Oogie Boogie Foam Dice

I think this was one of the most fun things I have created from foam so far. I bought some yellow foam dice from the dollar store and carved from there. These are the steps I took to create the Oogie Boogie Dice.

Oogie Boogie Dice

Items needed

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  1. Foam Dice
  2. Dremel Tool
  3. Pencil
  4. x-acto knife
  5. Paint Red and Black

Outline Cut Out

I took a pencil and drew out the skulls for each square. I used this template to get each square just right. The first one I tried to use just the x-acto knife to cut it all out. Found the holes were really wonky and it didn’t work right. My husband then came up with the brilliant idea of using a Dremel tool. Since we have one and a big set of attachments. My thought was why didn’t I think of that duh! It went a lot smoother once I used it.  I found using the x-acto knife to cut around the circles first before using the Dremel helped keep me in the lines.

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Paint The Oogie Boogie Dice

The last step is painting the Oogie Boogie dice. You will want to paint the holes black and the other parts red. If you look at this diagram it helps.  At least this is how I did mine 🙂

A Game My Son Created

My son decided to create a game out of it. It’s kind of similar to Oogie Boogie when the dice land on snake eyes with Santa 🙂

The rules

Take one dice and roll for each person. If it lands on anything but 2 you are safe. If it lands on 2 you are out. The last person to make it not landing on 2 wins!

Final Look of Oogie Boogie Dice

How to Make a Shirt Pillow

Make your own shirt pillow

I found a Boston Red Sox shirt and I wanted to make it into a pillow cover. This is a simple and easy DIY to add just a little something extra to a room. I need to get working on my sons Boston Red Sox room I have so many things to do to make it just right. This pillow was one of the things we needed to add.

Here are the steps I took to turn it into a shirt pillow cover. You can do it the simple way or add a little to it to make it a little more special. It’s up to you on the extra steps you want to make. I have made some suggestions on what other things you can do like adding a pocket or making it a zip off cover.

Turning your shirt into a pillow cover

Filling in the neck hole for the shirt pillow

You will need to fill in the neck hole first. Take a piece of fabric and pin it to the inside of the shirt hole. I used white t-shirt fabric for the hole.  Once you have it pinned sew it to the inside of the shirt hole.

 

Sew the sleeves shut

I sewed the sleeves shut from the right side up. Pinch the edges of the shirt together and sew it. Now you could also cut off the sleeves and sew it shut that way. I like the look of keeping it like a shirt for a pillow. You could go a step further and add a zipper and create a pocket.

Sew or add a zipper to the bottom of shirt

Put the pillow inside the shirt and sewed the bottom shut. You could also add a zipper to the bottom of the shirt to make it a removable cover. I love the look of this shirt pillow it adds just that little extra thing to the room.

Finished look


Chalk Bombs Make Your Own

Make your own Chalk Bombs

So I am so excited to share with you how to make your own Chalk bombs. So my friend got these cute little chalk bombs from the store. I thought they were neat but the outside color of the bomb easily got lost in the tall mountain grass and they were sold out pretty fast at the store. I don’t know if they came in any other colors but green, yellow, and purple either. So I decided we could make these and it would be pretty cool we could choose the colors we wanted and make the outside bag more findable.  So off the store, I went to get the supplies. Below are the things I bought for the project.

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You will need

Making Your own Chalk Bombs

Cut out Square Pieces  of Fabric

I took the white porous fabric( t-shirt type fabric see-through) we bought and cut out a  8 -inch by 8-inch piece. Once these were cut we could move to the next step.

Grate The Chalk

This is something a mommy or daddy will want to do. I would be worried a child might cut their fingers grating. Grate the chalk and put it in bowls for the next steps this can take a while to do. My little helper watching by my side as I did this. Another way you could do this is put the chalk in a plastic bag and take outside and hammer it till it’s all powdered.

Another way you could powder the chalk is put the chalk in a plastic bag, take outside and hammer it till it’s all powdered.

 

Cut Nylon String

Cut some of your nylon string into 5-inch strips this will be used to make your bomb easier to throw.

Now You Can Assemble The Chalk Bomb

Take a square of fabric and scoop the grated chalk on to it. Place one of the nylon strings in it.  Now you can grab the edges of the fabric and make it into a ball. You will want to take the zip tie and tie around the top of it to close it. If you want you can add some more nylon string to the top to cover the zip tie.

Play With Your Chalk Bomb

So this, of course, is an outside toy.  It’s messy but fun! Take your chalk bombs outside and started playing with it. You will get circle chalk marks on your clothes it easily wipes off. If your kids wear a white shirt it makes it a little more fun cause you will really see the colors on your shirt. You can also color bomb the sidewalk too. These provide hours of fun for my active boys. I hope you enjoy them too!

Tip: If your chalk bomb gets wet to take a hammer and loosen it all up after its dry. 

 

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Pokemon Go Cup Game

So we did a Pokemon go birthday party for my youngest son.  I made this Pokemon Go cup game and thought I would share it with you. The kids had a lot of fun playing it and loved getting their own Pokeball and Pokemon for their prize. All the kids played with the game and the prize for a while it was nice to see them having fun!

Building the Pokemon Ball for the Cups

You will need to cut out ten red circles from construction paper. I used a cup to cut out the circles it was easier to make better circles.

Cut out 5 White circles then you will need to cut them in half.

Cut out 1O small black and white circle for the middle

I then cut out 10 black strips to cover the middle of the ball where the white and red meet

 

After you get all the pieces cut out here is how you glue them on

First, take the red piece and a white half piece then glue the white onto the red like the picture below.

Next, take a black strip and glue it to the middle where the white and red meet. Picture below shows this.

Now you can glue the small black circle on and the small white on top of it in the middle of the ball. You should have your finished Pokemon paper ball now.

When done attach the ball to a red cup using scotch tape or double sided tape.

I added them togeather like the picture below. I did a row of 4 cups, then a row of 3 cups, then 2 cups, then 1 cup. Similar to beer pong set up just no beer 🙂 You can add some water for stability the cups tip over pretty easy. 

Pokemon ball

Now you can do the ping pong Pokemon character ball.

I used Pokemon confetti with Pokemon characters mixed it’s in the picture below. There were two Pokemon to a confetti piece so I cut them out of the confetti.

Tape the character using clear scotch tape to the ping pong ball.

How to play the Pokemon Go Cup Game “Catch Them All”

I called it  “Catch them all”  So the goal is to get the Pokemon into the “ball” cup. When they get the Pokemon (ping pong ball) into the cup they have caught a Pokemon. We had the kids line up and take a Pokemon ball and each takes a turn until they have caught a Pokemon. Then as their prize, they received a Pokemon ball with a Pokemon in it.

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  1. Construction paper
  2. Glue stick
  3. scissors
  4. red cups
  5. confetti or Pokemon stickers
  6. scotch tape
  7. ping pong ball
  8. prize Optional

This was a fun game and I think my kids will keep it for a while to play it.

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13 of the best painting tips and tricks

Hi, Everyone!

So I painted my son’s room in Boston Red Sox colors of course 😉  I thought I would share some painting tips and tricks when it comes to painting that I have learned over the year.  I want to share with you some tricks, tips and some painting items you should have.

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One    

Wash your walls first- You have to get dirt, grime, hair, etc off your walls. If you paint over these things it may look uneven, the paint may not stick, you could have bumps etc. it won’t be right. I usually use hot water and soap. Sometimes depend on the crud you will need to use cleaner or a scraper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two

Fill in any Holes– You will want to fill in any holes you have. I used premixed wall joint compound. You can sand off the excess or wipe it off with a wet rag. Don’t go overboard with the fill or it will be hard to wipe off later. I cleaned a house once that had like 30 holes filled on a wall they just wiped it on and let it dry it wasn’t even flat with the wall. It took me 3 hours to clean it all of the walls so the painters could paint it was a mess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three

Once your walls are dry it’s time to tape- I tape the baseboards and around the trim. I do not tape the ceiling, the reason why is because I use a cutting in technique which I will tell you about next. Make sure when you tape it’s really stuck on the wall or you will have bleeding onto other parts you don’t want it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For baseboards, you will want to stick the tape on the top edge of the baseboard then turn it down and rub the tape down onto the baseboard. The pictures below show this step.                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wait until the paint is dry before you pull the tape off. You will regret pulling it off too soon. The paint can bleed, it also can just pull the paint off of the wall or you can just make a paint mess with your tape and wet paint.

 

Four

Make sure your paint is well mixed. If you don’t mix your paint well it will separate causing you to get just a small bit of the actual color etc. Before I even pour the paint from the bucket I mix it. Even if it’s just been an hour or two since my last coat. It’s better to be safe than sorry. You will want to pick up free stirring sticks from your hardware store so you have a few to mix the paint. If you are using a 5-gallon bucket you should invest in a drill bit mixing tool. It makes it go fast and you don’t have to hurt your arms mixing that much paint.

 

Five

Cutting in– You need to learn to get good at cutting in. When you use the cutting in technique you need to get just a little bit of paint on your brush put it as close as you can to the ceiling then slowly move the bush trying not to get any on the ceiling. when you get good at doing this you save so much time and don’t have to worry about the tape falling off the ceiling. Or even worse most ceilings and walls are not straight where they meet so it can look wonky. Also, make sure you smooth out your paint once I have done up close to the ceiling I take my brush across the bottom and smooth it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIX

Paint with the paint brush first-Once you have cut in the ceiling then you will need to go right up next to your edges you have taped off and paint. Basically, you are painting all the edges then filling it in later with the roller. The paint brush I used is a short angle brush I love this paint brush I don’t think I could use any other one after using it.

                                                                                                                                              

Seven

Get ready to roll-First put down plastic, rolling paint on the wall can sometimes cause the paint to drip or splatter on the floor. You will also want to put your pan down on the plastic for this same reason. Save your floors! When rolling the paint on the wall remember to do a v or w type roll it gets you the best coverage then trying to do it in a line plus if you don’t keep the paint even you can have lines on your walls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight

Saving money not buying a new roll-When you are done rolling the paint on and know you will be needing the roll again. You will want to put it in a gallon size zip lock bag and put it in the fridge. Then when you are ready to paint you just unzip it and you can start rolling again. Do this will save you money and time.

You can also use this for your paint brushes too. Sometimes it’s just easier to clean the paint brush every time. I also use a nice roller to roll on my paint the cheap ones you can get.  If you invest in a nice one you will be glad later it’s not as flimsy as others and the grip is usually nicer. Also, the cheap ones can rust a lot easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine

Cleaning your paint Brush– When cleaning your paint brush you will want to run water on it while using a metal wire brush to brush out the paint. I always used to just use water to clean out my brushes and always wondered why after a while it built up yucky paint and stiffened. Using the wire brush gets out the paint that sticks to it. I might be able to keep my good brush for a while now. Spending a lot on a paint brush is worth it if you can keep it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten

Use the edger tool on big ceilings-I have really tall vaulted ceilings in our living room and kitchen area. I had stressed over what I was going to do when it came to the ceiling.

I have a fear of ladder heights I can’t go to high without having a panic attack. When I went shopping for painting supplies I found this edger tool that gets close to the ceiling.

I tried it first on a lower wall then moved to the bigger ones. I learned as long as you carefully load the paint not getting any on the rollers or the top part you are golden. You will have to use a painting pole to get it close to the ceiling.

Eleven 

Get a pole for big walls-You will want to get a painter pole that hooks to the end of your roller handle for big walls. I don’t like using them on normal size walls because if you get too low it can kind of take off causing an, oops you don’t want.

 

 

Twelve

Use an oh crap rag– Basically, you will want a half damp/half dry rag for when you really mess up and get something on a wall, ceiling or baseboard you didn’t intend. It’s better to wipe it right away then wait till it drys and you can’t get it off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen

Wear painting clothes– You will want to find some clothes you can designate for painting clothes. No matter how hard you try not to get paint on your clothes you will. I promise I thought oh I can be really careful and not get anything on my clothes and sure enough I would get a drop or a mark here or there. ]

Soon I had to just designate a shirt and pants for painting. After using them for so long on painting If I get a spot on my hand etc and have nowhere for the paint to go I wipe it on my pants or shirt.

 

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I hope this helps you become a better painter. I can promise you even using all this I always have a few oops moments and have a little bit of touch up on my son’s walls but I am getting better over time and so will you.

Thanks!

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Valentines Wings and Heart Door Hanger

So I needed something cute for my door I thought I would create a  valentines door hanger. Most of the stuff I have I got from the dollar store which isn’t a bad thing its just they tend to fall apart a lot quicker than most decor. Valentines and Easter are the two holidays I have very little decor for. I think my Halloween and Christmas decor have taken over all my tote’s lol.

I have always been in love with the angel wings but never wanted to spend a lot of money for them. I found a way to make them for cheap from this post. I thought it would be easy to make my own door hanger but in my own way. I used a box we had laying around from when we moved into our house. Even if you had a half sheet of cardboard that would work too. It doesn’t take much cardboard for this Valentine’s wing and heart door hanger.

I also want to point out most of my projects are not completed in a day. Yes, you probably could finish it in a day but I have two little boys and a husband that I love to spend time with. This project has taken me two weeks to finish. The first day I did the base of the project and then it sat in my craft room on the table for a week.  Then I did the joint compound and that sat for a few days to completely dry. Then it was off to final touches of spray paint. I am not a perfect project doer but it gets done eventually. Just know you don’t have to finish stuff in a day it can take time.

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Items you will need for the project

  1. Cardboard
  2. wall joint compound I bought mine at Wal-Mart already premixed it makes it easier for a project like this. Plus a bonus if you have spots in walls that need filling you have the joint compound to fill them in 🙂
  3. A stick to help with the joint compound I used skewers
  4. Exacto knife and scissors to cut out the pieces
  5. A small piece of 220 grit sand paper
  6. White spray paint
  7. gold spray paint or gold paint optional
  8. A heart for the middle. I had a hard time picking one out but I found the wire one I got from Wal-Mart.

So here are the instructions to create your own. Please forgive me if you look at the pictures I had a hard time freehanding wings 🙂

First step

You will need to cut out the wings base from cardboard. I did my wings attached to each other you can do it all sorts of ways too. I was going to make two separate wings and then connect them in the middle and add the heart. I thought this might be a little easier doing it in one full piece. I used an Exacto knife to cut it out. Using the Exacto knife made it a lot easier than trying to use scissors for this part. I found later on that using scissors was easier on the cutting out the little feathers.

 

Second step

You will need to cut out long feathers from cardboard. I made a paper templet then drew a bunch on the cardboard to cut out. I used 12 feathers I would suggest maybe up to 14 to fill it in some more.

Third step

Cut out medium feathers. As with the long feathers, I used a paper templet and drew it on the cardboard and cut it out. I cut out 24 of this size.

Fourth Step

Cut out Small feathers. Using a paper templet to draw and cut out. I cut out  44 of these feathers.

Fifth Step

You will need to hot glue the feathers to the wings this helps so the pieces don’t fall off. I glued the long feathers first stacking a few on top. Then I glued the medium feathers down. Last I glued the small feathers down. Starting with the large feathers makes it easier in the long run because you have to stack the smaller feathers on top to create a fuller more 3-D look.

Tip: I added paper around the edge to give it a little bit more fullness when I filled it in with the joint compound.

Sixth step

You will take wall joint compound and cover the front of the wings with it. Once it is covered you can take a stick or toothpick etc. to move the joint compound out and around each feather. You may want to fill in the sides fo the cardboard as well so you don’t see the corrugated cardboard showing.

Seventh Step

Take a small piece of sand paper and sand it down a little bit just the pointed edges of the Joint compound.

Eighth Step

You will want to spray paint it white or any color you want. Me personally I like white wings. You can choose to leave it with the white (colored) or you can spray paint or paint spots gold or silver for extra pizzazz. You can see I added a little gold on the top of the white.

Ninth Step

I added some cute ribbon on the back of the wings to make it more stable on my door. With opening and closing the door I didn’t want it to fall off the door and break. by adding a string or ribbon it helps keep it on the door then if I were to attach it to the middle of the wings. You may come up with something more creative to hold your wings.

I bought the cute heart at Wal-mart  I love it 🙂 You can put any heart in the middle or leave it just with the wings too! No matter what you do it will look so cute!

 

Finished Project

I am in love with these wings after looking at my door it might be time for a blue door upgrade 🙂 I need a better-looking door this ugly maroon is bugging me so bad. I hope this project isn’t too hard for you. Sometimes the wall joint compound can get messy.  I feel like it takes practice and patience to get to where you feel ok about what you make. I know some of my first projects didn’t turn out the way I wanted them too! I had a lot of thrown away projects lol.

 

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How To Wear A blanket Scarf

Here are 10  ways on how to wear a blanket scarf. Don’t mind the pictures ahh I don’t model 🙂 This was a cold day too so my husband froze with socks only taking the pics lol.

For a DIY on how to make your own check out my post!

I figured where I did a post on how to create your own scarf you should have different ways to wear it right! Doing this post has helped me wear it different ways too! I hope this inspires you to find fun and creative ways to wear your scarf too. I hope you were able to create your own from my other post.

How To Wear Your Blanket Scarf

 

Below are the descriptions of the pictures above.From left to right. Top to bottom

From left to right. Top to bottom

  1. Put the scarf in front of you cross in the back and move the sides in front of you.
  2. Hang it around your neck
  3. Drape it across your elbows like a shawl
  4. Hang it around your neck and cross the one side in front of you and on your shoulder
  5. Wrap it in a circle around your neck tucking in the ends
  6. Put the middle of the scarf on your head and wrap the rest in a circle around your neck
  7. put the scarf in front of you allowing the middle to hang down a little longer. Take the extra and wrap the rest around your neck tucking it in
  8. Take the scarf around your neck fan it out over your shoulder allowing extra in the back and the ends in the front. Add a belt around it to secure it.
  9. Tie it put it on like an infinity scarf doing two circles around your neck
  10. tie it and put it on your neck

I hope you like this post it’s nice to have more than one option to wear a blanket scarf. This scarf is so big you could use it as a thin blanket. Think cold office, cold theater, etc.

DIY: Easy Blanket Scarf

I really wanted a nice soft big blanket scarf and had seen nicer blanket scarfs run from $45 plus ouch! a little out of my budget. For those that can afford it the cute colored plaid is always gone first:( I decided it shouldn’t be too hard to create my own. So I went to Jo-Ann’s bought fabric and here is the result!

Items Needed

  • 2 1/2 Yards of cute plaid fabric (they are currently out of this style online I’ve attached a link for another cute one same brand) the fabric is call perfectly plaid Fabric-Acrylic Gray Red Blue Black Plaid blanket scarf fabric
  • Thread to match. With plaid you can choose different colors of thread. This one I could have done blue, red, gray, yellow or black. I chose red where there was more red and it popped more.
  • Something to help fray the edges I used a safety pin. I think the safety pin worked well with this fabric to loosen the thread.frayed plaid blanket scarf

Steps

Step 1

So the first thing is to make sure it doesn’t fray past a few inches or what you prefer.  I sewed in 1 inch from the edge it might look cute frayed 1.5-2 inches in too.  You don’t have to sew it but it will continue to fray if you don’t sew it.

I sewed a straight line you could do it zigzagged if you want too. 

Step 2

Now you will want to start fraying the edges. This can take a little bit of time to do but looks so nice when you are done. It took me two hours to fray it. If you can get a good string it can go fast. The safety pin helped me get the pieces out that were more stuck 🙂

Step 3

Wear it!

Now you are done! Easy and it looks nice too!

DIY blanket scarf

Check out my post on 10 ways to wear it here.

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Cheap Blanket: Envelop Pillow Cover

Easy envelop pillow plaid black and red

So I bought a cheap blanket because I loved the plaid pattern. I bought it from Shopko when they had a sale before the holidays. I think I paid $3.99 for the blanket. This blanket is soft so it makes laying on it more comfortable. I am considering making more envelope pillow covers from different fabric styles 🙂

I bought this blanket with the intention of turning it into something more functional for our house.

The size of the blanket I bought was 50 in by 60 in. I used 16 X 16 pillow insert. You could use a larger pillow insert if you use the bigger blanket like I did I had plenty of fabric left over.

First Step

Cut the blanket in half lengthwise you don’t need to worry about the line being cut perfect you will be sewing and tucking in the ends.

Second Step

You will then want to fold down the one end and sew it I folded it a lot in this pic but just a little bit is fine. I was worried about cutting off the end. I think I cut off like 3 inches lol.

Third Step

Then you will take the sewed end and fold it in half over the pillow finished side facing the pillow. When you turn the pillow cover the right way the sewed end will be what shows. You will then need to pin it as close to the pillow as possible on the side of the pillow. Be careful not to get the pillow when pinning it. you will be taking the pillow out once it’s all pinned.

Fourth Step

You will take the other side and overlap it a few inches and pin it down. I folded the outside piece then pinned it down.

Fifth Step

Now you can take out the pillow and cut off any excess fabric. Try and cut this in a straight line 🙂

Sixth Step

Now you can sew the edges. I sewed mine along the pin line so it was close and tight to the pillow as possible then you don’t have slack to try and fill.

Seventh Step

Turn the cover into itself so it’s the right way. 

Now you can add in the pillow 

The Final Envelope Pillow Cover Look!

I love how this pillow turned out! It’s soft and it fits perfect on my chairs next to our tree. You can also use it during the month of January if you have winter decor to match. So a two in one idea 🙂 One for Christmas and one for Winter 🙂
Easy envelop pillow Envelop pillow plaid Envelop pillow plaid red

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Plaid Table Runner Sew or No Sew

plaid table runnerI had picked up a few cheap plaid blankets on Black Friday Sales I figured I could do something with them but wasn’t sure what. After browsing the internet I saw some cute plaid table runners then remembered I had bought the blankets and that I could easily make some runners out of the blanket.

Then I tried it on our table to see if it fit, to my luck it did. So a few cuts and I had a cute table runner.  This is a simple project and won’t cost you much if you get a cheap blanket.

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Step One 

Check to see if it fits on your table if it doesn’t make cuts and add length to it by sewing it on to the end. I cut down the edge of one of the plaid lines to keep the lines in order.

Step Two

Cut off any edging and cut to the width you like. You can be done at this point or you can do step 3 and finish the edge

Step Three

Serge the edges to make it a more finished look. I have a brothers sewing machine and used a G foot.

Doing the G foot with an edging type zigzag does the same thing as a serger.

These are the settings on my sewing machine for the g foot.

The G Foot

The completed edge I don’t think it turned out too bad. I plan on using the G foot again in the future it’s like a hidden treasure I never knew about.

Plaid Table Runner The Final Look!

Sorry this pic is a little blurry you can kind of see the edges on it. This is a picture of our island I did add on length to it you can kind of tell. I made two runners with one blanket so I can’t complain 🙂

This Runner is on our kitchen island

This is the runner on our high tableplaid blanket table runner

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