November 26th, 2014
These chalkboard place cards are super easy to create. I found chalkboard coasters at Michaels and knew right away they would make the perfect placecards for my thanksgiving table.
Chalkboard Coasters (I found these at my local Michaels)
Mini Wood Spool
Ad Tech Hi-temp Glue Gun
Basically you just need to glue the spools to the back of the coasters. I HIGHLY recommend a full-format high-temperature glue gun like this one from Ad tech. If you don’t have one, you should definitely get one. It has quickly become my favorite crafting tool. You have to be a little more careful with high-temp, but it adheres to pretty much everything, but you get less strings, and you have a few more seconds to reposition items before the glue hardens.
Glue on one mini spool to each corner…
Your place cards will stand up just perfectly, and all you have to do is write names on them!
I also found cute chalk banners at Micheals and just had to get them. I love a few little chalk accents in my fall decor. Also did you spy my burlap placemat?
If you don’t want to glue spools to the backs, you can just leave the coasters flat and prop them against other decor on the table. You could also turn these into a banner by stringing them and writing what everyone is thankful for etc. So many possibilities!
October 31st, 2014
Just a quick last-minute halloween project this year. I was creating my glitter snowflakes this week and it had me wishing I had some glow-in-the-dark glue sticks. Well low and behold I found some in my glue stick stash and went to town. After creating a few random ghosts, I saw my boy’s candy buckets, and decided to do a little personalization.
Using my Ad Tech High-temp Project Pro Glue Gun and their Glow-in-the-Dark glue sticks, I wrote out their names…
And a skull and bones.
They turned out super cute! If you have a little Elsa you could cover her bucket with lots of glow-in-the-dark snowflakes. Really the possibilities are endless, I’m super excited to use this glue to make lots of fun crafts!
October 30th, 2014
Ad Tech Hot Temp Glue Gun (this one was perfect because of the small metal tip)
Ad Tech Glitter Glue Sticks
Ad Tech Silicone Glue Pad (nothing sticks to this sucker and it’s see-through)
Wood Veneer Snowflake ornament (Found these at my local Michaels)
The snowflakes can be used as a template for creating a full glue snowflake. You could also use any snow-flake item you have or print out a snowflake illustration. Slide your snowflake (or image) under the silicone mat.
With a glitter glue stick, simply glue directly onto the silicone pad over the snowflake using the snowflake/image as a guide. I HIGHLY recommend this hot temp glue gun. I tried this with a low temp and I just couldn’t get the flow that I needed to create details. Also this glue gun has a metal tip that you can use to manipulate the glue you’ve already put down.
I hand drew a few words too. You can also use a print-out of a font you like and place it under the pad to use as a template for any words you want.
After doing the glitter snowflakes, I embellished my wood snowflakes with some of the glitter glue too. I love how they turned out!
They would be super cute on a tree, wreath, or garland.
And if you want to see more Christmas fun, Check out my blog on November 1st (2014), I’ll be debuting my Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge Tree!