I was told that their is about 90 plus days left before the new star wars movie comes out and since we are all super excited to see out favorite characters and some new ones come to life on the big screen, I have complied a list of some great gadgets you must need this holiday season. You might want some to give as gifts or maybe keep to yourself.
Its the beginning of September and we all know what it means for my home. Halloween has arrived and will be better than the year before. I have already started decorating and will be instagram behind the scenes if you want to check it out at mypandorascraftbox. Right now I do have my favorite Halloween crafts for the past couple of years.
It can’t be Halloween without some Mason Jars! I made creepy spider and eyeball Mason Jar globes!
If you are thinking in having a Halloween party this season you have to have a scary flower center piece right? Well then I made one that will make your eye pop! Click here to see the my eyeball flowers!
When you say Halloween one of the things you think of is pumpkins and I have a black butterfly studded pumpkin just for the occasion. Click here for the tutorial.
If you want to have a unique candy bowl this year try your hand on making wire baskets!
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I made a jewelry organizer DIY because over the years I have been slowly growing my collection. Its also really hard to tell what you have and don’t have when its all in a small trinket box waiting to be discovered. I decided to go to Michael’s and see what they had in stock for inspiration. Guess what I found?! I beautiful had chipboard wired letter. I believed it said planter on the back but that’s is not what I planned to do with this beauty.
I got it home right away with a couple of other things and then went to work.
I used my favorite stain mahogany and let the chipboard soak it up. I let it sit outside for 24 hours to make sure did not have a strong odor.
Afterwards I went to work on hooks to hand the jewelry from it. If it was Christmas time I would have used ornament hooks but since its only spring I needed to make my own. I had jewelry wire and pliers.
I cut a piece or wire which I then bent both end in a hook fashion, that’s all you really need to do.
I placed all my cute necklaces on it with my beautiful stones which help me find what I needed right away.
What do you guys think? I going back to get a couple more letters and use. I also got actual necklace holder which looks great next to my jewelry organizer DIY.
It would not be Christmas with some Mason jar decor. Here are my mason Jar Christmas snow globes. I love mason jars and I have a lot of them hidden under my bed. I being seen a lot of people using them with cute little vintage cars and placing tiny Christmas trees on top with bakers twine. I was not able to find any vintage toy cars. They seem to be very popular and prices for them seem to be ridicules. So I went in search for this cars in toy store. I could not find one anywhere. I thought I had tried everything until I went grocery shopping at Ralph and guess what I found?! The perfect car toys. They are a little large but they fit perfectly inside the mason jars! You always find things in the most unexpected places.
As I mentioned before I got these cute looking vintage cars from my local grocery store called Ralph’s.
I went a head and tied bakers twine to the cars. It was pretty simple to do specially since the cars doors opened.
I got the mini Christmas tress from my local craft store. I got a couple different one’s to see which one’s match best with my cars.
Here they are!!
I also got this cute little camper with a tree on top from target ornament section and of course I had to place it inside a mason jar as well!!
My home is going to be filled with mason jar Christmas snow globes.
I am excited about finding this world globe at Costco! I found it right before school started and its was defiantly a deal. I got it for $27 which is cheap due to world globe being so popular and it super hard to find one for a good deal. I just had to grab it and run. My hubby was not happy that I got it and but it looks so cute on my home now my chalkboard world globe.
Chalkboard painting is super easy to do and it does not take a lot of work. Just good weather and some time out of your day.
I used black chalkboard paint and sprayed the entire globe about 3 coats of chalkboard.
Once it what dried I took chalk and went over the indentation of the map with the chalk. The globe that I purchased had the land masses raised up which made it easy to go over it with chalk.
Now i can write Boo or Happy Holidays! You can’t go wrong with a globe. I was so happy I did get it because I did try to purchase a globe that was smaller and broken at a retailer and they only discounted it for 4 dollars! So the total came to $20 and it was so not worth it! Retailers are really not the best place to get them all the time. Here it is your chalkboard world globe.
I recently had to stop breast feeding and use formula and I found myself having formula containers. I just could not find myself throwing them out without feeling a little guilty and I wanted to recycle them. I guess that is what happens when you are a crafter! I really need to figure out something to do with the extra containers. The first thing that pop into my head was a cookie container. Of course since its Halloween I decided to add something spooky to it.
The first thing I did was grab the containers and went to work on spraying them with black chalk board paint. One of the containers had a gold top and I decided to also paint the other lid gold since it was yellow.
Once it was dried I went ahead and mod podge a skull and bones to one container. I also liked how the gold lid came out. Gold is a wonderful color this season.
The other container I mod podge a spider to it.The spiders I used are Martha Stewart cling. I love how has transparent. My new containers might keep the kiddos from knowing I hidden their cookies in there! The lid was already gold so it was one less thing to do. haha
I have two formula containers that have gotten a complete makeover/recycled. I wonder what I am going to do with the next few formula containers? It is fun to find new uses to every day items you use.
What will you do with your formula containers? Have you done anything with your recycled formula containers?
Fabric pumpkins are a must have for all seasons. I believe once they might have been good for just Halloween or Thanksgiving but I now you can see them for Christmas as well. I just think they help you get in the holiday spirit. I decided to make holiday pumpkins this year for all occasions. I have pumpkins in all sizes, shapes and different materials. I always get the real pumpkins which we carve and then I get fake pumpkins at my local craft store and get very creative with them. All I have left was to make no sew fabric pumpkins.
The no sew fabric pumpkins I decided to make was super easy and fast to make. I really don’t always have a lot of time to take out the sewing machine and do them that way. I decided to do it a different way in which I could do it while the kiddos where eating lunch. Fast and easy is the name of the game at time when you are a busy mom.
I first cut the fabric in a square . Followed by tying both end of the fabric. The closer to the center you tie the fabric the smaller the pumpkin. The closer to the edge of the fabric you tie the fabric the longer the pumpkin.
Then just turn the fabric inside out.
Then you will be able to stuff the pumpkin with batting.
Once you have it as big as you want it you can hot glue the seam together.
You can grab an embroidery needle with thread or twine and go all the way through the middle of the pumpkin from the bottom. You will circle around the pumpkin around six times to make it look more pumpkin like and pull tight.
Halloween in upon us and its not only about decorating but also having a little treat for yourself. I decided to make a Halloween candy corn sugar scrub! Its great to have something that will add that little extra holiday decor in the bathroom and make my skin soft. Also you can pass up targets dollar bin which have these cute milk bottles. Their are only three key products you will need to use to make a sugar scrub.
3 1/2 cups of white sugar
1/4 cup of baby oil
1/4 cup of baby wash
Food Coloring, yellow and orange
You will need to combine sugar, baby oil and baby wash.
I separated the mixture into three smaller bowls.
Add more sugar if needed to make the scrub fluffier.
Mix small amounts of food coloring to each bowl.
Add the yellow scrub first to the milk bottles, followed by orange then white.
Keep the candy corn scrub in a tight sealed container for about 2-3 weeks then it will be ready to use.
I used Target’s milk bottles found in the dollar bin. Fellow blogger friends challenge each other to do something with the milk bottles. Do you want to see see what my fellow bloggers did?
We have Dinah from DIYInspired with a cute Thanksgiving inspired milk bottles.
We also have Barbara from Chase the Star with repurpose milk bottles as center piece.