Thursday, June 14, 2012

Personalized Match Boxes

Here's a fun, easy project the kids can help you complete. And since Father's Day is right around the corner, these would be great for the kiddies to hand out to daddies and granddaddies.

You'll need:

Modge Podge
Match boxes
Your favorite pictures
Small brush
Magnet sheets (optional)

After selecting your pix, (Archer had a lot of fun helping me choose the pictures), use the match box to outline the part you want to cut out.
Using the brush, apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to the front of the match box. Here is a pic of Archer helping me apply the Modge Podge. Firmly press your picture to the match box. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge on the the picture. Apply a second coat 15 minutes later to seal the photo.
Here's the finished product. I also cut a magnet sheet to the size of the boxes and glued it the back of the boxes. Now these match boxes double as cute magnets. This will come in real handy during a black out and you're looking for matches in the dark. You'll know exactly where they are!

I got a 10 pack of match boxes at my local grocery store for $.69. I bought the Modge Podge at Micheal's for $4.50 after using the 50% off coupon found in the newspaper. The 10 pictures cost under $1. I simply re-purposed a magnet sheet I got in the mail advertising pizza. So all in all, the whole project cost about $6.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Semi-Homemade Wrapping Paper

So, I'm the type of person who wraps a gift literally 3 minutes before heading out the door to get to the event. I was recently invited to a birthday party that was to be held on a Wednesday morning, and since hubby would be at work at that time and would not be able to help me get the boys ready, I thought it would be best to wraps the presents the day before.

I go to my stash of wrapping and discover that I only have Christmas paper left. I really didn't feel like loading the kids into the car just to pick up wrapping paper, so I decided to improvise. :)

I measured and cut the paper to fit the gifts and flipped the paper over and had Archer paint the blank side.

Archer loves painting.

Here's the finished artwork.

These gifts look really nice in their Archer originals!
To make the gift more fun for the 4 year old birthday boy, instead of attaching a card, I added a children's book and noted on the inside cover who the gifts were to and from. I also attached a sheet of stickers, because what 4 year old doesn't love stickers? If you're wrapping gifts for a little girl, another fun addition would be to sprinkle glitter to the paint while its still wet. :D

Now, this semi-homemade wrapping paper may not be the most appropriate paper for a child's gift, (and was done since I was in a bit of a pinch), it IS a great idea for wrapping the Father's Day present your child intends on giving his daddy in about a week. You can also use this idea to wrap gifts intended for mothers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, godparents, etc. They love this kind of stuff! ;)