DIY Map Picture Frame

We are big time traveling and road triping people, even if its just a day trip. We have tons of pictures just only one issue… they are all in the computer and not on print. So I decided to go into my “future craft supplies” box to dig out some picture frames I found 75% off last year on Clearance and get some printed. Since the frames are brown and everything else in the office is black I decided to cover them with a old map I had in my car {hope I don’t get lost now without my phone haha} so they would “go” with the decor.

Supplies

  • Frame
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Scissors
  • Map

First I cut out rectangles and squares out of the map in all different sizes

Next using Mod Podge I adhered the map pieces to the frame in a collage style until it was completely covered. Once dry I added another coat over top then trimmed off any extra pieces hanging around on the back.

Simple right? Although it took a little time to do it was overall super simple and now ready to display all our travels. Another perk was it was totally free to me since I had all the supplies on hand and a great upcycled project!

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DIY Chalkboard Sign

When redecorating a great little tip is to try and reuse {Upcycle} what you already have on hand. Another great tip is when you find items on clearance use your creative eye to see if you can use its “bones” for a new project. With both of those tips in mind after Christmas at Target I was able to pick up a few {4+} Christmas signs at 70% off. They ended up being under $1 each and I loved the shape. Which to be honest is something I would have no idea how to cut out of wood. {me & power saws are not friends} So with these signs just sitting in my future project pile I finally decided while redecorating our laundry room to make one into a chalkboard sign. Here’s what you will need…

  • Wooden Sign
  • Ribbon
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Brush
  • Glue Gun
  • Elmer’s Double Sided Tape Permanent {optional}

First I cut off the old red ribbon and started to paint the sign with chalkboard paint, as directed per the paint bottle. {mine recommended that you paint horizontal wait an hour then paint vertical then let dry for 24 hours.}

Next I ran new green ribbon through the holes and attached it using Elmer’s Double Sided Tape Permanent {you could always tie it instead}

After the ribbon was attached I made a simple bow to add a little extra something to my new sign.

The whole project {including the sign} cost under $6 and it was a great way to upcycle something old into something new.

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Washi Tape Magnets

Washi Tape MagnetsLike many of you I l-o-v-e Pinterest. I love surfing along and pinning great recipes & crafts to give me some inspiration for future products. When I saw these washi tape magnets I knew I had to give it a try. They were super simple and only took maybe ten minutes. {minus the time it took to chase down Henry (cat) for the magnets I cut… apparently he thought mom got him a new toy} Anyways here is how I made my super simple washi tape magnets…

Supplies

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Magnets roll {pictured below}
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Scissors

Washi Tape MagnetsFirst cut your magnet strips into your desired size {mine were about an inch & a half} then take off the backing to expose the adhesive strip and stick magnet down to the back side of your scrapbook paper {this is a perfect time to use up those scraps}

Then use an X-ACTO knife to cut the excess scrapbook paper around each magnet. After you “tapes” are cut out use a pair of scissors to give the edges a torn look. See super simple and perfect to use on your fridge with your favorite photos.

Washi Tape Magnets{Henry & I in New Mexico during our Route 66 road trip in 2010}

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Upcycled Canvas Makeover

upcycled canvas makeoverI mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was redecorating my little sisters bedroom. Well she had two painting that my mom had picked up from IKEA for pretty cheap and she absolutely loved them. I had no idea she liked them so much until after the room was painted she was asking where her paintings were. Since they didn’t match her new room we put them in the “garage sale” pile to sell. However after some brainstorming I decided that I’d repaint them to match her new room. I’d keep the basic design that she loved so much, just give it more of an updated look to go with her new tween bedroom.

paintingI broke out some acrylic paints & brushes that we already had and went to work. I pulled some colors out of her new bedspread and started covering up all the pink/red flowers with new purple ones and adding in some green tones and even a touch of aqua over that mustard base.

upcycled canvasAfter they were all dry we hung them back up on the wall and she was very happy. With only a little bit of time we were able to up-cycle the old canvas into new pieces of art at no extra expense. Have you ever upcycled an old canvas into a new piece of art?

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Christmas Card Book

If you’re like me you may have been wondering shortly after Christmas what to do with all those beautiful Holiday cards you received. We usually take all the pictures and hang them up in our laundry room on a cute board however that board is now very full of family & friends. So like any other time I am looking for some creative inspiration went to my ever so addicting Pinterest. I searched “Old Christmas Cards” and found tons of ideas from making gift tags to ornaments. However one idea stuck out over all of them… a Christmas Card Book. It looked simple and quick to make, which right now with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it seemed perfect.

After designing my “Christmas Cards 2011” logo I printed it out on scrapbooking card stock. Then cut each piece of scrapbooking paper {I found mine at Walmart for only $0.97 for like 7 pieces} a bit smaller than the other, before attaching them together with Elmer’s Tape Runner.

Once my cover was put together I punched two holes for my binder rings then repeated the hole punching in each card before placing them on the rings. This project didn’t take long at all and I can’t wait to put it on display next year for everyone to flip through.

What do you do with your old Christmas cards?

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Elmer’s Holiday Crafts Under $10 {Gift Ideas} #GlueNGlitter

This week I headed to Walmart to pick up some supplies for a couple crafts I was doing for gifts. One of the things I love about Walmart is that I can get everything on my list at one store. With the busy holiday season driving around store to store isn’t on the top of my priority list. Plus when shopping for craft supplies, Walmart seems to always have cheaper prices even when I use coupons at craft stores. Another thing is they carry all my favorite Elmer’s products; I love their X-ACTO and Memory Keeping products!! {Click here to see my shopping adventure}

The first craft I made this week was with my eleven year old brother, we made a couple cute {kid-friendly & simple} candle holders for under $10. {One of which he is giving his teacher for Christmas.}

Supplies

1. Draw on candle holder with Elmer’s CraftBond Dual-tip Flexible Pen

2. Sprinkle glitter on top of glue, tap off excess and let dry.

Totally simple right? It only took about maybe 10 minutes to do which is great since my brother has ADHD. Another simple and frugal craft I did this week was a cute hanging picture frame, which would also be great for kids to help with.

{Henry with Santa “Claws” last year at PetSmart}

Supplies

1. Use X-ACTO Knife to cut box {or Foam Board} about an inch bigger on all sides then photo

2. Trace piece of box you cut out onto scrapbooking paper then use scissors to cut out.

3. Use Elmer’s CraftBond Double-sided Tape to adhere box and scrapbooking paper together {as pictured above}

4. Line up where you want your photo on the scrapbooking paper then place your Elmer’s CraftBond Photo Corners down

5. Hole punch two holes for the ribbon to go through at the top of your frame.

6. Cut your ribbon to your desired length with X-ACTO Precision Scissors, then string through the holes you just punched and adhere to back using Elmer’s CraftBond Double-sided Tape.

7. Place your favorite photo in the frame and it’s ready to give to someone special.

Do you think these Elmer’s Memory Keeping products look super fun to use? Well you are just in luck, Elmer’s is having a Win the Wall contest where you could win tons of fun Elmer’s products {$250 Value}. To enter just click the photo below, good luck everyone!!

Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #ElmersHoliday #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias. All opinions are that of my own.
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Advent Calendar Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to make a cute advent calendar for awhile and this year I decided would be the time. However cute stocking on a string draping across a fireplace or staircase just wasn’t possible for me. You see we don’t have a staircase or fireplace here in AZ so that cute idea had to go out the window. So after lots of pondering I decided to make a dessert stand to hold our little stocking stuffer items to open each day.

Supplies

3 Plates (each slight smaller then the other)
2 Candle stick holders
Green Spray Glossy Paint
E6000 Glue
Stocking Stuffer Items (I picked up all mine at Kmart)
Wrapping Paper Supplies

Here’s out to make the holder…

1. Spray paint the 3 plates and 2 candle holders, let dry completely

2. Use E6000 to adhere the plates to candle stick holders, each candle stick holder between a plate.

After your stand is finished wrap your gifts and attach numbered cards to each gift. Then display them on your stand and place it on a dinner table or hallway stand.

Click here to see my shopping trip at Kmart for supplies.

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insight study for Collective Bias. However all opinion and creativeness are mine.
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Pilgrim Hat Tutorial #GlueNGlitter

 

This week my sister who is all into fashion wanted to wear a pilgrim hat. However not any old pilgrim hat would work for this child. So after some creative thinking I decided to take some inspiration from Brittany on Glee (the prom episode) and make her a small pilgrim hat and attach it to a headband for a more fashionable version of the classic pilgrim hat.

Supplies

Elmer’s Foam Board
Brown Elmer’s Paint Marker
Elmer’s CraftBond Glue Stick
X-Acto Knife
X-Acto Cutting Board
Bread Plate to trace for circle
9oz Tumbler Plastic Cup
Black Spray Paint
Yellow construction paper
Headband

1. Trace bread plate onto Elmer’s Foam Board
2. Use X-Acto Knife to cut out circle
3. Hot glue top of 9oz tumbler cup to Elmer’s Foam Board circle.
4. Spray paint pilgrim hat black, let dry completely. (I had to do 2 coats)
5. Once dry use Elmer’s brown paint marker to make a half inch band on the  bottom of 9oz tumbler
6. Use X-acto knife to cut out a “buckle” from contruction paper.
7. Once Elmer’s paint marker is dry use CraftBond glue stick to adhere “buckle” on the brown band on the hat.
8. Use hot glue gun to adhere your pilgrim at to a headband then let dry.
9. Have fun with your new festive and fashionable pilgrim hat! :-)

Click here to see my shopping adventure for my Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter project.

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insight study for Collective Bias #CBias. However all opinion and creativeness are mine. 
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Football Cupcake Stand Tutorial

A couple weeks ago I planned a combined event for a homegating football party and my sister’s birthday. Naturally we were going to have cupcakes, because A. it’s what we do for birthdays and B. I love to decorate them. At first I thought I’d put them on one of my cute dessert stands I already own. However this was also a “manly” event with the football game in all and my stands are a little girly/fancy. So I decided to make a new dessert stand just for our party and here is how I did it…

Supplies:

  • White Spray Paint
  • E-6000 Glue
  • Staple gun
  • Piece of Wood
  • Grass Carpet
  • Glass Candle Stick
  • Tape
  • Utility Knife

1. Cut your piece of wood to your desired size and cut grass carpet about 4 inches bigger then piece of wood with corners cut out, like pictured above.

2. Staple grass carpet to wood, as pictured.

3. Turn your piece of wood wrapped in grass carpet over and tape off the field lines.

4. Use white spray paint to paint your field lines and candle stick white. Let it dry over night.

5. Use E-6000 glue to adhere candle stick to wood.

6. Let dry then use at your next homegating party

{Click here to see where I linked up this week}

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Boo Bag Tutorial {Plus Free Printable}

Have you Boo’d? Well this year was our first and I have no idea why we never did before it’s such a cute idea.

Supplies:

  • Halloween Tissue Paper
  • Clear Goodie Bags {found in the party section}
  • Ribbon
  • Candy
  • Free Printable {found at the bottom of post}

1. Lay your fun Halloween tissue paper down.

2. Place candy in the middle of tissue paper.

3. Pull up all ends of tissue paper together so the candy is “wrapped”.

4. Stuff into plastic clear goodie bag.

5. Roll directions and sign together and place into the bag.

6. Use hole punch to made a hole in the “You’ve Been Boo’d” tag.

7. String ribbon through tag and tie around goodie bag.

8. When no one is looking drop off the Boo bag at your neighbors door.

Free Printables

Click here to print the PDF of the directions and tag.

Click here to print the PDF of the “We’ve been Boo’d” sign.

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