instagram photo display {a tutorial}

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I’m always (always!) looking for new wall art for around the home. This Instagram photo display was the perfect afternoon craft project, and, best yet, used things I already had around my craft room (plus, I got to play with watercolors-always a good thing).

instagram photos
11×14 canvas
watercolors + paper (you could also use scrapbook paper)
Mod Podge

Step 1: Gather your photos. I used Photoshop to crop my photos to 2×2. I also watercolored paper and cut those to 2×2 as well. I used 27 full 2×2 squares for my 11×14 project (plus a few scraps for the sides).

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Step 2: Layout your squares on your canvas, alternating images with watercolor paper. Don’t watercolor? No problem. Scrapbook or wrapping paper would work well here. The idea is just to add some color and pattern to your canvas.

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Step 3: Take your trusty Mod Podge and start adhering your squares to your canvas. This step is much easier if you use thinner paper for your photos and watercolor squares. The corners of thicker paper may take a moment or two of pressing down to adhere to the canvas. Once done, apply 2-3 thin coats of Mod Podge to your entire canvas. Let dry completely between coats.

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I love the fun, whimsical nature of this piece, and the colors and patterns of the watercolors add so much life and personality to this piece!

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kids’ mod podged treasure box {a tutorial}

I don’t know about your kids, but mine? Mine are constantly finding and bringing home “treasures” that they just can’t seem to part with. The question is then how to store these little gems so that they’re both accessible and contained at the same time. Enter this DIY Kids’ Treasure Box, not only does it do the hard job of storing all the things your kids cannot do without, but it’s also a great craft project to complete together.

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Mod Podge
paper mache box (ours is from Hobby Lobby, and comes in lots of different sizes)
foam brush
squares of scrapbook paper (tissue paper would work, too)

Step 1: The first step is to gather some craft paint and a paintbrush (we used a foam brush), and paint your box. Let dry.

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Step 2: Once your box is dry, it’s time for the real fun to begin. I used a paper cutter to cut scrapbook paper into 1″ squares, and my 5 year old had a blast painting Mod Podge onto the box and gluing down the squares (Ok, I’ll admit it-I had a blast doing it as well!) After squares are Mod Podged down, let dry. If you want to overlap your squares, you’ll probably want to go back and repeat the process. If not, let dry completely and seal with one or more coats.

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Step 3: And because a craft project isn’t truly complete until we’ve made an absolute mess, it’s time to add some glitter! Brush on a light coat of Mod Podge, and sprinkle glitter onto the top and sides of your box (we used gold and red glitter for this step).

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And that’s it! This was such a fun and easy project to complete, and having a “crafting partner” was a lot of fun, too!

Have a great day!

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Teacher Survival Kit DIY {a tutorial}

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #SharpieBTS

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As my oldest child prepares to start Kindergarten soon (28 days-but who’s counting?), I am continually on the lookout for fun ways to prepare our family for this transition, as well as ways to get us excited about the adventure ahead. Knowing that, for me, this means getting crafty, I turned to one of my go-to crafting products, Sharpie markers, to create a cute and useful Teacher Survival Kit that we will be gifting to Drew’s teacher on the first day of school.

I took a trip to my local Staples, where I always seem to find the absolute best selection of Sharpie products guaranteed to spark my creativity. And, starting August 10th, Stapleswill be having a sale on all Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine markers and highlighters (while supplies last), so you can create something similar for your child’s teacher(s)!

So let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need to create something similar:

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Sharpie Markers (Again, I always purchase mine from Staples)
empty paint bucket (I found mine at Home Depot)
Chalkboard Decal (I get mine from here)
Ribbon (if desired)

Step 1: Decide on your design, and tape down your stencil to your bucket. Be sure to tape down stencil firmly so it doesn’t shift while you work. Take your Sharpie marker of choice, and carefully fill in your stencil. You can easily freehand this step and not use a stencil at all if you are after a more organic look.

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Step 2: Carefully remove your stencil. If you need to touch up any areas, do so now. If you need to clean up any areas where the marker may have slipped, just use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol…any mistakes will clean right up!

Step 3: Fill with fun items for your child’s teacher. Here’s what we filled our bucket with:

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And here are a few more ideas to customize your bucket…

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I seriously had such a great time creating this for Drew’s teacher. Sharpie products really are my go-to product when I want to create a unique and fun DIY project. Don’t forget to head to Staples starting August 10th for a sale on all Sharpie fine and Ultra Fine markers and highlighters (while supplies last).

Thanks for reading!

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