Quick Crafting Tip: Mod Podge

I purchase Mod Podge in huge containers.  The largest I’ve found without ordering online is 64 ounces.  I seem to need lots of this stuff in the fall - I purchase the largest container I can find.
I do leave the top off for lot of hours and I’ve found this tends to make the glue a little thick or the sides become dry and then I find I’m wasting glue.
So, I found a really quick solution.  I grab a small mason jar and pour from the larger container.  The mason jar seals enough to work perfect for my projects and the glue inside seems to stay ‘fresh’.  Plus, who doesn’t love mason jars, right?
That’s my quick tip for the day.

Painted Gumball Machine

March is National Crafting Month...I'm so excited to join Jen Goodie of 100 Directions to celebrate all things crafty.
National Craft Month Series with 100Directions.com
This week, it's all about paint, and most of you know, I love paint!  So, I broke out the spray paint and got to crafting.  I'm happy to share my teal gumball machine project with you.

I ordered my gumball machine online and knew from the start I wanted a different color.  You only need a few things to get started.  The hardest part of this project for me - having enough patience and waiting for the paint to dry so I could use it.

Gumball Machine
Spray Paint
Painters Tape
Cardboard or cardboard box
Extra newspaper or plastic bags

While the gumball machine was perfect, I wanted to to fit my brand better as I wanted to take it along with me to craft shows.

I stared with a new machine, the parts were perfect.  But if you happen to have a vintage machine, I suggest you contact the company of your machine for any needed replacement parts.

I took apart the machine and put all the inside parts and glass bowl to the side.

I then filled the inside part of the machine with plastic bags and used painters tape to cover all the areas I didn't want to paint.  And remember you want no paint on the inside of the machine. It just keep any food safe.
And just paint.  I needed 3-4 coats. It's very humid here in Texas, so I was required to let it dry for days, about 3 times longer than the instructions on the can.  I even brought it inside the house from the garage the last two days just to be sure.

Hope you enjoy!  If could paint a gumball machine in any color, what color would that be?  
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DIY Easter Tag + FREE Easter Printable

Easter is coming really quick this year!  Why not print out a few Easter Tags to add to your celebrations.  I remember growing up my mom worked her butt off to make sure we had a fabulous Easter each year.  Details were always perfect.  The day was spent at my grandmother's house, huge lunch, my papa, lots of cousins, aunts and uncles and of course, church.  I love my Easter memories.
I created this printable hoping to add to some of your Easter memories.  These fun tags could be used for celebrate Easter or even a spring party.  Great for teachers, neighbors, friends, or co-workers

I started off with a few supplies:
 - small glass jars
 - Scissors
 - hole punch
 - 2 inch paper punch
 - twine
 - candy
 - printable
It's really easy, just print out the tags using photo paper or card stock.
Punch out the tags using your 2 inch circle paper punch
Punch a hole with your hold punch
Fill the jars with candy
Use twine to attach tag to jar...that's it.
The fun part is selecting all the fun easter candy to put inside.
I think this project would be perfect with mason jars. And the grass is edible!  Super cute!

You can get the printable here
{this is a non sponsored post | The Digi Rainbow on Etsy helped with background designs}