How To Tuesday – Halloween Crates

halloween decoration I know that technically it is still Summer (first day of Fall is Sat the 22nd) but I wanted to get a jump start on my Halloween projects so the house will be decorated the entire month of October and I thought you might feel the same. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I love decorating for holidays! My favorite kind of decorations are the ones you can make yourself, and the ones that are somewhat functional. These little mini crates are great for storage that is also festive. Keep them on a kitchen counter and hold your spices, put them on a a shelf and fill them with jars of Halloween candy, or put them in your bathroom to hold soap, and other bathroom essentials.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-mini wooden crates, I found these at AC Moore for $2.99 each (bring a coupon and they are even cheaper!)
-wood stain, I went with walnut
-multi-purpose spray adhesive
-labels page 1 here and page 2 here, I made 2 of each so you can put one label on each end
1. Stain all the crates and allow to dry (check your stain for dry times)
2. Have labels printed (I had my printed by Staples for a little over $1, and they print on a laser printer so you don’t have to worry about the inks smearing) cut them out.
3. Use the spray adhesive in a well ventilated area, spray the back of each label and press it onto the side of the crate. Voila…super easy, and actually pretty fast too!
Please remember these labels are for personal use only, not for re-sale.

How To Tuesday – Fabric Button Hairbands

Today’s DIY is super simple, and I think would actually make a great project for a Crafternoon. Everyone could bring fabric scraps and once you have one of the Button Kits,you can buy a few of the refills. This project is also really easy to make with kids!

The supplies are easy too..
fabric button covering kit (they sell these at stores like Michael’s and Joannes too so you can use a coupon)
-plain hairband (the kind without the metal connector work best, but this is what I had on hand)
-fabric scraps

The button covering kit comes with this little circle tool that helps you to line up your design. You put the tool on the fabric and the opening in the middle shows you what will show on the actual finished button. This makes it great for picking cute elements from your fabric to feature. Then trace around the outer edge with a pencil for your cut line, and cut out the circle.

Lay your fabric face down into the plastic button maker that comes with the kit. Then push the flat circle disc into the circle (smooth side down) This forms the front of your button. Tuck all your ends of the fabric in.

Put on the button back with the hook facing up, and use the blue tool to push it down into the button front. You will feel a snap as it locks into place. You can then remove your button from the button maker and your button is done! It’s so easy and fast!

Now insert your hairband into the loop on the back, and bring the loop over the entire button to secure. If you have trouble feeding the hair band into the loop you can use tweezers to grab it, but mine went through pretty easily. You can leave your hairband this way for just one decorative band. Or you can add a second button.

You add the second button the same way, and bring the hair band around the button to secure. Now when you go to tie your hair up, you just hook one button around another to secure.

How To Tuesday – Vintage Tennis Racquet Cork board


I got this vintage tennis racquet in a box of other thrifted goodies that I was buying and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. It is super cute, and I could of just hung it on the wall..but I decided to turn it into a simple cork board, here’s how.


You’ll need:
-tennis racquet
-paper & pencil
-black marker
Glaziar Push Points or glue gun


First lay a sheet of paper under your tennis racquet and use the pencil to draw a dotted cutting line by going in between the string.


Cut out your paper template and make sure it fits pretty snugly into the frame of your tennis racquet. Then trace the template onto your cork using a black marker. Cut the cork out with scissors.


Fit cork into the back of your racquet and push a few of the glazier push points around the inside edge to hold the cork snugly against the string of the racquet. This way when you turn it over to hang it, it will still be easy to use the cork with push pins, but the strings of the racquet still show. If you don’t have push points on hand you can also use a thick ring around the outer edge of glue from a glue gun, however this would be much harder to remove if you ever decided to use the racquet for a different project.


Want even more ideas for old tennis racquets? How about…
Turn a vintage tennis racquet into a mirror
or turn a vintage tennis racquet into a jewelry display
Add a thread heart to a badminton racquet