Painted Wood Tray Monogram for kids

The Painted Wood Tray Monogram  was painted by my son Maxx.  He is 11.5  We had a rainy day recently and I was out of entertainment ideas.  Being the crafty mom that I am, we headed into the craft room and  opened of the drawer of wonder, AKA the recycling drawer.  We keep cans, jars, boxes and anything else that one might normally throw away.  We keep them for craft days.

kids camp craft

The wood tray was originally part of the packaging for a tray of citronella candles. Once the tray was empty it became part of the recycling drawer and fair game for anyone to use.

Materials needed for the painted wood tray camp craft:

  • a cover for work surface
  • A wood tray
  • paint brush
  • Americana Paint – Brick Red and Midnight Blue
  • DecoArt Stencil
  • Large letter for monogram

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Place stencil inside the tray.

decoart stencil americana paint







Paint the inside of the wood tray. Allow to dry.  Clean the paint brush.

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Paint the monogram and allow to dry. Clean the paint brush.

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Adhere the monogram letter into the center of the painted wood tray.  Viola, you have a simple kids camp craft. If you would like to see other kids camp crafts visit the blogs listed below.

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Mom things

Moms Check In (1) Being a mom and a blogger are two things that are very satisfying for me personally.  This week I am Co-hosting Moms Check In and we find out how other moms and bloggers work their magic and what they do for themselves to keep the magic flowing. So who are our Moms? Moms Check In

Amanda (@its_a_fab_life) is the mom of one boy and owns It’s a Fabulous Life, which is a one stop place for all things ‘Mom’. You can find recipes, DIY projects, frugal living, parenting and more.

Jenni (@sweetpennies) is the mom of one boy and writes at Sweet Pennies From Haven. Sweet Pennies From Heaven is a hearth and home website that focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home.

Lindsay (@SeeMomClick) is the mom of two great kids and owner of See Mom Click. She shares great deals, Disney happenings and recipes.

Stephanie (@spaceshipsLB) is the mom of one son and owns Spaceships and Laser Beams. Spaceships and Laser Beams is a great site full of party ideas, crafts and more all with boys in mind!

This week our guest co-host is Niki from 365 Days of Crafts! 365 Days of Crafts is full of DIY inspiration for yourself and your home!

You will want to make sure to check out all of our moms and follow along with Moms Check In on Twitter! We will be tweeting your responses all week!

do-for-yourself-694x1024This week we want to know, what do you for yourself each week?


Amanda – I think that taking time out for yourself is so important! It helps you to relax and be refreshed! And we all know that we are better wives, friends, and mothers when we are refreshed! 🙂 For me, I love to get out with my friends. I belong to an awesome church and we have lots of incredible small groups. Each week I meet up with two of my groups – one is a Bible study and the other is a group called Girls Night Out. We just get together and talk and hang out. A girl needs her friends! I also love to read. Running and exercise aren’t really my thing, although I’ve been trying really hard to make them more of my thing! Maybe one day, right?

Jenni-Eaves1-213x300  Jenni Okay, so I’m a big TV person. I stock up on DVR’d shows through the week and spend a part of each and every weekend just binge watching TV. Big Brother is in FULL swing now and I am addicted to Big Brother After Dark too. Then there’s Food Network, The Walking Dead (October can’t get here fast enough), Downton Abbey and so many other great shows! Nothing better than to pile up on the couch on a Saturday with a blanket, my remote and some not so healthy snacks!

LindsayHeadShot3Border-300x300 Lindsay I read! I have been known to forego a good night’s sleep in exchange for just one…more…chapter. But it’s my treat at the end of the day to crawl in bed with my Kindle and enjoy a good book. I have always loved to read and my hobby sort of fell by the wayside off and on after having kids. But lately I’ve made it a priority and really enjoy those few minutes before I doze off of solitude. Just me and my latest novel. Bliss! stephanieStephanie

Although Mike and I do the laundry, dishes, organizing and daily pick-up chores, we hired a cleaning service shortly after we were married. They come once a week to dust everything, do the floors and deep-clean the bathrooms and kitchen. It’s wonderful! There are only so many things I can do in a week — and Mike works crazy hours as well because of his shift work. At first we felt a little guilty about the decision but quickly came to realize how much it added to our overall quality of life. The hours we would have spent doing those chores on a Saturday, we spend together doing something we love.

And just for me, once a month I indulge in a facial. There are very few things I do that are only for me. When I am getting a facial, for one hour, I get to relax with no one asking anything of me. The fact that it’s really been helping my sensitive skin is a bonus.

Niki Meiners

Niki – As a mother of two (4 & 11) and a work-at-home mom finding alone time can be difficult. To guarantee my down time, we make weekly trips to the library. After the trip we go home and each member of the family has a half an hour of alone time. The 4 year old understands that even though she cannot read a book, she can look at the pictures and play make believe.

Moms Check In 1 Topic 5 moms  (1)   What about you? What do you do for yourself each week? Let us know here or on Twitter! Make sure to include #MomsCheckIn with your answer! We will be tweeting your answers all week! Have a question you want us to answer? Bloggers, do you want to co-host a week of Moms Check In? Fill out the quick form here and let us know!

Hair bow tutorial with Oly-fun fabric

easy no sew hair bow from die cut

Easy hair bow olyfun

Hair bow to tutorial for little girls.  Or in my case girls of all ages.  I made myself one too.  My hair bow is solid black and I added a rhinestone to it.  But I am not going to take a selfie.  LOL

My daughter likes to help make the hair bows and she is 4.  The fabric- Oly*Fun is really easy to work with and it does not fray.  I let her cut the material to place in the die cut machine and let her crank the machine.  Soon I will let her do the glueing.  But for appearances I did it.

To begin, place the die cut on the Oly*Fun Fabric on the cutting pad and place the die cut with the cutting side down.  Place the top pad on and run through the die cut machine.  (the layers you use will depend on your machine. (please use what the manufacturer recommends)

Remove the pieces from the die cut.
Use a fabric glue or hot glue gun to adhere the pieces together.

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Repeat the step for all the layers.

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Add a ponytail holder to the back of the hair bow.

Olyfun with hair band ply-fun







Embellish the center of the bow if you like. I generally like to do so.  My little one loves sparkle just like her mother.

easy no sew hair bow from die cut








Supply List for Oly-Fun hair bow:
Oly-Fun fabric
Fabric glue or hot glue gun
die cut
hair band or hair barrette

For other tutorial feel free to visit Niki Meiners at

kids craft project

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