{framed twine wreath}

I wanted to make this for my kids' bathroom wall, and because of the prominent vinyl lettering already above the hooks, I knew I couldn't do anything else with writing. So, I took a frame that I already had, and painted and distressed it. I made the twine wreath using a styrofoam wreath and about 3/4 roll of jute, then hung it with a thick polka dot ribbon.Sometimes you'll have a frame that has a really slick surface, and you may not be sure how to refinish it. Well, it's definitely still possible, and you don't have to sand it to death, either! If it's going to be hanging out of the way, you don't need to worry about priming it. Just spray it according to can directions, let dry, and … [Read more...]

{book on a ring}

quiet book henry front copy

Whether it be at church, in the car, sitting in the doctor's office, or running errands, these mini books made out of juice can lids are the the perfect thing to keep little hands busy. I am seriously thrilled with how they turned out! I chose to do a color book, and a little church book for my two baby boys, but really, the possibilities are endless. My next project is to make a mini-scrapbook with them...using pictures on one side, and text on the other----HOW DARLING! Hopefully I will have it done soon, so I can show you how it turns out. ITEMS YOU NEED: juice can lids, washed and dried ***For one book, I used 8 lids. That's only 4 cans of juice.*** mod podge and foam … [Read more...]

{cardboard box baskets}

cardboard basket in entertainment center

I had the pleasure of being over at Fireflies & Jellybeans on Friday, and this is the project I shared with her readers. I hope you enjoy it, too! After completing the entertainment center we built for our basement, I was in desperate need of some baskets to go on the shelves behind the doors. I love baskets, and don't mind spending a little more on nice ones if they are going to be in a prominent place. However, these would be hidden behind doors, and would be in the throes of the basement, so I just didn't want to spend a lot on them. So, I went on a hunt to find baskets for around $5--I knew I could paint them or jazz them up somehow, as long as they were the right size and … [Read more...]

{pottery barn style entertainment center}

First of all, I have to apologize for the poor picture quality. There is horrible lighting in the basement (as far as pictures go), and after many tries, these were the best I could get. So, you might have to use your imagination a little bit. :)My husband and I make a good team. He started woodworking in high school, and it has been a passion of his ever since. I'm pretty handy with a lot of tools, but this is his area of expertise. One day I'll learn more about woodworking, but for now, our system works really well. I do the design & finish work, and he does the building. The only problem is, my list of projects is really long, and I just keep adding to it! We finished our … [Read more...]

{welcoming…Fireflies & Jellybeans}

Let's welcome Fawnda, from Fireflies & Jellybeans! She is our featured blogger today, and we are so excited to have her here.-----------Brown Paper Packages Readers! ! I am so excited to be guest posting here today!Let me introduce myself!I am Fawnda from Fireflies and Jellybeans a little DIY blog that I co-author with my best friend Jeannine. I am a mom to a 2 year old son (who we adopted from Korea about 1.5 years ago!) and a wife to an amazing man! I love all things crafty!We have all kinds of fun stuff going one at Fireflies and Jellybeans! We have a Show Off Your Stuff Party every Thursday where you can link up your posts that you want to show off!Today I am going to show you how … [Read more...]

{sponsor giveaway}

I am pleased to announce our very first sponsor! This is exciting news for brown paper packages, and for all our readers as well. So, without further ado, we introduce...Wetheads!They specialize in the most adorable boutique style hooded towels for babies and kids. You can choose the towel color, font, shape, and material, so they can be customized for any color scheme. What a perfect baby gift!You can have it monogrammed...or add a fun shape...They are offering one of our lucky readers a towel of their choice--all you have to do is check them out, and let us know what you would choose. That's it! The giveaway will end on Sunday, May 23rd at midnight, and I will announce the winner on … [Read more...]

Do Your Shoes Need a Makeover? Paint them!

shoes with flower worn

I am a reformed impulse "clearance" shopper. Okay, I'm working really hard on it. There is just somethingabout a really good sale. I also love shoes. A lot. If I could, I would have a room full of shoes. So, when you combine a sale, and shoes, it's dangerous territory.This pair of green wedges was one of my victims. They had been sitting in my closet for almost three years, and not been worn once. I loved the shape of the shoes, and the polka dots, but I think they were just a little too shiny. So, what did I have to lose? A makeover was the perfect answer--I could have the the fun wedge shape, but in a different color. I'm so glad I tried it--they turned out better than I thought (it … [Read more...]

{caramel shortbread bars}

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in the doctor's office, and ended up waiting for some time. I found myself thumbing through quite a few magazines, and stumbled across a recipe that I could not wait to try. I pulled out the notebook and pen from my purse, and hastily scratched down the recipe. Unfortunately, I did not document the name of the magazine, so if anyone knows, please let me know so I can give them credit!This afternoon I had a chance to try them, and holy moly, they are fantastic! If you are a caramel lover, these bars are for you. The crumbly goodness of the shortbread crust, combined with the rich chewiness of the caramel = DIVINE.CARAMEL SHORTBREAD BARSCrust:10 T. … [Read more...]

{wooden pedastal}

I totally loved THESE candlesticks when I saw them, and made quite a few for different spots in my house. Well, I may have gone a *little* overboard, and ended up with a couple leftover. I really wanted to find a way to use them, so with one alteration, I transformed this candlestick into a fun wooden pedestal and cake stand. I love it in my kitchen!I removed the top piece, and replaced it with a piece of 3/4 inch MDF, cut to 12x12. I wanted it to be big enough to hold a 9 inch round cake, and still have a small border. I did paint it and sand it, but I did not stain it, since food would potentially be sitting on it.There are so many ways you could use this pedestal!cake stand (a piece … [Read more...]