DIY Wood Burned Cutting Board

For my father and brother, I wanted to give a Christmas gift that was homemade, but still functional and relative to their interests. Since they both love to hunt I loved the idea of carving a picture of a deer into a wood cutting board.

2015-01-07 17.07.19First I found a picture of a buck that I thought would work. I simply google searched “deer silhouette”. This could really be accomplished with any image you may want (i.e. monogram, fish, last name, random pattern) the sky’s the limit. Once I found my image, I then printed it out on plain copy paper. I used a razor knife to cute around the image and slightly into the wood. I first tried simply tracing the image with a pencil (and a sharpie) in hopes that a faint outline would show up on the wood, but that method didn’t work out too well.

Once the image was lightly cut into the wood, I heated up my wood burning tool (borrowed from my mom who happened to purchase one for a school project a while back). I used the finest tip, though it comes with additional options if you want a thicker line. It took about an hour to burn the full image into the wood. There are some minor imperfections, but like anything homemade, that’s what gives it character. They were a huge hit at Christmas, I hope they get use out of them for years to come.

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DIY Spa Jars with Printable Labels

2015-01-07 16.35.22This Christmas I was inspired to “create” gifts for family and close friends in an effort to give more memorable and meaningful gifts. For the girls, I made spa jars. I shopped at a local thrift store to find unique jars for a good price. I then purchased general spa themed items from the Dollar Store/dollar section at Target to include nail files, nail polish in varying colors, nail clippers, buffer bars and lip balm. I purchased different shaped bottles from Hobby Lobby in addition to Peppermint Oil since I wanted everything to have

I used the following recipes:

Foot Soak: 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup Epson salt, 4 Peppermint Tea Bags, 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. Mixed together in a bowl.

Foot Scrub: 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted for 25 seconds in the microwave), 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil.

Foot Softener: 1 7.5oz jar of Vaseline (I chose the coco butter scent), 1 bottle of lotion (I chose Peppermint Scented from Bath & Body Works thanks to a free coupon), 2 4oz jars of Vitamin E cream (purchased from Wal-mart for $4/two pack). Mixed together with an electric beater and poured into the jars using a funnel.

Bath Salt: 1/2 cup Sea Salt, 1/2 cup Epson Salt, 2 tablespoons Baking Soda, 2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, food coloring (based on color scheme of jar).

Click here to download the pedicure kit printables in blue and red as shown below.

I cut and glued the labels to the individual bottles and themed the jars accordingly with the tagline “For Your Mistletoes”. I also filled some plastic containers purchased from the Dollar Tree with smaller portions and put circle decals on those which can be downloaded here. 

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Happily Ever After Bridal Shower

My best friend is a huge Disney fan, one of the many common interests we share. When the opportunity came to through her a bridal shower, I knew the perfect theme was “Happily Ever After”. One of her bridesmaids took on the challenge of cooking all the food as that is not my forte. I was responsible for the decorations. Most of the materials were purchased at the Dollar Tree (my favorite store), thrift shopping, or found in my craft/party supplies. I designed the printables specifically for her shower. You can purchase the printables and matching invitation from my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/215735324/happily-ever-after-bridal-shower-themed

DIY Disneybound Anna Tank Tutorial

For my best friends bachelorette party, we took a trip to the happiest place on Earth. First day was spent at Magic Kingdom with the second day in Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival. This was the perfect opportunity to Disneybound and I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

FB_IMG_1437590970051-1My Anna inspired tank top from Disney’s hit movie Frozen, was super easy to make. Using a $3 tank from Wal-mart, I designed the adventure wear corset pattern to print on a dark t-shirt iron on transfer. I embellished the top of the tank with gold trim from Hobby Lobby with a simple stitch on my sewing machine, though I am sure fabric glue would work well too if you prefer not to sew.

10616230_10152236763405518_3299362655513915289_nThe shorts were a thrift store find (love Plato’s Closet) and I ironed the designs on using the same dark t-shirt paper. The short designs were definitely more tedious. I cut out the designs with a razor knife and the whole process took me about an hour.

I had just found out I was pregnant the week before this trip which meant I was super paranoid about riding the bigger rides. So what better to do while my group was riding the new Seven Dwarf Minetrain, meet Anna and Elsa of course! Both of which loved my outfit by the way.

shoesTo really put my outfit over the top, I tried my hand at painting some character shoes to wear. I purchased the shoes from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so they were only about $5.

I drew out the design in pencil first and then painted using fabric paint. After the paint dried, I coated them in modge podge and clear coated them to preserve the paint. Overall, they held up pretty well, despite the rainy weather. 

If you want to download the Anna design printable, visit my Easy store: https://www.etsy.com/listing/205265210/frozen-anna-design-diy-iron-on-printable

Pin the Nose on Olaf

We’ve had incredible success with this specific game at our Frozen themed parties. Many people have asked how we made our Olaf. It is really quite simple!

I used two white posterboards (purchased from the dollar store). I essentially used this template to sketch out the pieces. Then trimmed them out and played with different layouts until I was satisfied. Once happy with it, I glued the pieces together. The eyes, front circles and mouth were all colored in with a wide chisel tip sharpie. I cut out the stick arms and head piece and then laid them on a piece of wax paper to paint them brown. The carrot noses were cut from orange paper and stuck on with sticky tack (so they didn’t damage Olaf). We will need to use this again for several more parties.

Paint sticks, dowel rods or a yard stick could be used in the back for reinforcement. We simply taped it to the wall and it stayed just fine. Here is a picture of the completed project. Of course, he looks a little funny without the nose, but the whole idea is for the kids to put the nose in the correct spot! Hope this helps spark some inspiration for your Frozen themed party.

Pin the Nose on Olaf
Pin the Nose on Olaf