the DIY: BOOK OF SPELLS WITH MOD PODGE

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Mod Podge was kind enough to send us a box of goodies, and with Halloween around the corner we decided to use their products to make this Book of Spells. We love how the book turned out, and were glad to create something non-traditional for Halloween. The surrounding decor was added for effect. Read on for the tutorial for how to make the Book of Spells.

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You will need: An old book, some craft paper, the Mod Podge Foam Applicator and the Mod Podge of your choosing.

Having trouble picking the perfect Mod Podge finish? This picture shows you the finish of 8 different kinds of Mod Podge on paper. (1.Antique Matte 2.Matte 3.Outdoor 4.Sparkle 5.Glow in the Dark 6.For Kids-Gloss 7.Super Gloss 8.Crackle )

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If your book has a paper cover, take it off.

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Crinkle up your craft paper a good amount.

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Place your book on the craft paper...

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And cut/tear a piece of the paper that is a little larger than the book.

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Pour your favorite Mod Podge (we used Antique Matter for a more vintage look) into the sponge roller squeeze bottle.

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Roll Mod Podge onto the book cover.

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Press the paper down onto the cover.

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Open the book and put Mod Podge on the edges of the craft paper. You will need to tear the top and bottom pieces by the spine so they will fold over without bringing the rest of the paper with it.

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Fold each side over one by one onto the inside of the book.

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Finish Mod Podging the rest of the book.

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You can use the Professional Decoupage Tools by Mod Podge to help the paper adhere better, and with less air bubbles.

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Once you've finished the whole book you will have little pieces of paper hanging off of the spine of the book.

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Just tear them off!

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Then you will need to add a layer of Mod Podge to the rest of the book.

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Now to add the writing on the cover of the book you will need to print out your word on the computer- in the font of your choosing.

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Tape the sheet of paper down right in the middle of the book.

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Trace the outline of the letters with a very pointy pen or pencil and press down hard.

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Your outlining should make an indention in your book cover. This is barely noticeable in this picture but there is a "B" there.

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Trace over all your indentions.

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Then fill in your outline with a permanent marker and your book is finally done! Use this book to add to your Halloween display to add a special touch!

Have we ever mentioned how much we love Mod Podge? We use it all day everyday and twice on Sunday (ok not really) but it is one of our most favorite craft supplies ever. There is nothing more versatile.
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the DIY: COPY SKIRT

So I have this skirt from Forever 21 that I got not too long ago and I ABSOLUTELY love it. It was super cheap and I just love the way it fits. It's almost like a full circle skirt (that tutorial is coming soon) but it's a little more fitted at and under the waist. Anyways, I wanted to recreate the skirt because they don't have it in any other colors and I want it more colors. It's super easy to recreate a skirt as simple as this. You can do this with almost any skirt.

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The original skirt was made out of 4 pieces but I'm going to make mine out of only two pieces. My fabric is folded twice. It's folded once- the way it usually already comes- and then I folded that over again but, just long enough to fit the skirt on. My skirt is folded in half and one edge of it is placed right on the fold.

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I traced around the skirt about 3/4 inch away from the edge.

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Cut out along the lines and you should have two pieces.

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Your two pieces should unfold into this sort of shape.

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Put the two pieces on top of each other with like sides together. My fabric is basically the same on both sides so it is hard to see the difference through pictures. Sew along the edge on both sides of the skirt.

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For the waist I folded the edge over and pinned it. I folded it over just a little wider than the elastic I'm using. I used 1/2 inch elastic.

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Sew along the edge.

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Leave an opening so you can insert the elastic. I forgot to take a picture of me putting the elastic in, probably because I was frustrated. Pushing elastic through fabric is always the dumbest thing ever. Put a giant safety pin on the end of the elastic to make it easier to pull through.

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Once you get it through, sew the elastic together and stitch up the fabric over it. Make sure you never sew over (or onto) the elastic. It will prevent it from stretching. Since I chose a knit fabric, I didn't even bother with hemming the bottom of the skirt so... I'm done! You could hem the bottom if you would like.

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The finished skirt! You can see more pics of the skirt in this outfit post. I also made a full circle skirt right before I made this skirt so I will be bringing you that tutorial soon!

the DIY: SIMPLE OLD WINDOW DECOR

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Confession... we've seriously neglected our kitchen decor. When we finally got toward the end of decorating our living room we realized that our kitchen was in desperate need of some sprucing up. Like, it was almost a lost cause. So over the next few weeks you will probably see many projects that involve our kitchen. This is one of the first!
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We bought this window so long ago that it was just chilling in our attic- we had no use for it. It cost $5 at the Nashville Flea Market. Casey went hunting in the attic the other day to find it so we could finally use it! That is also the same time that she almost fell through the ceiling...
Scary!
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Anyways, moving on. The first thing you need to do is cover the glass up. If you have a window without glass, lucky you! You can skip this step. I took sheets of paper and placed them over the glass and taped the sheets together once they were covering the whole piece of glass.
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Put a light coat of spray paint all over the window. The color we used it Krylon's Ballet Slipper.
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After the paint has dried, use sand paper to rough up the surface. I just lightly sanded the whole window, especially the edges.
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Remove the paper and this is what the window looks like! You could stop here but we wanted a little more color added to our wall.
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Choose a pillow case (or fabric) with the design or color of your choosing. We've also had this pillow case forever. We bought a set of 2 of them for $1.00 at Goodwill because we loved the pattern so much.
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Cut right along the seam- on the side and top of the pillow case. Make sure you stop cutting when you've cut the two sides so the fabric stays as one piece.
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Open the pillow case up and you have a sheet of fabric almost exactly the same size as the window!
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Turn the window facing downward and place the fabric on top of the window facing downward as well.
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Using a staple gun, Secure the fabric on the window.
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Make sure you pull the fabric tight as you go so the fabric isn't hanging anywhere.
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Trim the edges of the fabric.
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Now for a way to hang the window. I took wire and put it across the window. I used the staple gun to secure the ends of the wire in place.
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Done! Simple and easy and effective!