How to Make Little Drawers Out of Tissue Boxes

I recently shared a way to use Kleenex boxes to decorate your home. For that project, I cut the box up to make a photo mat and a decorative votive candle (decoration only). Make home decor from a Kleenex boxAfter I shared the post, Kleenex reached out to let me know that they have a new line designed by Betsey Johnson. They mailed me a few samples for inspiration, which I was excited about because they definitely are bright and cheerful. Plus, I love a challenge.

My mom had given me some cabinet knobs that she was done with and I thought it would be fun to use them somehow with these boxes. The shape and size of the boxes actually make perfect, little drawers. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts All I did was cut a tiny hole in the middle of the box. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts When I put the screw through, I realized it was too long and the knob kind of just hung there. I lucked out and found these wing nuts in our garage and it worked perfectly. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts I put the wing nut on the part of the screw that is on the inside of the box and then tightened it to make the knob secure. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts Here is one of her other designs with a knob installed. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts The knob actually comes in handy if you keep your Kleenex stored a little higher. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts You can grab it easily. Plus, it gives a fun, decorative look for the bathroom or any room. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts These boxes fit perfectly in this shelf over my desk. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts You can use one for tissues and use the other empty ones for office supplies, candy, pens, or whatever you want. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts I have a couple more ideas for these boxes that I’ll share later. So, if you’re not sick of tissue box ideas yet….stay tuned. :)

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A Creative Way to Use Up Your Celery Stalk Ends

I was cutting celery the other day and my 4 year old kept saying, “It’s a flower.”

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I couldn’t figure out what she was talking about until she pointed to the end I cut off and said we could make flowers with it.

DSC07051I was a little surprised and thought, “Well, aren’t you a smartie?!”

We got some paint and paper and got to work.

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We just poured a little acrylic craft paint onto a plate and dipped the cut-off part of the celery stalk into it. I had to trim a few of the celery pieces down a little bit so it didn’t transfer as one big blob.

We stamped away and then washed it so we could layer our flowers with a different color.

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That gave us this look.

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We put them into frames and are going to enjoy them for a while :)

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So, next time you cut some celery, leave a little time for crafting afterwards :) This is a great way to make use of your scraps and have a little fun with your kids (or by yourself!)

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What is the most unusual item you have used in crafting? Please share in the comments!

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Spring Floral Craft Using Coffee Filters

Let’s get ready for spring (because we all are ready!) with a little flower craft. I had a lot of fun making winter wreaths using coffee filters, so I decided to play around with them again.

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The great thing about this project is that you may already have most of the items. I made these two big flowers using one diaper box, 2 yard sticks, 1 package of coffee filters, some acrylic paint and a hot glue gun (with plenty of glue sticks!). You will also want some packing tape for reinforcement.

First, I cut out 4 large circles and two squares (in the shape of a flower pot) from my diaper box. Here is the rough draft of the potted flower.

Make a floral craft using coffee filters http://maggiemaysgifts.comThen I painted my flower pots metallic gold using acrylic paint.

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Then it was time to get my coffee filter petals prepared.

Simply, take one coffee filter and smoosh it together in the center.

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Then staple in the center of your smooshed part :)

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Pour some acrylic paint (in whatever colors you want) onto a plastic plate and dip the ruffled ends into the paint.

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This gives you this colored tip.

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Set aside and let dry.

Once they are dry, start from the center of your cardboard circle and hot glue where the staple is onto the cardboard.

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Continue doing this kind of stacking the filters alongside each other until the cardboard is covered.

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You will end up with this very textured, colorful flower. Do this on each of your cardboard circles.

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Paint your yardstick green. Once dried, you can hot glue your gold flower pot and flowers onto the yardstick. The flowers are heavy so you will want to also reinforce the backs with packing tape.

You can prop them up somewhere or hot glue a large bent paperclip to make a hook for hanging on your door or in the house.

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Happy (almost) Spring!

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Make Party Straws Out Of Candy

Candy Party StrawsI’m finding that the simplest things can make anything feel like a party to my kids. Throw some sprinkles on a vanilla cone…party! Toss a few berries into seltzer water…party! Slap on some $.25 tattoos…party!

These Red Vines candy straws are no exception.

DSC06554Just cut off both ends of a Red Vine licorice.

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Stick them into a smoothie, juice, or milkshake.

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And you have an instant party.

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I think the guests are happy.

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Make Your Own Frames And Arrange a Wall Collage

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Ever since I made these easy frames for inspirational art, I’ve become obsessed with making my own frames.

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Frames are so expensive and with as quickly as I get bored with whatever is on my walls, I hate to spend a lot of money on them.

The link to the previous project will show you in more detail how to make the frames, but it’s so simple I can tell you again here.

Take scraps of wood in whatever size you need or buy a piece from Lowe’s and have them cut it to the sizes you need. Then paint the pieces whatever color you want.

You will have a piece of wood that looks like this.

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Then take your photo and attach it to the frame. I like the look of small screws but you can use decorative nails or tacks or even glue it on (and cover) with Mod Podge so it’s sealed to the wood.

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Then turn it over and attach a hanging hook in the center.

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Now, cut out pieces of paper in the sizes and layouts as your frames, put a piece of double-sided tape on them and start playing around with layouts.

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This step is really helpful because it’s tricky to make different sized frames look right together on the wall.

When it’s good enough (I learned I don’t have the eye for this), you can start swapping out the paper for a frame using a 3M removable hook or a nail.

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And that is it.

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Cheap and easy :)

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Turn a Kleenex Box into Home Décor

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Who needs a decorative tissue box cover anymore when Kleenex and other companies are making the boxes with all kinds of fun patterns?

I was about to throw away a box of Kleenex when I noticed how much I liked the pattern. I decided to play around with it to see if I could make something from it.

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration- box

I thought this pattern would look nice as a mat in a frame. It’s a nice, neutral color and the pattern is simple. I just got a couple white frames from Ikea and got to work.

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Since these frames came with a mat, it was really easy. I just cut strips out of the box in the same size as the sides of the mat. Using double sided tape, I taped the strips to the existing mat. If you don’t have a mat, you can just line up your strips along the edge of the glass in your frame and tape them together in the back.Maggie May's Kleenex decoration- cut strips to mat

Then I put the mat back in the frame, added a picture, and that was it.

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration-frames and votive candles

With the leftover box, I cut a few strips and wrapped them inside some votive candles I had. This is only recommended for candles that are decoration only. Somehow adding paper next to a flame doesn’t sound like a good idea :)

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration- votive candles

The possibilities of things to do with the boxes is endless. You can cut out hearts or circles to decorate note cards, cut strips as bookmarks, or just put a piece inside a frame as the art itself.

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration

Ok, so go dig through your trash and pull out all your old tissue boxes. No one is watching!

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Conversation Gems-A Non-Candy Valentine’s Treat

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Valentine’s Day really wouldn’t be complete without candy conversation hearts that you swap with your friends. But these days many schools don’t allow candy or food items brought into classrooms. One way to keep the fun of conversation hearts without breaking school rules is by making these conversation pebbles. I saw this idea on Hometalk and now I have no idea who shared it, so I can’t credit them. Sorry!

All you need is a bag of clear, glass gems. I got mine from Dollar Tree so this whole bag was $1.00.

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On computer paper, print out whatever words you want to use.

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If you want to make colored gems, simply color over a word with colored highlighter.

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Place your gem over one of the words and trace it with a pencil.

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Cut out your shape.

Then brush a light layer of Mod Podge or a DIY version of Mod Podge on the flat part of your gem. Place your word cut-out over the glue with the word facing the bubble of the gem.

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Let dry.

Now you have a fun conversation gem that your kids can swap with their friends.

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You can also put them in bowls and use them as decoration during Love month!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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