DIY Emoji Plushies

Hello there makers! I hope y’all had a fantastic Halloween with your friends and family. If you follow Mine for the Making on Instagram or Facebook, then you saw all of the fun we had! But now that Halloween is over, we are busy getting ready for the next holidays. We love to make a lot of the gifts we give for Christmas and right now my daughter and her friends are super into emojis. And to be honest with you, so am I! LOL! So today we are going to (finally) share our DIY Emoji Plushies with you.

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My daughter (8) loves to craft and create, so she came up with the idea of turning her favorite emojis into plushies! These would make great Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and even party favors. 

Our plushies are about 5 inches but you can make them as big or as small as you want. Also, because this is a kids’ craft, there’s no sewing involved, however you are welcome to adjust the tutorial to your liking and skill level. 

You will need:

  • felt (yellow, red, black, etc.)
  • puff paint (white, black, red, blue, etc.)
  • cotton/stuffing
  • scissors
  • Sharpie or marker
  • circle to trace
  • pictures of emojis
  • hot glue gun + glue

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First you want to trace out 2 circles per emoji on yellow felt. I used a bowl to trace and my sharp scissors to cut them out. 

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Using your marker, carefully draw an emoji face on one of the two circles. Then trace over it with puff paint OR you can cut pieces out of felt and hot glue them onto the yellow circle.

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Next you are going to hot glue the two circles together, but be sure to put the face of the emoji against the other yellow circle so that you don’t see it. You will be gluing the emoji face inside out. Also be sure that you leave a small opening without glue so that once your glue dries, you can flip it right side out.

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Once you have flipped your emoji plush right side out, stuff cotton or stuffing into the opening. Put as much as you want inside…the fluffier the better! Then carefully close up the opening with more hot glue.

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And that’s it! Super fun craft that I’m sure all kids would love! We made 5 of our favorite emojis so far…

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Are you or your kids crazy about emojis too? Which are your favorites?

Let us know if you make your own DIY Emoji Plushies! We’d love to see pictures of them!

Tips for Preserving Pumpkins

Welcome to another segment of Must Have Craft Tips and More!

Must Have Craft Tips and More
It’s October, a new month for the series, but Bev, Kara, Allison, and I are stilling bringing you fall-themed tips. You can’t have too many of those right?

Must Have Craft Tips: The BEST Tips for Preserving Pumpkins all fall long
I’ve rounded up some of the best tips from around the web for preserving your pumpkins, whether carved or not, to make them last as long as possible. I don’t know about you, but I’m a complete sucker for decorating with pumpkins in the fall! I love the natural look in my decor.

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We have a wonderful local pumpkin patch that grows all sorts of pumpkins and gourds and allows you to go picking in the patch. This poor wagon from last year didn’t know what hit it after I went hunting for pumpkins! You can see I went a little crazy. I did say I love my pumpkins! And, of course, I want to make them last as long as possible through the season.

I also love to bring some of my pumpkins indoors. I have the Pioneer Woman Cake Stand that I love to dress up for the holidays because, let’s be honest, it’s NOT always full of cake, much to the chagrin of my little boys. But placing live pumpkins and moss under a sealed dome can lead to problems. Moisture builds up and mold sets in. But one of the tricks I’m sharing with you today will keep that moisture away and keep everything under the dome nice and dry!

I give you a brief description of each pumpkin preservation tip, but be sure to click the links on each one to read the tips in full.

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365ish Days of Pinterest
This blogger swears by soaking pumpkins in a bleach bath then giving them a good wipe down with Vaseline to extend their lives.

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Graceful Little Honeybee
A warm bath and a good towel off is what this blogger recommends to stretch pumpkins out for months of decorative use.

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A Real-Life Housewife
There are some great tips here to extend the life of a carved pumpkin, including spraying the inside with a bleach mixture to keep bacteria at bay.

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It’s Great to be Home
Floor cleaner can not only give your gourds a pretty shine, but it can create a layer to keep moisture out of them.

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Creative Cain Cabin
This blogger says after giving your pumpkins a good wash and dry to spray them with a clear spray paint to keep moisture from getting in.

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Family Food Garden
If you grow your own pumpkins, these are some great tips for harvesting, curing, and storing them until you are ready to use them.

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Embracing Homemaking
This is a pretty powerful photo. And, as stated, this blogger tried 7 different methods to preserve her pumpkins and 1 worked like a charm.

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My Science Project
This blogger did all the work for you on testing methods to find out how best to preserve a carved pumpkin by trying 5 different methods, including a white school glue method I had never heard of. Do you think you know which method was best?

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The V Spot
This tip is the one I was hinting at earlier. It is one of my favorite tips for keeping moisture out of my pumpkin displays. But I do recommend keeping the silica in the packets. It will work just as well.

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Join us next week for another must have craft tip for the fall season!

 

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Simple Desert Party

We wanted to celebrate a start to another homeschool year, and what better way to celebrate than with a party! Parties don’t have to cost a lot of money and they don’t have to take a bunch of time to organize. One of my favorite things to do is get the kids involved in the planning and party making. Enter in our Simple Desert Party!

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We decided on a small budget and that we wanted the party to be bright and happy and desert themed since we live in the Arizona. 

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We shopped around the house in supplies we already had and went to our local dollar store for a couple of plastic table cloths and a package of balloons. My daughter insisted that every good party has food… and she opted to bake cupcakes. 

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Using paper I had on hand, twine, toothpicks, hot glue, and my awesome Prizm Die Cutting & Embossing Machine to make the adorable decorations. 

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They were all so easy and fun to make! I used my Prizm to cut out and emboss the potted cacti and then used two sided tape to attach them to the banner pieces. 

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Aren’t they so pretty?! I just love them.

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Next, we glued some of the paper potted cacti (say that 10 times fast) to toothpicks to make toppers for our yummy cupcakes. And they couldn’t have turned out any cuter!

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We loved planning and decorating for our Simple Desert Party! It was easy thanks to my Prizm machine and stock of leftover party supplies!

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Not only is it super easy to use, there’s a ton of dies to pick from and it’s small for easy storage. You can check out the DIY Adventure Frame we made using the Prizm HERE

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There you have it! Aren’t those cactus balloons fun?! Thanks for stopping by today, makers! Remember that you can create a fun celebration using what you have and adding a few cute details… doesn’t have to be hard or overdone or cost a lot!

How do you celebrate the start of a new school year?

 

*Spellbinders supplied me with the Prizm machine, but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share products and companies I know my readers will love just as much as I do!

BOO Halloween Porch Decoration

I am so excited to be here to share a Halloween project I made a couple of years ago! Check out this BOO Halloween Porch Decoration…

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Made using scrap wood that I already had on hand, my husband and I got busy and finished this adorable Halloween decoration. 

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First we drew out the word BOO in big bubble letters, going down the piece of wood vertically. 

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Then we used a drill to make holes for jig saw to fit into so that we could easily cut out the centers of the letters. After the centers were cut out, we ‘traced’ around the edges to define the letters a bit more. 

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Using a dremel tool, we sanded the edges and insides of the BOO letters, while my husband cut and sanded the block stand for the letters. I primed and painted all the wood in white….and then I started my favorite part…the decorative painting! 

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I used Chevron Frog Tape for the letter B and then I painted polka dots and stripes on the Os. I used Martha Stewart’s Adobo Satin Craft Paint for the orange parts of the patio decoration. Now here’s where this project gets even cooler… 

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I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Glow-in-the-Dark Decoupage around the edges of all the letters and on the decorative parts of the BOO decoration so that it will glow at night! How fun is that? Once everything was dry, I set it up in the block stand on my front porch. And, here’s a fun tip for you- use a black light to “charge up” that glow-in-the-dark paint to really make it glow…and it helps for photographs too! 

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So there you have it…and easy peasy DIY Halloween decoration for your porch. I didn’t give any measurements in this tutorial because you can make this as big or as small as you want it!

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If you liked this Halloween decoration, you may want to check out my Drop Cloth Candy Corn Bunting

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or this Wood and Burlap Halloween Sign

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or the Reclaimed Wood Candy Corn!

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Are you decorating for Halloween yet?! It’s one of my most favorite times of the year! 

DIY Makers Camp for Kids

Hello there makers! It’s been a HOT summer here in Arizona and I’ve been having fun finding things for us to do to not only keep us busy but keep us cool. When I found out about Pinspiration’s DIY Makers Camp for Kids, I knew that my daughter would LOVE to attend.

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The summer camp is a week long for 3 hours a day and each day the kids are creating something new.

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Lots of active participation and engagement in a studio full of craft and art supplies. Talk about the perfect place to let your kids creative juices flow!

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A few of the projects my daughter made and came home with were: a teepee, an art caddy, a magnetic dancing doll, shaving cream art, a Tic-Tac-Toe game, and a painted tile.

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Each day/week the projects change, so you can register your children for multiple weeks if you want! And we loved the camp teachers… they were so sweet and helpful and patient with all of the kids.

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They also listened to a story, did science experiments, colored, painted, played games, and made new friends.

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Have you been to Pinspiration yet? It’s a DIY, art and craft studio that has rotational, Pinterest-inspired crafts and projects. I tell you about the top 3 reasons you should visit Pinspiration HERE and we also had a Back To School Party at Pinspiration last year that you can check out HERE.

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Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Snapchat (@mineforthemakin) so you can catch the behind the scenes of all the fun things we do! Here’s our Facebook Live of our first day at camp at Pinspiration in case you missed it!

 


 

Posted by Mine for the Making on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 

DIY Adventure Frame

I was given products to review in exchange for this post. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own and I only share products and companies I really love.

Hello there and happy Monday friends! Our school year is getting ready to start up so I thought it would be fun if my daughter and I recapped all of the fun things we’ve done so far this summer. We’ve explored our state and have gone on new hikes and adventures, which is probably both of our favorites. To remember what a fun summer we’ve had, we made a DIY Adventure Frame and she picked out her favorite picture from our adventures to put inside.

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This frame was a really fun craft and something that you can make with and for your kids. Please be advised that children under 14 should have adult supervision and assistance with this craft. You will need a few supplies to get started…

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Once you have gathered your supplies, lay some newspaper down and paint your frame.

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Then, following the directions of the Prizm, get your plates, die cuts, and paper set up.

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Stack them like a sandwich and feed the plates into the Prizm. Use the crank to carefully slide them through the machine. Pull the plates out on the opposite side.

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Use the Tool N One to help poke out the paper from the die cuts. The Prizm cuts so nicely!

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Once the paint on your wooden frame is dry, Mod Podge the paper pieces on to your frame and let dry. Then go over the entire frame with one coat of Mod Podge to seal it. Allow 10-12 hours of dry time.

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Finally, pick out and print a picture to put inside of your frame.

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Now you have a wonderful memory to look back on in a cute DIY Adventure Frame. I bet you have a couple of summer adventures worth framing!

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I love the look of the aqua against the map scrapbook paper, don’t you? My daughter was super happy with how her frame turned out and rightfully so. It’s adorable.

 

What kinds of adventures have you gone on this summer and how do you record those memories?

 

 

Must Have Craft Tips and More

I have such an exciting new series to tell you about today!

MHCTM- square graphic If you’ve visited here before, you will have seen the Pinterest Feature Friday posts that we share every Friday. They have been so fun to write and we have all loved finding new friends to follow and pins to keep, but we felt like it was time for something new!

So today I’m introducing a new series that will be held here every Friday – Must Have Craft Tips and more! I’m partnering with Allison from A Glimpse Inside, Bev from Flamingo Toes, and Michelle from The Scrap Shoppe to bring you a fun and creative craft tip every week!

These tips will cover everything from crafting, organizing, sewing, DIY and more and will be great time-savers, cool tricks and new ways of doing things. We’re excited to share our ideas with you all and hope you find the series to be a great resource!

We’d also love to know about any tips you’d like – do you have a favorite craft you would like a tip for – or maybe some help with organization? We’ll be putting our calendar for the rest of the year together so leave a comment letting us know what you’d like to see!

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Make sure you stop in next week for our first post in the series!

DIY Flamingo Shirt

Hello there makers!

I am so excited to finally have a chance to share a craft with y’all. Last month I attended a blogging conference (SNAP) and I needed flamingo attire for one of the themed parties. Of course I waited to the last minute (read: I was busy up until the last second) and couldn’t find anything and didn’t have time to order anything online. Insert crafting opportunity at it’s finest. That’s when I decided I was just going to have to make something myself. Check out how my DIY Flamingo Shirt turned out…

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To make your own, you’ll need:

  • Silhouette Cameo (or a similar machine)
  • freezer paper
  • craft paint and fabric medium
  • iron
  • cardboard
  • sponge brush
  • blow dryer
  • shirt (Walmart for less than $4)

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the image I wanted on my shirt and then cut the image out on freezer paper. I put cardboard inside the shirt and placed the freezer paper flamingo and hearts on the shirt.

*You could use the inside of the stencil rather than the outside and get a different look as well.

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After you place the stencil where you want, carefully iron it onto the shirt. Make sure that the shiny part of the freezer paper is down, on the shirt.

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Next you’ll want to get your paints ready. Mix a few drops of medium in with the craft paint and mix around. This will prevent the paint from washing out of your shirt.

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Now you are ready to sponge the paint onto the shirt however you want. I wanted mine to look painted, so I emphasized the sponge look.

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After the area you want is covered, carefully peal off your freezer paper stencil. I used tweezers to help get the freezer paper lifted.

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Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process and help set the paint onto the shirt. After it’s dry, throw it into the dryer for a quick tumble. Then it’s ready to wear!

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Thank goodness for those last minute craft projects that save your booty! I really love the way it turned out and it was perfect for the party at SNAP conference.

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I even got a special fan girl moment in my DIY Flamingo Shirt with my all time favorite crafter, Heidi Swapp. Talk about awesome!! More details on my fan girl moment and time at SNAP conference to come… it really deserves it’s own blog post!

So go make yourself some freezer stencil shirts, makers! The options are endless and it’s a fun, inexpensive craft. What would you put on a shirt with freezer paper?

 

 

MFTM Builds a House

Hello there Makers! I am so excited to finally share what’s been keeping me busy over here behind the scenes at Mine for the Making! We sold our home a few months ago, bought an RV, consolidated our debt, simplified our living, and bought our own piece of earth. That’s right… We are officially land owners and we couldn’t be more thrilled. And now that we have our glorious acre and a quarter, we are ready to share some of our BIG plans with you, our awesome readers. We are about to take this blog to a whole new level. If you’ve followed along for awhile, you know I share home decor, DIY projects, crafts, recipes, travel, and mom adventures. Now we are about to take you on a new kind of journey as MFTM Builds a House!

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We are going from city living to ranch life. From houses right next door to one another to homes and barns on an acre or more. City living to county living. Horses and farm animals all around. We are very, very excited for this adventure (which also happens to be my one little word for 2016) and we can’t wait to share it all with you.

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You are seeing it firsthand, in the very beginning stages. Now, we are measuring out the property, laying out where everything will go, designing the house with an architect, and getting information about permits. Our plan is to build our new home ourselves, showing you the process along the way. The cool part is that we aren’t building an ordinary house. We are going to show you alternative and eco-friendly housing at it’s finest. Tips, tricks, how-tos, failures and accomplishments… all of it all along the way.

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I will be sharing a ton as we go on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) as well as videos (Periscope and YouTube)… you can literally come on this adventure with us! Stay tuned for all of our plans and watch our dreams become reality as MFTM Builds a House!

DIY Party Fringe

I have been OBSESSED with fringe lately. . . I just think it looks so fun and festive! I also love that it is easy and inexpensive to make. I typically use tissue paper to make fringe, but I had some left over crepe paper streamers from a previous project, and thought I’d try using it this time. How fun is this DIY Party Fringe?
 
 
This is probably one of the easiest party d├ęcor DIY projects you can do. . . easy enough you can involve the little people in your life too! This project is also super diverse! You can make numbers, letters, shapes. . . whatever you want to complement your party theme and color.
 
In this case, I made a number to stand on a welcome table for a two year old birthday party, however, I think it would look adorable on a cake table, food table, hanging on a wall, or even on the front door to welcome guests.
 
So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make your own fringe number.
 
Materials
  • Cardboard (I used a piece of a diaper box I had on hand)
  • Crepe Paper Streamers in Various Colors (you could also use tissue paper)
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
*You may also want a x-acto knife to make cutting easier.
 
Step 1
Draw the shape you would like to create on your cardboard. In this case, I chose to free-hand draw the number two.
 
Step 2
Cut out your shape. You could certainly use scissors, but since my cardboard was a little thicker, I used a x-acto knife.
 
Step 3
To help myself create straight lines of fringe, I drew faint lines as markers.
 
Step 4
  • Cut strips of streamers to longest length needed to cover your shape.
  • Fold streamers in half.
  • Fringe cut the folded streamer.
  • Open and cut streamer down the center so you have 2 fringed pieces (approx. 3/4 inch wide).
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Using your adhesive, begin layering fringe strips. Be sure to start at the bottom of your shape.
 
Step 6
After fringing your entire shape, give your shape a trim and cut off any excess streamer hanging over the edges.
 
And there you have it! A simple craft to jazz up any party!
 
For more party inspiration and DIY tutorials, check me out over Mindy Alyse Celebrations.
 
Party On,
 
Mindy