Mason Jar Valentines Craft

 Washi Tape Mason Jars via The Newlywed Pilgrimage Mason Jar Valentines via The Newlywed Pilgrimage Mason Jar Valentines via The Newlywed Pilgrimage
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Mason jar valentines are a ton of fun to make. They’re even more fun to give because a medium sized mason jar will hold a 10 oz. bag of candy. That’s a lot of sweetness! Your valentine will be extremely happy with the  amount of candy they receive. Plus, these valentines are gorgeous. Don’t you agree?

Two Berry Creative Craft SuppliesSimply gather some mason jars, purchase a few essential craft supplies, and you’re in business. I ordered my craft supplies for these mason jar valentines from Two Berry Creative. They have really cute stuff for pennies on the dollar compared to big craft stores. [Read more…]

Washi Tape Letters

Washi Tape LettersWashi washi washi! It never gets old. You remember my post on washi tape clothespins, right? Well, this is the same concept. Just as easy. Just as inexpensive. Just as fun!

The Skinny: I have three ginormous wedding photos on canvas that sit atop my narrow fireplace mantel. It needed a pop of color and I never tire from putting my new last name initial…everywhere.

Solution = Washi Tape Letters [Read more…]

Make Your Own Flower Food

How To Make Your Own Flower Food - DIY - The Newlywed PilgrimageA beautiful bouquet of flowers is like a lovely romance, you want it to last and last and last… 

I purchased the gorgeous Sunflower arrangement you see here from DIRT, the cutest flower shop ever located in the Bishop Arts District (Dallas). They were fabulous to work with! They even provided me with a cheat sheet on how to get the most enjoyment out of my bouquet of fresh flowers. Make your own flower food? The thought had never crossed my mind. It’s simple stuff but it’s too good not to share.

Fresh Flower Longevity – 5 Steps

1. Change the water every other day and add Flower Food. Always use cool water! If your arrangement includes Tulips use water with ice cubes. Flower Food can easily be made at home:

Flower Food

1 Tablespoon Raw Sugar
1 Crushed Aspirin
4-5 Drops of Bleach

2. Cut the stems with a very sharp pair of scissors at a 45 degree angle every time you change the water. [Read more…]

Washi Tape Clothespins Tutorial

Washi Tape Clothespins DIY TutorialWe’ve all seen the ever so popular plethora of projects involving pretty clothespins popping up on Pinterest.

Say that 10 times. Ha! Some of these clothespins are hand painted but most of them are crafted with washi tape. What is washi tape? It’s Japanese fabric tape made from natural fibers. It’s like textured masking tape with patterns! There are endless craft project options using washi tape, but this clothespin tutorial may be the easiest project you will ever do. Can I get a “oh yeah”?


1. Washi Tape
2. Clothespins
3. Xacto Knife


Like the photo (above) demonstrates, roll the washi tape out and place the clothespin on top of it so that the entire face of the pin is covered. Trim off the excess washi tape using the blade of the Xacto knife.

What’d I tell you? Easiest project of your life, right? I decorated the clothespins that you see here for a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party that I threw for my mom’s 60th. I used twine & these adorable clothespins to hang photos of 40 years worth of trips to Disney World.

Note: Most craft stores carry washi tape but they are often limited in patterns so I prefer to purchase mine on Etsy. You can also purchase clothespins that are already decorated with washi tape on Etsy.

Xoxo, Jenn Pilgrim

Mickey Mouse Subway Art

Mickey Mouse Subway ArtSubway art has become a birthday party staple, especially for fun birthday party themes like Mickey Mouse.

I designed this piece for my mom’s surprise 60th birthday party. If you are throwing a Mickey party, please subscribe to my weekly email digest because I will be posting tutorials and photos from the party over the next 2 weeks.

Now, on to the tutorial.

There are endless fonts choices associated with Walt Disney which makes subway art super easy to do at your computer at home. If you are unsure about how to download fonts to your computer, here is a great tutorial on how to do so. If you don’t want to look into that at this time, you can always use free online editing software and just use their fonts. My favorite is Pic Monkey which has several fun fonts that I could have used for this Mickey Mouse subway art. The only drawback with Pic Monkey is that you cannot use your own fonts if you have them, you have to use theirs. is another great free online editor and you can use your own fonts. However, for subway art I prefer to use Microsoft Word.

I will go through the fonts that I used line by line. Clicking on the title will take you to the link for downloading the font.

Line 1:
OH BOY! AW, GEE! – Walt Disney Font

Line 2:
JANET’S – Mickey Ears Font

Line 3:
SIXTY! – Mickey Font

Line 4:

Line 5:
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E – Mouse Memoirs Font

Line 6:
This is actually a Disney fabric sticker from Michael’s. I like to add stickers to subway art because it adds texture. Most craft stores carry something like this. It really added a special something to my subway art!

Line 7:
5.11.1953 – Budmo Font

What about the frame you say? 

I purchased the wooden frame from a craft store and I pained it red using Martha Stewart’s acrylic paint in Hibiscus. I adorned the bottom right hand corner with two yellow Mickey Mouse button stickers that I found in the scrapbook section of Michael’s.

Xoxo, Jenn Pilgrim

Mickey Mouse Paper Lanterns Tutorial

Mickey Mouse Paper Lantern DIY [Read more…]

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

DIY Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial - Perfect for Mother's Day or Cinco de Mayo.The month of May is an absolutely perfect month for creating tissue paper flowers.

From Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, these eye-catching paper delights are cheerful reminders that spring is here and summer is dawning.

Tissue Paper Flowers 1All you will need for this craft is as assortment of tissue paper, some pipe cleaners, and scissors. I adore creating things out of supplies I already have, don’t you?

Cut the tissue into 10 x 10″ squares. Choose 12 sheets of paper using multiples of your main colors. Stack them in the order that you would like the colors to appear in the flower.

Tissue Paper Flowers 2Accordion fold the stack of tissue like a paper fan.

Tissue Paper Flowers 3Wrap a pipe cleaner around the center and twist it tightly.

Tissue Paper Flowers 4Fan out the paper. Gently pull each layer upwards to the center of the tied pipe cleaner. Scrunch the tissue as you go.

These are gorgeous gift toppers (instead of a bow), picture frame accents, wall decor, or centerpieces. You can even tie them outside to a fence or rail like I did for a splendid splash of color on your patio. They also look fab strung together as a hanging banner.

The possibilities are endless!

Magnetic Spice Rack with Chalkboard Tins – DIY or Buy

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Spice Tins

It finally happened…


I knocked a bottle of garlic salt out of my over-crowded spice cabinet and it shattered to pieces.
My dog ate some so that was the last straw people. I’m tired of not being able to quickly and effortlessly find a certain spice when I need it.

Now presenting the DIY or Buy magnetic spice rack storage solution.


First, get cha some tins.

I bought online at for 55 cents each. These have screw tops. I’ve heard horror stories in researching this project of other spice tin lids coming off & spilling everywhere. I’ve had enough spillage issues.

Second, buy some magnetic strips. I bought mine at the Container Store for $12.99 each.

Third, you’ll need some chalkboard paint. I prefer Hobby Lobby for these kinds of things. The spray paint was $7.49. Just get the spray paint and keep it simple. No need to get a paint brush involved here.

Fourth, you’ll need some adhesive magnets. I bought 1″ magnets. They were $1.49 at Hobby Lobby.


Oh, and don’t forget chalk. Do I really need to post a picture of chalk here? Ok good…moving on.

Wait, I feel bad. Here you go.


That’s all you need! Easy peasy.

Now, spray those babies down. You will want to do an additional coat a few hours after the first one.

Spraying Tins

Wait several hours and prime the lids by turning the chalk on it’s side and rubbing the lid with it. Then wipe it off with a paper towel. This keeps scratches from occurring as you write on these lids with your chalk. Label your lids, apply your adhesive magnets, mount your magnetic strips to the wall, & enjoy!

This has made my cooking life so much easier and it’s kind of fun to reach up and grab whatever spice I need and unscrew the lid. I give myself a mental pat on the back with each use of this simple spice rack storage system.

DIY or Buy

It’s totally ok to be lazy and just buy a spice rack like this. Go for it!
Here’s a couple that are for sale.
Click on the photo to purchase.

DIY or Buy Spice Rack

DIY or Buy Magnetic Spice Rack
Xoxo, Jenn Pilgrim

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Painted Mason Jar Vases DIY

Painted Mason Jar Vases DIY Tutorial - The Newlywed PilgrimagePainted mason jar vases make a beautiful container for spring bouquets.

Doesn’t decorating with mason jars get you excited about spring? These painted vases add a perfectly delightful pop of color to my home. This is a fun and simple weekend project to do with the kids or in my case on a long weekend when my husband is working.

Painted Mason Jar Vases DIY Tutorial - The Newlywed PilgrimageTo make these beauties you will only need a couple of items: mason jars and acrylic paint in your favorite spring colors.

Painted Mason Jar Vases DIY Tutorial - The Newlywed PilgrimageYou will squirt some paint in the bottom of the jar, secure the lid, and shake well until the inside of the jar is completely covered with paint.

Painted Mason Jar Vases DIY Tutorial - The Newlywed PilgrimageBy painting the inside of the glass, the vases have a nice glossy finish. Remove the lids and allow the jars to dry upside down over night and for a few hours the next day on their sides.

Painted Mason Jar Vases DIY Tutorial - The Newlywed PilgrimageI want one in every color imaginable, don’t you? You will love these!


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Easter Crafts & Decor – DIY or Buy

Easter DIY or Buy
Who doesn’t love Easter? My mother always made Easter a magical holiday.

We would wake to gifts from the Easter bunny, put on our brand new Easter duds, and attend a beautiful church service. Then we would come home to an Easter feast full of friends, family, & the neighborhood kids of course. Everyone looked forward to gathering at my house for the grand Easter egg hunt each year. It was spectacular! My mom would have over 1,000 eggs of all kinds (candy, plastic, and hard boiled) for the adults to hide and lots of prizes were given out for the most eggs found and even for the least eggs found. The prize egg was the most coveted; it usually had a $20 bill inside and an additional prize came with it. Every year we would search and search for the 10 or so missing Easter eggs that remained but we would never find them. Eventually, dad would end up running over them with the lawn mower.

I also have memories of my parents buying real baby chicks at Easter for us to play with and keep. I don’t have children of my own yet but I hope to carry on the tradition of making Easter a magical holiday in my house one day too. After all, HE IS RISEN and that’s the reason to celebrate, decorate, and observe the season.

Here’s some of my favorite Easter crafts & decor that you can create yourself or buy online.

Let’s start with the DIY decor…

Easter Bunny Cotton Tails

Mod Podge Glitter Eggs - DIY or BuyMod Podge Glitter Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Arrangement CenterpieceEaster Egg Arrangement Centerpiece

Easy Bunny Candy Pouch - DIY or BuyEasy Bunny Candy Pouch

Easter Egg Garland - DIY or BuyEaster Egg Garland

Now for the decor you can buy online…

Easter Bunny Rabbit Wreath - DIY or Buy Easter Bunny Rabbit Wreath

Hoppy Happy Easter BannerHoppy Happy Easter Banner

Easter Bunny Pants Treat Bags - DIY or BuyEaster Bunny Pants Treat Bags

Rabbit Egg Box - DIY or BuyRabbit Egg Box

Easter Monogrammed Linen Towels - DIY or BuyEaster Monogrammed Linen Towels

Happy Easter to you and yours!

Xoxo, Jenn Pilgrim