Emergency Chocolate Craft – In Case of Emergency Break Glass

We all have those moments where we need chocolate. Okay, maybe we don’t all have them, but I do. So it is handy to have some chocolate stowed away for this kind of occasion. You can make this Emergency Chocolate craft for yourself, or make one for a friend who is going through a rough patch. Because when the going gets tough… friends bring chocolate. This craft is super easy and super inexpensive to make, so while you’re whipping up your Emergency Chocolate frame, go ahead and make some extras. They’re sure to come in handy.

Emergency Chocolate Craft on 30 Minute Crafts

You can use whatever chocolate you like, but I used M&Ms.  They have great color, plus they’re my go-to chocolate. If you or your friend are allergic to chocolate (which is like being allergic to air, in my opinion, and for which you have my deepest sympathies), you can fill the frame with whatever candies you like. Whatever your go-to guilty pleasure is that doesn’t need to be refrigerated or in an air-tight container. Use your best judgement here.

Here are the supplies needed to make the Emergency Chocolate craft… I’ve added affiliate links to help support the site if you purchase materials through the links.
Simple DEEP frame (mine came from Ikea)
Glass Etching Kit
Silhouette Machine (or an Xacto Knife and some patience)
Vinyl
Candy of your choice

make an In-case emergency break glass emergency prepareness craft

Start by opening the frame and cleaning the glass. While you’re doing that, you can have your Silhouette cut out the vinyl. Here is a link to my In case of emergency break glass Silhouette cut file.

Apply the vinyl to the clean glass. Try for as few wrinkles as possible. You’ll probably get a few, just smooth out the ones that go into the lettering. You want the border around each letter to be smooth so none of the etching cream leaks under the vinyl. Also, use a pin or stylus to carefully place all the centers of letters like the e, o, and a.

apply vinyl

Follow the instructions to apply the etching cream, and wait the appropriate time.

apply glass etching cream

Rinse off. It is going to look like nothing happened.

wash off glass etching cream

Peel off the vinyl to find that yes! The etching cream totally worked! Oh my goodness, this was so super easy!

peel away vinyl

Start putting the frame back together.. Insert the glass, fill with M&Ms.

fill with M&Ms

Cut a piece of colored scrapbooking paper for the back, just in case the back ever shows through. Put the back on.

put frame together

This frame wasn’t originally meant to be a shadowbox type frame, so I faked it. I used Duck Tape to hold the back on. Duck Tape all 4 sides, and cut if needed to allow the stand to be used.

tape back with duck tape

That’s it! This Emergency Chocolate craft is so simple to make!

finished chocolate gift

I should add that if you need to get to the chocolate, you shouldn’t actually break the glass. Peel off the duck tape and take off the back. You now have a handy rectangular bowl filled with stress-killing chocolate. Yum.

in case emergency break glass craft

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Mirror Ball Earrings

When I saw these little mirror balls, I knew they needed to become earrings. Seriously, how cute are these? Perfect for making earrings – they are sparkly, small, light, and sparkly. Oh so sparkly! I was given these at SNAP by Gretchen from 3 Little Monkeys Studio. She has the cutest cards and party supplies (some for instant download), you should go check her out!

Anyway, I was at the SNAP conference, and she passed out these cute mirror balls with her business cards and I (apparently having a decent-sized set of balls of my own), asked if I could have a second one. Gretchen was super-gracious, and gave me two! And she didn’t even give me a look that said “excuse me, selfish stranger – who do you think you are?” Which would have been totally justified. Showing that she is both generous and sweet! Plus uber talented… go check out the printable designs in her Etsy Shop.

Mirror Ball Earring Tutorial

So, I took them home and they sat for a couple months, constantly staring at me saying, “We are going to make you the cutest earrings… and it will be so quick and easy!” Finally, I relented (as one must when you find that your craft supplies are talking to you), and made my mirror ball earrings. My awesome mirror ball earrings. You can too. Here is what you need.

Mirror Ball Earring Supplies (affiliate links added to help you and me):
2 Mirror Balls (if you didn’t go to the conference, you can grab these Mirror Ball Ornaments
Jewelry Chain
French Hook Earring Wires
Jewelry Wire
Jewelry pliers
Krazy Glue

supplies for making mirror ball earrings

Start by cutting 2″ lengths of your wire, and folding in half. This is easier with the jewelry pliers. While you’re cutting, cut 2 pieces of chain, each about 2″ long (you can go longer or shorter depending on how dangly you like your earrings)

fold wire

Remove the ornament string from the top of the mirror ball, then put some Krazy Glue into the hole.

use krazy glue

Thread the bottom loop of the chain onto the folded wire, then insert into the hole.

inserted chain

Use your pliers to open up the loop at the bottom of the earring wires.

open earring wire

Thread the top of the jewelry chain onto the loop, close, and your mirror ball earrings are done!

make your own mirror ball earrings

 

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Leopard Print Mask

I love playing dress-up, and this Leopard print is a fun and simple way to dress up – especially when it is this easy to make! This super simple leopard mask doesn’t take much time or many supplies to make. You can use this to dress up as a leopard for Halloween (just add ears and a tail), or just for dressing up and being silly! You don’t need any special painting skills or know any faux leopard print techniques… all the hard work is already done for you!

Leopard Print Masquerade Mask using Deco Foils

To make the Leopard Print Mask, you need:
Leopard Print Deco Foil from Thermoweb (currently available at Michaels)
Decofoil Adhesive
Plain Masquerade Mask in Black
Ribbon
Paintbrush
Scissors

supplies for leopard mask

Start by putting the adhesive on the mask. Don’t worry about pretty, just get some everywhere.

apply adhesive

Using a paintbrush, spread out the adhesive. Try for an even layer all over. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you don’t want any crazy bumps.

spread out adhesive

Allow the adhesive to dry. This takes about 4 hours, but can be a little more or less depending on how thick your adhesive is. You’ll know it is dry when it is clear. It will still be tacky to the touch – this is a good thing! You’ll see why in the next step.

Press the foil (leopard print side up) onto the adhesive. You can use your fingers, or the back of a pen or other object. You want firm pressure, similar to what you would use to scratch off a winning lotto scratcher. Try to get all over, really securing the foil to the adhesive on the mask.

apply foil to adhesive on mask

Here comes the magic! Carefully lift up the foil. If you pressed well, the clear plastic will lift, and the foil will be left behind! If you missed any spots, press the plastic back down, rub some more, then lift again. Since you used a black mask, any small spots you missed will not be very noticeable.

peel away plastic leaving leopard print behind

Carefully peel away all the plastic, re-applying and re-rubbing as needed, until the entire mask is covered.

Leopard print from deco foil

Tie your ribbons around the stick on the mask, and your leopard print mask is complete!

Lepoard print masquerade mask

Just add your own Leopard growl, and you’re ready for the masquerade!

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Sea Glass Necklace and Earrings for Under $10

I love making quick and easy jewelry, like this Sea Glass Necklace and Earrings for under $10. When Consumer Crafts challenged me to make jewelry for $10 or less, I jumped at the chance! Jewelry is quick and easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of supplies, and you can make really pretty pieces for not a lot of money! This necklace and earring set uses less than $4 of materials. I spent about $12 on supplies, and with that I can make 2 similar sets, as well as the dangle earrings I made yesterday, and have leftover supplies for more projects!

Sea Glass Jewelry DIY

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To make this set, you need:
Silver Findings Set (we want eye pins, head pins, jump rings, and a necklace clasp)
Blue Beads Set (we want the seed beads and the large sea-glass looking beads)
Necklace chain
Jewelry pliers (one round-nosed and one flat-nosed)

supplies for sea glass jewelry

I love the variations of blue in the sea glass beads used for this sea glass jewelry. It was so simple to make – just watch the video below, as I show you how to put it together!


So simple, so pretty – it would make a great gift for a friend if you’re willing to part with it!

sea glass jewelry

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Simple Dangling Beaded Earrings

Beaded Earrings

 

This weekend I made some jewelry, including these simple dangling earrings. I just love them, don’t you? When I make earrings, I usually reach for earring wires instead of posts, but I thought it would be fun to make some earrings that use a post – but they still have a nice dangle! These beaded earrings were super inexpensive to make, I’ll show you how!

To make your Simple Dangling Beaded Earrings, you need:

Darice Silver Jewelry Findings Set (you need the stud posts, 2 jump rings and 4 head pins from this set)
Darice Bead set (blue) – (you need two large beads and some of the small beads from this set)
Krazy Glue
Jewelry pliers

 

supplies for beaded earrings

Start your beaded earrings by threading the large bead onto a head pin. Using round-nosed pliers, create a wrapped loop at the bottom.

create loop

Repeat with the second bead. Then do the same for the dangles – make 2 long dangles with wrapped loops at the top.

make dangles

Attach the top to the bottom using a jump ring.

attach top to bottom

Then attach the top to the post using Krazy Glue.

add glue

Set aside for a few minutes to let the glue set. I tucked the post into a folded piece of fabric.

set aside to dry

That’s it! Your earrings are done!

dangle stud earrings

Creating wrapped loops is a little tricky, it might take you a couple tries. If you mess up, just cut off the loop and start over – head pins are cheap, no need to cry over them! Just toss the icky one and move on.  With a little practice, you’ll have a fun and simple pair of dangling beaded earrings!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Craft – Free Mix Tape Printable

Guardians of the Galaxy Printable Mix Tape Box

Earlier this week, hubby and I had a chance to see a pre-screening of the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”. I’ll admit that I was completely unfamiliar with everything about the movie when I sat down in the movie theater. I figured that even if the movie ended up being awful, we’d still have a night out together – and every couple needs a date night every now and then. Fortunately for us, the movie was awesome. Lots of action, humor, and even a little romance.

In the movie, Peter Quill is an adventurous outlaw. He connects with a group of misfits to create an unlikely team. The entire story is told with lots of humor (some of it fairly crude – but still very funny), and an awesome sound track, courtesy of Peter’s mom. When he was a boy, Peter’s mom created a mix tape for him, and he treasures it. I remember the mix tapes of my youth, and thought it would be fun to create a little box you can print out and put together to hold your own special little treasures. This is a fun Guardians of the Galaxy craft, a simple and fun favor idea for a Guardians of the Galaxy party, or just a neat little bit of nostalgia.

All you need to make your own little mix tape box is:

Free Mix Tape Cassette Box Printable
Cardstock
Scissors
Ball Point Pen
Ruler
Tape

Start by printing out the cassette box printable onto cardstock, and cutting it out.

cut out the printable

Turn it over, and score all the fold lines. An easy way to do this is with a ballpoint pen and a ruler. Just press hard with the pen as you make the lines. This will score the paper, making it easy to get crisp fold lines.

score inside of box

Fold, and tape the four corners. Such a simple Guardians of the Galaxy craft!

tape corners closed

It is so easy to make your own Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Cassette Box! Now all you need is to stash a few treats inside… and to go see Guardians of the Galaxy – it opens in theaters today!

Casette Tape Box Printable

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Cutting an Air Rocket with your Silhouette

Air Rocket Cut with Silhouette

Earlier this month, we went on a giant 2-week road trip, which included a visit with my Aunt, Uncle, and 2 cousins. My cousins are 8 and 10, and my 5 year old absolutely loves visiting them. It was his one request this summer.

I love hanging out with them as well. They are fun, creative kids. I brought some craft supplies along to play with, including my Silhouette (doesn’t everyone take their Silhouette on vacation?)

I have the Designer Edition of the Silhouette software, and LOVE getting to create all of my own designs. Which is exactly what we did. My cousins showed me the air rockets that they made themselves, using this compressed air rocket template over on Make.com. The template was a PDF, that I was able to convert into a Silhouette file for making compressed air rockets, and we were able to cut our rocket pieces in no time! I was able to perforate the folds, which my cousins said made the folding process much easier.

Cutting the Air Rocket with a Silhouette

 

Once we had our pieces cut out of scrapbook cardstock, we made our rockets on the rocket stands they already had there – a pipe attached to a piece of wood, which helps form the body.

on the rocket stand

The rockets were covered in Duck tape, making them air tight.

cover with patterned Duck Tape

My Aunt was a little disappointed with how fast they came together – she says that having the boys cut the pieces for their rockets eats up a significant part of the afternoon! But the boys loved being able to whip up their rockets. Once they were done, all that was left was to shoot them off!

shooting off air rockets

If you’d like to make your own compressed air rockets, you can find the basic information on making compressed air rockets over at Make, and you can grab the compressed air rocket cut file for your Silhouette here.

 

Don’t own a Silhouette yet? This is the perfect chance to grab one! Right now, through the end of July, Silhouette is offering great deals on the Cameo and the Portrait. And if you have a Silhouette, but not the Designer Edition Software, it is worth the upgrade – especially since right now Designer Edition it is 40% off with promo code “MINUTE”!

 

Make sure to use promo code “MINUTE” to get your discount!

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Craft Lightning Camp Crafts – Day 5 Roundup

It is the final day of our Craft Lightning week – a week filled with crafts that can be done in 15 minutes or less. My crafting partner for Craft Lightning is Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and each morning both she and I have been sharing a fun and fast camp craft – and each evening we’ve been sharing with you camp crafts from our blogging friends.

If you’ve missed anything so far, check out Day 1 Camp Crafts, Day 2 Camp Crafts, Day 3 Camp Crafts, and Day 4 Camp Crafts.

Let’s get to today’s awesome fast camp craft projects!

 

Over at Creative Cynchronicity, Cyn made this fun Fire Breathing Dragon Craft – kids will love making this, especially paired with a campfire story about a dragon!

fire breathing dragon

 

Over at LisaStuf, check out this fun monogrammed coaster - a simple craft for kids to make and give to their parents after camp is over.

 

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Over at 365 Days of Crafts, Niki made this cute hairbow – if your kids have “troop colors” for each of the troops at the camp, these will be perfect for easily identifying which girl belongs in which group – and they’ll have fun making them to boot!

Easy-hair-bow-olyfun

 

After a day of learning about animal tracks at camp, how about making your very own dinosaur fossils? Kim at A Night Owl Blog shows you how it is done.

DIY-Dinosaur-Fossils

Painting is always a fun camp craft – kick it up a notch by painting with scratch and sniff paint, like Sarah from Clever Pink Pirate.

 

scratch n sniff paint

 

I was a Girl Scout, and remember spending hours making my swaps before heading up to camp – this rolled-up sleeping bag camp swap made by Marilyn over at 4 You with Love is super cute!

 

Sleeping Bag Potlatch

 

Have fun getting around camp on these awesome Tin Can Stilts, Paula at Frog Prince Paperie shows you how! Since you get to make them and paint them, it is like two crafts in one!

tin-can-stilts-tutorial

 

Decorate your campsite with these fun paper windsocks from Alli made with Happy. Kids will love coming up with different color combinations, and watching them twist and turn in the breeze.

 

simple paper windsocks

 

These feather topped pencils by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe are a fun camp craft as well – you can use store-bought feathers, or ones you find at the campsite!

 

Feather Topped Pencils

 

Kids can go home with a fun yarn chandelier to decorate their rooms, Albion Gould shows you how. You can customize the colors and beads in any way you (or your campers) like!

yarn chandelier

 

My crafty partner for this series, Angie from the Country Chic Cottage made this fun terra cotta solar light – a great no-flame way to light the campsite at night, and a fun souvenir for kids to take home after camp is over.

neon-terra-cotta-solar-lights

And I made a simple camp craft – painted wooden frame magnets. A quick and easy camp craft to have handy, and keep kids entertained.

simple wooden magnet frame

I’ve had fun sharing this series with you! I hope you enjoyed all of our fun and fast camp crafts this summer!

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Simple Painted Magnet Frames

This is the last craft in our Craft Lightning Camp Crafts series! All week long, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and I have been sharing camp-inspired crafts, and each evening, we’ve been sharing camp-inspired crafts from others around the internet! In case you missed any, here are the roundups from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4! Today I’m sharing a super simple camp craft – something that kids can make without needing too much help from you. A great craft for kids to work on while you’re cleaning up from the last project, or preparing the next one.

simple wooden magnet frame to make with kids

To paint up your own frames, you need:
Unpainted wooden magnet frames (similar here – glue magnet to back)
Fingerpaint
Paintbrushes (optional)
Glitter (also optional)

wooden magnet frame

Paint frame as desired using paintbrush (or fingers!)

paint frame

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with glitter.

add glitter

When it has dried, brush off any extra glitter, then put in your photo and hang!

simple wooden magnet frame

Be sure to come back tonight for more fast camp craft ideas!

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Craft Lightning Camp Crafts – Day 4 Roundup

We’re nearing the end of Craft Lightning week, and we have some more great camp craft ideas to share with you! Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and I put on this week-long Craft Lightning series, and this week the theme is camp crafts!

 

Laura from Laura Kelly Designs made a quick and fun interactive rainbow tablecloth for the Sock Monkey, tie-dye, rainbow mash-up party she put on.

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Kadie from Seven Alive whipped up this fun little nature treasure box – such a great craft to do in the morning before a nature hike!

Nature-Treasure-Hunt-Box-camping-kidsfun-craftlightning

Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts made these cute numbered shirts with her kiddos. Great for kids to personalize – you can use them to indicate ages, or group numbers.

sprayed-diy-number-shirts

These no sew zippered pouches made by Heidi from Happiness is Homemade were created using Duck Tape – and with all the colors and patterns of Duck Tape available, these make an awesome camp craft and back to school craft!

 

Quick-and-Easy-No-Sew-Duck-Tape-Zipper-Pouches

 

How cool is this light up Harry Potter Wand from Marissa at Rae Gun Ramblings? She whipped it up in just 15 minutes, and it makes the perfect camp craft for campfire night!

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These glow in the dark mason jar lanterns from Kimbo at A Girl and a Glue Gun make an awesome pre-campfire craft as well… or they could be used instead of a campfire if there is too much fire danger.

glow-jars-for-kids-camping

 

This crafty camp sign by Lindsay at Frenchie Wraps can be used to decorate the camp, or can be great for campers to take home to decorate their rooms.

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Pass the marshmallows! Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, my partner for this series, just upped the yum factor on traditional s’mores with these Nutella Peanut Butter s’mores. We will absolutely be trying these out at my house!peanut-butter-nutella-smores-004

I whipped up a simple pony bead bracelet – an easy camp craft for kids or adults.

make a pony bead bracelet

 

Be sure to stop back tomorrow, our last day for Craft Lightning Craft Camp… we have lots more fun crafts to show you!

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