Personalized Chalk Art Takeout Boxes

Well, Target did it again! Their Dollar Spot had some adorable chalkboard party products. I picked up a wall hanging, easel, and cute-as-a-button takeout boxes.

I pulled out my chalk art kit and stencils to go with my Target finds.

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Pull out your first initial and center it on the box.

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Trace around the stencil with the chalk marker from the chalk art kit.

TIP: If the marker doesn't work right off the bat, press the tip down onto a piece of scratch paper until the ink starts flowing.

You're left with an outline of your letter.

You can leave it as is, cleaning up the edges a bit, fill it in, or have some fun with pattern.

Depending on how brave you are and how many boxes you're making, you can make every letter with a different pattern.

I had so much fun, I went to town on the hanging board and the easel too! It's a Chalk Art Party!

Do you decorate with chalk? Do you freehand or stencil?

Pieced Paper Easter Egg

I would love to decorate more for seasons and holidays, but I just don't have room to store the decor when it's off season. I've found some frames sitting around and realized filling them with gorgeous paper would be the perfect space-saving way decorate for Spring and Easter.

Easter Egg Art Supplies

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Start by trimming the gray polka dot tissue paper to fit your frame as a background. For tips, see my how-to on Hazel & Ruby's blog.

Cut the patterned paper down to a size that will fit in your paper cutter. Then trim each pattern into varying sizes of strips.

You'll be left with a pile of colorful paper curls.

On one of your sheets of cardstock, place strips of double-sided tape in vertical columns.

Arrange the strips of patterned paper horizontally over the tape, varying the patterns.

Place the printed Easter egg template over the cardstock, centering it where you'd like the patterned paper to be. To view the patterns easier through the template page, hold everything up to a window.

Once you like the placement, hold the papers together (or tape them) and cut out all layers at once along the Easter egg template.

Adhere the egg to the center of the polka dot tissue paper you've already cut out. If you want to keep the background paper separate to change out the Easter egg for other seasonal decor, center the egg in the frame first, then lay the background behind it. The frame will keep the egg in place.

Put your second piece of cardstock behind the background tissue paper so nothing shows through. Replace the back of the frame and display your new seasonal art!

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

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

I admit. I'm a bit of a marker hoarder. So when I heard about BIC's Month of Merry Marking (eh, see what they did there?), I had to participate. Since I had my gift tags figured out, I looked outside the box for a way to incorporate my marker addiction into the holidays. I think I found the perfect way with my twist on the salt dough ornament.

Prior to this, I was a salt dough virgin. I've made play dough, cinnamon applesauce dough, but no salt dough. It was so darn simple, I can't believe I'd never made it before! I shall now share the secrets of the salt dough ornament with you. Prepare yourself to be amazed by its simplicity.

First off, you need to make your dough. I love recipes I can memorize and this one is easy peasy.

One part salt + one part water + two parts flour.

1 + 1 + 2 = dough

I made mine in my Kitchenaid, but that's solely because I'm lazy. This could easily be mixed with a wooden spoon. The thing is, this dough is sticky with a capital S. So after you have mixed it, turn it onto a floured surface and knead for a long while, adding flour as you go. If you make a small batch like I did, you'll only have to knead for 5 minutes. Larger batch? Longer knead. Just work it until it's no longer sticking to the counter and it's smoothed out.

Once you have your nice, smooth salt dough, you're going to roll 'er out to, oh, 1/8 inch. The thicker the dough, the longer it takes to dry. I'm impatient. Plus, I like the look of a thinner ornament.

Here's where the creativity comes out. You can play it safe and use your cookie cutters now OR you can get a little crazy like I did and pull out some embossing folders.

Since I'm not much of a freehand artist, I used the folders to make my own template to color in. Just press the embossing folders (normally used to emboss paper) into the dough to give it some dimension. Make sure and press down enough so the design really comes through.

Here's how the three I chose turned out. If I were to leave them as-is, each design looks great. But if you decide to color them in after baking, like I did, here's how I'd rank the "ease of coloring" for each pattern.

Now grab your favorite holiday cookie cutters and cut out your designs.

Poke a hole in the top of each ornament for your future string and place them on a baking sheet. 

Pop them in a 200 degree oven for AT LEAST 5 hours, or until those puppies are dried out. Moisture makes them brittle, so the drier the better.

Once they're dry, and cool, grab a BIC Mark-It™ permanent marker. My color of choice? #Sapphire. It's the perfect icy winter blue.

Take your marker and fill in the embossed design.

Really, folks. It's beyond easy. From mixing the dough to coloring with a marker, even a not-so-proficient crafter like myself made it work!

To see more BIC Mark-It™ colors and for other ideas on how to celebrate the holidays, check out the #BICMerryMarking booklet. Just click here to get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking!

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