Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I can never seem to find a drawer liner that I love. Although there’s always a time and place for clear or cream, I’m looking for something bright and colorful. I mean how fun to have a little something different in your drawers?? It’s also a neat way to add color without going crazy in the entire room. Whether it’s dresser drawers, bathroom cabinets or a nightstand, it’s always fun to open it up and see a bright colorful pattern.

I’ve heard about people using wrapping paper as liners, which definitely solves the problem of finding a fun pattern. But it just seems too temporary. One wrong move and the wrapping paper will rip or get wet. So adding a clear contact paper on top SEEMED like the perfect solution…..

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Except for one problem. If any of you have tried to use Contact Paper in the past, you know it can be trickier than it looks. I swear it must be an art to be able to place contact paper ANYWHERE without creating air bubbles. Well after many failed attempts, I found a system that’s working for me that’s easy and QUICK!

Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissor & ruler OR Paper cutting tools (this is actually for sewing, but I use it for EVERYTHING. It’s actually one of my favorite supplies I’ve purchased lately)
  • Pencil
  • Clear Contact Paper

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Instructions 

First things first: you need to measure your space, both width and depth. Be exact … no rounding!

The next step is to make small marks on your wrapping paper with your pencil denoting the width and depth of your drawer. I like to make these marks on the back side of the wrapping paper. Although you can erase the lines after cutting, sometimes the wrapping paper can smear when erasing.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Using either a ruler/scissor or cutting tools, cut out your wrapping paper. The cutting tools I use is Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set. Although it’s technically used for sewing, I’ve definitely used it on my non sewing DIY projects. It’s a 3 piece set which includes everything you need to measure and cut perfect lines. It’s been a lifesaver for me because I’m not very good with a scissor 🙂 .

Try to follow the markings you made the best you can. I always error on the side of caution and cut my wrapping paper a tiny pit larger than my measurements. I know I can always trim if it’s too big. But if I over cut making the paper too small I’ll have to start over.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Test out your wrapping paper by placing it in your drawer to ensure you measured & cut correctly. If it’s too big, just do a little trimming.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now cut a piece of contact paper slightly bigger than your wrapping paper. I like to have my contact paper about 1 inch larger on each side.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

I turned the wrapping paper vertical and will work the contact paper from top to bottom. Contact paper can definitely be tricky and frustrating to use. Sometimes air pockets arise or the contact paper crinkles. Ugh. Once reason why I like to work from the vertical, is it allows me to work smaller sections at a time which typically result in less errors.

Pull the contact paper and white paper backing apart until you separate about 1 inch worth of paper. Then make a strong fold with the white backing.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now line up the contact paper on top of the wrapping paper (allowing for one extra inch above the wrapping paper) and press down with your fingers, smoothing it out and removing any air bubbles.

Now the good news … if you made it successfully to this point, it’s smooth sailing from here (no pun intended 🙂 ).

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Pull the white backing down another inch and smooth out the contact paper on the wrapping paper.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Continue until the you make it all the way down. Remember, steady eddy wins the race. As well as the turtle. Take your time with contact paper and don’t rush it. It’s MUCH easier to prevent the air bubbles and crinkles than to fix them.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper. Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Take your cutting supplies and cut the excess contact paper off the ends. You should have about an inch extra on each side.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now place your DIY drawer liners in your drawers and marvel at how much more festive your drawers are!

I just place my drawer liners in the drawers with no additional adhesive. I change my decorating preference too often so I like things that are removable. Yes, I guess that now includes my drawer liners. If you want yours more secure add some Scotch tape or scrapbooking tape to secure them in the drawer.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Your drawers will be so pretty that you’ll never want to mess them up!

 

 

 

 

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Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Elastic hair ties are one of my new favorite things. As a girl who wears her hair in a pony tail about 99% of the time (I blame working from home 🙂 ), I not only love them for my daily pony tail look. I also love them for the rare occasion that I wear my hair down. Why? Elastic hair ties are create an awesome crease-FREE look. No more straighteners needed!

While I do love these magical hair ties, I hate forking over big bucks for something SO simple. Fortunately they’re just as easy (and quick) to make as they look!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Supplies

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Instructions

The first step is to cut the elastic to your desired length. Don’t worry about a perfect cut on the elastic as we’re going to cut it one more time before it’s done. I measure mine to 8 inches. This allows me to do three wraps around my pony tail staying tight in my hair.

Fold the elastic in half with the shinier side face out.

Tie a knot using the two ends of the fabric. Then work and pull the knot towards the ends from the inside of the hair tie (not the ends). Pull tight to ensure the knot is secure.

If the ends are too long for your liking, snip with a scissor. You can cut on an angle, straight or even give it bow ends. Totally your preference!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

So simple and affordable! It’s a perfect project for the DIY rookie to the seasoned pro. With lots of fabric left over, I’m able to stock up on hair ties and put a couple in my purse, work bag & suitcase. I’m yet to see a hair tie that I didn’t want to use.

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Wishing that all expensive beauty supplies could be this EASY to make!

 

 

 

 

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Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

While I hate spending big bucks on adorable office supplies, I love when my office organizing can also be PRETTY. Sometimes it feels like a catch 22, right? Fortunately, we’re smack dab in the middle of our paper organization series, where we’re showing you practical solutions to your biggest paper clutter challenges. These labeled AND colorful binder clips will be a perfect addition to all your paper organization needs!

 Supplies for Colorful Binder Clips

Instructions

Remove the tops of your clips by pinching the silver arms to remove each side.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Grab your favorite spray paint cans! I highly recommend a GLOSSY spray paint for this project. It makes the binder clips really pop with color. Are you new to DIY spray painting projects? Take a look at my top 10 tips for spray painting before you get started!

I spray two light coats on each binder clip, drying at least one hour in between. I also let them dry overnight just to be sure they’re completely dry.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

My absolute FAVORITE organizing supply is this Epson label maker. It was well worth the investment. Its small so that means portable, which is probably my favorite part. I typically don’t do my projects in our office (which is where our printer is). So I was constantly be running back and forth between the computer, printer and my project to get labels created. Yes, I burned a couple calories walking up & down all our stairs, but having a printer that I can carry with me is SO much easier.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Regardless of what labeling tool you use, you’ll want to label both the front and back of your binder clip so that means making 2 of each label. I chose to label my binder clips as: Mail, To Do, Bills, and Taxes. Now I never promised you that this would be the most EXCITING items to organize, but at least now when I’m looking at my tax documents I’ll have a pretty pink clip on top.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included! Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

May even your most boring paperwork be BEAUTIFULLY organized 🙂

 

 

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Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues! Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

One of my favorite things about planning parties is not the extravagant meals (if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you knew that I’d never be cooking a fancy meal 🙂 ), but instead finding fun, easy, yet unexpected touches to add to the event. That’s ONE of the reasons I love this water balloon solution to keeping your beverages cool. Who would expect to see colorful frozen water balloons amongst their beverages? Another perk? No more melted ice in the coolers or in your drinks.

Yet one more reason? These are so incredibly easy to make. Simply fill up regular balloons 1/4 of the way full with water. I’ve heard that actual water balloons are NOT a great option as they’re not as strong so stick with regular balloons.

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Then toss them in the fridge for at least a couple hours. Don’t worry, NONE of mine broke. I set all the watered balloons next to each other in a section within my freezer. Then when the party was about to get started, I removed from the freezer and placed in a cooler.

This is a perfect way to continue your party color theme OR to simply add a pop of color to a party!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Ideal for those hot summer days when all your want is a cool drink!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

 

 

 

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

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Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!

When I first started this series, never did I ever think I could find something that I could cook in 5 minutes …. but there’s a first time for everything 🙂 .

Although I’ve always loved corn on the cobb, I don’t eat it often. Mostly because i always assumed that it needed to be grilled or boiled. My grilling techniques are limited to knowing how to put the cover over the grill. That’s why I was really excited to learn from a friend that it’s possible to make corn on the cob in your MICROWAVE. And I know what you’re thinking. It must be gross, right? I assure you it’s pretty darn impressive.

Ingredients

  • Corn, husked
  • smoked paprika, to taste
  • 1 lime slice
  • A stem of cilantro, chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Paper towels

Directions

Microwave the butter in a small microwave safe jar for 30 seconds. Mix in the lime juice, cilantro, and smoked paprika. With a basting brush, makes sure to get the mixture all around  the corn.

Run a paper towel under your kitchen faucet for one second and ring out excess water. Wrap the paper towel around the corn.

Microwave for 5 minutes on high on a microwavable plate.

Let it cool for a couple minutes with the paper towel still wrapped around (it will be hot!).

Add black pepper and salt to taste.

Enjoy!

Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!

 

 

 

Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!

Make a delicious corn on the cob recipe in just 5 minutes! Use your microwave and a couple extra ingredients for a yummy side to any meal!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Too many gift cards and not enough organization?

I WISH I had that problem! Fortunately my sister, Whitney, did (and took some pictures of her solution). After recently getting married, she had TONS of gift cards. Nice right? Well she came up with this easy & quick way to keep her gift cards organized ….

Supplies Needed for Gift Card Organization

  • Hole punch (either a single or a 3 ring punch)
  • 2 inch book rings
  • Permanent marker
  • Gift cards!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

BEFORE punching a hole, locate the bar code on the back of the gift card, aka the black thin strip. Make sure to punch your hole on the OTHER side because punching on the bar code will prevent the card from working at the store. The last thing we all want is a gift card that doesn’t work!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Others might look like this….

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Using either a single hole punch or even this 3 ring binder one, punch a hole at the edge of the gift card, aiming for 1/2 inch space on the side. No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Before placing your gift cards on the ring, write the current balance on each card with your permanent marker. I’ve even noticed some stores nowadays will write an updated dollar amount on the gift cards after each use!

Now all you need to do is place your cards into the book ring. Whitney opted to put all her wedding gift cards together in one book ring but the options are limitless 🙂 .  If you’ve got lots of gift cards, you could organize by type of store (department store, drug store, etc). I’m one of those people who worries that I’m going to lose my gift cards, so I’d realistically place all my gift cards on one book ring. Then when I’m planning on running errands, I’d remove the gift cards of the stores I plan to go to and place those on a separate ring to take with me.

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

May you be lucky enough to need to organize your gift cards!
No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

Although I could spend days organizing (loving every minute of it), it’s an awesome feeling to organize something in a mater of minutes. I’m not talking about picking up or simply moving clutter in to a container, but actually create a system to keep something organized.

That’s why I LOVE these cord organizers. Plus now I have a legit reason to hold on to toilet paper rolls 🙂 .

Hopefully I’m not alone in having WAY too many extra cords around the house. Admittedly I HATE getting rid of stuff, so keeping my belongings in a clean organized fashion is even more important. Well, extra cords were not high on that list. Jumbled in a container out of reach and out of site, I forgot we had so many extra cords and mistakenly bought more. Lesson learned. That was definitely motivation for me to get these organized.

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

All you need to organize cords

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Washi tape
  • Your extra cords

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

This is SOOO incredibly easy it barely needs a tutorial. Simply ‘decorate’ your toilet paper rolls with your colorful washi tape in any way you want! Some washi tape is stronger than others, so if it doesn’t stick to the cardboard toilet paper roll, just add a bit of clear scotch tape to the ends.

Roll up your extra cords so that they’re a little longer than the toilet paper roll. And stuff them!

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

Simply place them in a Tupperware container. No more untangling or taking up too much space!

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

Now just don’t forget about them!

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

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Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

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Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!Those of you who follow my Instagram account probably realize how much I enjoy a good cup of coffee. Noticing that I’m drinking my weight in coffee each day and throwing away tons of grinds each day, I thought that there HAS to be another use for these coffee grinds (in addition to using them in gardening, which I’m going to try this spring!). One of my more domestic friends was shocked that I don’t keep baking soda in our fridge to prevent odors. From looking at my fridge, I highly doubted that the lack of baking soda was the real problem so I blew off the suggestion. Until now.

I’m a sucker for anything that can be reused and turned in to a project. This one may take under 5 minutes, but it still counts! Instead of putting baking soda in our fridge to keep the smells at bay, I opted for coffee.

Once you finish a pot of coffee, simply dump the wet grinds into a small container and let dry for a day or two. I typically put these by a sunny window to speed up the process. In Seattle during the winter, ‘sunny window’ means any window where ANY sun comes through, even for an hour!

Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!

Once dry I switched containers to find something that would fit nicely in the back of our fridge, a reused plastic olive jar. Take out the baking soda and replace it with this coffee container! I’m considering trying this in our freezer too, but not until it gets cleaned out!

Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!

Off to drink another cup (err….pot) of coffee!

Any other uses for coffee grinds?

Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!

 

 

 

Hello fellow coffee drinking! Here's a fun trick to reusing coffee grinds that you may not have thought of before. Now grab another cup of coffee!

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