DIY to Try: 3 Fresh Projects for Spring

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Oh there are just so many good DIY ideas out there these days, aren’t there?! These three recently caught my eye since they are perfect for this Springy time of year: A tutorial for wrapping your Mother’s Day gifts with fabric from the talented team at Artifact Uprising

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…a sweet DIY Toy Storage Box solution from This Little Street (just in time for Spring Cleaning)…

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…and coffee filters have never looked so darling, as they do transformed into DIY Coffee Filter Easter Favors from Urban Comfort! Time to get crafty!

See more DIY to Try post here…and all Creature Comforts DIY projects in the DIY Gallery

5 Minute DIY: No-Sew Decorative Pillow Cover

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Over the past couple of weeks I have to admit that I’ve been a tad bit distracted by a little bedroom makeover that I’m finally almost done with (can’t wait to share the results with you soon). So I wanted to reward you for your patience with a nifty little decor project that you can bust out in 5 minutes or less. Serious! Enter this lightning fast No-sew Decorative Pillow Cover…using a scarf!

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All you will need is a large light-weight scarf (I like to pick up affordable scarves at places like Forever21 and Target), and a throw pillow insert. UPDATE: the pillow used here is 16″x16″ and the scarf is 76″x40.”

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Here’s how to make your pillow cover. First, open and lay your scarf down on a flat surface. Place your pillow insert onto the center of your scarf. Fold the bottom half of your scarf up over the top of your pillow form.

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Then fold the top half down. Grab the two long ends and knot them in the center of the pillow.

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Knot once more for a fuller look. Feel free to tweak the fabric until it looks good to you. Tuck loose scarf ends under the open scarf flaps on either side and distribute the bulk evenly.

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Ta-da!! You’re done!

If you give this project a go, I’d love to see your results! Use the hashtag #ccpillowcover on instagram so we can all have a look-see! xo Ez

Psst…if you’re feeling crafty, you can find all of my past DIY projects in the Creature Comforts DIY Gallery!

DIY Circus Pals Mobile / Room Decor

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A few months ago I accidentally created one of these sweet colorful paper pom pom characters while trying to come up with a craft to make for the holidays. It didn’t really fit into that season, so it’s been smiling at me from my inspiration board, waiting for a use ever since. Then last weekend it occurred to me that I could make several more and create an adorable hanging decoration! Say hello to my DIY Circus Pals Mobile!

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This project can be adapted to the supplies you have on hand. Be sure to check out my list of alternate supplies and uses near the bottom of this post for a few ideas.

Now let’s get started! Begin by gathering your supplies. For the mobile I created above you will need:

  • Colorful cardstock paper | I used 5 different colors, but you can choose any assortment that you’d like
  • White copy paper | 1 sheet
  • 6 – 3/4″ wooden beads | Found at craft stores
  • Glue stick
  • Yarn or twine
  • Black pen with a fine point | I recommend Pigma Micron Pens by Sakura
  • 2″ Craft Punch | Or print out the 2″ Circle Template below
  • 1″ Starburst Craft Punch | Or print out the 1″ Circle Template below
  • Hole punch | I used a small 1/8″ punch
  • Wooden embroidery hoop (inner ring only)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Wooden skewer (optional)

CIRCUS PALS PRINTABLE TEMPLATE: Download includes 6 Paper Hat Cutouts, a 2″ Circle Template, and a 1″ Circle Template

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1. Punch or cut out your 2″ circles. You will need a total of 35 (7 circles for each Circus Pal). Feel free to use just one color or mix and match colors. I used a 2″ Circle Punch by Uchida to make this project easier.

2. Use a 1″ starburst craft punch, regular 1″ craft punch, or hand-cut a total of five – 1″ circles. These will be the collars for your Circus Pals. Punch a hole in the middle of each circle with a small hole punch.

3. Print out the paper hat template and cut out five (there’s an extra one included on the printable just in case).

4. Use a fine tip pen to draw faces onto five of your wooden beads (leave one bead blank). Make sure that the holes are at the top and bottom of your bead before drawing.

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5. Create the hats by applying glue to one straight edge of each hat shape.

6.  Curl the glued straight edge over the top of the other straight edge to form a cone. Press down along the edge for a few seconds until glue sets. Repeat with all five hats.

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7.  Fold each of your 35 – 2″ circles in half.

8. Create the bodies for your Circus Pals by applying glue to the outer half of a folded circle.

9. Place another folded circle on top of the glued portion, aligning edges (folded edges should be facing the same direction).

10. Repeat this process until you have used all seven circles. Leave the last flap unglued.

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11. It’s time to assemble your mobile! Cut five long lengths of yarn, approximately 18″ or more a piece. Tie a thick knot onto one end (you can double or triple knot if you need to). Place yarn through the center of one of the prepared paper bodies and seal the open flap closed with glue. Next thread onto the same piece of yarn: a 1″ collar circle, one wooden head bead, and a paper hat. If you are having a hard time feeding the yarn through any of these elements, you can use a wooden skewer to help thread it through.

12. Pull all pieces downward until they rest snugly on the knotted end of the yarn. Leave the long portion of yarn hanging from the top and set aside. Repeat steps 11-12 with all five Circus Pals.

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13. Time to hang them up! Tie your Circus Pals onto the inner circle of an embroidery hoop, allowing Pals to hang at a length that you like. Loop yarn around several times and knot a couple of times on the inside. Trim off loose ends.

14. Once all Pals are hung, you can slide the knotted sections around the wooden hoop so that they are evenly spaced.

15. Create a hanger for your mobile. Cut five even lengths of yarn around 24″ a piece. Wrap a piece of office tape snugly around the ends of all five piece to create a narrow portion for threading (like the aglet at the end of a shoelace). Cut across the very top of the taped end to make it nice and neat. Thread yarn through your final plain wooden bead.

16. Tie each loose yarn end onto your embroidery hoop where you attached your Circus Pals. Knot on the inside several times. Now pull the plain wooden bead downward until it rests where you’d like it to. Pull one yarn at a time to adjust and make your mobile level. Trim off tape and use loose ends to suspend.

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Variation suggestions: Feel free to adapt this project to suit the supplies you have on hand. For example: a stick, wooden hanger, or wooden dowel can be used in place of the embroidery hoop. Patterned paper can be used in place of the colored card stock, or get creative and paint or stamp designs onto plain white cardstock. You can even attach your Circus Pals onto bamboo skewers and use them as cake toppers! I can’t wait to see what clever ideas you guys will come up with!

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Safety note: This project is not intended to be used as a toy. Small parts can pose a choking hazard. Do not suspend within reach of small children. Make sure all pieces are especially secure (I recommend using hot glue to attach all parts together) if hanging above cribs or changing stations.

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Last Minute DIY Gift & Wrapping Ideas

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Hi friends! Today I thought I’d share a few last-minute DIY gift giving and wrapping ideas pulled straight out of the Creature Comforts archives. Hopefully they will help solve at least some of your frantic gift giving woes. I personally have over 30 gifts to wrap / pull together, so I’ll be using some of these myself. xo Ez

If You only have 10 Minutes or Less:

If You need a gift for someone who is hard to shop for:

If You prefer giving foodie gifts:

If You need a few gift wrapping ideas:

Find more projects and recipes in the Creature Comforts’ DIY GALLERY.

DIY Customized Gift Jars with Free Templates

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I’ve been sitting on this DIY post for quite a while now, so I’m super excited to finally be able to share it with you all today. One of my favorite gift giving solutions: DIY Customized Gift Jars!

We all know someone (or more than one someone) who is tricky to buy for. Luckily, with just six simple steps and a few basic supplies, you can bust out these custom gifts that are sure to please just about anyone. I’ve created 4 different jar variations (with free templates): The DIY Treat / Food Jar, The Pampered Pet Jar, The Craft Supply Jar, and The Mini Spa Jar. You’ll find ideas below on what to fill each one with, but since the best gifts always reflect the tastes of the person receiving them, feel free get creative with the contents of your jars. Time to start checking people off your holiday gift list!

Basic Jar Making Supplies:

  • Printable templates
  • Glass jars with smooth sides | I found all of the ones used here at Target. If you’re not sure what size jar(s) to get, I recommend printing the templates to bring along with you to the store
  • Sakura 1.0mm Fine Point Pen-Touch Paint Pen | You can use white, gold, or silver ink varieties. Available in many craft stores
  • Removable tape / masking tape
  • Gift fillers | Store-bought or handmade

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There are only six simple steps to this project, and the same basic steps are used for all four jar versions (easy-peasy):

  1. Print and cut out the desired word template
  2. Tape template inside jar using removable tape
  3. Use your paint pen to carefully trace the template on the outside of the glass
  4. Remove template from inside the jar and allow paint to dry (Sakura paint pens dry quickly)
  5. Add a second coat of paint pen over the original layer if desired (optional)
  6. Fill your jar with small gifts and give

Note: Once design has dried fully, jars can be washed by hand with warm soapy water if needed. Avoid scrubbing the design on the exterior of the jar.

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Download and use the FOOD JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Hard candies
  • Chocolates
  • Caramels
  • Candy canes
  • Cookies
  • Sweet bread
  • Savory snacks
  • Homemade goodies

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Download and use the PET JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Toys
  • Bones
  • Biscuits
  • Other treats

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Download and use the CRAFT JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pom poms
  • Sequins
  • Clay
  • Googly eyes
  • Washi tape
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Other craft supplies

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Download and use the MINI SPA JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Nail polish
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Hand / foot lotion
  • Bubble bath
  • Loofah
  • Lip Balm
  • Other pampering supplies suited to the gift recipient

If you end up making any of these jars as gifts, or come up with your own variations I’d love to see! Have a happy crafty day friends! xo Ez

Psst…if you’re looking for more DIY ideas for the holiday, be sure to check out the Creature Comforts DIY Gallery!