Collect some small shells and hot glue them

My patriotic decorating often takes on a nautical feel. All that red, white and blue puts me in the mood for flag waving, fireworks and seafaring! Stars and stripes meet sand and surf in this easy patriotic project that’s great for July 4th or all summer long! I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make […]

These miniature succulent gardens, personalized with black-and-white photos, make perfect birthday party favors. Or personalized them with childhood photos of the bride and groom for wedding favors or place cards.

I have a love-hate relationship with birthday party favors. On the one hand, I think it’s an incredibly nice gesture to give your party guests a thank you gift. But when it comes to kids parties, I know most favors wind up in the trash because they’re nothing anybody would want. But these mini succulent […]

Make these patriotic denim and burlap placemats for July 4th, Flag Day or Memorial Day. These easy no-sew placemats are made with denim and printed burlap ribbon.

Happy Flag Day! What better way to celebrate all things red, white and blue than with an all-American cookout and a patriotic-no-sew showcase with some of my favorite creative bloggers. (If you need me, I’ll be grilling out with my neighbors and stuffing my face with ribs this evening.) Be sure check out the easy […]

Throwing a beach-themed party? Make some of these felt and foam beach balls to match the color scheme. #MakeItFunCrafts #spon

When I was planning the backyard beach party, I searched high and low for some beach balls to add to my party decor. It was early in the season, so I had trouble finding them. And forget about finding them in my pink, green and yellow color scheme. So, I decided to make my own! […]

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes American Flag Serving Tray

With Memorial Day just days away, I’ve been feeling quite patriotic. Time to bring out Old Glory and start working on some red-white-and-blue projects. Like this Stars and Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray I first shared on the DecoArt blog. In case you missed it, here’s how easy it is to transform an unfinished […]

Learn how to make an easy no-sew party banner using a beach towel. Plus, you'll find lots of great ideas for colorful beach party decorations.

I am counting the days until summer. The end of school and lazier days can’t get here soon enough. Until then, I’m just pretending life’s a beach… I’ll be sharing the details of this fun kid-friendly backyard beach party soon. But today, I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make one of the simplest beach […]

Love the look of gilding, but not the price? Learn how to DIY these turquoise and gold candlesticks and matching placecards using craft paint.

I got married in the pre-Pinterest era, back when brides had to collect their inspiration from the Style channel’s wedding reality shows, magazines and brochures at the bridal salon. As soon as I got engaged, I had a stack of bridal magazines and a binder full of ideas for food, decor, color schemes, invitations and […]

Pink and turquoise are the perfect color combination for a Mother's Day brunch, a spring luncheon or an outdoor wedding. #brightsettingshoa #spon #craftyhangouts

Pink and turquoise is one of my favorite color combinations. It’s feminine, fresh, pretty, preppy and bold — the perfect choice for a spring luncheon, a mother’s day brunch or even an outdoor wedding. For this tablescape, I started out with gorgeous linens from Bright Settings. I chose a pink and turquoise tablecloth in the […]

Learn how to make a tote bag to match your spring wardrobe. Start with an inexpensive straw bag, and transform it with pretty fabric. The best thing? This is a no-sew project!

I love the Dollar Spot at Target. As soon as I walk in the door, it calls my name, and I’m filling my cart with all manner of cuteness. Like these little straw tote bags, which are just $3 apiece. Though they’re lovely as is, these totes make a great canvasĀ for a creative type like […]

Learn how to make these pretty handmade gift tags in less than 10 minutes. Use them for gifts or as part of your spring decorating. #quickcraftshoa

Chirp, chirp! A little birdie told me it’s time for another series of Crafty Hangouts videos, this month sponsored by Consumer Crafts. These video tutorials all feature quick crafts you can make in 10 minutes or less. Like theseĀ handmade gift tags featuring nests, hatchlings, feathers, moss, greenery and other signs of spring. You’ll find all […]