Family Ghost Handprint Garland

Today I’m sharing a fun little project that Connor and I worked on over the weekend.

First, I love any project that includes Connor’s handprint and I needed some kind of Halloween decoration for a mirror that we have in our entry way.  I thought a Ghost Handprint garland would be perfect.  At first I was just going to use Connor’s handprint but then Connor suggested that we make a Family Ghost Handprint Garland.

So that’s what we did.

Family Ghost Handprint Garland

Isn’t it cute?  I’m pretty sure that everyone needs a Family Ghost Handprint Garland in their home for Halloween!

And it’s super easy to make.

Materials needed:

  • white paint
  • paint brush
  • black craft foam sheets or black cardstock
  • ribbon
  • exacto knife
  • googly eyes
  • glue gun and glue sticks (or any kind of glue)

Family Ghost Handprint Garland

Directions:  (I’m not sure you really need these but here they are just in case)

  • Paint entire hand white and press on black foam .
  • Once the paint dries, cut around the shape of your hand.
  • Glue googly  eyes with your handy dandy glue gun.  You can use any kind of glue.  I just like the glue gun because it dries so fast.
  • Cut two small slits at the top of each hand using the exacto knife and thread your ribbon through the openings.
  • Add all your ghosts to the ribbon leaving a space between each one.
  • Hang and admire your adorable family ghost handprint garland.


Family Ghost Handprint Garland

So, what do you think?

Have I inspired you to make one?

It’s a great Halloween craft to do with the entire family.  I think it would also be a fun little project to do at school with students.  I would totally do it if I taught elementary school.  My 6th graders would not be that excited about this but maybe I can convince them to do it.  I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

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Personalized Beaded Keychains

Are you looking for a fun summer craft that won’t take all day?  Then these personalized beaded keychains are perfect.  You can make one in less than 15 minutes or make a few in less than an hour and give them out to your favorite people.

Personalized Beaded Keychains - 15 Minute Craft

Connor picked out his new backpack over the weekend and then told me that he wanted to put a keychain with his name on the zipper like he had last year.  Last year I put a keychain on his zipper in case someone had a similar backpack in his class.  I already had container full of beads so I thought it would be fun for him to make his own personalized keychain.

Supplies Needed:

  • alphabet Beads
  • assorted beads
  • keychain rings
  • ribbon, string, or cording (we used all 3 because that’s what I already had)

Step 1:  Cut a piece of string twice the length you will need.  Thread it through the key ring and fold it over so that you have two strings that same length.

Step 2:  Add your beads through both strings.

Step 3:  Tie a know at the end.

Personalized Beaded Keychains - 15 Minute Craft

That’s it!  Now you have a cute personalized beaded keychain.

After Connor finished making his own, he made one for mom and dad:)  Now he wants to make more for his cousins and his Grammy.

What 15 minute crafts have you and your child made recently?

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15 Minute Holiday Mugs

Don’t you just love when a project comes out exactly like you pictured in your mind?

I’ve been wanting to make sharpie mugs ever since I first saw them on Pinterest.  So I finally said to myself, “What are you waiting for?”

I went out and bought a few permanent markers and then hit my local thrift store for a few white mugs.

Holiday Sharpie Mug

After playing around with a few different sayings, I decided that “May all your days be Merry and Bright” was perfect for this time of year and all year long.

Then bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

I really love how it turned out!

But since this was such an easy project, I couldn’t stop there.

Personalized Snowman Mugs

I made these cute snowman mugs.  Connor and I love drinking hot chocolate now that it is getting colder outside.  So after I baked the mugs int he oven, we enjoyed a nice cup of hot chocolate with our new mugs.

Don’t you just love quick and easy projects?

I think I’m going to make a few and give them as gifts these year.  I could put gift cards and small gifts inside the mugs.

UPDATE:  I’ve had a few people leave comments stating that the sharpie wipes off even after baking.  I would suggest using a porcelain paint pen or Sharpie paint pen.

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Latitude & Longitude Wall Art

As soon as I came across Kirsten’s Latitude and Longitude artwork on Pinterest, I immediately saved her free printable and created my very own.

latitude longitude wall art

I love how it turned out!  I used Pic Monkey to add my coordinates and the quote “Home is where our story begins.”

 latitude and longitude wall art

Isn’t her printable AMAZING!!  I love the map.  Kirsten’s entire site is fabulous!  I love finding great ideas and awesome new blogs on Pinterest.

I uploaded it to Shutterfly and ordered it for less than $4.

Oh, I just love it so much!!  Thanks Kirsten for inspiring this artwork and for the free printable.  And, of course, thank you Pinterest for taking time out of my day and always inspiring me!

What has Pinterest inspired you to create lately?  Don’t forget to link up to this month’s Pinterest Challenge.

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Personalized Dog Placemat

Our dog was in desperate need of a new placemat and since I love personalized things I started looking online for one.  After searching for a little while and not finding any that I liked for a reasonable price, I decided I was just going to have to make one.

This ended up being such an easy project.  I’m glad I didn’t pay to have one made.

I simply went to Target and bought an inexpensive placemat for $2.99 and added our dog’s name, Rocky, using vinyl letters.  It took less than 5 minutes to make and I’ve gotten so many compliments.

Definitely a quick and easy personalized project that anyone can do!!

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2010 in Words

A friend of mine told me about an awesome website.  It’s called tagxedo and it creates word art.  It is similar to wordle, except you can save it to your computer.  It will also put the words into different shapes like a heart, train, four-leaf clover, etc.  It is a really neat website to play around on.  There are so many fonts, colors, and shapes to choose from.

So, as we were having a lazy family movie day, I decided to play around with tagxedo and create one using words, events, and memories of 2010.

This is what I came up with:

If you are looking for a simple way to make subway art or just want to play around with some word art, check it out for yourself.  It makes it super easy.  I do recommend saving it as 1 mp and then I just uploaded it to photobucket.  I think there is a way to get the html code directly from tagxedo but my macbook was acting up.
Have fun creating your own!  Comment with your blog post if you create one.  I’d love to see what you come up with.
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