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Today I’ve got an easy project that only requires three ingredients: a tin of any shape or size, some mod podge, and some eye-catching scrapbook paper.

I happen to have a number of cocoa tins hanging around at home and at work, that I use as pen and clipy containers. Bored with looking at the branding day in and day out, I broke out my mod podge and got to work crafting something girly and fun to brighten up my work space. If I have to spend eight hours a day in one place I may as well make it mine!

First you’ll want to wrap the paper around the tin to see how much you need to trim off.  Make sure to leave about a 1/2″-1″ at the top to wrap over the top edge. With this size tin a regular sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper won’t fit all the way around, and will leave a strip of tin peeking through. I like to simply cut around the design on the excess paper I trimmed off, and then paste this over the space, thereby creating a focal piece for the front of the container.

Cut out your paper and glue it down by painting on the mod podge and holding the paper in place. It should set fairly quickly. At the top where the sides come together, cut a slit down the corners so the paper can be folded easily over the lip. Glue this down as well. Cut out your extra strip or design and attach and then apply a coat or two of the mod podge to help protect it from grime and water.

Now you should have a perfectly tailored tin to hold whatever items you need!


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I’ve actually had this one done for a while, but have been so swamped with work I haven’t had time to post it.  I am a flower-holic. Even now I am plotting how to add flower embellishments to a t-shirt I got at the thrift store to re-fashion.


Here’s the cute felt poppy I made using this tutorial from The Wishing Elephant. They are super easy to put together and look really cute on a headband. I just used a length of grosgrain ribbon I had around and a little piece of 1/4″ elastic at the bottom to make it a stretchy band. I’ll definitely be wearing this as the season changes into Fall and Halloween approaches.

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Fancy Wallet Outside

It was officially time for me to get a new wallet, and being the cheap girl I am, as well as the do-it-your-selfer I am, I decided to make my own.

Old Wallet Front

After somewhere around 7 years, the old Totoro wallet had definitely seen better days. Although he had seen me through many well-thought out and spur of the moment purchases, it was time for retirement. I wanted to make something a little more grown up, yet still cute, with plenty of space for id’s, credit cards, etc… I had a fabric wallet I bought in Japan, but couldn’t stand the coin pouch, so I knew I wanted it to have a much more user friendly one.

Old Wallet Inside

I started by searching around on the internet to find a style I liked, and then tried to duplicate it. Confessions of a Fabricholic has a really easy to follow and thorough wallet tutorial. My wallet turned out quite a bit like hers, but is a little shorter width wise, and I used a magnetic clasp rather than a snap closure. Another cool looking wallet pattern to try is At Second Street’s Tag Wallet.

It was really fun to come up with my own dimensions and piece it all together. I made sure to use heavy iron on interfacing so it would have some rigidity. I love the magnetic clasp. I double interfaced the portion where I inserted the magnets, and it feels very sturdy.

Fancy Wallet Inside

So what do you think? Is this something I should add to my etsy shop?

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