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canvas fun {holiday hospitality 101}

holiday hospitality 101

My sweet friend Ann {and mentor mom at our MOPS} came up with this very creative project. Ann is the closest person to Martha Stewart that I know. She sews, cooks, bakes, crafts…she is an amazing Grandma and just knows how to do a lot of things that most of us cannot seem to get around to learning. I hope you enjoy this project she came up with. The possibilities are endless. Make them with holiday art, sheet music, family pictures…whatever you can imagine! This would make a great activity for older kids, a nice hostess gift or simply a nice way to decorate your own home. Have fun creating! HERE is another great canvas tutorial method with photos if you need further inspiration. {P.S. Be sure to print images from the internet that you have been given permission to print…there are several site like the graphics fairy that have tons of free vintage images. You just don’t want to “steal” someone original work…so just check your sources.}




Canvas Fun: Make Your Own Holiday Wall Art

Mod Podge on Canvas

Materials needed:

White Artist Canvas 8 X 8 or size you prefer

Picture of your choice, printed on an ink jet or laser printer

{in the same size as your canvas}

Mod Podge (I use Matte finish)

Paint Brush or Foam Brush

Acrylic Paints

Glitter Glue



  1. Using a paint brush or foam brush, lightly coat the surface of the canvas with Mod Podge. Be careful to completely cover the canvas, but don’t apply too thickly.
  2. Turn your picture over to the wrong side, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge. Again, do not apply too thickly but cover entire surface.
  3. Place wrong side of picture on top of canvas and smooth out with your fingers. Don’t press too hard as this can cause damage to the print, but try to get all of the bubbles out.
  4. WAIT! This is the hard part! You have to wait until your canvas is completely dry before you put your next coat of Mod Podge on. I usually wait at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Once canvas is dry, put a light coat of Mod Podge on the top. Let dry and repeat this process. Two to three coats will do the trick.
  6. Make sure your canvas is dry before you start embellishing. This is the fun part! Be creative and use whatever you want to enhance your picture.
  7. When you’re done embellishing you can apply a spray-on Acrylic finishing coat if you wish (EnviroTex High Gloss Sealer)

Homemade Glitter Glue

{that won’t flake off}

Materials needed:

1 T Mod Podge

1 T Glitter (I prefer the fine glitter, but both will work)

Popsicle stick


Mix the Mod Podge and Glitter using a popsicle stick. It will look somewhat thick and opaque. Use a paintbrush and adhere to the surface you want to cover, as you would paint. Don’t worry about the opaqueness while applying. It will dry clear and sparkly!

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{washi tape}

Dear Washi Tape,
I love you. Let me count the ways. I love your colors, your ability to stick and un-stick, your crafting & decorating prowess. Thanks for making parties, packages, crafts & cakes pop! You even help us take care of chores and keep track of our stuff. We love to use you in our smashbooks too…your uses are endless. I think I should actually show you how much I love you because as they say “a picture IS worth a thousand words” and this time it is no exception. May you stay in our lives for years to come!
Sincerely {and quite certainly},
Two of your Biggest FANS {laura & paige}
P.S. You can click HERE for more ideas on Pinterest.
making packages pop border
making parties pop border making cake pop borderwashi wall art border crumbsmash book mommy border smash book paiegy paige art border making crafts pop border
you can find out how I made this little St. Patrick’s Day decor HERE
P.P.S. if you emptied out my purse…here is what you would find
washi purse31 days (250)

getting sandy {with SAND ART}

My sweet friend Mishawn {also one of my BFF’s} is so creative. She is always coming up with fun and simple ways to be creative {with her kids and for herself}. I love that she can do everything from sewing to cooking to baking to crafts and all with a smile on her face and four kids at her toes! She amazes me!
Last summer when the kids were all together she came up with this little project to use up leftover sand from a kit for making sand art in a bottle {pictured below}. It was simple…but the kids loved it. They each drew out pictures on cardboard {with a pencil or crayon} and then used the popsicle sticks to add glue to each desired area. Next they sprinkled the colored sand on the glued area of choice and shook it off {like cinnamon toast}!
 Summer is just around the corner and I am trying to round up ideas for keeping my kids busy! I am adding this one to my list for sure.
For other fun summer projects check out my Pinterest board: summerFUN

unique place cards {CAKE POPS optional}…

Spring is coming and at our house we love tea parties {we love any party we can get our hand on}! A few years ago I made these cake pops and cute place-card holders for a church tea party that my mom was a part of hosting…check out my cake-pop post HERE!
You will need:
a camera
card stock
color printer
metallic pen {the kind you shake that smells funny}
adhesive {or double sided tape}
regular pen {such as a sharpie}
wrapped cake pops turned upside down {optional}
I took this picture of a tea cup my mom has that I love! I made the tea cup off-centered in the shot because I wanted space to write each name.
Next I added the picture to a business card template {in Word} and printed it out on a solid sheet of card stock using a color printer. Using a regular black pen, I wrote each name out {you could type it out or use stickers or stamps if you prefer}. I also added some gold details with my metallic pen {I simply highlighted the tea cup where there was already gold on the real tea cup}.
Next, I cut out each place card and adhered them one by one to some pretty paper. I cut around that whole thing and attached it to the cake-pop sticks with a simple piece of tape. If that is too casual for you, simply cover the back of this up with another piece of paper or use pretty washi tape. At this point you could fold the pretty paper into tents and attach the picture place-card to that instead.
You can take a simple picture of something you love {you do not need a fancy camera} and make it something special and unique. Who needs clip-art when you can use a little bit of your creativity and a fancy metallic pen!

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