Crafts by Courtney https://www.craftsbycourtney.com How-to Crafts and DIY Parties Fri, 12 Oct 2018 02:01:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Hot Air Balloon Costume for Halloween https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/hot-air-balloon-costume-for-halloween/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 02:01:50 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10923 Hot Air Balloon Costume for Halloween
This DIY Hot Air Balloon Costume is so simple and easy to make. It's the perfect costume for Halloween or anytime of the year!
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Hot Air Balloon Costume for Halloween

This DIY Hot Air Balloon Costume is a project I’ve been wanting to share with you guys for awhile now. This costume is actually from my book DIY Box Creation that came out a couple years ago.

Since Halloween is right around the corner I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do that! I just LOVE working on DIY costumes for my boys. My most popular costumes are my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume and No Sew Super Hero Costume.  But this Hot Air Balloon costume has become one of my favorites by far. It’s such a simple project to do and all you need are a couple items!

So let’s get started!

Supplies for this Craft:

  • Cardboard Box
  • Sharpie
  • X-Acto Knif
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Ribbon
  • Balloons
  • Burlap Bags

Hot Air Balloon Costume

I just wanted to show an outline of what the costume looks like. As you can see it’s a pretty simple setup.  But the FULL tutorial is in the book so make sure to check it out.

Hot Air Balloon Costume for Halloween

She’s the cutest right?!

She’s looks perfect in this costume and had a great time with the photoshoot. The hat and rain boots really finishes the look off, don’t you think?!

Hot Air Balloon Costume for Halloween

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Hot Air Balloon Costume for Halloween

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope you enjoyed this simple Hot Air Balloon Costume.

Looking for more DIY costumes? My most popular costumes are my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume and No Sew Super Hero Costume.  I just love them both, I don’t know which is my favorite!  Which one do you like best?

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Gingerbread Zombie Craft for Kids https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/gingerbread-zombie-craft-for-kids/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 18:10:52 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10822 Gingerbread Zombie Craft for kids
Halloween crafts are so fun to work on. Here's a gingerbread zombie craft you can do with the kids for your next Halloween party.
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Gingerbread Zombie Craft for kids

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by, today I’m sharing a super easy kids craft you can make this Halloween!  It’s a Gingerbread Zombie Craft!

I was actually inspired by this project after seeing a gingerbread zombie cookie on Pinterest.  When I was testing the paint out I did do it in brown (classic gingerbread) but I didn’t feel like it had that “it” factor.  Since I’ve done a couple other Halloween projects this year in the neon color scheme, I thought why not give it a try.  I loved it!

My hubby actually came up with the idea of painting a couple black and adding the neon detail.  I think those are my favorite.

So let’s get started!

Supplies for this craft:

Zombie Craft

If you’re having a kids Halloween party, playdate, or even doing this project for a class, make sure to get everything prepared first.  Thin paint brushes are a must for this project, especially to get the little details done.

Gingerbread Zombie Craft for kids

Step 1 – Paint Your Zombies

Paint all your zombies a solid color first, using the neon paints.  I found these wooden gingerbread men on Consumer Crafts, but I’ve seen them in crafts stores too.  I think they’re .30 cents each.

Gingerbread Zombie Craft for kids

After the neon paint had dried I went over a couple of the zombies with some black paint letting the neon paint peek-a-boo on the sides. Let dry five minutes.

Gingerbread Zombie Craft for kids

Step 2 – Add Zombie Details

Now the fun part, letting the kids add their details to the zombies.  They can get as creative as they want with this step!  You could even do a couple beforehand to help inspire them.

Gingerbread Zombie Craft for kids

Finishing Touches

What a fun and simple craft you can do with the kids for Halloween this year! Especially for the kids that are a little older and want to do something different.

Create a Gingerbread Zombie Craft for Halloween

Of course I couldn’t do it without these amazing neon paints.  I’m really getting into this neon colors for Halloween.  It’s something different.

Create a Gingerbread Zombie Craft for Halloween with Neon Paints

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Zombie Craft!  I had a lot of fun creating this guys and hoping they inspire you to create some of your own!

Looking fo more Halloween crafts, then make sure stop by and check them all out!

Here’s another Halloween craft using the neon paints.  This simple Neon Halloween Sign was a great project to work on for my home decor!

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Halloween Alien Party with Goblies https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/diy-parties/halloween-alien-party-with-goblies/ Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:11:29 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=diy-parties&p=10876 Halloween Alien Party with Goblies
Create the ultimate Alien party for Halloween with Goblies. This how to Halloween party is a great way to create the best Alien party for your kids.
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Halloween Alien Party with Goblies

I’m back with a new Halloween party for your guys!  This time it’s an Alien Party!  Of course I teamed up with Goblies again for this party.  Last week I shared my Mad Scientist party, and I was beyond excited how it turned out.  So I was eager to get started with this Alien party.

What I loved about this party is that I was able to use a lot of my stuff from the Mad Scientist party for this party as well.  With all my parties I like to think of a fun storyline.  This storyline line is Area 51.  An alien landed here on earth and the doctors are experimenting on it, but it escapes…  The boys and I came up with our story and then acted it out! It was a blast for sure!

Sponsored Post: Financial compensation was received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Darice for Goblies. Opinions expressed here are my own.

Let’s get started!

Alien Party

Halloween DIY Alien Party with Goblies

For this party I had to make a lot of the props.  Thanks to my Silhouette Cameo I was able to cut out all the alien heads and area 51 sign.  It really gave that great backdrop I wanted.

Halloween DIY Alien Party with Goblies

I used some of the Goblies juice as the alien blood (the extra liquid from the paintball bags).  It looked like the real deal.

Halloween DIY Alien Party with Goblies - Alien blood

You can’t have a Goblies party with the Goblies paintballs!  I added some in the glass flasks for a cool look.

Halloween DIY Alien Party with Goblies - Halloween party

Glow sticks are a great addition to the table setting! Kids can take them home after the party.

Halloween DIY Alien Party with Goblies

I found the skeleton hands at the Dollar Tree and added a little green paint to look like an alien hand.  Super creepy right?! Also these test tubes are filled with little candies. I found anything and everything green for this party I could!

Halloween DIY Alien Party with Goblies

The green paintballs look like they could be alien eggs, right?!

Create a Alien Party with Goblies

Doctors vs. Alien

The doctors are experimenting on the alien that just landed on earth…

Create a Alien Party with Goblies

Trying to find out everything they can about this new creature.

Create an Alien Party with Goblies

Taking blood samples to test out.

Create an Alien Party for Halloween

Create an Alien Party for Halloween

Hey look!  The alien is escaping!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween

Freedom!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween

Wow this alien knows our culture, it’s already dabbing!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween

Oh no, how did this happen?!  The doctors are puzzled….

Create an Alien Party for Halloween

We must go after the alien! Goblies is the perfect weapon against the alien!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween

Who will win?!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween

The alien found his own weapon.

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

Quick Tip:  Eye protection is a must for this!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

The alien defeated the doctor!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

Now the other doctor has been defeated!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

The Alien is the WINNER!

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

Create an Alien Party for Halloween with Goblies - Party Game

As everyone can see we had a lot of fun working on this Alien Party together!

Make sure to stop by and check out more of my DIY Parties on the site.

BIG thanks to Darice, I was able to find EVERYTHING I needed for this party on their website in the Halloween section.  I really think the small touches like the glass flask, test tubes, and stuff to make the alien hat really make the party.

Thanks as always for stopping by and checking out my latest DIY party!  Have a great Halloween!

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Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/diy-parties/halloween-mad-scientist-party-with-goblies/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:38:52 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=diy-parties&p=10828 Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies
Create a Mad Scientist party for Halloween with Goblies. This is an easy to do kids Halloween party that you can have done in no time. Goblies is the perfect addition for the Mad Scientist party.
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Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Hello friends, today I’m sharing a Mad Scientist Party you can do for Halloween! I had the pleasure of teaming up with Goblies for this party, and I’m super excited to share what I created with you.  This was a GREAT party to work on and me and my boys had a great time putting it together and acting it out!

Sponsored Post: Financial compensation was received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Darice for Goblies. Opinions expressed here are my own.

So let’s get started!!

Mad Scientist Party

Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Of course with any great party you have to create a cool table setting for the theme. Last year I did a Day of the Dead party and the table setting turned out gorgeous.  With this party I wanted to do something a little more SPOOKY!

Create a Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Hints… skulls and skeleton floating in glass jars.  These are the MAD Scientist crazy experiments.

A fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

I poured some of Goblies paintballs into the glass flasks.  They looked great sitting on the table.

Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Any extra “juice” I poured into the test tubes.  We don’t waste anything for my parties!

Halloween Party - Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

These mini glass flasks are perfect to add a some “actual” juice in for the kids table.

Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Goblies Fun!

With these test tubes I added some water and a touch of food coloring.  So simple to do!

Fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Halloween with Goblies

Our Scientist!

Working hard in the lab to create the ULTIMATE Goblies for Halloween!

Mad Scientist Party

Looks like their on to something here…

Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

They’ve created the ultimate GOBLIES!

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

oh no what’s happening….

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

They’ve turned…. into MAD SCIENTIST!!

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

They’ve gone crazy!

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

They’ve headed outside for the Mad Scientist showdown! Whose the maddest?!?! is it….

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies - Outside Fun

Dr. Insane

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Dr. Nator

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Dr. Blakey

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

We found some Halloween buckets to add our Goblies paintballs in.  Set up three spots for the paintball Goblies and they can run back and fourth to their spots.

Create a fun Halloween Mad Scientist Party with Goblies

Now just let your Mad Scientist have a blast with their guns and paintballs.

Goblies party - Mad Scientist

Goggles or some kind of eye protections is a must!

Goblies party - Mad Scientist

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen my stories where I showed videos of this photoshoot and the boys playing.

Goblies party - Mad Scientist

These kids had SO much FUN working with mommy for this party!

Goblies party - Mad Scientist

Look at that face, priceless!

Goblies party - Mad Scientist

Once we were done I added EVERYTHING in the washer, and guess what!?!  All the paint came right off these white jackets!

Goblies party - Mad Scientist

I do a Halloween party for the kids and their friends every year and guess what… This year we’re doing this Mad Scientist party for sure!

Honestly this was such a fun experience, I created some fun memories with my boys.  We had a great time working together and creating a storyline for this party.  Next week I’ll be posting another party (Alien Invasion) with Goblies.

I BIG thanks to Darice, I was able to find EVERYTHING I needed for this party on their website in the Halloween section.  I really think the small touches like the glass flask, beakers and test tubes really make the party table setup.

Thanks again for stopping by and stay tuned for the Alien party next week!

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Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/farmhouse-inspired-art-caddy/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:34:46 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10673 Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy
Create an easy to do art caddy farmhouse style for your craft room. This will help organize your craft supplies.
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Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy

Today I’m sharing a Farmhouse inspired Art Caddy I made for the Darice Blog.

Crafting is the “it” thing to do right now, we have crafts rooms, craft closets and even she sheds, just dedicated for us to craft and be inspired in. We even create fun crafting spaces for our kids.  So this project can be used for our crafting space or the kids (or both).

I wanted to share a fun and easy to do art caddy that you can take from room to room AND since farmhouse is SO popular right now I wanted to make a farmhouse inspired art caddy.  I hope you enjoy!

FARMHOUSE ART CADDY SUPPLIES:

Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy

I found everything I needed on the Darice site for this art caddy.

Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy

I cannot tell you how in LOVE I am with this tin planter, it’s just to beautiful!  So many different ways you can use this piece, but of course were using it for the craft room.  I might be getting another one for the kitchen!

Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy

First let’s add our mason jars.  Let’s do all different looks and styles for our jars.  If you want to take this a step further, then you can paint the mason jars.  I especially think that would look good if you were doing this for a kids crafting space.

Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy

Now let’s add the fun stuff, our craft supplies!! Of course we need EVERYTHING, from colored pencils, markers, paint brushes, watercolors, and of course what’s an art space without an art mannequin.  My 9 year old son actually uses his art mannequin all the time.  He loves to draw and is really good at it.  So momma really tries to encourage that.

Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy perfect for the craft room

Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy - Craft room decor

My art mannequins!  Like I said I just love these, they are great pieces of decor for any art space but also practical. I want to get the hand mannequin next, it looks so cool!

Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy - Craft room organization

Farmhouse Inspired Art Caddy. Craft room organization

So that’s it, a simple farmhouse inspired art caddy!  This is a perfect fit for any space.  What I’m really hoping is that this project really helps you get some of your craft supplies organized.  But in a super cute way!  Grab a drawing book and your ready to get creating!  Also here’s a fun way I organized some of my paints for the craft room as well, craft paint storage.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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DIY Stress Ball – We Don’t Eat Our Classmates Book https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-stress-ball-we-dont-eat-our-classmates-book/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:19:33 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10773 DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book
Hello friends, today I'm sharing a sweet DIY Stress Ball craft I made to go with this new book  We Don't Eat our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins!
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DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

This is a sponsored book review written by me on behalf of Disney Book Group. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hello friends, today I’m sharing a sweet DIY Stress Ball craft I made to go with this new book  We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins!

I’m very excited I had the opportunity to read this book and introduce it to my boys. My boys just started school and they were pretty excited about it except my 6 year old. He started 1st grade this year and it’s a big change for him, so he was super nervous.

I think this book and stress ball will be very helpful for kids starting school and are a little nervous.

Let’s get started!

DIY Stress Ball

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

DIY Stress Ball Supplies

  • Balloons
  • Flour
  • Funnel
  • Glue
  • Felt
  • Sharpie

Step 1 – Add Flour

There are several different things you can add inside your stress ball (flour, rice, or beans). But I decide to stick with flour for this project.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Use a funnel to add your flour inside. This makes this step so much easier.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Voila!! 

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Step 2 – Add Flour To Balloon

Blow your balloon up and stretch it over your water bottle.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Then flip it over and start shaking the flour into the balloon. Once all the flour is in your balloon, then gently let all the air out. But if you let it out too fast, then the flour will BURST out of your balloon and you’ll have a BIG mess.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Step 3 – Cut Felt and Add Spikes

Now let’s add our dino plates to the back of the balloon. I looked it up, that’s what they’re called, plates, fun fact!  I used some felt for this step. I cut out my shape and added a touch of glue to the bottom, then firmly placed them onto my balloon.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Let dry 30 minutes.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Step 4 – Draw on Face

So this is the fun part! Drawing on the dino face. We scanned the book to find the face we liked the best. This is a step parents can draw out first with a pen, then let your little one fill in with a marker.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Now that we’re finished, let’s read this book again and get excited for school!

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Whenever the kids get a little stressed during their first day of school or even throughout the school year, they can give their little dino stress ball a squeeze!

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

We had some fun laughs reading this sweet book together. I really think it helps with his anxiety about school.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

Now we’re ready to get this school day started! He has his book and stress ball to take to school today.

DIY Stress Ball - We Don't Eat Our Classmates Book

About We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .

About the Creator

Ryan T. Higgins is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor; Hotel Bruce; BE QUIET!; and Bruce’s Big Move. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids and lots of pets.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this DIY Stress Ball tutorial! Make sure to hop on AMAZON and grab yourself a copy of this book!

Looking for my kids crafts? Make sure to stop by and check them out!

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DIY Mouse Pad for Back to School https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-mouse-pad-for-back-to-school/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-mouse-pad-for-back-to-school/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:00:57 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10738
Back to School crafts are always a favorite project around here. I created a simple DIY mouse pad for the kids using some paint, foam sheet and DecoArt Stencil.
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Hello friends, it’s back to school time here!  My boys started school July 25th so were a couple weeks into it now, but it’s never too late to make a back to school project in this house!   Today I’m sharing a simple DIY Mouse Pad you can make with your kids.  If their like my boys they love using the computer for games (fortnite and minecraft obsessed) and their homework.  So I wanted to create a fun DIY mouse pad with my oldest.

Look at those little faces!!

As you all know I’m apart of the core blogger team for DecoArt.  Every month we have a fun challenge to create a project using a DecoArt products.  This month our challenge was using any of the NEW Stencils and Americana Satin Paints.

As part of our challenge, we had to make a Back to School project using one of the stencils.  I was drawn right away to the Food Truck Stencil and knew I wanted to try to create a fun mouse pad for my son.  I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to use for the mouse pad, a actual mouse pad or cork piece.  BUT while browsing Hobby Lobby I came across this BIG piece of THICK foam sheet.  I knew this would be perfect, it’s cheap and you can cut it to any size you need.

So let’s get started!!

DIY Mouse Pad

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

I had all these AMAZING colors to choose from for this project.

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Step 1 – Cut Foam Sheet

We wanted a larger mouse pad, so we cut it to 10″ x 10″

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Basically just tracing and cutting out the size of the stencil.

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Step 2 – Pick Out Stencil

I loved all the stencils here, but I really wanted to use the taco, and cactus for this project. I don’t know what it is, but tacos and cactus are super in right now.  Also since this mouse pad is for my son I thought it would be the best option.

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Step 3 – Paint Stencil

Now let’s paint in our stencil.  First you need to decide what patten or look you want to do first.  The stencil sticks right onto the foam sheet with no problems since it’s reusable.

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Look no bleeding through with this stencil!

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Now I’ve got my patten created!

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Step 4 – Add Details

What I think really makes this mouse pad is the little details with the cactus and tacos.

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Finishing Touches

WOW now that’s a fun and colorful mouse pad!

Create a fun Back to School DIY Mouse Pad with DecoArt

Create a simple Back to School DIY Mouse Pad

Create a Back to School DIY Mouse Pad with DecoArt

There ya have it a simple DIY mouse pad made from a foam sheet! a perfect DIY craft you can do in no time!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this post inspires you to make a personalized mouse pad like this!

Looking for more Back to School crafts!

Here is a DIY Pencil Holder I made for the boys last year.  This is a staple in the kids playroom for all their pencils and markers.

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Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/painted-stepping-stone-for-your-garden/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:51:37 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10688 Create a simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden
I love outdoor projects for the yard, they are so great and fun to do. This DIY Stepping Stone is a perfect project you can do on a budget for sure!
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Create a simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Hello friends, I’m super excited to share a new project today! Painted Stepping Stone for your garden!

This Summer I’ve really been trying to do more projects in the yard.  Last month I made a DIY Hose Stand and I love how it turned out.  So I decided to add some more projects to the yard.   This project is perfect if you have a Silhouette or Cricut, OR if your really good at freehand.  The possibilities are endless with a project like this!

Painted Stepping Stone

While I was at Wal-Mart I came across these cool round stepping stones for $2.50.  I could not pass these cool stones up, I knew I wanted to do some with them for my flower bed. I was originally inspired by PMQ for Two tile makeover she did a couple months ago.

Let’s get started!

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 1 – Paint Paver

First let’s start off by painting our entire paver!  I decided I wanted white for my background color so my colors would really POP.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

I used the Outdoor Living paint for this step.  I only needed to add two coats for this step!!

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 2 – Cut and add Stencil

Next it’s time to cut and add our stencil!  I found both of these designs in the Silhouette library.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

I started off weeding this, but I felt it was easier to add the cut to the paver, then weed it afterwards.  It really did make it so much easier.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 3 – Weed Vinyl

Now it’s time to weed the entire stencil.  Like I said in step 2, it’s so much easier this way.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 4 – Paint Stencil

NOW THE FUN PART!!  Painting (insert happy dance emoji)!!

I decided to use the Patio Paint for this part, I have so many more color options with these paints.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

After the paint has dried (which is pretty fast) it’s time to peel up the vinyl.  I made a quick time lapse video for this step on my Instagram page.  Make sure to check it out and follow me on Insta if you don’t already!

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 5 – Fix any Problem Areas

For some reason this stepping stone had some bleeding with the paint in areas.  I think because I was making the time lapse video, I was working a little faster then I usually would have and pulled my vinyl up too fast.  But it was an easy fix, I just went over the problem areas again with the Outdoor Living paint.

Plus I feel like it gives it a cool aged look.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Finishing Touches

See how cool that is!  I have pretty stepping stone to add in my flower bed.

Simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Create a simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Create a simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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DIY Umbrella Wreath https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-umbrella-wreath/ Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:45:22 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10591 Simple DIY Umbrella Wreath
DIY wreaths are such a simple home decor project you can make in no time! I made this DIY umbrella wreath for my living room in just 10 minutes.
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Simple DIY Umbrella Wreath

Hello friends I hope you’ve been well.

Today I’m sharing a simple Umbrella Wreath that I made for the Darice blog last month! This is probably the fastest wreath I’ve ever made and I’m so glad I did it! I love changing up my space above the entertainment center for themes or holidays.  One of the easiest ways to spruce it up, is making a DIY wreath.

I’ve made several DIY wreaths over the years.  Instant change!

Let’s get started!!

DIY  UMBRELLA WREATH

DIY Umbrella Wreath

First I covered the wreath with some crepe paper streamer.  So if there is any bare spots, you wont see the white wreath, you’ll see the blue.

DIY Umbrella Wreath

I held the crepe paper in place using my “trusty” glue dots!

DIY Umbrella Wreath

Now it’s time to add our cute little umbrellas!

DIY Umbrella Wreath

I gently opened each umbrella and started firmly pushing them into the foam wreath.

DIY Umbrella Wreath

Honestly I didn’t really have a specific way of doing it,  I just made sure to overlap the umbrellas as much as I could.  It’s started filling out right away!

DIY Umbrella Wreath

I had this simple umbrella wreath made in less then 10 minutes, can’t beat that right?!?

DIY Umbrella Wreath for Summer

Create this simple DIY Wreath for Summer

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project DIY umbrella wreath for the Summer!  Make sure to check out all my other great DIY home decor projects!

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DIY Clutch from a Sunglass Case https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-clutch-from-a-sunglass-case/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-clutch-from-a-sunglass-case/#respond Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:22:36 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10672 DIY Clutch from a Sunglass Case
DecoArt's new Stylin Paint is perfect to create/paint a fun accessory for your outfit! I used this paint to give a sunglass case a fun new look and in a DIY Clutch!
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DIY Clutch from a Sunglass Case

I just love a makeover project, especially when creating a cute accessory for my outfit! A DIY Clutch!! That’s what I love about DecoArt’s new Stylin Paint, it’s perfect for that! I had a sunglass case in my closet that I hadn’t used in years. So when our project theme this month was to create a stylish project using the new Stylin paint, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! Create a fun/glam clutch using the sunglass case.

As you all know I’m apart of the core blogger team for DecoArt.  Every month we have a fun challenge to create a project using a DecoArt product.  This month our challenge was using any of DecoArt’s NEW Stylin Paints.

Let’s get started!

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Stylin 2oz – Fuchsia
  • DecoArt Stylin 2oz – Aqua
  • DecoArt Stylin 2oz – Turquoise
  • DecoArt Stylin 2oz – White
  • DecoArt Stylin 2oz – Yellow
  • DecoArt Stylin’ 2 oz – Orange
  • Sunglasses case
  • E600 Adhesive
  • Necklace charm

DIY CLUTCH

DIY Clutch from a Sunglass Case

I just loved how this DIY clutch turned out!

DIY Clutch from a Sunglass Case

The paint went over the project so easy, just a couple coats and your done!  Don’t forget to add your glam to complete the look!

DIY Clutch from a Sunglass Case

Get the full tutorial here!

DIY Clutch from a Sunglass Case

I seriously can’t believe how easy it was to give this sunglass case a makeover!  I can’t wait to try more projects with the new Stylin paint.   Here’s DecoArt’s  Stylin Pinterest board to check out more ideas you can do!

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time!

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