Tree Sign

Today I am bringing you a fun new DIY Tree Sign.  My baby shower was done in a camping theme and I knew right away I wanted to make a sign for Trevor that was made out of a tree and branch.

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • part of a tree
  • saw to cut the pieces into circles or whatever shape you decide
  • wood burning tool or sharpie
  • twine
  • branch
  • drill
  • stencil
  • hot glue

DIRECTIONS

  1.  The first step is to find a tree that will work for the size you are wanting.
  2. Next you will use a saw to cut the tree into the shape, we chose circles and made them similar in size but not exact.
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  3. Next you want to decide on a font and either print out a stencil or you can free hand it using a wood burning tool or a sharpie whichever works for you. (make sure you leave enough room at the top to drill the holes so you can hang the pieces)
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  4.  Next you will want to drill a hole in the top of each of your shapes with the letters on them.
  5. After you have found a branch you will then want to space out your letters and make sure they are placed where you would like them.  We simply laid it out on a table and made sure the spacing was as we wanted it to be.
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  6. Next you will want to put the twine through your holes and then hot glue them to your branch at the top.
  7. Once this is all done then you will want to hot glue some extra twine on the ends to hang the sign.
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This was the sign at the baby shower, we later added the twine to hang on the wall above his bed
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Have you ever made a sign like this?  What do you think?

PS. Props to my hubby because he did the whole sign … I just found the inspiration 🙂

Mel

DIY – August

So I have decided to start a new link up.  I used to do DIY once a week and it got to be too much and too time consuming.  I have recently been starting to do DIY projects again so I started thinking and decided I would now start hosting a monthly link up.  SO every 3rd Friday of the month I am going to be hosting a link up where you can share your fun DIY projects you have been working on for the month.

This month I chose to do DIY Glitter mugs.  (for the record it didn’t turn out great!

ITEMS NEEDED:

white mug
glitter
paint brush
modge podge
blue painters tape
paper plates
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DIRECTIONS:

  1. The first thing you need to do is decide on a patter or where you want the glitter to fall and then tape off any part of the mug you wish to leave white.
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  2. Once it is taped up good get a paper plate out and place the mug over top of it.  Start putting on the modge podge and then pouring the glitter on it. (The paper plate is there to catch the access glitter that falls off)
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  3. Let the glitter dry for 4-6 hours
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  4. Once the glitter has dried then you can place another layer of modge podge on the glitter area.  Then let it dry for a full 24 hours before using or washing.
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Mel

Tie Dye – DIY

Today I am sharing a fun Tie Dye – DIY that I did with the girls.  I am not sure how but growing up I never tie-dyed anything.  We were walking through Target one day and they had kits on clearance for $2.98 so of course I couldn’t pass it up.  We got all the supplies we needed and the girls and I (with Matt’s help of course) tie-dyed our first ever shirts.

ITEMS NEEDED:
Tie-Dye kit or (bottles, dye, rubber bands, & gloves)
t-shirts
water

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. The first thing you want to do is set up a station.  You want somewhere that the dye can run to and won’t ruin anything.
  2. Next you want to pick your shirt design and then rubber band it accordingly.
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  3. Then you will fill your dye bottles with the dye powder and then add water to the fill line.
  4. Next you want to take everything to your station and put on your gloves.
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  5. Then you will start dying.  We pre-chose which sections would be what colors so it would be a little easier for the girls.
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  6. After you have the shirt completely covered in dye then you want to cover it in plastic wrap or we just grabbed a freezer bag and placed them in there for 6-8 hours (the longer it sits the deeper the color).
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  7. After they have sat for 6-8 hours then you can take them out of the bag and rinse them off.  You will rinse to get all the extra dye off the shirt.
  8. Then you want to wash and dry it using the hottest water possible for the fabric.
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Have you ever tie-dyed a shirt? How did it turn out?

Mel

DIY Bead Earrings

Hello everyone … today I am bringing you a fun DIY bead earrings.  I was cruising Pinterest when I found a project I knew the girls would love.

ITEMS NEEDED:
Beads
earring backs
oven
cookie sheet or cupcake tin
E6000 glue

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Directions:

  1. The first thing you need to do is pre-heat your oven to 350 -400 degrees.  You may have to play around with this.  The first post I saw said to put it at 250 degrees and it literally took 2 hours for the beads to melt.  The next batch I upped to 400 and it melted much better and quicker.
  2. Next, you want to pick out a pair of beads.  I had the girls pick out the colors they wanted. Once you have the colors you want, place one bead in each cupcake slot or on the cookie sheet a few inches apart.
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  3. Then you will want to bake them in the oven.  I don’t have an exact time.  I placed them in the oven and then watched until they were melted into little flattened circles.
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  4. After they are melted let them completely cool.
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  5. Once cooled then you can take your E6000 glue and glue them the circle to the earring post.
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  6. Then you will want to let the glue dry overnight to make sure it is set well.  Once the glue is dry you are all finished and you can start wearing your new earrings
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**Tips ..

It may take a few trials to get the degree set correctly on the oven.

The chrome looking beads do not melt.  We tried and by the time the 2 hours were up they still hadn’t melted so we didn’t try again. ( You can see in the picture for direction 3 that they barely started to melt).

Have you tried this DIY? How did it turn out?

Mel

Mason Jar DIY

Hello readers … today I am bringing you a fun mason jar DIY. This summer we attended our friends wedding and we loved the centerpieces they chose. If you look in this picture in the middle you can see it was a white mason jar with twine on the top and then they had little keys dangling from them with flowers inside.  On the left side they did the same with cans and twine and then they added the letters of their name.

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We loved these and thought we would do one and make it our own.  We liked the middle jar the best but instead of a key we wanted to add an M.

ITEMS NEEDED:

mason jar
paint
twine
letter or charm of your choosing
hot glue

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. The first thing you need to do is paint your mason jar.  We chose a color that we both agreed on that went well with our house as well.  We chose to paint it with regular paint, however, I think you could do spray paint you would just need to make sure that it doesn’t run.
  2. The next thing you want to do is paint your letter as well.  You want to pick a coordinating color of course.
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  3. Let the jar sit until it is completely dry.  Once it is dry then you can start to wrap it with the twine. Once it is wrapped you want to hot glue the tip down so that it will not come undone.
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  4. Once that is done then the next thing you want to do is add your letter.  You can either hand the letter or hot glue it to the front.  Add your letter at the end. (ours was different and I will explain below :).
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I left Matt in charge of this project, one because he is a better painter than I am and two he is a perfectionist to I knew it would be perfect.  The whole process was rather easy and I don’t really have any tips or tricks except to be patient.  Let the paint and everything dry fully before you are going on to the next step.

Now, we painted a letter but when we went to put it on the jar we realized it just wasn’t big enough.  We went back out shopping trying to find something that was a little bigger but not too big and we came up empty-handed.  We decided just to add the smaller letter.  A few months ago I ordered something from Etsy and my order was lost and never shipped so the shop owner included an extra gift in my package and I thought it might work better.

I went to my stash of craft stuff and found the letter.  We thought it was black which we were okay with but when we opened it we realized it was gold and we actually liked it better :).  We thought it offset the twine and really brought everything together!!

What do you think? Do you have any fun mason jar DIY projects?

Mel

Holiday Shirt DIY

Today I am sharing a fun little DIY I decided to do.  It is that time of year again and each year my family has a girls night for Halloween and one for Christmas.  My grandma starts it, my mom is 1 of 4 girls, there are 6 out of 7 girl grandchildren, and 8 out of 11 girl great-grandchildren.  Each year we have a sleepover and watch holiday movies and have treats and play games.  Each year most of the families will get matching PJ sets so each family has something different.  I saw this tutorial on Facebook and knew I wanted to make them for our family for our sleepover.

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • T-Shirt
  • painters tape
  • chalk
  • fabric glue
  • sequins
  • shirt board
  • tweezers

DIRECTIONS:

  1. First you need to get your shirt and insert the shirt board.  This is so no glue sticks to the backside of the shirt
  2. Then you want to take a piece of tape and place it in the middle of your shirt. I decided to do the word JOY for the holidays so I taped right under where I wanted the O to go
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  3. After the tape is placed correctly then you can take your chalk and write out the word.  I knew I wanted to do cursive. (FYI writing on a shirt with chalk is not easy.  Make sure you sort of spread out the shirt so it will work better).
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  4. Once you have your word drawn on the shirt then you take the fabric glue and place a little glue on one small section.
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  5. Take a sequin and place it on the glue.
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  6. Next, take your tweezers and push the sequin down.  You can also use different colors.  There are 6 girls in our family so I decided to take three colors and use each color twice.  I used green, gold, and red.  Here are the finished products.
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When doing the shirts, I definitely got better as I went along.  I found myself getting into a grove and figuring out which worked best.  You will definitely want to use tweezers to push the sequins down, otherwise you will have glue everywhere.  Also, don’t go directly off your letter drawing, use it as an outline.  You will notice it isn’t perfect so as you are placing glue don’t worry if you go off the drawn letter.  Last but not least make sure you don’t overlap the sequins too much.  If you do then they will all just start popping up, just overlap a tiny little bit, right at the end of the last sequin.

ENJOY!! and have fun

Mel

Parenting Tuesday – Holiday Craft

I went on Pinterest to find some fun, creative idea for the girls.  I knew I wanted to include them and tried to find something that was easy and fun and something they would like to do. I found this on Pinterest which is the original image:

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so the girls and I sat down and did the following steps:

  1. Trace your hand
  2. Cut out your hand
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  3. We then colored the hats Red and drew the eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Glue your hand to a piece of construction paper color of your choice
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  5. Glue a cotton ball on the tip of that hat and down all fingers.
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The girls had a ton of fun.  They didn’t turn out to bad for the first time making them.  I wish I would have used smaller cotton balls or cut them in half because it wound up being a little wider than I had planned.

Welcome to the Time for Mom Holiday Craft Challenge!
This week we are excited to kick off the holiday season with this fun challenge!  We invite you to link up below to show off your holiday kids craft!  Then, encourage your readers and fans to come vote for your post by giving it a “like” in our link up all this week.  Voting will close at noon (eastern time) on Monday, December 8th, and the top 3 based on votes will be featured in our December 9th Time for Mom posts!  We will also be picking one winner to win the grand prize of a $50 gift card!  Read on for the Rules and Guidelines!

Holiday Kids Crafts Contest Rules & Guidelines:
  • Craft should be kid friendly (you can do it together with your kids, or kids can do it on their own) and holiday themed (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Years etc)
  • Write a post about your craft and link up on December 2nd, post should be recent within a week before the contest and must be your own, original post.  Post should include at least one photo of your craft.
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  • One entry per person, household or blog.  If a blog links up more than one craft entry, only the first entry will be counted.

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DIY Wednesday – button bracelet

Today I am sharing some fun, simple, button bracelets that anyone can do, even the little ones.

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • cord/yarn/string/etc
  • buttons with 2 or 4 holes in them
  • scissors
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DIRECTIONS:

  1. The first thing you want to do is cut the string/cord/etc to about half the way around your wrist.  Measure it out and then cut it.
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  2. If you are using a button with 2 holes then the next step is to tie a knot in the bottom where the two ends meet. If using 4 holes then skip to step 3
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  3. Next you are going to want to squeeze the string together and squeeze it through the one hole.  If using 4 holes then you simply put the string up through one hole and down through the other.
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  4. The next step is to loop it through the other end of the string.
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  5. Once that is done do the same thing on the other side of the button with the other hole(s)
  6. After that you just need to tie around your wrist and you are good to go.
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Do you like to use buttons in your DIY projects? What things have you done with buttons?

Mel

 

DIY Wednesday – Magnet Board

Today, I picked a quick and easy DIY to do.  It took me about 2 minutes and the girls had so much fun helping. Overall, this project cost me $2 for the yard of fabric. Everything else was at home around the house.

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • cookie sheet (used or new)
  • fabric
  • magnets
  • scissors (may or may not be used)
  • adhesive clips

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I wound up using binder clips instead of the hot glue and did not need the scissors.  Depending on how much fabric you get, it may require some cutting.  Mine overlapped nicely so I left them as is.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. The first step is to gather all your items needed to complete the project. Next take your fabric and wrap it around your cookie sheet.  A flat cookie sheet may work better but I was using my resources and recycling my old cookie sheet.
  2. The next step would be to cut any excess that hangs off or anything that needs to be cut for your fabric to look nice.
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  3. Once you have what you need cut begin gluing/taping/clipping, etc.  I initially planned to use hot glue but when I realized how much extra wrapped around I figured it wouldn’t work as well so I just used binder clips and went around the edges with them.
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  4. Once that is finished you are done, place some magnets on there and you are good to go.
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ENJOY! Have you tried this project before?

Mel

 


DIY Wednesday – 4th of July M

I knew this week I wanted to do a 4th of July themed project.  I of course went searching on Pinterest and found the perfect project.  I found a letter done in red, white, and blue with stars and knew that was what I wanted to try out.  I headed to Michael’s and got my supplies and again wound up only spending about $6 if that.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

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  • Letter
  • paint
  • star stickers
  • paintbrush
  • painters tape

DIRECTIONS:

  1. The first thing you need to do is mark off the area with painters tape that you would like to be white.  The letter I found was white so there was no need to paint it white so I marked the areas I wanted white with painters tape.
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  2. The next step was to add the stars.  I took the start stickers and started placing them where I wanted them.  The one thing I did, I wish I wouldn’t have, was I didn’t place the stars as they should be upright, I turned some stickers and I wish I would have made them all as they should be.
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  3. After everything is taped and your stickers are placed you can begin with the red paint.  You want to tape the “stripes” of your letter.  My letter wasn’t that big so I did 2 white stripes and 2 red.  Let the red paint dry before moving on to step 4.
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  4. After the red paint is dry then you can start painting the top blue.  This part was really tricky for me.  I am not the greatest painter in the world and royally messed up the blue paint portion.  ENTER AWESOME MATT .. Matt to the rescue, he re-painted the blue portion for me and made it look great.
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  5. Once all the paint you used is dry it is time to peel off the tape.  Start by doing the bottom first and then work your way to the top.
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  6. Once all the tape is peeled off you can look for any areas that need to be touched up but you should be good to go.
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I am so happy with the way it turned out and can’t wait to display it. I would have changed the stars orientations and I probably would have done red next to the blue portion to make it stand out just a little more.

What fun DIY’s have you done for the 4th of July?  Any neat recipes?

Mel