DIY Art: Día de Muertos (Day Of The Dead)

dia de muertos-pan dulce-hot chocolate-Día de Los MuertosDía de Muertos (English: Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday observed mainly throughout Mexico. “The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a holiday.” — Wikipedia

Interestingly enough, Día de Muertos is a multi-day holiday celebrated on October 31, November 1 and November 2. Per Wikipedia, It’s  “in connection with the triduum of AllhallowtideAll Hallows’ EveHallowmas, and All Souls’ Day.[1][2] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.” 

So in honor of Dia de Muertos, my little one and I made this super easy piece of artwork using 3 inexpensive items. dia de muertos-DIY-Art-Día de Los Muertos

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Items Used

  • Dollar Store Calavera paper plates. Yes, paper plates! 🙂
  • Old frame. We had one in our garage that just needed a little spray paint.
  • Piece of fabric. We used the left over material from a previous project as it just so happened to be black and white but you can also purchase material at your local fabric store.

Directions

Cut out the skulls from the paper plates. Cut your fabric to the size of your frame. Glue the fabric onto the back portion of frame (i.e. where you would place a photo instead). Glue your skulls in a decorative way directly onto the fabric. Mount the artwork using a mat board (our old frame already had one). Frame your piece of art and hang! All it takes is just a mere 10 minutes.

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¡Feliz Día de Muertos!

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Halloween DIY: 3 Boo-tiful Blogs & Their Crafty Treats

This week, I’ve been working on a collaboration with two talented and awesome mommies on some fun Halloween DIYs. Gisella from Serendipity Events NYC and Marisa from Burlaps and Bananas. We’ll cover a quick tutorial on how to make a haunted house with the kiddos, a quick and easy way to spruce up your mantle as well as a super inexpensive way to boo-tify the entryway of your home using items you already have or new ones at little to no cost. So take a mommy break, sit back, kick off your shoes, grab a cup of joe and let your creative juices start flowing! Let’s create!

Entryway

EntrywayEasy way to Boo-tify Your Entryway/ Foyer

This year, I decided to stick with last year’s black and white Halloween decór for our entryway. As most of you know, I’m far too obsessed to let go of this color palette. Plus, I wanted this project to be thrifty because lets be honest, what’s the point of a DIY if it’s not cheaper to make, right? So I opted to use what I had at hand and just Halloween-ified it (I just made this word up… bear with me for a minute).

Ok- let me start by letting you in on a little secret. Shh! Don’t tell a soul. Pinky promise?! Most of the items you see in my entryway are either dollar store items, recycled or created through www.PicMonkey.com. Yes, Brace yourselves- PicMonkey! For those of you that don’t know what this is, it’s a free editing/design site! To see where and how I created each piece in my entryway, simply pair the item to its letter.

Entryway-DIY-Halloweena. These cute little framed designs are simply scrap booking paper from Michaels (Sale:7 sheets for $1) plus the critters are PicMonkey designs I printed, cut out and pasted onto the scrap booking paper. I also used the same exact frames I already had up on our wall.Halloween-DIYBe sure to use the ‘Design’ mode to work with a blank space. The picture below shows how you can add these critters onto your photos as well.

PicMonkeyb. What’s a halloween entryway without some spooky family photos? I used PicMonkey to edit our Christmas family photos from 2013 taken by the beautiful and talented LilyRo Photography. So much fun creating these! Plus, I printed these out in our home printer. Here’s the before and after.

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Photo Credit: LilyRo Photography

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c. You can create any type of design on PicMonkey.com. For our entryway, I decided to use our wedding canvas and place a Halloween canvas design over it. Use what you have! I simply covered the canvas using a large paper (to avoid getting any marks or glue on our beautiful canvas). I then placed my canvas artwork which I had printed out on canvas at Staples for $9.99 (Note: Or print on poster paper for less than $3) onto the canvas frame using small pieces of clear tape on each corner.

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d. Spray painted an old bird cage in black and added a fake raven that I purchased at our local dollar store.

e. Old candle holders topped off with black pumpkins from our local dollar store.

f. – g. White pumpkins and Boo! banner from my 2013 halloween post! Click here to read post.

Here’s the before and after.

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Haunted house DIY

“There is something so awesomely “spooky” about Halloween and all of the neat DIY and crafting that comes along with it.  I have created a Haunted House that’s simple and thrifty, not to mention, a fun project for you AND your kiddos to create.  Come on over to www.burlapandbananas.blogspot.com to get all the eerie details on this Halloween Haunted House DIY project, and several other exciting Halloween and Fall craft ideas.” — Marisa 

Haunted-House-DIYHalloween Mantle DIY 

Here’s  a cute, quick and inexpensive way to spruce up your fireplace mantle for Halloween! Check out how Gisella from Serendipity Events NYC made these items via her blog page HERE.

SerendipAlso, be sure to check out all my black and white Halloween DIY projects including this awesome DIY table runner. Click HERE.

Table-Runner-DIYHave a Boo-tiful Day!

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Adding A Little Spring Into Our Home

Spring-Art-Toddler-Activities Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirpin’ away. What better way to welcome Spring than to do a DIY art project with your kids?

Here’s a fun Spring DIY my 2-year-old and I worked on this past Sunday. Mia definitely enjoyed making homemade watercolors!

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Items Needed: Moss with liner, Markers, water, paint brush, coffee filters, plastic foam bowls, scissors, green acrylic paint & a 16X20 canvas.

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We made watercolors by simply adding water to the plastic foam bowls and dipping some inexpensive makers into them. For this project, we picked 3 different colors.

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Cut out the bottoms of three foam bowls. Add a bit of glue to the back of each circle foam and place them into the center of the coffee filters (Note: I used about 10 filters per flower). Hold the filters upside with a tight grip so the foam doesn’t fall out and dip the ends of the filters about half way into your watercolor base. Repeat process for each individual flower. Be sure to keep the filters facing upside down the entire time to prevent the color from bleeding to the top. Place onto a dry paper towel and let air dry for a few hours.

Spring-Art-Toddler-ActivitiesOnce the filters are completely dry, remove a couple sheets off the back of each flower and fold the paper in half and then two more times as shown above. Cut out a piece in the form of a letter ‘C’ and open up the sheets. You should have a flower with 4 petals.

SpringGlueGlue the cut pieces with the non-cut pieces and then glue the finished flowers onto your canvas.

Spring-Art-Toddler-ActivitiesUsing a moss with liner is perfect for cutting out shapes and letters. Here, I used a stencil to trace the word ‘Grow’. If you decide to use a stencil, make sure you trace out the letters backwards. As you can see, I learned the hard way. I had to redo the letter ‘G’. 🙂 And let me warn you. This part is super messy. Definitely suggest doing this step outside. Spring-Art-Toddler-Activities

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Lastly, using a little green craft paint and a paint brush, we added stems to each flower. Done and done!

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Exciting news! I teamed up with the lovely ladies of CrafterThought.com and SerendipityDelight.com on this blog post. Check out how they added a little Spring into their homes. Love their ideas!

Click on the photos below to see their spring inspired home decor.

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Cheers to Spring!

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Home Decor

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With St. Patty’s day being a few days away, I wanted to share a simple and inexpensive DIY project. All it takes is 4 items and less than 10 minutes!

Items Needed

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I was able to get the 12″ wood hoops for only $1.67 (using a 40% coupon) at Michaels. Also, I found this cute 3-leaf clover pack at Joann’s for just $1.50. They currently have a 50% off St.Patrick’s Day sale. Score! As for the burlap material, I usually have this material on hand as I tend to use it often but it’s sold at most fabric stores and it’s pretty inexpensive (avg $2 a yard).

Directions:

1. You’ll notice the wood hoop consist of two hoops. Remove the most inner hoop. Place outer hoop on top of burlap material.

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2. Cut burlap around the 12″ hoop. Ensure there’s enough material to cover the entire hoop. Turn material and hoop upside down and place the inner hoop on top of the outer hoop while keeping the burlap in between both hoops. stpattys06

 

3. Push the inner hoop into the outer hoop. Note: You might need to adjust the hoop setting to make room for the burlap to go through.

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4. Turn over and cut excess burlap material.

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5. Add felt three-leaf clovers using adhesive dots and hang the hoops onto your wall. Done and Done!

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Happy Crafting!

Halloween Decor: Black & White

I confess, I’m a bit obsessed with black and white decor and its contrast. This year, I decided to just incorporate a few DIY black and white spooky halloween pieces to our black and white dining room decor. It definitely keeps things looking clean and meshes well all together.

I got inspired to do this when I started working on a Halloween black and white table runner which could also be used again and again for other holidays and/or celebrations. Here are a few easy DIY ideas to spruce up your home during this Boo-tiful holiday.

halloweendecorBlack & White Dining Table Runner

I found a piece of 100% white polyester material in our home office from a project I had worked on a few years back. I wanted to put it to good use and since our dining area was a bit bare, I decided to make a table runner with it.

 Items Needed 

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Directions

Measure your dining table and determine which dimensions you’d prefer for your runner. I have a rather long table so I cut a 135″x15″ rectangle. Using a sewing machine, perform a simple stitch on all four ends of the material.

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Cover your working table with parchment paper to prevent paint from getting onto your table. Fold the runner in half horizontally to determine stencil starting point. Tape down all four sides using painters tape. You can also use stencil adhesive spray instead.

Poor paint into tray and roll your high density roller into the paint. Be sure to take off as much paint as possible from the roller as too much paint will cause the paint to seep through the material.

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Let the paint dry for a few minutes then carefully align the stencil to match the previous painted area. Repeat this process until the runner is complete.

IMG_1008Add  white stretched spider webs in the form of a valance at each end of the table runner and dangle some spiders using black yarn. As mentioned, you can reuse this runner by simply removing the spider webs and dangling spiders.

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Halloween Ornament Wall

Create a $3 Halloween ornament wall using small paper plates, black yarn and velvet spiders from your local dollar store. Hole punch paper plates on the top middle section and pass a piece of black yarn through them.

IMG_1015Tie a knot at the end of each piece of yarn to create a loop. Insert clear pins to your wall. We have drywall so the pins are easy to insert into our walls but you can also use damage free clear mini hooks.

Wrap a small piece of black yarn around the middle section of each velvet spider and tie a knot.  Hang the spiders off of the pins. Be sure your yarn is short enough to cover the pins or clear hooks.IMG_1013

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White Pumpkins

Spray paint pumpkins in white to give them a crisp modern look. IMG_1169

Add a velvet covered spider using black yarn.IMG_1139

Boo! Banner

Create a Boo! banner using black and white poster boards from dollar store, a circle cutter, alphabet stencils, scissors, glue, hole puncher and black and white ribbon. Cut four 7″ black circles and four 6″ white circles using poster boards and circle cutter. Trace stencil onto black poster board and cut out letters and exclamation mark. Glue together and hole punch the top middle section. Pass ribbon through and hang.

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Also, be sure to check out the Egg-free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Agave Frosting Recipe for your next Halloween bash.

 

Have a Boo-tiful Day!