Easy No Sew DIY Pillow Cover

I am always looking for easy ways to decorate for the changing seasons. The other day I was at Target and, as always, I checked out the Dollar Spot. If you haven’t shopped the Dollar Spot at Target you are missing out! Most items range in the $1 to $5 range. I notice some really cute Pet Blankets that they had and they were $3 each. The blankets were plaid or winter themed. I picked up a couple thinking I might have a use for them.

At home I have a number of 15″ x 15″ pillows. These pillows are great, but I wanted to spruce them up a bit for the upcoming holidays. Enter the pet blanket. The blankets are 36″ x 36″ and are a perfect fit for the pillows and I just had to make an Easy No Sew DIY Pillow Cover!

It was so easy to turn the pillows into new holiday decor! First, spread the blanket on the floor. Put the pillow on top of the blanket so it is on the diagonal.

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Next fold other two opposite edges and tuck the points under.

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Finally, tie together the two other pointed ends in a knot. You can tuck in the tails of the knot or leave them free.

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Then arrange them on your couch! Don’t they look cute. My dog, Pepper is showing them off. You can either have the knot ends showing or turn them around for a smooth finish. The whole project took me less than five minutes! You can also use any piece of material that you want to make these easy pillows.

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While you are at the Target Dollar Spot, check out their cute sweaters, coats and hats for your furry friend as well. I picked up a cute pink set for my daughter’s dog Penny. Isn’t she cute! Target Dollar Spot is one of my favorite places to shop. Check it out frequently for some great deals.

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Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments

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My kids and I love to craft! I am always on the look out for crafting ideas that all of us can do. This is such a fun craft and it is easy for kids of all ages (with a little adult supervision). We have silver and blue decorations on our Christmas tree, but I wanted to add a little bit more. There were some areas of the tree that were a little sparse so I decided that adding some silver glass ornaments would be perfect.

Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments

Supplies Needed:

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Paint – I love using the metallic paint. It really makes a nice finish.
Marking Pen – You can find these at the craft store. Again I love the metallic ones
Paper Cups – I had these little ones, but you can use small paper cups too. Just make sure that the glass ball can sit on the rim without falling in.

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The concept was easy – simply add paint to the glass balls! You can use one color, or multiple colors. My daughter and I actually three different colors of metallic paint in each ball to give it a swirly look. We add the paint and then swirled it around to cover the entire inside of the ball. We did have to shake the balls a little to get the paint to cover, but simply putting your finger over the opening of the ball prevents paint from flying everywhere!

Putting paint inside the glass ornament

After we had applied the paint, we simply but each glass ornament in one of the paper cups upside down. This allows the extra paint to drain from the ornament.

Glass Ornaments Remove Excess Paint

After the excess paint has drained we replaced the metals tops and then used a silver pen to decorate our ornaments. Then we placed them on our tree!

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This project was a lot of fun!

30 Days of Christmas

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I am so excited! The Shopping Duck and Time for All Things are collaborating on 30 Days of Christmas. Each day, from November 16 until December 16, one of our blogs will present a craft, decoration or holiday treat that will be perfect for the Christmas season. This post will be updated daily with links to all the posts so stay tuned!

Day 1 – Holiday Vase with Ornaments: This decoration is so easy to make and you can get all the items you need for cheap!

Day 2 – Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments: These are so easy to make and they are fun for kids too! Use them to decorate a tree or wreath.

Day 3 – DIY Christmas Berry Wreath – So easy to make and with supplies from the Dollar Store, it is inexpensive too!

Day 4 – Easy DIY No Sew Pillows – These are so easy to make! Any piece of material will work to give your house a holiday flair.

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Join Me at the Pinners Conference & Expo! @pinnersconf

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This is the third year that I will be attending the Pinners Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City on November 4th and 5th! This is definitely one of my favorite conferences to attend. I am hoping that both of my daughters will be able to attend with me this year as well.

What is the Pinners Conference & Expo?

Two great events in one! Not only is it a conference featuring 100 Pinterest-based class, but there are almost 200 top businesses displaying their products! You can find classes and products in such areas as DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning and more! I have attended several of the classes in the past and have learned so much.

This year, you can find the Pinners Conference & Expo not only in Salt Lake City, but Dallas, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia. The admission is very reasonable ($7) and the you can purchase admission to the classes as well. Some classes cost a little extra for the kits, but it is definitely worth it because you get to take home a cool project.

Won’t you join me at the Pinners Conference & Expo this year?

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Fun & Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts from Family Fun Magazine

Family Fun has always been one of my favorite magazines! There are so many cute and fun ideas for kids of all ages. Plus, their on-line magazine provides tons of resources for families.

Here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day Craft ideas from Family Fun:

“Sweet Mice”

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Description:
Made of two Hershey’s Kisses and a heart-shaped set of ears, these tiny critters are almost too cute to eat.

Materials:
Ear and foot template (from familyfunmag.com)
Card stock paper
Hershey’s kisses
Tacky glue
Gray yarn
Googly eyes
Markers

Directions:
Print the ear and foot templates on cardstock and cut out the shapes. Remove the paper flags from two Hershey’s Kisses. Fold the feet where shown on the template, then use tacky glue to sandwhich the feet and ears between the Kisses. Glue a 4-inch length of gray yarn to the underside of the back kiss. Add googly eyes. Attach the mouse a cheese-shaped piece of card stock with a glue dot, then write a note.

“Game lover’s greeting”

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Description:
M&M’s serve as a sweet stand-in for X’s and O’s in this packaged card-and-game combo. (For a sugar-free version, use buttons instead of candy).

Materials:
M&M’s
Card stock
Markers
Scissors
Clear treat bags
Tape

Directions:
Trim card stock into a 4- by 6-inch rectangle. Use a marker to draw a tic-tac-toe board in the center and add a message at the top, such as “U R A winner” or “I’m game to be your friend!” Slide the card into a 4- by 9-inch clear treat bag (available at craft stores). Add several M&M’s, providing an equal number of two colors. Fold the top of the bag behind the card and seal it with tape.

“Circle of love”

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Description:
Pretty paper and glue dots are all you need to make a heartwarming wreath to hang anywhere that needs a little love.

Materials:
Double-sided scrapbook paper
Scissors
Glue
Ribbon

Directions:
Cut a sheet of double-sided scrapbook paper (ours is a 12 inch square) into 1-inch-wide strips. Make five hearts as follows: fold a paper strip in half, sandwiching two glue dots about an inch down from the fold to create the top of the heart. Bend the loose ends away from the center and use two more dots to join them at the point. Next, make the two hearts that anchor the hanging ribbon. Sandwich one end of a 12-inch-long ribbon in the center fold of one heart, then form the heart’s point. Secure the other end of the ribbon in a second heart. Use glue dots to adhere the sides of the seven hearts in a circle, as shown.

Check out more Valentine’s Day Crafts from Family Fun Magazine

Decorative Ceiling Style with Armstrong Residential Ceilings #sponsored #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Armstrong Residential Ceilings. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Ever since we put an upstairs on our home, our downstairs living room ceiling has been a mess! The contractors stepped through the ceiling when they were building the upstairs and no amount of tape or spackle has solved the problem. I had about given up when I found Armstrong Residential Ceilings. Armstrong offers a wide selection of affordable, decorative ceiling styles. Plus they fit a range of budgets and décors. If you want to give your room a facelift, Armstrong makes it easy! These Armstrong Ceiling Planks are one of my favorites:

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Right now, from February 4th through March 15th, you can enter for a chance to win a $2,500 room makeover grand prize (including an Armstrong ceiling, installation credit, and a $1,000 Lowe’s gift card) in Armstrong Residential Ceilings’ “Style Is Looking Up” Giveaway. In addition, each week through March 15th, Armstrong Residential Ceilings will select a winner to receive a $50 Lowe’s gift card.

You can enter for a chance to win by visiting the Armstrong Residential Ceilings Facebook page.

If you are looking for an easy DIY project that will give your home a facelift, make sure you visit Armstrong and check out all their project ideas and tips.

Easy Christmas Crafts Roundup

If you are like me, then you never have as much time as you need at Christmas! I love to craft and decorate during the holiday season, but I never seem to get to the all the projects on my list. This year, I found a number of holiday and Christmas crafts that you can make in about ten minutes! These crafts are fun and easy and you will have a decorate, festive home in no time!

Easy Christmas Crafts

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    1. Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments – So easy to create these adorable metallic glass ornaments.
    2. DIY Mercury Glass Spheres – Have you seen this on a popular shopping channel? Here is an easy way to get a similar look for much less and it only takes 10 minutes!
    3. Easy DIY Christmas Wreath – Use some wired ribbon, ornaments and battery powered lights to make this easy wreath for your front door!
    4. 12 Days of Christmas Poster – So easy to make, just use a 11″ x 14″ canvas, some paint and the FREE printable!
    5. Our First Christmas Ornament – Cut up your wedding invitation and add it to a clear ornament for a perfect first Christmas. Could also be used for other things such as a graduation announcement, baby’s birth announcement and more!
    6. Homemade Seashell Ornaments – Want a new look for your tree? Why not make ornaments from all the shells you have collected. Great for the beachy look!
    7. Easy Lighted Garland – Use fleece and lights to make this holiday garland. Use different colors to match your decor.
    8. Gum and Candy Train – Use gum packs and candy to make this cute train!
    9. We Whisk You a Merry KISSmas – Use an ordinary kitchen whisk to make this easy craft. Great gift for teachers and friends!

Have a fun time creating these crafts. They are even simple enough to include the kids too!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Halloween

If you are like me, you wait until the last minute to take your kids pumpkin picking! Of course, we still have to carve the pumpkins and sometimes it happens on Halloween. This year I wanted to look for other pumpkin decorating ideas to supplement our carved pumpkins. Fortunately, I found many ideas that I thought I would share with you! Many of these are so easy that even young kids can decorate the pumpkin all by themselves. You will find ideas using stickers, paint and felt kits. Plus, there are links to a bunch of carving templates too!

Easy Pumpkin Decorating

Easy Pumpkin Decorating Ideas (from the Target $1 Spot)
DIY Paper Pumpkin Decorating
5 Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving Them
Glitter Pumpkins

Carving Templates

30 Pumpkin Stencils for Great Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns
15 Cool Places to Get Pumpkin Carving Templates – Movies, Disney, Celebrities & More

Painted Pumpkins

Halloween Painted Pumpkins
How to Make a Spider Web Pumpkin
Painted Pumpkins Make an Easy Fall Craft
Chevron Pumpkin Tutorial
Pumpkins With Witches’ Shoes
House Numbers Using Pumpkins
Make Name Pumpkins
Make Your Own Guilded Pumpkins

If you love Target like I do, then be sure to check out what I bought at the Target $1 Spot to decorate my pumpkins. The Target $1 Spot always has fun crafts, gifts and other items and most of them are just one dollar!

How are you decorating your pumpkins this year?

Fake Flowers and a Fall Centerpiece

I was never a big fan of fake flowers until recently. I have noticed that over the past few years, fake flowers have really improved in quality and affordability. Plus, when I buy real flowers they always seem to wilt within a day or two! Using these Five Tips to Make Fake Flowers Look Real, I decided to make my own Fall centerpiece using fake flowers. Since Fall seems to be about the colors of red, orange and yellow, I focused on these colors when picking out my supplies.

First, I found this cute little red metal bucket at my local craft store. I purchased some Floral Foam (Desert Foam) to place in the bottom of the bucket to hold all of my flowers. I used a little bit of double stick tape in the bottom of the bucket to hold the foam in place, however, that seemed to come lose after a bit. I may need to get out my hot glue gun and see if that will work.

Next, I used metal cutters to cut apart the different stems of the flowers that I had bought. It is a good idea to cut various lengths to include in your arrangement. I started with the bigger flowers first, and then started adding the smaller flowers to fill in the arrangement.  Don’t forget to add greenery! I used leaves and stems from the flowers to fill in any open spots. I also purchased two fall picks – a squash and a pumpkin to add to the arrangement.

Last, but not least, the ribboon! The hottest trend this year in crafts is burlap and your craft store may have a wide variety of burlap ribbons. If found this adorable gingham burlap ribbon and tied that around my bucket and ended with a big bow.

Are you going to decorate for fall this year?

Tie Dye with Kool Aid and Enter the Kool Creations Contest to See Big Time Rush! #KoolAidBTRtour #cbias #shop

This summer, I have been trying to come up with new and exciting ideas to keep my kids entertained. I don’t want them sitting in the house all day, watching television or playing video games. Instead I want them to be creative, read a new book, play outside and enjoy fun summer activities. When I heard that you could actually tie dye with Kool Aid, I knew it would be the perfect activity for my kids to try. They both love tie dye and this method is non-toxic, easy and fun!

Kool Aid Unsweetened Packets at Walmart

First, we headed off to Walmart to purchase our Kool Aid. You will need the non-sweetened Kool Aid packets for this project. Plus, there is bonus! If you create a Kool Aid Kool Creations project you can enter a contest where you could win tickets to see Big Time Rush and even meet the band. Both of my kids love the show Big Time Rush and I know they would be excited to see them in concert too. If you can’t wait to see if you win tickets, you can get a family pack of four tickets for a discounted price by simply downloading the free Shoparoo App for iPhone or Android, snap a picture of your receipt with purchase of at least $6.00 in Kool Aid product purchases, and then you will receive a code for a pack of four tickets for $50 at Ticketmaster. Big Time Rush is playing in many cities around the country so there is sure to be a city near you! Check out my entire shopping trip to Walmart.

Win Big Time Rush Tickets with the Shoparoo App

The Shoparoo App was really easy to download and install (click the image below for more details). After installing the app you are able to scan in your receipt for discounted tickets AND you also get to designate a school or charity of your choosing to donate funds as well. The more you spend, the more money gets donated by Shoparoo!

After we came home, my kids were excited to try the tie dye experiment right away. Here is what you will need:

    • Kool Aid Unsweetened Packets in desired colors
    • White Vinegar
    • Bowls or Squeeze Bottles (we found some squeeze bottles at Walmart for $1.97 for two)
    • Rubber Bands (not realizing I didn’t have any, we resorted to using hair elastics)
    • White T-Shirt

Mix Kool Aid with Water and Vinegar

Directions:

    • Mix the colors by adding one cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a bowl or squeeze bottle. Add in one packet of the unsweetened Kool Aid and mix well until fully dissolved.
    • Decided on the pattern. My son decided to fan fold his shirt while my daughter went for the spiral design.

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    • Use Rubber Bands to hold the design together.

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    • You can dip the shirts into the bowls or use the squeeze bottles to saturate the shirt. You can leave a little bit of white, or a lot of white depending on your preference.
    • After you are happy with the dye, take off the rubber bands and behold your creation!

The Finished T-Shirt

  • Let the shirt air dry and then use an iron to set the colors. Make sure that you use a piece of brown paper between the shirt layers and on the ironing board to prevent the colors from bleeding.
  • It is advisable to wash the shirts separately from others clothing when they are washed for the first time.

My kids were super excited about their creations! Now I am off to enter them into the contest and maybe they can win Big Time Rush Tickets!