Make Party Straws Out Of Candy

Candy Party StrawsI’m finding that the simplest things can make anything feel like a party to my kids. Throw some sprinkles on a vanilla cone…party! Toss a few berries into seltzer water…party! Slap on some $.25 tattoos…party!

These Red Vines candy straws are no exception.

DSC06554Just cut off both ends of a Red Vine licorice.

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Stick them into a smoothie, juice, or milkshake.

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And you have an instant party.

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I think the guests are happy.

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DSC06564Simplest DIY, ever.

 

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Make Your Own Frames And Arrange a Wall Collage

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Ever since I made these easy frames for inspirational art, I’ve become obsessed with making my own frames.

Make your own rustic art frames

Frames are so expensive and with as quickly as I get bored with whatever is on my walls, I hate to spend a lot of money on them.

The link to the previous project will show you in more detail how to make the frames, but it’s so simple I can tell you again here.

Take scraps of wood in whatever size you need or buy a piece from Lowe’s and have them cut it to the sizes you need. Then paint the pieces whatever color you want.

You will have a piece of wood that looks like this.

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Then take your photo and attach it to the frame. I like the look of small screws but you can use decorative nails or tacks or even glue it on (and cover) with Mod Podge so it’s sealed to the wood.

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Then turn it over and attach a hanging hook in the center.

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Now, cut out pieces of paper in the sizes and layouts as your frames, put a piece of double-sided tape on them and start playing around with layouts.

make own frames and arrange collage

This step is really helpful because it’s tricky to make different sized frames look right together on the wall.

When it’s good enough (I learned I don’t have the eye for this), you can start swapping out the paper for a frame using a 3M removable hook or a nail.

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And that is it.

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Cheap and easy :)

make own frames and arrange collage

 

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Turn a Kleenex Box into Home Décor

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Who needs a decorative tissue box cover anymore when Kleenex and other companies are making the boxes with all kinds of fun patterns?

I was about to throw away a box of Kleenex when I noticed how much I liked the pattern. I decided to play around with it to see if I could make something from it.

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration- box

I thought this pattern would look nice as a mat in a frame. It’s a nice, neutral color and the pattern is simple. I just got a couple white frames from Ikea and got to work.

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration- box and frames

Since these frames came with a mat, it was really easy. I just cut strips out of the box in the same size as the sides of the mat. Using double sided tape, I taped the strips to the existing mat. If you don’t have a mat, you can just line up your strips along the edge of the glass in your frame and tape them together in the back.Maggie May's Kleenex decoration- cut strips to mat

Then I put the mat back in the frame, added a picture, and that was it.

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration-frames and votive candles

With the leftover box, I cut a few strips and wrapped them inside some votive candles I had. This is only recommended for candles that are decoration only. Somehow adding paper next to a flame doesn’t sound like a good idea :)

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration- votive candles

The possibilities of things to do with the boxes is endless. You can cut out hearts or circles to decorate note cards, cut strips as bookmarks, or just put a piece inside a frame as the art itself.

Maggie May's Kleenex decoration

Ok, so go dig through your trash and pull out all your old tissue boxes. No one is watching!

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Conversation Gems-A Non-Candy Valentine’s Treat

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Valentine’s Day really wouldn’t be complete without candy conversation hearts that you swap with your friends. But these days many schools don’t allow candy or food items brought into classrooms. One way to keep the fun of conversation hearts without breaking school rules is by making these conversation pebbles. I saw this idea on Hometalk and now I have no idea who shared it, so I can’t credit them. Sorry!

All you need is a bag of clear, glass gems. I got mine from Dollar Tree so this whole bag was $1.00.

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On computer paper, print out whatever words you want to use.

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If you want to make colored gems, simply color over a word with colored highlighter.

colored words for conversation gems

Place your gem over one of the words and trace it with a pencil.

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Cut out your shape.

Then brush a light layer of Mod Podge or a DIY version of Mod Podge on the flat part of your gem. Place your word cut-out over the glue with the word facing the bubble of the gem.

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Let dry.

Now you have a fun conversation gem that your kids can swap with their friends.

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You can also put them in bowls and use them as decoration during Love month!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Love Month Decorating Ideas

February is here and that means a month of celebrating Love! I thought I would share some past love-themed posts to kick off the month. Just click on the link or photo to be directed to the full tutorial.

I love using Eucalyptus leaves to craft with because they are natural and smell fantastic. Plus, when you twist the leaves off the branch, they are shaped like small hearts..perfect for Love crafting!

Here is a framed art idea using them.

Valentine's Art Using Eucalyptus Leaves

Another fun way to decorate with Love is by using your favorite quote, Bible verse, or even your wedding vows. Type them out on paper (changing the fonts with each line for fun). Then paint the word “Love” across it using acrylic paint or a paint marker. Frame and enjoy.

Framed Love Art

Or make a whole wall of Love Art.

Love Wall

Finally, try making art that is interactive by creating an, “I Love You Because..” board.

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How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you decorate for it or make fun meals or desserts?

xoxox

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Faux Chicken Wings (Healthy Cauliflower)

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A recent conversation went a little like this:

Me: “So, I’m going to make you some chicken wings tonight.”
Silence.
Husband: “Um, do you know how?”
Me: “Well, actually they are faux chicken wings.”
Husband: “I knew it.”

Using a fryer or preparing anything that once breathed isn’t really my specialty, so I’ve been excited to try these cauliflower bites in wing sauce. I love chicken wings (when someone else makes them), so I figured this healthy version might be easy and yummy.

To make these all you need is:

Cauliflower (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 cup Flour
1 cup Water
1 tsp Garlic powder
Your favorite wing sauce

Heat oven to 450 degrees

In a bowl, mix together your flour, water and garlic powder to make a batter.

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Dip your cauliflower pieces in the batter so they are completely covered. Place pieces on a lightly greased cookie tray or baking pan.

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Cook for 10 minutes or until batter is slightly hardened. Take out and flip pieces over and cook for additional 8-10 minutes. You want the outside crispy and the inside tender.

Take out and coat each piece in your favorite wing sauce using a pastry brush. The flavor of the wing sauce is key here so make sure it’s a good one. Many wing restaurants sell their sauce by the jar, so it’s worth it to get your favorite. You can also pour your sauce into a zip lock bag, add your cauliflower pieces into it, seal and shake.

Place your coated pieces back on your baking tray and cook for another 8 minutes or until lightly brown.

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Remove from oven and let cool.

Serve with celery and ranch or bleu cheese and see if anyone notices that they aren’t really chicken!

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Jewelry Chest Redo-Trash to Vintage Chic

I found this little chest abandoned by the trash. I’m assuming it was a jewelry chest but all the drawers were missing.

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I had no idea what to do with it but I felt the need to save it.

First, I cleaned it well and let it dry in the sun. Then I painted a layer of primer on it.

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Since there were so many shelves and recessed areas, I decided to use spray paint so I could get all of the surfaces. I chose a metallic silver.

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DSC06383The original knobs on the doors were gone so I played around with a couple options.

At first, I didn’t want to drill so I just screwed these little hooks into the doors by hand.

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Then I hung a couple links from an old chain necklace.

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If you don’t have a drill, this is a really easy way to add a knob.

I found some knobs at World Market and really wanted to use them instead, so I became determined. I have no business using a drill, but my husband wasn’t home so I decided to assert my independence.

I drilled a hole the size of my knob screw into the center of each door.

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And then screwed in the knobs.

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All done.

I still wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I decided to use it as a bedside chest for now.

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I filled it with items that I usually keep by my bed anyway like chap stick, books, journals, pens, etc. Now it’s all together in one spot, which is nice.

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So before you throw something out that you assume is trashed, just rethink how you might use it. A little paint, some new hardware, and a fresh outlook might give you a whole new objet d’art (I just really wanted to use that word!)

Here is the piece of trash before:

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And now:

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To some, I may be a trash-picker, but to this little chest, I’m a hero:) Welcome back to life, little chest.

 

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 bedside chest