DIY Chalk Paint!

Hi Friends! I have been asked many times about making my own chalk paint. Turns out it is super easy. Watch the video to see how:

Chalk Paint Recipe:

3 parts acrylic paint

1 part plaster of paris powder

Directions: Mix well until no lumps or grit remains. If your paint is really thick use less plaster. If it is too thick to brush on add a few drops of water and mix again.

This paint is super opaque and you probably won’t need primer over it. If you are using this on furniture I recommend adding a protective coat of furniture wax or satin polyurethane. If you want to use this to make a chalkboard surface don’t add a sealer but let it dry and cure for a couple of days before using. I hope you like this easy DIY project and let me know if you try it out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Chocolate Covered Valentine Treats!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to share my best recipe…OK everyone stop laughing, I can totally HEAR you through the computer! I’m going to share my no-bake chocolate covered pretzel treats and how to package them using supplies from Papermart!

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This is a Valentine themed treats but you can make these with red and green chocolate for Christmastime too. It’s fun, stress free and you can’t mess it up! Watch the video to see how easy it is! This is perfect for classroom Valentines too!

Food Supplies:
Chocolate wafers
Pretzels
Sprinkles
Pyrex measuring cup
Spoon
Waxed paper

Craft Supplies:
Clear Bags
Scrapbook Paper
Deco scissors
Heart dies or punches:
Tags
Baker’s Twine
Stapler

Directions: (treats)
1. Cover table with wax paper.
2. Place chocolate in Pyrex cup and microwave for 1 minute at half power. Repeat in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval.
3. Spread pretzels on waxed paper and drizzle with chocolate. Add candies or sprinkles if desired.
4. Let cool and place pretzels in bags.

(for decorating the bags)
1. Fold a 6″x6″ piece of paper in half and trim the bottom with fancy scissors. Place this over the closed end of the goodie bag and staple each side.
2. Wrap with bakers twine and add a stamped tag and die cuts to decorate.

I hope you give this a try! The best part is that they are really tasty and healthier than other sweets! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My Quickest Classroom Valentine Ever!

Hi friends! Do you have kids in grade school? Valentines Day is just around the corner so it is the perfect time to whip up a batch of handmade Valentine treats! These come together so easily using a few supplies from our sponsor Papermart.

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Now you have a good excuse to buy a box of large shipping tags or the beautiful washi tape you have been eyeing! Plus, if you have been following my blog, you know lots of other ways to put this versatile craft room staples to good use. Watch how quickly these favors come together:

I also used some 2 3/4″ wide organza ribbon to top it off. I hope you give this easy Valentines day craft a try. You can also save this idea and make it for other holidays by changing the colors and stamps (that big box of shipping tags just keeps looking better all the time right?) Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Hi Friends! I know it is still Christmas day but in one week it will be New Year’s Day! Today I will share a fun New Years Eve party hat you can make with your kids (maybe if they get bored home on vacation next week.)

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These are pretty easy to make using supplies from Papermart. If you are working with kids I recommend you make a bunch of the cones ahead of time and give the kids tacky glue or glue dots instead of hot glue. Watch the video to see how it is done:

You will need:
Corrugated Paper
Glitter
Star Garland
Crepe Paper
Metallic Pipe Cleaners
Beading Elastic
Poster Board
Hot Glue and wet glue

The earring tutorial I mentioned in the video can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fill it with candy or cocoa!

Hi friends! How many of you need a quick gift right now? Something cute for your child’s teacher, scout leader or maybe a special neighbor? These sweet hand-painted mugs are easy to make and so chic. They are inspired by the trendy confetti style items popping up everywhere.

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You can fill these with cocoa packets, individually wrapped tea bags or even candy for a thoughtful and useful gift. Watch the video to see how it is made!

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Supplies:
White ceramic mugs (dollar store) and tiles (home improvement store)
Folk Art Enamels paint in your choice of colors
Contact paper or stickers
Cotton swabs (AKA Q-Tips), Waxed paper, Cork or felt pads, Rubbing alcohol, Paper towels

Follow along with the easy steps in the video and have fun! Remember that this project is easy enough to make with the kids so share the joy and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Duct Tape Christmas Trees!

Hi Friends! Tonight I have a fun project using cardstock and duct tape, have a look:

If you don’t have duct tape you can use 2″ ribbon, scrapbook paper or even leftover gift wrap, just cut it into 2″ wide strips and cut those into 1 1/2″ lengths and fold them just like I did in the video. If you are not using duct tape you will need to use glue, I suggest a glue stock for thin wrapping paper, tacky glue or hot glue for scrapbook paper and hot glue for ribbon. The duck tape I used is from Oriental Trading Company. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

PS Starting Monday you can vote for your favorite holiday lights in the USA Today Best Holiday Lights Contest! You might even win a $1,500 gift card!

Do you want to paint a snowman?

You totally just sang that didn’t you? I could not resist, sorry! I was changing my fall decorations over to Christmas decorations the other day and was just about to toss my gourds into the woods when I noticed that one had completely dried out! It must have been because it was over my fireplace so the heat dried it instead of it rotting. I thought it would make a great surface to paint on. I was right!

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This project is super easy to paint and don’t worry if you don’t have a dried out gourd lying around, you can use a burnt out light bulb or Christmas ball for this. You will also need acrylic paint, felt, a pom-pom, red sequins, a green paper scrap and scissors.

Pretty easy huh? If you can think of any other things that can be substituted for the gourd leave a comment, it will be helpful to other readers that may not have the same supplies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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