How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers Four Ways – Hey, Let’s Make Stuff

Last updated on February 22nd, 2019 at 11:14 am

Tissue paper flowers make a gorgeous event decor with a big impact—think weddings, baby showers, bridal showers and more! Learn how to make easy tissue paper flowers, as well as different methods for cutting the petals to create four unique styles.

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers Four Ways

If you’re looking for budget decor for weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve been making tissue paper flowers since our wedding in 2013, and the are still  my go-to budget party decor. This post will teach you not only how to make tissue paper flowers quickly and easily, but you’ll also learn four different ways to cut the petals to get different looks to your flowers.

How did I come to love tissue paper flowers so much? Our budget was a little lopsided for our wedding. We knew we wanted great food and a fantastic photographer—which left about $4 for table decorations. I’d thought about making fabric flowers for the centerpieces, but then I realized that fabric ain’t cheap either.

A while back, I bought some paper pompoms to decorate my friend’s daughter’s birthday party. I realized they are not at all hard to make, so I decided that “rivers of flowers” would decorate the centers of our long 8′ tables. I was able to get a good price on the paper through a wholesaler (learn more about buying tissue paper in bulk here). Which was good, because I needed, like, 500 flowers.

While it seemed kind of crazy to make 500 tissue paper flowers, it actually wasn’t too difficult. I had the help of many of my family and friends, who came over and helped me fluff all the flowers. My lovely mother watched HGTV and fluffed more than I can count. They turned out beautifully and I got so many compliments on the decor at the wedding. A bunch of friends took them home after the big day to use at other parties they were throwing.

One tip: make sure your tissue paper flowers are all fluffed before your event! There will be way too many to fluff the day of, and it will just stress you out. I basically had a giant box with a variety of flowers in each for each table. That way my coordinator and her team could just open each box and pop the already-fluffed paper flowers on the table.

Want to make some of your own? Here’s a tutorial on how to make tissue paper flowers!

What Supplies Do I Need for Tissue Paper Flowers?

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers:

Start with two sheets of tissue paper. Mine was purchased in bulk so it only has the center fold, but using regular tissue paper with more folds works too.

Fold the two sheets of tissue paper in half.

Then, fold in half again.

Find the corner with all of the separate pieces of paper (not one with a fold). Take this corner and fold it to the opposite edge to make a triangle.

Trim off the extra rectangle of paper. Scissors work if you’re just making a few, but I really found my rotary cutter, ruler, and self-healing cutting mat were optimal for doing a lot of these.

When you open up the triangle to make a square, you’ll notice that some edges still have a fold. Trim off that edge using a rotary cutter, or slip the scissors into the fold and cut to separate all the pieces of paper. Basically, you want eight individual squares.

Fold the paper, accordion style. I usually ended up with six or seven folds.

Staple the accordion in the center.

Trim each edge to create the “petals” of the flower. See below to find other ways of cutting the ends of each flower to create a different look.

Carefully start to separate the layers of the flower. Pull from the inside of each layer, as opposed to out on each edge. This will help keep the flowers from tearing. To be honest, we ripped a lot of petals but there are so many on each flower that it wasn’t noticeable. Keep fluffing the layers until you have half the flower.

And then fluff the other side! Voila! You’ve made a paper flower!

How to Make a Tissue Paper Flower Four Ways:

I ended up cutting four different styles of flowers — here’s how I accomplished each look:

Pretty fabulous and not so difficult! Perfect for the bride (or bridal or baby shower planner!) who wants to save a bit of money but still make an impact. Ever since the wedding, this paper flower DIY has been my go-to for almost any party I’m throwing.

If you have less time than money, you can always buy your paper flowers as well. Here are some great options if you’d prefer to buy them:

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How to make Scotch eggs, a sausage-wrapped expression of brunch love

If you’re committed to day-drinking, you have to find plausible excuses to do so. Fortunately, neighbors of ours are fans of all things Irish and are also big rugby enthusiasts. This culminates every February in weekend group parties for the Six Nations rugby series, with games that often kick off at 8 a.m. Central Time.

We used to go a neighborhood pub that offered bottomless mimosas for a mere $12 and crayons for the kids, allowing the adults to snuggle in on a snowy Saturday and watch the games. To be honest, I am not a huge sportsball person, but having grown up in football-crazed America, rugby is next level. It’s a beautiful ballet of orchestrated chaos. The scrums! The random tossing and kicking of the ball! And dear god, all the blood!

Eventually, though, the neighborhood hangout stopped showing rugby, and my friends decided to host the tournament every week at their house instead. This got my husband on board. Brian is not interested in purchasing chilaquiles at a bottomless mimosa brunch place; he is interested in feeding as many of his friends as possible, in the most interesting ways imaginable.

So he decided to start catering our rugby brunches, focusing on food from these particular six nations (his sausage roll breakfast with potatoes dauphinoise was a highlight). Last year for the final, he decided to go after Scotch eggs. Which, hilariously, are from England, apparently born in Yorkshire. But since both countries are still in the big six, they still count.

Whereas my contribution to this group meal would be an easy, make-ahead strata or something, I can’t even think of anything more labor-intensive than the Scotch egg. Neither can my husband. In case you are unfamiliar, the Scotch egg is a soft-boiled egg encased in sausage, then dredged in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. These take hours to make, involving, as Brian puts it, “a lot of peeling and bullshit… There’s a reason restaurants charge $12 for these things.”

Perhaps due to all that devoted labor, the Scotch egg boasts a definite wow factor. People are impressed. As in, “How in the world did you make that?” Brian thinks it’s because: “They’re classy.” And even by the time he brings them to our friends’ house to be deep-fried, the worst of the labor is behind us.

Brian says the trickiest part of the Scotch egg preparation is the boiling of the egg “because you don’t want it too done,” since it will continue cooking in the deep-frying. That’s why he steams the eggs after boiling for a few minutes. He also advises that you need “wet hands to get the sausage to stick,” around the egg, making sure that the meat is even, not lumpy, to make it easier to roll around. Then you dredge the whole thing in flour and egg wash before rolling in breadcrumbs.

Once those sausage balls are deep-fried, you can sprinkle with dried herbs and serve, and if you’re Brian, rake in the accolades and gear up for another fabulous Johnny Sexton play. Scotch eggs are not simple, but they’re definitely delicious. And as he’s made them a few more times since that first go-round, all the peeling and bullshit certainly seems to be worth it.

Scotch Eggs

Recipe is modified from Chef John at Food Wishes.com, and Brian says “the technique is pretty much all Chef John.”

Put about 1/2-inch of water in a pot to a boil on high heat. Place eggs in water and reduce heat to medium high. Put lid on and steam eggs for exactly six minutes. Remove eggs and run under cold water until cool to the touch. Peel and set aside.

You’ll need about 1/2 cup of Italian sausage mince for each egg. Season the ground sausage with salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, and nutmeg, and mix thoroughly.

Take about 1/2 cup of the seasoned meat mixture and flatten it into a small circle about a 1/4-inch thick.

Place a peeled egg onto the circle and with moist hands, work the sausage around the egg, gradually pulling it up around it until the egg is surrounded. Put aside.

Roll the sausage-coated egg in flour, shaking off excess. Dip that in the beaten egg liquid, then coat with panko bread crumbs. Set aside.

Deep fry the eggs in hot oil (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. (Add a minute of fry time for eggs coming straight out of the fridge.) Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with dried parsley before eating.

6 Mistakes You Might Be Making As A New Web Developer & How To Avoid Them

Learning web development is intimidating. There are so many resources and tutorials that it can quickly seem overwhelming. It’s often difficult for beginners to web development to learn the best practices and technologies to focus on. So we’re going to examine six common mistakes that beginners make and how they can be avoided.

By learning how to avoid these six mistakes, you’ll be on the road to impressing potential employers and getting your first job.

Relying On jQuery

jQuery is a JavaScript library which creates a layer of abstraction for DOM manipulation, event handling, animations, and more.

Many developers begin their journey into front-end start with the misconception that jQuery is an easier version of JavaScript. What most fail to realize is that jQuery not be a replacement for JavaScript, and relying on it can have severe implications on your ability to thrive as a front-end developer.

Many employers may even see jQuery as an impediment to a candidate, because it can show a lack of understanding of core JavaScript concepts. Thus, if you choose to learn jQuery, you must not use it as a crutch for adding behavior to your web applications.

Recommendation: Learn JavaScript like the back of your hand. Kyle Simpson has a ton of great (and free) online books for learning the ins-and-outs of JavaScript.

Relying On JavaScript Frameworks & Libraries

React, Vue, Angular, and more! These are some of the hot frameworks and libraries in the JavaScript community right now.

While knowledge of, and ability to work with, popular JavaScript frameworks and libraries are marketable skills to have, you must also have a good knowledge of JavaScript. If you fail to learn the foundations of JavaScript, you never truly learn what the features of these frameworks are doing under-the-hood. Some people learn best by starting with the basics and working their way up to the frameworks. Others learn best by delving into the framework or library and picking up the basics as they go along. Whichever method works for you, go for it! Just don’t forget that knowledge of JavaScript is imperative to becoming a successful web developer.

Recommendation: Build a strong foundation of JavaScript. will allow you to ace technical interview questions. If you understand JavaScript to the core, you will have no problem working within a framework or library.

If you’re unsure how to begin learning JavaScript, check out my previous blog post on how to get started.

Relying On Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a UI framework for building websites. Many developers starting out view Bootstrap as an easy way to style a web application, and while it can be useful in specific circumstances, it should not replace your knowledge of CSS and responsive web design.

Including Bootstrap in small web applications can have performance implications. It’s much easier on load-time to write the CSS code yourself. Employers would much rather see your knowledge of CSS than any UI framework.

Recommendation: Learn CSS Flexbox and Grid for a responsive layout, learn fundamentals of CSS and once you master that, learn Sass. If you have trouble designing your app, head over to for some design inspiration, or check out the templates on Wix or Squarespace.

Not Modularizing Your Code

It’s extremely important to ensure your code is modular; do not put it all into one HTML file. Not only is it bad practice to have HTML, CSS, and JavaScript into one file, it’s messy and difficult to test.

Recommendation: Break your JavaScript into an external file. This allows you to separate functionality from your view. Once you feel comfortable with JavaScript, I recommend learning about native web components.

It will greatly enhance your project architecture and make it easier to write unit tests. You can additionally consider a JavaScript framework or library like React or Vue. Both of these make it very easy to implement modular components.

Not Using Semantic HTML

One thing I often see when reviewing candidates’ portfolios and projects is the over-use of <div> and <span>. You should always be using semantic HTML5 elements. Why? Because it’s accessible.

Recommendation: Really get to know the semantic elements you have available to you. Learn how to create a markup hierarchy. Additionally, learning about web accessibility is a great skill and can impress potential employers.

Not Learning Responsive Design

If you’re beginning your web development journey, responsive design skills are a must. The majority of web surfing is done on mobile devices and tablets, thus our sites must be able to respond to different screen sizes.

Recommendation: Take a course or two on responsive design. Learn how to use media queries to style your application differently. Learning Flexbox and CSS Grid will also be very useful. You might even want to take a approach.

I hope these tips have helped clarify some common misconceptions. Just remember that we all started somewhere, and it will get easier over time.

How to Find Keywords That are Easy to Rank: A Keyword Research Guide

Keyword research is such an underrated task that no one is paying attention to this.

Everyone is putting efforts on the On-Page SEO, link building, email outreach, SkyScrapper technique, broken link building and what not.

There are tons of guides on the internet to do the link building for any blog post and rank it higher in Google.

One thing which I found missing is – keyword research tips.

No one is talking about how to find the keywords which can help a new site to rank faster and gain more trust in Google.

Let me tell you my story.

I began my blogging career in 2011. I was so much excited about writing awesome articles that I started putting my maximum efforts to make my readers happy.

I was writing articles without even caring about how many people are searching about it.

I struggled for the first few months and generated my first AdSense cheque of $104 after 14 months.

For me, my articles were best, but still, I was not making enough money to survive.

I know, you might also be doing the same stuff.

Spending 3-4 hours writing one of the best stuff in your industry and clicking on the Publish button to spread your voice.

But still not getting enough traffic.

The problem is keyword research.

You are not targetting right keywords in the blog posts that’s why you are not getting organic traffic from Google.

Once you start targeting right keywords, you to make money with AdSense or affiliate marketing.

So today’s article is all about keyword research.

Here are the benefits of a good keyword research.

  • Understanding of market while doing keyword research

and many more indirect benefits.

Let’s understand the keywords first.

There are many types of keywords so we will understand all the types before proceeding to how to find the keywords.

Once you understand each and every types of keywords very carefully, it will become very easy for you to pick the right money making keywords.

Types of Keywords

1. Short tail keywords:

Short tail keywords or we call them Generic keywords are the keywords which are not having any intent around it.

These keywords are broad keywords or we call them general keywords.

These keywords are so generic that most of the time they don’t carry any user intention. It’s difficult to monetize these keywords and they are very difficult to rank.

Example: Weight Loss, Games, WordPress, SEO

2. Mid-tail keywords:

These keywords are carrying some information which is neither complete nor half.

Most of these keywords carry very small information along with them.

Example: Weight Loss Diet, Shooting Games, WordPress themes, SEO Tips

3. Long tail keywords:

These keywords are very specific keywords. So we can understand the user’s intent with these keywords very easily.

Most of the long tail keywords are money making keywords or we call them buyer persona keywords.

If you’re targeting the customers who want to buy iPhone cases in Los Angeles, then your main keyword is “iPhone Cases” and in order to create long tail keywords, you would have to be more specific in your targeting and create some long-sized keywords.

(Note: Following long tail keywords aren’t generated from any software, neither do they exist. They are created for the explanation purpose)

  • Buy iPhone Cases in Los Angeles
  • Best iPhone Cases in Los Angeles
  • Buy Cheap iPhone Cases in LA
  • LA iPhone Cases Best Prices
  • Best Prices iPhone Cases Los Angeles

Did you see that?

I’ve changed a two-word keyword “iPhone Cases” into a five-word keyword.

The idea behind a long tail keyword is that it is way easier to target a long tail keyword, “Buy iPhone Cases in Los Angeles”, for example, as compared to “iPhone Cases”…

Example: Best Weight Loss Diet For Moms, Best Shooting Games for Android, Best WordPress themes for Teachers, SEO Tips for eCommerce

4. Seasonal keywords:

You’ll find the search volume of these keywords in a specific season only.

For the whole year, people don’t search for such keywords, but when the season comes, the search volume of these keywords increase.

Example: Happy New Year Wallpapers, Best 1 Ton AC for Office, Best Blanket for Kids

5. Evergreen keywords:

These are the keywords which will always be there in the market. Doesn’t matter it’s winter, spring, summer, autumn people will always search for these keywords.

If you are thinking to start a long term website, you can start looking for the evergreen keywords and build a niche website around them.

Example: How to format a pen drive, How to install windows, Best helmets for bikes

6. Buyer keywords:

These keywords are the most important keywords for the advertisers, bloggers and affiliate marketers.

These are the keywords which bring the sales. Anyone searching for these keywords is a buyer so these keywords can help you to make more money online.

Example: Grammarly Coupon, A2Hosting Coupon, iPhone 6S Discount, Godaddy Discount, AirBNB Coupon, WP Astra Review

There are three types of buyer keywords:

a). Informational keywords

These are the problem-oriented keywords. People searching for these keywords know their pain but they don’t know how to solve it.

So these people use informational keywords to find the solutions.

Example: How to lose weight, How to install WordPress, Best hair treatment oil, How to improve memory.
b). Navigational keywords

People who have little bit knowledge about the product or the solution search for these kinds of keywords.

They are aware of the products but they go to Google to know more about the products.

Let’s say in the informational phase, they found one product Garcinia Cambogia, now they will go to Google and search “Garcinia Cambogia Reviews,” “Garcinia Cambogia Testimonials” and many such keywords.

Example: iPhone X Review, Garcinia Cambogia Reviews
c). Transactional keywords

Transactional keywords are the buyer keywords. They are the final buying decision keywords in this funnel.

Whenever anyone goes to Google and search, “Where to buy iPhone X,” “Garcinia Cambogia Discount,” or “Cheap WordPress themes for Blogging,” they are in the buying phase.

These keywords are very much important to make money with affiliate marketing and most of the times they are the most expensive keywords to run Google Ads.

If you go to Google right now and search for any keyword containing word Coupon, Discount, Deal, Buy etc., you’ll see a lot of Ads.

Why?

Because these are the money-making keywords.

Example: Where to Buy iPhone X 256GB, Garcinia Cambogia Discount, Cheap Flight Deals

7. Geo targetted keywords:

Google keywords

These keywords are searched in the specific geo only.

Most of the people searching for such keywords are in the buying stage that’s why they search for such keywords.

Example: Best digital marketing institute in New Delhi, Best restaurant in Mumbai, Best degree college in Delhi/NCR.

8. Trending keywords:

Trending keywords

These keywords have a very short life. They come suddenly and they disappear after a few days.

Most of the people search such keywords when there is something happening around them.

Example: Trump's visit to India, Narender Modi Speech in Delhi, Mark Zekurberg Dog

9. Product-oriented keywords:

These keywords are around the products or brands. Most of these keywords are searched by people who are loyal for a brand.

Example: Apple's new iPhone, Samsung phone covers

10. LSI keywords:

These are called Latent Semantic Indexing keywords. These keywords are closely related to your main keyword and adds more value in your content.

When you start adding such keywords in your articles, it becomes easier for Google to understand the intent of your article.

The term Apple is used for “Apple Fruit” and “Apple iPhone.

So how will Google differentiate that which Apple you are talking about.

They will simply look for the LSI keywords and identify which Apple are you talking about.

If they see the keywords like Install, iPhone, Steve Jobs, they will consider it an Apple iPhone. On the other hand, if they see LSI keywords like eating, fruits, salad, health etc. in article, Google will understand that you are talking about Apple fruit.

We will discuss about LSI keywords in the later part of this article.

Google Ads Oriented keywords

These are the keywords which most of the advertisers target while running their Ads on Google.

You might have seen one column while searching the keywords in Google, which says competitions is High, Medium or Low, that column is for the advertisers.

Which means they will have to face that much competition to run the Ads for that keyword.

Ads keywords

Let’s understand the keywords from the Google Ads perspective.

1. Broad match keywords

This is the default search setting of Google Ads tool. When you put any keywords in your Ads, by default it targets all the related keywords around your main keyword.

By adding broad keywords, your ads will be served to people who are even searching for the synonymous or closely related keywords.

2. Phrase match keywords

Phares match Ads are the Ads which will be displayed only when that specific phrase is matched with the Ad.

For example, when you add “hire a designer” as a phrase match keyword, you tell Google Ads to try to show your ad only when someone’s search includes “hire a designer” or close variations of “hire a designer” such as “how to hire a designer.”

3. Exact match keywords

These Ads bring the best results if you target the right keywords in Google.

They will be served only when people search for that exact keyword.

Whether someone is searching for “dog chain” or “chain for dogs” what they want remains the same; they’re looking for dog chain.

Close variants of exact match keywords help you connect with people who are looking for your business—despite slight variations in the way they search—and reduces the need to build out exhaustive keyword lists to reach these customers.

Here are the Steps to find the SEO keywords.

So we have understood the type of keywords and intent behind them too. We understood what LSI keywords are and what are long tail keywords.

So in the next few steps, we are going to find some long tail keywords because they are one of the easiest to rank keywords.

Let’s start finding the keywords

Note: I am assuming that you already know how to use Google Keyword Planner to find the keywords, so I am not going to cover that in this article.

We will focus on other channels where we can get the ideas to find the keywords which you can rank easily in various search engines.

1. Define your keywords

The very first step before doing keyword research is defining your main keywords.

Create a list of 5-10 generic keywords around your niche and save them in your notepad or Excel sheet.

You should be completely aware about your niche market and the sub-niche market.

2. Check Google auto suggest

Google auto-suggest is one of the awesome ways to find the keywords which are not only good keywords but LSI and long tail keywords also.

Whenever you try to search anything in Google, you might have seen something like this.

auto suggested keywords

Yeah, people search these awesome queries about me. 😉

You can see that Google is automatically recommending me some of the awesome keywords around my main keyword.

3. Check Google search related to

Google is smart enough to understand your search queries and then recommend you closly related queries to make things easier for you.

I searched for “make money online” in Google and it is showing these search queries at the bottom of the search result page

related seo keywords

These are called long tail keywords which you can add in your articles to make them more engaging.

4. Check Google Ads

I love checking Google ads whenever I start any niche blog.

find ads keywords

or here is the another Ad.

By just scrolling down little bit, I saw one niche website ranking at top in Google.

top ads seo keywords

Once you see these Ads in Google, note down the URL of the site and let’s move to step #5.

5. Do keyword research with a tool

You can use spying tools like SEMRush to dig deeper to find more keywords around the niche.

SEMRush gave me data that it is ranking for 1.1k keywords in Google and driving more than 7000 visitors per month just with this single post.

By clicking on the keywords, I found all the ranking keywords.

lsi keywords

Now I can export this whole list in an Excel file and study the keywords to write my next blog post.

By setting this advanced filter, now I can filter all the long tail keywords which will be very easy to rank.

We are going to target keywords having more than 4 words as they are one of the easiest to rank keywords.

Now I was able to filter some of the awesome keywords within just a few clicks.

best lsi keywords

Tools like SEMRush can make your keyword research much simpler with a small invetsment.

6. Use AnswerThePublic

AnswerThePublic is a great tool to find many long tail keywords around your money keyword.

answerthepublic

I searched the keyword “Blogging” in this tool and it gave me a lot of ideas to write my next blog post.

7. Determine all the LSI keywords around your main keyword

LSI keywords are very important to add more value in your content and to make it more SEO friendly.

We are going to use 3 tools to find LSI keywords

1. LSI Graph

LSIGraph is a FREE tool to generate Latest Semantic Indexing keywords to write an awesome blog post.

You can save all of the suggested keywords in an Excel file and do the research with your favorite tools.

2. LSI Keywords

This tool is similar to LSIGraph which lets you find many keywords around your seed keyword.

3. SEMRush

SEMRush is such a versatile tools that it can be used to do any kind of SEO activity.

Keyword Magic Tool inside SEMRush is an amazing tool to find LSI keywords.

SEMRush is a complete suite of tools which are must-have tools for any business to take it to the next level.

By setting my word count filter to 4 to 8 words, now I can see all the long tail keywords in the tool.

7,110 keywords in just a few seconds.

8. Check famous QA to get the ideas

Question-Answer sites are always a great source of inspiration to get unlimited ideas around any niche.

It’s a place where people interact with each other in realtime.

They ask the questions by going to various QA sites and get replies from the experts.

My favorite question-answer site is Quora.

Quora has grown the community of users from every field at such a big level that it’s easy to get the ideas from Quora.

Here you can read all the questions asked by people and read those threads to find the money making keywords.

Otherwise, you can use SEMRush to make the things easier for you.

I added the URL quora.com in the search box at SEMRush and fetched all the keywords from Quora.

By adding just 2 filters, now I can see all the long tail keywords which are easy to rank in Google.

Here is what I got.

Here are the 2 keywords I found which are long tail.

Best meal replacement shakes for weight loss – 6600 Searches

Does apple cider vinegar help with weight loss – 9900 Searches

And you can replicate this process in any industry to find the money making easy to rank keywords.

9. Find keywords at Reddit

Reddit is also a very big community to get the keyword ideas.

By repeating the exact steps which we did in the last steps, I could see a tons of keywords from Reddit.com.

10. Spy top ranking articles around that keyword

Spying can bring a lot of keywords in front of you, which you never even thought about.

Keyword Overview tool in SEMRush gives you a list of all the top ranking articles in Google.

You can repeat the same steps which we did in Step #5 of this article.

Pick the URL of your competitors and start looking for the keywords they are ranking in Google.

Make a list of all those keywords and target them in your blog posts.

Recommended plugins for doing the SEO with keywords

There can be a complete blog post dedicated to do the settings on these plugins, targetting keywords on your blog, do the proper on-page SEO and internal link-building.

As that would be out-of-scope of this article, so we will cover On-Page SEO in upcoming blog posts.

1. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is one of the best and most popular On-Page SEO plugin in the market righ now.

We are using premium version of this plugin at our blog now.

See how smartly this plugin has given us all the suggestions to make this blog post awesome.

Read this guide to know more about the setting of this plugin.

2. All in one SEO

All-in-One SEO is another popular plugin used by more than 2 million people.

This plugin has all the settings which any blog is required to have a better On-Page SEO settings.

3. RankMath SEO

This is another awesome plugin which I have started using at many of my sites and I am pretty impressed with the features they are giving for FREE.

You’ll be amazed to see such wide features in a FREE plugin.

Watch the Demo

With the features, support team, usability and ease of setting, I am guessing that this plugin will surpass 1 million downloads in just 2 years.

How to Make Money with the Keywords

So at the end, we are going to learn how to monetize these keywords once you find some of the best keywords which are very easy to rank.

Here are the steps:

1. Write In-Depth Blog Posts

In-depth blog posts are the key to make money with the keywords. Once you find the right keywords and write a great blog post around them, it becomes easy to monetize those keywords.

Our SSL certificate guide is the example of an in-depth blog post.

In that article, we explained everything about SSL certificate and then promote A2Hosting in it.

2. Write Review Blog Posts

Review blog posts bring the most results. People reading review blog posts are in the half-buying stage.

As we explained in the Navigational keywords, people looking for the review are ready to buy the products, they are just looking for the final reviews.

Anstrex Review at our blog is a great exmaple of that.

3. Identify the User Search Intent and Satisfy Their Needs

If you understand the psychology of your reader. Their pain, happiness, sorrow, social status and many other buying decision parameters, selling becomes easier for you.

Once you identify their common needs, write content around it and satisfy their needs.

Final Words

Finding the right keywords is not as difficult as it seems. You just need the right approach to find the keywords which are easy to rank. You can use many of the free tools mentioned in this article or pick SEMRush to do many tasks for you.

At the end, only keywords are going to bring the visitors to your blog. If you select the good keywords in your articles, you can see the success soon.

Do let me know in the comments if this article taught you anything new.

Let me know if you want to add anything in the article to make it even more amazing.

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Amazon Affiliate Marketing: How to Make Money on Amazon in 2019

Amazon Associates is one of
the most popular affiliate marketing programs for bloggers, online marketers,
and affiliate marketers to promote over a million products and get paid
commission up to 10% on certain product categories.

This blog post encapsulates each and everything you need to know to make money on Amazon in 2019.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re an expert at affiliate marketing or you’re just starting out.

I’m going to crack open the whole Amazon affiliate marketing concept for you so that you could start off your affiliate marketing journey with Amazon Associates right away.

Before swooping in and
discussing the essentials of the program, I’d like to take a few seconds to
explain what affiliate marketing is. A lot of you might not be aware of this
money-making method so let me explain it to you.

What’s Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a monetization method in which you promote a product or service to earn a commission on the sales. The commission, however, varies from the product to product depending upon the affiliate program you’re signed up for.

So pay close attention to
reading the terms and conditions before start promoting a product through an
affiliate program. You’ll learn more details about the affiliate marketing so
keep reading.

Are you interested in the following things?

  • The secret of
    winning at affiliate marketing
  • Steps that are
    needed for starting affiliate marketing
  • How to
    effectively utilize the Amazon Associates Program
  • Which type of
    products you should choose to promote
  • How to increase
    your affiliate sales
  • How to promote an
    affiliate product

If YES, then grab a cup of coffee because I’m all set to begin my spiel. I’m not sure what you know about me but I’ve done quite well in the field of affiliate marketing.

Plus, I hosted multiple paid training sessions and taught affiliate marketing to many newbie bloggers.

Before we dive in and make
the most of this opportunity, I’d like to highlight some basics of affiliate
marketing that will help you make money with affiliate marketing along the way.

Here are four key elements of
affiliate marketing:

1. Personal Experience

Whenever an affiliate marketer uses the product or service first and then promotes it, it always adds the personal experience to the campaign.

If you’ve tested the product and you liked it, it translates in your confidence on the product you’re promoting. In fact, it does make a difference in the conversion rate.

The reason is that the audience likes to take help from your experience and if like the product, they’re likely to go ahead and try out too. So don’t ever underestimate the power of testing the product before promoting it; your personal experience will glorify your affiliate marketing strategy.

2. Relevance

The relevance refers to the compatibility of the product with the audience. Not only does it influence the conversion rate, but it also strengthens the trust of the audience on the affiliate marketer.

If you understand your audience and promote a product that makes their life or work easier, it would positively impact your affiliate marketing success.

The better you understand your audience, the higher the chance of gaining compatibility.

3. Easiness

You should make sure that you’re making it easier for the audience to use the product or service. The best way is by writing a tutorial-based blog post or make a YouTube video to help guide the audience.

For example, I made this video a couple of years ago to help my audience. Moreover, I’ve made a handful of videos on YouTube to help guide the audience.

4. Affordability

It’s not just about the benefits a product or service brings to the table; you should also analyze whether or not your audience is able to pay for the product or service you’re promoting.

The affordability of the affiliate product is a huge success signal. If the product is affordable for the majority of the audience, they’ll likely to try it out or pay more attention to it.

So always analyze the price-factor too while choosing the product you’re trying to promote.

Let’s transition into the
most important part of this blog post and find out the steps to make money from
Amazon affiliate program:

5 Steps to Make Money from Amazon Associates in 2019:

1. Sign up for the Amazon Associates Program

Amazon Associates is Amazon’s affiliate program that allows affiliate marketers to promote millions of products across multiple categories. The variety of products makes it easier for bloggers to pick up products that suit their blog niche.

Amazon is one of the top online marketplaces to sell goods online. Therefore, it has the capacity to accommodate various types of affiliate marketers.

The commission rate starts
from 1% and goes up to 10% on certain categories. It’s essential to look at the
commission rates before getting started with their affiliate program.
Furthermore, there are numerous things that would require your attention once
you finish off the sign-up process. 

So you’d have to create your
Amazon account to get started with the Amazon Associates Program. It may not
take much longer to get it done. Just like any other account’s sign up
procedure, you’d have to put your details such as name, email address, and
password to get started.

However, you’d be required to
select your payment method as well as provide tax information. It only takes a
couple of minutes to complete those forms.

Once the Amazon Associates account has been set up, it shows that you moved the needle.

Now, the challenge is to do something about it. Remember that getting into Amazon’s affiliate program isn’t your target, but utilizing it to make money in 2019 is. So pay attention to the actionable advice that you’re reading right now.

6 Essentials of Setting up
Your Amazon Associates Account

  1. Primary Email Address: It’s important to use an active email address as your
    primary email address because you don’t want to miss out on anything important
    regarding your affiliate program.
  • Correct Mailing Address: A correct mailing address is also necessary, in
    case, you receive payments via check or Amazon wants to send you a seasonal
    greeting or a letter.
  • Payment Method:
    Choosing the appropriate payment method would ensure that you get paid at the
    right time. A lot of starters don’t choose their payment method but expect to
    get paid the money they made via affiliate marketing.
  • Website Information: Most of the affiliate programs would want to know about your website
    or blog to find out where you’d be promoting the products as an affiliate
    marketer. So you’ll be better off if you mention the website information during
    the sign-up process.
  • Contact Details:
    Make sure that your contact details such as email address and phone number are
    correct. It does help Amazon to keep your account secured from any unusual
    activity.
  • Tax Information:
    There isn’t anything complicated about tax information. Fill up the form
    depending upon your nationality; if you’re a U.S. citizen, choose that,
    otherwise, select the non-US options throughout.

Once the account has been
done, the next part is integral to making money off of the Amazon Associates
program. 

2. Choose Products to Promote

At step two, you have to choose the products that you want to promote. This perhaps would be the most critical part of the plan. Choosing the right product is crucial to affiliate marketing success.

Amazon Associates is no different. You’d have to choose the products that go parallel with your content and ultimately help your audience get through.

When it comes to Amazon Associates, there are hundreds of thousands of products on Amazon that you can promote. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that every type of product would give you a sizeable commission.

So I’d like to shed some light on the commission rates to put things in perspective. Here are the commission rates of Amazon Associates program for certain categories:

If you’ve been following my blog for quite some time now, then you’d already know that I pay close attention to promoting products that I personally like and find it useful along the way.

Moreover, affiliate marketing has been the most successful blog monetization strategy for me. Therefore, I’m going to give you some good piece of advice that I learned over the past few years.

It’ll help you choose the right products to promote through the Amazon Associates program.

While choosing the products, make sure, you aren’t neglecting the following things:

1. Area of Interest

When you know about something you’re talking about, it does help the process. So try to infuse your area of interest in your blogging, especially in affiliate marketing to make the audience feel calm and relaxed.

Because when you know about the thing you’re talking about, you sound authoritative. So don’t underestimate your area of interest in choosing the category or product for affiliate marketing.

You can check the Amazon Best Sellers category and pick the right products to promote.

2. Blogging Niche

It’s easy to get carried away while choosing the products to promote. For instance, if there is a huge discount on a specific product regardless of your niche and you buy it, and later on, start promoting it, then it won’t be okay.

The reason is that the product doesn’t fall into your blogging niche, then it won’t work out as far as conversion is concerned, at least, in most cases. So always stick to your niche while choosing the products to promote.

Here is a simple Amazon niche site ranking at #1 in Google for the keyword “best adjustable dumbbells.”

3. Products Pricing

One of the major elements of choosing the products to promote is the compatibility of your audience and product pricing. You may be able to afford it, but the majority of your audience might not.

So you should be aware of your audience’s purchasing power before promoting a product to them, which is why the product pricing does matter in this regard.

4. Audience Type

When you understand your audience, it becomes easier for you to decide whether or not this product is suitable for them. It eventually helps you in choosing the right kind of product to promote.

For example, if your readership is from your own country and the product you’re trying to promote doesn’t even available for your country, then it creates a gap which hurts the conversion rate.

So get to know your audience; it’ll impact your affiliate marketing earning.

When I talk about selecting a
suitable product for promoting, I could surely give you an example of
relevancy:

If you follow my email
newsletter, you’d already know that I switched from Aweber
to ConvertKit
. And, I take pride in promoting ConvertKit. There might be
many reasons why I promote this specific product, but one of them is that I
talk about building an email list all the time. 

Here’s a snippet from my
recent newsletter:

The point I’m trying to make is that choose products that matter to you because you’re using them or you’ve used them in the past. And, you know those products inside out. The right selection of product determines the success of your affiliate marketing campaign to some degree.

Sometimes, you’re doing everything such as content, promotion, social media, and advertising, but the conversion isn’t satisfactory. The reason could be the wrong products.

So all I have been doing in this step is trying to connect the dots to help guide you on selecting the relevant, affordable, and better products to promote. 

Moreover, it doesn’t matter whether you’re choosing an affiliate product from Amazon Associates or any other program, all these things that are mentioned in this point still matter.

4. Do the Keyword Research

We are going to use SEMRush to do the keyword research.

I am taking the example of above site targeting “best adjustable dumbbells.”

It’s ranking for 2100 keywords and the growth graph is impressive.

By digging deep into the keywords, I could see the top ranking keywords of this article.

You can create a list of keywords which are having a decent search volume and create your content marketing plan.

3. Develop Your Marketing Plan

It’s essential for making money from Amazon Associates that you have a marketing plan to execute. There is no rocket science involved in developing a marketing plan. It doesn’t necessarily mean to run Facebook ads or Google ads to get traffic.

Rather, you could use the opportunities available at your disposal. Although there is nothing wrong with running ads of any kind to grow your blog unless you’re violating the terms and conditions of your affiliate program.

Some affiliate programs restrict
marketers from using specific keywords and brand names in online
advertising.   

A marketing plan refers to
everything you need to do in your power to attract, engage, and convert people
into buyers. There is a fine line between delivering the value and selling
products at any cost. Being an affiliate marketer, I have always been
transparent with my blog audience regarding the products I use and promote.

Take a look at these examples:

You might notice that I often talk about the products on my blog. The interesting part is that I write those blog posts based on my personal experience.

I don’t hop on just to make money, but instead, I take my time to use them and then I talk about them. The reason is that personal experience and transparency are the essentials of affiliate marketing.

Here are two screenshots from
my product reviews on BloggingCage:

Take a look at this one too:

So once you know certain
basics of affiliate marketing, you’d be able to make better decisions along the
way. Here are some necessary steps you should take to develop a marketing plan
to make money from Amazon Associates program:

1. Write Reviews on Your Blog

One of the pillars of your marketing plan for making money from Amazon Associates could be the blog reviews.

You may not want to write 60 reviews of the products that pay $1 to $5 in commission. So it’s necessary to choose the products wisely and come up with the product reviews that matter.

Once you’ve experienced the product, it becomes easier to portray, describe, and educate people on that product. You’ll be better off if you put only those products under the spotlight that you’ve tested and liked.

Go on with a few review blog posts that you could further use in your content or in social media. Here’s my guide to reviewing products.

2. Create Niche Sites

If you’re new to this blogosphere, chances are, you never heard of niche sites. So I’d help you out.

Niche sites are topic or keyword-oriented sites that are dedicated to a certain area. Meaning, all of the content on those sites revolves around that specific keyword or topic.

Here is an example of one site.

Such sites could be extremely popular among affiliate marketers because they create those sites to earn commission from promoting the specific products.

If you are joining Amazon Associates, you can’t roll out the massive opportunity of making money from niche sites.

It may look harder than running a normal blog; you may not get early success in this, but once things start to work out, you’ll be stunned to see the impact. Read this blog post on finding niche site ideas.

3. Use Social Media

A lot of people don’t have blogs or websites because they aren’t interested in creating ones so they go with social media accounts, for example, Twitter accounts or Facebook pages.

If you have one of those things, you can certainly choose the relevant products and promote them from time to time.

4. Start YouTube Channels

YouTube is crucial to your online marketing because not only just it provides you with an avenue to upload long-form video content, but it also has the attention of the audience.

YouTube is the second most popular search engine on the web.

So create videos, discuss products, and help out the audience regarding your niche.

Once in a while, try to inject the products through your mentions and links in the description to promote the products from Amazon to get things going.

Your marketing plan may consist of various strategies; creating content on various platforms should be among the top ones.

Remember one thing while promoting the Amazon products in your content and that’s connecting the product with the intent of the audience. It’ll certainly boost your conversion rate in affiliate marketing.

For example, a laptop buyer
might be interested in purchasing a laptop cover or a bag rather than an iPhone
case. This understanding will help you develop your content as well as
marketing plan to succeed with the affiliate program of Amazon. 

4. Utilize Necessary Tools from Amazon

Amazon Associates program gives you a bunch of tools to play around and make the most of the situation. There are multiple tools across various options.

All these tools are going to help improve your affiliate marketing conversion if you know how to use them.

I won’t be highlighting each and every tool that is available at your disposal, but instead, I’d mention some of the essential ones that help most of the affiliate marketers out there.

Moreover, you won’t be requiring all of these tools simultaneously. Feel free to incorporate your favorite tools from Amazon into your marketing arsenal.

Some of the necessary tools from Amazon Associates program that you must use are mentioned below:

1. Product Linking

Product Linking is a section that provides you with the tools that help in the product placement on your website. There are multiple options to promote a product, for instance, you can use the product links.

The product link tool gives you a window to search for the favorite products and grab the links to promote online. So you could simply go to the product links page and search for the product, and click on the “Get Link” button to get the link.

Similarly, the banners section would allow you to get the banner ads for your website or blog so that you could simply copy and paste the code and display the banner ads on your site.

Whereas, native shopping ads feature does help in displaying contextual ads on your website or blog. All you need is to insert code and leave the rest on this tool. It displays native ads from Amazon based on your content.

Lastly, mobile popover
is a huge plus because the majority of internet users are surfing the internet
on their smartphones. So this options allows you to display mobile-friendly
popup display ads on the smartphones.

2. Tools

One of the important sections of the Amazon Associates program’s dashboard is the tools.

It contains some essential tools that help affiliate marketers in promoting and displaying the products properly.

For example, SiteStripe is a revolutionary affiliate tool for associate members. What it does is that it displays a toolkit on all the pages of Amazon site upon enabling from the settings.

The primary goal of this toolkit is that it makes every product page shareable along with your affiliate link. So it’s pretty much like a deep linking tool which does the job automatically rather than converting the links manually.

It definitely makes it easier for the affiliate marketers to share the product links on social media along with their affiliate links.

The next tool I’m very much interested in sharing with you all is Publisher Studio Management. It does something cool; it enables you to add product links directly to your written content while you’re writing or editing the content in your website’s content editor.

For example, if you use WordPress or Blogger or Typepad, you can simply start writing content and if you mention a product, a popup would appear and give you some product link recommendations to link to the product name. All you need to do is install the browser extension.

Another exciting tool is the Link Checker. It validates a product link to confirm whether or not this is your affiliate link.

So it makes sure that you’re promoting the correct affiliate link. It ensures that the sales you’re bringing in are being credited properly.

Lastly, the link builder plugin is one of the favorite tools from this Amazon Associates arsenal. All you need is to install this WordPress plugin on your blog or site, and it makes adding the affiliate links a whole lot easier.

Not only does it allow you to quickly add the product links, but it also helps you in finding the products from Amazon.

So after installing this WordPress plugin, you won’t need to leave your site and go to the Amazon Associates account for getting the links; it’d all happen right in your WordPress dashboard.

3. Content Insights

This section provides you detailed reporting on the content performance so that you could create a certain type of content for more conversion.

To get started with Content Insights, you need to insert OneTag code into your site to be able to allow Amazon Associates to record data from your blog visitors that are clicking through your content.

Note: This feature is valid in United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Japan and neighboring countries.

It’d allow you to see which articles are converting well for you.

The goal of this tool is to improve your content conversion by reporting back some insights to you.

Therefore, this tool could play a key role in making money from Amazon’s affiliate program.

Moreover, there are so many
tools that I didn’t mention here. I’m sure some of them would help as well. So
you better check out those tools while starting your Amazon affiliate marketing
campaign.

5. Analyze the Conversion

The analysis is important when it comes to affiliate marketing. You can’t turn a blind eye to the situation when you’re running a blog. If things aren’t working out, you got to admit and test out new strategies.

A lot of people start blogging and quit because they think their blogs didn’t grow or they couldn’t make money from it. The reason they quit is that they didn’t persevere when the difficulty kicked in.

The reason I’m saying all
this is because it has a connection with the analysis that I’m talking about.
If your affiliate products aren’t converting, you got to make changes in your
strategy, let alone in your strategy. 

It means you can do the
following things:

1. Find New Products to Promote

So it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start from the zero, which means you don’t need to start a new blog or something. Instead, you can test out new products and promote them along the way.

You may end up finding the right keywords of products and content in the next phase. It only happens if you keep going. Quitters never make it to that point. So keep going forward and keep evolving. 

The next thing you’d have to do is alter your content strategy a little. You can’t go in the same direction as you were going before.

Meaning, if you’ve tested new products and promoting the new products so you can’t keep publishing the same old type of content anymore. You’d have to change your keywords, target audience, and content topics accordingly.

Moreover, you have to go through your blog statistics once in a while and see what’s working for you.

The more you understand your audience, the better your blog conversion becomes. Use website statistics tools such as Google Analytics and Search Console to understand your audience. 

Once you understand your
audience, it’d be easier for you to create content for them. For example, take
a look at your Google Analytics and see the top performing content in the last
30 days.

You’ll understand what’s working on your blog. You can go all in once you know the type of content that’s working on your blog.

As I’ve mentioned content alteration earlier, it could come into play as soon as you realize that you need to steer your blog into a little different direction.

The upside of conversion
analysis is that it would only help you optimize your blog and content to
convert the visitors into paying customers whether you’re selling your product
or promoting someone else’s. So don’t underestimate the power of thorough
analysis of your affiliate marketing campaign.

What’s the takeaway?

I’ve tried to establish that
Amazon Associates is a great platform for affiliate marketers of all types.
Whether you’re starting out or you have a dozen niche sites that are converting
fabulously — this program could be a great option to pick.

Having said that, you don’t have to focus on the 10 million affiliate programs at the same time, let alone on the same blog.

A lot of bloggers fail to make money off of affiliate marketing is because they join loads of affiliate programs at the same time and keep juggling entirely different products on the same blog.

If you want to join the
Amazon Associates program, make sure that you aren’t in alien territory when it
comes to affiliate marketing. Being unique is good, but if there is no audience
to reach out to, then there is no point of doing all that stuff.

You’ve already gone through
the commission rates of different product categories on Amazon; choose the
products wisely now.

Read the step#2 and step#3,
if you’re still confused about what to do with your Amazon Associates account.

It’s not necessary that
things would work out immediately, but if you stay persistent, it definitely
will.

I’ve learned this lesson the
hard way; I’ve been preaching these affiliate marketing lessons for a while
now.

So tell me one thing:
what’s your biggest takeaway from this blog post?

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How to Make a fabric Closet Safe. Sew a secret hanger

How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

How to make a fabric closet safe.  I absolutely love this project.  It is the perfect fabric closet safe that can be hung in your closet or taken on the road to hide your valuables while traveling.  It is discreet and can be hidden among your clothes so that your valuables are well hidden from prying eyes.

I, of course, used 1/2 yd remnants for my project but if you need the perfect fabric for your fabric closet safe head over to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to find the perfect fabric for your secret hangers.

This project is an advanced beginner project because of the zippers but it is easy to create by just using the secret safe pattern, fabric, and 2 zippers.  You will be so pleased with this project that you will want to make them as gifts for family and friends.  This secret storage project is perfect for home or on the road.

If you would like more travel patterns check out my post on how to make travel patterns and a passport wallet.  These are easy projects to make and are perfect for any traveler on the go. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

What you will Need:

What you will Need Fabric Closet Safe

Step 1: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Print out the pattern and tape the pieces together by abutting the edges.  Cut two of the outer fabric, lining fabric and interfacing.  Cut a pocket piece from either fabric and interfacing that measures 11 1/2″ x 17 1/4″ and two zipper tabs that measure 1″ x 2″.

Step 2: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Fuse your interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabrics and the pocket piece.  If you are not familiar with interfacing it is a product that provides structure to garments and bags.  It typically comes with instructions on how to attach it but the process is quite easy.  The interfacing has a glue side and a non-glue side.  Lay the wrong side of your fabric on the glue side of the interfacing and press with a hot iron until it fuses with the fabric and you can treat the two pieces as one.

Step 3: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Add the zipper tabs to the ends of the zipper.  If you have never added zipper tabs the process is quite easy.  For this project, because the zipper tabs will be sewn into the body of the closet safe you will not have to worry about the sides.  You can leave them raw.  First tack the pull ends together. Then, simply lay the tab right sides together with each end of the zipper so that the tab is laying on the zipper.  Sew the tabs across the short ends.  Make sure that you do not sew over the stops of the zipper or you will break your needle.  Fold the tab so that it is right side out and press.  You have now added the zipper tabs to your zipper.

I added zipper tabs because my zipper was not quite long enough for this project and I wanted to make sure that the zipper laid flat while sewing it to the body.

Tack the Pull End Together

Add the Zipper Tabs

Open out the tabs

Step 4: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Add the first zipper.  This is the zipper without the zipper tabs.  This zipper will be added to the center of the safe and will serve as the place to put your valuables.  You will create a pocket from the lining fabric.  First you will fuse interfacing to the pocket piece.  Measure 6″ up from the bottom of one of the outer safe pieces and draw a line across the piece using an erasable pen like FrixionFrixion ink disappears with the use of heat so when you press the safe it will disappear.  This is one of my favorite sewing hacks and you can get it at Amazon by clicking on the link.

Draw a Line 6 inches up from the bottom

Step 5: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

On the reverse side of the pocket piece on the interfacing draw a box 1″ down from the top and in the center of the rectangular piece that measures 3/8″ x 14″.  Measure in 1/2″ from the short ends and draw a triangle.  Then connect the two triangles with a straight line.  Line up the raw edge of the pocket piece with the line you previously drew on the outer safe piece.  Pin.  These pieces will be right sides together.  Sew a straight seam all the way around the box

Draw the box

Step 6: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Using a seam ripper or a small pair of scissors cut a slit along the center line until you get to the points of the triangles.  Stop and cut the legs of the triangles without cutting through the stitching.  Push the pocket piece through the hole you just created and press.

Cut the slit

Step 7: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Place the zipper in the center of the hole and either pin or use basting tape.  I like to use basting tape.  Using a zipper foot sew around the zipper close to the edge of the fabric.  The zipper is now installed.

Press the opening

Step 8: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Turn the piece to the wrong side and fold up the pocket piece so the bottom meets the top and pin.  Sew around the three raw edges of the pocket piece making sure not to catch the outer fabric.  The pocket is now complete.

Step 9: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Add the bottom zipper that has the tabs.  This can be done by laying the main fabric right side up on your table.  Place the zipper right side down and the lining on top of the zipper right sides down so that it makes a zipper sandwich.  Using a zipper foot sew the zipper close to the teeth.  Repeat for the other side of the zipper.  Top stitch along the right side of the zipper for a more professional look and to prevent the zipper from catching on the lining.

Add the bottom zipper

Step 10: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Unzip the bottom zipper.  Pin the lining pieces right sides together and the outer pieces right sides together.  Sew all the way around leaving the top curve and an opening in one side of the lining piece for turning.  You should have two pieces separated by the bottom zipper.

Pin the lining pieces together and the outer pieces together

Step 11: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Turn the safe through the open zipper and the opening in the lining.  Push out all of the corners with a chopstick or knitting needle.

Turn the bag

Step 12: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Finish the top curve either with bias binding or turn the raw edges under and sew together using ladder stitch.  I chose to fold the edges under and sew because the bias binding was a little too fidgity for this project but you could use bias binding if you choose.

Sew the curved top

Step 13: How to Make a Fabric Closet Safe

Press the entire safe and insert a hanger through the bottom zipper and up through the curved edge.  Close the zipper and you have completed your fabric closet safe. You can hang it in your closet as is or under a piece of clothing to really conceal it. You can place items in the center pocket or through the bottom zipper.

Finished Fabric Closet Safe

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to make this hidden storage fabric closet safe.  This is a fun and functional project that is easy to make.  Feel free to let me know what you think of this terrific little project.

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How to Make Resurrection Rolls, the Easiest Easter Treat | Taste of Home

After the excitement of finding their Easter baskets and before you’ve had a chance to finish your first cup of coffee, the kids will invariably complain, “I’m hungry!” (Maybe in unison, if you’re lucky.) This year, surprise them with some fun in the kitchen and a delicious Easter treat that’s sure to become a new tradition.

What are Resurrection Rolls?

Resurrection rolls symbolize Christ and the empty tomb after he was resurrected. Kids of all ages (even your husband) will wonder where the marshmallow went after biting into one of these warm, gooey puffs. That’s your opening for a little Easter morning Sunday school—they won’t even know that you’ve tried to wedge in an educational moment because they’ll be transfixed by the comforting aroma of cinnamon that rivals any ooey-gooey cinnamon roll recipe. Follow along to learn how to make these magical puffs (and earn your Awesome Mom badge).

How to Make Resurrection Rolls

For the Rolls:

For the Glaze:

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

This might just be the trickiest part of the recipe. Separating refrigerated crescent dough into triangles can be tedious, but take your time! Gently unroll the dough then separate it into triangles along the perforations. Arrange all of the triangles on a work surface. If there are any tears in the dough, do a quick press-and-patch job to seal them up. (Don’t forget to preheat the oven to 375°.)

Step 2: Top with Marshmallows

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl and add the melted butter to another shallow bowl. Dip the mallows into the butter, then roll in cinnamon-sugar and place one coated marshmallow at the wide end of each triangle of dough. I like to do this assembly line style, first coating and placing all the marshmallows before folding the dough around them so my fingers aren’t covered with cinnamon-sugar when it comes time to wrap the marshmallows.

Editor’s Tip: To speed along the dunking and coating (and for less mess), put the butter into a large sealable plastic container and the cinnamon-sugar into another large container. Add marshmallows to the butter; cover and shake. Then transfer to the cinnamon-sugar container; cover and shake. Bada-bing, bada-boom: The marshmallows are ready for placement.

Step 3: Wrap and Roll

Fold the corners of dough over the marshmallow and roll up. You might need to stretch and pat the dough as you wrap it around each mallow. Pinch the seems to seal them tightly. Dip the bottoms in butter and place, buttered side down, into ungreased regular-sized muffin cups (I make the the area with the most seams the “bottom”).  This is one of those unfortunate recipes that uses one muffin pan plus one partial muffin pan. If you want to use 2 full pans, increase the recipe by 50% (use one more tube of dough).

Editor’s Tip: Some people like to to fill empty muffin cups with water to promote even baking; that’s more important if you’re making deliciously tender muffins, but still not essential. In this case, the crescent dough is pretty fool-proof, so I’d skip the water. The risk of sloshing water into a dough-filled muffin cup isn’t worth any small benefit.

Step 4: Make Magic

Pop them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. You’re looking for a golden brown color and when the rolls pull away from the pans just slightly. While baking, the marshmallows will puff and melt, making the inside of the rolls a little ooey, a little gooey and a lot delicious. They’ll also disappear. (Hence the name…you get it, right?) Immediately remove them from the pans to a wire rack.

Editor’s Tip: Since there are 2 pans, it’s a smart idea to rotate them from top to bottom and front to back during baking. I like to wait until just after halfway, when the dough has had a chance to set up and are less likely to deflate from the movement.

Step 5: Glaze ’em

Combine the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla plus enough milk to make the glaze thin enough to drizzle (almond extract would taste great, too, but use just 1/4 teaspoon). I like to use a small whisk for mixing to make sure there are no lumps, but you can use a spoon, too. A whisk also works great as a drizzling tool. Sprinkle with nuts (try chopped walnuts or pecans) and serve them while they’re still warm.

Kids love eating these cinnamon treats as much as they like making them.  Their little hands will make quick work of all the dipping, dunking and rolling. Serve them as an early morning treat or add them to your Easter brunch buffet. Either way, they’ll love the sweet cinnamon flavor of these empty tomb rolls, and guests will never know there was once a marshmallow inside!

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