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Been hosting some late summer picnics and backyard barbecues? I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what to do with the leftover food (potato salad, mmm!), but you might not be making the most of your other leftovers. Namely, the paper plates. Take a look at these paper plate crafts I found through Pinterest and you’ll see they aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, some of them could make charming additions to your next outdoor party. Get ready to MacGyver in 3…2…1…

paper plate magnolia napkin ring holder

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If you’re anything like me, your “junk drawer” is filled with condiment packets, plastic utensils and chopsticks. Sometimes they come in handy — like the one time in college when my roommates and I had an epic dish-washing standoff and we all resorted to eating everything with chopsticks rather than clean our utensils. (Yes, everything. Even cereal. I’m not proud.) Lately they’ve just been taking up space, but no more, thanks to these inventive chopstick arts and crafts. Who knew a free side of cool DIY decor comes with that Kung Pao chicken?

chopstick placemat


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Charcoal is on sale and the smell of barbeque and bottle rocket smoke is in the air. This can only mean one thing: it’s almost the 4th of July! For those of you entertaining hordes of friends and family this 4th, you may need some Independence Day crafts to keep everyone occupied.

Fourth of July sparkler and American flag crafts
Check out the projects pictured above and other fun 4th of July crafts and ideas below.

Make an American Flag Tote Bag
Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas
Chic Fourth of July Entertaining Ideas
All-In-One 4th of July Envelope Card
Shoebox: Patriotic Crafts
Sew Patriotic Red, White and Blue Bunting
Create a Shimmery 4th of July Candle Votive
Patriotic Desserts + Printable Cupcake Wrappers

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Hello, readers. It’s a stormy Monday, or at least it is here in New York, and my outlook has taken a nosedive as a result. It’s the kind of day that’s really only good for a few things, but since an afternoon nap isn’t in the cards for me, crafts it is! I just came upon a stash of assorted ribbon that I’ve socked away from hair accessories, gift wrapping, clothing and other crafty endeavors. So, my mission is clear: To find ribbon crafts that anyone can make to brighten up a rainy day. Start with this accented shower curtain, check out Farima’s delightful find, and then move on to the stunners I spotted on Pinterest

ribbon centerpiece


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Whenever I buy new clothing, I save the tiny bag of spare buttons attached to the tag. Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection, but the buttons have outlived most of the garments themselves. If I don’t do some MacGyvering soon, I’m going to have a serious button surplus on my hands. If you’re in the same jam that I am, don’t worry — help is on the way. Get some inspiration from our own projects, or spring into action with these ingenious button crafts I found via Pinterest.

button bouquet craft


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Hope you’re enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, fellow MacGyvers. As the holiday draws to a close and the charcoal briquettes from your barbecue turn into smoldering embers, you’ll probably be left with some plastic soda bottles. Do not throw them away! I repeat, do not throw them away. At least not without seeing what crafty things you can do with the humble vessels first…

soda bottle

Via: The Daily Green/iStock


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If Pinterest has taught me anything, it’s that crafts aren’t just for kids.

I don’t even own a glue gun so perusing the lovely photos of handmade items gives me an inadequacy complex. Even so, I love buying these treasures. As a mom, I gravitate toward mom-made items since their inspiration is in large part because they couldn’t find exactly what they wanted in stores. My first experience was at a church bazaar where I ended a two-year quest for the perfect diaper bag.

Recently at Duck Duck Goose, a nation-wide children’s consignment event, I was surprised to find a few noteworthy handmade items. Typically consignment sales are a place for moms to buy and sell gently-used children’s clothing, toys, furniture and the like. Along with recycled items, Duck Duck Goose offered a vendor section for crafty moms to sell and promote their goods.

Graphic artist and at-home mom, Tonya Green, uses her talents to create customized tote bags, screen printed to look like the child.
Crafty Mom Tonya Green's Cali&TonTon personalized tote

Mom entrepreneur Melissa Yates designs not only hair accessories, but also display-worthy organizers that make finding a hairbow to match an outfit easier than digging through a box.
By Melissa's Bows N Things

Her Melissa’s Bows-N-Things store can be found on Etsy.

One of my favorite booths at the event was In Flight Celebrations, founded by party-mama Mayra Rivera. I wish I had known her a few years ago when I was in my throwing-everyone-a-baby-shower phase.

Party Planning by Inflight Ideas

Mayra’s blog is a great source for event décor inspiration.

Mom bloggers, like Gabrielle Blair’s popular Design Mom website, are great resources for craft ideas. Also, check out the HGTV Pinterest board for Handmade projects.

If you’re a craft-proficient glue gun owner, give us a shout. I’ll have my credit card ready.

Photos by: Danielle Evans Photography

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