{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...]

{popcorn lollipops}

Popcorn Lollipops | simplykierste.com

These are SO fun, not to mention super fast and easy. Think...last day of school parties, birthday parties, baby showers, teacher gifts, favors, and even as a fun centerpiece. These popcorn lollipops are flavored and colored with Jell-O, so they can easily coordinate with any color or theme you have in mind. They are simple, easy, delicious, and kid-friendly. I let my girls choose the color I made today...any guesses what they chose? :) POPCORN LOLLIPOPS ITEMS YOU NEED: 6 quarts popcorn 16 oz. mini marshmallows 1/4 c. butter 1 T. Jello-O powder, flavor of choice white chocolate chips sprinkles lollipop sticks/popsicle sticks DIRECTIONS: 1. These are made … [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...]

{more crafting ahead!}

There hasn't been much crafting going on around here lately! It's been a combination of having a garage sale, going out-of-town, and trying to catch up on some home projects (a.k.a. THE LAWN). We are having a wedding reception in our yard next month, and so we have been in overdrive trying to get the lawn under control and the yard spiffied up--planting flowers, bushes, etc.Anyway...I have a bunch of projects lined up, and will be sharing them with you soon! Tomorrow Fireflies & Jellybeans will be here, and I'm really excited about that. I also have MY MOST FAVORITE dessert to share with you today. Seriously, if you don't have the ingredients, you need to run right out to the store … [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...]

{edible playdough}

edible playdough 2

Today was such a rainy day, and my girls were antsy for something to do. I thought it was the perfect time to try the edible playdough I had been thinking about for a couple of weeks. After browsing through a few recipes, I decided to take a slightly different approach when I realized how similar they were to one of my favorite treats ever...Buckeyes. If you haven't heard of them, they are a delightful mixture of peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter that are rolled into balls and dipped into chocolate. SO, so delicious. So, I gave it a try, and I'm so glad! The girls LOVED it, and were able to eat their creations afterward. It was the perfect rainy day activity! ITEMS YOU … [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...]