DIY Gift Box

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Need a super cute gift box on the cheap? This project is so easy. All you need is a box, scrapbook paper or wrapping paper and Mod Podge.

I have all these terrific cardboard boxes around from my monthly beauty box subscription to Birchbox. These boxes are so cool…I just hate to toss them.

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I was in need of some gift boxes recently and decided to break out the Mod Podge. I have to say, I was really pleased with the result.

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In no time I had some super cute gift boxes!

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What You Need:

Cardboard Box

Scrapbook Paper or Wrapping Paper

Mod Podge (I used this)

Scissors

Brush

Ribbon (optional)

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Directions:

First you will want to cut the paper to fit the box.

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I did just the top of 3 boxes. I did both the tops and the sides of the 4th box.

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You want to be pretty precise with your cuts, so make sure you check the fit before you move on to the next step.

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Next, add a coat of Mod Podge to the box. If you are doing the sides, I would do those first.

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Apply the paper. Press down quickly and gently. You will want to avoid air pockets and bubbles.

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Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the outside of the paper.

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Allow to dry. I only did one top coat.

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There you have it…and adorable upcycled box perfect for gift giving.

Just a tip….I found scrapbook paper is easier to use than wrapping paper.

DIY Natural Oven Cleaner (2 Ingredients)

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For those of you who are not a fan of housework…check this out!

I love this cleaner because it is pretty much does the work for you. I also like it because it is natural and it is super inexpensive. Plus, you probably already have the 2 ingredients you need to make this today.

I am not a fan of chemical commercial oven cleaners. After I read the warning label I realized a dirty oven could be the least of my worries. My friend Megan told me about a DIY Natural Oven Cleaner she uses and loves. So I thought I would give it a try.

What You Need:

White Distilled Vinegar

Baking Soda

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Directions:

1. Sprinkle baking soda all over the bottom of the oven.

2. Pour vinegar (don’t overdo it) on top of baking soda.

3. Close the oven door and let sit for 4 hours.

4. Wipe away with rags.

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After a simple wiping I noticed a dramatic difference. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better with little effort.

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I did use a scrubber to scrape away some of the really baked-on stuff, but I didn’t spend much time working on this. I don’t know about you, but I have better things to do than clean an oven.

(Please refer to your oven manual before using this cleaning method)

This post is for entertainment purposes only. Remember, this DIY project should be done by an adult. Use caution when handling hot materials. Keep out of reach of small children and animals.

DIY Fabric Covered Pin Board

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For the last 3 years I have done ALL of my own DIY projects on the site; however, this project is actually from my friend Allie!

I always admire the fabric covered pin board in her kitchen. A couple weeks ago we were hanging out at her beautiful home and she offered me the pin board she used to have in her closet. I mentioned it would make a great DIY for my site and she told me how she made it.

I am not going to deconstruct the board, but I think you will be able to make this yourself if you see a few close up photos of the board.

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DIY Cat Ring Dish

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Here is another fun and super easy craft- DIY Cat Ring Dish. If you can color and glue…you can do this!

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Not a fan of cats?….you could just as easily make a dog ring dish or a dinosaur ring dish! Just keep in mind you will need a plastic figure that has a long, thin and upright tail or neck so you will be able to stack rings onto it. (i.e. cat or dog tail or brontosaurs neck)

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What You Need:

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DIY Decorative Clothes Hangers

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This was such an easy project- DIY Decorative Clothes Hangers! I have done so many DIYs here on the blog and I have to say this is one of my favorites.

Another great things about this project- you can totally make these on the cheap. I don’t know if you have ever priced decorative hangers- OMGoodness! I have seen decorative hangers priced as high as $25 each! I made these for around $2 per hanger.

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I think these would also make a lovely gift idea….housewarming, shower, just because…..

I decided to make each hanger different, but I wanted the colors/patterns to compliment each other. I went with a romance theme.

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DIY Cat Toe Flats

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Here is a fun and easy DIY- Make Your Own Cat Toe Flats. This is a fun project for a cat lover. This is also great for a kids shoe. You can also apply the same concept and make a cap toe flat instead of a cat toe flat. You would of course just want to forgo the ears and face.
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I think they turned out pretty cute and I made these for a fraction of what I would pay in a boutique. I was able to find the shoes on clearance for $5.08 at Target.  I already had the other items. (I bought the shoes on 1/31/15 and there were probably 20 pairs on clearance.)
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Flats (Plain)
Acrylic Paint
Paint Marker
Paint Brushes
Painters Tape
Mod Podge (Matte or Glossy)
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Directions:.

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Easy DIY: His & Her Sharpie Mugs

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Now that I have your attention (wow… that is a lot of red and pink- my eyes, my eyes!)

Here is a fun and easy Valentine’s Day DIY! Of course it doesn’t have to be for Valentine’s Day. You can make these HIS & HERS Sharpie Mugs for a wedding shower gift, anniversary gift or a just because gift. You can also follow the directions to make a mug for any occasion.

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Check me out.

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The Mr. Volunteered to model. Nice!

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Easy DIY: Make Your Own Ribbon Hair Ties

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Here is an easy, easy, easy DIY! (…and so so so inexpensive).  I don’t know about you, but I happen to love the new(ish) ribbon hair ties. (Though they are often way overpriced.)

You can easily make your own elastic ribbon hair ties for around $.20 each or less. You can also make one of these in about 30 seconds.

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DIY Coasters

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This is such an easy and inexpensive project- DIY Coasters!

You can make these coasters any theme you like! I made these for my husband…so I went with a fish theme….but you can totally customize these coasters (holiday, hobby, decor theme…).

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