14 DIY Tote Bags

14 DIY Tote Bags

Trend: DIY Tote Bags

Tote bags are good for just about anything like holding all of your farmers market goods, replace your purse with a cute tote, holding all of the supplies needed for a day at the beach, totes make great gift bags (that the recipient can reuse), and the list goes on and on. If you search online for a tote bag DIY you’ll find a TON of different tutorials. I went ahead and did the searching for you. I’ve narrowed down the search and shared a lovely list on the Better Homes and Gardens blog. Below you can find 14 of my favorite DIY Tote Bags.

I hope this collection of DIYs tote-ally inspires you! To check out the full list, head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens blog!

– Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens blog. The images in the first photo are from: the Crafted LifeYou Are My FavePoppytalk, and The House That Lars Built

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Food: Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels

Well, my kiddo is officially in big kid school and our routine is changing a bit. To stay organized, I’m beginning to realize I have to plan out our meals and snacks. That’s what inspired my Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels recipe. This bite-size snack can be made ahead of time and easily reheated, plus it’s full of protein (and my daughter loves it). In my house we usually have all of the ingredients needed for this recipe already on hand (I did have to go out and buy some puff pastry, but that’s easy to keep in the freezer). Want to make some for your kid (or yourself)? Check out the recipe below.

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore in Water, drained
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (follow the directions to defrost)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

  • Pull out one sheet of the frozen puff pastry and follow the directions to defrost it. Gather all your ingredients.

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

  • While the puff pastry is defrosting mix together tuna, cream cheese, and shredded cheese in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

  • Flatten out the puff pastry sheet and spread the tuna mixture onto the puff pastry, leaving about a one inch space without mixture on one end.

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

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  • Starting on the end opposite of the one inch space, start to roll up the pastry and mixture into a log.

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

  • Wrap the rolled up log into some plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for about 30 – 40 minutes (or until firm, not too hard).

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

  • When your freezer time is up, set your over to 375°F. While the oven is warming up, pull the roll out of the freezer. Use a knife to cut the log into 1/4″ slices and place on 2 parchment-lined cookie sheets. Place the pinwheels in the oven and bake for 30 minutes (or until lightly browned), rotating the sheets as needed (I recommend checking the pinwheels at 15 minutes to check if rotating is needed). When the pinwheels are done, place them on a cooling rack.
  • Serve these snacks when they’ve cooled down.

I suggest making these ahead of time, they store really well. Store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or the freezer for longer storage. To reheat: Reheat in the oven for a few minutes, or if you’re lazy like me… the microwave.

Cheese and Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

If you make this yummy snack, I’d love to see a photo! Share your snacks on instagram and use the hashtag #papermamafriends and/or tag me @thepapermama.

– Chelsey

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Instagram Giveaway // Win $50 to spend at mooreaseal.com + The 52 Lists Project

Instagram Giveaway // Win $50 to spend at Mooreaseal.com + The 52 Lists Project

Hey lovelies! I just wanted to pop in and let you all know about a giveaway happening over on my Instagram today. If you don’t wander Instagram too often, you should head on over right now! I’m giving away a copy of The 52 Lists Project journal, plus a $50 shop credit to spend at MooreaSeal.com.

My talented friend, Moorea Seal, is getting ready to celebrate the release of her journal, The 52 Lists Project. Moorea originally started her 52 Lists Project on her blog a couple of years ago. It was so popular, and inspiring, she made a book for anyone to use at home. There are 52 list prompts to enjoy. The lists vary from “list your favorite mood boosting music” to “list the difficult things in your past that have shaped you for the better.” I have a copy and LOVE it. This book

In addition to this awesome book, Moorea has the coolest online shop (plus a brick and mortar shop in Seattle). You can easily find a way to spend $50 there. Trust me.

So, if you want to win my instagram giveaway, head on over to my IG account @thepapermama and good luck!

– Chelsey

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Back To School Teacher Gift DIY

Back To School Teacher Gift DIY

Okay. My daughter is just days away from starting school (insert excited and sad mom tears here). I’m having a little trouble accepting the fact that I will now have a kid in elementary school. Anyway, my back to school teacher gift DIY is perfect for your kid’s new teacher! It’s the perfect way to start the school year. I know a lot of teachers have a pretty small budget for school supplies and often have to use their own money to provide much needed items for the classroom, so I hope this gift will help. It comes with some snacks (Box Tops snacks so the teacher can earn money for school), a notepad, crayons, pencils, and an apple (of course). Want to make this for your kid’s teacher?

Supplies needed for this project:

  • basket
  • yummy teacher treats (preferably Box Tops products so your kid’s school can earn money for their school)
  • paper note pad
  • a pack of pencils
  • crayons
  • rubber bands
  • yarn
  • hot glue
  • painters tape
  • colorful spray paint
  • free Back to School Printable

Directions: 

Back To School Teacher Gift DIY

1) Tape off the portion of the basket you don’t want to have painted (my basket came from Walmart and I taped off the top edge and handle).

Back To School Teacher Gift DIY

2) In a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors) spray multiple layers of paint onto your basket.

Back To School Teacher Gift DIY

3) Let the painted basket cure for over 24 hours before handling, then remove the painters tape!

Back To School Teacher Gift DIY

4) Download and print out my Back to School Printable (click on this link to find the printable and right click + save the image to your computer) onto some card stock or photo paper. Cut out the triangles and use the hot glue gun to glue the back of the triangles to a long strip of yarn. I spaced about a half inch between each triangle. Tie the triangle banner around the top of the basket. Use just a tiny bit of glue to secure the banner to the basket.

Back To School Teacher Gift DIY

5) Gather your basket goodies. Use the rubber bands to wrap up the crayons and pencils, then cover the bands with some yarn. Place all the basket items into the basket. Glue the “Back to School” printable onto one of the basket goodies. Tip: if you need some great Box Tops information and food/gift ideas, check out this link at Walmart

Back To School Teacher Gift DIY

You’re done! With this basket you have the sweetest little gift for your kiddo’s new teacher, plus your teacher gets to use those Box Tops to earn a bit of money for the school!

Do you have any back to school teacher gift ideas?

– Chelsey

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