Christmas Countdown

Hello y’all! We are gearing up for the holidays over here. I was in charge of making a Christmas Countdown for 50 people, so I knew it needed to be something cute, simple, and reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. So, with the help of many wonderful family members, I busted them out. And we are providing the pages for you… for free. Boo-yah! Now, I typed them, then realized I didn’t love the order we originally had, so that’s why the dates are all over the place. However, the purpose of this is to cut out, so ultimately it doesn’t matter 😉

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We printed ours on red and green paper in black and white, but it also looks so clean, fresh, and crisp in color on white. To keep all the pages together, we bought binder clips and just hole punched a circle in the top corner of each. Simple and easy. To package it up cute, I put it in a clear plastic party bag, tied with twine, and added a small ornament from the target dollar section. These would be so cute to give out as neighbor gifts, family gifts, or just to make for yourself too!

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Enjoy! Just click on the picture and save. As always, these are free for personal use only. All of these Scriptures, and the talks were taken from lds.org. We would love to know what you plan on using this for, leave a comment below. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Pallet Pumpkin | DIY Tutorial

Happy fall y’all! Since fall is now here officially, we thought it would be fun to bring you a festive fall or Halloween easy craft!

This is so easy and the pictures explain it pretty well, so if you have a question on anything not covered, just leave a comment below!

Step One:

Pick your boards and lay them out. Stagger the edges to make a tiered shape.

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Step Two:

Measure the distance between each tier level and mark off on the other side to cut. Our tiers varied from 1 inch to an inch and a half. Our longest middle board ended up being 21 inches, and was 18 inches tall, excluding the stem.

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Step Three:

Paint with a base coat so when you want your actual color, it will be brighter and you won’t need to do as many coats.

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Step Four:

Lay your boards face down and use a thin board to keep it all together, and then screw through each board to make sure it is secure.

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Step Five:

Distress the pumpkin using sandpaper. We used 100 grit. I also had a little help with this step 😉

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And finally, get that pumpkin hung up! I kept mine plain, but how cute would be to add a pattern to it? You could do chevron, stripes, polka dots, or even a jack-o-lantern face. The possibilities are endless! We’d love to hear if you make one!

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If you love that banner and candy corn sign, look no further than here and here!

Under the Sea | Baby Shower

We are so excited to share this party with y’all! We had way too much fun planning it. Some things didn’t go as originally planned, but the changes we had to make made it turn out even better! Today we will just post some pictures, and then we will do a follow up tutorial of all the little details in the next few days!

For decorations, of course it was all things Under the Sea. We made these adorable little sea creatures and they were the perfect touch! Watch for a tutorial on how to make these coming soon, or feel free to follow us to 😉

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For dinner we did a delicious chicken taco salad bar, which y’all don’t need to see pictures of that! The dessert was the real fun! For the utensils, we put them in these fun paper bags for a quick and easy way to get all the necessities without carrying a big handful. We cut the tops with decorative scissors and added on the adorable clipart which we made in photoshop. We purchased the adorable sea clipart, which we also used to make the invites, here.

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The banner was made from on the cricut from the Creature a Critter cartridges. We also made the centerpiece out of that same cartridges. For the water, we used blue crinkle paper and the sand is graham cracker crumbs.

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And finally, the dessert. Not only was it adorable, but hello, look how cute and fun it was! We found the inspiration for these crab cookies here, but we opted to do cookies that we purchased at Dicks Market. Another good tip to keep the colors the same with the crabs, buy colored toothpicks and use the reds and oranges. One other thing we did differently on our crabs was cut the fuzzy peach claws in 4th instead of a crescent shape. The inspiration for our oyster cookies came from here. We choose to use Keebler Sandies cookies. We also found an amazing Betty Crocker Cake Icing canned spray frosting that made the frosting part soooo easy. For the pearl we used a sixlet. For the decorative candy jars, we used pearl sixlets, and the Goldfish Graham cookies. The purple cakes in the back were Little Debbie Jellyfish Marshmallow cookies.

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates | Birthday Party

My little man had his first birthday back in December and he loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates so his party was a no brainer! It was so much fun planning and deciding what  to do and how to decorate. As always, we try to decorate and make the house themed and fun, but still stay on a budget.

For the decorations, I found a free Disney digital paper download. I downloaded the skull and bones and used that to make a banner throughout the whole house by cutting out triangles. I also found free downloads of all the characters, gold doubloons, to hang up. I also used these straw flags to wrap around the silverware in a napkin. For any words you may want printed, like a Happy Birthday sign, you can find the font here. I also used 14 pictures to make a big #1 for his year in review.

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The food was simple sandwiches that I made to look like a crab with croissant, olives, and cheetos. Ok, ok lets be honest. In all the birthday party day of craziness, I forgot to put the legs of the crabs on. But use three cheetos on each side to make an adorable croissant crab.

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For dessert we had cupcakes from Smiths. If you have read any of our other posts, anytime we have cupcakes we get them from Smiths. They do a great job for a price that doesn’t break the bank, and they are so tasty too. I purchased instant downloads off Etsy for these fun cupcake toppers. They were so cute!

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It was such a fun night! Do you have any Jake and the Neverland Pirate lovers at your house? If so, we hope this gives some good ideas for a fun piratey party!

Colored Rocks | Tutorial

We have a ton of rocks just lying around our yard. They are boring and ugly and really just get in the way of pretty flowers. One day we collected all our rocks and decided to paint them. We have so much spray paint from past projects we decided to put it to use.

This tutorial is super hard. So I hope it makes sense 😉 Gather rocks | Wash all the dirt off | Spray paint a base coat primer on (we used white) | Spray paint your colors of choice | Let dry | Place in garden, sand box, around the yard for some color, or wherever else you want. Easy, right?

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This is an easy way to add some cheap and easy fun to your yard! My little guy loves digging and finding them and putting them in the back of his toy truck. Even my nephews love to play and dig and find them. Hours of fun!

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We would love to hear if you plan on doing this! We are thinking how fun it would be to paint some fun things on them too, lady bugs, bees, rock people, fish!

Happy Halloween | DIY Banner

Hello everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your October! Afterall, October is such a fun month! So, it’s only the beginning of the month and it’s not too late to keep adding fun little items to your decor! With that being said, here is a fun “Happy Halloween” burlap banner. It’s cute, easy, and super cheap!

So all I did to make this easy and super cute banner was find a font I liked online and cut the letters out along with cutting out triangle shaped burlap.

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Next, trace the letters onto the burlap with a sharpie.

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Then, using a sponge brush, dab paint onto the letters, and once the paint was dry I added a glitter coat.

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Once the paint has dried, hot glue your letters onto your banner and hang it up! So easy!

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Candy Corn Craft | Door Hanger or Mantle Decor | DIY

…Do you hear the crickets chirping around here? We sure have! We have been crazy busy, ya know, back to school, life in general. Plus, we wish we had more time to just sit and craft! But Halloween’s coming, we have some great crafts for you that we will try to get up quickly!!

So tonight, we are bringing you a candy corn craft! We saw the idea on pinterest to buy, and although it was so cute (and we instantly fell in love with it), we knew we could make it a lot cheaper and make it right to our liking. Some things we did different from the original pin we saw was instead of paint, we decided to modge podge scrapbook paper on! We also decided to not turn ours into a door hanger, and put inside as decor. So here is the step by step and tips that worked for us!

Our first task was getting the candy corns cut out. I’m sure your local craft store would have cut outs, but we once again, utilized what we had. AKA the husband. We bought a big 8 ft board at Lowes and found a candy corn stencil online. We spent about $12 on the board, but we only used half the board for 4 candy corns! Our dimensions for the candy corn is 10 in (at the bottom of candy corn) by 14 in tall.

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Now, onto the fun part! You need: letter, scrapbook paper, modge podge, white paint, black paint, and any embellishments you want to add.

Step One: Paint your sides and back of the candy corn. We all chose to do our edges/back white. Also at the same time, paint your letter. We got our cute letters at Hobby Lobby, but I also saw them at Michael’s! Some painted white, and some painted black! It’s just a personal preference!

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Step Two: While your paint is drying, cut out your paper. We took our stencil that we cut out our wood with and cut it down into sections. If you buy your candy corn at a craft store, just trace the outline onto plain white paper and then you can make a stencil from that. Trace your layer on the back of your scrapbook paper so you don’t get pencil on the front. You don’t want to run all your hard work with pencil lines.

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Step Three: Modge Podge scrapbook paper on.

Step Four:  Place your letter. We used Gorilla Glue to stick by putting small dots on the back of the letter all over.

And… you’re done! It was super easy! It took us about two hours from start to finish! We still have a few things to finish up, like adding embellishments and possibly wire to hang for us that want to hang them.. But we promise to update the post when we do that! 😉 And money wise, I betcha we spent under $10 a candy corn! Also, our sweet mother hasn’t made hers yet! So when she gets hers done, we will add! Don’t you love how different they all are?!

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Aren’t you so excited for Halloween??!!! We are!

Burlap Wreath – Tutorial

Hello, out there! This fine evening we thought we would bring you a tutorial for a simple burlap door wreath. We recently painted our door so I needed a new wreath. We went with a bright blue door, so I needed a simple wreath that wouldn’t compete for attention.  I also only like to change out my wreaths 2 or 3 times a year so I wanted something that will look good through all seasons. After browsing pinterest for some inspiration, I knew burlap would be just the right thing. I have a love affair with burlap. I love it just about as much as I hate it. It’s hard (ish) to work with and messy. It looks amazing, has great texture, and looks so good in just about any way you can imagine. So I will still use it. Despite our love/hate relationship.

I headed to Joannes to buy a plain white foam wreath. I had a 40% off coupon so I only spent $3.50 on the wreath. I bought 2 yds of burlap (which is way more than plenty, I needed it for other projects) for just above $6. Add in a couple of glue sticks and this project was under $10. Not to shabby.

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I cut my burlap into to strips so I could wrap it around the wreath. Do you know the trick to cutting burlap to make sure you get straight strips? Check out this awesome tutorial here.

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I used 8 strips that were 2 inches wide each. I wrapped it twice to make sure no white was peeking out. I would hot glue at the beginning of a strip, in the middle, and at the end. I made sure to always glue on the back side so no hot glue poked out. Remember when you are using hot glue and burlap, the burlap has holes, so don’t put your fingers behind it flatten it down. A trick I did was I used a wood ruler to push against the back so I didn’t burn my fingers.

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After I had the whole thing wrapped, I made some burlap flowers. I kept mine the same color to keep it simple. You can find a great tutorial on how to make these here. The tutorial said to glue as you go, I found it easier to wrap it all first then glue.

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Once I placed my flowers, I hot glued them onto the wreath and made the hanger. I tied a knot in the middle of a strip then wrapped it around to the length I wanted and of course used some hot glue to secure it.

After that, admire your handy work. And you’ll probably need to soak those fingers in cold water to heal those darn burns.

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Pallet Sign – Tutorial

Hey, y’all! Today we have a step by step tutorial for you! Pallets are so trendy right now and are being incorporated into home design in the funnest way. Pallet walls, furniture, and signs are a fun way to add a rustic feel to your home. Remember, the idea of pallets is to embrace them and feel rustic, not to cover up the fact you are using a pallet! So, here is a tutorial for you on a pallet sign with your favorite quote.

Step 1 – Take apart your pallets. Pulling out the nails is near impossible. Plus, leaving the nails in adds interest and character. We found that a sawzall is the way to go. It will go right through those nails and literally takes 2 minutes to take apart a pallet opposed to an hour (and a lot of frustration) if you pull nails one by one.

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Step 2 – Pick your boards and choose your size. Once you have your boards all picked, lay them out in the order you want them. The more textured and scuffed boards you pick, the more character and individuality your sign will have.

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Step 3 – Flip your boards over, lay a board over the back (like picture) to be your support and keep the sign together. Then, use screws to keep it together. Make sure your screws are short enough so they don’t poke out the front of the sign!

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Step 4- Pick your paint. We wanted to white wash it to keep the old feel to it. We had leftover white paint that we used to give a whitewash effect by painting in uneven stokes.

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Step 5-While paint is drying, print your quote letters in the size you want. Our letters were one per page.

Step 6- Lay out your letters and place quote how you want it. Then trace the outline of the letters with a pencil.

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Step 7- Paint letters the color of your choice. We used our leftover kitchen color paint for “i love us” and for “together is my favorite place” was craft paint from Michaels that was on sale 3 for $1.

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Step 8- Hang that baby up.

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Things to note: The final dimensions were 26×26 inches and 40×32 inches. The only powertools needed for this are a drill and sawzall.