FREE Printable Halloween Door Signs

FREE Printable Halloween Door Signs

Halloween Door Signs

Lately I’ve got Halloween on my mind, and it’s no wonder Halloween is just a few weeks away!

Halloween is one of our most favorite holidays, surpassed only by Christmas!  It marks the start of the busiest time of year for us when 4 major holidays seem to run right into each other.  It sure makes the last quarter of every year go by fast!

We started our Halloween/Fall crafts and decorating back in late August and still aren’t ready!  We’ve made a few wreaths and jars, but we’re still working on costumes for the kids.


To get everyone in the Halloween spirit I thought I’d share these fun door hangers.  They’d be fun to hang on any door in the house, on your office desk, or a school locker.

Just print them on card stock and cut them out.  Click on the links to get the FREE jpg files.

We’re working on FREE printable signs and stickers for my favorite neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed!” and should be able to share them soon!

Aren’t familiar with this game?  Check out my post last Halloween for game details and come back soon to get this year’s new FREE Printables – we’re adding matching stickers/tags for you to print out and hang on your Boo Basket!   Click here to learn more about this popular neighborhood game!

Halloween Door Signs

Click here to download this door hanger!

Halloween Door Signs

Click here to download this door hanger!









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“You’ve Been Booed” – Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLES

“You’ve Been Booed” – Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLES


It’s Halloween time again!  Yay!  It’s my favorite holiday right after Christmas.

One of the things I love about Halloween is that I get to give treats, and not just to kids.  That’s why I love this neighborhood game I learned while visiting my daughter in Arizona a few years ago.

It’s called “You’ve Been Booed!”.   The idea is to anonymously gift 2 neighbors a basket of treats, they in turn will gift 2 others, and the game goes on.

My grandsons have a great time helping put gift baskets together and devising elaborate plans on how to drop off treats unseen.  I think it’s great fun and a good way to teach youngsters about sharing.

My daughters have already started collecting treats for their  Halloween “Booed” baskets, they can’t wait to start the game in the neighborhoods.

This game can be played around the neighborhood or even at work or in school.  We’ve designed several new versions of this game complete with instruction sheet and coordinating signs, tags, and stickers.  I’m sharing them here for you to print and use this Halloween season.  We have several versions of each sign (You’ve, I’ve, We’ve…been booed) for different circumstances.  Choose the one that best fits your game.  We designed door hangers as well if you’d prefer to give them out instead of a sign that can be taped on a door or window.  The door hangers can be hung by friends and neighbors on their front door know to indicate that they’ve already received a basket.

Just click on the links below for your FREE PRINTABLE signs.  You can print them on plain paper, cardstock, or even sticker paper.  You can even mix & match the designs!  Have fun!


Spooky Ghosts and Pumpkin   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!


Door Hanger!  Click here to download!


Ghost & Spider Set.   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!


Ghost hangers!  Click here for download!


Friendly Ghost Set.   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!


Friendly Halloween Trio Set.    (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!


Trio door hanger.  Click here to download!

The next 2 sets are meant to be printed and cut-out into the shapes.  I print them on cardstock then cut them along the outer edge of the pictures.

For this friendly jack’o lantern set click here!


Click here for this eerie tombstone set!

For more ideas and another FREE Printable 
game sheet, check out my post last Halloween! 




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Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

star warsHere we go again.  Just in time for summer vacation Disney is releasing the newest Star Wars movie.  This one’s called Han Solo – A Star Wars Story.

Just like Roque One released two summers ago this movie is not part of the original Star Wars saga.  Instead it’s a stand alone story designed to eventually tie all the movies together by filling in the background for characters and events brought to life in one of the movies starting with the very first Star Wars classic now called the New Hope or episode 4.  Long story and actually even debatable as to which order the first 6 movies should be viewed.  I’m not going to even get into that debate.  I’m a Star Wars fan pretty much but I’d hardly call myself a hardcore fanatic.

star warsRegardless what order one chooses to view the Star Wars saga I know that this latest addition will stir up interest in all things Star Wars yet again.  Just like how The Last Jedi stirred up interest in the later part of last year when it was released during the holiday season.

So to give you a heads up here are a few Star Wars related crafts that should keep the kids busy for a while.  So go ahead take them to see Han Solo and gather your craft supplies and let them get creative.   I know I’ll be taking the grandkids to see the movie and we’ll probably end up making some of the crafty things I’ve posted here!

By the way Star Wars aren’t just for kids, adults love them too!  I’ll be posting some crafting ideas and even recipes that are Star Wars related in the coming weeks so check out my posts this may get interesting!  If you can’t wait check out my round up of Star Wars  free crochet patterns!

star warsChewbacca Hand Puppet

Since the movie is clearly about Han Solo it’s only fitting that the first craft the kids make is this cute Chewbacca Hand Puppet.

A Grande Life gives you step by step instructions on how to make them out of brown paper bags!

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star warsStar Wars Magnets

I just love these Star Wars Magnets by the Rural Mom!

They seem pretty easy to make, they look super cool, and they’re practical!

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star warsStained Glass BB-8

BB-8 is the adorable little drone we met in The Force Awakens.  He’s become a favorite with kids and adults alike!

Here’s a frugal craft featuring this beloved character by Raising Whasians!

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star warsYoda Puppet

Yoda is timeless.  Who doesn’t love this sometimes silly little green man with the pointy ears?  Learn how to make this super easy Yoda puppet from Coffee Cups and Crayons.

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star warsSponge Printed Death Star

A round up of Star Wars crafts wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t make a Death Star.  Gotta have a Death Star!

Here’s a cool one from Crafts on Sea!

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star warsLight Sabers

You know it’s all about the light sabers!  Here are 3 different crafts that make some sort of light saber.

Play Trains will show you how to make these super cute mini light sabers for your plush Star Wars critters to hold.  The kids can play with them too!

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star warsThe mini light sabers a bit too small for you?  Or you’d prefer something a bit more educational.  How about these Light Saber Sensory Bottles by Little Bins for Little Hands?

They look super cool.  I’ sure the kids will love them!

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star warsStill want something useful?  How about these Light Saber Popsicle Holder by Celebrating with the Bug?


Still looking for more Star Wars related crafts?  Check out my round up of Star Wars crafts for the Family.

Keep an eye out for more Star Wars crafts and even recipes!  I’ll be sharing some soon!


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DIY Subway Art Mother’s Day Card – Free Printable!

DIY Subway Art Mother’s Day Card – Free Printable!

Subway Art Mother's Day CardJust about everyone I know heads to the store around this time of year in search of the perfect Mother’s Day card.  But have you seen the price of cards lately?  I happened to browse Walmart’s card section the other day and was surprised to find cards for almost $10!  Sure some of them are big and fancy, with sparkles, gems, ribbons, sounds, and other embellishments.  But really TEN BUCKS for a card that will more than likely end up at the bottom of Mom’s desk drawer or worse yet in the trash bin.  Talk about throwing money way!  Not to mention the sentiments are trite and somewhat generic, many don’t convey everything we want to say.

I’ve gotten many Mother’s Day cards thru the years after all I have 3 grown kids and 5 precious grandbabies.  I run into them when I clean out my nightstand drawer, at least the store bought ones.  The ones I cherish are the ones the kids and grandkids made for me, those aren’t shoved in the drawer!

One of the advantages of homemade cards is that you can make anything you want and say anything you want.  That’s what makes them so special!  And let’s not forget homemade cards are much cheaper than store bought ones.  You can save that $10 or put it towards the gift!

Well lately my Cricut Explore electric die cutting machine has become my BFF.  I’ve been quite busy making party invitations and décor for the children’s birthdays, not to mention holiday décor including Mother’s Day gifts for the Moms in my life.  So I thought why not make Mother’s Day cards to go with those gifts.

I made several different ones but one of the simplest and nicest I think is this Homemade Mother’s Day Subway Art Card.

I’ve really been into Subway Art lately, I even used it for my Mother’s Day Subway Art Tray I shared last month.  In fact I used the tray as a background for the Mother’s Day Subway Art Card picture on this post!

I love Subway Art because it’s cute, simple, and very easy to do.  You don’t need special equipment just your computer and printer.

If you’re not sure what Subway Art is it’s actually Typography Art.  In short a bunch of words typed in different fonts, colors, and sizes then arranged in an attractive way.  The words can revolve around a theme, they can convey a message, or be the words of a poem or slogan, lyrics of a song, or whatever you want it to say.  You can use it many ways.  I’ve seen it used as framed art work, on wedding invitations, signs, and more.  Remember I used it to make a Mother’s Day Tray, the words on the tray, and the card is “Mother” in different languages.  Very appropriate!

Subway Art Mother's Day CardI’m very pleased with this Homemade Mother’s Day Subway Art Card and I’m so excited to share it with you!  I’m sharing 2 printable jpg designs that you can download and print at home.  And I’ll tell you what you need to make it and how to put it all together.

I used blank 5×7 white cards with matching envelopes.  You can pick up packages of blank cards at any craft store.   Or you can cut your own out of card stock.

I printed the Subway Art on white card stock.  To fit on the blank card I made it 4.5” x 6.5”.

Then I cut out the “frame”.  The frame measures 5×7 outside and the inner frame is 4×6, it fits perfectly over the Subway Art.  I’m sharing the frame template too!

I glued everything on the front of the blank card then to make it super special I embossed “Happy Mother’s Day” with embossing powder and heat gun.  But if you don’t have a heat gun no worries!  You can leave it just the way it is or use markers, crayons, paint, glitter, or whatever you have to dress up the letters.

I left the inside of the card blank and will be handwriting Mother’s Day sentiments for each recipient.

Easy peasy!  Best of all this Mother’s Day Card cost me a big fat 0!  I already had everything on hand!

Subway Art Mother's day card

So here’s how you too can make this card for Mother’s Day!



Subway Art Mother's Day CardSubway Art printable and frame template  (You’ll find 2 different designs!) – Click here

Blank 5×7 card or DIY out of cardstock

A7 Envelope (optional)

Card stock – white, and pink or whatever color you want the frame to be – If you’re cutting your own card base then you’ll need card stock in your choice of color as well

Glue – you can use the kids’ school glue like Elmer’s white glue

Scissors or Exacto knife

Ruler or straight edge

Markers, glitter, paint, or whatever you want to dress up some letters (optional)



Download the printable and template

Pop it into a photo editor like photoshop, paint, or whatever you have and size it to:

Printable 4.5” x 6.5”

Frame 5”x7”

Print the printable and frame template on card stock – White cardstock for the printable and whatever color you want the frame to be.

With the help of a ruler or straight edge cut the printable to size.  Then cut out the frame and the rectangle inside.

Glue the Subway Art in the center of the card base*

Glue the frame over the Subway Art making sure to align it with the card’s edges.

Great! Simple right?

* If you aren’t using pre-made card bases you can make your own with card stock.

Cut out a rectangular piece of card stock in the color you want.  It must measure 10” in width and 7” in length.

Fold it vertically in half

For a crisp fold use a credit card or other straight edge and run it over the fold

Subway Art Mother's Day CardYour card will measure 5”x7” and will fit in an A7 envelope if you choose to use and envelope.

At this point your card is good to go, but if you want to dress it up you can.

I used gold embossing powder and heat gun to highlight Happy Mother’s Day.

You can use markers, paint, glitter glue, or whatever you have on hand to dress up your card.

Get creative and have fun!  Mom will love her Mother’s Day Card this year!

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Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet – FREE Recipes and Printables

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet – FREE Recipes and Printables

Did you forget that Mother’s Day is on May 10th. this year?  Can’t get reservations to her favorite brunch spot?  No worries!  DIY your own brunch buffet for Mom, Grandma, Aunties, and all the Moms in your life.  It will not only be more cost effective than those fancy Mother’s Day brunches at a hotel or restaurant, it will be extra special too!

Mother's DayYou don’t have to limit yourself to just taking Mom out you can invite her friends and family as well for a nice brunch and a great time.

The menu can be as simple as bagels and donuts or as fancy as a you like; you can have pancake, waffle, and crepe stations along with Mimosa or Bloody Mary bars.  You can tailor it to fit your budget and your Mom’s preferences.  The important thing is you did it for Mom so she and her friends and family can get together for a memorable time.

Here are some ideas and recipes to inspire you.  Go ahead make her day!


Choose your buffet style:

Mother's DayYou can choose what type of buffet you want to set up from an intimate get together with just close family or a lavish champagne brunch spread for Mom and all her cohorts.
Here’s a simple brunch buffet from Pampers, Play Dates & Parties. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Mother's Day A Pink & Orange Bagel Bar by Giggles Galore. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Mother's DayAn Eggo Waffle Bar by Mammamoiselle.  No cooking involved! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Mother's DayAnother no cook option from Hostess with the Mostess is a Yogurt Bar! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Mother's DayFor something a bit fancier here’s a Crepe Bar from Your Home Based Mom.  Click here for recipes! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]





Mother's Day Or go all out with this Champagne Brunch idea from Catch My Party!
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Mother's DayDon’t forget the beverages!  Here’s a great idea for a Mimosa Bar from Smarty had a Party.   You may want to add sparking grape juice as a non-alcoholic option for guests who choose not to imbibe.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]







Mother's DayOr a Bloody Mary Bar from Four and Know More.  Guests can choose to add the Vodka, or not.







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Mother's DayAnd of course no buffet would be complete without a dessert station.  Here’s a sweet idea I found on Pinterest re-purposing an old dresser.






What to serve?

Mother's Day The menu is the next step.  It would depend on your budget and kitchen skills.  You can host a brunch buffet without busting the bank and without any culinary ability,  it just takes planning!

Sure fire buffet hits with no cooking required would be:  Eggo or frozen pancake bars, Cereal bars, yogurt bars, fresh fruit stations, pastry tables, and bagel bars.

Hit up your local Costco or Sam’s club or your favorite supermarket to buy everything you need.  You don’t even have to cut the fruit, you can buy a fruit tray.  Just be sure you have a pretty toaster or two on hand for guests to use.

You don’t have to limit yourself to one type of bar you can mix and match to create a buffet that has two or more stations; DIY Waffles, yogurt bar with fresh fruit and granola for toppings, and a beverage station for example.

Mother's Day If you want to cook reduce the stress and include menu items that can be cooked or  prepped in advance; unless you’re a seasoned short order cook making cook to order eggs for each of your guests can make you frantic.  So think quiches, casseroles, and baked goods!

Try this overnight Creme Brulee French toast from Carlsbad Cravings.  I made it for my family’s Christmas brunch last year, it was wonderful.  You prep it the night before and pop it in the oven half an hour before serving.

Click here for recipe!


Mother's DayAnother family brunch favorite is Chile Relleno Torta, I recipe I found years ago in Diane Mott Davidson’s book “Dying for Chocolate”.  It’s basically a crustless quiche with a bit of a bite from the picante sauce on top.  I prep everything the night before and pop it in the oven a half hour or so before serving.  I serve it with a basket of warm tortillas and bowls of sour cream and guacamole.  My kids and grandkids expect this every year for Christmas brunch.

Click here for recipe!

Mother's DayFor something heartier try this Ham & Cheese Breakfast Bake from Country Cleaver.

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Mother's DayYou can make this Yogurt Coffee Cake by Chef in Training the day before, it would make a yummy centerpiece for your dessert station.

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Mother's DayMake these Frosted Orange Buns by Kitchen Sanctuary the day before, it’s sure to be a hit!

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Mother's DayThis Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole from Simply Stacie is another make ahead option.

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Mother's DayAdd this Overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Oatmeal by Thrifty Jinxy to a cereal bar as a hot alternative.  Guests can serve themselves directly from the crockpot.

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Mother's DayYou can make these breakfast sandwiches by Jamie Cooks It Up the night before and pop them in the oven in the morning.

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Mother's DayWhether you’re serving a simple buffet or and elaborate one don’t forget to add the final touch to your tables!  Decorate!

Even if you’re dessert tables is just filled with store bought cupcakes, it will look more festive plated on a pretty cake stand and decorated with pretty cupcake wrappers and toppers.

Flowers in mason jars and vases are another good way to make the house look festive. Balloons, ribbons, tissue pom-poms are inexpensive ways to decorate for any event.

Using pretty plates, even paper ones help add color and fun to any gathering.  Add interest to your buffet table by plating food in pretty trays, stands, and jars of varying height.

Check out these free Mother’s Day Printables from The Girl Creative click here!

Make your own cake stands from dollar store finds!  Learn how here!

DIY Mother’s Day Subway Art Tray

DIY Mother’s Day Subway Art Tray

Mother’s Day is just 4 days away.  It’s time to think about what to get Mom this year!  Sure you can go out and buy Mom that bottle of perfume like you do every year or send over a nice floral arrangement, but the best Mother’s Day gifts I’ve ever received are those that the kids made for me.

Mother's Day Subway Art Tray My recent favorite is the hand print tree my grandson Devon made for me (with his mom’s help) several years ago.  It proudly hangs in my hallway and I smile every time I see it!

I featured this last year in my post Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make.  There’s a free printable of the poem they have under the tree in that post.  Click here if you want the printable or just want to check out last year’s Mother’s Day craft ideas you can do with your kids!

If you’re looking for a new idea read on!  This year I’ll be posting how-to’s for several craft ideas to make for Mom from now until Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday, May 8th. this year.   I’ve been making Mother’s Day gifts for the Moms in our family for weeks, I have to admit, I’m loving them so much I’m actually making some for myself!

Lately I’m really into Subway Art.  I love the idea of arranging words that are visually pleasing and convey a message.  I’ve seen all kinds of Subway Art on everything from framed artwork to wedding invitations.  I love it all!

On a recent trip to Walmart I found this plain metal tray, it screamed “possibilities” to me.  I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do with it but I just had to have it.

When I got it home I started working on Mother’s Day crafts and I thought why not use it to make a Mother’s Day Subway Art Tray.  A tray would be functional, pretty, and a perfect “canvas” for Subway Art!

There are many ways to use trays right?  I mean you can of course use it to serve food, but you can also use a tray to hold anything from make-up to letters, you can use it in a tables cape, and you can prop it on a stand like a picture or photo.

Mother's Day Subway Art Tray
If you’re not familiar with Subway Art it’s just a bunch of words typed or written in different sizes, fonts, and colors that are arranged in such a way that is legible, readable, and appealing.  The words can relate a theme, they can be the words of a poem, song, or  they can relay a message.  In short Subway Art can be about anything you want!  And if you do it yourself you can use it anyway you want.  You can print it out and frame it, make a stencil and color it in with paint, markers, or chalk, cut out the letters and decoupage it, the possibilities are endless!

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Mother's Day Subway Art Tray

Mother's Day Subway ArtFor this project I decided to paint it on the tray using a stencil I cut on my Cricut Explore  on  Dura Lar but if you don’t have a cutting machine and clear Dura Lar you can still make a stencil using the template I’ll be sharing with you and card stock!  Unfortunately the Cricut Design Space doesn’t allow me to share the actual template I used to cut.

But you can download this template by clicking here!  Size it for your needs in Microsoft Paint or whatever image editor you use; print it out on card stock, then cut out the letters.  Voila! You have a stencil!

Or you can make your own in paint, Photoshop, or other image editors, or use a free online photo editor like  If you need cool fonts check out they have a ton of free fonts you can download and install in your computer!  (hint: open the box after the download, choose the font file, and click install.  It will automatically be added to your system fonts and will be on the scroll down whenever you need to choose the font you want to use.)

Once I had my stencil I used Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint to paint in the letters then sealed it with Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer in Matte finish.  By the way this project only cost me $10, the cost of the tray!  If you don’t have the supplies needed it will cost you a bit more, you’ll have to buy the paint, sealer, and a stencil brush.  The paints, sealer, and brush should cost you $10-15 depending you how many colors you choose, but you’ll have lots of supplies left over for future projects.

Here’s how I made this Mother’s Day Subway Art Tray!  I love it!

Mother's Day Subway Art TraySupplies:

Rectangular Metal Tray – I got mine from Walmart (you can use a wooden tray too!)

Stencil made from Dura Lar or card stock

Acrylic Paint – I used Apple Barrel brand (you can click on the link and get it from our Amazon affiliate or you can pick some up at Walmart or your local craft store – any acrylic paint will do)

Clear Acrylic Sealer – I used Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer which you can pick up at Walmart or any craft store or you can order from our Amazon affiliate by clicking the link – any sealer will do)

Stencil brush our Pouncers

Paper Towels to wipe off brush

Small container of water to clean off brush or brushes for color changes

Clean scouring pad – the green ones you use for pots and pans

Work table covering – drop cloth, newspapers, or whatever you have on hand to cover your work space

How to:

  1. Measure the area you want to stencil and adjust the stencil template to fit. (My tray measured 12″ x 18″ so I made my stencil 11″ x 17″ so that I could have a half inch space around it.  I actually had to cut the stencil in 2 parts in my machine – the top stencil measures 11″x 11″, the bottom 11″x 6″)
  2.  Cut out your stencil.
  3. On your covered work space lightly rub the surface of the tray you are going to stencil on with the scouring pad.  This will make the paint stick to the surface.
  4. Place your stencil in the center of the tray, secure with tape if needed.
  5. Dip brush into paint, holding it perpendicular to a piece of paper towel blot it on the paper towel to get rid of excess paint.  Blot on the paper towel until you have just enough paint on the brush.
  6. Working from the outside in blot the paint in the cut out letters.  Work straight up and down.  Don’t angle the brush, if you do paint will seep under the stencil edges.  Work from the edge of the letter towards the center.  When you begin you will be blotting mostly on the stencil itself.
  7. Continue blotting in the letters, be sure to clean the brush in water and dry it with a paper towel when you change colors.
  8. Let the paint dry for at least an hour.
  9. Spray with 2 -3 coats of sealer.  Allow to dry between coats.

You’re Mother’s Day Subway Art Tray is done!  You can even serve Mom a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed on her beautiful new tray!  Don’t put food directly on the tray, cover it or place food in dishes before placing on the tray.

You can wash the tray with soapy water when needed.  Do avoid scrubbing it as you will scrub off the sealer and the paint will wash off.

I’m sure Mom will love this tray!

Keep checking for more DIY Mother’s Day Crafts I’ll be posting them until Mother’s Day!