Geeks and Glitter

Come geek out with us in what we like to call "Shuman Land" and join us while we create and learn along the way.

Now that you are well on your way to creating by finding social media groups and practicing with your machine, chances are your Cricut cutting mat is getting a little worn and dirty. While you could go out and replace your mat with a new one, there are a few things that you can do to revive a dirty mat in order to save time by not going to the store, and better yet MONEY. We all can use a little more of that right? So let's learn how to clean a Cricut cutting mat.



First off, there are a couple of different ways that a Cricut mat can be cleaned, and I have tried each one of these. All of these methods work; however, I will list below the different methods, which ones work best and which ones will work in a pinch, but not so much long term. It also best to note that resticking a cutting mat can void your machine's warranty. Always check the warranty information that comes with your Cricut cutting machine.

One of the first things you can do to your Cricut mat is to wipe your mat down after use with an alcohol free baby wipe or a lint roller. The lint roller helps to remove any remaining paper bits that you can't get off with weeding and the baby wipe just removes any dust or dirt that may have collected on the mat. I have heard that scotch tape work as well, but I have not tried this method for myself. If you are anything like me, sometimes I forget to put the covers back on my maps and this is a quick way to ensure you are working with a decently clean mat before begining a project.

This is the method that I use if I have completed a fairly large project with lots of cutting and chaning out materials which can cause the mat to become less sticky. If your mat isn't heavily soiled with bits of paper, you can try the simple method of just washing it with soap and water. I usually put dish soap on a sponge and scrub it a couple of times to knock off dust or small paper particles that may keep the mat from sticking. When you are finished, lay the mat on a flat surface and let it air dry. When the mat is dry it will be sticky again. The soap and water just take dirt, dust and paper off the top of the surface, but there is still sticky left on the mat to continue on to your next project. It may not be as sticky as before, but it will still hold your work down. I don't suggest using anything more than lightweight materials.

I use this next method as a way to start from scratch and really deep clean a soiled mat, maybe I shouldn't say "soiled" more like well loved. :). This method requires several steps, but it will completely clean your mat and give you a fresh start. The first step is to apply Goo Gone to the mat and allow it to sit there for about 30 minutes. Once the Goo Gone has set, take a scraper and scrape all of the sticky off of the mat. I used the tool set that came with my cricut that is more specifically used for applying vinyl to different surfaces. If you don't have one of these with your machine, you can easily pick one up at a local craft store or you can go HERE and pick one up on Amazon for yourself slightly less expensive.

When you have finished scraping your mat, there should be no residue left. This is where this project can get a little messy. Using a spray adhesive you can re-stick your mat. I suggest taping the mat off with painters tape. The tape just keeps the paint from setting in places that you don't want sticky. Once you have sprayed your mat with spray adhesive, I let it sit for a couple of hours to settle. Using a spray adhesive will make your mat REALLY STICKY, so you will need to use something to help take some of that away. I use a piece of fabric that will pull some of the unwanted adhesive off. Keep dabbing the fabric across the mat until it is the correct amount of sticky that you need for your projects. If you do not de-stick your mat before placing your materials on it, you have a really good chance of it getting stuck. Trust me, I learned this from experience.While this method is a little tedious and time consuming it will keep you from having to buy a mat every time you complete a project.

SUGGESTIONS FOR SPRAY ADHESIVE:
3M Spray Adhesive
Elmer's Spray Adhesive
Aileen's Spray Adhesive
Krylon Adhesive Spray

I personally use the 3M and Krylon spray adhesive. Both of these work great. If you are looking for an option that is less expensive the 3M spray is the way to go as Krylon can be a bit more expensive. I feel both work equally as well.

Obviously, we we have already touched base on the warranty information when we started this article. That is IMPORTANT! I always have 2 mats available when I am working on a project. If I need to clean a mat, I always have one as back up.

Remember, these are just a few methods that I have tried. There are many bloggers and vloggers that have different methods and it is always best to find what works best for you. To help you with this process, I have taken the time to find a video on youtube that may help you, and of course it is from Melody Lane. She is so helpful, and if you weren't currently following her from my previous suggestion, then you need to follow her now. If you haven't read my article about learning your cricut explore machine and what you can do to overcome your fear of using it, I suggest you read my article HERE

Check out Melody's video below. Happy crafting and be blessed.

Jessica
Geeks and Glitter




If you are reading this blog post, chances are you have a Cricut Explore Machine, and not only are you ready to use it, but you are curious to what you can do with it. The Cricut line of cutting machines are top of the line, and the possibilities are really only limited to your imagination. Some buy the Cricut so they can design their own greeting cards, others use it to cut stencils for various DIY projects, and some use it for monogramming using various materials. If you are really new to Cricut or don't know much about it, you probably thought it was only useful for cutting images out using card stock. While this is a common material used for many Cricut projects, there are so many more materials you can cut with the Cricut Explore machines.

 According to the Cricut Help Center these are the list of approved materials for using the Cricut Eplore cutting machine. This is what they say:

Which materials can I cut with my Cricut Explore machine?

Cricut Explore machines cut so many materials that the only limit is your imagination. From something as delicate as tissue paper to thick leather, this amazing machine can do it all! Some of the popular materials that the Cricut Explore can cut are:

  • Paper - Standard, Cardstock, Vellum, Poster Board
  • Vinyl - Standard, Premium, Dry Erase, Chalkboard
  • Iron-On - Heat-Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  • Craft Materials - Washi Tape, Craft Foam, Glitter Paper
  • Upcycled Materials - Chipboard, Cereal Boxes, Aluminum Cans
  • Fabric - Felt, Denim, Polyester, Burlap, Canvas
  • Plastic - Stencil, Window Acetate, Silicone
  • Thick Materials - Leather, Balsa Wood, Magnet Materials

This is a crap ton of materials right? But, there are still more materials that many people have also tired out and posted about. Even Cricut recommends trying out different materials as long as they are smaller than 2.0 mm in thickness.

For the most popular materials used in cutting on the Cricut Explore machines there is a preset dial to make cutting at the right depth simple. You can also save certain settings for materials that aren't listed on the dial by moving to custom settings and the Cricut will automatically adjust to that setting for you. Below is a snap shot of the settings listed on the Cricut website, but as I mentioned earlier you can adjust anything you need under the custom settings dial setting on your Cricut Explore.


The list above tells you the pressure setting you need your machine set on, and also tells you the best tools for the job, including the various Cricut mats and blades needed to get the job done with ease.

If you are following Cricut Facebook groups or Youtube video bloggers, chances are you can find all of the information that you need on cutting your materials, along with tips and tricks for getting it right the first time. If you aren't exactly sure where to look for other individuals who like the Cricut cutting machines as much as I do, you can check out my post HERE!

I have found that with some of  the thicker materials I have tried, sometimes you have to play around with even the settings that Cricut recommends on their help page. If you find that your design did not cut all the way through the first time, you can always repeat the cut by inserting the mat again. Certain materials do require multiple cuts with the machine, you can adjust this when you come to the final cut screen and choose multiple passes before you hit the "GO" button.

I hope this post has been helpful. Let me know what types of materials you have tried cutting and what settings you have found work best. Happy crafting and be blessed.

Jessica
Geeks and Glitter
I am finally confident enough using my Cricut Explore Air, that I feel I can finally share a few tips and tricks when it comes to using the Cricut Explore. I'll admit, I have been really wanting a Cricut machine for awhile, and often went to my Mom's house to play with her original. However, when my Bookie (yes, this is my pen name for my husband) finally bought me the newest one as a surprise after I lost a lot of my crafting supplies after hurricane Matthew, I was OVERWHELMED. I took it out of the box and did the beginner tutorial card they offer through Cricut Design Space, but after that, I was so nervous I would mess something up I stared at it for a month before I touched it again.

Although I still get nervous with some of the things that I push my Cricut Explore to do, I'm having more fun with it, and I have found some of the coolest tricks so that you can get the most out of your machine. These are the things that have worked for me, but the advice I give comes from following some wonderful bloggers that I follow and trust with the amount of knowledge that they have when it comes to their crafting business and using the vast amount of products that Cricut has to offer. So, without further adieu, here is my best advice for learning how to use your Cricut Explore. 

#1. Find Groups on Social Media
This is the best piece of advice I can give anyone who is starting out with any new project they may be taking on ie: Crafting, blogging, technology...whatever it is, there is probably a Facebook group for it. What makes these groups even better is that there are people just like you on there. There are advanced to beginner individuals who all want to help out and find suggestions to their projects. It was so refreshing to be in a group with individuals that had the same questions as I did about learning how to use Cricut products, many of who were just as overwhelmed as I was just starting out. My favorite group on Facebook is Cricut Design Space with Melody Lane, and there are wonderful people that give support, a thumbs up and advice on how you can make your projects look better or get past a technical problem you may have. If you are looking for a Cricut group to follow, I promise you will not be disappointed with this one.



#2. Youtube, Youtube, YOUTUBE!
I'm pretty sure you get the point, but for those of you that aren't using Youtube as a way to learn, you are living under a rock. I love research! I think it gave my Mom so much comfort in knowing that most of the time she could always find me at a book store or library trying to find as much information on whatever it was that I was interested in that week. When I have a question about my machine, or I want to learn how to do a particular project, I ALWAYS go straight to Youtube. What makes Youtube so great is obviously instant gratification, but on the other hand, there are so many people that can guide you step by step through your journey of learning something new. You may not like everyone who has a video channel about your subject because everyone learns different ways, but when you find a channel that you like, subscribe and support that individual and let them know they are doing a good job. You can also find Facebook groups this way, which helps connect you with different individuals. This is how I found Melody Lane. If you are a newbie and want to learn your Cricut Explore, she is FANTASTIC and her videos are really easy to follow.

#3. Just DO IT!
I know the amount of knowledge when learning something new can be overwhelming, but the most honest advice I can give you is that if you aren't applying that knowlege that you are learning through a Facebook group and Youtube videos, then you are wasting your time. When starting out, find a small, simple project that you can accomplish in a short amount of time and DO IT. It may not be exactly what you want or would like to do, but you can't do the bigger, better and more fun things until you learn the basics and start small. One of my personal favorite small projects to do is making paper flowers with my Cricut Explore. They can be used for a variety of different projects and are simple to make in a matter of minutes.

Hopefully, this helps anyone reading to overcome Cricut Explore anxiety (as I like to call it), and you are ready to learn and have fun, because ultimately that's what it's about!

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and have a blessed day!

Jessica
Geeks and Glitter
If you are wondering where everyone is finding those adorable little svgs that they are placing on cute personal items, then look no further than this post. I’m sharing my favorite websites for free svg files and fonts. I love using my Cricut Explore to cut out vinyl images to place on everything I own, but you can also use these as printables.
You don’t have to be a computer genius and design your own fonts or svg files, even though it isn’t as complicated as you may think to design your own, I get it….sometimes you just don’t have the time to design your own image, or have to decided to put something together on a whim. While this list isn’t extensive, and only consists of 2 websites, I promise you won’t be dissapointed with the free svg files these websites have to offer.



First on the list is Creative Frabrica
This website offers an svg for almost any occasion, and most of these are perfect for making your own signs or printables. Here’s the coolest part about this website. They only offer cetain fonts and svg files for free weekly, but if you want unlimited access to everything they have to offer, you can get unlimited access to everything for 3 months for ONLY 12 bucks. Yeah, I said it, 12 bucks. There are over 2,000 files avaiable for you to access with this subscription and you can find anything you need. Hop on over to Creative Fabrica and check them out, regardless of which way you choose to get your svgs this website is an excellent bookmark for future use.



My next favorite place to go is LoveSVG
If you get on Pinterest (If you don’t know what pinterest is, I don’t know what you have been doing with your life), then changes are you have seen these adorable little printable svg files. What makes it even better is that most of these are free. Even better, if you want to use these images for commercial use when you are selling your own crafts you can buy the images in bulk for around 15 dollars. That’s an AWESOME deal.


I know that there are plenty of free places to get svgs on the web, but I use these two websites because they have so many in one place and they are organized. I’ve searched Google countless times trying to find svgs to use with my projects and I feel like I spend more time digging through images on random websites, and even then I rarely find what I am looking for and have to create it.
So, if you aren’t busy and you have a project you need to complete, head on over to these two websites and check out what they have to offer you. I think you will find that you will enjoy it, and maybe even purchase a few images of your own.
Be blessed!
Jessica

Geeks and Glitter
Are you looking for a great way to organize your stuff that doesn't look so boring? Well look no further. You can easily turn a simple plastic or glass container into something stunning with lots of GLITTER, With these DIY glitter jars, you will want to organize everything in your home or office. 



ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Mod Podge ( I use the Michaels brand)
  • Glitter (Chunky works best)
  • Glass or Plastic Jar
  • Alcohol or Nail polish remover
  • Foam paintbrush 
  • Acrylic sealing spray



Step 1: Place some newspapers down on your table so that you don't get glitter and glue everywhere and prep your jar (if you are working with glass) by cleaning it with alcohol or nail polish remover using an alcohol pad. I found my glass jars at goodwill here and they were only .59 cents a piece which made this even more fun because it was so cheap!

Step 2: Using the foam brush, coat the inside of the glass jar with your glue. Don't use a thick layer, but just enough so that the glitter will stick.

Step 3: Add a generous amount of glitter into the bottom of the jar, and spin the jar on its side to slowly work the glitter around the inside surface of the jar. Add more glitter as needed. Feel free to allow the glue to sit and add more glitter as needed if it didn't coat well the first time.Depending on how much glue you use, it may take several hours to a day or two to dry. Do not worry if the glue looks white at first and you can't see the glitter. When the glue dries it will dry clear.Be sure to tap any excess glitter out of the jar before you set it to dry. Let the jar dry upside down.

Step 4: Once the jars have completely dried, you can use and an acrylic setting spray to keep the glitter in place. Because I decided to use these jars to only hold markers, I lightly dabbed more decoupage glue on the inside with my foam brush and left it like that. If I was using this for a makeup brush holder, I would definitely use an acrylic spray to keep the glitter off of my brushes. No one wants to get glitter in their eyes.

My camera didn't want to work properly when doing this project, so I decided to upload a video that I found helpful when I was doing this project on my own. You can find it below.


So, what did y'all think. I hope you like this tutorial and enjoy creating your own glitter jars. These were really fun to make.

Be blessed.
Jess - Geeks and Glitter

Hey Y'all,

Okay, so obviously I have a serious addiction to makeup. For me to be allowed into Sephora or Ulta, I have to have a chaperone, and it's always my hubby. Due to the vast amounts of makeup, and the utter disarray that my bathroom counter is in, I have been researching DIY makeup accessories that I can make in order to organize my makeup a little better and there are tons available.

Below are several DIY makeup organization projects for you to not only organize your makeup, but make your bathroom counter look prettier as well. Enjoy!

If you are someone that travels a lot, but also wants something cute to store your brushes in that is also quick to grab up, then you definitely want to try this makeup brush carrying case at Sew4Home. WARNING: This requires knowing how to sew, which I am slowly crawling at, but if you have no issues with sewing, you can find the tutorial (GREAT INSTRUCTIONS) HERE!

 These are jars which I have created to organize several areas in my life, and my next step is organizing my makeup brushes with some of these. Who wouldn't want a bunch of glitter jars to brighten their day every morning when putting on some makeup! I will update this picture, when I finish my brush holders. You can find my tutorial HERE!

Another FANTASTIC way to store your makeup brushes, I'm actually really upset I didn't come up with this idea because this is AWESOME! Now to find some of the plastic skulls I have lying around in the Halloween decorations. This is extremely simple, and if you are new to DIY, yes, even you can do this simple, yet fabulous project. Check out the Haunted Housewife and take a look at the tutorial HERE!

Okay, so this project is not only useful, but it is also great for the frugal spender. With these reusable makeup removing pads, you no longer need to go to the store and get cotton swabs for your makeup remover. Simple to make and an adorable addition to any bathroom counter. I wonder if these would also work to remove nail polish. Check out the tutorial HERE!

So, if you have limited space in your bathroom, and let's be honest, when it comes to makeup WE ALL have limited space, you can create this little beauty that holds a little bit of everything. The cool thing about this project is that you can use a dish set from your own home, or you can pick up some really eclectic pieces at a local Goodwill and make something even more YOUnique. Take a look at the tutorial and just how simple it is to create HERE!

 This project will really take you to a new level of organization and allows you to put everything in its place. With a few basic supplies, and of course a glue gun, you can easily have all of your makeup organized within a couple of hours. Check Handmade in Heartland and the awesome tutorial HERE!
My eyeshadow and blush pallets take up too much space on my counter, but they are something I use daily, so putting them in a drawer or cabinet will not work. I don't think a magnetic board will hold some of them, but this is a great idea. There is no DIY tutorial for this, but I'm sure there is one out there. This is an etsy listing, but VanityClosetBeauty makes some wonderful ways to store your makeup. I'm going to try and make my own, but she does have several brush holders I'm thinking of purchasing. I don't know her personally, but she has great reviews and here stuff is adorable.Check out Carolina's store HERE!

Hopefully these DIY makeup organization accessories got your gears turning and you are ready to create some of your own. Let me know what you make and what you want to see more of in the comments below. 

Be blessed.
Jess - Geeks and Glitter

Okay Guys,

I know I haven't been posting in awhile, and I am deeply sorry for that, but I promise there has been so much stuff going on it has been absolute madness in my neck of the woods!

When I began posting in August, my husband and I had finally finished a nice sized addition to his wood shop, which was designated as my "she shed", and I was posting like crazy, finally with my own space to work in. September I spent most of the month prepping lots of projects for Halloween to begin a month series of blog posts for October. Well, much to my surprise, as well as a lot of us here in Georgia we got hit with a terrible Hurricane.... Matthew.

For weeks we watched Matthew, and at the last minute it turned leaving us only hours to evacuate the Savannah area. Now, I live 20 miles from shore and the hit we took from Hurricane Matthew completely devastated this area as Savannah and Hilton Head, SC took a direct hit.

Lots of people didn't leave, most hurricanes push back out in this area, and we hadn't been hit in 30 years. Hurricane Matthew hit us as a category 4. Needless to say, my hometown was demolished. Between the flooding and tornadoes, my little building and most of the stuff in it was destroyed. All the metal came off of my roof and the floor flooded. All of my projects ruined. Thankfully my house was still standing, but the roof had no shingles and two windows were blown out.

We were without power for 2 weeks, and I was out of work for almost 3, so that put a damper on finances in order to get back on track.

As things got back to normal, by Thanksgiving I had finally gotten back into the Holiday spirit and wanted to get back to sharing things on my blog (even though I was crafting from my kitchen), but the day after Thanksgiving we were hit with the news that my father-in-law, who was only 54, was diagnosed with stage 4, terminal liver cancer. He lasted only a few weeks, and went to be with Jesus a week before Christmas.

It took some time for me to be willing to get back into the swing of things, even after my shed finally became somewhere I could create again, and now I am finally back on the horse.

Even with all the struggles of 2016 - I find myself looking forward to the blessings of 2017, as with many things, there has to be struggle before true beauty and purpose is found. I have been blessed with a new building, and lot of cool toys that I am finally getting the hang of using. One of those is a Cricut ( my favorite Christmas present), and my father-in-law left a lot of his tools to me and my husband, which has opened a whole new world when it comes to creating things for me. I'm pretty sure, as of right now it is a toss up between my Dremel and my Cricut as to which tool is my favorite right now.... I also got a drill. YAY!

This is going to be a fun, year and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, but it's back to work for me and I hope you will follow me along the way.

Much Love,

Jess
Geeks and Glitter
This is a cute little project that may make me actually want to charge my phone. Raise your hand if you never keep your phone charged....It tends to make most people that call me really mad, but I really don't care much about talking on the phone or texting, my phone is literally a glorified tablet that I use to surf pinterest and find good deals at my favorite places to shop. THAT'S IT! A few of my girlfriends and my Momma are probably all shaking their head in agreement because I just don't answer my phone. So I decided to make my own cutesy little hanging phone charger out some felt I stitched up.


While this project takes a little time, it really isn't complicated and the hardest part, if you aren't familiar with stitching up your own projects, is completing the blanket stitch around the felt. Don't let the words "hand stitch" scare you. The blanket stitch is really simple and durable.


This is an excellent video teaching you how to do the blanket stitch, and is acutally the one I used to teach my daughter with. Yes, my daughter makes her own little felt characters, and yes, my 8 year old can do this, so I know you can.

I don't really feel the need to post how I completed this project as you may want something different, but I traced my phone on a piece of paper for a pattern and cut out two pieces for the back and front and stitched them together using the stitiching technique in the video above. I didn't flip it inside out for a smooth edge because I like the stitched look, but feels free to turn it so you don't see the stitching.

I added a hippo to the front, because, come on now, who doesn't like a cute hippo with a bow in her hair. The hippo was a stencil from the PLAID Folk Art - Animal Icons. These came with 48 different animals, perfect for the animal lover or kids in your life to dress up their projects.



After cutting out the hippo, to go along with the stitched theme, I did a basic running stitch around the edge of the animal to give it a little definition. The grass I cut out on my own without a stencil and double layered it to give it a 3-D effect and make it look like the hippo was walking in the grass.

I hope you enjoyed viewing this project and decide to make your own. I already have a tablet cover in the works which I am really looking forward to showcasing.

Let me know what you think!

Much love,
Jess
Geeks and Glitter
I have been dying to make  a DIY book clutch for awhile and I didn't have time to focus on it until everyone in the house got sick with some kind of fall weather change sinus infection thing. Since the kids have been out of school and too tired and sick to move, I had some time to focus on a project for myself, and it turned out FANTASTIC. Usually projects that I'm not familiar with scare me, but this DIY book clutch project has so many possibilities and freedoms, that I was excited about what it was going to look like and what I was going to use it for. I felt a little selfish taking a little time for a, what I would call "Fancy" DIY project, but when you craft with kids all day, sometimes having something that is just yours......is, well, NICE!


Here are the basic items you will need: 
Box cutter
Decoupage glue ( I used generic from hobby lobby in a glazed finish, Sorry I was out of Mod Podge...If you must know this substitute did not disappoint and the finish was fantastic)
Paint brush
Book
Fabric/ Craft Paper


Step 1: Begin by gluing all of the pages in your book together. You don't have to do this by flipping through individual pages and glue each. Simply open the back of the book and apply a generous amount of glue, and with the front of the book open, glue the outside of the pages or the edges of the pages that show when you close the book. Leaving the front open, allow the pages to dry. This seals the pages together and you can move on to cutting them out. 


Step 2: Using a ruler, trace out the size of the hole you want to hold your items for the book clutch. I used a big enough book to where I could come in about 1/2 inch from the border of the book. After you have measured your area, you can begin cutting. 


Cutting out the pages was the most difficult part. You can only cut out 4-5 pages out at a time without making the pages look like doo doo. This can be time consuming, and this step is the reason why I will probably never make one that involves cutting out the pages like this. I have seen some nicer ones where all of the pages were removed and a zipper replaced the pages which I thought looked cleaner too. BE VERY CAREFUL with this part of the DIY because honestly, if you get in a hurry, you could probably cut a nice chunk out of your hand if you aren't paying attention.


I didn't go all the way to the back of the book. I've seen other bloggers and DIY projects that have gone both ways. I knew that I wasn't going to use this as a clutch per se, so I didn't need as much room as one would for a purse. 

Step 3: Apply fabric to the outside and inside of the book where you want to hide what used to be the original cover and inside of the book. Choose any print or design you like. I've seen paint used too, which honestly, would probably go much faster, but of course I don't think about things like that when I'm on a roll. 


I added a strap too. I thought this would add a little more detail and insight to what may be laying inside. I used a clamp to hold the strap in place as it dried and to the other end I added an embellishment to cover the snap I used to hold the book clutch closed.


When everything was completed, the fabric trimmed and the finishing details added, I decided to use this clutch to display my costume jewelry that I use to embellish my projects. It's beautiful and adds the true beauty of the broaches and jewelry it holds. 







What do you guys think? Isn't this one of the most beautiful projects. The possibilities that this book clutch DIY can add to home decor are endless. I hope that you choose to make one of these too. I'm going to be traveling to a conference for work in November, so I think I'm going to make another that I can use as a type or organizer or planner, so stay tuned for that update as November gets closer. 

Thanks for stopping by and be blessed.

Much Love, 
Jess
Geeks and Glitter
If you are looking for some cute accesory and home decor, then look no further than this article. If you have children that have unwanted or unloved plastic animal toys that they have outgrown, then turn them into something useful again with some of these toy animal DIY projects. I promise that your kids will be dying to get these back once they see what can be done with them. 

NOTE: No animals were harmed while creating these articles. :)



Book ends are a must have when it comes to decor lately, and with the cuteness coming from these, anyone can see why. You can take any plastic toy animal and create simple book ends with some spray paint and wood.



These are so precious, aren't they? I've seen so many magnets made from small plastic animal toys, but I've never seen anyone actually use the backside, which I think is really funny. Anyone can easily make these and add some bootie to your fridge.


Looking for a unique way to hang scarves, purses or backpacks, then look no further because this craft isn't just for a child's room. Find a piece or wood, cut the heads off some animals, slap on some paint and wah lah! Definitely a conversation starter for any room.


Display your favorite photos on your desk at work with the help of these little guys. Coworkers will always notice your best memories when framed with something as eye catching as these critters.



Display your green thumb proudly by taking a larger plastic animal toy and turning it into a succulent planter. Succulents are extremely popular, easy to grow and stinking adorable in the back of turtle plastic animal given new life.


Don't want to magnets to clutter up your fridge? Then turn the smaller plastic animal toys in to decorative thumbs tacks. The ones in the photo above remind me of animal crackers for some reason.


This is probably my favorite use for a giant toy dinosaur. This is a fantastic way to prompt kids to brush their teeth by having such an interesting buddy to keep an eye on them while in the bathroom while holding their toothbrushes.

I'm hoping to make a couple of more toy animal DIYs by the end of the month. I've got my eye on the coat rack myself. Which ones did you like? Be sure to comment below and have fun crafting.

Jessica
Geeks and Glitter

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