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Painted Chalkboard Organizer

I saw this chalkboard organizer at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and I couldn’t leave the store without buying it. The best part is that I had a 50% off coupon, so I only spent about $7.50!

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I knew that I was going to spray paint it because I had two cans of paint left over from an earlier project. I also knew that I wanted to add a map to the organizer because I’m kind of obsessed with all the map crafts I found on Pinterest.

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I started by covering the chalkboard with masking tape and paper, then I spray painted the wood.

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Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze is one of my favorite colors. I enjoy using Krylon spray paints because the paint dries quickly and the nozzle doesn’t get clogged.

 

After the paint dried, I began to decoupage the strips of map on the organizer using Mod Podge (satin).

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I applied a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the map strips as well as on the four wooden boards. Then I adhered them together and removed any wrinkles or bubbles with my finger.

I let the paper dry for a couple of hours before I used an X-acto knife to trim the edges.

For the last step, I applied another layer of Mod Podge to seal the map.

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This chalkboard organizer is hanging on the wall in my bedroom/office. I love it because I can leave myself notes throughout the day, and I can store my mail without it getting lost under a pile of papers on my desk.

 

I hope everyone enjoyed this project. Please feel free to like, share, and comment.

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Friday Craft Roundup

I’ve been working on a few craft projects this week. With all the craziness that is going on in the world today, it’s almost therapeutic to unplug everything, grab some paint, and just clear my mind by making something beautiful. I love doing these projects because I enjoy giving them away to friends and family. People really appreciate receiving things that you spent time painting, building, or sewing with your own hands.

The first project was painting this bird house I found at Michaels Craft Store.

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As you can see, someone spray painted it while it was still in the store, so I bought it as is for about $2.99! I love a good deal!

These are the paints I used on the bird house. I mixed in the liquid sealer and paint together to help the paint adhere better to the wood. I used the Mod Podge (Satin finish) as a sealant after I finished painting the house.

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It took me a while to paint this little house, but I love the way it looks. Now, I have to find a way to hide it from my four-year-old son. He told me it was “his house”!

The second project is this bead wreath:

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The idea for this wreath came to me when I was trying to figure out what to do with a foam craft ring I bought for $1 at Dollar Tree. All I did to make this wreath was paint it with white acrylic paint, then I hot glued the clear, plastic beads on the wreath after the paint dried.

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Last, but not least are my burlap bags that I stenciled with acrylic paint.

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This project was fun and easy because all I had to do was paint the bags and wait for them to dry.

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I’m excited because I’m thinking about all the different ways I can use these bags: cosmetic bags, wallets, craft bags, etc.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Lots of joy and love went into making these projects. Please feel free to share and comment.

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DIY Lollipops and Popsicles

Did you know that June is National Candy Month? Yes, some awesome person somewhere designated a month for candy. I love candy and eat it more than I should, so I just had to dedicate this blog post to some of my favorite treats.

~Bow Tie Lollipops

I made some delicious lollipops using candy melts and other products by Wilton. These items were bought on sale at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store:

  • candy melts
  • lollipop mold
  • candy flavoring

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The process was easy.

I used two bags of candy melts (green and pink) for this project. I melted each bag of candy melts in the microwave, stirring them at 30 second intervals until they looked like this:

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I also mixed in a couple of drops of candy flavoring into the melts. The flavoring isn’t needed because the candy melts are already sweet. I’m a fan of cherries and wanted the lollipops to have a cherry taste.

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I then spooned the melts halfway into the molds, added the lollipop sticks, then filled the rest of the molds with the melts.

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I put the lollipops into the freezer and let them set for about 10 minutes. Once solid, I removed the lollipops by gently twisting the mold.

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How cute are these bow ties? The best part is that they taste good.

True story: I accidentally broke all the pink lollipops I made because I dropped them on the counter after taking them out of the freezer. I was not happy, but it didn’t take long for me to make more lollipops.

 

~Gummy Bear Popsicles

This is a very simple and delicious recipe that I found on Pinterest. Everyone else used Sprite with the gummy bears, but I didn’t have any Sprite, so I used pink lemonade.

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I put the gummy bears inside the molds (I bought this popsicle mold for $1 at Dollar Tree).

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Then I poured in the lemonade and added the tops.

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I let the popsicles freeze for several hours.

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Once I took them out of the freezer, I ran the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen the popsicles.

Here’s what they look like:

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The popsicles were sweet and tasty and perfect for Summer.

 

What’s your favorite candy? Share your thoughts and comments.

 

 

 

 

 

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Painted Mugs

I found these two glass mugs for $1 each at Dollar Tree:

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The mugs were inexpensive, but they were heavy. They were not made of thin glass that would break just by touching them.

 

The craftster (Is that a real word???) in me could not leave the mugs bare, so I decided to paint them. There are dozens of tutorials online similar to this that used Sharpie markers and pens. I didn’t have any Sharpie colors that I liked, so I used a Craft Smart Paint Pen (Gold).

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One of the things I liked most about this craft project was that it was simple to complete. All I did was paint dots on the mugs, then I painted both handles.

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The paint pen was awesome because the paint dried quickly and did not run down the glass. Also, the instructions on the back of the pen said that the paint is non-toxic and water-resistant.

For the last steps, I turned the oven on to 350°F, put the mugs on an aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet, and baked them in the oven for 30 minutes.

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After 30 minutes, I turned off the oven and let the mugs sit inside for a couple of hours.

 

Here’s what they look like:

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I will admit that I was so afraid that the mugs would get too hot and shatter inside the oven, but they didn’t, and I am so happy with the way they turned out.

FYI: To clean the mugs, I hand washed them with mild detergent and lukewarm water. I dried them with a cotton dish towel, and the paint did not come off.

 

I hope you enjoyed this craft project. Feel free to share, leave comments, and paint your own mugs!