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As part of the 3 months Contentment Challenge that I am doing I finally went through a huge stack of old magazines. A lot of them I am going to donate however I was inspired to make something from them. I still had a Christmas decoration hanging on my door (gasp!) I swear it was the only decoration still up! I though that it would be fitting to make a wreath. This is a quick and super easy project that you can complete with items that you already have on hand.

What you will need:

  • Tape
  • An old magazine
  • Hot glue gun

Easy DIY Magazine Wreath

1. Rip out whatever pages you want from your magazine. I tried to pull pages that had the most colors or details on them.

Easy DIY Magazine Wreath

2. Roll each one into a cone, starting with the ripped side to make sure that it ends up on the inside and tape the end down.

Easy DIY Magazine Wreath

3. Glue each one together until you have a full wreath.

Easy DIY Magazine Wreath

4. Hang and enjoy! To hang it I just stapled a piece of jute twine to the inside of two of the cones. If your wreath is larger, you may need to add some support to the back to keep it from flopping forward. If this is the case simply cut a piece of cardboard from a cereal box or other box that you have lying around and glue it to the back.

2015-08-27_0006Easy DIY Magazine Wreath

Hello Spring! Today I am going to share will you how to create this easy DIY floral inspired coffee filter garland. Not only is it extremely easy but it only requires inexpensive materials that you most likely already have on hand at home.


  • Food Coloring
  • Coffee Filters
  • Bowls (you will need one bowl for each color dye that you are using)
  • String, ribbon, twine or fishing line


1. Fill each bowl with water and add your food coloring. Start with less food coloring and adjust to how bright you would like the color to be.


2. Take your coffee filter and quickly dip the edges into the colored water. The water and color will absorb up into the filter so you do not need to dip the filter for very long.


3. Repeat with your remaining filters varying colors if desired.

4. Let the filters dry completely.

5. Create a cone shape with the filter and tie with your desired string. To create a garland make sure that your string is long enough and continue the tying process every foot or so down the length of the string.


6. Enjoy!

I am in love with today’s rustic DIY. Not only is is super cute but it is also fully functional. If you are not sold on the idea of using it as a vase it can also be used for storage, for example in a bathroom with cotton balls, q-tips and hair ties or in a kitchen for utensils.

What you need for this project:

  • A scrap piece of wood (I found mine at Home Depot for $.65!!!)
  • (4) hose clamps – 3″X 4″
  • Drill
  • Nut driver
  • (4) 16 ounce mason jars
  • Screws (the length will depend on the thickness of your board)


Step 1: The board that I purchased was natural pine. I choose to stain it with some stain that I had left over from another project. You could also paint your wood or leave it natural.

Step 2: Measure how far apart you want your mason jars and mark where you are going to drill your hose clamps.

Step 3: Drill your hose clamp to the board. I am going to be totally honest with you…this step was VERY difficult – I had to call in my husband for backup. I tried everything and the drill kept walking all over and did not seem to want to go through the hose clamp. In the end we ended up screwing through the portion of the hose clamp that is slotted which seemed to work out just fine. I would also recommend as an alternative using a mending plate to make this step a lot easier! Another tip for this step is to unscrew the hose clamp completely so that it lays flat and you can drill straight down instead of trying to drill on an angle.


Step 4: Place the mason jar in the hose clamp and tighten.


Step 5: (optional) If you are going to want to hang this on the wall then you can attach a picture hook to the back or screw a nail on either side and wrap picture wire around it to allow it to hang. It can also be used as a free standing piece.

Step 6: Accessorize!



It has been awhile since I blogged about a craft project and today’s is a super easy one. A perfect winter snow globe! I have a childish obsession with shaking a snow globe back and forth watching the glitter slowly swirl around. (Anyone else with me?) Regardless of the reason behind my obsession this is a quick and easy project and the end result can bring some handmade glisten to your desk, bookshelf, or décor at your next party.  Stay tuned – I will be showing you how I incorporate snow globes into a winter themed tablescape next week!

1. First gather all of your material together and the best part is it does not require much. Most likely you already have most of the items on hand but if not they can all easily be found at your local craft store. You will need:

  • Mason Jar (or other similar jar)
  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Glitter
  • Plastic Figurines
  • Waterproof glue or epoxy


2. Glue your figurines to the lid of the jar. Let dry.


3. Fill your jar with water. You want to leave some space on the top to allow for movement but you want to make sure that he tops of your figurines are covered.


4. Put a drop or two of glycerin into the water.


5. Put as much glitter as you like!


6. Glue the edge of your lid to create a water tight seal and screw your lid on. Note: You want to leave it upside down to allow for the glue around the lid to dry before flipping it over.

7. Shake until your heart is content!





I hope that you loved Tuesday’s Hog Roast 2014 post as much as I did! Here is the how to on one of the many DIY’s that were involved in pulling that event together.

Paper straws are huge right now and they come in so many prints and colors that they are a great edition to any event. Why not make them event more special by tying them to your event with custom wording in addition to color. This is a quick and easy DIY that is easy to apply to any event!

Oink Paper Straws: 

You Will Need: 

  • Paper Straws
  • Kraft colored masking tape
  • Letter Stamps
  • Ink Pad
  • Scissors

*Note – If you do not want wording on your straws you can also use the same concept with washi tape to add an extra flare