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Guy DIY: Cork Wallboard

I recently came across this cork U.S.A. wallboard on a home décor website. They were asking nearly $50 for this particular piece, but I knew I could achieve a similar look for a fraction of the price. Below is my Guy DIY take on the corkboard map.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Cork Wall Board

Step 1: Choose Your Shape

Find the perfect shape for your corkboard creation.

TIP: If you need to print an oversized image to use as your guide, you can always go to your local office supply store. Ask for an engineering print. It’s an inexpensive way to make large prints, and perfect for a project like this.

Step 2: Cut Foam Board


Cut out your foam board shape with an X-ACTO® knife.

NOTE: I’ve seen similar designs without the foam board, but foam gives you the extra thickness you need to ensure your pushpins will stay in your map.

Step 3: Cut Your Cork

Cork Wall Board State

You will want to cut out your cork shape a little smaller than your foam board in order to achieve a layered effect. I used the outside of my pattern (black line) for the foam board shape and the inside (black line) for my cork shape.

TIP: Cork tears easily, so you may want to cut it one section at a time.

Step 4: Spray Adhesive, Let Dry.

Cork Wall Board

Glue your newly cut foam board and cork shapes together with spray adhesive.

TIP: Make sure to lay your project flat when drying. You may even want to weigh it down with some books to ensure that it lays flat. If you don’t your project may curl up.

Step 5: Decorate Your Board


Pin places you plan to visit, memories of places you’ve been and everything in between. Fill your board as much or as little as you want. It’s entirely up to you!

Happy Pinning!


Patriotic Flip Flops

Patriotic Flip Flops

How many of you have big Independence Day plans? Perhaps you’re hosting a patriotic picnic or maybe just taking a dip in the pool and venturing out for a night full of fireworks. Whatever your plans may be, there’s no doubt that you will be rocking some sort of red, white and blue. Plus, it’s summertime so why not craft yourself a pair of Patriotic Flip Flops? These are so simple to make that you’ll want to craft them for the whole family!

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:Flip Flop Materials

1. Cut T-shirtsCut T-shirt

Lay T-shirts flat on a cutting surface. Using the scissors, cut off the bottom hem of both T-shirts.

Fold the shirt in half and cut strips about 1″ apart. Continue cutting strips all the way up to the sleeve.

Take all the pieces and cut them in half-lengths. Now cut all the pieces into 6″ strips.

2. Tie onto Flip FlopsTie on Strips

Take one 6″ strip and stretch it. Now wrap around the outer side of the flip flop strap and tie it in a double knot. Continue with the rest of the strips and alternate colors until you have reached the inner side of the flip flop.

Trim the strips to desired length.

Continue with the other flip flop, doing the same technique.

3. Show Your PridePatriotic Flip Flops

In just a few steps, you have fancy firework flip flops! How easy is that?

Did you craft anything for the 4th of July? I’d love to see what you made in the comments!

Patriotic Ribbon Wreath

How To: Patriotic Ribbon Wreath

FlagsThe 4th of July is easily one of my favorite holidays. Sun, swimming, BBQs, fireworks and celebrating our nation’s independence. What more could you want? I love that nostalgic feeling I get when driving down a street lined with little American flags. There’s just something that makes me so proud.

This Patriotic Ribbon Wreath is a fun and unique way to show your pride for Independence Day. Let’s get crafty!


Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Step 1: Wrap Wreath with Ribbon

patriotic-ribbon-wreathWrap the wreath with red and white stripes. Pull the ribbon tightly as you wrap. Save a few inches of this ribbon to create the bunting in the middle later. Use hot glue to secure the ends. Next, wrap 1/3 of the wreath with the blue ribbon and secure with hot glue.

2. Add Stars

patriotic-wreath-3 Paint wood stars with white paint. Set aside to dry. Once they are completely dry, attached them to the blue ribbon, using hot glue.

3.  Create a Bunting

patriotic-wreath-4First, cut a 15″ piece of white yarn. Then cut a small piece of red and white striped ribbon. Fold it over the center of the white yarn. Use hot glue to secure. Cut two small pieces of blue ribbon. Fold one either side of red and white striped ribbon and hot glue. Trim into flag shapes to complete the bunting.

4. Hang the Bunting in the Wreathpatriotic-wreath

String the white yarn bunting across the center of the wreath and secure in the back with hot glue. Trim the ends.

Now you can create a hanger our of ribbon and attach it to the top and your wreath is ready for display. What a patriotic way to show your pride!

How do you show your red, white and blue?



Wilton ProductsIt’s no secret that we are Peeps®-obsessed over here. Not only are we snacking on the marshmallow treats for our 3pm sugar boost, but we’re in love with the Wilton® line of Peeps® products. There are bunny & chick shaped cookie cutters, pans and molds; they even have a giant 3-D Chick Cake Pan. We’ve gathered up some Reci-Peeps to inspire you this Spring.

Bouquet of Bunny Peeps®

Bouquet of Bunny PopsThis Bouquet of Bunny Peeps®  can be made in no time flat and is sure to be a hit at your Easter gathering.

Peeps® 3-D Chick Cake

3-D Chick Cake Wowzers. Make this 3-D Chick Cake for the next Easter party you go to and you’ll never be asked to bring chips and dip again.

Bunny Cookie Pops & Peeps Party Cupcakes

Cookie Pops & CupcakesAs usual, treats on a stick are a fan-favorite. So you won’t miss the mark when you bring in Bunny Cookie Pops. Looking for something easy, yet homemade? Add bunnies and chicks to the tops of your cupcakes and you’ll be ready in a flash!

Do you love Peeps? Share your reci-peeps with us in the comments!

- Jillian


Decorating Tips for Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch 1Get your family energized for the big Easter egg hunt by gathering together for a special brunch decked out in a plethora of pastels. This spring palette of pale blues, pinks, greens and yellows adds a festive touch to your Easter brunch celebration. Get started by adding a line of painted mason jars to your shelves or counters. These mason jars remind me of my favorite candy-coated, chocolate eggs! To create the mason jars, simply paint the inside of the jar with the pastel paint of your choice.

Easter Brunch 4Add some spring cheer to your walls with a Easter egg wreath and seasonal bunting made out of a variety of pastel scrapbook papers. Your guests will love discovering these little, fluffy chicks placed in random spots around your home.

Easter Brunch 2Fill apothecary jars with eggs made out of a variety of textures and colors. Add this unique decor piece to your buffet table by arranging a few egg-filled jars around your plates of delicious food.

Easter Brunch 6Combine tulip stems and Easter egg picks in a mason jar for a simply sweet floral arrangement.

Easter Brunch 5Add some height to your decor with a charming Easter tree. Trim the branches with tiny eggs hanging from the branches and a few petite birds to keep an eye on the party.

Before you head out to your local store, take this Easter brunch decor inspiration with you and pick out the perfect pieces for your celebration. Do you host an Easter brunch or celebration for your family? How do you like to decorate your home? We would love to hear your decor ideas in the comment section!

Have a Happy Easter!

- Meredith


How To Make Peeps® S’mores

When I say Easter candy, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Some might say jelly beans, or creme-filled eggs. But for me, it’s Peeps®! My Easter basket always had these marshmallow treats nestled between a new swimsuit and a chocolate bunny of some sort. That was our tradition. Peeps have been around for some time now, and while we have seen new colors and even flavors, lots of people have been getting crafty creating clever reci-Peeps. We’ve joined in on the fun and are going to start you off with a really easy one!

Peeps® S’mores

Here’s what you need to get started:

S'more Ingredients

Peeps® – any color or style will do. We used the classic Yellow Chick and Pink Bunny.

Chocolate Bar of Choice

Graham Crackers


Heat Source - We recommend the classic campfire, but you can also make these in the oven. We caution any use of a Peep in a microwave. Note: adult supervision is required any time a fire is involved.

Peep Math

Some people prefer to use peanut butter cups over classic chocolate squares or chocolate chip cookies over grahams, but personally, I am a purist when it comes to those ingredients. Let the Peep sing in this s’more!


1. Choose your heat source.

The embers from a grill are perfect for making these s’mores.

Tip: If you use wood, make sure it¹s all natural (paint, preservative and accelerant free).

2. Grab a graham cracker.

Break it in half so that you have two square pieces for your “sandwich.”

3. Time for chocolate.

Break the bar into smaller pieces to match the size of your cracker. Place two to four chocolate pieces on the cracker.

4. Toast a Peep.

Insert the skewer into Peep. Suspend a few inches above the fire and rotate slowly. When your Peep is lightly browned and melty, remove from heat.

Immediately place the hot, melted marshmallow on top of the base cracker and chocolate.

5. Place top cracker on melty Peep and chocolate.

Use your top cracker to pull the melted peep off your skewer.

Hot marshmallow goo will melt chocolate pieces. While s’more is still hot, eat graham cracker with melted chocolate and marshmallow. Enjoy!

S'more Closeup

- Jillian