Drink Coaster Tutorial

IMG_1949Happy Wednesday everyone! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I hope that most of you aren’t scrambling last minute to get all your Valentines in order.  I thought today I would stray from the usual holiday crafts today, seeing how it would be a little ambitious to attempt a crafting adventure on the eve of this love-filled holiday.  In my illustrious procrastinating fashion, I will be shopping along with all of my kindred spirits on Valentine’s Day for a gift for my husband.  I do not recommend this, but I must stay true to myself.  This weekend, I chose to ignore the task at hand to prepare a house-warming gift for some friends who have just made their first acquisition.  Super exciting!

IMG_1952Over the weekend, I was flooded with the memories of buying our first house.  George and I were so excited! A place we could make all our own.  Our lives were filled with so much promise and expectation.  Naturally, I became inspired!  So I spent all weekend preparing a little gift basket for our friends as they begin their new lives together.  It’s nothing much, just some dishtowels, candy jars, and some coasters; but all made with love.  That’s the most important thing.  So in the spirit of giving, I have prepared a fun little tutorial for all of you.  I’m going to share how to make your own coasters out of terra cotta pot bases.  So lets get crafting!

DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial


4-6 (5”) Terra Cotta Pot Bases

Acrylic Paint (your choice of color)

Printed tissue paper or scrapbook paper

Modge Podge Glue

2 Paint Brushes

Clear Water proof sealant (Spray on)


Piece of felt

Hot Glue Gun

We’re going to begin by cutting your decorative tissue paper.  Using the bottom of your pot base.  Trace a circle onto the backside of your tissue paper.  Then cut out the four or six circles.  You may need to do some trimming around the edged to make the fit inside the base.


Next trim four or six strips of tissue paper about ¼” thick for the sides of your coasters.


Now begin painting your terra cotta plant bases.  Depending on your choice of color, you may need to apply a few coats of paint.  Set them aside to dry.  This shouldn’t take long.


Once your pot bases have dried completely, apply a coat of modge podge glue to the center of your post base.  Then lay one of your tissue paper circles on top of the glue.  Using clean hands, smooth the paper over the glue forcing any creases or bubbles to subside.  Repeat this process with all of your coasters.

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Next, apply a layer of modge podge glue to the outer rim of your coasters and smooth a strip of tissue paper all the way around the perimeter.  Trim off the excess.  Repeat this process with the rest of the coaster.


Once the glue on your coasters have dried.  Apply a layer of modge podge glue over the surface of all of your tissue paper on each coaster.  Then set them aside to dry.


Once the glue has dried completely, spray the surface of your coasters with your water proof sealant.  Then set them aside to dry.


While your coasters are drying, cut out small circles of felt about a ½” wide.  Four circles for each coaster.  When your coaster have completely dried, using your hot glue gun, attach four felt circles to the corners on the bottom of each of your coasters.


And we’re finished!  Find a pretty ribbon to tie your coasters together, and you have a fun little gift for someone special.  Or you can just display your craftiness proudly on your coffee table for all your guests to see.  Why not show off your crafty skills! No need to admit it was something super easy you threw together with thirty minutes of your spare time! Wink. Wink.


And if your curious how to make those dish towels or candy jars, you can check out those tutorials at my Adventures in Motherhood blog.  And stay tuned…in just a few weeks I will have a fun new project that will speak to the Irish in you,


Pillow Cover Tutorial

IMG_2455Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am. The sun has been shining constantly and we have been taking full advantage with barbeques, pool days, park trips, and even a few jaunts to Disneyland. Fall will be here before we know it, so there is no sense in wasting this sunny weather. Since we have been spending so much time outdoors, we have been sprucing up our patio outback. We have been trying to creating a nice peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

IMG_2459I am a huge fan of the upcycling movement. It’s one of the few ways I have managed to go green. My newest project has combined my love of upcycing with my sewing obsession. And I have created a new project for those of you who would like to do some sprucing up of your own. Today we are going to be making some pillow covers for some old throw pillows. They’re great for all of your indoor and outdoor furniture. I made some for the patio furniture on our new outdoor oasis. So let’s get started!

Pillow Cover Tutorial


Throw Pillow (any size)

2/3 yard of Indoor or Outdoor Fabric

3/4 yard of cording

1/4 yard of Cotton fabric (accenting color)

scrap piece of felt


Sewing Machine


Matching buttons (optional)


We are going to begin by cutting your fabric. The throw pillows that I am making covers for are 18″ x 18,” so all of my measurements will correspond with them. You may adjust your calculations to accommodate your pillow size. Just allow for a one inch (1″) seam allowance on all sides.

From Indoor/Outdoor fabric

Front Piece – cut one square piece for front surface 20″ x 20″

Back Pieces – Cut two rectangle pieces – 20″ x 15″

From Coordinating Cotton Fabric

Cut three strips – 2″ wide


First we will attach our cotton fabric strips together. Using your sewing machine, attach your three strips together at by each end, so you have one long strip.


Next, using an iron, press the seams flat on your strips.


Now, using your iron, we are going to press the raw edges of your back pieces of fabric. One each rectangular piece of fabric, along the long edge fold a 1/4″ of fabric over and press it with the iron. Then fold the fabric over one more time and press it with the iron. Your raw edge should be completely covered now.


Next, using your sewing machine, run a straight stitch along the edge of each rectangular piece of fabric to hold your finished edge in place.


Now we’re going to make the piping for your pillow. Wrap the seam side around of your fabric strip around your chording. Using a straight stitch along the side of your chording to encase it in the fabric.


Your chording should be completely encased in fabric when you are finished.


Next, pin your cording on the right side of your front piece of square fabric. Start at one of the corners, leaving an inch or so of extra chording hanging over the edge. Run the chording along the entire outer edge of the fabric. The raw edges of the fabrics should be matched up.

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Next lay one of your rectangular pieces of fabric, right sides together, atop of the front piece. The finished edge should lay in the middle. Pin it in place. Lay your second rectangular piece atop of your square piece, so the finished edge overlaps the other. Pin it in place.

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Next we are going to finish our pillow cover, by running a straight stitch all the way around the circumference of your pillow. Run the stitch as close to the chording as possible.


Turn your pillow cover right side out. And your cover is finished.


Now for the flower accent for your pillow.

-Using your indoor/outdoor fabric and coordinating cotton fabric, cut eight large circles (3″ wide) and eight small circles (1.5″ wide). You should have 16 circles from each fabric. 32 circles in all.

-Place one cotton circle on the backside of each indoor fabric circle.

-Fold the sides of your circles inward creating a petal.

-Using your needle and thread, attach your petals to your scrap piece of felt creating a circle.


-Next, do the same with the smaller circles on top of the previous layer.  You can add buttons to the center of your flower, if you like. It’s optional.


Our final task is attaching your lower to your pillow. Pick your placement and attach it to your pillow using a needle and thread.


Insert your pillow and toss it on your couch or patio chair. And sit back and relax and enjoy your craftiness.



New Years Project – Monogrammed Wreath

IMG_6615Happy New Year one and all! It’s officially 2013 and the new year brings us endless possibilities. My new beginning – writing a DIY for all of you and I am truly excited! Week two is drawing to a close, and I am still trying to recover from all of my family’s Christmas shenanigans. My guess is you all are too! I like to think that just means we all had a fabulous holiday season. At this rate, if I’m not careful, it will be February before I get my act together.

One of the things I like least about the beginning of the year is taking down all of our Christmas decorations. Not for the obvious reasons either. My husband would tell you that it is just me procrastinating like usual, but really I’m just not ready to come home to an empty house again. I love to go all out at the end of the year cover our house for the holidays. It makes me feel so lively and Joyous. It’s almost infectious. But once the decorations all come down in January, our house looks so vanilla and bland. And it really bums me out. I feel like I don’t have anything to look forward to each day.

IMG_6616 This year I am being proactive, to avoid my typical new year slump. It’s been so cold here lately, so I have needed an excuse to be productive. All I really want to do is stay home and cuddle with my baby girl. Instead of just taking down our Christmas decorations, I’m replacing them with some new ones. Trouble was, I didn’t have any. No sweat – time to get creative. My new favorite material to work with is burlap, so I came up with some fun things using burlap and some soft winter tones. Time to get inspired!

IMG_6620Here’s how I transformed the Garcia House. It was super easy, so take a chance and spruce up your life. I scanned the Internet, and found this great piece of subway art on How to Nest for Less. I printed it and put it in a cute frame and placed it out on our mantle. Then I made some twine wrapped tin cans to use as vases for some pretty cream hydrangeas. To keep a little sparkle in our lives, I made a burlap garland lined with white Christmas lights. Simple, but so beautiful at night when they’re lit up. Finally, I made a monogrammed burlap wreath for our front door. I thought I’d share some of our sparkle with our neighbors. So much better than having a naked front door!

Are you feeling inspired yet? Good, because I have put together a tutorial so you can make a wreath for your own front door. If you’d like to also make my burlap garland or the twine wrapped vases, you can check out my blog Adventures in Motherhood. Now let’s get creative!

Winter Burlap Wreath Tutorial

-Wire Wreath Frame
-2 packages of Burlap
-Wooden Letter (your monogram)
-Fake Flowers (any combination/color you’d like)
-Hot Glue Gun

We will begin with one roll of burlap and your wire wreath. Start with the end of your burlap piece and make a 3″ loop. Push the loop through the backside of the inside section of your wreath. The end of the burlap will stick out of the back. Make another loop with your burlap and push it through the backside of the center section of your wire wreath. Then make a third loop and push it through the outside section of your wreath. When you finish, you should have three burlap bubbles popping out of the front of your wreath.


Weave along the backside of your wreath, pushing the burlap through the wire sections. The pattern should go like this – outside, middle, inside, middle, outside, middle, inside, etc. This is what your wreath should look like when you have finished one section.


Continue weaving until your roll of burlap runs out. Then continue weaving with your second roll of burlap until you have completely covered your entire wreath.


Once your wreath is covered with burlap, it’s time to use the hot glue gun. I sporadically add globs of glue in between the bubbles along the front side of the wreath. You don’t have to do it to each bubble. I just like to secure it a little better.

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Now for the fun part! It’s time to decorate your wreath. Cut the stems off all your flowers so you can place them on your wreath easier. Lay your wreath flat and arrange your flowers and your wooden letter how you’d like them. I like to have my letter on the bottom right side of my wreath.


When you have everything just how you like them, it’s time to glue them in place. Apply a healthy amount of hot glue to the bottom of your flowers and affix them in place on your wreath. You can always add more glue to the sides if necessary. You will do the same with your letter as well. Hold it down and apply pressure to secure it.


Now we are finished! And you have a beautiful wreath to hand inside or outside of your home.


I hung mine on our front door, because I feel like everyone should see it. Plus, it makes me smile every time I come home and see it on my front door. It’s so uplifting!

Check back in a couple of weeks, because I am working on some extra special projects for Valentine’s Day. It’s going to be lots of fun. So stay tuned…


DIY – Candy Tins for Mother’s Day

Today is our last day of our week long Mother’s Day Celebration! We have been having some fun putting together gifts and gadgets for those special women in our lives. This Mother’s Day is especially significant for me, because it is my very first one as a Mother and my mom’s first one as a Grandmother. So I have been trying to plan an extra special day for my Mom, Grandma, and Mother-in-law. Yesterday, we made Handprint Tiles with my niece Shelby for her mom and her Nana. They are getting ready to go back to Texas to visit her Nana for two weeks, so I couldn’t send her empty handed.

Today we are working on another fun and easy gift. We are making Mother’s Day Candy Tins. I am going to use these as a fun little favor for our family’s Mother’s Day celebration next Sunday. They are quick, easy, and very cheap to make. Surprise yourself, and create something amazing this Mother’s Day. I promise you’ll enjoy it.

Mother’s Day Candy Tins

Materials Needed:

  • Tin Can with a pop top
  • Can Opener
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Tissue paper
  • Decorative Cardstock
  • Pen
  • Scotch Tape
  • Bag of Candy
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Begin by opening up your can from the bottom, leaving your pop top in tact.

Once you’ve emptied the contents of your can, wash the inside and the lid with hot soapy water. Then dry your can and set aside.

Choose which type of candy you’d like to stuff your can with. Then fill your can up with the selected candy, leaving a 1/2″ space empty at the top.

Stuff a small amount of tissue paper in the top of your can to pack the contents tighter and shield the candy from glue.

Next, using your hot glue gun, apply a layer of glue along the edge of the entire lid. I didn’t get a picture if this step, because the glue dries too fast. Once you’ve applied your glue, reattach your lid to the can – resealing your can shut. Set can aside to dry.

While your glue is drying, cut a piece of card stock that is long enough to cover the surface of your tin can from top to bottom. The size will vary according to the size of the can. Using scotch tape, attach your card stock to the tin can, completely sealing the end shut.

Next, cut a small square piece of card stock, and write a fun Mother’s Day message on it. Attach it to the front of your can – opposite the side of the pull tab.

This step is optional, but I like to do this. Trace the circumference of your can onto your card stock and cut out the circle. Trim the edges down, so it will fit the top of you can. Then trim one edge down, so it can slide under the pull tab. When it is the perfect size, apply glue on the backside, and attach it to the top of your can.

Finally, cut a small piece of ribbon. Then attach it to the tip of your pull tab, by tying a bow. Congratulations, you have finished your very own pull top candy tin!