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  • Unique Gift Card Gift Idea with The Home Depot

    Hello dear friends! The fun holiday projects continue! Today we’re partnering with The Home Depot to bring a really fun twist on gift card giving! We would honestly be thrilled out of our minds to receive a Home Depot gift card for Christmas so naturally, we want to give them away too! Look at all of the adorable holiday designs on the Home Depot gift cards! They also have a ton of cute designs for eGift cards if you’d rather email one to someone; always a good idea! PS All gift cards are reloadable. We had this idea to do a play on numbers by using a combination lock.  We got our padlock and checked the combination on the back of the lock and bought 3 gift cards in those denominations. Our combination used the numbers 27-33-13 so we got a gift card for each of those amounts. Here’s how we did it! Materials: 3 Home Depot gift cards (mix up the designs for fun!) 1 gallon empty paint can metal chain combination padlock vinyl numbers tissue paper (optional) First,…

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  • Bake Craft Sew Decorate: $1 Paper Garland

    Welcome back to our Bake Craft Sew DECORATE series month here on Classy Clutter! If you’re new or haven’t visited in a while, we will be having Christmas and Holiday decorating ideas around here for the whole month of November! We will be teaming up with our blogging friends Cindy, Mique, and Leigh Anne! Sewing tutorials and ideas > SkiptomyLou, Craft ideas > Thirty Handmade Days Edible Gift Ideas > Homebased Mom We are excited about it so be sure to come back every day in November for another Holiday decorating idea! If you missed anything, you can check them out here.  Next up is a regular here on Classy Clutter! Welcome Charlotte from Ciburbanity, a member of our creative team! Looking for a way to impress friends and family with your frugal decor expertise?! This is the project for you! Cost? One little ol’ dollar. Time spent? Maaaaaybe an hour. It’s like the unicorn of the crafting world! This post is mostly photos because the tutorial itself is like 5 sentences long… it’s that simple. Materials (affiliates for your convenience) • an old book* • hot glue gun • circle punch…

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  • Easy No-Sew Felt Table Runner

    I had grand plans to make a table runner with a colorful felt edge and gold leaf and typography and ALL THE THINGS. But then I finished the first step I took a breather and realized that sometimes less IS more. Materials: • Canvas Painters Drop cloth (I bought the 6-by-9 foot on from Home Depot, but used a ton of it for another project and I STILL have some leftover) • Colorful felt (I cut out roughly 60 circles and again… lots leftover) • Scissors • Hot Glue Gun Decide how long you want your table runner. I kept mine to the length of the drop cloth so I didn’t have to ‘hem’ the short ends. Measure and cut. (Incidentally, I also made sure to use one long edge of the drop cloth so… you guessed it… I didn’t have to hem.) Using your hot glue gun, fold over the one cut edge. Hemming for the lazy girl if you will… I measured the length of the runner and determined that three-inch scallops would fit evenly. Wanna know what’s…

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  • Home Decor Projects: Accessorized Antlers

    Antlers. Either you like ’em or not. I’m kinda sorta in the ‘like em’ camp. (But totally cool if you’re not on board… I get it.) Last fall there was a vendor at the flea market selling a bunch of antlers for cheap. I’m not a fan of them as is, but I had a foggy recollection of some fun antlers that were wrapped in colorful yarn or gilded or otherwise adorned. So I traded a $10 bill for one of his horns. And then I made it all purty. No reason you couldn’t just cut a piece of wood as your base, but I found this plaque at Michael’s and thought it looked a little more interesting. I started by taping off the ends of my antlers with painters tape. If you don’t know about gold leafing… you should! It’s surprisingly easy and gives a perfect golden finish that no paint can achieve. See my full tutorial here, but the gist is that you paint on a liquid adhesive. Let it ‘dry’. Then place the gold leaf onto your…

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  • Sew Your Own Reusable Snack Packs

    There are no words for the joy and enthusiasm that accompanies Back To School with a houseful of young children. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE summer. I love the sleepy mornings and the sprinklers and the berry picking and the belly flops. But I need my house back, y’all. This place looks like a team of backpackers has been squatting in the playroom for the last two months. There are puzzle pieces in the microwave and stuffed animals in the driveway. It’s time for some organization, routine and maybe a hint of peace and quiet. Next week, I’ll be responsible for packing three lunches every morning. I’m not perfect by any means, but I *try* to use reusable items as best I can. The thing is…reusable snack packs are sneaky expensive. I’m terrible at sewing, but these DIY reusable snack bags were so easy that even I could whip them up in one afternoon! Materials needed: • Sewing machine OR needle and thread • Laminated Cotton • Velcro… look for the sew on style vs. the adhesive kind Step 1.…

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  • DIY Projects: Patriotic Concrete Planters

    Hi, Classy Clutter readers… I’ve missed you! We had an early arrival* in the Ciburbanity house so I’m a week late to share this 4th of July project with you! But you still have PLENTY of time to whip this up for the holiday weekend. I never met a concrete project I didn’t like. True story. So for our nation’s birthday, it seemed only fitting to craft a little something with it in honor of the U S of A. Aside from being sort of heavy to hoist into your shopping cart, working with concrete is super easy. I’ve used it a number of times, and I love the texture and simplicity of this quick-setting version. It’s more expensive than regular ol’ Quikrete, but I’m impatient and it sets in an hour. Materials needed: 1 box of concrete 2 2.5-quart plastic paint containers 2 1-quart plastic paint containers Concrete dye Stirrer Rocks or other small ‘weights’ Optional: Cooking spray The ratio for this quick dry concrete is 4 parts concrete to 1 part water. I started with 48 ounces of…

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  • DIY Nursery String Art

    DIY Nursery String Art Good morning, everyone… it’s Charlotte from Ciburbanity! I’ve missed you! Two weeks ago, we moved into a “forever” house around the corner which means a lot of things, but… right now, it means I can actually start putting together our new nursery! Believe it or not, this will be the first nursery I’ve ever *really* designed. The first three kids were born in New York City and we were renting, and then sweet Louisa was moved into the brand new guest room… so technically a newly designed space, but not for a baby. Hopefully I’ll get the space ready in time, but today I at least have a fun piece of artwork for the room to share with you! Have you ever dabbled in string art? I love it… if you google it, you’ll find examples of it everywhere and it’s such a fun textural way to bring in some dimension and color and whimsy to your space. Also? It’s cheap and easy… my favorite type of craft! Materials? An old board, brad nails, and string/…

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  • Beaded Jewelry Tutorial

    I never met an accessory I didn’t like.  These days, in my 7th month of pregnancy… accessories are kinda the only thing I can still buy and be guaranteed they’ll actually FIT!  So… I wanted to share a couple I made recently that make me happy EVERY time I put them on.  Best part is that both of these took no time whatsoever! Easy jewelry #forthewin! For the bracelets, you’ll need this thick elastic (8 mm) and whatever beads strike your fancy.  I fell in love with these dainty fluorescent beads and then liked the idea of incorporating some little ‘gold’ accents. The bracelets are super easy… just string your beads as long or as short as you’d like.  I wanted a double strand when wrapped so  needed about 10 inches?  To finish each one off, I tied 3 knots and then placed a dab of super glue to hold it tight. LOVING how light and cheerful these guys are… I haven’t taken them off since I made them. Nothing like a little neon to brighten a gal’s day… Also somewhat hopeful…

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  • Pixelated Spring Art

    Pixelated Spring Art Hi Classy Clutterers! It’s always a wonderful day in my neighborhood when I get to stop by and share a project with Mallory and Savannah! This year, more than ever, I’ve been eager to start decorating my home for spring. (Hello, 6-foot snowbanks.) My ultimate favorite Classy Clutter project is the b-a-n-a-n-a-s good pixelated wall treatment these ladies did for Creating With the Stars last year. I fell in love with them the minute I saw this. And then, more recently, Gwen from the Bold Abode posted an uh-mazing pixelated canvas. Needless to say, I’ve had pixelated projects bouncing around in my head for a while. Sometimes it takes the smallest little nudge to inspire, and this $3 thrift store frame did that for me. A spring quote on a handmade pixelated backdrop coming right up. I actually followed Gwen’s tutorial at first and grabbed an image online that I tried to pixelated with triangles in photoshop. Too bad I suck at photoshop so the final product was very pretty but not wildly helpful as a template.…

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  • DIY Bud Vase Centerpiece

    It’s always great to be back here at Classy Clutter… greetings from the Ciburbanity Tundra! This is the time of year when spring bulbs start showing up in the grocery stores, summer clothes appear in catalogs and yet… 20 inches of snow still taunts us from outside. My mind is on greenery and fresh flowers, but it’s way too soon to be outside… unless dodging frostbite and testing wind chill is your cup of tea. For $5, our table is now one step further to flowers and pastels and spring! It all started when I saw these 5 little glass containers at Goodwill. (If I’m being honest, lots of things actually start at Goodwill…) To give the jars a little color, I started by taping off the top portion and giving the lower edge a coat of Rustoleum’s Key Lime Green Gloss spray paint. In an ideal world, I would have foraged some beautiful raw piece of wood, sliced it into the perfect size and used that for the base. But… my world is snowy. So I looked in my…

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  • DIY Letter Pillow

    DIY Letter Pillow Happy New Year from Ciburbanity, Classy Clutter readers!! Decorations are put away, the kids are back in school, and I’m ready for some projects! I will preface this entire tutorial with the words: I am not a sewer. I mean, I CAN sew, but… quasi-straight lines are about my limit. So take this whole thing with a grain of salt and leave comments with technique suggestions! That said, I LOVE this monogrammed pillow I made for my daughter, Martha. Did I mention it took no time whatsoever? I love this project because it used fabric remnants of which I have many! Your first step is choosing which fabric you want. I opted for three different ones, but no reason you can’t go with one fabric all over. Using a ruler and a fabric marker, I traced out my letter “M”. I allowed for 3/4″ seam all around. Cut your letter out of both top and bottom fabrics. For the sides, I wanted something that was a little wider than 3″ so I cut strips of the 3rd fabric 4…

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  • The Creative Collection Link Party

    Hi friends! Welcome, welcome to this week’s link party! We wanted to recap this week just in case you were too busy Christmasing to pop on by this week! That’s a good kind of busy! 😉 No Sew Burlap Table Runner Delicious Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes DIY Stationary from our fab contributor, Charlotte from Ciburbanity Now on to the faves for this week! Setting for Four |Rustic Glam Living Room BrePurposed |Leather Stamped Gift Tags Food Faith Fitness |Waffles with Eggnog Cream Sauce The Happy Scraps |White Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles   Live Laugh Rowe |Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub The Casual Craftlete |DIY Yarn Tassel Carolyn’s Homework |New Years Eve Confetti Bottles Jen from Craft-o-maniac: Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+ Mallory & Savannah from Classy Clutter: Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram ||Google+ Kristi & Kelli from Lolly Jane: Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+ Abbey from The Cards We Drew: Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+ Marie from Blooming Homestead: Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+ Rebecca from The Crafted…

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