Valentine, You Rock!

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Let everyone know how much their rock your world on February 14 with DIY painted rocks. It’s really easy, colorful and fun! Get the kids involved – heck, use rocks from their prized rock collection piling up in their pockets and drawers!

Momtastic has the details here.

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Stuck On These DIY Planters For Valentine’s Day

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We took a girls trip to Austin in November (hope to have a recap soon). As we researched the city, and all the fun things to do, the highly popular Austin murals popped up. We never made it to the Welcome to Austin wall, but we did run into the “I love you so much wall.” Just like everyone around us, we stopped to pose for a photo, or two (or 10).

With the month of love (or heartbreak…depending on your situation) upon us, we thought it would be fun to give our mom a small memento to remember “love” wall from the trip. Mom’s have the healing touch, so it seems fitting that we give our mom an aloe plant in a DIY planter inspired by the famous Austin wall.

We know this year is less about succulents and cactus, and more about the sloth. But, who can resist a cactus pun around Valentine’s Day? It’s a plant most people can keep alive (for at least half a year), and it’s an affordable gift to give friends and family.

Materials:

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cactus or succulent
  • Vinyl

Directions:

Paint the terra cotta pot. Add the words from your favorite mural (or use the Austin one, too), or think of your favorite cactus puns. You can use paint markers, or paint and a paintbrush. Another idea is to use vinyl to decorate the terra cotta pot, just like we did for the “Stuck On You” planter. We used our Silhouette cutting machine. For some extra personalization, glue wallet size photos and hearts on mini wood skewers, and stick in the pot. Finally, spray the pots with sealant to prevent water from damaging it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY Lightbox With Twinkle Lights

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Most (if not all) of you probably put the Christmas decorations away until next November/December. The decor is fun and festive, but it was beginning to clutter my mind (and house) with chaos, so mine went down shortly after New Year’s day. But, I did keep all the twinkle lights out…because I love the twinkle year-round. I made a DIY lightbox for my daughter, and it’s been shining bright in her room ever since!

You don’t need a fancy machine or equipment for this project, which means it’s a must-do! You can make for your son or daughter, and use whatever quote inspires you (or your kids), because all of our kids have a bright light to share with the world. As parents, we just need to give them the guidance and freedom to follow their light, and the confidence to never let anyone or anything dim it. Sometimes our kids need a reminder of their light, and this DIY lightbox is a good one.

The full tutorial is at Momtastic, so be sure to check it out here.

Happy New Year. We hope it’s a bright year for each and every one of you! Keep shining bright!

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Note: Thanks to Oriental Trading, who sent the Vellum paper for a different Halloween project. So happy the vellum can be used so so many other projects, like this one. 

Christmas Craft: DIY Snowmen Ornaments

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We have a special place in our holiday hearts for Frosty the Snowman, or any snowman for that matter. There’s something so playful and magical about building a snowman with our kids every winter.

These DIY snowman don’t require gloves, or coats. In fact, you don’t even need snow. These adorable DIY snowmen ornaments are made from wood beads. If you’re looking for a fun afternoon craft, or a gift for the kids to make teachers and friends, try these cute DIY bead snowmen.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Draw buttons, a nose, mouth, eyes and cheeks on the beads. We tried Paint Pens, and those worked as well; however the ink bled with the grain of the wood sometimes, so the paint and paintbrush method worked better for us.

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Step 2: Apparently finger pulls meant for doors make the best mini snowman hats. You can get creative with other shaped beads, or felt for the hat if you don’t want to drill anything. If you don’t mind the power tool step, drill a hole in the top of the Finger Pull in the center.

Step 3: Cut suede cord, and tie a knot at the bottom, and begin to stack the beads, bottom first, working your way up to the head. Once all three beads are on, add the hat, and then tie another knot. Next, wrap a loop around the top, and tie another knot.

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Step 4: Cut small strips of fabric straps, and wrap between the head and body for a scarf.

Step 5: Gift to friends and family!

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Holiday Wrapping: DIY Modern Rudolph Gift Tags

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Let’s be honest, 99% of our gifts are still in boxes or bags from the store stuffed in storage, but we did wrap 4 gifts (to be exact), and the gift tags were too cute not to share! This is simple DIY holiday wrapping anyone can do at home on your own computer without any fancy programs. We were still on a high from our Real Simple holiday photo shoot, and couldn’t get enough of the framed holiday art. So, with a little tweaking, the prints became cool and modern DIY gift tags. You can make them, too, in no time at all.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Buy the files. The deer print is available from Designers Forever Shop. The Merry & Bright printable is from Fleur de Lis. These files are so affordable, and they can be amazing art (and gift tags). Here’s what they looked like as framed art. Cute, huh?!

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Step 2: Open the files on your computer to add Merry Christmas words to the deer photo. (We used Preview on the MacBook). Optional: You can use Canva, which is a phenomenal program online we frequently use.

Step 3: When you print the file, make the copies per page 6, not 1, on the print preview/options. It will print 6 of the images on one page for you, and they are the perfect gift tag size.

Step 4: Trace the shape of a gift tag onto each photo, and then cut it out. Next, use a hole punch to punch a hole on top, and add a string to attach it to a gift.

Step 5: Glue mini red pom poms on the nose for a “modern Rudolph look.” You can add the name of the gift recipient, as well as yours to the back of the card, or add a mini banner tag on top for the name.

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Happy gifting!