Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Consumer Crafts. All opinions are my own.
Christmas Vignette with ConsumerCrafts.com  

Last week I shared about my shopping experience with Consumer Crafts. I hadn’t shopped here before but I heard great things about this site. I got my goodies this week and I am excited to show you what I made with them!

 Here is my unboxing video I shared on Instagram!
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This post is sponsored by Blueprint and I Love To Create for the #uglysweaterchallenge
DIY your Ugly Sweater for the Christmas party this year!
Last year I held my very first ugly sweater party. I don’t think I have a picture but it was pretty simple, I tok a sweater and hot glued Christmas lights to it. Fun, right?! This year I decided to do something different and I did a fun glitter DIY ugly sweater. I lucked out my finding a red sweatshirt at Goodwill for only $3.99. I don’t care how annoying glitter is to clean, I knew I wanted a sparkly ugly sweater. Tulip sent me some glitter products and I was excited to put them to good use.

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I really enjoyed all of these products. The Fashion Glitter Bond was easy to use with the glitter. The vinyl was easy to adhere and the brush on paint was perfect for the sweatshirt. Here is my before:

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Here is what I used:

  • Sweatshirt from Goodwill
  • Tulip Glitter Iron On Transfer Sheets
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter
  • Tulip Soft Paint
  • Tulip Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint
  • Freezer Paper
  • Cricut Explore
  • Iron

 

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How To:

  • I cut the green glitter vinyl sheet on the Cricut Explore into a Christmas tree. I cut these on the “Iron On” setting, this one worked perfectly.
  • I then cut ornament shapes on freezer paper on the Cricut Explore.
  • I started with the green tree and ironed it onto the sweatshirt. This was pretty easy to adhere to the shirt.
  • I took the deer head stencil and ironed it onto the top of the tree. I then took the glitter glue and spread it throughout the stencil. I topped it with the gold glitter and let set for about 3o minutes. I removed it carefully to include any extra glitter.
  • I then wrote out “Be Merry” in gold glitter.
  • I finished by ironing on the ornament stencils to the sweatshirt. I filled them in with the different glitters and paints.
  • I finished with some glitter paint accents towards the bottom.

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Sparkly Ugly Sweater

 

Sparkly Ugly Christmas Sweater

My biggest tip is to be patient while the paint dries, plan on making your sweater at least a couple days before.

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DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Have you made an ugly sweater for a holiday party?

 

 

 

 


DIY Vintage Book Coasters

 I recently created these book image coasters out of a vintage anatomy book. Clever Dad said I shouldn’t cut the book but I fell in love with this book that cost me only $.50 cents at Goodwill because of it’s images. These coasters are the perfect way to display those images.

These coasters would make a great gift for Christmas or you could make these for a holiday. I originally made these for Halloween but realized they were unique enough to have all year round. You don’t need to score a deal like that though to make these book page coasters. You can use any paper image including ones you print. I love The Graphics Fairy for vintage style images. You can cut and print them for these coasters.


DIY Vintage Book Coasters

DIY Vintage Book Paper Coasters

What you’ll need:

How to:

  • Cut around the images.
  • Coat the coasters with 1 – 2 coats of paint, allow to dry.
  • Dab Mod Podge in the middle of the coaster, then apply an image.
  • Once adhered to the coasters, coat with Mod Podge and smooth.
  • Once dry, you can use them!

DIY Vintage Book Coasters

You could also use a chalkboard paint on these coasters where you could write things along the sides of the images.

Do you have any books you could do this with?

DIY Vintage Book Coasters

 

 

 


DIY Halloween Poison Bottle Decorations

The Halloween decorating is just about done at our house. I created these fun poison potion bottles for Halloween to add to our decor. Since this weekend we are going to have a kid friendly Halloween party, I thought these would be fun to display on the tables! I really like how easy these bottles were to make thanks to some food coloring and the Cricut.  I bought these bottles at Ikea a couple years ago for less than $5.

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Ikea Hack: DIY Skeleton Rug

 If you have been to Ikea, you have probably seen the white rug for less than $3.00. I picked one of these up recently and knew I wanted to do an Ikea Hack and turn it into a Skeleton Rug for Halloween. The cool thing about this rug is that the Clever Guy can have it in his room after Halloween!

Of course, I used my handy dandy Cricut Explore. I really am pretty obsessed with it, especially for my holiday creations. Since I started doing the screen printing with the freezer paper, my life is changed! The screen printing process with the Cricut Explore is pretty easy. All I have to do is load the mat with a piece of freezer paper, cut out the stencil I want then I use that to paint on fabric.
DIY Skeleton Rug

Ikea Hack: DIY Screen Print Skeleton Rug

What you’ll need:

  • White Rug (I bought this one from Ikea for a few bucks)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Freezer paper

DIY Skeleton Rug

How to:

  • Cut this skull out on Freezer Paper with the Cricut.
  • Iron the cut waxy side down on the middle of the rug.
  • Once secure, take the brush with black paint and dab on the open space of the inside of the cut. You’ll want to put at least two coats on and push the brush around in the fabric.
  • Allow to dry. Coat with Thompsons Fabric Seal or other fabric sealant to keep the paint from running.

 

DIY Skeleton Rug, less than $5 to make
 

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