Please tell me I’m not the only one who has a huge stockpile of popsicle sticks (aka craft sticks)? Not like used ones from popsicles my kids have eaten, so don’t worry – but I buy them in bulk because there’s so many awesome projects you can create with them! The latest fun are these DIY Popsicle Stick Coasters that you can quickly put together, then decorate however you’d like!
We’ve used craft sticks in plenty of things, such as our DIY Valentine Frame, to hold up our fun printable Star Wars Puppets, or even for the kids’ catapults! Seriously, these are one of those craft items that are great to keep in stock – maybe not the crazy amount I have, but still a bag full or so is perfect. Besides, a bunch of these crafts would be great for not just kids, but adults as well – just like these stick coasters!
- Popsicle sticks
- Cutting pliers
- Strong adhesive glue
- Poster color
- Paint brush
- I used 12 popsicle sticks for each coaster, however select the number of popsicle sticks you want and cut off both round ends with the help of craft pliers so that the popsicle sticks are rectangular.
- Place a piece of paper on a flat surface and place 1 popsicle stick vertically on it; Place 2 more popsicle sticks parallel to each other; Each of the 2 sticks should be placed horizontally with each ends of the first stick. The 1st stick has been used for measurement.
- Now take the 1 st popsicle stick (placed vertically) and glue it on its side onto the 2 horizontal sticks.
- Glue 2 more popsicle sticks on their sides onto the 2 horizontal sticks, keeping even gap between all 3 sticks. The base is now ready.
- Now take the rest of the popsicle sticks and glue them on the base one by one.
- You can either cover the entire top surface or keep small and even gaps between the popsicle sticks while gluing them on the top of the base.
- Done gluing all the popsicle sticks? Select a color of your choice and simply paint the coaster (popsicle sticks) as you wish. Once you’re done painting, allow the paint to dry entirely.
They’d also make great gifts, especially as a ‘welcome home’ type package for someone moving! Or put these out at your next party – paint them to match the team you’re rooting for during the game, paint to match the decorations for a birthday, or just to protect your tables from those drinks 😉
With all this rain, the leaves and flowers are popping up fast and making it feel like Spring. I’m definitely not a winter person, so my mood has improved with this coming season! Soon there will be colorful plants everywhere – and why not make your own beautiful Dahlia flowers with this fun project? You can do these fun DIY Paper Flowers for Spring to decorate your home or office, give as a sweet bouquet, or just because.
- Colored craft paper– 3 or more colors of your choice
- Cardstock paper
- Craft glue
- Select 3 or more different colors of craft paper for the flower and cut out square shapes from them. Cut out the squares in 3 different sizes and for each size cut 8 pieces of squares. Also cut out a round pattern, then cut it into a spiral.
- Take any one of the square cut-outs and fold any one corner towards the middle of the square.
- Now fold the opposite corner towards the middle (keeping the previous fold on its place). Overlap both folds by 1 cm and glue the overlapped part to secure the cone shape.
- Similarly create cone patterns with the rest of the square cut outs. Take the spiral pattern and start rolling it from its outer edge towards the center and then glue the roll with the center to secure it; this will be the center part of the flower.
- Cut out a round shape from a cardstock paper. The size of the round cut out would depend on the size of the square cut outs. Apply 8 lines of glue around the round pattern; from its outer edge towards the center, the lines don’t need to reach the center. I applied 8 lines of glue because I prepared 8 cones for each layer for the dahlia. The round pattern is the base.
- Take the large cones and place each cone on each lines of glue with the cones’ open (wider) end facing outwards. Make sure to keep even gaps between the cones and arrange them nicely.
- Go for the next layer with the medium sized cones. Glue the medium cones slightly inwards (joining the closed end of the cones at the center of the base and between 2 larger cones.
- Now glue the small sized cones similarly; gluing each small cone between 2 medium cones and towards the center.
- And finally, glue the rolled spiral piece on the center to complete the dahlia flower.
You can even mix it up and do variations by mixing and matching different colors of paper, or different numbers and layers of cones. It’s up to you – just have fun with it!
What color of paper flower would YOU like best?
This post was sponsored by BurlapFabric.com – as always, all opinions and ideas are our own.
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t always like burlap. In my mind, it was always a bland brown color that had fraying edges that were a mess, and you couldn’t do much with it at all. Wow, that’s sure changed! Now you can get burlap in several different colors, shapes, styles. You can get it as a napkin, a bag, ribbon, banners and so much more. I love the options! I also love that I now know how How to Print on Burlap & I’m sharing a fun Valentine Date Invitation Printable for y’all to use this month!
Isn’t this banner super fun? I thought it’d be unique to not only ‘invite’ my hubby to be my Valentine date, but do it by decorating with a banner covered with the invite – he’s sure to get the message that way, right? 😉
I got this 12-pack of burlap banner pieces for the project, and though I was a bit nervous printing on a weird shape, it turned out really simple and no hassle at all!
- 12-pack of burlap banner pieces
- Printer (I used inkjet, but I’ve heard this will work on laserjet as well – but haven’t personally tried that)
- Hot glue/gun
- Valentine Invitation Printable -click on here & the 8.5×11 will download
- Colored Burlap Ribbon – if desired
A side note – the reason I really love this burlap banner pack is that it already has a filmy backing to it. Otherwise, we’d need to do additional steps with freezer paper to create a backing for going through the printer. This worked great for me without the extra though because it was already there!
Directions – Printing on the Burlap
- Cut just under the top folded-over area of the banner, removing the strip that holds the string – but save it, because we’ll reattach it later! Be sure to trim the edges a bit to get rid of any frays that could get caught in the printer.
- Do a test page on your printer to make sure you know the proper direction to load your burlap. You want it to print on the non-shiny side. We designed the file to be 8.5×11 in size, but it’s laid out so it’ll print in the bulky area of these banners, with the top at the largest width of the banner – as you can see below. After your comfortable that you know the direction to load your banner piece, place it as needed in your printer and hit print.
Directions – Attaching Rope Back On
- Use hot glue/gun to reattach the strip with the rope to the back of your banner. Don’t go very close to the sides, as you’ll need to trim a bit off so they don’t stick out.
- An easy way to trim them WITHOUT CUTTING THE ROPE is as follows:
- Cut a little slit inwards (only on that back strip, do not cut the front triangle in any of these steps) so you can push the rope enough towards the center that it won’t get cut on the edge.
- Cut the excess strip off, keeping the rope away from your scissors – and remember to avoid cutting the front triangle piece, you’re just cutting the excess along the edges!
- Repeat for other side so they’re both hidden/flush with the nice triangle edges
I love this little ‘invitation’ and how simple it was to print on burlap – I can see a lot of fun projects like this in the future! I also used this red burlap ribbon for some added ‘color’ and accent with my banner. I think it really brings out the red text!
If you like it more simple, that’s perfectly great too – it still looks incredible, and almost makes the mustache part stand out even more which is fun 🙂
Whichever way you choose, this fun Valentine date invitation is unique, simple to make and a great way to catch the invitees eyes!
If you have burlap that doesn’t already have that film layer on the back, you’ll need to add it using freezer paper and an iron, otherwise it’ll have issues printing since there’s holes/gaps in the burlap:
- Be sure you use freezer paper – NOT wax!
- Trim a piece of freezer paper so it fits your burlap shape. Trim so it fits EXACTLY – don’t forget to trim any burlap frays as well.
- Put the shiny side of the paper onto the ‘back’ of your burlap and use your iron to ‘stick’ the paper to the burlap.
- Follow the printing instructions as above – always do a test sheet to ensure you have it loaded the correct way.
- Once printed on, carefully peel off the freezer paper. It should come off easily, but if it’s sticking a bit too much, try rolling the burlap gently so it loosens it up more to peel off. Another option is putting it in the freezer, which seems to make the pieces unstick from each other.
What would YOU print on burlap?
Please note – printers and burlap may vary, so please make the best judgement when putting something other than paper through your printer. We’re simply sharing how we did it and what worked for us. We assume no responsibility if your printer/burlap is different and something gets ruined.
Other Valentine Ideas…
I have a major problem functioning when a room is in total chaos. If I have to spend forever to find something among piles of other somethings, forget it! For example, we’re currently remodeling my kids’ huge loft playroom. But with so much stuff, where was I to put it all? Thank goodness you can Organize Your Life with the Container Store! Originally shared in 2015, but the big ELFA sale is back and I just had to reshare!
When we decided to makeover their playroom, I knew that one of the major things I wanted to change was where their million toys, action figures, costumes, legos, cars and other kid-stuff was stored. Up until now, it took over my hallway linen closet. For a visual….
See any towels, bedding or other normal ‘linen closet’ items in there? You wouldn’t, because none of that stuff would fit! I wanted it OUT of my storage place, and nicely organized in their HUGE playroom…they’ve definitely got the space for it! I picked out one of their corner areas where I wanted their storage to be….
That corner…totally blank except the couch and occasional forts. Plenty of space to move stuff around! I painted it from the blah ‘Arctic Frost’ color that our house came in to a Pebble Grey on the walls and normal white for the ceiling. Then I headed to The Container Store near us…in Frisco/Plano area…and had the AMAZING people there help us out!
I got so excited, because their Elfa Storage Solutions are ON SALE RIGHT NOW through February 11th! That’s a full 30% off all Elfa products AND 30% off installation services! We actually find it totally simple to install Elfa systems, so choose to do it ourselves. It’s awesome! The store will even help you DESIGN YOUR SPACE FOR FREE. Yup, they’re awesome! We gave them the measurements, then they worked with us to figure out exactly what type of stuff we needed. They even helped us choose between things so we could stick to our budget!
We stuck with the platinum, since it will go with our playroom theme great (shhh…that’s coming soon!) I also love how durable and safe the Elfa stuff is…there’s a slit at the top runner, so it’s not like the kids could slide the down hooks off themselves.
They also have end pieces you can put on so the edges of the shelves LOOK nicer, and are more safe against rough or pokey edges!
After just a little bit, we had our shelving and drawers all set up!
Then it was just a matter of organizing all of the kids’ stuff out there! As we were putting their toys here, we did decide to make a couple changes as to where things went (drawers lower, etc.) and it was a super quick and easy switch!
I’m totally in love with this…how it LOOKS, how EASY it was, how FLEXIBLE, and how much the kids are loving the simplicity of getting out and putting things away! I’m totally in love with how ORGANIZED things stay, too, since even my youngest can figure out where things are suppose to go with this!
So contact your nearest Container Store, have them help you (for FREE) design your own space – whether it’s a playroom, closet, garage, or bedroom – and take advantage of the amazing Elfa sale before you miss out this year!
I really do love the fall season – the weather cools down (well, a little, but I’ll take what I can), the leaves turn pretty colors and the holidays are coming up. It’s such a fun time of year! Another thing that seems to come out in bulk during fall are pumpkin everything, which I totally love. If you’re also a fan, give one of these 11 DIY Fall Pumpkin Crafts a try!
There’s a bit of everything, from painting, to lace, to even using dryer vents. It’s crazy how crafty you can get with normally boring items. Whatever you choose to do, I’m sure you’ll love these fun pumpkin crafts as much as I am!
Decoupage Pumpkins | Today’s Creative Life
Burlap & Lace Rustic Pumpkins | Sparkles of Sunshine
Nautical Pumpkin | Mod Podge Rocks
Sweater Pumpkins | The Country Chic Cottage
Fall Flanel Pumpkin | Mom Endeavors
Rustic Fall Pumpkins | Thrifty NW Mom
Pumpkin Dryer Vent Craft | This Mama Loves
Pumpkin Succulent Planter | Gym Craft Laundry
Harlequin Pumpkins | DIY Candy
Chalk Paint and Gold Leaf Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins | The Happier Homemaker
Rustic Fall Leaf Pumpkin | Premeditated Leftovers
FUN BONUS: Hamburger Pumpkin | Shrimp Salad Circus
I’ve seen a lot of things lately that are galaxy themed. Parties, decorations, and everything. I agree it’s a fun trend & I like the look of it! If you or your kiddos are fans as well, you’re going to love this list of 20 DIY Galaxy Projects! Personally, I really want to try those awesome-looking fingernails.
Oooh, don’t those diy galaxy bath bombs look cool, too? There’s just so many fun galaxy projects to try, I need like a whole day devoted to trying all of these fun things!
Lemon Lime Adventures – Galaxy Bath Bombs
Me Sew Crazy – Galaxy Moon Phases Wall Hanging
Doodle Craft Blog – Galaxy Pendants
Gloriously Chic – DIY Galaxy Shoes
Pink Stripey Socks – Painted Galaxy Umbrella
Some of This and That – Galaxy Ice Cream
A Subtle Revelry – Galaxy Balloons
A Beautiful Mess – Easy Galaxy Nails
Damask Love – DIY Galaxy Painted Notebook
Dream a Little Bigger – Galaxy Cross Stitch Cuff
A Kailo Chic Life – Galaxy Color Blocked Marble Coasters
Deco Art – Galaxy Ornament
Color Made Happy – DIY Galaxy Painted Rocks
DIY Projects for Teens – DIY Galaxy Eos
Pop Craft Art – Mini Galaxy Magnets
Life of a Razorback – DIY Galaxy Backpack
Hello Giggles – DIY Ethereal Glam Light Galaxy Goddess Dess
Kids Activities Blog – Galaxy Sugar Cookies
Doodle Craft Blog – DIY Painted Galaxy Painted Shoes
My Crafts – DIY Galaxy Diamond Painting
It can be fun to add homemade decor to our homes, especially since we can customize it how we want to match our own styles and preferences. An easy decoration item that you can move around as needed are throw pillows – and we’ve got this great list of 20 DIY Throw Pillows to get the creative juices flowing for your next project!
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I’m definitely loving the donut pillow – and know my girls would LOVE to have one on their beds, as well as the heart emoji one. My boys would get a kick out of the paint-by-numbers pillows, and would probably have a blast with the cat, too. There’s so many to choose from, how can you pick just one?!
Lolly Jane – Cloud Pillow
Make and Tell – Eye Print Pillow
Make It Love It – Donut Pillow
Lil Luna – Jean Hexagon Pillow
I Heart Nap Time – DIY Anthropology Inspired Pillow
Some of This and That – DIY Cat Pillow
Studio DIY – DIY Balloon Letter Pillows
The Crafted Sparrow – DY Cactus Pillow
Craftaholics Anonymous – DIY Deer Pillow
Polka Dot Chair – DIY Hit the Open Road Pillow
Sarah Hearts – Painted Pillows
A Beautiful Mess – Paint-by-Numbers Pillow
Simply Designing – DIY Gold Arrow Pillow
Momtastic – DIY Quote Pillow
Classy Clutter – Scallop Pillow
Brit.co – Geometric Pillow
Little WhiteWhale – DIY Diamond Pillow
Little Inspiration – DIY Knot Pillows
A Beautiful Mess – Dollhouse Pillow
Studio DIY – DIY Emoji Heart Pillow
Which DIY Throw Pillow is your favorite?
While I do enjoy shopping for fun home decorations, I really love making my own – then it can be customize exactly to the style or colors or fit I want, and usually for less money. If you’re in the mood to spruce up your house this fall, here’s a list of 20 DIY Home Decor Projects to help get the ideas flowing!
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I really love the polaroid coasters and framed chalkboard, plus I’m a big fan of mason jar organizers. Take a look and see what fun home decor craft you want to tackle to glam up your own space!
The Merry Thought – DIY Mini Copper Marble Shelves
Just a Girl and Her Blog – DIY Cafe Curtains
Make It Love It – Home State Scrap Wood Art
Our Nerd Home – DIY Polaroid Coasters
Peticoat Junktion – DIY Spray Paint Glass Decanters
Deliniate Your Dwelling – DIY Clay Knobs
That’s What Che Said – DIY Monogram Doormat
Love Create Celebrate – DIY Home Sweet Home Sign
Positively Splendid – DIY Framed Chalkboard
DIY Inspired – DIY Chicken Wire Window Home Decor
A Beautiful Mess – DIY Concrete Countertop
DIY Candy – DIY Birdhouse Key Holder
A Girl and a Glue Gun – DIY Picture Ledges
Crafts Unleashed – DIY Picture Frame Trio
Thrifty and Chic – DIY Garden District Mirrors
The DIY Playbook – Mason Jar Organizers
Shanty 2 Chic – DIY Frame Shelves
Me Myself DIY – DIY Switch Plate Upgrade
Lydia Out Loud – DIY Metallic Rope Throw Basket
Hey There Home – DIY Blanket Ladder
I work at home, and as such my ‘office area’ is often covered with random school papers, half-broken crayons, even an occasional wrapper to some treat I never got to enjoy. It’s fun to spruce up my desk sometimes, and I can’t wait to try some of these 20 Home Office DIY Projects to make my workplace a little more attractive and organized!
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Okay, so these don’t HAVE to be just for a home office, they could be great for any workplace makeover! Even if you’re in a busy office building, it can make a huge difference having a more attractive and organized space, right?
A Charming Project – Chic DIY Cord Tacos
The Paper Mama – Grapefruit Mouse Pad
Aww Sam – Letter Corkboards
A Bubbly Life – DIY Polka Dot Mac Battery
Right Where I Left Off – DIY Leather Cord Keepers
A Beautiful Mess – DIY Hairpin Leg Desk
A Pumpkin and a Princess – DIY Desk Organizers
Damask Love – Fruity Wooden Boxes
Lovely Indeed – DIY Desk Organizer Tutorial
A Subtle Revelry – Wild Animal Pen Toppers
The Lovely Drawer – DIY Balsa Wood Desk Organizer
Shanty 2 Chic – DIY Floating Corner Shelves
How Joyful Blog – DIY Desk Chair Transformation
Homey Oh My – DIY Gold Desk Dishes
Dream a Little Bigger – Office Chair Makeover
Interior Frugalista – DIY Compute Monitor Stand
Right Where I Left Off – DIY Paint Dipped Recycling Bin
Sisters What – DIY Triangle Memo Board
A Charming Project – Mini Air Plant Rock Garden
Two Twenty One – DIY Dry Erase Desktop Tray
Which Home Office DIY is your favorite?
Whether you’re with the light side or dark side, you’ll love this Ultimate List of Star Wars Ideas for May the Fourth! Printables and crafts, decor and games, even costumes and more. You’re bound to find some fantastic Star Wars project worthy of the Jedi or Sith in your family!
If you don’t know by now, our family is pretty big into Star Wars. And when I say big, I mean HUGE! Of course we do plenty of fun Star Wars crafts throughout the year, such as our Rebels Tshirts or puppets, but also enjoy the films quite often – lately we’ve been rewatching The Force Awakens & Rogue One!
Star Wars Paper Crafts by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Printable Star Wars I Spy Game by Live Laugh Rowe
Stormtrooper Snacks by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
No-Sew Star Wars Rebels Pilot Vest by The Nerds Wife
Glowing Mini Lightsabers by Play Trains
Star Wars Father’s Day Card by Carrie Elle
Star Wars Perler Beads Patterns by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Darth Vader Costume by Mom Endeavors
Yoda Apple Snack by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
R2-D2 Pencil Holder by Crafts by Amanda
Yoda Lighted Canvas Art by The Causal Craftlete
LEGO Star Wars Printable Bookmarks by Carrie Elle
Lightsaber Smarties by Busy Creating Memories
No-Sew Jedi Tunics by Mom Endeavors
Lego Speeders by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Stormtrooper Marshmallows by Catch My Party
BB-8 Paper Lantern by Desert Chica
Glow in the Dark Lightsaber Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands
Space Shuttle Craft by I Heart Crafty Things
Stitch Craft with Free Printables by Simplistically Living
Tie Fighter Cookies by Simplistically Living
Popsicle Stick Ornaments by Vicky Barone
Yoda Shape Craft by Toddler Approved
Darth Vader Craft Stick Puzzle by Crafts on Sea
R2-D2 Trash Can by Kids Activities Blog
Lightsaber Pool Noodles by Kid’s Activities Blog
Chewbacca Cookies by Simplistically Living
Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet by Filth Wizardry
Star Wars Finger Puppets by The Idea Room
Star Wars Rebels Bleached Tee by One Mama’s Daily Drama
Handprint Art by Geek Dad
Last-Minute Star Wars Party by Smart Girls DIY
Ewok Granola Bars by Totally The Bomb
Printable Star Wars Quotes by One Mama’s Daily Drama
Yoda Paper Bag Puppet by Gluesticks and Gumdrops
Lightsaber Bubble Wands by The Contemplative Creative
Chewbacca Bandolier by All For The Boys
Jedi Quiet Book by Julie Gillrie
Star Wars Cupcake Toppers by One Mama’s Daily Drama
BB-8 Quesadilla by Totally The Bomb
Lightsaber Sensory Bottles by Little Bins for Little Hands
Super Simple Stormtrooper Costume by Carrie Elle
R2-D2 Luminaries by DIY Candy
Save Han Solo Activity by Fun-a-Day
Star Wars Party Printables by The Kiwi in the Clouds
Lightsaber Sugar Scrub by Totally The Bomb
LEGO Star Wars Lunchbox Notes by One Mama’s Daily Drama
Star Wars Themed Footprint Art by The Pinterested Parent
Death Star Play Dough by Little Bins for Little Hands
Wampa Granola Bars by Totally The Bomb
Paper Plate Yoda Craft by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Lightsaber Pens by Kid’s Activities Blog
Lightsaber Cereal Bars by The Frugal Mom
Star Wars Mason Jar Gifts by Chica Circle
Star Wars Toilet Paper Roll Characters by Kid’s Activities Blog
Star Wars Crayons by Carrie Elle
Lava Slime by Fun-a-Day
X-Wing Fighter from Office Supplies by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Recycled Droids by All For The Boys
No-Sew Princess Leia Costume by Carrie Elle
Millennium Falcon Soap by Simplistically Living
Other Star Wars fun…
Update your décor or decorate for a party with this cute and free printable spring banner. This easy paper craft is fun and festive from March to May!
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Spring is here and I’m celebrating with a pretty printable spring banner. This is an easy DiY project that adds a fun pop of color wherever you hang it. I put mine up over a bookshelf, but it would look cute on a mantle or along a stair railing too.
If you are looking for cheap and easy spring décor, I’ve got it right here.
- spring banner printable (click to download)
- card stock or other craft paper
- scissors/paper cutter
- ribbon, about 4 feet long
I started by printing and cutting out the polka dot banner page and the template. I used my paper cutter, but regular scissors are fine, of course.
This paper cutter (affiliate link) is the one I bought a few months ago and love it. It makes the cutting faster and saves me from hand cramps when I’m cutting out a bunch of things.
I traced the template onto the back side of my card stock and cut out six pieces.
Then I lined up the two pieces and glued them together.
Finally, I punched holes in the corners and ran the ribbon through.
This makes a cute decoration for Easter. I made it simple with bright, spring colors so that it can also be used for other celebrations, like Saint Patrick’s Day or Mother’s Day.
If you just like the polka dots, you could skip adding the layer of card stock. Each polka dot banner piece is 2-1/2 inches across and 5 inches tall. The card stock adds about half an inch all the way around.
You can use any color card stock to match or even alternate colors.
Looking for more printable banners? Here are a few more ideas you’ll love: