DIY Import

  • Hanging Planter

    Hanging Planter

    Elevate your houseplants with this easy DIY project. You can hang the planter outside or in any room of your house with natural light. This project is a great way to show off your artistic side and your green thumb.

    Materials & Tools

    • Thin nylon or cotton rope/string (at least 40 feet long) 
    • Plant
    • Bowl or planter with holes for drainage
    • Scissors
    • Plant hook (optional)

    Instructions

  • Rhubarb Pie

    Rhubarb Pie Title Rhubarb Pie

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul

    Rhubarb is not only one of our garden-inspired scents but also, one of our favorite types of pie fillings. Try the classic from Sweet Paul, serve it at your next BBQ and prepare to make plenty of new friends.

    Rhubarb Pie Rhubarb Pie

    Instructions For Rhubarb Pie

    Ingredients

    • pie dough or your favorite prepared 9" double pie crusts
    • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
    • pinch of salt
    • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 4 cups chopped rhubarb

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
    2. In large bowl, toss rhubarb with sugar, salt, and flour.
    3. *If using fresh rhubarb, trim ends and cut lengthwise into 3/4" pieces. Remember—only the rhubarb stalk is edible. Be sure to trim the roots and leaves completely, as they are poisonous to humans.

    4. Pour the mixture into pie shell and dot with small pieces of butter.
    5. Cover with top crust and pinch edges. Brush dough with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
    6. Bake for 15 minutes.
    7. Reduce temperature to 350°F, and continue baking for 40–45 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.
    8. Let cool.

    Tips for Inspiration

    The only thing that can make pie better? Ice cream! Be patient and wait until your rhubarb pie has cooled, then top it off with vanilla ice cream or another one of your favorite flavors.

  • Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill

    Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill Title Image

    By Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill Main Image

    Nothing says hearty like homemade soup. Warm up your belly with this colorful carrot soup recipe topped with fresh corn and dill. Be sure to save your peels too, for addicting root vegetable chips. See below for more.

    Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill Project Image Desktop Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill Project Image Mobile

    Instructions For Carrot Soup With Corn & Dill

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 bunch carrots, peeled, chopped
    • 1 large potato, peeled, cubed
    • 1 yellow onion, peeled, chopped
    • 5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
    • salt and pepper
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 peeled carrot, thinly sliced
    • kernels from 2 corn cobs
    • 2 tablespoons chopped dill

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and add carrots, potato, and onion.
    2. Sauté until the onion goes soft.
    3. Add stock and let soup simmer until the carrots and potatoes are soft.
    4. Use an emulsion blender or a food processor and purée the soup.
    5. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
    6. Heat the oil in a pan and add carrots, corn, and dill.
    7. Cook until tender, season with salt and pepper.
    8. Serve the soup in a bowl topped with the corn mixture.
    Spice Cake Image Desktop Spice Image Mobile

    Instructions For Parsnip & Carrot Chips

    Ingredients

    • 1 quart peanut oil, for frying
    • 4 large carrots
    • 4 large parsnips
    • sea salt
    • chili flakes

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. In a deep pot, add 1 inch of oil and heat on medium high until simmering.
    2. Peel the parsnips and carrots in long strips. Use the whole vegetables for another purpose.
    3. Add a handful of strips at a time to the oil and fry until the bubbles subside almost completely and strips are golden.
    4. Strain strips onto paper towels and season with salt and chili flakes.
    5. Allow to cool and serve immediately, or store in an airtight container.
  • Spicy Watermelon Rind

    Spicy Watermelon Rind Spicy Watermelon Rind

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Spicy Watermelon Rind

    When summer rolls around, the warmer weather gives us a hankering for lighter food. One of our go-to’s? Watermelon. After snacking on this refreshing treat, don’t toss the rinds – keep them for an unexpected, flavorsome spicy watermelon rind recipe.

    Spicy Watermelon Rind Spicy Watermelon Rind

    Instructions For Spicy Watermelon Rind

    Ingredients

    • 1 watermelon, about 7lbs
    • 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar
    • 1 ½ cups water
    • 1 cups sugar
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved
    • 1 inch ginger, peeled, sliced

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Remove flesh of watermelon and use for something else. Peel the rind and cut it into 3/4" pieces. It should yield about 7 cups.
    2. In a stockpot, combine all ingredients except watermelon.
    3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
    4. Add watermelon pieces, return to a boil, and lower to a simmer.
    5. Simmer watermelon pieces, stirring occasionally, until all pieces are translucent, about 30 minutes.
    6. Let the pickled watermelon cool at room temperature and then refrigerate, or if canning, process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Add a summery twist to your salad by topping it with spicy watermelon rind. Try it with arugula, strawberries, a cheese of your choosing and balsamic dressing – great for a side dish, or to eat up all on its own.

  • Homemade Composting

    Homemade Composting Homemade Composting

    by Thelma A. Meyer, Mrs. Meyer's Namesake Composting Hero

    Regular old trash bags can take decades to decompose. Luckily, you can lend Mother Nature — and your favorite plants and flowers — a helping hand by creating your very own compost pile using all sorts of household scraps, paper egg cartons and fallen leaves.

    Homemade Composting Parsley Salad

    Ingredients For Compost

  • Greens: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee ground and filters, household plant trimmings, soft prunings, eggshells, tea bags, grass clippings, flowers, hair

  • Browns: twigs and branches, mulch from rain gutters, shredded newspaper, paper egg cartons, fallen leaves, pine needles, wood ashes, wood chips, sawdust, dryer lint, straw

  • Soil
  • Supplies

    • 4x8 ft. wooden or metal bin
    • Rake
    • Resealable plastic container

    Instructions

    1. Find a not to out-of-the-way spot in your yard that's partly sunny and partly shady.
    2. Line the bottom of a wooden or metal bin with twigs.
    3. Put six to eight inches of green and brown matter down, followed by a thin layer of garden soil. Repeat these layers three times. Ideally, your compost pile should be one part green materials to two parts brown, so everything breaks down correctly.
    4. Turn your pile every other week with a rake
    5. Tips for Inspiration

      • Avoid adding anything treated with pesticides or herbicides, animal and dairy products, oil, grease, diseased or poisonous plants, weeds or any plants that aren't completely dead ( they can take root in your pile and no one wants that ).
      • Be sure to make your compost pest-proof by using a lid or tarp, turning it over often and soaking it with water.
  • Cheese Plate Wreath

    Cheese Plate Wreath

    As soon as the holiday season arrives, I'm ready to fill my house with pine! That's what inspired me to bring this perfect little faux-pine appetizer wreath into life. Here, rosemary sprigs take the place of pine to create the perfect holiday wreath that I've decorated with festive cream cheese balls that are popping with bright and zippy flavor.

    It's so easy to bring this dish to any holiday gatherings. I simply create the balls in advance and store them in the fridge. Then, I bring everything to the party and assemble the whole creation in seconds once I arrive. Let me tell you…. this dish never fails to get “ooohs” and “aaahs” when I set it on the table, and I'm sure it will do the same for you.

    Ingredients

    • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • Leaves from 1 bunch of fresh thyme
    • Red chili flakes to tast
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup cheese curds or fresh mozzarella balls
    • 8 ounces of parmesan or other hard cheese broken up into bite sized chunks
    • 2 big bunches of fresh rosemary for presentation
    • 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
    • 1⁄4 cup honey for serving

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • I'm nuts for nuts! Roll your cream cheese balls in ground pistachios or ground almonds mixed with cinnamon and sugar!
    • This wreath presentation is very versatile. Not into cream cheese balls? Decorate your wreath with red and green olives and tiny mozzarella balls for another festive dish!
  • Pegboard

    Pegboard

    This simple DIY pegboard can help you organize just about anything. From the kids’ rooms to the kitchen, it keeps the things you need within reach without the clutter. You can use the pegs as hooks or rest items on the shelves. It’s a smart and simple way to keep things tidy.

    Materials & Tools

    • Piece of 20 inch x 25 inch, 1⁄2 inch thick A/C fir wood
    • T-square ruler
    • Pencil
    • 10 1⁄4 inch x 3 inch wood dowels
    • Drill with 1⁄4 inch bit
    • Two 27 inch and two 20 inch pieces of 1 inch x 1 inch poplar or pine wood for framing
    • 120 grit sandpaper
    • Rubber hammer
    • Four 1/4 inch wood pieces for the shelves, cut to desired length (our example uses maple)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Wood stain or paint can add a little polish and pop.
    • You can also scale this project up to be as large as you want.
    • You could make the whole piece bigger or you could just increase the number of pegs and shelves.
    • If you don't have a saw at home, just buy all of your supplies at your local lumber store and ask them to cut it all to size for you.
  • Vintage Pie Tin Stand

    Vintage Pie Tin Stand

    Turn inexpensive pie tins into a charming display for homemade goodies. Arrange cookies and mints on each level to really impress your guests at the end of a dinner party. Best of all? This DIY is easy as pie.

    Materials & Tools

    • 3 vintage pie tins in different sizes
    • 2 long vintage wooden spools
    • 4 small brass balls or cap nuts
    • 120 grit sandpaper
    • Super glue
    • Pencil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Pie tins and wooden spools can be found at flea markets, thrift stores or online.
    • For a floral centerpiece with a vintage touch, fill each layer of the stand with flowers.
  • Garden Shed Organization

    Garden Shed Organization

    Gardening is something very near and dear to our heart. However, nothing's more frustrating than looking for your trusty trowel and coming up empty-handed. Whether you store your garden tools in a shed or the corner of your garage, here are a few ideas to help you get them arranged and organized just in time for planting season.

    Materials & Tools

    • Shelves
    • Large S-hook or bracket for hose
    • Small hook for watering can
    • Thin nails to hold tools
    • Small bucket for miscellaneous tools (or tools with no hole in the handle)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We love our upcycled pallet shelves as-is, but we also contemplated white-washing them.
    • Of course, any shelves will do, as long as they can easily wipe clean or if you're ok with them getting dirty (like we are with our pallets!)
  • Pantry Organization For A Healthy New Year

    Pantry Organization for a Healthy New Year

    It's easy for a well-used pantry to turn into an eyesore, a petri dish and a black hole for small bags of whole grains. To kick the new year off, we're taking everything out, throwing away the old stuff (and the pretzels we can't stop eating) and finding containers for all the good we want to keep.

    MATERIALS

    • Trash bag for expired, stale, extraneous and bad-for-you old pantry items
    • Airtight clear glass or plastic food storage containers – enough of each size for your own pantry needs
    • Labels
    • Baskets for vegetable storage
    • Small wire or mesh containers for fruit storage
    • Spice rack
    • A trip to the bulk section of the supermarket for fresh dry goods and pantry staples
    • Sufficient Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products so you don't run out – we picked Geranium so the whole pantry would smell of spring flowers

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • To keep things from getting cluttered and lost in the dark depths of the cabinet, make a policy to have just one row of jars on each shelf.
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping Station

    Holiday Gift Wrapping Station

    We love gift wrap supplies maybe a little too much. Every time we reach for one thing, three other things fall off the shelf. Time to whip this area into shape before the holidays! Use these ideas as a jumping off point to get things organized just how you want them.

    DETAILS & TOOLS

    • A small shelving unit with adjustable shelves
    • Washi tape for gift wrap but also to add a little color to our white shelves!
    • Small, square wastebasket to hold gift wrap rolls
    • Magazine file for gift bags or tissue paper
    • Dowel(s) on hooks or attached to the shelving for ribbons and tape
    • Jar for bows and ribbons
    • Chalkboard for upcoming birthdays and holiday reminders
    • Gift boxes
    • Holder for pens, pencils and scissors
    • Colorful bunting, just because

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Bows and pom-poms aren't just for gifts -- use them as décor!
    • Since our walls are painted, we went with white boxes and accessories, but that doesn't mean you should!
  • Embroidered Pillowcase

    Embroidered Pillowcase

    Add some personality to your pillowcase. All it takes is a few simple stitches, and some creativity to get started on your embroidery.

    Materials & Tools

    • One or two pillowcases
    • Your choice of thread colors (3 or 4…or more!)
    • Ruler
    • Pencil or tailor’s chalk

    Instructions

  • Pom-Pom bath Rug

    Pom Pom Bath Rug

    It's time to make your feet happy, and your toes feel tickled. This modern take on a simple bath mat will leave you perfectly pampered and playful. 

    Materials & Tools

    • A bath rug
    • Yarn in your favorite colors
    • Large needle for threading
    • Pencil
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Thimble (if you prefer)

    Instructions

  • Scalloped Towels

    Scalloped Towel

    There’s nothing as cheerful as a scalloped edge or border. Reminiscent of cottage life, spring gardens and fresh flowers, scalloped edges provide a whimsical feel to the home, without being too over-the-top or frilly. We love this DIY because it’s as economical as it is easy. Most modern dishtowels are extra large, providing us with an opportunity to cut the towel in half, upcycle it and create two custom towels out of just one.

    Materials & Tools

    • Cotton tea or dish towel
    • Sharp fabric scissors
    • Poster board
    • Ruler
    • Round lid from a spice jar
    • Pencil
    • Pins
    • Liquid seam sealant
      (available online or at sewing/craft stores)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used scallop edges here, but you can experiment with all different types of patterns. Play with color and texture by sewing on different types of colored fabric on each end.
  • Branch Message Center

    Branch Message Center

    Clear the clutter and add a natural touch to your family’s message center. This easy DIY project can replace a hodgepodge of notes with a clear space to share information. Depending on the length of your branch, you can hang additional items too, such as scissors and pens.

    Materials & Tools

    • Long skinny branch (as straight as possible, but some curvature is OK) 
    • Two leather strips (at least 40 inches long)
    • 12-24 inch roll of paper (look for one with a center hole at least 2 inches in diameter)
    • Two clothespins
    • Two 1 inch nails

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • If your paper won’t fit over the branch, you can unroll the paper from the tube and make a looser roll you can fit over the branch.
  • Wood Burned Cutting Board

    Plain wood cutting boards can be a little dull. So add a modern edge with a wood-burned design. All you need is a wooden cutting board and a wood-burning tool. Then your options are limitless!

    Materials & Tools

    • Cutting board
    • Wood-burning tool 
    • Wood-burning tool attachment kit
    • Pencil (optional)
    • Wood scrap (optional)

    Instructions

    COMMON SENSE SAFETY

    • Observe all safety rules when doing your project.
    • Keep children away from the hot wood-burning tool.
    • Change attachments by following all tool guidelines.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Frame Pin Board

    Frame Pin Board

    Before there was Pinterest, or even the Internet for that matter, I used to pin all my best ideas on a giant bulletin board in my room. It’s where all my pictures, notes and cards ended up living for months on end. Though we live in a paperless world, sometimes it’s nice to have a place to store memories that aren’t on a screen. Today, I have my pin board up in my kitchen to hold important reminders, fun pictures and some of my favorite cards. It’s so nice to see those paper memories smiling back at me every morning, and it’s a great place to store important things, like grocery lists.

    Materials & Tools

    • Frames
    • Cork Roll
    • Scissors
    • Pen
    • Strong adhesive or sticky foam strips

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    Decorate your cork using fabric, paint or decorative tape. We kept our picture frame black here, but you can always paint yours in a color of your choosing.

  • Conversation Heart Cookies

    Clay Coaster

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to put your sugar cookie decorating skills to the test. Today we’re using homemade royal icing and my family’s sugar cookie recipe to create the most lovely heart-shaped treats.

    Materials & Tools

    • Cookie cutters
    • Icing bag
    • #7 and #2 icing tips
    • Toothpicks

    Ingredients

    FOR THE COOKIES:

    • 1 ½ cup shortening
    • 1 ¾ cup sugar
    • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 4 cups flour
    • ½ tablespoon baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • Sprinkles

    FOR THE ICING:

    • 2 pound bag Confectioner’s Sugar
    • 11 tablespoons egg beaters
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Food coloring

    Instructions For the cookies

    Instructions For the icing

    ICING TIPS

    Icing hardens as it’s exposed to air, so it’s important to have your icing bags ready and waiting. The best thing to do is set them in a tall glass and then use chip clips to close the top.


    If you ever feel like you’ve added too much water to your icing, no big deal, just add a little sugar to get it back to the consistency you need.

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t forget to add a little flair — sprinkles, tiny candies and mini chocolate chips or caramels all make for great garnishes.
    • Use stencils with your icing to add more intricate details or spell out messages.
  • Herb Oil

    Herb Oil Herb Oil

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Herb Oil

    Give your favorite olive oil an herbaceous upgrade with this seasoning recipe from Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine. Use it in dressings, over soups, on pizza or whatever else your heart desires. Not to mention, the pretty bottle adds a little something extra to any table or picnic blanket. Talk about multi-tasking!

    Herb Oil Herb Oil

    Instructions For Herb Oil

    Ingredients

    • Herbs
    • Spices
    • Olive oil

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • Glass bottles

    Instructions

    1. Wash and dry your herbs.

    2. Combine herbs and spices into a glass bottle. We mixed thyme, lemon peel, bay leaf and peppercorns in one bottle and rosemary, chili and peppercorns in the other.

    3. Fill each bottle with olive oil. Then, put the top on each one and wait a few days before using it to season your favorite appetizers and dishes.
    4. Tips for Inspiration

      • Use colored glass bottles or upcycled vessels, such as a wine bottle or piece of pottery.

    This entry was posted in Recipes, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Parsley Salad

    Parsley Salad Pressed Flower Projects

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Parsley Salad

    Parsley isn’t just good for you, it tastes pretty great, too. Be the talk of the table at family dinners, picnics and barbecues with this flavorful parsley salad recipe.

    Parsley Salad Parsley Salad

    Ingredients

    • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
    • 1 head bib lettuce
    • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
    • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
    • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
    • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
    • Salt and pepper

    Supplies

    • Large bowl
    • Large spoon or salad tongs

    Instructions

    1. Give your parsley a good washing, remove its leaves and place it in a large bowl.
    2. Add in lettuce, onion, chicken, feta and pomegranate seeds.
    3. Add in oilve oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
    4. Toss well and serve. Make sure to show off your salad making skills with #MakeAndTell.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Not the biggest chicken fan? Swap it for steak or salmon instead.

    This entry was posted in Recipes, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Coiled Rope Plant Holders

    coiled-rope-plant-holders

    One of my favorite Mrs. Meyer's quotes is "Waste not, want not!" As I was thinking about my next DIY project, I thought of that quote and that's when inspiration hit. I used a bit of rope, a little thread and fabric dye, and voila! A perfect piece of fall decor. There are lots of ways to go about this project and make it completely your own. If it's not "perfect" and you mess up (I sure did), remember to Just Keep Making.

    Materials & Tools

    • Empty Mrs. Meyer's Bottle
    • Cotton clothesline cord
    • Embroidery floss
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue
    • Craft knife
    • Fabric dye
    • Large pot

    Instructions

  • Picture Frame Tray

    Picture Frame Tray

    Cheer up your trays and serve your guests in style with this frame worthy DIY. Get making and get inspired for all those get-togethers. Let your voice shine through and personalize the patterns however you see fit!

    Materials & Tools

    • Picture frame
    • Drawer pulls with screws
    • Paper
    • Hot glue
    • Scissors
    • Drill
    • Drill bit
    • Leaves or flowers

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    This is a great up-cycle for a frame you probably already have lying around! What makes this even better is the ability to change the inside of your tray depending on the season. This could easily transition from summer to fall or be used for special occasions and holidays.

  • Scented Bath Salts

    Scented Bath Salts

    Looking for a great homemade gift? You can make these bath salts with your favorite essential oil, or combine a few to make your own signature scent. Then give to a friend in need of a little rest and relaxation. Even better, make enough for you and a friend.

    Materials & Tools

    • Glass jars
    • 3 cups Epsom salts 
    • 2 cups sea salt
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • 1⁄2 ounce essential oil
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Spoon for mixing

    Instructions

  • Citrus Picnic Blanket

    Buffalo Cauliflower

    What’s better than a cozy picnic blanket? One that’s stamped with all your favorite things, of course. Get inspired with the sunniest and brightest colors and then take it outside and have a picnic!

    Materials & Tools

    • Drop Cloth (I used 5 x 5)
    • Fabric paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Stencil
    • Precision knife
    • Rotary mat
    • Pen

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Keep some scrap fabric or paper towels nearby, so you can wipe off your stencil between color changes.
    • I was inspired by block printed patterns when I made this picnic blanket. The great thing about using stencils is, you can create any pattern you want! Let your imagination run wild, but be sure to use some bright and cheery summer colors!
  • Seashell Spoons

    Seashell Spoons

    Warmer weather means more trips to the beach. Put your sandy, seaside souvenirs on everyday display with this crafty cutlery DIY.

    Materials & Tools

    • Spoon shaped shells
    • Different bits of wire
    • Small pair of pliers
    • Dremel tool for holes
    • Non-toxic water based sealer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • As far as the spoon handles go, you can get very fancy with scrollwork or by using other materials to make them. Even try using the ends of old silver spoons!
    • *Double check to make sure your sealer is safe to use around food.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Punched Copper Votives

    felt-flower-wreaths

    We're big fans of votives, especially when we make them ourselves. They're great as homemade gifts, accent pieces and mood setting centerpieces for dinners.

    Materials & Tools

    • Gauge No 6 / 0.5mm copper sheet* (used in card making)
    • Metal hole punch
    • Air dry clay
    • Metal snips (or you can use scissors with this metal sheet)
    • Cookie cutters
    • Roller
    • Multi-purpose adhesive

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Try cookie cutters and hole punches in different sizes to vary the shapes and patterns of each votive.
    • *We recommend using battery-operated tea lights with this DIY. If you choose to use candles, always be aware of heat when using them around metal.
  • Concrete And Painted Vases

    Concrete and Painted Vases Concrete and Painted Vases Title Image

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Concrete and Painted Vases Main Image

    We’re all about jazzing up forgotten items that may otherwise end up in the recycling bin. Work some simple magic with concrete, paint and empty Mrs. Meyer’s containers – see below for the how-to.

    Concrete and Painted Vases Project Image Desktop Concrete and Painted Vases Project Image Mobile

    Instructions For Concrete & Painted Vases

    Supplies & Materials

    • various sizes of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® containers
    • heavy scissors
    • primer
    • brush
    • craft paints
    • concrete (concrete powder that you mix with water)

    Instructions

    1. Peel the labels off bottles and cut off the tops. If you want to make a planter cut the containers in half.
    2. If you are making a hanging planter, make holes on the edge of the cut of containers using a hole puncher.
    3. Cover the containers with primer and let it dry
    4. For the painted vases, simply paint them with 2-3 layers of craft paint, and let them dry between each coat.
    5. For the concrete ones, be careful when handling and always closely follow the instruction on the packaging and dip the vases in the concrete. Let them dry.
  • No Sew Tote Bag

    No Sew Tote Bag Herb Oil

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul No Sew Tote Bag

    Whether you’re thrifting or at the farmers’ market, you’ll want a durable bag to toss all your found goodies in. Make one that’s all your own with this DIY from Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul. The best part – no thread and needle needed.

    No Sew Tote Bag No Sew Tote Bag

    Instructions For No Sew Tote Bag

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • paper
    • cotton tarp
    • scissor
    • fabric glue

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Start by making a template of your bag. I drew mine but you can find a lot of templates online.
    2. Cut out 2 parts of the bag in the tarp, remember to add 2" so you have gluing room.
    3. Fold in all the edges and glue them together.
    4. I glued parts of the bag together then let it dry for 15 minutes with heavy books on top.
    5. Glue the whole bag, let it dry overnight.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Want to give it a vintage touch? Use a well-worn tarp after giving it a good wash. For an extra oomph of personal style, go wild and splash the tarp with different colors of fabric dye. Go an extra mile with stencils, iron-on patches or buttons.

  • Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake

    Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Title Image

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Main Image

    No need to fuss over perfection. The first dessert recipe comes out a little loose in the middle, that’s why it’s called a spoon cake. It’s still plenty scrumptious, regardless. With cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice our next dessert recipe from Sweet Paul sure does live up to its name. See below for both recipes from Sweet Paul.

    Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Project Image Desktop Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Project Image Mobile

    Instructions For Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake

    Ingredients

    • 3 apples
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 3⁄4 sticks soft butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • Crème fraîche for serving

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Peel and core apples and cut them into thick slices.
    3. Toss apples with sugar and cinnamon.
    4. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    5. Add the eggs, 1 at a time.
    6. Mix in flour and baking powder.
    7. Grease a 9 inch spring form cake tin and add half the batter.
    8. Layer with half the apples, the rest of the batter, and remaining apples.
    9. Bake for 50 minutes.
    10. Cool on a wire rack.
    11. Spoon into bowls and serve with crème fraîche.
    Spice Cake Image Desktop Spice Image Mobile

    Instructions For Spice Cake

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teapoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon warm water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Butter a 10 inch tube pan.
    3. Whisk together flour, spices, and salt. Set aside.
    4. Cream together butter and sugar, then add eggs and vanilla.
    5. In a seperate bowl, mix baking soda with warm water, and stir into the sugar mixture. Slowly combine flour and spices until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    6. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan.
    7. Once cool, shake pan to loosen cake. Turn onto plate, and dust with confectioners' sugar.
  • Appliqué Table Runner

    Clay Coaster

    I’ve always been a big fan of Scandinavian inspired art. I especially love its minimal design and patterns inspired by nature. My dining room wallpaper has a very distinct Scandinavian feel, so I was inspired to bring that same kind of design to my table with a homemade table runner.

    Materials & Tools

    • Canvas table runner
    • Felt
    • Stencil
    • Craft knife and mat
    • Fabric glue
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Felt tip pen for tracing

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used a more traditional color palette here, but you could always add some brighter colors into the mix.
    • Use the stencil to trace directly onto the runner and then go over the shape with embroidery.
    • You could even use the stencil to paint onto the runner, or use patterned fabric instead of felt. No matter what you do, get creative and make it yours!
  • Spooky Salted Caramel Apple Pie

    spooky-salted-caramel-apple-pie

    Spruce up apple pie by adding a salted caramel twist! It's a big crowd pleaser and a ton of fun to make. Your family will love it. Enjoy!

    Ingredients

    For the crust:

    • 6 cups Flour
    • 3 cups Shortening
    • 2 Eggs, beaten with a fork
    • 2 teaspoons Salt
    • 10 tablespoons Cold Water

    For the pie

    • 7-8 Green apples, peeled and sliced
    • 1 cup Butter
    • 1 cup White sugar
    • ½ cup Flour
    • ½ cup Brown sugar
    • 1 cup Water
    • 10-15 Soft caramels
    • 2 teaspoons Salt
    • Cookie cutters

    Instructions



    Store bought piecrust will work just fine, but if you want to try making a homemade one, follow these instructions

    1. Combine flour and vegetable shortening in a large bowl. Blend the mixture together with a pastry cutter until it looks like crumbs.


    2. Beat two eggs with a fork and add them to the flour mixture. Mix until combined.


    3. Add in 10 tablespoons of very cold water and 2 teaspoons salt. Work the mixture until it becomes doughy. You may need to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty here!


    4. Roll out your crust into a thick disc. Then, cover and chill until you’re ready to bake with it. You can also freeze it for a later date.


    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • When it comes to decorating your pie, let your creative juices flow! Use cookie cutters to create words or shapes on the top of your piecrust. You can even use stencils and cinnamon sugar or food coloring to create patterns!
    • Before you dig into desert, remember to show us how your pie turned out with #MakeandTell.
  • Seasoned Chickpea Snackers

    Seasoned Chickpea Snackers

    The new year always inspires me to strive to be the best and healthiest I can be! And in my home, eating right does NOT mean eating bland and boring. I'm a real snacker, and when I'm eating clean I sometimes get bored with kale chips and almonds. When this happens I like to switch things up a little bit with a recipe like these Seasoned Chickpea Snackers.

    They're super simple to make, and I love to keep a container of Chickpea Snackers around the house to pick at whenever the urge strikes me. They are bursting with flavor and help to tide me over until dinnertime.

    Ingredients

    • 2 (15-ounce) cans Chickpeas
    • 1 teaspoon Flaky sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons Paprika
    • 2 teaspoons Fresh thyme leaves
    • Red chili flakes to taste
    • Olive oil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Flavor combinations are endless for these chickpea snackers! I've made them using every combination of herbs and spices imaginable.
    • Why not try lemon zest, rosemary, and sea salt? Or experiment with cumin and curry powders. Garlic and chive?
    • I've even gone into sweet territories with cinnamon and sugar!
  • Baked Eggs In Bread Baskets

    Baked Eggs In Bread Baskets

    Brunch is my favorite meal, always has been, always will be! I'll make any excuse to make a brunch myself, go to a refined brunch at a fancy restaurant or even visit a massive brunch buffet!

    When I'm cooking brunch for friends, I always like to create things that are pre-portioned. I love muffins, fruit cups, granola bowls and mini quiche. This baked eggs in bread nests recipe is another perfect example. The portion is perfect for each guest to eat one or two, and you can even eat them with your hands. They're also easy to make, so even the kids can make them!

    INGREDIENTS

    • 12 Slides of soft bread with the crusts cut off
    • 4 tablespoons Butter
    • 1 dozen best quality organic Eggs
    • Salt & pepper to taste
    • Fresh thyme to serve

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can top baked eggs with just about anything! Try different types of herbs and spices.
    • Save the crusts you cut from the slices of bread and use them to make homemade croutons.
    • To make this gluten free, place a canned stewed tomato in the bottom of each muffin compartment and top with an egg and bake.
  • Clay Coaster

    Clay Coaster

    Keep all eyes on your table with these fun and festive DIY clay coasters. Great for both kids and adults to try, these crafty creations are easy-to-make, endlessly customizable and make for great eye-catching décor or homemade gifts.

    Materials & Tools

    • Air dry clay
    • Cookie cutter
    • Rolling pin
    • Acrylic paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Clear drying adhesive sealer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used festive holiday colors here, but you can experiment with all sorts of different colors, patterns and stamps.
    • Don’t just stop at having your coasters be circular, explore other shapes, too!
  • Quilled Paper Heart Jewelry

    Quilled Paper Heart Jewelry

    A quilled paper necklace is an easy way to add a little handmade flair to anyone’s jewelry collection. Grab a few sheets of paper in a color that catches your eye and coil your way to great personalized homemade gifts perfect for moms, friends or special someones.

    Materials & Tools

    • Scissors
    • Clear dying glue
    • Scissors
    • Quilling paper
    • Quilling tool or toothpick
    • Clear dying all-purpose sealer
    • Jewelry ring
    • Jewelry chain

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t just stop at jewelry; quilled paper is great for adding a little something extra to cards and wall décor.
    • Add pops of color to your crafty creation by incorporating different colored and patterned papers.
  • Stenciled Wrapping Paper

    DIY Stenciled Wrapping Papper

    Presents are always great, but presents with a little extra homemade touch are even better. Stand out from the crowd for holidays and birthdays with this easy to make stenciled wrapping paper.

    Materials & Tools

    • Plain wrapping paper
    • Paint
    • Craft roller brush
    • Hole punch
    • Glue or Spray adhesive
    • Craft Knife
    • Rotary Mat
    • Stencil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Dress up your homemade wrapping paper even more with bows, ribbon and festive, woodsy accents.
    • We used brown butcher paper here, but the possibilities for paper colors are endless.
  • Upcycled Holiday Place Setting

    Picture Frame Tray

    My mom has always been a fabulous gift wrapper — I still don’t know how she gets her corners so crisp and beautiful! In fact, the way she wrapped our presents is still one of my favorite holiday memories! She always added something unique to every gift that made it even more special! I used her famous gift tags as inspiration to create these cute, upcycled wreath place settings.

    Materials & Tools

    • Old magazines
    • Floral wire
    • Floral tap
    • Ribbon
    • Hot glue
    • Scissors
    • Heavy stock paper
    • Pen

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t limit yourself to one color of magazine pages.
    • I used green here, but yellows, browns, reds or whatever color you want to try would work well, too!
    • Wrap your floral wire around a glass to make forming a circle easier.
    • Don’t just stop at place settings — these wreaths are perfect for holiday gift tags, too!
  • Paper Flower Bouquet

    DIY Paper Flower Bouquet

    A floral arrangement can really do wonders when it comes to cheering up just about any room. We’re big fans of the fresh kinds, but not so much when it comes to their short lifespans. Lengthen the stay of these floral pick-me-ups and keep them lasting season after season with a cut paper flower bouquet.

    Materials & Tools

    • Craft paper
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Floral wire

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • With so many different types of flowers out there, the possibilities are endless!
    • Add variety to each bouquet with different shapes and colors.
    • Don’t forget about greenery — a succulent tucked in here and there never hurt anyone.
  • Folded Paper Clock

    DIY Paper Flower Bouquet

    It’s hard to be on time if you never know what time it is. Always know where the hour and minute hands are pointing, at least when you’re inside your home, with a folded paper clock.

    Materials & Tools

    • Scissors
    • Paper
    • Glue
    • Tape
    • Clock Movement

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used pretty simple origami folds here, but you can always try other folding techniques and paper arrangements to create different clock shapes.
    • Don’t forget about color: experiment with all kinds of colored and patterned paper to create different visual effects.
  • 39 Item(s)