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My New Shop: Dainty Cottage Decor

It feels so good to be back. I took one time off from writing just to give myself a little needed break. I have been a little busy starting up a new Instagram account for my new shop I started over at Etsy. You can find my new instagram account @Daintycottagedecor. You can also find me on Etsy here at Dainty Cottage Decor.

I just started my shop making little things I have time to make and also to “test the waters” sort of speak. It is intimidating to get yourself out there and make something not knowing how it is gonna go and if people will like it.

On the pic I have posted on here you can see that pretty pillow cover that is part of my shop. I designed it myself and sewed it together. I think its just so pretty and so cottage-y. I made that word up but i like it. LOL.

I’m hoping to make more in different styles and fill my couch up with some pretty cottage goodness.

You can find that pillow cover over in my shop!

Hope you are having a great day. And I’ll be back to write more as time goes by. Giving you more pictures of things I make. Also, with more recipes for you to try! Have a happy Easter!

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How to Make a Ruler Theme Picture Frame.

Today is National Teacher’s Appreciation Day! Wohoo! Thanks to all you teachers for making a difference and for loving our children as if they were yours.

So I made these adorable ruler themed picture frame. It was super easy and I’ll show you how I did it.


What you will need:

  • Hot Glue and Super Glue
  • Picture Frames
  • Ruler Ribbons
  • Scissors


Take the back side of the picture frame out.


Use the picture mat as a base for the ribbons. Cut the ribbons to the size of the edges of the mat.


Glue ONLY the middle part of every edge of the mat to glue the ribbons on. You want to keep the corners unglued for the next step.


Cut the corner piece of the ribbon as it is demonstrated on the picture above to create a cornered frame look. Glue the edges down.

For the white ribbon I used the super glue but was unable to use that same glue for the brown ribbon. It would not stick because it is made of a different material, so that is where I used the hot glue.


Put the ribboned mat back into the picture frame and place anything in there as your heart desires. Some ideas would be pictures of your children, a pic of your kids with the teacher, a drawing your kids made for their teacher, or print out a beautiful teacher sayings you can easily find on the Internet.

I hope you liked this tutorial and make one for your teachers in your lives. It’s the least we can do for them for loving our kids, don’t you agree?

Feel free to share this tutorial😊.

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How to Make a Leprechaun Trap!

In the month of March, there is a holiday celebrated called St. Patrick’s Day. Where everyone wears green and it is believed that there are tiny-little people that love gold or anything shiny and takes it. They only come out once a year. Fictitious I know, but it’s for the fun of it.

My daughter has a school project where she needs to create a trap to capture that tiny-little person called a Leprechaun. She did most of the work and Daddy helped her with the difficult part of it. She is only five after all.

Here is the letter created by the teachers:


Fun right?

So here are the things we used to create our trap:

  • 5 Green straws
  • Stick Glue and regular Elmer’s Glue
  • Super glue or hot glue
  • Easter grass
  • Popsicle stick
  • Green ribbon (you can use a string too)
  • St.Patrick’s Day Sticker theme
  • Leprechaun hats
  • Shoe box
  • 2-3 green thin posters
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glitter (we used the clear/white)
  • Plastic toy coins (we used real pennies)
  • Extra cardboard.
  • Small knife for carving


What we did is covered and glued the whole shoe box with the green poster. Cover the box with the stickers. Making sure you do the inside of the box too. 

Write on the top of the box “your child’s name Leprechaun Trap”

Glue a Leprechaun’s hat on top (you will want to use either super glue or a hot glue gun for this part). Let air dry.

Inside the box: you will glue another Leprechaun’s hat upside down. Covering inside the box and around the hat with the grass. Place the coins inside the upside down hat.

For the latter: We used 5 straws. Two of them are for the sides of the latter, and the rest will be cut to make the steps. Glue the pieces together to resemble a latter.

For the rainbow picture: On a white construction paper, have your kids draw a pretty “End of the Rainbow” scene. Our daughter drew this herself!

We then glued the picture into a cut-out green poster. The green poster was glued on to a free-standing cardboard.

To make the sign: We glued and cut another green poster paper onto a small piece of cardboard. Had our daughter write “Leprechauns not allowed!” Because Leprechauns LOVE to do the opposite of what you tell them.

Last but not the least…

To make the string pull: Use one Popsicle stick. On both ends, cut into a “V” shape. Then tie the ribbon in the middle of the stick. Make sure the ribbon is long enough for your child to hide a distance to pull on the string.

And you are done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and inspired you to have fun with this project with your kids or had them do it all by themselves!

Did you enjoy this tutorial? How did it inspire you and your child? Did you have fun after making it? What did your child catch in the trap? Candy left behind perhaps? A treat? Comment below!👇

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Shabby Chic Inspired- Repurposing Sauce Jars 

  
Spring is right around the corner! And I can’t wait for it to get here! I’m thinking Spring-Easter-Mother’s Day. All three just go hand-in-hand perfectly☺️. What better way to decorate your home throughout the Season than with the shabby chic decor.

I’m going to repurpose some marinara sauce jars that we use, make them pretty, and use them to decorate my home😊. 

I made a tutorial on how to clean the sticker residue off, and you can see it here

I hope this inspires you to create your own with any jars you might have available in your home.

 
Here are the materials you will need:

  • 2.5″ Wide Ribbons
  • Empty Sauce Jars
  • Scissors 
  • Low-Heat Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Stick  

 
 First:
Second: 

  

Third: Stretch the ribbon as you go around the jar.

Fourth: Glue the ribbon onto the last bit of the jar before glueing the overlap. Does that make sense? Lol.

 Lastly: Glue the end of the ribbon.

Perfect!  

Now you can fill it with candy, decorate it with your favorite flowers, decorate your mantel, decorate your kitchen table, give them as gifts, or fill it with so much more to your heart’s content.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try.

How did this post inspire you? Leave a comment below😊.

   

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DIY Sticker Removal!


I love DIY projects. When I can find a way to make something myself, I will do it! This is where I came across making my own sticker removal with using only TWO ingredients! The best part is: that we all have them in our home! Which saves us $! How great is that?! Sorry, no excuse to go shopping today.  Here is what you need:

  • 1 part baking soda
  • 2 parts of vegetable oil.

  1. Mix the two ingredients together.
  2. Place some of the oil mixture on to were the sticker is.
  3. Rub on till it is gone. (I used a non-abrasive scrubber to help me with it. Unless you want to exfoliate your finger).

Keep adding more oil mixture as needed. Rinse with water to wash off the oil mixture, and you are done! It took me about 3 minutes total. Remember, you’re using some good natural stuff there. No harsh chemicals here;).

Store the rest in an air-tight container or jar like this one☝🏼️. This is a spaghetti sauce jar that I am reusing. Yet another great way to save (💲➕♻️).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 😀

 

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