Movie Ticket Invitation

Hey followers, take a look at my movie ticket invitations! I designed these based off old ticket stub designs for a kid’s birthday party. I had fun with these! Quick tip: If you do something similar, make sure you do what I did and hide the white semicircles in Photoshop before printing them. I didn’t know what size circle punches I would be able to find at Michael’s and I didn’t want to risk cutting the circle in the wrong spot and end up with white along the edge. After I was done, I thought the ticket stubs looked a little too conservative for a kid’s birthday invitation so I’d suggest dressing them up with a fun and colorful patterned envelope.
Until next time! D

Easter Egg Chicken Project @CampbellSoupCo #Marthasgoodeggs

Only one more day until Easter! I remember decorating eggs and doing an egg hunt at home every year when I was a kid. Those were the days of rainbow easter baskets with cello grass, easter dresses with ruffled fold over socks and mary janes. In tribute to my childhood days, I decided to resurrect a craft project I did as a kid for Martha’s Good Egg’s promo.

Supplies:

  • raw egg
  • fleece in red, white, and orange or yellow
  • craft googley eggs
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Campbell’s Chicken Soup can
  • straw grass
  • bias tape (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Drain egg by tapping bottom of egg firmly against hard surface like a kitchen counter.
  2. Using a pin, poke a hole on the bottom and slowly enlarge the hole by moving it around. I found it was best to use  chopstick to enlarge the hole and drain the egg. This will take awhile so you’ll need some patience. There are videos out there that show you some techniques on draining an egg that you might want to view before starting.
  3. Rinse the egg shell and let dry.
  4. Empty soup can contents, making sure to keep the back of the lid attached. Look for soup cans where the tab is near the front so when you pull open the lid, it will stay attached to the back of the can.
  5. Rinse the can with a little bit of soap and water, being careful not to get the outside too wet.
  6. If you have bias tape, I suggest covering the edge of the can and lid because of the sharp edges. You can also cut out a piece of fabric to cover the lid for decoration before gluing on the tape.
  7. Create the nest by wrapping the straw around your fingers so that you have a large ring. Place this over the edge of the can. If you want, you can fill the can with newspaper and place the nest on top of this. It’s not necessary though.
  8. Place your egg onto the nest. If you want, you can also glue this to the nest now or wait until after you are done decorating it.

    Now it’s time to decorate your egg! To create the pieces to glue on the egg, I just eyeballed the shapes while cutting the fleece. But, it might be easier if you draw out your shapes on paper and use these as a guide when cutting your fleece.

  9. Cut out the chicken’s comb from the red fleece and glue to the top. I sort of cut this with a concave bottom and scalloped top.
  10. Glue on the eyes. If you don’t have googley eggs, you can use black fleece or just draw on the eyes.
  11. Create the beak by cutting two triangles (with one convex side) out of the yellow/orange fleece. Glue the beak by attaching the curved side to the egg.
  12. Create the chicken’s wattle from the red fleece and glue under the beak. These looked sort of like two droopy raindrops.
  13. Lastly, cut out two white wings. These sort of look like teardrops. Glue to the sides of the egg.

That’s it! Try this project with your kids on Easter, they’ll love making their own little pet chicken. 🙂

Duct Tape-Bow Pencil Case #2

Last week, I posted a tutorial on creating a duct tape bow pencil case. I decided to girly it up and add a fan bow on the front and use a red trim with the houndstooth pattern. I’m very happy with how this turned out! I also made this pencil case wider so that it ended up being 10 in. wide x 4 in. tall. The instructions are pretty close to the original but there are some differences. Check it out!

Supplies:

  • 1 patterned duct tape roll (I used Duck Tape brand black and white houndstooth)
  • 1 solid color duct tape roll (I used Duck Tape brand Red)
  • self-adhesive velcro dots
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • mat

Instructions:

  1. Create a 10.5 in. wide x 8.5 in. long duct tape sheet by slightly overlapping five 10.5-in. pattern strips (houndstooth). Try lining up the pattern as you go.
  2. Flip the pattern side over so the sticky side is up. Start covering the back side in the same way with the solid color duct tape (red).
  3. Cut two 10.5 in. x 1 in. strips. Place one strip over the top edge of the sheet and fold over, making sure half is on each side. Do the same with the other strip for the bottom edge.
  4. Trim the sheet so you have a straight-edge 8 x 10 in. duct tape sheet. Fold the sheet in half so that the bottom trim meets the top trim. I chose to put my pattern side on the outside of the case. You can choose whichever side you like, it’s up to you!
  5. Cut two 8.5 in. x 1 in. strips and seal the left and right sides to form a pocket. Tuck the extra .5 in of tape inside the case at the top.

    Now for the fan bow embellishment:

  6. Create an 8 in. x 3.5 in. duct tape sheet with the pattern on both sides (You’ll use four 8 in. strips total, two for each side.)
  7. Fold the sheet like a fan and secure by pinching the center and using a small piece of tape.

    Back to the pencil case:
  8. Create a 9 in. long ribbon of the solid color by folding in the edges, keeping the center sticky.
  9. Adhere the ribbon to the front leaving about 1 in. at the bottom. Flip the case over and secure the bottom part of the ribbon to the back of the case.
  10. Flip the case back to the front. Peel back the ribbon and adhere the fan bow to the center with another piece of small tape. Place the ribbon back over the case, covering the center of the fan bow.
  11. Place the velcro dot (soft side) at the bottom of the ribbon on the front side of the case.
  12. Flip the case to the back side. Cover the sticky side of the ribbon at the top with another piece of tape. Place the (comb side) velcro dot on the underside of the ribbon.

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I had a lot of fun experimenting with this project and I think this would be fun to do with your kids or teens.

Happy crafting!
Dawn

 

Duct Tape-Bow Pencil Case #1 #paperpastels

Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’d like to share this cute duct tape bow pencil case I made based off Paper Pastel’s Bow Pencil Case Video Tutorial. I really liked this project and thought to myself, I wonder if I can replicate it with duct tape! I think it turned out great. 🙂 Make sure you make the case a little wider if you plan to store unsharpened pencils in your case. My case ended up being 8 inches wide and 5 inches tall.

Supplies:

  • 1 patterned duct tape roll (I used Duck Tape brand black and white houndstooth)
  • 1 solid color duct tape roll (I used black from Alex Toys, it looks and feels like faux leather)
  • 1 solid metallic color duct tape (I used a skinny silver from Alex Toys)
  • self-adhesive velcro dots
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • mat

Instructions:

  1. Create a 10.5 in. wide x 8.5 in. long duct tape sheet by slightly overlapping five 10.5-in. pattern strips. Try lining up the pattern as you go.
  2. Flip the pattern side over so the sticky side is up. Start covering the back side in the same way with the solid color duct tape.
  3. Rotate the sheet so that the strips are vertical. Cut two 8.5 in. x 1 in. strips. Place one strip over the top edge of the sheet and fold over, making sure half is on each side. Do the same with the other strip for the bottom edge.
  4. Trim the sheet so you have a straight-edge 8 x 10 in. duct tape sheet. Fold the sheet in half so that the bottom trim meets the top trim. I chose to put my pattern side on the inside of the case. You can choose whichever side you like, it’s up to you!
  5. Cut two 5 in. x 1 in. strips and seal the left and right sides to form a pocket.
  6. Take a look inside!
  7. Without cutting from the duct tape roll, start taping the skinny strip to the case about 1/3 from the bottom on one side. This 1/3 will end up being the bottom of your bow. Then, wrap the tape all the way around the other side and bring it to the top. Leave about 5 inches at the top and cut. Fold the strip down to cover the sticky side but fold down enough so that 1/2 in. overlaps with the case. This means that the sticky side of the skinny tape will not go all the way to the top of the solid side of the case. This allows for flexibility when wrapping.
  8. Add velcro dots to end of skinny tape and to the bottom of the case.

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I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that it inspires you in the way PaperPastels inspired me!

Enjoy, Dawn

Top Rainbow Loom Projects for Valentine’s Day

As promised, here is my collection of the best Valentine’s Day Rainbow Loom projects. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

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  1. Pair of Lips charm by Jordantine1: Check out her YouTube channel for a lot of creative loom ideas.
  2. Heart charm by Elegant Fashion 360: The girls have made so many of the projects from this channel and it’s so easy for them to follow.
  3. Made by Mommy Valentine Heart Bracelet: I love this bracelet, it’s probably my favorite of all the projects. I think your friends, daughters, classmates, (whoever!) would adore this gift. This is a favorite channel for the girls.
  4. Paging Supermom’s Bow & Arrow Free Printable Valentine: What an absolutely clever and cute idea! A great alternative to passing out candy to your kid’s classmates.
  5. Loom Love Circle of Hearts Bracelet: I actually tried to make my own rainbow loom bracelet and followed this video tutorial. It was an easy project to do! I doubled the bands to make the hearts thicker and used transparent glitter bands to make the hearts stand out. I think I did pretty good–what do you think?? 🙂
  6. Heart of the Ocean Bracelet: I was so impressed by how close this rainbow loom bracelet matched it’s picture, I had to share. Here’s a video tutorial by Justin’s Toys. I encourage you all to find your own piece jewelry to try to replicate with loom bands!
  7. Double Cross Long Heart Stripe Bracelet: Another cute bracelet idea from Jordantine1’s YouTube channel.

Find more projects on my Pinterest board, XOXO,
Dawn

More Rainbow Loom Bracelets

The girls spent all day during Super Bowl Sunday making bracelets and charms during our Super Bowl party. I wanted to share some of the cute bracelets they made for me—I’m learning a lot from them about all these patterns and techniques! They are definitely not like the friendship bracelets I used to make as a kid.

Here I am wearing my pretty gifts :)

Here I am wearing my pretty gifts 🙂

I ❤ the heart bracelet and it inspired me to collect some Valentine’s Day Rainbow Loom projects for you on my pinterest board. Stay tuned for my post on the top rainbow loom projects for Valentine’s Day! I also promise to share some of the adorable charms they made. It’s amazing what some people can do with these little bands.

XOXO,
Dawn

Piano Rainbow Loom Bracelet

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Rainbow loom bracelets are so popular with the kids now! While you’re crafting, you can keep the kids busy making bracelets. You can find a ton of tutorials for different patterns and ideas online with different difficulty levels. I made this piano/keyboard bracelet using a tutorial I found from Justin’s Toys. It turned out SO cute!

The project may look challenging but the video made it so easy to follow. If your kids are really young, you will definitely need to help them with this project. I also found that the Roseart rainbow looms were easier to use than actual Rainbow Loom-brand bands for this design. They seemed stretchier so they were easier to loop 3x, which will be required for this project.

Here’s the video:

Duct Tape Bow Bifold Wallet

Last week, I showed you a kid’s black and white checkered duct tape belt I made. But what goes great with a belt? A matching wallet! Today, I’m going to share with you a video from Sarah Lynn that shows you how to make an easy bifold wallet. Take a look at the cute matching wallet I made with the same checkered tape below! I added a little accordian bow to the front to girlie it up. 🙂 I definitely encourage you to try and make your own.

On the left of the wallet are three credit card pockets. On the right, there is side pocket and clear pocket on top of it for an ID.  At the top, there is a pocket for your bills.

On the left of the wallet are three credit card pockets. On the right, there is side pocket and clear pocket on top of it for an ID. At the top, there is a pocket for your bills.

Here’s the video from Sarah Lynn! Thanks Sarah!

D-ring Duct Tape Belts

The girls and I stayed in all day Saturday and had a craft day so I decided to look at my pins for some easy projects they could do. They are obsessed with duct tape projects and all the different prints they come in. Duct tape is so popular with girls lately. They can make bows, belts, wallets, and more. I found this fun and easy duct tape belt for girls tutorial by Randi at DukesandDuchesses.com. (She also has one for boys!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • duct tape
    I used the checkered tape and gold tape from the Duck tape brand that I found at Michael’s but the blue tape was from the 99 cents store and it actually was a lot easier to use because it wasn’t as sticky and it was more ribbon-like and that made it SO easy to slide under the belt straps.  Also, a simple pattern or solid color works best unless you don’t mind the pattern not aligning.
  • pair of D-rings (2-inch rings for the wide belt, 1 1/2-rings for the skinny belt)
    It was difficult for me to find these in the sewing section at Michael’s so try Jo-ann Fabrics (about $2.50 per pair) or another fabric store. They come in silver, gold, and pewter—pick one that coordinates with your tape!
  • scissors
  • yard stick
  • craft mat
  • measuring tape or a belt for reference, pants for reference
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Here’s a photo of how the checkered duct tape belt looks on!

To make the wide belt:

  1. I measured an existing belt the girls had and added a little extra like the tutorial said for folding in and sealing the ends. The girls cut two strips of this length.
    The tutorial says to use a white tape for the inside of the belt but since this shows when the belt is worn, I decided to use the same tape for both strips.
  2. I overlapped two strips of duct tape together by holding and pulling each end of one strip and laying it on top of the other.
    Pulling from the ends helps to place it down straight. You need to make sure that the overlap height would fit through the d-rings and through the belt straps of a pair of jeans. Using a craft mat works great because it prevents debris from getting on the tape while you are working and the lines help you to measure and keep things aligned.
  3. To finish off, you fold one end and tape it down. Then, at the other end, place 2 d-rings through and seal it with another piece of tape. Don’t worry to much about aligning the pattern, you’ll barely notice when it’s on!

For the skinny belt:

  1. I rolled out the same length but only cut one strip.
  2. I then folded over one edge length-wise so that the overlap would be the height of my belt.
    While folding, pull the two ends and press down at the ends first. The kids can press down every 5 inches to help while you pull the ends. Once that’s done, you can safely press down along the entire belt.
  3. After that, starting at one end, slowly fold the non-overlapping tape down to seal the top edge of the belt.
  4. Finish with the last steps looping the rings in and sealing both ends.

Trust me, this tutorial was extremely easy and the girls love their belts. Thanks Randi!

Although Duck tape brand duct tape gets expensive sometimes, ranging from $5-10 at Target and Michael’s,  you can always use a Michael’s weekly coupon or get them for a little bit cheaper at Wal-mart and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. If there is a Dollar Tree or 99 cents store near you, these generic brands work great too! I’ve also seen a pack of 6 Duck tapes at Costco for $15. I hope these tips help you when making your own duct tape belts. Happy crafting!

Rockstar Birthday Cupcake Picks

I love making my own cupcake toppers for special events and parties. Since this little girl loves guitars and singing in her own pretend rock band, I personalized the toppers with pink and black guitars, microphones, and stars. I used pink-colored toothpicks and taped one design to the toothpick and then took the reversed design and glued it to the other piece. I also used giftwrap tissue paper to make fringe. Always save yor tissue paper! They can be used in so many projects. To glam up the cupcakes, I used silver liners and put silver crystal sprinkles along the edge of the cupcake. Pearlized silver jimmies also work great.

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