I don’t know about you but Christmas snuck up on me this year. I think it had something to do with family vacation and a little film called Star Wars The Last Jedi. Regardless, I’m sitting here freaking out that Christmas Eve is practically here. If you’re like me and need a last minute gift for grandparents or family, then this is the craft for you. Try this easy DIY photo ornament! I’m also sharing 7 crafty gift ideas for the DIYers on your list.
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
HP Sprocket 2-in-1
Take a cute photo or have one in mind
Download the HP Sprocket App
Tweak as needed, add stickers, text, etc
Print your favorite moments using the HP Sprocket 2-in-1
Measure your photo on the ornament, trim as needed.
Remove back film off of photo and stick on the ornament.
Pat yourself on the back for a cute last minute gift!
7 Crafty Gift Ideas for the DIYers on your list:
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For printing high quality, beautiful photos, including your Social Media Snapshots.
Sticky backed paper that make arranging your collages quick and simple. Use with the free HP Social Media Snapshots App.
Scrapbook Paper Pads
My pick are the multipacks of solid or glitter type colors.
If you know of a trip they went on or a hobby they like look for corresponding stickers.
Top-loading sheets are my preference. Anything else gets on my nerves!
Frames, Empty Ornaments, Canvas, Sketchpads, etc.
What is on your wish list this year for the holidays?
With Hela-ween, or you know Halloween and Thor Ragnarok‘s premiere coming in less than 2 weeks, I wanted to share these awesome Hela inspired DIY projects.
You can have the most Hela scary pumpkin in the neighborhood with these instructions from Disney Family.
Or, up your trick-or-treat game with this Hela Headdress. It is sure to get you loads of candy this year.
Hela may have smashed Mjölnir, but you can make your own candied apple hammers to prove your worthy of hosting the Halloween party this year.
Thor Ragnarok is in theaters November 3rd! Tickets are on sale now!
Pin this to save your Hela inspiration!
Seedling has more than 350 products that inspire kids to explore, be creative, and play! These products range from crafting to innovative tech toys and apps that merge the worlds of physical and digital play.
They just launched a new line with Disney and thought I would be interested in sharing. I wonder where they got that idea from! The only hard part about working with Seedling was figuring out which kits we wanted. I ended up choosing The Little Mermaid Design Your Own Fintastical Mermaid Tail for my Princess, for the time obsessed boy child, Alice Through the Looking Glass Design Your Own Clock, and for me, from the greatest movie of all time, The Lion King Circle of Life Drum.
The Little Mermaid Fintastical Mermaid Tail
Everything you need comes in the set minus scissors and a ruler. I recommend using the glitter glue included to glue the felt. Regular school glue that I had wouldn’t hold the pieces together.
She got right to work designing out her mermaid tail on a separate sheet of paper.
We laid it flat to dry overnight. Depending on how much of the glitter glue you use for embellishments will determine your dry time. In the end she was super excited about her new tail and quickly left me to go play Mermaids with Ariel!
Alice Through the Looking Glass Clock
Once the Mermaid tail was left to dry, my little guy couldn’t wait to get started on his very own clock.
I don’t think I realized when I picked this for him that this clock was an actual clock! When it was finished this clock would actually tick and keep the time. So cool!
After painting, we let it sit to dry for about 2 hours before finishing it.
The finished product: working custom made clock! It is now proudly on display in his room!
Not only are these crafts great for gifts during the holidays, I would give them to the kids for their birthdays or even just because. When it comes to waiting eagerly for a Disney Vacation, crafting is one thing I suggest to help pass the time. What better crafts than these by Seedling?! I am also thinking they would be perfect for our next Birthday party!
Shop the entire line of Seedling products including Disney, Maze, Digital Apps, Activity sets, and more all on their website!
You might be wondering, where is the Circle of Life drum? Well, I didn’t get a chance to finish mine but I promise to share on Instagram in the future!
This post is sponsored by Seedling. All opinions and craftiness are our own. Disney characters not included, we just happen to have a character to represent each set!
DIY Kitchen Cabinet Remodel
Technically they are MDF- medium density fiberboard doors. These cabinets are on the cheaper side of the kitchen world. Naturally, that is what the builders decided to use in this house. Thanks guys. There was no way I wanted more laminate and forking over the dough required to upgrade the cabinetry was out of the question. I asked my old pal Google if it was possible to paint MDF cabinets. Sure enough it is possible. As long as you are mindful of the fact they are very porous.
This DIY Kitchen Cabinet Remodel is an easy way to spruce up your kitchen. With a little elbow grease, a helpful friend, and husband to help clean, you can save yourself a lot of money. This whole project cost under $100!
- 120 Grit Sandpaper
- 2 Small Roller Handles (if you are doing this solo, just one)
- 4 inch Foam Rollers
- 2 Medium 2 inch Foam Brushes (available on Amazon but I don’t think you need 48)
- Oil Based Primer
- 1 Gallon Satin Paint
- TSP Substitute Cleaner
- Paint Tray
- Painter’s Tape
- Drop cloths or old sheets
- An awesome Husband*
- An equally awesome Friend*
*not available in stores. Sorry!
DIY Kitchen Cabinet Remodel: How to Reface Laminate Cabinets
Step 1: Peel off the laminate.
This wasn’t that difficult since most had dry rotted and began to flake away. The others only required a little pressure on the seams with a flathead screwdriver.
Step 2: Empty out the Cabinets and clean inside them.
Also clean the outside. We used the TSP substitute cleaner to get the grime off.
Note: Do not use this on the pressed cardboard cabinet doors. They are porous.
Step 3: Remove Doors and Doorknobs
Step 4: Tape off the cabinets and sand the surfaces.
Step 5: Prime using an oil based primer.
This dries pretty quickly. We applied 2 coats total.
Step 6: Paint the cabinets with the white satin gloss.
We ended up doing 2 coats. Since paint takes longer to dry than primer, we painted one coat Tuesday and the second coat on Wednesday.
Note: The first coat of paint should be thinly applied. Do not cake it on.
Step 7: Rehang doors, add knobs, and enjoy your beautiful new cabinets!
Next up are those green laminate countertops. I’ve never been a fan of them. I have a feeling I will have to pay someone to do those!
What household project are you tackling this Summer?
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The Teachable Mommy house is getting ready for Earth Day by stretching our farmer muscles! Read on to see what inspired us to hitch up our overalls (okay jeans) and get to planting!
Want an easy way to get your kids excited about Earth Day? Head over to iTunes to purchase Eco Boys and Girls! These animated books, written by Maria Snyder, are made for children around the world ages Pre K to Third Grade (my 4th grader likes them too!) as a fun, interactive way to inspire them and their families to get involved in caring for, learning more about, and protecting our world. The five characters: Ernie Earth, Lulu Love, Patsy Peace, Ray Recycle, and Sammy Sun take kids on a journey to learn more about organic farming, energy, the everglades, urban gardening, and even visit the ocean!
Eco Boys and Girls are made for iBooks. Purchase your Eco Boys and Girls books available starting April 1st. Watch the animated characters, read along with their voices and see them in action right here!
Each Eco Boys and Girls book shares lessons and ideas that inspire kids to become better citizens of the world. But this educational experience goes beyond just books. Teachers (and parents) can use the resources, lesson plans, and activities that are part of the Eco Boys and Girls Sustainability Programs to further extend the learning and nurturing of their excitement about their environment.
I wish we had books like this when I was teaching! My Kindergarten class was always excited to learn about how they could do something mighty for our planet. I like that the Eco Boys and Girls focuses on younger children who, believe me, get just as excited about the environment, protecting it, and taking care of each other as we do.
All this good work isn’t just confined to the United States. Internationally, the Eco Boys and Girls works with leading organizations such as the National Education Association, Association of Children’s Museums, Association of Science and Technology centers, and are reaching internationally through the United Nations and global peace building organizations. The more we educate the future generations the better our world can become!
We read each of the Eco Boys and Girls books aloud. I enjoyed pausing to ask the kids their answers to the questions woven throughout each book. Then I asked “okay what are you excited to do now?” Go to the beach, looking for baby sea turtles, and clean up trash! Play in the everglades, looking for different animals!
Since we couldn’t head to the beach or hop on a plane to play with gators, I asked them what do you think is something we could do here at home? After some thought and debate amongst themselves, they came up with the idea to get down and dirty and start an organic farm.
Due to living in the suburbs with a playful pooch, I got them to concede to something that would fit on our deck. A little urban gardening in the burbs. We decided to plant organic herbs. They had fun choosing which herbs we would include:
DIY Deck Organic Herb Garden
- Planter – your choice of size/shape
- Large Bag of Organic Potting Soil
- Organic Herbs – we chose Basil, Parsley, Mint, and Chives
- Ice Cream Cones* perfect planters for little hands!
This is a fun DIY for the whole family, even the pups!
Fill your planter about halfway with the organic soil.
Break up your herbs into smaller bunches.
Put about an inch of soil into the ice cream cones, then add the smaller herb bunch.
The kids can get a little overzealous with the dirt!
Plant the ice cream cone, adding more soil on top until buried.
Repeat steps 2 -4 until all your herbs are planted.
Take some time to stop and smell the mint!
Water your newly potted herbs. Then sit back and enjoy the fresh smells and tastes!
*Disclaimer: Planting ice cream cones will not grow ice cream. Sorry kids!
Encourage your little ones to become eco kids with the complete set of Eco Boys and Girls only $5.99 per book, 6 books total in the series. Go to iTunes and search “ecoboysandgirls” to find them all!
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