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Vintage Crafts- DIY Souvenir Tray


vintage souvenir trayHi everyone! Today I am back with another vintage craft to share with you guys! Today I am going to share how to make a souvenir tray from a Summer 1953 issue of McCalls Needlework and Craft Magazine. This craft idea was in the “Just for Fun” article and suggested glueing letters and postcards or mementos to trays for a great way to display your treasured papers.

Here is the Original:

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4-IMG_1009 1-DSC_4677 3-IMG_1014I absolutely adore my tray! It is a retro fun display piece. I think it would look great on a coffee table but also would be great as a serving tray for entertaining! I used vintage post cards for my tray, but I think it would be a great way to save your summer paper mementos to remember summer vacations or maybe even family letters and photos. You can really get creative with it and make it your own. I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Easy Upcycled Christmas Cannisters





I have a little thing for tins! Whenever I see a cute tin, I grab it up for craft storage, and I literally have dozens. I thought it would be fun to make a few christmas cannisters to use for storage and gift wrapping this year. I had some cute vintage gift wrap laying around, and the tins I picked up at the thrift store. This is a great weeknight craft, since it is so fast and easy to whip up!

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Tins

*Wrapping Paper or Scrapbook Paper

*Chalk Paint or Spray Paint

*Decoupage Medium or Double Stick Tape

*Paint Brush

*Cabinet Knobs

*Drill and Drill Bit the same size as the bolt on the knob


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05-DSC_0092First you need to paint your tins. You can spray paint them, or you can use spray paint or paint them with chalk paint. Cut your wrapping paper to be just a little smaller than the height of the can by the width of the circumference of the tin. So, if your tin is 4″ tall, you want your paper to be 3.75″ tall. Paint a layer of decoupage medium onto your tin. Also paint a layer onto the backside of your wrapping paper. Smooth the wrapping paper onto the tin. Smooth out air bubbles. My wrapping paper was really thin and it wrinkled badly when it dried on the tin. I am not sure how to remedy that issue. Maybe thicker paper? Anyone have advice on getting out the wrinkles? I think next time I will just tape on the wrapping paper with some double stick tape. To make the top, take the top of your tin and mark the center. Drill a hole in the top of the lid with your drill and drill bit the same size of the knob bolt. Insert the knob through the hole and screw on the nut on the underside of the tin and tighten down.




These little cannisters only cost me a couple of dollars each to make since they were upcycled. You can find old tins at the thrift store for .50 cents or less usually. I used wrapping paper, but you could use regular scrapbook paper or even just leave the tins plain and painted in your favorite christmas colors. They are fantastic for storage all around the house, like holding craft items or toiletries. You can use them as gift wrap as well. One would make a sweet hostess gift with some yummy home made treat inside! I love how easy they are to make too! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas project.Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry Box





01-DSC_0016When it comes to handmade gifts for the ladies in my family, jewelry is usually on the list. This year for Mother’s Day I thought I would mix it up a little and make my mom a jewelry box that she can store her favorite pieces in. A thrifted wooden box works great as a starting base. Add a little paint and vintage wallpaper on the outside for style and sectioned compartments inside for functionality, and you’ll have a jewelry box that can rival an expensive boutique find. I had a great time making this DIY, and it was pretty quick to whip up as well. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Wooden Box, like a cigar box with a hinged lid


*Vintage Wallpaper Scraps

*Martha Stewart Matte Decoupage Medium and a paint brush

*3″ Balsa wood strip from the craft store

*Craft Knife



*A few sheets of felt



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The first thing you need to do is paint your box. Paint the outside and the inside.

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Once your box is good and dry, you can decoupage it. Lay out pieces of your wallpaper scraps on the lid. When you have a design you like glue them down by painting a layer of decoupage medium onto the back of your wallpaper piece and a little on the surface of the box, then smooth the wallpaper down onto the surface of the box. Cut pieces to fit for the sides of the box and decoupage them on.

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Once the wallpaper pieces has been attached and you have completely decoupages the box outside, you can paint a layer of the decoupage medium over the whole box to seal it up.

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Now you can work on the inside. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your balsa wood. Measure the depth of your box and cut a couple of pieces to that dimension. Then measure the height of the box. Cut your pieces down to the dimension of the height so they will fit nicely. For example, my pieces were 7″ long(the depth of the box inside to inside) by 1.5″ wide (the height of the inside of the box from the bottom to the top edge of the box not including the lid.) Also cut a small piece to make a little section that will go perpendicular to one of the divider pieces you already cut. I made mine 4″x1.5″.

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Now you need to glue your dividers into the box. Run a bead of glue onto the sides and bottom of the long pieces. Fit them where you want them. I made one to be 2.25″ away from the side edge. The second needs to be the same distance away from the side of the box as the length of the short divider you cut, in my case 4″. Glue your small divider piece perpendicularly to the one you just glued down. Let the glue dry.

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Paint the dividers and the bottom of the box again.  Set aside to let dry. Measure the distance from the side of the box to the first divider strip. Mine was 2.25″. Now cut strips of felt lengthwise to be the same width as the distance you measured(2.25″.) Glue the strips of felt together to form one very long strip.

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Accordion pleat the felt with pleats of a little over an inch. You should end up with a nice tight piece to fit inside the first divider space. Run glue on the sides and the bottom to glue the felt in place.  My lid had some foam I could not scrape out, so I cut a piece of felt to cover the inside of the lid. You can add felt pieces to the bottom of the box in the divided spaces if you like. And now you are ready to gift your handmade jewelry box!







04-DSC_0025I LOVE how this little jewelry box turned out! I think my mom will love it too! You can easily make your own in just an afternoon. It is really easy to customize as well! You can change up the look to suit your mom’s style just by the colors you use, and the papers you decoupage. I hope some of you will make one of these fun jewelry boxes for your favorite gals sometime. It’s really fun! I’ll be back next week with another sweet project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Wrapping Paper Wrapped House Night Light

Hi guys! Welcome to day four of my 12 Days of Christmas! Today I am going to share with how to make this fun little night-light. I love little Christmas houses, and am in the middle of making a whole little neighborhood of vintage retro style houses. A while back I found this paper mache house box at Michaels and picked it up thinking I’d use it for storage. The other day I discovered that one of my favorite Christmas night lights is broken. So I thought I would make this fun house box into a little night-light for the bedside table. This project was easy and fun! And, you only need a few supplies.

Here’s What You Need:

*Paper Mache House Box

*Heavy Duty Craft Knife or xacto

*Hot Glue gun and glue sticks

*Vintage Wrapping Paper

*Decoupage Medium in Matte

*Vintage Christmas card (optional)

*Craft Paint (I used Martha Stewart Paints- Pearl White for the roof, Satin White for priming and the interior, Satin Green for the front door, and Gloss Red for the windows)

*Martha Stewart Dot Cap for Paint

*Snowy Glitter (Diamond Dust)

*Yellow Cellophane (Like a gift basket bag)

*Battery Operated Candle

*Mini Bottle Brush Wreath



The first thing you need to do is draw in the windows and the door. Cut out with a heavy-duty craft knife. The box is thick and hard to cut so be careful if you are using an xacto. Heat up your hot glue gun. Starting on the top of the roofline draw wavy lines with the hot glue. Make sure your glue lines match up at the sides of the roof and the front and back. When the glue is cool and hardened, paint over the glue on the roof with the pearl paint. You may need a couple of coats. Next, you need to do is prime your box. Paint the whole box white. Now you are ready to decoupage the house. Measure and cut pieces for each side of your house leaving a little extra for the top and bottom. Try to cut the pieces so your patterns will match well. Paint a thin layer of decoupage medium on the back side of your paper and the front side of the box. Lay the paper on the box and smooth out. Smooth top and bottom around the top and bottom of the box. Cut an x and glue the window pieces to the inside of the box. Now if you have any cute figures on a christmas card, cut them out and decoupage to the house where you want. Next, paint the front door and the windows. Cut pieces of the cellophane a little bigger than your windows. Glue two together then glue to the back side of the windows. Next outline the windows with the red gloss paint fitted with a dot cap. Draw in the glass panes as well and add a door knob. While your paint is drying, paint a layer of decoupage medium onto your roof and sprinkle with the snowy glitter. When your house is all dry, insert a battery operated candle inside the box and close the lid.

I LOVE my little house! It is the perfect size for my side table and it puts out a soft warm flickery glow. It is super festive and cute! I hope some of you will give this diy a try. You’ll love it! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun Christmas DIY! Until then…

Happy Crafting!


DIY Holiday Spool Necklaces

Hello everybody! I am really excited today because this is the first day of my 12 Days of Christmas series! Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this month I will be posting a Holiday DIY project. I know some of you are probably thinking “Whoa! Christmas already!,” but I like to start making my decorations and handmade gifts early in November. As an avid crafter, it’s what works for me. Christmas is my favorite holiday and my favorite time of year! I start my decorating well before Thanksgiving, and leave up my decorations well into January. Spreading the Christmas cheer through my home and blog makes me happy, and I some of you guys will join in the holiday fun with me this year. It will be so much fun! Today I am going to start off my first DIY of Christmas with these DIY Vintage Wrapping paper covered Spool Necklaces….

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Wooden Spools

*Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper

*Matte Decoupage Medium

*Vintage Buttons

*Colored Craft Wire

*Ribbon or Fabric Scraps

*Charms, beads, etc..

*Chain for necklaces




Back in February I made some fun spool necklaces for Valentine’s day. You can see the full tutorial here. The changes I made with these necklaces was that I used vintage wrapping paper to wrap and decoupage around the little spools. I also used Christmas colored buttons, and red and green charms. I used a few different sized spools, and some fabric scraps instead of ribbon for a few of the necklaces.

I LOVE these Christmas Spool Necklaces! They are so festive and cute! You can easily use them as ornaments just by stringing the top loop of wire by some ribbon instead of chain. You can completely customize these little necklaces by changing up your papers and colors. These would make fun hostess gifts! They would also be fun to add to your favorite gal’s stocking, and be sure to make one for yourself! They are a lot of fun to wear! I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! I’ll be back tomorrow with another holiday DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!


DIY Mini Apothecary Jar Necklaces

Hi guys! Are you excited? Halloween is this week! I am looking forward to the holiday! We don’t have trick or treaters in our neighborhood, so Daryl and I don’t do candy. But we do carve pumpkins and do a mini marathon of Tim Burton films. He is one of my favorite directors! Today I am going to show you how to make these fun mini apothecary bottle necklaces. These are really easy and so fun to wear!

Here’s What You Need:

*Mini Bottles- I bought mine at Michaels


*Decoupage Medium or Clear Top Coat

*Lazertran Transfer Paper

*Mini Screw Eyes


*Printable- From The Graphics Fairy Here


The first thing you need to do is resize your printable. In photo editing software such as Photoshop elements scale down your printable so that the size of the images is under an inch. I use the selection and move tools to move the specific images to a new page and then scale and move the image down. If you have your rulers up you can use them as a guide and make your images different sizes for different bottles. Print out your images according to the directions on the lazertran package. Let your transfers dry for a while and then cut them out. Clean your glass. Get a bowl of tap water. Drop your transfer into the water. It will curl. Once it uncurls, or about thirty seconds later, remove it from the water. Carefully lift the transfer off of the backing paper and smooth down onto your glass bottle. Repeat this process with any other bottles. Let them dry completely. Now, when they are dry, paint on a top coat or decoupage medium to seal the image. Then twist a screw eye into the center of the cork cap. String the bottle on a chain.  Add glitter, liquid, whatever you like to your jars and you are ready to wear!

*Another Process: If you do not want to use the transfer paper you can use Martha Stewart Decoupage medium. Print your images out on paper. Then you can decoupage them onto your bottles and seal with more of the medium.


I LOVE these little necklaces! They are so fun to wear! The Graphics Fairy’s printable is so fantastic! It totally gives the bottles a spooky vintage look! These necklaces are really easy to make! They would be a fun craft to make with your children, or make them at your Halloween party! I hope some of you all will give them a try! You’ll love em’! I’ll be back Thursday with more Halloween fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Upcycled Wallpaper Covered Radio Revamp

Hi guys! I picked up this vintage radio from the flea market months ago. It was pretty hideous and definitely needed a little tlc and recovering! I recently found this large scrap on wallpaper on Etsy and immediately knew it was perfect for my radio. With the help of a little paint and Martha Stewart’s new decoupage medium. My ugly old radio has been reborn into a funky one of a kind entertainment piece for my living room. I was afraid it was going to be a hard project to tackle, but to my surprise it was really pretty easy and quick. I had a blast every step of the way to!

Here’s What You Need:

*Beat Up Radio

*Screwdrivers to take it apart

*Martha Stewart Paint

*Paint Brushes

*Martha Stewart Decoupage All Surface Medium in Matte

*Vintage Wallpaper


*Spray on Adhesive



Take your radio apart starting from the back. Remove the box from the front plate. Remove the speaker. Remove the feet, and also remove the speaker cover plate. Paint the areas of your radio that are not going to be covered by the wallpaper. Paint the face of the radio,and also paint the feet. Remove the old fabric from the speaker cover plate and paint that as well if you like. Now you are ready to decoupage your radio box. Measure out the dimensions of the sides and the top and bottom. Mark out the dimensions with a pencil and ruler adding a 1/4 of an inch to the width on each piece for wrapping to the back. Also add a 1/2″ to each side of the top and bottom pieces for overlapping the edges. So if my top was 6×12 then I would cut my paper to be 6.25×13″. Brush a generous amount of decoupage medium onto the back side of the paper and the side of the radio that corresponds with the paper. Now lay the paper onto the box of the radio and smooth out. Do the top and bottom pieces first so that you end up with the edges coming over onto the sides and covering the edges. Then lay out the sides which should fit exactly top to bottom with a little extra in the back for wrapping. To wrap the little extra in the back brush a layer of medium onto the wood and the back of the paper starting with the top piece. Smooth the excess edge of paper down onto the wood. Now repeat with the other sides. When you get to a corner fold the end down at an angle into the other side to create a smooth corner. Next, brush a layer of decoupage medium on the top as a sealer all over the radio where the paper and paint is. Now you need to recover the speaker plate. Cut a piece of burlap about an inch or so larger than the size of your plate. Spray the front of the plate and the back of the burlap with spray adhesive. Lay the burlap onto the plate and smooth out on the front. Let dry. Trim the excess burlap to a 1/4 to 1/2″ around the edges and trim out the piece that the console piece goes through. Wrap and glue the edges down in the back. Let dry. When everything is dry you will need to reassemble your radio. Start by attaching the face to the box of the radio. Then, attach the speaker and close up the back. Screw the feet back on and you are finished!

 I love everything about this radio! The wallpaper is fabulous! The colors are amazing and the creamy burlap matched perfectly. I adore the little bird on the side, and the pink detail painted into the front. This project took me an afternoon, but it was totally worth it! The Martha Stewart Decoupage medium is really easy to work with. It goes on easily and it has a beautifully smooth finish without brush marks. I LOVE it! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with an old piece of yours. You’ll have a blast! I just love decoupaging with wallpaper! It’s sooo much fun! I’ll  be back tomorrow with my official Martha Stewart Decoupage Campaign Post. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Upcycled Storeybook Vintage Spool Photo Holders

Hi guys! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday weekend! I always enjoy having an extra day off with my hubby! This week’s craft projects are dedicated to Martha Stewart’s new decoupage line. A few weeks ago I received a package of Martha’s decoupage goodies to play with. Every once in a while I get the opportunity to be part of a craft campaign from The Blueprint Social. I was very excited to be a part of this campaign! I am a big fan of Plaid’s Martha Stewart Craft line! All of the products I have used have been fantastic and now I use her brand of products whenever I can. I had such a great time with the mediums that I ended up doing a few projects. I have had these vintage spools lying around for a while waiting to be upcycled. I thought they would make great photo holders, but I wanted to do something a little extra with them too. So, I added a little flair with the help of some of my vintage children’s book pages.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Industrial Spools

*Martha Stewart Paint

*Martha Stewart Decoupage All Surface Medium in Matte

*Vintage Children’s Book Illustrations

*Air Dry Clay

*Small Gage(16,18) Jewelry and Craft Wire


*Jewelry Pliers

*Paint Brushes, scissors, ruler, etc…


The first thing you will want to do is paint your spools how you like them and then let them dry. Push a little air dry clay into the top hole of the spool and poke a hole in the clay with one end of your wire. Play around with the layout of your images. Use different sizes and wrap them around the spool to test the design and if it will be readable when the paper is decoupaged on. Once you have your layout like you like it, you are ready to decoupage. Paint a layer of decoupage medium onto the back side of your paper and on the spool where you will adhere the image. Carefully lay the image onto the spool and smooth it around keeping it straight. Paint a layer of medium onto the top of the image to seal it. Repeat with other images and spools. Next, when the clay has dried you can paint the clay to match a color in your spool. Now you are ready to make the wire holder. Cut a length of wire about 12-15″ long. About a third of the way down bend the wire over to make a right angle. Now, take the tip of the shorter wire end and grasp it in your rounded jewelry pliers. Twist the wire around the pliers to form a loop. Then continue looping the wire around loosely to make a spiral ending it at the bend you created earlier. Your wire should look like a spiral lollipop. Dip the end of the wire into a little E6000, and insert into the spool top where the hole in the clay is. You can play around with the heights of wire if you like by trimming the bottom of the wire before inserting it into the spool. Now add your pictures or cards and display them in your favorite spot.

I LOVE my little photo holders! Vintage children’s book illustrations are just the best! And I am a little crazy for anything with chickens on it. This project is such a blast to make and I love how customizable it is! You can decoupage anything you like onto your spools. Martha’s new line also includes decoupageable trims like lace. How cute would that be! So next time you come across a lot of industrial spools, don’t pass them by! They make fun photo holders and they are a great addition to add to your decor! I’ll be back on Thursday with my official Martha Stewart Decoupage project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!


14 Days of Love- Sweet Vintage Spool Necklaces

Hello! Welcome to day nine of my 14 Days of Love special! Today I have a sweet jewelry diy for you all, vintage thread spool necklaces. These little necklaces are simple to make and are really sweet. You can find vintage thread spools on Ebay and Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. They come in various sizes. I would categorize these as medium. They are about an inch and a half long. You can find a lot of vintage charms and beads on Etsy too. These are pretty fast to make as well. You could make a whole batch of them in an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Wooden Spools

*Scrapbook paper, wallpaper scraps, etc…



*Charms, beads, etc (optional)


*Jump rings, eye pins, headpins…

*Jewelry Pliers

*Modge Podge


The first thing you will need to do is decoupage the spools. Cut a strip of paper a little smaller than the middle part of the spool. Glue the paper down to the spool with the modge podge. Then paint a layer of modge podge onto the top of the paper. I used the matte modge podge. Once your modge podge dries you are ready to make the spool into a pendant. Start with a long strip of wire. Make a tiny loop at the half way point and wrap one end at the top of the loop a few times. Thread your button face down onto the two ends of wire and pull it all the way down to the loop. Now twist the wire to secure the button taught and insert the wire through the hole in the spool. Now thread the top button face up onto the wires. Pull the button down the wire to the top of the spool. Twist one wire around the other at the base once or twice. Trim this piece down and stuff the end into the top of the spool back through the button. Now loop your other wire and wrap around the loop several times and end wrapping at the top of the button. Snip excess wire off and press wire down so it is not jagged or sticking up anywhere at the end. Thread beads onto an eye pin, snip the wire and make a loop. Attach the dangle and any charms you may like onto the bottom loop of the spool. Now add your pendant to a chain. I used a dainty ball chain. I then tied a little piece of ribbon around the top of each spool pendant where the top loop is. Snip the ends of your ribbon and you are ready to wear.

I think these little spool necklaces turned out so sweet! I love the vintage charm they have! These are great because they are so customizable to your style. You can easily change up the look by the type of paper and the charms and embellishment you use. These would make great gifts too, or a great craft for girl’s night!  So go ahead and make a bunch for all your favorite gals this Valentine’s Day! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more sweet Valentine projects! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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