Our Elmer’s Spring Craft Creation {Giveaway}

I’ve mentioned here before that I’m not the craftiest person around. In fact, I need step-by-step directions for anything I make. And, a picture.

BUT, I’d really like to change that, so I recently accepted Elmer’s challenge to let my inner crafty loose in a Spring DIY Creation Contest.

Elmer’s developed a Spring Creation Guide, with the step-by-step instructions that I need to create five simple home projects—from a wine rack to wall art—using the  multipurpose glue everyone should have around the house: Elmer’s Glue-All. They challenged me to make one of these creations uniquely mine or create something totally new using Elmer’s Glue-All.

To help with materials, Elmer’s sent me a Spring DIY Kit, which included all of the adhesives I may need, and a $50 VISA gift card to use for materials.

I chose to make something totally new. (I know – I surprised even myself with my decision!) Julia and I actually decided to decorate a photo box with scraps of paper, jewels and stickers. We didn’t have a picture, but how hard could it be?

We found our white photo box at Target and bought some stickers there, too. I already had a plethora of scrapbooking paper, so we picked out some of our favorites and got to work.

Julia enjoyed tearing apart the paper in big pieces to place over the box lid. We then sprayed each piece, as well as the box lid, with Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive so the colorful pieces of paper overlapped, covering every bit of white on that lid.

We used our X-ACTO knife to trim the edges around the inside of the lid, then placed the jewels, stickers, and the letters in the word LOVE just so.

When everything was in it’s perfect place, we spread a thin layer of Elmer’s Glue All (diluted first with water) over the entire lid with a brush, sealing everything into place.


Easy enough for even this non-crafty mama! Okay, I admit… Julia was really the creative genius for this one! But, now I have a picture, so I could certainly do it again!

Win it!

Elmer’s would like to send a special adhesive kit to THREE of you! Your kit will include:

  • Elmer’s Glue-All
  • CraftBond Tacky Glue
  • CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Stick
  • Elmer’s Multipurpose Spray Adhesive
  • X-ACTO Gripster Knife

To enter, check out Elmer’s Spring Creation Guide and let me know which project you would consider and how you would make it your own. Leave me a comment before 9pm (PT) on May 20th. (U.S. entrants only, please!)

For additional entries you may send out a tweet with a link to this giveaway and/or give it a thumbs up on Facebook by clicking the “Like” button in the top left corner of this post. Be sure you leave me a separate comment for each task.

Happy Spring Crafting!

Benefited Giveaway


  1. Steph says

    I would give the Decorative Art idea a go. Looks like it is not too hard and turns out nice.

  2. Elaine R says

    I’m interested in the Shoe Organizer- need this for in my bedroom closet.

  3. Theron N.Willis says

    I like the Wine Rack Project, using Elmer’s Glue-All. How to make it my own? Guess by storing wine that I fermented myself as a garage based DIY project.

    Hope to win!

  4. jackie says

    Decoupage table for me too. I saw something like this in the 70s and it always stuck with me. Travel photos would be nice on it.

  5. Mary Beth Elderton says

    I like the Burlap Basket and would likely add an embellishment–maybe something mad from a button? piece of costume jewelry? strip of leather?

  6. Claire says

    I love the shoes table. I could customize it to fit in a small space in our home

  7. martha says

    oh love the burlap basket…. to make it my own, I would either use a fabric that matched the room or stamp on the burlap. (mavans@gmail.com)

  8. anash says

    Mandatory Entry: iw ant to caulk my tub!! its due for new caulk
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  9. Sandra says

    I like the wine rack. I might used some distressed wood to make it more rustic.

  10. NW Homesteader says

    I love the decoupage table! I would use pictures and items from places we have been :)

  11. Teresa says

    Our youngest thinks we should give the Valentine House a go. A lot of love living there!

  12. Janelle says

    I love the box that you made with your daughter! I would make it my own by making a blessing box! Decorating it with small trinkets I’ve been blessed with by friends, wonderful old cards, poems, love letters, scraps of lace & what not! Then I’d dry brush a little Elmer’s with glitter to make it sparkle just so. Lastly I’d fill it with treasures: blessings in all forms, remembrances, old photos, notes & Scripture.

    Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!

  13. Terri P. says

    I think I’d like to take on a decoupage table. I have a small table that I could try this on. I think it would be nice to make copies of some photos I have of our ancestors (grandparents through great-great-great grandparents) and use them on the table. Thanks!

  14. Lisa says

    I would like to try the shoe organizer and would make it my own by painting it or adding contact paper or decals to it.

  15. Allison Greene says

    I think the decoupage table is an amazing idea! I think I would try this project out on something not as big as a table though for my first try, maybe like a shoe rack or something

  16. Wendy R. says

    I have been wanting to create some new art for my walls! I’d add rhinestones for sure.

  17. Sarah Matos says

    I like the decorative art idea. I would use photos of my girls!

  18. Katie says

    I think I’d make the shoe organizer (or actually, hubby would). We’ve bought them in the past but we both have large feet so they don’t fit right. It’d be nice to make one that properly fits our larger shoes.

  19. Nancy Meyer says

    I would make the decorative art and customize the colors for my place!

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

  20. Debbie Kennedy says

    I know for sure that myself and my daughters could make the decorative art. My kids collect shells along the beach at camp and we have tons of fabric scraps and scrapbooking papers. The kids would be very proud to display the treasures that they have discovered!

    • Debbie Kennedy says

      sorry didn’t realize us only – online sweepstakes had it listed for canada too

  21. Christal Couturier says

    I would like to make a wine rack and maybe use some cutouts to match my theme in my kitchen

  22. valancia says

    last stop it said in bedroom – the shoe organizer
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  23. caryl says

    I could use the shoe organizer because I just throw my shoes under my bed or in my closet.

    spcale at yahoo dot com.