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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Materials:
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)
glitter
paint

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 http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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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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 Materials:
Sharpie Markers (Again, I always purchase mine from Staples)
empty paint bucket (I found mine at Home Depot)
Stencils
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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diy floral monogram {a tutorial}

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I love the idea of taking a plain jane crafting item, in this case, simple paper mache letters, and turning it into something awesome. And, yes, these letters are easily improved by pulling out the good ole Mod Podge, but I wanted to do something a bit more….

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Materials:
paper mache letter
floral foam
fake florals
hot glue

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Step 1: Gather your materials. Using a sharp knife (and keeping your fingers out of the way!), carefully and slowly slice off the top layer of your letter. I used a bread knife, and it took about a minute or so. And, again, be careful! I don’t want to be responsible for any crafting-related ER visits:)

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Step 2: Using a butter knife (what is it with me and my use of knives in this project?), slice off pieces of your floral foam to insert into your letter. Hot glue these pieces firmly in place.

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Step 3: Take your fake florals and snip off the flowers, leaving about an inch or so of stem. Start placing them into your foam. As you can see, I started with the larger daisies, and then filled in with the smaller flowers.

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Cute, right? This is going to go over Eleanor’s crib in an off-white oval frame. I can’t wait to get it up!

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