Swap It Like It’s Hot…Part Deux

Remember a few months ago when I mailed a bunch of thrift store junk to someone, and another blogger mailed me a bunch of junk. And then we all made something out of it. It was so much fun that we’re doing it all again. And this time even more bloggers are joining in on the fun.flea-market-makeoverthrift-store-swap Continue reading

Family Vacation Christmas Ornament

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mod Podge. All opinions are 100% mine.

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My son and I spent the afternoon crafting this little ornament made with momento’s from our family vacation to Florida this year. The glittery Mod Podge that we used to glue down and seal the lettering give the ornament a snow globe kind of feel that I love.

We took the boys to Disney this year but of course their favourite part of the trip was  hanging out on the beach searching for shells. Seriously don’t know why we wasted our money at Disney. All they remember from that trip is our day at the beach.

During the trip we smuggled a little bag of sand and some tiny seashells from the beach (I know you really shouldn’t do that). But I thought we could make a little family vacation Christmas ornament for our tree. As the boys get older we’ll always remember that trip to the beach (and wasting about $600 at Disney).
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For this craft you will need:

  • Glittery Mod Podge
  • clear plastic ornament 
  • sand and seashells
  • scrapbook paper (if you want to add anything else into the ornament)
  • ribbon
  • paint brush

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To make sure all the letters were even I simply used a piece of tape as my guide (and then removed it after). Simply apply a layer of Mod Podge, lay the letters down, and then apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the letters.
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The fun part- picking out our shells.

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I also added a little Florida State Shape and a pirate ship (we went on a pirate cruise at the beach that the boys loved) into the ornament. I used shapes from the Silhouettes online store and used a tourist map we brought home from our trip to cut out the shapes.

disney-christmas-ornamentI used a funnel to fill with sand. Dropped the shells and the pirate ship and Florida State shape into the ornament. Tie with ribbon and you have a personalized Christmas ornament to remind your family of each of all of the trips you take together year after year.

I think we’ll be making this a Christmas tradition.

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Mini Fabric Bunting

mini-fabric-buntingI have a serious fabric hoarding problem. It’s actually only a problem because we have no space for all this fabric. So I’m always looking for ways to use up my fabric scraps. This mini fabric bunting is the perfect excuse to use up those scraps.

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I cut out some shapes with scrap cardboard. Each shape is 2″ wide and ranges from 2-3″ long.

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