DIY Party Favors

I guess I’m all about preserving memories. I’m still old school and print pictures once in a while. My boss’ baby shower at work was today. Although budget was really tight, I managed to make a few favors. I knew that I didn’t want to make the traditional fill the baby bottles with candies, or create a diaper cake or something. I wanted to hand out something that can be useful after the party too.

I know, I know – it’s another photo holder!!! But this was from the heart.
Base is made out of plaster of paris, used an star shaped ice tray, covered with cellophane
Stick is made out of cookie sticks, covered with ribbon, added a teddy bear pick for effect
Glued clothespins to make the holder.

Baby Shower Party Favor DIY


Patriotic Series: Part 1 – Feeling Patriotic

Patriotic DIY Tophat

I should have a premade template post that starts with…”I wasn’t planning for this DIY, but…” Anyway, I was inspired from the cowboy hat that I whipped up, and thought I should make a red, white, and blue – just in case the school holds another spirit week, day, assembly. I was really inclined to make a tophat….

-Headband was wrapped with red ribbon.

-Tophat was made from: glitter foam sheets, empty ribbon spool, rose, ribbon, feathers, garland, cord from door hanger, and felt stars

Patriotic Wreath DIYbut, I didn’t make the headband until I made this wreath. I purchased the garland thinking I’m going to be using it for the headband.

Until Then,


Mother’s Day Series: Yes- Another Photo Holder

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I really didn’t know what I was going to end up making. All I know is I have about 4 empty tuna cans, a lot of clothespins, a couple of dowels, and craft sticks. I went on pinterest to see what I can make with clothespins and tuna cans, and most of them showed candle holders, or plant holders. Well, I’m not a green thumb according to experience. So a plant holder is out of the question. But, I still crafted them in a way that it looks like a plant holder.

Then I remembered, I have left over plant sorters – hmmm. Is this really going to be a plant holder? Nope. I decided to glue the pot inside the can, add plaster, stick the dowel, and waited for inspiration. Until this morning, when I decided to print a picture that took most of the background – I cut it down to size where it only focuses on my family. I decided to use what’s left of my craft sticks and made it into a frame.
Yes – I made another photo holder.


Spotlight Moment –

In light of Mother’s Day, I would like to take the moment and instead of “showcasing” my arts and crafts moments, and shine the spotlight at one of the reasons I celebrate this day. I’ve always wanted to try this form of art, but I know that I’m not that kind of artistic.

My son is a born artist. Just like his father, he can draw like a pro – and we encourage that. The only downside is that he only draws something that someone else drew before him….Pokemon, Super Mario, Power Rangers,….etc. I wanted him to try different forms of art, but he doesn’t fully understand. Anyway, last month, in one of the school newsletters that I read, and I usually just delete them! It said that they are having a School District Art Festival and that students in each school in the district, are welcome to participate, turn in a piece of poetry, or artwork that will be showcased [if chosen] at the actual event. Our school district has 15 schools, and each school will choose 3, one from each: 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-6th, that will present their poetry or artwork in June.

I figured, that this is that moment, that I can show my son that art is not just pencil, paper, and crayons….that he can actually use crayons in a different way, that he can use something else other than paper. That he can draw something else other than Bowser, that art isn’t about DIY, or “making it work” At first, he didn’t get it, why I decided he would enter a competition without prize money, until he finished his entry.

He turned in his canvas this past Monday. I’m not sure how many students in the 5th and 6th grade turned in entries for selections. For me, it doesn’t matter if he’s not chosen. That wasn’t why I had him enter. The theme for the festival is TIME. This is my son’s interpretation. This is Andy’s melted crayon art.

melted crayon art

This is one of those moments why Mother’s Day is celebrated. That moment when your child worked on something small, and made something great.

Handy Mommy – The Sequel

DIY Headband

I got off at 4pm today. My son and I chilled for about an hour and a half before picking up my princess. We took our sweet time having dinner, and walked around Walmart after picking out what their lunch and snacks will be for tomorrow. Then my princess mentioned that tomorrow, they need to wear cowboy or cowgirl outfits, by this time it’s about close to 7 pm. I was mulling if I want to make a quick bandana skirt – but, for some reason, we ended up in the toy aisle, and I found the Walmart version of American Girl Cowgirl Hats, and at the craft aisle, they’re selling mini duct tape. My princess picked out a leopard print. She still gets to be a cowgirl – a fashionable one! After resting for a few minutes, I took out the blue headband from a previous DYI, wrapped it with duct tape, wrapped duct tape on the hat, and glued it together. Post will be updated with her outfit tomorrow.

Btw, what a coincidence that my daughter’s shirt reads creative genius!

Good night, and until then – HAPPY DIY

Mother’s Day Series: DIY Plate decor / Mod Podge

It’s cutting to just days away from Mother’s Day. I will admit, I procrastinated in my DIY’s since my kids have school projects of their own to do. This project is similar to the Halloween plate craft that we have been doing the past couple of years, but I wanted something that can go in my dining area year round. I actually made 2 DIY’s for this project, but I only have a photo for the finished project.

DIY 1: Clear Mod Podge. I wanted to make sure that the glue dries really clear, so instead of making homemade mod podge with white glue, I made it with clear glue instead. I’ll update this post with the photo of the jar.

DIY 2: Plate Decoupage. I wanted it to say family, and have pictures hanging from it – but I wasn’t as inspired to do it elaborately-so I did this as simple as possible.
DIY Plate Decoupage

Set of 8 clear plates @ Dollar Tree
Wall stickers @ Dollar Tree
Cardstock @ 99c store
DIY clear mod podge
Leftover chain

Overall total cost with tax: $5.00