artsy-fartsy mama: May 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. I am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features for these parties. Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

Free Printable Wall Art: Dream Big by Clementine Creative
Better Than Take-Out Sesame Chicken by The Domestic Geek
Barn Door Reveal by Lou Lou Girls
Ladybug Birthday Cake by From One Momma To Another
Cherry Chocolate Chip Brownies in a Jar by TitiCrafty by Camila
Easy Watercolor Sharpie Mugs by Pocketful of Posies
Lemon Cream Crumb Bars by Together as Family
Sight Word Games by Nap Time Creations

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

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  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Free Printable Summer Reading Bingo

Download this Free Printable Summer Reading Bingo to get your kids reading this summer!!

Now that school is out, it's time for playing in the pool, camping, and lots of other activities! Even though the kids are free from school for the next few months, that doesn't mean that they need to stop reading and learning. Reading every day is a great way to help your kids keep their imaginations going through the summer break, and this free printable bingo is meant to help make it more fun!!

Free Printable Summer Reading Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com

This free printable summer bingo is a great way for your kids to earn rewards and to get their reading in for the day in a fun way! Mark how many minutes your child needs to read in the space at the bottom. Then. when your child read as listed in one of the squares and they can mark it off. When they get bingo, they can earn a reward like a trip to the library, a small treat, or whatever you both decide on. When their card is filled up (a "blackout"), they can earn something larger like a new book or out to get ice cream!


Free Printable Summer Reading Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com

If you want to create your own ways to read , I also created a blank bingo sheet! This is great because you can easily make different reading options for smaller children who aren't reading on their own or need a little help, but still want to participate and earn rewards. This also helps them get in the habit of reading as they get older!


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 want to share any of the printables on the internet (please do!), credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.


Foil Butterfly Wall Art

I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

My daughter loves butterflies, so I decided to create some foiled wall art for her to hang in her bedroom using the oh-so-amazing Minc machine!! I'm so excited to share this project tutorial with you and hope that you love it as much as I do! 

If you haven't heard, the Minc is an incredible a crafting tool that turns laser printed items (both pre-made or your own custom designs) into a beautifully foiled creation in just seconds. You can see more in my previous post introducing the Minc and showing what it can do! Though there are tons of ways to foil projects, none are as easy and quick as using the Minc.

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

For this project, I used the Minc machine and gorgeous Minc foils in mint, hot pink, pink, and rose gold. I also used Minc 3D Paper Butterflies, and my own design for inside the frame. You'll also need a frame, paint (if your frame is unpainted), and Glue Dots or tape runner.

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

The Minc 3D Paper Butterflies pack comes with 32 butterflies in multiple sizes and patterns to create lots of unique butterfly combinations. I also designed a butterfly quote to go inside my frame, and wanted to share it with all of you as a free printable. If you have a Minc, feel free to print this printable out on a laser printer and cover it in your favorite color foils!!


Now, let's get started! Turn on the Minc machine and set the heat setting to 3. Cut pieces of foil to cover all the butterflies with sharp scissors (dull scissors do not cut the foil well).

Open the carrier sheet and place the butterflies face up. Carefully lay the foil pieces over the butterflies (color side up) and lightly press down and make sure none of the black parts of the butterflies are uncovered. Carefully lay the top of the carrier sheet down over your project and smooth it out with your hand.

Tip: Sometimes static on the carrier sheet can cause the foil to shift, so just work slowly and try to keep everything in place as best you can.

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Place the carrier sheet into the Minc machine until you feel the rollers grab it. The machine will do all the work - all you have to do is sit back and wait for it to completely run through the machine. After it cools (it only takes a few seconds), carefully lift the top of the carrier sheet and remove the butterflies.

Starting at one corner, slowly pull up the foil. Remove the foil from the rest of the butterflies. Now the butterflies have gone from black and white to shiny, gorgeous, and chic!!

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Since the butterflies come in different shapes, sizes, and patterns, it's fun to mix and match unique butterfly creations. To give the butterflies a more 3D effect, slightly bend the wings up. If using two layers, I kept the bottom layer flat, and placed the bent butterfly on top.

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Stick your butterflies together with Glue Dots or a tape runner. Next, paint your frame (if you need/want to) and arrange the butterflies to your liking.

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Once you have the butterfly arrangement you want, place a Glue Dot or a little bit of tape runner on the back of the bottom butterflies and stick them to the frame. This will stick them on really well, but will still give you the option to remove them later if you decide to use them for something else.

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

For the print, I wanted to make it multi-colored. So, I cut pieces of foil to cover each of the words in the colors I wanted them to be. I used rose gold on the smaller letters, and mint and hot pink on the "changed" and "butterflies".

I'll be completely honest - with this smaller print, it was a little tricky to keep the foil in place while on carrier sheet because of the static. But don't give up - it's definitely doable!! Just be patient and try to hold smaller pieces down while you slowly place the top part of the sheet back down.

Foil Butterfly Wall Art Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc

Place the print into the frame, hang  it on the wall and enjoy your beautiful foil butterfly wall art!! This is one of the reasons why the Minc is one of my new favorite craft tools - your only limitations with this machine is your imagination! You can find the Minc machine and accessories (like the 3D paper butterflies) are available at Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann, as well as local stores and online shops.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. I am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features for these parties. Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

DIY Avengers Superhero Shoes by Comic Con Family
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes by Swanky Recipes
Mini Succulent Planters by Live Laugh Rowe
Hack Your Cake- The Best Icing Trick Ever! by Sweet C's Designs
Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta by Better in Bulk
Printable Household Chores List by A Mom's Take
S’mores Pizza Recipe by Clean & Scentsible
Traveling Toddler Activity Book by Glamp Laugh Love

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

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  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
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  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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10 RV Travel Tips & Tricks for Beginners

This year, we were able to take our very first RV road trip together as a family thanks to Access RV. As a beginner to RV traveling, I learned a lot and absolutely loved the experience. Vacations require a lot of planning (to say the least) and that can easily become overwhelming. My main goal in this post is to share resources and traveling tips to help make your vacation planning less stressful. I hope these 10 RV travel tips and tricks we learned from our experience help you plan a successful vacation for you and your family!

10 RV Travel Tips and Tricks for Beginners at artsyfartsymama.com

1. Know Your RV
Unless you own the RV you will be traveling in, it's likely you won't know everything there is to know about the vehicle. We rented a 2015 32' A.C.E. Class A Motorhome from Access RV Rental. We researched the RV online and watched videos before we left so we kind of knew what to expect. When we picked up the RV in Indiana, the staff was incredibly helpful in showing us around and sharing a few tips on using the vehicle on our trip.

10 RV Travel Tips & Tricks for Beginners at artsyfartsymama.com

However, even after all that research, there was a learning curve. A few things you need to research about the RV you plan on driving before starting your vacation:
  • GPS: when traveling the road, GPS is a must. We forgot to ask about GPS in our RV before hitting the road, and that was something we should have researched more before leaving. We ended up using our phones which was great - until we used up roaming data, and traveled into areas with little cell reception. 
  • How many it sleeps: with our little family of 3, we can all sleep in any size RV, but not every group can. Our specific RV could sleep 8-9 comfortably, so consider the amount of people in your travel group so that everyone has somewhere to sleep! 
  • What is included: Access RV had towels, linens, dishes, and cooking utensils all included in the RV at no extra cost. That saved us on packing those necessary items ourselves, and helped us be able to plan better for meals since we knew what we would have on hand. 

2. Gas
When your RV gets about 6-8 MPG, the price you pay for gas adds up quick. Using GasBuddy.com was a wallet saver and helped us to see what the best local gas price was and where to get it.

Don't always wait until you're on empty to fill up. Sometimes we would stop to stretch our legs and add a little gas as we went, and other times we would top it off depending on how long of a drive we had ahead of us. Some places we saved over a 40¢ a gallon, which means paying at least $28 more for the same amount of gas somewhere else. That more than pays for a meal for our family!!

3. Places to Stay
Traveling in an RV gives you the freedom to stay almost anywhere you want. No searching for hotels and hoping they have a room, or trying to find somewhere to put up a tent. Rest stops can be found all along the way, and are perfect for when you're feeling tired and need somewhere to stop for a break or for the night. Some even have WiFi!!

I didn't know this before our trip, but Walmart parking lots are also a great, FREE place to stay for the night! It also helps to have a store nearby when you need to get more food and supplies.

KOA Campgrounds are found nationwide, and are honestly worth the money. You get full RV hook ups, and all kinds of amenities including SHOWERS!! Stopping at a KOA or two along the way also meant that we packed half the clothes we normally would because we could do laundry!

KOA Campground Activities and more at artsyfartsymama.com

There are also fun playgrounds and activities for kids, so they get a break from the RV and can burn off some energy. You will need to call a KOA or campground and get a reservation before arriving, so keep that in mind and plan that into your trip. The KOA books (available for free at every campground) were a lifesaver. There is one for each state which includes maps and information for each site. Some books even include coupons to save you money!

Sites like Trip Advisor and Good Sam Club are also valuable tools that are chock-full of information about different campgrounds, including ratings.

4. Weather
Check the weather forecasts before you leave on your vacation. Research typical weather and past weather reports for the areas you plan on visiting. Then, plan your trip around the times of the year with the best weather and check forecasts often to give you an idea of what to expect on your trip. Even with the most planning, weather is always a little unpredictable. So, try to plan the best you can and prepare to make changes when necessary. Be sure to pack clothing for all kinds of weather just in case!

For example, at the beginning of our trip the weather was beautiful. The weather forecast looked a little rainy as we went on, but it wasn't supposed to be too bad. Unfortunately, we ran into severe thunderstorms and was looking at running into snow as we got closer to home. We had planned to go through Yellowstone, but because of the huge snowstorms coming in, we had to change our plans.

Which brings me to:

5. Back-Up Plans
Make a general plan as a guideline and do your research, but give some room to be spontaneous. You never know what you might end up seeing!! Things like the weather, travel time, and even by how tired you are can cause you to change your route or plans. One good thing about traveling in an RV is that it gives you the flexibility to change your trip in a moment's notice. There are usually multiple routes to the same place, and finding campgrounds or places to stay is not hard at all.

10 RV Travel Tips & Tricks for Beginners at artsyfartsymama.com

6. Things to See
Since you'll be traveling on the road, there will be much more that you'll get to see!! Start by listing all the places you'll be traveling through, and search the web for things to do in each location. Even searching Google for something like "kids activities in Illinois" brought up a lot of ideas that we didn't even think of originally. Asking friends (hellooo, Facebook) what there is to do in different states will also give you some new ideas! You never know which of your friends have visited or even lived in those areas before and can give you suggestions.

Trip Advisor was also great tool we used to get an idea of what there is to see. You can search by cities for the favorite things to do and get prices. When visiting National parks, be sure to get the kids involved with the Junior Rangers Program to earn patches and certificates!

7. Is It Open?
Making plans to see all the sites along the way is great, but nothing is sadder than finally arriving at your destination to find that it's closed. Some sites are open seasonally, where some are open year-round, and/or only certain days of the week.

Make a list of all the places you want to visit, then research their opening and closing dates, hours of business, and look into any possible road closures due to weather. All of that information can usually be found on their websites, along with contact numbers if you have questions.

8. Age-Appropriate Activities
There are many great sites in the United States to see, but not everything is exciting to younger children. We were traveling with a five year old, so we needed to find things that were both interesting and kid-friendly. This can be challenging, but it's totally doable. Once you make your list of things to do in the areas you plan on visiting, you can go through the list with your group and decide which ones (if any) you need to cross off your list.

Old MacDonald's Petting Farm and more at artsyfartsymama.com

For example, my daughter LOVED visiting Old MacDonald's Petting Farm in South Dakota. If it were just adults, we probably wouldn't have stopped. But it was a really fun and inexpensive place to visit that kids of all ages would love and you'll have a great afternoon petting and feeding all the animals.

9. Food
Unlike traveling traditionally, your food choices are MUCH better when traveling in a RV. You have the freedom to go out and enjoy the local restaurants when you want, or you can cook in your kitchen's oven, stove and microwave. There's lots of kitchen storage to hold groceries, including a fridge and freezer. So, whether you're cooking a full meal or whipping up some cereal or sandwiches when you need to get back on the road, your food options are really totally up to you and your family!

10. Are we there yet?!
Ugh, the dreaded road trip question. Depending on the age of your kids, keeping them entertained along the long drives is important for your sanity. Bringing different activities like my Road Trip Binder, small toys, and card games for our daughter to play with were a life and sanity saver for everyone. It was nice to be able to seat belt her in at the table so she had lots of space to play, color, and create. Just keep in mind that sometimes a turn or bumps in the road can make the items on the table slide onto the floor, so using nearby cupholders for colored pencils and laying down something like non-slip shelf liners are my best advice!!

Road Trip Binder with Free Printables at artsyfartsymama.com

Keeping small surprises for kids along the way was also a great way to keep my daughter's attitude in check, as well as giving her something to look forward to. I found small, inexpensive toys, snacks, and games to play to reward for good behavior and to keep things interesting. We currently use a reward system at home, so I implemented that on our trip so that things still stayed familiar for her even though we were miles away from home.


Needless to say, we had a great time seeing the United States a whole different way as we traveled from Indiana to Utah in an RV. Thanks to Access RV, we got to see a lot of things we otherwise would have missed if we traveled any other way.

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Now YOU have a chance to win an RV vacation for YOUR family!! USA 5 Star RV Rental Network is giving away a free 5 night RV Vacation!! (A $2150 Value!)

If you are ready for a fabulous RV vacation, Access RV is providing a 5 night RV vacation in one of their current year model motor homes to friends of the USA 5 Star RV Rental Network. Access RV is located in both Salt Lake City, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming.

Take the family to the scenic wonders of Yellowstone and the Tetons. See elk, moose, bison, bear and other wildlife that wanders freely through the park among the natural geysers, paint pots and steam springs. See the jagged Rocky peaks of the Tetons towering over the beautiful Jackson Lake below, or visit the uniquely beautiful rock formations of South Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks of Zions, Arches, Bryce, Canyonland and Capital Reef. Traveling in an RV is the best, most affordable way to experience the National Parks up close!

The lucky winner will get 5 nights with 800 miles in a 2015 31′ C-Class motor home with double slides. This 4.5 star motor home comes with HD TV/DVD player, 5.1 surround sound, GPS navigation, iPod dock, back up camera, Serta pillow-top mattress, power awning, air conditioning, unlimited generator, final cleaning and dumping, and much more!!

The winner will have until June 1, 2016 to take their incredible vacation.

Enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!!

Fine print details: The vacation giveaway does not include insurance which can be provided by your auto insurance company or by purchasing optional protection through Access RV. Drivers must be at least 25 years old with a valid drivers license, proof of insurance and VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Additional miles over the 800 free miles can be purchased at $1.55 per mile. A refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. Sales tax of $156.47 is the responsibility of the winner. For additional information, floor plans, etc. visit our members website at www.accessrvrental.com.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. I am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features for these parties.
This week I am doubling the features for not being able to share last week:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

"The Most Important Thing" Printable by Reasons to Skip the Housework
The Front Porch Spruced Up For Spring by Creations by Kara
The Knotty Bun Tutorial by Aspen Jay
Cheesy Tomato Pasta Skillet by Honey and Birch
Clothespin Spring Necklaces by Our Peaceful Planet
Ice Cream Brownie Cake by Diana Rambles
Marbled Mother's Day Cards (that kids can make!) by A House Full of Sunshine
Simple Minnie Mouse Skirt by Liz On Call
Peanut Butter Whip Brownies by Kleinworth & Co.
"Oh The Places You’ll Go" Graduation Party by A Night Owl
No Churn Cookie Monster Ice Cream by Simplee Thrifty
Terracotta + Puff Paint by Wonderfully Made by Leslie
Homemade Chocolate Pudding by Bunny's Warm Oven
DIY Floral Placecard Holders by Blooming Homestead

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

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  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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"Don't Forget to Be Awesome" Clutch

Thanks to Expressions Vinyl for the vinyl used in this post!

"Don't Forget to Be Awesome" Clutch Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Creating projects with heat transfer vinyl couldn't be easier, and it's one of my favorite ways to customize and otherwise generic product. This "Don't Forget to Be Awesome" clutch is a one-of-a-kind gift idea and a fun way to show some personality in your fashion!! This clutch couldn't be easier to make, and I'm excited to show you how you can make one yourself today for less than $10!!

"Don't Forget to Be Awesome" Clutch Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

First, find a clutch you love that has a fabric you can iron. I found this gold leather and canvas clutch at Target in the Dollar Spot. It only cost me $3, but I love how chic it looks! You could also easily sew up your own clutch. (There are lots of great, free patterns and tutorials out there easy enough for even the most novice sewer.)

You'll also need some heat transfer vinyl. Expressions Vinyl has a lot of different types, textures, and colors of heat transfer vinyl. I honestly prefer to use their HTV (heat transfer vinyl) over other brands because it is a higher quality, extremely user friendly, and affordable. For this project, I decided to use the black Easyweed Heat Transfer Vinyl. I also love using the Stripflock Heat Transfer Vinyl on projects like this.

A little bit about HTV if you've never used it:
The heat transfer vinyl is 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.

"Don't Forget to Be Awesome" Clutch Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Measure the clutch and figure out how big you want your vinyl to be. Then, I cut out "Don't Forget to Be Awesome" on my Cricut Explore (though you can cut the vinyl on any vinyl cutting machine). To cut the vinyl, place the vinyl liner side down on the cutting mat and MIRROR YOUR IMAGE/TEXT!! Every cutting machine is different, so make sure to check your cut guides to cut the HTV. Next, weed out any parts of the image that you aren't going to use.

The carrier sheet is clear and tacky, so I centered my HTV liner side UP on the clutch and pressed it down so it doesn't shift when it's time to iron. Turn the iron on the highest setting (around 320ยบ) with no steam. Place a scrap piece of fabric over the HTV and warm it up with the iron. Next, place the iron on the design and apply pressure for 10-20 seconds. Then, I turned the clutch over or turn it inside out and press the iron on it again for 10-15 seconds.

"Don't Forget to Be Awesome" Clutch Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Let the vinyl cool, then peel off the liner. If any parts of the HTV are peeling up, cover them with the scrap fabric and press the iron over it again for 10-15 seconds. Once your vinyl is on completely and cool, your clutch is ready to use!!

What phrase or quote would you put on your clutch?


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! SO sorry for all the confusion with everything this morning. Hopefully things are working again for everyone. I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share and am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared. I'm really looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up this week.

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Unfortunately, we aren't doing any features this week from the last party,
but I promise share features from both parties next week!!

Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry

DIY Donut Necklace Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Donuts are probably one of my favorite treats. I, of course, love the taste, but I also love all the different colors, shapes, and you can't forget the sprinkles!! Since they are so adorable, I decided to create some fun donut jewelry out of polymer clay. Don't get intimidated - you can do it, too!! It's just like playing with play dough, but for adults (and older kids)!!

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

To make your own donut jewelry, you'll need:
  • Polymer Clay (I prefer Sculpey brand) in Tan, and any other colors you want for frosting & sprinkles
  • Eye Pin
  • Old Paint Brush or Tooth Brush
  • Clear Polyurethane Spray Paint
  • Super Glue
  • Jump Ring (for necklace)
  • Ring Base (for rings)

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

The tan clay is going to be the base of your donut. Knead a 1/2-1 inch ball of tan clay in your hands until it's pliable. Depending on the size you want, you can add or take away clay at this point. Roll it into a ball (doesn't have to be perfect), and lightly smash it until it's about 1/2" tall.

Using an old paint brush or tooth brush, lightly brush the clay to give it some texture. The harder you brush, the deeper the texture will be.

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

For this tutorial, we wanted purple frosting. Choose whatever color clay for frosting you want, and roll about 1/4 inch or so ball. Press it or roll it with a rolling pin until it's pretty thin (see image above), and give it an odd shape. The best part of making these donuts is that no donut is perfect, so any mistake you think you made just makes yours unique!

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Lay the frosting over the donut piece. If it's too big, tear off some of the clay and start over on the frosting. If you don't have enough, you can try rolling it out a little more or add a little more clay. Lightly press down over all the frosting to remove any air bubbles and to stick the pieces together. Press the edges down a little more around the top edge and sides of the donut until you get the look you like.

To remove some of the fingerprints, you can lightly rub your finger on the top of the clay until the fingerprints disappear. You could also use a small rolling pin or something smooth and lightly run it across the clay to smooth it out.

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Next, use the end of a paint brush, round clay tool, or use a pencil and poke a hole in the center through the top. Some of the clay will get on the end of the tool, so peel it off and carefully bring it back up through the donut. Smooth out the bottom of the donut if needed.

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Now the best part - sprinkles!! Choose your sprinkle colors, and roll a tiny piece (I really mean tiny!) into a worm. Use your fingernail or small cutting tool to cut a tiny piece off the end. Depending on the kind of sprinkles you want, roll the clay into balls or into a sprinkle shape. Just make sure you lightly press them down so they stick to the "frosting".

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Repeat the sprinkle making with multiple colors until your donut looks just how you want it. Donuts look cute with all different color sprinkles, or all in one color (or none at all!). The choice is totally up to you and your...taste.

Cut the eye pin so it's about 1/2" long. Press it into the top center of the donut. Now you can bake your donut according to package directions. Let it cool completely before handling it so you don't get burned or ruin your creation!!

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the donut has cooled, you can give it some shine with some clear spray paint. This will also protect the clay and give it longer wear.

I also had the problem of eye pins that were able to come out, so I added a drop of super glue to the eye pin and stuck it back into the donut.

DIY Donut Necklace Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the donut has dried, you can add a jump ring to the donut pendant and add it to a chain for a necklace!! This donut measures about an inch wide and 1/2 inch thick.

Polymer Clay Donut Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

I also wanted to make myself a donut ring! So I just created the donut and baked it without an eye pin. Then I super glued it to a ring base, and voila!!

Kids Polymer Clay Donut Necklace at artsyfartsymama.com

Of course, my daughter also wanted a donut necklace. Instead of the traditional chain, I added a jump ring, and let her create her own necklace using pony beads from Craft Project Ideas and Stretch Magic. Once she had all the beads on, we added the donut pendant and tied the necklace off.

What do you think? What color donuts would you make?


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