Friday, October 28, 2011

Child Painted Canvas

My kids love to paint and this is a great way to make their "abstract" masterpieces something extra special!

What you need:

  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Alphabet Stickers (Located in the scrapbooking section at Michael's) or Die-Cut Vinyl Lettering
How to make it:
  • Place letter stickers on canvas to display your desired phrase.

  • Let your child paint the entire canvas.

  • Once dried, remove stickers. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chalkboard Wine Bottles

Chalkboard paint in a can is great stuff! This craft was extremely easy and can be used in so many different ways....home decor, vases, weddings. 

What you need:

  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Empty Wine Bottles
  • Chalk

How to make it:

  • Fill in the sink halfway with hot tap water and place bottles in the sink, label down.
  • Let it soak for about 30 minutes. 
  • Remove label and let bottles dry.

  • Once dried, spray the wine bottles with chalkboard paint. You may need to do two to three coats.
  • Using chalk, write anything you want!
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Rootin' Tutu-in' Cowgirl

My son wanted to be Woody from Toy Story for Halloween, so I had to make my little girl a cowgirl to match. This is such an easy and ADORABLE costume to make for a toddler.

What You Need:
  • Blue Tulle (3-4 yards)
  • Crochet Headband to Match Tulle Color
  • Red Hankerchief (although pink would be really cute too)
  • Red Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Cowboy Hat
  • Cowboy Boots

How To Make Tutu:
  • Cut tulle into strips 4" wide by about 20" long (can adjust this to make tutu longer or shorter, fuller, etc.).
  • Place crochet headband around back of small chair or table legs to stretch out - this step isn't absolutely necessary, but sure makes life a lot easier when trying to thread through the strips of tulle. I've also seen it done by sitting down and stretching the headband over your thigh.
  • Fold single strip of tulle in half and insert folded end through opening at bottom of headband. Pull bottom ends of strip through to tie a knot.

  • Repeat knots through every opening at bottom of headband and that's it!

  • How to Make Rest of Costume:
    • Fold hankerchief in half diagonally and tie ends around back of your toddler. I was afraid it would fall down, so I took 2 pieces of ribbon and hand-stitched one end to the front of the hankerchief and tied the other ends around the back of her neck.
    • Put on cowboy hat and cowboy boots and now you've got yourself a rootin' tutu'in cowgirl!

    • Elastic can be used in place of the headband. Just measure your cowgirl's waist and subtract 3 inches, then sew ends together. Be sure not to tie the knots too tight on the elastic because it will cause it to stretch out.
    • The tulle tutu tends to be a bit sheer, so we wore little blue shorts underneath.
    • I also tied a little red scarf around her neck for a little extra flair!
    Other Tutu Costume Suggestions:

    • Make a white tutu and pair it with a white long-sleeved shirt or onesie with a ghost face on it (can glue on face with black felt or iron-on fabric) for a cute little ghost.
    • Make a black tutu and pair with a black shirt or onesie with either a cat face on it or "meow". Add cat ears and a tail for a really cute black cat.

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    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    Monogrammed Coasters

    These monogrammed coasters can be made to match any decor and would make a thoughtful hostess gift for the upcoming holiday parties.

    What You Need:

    • Round  Cork Coasters, 4" diameter (can be purchased at craft stores or cut out of a sheet of cork)
    • Scrapbook Paper
    • Monogram Letters Cut From Scrapbook Paper (sized no larger than 3.5")
    • Mod Podge
    • Glue
    • Acrylic Sealer
    How to Make It:
    • Place coasters on reverse side of scrapbook paper. Trace the shapes and cut out circles (if you have a die-cutting machine, you can also cut a 4" circle).
    • Glue paper circles onto coaster. For our project, we used 2 coordinating papers and cut a 4" circle from one and a slightly smaller circle from the other.

    • Center the monogram letters in the middle of the coaster and glue down.
    • Next apply several layers of Mod Podge over surface of coaster, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying another (Mod Podge goes on white, but dries clear)
    • Once Mod Podge dries, apply a good coat of acrylic sealer to help waterproof the coasters.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Acrylic Painted Vases

    A simple craft for the glass jars and vases you have hanging around at home. Just paint them and now they can be displayed. 

    What you need:

    • Glass Vases (Available at Goodwill or Dollar Tree)
    • Acrylic Paint

    How to make it:

    • Clean vase with hot, soapy water.
    • When completely dry, pour paint into the inside of the vase.

    • Swirl to coat vase completely. Then pour out excess paint to container for reuse.

    • Place vase upside down on paper towel for about 20 minutes.
    • Wipe the excess paint from the lip of the vase with a wet paper towel.
    • Let dry upright for 24 hours.
    Note : You can no longer use water in these vases.

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    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Magnetic Memo Board

    This inexpensive and easy craft is a great way to add a little custom decor to your kitchen, kids' rooms, etc.

    What You Need:

    • Burner Covers (available in sets of 2 at Dollar Tree)
    • Spray Paint
    • Scrapbook Paper
    • Mod Podge
    • Ribbon
    • Hot Glue Gun

    How to Make It:

    • Place the burner cover upside down on reverse side of scrapbook paper. Trace the outline and cut out the circle.
    • Spray paint the burner cover in a color to coordinate with your scrapbook paper. Allow to dry completely.
    • Once dry, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the burner cover and glue down the circle of scrapbook paper. Let dry.
    • Apply several coats of Mod Podge over the top.
    • Hot glue ribbon to back side so you can hang up the memo board.
    • It is a great idea to make coordinating magnets. See tutorial here

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Framed BOO

    It seems we can't get enough Halloween decorations and this one is about as easy as it gets! This project takes about 5 minutes once you have the supplies.

    What You Need:

    • Black Collage Frame for Three 4x6 Photos (purchased ours at Michaels for $5 using coupon)
    • Halloween-Themed Scrapbook Paper, 4.5" x 6.5" size (three sheets)
    • B-O-O Letters Cut from Black Cardstock, approx. 3" size
    • Glue, Tape

    How to Make It:

    • Glue each letter onto center of each of three pieces of scrapbook paper (our letters were cut out using a Cricut Expression).
    • Remove back from frame. Take out matting.
    • Place paper behind matting so that the word BOO is aligned evenly showing through each space. Once each letter is centered, glue or tape into place.
    • Place back in frame and replace backing. Done!

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    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    Ghost Footprints

    This is a great keepsake and fun craft that involves your kids.

    What you need:

    • 8x10 or 4x6 Canvas
    • Black Acrylic Paint
    • White Acrylic Paint
    • White Glitter (Optional)
    • Googly Eyes
    • Your Kids Feet or Hands

    How To Make It: 
    • Paint canvas black with foam brush and allow to dry.

    • Paint the bottom of your kids hands or feet with white acrylic paint. Then place painted hands or feet on black canvas to apply print.
    • Sprinkle with glitter while white paint is still wet. 
    • Flip canvas over so print resembles ghost, and once dry, glue on googly eyes. 
    • Using a paint brush or paint pen write their names and year on the canvas.
    • If you used the glitter, we recommend using a spray acrylic sealer so the glitter doesn't get everywhere.