DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags

Since back to school time is officially here, I wanted to get a little crafty with the lunch bags I was sending the kids to school with. They do have traditional lunch boxes but sometimes it’s fun to get something new!

These bags are actually stenciled on with acrylic paint and freezer paper. I especially love that it only took about 5 minutes to make!

DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags for Boys

I did make the stencils on the Cricut Explore and it was very easy. I made a dinosaur, a hot air balloon, an airplane and of course, a creeper.

This was actually my very first freezer paper stencil and I will tell you, it was SUPER easy! The freezer paper is found here: Freezer Paper on Amazon or in the baggie area at Walmart. I bought the Reynolds brand it comes in a HUGE roll that will last a while. This process was a little tricky on my first round so be sure to read my tips below!

Stenciled Lunch Bags for Kids

What you’ll need:

Cricut Stencils with Freezer Paper ~ How to cut and stencil on paper with freezer paper

  • Large lunch bags
  • Freezer paper
  • Cricut or other die cut machine
  • Acrylic paint and brushes (I used the foam brushes)
  • Iron (set to low heat)

How to:

Cricut Stencils with Freezer Paper ~ How to cut and stencil on paper with freezer paper

  1. Cut a 12X12 square of the freezer paper, put it waxy side down on the mat.
  2. Find your favorite shapes and arrange to cut them on the cutting machine.
  3. Cut them out then carefully remove the middle of the cut. Don’t throw them away though, they’ll make a great future project or the kids can color them!
  4. Cut each shape out so that it is a stencil.
  5. Line them up on the bag, I did the side without the seam. Be sure to leave room for the fold!
  6. Once it is lined up, carefully press the stencil down with the iron but only for a second! Do it lightly or it will adhere to the bag fully and you will have paper traces when you remove it. If you lightly press it down, it will stick down just enough so the paint does not bleed.
  7. Carefully dab/stroke the paint onto the bag. Be mindful of your edges and don’t paint outside of the stencil and do not be forceful or the stencil will move.
  8. Allow to dry for about an hour, carefully remove the freezer paper then you’re done!

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies w/ Olive Oil

Everyday I pack the kids lunches. It is a little tedious (especially since they are old enough to do it themselves) but it is something I really enjoy doing for them. When I can, I like to include a homemade treat. Something sweet and maybe a little healthy.

For my most recent treat, I combined my two favorite cookies: Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal. I created the fabulous Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie! I also did something that I have never done to cookies, I swapped out butter for Pompeian Olive Oil.

I read the facts:

By switching out butter and using the olive oil, I was saving saturated fat and cholesterol.

Check out Pompeian’s website to learn more!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies w/ Olive Oil

I was hesitant at first, would my cookies be oily? I use olive oil everyday when I cook but never in baking. I can say after baking these cokies they were actually perfect!

So what is the butter to olive oil exchange ratio? Pompeian has a nice conversion chart here.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Olive Oil

Serves 24
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly
These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies are great for anytime and by using olive oil, you save on having added saturated fat and cholesterol!


  • 6 tablespoons Pompeian Olive Oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup granualted sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Step 1
Blend together eggs, oil and sugar.
Step 2
Stir in the chocolate chips and oatmeal.
Step 3
Slowly add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla and mix on medium until well blended together.
Step 4
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 5
Shape these cookies into balls and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 6
When they come out, if they haven't all flattened go ahead and flatten them with the spatula. This will almost give them a "crinkle cookie" look.

I took the pledge at Pompeian’s Facebook Page and entered to instantly win a prize from Pompeian. I didn’t win but maybe you will! Pompeian is giving away prize packs that include a free movie redemption code and a coupon for a free bottle of olive oil and every week in August (National Olive Oil Month) 5 additional fans who have pledged will win a fun prize pack on Pompeian’s timeline.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies w/ Olive Oil

Have you swapped out your butter for olive oil yet?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Pompeian.

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DIY Minecraft Creeper Shirt ~ Less than $5 to make!

 Okay, where are the Minecraft fans at (or Minecraft Moms if you will)? Clever Guy loves it so I am taking over Clever Guy Friday with a fun shirt moms can make! Bonus, it’s super easy.

How To Make a Minecraft Creeper Shirt

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So it’s official, I have fallen in love with this Cricut Explore machine. I’ve already started so many projects with it and it’s only been out of the box for a week!

Here are the biggest things I am lovin about the Cricut:

  • Easy to use software and I can import any image to make a cut!
  • Cuts perfectly!
  • Has multiple settings for everything from paper to fabric.
  • It has a quiet purr, if you have any other cutting machine you know how nice this is.

So let’s get down to business and talk about how to make this shirt!

DIY Minecraft Creeper Shirt

How To Make a Minecraft Creeper Shirt

 What you’ll need:

  • Black T Shirt (if you are starting with a brand new one, be sure to wash it first. Just a tip, this was around $3 at Walmart in the craft section)
  • Green Fabric
  • Black Fabric
  • Cricut Explore
  • Heat’n Bond Adhesive

How To:

  • Take the shirt and measure out where the base should sit. I would do it about 4 inches from each side seam.
  • Cut out the base (green fabric) to a perfect square. Iron on the Heat n’ Bond to the back of the square. Do not remove the back paper just yet.
  • Take the black fabric and measure out how big you want the face to be. Cut it into a rectangle then iron on the Heat n Bond. Remove the back paper.
  • Create the Creeper face in the Cricut Design Space software. I can tell you that I was able to import an image to use as a tracer to create the face. It was super easy!
  • Place the fabric adhesive side down on the mat and cut out the face.
  • Remove the pieces and assemble the face on the green fabric. Carefully iron them down.
  • Remove the paper from the green adhesive then iron it on to the shirt.

This took me less than an hour to create and less than $5! Perfect for a party or for everyday wear! You can cut this all out by hand if you would like but the Cricut makes this project so much faster.

If you are wondering what Heat n’ Bond is, don’t worry I was there a couple weeks ago. Basically it’s an iron on adhesive that you iron to apply to both the front and back of fabric. It’s super easy to use and the roll will last you a long time!

Have a question? Please ask in the comments or email me, I am happy to help!

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DIY Workout Headband Upcycled from a T Shirt!

I brought out the sewing machine this week. This, is huge. I don’t like to sew because I find myself well, not very good at it. But, I have a lot of projects I want to accomplish and I really need to keep at it so I can eventually make all the clothes I want to make. So after bringing it out, I looked at my pile of upcycling projects.

I took out this shirt that the Clever Guy wore once. He’s not into pink but he’s a trooper and wore it for a charity project at school. Naturally, he wouldn’t wear it again. But who am I to let a pink shirt go to waste?

I took the shirt and made a Workout Headband. It was fairly simple and if I can do it, anyone can! I vowed to never do a sewing tutorial on my blog but I think I may have this one. Now really I just wanted to show you that you could take your old favorite shirts and turn them into something useful. If this tutorial isn’t useful no worries, just search it on Youtube and you’ll find an abundance of them!

I wanted to show y’all a how to but, my pics came out awful, I have no idea what happened. I’ll have to do another one so I can take more pics!

What you’ll need:

  • An old cotton shirt
  • scissors or a rotary cutter and board
  • measuring tape
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

How To:

  1. Take the shirt and measure out how much fabric you’ll need. I did 6 inches in length then cut that around the whole shirt.
  2. I then cut the part I needed down to 19 inches. You can measure your head with the fabric to see where it should be. Make sure it stretches out a little when over your head so you should have a length a little smaller than your head.
  3. Fold it in half, inside out.
  4. Pin the edges together down the width.
  5. Sew a straight edge.
  6. Flip in right side out.
  7. Fold it to where the seam is lined up in the middle of the back.
  8. Take the two edges and fold then in and sew them together. You should do this with the width seam showing.
  9. Trim excess fabric off.
  10. When you flip it right side out , you shouldn’t see anything but a clean seam inward.

I’ll admit, I messed this up, I was over thinking that last seam so I had to rip the seam out and do it again. No worries, that goes on the back!

 Now that I have the hang of it, I’ll be making the Clever Teen plenty of these workout bands for Volleyball to match her DIY Volleyball shirt!


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DIY Splatter Tank Top - using a stencil and fabric dye to create a cute tank top from a t shirt.

Well, it’s still about a million degrees here in Phoenix. Okay, slight exaggeration but it is still pretty hot here. The bonus to that I suppose is getting to own an unlimited amount of tank tops and flip flops to wear all year round. Since tank tops seem to pretty popular, I decided to create one for the Clever Teen out of a plain white t shirt I had lying around. I first imagined this as a swim suit cover up but really, it could be worn anytime. Since her main passion is volleyball, I decided to make her a volleyball tank top that she could use for practice.

Do you ever have one of those ideas that you think would be really awesome then you craft it up and it doesn’t work? I really worried about that with this but it worked beautifully! The star of this shirt is of course, the volleyball stencil.

I made this stencil with the Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine. I actually just received this last week and couldn’t wait to create something. I will tell you this machine is pretty amazing. The software is extremely easy to use and the machine cuts beautifully.

I used a volleyball from the image store and sized it based on my canvas which was a T shirt. I cut this out on white vinyl and it took less than 60 seconds to cut and transfer to the shirt.

Cricut Volleyball Stencil

I cut it out on white vinyl and used it for a stencil on the shirt.

T-Shirt Turned Volleyball Tank Top

T Shirt Upcycled into a Tank Top

What you’ll need:

How To:

How to cut a t-shirt into a tank top.

  1. Cut out the Volleyball onto Vinyl on the Design Space software.
  2. Wash & dry your T shirt, then lay flat.
  3. Fill your spray bottle with the colored fabric dye.
  4. Measure out 2 inches at the color and make pencil marks around the entire collar.
  5. Fold the shirt in half, matching the sides evenly.
  6. Carefully cut around the collar while the shirt is folded, making sure the shirt stays lined up.
  7. Take the pencil and measure out approximately 10 inches from the end of the sleeve along the top of the shirt.
  8. Draw a line in a curved circle a little more than half the way down. How far you draw it depends on how big you want your sides to open up.
  9. Fold the shirt in half, then cut down the drawn line. Now you will have your tank top.
  10. Adhere the vinyl cut out (in this case, the Volleyball). Be sure to press down tightly to ensure the dye doesn’t leak.
  11. Spray the dye with the spray bottle onto the front of the shirt. Try not to get too close but keep spraying until the shirt is covered. Make sure around and on the stencil is fully splattered. Before spraying, be sure to line your work space with paper towels.

    Using a volleyball stencil on a splatter T shirt


  12. Once the front is dry, blot the stencil then remove. Turn it over and place a cardboard or other hard substance in between where the stenciled picture is so the dye doesn’t bleed through. Spray the balk of the shirt and allow to dry.
  13. Cut the seam off the bottom, just above the hem line.
  14. Take a strip and tie it in the back of the razor back. Cut off the ends, having the knot in the inside of the shirt.

Volleyball Stencil with Cricut

T Shirt Upcycled into a Tank Top

As you can see from the image above, I’m in a contest for the Cricut Design Star. Details on voting to come!

Here is the no-sew back, just tie the cut off seam to it!


  • I found a traditional vinyl worked best for the stencil.  I found duck tape sheets while great on the machine, don’t work well for stencils.
  • Allow the shirt to dry for approximately 1 hour before removing the stencil.
  • Rinse your shirt under very cold water until it runs clear, before washing.

 Disclosure: I am partnering with Cricut for the Design Star Contest, all projects and opinions are my own. There are affiliate links listed within this post, these links help support Thank you! 

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