How to pack for a boat day trip

There is nothing like spending a fun filled day out on a boat with family or friends. Packing for a boat day trip is as exciting as having a good time with your loved ones on a boat. It starts with making a list of all the items you need for the trip. Here are some things you must write in your list and take along to your boat day trip.

  • Shoes

You must carry a well cushioned pair of shoes to your boat trip. Sperry top-sider angelfish shoes are ideal for women. These shoes are stylish and feminine. They feature padded tongues and rubber out-soles for durable comfort. Made from stain and water resistant leather, they have rust proof eyelets for a secure fit. You can also pick a pair of black sparkle sperrys for your wife or girlfriend. These shoes are great for formal events, dates, night outs and parties. They help you have a luxurious and romantic dinner date on your boat. The Hikerfish Sperry topsider is one of the best men’s shoes for a boat day trip. Made from premium mixed materials and leather, these shoes have padded tongues. Their shaft height is 7 inches. Once you have picked shoes for the men and women of your family, it is time to buy nice pairs of shoes for the little ones. You can check out various Sperry shoes online for your baby boy and baby girl.

  • Insect repellent

You must carry an insect repellent and a hand sanitizer with you. Bugs can be a big challenge if you are fishing or exploring a small island. You must use a hand sanitizer before having your meal or snacks. Don’t forget to buy some good moisturizing lotions, antiseptics and sun screen lotions for your trip.

  • Clothing items

Don’t forget to carry swimsuits, hats and sunglasses to your boat day trip. Your swimsuit will help you lay out and bathe in the sun on a beach. Every member of your family should have these clothing items. Try and cover yourself with clothes as much as you can if there are mosquitoes around.

How to create your own card

 

One of the greatest craft ideas I ever came across was showed to me by one of my best friends. And it’s something so simple, anyone can do it. You can make your very own greeting cards with just a few simple steps and supplies. Not only do they end up looking beautiful, but they’ll be cherished for years to come because they’re so personal.

What you’ll need:

roll-on tape

avery greeting card stock

-several pages of scrapbook paper in whatever style you choose

-cut-out letters

-lace

-jewels, craft flowers, or stickers

What you do:

First, before you’ve purchased all your supplies, choose what type of card you’re making. Is it a birthday card, a Christmas card, a happy anniversary card or even a just because card? Depending on the type of card decides what type of paper you buy. At your local scrapbook store, there are always dozens of types of paper to choose from.

Once you have your card stock, you have a blank template to style to your heart’s content. Buying things that add pizzazz to your card makes a world of difference, like stick-on jewels or some ribbons. This is what you can do for one style of card.

  • Cut your scrapbook paper into half inch strips, long enough to cover the surface of your cardstock
  • Apply your roll-on tape onto the back of the scrapbook paper
  • Gently press each strip onto your cardstock, with no gaps, varying the pattern to create an assorted look
  • Once the paper has been set, applied and is dry, stick or use your roll-on tape to apply letters into your card
  • Use some lace to adorn the top edge of the card
  • Apply your jewels or other accessories near the edge of the lace on opposite sides of the card
  • You’ve completed your card!

Once you’ve finished decorating the outside of your card, make sure to write something well thought out and sincere in your card as well. Not only will your card look beautiful but it will also show how much you care about the person you’re giving it to.

How to make an origami bat this Halloween

Bats account for around a quarter of all mammal species. They are valuable to us, as well as natural ecosystem. Sadly, the winged mammals number have been diminishing due to pollution, habitat loss and other reasons. Therefore, grab a chance to express your love for this warm-blooded symbol of Halloween by making an origami bat. An origami bat makes a great Halloween decoration. You could make a ton of these and hang them up on your ceiling, in the kitchen, patio or the entrance this Halloween.

What you will need:

A sheet of square origami paper (6″ x 6″ / 15 cm x 15 cm) or a decorative printer paper, a flat surface, scissors, punch and paint

Instructions for making an Origami bat:

  1. Start by folding a perfect square sheet of paper to make a triangle. Paper can be black, brown in any shade, gray or any other color that suits your imagination for Halloween.
  2. Fold your square paper twice diagonally
  3. Turn the paper over and fold two times side to side.
  4. Push in at the sides to form a sort of pyramid by using both hands.
  5. Cave it into a double triangle with two flaps on each side.
  6. Bring the top left flap down and under the center. Do the same to the right side.
  7. Now fold the top down a little to form a bat face.
  8. Cut a slit on each side on the bat head at the point you see in the photo.
  9. The pointed ends are the ears and the folded tip is the bat’s face.
  10. Use the punch to make ears and feet. Then use the paint to make the eyes.

And you are ready with your fun creative project!

Create handmade Halloween cards this year

Handmade cards are so much better than store bought, because they are personal and you can make them prettier too! This craft should be fun not stressful. Don’t feel like every card needs to be identical. Try different combinations of patterns and elements to create an original festive card each time.

Here’s what you need:

Colored paper – try orange, black or purple

Hot glue gun

Colored hot glue gun sticks – try silver or orange

Halloween themed seal stamp

Halloween stickers

Avery glue pen

Patterned scissors

Halloween stamps

Halloween stamp pads – try silver

Here’s what you do:

  1. Take one piece of paper and fold it in half or however you want the card to open. After you’ve folded it, take your patterned scissors and cut the edges. Just don’t cut the fold of course!
  2. Then take your other colored paper – maybe purple, purple on black would look great – and cut a square or rectangle that is a half inch to an inch smaller than the front of your card.
  3. Take your Avery glue pen and glue this piece of paper to the front of your card.
  4. To make easy Halloween seal stamps to decorate your card, simply use some colored hot glue on a scratch piece of paper. As soon as it’s on the paper hold the Halloween seal stamp on top of the hot glue until it hardens, then remove it. You should be able to peel the seal stamp off of the scratch paper. You can use these to decorate your card by gluing them on.
  5. To complete your card, use Halloween stamps and stickers to decorate the rest of your card. Make sure you use a greeting like “Happy Halloween.” Maybe you have a sticker or a stamp that has a greeting you can use already. Other items you can use are ribbon, patterned Halloween paper or even items around your home that you can recycle.

Halloween wreath ideas

Holiday wreaths most definitely don’t have to be reserved only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Halloween wreaths can be just as festive and when you’re creating your own, there’s a lot of room for creativity. If you pour your heart and soul into your craft projects, then you might the right candidate for making a Halloween ribbon wreath.

 

Here’s what you need:

– A variety of Halloween ribbon (You need a lot: about 50 yards)

– A plastic or wooden wreath form from the dollar or craft store.

– Hot glue gun.

– Black spray paint or wide black ribbon

– Metal rings

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Take a plastic or wooden wreath form and either spray paint of wrap solid black ribbon around the entire loop.
  2. Cut all of your Halloween ribbon into 2-3 inch pieces.
  3. Take you hot glue gun, and glue the ribbon into a loop by putting one dot near the bottom. The ends of the loop should spread out so you can glue those to the wreath later.
  4. Once you have done this with all of your ribbon, start hot gluing the ribbon to the wreath. Open the ends of the ribbon, put a bit of hot glue on the ends and place on the wreath.
  5. When you are gluing the ribbons on the wreath, they should be very close together, so your wreath is nice and full when it’s completed.
  6. If you want to, you can add to your wreath by putting hot gluing letter onto your wreath to spell out “boo,” for example. You can also take a Halloween knick-knack that you have around your house and secure it to your wreath.
  7. Use two metal rings for crafts and secure them to the back of the wreath so that you can hang the wreath up on hooks or nails.

DIY wedding program fans

 

The weather is getting warmer each day, and that can only mean one thing – wedding season is now in full swing. So, we bring you this crafty tip on making wedding fans that are also a wedding program! This craft tip will satisfy those creative do-it-yourself brides, and also, will offer a cooling affect for all those lovely wedding guests.

You’ll need:

  • Access to a computer with a word processing program and a printer
  • Fan template (You can download them online: http://www.ayleebits.com/2006/06/10/diy-fan-programs/)
  • Scissors
  • 3/16” eyelets
  • Card stock in colors of your choice
  • Glue stick
  • Crop-a-dile punch

Although this craft may be a little time consuming (hello, wonderful bridesmaids), it will add the perfect touch to the ceremony.

Once you’ve downloaded the fan template online, the next step will be deciding on the right font. With the format three pieces of the fan can fit on one piece of 8.5”X 11” card stock.

You can decide the amount of blades for your fan, the color variations, and the content, but here is an example using 4 blades:

  • The first blade can be an introduction to the wedding with the bride and groom’s names, the date of the wedding, and the location.
  • The second blade can list the bride and groom’s parents, the maid of honor and the best man. The third blade can list the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
  • And the fourth blade can be an order of the ceremony.

After you’ve printed enough fans for your guests, you can (carefully) cut them out. Next they’re ready to be arranged in the proper order.

Once they’re stacked properly and flush with each other, place and 3/16” eyelet at the bottom, and use a crop-a-dile puncher to press it into the paper, making your 3/16” hole. (Make sure not to clamp it too hard, or the fan won’t be able to open.)

Now you’re finished! And not only do you have a fan that will cool your guests during a beautiful summer wedding, but you also have a memorable keepsake from the special event.

DIY floral headband

 

It’s about time to put together a fresh and floral wardrobe for the warm season! Accessories will create a pop of color and flare to just about anything you’ve got in your closet. Floral headbands are becoming a trending topic in the world of accessories and are super simple to make. The best part was that it only took about 20 minutes to make three headbands!

What you need:

What to do:

  1. Before getting started, choose the perfect blooms for your headband. Any type of flowers will do but the larger blooms are best for statement pieces and will surely jazz up your entire wardrobe.
  2. If your craft store flowers come attached with stems, you can pull all the flowers from their stems but be sure to clip the green plastic pieces off the back of each bloom so the back side is flat.
  3. Use hot glue to adhere the blooms to your headband as you see fit. You can use super glue. I highly recommend the Loctite All-Purpose Super Glue which typically comes in a pack of two (2 grams/tube). So, if you’re planning on designing more than one floral headband, you’ll have enough glue to go about creating many!
  4. When gluing your flowers to your black plastic headband, I’ve found that it’s best to start in the center of the headband and work your way to the ends attaching more flowers. If you have a bunch of flowers of different sizes, it’s best to center the largest flower and have the smaller flowers as surrounding décor. This makes it easier to create a balanced look.

These headbands are fun and easy to wear and will add a splash of color to any outfit! They also go great with a sea shell pendant. If you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll surely enjoy crafting this piece!

Gift ideas for the avid writer

In your search for the perfect gift for someone, considering their passions and activities they find enjoyment in is a fantastic way to find the perfect gift. In this case, if your friend is an avid writer, instead of buying them just a book by their favor it author that will be read once and stored on a bookshelf, consider creating a small gift basket with nick-knacks that a devoted writer will be sure to love. Here is a quick guide to making your very own gift set for a friend who loves to write, providing you a thoughtful and unique gift.

Gift set ideas:

Fountain pen – Comfortable and fun to use, the fountain pen is a lost writing utensil that many have never had the pleasure to use. These pens let you write with little pressure and encourage flowery and unique handwriting.

Ink bottles – Needed for any fountain pen, items like the blue or black ink bottles are perfect additions for any pen collection.

Stationary – High quality paper makes a huge difference in a writer’s experience, so go the extra mile a pick-up some quality stationary to make their writing sessions that much better.

Bookstore gift card – Almost every writer is also an avid reader, so instead of picking out a book for them, give them the opportunity to head to their favorite bookstore to browse and buy what they love.

Pen case – A colorful case, like this yellow pen case, is perfect for storing pens and pencils for a writer, keeping them in a neat and organized place.

Crafty DIY lollipops

 

Since the early 20th century, lollipops have long been a favorite of the candy industry. Synonymous with good times and happiness, lollipops are perfect for rewarding children or adults. Whether they are added to small craft gift bags or awarded after a tough doctor’s visit, you would be hard pressed to find someone on this planet that doesn’t enjoy an occasion lollipop. But how are they made? Here a quick how to guide to get you started on making your very own crafty lollipops.

Ingredients:

–          Lollipop sticks

–          Food coloring

–           Aluminum foil (or custom molds)

–          ½ tsp. of desired flavored oil

–          ¼ cup honey

–          ¼ cup light corn syrup

–          1 cup sugar

–          ½ cup water

How to prepare:

1. Over high heat, bring ½ cup water, ¼ cup honey, and ¼ cup light corn syrup to boil. Must reach 295 degrees.

2. Add flavored oil and food coloring and test flavor by dipping into mixture and running over cool water. Add more flavor to taste.

3. While mixture is still hot, pour it into pre-fabricated foil molds and insert lollipop sticks.

4. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes and enjoy!

The molding process is where you can really get crafty with your DIY lollipops, creating all sorts of shapes and designs.

How to make a monster mask

Getting started

If you have already purchased a monster mask craft kit, then many of the supplies you will need to create your mask will already be included. These items include a mask mold, markers, paint, or craft clay. If you are making one from scratch, you can choose your own supplies to create your own unique mask. For example, you can paint a 3 oz paper cup  to and glue it to your mask to be your monster’s nose. If you use two, they can be the base for horns. Here are some custom mask ideas:

Paper bag monster

By taking a brown paper grocery bag, you can easily create a paper mask. This type of mask can be wrapped around your child’s face and fastened in the back by masking tape or thread. Measure around your child’s head, and make sure to add a couple of inches so that the mask can comfortably be adjusted. After you’ve cut holes for the eyes, your child can use markers, feathers, paint, or whatever they choose to decorate their mask.

Shaggy monster

If you have a plastic face mask, this will create a great base to create a shaggy monster mask. You can cut 2 inch pieces of yarn and glue one side of the yarn in bunches to imitate a shaggy hair appearance. Using construction paper to create a mouth with sharp teeth would add to the scary effect.

Masquerade masks

Masquerade masks are really convenient to use since many already come with elastic string for easy wearing. You can create scary designs on the plastic part of the mask, and then add fabric that drapes down over the rest of the face.

Since masks can be made out of paper, cardboard, plastic, clay, and other materials, you and your child can get creative when making your monster mask. What did you and your child choose to do for your monster mask?

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