Easter Cross Scrabble Craft

Do you have extra scrabble letters? If so, this Easter Cross Scrabble Craft is an easy, quick, yet a meaningful one to make. If you need to find them, just do a search online or find at your local craft store. Thrift stores are a good source, too! I’ve included 2 versions of this craft; one for kids, and one for adults.

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I recommend using a strong adhesive like GOOP instead of a glue gun. The pieces are varnished and mine broke easily when I used the glue gun. I re-glued with the stronger glue. This version is for adults as I found it hard for kids to use the glue. The” kid version”,  is explained later in this post. It makes it easier for them to do and you don’t have to find all those tiles for multiple kids doing this project.

Here’s the number of letters you will need for the cross….

H-1, E-3, D-2, I-1, F-1, O-1, R-1, M-1

When your Easter Cross Scrabble craft is completed, you can hang it as is, or frame it. 

An easy way to do this for a “kid version” Sunday School Craft is to copy the letters on your printer. It’s a lot cheaper, too.

Materials Needed:

1 copy of letters for each child

Scissors

Glue and Toothpicks (flat work better for glue)

1/2 sheet of construction paper red and black

 

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Have students cut out the squares and glue to a half-sheet of paper. It helps to fold the paper in half the long way, and about one-third down. Now, students can follow the folds to glue on the letters. Have them start in the middle with the word “died” placing two letters on each side of the fold. This way, they will line up easier. Hope you can see how I folded this sheet of paper.
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Hint for gluing….  Kids always add too much glue.  Have a dish of glue where they use a toothpick and apply just a dab. This will be enough to glue it on, but not enough to ooze out.

Add a black frame to finish it off. ( I would have these already cut for the students.)

Here’s the finished “kid version” project using paper tiles.

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Either version you make is a craft that is meaningful and memorable for the Easter season and throughout the year. It’s a great reminder of God’s love for us.

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Yes, Jesus died for YOU!

Romans 5:8-9  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 

He is Risen!

Phyllis

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How to Make an Easy Catapult

How to Make an Easy Catapult!

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For our Oma and Opa Camp (aka cousins camp, grandma camp, etc.), I was researching catapult projects. I tried so many catapult ideas, but none worked very well. They were either so difficult to put together or the trajectory was that they just threw something straight down. (like the Kleenex box ones) How fun is that? For all the effort of putting it together, you want something that really works.  I, also, wanted  6-10 year old kids to be able to make it themselves without much help.

I finally found an idea that was both simple and worked! The materials were inexpensive and easy to obtain, too! I need to give credit to almostunschoolers  for this basic idea.

Materials Needed:

Tongue depressors or large craft sticks

Spring Clothespins

Approximately 4 inch wood square  ( cut from a 2×4) or buy these end posts from Menards

Milk Cap

Glue Gun

Directions:

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First glue the clothespin to the base…

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Hot glue the milk cap to the tongue depressor or large craft stick.  Be sure to leave room at the end for pressing it down.

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Next, glue the craft stick to the top of the clothespin.

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When glue is dry, kids can decorate with markers or paint at this point, too.  Now, use pom-poms to catapult into the cups. Number the cups with points and give turns to see who can make the most points.

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They enjoyed making the catapult, decorating it, and playing the game.  I call that success! How did it fit into a Science Camp? Well, we talked about simple machines and a catapult is one which uses a lever! You use force to push the lever down and the energy is transferred to the pom-pom which sends it flying up.

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Now you know how to make an easy catapult that actually works and is easy to put together!

Have fun!

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Plastic Heart made with Milk and Vinegar!

A “Plastic Heart made with milk and vinegar”? Yes, I can show you how to make plastic with milk and vinegar! I didn’t believe it either, but it works. Kids will be amazed and have fun with this craft and science experiment. At our Oma and Opa Camp 2015, I used this experiment. I found this on ScienceBuddies.

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Use this idea to make Valentine hearts. ( or any shape you want) No need to run out and buy special stuff as the materials are right in your cupboard and refrigerator.

ll you need is…..

Materials:

Milk- 9 oz.  2% or whole

Vinegar- 4 teaspoons

Red Food Color – 2 drops (optional)

Small heart cookie cutters (mine were 2  1/4 and 1  1/2 inches across)

Straw or pen to poke a hole (optional)

Pin back or yarn for necklace (optional)

Glitter glue (optional)

Directions:

Add 2 drops of food coloring to  9 oz. of milk (use 2% or whole)  The color darkens a lot as it dries.

Heat 9 oz. milk in a glass for 2 minutes in a microwave or heat milk in a pan on the stove until hot, but do not boil!

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When hot, but not boiling, add 4 teaspoons of vinegar. Stir the milk and it will start to curdle. When curdled, pour into a strainer. This will look a bit like cottage cheese.

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I used a tea strainer after most of the water was out and squeezed more water from the curds.

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Place the plastic mixture on paper towel. Fold the towel over and over to squeeze more liquid out.

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Press the plastic down to uniformly flatten it out as much as possible. Take a cookie cutter and cut a heart shape from the plastic.

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 I was able to squeeze the remainder of the plastic together to cut out another smaller heart. You’ll notice that the plastic has a little texture to it.

Now, let dry on a flat surface such as a cutting board or counter top for a few days.

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If you want to hang the hearts or wear as a necklace,  put a hole in them while wet. Use the end of a ball point pen and do this everyday while it is drying as it shrinks back a little.

Be sure to clean your utensils right away so the plastic doesn’t stick.

After a few days and the plastic is completely dry and hard, put a layer of glitter glue on top. (optional) Just spread it on the heart generously and let dry. Now, the heart has a shiny side. If you’re hanging the heart, repeat again on the other side and let dry. String a piece of yarn through the opening and wear to school as a necklace. Another option is to glue a pin back on it. School friends will be amazed that you made a Plastic Heart from milk and vinegar!

This process is actually how many plastics are made. To see a scientific explanation, go to Science Buddies.

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Did you learn something new? I was skeptical when I first tried it, but it worked. Amazing! So, I adapted it for Valentine’s Day. Any cookie cutter or food color will work. Think of animals, insects, or basic shapes to use for other cut-outs. 

Have fun!

Phyllis

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Valentine Luminaries

The day after Christmas, Valentine decorations appear everywhere. It’s a quick transition from one holiday to another! Before you pack away those cute little Christmas battery lights, this craft puts them to use one more time.  The Valentine Luminaries gives a soft glow and make a great centerpiece or a cute night-light for your little girl’s room. It’s an easy project that kids can do. It involves the “tissue paper and glue technique” that perhaps your kids have done before with other holiday decor. It’s so easy!

 

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Materials:

white, light pink, dark pink, and red tissue paper. (Maybe you have some left over from wrapping those presents.)

watered-down white glue or Mod-Podge

brush

glass container or jar

battery Lights

Directions:

Start with your glass container upside down. The opening should be at the bottom.

Tear pieces of white, pink, and dark pink tissue paper and apply with watered-down glue or Mod-Podge.

When you’ve covered the entire glass overlapping pieces, let dry.

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Cut hearts out of red tissue paper. Make different sizes and apply to the container over the whites and pinks. Stickers won’t work as the light doesn’t shine through. They will only appear as black.

 

If you wish, add a few flowers or bow on top. Place the battery lights inside and light it up!

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Using the same idea, make 3 smaller Valentine Luminaries and string the lights from one to another.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Snowflake Ornament Craft for Toddlers

Preschool projects require something quick and easy to be successful. This Snowflake Ornament Craft fits that description. It works for both a home or school project. Not only is it quick and easy, but it is very inexpensive, too! I came across these items at the Dollar Tree and thought it would make an easy project for preschoolers. 

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Materials Needed:

Snowflakes  (6 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree)

Winter Sticker Books ($1.00 at Dollar Tree)

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Place a large sticker in the middle (snowman, penguin, etc.).  Add small snowflake stickers on the points.

This will help keep them busy while you’re getting dinner ready. There’s no glue involved and they can decorate both sides. Put them up in a window, hang on the tree, or hang from a chandelier. The Snowflake Ornament will look great through January.

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For $2.00, toddlers can have a lot of fun and make several.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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Easy Tree Ornament

This is probably the most inexpensive and quick tree ornament that anyone can make. The choice of color depends on your own Christmas decor. This ornament is linear so it adds a different dimension from the round balls and other decorations. It, also, adds an extra bit of sparkle to your tree.

 

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The materials are few….

Just one 6 foot strand of glittered bead garland – any color!

1 package of ornament hooks.

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Cut the bead garland to the length that you want for your icicle-like ornaments. The bead lengths do not ravel, but stay together.  My bead lengths were 12 beads long. 

Place the end of the ornament hook around the first section of the beads. 

Hang on tree! 

It adds so much extra color, sparkle, and dimension.  

I’ll bet this is the easiest ornament you could make for your tree, right?

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This is just a fun, quick, easy tree ornament for your Christmas tree. 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Snowman Placesetting for Kids

Snowman Placesetting for Kids

I like to make the grandchildren’s placesetting special for Christmas. Last year, I did the Snowman Placesetting for Kids! I took pictures and decided to share them with you this year.  The funny snowman in the middle was a last-minute thought and I couldn’t find a better one anywhere. It worked, though. I found him at a thrift store for $1!

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 Materials Needed for Snowman Plates:

Cheap white paper plate

Clear Plastic Dinner Plate

Black Olives – sliced

Carrot

Chocolate Chips

 

This is the easiest way to set a snowman table for kids. I used the sliced olives for eyes, slice of carrot for nose and chocolate chips for the mouth. Lay everything on the white paper plate and cover with the clear plastic dinner plate. Now, kids can eat and not disturb the snowman face!

Snowman Lights, lit up with an LED light, were at each placesetting. I purchased the snowman cups after Christmas on clearance the year before. Also, I added a snowman straw decoration for another accent. The snow globes came from Dollar Tree. Finally, I added a snowman in the middle for a fun Snowman Placesetting for Kids!

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Put the lights down low and let the snowman globes glow!

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Be sure to use LED lights in the snowman globes as the little candle lights are not strong enough to show through. Besides, the candle lights give a yellow glow and you want your snowman globe to have a white glow. Find the LED lights at a local craft store.

Watch the faces of the children light up as they see this special Snowman Place-setting just for them! The snowman face stays perfect while they eat on the plastic plate on top. You may want to check out my other kids place-settings for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Make memories this Christmas! 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Paper Poinsettia Art Project

Paper Poinsettia Art Project

This Paper Poinsettia Art Project is very do-able for elementary children. Nothing about this is hard. The important part is to fold the petals to a point.It looks great as a tree decoration (when made small), package decoration,  bulletin board decor, and window decoration Wherever you use them,they look lovely and appear more difficult to make than they actually are.

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Paper Poinsettia Art Project Directions:

1.Use two pieces of red construction paper. Cut one large circle out of one piece. Fold the other piece in half and use only one half sheet to cut another circle. Make these circles as large as you can make them out of that size paper.

 

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2. Fold once…

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3. Twice….

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4. Three times!

 

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5. Now cut on the folded lines from the outside of the circle and stop 3/4 to 1 inch before reaching the center.

 

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6. From the outside edge, fold each piece to a point and glue the folded flaps together….

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7. Put your finger inside the glued area to pinch it out and give it dimension.

 

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8. When finished with both sizes, glue the small one to the center of the larger flower.

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9. Cut leaves and glue to the backside.

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10. Cut small yellow circles from construction paper, glue in the center, and add some sparkle. A paper punch works well for this, too.

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Now, you’re done!

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The flower sizes are variable. Small ones look great on a homemade card, but are harder for children to make due to the size. The larger ones are easier and look beautiful on a package! They, also, look great on a wreath or as a table decoration.

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These are so easy and fun to make! You’ll want to make several.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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Easy Burlap Christmas Wreath

Easy Burlap Christmas Wreath

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A lot of Christmas decorations are glittery and elaborate, but sometimes a room calls for something more casual. This Easy Burlap Christmas Wreath might be just what is needed. Burlap is certainly popular for any season and it works for Christmas as well.

Check your Christmas decorations for items you already have on hand. I had most of the items needed and just bought the ribbon and burlap wrap (with a coupon, of course). Now, with glue gun or florist picks in hand, you are ready to put it together!

These are the supplies needed for a 12 inch diameter wreath. (either foam or straw) Make a bigger one if you wish, just adjust the size the other supplies fora larger wreath.

Supplies:

2 Christmas greenery picks (size them for the 12 inch wreath)

Red berries

Burlap Fabric Wrap  (found at Michael’s for about $2. Don’t look in the ribbon aisle, but in the floral wrap.)

Burlap Poinsettias (found at the Dollar Tree. One pick had 3 flower on it.)

Burlap ribbon for the bow. Choose a different texture of burlap ribbon from the wrap or flowers.

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Step 1:

 Whatever wreath you are using, wrap with the wide burlap fabric. Start at an angle and overlap each round by just less than half. When you are back where you started, either hot glue it together or use a florist pin to hold it.

(Before I do any gluing or pinning, I like to lay out all my pieces in order to get the look I want.)

Step 2:

 Place the Christmas greenery on the wreath. Place one stem going down and the other going up. Get an idea of where you wanted it positioned before you attach it permanently. Once you have it positioned the way you like, cut the stems short and either use a florist pin or hot glue it to the wreath. (I like to use floral picks so I can change the wreath easily for another season or just a different look.)

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Step 3:

 Add the flowers using a group of 3. If your flowers are smaller, use 5. Always use an odd number.

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Step 4:

 Add the bow

Step 5:

 Glue the red berries in 3 to 5 places for an accent of color.

Step 6:

 Add a wire loop on the back for hanging the wreath.

Step 7:

Hang and enjoy your Burlap Christmas Wreath!

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When you compare the price of a ready-made burlap wreath, this is a real bargain! It is quick and easy to do. No real talent involved. ( OK, you need some talent to know how to use a glue gun!)

Try it!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Pringles Lid Ornaments

This is not an advertisement for Pringles, but when I saw those clear lids, I knew that they would be perfect recycled as Pringles Lid Ornaments. With kids bringing them for snack time at school, it is not hard to collect a few to try. One idea is a bit more difficult for young kids, but the snowman sticker idea is very easy for them to do. It’s a great way to emphasize reuse and recycle!  These would be perfect for a classroom project, too. I’m posting this early enough to collect those lids.

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  These are some of the supplies I used…..     Add to this tacky glue (a glue that sticks to plastic) along with string or ribbon for hanging.

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I used lids from a can of Pringles. (With a snack-sized can, they get eaten faster so you have more lids.) Make sure they are clean and wiped dry.

Winter Scene Ornament:

For the sticker version (snowman), Cover the inside of the lid completely with tacky glue. Over a box, sprinkle the glitter into the lid and let dry. (the glitter I used was Crystal)  Make several as kids can easily do more than one.

When dry, cover the edge with tacky glue and roll in the glitter.  Let dry.

Add stickers to the flat front. Add a little “snow”. (cotton)  Hint: cut the stickers out so that kids can see where to place them before removing the backing.

The stickers can be of any Christmas scene. Just make sure they are the right size for the lid.

Punch a small hole on top and add a string or wire hanger.

 

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Looks great hanging in a window, too!

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Nativity Ornament:

I made this Pringles Lid Ornament by stamping or downloading a Christmas scene. I had a Nativity stamp, stamped it on a white sheet of paper, and reduced the picture down so it would fit in the Pringles lid. The one pictured is from a free clip art site that I had in my files.

I made copies of the reduced clip art and stamped image so it just needed to be cut out. Older kids can do the stamping themselves on a separate piece of paper as long as the stamp size works for the lid.

Don’t glue on the inside of this lid. Simply cut out and place the picture inside facing the front. (no glue) Remember, that the inside circle size is different from the outside. Your picture may need some trimming. (approx. 7.5 cm diameter) Cut a piece of felt or other paper and make a backing. After the picture is in place, add the felt backing and glue around the sides to hold it in.  

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Finish the edge with ribbon or a rhinestone ribbon {cut two sections wide) and be sure to use a glue that will hold on plastic. (regular school glue doesn’t work)

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Pringles Lid Ornaments are a fun, easy, inexpensive, and look fantastic! Kids will want to make more than one! (Adults, too!)

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Vintage Jello Molds Re-purposed

Vintage jello molds go back to the 40’s and 50’s, I believe. Any good cook would make her jello combinations in these molds. Then, you would un-mold them and place them on a plate with iceberg lettuce. A dollop of whipped cream or mayo topped it off. They came in several styles such as plain, swirled, various shapes, and sizes. I remember my mom using them!

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While they are a thing of the past, I’ll show you several ideas that re-purpose these vintage jello molds for today’s use!

The first idea is using the mold as a planter for artificial succulents. They look great as a little greenery accent on a side table. Put  styrofoam in the bottom and cover with artificial moss. Stick the artificial succulents down into the styrofoam and you’re done! No watering, either!

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Next, they are perfect for a miniature garden display. You don’t need many items, but it certainly something eye-catching and cute. Once again, use styrofoam or floral foam, artificial sheet moss, and a few items to make the garden look great.

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Finally, here a two ideas for Christmas…..

The first one is a snow scene. I merely used some cotton batting, a small winter figure, and silver pipe cleaners. Just hot glue everything in place. Use as a small Christmas accent on a shelf or hang on your tree. Change the scene for another season.

 

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Another ornament idea is to hot glue two together and finish off the edge with silver tinsel pipe cleaners.  Glue another circle of the silver on top and finish with a loop to hang it. 

 

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Other ideas for re-purposing include using them as popsicle molds or individual serving dishes for mayo, condiments, pudding, etc. 

OK, do you remember these jello molds? Kind of reveals our age, right?

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Redo a Damaged Frame

 

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This frame was a bargain for $4.00 at Hobby Lobby! Yes, a real find, but I needed to “Redo a Damaged Frame”  on this one. The frame was unique with some metal work on it, however, the front of the frame was badly damaged along with the ugly burlap for a picture!

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First, it was deeply scratched in several places. Because it is black, it is a bit hard to see. Also, there was a gouge in it where the sticky price tag had been. (along with some residue remaining). Lastly, the ugly printed burlap just didn’t do anything for it. 

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I removed the inside board. The burlap was glued on and tore off quite easily. I sanded it down and spray painted it black. That was easy, so I thought I could do the same with the frame. No problem, right?

Wrong!

After using goo-gone on the sticky stuff, sanding it down, and painting it. I still could see the flaw in the corner. Also, the scratches were very noticeable. I did it a second time and it still wasn’t perfect. 

If it wasn’t going to get perfect, I thought I’d try to camouflage it by doing a little sponge painting in a slightly lighter shade, but that looked bad! It looked like I was trying to hide something which is just what I was doing.

Finally, I got some black Textured Spray Paint. When I started to cover the metal with tin foil to protect it from the spray, I discovered some little screws and easily took the metal off the frame. That made it so easy to spray it. Just one nice coat of that spray and everything was taken care of. No scrapes, gouges, or mistakes showed through! Yea! Finally, the finish was textured and looked great! 

I decoupaged a verse on the inside board, mounted it, and now it is off to a fundraiser for the Children’s Shelter of Cebu. It took a few tries, but now I know how to redo a damaged frame! Next time, I won’t need to go through all those steps! Now, after reading this post, you know how to redo a damaged frame, easily, too!

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Fall Decor Idea House Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Fall Decor Idea House! This time we are touring the dining room, kitchen, and small vintage bathroom off the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at some of the re-purposed items. Throughout this home, done by several decorators, you’ll see how they used old wood planks in so many different ways. You will even see how they used them in the dining room. You’d think that with such a formal setting, they wouldn’t work, but they do!

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Here’s a view of the dining room both to the right and then to the left. Do you see any re-purposed items?

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The buffet to the left is actually an old dresser. A door was removed (or perhaps missing) and they added baskets to the shelving. Also, the table has old posts for legs.

On the table they have used multi-layered fabrics along with placemats and large flat gold plastic leaves. It truly is a mixture of gold, silver, salvaged wood and glass. As an extra touch of gold, they wrapped the stems of the wine glasses with gold wire.

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There’s so much detail to this table that it’s hard to take it all in! Notice the candles that are embellished with upholstery tacks. Now, that’s quick and easy to do!

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#1  Use a recycled sheet of paper and folded it for the placement of the tacks. This way it will be even all the way around. Mark off where you want your tacks to go. I used 6 tacks for this candle. (8 works, too)

#2  Push the tacks through at the edge of the paper.

#3 Remove the paper and you’re done! Everything is even all the way around.

Upholstery tacks come in silver, bronze, and gold, along with other variations. I used the plain bronze ones. They used shiny gold tacks. Pretty easy, right?

 

Look at the old wood planks down the middle of the table. At first thought, you’d think it wouldn’t work, but with the pair of wooden finials, and other wood items, it all works together.

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A close look at the place-setting shows the large, flat gold plastic leaves (top left in picture below) that add extra glitz and texture to the table setting. Gold metal leaves adorn the napkin. 

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Next, we travel to the kitchen. Would you think to re-purpose old wooden car ramps? They used them on each side of the stove and tied them together above with salvaged metal for extra kitchen storage. The spice rack is re-purposed hardware drawers. Now that’s total reuse and re-purpose to the max, I think!

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The vintage wooden ironing board fits into the inset. The added hook gives a place to hang an apron.

More salvaged wood!  Yes, in the kitchen you find it used as window valances!  

The cute red-topped kitchen island is a re-purposed workbench. It sits on a wheeled car so it’s easily moved.

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The last room for this post is the small bathroom next to the kitchen. Both the ledge and what is behind the metal wall decor is salvaged wood. This bathroom has an old-fashion corner sink with the plumbing that shows. To hide the plumbing, they used corrugated metal for a skirt.

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Don’t think this is the end of ideas. We still have several rooms to explore with more vintage re-purposed items, fall decor, and salvaged wood. I  hope you got some new ideas from this tour. Don’t forget to come back for Part 3. Be sure to check Fall Decor Idea House Part 1 if you missed it!

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Wheat Pictures

Wheat Pictures

You see wheat used as fall accents in a lot of arrangements. It’s symbolic of the fall harvest time. These easy Wheat Pictures are a unique addition to your fall home decor. Hang them among pictures on a wall or simply display on a table. My inspiration came from seeing them in a decorator’s idea house. I decided I needed to try them myself.

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Use a Dollar Store black frame or any frame you might have on hand. The size you choose depends on where you want to use it. I happened to have a small black frame on hand so I decided to use it for this project. The size is 4 x 6.

There are different kinds of wheat. I had three kinds. The black-bearded wheat, white-bearded wheat, and simply wheat with no beard at all. Because the size of my frame was small, I used the non-bearded wheat.

The supplies you need are:  thin wire, wheat, frame, burlap (or anything for a background), ribbon and glue gun.

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I used a dark brown burlap to contrast with the cream-colored wheat. I, also, found some orange 1/4 ” ribbon that I happened to have on hand.  Instead of ribbon, raffia, or yarn works, too. Other suggested backgrounds are a textured fabric, wallpaper, or scrap-booking paper.

First, Remove the glass from the frame. You do not need it.

Next, I cut the burlap just larger than the frame opening. You can use the cardboard insert as a pattern. If you have some spray adhesive, spray the cardboard insert and place the burlap over it and adhere in place. I didn’t have that adhesive, so I just placed it in the opening, put the cardboard insert in, and pulled it tight. Then, I trimmed the excess burlap and replaced the backing.

Then, once your frame is ready, secure the bunch of wheat with the wire. Cut stems to fit the frame. Don’t cut it evenly, but keep some a bit short and some longer.

Finally, tie the ribbon around the wire and secure the wheat bunch to the burlap with a glue gun.

There, you’re done!

 

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Don’t you like quick, simple, and easy? I might add inexpensive,too!

If you have a long narrow frame, do three small bunches horizontally. Another variation is with a plain ribbon, write “Give Thanks”, if you choose.

Wheat Pictures is a fast and easy craft and one that adds a nice touch to your fall decor. Nice for a hostess gift, too!

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You may have all the materials necessary already on hand. Try it and you’ll see how easy it is to do!

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A quick and easy DIY fall decor item.

 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Fall Decor Idea House Part 1

Fall Decor Idea House Part 1

Welcome to a tour of the Fall Decor Idea House 2015. Several decorators completely overhaul this lovely old home with new trends and seasonal decor three times a year. You’ll see re-purposed vintage items in unique ways along side of many new decor items. Every room is beautiful and filled with wonderful eye-popping ideas and inspiration for your own home decor. Come with me on this tour of wonderful fall decor ideas. You won’t be disappointed!

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Before you even enter the house,  you’ll find fall decor in the yard, garage and in a “she shed”!

 This outside fireplace looks fantastic!

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Gorgeous Container Gardens….

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Would you like to spend time in here?

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Notice the side tables made from plant containers. They’re filled with mulch and a glass piece is added on top.

From the ceiling hangs a metal orb filled to the brim with decorative twig acorns, artificial fall stems and string lights. It creates wonderful mood lighting.

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In the yard, under a tree, sits a cute scarecrow. This “Miss” has floral stems for the eyes. Buttons create the nose and mouth. All decked out in a fancy hat, this scarecrow wouldn’t scare anyone. In fact, she looks like she is going to a tea party! I think she should change her boots, however!

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The window boxes on the house look spectacular all dressed in fall decor.

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A close look…

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Stepping into the front porch, you are greeted with a beautiful table-setting.

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The centerpiece is a salvaged metal drawer which holds potted mums with raffia bows, small artificial pumpkins, and moss. Each placesetting uses a wood tray as a charger. Notice the napkins tied with decorative fall wooden leaves and twine.

 

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I’ve posted a simple version of these napkin rings.

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Go to DIY FALL NAPKIN RING for complete instructions.

A bed spring hung from the ceiling?

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I told you they use re-purposed items in different ways!

The bed spring is decorated to the max with honeysuckle vine entwined with string lights, colored jars,  lanterns, and fall leaves. Wow! What an impressive sight! I’ll bet it looks amazing at night all lit up!

Notice the plants tied with raffia and an artificial apple slice all sitting on the window ledge.

The next item is a chicken feeder re-purposed as a decorative item filled with various small artificial pumpkins.

 

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Also, on the porch, is an oak shelving unit. The decoration on top is honeysuckle vine mixed with some fall garlands along with a raffia bow. I like the way it flows.

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Well, this is just a taste of what is to come in the next posts. You won’t want to miss it. There are lots and lots of new ideas! 

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Thanks for stopping by for the Fall Decor Idea House tour. 

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