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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Send Holiday Greetings with Open Me

Send Holiday Greetings with Open Me

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Open Me, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #OpenMeHoliday  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

It’s no secret that I live in Georgia.  What you may not know is that my parents don’t live here.  They live in Michigan.

In a word {or two}

FAR

AWAY.

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Not gonna lie…it kinda sucks most of the time.  Especially now that I’ve got two little boys.  My kids are their first grandkids and of course, in true first-time grandparent fashion, they spoil those little guys any chance they can get.

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Luckily, we got to spend Thanksgiving with “bamma” and “bampa” {yea, that’s just what comes out when my two year old attempts grandma and grandpa}.  It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Unfortunately, we won’t be together for Christmas.  You can bet that good ‘ole bamma has already sent tons of presents that I’ve had to strategically hide around our house.  We’ve been busy making some special surprises for both of them as well.  One surprise is a Christmas card from Open Me.  It’s the absolute perfect card sending solution for this busy mama because frankly anytime I can avoid actually having to put on real pants and go to a store is a good day.  I’m kidding.  Kind of.

So, it works like this…

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I can’t decide which feature I think is cooler.

Delivery Method: I love that I can decide how I want to deliver the card.  For just $4.00 you can print and deliver it.  You may be thinking….that’s kind of a lot of money.  Well, I ask you to think about it one more time.  Most “nicer” cards that you’d buy in a store cost upwards of $3.99-$5.99.  Add the cost of postage to that {which nowadays is like $25, kidding again…kind of}.  $4.00 to send a card via snail mail ain’t so bad!  You can also just send it via email…for free.  That rocks.

Delivery Date: If you tend to be super on top of things and always planning in advance, you might just love this feature.  Regardless of the delivery method you choose, you can also choose the date your card will be sent.  How awesome is that?

Sign the card: No more forged signatures!  You can send it to others that need to sign it first, then mail it off to the actual recipient!  Fun, huh?!

I chose four designs that I liked and took to Instagram to see what you all thought…

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And the winner {and honestly my fav} is the “long hair, don’t care” card.

It took me all of 5 minutes to make the card {and most of that time was spent choosing a personal photo to add to the inside message}.  The process couldn’t have been easier!

First I selected the “long hair, don’t care” card from the Holiday Card menu.  That brought down a little drop down menu where I could select to make a single card or multiple cards.  I went with the single card option.

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Next, I chose a picture to upload of the boys and added a message from them.  Once I was done with that, I previewed the entire card, front, middle, and back.

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From there, I could set the date that I wanted to deliver the card.  I chose to send the card via email {it’s FREE, and I like FREE}.

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And one of the coolest parts is that it displays a ticker showing a countdown of when your card will be sent to the recipient.

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 I know that “bamma and bampa” will be so surprised to get an card from Open Me from their two favorite grandkids.

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{We’re still working on the proper holding technique}

Who are you going to send an Open Me card to this year?!  Go try it out for yourself now…it’s the easiest way to spread holiday cheer {that and singing loud for all to hear}!

To keep up with the latest and greatest from Open Me, follow them on Facebook  and Twitter!

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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 Holiday Gift Ideas

So, Thanksgiving was awesome!  The time seems to have just FLOWN by though, don’t you think!

And now, it’s December.

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been looking forward to this time of year for a little while now. I just love the holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving in behind us, I am sure everyone is planning their holiday shopping lists. While I love finding good deals in the stores, nothing beats a handmade gift. So for this weeks Creative Connection features, I rounded up 10 of my favorite DIY Holiday Gift Ideas from the last few link parties.DIY Holiday Gift IdeasIf you’d like to pin this collection please only pin the image above. If you absolutely love one of the projects featured below, please click over and pin from the original source. Thanks!DIY-Gold-Vinyl-Coasters-768x1024DIY Gold Vinyl Coasters via Homey Oh My

DIY-Super-Easy-Opaque-Glass-Ornaments-closeup-at-thehappyhousie-781x1024Painted Glass Ornaments via The Happy Housie

Big-Bow-Head-Wrap-Tutorial Big Bow Headwrap via The Ribbon Retreat

FREE-Typography-Printables-via-@tarynatdddTypography Printables via Design Dining and Diapers

honey8Mediterranean Sea Salt and Honey Soap via Day 2 day Supermom

Homemade-Chocolate-Almond-Clusters-2-via-@tarynatdddChocolate Almond Clusters via Design, Dining, and Diapers

Image 3.jpgGold Salt and Pepper Shakers via It’s Always Ruetten

up-cycled-target-dollar-trays-5$1 Jewelry Trays via Rain on a Tin Roof

Monogrammed-cup-e1384373265998 Monogrammed Mug via Homey Oh My

Green & Gold Bracelet wholeGold and Green Bracelet via Pitter and Glink

birdsonawirefeatured2As always if you were featured, feel free to grab your button.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow at 7 pm EST to link up your latest projects!

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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.

Christmas Bulb Wreath

Christmas Bulb Wreath

This post is brought to you by my complete lack of ability to estimate.

#EnglishMajor

It is, however, a project that I’ve wanted to do for some time now.  No, it’s definitely not my original idea {because, trust me, there are tons of these on Pinterest}, but I’m excited to share my version with all of you today.  Maybe it will inspire you to make one of your own!

DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

There are several methods to making a Bulb Wreath.  I chose to use the following materials:

Styrofoam Wreath Form {from my friends at Flora Craft}

glue gun and glue sticks {lots of them}

wire ribbon

shatterproof, Christmas bulbs {medium bulbs and mini tree bulbs}

 DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

Now, in the picture, you’ll notice there are three boxes of the mini ornaments and one box of the larger ones.  Well, you’ll need another box of the larger ones too.  Total ornaments used for the wreath?

177.

For real.

To get started, you’ll need to loop a long strand of the wired ribbon around the top of the wreath form.

DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

I glued it in place and also popped in a couple of floral pins to make sure it stayed in place.

DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

For each bulb, I applied a very liberal amount of hot glue to the metal part {that would usually hold the ornament hook} and poked it into the wreath form.  I did that only with the larger bulbs around the front, inside, and outside rim of the wreath.

Tip: It’s very important to leave your wreath laying flat while working so that it will lay flat against your door.  

By the third picture, I had already used my entire package of large bulbs.

So back to Hobby Lobby I went.

Once there weren’t anymore spots to actually poke the bulbs into the wreath form, I began to glue the bulbs to each other.

177 bulbs and lots of hot glue later, I had this beaut…

DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

So, this was definitely a bit more pricey than my usual projects, but the way I see it, this is a wreath that I’ll have for many years to come, and had I bought it in the store, I would have paid upwards of $75-$100.

What Christmas decor have you made instead of purchasing this season?

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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.

Loving the Holiday Cheer

Loving the Holiday Cheer

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and Coffee-mate.

We were fortunate enough to travel to Ohio this past week for Thanksgiving to spend time with my side of the family including my parents and grandparents.  I was so happy that my sons got the chance to spend that precious time with them and that my two year old got his first taste of playing in the snow {ever}!

Enjoy your coffee this season with Peppermint Mocha by Coffee-mate and #loveyourcup #shop #cbias via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Once we got home, I was VERY eager to start decorating for Christmas, but I had to put that on hold and head to Walmart for a few essentials.  We were completely, and I mean completely, out of food.

At the top of my grocery list?  I’ll be honest…it was milk.  I’ve got a milk-loving toddler, remember?

The second item I had to grab?  Some Coffee-mate creamer in Peppermint Mocha.  My husband and I LOVE our coffee in the winter months, especially with the cooler weather we’ve been having in Georgia.  I was so excited to try this special holiday flavor, especially while we decorated the house together today!

Enjoy your coffee this season with Peppermint Mocha by Coffee-mate and #loveyourcup #shop #cbias via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  He was wary at first, thinking it would taste very overpowering, but it wasn’t at all.  The peppermint mocha flavor added a subtle touch of peppermint to our cups and the perfect amount of sweet cream.

My opinion?  Christmas in a cup! And the perfect way to connect as a family and put us completely in the Christmas spirit.

Enjoy your coffee this season with Peppermint Mocha by Coffee-mate and #loveyourcup #shop #cbias via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

While we enjoyed our peppermint kissed coffee, we managed to make quite a bit of progress on the Christmas decorating front, including getting our tree up!

Enjoy your coffee this season with Peppermint Mocha by Coffee-mate and #loveyourcup #shop #cbias via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

We had to stick with non-breakable, and for the most part kid-safe ornaments again this year.  I’m guessing that’s just how it’s going to be for the next few Christmases, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I also managed to work on a few Christmas crafts that you’ll see in the coming weeks on the blog.

I may or may not have eaten my fair share of these cookies while decorating today too.  Nothing goes better with peppermint flavored coffee than some delicious Christmas cookies, right?

Enjoy your coffee this season with Peppermint Mocha by Coffee-mate and #loveyourcup #shop #cbias via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

For more great ideas using Coffee-mate Peppermint Mocha and their other fabulous holiday flavors, check out the Live SoFab Digital Magazine below.

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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.