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Fun Perler Bead Stud Earrings for Kids (or anyone else)

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

Fun and easy perler bead earrings kids can make.

Fun perler bead stud earrings – so easy, kids can make them.

Fun Perler Bead Stud Earrings – We love craft perler beads – you know, those fantastic and inexpensive little beads that can be arranged in any shape or pattern you desire! A little heat, and they stick together like magic! We’ve had a huge tub of them for a couple of years now and we’ve made all kinds of fun projects.  My daughter enjoys making cute little purses, shoes and flowers and then gives them away to her friends and classmates. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of toys supplies come in, including stud earring findings and, in all honesty, I totally forgot about them until I was tidying my office yesterday.  My intent for these stud findings were to make some cute little earrings for Noelle but I had no concrete plan for them.

At some point yesterday afternoon, I was putting something in Noelle’s room when I saw the big tub of beads and a light bulb went off in my head… fun earrings that Noelle can make herself using perler beads. Mission on!  We sat down and started picking out our colours (yes, I wanted to make some too). Being that my daughter is still only 6 years old I wanted to keep the designs petite for her little head but you could make and size and design you like.

Materials:

  • Craft perler beads and bead peg board (usually comes with perler bead set)
  • Stud earring findings (buy from Michaels or online)
  • Iron
  • Kitchen parchment paper
  • Glue (I used non-toxic Weldbond)

Directions:

  1. Place the perler beads on the pegboard so the holes in their middles sit on the pegs. Make sure all the beads are touching at least one other bead so they can be fused together.
  2. Pre-heat the iron to a medium-heat setting. Do not use the steam function.
  3. Place a piece of kitchen parchment paper over the design and apply the iron to the parchment paper and rub gently for about 15-25 seconds until you can see through the parchment paper that the plastic beads have started melting together.
  4. Set beads aside with the paper still attached, and allow to cool (5-10 minutes).
  5. Lift the parchment paper off and check to make sure all the beads are fused together (if they aren’t, repeat step 3 but for a little less time).
  6. Now take your stud earring base and place a small amount of glue on the end, just enough so that it doesn’t bleed out over the edge of the base too much. Press gently against the back side (the side you used the iron against) and nudge the earring base into your preferred position.  Allow to dry completely (I definitely didn’t wait long enough and the finding came off when I tried to put in Noelle’s ear so try to be patient).
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Family Movie Night Tickets – FREE Printable

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun, Printables

Movie night free printable tickets.

Movie night free printable tickets.

Family Movie Night Tickets – Every month or two we have a family movie night at our home.  It’s always a big deal. Michael goes downstairs to the family room, sets up a big screen, projector, speakers and moves the couch around so that we can all snuggle together while we watch a movie.  Actually, truth be told, this tradition started a couple of summers ago when we’d go camping at the beach when it was a rainy night but we enjoy it almost as much when we do it at home too.

About a year ago Noelle suggested a family movie night while my parents were visiting from Ontario. Noelle wanted a big production with seating attendants, drinks and popcorn but she also put in a request for movie tickets.  Being that I’m the kind of person who can’t just rip up a plain piece of paper into fake tickets, and inspired by Noelle’s excitement for movie night, I decided to create realistic tickets to hand out before the screening. To this day, Noelle still has her ticket stuck up on her bulletin board.

I was thinking about how much joy she found in this event and thought it might be nice to share the tickets I created.  This little something extra helps make for a fun and inexpensive family evening.  Heck, it could also be used for birthday parties or even a cute date night idea. You can download the tickets HERE.

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Washi Tape Garden Tags

| Crafts & DIY

Washi Tape Garden Tags

Washi Tape Garden Tags

This week we’ve had incredible weather in Victoria.  Warm, sunny weather means I’m out in the garden getting everything planted.  Usually when I’m planting seeds, I simply use craft sticks to identify the veggies in each row but today I ran out of sticks right in the middle of planting.  I searched around my house and garage but couldn’t find anything else.  As I was looking, I noticed the washi tape tags on my iphone cord (see post here) and an idea popped into my head… why not use washi tape on wooden shish kabob skewers (which I have a ton of).

It’s super easy to make these garden tags.  Here’s a really quick run down:

  • Find a few different designs of washi tape
  • Cut a strip of washi tape about 4 inches long
  • Place the top of wooden shish kabob skewer in the middle of the sticky side of the washi tape and then fold the tape in half so that both sides meet and stick together
  • Cut into the end of the washi tape to make a little “V” and give the tape a pennant look
  • Write on the tape with a permanent Sharpie marker
  • Put the stick into the ground in the area you want marked and identified.
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DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – Easy & Inexpensive

| Crafts & DIY, For the Home

Easy and Inexpensive wall art anyone can make.

Easy and inexpensive wall art anyone can make.

DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – We’ve lived in our new house almost a year and a half now.  Like most people, we did all the big updates first and now we’re just making tweaks here and there. Our en suite bathroom is a monotone cream colour and while it looks clean and simple it also looks a tiny bit boring.  I figure it’s just Michael and I who ever see it but even for us it needed a little something. Michael is one of those guys who likes to have a say in how the house is decorated – no pinks or floral’s for him.  We decided that instead of painting the bathroom, we’ll try to bring in more colour with accent pieces, so to start things off I decided I could make a quick and easy canvas wall art.

This is something anyone can do… no artist talent needed for this project. Oh, and did I mention this is super cheap to make too.

Materials:

  • 3-4 different colours of paint (I used cheap acrylic paint from Michaels – $1.99 a tube)
  • 1 colour of paint for the base and a brush to apply it
  • Canvas (again, I got this for about $5 at Michaels)
  • Circular pouncers (mine where Martha Stewart pouncers)
  • Hanging supplies (hammer, nail, string/wire, staples)

Instructions:

  1.  Lay your canvas on some old newspaper and paint the entire thing with your base colour – I used a warm white colour. Allow to dry.
  2. Starting with your largest pouncer, dab into paint and then onto canvas – mainly at the top and spread out. Now, use the next largest pouncer and do the same thing but go down the canvas a little bit more.  Carry this on with all the pouncer sizes until you’re using the smallest pouncer sporadically at the bottom of the canvas. Make sure not to go right to the bottom of the canvas (unless this is a look you want).
  3. Repeat this same process with all your paint colours.
  4. When everything is dry I reapplied some of the first colours I used again, just so they weren’t buried underneath all the other paint and to fill in any open spots.
  5. Allow to completely dry.
  6. Staple string/wire evenly across the back of the canvas. Put a nail in the wall where you’d like the wall art and then hang the canvas.

 

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