2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop!

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

I was lucky enough to be paired up with the lovely Megan from C’Mon Get Crafty.  If you like DIY and crafty stuff you have got to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for some great ideas!  We are long distance mailing between countries but I will be posting my ornament when I get it.

 

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · The Kolb Corner

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts


Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament

Materials Needed:

  • Clear fillable ornament (I got mine from Micheals)
  • Ribbon in your favourite colour, possibly two colours
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Use of your oven, knife and a baking sheet
  • Glue gun and extra sticks
  • Extra charms if desired

How to make:

Part One:  Dry the Fruit

  • First slice your fruits into thick slices.  I did lemons, mandarin oranges, and limes.
  • Preheat your oven to the lowest setting.
  • Assemble your cut fruit on a baking sheet and bake for two hours, turn over, then back in for another three hours.
  • I found it still needed to dry for a few days on my stove to be completely dry.  I did not want them moist at all and attracting fruit flies or smelling, that would not go on a tree well.

Part Two: Assemble the Holiday Ornament

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

  • I filled the ornament with the citrus fruit.
  • Inserted a cinnamon stick.  I was lucky that the sticks were short enough to fit inside the ornament without needing a trim.
  • Take some pretty ribbon to use to hang the ornament.
  • I made three different versions of the ornaments.
  • One version was plain with just a pretty ribbon.  The second one I used patterned ribbon to glue around the ornament.  For a different third option I tied a ribbon around the cinnamon stick before inserting it inside.

 Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop


FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.


DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

I love everything Fall.  It is for sure my favourite season.  I love being able to decorate my house for Fall.  It’s sad that it’s the end of summer and means -40 degree weather is on it’s way, but it’s like nature’s consolation before Winter.

My daughter was asking for glitter crafts, and I am happy to oblige!!  I wanted a new centerpiece to display Fall items like pine cones, acorns, etc.  Maybe later on a candle holder for on the table during a holiday meal.  I hit up Dollarama and found a beautiful plain glass jar, some plastic leaves, glitter, and mod podge.  I even found the decorations for the inside.  I love making crafts, but I prefer to do it on a budget so I can make more crafts for less.

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.




Materials Needed:

  • Plain glass jar
  • Plastic leaves
  • Glitter
  • Mod podge
  • Glue gun
  • Optional: Decorations for the inside

How to Assemble:

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

  • Heat your glue gun and assemble your materials.
  • I wanted to keep the leaves at the base of the vase.  I used the glue gun to glue the leaves as a border around the bottom of the vase.  But it’s your craft so if you want it at the top, middle, or even all over it’s totally up to you.
  • After you have attached all the leaves you can use the mod podge to glue it down against the vase and add glitter on top.
  • That’s it!  You are done.  You can choose to fill it with Fall items, or put a candle in.  Totally up to you!

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

Where do you put your decorative vases?  Fireplace mantle?  Kitchen table?  Coffee table?  And do you prefer to fill with candy?  Fall items? Candles? Sand?  What is your favourite filler?

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

 

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DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case

DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case - Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focusing on Back To School Books & corresponding crafts.  I decided to do a general back to school craft and do a pencil case. Easy for a child to help make as well.  We picked some fabric at Walmart and grabbed some duct tape so we could make a fun craft.

Purple Pencil Case

I saw a bunch of different types of DIY pencil cases and decided to give it a go.  I was a big fan of duct tape in high school and made a bunch of things from it.  Now it comes in fun colours and there are so many more options.

DIY No-Sew Duct Tape Pencil Case - Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

This is a super easy craft to make and you don’t even have to sew it!

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Materials Needed:

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  • Material
  • Duct tape
  • Zipper
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon and other embellishments

 

How to Assemble:

Have fun with your material and duct tape and pick something you enjoy.  I bought the pre-cut material at Wal-Mart but still found it needed a trim.  Trim your material to the desired height, made sure that the width is the size of the zipper.

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Put your material, print side down, on a hard surface and cover in strips of duct tape.  Then flip it over and trim the access duct tape.   Fold it in half and press a little along the middle to make it stick.

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Use a glue gun to attach your zipper to one side.  Be careful not to get any glue on the zipper (I did and it makes it hard to open, oops! But making it extra toddler-proof).  Then fold both sides into the middle and glue the other side, go slowly as the glue dries fast.

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Turn it inside out and use the glue gun to glue the sides.  Turn it outside again and voila, you have your case!  Now decorate with ribbons and whatever else!

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Check out some of the other crafts the Monthly Crafting Book Club has done this year:

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

 

Here are some of our favourite Back To School Books:

First Day of School

If You Take a Mouse To School

Llama Llama Misses Mama

What is your favourite back to school book?  Tell me in the comments below!

Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

Are you interested in joining us?  Check out our Facebook group here for a list of upcoming books and projects.

Want to see what the other members came up with?

Check them out below:

 

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Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations plus a GIVEAWAY

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

 

I love an awesome kids birthday party!  They are always so much fun and so different.  Some have parties at home, some are basic kids birthday parties like we had growing up, some are totally Pinterest-inspired and make me envy the mama’s creativity and energy to pull off something so amazing.  Other birthday parties are held at a hall, or an all-in-one center where there are friendly associates to help guide the kids though amazing activities.

SnapologyMy son has the misfortune (or rather I do I suppose) to have a birthday the week before Christmas.  I will probably be looking for a center to hold his kids birthday party every year, otherwise I risk my house being over run by 10 three-year-olds and my Christmas tree and ornaments are seriously put at risk.  Finding the right center can be challenging, do you look for a hall and bring everything yourself for the party?  Or pay extra to go to a location where they do it all.  I have never had it outside the house as my kids are still young.  But, I have heard it’s not a big price difference between the two.  Personally, I would rather go somewhere where they do it all and I don’t have to worry about a thing.  Especially so close to Christmas.

How to make parties easier

Snapology Next year we will be looking into a kids birthday party franchise to host our party (to save my Christmas stuff!).  One place I wish was closer was Snapology.  This place looks so cool.  I am a big advocate for STEM, especially for my daughter. Snapology She is so clever, she loves science, space, and wants to be a doctor or a cat vet when she grows up. My son too is very technical and loves to learn about how stuff works. Having an educational birthday party would be a great way to encourage their love of learning.  My son had a Paw Patrol party for his second birthday party, that could easily be accommodated with their wide array of themes.  If one opened where I live then he could have a superhero birthday party next year there or maybe a Star Wars party so he could make light sabers.

Make sure you enter in the giveaway below to win a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator to be mailed to your home.  It is recommended for ages 6+, but with most Lego, with parent supervision your child may be ready to play with it earlier.

 

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

DIY Kids Birthday Party Decorations

For those who have a kids birthday party at home, or who like to bring decorations with them to their birthday party location, here are some super easy ways to make DIY decorations for the party in three easy steps:

  1. One of the key ways that you can add a bit of magic into these DIY Birthday Party Decorations is to make them with a free computer site, I use Canva.  It makes it super easy to find graphics online, then add them into Canva to make your decorations.
  2. Next you want to get some pretty paper, card stock, scrapbook paper, even construction paper.  Make sure the pretty paper is bigger than the sign, an inch border on big signs, it could be a cm on smaller signs like for the food table or decorations.
  3. Now time for the magic, hit up your local craft section at the dollar store and buy decorative gems.  Make sure they are the sticky kind, it can be diamond-type, colourful crystals, pearls, whatever goes with your theme.

Invitations

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

These are easy to make on your computer and can save you a lot of money.  Instead of buying them, or paying for a personalized etsy one, make it yourself!

Signs for the door to welcome your guests

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

This is one of my favourite touches for a party.  Perfect to put at the door, whether to your house or of the party room at your venue.  It tells people they are in the right location, welcomes them to your party, and sets the stage for the theme.  Check out how the bling and decorative paper take it up a notch and make it more magical.

Signs to decorate the room

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

Adding extra signs around the room are super cute and fun touches.  The kids love seeing their favourite characters around the wall and the parents get a kick out of them.  It is so easy to pick favourite taglines or quotes to incorporate different parts of the party area into the party.

Banner to decorate the wall

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

I love how easy it is to make banners for a party.  For a one-year-old party it is so cute to post a picture of them each month to see how they have grown.  To make it easy, you could even just stick to the traditional triangles.

Optional: Signs for the food table, labels for water bottles.

See how easy it is to make signs for your own party!  Don’t buy designer templates on etsy, or spend tons of money at a party store, save your money for more important things, there are no shortage of expenses around a child’s birthday and there are much better things to spend it on then decorations!

 

I love celebrating Birthday’s!!  Check out some of my other posts on ways to celebrate birthday’s below:

Birthday CelebrationsNever Too Old For A Nerf WarChai Cupcakes with Vanilla

Giveaway

Snapology

The giveaway is for a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator to be mailed to your home.  It is recommended for ages 6+.

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Do you love Lego?  Make sure you have some awesome tools for the kids to play with on the go!

DIY Lego Travel Case

If you want more ideas on Birthday parties make sure you are following my “Parties” board on Pinterest.

Follow Raising Fairies and Knights’s board Parties on Pinterest.

 

 

Kids Birthday Party Easy DIY Decorations - Kids Birthday Party's are so much fun! Here are some awesome ways to make them easier on yourself, DIY Party Decorations and locations to go for parties.

 

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DIY Shopping Cart/Stroller Handle

IMG_7001This DIY was inspired by the daycare ladies in my neighborhood.  They use cool little handles attached to strollers and wagons when walking older daycare kids.  Typically one handle per child and it encourages them to stay close to the adult and not run away.  It also gives clear boundaries and rules for the kids to follow; you MUST have one hand on a handle at all times.

Is your toddler a runner? Do they have issues staying next to you in stores? Try making this… Click To Tweet

DIY Shopping Cart Stroller Handle - Try making this easy DIY handle to give toddlers a clear boundary and help keep them close and safe at a store.

Materials

-Ribbon (mine was 7/8 inch)

-1 inch webbing (that’s the black stuff)

-Whatever clip type you prefer, I’m using a carabineer and key ring circle

-Scissors, lighter and sewing machine

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Steps

-Cut ribbon and seal edges with your lighter

-Sew ribbon onto webbing

-Sew clip onto one end

-Fold other end over and sew

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My Finished Product!

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While I have my stuff out I decided to sew a quick little present for my Nightmare Before Christmas loving friend.  A little strap she can attach to keys, a wallet etc.

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What methods do you use to keep toddler close to you while shopping and they want to walk?

 

DIY Shopping Cart Stroller Handle - Try making this easy DIY handle to give toddlers a clear boundary and help keep them close and safe at a store.

DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper from Recycled Paper 

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This is a great craft to have your toddler help with.  It can be adapted for any occasion easily.  My daughter loves to paint and is already so excited about Christmas, she loved being able to “help” wrap Christmas presents with her paintings.

Try this super easy way to get your toddler involved in wrapping Christmas presents. Click To Tweet

DIY Christmas -Wrapping Paper - Try out this super easy craft to get your toddler involved in wrapping Christmas presents. A great way to dress up a present. #12daysofchristmas link-up

Supplies needed:

  • Scrap paper (I used the craft paper Bee brings home from nursery school with her “pictures” on and flipped it over to use for this.  I can’t bear to throw them out yet, it’s my baby’s creation!  But they are taking over the house so this is a great way to re-use them)
  • Christmas-themed cookie cutters
  • Paint
  • Container lid

Method:

IMG_5007I got Bee to pick the cookie cutter she wanted to use and pick the colour paint. I put the paint in the lid of a container and had her dip the cookie cutter in the paint then go-at-it stamping the paper.  I didn’t care about splotches, uniformity or anything, I just let her have fun.  I did it with her (have two cookie cutters, toddler will NOT want to share!) and IMG_4999tried to fill in the white space as best as I could.  My objective was to create a fun project for us and something cute the grandparents would laugh at when they go to open their presents.

They are by no means beautiful, but my toddler made them and was really excited to help make stuff for christmas, I call it mission successful!

DIY Christmas -Wrapping Paper - Try out this super easy craft to get your toddler involved in wrapping Christmas presents. A great way to dress up a present. #12daysofchristmas link-up

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I am participating in the 12 Days of Christmas, a super activity that a bunch of bloggers got together for to share family-friendly Christmas activities.   Please click the link below and check out some of the other bloggers awesome ideas as well.

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I also have a group board for Christmas and holiday themed activities, if you want to join follow my Pinterest account and send me a message.

Follow Raising Fairies and Knights’s board Christmas/Yule on Pinterest.

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2015 Ornament Exchange Linky Party

I am so excited to share this!  I was part of a group of 80+ bloggers that participated in an ornament exchange.  We were paired up with a partner to make ornaments for each other and exchange them.  Here are our amazing creations!

Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?

We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!

The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom


Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | simple.pretty.life | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

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DIY Cheap and Easy Hair Bow

DIY Cheap & Easy Hair Bow - Making hair bows is so cheap and fun, plus you have so many options with all the ribbon available to you.  They are the perfect accessory to an event!I guess I’m cheap. But spending $5+ dollars on a single hair bow, that Bee may lose the first time she wears, seems crazy. If you buy your supplies local it will cost more and there is less selection. But when I hit the web, more specifically Aliexpress, the patterns and options for ribbon are intense! I ended up going a bit crazy, I got ribbon printed in our favorite sports teams, cartoon characters and some fun miscellaneous. My goal is to keep the bows simple and cost effective. By only using one type of ribbon per bow it cuts down my cost substantially. If I have a special reason to jazz up a bow with additional materials I will, but for now these are perfect for what we need, my personal style and crazy cost effective.

I am making a mininim of 50 (hopefully closer to 100) for the Kanata Stocking Project as a donation. They are a group that provide 200+ stockings to the local needy in my community in Ottawa. The plan is that I will post some pictures in my local mommy facebook groups to see if I can sell a few locally. I figure if I sell 20-40 bows I will be able to cover ALL my costs for the donated bows. Ill post an update to let you know how I make out 😉

Fun idea! I’m using hair bows to decorate my Christmas presents for the girlies in my life

Making a Pinwheel Bow

My favorite site for easy simple to follow video tutorials is The Ribbon Retreat. https://www.theribbonretreat.com/Catalog/how-to-make-a-pinwheel-hair-bow.aspx

IMG_6532My personal favorite is the pinwheel style. Once you get the hang of it, it will take less than 2 minutes per bow. Check out the picture for my step by step guide.

-I used 7/8 inch ribbon, for a 3 inch bow you need about 19 inches of ribbon

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Use a lighter to seal the edges, it basically melts it a bit so it won’t unravel

-The Ribbon Retreat uses a fancy ribbon making tool made out of dowels placed in a wood block. I’m not ready to spend $30 on their tool so I used a suggestion I found on pinterest. I cut a template out of card board, you just need to have something to wrap the ribbon around, so a ‘U’ shaped piece of cardboard works perfect. I made mine 3 inches wide, so I would get 3 inch bows. Check out the pictures above.

 

Now that I have so many bows I needed to make a quick display board.  Super easy!  Check out my pics below.IMG_6536

What is your favorite style bow to make?

DIY Cheap & Easy Hair Bow - Making hair bows is so cheap and fun, plus you have so many options with all the ribbon available to you.  They are the perfect accessory to an event!

DIY Lego Mini Display Frames

DIY Lego Mini Display Frames

DIY Lego Mini Display Frames

 

DIY Lego Mini Display Frames

DIY Lego Mini Display Frames

This is one of my favorite DIY activities. It’s also very simple, inexpensive and very customizable.

Materials- Thick boarded frame (I got mine for $3 each), Glue (I used E6000 which is found at Walmart, CanTire etc) and some random lego pieces. If you do not have any lying around the house hit a value village, kijiji or garage sale.

Lego Frame Supply List

  1. Thick Bordered Picture Frame
  2.  E6000 Glue (Walmart/Canadian Tire)
  3. Thin Lego pieces for base
  4. Mini Figures and/or blocks for fun!

Glue some flat pieces to the frame to use as a base. I cover the whole DIY Lego Mini Display Framesinside ledge of the frame and add a few on top just for fun. If you intend to use the frame as a key holder I’d glue more base pieces to the front face of the frame. Really you can’t go wrong, find fun pieces that you think would be fun to play with. I buy Lego compatible mini figures from Aliexpress. They ship from China so they can take a month to get here but the prices are amazing. I personally wouldn’t know they are not the lego brand, and I don’t spend over 1-2$ per figure.

Let your creative juices flow! We have a Clash of the Clans themed DIY Lego Mini Display Framesframe for our house keys. I love walking by it to see someone has re-arranged the figures. I made my brother in law a Minecraft themed one as a work desk toy. And we can’t forget the Star Wars and Super Hero ones we have around the house. For Star Wars and Minecraft I googled some landscape images and printed them off to go in the frames. The possibilities are endless have fun!

What theme of Lego would you want to make a frame for?

DIY Chalkboard Menu

Chalkboard Clipboard

I have seen a few DIY’s with chalkboard paint and couldn’t wait to try it myself.  I decided to try getting a clip board as I like the functionality of it, and paint that to make a menu board for the kitchen.  I was really happy with the results.

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I used 2 coats of chalkboard paint, then painted the back red.  I let it wait a day between each coat (more because I only ever had enough time to do one coat a day without the kids wanting to “help”).  After the second coat I let it sit for 24 hours to ensure it really dried.

Next I had to prep it.  Basically I took a piece of chalk, rubbed it all over then washed it off.

Now the fun part…..DECORATING!  I got some baking related stickers and used those as accents, then wrote out my days of the week and proposed menu for the weekend.  I tied a ribbon around the top and used a command hook to hang it in the kitchen. I was pretty excited about my next attempt at something crafty!

Fast forward to a week later, I go to erase the menu so I can write out the next weeks menu, it would not erase!  Boo! Either my chalkboard markers were just too much like real markers to erase, or doing it on the wood unstead of glass was the problem.  Either way it was like permanent marker so I had to fix it some way.

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After discovering it wouldn’t erase…..

I bought some dry erase tape, did a test with them to ensure they would in fact erase this time (they did) then taped it over the menu.  Not the prettiest, but it works and I think it is kind of funny.  My stickers also came off so I used a glue gun to glue on some wood embellishments.

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Taa daa! What do you guys think?  Would you have scrapped it or tried to fix it?  What would you have done?

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