my source for inexpensive large prints {and our photo wall}

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About 2 years ago, I shared this same corner of our living room. I scored the 14×14 frames from ebay, and used colored mats (to make the photos pop) and black and white photos. A week ago or so, I realized I needed to update this wall (my sweet 16 month old was nowhere to be found on it-sad!), and I was tired of the colored mats and wanted to go with something more neutral.

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So, what’s my source for large, super-cheap prints? Staples! I got these 10×10 images (printed on 11×17 cardstock) for less than 50 cents each. Done! Color prints are a bit more expensive, at about $2 a piece. Now, realize this is NOT photo paper and Staples is not a photo printer. The quality is slightly less impressive than other large prints I’ve had made, but I also saved more than $25 having it done this way, so I’m more than thrilled with how they came out.

Note: I cropped and resized my images in photoshop first, to get them to the 10×10 size I wanted. I then asked Staples to print them onto 11×17 cardstock and I cut them down myself (they have a cutting fee if you want them to do it). Here are the prints before I cut them down to size.

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The mats are nothing more than poster board cut down to size (the poster board was more expensive than the prints!).

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Cut out your poster board mat, use double sided tape to tape down your picture, and you’re done!

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I love little tricks like this…it allows me to change up my decor more than I otherwise would be able to do. What are your tips/tricks for getting great deals on home decor projects? Would love to know!

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diy wax seal (using a dremel!)

 diy wax seal (using a dremel!)

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If you know me at all, you know that I am a DIYer at heart. It follows, then, that I love DIY tools that are easy to use, multi-functional, and, most importantly, enhance and supplement my creative experience. Today, I am sharing a tutorial using one of my new favorite such tools-the Dremel® Micro™ 8050!

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My husband and I created an easy and versatile wax seal using our Dremel® Micro™ 8050; it was the perfect weekend afternoon project, and will add dimension and a fun detail to my gift wrap, cards, and more! If you weren’t already aware, Dremel offers a full line of versatile tool systems that provide the perfect solution for almost any craft, hobby or DIY project. The Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced. Light and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery.

Want to create a wax seal of your own? Let’s get started!

Dremel® Micro™ 8050
3/4″ wooden dowel

sealing wax

Here are the accessories I used to complete this project, all of which came with my Dremel Micro.

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Step 1: Take your wooden dowel, and cut off a section approximately 4″ long. Using your Sanding Drum Mandrel and 240 Grit Sanding Band, smooth the edges of your cut dowel piece.

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Step 2: Using a Sharpie marker, draw out the design you want on your seal on one end of the dowel. Make sure you draw your design/image in reverse. I used a pencil first, then traced over my pencil marks with the Sharpie. Using your Highspeed Cutter (#191), carefully begin to carve out your design. We also used the Engraving Cutter (#105) and the Highspeed Cutter (#125) to help add the detailing and “finish” our design. This was an easy process, taking less than 5 minutes to complete.

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Step 3: Your stamp is done, now let’s start sealing! I used red sealing wax that conveniently fit inside my glue gun. Set your glue gun to “low”, insert your wax stick, and create a small puddle on your envelope, gift, etc. I used a journal and thought the seal added such a fun, personal touch! Wet the end of your stamp (this prevents the wax from clogging up your stamp), shake off excess liquid, and insert stamp into your hot wax. My husband drew an arrow on our stamp so that we would remember which direction to hold the stamp (smart man)! Hold for a few seconds, then lift.

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Be sure to practice first on a piece of paper or cardboard to get the technique down, but, seriously, it’s crazy simple. If you mess up, just wait for the wax to dry and simply pull the wax off and try again).

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I love the idea of imprinting journals and glassine bags, but wouldn’t this also make a great way to decorate holiday packages? I’m envisioning kraft paper, bakers twine, and a wax seal to create fun, vintage-inspired gift wrap.

You can purchase the Micro 8050 online at and for $89 USD.

Dremel wants to celebrate its fans’ brilliant projects, work and ideas! Now through October 12, share, tweet or post photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that depict your brilliant ideas using the hashtag#MyBrilliantIdeaSweeps for the chance to win weekly prizes, including free tools and handmade gifts, or the grand prize: a custom-engraved Honda scooter and a Micro 8050. Visit for rules and to learn more.

Do you own a Dremel Micro? I’d love to hear what your favorite use for this tool is! Leave a comment!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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burlap and felt autumn wreath {a tutorial}

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Good morning, Burlap+Blue readers! Carrie here, from Dream Green DIY, back to show you my favorite way to celebrate the fall season. I think I can speak for the majority of us when I say that boots, pumpkins, scarves and pumpkin spice lattes have us all leaping for joy over the beginning of fall. It didn’t take my husband and I long to jump head first into the season by revamping our front door with a new wreath fit for the colors and rustic feeling of fall.

Straw wreath form in whatever size you’d like
Burlap cut into long, thin strips (amount will vary based on the size of your wreath form)
Staple gun, staples
Permanent marker
Three squares of felt in your favorite fall hues

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Start by wrapping the end of your first burlap strip around to the back of your wreath form and staple in place. Then continue to wrap the burlap around the wreath, using staples every now and then, until you’ve covered the entire wreath.

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Next, lay out your felt and choose your first color. I wanted to make leaf-like shapes, so I went with a simple curved template. I cut the smallest leaves first and then laid one of the forms on top of the second sheet of felt, tracing a replica shape in a slightly larger size. After cutting this second, slightly larger set out, I laid one piece on the last piece of felt and did the same thing – Tracing another slightly larger size, and then cut the final set out.

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Once all three sizes and colors were cut out, I sandwiched them all together to create colorful felt leaves. To attach them to the wreath, I used my staple gun to put a single staple in the center of each three-layered leaf. Why staples? Our front door happens to be in direct sunlight most of the day so, even on a chilly day, anything hot glued is quick to melt and fall apart. If this isn’t an issue for you, by all means, break out the hot glue gun! A set of pretty pearl-topped pins could also do the trick for adhering the felt leaves to the straw wreath.

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This oh-so-simple method has become a mainstay in our home, ever since crafting together a flowery version for the spring and summer. An added bonus is the naturally sweet smell of straw and burlap welcoming us through the front door every time we come home.

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What are YOUR favorite ways to decorate for the fall season?

Carrie Waller is a freelance writer and designer living in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her DIY blogging features for Burlap+Blue are available the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. For a real-time rehash of her home renovation projects and other DIY how-to’s, visit her blog at

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