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Boredom Buster, make your own books!

This was such a fun project for my kids! They got creative and had a chance to use their brains while thinking it was all fun, I’m sneaky like that. 😉

I found these awesome books at Target in the One Spot, but just in case they don’t have them at your Target, here are some that are similar, but in fun colors, which I really like.

Another great thing about these is that there aren’t a lot of products needed. Just the books, markers, crayons, or colored pencils and your imagination!

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Chalk Paint Mason Jars- Easy Craft Idea

Have you tried using chalk paint yet? Maybe you haven’t even heard of it? A quick rundown of chalk paint if you are new to the term; Chalk paint is a flat paint that has a matte finish.  There are several brands that make it already mixed and some of them are pretty spendy. Some of the home improvement stores are jumping on the bandwagon now too.  You can also make your own (like I did) by mixing regular paint in the color of your choice with calcium carbonate.  If you get the food grade, it lets it mix up smoother then the stuff made for use in the garden, etc.  It isn’t chalk board paint, don’t get the two confused.  Just has a chalky texture to it.  It is great for furniture, etc also because there is no sanding or priming necessary.  There are also waxes and finishes to go over the top to give it an aged look too.  Look it up,there are so many amazing things you can do with it!

Now to get off my chalk paint bandwagon and on with the project! All you need is chalk paint, a sponge paint brush, a mason jar and sand paper.

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Begin by painting your jar with a thin coat of paint.  Let it dry before applying your 2nd coat.  It takes at least two to look good, so don’t panic if it doesn’t look very impressive at this stage!  Once you have applied the desired number of coats, let it dry.  Once it is dry, you can use your sandpaper to distress the jar in areas that look like they may easily have gotten worn naturally.  You want it to look aged, not just awkward and obvious.  I loved the look of the words being sanded slightly.  It looks very vintage and more authentic to me.

These would make a great vase or jar to go on a desk.  Teachers appreciation, mother’s day, or make some to use around the house!

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They work great to display these coffee filter flowers. A fast and easy DIY craft for kids, perfect for Mother’s Day.

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Coffee Filter Flowers, Great For Mother’s Day

These flowers are great because they don’t die for one, and they are so pretty, and can be any color combo you want to make them!  I really love how pretty they turned out!

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You will need:

Coffee filters

Washable markers

Pipe cleaners

Water bottle that does a mist

Something to put under the coffee filters to protect your table

Begin by coloring your filters in whatever colors you choose.  Some of mine I did 3 colors and some of them I did 2. I used 4 coffee filters per flower to give it a nice, full look.

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If you notice, I wasn’t super worried about my lines looking neat, or being the same direction like you would normally be when you are coloring.  You just want to get the surface of the coffee filter covered more then anything.

Once you have your coffee filters colored, you will line them up on a covered surface (this keeps it from bleeding all over your table top).

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The lines on my paper are from paint.  This is butcher paper that I use over and over for crafty stuff like this. Once you have all of your coffee filters spread out, give them a light spray with your water bottle on a fine mist setting. Don’t drench them, just enough that the whole surface gets wet.  Let them set until dry before trying to do anything with them.

Once they are dry you are ready to attach the pipe cleaner stem. I put my 4 coffee filters together, and bunched them into a point at the bottom.  This is where I wrapped the pipe cleaner.

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Wrap the pipe cleaner around a few times so that it is secure. Once this is done, you can fluff it up to give it a more full, realistic look.  If you don’t like the fullness of the blooms at this size, try adding more filters, or take some away.  Play with it until you love the way they look!

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I really love how they look!  I love the bright, bold colors of them!  I think my favorite is the royal blue and aqua combo.  Which one is your favorite?

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