Spring Origami Frame

A tutorial on how to transform a craft frame into a decorative door piece featuring origami.

In an effort to clean out my craft drawers and use everything I have before I dare buy more, I’ve been up-cycling craft frames that were originally used as table numbers at my wedding from 5 years ago. I’ve been trying to transform each of them into something completely different.

This week, I had a eureka moment with the inspiration of cherry blossoms blooming outside and the long bland walk to my apartment door in the dull hallway. This hallway needs more color! So I crafted a bright springy kawaii “welcome” sign for our door using Hello Kitty origami paper!

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Billy Porter at the Oscars “Ken” Cake

This post is all about how to create a fabulous black velvet cake inspired by the gown worn by Billy Porter on the Oscars 2019 red carpet.

Category is: Red Carpet Extravaganza, and I’m serving up some black velvet realness with this 5-layer cake inspired by Billy Porter’s Oscars gown. It radiates and luxuriates with chocolate cream cheese frosting eleganza, and I’m LIVING FOR IT!

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DIY “Letters From Grandma” Frame

This post features a DIY tutorial on how to display hand written letters as an up-cycled art form to memorialize loved ones.

I haven’t been able to nail down the best way to begin this post. It’s hard, because a flood of memories are making it impossible to nail down just a couple paragraphs on why I created a frame fit for my beautiful Grandma Barbara. She was my favorite. She kept in touch with me by phone and letters my entire life because we never lived remotely near each other. She was someone I had been sharing secrets with for 30+ years.

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DIY Googly Eye Frame

Turn a basic craft frame into a fun “look at what I made” display frame, full of googly eyes!

Has your kid been scribbling up some dope pop art pieces? Has your fridge become the latest art gallery, overtaken with a collection curated under alphabet magnets? Then you may need a fun new way to show off your kids latest “look what I made” masterpiece. Presenting, the googly eye frame!

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DIY “Up” Balloon Frame

This post features an easy way to decorate a frame inspired by the animated movie “Up.”

Confession. I’ve been holding onto a set of 10 craft store frames I decorated for my wedding as table numbers. Each one held an image of one of our favorite albums, and I had used chalkboard paint and chalk to decorate each frame. (Note, chalkboard paint doesn’t work as designed on wood frames.) That was over 5 years ago, and I had every intention of reusing them to display new images.

So this is the year that happens! And I’m going to track that in posts throughout 2019 on how to transform bare craft store frames into something fun, cool, unique, and giftable. My resolution for the year is to use all my craft supplies before buying any more. After all “make it work with what you got!”

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Alebrije Crackers

How to transform animal crackers into simple works of edible art; alebrijes!

A few months back on a shopping trip to a bulk store to pick up milk, I came across a giant tub of Animal Crackers. I thought my tot would love them, but alas, the tub sat basically untouched for months. I began researching how I could incorporate them into something else, like crushing them and making a crust for pie or cheesecake, or toddler trail mix.

After the 3,000th viewing of Disney’s Coco in our home, a lightbulb exploded in my head. The animal crackers could totally look like those adorable alebrijes in the movie! If you are unfamiliar with the animated film, alebrijes are depicted as spirit animals that guide the dead to the afterlife. However, alebrijes are actually not part of a traditional Day of the Dead celebration.

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DIY Decor: Paper Flower Wreath

This post is a quick tutorial on how to create a wreath base out of toilet paper rolls and simple paper flowers. 

The hallways in our apartment complex may be windowless, but we are very aware of what season is upon us by simply walking past all our neighbors doors. Wreaths, flowers, holiday signage, what have you, the doors are always cleverly decorated. My toddler likes to stand and point at each one saying “ooo, pretty!” So, of course I had to make one for our door! And her reaction; “Oh wooow! I love it Mom!” <3

To make our autumn wreath, I crafted several dozen paper flowers and hot glued them onto a makeshift wreath base created with toilet paper rolls! Yes sure, you can get a wreath base for $1 at the dollar store. But with little miss having been toilet trained recently, she loves to breeze through that TP, so I had an abundance of rolls to work with.

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Edible Art: Banksy Inspired Brownies

These easy cream cheese brownies were inspired by the shredded Banksy artwork “Girl With Balloon”, and you will want to quickly shred through these too!

Cream Cheese Brownies inspired by Banksy

On October 5th 2018, the Banksy print “Girl With Balloon” hit a record amount at a Sotheby’s auction for $1.4 million. Immediately after the auctioning of the work was complete, the frame started to shred the artwork. When I saw it happening, I laughed my ass off. Way to stick it to the 1%, was my initial reaction. And then, of course, the artwork was deemed even more valuable because, Sotheby’s says, it’s “the first work in history ever created during a live auction.” Then I just wanted some brownies.

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DIY Decor: Marble Painted Pumpkins

A quick tutorial on how to marble paint a pumpkin!

DIY Marble Painted Pumpkins 
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Tis the season for trips to the pumpkin patch! On a recent visit, we scored some free mini pumpkins at the exit. Immediately, I thought of ways I could decorate them without using a knife to carve. Why? I have a fear that I will lose a finger in the process of making a Jack’o’latern. That and chopping carrots. Anyway, I had way too many ideas to morph these naturally cute gourds into something vibrant and gaudy.

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