DIY Crafts and Miscellaneous Conversation

Who knew DIY crafts and laundry could keep a gal away from her blog? I did not blog all weekend because I was too wrapped up in laundry, arts and crafts and sipping Moscato in between screaming children. That was my weekend how about yours? I normally use the weekends to spend time with my kiddies that I may not necessarily get to do during the week; so this blog will be a recap of that time spent.

To start, we got our first family portrait back and I must say I don’t hate it!

Family Portrait 2the kids photo

Though the whole act of being in the mall during holiday season gave me cause for an anxiety attack; I’d say the end result was totally worth it.

 I mentioned earlier that crafts were apart of my weekend and they were so let’s begin with:

DIY Masquerade Ball Masks

I can’t really explain what my obsession is with these masks but I love them. I thought it’d be fun to do it with the kids and I was right.

  • Paper Plates
  • Scissors
  • Washable Paint
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Popsicle sticks or String (either or)
  • Feathers
  • Fabric Jewels

I think it’s important to mention that all these items can be purchased right at the Dollar Tree. No need to spend tons of money on items that are totally going to be destroyed once the kids play with it enough.


Cut the paper plate in half, you can shape it if you want. Create holes so that you can see out of the mask. Paint the mask whatever color you want. Try to let it dry before you add glitter if you want the glitter to lay in a certain design; otherwise it’s going to stick to the wet paint. Add feathers and jewels as you see fit. You can either string the mask to be worn that way or you can use a popsicle stick to hold the mask to your face.

The results:


This activity was done with children ranging in ages 4-13 so it’s something all the kids can enjoy. Next up on my list of projects was something geared towards the young ladies!

DIY Lipstick:

My daughter and her cousin had been watching a Youtube video on this a couple of weeks ago so we decided to give it a try.

  • Crayons (your choice of colors)
  • Raw pressed coconut oil (any brand)
  • A pot
  • A stove top safe bowl

Directions (as narrated by Ashiyra):

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And last but not least was a little fun experiment I found in the Dollar Tree called grow your own gel balls. Nothing to fancy, it’s a box of little teeny balls that resemble beads. You place them in water and watch them “grow”. Minimal materials required and best of all it only cost a $1.00. They bounce and they feel weird which of course excites the kids. *side note* if you squeeze them they crumble and leave a nice mess for mom to clean up. 


In all, I’d say my weekend was pretty fun (stressful with 8 kids in the house) but fun nonetheless. How was your weekend?