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Floppy Disk Pen Holder ~ Easy, DIY, Recycled Craft

Earth day is April 22nd this year.  Why not celebrate by making something new out of some old items that would just end up in the trash?  I came across these gems a few days ago, who remembers floppy disks?  My computer won’t take them, but they are so fun and “retro”  I couldn’t resist making something out of them!

You will need:

Hot glue gun/ sticks

floppy disks

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This is so easy and would make a great gift for any “nerd” in your life!

Begin by warming up your hot glue gun.  Start by putting a thin line on one edge of a disk and attaching another disk to it.  Some of mine still had labels on them,but I just put the label side on the inside where it wouldn’t be seen as easily.  Continue to glue the sides together.  Once you have your sides glued together, take your floppy disk that will be on the bottom and put a line of hot glue around the whole outside of it.  Set your 4 “walls” on top and press firmly to set it.

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That’s it!  Add some pens, markers or pencils and you have a cute, new pencil holder!  I am thinking these would be cute for a school computer teacher, an IT professional, or just to use on your desk at home.

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Paper Flowers With Straw Stems ~ Great Kid Craft

These cute, paper straws are a perfect rainy day craft to do with the kids!  Give them to Grandma for Mother’s day, or leave them on someone’s porch for May day.  No need to worry about them dying, and they can be admired all year long!

You will need:

Patterned or colored paper (great way to use up scraps!) Or order these, great size and spring prints that are so cute!

Green flexible straws

glue

scissors

hole punch

I tried to freehand my flowers, but I just wasn’t talented enough!  They looked more like sad clouds.  I got a flower template off the internet by searching for “flower clip art black and white outline”.  I printed it out and used that to trace on the back of my papers to make a nicer shape.  I also made sure I had a different patterned paper circle for the center of each one.

Once your flowers are traced and cut, punch a hole in the center of the center circle before gluing them together (your flower shape will be too big to get the hole punch in the center).  I then used my scissors to poke through the flower shape once the two layers were glued together.

Slide your straw through, and rest the flower on the flexible grooves.  Then, trim the top portion of the straw (the part you would drink out of) off just before the flexible bends.  Add to a nice vase and there you go!  Cute decorations that are so much easier to keep then live flowers!

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Clean / Dirty Dishwasher Magnet

I don’t know why, in my house, we have such a hard time remembering if we ran the dishwasher or not!  Especially now that the kids are getting older and are helping more with the emptying and loading.  Fortunately it is easy to discover  if they are clean or dirty by opening it up.  My kids don’t seem to realize that all the time though and then life stands still until Mom tells them.  Anyone else have that problem?  I decided I wanted to make a clean and dirty magnet to help all of us remember.  Let’s be honest, we are busy and we can’t always keep little things straight!

You will need:

1 White card stock or thick paper

1 Patterned card stock or thick paper

scissors

A cup, bowl or something else round to trace

marker

brads

magnet

Hot glue gun and glue

Begin by making a large circle out of patterned paper.  Mine was 4.5 inches.  Now you will need to cut 2 circles slightly smaller then the large one.  Cut one out of the white card stock and one out of the patterned. My smaller circles were 4 inches.   On one side of the white circle write “clean” and on the other end of the same side write “dirty”.

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Once your paper circles are cut, you will want to find the center.  This is important for it to be exact or it won’t turn correctly.  Do this with all 3 circles.  Before connecting them, you will want to take your small circle of patterned paper and cut a small window in it.  To do this, I used my white card stock and traced a small oval that was big enough for the “dirty” and “clean” label to show through.  You want to make sure it is less than half or you won’t be able to get your brad in it!

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Now, simply connect with a brad.  (you can find the simple brass brads or fasteners in the office supply section of your store).  You are almost done!  Just turn it over and hot glue a magnet onto the back of your fastener.  Let it cool and you are ready to use it!  Great to add to a gift basket of kitchen necessities for a house warming gift too.

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kids garden tools

Our kids love to help in the garden, and I love their help with yard work.  This year my in laws gave the kids REAL GARDEN TOOLS.  Let me tell you these ROCK, I planted the whole garden with them and also cleared an old flower bed with them as well.  My kids kept saying MOM can we have our tools back lol. kids garden tools4Toysmith Kid’s Big Tool Set

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Ziploc wants you to  Challenge Your Best Friend to a Closet Showdown: Your best friend is always there for you. You would trust her with your life. But would you trust her with your closet? If anyone can tell you the truth, it is her, so ask your go-to-girlfriend to help you clean out your closets—it doesn’t just have to be clothes. Work together to toss or donate whatever you are hoarding—shoes, costume jewelry, VHS collection etc.

I took the Ziploc Closet Showdown, but I did it with my 3 year old.  I feel it is so important to  help them understand how to clean and organize. You can do it for them, but then they will never learn those skills themselves.  So teach them while they are young! Knowing how to clean is a great skill to learn. 
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 When I tell my kids it is time to clean their room, I normally get that look like “You are the worst mom ever” or they fall to the floor as if their life has ended and there is no reason to go on.  Yes, I know rather dramatic,  but hey when you’re three years old you also tuck your shirt into your AWESOME Rambo underwear…lol.   Today was no different when I informed my 3 year old son we were going to clean his closet, he curled up in a ball on the floor.

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But the frown quickly turned into a smile when I told him that we were going to us some COOL new Ziploc products to organize his room.  Oh boy was he excited, and could hardly wait to start.  The Ziploc big bags have a photo of a bunch of balls inside the bag, he saw that and yelled, “LOOK Mom,  I can be in the Olympics, see all the balls in the bag.”  Oh to be 3 years old again, and to be so excited about every little thing and have no limits to your dreams!
Ziploc closet challenge, Quick tips to keeping your closet oraganizedWe don’t keep many toys in his room, or he will play with them at bedtime. But he does have a few things, like cars and crayons.  We decided to use the Ziploc Twist n Loc  containers.  He thought that was a blast, each car he “drove” into the container. As he put away the color crayons he said the color of each one. When he was done, he could hardly wait to put them away.

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I let him pick where he wanted to put them, and he thought the red shelf would be best. I agreed that was a great choice.

Tip: In teaching your children to clean, help them learn to make choices and feel confident in those choices. Something as simple as allowing them what shelf to put toys on can empower them be able to make other choices in the future.

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Next we used the Ziploc Big Bags and Flexible Totes to help package like items.  We used the Ziploc Big Bags to put all the baby blankets in one and used another one to put sleeping bags in. Were were then able to fit 4  large quilts into the Flexible Tote!  My son thought the tote was amazing cause he could use the zipper to zip it up, he keep saying “Look Mom I can help you.” I was surprised how big these bags and totes are, talk about an amazing storage solution!

So our Closet Showdown took about 30 minutes to complete.  My 3 year old and I had a great time and he can’t wait to show his big brother what a good job we did organizing their closet while he was at school.

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Spring Bunny Canvas Art ~ Easy DIY Craft

Looking for some inexpensive, cute ways to brighten your home and bring spring indoors?  This adorable little canvas is great for Easter and all spring long!

You will need

A Canvas (Mine was 8×10)

Mod podge (I use matte)

2 sponge paint brushes (this is a great deal on Amazon!)

Bakers twine

A fork (yes a fork)

Vinyl or paper for the bunnies

Paint

Hot glue gun

Begin by painting your canvas.  I went with a turquoise shade.  I like the springy colors, but wanted to do them a little more bold then  the usual pastel.

While that is drying, you can cut a shape that looks like the backend of a bunny.  I created one on my Silhouette.  If you have one and would like the file, I can send it to you.  Unfortunately the Silhouette program only lets you save things in their format.  You could search for bunny clip art and cut these out of paper too.

Once your paint is good and dry, you can apply your bunnies.  Once you have them where you want them, cover with a layer of mod podge.  I always use the matte.  I think it is more forgiving then the gloss is.  When I use gloss I can see all of my brush strokes and that isn’t always a good thing!

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Now you are going to make your pompom tails.  Grab your fork and some bakers twine.  Yarn also works, but they will be bushier tails.  Wrap the bakers twine around your fork several times.  (for this project I did it about 25 times.)  Once you have it wrapped take a piece of twine and tie it around the middle, making a sort of bow tie.  Now, slide it off the fork and cut with scissors the 2 sides that were on the outside of your fork.  Fluff it up with your fingers and that will give you your pompom.  Hot glue those on to your bunny bums and you are done!  Now you have a great craft to bring spring into your home!

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