Salt Dough Napkin Holders

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It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the States so that means it’s time to fill your calendars with family, food and crafts :) These adorable Salt Dough Napkin Holders are not only a pretty way to set the table but also super fun to make! My boys are only 3 and 5 and they did almost everything here. I found the salt dough “recipe” at Imperial Sugar. They have a whole section of their site dedicated to holiday crafting and baking with your kids, not to mention a million great recipes. They also have free coloring and activity sheets for your kids to do over the break!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Tin foil covered baking sheet
  • Red, yellow and orange food coloring
  • Leaf shaped cookie cutter

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Directions:

Stir salt into 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan. The boys LOVE measuring so this craft is right up their alley! Cook over medium-low heat until hot then remove from heat.PicMonkey Collage1

In a bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch until smooth.

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Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.

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Turn mixture out onto a glass plate and cover with a damp towel.

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Allow to cool, then divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to one, yellow to the second and orange (often a combination of red and yellow) to the third batch.

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PicMonkey Collage4Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or with your hands.  Use the leaf cookie cutter to cut out multiple shapes.

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Bake the leaves on a tin foil lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until completely hard.

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Let cool, then attach to cloth napkins with ribbon, twine, or tulle.

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The boys and I had so much fun making these!! They even helped me set the table for our Friendsgiving that we are having this week. It will be a cute little favor to take home too! Hope you all have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

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This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar, all thought and opinion are my own.

DIY Ornament Party

Remember last year when I hosted the first DIY Ornament Party? Well, my friends (the coyotes) had so much fun they insisted on round two ;)

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I kept it simple like last year. I made an appetizer and I asked each girl to bring one too. I also made a dessert and had wine. We meet once a month and we usually have a meal but for this, it’s easier to just have snacks since there is crafting to be done!

For the ornaments I got a pack of clear glass bulbs. Then I set out a bunch of different paint colors and some paint brushes and sponges. At each spot I placed a few paper towels, some water and I used a plastic Tupperware lid for our paint palettes.

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Some of us painted on the outside and some on the inside. I did the “squeeze paint into the ornament” method.

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They all turned out so pretty and obviously we had fun too!

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After they dried overnight I wrote the year on the outside with sharpie. This is what I ended up with…

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So, has anyone hosted a make your own ornament party? I am going to need some more ideas as I see this is becoming an annual thing :)

Make a Fabric Flower Pot

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Back in 2011, one of the very first things I ever “pinned” was this. A fabric covered flower pot, which also led me to one of my favorite bloggers Ashley Ann Photography. I have thought about them for years but the main problem is that I am not a “plant person”. I am crafty and I am a mom yes, but I kill all plants. But I am trying to change that and I thought a cute pot would help.

I used my new Martha Decoupage because it’s waterproof and it’s my new obsession. I want to cover everything in it.

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I cut pieces of fabric and started wrapping them around the pot. I started with decoupage underneath. The terracotta really soaks it up so I had to add a thick layer. I just folded the fabric under on the bottom of the pot.

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I used 3 big sections of fabric and overlapped them so I didn’t have any folds.

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It dried pretty quickly and I attempted to pot my plant which is a funny story. I bought the plant a week before potting it and I left it in my hot, Houston garage in the middle of summer for a week. My mom came over and let me know I was suffocating it. I didn’t even know that was a thing. Wish me luck keeping it alive, it already has one strike against it.

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She lives in my craft room now, I have already remembered to water her :) Is anyone else not a green thumb at all?

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Also, (this is totally unrelated to flower pots) this month I was featured in an online publication, DIY Lifestyle Magazine! I am super excited! They are letting all of you guys have the issue for free :) If you have an iPad… Check out the September issue of the DIY Lifestyle Magazine. Many DIY projects were contributed by talented bloggers and my article was published in this month’s issue! For your free trial download the magazine here: http://bit.ly/T2rMXd then click on subscribe. Next, click current subscribers and enter in the promo code: septfree1 to get the current issue for free; and do it soon because the coupon is only valid until October 8, 2013. Enjoy!

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a DIY Chalkboard (take 2) and mommy issues

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Look, I blogged :)

I wont lie, this summer has been a little hard on me. The boys are at an age where we all need a break from each other but that hasn’t happened. We have been together 24 hours a day since school got out in mid May. The energy level is at an all time high, it’s HOT and I’m not an outside girl. We have 11 days until school starts, not that I’m counting or anything. It’s just Mother’s Day out for two half days a week but it’s very needed in our house. I try to remember that I will miss these precious days. I am so thankful to be a stay at home mom and sometimes I can’t believe I get to raise these kids, but my alone time, and my DIY days have gotten harder to come by. They have a hard time going down at night so they stay up late, they wake up early, the naps are slim… there is a lot of refereeing to be done. I know everything changes quickly with kids so I am looking forward to a new routine and a fresh start. Any tips on how to survive another summer with strong-willed toddler boys in 100 degree weather is much appreciated! Come on Fall!

On a lighter note, last weekend we didn’t have any plans so I jumped on a few simple DIYs that were on my list. I made another chalkboard, I just cant get enough. You can check out my 1st one HERE.

This time I used a frame from Goodwill that my mom had lying around.

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My husband cut a piece of plywood to fit right in the lip of the frame.

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Then I painted the chalkboard paint right on. I used the liquid quart paint and roller method this time as opposed to the spray paint. I actually liked this way better. It only took 2 coats and went on way smoother and easier.

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Then, last week I saw Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional post this on Instagram. It’s a really cool and easy chalkboard lettering technique that she got from Hello Beautiful Blog. Its my new go to way to write on chalkboards! Once the paint dried, I used this technique for writing a little heading on my chalkboard.

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I used wood glue to hold the plywood into the frame and let it dry over night. Don’t forget to season it by rubbing chalk on its side all over and erasing. Voila… a new chalkboard using only scraps!

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Here it is in its new home. And a little sneak peek of my craft room :) My husband and I have been working hard to make this place the “worlds best craft room”. And it is.

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