Thursday, August 25, 2016

Go, Team, Go!

No matter what team you are rooting for this football season, this easy DIY doormat will make a perfect addition to you porch d├ęcor!  First we start with AstroTurf!  I bought 2 feet from Lowes off of the big roles in the back where they keep the carpet.
Other materials I used were: white acrylic paint, paint brush, scissors, painter's tape, ruler, and stencils.
I started off by cutting the AstroTurf into a 2x3 foot section.  Then I folded the piece in half to make a crease in order to find the center.
I then taped off about 1 inch wide lines up and down in the center, and then halfway through the left and right sides and a small strip on the edge.  I then placed one of the stencil blanks in the dead center and ran a strip of tape across the top and bottom of the blank the width of the mat.
I then dabbed paint in between the taped lines and stenciled on the letters and numbers.  I did make the mistake of not stenciling the numbers as close to the lines as I would have liked in this particular example, but I still love how it turned out!
I just love how cute the finished product turned out!

You can view the full video tutorial here:  Facebook Live Doormat DIY Video

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Quick, Last Minute Back-to-School Ideas

I know we usually have the best intentions of making some super cute elaborate Pinterest back-to-school projects, but sometimes life gets in the way and time gets away from us!  Here are a couple back-to-school ideas (for student and teacher) that you can complete very quickly and easily!  You can even do these the night before school starts if you are a master procrastinator like me!

First, a gift for teacher!  We all know it's a good idea to bring a gift for teacher on the first day!  After all she is taking little Precious off of our hands for a good 7 hours a day!  An apple is customary, but let me tell you what this person really wants is CHOCOLATE!  Make these super simple gift bags and fill them with some chocolate snacks to help keep you child on the "good" list!

I started off with some plain red sacks.  One is more like a gift bag and the other more like a lunch sack.  I added some green paper leaves and some raffia, filled with candy and you are all good to go!

Next, is a super cute photo prop for Precious to use on their first day back-to-school!  All you need for this project is a black piece of poster board or foam board, some round sticker labels, colored construction or scrap book paper, and some chalk and glue.  You also need to print out the following printables that can be found here:  FIRST DAY  OF SCHO  OL AGE:  GRADE AGE TEACHER  WANT TO BE, WEIGHT, FOOD:  ACTIVITY  HEIGHT FAVORITE FOOD
Some of these are duplicates, but you may want to position your differently so that will give you some options.  Also, be sure to print in LANDSCAPE format!

Just glue it all together and you are all set!

You can also view of a video for full instruction if you need to here:

I hope this helps some of you last minute mommas out before your first day of school!  And, please feel free to share pictures of your precious with their first day of school props!  I hope everyone has a happy first day!