Cupcake Liners: No Longer Just For Baking

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Pin Up Girl is a weekly guide to all things Pinterest. Our resident pinner, Laura Gill, will take a look at some of the best eye candy from around the web, provide a few pointers on how-to crafts, and weigh in on weekly trends and highlight local and national pin fiends.

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If you have an abundance of fanciful liners, or just love crafting with paper, check out this list of all the unexpected things you can do with these little paper circles.

First up is A Sculptural Paper Orb Light from Design Sponge

Give a plain old paper globe light a makeover using only cupcake liners and a glue gun! Who knew things could be so simple and yet so sophisticated at the same time?

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Craft a Modular Felt Trivet

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Laura Gill
The trivet seen above would not exist if it weren't for Pinterest.

I do a lot of internet surfing/"research" and am constantly coming across things I'd like to mark for future reference. Herein lies my absolute favorite thing about Pinterest -- it's a bookmarking tool, and I don't think enough people use it as such.

I was super excited to come across this as I was browsing my "CraftyTime" board recently. This trivet would have been lost in the cobwebs of my brain had I not pinned it. And thank goodness I did because this craft is pretty, simple and inexpensive to make.

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Upcycle Your Yucky Old T-Shirts into Yarn

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Laura Gill
We all have a few nasty T-shirts. They're stretched out, stained, outdated, and turns out, are a totally perfect material for some seriously cool yarn.

Even if you don't knit or crochet, you can still make the yarn and give it to someone who does. Better yet, invent a new way to use it.

One of the things I love about Pinterest is that it offers a ton of tutorials on the same thing. There are lots of pins about T-shirt yarn, but I've come to learn that some pins are better than others.

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DIY Song Lyric Wall Art

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laura gill
This idea came from one of those Pinterest pins that offer you the entire tutorial all at once. Check it out. It's been on my list for a while, but was afraid to ruin a nice piece of art. I finally realized that I could use an abandoned collage I made a couple of years ago.

Supplies:
painted canvas - anything works
vinyl letters - I found them at Target for about $3
acrylic paint in desired color - I used "Sea Lavender" by Martha Stewart
paint brush
an awesome quote

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Super Simple Bleach Pen Projects

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Laura Gill
If you're not familiar with bleach pens, buckle up. These handy little pens hold a bleach gel intended for stain removal, but they're also absolutely great tools for a quick and easy projects.


Here follows a few of my favorite bleach pen inspirations from Pinterest ...


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DIY Scratch-Off Photo

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Laura Gill
Unless you play the lottery, you probably don't run into many scratch-off activities these days. But we're here to bring 'em back. 

I've had my eye on creating a scratch-off photograph for a while (thanks, Pinterest), but couldn't settle on a photo. I didn't want to risk ruining a perfect picture if this didn't work. But then I came across this random shot of one of the many army men that lurk around my house. PERFECT!

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Make a Simple Paper Garland

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Laura Gill
Clearly the time has come when most of our days are going to be spent indoors and preparing for nighttime outdoor parties.

Summertime in Phoenix is all-too-often time to go stir crazy. This garland will help you combat the craziness by giving you a simple craft that results in something pretty to look at and decorative for your next indoor bash.

Or maybe it will make you go crazy... Either way, it's something to do. Ready? Set. GO!


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Five Celebrities You Don't Want to Follow on Pinterest

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Introducing Pin Up Girl, a weekly guide to all-things-Pinterest. Our resident pinner, Laura Gill will take a look at some of the best eye candy from around the web and provide a few pointers on how-to crafts, as well as weigh in on weekly trends and highlight local and national pin fiends.

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If you're new to Pinterest, or even if you've been on there for a while, you've probably come to a point where you've wondered who else you should follow. 

 It's fun to look for people, boards and organizations to get inspired by. Most of the time, these searches will lead you to some great folks and ideas/

But it's just as important to know who not to follow. 

Here follows our top five picks of celebrities (or individuals who have enough time to set up a celebrity's fake Pinterest account) on Pinterest that would be best kept in the dark.

5. Ryan Seacrest 

The first off-putting thing about his account is his description, which reads, "The pins you're passionate about from Ryan and the trend hunters on his team."


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A (Really) Simple Guide to Transferring Magazine Images to Fabric

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Laura Gill
Every time I find a successful Pinterest project, I think it's the greatest thing ever. But my recent discovery of simple transfers from magazine images is the truly greatest thing ever. This project is perfect for the pile of magazines you've been hoarding -- even if you're not one to cut into them.

I was surprised by how simple the technique is. All you need is a magazine image (inkjet, laser prints, and photocopies should also work), a gel medium -- I used Golden Soft Gel from Arizona Art Supply, a paintbrush, fabric, and water.

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All Balls Don't Bounce. Thanks A Lot, Pinterest.

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Pin Up Girl is a weekly guide to all things Pinterest. Our resident pinner, Laura Gill, will take a look at some of the best eye candy from around the web, provide a few pointers on how-to crafts, and weigh in on weekly trends and highlight local and national pin fiends.


This DIY bouncy ball was one of the first things I ever saw on Pinterest, which had a lot to do with why I immediately fell in love with the site. "This site has everything!"

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http://www.curbly.com/users/capreek/posts/13251-random-but-cool-how-to-make-bouncy-balls-from-common-household-items

Who doesn't like bouncy balls? The ones in the photo look so cool that I had to try it. And since my five year old has decided he's going to be a scientist when he grows up this seemed like the perfect science experiment.


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