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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paper straw garland {a tutorial}

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Happy Tuesday, friends! While in Target the other day, I happened upon the Poppytalk Beach Picnic Collection…have you guys seen it? Lots of colorful, coordinated, and just-plain-happy entertaining pieces designed by the popular blogger herself. I purchased a couple of packs of the beautifully-designed paper straws, and took them home to play with. What I ended up with was a cute and glittery garland that’s perfect for a party backdrop, a mantle or anywhere else in your home that could use a bit of sparkle!

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Here’s the how-to!

paper straws
Mod Podge
twine or string

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Step 1: Take your straws, and, using a sharp pair of scissors, cut them into pieces roughly 1.5″. Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge to one tip of each straw piece. Dip in glitter and lay on parchment paper to dry.

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Step 2: Once dry, apply Mod Podge to the other end of each piece, dip in glitter, and lay on parchment paper to dry.

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Step 3: Once all pieces are coated with glitter and dry, string onto some twine or thin ribbon.

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And that’s it! Your  colorful, sparkly and fun garland is ready to be hung and admired.

Thanks for reading!

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DIY Glittered Bags {a tutorial}

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If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love crafting with glitter. Nothing too sparkly and over-the-top, if you please, but a smattering of glitter is simple way to add some texture, dimension and shine to your projects. I’ve blogged about my favorite glitter crafts here, some cute glitter chalkboard labels in this post, and a glitter and watercolor garland here. Today, I’m using a fun stencil from the Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils line to create these simple glittered cotton bags.

Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencil
Mod Podge
jute or cotton bags

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Step 1: Gather your materials, remove the stencil from the backing, and place on bag. Use a spouncer (or foam brush) to carefully apply Mod Podge through cutout area of stencil.

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Step 2: Remove stencil, and apply glitter to Mod Podge. Remember, you need to get your surface glittered while the Mod Podge is still wet, and it can dry quickly, so you will need to work quickly.

Place stencil back on carrier sheet and wash. Allow Mod Podged area to dry completely, then use a small brush to remove any excess glitter from bag. Let dry, and you’re done!

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These would be great for small gifts such as jewelry or gift cards, or you could even glitter something larger like a wine bag or tote bag!

linking to:
tatertots and jello

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