Using Up Fabric Scraps

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We've moved!

We’ve moved!

So this past weekend I was determined to craft. I had been pretty neglectful to the “Crafty” portion of this website. So I went on a mission to find something to do and I came across a plain, white picture frame that I bought in college…and never even put a picture in it. Now the curious part of this is WHY have I held on to this picture frame for approximately 10 years (and no less than 5 moves)?!

My Set Up

So I grabbed my ModgePodge, a paint brush, some scraps of fabric, and glitter…because you never know when you will need glitter…and then I stared. And I put on Big Love on my iPad. And then I started chopping up the fabric and covering the frame with ModgePodge.

Now I had no science or plan with this. I just knew that I wanted to use all of this stuff on something!

Step 1 – ModgePodge the frame…well at least one side of the frame since the MP dries so quick.

My ModgePodge loaded brush

My ModgePodge loaded brush

Step 2 – Chop up my fabric scraps and start placing them around the frame. I did my best to shop the pieces into different shapes and sizes so that there would be some variety.

Like pen to paper...or fabric to frame

Like pen to paper…or fabric to frame

Step 3 – Then I ModgePodge’d the fabric down on the sides, adding more where needed to cover the frame.

This whole Modge Podge process reminded me of elementary school where you put glue/paste all over your hands and then peel it off.

Step 4 – Attach the ends of the fabric to the back so that it looks “finished”

Step 5 – Cover the whole darn thing in ModgePodge!! This will seal in all of the little threads from the fabric scraps and give the entire thing a nice shine.

At this point I *could* have been done…but that wouldn’t really be like me. And I did have some ribbon and glitter out, but where would I be crossing the over crafting line? I decided that glitter was the line. So I added a strip of ribbon down the right side and a bow.

Step 6 – ModgePodge on some ribbon for an accent. And then whip up a simple bow.

Now of course I couldn’t rely on the MP to keep my simple bow together so I busted out my trusty needle and thread for a quick couple of stitches. Just enough to hold it in place. I left the thread exposed, but purely because I didn’t have anything to put over it. Project for another day?

Step 7 – Bust out the hot glue gun!! Again I needed something a little stronger than MP to attach the satiny ribbon to my frame so I brought in the heavy duty reinforcements.

Step 8 – Have a cute little girl make a picture to put inside 🙂

My daughter claimed this frame from the second I started working on it. It now lives up on the shelf in her room where she can see it every day…with her Disney memorabilia.

This whole project took me under an hour, even with multiple stops to tend to my midgets and having to shoo them away from the hot glue.

I can’t wait to grab some super cheap frames from Goodwill and use up more of my scraps of fabric and ribbon! What do you do with your scraps?
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A Simple Teacher Appreciation Gift

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Who has the money to get huge extravagant gifts for their kids’ teachers? Not me! Since I have 3 munchkins with 8 teacher total! (2 in day care with 2 teachers each and 1 in Kindergarden with a main teacher, parapro teacher, long term sub because the main teacher’s husband just had surgery, AND a student teacher that my kid had a crush on) there was no way I could even get them all gift cards or candles this year. So, the Sunday before teacher appreciation day (when I got the reminder email from my son’s school) I searched Pintrest and my house for ideas. Here’s what I came up with:

Pencils, Candies, and Confetti!

Pencils, Candies, and Confetti!

So I searched through my arts and crafts bins and bags…basically half of my bedroom and came up with some colorful pencils, a bags of Smarties, and some clear treat bags. JACKPOT!

So I started by chopping the bags in half so that the 2 pencils would poke out the top when they were closed. Then I added 2-3 things of Smarties, a handful of confetti, and tied them together with the ties that came with the bags (the ones that look like bread bag ties). I considered leaving them that way for simplicities sake, but then I had to go and push myself. Silly girl!

Without the bow...totally acceptable.

Without the bow…totally acceptable.

I busted out a pile of scrapbook paper, fun scissors, teacher stickers and ribbon and went to town.

First, I used the fun scissors on 2 sides of the paper and came up with an ADORABLE saying for the tags. Than, I added a couple of teacher stickers on the back to make them “educational.” Last, I tied them up with some hot pink ribbon!

Thanks for making me SHARP & SMART!

Thanks for making me SHARP & SMART!

So easy!

So easy!

My kids LOVED giving these to their teachers and I loved that they were basically FREE since I already had everything.

These would be awesome birthday party favors too…but I don’t know if you would make too many friends if you give out confetti!

Do you participate in Teachers’ Appreciation Day/Week? Do you just wait for the last few days of school? Are you a teacher and you HATE this kind of stuff? Let me know!!

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Quick and Painless Craft: Colored Bobby Pins

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Super fun Bobby Pins!
Plain Jane Bobby Pins

Plain Jane Bobby Pins

So the other day I went to put a bobby pin in my hair and was sad. It was just plain and boring black (like my hair). I wished I had more exciting hair adornments for my precious pixie but, but alas I refuse to spend too much money on bobby pins! But then I was struck with a bolt of crafty genius…NAILPOLISH!

My crafty genius

My crafty genius

I gathered up a couple of these half empty and well loved bad boys and started painting!.

Mean Green Machine

Mean Green Machine

Glizzeratzi

Glizzeratzi

Poppin' Pink

Poppin’ Pink

In literally a minute I had an assortment of new hair accessories to match every outfit!

Super fun Bobby Pins!

Super fun Bobby Pins!

 

 

 

 
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