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Easy Fall Art Project

Looking for an easy decoration for fall that doesn’t cost you a lot of money?  This little art project is so simple to make, completely customizable and you can add any stencil design so that it is totally one of a kind!

All you need

Canvas

Stencil

Paint in choice of colors as well as a dark paint for the top

paint brushes

mod podge

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Begin by painting your canvas in your chosen colors.  Now the important thing here is to be sort of random with your painting. I did stripes so that it wasn’t all one color.  Now, once you have painted your stripes, blend your lines together with your paint brush.  I used the same brush for all of it, and blotted it in between colors so that it wouldn’t end up being a yucky muddy color.

I used paint that I had on hand and wanted it to be fall colors.  I ended up using a burnt orange, mustard yellow and a dark blue.  Now, let your stripes dry good before you do anything else.

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Once your paint is dry add a thin coat of mod podge. Use the matte so that it doesn’t leave streaks.  Once you put on your mod podge and let it dry, your canvas will be a little tacky, which makes it easier to apply the stencil.  If you are using vinyl this is especially helpful because the vinyl tends to not stick to the canvas otherwise.  Peel off your stencil and apply to the canvas.  Apply the vinyl as if you were going to keep it on the canvas.  This way when you pull the stencil off, it will leave the colored canvas in it’s place.

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Once you get your stencil on, you are ready for a top coat in a dark color.  When painting over your stencil, be sure to blot, DO NOT RUB your paintbrush like you normally would.  If you do this, you will end up either getting paint under your stencil or pulling the stencil up off of the canvas.  Look in the top left corner of the photo above, that is where I accidentally did that very thing.  It is even more important with a canvas because it is already so hard to get the vinyl to stick!

Let the paint dry for a few minutes, and then pull off your stencil.  Use tweezers or something to grab the end to avoid smearing the  paint or getting paint under the stencil.  Just pull it off and toss it.  Once you have done that you are done!  I had a couple of spots with a little bleeding, but I think it adds to it to give it a weathered effect.  What do you think?  This would also be a great craft for the kids.  Let them paint the canvas and add a stencil for them.  They will love the surprise when you pull the stencil off!

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Lego Minifigure Balloons, Thrifty Lego Party Decorations

These lego minifigure balloons were a huge hit at my son’s birthday party!  Everyone loved them!  I colored the faces on, using the Lego Movie characters as my inspiration.  (This one in the photo above is supposed to be Wildstyle).  With a few simple supplies, you can make some minifigure balloons for your little one’s party too!

You will need

Yellow balloons (we got a package at the dollar store)

Sharpies

someone to blow up your balloons.

I am not very artistic, and was pleasantly surprised in how many of  my minifigure’s faces turned out.

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I opened up a photo of the characters on my phone and set it beside me so I could see what they looked like.  My kids were able to tell me who each one was, which was impressive to me!

If you are doing them just as lego minifigures and not based on the movie,you could come up with faces of your own to draw on.  If you are going to tie them to something, you could also draw the faces on upside down.  Get creative and have fun!

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Thrifty Lego Party Decor, Make a Lego Head!

We love Legos!  So much so that for my son’s 9th birthday party he wanted a Lego Movie theme.  I couldn’t have been happier because Legos are so fun, and easy!

You will need:

  • A large snack container
  • Yellow spray paint
  • something to take the label off with
  • Sharpie or black vinyl for the face

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Our lovely container had this super sticky label on it that was impossible to get off!  I started off by placing it in hot water for a few minutes and let the water get it softened.  I then used a scrub brush and brushed off the rest of the label.

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Once I had the label off, I used cotton balls and a little bit of nail polish remover to get the rest of the sticky residue off of the container.  It wasn’t perfect, and was still discolored, but since I was spray painting it, that was ok.  Just make sure to get the sticky off.

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Next, give it a couple of thin coats of spray paint and let it dry.  I left the lid on because I planned on it just being a centerpiece, if you are planning on using it with the lid off, you will want to take the lid off to make sure you get coverage on the whole thing.  And then spray the lid separately.

One you are done and it is dry, cut out the face from black vinyl or simply draw it on using a sharpie.  That is it!  Another perfect, thrifty Lego craft for the Lego lover in your life.

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Lego Party Decor, Make Your Child’s Age Out Of Legos!

Recently I had a son ask for a Lego Movie party.  We are all about legos in our house!

As much as I love my kids having birthday parties and celebrating their big day with their friends, financially over the top parties are not an option.  I have to get creative and I spend very little on their parties.  For me personally, I would rather use that money on their birthday gifts rather than decorations for a party.  Anywho, I will climb off my soapbox now! ;)

When he said he wanted a Lego Movie party I was relieved!  That is pretty easy to pull off without a lot of extra money being spent.

If you have many legos, this should be simple!

You will need:

A lego baseplate (if you don’t have one already, Amazon has an awesome price here!)

legos

time to put it together

I really can’t say a whole lot about how to assemble this one.  Since my son had just turned 9, I used the legos we had to put a number 9 on our baseplate.  It wasn’t really popping though, so I added the frame around it.  So simple, yet cute and better yet, free!  Who doesn’t love free?!

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My kids are obsessed with legos.  Really obsessed.  I know I am not the only parent with kids that love legos, because seriously the brand is huge!

So it wasn’t a huge surprise to me when my 9 year old picked Lego Movie for his birthday party theme.   I was kind of excited about it, because there is so many thrifty, fun things you can do to decorate for a lego themed party!

Here is one of the party decoration ideas we came up with.

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You will need:

plastic party tablecloth (color of your choice)

small paper plates in the same color as tablecloth

packing tape or something that is strong enough to hold the plates on for the length of your party

Even better, you should be able to get everything at the dollar store, or in the party section of your favorite store for cheap!

Begin by trimming your table cloth down to the size of your door, if it is a door that will be being used.  If you aren’t using the door, it is even easier.  We did our coat closet and so I was able to just tape it onto the inside of the door.  I wasn’t worried about that part being pretty!  However, if you are doing a door that the inside will be seen, be sure to trim it down and tape it along the top, bottom, and sides where the tape will be hidden.  Also poke a hole for the door knob.

Once you are done taping up your tablecloth, put a piece of packing tape on the back of your paper plates so that they will stick to the front of your tablecloth.  For our normal sized door I used 8 plates.

Easy enough, right?  As the boys came in for the party they thought it was awesome that there was a giant lego!  This would also make a great backdrop for a photo booth!  Include some fun props and watch the party guests ham it up for the camera!

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