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An Extra Spoonful of Sweet Sentiment September 18, 2012

As Korene mentioned in the “Spoonful of Sweet Sentiment” post, we went to a Bridal Shower for a dear friend.  While I was gone for the afternoon, my crafty kids were inspired by our spoon craft and surprised me with an extra sweet sentiment.  They made me this adorable necklace from one of their baby spoons.  My kiddos are 11, 8, and 5 and did this all on their own with only a little muscle required from my husband and the supplies in the “craft box”.  Check out what they gave me!

Here’s how they did it-

You will need:

  • Baby Spoon (if you have one that the kids all ate with it is extra special)
  • Paper embellishment – The kids wrote “mom” on a piece of construction paper, but the possibilities are endless.  I would like to try it with baby photos!
  • Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic™- This stuff is really cool and more kid friendly than the 2 part epoxy
  • Pliers to bend the spoon
  • String
  1. Remove plastic covering from baby spoon.  The kids did this by leaving it out in the sun for a few months after using it in the sandbox:-)
  2. Use Mod Podge to adhere your paper.
  3. Add Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on top of your paper enough to fill spoon
  4. After spoon is dry, bend handle.  The kids said they just bent it back and forth a few time and it broke just perfectly:-)  Have someone strong “curve it back” with pliers so it will hold your string.
  5. Add string to the desired length
  6. Surprise your mom and make her cry!

I just had to share this.  It makes me happy to see my kids wanting to be crafty!

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Kiddo Tip: Let ‘em pour September 15, 2012

If you happen to have a little one who is exploring new found independence and trying new things like pouring his/her own drink . . . you may want to try this.

Open the door of the dishwasher (open it all the way). Set a cup on the inside of the open door and let the kiddo pour into the cup. If they happen to spill, just close the lid and run a load of dishes.

My oldest son came up with this one, when he was just a little ‘sprout’. I was loading the top rack of the dishwasher, he was cruising around the kitchen. He grabbed a cup, sat it on the open door, filled it up and off he went. I have no idea where he came up with the idea, probably my mom.

 

Upholstered Headboard September 14, 2012

The finished “cozy” headboard!

My husband and I had been talking about buying a bed for our room for years.  We were  using a mattress frame with no headboard or footboard.  We shopped at all of the local stores but couldn’t get ourselves to spend the money on something that just wasn’t that great.  We decided to take matters into our own hands and built our own headboard.  It was a lot of fun and super easy!  Thanks to http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2010/01/diy-simple-tufted-headboard/ for having such wonderful detailed directions.

What you need:

  • 1/2 inch plywood large enough for your bed dimensions
  • foam -we used our repurposing skills and used a foam mattress pad instead of buying expensive foam from the fabric store:-)
  • batting to cover foam
  • your favorite fabric
  • D ring hooks
  • button cover kit (these are so much fun:-)
  • embroidery thread
  • finish nails
  • jig saw
  • drill
  • staple gun

Here’s how to make it

  1. Cut your plywood to the desired size and add curvature if desired.  We simply measured 2 points and connected them to get our curve, then made a template to match the second side.   Be sure not to make it too drastic so it does not become a nightmare to fold the fabric around.
  2. Measure and mark where you want your buttons to go.  This took a little time to figure out for us, but I may have been overthinking it.  We ended up with 3 rows of buttons with 5 buttons in the middle row and 4 buttons in the top and bottom rows.  Drill holes using 5/16″ drill bit.
  3. Lay foam on cut plywood and cut foam to match the plywood.  As I mentioned, we used a foam mattress pad.  Ours was a 1 1/2″ king size pad.  We folded it in half to have 3″ of foam and cut it to fit.
  4. Wrap batting around the foam and plywood and secure with staples on the back side of the plywood.
  5. Wrap fabric over batting and secure as you did with batting.
  6. Cover your buttons using the nifty button cover kit.  My kids loved this part and were fighting over who got to cover the next button.  We used the 1 ” buttons.
  7. Thread and upholstery need with embroidery floss or upholstery thread.  We had lots of embroidery floss from a summer of making friendship bracelets so we used that.  Push your needle up through the back of the headboard and thread through the button.  Push the needle back down through the headboard and tie the thread to a small finish nail so that the nail is tied very close to the back of the headboard.  Twist the nail to pull the button to desired tension and staple the ends of the nail in place to hold at this tension.  Repeat with remaining buttons.
  8. Fasten D rings to the back of the headboard for mounting.  We first determined where we wanted to hang it on the wall and measured the stud location to make sure the D rings would line up.  Add large screws or nails to the wall, lift your new headboard, and hang.  This was trickier than it sounds.  It was definately a 2 person job.
  9. Enjoy your cozy new headboard!

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Kiddo Tip: Screen Door = Feline Barrier September 12, 2012

You can just imagine my horror when I walked into the nursery one morning and found our beloved cat sleeping on top of our 3-WEEK-old son’s chest! Our son is fine, he’s 12 (almost 13) and breathing quite well – but, that discovery absolutely made my skin crawl. Within hours my husband and I had installed a screen door to keep the feline out.

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You will need:

  • Screen door (If you pick up an older door from a sale, just make 100% sure that there is absolutely NO LEAD PAINT on it)
  • Hinges and screws to mount the door
  • Handle
  • Drill
  • Stain/paint/polyurethane
  • Brushes
  • Drop cloths
  • Sand paper
  • Tack cloth (A specialized type of wiping cloth that is treated with a ‘tacky’ material. It’s designed to remove loose particles of dust, dirt and lint from an area that you’re going to paint or stain.)
  • We installed a spring that pulls the door closed

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Directions:

  1. Lightly sand door. With a tack cloth, wipe remaining saw dust from door.
  2. Paint or stain/polyurethane door.
  3. Install hinges, hang door.
  4. Install handle and spring (optional).

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Note to self. Youngest son is 6, time to take down screen door. I guess I’ll add THAT to my never ending ‘To Do’ list.

 

Halloween Themed Books September 9, 2012

I think I have a ‘craft crush’ on Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic™! It adds dimension to a craft project, dries clear and I found out that glitter really adheres to it (I used it on the spider book). Check it out at: www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge-dimensional-magic

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You will need:

  • Discarded hardcover books (check resale shops, Goodwill®/Salvation Army®, garage sales, your local library may have a book sale area, check your book shelves at home)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Toothbrush
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • White Painters Pen (Elmer’s® makes a nice one)
  • Black glitter
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (of course)
  • Red scrapbooking embellishment (I had these little triangle-shaped acrylic pieces): stickers, rhinestones
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Wrapping paper or scrapbook paper
  • Regular Mod Podge
  • Letter stickers (I used white, glittery scrapbooking stickers)
  • Wax paper
  • File folder
  • Straight edge (metal ruler)
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors

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Here’s the directions for the spider book:

  1. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint books black. I did 2 coats. Be sure to paint the sides of the cover and the areas that carry over onto the inside of the book. Allow to fully dry.
  2. To add a weathered look to the outside pages: Slightly dip the toothbrush into black paint. Hold the toothbrush up to the pages and run your thumb across the toothbrush’s bristles, so the paint splatters against the sides of the pages. Also run the toothbrush across the corners, darkening them up a bit. This makes the book look like it’s been used a lot.
  3. I had a scrapbooking spider cut-out that I traced onto the book (in pencil) and then with a ruler I free-handed the spider web. You can also research the internet for images. Print off the image to the appropriate size, color the backside of the image with pencil, turn paper over and place the paper image onto the book. Trace over entire image, be sure not to move the paper. Lift up the paper, when done, and you will be able to see a light pencil marking of the image.
  4. With the white Painters Pen, I drew the web (be sure to NOT draw over the areas where the spider will go).
  5. Here’s the fun part. Fill in the spider with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Try using it on a scrap piece of paper first (just a few strokes) then you can get a feel for how it will come out of the tube. Sprinkle glitter over the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Let it set for about 5 minutes, gently tap off the excess glitter onto the file folder. Fold file folder and pour remaining glitter back into container. Allow to fully dry. Note: When working with the glitter, it MAY be best to allow Dimensional Magic to dry for the allotted 3 hours before tapping off excess glitter. The image may move or slide. I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.
  6. Now, with my embellishments (triangle-shaped acrylic pieces) I had to paint the backs of them white due to the fact that when I laid them onto the spider, they practically disappeared. When you choose your embellishment, make sure it has either a silver or white backing so it will show up when it’s placed on your piece. Attach embellishment with E-6000 adhesive.
  7. Don’t forget to decorate the spine of the book by adding a spooky title.

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Directions for the green and black book:

  1. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint books black. I did 2 coats. Be sure to paint the sides of the cover and the areas that carry over onto the inside of the book. Allow to fully dry.
  2. To add a weathered look to the outside pages: Slightly dip the toothbrush into black paint. Hold the toothbrush up to the pages and run your thumb across the toothbrush’s bristles, so the paint splatters against the sides of the pages. Also run the toothbrush across the corners, darkening them up a bit.
  3. Trim out your paper to be a bit bigger than your book (you’ll need the excess to wrap around the book).
  4. Apply regular Mod Podge to the areas that the paper will cover. Adhere paper to Mod Podge, wrapping it around the cover and onto the inside cover. Gently smooth out bubbles.
  5. On the inside covers, trim paper (using a straight edge and a ruler). I trimmed mine at 1/2″, just make sure you allow enough paper to wrap around the sides and onto the inside of the cover. Snip the corners, fold over and adhere with Mod Podge.
  6. Add a bewitching title to the spine with scrapbooking letters.

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Enjoy your ‘spooktacular creations’.

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Upcoming Project September 1, 2012

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‘Praise and Coffee the Magazine’ asked us to do another craft project for their upcoming Fall magazine. We’ll keep you ‘posted’ (Ha! Ha!) when it comes out.

Here’s the link: http://praiseandcoffee.com/current-magazine/

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Halloween Silhouette Plates

I relish the idea of having a wall dedicated to holiday appropriate white plates that could be changed out every season. I started pricing out plain, white, ceramic plates and quickly found out that my vision well exceeded my pocket book. So I came up with this.

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You will need:

  • White paper plates (The plates I used were coated on one side and had a pearly white color to them, plain white plates will work as well. Check the party area in your store.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scrapbooking silhouettes, check your local craft store (I found mine at a ‘Dollar Tree’ store, they were a buck a piece for a pack of 15)
  • File folder without pockets
  • Black glitter (optional)
  • Black marker (optional)
  • Blue painter’s tape
  1. Cover work surface with wax paper or some type of plastic sheeting so the Mod Podge will not stick to the surface.
  2. Adhere silhouette to plate with Mod Podge.
  3. Cover/paint silhouette and entire plate with Mod Podge, allow to fully dry.
  4. Make ringlets with blue tape, place ringlets onto back of plate, attach paper plate to wall. Be careful with the blue tape. Some DO state on the packaging that if it’s left on a surface for a long period of time, it will become permanent. Read manufactures labeling.

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If you want to further embellish your creation – highlight areas of your plate with glitter.

  1. Paint the edge of the plate with Mod Podge or a certain area of the silhouette (owl’s tree branch) or the entire silhouette.
  2. Sprinkle black glitter on top of the Mod Podge.
  3. Shake of excess glitter. I left some glitter behind on my plate to add to the spookiness.

Hint: Shake off excess glitter over file folder. Slightly fold file folder and pour remaining glitter back into glitter container.

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You could also create your own silhouettes using a black Sharpie® marker or black paint. Research images on the internet for reference.

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When storing plates, place a sheet of wax paper between them so they won’t stick together.

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You can switch out plates every season/holiday.

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