Anthropologie chalkboard placemats hack

Anthropolgie Chalkboard place mat

$28 for a set of 25

Yeah, I don’t need 25. Maybe for a birthday party… I just need 2 for right now. So off to the Ol’ Dollar Tree for 2 plastic placemats and I already had some chalkboard spray paint. You can pick a can up at craft stores, Wal-Mart and Amazon.

I actually had these placemats on hand. You can pick them up at yard sales, Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon. You could have some on hand from when your kids were toddlers. I had a Dora and Princess one.

$1-$1.50 placemat

$3-$5 can of chalkboard spray paint (don’t forget to use a coupon at the craft stores)

$1-$2 chalk

Chalkboard placemat DIY

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I used chalkboard paint on the bottom one with a sponge paintbrush. Spray paint works better. Two coats on a plastic placemat and Bam! instant doodle pad.

 

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Fun with Elf on the Shelf and DIY clothing for your Elf

ELF DIY Clothes and fun

We have an Elf on the Shelf named Bob. He has come to visit us for 4-5 years now. I decided to post some of his fun adventures he has had at our house and some fun clothes that you can make for him.

A lot of the stuff Bob does is similar to the elves you see on Pinterest. Sometimes he stands out on his own.

  • He has left me a message in the fridge to throw out Thanksgiving left overs.
  • He put a lot of my daughter’s stuffed animals in the dog kennel and put a sign on it saying “Zoo”.
  • He was caught eating the filling out of oreos and trying to put the empty cookies in my daugher’s lunch.

Chalkboard Christmas tree

He was tired of waiting on us to put up the Christmas tree, that he drew his own on our chalkboard.

Snowmen marshmallows

He printed off some basic elf cards one year.

Dog biscuits

He got into our dog’s treats.

Super hero elf

Our star was leaning one year and he decided to save it.

Elf super hero cape

Closer view of his super hero cape.

Elf super hero cape

It is made with 3 different colors of felt and some hot glue. The felt sheets are from a pack that was purchased at Dollar Tree. I did not cut the width of the yellow. It is the size that it came. I cut a “V” in the top. The royalish blue felt I cut into a shield pattern small enough to fit on the yellow. The lighter blue, I traced a “B” initial on it before cutting. The “B” stands for his name, Bob.

Super hero Elf

Once I hot glued all the felt pieces on top of each other, I tried it on Bob. I then made it loose enough to go over his head and hot glued the top of the “V” cutout together at his neck, but not to him.

Horse riding elf

Bob loves Rapunzel and the next day he took her for a stroll on their horse. Still wearing his cape.

Elf riding surf boardWe have a surfboard ornament that I got years ago when I worked at Hollister. Bob decided to ride it on the tree.

Elf clothes from a sock

This year my youngest daughter wanted Bob to have clothes. I decided to make him some elf clothes myself. This sweater is made from a Toddler size TMNT sock. It had lost it’s mate, so I recycled it. The sleeves are made from white felt that I had on hand. I cut the sock and fitted it over his chest and stomach. Then I cut out the white felt and covered his arms. I hot glued the white felt seams while on the two arms, but left them loose enough to come off. I sewed the white arms to the top of sock. It is very easy to get off and on.

Sock into Elf clothes

Another toddler sock that I turned into a sweater for Bob. I completed it the same ways as above. This would be great with any holiday socks you may have or buy in the Dollar bins.

Elf apron

I came across this last year and loved it, but not the price. My kids do not need another apron either.

Elf on the shelf apron

So I made an apron for him this year. He is wearing this with a note saying it is time to make cookies.

Elf apron

I saved a Barbie size apron template on one of my Pinterest boards. It is the perfect size to fit an Elf. I got the template from Brassy Apple here. I just placed the template on the felt and cut it out. You can use fabric, but I wanted to sew as little as possible during this project. No sewing is needed on felt.

Elf apron

I did use the stretchy elastic thread that Brassy Apple does, but I hot glued it down to the felt. I then cut very small rectangles and hot glued them over the elastic to make it more sturdy.

elf apron

Closer view of what the elastic and felt look like.

Barbie felt apron

I also made one in pink for his “Barbie” friend. Her’s has white felt pockets and pink tulle at the bottom instead of fabric like Brassy Apple made, but it is cute and easy to do. The tulle, I gathered and ran a running stitch through by hand. Then I hot glued the pockets on and the tulle.

Elf and barbie aprons

They are ready to make some cookies.

Michael's sweater ornaments

I came across these sweater ornaments at Michael’s while they were 50% off, making it $2.98. You can usually find a coupon if they are not on sale. They do fit the elves, but mine needed cut at the top to fit his head. You may find wine bottle sweaters or clothes that will fit elves too.

Elf wardrobe

Here he is wearing one of the sweater ornaments. It comes with a hanger, so I decided to hang up some of Bob’s new duds in Barbie’s wardrober. My daughters bought Bob some presents from Target this year too. They were more expensive at $9 a piece.

Halloween Monster pencil toppers DIY

monster pencil

While Sierra and I were out shopping one night, we came across cute googly eye pencil monsters at Target. They were in the Dollar Spot section. Not a bad deal, but when you have several kids you would like to give them to for Halloween – it adds up.

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These cuties were my inspiration.

pom poms

I got these pom poms at Hobby Lobby for $2.99, but with a 40% off coupon.

pom poms

It came with different sizes. The large and medium worked great for this project. I will keep the really small ones for a class project this winter.

Halloween pencils

$1 pencil packs from Dollar Tree.

pom pom alien

I hot glued the googly eyes on first. Then hot glued the pom pom onto the pencil. My youngest daughter asked about using the eraser. I hot glued one pom pom monster onto an eraser cap for her pencil. That way she can take the cap off and use the eraser underneath.

pom pom pencil monster

On a few of them, I twisted a pipe cleaner around the pencil. I already had pipe cleaners on hand and googly eyes. Both can be bought at craft stores and Dollar Tree.

monster pom pom pencil topperThey are cute!

I made 24 pencils for $4-5. Even if I did not have the supplies on hand, it would only have been $6-8. If you only need 1-6, buy them at Target, need more = make them.

Free Minion Halloween Printables

Minion Free Halloween Printable #minion #halloween #schooltreats
If you’re looking to make any Minion things for Halloween or for Halloween treats- I created this fun free printable. You can use a hole puncher and tie to a treat bag or to these cute candies I found at Target.

Minion Halloween Free printables #halloween #minions #printables Download Here

If you know you are having a minion birthday party within the next year, pick up these candies. Minion Halloween

 They also have minion fruit snacks. Minion fruit snacks

minion cheese nipsMinion Cheese Nips for Halloween school bags

Minion tic tacs

Minion Tic Tacs for Teacher gifts.

Candle gifts with free printables

Dollar Tree Crafts with Free printables

If you’re looking for reasonable sweet gifts, you will love this post. These candle gifts are cute for stocking stuffers, add it to a basket your making or just a simple “just because” gift. I really do love these three scents at Dollar Tree: Pumpkin Pie, Sugar cookie, and Apple Pie. Because I plan on giving these out as gifts this year for some of my friends, teachers and employees – I had to make cute printables, to dress up my candle gift. You're sweet as pumpkin pie printable gift tagsweet as pumpkin pieDownload Here

Free Sugar cookie printableA Sugaookie for you printableSugar Cookie free printable Download hereSweet as pieFree sweet as pie printableSweet at pie chalkboard free printable

Coffee until Wine Chalkboard plaques

Coffee until Wine

My sweet friend Mary is a crafty little bee. We have a lot in common (other then the crafty part). She loves coffee and wine just as much as me!

Well, that crafty Mary put together this adorable chalkboard display. It totally speaks to me. This would be a cute DIY gift for your coffee/wine loving friend’s kitchen or yours.

Now if I could just get Target to sell wine, I would have my three favorites in one spot!

Mary let me in on her tutorial and here’s what you need in order to replicate:

Wood piece to paintThe large chalkboard was just a piece of thin wood. I’m not sure what kind (Mary’s husband’s grandad made it for them).

chalk holderMary attached a piece of wood with a groove in it to hold the chalk.

back of chalk holder

Back of chalk holder.

She painted the top with Rust-oleum chalk board spray paint.

chalk board paint She did 3 coats. Two coats would probably work. If you are not used to using spray paint, practice on something else first. Remember to stand back when spraying. If you get to close, the paint will run.

close up of grooved chalk holder Then she used Annie Sloan chalk paint in old ochre on the bottom and sealed it with Annie Sloan wax.

top of chalk boardAfter that was all dry she tried to figure out how she would hang it, so she actually hammered nails through the top sides. She pulled the nails back out and threaded the twine through the holes.

small chalk boards The small ones were left over from her wedding. They were like $1 at Wal-Mart but they could only be used with the chalk paint markers because it didn’t have the actual chalkboard surface. Mary took out the twine out and painted 2 coats of the spray paint over them and then just shorten the twine to the length she wanted and restrung it.

Halloween Sugar Skull Crafts- Dollar Tree hacks

Cheap Halloween crafts dollar tree hacks #halloween #sugarskulls #dayofthedead #halloweendecorI know, I know- It’s August and I am posting Halloween, but If you’re a crafter you know every store is full of Halloween crafts and décor already. I have come across some things that I knew I could make cheaper and have found some things that are a great deal. SO I needed to share. I was at Jo-Ann Fabrics the other day admiring all their Halloween décor and came across these sugar skull candles. They were selling them for $6.99 sugar skull Very cute, but I remember coming across these candles at Dollar Tree.

dollar tree candle4Well in the next aisle at Jo-Ann’s I found these Sugar skull embellishment’s.

sugar skull decalFor two they were $4.99 with 25% off, making it $3.75. I turned my craft into two projects. I came across these goodies as well and couldn’t believe the price. They were not on sale but even if they were 50% off the price is still crazy. Halloween craftsI drink wine so I have wine bottles already able to use, but even if you don’t drink wine find a friend that does. You can also ask restaurants that serve wine if you can recycle their bottles for them. wine bottlesBuy a can of spray paint. I always buy mine at Wal-Mart for less than $4.00.  I wanted to spray my bottle with a gloss black instead of chalkboard.  The best tip for spray painting is to give yourself enough space to avoid paint runs. sugar skull crafts2

Once dried I added one of my sugar skulls.

sugar skull crafts 3

sugar skull crafts

For my candle, all I did was add the other sticker.

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I also found this pumpkin at Dollar tree that I spray painted.

dollar tree crafts1I made myself a cute little arrangement for just a few dollars, with plenty of spray paint left for many more projects.

Sugar Scrub Dollar Tree Mason Jars

Vanilla sugar scrub crafts free printable Dollar tree crafts

Yes, it’s that time of year – that everything in the craft stores inspires me to start crafting again. This project was inspired by these adorable mini mason jars I came across in Dollar Tree the other day. Two jars for $1.00!  Last Christmas I made my associates a sugar scrub and they all loved them. When making sugar scrubs the recipes are endless. I have seen some made with just about everything. This recipe is simple: 3 ingredients

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all your ingredients together and place in your little jars. This recipe filled 4 jars. Because everything is just cuter with a printable, I made a free set to share. I gave a few of these to my friends and my daughter’s teacher.

vanilla sugar scrub diy

vanilla sugar scrub

Click to download or save the picture to your computer.

Vanilla sugar scrub crafts free printable

Dollar Tree Marble Crafts

Dollar tree crafts

Who Knew some marbles and sharpie markers would entertain my children for hours. While my children and I were making our DIY Sharpie coasters craft we decided to color some of our marbles we purchased at Dollar tree. They have a few different colors, but we bought clear and blue. My daughter and I decided to see what bugs we could make with our marbles. Dollar tree craftsLove our little bumble bee

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Despite how simple this project is my 7-year-old, 4-year-old and I were entertained for over two hours.

DIY Sharpie Coasters

Diy Sharpie coasters craft summer kids project

 Here is a  fun summer project you can do with the kids that doesn’t cost a lot and wont make a huge mess. I definitely had a lot more fun than my children did. Not only are these coasters so inexpensive to make they make perfect gifts for the holidays. For this project the only supplies you need:

  • Tiles ( Lowe’s .16 cents each)
  • Sharpie markers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Straw
  • Clear Sealer
  • Cork board or Felt

DIY Sharpie Coasters I found my tiles at Lowe’s for .16 cents each. I bought a pack of Sharpies at JoAnn’s and used a 50% coupon. I also bought a sheet of corkboard for $3.00. craft2 sharpie diy coasters

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Now time to get your coloring on

craft4 craft3I took a straw and dipped in rubbing alcohol and let drip on my coasters. If you add too much it will get messy and colors will run off. I suggest you help your children with this part. The great thing about this project if you don’t like they design the alcohol is making you can wipe it off and color again.craft10 craft0Tada! After your tiles dry after about an hour spray with clear sealer. Next I cut my corkboard and hot glued to the back of my tiles. You can also use felt.  craftt