DIY Minion Dry Erase Board Eraser

Do your children love Minions? Mine do. Very few days go by where I don’t hear “Beedo! Beedo! BEEDO!!” So, of course, Minion School supplies are a must. This year, there was a school supply I was not used to seeing – dry erase board eraser. In an effort to use less paper, practice is often done on small dry erase boards, so of course, an eraser is a must. There was an option instead of buying an eraser – send an old (clean) sock. This gave me an idea. Why not craft up the sock and turn it into a DIY Minion Dry Erase Board Eraser? I upcycle a sock, check off an item on the school supply list – and add a Minion to my son’s school supplies – WINNING!

DIY Minion Dry Erase Board Eraser

Supplies:
Small, Clean sock
Batting scraps (or pillow stuffing,or a second, larger sock)
Felt: Yellow, Blue, Gray, White, Black
Scissors
Hot Glue
Fabric Paint

supplies for DIY Minion Dry Erase Board Eraser

Start by folding your Batting scraps, or larger sock.

fold batting

Insert into sock, then tuck the top of the sock in as well. Adjust until smooth.

tuck in sock

Place the sock on the yellow felt, and cut an oval-ish shape to size.

cut felt to fit

Glue on with hot glue.

glue on yellow felt

Cut an oval-ish piece of blue, the same size as the yellow piece.

cut blue felt

Also cut two grey circles, two slightly smaller white circles, and a strip of black. Cut the top and sides of the blue to form the overalls.

cut shapes

Glue down the body, then the black stripe for the goggles, then the grey circles, and finally the white circles. Use fabric paint to add the details – hair, eyes, mouth, and seams on the overalls. If you have fabric paint with a nozzle – awesome! I couldn’t find mine, so I used plain paint with a paintbrush.

paint on details

Once the paint is dry, your Minion Dry Erase Board Eraser is complete! I surprised my son with his, and he was super excited to take his little minion to school!

Minion Dry Erase Board Eraser

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Terial Magic Flowers

When I did my review on Terial Magic for Craft Test Dummies, I made a couple projects… including this fun fabric flower. I love this, because you can turn your favorite fabric into beautiful flowers! And it is a great project for using up scraps. I realized I never shared the step-by-step with y’all here, so it is about time I show you how to make these quick and easy fabric flowers.

Fabric Flower You’ll need:
Fabric
Terial Magic
Wire
Beads or Buttons
Floral Tape
Scissors
Pliers

supplies for flower

Cut a 25″ length of wire. String on the bead or button. Twist, twist, twist the wire.

add beads and make stems

Treat the fabric with the Terial Magic according to the instructions on the bottle. Then cut out teardrop shapes for petals.

teardrop shapes

Place the points of the teardrops next to the wire stem. Wrap with floral wire to secure. Start with 1 or 2, then keep adding more.

 

adding petals

Wrap the floral wire down the stem.

add on petals

Open up the petals – your flower is complete!

Terial Magic Flower

 

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DIY Lego Stickers

My sons love their Legos, and I love how many hours of playtime they get with their Legos! They use their imaginations to build cars, spaceships, helicopters, homes… and sometimes flying helicopter homes that can go to outer space! They enjoy customizing their Lego creations, and we discovered that vinyl makes the perfect Lego Stickers to customize their Lego bricks even more!

DIY Lego Stickers cut from Vinyl

Making these stickers is super easy. Start with basic Lego Bricks that have smooth sides… any shape or size is fine.

legos can get stickers

You’ll want my Lego bricks vinyl weeding sheet. The squares and rectangles on this page are already set to be the right size for Lego Bricks. Place your designs inside the boxes, and they’ll be easy to cut out.

I created these on my Sizzix eclips2, but the Lego Bricks vinyl weeding sheet is an .svg file, so you can use it with any cutting machine that accepts .svg files – most do.

boxes for DIY Lego Stickers

Once you’ve created all the designs you want, delete any unused boxes so that you can save your vinyl for future use. You don’t want it cutting out all those extras until you’ve filled them with shapes.

Then cut your vinyl! Peel away all the background. This is where you’ll see the magic of having the weeding sheet.

pull away vinyl Once you’ve peeled away the background, it is easy to “weed” away any of the pieces you don’t want. Leaving you with perfect stickers. weed the vinyl

Cut a small piece of vinyl transfer tape – just slightly larger than the sticker you want to place on the brick. Press firmly on the sticker, and lift.

apply transfer tape

Place the sticker on the brick. Rub down.

transfer tape

Carefully remove the transfer tape. I get the best results when pulling completely in the opposite direction (backwards and not upwards).

peel off transfer tape

Ta da! A custom lego brick!

sticker on lego

Make lots (and lots, and lots)!

put lego stickers on legos

If you have an eclips2, here is the cut file I used… feel free to add more designs, or remove the extra weeding boxes.

 

 

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Metal Stamped Statement Necklace

When you make your own jewelry, you can easily add custom pieces that make it extra special. With metal stamping, you can add names or words that are special to you. This statement necklace has metal stamping on two of the rings, which adds both a textural element and special meaning to the necklace.

Metal Stamped Statement Necklace in less than 30 Minutes

Impress Art sent me some of their wonderful stamps and blanks to use for this project. If you’d like to make your own metal stamped statement necklace, you’ll need:

Metal stamping blanks (rings)
Metal Stamping tools
Various sized rings and jump rings
Jewelry Pliers
Jewelry Chain supplies for metal stamped statement necklace

Decide what you want to stamp on your rings. I chose “Love” for one and “Faith” for the other. There was plenty of room to stamp each three times.

stamp rings

stamp the rings

Connect the stamped rings and other assorted rings to make a chain.

 

make chain

Add other rings along and between the chain to make a decorative statement piece.

adding pieces

adding more pieces

 

Use jump rings to add necklace chain to either side.

 

add chain

Cut the chain to the desired length, then add a jewelry clasp.

completed necklace

Your statement necklace is finished! wearing necklace

 

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Mini Lego Tin

My boys, like most young boys, love all things Lego. Last year, we had the chance to go to Legoland with our family, and they loved it. One of the things my oldest especially loved was trading Minifigures with the Legoland staff. It is one of the fun little “extras” at Legoland… bring some of your own Lego Minifigures, and swap them with staff members who have their own. Last year, we tucked our Minifigs into a mint tin, which was the perfect size. For our upcoming Legoland trip, I thought I’d make a special Mini Lego Tin.

If you’re planning a Legoland, check out their awesome promotions. I was asked to share this great promotion with you – with any purchase at a participating McDonald’s in Southern California (L.A. and San Diego) in the promotional period, Kids Go Free with paid adult ticket to LEGOLAND® California Resort and your choice of LEGOLAND Water Park or SEA LIFE® Aquarium. Offer ends July 31st 2015.

Mini Lego Tin

To make the mini Lego Tin, you’ll need:
Small Mints tin (like Altoids or similar)
6×10 flat lego piece (any color)
Matching paint
Air-dry clay
Paintbrush
Hot Glue

supplies for lego tin

Glue the Lego piece to the top of the tin.

glue on lego piece

Put the air dry clay around the Lego piece to even out the area between the Lego piece and the tin.

put clay around edges

Smooth the clay out. If it starts to dry out, put a couple drops of water on your finger, and smooth over the clay.

smooth out clay

Wipe away any excess clay and allow to dry. Once dry, paint the clay and the tin to match the Lego piece.

paint sides

It may take 2-3 coats of paint. Once the paint is dry, you’re done! Enjoy your tin, perfect for trips… especially one to Legoland!

finished lego tin

Check out these other fun Lego craft ideas:

Lego Necklace
Lego Ring
Lego Mask
Lego Inspired Gift Boxes

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Monster Book of Monsters in just 30 Minutes

The Harry Potter books (and movies) are full of all kinds of fun magical creatures, like the Monster Book of Monsters. These are the little things that make the story so magical and fun! Making your own Monster Book of Monsters is easy to do, with just a few supplies, and in only a few minutes.

I made this project as part of the annual Rae Gun Ramblings series celebrating Harry Potter crafts! You can go check out all the other awesome projects that are part of the series… but for now, let me show you how easy it is to make your own Monster book of Monsters. When you get down to the bottom, you’ll find an awesome Harry Potter inspired giveaway as well!

DIY Monster book of Monsters in just 30 Minutes

To make your own Harry Potter inspired Monster Book of Monsters, you’ll need:

Faux Fur from Shannon Fabrics
Hardback Book (I picked one up at Goodwill)
Googly Eyes
Red Felt
Hot Glue
Scissors

supplies to make a monster book of monsters

Start by placing the fur right-side-down, with the book open on top, and cutting the faux fur about 2″ larger than the book on all sides.

cut fur larger than book

Cut in towards the spine both at the top and the bottom, at an angle, and cut away. Then use hot glue to glue the spine in place.

glue down spine

Mark the corners of the book.

mark corners

Cut away the corner, so that the flaps of fur are angled. Then glue down the flaps one at a time.

glue in flaps

Repeat with the other side. You now have a furry book!

covered book

To secure the eyes, first move the fur a little, so that you create a part in the fur where you want to glue the eye.

move fur out of the way

Add a generous dab of glue to the back of the googly eye.

hot glue

Secure in place, where you created the part in the fur. Repeat for all the eyes you want to add.

press down googly eye

Once you’ve added all the eyes, you can pet down or fluff up the fur on your Monster book of Monsters.

Add a tongue by cutting a rectangle of red felt, then curving one end. Place between the pages so that the tongue sticks out.

cut out tongue

Your Harry Potter inspired Monster book is complete!

the monster book of monsters

Check out this fun Harry Potter inspired giveaway!

 
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Crafty Giveaway

PRIZE_CL_Ellison All last week we celebrated back to school with nearly 100 different back to school craft ideas! To continue the celebration, we’re offering an awesome giveaway, this great Sizzix bundle… great for back to school crafts and so much more!

 

 

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No Sew Minion Finger Puppets

The new Minions movie came out in theaters today. I had the opportunity to see an early screening with my family earlier this week. We wore our Minion Goggles over our 3D glasses – be sure to get your own Minion Goggles printable here. Minions is a cute film taking you back to the origin of the Minions, and following them on their journey to find a villainous boss. Much of the movie is devoted to the journey Stuart, Kevin, and Bob take, and you get to know these three Minions much better. My 6 year old loved the movie. He was giggling throughout the film, and I loved seeing him happy, though the movie wasn’t quite as roll-in-the-aisles funny for me. Though, I’m sure we’ll be adding it to our video collection… I have two young boys, and this film was made for kids like mine!

To celebrate the opening of Minions, I created these No Sew Minions Finger Puppets. They are super simple to make, and I whipped up all three in about 30 minutes. I made my three look like Kevin, Stuart, and Bob… but you can make more generic Minions if you like, they are easy to customize.

No Sew Minion Finger Puppets

To make these finger puppets I used Oly*Fun. You can find it in crafts stores like JoAnns and Michael’s, and in any WalMart that carries by-the-yard fabric. It is as thin as regular fabric, but acts like felt – it doesn’t fray and is awesome for crafting.

minion finger puppet supplies

You’ll need:
Oly*fun in Yellow, Black, Grey, and White
Hot Glue
Scissors

Start by cutting out your pieces. For each Minion you’ll need:
Two body pieces the same size – a rectangle with one end rounded off
A black strip for the goggle strap
1-2 Grey circles for goggle eye pieces
the same number white circles, a little smaller
the same number small black circles
small black curve for the mouth
optional – skinny black strips for hair  cut pieces

Glue the two yellow pieces together.

glue together layers

Glue on the black strap – don’t worry about the ends sticking out.

glue on strap

Glue on the Grey circle, the white circle, and the black circle.

glue on eye

Cut off the strap pieces. Then glue down the mouth.

trim sides

To add hair, you can add it in the first step when you’re gluing the pieces together…

add hair

Or you can add it afterwards, by adding a dab of glue to secure the pieces in place.

glue hair in place

These Minions are so fun to make, you might find yourself making handfuls!

finished Minion Finger Puppets

Enjoy making your own Minions! If you like this Minion Craft, you’ll also enjoy my Video on making a Minion Necklace Charm, and my Minion Goggles.

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DIY Pencil Toppers

Making your own Pencil Toppers is a simple back-to-school craft. These pencil toppers are completely customizable, like lunchbox notes that last the whole day… or week! As long as the pencil is being used, your child will have a fun reminder. These pencil toppers make easy and inexpensive gifts for an entire class, or can be doled out one at a time to your children as they need a reminder or a pick-me-up.

These DIY pencil toppers are the last project in this week’s Back to School Craft Lightning. All week long, my Co-Host Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and I, along with our Guest Host Laura Kelly, have been sharing 15 minute or less back to school crafts, and we’ve had lots of our crafty friends join in… be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to check out their projects.

DIY Pencil Toppers

Supplies:
Pencils
Paper
Marker
Digital Cutting Machine
Cut file for Sizzix eclips2 or SVG cut file for all other machines

Start by cutting out the pencil toppers.

supplies for pencil toppers

Write your messages on the pencil toppers. You can draw doodles instead, if you like.

write on pencil toppers

Slip the pencil toppers on your pencils.

finished pencil toppers

It is that easy!

Check out these other fast and fun back to school crafts:

 

With her new line of papers, Jen Gallacher created these fun school lunch treat bags.

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Make staying healthy fun with these Printable Germ Juice Labels from Cute as a Fox.

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Make Life Lovely shows you how you can make cute apple bean bags in 15 minutes.

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Over at Fireflies and Jellybeans you can find out all about making these personalized water bottles. Easy DIY Personalized Water Bottles 2

One Krieger Chick made these adorable special message dishes – what a great way to start the day! Make-your-own-Personalized-Special-Message-Dishes-in-less-than-15-minutes-perfect-for-kids-to-start-the-day-off-on-a-positive-note-OneKriegerChick.com_

Learn all about these fun wood burned pencils over at Bumble Bree. Wood-Burned-Pencils-19-1024x683

Happiness is Homemade whipped up these simple Washi Tape Pencils and Desk Cup. Washi-Tape-Pencils-and-Desk-Cup-Organizer

Katie at a Sweet Berry crafted this clever “My First Day” frame. final

Though you’re probably more excited about the kids heading back to school than they are, enjoy these last days of summer with this Summer Countdown Calendar from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage.

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Keep school supplies organized with these fun DIY School Supply Containers from Laura Kelly. Pinterest5

 

Learn how Laura Kelly made these cute Apple Beanbags, and then eleven ways to use Beanbags in the classroom. Beanbags_Apples1

 

If you’re looking for a cute school snack, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made these fun pencil pops. pencil-marshmallow-pop

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Back to School Boxtops Card

Does your child collect Boxtops for their school? My son does, and we’re lucky to have a Grandma, Oma, as well as Aunties who collect Boxtops for us as well. If you are looking for a fun way to get family to help collect Boxtops, you can print out this fun back-to-school card asking family to save boxtops for your child and their school.

This project is part of our Craft Lightning Back to School week. Together with my co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and our Guest Host, Laura Kelly, we’re each sharing a new 15-minute or less back to school craft each day. And so are some of our crafty friends from around the internet. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to check out all their great projects.

Back to School Boxtops Card - get a kickstart on collecting boxtops for your school this year

This post isn’t being sponsored by Boxtops for Education, or any of the brands that put the Boxtops on their packaging… my son enjoys collecting the boxtops and bringing them to his school, and I wanted to share a fun way to ask for family support.

You can grab the card printable here. You can have you child color it in using whatever method they like.

color schoolhouse image

Send it off… then start checking the mailbox, hopefully your family will be sending more boxtops your way soon!

poem in card

glue boxtops in place

Check out these other fun and fast back to school crafts:

Dolen Diaries is planning an event for moms after the kids go back to school, and has made this cute Back to School Garland as decoration.

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Nobody will mistake your child’s pencils as theirs with this washi tape pencil tutorial from My Craftily Ever After.

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If you’re looking for a fun craft to do with the kids before they go back to school, these DIY Erasers from Redo Mom are awesome, and kids will love playing with the eraser “dough”.

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Mornings are tough, especially after weeks off for summer vacation… make your mornings go a little smoother with this Morning Clothing Organization from Here Comes the Sun.

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Occasionally Crafty made this fun and simple decorative cork board.

Cute Cork Board Makeover

Laura Kelly whipped up these simple Back to School Teacher Notes.

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And Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made an adorable back to school picture frame.

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