3 Easy Projects You Can Make With Paint Chip Circles

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We love when creativity can inspire someone to take one object, and turn it into endless creations. We’ve seen people turn Ikea furniture into one-of-a-kind pieces, upcycle and reuse objects that didn’t appear to have life left in them, and make unique art with unconventional materials.

We’ve seen hundreds of projects made with paint chips. It’s a free, colorful source of inspiration for so many people. These paint chip circles have been sitting in a bin in the garage for years. We initially used them for our sharks and mermaids celebrating an Under the Sea party. It’s a happy bag of confetti that has a lot of DIY’s left to do, but recently we rounded up three ways to use the colorful circles.

#1: Favor Tags
Recently our kids had testing week at school. A few moms wanted to lift the kids spirits when they sat at their desk to tackle a day of tests. One of the many ways we did it was with pencils with the tag, You’re Sharp. To make, use a Sharpie to write the words in the center of the circle, simply cut a slit on top and bottom of the circles, and insert the pencil. These would make cute Valentine’s Day favors, too. Think about all the tags you can make for favors and gifts with the paint chip circles!

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#2: Fruit
We don’t know about you, but we are ready for that tropical look and feel of summer! These tiny fruits were so fun to make, and the only extra materials we used was scissors and a Sharpie. These would be adorable wine charms – just punch a small hole, add a small loop or wire, and that’s it! These fruit would also make a fruitastic banner. To do that, just punch holes or cut slits, and string twine through them, or glue twine to the back of them. I see a lot of fun projects with these fruity tokens in our future. How would you use the fruit?

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#3: Mermaid/Fish Scales
These paint circles are perfect for layering on top of each other for a scale effect. We used them to make a large mermaid tail. For the tail tutorial, visit here. They would be a great prop for fish scales and ocean waves, too. I also plan to glue circles to a large piece of paper, and let my kids think about all the things that have circles, and draw around it. For example, they can draw rays for a sun, another circle on top and bottom for a snowman, a car and it’s wheels, the planets in the solar systems, etc. It would be so fun!

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http://www.orientaltrading.com/paint-chip-circles-a2-13726728.fltr

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Walk On The Wild Side With A DIY Zebra Rug

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Do you walk on the wild side sometimes? When Jessica was in High School, she got on a wild streak with her room decor. Her room was bold with tiger and cheetah prints! No, it was not manageable splashes of the animal print – it was an entire comforter, large pillows, bath towels and a rug. We all go through periods in our lives, and sometimes look back and say, “What in the world was I thinking?” This is one of those periods.

We hope this isn’t one of those moments, but after seeing many expensive zebra rugs online, we decided to walk on the wild side once again and make an affordable version of the zebra rug. We like the way it turned out, and happy we paid less than half the prices online.

To see the full tutorial, visit a site we love, Momtastic.

DIY Lip Balm Pouches Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

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We love our essential oils, and one of our favorite goodies to make with our oils is DIY lip balm. Our lips are so dry in the winter, plus we love when we can put pure ingredients on our lips. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for those that want kissable lips, or want to give a gift of kissable lips, we recommend DIY essential oil lip balm.

Read our DIY lip balm tutorial for the ingredients and instructions. To jazz it up a bit for gift giving, make a cute holder for it – a DIY lip balm pouch. It’s almost like a lip balm sleeping bag. It’s a cute DIY that can be made into all shapes and sizes. We made heart-shaped pockets to hold gift cards for teachers. You can also make DIY felt pouches to hold tissues, treats, and even larger pockets for photos and sweet notes.

This DIY project is incredibly easy. Here’s how we did it.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Cut felt (we bought a pretty library of felt from Target, and it’s thicker than traditional felt, which worked well) into a rectangle larger than the width of the lip balm tube.

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Step 2: Once you have the pieces cut, thread a needle (don’t forget to tie a knot on the end), along the edges of two rectangles that are lined up. We do not have any sewing skills whatsoever, and we did it! Just go in and out of the felt, which will create a cross stitch pattern. Leave the top of the rectangle open so you have an opening for the lip balm.

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Hope you find a way, even if it’s a wave or hug, to spread the love on Valentine’s Day!

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DIY Busy Board Fun for Toddlers

Jenna has the baby of our entire family now (he’s the youngest of eight grandbabies for our parents), and it’s hard to believe he’s not a baby anymore. He is such a blessing, and pure joy – nothing can stop him from smiling.

Nine years ago, when we started having kids, we wish we had the knowledge that a quick stop to Home Depot could be the discovery of a DIY sensory activity for our kids that would last hours! Leo is the lucky one, because he got one of his very own.

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Whether you call it a sensory board, an activity board or a busy board, it’s all the same thing that keeps toddlers busy for hours. It’s genius. It’s so engaging for kids, and good practice for their fine motor skills.

The full tutorial of our DIY Busy Board is on Momtastic. Check it out here. IMG_1601

Choose Kind: DIY Wonder-Inspired Keychain for Kids

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Happy New Year! Last year we were so touched by R.J. Palacio’s best-selling book Wonder, the theme of kindness (woven beautifully throughout the book) has become a priority in our own lives this year.

We must be kinder to ourselves and one another. And as mother’s, it’s so important to teach our children to be kind. If we can show them by example that kindness, even a small act of kindness, can change lives, they will choose to be kind. Maybe they will have courage to stand up for that one child who is being bullied. Perhaps they will be a friend to that one child who feels forgotten, and show him/her love. Or, hopefully they will have the opportunity to remind a child who looks different from them, that he/she is beautiful.

Just as R.J. Palacio said, “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

We all have different stories, and we were all made to be different. But, everyone can be kind. We have good and bad days, so some days it may come be more difficult than others (especially when others hurt and deceive us), but if we try to remind ourselves about the power of kindness, it may just make our hearts feel lighter, and let more love in in 2018.

To remind our kids about the small acts of kindness they can show their friends at school, we made Choose Kind keychains. They are made from a somewhat unconventional material from Oriental Trading Company, but with our free printable by Jenna, the discs were easily transformed.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Drill a hole into the top of the wood circles.

Step 2: Paint the front and back of the circle blue.

Step 3: Print the free printable, and cut out the paper circles on card stock paper. Once the paint is dry, add Mod Podge to the back of the printable and press it down in the center of the wood circle.

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Step 4: Apply 2-3 thin layers of Mod Podge over the printable and the wood circle.

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Step 5: Add the keychain loop on top, and add it to your kids backpacks.

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If you haven’t read Wonder yet, do yourself a favor and read it. There are so many life lessons to take from it and apply to your daily life. Here’s a quote from the book that will give you something to think about as you make your resolutions, or goals for the year.

“It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.” ~ Wonder