DIY Easter Buckets

DIY Easter Buckets

With Easter just a few weekends away now, I was eager to get some cute new Easter Buckets made for the boys this year.  And, with my Cricut Explore, I knew exactly how I wanted to decorate them!

Use a Cricut Explore to create some awesome DIY Easter Buckets this year for your little ones! #Easter #EasterBuckets #Cricut #vinyl

Supplies needed:

metal buckets {found at Hobby Lobby}

adhesive vinyl

transfer tape

Cricut Explore Design-and-Cut System

coordinating ribbon & twine

Use a Cricut Explore to create some awesome DIY Easter Buckets this year for your little ones! #Easter #EasterBuckets #Cricut #vinyl

I started out by perusing the Cricut Design Space to find a font that I felt “fit” my boys.  I found this one called Varsity Letter, and loved it!

Use a Cricut Explore to create some awesome DIY Easter Buckets this year for your little ones! #Easter #EasterBuckets #Cricut #vinyl

I cut each boys’ name in different colors of vinyl, and used transfer tape to stick it to their bucket.

Use a Cricut Explore to create some awesome DIY Easter Buckets this year for your little ones! #Easter #EasterBuckets #Cricut #vinyl

The process was so easy, especially with the Cricut Transfer Tape {one of my all-time favorite Cricut products}.

Once the buckets had their names on them, I added just a few strands of coordinating ribbon and jute twine to the handles.

Use a Cricut Explore to create some awesome DIY Easter Buckets this year for your little ones! #Easter #EasterBuckets #Cricut #vinyl

I used some kraft paper “grass” to fill just the bottom of the buckets, because this Easter Bunny went a bit overboard filling the buckets with goodies already!

Use a Cricut Explore to create some awesome DIY Easter Buckets this year for your little ones! #Easter #EasterBuckets #Cricut #vinyl

Now, Henry is 10 months old and Jackson is 2 1/2.  In Henry’s bucket, I put some board books, a container of puffs, a few handmade teething rings {tutorial to come soon}, and a new sippy cup.  In Jackson’s bucket, I added a kite, a velcro catch game, watercolors, a coloring book, baseballs, and a new bathing suit.

Use a Cricut Explore to create some awesome DIY Easter Buckets this year for your little ones! #Easter #EasterBuckets #Cricut #vinyl

I’m so excited for the Easter bunny to visit our house now!
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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.

Chalk Paint & Twine Mason Jar

Chalk Paint & Twine Mason Jar

Raise your hand if you’re ready for Spring?
This girl is FOR SURE!  I’ve got an easy and colorful way to bring Spring into your home NOW {yes, even if it’s still 30 something degrees outside and you can see more snow than grass}.
Add some color to your home with a beautiful mason jar and some pretty chalk paint via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #masonjar #chalkpaint #vase #twine
To make your own chalk paint mason jar, you’ll need the following supplies:

chalk paint
foam brush
mason jar {I used a recycled pizza sauce jar}
twine
hot glue/glue gun
floral stems

First things, first.  Put down some newspaper, get out your foam brush, and paint that mason jar!  Mine only needed one coat {love when that happens}.  There are some spots that are streaky and unpainted, but that’s the look I was going for with this project!

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Add some color to your home with a beautiful mason jar and some pretty chalk paint via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #masonjar #chalkpaint #vase #twine
Once my mason jar was dry, I wanted to add some jute twine to the rim to give the project a more finished look.  Using a few dabs of hot glue, I wrapped the rim of the jar a couple of times, cut and arranged my floral stems, and voila!

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I now have a brand new, perfect for Spring-time vase that I’ve added to my Spring mantel.  Best part about the entire project?!  I already had everything on hand…those are the best kinds of projects if you ask me!
Have you ever used chalk paint before?  I’d love to see how you used it!

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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.

Thumbprint Valentines {For the Grandparents}

Thumbprint Valentines {For the Grandparents}

Last week I shared a super cute thumbprint magnet that the boys and I made for their grandparents this Valentine’s Day.

Thumbprint Valentines for the Grandparents via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #thumbprint #keepsake #handmade #ValentinesDay

Well, I needed a cute way to package the Valentine.  So, I searched through the mess that is my craft closet and discovered a few goodies that I had stashed away from a Pick Your Plum order {the tiny circular tins and the cute kraft and polka dot bags}!

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I also broke out my Cricut Mini and cut a few open hearts and rounded rectangles on some Valentine paper.

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If you’re in the market for a cutting machine…be patient!  Cricut is selling their all-new Cricut Explore on HSN this February 12th!

Even though the new machine is coming out, I definitely still love my Mini!

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Once my hearts and rectangles were cut out, I used my paper cutter and corner rounding punch to trim the cute Valentine saying that I printed out.  I also used a dab of paint for each kiddo and put their thumbprints on the paper Valentine as well.  My inspiration from the saying was from this sweet blog {I adore all of her creations}.

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After a bit of glue {I just used a glue stick} and some pink washi tape, I soon had all these Valentine gifts ready to send out!

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I just love those tiny thumbprints!

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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.

Thumbprint Heart Magnets

Thumbprint Heart Magnets

I’m so excited to share today’s craft with all of you.  Why?  Well,

1. I think it might be one of the cutest things I’ve ever made and

2. It’s my first Valentine’s Day craft of the year {and Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays}.

These cuties are going to be sent to the grandparents this year.

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

And making them is so easy!

Let’s get started…

You’ll need:

white Sculpey clay

red or pink {or both} paint

**white spray paint**

magnets

hot glue/glue gun

thin tip Sharpie

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

Now you may notice that I added white spray paint.  You may be thinking, the clay is white, why would you need spray paint?  Well, I’ve got news.  If you accidentally forget that  your clay is baking in the oven and it turns a light shade of brown before you remember and take it out, you can let it cool and give it a few thin coats of white spray paint, and it looks good as new!

To start, you’ll want to form some small circular discs with the clay.  Make as many discs as you need.  I had about half of my block of clay left and managed to make 9 discs total.

Once the discs are formed, take your little’s tiny finger or thumb and press it into the disc.  You’ll want to press into each twice, making a tiny heart.

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

Place them on a clean cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.  And keep an eye on them!!  But like I said, if you do leave them in a tad too long, use the spray paint…totally hides that slight brownish tint.

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

Once the are completely cool and/or dry from spray painting, you’re ready to make that sweet little thumbprint heart stand out.  I used red and pink paint  and a thin brush to paint over those tiny prints, and oh, how I love them!

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

I used Deco Art’s Americana Multi-Surface Satin paints in Pink Cadillac, Lipstick, and Flamingo.

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

After the tiny heart prints dried for about an hour, I used a fine tip Sharpie marker to write the boys’ names and the year.

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

Now all that’s left is to hot glue a strong circular magnet to the back of each clay disc and you’ve got an instant Valentine’s Day magnet and keepsake.

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

Check back later next week to see the cute way I packaged each magnet before we sent them to grandma and grandpa this year!

Use your little's finger or thumb to create sweet thumbprint hearts in clay to make a sweet, keepsake magnet.  Grandmas and Grandpas will love them! via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #ValentinesDay #thumbprint #hearts #magnets

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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.

Candy Swirl Christmas Centerpiece

Candy Swirl Christmas Centerpiece

I’m so excited today to be a part of a big Winter themed celebration with some other pretty fabulous bloggers.

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From left to right, top to bottom: Sky from Creative Capital B, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, Amy from One Artsy Mama, ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive, Bethany from Pitter and Glink, Kara from Happy Go Lucky, Lauren from Thinking Closet, Tara from Suburble, Nancy from Do Small Things with Love, Meredith Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, and Kirsten from One Tough Mother

The decor I’m sharing is not only super duper easy, but honestly very inexpensive {especially if you’re a craft store junky like myself}.  All of the items I used were purchased after Christmas last year for about 80% off!

Candy Swirl Centerpiece via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #Christmas #winter #centerpiece #red #white #silver #candy

To make your own Candy Swirl Centerpiece, you’ll need:

foam vase filler {reds, whites, and silvers}

red & white “candy” inspired Christmas stems

a fish bowl

a small foam disc

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To assemble the centerpiece, I first made sure to clean the fish bowl with some glass cleaner.  It was a bit dusty from sitting in my craft closet for about 12 months.  Once it was clean, I placed the small foam disc inside the fish bowl, poked the Christmas stems through the foam, and arranged them until I felt satisfied with how they looked.

Finally, I added the red, white, and silver vase filler, and voila!  Instant, candy swirl centerpiece for our kitchen table!

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I placed it on top of a couple pieces of burlap and added a couple of felt snowflake ornaments to finish off the look.

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How have you added a little homemade to your holiday this year?!

Merry Christmas!

{and make sure to stop by and see all the other fabulous “winter inspired” ideas today too}

14 Winter Crafts and Recipes

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Snowman,   Zippered Snowflake Pouch,   Crocheted Winter Gnome,   Crocheted Snowflake Pattern,  Winter Princess Pearl Necklace,   Safety Pin Ice Skates,   15 Winter Boredom Busters for Kids,   Winter Party Favors,   Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments,   Winter Gift in a Jar,   Candy Swirl Winter Centerpiece,   Egg Nog Cookies,   Easy Beaded Snowflakes,   DIY Christmas Trees

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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.