Here are a few short songs…
I wanted a way to save some videos from youtube for the kids. A relative brought up the point that I have a site… duh. So… I am going to try and put a few together on posts here so that I can find all of the videos that I know the kids like in one spot.
I want to put a few posts together of different topics too I think.
This post will be abc and 123. I want to do others of songs, nursery rhymes, and even a few with real life animal videos. My kids LOVE to watch real animals in the wild. I will, of course, keep them child appropriate.
After seeing these mugs here at Nap Time Crafts (one of a million projects of hers that I would love to replicate) I knew that I had to make a few for Father’s day gifts. They are so cute and definite conversation pieces!!!
I snagged up some mugs at Michael’s because I already had the glass paint along with the step 1 and step 3 coats that go with it. They sell all three steps at Michael’s and the paint is for ceramic or glass. Once you apply all three steps the pieces are supposed to be microwave and dishwasher safe!
My mistake here was not reading the mugs until I got home! These mugs pictured above specifically say on them that they are for decorative purposes only. It may only mean if you use the markers on them (they came with markers), but I didn’t want to chance it and have a mug blow up in grandpa’s microwave!
I hopped it the truck and headed to Target where I found these mugs. They were $3.99 each which is more than I thought that I would be spending on these, but still a pretty cheap gift since I already had the glass paints. These are microwave and dishwasher safe too!
I made a stencil using SCAL on my cricut with vinyl. I prepped both mugs with step 1 conditioner and let them dry. I then placed the stencils on both mugs, painted the black on, and let them dry. Mistake number one.
I read in the post above that her mustache was pulling off a bit when she pulled the stencil. Mine was not just coming off a bit. It was completely coming off and I was unable to just pull it. It was ripping and stretching horrible. I had to pull both stencils with the mustaches completely off the mugs and recondition them.
On my next try I made new stencils and painted. I then immediately pulled the stencils off while the black was still wet. I did this slowly and carefully, but it worked!!! I let them dry.
I then put the step three on the mugs and set the mugs standing up to dry. Mistake number two! Do not stand them up and apply the glaze and expect the mustache not to slide… smudge.. wrinkle.. crease… ugh! I had to quickly and gently move the mustache back to where I had it and lay the mugs down to dry. (No pics of this because I panicked and just tried to quickly fix it… with tears in my eyes… 😦 )
Even after I did this the mugs dried a bit weird. One had a few bubbles and one got a few cracks in the black where you could see the white through if you looked really close. These were for my husband’s father (grandpa) and my mom’s husband so I gave them to them anyway and they still thought that they were great!
Here is my little man trying one out! He thought they were super! You should have seen his face when Grandpa was holding the mug up to his own face!
I think that these make a super cute gift and now I know what not to do for next time!
I had the hubs cut me some pieces of wood that were squared and about the same dimensions as stated on the Nap Time Crafts post. Mine came out to be about 1 1/2 in. squared and 4, 6, and 8 inches tall per set.
Mom and I each made two sets.
I got red, white and blue acrylic paint. I made some card stock templates on the cricut (because I was being stingy with my vinyl and didn’t want to waste it… bad idea.. more info on that to come.).
We took everything outside… including my three kiddos three and under… and set up shop in the yard.
So… we did the base coats and let those dry while tending to small people. When we tried to just hold the cardstock stencils… um… they didn’t work all that great. In the end…. they aren’t that bad because we were able to fix them up a bit, but the regular cardstock stencil bled and leaked even when I tried to just lightly do it and do it slowly. FYI.
I would use vinyl or at least something plastic like if I did it again.
Here is how my two sets came out…
I kept mine quite similar to the ones that Nap Time Crafts did and did both sets the same. I have a bit of a matchy matchy… ocd-ish type issue going on.
Mom is a bit more out of the box. She used an old toothbrush that I keep in my paint stuff to make one set speckled and she did some different designs. She made a speckled set and a non-speckled set. Here is how hers came out.
So… we decided that we aren’t so sure ours look like “firecrackers” and didn’t end up putting the wick in the top of them. I still might, but I am unsure if they should just be red, white and blue Americana decor or if they should be firecrackers.
I think they came out cute either way.
What do ya think? Wick… or no wick??? (See the links to the others if you want to see what theirs look like… with wicks.)
It turned out to be a bit more than I planned on… with time and energy… and money really, but I think it came out cute and that he will like it tomorrow.
I used a six pack of Corona. We “disposed” of the beer and I washed the bottles out with soapy water. It takes quite a few times of rinsing to not get suds anymore. I rinsed them in super duper hot water so that they would dry better, but still needed to jam rolled up paper towels up in there and twist to get them dried a bit better.
I got out a pack of coordinating scrapbook papers that I had. All of the paper shown here was in one pack that I got for a buck at our dollar store called Real Deals. They have super deals on paper packs once in a while.
I put the paper down and just traced the box leaving a bit around the edges to fold over. I basically wrapped the box… present style.
I got all of the pieces cut out and ready to cover the box and made labels for each side. I also realized that the paper with the bigger circles on it… happened to be perfect for the pieces to cover the caps. The circles fit perfectly. Nice.
I used the same sayings that she had on her labels. I just wrote them on this paper with fine tip sharpie and cut them out by hand.
I covered the box and attached the labels. (I just used double sided scrapbooking tape to cover the box, bottles, and attach all labels.)
Then I covered the bottles with pieces of paper that I cut after just measuring around and adding a bit for overlap…. filled the bottles with my hubby’s favorite goodies (popcorn, mixed nuts, m&m’s, mike and ike, whoppers, and Reese’s pieces)… put the tops back on (that I was sure to carefully take off before)… and used a glue dot to stick the circle on.
I didn’t bother putting pictures on each bottle or doing different papers. I think it was cute enough like this, but you could always switch it up.
Place all bottles in box… and Waalaaa!
So… There it is… different… cute …. creative…. I think it came out nice and even if it took more than I thought it would… he is worth it. He is an amazing hubby and daddy!!!
Happy Father’s Day!!!