• 5 Minute Projects

    Indoor/Outdoor Carpet Coasters

    Every once in a while, I will have an amazingly awesome idea for a project. However, this idea was not entirely my own. One weekend while at my parents house, I was trying to come up with some quick craft ideas. My brain was mush and I could not think of anything worthy of my time. Lucky for me, my parents are pretty creative people themselves and my Dad piped up with the idea of making carpet coasters. Genius! I took the idea and ran with it. (Thanks, Dad!)

    Indoor Outdoor Carpet Coasters

    After some more deliberating, I decided that the carpet needed to be a fairly thin, low pile piece so that glasses would be able to easily sit on top without spilling. It also needed to be cheap and waterproof. Here’s what I rounded up to make the carpet coasters:

    • Indoor/outdoor carpet
    • Mug
    • Pen
    • Scissors

    The indoor/outdoor carpet I chose was just a very simple (and inexpensive) dark gray style that would go with most decor. I made sure that the bottom of it had a waterproof rubber backing, since I wanted to prevent any sweat from glass beverages coming contact with a table. The rubber also helps to hold all of the fibers in place after the carpet is cut.

    Indoor Outdoor Carpet

    To make your own, first use the open end of a mug and trace around it onto the back of the rug with a pen to create the shape of the coaster. You could choose any shape for your coaster, but I preferred mine to be round.

    Trace Mug Carpet Back

    Next, using sharp scissors, cut out your shape.

    Cut Carpet With Scissors

    In just a few minutes, you can have a set of four coasters cut and ready to go!

    Carpet Rug Circles Stacked

    If you are making these coasters as a gift, you can continue to cut out sets from the existing carpet piece. However, I just needed four coasters, so I decided to cut the rough rug end to match the other and it is now perfectly useful in front of our door. So, nothing is wasted!

    Carpet Rug Small Coasters

    Aren’t these great? You could place them on an end table or coffee table to give your guests a spot for their drink or use them outside during a bbq. So easy and useful!

    Indoor Outdoor Rug Coasters

    If you get ambitious, you could even add some fun designs, like stripes or polka dots with paint in a contrasting color to make these babies pop! Plus, there are tons of neat patterns and colors for indoor/outdoor rugs for you to choose from!

    Indoor Outdoor Carpet Coasters

    This post was originally published at Domestically Speaking on February 29, 2015.

  • 5 Minute Projects,  Holidays & Seasons,  Printables

    DIY Moss Valentine & Printable

    Can you believe that the first month of 2016 is more than half way over? Me either. And that means that the lovey-dovey holiday in February is close by. I know some people hate sharing all of the feels on Valentine’s Day, but for the true lovers out there, I’ve whipped up a fun and quick DIY Moss Valentine & Printable.

    Moss Valentine's Day Card

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    Why moss you ask? Well, I like it and it reminds me of Spring. And warmth. And new life. Unlike this weird and cold winter we are experiencing here in the Midwest. To make your own, first print out your free printable at the bottom of the page. You will also need:

    Moss Gold Scissors

    First, cut out the cards (along the center lines), as well as the heart template with scissors.

    Printable Valentine

    Next, use the pen/pencil to trace around the heart template on the back of the moss mat.

    Tracing Hearts

    Then, cut out the mossy heart, peel off the backing, and attach it to the card.

    Heart Cut Out

    That’s it! These cards should fit easily into a normal 4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″ invitation envelope.

    DIY Moss Valentine & Printable

    I am planning to send a couple of these along with my son for his preschool teachers!

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    Download your free Valentine Printable.

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  • 5 Minute Projects,  Holidays & Seasons,  Printables

    Five Minute Friday: Vintage Christmas Gift Tags

    Five Minute Friday
    Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Vintage Christmas Gift Tags.

    Vintage Christmas Gift Tags

    Have your finished all of your holiday shopping? We still have a few more things to get and then we will start the wrapping process. I always love to see all of the pretty presents, decorated with ribbons and bows.

    Christmas Song Gift Tags

    And I love a fun gift tag to finish everything off.

    Free Printable Gift Tags

    This year, I created vintage Christmas gift tags using a few images from The Graphics Fairy and some Christmas song lyrics.

    Holiday Gift Tags

    Just cut them out, punch a hole in the top, and attach to your gifts with a little string.

    Gift Tag Hole Punch

    Click the image below for the free PDF link. This free printable is for download for personal use only. (View Terms of Use.)

    Free Printable Gift Tags
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  • 5 Minute Projects,  Crafts,  Holidays & Seasons

    Five Minute Friday: Feather Christmas Ornament

    Five Minute Friday
    Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Feather Christmas Ornament.

    Feather Christmas Ornament

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    This is probably one of easiest, yet elegant ornaments you could possibly make. And it actually only takes about one minute (or less!) to complete each one, so that makes it a major score in my book.

    You will need:

    Plastic Ornament Hanger

    Remove the top piece from the ornament. (I chose plastic because… Kids, Puppy, Cat.)

    Ornament Top

    Insert one white feather. (Depending on the size of the feather, you may want to cut it down a bit. Or not.) If needed, use a pencil or something similarly slim to move the feather around inside of the ornament until it is situated to your liking. Replace top piece.

    Feather Ornament

    Attach ornament hanger.

    Swirl Ornament Hanger

    And you are done! Super easy, right? I love the way these ornaments look on a Christmas tree. They are very simple, but the light reflects perfectly off of the ball. It kind of gives them an ethereal presence.

    Christmas Tree Decor Ornament

    We’ve had these pretty ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree for over 10 years and they are still one of our favorites! Check back soon to see our Christmas tree all decked out for the holidays.

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