DIY Comic Strip Frames & Boxes for Father’s Day

DIY Comic Strip Frames & Boxes for Father’s Day

Comic Strip Frames

In our family Father’s Day is sometimes overlooked, lost in the hustle and bustle of summer vacations, family reunions, and other events.   Determined not to let this happen I scoured the web last month for gift ideas my grandsons could make for their poppa, and uncles.  There were many great ideas out there, I even wrote a post, 12 Really Cool Father’s Day Crafts – FREE Printables, highlighting my favorites.

I showed the different ideas to my grandsons, Dion and Devon, they both loved the comic book decoupage frames and boxes. Devon especially loved the frames and wanted to put his picture wearing his Captain America costume in them.  Definitely right up his alley!  Dion decided he’d make the boxes and fill them with candy, he knows how much his dad and uncles like candy.  He’s filling his poppa’s box with coffee K-cups, his poppa’s a big coffee drinker.
These ideas came from Crafts by Amanda, aside from the frames and boxes she also makes comic strip magnets.   She uses comic book pages from comic books she was lucky enough to find at a garage sale for a quarter.  We weren’t so lucky, we didn’t have any old comic books laying around and I didn’t want to hit the garage sales in search of any.  Instead I found some free images of comic strips online (there are many, just do a google search for “free comic strip images”) and printed them to use for our craft projects, they worked just fine.
I found the unfinished frames at the Walmart craft department, they cost $1.11 a frame.  The paper mache boxes came from our local craft store and were $4.39 each for the large oval ones.  The boxes come in many shapes and sizes and ranged in price from $1.99 on up.  Mod Podge can be purchased at Walmart’s craft department and most other craft stores.  We used small sponge brushes that we got from Home Depot for .54 cents each, they have them at Walmart in the craft and paint departments as well.  This whole project ( 4 frames & 4 boxes) cost me less than $30 and I still have lots of Mod Podge glue and sealer left for future projects.  So the average cost for each frame and each box is about $3.75.  A great deal!
We pretty much followed the directions found on her site but added extra coats of Mod Podge glue (affiliate link)and a coat of Mod Podge gloss sealer (affiliate link).  Thanks to Crafts by Amanda we came up with super Father’s Day gifts that didn’t cost much and were very easy to make.  The boys made 4 frames and 4 boxes in a couple of hours, that’s including drying time between coats!  (The boys went out to play while they waited for the glue to dry, they are very good multi-taskers!)
I found that working with comic strip pages is very forgiving, the print is so busy you don’t really notice flaws such as wrinkles and seams.  A great craft for kids who aren’t always patient about gluing things together!
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Comic Strip Frames
Here are instructions for the frames and boxes!
Supplies for frame:
Comic Books or printed comic strip images – if you are going to print them be sure to adjust the size on the printer so that the image will fill the page otherwise you may end up with a tiny image surrounded by white paper.
Mod Podge Original Glue – Matte finish
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer – Matte Finish
Small sponge brushes
Scissors
Pencil
Newspaper or drop cloth to cover work surfaces
Comic Strip Frames
Directions:
1.  Position the frame on top of the comic strip page as best as you can so that you can have the images you want on the frame.  The boys tried to get as much of the super hero’s image on the frame as possible by shifting the wood frame around until they were satisfied that they weren’t cutting off “vital” parts. Trace frame onto comic strip page with pencil. To get the desired images you may have to trace two “C” shaped strips and connecting them when you position them on the wood frame.  We didn’t need to so we just traced the whole frame and the inside part as well.  Remember the rectangle you cut out of the middle won’t be placed on the wood frame.  We saved those pieces for later should we decide to make them into magnets or other craft.
2.  Cut out the traced shape being careful to cut the middle opening out without cutting into the surrounding piece.  Should you nip a bit of the outer piece don’t worry too much about it.  You don’t need to start all over, just glue it securely in place later on, you’ll probably hardly notice it.
3.  Brush a light coat of glue on the wood frame and on the backside of the strip or strips you will be using.  Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
4.  Carefully position the comic strips onto the glue coated wood frame (place the side of the comic strip you brushed glue on to the frame – both glue coated surfaces should be together).  The strip should lightly adhere to the wood.
5.  Working from the middle of the frame out, gently lift off the comic strip section by section and press onto the frame to work out bubbles and wrinkles.  You may have to dab on a bit more glue so that the strip sticks to the wood well.
6.  When you’re satisfied with the placement and have made sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles brush on a coat of glue over the entire surface.  You don’t have to soak the paper, just be sure you get the glue brushed on evenly on the whole frame.  Allow to dry 10 -15 mins, or until it’s no longer sticky.  We had a fan on so it didn’t take our glue to dry, it dried in about 5 minutes.
7.  Once the glue is dry check the frame, you may have to trim off excess paper at this point.
8.  Brush on 3 – 4 more coats of glue, allowing glue to dry between each coat.  About 10 – 15 minutes drying time between coats.
9.  After your last coat of glue allow the frame to dry for an hour.
10.  Spray on acrylic finish.  This is a job for adults to do outdoors or in a well ventilated area.  If you’re sensitive to chemicals wear a mask when applying the acrylic finish, it has a very strong smell and can’t be healthy.  Allow to dry at least an hour before inserting your photo.  We let ours dry overnight.
Comic Strip Frames
 
Supplies for box:
Paper Mache Box  – any shape or size
Small sponge brushes
Scissors
Pencil
Newspaper or drop cloth to cover work surfaces
Spray paint (optional – in your choice of color)
Directions:
1.  If you want to spray paint your box before applying the comic strip you can spray paint it in what ever color you want.  Allow it to dry completely before proceeding to glue on comic strips.  We didn’t paint ours.
2.  Position the lid on the comic strip page, try to include the images you want to apply to the lid.  Trace the shape of the lid on the page.
3.  Cut out the traced shape.
4.  Cut out 2 strips of the page in the width you desire – you can cut them as wide ad the sides of the box or slimmer so that you will have plain edges on the top and bottom.
5.  Brush glue on the box lid, sides of the box, and on the backside of your comic strips.  Allow to dry 5 minutes.
6.  Position the comic strips to on the lid and sides of the box.
7.  Working from the middle, gently lift off the paper and work out bubbles and wrinkles as you press it on to the box.
8.  When you’re satisfied with the placement and are sure you’ve worked out all bubbles and wrinkles brush on a coat of glue on the comic strips.  Don’t soak the paper, just be sure the glue is spread evenly.  Allow to dry 10 – 15 minutes.
9.  Once the glue is dry check all sides of the box and lid. You may have to trim away excess paper so that the comic strip is even with the lid and box.
10.  Brush on 3 – 4 more coats of glue, allowing glue to dry between each coat.  About 10 – 15 minutes drying time between coats.
11.  After your last coat of glue allow the frame to dry for an hour.
12.  Spray on acrylic finish.  This is a job for adults to do outdoors or in a well ventilated area.  If you’re sensitive to chemicals wear a mask when applying the acrylic finish, it has a very strong smell and can’t be healthy.  Allow to dry at least an hour before inserting your photo.  We let ours dry overnight.
Fill box with what ever you want or nothing at all, the boxes make great storage for cufflinks, coins, and other small stuff.
Comic Strip Frames
Move Like a Pro With These Moving Hacks – Savvy Nana’s

Move Like a Pro With These Moving Hacks – Savvy Nana’s

 

Moving into a new house is exciting, but the physical act of moving your belongings can be a drag. Professional movers have the tips and tricks down to a science but those of us who don’t do it for a living can find it more difficult.

 

These moving hacks from our friends at Simply

Self Storage will help you move faster,

easier and more efficiently.

They cover 50 essential moving tips, tricks and hacks to help you move like a pro.

Here are some of my favorites:

 

 

 

Moving Hacks for Your Kitchen

Fill a pot or crock pot with spices when you pack it. It saves space and keeps them safe during the move!

Put your stemware and glasses inside of clean socks to keep them from breaking.

 

 

 

 

Moving Hacks for Your Bedroom

 

Slide clothing on hangers directly into garbage bags,

then secure them with the ties.

It will keep them together and you can simply rehang them in the new house!

 

 

 

Keep shoes organized while moving by putting them in wine boxes with dividers!

 

 

Moving Hacks for Your Living Room

 

Keep cords together with toilet paper rolls. Label them and arrange them by room for further organization.

Moving Hacks for Your Bathroom

Put your jewelry in egg cartons so that they don’t tangle. Tape the carton shut so that it doesn’t open in transit.

Moving Hacks for Your Home Office

Put all of your important documents in plastic bags to protect them, then separate them in file folders or boxes so you know where they are at all times.

 

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DIY Easter Plaque – Free Template

DIY Easter Plaque – Free Template

DIY Easter PlaqueMy daughter Jaime is planning an Easter Egg Hunt for her 2 year old son Jett, and some of his friends.  While shopping for supplies and decor for the party she ran across a cute cardboard Easter sign in one of the discount stores, it cost $12.  She liked the sign but thought $12 was a bit steep for a small cardboard sign.  When she told me about it I told her about one of my Easter projects, this DIY Easter Plaque.  I was going to send her one along with some other Easter items I’ve been making.  I sent her a picture and she loved it!  She thought it would be a great sign for an Easter Egg Hunt.

I actually made 4 of these plaques, one for each of my daughters and daughter-in-law, and of course one for myself.  These are made of wood plaques I got from the craft store and spray painted with Design Master’s Tint It.  I used this paint because it’s a transparent dye spray, it tinted the wood the color I wanted, but it also allows the natural wood grain to be visible.  I wanted this effect verses the complete coverage of regular spray paint which would have covered the grain.

(This post contains affiliate links for the supplies I used)

I made a stencil using my Cricut Explore Air, an electric die cutting machine.  I also used the Cricut to cut the candy, bunny butt, and other pieces out of cardstock.  I used the stencil and  painted on the words using Apple Barrel acrylic paint  and a stenciling paint brush. 

The bunny butt is attached to a natural wood slice that is glued on to the plaque.  You can find these wood slices at the craft store or you can order them from Amazon.  The other cardstock pieces are also glued on.  I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue to glue everything on.

The brown fence part that the bunny is wiggling thru is a rectangular piece of brown cardstock stamped with a texture stamp in wood grain.   I cut a circle in the center so that it would fit over the wood slice.  I raised it above the plaques surface by gluing wood slices on the plaque and gluing the cardstock on the slices.

I also used foam Easter Egg stickers which I scattered between the cardstock candies.  For the bunny tail I glued on a small white pom pom.

If you don’t have a cutting machine you can use letter decals or stencils , or even stamps to make the words;  cut out a circle for the butt and ovals (2 larger white, 2 smaller pink); and cut out the candies.  I’m sharing templates for the peep and jelly beans to help you make the candies.  Just print them out on colored paper or cardstock and cut them out.  You will have to adjust the size and duplicate them on the same page to have multiples.

DIY Easter PlaqueClick here for the free templates!

DIY Easter Plaque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s how I made my plaques:

Supplies:

Wood Plaque – you can get these at most craft store, the ones I used already had holes on the top for hanging and came with twine.  If your plaque doesn’t have the holes, drill 2 holes on the top for hanging.

Twine (if your plaque doesn’t come with it)

Spray paint or tint the color you want

Acrylic Paints the colors you want

Stencil Brushes

Wood Slices

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Cardstock in different colors (if you don’t have cardstock you can use colored construction paper, but it may be a bit flimsy)

Texture stamp (if you don’t have a texture stamp you can draw in lines with a dark brown market to make it look like wood)

Ink Pad in brown

Ink Roller

Egg Stickers (optional – you can cut out egg shapes from colored cardstock or paper instead)

Removable Tape

Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer

Directions:

DIY Easter Plaque Paint or tint wood plaques the color you want.  I used  Design Master’s Tint It in Turquoise, but you can use any type of paint you want.

Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area and cover your work space.  I do all my spray painting in my back patio and cover the patio table with paper bags.

When you paint the plaques remember to paint the edges all around too.

Let this dry completely before you proceed.  It took my plaques less than half an hour to dry.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

DIY Easter PlaqueTape your stencil on to the painted surface of the plaque using painter’s tape or removable tape .

Using a stencil brush paint in the letters.  To use a stencil brush you dip the brush in the paint, remove excess paint buy holding the brush perpendicular to a paper towel and lightly tamp the brush on the paper towel until excess paint comes off.   Then, holding the brush perpendicular over the stencil tamp the brush in the area you are painting.  Do use brush strokes, just tamp the brush in the spaces until the letters are filled in completely.

DYI Easter PlaqueWhen you’ve painted all the words gently lift the stencil straight up to avoid smearing the paint.  Let the paint dry before proceeding.

Meanwhile you can cut out your pieces from cardstock.

When the paint is completely dry glue on the wood slices, match them up to the “fence” piece so that the slices lifting it up won’t show, match the slice that will show in the center of the fence with with hole.  Glue it in place.

Glue the feet on the circle you cut out for the bunny butt and glue the pink oval pads on the feet.  Follow the picture for placement.  Then glue the bunny on the wood slice, about a quarter of the way from the top of the slice.  You want to see some of the wood slice.

Glue on the candies and stick on the egg stickers.

Spray the plaque with a clear sealer, I use Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer

Finally tie the twine thru the holes on top of the plaque.

DIY Easter Plaque

This project didn’t cost me much to make, the only thing I had to buy were the wooden plaques, which I got on sale at my local craft store for about $2 each.  I already had pretty much all the other supplies and of course the cutting machine.  I had several cans of Tint It I got when I  found them on clearance at Walmart a while back for $2 a can.  I used scarps of cardstock from other craft projects and I have a basket of acrylic paints, I buy them whenever I find them on sale or see a color I like when browsing in craft stores.

If you have to buy all the supplies I listed it will definitely cost you more than $12.  I wouldn’t recommend you do that unless you plan on using the supplies again in the future, or plan on making several plaques.

A less expensive way to make something similar is buy the wood plaque, a can of spray paint, a pack of cardstock or construction paper, glue (Elmer’s glue works too!), letter stickers, and pom poms.


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Rainy Day Kids’ Activities – Fun Activities for All Ages

Rainy Day Kids’ Activities – Fun Activities for All Ages

kids' activitiesMany of us are ready for Spring.  Even here in Hawaii I can’t wait for Spring and the end of Flu Season.  We’ve certainly had our fill of the flu!  Although Spring ushers in warm weather and marks the end of flu season it also brings us rain; lots of rain. At our house the kids don’t mind the rain, it just means they can play video games all day.  It drives me crazy!  I’m always on the look out for rainy day kids’ activities to keep them off the video games and doing something more productive.

Sometimes it’s hard to find kids’ activities that will interest kids of different ages.  But I’ve found some rainy days kids’ activities that works for kids of varying ages; particularly activities that involve making stuff.  You’d be surprised what holds the interest of older kids!  By the way these ideas are for snow days too!

kids' activitiesBaking

One of the most popular kids’ activities in our house is baking.  Kids love to “play” in the kitchen.

Baking cookies, cupcakes or whatever is an activity kids of all ages can do.  The older ones can mix ingredients together and put pans in the oven.  Younger ones, even toddlers can help decorate or frost the baked goods.

Be prepared for the mess, kids in the kitchen can get pretty messy.

One of the easiest things to bake are Snowball Cookies.

Kids of all ages can roll the dough into balls then later roll the baked cookies in powdered sugar.

 

kids' activitiesHomemade Play Dough

Kids love play dough and there are several versions of homemade play dough.  Part of the fun is in the making!

Here’s a recipe for Edible Marshmallow Play Dough from One Little Project.  This  play dough doesn’t just look pretty and fun to play with, it’s yummy too!  Click here for directions.

You can also make play dough using flour.  Click here for Paging Fun Mums No Cook Playdough Recipe!

Or you can make Jello Playdough! Click here for Modern Parents Messy Kids playdough recipe!

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kids' activitiesHomemade Slime

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluffy slime, stretchy slime, glitter slime, you name it kids love slime.

730 Sage Street has 10 slime recipes to choose from.  Make one or make them all, the kids will love it!

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kids' activitiesPipe Cleaner Crafts

Here’s a classic kids’ activity, Pipe Cleaner Crafts.  This has been around for ever, even I remember making all sorts of things from pipe cleaners.

But these days pipe cleaners come in a host of colors!

Click here for In The Playroom’s Pipe Cleaner Animal Crafts![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

kids' activitiesBird Feeders

 

 

The kids will love making these adorable bird feeders by Eighteen 25!  When their done you can hang them outside and watch the birds they’ll attract!

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kids' activitiesBuild an Indoor Fort or Tent

Keep kids busy by building and playing in a tent or fort.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, a sheet covering a table is good enough.  The kids’ imagination will do the rest!

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kids' activitiesScavenger Hunt

Give the kids a list of things they can find around the house and send them on a scavenger hunt.  This activity will keep them busy and active for quite a while![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

kids activitiesEdible Sculptures

Building sculptures with candies and toothpicks is fun, educational, and creative.  Turn sticks, toothpicks, or straws into creative sculptures.   You can use any type of soft candies like jujubees or marshmallows to connect the sticks.

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kids' activitiesPainting – with fingers , brushes, or sponges

Painting is always a fun activity!  Save money by making your own paints.  It’s easy, the kids can help too!

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There are lots of kids’ activities to keep your kids busy on rainy or snowy days.  Do you have a favorite indoor activity?  Please share it with us!

 

 

 

 

DIY Super Bowl Snack Stadiums

DIY Super Bowl Snack Stadiums

We all know that Super Bowl Sunday is not just about football, in fact for many it a day to gorge on all sorts of snacks.  It seems that no Super Bowl Party in recent years is complete without a Snack Stadium, what better way to combine the love of football with the love of snack foods?

 Snack stadiums can be as simple as a pan of guacamole dip surrounded by tortilla chips and veggies or as elaborate as the 2 story creation pictured above complete with hoagies, hot dogs, twinkies, and more!

Here are some ideas and instructions on how you can make your own snack stadium for your Super Bowl Party.

 

snack stadiumHere’s a simple snack stadium of dip surrounded by fresh veggies.

Instructions here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

snack stadiumThey don’t have to be huge either!

Here’s a small version from Christine’s Kitchen Chonicles.

Instructions here!

 

 

 

 

snack stadiumFor a healthier alternative here’s The Sweet Life’s version.

Instructions here!

 

 

 

 

snack stadiumHere’s a larger snackadium by Home and Heart DIY.

Instructions here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

snack stadiumHere’s a huge stadium as seen on Good Morning America.

Instructions here!

 

 

 

 

 

snack stadiumHere’s the ultimate snack stadium that has twinkie cars, sausage men, and more.

See how this ultimate snack stadium was constructed here!

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how to build this stadium from BS Brewing here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions for this snack stadium from Life Tastes Like Food here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or if you’d rather eat booze than lunch meats how about this Vodka Gummy Bears stadium by Young Soul Photography?

Learn how to make it here!

 

 

For more Super Bowl Party  ideas follow my Super Bowl Party board on Pinterest. 

For fun and yummy snack recipes check out my post 15 Super Bowl Snack Recipes.

Putting Christmas Away- Cheap Storage Ideas

Putting Christmas Away- Cheap Storage Ideas

 

That’s it Christmas is over, the last carol sung, the last gift unwrapped, and the last cookie eaten; it’s time to put away Christmas.  Ugh!  I hate putting lights, ornaments, and all the Christmas stuff away, not as fun as taking them out of storage!

Organize

I thought I was clever when years ago I bought a dozen large plastic bins from Walmart to store everything in.  Still a good idea, but somehow every year I need more bins.

I don’t know why the same ornaments won’t fit back in the bins they came out of.  Of course there’s the new stuff I got at the after Christmas sales, they need to be stored too.

Then there’s the lights, no matter how I store them they mysteriously shift so that the next year I end up spending hours untangling them, or getting frustrated and replacing them with new ones.  This year will be better, I hope!

I’m not looking forward to the chore, but it must be done.  With a few new storage ideas and taking a few extra steps to organize everything I think I can do this.  Here are a few tips I found around the web, cheap organization tips that use  re-cycled and re-purposed items most of us have at home.

The bins are still handy, get the ones you can see thru so you know which bins to pull out next year. Assorted bins can be purchased at Walmart, Home Depot, and other discount stores.  There are “special” bins such wreath storage bags and ornament storage boxes, they are more expensive and I’ve always thought don’t store much and take up too much room, there are easier and cheaper ways to organize and store all the ornaments, the cheap large rectangular bins work best to keep smaller containers organized in one place.

Before you begin gather your supplies:

Clear sided large plastic bins
Cardboard squares
Egg cartons, fruit cartons, take out drink caddies, plastic cups, empty water bottles, or ziplock bags – you can use any of these containers or a combination of them – depending on what you have available
Sharpie Marker
Large trash bags (for the tree, and other large odd shaped items)
Clothes hangers (for wreathes)
Masking Tape

1.  Wrap lights to keep them from getting tangled.  This will save you the frustration of untangling them next year.

LightsBefore placing them in a bin wrap them around a hanger  or piece of flat cardboard (cut slits on each end of the cardboard, they will hold the light plugs in place
Or wind them around empty coffee cans.  Use masking tape and markers to label the lights – indoor tree lights or outdoor ones

2.  You can use the same technique to store garland or you can store beaded garland in empty water bottles.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

3.  There are several ways to store ornaments depending on the type of ornament as well as what supplies you have on hand.

BinsLearn how to make this inexpensive hanging bin to store ornaments from Craptastic.

OrnamentsUse the plastic fruit containers from Costco to store large fragile ornaments.  It’s easy and FREE.

Store smaller ones in egg cartons.

Recycle cardboard drink caddies and stack them in your plastic bin.

Glue plastic cups on to cardboard and stack them in your bins for fragile and odd shaped ornaments.

Ziplock

Use Ziplock type bags to store ornaments, you can organize them by type, color, etc.  This would work well for the shatterproof balls, if you store fragile ornaments this way you will need to use old towels and linens to cushion them and keep them from breaking.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

4.  Wrap fragile ceramic pieces from your Christmas Village, hurricane vases, candle holders, etc.  in old linens before placing them in your bins.  Better yet re-purpose hurricane vases, cake stands, and candle holders and use them when you decorate for other holidays through out the year.

5Wreath storage.  Hang wreathes and holiday linens to hangers and cover them in large plastic bags or trash liners to keep them clean, dry, and wrinkle free.

 

Candles6.  Slip holiday candles in old stockings to keep them dust free and wrap them in tissue to keep them from being dented before putting them in boxes or bins.[spacer height=”-20px”]

7.  If you have the space don’t take apart artificial trees, instead throw a large trash bag over it, secure it at the bottom and place in storage.  Next year your tree will be ready to go without too much work.
 Christmas tree storageOr store them in 2 8-in diameter concrete form tubes for easy compact storage.
Once you’re done putting Christmas away you’ll be ready to plan your winter getaway!  Call Savvy Nana Travel for all your travel
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