4 DIY Organization Projects (featured on #OWNSHOW)

A few weeks ago, I was invited to do a few craft segments for #OWNSHOW where I got to talk about some of my favorite organizational craft projects. It was such a fun experience being in the studio and taping these segments with the talented Ami Desai. And I’m so excited to finally share them with you! Check out the clips below!


DIY Cereal Notebook: Click here for full tutorial

DIY Water Jug Container: Click here for full tutorial

DIY Chalkboard Label Jars: Click here for full tutorial

DIY Altoids Carrying Case: Click here for full tutorial 

DIY Chain Trimmed Placemats


This post is a special one for me, because it’s the first time I am writing to you as a married woman! Our wedding was one of the happiest days of our lives and I can’t wait to share all the details with you soon. Our first month of married life has been fantastic and one of the most fun we’ve had is decorating our new place.



After many weeks of searching for furniture, our apartment is almost complete! One of my favorite pieces is our Modway Dining Table from my new favorite online store, Wayfair. If you're in the market for furniture, accessories, or any other home-related items, Wayfair has it all! We needed something modern and white to brighten up the place a bit and this table did the trick. And now that we got the main furniture pieces sorted out, it’s time for my favorite part…accessorizing! 




I bought some plain placemats for about $2 each and wanted to glam them up a bit for my new table. I bought a couple pieces of chain from the craft store and after some super simple stitching, my new placemats were born! You can also use this technique with fringe or fabric trim as well. Follow the simple steps below to make your own set! 





Supplies: 
• Placemats
• Decorative Chain (found online or at craft stores. make sure the holes are large enough for the needle to poke through) 
• Embroidery Floss
• Threading Needle
• Scissors
• Wire Cutters



Steps: 
• Thread needle with the embroidery floss and tie a double knot at the end.
 Place the end of the chain next to the edge of the placemat. Run the needle through the chain and the edge of the placemat and pull tightly.



 Continue stitching the chain and placemat together then tie a double knot to secure the stitch when complete.
 Trim the ends of the string with scissors and cut off any excess chain with wire cutters. 






Check out Wayfair for tons of home furniture and accessories at amazing prices!




My DIY Bridal Shower Invitations


My wedding is only two months away so you can imagine how much I've been consumed with DIY wedding craft projects! This is one of my favorites so far. I am having a garden-themed bridal shower and found the perfect invitations from Minted. These were originally save the date cards, but Minted lets you 100% customize their designs which is exactly what I did. All you need to do is make a note with your changes when you submit your order and one of their designers will revise and send you an updated version. A hassle-free process!

But you know I couldn’t just send these out without adding my personal touch. This is a super easy way to add a little pzazz to any invitations or even greeting cards. Here’s how I made them…

My Supplies:
Invitations from Minted
Silk flower stems
Tacky glue
Mini pearl sticker (found at craft stores) 
Pressed flower stickers (this shop has many more to choose from)


Steps:
1. Add Flowers: Separate the silk flowers from their stems by simply pulling them out. Apply a small dot of glue underneath and secure to the card. Finish it off by adding a pearl sticker on top. Continue adding flowers until you’ve reached your desired look.


2. Decorate the Envelope: To tie everything together, I used these pressed flower stickers as envelope closures. They are actually real flowers! There's a protective layer on top so they will stay intact when mailed.



Now moving on from wedding talk...

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m so proud to partner with Minted for their Every Mother Counts donation program, to help decrease maternal mortality across the world. If you purchase any art piece from Minted from now until 4/28/14 using code CREMEEMC, Minted will donate 20% of their proceeds to Every Mother Counts. So not only will you end up with some awesome artwork, but you’ll be contributing to a very worthy cause. I love this idea as a Mother's Day gift. After your purchase, Minted will also send you a free downloadable card you can include in your gift to mom letting her know about the donation. Check out all the beautiful art right here (the custom one below is my favorite).





5 Minute DIY: Duct Tape Hair Clips

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I'm so excited to partner with Scotch® Duct Tape for this week’s 5 Minute DIY tutorial! I don’t think I’ve ever done a kids/teen craft project, so I’m especially excited about this one. Growing up, my mom and I always did craft projects together so I thought this would be a fun mother/daughter project idea. Or even a birthday party craft activity. Either way, it’s super easy to make. And as duct tape patterns keep growing, you can create one to go with each outfit! I've always been amazed at all the creative ways duct tape is being used these days and with the growing selection of colors, I can only imagine the list will get longer.

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After spotting some fun patterns like the Scary Cat and Rainbow Scales from Scotch®’s newest line of duct tapes, I knew turning them into hair clips would be a fun way to add a pop of color to plain hair accessories. Now, let's get started!



Materials:
Scotch® Duct Tape (I used: Rainbow Scales, Scary Cat, Pattern Crazy, Grey Elephants)

• Hair Clips
• Piece of cardstock paper
• Scissors
• Hot glue
• Small embellishments (I used faux pearl stickers)


Steps:
• Cut out a piece of duct tape (about 5 inches).

• Fold it over the cardstock paper.
• Cut out a rectangular shape from the tape-covered cardstock, slightly larger than your hair clip.
• Add a strip of hot glue on top of the hair clip and place the duct tape strip on top.
• Decorate with embellishments like faux pearl stickers.    

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I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from Scotch® Duct Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. To see more creative projects, visit www.ScotchDuctTape.com and check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. 

DIY: Chocolate S'mores Cake Recipe

Today's post is very special to me, because it’s Crème de la Craft’s 2nd birthday! Thank you all for continuing to read, comment, share, like and pin these little projects of mine.

In honor of my blog birthday, I’m posting my first recipe project. I thought the celebration called for a double layer chocolate s'mores cake! The big toasted marshmallows on top are my favorite. And I can report back that it was delicious! 

Now let's get started...


Ingredients:
2 boxes of chocolate cake mix (and the ingredients required on the box)
2 jars (7oz each) of marshmallow creme or fluff
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs (they actually sell the crumbs!)
¼ cup melted unsalted butter
Mixing bowl
Baking pan
Foil or parchment paper
Bag of large marshmallows
Skewer


Steps:
Bake 2 chocolate cakes, following the instructions on the cake mix box. Let cool and set aside.
In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs and the melted butter with a spatula until combined.
Cover a baking pan with foil or parchment paper and evenly spread the graham cracker crumbs on top. Bake in the oven at 350°F until they are golden brown (about 10 minutes). Remove and let cool.
Toast 20-24 marshmallows. You can use a culinary torch or toast them individually over the stove with a skewer, like a mini campfire. Be very careful and be sure to hold the marshmallow a few inches above the flame. Do not to hold the actual wooden skewer over the flame or it will catch on fire.


Presentation:
Arrange the first layer of cake on your cake stand.
Spread an even layer of the marshmallow creme on top. It will naturally ooze out from the side. I used 1 full jar for the first layer.
Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs on top.
Place the second layer of cake on top and repeat the previous steps using the remainder of the marshmallow creme and graham cracker crumbs.
Arrange the toasted marshmallows on top.



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