Category: Create

Coffee Card Gift with Quick and Easy Cheater Bow

I like to come up with creative ways to present gift cards and one of my favorites is giving a coffee card wrapped in a coffee cup. There’s no element of surprise about the contents, but it’s super easy and fun to do!

When buying a coffee card, I ask for a tall cup with a lid. The gift card fits down inside it perfectly.

For package filler, sometimes I use wrapped candies but today I’m using paper shreds. If you’re using candy, Lindt truffles are a pretty (and tasty!) option.

You can stop right here and you’ve got a clean, minimalist look to your gift wrap; or you can decorate the cup with messages and designs. Sharpie markers in bright colors work well for this. Another option is to add a reusable cup sleeve.

I’m going to make a cheater bow using two coordinating wire edge ribbons. I call it “cheating” because I’m not doing all the twisting and looping of traditional bow making. I’m using a striped “bow” ribbon and a sheer “tie” ribbon.

Start by laying the bow ribbon in a serpentine shape. The folds will become the loops of your bow, so make sure you have the same number of them on each side. I like to do two or three, depending on the length of the ribbon.

Cut the tie ribbon long enough that you can tie two knots and have plenty left over to drape nicely on the gift. Mine is two lengths of 15″ each.

Pinch the folded bow ribbon together in the center.

Using the tie ribbon, make a tight knot around the bow to secure it.

Then using the same tie ribbon, tie a second, loose knot to make the center loop of the bow. Fluff the center loop up slightly.

Trim the ends of the ribbon at an angle. I trim the bow ends pointing downward and the tie ends pointing inward, like the arrows below.

Adhere the bow to the top of the cup and you’re done!

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Cottage Style Race Medal Display – A Tutorial

One of my goals for the year is to find a way to display the race medals that my husband and I have accumulated. We’ve got them stuffed into storage boxes in closets and the basement. I’ve been shopping for a large medal holder and just haven’t found the perfect thing. So I decided to make one from a wooden shutter.

Adapt this project for your own use! Make sure the louvers are fixed and strong enough to support whatever you hang from them. You could use a sturdy shutter and hooks to hang kitchen utensils, towels and aprons. If you have a young girl in your life, make a display for hair clips, bows and jewelry, etc. Create one for your garage or potting shed to hang work gloves and hand tools. The possibilities are endless!

Materials List:
A note about the paint: Eggshell or matte acrylic is best. I used leftover “oops” paint for this project and found that the semi-gloss topcoat peeled a little more than I liked during sanding. Choose a color for the undercoat that contrasts nicely with the topcoat.

  • Shutter
  • Paint for undercoat
  • Wax candle in white or ivory
  • Paint for topcoat
  • Old paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Cleat for hanging, rated for the weight of your project – I bought mine at Lowe’s
  • Optional – decorative trim of your choosing
  • Optional – spray matte sealer to protect the painted finish

I found this shutter at the Habitat ReStore and it is in great condition;
22″ wide by 66″ tall made from solid wood with wide louvers.
Weighing about 20 pounds, it’s not too heavy to hang on the wall.

The shutter had some brown stains on it that I initially thought were water damage, but it was just sawdust(?) and rinsed right off. I didn’t bother to sand it. I’m going for a rough/chippy/distressed look. A few lumps and bumps contribute to that.

The first step is to add paint in a color that contrasts with the top coat. I chose a chocolate brown paint, because I want the impression that the shutter is old and made from a dark wood. Apply the undercoat to corners, decorative trim and edges where time and use would have worn the paint away.

Next rub a wax candle on areas where you want the top coat to sand off easily. The wax will resist the paint. It’s important to use a white or light colored candle, otherwise you might stain the undercoat.

My sister gave me some enameled ‘his’ and ‘hers’ plates that are perfect for this project. Thanks, Allie!

Apply the wax heavily and don’t worry about removing the excess. Remember, we’re going for an aged/chippy/distressed look.

Now, it’s time for the top coat. If you have one, use an old project paint brush because jamming it down between the louvers will ruin the bristles. I tried using a foam brush and it didn’t hold up well.

Touch up any bare spots if needed and let the paint dry completely. Now, it’s time for the magic! If you’re like me and have forgotten where you waxed, start lightly sanding the piece and the paint will easily release in the waxed areas. Affix any decorative pieces and attach the hanging cleat to the back of the shutter and to the wall.

I bought the 200 lb. hanging cleat; you could certainly go lighter. This one has a level that slides into the cleat. We did not drill into studs to install, but the shutter is very secure.

The total cost of this project was $41. I paid $25 for the shutter, $15 for the hanging cleat and used about $1 of Oops paint.

Don’t mind my internet cable; I’ll place a basket there to hide it!

If you make this project, I would love to see it! Send me an email at arthurized dot home at gmail dot com.

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Date Night Passport

Here’s a fun gift idea for your honey or anyone you enjoy spending time with, really. Create a Date Night Passport for them filled with gift cards to your favorite restaurants, IOUs or tickets to events. This does not have to be expensive!

I made this one for my husband’s Christmas gift a few years ago.

For this project, you will need:

  • Slim pocket calendar or notebook with a plain cover  – I found mine at the dollar store. If you don’t want the clear, plastic cover you can create your own booklet. You’ll need a piece of heavy cardstock to make a cover. The advantage to creating your own is that you can make it any size, design or theme you like.
  • Sturdy white or ivory cardstock paper – a few sheets, depending on the size of the calendar. I used six pages of 8.5” x 11” cardstock cut to 6.75” x 6.5” for a total of 6 passport pages, 12 folded.
  • A variety of stamps or stickers – for the book title and to mimic passport stamps on the inside pages.
  • Stamping ink in black, brown, navy or dark grey

If you would rather doodle your own passport stamps, you won’t need the stamps or ink. Just grab your favorite pens or markers.

  • Paper cutter or a ruler and scissors
  • Stapler

Remove the paper calendar from the cover and measure the pages, unfolded. Cut 6 cardstock pages to that measurement. Neatly fold each page in half. If your measurements are not square, make sure to fold in the direction of the passport cover spine. Next, stamp the pages however you like. I made a page for each month of the year and stamped ornate keys, postage stamps, medallions and fleur-de-lis, using chocolate brown stamping ink.

A favorite passport ‘stamp’. This is a rub-on transfer from the craft store.

On the passport cover, add your title. I used silver stickers to spell out “Date Night” and added a small silver flourish below the title. Assemble the pages in order inside the cover and staple down the spine.

Now comes the fun part; filling the passport! Here are some ideas:

Gift cards: Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Shops, Book Store, Massage, Manicure/Pedicure

Tickets: Movie Theater, Sporting Events, Concerts, Live Theater, Comedy Club

IOUs: Back Rub, Breakfast in Bed, Foot Massage, A Day Trip, Hiking, Movie Night at Home, A Honey-Do Chore, Seasonal Activities (Pumpkin Patch, Fall Foliage Drive, Ice Skating, A day at the Lake or Pool, Parades, Farmer’s Market, Holiday Lights Tours) Antiquing, Thrift Shopping, Picnic in the Park

No truer love was ever found than that of my husband and Starbucks coffee!

Kid’s Activities: Zoo Trip, Water Park, Go-carts, Mini Golf, Aquarium, Geocaching, Hot Chocolate Date, Run a 5k together, Science Museum

IOUs for Kids: Library Date, Build a Fort, Pillow Fight, Favorite Dinner, Favorite Dessert, Craft Day, Card/Board Game Night, Permission to Jump on the Bed, Bake Cookies together, Skip a Chore, No Rules Day (My SIL occasionally did this with our nephew)

Oh, hey! Date night at the movies?

Now it’s time to make this your own! What activities would you add to this list?

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Luck of the Irish Mini Bunting

Here’s a fun project for your St. Patrick’s celebration. This craft is simple, low-cost and adaptable to the materials you have on hand.

Kiss Me and Lucky Bunting Directions

Kiss Me: Green patterned cardstock, gold letter stickers, paper cutter (or ruler, pencil and scissors), glue, 20” of baker’s twine, 12” wooden skewers

I used scrapbooking cardstock from American Crafts.

Lucky: Gold metallic card stock, gold glitter letter stickers, paper cutter or ruler, pencil and scissors, glue, thin, 20” gold yarn or string, 12” wooden skewers

I used Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue for both of these buntings.

Cutting the cardstock background flags:
Determine the size you will need by measuring the largest letter sticker you will use. The Kiss Me and Lucky letter flags are approximately 2” x 1 1/8”.  To make the notch in the bottom of the flag, measure ¼” from the bottom and mark it. Now find the center and mark it. With a ruler or straight edge, draw a line from the center point to the corner of the flag. Cut along the lines.

Apply the stickers to the front of the flags, taking care to line them up neatly. I did not have a shamrock sticker for the “kiss me” banner, so I cut teardrop shapes out of another sticker to form the leaves and cut a thin curved stem. Now we’ve found a use for all those “Q” stickers! Place a thin line of glue across the top of each letter flag and adhere to the string. Let dry, tie the string to skewers and you’re done!

Rainbow Bunting Directions

Materials: White cardstock, washi tape in rainbow colors (alt: cardstock in rainbow colors), micro pom-poms, (these are 3/8”) paper cutter (or ruler, pencil and scissors), glue, 20” baker’s twine, 12” wooden skewers

If you are using paper for the rainbow bunting, Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue will work just fine to glue the micro pom-poms. If you’re using washi tape, I recommend Beacon Gem-Tac. It bonds well to slick surfaces.

Neatly apply washi tape to white cardstock. If your washi tape has a repeating pattern, make sure to line it up carefully. Next, cut out the flags. The rainbow flags are 1 5/8” x 1 5/8”. To make the inverted triangle, find the center of the bottom edge and mark it with a pencil. Draw a line from that mark to the top left corner. Repeat on the right side and cut along the lines. Now that the individual flags are cut, place a thin line of glue across the top and apply the micro pom-poms. Let dry. Once dry, turn them over and apply a thin line of glue across the top of each flag and adhere to the string in rainbow order. Let dry, tie the string to skewers and you are done!

I hope I’ve explained this clearly. Let me know if you have any questions.

Don’t have a cake plate? Here’s an easy way to create one: Use a coordinating dinner plate and bowl, turn the bowl over and place the plate on top. Super simple. You can use a dab of hot glue to hold them together temporarily. I don’t recommend hot gluing Grandma’s china, but sturdy dishes will be fine. The glue peels right off when you are done with your “cake stand”.

If you don’t have wooden skewers, use fun paper straws instead!

Need a quick centerpiece for your St. Pat’s party? These buntings are equally cute decorating a potted shamrock.

Happy St. Patrick’s!

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