Valentine’s Day Gift Box {made with LOVE and Mod Podge}

Valentine’s Day Gift Box

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you still have time to whip up this LOVE themed gift box.   The heart box is papermache and was $2!  For complete instructions visit our project page at Plaid: Cathie and Steve for Mod Podge.

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DIY Rustic Wood Burned Chargers and Altered Glass Plates

It’s time for a rustic table-setting.  The chargers really make a statement and they make a wonderful gift too.  The wood burning is easy to do (it’s a little stinky but easy) They are awesome on a Thanksgiving table and add a touch of rustic-elegance to your table.  The plates have a temporary altered element (skeleton leaves) that can be washed off and the plates.  The plates can then be reused for any occasion.

To get started, Use tracing paper and a printed graphic of the initials you want to place on the charger.

This charger was from Walnut Hollow.  I just love the rustic bark edge.

Next, use the wood burning tool and the tip of your choice to burn the letters into the wood charger.

You can add additional elements and designs.  Make sure you follow the instructions on the tool package.

This is not kid friendly…the tip of the tool gets very hot!

Next, add a stain or a clear finish to seal the design.

To create the skeleton leaf design on the plates we used Mod Podge to glue the leaves to the underside of the plates.

Pour a little Mod Podge onto a craft mat.

Dip the leaf into the Mod Podge.  (Skeleton leaves are available at most craft stores.)

Position onto the backside of a glass plate.  Use a damp cotton swab to clean the edges if needed.

Allow to dry.  This plate is designed to be temporary as this will not withstand washing.

You can hand wash the top of the plate.

To remove the leaf… soak the plate in soapy water and wash clean.  Mod Podge is non-toxic.

Weddings: DIY Rustic Bridal Brunch – The Table and Flowers

rustic center pieces

The Final Table Setting

This wedding shower/brunch idea is from one of my favorite episodes of Creative Juice.  We had so much fun making all the bits and baubles that go into a table setting.  I’ll be posting the recipes and crafts over the next few days.

Posts to come:
Chocolate Birds and Nests
Wood Burned Chargers
Skeleton Leaf Plates
Bloody Mary Drinks
Garlic Toasted Bread
Homemade Pesto
Fruit Kobobs
The Centerpieces
For the centerpieces we wanted something that a garden and rustic feel.  The vases were from Mosketels in downtown Los Angeles.  I have seen similar styles at floral supply and decorator shops.  For the flowers we chose large bloomed flowers (hydrangeas), stalk flowers (delphiniums) and delicate accent flowers (Queen Anne’s lace).
The Tablecloth

The final touch on the brunch table was the tablecloth itself. We laced ribbon trough a piece of fax suede fabric. Super easy and the results were stunning.

How to make the Tablecloth:

60” wide faux suede, cut 2 times the length of your dining table
Iron-on hem tape
1” wide blue painters tape
Craft knife
Self-healing mat
1” wide ribbon, 3 times the length of your dining table

1. Hem the edges of the faux suede by folding in each side 1” and ironing on hem tape.

2. Place fabric length on your table and apply painters tape down each side length, approximately 6” from the edge of the table.

3. Using the ruler and pen, mark 1” increments down the length of each taped line.

4. Protecting the table surface with a self-healing mat, slit the tape at each mark with the craft knife. Work down the length of the table on both sides.

5. Remove tape. Lace ribbon through the slits. Gather and cinch the cloth where it drapes off the table by pulling on the ribbon and tying in a bow.

Altered Champagne Glasses and JuJu Belle Bracelets

JuJu Belle Bracelets
Wrapped in Altered Champagne Glasses!

Doctored and decorated plastic champagne glasses are the perfect little vessel for holding a precious gift.  They can be adorned to the nines or simply-made with fine tulle and a sophisticated bow.

Bridal season is always just around the corner and this gift wrap idea is perfect for wrapping bridesmaids gifts.  They make quite a statement when displayed as a group or on a party tray – recipients will ohh and ahh as they pull the ribbon ties.

Gotta LOVE the Dollar Store!

I purchased most of the items for the wrapping at my local dollar store.  The glasses were 8 for $1.  The hot pink tulle was for wrapping gift baskets.  I used three $1 packages for 8 glasses.  The Aurora Borealis shred is for filling Easter baskets.  I only used 1/4 of the $1 package.  The star garland was a buck too!  The only things from my craft stash (or the craft store) is the scrap-paper punches, pearls, pink gift baggies and ribbon.

The baubles are from my friend’s company JuJu Belle.  They have the cutest mix and match Trinkets, Rhinestone Alphabets, Charms, Beads and a big variety of chains for necklaces and bracelets.  I just got a sneak peek at the crafty themed charms and they are SOOOO cute!   I am giving the bracelets as gifts to a group of women I am working with.  I chose to go with the same theme for each woman because I wanted them all to match.

I also packed each one in a sheer bag for jewelry box storage.
One thing I love about her line is that each charm comes with a clasp so you can easily clip and mix and match charms with bracelets or necklace bases.  You can load up with charms or just wear one.
Are You Ready to MAKE or WHAT?
What You Need For Each One:
Plastic Champagne Glass
14X14 Piece of Tulle

Chip Clip
7″ Crepe Paper Streamers
Hot Glue 
7″ Star Wire Streamers
Scrap-paper Punched Circles
Flat Backed Pearls or Rhinestones
14″ Ribbon
Pretty Basket Shred

Remove the base from the glass, flip upside down and pierce the stem through the center of the mesh tulle.
Gather the top together and clip with a chip clip.
Hot glue crepe paper streamer around the base of the glass.  This will secure the tulle and add a decorative ruff.
Push the paper into the glue to create pleated ruffles.
Hot glue one end of the star wire streamer to the center of the paper ruff.
Wrap the wire trim around the stem and secure the end with hot glue.
Position a scrap-paper circle over the tipped end of a hot glue gun helper press wand or the tip of a blunt pair of scissors.  Press the side down to form a flower shape.
Position the paper circle over the beginning and end of the star trim and hot glue in place.  This will cover the ends of the wire trim.
Hot glue a pearl or gem in the center of the paper circle.
This is what the glass should look like so far.
Place the base back on the glass and hot glue a strip of ribbon around the seam.
Remove the chip clip, trun the glass right side up, fill the glass with a palm-full of basket shred and place the gift in the glass.
Gather the tulle and tie with a bow!  Trim the ends of the ribbons and tops of the tulle.
 Make more!

DIY Wedding Favors – 11+ ideas

diy beach wedding favors

Wedding season is just around the corner and busy brides and grooms are working on all the details. Oh so many details when it comes to weddings. One easy DIY detail is the wedding favor. Many favors can be made by hand in advance or you can doctor up store bought items. Don’t forget to enlist friends and family for help!

Ribbon Wrapped Candy Tins


Clear top candy tins
Candies of choice
Round punched tags
Decorative ribbon

Glue the ribbon around the tin canister, fill with candies and glue a decorative tag in the center of the clear top.

Embossed Glassine Sleeves with Chocolate Hearts


Chocolate for melting
Candy molds
Cookie sheet
Glassine sleeve – Photo supply or craft store
Small rubber stamp
Embossing stamp pad
Embossing powder
Embossing or heat gun
File folder
Decorative tag
Hole punch
Ribbon – 6” per favor

1. Microwave the chocolate on low for one minute, then in additional 30-second intervals, stirring each time. When the chocolate is smooth and fully melted, it is ready to be poured into the molds.

2. With a spoon, fill each section of the mold with melted chocolate. Gently tap the mold to remove any air bubbles.

3. Allow to cool and pop out the chocolates. Use the edge of a knife to remove any extra bits of chocolate.

4. Emboss an image on the glassine sleeves, if desired. Stamp the rubber stamp using embossing ink and sprinkle embossing powder on the wet ink. Tap off excess powder. Work over a file folder so you can funnel the excess back into the embossing powder jar. Heat with the embossing or heat gun until the embossing powder has melted.

5. Place a few chocolates in a glassine sleeve, fold over the top edge of the sleeve.

6. Punch one hole in the top center of the tag. Punch a matching hole in the top center of the decorative tag.

7. Layer the tag over the glassine sleeve. Fold the ribbon in half, thread the looped end through the holes and loop the tails back through the folded loop. Trim the ends on an angle.


Charmed Thank You Card and Wine Stopper

Supplies for Card:
Clear flat bags (to fit card)
4” X 6” Folded Card
3” X 5” Flat Card
8” piece of ribbon
Pewter Charm (significant to the bride and groom)
Hole Punch (small diameter)
Glue Stick

1. Print the bride and grooms initial on the lower portion of the 3” X 5” card.

2. Print or handwrite a thank you note in the inside of the 4” X 6” folded card. You can also include a note about the significance of the charm. An Irish couple may choose a 4 leaf clover, if you are having a wedding at a winery you might choose a small bunch of grapes charm etc.

3. Center the flat card over the front flap of the folded card. Punch 2 holes about 1/4” apart through both the flat card and the front flap of the folded card. You should punch the holes approximately 1/2” down from the top. You can use two traditional round hole punches, or you can punch once with a “ribbon lace” punch that provides two slits in the card.

4. Thread the ribbon through the holes, lacing the smaller card to the larger card, and tie on a charm. Trim the ends of the ribbon.

5. Slide the card into the clear flap envelope and seal the back.

Supplies for Wine Stopper:
Wine cork
Decorative drawer pull
Craft drill
Decorative metal initial—found in the scrap booking section of craft stores
Thin wire-edged ribbon
Hole punch
Oval punch

1. Drill a hole into the center top of the cork. Make sure the hole is slightly larger than the stem of the drawer pull.

2. Screw until the pull is secure with a screwdriver.

3. Punch an oval of cardstock and punch with a hole punch. Attach a metal initial—a monogram—with ribbon, backed by the cardstock oval. Alternatively, you could thread the oval and letter on a scrapbooking metal curly-q. Curl the ends of the wire-edged ribbon.

Quick Cookie Packaging

Large homemade, bakers, or grocery store cookies
Clear cookie bags – flat

1. Place the large cookie in the bag.

2. Cut a square of cardstock the same width as the opening of the plastic bag. Print the lower half of the card with the couple’s names. Flip the square and print with a saying or other text, oriented through the printer so that this text is upside down relative to the couple’s names.

3. Fold the cardstock square in half and sandwich the cookie bag. Staple twice across the bottom of the tag. Now the text is right side up on both sides!

Bubble Bottle Makeover
bubble bottles
scrap paper
glue stick

1. Trim the papers to fit around the bottles. Use punches to create decorative shapes. Attach to the bottle with a glue stick.

2. Tie ribbons around the neck and add additional embellishments if desired.

Sea Shell Soy Candles From the Microwave

Paper or paper bags
Soy wax pellets
Wick and metal wick holder (both available at craft stores)
Disposable pipettes—available at candle- and soap-making stores on-line
Small dish
Old knife
Tulle Circles
Sea-themed die-cut
Rub-on letters


1. Choose your shells — the ones with deeper cavities will hold more wax and burn the longest. Clean them in a mild solution of water and bleach, and rinse with cold water.

2. Crumple paper or a paper bag and put in a bowl. Place the shell on the crumpled paper and arrange it so that it is flat. This will stabilize the shell while you are pouring wax.

3. Place the wick with pre-attached metal wick holders, which are great for shallow vessels — into the center of the shell.

4. Melt soy wax in the microwave, per the package instructions. Use the disposable pipette-to-pipette wax in to the shell.

5. Allow the wax to cool for at least 30 minutes — although the surface may look hard sooner, the wax underneath takes this long to fully harden. Trim wicks.

6. Choose a sea-themed die-cut. Rub-on an initial. The back of a paintbrush or a popsicle stick can be used to rub the letter.Place the candle in the center of a tulle circle, wrap the candle and attach the monogrammed die-cut with a ribbon.

Message in a Bottle

Sand—in different natural-toned colors
Small sauce-sized bottle
Tiny shells
Small pearl beads
Sticker paper
Printed poem or “Thank You” note on parchment paper

1. Add a few spoonfuls of sand to the bottle—you can layer different natural-tone colors and a few shells and/or pearls into the bottle.

2. Print small rectangle labels with the couple’s names and an image on sticker paper. Stick to the bottle.

3. Trim the printed poem or thank you to the appropriate size for the bottle. Scroll the printed poem—you can use a pencil to roll it.

4. Place the scroll halfway into the bottle. Tie the neck of the bottle with a decorative ribbon.


Hot Coco To Go

Large tub or bowl
1 pound cocoa (4 cups)
2 pounds granulated sugar (4 cups)
6 pounds dry milk (15 cups)
1-teaspoon salt
Small plastic zip top bag
Muslin parts bags
Iron-on transfer paper
Ink jet printer
Small printed cocoa instructions note

1. Sift cocoa, if necessary. Mix with sugar, dry milk and salt.

2. Transfer a scoop into a small plastic bag and seal with a tie.

3. Design and print your image to transfer on a computer and ink jet printer. Reverse any text if necessary, as indicated on the transfer paper instructions. Trim the edges of the transfer if needed. Following the instructions on the transfer paper, iron the design to the front of the muslin parts bag.

4. Fill the bag with the plastic bag of cocoa and tie on the instructions tag. Tie a bow with the strings.

Golf Themed Wedding Favor

Golf ball
Golf tees
Small cardboard jewelry box 3” X 3”
Decorative ribbon
Craft glue
Decorative paper
Paper glue
Rit Fabric dye


1. Use craft glue to attach a decorative ribbon around the lower portion of the box.

2. Print the bride and grooms initials and the words “Fore Ever” on a piece of decorative paper. Trim the paper to 2.75” X 2.75”.

3. Center the paper over the top of the lid and glue in place using paper glue.

4. You can dye the golf balls by making a dye bath per the dye manufacturer’s instructions, and soaking the balls in the bath for approximately half an hour.

5. Fill the box with moss and place the golf ball in the center with the golf tees around the ball.

Porcelain Ornaments

Porcelain ornament blank
Embossing powder
Metallic ink
Rubber stamp
Porcelain paint pen
Spray matte sealer

1. Use a rubber stamp, metallic embossing powder and a heat gun to achieve an elegant gilded and raised effect by stamping a design onto the ornament blank. Stamp the rubber stamp using embossing ink and sprinkle embossing powder on the wet ink. Tap off excess powder. Work over a file folder so you can funnel the excess back into the embossing powder jar. Heat with the embossing or heat gun until the embossing powder has melted. The heat setting process will take longer on porcelain than it does on paper. Brush markers will give the stamped design a soft color.

2. Add a message to the back of the ornament with a porcelain paint pen. Allow to cure for 24 hours.

3. Spray the ornament with a matte-finish sealer for lasting durability. Attach a ribbon for a hanger, or epoxy a magnet to the back. Add a tag.