2″ inch at the end to stick through the middle of the flower. Tape that 1/2″ to the flower. How to hide the tape and wire? A 1″ punch of yellow paper (of if you’re hard up, use a color pencil or highlighter to color some white paper) and Elmer’s the circle over the tape/wire. Then, just tape or glue the wires to the inside of the tube.

Done! Practically done for free with resources around an office desk!

Don’t Waste the Long Weekend: Tips for a low or no waste picnic by Laura
May 27, 2011, 8:00 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

Is everyone looking forward to the long weekend coming up for Memorial Day? I know I am!

Want some easy tips and great ideas for a low or no waste picnic? Why not enjoy Mother Earth and treat her well this weekend!

Check out Ebay Green Team’s 10 Easy Steps to a Zero-Waste Picnic.

Learn how to make your own bug repellent! Lavender is a natural repellant for mosquitoes – woohoo!

HOW TO: use paint chips to continue a party theme by Laura
May 25, 2011, 9:20 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a handful of these free paint chips in a variety of shades of orange. I have found another use for another set! I had some larger ones (about 3″ x 6″) that was one big swatch of 1 color. I had printed out just 3 little cupcake toppers to add to the Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes I will be making for the soiree. I had yet to figure out how to stiffen them up and attach them to a stick – voila!

I cut the chips in half (about 3″ x 3″) and pasted the little printouts onto them. I even left the paint chip color codes/color titles on them. Who wouldn’t with cool names like “Ripe Tangerine” and “Orange Sherbert” – or my fav: “Zesty.”

To tie it into everything else? Use the scraps to punch out some alternately colored little flowers.

The result? Super cuteness that Meghan can use a take home reminder of our night of sugar and booze (and most likely throw into a cool scrap page).

HOW TO: Make a $1 tiara even more fabulous by Laura
May 24, 2011, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

So I wanted to personalize a $1 tiara I bought at the Dollar Tree for my great friend Meghan for her “Orange You Glad I’m Divorced” Soire – a small get-together (possibly just the 2 of us) including orange cupcakes and lots o’ liquor. Who doesn’t need a tiara to make eating cupcakes and drinking even more fabulous?

Well, I combined one other project into one super cute project – since I just couldn’t figure out what to make/decorate with the small pile of paint chips I took from the WalMart paint section. I knew an array of orange swatches would prove useful.

Little glue, and my trusty little flower punch (I love punches, but I don’t love their price – so I have 2) and voila! A super cute AND custom tiara for a friend for the grand total of $1. (click on photo for a larger version)