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 every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

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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How to Replace a Shower Head

After learning how to install a bathroom faucet, I also wanted to learn how to replace a shower head. Ladies - take this off the "honey-do" list!! It is a lot simpler than you think to do it yourself! I decided on a dual shower head - which sounds complicated, but it's not as difficult as it looks. Plus, you don't need a crazy amount of tools to replace that old shower head with a beautiful, shiny, new one!!

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Since breaking my leg, showering is high up on the list of difficult things to do. With a regular shower head, showering took at least double the amount of time it should have (which might sound nice, but it really isn't). I decided that having at least a handheld shower head was going to be necessary. Luckily, Moen was so great to send me a Banbury Dual Shower Head to try out, and I can honestly say it has been a life (and time) saver!

Handheld shower heads aren't just for injured or disabled people. Since this particular shower head is a dual shower head, it can spray from just the handheld or the main shower head - or both! My husband even said that he likes this shower head better than our old one! The handheld shower head has also been convenient for washing the shampoo out of my daughter's hair when she takes a bath.

How to Replace a Shower Head at artsyfartsymama.com #DIY #bathroom #shower #Moen

Moen's Banbury dual shower head is also finished with a Spot Resist™ brushed nickel finish that resists fingerprints and water spots for easier cleaning. There are also five function combination sprays for more variety. So, really, there's something for everyone in just one shower head!

How to Replace a Shower Head at artsyfartsymama.com #DIY #bathroom #shower #Moen

To get started, open the Moen Banbury shower head kit and make sure all the parts are there. Then, all you'll need is an adjustable wrench and some Teflon tape. The washers are also included in the shower head kit. 

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Place the black washers in both ends of the hose, then attach one end of the hose to the handheld shower head, and use the wrench to tighten it.

Next, attach the shower arm diverter to the other shower head. Then, attach the other end of the hose to the shower arm diverter. Now your shower head and handheld shower head are connected!

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Remove your old shower head with the adjustable wrench, then remove the old, white Teflon tape (if there is any). Use new Teflon white tape and wrap it clockwise 4-5 times around the threads, making sure not to go past the threads and into the shower opening (the shower head could clog if you get any tape in there).

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Next, attach the shower arm diverter to the shower arm and tighten with the adjustable wrench. Keep in mind to be very careful when tightening, because you can easily scratch the finish. Also, do NOT over-tighten. You may break something in the wall! Once the shower head is attached, place the handheld shower head into the handheld shower cradle.

How to Replace a Shower Head at artsyfartsymama.com #DIY #bathroom #shower #Moen

Now that the shower head is all installed and looking beautiful, it's time to test to make sure you don't have any leaks. If the hose is leaking, check to make sure the washer is there. If the shower arm is leaking, make sure you add Teflon tape and have tightened the shower arm diverter to the shower arm.

Once you've made sure there are no leaks, you're done!!

I received this shower head from Moen in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.


3 Ingredient Sticky Chicken Fingers

With as busy as things are lately, I am always looking for simple recipes that my family will love. These sticky chicken fingers couldn't be easier, and even better - there are only three ingredients!! The sticky chicken fingers are sticky (of course), sweet, with a little kick of heat. This recipe is husband-approved, and will most likely make it to our weekly menu plan.

3 Ingredient Sticky Chicken Fingers at artsyfartsymama.com #recipe #easyrecipe #chicken

Ingredients:
1/3 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
8 breaded chicken fingers (frozen, any brand)

Directions:
1. Bake breaded chicken according to package directions.
2. While the chicken is baking, mix together hot sauce, brown sugar, and water in a saucepan.
3. Stir the sauce over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce starts to boil. Remove from heat. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
4. When the chicken is done, place it in a large mixing bowl. Pour the sauce (while warm or room temperature) over the chicken, and toss chicken until all the chicken fingers are coated.
5. Serve sticky chicken fingers with a side of ranch and enjoy!

Recipe from Favorite Family Recipes


Lucky Word Set

We don't really do much to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday, but I can't resist all the cute decorations there are! When I first saw this Lucky Word Set at Wood Creations, I just had to have it! Wood Creations has a lot of adorable St. Patrick's Day crafts, so be sure to check them out. I had a hard time narrowing down my choice to get just one set.
Lucky Word Set Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #StPatricksDay

The Lucky Set measures about 21 inches wide and 7 inches tall. It's a little smaller than other sets, but the design is just perfect with my other St. Patrick's decor. The set comes unfinished, and needs a small amount of sanding before adding paint.

After sanding, I painted all the letters with DecoArt's Americana Acrylic paint in Kelly Green. I painted 2-3 coats of paint. Once the paint was dry, I traced some shamrock and plaid papers, cut them out, then stuck them on the shamrock shape and the "k" with Mod Podge. Let the letter/shamrock dry, then lightly sand the edges so the papers fit smoothly at the edges.

While the shamrock and "k" were drying, I added glitter to the rest of the letters and the horseshoe. I used Recollections glitter in Pesto, Gold, Citron, and Emerald. To apply the glitter, place the letter on a scrap piece of paper. Paint the front of the letter with a coat of Mod Podge, then pour the glitter over the letter. Let sit for a few minute or two, then carefully stand the letter up and tap it on the table a couple of times to remove any excess glitter. Carefully roll the paper to make a funnel to pour the extra glitter back into the container.

Once everything is covered and given time to dry (maybe an hour or so), spray the letters, shamrock, and horseshoe with a coat of clear spray paint or polyurethane sealer to protect the papers and to keep the glitter from coming off.

Place the letters on a mantel or shelf and enjoy!!

The amazing Wood Creations is also letting me give away a Lucky word set to one *lucky* reader!! Wood Creations has locations in both Utah and Idaho, or you can order online. Follow them on Facebook to see new crafts and sales!

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The giveaway ends on Monday, March 3rd


I received the Lucky Word Set from Wood Creations in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.


17 St. Patrick's Day Recipes

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We don't usually do too much to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but I think it's a lot of fun to make cute treats and dye our food in greens and rainbow colors for one day!! Today I'm sharing 17 delicious recipes that the whole family (especially the kids) will love this St. Patrick's Day!!

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1. Rainbow Pancakes from I Am Baker
2. Green Velvet Whoopie Pies from Artsy Fartsy Mama
4. Green Candied Popcorn from Skip to my Lou
5. Copycat Shamrock Shake from Wine & Glue
6. Leprechaun Snack Mix from Cupcake Diaries
8. Golden Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes from A Happier Homemaker
9. Rainbow Cubes from Hungry Rabbit
10. Judi’s Grasshopper Cake from A Farmgirl's Dabbles
11. Leprechaun Hat Treats from Sun Scholars
12. Lucky Lime Poke Cupcakes from Spend with Pennies
13. Shamrock Rice Krispies Treats from Try Me Tonight
14. Rainbow Waffles from Princess Pinky Girl
15. Quick and Easy Chocolate Pretzel Bites from Love from the Oven
16. White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels from Celebrations
17. Rainbow Jell-O from Hoosier Homemade


Artsy Corner Link Party

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

artsy-fartsy mama

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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Easy Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love easy cookie recipes that are quick to throw together. These cookies are made with Bisquick mix, and while I was skeptical making them for the first time, they are seriously SO good! Soft, chewy, and one of the easiest chocolate chip cookie recipes I have ever made!! They are even simple enough for the kids to help make!

Easy Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies at artsyfartsymama.com #recipe #cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups Bisquick
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg.
  3. Fold in Bisquick baking mix.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker


Free Printable St Patrick's Day Bingo

We love playing Bingo at our house, and it has become a fun tradition for our family to play it for almost every holiday. I really enjoyed putting this St. Patrick's Day Bingo set together, and hope you enjoy it, too! With the game being mostly images, it's easy for kids of all ages to play and it makes it a fun way for kids to learn more about St. Patrick's Day.

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Just like my Halloween Bingo, Thanksgiving Bingo, and Christmas Bingo, I'm sure this version will be a hit to play at a school St. Patrick's Day party. Since my daughter isn't in school right now, we've been having a wonderful time playing it as a homeschool activity. It has been a great way to learn new vocabulary and to practice matching.

Download the St. Patrick's Day Bingo Set
(single PDF file includes 8 Bingo cards and calling pieces)

I've gotten a lot of requests to make more than 8 Bingo cards for larger groups that will be playing Bingo. To help solve this problem and without having to create a whole bunch of card designs, I've put together a version that will make it easy for everyone to customize their own Bingo card!

Free Printable St Patrick's Day Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com #StPatricksDay #freeprintable #printable #bingo

Print out the DIY Christmas Bingo Set, which comes with a blank card (with the "free" space already added), all 24 Bingo pieces, and the calling cards. Print out the cards on cardstock, and the Bingo pieces on cardstock or regular copy paper.

Cut the Bingo pieces by following the lines. Glue the pieces wherever you want on the card with glue stick or Elmer's until all the spaces (except the "free" space) are covered. This would be a fun activity for older kids to do all on their own. Younger children will need some assistance with the cutting, but my daughter had no problem gluing all the pieces down on her own.

(single PDF file includes blank Bingo card, Bingo pieces, and calling pieces)

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Game Instructions 
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares: candy corn, beans, M&Ms, smarties, wrapped candy, cereal, or any other small items work great!
2. Give each player a Bingo card and markers (or put your own together with the DIY set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. The caller will draw a calling piece and announce the item on the card. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.

Download Instructions:
On the top left under "File", click the "Download" option. A pop-up window should appear. Make sure the "Save File" option is selected, then click OK to download.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the Bingo cards and calling pieces on cardstock and laminating. All files are 8.5x11 inches and put together in a single PDF format.


Have fun!! Would love to hear from you if you play using my printable!


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 every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

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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Valentine Tissue Paper Heart

I'm excited to announce that I am part of Elmer's "Crafty Mamas" Blogger Crew this year and am going to be sharing lots of seasonal project ideas using Elmer's products that you can create with the kids. Today's project is our first one, just in time for Valentine's Day!

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My daughter has been having a lot of fun getting our home ready for Valentine's Day this year. We had room on the wall for one more decoration, so I got out some supplies to create a sweet Valentine heart with tissue paper!!

Valentine Tissue Paper Heart at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscraft #Valentine

Supplies:
Elmer's 8x10 Foam Board
X-ACTO Curve™ Knife
Elmer's School Glue
Red Tissue Paper
Scissors
Pen or Pencil

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Draw a heart on the foam board, or trace a stencil. You can create your own heart stencil by folding a paper in half, and drawing half of a heart on the paper fold. Cut on your line, then you'll have a heart! Trace around the paper heart on the foam board.

Carefully cut out the heart with the X-ACTO knife over a cutting board or cardboard box. The X-ACTO Curve™ Knife has a padded grip to help you control your cuts and is A LOT more comfortable on your fingers!

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Once your foam board heart is cut out, get out the Elmer's glue, tissue paper, and scissors. Remove the tissue paper from the packaging and cut a bunch of 1-2 inch squares or rectangles. They don't have to be perfect, just similar in size. Cut out a bunch - more than you think you'll need. You don't want to run out while you're in the middle of the project!

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"Scribble" the glue to cover about a 2 inch section of the heart, starting at the side. You can glue a larger section, but be careful not to let the glue dry before you get to it.

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Crumple up one tissue paper square/rectangle, and press it down in the glue starting at the edge. Add each new piece right next to another piece of tissue paper so you don't have any empty spaces. If you happen to have an empty spot, just crumple up another piece and add it on! Add a drop of glue if necessary.

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Keep adding glue sections and tissue paper squares until the entire heart is covered. Then, I taped the edges of a sparkly gold ribbon to the back of the heart and hung it up on the wall. Or write on the back of the foam board with a marker to turn this into a unique Valentine!!

If you don't have a foam board or want to do this as a group activity, you could use a cardstock or construction paper instead. Then, use a glue stick for attaching the tissue paper squares for faster drying and minimizes any glue leaking through the paper.

For more fun ideas and news about products, sign up for the Elmer’s e-newsletter. You can also connect with Elmer’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

I am part of the Elmer's Crafty Mamas Blogger Crew and have received supplies and compensation, but the ideas and opinions are 100% my own.


DIY Alphabet & Number Gems

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My daughter loves learning and we are often working on homeschool projects and games to keep her entertained and learning new things. We're always counting and working on letter recognition and letter sounds, but now she'd really enjoying learning addition and seeing how to spell words. Since we are working on these kinds of activities all the time, I decided to gather a few simple supplies to make learning even easier!

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Supplies:
Two bags of large, clear glass gems (usually found in the floral section)
Glitter Foam Letters and Numbers Stickers (from CraftProjectIdeas.com)

Open the bags of gems and separate any that are broken or chipped. I did find two halves of a broken gem and was able to glue them back together with some E6000. Just be sure there aren't any sharp edges.

Peel off the sticker backing and press the glitter foam letters and numbers onto the flat side of the gems. I ended up doing two sets of numbers (0-9) and two sets of alphabet letters, plus a few extra vowels. The letters and number stickers come in about 5 different glittery colors, and the alphabet is all capitalized.

The sticker backing is pretty strong, so there was no need to use any glue at all. Because of that, this makes it an easy project for the kids to work on! Just hand over the gems and stickers and let them get to work.

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Once you've got all your stickers in place, it's time to play! We had a lot of fun working on learning a series of words, like words that end in "at", "ot", and "ag" and talked about how they all rhyme and what each word means if she didn't know it already. Plus, it helps her learn to recognize the words more when we're reading and can spell them out loud on her own from memory.

With the number gems, we worked on odd and even numbers, and some addition and subtraction.  I would also ask her questions like how old she is, how many chairs are in the room, etc and have her find the right number to match.

If your child isn't quite ready to read, spell, or do math, no problem!! You can have your child spell their name, arrange the numbers to teach them your phone number, or just let them organize everything by color! The learning possibilities are endless and works for kids of any age, and at any learning level.

I received product from CraftProjectIdeas.com in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.


Chocolate Cherry Heart Pops

I've teamed up with Jolly Time Popcorn to bring you this delicious Valentine's treat! Popcorn is always a favorite on it's own, but mix it up with some cherries and chocolate and you've got a hit!! It's a fun Valentine's activity for the kids, and are a sweet gift to give out to friends and family!

Chocolate Cherry Heart Pops at artsyfartsymama.com #recipe #ValentinesDay #Valentinerecipes #JollyTime

Ingredients:
12 cups popped JOLLY TIME Smart Balance Butter Light Microwave Popcorn
1 1/2 cups dried tart cherries
1 pound of mini marshmallows
1 cup white chocolate chips (or vanilla candy coating)
1/4 cup butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate morsels)
red food coloring
long lollipop sticks or thick bamboo skewers

Directions:
  1. Mix popcorn and cherries in a large bowl.
  2. Place marshmallows, white chocolate, and butter in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in a few drops of red food coloring to tint the mixture pink.
  3. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and toss gently until well coated.
  4. With wet or buttered hands, press mixture into a 3-4 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter (keep cutter on foil or wax paper-lined baking sheet), then lift cutter off. Insert a lollipop stick in the base of each heart.
  5. Allow popcorn hearts to cool completely.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate and drizzle over hearts. Allow to harden.
  7. The hearts look cute wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon, or stand them up in a vase or jar as a candy bouquet!

Visit JollyTime.com to find more flavors, recipes, and inspiration from America's first family of popcorn as they celebrate their 100th birthday this year!

Jolly Time sent me the ingredients for the this recipe, but all opinions my own.


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 every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

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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DIY Barbie Bed

My daughter's Barbie and Disney princess doll collection is steadily growing, and she likes to play with them in one of her small doll houses. I've looked into buying Barbie furniture and accessories, and I cannot believe how expensive everything is, not to mention that everything nowadays breaks in a matter of minutes.

DIY Barbie Bed at artsyfartsymama.com #dollfurniture #BarbieFurniture

So, I've decided to make a collection of furniture for my daughter and her dolls to enjoy without spending a lot of money and I'll also have the satisfaction knowing that they will last a long time! The first tutorial I'm going to share is this Barbie bed. Building doll furniture doesn't have to be intimidating, and I'm hoping these tutorials will inspire you moms out there to get out the power tools and create!

I had a lot of help from my husband with this first project because I needed a little help getting used to using power tools, and he knows more about construction than I do. So, huge thanks to such a supportive, crafty husband!!

Supplies:
1 2x4 by eight feet
1 1x4 by eight feet
1 ¼ yard fabric
2 Screws
Elmer's Carpenter's® Wood Glue Max®
Elmer's Multipurpose Spray Adhesive
4 Large Wood Beads
Vinyl
Power Tools: I used the Ryobi 18V Circular Saw and Ryobi 18V Drill, and a palm sander

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First I marked the 2x4 at 12 inches, and the 1x4 at 3 1/2 inches long. Next, cut the pieces with the Ryobi 18v Circular Saw, then sanded the edges with the palm sander until they were nice and smooth.

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Cut the fabric about 8 x 14 ½ inches. Once I had the fabric cut to size, I sprayed a thin coat of Elmer's Multipurpose Spray Adhesive on all sides of the 2x4. Because of the fumes and the adhesive, it's best to do this on a scrap piece of cardboard in a well ventilated area.

Lay the 2x4 face down in the center of the fabric, and carefully pull the sides up. Then, bring the ends up and fold like a present. One end doesn't need to be as covered. This will be the head of the bed. Be sure to pull the fabric at the foot of the bed tight. Add a little more glue on the edge if you need to.

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On the bottom side of the 2x4, glue the four beads on each corner with some Elmer's Carpenter's® Wood Glue Max®. Set the 2x4 somewhere to dry where it's not going to get bumped for about 24 hours.

While the 2x4 was drying, I painted the 1x4 with DecoArt Americana Snow (Titanium) White. I painted about 3 coats. be sure to let each coat dry completely before adding a new coat.

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 When the 1x4 is dry, mark two spots to add the screws. Then, using the Ryobi 18V Drill and a countersink bit, drill through the back of the 1x4 and in the end of the 2x4.

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After I had the holes drilled, I used the Phillips bit that came with the drill kit to attach the headboard to the bed with two screws. You can fill in the holes if you want to, or just leave them as-is.

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Now the bed is done! It's all ready for your child to play with. I ended up having some trouble with the legs coming off, so I decided to cut a rectangle of felt and glued that on the bottom instead so I didn't have to keep attaching the legs and worrying about them becoming a choking hazard.

DIY Barbie Bed with Cricut Decal Headboard at artsyfartsymama.com #dollfurniture #BarbieFurniture

The more I looked at the bed, the more I realized something was missing. I decided to dress up the headboard a little with some vinyl! I cut out a little flower design from the Cricut Cindy Loo Cartridge and applied the vinyl. Such a simple design, but I love how it adds that extra something!

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That's it! Now your Barbie and Disney princess dolls can sleep in something a little more cozy! I'm planning on sharing a series of tutorials on Barbie furniture and accessories, so be sure to come back soon for more Barbie fun!!

I received products from Ryobi and Cricut in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.


Valentines Fingerprint Canvas

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My daughter is so excited for "Valentime's Day" and asked if she could paint some kind of project for the holiday. Of course, I said yes and immediately got out some supplies. Honestly, I'm not always too thrilled at the thought of a toddler getting into paints, but I totally trust Apple Barrel Craft Paint when it comes to kids crafts. They are water-based, so that means they are easy to clean with soap and water.

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Apple Barrel paints come in a variety of colors and bottle sizes, and gloss or matte finishes. Out of my Apple Barrel paint collection, she chose to use Bright Magenta, Bright Red, and Aquamarine.

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Next, I cut out some black vinyl on the Cricut ("Love" image found on the Create a Critter cartridge) and applied the vinyl to an 8x10 canvas. Be sure to press the edges down the best you can to prevent leaks!

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Now, it's time for your child to get started! I poured some Apple Barrel Aquamarine paint on a plastic lid. Then, my daughter dipped her finger into the paint and dotted fingerprints all over the canvas. Some washable paints are pretty thin, but I was surprised to see that the Apple Barrel color went on smooth, and the color was quite vibrant compared to other brands.

Keep baby wipes close by to wipe up any spills, smears, or other paint messes. It wipes right up without any trouble at all!! When going around the edges of the vinyl, try not to get too heavy with the paint. Other than that, let them run free with their creativity!

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Luckily, the paint dries pretty quickly, so we were able to move right along. I put the extra Aquamarine paint back into the bottle (just used my finger), then cleaned the lid with a baby wipe. I also used a baby wipe and her finger was totally clean! You could also take a little break to wash hands completely with soap and water. Then, I added some Bright Magenta to the lid, and let her keep painting.

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I thought we were done, but she said "Valentime projects need red!!" So, I cleared off the Bright Magenta paint from the lid, wiped off her hand, and added a small puddle of Bright Red for her to work with.

Easy Valentines Fingerprint Canvas at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscrafts #Valentines #plaidcrafts

We took a break to wash our hands, and when we came back the paint was totally dry. I used a vinyl hook tool to peel up a corner of the vinyl, then let my daughter peel up the rest. Luckily, there wasn't very many leaks at all!!

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If you want to do any touch-ups, you can use some white paint to cover any leaks. This was my daughter's project, so I let her decide. She wanted to keep it like it is, leaks and all. I absolutely love it and she was so proud of herself when I hung it on the wall (which is probably the thing I loved the most).

This project could also be done easily with a school class. Just use a thicker paper and stencils, and have the children put their creation on display or send them home to be framed!

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This post was written as part of a campaign with The Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.


You & Me Sign

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

I've been slowly working on some new decor for my bedroom and wanted something a little more personal to add to the wall. After spending some time shopping at Poppy Seed Projects, I had an idea come to mind and had to run with it.

This You & Me Sign looks so great hanging on my wall and I absolutely love it! It was so easy to make, and I'm excited to share this tutorial with you today to hopefully inspire you to create something personal for your home, too!!

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

Supplies:
Divided Plaque (found at Poppy Seed Projects)
Texturizing Cream (found at Poppy Seed Projects)
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints in Snow (Titanium) White, Dark Chocolate, and Lamp (Ebony) Black

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

With a sponge brush or rag, dab on some texturizing cream. Whatever pattern you have is what will show through when you sand your project (you'll see what I mean when I get to the end of the project). Let dry completely. The cream dries clear, so you'll know it's dry when you don't see any white.

If you're like me and do some of your crafting on the couch, a cardboard box (like the waffle box you can see above) makes a great painting space!!

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

After the texturizing cream is dry, paint on a thin coat (or two) of the Dark Chocolate Americana paint. Let dry completely. It's okay if it's not perfect! This is the color that will show through when you sand later.

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

Paint the board with the Black Americana paint. I painted about three coats. Be sure to let each coat dry COMPLETELY before you add another coat.

Once the last coat is dry, lightly sand the board (especially the edges) with sandpaper. This will start to bring out the brown color underneath and will bring out the texture from the texturizing cream. I love how easy it is to make a board look worn!

When you're done sanding, wipe off the board with a tissue or damp cloth.

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

With my Silhouette, I cut out the "You & Me" in vinyl. I weeded out the letters and ampersand and cut a rectangle around the words to create a stencil. Find the centers of both the board rectangles and the stencils to make sure you place the vinyl in the right spot.

When adhering the vinyl, be sure to press hard (especially around the edges) so that the stencil won't move, and so you won't get any paint bleeding under the edges.

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

With a spouncer, add a light coat of Snow (Titanium) White Americana paint. Press the spouncer into the paint, then dab off the excess before painting on the stencil. Be sure to dab vertically over the stencil instead of painting horizontally. This will minimize the amount of bleeds. I added about 4 coats to get complete paint coverage. Let the paint dry completely between coats.

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

Peel off the stencils while the last coat of paint is still wet. If you happen to get any paint bleeds, don't stress about it! Get out an Xacto knife, and you can carefully scrape some of the small bleeds away. Don't scrape too hard, or you could take off some of the other black & brown layers of paint. You could also touch up with black paint if you have any larger bleeds.

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

Get your sandpaper out and lightly sand over the words. This is also a great way to disguise any of your mistakes!! Own it and just call it "unique"!

You & Me Sign Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #youandme #DIY

Spray the board with a clear spray paint to finish. Add a sawtooth hanger to the back to hang on your wall, or add it to a shelf!! This sign would make a great gift (even for yourself) or a fun girl's night project!

I received products from Poppy Seed Projects and DecoArt in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.


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