Creating memories in the new year.

I’ve been trying to get back to basics in 2014. I spend too much time on social media, even for a blogger. And – please don’t laugh at me – but I don’t get enough time to craft. Isn’t that just silly? Hallmark asked me to blog about creating memories in the new year, and it’s actually something that I’ve thought about a lot these days. I want to create more with my family and friends!

The things I always remember, year after year, aren’t the times that I spent reading an article about an OMG event on social media. The things I remember are the times I went with my mom to the grocery store and we baked a cake – or the time my brother and I sledded on garbage bags. It’s special moments that have nothing to do with holidays, and are things that are unplanned.

If you’re like me, let’s get crafty in 2014! This is a perfect family activity. Everyone can join in, especially the kids – and you don’t have to have prior knowledge of how to use Mod Podge. Grab some paper scraps and let EVERYONE make a birdhouse. Let’s see what memories you can make – here’s how you can do it.

Gather These Supplies

Mod Podge Gloss (or Outdoor if you want these to go outside)
Small wood birdhouse
FolkArt Paint – colors of your choice
Scrapbook paper, 3 sheets of various
Paper flowers, 6
Buttons, 4
EK Success Paper Shapers Punch, Medium Scallop Circle
Flat paint brushes in various sizes
Craft glue
Craft knife

Paint the center portion of your birdhouse with Wicker White. Let dry.

Paint the base and perch of your birdhouse with Fresh Foliage, and the top with Glazed Carrots. Don’t worry about overlapping a little onto the white, because you are going to cover it up. Allow to dry.

Use your punch to create some scalloped circles out of the paper. Punch out several so you have many to choose from.

Begin covering the center part of the birdhouse by gluing down the scalloped circles with the Mod Podge. Overlap them as you work around the birdhouse. When you get to the edges, cut some of the circles with your craft knife and place the straight line portion flush with the edge (let parents do the cutting, unless you have older children).

Completely cover the birdhouse center with circles. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

At this time, coat the entire birdhouse with Mod Podge. Apply at least two coats, allowing to dry in between coats. Allow to dry after finishing.

You are so close to being done! Cut out the pieces that overlapped the center hole with your craft knife. It’s not too hard.

To finish, use your craft glue to add some paper flower embellishments with buttons. I actually layered a few flowers as well. So fun, so cute and so easy!

I’m all about making new crafty memories in 2014 with my family. I can’t wait!

Happy New Year from Hallmark! Share how you’ll create memories with your family in the new year. Visit for their full product line and special offers. Life is a special occasion so celebrate!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hallmark. The opinions and text are all mine.