Little Gifts: Mini Polaroid Picture Tile Magnets

i had some tile squares left over from fixing up our house. i was deciding whether to return them to the store, when i got the idea to pull them apart and make some mini polaroid pictures out of the 1″ tiles. then i thought….how about making them into magnets to put on my fridge.  so there you have it. thats how i created polaroid picture tile magnets!

i am so happy with how they turned out. i just recently got some fabulous pictures of my boys by one of my good friends and uber talented photographer Tonya Joy, and what a fun way to display some of them on my refrigerator.

now i am for sure going to make some more sets of these for gifts this holiday season. i’ve been thinking up some creative packaging ideas. i think everyone will love them. super easy. super inexpensive. but oh so super cute!

wanna make some of your own?!?!
Mini Polaroid Picture Tile Magnets:
what you need:
• 1″ white tiles (i got mine for $2.49 per sheet at Home Depot, it made 25 magnets)
 photos printed out on photo paper or cardstock
 3/4″ magnets
 Mod Podge (or other all-in-one glue, sealer and finish)
 E-6000 industrial strength adhesive
 prepare 1″ tiles by scraping any glue off of the back and sides. (old scissors did the trick)
 glue magnet to the back of each tile with E-6000 industrial strength adhesive. let dry.
 cut your photos out to size 3/4″ by 5/8″
 brush Mod Podge on the back of each photo and glue onto the top of each of your tile magnets. let dry.
 brush Mod Podge over the top of the photo and entire top of each tile to seal photo. let dry
 whala! you now have polaroid picture tile magnets!

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Sand Footprints

last week we spent the entire week camping at the beach. i had planned a few crafts for the kiddies in case they got bored….which they didn’t.  they rode their bikes, played at the beach, went surfing, played in the dirt and did a few of the crafts i brought.

i thought it would be fun for them to make footprints in the sand and to pour plaster of paris into them.  we found the idea on Tori Spelling’s blog. love it.

it ended up being a little trickier than i thought, but by day two, i figured it out.  after realizing that you can not use ocean water (i should have followed the directions on using CLEAN water) and that you can not just keep on adding water to keep the plaster pliable, i managed to get the cutest little footprints of baby.

the boys made handprints and round thingy-m-jiggys that they added shells and sea glass too.  they had fun, and unfortunately i didn’t get a pictures of the creations they made.
here is how to make your own print in the sand:
Sand Footprints
what you need:
CLEAN water
disposable cup or bowl
 rope or twine (optional)
shells, rocks & sea glass (optional)
 make your footprints, handprints or shape in the sand, making sure it is deep enough to hold your plaster. (slightly wet sand makes the best prints)
 if you want to add shells & rocks…nows is the time. place them along the bottom of your sand print holes. sea glass makes pretty fingernails in handprints.
 in a disposable cup or bowl, mix your plaster of paris according to the directions. you only have a very short window of opportunity to make your prints before it hardens up, so be ready to pour!
 carefully pour the plaster into the sand molds you made.
 gently press in rope into each print to make a hanger (optional)
let the plaster sit for at least 20 minutes to completely harden.
whala! sand prints.
the baby prints turned out adorable….much cuter than i thought. i am going to hang them in our travel trailer to remind us of this years camping trips. hope you can try this fun project….you could do this at a park as well.  but beware….it does create a bit of a mess (or maybe i am just messy).
happy crafting,
jill, jack, kyle & baby
(p.s. did you see the sneak peak of my new kitchen cupboards….the only good thing that came out of the house flood.)

Kiddie Fun: Painted Sandcastles

well, it’s been the first official week of summer for us. we spent the week pretty much preparing ourselves to start summer. i finished all my outstanding jobs for Jill Parkin Designs, we made final decisions for repairing our flooded home (we are still living in an apartment nearby) and started swimming lessons for my middle kiddie. i feel soooo much better and am very excited to finally be able to have an enjoyable summer. (i have made the decision to finally limit the invitation business….a hard one, but much needed). now the fun will begin.

anyways….we decided to celebrate by going to the beach to enjoy some fun in the sun june gloom. the water was cold, but the kiddies loved it? and we built sandcastles with our sandcastle kit and we even painted them….

painted them!!!!

yes. we used spray bottles filled with spray chalk solution and colored our sandcastles mounds of sand. the kiddies loved it. even baby.

how to paint your sandcastle

• cornstarch
• food coloring
• spray bottles (got at walmart for $.97)
• water

in a spray bottle mix a 3-4 tablespoons of cornstarch per 1 cup of water and food coloring. the more cornstarch you use, the more the color will show up on the sand.  but you don’t want to use so much that it clogs your spray bottle. add enough food color so that the color shows up. and that’s it.

p.s. you can use this as sidewalk chalk spray paint as well!
(i have found that the small spraybottles only hold enough solution to last a short time and I had to fill them up a bunch of times. next time i will skip the cute bottles and get the industrial ones.)

happy painting!
jill, jack, kyle & baby

Valentine’s Countdown Calendar

love this Valentine’s countdown calendar. too bad that it is already the 5th! maybe I can make one today. check out the new blog icandyhandmade annd find out how to make it!

Salt Dough Conversation Hearts

Salt Dough Conversation Hearts | Kid's Valentine Craft

okay, so i lied. i do have some cute hearts in my house! the kiddies and i made some Salt Dough Conversation Hearts to decorate for a fun Valentine’s Day craft and to decorate our home. we had fun making them and they turned out kinda cute. it was a great hands on craft for the kiddies.

wanna make some? here is how we made them…..

salt dough recipe
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup salt
• food coloring

other things you’ll need
• ribbon
• red marker
• cookie cutter
• scissors

• heat oven to 250º.
• mix the salt, water and flour till you make a dough. the dough should be similar to sugar cookie dough consistancy…you can add more flour till it is right. (but don’t eat it! ha ha).
• separate dough into balls and knead in a few drops of food coloring into each until you get the desired color.


• roll out the dough out on a floured surface. use cookie cutter and cut out your hearts and place on a cookie sheet.
• make a hole at the top of the hearts to thread the ribbon through before you bake. (i found this out the hard way)


• bake for 1-1/2-2 hours until your hearts are hard. be sure not to burn them!
• use a red marker to write on your hearts.
• thread ribbon through the holes, hang up and enjoy!


(i probably should have been more carefully writing the words on the hearts. they are a little messy…..but i guess i can’t always be a perfectionist.)
Have fun!