DIY Sand Craft and Mod Podge Frame

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It’s almost Spring Break time, and we don’t know about you, but we’re dreaming about sand between our toes, salty beach hair and cocktails at sunset. We’re also like our mom on most vacations, and try to get all those special moments on film, or in our case, digital jpg files. But, when we return home most of our photos remain on our computer, and the sand remains far away on the beach.

This DIY Mod Podge and sand frame merges those wonderful photo memories with colorful sand, so it’s one happy and colorful display. Plus, with the base of the frame being an Ikea GRUNTDAL, it can be displayed on anything metal or magnetic.

Get all the how-to details at Momtastic.

And, if you’re headed somewhere warm for vacay, have fun (and stop to take those photos that you will always cherish…no matter how much your children whine).

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DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planter

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Our love for succulents has never faded. We love them, year-round! So, recently when we took a trip to find pumpkins at a garden center and saw pumpkin planters with succulents, we were head-over-heels in love. We made our own versions of the pumpkin planter {we bought the one with the skeleton}. This no-carve Halloween arrangement can be made for friends and family this Halloween and Thanksgiving season, and when pumpkin season is over, transfer the arrangement to a more festive winter holiday base.

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Materials:

  • Mini pumpkins, faux or real
  • Succulents, mini
  • Hot glue
  • Skulls and other fairy-size decorations
  • Moss, Spanish Moss
  • Glitter hairspray

Directions:

Step 1: Gather supplies.

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Step 2: Glue a handful Spanish Moss to the top of the pumpkin.

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Step 3: Insert the small succulents into the moss. Use a little hot glue if you have to keep them in place.

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Step 4: Add any other types of moss and mini stems to the top of the pumpkin. Finally, glue a skull or fairy-garden accessory on top.

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Step 5: Spray hair glitter on the arrangement. This can be wiped off later, but the sparkle is so cute!

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You’re done. To keep the succulents alive, spray them with water.

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DIY Gift: Custom Candles

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Not only can our kids make DIY crayon candles covered with rainbows, hearts and crayon splatter. We can make DIY candles too, but more sophisticated ones. I can see more melted crayons and candles in our near future for DIY holiday gifts. It’s a gift that’s sure to SHINE!

To see how we made the crayons with the kids, see the full tutorial on Momtastic. But basically, all you have to do is heat the crayon with a blow dryer (continuously} and draw. We found that black crayons worked the best to write words and monograms.

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DIY Marble and Copper Tray Hack

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We love, love, love to shop West Elm. But, we often love a good home decor hack even more. Our DIY side is totally satisfied when we successfully pull off a home décor hack that looks almost identical to the real thing sold in stores, at a fraction of the price.

One can never have enough trays, especially pretty ones like the Copper and Marble serving board at West Elm. So, one must make this DIY version of the Copper and Marble tray and West Elm hack. It’s so simple, and stunning.

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Materials:

  • Copper Coil, 1/4 inch, Home Depot
  • Marble Tile, Home Depot
  • Super glue or Epoxy glue, Home Depot
  • Pliers and wire cutter, Home Depot

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 Directions:

Step 1: Cut the wire to approximately 8 inches long for the handles. Adjust the size according to your preference. Round the copper coil to the shape of a handle – it’s easy to bend and can be done with your hands.

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Step 2: Insert the ends of the copper into the pliers and press firmly. This will flatten the round shape of the copper coil.

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Step 3: Add glue to the ends of the copper coil and press it into the back of the marble tile. The flat sides of the copper should not show on the top side of the tray because it should be glued directly to the back of the tile.

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Important note: if you use super glue, be extremely careful when pressing the copper ends down because your finger will get glued to the copper almost immediately. Wear gloves and/or be aware of the glue.

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After holding the handles in place for several minutes, I got wise, and flipped the tray over, and placed heavy books on the tile where the copper was glued.

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Step 4: Let it dry overnight.

This tray can be used as a cheese appetizer tray because it’s food safe, but we prefer it on a shelf with pretty jewelry, a bud vase or perfume.

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If your eyes go straight to the Bourbon and Bowties bracelet, we’re a lot alike, because we love them! Buy one at Nordstrom {and while you’re there, shop the sale} – your arm will thank you.

50 Patriotic Must-Haves Under 50 Dollars

There are 50 states, so naturally we had to find 50 red, white and blue must-haves as we celebrate America on the fourth of July. Wait, it gets better. All of them are under $50. 50 for 50 under 50. We love America, don’t you?

  1. Star and Stripes Sandals
  2. Stars and Stripes Jean Shorts
  3. Stars and stripes American Tee
  4. Chuck Converse Shoe
  5. Scarf 
  6. Star Studs
  7. Stars and Stripes Socks
  8. Tunic
  9. Chambray Shirt Dress
  10. Red Toms Shoes
  11. Red Lipstick 
  12. Floppy Straw Hat
  13. Straw Tote with Tassels
  14. Bourbon and Bowtie White Stone Bangle
  15. Moon and Lola Script Pendant
  16. Raglan Shirt
  17. Off Shoulder Top
  18. USA Tee
  19. American Flag Turban
  20. Sunglasses
  21. American Flag Leggings
  22. American Flag Cap
  23. Star Print Shorts and Pajamas
  1. Red and White Turkish Towel
  2. America Cheese Board
  3. Paper Napkins
  4. American Flag Tapestry
  5. Monogram Koozie
  6. Coasters
  7. Swell Water Bottle
  8. Red Star Dinner Plate
  9. Red Wooden Cutlery
  10. Radioflyer Wagon
  11. Sunscreen
  12. Red Cooler
  13. Swan Drink Holder
  14. Bamboo Tray
  15. Blue Sunnylife Radio
  16. Red, White and Blue Hanging Planter
  17. Bocce set
  18. Enamel Mug
  19. Ping Pong Set
  20. Monogrammed Mason Jar with Straw
  21. Celestial Coaster Set
  22. Red White and Blue Striped Box
  23. Picnic Blanket
  24. Merican Dream Doormat
  25. Cobalt Blue Vase 
  26. Giant Ice Pop Floatie
  27. American Flag Pillow