DIY Name Sign with Cardboard and Yarn


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Decorate your room with your name on the cheap! I found some cardboard boxes in the back of a truck headed for the junkyard. So I saved them, cut them up and turned them into wall art. Here is what you need:

Exacto knife
Glue or glue gun

I used a ruler to help gauge the size of my letters. I wanted them to be fairly uniform in shape. Simply glue one end of the yarn to the cardboard and wrap it. If the letter has a hole in it like the letter A, simply cut out one side and bend it back. This way you won’t have to push your yarn through a hole which will take forever! After Noon on 8-14-14 you can watch the segment on Sonoran Living to see for yourself.


Super Simple Gift Wrap DIY – The Photo as Giant Gift Tag

Eliminate gift tags by using a photo of the person you are giving the gift to. Here is how I did it:

Photos as gift tags Terri O1.   Pick your picture and print it on regular paper. You could use photo paper but that can get pricey since it’s going in the trash anyway.

2.   The most important tool you’ll need is the <> 900. It makes stickers out of anything.

Run your picture thru it and stick it on the package or bag.

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Festive T for 4th of July Celebrations

This super cute tee is festive and cool for your Independence Day celebrations.

DIY t-shirt Terri OSupplies:
water based glue
acrylic paint
spray bottles
cardboard T-shirt form or piece of cardboard covered in wax paper

Instructions: (Watch how simple it is to make on Sonoran Living.)
1. Pre wash T-shirt if necessary to remove the sizing. Do not use fabric softener.
2. Place cardboard form inside the shirt. “Paint” your shirt with the glue and let dry. Try not to let the glue be too thick.
3. Add paint to a spray bottle in a 3 to 1 ratio. 3 parts water 1 part paint.
4. Spray paint over the shirt and let dry.
5. Once dry set paint with heat. I put mine in the dryer for about 10 minutes.
6. Soak your shirt in a bucket of water until the glue breaks down. About and hour should be fine.
7. Wash your shirt in the washing machine to remove the rest of the glue.
8. Wear you shirt because you are “free” to do so!
9. You might like this project too, using bleach and water.

Flowery headbands you can make


hair clips
glue gun or E-6000
silk or paper flowers
beads or jewelry parts
jewelry pendants
acrylic paint
shoe laces

Instructions for shoe laces:
I used the end of a brush to make the dots. Just remember the dark laces are a bit more difficult. The paint absorbs right into it, so you may have to do it twice.

Instructions for hair clips & headbands:
I bought mine at the dollar store. I covered the headbands with ribbon and added flowers. For the hairclips, I added felt to help support the end of the clip where I want to add flowers or beads.

Instructions for the bracelet:
I bought my bracelets and various craft stores and the dollar store. I just glued small random embellishments to the bracelets. For the snap bracelet, thankfully the center of the bracelet when it is laid out flat is the perfect spot to glue.

Instructions necklace:
Fill your pendent with your favorite things. I used pretty paper as the background then added all kinds of little items that mean something to me. Once you have everything where you want it, fill the pendent with clear acrylic glaze. My favorite one is Diamond Glaze from Judikins.

Tasty Tailgate Treats and Football Fashions

I admitted on the air that I don’t know much about football, except to cheer at the exciting parts and I am an Arizona gal so:

Go Red!

Go Sun Devils!

Go Wildcats!

Go  Lumberjacks!

and, although their season is over, I hear that Arena Football Quarterback Nick Davila had an awesome season with the Arizona Rattlers, throwing 100 TD for the third consecutive year!

Way to go Rattlers!

“Those aren’t my teams,” you say.

Well now is your chance to let loose and cheer loudly for YOUR team!


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C’mon, you can cheer louder than that!

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Now it is time to party with Michael Reimann, president of AZ Barbeque –he shared easy recipes for

Atomic Buffalos

Shrimp Bacon Chili = Simply yummy!

Remember: the heat is not only in the chili seeds it is mostly in the membrane!

and Tailgate Cobbler on Sonoran Living:

Need more football party food?

The Arena Sports Grill shares recipes sliders and skewers:

Look fab for Friday Night Lights:







Fashion’s Night Out 2012

Oh, bop, do do do do do do do do


Grab your BFFs and try on what’s hot and what looks hot on you! Are those boots to die for? Do those patterns make you look trendy and stylish?

Stephanie Sandoval and I learned on Sonoran Living why racy reds, stark whites and military-inspired fashions are hot.

Today, September 6 is the night to find out!

Fashion’s Night Out is a global event in its fourth year with celebrities, limited-edition fashions, entertainment and food.

If you live in the Valley of the Sun, the apparel stores, restaurants and more at The Scottsdale Quarter have festivities planned from 6 to 9 tonight.

A night of shopping with your friends just not in the works?

Here are fashions to beat the heat.

Fashions to :

And, girlfriends, we must have CHOCOLATE! Ganache that is!


Check back Sunday for a post about Football Fashions and Tasty Tailgate Party Food.

JUMBO Stamp Art

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Say that the chairs in your guest room or the couch in your living room are a print that you love but looking around the room you wish you could simply and inexpensively bring that design element into the rest of the room.

It is super simple to make your own matching accent canvases to decorate your home! Here’s how:


  • 8 x 10 framed canvas. (I used the one inch think.)
  • Thick craft foam
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glue gun
  • Brushes
  • Paper plate
  • Inspiration (mine was the fabric)


  1. Terri OFirst decide on what kind of pattern you want make. I did a flower. I drew out my design on a piece of paper then cut each part of the flower out. There were about 4 or 5 pieces to the flower. The center, a long petal, a short petal and a leaf. Use the paper cut outs as your pattern.
  2. Lay your pattern on a sheet of thick white craft foam and trace around it. Cut out each piece. Use some of your scraps and glue them onto your foam cut out pieces to make a handle. Just glue them on top of each other.
  3. Before you start stamping you might want to try out a design on a piece of paper. That way you can see what colors work and experiment with different designs.
  4. When you are ready paint each piece with some acrylic paint and stamp your design onto the canvas. If your Terri Ostamp does not leave a perfect impression don’t stress! I kind of like that look. But if you don’t you can easily go over it with a paint brush and make it perfect.
  5. If you decide to layer colors you will want to make sure that the paint is dry before stamping over it.
  6. Let your canvas dry and hang it on the wall for all to see and marvel over.

And if you want the video tutorial from Sonoran Living, click here.

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Dancing Ghosts Bring On Halloween Crafts

Halloween crafting has evolved and I will be sharing new projects for all of the upcoming holidays on Sonoran Living.

Meanwhile, you are welcome to join me on a journey into the Terri O craft archives. Don’t be scared as we  encounter my Famous Dancing Ghosts‼

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Terri O's Famous Dancing Ghosts

Now you might ask why they are famous, but if I told you, well, let’s just say the results could be frightening!


And, I like fun soooo much better! Let’s have a contest. Comment on this blog post by August 31, and tell me why you think my dancing ghosts are famous. I will send one random winner a set of my crafting videos!

Meanwhile, here’s how you can make the ghosts dance for you and your family:

Craft Supplies

  • 6 White sheets cut in half. (Cut across the width)
  • 6 Wooden steaks about 4 to 5 feet long
  • 6 Plastic trash bags (or recycled grocery bags)
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Black acrylic paint and brush
  • Fishing line


  1. Pound stakes into the ground so they are stable. I put mine in a circle or around a tree.
  2. Crumble up newspaper and stuff it into the corner of a trash bag. Put enough in to make a normal size head. Wrap masking tape around it and attach it to the wooden steak.
  3. Drape one sheet over the trash bag and tie a small piece of fishing line loosely around the neck. Do this for all six steaks placing them about 3 feet apart.
  4. Grabbing a corner of each sheet tie them together to create the illusion of them holding hands. Using black paint, paint a face for each one.
  5. Now get ready to have the whole neighborhood stop by and tell you how clever you are! By the way, at the end of the holiday just wash the sheet and put the steaks away for next year.
  6. Mini Dancing Ghosts: The concept is the same except instead of stakes I used dowels and Styrofoam balls for heads!

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At the entrance to the dancing ghost party you’ll be greeted by a wealth of pumpkins that you won’t have to carve.

Black Pumpkins with Sunflowers:

Craft Supplies

  • Faux pumpkin
  • Black spray paint (flat)
  • Adhesive
  • Large Yellow paper flowers for eyes with a polka dot brads
  • Silver glitter glue for mouth
  • Silver rhinestones for a tooth


  1. Paint pumpkin and let dry.
  2. Attach brad to flowers and glue for eyes.
  3. Draw a mouth shape with glitter glue and fill in tooth with rhinestones.

Black Pumpkins with Animal Print:


  • Faux pumpkin
  • Black spray paint (flat)
  • Adhesive
  • Animal print felt cut out for eyes and a mouth


  1. Paint pumpkin and let dry.
  2. Simply cut out the shapes and glue.

Boo Pumpkins:


  • 5 mini pumpkins (real or faux)
  • Ribbon in various shapes and colors
  • Chipboard tags
  • Peel and stick letters
  • Straight pins
  • 3 candle holders


  1. Paint three chipboard tags black and add letters.
  2. Attach with ribbon and hold ribbon in place with a pin
  3. Decorate the other pumpkins with ribbon and hold in place with pins.

Terri OThese eyes make a nice décor looking over the appetizers.

Eerie Eyeballs

Craft Supplies

  • Styrofoam ™
    • Balls: 8”, 4”, 3”, 2”
    • Eggs: 4” and 3”
    • Dimensional Fabric Paint
    • Crystal clear plastic wrap


  • Foam Cutter or Serrated Knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Heat Gun or Hair Dryer
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp Glue Gun


  1. To create the double eyes, use the foam cutter or a serrated knife to cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Lay them on the table cut sides down.
  2. Glue them together (with low-temp glues) in unusual ways to create fun looks: Tilt the narrowed ends in and the wide ends apart to create “worried” eyes, or cut the narrow ends of the eggs off to create eyes that are peeking over something. Tips: Create a stronger bond by creating a larger surface for gluing: use the foam cutter to make a small flat spot where the two sides of the eyes meet. Toothpicks can be inserted between the pieces for additional support.
  3. Insert a toothpick to use as a handle as you paint the eyes.
  4. Paint circles for the colored iris on each of the balls or eggs as large or as small as you desire. Let dry.
  5. Paint black circles in the centers of the eyes for pupils, and outline the irises.
  6. Use red fabric paint to draw red blood vessels. Let dry.
  7. Cut squares of plastic wrap big enough to cover the eyeballs plus a little to overlap slightly.
  8. 8.      Wrap each eyeball, pulling the plastic wrap snug as you go to smooth creases. Tip: when wrapping egg shaped eyes, wrap each half egg separately.
  9. Use a heat gun or a hair dryer (on hottest setting) to “shrink” the plastic wrap to the eyeballs, giving them a glossy look.

Halloween Garland
It only takes a few hours to create this spooky garland to string across the mantel or over a window. Even the kids can help! Use your imagination and try to come up with different shapes to sew & stuff. This is one project you can keep adding to year after year.

Craft Supplies:

  • Felt-black, orange, green
  • Floss
  • Needle #22
  • Cheesecloth
  • Fabric stiffener Glow in the dark textured paint
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Splat mat
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Wire snips
  • Black yarn
  • Wood cuts
  • Stuffing ( I used bamboo fiber)

Project Directions:

  1. Make two layers of felt and cut out your designs. I cut out pumpkins, bats, spiders and crosses.
  2. Stitch them together with floss leaving a space for stuffing.
  3. Stuff them and stitch closed.
  4. To make the ghosts cut a small piece of cheesecloth and saturate with Stiffy.
  5. Place cheesecloth on the splat mat and form the shape of a ghost and let it dry for several hours.
  6. Drill holes in the wood cut outs then paint them with glow in the dark paint.
  7. Create the garland by tying together several long strands of yarn. The length depends on how long you want it to be.
  8. Attach all your creations with fishing line and hang.
  9. I used some items I found at the dollar store to fill in the gaps.

Want treats your guests can take home?

Tin Can Halloween Treats Craft Project

Craft Supplies

  • Small tin cans with pull tab tops
  • Safe can opener
  • Halloween paper and embellishments
  • Adhesive runner
  • Tacky glue or E 6000 or industrial glue


  1. Using your “safe” can opener (the one that takes the end off without cutting), open the cans from the bottom. Remove paper and wash. I made sure to keep the bottom with the can it came from just in case.
  2. Fill can with candy and glue bottom back on. I set something heavy on mine overnight to make sure it was firmly in place when it dried.
  3. Decorate the outside of the tin with paper and embellishments.
  4. Pass them out at your party and let everyone be amazed at how you got the candy inside the can, without opening it!


Two Contempo Wall Art Craft Projects

Add instant pop to a plain wall with this simple project. If you change your decor with the seasons or for holidays, creating different sets of these “tiles” is an inexpensive way to change the feel of a room. The flower placement lends a natural contrast and another dimension of color.

Terri O Super SimpleCraft Materials Needed:

  • Styrofoam™ Brand Foam – 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheet, three
  • Scrapbook paper:  12″ x 12″, nine sheets
  • Ribbon, 1″ x 12 yds.
  • Ruler
  • Sharp pencil
  • Serrated knife and old candle; or, dental floss
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Sawtooth picture hangers, nine
  • Straight pins (optional)


  1. Using ruler and pencil, score foam sheet to create three, 12″ x 12″ squares. Wax serrated knife with an old candle. Holding foam sheet firmly on a flat surface, extend one end and cut across score line, using knife like a saw. Or, try dental floss: stand the sheet on its edge, and hold a 20″ length of dental floss along the scored line, positioning one hand at the bottom of the board and the other at the top; draw the dental floss down through the foam sheet along the scored line. Repeat with remaining two foam sheets.
  2. Spread white craft glue on foam square, center 12″ x 12″ paper, and adhere to foam. Repeat, covering all of the foam squares.
  3. Pin or glue ribbon around edges.
  4. Glue sawtooth picture hanger to back. For additional hold, insert and glue two straight pins through holes in sawtooth picture hanger.
  5. Let dry before hanging.

Typical Project Completion Time: 1-2 hours


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Concert shirts? Vacation shirts? Upcycle ’em!

Click the link below for the how to video from my Sonoran Living segment:


Sonoran Living gets a new co-host and producer August 13

Terri Ouellette is pleased to announce she will be joining Stephanie Sandoval as co-host and producer of “Sonoran Living” a lifestyle TV program created by Scripps Network and produced for the ABC affiliate KNXV in Phoenix, Arizona.

Terri O is a two-time Emmy Award winner, author, and PBS host of “Super Simple with Terri O”. For more than a decade, Terri has served as the national spokesperson for the Craft & Hobby Association.

“I’m very excited about Sonoran Living as it allows me to expand my creativity not only to crafting but to food, lifestyle, home décor and travel but allows me to develop professionally as a host and producer,” explained Ouellette. “I’ve been very blessed throughout my career to have been be able to work in creative fields where I have flourished. I look forward to continued growth right here at home!”

“Sonoran Living” airs on Channel 15 from 9 to 10 a.m. in Arizona. Terri will assume her role on August 13, 2012.