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).

Materials:
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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Teacher Survival Kit DIY {a tutorial}

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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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