DIY Football Magnets




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DIY Football Magnets

Fall is almost here and with that comes football season. I am not a fan of football, or any sports, for that matter but I do enjoy the atmosphere. I love hearing football games in the background while the smell of a hearty meal is in the air.. don’t tell my husband this, I wouldn’t want this to go to his head.

To kick off this year’s football season I thought I would make these cute little football magnets, aren’t they adorable? They are also a fun craft for the kiddos to make, although, depending on their age, they should not be the ones handling the hot glue gun..duh! The burn marks on my hands make me wonder if I should even be handling a hot glue gun (haha).

Check out the candy corn magnets I made last year! CANDY CORN MAGNETS

 

What you need: 

The How To:

Step One: Break the spoons near the base. You may break a few trying to do this so make sure you have plenty of spoons, you can buy a pack at the dollar tree. Use a hot glue gun to carefully touch the base of the spoon where it broke off. This will make the sharp part of the spoon smooth.

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Step Two: Paint the spoon(s) brown. You will need 3 coats of paint or at least I did. Make sure to allow each coat of paint to dry before you add another coat. (sorry for the fuzzy photo)

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Step Three: Once the brown paint is completely dry paint the threads of the football on using the white puff paint. Allow to dry over night.

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Step Four: I took some green yarn and glued it around the base of the footballs. This just covered up the sloppy ends and added a touch of color. Make sure to do your gluing in the back so you don’t see big globs of glue.

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Step Five: Hot glue a piece of card board to the back of the spoon to build it up slightly. Then glue the magnet to the cardboard. If you don’t do this your magnets won’t stick due to the shape of the spoons.

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That’s it! Easy as pie, right? =)




Barn Board Flower Door Hanger




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Barn Board Flower Door Hanger

What you will need:

  • Pieces of fabric ( I like homespun material.)
  • pieces of burlap
  • Fake flowers of your choice ( you can switch these out with the seasons)
  • Spanish Moss
  • Decoration for the burlap, I used a rusty star. (optional)
  • wire ( I use rebar wire for my crafts. You can but this at lowes and if I remember correctly it costs less than $5)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Drill ( to drill holes to hang)

The How To:

Step 1:

Cut a piece of fabric to fit around the the plank. Lay the fabric over the board making sure the board is in the center. Hold fabric in place and flip the board over.

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 Step 2: Fold the bottom fabric up and staple. Next fold the fabric on both sides and staple. When you staple you want to make sure the fabric is tight.

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Step 3: Cut a piece of burlap double the width you want it. Center the burlap over the board and allow it to slightly overlap the (black & white checked) material. Fold the burlap down to make a crease, unfold the burlap and put a staple on the crease as close to the edge of the board as possible. Put another staple at the bottom of the burlap. Do the same on the other side.

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Step 4: Then pull the burlap around to the back and staple. Make sure it is tight.

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Step 5: Now you should have a pocket. Put an arrangement of flowers of your choice in the pocket. Tuck in some brown Spanish moss. I then drilled two holes in the top corner so I could hang it. I twisted the ends of my wire around a pencil to give it a cool swirly look. You can leave the burlap plain or you can dress it up. I chose to dress it up with a rusty star.

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DIY Burlap Napkin rings




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DIY Burlap Napkin Rings

The other day I was pondering about all the strange things I know being a DIY/food blogger and one of those strange things is the fact that I know a toilet paper roll is 4 inches long. I mean that’s not normal, is it?  I’ve been kind of obsessed with empty toilet paper rolls lately. There’s so many cool DIY projects you can do with them as you will be seeing over the next couple months (that was your warning). But I am in love with these burlap napkin rings that I made. These are very inexpensive to make and fairly easy! I think they would be gorgeous for a wedding, and they cost next to nothing to make!

What you will Need: 

I also found these super cool finger caps on amazon! I am always burning my fingers when doing projects like this so I will have to invest in a pack of these myself!  Click Here to see FINGER CAPS 

The How To: 

Step 1: First take your scissors and cut the toilet paper roll in half.

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Step 2: Next cut little pieces of burlap to go around the toilet paper rolls. The best way to do this is to lay the toilet paper roll on the burlap and eye ball it. Once you cut your first square out you can use it as a pattern for the rest of them.

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Step 3: Take your glue gun and run a strip of glue in a zig zag motion up the roll. Place the end of your burlap square on the glue and hold till dry. Roll the toilet paper roll till you reach the other end of the burlap, glue it using the same technique you used with the other end.

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Step 4: Run glue along the inside of the toilet paper roll and gently tuck the burlap down carefully pressing so it sticks. Do the same to the other end.

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Step 5: Get a few pieces of raffia and tie a double knot around the center of the roll. Make sure your bow is on the opposite end of the seam. Trim raffia to desired length.

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Step 6: Glue buttons on the middle of the knot.

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Step 7: Fold silverware in napkins and put burlap ring around the napkin.

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7 DIY Spring Wreaths

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Check out these 7 DIY Spring Wreaths! With spring right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to post this roundup. They are all so beautiful, it will be hard to choose which one to make! If you are having a hard time deciding, you could always make a few and give them away as gifts. I’m sure your friends and family would love it!

I happen to really enjoy making wreaths. To be honest with you, it kind of relaxes me. Not only that I love turning nothing into something. You may get to see this side of me more once summer hits, that’s when I like to find cheap or free furniture and fix it up. But until it warms up I will stick with my wreath making 😉

1.  DIY Spring Tull Wreath – Thrifty Jinxy

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2.) DIY TuTu Wreath – Making of a Mom

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3.) DIY Frugal Easy Yarn Spring Wreath – The Jenny Evolution

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4.) Spring Clothespin Wreath – The Jenny Evolution

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5.) DIY Simple Spring Wreath with Burlap – Happy Deal Happy Day

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6.) Spring Wreath with Forsythia & Burlap – Happy Deal Happy day

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7.) DIY Dollar Tree Easter Wreath – Burlap Kitchen

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Sock Soothie

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Sock Soothie

This Sock Soothie  has become my new best friend. I mean seriously, this thing is amazing! You can use it for a number of things such as, After a long hard day at work, in a long car ride, if you have a sore neck., or just to relax on the couch. Better yet, they are super easy to make and budget friendly!

What you will need:

2 long tube socks

6-8 Cups of Epsom Salts depending on the length of your sock

5-10 dashes of essential oils; a relaxing, soothing scent. ( I put lavender – teatree in mine )

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spoon

funnel or empty toilet paper roll

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The How To:

Step 1 – Add 5-10 drops of a relaxing/soothing to about 6 cups of Epsom salts. I know I only have a 4 cup measuring cup in the picture but I had to add more. Mix with a spoon.

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Step 2 – Place your sock around the toilet paper roll and push the sock about half way up the roll.

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Step 3 –  Use a scoop or measuring cup to slowly add the Epsom salts. You want to fill your sock up but you don’t want to overly filled or it will get hard and uncomfortable. I start with 4 cups then hold the end of the sock super tight ( so salts don’t spill everywhere!) and place it around my neck to see how it feels. This helps me so I know whether or not I need more salts.

You will have to put a scoop of salts in then hold your sock up in the air so the salts move to the bottom of the sock.

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Step 4 – Tie the end of your sock soothie in a knot. Now, if you are an expert sewer you could sew it at the top, I tried this and the sewing machine ate my sock. I think I’ll stay away from the sewing machine for a little while, LOL.

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Step 5 –  Next, take the sock you want on the outside and put it over top the sock that is filled with salts. This just keeps the salts from falling out the tiny hole’s in the sock. You may even want to use a third sock depending on the quality of the sock,  I was fine with just two.

It is much easier if you get someone to help you with this part.

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Step 6 – You have a few options here. You could tie a knot in the sock, sew it, or tie a small piece of string around it. I used a piece of string so I didn’t cover the design of the sock with a knot. I tried to sew it but like I said above the sewing machine was hungry! =P

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Dum Dums Flower Valentines

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Dum Dums Flower Valentines 

You will have to excuse this post. I have had a fairly busy week trying to organize my house with a lively 4-year-old on the loose. It seemed that as I cleaned and organized one room he destroyed and un-organized the previous room. It has pretty much been a never ending cycle for me this week. I’m sure those of you with kids understand exactly where I am coming from and have been there yourselves a time or two. 😉 I tried to throw something together that was quick and inexpensive and I think that’s precisely what I have done. So I hope you enjoy this tutorial and more importantly, I hope you have a LOVEly valentines day.

What you will need:

Tissue paper – Red, white, and pink, whatever color you like. I chose red and pink. When buying your tissue paper figure 11 mug sized circles per dum dum.

1 pack of dum dums

coffee mug – ( to trace)

pen

scissors

yarn or some sort of string to tie a small bow with.

The how to:

Step 1 – Trace the wide part of the coffee mug onto a bundle of tissue paper.  You will use about 11 tissue paper circles per flower.

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step 2.-  Cut the circles out, fold them in half, and use your scissors to scallop the edges.

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step 3. – Take one of the circles and wrap it over the dum dum, twisting it tightly at the base.

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4. –  Start putting your tissue paper on one at a time. Poke a hole in the center of the tissue paper with the dum dum stick and slowly pull it up. You will want to give it a little squeeze around the base.

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5. – Tie a little bow at the bottom of the dum dum stick with your yarn to keep the tissue paper in place.

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And that’s it! A cute yet simple Valentine’s Day treat. You can step it up a notch by placing some dum dums flowers into a clay flower pot. This would be a cute gift for a teacher. You could also dress them up by wrapping paper name tags around them. Like I said above it has been a busy week and I ran out of time to do all I wanted to do with this post. So please forgive me. There’s always next year… right? 😉

7 Valentine’s Day DIY’s that will make your Heart Happy.

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7 Valentine’s Day DIY’S that will make your Heart Happy

Here is 7 Valentine’s Day DIY’S that will make your Heart Happy. Valentines day is just around the corner and you know what that means… Love is in the air. To make your holiday a little more special, I have rounded up some fabulous DIY’s that are sure to make your heart happy. I mean seriously, how adorable are these? I am especially in love with the Burlap & Yarn Wreath from Happy Deal Happy Day.

I am a little curious as to where you met your spouse? I met my husband at good ole wally world. I was about to get my nails done when I bumped into some friends that were talking to him. We decided to all go on a double date and we have been together ever since. I later found out that his younger sisters were the reason he was at Walmart. Apparently they had been begging him to go. I am glad he finally agreed to take them 😉

1.) Valentines DIY M&M Jars –  Thrifty Jinxy

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2.) DIY Heart Garland – Sincerely Jean

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3.) Easy DIY Valentines Day Cards for Kids – Real Life at Home

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4.) Valentine Yarn and Burlap Wreath –  Happy Deal Happy Day

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5.) Hooked on You Gummy Worm Jar – Freebie Finding Mom

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6.) Toilet Paper Roll Valentines stuffed with Candy – Burlap Kitchen

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7.) You Make my Heart Race Valentine – Life is Poppin

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More Great Valentines Day Round-ups! :

25 Lovely Valentines Day Ideas – Life is Poppin

The Ultimate Valentines Day Round-up – The Jenny Evolution

DIY Snowy Pine Cones

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DIY Snowy Pine Cones

DIY Snowy Pine Cones are easy and fun to make! Making your house beautiful for Christmas doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Today I am going to show you how I made these elegant looking snowy pine cones without breaking the bank. These are so easy to make, I think you are going to love them! =)

What you will need:

Pine Cones ( find them in the woods somewhere or buy a pack of the scented ones at the store)

1 bag of Epsom salts

white glitters

mod podge ( you can by this at the dollar tree!)

paint brush

brown paper bag

The Step by Step: 

Step 1 – Add right to the brown paper bag, 1 cup of Epsom salts and about 1-2 tsp. white glitters. Give the bag a couple shakes and make sure the glitter is mixed in good.

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Step 2 – pour the mod podge in a very small bowl ( the dollar tree has the perfect bowls for this! They sell little packs of clear plastic bowls over near the party supplies.

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Step 3 – paint the tips of the pine cones with mod podge. When you are painting them try to imagine where the snow would fall, and those are the parts you want to paint.

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Step 4 – put the pine cone in the brown paper bag and shake it all around so all the painted parts of the pine cone are well coated with the salts (snow).

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Step 5 – pull the pine cones out and let them dry

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Step 6 – decorate the house with them or give them as gifts!

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5 Totally Adorable DIY Snowmen Crafts


These 5 Totally Adorable DIY Snowmen Crafts are a must this Christmas! Use them for your own Christmas decor or give them away as gifts. They all look super easy to make and frugal too! You don’t have to spend tons of money to make your home look like a winter wonderland 😉

I love snowmen, I think they all have their very own personalities and are so cute. How do you decorate for Christmas? Are you like me and have snowmen everywhere, or is there something else you are into?
1.)  Bowling Pin Snowmen

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DIY bowling pin snow men from: Making of a Mom

Click HERE for DIY Bowling Pin Snowmen 

 

2.) Coffee Can Snowman Hat

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DIY Coffee Can Snowman Hat from: Evolution of Mom

Click HERE for DIY Snowman Hat 

 

3.) Sock Snowman Tutorial

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DIY Sock Snowman Tutorial from: Midwestern Moms 

Click HERE for DIY Tutorial on Sock Snowman

 

4.) Toilet paper and paper towel roll Snowmen family

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DIY toilet paper and paper towel roll Snowmen family from: Burlapkitchen.com 

Click HERE for DIY toilet paper and paper towel roll snowmen family

 

5.) Snowman in a bag kit

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DIY Snowman in a bag kit from: Thrifty NW Mom

Click HERE for DIY Snowman in a bag kit

DIY Scarecrow


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I didn’t have a second post for this week until I went to my moms house and caught her making this! Thanks to my mom I am going to show you step by step how she made this adorable scarecrow using a bale of hay and some of my dads old clothing. =)

* My mom said the hay made her very itchy, so I recommend wearing pants, long sleeves, and gloves to make these.

What you will need:

 

  • 1 bale of hay (every time I try to say hay bale it always comes out hale Bay… just in case you were wondering 😉 )
  •  1 pair of old jeans
  • 1 old button up flannel
  • twine
  • scissors
  • a stick or small board to support the scarecrow head
  • hammer & nails
  • Permanent markers
  • straw hat
  • bandanna or a men’s  handkerchief
  • someone to help ya ( It takes 2 people to put him together easily)
  • piece of burlap for the head ( we didn’t measure.. it just needs to be big enough to wrap around the ball and tuck into the shirt. Burlap is very cheap to buy… I think it’s only around $2.50 a yard.)
  • something round to use as the head.. we used one of my sons old bounce balls

How to:

1.) First, unbutton the flannel and start stuffing it with hay ( sorry, no photo.. this is where I caught her making it and ran for my camera! ha ) Once the shirt is all stuffed with hay tie some twine around the wrists but let a little hay stick out ( photo below).

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2.) Once the flannel shirt has been stuffed, it’s time to start working on the head. For the head, my mom used an old bouncie ball of my sons. She wrapped it in hay to make it a little fuller and so the head would not look so round. Once she got the head the size she wanted she wrapped a piece of burlap around it. Then tied a knot at the bottom with a piece of twine.

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3.) Take a scrap piece of board and stuff it down the back of the flannel, then attach the head by stuffing the board up threw the back of the head. We didn’t measure the board just eye balled it =P Here are some photo’s to show you what I mean:

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… use your hands to try to shape the head some; tie a handkerchief around the neck

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You will have something that looks like this..

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4. Stuff the pants up to the knees with hay.

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5.) This next part you are going to need some help with. Have one person hold the top of the pants while the other person lifts the body of the scarecrow on top the pants. Tuck the shirt into the pants.

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6.) Finish stuffing the legs and tie some twine around them letting some of the hay stick out. ( You could also use the rope that us used to hold the hay bale together.)

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7.) Take small bunches of hay and tie them together… this will be the scarecrows hair. Attach the hair by nailing it to the top of the board that is under the burlap.

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8.) Nail on the straw hat…

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9.) And the last thing left to do is to draw the face. Using permanent markers, she drew the mouth and eyes in black and the nose in red.

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