Thursday, September 18, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kids DIY Letter Decor


Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

Crafting with kids can be a lot of fun, and can sometimes really turn into something quite memorable. This particular craft helped teach my daughter that by using her imagination, she can create anything!! It was also interesting that this project also had some unexpected surprises, which taught her (and reminded me, once again) that even though you might have a "craft fail", you can still turn it around into something even better than you imagined.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

This Kids DIY Letter Decor is the kind of project that will entertain kids of any age for hours. It makes for a great rainy day craft, or one that you can use for days when they are just bored.

We found a paper maché letter Z at the craft store for about $3. My daughter loves everything sparkly and shiny, so I got out some Shimmer Poms, Sequins, Peel & Stick Heart Acrylic Jewels, and Acrylic Circle Jewels (from CraftProjectIdeas.com) and used some Elmer's Gel School Glue to attach everything to the letter.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

I dumped all the supplies into cups, laid down a mat for her to work on, and told her she had total creative freedom. She was able to easily peel the backing from the adhesive jewels and would add drops of glue to the letter to attach the others.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

It took a bit of practice, but she quickly got the hang of adding just enough glue so that it wasn't squishing out everywhere. She's one to not really like getting her hands messy, so this was a big accomplishment! Sadly, the poms wouldn't stick with the glue, so we nixed that idea and stuck with the bling. 

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

Since the poms weren't sticking, it left quite a bit of empty space and I wasn't so keen about getting out paint at this point. Instead, I got out some Neon Glitter Glue and told her how it works and to have at it!!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

She had a lot of fun drawing with the glues and adding some extra sparkle. These glitter glues are the perfect size for little hands, and the neon colors are so fun!!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

Then, we had a bit of a glitter glue...explosion. There must have been a plug in the glitter glue bottle and squeezed too hard. We had a good laugh over the whole thing, and then I explained how sometimes things can go very, very wrong when you work on a project, but if you take a minute to calm down and take another look at it, you can fix it!! This mess looked pretty bad, but it didn't have to mean we were done.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

Instead, I showed her how to spread the glue out with fingers (and refill the empty glitter glue container with the excess) and that we would make the letter look even better than we planned. Since glitter glue is actually a glue and not just for looks, we could now put all the bling in the glitter glue spread and put the school glue away!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

She worked on filling different areas with the glitter glue so that there would be blocks of different colors, then stuck on jewels in the globs. It worked out great and was even easier/faster than the way she was gluing before!!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

The glitter glue takes a while to dry, so it was simple to add extra jewels and sequins in areas that needed a little extra bling. Since we had already glued on some jewels before and were already dried, we just used the tips of the glitter glues to go around the gems without a problem.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at artsyfartsymama.com

Since we had so much glue on the letter, we let it dry overnight. It was completely dry in the morning, and my daughter has been so proud of herself!! She put it on display in her bedroom, and it makes me happy to see how much fun she had even though we had a few craft fails.

What are some of your craft fails??

Thanks to our sponsors for the supplies provided in this post. All opinions are my own.


Friday, September 12, 2014

"Happy" Seasonal Block

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Decorating for each season is a lot of fun, but it can be frustrating when you have to have multiple boxes to store all of those decorations when you aren't using them, much less trying to find all your decor in the piles. This "Happy" Seasonal Block is super simple, and a bonus - you can keep it on display all year-round and it costs less than $10 to make!!

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Supplies:
"Happy" Chunky Word Letters at Poppy Seed Projects
1 3/4" X 1 3/4" X 10" Basswood Carving Block (Michaels)
   **OR you can purchase a 2" x 3.5" x 9 Pine Block Base at Poppy Seed Projects
Acrylic Paints
Glitter
Vinyl

I chose the basswood base block instead mostly because it's square. That way, I can use all four sides of the block throughout the year instead of switching them out.

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Start by choosing which color paint you want your "Happy" to be, and find a matching glitter. I chose Americana paint in Bahama Blue and used Recollections Glitter in Paradise. I ended up painting about three coats for full coverage, letting it dry completely between coats.

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the "Happy" is dry, paint a coat of Mod Podge on the front of the letters. Then, pour the glitter over the letters. Let dry for a few minutes, then carefully stand the block up and tap lightly on the table to shake off any excess glitter. Seal the glitter by spraying a few coats of clear spray paint. This will help keep the glitter in place and you won't have a glittery mess every time you move the block.

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Next, I painted the base block with about 3 coats of Americana paint in Snow (Titanium) White. Let it dry completely.


While the block is drying, cut out the seasons. I used my handy Cricut Explore to cut our summer, autumn, winter, and spring out of Gold Glitter Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. Apply each word on all four sides of the block.

"Happy" Seasonal Block Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

After the vinyl was placed, the project is done! Stack the "Happy" block on top of the base, and just simply rotate the base block to change for each season!!

I received products from my amazing sponsors in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.


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