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Ghost Halloween Craft

Hey hey…happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. It’s that time of year where we have a ton of extra candy in the house….send me some will power would you? My friends at Hershey’s sent a ginormous box of candy asking me to share with you a fun Halloween craft idea. Of course my kids think that I must realllllly be important now—since Hershey sent me candy…#ornot.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Marbled Easter Eggs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love how colorful Easter eggs are these days. Back in my day it seems that all we had was pastels with the color kit that came at the grocery store. There are so many fun ways to decorate Easter eggs now, with paper Mache, different color food dyes, foam and paper, glitter, gold leaf and even nail polish… it really is a fun interactive craft to do with your kiddos! My friends at Bounty and Nickelodeon invited me to come up with a fun craft to do in the kitchen with your kids to celebrate the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. These Easter eggs would be a great project to do while you watch! There is a ton of other inspiring ideas out that will put your kids in the party mood. Search up #slimeon on your favorite social channel and be sure to tag @NickBreaks to show them what you have created!Head to @NickBreaks and enter #SlimeOnSweeps for a chance to win prizes thanks to @Bounty

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You will just need a few household items to create these one of a kind eggs. I would caution: these are just for display….to create these bright marbled eggs we used nail polish. Even though it is just on the shell….I wouldn’t recommend eating these eggs. You could blow out the eggs first….we just hard boiled a dozen.

Gather your supplies:

green and orange nail polish

shallow plastic container

bounty paper towels

news paper or wax paper

toothpicks

rubber gloves

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How to:

fill container 1/4 of the way with room temp water

drop in a few dots of each nail polish

roll the egg until the sides are covered

place on wax paper to dry

you can use a toothpick to swirl the colors a bit but it dries quick…so you’ll need to be quick

for every egg you will need to re-drop nail polish in the water

Play with the colors and have fun with it! Rubber gloves and Bounty paper towels will make quick clean up too…so go ahead and get slimy!Get more slime content and tweet your own with #SlimeOn

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Have a great time rooting on your favorite stars at this year’s Kids Choice Awards!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy Handmade Valentine with free printable

Thanks for all your excitement about our possible adventure…. (see Wednesdays post). All we know at this hour is that we are still “in contention”…fingers crossed:) Till then….here is a sweet craft to do this weekend:)

Even though my kiddos are 15 now I still like to come up with a corny little Valentine to give them. We used to spend hours by the table making handmade Valentines when they were little and for some reason I love all the little corny sayings. There’s so many to choose from. But I thought I would give you 5 really easy fun ideas in case you’re looking for a craft to do this weekend. You can knock these out and have Valentines all finished and ready to go.

 

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The one that I made I basically just wrapped a pack of gum. It’s really nothing new…it’s all over Pinterest I’m sure. I created the printable that you can print out and cut out and all you have to do is tape it on a pack of gum and you’re finished. Some of the others that I picked to show you don’t call for any kind of candy which is also nice. It’s fun to give a little treat or something special that doesn’t cost a lot of money. And like always you can search up Pinterest homemade valentines and you will have a huge array of ideas. All you’re going to need for my valentine is some paper or cardstock some scotch tape and scissors. The size of the printable is about 3 x 5.5 so it should wrap around most packs of gum.

Click on HERE to download the printable (I put 3 on one sheet of paper:) (obviously for personal use only….don’t go selling these and telling people you made the printable mkay:)

 

gum valentine

 

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I thought these were adorable too….I mean who doesn’t love a truck full of donut goodness??

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Donut Truck Printable

 

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You’re the BALM printable

 

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Fruit Valentine Printable

 

 

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Balloon Valentine

Happy weekend my loves:)

xo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY snack tray for the car

Fall travel is right around the corner….here is a great tool to keep the cars neat:)

Our cars often times are like our home on wheels…we are constantly going somewhere….and making that space “work” as efficiently and as neat as possible is always a plus. I think the back envelope area of your car seat is thee best way to help keep your car tidy. Every member of my family have benefited from these snack trays. They are an inexpensive way to keep food on laps….easy to make…a snitch to clean…AND they fit in the seatback…win win!

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So here is how you go about making a couple of cute snack trays for your car:) You will need:

2 dollar store cookie sheets

1 large plastic shopping bag (mine is from TJ Maxx)

tacky glue

some heavy books

scissors

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This is how we do it: (are you singing now? like MC Hammer? just me? carry on…..)

cut the bag so that you have 2 pieces of plastic

trace the cookie sheet on the wrong side of the plastic

cut it out

place glue along inside edge of cookie sheet

place one plastic sheet on and press firmly

set heavy books on top till dry

 

 

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Isn’t it cute how is matches my Puffs tissues:) Some days I just feel like I could rule the world;) Puffs sent me some fabulous travel tissues to place back in the seat too. I love that the container is “squishable” and water resistant. Very user friendly packaging…and not bad to look at either:) I’m so fancy like that…:) Be sure to look up Puffs on Facebook and share how SoftPack’s could fit into your life:)

 

 

 

  • This post was sponsored by Puffs through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Puffs, all opinions are my own.”

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Wood Coasters

So….sometimes I’m in a craft store…for a specific purpose….and I get this crazy idea in my head…and then start shopping for the crazy idea….this was one of those moments. I was in the wood burning tool aisle….you know with all the wood…and tools. Too specific? Anywho, I started to gather an idea in my head for some coasters that we were in desperate need of….side point: why are most coasters ugly? why are most set of coasters expensive? why do birds sing so gay? why do fools fall in love? why do the raisenets in my drawer keep popping in my mouth? Sidenote #2: my husband is a coaster freak….if he sees a glass on a table without a coaster…it kind of drives him nuts….now you know:)

Sorry, I’m back…. So I set out to make some really hip, cool, unique, rad, awesomesauce coasters…on a dime.

Here is how it all went down…(btw, if you don’t want to make your own…I have these for sale in my etsy shop. A perfect gift for guys and gals:) ANNNNND….a sweet little local gift shop in Norton Commons called 7 Southern Giraffes is going to be carrying them very soon (as soon as I fill their orders:) Whoot!!!

 

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I found these Walnut Hollow tools at my local Michaels. Here is a link for the Amazon store too…I have the burning tool and the letters.

 

 

state coasters

To make these coasters…..you will need:

Woodburning tool

woodburning letters

needle nose pliers

blank wood (found these in Michaels wood aisle)

sanding block

wipe on poly by Minwax (or brush on)

state stencil (I printed mine off the web)

pencil

 

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I obviously had my hands a bit tied up while making these….so pictures are thin on this post:) Basically, you trace the state gently onto the wood. I followed the lines of my stencil, then I knew where to burn. Screw in the tool that looks like a pen tip and plug in your burner. Allow it to heat for about 5 minutes. Test and practice on a scrap piece of wood. Helps to get the feel for it….obviously the slow the pace the more wood burns….

To change out the tip, I use a needlenose pliers, switching out the letters as I go. Like anything else, it takes practice and you get better the more you do… (insert your own joke here…moving on…)

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I may or may not be addicted to burning wood….it is very relaxing:)

Like I said before, I am selling them through my etsy shop….through the holiday season….so check out the link to find more….I did some ornaments and frames too:)

Have fun with it! Go learn something new and make some for gifts this year:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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