Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wood Stocking Holder


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The last couple of years we have hung our stockings with tacks on the wall. I have looked for stocking holders in the store that hang on the wall and that sit on top of a fire place/mantel but I haven't been able to find a set I like for a price that I like, plus most stocking holders that sit on top of a fire place/mantel are in sets of four and with our growing family, that won't be enough so I finally decided to make one. I have seen several variations of wood stocking holders on Pinterest but I liked the single piece of wood with a saying on it best. I searched for a tutorial for reassurance I was making it right but had trouble finding a tutorial so I decided I would share how I made our wood stocking holder. The wood stocking holder wasn't to hard to make and it looks good once hung on the wall. 

Supplies:


  • Wood Slice approx. 6"x36"
  • Sander or Sand Paper
  • Red Paint
  • White Paint or White Paint Pen
  • Paint Brush
  • Gloss Spray or Wood Sealer
  • 5 White Hooks (use the # in your family)
  • Screw Driver
  • Wall Hanger & Hammer

How To:


1. If your wood isn't the size you need, cut it to the size you'd like. I used a piece of 6"x36" old fence wood to make my stocking holder. The length of the wood depends on the size of your family, how many hooks you want, and how spread out you want the hooks to be. This wood size can fit four to six hooks. 

2. Sand the piece of wood.

3. Paint the piece of wood any color you'd like. Let Dry. 
I used red acrylic paint to paint my stocking holder. Other possible colors to use are green, white, red, light blue or a wood stain.


4. Choose a saying to put on the stocking holder. Write OR Print out the saying in the font and size you want to use. I used the saying, "And the stockings were hung...". Some other possible sayings you can use are:
  • "And the stockings were hung..."
  • "The stockings were hung..."
  • "All the stockings were hung..."
  • "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care"
  • "Stockings hung with care"
  • "Merry Christmas"
  • "HO HO HO"
  • "Twas the night before Christmas..."
  • "Believe in the Magic"
  • "He knows if you've been bad or good..."
  • "Dear Santa, we've been good..."
  • "Dear Santa, please define good..."
  • "The (enter last name) family"
  • Personalize it with your last name or first names

If you don't like any of the sayings you can add a Christmas related image such as snowflakes, Reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh, mistletoe, or leave it blank with just the hooks.

5. Transfer the words onto the wood. You can do this several different ways. In this case, I placed my words on top of the wood and centered them. I used a ball-point pen and gently traced over the words thus creating a small outline in the wood. If you look closely you can see the outline in the picture below.

*** Check out Step 4 in my blog, Growth Chart Ruler Tutorial, for another way you can transfer the words onto the wood.




6. Fill in the woods with white paint. Let Dry. 
I used a white sharpie paint pen to fill in the words. The red paint bleed into the white a little so I had to go over my words with a thin paint brush and white acrylic paint. You can use any color you want to match the color of your wood.

7. Optional: Cover the wood stocking holder with a sealer. You can use a gloss spray such as Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Clear Gloss Spray, Mod Podge or a wood sealer. The sealer will help seal the paint and make your stocking holder last longer. Depending on what sealer you choose, it will also add a shine to the wood.

8. Add the hooks.
The hook number will be for the number of stockings you want hung so if you have a family of four, add four hooks. Make sure to evenly space out the hooks.

I measured 4" from each end and attached a hook.  I then did the math to evenly space out the other three hooks. Divide the length between hooks (27") by the number of hooks left (3) plus one (1).  Then place the rest of the hooks evenly apart; in my case, 7" apart.

Example: Length between hooks ÷ (# hooks +1) = distance to space 
My stocking holder: 27" ÷ 4= 7"   

I used 5 white hooks I bought from Lowes. You can use any color hook you want to match the colors of your wood stocking holder. The hooks usually come in white, black, brown, gold and silver. You can also use dresser draw knobs instead of hooks if you prefer.

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9. Add a wall hanger or two.
I used two sawtooth hangers and attached them to the back so I can hang my stocking holder every year. You can choose any hanging technique you prefer. You can add one huge sawtooth hanger, drill two holes in the wood and attach a ribbon/twine to hang your stocking holder, command picture hanging strips if you don't want holes in the wall, etc...



10. Hang your new wood stocking holder on the wall, add your stockings and wait for Santa to come and fill them with goodies!

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The wood stocking holder will make a nice addition to anybody's Christmas decoration collection. The wood stocking holder is pretty easy to make and is a lot cheaper than buying stocking holders from the store. It looks great on the wall, especially once you add your stockings to it! The best thing is that you can personalize it any way you want. You can paint it to match other Christmas decor in your house, add your family's names or add a cute holiday saying. We have gotten so many complements on our stocking holder as I'm sure you will too!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!!!


Check out some of my other Christmas Decoration Tutorials:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Simple Refried Beans


Since we started making Easy Taco Dip more frequently as a quick dinner or an appetizer, we decided that it is cheaper to make our own Refried Beans and it is a lot easier than you would think. A jar of Refried Beans usually cost $3 or more. A can of Pinto Beans cost about $0.92 so you are saving between $1 and $3 every time you decide to make your own Refried Beans. It may not sound like a lot but it can add up, especially if you make Refried Beans a lot.

Simple Refried Beans


Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:


  • 1 can Pinto Beans
  • Water
  • Seasoning - Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Onion, Taco Seasoning, etc...
  • Food Processor

Directions:

1. Pour a can of Pinto Beans into a medium skillet and let simmer over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally.

NOTE: The bean juice should be enough but if the Pinto Beans start to dry out you need to add water to the beans. Add up to a  ½ cup of water if using a full can of beans.

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2. Add some salt and pepper to taste. You can add a little bit of Garlic or Onion if you prefer but we don't because we are usually making the Refried Beans for the Easy Taco Dip

3. Optional: Add ½ a packet of taco seasoning if you are making the Refried Beans for the Easy Taco Dip.

4. Pour the Pinto Beans into a Food Processor and blend until the beans are mashed up. Pour into a bowl and serve.

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There are several different ways you can make Refried Beans. You can add a bunch of different ingredients from seasonings to oils to your pinto beans as they simmer if you prefer. This recipe is very simple and very easy to make. The taco seasoning adds the perfect amount of seasoning to the beans, especially if you are making the Easy Taco Dip. Plus you save money by making your own refried beans which is always a plus in my books!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pumpkin Carving with a Drill - Toddler Pumpkin Decorating


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This year we got our pumpkins at the beginning of October but didn't get around to carving them until the weekend before Halloween. My husband and I stuck to the Halloween Tradition and both gave our pumpkins faces. We wanted to make pumpkin carving fun for our toddlers (almost 3 and 1.5 yrs old) and since toddlers can't really draw faces on the pumpkins much less carve the pumpkins, we let them color on the pumpkins with Sharpies. Once they were done coloring, we took off the lid and let them attempt to clean out their pumpkins. My son kept trying to eat the pumpkin seeds so needless to say we cleaned out their pumpkins for them, but hey at least they tried!!!


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Decorating their pumpkins with Sharpies

My toddlers loved coloring on their pumpkins with Sharpies. The Sharpies are permanent so they won't wipe off the pumpkins if it were to rain. You can also use paint and let your child paint their pumpkins. In my experience, paint is messier, takes longer to clean up than just picking up markers and can run if it were to rain thus staining the concrete, house, etc... depending on the type of paint used so for now I think we are going to stick to using Sharpies until my kids get a little older.


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Posing for a picture with their colored pumpkins!

Once my toddlers where done decorating their pumpkins and the pumpkins had been cleaned out, my husband took a drill and drilled holes in the pumpkins. You can use any size drill bit you want to make the holes. You can drill random holes in your pumpkin like he did to my son's pumpkin or make a pattern like he did to my daughter's pumpkin. 

Pumpkin Carving with a Drill is very easy to do, just be carful not to drill through to the other side of the pumpkin. Also be prepared for a mess. The drill causes little pieces of pumpkin to go flying but it is an easy clean up. 


Once you have drilled a pattern in your pumpkin and are satisfied, then take your pumpkin outside, put a candle in them and enjoy your new temporary Halloween decorations!!! Pumpkin Carving with a Drill is a fast and easy way to carve your pumpkins plus it is knife free. My toddlers had a blast coloring their pumpkins and they were front and center while Daddy drilled their pumpkins. My daughter was super proud of her pumpkin as you can see in the picture below!

Feel free to comment below with how you let your toddler decorate their pumpkins!


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Incredibles Family Costume


Sorry I didn't get a chance to post a blog last Wednesday, we've been in and out of the hospital with my newborn since he has been born but hopefully we won't be going back.

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For Halloween this year we decided to go as Disney's The Incredibles. Since our newest addition just arrived we figured if we ever wanted to go as The Incredibles, now is the time to do it because we will have one girl and two boys, one of which is a baby - Perfect Right!?!? We kept The Incredibles costumes super simple this year since we have three kids under three, we figured we wouldn't be out to long since toddlers tend to get overwhelmed fast but needless to say once the kids found out they got candy they where all for going door to door or booth to booth... probably because mommy and daddy don't let them have candy and these strangers were. All in all we had a good Halloween weekend and the kids had a lot of fun!

The Incredibles Family Costume is honestly one of the easiest and cheapest costumes I've put together. It would make a great last minute costume! Here is how I made our costumes:

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Supplies:

  • Red T-Shirt - I bought ours for $2.79 each at Hobby Lobby
  • Black Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Black Long Pants
  • Print out The Incredible's Logo - there are different sizes you can choose from to print
  • Clear Packaging Tape
  • Black Mask - HERE is how I made our masks







How To:


Outfits: I recommend raiding your closets for the Red T-Shirt, Black Long Sleeve Shirt and Black Pants before you buy them. You can always turn a shirt inside out so you can't see the logo if you want to. We didn't have any red t-shirts so we were forced to buy them.

Total Cost for 4 Red T-shirts = $11.16
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Masks: I made our mask out of black felt and elastic. You can check out my blog, No-Sew Felt Mask, to see how I made our mask. If you don't feel like being crafty you can buy black mask at any Halloween store.

Total Cost for 4 Masks = $1.50 with supplies left

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Incredible's Logo: I found a free PNG of The Incredible's Logo HERE. I downloaded the sizes I needed, pulled them into a Word Document and printed them out on normal computer paper. I then cut out the logos.  Once we were dressed, I used clear packaging tape to tape the logo onto out Red T-shirts. I put the tape on the outside of the logo so the kid's wouldn't mess it up but you can put the tape on the back of the logo if you want, it just might not stay on as well.

You can make your logo out of felt and fabric glue to make it look nicer and use the Logo Print-out as a guideline but being 9 months pregnant/having a newborn I didn't feel like/have  time to get super crafty.

Once you have all your supplies for your costume, get dressed, put on your mask and go have some fun Trick-or-Treating as The Incredibles! Like I said before, The Incredibles Family Costume is honestly one of the easiest and cheapest costumes I've put together!

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It cost less than $15 for me to make The Incredibles Family Costume. That is FIVE COSTUMES for less than $15! If you already have Red T-shirts then your costumes will cost less than $5. That is a great deal compared to store bought costumes that run $15 to $80+ a costume.  If you are worried about your costume looking cheap or tacky, don't be. In my experience, my homemade costumes have been a bigger hit than my store bought costumes. Plus, The Incredibles Family Costume was a huge hit this year. Everywhere we went we heard "Look their is the Incredibles!" or "Awesome, The Incredibles Family!". We even won a certificate for a free pizza because they liked our costumes at an event we attended in our county. Feel free to share a picture of your Incredible Family Costume below!!!



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