DIY: Anti-Pinch Polish for St. Patrick’s Day

Anti-Pinch Polish for St. Patrick's Day
What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day? I usually wear green clothing and enjoy some sort of green-dyed treat. This year I’m mixing it up with some anti-pinch nail polish. I had so much fun choosing different shades of green polish; I ended up getting them all! Which of course made it necessary for me to gift a few to friends on St. Patrick’s Day.

Anti-Pinch Polish for St. Patrick's Day

All you need is a bottle of green polish, a gift tag and some ribbon or string to decorate your bottles.

Anti-Pinch Polish for St. Patrick's Day

Hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow!

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Embroidery is one of my favorite hobbies. I always like to have a small lap project when watching a movie or TV show at night and a simple embroidery project is the perfect companion. What I like most is that you can pick it up and put it down at any time.

A close friend of mine is having her first baby and I’ve been brainstorming handmade gift ideas. I wanted to make something decorative for baby Ella’s nursery, so I sorted through my fabric stash and decided to make Alphabet Hoop Art.

Supplies Needed:

• Embroidery hoops (I used small 4” hoops)
• Cotton fabric (choose coordinating patterns/colors)
• Felt (choose colors that match the cotton fabric)
• Embroidery floss (choose colors that match the felt or choose contrasting colors for a different look)
Alphabet template

Special Tools:

• Iron and ironing board
• Sewing needle and pins
• Sewing scissors
• Printer and copy paper
• Craft scissors and x-acto knife

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

When choosing fabrics, felt and floss consider your color palette. I sorted through what I had on hand and settled on a yellow/orange/grey palette. Iron all your fabrics flat.

Download the template and print. Cut out the circle as well as the letters you want to use. You can choose everyone’s first initial if you want to give these as thank you gifts, you can spell a name or do what I did and make a simple A, B, C.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Then use the template to cut out your fabric pieces. Cut out a circle from each piece of cotton fabric and the letters from the felt.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Disassemble the embroidery hoop and place the circle fabric (right side facing up) over the top of the smaller hoop, making sure it’s centered. Then place the larger hoop over the top, securing the fabric and screwing the hoop tight.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Then place your letter at the center of the hooped fabric and pin in place.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Cut a nice length of matching embroidery floss and separate it into three strands. Then thread your needle and tie a knot at the end.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

I used a blanket appliqué stitch to sew the letters to the fabric. When you watch the Youtube video on how to do the blanket appliqué stitch, make sure to pay attention to how she turns a corner (you’ll be turning lots of corners with the letters).

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial
DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Note: If you plan to make a lot of these, I’d recommend using a more simple stitch to save on time.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Once you’ve finished sewing the letter to the hooped fabric, you can gently pull the excess fabric from the hoop to make the fabric taut. Make sure the hoop is screwed on tight, and then use sewing scissors to cut off the excess fabric.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

That’s it! I hope that baby Ella loves her ABC hoop art.
DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor
I’m sure I’m not the only person out there with a washi tape obsession. I just love collecting all the different colors and patterns. I decided it was time to start using my collection and started researching some fun craft projects on Pinterest. I stumbled across this post and wanted to try it out. Not only is it a budget-friendly project, decorating the tea lights is so easy and fun! These would look beautiful placed in small tea light holders and scattered along a dinner table. You could also package them up to give as little favors for any type of occasion.

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor

Supplies Needed:

• Washi tape (choose a few colors to match your theme)
• Tea light candles
• Scissors
Small organza gift bags

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor
Simply wrap the washi tape carefully around the metal tea light holder. If the tape is too thick, make small cuts with scissors around the bottom and then fold the excess down and round the bottom of the candle.

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor
DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor
If you want to give these as small gifts and favors, you can insert three decorated tea lights into small organza bags.

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RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies

RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink
I’ve had my eye out for something special to make for Valentine’s Day this year. When I spotted this recipe for Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies I couldn’t resist giving it a try. Not only are these cookies PINK but they’re also strawberry flavored and have a white chocolate center!

RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink

These cookies are another spend-all-afternoon-in-the-kitchen type of dessert, which I don’t mind as long as I can take my time and enjoy the process. In an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar. Using a separate bowl, combine the egg with the strawberry and vanilla extracts. Beat together then pour into the butter/sugar mix. Mix well.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add it, ½ cup at a time, to the mixer until fully combined. Now you should have a nice dough. It shouldn’t be too sticky, so add more flour if it sticks to your finger when pressing into it.

RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink

Roll the dough out into a log, and then cut it into three sections. Roll each section into a ball then poke your fingers in to create a small hole. Add your gel coloring a little at a time until you achieve a color you like. I chose three different shades of pink. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment. Roll the dough into approx. 1.5” balls, then press a candy melt into the center of each ball. Next roll them back up into balls (with the candy melt inside).

RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink
RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink

Pour your various pink sprinkles into small bowls and coat each ball with a good layer, then place it back onto the baking sheet. Once all the balls are sprinkled, use the bottom of a pint glass to press the cookies down into a round disk.

RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink
RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink

Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes approx. 2-dozen.

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Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp strawberry flavor
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pink gel coloring
  • Pink sprinkles
  • White candy melts
Instructions
  1. In an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar. Using a separate bowl, combine the egg with the strawberry and vanilla extracts. Beat together then pour into the butter/sugar mix. Mix well.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add it, ½ cup at a time, to the mixer until fully combined. Now you should have a nice dough. It shouldn’t be too sticky, so add more flour if it sticks to your finger when pressing it.
  3. Roll the dough out into a log, and then cut it into three sections. Roll each section into a ball then poke your fingers in to create a small hole. Add your gel coloring a little at a time until you achieve a color you like. I chose three different shades of pink. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment. Roll the dough into approx. 1.5” balls, then press a candy melt into the center of each ball. Next roll them back up into balls (with the candy melt inside).
  5. Pour your various pink sprinkles into small bowls and coat each ball with a good layer, then place it back onto the baking sheet. Once all the balls are sprinkled, use the bottom of a pint glass to press the cookies down into a round disk.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes approx. 2-dozen.

 

RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink

These cookies are so pretty, they’d make a wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day! Stack them up inside a wide mouth mason jar and decorate with a pretty ribbon and gift tag.

RECIPE: Strawberry Sprinkle Cookies #valentinesday #valentine #baking #pink

Labels and gift tags courtesy of Evermine.com.

DIY: Hand Print your Gift Wrap – Part2

IMG_5075After I had everything inked up for the hand printed wrapping paper, I looked over at the ink brayer and decided I wasn’t done printing. The 3″ surface of the brayer seemed perfect for decorating smaller surfaces and decorating gift bags.

For this design, I used the same basic shapes- lines and circles- but on a smaller scale.

Supplies I used

• 3″ Ink Brayer like this one
• Packaging Tape
• A piece of craft foam
• A hole punch
• Block or relief printing Ink- I used oil-based relief ink from Daniel Smith, in white. Speedball inks should work well too. (Make sure to read the cleanup instructions when you’re choosing an ink.)
• A smooth piece of glass or ceramic to spread ,my ink out on. (I used an old fridge shelf.)
• Plain gift bags, boxes, and everything else you can get your hands on. (Cats are off-limits.)

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Since my brayer was doing double duty for this project, I made sure I rolled out a good amount of ink out on my glass palate. Then I cleaned the brayer with soap and water and dried it thoroughly.

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Didn’t clean the brayer too well. But so what!?


Since I was going to be working with smaller pieces, I began by wrapping the brayer with packaging tape– sticky side out. This allowed me to stick small pieces of foam to the roller without fuss.IMG_4931I used two shapes to form my pattern- short strips and dots. I cut the craft foam into strips with a knife and put the pieces to the side, then

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punched small holes out with two sizes of hole punches.

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I cut and tore small pieces off the foam strip, and placed them in a kind of branchy pattern, decorating the ends with foam dots. The pieces stuck easily to the packaging tape making the whole thing easy peasy.

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To ink up the design, I ran it back and forth across the ink palate until the foam was coated.

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I tried a couple of different ways of decorating the gift bags, and settled on a basic “stripe” of design across the sides. The small pattern was a lot of fun to work with, and made a nice complement to the larger paper pattern.

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The whole printing experience was such a joy. I printed everything I could get my hands on, and still want to do more. It’s such a simple way to make a gift really special.

and it’s so darn fun!!

What are you doing? Go print some gift wrap…
and send me photos.

DIY: Hand Print your Gift Wrap – Part1

 

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For some reason I can’t quite master gift wrapping. I get the folding and the taping; but when it comes time to add bows or other decoration, everything just sort of unravels. (Literally, at times.)

So I discovered a trick- if you start with something unique and eye-catching, no one will ever notice your mistakes.

This year I decided to print a whole line of gift wrapping options– paper, bags, and boxes– for myself and for the store. It was easier (and much more satisfying) than I expected, and I ended up printing happily for a whole day.

I thought I would share the craft happiness by showing you two of the methods I used to turn basic kraft/craft stuff into something I love to look at.

First off, let’s talk great big, bold, wrapping paper…

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Supplies I used

• Rolling pin
• Contact Paper to wrap around, and protect the rolling pin
• Craft Foam sheets and Craft Foam Stickers
• Double Stick Tape
• Block or relief printing Ink- I used oil-based relief ink from Daniel Smith, in white. Speedball inks should work well too. (Make sure to read the cleanup instructions when you’re choosing an ink.)
• A smooth piece of glass or ceramic to spread ,my ink out on. (I used an old fridge shelf.)
• A Brayer like this one.
• Plain kraft butcher paper.

To build a pattern like this one…

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First I wrapped my rolling pin in contact paper to protect it from the stickers and double stick tape goo. I smoothed out as many air bubbles as I could, before trimming it to fit. (This is a very forgiving project.)

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Since I had decided I wanted to make a pattern with lines in it, I used a piece of scrap paper to draw guide lines all the way around the pin.

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I used the craft foam sticked first. This set included a whole bunch of sports ball shapes. I placed the circular balls along the guide lines I had drawn (randomly spaced)

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Next I wanted to have thin lines of craft foam to place between the circles. To give them a sticker-like back I laid out several lines of double stick tape, before…

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using my craft knife to trim them into strips.

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I then placed these strips along the guide lines, and trimmed them where they met up with the circles.

IMG_4987I didn’t cover all of my guide lines because I wanted to add a little randomness into my pattern.

IMG_4918Once I had the pin covered with the design I wanted to print, I laid out a strip of ink on my glass and smoothed it out with my brayer. (Shown here half smoothed.) Once the ink was smeared out on the glass, I rolled the pin through the ink several times to make sure all of my pattern was coated. Then I did a test print on a scrap piece of paper by slowly rolling my design from one end to the other.

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At this point I decided that I wanted to add more lines to my design. One of the nice things about this method is that you can add or subtract pieces as you go.

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All inked up.

IMG_4995Once I was happy with the design, I went crazy. I tore sheets of kraft butcher paper into large squares (approximately 24″x24″). I inked up the roller, rolled the design all the way across the paper, reinked, shifted to the edge of my design and printed again. Since I was working with a randomish pattern of lines, the paper turned out great and was lots of fun to wrap with.

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Tricks and Tips

• Pick a pattern idea that has some randomness to it. You will probably end up a little uneven, so it’s best to embrace the “handmade” look of it.
• If it looks like your roller is applying ink to your paper where you don’t have foam, consider adding another foam shape there to push your roller away from the paper. It will print, but that’s okay.
• If there’s no contact paper handy, you can cover the rolling pin with a pieces of card stock instead. Just tape it down with masking tape.

Things to Try

• Put a couple of colors of ink out on the glass and combine them to get a more tie-dye or ombre look.
• You can embed designs into the craft foam by simply drawing on it with a pencil or pen. I was too excited with the look of the solid shapes to try that with this project, but I plan to try it soon!
• This would be a great project to try with kids. Just grab a couple of sets of craft foam stickers from your local craft store (mine came from Michaels) and let them go to town!

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Next I’ll show you how I made a smaller print to use on gift bags and boxes; but in the meantime, try this out.

You. will. have. a. blast.

I mean it.

RECIPE: 3 Homemade Spice Blends

DIY: Homemade Spice Blends #foodie #gift #cook
Every year for Christmas, my boyfriend James and I like to make gifts for our friends and family. Since James is a home-chef, we decided to make our own spice blends to give to our fellow foodies this year. We chose three different blends: Herbs de Provence, Asian 5-Spice, Fajita Seasoning. We plan to pair each blend with a few of our favorite recipes written on recipe cards.

DIY: Homemade Spice Blends #foodie #gift #cook

Herbs de Provence
 
Author:
Cuisine: French
Serves: Approx. 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup thyme
  • ¼ cup marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon lavender, ground
  • 2 teaspoons dried orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon fennel, ground
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
Instructions
  1. To make the dried orange zest, use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin of an organic orange. You want to peel the least amount of white pith as possible. Place the orange strips onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 200 degrees (you can also use a dehydrator) until completely dry (a few hours). Let cool and grind using a mortar and pestle.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a jar or bowl.

RECIPE: Herbs de Provence #gift #foodie #homemade

Recipes to try:

Roasted Herbs de Provence Chicken by Taste Love & Nourish
Popcorn with Herbs de Provence and Asiago Cheese by Giada De Laurentiis
New Potatoes With Herbes De Provence, Lemon and Coarse Salt by KitchME
Creamy Roasted Red Onions by Miss in the Kitchen
Simple Salad Dressing by Pamela Braun

DIY: Homemade Spice Blends #foodie #gift #cook

Asian 5-Spice
 
Author:
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: Approx. ½ cup
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons anice powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground fennel
  • 1 tablespoon clove
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Use a mortar and pestle to grind any herbs necessary. Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

RECIPE: Asian 5-Spice blend #gift #foodie #homemade

Recipes to try:

Crispy Baked Asian Chicken Wings by Just A Taste
Chinese Pork Jerky by China Sichuan Food
Vegetable Lo Mein by One Sweet Appetite
Five-Spice Chicken Noodle Soup by William Sonoma
5-Spice Asian Pork Tacos by Country Cleaver

DIY: Homemade Spice Blends #foodie #gift #cook

Fajita Seasoning
 
Author:
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: Approx. 1 cup
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

RECIPE: Fajita Seasoning #gift #foodie #homemade

Recipes to try:

Vegetarian Black Bean Fajitas by Katie’s Cucina
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas by Food Family & Finds
Chicken Fajita Quesadillas by Jo Cooks
Chicken Fajita Queso Dip by Inside BruCrew Life
Steak Fajita Rice Bowls by Oh Sweet Basil

I packaged up our spice blends in 4 oz. glass jars and decorated them with custom labels courtesy of Evermine. I can’t wait to give these as gifts!

RECIPE: Brownie Mix In A Jar

RECIPE: Brownie Mix In A Jar #gift #holiday #christmas

Every year for Christmas, I try my best to avoid shopping at big box stores and instead shop locally or make gifts to give. This brownie mix is a favorite because it’s very easy to put together and is a great activity to do with a child. Simply layer the dry ingredients in a large mason jar and decorate with baker’s twine, a gift tag and baking instructions.

RECIPE: Brownie Mix In A Jar #gift #holiday #christmas

Ingredients:

(Makes 1 jar)
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup cocoa powder
• 2/3 cup brown sugar
• 2/3 cup white sugar
• 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
• 1/3 cup chopped pecans

RECIPE: Brownie Mix In A Jar #gift #holiday #christmas

In a small bowl mix the flour and salt together. Then begin layering your ingredients into your jar in the following order:

• 1/2 the flour/salt mixture
• Cocoa powder
• Remaining of the flour/salt mixture
• Brown sugar
• White sugar
• Semi-sweet chocolate chips
• White chocolate chips
• Pecans

Once you’ve filled your jar, decorate with baker’s twine or ribbon and a gift tag. You can write the baking instructions on a card and wrap it about the jar with the string, or use a custom oval text label.

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9×9 baking pan.
Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix well.
Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup vegetable oil and three eggs. Beat until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

RECIPE: Brownie Mix In A Jar #gift #holiday #christmas

Custom labels and tags courtesy of Evermine.com

DIY: Woven Paper Gift Basket

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After my experiment with the rolled paper gift basket, I decided that I needed a quicker version that I wouldn’t feel bad about parting with as a gift basket. (The rolled paper version was lovely, but it took so much time that it was more like a gift in itself.)

Using similar methods, and the same materials, I came up with a very simple woven basket that could easily be sized to fit different gifts.

Supplies I used

• A medium sized stapled catalog
• Elmer’s Glue-All
• A dowel for rolling strips
• Clothes pins
• Scissors
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My first step was to remove the staples that bound the catalog, and to cut it length-wised into 5″ pieces.

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I took each piece and quickly rolled it around a wooden dowel, starting at the corner. I then secured the other corner with a drop of glue, and carefully  slid the paper tube off of the dowel. I then flattened it with my fingernail into a long strip of paper.

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I estimate how many strips of paper I wanted in the width and length of my basket (in this case it was 3 pieces by 5 pieces), and started weaving the base pieces together- alternating “over” and “under”. Every once in a while I added glue between pieces of paper to ensure that things wouldn’t slide around while I was working (a little bit goes a long way.)

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Once I had my base woven I used a straight edge to fold all of the woven strips to the center. This made it easier to begin the sides of my basket.

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Using a similar “over and under” method, I wove strips through the existing strips. I secured each piece with a tiny drop of glue, and clipped the pieces together with clothes pins. When I got to the end of a side, I made a fold in the strip I was working with, and began weaving it into the next side. When I reached the end of my weaving strip, I attached it to another loose strip with a drop of glue, then continued weaving until I made it all the way around the basket.

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I repeated this with another strip of paper, weaving in and out along every side of the basket, and securing with glue and clothes pins. Once everything felt dry and stable, I simply trimmed the strips at the top of the weaving, and voila…

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a super simple gift basket made out of recycled materials- sure to brighten someone’s day.

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I have to say I don’t love the look of this basket as much as the rolled paper version- but it took significantly less time, and I think with a little experimentation I could (or you could) make it into something really special.

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Things to try

• Using more, smaller strips of paper for a more intricate texture.
• Using brown kraft paper for a simpler look.
• Weaving at a 45 degree angle, like this project from {nifty thrifty things}
• Finishing the top of the basket a little cleaner, either by covering them with a strip, or by rounding them off.
• Using stitched paper.
• Coming up with some sort of nifty handle.
• Making a lid so it can close like a box.
• Making a huge version that could be used as a fruit basket.

DIY: Rolled Paper Gift Basket

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Sometimes the best gift is a collection of small things. I love to put together little sets at the store, and I’ve been looking for a awesome little gift basket that would be special enough to keep.

Since it’s the season of unrequested catalogs, I thought I would use this abundant (and colorful) resource as the primary material for my project. I was inspired by photos of a Mark Montano project to roll the pieces and form the basket out of little paper donuts.

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Supplies I used

• Glossy lightweight catalog pages
• A scrap 1/8 inch strip of chipboard (from a cereal box)
• A pen, and a dowel of two different diameters
• Glue – I used Elmer’s Glue-All for the majority of my gluing, but did have to use some E6000 to repair weak spots in my basket at the end.
• A bowl to use as a template shape for my gift basket

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To begin, I cut the catalog pages into 3 inch and 5 inch strips.

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I wrapped each piece of paper around my chipboard strip, starting at the corner.

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Once I had the strip almost completely rolled up, I applied glue to the last corner, and smoothed it down. Then I pulled the chipboard strip out, and flattened the rolled strip with my fingernail.

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I tried to roll each sheet so that as much solid color as possible showed on the final piece. (A fun puzzle.)

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Once I had a nice stack of rolled pieces, I began making my final donut shaped pieces. I started wrapping the strip around a pen, or dowel; applying a drop of glue near the beginning…

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and a drop at the end to secure the donut. I then smoothed down the tail end, held it closed for a few seconds, and gently slid it off of the pen.

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Using a couple of different widths of paper strip, and a couple of different sized dowels/pens meant that after several rounds of donut rolling I had a nice selection of building blocks for my final basket.


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I am going to admit something here. Since I usually jump into projects without sufficient direction, I have a lot of false starts. It took me way too long to figure out that I should work on the inside of a bowl. Live and learn, and let gravity help.

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This bowl turned out to be the perfect size for the small collection of items I wanted to basket.

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Starting from the bottom, I applied small drops of glue to the edges of my donuts, and began laying them in a single layer in the bowl.

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I started with the whiter donuts, working towards more saturated pieces as I went up.

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Does this make anyone else crave Froot Loops?

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I made sure to put enough glue to hold the pieces together once I removed it from the jig. Once all of my pieces were in place, I let the whole thing dry overnight. Once it was dry, I held the bowl upside-down, gently twisted the inside form to loosen it, and let it fall into my other hand.

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The glue did a relatively good job of holding things together, but there were definitely a couple of weak spots that I had to repair with the heavier duty E6000.

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I love the way the basket looks…but….

It is extremely time consuming, with every little piece requiring multiple steps to form. The end product is worth it, but I was inspired to make a much quicker basket out of the same materials. (I’ll share that with you soon.)

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Things to try

• Making Christmas ornaments out of the donuts.
• Try newspaper, tissue paper, and other materials.
• Try painting or dyeing the final basket.

What would you try?