Upcycling Projects for Everyday Throwaways

Today, June 24th is National Upcycling Day! and you know I love upcycling, so it’s a happy day!

What is National Upcycling Day

National Upcycling Day celebrates the idea of reusing, repurposing old items instead of throwing them away.

The word “upcycling” has been around since the 90’s but didn’t get much traction until 2002 when there was a push to throw away less. Since then, there have been a ton of YouTubers, crafters, bloggers, and every-day people working to reuse their stuff so we can all live sustainable lives and save our planet.

Here are a few of my favorite upcyclers and zero wasters:

Upcycle My Stuff

Waste Free Planet

Impact For Good

Sustainable Collective

Locust Street Market

How to Upcycle

If you’re new to upcycling or you just want some new ideas, I’m sharing a few of my favorite, easy projects to get you going.

Succulent Planter from Beer Cans

Did you know that beer cans are easily recyclable? Aluminum is a fantastic material because it only takes about 60 days from the day it gets recycled to the day it returns to a store shelf. That’s something to celebrate!

However, some people, depending on where they live, might not be able to recycle. In that case, take advantage of those beer cans by making succulent planters! It doesn’t matter if the can gets dented a bit because it adds character, as you can see below. I love these because they make charming home decor and thoughtful gifts for plant or beer loves.

Some wine is now sold in cans so if you have a wine and plant lover in your life, you know what your next gift is, right?

diy succulent planter ideas
Upcycle Beer Cans to Make Succulent Planters

Reuse Cardboard Boxes to Make Storage Bins

Forgot about buying expensive storage boxes. It literally takes about 10 minutes to make one of these cute upcycled bins. Get yourself a utility knife and patterned contact paper and get to work!

DIY upcycled storage boxes
Storage Bins Made From Shipping Boxes

Remove Labels from Glass Jars to Use as Food or Craft Storage

Jars can be reused for so many storage options: food, craft supplies, beauty items, etc. Learn how to easily get those stubborn labels off and upcycle your jars!

Save Plastic Bottles to Make a Self-Watering Planter

I think we can all agree that the hardest part about growing plants is making sure they have the right amount of water. Cut your plastic bottles in half to make a self-watering planter and save yourself the hassle of checking the water level every other day. You and your plants will be happier.

self draining planter
Self-Watering Planter from a Plastic Bottle

Cut Up Cereal Boxes to Make Kitchen Organizers

We all have cereal boxes laying around at some point. Get some contact paper and scissors and make an organizer for your baggies (you can them that, right?) and foil rolls. If you have Command Hooks, you can easily attach it to your cupboard doors.

diy kitchen roll organizer
Kitchen Organizer from a Cereal Box

Reuse Oatmeal Containers to Organize Your Vanity

Oatmeal containers are perfect for organizing lotion bottles, deodorant, and brushes on your dresser or vanity. A little bit of rope and hot glue go a long way! I’ve had these on my dresser for years. I love them!

DIY roped dresser organizer
Roped Organizers for Your Dresser

Those are my favorite projects for upcycling everyday items, but there are more! Go check out all of my upcycling projects. If you have ideas for upcycling or want ideas outside of what I have available, let me know. I’d love to get your feedback.

Happy crafting!

DIY Succulent Planter from Beer Cans

succulent planter diy

Succulents are the cutest plants ever! I especially enjoy them because they don’t need a deep root system. They can grow in the most unique of containers. For example, I used these old beer cans to make my own DIY succulent planters and I love them!

If you’re not a beer fan, you can make this upcycling project with soda cans, coconut water cans, or whatever can you have piling up in your recycle bin.

You only need a few supplies to make a Succulent Planter and I’ll bet you already have most of them. Grab the supply list below and let’s get started!

succulent planter supplies

Succulent Planter Supplies

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NOTE: In my beer cans I used sand and potting soil. I really should have used pebbles and succulent soil, so I linked to those above. I was just being lazy because when I ordered supplies they didn’t have what I wanted.

removing beer can lid with can opener

Step 1: Remove the beer can lid

Using your old-fashioned can opener, trim around the top of the can and remove the lid. Be careful though! If your can opener isn’t aligned perfectly, it might rip apart the side of the can. I did this on my first try, so go slow.

Don’t worry if you can’t get it the first time. These things can be difficult. Try going back and forth over the hard spots. If all else fails, very carefully use the X-acto knife to cut the remaining pieces. This aluminum is thin and sharp so be aware of your pressure and depth.

You might also want to consider drainage holes. I didn’t add them because my can curves up significantly on the bottom so most of the water will fall into a moat, so to speak. If yours is not like that, I highly recommend adding a few nail holes to the bottom of the can.

succulent soil in beer can container

Step 2: add the pebbles and soil

First, add about 2 inches of pebbles to your beer can. These are important for 2 reasons: drainage and weight (you don’t want your can to tip over.

Second, fill the rest of your can with soil.

beer can planters

Step 3: pot your succulent

Make a small hole in the soil for your succulent and plant it!

Depending on how dry your soil is, you might want to water it now as well.

diy succulent planter ideas

How cute are these!? I absolutely love them.

succulent planter diy

If you have a beer and plant lover in your life, these DIY succulent planters would be a great gift idea! Or you could have a craft night. That’s always fun.

I’d love to get your thoughts so leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Painted End Tables

painted side table makeover

This is a crazy before and after, right? Someone gave me these end tables right before I left for college. Do you see all of the scratches on the left one? I’ve moved these to a different apartment or house 9 times. Now, a decade later, I still have them and they’re in need of a makeover.

I scoured Pinterest for refinishing ideas, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on them. These tables are over 10 years old and friends were encouraging me to buy new ones. That’s funny, right? They know I’m going to try to rehab them first.

So finally, I settled on spray paint and contact paper. I’m serious! That’s how I took the beat up end table to the left, to the farmhouse style end table on the right. I’m so excited about it!

I brought it back inside and my husband was like, “did you decide to buy new ones?” That’s when you know you’ve done a good job!

If you want to makeover your end tables, grab the supply list below and get started.

supplies to paint end tables

Painted end table supplies

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sand end tables before painting

Step 1: sand your end tables

Sand your end table everywhere but the top. You don’t need to go all out here. Just a light sanding will do.

The purpose of this step is to create a textured surface so the spray paint will stick.

white spray painted end table

Step 2: spray paint the end tables

Lay down your cardboard and place the end table on it top down. Then spray paint your first layer. Make it a light layer.

After it dries, paint another light layer. Make sure you get into all of the nooks and crannies.

Let that dry.

You can also get clear spray paint to use as a sealant if you’re worried about the paint chipping.

applying wood textured contact paper

Step 3: apply the contact paper

If you’ve never worked with contact paper, it can be a mess because it’s super sticky, so do this in steps.

  1. Measure your contact paper to match the dimensions of the end table top.
  2. Peel the back off of a small portion of the contact paper so the ends are exposed.
  3. Align the ends of the paper with the end table corners.
  4. Double check the last step to make sure it’s perfectly aligned.
  5. Slowly pull away the rest of the contact paper backing and smooth the paper with your fingers as you go.

smoothing contact paper bubbles

Step 4: smooth the contact paper

Get something portable with an edge like a book, ruler, or credit card, and begin smoothing the contact paper. Make sure you get all of the bubbles out. If you lined up your edges well, this will be a quick process.

clean up contact paper edges with an exacto knife

Step 5: clean up your edges

Get an X-Acto knife and run it around the edges of your end table to remove any excess.

diy painted end table makeover

That’s it! Not bad for $20, right?

I hope this helped you decide to paint your old end tables instead of buy new ones. I hope you love the process as much as I did!

Happy crafting!

DIY Upcycled Storage from a Strawberry Container

Oh my goodness, it’s been a crazy few months for me. I’ve missed you! I hope you all are safe and well.

I’m super excited to get back into crafting. It’s my escape from the mess of the world, but the crafting sessions have been few and far between.

Lately, I’ve been spending time planting and organizing a garden. This is a strange new hobby for me because I’m not great at planting anything. A few years ago, I started growing herbs and it took me a while to get the hang of that. I even made cute planters for each herb as well as these garden markers for a handful of herbs I planted a few years later.

I’m getting to the storage container, I promise. Throughout my gardening journey, I learned that strawberry containers work as great mini-greenhouses for my plants. Thus, I have many strawberry containers laying around. This year, there was excess. I thought, what am I going to do with these!

You all know how I love organization and storage containers. I’ve made so many, and today there will be more! Save your strawberry containers because you can make this cute farmhouse style storage box with them.

They’re the perfect size for pens and pencils and I love throwing in odds and ends to keep the organized but fashionably, of course.

If you want to make your own, grab the supplies and follow the steps below!

strawberry container storage craft supplies

Storage container supplies

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strawberry container storage step 1

Step 1: Glue the jute to the container

Flip your strawberry container over so you’re looking at the bottom.

Along one of the corners, glue the end of your rope to the plastic. Don’t add too much glue or the container will begin to melt!

Step 2: Wrap the rope around the container

 You’ll want to add a drop of glue to the rope every inch or so and hold it tightly against the container. Every inch or so keeps you from wasting glue but is enough to make the rope stick to the container.

farmhouse style storage box upcycled

Step 3: Cut the rope and fasten it

Now that you’ve reach the lip of the bottom of the container, you can cut the rope at an angle and glue it in place.

You can stop there if you want. I don’t prefer the plastic sticking out, so I also like to wrap the rope around the lip of the strawberry container. Move on to step 4 if you’d like to do the same.

Step 4: Continue around the top

At this point, I cut the top off of the container and start the wrapping process again.

However, this time we’re going to start around the projection. You know, the little round pieces that the container lid connects to the hold the lid on. Glue your rope to the outside of that piece and continue gluing (just like you did in on the bottom section). Make sure you stay on the outer edges so the rope aligns with the projections.

You’ll probably need about 3 layers (depending on the size of your rope) to completely hide the plastic.

diy farmhouse style upcycled storage from a strawberry container

That’s it! When you’re finished, you’ll have an adorable farmhouse style storage container that you can feel good about because you upcycled it. I hope you’re as excited as I was to use this.

I’d love to get your feedback so leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Storage Bin from a Cardboard Box

DIY upcycled storage boxes

I’m a big fan of upcycling, so I’ve written this post to help you turn your old cardboard boxes into beautiful storage bins!

I often wonder why people go buy boxes for storage when they probably have some waiting to be recycled. I guess it’s a matter of convenience, but I’m pretty sure I made 2 storage bins before I could’ve made it back from the store.

No joke. It took me about 10 minutes to finish these boxes. You only need a few supplies to get started and you probably have most of them already. If not, I have links to all of the supplies I used below.

supplies to make cardboard box storage bins

DIY Storage Bin Supplies

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cardboard box with top cut off

Step 1: cut the flaps off of the cardboard box

Using your box cutter, slice the closing tabs (what do you actually call those?) off of the box and set them aside.

TIP: You can use these as separators inside of the box for extra organization. Cover them in contact paper too!

scissors on contact paper

Step 2: measure and cut the contact paper

Set your box at the edge of the contact paper to measure how much you will need. The best part is that the back of the contact paper contains gridlines so you don’t even need a ruler!

Cut on the right lines.

Once you determine how tall the box is, you can cut the contact paper to that height and just use one long strip to cover the whole box. It’s much faster than cutting 4 pieces to fit each side. You can always cut down the paper where the top of the box is uneven.

cardboard box covered in gray herringbone contact paper

Step 3: apply the contact paper

Apply your contact paper to all 4 sides of the cardboard box. Press down firmly and continue to smooth it as you go.

The upside of using contact paper is that it’s sticky but not uncomfortably so. When you peel the back off and apply the paper, you can lift and reapply if it’s not perfectly straight the first time, so don’t stress about perfection. 🙂

DIY upcycled storage boxes

When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful new storage bin. AAAAANNNNDDD you can feel good about upcycling at the same time!

Have you tried this before? Would you try it? Have you tried a different method? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments below.

How to Remove Labels from Glass Jars

remove labels from glass jars

A few days ago, I asked my Instagram followers what kinds of crafts they wanted to see in the next few months. Nearly everyone who responded wanted to learn how to make crafts that would help them organize their home, car, or life in general. I thought we would start with the basics: containers.

Glass jars are the perfect tool to organize with because you don’t have to pay extra for them. You get them when you buy pasta, pickles, salsa, and a ton of other products. All you have to do is remove the label, clean, and reuse them.

Most people toss them in the recycling and move on with their day. I’m not against recycling, but glass lasts forever! It would take nearly a million years to decompose if it was thrown out. By doing that, you’re missing out on an organizational opportunity. If you buy containers to organize, you can spend a lot, especially when it comes to your kitchen. You could just save your jars, clean them and use them to store food.

Most people think it’s too time-consuming, but I promise it isn’t. Give yourself 10 minutes of active cleaning and you can clean a dozen jars. There’s some waiting time, but you can go do other things.

Grab the supplies and follow the steps below to save some money organizing your kitchen.

jar label removal supplies

Supplies needed to clean glass jars

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You’ll want to do this in your kitchen sink so plan accordingly.

use goo gone to remove glass jar labels

Step 1: spray your labels with Goo Gone

I always try to peel the label off first. Sometimes they’re easy to remove, but if not, continue with the steps below.

Place your jars on a surface you don’t care about. I like to use cardboard so I don’t have to clean up my kitchen counter when I’m done.

Then, spray your labels with Goo Gone and let them sit for 2 or 3 minutes.

While you wait, fill your sink with hot water and add dish soap. You’ll want to fill it so that the jars can be completely submerged.

Step 2: scrub away the jar’s label

Using your stainless steel scouring pad, scrub away the label. This won’t take long. This process will work on paper labels and on the sticky residue leftover from other types of labels.

As you can see in the images above, this method works well!

Rinse the jar when you’re finished.

Step 3: soak the jars in hot soapy water

Let your jars soak in the sink for 20 minutes to clean them out and make sure they’re ready to use.

Set them in a dish drainer to dry.

TIP: If you’re keeping the jars in storage before putting anything in them, make sure you keep the lids off of them to air out.

Step 4: use your jars as storage

All you have left to do is fill up your jars! I like to use mine for nuts, coconut, baking ingredients, granola, parmesan cheese, and so much more!

But you don’t have to use them in the kitchen only. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

DIY Decor: Bathroom Storage Jars

DIY Bathroom Storage Jars

Keep these in your bathroom and store Q-tips, cotton balls, or even homemade lotion.

DIY Kitchen Labels for Better Organization

DIY organizational kitchen labels

If you choose to use your jars in the kitchen, you might want to add some labels. Large jars are perfect for baking ingredients!

DIY Customized Coffee Jar


These are perfect for storing coffee or tea! You can even decorate your jar and give it as a gift!

DIY Cookie Mason Jar Gift

diy cookie mason jar gift

Speaking of gifts, you can use your jars to share food with other people too! The large make the perfect cookie jar!

Craft Room Organization

Use your jars to organize your craft space or office. I enjoy using them for ribbon, buttons, decorative tape, and other supplies that are helpful to see clearly.

DIY Valentine’s Day Themed Mason Jar Hot Chocolate Gift

valentines day mason jar craft

Store powdered hot chocolate or add a decorative ribbon and give it as a gift!

DIY Planner Dashboard From A Tissue Box

diy planner divider from a tissue box

I love making dashboards for my planner! You can buy them, but designing your own is way more fun. To make one, all you need is a tissue box, glue and some scrapbook paper.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, a planner dashboard is used as a divider that is typically made of plastic or cardboard. Some people use them to store post-its, some are used as a storage folder (which I’ve also DIYed if you’re interested), others use them as a place to keep their checklists.

I like many of these options, but right now, I need something to segment pages, much like a bookmark. I’ve tried page corner bookmarks and paperclip bookmarks to keep my place, but I open it and shuffle through the pags too often and they keep falling off or damaging the pages. I need something that’s easier to move around like a dashboard.

Of course, I didn’t want to buy one, so I made my own and I’ll show you how I did it below. Keep reading!

tissue box planner divider supplies

Planner dashboard supplies

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tissue box pieces for craft

Step 1: cut apart your tissue box

Disassemble your tissue box and cut off the long edges on the sides. You could use the bottom too, if you want a larger dashboard.

planner divider base from tissue box

Step 2: determine the size of your dashboard tab

I wanted my dashboard to have a tab so I can find my place faster. I decided how tall it should be and measured and cut for that space.

scrapbook paper planner divider cover

Step 3: measure the scrapbook paper to fit your dashboard

Trace your dashboard base (from the previous step) onto the scrapbook paper.

Then cut out the shapes.

tissue box craft idea

Step 4: decorate your planner dashboard

Glue the scrapbook paper cut outs onto the front and back of your dashboard to add some flair!

I really like this yellow and blue scrapbook paper. It’s such a fun, modern design that matches my planner perfectly.

Let the glue dry.

At this point, you could laminate the dashboard if you want. This enables you to write and erase or just protect the paper.

hole punching for your happy planner

Step 5: hole punch the dashboard to fit in your planner

Hole punch the dashboard and put it wherever you want in your planner!

Depending on the type of planner you have, you might need a specific kind of hole punch. Mine requires one for a disc bound planner. I don’t have the right kind of hole punch so I cheat a little bit.

In the image above, you’ll notice that I’ve used another page in my planner to mark where the holes should go. Then I took a regular hole punch (single) and punched a hole over each mark. Then I used my scissors to cut a slit up to the hole so it will fit around the discs.

diy planner divider from a tissue box

When you’re finished, you’ll have something like this!

I’m loving my new dashboard. I can find my place much faster and it keeps my pages from getting ripped up from.

Eventually, I’m planning to design dashboards with motivational says and images you can colors to add some individuality. I’ll post a link to that when I do.

In the meantime, I’d love to get your thoughts on this process. Have you made your own dashboards? If so please share your pictures on social media using #MakeSomethingMondays!

DIY Beginner’s Planter

self draining planter

If you’re new to growing plants, this easy DIY project will definitely help you get started!

A few years ago, I got really excited about growing plants like herbs, vegetables, etc. Stuff I could use in the kitchen. But, I learned very quickly that I’m bad at it because I didn’t know how much water my plants needed.

I followed the advice of friends and started with a mint plant. “You can’t kill mint” they said. Well, I killed 3 of them before I figured out how to properly water them. If I had known about this draining option, I would’ve been enjoying herbs in my food and drinks much faster!

All you need is a plastic bottle so this is great opportunity to upcycle! When you’re finished with your orange juice or soda, hang onto the bottle and use it for your very own beginning planter! Follow the steps below to make your own.

self-draining planter supplies

Self-watering planter supplies

  • scissors
  • hammer
  • potting soil
  • screwdriver or nail
  • use plastic container

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upcycle plastic orange juice container

Step 1: cut off the top of your container

Cut off the top 1/3 of your container. Make sure the part the tapers inward is all on the top. You can see how it will be used in the image below.

homemade self-draining planter

Step 2: create the self-draining container

Flip the top section of the container upside down and place it in the bottom section.

Now, fill it with soil.

self watering planter

Step 3: plant your seeds

Stick a finger into the soil to create a space for your seeds or plant.

Now you can place the seed inside and cover it up. If you’re planting more than one, make sure you check how far apart and how deep they should be planted. Full disclosure, I’m kind of bad at that part.

I’m planting garlic from bulbs, not seeds, and I know that they need to be planted about a thumb-size deep and need to be about 4″ apart. After I took this picture, I decided to move one of the bulbs because I didn’t think they would be both get enough nutrients.

self watering planter

When you’re finished, you should have something that looks like this.

Now you can water your plant. The water will fall into the bottom of the container and you won’t have to worry about overwatering your plant. But pay close attention to how much water your plant needs. Once you have a good idea of how much to use, you can transfer your plant to another pot and plant something new in this one.

I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave them in the comments.

DIY Candle Holder From Alcohol Bottles

candlesticks burning in alcohol bottles

Did you know you can repurpose your old alcohol bottles as candlestick holders? It looks classy and vintag-y all at the same time. I love it!

Save your wine, whiskey, beer, and vodka bottles. You don’t even have to take the label off. It’s a nice way to upcycle glass since it generally takes longer for them to get recycled anyway. If you could reuse them, why not? Especially if you’re adding some oomph to your living room, man cave, patio, or wherever.

There’s actually a cute Italian restaurant in my hometown that uses their old wine bottles to make these, which is where I got the idea. I’ve always loved that they place a bottle at each table to give it a romantic element.

Want to make your own? Grab the supplies and follow the steps below.

alcohol bottle candlestick holder supplies

Candlestick holder supplies

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Note: Larceny bottles don’t work for this craft. I found that out after taking the supplies picture. However, most wine, whiskey, and beer bottles will work.

candlestick in glass bottle

Step 1: size your candlesticks

Adding the candlesticks to the bottle as is can be a bad idea. It makes the bottle topheavy and it can topple over.

I recommend breaking or cutting your candles to keep them from extending too high above the bottle top.

I like to stick the candlestick in upside down (wick inside the bottle) to see which point on the candlestick is thick enough for it to fit in the bottle opening. Then, I break it a bit lower than that area.

You can also use scissors or a knife to shape the top of the candle if you had to break it toward the bottom and can’t use the original top.

So break your candlestick and wedge it into the bottle opening.

diy candlestick holder from alcohol bottles

Step 2: light the candle

Yep, it’s that easy. when your candle is secure in the bottle and you’re sure it won’t fall out, go ahead and light it.

Wax will drip down the side of the bottle and possibly onto the surface it’s sitting on, so I recommend setting them on a plate or some other base to catch the wax.

candlestick wax dripping

You know, these would be great for events like weddings or banquets. They make beautiful centerpieces!

I’d love to get your thoughts! Have you tried this before? If you made one, where would you put it?

Happy crafting!

DIY Fall Tin Can Lantern

Fall tin can lantern

Do you know what’s strange? I don’t love decorations. I’ve always taken a realistic/pragmatic approach to holidays and I can’t find a reason to buy festive decorations just to keep them in a closet for the majority of the year. BUT I do love crafting and upcycling. If I can do them both at the same time, then I’m all over it.

The plus side is that if I make something festive, friends know that it’s out of character for me. Sometimes, they will ask if they can have the festive thing I just made. I’m more than happy to give it to them. 🙂

I digress… this lantern was such a fun project. As mentioned in a previous blog post, I was sick a few weeks back and ate a lot of soup, so I have a number of tin cans just waiting to be upcycled!

This is an easy one because you probably have all of the supplies in your house already, except maybe the spray paint. It’s perfect for sitting outside as the sun goes down to provide some extra light and keep the bugs away. You could even make an adorable fall centerpiece out of these if you made a few.

Want to make your own? Grab the supplies listed below and keep reading!

Quick tip: if you want the avoid the hammered look, fill your can with water and put it in the freezer for a few hours before you get started. The ice will help the can keep it’s shape.

tin can fall lantern supplies

Upcycled lantern supplies

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Leaf art on tin can

Step 1: tape leaf clip art to the can

Tape your leaf printout to your tin can.

hammered tin can fall lantern

Step 2: create a leaf outline

Pick a point on your leaf and hammer the nail through that point the can.

Continue this process around the outline of the leaf.

gold spray painted upcycled tin can

Step 3: paint the can

I used white spray paint to put a base layer on the tin can.

After it dried, I added a second splotchy layer of gold to make it unique and give it some flair.

Step 4: hammer out the imperfections (optional)

Now you can hammer the inside of the can to even out the surface if you’d like.

I chose not to do this step. Fall is all about change and imperfection. Here, in lovely Pennsylvania, fall is cold and everything begins to die. But somehow, its incredibly beautiful. I wanted to capture beauty with the colors and imperfection with the hammered look.

That’s it! Throw a flameless tealight or small candle (may I recommend apple cinnamon, orange spice, or pumpkin) in there and you’ll have yourself a fancy new fall candle holder.

I’d love to get your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting! 🍁