IKEA MALMA Mirror Hack

After successfully talking Dan into a road trip to IKEA, ; ) I came home with three MALMA frames (along with a bunch of other goodies from their “Market”). If you’re not familiar with MALMA mirrors, here’s a photo:

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Simple, black, square, framed mirrors. And they’re only $1.99.

At first I had no intention of doing anything with the three mirrors other than just hanging them in a row on one of the many blank wall areas in my home. That is until I spotted this glass jar:

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Normally I wouldn’t have even noticed that jar of washi tape but I’m in the middle of rearranging my craft room/office and the jar was sitting on the desk, begging to be used. It’s been a while since I’ve used washi tape, so I thought why not?

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At first I laid some wide washi tape diagonally across the frame, but decided I didn’t like how that looked.

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I decided to go simple with striped washi tape. Just four strips of washi tape along each side of the frame.

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Simply wrap the ends around to the back of the frames.

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I used an iPhone level app to get it straight on the wall (I used Command Strips to adhere the mirrors to the wall).

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The end result: another bare wall has some interest and it only cost $6.00! The best part: when I get tired of that washi tape, I’ll just peel it off.

MALMA MIRROR HACK

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Click on the photos below for more washi tape ideas:

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WASHI TAPED BICYCLE (my favorite!)

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DOOR MIRROR – CHEAP TO CHIC

Picnic Basket Makeover

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A green and yellow basket

I wrote a letter to my love

And on the way I dropped it,

I dropped it,

I dropped it,

And on the way I dropped it.

A little boy he picked it up and put it in his pocket.”

That rhyme has been playing over and over in my mind ever since I made over an old picnic basket that I found.

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Dan and I went to visit a few antique stores in a neighboring town and I found this cute, old picnic basket that has seen better days.

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Since I’ve been wanting to decoupage something for the longest time, I thought this basket would be my guinea pig!

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I picked up a pack of 3-ply napkins in a pretty, floral print. I couldn’t help myself and bought the matching kitchen towel, too ; )

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The hardest part of this whole project was separating the three plys of the paper napkins ; )

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First I brushed on a layer of Mod Podge onto a section of the basket.

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To apply the napkin? I just laid it down and press it onto the basket with my fingers.

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Then I brushed on more Mod Podge right on top of the napkin layer.

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The white Mod Podge dries clear. I love how you can still see the texture of the weave of the basket.

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I waited until the next day to make sure the Mod Podge was completely dry and then I sanded the edges to remove the excess napkin edges. I also lightly sanded the entire basket.

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I didn’t decoupage the rim of basket, the edge of the lid and handles. I wanted to paint them white for some contrast. So I covered the decoupaged surface of the basket with painter’s tape, then used white spray paint to paint the rim, handles and lid edges.

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Here it is, all done . . . .

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. . . and ready for it’s first picnic! I love how this pretty, little basket fits nicely on the back of my bike! (Can you believe that’s the same washi tape on my bike fenders??? It is!!!) That washi tape has almost two years and a few hundred miles on it!

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I also bought the large doily/table cloth at the antique store. I love how the flowers and colors coordinate with my updated basket.

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This picnic spot is along one of our favorite bike trails that runs along the Susquehanna River in Marietta, Pennsylvania.

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Faux Etched Glass

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The original plan was to show you how to make pretty, etched glass, but I had to switch things up a little and show you how to make pretty, faux etched glass.

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There’s a very good reason for this switch: I bought the wrong etching cream! I thought I was buying regular etching cream. What I got instead was an etching effects paint!

Imagine my surprise after applying the “etching cream”, waiting 30 minutes, and then rinsing off said “etching cream”, when I looked at my perfectly smooth, non-etched glass!  What the what?!?! What did I do wrong?!?

It was then that I decided I needed to take a look at the instructions on the bottle of the “etching cream”. Maybe I missed a step?? Or the “etching cream” was expired and no good??

And there it was. As plain as the nose on my face. frost effects paint!

I was just a wee bit embarrassed.  After all, I stood there like a fool wearing safety glasses and rubber gloves, waiting 30 minutes for this caustic, acid-containing, harmless, water-based “paint” to etch my glass! ;

Anyway, let’s get to the part where I show you how I faux etched glass.

First, you need to find glass objects to etch. I had two dollar store vases hiding in the cabinet under the kitchen sink for who-knows-how-long. And I also had a set of glasses that I’ve been meaning to etch for the longest time.

faux etched glass Now you need your glass vases, drinking glasses, whatever you want to faux etch, to be clean. I  mean really clean. Especially if they’ve been hiding out under your kitchen sink ; )

My glasses and vases were dirty, dusty and grimy so when I put them in the dishwasher with the spaghetti sauce-covered dishes, I used a Finish® Quantum Max™ tablet in the detergent compartment to make sure they came out clean and shiny so that the paint would adhere.

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Now THAT does not look anything like the grimy vase that went into the dishwasher with a bunch of spaghetti sauce covered plates. Finish® Quantum Max™ didn’t leave residue, film or water spots on the glasses or vases. They’re  crystal clear, shiny, and ready to faux etch!

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Now you need a stencil. I made butterfly stencils by cutting butterfly shapes out of adhesive shelf lining paper using my electronic cutting machine.

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Don’t worry if you don’t have one of those machines because you could also use a paper punch. All of the craft stores sell many different shapes of paper punches that would work great.

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Apply the stencils to the glass or vase.

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Cover the bare spots with painter’s tape and then pounce on a very light amount of the faux etching paint. At first I used a sponge-tipped “brush”, but I found that I got better results with a make-up sponge.

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I thought it would be fun to try faux etching in reverse. Instead of the stencil of the butterfly, I put the butterflies on the vase in a random pattern and then painted over the entire vase with the paint.

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I really like how it turned out and thought that this would be a good idea for glass votives. How pretty that would look with candle light glowing though the butterfly shapes.

*Tip: remove the stencil while the paint is still wet, otherwise the paint may peel off when you remove the stencil.

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The glass tumblers turn out so pretty! I love how they look with my floral-patterned dinnerware.

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I couldn’t wait to show off my pretty, “new” old glasses on the Easter table. faux etched glass

I also discovered that you can mix in colored paint with the faux etching paint. Just remember to only add a drop or two and mix it well.

According to the instructions on the faux etching paint, the painted glassware can be washed in the dishwasher after 21 days. Good to know!

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Last Minute Easter Baskets

Every year I do this. Wait until the last minute to get the grandbabies’ Easter Baskets made and filled. I swore this year would be different. Of course it isn’t ; ). However, it’s an improvement from last year when we were “googling” candy stores the day before Easter! It’s only Thursday and my last minute Easter baskets are decorated and almost filled.

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I picked up the “baskets” in the dollar section at Target. I thought the burlap bag would be perfect for my 6-year old grandson. Not frilly, pastel, or girly and can hold stuff. Perfect!

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Kids just love seeing their names on their things. I made a stencil with my Cameo and a stencil blank to spell out his name.

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Using a stencil brush, I pounced on his favorite color and then simply outlined the letters with a Sharpie. Quick and easy!

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It was a little too plain for my taste so large ric rac was hot-glued onto the top and bottom to give it a finished look.

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My granddaughter’s “basket” also came from the dollar section at Target.

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I personalized her basket with her monogram that I made, again using my Silhouette Cameo. I cut the monogram out of pink heat transfer vinyl. I was afraid that the pink monogram would look lost against the multi-colored chevron fabric so I created an offset in Silhouette Studio and cut the background monogram out of a darker vinyl. I used my heat press to attach the vinyl.

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Pretty cute for $3!

Overall, I like how the baskets turned out. They were super easy and quick to make.

Are your baskets ready or are you a procrastinator like me? ; )

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Easy To Make Butterfly Wreath

Who else is decorating for Spring? I think we’re all ready to stow away the winter decor and get on with Spring! One quick way to welcome Spring is to hang an easy-to-make, new wreath. What says Spring more than a butterfly wreath!

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As I was walking into Target the other day, the dollar section called my name. Does it call your name, too? I mean it’s right there. You HAVE to stop and look, right?

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Two cute, little, white grapevine wreaths were yelling my name and said “hey! We’d make cute wreaths to hang on the doors of that armoire that you just built for your granddaughter!”

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All I did to decorate them was cut out a bunch of small butterflies with my Silhouette Cameo. I cut them in three different sizes and then adhered them to the wreath using craft tape. Hot glue would work, too.

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I have round up 18 more SUPER EASY Spring & Summer wreaths that I found on HomeTalk to give you lots of wreath-making ideas. Click on the photo below to get a close up of each wreath and see the instructions on how to make your favorites.

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 Flip flops! I love that idea – PERFECT for a summer home. What other unusual items have you used to make a wreath? I’d love to hear!

Easy Happy Easter Art

When I was in HomeGoods the other day, I spotted a Happy Easter sign that I thought was so unique. It was made with twigs and rope on a piece of wood. I thought, pfft, I can make that! Take a look at my easy Happy Easter art.

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I didn’t check the price on the sign that I saw, but it wasn’t as cheap as free!

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The piece of wood came from my scrap pile. I used paint chips and rope that I already had for the flowers. And small broken tree limbs laying on the ground are free for the taking.

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The petals of the flowers were made by attaching the ends of a short length of rope with hot glue. I cut the paint chips into small rectangle and clipped the corners.

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Next, I hot glued the paint chips to the back of the rope petals.

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I used five petals for each flower.

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Using my chop saw, I cut the tree limbs into 2-1/2 lengths to form the letters. I used twigs with curves for the P’s and the S.

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The edges of the board were covered with more of the rope using hot glue.

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The final step was to use a blow dryer to get rid of the glue globs. Now my Easter Mantle is done and I’m happy to say that it didn’t cost a cent!

Spring Decorating

The calendar says Spring! But the weatherman says otherwise : ( However, that did not stop me from starting to add a few Spring and Easter touches around the house starting with the faux mantle.

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Not a lot yet, but it’s a start. I was short on time so I ran down to the basement quick and grabbed whatever Easter decorations I could find. I still need “something” on the wall behind the shelf. I have something in mind – but I have to make it first ; )

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My local grocery store had these pretty, pink, miniature carnations on sale and I just couldn’t resist. I put them in these cute, little bottles that I frosted by adding a few drops of pink craft paint to some Martha Stewart Frost Effect paint.

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The frosted bottles pair up nicely with the glittery Easter bunny that I found at HomeGoods a few years ago.

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The bunny banner took all of about 30 minutes to make.

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To make it, I created pennant shapes in Silhouette® Studio and cut them out of pink, patterned card stock. I used a floral card stock for the bunnies.

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After all of the shapes were cut, I glued the bunnies onto the pennant pieces and strung them together with ribbon.

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After they were glued together, I decided that the bunnies needed a little definition. I rubbed some gray chalk around the edges. This would have been easier to do before the bunnies were glued onto the pennants, duh!

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If you’re in need of a pennant shape, just click on Version 3 orVersion 2 to download the file. (For personal use only)

Have you started decorating for Spring or Easter yet?

Happy First Day of Spring!

Easter Onesies

While I was looking for inspiration for Easter Onesies, I found myself drawn to the machine embroidered designs. They are so pretty – I love how the outline of the embroidery makes the patterned pieces of the design pop. Well, since I don’t have one of those fancy machines, I thought I’d try to get the look using patterned heat transfer vinyl and glitter heat transfer vinyl.

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easter-onesie What do you think? Not too bad? I think the glitter vinyl outline gives the bunny definition and makes the patterned HTV design pop.

Want to try it? Here’s how I did it and it’s super easy.

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First, open your design in Studio. I used (Design ID #39818) from the Silhouette online store. Then make a copy of the design. Select one bunny and open the Offset window and create an internal offset. Adjust the amount of offset using the up arrow. (I bumped mine up to 0.0100). Now select both shapes – (the original and the offset) – right click – choose “Make Compound Path”.

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You can fill the shape with color to check that you did it right ; )

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Now it’s time to cut your shapes.

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The iron them on. First the patterned bunny, then the bunny outline. Lucky me – I got a heat press for Christmas and I love it! If you’re in the market for a heat press, I really like mine and highly recommend it.

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DIY Easter Onesie with glitter outline

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As you can see I made two Easter onesies for the baby. The first one I made was before I came up with the glitter vinyl outline idea, but it’s still cute ; )

easter-onesie I had to fiddle with the design of the shape, and then wrapped it around the side of the onesie. Instead of laying the onesie down flat on the heat press, I just adjusted the onesie so that the side seam was showing. (see photo above)

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Paper Flower Centerpiece

My sweet little granddaughter just had her first birthday and we celebrated this past weekend at a party in her honor. My daughter asked me to help out by making some decorations for her “cute as a button” birthday party. Did you see the invitations that I made? Since buttons were the theme of this party I made a paper flower centerpiece with button centers for the buffet table.
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I made it by first cutting out a lot (and I do mean a lot!) of flower and button shapes using my Silhouette Cameo.
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Once all of the flowers were cut and assembled, I hot-glued them onto jumbo-sized bamboo skewers.

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Then I took a leftover piece of a 1″ x 3″ board and marked 2″ increments with a dot of a marker.

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Next, I drilled holes at each mark using a drill bit close in size to the skewers.

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Once I had all of the holes drilled, I cut down 1/3 of the skewers by about 3 inches, and another 1/3 of the skewers by about 4 inches.

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I cut them to different heights so that all of the flowers could be seen. Shortest in the front row and tallest in the back row.

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After I was happy with the placement of the flowers, I took them out so that I could paint the 1 x 3 board. I used leftover lime green paint. Now how many people can say they have leftover lime green paint??? Acrylic craft paint would work well also ; )

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And here’s the birthday princess sitting in front of her colorful paper flower centerpiece. I also made her dress and fabric flower headband.

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But I can’t take credit for the cake. Isn’t it sweet!

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I had to include one more photo of the princess in her birthday dress. It’s McCalls pattern – M7037 if anyone is interested. Warning: it’s fully lined and has a zipper. But if I can make it, you can too!

How to Make Decorative Storage Boxes

You know those cardboard or paper mache boxes that are sold in the craft stores? Well I was thinking that I needed to make some sort of decorative storage boxes for the top of the armoire that I’m building for the baby’s room. So with the help of Mod Podge and some scrapbook paper, I made two decorative storage boxes to hold all of the little miscellaneous baby items. You know all those little things that tend to get lost in the top drawer of the dresser.

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The pretty boxes were quick and easy to make. Here’s what you need to make them:

  • paper mache boxes
  • scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • brush
  • paper cutter

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First, gather up all of the supplies. For the large oval box I used two sheets of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper. For the small oval box I used two sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 paper.

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Cut strips of the paper that match the height of your box from the bottom of the box to the bottom of the lid.

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You don’t want to attach paper on the part of the box that is under the lid or the lid may not fit back on the box.

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Brush on a generous coat of mod podge to both the box and the backside of the paper.

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Use the brush to smooth out the paper, removing air bubbles as you go. Brush on a thin coat of modpodge over the paper. Continue adding strips until the box is covered the whole way around.

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The lid can be done in two ways. Well probably more than that but these are the two methods I use. First I cut strips of paper to the depth of the lip of the lid and applied the paper in the same way as the box.

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Then trace the lid onto the backside of the paper using a pencil. Cut out the shape with scissors, then apply the paper to the top of the lid using the directions above. Trim with craft knife if necessary.

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The other method I use is to cover the top of the lid with mod podge, then place the mod podge covered lid down onto the backside of the uncut paper. I smooth it out, let it dry, and then using my scissors, I cut into the paper from the edge of the paper to the lid. (see photo above)

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Then I flip the lid over and fold up each “tab” and cut off the excess. Next I brush mod podge on the rim of the lid and smooth down each “tab”.

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The second method creates sort of a pleated look. I chose to cover this box lid rim with large ric rac adhered with hot glue. Get creative with decorating your boxes. Use buttons, ribbons, lace or even those self-adhesive pearls would be pretty.

So what’s up with that glass jar in front of the box you ask? Well, I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a “handle” for the box lids. I thought about looping ribbon or twine then I spotted this Dollar Tree jar that I had and the wheels starting turning. Can I use that lid as the handle?

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Why yes. Yes I can! Even though it kinda looks like a percolator in the photo above.

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I traced the lid onto the lid (yeah, I know ; )

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The I cut out the hole with a craft knife . . .

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The jar lid fits snugly in the opening and there’s a little lip on the glass lid so it’s pretty secure. I then painted the inside of the glass lid with white paint to make it less percolator-looking ; )

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Coming up with an idea for a handle for the bigger box was more of a challenge. Because I wanted the two boxes to be able to stack, another jar lid was out of the question. I needed a handle that could lay relatively flat. Then I remembered that I saved two beaded handles from a paper gift bag that I received a few years ago. All I had to do was find them ; )

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An hour later the bigger box has a pretty, beaded handle that can lay flat.

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(I KNEW I’d come up with a use for those beaded handles ; )

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