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Thursday, March 23, 2017

DIY Suitcase Miniature Dollhouse Tutorial

Are you ready for cuteness overload? Today I'm sharing a fun miniature dollhouse made inside of a suitcase! This fun DIY craft project is easy to make, allows for endless customization and is the perfect handmade gift idea for little girls. Heck, I'm a grown woman and I want to play with it too! 😉

The dolly, her clothes, and her little bed all fit nicely inside of this cute paper mache suitcase:

When it's time to play, just open the suitcase up and there's the doll's home!

To make your own dollhouse suitcase, you will need:

- Mini Clothespins
- Assorted Craft Paint and Paintbrushes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Felt
- Scrapbook Paper
- Assorted Sewing Trims (lace, pom poms, etc.)

Begin by painting the entire box with craft paint, inside and out. Avoid getting paint on the silver handle hardware or on the handle itself.

Next comes the fun part... creating a dollhouse scene inside! I made a little "bed" on the inside of the lid with a felt blanket and pillow. I glued the pillow and one edge of the blanket down so that it won't fall out and get lost.

Then I made a little yellow polka dot dresser out of scrapbook paper and added tiny silver beads for handles. I also created a little gallery wall and clock using stickers and other goodies I found in my scrapbooking stash. Do you see that little clock? I cut it out using my Silhouette machine, then printed a real clock face. I just love little details, don't you?!

To make a place to store extra doll clothes, I attached the mini wooden spool to the wall using hot glue. It's the perfect place to hang all of the little outfits. The doll I made is a felt paper doll, so I added clothespins to the hangers since the clothes are all flat.

Making all of the little details was the most fun part of this whole project. You could even make different room scenes for that back area that aren't glued into place so you can swap them out. How fun would that be?!

Isn't this felt doll so sweet? I shared a detailed tutorial and free pattern to make your own doll here:

My preschool aged daughter loves this little dollhouse. 

She is having so much fun playing pretend with her little doll, changing her clothes and hauling this cute little suitcase all around.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Galvanized Metal Wreath Alternatives

Last week I shared this fun wreath project with you:

DIY Farmhouse Spring Wreath

I made a video and shared it on Facebook and it went CRAZY! Hobby Lobby sold out of the metal tires that day and people are having a hard time getting their hands on one. They sold out like hot cakes! So I thought I'd share some alternative wreath ideas that will give you a similar feel even if you can't find the metal tire.

If you have a Gordmans near you, they sell the same tire in three sizes. A reader was sweet enough to send me the link.

Metal Tire from Gordmans

I couldn't add the tire to my cart, so I wonder if Gordmans is also sold out. But the item number is #112545969 if that helps you search at your local store or online.

Otherwise, here are some cute galvanized metal items that you could use to make a farmhouse style door hanging with a similar feel. (Some affiliate links used)

The first idea is to use this cool tiered galvanized metal planter. I think it would look awesome as a front door wreath! Fill it with pretty spring flowers or succulents or if you have a green thumb, plant real flowers!
Galvanized Tiered Planter

Next is this cute bucket with a flat back. It would be super easy to hang on your door and I can just picture a happy bouquet of tulips poking out the top.

Galvanized Wall Plant Container

I adore this metal shutter planter. It might be a little big for a door, but even so I want one. I would hang it in my home and switch out flowers seasonally. Isn't it just adorable?

Galvanized Shutter Planter

I found this cool metal mailbox and instantly could picture myself turning it into a flower planter. I'd open the lid and fill it with a bouquet of pretty spring flowers. I just love the farmhouse vintage vibe of it and the bird and floral detail on the front are so cute.
Galvanized Metal Mailbox

And the last find is this oblong metal bucket. It would also make a great door hanging filled with flowers. I'd probably drill a hole in the back to make a spot to hang it or tie thick rope around the handles and make a loop to hang it from, similiar to how the tire wreath is hung.
Galvanized Oval Bucket

Lastly, if you have your heart set on a wreath made from a tire, you could upcycle a real tire and paint it. It would probably be too heavy to hang on your front door, but you could hang it on your porch or patio or inside on a wall somewhere. DIY Show Off made this cute planter and grew real flowers in it:

Upcycled Tire Planter

Anyway, I'm so sorry to all of you who wanted to make the tire wreath but couldn't find one in stock. Hopefully this gives you some alternative ideas to get a similar look. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or on any of my social media channels. I'm always happy to help.

Happy crafting!

DIY Boxwood Easter Egg Topiary

We had almost an entire week of sunshine here in Idaho and it has lifted my spirits and given me the spring decorating itch. Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make your own boxwood and speckled egg spring topiary. And the coolest part about this project is that the eggs are not permanent, so you can remove them after Easter and continue using the topiary all summer long.

Make your own topiary and save money

To make a tabletop boxwood topiary, you will need:

Spring Easter Egg Boxwood Topiary


Begin by cutting a piece of foam to fit into the flower pot. Secure the foam to the bottom of the pot with hot glue. Poke the dowel into the very center of the foam, then secure it into place with hot glue.

Best Source for Topiary Balls

Under the leafy part of the boxwood ball, there's a plastic grid structure. Poke the dowel through one of the holes, then make sure the boxwood ball is centered and let the tip of the dowel rest against a T in the grid. You can see what I mean in this picture:

Once you're sure about the placement, put a big dab of hot glue on the end of the dowel and hold it against the plastic until it's firmly set in place.

Cover the foam with the preserved moss. You may glue this into place if you want, but I didn't think it needed it.

Now comes the fun part... adding the cute little speckled Easter eggs! I just nestled them right into the boxwood leaves and didn't even glue them so that I can remove the eggs after Easter is over. I also sprinkled some eggs on the sheet moss to add a bit more color. Didn't it turn out so cute? It's going on my entryway table along with a few other fun Easter decorations and I just love how it turned out.

How to make your own spring decorative tree

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bags

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SweeterEaster #CollectiveBias

Easter is coming right up, so today I'm sharing a fun Easter bunny treat bag craft tutorial and popcorn snack mix with you. You'll be surprised how quick and easy it is to make these cute bunny sacks. They are the perfect way to package up a little gift to give friends or co-workers or  your kids' teachers to celebrate Spring.

I went to Walmart and  bought the new DOVE® Peanut Butter Eggs? Ah! They are heavenly! They are sold exclusively at Walmart, so you'll want to head there soon to try them. Yum! They can be found down the seasonal candy aisle and there's even an Ibotta rebate.

You only need a few supplies to make these cute Easter bunny snack sacks. The popcorn is simple.

Peanut Butter Egg Bunny Bait

- 1 Bag Microwave Popcorn
- 10 DOVE® Peanut Butter Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Miniature Marshmallows
- 2 Squares White Almond Bark
- Colorful Sprinkles

Pop the bag of popcorn, then pick out the seeds. Spread the popcorn on a cookie sheet line with wax paper. Unwrap eggs and place evenly on popcorn. You could also chop them up if you prefer. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over the popcorn. Melt almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals, then drizzle over popcorn mix. While the white chocolate is still wet, add a liberal coat of sprinkles. Let cool, then break into clumps.

Easter Bunny Treat Bags

Supplies Needed

- White Paper Sacks
- Clear Plastic Sandwich Bags
- Baker's Twine or Ribbon
- Clear Tape
- Scissors

Step 1: Cut the top part of the bag to look like bunny ears. Here's a visual so you know what shape to cut:

Step 2: Trace a circle onto the front side of the bag, then carefully cut it out.

Step 3: Cut off the top "zip" part of the sandwich bag. Fill the plastic bag with the bunny bait, then place it inside the white paper bag. Secure the bag in place with strips of clear tape.

Step 4: Gently scrunch the bag together just under the rabbit ears and tie it closed with bakers twine.

It's that simple to make your own Easter bunny treat sacks. Isn't this a fun craft project? It's easy enough that even kids could help with the assembly. Check out more sweet Easter ideas HERE.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Farmhouse Style DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I received a challenge from Hobby Lobby to create a spring wreath tutorial to share with you. I thought that pretty much sounded like heaven since Hobby Lobby = my happy place. I decided to try to come up with a clever, unconventional front door wreath. When I saw this galvanized metal home decor piece that looked like an old tire, I fell in love and knew it had to come home with me.

Doesn't it remind you of a tire swing? I filled it with happy blush pink and spring green flowers and think it is the perfect touch of farmhouse style. Just look at the thick rope handles and the cool vintage patina on the metal.

It makes my heart go pitter patter.

So I bet you want to make one too, right? Here's what you'll need:

Antique Metal Tire. It was in the seasonal decor section at my Hobby Lobby. That's the part of the store they switch out for each new season. So a few months ago it was full of Christmas stuff. THAT section. Not like you would ever want to get lost in Hobby Lobby. wink wink. ****Update: The tire is sold out online at Hobby Lobby! Find some alternative ideas HERE.****

Flowers. Hobby Lobby has an amazing floral section. I came up with probably ten different flower combinations that all would have been gorgeous. I bought all of the flowers in the photo, but only ended up using the two bigger bouquets. The exact flowers I used are also available on Hobby Lobby's website HERE and HERE if you want to look them up. I have found that it saves a ton of money to buy bouquets and tear them apart rather than buying all individual stems. So there's a little tip for you. And if you want to save even more, always print out a 40% off coupon before heading to Hobby Lobby. This week's coupon can be found HERE.

Floral foam. I used some scrap pieces that I already had at home, but if you need to buy some, choose the green dry floral foam located in the floral supply aisle.

Okay, let's start making!

Step 1. Cut the floral foam to fit inside the tire and hot glue it into place.

Step 2. Deconstruct the floral bouquets. They were wrapped together around the bottom of the stems, so I just cut off all of the floral tape and separated out all of the individual stems.

Step 3. Group like flowers together so you can see what you have to work with.

Step 4. Place the large flowers first, then fill in around them with the smaller flowers. For this particular arrangement, I wanted to make sure I had some pieces that drooped down over the bottom edge of the metal. The good news is that you can just keep pulling things back off and putting them back on and fiddling with it until you are pleased with the look of the arrangement.

And that's all you need to do! This wreath took me less than an hour to put together, but I think it looks like a million bucks! 

 It's so pretty that I couldn't stop taking pictures of it.

Don't you think it looks like something Joanna Gaines made?

Now if someone would just tell the weather that it's time for spring!

**UPDATE: The metal tires from Hobby Lobby sold out like hot cakes. Some readers had luck finding them in their local stores, so check there first. Then if you can't find a tire, check out THIS POST for alternative ideas to get a similar look.**

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.