Embellish a Hat or Fascinator

Hats are so super simple to embellish or restyle.

Go from this plain hat


to this


in just a few moments

with some colorful blinged out chain (this one from Industrial Chic has a strand of rhinestones and blue beads to catch the light). The only tools you need for the chain are some wire cutters in case you need to shorten it and jewelry pliers to close the chain with jump rings. A flower from, you guessed it– the dollar store, completed the hat refresh.

You can make this fun fascinator by adding barrettes to the underside and then a feather, a little crochet embellishment, a star and a boot charm. All you need is a good craft glue such as Aileen’s or E6000. You are ready for the rodeo now!



Let your imagination run wild as you upcyle gift bags!

cards and gift bags DIY

A girlfriend of mine gave me a dozen handmade cards as a gift. I not only loved them, but found it was great to have them on hand for those last minute cards.

I decided to take it a step further and make matching gift bags for my friends. One holiday I made a dozen cards and matching gift bags and gave them to my friends as a gift. Guess what??? They loved it. They were fun and inexpensive to make. All you need is a few afternoons to complete, but it will give you months of love from your besties.

upcycled gift bags Terri OSupplies:

–Assorted gift bags in different sizes and colors. I even recycle some bags by covering up logos with stickers and paper.
–Assorted tissues. I let the theme of the tissue dictate how I decorate my gift bag.
–Plain cards, envelopes and tags
Stickers, glue, ribbons and pretty papers


All I can really do is offer up tips. I let the theme of the tissue paper inspire me. I even like to add unusual embellishments like feathers, metal findings, rope etc. The bottom line is let your imagination run wild. Chances are if you like it, someone else will, too. Especially if they know it was handmade with love!

No-fail Super Simple Plastic Table Cloth Craft

All you need are two contrasting plastic table cloths and a pair of scissors  to make your outdoor table look pretty! Viola! Super inexpensive and super simple crafting!

I cut flowers, but you could do any design you like!

Jam Jar Luminaries aka Faeries in a Jar

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I’ve seen pictures of these jars pop up in Facebook and Pinterest from time to time and decided to make them myself. Definitely a craft project for adults, but it is simple and only takes 20 minutes or so.

These jam jar luminaries add a delightfully cool glow to a dark evening on the deck or campsite.

You will need:

Empty, clean, jam jars

Glow sticks – necklaced sized, usually come 3 or 4 to a package for a $1



Rubber gloves

Plastic grocery bags (work surface)

Craft scissors

Safety glasses

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I did this project outdoors. Lay plastic grocery bag(s) on your work surface.

Put on your rubber gloves and saftey glasses.

Open your jars and set lids aside.

Crack glow sticks all along length.

Fold in half and hold onto tops while putting v-shape end in jar.

Carefully use your scissors to cut at fold while keeping v-end of glow stick in the jar.

Fluid and small glass particles (from the inner tube of glowing fluid) will flow out into jar.

Repeat with one or two more glow sticks.

Add glitter and/or tulle. (I used fine glitter, I think bigger glitter would yield a different sparkle.)

Screw jar lid on tightly.

Wrap up your work surface and dispose of it.

Enjoy the glow!

Tips: If you are impatient with the flow of liquid, you can carefully use your scissors to not quite cut through the top of the plastic tube.

When you retire for the evening, if you put the luminaries in the fridge overnight, you may get another evening’s use out of them.

I think these luminaries would also be pretty with twine tied securely aroung the throat of the bottle and hung up.

The blue jar has white glow sitck fluid with blue and gold glitter added.

The yellow/green jar has yellow glow stick fluid and a piece of tulle added.

The red jar has red glowstick fluid and red glitter added.

DIY Styrofoam Stamps for Children to Craft

·    Clean styrofoam meat trays-preferably white, its easier to see the design
·    pencil
·    design idea in mind
·    scissors
·    acrylic paint
·    cards to stamp on
·    sponge brush
·    paper plate for paint
1. Look at the bottom of the styrofoam and cut out a piece that is smooth. You may want to cut 2 so you can glue them together. It makes the stamp thicker and easier to hold.
2. On the smooth side draw into the styrofoam with a pencil. Remember if you are writing a name you will have to write it backwards!
3. With your sponge brush cover your stamp with your paint. Less is more!
4. Stamp your design onto some plain paper to make sure you like it. If you do add more paint and stamp your card.
5. You may need to add paint to each stamp.
6. Let dry and give to someone you love.

Make Paper Bag Piñatas with the Kids

When you are grocery shopping this week, bring the food home in paper bags. You and your kids can craft these colorful piñatas  during the week and you will be ready for fun on the weekend, for a party or anytime a bunch of kids gather.

paperbag-pinata Super Simple with terri OCompletion Time: about an hour

Craft Supplies:

  • Large paper bag
  • Spray paint (Design Master)
  • Craft foam
  • Curling ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Glue gun
  • Pompoms
  • Metallic streamers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Balloons
  • Stapler
  • Candy


Project Instructions:

  1. Spray paint paper bags — outside. Let dry.
  2. Use glue gun and decorate with foam, ribbon, feathers, etc. You can also add gemstones or any other doodads from around the house.
  3. Fill bag with candy and trinkets. Staple closed. Now the little ones are ready to party!


Safety Tip: Make sure an adult does the gluing whenever a glue gun is involved.

Water Sponge Bomb and Foamerator

Watch for the surprise at the end of this video.

All you will need the following to make these 2 super simple, kid friendly, outdoor / pool appropriate water crafts are:

an old washcloth, scissors, plastic water bottle, a bit of dish soap and water in a dish, 4 sponges (from the dollar store)

and, string!

Come and play with the sponge ball and the bubble blower summer craft!!

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Glass Bottles Repurposed

Glass Bottles Repurposed

Glass Bottles RepurposedLevel: Super Simple
Designed by: Terri O

Before you throw that glass bottle away take a real good look at it. There may be potential for another use! I decorated mine with paper and buttons to make these really cute centerpieces. All you need is a little inspiration. Here are some of the supplies I used. You can use just about anything!

Kid friendly!

Craft Supplies Needed:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue Zots by 
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Felt cut outs
  • Wire
  • Glass transfers


Project Instructions:

Any glass container will work. The more unique the better. I even found an old Listerine bottle in the desert once. That‘s the bottle in the middle. It’s probably 20 years old! If you use glue zots you can remove the embellishments and keep on reusing your bottle.

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‘Tweet Lil’ Wooden Bird with Scrapbook Paper and Thread Spools

Super Simple Terri OI saw a folk art bird like this one for sale in a shabby chic shop. The tag was $12! Eek!

I am going to show you how super simple it is to lovingly craft one bird for a tenth of that. For $12 you could recreate a flock of these sweet tweeters!

You might have to spend all of a $1 for the wooden bird, but the rest of the tools and craft supplies you probably already have to hand.  The whole project takes about 30 minutes to do. Honestly, I spent the most time picking out buttons and the paper I wanted to use.

You’ll need, buttons, spools of thread, a length of ribbon or cord ,a bamboo skewer, a wooden bird, glue, 2 contrasting yet complimentary scrapbook papers, plus a pencil and scissors.

Terri O CraftFor the base, I used 3 little spools of thread I had as part of a sewing kit and tied them together.

Use Aileen’s or E6000 to glue the buttons on top of the spools.

Insert skewer.

Next I traced the bird and the wings onto scrapbook paper and cut them out

Tip: If you take a piece of white scrap paper and press it down on around the edges of the elevated bird’s wing, you will get enough of an impression to cut out a wing template.

I glued the paper and the button eyes down with regular Elmer’s glue.

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I managed to buy the last bird in the store. But this project would be cute if the bird had a couple of tweet friends. Just as you might display 3 candles at separate heights as a centerpiece, you could have 3 birds at different heights – simply shorten 2 of the skewers.

Alternately I could have painted the bird.

Terri O

Heroes never go out of fashion

Vintage and near vintage art is popularly repurposed in jewelry and mixed media art. I have not decided what I will make with this piece, maybe a card later in the month for Operation Write Home’s annual blog hop, maybe a piece of jewelry. However, when I ran across this poster my son is the first person who came to mind.

Standing_Tall Armed Forces Day poster 1951

The poster is circa 1951 and celebrates National Armed Forces Day. Here is the poster for May 18, 2013:


On February 27, 1950, President Harry Truman signed the proclamation declaring the third Saturday in May National Armed Forces Day. Parades at military bases in the US and abroad marked the day.

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense,” President Truman said.

Here are a few more photos nabbed from the DOD site.


PASSING IN REVIEW – Airmen from Andrews AFB, Md., salute President Harry S. Truman during a parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. (AFD-1951)


PEERING AT CONTROLS – Future pilots check out the controls of a jet during an open house at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. (AFD-1956)


PERFORMING AT THEIR BEST – The National Guard band of Washington D.C., performs on the grounds of the Washington Monument. (AFD-1976)

108th Army Band AZ

Arizona has its own Army National Guard Band that performs around the state.The jazz section is particularly super! http://www.108tharmyband.com/Home.aspx There are many military bands around the US. If you would like to request a band perform in your community you can do that HERE.




If your desire is to create something nice for our men and women currently in service check out the inspiration and instructions for making blank cards for them to send  to loved ones at Operation Write Home where more than 2 million cards have been deployed since 2007.