paper straw garland {a tutorial}

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Happy Tuesday, friends! While in Target the other day, I happened upon the Poppytalk Beach Picnic Collection…have you guys seen it? Lots of colorful, coordinated, and just-plain-happy entertaining pieces designed by the popular blogger herself. I purchased a couple of packs of the beautifully-designed paper straws, and took them home to play with. What I ended up with was a cute and glittery garland that’s perfect for a party backdrop, a mantle or anywhere else in your home that could use a bit of sparkle!

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Here’s the how-to!

paper straws
Mod Podge
twine or string

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Step 1: Take your straws, and, using a sharp pair of scissors, cut them into pieces roughly 1.5″. Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge to one tip of each straw piece. Dip in glitter and lay on parchment paper to dry.

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Step 2: Once dry, apply Mod Podge to the other end of each piece, dip in glitter, and lay on parchment paper to dry.

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Step 3: Once all pieces are coated with glitter and dry, string onto some twine or thin ribbon.

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And that’s it! Your  colorful, sparkly and fun garland is ready to be hung and admired.

Thanks for reading!

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DIY Glittered Bags {a tutorial}

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If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love crafting with glitter. Nothing too sparkly and over-the-top, if you please, but a smattering of glitter is simple way to add some texture, dimension and shine to your projects. I’ve blogged about my favorite glitter crafts here, some cute glitter chalkboard labels in this post, and a glitter and watercolor garland here. Today, I’m using a fun stencil from the Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils line to create these simple glittered cotton bags.

Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencil
Mod Podge
jute or cotton bags

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Step 1: Gather your materials, remove the stencil from the backing, and place on bag. Use a spouncer (or foam brush) to carefully apply Mod Podge through cutout area of stencil.

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Step 2: Remove stencil, and apply glitter to Mod Podge. Remember, you need to get your surface glittered while the Mod Podge is still wet, and it can dry quickly, so you will need to work quickly.

Place stencil back on carrier sheet and wash. Allow Mod Podged area to dry completely, then use a small brush to remove any excess glitter from bag. Let dry, and you’re done!

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These would be great for small gifts such as jewelry or gift cards, or you could even glitter something larger like a wine bag or tote bag!

linking to:
tatertots and jello

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glitter chalkboard labels {a tutorial}

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If you’re anything like me, you are always on the lookout for easy and creative ways to gussy up your gifts. When I ran across these scalloped, chalkboard tags at the craft store the other day, I immediately fell in love, and knew that the addition of some gold glitter would take them to a whole new level of fabulousness. The how-to is so simple, anyone can make these. Let’s get started…

wooden, chalkboard gift tags
Mod Podge
painters tape

foam brush

Step 1: If you can’t find chalkboard tags, just take plain wooden tags and coat them with chalkboard spray paint. First, take your tags and prime them-this is a must before writing on any chalkboard surface. Just take a piece of chalk, and rub the side of it onto your tag. Erase with a paper towel or sponge, and your chalkboard surface is ready!

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Step 2: Take painters tape and mark off the area where you want to add the glitter. Apply a coat of Mod Podge, and add your glitter.

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Step 3: Remove the tape, let dry, and you’re done!

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Glitter really does make everything better, doesn’t it?

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