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Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box

Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box is Perfect for Storing School Supplies or Disney mementos!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing Disney inspired back to school ideas.


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New school supplies are the best part of back to school, right? The smell of new crayons, the feel of a newly sharpened pencil across the paper and all those crisp, lined notebooks! I love it all. And there’s nothing like adding a bit of Disney magic into your school routine. This DIY will show you  how to take an ordinary cardboard box and turn it into a personalized Disney-style storage box that’s perfect for safekeeping all your back to school supplies!

Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box is Perfect for Storing School Supplies or Disney mementos!

Totally easy and you just need a few craft supplies that you probably already have on hand! Read on for the how-to!

SUPPLIES:

  • Cardboard box with a lid. I used one with a hinged lid.
  • Scrapbook paper or wrapping paper
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Photographs
  • Ribbons, Washi tape, scrapbooking die-cuts, stickers, etc.
  • Clear packing tape
  • Scissors

Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box is Perfect for Storing School Supplies or Disney mementos!

If your box is being recycled, remove all stickers or excess tape from the box until the surfaces are smooth.

Lay each side of the box on the wrong side of the paper and outline the shape.

Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box is Perfect for Storing School Supplies or Disney mementos!

Cut the paper on the line. Add a light amount of glue to the wrong side and place the paper to the box, smoothing out any bumps or creases.

Decorate the top of your box with photographs, strips of ribbon or decorative Washi tape and stickers until you have a design you’re happy with. When decorating the lid, it’s okay to wrap things like ribbon and tape around the edges to the inside of the lid. I had a smooth black washi tape and a white Sharpie so I could personalize my box.

Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box

Carefully apply clear packing tape in strips across the top of your box, going horizontally. I made my tape about a half inch longer on each side so I could wrap around the edges. Try not to overlap the pieces of tape too much, butting them against each other for a smooth finish. Work carefully because once you stick the tape you won’t be able to remove it. I had 3-D stickers so I applied them after this last step.

Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box is Perfect for Storing School Supplies or Disney mementos!

Hot-diggety-dog! You have a perfect Disney-inspired back to school box for storing all your school supplies. Of course, this would also make a great place to store Disney mementos like maps, tickets and souvenir buttons, as well! My kids don’t start school for another few weeks so we haven’t bought our school supplies yet!

Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box

Now that Dillon has his own box, I need to make one for each of my other kids! What theme will you use to make your Disney box?

Back-To-School DIY Disney-Style Storage Box is Perfect for Storing School Supplies or Disney mementos!

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5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Yellow Loop. Today we are sharing ideas to help your family beat summer boredom.


When I think summer, I think about red, white and blue! It’s a season of patriotism, full of celebrating long days, warm sunshine, cool pools and time off to relax. Here are a few fun summer crafts for the kids that use art supplies that you probably already have on hand. I also included two fun “mom-projects” to make a patriotic outfit for the kids.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Painting Fireworks

Using large pieces of fingerpaint paper, we created this patriotic firework art! We’re going to make several of these and use them on our table setting this Independence Day.

  • Empty cardboard roll from toilet paper or paper towel
  • Acrylic or poster paints in red and blue
  • Paintbrush
  • Palette, old dish or paper plate
  • White paper

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Snip the end of a cardboard roll and bend the edges back to flare them out into a “starburst” shape. We used to different tones of blue in our project. Squeeze a bit of blue paint onto a paper plate and then paint the flared end of the roll with the paint (we tried dipping the roll into paint, but it doesn’t offer as much coverage). Press onto paper. Repeat with red paint, pressing on top of the blue firework design.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Patriotic Ribbon Wands

Hurray for the red, white and blue! Hand the kids these to wave during a parade or fireworks spectacular. You could also place a few of them into your lawn to decorate the yard or place one in a vase alongside a bouquet of flowers.

  • Flags on a stick (these were from the dollar section)
  • Varying lengths of ribbon in red, white and blue

Easy-peasy, just have kids tie the ribbons into individual knots, just under the flag.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Patriotic Napkin Rings

  • Empty cardboard roll from toilet paper or paper towel
  • Felt in red, white or blue, cut into strips 2″ wide
  • Extra felt to use for stars, circles, etc.
  • Hot glue (white glue will only soak into the felt and not stick)

Cut the cardboard into pieces about 2″ wide. Apply glue onto one of the felt strips and apply to the cardboard roll. Cut stars and shapes from the felt and glue on top of the roll. Roll up a cloth or paper napkin and slide into your napkin ring.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

Stacked Stars Tee & Decoupage Pants

These are two for the moms to make and for the kids to wear! I love scrap-buster projects and this patriotic duo is easy to whip up on your sewing machine. I used a mix of patriotic prints, along with solid red, white and a lightweight denim fabric.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

For the tee

Simply cut three stars out of fabric. Center the largest star in the middle of the tee and use a tight machine straight stitch to secure to the shirt. Stack the middle sized star on top, centering over the large star and sewn down. Repeat with the last star. Hand sew a white button to the center of the smallest star. The raw edge of the fabric will fray slightly when washed for a unique look.

5 Budget-friendly Patriotic Summer Crafts for Kids

For the jeans or pants

Using a seam ripper, carefully cut open the inside seam of a pair of pants. Cut out pieces of fusible bond (I use Heat’n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive) and iron onto various fabrics. Lay out the pant leg onto your ironing board and arrange the pieces onto the pants in a pattern that you like. Peel off the fusible bond backing and iron securely in place. Using a narrow zig-zag stitch, secure each piece to the pants. I used a lightweight denim fabric to sew stars on top of the patchwork design with a zig-zag satin stitch. Sew the seam closed on the pant leg when complete. I used a piece of bias tape at the hemline of the pants to enclose the bottom seam.

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Sweet, Quick and Easy Applique Valentine’s Day Heart Tee

Sweet, Quick and Easy Applique Valentine's Day Heart Tee

Need something sweet for the kids to wear on Valentine’s Day? This easy applique Valentine’s Day heart tee goes together quickly with fabric scraps and is easy enough for the beginning seamstress. I’ll even show you how to make this tee with a “Disney-twist”! Oh so special to wear on your next Disney vacation to show your Mickey-Love! I’ve included a free printable applique for the hearts and silhouette.

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Yellow Loop. Today we are sharing some fun Valentine’s Day crafts.


I’ll confess…Though I have an Etsy shop and take frequent orders that get shipped out quickly, I tend to wait until the last minute to make outfits for my own kids. I love having a quick and easy method of design that takes minimal time and can be put together in the matter of an hour or so. You’ll love this layered method of applique because it goes together fast, requires no special stitches and no hemming…and it’s totally unique. You decide the look based on the colors and the fabric mix you choose.

Sweet, Quick and Easy Applique Valentine's Day Heart Tee

You’ll need:

  • T-shirt. This is a chance for you to use a tee that might have a stain on it as you’ll be able to “save” the shirt by placing an applique over the stain.
  • Applique pattern. I used hearts in various sizes as well as a small Mickey silhouette. You can use the PDF applique here: Heart Tee Applique
  • Scrap fabrics in various sizes and colors (choose cotton or cotton knit)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Marker
  • Fusible bond, like Heat’n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive
  • Thread in matching colors. Gutermann thread is my favorite brand as it’s strong (doesn’t break mid-project!), wide range of colors and holds up to wash and wear.
  • Bobbin thread in color to match the shirt
  • Sewing machine needle (jersey or Ballpoint Machine Needles give the best results for applique)
  • Disappearing ink pen, like this one from Dritz
  • Iron

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1. Place a piece of fusible bond (bumpy side down) onto your design and trace out each individual shape using a Sharpie marker (ball point pens or pencils will smudge or smear off onto your iron, so a Sharpie is best).

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2. Cut out and set aside the Mickey silhouette.

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3. Choose your fabrics and iron out the wrinkles on each piece.

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Pull out the fabric that you want to use for the largest heart. Keep in mind that only the outer edge of this heart will show. Iron the fusible bond heart (bumpy side down) onto the WRONG side of the fabric.

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4. Cut out only the largest heart on the Sharpie line.

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5. Peel off the fusible bond backing. Save the backside of the fusible bond to use for the next heart.

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Lay your shirt down and iron out any wrinkles in the design area. Lay the large heart down on the tee, make sure the design is centered and straight. Iron on securely.

6. Using a straight stitch, sew with a small hem (1/4″) around the edge of the fabric, securing the first heart to the tee.

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7. Using the heart template (leftover from the backside of the fusible bond), carefully cut away to the next size heart. Lay down onto the wrong side of the next piece of fabric and use your disappearing ink pen to trace this outline onto the wrong side of the fabric.

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8. Cut out heart shape from fabric and lay down, centering on top of the first heart that was ironed onto the shirt. Carefully pin to the shirt, smoothing out fabric so there aren’t any bumps. Carefully sew with a small hem (1/4″) around the edge of the fabric, securing the second heart to the tee.

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9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the third heart.

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10. Iron the Mickey silhouette onto the WRONG side of the fabric. Cut out the shape on the line, peel off backside of fusible bond and center the design in the middle of the third heart. Iron on securely.

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11. Using a straight stitch, sew with a small hem (1/4″) around the edge of the fabric, securing the silhouette to the tee.


Sweet, Quick and Easy Applique Valentine's Day Heart Tee

Straight stitch applique advice:

Because the edges of the applique pieces are not covered, the edges of your cotton fabric may fray or curl slightly after a wash and dry. As long as you’ve properly stitched the pieces securely, slight fraying or curling should be fine and create a fun look to your design.

Taking applique to the next level:

Once your practiced straight stitch applique, try using a satin stitch (aka: a very close together zig-zag) around the edges of your applique pieces to secure them. This will create a more smooth and polished look. You’ll be able to add more detail and the look will last a long time. Cover the stitches inside (because they will be thicker and potentially more itchy to the wearer) with a soft fusible Poly-mesh backing.

Prefer to buy? I offer other Disney-themed tees (with name personalization) in my Etsy shop

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DIY #DisneySide Stamp Craft Projects and Giveaway

Audra of Dragonfly Curls on Etsy so sweetly sent me three hand carved rubber stamps for me to use in my #DisneySide @HomeCelebration party planning.

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I received the classic Mickey Mouse Ears silhouette, Mickey Mouse Balloon and the Fairy Tale Princess Castle stamps. Each stamp is custom cut by hand which makes them unique. Stamps are mounted on foam and wood for easier use. Every stamp is hand made to order, brand new, and is tested before it is sent out. You can tell that Audra puts a lot of love into her craft!

   

Check out some of these other fantastic Disney-inspired designs. I’m kind of thinking that the Jack Skellington is going to be a must for Halloween crafts!

   


This is what I did with the stamps that I received

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I prepped a white shirt for my daughter by pre-washing without fabric softener. I lined the inside with cardboard so I’d have a flat surface for stamping (an old cereal box is good for this). You also don’t want the paint bleeding from the front to other parts of the shirt.

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I used red, black and yellow fabric paints. Starting with the first color, brush on a small amount of paint directly onto the Mickey head stamp.

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Set the stamp down on the shirt (I started at the top and worked my way down), press gently but firmly on the stamp, rolling slightly side to side. Lift and voila! An adorable stamped Mickey!

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Continue down the shirt using the same color in a spaced out pattern. Clean the stamp by stamping off the extra paint onto a rag or paper towel. I wiped mine off with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol before starting with the next color.

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If part of the stamp doesn’t come out clearly simply dab a little paint on the tip of a brush to fill in the missing space.

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When you’re all done, let the shirt dry flat for at least 24 hours. Toss in the dryer to heat set the paint and you’ll be ready to wear your creation!


Stamped Favor Bags

Using plain kraft bags from The Bakers Confections on Etsy, I made a simple stamp in the center of each favor bag. I picked up these stamp pads at the craft store and gently pressed the stamp onto the ink until they were well coated. Firmly press straight down onto the paper, then rock gently up and down and side to side.

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Lift it up and reveal a lovely stamped image!

After filling with favors we sealed the kraft bags with a bit of polka dotted washi tape for that extra special “Minnie” touch!

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CONTEST IS CLOSED – Congratulations to the winner, Heidi E.

Would you like to win your own stamp from Dragonfly Curls?

Audra is offering my readers the chance to win their choice of one stamp from her Etsy shop!

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE!

Open to USA only; prize will be shipped directly from Dragonfly Curls.


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Why DIY?

I’m a do-it-yourself-er at heart. For as far back as I can recall, if you could buy it in the store, I’ve been trying to make it better at home. I never bought a birthday card when I was a kid, they were all made by me (complete with a hand drawn “Hallmark-style” crown on the back!). I started hand sewing when I was young and making whatever I could with whatever fabric I could get my hands on. Sketches and watercolors made nice gifts for friends and family.

There was always a project (or two…or ten)…and there still is!

Handmade baby quilt and nursing pillow cover.

Handmade baby quilt and nursing pillow cover.

My craft space is currently a flurry of multiple juggling projects, from a quilt that I plan to make as a Christmas gift, watercolor art that I hope to someday get printed, a personalized t-shirt, some half-painted picture frames and a stack of hot-off-the-sewing machine pillowcases for the sofa.

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Why buy, when you can make it better at home?

Handpainted wooden figures for a Small World birthday party.

Handpainted wooden figures for a Small World birthday party.

I understand that perhaps crafting isn’t your talent. Maybe you’ve never held a needle in your life. Or you don’t consider yourself an “artist”. I truly believe there is a craft for everyone. Maybe if drawing isn’t your thing, woodworking is. Or maybe you can decorate beautiful cakes using a piping bag. How about gardening, you just have that magical green thumb? Are perhaps computer technology is your craft and you know how to code functional websites.

Appliqued shirts for a Disney trip.

Appliqued shirts for a Disney trip.

In any case, doing-it-yourself can be a rewarding way to share your talent with others. It’s a stress-reliever and often times (if you don’t get caught up overstocking supplies), DIY can be a great way to save money. I have found that my best projects come from what I have on hand because I’m forced to get creative with my supplies instead of simply going to the store and buying it.

DIY… I hope you’ll try!

DIY girl's princess blouse.

DIY girl’s princess blouse.

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