DIY

Mod Podge Coasters

I recently went to the DollarTree, and had purchased a few things prepping for Valentine’s Day, and I spotted these coasters. Located at the end cap of the kitchen placemats and cleaning supplies, sat these naturally absorbed coasters with different patterns. I grabbed one to check out the quality of them, and caught by surprise, they were a full on heavy set tile with a cork backing. I instantly took four for a complete set, knowing I could do something with these babies, just using some Mod Podge, and decorative paper.

Here a craft any casual crafter and especially a DollarTree shopper can enjoy!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Coasters (DollarTree/ WalMart $1 each.)
    Make sure the coasters have a cork backing, to avoid slipping.
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors
  • Matte Finish Spay

Directions:

  1. Start by selecting a nice decorative sheet of paper. You can get scrapbook paper, sold by the sheet at your local craft store sold for ($0.50-$1pc) or you can use gift wrap paper. I used this high quality gift wrap that came in this booklet my husband got me.

     

    This book has excellent quality paper, with tons of different designs that other stores may not have. Definietly one of a kind paper! You can purchase this Gifts & Creative Papers booklet HERE.

  2. Cut out the same size square piece of the coaster to the decorative sheet.
  3. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the surface of the coaster with the sponge brush, then apply the cut out paper to the coaster.
  4. Press firmly on the surface to remove all air bubbles. You can use a credit card or any hard plastic edged item to do this.
  5. Once air bubbles are removed, apply another light coat of Mod Podge.
  6. Set to dry. (5-10minutes)
  7. Lastly, add your Matte Finishing spray to seal the top of your coaster, to protect from water damage, and other everyday usage.

Once the finishing spray is completely dry, enjoy your new coasters!! Sip on a cocktail or beer while entertaining, or just a simple glass of water! Your visitors, guests, would never know these were from the DollarTree!!!!! Create fun festive holiday ones, using gift wrapping paper, or your specially selected scrapbook paper print!!! These coasters can be also great gift ideas!! I think I may be going back to the DollarTree to purchase a couple more this week! Arn’t they darling?!

Stay tuned for next upcoming posts. I’ve noticed I’ve been obsessing about yellow lately!! Home decorating posts on your way!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy 3 day weekend everyone!! And happy crafting!

Gift Tissue Ornaments

Christmas time usually means two to three things to me. Christmas shopping (gifts), decorating, and crafts! As the kids are approaching winter break, this gives me the opportunity to do some Pinterest inspired crafts throughout the 2 week long vacation. One craft I finally got around to was the

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

by Victoria from ABC Creative Learning.

I’ve also mentioned her and other fun festive crafts from other bloggers on my Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts posts. You can see more of those related Christmas posts at the end of this post.

 With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

What You’ll Need:

-Scissors

-Glue

-Printer Paper (White)

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Black Foam Craft Paper

Directions:

  1. Pre-Cut different sized circles on white printer paper.
    I used a couple different sized cups, traced and cut them out.
  2. (Optional) Pre-Cut out small cubes using the black foam craft paper. This will be the top of the ornament.
  3. Cut out 2-3inch cubes from the colored tissue paper. (I purchased mine from the DollarTree)
    I found it easier to separate the color tissue paper in small bowls, for easy selection for the kids.
  4. Take you sponge brush, and liquid glue and start applying onto the cut out white circles.
  5. Apply glue both on top and below the tissue paper.
  6. ***Be sure to layer each tissue paper above each piece to create a nice, mosaic looking ornament.***
  7. Set to dry.
  8. After ornaments are dry, take your scissors, and cut out the access tissue paper that overflows out of the white circle ornament.
  9. If you didn’t pre-cut out the small black foam cubes for the ornament toppers, this would be the time to do so.
  10. Randomly, cut out small cubes, just about the size of an adult thumbnail.
  11. Glue black foam cube to top of ornament.
  12. Set to dry.

Additional Step: (which I forgot to do)

Take pipe cleaners and create a small tear-drop hook, and tape behind the ornament.

I ended up taping the ornament around my kitchen, for some festive flare.

And viola! These are some easy handmade tissue paper ornaments to spread some holiday cheer around the house!

Have you done some Pinterest inspired crafts during holiday break? Comment below!

Christmas Ornament AirPlant HACK

Christmas is around the corner, and gift giving is at it’s high. Unless you make six figures or more, and money isn’t an issue, gift giving is probably easy for you. For others, like myself, you have to become crafty, and frugal with your money when it comes to gift giving. Especially for those acquaintances we have in our lives. From a co-worker, karate instructor, to a neighbor. You don’t always need to feel pressured to purchase something over $20. Call me frugal, but I can’t really justify buying everyone I know in my life something over $20 dollars.

Although there is a fine alternative of cooking/baking something sweet and delicious, that can also be a wonderful route. BUT I’m no baker, and this isn’t a food blog either. Here my friends is one of the easiest gift ideas you can give to those many many acquaintances in your life! I introduce to you the holiday airplant ornament!

We’ve all seen the glass globe terrarium balls sold at craft stores, or nursery outlets. If you haven’t you can purchase them at World Market (for $4.99), and Amazon (Set of 3, for $12.00) 

The ones below shown, I actually purchased at WalMart, found in their nursery garden center for $4.98, including the air plant! That’s right folks! This glass air plant terrarium globe was a little less than $5! It includes the glass globe, air plant, twine, and holiday colored moss.

Imagine, if you have purchased the glass globes, air plants, and moss all together, you’d be spending clearly over $25.

What you WOULD pay for:

Moss:

JoAnn Fabric ($8.99)

WalMart ($4.97)

Instead, $4.98 per ornament. Can I get a “heeyo?”

Now, you’re probably wondering how would this be a DIY gift? Well…I added a few things.

  1. A mini pinecone
  2. Silver bell

BOOM. #DIY #WalMartHACK #EasyHolidayGift

Happy Holidays everyone. Let’s make the holiday’s brighter by making gift giving easier.

 

Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.2

Here’s part 2 of my Cheap & East Christmas Crafts!! With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS 

Bilateral Coordination– Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow, such as writing, tying shoes, typing and so much more!

Fine Motor Coordination– In order to draw shapes, cut patterns, and hand writing, your child is required to use their fine motor coordination. These skills similarly translate to other areas of their lives, such as dressing ,eating, and in the academic setting.

Bonding and fun-Your kids will love spending time with you and creating something together! I’m not sure who enjoys it more, myself or my kids most times. Just kidding, I’ve been crafting with my kids since they were little. Everyday, they ask to do a craft. Call me crazy, but I literally TRY to plan a craft for them every week. Not every craft I do makes it to my blog.

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Colored Pipe Cleaners

-Popsicle Sticks

 
(Optional)
Christmas Miniatures
 Can be found at craft stores.

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By: Stacey, from Glued To My Crafts

Post: Popsicle Stick Christmas Door, Kids Craft

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Christmas Cards Pt. 2 | Holiday Pages

By: Ewelina, from Kreatywnie W Domu (Blogger from Poland)

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

By: Victoria, from ABC Creative Learning

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft For Cards

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

I actually mentioned her on Pt. 1, but wanted to feature her again, because she has the cutest holiday crafts on her blog!

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If you haven’t checked out the Pt.1 of my Cheap & Easy Christmas Crafts, you can check it out HERE, or the link below!

I’m super loving all these crafts right now!!! I’m currently saving them for Winter Break, once the boy’s get off school, and our schedules open up! I can’t wait to start crafting!! Having elementary school aged kids is just another level! I’m definietly in a point of a parenting lifestyle transition as my kids are older, have their own school/ extra curricular activities schedules. I miss the day’s of just staying home, and crafting all day.

Oh where did time go?!

Anyone else going through a transitional time of the kids growing up and their schedule’s take over your life? Anyone? Comment below!

……Until the next blog post.

Happy Holidays!!

And happy crafting!!!!!

Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.1

Construction paper and tissue paper are dream materials for Christmas decorations for kids can make. Not only are they easy to work with, they also mean no mess. That’s why these Christmas crafts are some of my favorite simple Christmas crafts for kids. In three simple steps your little ones can create these cute kids Christmas crafts over a December weekend, or during Christmas break!

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

And maybe some…

-Ribbon/Twine

Super simple right? These are all items we all may already have in your homes! Especially if you already to many crafts with the kids. If not, you can colored construction paper just about anywhere. From Walgreens, Target, WalMart, also the DollarTree!

Estimated Cost: Under $5

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

1. Paper Christmas Tree

By: Ruby And The Dodo

I also really like her Christmas Tree Sun Catcher 

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

By: Lisa SummerhaysStubbornly Crafty

4. Paper Cones

Source: The Art In Life

Check out their other 14 Take A Breath DIY Window Decorations that will amaze you!

Don’t you love Pinterest? Stay tuned for my second part of my Pinterest inspired Christmas crafts!

Happy Saturday!

Easy Seasonal Stationary

In my last post, I shared a cute abstract wintery Christmas tree craft. If you haven’t checked it out yet please do! I’ve also linked them down below, so be sure to check it out! Towards the end of the post, I had some extra winter tree’s, and ended up gluing them on envelopes I plan to send out this month. And with that very idea I came up with, “Season With Style.” This is the theme I’ll go for this month of December.

Season with style, will be a theme of using any extra remnants of holiday supplies (from gift tags, ribbon, gift wrap, Amazon boxes) craft projects, and so forth. Think of it as a challenge, but make it fun! This is something I’ll try to do and practice all month, and share with you each project I end up “upcycling” or creating.

Recapping back to my last festive craft, I had extra Christmas trees from the art project, and managed to repurpose it, taking it further and creating something new, and beyond on what I had expected to make.

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This Season with style theme, will hopefully become a practice I can, or we all can continue entering the new year. 2017, we all want to be better, more create, and well, basically feed the soul. Let’s not be wasteful, and get creative.

Elevate to the next level…And make art!

Check out my latest post on Winter Trees!

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Winter Trees

The holiday season is here! I’ve been going down my Christmas TO-DO Lists, and I’m so happy, I’ve made it this far into the month, still happily sane. If you’ve noticed the past Christmas seasons are usually rough and chaotic for me. So much, as I can’t even produce content to share with you all on my blog. I get so busy on the daily life grind, it’s impossible for me to hit publish. This year, I’m taking control of the holidays and checking my list more than twice!!!

We’re about 10 days into December and I want to hit it hard on my blog, sharing crafts, goodies, gift ideas and more!! Like always, budget friendly, thrift store finds, and dollar tree crafts! This post, is a fun holiday kid friendly craft, PINTERESTinspired with an additional add on. Check out my Winter Tree craft!!

Pinterest Inspired By:

Mary, from MaryMaking

Colorful Abstract Winter Trees

All the supplies, are pretty easy to find around the house. You’ll just need colored gift tissue!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored Tissue Paper (I got mine for the DollarTree!)
  • Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • White Paper
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Purple/Indigo Colored Crayons

Directions:

  1. Take your gift tissue, one of each color, and cut into small cubes. I made mine about 2″x2″inches in size.
  2. Using you liquid glue and sponge brush, lightly brush glue onto the white sheet of paper.
    I used plain, white printer paper, but you can also use construction paper as well. Just make sure it’s white, so the colors show more.
  3. Fill your white sheet of paper, with colored tissue cubes as much as possible. Layering is key!
  4. Set to dry.
  5. Once dry, cut the sheet of paper into random sized triangles (Christmas Trees!).
    Any size will do, as the sky’s the limit as later you can decide to either glue the trees onto a new sheet of paper.
  6. You can create the triangles, by simply cutting “v” shapes.
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  7. After cutting your trees, take your purple, or indigo colored crayon, creating branches.
  8. Lastly, take your hole puncher and hole punch a a white scrap piece of paper. I just used a index card.
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  9. Using s glue stick, randomly glue on your snowflakes (hole punched holes) to your colorful Christmas trees!
  10. Finishing off the craft, you can glue the complete wintery colored trees onto a clean sheet on construction and create a cool wintery forest.The kids and I did two different color winter forests. One with snowflakes, the other, without. I truly really love this craft. The colors of the transparent tissue paper against the white sheet of paper gives this art piece a nice cool modern feel, and different from the rest of the holiday crafts.

Check out what we did with the our left over winter trees!

Since it’s the season of giving, I love sending snail mail to friends and family, so I took our leftovers, and glued it to a few envelopes I plan to use to send out!

Like this craft?! Stay tuned for more posts later this month! Or follow me on Instagram to see sneak peeks on whats to come next!

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Happy Holidays!!!

DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner

Before you put away all you Thanksgiving harvest decor, perhaps squeezing in one final craft, and what also might be a new family Thanksgiving tradition! What was first to be just a regular canvas table runner, ended up transforming into a easy DIY craft to the end the Thanksgiving holiday season! Check out my oh-so last minute Thanksgiving DIY Table Runner!

What You’ll Need: 

Acrylic Paint | Thanksgiving/Autumn Colors

(Yellows, Mustard, Spicy Orange and Red)

Sponge Paint Brunch

Canvas Colored Table Runner

-I purchased mine from Target for $3 (DollarSpot)

++Permanent Marker/Sharpie

…..And don’t for get your kiddos!!

Directions:

  1. Have your little craft assistant’s know exactly where they will place their handprint before the paint. In the photo below, I have the boys arrange their hands with one above the other. (Youngest then oldest, above.)
  2. Have each child pick their Thanksgiving colored paint, and paint one (palm up) on each hand.

  3. Using your sponge paint brush, paint the palm with the paint.
  4. “Stamp,” the palm of each child one at a time, on the desired spot, which they practiced in step one.

    I noticed, as we placed our first palm print, the canvas did retain much of the paint, so a second application of paint was needed.

  5. Apply, another application of paint on the palm, if canvas did not pick up all the color.
  6. Set to dry.

After each child as painted their handprint, and as been sitting dry, grab your sharpie.

I used red and black thin tipped sharpies.

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Names:

  1. Using your sharpie, simply write your child’s name on the canvas beneath his/her handprint.
    You can add in his/her age id you’d like to.
    OR even the date/year.

And viola!

This was such an easy craft to do. But it appears as my older son is aging, this craft will no longer be enjoyable for him come next year.

(INSERT ugly cry face. My kids are growing so fast!)

Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy HOLIDAY crafting!!

Let the Christmas decorating and shopping begin!!

Ghost Footprint

Let’s keep the Halloween crafting going on all week!!!! We’re only 4 DAYS away from Halloween, so enjoy the few day’s last minute decorating, DIYing costumes, preparing delicious snacks for our children’s classrooms and so on!!! Here’s a cute little keepsake I’d like to share with you all mommies, and teachers alike!!! This craft was actually done 5 years ago!!! BUT I finally got around to framing it! It’s simple, and can be done within 5 MINUTES!! (Without drying time of course!) Take a look at my Ghost Footprint Keepsake!! This is great memory keepsake, to remember the fun times as the children are young. Take out this frame every year with your Halloween decor, as you see how much they’ve grown over the years!! Let’s get started!!!

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What You’ll Need:

– Black Construction Paper
– White Craft Paint (Washable, I used Tempra paint)
– Sponge Brush
– Black Marker/Sharpie

And of course your little one’s to participate!

As for the keepsake frame, I bought a 5×7″ Black Frame from the DollarTree. It came with a white matting, and I simply decorated it with some left over craft paper.
If you look close enough, its just the alphabet in cursive. But from a distance, it actually looked pretty cool and spooky. I also had some Martha Strewart Halloween Stickers that I had purchased last year, and used a coffin purple sticker to add more color.

The directions are pretty easy:

  1. Just paint your child’s food with the white craft paint, and print their foot on the black construction paper.
  2. Set to dry.
  3. Cut out the footprints fairly close to the footprint, leaving a bit of black as a boarder.
  4. Using your black marker/Sharpie, add in eyes and a mouth of the ghost at the heel of the foot.

 

At this time, the project is complete and ready to frame in any medium you’d like. Frame it, place it in a photo album, or just put it on the fridge! You can also send the other pair to Grandma & Grandpa, who live far away! Enjoy this craft, as when the years fly by, every Halloween you’ll have a piece of that little tea cup human, who grows taller, and matures, and grows out of trick-or-treating. (I’m seriously going to cry now. Just thinking about it.) INSERT UGLY CRYING FACE HERE.

They grow up so fast!!

Have a great Halloween everyone!!!

 

Pumpkin Plate

Fall is here, which means pumpkins, apples, and Halloween is our main focus for home-schoolers, parents, and teachers alike! Fall is such an enjoyable season for festive crafts, and also tuning into our creative side for DIY costumes, and home decor! One of my favorite mediums to use for crafts is construction paper. The colored sheets of paper, gives great opportunity to create in so many ways!

Using construction paper, children will practice their tearing skills to create a few fall favorites. From an apple core, pumpkin, candy corn, to an owl. Tearing is a great small motor practice and enjoyable even for students who can cut!! I did this craft with both my boys ages 5 and 9. I gave my 5 year old the easier one, and my 9 year old a more difficult one. Check them out below!

Supplies Needed:

-Colored Construction Paper

(Colors: Red, Black, White, Orange, Yellow, Green)

-Paper Plates

-Glue

On A Budget?

These supplies are fairly inexpensive. Check out your local Dollar Tree or WalMart for supplies! I’ve seen glue, paper plates, and colored construction at both locations under $3!

Tear Art | Pumpkin/ Jack-O-Lantern

Great for ages pre-schooler to 1st grade (4-6)

Directions:

  1. Take a paper plate, flip it over to the back/flat surface so it facing up.
  2. Using Brown construction paper, tear out a large “finger” sized piece for the stem of the pumpkin.
  3. Glue the stem on the top middle part of the plate.
  4. Tear out 2 inch piece of the Orange construction paper, and glue all over paper plate, leaving no white exposed.
  5. (OPTIONAL step) Take green construction paper, tear out a few pieces for the vines of the pumpkin.
  6. Using the Black construction paper, tear out your jack-o-lantern’s eyes, nose, and pieces for mouth.
  7. Tear, glue, set to dry.And voila! A pumpkin/jack-o-lantern made out of teared art!! As mentioned, this is a great, fun and easy exercise for fine motor skills.

Try this craft this month of October, as we prepare ourselves for Halloween! Jazz up your home or classrooms with different pumpkins, made by out littles –that’s one great festive way (and cheap way too!) to decorate! Nothing like DIY/Craft to help add charm to a space!

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Be sure to check my blog out daily, as this month on I’ll be continuously posting fun cool crafts, decorating tips, and other creative content to share!

Happy October!!!

 

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