Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jack-O-Lantern Hand Soap

DIY Jack-O-Lantern Hand Soap
Here is another easy craft to do.  This is good for the little to make on their own also.
What you will need:
Hand Soap
Vinyl Scraps
First you will want to pencil out the shapes you want onto the back of vinyl.
Next, cut them out and apply them to the bottle.
Add a ribbon around the pump if you want to add a little something extra.

Cost of this project:
$0.98 for the soap with a coupon
Ribbon, Vinyl, Scissors and a Pencil I already had on hand.
*You could also make a ghost soap using the same steps here if you have white soap on hand*


Friday, September 20, 2013

Crockpot Apple Butter

Well it's that time again!
Apple season!
YAY!  Who doesn't love the crisp fall air?!  It's my favorite time of year I must say.
If you find yourself with apples this year from the orchard, you should try out this recipe.  It is very simple and will make your house smell AMAZING!

Here is what you will need:
5 to 6 lbs. of apples peeled, cored and chopped
2 1/2 to 3 Cups Sugar
3 tsp. of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
peeler or knife
cutting board

First you are going to want to wash your apples and then peel them. 
Next cut them up into small pieces. 
In a seperate bowl, mix together your sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Now most apple butter recipes call for cloves.  I however can't stand the taste of them so I don't put them in mine.  If you want to, you can add 1/2 to 1 tsp of ground clove to this mixture also.
Add you apples to the sugar and mix well to make sure all the apples are coated.
Pour them into the crockpot.
Put the lid on your crockpot and cook on high for the next 10 to 12 hours.
The cooking time is going to depend on how hot your crockpot gets and how juicy your apples were.
Every so often, check on your apples and stir them.
This was taken about 2 hours after cooking.  You can see that there is alot of juice in there now.  Don't worry, this will all cook away.
About 8 hours into the cooking process.
This is 12 hours later for me.  If you have some chunks left, you can take a wisk and break them up.
From here, you can either freeze your apple butter in containers or can it for future use.  I always can mine for 2 reasons.  One is it stays longer and two I don't have that much freezer space.
If you have never canned before, I suggest doing a little research on the computer before you attempt it so that you do it properly.
These would also make great gifts for the upcoming holidays!
Just add ribbon and pretty label and you have a lovely gift that everyone would love!
Did you make this recipe?  Please share how it turned out!  I would love to hear!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Glittered Picture Frame and Light Switch Cover

For the last week or so I have been busy re-doing my daughters bedroom.
She decided she no longer wanted pink, green and butterflies and instead wanted black and bright pink.
Pretty bold colors and she had some bold ideas to go along with it.
One of her ideas is GLITTER!
Lots and lots of glitter was requested.
So, I am on a quest to glitterize as much as I can without going over board. 
This is the first of my "glitter" projects.

What you will need:
Frame and/or Lightswitch cover
Modge Podge
Paint brush/sponge

I am sure that there are many ways out there to add glitter to something but this worked out really well for what we were doing so here goes.
First I added a thick layer of Modge Podge to the frame and switch plate.  I did a small section at a time.
Sprinkle the glitter on generously.  Don't miss any spots.  Better to throw more on then have to go back and do it again.
Go around the whole thing and then let dry completely.
Once dry, lift up your frame or switch plate and tap off the excess glitter onto the newspaper. 
Make sure you get as much off as you can by doing this.
After I did this, I realized that some more glitter will probably come off and cause me more heartache so my solution was to put a thick layer of Modge Podge over the glitter.  This made the rest of the glitter stay in place.  Since it dried clear, you can't even tell and it made it a little smoother.
Here is the finished product.
I am very pleased with how it turned out.
  I still haven't hung up the frame but I will update with photos as soon as I do.
Cost of this project:
$1.38 for the frame from Goodwill
Glitter, Modge Podge, Brush and Switch Cover I already had on hand.
Did you make this project?  Link me to it!  I would love to see it!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Initial Decoration

This craft is very simple and shouldn't take you much time to do at all.
You can make this craft for any season or Holiday!
What you will need:
A wooden letter
Scrapbook paper
Modge Podge
Foam Brush
Acrylic paint (optional)
Paint brush (optional)


First lay out your letter backwards on the scrapbook paper.  I tried to line it up with the edges of the paper as you can see from above.
Trace around your letter.

Once your letter is traced, cut it out very carefully.
I cut on the inside of the line of the letter.
Once you have it cut out, make sure that it the paper lines up correctly with the wooden letter.  Trim things if you need to.
Next what I did was paint the edges of my letter.  You don't have to do this if you don't want to but I'm going to be displaying mine on a shelf so I wanted it to have a finished look since you can see the sides.
Let that dry.
Put a nice thin coat of Modge Podge on the wooden letter.
Lay your scrapbook paper down on top and smooth it out.
Let that dry.
Once that is all dry, put a thin layer of Modge Podge over the top.
Let dry.
Repeat this step so you have 2 layers of Modge Podge on it.
All that is left to do now is enjoy your finished product!
Cost of this project:
$1.49 for the wooden A at Hobby Lobby (I used a 40% off coupon)
$0.59 for the scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby.
Modge Podge, Brushes and Paint I already had on hand.
Did you make this craft?  Link me to it!  I would love to see it!



Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fingerprint Fall Tree Canvas

The weather was cooler outside today and I got in the mood to do a Fall craft with my youngest.
This was really easy to do and my daughter had a blast making it with me.  Too bad my oldest refuses to do things like this with his Mom.  It's those darn teenage years I guess.
What you will need:
Acrylic Paint (brown, red, yellow, orange and green)
Paint Brush
First I started out by creating the tree.  I just free-handed it.

Paint your little ones finger and have them start putting on the leaves.

There is no certain way to do this.  We just started putting them on and then we went back in and started filling in spots that were empty.  Keep going until you have your desired look.
Be sure to date the back and add your childs name!
Cost of this project:
I already had the paint, paint brush, the canvas from here and of course the little fingers. 
Did you make this craft? Link me to it! I would love to see it!  

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Patriotic Handprint Shirt

With the 4th of July coming up, I thought it would be nice to make one of these t-shirts with my youngest.  I found it over here on CraftyErin
What you will need:
White T-shirt or tank top
Red and Blue Paint
Painters Tape (optional)
Paint Brush
Dish to hold paint
This is a pretty straightforward project and it was easy enough that my daughter was able to do this by herself (well mostly).
First you are going to want to lay out your shirt and place the cardboard on the inside of it so that the paint doesn't soak through.  I didn't have any fabric paint so I used acrylic paint.  I plan on only handwashing this shirt so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Paint your childs hand.  This of course is my daughters favorite part.
Firmly press their little hand down in the upper right part of the shirt.
Let this dry.
After that dried, I started making stripes out of painters tape.  I did this so that it would be easier for my daughter to paint straight lines by herself.
Paint between the tape with the red.
Let dry.
There you have it!  Easy and fun to do. 
Cost of this Project:
$3.47 for the shirt at Walmart
Paint, Brush, and painters tape I already had on hand.

Did you make this craft? Link me to it! I would love to see it!