Sunday, November 24, 2013

DIY: Thanksgiving Wreath - a $.97 Pipe Insulation Transformation!

What You'll Need:
Pipe Insulation ($.97 - The Home Depot)
Duct Tape (Available at The Home Depot)
Hot Glue/Glue Sticks
Burlap (Available at Wal-Mart)
Artificial Garland & Flowers (Check your local Dollar Tree!)
Chalkboard Tag ($1.00 - Target)
Battery Operated Lights (Available at Michaels)

1. Wrap your burlap around the insulation before forming a circle.
2. Form a circle and use duct tape to adhere both ends together.
3. Wrap garland around half of wreath.
4. Add your flowers. No need for glue. The garland will hide the wired stems!
5. Tie a Chalkboard tag onto a piece of garland, write "Happy Thanksgiving" in a metallic pen.

Wrap your lights around the garland and that's it!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

DIY Yardstick Star - Inexpensive Decor for Christmas!

Hello Friends!

If you are following me on Instagram, you'll know that I attended my very first DIH Workshop on Thursday, at my local The Home Depot.

One of the projects they shared with us was a DIY Yardstick Star. They chose to stain their yardsticks, but my creative juices started flowing and I saw spray paint & Christmas lights!

You'll also know that I'm all about inexpensive DIY projects, so the fact that they're $.68 each had my wallet (and husband!) happy.

What You'll Need:
Yardsticks ($.68 each - The Home Depot)
Spray Paint (I used Rust-oleum, Primer)
Christmas Lights (Check your local Dollar Tree!)
Staple Gun (However, a Hot Glue Gun will work too!)

I chose to spray paint the sticks first. Either way works! Once your sticks are dry, lay them on the floor in the form of a star, staple the corners (or glue!) and start wrapping your lights around.

That's it! A quick, easy and inexpensive project for Holiday indoor or outdoor decor.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Vanilla Coated Christmas Pretzels!

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to eat sweets this time of year.

I'm pretty certain those were the original lyrics.

What You'll Need:
Sourdough hard pretzels
Vanilla flavored Almond Bark
Christmas Sprinkles!

Spread a sheet of wax paper onto a baking sheet/rack. Place several pretzels onto the wax paper. In a mixing bowl, follow the directions to melt the Almond Bark. Once melted, pour some into a ziplock bag, like so...

Cut the tip and drizzle over the pretzels. Add sprinkles. Freeze for 5 minutes {to harden}, and you're done!

If you have broken pretzels, leftover Almond Bark and sprinkles, make your very own Christmas bark!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wild Salmon Bruschetta Burgers w/ Fruit & Avocado Salsa!

Wild Salmon Burgers
Texas Toast Garlic Bread
1 small red onion
5 Strawberries (sliced)
1 cup frozen mangos & pineapples, thawed.
1 avocado
1 tblspn Cilantro Flakes

Bake Texas Toast according to the directions on the box.
To cook the burgers, simply follow the directions on the box. I used our George Foreman Grill to grill the Wild Salmon Burgers that I purchased from BJ's Wholesale Club; however, you can find them at your local marketplace.

As the burgers grill, slice a small red onion and sautée it in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Add 1 tablespoon of cilantro flakes. Stir in mangos & pineapples. Sautée for approximately 3 minutes. Set aside in a bowl.

Slice and dice strawberries and avocado, add to the sautéed mixture.

On a bed of Kale and Spinach, add a slice of Texas Toast/Bruschetta, layer it with a Salmon Burger and top it with a spoonful of salsa.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DIY: Spiked & Bejeweled Tray!

Ev'ry time I come around your city, Bling-Bling!

This easy, inexpensive and fabulous tray can be used as a drop zone for your keys, wallets, etc.

And it can even be decorated for the Holidays!

This project cost me around $12 to make! Looks expensive & chic, right?!

What You'll Need:
Spiked Studs (available at Michaels $2.99)
Decorative Paper (available at Michaels $1.99)
Acrylic Tray (available at Michaels $3.99)
Jewels-On-A-Roll (available at Michaels $2.99)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

Simply adhere the jewels-on-a-roll around the entire tray (using a small amount of glue in each corner). Same thing goes for the decorative paper - instead of inserting it into the tray, I glued it face up on the bottom - gluing each corner. Glue the studs/beads on at least 2 inches apart, or every other 8th jewel. That's it!

Decorate it with your favorite things, sit back, stare at it and give yourself a pat on the back!

I was very much inspired by Cuckoo 4 Design to create this project. Head on over to her page to check out her awesome tray!

Monday, November 4, 2013

DIY JEWELED VASES! {A Michaels Craft Store Knock-Off!}

Why pay more when you can make your own for less?

Just like Target, I cannot go into a Michaels Craft Stores just for one thing!

Went inside to purchase twine.
Came outside with $34 worth of crafts.

As soon as I walked into the store, I was reminded of a project two lovely Bloggers recently made. A DIY studded acrylic tray - inspired by Yulia & Shavonda. With that being said, it was totally meant to be when the first thing I saw was a display of colorful and decorative paper. I grabbed a sheet to my liking and then it was downhill from there.

From that moment on, things just kept piling up in my cart!

Forget about that twine now, I was on a mission for spiked studs and an acrylic tray.

During my struggle to search for studs, I came across Jewels-on-a-Roll. Thought to myself, "Hmm. That might be cute to wrap around the tray." But No. I was determined to find those studs in that lovely-but-oh-so-crammed-craft store.

When I passed by the mason jars, I saw these... (Unfortunately I didn't have my phone with me, so I couldn't take a picture of the ones in the store!)

$16.99 was their asking price. For one. Just one!

I thought to myself, "Hmph! In a world of Pinterest and DIY Projects, I can make these!"

And that's just what I did!

Wanna make them too?!

What You'll Need:
Jewels On A Roll ($2.99 - Michaels Craft Stores)
Tall Glass Cylinders ($1.00 ea. - Dollar Tree)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

No need to measure it out - just add some glue onto the beginning of the roll, stick it to the glass, wrap the roll around the glass {to meet the beginning}, cut the access roll off and glue the end onto the glass.

That's it; throw some Christmas ornaments inside and you're done!

Oh, and about that twine? I found some. Christmas twine, at that! $1.99 - in the Clearance section. Hey, don't sleep on that Clearance section all the way in the back!

Happy Holidays!

Have you gotten started on Christmas decor yet?

Sunday, November 3, 2013


A quick, easy, inexpensive and OH, SO FAB! Project.

With leftover spikes from another project, I decided to adhere some spikes onto a $1.00 bowl I purchased from the Dollar Tree.

Wanna make it too?!

What You'll Need:
Bowl (Dollar Tree - $1.00)
Spikes (Michaels - $2.99)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

Have you gotten started on Christmas decor yet?

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