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Make your own music boxKikkerland Make Your Own Music Box Kit
As low as $16.99 and free shipping options

  • Create your own musical melody
  • Punch holes in the paper strips provided
  • Happy birthday melody included to get you started
  • Play any song you wish
  • Paper strip refills also available

Turn the crank and hear an old tune. The charm of a music box still lingers to this day, and now the mechanism that creates the music is available for you to compose any song you wish. Our Music Box hole punch is a music makers delight. Create your own melody by punching holes in the music paper strips provided. The Happy Birthday melody is included for you to get started. For musicians, crafters and lovers of music this is a must have item. Paper strip refills also available.

DIY music boxAntique Vintage Wooden Music Box Musical Piano, DIY Make Yr Own Song Include a Punch and 3 Music Papers, 1 Has Musical Note and 2 Are Blank and You Can Create Your Own Song! And You Can Also Use a Thickness Paper to Create Music Paper!

As low as $26.80 and free shipping options

  • Create your own musical melody
  • Punch holes in the paper strips provided
  • Happy birthday melody included to get you started
  • Play any song you wish
  • Paper strip refills also available

DIY music box paper sheets make your own musicKikkerland Make Your Own Music Box Paper Refills, 5-Piece

As low as $7.99 and free shipping options

  • Refill paper for make your own music box
  • 5 sheets of refill paper
  • Mechanical music box not included

You can also use these premade music box inserts with the song already built in

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Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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Chalk Paint Mason Jar Teacher Gift Idea

I showed you all how to make a mason jar really have character with some chalk paint here. Now I want to show you how to turn that jar into a great teacher gift!

The only extra thing you need on top of the chalk painted jar, is some twine or jute and a saying for the front. When I saw this saying a while ago I thought it would be perfect for one teacher in particular that really goes above and beyond.  I love that it says “Teachers who love to teach, teach children to love to learn.”

I cut that out of vinyl and stuck it on the front of the jar.

For all of the fillers, that is totally up to you!  If you use a short, wide mouth jar, you could add some pencils, pens or markers. This tall jar didn’t leave a lot of options, but I didn’t think about that ahead of time. Obviously, there is no set amount to spend, that is up to you .  Some ideas are some cute pens, lip gloss, candy, gift cards, really, whatever you can come up with! If you go the candy route, you can buy that pretty cheap making it great for a small budget! It really is about the thought!

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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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