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DIY Locker Wallpaper For a Fraction of the Price!

This year my daughter starts middle school.  Along with that rite of passage comes her first time using a locker.  She was so excited and wanted to get dress up her locker and make it cool.  I get that.  Until I priced the stuff.  The majority of what I could find was $15 at the least.  Not a price I was willing to pay.  I did research for it, and while it says it is “magnetic locker paper” it is actually basically thick wrapping paper with magnets that come with it to hold up the corners.  That’s it!  What a rip off!  This company is making a killing off of  middle school/ junior high kids!

Considering the fact that I am a tight wad, combined with the fact that I have 3 kids to go school shopping for, locker wallpaper just wasn’t in the budget.  But, I decided why not try to make it on my own?  The only downfall of this is that the stuff you buy comes with the sections cut out for the lock, and coat hooks.  Big deal!

I had my daughter pick out some wrapping paper she loved.  Since it was less than $3 a roll, I let her pick two.  Then I followed the dimensions from the package of the premade stuff.  I cut two rectangles of each pattern in each dimension.  The depth is wider than the  width so 2 rectangles were 40 inches x 12 inches and 2 were 40 inches x 18 inches.

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This size turned out to be way too big!  (That made me wonder how mad I would’ve been if I had paid for the precut stuff and the whole thing had to be readjusted!)

So we went to the school, where I proceeded to embarrass said daughter by hanging the wallpaper she so desperately wanted (kids, can’t win right?)

It turned out cute!  With the exception of having to fold some sides in to make them small enough to fit, it was relatively easy to install!  I brought a pair of scissors with me and was able to cut a hole for the lock section and poke holes for the coat hooks.

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We chose to hang ours with the Loctite funtak adjustable blue strips so that it wouldn’t leave any trace on the locker.  I did it in a few spots down each side.  It seemed to work really well!

So there you have it!  Now you can make your own and decorate your tween’s locker!

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Matchbox Car Races, Thrifty Summer Fun

Looking for something fun and unusual to do with the kids today? We’ve got you covered with just the thing!  All you need is a squirt bottle and matchbox cars.  So easy and fun!

Line up your cars at the start line and have the kids race to see who can get their cars ahead by squirting them with water.  Doesn’t work very well unless you have the water bottle on the straight shot as it needs the force to get the car moving.

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It’s fun, entertaining and keeps the kids cool with the water involved.  What could be better than that on a hot, summer day?! This is also a fun idea for a family party or reunion, low cost and easy for big group to do.

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Jurassic World Party ideas, Jurassic Park mosquito in amber craft, fun dinosaur project for kids, popular party ideasWith the new Jurassic World Movie, there are going to be lots of kids wanting to have dinosaur themed parties.  This is a fun low cost craft idea, your kids can make their very own Amber Stone. You can add a magnet to the back too for a fun magnet to use in their locker at school.

All you need is:

white card stock

colored pencils

scissors

Mod Podge or school glue

glass stones

Jurassic World Party ideas, Jurassic Park mosquito in amber craft, fun dinosaur project for kids, popular party ideasTo make these start out by drawing an image on your cardstock. Make sure it is small enough to fit in the middle of the stone. If you are not an artist feel free to look up easy drawing instruction online to help get the basic shape of things like bugs or flowers . Use the colored pencils to add color to your picture. Use a light brown and golden yellow to color the empty space around the stone, this is what gives it the amber look.  Trace around your stone, cut out your image. Add a think layer of glue or mod podge to the top of the image and place the stone on top. Allow to try, try not to shift the image or it might smear. Easy as that you have you very own Jurassic inspired amber stone.If you are not able to see the video you can watch it here.

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Summer picnics and family reunions are FUN, but planning activities for large groups can be overwhelming. We have made cereal necklaces since I was little (so for over 30 years) and kids still seem to think they are amazing.  Froot Loop Necklaces are low cost, kids friendly, fun activity that can easily be made in a large group.

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Thicker or stiffer yarn or twine is easier for the kids to get into the hole so keep that in mind. This project can be done with Cheerios too. but you will need to have thinner yarn.  Give each child a piece of string, make sure it is long enough for them to put over their head once it is tied.  Give each child a bowl or cup full of cereal and let them start threading the cereal on to the string. Once done tie the two ends together  and wear as a necklace.

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