7 fun ideas for Spring

Perhaps, like me, you collect ideas and go back every once in a while to tackle one. (I’ve talked about my idea obsession before)

There’s some really fun stuff buried in the archives here – so for Spring 2012 I’ve found seven of my favorites for you.

How to make nutty paddle pops

{how to} make nutty paddle pops!

DIY Shoe Pallet

{how to} make a shoe pallet

How to create Quiet Boxes

Quiet Box

I Spy: Underwater

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How to build a fort kit

{how to} build a fort kit

How to make a ribbon curtain

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

How to make mini pinata’s

{how to} make mini pinata's!

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies: Leprechauns not included.

Here’s a secret: this isn’t a special recipe, you just add pistachios to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and you’re all set. But just in case, we’ll revisit the steps one by one.

You’ll need:

2 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 C butter
2 1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 oz. chocolate chips
1 handful pistachios, shelled and chopped.

First

Cream together your butter, eggs, sugar’s and vanilla.

St. Patty's cookies!

St. Patty's cookies!

Add your flour, salt, baking soda and mix in.

St. Patty's cookies!

Chop your pistachios (I bought them pre-shelled).

St. Patty's cookies!

St. Patty's cookies!

St. Patty's cookies!

Add your chocolate chips and the chopped pistachios to the batter, mix to combine.

St. Patty's cookies!

St. Patty's cookies!

Scoop your dough onto your baking sheet and bake at 350 for 9 to 11 minutes.

St. Patty's cookies!

St. Patty's cookies!

Enjoy!

St. Patty's cookies!

PEEK!

St. Patty's cookies!

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{how to} make egg carton twinkle lights

I like to think of each light as a mini, personal chandelier.

An egg carton chandelier for your christmas lights

So pretty.

You’ll need:

Egg cartons, emptied. Preferably the cardboardy ones. Scissors, paint and Christmas lights.

An egg carton chandelier for your christmas lights

Start by cutting up the carton until you’re left with 12 little pieces per carton. I had two so I ended up with 24.

An egg carton chandelier for your christmas lights

An egg carton chandelier for your christmas lights

Then paint to your hearts content. Or not, you can leave them plain. You’ll poke each light, individually through the bottom of the carton piece and then watch magic happen.

An egg carton chandelier for your christmas lights

An egg carton chandelier for your christmas lights

An egg carton chandelier for your christmas lights

{How to} Add Texture to Your Workspace

There are some really great ways to bring visual texture to your workspace which creates interest and depth and a bit of personalization to the cubicle.

{how to} add texture to your desk

We’ve all seen the mini Zen gardens or small Bonsai trees on someone’s desk before, possibly even a water feature or rock garden. Not only are these great stress relievers and oftentimes hobbies; they’re meant to personalize the space but to also bring in other dimensions or textures to your workspace.

This week I show you how to add texture to your workspace – it’s easy, frugal and I bet you already have everything you need in a cupboard at home. Click here to read more over at Turnstone.

{how to} wrap your presents for free

Creative Wrapping Paper, a how to.

I don’t have anything against wrapping paper, just that it’s over done. And everyone and their cousin’s brother has a closet full of the stuff. Except me? I gave away most of my stockpile in the wrapping department when we sold our house.

I’ve seen most of these ideas in magazines or around pinterest but got really excited about them when I saw an uber-creative and very talented friend gift wrap a present for her husband in an old blueprint.

Genius.

You’ll need:

Creative Wrapping Paper, a how to.

Old blueprints, old sewing patterns, comics, scissors, tape and gifts!

I called up that favorite realtor of ours and asked if he had any old blueprints or if anyone in the office might? Maybe you know a contractor? Hoarder? Is it possible you know a realtor who is involved with a development?

He had a few laying around and agreed to give a few to me. GIDDY! (I have a few other ideas for them as well – but as gift wrap? AMAZING. So fun.)

Sewing patterns you either have in your basement or at your local thrift store for 10 cents a piece. And comics? If you don’t get the paper – your local paper is a great place to walk in and ask for day old or week old papers to sort through. Also, your parents? Grandparents? Anyone who gets the paper?

Creative Wrapping Paper, a how to.

Creative Wrapping Paper, a how to.

Creative Wrapping Paper, a how to.

Creative Wrapping Paper, a how to.

Creative Wrapping Paper, a how to.

Your tree just got interesting.

Creative Wrapping Paper, a how to.

It begs to be mentioned that this is a great alternative (and eco friendly version) for wrapping but it’s also mostly free. In my case, entirely. You throw away or recycle the gift wrap after opening presents but there’s no need to throw away your money too. Right?

Friends!! What are you doing differently this year?