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Lego Goodie Bags – Halloween Treats That Aren’t Candy!

Did you know that you can order Legos by the color?  It’s true!  Makes it perfect for today’s craft project.  These little goodie bags are great for trick or treaters, a fun surprise for the kids in your life, or give them to your kids’ class as a fun alternative to candy at the class party!

You will need

Legos in choice of color (you need about 25 per bag)

Here you can find the white for the ghost, the red for the candy apple and the orange for the jack o lantern. I used a variety of sizes, but these will get you the basic 2×4 bricks.

Rounded goodie bags

bakers twine or yarn

sucker sticks for the candy apple

Begin by drawing your face on your baggies for your ghost or jack o lantern with a black sharpie.

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Fill up your baggies with legos.  If you are doing the candy apple, you will want to stick your sucker stick into the open end of the bag,  and tie off the top of the bag with your twine or yarn.  If you want to add a leaf to your candy apple or jack o lantern, cut a leaf shape out of green paper and tie it onto your twine before you tie the twine onto the bag.

Now you have a perfect little surprise for the ghouls and goblins in your life!  Why not give them something they will love, will last more than a moment and that they will remember every time they play with it?

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Candy Apple

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Ghost

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Jack o Lantern

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DIY Baby Blanket Using Minky Fabric ~ Easy, Thrifty Gift

I love to sew, but I am not very good at it so I don’t do it as often as I would like.  I have wanted to try sewing with minky fabric for a while, but have been intimidated after hearing others say how difficult it was to sew with.  I got a great deal on some heart minky fabric and decided that it was time to bite the bullet and give it a shot!  I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was to sew with!

I did plenty of research first and this is what I learned: if you are going to sew with minky you need to be patient and use tons of pins to hold it in place well.  I also learned that it is stretchy and has a slippery texture so sewing slowly is key!  Of course, using the tons of pins does help with that because you can’t go very fast between pins really.  If you are going to attempt to sew with minky, just keep those things in mind.

For those of you who don’t know, minky is a soft, material that has little raised dots (or in this case hearts) all over it.  It is so cuddly and you will see it on a lot of baby products.

To sew this blanket you will need a few things.

You will need:

 1 1/2 yrds Minky fabric

1 1/2 yrds Coordinating fabric for the top of the blanket

thread

sewing machine

sewing scissors

Begin by laying your fabric down on top of each other and trimming so they are close to the same size.  It is ok if it isn’t perfect, just get it as close as you can.  You may want to do this on a carpeted surface as the carpet helps keep the fabric from sliding around.

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Once your fabric is the same size, turn the layers with the right sides facing each other and pin all the way around.  As I mentioned above, you will need a lot of pins.  Pin about every inch at the furthest.

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Now you are ready to sew!  I used a zig zag stitch for extra security since I wasn’t sure yet how this was going to go with the minky.  Sew almost all the way around the blanket leaving about 12 inches to turn it right side out.  When you get all sewn, unpin your last section that you left for turning the fabric right side out and turn it right side out.  Make sure that you push each corner so that it isn’t puckered in.

Once you have the sides all straightened you will want to sew the outside.  Now, for your hole you have left from flipping, you will need to repin.  I didn’t use pins or iron, but it would be a good idea if you are worried about keeping it straight.  I started on one end and sewed up the hole first, continuing around the blanket with a zig zag stitch again. It went very quickly and just gave it a finished look.  Try to keep your sewing even so that your stitches are the same all the way around.  If you vary your speed too much than your stitches will be different widths.

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And there you have it!  A quick, gift perfect for a baby shower, or make one for yourself!  That minky is so soft, I am thinking I would like to have one too!  Not only is it cute, but it is actually very easy to use and sew with.  If you haven’t tried it, give it a go!

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

07/29/2014 11:56 am · 0 comments

by Tami

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

This is a favorite project at our house and we have created some pretty fun shirts!  It is easier than you would think, and the hardest part of the process is waiting for the paint to dry!

You will need:

A T-shirt that has been washed and dried.

Fabric paint in desired color

Sponge paint brush for applying paint

Stencil made out of clear transparency film

Spray adhesive for applying stencil

Desired picture that you are going to use as a stencil

A razor or scissors for cutting out your stencil

Piece of cardboard to put inside the shirt so that the paint doesn’t leak through the layers

We used a craft cutting machine for cutting our stencil, but if you are looking at making your own stencil, print it out of your computer, and then lay the print out under the transparency film.  Trace with a sharpie onto the film and then cut out the picture, leaving the negative space.  To place the stencil onto the shirt, spray with some spray adhesive.  This should work for more than one application, but if you are doing more than one shirt,you may have to reapply as it loses it tack.

Place the stencil on the shirt where you want it and press it down. Make sure it is all firmly in place. Now take your piece of cardboard and place it in the middle of the t shirt so it is blocking the two layers.

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This stencil has been used already, that is why it is already outlined in black.  That is just dried paint and makes it easier to see for the photos.  Take your sponge paint brush and dip it in your paint.  To apply it to the shirt, be sure to dab, not rub!  If you rub, the paint could spread under the stencil.  Dabbing will help avoid that.

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Once you have covered your area, let it dry for a few minutes before removing your stencil.  It is easier to remove before the shirt has dried all the way.  It will not be completely dry,but dry enough to remove the stencil and allow it to lay untouched and dry completely.

To remove the stencil, grab one corner and pull at an angle.

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Now all that is left is to wait for it to dry before trying on your creation!  Now you have a one of a kind article that is made by you!  We have done this for school projects, family reunions (like the one above), and just for a fun project!  My kids really enjoy creating their own designs and then painting them.  It is a thrifty, fun idea for the whole family!  The paint lasts for a long time and the stencils can be reused several times.  Shirts are pretty inexpensive, making this a great project for the whole family!

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Printable Minecraft Magnets, Great Party Favors!

As I mentioned before my son is having a Minecraft party.  If you missed the post with the Don’t eat Steve game you can find it here.  I also explained a little about the game for those that haven’t heard of it.

I don’t spend a lot of money making crazy, huge, elaborate parties, but I do like to do something fun for the kids.  I came across this post  and she had the best idea! Printable Minecraft magnets that she has even already taken the trouble out of it by designing them!  Even better!  I just happened to have some printable magnet sheets on hand, so I gave them a try.  The kids love them!

You will need

Printable magnet paper

Scissors

A printer

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The link for the magnets is here .  It takes 3 sheets of the magnet paper.  Each magnet is 1 inch square.  After they are printed, the time consuming cutting them out begins.

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I cut them into strips with my helpful paper cutter.  I love this one and use it all the time! I am not the best cutter in the world, so I love using these and knowing that it is straight.

Once you have your strips cut out you will have to use scissors to cut each magnet apart.  Make sure you have a nice, sharp pair of scissors for this.

Now you are free to stick them on a magnetic surface and play! Or add them to baggies and give them as party favors at your Minecraft themed party.  I was even thinking it would be great to get a small, metal container and take them with us to keep kids entertained at church or on road trips!

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Easy Candy Bouquet

If you are still looking for a fun, thrifty gift idea for Father’s day, you are in luck!  This takes just a few minutes, few supplies, and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the Dad in your life’s face! Even better is that it can be completely personalized to fit your Dad’s tastes.

You will need:

Candy bars (I used 9 for a small bouquet, but use more if you want it larger)

Skewers

Hot glue and gun

Something to sit your bouquet in (Think mason jar, small bucket, even a special mug or something he can use later on)

Floral foam (got mine from the dollar store)

Small candies, marbles or beans, something to cover your floral foam

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Begin by plugging in your hot glue gun.  You don’t need a lot and you don’t want to melt your chocolate, so use small amounts.  If your candy has a flap on the back, put a thin layer of hot glue there and stick  your skewer in the glue.  Then fold the flap back over so that your skewer is hidden.  If your candy has no flap, just glue the skewer to the back.  Be sure the pointed side is down so it can hook into your floral foam.

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Once your candy is all glued, cut your floral foam to the size to fit your vase, or container you will be putting it in.  Put it in first, and then add the candy bars by stabbing the pointed side into the floral foam.  The foam gets a little powdery and the skewer leaves holes, so you don’t want to have to pull it out a lot if you can avoid it.

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Once you have your candy bars where you want them, take your loose candy, beans or marbles and pour them in to cover the floral foam.

Now you are free to decorate your container with ribbon, washi tape to dress it up.  Since this is for my husband, I chose to go simple since I knew he wouldn’t appreciate the ribbon as much as a female may have.

This is what we are doing for Father’s day, but it could be a great gift for graduation, teacher’s appreciation week, Mother’s day, or any other occasion really!

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Easy, Quick, Father’s Day Card

Father’s day is just around the corner, and you don’t want to be caught without a card for the Dads in your life!  This card is super simple so the kids can do it, and is versatile.  Use white paper for a dress shirt, plaid for an ever day shirt, or maybe even a Hawaiian print for the dad who likes the islands!

You will need:

2 of the same papers of your choice (Just standard sized)

If doing a dress shirt pick a coordinating piece of paper for the tie

Scissors

Glue stick

Buttons if doing a casual shirt, your tie will cover if you are doing a dress shirt

Begin by folding one of your sheets of paper in half.  Now, cut a strip off of the other paper for the collar.  It doesn’t need to be super wide.  If you are doing a printed paper that is not printed on both sides, you will want to cut your strip twice as wide as you want it and fold it in half, print side out.  This way the inside of the collar matches the rest of the shirt.  Fold it so it looks like this.

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Now glue your collar on to the front of your shirt by placing the back against the top of the card, and gluing the collar pieces down to the front of the card.  It should stay that way.

If you are doing a dress shirt, cut the tie out of your paper you have for that.  If you are doing a casual shirt, glue your buttons to the front.  Now you will want to cut a pocket out (again for the casual shirt).  Make it shaped like this:

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Now you are ready to add a sentiment to the inside of your card, and you are done!  Now you have a cute shirt card for the Dad you love!

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