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!

Made With Love Kitchen Sign

I created these signs with the intention of giving one to my sweet Momma, and one to my amazing Aunt for Mother’s Day. I decided I wanted one for myself as well, though! 🙂 They turned out adorable and I can’t wait to find a spot in my kitchen for it! As always, please stay safe, healthy and HAPPY! *hugs*

I started off by covering my lap table with brown postal paper to make sure you don’t ruin your surface. I got my jar signs at Dollar General, but I’ve seen them at Dollar Tree, and Hobby Lobby as well! I grabbed all my supplies and tried to get everything together that I thought I would need. I used green paint, I made my letters on my Cricut, but you can get vinyl letters online or at Hobby Lobby or Dollar Tree, twine, a cheap strand of pearls and some white paint. I also used various other supplies like scissors and paint brushes and my hot glue gun and my heat gun to help dry the paint faster.

First I painted my jars green. I had to use two coats. Then I put my vinyl letters on after the paint was completely dry. I made the twine bow, (I just looked up how to make a simple twine bow on YouTube because I’m terrible at bows) and then wrapped it with a small (cheap) string of pearls on both sides of the front. Before attaching the bow, I highlighted the jar with white paint around the edges with a very dry brush. Be sure to use VERY little paint on the brush. It’s better to start with not enough paint and add more. Then I attached the bow at the top with hot glue! All finished!!

Stunning Wooden Jenga Cross

This simple amazing cross was made from Jenga blocks, and a very simple bow I made! It turned out stunning, and it was really fast to make! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

As always, start off by covering your craft area with a protective cover. I use postage paper. The supplies you need are so simple! You will need a set of Jenga blocks in multi colors, (or some stain), wood glue (VERY IMPORTANT), and something to make a bow!

First lay out your design of your cross. You might want to do this on wax paper, so it doesn’t stick. Then take wood glue, and glue each block on every side to each other. It must be wood glue. I tried literally almost every other kind of glue, and nothing worked for me. I used gorilla glue, hot glue, elmers glue, E6000, and super glue and none of these held for me. Finally I ordered wood glue (it took a while, since it is during the Covid period), and the wood glue worked!! Once the glue has dried, I gently took off the excess with a scraper. I then made a simple bow, by looking up a how to video on you tube (simple jute bow). Then added a button I had on hand in the middle! That was all!

Super Simple GORGEOUS Coasters!

These turned out just so pretty! I have never tried this craft until today, and am just SO happy with the outcome! These were absolutely so easy to do, and just took a few items to make, making them very budget friendly. My daughter and I had a fun time making these together. I really hope everyone out there is staying healthy, safe and having FUN! *hugs*

*First cover your craft space with something to make sure you don’t damage where you’re working. I used brown postage paper that I found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a roll, but Wal-Mart sells it online for $2.05 a roll. https://www.walmart.com/ip/3M-Postal-Paper-Roll-60-lb-Kraft-Paper-30-x-15/26779790?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=3668&adid=22222222227018261860&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40946107592&wl4=aud-430887228898:pla-78887924072&wl5=9023510&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113728315&wl11=online&wl12=26779790&veh=sem&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6d-3t_TX6AIVhZ6fCh19wwhCEAkYDCABEgLmZPD_BwE
*Next gather your supplies. I used 4 tile coasters, a regular napkin that I bought on Amazon because I liked the design, mod podge, white chalk paint, a sanding block, and some spray sealer. (Also some scissors, paint brushes and a heat gun which is not necessary, but speeds up the process)
*I painted two coats of chalk paint on the top of the coasters to cover most of the existing design, then used the heat gun to speed up the drying process. Again, the heat gun is not necessary, but be sure to let each coat dry all the way before applying the next coat.
*Open one of your napkins. It will most likely have several *plys* to it. You only want the top ply. The rest you can use however you want, or throw them away. I was able to cut my top ply into 4 pieces and use it to cover all 4 of my coasters when it was open. Not all napkins are this large. You will have to place it over the coaster, and see if it will cover more than one. If it does, cut it into however many sections you need, so it is ready for the mod podge stage. You want your napkin to OVERLAP the coaster. Do not cut it perfectly to size.
*After the last coat of paint is dry, apply a thin coat of mod podge to one of the coasters. Then take one of your pieces of napkin, and lay it on the coaster how you want it to look on the coaster. Remember, if it has stripes, you want to make sure the stripes are lined up correctly here. Gently pat down the napkin with the paint brush that you used to put the mod podge on. I used it to help get wrinkles out as well. I still had some wrinkles when it was all done, but it will get a lot of the wrinkles out if you do that this stage, BUT the napkin is very fragile, so you have to be gentle at the same time. Repeat this process for all the coasters.
*Once the napkins are on just how you like them, put another layer of mod podge on top with your paint brush. Make sure you cover the tile completely. I used the heat gun again here to dry it faster, but again, this is not necessary.
*Once the mod podge is completely dry, take your sanding block, and gently sand off the excess napkin in a DOWNWARD motion, so you don’t take the napkin off the tile. I sanded each tile on each side in the downward motion only until I felt they were all smooth and just felt nice. I wasn’t worried if there was some blue on the side, as long as it was smooth.
*If any of the napkin has lifted up anywhere after the mod podge has dried, you need to apply some more mod podge right where the napkin has lifted up and press it down. I used my finger, but you can use a brush.
*After everything was sanded and dried, I put one coat of spray sealer on it to make sure that if it gets wet, it won’t ruin it. It takes 24 hours at least for the sealer to dry, so I let them sit to dry after that! (Be sure your area is well ventilated)
*It might sound like a lot of steps, but honestly, this craft was SUPER simple, very budget friendly *I think this one cost me $1.50 total because I found the coasters on clearance*, and it was a lot of fun, too!!