diy confetti gift wrap {a tutorial}

confetti gift wrap
My decor and design tastes tend to err on the side of simplicity; I don’t always like a lot of bright color, flash or gloss. But sometimes, y’all, a bit of playfulness and fun feels just right, and these confetti gift wrap ideas definitely fall into that category. I took plain jane gift wrap items-kraft-wrapped gifts, chalkboard tags, and vellum bags, and easily added interest and color with metallic confetti. Here’s how to add some sparkle to your own giftables…

Materials:
Mod Podge Gloss
confetti
paintbrush
gifts, bags or tags to confett-ize

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Step 1: The first step is to decide on your design. As you can see, I did initials for the wrapped gifts (sketching out how I wanted it to look in pencil first), and gave the tag and vellum bag a “dipped” look by painting a strip of Mod Podge on the bottom of each. Add your Mod Podge to your gift…

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Step 2: Liberally sprinkle your confetti over your Mod Podge, then gently shake off the excess. I did this over a plastic bag, but you may want to consider doing this step outside; it does make a mess! Let dry.

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I think the vellum bags are adorable; you could also do this with jute or burlap bags. Wouldn’t these make cute party favors? Or how about adding confetti to paper mache letters to decorate a child’s room? Or add confetti to the outside of balloons? The possibilities are truly endless!

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Have a lovely day!

how to make soap {a tutorial}

soapmaking

A couple of months ago, I shared how I created my easy and oh-so-cute confetti soap. I had so much fun making them, I wanted to try a couple other, more grown-up versions, specifically lavender soap and wild orange soap. These were both so easy and make such great gifts!

Ingredients:
Melt and Pour Goat’s Milk Soap
fragrance (I used Wild Orange and Lavender DoTerra Essential Oils)
Dried Lavender and Orange (I found these at Hobby Lobby)
soap mold

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The beauty of melt and pour soap is that you don’t have to mess with harmful chemicals (I’m looking at you-lye), you just melt your base, add your fragrance, colors and additives, and let harden!

Step 1: Following package instructions, melt soap in the microwave in a glass bowl (my package said to heat for 40 seconds, stir, and then continue at 10 second intervals).

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Step 2: Once melted, add your fragrance and color (if desired). Pour into your mold and sprinkle with your dried lavender and orange. Let harden and pop out!

how to make soap

soapmaking

Keep on hand for guests or wrap for gifts! Need wrapping ideas? Here are 20 creative soap packaging ideas!

personalized photo ornaments {a tutorial}

photo ornaments

Happy day-before-Thanksgiving, friends! I have the perfect ornament tutorial to share with you all today. It’s hard to believe Christmas is upon us, and these will make a GREAT gift for the loved ones in your life (I should know…I’ve already made four of these cuties to give away)!

Materials:

Mod Podge
wood blocks (sanded, with a hole drilled through the center)
foam brush
square photos
ribbon
Rit dye (optional)

mod podged photo blocks

Step 1: First, you’ll need to resize and print out the images you want to use on your blocks. The blocks that I used are 1.5″ cube, so I shrunk my photos down to 1.25″. I used four photos per block, and used three blocks per ornament for a total of 12 pictures per ornament. Don’t forget to also create a square for the date! If you’re unable to make the blocks yourself, you can easily find them online (here’s a link to some I found on Amazon). FYI-I used Photoshop Elements to resize my images, but any photo editor should work.

Step 2: If desired, use Rit dye to dye your blocks. Here’s a tutorial I did last year on dyeing clothespins-just use the same technique for dyeing your blocks. Step 3: Using scissors, cut our your images, and Mod Podge them onto the four sides of your blocks.

mod podged photo ornaments

Step 4: Let dry. Apply 3 coats of Mod Podge to seal, allowing your blocks to dry well in between coats. Almost done! Now we’re ready to add the ribbon. I used a length of ribbon that was 25″ long, you may need a different length depending on the size of your blocks.

mod podged photo ornaments

Step 5: Fold your ribbon in half, and tie a knot at the top of your ribbon. This is how your ornament will hang from your tree (or wherever your recipient decides to display it).

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Step 6: Take the loose ends of your ribbon, and string all three blocks onto it. You can tie a knot between each block (like the photo below), or skip it. I think it looks fine either way! Once done, tie a knot at the bottom of the ribbon to hold the blocks on. Lastly, take lengths of ribbon and tie to the loop end of the ribbon to decorate it!

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, see you all next week!

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