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I hope everyone enjoyed a special Mother’s Day with family, friends, and loved ones! I am a very blessed mommy of two beautiful, happy, and healthy children and they make me so proud!  I have the most amazing mom and I wish I could have spent the day with her, but my parents are coming out soon to visit, so we will celebrate then! We had an amazing weekend of pool time and lobster, crab, and steak on Saturday [Read more...]

Halloween Printables & Mod Podge

 

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Do you want a super cute way to document all of your children’s Halloween costumes on one banner?  I was really excited to find these free printables and photo kit so I could make a banner for each child!  My kids and I love looking back at each year’s pictures to see how incredibly cute and sweet they looked in their different costumes, as well as see how much they have grown and changed each year! As the years go on, you can easily add more ribbon and pictures to your banners. Go to How Does She, follow them by entering your email address, and you will have access to free downloads!  Enjoy!

Are you ready for another free printable?  I love subway art, as they make a fun, easy, and inexpensive decoration.  Head on over to 24/7 Moms and print your Halloween art! You can see another seasonal subway art I used in our Fall Decorations post!

Mod Podge is becoming very popular around here and I use it in a lot of my crafts. I have a long list of ideas that I will be making soon, using the amazing glue and sealer!  To make the “31″, all you need is wooden numbers, scrapbook paper, mod podge, an x-acto knife, and a cutting mat.  Lay the scrapbook paper image down, apply a layer of mod podge to the front of a number, lay it on the back of the scrapbook paper, hold it in place, turn the number over to smooth out any bumps, and let it dry for a few minutes.  Place the number on a cutting mat and use the x-acto knife to cut around the number.  Apply a layer of mod podge to the front of the number, and let it dry completely before applying a second coat.  Do the same for the other number!  This is another simple and quick way to make a decoration.

 

Fall Decorations

I love fall!  Even though we don’t get to fully appreciate the change of seasons here in Arizona, we make the best of it with fall comfort foods, warm drinks, and fun decorations.  My family lived in Pennsylvania for three years and definitely experienced the true meaning of fall. The weather was very cool and the trees were beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow.  Fall is a little different here, and on the first day of the new season, we are expected to have a “cool” 97 degrees!

I wanted to add some color to my mantle and enjoy a fall theme, so I made a few decorations.

I saw glitter pumpkins on pinterest and gave them a try.  They were extremely easy to make! I absolutely love how they turned out and that they add so much color and sparkle to my mantle!

Supplies: pumpkins (different sizes and shapes), white glue, paint brush, fine glitter, cooling rack, wax paper or newspaper

Directions: Put wax paper or newspaper on your table. Put your pumpkin on there to paint on white glue. Shake glitter all over the glue, and tap off the excess glitter. If you miss a spot, just paint glue there and add glitter. Fold the wax paper or newspaper and pour the extra glitter back in its container. To let the pumpkin dry, place it on a cooling rack over wax paper (or newspaper) and begin on the next pumpkin.  For a larger pumpkin, put glue and glitter on it a little at a time so the glue won’t dry.

I love subway art and I chose this one to display because of the particular colors and phrases.  If you would like to print your own copy of this subway art, go to Mom On Timeout!

I also love how these wooden letters turned into a fun mantle piece!

Supplies: wooden letters, scrapbook paper, paint brush or foam brush, mod podge, x-acto knife, cutting mat

Directions: Use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply mod podge on the front of a wooden letter.  Put your scrapbook paper picture down and lay the wooden letter on it. Turn the letter over and smooth out any bumps.  Let the letter dry for a few minutes. Turn it over so you see the back of the scrapbook paper, put it on a cutting mat, and use an x-acto knife to cut off the extra paper.  Apply a coat of mod podge to the top of the letter.  Let it completely dry and apply a second coat. Repeat for each letter.

This decoration will be nice to keep out for a few months and enjoy throughout fall.

Supplies: frame (I used an 8×10, but you can use whatever size you like), burlap, scissors, letter stickers, mod podge, tacky glue, hot glue gun, felt, button or small embellishment

Directions: Take the backing and glass off the frame.  Depending on the size of your frame, decide on the size of your burlap triangles. (I used a little larger triangle template for the letters in “give”).  Cut out your triangles.  Put the letter sticker on the burlap, apply a coat of mod podge over the entire sticker, let it dry, and apply one more coat.  You could also use stencils and fabric paint, but I liked the look of these particular stickers and they were the perfect size for my triangles.  Turn the triangles over, starting with the last letter of the word, so they are lined up like this: “evig” and “sknaht”.  Put a line of tacky glue along the top of each triangle. and a single strand of burlap over the tacky glue, along the top of each word.  Press down on the burlap strand, into the tacky glue.  Once the glue dries, put a coat of mod podge on top of the string.  Let it dry and attach them to the frame.  You can use a hot glue gun, or tape, to attach the string of words to the back of the frame.  For the burlap flower in the corner of the frame, cut a 1 1/2 inch by 15 inch strip of burlap (If you want a larger flower, use a longer strip of burlap) and cut out a small felt circle.  Fold the burlap in half, lengthwise, and start rolling it, making the center of the flower.  After 3-4 rolls, start twisting the burlap away from the center to start creating the petals.  Continue twisting the burlap around and holding in place with your fingers, until you are at the end of the strip. Use a hot glue gun to attach the end of the burlap to the flower. Use hot glue on the back of the burlap flower and attach it to the felt circle. Apply more glue in spots that need it and trim excess felt if needed. Glue a button or small embellishment in the center of the flower. (I referred to Craftaholics Anonymous to help me make my burlap flower.)