The Pin Junkie: May 2015

Pin Junkie Pin Party #119


Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

how-to-make-lavender-wreath teacher-gift-pencil-vase

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

furniture makeover
by Claire at Hearthandmade UK


Ikea hack floating shelves
by Chelc at Inside the Fox Den


diy-sidewalk-chalk-paint-recipe
by Jessica and Katie at Sweet Little Ones


laundry-closet-makeover


coastal inspired bedroom makeover


Teacher Gift Pencil Vase

Teacher Gift Pencil Vase
Teacher Gift Pencil Vase

Any time is a good time to let a teacher know they are appreciated.  Whether it's teacher appreciation week (the first week in May) the end of the school year, or the beginning, let a teacher know how much they're appreciated with this cheerful bouquet of flowers in a fun pencil vase.  You can make this teacher gift pencil vase in minutes.  Just fire up your glue gun and pick up an inexpensive bouquet of flowers at the grocery store.
 
Here's what you'll need:
a jar or vase with straight sides
unsharpened number 2 pencils
a glue gun and glue

diy teacher gift pencil vase

Make sure to use a jar or vase that has straight sides.  (I used an old olive jar.)  Glue the pencils all the way around the jar making sure the ends of the pencils are flush with the bottom of the jar.  It's ok if the pencils extend past the top of the jar.

diy teacher gift pencil vase

Grab an inexpensive bouquet of flowers the next time you're at the grocery store and pop them in the vase.  Add some water and a bow and you've got a really nice teacher gift in minutes!

Don't forget to add a gift tag!

printable teacher gift tags

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How To Make A Lavender Wreath

How To Make A Lavender Wreath
How To Make A Lavender Wreath

Today I'm crafting with one of my very favorite things: flowers!  This step by step tutorial will show you how to make a lavender wreath that can be enjoyed for both its beauty and its soothing fragrance. 

Who doesn't like lavender?  The color is such a beautiful shade of purple and lavender's lovely scent has calming effects.  Lavender is also really easy to grow and attracts bees and butterflies.  I have some in my front yard because it's drought tolerant and low maintenance.

A view of the lavender in my front yard.
Isn't it pretty?

lavender

It smells wonderful too!  I cut a big bundle to make my wreath. 

lavender

I used a metal wreath form because that's what I had.  I think a grapevine or foam wreath would also work.  I also used some floral wire that I got for a buck at the dollar store and some wire cutters.

How To Make A Lavender Wreath

I cut the wire into five inch pieces, 
but your pieces may be bigger or smaller depending on on what size wreath form you use.

How To Make A Lavender Wreath

Gather the lavender into a bundle and place it on the wreath form.  Don't worry about those long stems.  They will help cover up the wreath form and add fullness to the wreath.  The stems are also very fragrant!

How To Make A Lavender Wreath

Secure the lavender to the wreath with the wire you've cut.  
Be careful, the cut ends of the wire are sharp!

How To Make A Lavender Wreath

Keep adding bundles of lavender and work your way around the wreath form.  
Here's the wreath half way done.

How To Make A Lavender Wreath

When you're finished, you'll have a beautiful lavender wreath that looks and smells lovely!

How To Make A Lavender Wreath
 


How To Make A Lavender Wreath


Inspired by this pin for making a lavender wreath.


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Pin Junkie Pin Party #118


Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2015/05/spring-garden-tour.html http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2015/05/hobby-holster-glue-gun-holder-must-have.html

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

acai berry bowl recipe
by Diane at Vintage Zest

strawberry-pretzel-dip-recipe
by Leslie at Lamberts Lately


gluten-free-cupcakes-with-blueberries-and-coconut-cream
by Taylor at Food Faith Fitness


berry-sangria
by Lisa at  Cooking With Curls


strawberry-cashew-parfait

By Celeste at This Silly Girl's Life


Hobby Holster Glue Gun Holder - A Must Have Craft Tool

Hobby Holster Glue Gun Holder - A Must Have Craft Tool
craft organization glue gun holder

If you're a regular reader of The Pin Junkie, then you already know that I love crafting.  I use my glue gun a lot and I hate the way it always falls over when I set it down.  This Hobby Holster is a great solution.  It's made of heavy duty silicone that clings to all kinds of surfaces, it holds a glue gun and extra glue sticks, it hangs off the side of my work area to keep my crafting space clutter free, and best of all it keeps my glue gun exactly where I want it!

hobby holster glue gun holder

I wish a I had a beautiful craft space like the ones I've seen on Pinterest.  Instead, most of my crafting happens at the kitchen table or at the kitchen counter.  The Hobby Holster clings securely to my wooden kitchen table with no problem!

glue gun holder hobby holster

The secret to the Hobby Holster's incredible grip is the smooth surface on the back.  It will cling to all kinds of surfaces that are smooth and non-porous.  Since it just clings, it's super simple to move to a new location.

glue gun holder silicone

It clings to my kitchen counter really well too!

glue gun holder

I love that I can set craft supplies that tend to roll away like glue sticks and beads on the Hobby Holster and they stay in place.  There's also a handy measuring guide along the side too.  Don't worry if the Hobby Holster gets glue on it because the glue easily peels off once it has cooled.

glue gun holder

The Hobby Holster is heat resistant so it's perfect for glue guns, but Holster Brands also makes Holsters for hair styling tools like flat irons.  They even have Holsters for the kitchen like this handy sponge holder.

sponge holder kitchen sink

Aren't these the coolest?  I love anything that helps me stay organized.  I've been going through the house to see what else these Holsters will stick to and other ways I can use them.  I love the glue gun holder and I'm so happy that Holster Brands gave me the chance to try it out.  If you'd like more information about Holster Brands and all the neat Holsters they have, visit Holster Brands.com online.


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