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DIY Giant Magnetic Chalkboard Art Station

DIY Giant Magnetic Chalkboard Art Station


Create a giant magnetic chalkboard art station for children with the help of Sugru mouldable glue.


Create a giant magnetic chalkboard art station for children with the help of Sugru mouldable glue.

Today I'm going to show you how to create an awesome child's art station. It's a large magnetic chalkboard with attached storage space for art supplies and the whole thing hangs on the wall. It would be the perfect addition to a playroom and is sure to encourage creativity in your budding little artist.

Thank you so much to Sugru for sponsoring this post. When they contacted me about a partnership, I was so excited. Their product is genius and I can already think of a hundred ways to use it!

I've been wanting to create an art station for my kids for some time now. I came up with something that I think is pretty great. My kids are already playing with it nonstop!

Here's how you can make a giant magnetic chalkboard art station of your very own.

Step 1: The base of the art station is made from a drip pan. It can be purchased in the automotive section at Walmart. The first step is to spray the entire pan with chalkboard paint. Two light coats will give you good results.

Make a child's wall easel art station out of a metal drip pan

Step 2: Use acrylic craft paint to paint a colorful border around the edges of the drip pan. This step is optional, but it adds a lot aesthetically.


Step 3: Drill holes for hanging. I used a regular drill bit and placed my holes near the top of the board. I chose to make two holes so the board wouldn't move.

Step 4: This is where the real fun begins! You'll need a pack of Sugru mouldable glue. Guys, this stuff is super cool. It is the consistency of silly putty and can be molded, squished, stretched and bent into any shape you can dream of. Then after 24 hours, it hardens into a flexible silicone rubber. And it pretty much sticks to anything!

Fix, modify and craft with this amazing new bendable glue

This is what it looks like:


It comes in individual packs to prevent waste. Once a mini pack of Sugru is opened, you have 30 minutes to mold it into any shape you want. Then leave it for 24 hours and it will magically turn into a firm but bendable silicone rubber. Sugru can be used on glass, ceramic, wood, metal and plastics and once cured it's waterproof, heat and cold resistant, electrically insulating and shock resistant. Pretty amazing if you ask me! 

Their new formula is kid-friendly too, so no worries if you have little hands helping you complete your project.


I used Sugru in three different ways in this project.

First, I created a space to hold scissors. I formed the Sugru into the shape I wanted then attached it to the chalkboard.


Next I created hooks so I'd have a place to hang some little baskets filled with art supplies.


And lastly, I made "clips" to hold crayons.


Don't they look so pretty all lined up in a row?



Are you starting to see all of the cool ways Sugru can be used to attach things together? It’s also pretty easy to remove with a sharp knife - if you ever want to change things around.

Make a hanging art station complete with art supply storage

Unique hanging art station for kids that you can make!

I wanted to have a way for my kids to also draw on paper, so I found some colorful magnetic clips at the dollar store and they can be used to hold paper in place for drawing with crayons or for displaying paper art projects.

How to make a large magnetic chalkboard art station

Another advantage of a magnetic chalkboard is that these letter magnets work perfectly. I'm loving the versatility of this project! My kids can color with chalk or crayons, hang artwork, or do letter magnets. I was thinking I'd glue some magnets to the backs of a few puzzles we have too so they can put them together on the chalkboard. It's sure been a lot of fun! 

Make a magnetic chalkboard art station for your little artist.

Here are a few other  ways you can use Sugru:
  • Wrap earbud or charging cord ends to prevent breakage.
  • Fix broken plastic toys (like that one-armed Buzz Lightyear).
  • Create hooks that will stick to virtually any surface.
  • Attach items to walls without making holes.
  • Make heat-proof handles for pots and pans.
  • Fix a hole in a pair of sneakers or rain boots.
  • Add extra shock-absorption to your phone case.
Be sure to check out Sugru.com for even more amazing ideas and sign up to their newsletter here to receive a 10% discount.
How to create an awesome child's art station. It's a large magnetic chalkboard with attached storage space for art supplies and the whole thing hangs on the wall. It would be the perfect addition to a playroom and is sure to encourage creativity in your budding little artist.
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DIY Fall Decorations: Mini Embroidery Hoop Banner and a Cross-Stitch Pumpkin

DIY Fall Decorations: Mini Embroidery Hoop Banner and a Cross-Stitch Pumpkin


Create your own DIY fall decorations in a nontraditional color scheme: a beautiful macrame inspired mini embroidery hoop banner and a fun cross-stitched pumpkin.

Create your own DIY fall decorations in a nontraditional color scheme: a beautiful macrame inspired mini embroidery hoop banner and a fun cross-stitched pumpkin.

I'm so excited to share two creative fall craft projects with you today. Thank you to Hobby Lobby for sponsoring this post.

When I think of fall crafting, I tend to think everything has to be orange, red and brown. This year I decided to challenge myself to come up with a nontraditional color scheme to decorate my entryway table. I headed to my local Hobby Lobby and found inspiration in the yarn aisle. 

I decided to try to cross-stitch a carve-able foam pumpkin! Want to give it a try? 

Foam Pumpkin Decorating Idea: Cross-Stitch Pumpkin


Step 1: Cut a hole in the pumpkin so you can access the inside. I just realized as I was typing this out that since it's a fake pumpkin, you could totally cut from the bottom and then your cut lines wouldn't show. Dang. Wish I would have thought of that sooner!

A smart tip for carving a fake foam pumpkin!

Step 2: Round up a few different colors of yarn. I chose a color palette of blush pink, olive green, cream, navy and mustard yellow. It's definitely not your typical fall color scheme, but I love these colors together!

Decorating for fall with yarn

Step 3: Choose a design. I went with a simple smattering of X's, but the sky is the limit here. Draw the design on with a pencil, then use a power drill with a small drill bit to make holes in the pumpkin.

Use a drill to make a cross-stitched design on a foam pumpkin

Step 4: Use a blunt tip needle with a big eye to stitch your design onto your pumpkin. 

How to add a cross stitch design to a pumpkin!

The next fall craft I have to share with you today is this fun embroidery hoop garland. I'm combining two hot trends -- macrame and embroidery hoop wreaths -- into one fun garland that's perfect to hang in your home this fall.

I purchased these 4 inch embroidery hoops from Hobby Lobby and used the same yarn colors from my cross-stitched pumpkin to tie the two projects together.

Embroidery Hoop Wreath Macrame Inspired Banner


Step 1: Remove the inner circle from the embroidery hoop. The plain hoop is the one we'll use. Set the hoop with the metal fastener aside to use for something else.

Materials needed to create a darling and unique boho fall banner

Step 2: Cut about twenty pieces of yarn that are each 8-10 inches long. Fold them in half and attach them to the hoop using a lark's head knot, as shown in the photo below. 

Best knot for attaching yarn to a macrame project

Step 3: Add flowers! I bought a package of pre-made paper flowers, but you could cut them using your Silhouette machine if you prefer using this rolled paper flower tutorial.

Store-bought Prima paper flowers are used to decorate a fall banner

Use hot glue to attach the flowers to the wreath. For more visual interest, it helps to layer several flowers in different sizes on top of each other.

Macrame inspired embroidery hoop wreath turned into a fall banner

The last step is super easy... just string all of your mini hoop wreaths together and hang them up! I had to tie a knot on each one to keep them evenly spaced and facing the same direction.


What do you think of my fall decor this year? Would you try a non-traditional color palette or do you like to stick with the norm? The good news is that you could easily adjust this craft to suit your personal preferences.

Either way, be sure to stop by Hobby Lobby for loads of creative inspiration and don't forget to print out a coupon before you go. Happy crafting!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

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DIY Fall Tea Towel Craft

DIY Fall Tea Towel Craft


Make your own custom tea towel for fall using glitter heat transfer vinyl and a Silhouette machine.

Make your own custom tea towel for fall using glitter heat transfer vinyl and a Silhouette or Cricut machine. It's a cute and easy fall craft to decorate your home.

Fall crafting has commenced! I'm making all of my fall crafts now so that I can enjoy them from now until Thanksgiving. I want lots of time to enjoy these pretty projects!

This post is sponsored by my friends at Expressions Vinyl. Some affiliate links may be used.

Today I'm sharing a step-by-step tutorial and free cut file for making a custom tea towel. It says, "Pumpkin Spice Season" and is made from the prettiest glittery heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. They sell two colors of gold glitter HTV. The picture below shows "Old Gold" on top and "Gold" on the bottom.

The color comparison between Old Gold and Gold Expressions Vinyl Glitter HTV

Both gold colors are pretty, but for this project I chose the more coppery Old Gold color. 

Step 1: To start, download the free templates found at the bottom of this post. One is a png file and one is a Silhouette file. If you have a Cricut machine (or if the Silhouette file won't open properly for you), download the png, open it in the design software and use the trace feature to outline the shapes.

Step 2: Scale your design to fit on your tea towel, then MIRROR THE IMAGE! Don't forget this step or your words will be backwards! Once the image is mirrored, adjust the cut settings to blade - 4, speed - 4, thickness - 18. 

Expressions Vinyl Glitter HTV cut settings and a fun project idea

Step 3: Insert the HTV into the machine with the shiny side down, then send the design to be cut. The photo below shows the HTV being cut with no mat, but I usually use one just to be on the safe side.

Tips for cutting glitter heat transfer vinyl

Step 4: Carefully weed the design. Peel off all of the big pieces of extra vinyl first... 

Easy fall craft ideas for the home

...then use a straight pin or weeding tool to remove the little pieces.

How to make a glitter kitchen towel with words

When I think I've weeded all the pieces, I like to flip the image over to check for anything I might have missed. It's easier to see on the front side.

Add sparkle to a tea towel for fall with this easy fall craft idea

Step 5: Center the design on your tea towel, cover with a piece of clean paper or heat transfer cover sheet and iron with firm pressure at 325°F for 10-15 seconds.

Create a pretty tea towel to decorate your kitchen for fall

Step 6: Peel away the clear plastic while it's still hot.

Create this pretty fall tea towel craft to decorate for fall

I think you'll be amazed at how sparkly this HTV is in person. It's so pretty!

Pumpkin Spice Season Tea Towel DIY

The suggested washing instructions are machine wash gentle and hang to dry. Don't forget to download the cut files below!

free Silhouette cut file for fall




Looking for more heat transfer vinyl project ideas? Expressions Vinyl challenged a group of bloggers to create a fun HTV project and you can help me win by voting for my project! You may not know this about me, but I'm super competitive. haha.

But the best part is that when you vote, you'll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Expressions Vinyl so you can make your own cool projects!

and use the Rafflecopter widget to cast your vote. 


Make your own custom tea towel for fall using glitter heat transfer vinyl and a Silhouette or Cricut machine. It's a cute and easy fall craft to decorate your home. #fallcrafts
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"Tie A Knot" Free Printable Inspirational Quote

"Tie A Knot" Free Printable Inspirational Quote


Download this free printable inspirational quote to use as wall art or to send to a friend who's going through a hard time.

Free printable inspirational quote to use as wall art or to send to a friend who's going through a hard time.


Today I'm sharing a free printable I designed to inspire a friend who's going through a hard time right now. Sometimes life can be so tough. I think humor can be one of the best ways to get through trials. Do you know someone who needs this cheeky little reminder? 

I've created several sizes and colors of the printable so hopefully there's something that will be perfect for you to print.

There are two versions available in an 8x10 size. One is black and white and the other is navy and white.

Printable inspirational quote with free download

Printable quote for wall art or cards

If you don't want to use up all of your colored ink, just print the black and white version on colored cardstock and it will look great!

Then there are four color options (gray, peach, navy and mint) available in a 4x5 size.

Hand lettered quote for cards or wall art

All of the different sizes and color options can be found in this Google folder:

Free Printable Inspirational Quote

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I hope you spread some cheer with this printable. Even the smallest act of kindness can really lift someone up.
Free printable inspirational quote to use as wall art or to send to a friend who's going through a hard time.
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