DIY Holiday Project: Deployment Tree

Put up a Deployment Tree for family members who are serving through the holiday season!

This really great (and very sweet) DIY Crafting idea comes from Sarah W. in VA!

Sarah sent in some fantastic DIY ideas as part of our Epson LabelWorks Contest!

Sarah is part of a big military family, and they had a very special tradition while Dad was serving his country and unable to be with them through the holidays!

Sarah said, “We put up a red, white, and blue “patriotic” tree at Christmas time… And leave it up until dad gets home.”

Put up a Deployment Tree for family members who are serving through the holiday season!
Put up a Deployment Tree for family members who are serving through the holiday season!

How special is that?!? I love it!

Thanks for this great idea, Sarah!

You can view Sarah’s Etsy Shop HERE!

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DIY Party Hats

DIY Party Hat By Sarah, Which She Sells In Her Etsy Shop.

Here’s a super cool DIY project sent in by Sarah W. from VA!

Sarah sent in some great DIY crafting ideas as part of our Epson LabelWorks Contest!

She makes some pretty amazing personalized party hats out of card stock, and then embellishes with various crafting materials.

Small hats made with glittery card stock, and adorned with ribbons and feathers.
Small hats made with glittery card stock, and adorned with ribbons and feathers.
Sarah's Party Hats
Sarah’s Party Hats
Party Hat As A Gift Topper.
Party Hat As A Gift Topper.
DIY Party Hat By Sarah, Which She Sells In Her Etsy Shop.
DIY Party Hat By Sarah, Which She Sells In Her Etsy Shop.
DIY Party Hats!
DIY Party Hats!

Thank you so much for this cute idea, Sarah! 🙂 You can view Sarah’s Etsy Shop HERE!

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DIY Baby Shower Gifts

DIY baby shower motorcycle

Here are some adorable DIY baby shower gifts sent in by reader Sarah W. from VA!

Sarah sent in some amazing DIY craft ideas as part of our Epson LabelWorks Contest!

Here, she fashioned motorcycles which are made of diaper wheels, bib bumpers, receiving blanket handlebars, sock grips & a sippy cup headlight. She used a wide ribbon to hold diaper wheels in a tight circle, and rubber bands to hold the rest.

I think any mom-to-be would be excited about getting these gifts!

Thanks for the ideas, Sarah!! 🙂

Visit Sarah’s Etsy Shop HERE!

Adorable DIY baby shower gifts by Sarah in VA!
Adorable DIY baby shower gifts by Sarah in VA!

 

DIY baby shower motorcycle
DIY baby shower motorcycle

 

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DIY Button Bike

button bike craft

Here’s an adorable little DIY project sent in by Sarah W. from VA!

Sarah sent in some great DIY crafting ideas as part of our Epson LabelWorks Contest!

button bike craft
Button bike, made from wire and buttons. Sent in by Sarah W from VA.

This is a button bike, which she crafted from buttons and wire.

This would make an adorable Christmas ornament, piece of jewelry, embellishment for a gift or a wreath, or anything you can think of!

Thank you so much for this cute idea, Sarah! 🙂

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DIY Cupcake Flowers

"Fancy" cupcakes on the cheap!

Sarah from VA sent in this great idea as part of our Epson LabelWorks Contest!

I love it because it’s semi-homemade, impressive, AND frugal!

Sarah said, “I buy two dozen cupcakes at Sam’s Club (super cheap). I make my own fondant flowers (super easy), and make them look like I bought them at a “fancy” cupcake bakery.”

"Fancy" cupcakes on the cheap!
“Fancy” cupcakes on the cheap!

GORGEUS!

Thanks so much for sharing this idea, Sarah! 🙂

You can visit Sarah’s Etsy Shop HERE!

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DIY 50th Anniversary Gift Idea

DIY Gift Ideas

Here is a great (and affordable!) DIY 50th anniversary gift sent in by Sarah W. from Virginia!

DIY Gift Ideas
DIY 50th Anniversary Gift by Sarah W. from VA!

Sarah sent in some great crafting ideas as part of our Epson LabelWorks Contest!

Sarah painted the background on a canvas, in the colors to match the lucky couple’s living room.

DIY Gift Ideas

She framed it in a gold frame, for their “golden anniversary.”

Sarah wrote words on the picture with a flat angled paint pen to give the look of calligraphy.

(The bow pictured is just added for gift giving, not really part of the framing)

What a great idea! I bet they were excited to receive it! Thanks so much for sharing, Sarah! 🙂

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HUGE Back-to-School & Crafter Contest! Win An Epson LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit! $70 Value!

Epson LabelWorks

2015-07-30T18_11_25ZHello, Moms & Crafters!

I’m super excited to tell you about the Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit, and I’m even more excited to give one away to you guys!

The fun and easy-to-use LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit from Epson brings crafting to a whole new level!

So many cute craft ideas from Epson!
So many cute craft ideas from Epson!

Just look at all these adorable examples of craft projects you can make with Epson LabelWorks!

You can print personalized satin ribbons for crafts, scrapbooks, decorations, gifts and more!

Who knew a PRINTER could be a crafter's new BFF???
Who knew a PRINTER could be a crafter’s new BFF???

I love that the ribbon printer prints on both dark and light colors with amazing results.

Epson has an entire line of products that are perfect for back-to-school, and will ensure children’s items don’t end up mysteriously missing. Parents can now print their child’s name onto an Epson label and add to clothing, backpacks, sports uniforms, or any other item. They’re durable and machine washable, too, so you can throw them right in the wash with all your other laundry (…because, hand washing? Ain’t nobody got time for that!)

Epson printer
To enter this contest, please email us a photo of a DIY craft project you’ve done…good or bad!

It can be your funniest Pinterest FAIL, or an amazing gift you made for your child’s teacher, or even just a neat gift you wrapped.

Your email should include a short description of the project, your name, email address (will be kept private), and mailing address (will also be kept private).

If you have a website, please include that, too and I will include a link!

Email your entries to: info@foowineandpoopydiapers.com

All entries will be featured on the blog and repinned on our Pinterest page!

Contest ends August 21, 2015 and winner will be notified via email after that date. Open only to residents of the contiguous US.

GOOD LUCK!

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How I Turned a $30 Goodwill Cabinet into a Pottery Barn Look Alike!

Goodwill-cabinet-makeover
Goodwill-cabinet-makeover
Goodwill Cabinet Makeover

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As you know, I’m sort of a Goodwill Groupie. I frequent all 3 of my local stores, looking for deals. I especially love getting cool pieces of furniture there that are in major need of some TLC.

I’ve recently been looking for the perfect piece to complete our screened-in porch. I needed a spot for the TV to sit. I was looking for a specific style and height, so I jumped on it (pretty much literally) when I found this piece at Goodwill!

Was it nice as-is? Sure. But it was much too modern for the look I was going for. It was contemporary, and a dark Espresso finish, but it had good bones. I envisioned a more rustic piece, very shabby chic. Our screened-in porch is where we display all of our fishing-themed antiques, along with rustic cabin decor. This piece needed to look old, like it belonged in a cabin.

Here’s how I transformed it.

I first covered the glass panes with tape, and then I used a hammer to break them and pull them out. I mean… my husband did. I beat those glass panes until they were black & blue, and they wouldn’t even crack! Darn safety glass!! So, Mr. B came to the rescue.

After I got all the glass safely out, I used a coat of Rust-Oleum Professional Primer. This is THE STUFF to use when you’re painting a slick surface that can’t be sanded, like the cheap particle board wood that ready-to-assemble furniture is made of.

After that dried for several hours, I applied several coats of Krylon ColorMaster spray paint in Italian Olive. It dries so fast, you really only have to wait about 5-10 minutes in between coats. Make sure you apply very THIN coats, though, or else your paint will run. And if that happens, you’re basically stuck with runs, because it’s hard to sand over coats of spray paint without ruining all your work.

After this was all dry, I mixed a cup of water with about 3/4 cup of some really old dark brown stain that I found in the basement leftover from staining the deck. Literally, any old brown stain or paint will do! Just make it very thin and watered-down. I mixed it well, and then, with a paint brush, I lightly ran my wet brush across the cabinet in long strokes, wiping off any excess. This helps achieve a rustic, aged look.
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Once the piece was dry, I took a screw driver (I used the first tool I saw when I looked around, poor planning!) and I  just scratched off paint in corners to give it an “antique” finish. Sandpaper works great, too, and is probably what you should be using. 🙂 Try to sand off the paint in areas where normal wear would occur over time, like corners and knobs.

Once this was all done, I got out my trusty electric stapler (I love this tool! I use it for crafts, home improvement projects, reupholstering…) and I stapled chicken wire in where the glass once was. Just measure your size first, cut with wire clippers, then staple. Be careful! I used to think of chicken wire as just harmless, cute and crafty. Wrong! It’s SHARP! You may want to use gloves.

At the end, for added cuteness, I pulled the back off and I re-covered it with some cute red & white gingham fabric I had. Don’t look too closely, because it’s not even. 🙂 Oh well, still cute!

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And here is the finished project! The perfect place to sit the TV in our cozy, comfy, cabiny, “fishing room”! I just love it, and it looks like something right out of Pottery Barn! Not bad for around $30 from Goodwill!!

Goodwill-cabinet-makeover

SUPPLIES USED: (click on the links to purchase)
Rust-Oleum Primer
Rust-Oleum Paint
Hammer
Drop Cloth
Safety Glasses
Face Mask
Sandpaper
Electric Staple Gun
Paint Brush

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