School Supplies Tower @DollarGeneral #dollargeneral

 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

So back to school time is approaching fast around here as we go back the first of next month.  I had an idea for a school supplies tower that would be a fun gift for the teacher on the first day of school.  Teachers always need school supplies and this is a super creative way to package those up for gift giving.  Don’t worry this one is super easy to make! 

School Supplies Tower Teacher Gift -- make this fun gift for back to school.  Every teacher needs school supplies!

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Glitter Dipped Deer Silhouettes

My glitter dipped deer silhouettes will look amazing in your home year round.  I originally posted about these over at Crafts Unleashed but wanted to post here in case y’all missed them.  Glitter and deer together?  Yea.  It has to be amazing right?

Glitter Dipped Deer Silhouettes -- perfect for your home in any season learn how to make this deer decor for your home.  Click on the picture to head to the craft tutorial.

Supplies needed to make your own glitter dipped deer silhouettes:

  • Unfinished Wood Deer Figurines
  • Craft Paint (I used white, spun gold, and burnt umber from DecoArt)
  • Glitter (I used yellow gold and brownstone)
  • Decoupage Medium
Paint your wood deer decor figures with two coats of white paint. Allow coats to dry in between.
Glitter Dipped Deer Silhouettes -- perfect for your home in any season learn how to make this deer decor for your home.  Click on the picture to head to the craft tutorial.

Once the white paint is completely dry, paint the antlers, hooves, and wood base in a color that coordinates with your glitter.  Mix it up and make some fun silhouettes.  A deer with pink or orange antlers would look great in a brightly decorated room.  

Glitter Dipped Deer Silhouettes -- perfect for your home in any season learn how to make this deer decor for your home.  Click on the picture to head to the craft tutorial.

Apply decoupage medium to the painted areas only, and sprinkle on a large amount of glitter.

Glitter Dipped Deer Silhouettes -- perfect for your home in any season learn how to make this deer decor for your home.  Click on the picture to head to the craft tutorial.

Allow to dry completely and you are ready to display around your home.  What color are you thinking of for your version of this fun deer silhouette?  Maybe a red version for Christmas?  Or silver for winter?  I can think of tons of ideas for these fun glitter dipped deer silhouettes.  Order some wood shapes today and get crafty!

Glitter Dipped Deer Silhouettes -- perfect for your home in any season learn how to make this deer decor for your home.  Click on the picture to head to the craft tutorial.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland

I have one more fall craft for y’all before we jump full into Christmas.  My washi tape fall leaf garland is perfect for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.  I posted this on Crafts Unleashed earlier this year but wanted to post here in case y’all missed it.  Grab the washi tape of your choice and go wild making fun patterned leaves for your garland.
Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.
 

Supplies needed to make your own fall decor washi tape leaf garland:

 

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

I really need to say here that I love washi tape for quick crafts.  It goes on easily but you can re-position if you need to.  It is budget friendly and comes in so many fun colors and patterns.  Just get the washi y’all….you won’t regret it!  Now to our tutorial….at a slight angle, apply strips of washi tape to cover the front of the cutouts (I alternated with solid and printed washi tapes). Tear the washi tape and leave excess hanging over the edges of the leaf.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.
Flip the leaf over.  With a cutting mat, magazine, or other protective surface under your leaf, trim away the excess washi tape with your craft knife.  Note that I did leave my leaf raw and the edges are exposed in the final product.  I like the raw wood look for my version, but feel free to paint the leaves before you apply washi tape.
Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

I made leaves in a few different variations to start out with.  The ease of making the leaves makes it simple to experiment.  I ended up liking the rustic feel of the leaf on the right in the below photo, so I went with that style for my entire garland.  With tons of colors and patterns of washi tape to choose from, it’s so easy to make this project match your home and style just by switching up the washi tape!  Plus you can just remove the washi tape from the version you don’t like and start over.  Easy peasy.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

So I made many, many leaves in a variety of rustic patterns.  There are 12 in all.  The washi has a tendency to lift up on the edges, so I applied a thin coat of decoupage medium on top and along the edges of each leaf so they last for the entire fall season.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

Next, I used my Crop-a-dile to punch two holes in each leaf.  You could also try a small drill or another method for adding the holes.  Then, just string your fall decor leaves from a strand of twine and hang.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

Whip this one up tonight and add to your home for your Thanksgiving guests.  They will marvel at the lovely addition to your home.  You don’t even have to tell them it only took a few minutes!  Y’all enjoy this tutorial for my washi tape fall leaf garland.  I promise I will be completely committed to Christmas now.

Washi Tape Fall Leaf Garland -- a fun craft project that you can make in minutes for your Thanksgiving or fall decor.

 

Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher

Thanksgiving is almost here and my Thanksgiving cootie catcher is a fun way to share the holidays with your kids.  This great free printable cootie catcher encourages kids to share what they are thankful for this holiday season.  We all want them to do that right?  Fortunes will inspire your kids to think of what they are thankful for, to think of something good that has happened to them this year…..plus many more.    

Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher -- a fun way for kids to show what they are thankful for.

Click here or on the image below to print your own.  For this version of the cootie catcher, the kids pick a picture (turkey, leaves, owl, pumpkin) then move it back and forth while spelling the word.  Then pick a number and again go back and forth but this time while counting.  Pick another number and lift the flap to read what is inside.  There are folding instructions on the bottom but if you have trouble there is also a great description over on wikipedia (yes cootie catchers are even on wikipedia).

Our past cootie catchers can all be found in our paper project gallery.  Now print your cootie catcher and let the fun begin.  Print a few of these and include them in your kids table during Thanksgiving dinner.  A fun way to keep the kids occupied while the adults talk.  My Thanksgiving cootie catcher is sure to be the hit of the party.
 

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat Recipe #MonstersU

Halloween is approaching fast and when time is short you can make my 5 minute Monsters Halloween treats in a hurry.  Today I am celebrating the release of the new Monsters University movie on Blu Ray combo pack October 29th.  We are huge Monsters fans around here so I am thrilled to be able to bring you this post.  Plus quick Halloween treats are sort of my specialty.  You can find over 20 no baking required Halloween treats on my blog.  Lets get started on these little Monsters for now though.

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat -- make these Monsters University themed Halloween treats in 5 minutes or less!

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat Ingredients:

  • Sandwich cookies (any that you like)
  • candy melts (I used blue and green for my treats.)
  • lollipop sticks
  • candy eyes
  • bakers twine in black and orange
  • small treat bags

 

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat -- make these Monsters University themed Halloween treats in 5 minutes or less!

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat Instructions:

Melt the candy melts according to the package directions.  Cover the sandwich cookie on both sides.

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat -- make these Monsters University themed Halloween treats in 5 minutes or less!

Dip lollipop stick into candy coating as well and lay cookie on top of stick.  Place eyes on each monster while the candy coating is still wet.

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat -- make these Monsters University themed Halloween treats in 5 minutes or less!

Repeat with additional colors and eyes as desired.  I used one eye for the green and two eyes for the blue to mimic Mike and Sully.

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat -- make these Monsters University themed Halloween treats in 5 minutes or less!

Place the treats into your plastic treat bags and use baker’s twine to secure.

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat -- make these Monsters University themed Halloween treats in 5 minutes or less!

Fill a container with these for your child’s classroom this Halloween.  My 5 minute Monsters Halloween treat recipe is sure to be the hit of any Halloween party.  Plus they will only take you minutes to make.  That is a win win y’all.

5 Minute Monsters Halloween Treat -- make these Monsters University themed Halloween treats in 5 minutes or less!

Be sure to pre-order the Monsters University Blu-ray combo pack so you get yours as soon as it is released on October 29th.  You can also follow those crazy Monsters on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for even more fun.  You can also check out other great Monsters University posts below.  Have a monstrously good Halloween! 

 
 

This post was sponsored by Disney Pixar and Monsters University. All opinions and projects are my own.
 

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath

Halloween is TWO weeks away y’all!  If you don’t have your front porch ready for those ghosts and goblins, my trick or treat Halloween wreath might just be for you.  Grab a few supplies and make this candy corn themed wreath to adorn your front door this holiday.  This one was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed but I wanted to post it here in case y’all missed it.  Supplies for this one were provided by Consumer Crafts.  

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.
 
 

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath Supplies:

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.

 

 

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath Instructions:
Wrap the wreath form with raffia, securing any loose ends with hot glue.

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.

Paint the canvas triangles with paint to resemble candy corn.  I free handed the paint onto my pieces.

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.

Hot glue craft sticks together into a “sign” shape large enough for any scrapbook embellishments that you will use.

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.

Cut the craft sticks off with a large pair of scissors into a “sign” shape.

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.

Use a dry brush and very little black paint to give your “sign” a distressed appearance.  Allow to dry then add on scrapbook embellishments.  Place the sign and burlap flower onto your Halloween craft wreath with hot glue.  Add buttons to the center of your flower.

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.

Add your candy corn triangles around the edges of the wreath, again with hot glue.

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.

Add this trick or treat Halloween wreath to your front door.  It will great the trick or treaters in just two short weeks.  This is the perfect wreath for any lover of candy corn.  I want to know y’all….do you love candy corn or hate it?  Give me the details!

Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath -- a quick and easy candy corn wreath for your Halloween decor.

 

Rustic Burlap Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving

I am back with some more Thanksgiving fun and my rustic burlap napkin rings.  The perfect accessory for your Thanksgiving table plus they are super easy to make.  If you missed it, I shared my bottle cap turkey napkin rings for the kids’ table earlier this week.  This is a more sophisticated napkin ring for the adults.  As a bonus, these napkin rings double as place cards as well.

DIY Rustic Burlap Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving -- learn how to make your own fun napkin rings with this video tutorial.
 

You will need a wood burning tool for my version of these rustic burlap napkin rings.  Don’t be scared!  This was only my second time working with a wood burning tool and it is so super simple and easy to use.  Don’t believe me?  Just watch me LIVE as I make these napkin rings with my friend Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts.  Then you will see that burning wood is a piece of cake.

See it is perfectly easy to make these!  Can’t watch the video or missing some instructions?  Here is a brief recap for you:

  1. Grab your wood burning tool, wood shapes, brown ink pad, burlap ribbon, baker’s twine, and buttons.
  2. Burn the initials into the wood with your wood burning tool.  Be sure to follow all instructions and safety precautions with the tool.
  3. Rub edges of wood shape with brown ink to distress.
  4. Cut a length of burlap ribbon and tie it around your napkin.
  5. Tie on your wood shape with a bit of baker’s twine and a button.
  6. Enjoy your rustic Thanksgiving dinner table!

 

DIY Rustic Burlap Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving -- learn how to make your own fun napkin rings with this video tutorial.

These great rustic burlap napkin rings will be the hit of your Thanksgiving meal.  Make a set of these today in preparation for the big day.
Don’t forget these would work perfectly with my DIY burlap placemats!
 

DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings

I have the perfect accessory for your Thanksgiving kids’ table today.  My DIY bottle cap turkey napkin rings are sure to be the hit of the meal.  Your kids can even help make them!  Plus they are made out of bottle caps and paper towel rolls so they are also the ultimate recycled craft.  Make these cute little turkeys today.

DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings -- make this craft for the kids table at Thanksgiving!  Made with bottle caps and paper towel rolls these are also the ultimate recycled craft!
 
 

This craft is part of the fall hangout on air series over at Crafty Hangouts.  The short video below will show you how to make the napkin rings as well as how to make a turkey mason jar favor for your Thanksgiving table as well.  Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts is showing you the mason jar turkey craft.
 

 

For those that cannot watch the video here is a brief recap of the instructions to make your own DIY bottle cap turkey napkin rings:

  1. Gather bottle caps, a paper towel roll, washi tape, google eyes, a red sharpie, hot glue, and scissors.
  2. Cut your paper towel roll to the appropriate length for a napkin ring.
  3. Add washi tape in three strips to the paper towel roll making sure to overlap your ends in the same area.
  4. Fold the washi tape over on itself for the feathers then cut to a feather shape.
  5. Glue the feathers on the back of the bottle cap.
  6. Glue the eyes and a beak made from folded over washi tape to the front.
  7. Draw a waddle with a red sharpie.
  8. Glue your bottle cap turkey to the napkin ring and use to cover up the seams in the washi tape.
  9. Add your napkin and place on the table.

 

DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings -- make this craft for the kids table at Thanksgiving!  Made with bottle caps and paper towel rolls these are also the ultimate recycled craft!

A perfectly silly craft to keep the kids entertained this Thanksgiving.  Decorating the kids table is one of my personal favorites!  Grab your supplies and make your DIY bottle cap turkey napkin rings.  Be sure to watch the Thanksgiving and fall hangouts all week on Crafty Hangouts.  There you can access a list of coming attractions!  You don’t want to miss them!
 

Make Your Own: Burlap Pumpkin

This fall you can make your own burlap pumpkin with this super simple craft tutorial.  Take a dollar store pumpkin and make it something special in a few minutes and with a few supplies.  You will love the rustic touch this brings to your fall home decor.  Break out those $1 pumpkins y’all!
Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!
 
 

You need one of those Dollar Tree pumpkins and some burlap ribbon.  I like using the ribbon because it is finished on two of the edges and that is really what this project needs.  You will also need some jute twine, buttons, and hot glue.  Ignore that baker’s twine in the picture below (that was plan A and plan A did not work).
Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!
 
I put hot glue down each “section” of the pumpkin and glued the ribbon into place.  So basically the ribbon fit across one section almost perfectly.  I forced the ribbon to fit so it is slightly gathered especially at the top and bottom.  
 

Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!

See the top below.  Make the ribbon fit into each section.  Use hot glue at the top and the bottom as well to secure.

Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!

When you are done with the burlap ribbon your pumpkin will be looking a little like the below.  WOW!  What a hot mess!

Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!

Never fear!  Jute twine is here!  Use hot glue and just twine wrapped in circles to cover up around your stem area.  Looking better already!

Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!

I then grabbed some brown and white buttons to make a stem.  The stem on these little pumpkins is just not substantial enough for me and most of it was covered by the burlap.  I just stacked up the buttons on top (alternating colors) and used hot glue to secure.

Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!
 
Then wrap the jute twine up where it rests in between the buttons but does not cover them completely.  It makes for a cute little stem don’t ya think?  
 
Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!

You are left with a burlap pumpkin that is still slightly orange (but not the day glow effect of the original).  Plus you can do all of this in just a few minutes.  I call that a win win.

Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!

My burlap pumpkin ended up on my mantle with my fall jar luminary and sweater pumpkins.  Make your own burlap pumpkin today y’all….you will love it!

Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin -- take a dollar store pumpkin and make it extra special with burlap!

Portions of the supplies for this tutorial were supplied to me by the companies linked.  However, all opinions and projects are my own.

 

Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist with BISSELL

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BISSELL Homecare, Inc. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
A few weeks ago I shared with y’all my fall cleaning checklist and my new BISSELL Powerglide with Lift-Off Technology Vacuum.  I am back with a Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist and a full report on the vacuum for ya.  Why a Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist?  After all of that cleaning I realized the time was ticking down until the Thanksgiving festivities and I needed to get organized.  So just in case you are feeling that way as well, I have everything in one place so you can start preparing 4 weeks before Thanksgiving!

 
 
Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist -- a free printable to get you organized for the upcoming holiday.  Start 4 weeks before the holiday preparing for the big day!


You won’t be surprised or rushing around this year if you use my methods for organization.  The very first thing on my preparation checklist is to finish that fall cleaning we started a few weeks ago.  So make sure to finish the Fall Cleaning Checklist 4 weeks before Thanksgiving y’all.  I am not quite there yet but I still have a few weeks left to go.  So far, the upstairs is looking so much better and the bathroom got a really good scrubbing last weekend.  Did you print the checklist?  Are you done?  I have ran the BISSELL through the ringer for y’all however.  Nothing that can be vacuumed is safe!

Grab your free Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist here and see how I am doing with my BISSELL!

The entire vacuum is super lightweight and that is so important when living in a two story house.  The swivel steering is amazing!  When you add that awesome steering to the fact that overall the head of the vacuum is pretty small, I can get in all sorts of places without using the hose.  That alone is a time saver over my old machine.  But when I do have to get into the high or hard to reach areas, the lift-off technology is a blessing.  It is like carrying a mini vacuum in your hands that has the full power of your upright.  Amazing!  So I have been testing the BISSELL Powerglide with Lift-Off Technology Vacuum on various surfaces in my home and have had awesome results.  You can head on over to BISSELL and get even more cleaning tips as well.  Now lets print that Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist shall we!  You can click the image below to print your own or head over to the google doc to print.
Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist -- a free printable checklist to get you prepared for the holiday.  Start 4 weeks before preparing so you are not overwhelmed this year!
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