Super Saturday Craft Day


One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to help organize a “Super Saturday” at my church.  Super Saturday is a day where the women from church and their friends, family, neighbors…can come together and craft.  This event is always in November so we can make holiday decorations as well as inexpensive gifts for Christmas giving.  I just thought that I would share what we are doing this year:

This Snowman/Scarecrow craft was requested by someone who had seen a similar craft online using planks.   As you can see, this craft is reversible, making it possible to have it out from October through January.  Love that!  I will do a tutorial on this soon.  Promise!  ***UPDATE: Here is the tutorial***

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This 2 minute craft  is great for display as well as for holding a plate of holiday goodies.  It is as simple as removing the backing from the vinyl sticker that I cut with my Roland Dr. Stika machine, placing the sticker and rubbing it to smooth it out, then removing the masking layer.  Easy peasy!  I love how simplistic it looks.


I found some little wood boxes that I thought would make perfect little chalkboards.  Before Super Saturday, I will paint the boxes white.  That day we will add a vinyl frame to use as a stencil.  After painting with chalkboard paint and letting it dry (we always use hair dryers at Super Saturday to speed up the drying process!), we will remove the frame vinyl to expose the white below.  I’m also going to do a quick demo about how to easily “write” on chalkboards.  I love that this little guy can stay up year round.  I love, love, love chalkboards and the fact that “art” can change in a matter of seconds.


We are also going to do a demo of how to make a 5 minute pillow cover.  Soooo easy!  Here is a great video tutorial to show you how it’s done and here is one of the many pillows that I have made this way:


Lastly, here is a craft that I patterned off of one that my friend found online and loved.  I made sure to use an image that is copyright free of the LDS Salt Lake Temple spires.  We will decoupage that as well as the saying, “Families are Forever”.  This idea can be used in a thousand different ways, using different pics (pics of children and grandchildren, family home…) and sayings.  I drilled tiny holes in each corner of the word wood so I could easily insert little brads for added detail.  I also drilled a couple of larger holes on the top for the ribbon to go in and, BAM! it’s a fabulous item to hang in your own home or to give as a gift.


I’m so excited for this Super Saturday event…I can hardly wait!  It is so much fun to turn on the Christmas tunes and work and laugh and craft with friends.

Do you participate in a similar crafting event?   If you are not aware of a similar event around you, why don’t YOU get one started?  Grab your friends and family and get crafting!  You just might end up with some pretty cool stuff and warm memories as a result.


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DIY: Hip to Be Square Wreath

I like square stuff.  I’m not sure why, I just do!  Check it out…

Our table is square…


Our dishes are square.  You got me! I know the smaller white dishes are rectangles, but in my little world, I categorize them as square…my kindergarten teacher would be so disappointed.

If I had my dream home, it would be foursquare style:


Seriously,  you should Google “foursquare architecture images”.  You will need a rag to wipe the drool off of your face.

Well, it is Christmas time and I thought that I would share an insanely easy  DIY holiday wreath with you.


Call it rectangle, if you want.  I made this baby so many years ago.  Yeah, maybe time to change out the bow.  Anyway, I am going to show you how to make a square wreath.

You just need three things:  a frame without glass, cheap-o greenery garland (mine was 7 yards long), and a glue gun with glue sticks.  You will spend more time waiting for the glue gun to heat up than you will spend making this wreath.   Once it does, put a little dab of glue on the back of the frame ( I like to start in a corner) and then start wrapping.


Don’t wrap too tightly because you will want to manipulate it around until the whole thing is uniformly covered.  Then hot glue the end to the back.  Ta-dah!

You can add a bow and fru-fru if you want:


I kind of like mine a bit more plain :



And this is where it stays…for now.

What do you think?  Is it hip to be square?


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DIY: Snowman Ornament Carrot Nose

Do you like snowmen?  I adore snowmen!  I even have a snowman themed tree that I put up in my dining room each year.  It rarely snows where I live in N. Cal, but I still give myself permission to keep snowmen decorating my home until February.  Over the years I have crafted up all kinds of snowmen:  ornaments, wall hangers, large porch sitters, fabric ones, wood ones, etc, etc.  I have come to the conclusion that a carrot nose can either make or break a snowman.  Is that weird?

In this post I showed my latest snowman that I crafted for a Super Saturday craft day and promised that I would show how I made the carrot noses.  Before I go on, I want to make it clear that I am NOT the originator of this cute sheet music idea… I’ve seen a few different versions of him on Pinterest.  Anyway…this is my snowguy:


Notice his cute little carrot nose? Want a closer look?


Looks like a carrot, doesn’t it?  Do you want to know how I did made it?  I will give you a clue:


I was creating my snowman ornament just before Halloween and as I was decoupaging him, I wondered how I was going to make the carrot nose.  Just painting it on seems so flat and boring.  I happened to look into our Halloween bowl of candy sitting there, ready for trick or treaters and, whammo, I knew what I was going to do.  That is what I am going to share with you right now.

Supplies that you will need:  sucker sticks, pencil sharpener, orange marker, scissors, a glue stick (optional), and about 20 seconds of time.

First, the sucker sticks.  You can use sucker sticks with the suckers still attached or run to the craft store and get yourself some of these:

I already had these and personally wouldn’t go buy them just for snowman noses.  Suckers still taste the same even with shorter sticks.  Next, sharpen your stick with the pencil sharpener.


I tried to use my electric pencil sharpener, but it didn’t work as well as this old-fashioned manual one.  Make it as sharp or rounded as you want.  If the paper seems a bit raggedy, don’t worry.  You can fix that later.  Before cutting the carrot to your desired size, use your orange marker to color it.  I used a Sharpie which is more waterproof than a Crayola, but both will work… the sucker sticks are just paper, after all.


At this point I added little dents with my butter knife (not sure why my knife photographed like that!).  You can also use your fingernails or scissors or whatever you want.  These dents are what make it look so carrot-y.  Now grab your scissors and cut the end off to your desired length.  Watch it, though.  These little stinkers tend to fly off and get lost.  Eyes on the carrot!


Now it is time to paint the white end.  At this point, if you have little papery-fibers sticking up, just rub a finger across a glue stick and smooth those babies down.  Done!

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Don’t you agree that the nose really DOES make the snowman?


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