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Repurposed beer and barbecue sauce bottle cap magnets | stowandtellu.com

Our Favorite BBQ Sauce and How to Make Bottle Cap Magnets

I’ve always loved the beer and soda bottle cap projects, but how about using other types of jar and bottle lids? Since we have several beer snobs in the family, I’ve saved a lot of craft beer bottle caps. But we’re also big fans of Stubb’s Barbecue Sauce and the Stubb’s sauce happens to come […]

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How to stencil jar candles with honey bee design | Stowandtellu.com

Sweet as Honey: DIY Stenciled Bee Jar Candle

Last weekend I made some stenciled bee jar candles. A honey bee stencil, black paint and several $5 jar candles from the dollar store. Pretty easy peasy for a Saturday afternoon project. I’m going to give them away as Mother’s Day gifts to a few of the special moms in my life. This post contains […]

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10 ideas for how to add song lyric wording to home decor | stowandtellu.com

10 Song Lyric Wording Decor Ideas

Songs have a way of making us remember a time, a place, a moment, a person… It gets etched on our brain and every time we hear that song… we remember. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it bad. Mostly it’s good. I like to think so anyway. Last year I painted a favorite passage from an […]

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10 Best Crafty reused items 2016 | Stowandtellu.com

10 Best Crafty Reused Items for 2016

It’s always fun in my book when I can get crafty and re-use an item for something new. While I’m hoping that we can get a lot more done on the house itself in 2017. Here are the top 10 favorite crafty reused items from this year.     Reused items for outdoor decor. Used lanterns […]

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Mini faux seedlings from upcycled Christmas pine tree decor | StowandTellU.com

Mini Faux Saplings from Upcycled Christmas Decor

Last Christmas I came upon a barrel of mini saplings at a local store. I wanted buy them all and give one to every person I know because they were do darn cute!! I didn’t buy any, however, because in our neck of the woods, the standard lot size does not accommodate planting a pine […]

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DIY Moss Christmas Tree Ornament | StownadTellU

DIY Moss Christmas Tree Ornaments

Do you like making your own ornaments? I usually try to do one handmade ornament per year.  One of my favorites was the rustic twig Christmas tree, so this year I decided to try a variation. Instead of twigs, I went with moss, but kept the card board base because left over cereal boxes are […]

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DIY White Painted Jack o Lantern | StowandTellU

White Painted Jack O Lantern and Back Porch Update {YardWorkation 4}

White pumpkins are steeling the show these days.  But how about white carved pumpkins or jack o lanterns? While I actually only have one white pumpkin this season  (a gift from my sister from the bonfire night) I didn’t want to carve it. I did however have three thrifted faux jack o lanterns in my […]

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Homemade Party Apple Bar

Caramel. Chopped nuts. Toppings you might put over ice cream, right? That’s what we were thinking when I put together a homemade party apple bar this past weekend for a Saturday night bonfire.  Fall is apple picking season. And while there’s many incredibly delicious ways to bake all these apples into a recipe, eating them […]

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Distress Painted Pumpkin Baking Tins

Pressed tin by itself is gorgeous for sure, but who isn’t tempted to paint it? Just to see all those grooves, nooks and crannies stand out. I know. The pressed tin purists would not agree. I came across some pumpkin baking tins last fall while thrifting.  They were the right price, so I bought them. […]

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Fishing buoys made from bottles - StowAndTellU.com

How to Make Fishing Buoys from Bottles

I have been stock piling used bottles because I have been wanting to try making fishing buoys with them for quite some time now.  We have our annual trip to the Warren Dunes and the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend. The thought of sinking my toes in the sand always puts me in the […]

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A grapevine wreath is painted red, white and blue and turned into a birdfeeder - How to make a patriotic bird feeder wreath - StowAndTellU.com

Patriotic Bird Feeder Wreath

Last summer when we moved in, we had a bird (of some kind) nested up under our awning, and it lived there straight through the winter. By early-spring a similar but more showy looking bird showed up and started helping bird#1 build a cozier nest. Not too long after, we started hearing baby chicks a’chirping […]

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Kids name plate idea using an uncolored coloring page for the background, foam letters, decoupage, card board - StowandTellU.com

Coloring Page Name Plate for Kids

This is an idea craft that was born from the twig name plate I made for my nephew.  I was originally going to use a coloring page as the background for the twig name, but found that the twig name didn’t stand out like it did on glass. I had some colorful foam letters that […]

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Turn a miniature house or birdhouse into a planter. This one was a tealight holder, so it had an open area where plants could be tucked into - repurposed-birdhouse-tealight-planter - StowAndTellU.com

Miniature House Upcycled as a Planter

What junk have you been collecting lately, just to turn it into something else?  I’ve been collecting miniature houses that range from faux birdhouse to brightly painted cottage.  Each piece seems to have another purpose, such as a tealight holder or tissue dispenser, but I’d like to upcycle all of these in some other way. […]

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Twig name art for kids room. Fun nature crafts idea that can be fancy or a primitive nature project made by a child - StowAndTellU.com

When you spell a child’s name with twigs, then art happens!

I spent some time with my three-year-old nephew last week with the objective of getting him out of the house and away from my sister-in-law. She is trying to rest and recover after breaking her leg in eight places. Ouch!!  I know, right? Fortunately, she is on the road to recovery, but every little chance […]

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How to dye sisal twine with paint to use for gift wrap, crafts, weddings, ornaments and more - StowAndTellU.com

How to Dye Sisal Twine with Paint

Sometimes I plan a craft and it’s a flop.  Other times I don’t plan at all.  I just start mixing or measuring, gluing or tacking, dipping or dying, and I come up with something kinda cute. Such was the case when some sisal twine ended up in a glass of watery paint. How to dye […]

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