Drink Coaster Tutorial

IMG_1949Happy Wednesday everyone! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I hope that most of you aren’t scrambling last minute to get all your Valentines in order.  I thought today I would stray from the usual holiday crafts today, seeing how it would be a little ambitious to attempt a crafting adventure on the eve of this love-filled holiday.  In my illustrious procrastinating fashion, I will be shopping along with all of my kindred spirits on Valentine’s Day for a gift for my husband.  I do not recommend this, but I must stay true to myself.  This weekend, I chose to ignore the task at hand to prepare a house-warming gift for some friends who have just made their first acquisition.  Super exciting!

IMG_1952Over the weekend, I was flooded with the memories of buying our first house.  George and I were so excited! A place we could make all our own.  Our lives were filled with so much promise and expectation.  Naturally, I became inspired!  So I spent all weekend preparing a little gift basket for our friends as they begin their new lives together.  It’s nothing much, just some dishtowels, candy jars, and some coasters; but all made with love.  That’s the most important thing.  So in the spirit of giving, I have prepared a fun little tutorial for all of you.  I’m going to share how to make your own coasters out of terra cotta pot bases.  So lets get crafting!

DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial

 Materials:

4-6 (5”) Terra Cotta Pot Bases

Acrylic Paint (your choice of color)

Printed tissue paper or scrapbook paper

Modge Podge Glue

2 Paint Brushes

Clear Water proof sealant (Spray on)

Scissors

Piece of felt

Hot Glue Gun

We’re going to begin by cutting your decorative tissue paper.  Using the bottom of your pot base.  Trace a circle onto the backside of your tissue paper.  Then cut out the four or six circles.  You may need to do some trimming around the edged to make the fit inside the base.

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Next trim four or six strips of tissue paper about ¼” thick for the sides of your coasters.

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Now begin painting your terra cotta plant bases.  Depending on your choice of color, you may need to apply a few coats of paint.  Set them aside to dry.  This shouldn’t take long.

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Once your pot bases have dried completely, apply a coat of modge podge glue to the center of your post base.  Then lay one of your tissue paper circles on top of the glue.  Using clean hands, smooth the paper over the glue forcing any creases or bubbles to subside.  Repeat this process with all of your coasters.

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Next, apply a layer of modge podge glue to the outer rim of your coasters and smooth a strip of tissue paper all the way around the perimeter.  Trim off the excess.  Repeat this process with the rest of the coaster.

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Once the glue on your coasters have dried.  Apply a layer of modge podge glue over the surface of all of your tissue paper on each coaster.  Then set them aside to dry.

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Once the glue has dried completely, spray the surface of your coasters with your water proof sealant.  Then set them aside to dry.

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While your coasters are drying, cut out small circles of felt about a ½” wide.  Four circles for each coaster.  When your coaster have completely dried, using your hot glue gun, attach four felt circles to the corners on the bottom of each of your coasters.

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And we’re finished!  Find a pretty ribbon to tie your coasters together, and you have a fun little gift for someone special.  Or you can just display your craftiness proudly on your coffee table for all your guests to see.  Why not show off your crafty skills! No need to admit it was something super easy you threw together with thirty minutes of your spare time! Wink. Wink.

Enjoy!

And if your curious how to make those dish towels or candy jars, you can check out those tutorials at my Adventures in Motherhood blog.  And stay tuned…in just a few weeks I will have a fun new project that will speak to the Irish in you,

Hostess Gifts: White Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Hello summer! I am so excited for the beginning of this long fun filled season. It’s the beginning of beach days, pool parties, afternoons at the park, barbecues, camp outs, and so much more. Last weekend was our first three day weekend of the summer for Memorial Day. We had a full weekend as a family planned. It included family, friends, and barbecues.

During this season, there are so many different invitations to hang out with friends. There will be no shortage of fun in the summer sun. I truly hate to show up empty handed. Even if my host or hostess says they don’t need anything. I have gotten creative with my hostess gifts. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Last Sunday, I created a patriotic themed hostess gift in honor of Memorial day. The great thing about it, is we have several patriotic holidays throughout the year, so it’s one you can put together for other holidays as well!

So I call this recipe my White Chocolate Pretzel Bark. It was a hit at our party last weekend. It was all gone halfway through the party. Next time I’ll have to make a bigger batch! It’s quick and easy, so try it out.

White Chocolate Pretzel Bark

3 bags White Chocolate Chips
3 cups Pretzels, broken
11/2 cups Oreos, crushed
1/4 cup Red & Blue M & Ms
Red, White & Blue sprinkles
Parchment paper
3 Tbsp. shortening

1. Begin by lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Next, separate your red and blue M & Ms from the rest of the colors and set them aside.

3. Sprinkle pretzels and Oreos evenly over the entire surface of the parchment paper.

4. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and add shortening on top. Heat chips for 45 seconds and then removed the bowl and stir them around a bit. Return them to microwave and heat them again for another 40 seconds. Remove them from the microwave and stir them up with a spatula until all the lumps are gone and chocolate is smooth.

5. Pour melted chocolate on top of your pretzels and Oreos. Make sure you cover all of your pieces. Immediately after pouring your chocolate, sprinkle it with your M & Ms and colored sprinkles.

6. Place your cookie sheet in the freezer for about ten minutes, so your chocolate can harden. Then remove it from the freezer and use your hands to break it up into jagged pieces.

7. Now come up with a creative and fun way to package your delicious hostess gift. I guarantee that it will be a hit!!!

ENJOY!

My First Mother’s Day as a Mommy

My very first Mother’s Day. It was a very special milestone for me. One that I wasn’t really thinking about in advance. You think about the major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween, and how spectacular they are going to be. But somehow you overlook the significance of your very first Mother’s Day until it’s almost upon you. In the past, it has always been about honoring my mom and my grandma. I had so much to be thankful for and I spent each Mother’s Day trying to show them just how grateful I am to have them. This year it was about so much more. It was my very first Mother’s Day as a mom, my mom’s first one as a grandma, and my grandma’s first one as a great grandma. We had so much to celebrate, and I couldn’t wait to do it!

I wanted to plan a special brunch for my family in honor of my grandma, my mom, and Krystal for Mother’s Day. I was really excited about it. I planned a fabulous menu and put together some spectacular gifts. I couldn’t wait until the day finally came. I was so incredibly excited to show my family how special they are to me and Aaliyah. I spent most of the week before, putting together Mother’s Day gifts. Shelby and I made footprint tiles for my mom and grandma and a handprint tile for Krystal. I also put together some pop top candy tins as favors for the table. Nothing too spectacular. Just a little something special.

We celebrated at my grandparents’ house. We love to spend time over there. It is the most beautiful setting ever and one of my favorite places in the world. It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice cool breeze. The best kind of California weather. My mom set up a table outside in the backyard under my favorite tree. We decorated the table with Mother’s Day messages and flowers. The stage was set for our special family celebration.

The menu I planned was very decadent. I couldn’t wait to prepare it. We began with fresh fruit – strawberries, watermelon, blackberries, pineapple, and blueberries. Then I baked up a savory individual tomato basil frittata and some spicy breakfast potatoes to accompany them. My mom also fried up some of her delicious crispy bacon. She makes the best bacon and I am still learning. And to finish things up, I prepared my extra special French Toast with blackberry butter, powdered sugar and boysenberry syrup. It was a menu to die for and I couldn’t wait to prepare it.

I was running behind in the morning. George and I had stayed out late the night before visiting with his sister and her boyfriend. So I missed my mark for the beginning of brunch. My brother made sure that I knew that – Sibling rivalry and all. But it all came together perfectly. Even Cory admitted he was won over and it was worth the wait. It was a great afternoon. The best people I know all in my favorite place in the world, laughing and talking. It’s moments like these when I just sit back and smile. They make everything worthwhile. All of the work and the preparation seems to pale in comparison to all of the happiness. My family is the most important thing to me and this Mother’s Day was extra special for all of us.

The only negative part of my day, was that George had to work all day. I wished he could have been there, but you can’t have everything. But he still managed to make me feel special. He showed up for dinner at my parents’ house that night with the sweetest card and a new Willow Tree figurine for our collection. It was a beautiful Mother’s Day. And it was my very first one ever!

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DIY – Mother’s Day Gifts part 2

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching. It’s only a few days away and I know some of you are beginning to scramble to put together some gifts for your mothers and grandmothers. Last week we celebrated mothers by spending the whole week doing special projects for those special women in our lives. I wanted to make an amendment to the handprint tile project from last Thursday. This weekend when I tried to do these with my baby girl, I discovered how difficult it is to get a 9 month old’s handprint. Well, it’s impossible really. So I had to come up with a new project. I didn’t want to scrap the whole idea, because it’s just too cute. So here is what I came up with.

If, like me, you have a baby or a toddler who is squirmy and difficult to print, here is a much easier tile keepsake to make. It is a lot easier to obtain a footprint than a handprint. It will still probably require two people to obtain a legible footprint, but at least it’s doable. You may need to do a little patchwork with a paintbrush though.

Footprint Tile Keepsake

Materials:
6″ x 6″ ceramic tile
Acrylic paint (any color)
Glass Pen (any color)
Cute little foot
Picture Stand

Follow this link to the previous tutorial DIY Handprint Tile

I provided a step by step tutorial for how to make these keepsakes. If you click on the link above, you can see how I created these fun little gifts. I created two different ones, because I didn’t want to have too many of the same tiles floating around. I want my mom and grandma to feel special.

Grandma’s Little Angel

A Child Leaves an Imprint

ENJOY!

DIY – Candy Tins for Mother’s Day

Today is our last day of our week long Mother’s Day Celebration! We have been having some fun putting together gifts and gadgets for those special women in our lives. This Mother’s Day is especially significant for me, because it is my very first one as a Mother and my mom’s first one as a Grandmother. So I have been trying to plan an extra special day for my Mom, Grandma, and Mother-in-law. Yesterday, we made Handprint Tiles with my niece Shelby for her mom and her Nana. They are getting ready to go back to Texas to visit her Nana for two weeks, so I couldn’t send her empty handed.

Today we are working on another fun and easy gift. We are making Mother’s Day Candy Tins. I am going to use these as a fun little favor for our family’s Mother’s Day celebration next Sunday. They are quick, easy, and very cheap to make. Surprise yourself, and create something amazing this Mother’s Day. I promise you’ll enjoy it.

Mother’s Day Candy Tins

Materials Needed:

  • Tin Can with a pop top
  • Can Opener
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Tissue paper
  • Decorative Cardstock
  • Pen
  • Scotch Tape
  • Bag of Candy
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Begin by opening up your can from the bottom, leaving your pop top in tact.

Once you’ve emptied the contents of your can, wash the inside and the lid with hot soapy water. Then dry your can and set aside.

Choose which type of candy you’d like to stuff your can with. Then fill your can up with the selected candy, leaving a 1/2″ space empty at the top.

Stuff a small amount of tissue paper in the top of your can to pack the contents tighter and shield the candy from glue.

Next, using your hot glue gun, apply a layer of glue along the edge of the entire lid. I didn’t get a picture if this step, because the glue dries too fast. Once you’ve applied your glue, reattach your lid to the can – resealing your can shut. Set can aside to dry.

While your glue is drying, cut a piece of card stock that is long enough to cover the surface of your tin can from top to bottom. The size will vary according to the size of the can. Using scotch tape, attach your card stock to the tin can, completely sealing the end shut.

Next, cut a small square piece of card stock, and write a fun Mother’s Day message on it. Attach it to the front of your can – opposite the side of the pull tab.

This step is optional, but I like to do this. Trace the circumference of your can onto your card stock and cut out the circle. Trim the edges down, so it will fit the top of you can. Then trim one edge down, so it can slide under the pull tab. When it is the perfect size, apply glue on the backside, and attach it to the top of your can.

Finally, cut a small piece of ribbon. Then attach it to the tip of your pull tab, by tying a bow. Congratulations, you have finished your very own pull top candy tin!

ENJOY!

DIY Mother’s Day Gift for Kids

DIY – Handprint Tiles

I love crafting. It is one of my favorite things to do. And more importantly, I love crafting things for other people. When I was a kid, I loved making gifts for my mom and dad. And I still love seeing those gifts and gadgets around the house years later. They’re a part of my family identity. Today we are going to make a quick and easy handprint craft for Mother’s Day. It’s a fun little play on tile art your mother or grandmother can put on display at home or at work.

Materials:
Large 8″ Tile (square or rectangular)
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Glass Pen
Display Easel (optional)

Begin by cleaning the surface of your tile piece. Then paint the surface of your child’s palm. Determine the preferred placement of your handprint, then press the hand down on the tile’s surface. Hold for a moment to make sure the paint was applied evenly. Then set the tile aside to dry.

Once the paint has dried on your tile, use your glass pen to write a special message to you mother. I chose to write A child’s hand touches a Mother’s heart When you decide what you wish to say, write the message on the surface of the tile.

Seal the writing according to the pen’s instructions. typically it requires baking the object in the oven for a short period of tile.

When you’ve finished the sealing process, your present is done. Fine a cute little box to wrap it up in, and your got yourself a great gift for that special woman in your life.

Enjoy!

Here are some other great little activities for your kids to do for Mother’s Day. These projects for kids are a great way to get them in the spirit of Mother’s Day. My fellow Bloggers have come up with some great activities. So check them out!

The Organized Classroom Blog – The Scoop! Mother’s Day Edition

A letter to mommy for Mother’s Day – JEFFCO Public Schools site

Martha Stewart has some great Mother’s Day gifts – Mother’s Day Newspaper

Mother’s Day Coupon Book

The Creative Place10 Things I Love About You

Mother’s Day Gift: DIY Picture Flower Pots

 

We’re celebrating Mothers! I never feel like I tell my mother how great she is enough. I am always trying to tell her and show her how special the is to me. That’s why this week I am sharing ways to celebrate the wonderful women in our lives. Both my mother and my grandmother love flowers and gardening. So today we are going to create picture flower pots. They are super easy, but a little time consuming. But they are really cute gifts.

Materials:
Clay Flower Pot & Dish
Acrylic Paint (color of your choice)
Picture(s) mother & daughter children, etc.
Modge Podge glue
Ribbon
Foam paint brushes

First paint clay flower pot your desired color. This will take several coats of paint. I recommend you let each coat dry before applying another one. Otherwise it will take longer to paint thoroughly. Set pot aside to dry.

Trim your photo or photos to the desired size. Once your pot is dry, choose the placement you want for you pictures. Once you have determined the placement, apply a healthy layer of modge podge on the back of your photos and apply them to your pot. Make sure all of your corners are smoothed out and there are no bubbles. Set aside to dry.

When the glue beneath the pictures has fully dried, it’s time to apply more modge podge across the entire surface of your pot. Apply a generous amount everywhere, even over the top of your picture(s). Even apply modge podge on the bottom and the top of the pot. Set aside and allow to dry.

I added a ribbon accent to the rim of my pots. So next trim your ribbon to the right size. Apply a healthy layer of modge podge to the back of your ribbon. Attach ribbon to the rim of your pot. Using your finger or your paint brush, smooth out any bumps in your ribbon. Set pot aside to dry.

Apply another layer of modge podge over your ribbon and around the entire rim of your pot. Set pot aside to dry.

Lastly, pick out your loved ones favorite type of flowers and plant them in your beautiful creation. And don’t forget to water it.