The Friday How-2….Music wrapped candle replay

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Hi sweet people….

Just a quick note to refresh some previous candle-themed posts and to highlight this new addition to my Etsy shop.

Click here for the original DIY…

I can’t tell you how easy these music wrapped candles have become.  

There are so many variations:

*Pictured above is obviously uber spring–couldn’t wait …..

*Rip out the page of an old dictionary on the pages “love”, “Valentine”, “sweet” or any other V-Day related word.  Circle the word with a red Sharpie, embellish, and you have a cute Valentine’s Day Candle.

* Embellish the front of the candle with a chip board initial

*  The possibilities are endless….have one?  Do tell!!

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Have an incredible weekend!  dcb


Sweet baby Georgia…

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A gift for a sweet baby of a friend of mine.   A darling bird hook attached to a decorated piece of wood.  Great for a baby’s room to hang keepsakes on or as a functional hook for towels and the like.   This is a variation of a couple of DIYs I have blogged in the past.  Very simple way to take a plain piece of wood and turn it in to something functional and cute!


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for this tutorial click here….


and for this one click here….

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No Friday How-2 tomorrow…..We are going to Disney World!!



The Friday How-to: Washi tape votives and a give-away!

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A fantastic Friday to you!!

Gearing up for the fattening, fun and crafty holiday known as Valentine’s day.   Here is an easy peasy (as my kids would say) way to spruce up those table top votives for your Valentine’s decor.

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You will Need:

*  Clear glass votive candle holder

* Washi tape.  You can get this awesome tape at your craft store, or check this site out on Etsy:   The Washi Shop.

* Hot glue gun

* Garden twine and/or ribbon

*Valentines embellishments/stickers


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I like Washi tape because it is easy to use and it is transparent…the light from your candle will glow nicely through the holder.   Begin at the bottom and slowly and as evenly as possible, wrap the tape around the candle holder working your way up.

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Make sure the entire holder is wrapped.

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Hot glue one end of your twine to the candle holder.  Then wrap the twine around the holder to your desired thickness.

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After you are done wrapping, hot glue the other end to the existing twine to secure.

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Embellish with a cut-out heart and/or stickers of your choice.

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You can also wrap paper around the body of the candle and accent with the Washi tape and twine for a different effect and look.

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Use a flame less tea light or regular votive candle—–easy, cheap and pretty—who could wish for more?!

Now the best part….

Like this post and/or leave a comment to enter to receive one of these candles for a give-away!!

I will announce the winner on Monday.

Have a warm-hearted weekend!  dcb

The Friday How-to: Save those Christmas Cards!

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Happy post Christmas Friday to you all!  I trust that all of you had a very merry holiday and that you are gleefully wading your way through all your newly received Christmas tidings.

I don’t know about you, but every year I receive the most precious holiday cards with pictures of children that would rival any Gap Kids ad….

I save them for a year or two and then what?…..  Reluctantly, most end up in a recycle bin.

I had a friend who would scrapbook every single card…..every single year…..needless to say that labor intensive project doesn’t happen for her anymore.  But, it did give me an idea to create something new out of old cards.

So here is a project that will help reuse those cute cards and give the sender a keepsake of their Christmas greeting for that year.

You will need:

*Christmas type paper (scrapbook or wrapping)

*Hole punch


*Embellishments of your choice


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First:  Cut your card down to a smaller size.  For this card (graciously brought to you by Valerie at myfivelittlepeppers)

I cut it almost in half so my project would have a front side or a back side.  Cards with multiple pictures…..cut out our favorites and use for a front and back.


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Second:  Place your card images on your Christmas paper and trim to size.  Attach with tape or scrapbook adhesive.


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Third:  I laminated this project to help preserve the card, but you definitely don’t have to!  Punch holes with your hole punch on each side and along the bottom edge.  Punch two holes at the top center.


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Fourth:  Run your ribbon in and out of the holes along sides and bottom.

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Fifth:  Use a different ribbon for the top holes and embellish as you see fit.  Leave enough ribbon at the top for hanging if desired.

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* An ornament gift for the sender post-Holiday

*An ornament gift for the sender for next Christmas

*A gift tag for the sender’s Christmas gift next year

* A thank you card for the senders gift to you

* Hang it around a bottle of wine/champagne as a nifty New Years Eve hostess gift

* Have another idea?  Spill it!


Have a very blessed and prosperous New Year!   dcb

The Friday How-2: Music Ornament

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Good Friday everyone!!

I am trusting that you are in the throws of happy decorating and crafting for the Christmas season.  If you are still looking for a cute and easy gift for the hostess of  your holiday party, gift for a teacher or piano teacher…’s how-2 is for you!!


You will need:

* a plain, clear, craft glass ornament of any size.  You can find these at your local craft store.

* shredded music, book, dictionary page or other ephemera. 

* embellishments of your choice.  I used Christmas rub-on decals for this one.

* ribbon for hanging.



The tops of these craft glass ornaments come off by squeezing the top and pulling out the pronged top attachment.  Insert your shreds of paper through the exposed hole.  Fill until you have the look desired.  Replace the top of the ornament.  Rub on your decal or attach your embellishment to the face of the ornament.  Pull the ribbon through the top of the ornament for hanging.


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Have a great weekend and happy ornament making!!  dcb

The Friday How-to: DIY Board Hooks

Happy Friday everyone…..

As if you don’t have enough to put up on your walls at Christmas time as it is…..

Here is an easy way to recycle old Christmas cards, Holiday sheet music (my fave), holiday scrapbook paper, or pages from an old Christmas book.

You will need:

ephemera of your choice (eg., old sheet music , cards, book pages etc)

Wood board (available at any craft store)

Your choice of paint

Drawer pulls (I got these on clearance at Anthropologie, but you can get them at any hardware or craft store)

Small drill or Dremel tool

Decoupage glue

Embellishments and ribbon of your choice


Prepare and paint your boards the color of your choice.    After paint is dry, place your paper or card on the board in the position that you wish.


Make a small mark where you want the drawer pull “hook” to go.  Drill a small hole on mark.  Do this before Decoupaging!!


Decoupage your paper element to your board and let dry.    When dry, gently fasten your drawer pull to the drill hole on your board until secure.


Distress your board, embellish with stickers or rub-ons (shown) or whatever else you fancy.  Attach a nail tooth hook on back for hanging or use with small easel.  

Turkey Clothespin Placecard

Here is a nifty DIY for Thanksgiving that is super kid friendly.

All you need is a clothespin, scrapbooking paper, Modge podge or other decoupage and some crayons!

1.  Print out your favorite turkey image from the computer or have kids draw their own.  I found this one at  Have kids cut out the image.

2.  On another piece of sturdy or scrapbooking paper, trace a piece around the face of the clothespin.  Cut out.  Modge Podge paper directly on to clothespin.

3.  Wrap some crayons in twine ribbon and set next to place card.   This is so that all family and friends can decorate their own Turkey between Thanksgiving courses!!   You can also write what you are thankful for on the turkey with the crayons as well.

I have linked this to Linky Tools.   So many other kid friendly crafts are listed here!   Click here to add yours!

The Friday How-2 Post-Halloween: King Kong meets a can of Izze


As the kids nurture their sugar hangovers….I am sure you miss Halloween already and can’t wait for next October.  Well you are in luck….here is a bit of homemade and how-2 for next year…make sure to bookmark!

These costumes were a big hit for my kiddos and guess what?!  They were EASY!



As an homage to you New Yorkers (whom we are praying for daily) here is a piece of the Big Apple I brought to our Rocky Mountain State.

You acquire three boxes of varying size,  cut the flaps off leaving about 2″ for taping.   Cut a hole big enough for your kiddo’s head on top of  the largest box.  Cut a hole for your kiddo’s face on the front of the medium box.  Using silver duct tape, secure all the boxes together.  Spray with gray primer spray paint and finish with metallic spray paint (if desired).  King Kong is hot glued to a paper towel roll that is also duct taped to the top of the smallest box.  Use thin wire to affix the airplane to the paper towel roll.   Cut out 2″ x 4″ pieces of black construction paper for the windows and print the words “Empire State ”  in the font of your choice off your computer ( I used “Futurex”).



Super simple…..purchase a medium sized collapsible LAWN AND LEAF bin from your local hardware store!!  Spray paint orange, cut holes for arms and head.  Copy and paste the Izze logo and print out on a regular size sheet of paper.  We used colored hairspray for her hair and she wore orange pants and shirt.   Viola!   A great costume for you last minute moms!

These are the pictures and events that make motherhood a privilege  for me.   It is all too apparent to me that the swiftness of time will turn these photos in to a distant memory all too soon.  I savored every minute!  I hope you did as well.

Have a good first November weekend!   dcb


It’s Almost Halloween….{variations on a theme}

Ok…it is almost that day….the day when our children  increase the dentist bill by 75%.


For us moms that have been justly or unduly labeled “creative”….we have no choice, but to be so.

No store bought costumes will do.  Decorations?  Handmade also.

So here is some variations on themes that the Highnote has done in the past to help assuage the urges to buy anything plastic or made in China this Halloween.



Paint scraps of block wood orange and black.  Use your StayzOn ink and stamp a bunch of these cuties to adorn your table or treat stand.   Click here for the original.



Rip up strips of linen stamp with StayzOn ink and hot glue to a votive or other candle holder.

For the original click here.



Using computer iron-on transfer paper is so user friendly that you can put your image on almost anything!

Download a vintage Halloween image from the computer and put it on a tea towel or make a treat bag out of old napkins.   The above images came from A Day in the Life of Jennay on her printable Tuesdays.   Check it out!

So you get the Friday How-2 on a Thursday eve this week!!!  How lucky is that?   Have a great weekend!  dcb

The Friday How-to: Music Wrapped Initial

It is a cold and snowy Friday here in Colorado…..

Get out your modge podge…..time for another decoupage project….!


Wood or chip board initial.  You can make yourself or conveniently buy at your local craft shop.

Old/unusable sheet music, book page, dictionary page or page from a children’s book.

Decoupage glue

scissors/pencil for tracing

embellishments of choice


First:  Trace letter on to paper sheet.  Use two sheets as you will be cutting to cover both sides of letter.


Cut out your image (remember to cut two).  Make sure you are relatively exact on this part….


Apply a thin layer of decoupage to your letter first and then a coat to the back side of your cut image.  Place paper on letter and match up all sides.  If you happen to be a bit off, you can add paper and/or trim later.  Lastly, add a thin coat of decoupage to the entire top of letter.  You will do this to both sides.

Let letter dry completely and I promise any “bumps”  with your paper will go away.

Embellish or leave plain and there you go….

These are awesome for a wedding gift as you can embellish the date of their wedding right on to the letter.  Also great for a baby gift with their date of birth.  For a Christmas mantle….just embellish with a Christmas theme.  The possibilities are endless!

Have a wonderful weekend….no matter what your weather might be!  dcb