Mod Podge Rocks http://modpodgerocksblog.com Mod Podge Crafts and DIY Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:52:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Host a Home Bowl for the kids: football centerpiece and chocolate dip! http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/host-home-bowl-kids-football-centerpiece-chocolate-dip.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/host-home-bowl-kids-football-centerpiece-chocolate-dip.html#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:58:05 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=40122 Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. All opinions and projects are 100% mine. I grew up with four brothers – and we all played sports. My sport of choice was soccer, as well as two of my brothers . . . but the other two played football! You can imagine that I was exposed to several... 

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Host a home bowl party for kids!I grew up with four brothers – and we all played sports. My sport of choice was soccer, as well as two of my brothers . . . but the other two played football! You can imagine that I was exposed to several games, both in person and on television, over the years. With the Big Game coming up, I actually had a great idea that the kids are going to love – hosting a Home Bowl party for the littles. If you have football fans at home, this idea is for you!

I created a preview of the party along with a special centerpiece craft and dip recipe that the kids are going to love. I’m going to share my projects with you, but I also wanted to let you know that I’m hosting a special Pinterest contest I know you are going to be interested in. Keep reading to learn how to host your own Home Bowl party, and get the contest information!

1-26-15 Home Bowl 08 copyMy party features Ritz Crackers, so the first thing I want to share with you is this EASY recipe for a sweet dip that the kids will love. It’s UH-MAZING and I couldn’t stop licking the spoon. It’s quite simple and you only need a few ingredients:

  • Ritz Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread

Chocolate peanut butter dipSo what do you do? Scoop equal parts peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut spread into a bowl with a spoon. Stir, stir, stir and place into a serving bowl. Yep, that’s it! I dare you to tell me you don’t love this dessert (let the kids test it!). Dip a Ritz Cracker into the mix for ultimate deliciousness:

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1-26-15 Home Bowl 08 copyI also served some trail mix and popcorn at the party preview, because those snacks are a household fave (of course other snacks can be substituted). What was served for a beverage? Coca-Cola! Have bottles, cups, and ice ready for your guests.

The decorating itself is simple. I went to my local party store and bought a green grass tablecloth, football napkins, and football field cups. They even had little foam footballs that I had to pick up.

And then I made a centerpiece with Mod Podge!

1-26-15 Home Bowl 10 copyThis centerpiece idea is perfect for a football party, but I love it because you could adapt it for a variety of themes! To make it, you’ll need:

  • Wood stars – 6
  • Wood block
  • Dowel rod
  • Drill
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paint – Brown, white, (goal post) yellow, citrus green (to match your paper)
  • Grass scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush – one large, one smaller
  • Hot glue
  • Ruler and pencil

Painted stars Decoupage block

  1. Paint your wood stars with brown, on both sides, giving several coats. Let dry.
  2. Add white football laces to the front of your stars. Let dry.
  3. Drill a hole in the center of your wood block to fit your dowel rod (make sure to check the size of the bit). Insert the dowel rod into the hole. You can glue it into place, but mine stuck without moving.
  4. Paint the base of your wood block with citrus green and the dowel rod with the yellow Let dry.
  5. Measure and cut your grass paper to fit the bottom four sides of your wood block. Cut out with scissors.
  6. Apply Mod Podge to one side of the block. Smooth the paper on top. Wait 15 – 20 minutes to dry and apply a top coat.
  7. Repeat with the other three sides. Let the block dry.
  8. Hot glue five stars to the dowel rod and one to the front of the block. You’re done!

1-26-15 Home Bowl 07 copyMy kid friendly Home Bowl party was so easy to set up – and I LOVE the way it turned out! What do you think?

Now, time for the contest!

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 5.11.53 PMThere are a few additional things you can do to make sure that you have the perfect Home Bowl party.

  1. Create a create a custom Home Bowl Evite here. Not only will you find invitations, you’ll also find find a host of game day party tips for a winning game day party.
  2. Look for the Coca-Cola Home Bowl in stores – including Coca-Cola beverages and Ritz Crackers. It’s available at retailers nationwide!
  3. Register for MyCokeRewards and get access to product coupons for both Coca-Cola and Ritz Crackers. You can access these coupons by tweeting how you will be a “Home Bowl” hero and using the hashtag #HomeBowlHero.

Now that I’ve shared this information with you, here’s some information on the Pinterest contest! THREE PEOPLE are going to win a Coca-Cola Home Bowl prize pack worth $350!! Is that not amazing? Here’s what you have to do.

  1. Create a Pinterest board called “Coca-­Cola #HomeBowlHeroContest”
  2. Pin your favorite game day party and tips to this board – these can be from any site, not just mine. You do not need to pin photos of Coca-Cola or Ritz Crackers to be entered to win
  3. Tag each pin with “#HomeBowlHeroContest”
  4. Leave a link to your Pinterest board in the comments of this blog post
  5. I’ll be picking my three favorite boards and announcing the winners on this blog post!
  6. Contest opens today, January 16th and ends February 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

Disclosure: The Coca-Cola Company partnered with bloggers such as me for their Home Bowl program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. This prize was provided by The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this Home Bowl promotion.

Contest fine print: Contest opens January 16th and ends February 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. US residents only, 18 years or older. Winning boards are chosen at my discretion, giveaway product retail value of $350 (allow 7 days for shipping).

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Create a whimsical DIY lampshade with cut paper http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/create-a-whimsical-diy-lampshade-with-cut-paper.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/create-a-whimsical-diy-lampshade-with-cut-paper.html#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:23 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=40004 I’m a little obsessed with decorating lampshades over here at Hammer Like A Girl. I see a blank white shade and think “hmmm . . . how can I spice that up?” It’s like a little canvas that lights up. This is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. I... 

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This DIY lampshade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Click through to learn more!I’m a little obsessed with decorating lampshades over here at Hammer Like A Girl. I see a blank white shade and think “hmmm . . . how can I spice that up?” It’s like a little canvas that lights up.

This is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. I used birds and leaves – my favorite design motif. Keep reading to see how I made this unique DIY lampshade!

You will need:

  • Simple lampshade, preferably light in color
  • Black paper
  • Mod Podge Matte or Satin
  • Sharp scissors
  • Large sheet of paper for pattern
  • Black marker
  • Brush

First find a nice simple lampshade.

Lampshade_beforeTo create a basic pattern, spread out a large sheet of paper and slowly roll the shade, marking the edges with a pencil as you go.

TracingShadeContinue until the entire shade is traced.

TracingShade_2To better see the outline, draw over the top of the pencil line with a black marker.

TracedShadeStart cutting your shapes out of black paper. I cut simple leaf and bird shapes freehand – I think the irregularities add to the whimsy/fun of the design. However, if you feel more comfortable using a pattern, you can copy it onto a sheet of printer paper and layer it over the top of the black paper and cut through both layers.

Scissor_Paper_LeavesKeep cutting shapes and begin building your design by placing the shapes onto the pattern.

PlacingCutPaperShapesAfter a few hand cramps from the scissors, you’ll fill up the pattern.

CutShapes_Detail

PlacedShapesonPatternWhen you’ve arranged your pieces and are happy with the design, you can start transferring them piece by piece onto the shade. Working section by section, apply Mod Podge onto the shade.

ModPodgeToSHadeSpread Mod Podge onto the back of the pieces.

ModPodgetoShapePlace the pieces onto the shade, using a brush dipped in Mod Podge to press down the pieces.

ModPodgeShapetoShadeAfter all the pieces are attached to the shade, let it dry.

This DIY lampshade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Click through to learn more!After the shade is dry (about 4 hours) completely cover the shade with a coat of Mod Podge. Repeat.

ModPodgeShadeCoatThere you go – that’s all there is too it! A little glowing forest in your living room. Visit our blog Hammer Like A Girl for other project ideas and follow us there or on our Facebook page to get regular updates!

This DIY lampshade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Click through to learn more! This DIY lampshade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Click through to learn more! This DIY lampshade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Click through to learn more!

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Host a Home Bowl: confetti vases and cheese dip! http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/host-home-bowl-confetti-vases-cheese-dip.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/host-home-bowl-confetti-vases-cheese-dip.html#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:03:40 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=40121 Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. All opinions and projects are 100% mine. My neighbors are ENORMOUS football fans. It doesn’t matter which one of them you talk to . . . they love it. College or professional. Probably even high school! I previously shared a post about hosting a Home Bowl party at my... 

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How to host a simple Home Bowl bar party!

My neighbors are ENORMOUS football fans. It doesn’t matter which one of them you talk to . . . they love it. College or professional. Probably even high school! I previously shared a post about hosting a Home Bowl party at my place, which is still happening . . . but I wanted to share an alternate idea as well. If you’re having people come over for the Big Game and don’t have a lot of room, this simple bar party is perfect!

I first have to clarify that I don’t mean “bar” as in physical location serving alcoholic beverages – I mean the bar countertop inside your home, typically near the kitchen. Put the stools aside and utilize it for a small gathering, to serve food and drinks!To show you what I mean I created a preview of the party – not only that, but I created a special recipe and craft that I’m really excited about! Not only that, but I’m hosting a special Pinterest contest that I think you are going to be interested in. Keep going to learn how to host your own Home Bowl party, and get the contest information!

1-26-15 Home Bowl 03 copySo the first item to share with you is a recipe. Can I tell you how excited I am to share my lime cheese dip with you? It’s tasty, creamy, and delicious. To make it, you’ll need a few ingredients:

  • Ritz Crackers
  • Cheese dip or a block of Velveeta
  • One can of Rotel tomatoes
  • One lime
  • Garlic powder

Rotel cheeseThe recipe is simple. Simply heat up your cheese dip or melt the Velveeta in a pan. Open your can of tomatoes, pour in and stir. Squeeze your lime into the dip and add 1.5 – 2 tbsp of garlic powder. Stir, stir, stir and you are ready in about five minutes!

1-26-15 Home Bowl 04 copyDip a Ritz Cracker in and you are tasting heaven . . . that I promise you. Just try it!

In addition to the recipe, I want to share with you some additional party details.

1-26-15 Home Bowl 05 copyI recommend serving popcorn in a fun football themed bowl that you can get at your local party store! And of course, you’ll need something to wash that down, so grab your Coca-Cola! It’s fun to serve it in bottles (have ice ready and football themed cups).

1-26-15 Home Bowl 02 copyAdd football/field themed containers to include snacks like popcorn, Ritz Crackers, and trail mix. I laid those out on football placemats for some fun flair. I also used these same containers to set next to the dip so that people could spoon out individual servings.

And now I think I’m ready to tell you about my centerpieces . . . seriously one of my favorite Mod Podge projects of all time, and perfect for any celebration!

Confetti vases. Yep, you heard me:

1-26-15 Home Bowl 06 copyI LOVE LOVE LOVE these vases. They are so easy, and can be used to display any color of flowers, real or fake. Aren’t they fun? And they add such a colorful touch to my celebratory spread. Here’s what I used to make them:

Confetti bottleIt doesn’t get any easier than spray painting the bottles white and Mod Podging confetti around the center. You just work an inch or two at a time, adding Mod Podge to the center band of the bottle and placing confetti on top. Go all the way around, let dry, and then put a top coat on. That’s it!

The only warning is not to paint over the confetti too many times – the dye will start to bleed. Other than that, you are golden!

1-26-15 Home Bowl 01 copyWith the right blend of snacks and crafts, you can have the perfect (simple) Home Bowl party. I LOVE the way it turned out.

Now onto the contest!

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 5.11.53 PMThere are a few additional things you can do to make sure that you have the perfect Home Bowl party.

  1. Create a create a custom Home Bowl Evite here. Not only will you find invitations, you’ll also find find a host of game day party tips for a winning game day party.
  2. Look for the Coca-Cola Home Bowl in stores – including Coca-Cola beverages and Ritz Crackers. It’s available at retailers nationwide!
  3. Register for MyCokeRewards and get access to product coupons for both Coca-Cola and Ritz Crackers. You can access these coupons by tweeting how you will be a “Home Bowl” hero and using the hashtag #HomeBowlHero.

Now that I’ve shared this information with you, here’s some information on the Pinterest contest! THREE PEOPLE are going to win a Coca-Cola Home Bowl prize pack worth $350!! Is that not amazing? Here’s what you have to do.

  1. Create a Pinterest board called “Coca-­Cola #HomeBowlHeroContest”
  2. Pin your favorite game day party and tips to this board – these can be from any site, not just mine. You do not need to pin photos of Coca-Cola or Ritz Crackers to be entered to win
  3. Tag each pin with “#HomeBowlHeroContest”
  4. Leave a link to your Pinterest board in the comments of this blog post
  5. I’ll be picking my three favorite boards and announcing the winners on this blog post!
  6. Contest opens today, January 16th and ends February 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

Disclosure: The Coca-Cola Company partnered with bloggers such as me for their Home Bowl program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. This prize was provided by The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this Home Bowl promotion.

Contest fine print: Contest opens January 16th and ends February 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. US residents only, 18 years or older. Winning boards are chosen at my discretion, giveaway product retail value of $350 (allow 7 days for shipping).

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Easy glittered DIY photo frame for Valentine’s Day http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/easy-glittered-diy-photo-frame-for-valentines-day.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/easy-glittered-diy-photo-frame-for-valentines-day.html#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:14:54 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=40102 Hi! It is Shannon from Madigan Made here to share with you a super easy DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea. This DIY heart frame would make a great, non-candy Valentine gift to give to a parent or grandparent. It is a simple decoupage project and is easy enough for a kid or beginner crafter to... 

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This DIY photo frame is so easy to make with Mod Podge and glitter, and is perfect for Valentine's Day. Makes a great gift!Hi! It is Shannon from Madigan Made here to share with you a super easy DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea.

This DIY heart frame would make a great, non-candy Valentine gift to give to a parent or grandparent. It is a simple decoupage project and is easy enough for a kid or beginner crafter to create.

My new favorite sweetheart is our cute baby girl and I wanted to show off one of my favorite photos of her on our refrigerator. This simple frame was a fun and seasonal way to dress up our fridge for the wintertime. Plus, this project involved a little glitter… which is always right in my crafting book!Let me show you how to make your own glittered DIY photo frame.

This DIY photo frame is so easy to make with Mod Podge and glitter, and is perfect for Valentine's Day. Makes a great gift!

Easy Valentine’s Day Decoupage Frame

Supplies used:

  • Clear plastic magnetic frame
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge Gloss (you can use Matte too)
  • Brush
  • Photo

Simple DIY glittered frame for Valentine's Day

Instructions:

Brush on a thick coat of Mod Podge to the front edges of the frame in a heart shape.

Simple DIY glittered frame for Valentine's Day

You can print off a heart shape to slide into the frame and trace around . . . or you can draw your heart outline freehand like I did. Really, you can  use ANY shape of your choice, as long at it creates a ‘window’ to display a photo.

Working quickly, sprinkle the glue liberally with glitter. Allow the decoupage to dry and shake/brush off any excess sparkle.

Simple DIY glittered frame for Valentine's Day

Seal the glitter down by going back over the sparkle with another coating (or two) of Mod Podge. Allow that to dry.

Simple DIY glittered frame for Valentine's Day

Slide a photo or Valentine greeting into the frame and give it to your sweetheart!

This DIY photo frame is so easy to make with Mod Podge and glitter, and is perfect for Valentine's Day. Makes a great gift!

So fun and easy to make!

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About the Podger: You might call Shannon the Clark Kent of craft blogging. By day, she is a pharmacist and by night she shares simple ideas for crafts, décor and much more with her readers. She also craves chocolate, loves a thrifty find and tries (often unsuccessfully) to avoid glue gun burns. You can find Shannon on her blog, Madigan Made, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle + or Pinterest, too.

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Decoupage a sewing machine http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/decoupage-sewing-machine.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/decoupage-sewing-machine.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:39:44 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=40113 If you’ve been to my blog before, you might know that I went to sewing camp at 10 years old. While the other children were doing cool outdoor camp-y things like archery and horseback riding, I was packing a lunch and going to sewing classes with “old people” (they were probably in their 30s). At... 

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How to decoupage a sewing machine with pattern piecesIf you’ve been to my blog before, you might know that I went to sewing camp at 10 years old. While the other children were doing cool outdoor camp-y things like archery and horseback riding, I was packing a lunch and going to sewing classes with “old people” (they were probably in their 30s). At the time I hated it. Okay, let me rephrase that – I didn’t understand why I had to go. But my parents are pretty skilled people (they can fix ANYTHING) and so they felt like I should be skilled too. I appreciate it now.

So now I’ll tell you why I picked this sewing machine decoupaged with pattern pieces to feature.

How to decoupage a sewing machine with pattern piecesMy sewing machine had been out of commission for quite awhile, so I just recently bought a new one – the Brother CS6000i – and I’m taking sewing classes with my friend Maya at the end of the month. It’s like sewing camp all over again, except I get to bring a friend! I’m looking forward to the refresher, and really looking forward to decoupaging the hard case of my sewing machine with pattern pieces, just like this guy above. I only hope mine turns out as gorgeous.

And now I have to ask, would you ever Mod Podge your sewing machine?

Images from decoupage: the technique at DailyFix

Are you interested in other decoupage projects using pattern pieces? Check these out!

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Decoupage gifts and decor for Valentine’s Day! http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/decoupage-gifts-decor-valentines-day.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/decoupage-gifts-decor-valentines-day.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:48:26 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=40062 I’m always looking for new color palettes (other than the traditional) for holidays. For example, Christmas is lovely in green and red . . . but what about some other options? I feel that way about Valentine’s Day too. I’m wanting to make some projects this year, but I want to do something other than... 

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Decoupage gifts and decor for Valentine's Day!I’m always looking for new color palettes (other than the traditional) for holidays. For example, Christmas is lovely in green and red . . . but what about some other options? I feel that way about Valentine’s Day too. I’m wanting to make some projects this year, but I want to do something other than pink and red, just for fun! My friends Cathie and Steve decided this year it was time to go with a pink, gold and black theme . . . and I have to admit, I’m loving it.They put a sassy set of projects together for Plaid, all using Mod Podge, and I think you’re going to love them too. Any of these are simple to decoupage, and you can do them all as a set if you like. To find instructions for the project you’re interested in, just click the link below!

Get the tutorials for the projects above here:

For more decoupage valentine ideas, go here!

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Leopard print DIY slip ons http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/leopard-print-diy-slip-ons.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/leopard-print-diy-slip-ons.html#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:41 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=40049 I looked in my closet the other day and realized it is just about time for other Mod Podge shoe revamp! It’s been quite awhile . . . years even . . . since I’ve glued fabric to shoe, and now I’m ready. I’m liking leopard a lot more these days, in moderation (though I... 

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DIY-Leopard-Print-Sneakers-Fall-For-DIYI looked in my closet the other day and realized it is just about time for other Mod Podge shoe revamp! It’s been quite awhile . . . years even . . . since I’ve glued fabric to shoe, and now I’m ready. I’m liking leopard a lot more these days, in moderation (though I totally endorse leopard not in moderation). I have a pair of leggings from Old Navy that I wear under skirts. I think it’s time to kick it up a notch and turn that love of leopard into a pair of shoes. If you agree, take a peek at the tutorial below.

DIY leopard print slip ons at Fall for DIY

Do you want to see MORE Mod Podge shoes just like these (and some different ones too)? Just click the picture below!

20 Mod Podge footwear projects - revamp your shoes on a budget

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Valentine craft: paper straw heart wreath http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/valentine-craft-paper-straw-heart-wreath.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/valentine-craft-paper-straw-heart-wreath.html#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:31:24 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=40034 I had amassed quite a large collection of straw last year when I decided to make this craft. Yep – I’m one of those people. Every time I’d visit the store, I’d see a box of paper straws in some color that I needed to have. They were just calling my name! I realized I... 

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Make a fun pink and red heart wreath that says "I love you!" This is a fun and easy valentine craft, and you get to use paper straws! I had amassed quite a large collection of straw last year when I decided to make this craft. Yep – I’m one of those people. Every time I’d visit the store, I’d see a box of paper straws in some color that I needed to have. They were just calling my name! I realized I had enough red and pink to make a valentine craft, and that’s how this wreath was born. It’s a pretty easy craft so you can make it with children (though you’re definitely going to want to operate the hot glue gun). It also uses Mod Podge Sheer Colors AND glitter. How can you lose?

Gather These Supplies

IMG_2835Paint your wood heart plaque with white.

IMG_2856Cut your tissue paper into several squares. Enough to cover the entire plaque.

IMG_2857Use your Mod Podge Sheer Colors to decoupage down the tissue paper squares. Look at the tint it adds to the project! Paint red around the outer edge of your heart plaque and let dry.

IMG_2858Add your adhesive letters to the front. My letters ARE REALLY FUN. They have a removable top!

IMG_2859Check this out! If your letters aren’t like this, you can just use regular glitter letters.

IMG_2860But what’s cool about these is that you can add any glitter color of your choice. I chose silver.

IMG_2861Once that was done, I used hot glue to adhere my straws to the back. I did have a bit of a snafu – I wasn’t putting them on correctly, so I had to cut a little heart template out of the tissue paper to help me! It might help you, too.

Make a fun pink and red heart wreath that says "I love you!" This is a fun and easy valentine craft, and you get to use paper straws! Make a fun pink and red heart wreath that says "I love you!" This is a fun and easy valentine craft, and you get to use paper straws! Take a peek at the finished wreath! So easy to make, and so fun. Now what other holidays crafts can I incorporate paper straws into? Whee!

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5 tips for conquering craft room clutter in the new year! http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/5-tips-conquering-craft-room-clutter-new-year.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/5-tips-conquering-craft-room-clutter-new-year.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:27:04 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=39988 I’ve had an ongoing project for about five to six months now: I call it “craft-studiomageddon.” It’s really not that bad though . . . I’m actually enjoying organizing my craft studio! It’s taken some time (and patience) and this is as far as I had gotten up to this past weekend, which isn’t too shabby: With the... 

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5 tips for conquering craft room clutterI’ve had an ongoing project for about five to six months now: I call it “craft-studiomageddon.” It’s really not that bad though . . . I’m actually enjoying organizing my craft studio! It’s taken some time (and patience) and this is as far as I had gotten up to this past weekend, which isn’t too shabby:

DSC_0421With the help of my friend Maya, I was able to get my TONS of supplies out of the boxes, sorted, and onto the shelves you see here. It’s National Organization Month, and I’ve really been jonesing to finish up! So this past weekend I was able to take it one step further with the help of my new Brother P-Touch Label Maker, and now it’s even further along! If you’re in the midst of organizing a craft studio/room, I want to share my five most important tips with you.1. Inventory Everything – Look at everything you have – even if that means spreading it out on the floor! You are probably going to create a bigger mess before it gets better, but that’s okay – you need to see what you have.

2. Get Rid of Excess – a quote from Maya: “Be brutal. If it doesn’t help support that space’s function, it will only detract from it (which is bad).” Keep the stuff that supports the function of your space, and get rid of the rest!

3. Invest in Organizers  – you’re going to need some craft organizers, that’s for sure! After a visual scan of your items, start purchasing organizers by hobby. Keep the receipts! I decided to buy an excess of organizers so that I would have enough, and it’s easy to return them when done. This step takes a little bit of experimenting with different types and sizes that you like, but you’ll get the hang of it. My initial purchases consisted of metal shelving, shoebox sized organizers (clear) and drawer sets (clear).

4. Dive In – it can be difficult to start, but start putting things in totes. If you need a bigger or smaller container, you’ll know. Just start separating your items and putting them together. Regularly do visual inventories/assessments and swap containers as necessary.

5. Use a Label Maker and LABEL Everything – This step is what I just accomplished this past weekend with my new Brother P-Touch! Each container has its own label now, and I did it with both my label maker and washi tape. Isn’t this cool? Here’s how I did it:

purple washi tapeSimply tear off a piece of washi tape, adhere it to your container, then print up a label and place over the top. Done and done!

And speaking of the label maker, it’s SUPER easy to use.

How to make a labelYou can choose between 8 fonts, 10 font styles, and tons of symbols. You can even print on two lines. This label maker is EASY peasy to use. I love it!

Warning that you will end up playing with your label maker quite a bit:

IMG_5452But in the end, your shelves will look like this!

stuff I labeled

DSC_0425I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with my newly labeled (and of course, organized) shelves! I have more to go, but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

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P-Touch Logo

Do you want your own Brother Label Maker? You have a few options. You can find the one that is right for you and purchase here . . . or you can win one! Brother is giving away a P-Touch Label Maker every day in January as well as a grand prize pack worth up to $2000. Just ENTER HERE!

And for more information on Brother products, visit them on social:

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Brother and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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Host a Home Bowl: football cookies and utensil containers! http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/host-home-bowl-football-cookies-utensil-containers.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2015/01/host-home-bowl-football-cookies-utensil-containers.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:42:06 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=39961 Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. All opinions and projects are 100% mine. It wasn’t until last year that I got into football. My boyfriend played in college . . . and then one of my best friends is dating someone that also played in college. I never understood how to play the game, which... 

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Host a Home Bowl football cookies and decoupaged utensil containers!It wasn’t until last year that I got into football. My boyfriend played in college . . . and then one of my best friends is dating someone that also played in college. I never understood how to play the game, which was my main hurdle – so I made them sit down and teach me how it’s played. Since that time, I’ve been hooked! I also love how football brings friends and families together. There’s nothing like eating together and rooting for the same team, right?So this year my friend Maya and I are hosting a Home Bowl party at my place featuring Coca-Cola and Ritz Crackers – and I’m so excited! I wanted to share a preview of the party with you, as well as both a special recipe and craft I made for the big day. Not only that, but I’m hosting a special Pinterest contest that I think you are going to be interested in. Keep going to learn how to host your own Home Bowl party, and get the contest information!

Football Cookies 01I created a special recipe this year that I’m thrilled to share with you – this one is one you’ll want to bookmark. I made these football themed Ritz Cracker cookie sandwiches . . . I call them “sweet and salty football cookies.” Are they not the cutest things ever?? To make these, you’ll need a few ingredients:

  • Ritz Crackers – two per sandwich
  • Brown candy melts (mine came in a microwaveable container)
  • Cookie filling
  • White icing in a squeezable tube
  • Tweezers for food
  • Cookie sheet and wax paper

Ritz sammichesThe recipe is simple. All you do is spread the filling between two Ritz Crackers. Repeat for as many cookies as you’d like. Follow the instructions on your candy melt tub and get them ready for dipping. Add your cookie to the tub with the tweezers, cover it, then pull out quickly (tapping on the side to remove excess). Place on wax paper (put on top of a cookie sheet) to dry. Once dry, make the football laces with the icing!

Football Cookie CenterThese babies taste amazing!

But that isn’t even close to all . . . I want to share with you some additional party details!

Coke Bottles on IceI had a lot of fun decorating – I went to my local party store and purchase some football bowls . . .

Cup of Ritz Crackersand then football/field themed containers to include snacks like popcorn, Ritz Crackers, and trail mix.

Small Football Plate CentersEach place setting has a special little foam football that makes me want to squeal. You can write each person’s name on the football with a black marker!

Flatware CaddyI also went all-out on utensil containers using the Coca-Cola bottle holders. These can actually be used to hold anything on your table (including condiment bottles, salt and pepper shakers, etc). Here’s how I made these babies:

Utensil containerTo make these, simply spray paint your Coca-Cola containers and let dry. Trim paper to fit both sides of your containers – add Mod Podge to the top and use your hands (the brayer is optional) to smooth down the paper. Let dry for 15 minutes. Glue ribbon across the bottom and trim.

Once done, I wrapped utensils in napkins and secured with washi tape. Then I placed in the container for guests to grab. Super easy!

Full Table SpreadMy Home Bowl party was so easy to set up – and I LOVE the way it turned out!

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 5.11.53 PMThere are a few additional things you can do to make sure that you have the perfect Home Bowl party.

  1. Create a create a custom Home Bowl Evite here. Not only will you find invitations, you’ll also find find a host of game day party tips for a winning game day party.
  2. Look for the Coca-Cola Home Bowl in stores – including Coca-Cola beverages and Ritz Crackers. It’s available at retailers nationwide!
  3. Register for MyCokeRewards and get access to product coupons for both Coca-Cola and Ritz Crackers. You can access these coupons by tweeting how you will be a “Home Bowl” hero and using the hashtag #HomeBowlHero.

Now that I’ve shared this information with you, here’s some information on the Pinterest contest! THREE PEOPLE are going to win a Coca-Cola Home Bowl prize pack worth $350!! Is that not amazing? Here’s what you have to do.

  1. Create a Pinterest board called “Coca-­Cola #HomeBowlHeroContest”
  2. Pin your favorite game day party and tips to this board – these can be from any site, not just mine. You do not need to pin photos of Coca-Cola or Ritz Crackers to be entered to win
  3. Tag each pin with “#HomeBowlHeroContest”
  4. Leave a link to your Pinterest board in the comments of this blog post
  5. I’ll be picking my three favorite boards and announcing the winners on this blog post!
  6. Contest opens today, January 16th and ends February 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

Disclosure: The Coca-Cola Company partnered with bloggers such as me for their Home Bowl program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. This prize was provided by The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this Home Bowl promotion.

Contest fine print: Contest opens January 16th and ends February 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. US residents only, 18 years or older. Winning boards are chosen at my discretion, giveaway product retail value of $350 (allow 7 days for shipping).

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