The Orange Art Box

Looking for something to keep the kids busy this summer and end the “I’m bored”.

I was recently introduced to the Orange Art Box which is an Art Subscription Box for Kids.

As you might know…I love doing crafts with my grandsons

and because the box is geared for kids ages 5-12, it was right up our alley.

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I was so impressed with the concept that I’ve agreed to do a monthly post with the boys for the

next few months using the products we receive in each month’s kit.

With Summer Vacation around the corner it’s a perfect activity to keep the boys busy.

***Make sure to read to the bottom for a chance to win the May Orange Art Box.***

What’s inside the Orange Art Box?

A collection of projects every month to inspire your artist.

Every Orange Art Box is designed with a feature project and multiple smaller projects

for hours of fun!

The boys and I did a short video of them opening their Orange Art Boxes.

It was seriously like opening a Christmas Gift.

You may notice in the video that they were just a little bit excited.

The theme for April was Mosaics…the April Orange Art Box included a wooden box, a large bag of mosaics, mod podge, brush, book mark, door knob hanger, tissue paper squares, 6 color scented pen and a folder of ideas, tips, patterns and instructions.

Enough projects to keep them busy for quite a while.

The boys all time favorite item was the six color “smelly” pen.   

The first thing they wanted to do was work on their boxes.   

It’s fun to see their creative minds at work.

I really think this will be a fun summer activity for the boys.

Nick’s Box with a combination of mosaics and decoupaged tissue paper.

Warren’s Box with a random artistic mosaic pattern.

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If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Box Kit.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

Intrigued?  Know someone who would enjoy a Orange Art Box?

For a chance to Win May’s Orange Box Kit. 

Leave a comment on this post telling me who you’d give the kit to. 
Deadline to Enter 5-01-19.         (US only)
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May’s Orange Art Box which is all about birds, birdhouses and feathers.

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Glittered with Mod Podge Ultra

Rainbow Glittered Monogram with Mod Podge Ultra

I have used Mod Podge for years…

So, when Plaid gave me the opportunity to try out Mod Podge Ultra, I thought why not.

I always love trying something new.

What makes Mod Podge Ultra different?

America’s favorite decoupage medium is now available as a spray!  Mod Podge Ultra  is a super strong, non-toxic spray formula that works as all-in-one glue and sealer with a high adhesion level.  Perfect for adding dimensional design embellishments to your projects.  This versatile, water-based formula dries quickly and naturally self-levels, leaving no brush marks.  It cleans up easily with soap and water and is available in both matte or gloss finishes.

For my Framed Rainbow Glitter Monogram I used:                         (*affiliate links)


  • Protect your work area with newspaper or drop cloth.
  • Shake Bottle for 15 seconds.
  • Prime the nozzle with a few test pumps.
  • Spray the chipboard letter with Mod Podge Ultra using short even strokes.
  • Add various colors of glitter over the letter.
  • Pour excess glitter off.  Allow project to dry for 30 minutes.
  • Seal letter with 1-2 coats of Mod Podge Ultra.
  • Allow  the letter to fully dry.
  • Accent the outside edge of the letter  using the silver leaf paint pen with a chisel point.
  • Spray or paint the back of the letter with Mod Podge Ultra and add to a piece of black chipboard.
  • Place inside frame for fun and funky framed art.
  • Just like a paint brush, Mod Podge Ultra Spray tops need to be cleaned after every use. If they aren’t they will clog and become unusable.

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With most glittered projects… if you touch the glittered area you leave a little bit of glitter everywhere you go.  Once I sealed the glittered “S” the glitter does not rub off.  How cool is that.

A special Thank You goes out to Plaid the makers of Mod Podge Ultra*.   

My project is part of a Blog Hop put on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog.

For more fun projects using Mod Podge Ultra and the list of participating blogs click here.

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Glittered Snowflake Ornament

How to Create a Glittered Snowflake Ornament for your Christmas Tree.

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How to make a Glittered Snowflake Ornament

  1. Pour Mod Podge* in small bowl and mix in glitter.
  2. If needed…You can add a few drops of water to the mixture to thin it out.
  3. Create a funnel from a piece of cardstock.  Pour glitter mixture into ornament.
  4. Swirl the mixture around the ornament until all the sides are covered.
  5. Turn ornament over and allow excess mixture to drain out.
  6. Allow overnight to let the inside of your ornament to fully dry.
  7. Die-cut a snowflake from the polished metal vinyl.
  8. Apply transfer tape to the front of the snowflake die and removed protective backing.
  9. Lay transfer onto the ornament and smooth from the center out.
  10. Decorate ornament with greenery, berries and bow.

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Easy Photo Transfer on Wood Slices with Mod Podge

Easy DIY Photo Transfer project using Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium

I’ve used Mod Podge® several times over the years, but had never tried

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium*.     (*affiliate link)

I was surprised at how easy the process was and how well the project turned out.

For my project…

I used a color copy of my son in his favorite Woody pajamas and favorite Woody toy.

It’s hard to believe that this sweet faced boy is now graduating from High School.

I also used a wood slice from Walnut Hollow* for my project.

The wood slice had been previously kiln dried, sanded and was ready to use.


  1. Do not use actual photographs, you must use photo copies made from a dry toner type copier.
  2. Lay wood slice over picture and trace around wood slice.  Cut around traced lines.
  3. Using a 1″ Foam Brush*, brush over image with a medium application of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium*. The medium will be opaque.
  4. Carefully lift image off, making contact only slightly with the image edge. Flip the coated image over and position over the wood slice.   Lightly press from the center out to release any air bubbles.   Wipe away any excess medium that may have been squeezed out from the image. Allow to dry overnight.
  5. Wet a sponge with water, squeeze excess water from sponge then dampen the exposed backside of the image transfer. Immediately as the paper is wet, an image will appear. Allow the wet image to rest a couple moments to soften the paper.

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5.  Using your damp sponge or a fingertip, begin to lightly rub over the damp paper to peel away layers. Be careful not to be rough with the wet paper as it may be fragile. After removing several layers of paper, stop and allow transferred image to dry. Once dry, white areas will appear where paper remains. Repeat steps to moisten and lightly rub the surface to remove the remaining paper layers. Allow to dry.

6.  If desired, brush a coat of Mod Podge Matte Finish* or Mod Podge Gloss Finish* over the project surface to seal and protect.

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Did you Know…

In 1967, Jan Wetstone created Mod Podge in her garage as an easy-to-use decoupage solution for crafting enthusiasts. Since then, the brand has gone beyond just decoupage with 17 different formulas that include Matte, Gloss, Dishwasher safe, and Sparkle as well as top coats for Brushstrokes and Chalkboard. The introduction of the Mod Melter made embellishing your craft projects a breeze, along with the endless creative options found in Dimensional Magic, Photo Transfer Medium, and Collage Clay.

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Glittered Bunny Egg

Are you ready for Spring?

Warm Weather, Pretty Flowers and Sweet Little Bunnies and Easter Eggs.

My project today is a Sweet Glittery Little Bunny made from a Smoothfoam Egg.

Bunny Parts and Supplies 3178 Glittered Bunny Egg 3224

To Make the Glittered you’ll need:        (*affiliate links)

  1. Cut two bunny ears from the smoothfoam sheet
  2. Lightly sand Smoothfoam egg and bunny ears.
  3. Glue ears onto Smoothfoam egg.
  4. Paint with cream paint.  Paint inside of the bunny ears pink.
  5. Cover the entire bunny with a thin coat of mod podge and sprinkle with glitter.
  6. Insert micro brads for the eyes and heart brad for the nose.
  7. Draw small mouth with fine black marker.

This project was created for and sponsored by Smoothfoam.

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Spring Bling for your Garden

Spring Bling for your Garden 3640

Add a little Spring Bling to plain boring terra cotta pots.

With Spring Fever setting in, I decided I needed a new flower to perk up the place.

I chose a pretty little African Violet that reminds me of my grandma.

Grandma loved African Violets.

In no time at all, armed with a few simple products, I transformed a boring terra cotta pot into

something sparkly and fun.  Just what I needed.

Spring Bling 3596

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  1. Start with a 4 1/2″ Terra Cotta Pot painted with black acrylic paint.
  2. Cut Black Damask tissue paper the width of the lower portion of the pot.  Cut the strip into smaller sections.  (my sections were 2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″)
  3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a small section of the pot, add tissue paper and apply another layer of Mod Podge over tissue.
  4. Continue adding tissue sections until the bottom of the pot is covered.
  5. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the pot to give it a nice shiny finish.
  6. Cut a strip from the Black Crystal Sheet to fit around the rim of the pot.
  7. Glue crystal sheet onto rim of the pot.
  8. Glue vintage button over seam for added sparkle.
  • FYI:  I could of used the Weldbond glue shown in the picture above which is a good permanent glue.  But, because of the weight of the crystals I decided to use my Quick Grip glue instead.

Spring Bling 3606  Spring Bling 3607

My Spring Bling Pot was created for and sponsored by Connie Crystal.

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Decoupage Halloween Treat Bowl

Smoothfoam Halloween Treat Bowl with Watermark

I made this decoupage Halloween Treat Bowl with the help of my 4-year-old grandson, Nick.  (It may or may not have gone a little quicker without his help.)  Since Halloween is for the kids anyway, it didn’t matter if the paper was perfectly smooth.

Confession:  I’m a little bit of a craft hoarder.  (neatly contained though)  I have been hanging onto this Martha Stewart Halloween tissue paper for a few years.  I guess I’ve been waiting for just the perfect project like this one.

Smoothfoam Halloween Treat Bowl Products with Watermark

To make the project you’re going to need a few simple ingredients:

  • 12″ Smoothfoam half-ball
  • Mod Podge Gloss Lustre
  • Halloween-themed tissue paper
  • Foam Brush or Small Paintbrush
  • Eager 4-year-old  (optional)

Cut the tissue paper into small squares.  I started with 3″ squares and added some random sizes. Decoupage the tissue paper onto the half ball with Mod Podge

Smoothfoam Halloween Treat Bowl Bottom

Tip:  For my bowl, I started on the bottom and worked my way up.  At the time, I thought it was a good idea. By the time I got to the top of the bowl I was getting a little more random in how I placed my tissue paper. Next time I think I’ll start at the top of the bowl and work my way down. I really like the way the bottom turned out.

Smoothfoam Halloween Treat Bowl with Watermark 2

Fill with treats and enjoy.  (don’t forget to buy an extra bag or two for yourself)

Disclosure:  This project was created for and sponsored by Smoothfoam.