Being Crafty

May 5, 2012

Magnetic Board (made from a Pizza Pan)

I love to wander the Dollar Tree store (where everything is a dollar)! I go there for coloring books for the kids, packages of pencils, bubbles, stickers, and lots of other non food items. Most of the time I go there to look for something for the kids. I love finding a good deal. I love it more when I can make something for almost nothing.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and really wanted to make my own. I ran to the Dollar Tree and first thing I saw was a pizza pan. It was perfect. I had paper, ribbon, and paint on hand at home already. I went to the check out and price was $1.08.

First thing I did was drill holes with a standard bit with an drill. I then sanded down the rough holes with a nail file to smooth them out so they wouldn't be so sharp.

I painted the edges of the pizza pan and waited for it to dry. You can work with either side of the pan, however I am working on the back side, not the normal side you would place a pizza on (make sense?) Of course, there is no need to paint the whole back side of the pan since it will be covered with paper.

After the paint had dried, I cut my patterned paper out. This could even be the first thing you do before you paint. I placed a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbooking paper down on the pan and simply creased the edge of the pan around the paper so I had an exact circle. I then cut out the crease on the paper and it turned out perfect!

My first mistake was I used mod podge on the scrapbooking paper around the edges. The paper curled up and did not go on smooth. I was not happy with the way it turned out and ripped it off. Thankfully I had another piece of exact patterned paper. Again I went around the edge of the pan with my paper to make a crease and cut out the circle.

This time I used a simple glue stick and went around the edge of the pan and all around. I placed the paper down and it came out super nice and smooth.

Next I selected my ribbon. I couldn't decide on one color so I picked four colors of ribbon: light green, green, bright yellow, and hot pink.

I put them through one hole and tied a simple knot. I made sure the ribbon was smooth and tight enough and put them through the other hole and decided the length of ribbon I wanted to hang it up. I tied a knot to secure the other end.

My finished project. It is now ready for notes and magnets!

It is so bright and cheery! *smile*

May 4, 2012

Wood Birdhouses

I love Spring! The different kinds of birds that come visit our yard, the weather starts to get nicer, and love being in the yard gardening and watching all the beautiful flowers bloom.

Today was a rather cloudy day here and just wasn't feeling like being outside today. I was in a crafty mood and wanted to get these small wood birdhouses project complete.

I was at JoAnne's Craft Store and outside they had a big bin of $1 wood birdhouses. Interesting enough I have been in a Mod Podge mood. I picked three kinds I liked and figured I would try to mod podge scrapbooking paper on it for fun.

I started with plain wood birdhouses.

I picked an acrylic paint (in white) for this project. I painted the roof, the sides, the peg, and around the bird holes. (Sorry it isn't all painted in the picture).

Then I selected the colors of scrapbooking paper I liked and cut to size.

I mod podged the wood first, then put the paper down. I waited for the paper to dry and mod podged on top of the scrapbooking paper.

March 18, 2012

For the Birds Project, Part 3

My project is now finally complete. After painting the entire shelf white, mod pod the inside with cute bird scrapbooking paper, and putting new white knobs are the end results.

The finished bird food shelf. That is my bird book on the bottom. Maybe someday my binoculars will go right next to the book.

I got containers from the Dollar Tree to hold my peanuts and bird food. It is a perfect fit.

February 29, 2012

For the Birds Project Progress, Part 2

I have made a little progress on my shelf. First I painted the entire shelf white. I was so happy when I found some darling bird scrapbooking paper (Bird Nest by Recollection) at Michael's. Since this project has to do with birds I was looking for a bird theme paper to use. I got this idea to mod podge the inside of this shelf. I had never done this mod podge before but it looked easy enough. It turned out to be so fun and looks fabulous. It is so simple to mod podge. I took the scrapbooking paper and measured, marked, and cut to the appropriate size of the shelf. I spread a thin layer of mod podge and laid down my paper and kept doing that all the way around the inside.

Here are some pictures to show how it looks.

All I have left is to finish the doors, put them back on, place the items I have for the inside, and this will be another complete project.

February 23, 2012

For the Birds, Part 1

This project has been brewing in the back of my mind for awhile. I knew exactly what I was looking for but was just having a hard time finding it for a reasonable price. I was at the Goodwill (yes again!) and found something almost better than I was originally thinking. I couldn't resist this and it was only $4.99.

Once I bought the shelf, things started to just fall into place. I got spray paint and started painting it. I didn't realize how much fun spray painting is. I went to Michael's Craft Store and they had just what I needed to do the next step. I started to slowly work on this new project and I was making progress and things were turning out just fine. Then I had another idea, which ended up being another trip to Michael's Craft Store. I got the few more supplies and put this idea into action was so impressed with the way this turned out. Then one of the other ideas I had didn't turn out as I wanted it to and now am comtemplating what I want to do. It may involve a sander (or something) to get everything off and start over again...not so fun!

I'm sure by now you have no clue what I am talking about since I haven't been specific on exactly what this little project is...but here is a sneak peek of the shelf I have been working on.

Cute right? It is in excellent condition.

Love the magnetic doors.

Of course, this looks completely different now...but this is what I originally started with.

You can check back to see my progress on this little (or not so little) project.

February 20, 2012

Kids Valentines February 2012

Valentine Airplanes

I know I am a week late with the Valentines, but I wanted those that received one to enjoy them without finding out what they were going to receive on here and ruin the surprise.

My son who is in preschool made these darling airplanes.

This is all the supplies you need:
  • Smarties candies
  • Rubber bands
  • Lifesavers
  • Gum
Unwrap the lifesavers (these are the wheels of the airplanes).

Take two lifesavers and a rubber band and put the rubberband through the lifesavers.

Spread the lifesavers apart just a little so you can fit a smarties candy (this is the body of the airplane) inbetween.

Place one slice of gum (this is the wings) horizontally across the lifesavers and smarties and wrap the rubber bands around the gum.

We added a small tag to the top of the gum that said "Have a high flying Valentine's Day" and added my sons name so kids at school would know who gave it to them.

My daughter who is 4, made these. I personally, really love how these turned out. 

Valentine Ladybugs

These are the supplies you need:
  • Red cardstock paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Black Sharpie
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Scotch tape
  • Small heart shaped punch
  • White paper (computer paper type or cardstock works)
  • Small "Happy Valentines Day" rubber stamp
  • Black ink pad
We took a red piece of cardstock paper and folded it 'hotdog' style.

On the creased folded edge I hand cut half heart shapes. When you cut them out, you have a whole heart. I was able to get about 3 to a piece of paper.

Next, I took a black sharpie and outlined a little bit of the ladybug by running the sharpie over the creased line in the middle and a little around where the wings would be. I also blacked out an area where the googly eyes would go.

Then we added googly eyes.

I punched out heart shapes in white paper and my girl glued them on with a glue stick.

The last thing we did was put the antennas on with the black pipe cleaners. I used my little girls finger to make the curls.

I then stamped the center of each wings with a Happy Valentines Day rubber stamp I had with black in.

February 6, 2012

Wreath Bird Bath Project

For the longest time I have wanted a water feature (bird bath) in my yard. I would go to a bird store and just really couldn't justify myself paying $60 for a plastic cheap looking bird bath. We do live near a lake so the birds do have some sort of water around. I still thought it would be nice to have some water near our bird feeders, plus our kids enjoy watching all the birds come visit.

I finally came across a cute bird bath craft project and wanted to give it a try. The best part is not only do I like the end results, the price was even better. This entire project cost me about $25.

The materials:
  • 3/8 inch manila rope. (I actually got a diamond braided polyester clothesline rope 3/16.)
  • 15 inch grapevine wreath. (I found an 18 inch wreath.)
  • 10 inch terra cotta saucer. (Since I had gotten the bigger size wreath, I needed a bigger size terra cotta saucer. I got a 13.75 inch terra cotta saucer to fit inside the wreath).
  • Artifical grape leaves, optional. (I got some fake ivy to put around mine).
  1. Cut three (5-foot) lengths of rope and knot them together at both ends. Nestle the wreath inside the ropes, as shown.
  2. Place the saucer inside the wreath. If you like, tuck grape leaves into the wreath and wind them around the ropes.
  3. Use more rope for hanging the birdbath, if needed.

My results:

I really love it!

Family Fun Easy Wreath Birdbath

January 16, 2012

These are Magnetic Sticky Notes.

If you want a quick easy craft project this is definately one. It is very inexpensive and so cute to hang on your refrigerator, or give as a little gift. Best of all they are super fun to make.

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