muffin tin tricks

Who has a muffin tin? Not a muffin top (I have one of those too) but a muffin tin? Most have one collecting dust in a cabinet somewhere. I can’t recall the last time I used mine…I am more of a cake or bread girl. This roundup from Diply is going to send you running to find yours. I’m really excited to feature it here today. You will love all 17 hacks!

Whether you need to dye or boil eggs, transport drinks, or organize trinkets these tips are wonderful and cover just about everything! #7 will go perfect with some delicious homemade ice cream and #8 looks just as delectable. Yum! The car drink carrier is my fav! It will help keep my car nice-ish.

Muffin tins aren’t just for crafting. BHG has some delicious recipes you can make in muffin tins too! Check them out here

See all 17 hacks at Diply here…

Diply: 17 Muffin Tin Hacks You Need To Know

Repurposed Corks

I heart wine. I’m on a Merlot kick right now but I’m not opposed to Pinos either. For all of you wine drinkers out there, here is another excuse to grab a bottle for Friday night’s dinner. I’ve found a full roundup of amazing things to do with the corks! Don’t fret if wine isn’t your thing. I’m sure you can have the neighbors start collecting some for you. No matter what you have to do, get some corks because these crafts are super fun.

There are so many uses! I’m really not exaggerating. Corks can be used to keep furniture from scratching the floors and as spools for threads, quite practical. There are also many whimsical uses for them like wall art and planters. #4 is my absolute fav and #22 is beyond impressive! Repurpose them to make toys, necklaces, fishing bobbers, stamps, candles (I didn’t know that they burned), and many others.

Wine bottles are great for crafts! There are ways to repurpose every part of the bottle. Even the label. Vinepair has some fun things to do with the labels here.

Find the full roundup from Home Esthetics here…

Home Esthetics: 30 Insanely Creative DIY Cork Recycling Projects You Should Try

DIY Paintings

Looking for some decorating inspiration? You might find it here. I know that I did! I need to try some of these right away, my home has more blank walls than I would like to admit. I keep meaning to do something with them and I think these simple and beautiful DIYs might be the solution.

I heart these. They are easy and kid friendly. What kid doesn’t love getting covered in paint? You can use all sorts of strange things to make art. Corn on the cob, leaves, lemons, scotch tape, and other random things from around the house. DIY art gives you the chance to make you home as unique as you are.

The family hand print is adorable! It would make a wonderful gift for Grandma and Grandpa. #12 is one of my favorites. I also like the projects that have painted initials or quotes. #27 is horrible! I would never drown a teddy bear in paint like that! It’s stuffed animal cruelty! She Knows has some better animal crafts than that. Lol, find them here.

Find the full article from Home Esthetics here…

HomeEsthetics: 31 Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank Walls

Sock Snowman Craft

If you’re like me you probably have 10+ socks missing a mate. Where did the left sock go?! I am constantly amazed at how quickly they disappear. This sock snowman is an easy wintery craft and the best way to save lone socks from the garbage.

I could whip one of these out right now if I wanted. I have all the supplies and I bet you do too! This little guy would make a nice holiday decoration or work for a last minute gift. I heart his scarf! If you don’t cut the sock you can have a more traditional 3 ball body, but I’m not sure where his hat would come from. Either way, he is cute!

Word of warning…be sure you tie that string nice and tight! Otherwise you will have a rice-y mess. I’ve heard of people using sand instead of rice too.

Organized Christmas the most delicious snowman project you’ve ever seen, ‘Snowman Soup.’ (Not as morbid as it sounds, I promise! Check it out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Quilling Crafts

Just to clarify…we are talking about quilling NOT quilting. It’s amazing what one letter can do. What is quilling? I’m so glad you asked! (I had to look it up too.) It is the rolling of paper strips (sometimes ribbon) into coils, scrolls, and hoops and arranging them to make beautiful works of art. I have seen some fabulous quilled creations. There was a koi fish, a violin, a Darth Vader mask, and an amazing tropical parrot just to name a few.

If you have the time, you can make some amazing things and decorate your house like a Boss! It doesn’t take a lot to get started either. The most common tools of the trade are tweezers, toothpicks, straight pins, a ruler, some glue, and a slotted curling tool (which you can also make yourself).

The Marquise/Eye shape is one of the very basic designs in quilling. Beginners need to get a handle on this sooner rather than later. It’s going to play a big part in their ‘quilling career.’ Start here and today its a little eye and tomorrow its a 3D wall covered in quilled flowers. Also, don’t miss this great tutorial here at Homesthetics.net

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Burlap DIYs

This is a great roundup full of wonderful do-it-yourself burlap projects. They are unique and beautiful. Decorating with burlap gives a rustic feel to your home. It is ‘shabby chic.’ I love burlap because it is cheap! Right now there is a sale at JoAnn Fabrics for $2.99/yard. When not on sale, it’s about $3.99.

DIY & Crafts has gathered up the best collection of burlap decorations ever! There is something for every room of the house and every season. There are ornaments, bow ties, planters, coasters, and even storage bins.

I have a dinner party coming up so I am excited about everything table related. The table runner, utensil holder, place cards, and table cloth are all looking pretty good to me… I can’t do all of them but I’ll for sure pick one or two. About Home has another table runner that I am pretty excited about. Check it out here.

Find the full roundup from DIY & Crafts here…

DIY & Crafts: 100 Gorgeous Burlap Projects That Will Beautify Your Life

plastic bottle ideas

Repurposing from the recycling bin is great! It’s fun to see what you can come up with and it’s always better to make something you need rather than buy it. Like a spade for the garden or temporary planters for starts. This roundup from Awesome Inventions has whole heaps of DIY crafts and projects sure to impress.

I have made the piggy bank craft with the kids before. Pablo was awesome with button eyes, a pink curly pipe-cleaner tail, and wooden spool legs. Sadly, he passed away when we had to get our money out. We need to make a new ‘piggy’ bank!’

I like the bottle cap curtain a lot! With a little paint and creativity, crafting with old bottles don’t have to look cheap or cheesy. The greenhouse is really interesting; I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it and I love the apple container! It would be perfect for a teacher gift. It still sticks with the traditional apple theme but makes for something a little more useful.

Favecrafts has 647 other recycled crafts and DIY projects. With all of these brilliant ideas, you won’t have anything left to recycle! Find them all here.

Find Awesome Inventions’ full article here…

Awesome Inventions: 17 Creative Ways To Reuse Plastic Bottles

3D Hands

I love doing art projects with my children. I especially love handprint crafts! I want to memorialize those cute little hands while they are tiny. I have a baby’s first Christmas ornament handprint that I just adore! I might not be framing 3D hand art or sticking it on the tree but it will for sure go on the fridge for a while and definitely in the keepsake drawer.

You don’t have to be picasso to draw your hand in 3D but you will need a few minutes and some markers. The more markers-the more fun! Watch the video to learn how to make your own hand pop off the page! webneel has some other gorgeous 3D drawings that I really think you need to see…

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

paper star craft

“Torn from the sky.” What a romantic phrase. It reminds me of the movie Stardust, where a ‘star’ (Claire Danes) falls from the sky and all of the adventures she has while trying to get home. And who hasn’t made a wish on a lucky shooting star? I count my lucky stars (pun intended) that I found this DIY from Homesthetics. Now I can make some of my own stars and you can too.

This is a simple origami project. It only has 8 steps! That’s nothing compared to the paper crane that has around 20 steps! You can make big or little stars, adjust the template to fit your mood. I recommend starting off bigger so that your fingers can get a feel for it. I know that’s way I’m going to start. These would make the most wonderful centerpiece! Paper stars (hombre rainbow) in jars or scattered loosely around the table with twinkle lights might have to happen at my next party.

Check out this other amazing origami project from Swide…It’s sure to impress!

Find the full article, printable templates, and beautiful pictures from Homesthetics here…

Homesthetics: Folding Lucky Paper Stars Tutorial

DIY Cookie Basket Made From A Paper Plate

How clever! I’m never going to use a ziplock bag when delivering cookies again. Gone are the days of press-n-seal wrap and tupperware deliveries. Just because cookies taste fantastic doesn’t mean their presentation always looks fantastic. (I can vouch for that.) A paper plate cookie basket is so clever and practical! They are also affordable. Your presentation will be top of the line from now on!

I always have paper plates. So I have no excuses for not making these! I would never turn down cookies of any kind but receiving them in a gift box like this would make them even more sweet. I wish I’d known about this before I delivered Christmas cookies! You need 5 minutes, some tape, a pair of scissors, maybe a ribbon, and of course some delicious cookies. I need to start baking cookies for the neighbors! Check out this delicious recipe from the Cooking Channel here

Here’s One Good Thing By Jillee full Article…

One Good Thing By Jillee: DIY Cookie Basket Made From A Paper Plate