Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Easy DIY Disney Pin Trading Pouches

Organize Disney Parks trading pins for multiple children with these easy DIY pin pouches.  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Our family will be making our first visit to Walt Disney World in just a few weeks. My husband and I have spent quite a bit of time planning in order to make this a memorable trip for our children.  Being in their tweens and early teens, among the many things I thought they would enjoy is Disney pin trading.

How did I get them started?  I bought a large lot of pins from a reputable seller on Ebay, and used them to fill their advent calendar this past Christmas.  I also bought them lanyards to put their pins on.  What I didn't expect was that my co-workers generously sent my children another large lot of pins for the holidays.  How awesome was that of them?

Having way more pins than we could fit on their lanyards, I had to come up with a way to store the children's pins for easy trading during our trip, while keeping the ones they want to save for their collections separate.  It would have been much easier if they were the sharing type and would be willing to combine all the pins they want to trade away in one container.  Alas . . . that is not the case.  So, here is what I came up with . . .


How to Make a DIY Disney Pin Trading Pouch

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
chalkboard marker
scissors

How to make DIY pin pouches for storing and organizing Disney Parks pins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 1.  Use your chalkboard marker to write each child's name on a label (one name per label) as pictured below.  We chose to use a white marker, but you can choose almost any light or bright color.
Chalkboard labels for DIY pin trading pouches for storing and organizing Disney Parks pins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 2. After the labels have completely dried, center each self-adhesive name label on the clean exterior front side of your clear pouch. Then press down firmly to apply the label securely.
DIY pin trading pouches for storing and organizing Disney Parks pins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

 Step 3. Select one color of foam for each child.  Then trim 1-1/4" off the longest side of each foam sheet, resulting in a 4"x4-3/4" sheet. Do this for 3 foam sheets (more can be added later).
How to make DIY pin trading pouches for storing and organizing Disney Parks pins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 4.  Place one foam sheet inside the pouch to act as a divider.  Then attach all the pins your child would like to KEEP on the remaining foam sheets by pushing the pins through the sheets and securing with the official Mickey pin backs.  When done, insert the sheets with the pins into the clear pouches with the pins facing the back of the pouch (the side without the name label).

TIP #1:  I ordered some extra Mickey Mouse pin backs because my youngest son already lost one.  Disney Parks pins are not tradable unless they have the official Mickey head backings, so it couldn't hurt to have some extras on-hand.
Easy to make DIY pin trading pouches for storing and organizing Disney Parks pins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 5.  On the other side of the divider, fill the front side of the pouch with all the Disney Parks pins your child WANTS TO TRADE away.  These pins will remain loose and will be easy for your child to grab one when making a trade.

TIP #2:  I took a friend's advice and had my children put the pins they wanted to trade away the MOST on their lanyards.  Then they can replenish their lanyards with the loose pins from their pouch anytime.
Front of DIY pin trading pouches for storing and organizing Disney Parks pins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

When a child has acquired a new pin to add to their collection, they can either drop it into the backside of their pouch or quickly pin it onto one of the foam sheets.
Back of DIY pin trading pouches for storing and organizing Disney Parks pins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

This little pouch is compact and easy to carry.  Each child will have a small daypack with them, so they can each carry their own pin pouch.  One less thing for mom or dad to carry, right?

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Tutorial for DIY pin trading pouches for storing and organizing Disney Parks pins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What tips do you have about Disney pin trading?
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Celebrate the New Year or Any Special Day with a DIY 'A Year of Smiles' Mason Jar Craft

DIY 'A Year of Smiles' Mason Jar Gift Idea  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
This 'A Year of Smiles' mason jar craft post has been sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Years ago, I created another 'Year of Smiles' craft for my own family's use.  It was a makeshift craft, using an empty potato chip can.  Eventually, it was retired.  This year, I feel like many families around me have been struggling with gratitude, including my own.  This motivated me to rethink this craft, and to turn it into something gift-worthy.

You could gift these A Year of Smiles Jars for New Years, birthdays, graduations, or any other special day.  Recipients just need to write down all the things that made them smile, big or small, along with the date, using the included pen and paper.  If participating as a family or group, be sure to have everyone write their name or initial on the paper as well.  Then just fold the paper up and drop it in the jar. When that date rolls around again the following year, take all the smiles out of the jar and read them to relive those wonderful memories.

How to make 'A Year of Smiles' Jars . . . 
How to make 'A Year of Smiles' Mason Jar Gift  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

mason jars with lids (30oz size or larger)
foam paint brush
baker's twine
confetti, sequins, or seed beads
4 x small notepads (approx. 4") per jar
personalized round stickers (approx. 2" diameter)
personalized ballpoint pens (approx. 5" to 6" tall)
scissors

How to make 'A Year of Smiles' Mason Jar Gift with confetti and sequins  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
TIP #1:  Since the mason jars are rounded, choosing smaller confetti to decorate the outside of the jars helps to ensure that each piece will lay flat against the glass.
How to make 'A Year of Smiles' Mason Jar Gift with personalized pens and jar labels  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 1.  Using the foam brush, apply an even layer of acrylic sealant to a small section of the outside of the jar. Then place the confetti, sequins, or beads as desired.  (For example, I made it so that these leaf confetti pieces were touching and overlapping towards the bottom of the jar, but placed them less densely as I went upward on the jar.)
TIP #2:  Avoid applying sealant to the bottom of the jar and to the threaded neck of the jar to ensure the jar does not stick to surfaces while drying and that the lid will sit correctly on the jar when closing it.
How to make 'A Year of Smiles' mod podge Mason Jar Gift  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 2.  After the first layer of sealant has dried, inspect your decorated jar to see if you would like to add additional confetti, sequins, or beads.  If yes, then apply sealant to those spots and add additional pieces as desired. Drying time of the sealant will depend on your climate.

Step 3.  After the sealant has dried, apply a thick even coat of sealant, covering the entire outside wall of the jar from the base of the neck to the base of the jar.  Allow to dry completely overnight.

Step 4.  Starting at the binding, roll up the small notepads and secure with baker's twine by wrapping the twine around the roll several times, and tying into a bow.  Double-knot the bow for added security.  I chose to use silver and gold baker's twine because they work with all color themes.
How to make 'A Year of Smiles' Mason Jar Gift with metallic twine  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 5.  When the sealant has dried completely, screw on the lid of the jar until it is closed completely, but not so tightly that the recipient will have trouble opening the jar.  Next, choose which side will be the front of your jar.  Then apply the round sticker to the lid so that the words face the front of the jar.
TIP #3:  Avoid applying the stickers to the jar lids prior to putting the lids on the jars.  This will cause the sticker to face a random direction when the lid is twisted onto the jar.
How to make 'A Year of Smiles' Mason Jar Gift with personalized jar labels  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 6.  Open the jar. Place 4 rolled notepads and at least one pen into the jar.  Then close the lid again.

Step 7.  (Optional) Wrap baker's twine around the circumference of the lid 8 to 10 times.  Then tie a bow with the two ends on the side that is the front of your jar.  Double-knot for added security.  For a special touch, tie knots on the two tails of the bow.  (You may need to knot the baker's twine in the same spot 2 or 3 times to create a visible knot.) Then trim the tales below the knots with scissors.

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You're done!  I made the fall-themed jar below for my sister's November birthday.  The colors also match her living room.  She just loved it, and thought it would be a wonderful activity to do weekly with her husband and grade-school aged son.
DIY 'A Year of Smiles' Mason Jar Gift Tutorial  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

I made this ombre beaded jar for my own home.  The winter colored beads match my kitchen and dining area.  If you have blue in your home, there are all kinds of winter craft ideas that include pretty shades of blue.
TIP #4:  When making a beaded jar, be sure your final coat of sealant is a thick one.  I generously dabbed on acrylic sealant over the beads to be sure the sealant filled the spaces between the beads.  Do not brush the sealant over the beads because it may cause beads to fall of the jar.
DIY 'A Year of Smiles' Beaded Mason Jar Gift Tutorial  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

I made the jar with the confetti stars for friends of ours who like to celebrate New Year's.  My daughter is planning on making one just like it for her favorite 5th grade teacher.  'A Year of Smiles' Jars would make a great gift for almost anyone who would like to be (or needs to be) more positive.

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DIY 'A Year of Smiles' Beaded Mason Jar Gift How-To  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Who do you know who could use A Year of Smiles?
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Easy DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer

Easy DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading Company, where the possibilities for DIY and home decor projects are infinite.

We live in a small townhouse, and are often challenged by the lack of space we have for five people (and all their belongings) to live comfortably.  One of the first rules of living in a small space is to maximize usage of the walls.  I was pretty happy when we put up two rows of hooks on the wall by our backdoor.  Then after awhile, I started to think about how we could make this wall even better . . .

Before Photos:
Coat and Shoe Area Before Photo |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Two rows of coat hooks plus a shoe bench.

Messy Shoe Bench Before Photo |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
A bench stuffed with the shoes belonging to two tweens and one teen.
There were three main things that were not ideal about our setup.  1)  The coats were spread out between two rows of hooks, and not every hook was being used. 2) Depending on how many pairs of shoes or boots our children owned at the time, there were times when the shoe bench was too full to close the lid properly.  (Also, the shoes were getting dirty from being thrown on top of each other. I think that bothered me more than the children though.) 3) There was no room for my husband's shoes, so he would leave his shoes strewn about the first floor of our house.

PROJECT:  Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Semi-Glossy Latex Paint
Paint Brush
2-inch Drywall Screws (3 per Flower Box)
Cordless Screwdriver
Level
Measuring Tape
Pencil

Unfinished Planters and Crates for Shoe Organizer Project  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 1. Decide how many flower boxes you need for your space. The ones we used measure 24" x 6" x 6". You can configure them in multiple rows to fit your space. We used one row of three across.  You can make this project fit almost anywhere, from a mudroom to a closet.

Step 2. Add one coat of paint on your unfinished flower boxes and crate.  Add up to two more coats of paint, making sure the previous coat is completely dry before adding the next.

Step 3. Lightly mark on the wall where you'd like your flower boxes to be positioned with a pencil. Use your measuring tape to ensure each box will be the same distance from the floor.

Step 4.  Pre-drill 3 holes in each of the flower boxes for the screws to help prevent the wood from splitting when screwing the flower boxes to the wall.  (See photos below for screw placement.)

Step 5.  With the help of your level and the marks you've made on your wall, secure the flower boxes to the wall by screwing the 2" drywall screws through the pre-drilled holes and into the wall.
DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer How-To  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 6.  Place woven table runners on the floor along the wall under the flower boxes to have a place for boots or wet shoes.

Super-Easy DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 7.  Add a crate to hold wet hats and mittens.

Chalkboard Sign for Hats & Mittens Bin  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

You can create a sign easily using a chalkboard sign and chalk markers.  I made two! One for hats and mittens in the winter, and a second sign for flip-flops in the summer.

DIY Winter Hats & Mittens Bin  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Our whole family agreed that the new Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer worked out great.  Our children could see all their shoes easily and never had to search for the second shoe.  My daughter could fit most of her shoes sole-to-sole, but put her high-top sneakers side-by-side.

Reorganizing Shoe Area - Easy DIY Project  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Look!  There was enough room for my 3 children's shoes AND my husband's shoes.

After Photos:
DIY Shoe Organizer Project After Photo   |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

If we could have, we would have mounted the flower boxes a few inches lower so our children could hang their backpacks on the row of hooks right above them, but we did not want to cover the existing electrical outlet.  Instead, we are using those hooks for hats, umbrellas, and dog leashes.  All their coats fit on the top row of hooks because we are now using every hook.

Easy DIY Shoe Organizer Project - After Photo   |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Easy to Make DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer   |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What would you want to change about your coat and shoe area?
Tell us in a comment here!