Button Tree Burlap Canvas

I’ve been really wanting to get back into doing crafts again.  It’s been a long while since I’ve really delved into any kind of creative expression and I’ve missed it. It’s almost like a therapeutic activity! Kohls recently contacted me to see if I’d be willing to try out the new Cricut Explore Air machine (um, you don’t have to ask twice?!) and make a craft of sorts for Mother’s Day.  Now, I did do a craft for Mother’s Day. But it’s for me, myself and I.  Or my house anyway. I loved it too much to give it away…although were my mom still here, she would not only want one for her house, she’d be wanting to do a whole bunch of other crafts.  This one combines some of my favorite craft materials of late… burlap, buttons AND trees. I call it the button tree burlap canvas and I love it!


Want to make a burlap canvas for your house?


Grab a 12×12 burlap canvas (You can probably do any size, I’m just liking squares lately

Brown self-stick vinyl roll

assorted buttons – your choice of colors

Cricut Explore Air (or whichever Cricut you have)

cricut explore air

Glue gun, glue sticks (I used 2 1/2 small sticks for this project)

Standard grip cutting mat

Newspaper (unless you have a craft table… mine is my kitchen table or counter)


Decide on your tree design/shape.  I’m pretty new to this crafting realm so I went with a simple tree from Cricut. I wanted simple and clean, so the tree could be a base for the buttons to really pop.

Figure out the size your tree will be on the mat- I chose to go with it just a hair over 10 inches wide (the mat is 12 inches wide, like the canvas and I didn’t want it to overwhelm things)

Trim and lay your vinyl onto your Cricut Standard Grip Mat and load it into your machine


While your vinyl is cutting, get your glue gun warmed up

Once your vinyl is finished cutting, unload it from the machine and remove it from the cutting mat carefully.


Before removing the backing of your tree shape, figure out exactly where you want to place the tree on the canvas.  Remove paper backing and adhere to canvas.

After your tree is mounted on the canvas and you’re happy with where it’s placed, grab your  buttons and have fun placing them.  I recommend placing them where you want them and gluing once you’re happy with the look.


Hang on the wall or place on a shelf and voila! Beautiful, simple and fun craft.  Perfect to surprise that special Mom in your life for Mother’s Day, or for your own house.  If you have space where you are placing the canvas on the wall to do a family quote, I think that would look great as well- we do not have the wall space as this will be on a shelf .

I am loving the Explore Air machine.  First and foremost, with the “air” function, I can go wireless, so I can keep the machine off to the side near my computer desk.  It’s bluetooth enabled.  I can design on my iPad, my laptop or computer (or my iPhone), and as long as I’m in range to the machine, I can get things going wirelessly.  Pretty cool feature.


Since Cricut uses cloud storage, I can start a design on my laptop, work on it, say, while the kids are at gymnastics on my iPad, and come home to finish up and execute the craft on anything I want! That versatility makes the extra cost of bluetooth functionality worth it for me. I cannot always sit at home and play around to make cards, signs, crafts, boxes, etc., but when I’m at gymnastics for team practices for 3+ hours in a row?  I absolutely can.  I’m just not going to bring a full craft room of supplies with me.  Being able to at least work on and design what I want makes my life a whole lot easier. Plus, crafting is usually pretty relaxing- its nice to have something I can *do* while out that’s still helping me cross items off that never-ending to-do list. Cards, invitations, banners, and this whole new world of window clings and vinyl…. paper crafts… I can do “allthecrafts” “allthetime”!



(Please excuse the finger prints on the iPad, this is what things really look like when you have kids in the house…)

The Cricut Explore Air Machine at Kohls comes with


  • Embedded Bluetooth allows for wireless cutting.
  • Dual cartridge lets you cut & write or cut & score at once.
  • Upload your own images for free to personalize your projects.
  • Explore Air machine cuts through a wide variety of materials.
  • Smart Set dial provides one step material setting.
  • Integrated storage compartments keep your space organized.
  • Free Cricut Design Space online software & iPad app offer more patterns to cut.
  • Cut Smart precision cutting creates a clean line every time.
  • Cricut Explore Air Machine works with all Cricut cartridges.


  • Cricut Explore Air Machine

  • Storage bag

  • USB & power cords

  • German carbide premium blade

  • 12” x 12” StandardGrip cutting mat

  • Accessory adapter

  • Metallic silver pen

  • Cardstock sample

  • Iron on sample

  • 50+ free projects, 100 + free images

  • Getting started guide

What are YOUR favorite Cricut crafts?  And how excited are you that Kohls has so many fun craft supplies available online now?



Dollar Store DIY: Bunny Dish Towel Craft

Are you looking for a cute,simple craft to do with the kids for Spring or Easter? This easy  craft will be an adorable addition to your kitchen! If you have felt,pompoms and glue on hand in your arts and crafts supply this DIY will only cost you $1.00 for the towel. Otherwise all items needed are available at your Dollar Tree store, will only bump your cost up a bit, and then you have plenty of leftovers for other projects as well.  I think a couple of these would make a lovely hostess gift , teacher gift, or sweet present from the kids to the grandparents. Grab a glue gun and lets get started creating this sweet bunny dish towel craft.

bunny bottomtowel



Supplies Needed:

dish towel

white, orange, and green felt

large white pom pom

hot glue or fabric glue




Cut a half oval shape from white felt, making it about 3-4 inches narrower than your towel. Glue to bottom of towel just above hem.


Cut small half ovals and glue to bottom of larger half oval for feet.

Glue on white pom pom for a tail.


Cut long triangles from orange felt, cut off bottom half.  Cut green felt into a fringe for carrot tops. Glue to top of towels for carrots.


Hand Wash and dry flat if needed.


Then you can give this Bunny Dish Towel to someBUNNY special!!


Thanks to Dollar Tree Stores for inspiring today’s Dollar Store DIY!

Frozen Peg Dolls Craft

Sorry folks, the Frozen craze is not yet over. Clothing, toys, snacks, etc… Nope, I don’t think it is going anywhere soon.

frozen peg dolls vert



These Frozen themed peg dolls are a great way to indulge their love of Frozen in a simpler way.  Handmade gifts show that you put time and attention into just the perfect gift, even kids can recognize that.  These dolls are ideally sized for travel, great for keeping the kids busy in a restaurant or at the Dr.’s office or work with smaller doll houses.  You don’t have to be an artist to paint these, the key is to use a small paintbrush and keep it simple- just a few key details make these characters completely recognizable. If you are a craft supply horder like I am you will probably only need to pick up a bag of unfinished wood pegs.


 Frozen Peg Dolls Craft


unfinished wooden peg dolls

small paintbrushes

Acrylic paint in the following colors :

light blue

light teal/aqua

pale yellow

reddish brown

purple black




Black fine tipped paint pen

white fine tipped paint pen

frozen peg doll supplies



Go ahead and put about a quarter sized dot of all your paint colors on paper plates (this makes for super easy clean up)

frozen peg dolls paint

We are going to paint these dolls in 3 different phases and let them dry well between each.

Start with Olaf- paint him white all over, set aside to dry while you move on to the other.


olaf peg dollNext paint Elsa light teal/aqua from the neck down.

Paint Anna’s Skirt area and chest blue, set aside to dry.

Once your peg dolls are dry to the touch:

Paint a dark purple cape on Anna, add detail like flowers to her dress front, paint on her hair.  Use white paint pen to add dress details (and the white streak in her hair). Add dot’s for her eyes and pink cheeks if desired. For very small detail work I use the opposite end of the brush, there is more control using the tip of the hard plastic than in bristles. Remember the key is to keep it simple.

anna collage

Paint on Elsa’s light blonde hair, don’t forget her famous side braid. Paint her light blue cape, if desired while paint is wet add a little glitter to make her cape sparkle.

frozen peg doll elsa collage


Finish of Olaf’s features like his carrot nose, eyes, arching eyebrows, buttons, and his stick arms.


If desired add a coat or two of clear spray paint to help your peg dolls last a bit longer.  Include a piece of white felt for a playmat and some small snowflake buttons or ornaments. These would be great in a sensory bin, travel case, or on their own.

DIY Ornament Gift Tag

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Tis the season for shopping…and wrapping.  Here are some fun (and easy) DIY Ornament gift tags you can make to add something personal to your packages- and also give a homemade keepsake to your family and friends! diy-ornament-gift-tags

DIY Ornament Gift Tags

What you need:

BIC Mark-It™ permanent markers (I used #Sapphire)

Cardstock Ribbon Scissors Printable ornament gift tags (OrnamentTemplates) OrnamentTemplates Your creativity   Inspiration: bic-merrymarking-sapphire

Directions Print your ornament templates on cardstock (or go freehand- I’m not skilled enough with scissors to do freehand) Design, decorate, have some fun with the ornament gift tags Cut out your ornaments, cut the ornament opening at the tip, slip ribbon through. Tie ribbon at top, curl ends, affix to package. Super simple, really fun, and these really add a personal touch to your gift.


Make sure you get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking! Plus there’s a $1 coupon!


After you’ve opened your gifts, enjoy those ornament gift tags on the tree.  Happy Holidays!

diy ornament gift tags

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Silhouette Portrait T-Shirt Project

I have a new toy, and I love it!  The Silhouette Portrait puts all other crafting tools to shame-  Not only is it super easy to use but the variety of projects and mediums that you can use makes it a crafters MUST have on your desk at all times item. Check out what I made on my first try with the Silhouette Portrait!

silhouette portrait main


I must say honestly, at first I was intimidated when I first opened the Silhouette Studio software. There were A LOT of drop down menus, options, and various tools for the machine.  There was no way I could learn this. I decided to start with a project using one of the kits they sent me-the Heat Transfer Starter Kit, this kit came with 5 different colors of heat transfer material in various finishes, a hook tool for lifting cut vinyl, an instructional DVD, a simple booklet, and a card for 10 exclusive  heat transfer designs from the Silhouette Online Design Store.

silhoutte cameo heat transfer kit

The first page in the book had simple step by step instructions for using the kit with your Silhouette.  While there are a lot of options on the software the instructions broke it down so easily that I was choosing and  downloading images from the store in less than 10 minutes after I installed the software-seriously that easy.  I opted for a simple T-Shirt since I had a couple white plain t’s laying around waiting to become craft projects.  I found this cute phrase, pulled out the vinyl I wanted, and had it cut and inhered in another 20 minutes. Here is how I did it.


Choose and download your image and/or fonts from the design store.

Create your design.

Choose mirror option (the booklet will give more detailed instructions on how ) so that when you iron onto your fabric it will be the correct way.

Select type of material that you are using from the right drop down menu, it will tell you exactly which setting to put your blade on, remove blade and change number with the tool provided.

silhoutte screen shot

Insert heat transfer material shiny side down.

Press button to feed it into machine.

Send to Silhouette (via the top row of buttons in design studio).

The machine cuts out your design within a minute or two.

Peel off excess vinyl, leaving only the design attached to the shiny transfer paper.

Place clear backing so that the design is on your t shirt, cover with a thin cloth, and hold iron over the entire design for 45-60 seconds. Remove fabric, and backing, if letters stick to backing instead of fabric, lay it down again and repeat, be sure to press firmly.

silhouette portrait collage

The heat transfer kit isn’t only for t-shirts you can dress up plates, mirrors, pillows, candle holders etc…

This isn’t all the Silhouette Portrait can do however- it cuts card stock, vinyl, fabric, transparencies, vellum, magnet paper, and more. You can also replace the blade with sketch pens and make customized stickers or other embellishments.  If you are a beginning crafter or a veteran and have been thinking about purchasing one of these machines I highly recommend the Silhouette Portrait.


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DIY Gift Idea: Manicure in a Jar

Items Needed to make this DIY Gift Idea: Manicure in a Jar:

Cotton balls

Sealable Clear Container


Ideas for Gifts:

Nail polish

Nail File


Nail Clippers

Travel Size Nail Polish Remover

Hand Lotion


Fill the bottom of your jar with cotton balls.


Add in your gifts, placing additional cotton balls around items to help keep them up right.


Fill remaining empty space with cotton balls and seal the jar.

Print the labels, affix, and you are done! Manicure PDF (Labels)


Fun Santa Claus Crafts

We love celebrating the 12 day of Christmas as we count down for the big day and all of the fun activities, gifts and parties to attend. This year you can create on of these great  Santa Claus Crafts fore each of the days of Christmas! Fun ornaments, decorations and more make this list perfect for both kids and adults alike.


12 Fun Santa Claus Crafts



Footprint Sleigh & Santa Craft For Kids


Knitted Bearded Santa Hat Tutorial

double beard santa hat

Santa Mason Jar


Santa Belly Ornament

santa belly ornament

Santa Chimney Place Setting



Paper Plate Santa & Rudolph


Repurposed Santa Treat Box

santa treat box collage

Santa’s Belly Treat Cups

santas belly treat cups

Santa Button Ornament

button santa ornament

Easy Santa Claus Ornament Craft


Santa Stop Here Door Hanger


Santa Christmas Candy Gift Jar


Have fun with your kids as you celebrate the holiday season with these great Santa Claus crafts. Black, red and white are sure to be the theme in your house as you count the days until Christmas.


DIY Chevron Trinket Box

Here’s a fun little DIY chevron print trinket box that you can make for a small gift, a treasure box or just for fun.  It’s simple, inexpensive and looks pretty without a lot of time or effort.  Just how I like my crafts!

Chevron Trinket Box


Materials Needed –


  • 1 small cardboard box – I found mine at Hobby Lobby marked $0.99 each.
  • Washi tape – I bought my super cute mix and match washi tape at Hobby Lobby. *Try to stay away from a brand called Studio G. It doesn’t stick at all. It was only $1 a roll and you get what you pay for!

chevron trinket materials

Directions –


#1. After choosing your washi tape cut the first piece to be about 4” in length. Start at the very top of the box lid and cover the lid wrapping the tape ends under the cover. Repeat this step, alternating with different washi tape to completely cover the box lid.


#2. Once the lid is covered you will want to use another piece to cover both ends of the lid and then wrap the tape around the side. It doesn’t have to be perfect and if you’re using coordinating tape it will be cute no matter what!


#3. Next, you want to cover the bottom of the box. I started out by taping one end of the washi roll on the inside of the box and then wrapped it around the outside of the box, snipped the tape and stuck it in the inside. I then repeated, alternating different colors of washi tape and went all the way around.


Duct Tape Flower Hair Clip

Duct tape is one thing that has so many uses, you should always have several rolls in stock.  In addition to helping you to hold things together, duct tape is now highly popular to use to make fashion accessories.  Although it may look difficult, duct tape is very easy to work with and allows you to make a wide variety of items.  Duct tape can be put together to use as a fabric in addition to it’s normal sticky form.


You can easily make cute flowering hair clips utilizing a variety of duct tape colors, a little hot glue (or glue dots), one rhinestone (or button) and a hair clip.   It only takes a few minutes from start to finish.  These flowers can be made in any contrasting colors to match your favorite shirts.  If you’d like a smaller flower, simply make your flower petals smaller and use a smaller barrette.

How to make a duct tape flower hair clip


Supplies Needed:

  • 2 colors of duct tape
  • Hot glue gun or glue dots
  • 1 Rhinestone or button for flower center
  • Hair clip/barrette


1.Cut 20 inches of each color of duct tape.  Combine the two pieces by placing the sticky sides together.  Start on one end and align the edges, slowly matching them as you continue to the end.


2. Cut out a petal shape that is approximately 1 inch wide with a flat bottom and point at the top.  Cut these out across the length of your duct tape.


3. Fold each petal with the same color on the inside.


4. Add either a drop of hot glue or glue dot on the outside base of the petal and attach another petal.  Repeat until all the petals are attached, affixing the final petal to the outside petal’s base.


5. Cut a 1.5 inch square of each color of duct tape and again, place the duct tape pieces together to form a square.  Glue this to the bottom of your flower to help secure it.


6. Affix your flower to the hair clip/barrette with a few drops of hot glue/glue dot.  Add a small piece of duct tape across the bottom of the barrette to help secure the flower.


7. Flip your flower over and glue your rhinestone onto the center of your flower.



Frozen Inspired Olaf Upcycled K-Cup Craft

If you are like me and you have a little Frozen lover in your house (and also a Keurig) then you are definitely going to want to put together this fun Olaf craft.  I always look at those little cups after I am done knocking back a few (coffees that is) and think what a waste to just toss them out! So while playing around trying to figure out what I  could make out of them I thought- hmm snowman… but being the mom to a Frozen obsessed daughter I didn’t think just any snowman, it had to be dear sweet Olaf- Who likes warm hugs! 2 empty k cups, a hot glue gun and a few art supplies and you can have your own upcycled Olaf craft. If you have a craft stash you likely wont even need to leave the house to put this guy together-an awesome and free craft!olaf


Olaf  Character From Upcycled K Cups

Supplies Needed:

Empty, clean k cups

black pipe cleaner

orange pipe cleaner

black craft foam

white craft foam

googly eyes

2 small twigs from the yard

2 small white pompoms

sharpie marker

Glue gun/glue sticks

Screw/screwdriver/ utility knife


olaf supplies




Poke a small hole in the bottom of one of your  cups.

olaf hole poke

On the same cup poke holes near the opening of the  cup for arms, make them large enough for your twigs to fit in snugly.

Cut a 2″ piece of black chenille stem (pipe cleaner) and also a 1/2″ piece, poke them through the hole in the bottom of the cup for Olaf’s hair. Add a bit of hot glue around it to secure.

Poke twigs through holes in side, again secure arms to cup with hot glue.

Cut a 1″ piece of orange chenille stem and bend it into a carrot shape, hot glue onto center of cup for a nose.

Cut black craft foam into an almost pocket shape that stretches out on the side, then cut out his white teeth- use hot glue to secure both.

Use your sharpie to draw on buttons, and eyebrows.

olaf features

Hot glue the two cups together to form head and body.

Glue on two white pompoms for Olaf’s feet.

Allow glue to set and sharpie to dry, your Olaf is now ready for fun!

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies Frozen Movie

Can’t get enough Olaf? Make some Olaf Cookies