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DIY Wrapping Paper



I’m feeling a bit wordless but wanted to share this great, recycled project the kids and I worked on so after a quick intro I’m going to let the pictures do the talking! -Erin



I save packing materials, just in case I might need it within the next couple years, and bubble wrap aside I love when I get boxes filled with large sheets of brown craft paper! A blank page is a blank page and when I look at those big sheets of paper I get gitty thinking about the crafty possibilities! But I’m in a purging/start new/clean out the closet phase and so this year we’re finally using my stash of paper to make our own wrapping paper by using paint sponges and a printmaking technique I shared over at Creative Cynchronicity this past summer. Here’s a photo rundown of how things went.

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DIY Wool Dryer Balls



For many months we’ve been using a homemade laundry detergent without fabric softener and we haven’t had static issues, but since winter is officially settling in I knew it was high time to either break out the chemicals or find an alternative. I chose the later and while looking around I learned about Wool Dryer Balls.
I had heard of them before but honestly thought they were only used to help the clothes separate in the dryer to prevent wrinkles and cut down on drying time. I didn’t realize they had another super power. The wool soaks up the moisture from the clothes and keeps the humidity level in the dryer high, helping to decrease static electricity. Awesome right! 

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Since I had already set aside a few sweater to make wool diaper covers (to be shared at a later date), not to mention a skein of 100% wool leftover from another project, a box full of wool roving, and a drawer full of knee-high hose from my working days, I was more than ready to give this project a go. Here’s how I did it and what I learned.

This is a photo heavy tutorial be sure to click the Read More tab to see everything.

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