DIY Glittered Clothespins

DIY Glittered Clothespins for $1 at artsyfartsymama.com #glitter #clothespins

I absolutely love everything glitter, and almost everything in my house is covered in it (some of it unintentionally). These glittered clothespins glam up anything you use them for. They look cute on gift bags, turned into magnets, or even to display photos. Glittered clothespins are also extremely inexpensive to make, which makes them even more fun!!

DIY Glittered Clothespins for $1 at artsyfartsymama.com #glitter #clothespins

To make glittered clothespins, you'll need Mod Podge, glitter, and of course, clothespins. I found a package of 36 clothespins at the dollar store (if you don't want to do the math, that's only less than 3¢ per clothespin!). The clothespins are clipped onto a piece of cardboard, so I just pulled them out of the package. Some of the clothespins look a little rough, but not to worry. They'll be covered up, anyway!!

DIY Glittered Clothespins for $1 at artsyfartsymama.com #glitter #clothespins

Any kind of Mod Podge will do the job great. I went with Extreme Glitter Mod Podge for some extra sparkle. Paint a medium-thick coat of Mod Podge on the front of each clothespin with a painting brush or sponge brush. Mod Podge can dry quickly sometimes, so work quickly!

The clothespins came clipped on some thin cardboard, so I just left them on there so I could easily move the clothespins around all at once.

DIY Glittered Clothespins for $1 at artsyfartsymama.com #glitter #clothespins

Any kind of glitter will look cute, but I went with a fine gold glitter this time. Lay your clothespins on a piece of paper. Pour your glitter over the clothespins. Let them sit to dry for a few minutes, then carefully stand them up (hold the back of the clothespins so you don't mess up the front) and carefully tap off any excess glitter.

Let the clothespins dry for an hour or more, then spray the clothespins with a few coats of clear spray paint to help prevent the glitter from falling off or getting on your fingers when you pinch the clothespins to use them.

DIY Glittered Clothespins look cute on gift bags! Tutorial from artsyfartsymama.com #glitter #clothespins

Recently I was able to host a Cricut Explore Workshop at my house (more on that coming soon!) with a bunch of amazing friends. I wanted to give them a gift bag with projects and swag, and I think the glittered clothespin really added a lot! (I made up a "create" tag with the Cricut Explore)

What would you use glittered clothespins for?


24 Peeps Projects & Recipes

24 Peeps Projects & Recipes at artsyfartsymama.com #Easter #Peeps #EasterCrafts #EasterRecipes

Peeps are one of the hottest Easter candies out there. Even though I don't love to eat them, I do think they are adorable!! Cute little bunnies and chicks covered in the food equivalent to glitter?! Yes, please! Today I'm sharing 24 fun Peeps-inspired projects and recipes that all contain Peeps to give you some fun Easter ideas.

24 Peeps Projects & Recipes at artsyfartsymama.com #Easter #Peeps #EasterCrafts #EasterRecipes

1. Marshmallow Bunny Plushies from Dandelions & Lace 
2. Chocolate Dipped Peeps from Your Homebased Mom
3. Peeps Bunny Bunting from V & CO.
4. Skateboarding Peeps from Sweet Simple Stuff
5. Peeps Rice Krispies Treats from Love From the Oven
7. Peeps Cookies from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle
9. Peep Easter Wreath from Tried & True
10. Peep S'mores from Cupcake Diaries
12. Peeps Whoopie Pies Recipe from The Country Chic Cottage
13. Peeps Bubble Gum Ice Cream from Pint Sized Baker
14. Chillin' With My Peeps Shirt from Sugar Bee Crafts
15. Peeps Candy Bars from The Domestic Rebel
17. Pretty in Peeps Pendant from The Impatient Crafter
18. Peeps Cake Batter Candy from Cookies & Cups
19. Marshmallow Chick Plushies from Dandelions & Lace
20. Easter Peeps Treat Bag Printable from Club Chica Circle
21. Layered S'mores Brownies with Peeps from Shugary Sweets
22. Peep Topiary from the Hungry Mouse
23. Peeps Popcorn from Yellow Bliss Road
24. Large Peep Topiaries from Craft-O-Maniac

Are you a Peeps fan?


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Easy Soft Sugar Cookies

Easy Soft Sugar Cookies from artsyfartsymama.com #cookies #easyrecipes #sugarcookies

When it comes to cookie recipes, easier is always better. Especially when it comes to sugar cookies. I've never had much luck with the complicated recipes. Plus, just reading through some of them is just exhausting. So I give those of you who are willing to do the tough recipe props, because I'm just too lazy.

This recipe is pretty much just mix and bake. No chilling in the refrigerator involved, and you don't even have to use cookie cutters if you don't want to! Easy, peasy and they are delicious!!

Easy Soft Sugar Cookies from artsyfartsymama.com #cookies #easyrecipes #sugarcookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400ยบ
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light & fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
  4. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together and add to butter mixture one cup at a time.
  5. Divide dough into two balls (do not chill).
  6. On a floured surface, roll or press each ball with your fingers into a 12" circle about 1/8" thick.
  7. Cut out shapes with floured cookie cutters. Or if you don't want to use cookie cutters, roll the dough into a 1-1 1/2" ball and flatten it to 1/8" thick.
  8. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet for 6-7 minutes.
  9. When cookies are cooled, frost and sprinkle.
    (For the Peep chick and bunny cookies, we added mini chocolate chips for eyes)
Makes about 3 dozen sugar cookies.


Desk Organization Tips and Tricks

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Since I broke my leg, I have been stationed on the couch so I could put my leg up while I work. That also means my desk supplies and computer were moved to a temporary table to use. Well, the good news is that I'm feeling a lot better, so I recently moved my desk space back to it's original spot so I could get more blogging and designing done during the day. The bad news is that things are now a HUGE mess. No organization whatsoever, and it's not simple at all to find anything when I need it.

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Since I'm more mobile and can actually help around the house again, I've also been realizing how much we are needing to do some good spring cleaning. I went to Target and found the April editions of Cooking Light and Real Simple magazines and was excited to find some great spring cleaning tips and tricks! Plus, when you purchase these two magazines together at Target, you also get a $5 gift card! I don't know about you, but I can always use a little financial help when I shop at Target...

Since my desk area at home was such a mess, I found myself in the desk organization area and decided to put my gift card to good use and purchase a metal desktop storage unit. I also purchased some smaller plastic storage trays.

Desk Organization Tips and Tricks: simple spring cleaning and organizing ideas for your workspace #springcleaning #organization #FreshandFab

This "before" shot might not seem too terrible, but it was driving me crazy. The desk was covered in dust, and there wasn't a designated spot for anything. When things aren't organized, I have a hard time concentrating on what needs to get done. The desk drawers were just as bad. Full of junk, with no spot for anything. It's frustrating having to dig through everything just to find a pen or some scissors.

So, first, I cleared everything off the desk and used some cleaning tips from the Real Simple magazine. This issue has an awesome section with tips to make your cleaning routine faster and easier, and also has a literal A-Z guide of clever ways to clean and freshen up almost anything!

For example, did you know that using Pledge dusting spray can also refresh leather?! I used this trick on my leather desk chair and it worked great! Simply spray the Pledge on a cotton cloth and wipe it down. It can even work on leather shoes!

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For the desk drawers, I used tips from the Real Simple magazine for cleaning out a utensil drawer. I chose some plastic storage trays in all different sizes to organize my office supplies, mainly because most plastics can be run through a dishwasher or at least hand washed. So when it's time to clean again, all I'll need to do is pull out the trays, and wash them out. The drawer should stay fairly clean.

Once I pulled everything out of the drawers, I took the time to get rid of anything that didn't need to be in there (i.e., random candies, papers, etc) to de-junk. It feels great to get rid of things you don't need anymore! Then, I used a damp cloth to wipe out the dust, and other small items out of the drawer. Another trick is to cover a ruler with a damp paper towel to get the corners of the drawers really clean!

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Once my desk was thoroughly dusted and everything else wiped clean with a damp paper towel, I set up my desk space again with the desk storage unit. I love the storage spaces on both sides of the stand that will hold pens and any important papers or supplies. I can also easily fit my computer devices underneath the storage drawer that will hold my weekly planner when I'm not using it, which will free up a lot of desk space!!

I also had some extra space on top by my monitor to put a couple new projects (coming soon!) on display without getting in the way. Having everything in a place also made the cords less visible, which is a big plus for me!

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I'm so much happier with my workspace, and am feeling so much more motivated to get to work. Just the thought of spring cleaning is overwhelming to me, but being able to tackle one job at a time makes it a whole lot less daunting. Plus, the "after" look of your home makes it all worth it!!

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20 Kids Crafts for Spring

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Spring is finally here, and we're so excited to get working on some projects filled with flowers, butterflies, and everything Spring-related! Today I'm sharing 20 fun kids crafts that are all about Spring! These crafts are all simple and would be fun to create on rainy days or add a little learning fun for homeschooling!

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1. DIY Birdseed Spring Kid Craft from Little Inspiration
2. Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies from Bo Bunny
3. DIY Key Wind Chime from Inner Child Giving
4. Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk from Playful Learning
5. Colorful Stained Glass Kites from Make and Takes
6. "Hairy" Spring Gardening Craft from Mom vs The Boys
7. Paper Flower Bouquet from The Seasoned Mom
8. Decorate Terra Cotta Pots from Mama Smiles
9. Buttoned Up Birdhouses from Mod Podge Rocks!
10. Pipe Cleaner Butterflies from Squigly's Arts & Crafts
11. Happy Cloud & Ribbon Rainbow from Meet the Dubiens
12. Rain Sticks from Happy Hooligans
13. Spring Nest Craft from Inner Child Food
14. Toilet Paper Roll Flower Painting from Spanglish Baby
15. Color & Match Butterfly Activity from No Time for Flash Cards
16. Stamped Flower Craft with Corks and Buttons from Happy Hooligans
17. Clothespin Spring Home Decor from Buttons Galore & More
18. Spring Paper Flower Wreath from Caitlin Wilson
19. Ladybug Sun Visors from Crafts by Amanda
20. Toilet Paper Roll Chick Painting from Spanglish Baby


DIY Spring Banner

DIY Spring Banner from artsyfartsymama.com #Spring #banner #ExploreCricut

Spring is officially here, so that means it's time to get those springtime decorations up at my house! I don't have a whole lot of decorations, so I decided to make myself a banner since I have never made one before (I know, right?). But, with the help of my Cricut Explore and some stripflocked heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl, this banner was a snap!

DIY Spring Banner from artsyfartsymama.com #Spring #banner #ExploreCricut

Generally, I stay away from burlap in general because #1 I hate how it feels. Really hate it. #2, it gets everywhere!!! It's like the feeling after a haircut with tiny hairs poking you, but all.over.the.place!! ughh... But then, I found this adorable polka dotted burlap at Joann's that I just couldn't resist.

Did you know that the Cricut Explore can cut fabric? More specifically, burlap?! I ironed on some fusible interfacing to the backside of the burlap for both stability and placing the burlap interfacing-side down will help keep your mat from being covered in burlap whiskers. I cut out a 12x12 piece and placed it on a standard sticky mat and cut out the banner shapes with the Explore.

*If you don't have an Explore, don't worry - you can cut out a banner shape out of cardstock and trace the pattern on the burlap to hand cut.

DIY Spring Banner from artsyfartsymama.com #Spring #banner #ExploreCricut

After cutting out the stripflock heat transfer vinyl, I weeded out the excess vinyl and separated the letters so I could iron them on the banner pieces individually. The difference between regular heat transfer vinyl and stripflock heat transfer vinyl is that the stripflock has a fuzzy texture instead of the glossy, vinyl texture.

The iron-on sheets are made up of two parts: the heat transfer vinyl, which will be ironed on to your project, and the liner. The liner is a carrier sheet (think transfer paper) that holds the design in place and protects your iron during application.

*Like any iron-on product, make sure you mirror your image! Otherwise it will be backwards when you iron it on!

To cut the vinyl, place the sheet liner side down on the cutting mat. Cut the sheet with a "kiss cut" (where you only cut through the iron-on, but leaves the liner intact). Every cutting machine is different, so make sure to check your cut guides and settings.

DIY Spring Banner from artsyfartsymama.com #Spring #banner #ExploreCricut

When your letters are in the right spot, follow the instructions for ironing the vinyl on:
  1. Set your iron to the Cotton/Linen setting with the steam OFF.
  2. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  3. Place your letter, liner side UP onto the area. If you don't place the liner side up, it will stick to your press cloth.
  4. Carefully lay a press cloth, piece of scrap fabric, or dishtowel over the design. Be VERY careful. You don't want any of the pieces to shift!
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Flip the material over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back of the material for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  7. If you have any parts that didn't stick for some reason or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges with the iron tip for 10 seconds.
  8. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the vinyl up.
DIY Spring Banner from artsyfartsymama.com #Spring #banner #ExploreCricut

Next, I punched out two holes at the top of the banner pieces with a paper punch. Weave some twine through the holes, and your banner is now ready for display!

DIY Spring Banner from artsyfartsymama.com #Spring #banner #ExploreCricut

Who else is ready for Spring to finally be here?!

I received product from Expressions Vinyl and Cricut in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.


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DIY Embroidered Canvas

This project post is a part of a paid marketing campaign with Snap. Although this post is sponsored, the project idea & all opinions expressed are my own.

DIY Embroidered Canvas at artsyfartsymama.com #AmyTangerine #embroidery #create

Embroidery is a hobby that I love doing, but just haven't made the time to do much of it lately.  After looking through the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection and saw the adorable embroidery kit, I knew it was time to get stitching again. I can always use more wall art in my creative space, so I decided to embroider a canvas!

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The Amy Tangerine Plus One collection is SO cute! I love everything about it. The colors, the patterns, kits, and embellishments are so fun and I can't wait to create more projects with it all. 

For the embroidered canvas, you'll need an 8x10 canvas, the Alphabet Embroidery Stencil Kit, and the Thread Kit. The kits include everything you'll need, including needles. I love the thread colors!!

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In the 5 Piece Embroidery Kit, you'll find alphabet and pattern stencils, needle for poking holes, a mat, thread, and needles. I've never used a kit like this before, and I really like the guide idea so you know exactly where your stitches need to be!!

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I marked the center of the canvas lightly with a pencil so I could try to align the letters as best as I could. Then, I laid the stencil on the canvas, held it in place and marked a few of the holes with the pencil for each letter so I could make sure the letters were where I wanted them to be.

Next, I put the stencil back on the canvas and starting with the "C", I poked holes through the canvas using the dotted guides on the stencil. I poked the holes for all the letters before starting any of the stitching.

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Everyone does embroidery a little different, but the easiest way for me to do it is to tie a knot at the end of the thread, and pull the thread up through one of the holes. Then I backstitch the rest: come up a space ahead and bring your needle back down into the same hole at the end of the last stitch you made (there are lots of video tutorials out there if you need a little more visual help).

Tie off the thread and cut when you finish each letter or are running out of thread.

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I stitched each letter in a different color thread (Aqua, Tangerine, Cherry, Grey, Cricket, and Lemon), then added an arrow pattern that was included on the stencil for a little something extra.

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I'm SO happy with how this canvas turned out, and can't wait to create more cute projects with the papers and embellishments!!

The Amy Tangerine Plus One paper craft collection will be available for sale on HSN on March 24th. It was the top selling signature line released in Winter 2013 and sold out in both stores and online!

The collection will be available in 5 discounted bundles including a basic kit, a stamping kit, an embellishment kit, and an embroidery kit - all starting at just under $20!! If you love Project Life, the sold out Plus One Project Life Mini Kit will also be available at a discounted rate.


Slow Cooker Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

I'm always looking for different ways to serve chicken for dinner, and this recipe is the perfect mix of my Chicken & Rice and Cream Cheese Chicken recipes. It's got the creaminess from the cream cheese, and the zesty flavor from Italian seasoning that really makes this meal one of our favorites. Even better, you can easily make this in the slow cooker with minimal effort!!

Slow Cooker Italian Cream Cheese Chicken from artsyfartsymama.com #easyrecipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot #dinnerideas

Ingredients:
7-8 chicken tenderloins or 4 chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 packet Italian Dressing Mix
1 cup milk
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp seasoning salt

Directions:
  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, mix together cream of chicken soup, Italian dressing mix, milk, seasoning salt, and cream cheese. Pour mixture over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, then cut chicken into small pieces or shred the chicken.
  4. Serve over egg noodles or rice.
**This can also be cooked on the stove top. Cut chicken into pieces, then cook thoroughly. Mix together cream of chicken soup, Italian dressing mix, milk, seasoning salt, and cream cheese. Pour mixture over the chicken and stir over medium heat until heated through. Serve over egg noodles or rice.


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You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

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DIY Glitter Unicorn Shirt

My little diva has become quite the unicorn fan. When I asked her what kind of shirt we should make, she didn't even hesitate to answer with "a pink, sparkly unicorn, of course!". How could I say no to that?

DIY Glitter Unicorn Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #vinyl #unicorn #kidfashion #ExploreCricut

To make a custom unicorn shirt, I first needed some heat transfer vinyl. I'm really impressed with the color selection and quality of heat transfer vinyl that Expressions Vinyl carries. I ordered the glittered heat transfer vinyl in Blush, then uploaded my unicorn image to my Cricut Explore. The heat transfer vinyl can be cut on any vinyl cutting machine, or you could even cut by hand.

DIY Glitter Unicorn Shirt Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #vinyl #unicorn #kidfashion #ExploreCricut

The iron-on sheets are made up of two parts: the heat transfer vinyl, which will be ironed on to your project, and the liner. The liner is a carrier sheet (think transfer paper) that holds the design in place and protects your iron during application.

*Like any iron-on product, make sure you mirror your image! Otherwise it will be backwards when you iron it on!

To cut the vinyl, place the sheet liner side down on the cutting mat. Cut the sheet with a "kiss cut" (where you only cut through the iron-on, but leaves the liner intact). Every cutting machine is different, so make sure to check your cut guides.

DIY Glitter Unicorn Shirt Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #vinyl #unicorn #kidfashion #ExploreCricut

After the image has been cut, weed out the excess vinyl. Flip the liner and vinyl over, and place it on the shirt. The liner is sticky, so you can press it down to keep the vinyl in place. When it's in the right place, follow the instructions for ironing the vinyl on:

Set your iron to the Cotton/Linen setting with the steam OFF.
  1. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  2. Place your image, liner side UP onto the area. If you don't place the liner side up, it will stick to your press cloth.
  3. Carefully lay a press cloth or dishtowel over the design. Be VERY careful. You don't want any of the pieces to shift!
  4. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  5. Flip the material over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back of the material for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  6. If you have any parts that didn't stick for some reason or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges with the iron tip for 10 seconds.
  7. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the vinyl up.
DIY Glitter Unicorn Shirt at artsyfartsymama.com #vinyl #unicorn #kidfashion #ExploreCricut

Now the shirt is ready for wearing!! The vinyl has washed great so far, and hasn't peeled up at all. I'm so glad that I was able to easily make a unicorn shirt that is diva-approved!!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

I don't know about you, but I think cookie dough in any form is pretty much the best thing ever. Sometimes I find myself wanting to make cookies just so we can enjoy half the dough before it makes it to the oven. This cookie dough recipe is entirely "safe-to-eat", meaning there aren't any raw eggs in them at all (like the raw eggs stop us from eating it anyway...).

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles from artsyfartsymama.com #recipe #cookiedough

This peanut butter cookie dough tastes fantastic with or without chocolate chips, but I absolutely loved it covered in chocolate! There's just the right amount of chocolate to peanut butter ratio, and the texture is smooth and perfectly doughy. If you're not a peanut butter fan, I highly recommend trying out my no bake chocolate chip cookie dough.

Ingredients:
1/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c creamy peanut butter
3/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
  1. Cream the butter and sugars together.
  2. Add in peanut butter, milk, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  3. Slowly add in flour, then mix in chocolate chips.
  4. With your fingers, press dough into the Silicone Square Mold (found at Wholeport).
  5. Place mold in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Melt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips in microwave or double broiler.
  7. Remove dough squares from mold, and dip them into the chocolate with a fork and spoon the chocolate over top until the truffles are covered.
  8. Once covered, carefully place the truffles on a cookie sheet covered with a piece of wax paper.
  9. Keep truffles refrigerated.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles from artsyfartsymama.com #recipe #cookiedough #kidsrecipes

Making this cookie dough is super easy for the kids to help with, too! To turn this cookie dough into a fun treat for kids, simply mix up the peanut butter cookie dough without the chocolate chips and press the dough into a Silicone Animal Mold (found at Wholeport).

Keep the dough in the fridge or freezer to enjoy these adorable, bite-sized treats any time!

If eating raw cookie dough is wrong, I don't want to be right.

I received products from Wholeport in exchange for this post. All opinions are entirely my own.


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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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DIY Key Hanger

DIY Stenciled Key Hanger at artsyfartsymama.com #ModPodgeRocks

I'm always looking for ways to organize my home, and if I can do it for cheap and make it unique - even better!!

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I found this frame for $3 on clearance. The design is certainly unique, but not really the color scheme or patterns that I use in my home. It has honestly been sitting my craft stash for a while now, just waiting for the perfect craft opportunity. Add in a few screw hooks, some paint, and glitter (of course), and you're on your way to easily making a DIY key hanger!!

DIY Stenciled Key Hanger at artsyfartsymama.com #ModPodgeRocks

First, I lightly sanded the frame and backing piece and sprayed them with a couple coats of spray paint. Black for the frame, and white for the backing piece. Let dry completely.

For the stenciling, I used one of the new Mod Podge Rocks Peel & Stick Stencils in the tangier pattern, black glitter, a spouncer, and Mod Podge. Since I was going to be using glitter on the stencil pattern, I went with glitter Mod Podge instead of regular to add a little extra sparkle.

DIY Stenciled Key Hanger at artsyfartsymama.com #ModPodgeRocks

Using the stencil is simple. The back of the stencil is adhesive, so it will lightly stick to your project to help prevent it from sliding around and from paint or Mod Podge seeping underneath.

The main advice I have to give is to work quickly because Mod Podge can dry fast. Do the stenciling during a time you will be interrupted the least (if possible). Also work over a scrap piece of paper to easily pour the glitter back into the container.

Place your stencil on the backing and add a light coat of Mod Podge over top with the spouncer. Use the Mod Podge as-is - do NOT dilute it! Carefully pull up the stencil and you will see the stenciled pattern in Mod Podge.

DIY Stenciled Key Hanger at artsyfartsymama.com #ModPodgeRocks

Pour the black glitter all over the stenciled area. Let sit for a minute or two, then carefully stand the backing up and tap off the excess glitter. Lightly brush over the area with a paintbrush to remove the glitter that is lingering around.

Rinse off the stencil after each application. The Mod Podge is water-based, so it should come right off. Pat dry with a paper towel, and let dry. The stencil backing stays pretty sticky for up to 20 uses after cleaning, so it's pretty convenient to use over and over again!

DIY Stenciled Key Hanger at artsyfartsymama.com #ModPodgeRocks

Once you're done stenciling, let the backing dry completely for at least a few hours. Once dry, you can brush it a little more to get extra glitter off. I also had a couple of spots bleed, so I just used my handy X-Acto knife to scratch off the messed up spots. If you have the opposite problem and have some spots that didn't get covered as much, just use a small paint brush with Mod Podge and re-glitter (like you would do touching up a regular stenciled project).

DIY Stenciled Key Hanger at artsyfartsymama.com #ModPodgeRocks

Add the screw hooks into the top inside part of the frame, and place the backing back in. Now you have a fancy DIY key hanger that will make your home even more YOU!!

Because I love sharing awesome products with you, I wanted to do a giveaway for one of YOU to win one stencil from the Mod Podge Rocks Peel & Stick Stencil collection!


The giveaway will end on Wednesday, March 12th. Winner must be a US resident.


DIY Chore Chart

My daughter is old enough now to help with chores, and we're lucky that she's been excited to help (so far). Chores are tough on everyone involved, and different things work for each family. In the past, we would have her do chores as needed or when she was in the mood, but it's been a little crazy at our house lately since I broke my leg and haven't been able to get up and help much. So, to get a little more structure and an organized chore system in place, I designed a chore chart that I think will work great for her.

DIY Chore Chart + Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com #chorechart #freeprintable #printable

She works hard when she has an organized list to work from, and really responds to incentives for getting a job done. Depending on the chores she was working on, the incentives ranged from money (usually a quarter), a trip to the museum, or just the promise of a surprise. 

DIY Chore Chart + Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com #chorechart #freeprintable #printable

Supplies:
8x10 Eleanor Frame
8x10 Metal Sheet
Saw Tooth Hanger
Turn Buttons (for back of frame)
Silver Metallic Acrylic Paint
Silver Glitter Acrylic Paint
Chore Chart - printed, laminated
Printable Magnetic Sheet

Start by painting the frame with 2-3 coats of silver paint, letting dry between coats. Any color would work great, but I wanted a more neutral color for this project. When the paint was dry, add a coat of silver glitter paint to the top layer of the frame. The more coats, the more glittery it ends up. Since I am a glitter enthusiast, I added 4-5 coats.

Print the 8x10 chore chart. Laminate the print, and place in the frame. Add the metal sheet behind it to make the chore chart magnetic, then add the backing piece.

You'll also need to add the 4 turn buttons to the back of the frame to keep the backing, metal sheet, and print in place. Also add the saw tooth hanger to be able to hang the frame on the wall.

DIY Chore Chart + Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com #chorechart #freeprintable #printable

For this chore chart, I typed in the chores on different colored rectangles and printed them out on a printable magnetic sheet. If you've never used one before, one side is magnet, and the other is paper. Just run it through your printer, and cut with scissors for easy magnets! And because the print has been laminated, you can write in the chore options and/or mark when a chore has been done with a dry erase marker. Yes, the chore chart is both whiteboard AND magnetic!

Now, for how the system works: I printed out 11 chores so we can switch out chores as we need to, or she doesn't need to do as many sometimes if it's a busy week. Plus, I've noticed a change of jobs makes it a little more doable and maybe a little more fun to have a change of pace.

Before we decide on the chores for the week, I let her choose from 10 rewards. This could be money, a trip to the museum, or picking a movie (renting or watching one we already have) so she has a goal and incentive to get chores done. She marks the chores off each day, and if she's done all she needs to during the week, then she gets the reward! Pretty simple, but it has worked for us so far.

For those with multiple children, I think it would be fun to make a separate chore chart for each child and add their name to the frame, and change the chores around for their age/skill level. Each child can choose their rewards, and hopefully this will make chore-time a little more bearable for everyone!

*I realize every child and works differently, so this system may or may not work for your family. I just love how this system is easily customizable for every child, any age.

Includes 8x10 chore chart, chore and reward "magnets", and blank chore and reward "magnets" in a single PDF

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 watermark.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.


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