Crafts · Fun & Easy DIY · Seasons · Summer

Memories in a Bottle

This is my most favorite original idea! I made this craft a few years ago and posted on Hometalk, and everyone that sees it loves them, so I made more to show a tutorial for you.

When my sons were young, we spent a lot of summer vacations at the beach. They collected a lot of shells! I kept them all these years.

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I started by gathering all the items I would need for the project. These are the items you will need for this easy project….

you’ll need: Clean clear wine bottle, Sand, Shells, Photo, String, Funnel and Cork

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I used a funnel to transfer the sand into the bottle.

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I added the shells. I remember when my sons were collecting shells…they always found these small ones. The hole is small, so it worked out perfect. My sons always seemed to find those small shells.

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I didn’t want that panoramic view, so I cut the sides of picture just to see in back of bottle. Then you gently roll your photo, printed side in. I used a skewer to poke it down and position it.

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Next, I took some string and wrapped it around the top.

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On the bottle to the left, I took a piece of string and a larger shell, glue both ends to inside the shell. It forms a hoop, to hang on bottle. Pic on right, I just left a long piece of string dangle after wrapping around the top. I hot glued larger shells along the string.

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What is so special about this is the pic of the kids at the beach, searching for the shells that are actually in the bottle! Perfect keepsake for memories. You can create your own memories..

 

Crafts · Kids · Uncategorized

DIY Glow in the Dark Projects For Kids

This morning I received this wonderful article from DIY & Crafts by Vanessa Beaty. I just loved this fun article and wanted to share it with you.So here we go with 25 Amazingly Fun Glow in the Dark Projects for kids. There is definitely something in here that you will want to do with your kids.From glow in the dark bowling to calming bathtub activities – that also glow in the dark – your kids are going to flip when they see these projects! I have to say, I got a little excited myself.

Glow In The Dark Bowling

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By sticking glow sticks into ordinary water bottles, you can create a fun game of glow in the dark bowling. You just use empty clear bottles and then add an activated glow stick. You can get glow sticks at the Dollar Tree and they normally come two or three to a package. Once you have your “pins” set up, just use any ball you want to knock them down. This is a super fun game for late summer nights and would be perfect to take along on camping trips.

Glowing Bedtime Bottle

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This is  a great bottle that glows in the dark, which helps to calm children down before bedtime. This is perfect for active children who need to tone it down just a notch so that they can easily fall asleep. The empty water bottle is filled with hair gel, glow in the dark paint, and glow in the dark mini stars. The stars “dance” around, which mesmerizes children and helps them to calm down and get ready to drift off into dreamland.

Tutorial: kidsactivitiesblog

Glow In The Dark Bathtub Fun

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These fun glow in the dark balloons are perfect for bath time fun. You just blow up balloons, add activated glow sticks, tie the balloons up and then let the kids have a ball. Warning – this could get messy as kids throw the balloons back and forth. Water may hit the floor – but that’s what makes it such a fun activity. If you don’t want to clean up water in the bathroom, this is also a great outdoor activity or maybe a fun pool game at night.

Tutorial: kidsactivitiesblog

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I have so much fun with kids and sidewalk chalk. Not only does this sidewalk chalk glow in the dark, you save money because you make it yourself. I love the idea of making sidewalk chalk. Although it’s not terribly expensive, any time you can save money is a great time, right? So, you need plaster of Paris, glow in the dark paint, and an ice cube tray to create these amazing chalks. There as much fun to make as they are to use, and kids will adore making messages on the sidewalk that will glow when nighttime arrives.

Tutorial: growingajeweledrose

Out Of This World Constellation Jar

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This constellation jar is made to house the Big Dipper and it’s amazing! This is a great project to use up one of those mason jars that you have ready for crafting. You’ll need to get an image of the Big Dipper and draw it on the jar – there are a few other steps, too. When you’re finished, you’ll have captured the galaxy, particularly the Big Dipper part of it. Or, choose your own favorite constellation – or even make them all!

Tutorial: momdot

Awesome Glowing Dream Catcher

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This amazing dream catcher is a paper plate with glowing mini stars throughout. I love this idea for decorating a little one’s room. It makes wonderfully homemade décor during the day and turns into a glowing dream catcher at night, complete with soothing stars to help lull little ones to sleep. You could add glow in the dark paint to the actual paper plate itself or just attach glowing mini stars for the glow in the dark effect.

Tutorial: kidsactivitiesblog

Glow In The Dark Cotton Candy

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My favorite part of the county fair growing up was cotton candy. I still love it to this day. I also really love these glow in the dark cotton candies – and kids will adore them, too. You don’t actually do anything to the cotton candy itself. The glowing comes from LED cotton candy sticks that you can buy online. They’re made by Glo Cone and they are FDA approved, so they’re perfectly safe for your little ones. I love this idea of making glowing cotton candy – almost as much as I love eating cotton candy!

Tutorial: livinglocurto

Galaxy Jar

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Here’s another great out of this world glowing jar idea that kids will love. This galaxy jar is made with an old mason jar and glow in the dark fabric paint – which you can pick up at just about any craft or fabric store. Kids will adore making their own version of the Milky Way and you’ll love how fascinated they are with their own little private galaxy.

Tutorial: momdot

Two Ingredient Glowing Glue

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Kids will love creating with their own glowing glue. You can easily create glue that glows in the dark by just mixing white glue with fluorescent paint. You just add a few drops of paint to your glue and shake well. Many stores offer school glue for under a dollar, especially during the fall, so you could afford to make an entire rainbow of glowing glues. Then just give the kids some construction paper and let them create pictures that will glow when the lights go out. This is a great project idea for cold, snowy or rainy days when you just can’t get outside.

Tutorial: growingajeweledrose

Glow In The Dark Shirts

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These glow in the dark star shirts are perfect for your Fourth of July celebrations this summer. Not only will they thrill kids who are wearing them, they make it a bit easier to keep an eye on your little ones when it’s dark outside because the shirts glow. You can use iron on appliques to get that glow in the dark look, or if you don’t want a shirt for the Fourth of July, you can buy glow in the dark fabric paint and create a shirt in any design your little one wants.

Tutorial: dukesandduchesses

Glowing Spider Webs

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I really don’t like spiders, but I do like these glow in the dark spider webs. These will be great for making your Halloween decorations just a bit spookier. There are a couple of reasons why I love this project. First, it glows in the dark. Second, gluing together the wooden craft sticks is a great project for younger children as it helps to develop fine motor skills. To make these, just hot glue craft sticks together and then use neon rubber bands to help them glow.

Tutorial: stillplayingschool

Glowing Volcano

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This one looks like so much fun for kids! The next time your child needs to do a simple yet amazing science project, don’t just go for a boring old volcano. Make it a volcano that glows! You could even do this at home, even when you don’t need a project for school. This volcano erupts with glow in the dark lava – sure to excite kids, teachers, and parents alike. It takes basic materials – those that you would use to build a regular volcano – but it glows! Imagine your child’s excitement when they present this at their next science fair.

Tutorial: growingajeweledrose

Glow In The Dark Rice

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You can’t eat this rice…moms have to watch the younger ones. This is an easy project and one that is going to thrill your children. It’s also a great idea for sensory play, which is important in growing children. To make each color, you need four cups of raw rice, neon paint, and rubbing alcohol. Let your child mix the ingredients together in a freezer bag and they can play to their heart’s desire. The rice really glows if you put it under a black light.

Tutorial: kidsactivitiesblog

Glowing Yard Game

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This game is very reminiscent of Toss Across – you do remember that retro game, right? Anyway, it glows in the dark! Kids will be up half the night tossing their bean bags or small balls through this sheet turned game board. The numbered shapes on the board all glow in the dark, so it’s just as fun after the sun goes down as it is in the daytime. This is definitely going to be a must for summertime fun.

Tutorial: thecountrychiccottage

Glow In The Dark Slime

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If you remember my post on how to make  Slime. It was a different recipe then this one. This particular slime will glow in the dark. You’ll begin by making a basic slime recipe – which is great anytime, even if it doesn’t glow. To make it glow in the dark, you just add glow in the dark gel, neon food coloring and borax. Kids will love playing with their slime, and they’ll love it even more after dark when it begins to glow a bright, neon color.

Tutorial: momdot

Glow In The Dark Bath Time Fun

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Kids will adore bathing in this glow in the dark water. It has vitamins in it, so it’s perfectly safe and even a bit healthy for kids. You add the water to your tub and use a black light to activate the glowing effect. Kids of all ages are going to love playing in this glowing water. I mean, who wouldn’t want to take a bath in a glowing tub? And, the ingredients to make this glow water are really cheap – you’ll literally be spending only pennies per tub.

Tutorial: funathomewithkids

Glow In The Dark Bath Paint

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You use fluorescent paint and shaving cream to create these amazing glow in the dark bath paints that kids are going to adore using at bath time. If you’ve ever had trouble getting your child to take his bath, this is the perfect solution. Any child is going to love painting it up with glow in the dark paints that you activate with a black light. Plus, the supplies to make these are really inexpensive so you can make an entire rainbow of colors.

Tutorial: pagingfunmums

Glowing Tic Tac Toe Game

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Tic tac toe is such a favorite game for many children. You can make their favorite game even more exciting when you turn it into this awesome glow in the dark version. Kids will love playing this at night outdoors during summer, or you could just let them play in the kitchen floor during colder months. You just need some glow sticks and squares – kitchen tiles work wonderfully for this. Or, you could use tape to make a board, whatever works for you.

Tutorial: kidsactivitiesblog

Amazing Glowing Science Project

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This glowing science project is a great way to explore the different densities of water and oil – or ice as the case may be. You need baby or vegetable oil, an ice cube tray, water, and some fluorescent or glow in the dark paint to make this project. You make glowing ice in the ice cube tray and then watch as your child learns how ice and oil don’t really mix. This is a fun and educational game that children of all ages will enjoy.

Tutorial: growingajeweledrose

Glowing Bouncy Balls

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These glow in the dark bouncy balls are so very easy to make and kids are going to love them. You will need borax, corn starch, and warm water to create each ball, as well as white glue and fluorescent or glow in the dark paints in whatever colors you want to create. You make the entire ball with this one – you’re not just painting over an existing bouncy ball, so you could actually make them any size that you want.

Tutorial: instructables

Glow In The Dark Easter Eggs

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This is a great one to make with Easter coming up!! What fun for children. What kid wouldn’t want to hunt these amazing glow in the dark Easter eggs? They’re so colorful and even older children will want to get in on the hunting fun when you make these. This is such an easy project – but note that you won’t really be able to fill the eggs with candy. To
make them glow, you just snap a glo stick and place inside a plastic egg. Even after your main Easter egg hunt, kids will be at it all night with these wonderful glow in the dark eggs.

Tutorial: isavea2z

So there you have it!! Lots of ideas for you mom and dads to make with your kids!!! So much fun. Let me know if you decide to do any of these…would love to see!!!

Crafts · sewing

Baby Clothes UpCycles

You could always donate that clothing to a charity to give to someone less fortunate. I’m a firm believer in paying it forward. However, if you have a favorite little outfit or something that you just can’t let yourself get rid of, I’ve got a great collection of 30 adorable repurposing projects that you can make from baby’s clothing. Whether you’ve got a onesie that’s stained and not suitable to use again or you have a little outfit that’s just too adorable to let go, you’re going to have a blast making these amazing little stuffed toys that your little one will enjoy for years to come! Oh, and be sure to check out these amazingly simple baby clothing sewing tutorials – you can make your own baby clothes and then turn them into stuffed wonderfulness when they’ve outgrown them.

From teddy bears to elephants, and so many cute little animals in between, you’re going to love all of the stuffed toys in this collection and your little one is really going to love them. Note that you’ll need to sew these – some more than others – but these are great DIY projects for those cold winter evenings when you just don’t want to get out of the house. Instead, you can sit at home in the warmth and make stuffed toys to your heart’s content.

I really love the idea of upcycling baby clothes into something that they can keep with them for years.  I can’t wait to see what you create! Let me know which of these adorable little stuffed creatures you made!

1. Onesie Polka Dot Elephant

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Elephants I love how easy this one is to make and you don’t have to use polka dots. You can use any onesies that you have on hand. You just cut out the cute little elephant pattern, sew it all together and then stuff with pillow stuffing or old blankets. Sew on buttons for the eyes and that’s it.

Tutorial: saturdaynightstitch

2. Baby Clothing Memory Bear

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This memory bear is made from a short onesie – the ones without the legs in them. The adorable little bear even has a bow in her hair. You could totally leave that out if you’re making a memory bear for a boy, though. I really love how easy this is and your little one is really going to adore his or her own little teddy bear that’s made with clothing they wore as an infant. You’ll also love being able to keep those favorite outfits and put them to use once baby outgrows them.

Tutorial: pacountrycrafts

3. Baby Clothing Memory Quilt

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I absolutely adore the idea of turning baby clothes into a quilt. This way, your own baby can give his or her baby a handmade quilt using clothing that they wore as infants. It’s a cycle that keeps on handing down that baby clothing from generation to generation, and you can use all sorts of onesies and other outfits to create a quilt. This is such a wonderful idea for those of you who are becoming grandparents for the first time. Imagine giving your child a quilt for his or her new baby that’s made from their own baby clothing!Tutorial: marthastewart

4. Baby Clothes Pillow

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You can take some of your outgrown baby clothes and turn them into an amazing pillow that your little one will enjoy for years. This project is so easy. You can take an already finished pillow and just add baby clothes for the design. I love the tree design on this one – you may even want to take it a creative step further and make a family tree from it. Use old clothing pieces from all of your children and make a memory pillow for yourself.Tutorial: somedaycrafts

5. Baby Clothing Ribbon Block5-ribbon-baby-clothes-projects-diyncrafts

This block is soft and cuddly and a great toy for little ones of all ages. You can make it with old baby clothes and baby blankets. The ribbons make it easier for your little one to grab and give her something to draw her attention. Plus, the block is really soft so it’s great for teething babies who tend to bite on their toys. Stuff it with leftover quilt batting or even old blankets if you don’t have any batting on hand.

 

6. Upcycled Baby Clothing Headbands

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Make your little girl’s clothing last from birth to teenager when you turn them into headbands. All little girls love pretty headbands and this is a great way to preserve some of those favorite little outfits. This is so easy! You just cut the elastic waistband out of her little pants and then embellish with a rose or ribbon that you make from the rest of the material. Elastic headbands are so cute but they can be costly. This way, you get the cuteness without spending a fortune for the headbands.

Tutorial: alisaburke

7. Learning Activity Book

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I love the idea of turning baby clothes into an activity book! Toddlers can learn how to button, zip, and even tie when you take those clothing pieces and make this activity book. Plus, the book is really soft so it’s perfect for little ones, too. You could even put a pair of baby booties in there and teach your little one how to buckle. Depending on how big you want to make the book – how many pages – you could preserve several little outfits in this one activity book.

Tutorial: fortytworoads

8. Baby Onesie Christmas Stocking

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So, you may not want to do this for baby’s first Christmas, depending on when your little one is born, but it’s a great idea for future holidays. Turn those baby onesies into these adorable Christmas stockings. This is a great way to get a personalized stocking for each of your children without spending money to do so. You can make a patchwork design out of different pieces of clothing and the overall look is rustic and beautiful.

Tutorial: prettyprudent

9. Baby Clothes Bouquets

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I actually make these baby clothing bouquets for baby showers and let me tell you they are such a hit. If you’re looking for a way to preserve a few of your baby’s onesies and other smaller clothing pieces, you could totally create a baby clothing bouquet and just display it in the nursery. These are so easy – and you end up with a beautiful bouquet of fabric roses. You could stick to one color scheme to match the nursery or use different pieces in different colors for a rainbow bouquet.

Tutorial: hellobee

10. Plush Alphabet

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Here’s another great toy idea that doubles as a learning tool. Turn those old baby clothing pieces into a great plush alphabet that will make learning the ABCs fun and easy. Depending on your preference, you may only need a few pieces of clothing – if you want the alphabet pieces to match in color and design. Note that this takes a bit of sewing but the end result is amazing. Plus, you could use fabric glue to attach magnets to the back and use these on the fridge.

Tutorial: chezbeeperbebe

11. Baby Clothing Baseball Caps

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I love this idea for little boys and girls, too. Girls can wear adorable little baseball caps and these are so easy to make. This gives you a great way to use up clothing that has cute little images sewn on, too. Those appliques will be so adorable on the top of your little baseball cap. The great thing is you’re saving at least $10 or so over buying the caps and you can make them from softer material than what you typically find in stores.

Tutorial: mesewcrazy

12. Whimsy Clothing Animal

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I’m not completely sure what type of animal this would be, but I am certain that kids are going to love it. You can use those thick, plush footy pajamas to make the body and then embellish with shorts, pants, or other clothing pieces. He really is cute with his one big eye and his floppy ears made from an old pair of shorts. You can be totally creative with this one and just make him however you want. kids are going to love the soft plushiness and you’re going to love how very easy it is to put together.

Tutorial: littlebitfunky

13. Outgrown Clothing Wall Art

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If you are looking for something that you can decorate with, this wall art made from scraps of outgrown clothing is perfect. You just choose a design – I love the bird design on this one – and then use the scraps of fabric to give it color. You wouldn’t even have to sew this unless you wanted to. You could totally use fabric glue to hold your pieces to the canvas, which by the way you could substitute with a baby blanket that you wanted to keep and make the entire thing a memory art piece.

Tutorial: chasingcottons

14. Baby Clothing Heirloom Easter Eggs

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How adorable are these heirloom Easter eggs that you can make from your baby’s outgrown clothing? You can use these to decorate for Easter and save them for your child to decorate their own home when they have little ones. They’re so easy to make and if you don’t want to sew them, you can just use fabric glue which will hold them together perfectly. Stuff with batting or with leftover pieces of clothing if you prefer.

Tutorial: nurturestore

15. Baby Clothes Sun Prints

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These sun prints are the perfect way to preserve those adorable baby clothes and use them for decorating the nursery. You’ll need light sensitive paper and then you cover the paper with Plexiglas and expose it to the sun. It’s not as complicated as it sounds and it gives you a wonderful way to display and preserve those favorite newborn outfits like onesies, socks, and even the little outfit you bring your bundle of joy home from the hospital in.

Tutorial: marthastewart

16. Baby Sock Bunnies And Chicks

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These little bunnies and chicks are too adorable and you can use them to recycle those mismatched socks. They’re pretty easy to make and you can use them as baby toys or just put them on display when you’re finished. They make wonderful Easter decorations – just add them all to a little basket or hang hooks on them and hang them on your Easter tree. Either way, you’ll have preserved those little pieces of clothing in a really adorable way.

Tutorial: inhabitots

17. Upcycled Baby Clothing Snack Bags

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Please be sure that you are using clean and stain-free clothing for this one. You can take those old baby onesies and make the most adorable – and functional – snack bags. You can use these as reusable snack containers to hold all sorts of things from animal crackers to those little teething biscuits. This lets you do away with plastic bags and you can just throw them into the washing machine after each use to keep them clean and sanitary.

Tutorial: bornimaginative

18. Baby Photo Album Cover

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What better way to preserve a favorite onesie or outfit than to create a quilted photo album cover? You can then use the album to store photos of your little one in his or her favorite outfit. I love this idea as it incorporates so many different ways to treasure those memories. If you’re like me, and many other parents, you have tons of pictures of new baby so you’ll be able to make several photo albums and store all of those pictures.

Tutorial: diynetwork

19. Baby Bag

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You can use some of those little t-shirts to make a great bag for carrying baby’s things. These are also wonderful gift ideas for anyone you know who is expecting – just be sure that your little shirts are free from stains. I love the idea of repurposing baby clothing into something that you will use for the baby – you could even make a little bag for them to carry around their little toys when they get older.

Tutorial: mommypotamus

20. Baby Shoe Frame

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This may actually be my favorite on the list. You can take those adorable little shoes that your baby has outgrown and put them into a vintage frame, which instantly makes them look antique. I love the idea of decorating with baby clothing, especially when it turns out so beautifully and gives you a great vintage picture look. You don’t even need an actual vintage frame. Just paint and distress a frame and you’ve got instant vintage!

Tutorial: vintiquities

This was a wonderful article from DIY Crafts…I fell in love with it! I wish I would have had this article when my boys were young!

Crafts · Fun & Easy DIY

Dog T-Shirt

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Okay, I admit it. Sometimes I dress Gidget up in a dress. She is 4 lbs of furry delight! I’ve never had a dog this small, and it seems like I just keep collecting and making stuff for her.  I take my dogs anywhere I can, not dressed up though…just sometimes.

Now…it’s not my fault…really. Blame it on Ross Stores! It was Christmas time a couple of years ago when we were there looking around, when I saw all this doggie gear.There were so many cute Christmas outfits for the doggies…so cute…I had to get her a dress. It kind of escalated from there…check out  https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/10/15/doggie-gear-storage/.

You know those $1 handkerchiefs they have at the dollar store? They have them all over. This is what I made for Gidget with the handkerchief.

I know…I’m not that good at sewing. But this is perfect, nice and cool. So If you are interested in doing this yourself, it is sooooo easy…I made copies of the T-Shirt in size XS and Small size patterns if you would like the pattern.

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Crafts · Fun & Easy DIY

Dragonfly Update

I have been busy working on the cabinets for the past few days, so in between, I like to do little projects.
This project shows you how you can take a  plain piece,  and turn it into something sparkly and pretty!
I have this tea light dragonfly. I’ve had it for many, many years. I decided it’s time to give it a makeover. Now my friend, the one who claimed the starfish wreath, was here and fell in love with it. After I cleaned it,I poured a cup of coffee and started figuring out my strategy for this cute dragonfly. When I went back into my craft room she already had the paint out! She wanted purple! At this point I knew it was gone. So I started painting it with the purple and played around with colors, before painting the whole thing white.
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Tip: I always paint things white first. The color you put on top just pops better! Below is what it looked like before painting…She said she wanted it blue, purple, and turquoise…..Waited for it to dry, and then I painted the wings and body the acrylic purple.
 At this point I thought it was looking pretty good. I had this sea glass that I had been wanting to use on a project…and this one would look good with it.
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I put it on with Gorilla construction adhesive. On this project I wasn’t doing it with thin set, or grout. It was like putting together a puzzle. When I was done, it looked pretty good. She was thrilled. Then someone got the bright idea of putting some glitter on the body. I had purple glitter, I covered the other parts with newspaper, I then sprayed with a spray adhesive and put on the glitter.
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After I was done with the glitter, I sprayed the whole thing with matte Rust oleum Clear Coat to protect it. this is what it looks like…
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Here’s another pic of her…has to be a girl with all that sparkle!
I’m so glad I take pictures so I can remember my work. Well that’s it! I really am blessed to have such great friends who love my work. So it’s okay if they claim my projects. Besides, can you imagine my home if I kept all this stuff. I also want to thank all of you who are following my creativity, it’s such a compliment to me…thank you!
Crafts · Fun & Easy DIY

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint has so many fun uses, both playful and practical. The only downfall is it comes at a steep price and the color selection is somewhat limited. Now you will be able to get all the fun, for a lot less, by making your own.

Chalkboard paint lets you transform any wall into an endlessly reusable writing surface. Although it’s readily available online and in stores it usually sells for about $25 per quart, it doesn’t come cheap. Plus,the colors are limited. When you make chalkboard paint yourself, first of all….it’s cheaper—but even better, you can create virtually any color you want!

MATERIALS

  • Flat finish latex paint
  • Unsealed tile grout
  • Mixing tray or bucket
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Drill/driver with paint mixer drill attachment or take a whisk and attach to drill
  • Chalk
  • Dry Towel

 

Sometimes in the paint department of large home improvement stores they have discounted paint that other customers returned/or didn’t come out right. If they have a discounted can that you like…pick it up!

STEP 1
Unable to purchase discounted paint in the perfect color for your space? Don’t fret! You can close the gap between what you have and what you want by mixing in white paint to create lighter tones. In this way, a rich brown can be coaxed into a soft tan, or a deep purple can be softened into a lavender shade.

How to Make Chalk Paint - Mix

STEP 2
Once you are happy with the paint color, add the magic ingredient: grout. For a successful batch of chalkboard paint, one to eight is the recommended ratio of grout to paint. So if you’re working on a small project involving only a half cup of paint, then expect to use one tablespoon of grout. Meanwhile, if you’re covering a large wall in a half gallon of paint, you’ll mix in a full cup of grout.

STEP 3
As thoroughly as you can, mix the grout into the paint. That means stirring for a minimum of five minutes, breaking up any clumps that start to form or stubbornly linger. Bear in mind that once you finish stirring,chalkboard paint tends to harden rather quickly, and you cannot seal the stuff for later use. In other words: Be ready to apply the paint as soon as you are done making it.

STEP 4
Apply the first coat, let it dry for several hours, then follow up with a second coat. After that, let the chalkboard paint dry for about three days, at which point the chalkboard should be cured and ready to use. Many people, however, suggest one last prep: conditioning the chalkboard by running a piece of writing chalk lengthwise over the surface until it’s completely covered. Finish by using a dry towel to wipe the chalked-over surface clean, and you’re all done!

It’s wonderful being able to make chalkboard paint yourself—quickly, cheaply, and easily—because there are so many fun ideas, and you never know when inspiration will strike. Just go where the chalkboard muse takes you! Today, turn a kitchen cabinet into your family’s shopping list and reminder hub. This weekend, devote part of the garage to visualizing complicated auto repair and construction projects. Next month, put your work calendar up on the wall to accommodate your expanding business.

I am currently painting cabinets and plan to paint one of the inside cabinet doors with this.

 

Crafts · Kids

Make a House From Recycled Bottles

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Hi, In this tutorial I will show you how we made a house out of plastic bottles. This is a fun project for you and your children. They will love to help you build an awesome house and learn about recycling. We used a big, 7 liters round plastic bottle , a 5 liters square plastic bottle and a few smaller ones of 1 and 2 liters. You will need some craft foam, wood glue, sand and acrylic paint. Have fun, you can make it!

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 For this step you will need your plastic bottles and hot glue. We started with the big bottle in the middle, and glued the other bottles around it. We tried to use different shapes and sizes alternating the square bottles with the round ones, the small bottles with the large ones. This step is very important because now you decide what shape your house is going to have. You can cut some of the bottles where they join for a nicer look. Make sure your glue gun is not too hot because plastic bottles can easily change shape when heated. You can decide now where the windows will go and you can even draw them on the bottles with a permanent marker.
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In this step you apply a layer of wood glue and paper towels on the whole surface of your house, except the windows and the top of the house, where the roof will be. We used wood glue that goes transparent when dry but you can use any wood glue. Let it dry over night
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In this step we will use hot glue and craft foam for making doors, windows and other small ornaments like bricks or a small border on the lower side of the house. The border can help you conceal the bottoms of your plastic bottles and will make your house look nicer. After this step your house beginning to look more like a house and less like some plastic bottles.
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In this step we will use wood glue and sand. Spread the glue on the surface of your house and throw sand over the wet glue. You can also use a tea strainer for straining the sand on the wet glue. Work small areas so your glue doesn’t dry. Let it dry over night.
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In this step you will make the roofs of your house. You will cut the heads of your plastic bottles first so the roofs will easily fit. The easiest method of making the roof is by making paper cones. It goes the same for the square bottles. The easiest way of making paper cones is by drawing a circle and making a straight cut from one side to the middle of the circle. From this point it’s easy to make any kind of cone you want, wide or pointy and it will fit your plastic bottles nicely. For the square bottles just press your cone from one side and then from the other side, then cut the round edges so you will get a pyramid.
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For this step you will cut thin stripes of craft foam. The tiles, like in real life, are layed starting from the bottom of the roof and working your way up.

 

This is the final step. I know you think it looks nice even without the paint, but trust me, it can look even better. Use just a few colors and paint carefully. You can use stronger colors than we did depending on the purpose of your house. f8ttmdxik4afgws-small

Be sure if you are placing in your garden or outdoors anywhere to use the acrylic outdoor paint on this.

 

 

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