Kid’s Canvas Art

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I love canvas painting! Give me a blank canvas and some acrylic paint and I will be in heaven. There are endless possibilities for what you can do with it (even if you don’t consider yourself an artistic person). 

Since having my son I haven’t had much time to pursuer this hobby of mine (surprise, surprise). However, now that he’s 1 and showing interest in things like coloring, I figured it was time to introduce him to the big times.

So for my little Picasso in training, I bought a 5×7 canvas (most of the time you can find these in 2 packs so you’ll have one for yourself or if you have more than one little painter then it works out great!). I also picked up some paint MARKERS (non toxic and washable of course). I chose paint markers to avoid a large mess. A tiny mess I can handle, but putting a jar of paint and a cup of dirty paint water in front of my paint brush wielding toddler did not sound like a good time. Instead I went with the markers that were easy for him to grip and control while painting.


Now since I’m realistic I didn’t expect my 1 year old to do much more than scribble on the canvas (he’s smart but hasn’t quite mastered his shapes yet). However, the crafter in my needed to somehow help make the painting into something.

This part was simple. I took some masking tape from my husbands tool box and placed it onto the canvas in the shape of a “W” (for our last name).

Now it was ready for the little artist. All I had left to do was give it to C and let him go Wild. He loved mixing the colors and scribbling all over the canvas. It was especially fun when I had to convince him that it was okay to have paint on his hands…he didn’t believe me. 


So after pausing to wash his hands off every few minutes (hahaha what can I say, my kid likes to be clean) we made sure that all of the white canvas around the tape was colored. I (with the help of my apprentice painter), pulled the tape of to see our finished result!!


If you think your own little artist in training is ready for a project of their own try this one out!!


Supplies

5×7 canvas (Hobby Lobby Or Amazon)

Masking Tape

Non Toxic/Washable Paint Markers (Hobby Lobby or Amazon)

Directions

1. Choose a design (initials, shapes, numbers, etc.) then use the tape to create that design on the canvas.

2. Let your little one go to town on the canvas. Help guide at the end to make sure no more white is left visible.

3. Once dried, gently pull the tape off (my little one enjoyed helping with this part too).

4. Enjoy your little prodigy’s work of art!


Do you have a little artist in training at home? I’d love to hear what your little Picasso’s first art project was!

Upcycled Happy Planner Frame

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I recently caved and joined the Happy Planner craze. I’m a note taker and list maker (really I just like the feeling of acomplishment when I get to check things off!).


So I found a sale and got my first Happy Planner! It’s beautiful with flowers on the cover and pretty inspirational sayings on the inside, things like:

“Savor the small things.” And “Focus on the good.”

It’s even packed full of pages with fun and chic designs.


So each month as I went to empty out the previous section I found myself setting aside the decorative pages. The thrifty side of me said it would be a waste to throw such pretty pictures out. While the crafty side of me said there has to be SOMETHING I can do with these. Eventually I had a nice little pile sitting on my desk. My husband finally insisted that I stop hoarding them or finally do something with them.

I decided to start by upcycling an old picture frame using a quote and a design page together. This project is really so simple you’re going to think I’m crazy!

I began by gathering my supplies:

Glue, scotch tape, or scrapbook tape (depending on what you have laying around)

Scissors

Happy planner pages (1 quote, 1 design that compliment one another)

Dollar Tree Frame or any old Frame you have laying around


Directions:

1. Match a quote page with a patterned page. You want them to compliment eachother not clash of course. The pattern will be acting as your background.


2. Now, my Frame was a little big so I had to use black construction paper as a second background (to put the pattern on). This acted as a filler between the Happy Planner page and the Frame. If you use/buy a smaller frame this step won’t be necessary. You may also have to trim the construction paper to fit into the frame.


3. Trim your pattern page so the hole punched edge on the left is no longer there. Tape pattern page onto the middle of the construction paper.


4. Now you’re ready to trim down the quote page. I wanted a good portion of the pattern to show behind the quote so I cut close to the words. You can allow however much or little of the pattern page to show as you’d like.



5. Next you will want to position and tape the quote onto the pattern page. (If you’re not using glue or scrapbook tape, you’ll want to fold the scotch tape to be double sided..so it won’t be visible)

6. Last, place your newly designed, upcycled page in the frame and do what you’d like with it! I placed mine on the kitchen bar but you could hang yours in another room, give it away as a gift, or even do a few more and try to sell them on a craft page!

I often find that we buy things and let them go to waste but if you stop and think you will find ways to upcycle and reuse them! Be creative and make something beautiful.

What are some items around your house that you’ve successfully upcycled?

Mission Valentine


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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to come up with a fun and creative date with your special someone.

Now I’m a sucker for a good spy movie, that’s why I thought creating a “Top Secret Mission” for my man would be a blast!

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DIY Nursery for Under $40

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Decorating your nursery; by far one of the most exciting activities in preparation for Baby’s arrival. Many pregnant mamas will feel that “nesting” itch; especially in the third trimester when The Day is so quickly approaching. Boy did I get it full force! My husband was deployed to Japan and I was growing restless in anticipation for our little bundle of joy to arrive.

   I have always been a crafty person (as well as a thrifty one) so I jumped at the chance to make my nursery decorations from scratch (saving us a bit of money in the process). Deciding to DIY it also gave me the freedom to go with any theme I could come up with. Those who know me were not shocked to find out that I chose both a Disney AND a book theme: Little Golden Book. These classic books had a look to them that I just adored and they offered many Disney versions.

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   Now that I had a theme and a plan, I had to come up with the decorations themselves. I wanted to be careful not to overwhelm the room (thus over stimulating the baby) with my theme so instead I added some subtle touches. By doing so I was also able to save quite a bit of money by not loading up on a ton of themed merchandise.

   Although the following projects are specific to my nursery theme, they can easily be adapted to fit any theme; from nautical to princess to even jungle. Here are my simple, yet adorable (in my opinion) nursery decorations:

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