How to Give Yourself an A-Line Bob

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I’ve been wanting a haircut for some time. The truth is: I’ve been needing a haircut for some time, but I couldn’t muster the gumption to walk into a salon and have it done because I am experiencing a big psoriasis flare up on the back of my neck that is not really the kind of thing I want to make a stylist stare at and wonder about.

I really don’t feel like explaining it so instead I decided to take matters into my own hands and give myself an A-line bob, which could have been disastrous because I have curly hair and as much as I love my curls I certainly don’t want to piss them off.

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Well, I’m pretty happy with the results if I do say so myself. I’m sure a professional stylist would have done a more professional job, but my do-it -yourself effort turned out swell.

Check out my video explanation here:

Also, this video below is the one that gave me the courage to take scissors to my own hair.

 

Have you ever given yourself a haircut?

DIY: Sugar Skull Milk Jug

Milk jug sugar skull craft
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Milk is kind of a staple in our home. It’s one of those things that we make sure we are never out of and we go through it pretty quickly because we have milk drinkin’ kids. Most of the time we recycle our empty milk jugs, but recently we were inspired by the #MilkAndArtContest hosted by Toma Leche on Facebook and we had so much fun turning our empty milk jugs into sugar skull art.

How perfect will this be for Day of the Dead?

Check out how easy this milk jug craft is to make with kids. You might even have all the supplies you need just laying around the house already, we did.

How to make a sugar skull milk jug

Supplies:

  • Clean milk jug with all labels removed
  • Scissors
  • Mini or regular size cupcake liners
  • Sharpie markers in multiple colors
Instructions:
I made  one on my own so that my eldest daughter could use it as a sort of template. You can see me in action in this 15 second video below:

 

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You start off by cutting a hole roughly about the size of the milk jug opening through three cupcake liners.

Milk jug craft
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Unscrew the top of milk jug and remove the extra plastic ring-y thing if it’s still on the jug. Put the cupcake liners on the spout, screw the top back on to keep the liners in place and then kind of fluff them so they look like a flower.

After that all you have to do is decorate the rest of the jug like a sugar skull. If you need inspiration for the sugar skull design, do a quick Google image search to get ideas.

We did it so that the handle would be in the back and we used one of the corners of the milk jug as the center of the skull.

Day of the Dead Milk jug craft

We’re both really happy with our creations. I particularly like that she used the one I made as a guide, but made one that looks totally different.

Milk jug sugar skull craft
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I’ve got a couple of reasons why I think you should consider creating your own milk jug art with your kids if you are a parent. To begin with it’s a great way to bond with your child while being creative and the second “bonus” reason is that if you are a California resident, from May 26th until June 9, 2015 you can enter the #MilkAndArtContest for a chance to win $2,000 for your child’s education.

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DIY: Personalized Leather Bracelet Craft

Leather bracelet craft

Sponsored postThis is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you see that personalized branded leather bracelet I’m sporting in the picture above? I’m in love with it! I’ve always loved decorated leather bracelets, but what makes this one super special is that if you look right in the center it says “mamá” in my eldest daughter’s writing. It’s the kind of keepsake that I will treasure forever.

I think this would make for such a great gift for any special person in your life. In fact, I’m going to have my daughters make one for my mother, their abuela too because I know she would love it. Oh, and, papá already put in an order for his.

The best part about these leather bracelet keepsakes is that they are super easy to make. Check it out!

Supplies:

  • Leather bracelet or other leather item to decorate (think leather journal, key chain, etc.)
  • Creative Versa-Tool or similar branding/wood burning device

Directions:

I found these cute leather wrap bracelets at Michael’s and couldn’t wait to personalize them.

Leather wrap bracelets

 

I started off by laying the leather bracelet out flat and having my eldest daughter write “mamá” on the center of it in pencil.

 

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While she was doing that I had the Creative Versa-Tool heating up. The actual branding or burning of the leather is something you want to have an adult do NOT a child because the tool gets incredibly hot. Also, remember to follow safety precautions like not placing the tool near anything combustible.

 

Creative Versa-Tool
When my daughter was done writing on the leather bracelet, I simply used the Creative Versa-Tool to permanently burn her writing into the leather and then I added some circle embellishments with a decorative point that was included with the tool.

 

How to brand leather
That’s it! So easy, right?!

 

Branded leather bracelet
I’d like to thank the good gente at Pampers for inspiring the creation of this personalized leather bracelet that has already become a treasured possession and for sponsoring the following giveaway.

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DIY: Wobble Dolls out of Plastic Easter Eggs

Wobble dolls craft from plastic Easter eggs
Hola, Cariños! I hope you had an eggcellent Easter. If you celebrated with children, you may find yourself up to your elbows in plastic Easter egg carcasses. Before you throw them away, might I suggest you make some wobbles out of them? You know, the kind of egg-shaped dolls that wobble, but don’t fall down. It’s super easy, the kids will have fun and you’ll get to reuse those plastic Easter eggs.

DIY Weeble Wobble Doll

I was inspired to make this craft because there is a wobble Minnie Mouse doll that’s been getting a lot of play in our house and it was easy to get the kids excited about making their own version.

Craft made with Plastic Easter eggs-unknownmami

Supplies:

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • A glue gun with plenty o’ glue sticks
  • Frijoles or black-eyed peas like we used
  • Sharpie markers

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Directions:

Open up each individual Easter egg and weigh down the bottoms with beans (or whatever you use) that have been glued in place with the help of your hot glue gun. Make sure you add enough weight to the bottoms. I made a few that ended up not working well because they weren’t bottom heavy enough.

You can use some of the hot glue to permanently glue the egg tops to the egg bottoms, if you like.

Once the glue has cooled, hand the now bottom heavy plastic Easter eggs to your kids and let them go at them with the Sharpie markers.

Optional: We has some buttons that we used to decorate the outside of the eggs. You can do something similar, BUT be careful not to add to much weight to the top part of the egg or else it won’t be able to wobble itself upright.

Wobble dolls made from plastic Easter eggs

Do you notice the resemblance the doll on the far left has to Frida Khalo? I’m not eggsactly sure how or if they are related.

DIY: Easy Easter Craft for Kids

Easy Easter craft for kids Easter is just around the corner and honestly it’s not really a holiday I do much decorating for except, of course, for dying Easter eggs with a homemade mixture of vinegar and food coloring, but usually we do that right around Easter Sunday.

Well, this weekend my girls were jonesing for some kind of a craft and I thought lets decorate eggs without eggs because there are only so many hard boiled eggs I can handle so I pulled out the construction paper and some of our art supplies and we created our own easy Easter craft.

My girls are 6 and 4-years-old and I have to say that at this point in their lives they may have enjoyed decorating these construction paper Easter eggs more than they do decorating actual eggs.

I thought I’d share in case you’ve got some littles  you’d like to do this project with, it’s not hard and I’m sure you don’t even need the directions, but here you go anyway!
Easter eggs cut out of construction paper
Supplies:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (Stick/Elmer’s White Glue)
  • Decorations of your choice (things like: stickers, beads, markers, glitter glue, whatever you like)

Easy Easter craft for kids
Directions:

  • Cut as many sheets of construction paper as you would like into the shape of eggs. I went for large eggs, of course you could do smaller eggs.
  • If your kids are doing this on a surface you don’t want to get damaged, put something down to protect it. I like to use parchment paper because it’s something we always have available in the kitchen.
  • Let the kids go at it and decorate the eggs however they like.
  • Let the glue on the eggs dry completely. You can either leave the eggs as is or glue the finished eggs onto a full sheet of construction paper.
  • That’s it!

Easter egg craft

DIY: Monogrammed Valentine’s Day Chocolate Boxes

DIY Monogrammed Valentine's Day Chocolate Boxes

This cute little DIY monogrammed Valentine’s Day chocolate box is for my eldest daughter’s teacher. As I was picking up cards for my daughter to give out to her classmates, I grabbed a rather generic looking box of chocolates for the teacher because teachers deserve mucho love and appreciation.

I’m really into making monogrammed things lately, so I thought it would be fun to personalize the box of chocolates with decorations and the teacher’s initial. It was super easy to do and aside from needing a heart shaped box of chocolates you could probably make this with supplies you already have laying around.

Personalize store bought heart candy boxes

Supplies:

  • A heart shaped box of chocolates
  • Construction paper or any other kind of colorful decorative paper
  • Glue (bonus if you have glitter glue)
  • Stickers
  • A printed out letter (for the monogram part or you could draw one too)

Decorated chocolate heart box

Directions:

  • Use your heart shaped box of chocolates to trace a heart on a colored piece of paper, cut the heart out and glue it directly onto the top of the box of chocolates.
  • Add any kind of stickers or decorations that you have to the top of the paper you just glued on to the box of chocolates. I happened to have a foam apple so I stuck it on there.
  • Using a computer and printer, print out the initial of your choice in a large enough size so that you can glue it wherever you want on the box of chocolates. Alternately, you could just use a marker and hand draw a letter, cut it out and glue it to the candy box.
  • Add any finishing touches you like and let it dry before gifting it.

If you are crafty, I’m sure you can get all fancy with it. We kept it pretty simple, but I have a feeling my daughter will be adding some more embellishments before she gives it to her teacher.

Monogrammed Valentine Day Candy Box

DIY Chicken Wire Frame

Make a DIY chicken wire frameSponsored_Post-unknownmamiI have been wanting to make a chicken wire frame for eons, but there is one thing that has kept me from making one and it’s that I’m CHEAP. Yup, it’s true, I’m a cheapskate. I had to wait until I found the perfect sized preferably free frame somewhere, a big one, one big enough to look substantial over the mantle in my living room. I was willing to pay some money as along as it wasn’t too much, so I did look in thrifts stores and wasn’t thrilled with what I came across, so I kept waiting until one day, my husband and I were driving down a street in San Francisco on our way home and I screamed, “STOP!”

This rather large frame was just laying there waiting for me to see it and bring it home. My husband did stop the car rather reluctantly. When he saw how big the frame is, he was sure it wouldn’t fit in the car, but I said, “Oh, I’ll make it fit and if it doesn’t, I’ll walk home with it.” Long story short: it fit.

How to make a chicken wire frame

Turning this frame into a snapshot display was quite easy. Check it out!

Supplies:

  • Frame
  • Staple guns (with staples of course or else it’s gonna be useless)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chicken wire
  • Protective eye goggles (safety first)
  • Gloves (chicken wire is pokey)

Making a chicken wire frame

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Instructions:

Put on your gloves and protective eyewear.

Use the wire cutters to cut a piece of chicken wire slightly larger than the opening of your frame.

Use the staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the back of the frame. Once you are done, cut the excess chicken wire off with your wire cutters.

It’s as easy as that! Hang your chicken wire frame wherever you like and you can use magnets or tiny clothespins (from a craft store) to hang pictures on it.

Chicken wire frame craft

My chicken wire fame is now hanging over the mantel in the living room and I even put some Tillandsia (air plants) on it.

DIY chicken wire frame craft

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DIY: Cupcake Christmas Tree Ornaments

DIY Christmas tree cupcake ornaments
Sponsored_Post-unknownmamiMy girls have a thing for cupcakes, so I thought it would be fun to make some DIY Christmas tree cupcakes ornaments using caulk as frosting. We’re all pretty enamored of the results and even plan on giving them as hostess gifts for upcoming holiday parties we’re invited to.

They were super pero super easy to make. Check it out!

How to make DIY cupcake Christmas ornaments

Supplies:

  • Round Christmas ornaments
  • Caulk (I used fast dry acrylic latex caulk plus silicone in white)
  • Caulk gun
  • Cupcake liners
  • Hot glue gun with glue, of course
  • Glitter
  • Glitter glue (optional)

How to make cupcake ornaments

Directions:

Use the hot glue gun to attach cupcake liners to your Christmas ornaments with the little loop for hanging on top (as pictured).

Once the cupcake liners are attached to the ornaments, frost your cupcakes using caulk and a caulk gun. You can cut the tip of the caulk dispenser at an angle to help you frost more easily.

While the caulk is still wet, sprinkle it with glitter. I made the hanging part of the ornament all red on top with red glitter glue so that it would resemble a cherry.

Once the caulk is fully dry, your Christmas cupcake ornaments are ready to hang or gift.

Christmas cupcake tree ornaments made with caulk
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DIY: Monogrammed Tile Coasters

DIY monogrammed tile coasters

My entire grown up life, I have shunned coasters. Perhaps it’s because I never cared if my furniture got rings on it or because the coasters I had seemed useless or ugly. My husband, however, has been nagging me to make coasters out of tiles for quite some time and I guess I’m starting to care about whether my furniture gets water spots on it because I finally listened to him. I bought some 4” X 4” tiles and was just going to stick felt bumpers on the bottom of them to make DIY tile coasters, but them I decided I would love to have monogrammed coasters.

how to make monogrammed coasters
I have a monogrammed coffee cup that was the inspiration. The thing is that my hubby and the kids have a different last name than I do, so I couldn’t decide what letter I should put on the tiles: the first letter of their last name or the first letter of my last name. Fortunately, I didn’t have to decide because their last name starts with a W and my last name starts with an M. If you flip a W over it looks just like an M and if you flip an M over it looks just like a W.

Monogrammed tile coaster

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The DIY monogrammed tiles were super easy to make and I didn’t even have to buy a stencil to make the monogram. I made my own stencil using my computer, a printer, a box cutter and tape.

To make the stencil, I found a font that I liked and used Microsoft Word to create a template. I knew the size of my tile so I sized accordingly and then printed it out on a piece of paper.

make your own stencil

I covered the part of the paper that I would be using on both sides with clear tape to make the stencil sturdier and waterproof so that I could use it multiple times. I then cut out the letter portion carefully and also cut around the outline of the 4” X 4” square that I had made.

make your own monogram stencil

On half of the tiles I taped the square stencil on and spray painted so that the monogram would be black surrounded by the natural color of the tile. On the other half of the tiles I used double sided tape to stick on just the cut out letter so that the monogram would be the color or the tile surrounded by black. Like this:

DIY tile coasters with monogram

To make your own monogrammed tiles, here’s what you will need:

  • A stencil (you can buy one or make your own like I did)
  • Tape to secure the stencil if you are using a homemade one
  • Tiles
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice
  • Clear sealer spray paint
  • Felt bumpers

Directions:

  • Apply the stencil onto the tile and in a ventilated area (you should wear a mask too because your lungs are precious) spray paint the sucka. Wait until the spray paint is dry and remove the stencil. Repeat on each tile.
  • Apply clear sealer spray paint on top of your lovely monogrammed tiles.
  • Once everything is good and dry, put some felt bumpers on the bottom of your coasters so you don’t scratch your furniture ‘cause that would suck.

Felt bumpers

I love the way these turned out and think they would make for great personalized hostess gifts too.

DIY monogrammed tile coasters

If you’re my friend in real life (whatever that means nowadays), don’t be surprised if I show up at your next shindig with some monogrammed coasters that I made just for you.

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