Halloween Fun!

We’ve got just over a week to finish Halloween preparations and put up any last minute decor… are you ready?  I’ve got a few ideas for you today to enhance your Halloween fun!

From Rachel Ray, 36 different Pumpkin decorating designs!!  Check out the slideshow of ideas to create the most fun pumpkins ever!

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And also from Rachel Ray, 25 MORE wacky and adorable ways to decorate your pumpkins! Many are no carve pumpkin decorations!

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From BHG, some fab DIY Halloween crafts for making your treats extra special!  LOTS of great DIY here!

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From I Wash, You Dry… a seriously cute idea for Halloween Marshmallow Pops!  I LOVE THESE!! Terrific Halloween treats to make with kids!

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And from Listotic, a slideshow of 16 awesome homemade Halloween decorations!  Using items you already have (mostly), some GREAT ideas for decorating, with or without the kids!

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“Planes” Party Theme

With the new Disney movie, Planes, out in theaters now, I am predicting a huge increase in Planes themed birthday parties!  With that in mind, I have a few fun posts for you to check out!

From Create, Craft, Love… a quick and easy airplane craft tutorial using clothes pins!  These would make perfect party favors!

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From Max and Me, a super cute 2nd birthday party.  Love the plane-shaped sandwiches!!

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From Spaceships and Laserbeams, a post featuring some fun planes party accessories!

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My children LOVE Push-pops, but I would have never thought to use them this way.  From Armelle blog, a how-to on making airplane party favors for kids, using push-pops, gum, and life savers!  SOOOoooo cute!

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And last, but not least… FREE activity sheets from Disney on the Planes website:

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Back to School DIY

As much as I hate to say it, summer is almost over… and that means back to school, routines, homework, and carpools.  I’m not sure who is more sad – me more or my children.  The only thing making me feel slightly better is the back to school shopping (I love NEW notebooks and pens!), and the fun ideas I found for Back to School DIY.

Today’s post will focus on the children, and accessories for school.  I’ll write another one next week with Back to School gifts for your teachers.

From Making the World Cuter, a fun tutorial for Personalized Pencil boxes!

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A more feminine and shabby chic style of the pencil holders would be these adorable knotted pencil pouches, from see kate sew:

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And check out these notebook decals, from the Lot 26 Studio.  You could use any kind of decal really, but the butterflies are lovely!

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Everyone knows that you HAVE to take photos on the first day of school.  Check out the Back to School Photo Prop/Frame tutorial, from Crissy’s Crafts:

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And this last link isn’t really THAT back to school related, but it IS Shark Week… so I had to share this fab tutorial for making a Shark Purse, from a beautiful mess!  I know there are some teens out there who use one of these on the first day of school!!

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Mason Jar Wedding Centerpieces

Mason Jars have been around for a very long time, most often used for canning jams and jellies (and they are really good for use as a mug when drinking sweet tea)… but they are also getting a HUGE comeback as a wedding favor decoration and wedding favor centerpieces.  Some of my favorite finds are listed below!

From Quasi-Crafty – DIY Flower Centerpieces – she explains the very simple steps in creating floral centerpieces in mason jars for your event!

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From 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt… a DIY tutorial on making Glitter Mason Jar centerpieces:

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From Shanty Chic, a DIY mason jar project – candle holders with frosted vinyl!  If you have a Silhouette Cameo or other cutting tool that cuts vinyl, well… these are lovely in every way!

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From Kiss Wedding, some FAB inspiration for using mason jars as centerpieces.  There are a couple of questions/answers in the post about how they created these:

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Photo by Chelsea Nicole Photography | KISS Wedding

And from the Diva Entertains shop, brand NEW Mason Jars for your wedding!

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DIY Summer Wreaths

We haven’t talked about DIY Wreaths lately… and I think it’s time, don’t you?  Summer is almost upon us.. and it’s time for some fresh summery wreaths!

From Christina’s Adventures, a lovely nautical navy and yellow summer wreath:

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From the Crafted Sparrow, a Chevron Summer Wreath:

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From Fox Hollow Cottage, a totally unique, FAB Flip Flop Summer Pool Noodle Wreath (say that three times fast!):  How fun is this!  She walks you through the entire wreath craft!

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And from Craft-o-Maniac, another very unique Summer wreath – love the fabric she used!!

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Memorial Day DIY

Memorial Day is next weekend, and we are planning a simple backyard BBQ with family… but for those of you who have grander plans, I’ve got some fun Red, White, and Blue DIY ideas AND recipes for you!

From BHG, a very simple idea for turning a red, white and blue crepe paper streamer into a table trim.  Love it!

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From Better Recipes, a yummy Red, White and Blue Dessert Pizza. (Yes, this is definitely on our family BBQ menu now!)

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From the Hostess blog, check out the amazing Americana 4th of July Block party post – lots of great ideas for red, white and blue that will work just as easily for Memorial Day!

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From Capital B, a ruffly patriotic wreath tutorial – perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July!

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What will you be doing for Memorial Day?  We’d love to hear about it!

Teacher Appreciation DIY and Free Printables

This week is Teacher Appreciation week, and with school also drawing to a close, I thought I’d post a few more “Teacher Thank You” gift ideas… (I’ve posted about this before, HERE and HERE).

From Skip to My Lou, a cute printable for flowers for the teacher:

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From eighteen25, another cute FREE printable, to go with a berry themed basket for teacher:

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A super cute teacher appreciation craft idea  from Lisa Storms, also with a free printable

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And from Bitsy Creations, some super cute printables for free Teacher Appreciation cards:

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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

I posted last year with some Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas, and I have a few new ideas that I found this year.  Between my three children, I have three home-room teachers, and three “extra” teachers that I need to plan for, so I’m trying to get started a little early!

From Skip to My Lou, a “thanks a latte” printable card – perfect for the teacher who is a coffee lover.

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Check out this super cute altered Pringles can that can be filled with goodies for the teacher, from Glue Sticks and Tape:

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Another GREAT idea from Skip to My Lou… a Summer Relaxation Kit – with a free teacher appreciation poem printable to help make this one easier for you!

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And from Simply Seleta… a trendy teacher gift – so super cute, and budget friendly too!

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Spring Break Activities for Kids

I know a lot of folks (kids) are already enjoying spring break, and many (kids) are looking forward to next week, so they can relax and enjoy a bit of time off.  As a parent of three such kiddos, I have been doing some searching for fun spring break activities, that won’t break the bank… and that won’t cause TOO big of a mess! (Because really, I don’t want to be cleaning up messes on our week OFF).  Sharing what I’ve found so far…

From SheKnows.com, a great post with four craft project ideas… but I especially like this yarn butterfly DIY project.  They are all easy and fun spring break activities!

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From The 36th Avenue, a tutorial on how to make paper bead bracelets – my daughter is going to be making a TON of these, I’m sure!  I love that it doesn’t require a lot of supplies, and I can even recycle some old magazines!

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From Parents.com, a very simple craft that can then be turned into a game that can be played (and played and played some more)… magnetic fishing game craft!

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From BHG, check out these adorable lightbulb sheep – so stinkin’ cute, and you aren’t really limited to just sheep… birds, dogs, cats… the only limit is your child’s imagination! There are actually 20 Easter crafts to make – check them out by scrolling through the pictures.

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And from Martha Stewart, a project that includes some learning AND long-term fun!  Eggshell flowerpots – a perfect after-Easter activity!

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Fun Easter Craft Ideas

Easter will be here before we know it, and it’s time to start making your decor and DIY plans!  (I have a birthday party to plan this month too, so I may be getting overly anxious – we do still have 20-something days to get our Easter DIY on).

Here are some fun, unique Easter DIY projects I found… some are practical, some are not, but all are Diva-licious!

First up, if you are looking for Easter wreath ideas and your a crafter, you’ll love this wreath tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home.  I love her very detailed photos, and this looks easy to make with a lovely WOW factor:

From Polka Dot Easter Eggs, from Style At Home.  These would be lovely in a centerpiece basket, especially with a variety of colors.  When you click through to this post make sure you scroll to see ALL FIVE of these fab Easter egg crafts!

A very Diva idea from Stylizimo… golden Easter eggs!  I love how simple this is – ugly Easter eggs with gold leaf painted on.  Gorgeous!

And from BHG a very shabby chic idea for Easter egg door decor! This is only one of 25 Easter egg decorating ideas in their post – make sure you scroll through all of them!

What kind of DIY Easter projects are YOU making?  We’d to hear about them… leave us a comment or send us an email!