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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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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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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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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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Isn’t Everybody Someone? {and a Printable}

When my son was down in Houston a few years ago, he was driving down the highway and saw some wording painted on an over pass that read, “Be Someone”.  He took a photo, and at some point he showed it to me. Cool! Have you ever noticed that we often use this expression, even […]

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Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

DIY Framed Moss Shamrock on Glass

I’ve always loved the look of glass framed art, but have yet to purchase one of those pressed glass frames.  I do however, have several vintage frames that still have the glass, but are missing the artwork. Ideal for mounting something with glue, ie: a mossy shamrock, to the front of the glass for faux […]

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Use a hot glue gun to create writing on bottles or jars, then give it a chippy look with chalk paint for crafting, gifts or creative labeling - StowandTellU.com

Hot Glue Writing on Chippy Painted Bottles

I have been saving up wine bottles because I have been wanting to try writing on them with hot glue, and then painting over it to see how it would look.  It seemed like such an easy way to say something short and sweet, send a message, or label something.  I have been feeling “market” […]

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Paint a message, phrase or saying onto a thrifted plate. Fun idea for teens to put favorite song lyrics, poem. Also nice project for Valentines or inspirational gift idea - StowandTellU.com

Painting a Message on a Plate for My First Crush

One of my very first crushes was not on a boy, but on a band.  I didn’t know who they were, what they looked like, how successful they would become.  All I did know, at about the age of 10 or 11, was that when one of their songs came on the radio, I was […]

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Make a Valentine jar gift using Reese's, Hershey's or any other nut butter spread. Includes a printable label - Stow and TellU

You’re the Spoon to My Jar Valentine Gift {with Printable}

Last year my workmate, Rachel, gave me a jar of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread for my birthday. Several plastic spoons later it was all gone. I didn’t eat it all in one day, but what a perfect gift it was for a nut butter fan such as myself. Can I get one of these for […]

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How to turn a lamp shade into a gift basket. Upcycled lamp shade gift basket from Stow and TellU

Upcycled Lamp Shade Gift Basket

I’m so glad I didn’t toss out an old tartan fabric lamp shade when we were moving because, as it turns out, I was invited to join the Junk Revision monthly group challenge.  Also called the Junk Visionaries group challenge. December junk revision challenge:  Unexpected items as gift wrap This group was started by Lucy […]

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