Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been working on some projects around the house because, when you’re a SAHM, you look at the same stuff day after day and suddenly you get a wave of what I like to call “Joanna Gaines Fever” and you just HAVE to do some redecorating.

I’ve been looking for something to put in the kids’ bathroom because its just kind of bland. I bought an awesome shelf from Hobby Lobby (holla for clearance!) and I wanted a little somethin’ to go on it.

I knew exactly what I wanted but I didn’t know how to go about it. Enter: Pinterest. I found this link and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Here’s what I used:

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~A little wooden sign I picked up at Walmart

~glue stick

~cardstock

~freezer paper

~printer (not pictured)

~metal spoon (also not pictured because, Mommy Brain)

 

First, I cut out the freezer paper to fit my sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock. I glued the freezer paper to the cardstock with the waxy side out (this is very important).

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Next, I thought of the quote I wanted on my sign. Then, I typed it up in Word and “mirror flipped” it.

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Then I printed the quote and laid it gently on the wooden sign, praying it was lined up straight. Finally, I used the edge of a metal spoon and scraped the cardstock.

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After a few minutes, I lifted the paper:

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Meh.

I was hoping for better results. BUT, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, the letters are light enough that I can go over it with a paint pen, so all is not lost.

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

Try It Tuesday

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This past Saturday was Earth Day! Did you do anything special? If 90’s cartoons taught me anything, its that we only get one planet; we need to take care of it (and not just on Earth Day)! So today’s Try It is all about upcycling, reusing, and reducing waste!

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I did two different projects this week re-using what some may deem as “trash” but I saw its potential to be something better!

For my first project, I took the empty M&M minis tube Huff the Tot had just devoured and cleaned it out:

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Then, I wrapped it in some a-DORK-able Duct Tape:

Voila! I was done! Seriously, that’s it. Now I have an awesome pocket container to take places when I don’t feel like carrying a purse. This would be great for trips to the beach/lake, festivals, concerts, or just a night out on the town (though, I have two kids so the chances of me getting to go to any of those places is pretty slim!). But still, look at all that this thing holds:

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Plus, there was still room! You could pop a chapstick tube in there and maybe even some compact feminine hygiene products!

For my next project, I used an old coffee container:

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I cleaned it out, took the label off, and cut an “X” on the lid:

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Then, I used a chalkboard sticker I bought the day after Christmas and bam! Instant bag dispenser!

You don’t have to put bags in yours! You can decorate/label it any way you want and store just about anything in there. The possibilities are endless!

 

Here are some more links for recycling crafts!

Make Your Own Bath Bombs with K Cups

Tin Can Crafts

Bag Weaving with Old Plastic Bags

Altoid Mint Tin Upcycle

 

 

Do you have any favorite eco-friendly crafts? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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With me trying to eat healthier I just can’t bring myself to do a Try It that involves a yummy dish (at least until I lose some more pounds) so today I’m working on something from my favorite fandom! 

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That’s right! I’m making a Howler (sans Mrs. Weasley’s scolding)! 

Here’s what you need: 

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~Red piece of paper, 16 cm x 8 cm

~White piece of paper, 11 cm x 5.5

~Red piece of paper, 1 cm x 6 cm

And here are the instructions: 

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Y’all. I don’t think I’m cut out for origami. I was getting crazy frustrated. 

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But, I eventually finished it. It turned out…okay, I guess. I’m not 100% pleased. 

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Have you ever made this? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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I’m sure if you spend any time on Facebook, you’ll see those videos starring arms not attached to a body, making delicious treats or awesome crafts in seemingly zero time. I saw this one the other day:

 

I was super excited because I wanted to jazz up the bathroom at the Mother’s Day Out place I work a few times a week with some jars of mints and chocolate (because, kids) and thought this would be perfect!

I gathered my stuff:

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I did as the video instructed. I placed the tape over the paper (and rubbed the tape with a Popsicle stick):

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Then, I cut out the piece I wanted to use and dropped it in a bowl of water for 1 minute:

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After that, I not-so-easily removed the paper from the tape:

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The ink was nowhere to be found and the tape wasn’t even sticky anymore! Yeah. Total bust. I ended up just printing off labels and covering it with packing tape. Sigh. 

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Have you ever tried this before? Did it work out better for you? Is there a trick to getting it right? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, I gave you a teaser as to what my Try It Tuesday would be this week. Did you guess what I’m making? Here’s the picture again, just to refresh your memory:

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Give up? I’m making a…. FAIRY HOUSE!

The idea for a fairy house came when I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed and saw this:

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Turns out, making these adorable little homes are much more involved and tedious than I anticipated. And with the Virginia family visiting and two kids to wrangle, there was no way in Narnia this thing would be done in time for today’s blog. So, stay tuned for updates on the fairy house!

 

Have you ever made a fairy house? What did you use? How did it turn out? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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This weekend, I hosted my Best Mate’s baby shower. The theme? Doctor Who! When I found out she was having a boy, I automatically knew that would be the theme– I mean, hello–everything’s BLUE!

Knowing the theme, I ordered these silicone molds from Think Geek:

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I thought I’d use them for little chocolates or maybe mini cupcakes. Yeeeahhh… I didn’t realize they were bigger than they looked. Must’ve been that timelord technology.

Anywhoo, I thought, “What can I make with these?” Then it hit me: soap!

I looked online or instructions and got to work! First, I gathered my gear:

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~glycerin soap

~soap dye

~lavender essential oils

~Tardis molds

 

To begin, I sprayed the molds with alcohol to help the glycerin not to create bubbles.

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Then, I melted the glycerin. I placed it in a microwave-safe bowl and heated it up for 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the glycerin was melted thoroughly.

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Next, I added the color and essential oils. I chose lavender because its relaxing and I like the smell.

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After the soap was blue throughout, I poured the glycerin into the molds and sprayed it with alcohol again, to reduce the bubbles.

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I let the soap set overnight and then popped them out in the morning:

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This was such a simple and fun little craft! I ended up using the soaps as prizes for the game we played and people really liked them! I think I may go buy a circle mold and make some “fun soap” for my nieces and nephews!

Try It Wednesday

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Sorry there wasn’t a post yesterday. I was an editing machine/was taking care of a very needy toddler. But I am here today with a very fun–and easy–Try It!

We moved into our new home about 2 weeks ago. There are still boxes EVERYWHERE and pictures have yet to be hung up on the walls. BUT, most of the rooms are functional and that’s really all I can ask for at this point.

I wanted Huff the Tots room to be cute and whimsical. I knew I wanted a little reading corner because, much like her namesake, the girl loves books. I got some PINspiration and decided to make a float canopy for her reading area.

Here’s what I used:

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~Embroidery hoop

~2 sheer curtains

~White ribbon

~Wall hook

That’s it!

 

First, you’ve got to separate the two hoops. Then, tie some ribbon to the inner hoop. This will be how you hang the canopy from the ceiling, so make sure to measure your ribbon!

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Then, take the outer hoop and remove the dilly-ma-bob so you can thread the curtain through the hoop:

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Then, thread your curtain(s):

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Be sure to keep the tags of the curtains on the inside of the hoop. If not, you’ll get frustrated and have to re-do it. Like I did.

When you’ve finished placing the curtains on the larger hoop, place the smaller hoop inside and screw the dilly-ma-bob back on. Be sure that the inner hoop is secure or else the canopy will fall and you will cuss. Like I did.

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After that, hang it up and enjoy!

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Like I said, not everything is hung up on the walls quite yet, but you get the jist! This was, by far, the EASIEST “DIY” I’ve EVER done. And I’m pretty pleased with the results!