DIY Wall Art- From Gift Bags!

There have been times when I am buying a gift bag for a present and I can’t help but look at all the cute bags and think that they would make adorable home decor! There are so many cute patterns and designs on gift bags, for any occasion or holiday too. Well after thinking about it for some time I decided to just go ahead and make my own DIY Wall Art, from gift bags! And just in time for the Independence Day holiday.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift Bags

I started off with three bags that I bought at the Dollar Tree. You can’t beat $1 DIY supplies! And in full disclosure when I was cutting the bags I accidentally ripped the bag with the heart. Eh, it wasn’t my favorite bag anyway. And since I only spent $1 on it I wasn’t too worried.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsI cut the front off of each bag and then cut out a piece of wood to fit each bag. I’m getting a little embarrassed about how often I say this, but this wood is some plywood we picked up off the side of the road because someone was throwing it away. Why let good supplies go to waste?!

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsBefore I put the bag onto the wood I wanted to paint the sides. I spray painted the sides a dark red and while that dried I folded some laundry. It is like the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous over here.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsThe next step called for the ever useful ModPodge. I applied a thick coat on the board and then laid the bag down on top lining up the edges.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsTo completely seal the bag down and make sure there were no air bubbles I covered the project with an old cleaning cloth and used a rolling pin to really press it down and just wiped off any extra glue that leaked out of the edges.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift Bags

After a few minutes it was dried and ready for the next step. Since the print comes from a gift bag there are two small holes at the top where the ribbon handle came through the gift bag. You could simply cover it up with a bow but I decided to drill through the small holes into the wood and string some twine through to hang up the board.

And done! An easy and definitely budget friendly afternoon project.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsThis DIY WAll Art looks so cute hanging above my entry way table and across from the patriotic display I created on my piano.

I can’t help but think of how many other ways to use this same idea. I just love some of the designs they have for baby gift bags, this could make some beautiful and inexpensive nursery decor. Or themed decor for your child’s room! Or use wedding bags for a master bedroom. And just think of all the pretty gift bags that come out around Christmas time. Yep, this is probably not the last time you will see a project like this on my blog!

DIY Wall Art - From Gift Bags

Fourth of July Firework Craft for Kids

If you have little ones that won’t quite be able to stay up late enough to see the fireworks this Fourth of July, then let them have their own firework celebration with this easy and fun firework craft for kids.  Some simple pipe cleaners and paint are all you need for your children to create their own bursts of color.

To begin group several pipe cleaners in a bunch and twist the tops together to hold them in place. Bend the ends out in a “burst” shape. Try varying the lengths of your pipe cleaners to make different size fireworks!

(When my daughter first saw the pipe cleaners in this shape she said, “Are we making flowers?” And I bet if you used some pink and purple paint you could definitely make some flowers with this same technique. Just another craft idea for you!)

Pipe Cleaner Firework Craft for Kids Pipe Cleaner Firework Craft for Kids

Dip the pipe cleaners into your paint. We used red, blue, and a light gray. Make sure the paint gets all the way to the ends of the pipe cleaner.

Pipe Cleaner Firework Craft for Kids Pipe Cleaner Firework Craft for Kids

And then press onto your paper! Use your fingers to press down the ends of the pipe cleaners if they don’t lay completely flat on the paper.

Pipe Cleaner Firework Craft for KidsA few fingers dipped in paint add little dots and there you have it! You could even add a touch of glitter to your firework craft if you’d like to really make the fireworks sparkle.

Pipe Cleaner Firework Craft for Kids Pipe Cleaner Firework Craft for KidsIf you enjoyed this craft idea please pin and share it! And take any pictures of your kids with their own firework craft and tag me on IG (#darlingdoodlesdesign) so I can see all the patriotic cuteness!

Pipe Cleaner Firework Craft for Kids


4th of July Mantel Decorations

Can I let you in on a little secret? I love Americana decor. I could quite happily decorate an entire room in Americana and leave it up all year round. There is something so homey and quaint about it! So when I found this beautiful framed print at a thrift store for $3.00 (yes, $3.00!!!) I had to have it! And it became the starting point for my 4th of July Mantel Decorations.

4th of July Mantel Decorations4th of July Mantel Decorations Isn’t it gorgeous?! I am so in love with it and I need to find a permant place for it in my home. For now though, it looks perfect hanging up above the piano with the rest of my patriotic decorations.

4th of July Mantel DecorationsI found the cute milk cans at IKEA and the burplap framed subway art at Michaels. The rest of the decor I already had around the house.

4th of July Mantel Decorations4th of July Mantel DecorationsI love decorating with vintage books too, I always have some on hand for decorating and heaven help me if I stumble across gorgeous books at yard sales or thrift stores. They must be mine!

4th of July Mantel DecorationsSo how long do you think I can get away with leaving the 4th of July Mantel Decorations up? At least through all of July, right?  :)

More 4th of July crafts are coming up next week, so be sure to check back!



Delicious and Easy Blueberries and Cream Dessert

This recipe is one that I found in an old family cookbook given to me by my husband’s grandmother. This book is a treasure trove of family recipes from several generations and this Blueberries and Cream Dessert is one of the best recipes I have found yet. It is so deliciously light and sweet and perfect for summer. There is no baking required which means no hot oven, no hot stove! Just tasty, creamy, and delicious berry perfection!

Blueberries and Cream Dessert- A perfect summer treat!

After making this amazing treat I took some to my husband’s work for him and a friend. They both ate it so fast I wasn’t sure if they even tasted it but their satisfied groans of appreciation were proof they enjoyed it. And since it was so easy and quick to make I am definitely adding this to my “company approved” dessert list.

Blueberries and Cream Dessert- A perfect summer treat!The recipe starts with a graham cracker crust made of crushed crackers, butter, and sugar. Once you have your crust made set aside and mix the filling. The filling is made of cream cheese, milk, sugar, sour cream, and cool whip. This is all mixed together until fluffy and then spread over the graham cracker crust.

Blueberries and Cream Dessert- A perfect summer treat! Blueberries and Cream Dessert- A perfect summer treat!

Once the crust and cream cheese mixture are all finished, top with a can of blueberry pie filling and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The longer it has to set up the easier it will be to serve.

Blueberries and Cream Dessert- A perfect summer treat! Blueberries and Cream Dessert- A perfect summer treat!Once you are ready to serve top with a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh blueberries. And then dig in. You’ll find it hard to only eat one serving of this rich cake.

Blueberries and Cream Dessert- A perfect summer treat!The full recipe is below, and you can also download the PDF to print out and save. Or just pin the recipe to your Pinterest account to come back to this Blueberries and Cream Dessert again and again! Trust me, you’ll want to keep this recipe handy after you realized you accidentally turned that “one bite” into eating the entire pan.  :)



Nuts About You Father’s Day Gift Basket

Show dad your nuts about him with this Father’s Day Gift Basket packed full of yummy peanut butter treats and tasty snacking nuts! Peanut butter is a big deal in our house. My husband loves anything Reeses and my daughter will quite happily eat spoonfuls of peanut better out of the jar if we let her so I knew this was one gift basket that would be a big hit.

Nuts About You Father's Day Gift Basket

I love how taking some of the goodies out of their packaging and placing them in mason jars makes such a cute presentation. It definitely feels more customized. So what to put into your gift basket?

  • Peanut Butter
  • Reeses Cups, Reeses Pieces
  • Different nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc)
  • Trail Mix
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Pecan Cookies
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Chocolate Covered Nuts
  • Almond Joys
  • Basically anything with Peanut Butter or Nuts in it. :)

Nuts About You Father's Day Gift BasketAnd I have two different tags to share today! The first one says “We’re Nuts About You” and the second says “Happy Father’s Day from your little peanut.” Both adorable ways to share this gift basket!

Nuts About You Father's Day Gift Basket

Download the PDF- Nuts About You

Download the PDF- From Your Little Peanut

So what do you think? Are there peanut butter lover’s in your house like there are in mine? Would this Father’s Day gift basket satisfy those nutty cravings? :)

Nuts About You Father's Day Gift Basket


June 2017 Visiting Teaching Handout

It always surprises me that the posts that get the most comments or views are the Visiting Teaching Handouts. Maybe it shouldn’t surprise me, but instead inspire me to be better about my own visiting teaching. It tells me that so many of you women are doing amazing jobs at serving the sisters you visit. Thank you for allowing me to play a very small part in your service!

The message for June is called Priesthood Power through Keeping Covenants and I think there is a lot of wonderful quotes in the message about how women in our church have access to the priesthood power. You can download this handout to take to the ladies you visit, send it in the mail with a nice note, or even just attach it to an email or text for a quick little pick me up!


June 2017 Visiting Teaching HandoutThank you for your dedicated examples of good visiting teaching! I appreciate hearing all the stories and ways you share these handouts with your sisters!

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