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Photos + Washi Tape = Cute Gift Wrap

DIY Photo Gift WrapNeed an excuse to use your washi tape stash or buy more for it?  Try out this washi tape framed photo technique that can be used on gift wrap or any flat surface.

Lets get wrapping!

DIY photo giftwrapSupplies:

Printed Photo with a white border that is half the width of your tape (refer to picture)

Washi tape


Parchment paper

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 3Lay a piece of parchment paper down for your crafting surface.  Place your photo on top of it.  Now, place four pieces of tape on the sides of your photo.  The tape should only cover the border and hang half way off the sides of the photo. All four corners of tape should overlap.  Refer to the picture above.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 4Lift up one corner of the tape and cut the tape corner to corner.  You’re only cutting the tape, not the photo.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 5After you cut the tape, it should look like the photo above. You’ll now have two little pieces of tape on each side that can be removed.  Carefully peel these off.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 6When you pull off the two small pieces of tape, you will get a perfect mitered corner.  Repeat these steps for all corners of your picture.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 2Peel the entire piece off you parchment paper and attach it to your wrapped gift. Done.

Gift wrapping tip –  Keep a roll of white gift wrapping paper on hand so you will be ready for any occasion.  I like to use the white ribbed paper that’s sold at Michaels.

Giveaway: Catching Fireflies Gift Certificate

Catching Fireflies GiftsHappy Friday everyone.  Today I have a fun giveaway for you.  One lucky reader will win a $43.00 gift certificate to spend at Catching Fireflies!   They have all kinds of unique gifts for all ages.  Pictured above are a few items that caught my eye.  I’m especially intrigued by the DIY eraser kit.  Catching Fireflies also has an entire section dedicated to handmade gifts.

How to enter:

1. Visit Catching Fireflies and leave a comment on this post saying what your favorite item is.

2. For an extra entry, like Catching Fireflies on Facebook and leave a separate comment letting me know.

The last day to enter the giveaway is Thursday, April 16, 2015. I’ll announce the winner Friday, April 17, 2015 on this post. If I do not hear back from the winner after two weeks, I will choose a new winner.  Contest open to US residents only.

Good luck!

Contest Closed

Congratulations to Nikki Strong!  You’re the winner of the giveaway.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Catching Fireflies is offering a 20% discount to readers!  Use code: ZAKKA  Offer expires May 9, 2015

Origami Embellished Phone Case

origami embellished cell phone case

Can I let you in on a little secret?  I’m a very frugal person.  And because of my frugality, I was inspired to make this embellished phone case.  At first I started looking into custom printed cases but quickly decided I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars.  My original plan was to make a case with an origami print.  However, I realized I could incorporate a physical origami piece into a case opposed to a print.  As a result, I made this origami bow embellished phone case.  Simple directions below.

origami embellished cell phone case 4Supplies

Origami art – Your origami art should be no larger than the width of your case.  I used a 3in square paper to make this bow.  You can find directions for the bow here.

Painters Tape

Clear Phone Case – I used this one, here.

origami embellished cell phone case 3With a small piece of painters tape, adhere origami to phone.  This will keep it in place when you place the case on.

origami embellished cell phone case 2Cover the bow with the phone case and you’re done.  I’ve been using my case for over a week and the bow hasn’t moved.  If I ever get board with it, I can just take the case off and replace it with something else.

DIY Pom Pom Rug

DIY Pom Pom Rug 3I finally finished the pom pom rug for my daughter’s room!  I can’t tell you how good it feels to have this rug finished. And through the process, I learned a few things about these rugs. For starters, there’s a reason they’re usually small in scale.  The pom poms take a long time to make and it takes up a lot of yarn.  So if you want to make one, keep this in mind.  Pom pom rugs are not a cheaper alternative to regular rugs unless you have a very large stash of yarn you want to get rid of.  And with that said, on to the tutorial.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 5I’ve seen a few tutorials that suggest using a non-slip rug mat as your base.  I don’t recommend this because they are made out of flimsy rubber and rip easy.  If you’re going to go through the trouble of making a pom pom rug, I recommend Latch Rug Canvas.  I purchased this one on Amazon.  You can probably find it at fabric and craft stores as well.


Pom pom maker

Yarn –  wool is always best but very expensive.  I made mine with a soft acrylic


Latch Rug Canvas

Masking Tape

DIY Pom Pom Rug 11.Make the desired amount of pom poms for your rug.  Leave about a 6in tail to attach the pom poms later.

I made my pom poms in two colors and two sizes to achieve a variety of texture.  I also made my pom poms full by trimming them down.  For a more shaggy look, trim your pom poms less.

* I was able to get about 10 full pom poms (2 inches in diameter) from a 5oz ball of yarn

DIY Pom Pom Rug 72.  Thread the tails of you pom poms trough two different squares on your latch rug canvas.  Tie a knot on the back side of the canvas.  I made a triple knot for good measure.  Continue to do this until all your pom poms are attached to the canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 6This is what the back looks like. I trimmed the tails to one inch after I made the knots.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 83.  To finish the back of the rug, cut the canvas into sections.  Refer to the black dotted lines in the top figure.

4.  Fold the sections over and tape down with masking tape.  Make sure the canvas is not showing in the front of your rug.

* Alternative to steps 3 & 4 – You could just cut away the excess canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug  4This pom pom rug measures 32in x 23in and took about 150 pom poms to make.

*I recommend making some extra pom poms to have on hand in the event that a pom pom comes apart.

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