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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personalized vinyl tumblers-great teacher gifts {a tutorial}

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Hello, friends! Today, we’re sharing a fun and easy vinyl project that is perfect for a Back to School teacher gift…just fill with a gift card or single serve Crystal Light packets, tie with a ribbon, and you have an amazing gift that anyone would love! Here’s the how-to:

Step 1: All you need for this project are the decal kits from Belvedere Designs (click here for the Single Monogram Tumbler Decal Kit, and here for the Triple Monogram Decal Kit) and plain acrylic tumblers (I used these from Amazon).

Gather your supplies, and get ready to begin….

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Step 2: Let’s begin! We’ll be doing this in two parts. We’ll first apply the initial decal and then we’ll apply the polka dot decals. First, place the initial on the cup, and, using the tape as a hinge, flip up decals and peel off backing. Lay decal back down carefully. Starting from the center, squeegee the vinyl decals firmly. Carefully peel back the transfer tape. To do this, start at a corner and peel the transfer tape off at a 180 degree angle-back and down rather than up and away. If necessary, use your fingers to press down on the letters as you peel back the tape.

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Step 3: Using the same technique, apply each of your polka dots onto your tumblers.

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And that’s it! I made two for my son’s preschool teachers at the end of last year and filled with them single serve drink packets. I kept the third tumbler for myself icon smile personalized vinyl tumblers great teacher gifts {a tutorial}

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I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love one of these.

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Have a lovely day!

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