Marbled paper creates faux metal wall art

I probably say this every time I show a new DIY wall art idea: “this one is my favorite.” It’s really too hard to choose a favorite, but this Marbled Paper Wall Art comes close, because it’s simply beautiful and pretty darn clever. That center disc? It’s not metal – it’s a richly marbled paper that mimics a fine patina. At $5.20 per sheet, the paper is an affordable luxury that’s well worth the price. Here’s how you can make your own Marbled Paper Wall Art.

Can you believe this is made with paper and Styrofoam brand foam? Beautiful!

Marbled Paper Wall Art by Kathleen George.

To make Marbled Paper Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Two, 12” x 12” x 1” squares*
    • Two, 6” discs
  • Textured paint in brown (Kathleen used Texture Fierro in Iron Brown by DecoArt
  • Marbled metallic paper (Kathleen used Marble Metallic Gold Paper Carnival, #1844, by Paper Arts)
  • Wood dowels, eight, ¼” x 5” lengths
  • Metallic gold paper (to cover dowels)
  • Thin wire
  • Paper paste
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; T-square; pencil; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; stiff, 1” paint brush; 1” putty knife; wire knippers; optional: rubber brayer

*Note: If you can’t find 12” x 12” x 1” squares, here’s how you can easily cut a 12” x 36” x 1” sheet to size.

I can't believe this is paper! It's used in a gorgeous piece of DIY wall art on

Here’s a close-up view of the marbled metallic paper. Isn’t it gorgeous?

To make Marbled Paper Wall Art:

1. Using the T-square and a sharp pencil, score a line 2” in from each edge of the 12” square of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. This will create a 2” frame and 8” square center. Measure and mark the midpoint along each side, too, and draw a horizontal line from the edge to the center.

2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the 8” center square.

3. Paint the frame with the brown texture paint. Let dry.

4. Find the center of each disc, and mark the center on the back of the disc. Using the T-square and a sharp pencil, score vertical and horizontal lines through the center. (You’ll use these lines later for the dowels.)

Covering the discs with paper:

5. Cut 1” strips of the marbled, metallic paper. Using the putty knife, spread paper paste around the sides of each disc. Adhere a paper strip around each disc and smooth with your fingers.

6. Cut two, 6” circles from the marbled paper. Spread paper paste on the front of each disc, and adhere the paper circle. Press smooth with your fingertips, or with a rubber brayer. Let dry thoroughly.

Gorgeous DIY wall art, and it's made with marbled paper and Styrofoam brand foam. No power tools. Easy & beautiful.

The “metal” rods are foolers, too, and are actually wood dowels wrapped in gold paper.

Adding the wood dowels:

7. Cut eight, 5” x 1” strips of gold paper. Spread paper paste on the back of each strip, and tightly wrap strips around the 5” wood dowels.

8. On the back of each disc, cut a ¼” wide v-shaped groove along the vertical and horizontal lines. To keep the discs centered, be sure the scored lines serve as the center for each groove.

9. On the back of the frame, cut out a ¼” deep groove along the center lines created in Step 1. Do not cut to the edge of the frame; stop ½” from the outside edge.

10. Place the frames face down, and center the discs, face down, in the middle of each frame. Squeeze a bead of white craft glue in each groove. Lay the dowels in the grooves and press firmly into the foam so that the dowels are level with surface.

11. Cut wire into 1-1/2” lengths, and shape into a U. Use the U-pins to pin the dowels in place. Double check to be sure the discs are centered before the glue dries.

12. Hang with adhesive, Velcro hangers.

For more paper magic, do you remember the Techno Hip Wall Art Kathleen made? These textured papers look like metal, but you craft it with scissors and glue!

how to make paper wall art

Techno Hip Wall Art by Kathleen George

The Metallic Disc Wall Art is a variation on a theme. Think how much easier these are to hang, too.

how to make easy paper wall art

Metallic Disc Wall Art by Kathleen George

While we’re talking about feathering your nest today, I thought I’d mention that we’re now empty nesters. Our baby robins took flight and this past weekend we took down the wreath and cleaned up the porch. It sure was fun having our feathered visitors.

Empty nesters!

Our baby robins flew the coop.

Before I go, I wanted to remind you that today’s the last day to enter this week’s giveaway. Don’t miss out on your chance to win the supplies to make the Patriotic Deco Mesh Wreath.

Happy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY a Glittered Christmas Ornament

Wait, did I say “DIY Christmas Ornament”? Yes, I did because today is the first day in a new summer series here on Crafts ‘n CoffeeTinsel Tuesdays. So many of you have said that you craft for Christmas year-round, so I decided to share a Christmas craft idea every Tuesday all summer long. Today’s tutorial is for the Elegant, Glittered Ornament pictured in the Tinsel Tuesday graphic. Make several of these now for special gifts, and you’ll be way ahead of the season. So, let’s get our merry on!

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.
The red and white color scheme is a classic, but you could easily change the colors of glitter and microbeads to match your Christmas colors. Think about changing up the size of the balls, too. I think these would be stunning in larger sizes.

A pretty sparkler for the Christmas tree. I'd love these in a larger size! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.

Elegant Glittered Ornament by Diane Flowers.

To make an Elegant, Glittered Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1”, 1-1/2” and 2” balls; scrap piece
  • Microbeads in red*
  • Glitter: Red and silver
  • Diamond Dust
  • Acrylic crystal beads in assorted sizes
  • Head pin
  • Beading wire
  • Glitter glue
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Wire cutters; toothpicks; wood pick; stiff paintbrush

*If you can’t find microbeads in your local craft store, I found two online sources from Martha Stewart and American Crafts. They’re both on sale right now, too.

To make an Elegant, Glittered Ornament:

1. Twist balls together to create a tight fit. Insert toothpicks between the balls, and glue together.

2. Insert a wood pick into the 2” ball to use as a handle. Brush glitter glue over the ornament, and sprinkle with glitter, Diamond Dust, and microbeads. Insert the pick into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam while glue dries.

3. String three or more beads onto the head pin, and insert and glue the pin into the 1” ball.

4. String beads onto a 6” length of wire, leaving the last 3/4” empty on either end. Twist ends together and insert and glue twisted end into the 2” ball.


Make extra glittered balls and embellish a purchased wreath. Two projects, one mess — score!

As long as you have the supplies, make a few extra glittered balls and use them to decorate a purchased pine wreath. You’ll be two projects ahead for the coming holiday season.

Be sure to share Tinsel Tuesdays with your friends. And tell me, what types of projects would you like to see featured during Tinsel Tuesdays this summer?

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.Happy crafting!


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Summertime salute: A mesh ribbon wreath in red, white and blue (and another giveaway!)

Are you a fan of Deco Mesh? I’ve shared some fun Deco Mesh crafts, like the Deco Mesh Topiary or Deco Mesh Halloween Ghost. Recently, I saw something new at Jo-Ann Stores – rolls of mesh ribbon only 6” wide. I was intrigued. Sometimes, Deco Mesh projects turn out really big, and I wondered how the smaller mesh would look. I made a Summertime, Deco Mesh Wreath with the 6” mesh and while there’s still plenty of springy pouf, its more tailored size just might fit in smaller spaces. (And what’s that, another giveaway? Read on!)

A new Deco Mesh Wreath for the summer! On

To make a Summertime, Deco Mesh Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Deco Mesh, one 6” wide roll each of red, white and blue
  • Silver glitter ribbon, 1-1/2” wide
  • Tools needed: Scissors; floral u-pins
I like the sparkling silver ribbon in this Deco Mesh Wreath. Really festive!

The sparkling silver ribbon makes the wreath more festive.

To make a Summertime, Deco Mesh Wreath:

1. Cut a length of red Deco Mesh into 2” wide strips, and wrap the strips around the wreath. Pin the Deco Mesh in place.

Step one in making a patriotic, Deco Mesh wreath.

First, wrap your wreath in 2″ strips of mesh ribbon.

2. Cut the following pieces of Deco Mesh:

  • 20, 9” lengths of red Deco Mesh
  • 10, 9” lengths of blue Deco Mesh
  • 10, 9” lengths of white Deco Mesh

3. Roll up a strip of red Deco Mesh, forming a tube. Pinch the tube in the center, and pin it to the wreath with a floral pin. Continue making tubes and pinning them to the wreath till you’ve covered about 2/3 – ¾ of the wreath.

4. Repeat, rolling and pinning the blue Deco Mesh strips to cover the rest of the wreath.

5. Fill in bare areas with the rolls of white Deco Mesh.

6. Cut seven, 9” lengths of silver ribbon. Pin them at random around the wreath.

7. Pin and glue a ribbon loop to the back for a hanger.

Fun & festive wreath made with Deco Mesh. Tutorial on

The mesh ribbon is easy to work with, and you can make this wreath in less than an hour.

It just so happens that FloraCraft, a fabricator for STYROFOAM Brand Foam, also makes Deco Mesh. I asked if they would provide a prize package to make this wreath, and they said “yes”! If you’d like to win 6″ rolls of Deco Mesh in red, white and blue; a package of floral pins; and a 12″ wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, then leave a comment below telling me about your summer crafting plans. What do you hope to make in the coming months?

Please leave your comment by next Thursday, May 29, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, May 30. I can’t wait to hear what you’re going to be making.

Enjoy the long, holiday weekend and happy crafting.





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An easy, patriotic wreath kids – or anyone, can make

My Red, White & Blue Bandana Wreath is an easy summertime craft for kids – and adults. Keeping kids in mind, I chose a smaller, 10” wreath form so that you could make this patriotic wreath fairly quickly. Personally, I like that it took just an hour or so to make, but if you have more time, you can always make it bigger. I also used one of my favorite materials for making patriotic crafts—bandanas. Here’s how I made the Easy, Red, White & Blue Bandana Wreath.

This is a fun wreath, and even kids can easily make it. To make an Easy, Red, White & Blue Bandana Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” wreath
  • Bandanas, one each red, white and blue
  • Ribbon, 1” x 54”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; iron; wood skewer; straight pins; optional: Rotary cutter and cutting mat

It doesn't take much to make this really cute (and easy) Red, White & Blue Bandana Wreath.

Here’s about all you’ll need to make this wreath. Note that I later swapped out the striped ribbon for a solid blue ribbon.

To make an Easy, Red, White & Blue Bandana Wreath:

1. Glue ribbon around the outside and inside edges of the wreath. If needed, pin ribbons in place while the glue dries. (A little back story here – you’ll see that I originally used a striped ribbon around the outside edge, and forgot about the inside edge! Oops. I also decided that I liked a solid blue ribbon better, and switched out the striped ribbon for the blue.)

2. Press bandanas to remove wrinkles.

3. Trim seams from each edge of the bandanas.

Prepping the bandanas for the Easy, Red, White & Blue Bandana Wreath.

Cut your bandana into 2″ strips, and then cut the strips into 2″ squares. If you’re working with really young kids, an adult can do this step ahead of time.

4. Cut bandanas into 2” strips, and the strips into 2” squares. I used about eight red strips and four each of the blue and white strips for my wreath.

5. Place a red bandana square on the wreath, and using the blunt end of the skewer, push the center of the fabric square into the wreath.

This is a favorite technique for making wreaths and ornaments, too.

Insert your fabric squares into the wreath using the blunt end of a wood skewer.

6. Continue inserting the red bandana squares into the wreath, and add an occasional white bandana square, too. Cover about 2/3 – ¾ of the wreath with the red and white bandana squares.

7. Repeat to cover the remaining portion of the wreath, using blue bandana squares and an occasional white bandana square.

8. To hang, pin and glue a ribbon loop to the back.

Nothing hard about this wreath -- it uses bandanas and a Styrofoam brand wreath. Super easy and super cute!

My wreath is about 10″ wide, and you can easily adapt this to a larger size wreath.

If you’re like me, and you like the look of all-American bandanas, here’s another easy, Patriotic Wreath I made.

how to make a quick & easy July 4th wreath

Whip up this wreath in less than an hour!

Designer Patty Schaffer made this Fringed Bandana Wreath.

fast & easy patriotic wreath for July 4th.

Patriotic, Fringed Bandana Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

And, Patty made this Wrap & Roll Patriotic Bandana Wreath.

Wrap up this easy, in expensive July 4th wreath using craft bandanas.

Wrap & Roll Patriotic Wreath by Patty Schaffer

Have you crafted with bandanas? What did you make?

Happy crafting.


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Saluting summertime with a collection of 13 patriotic crafts

I cannot believe that Memorial Day, and the unofficial start of summer, is less than a week away. (Of course, if you’re Canadian, you’re a week ahead of us.) To celebrate, I’m sharing a collection of red, white and blue patriotic crafts. If you’re looking for a new wreath, a centerpiece idea, or easy, DIY patriotic décor, these 13 summertime crafts from past years on Crafts ‘n Coffee have you covered.

Prim & Proper Americana Flag & Crow

A patriotic prim to make for July 4th.

Prim & Proper Americana Flag & Crow by Debra Quartermain

Patriotic Folk Art Bird

Adorable, folk art bird made by Rebekah Meier. Follow her tutorial and you really can make this yourself! #PatrioticCrafts

Patriotic Folk Art Bird by Rebekah Meier.

Ruffled Patriotic Topiaries

how to make DIY ruffled topiary trees

Change up the fabrics and make these for these Ruffled Topiaries for Christmas, too.

Star Spangled Centerpiece Squares

Super-easy to make for summertime bashes. Star Spangled Centerpiece Squares on ,

These Star Spangled Squares are super easy and super festive.

Patriotic Fringed Bandana Topiaries

Fourth of July crafts & easy centerpiece ideas

Patriotic, Fringed Bandana Topiaries by Patty Schaffer.

Patriotic Rag Balls

Rag Balls are super easy to make, and a fun heritage craft for kids.

Super-easy Patriotic Rag Balls

All-American Denim & Ruffles Topiary

Celebrate with an easy-to-makeAll-American Denim & Ruffles Topiary.

All-American Denim & Ruffles Topiary.

Wrap & Roll Patriotic Wreath

Wrap up this easy, in expensive July 4th wreath using craft bandanas.

Wrap & Roll Patriotic Wreath by Patty Schaffer

Patriotic Fringed Bandana Wreath

fast & easy patriotic wreath for July 4th.

Patriotic, Fringed Bandana Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Stars & Stripes Patriotic Wreath

how to make a quick & easy July 4th wreath

Whip up this wreath in less than an hour!

All-American Denim & Rosettes Wreath

How to make an All-American Denim Wreath with rosettes.

All-American Denim & Rosettes Wreath

Punched Flag Wallhanging

Craft tutorial: Flag craft for July 4th.

Punched Flag Wallhanging

Punch Quilt Flag

July 4th flag tutorial: kid's punch quilt flag.

This is an easy technique, and a craft the kids can make.

Are you ready for summer? For me, summer means warmer weather, no more a.m. scramble for the school bus, and our annual July 4th trip to the lake. How about you? What are you looking forward to this summer?

Happy crafting.


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The coolest DIY Wall Art – ever! (And a winner)

Yesterday, I mentioned that one thing led to another this week, and I’ve saved the best for last. In today’s big reveal, I’m featuring one of my all-time favorite DIY wall art projects – the Rectangle Wall Sculpture by Kathleen George. And you’ll see what I mean by one thing led to another in the photo below, which includes both the Architectural Finials from yesterday and the Button Deco Cube from earlier in the week.

This is all DIY decor! Gorgeous. CraftsnCoffee.comIsn’t this a gorgeous piece of DIY wall art? And can you believe it’s made with two basic supplies – balsa wood and STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam? I have Kathleen’s tutorial and the cutting diagram on, and she’ll walk you step-by-step through the process. And think about how you can change it up – make it smaller or larger, change the colors, add more texture, or even decoupage on papers.

This wall art is gorgeous, and there's a tutorial for it on

This wall art totally transforms the space!

In some ways, it’s similar to another favorite wall art idea on Crafts ‘n Coffee – the Garden Wall Art. The Garden Wall Art shares the layered look, but without the balsa wood accents. The Garden Wall Art will give you some idea of how the Rectangle Wall Sculpture might look if you covered it in pretty scrapbook papers instead of paint.

Beautiful wall art made with scrapbook papers and Styrofoam.

The Garden Collage Wall Art is covered in scrapbook papers.

The Rectangle Wall Sculpture is not the easiest, but it is packed with one-of-a-kind style. If it’s fast you want, check out our series Great Décor in a Flash – Without a Lot of Cash. It’s all free!

Free home decorating booklets: Great Decor in a Flash -- Wihtout a Lot of Cash. Great ideas here -- super fast and super cheap, too. All made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam.I’m also going to finish the week by announcing the winner of our “Burlap and Bling” prize package, which includes a few of the favorite products from SNAP. (And a big “thank you” to FloraCraft for sponsoring the giveaway.) Today’s winner is Studio Rose. Please contact me, Studio Rose, for the details.

It’s already mid-May!  What are your weekend plans? Weddings? Graduations? Gardening?

I’ll see you next week with a few summertime craft ideas.

Happy crafting.


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Have you ever thought about making decorative finials? You can!

You know how one thing leads to another? That’s what’s happened here on Crafts ‘n Coffee this week. While preparing Tuesday’s tutorial for the Button, Twig & Twine Deco Cubes, I came across a few more projects to share. Like these DIY Finials. Why would you make your own finials? Because you can make then any size and shape you want, and then finish them in the colors and style of your choice. It’s custom décor that fits your home – and your budget, perfectly.

Love the lines on these Architectural Finials. The price is right, too, because they're a DIY project.

Architectural Finials by Kathleen George

Basic shapes of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam offer so many options to build your own finials. It’s almost like building a block tower, but with a lot more variety. Discs or a 1” sheet cut to size make great bases. And then you start stacking cubes, cones, balls, even eggs to shape your finial. Designer Kathleen George used a serrated knife to trim the sides on her cones and cubes to create different shapes. (No hammers, saws or power tools.)

Look how you can turn basic Styrofoam shapes into custom finials!

You’ll build your finials with basic shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

After you’ve built your shape, think about how you’d like to finish it. Kathleen brushed on acrylic paint to finish these Bronze Finials.

DIY these fun finials with Styrofoam brand foam.

Bronze Finials by Kathleen George.

For the Architectural Finials below, Kathleen first covered her finials with a light coat of spackling. Then, she painted the gray finial (center) and light tan finial (right) with Make It Stone! from Krylon. The tall finial on the left is painted with Krylon Brushed Metallic spray paint. (Always read the label carefully to be sure the spray paint you use is foam-safe.)

I like the strong, clean lines on these DIY finials.

The finial on the left is finished with a metallic paint, and the other two are painted with a stone-like finish.

You’ll find links to the step-by-step tutorials above, so click on through for all of the details.

Where would you display your finials?

And don’t forget, today is the last day to enter the “Burlap & Bling” giveaway, and win a few of the favorite products from the SNAP Conference.

Happy crafting.



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Buttons, twigs & twine combine to create textured cubes for home décor

Mix ‘em, match ‘em, stack ‘em – you can use these textured Deco Cubes in so many ways. Twine, twigs and buttons all combine to create the most glorious textures. Display the Deco Cubes individually or altogether. Display on your mantel, or fill in an empty space on a book shelf or tabletop. Place small treasures on them and use as pedestals. Make one or make them all.

These textured cubes are great! So many ways to use them. Easy to make, too. make a Textured Deco Cube, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” cube (or other cube size)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue

To make a Button Cube, you’ll also need:

  • Acrylic craft paint in tan
  • Buttons in assorted sizes and colors
  • Stiff paintbrush

To make a Twine Cube, you’ll also need:

  • Twine
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors

To make a Twig Cube, you’ll also need:

  • Twigs, 5” long and fairly straight
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Stiff paint brush
These Deco Cubes are so versatile! Easy DIY on

You probably already have twine, twigs and buttons on hand.

To make a Button Cube:

1. Paint cube; let dry.

2. Using low temperature glue, adhere buttons to sides and top of cube. If blank spaces remain, use white craft glue to add a second layer of buttons as needed to cover spaces.

To make a Twine Cube:

1. Pin one end of the twine along the edge of the cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wrap the twine all the way around the cube, back to the starting point. Continue winding the twine around the cube, keeping each pass as close as possible to the last one. Occasionally pin and glue the twine to help hold it in place.

2. Cut the twine when the first four sides are completely covered and glue and pin the end in place. Wrap the cube in the opposite direction, covering the two remaining sides. As you wrap, you’ll re-cover two of the sides you already wrapped.

3. Tie a length of twine around the cube, if desired.

To make a Twig Cube:

1. Paint cube; let dry.

2. Glue twigs to four sides and top of foam cube. To cover top edges, glue a few twigs along each edge at top, using tacky glue.

Love the textures! A really simple but elegant look. has the tutorials.

Make the Twig Wall Art to display with your new Deco Cubes.

Here are the Twig and Button Cubes again, this time displayed on a mantel. For even more texture, make the Twig Wall Art, too. It’s easier than you think, because you start with a ready-made table runner.

Wow, buttons & twigs are a cheap way to decorate, yet this look is so sophisticated.

How would you display your Deco Cubes?

Which cube would you like to make?

Happy crafting.


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A Brooch Bouquet tutorial, and a new video from Alex Boyé

Happy Friday! To finish the week, I’m sharing two videos today. The first was planned, and it’s all about making a Brooch Bouquet. Do you know of a bride who made her own Brooch Bouquet? DIY Brooch Bouquets are a beautiful and sentimental alternative to traditional bridal bouquets. The second video I just saw this morning, and had to share. Plus, I have a Mother’s Day update on the robins nesting on my front porch.

So pretty -- a Brooch Bouquet. And it will last forever.

A Brooch Bouquet is a beautiful and sentimental alternative to a traditional bridal bouquet.

One of the first projects I ever featured on Crafts ‘n Coffee was how to make a Brooch Bouquet. Since then, I’ve found a very helpful video tutorial that shows how to make a Brooch Bouquet. If you or someone you know is thinking about carrying a Brooch Bouquet down the aisle, be sure to check out the 1928 Jewelry blog for photos and the video tutorial. (For another way to use your vintage brooches, don’t miss this tutorial for a Vintage Brooch Wreath.)

DIY Vintage Brooch Wreath

A bright, Vintage Brooch Wreath.

And now for the surprise video. When I attended the SNAP Conference, I mentioned that musician Alex Boyé performed for the group. Right after SNAP, Alex invited the SNAP bloggers to take part in a new video. This was a fast-track project, taped last Thursday in Utah and live today on YouTube. It was so much fun to see some of the bloggers I just met participating in the video. Plus, it was filmed in the beautiful Thanksgiving Point Gardens, which I had visited during the 2013 SNAP Conference. The song is “Roar” by Katy Perry, and I hope you’ll take a few moments to watch it.

Home sweet home!

Home, sweet home: There’s a robin nesting on my winter wreath!

As Mother’s Day is Sunday, it seems appropriate to share an update on the robins nesting on my front porch. Remember this photo from a few weeks ago? Well, the babies have hatched! I snapped the photos below earlier this week, and the babies already look so much bigger today.

The babies hatched! Robins nesting on a front porch wreath.

We’ve counted four little babies in the nest.

I wish you and your families a very happy Mother’s Day! Do you have any plans for the weekend?

Happy crafting.



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The perfect storage solutions for my craft supplies

Are your craft supplies out of control? In case you’re looking for a way to control the craft room clutter, I’m sharing my favorite containers for storing my craft supplies. I don’t have a designated craft room – it’s just the corner of my 100-year old basement. It’s not an especially pretty place, and the mess can quickly get out of control. In case you’re also struggling to find a way to organize your craft room – or craft area, I wanted to share a few solutions I’ve used.

Behind the scenes life of a craft blogger. Boxes, boxes everywhere!

Some days, my basement looks like this — boxes, boxes, boxes.

First, I deal with boxes – a lot of boxes! I don’t have big tips for this – I just break them down and recycle them when I have too many. And I shared with you before how they can overwhelm the whole house!

Behind the scenes life of a craft blogger.

Boxes for dinner, anyone?

I did some spring cleaning recently, and hauled a bunch of boxes to the curb. And then I tackled my craft corner and reclaimed the space. It’s such a good feeling now to look at my supplies, sorted and easy to find. Hooray!

I love these plastic jars from Oriental Trading Company for storing my craft supplies. So versatile, just the right size, and inexpensive.

My supplies are now sorted, organized and easy to find!

I know that mason jars are all the rage, but I have a concrete floor and I can be clumsy, so why invite disaster? Several years ago, I found these plastic jars at Oriental Trading Company and purchased a dozen on clearance. And then I couldn’t find them again, till recently. When I saw that they were back in stock, I ordered them immediately.

My absolute favorite storage containers for craft supplies. I love these!

Anyone else have jars of wiggle eyes and pompoms?

I love, love, love these jars. They’re a flexible plastic, and might not be a good solution for kids and rough handling. But for my craft supplies, they’re perfect! Reading through the comments on the Oriental Trading web site, I also saw that people were using these plastic jars for all sorts of things – party favors, food gifts, even science experiments.

The large jars are 8″ x 4″ (perfect for ribbon spools), and a set of 12 is $20. A dozen of the short jars is $13.50, and they measure 4-1/2” tall and 3” in diameter.

I have quite a stash of chenille stems, and they’re too large for the plastic jars. I’ve found that stashing them in clear glass vases keeps them tidy (yes, fingers crossed that they don’t crash to the floor).

A great way to store chenille stems so they don't get ruined -- stash them in vases.

I store my chenille stems in inexpensive vases.

I’ve also collected quite a few holiday picks, and I keep track of those by inserting them into a block of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. That way, I don’t lose them and I can see at a glance what I have available.

Store your floral picks in a block of Styrofoam. They won't get lost, and you can see just what you have.

I stick my floral picks into a block of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

I don’t know if you can see the blue basket behind the foam cube, but I store glue bottles, vials of glitter, and paint bottles in small, plastic baskets from a dollar store.

It’s not a glamorous, sun-filled craft room, but it’s organized and I can find what I need. I’ll take that any day! Do you have any suggestions for organizing and storing your craft supplies?

P.S. Oriental Trading did not compensate me in any way for this post. I just love these containers and thought you might, too.

P.P.S. I announced a giveaway on Tuesday — be sure to enter!

Happy crafting.


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