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DIY Removable Pillow Covers, You won’t believe how easy these are to make!

You guys, really, you will not believe how fast these are to make!  I just want to keep making them! There is also a little trick I will show you to save even more money!

You will need:

Fabric (I used a half yard for my pillow size)

thread

sewing machine (or sew by hand!)

scissors

pins

iron and ironing board

throw pillow forms

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I am super cheap and won’t pay a lot for anything.  Especially something that isn’t a necessity like throw pillows.  Let me tell you, you don’t have to spend a ton to make your home look nice! If you don’t want to shell out the money for pillow forms, watch for inexpensive throw pillows that aren’t necessarily in the style you would want.  I got this bright red and green one for 90% off at Hobby Lobby after Christmas!  Not my style at all, but it was huge and had great thickness to it.  I knew it had potential.  So check out the clearance section and grab pillows that aren’t necessarily the style you would want because it is so easy to cover.

Once you have your supplies, iron your fabric.  It is always best to start out with nice, flat material to make sure everything is even.

Once it is ironed, you will need to measure your pillow. Trim your fabric about 2 inches larger then your pillow. Make sure that you leave enough room for your pillow.  If you sew the fabric right at the pillow edge, there won’t be room to get the pillow in.

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Now that you have it trimmed, you are going to take your sides and sew about an inch under on each side.  This is for the long side, and just on the ends. You will want to leave overhang on this part, so really just sew a small amount.  This will be where you insert your pillow, so you really need the overhang.

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Once you have the ends sewed, take your pillow and lay it on the decorative side of the fabric.  You will lay your pillow on the fabric and measure the sides to know where to pin them. (look at the photo above)

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You don’t need to leave much extra room for this step, it will make your cover look baggy and sloppy if you leave too much.  Pin snuggly on one side.  Measure the other side and mark with a pin through only one layer of fabric so you can still get your pillow out.  Remove the pillow and sew the sides all the way shut along your pin marks. Once you are done, turn it right side out.

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You will now be able to stuff your pillow into the cover through the back that is open. That is it!  Wasn’t that quick?  I think I threw the whole thing together in about 10 minutes,and that included interruptions!

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Now that you have it,you can remove your pillow whenever you want. This allows you to wash your covers if something were to get spilled on it.  Or change it out when your style changes. Perfect right?

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The classic mix and match fashion drawing set is back and better than ever! The new Fashion Plates Design Set makes it easy and fun for aspiring designers to create their own fabulous fashion designs. Create one-of-a-kind looks by combining the different rubbing plates together into the new Fashion Plates tablet. With just a few passes of the rubbing tool, your design transfers to your sketch paper. Adding colors and details to your new look is a snap with the included artists pencils and the fashion textures built into the back of each fashion plate. The stylish portfolio case neatly stores you tablet, plates and tools making it easy to take your designs and fashions on the go!

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DIY Glitter Jar, Inspired By Cinderella, Have Courage And Be Kind

Who has seen the new Cinderella?  Isn’t it great?  I loved this line from the movie and thought it was a great reminder for anyone!

Mason jars are such easy craft items.  I have several for when I can, but why use them just for that?  This blue is the perfect Cinderella blue too!  I really love the way this turned out.

You will need:

A Mason Jar

Mod Podge (matte is best)

Plastic spoon

Paper plate

vinyl for the saying (optional)

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First of all, I haven’t had much luck with gloss Mod Podge.  Every time I use it, I feel like it is really unforgiving.  It shows every brush stroke, finger print, and imperfection.  I don’t have any of those problems with the matte.  Also, the gloss has a strong scent that I don’t like.  I always have matte around that use it for most everything.

Begin by dumping mod podge into your jar.  I dumped about a half inch in.  Add glitter.  A good amount.  Probably a couple of tablespoons.  Stir it up with your plastic spoon just until mixed pretty well. I was using a small jar, so if you are using a larger jar, be sure to add more mod podge and glitter!

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Once the two are stirred, you will roll your jar around making sure that the inside is coated. It won’t be really vibrant at this point, because of the mod podge being wet.  Turn it upside down on a paper plate for at least an hour.  This allows all the extra to pour out.  Try not to move it around (the ring of blue on my plate is from the other one I did before this.  It is dry and won’t affect this jar)

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Once you have allowed it to drain for at least an hour, you can flip it over and discard your plate.  I did notice at this point that there were spots that weren’t as dark as I would’ve liked.  However, if I had waited I am sure it would’ve still looked good.  At this point I decided to sprinkle in a small amount of glitter.  I don’t have a picture for you of that, sorry.  I sprinkled a small amount in and rolled the jar.  Sprinkling in a couple of times.  My jar was a wide mouth jar, so it was fairly easy.  It stuck to my mod podge which was still quite wet.  Don’t sprinkle too much in as you will just waste it if you do.  Let it set upright to dry for about 24 hours.

Once you have let it dry, add your saying in vinyl if you wish.  I used my silhouette machine to cut this saying out.  I use it so much it has definitely paid for itself over the 5 years I have had it!

Mod podge is water based, and will wash off with water, so if you do this and don’t like it, soak in in some water and you still have your jar.  Unfortunately, this means you can’t put water in it to make a vase without ruining it.  Use fake flowers like I did.  Or use it as a makeup brush holder in your bathroom, pencils on your desk, or fill with utensils for a Cinderella theme party!

I love the way it turned out.  I wish you could see just how beautiful it turned out!  The glitter is stunning and is the perfect accent for Cinderella.  Now I just need some glass slippers!

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Free Mother’s day Printable!

It is that time of year again!  Time to show the mother’s in our lives that we appreciate all they do and have done for us.  This printable is just a fun saying I have seen before that is perfect to put up in a frame, or to put on the front of a card.  Why not let Mom know that we realize she is pretty much always right in a fun, lighthearted way?

I love printables.  They are in inexpensive way to decorate without a lot of fuss or supplies.  When you get tired of one saying, or the holiday changes, simply take it out of the frame and add a different one.  Easy as pie!

To print this one, right click on the above image and download to your computer.  This would also work as a screensaver or wallpaper for a device.

If you would rather, below is the link for the high quality pdf version.  Both work great!  To save money on ink, send to your favorite photo printing company and have it printed that way.

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Quick Teacher or Leader Gift, Thrifty gift idea

Last night we had our blue and gold banquet.  If you aren’t familiar with cub scouts, a blue and gold banquet is a celebration of Boy Scout’s birthday.  It is just a fun way to celebrate with the boys and their families.  We wanted to celebrate our leaders and all the hard work that they do.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of extra money in our budget for anything fancy.  We had a camping theme and wanted something to go along those lines so we bought some bar mixes.  They were similar to these here but the price on these is fabulous!

We made these cute tags.  I used my handy program for my Silhouette that I am always talking about.   I didn’t use the machine, just printed on my printer and created on the program that came with the machine.  If you have a machine and are interested in the file let us know and I can send it to you!

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I made them so that there were four copies on a sheet and glued them on to a rectangle of scrapbook paper pieces I had on hand.  That made them all different.

Using bakers twine I tied them to the front of the boxes.  We then presented them to the leaders during the evening.

It is a great, inexpensive way to recognize that we appreciate their help and all that they do.  This would also be great for teachers, bus drivers or anyone that you want to show you appreciate!

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How to Make Your Own Bath Bomb

Bath Bomb with Essential Oils

 

Bath Bombs recipe with essential oilsThere is nothing, well almost nothing more relaxing than taking a long hot soak. My husband recently installed a jacuzzi tub in our master bath. At first I really didn’t think I would like it at all. I’m not that into baths. In fact my husband had to fill the tub for me and convinced me to get in. Taking a bath is one thing, but taking a bath with bubbles and with a bath bomb is just awesome. I’m pretty sure its the combination of the jacuzzi and the bath bomb, but it could’ve been the fact that the kids were somewhere else being taken care of by my hubby. Having no worries when you take a relaxing bath is in my opinion the best thing – total relaxment!

Recently I came across this awesome recipe on how to make your own bath bomb. Sure you can buy your own bath bombs. But do you really want something fizzing away under you and not knowing what is in it? Making your own is the safest bet to guarantee that there are no crazy chemicals in it that you need someone help you pronounce them. It also saves you a ton of money too! You can make natural and safe Bath Bombs for a small fraction of what you could buy them for! And it takes no time at all to make them, and just let them dry overnight to harden up is the only thing.

Save money and make your own Bath Bombs with your own fragrance from natural essential oils. With essential oils you can make a bath bomb for exactly what you need it for. make one for when you are sick, or a relaxing one that will help you sleep. You can even make one for a good pick me up with a clean crisp aroma. Make your own Bath Bomb ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Procedure:

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)

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In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring

Now go ahead and mix wet and dry

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At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Tightly pack it down into your mold

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Let dry 24 hours

I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

How to make Bath Bomb with essential oils easy recipe

 

How to make your own Bath Bomb
 
How to make a great smelling Bath Bomb, that also moisturizes your skin with all natural coconut oil.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • ¾ tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring
  3. Now go ahead and mix wet and dry
  4. At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Tightly pack it down into your mold
  6. Let it dry 24 hours
  7. I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

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