Quick & Easy Coffee Filter Party Favors

Quick and easy coffee filter party favors!

Well, hey there!  It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I couldn’t be happier to be here with you today!  Now, despite all the exclamation points, I am still trying to come to grips that this time of year means that I now have boys in middle school and high school {say what?!}.  But, I have decided I have to shake off the back to school blues.  Want to know why?  We are heading into party season!  Back to school parties, class parties, birthday parties, football parties, holiday parties and just because parties!  And in my book, every great party needs a really great party favor.  So, I am sharing a super cute {but totally inexpensive} party idea that you can make for any holiday, season or theme … Quick & Easy Coffee Filter Party Favors! That’s right!  Can you believe that those super cute stamped pockets start from humble cone shaped coffee filters?  They are naturally the perfect shape to hold candy, confetti, [Read More...]

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DIY Floral Crowns

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Hi there Crafting Chicks followers! This is Ali from Dream Crafter back again to share another artsy fartsy idea. I’m sure you have seen these floral crowns floating around Pinterest and I can’t get enough of them! (Sigh…if only I had  girl.) But I do love them for adults too. Not only are these floral crowns really cute, they are also REALLY easy to make (my favorite aspect of any craft.) Here’s what you’ll need to make these festive little beauties: 1. A whole bunch of fake flowers. (I would suggest getting some quality ones like at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.) I had an entire box full of fake flowers in my grandma’s basement just waiting to be used. Score! 2. Fabric Scissors 3. Neutral colored felt 4. Floral wire 5. Needle nose pliers 6. Wire cutters 7. Regular craft scissors 8. Hot glue gun and glue 9. Headbands or something stiff you can make a crown with. (Like thick [Read More...]

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Personalized Pencil Bags for Back to School

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Sharing these Personalized Pencil Bags today….everything is cuter with some personalization. I found these durable zipper bags at Walmart and thought they would be perfect for all the back to school supplies my kids need.  And using my Cricut Explore and some white iron on vinyl…I was able to personalize them in such a cute way.  In Cricut Design Space I used the “Hello my name is” tag and added my kids names. Before cutting…I made sure to mirror my image. (as with all iron on vinyl)  That is why it is backwards in the photo below! Using my iron setting on high…I ironed over the plastic.  After removing the plastic, I placed a thin towel over my image and ironed some more until it was adhered well. I love how these pencil bags turned out.   Perfect for all those school supplies. Pin It

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Chalkboard Notebooks for Back to School

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I’m excited to surprise my kids with these DIY Chalkboard Notebooks….it’s a chalkboard and notebook in one!  Super easy and fun to make.  It’s always fun to personalize projects like these with names too!  Let me show you how you can make one too.  It’s the perfect back to school gift for your little student. What you will need: -Bright Spiral Notebooks…the nicer ones with a plastic cover -Cricut Explore -Cricut Hook tool -Chalkboard Vinyl -Chalk In Cricut Design space, I used a simple scalloped rectangle for the girl notebook, and a rounded corner simple rectangle for the boy notebook.  I added names one each shape at the bottom with the type tool. Then super easy…load your chalkboard vinyl,  set the control to chalkboard vinyl and hit go! Remove the cut out from your sheet and apply it to the front of your notebook….It sticks well and stays in place.  I love how their names pop! I took some chalk [Read More...]

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Neon Slime

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Because we have been on summer break, we have been doing a lot of kids crafts!  It has helped to instill learning, help with fine motor skills and it has also been a really fun part of our summer days!  I am really blessed that both of my kids love crafting and creating and I am crossing my fingers that this lasts a long time!  I know that making slime isn’t a new idea, but for my children (neither of whom remembered making it before although I am sure I have done it with them) it was new and a lot of fun for them!  They both had a blast making this really fun and bright Neon Slime!   To make your own Neon Slime, you will need: (1) 4 oz. container of Elmer’s Glue 1 tsp Borax Water Neon Food Coloring Jar, cup or bowl for mixing Spoon or wood crafting stick for stirring   First my kiddos poured [Read More...]

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DIY Love & Arrows Graphic Tee *Cricut Explore

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Sharing another fun graphic tee I made for my girls using my Cricut Explore.  I love how it turned out.  Love the black & white.  They had so much fun being my little models.  I just shared our Je T’aime design earlier today. Once you know what you would like for your graphic tee, the next steps are so simple, plug in your cricut Explore, connect it to your computer, and then open up Design Space in Cricut and get ready to design. It literally took me 5 minuets to design and manipulate my arrows, heart & letters.  Once it looked good…I loaded my black iron on vinyl…sent it to my machine…(CLICK MIRROR IMAGE), and then hit cut on the machine! So simple, quick and adorable! Using my Cricut scraper tool…I removed extra black vinyl around the arrows, letters, & heart.  I left the plastic covering.  I placed the heart on the shirt and started ironing.  Using a high setting, I ironed right over [Read More...]

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DIY Je T’aime Graphic Tee *Cricut Explore

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Graphic Tee’s are all the rage!  I am loving them.  There isn’t a huge selection to buy for my little girls…and of course I have Cricut Explore fever…so put the two together and you get graphic tee magic! We decided on Black & White with pops of gold.  I love French saying and my 7 year old was super excited about je t’aime because she is learning french in school.  Je t’aime means “I Love You.”  We wanted the word cut out of a large gold heart. You guys…the next steps are so simple, plug in your cricut Explore, connect it to your computer, and then open up Design Space in Cricut and get ready to design. It literally took me 5 minuets to design and manipulate my heart and words.  Once it looked good…I loaded my gold glitter iron on vinyl…sent it to my machine…(CLICK MIRROR IMAGE), and then hit cut on the machine! So simple!  & adorable. Using [Read More...]

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Chalkboard T-Shirts

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This post is sponsored by Michael’s.  This month’s Michael’s Makers theme is Back to School….do you ever think it’s funny that we associate chalkboards with school, but you couldn’t find a chalkboard in a school these days if you tried! School starts for us next week and I’m excited to send my boys back wearing these fun chalkboard T-shirts. They’ll be great to break the ice with and since we can change what they say every time their personalities can shine though. Plus they’re easy to make! Supplies: T-Shirts Chalk Board Paint Freezer Paper Paint Brush  I cut a stencil out of freezer paper with my Cricut Explore to the lettering, but if you don’t have a cutter you can cut the rectangle shape with scissors. This is just freezer paper from the grocery store, that I guess you’d use to wrap  meat with. I just use it as a screen printing cheat like here. It is fun to use, [Read More...]

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Easy Way to Reupholster a Bench

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Hi again Crafting Chicks friends! It’s Leanne from Organize & Decorate Everything. I hope you’re having a fantastic Summer. I’m so happy to be here again this month showing you an easy way to reupholster a bench. It took less than an hour and cost less than $10 in supplies. Let’s start with a before and after. Isn’t it always fun to see them side by side? I love seeing what a big impact a little fabric and some spray paint can have. When Emilee saw the before pic she said, I don’t remember it being that ugly. The first step is to get the bench taken apart. It was an easy process but the most time consuming part was taking the staples out. Start by taking the screws out of the bottom of the bench to take the legs and attachments off. I chose to paint the legs white to match Emilee’s desk. Prime them before painting then paint [Read More...]

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30 Delicious Crockpot Recipes

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With summer winding down and our fall schedules picking up, I find myself pulling out the Crockpot for dinner. Not only are the meals warm and comforting for the autumn weather, but they also make getting dinner on the table a cinch. Here are 30 delicious recipes to add to you menu!   Lasagna Soup / Tracey’s Culinary Adventure  Memphis BBQ Pork Pitas / Creme de la Crumb  Vegetable Beef Barley Soup / Healthy Yummy Easy  Crockpot Apple Kielbasa / Very Culinary  Kalua Pulled Pork / Recipe Critic   Meatloaf / Life Made Sweeter    Easy Pepper Steak / Gimme Some Oven  Creamy Ranch Chicken / Six Sister’s Stuff  Beef Stroganoff by Yummy Healthy Easy Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Chili from Table Dulce de Leche / Chef-in-Training  Fire Roasted Tomato Pot Roast / Taste and Tell Blog Scallop Potatoes / Family Fresh Meals  Overnight German Chocolate Oatmeal / I Heart Eating  Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken / Chef in Training     [Read More...]

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