• Cricut Crafts,  Uncategorized

    DIY Custom Disney Picture Frame

    It is no secret that I am a huge Disney fanatic.  This year I have even infused a little Disney into my classroom, check out my previous post here.  While scrolling through old Disney pics on my phone, I was inspired to create a collage and ultimately, I created a DIY custom Disney frame, and you can too! Creating the Collage I used an app on my iPhone to create the collage and had it printed at Costco in an 8 x 10 size.  The Costco app allows you to upload your photos directly from your phone to the Costco app to have them printed in about an hour.  …

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    How to Fix Paint Bleed Under a Stencil

    How many times have you ruined a project because the paint bled under the stencil?  I will show you how to fix paint bleed under a stencil. This happened to me just the other day.  I was making a wood sign to celebrate my favorite time of the year, Pumpkin Spice Season!  My project appeared to be turning out great until I pulled the stencil off to reveal this:     Best Way to Fix Paint Bleed Whenever I’m painting, whether it’s a room or a small craft project, I always have baby wipes handy.  Baby wipes are great for cleaning acrylic paint off of other painted surfaces.  For this…

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    DIY Reverse Canvas

    Reverse canvas projects are all over Pinterest, and I have been wanting to try one.  With the holidays coming, I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do.  I was inspired by this Halloween canvas by Pineapple Paper Co. Read the full tutorial here. For a more vintage feel, I opted to paint the frames black and I apply the vinyl to the backside of the canvas. The project is very simple.  Before getting started, gather the necessary items. blank Canvas-you can grab a great value pack on Amazon black craft paint-I like Delta Creative Ceramcoat Siser black HTV-Siser easy weed really lives up to its name Cricut Explore Air Cricut…

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    DIY Baby Shower Gifts

    My niece is having a baby girl so of course, I wanted to make her some cute one-of-a-kind baby items.  Pink/grey with chevron, and elephants are her theme.  I knew I would make a blanket with flannel and minky fabric, but I wasn’t sure what else to make. So, of course, I turned to Pinterest, which never disappoints, and did a quick search for DIY baby shower gifts. The Elusive Elephant Tag Toy I found this adorable elephant lovey over and over this one came from A girl and a glue gun.com. I just couldn’t find a tutorial on it anywhere.  I did eventually find a pattern from Mellysews.com.  But I…

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    Personalizing Your Classroom

    My previous post was all about DIY decorating your classroom on a budget.  If you missed it, click here to catch up. I tackled the big items like your walls and covering ugly surfaces with pretty Contact paper.  Now it’s time for the small touches that can help in personalizing your classroom. Showcase Your Interests with Custom Touches Believe it or not, your students like to learn about you.  I teach middle school and even those older kiddos like to learn what interests their teachers have outside of the classroom.  I am a Disney fanatic, in case you haven’t guessed by all the Disney crafts I post.  So, I am infusing…

  • Crafts with Kids,  Uncategorized

    DIY Sight Words Go Fish Game to Make with Your Kids

    Keep Reading Skills Going During Summer My youngest is going into first grade in the fall.  I wanted to keep working on sight words with her this summer, but I wanted a more engaging way to do it rather than flashcards.  Luckily, I remembered I had created a game back when I taught primary grades.  This DIY sight game can be used either as Go Fish or Memory. Check out this Amazing Website I used free graphics from MyCuteGraphics.com to create this cute game.  This site has a ton of free cute clipart for teachers to use to create printables. The site has colored graphics and black and white.  I created…

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    DIY Photo Coasters

    These custom coasters make a great gift or you can make them for yourself with some of your favorite pictures.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought they would look great using some old black and white family photos.  The best part is this is a totally inexpensive craft that makes a great gift. It’s so simple that you can definitely have the kids help you with it. Supplies You Need: Ceramic Tiles (I grabbed a few at Home Depot for 11¢ each) Modge Podge I used matt finish (more on that later) Foam Brushes I used the widest brush I had Felt Pads I used 1-inch pads Plaid Acrylic Sealer Getting Started…