DIY Chalkboard Coasters

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Cute, Affordable, Useful, & Simple. Crafts don’t get much better than this.  These DIY Chalkboard Coasters are practical & fun!

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Supplies

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Directions -

#1. Make sure your tiles are clean. Lay down a large piece of paper or an old sheet in a well ventilated area. Spray the Rust-o-leum paint evenly over the tiles covering them completely with paint.

#2. Let dry several hours and repeat the step one evenly coating them with paint. Again, let try for several hours – I’d even suggest overnight. You don’t want them chipping or smudging if they are not completely dry.

#3 If you want to keep your tiles from scratching your furniture, add these adhesive felt stickers to the bottom of each coaster.

Voila! Easy and simple! To clean, if you cannot find a chalkboard eraser (they are HARD to find now), simply use a damp paper towel or even baby wipes to clean them.

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These are great for parties, housewarming gift, or just for your home and a great cup of coffee!

 

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Best Homemade Bubble Solution

Learn how to make the BEST Homemade Bubble Solution EVER! #diy #homemade

I have to admit we are new converts to homemade bubble solution. I usually buy a big jug of bubbles at the beginning of the summer and pray it lasts, or doesn’t get kicked over. Let me tell you….we won’t be doing that ever again! These homemade bubbles rock! We have made bigger bubbles than ever before and watched them bounce….yes, bounce off of the grass. The kids have had so much fun!

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This bubble solution is super easy to make, and would even be great to make and give as gifts! Seriously, my kids have had the best time with these bubbles!

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I had all of the ingredients on hand except for the Glycerine. It can be found at walmart, cvs, target, etc next to the bandages. Otherwise you can order Glycerine online from Amazon.com

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Ingredients
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ cup blue Original Dawn dish detergent
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Glycerine
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water.
  2. Then gently stir in the remaining ingredients. Avoid creating a lot of froth.
  3. Allow your mixture to sit for at least an hour ( I recommend atleast 24 hours or overnight)
  4. Gently stir occasionally if you see the cornstarch settling to the bottom.
  5. ENJOY!

 

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Pool Noodle Hurdles

Endless backyard fun for under $10! Try these quick & easy Pool Noodle Hurdles! #diy

The best $10 I ever spent! The kids and I spent the morning at Dollar Tree snagging pool noodles and pencils.  We got a couple odd looks at the checkout, but that is all we needed.  We came home and started setting up our backyard obstacle course. These Pool Noodle Hurdles take less than 5 minutes to set up and they are nothing short of pure genius!

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Pencil in the ground. Pool Noodle on the pencil. BOOM DONE!

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You can set these up any height you want. Any position you want. Any where in the yard you want. I wasn’t the only one who was excited.

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They went over, and under, and around. Next, we are setting these up for a game of Backyard Kick Croquet, because they are the perfect size for the ball to roll under.

When we were done, we just pulled up the noodles and the pencils and saved them for next time. Super simple, super cheap, super fun!

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DIY Jellyfish Decorations

Simple DIY Jellyfish Decorations. Great for birthdays or an under water themed room. #craft

I made these a while back, and I am just getting around to typing up the post, but what better time than summer to talk jellyfish?! :)

My littlest wanted an under the sea room.  So we went crazy with bubbles on the walls, aquarium and more.  It really turned out so cute, but her favorite part was these jellyfish! I am glad she loves them because I had enough hot glue burns on my fingers for  an army by the time I was done. I am not the most graceful crafter, but I get the job done. ;)

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You will need.

  • Paper Lanterns
  • Hot Glue/Gun
  • scissors
  • Ribbons & tulle (your choice of colors)
  • Fishing line to hang them.

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Open up a lantern. Use scissors to cut off the bottom 1/3.  Now comes the fun part! Get out the hot glue gun and start decorating.  I glued the tulle around the bottom edge. Then I began to glue the ribbons around the inside of the lantern hanging down. I alternated a couple different ribbons. When I was done and it was dry, I used some fishing line through the brackets already in the lantern to hang them up.

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At my house the more sparkles the better. I found some great ribbons at the craft store to pick from.  I hung several jellyfish at different heights over her bed. The ceiling fan blows them just enough to make them sway back and forth in the evenings. The best DIY ever for this Nemo lover.

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How to Make Bouncy Balls

Science + Craft = Fun Learning Experience Learn How to make Bouncy Balls #diy

The kids and I are on a mission to make 1 fun science project every Friday all summer long. This last week we decided to try our hands at Homemade Bouncy Balls. I originally saw these on Pinterest and thought I would give them a shot.

PS. You can follow me on Pinterest, I am always pinning something fun :)

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So we got out the supplies…

  • 1 Tbsp Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Tbsp White School Glue
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • Food Coloring

These amounts make 1 ball.

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Add the borax to the warm water and stir.

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In a second container mix cornstarch, glue, and food coloring.

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After mixed carefully scoop the glue mix into the borax mix while stirring.  Use a fork or other utensil to scoop up the glue mix after stirring. Start to form it into a ball with your hands. It will be moist. I had the best results by drying my hands well with a paper towel, and dabbing the outside of the ball.

Just keep rolling it around in your hands to shape it like a ball. This is when I handed it over the the kids and let them do the rolling.

The more you work with it the firmer it becomes.

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The Verdict: These are a fun afternoon project. They do bounce and the kids had fun. These are the consistency of a very thick silly putty so they do loose their shape and need to be reformed. I also suggest keeping them in a ziploc so they don’t dry out completely and crumble.

Homemade Jar Candles

Save money and check out these Homemade Jar Candles. Takes only minutes to make! #diy

My eyes have been opened! I love candles, but I don’t love the price tag. Those fancy jar candles can cost big bucks. They are nice to have around the house in case the power goes out or just for scent.  I thought I would try my hand at making Homemade Jar Candles. WOW It was so easy!

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You will need …

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Fill a microwave safe glass bowl with the wax pellets. Microwave on high for a couple minutes; stirring and checking occasionally. Depending on the amount, power of microwave etc, the time can vary. You want your wax to melt completely to a clear liquid.

**Tip** Want colored candles? Add in a peeled broken crayon the color you desire. It will melt along with the wax and color your candle.

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While the wax is melting place your wick in the jar you will be using. Twist the excess wick around a pencil and balance it on top of the jar to hold the wick in place while you pour the wax. Gently pour the wax around the wick filling the container leaving about 1 inch head space at the top.

DO NOT REFRIGERATE.  Allow your candles to cool at room temperature to avoid cracking. If you try to cool them with the fridge or any other cooling mechanism they will crack.

It took me less than 5 minutes to make these candles! They would make an amazing gift, and can be customized in so many ways!

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I am planning on hitting the thrift store for some unique (cheap) containers for my candles. I have made 5 Large Candles and still have over 1/2 of my 10 lb bag of wax left. It goes a long way! Considering those large jar candles can be as much as $30 each, you can save a ton of money by making your own candles.

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Easy Flower Pot Bunnies

This easy to make craft is great for the kids. Check out these Easy Flower Pot Bunnies

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The kids and I love to get our hands dirty with a good craft project, but I love it when they are easy enough for the kids to take over themselves. These Easy Flower Pot Bunnies turned out ADORABLE. They will make their appearance year after year with our Easter decorations.

You will need

Flower Pot Bunnies-1-6 Flower Pot Bunnies-1-7First we set up our painting stations. Paper plate work wonders to keep the paint off of the table. Then I just cut a kitchen sponge into thirds. 3 kids…plus disposable painting gear = priceless!

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I then let them pick their colors and away they went painting their pots. We used acrylic paints and they dried within 10 minutes! Love how fast they dried!

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Then we cut the scrapbook paper (kids choice) to look like bunny ears and 2 half circles for the feet. We then hot glued 1 pipe cleaner around each ear for stability.

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Once we had all of our pieces we started assembling. The pipe cleaners around the ears fit perfectly into the hole on the bottom of the pot. I added a little hot glue to make sure they don’t pop out.

We the glued on the eyes, a little cotton for the nose and tail. Then we hot glued the legs, which are again, just pipe cleaners with the scrapbook paper feet glued to them.

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Finally we used the sharpie to draw on eyebrows, whiskers, mustaches, freckles, whatever floats their boat.

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aren’t these just too cute!

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