Contributing Day

Contributing Day

You may remember last month I shared that I’m now a contributor for not one, but TWO of my most favorite blogs!  Well, today happens to be my first post for BOTH of them, and I’m sharing Halloween crafts this month.

I’d love for you to stop over at Happiness is Homemade today to check out my Googly Eye Picture Frame and Smart School House to see how I made some super cute Halloween Notepads.

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Happy crafting!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Beach Style Jars}

Hello Wait Til Your Father Gets Home readers! It’s Barbara from Chase the Star, and I’m here to share a simple craft you can make to bring a little of the outdoors in this summer.

Beach Style Jars

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If you’re familiar with my blog you may know that I like fun, and easy crafts that are not time consuming. I love beach style decor in my home, and now that summer is here, I have every reason to indulge! These cute jars came together quickly and with very little money. If you want to bring a little ‘beach’ into your home, here’s how you can do it:

Materials:

Various jars (I used mason jars and an old candle jar)

Jute twine

Sand

Votive candles

I live about 20 minutes from the beach so rather than driving out there I went to my local home improvement store and picked up a 50 lb. bag of sand for just $2.46 {score!}.

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Also, because Ball is celebrating their 100th anniversary with beautiful blue hued ‘Heritage’ jars, I picked some of those up at Michael’s (with a 40% off coupon–I love to be frugal}.

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These lovely blue jars, along with some clear mason jars I already had lying around were filled with sand. I added a votive candle to each–simple as that. On the larger clear jar, I wrapped twine around the neck for a rustic yet beachy feel!

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I used an almost empty Yankee candle jar by simply wrapping several rows of twine around it covering the label and securing it with hot glue. I love twine for this project because it mimics the look of sand, and just works so well with any decor.

Another fun thing you can do to incorporate some of the beach within your home is to fill small metal buckets with sand and small shells:

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These little buckets are from the thrift store.

I have them on my mantel–high enough to stay away from small hands, and close enough to enjoy!

How have you brought the outdoors ‘in’ this summer?

I’d like to thank my good friend Meredith for having me over today, I loved sharing my crafts with you guys!

For more crafts, DIY, decor, and day to day musings, stop by Chase the Star, I’d love to see you! Be sure to follow my blog on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!

Have a WONDERFUL summer!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{DIY Pony Bead Bird Feeder}

{DIY Pony Bead Bird Feeder}

Hi friends!  I’m Kirsten from One Tough Mother, and I am so excited to be visiting Meredith and all of you today!  One Tough Mother is my little piece of the world wide web where I spill my guts about life after divorce (and an awesome second marriage!), raising a tween daughter, and having fun and being creative along the way!  I love to combine my passion for creating fun crafts with my obsessive-compulsiveness to maintain organization, and sprinkle it all with a bit of wit and sarcasm.  Think you can handle it?  Pop over and say hello!
My family and I moved into our new home last June and my favorite part has got to be the nature that surrounds our home.  We frequently see bunnies and the occasional turtle, and we even have chickens down the street!  I especially love all the different kinds of birds that live in the woods by our home.  Their songs echo down our chimney into our livingroom and warm my heart!
I wanted to give our little feathered friends a place to rest and eat, so I made some very simple little bird feeders, and I can’t wait to show you how to make some of your own!
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These colorful bird feeders are made using plastic pony beads that you can find at most stores.  Ready to get started?
Supplies:

Round cake pan or pie plate
Pony beads (I pack makes one feeder, but mix & match the colors any way you like)
Aluminum foil
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Ribbon or string (not shown)
Hot glue gun (not shown)

First you need to cover your pan in aluminum foil completely.
Once your pan is covered, lay out a single flat layer of pony beads and arrange until you are satisfied with the design.  *Be sure to pack them in as tightly as possible to prevent holes in your bird feeder.
Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes.  (It may stink a bit – that lovely smell of melting plastic.  Bleh.)
Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes then pop them out.
This is what you’ll have initially.  But we’re not done!
Now, grab an oven-safe bowl, flip it upside-down, and cover it in aluminum foil.
Place the flat beaded circle on the bowl and place back in the oven at 350° for about 5 minutes.  You can watch the flat circle soften and begin to melt down the sides of the bowl.  When you are satisfied with the shape, take it out of the oven.
Are you starting to see it all come together now?!  Grab your ribbon or string and cut 2 really long pieces for each feeder.  You’ll need to allow enough to hang your feeders.
Use your hot glue gun to attach the string or ribbon to the bottom of each feeder in an “X” pattern.  (I added more hot glue on top of the ribbon as well to give it extra hold.
Fill with bird seed then hang!  Your feathered friends will be delighted with their new place to dine!
Thanks for having me today!  I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy craft!  I’d love to connect with you so come say hello!  You can find me on my blog, One Tough Mother, or any of these places:
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Lemon Shake Up Popsicles}

Hey WTYFGH readers! I’m Chelsea and I blog over at Making Home Base where I share home decor projects, crafts, and a little bit about our military life. I’m so excited to be here sharing a yummy summer treat!

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Now that it’s summer we are enjoying our fair share of delicious cool treats. A few weeks ago I snagged a little popsicle mold from Ikea. I thought it would be fun to make our own flavors! For my first attempt I decided to take my favorite summer refreshment and make a popsicle out of it: Lemon Shake Ups!

Lemon Shake Up PopsicleLemon Shake Ups are really just a one glass lemonade. Squeeze the juice of one lemon, add a bunch of sugar (we like them sweet) and dilute with water. Then you shake it all up in a jar! Typically, we would just add ice, and a cute little paper straw but for the yummy popsicle version I just poured the mixture into the popsicle molds and allowed it to freeze overnight.
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Then all that’s left to do is enjoy! So yummy and SO refreshing for these hot summer days!

Lemon Shake Up Popsicle
Ingredients
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 quart of water
Instructions
  1. Squeeze juice of one lemon into a quart sized mason jar. I also like to squeeze a bit of the pulp. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and about 1 quart of water (just enough to fill the jar). Place the lid on the jar and shake it up until it’s mixed really well. Poor into popsicle molds and allow to freeze overnight.
  2. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for having me over for a visit today, Mer! I hope you are enjoying these first few months as a family of four! Hugs!

If you want connect with me, I’d love for you to visit my blog, or catch up with me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram!
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Easy & Inexpensive Father’s Day Gift}

Hi there Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home readers! My name is Jess and I blog over at Cox’s Corner. I was absolutely honored when Meredith asked me if I would like to guest post while she is on her maternity leave. I officially met her in person at SNAP this last April and she is just as amazing as she seems on her blog!

Today I wanted to share with you a super easy and inexpensive Father’s Day Gift Tutorial. I’m all about easy and inexpensive tutorials on my blog! So I had to share this one.
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Supplies:
Shrink Plastic or Film (remember shrinky dinks)
Sharpie
Scissors
A cute little hand
Hole Punch
Keychain

1. While you’re gathering your supplies, preheat your oven to the recommended temperature on the package of your shrink plastic. Take your little ones hand and trace it on the shrink plastic with a sharpie.
pjhandtrace-web2. Finish the rest of your little ones hand that you couldn’t get around with your sharpie. You could just free hand it. handfinish-web3. From there you can write a little message on the hand print or leave it as is. It’s completely up to you! I like adding a little message. As you can tell I made this gift for Mother’s Day as well. finishedhand-web4. Cut around your hand and hole punch where you’d like to put the keychain through. It is super important that you hole punch BEFORE you bake the plastic. You will not have a chance to after. cuthand-web5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place your hand and anything else you’d like to shrink down on top of your parchment paper. Make sure to give them some room so that they don’t stick together while they’re shrinking. Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of your shapes so that they don’t stick together either. readyforoven-web6. My apologies for the terrible quality of this picture. My sweet husband took it and I hadn’t adjusted the settings. I had to include it so you knew how to do the next step.
From here AS SOON AS your recommended bake time is up (usually 2-3 minutes…have a spatula and oven mitt ready), take your hand from the oven, it will be VERY hot, but it cools fast. So you only have a small window. Use your spatula to fold the two middle fingers over to form the sign language “I Love You”. fingerfold-web7. Thread your hand onto your keychain and that’s it! You’re done. It is such a simple sweet keepsake since it’s your little ones hand shrinked down. handkeychain-webYou can put it into a cute little bag and you’re good to go! IMG_2121I’m so glad I was able to stop by. I absolutely love Meredith’s blog! Please feel from to stop by and visit me. I have lots of fun tutorials. I will be sharing one soon on how I used this same method for another Father’s Day gift!
You can also find me on facebook, pinterest, twitter and instagram. Stop by anytime and say Hi!

Thanks for being here today Jess!  I just LOVE this idea!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.