The Craft Patch

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The Craft Patch

Crafts, Home Decor, DIY's and Recipes

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Florals Free Printable

Hi there! Just popping in really quickly to share this cute free Fall printable with you. I love the floral background and the script words. It's the perfect way to add a touch of Fall to any space and such a great way to decorate on the cheap.


Just print out one of these bad boys, pop it in a frame and boom! Instant Fall decor.


I've got three versions for you:


Simply click on the links above and print.

For personal use only please.

Enjoy friends!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Large, Inexpensive DIY Aspen Tree Wall Art

Big art can be so expensive. I've been looking for something to hang on the big wall above my couch for a while now, and since I couldn't find anything to buy that was in my price range, I decided to make something instead. I created a pretty aspen tree scene!


I love how my DIY wall art turned out and it was so inexpensive... I made the whole thing for less than $10. I also love that I could choose the exact size I wanted. The finished size is 3 feet by 5 feet. That's a BIG piece of wall art! 

Want to make one too? Here's how you can craft your very own big DIY aspen tree wall art:




Materials

- Black or charcoal craft paint
- Paint brush
- Scissors
- Yardstick

Begin by unrolling the foam sheet and taping it to a hard surface to keep it flat. Using a yardstick or other straight edge, draw a 3 inch border around the outside edges. Then draw your aspen trees. I looked up a picture online to use as a reference. I found that I had a hard time distinguishing between the trees and the background, so I colored my trees in a little bit to help me see which ones to cut and which to leave.

Cut out the negative space with a pair of scissors without cutting through the outside border. 


When everything is cut out, use a small brush and craft paint to add knots and bark details. 


As soon as the paint is dry, it's ready to hang on the wall! I used masking tape, but it started coming down after a few days, so I would recommend those Velcro Command Strips.


Not bad for $10, don't you think?


I love the wintery feel of this art, and plan to leave it up until spring!


Since this DIY wall art is super lightweight, it's perfect for a dorm room or rental apartment because you can easily hang it without damaging walls.

Now that I've had it hanging up for a while, I think I want to build a barn wood frame for it. Wouldn't that look great?!

Monday, September 12, 2016

DIY Wood Picture Frame Desktop Organizer

Looking for a handmade gift idea for the upcoming holiday season? This wood photo frame desktop organizer would be the perfect gift for kids to make for their grandparents or a favorite aunt or uncle. And guess what? It doesn't require any tools or wood cutting!


To make your own DIY office desktop organizer, you will need the following supplies:



Begin by painting or staining the picture frames and wooden ball feet. I used a foam brush and spray stain. 


Glue the four picture frames together to form a box. Let glue dry.



Cut a piece of chipboard the same size as the bottom of the box, then use more wood glue to secure it into place.


Add glue to the flat part of the wood ball feet, then press them on to the chipboard on the four corners of the box.


This step is optional: spray the entire project with a clear coat to add durability.


Create a box liner out of cardstock. Measure each side and cut a coordinating piece of cardstock. Tape all of the pieces together from the outside, then slide it inside the box.



Cut one more piece of cardstock the size of the bottom. We made this gift for Father's Day, so we included a little love note in the bottom. 


Now all you have left is to find some cute pictures of your kids to add to the photo frames and you have a useful, thoughtful gift to give!




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Easy and Pretty Vegetables + Dip Party Appetizer

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chobani. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm always up for a party, but sometimes the prep work can seem intimidating. That's why I love simple party foods. They leave me more time to panic clean the house before anyone comes over. Ha!

These vege and dip cups make the perfect appetizer. They are really pretty, but still quick to put together. They taste great and are healthy too! Labor Day is right around the corner and this would be the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue, family picnic or girls night in.


The star ingredient? Chobani's new Meze Dips! They are a creamy dip made with Greek yogurt and loaded with real veges, herbs and spices. I picked them up in the deli section of my local WalMart.


Then I simply chopped up some vegetables and arranged them in clear plastic cups so guests can grab a cup and go. I used red, green and yellow bell peppers, carrots and cherry tomatoes, but celery would be a good addition too. My plan was to keep the dip separate so guests could choose the flavor they want, scoop some into the bottom of their cup, then have a portable way to walk around while munching.


Aren't the vegetables pretty? They are almost too pretty to eat... well, almost.


Chobani Meze Dips come in four great flavors: Chili Lime, Smoked Onion and Parmesan, Three Pepper Salsa and Roasted Red Pepper. I liked all of the flavors, but I think the Smoked Onion and Parmesan was my personal favorite. I'm so excited to have a new vegetable dip! My go-to used to be hummus, but this new Meze Dip has 80% less fat and 65% fewer calories than the leading hummus, so I am not going to complain about that! It's like grown-up Ranch dressing that's actually good for you! Ha! I think I will be enjoying these dips often since I'm trying to be more health-conscious lately and get my daily serving of vegetables. You know how the saying goes: just a spoonful of dip makes the vegetables go down. Or something like that.


I kept the party decor simple with red buffalo check place mats. Red check just screams summer to me, so I thought it would be perfect for Labor Day and our last chance to celebrate summer. It's patriotic without being Fourth of July-ish. Really, the vegetable cups were so colorful and festive that it didn't take much else for it to feel like a party.

If you're thinking of trying Chobani Meze Dips, I found a coupon to save you a little money. Yay coupons!



We'll be hanging out with our extended family on Labor Day weekend. We don't have to chance for all of us to be together very often any more, so it's really going to be a great time. We'll hit up the county fair, play lots of backyard volleyball, let the cousins run around in packs and spend lots of time crowded around the kitchen table talking and laughing together. I can't think of a better way to spend a weekend!

What are your plans for Labor Day?

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Creamy Jalapeno Corn in the Slow Cooker

Hi friends! I've got a super simple recipe for you today. With Labor Day just around the corner, we're just about at the end of backyard cookout season. When Wayfair challenged us to share a favorite BBQ side dish, I immediately thought of this creamy corn recipe that my friend Dawn makes for every neighborhood get-together.


This recipe is the perfect blend of sweet corn, rich creamy sauce and spicy jalapenos. And it is so easy to make because you just throw everything in the crock pot!


Creamy Jalapeno Corn

1 16 oz bag frozen corn
1 can diced jalapenos (or 1 fresh jalapeno, diced)
1/2 cup butter
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Pour all ingredients into a small slow cooker. Heat on high until cream cheese and butter are melted. Stir until smooth. 


Serve hot as a stand-alone side dish or with tortilla chips. Alternately, this dish can be baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot. 


Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. This one is straight up delicious and sure to be a real crowd pleaser at your next barbecue. Do you have any fun plans for Labor Day?