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5 Pinterest Craft Ideas to Try This Summer

I have an entire board on Pinterest of craft ideas I’ve been dying to try. Here are five that I absolutely must make time for this summer.

1) LollyJane made these adorable Anthropologie inspired Zinc Letters from cardboard letters and silver paint. Super easy, and way cheaper!

2) This little gem is from VixenMade. DIY Fluted Cake Stand. If you remember my DIY cupcake stand then you’ll love this idea! Dollar store candle stick and a spray painted tart pan. Love it!

3) House of Earnest is a sweet little decor blog. Erin made these cute little customize wooden utensils. What an adorable little idea!

4) I cannot WAIT to make these adorable citrus themed coasters! I love citrus colors and this is a great wait to brighten up your coffee table. The Purl Bee has lots of really cute craft ideas.

5) Dollar Store mug + Sharpie Pen. Bake for 30 minutes. Custom Quote Mugs! You could do this on any dish. What a great gift idea!

DIY Cloth Napkin Pillow

I’ve mentioned before that I live dangerously close to Target (properly pronounced Tar-jay). The intoxicating blend of slightly ambient lighting and bright colors draw me in like a moth to a flame. The prices are excellent and the quality is quite good. Their newer lines of home decor are lovely, and lucky for me, easily hacked! The newest line Privet House is charming but a bit higher priced so my creative juices immediately started scheming on how I could make a good fake.

I’ve been looking lately for some additional throw pillows for my sofa and Privet had a lovely coral damask that would match perfectly with the Amy Butler Pattern I already had. At a price point of $25 each for throw pillows I decided to pass.

As I wandered a bit further down the aisle I came across these lovely cloth napkins which were double sided and looked like the perfect cover for the pillows I was imagining in my mind.

At the super affordable price of $3.99 each I said “yes please!” A quick stop by michaels for some polyester batting ($3.oo after my 40% off coupon) and I was ready to go!

Start by ironing the napkins flat, then unstitch about 6-7 inches of the seam starting at the tag.

Be sure to remove any little bits of thread after you unstitch.

Stuff your pillow with about 10-12 ounces of batting (depending on how firm you want your pillow to be.

Stitch the opening as close to the edge as you can, making sure to lock with a backstitch.

The final result will be a lovely little double side pillow and it only took about 5 minutes, and they only cost about $5.50 each. Aren’t they cute?

DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand

Hello. My name is Noelle. I am a Pinterest Addict.

::Hiiiiii Noellllllllle::

Its true. And if you know what Pinterest is… you are an addict too. Now is the time for honesty. We’re all friends here.

Well I found this idea for a dollar store cake stand on Pinterest and I just HAD to make it. It was pinned from a blog called Destination:Unknown.

Since we’re being honest- the truth is I HATE dollar stores. They’re just so… (how do I put this lightly?) DISGUSTING! Most of them are just really gross, dirty, and full of really lame stuff that I wouldn’t even pay a dollar for.

But, thanks to Siri, I have found the Dollar Store Mecca.

Not 3 miles from my house, Siri led me to the most glorious dollar store I have ever seen. It was big and clean, with rows and rows of amazingly useful items. My mind was on crafty overload with all the things I could do with such a selection of wares. I spent an entire $25 and came home with all sorts of goodies.

I found some really good faux lemons which are usually uncharacteristically expensive, but indeed I got them for- you guessed it… ONE DOLLAR! I got a cute battery operated paper lantern, which has found a dandy little home swinging above my stove. I found 2 little salt and pepper shakers which I plan to label “Flour” and “Powdered Sugar” and use for dusting my cake and fondant surfaces. I got a set of 3 bumpits which I had been boycotting, but at the price of just one hundred cents I couldn’t resist and my hair has been excellently poufed ever since.

Among other things I found 3 glass plates and three glass candle sticks. These are going to be the base for the adorable cupcake stand I am about to show you. I stopped by Lowe’s (which is dangerously close to where I live and along with Michael’s and Target, is slowly stealing all my money.) I picked up a can of spray on primer, Valspar Gloss Spray Paint in “Exotic Sea,” and a can of Clear Gloss Sealer/Top Coat.

I started by peeling off the stickers and scrubbing each piece very well, and making sure everything was very dry. If you ever have trouble getting stickers off, I use this amazing product that has pretty much saved my life (and by my life, I mean my frustration when I’m trying to deal with a sticky mess when I’d rather be painting already!) Its called Un-Du and its currently only available online. It REALLY works and it is alcohol based so when it dries your sticker is sticky again and you can reuse it. I’ve actually used it on stamps, and scrapbooking stickers and it didn’t damage them at all. Get it, you’ll love it!

I started by priming everything. Then I let it dry for about an hour. If you’re wondering, it was during this time that I practiced making the perfect pouf with my bumpit.

(Nevermind the shadows in this picture, I was under the shade of some rather large oaks overlooking my porch, and it was lovely, so hush.)

After everything was dry to the touch I added my color. I like Valspar brand because the colors are very true to the cap and Lowe’s carries a nice selection of colors. This Exotic Sea color is a nice turquoise, which was exactly what I wanted. They also sell this color in regular latex, but for glass I wanted an oil based spray paint.

I let the color coat dry for about 30 minutes, then I applied a second coat which I let dry for another half hour.

Time for a lunch break! I sauteed some Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and Mushrooms, with garlic, salt and pepper, and a touch of hot chili oil. I served it with a quick toast topped with butter, garlic powder and parmesan cheese and popped in the toaster oven until crisp. And of course coffee with whipped cream. Mmmm! Now back to work!

After lunch, I applied 2 coats of clear gloss sealer and let it dry over night. I propped the plates up on the lids of the spray cans so they didn’t stick to the plastic on which they were drying. By the next morning they were ready to go.

The last step was assembly. I happen to have this awesome UV glass glue on hand that I use for wine bottle projects I’ve done in the past. It comes in a little bottle with a nail polish like applicator. Just brush on a small amount and stick the candle sticks to the plates. (Make sure they are centered!) It is amazingly strong and will completely seal glass together.

I have a UV lamp that will speed up drying time but if you don’t have one, you can set your project out in direct sunlight and it will dry in less than an hour. You can buy this glue, and a nifty wine bottle cutter from GreenPowerScience. They have some cool videos on how to cut glass.

And here is the final product…

You can stack all three up for an adorable cupcake stand, or use them individually for different sized cakes. I like the top one for a single cupcake. They would also be really cute with hors d’oeuvres. You could set bowls on top and fill with candy. The possibilities are endless!