DIY paper pinwheels

I had some friends over for a craft night recently, where we each brought a different craft that we like to make to share with each other. We kept to a summer-theme with our craft choices, and these pinwheels would be the perfect addition to so many outdoor activities coming up. Weddings, 4th of July, summer bbqs, you name it – they’re festive enough for all of them.

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Gift wrapping ideas using recycled bags

I haven’t bought a ton of gift wrapping supplies in my day. I have a few rolls of Christmas wrapping paper I bought a few years ago, a  giant roll of travel-themed wrapping paper that I bought for $5 from a going-out-of-business-sale, and I still have a stack of bags and tissue paper from our wedding 6 years ago that I reuse. I keep the tissue paper, bags, ribbon and bows people give me gifts in, and just generally try to be as resourceful and frugal as possible.

Which is why whenever I have a package to ship, I always wrap it in the blank side of a paper grocery bag. It’s sturdy, solid in color, and best of all – free. It occurred to me the other day when I had a couple of gifts to wrap that I should use the same technique to wrap the gifts in recycled paper grocery bags.

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DIY Troll Headbands – Part 2

I got so much interest and questions about my DIY Troll Headbands post from a couple of months ago that I thought I’d make some more troll headbands to share. For my first attempt in April, I made headbands to match the characters from the Trolls movie (Branch, Biggie, Fuzzbert, Harper, etc.).

For this set of 8 troll headbands, I started with the actual headband colors I had left since they were pretty random, and then went from there. I still had all the tulle colors left from last time though so I knew I could do any tulle color combo I wanted for the “hair”. I made this for a 4-year-old’s birthday party (that will be in the PNW, as you can tell by my sports teams choices) where there will be boys and girls, so I wanted to make sure I had a variety of color combos.

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Make your own cheese!

You guys. I made my own Ricotta this week. I’m still in disbelief myself, but let me be the first to tell you just how incredibly easy it was. When my husband and I were at Urban Craft Uprising before the holidays during our annual Christmas gift haul, my husband and I got our sister-in-law this DIY cheese kit for Christmas. I’m sure you can only imagine my excitement when I got the same kit for my birthday recently and was able to give it a whirl myself.

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