Googly Eyed Black Pumpkin

This adorable Halloween themed pumpkin is extremely easy to make.   Any kiddos can do it with parents help, pretty much! Just gather up the supplies and have some fun!

First gather your supplies, and cover your lap area! The supplies are just the pumpkin, black chalk paint, different sized googly eyes and E6000 and a paint brush. First step was to paint the whole pumpkin with CHALK paint.  It’s important that you use chalk paint, so it doesn’t peel off.  After the paint dries, take E6000 and apply googly eyes randomly all over the pumpkin!  That’s it!  You just let that dry, and you have an adorable pumpkin.  You can add a bow at the top if you’d like as well.  This craft really isn’t too messy, and it’s SUPER simple to do with kiddos!

 

Pumpkin: Hobby Lobby – $4.20 https://www.hobbylobby.com/Fall-Thanksgiving/Decorations/Pumpkins/White-Pumpkin/p/80986642
Googly Eyes – Walmart – $5.51 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Paste-On-Standard-Oval-Googly-Eyes-80pk-Black-10-19mm/35669739
Black Chalk Paint – Hobby Lobby – $1.99 https://www.hobbylobby.com/search/?text=chalk+paint&quickview=80751097
E6000 – Walmart – $3.97 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Eclectic-E6000-Industrial-Adhesive-3-fl-oz-Clear-or-Transparent/44148643

Room Name Sign For Girl

I made this sweet sign for my daughter’s room that we are redecorating. She absolutely loved it! You can’t see very well from my first set of pictures, but you can’t see the glitter or the details extremely well but I plan on retaking the pictures when I can take them outside. (It’s been raining today all day) I’ll post the retaken pictures then. I really hope this post finds everyone safe, Healthy and HAPPY!!! 🥰 🤗

First I started by covering my work space with my postage paper to make sure my lap desk keeps clean. Then I gathered up all of my supplies, I thought I would be using for this craft. I used 3 long paint stir sticks, wide craft sticks, paint, mod podge, glitter, stencils, E6000, wooden alphabet letters, wooden beads, twine, and various other supplies such as a glue gun, sanding block, heavy duty scissors, regular scissors, paint brushes, and a pencil.

The first step was to sand down all of the paint sticks. No one wants a splinter! Then I lined up the three paint sticks the way I liked the way they looked, and then turned them around. I took the craft sticks, after the stir sticks were lined up straight, and put a mark on one where it would hold across the three sticks, but not show the outline. So I marked it a little bit short on each side, but long enough to make sure to hold the three sticks together when I put the wood glue on to hold it. Then I used the one craft stick that I marked and marked the rest of the sticks that I used. (I used a total of 5 to hold mine) Then I put just a tad of hot glue on them and I used wood glue to hold it down.

Then I let it dry and then turned it over and painted the whole front and sides black. I dried that with a heat gun. I sat that to the side and painted my letters with two coordinating colors. This took two coats of paint, making sure each coat is dry before applying the next. Then I painted designs on top of each letter with the opposite color. I used a heat gun and dried that, then used the sanding block to make it look a little aged.

Then I did the tiny flower stencil along the bottom and top. Coloring the flowers purple and the vines green. The sides I stenciled larger flowers. After the paint on that dried, I applied a light layer of mod podge, then a very light dusting of light pink fine glitter. I let that dry, then I attached my letters to the front by applying wood glue to the back, then some hot glue to help keep it attached while the wood glue dries. To make the hanger, I used twine and wooden beads I painted different colors and used different sizes for a different look. I just tied knots between beads and used a good amount of hot glue at each end to hold it. I later went in with a staple gun and just reinforced it with a staple on each side, just in case.

Cat Paw Photo Sign by Ella

This sign goes with my 11 year old, Ella’s Daisy Photo Sign. She and I love how these are turning out. I want to get back to Dollar General ASAP to try to get about 3 more signs so hopefully she can make a little wall next to her bed with various ideas on them, with the same color theme. She is super excited about the idea. I hope everyone is safe, Healthy and HAPPY!! (By the way, we are planning on creating a page on my site for my Ella for kiddos to follow! It will be Ella’s Corner, and it will have all kid friendly crafts on it!)

First she covered her lap desk with paper towels to keep it safe from getting paint on it. Then she gathered all of her supplies. She used a sign with a little thing that came out of the top that we found at Dollar General. She also used various paints, Mod podge, a sanding block, a saw tooth hanger, and various other supplies like paint brushes, a heat gun (not necessary), and a hammer.

The first step was to paint the sign completely black. She painted it all over, on the back and all the sides. She used 2 coats, making sure to dry each coat between coats with the heat gun. Then she sanded it just a little bit to even out the black paint on it. Then she drew the paw print with a pencil. She painted that in with the white paint, and dried that with the heat gun. Then she used the pastel paints to fill in each paw pad. She made sure that was dry, then she painted the top with a thin layer of Mod podge to keep it all safe, and dried it again. She turned it around and nailed in the saw tooth hanger to be able to hang the sign on the wall. That was it! Super simple!!! ❤️ 🐾

Daisy Photo Sign by Ella

This sign was created completely by my 11 year old from beginning to end! She did such a wonderful job on this. I could not be any more proud of her!!! She is my little mini-me crafter. As always, I hope everyone is staying safe, Healthy and HAPPY!! ❤️

First she covered her lap desk with paper towels to keep it safe from getting paint on it. Then she gathered all of her supplies. She used a sign with a little thing that came out of the top that we found at Dollar General. She also used various paints, mod podge, a sanding block, a saw tooth hanger, and various other supplies like paint brushes, a heat gun (not necessary), and a hammer.

First, she painted the sign completely black all over (don’t forget the sides and back). Ella used two coats of paint, making sure to let each coat dry completely before moving on to the next step by using a heat gun. Then she sanded the paint making sure it was even all around. Not too hard, just enough to make it even. Next, she made random white dots around the canvas, making sure to leave enough space around them for the petals to come out of them. Then she dried those with the heat gun, and went back with pastel colors and went around the white dots and made petals on each one. After drying this layer with the heat gun, she applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to make sure it stayed safe. Then, she turned it around and applied a saw tooth hanger (making sure the “teeth” face down at the top of your picture) with a hammer. Then she was all finished! It really turned out super cute, and I think she is going to make more.

Baby Gender Reveal Tree

This turned out to be just the most adorable and sweet craft. I say this, because it is just so meaningful to the Momma when it’s completely finished. When this project is finished, the parents take this to the gender reveal with them. They have the canvas out with a bowl of pink paint and a bowl of blue paint. (Or whatever colors you might choose) Then the guests dip their finger in one or the other and choose what they feel the sex of the baby will be. They then write their name below their fingerprint. This is a keepsake for the parents to have forevermore. I don’t know how to draw very well at all, so I used my Cricut to create a lot of this, but I really wanted to share, because I know a lot of you can paint the tree!

First I cover my craft space with brown postage paper to protect my lap table. I gather all my supplies. I used a cheap 8×10 Dollar Tree frame, 8×10 Canvas panel, Ivory chalk paint, grey acrylic paint, and the Cricut cutouts that I made. I found a tree I liked and printed it on my Cricut. I got the tree and all the words ready to place. Then I took the frame completely apart. I painted the outside frame a cream color. That is what the parents wanted. It took 2 coats, and I used chalk paint, to make sure it adheres. I painted the frame all over, inside and out to make sure none of the gold showed through. On the inside mat of the frame, I painted it a grey color. You can use any kind of paint on this, since it’s paper product that you are painting it on. I used two coats on this as well. I let that dry completely and then put the tree and words on the 8×10 canvas panel where it would still show when I put the mat in the frame. When it all dries, you can put it back together with the glass on, but I wouldn’t close the back completely since the parents will be taking it apart so they can put the fingerprints on the tree. Be sure to remind them that they will need 2 paint colors, and a pen for the guests to sign their name underneath!

Scratching Post (Kid Friendly Craft With Adult Supervision)

Hey there everyone! So I had a great week with my family. I am currently signed up to learn Graphic Design online, as well. I’m taking evening courses 2 nights a week. My schedule is filling up a little bit!! I am researching how to completely and totally revamp my life financially and mentally to make our family always feel relaxed and feel like we always know what’s going on, and what’s coming. I am also working on how to share all of this with you. Not only do I want to share it with you after I finish, to show you how to help do the same for yourself, but I want you to actually see me go through the process! I’ll be writing this in a separate post as well, but I wanted all of you to know this, in case you didn’t read my other post. Exciting things really are to come. All of this, and I still completely plan on doing my crafting still (it’s my JOY) and people have been commissioning me for work on the side!! Oh my!

This project really is SUPER simple, and just takes a few items to complete! One of our cats, keeps wanting to scratch next to our door, so I grabbed my daughter, and she and I made this hanging scratching post. My daughter did almost all of the work for this. She sanded the wood with the sanding block, stained the wood, and she actually ran the hot glue gun, as well. (She is 11) I created the vinyl lettering that she wanted in pink (our cats are girls, and that’s the color my daughter chose) on the Cricut, and I also did the wrapping on the rope as she glued it. I ran the staple gun as well. (not necessary, but I used one for extra stability) Ella even took the step by step pictures, as she did each process!

First, Ella gathered all of her supplies. On this, she used a 1-inx6-inx2-ft board, 1/4″ Sisal rope, twine (for the bow at the top) Waverly Antique Wax (to stain the board), we used a staple gun, and the vinyl lettering that I made on the Cricut, as well as various other crafting tools, such as a glue gun, paint brushes, and scissors. Ella took the wood plank and sanded it on all sides, corners and front and back, making sure every part was smooth. Next, you make sure that you get all the dust off of the wood. Then you can stain it or paint it whatever color you like, or you can leave it natural. When that is dry, then you need to start hot gluing your 1/4″ Sisal rope around the board. You should start at the bottom, on the back of the board. I started by using a staple gun, to use extra security, but the hot glue held really well. Then as I pulled the rope tight around each corner, Ella put glue on each end of the board. It took a while to do this, but it is completely secure, and doesn’t move around at all. When we got to the top, where we wanted to stop, (We marked a line, and went slightly past the line) we pulled it tight in the back, and I secured it with the staple gun again, and lots of glue from the glue gun. If you just held it tight, for the glue to dry, staples are not necessary.

We put the lettering on the wood, where Ella wanted it placed, then we measured out how much Sisal rope we would need for the sign to hang down correctly from the door handle. (So it wouldn’t hang down and touch the floor) We then just hot glued the Sisal rope on at the very top really well, to hold the sign. After that, we just made a really simple bow out of our jute twine, and put it on there for looks and put it up on our door! Hopefully, this solves our door scratching problem!