7.29.2014

Life Hack: Easy Way To Open Plastic Packaging!

We've all been there, right? Buying something inexplicably wrapped in plastic casing that's eerily reminiscent of titanium steel? 

Your scissors are no match for it. The usually-dependable pocket knife makes drunken swipes but just can't get the job done. What to do, what to do ...





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7.27.2014

6 Fabulous Reasons to Buy Burlap!

Hope you've been having a wonderful week! Mike and I have been burning through episodes of Weed on Netflix. Only four more seasons to go :-).

Anyhoo, here are the Sunday Funday Features: Six Fabulous Reasons to Buy Burlap (Remember to check http://www.joann.com for money-saving coupons!).



Just a quick note - feel free to pin the collage (above) but please click on the pictures/links and go to the original post to pin any individual pics. Thank you!



http://craftsbyamanda.com/2012/11/bleached-burlap-vintage-jewelry-luminaries.html


http://typicallysimple.com/diy-burlap-banner/


http://craftsncoffee.com/2012/05/29/make-a-burlap-twine-butterfly-wreath-to-celebrate-summertime/


http://www.homemadeinterest.com/2014/07/19/family-wall-art-new-found-love-hashtags/


http://simplykierste.com/2013/05/burlap-flag-pillow.html


http://www.diyinspired.com/five-dollar-thrift-store-ottoman-makeover/

{Muslin & Merlot is a member of the Crafts and Food Round-Up Group!}



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7.25.2014

DIY Tangle-Free Hair Accessories

These tangle-free accessories can be found everywhere from Anthropologie to Wal-Mart!  I first saw this idea on pinterest - check out Simple Medicine's tutorial.

Fun back-to-school project. Get together with your friends to make matching accessories!






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7.22.2014

DIY Customized Book Safe

My nephew prefers cash to presents. I wanted to find a fun way to package it. What's more fun than a book safe, such as the one in which Andy hid his rock hammer (you've seen The Shawkshank Redemption, right? It's one of my all-time favorite movies! Thank you, Ted Turner, for showing it on TNT eleventy billion times!). 

I made this book safe with my nephew's first initial. Pretty sure he liked it! Or at least he liked the money hidden inside :-).

You will need:
  • Book you don't mind destroying. This was copy of A Divine Comedy. I feel a little bad about cutting up Dante :-(. 
  • Scrap piece of stiff paper - cardstock or thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife or box cutter
  • Money and rubber band 
  • Double-sided tape  




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7.20.2014

DIY Dry Erase Board

Want to make your own customized dry erase board? It's so easy! 


You will need: 
  • Frame with glass insert
  • Mineral spirits or ammonia
  • Spray paint
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • painting surface
  • dry erase marker




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7.15.2014

Stamped Envelope Bookmark

I've been receiving so many lovely cards with very pretty stamps and envelopes. Would be a shame to waste them! Let's make some bookmarks :-).



You will need:
  • stamped envelopes
  • letter opener or knife
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • book




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7.13.2014

5 Home-Made Spa Gifts

Happy Sunday Funday! Enjoy this round-up of home-made spa recipes. 

Wouldn't these make incredible gifts for your besties?


 
Feel free to Pin the above collage but please click through to the originating blog to pin any individual pictures. Thank you :-).

http://jugglingactmama.com/2013/12/diy-lotion-bars.html


http://www.fiberartsy.com/crafts-diy/peppermint-bath-salts/


http://www.savingsaidsimply.com/2014/06/homemade-sugar-scrub.html#sthash.ECCd5est.dpbs



http://www.littlehouseliving.com/homemade-coconut-oil-lotion.html


http://www.carolynshomework.com/2013/10/etceteras-homemade-pomegranate-facial.html




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7.10.2014

Folded Book Decor

Have any books lying round? Turn them into folded book decor! Use as centerpieces or shelf decoration.


This particular book is definitely not one of my faves. At least it can be used for crafts!

You will need:
  • Book that is better off becoming a craft instead of staying a work of (in my opinion, not-so-great) literature
  • Hands
  • Time



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