Recycled Tennis Ball Halloween Creatures!

Hi everybody!

I hope you are having a fantastic October so far!

Can you believe Halloween is next weekend already! Where does the time go…other than away!

So, I work in a tennis shop, and where there is tennis there are a lot of tennis balls. Rather than throwing out some of the old tennis balls around the shop, I decided to convert them into fun creatures for Halloween, and I must say the kids are loving them so much, that I decided to share them here.

These fun little guys are so easy to make. You only need a few things, most of you probably have around the house already.


  • Tennis Balls
  • Sharpies
  • Glue Gun
  • Index Cards
  • Tape
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Yarn, Fabric or string for mummy
  • Optional: Googly eyes instead of drawn in eyes for spider.

Pumpkin Ball:

  1. Super easy Just draw with your black sharpie triangle eyes a nose and a mouth.
  2. Then use an orange sharpie to color everywhere but in the eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Let dry for a minute or two.

Ta-Da! Pumpkin Ball!

Pumpkin Tennis Ball!

Batty Ball:

  1. Also super-duper easy. Draw two large circles for eyes with your black sharpie.
  2. Then add the pupils.
  3. Add a circle for the nose and some fangs.
  4. Use a brown sharpie to color the rest of the ball, you can use black but the details of the face will be hard to see.
  5. For wings, I used an index card and drew out a wing, then cut it out, and used this wing as a template for the second wing. Just make sure you flip it so it is in the correct direction.
  6. Once both wings are cut out, use a large marker to color in the wings. I then used a fine tip sharpie to add the details.
  7. Make a small bend in the wing where it will attach to the body.
  8. You can either use a glue gun or tape. If you use tape, put a rolled piece of tape under the bend and then use a few more across the top. If you use glue gun, add a tad of hot glue to the folded part of the wing and stick it to the body.

Batty Tennis Ball

Mr. Spider Ball

  1. I used 4 small pipe cleaners and cut them in half.
  2. Use a hot glue gun to attach to the ball. Let dry completely between adding the legs so they don’t fall off.
  3. Then use a sharpie to draw on eyes. You can also glue on googly eyes if you have them.
  4. I added a few stripes to the legs. You could also color them in, or use a sharpie to color the whole ball.

Spider Ball

Mummy Ball!

  1. First, use an index card to draw out some eyes.
  2. Cut them out.
  3. Use hot glue gun to glue them onto the ball. Let dry.
  4. Grab your yarn, string or fabric and your glue gun.
  5. Add a small dab of glue around the top of the ball and slowly start to wrap your yarn around adding tiny dabs of glue all along the way.
  6. Continue to wrap around until you go all the way around.
  7. Secure with glue.

Mummy Ball

The possibilities are endless. I would love to see what you come up with.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Have a wonderful week!

Would you like some more Halloween inspiration here is a past post on easy Halloween Jar decoration fun:

Mummy, Spider, Pumpkin & Batty

Mummy, Spider, Pumpkin & Batty

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Cereal Box Crafts #4 – Personal Stationary Journal/Diary

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Hi Everyone!

Can you believe it is already September!? I know I can’t! I recently started a new job and time has been flying by.

This is #4 of Cereal Box type crafts..if you missed the first three you can find them here:

Cereal Box Makeover #3 – Cereal Box into Notebook in 30 minutes or less:

Cereal Box Makeover #2 Cereal box to bookmarks and dividers, you can find it here:

If you missed Project #1 Cereal box to postcard you can find it here:

My next project well…It is much like the notebook, but a tad different. I don’t know about you, but I have been hoarding stationary since I was little. I love it, but I never use it. I always feel like I like the pages are too nice to use. So I just stash it. I use some of the sheets, but I always keep some. I realized this is an issue when I found stationary from the early 90’s when I was like 10. My name is Brandie and I am addicted to stationery!

Since I love it so much I thought I would collect it all up and make it into a weird journal. That way I can keep my pages all nice in a book, keep adding pages if I need to and still use them for personal writing. The unique and fun pages I have collected over the years will make me want to write. The random makes my head happy. :D

So without further ado…

The cereal box personal stationary journal. Woof, that is a mouthful.

First Things First, You will need:

  • A few cereal boxes or food boxes
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • 2 or 3 Small Ball Chain with Connectors
  • Stationary Pages
  • Envelopes
  • Marker (optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • Fabric
  • Hole Punch


  1. Gather your supplies


2) Find A box that will fit your stationary, use the ruler and cut the box down to size if needed.


3) Next, Figure out where you want your holes. Then punch the holes on all your stationary, the front and back cover and any additional pages you may have.


4.) Link everything through with the small ball chain and connectors. Make sure you put everything in order. Front, stationary, back. Plus any extra dividers. You can add and move things around later if you don’t like the order. You only need about 2 inches of chain, if that, plus a connector for each hole.

And PA-Zow! Journal…


Close up of Chain and connector.




Now you can stop there…But I didn’t.

Although… I did do this kind of the lazy way.

What I should have done is:

Mod Podge down a background page to the inside of the cereal box, and the front divider…then laid down the envelopes to make pockets, but I didn’t.

Instead, in my haste, I just Mod Podged the envelopes to the inside of the front cover, and the front of the first page, which is also cereal box divider.


Then for a cool effect and to make the pocket a little bigger, I flipped another envelope upside down and glued that one down on top. I really like the way this part looks.


Let everything dry.


cool pockets

Also added a back page pocket.


Then, I decided I did not like the way the cardboard looked behind the envelopes, so I hit it with a black marker.

The quicker fixer upper :D

Oh and added some stickers.


So then I removed the front and back cover, and Mod Podged Fabric to them.

Then Let dry.

Sorry there are no pictures, but you get the picture.


Once completely dry, secure everything with the ball chain and connectors again.



And there you go a handmade personal journal, made with your own collection of paper.

Now if you’re not like me, but still love this idea, Michaels Crafts scrapbook paper is great for this. You could also use old maps, old notebook paper, pretty much any paper. I am all for recycling old paper.

This is a fun way to make custom journals or gifts. I hope you enjoyed it.

This is the last of the Cereal Box Crafts, Next week we move on to something new.

Have a wonderful week everyone!


Cereal Box Makeover #3 – Cereal Box into Notebook in 30 minutes or less

Hi Everybody!
I hope you are having a great week so far!
So we are on week #3 of Cereal Box Crafts.

If you missed Project #1 Cereal box to postcard you can find it here:

If you missed Project #2 Cereal box to bookmarks and dividers, you can find it here:

This project was really fun and only took 30 minutes to complete. This would be great for kids or anyone who likes to DIY their supplies.

This is a great back to school craft!

I had a bunch of loose graph paper just sitting in a drawer….for like years! So I decided to use it in this project in the hope that I would use it. And you know what…I think I will. I really like this project a whole bunch. It is also a great excuse to gather all those loose pages and turn them into something useful.

So here we go!

Cereal Box into Notebook

Gathering your supplies:

Corner Punch
Duct Tape or Washi Tape
Hole Punch
Cereal Box
Loose Paper


Make sure you find a box that will be large enough for the paper you choose to use.

1. With box still intact, undo the flaps from the top and bottom of the box, so that      you can lay it flat.

Take the left side of the long side of the cereal box and fold it down the center,      Bringing the side of the front and back of the box together.

2.  Keep the side of the box with the folded edge together, then cut off the top and     bottom flaps and the remaining unfolded side. Discard extra pieces.


Now if you open up the main piece you have a front, back and the folded side.



3.  Keep the folded side folded and cut off about ½ inch or so from the bend. You are      going to sandwich the paper between the two left over pieces, so make sure piece      you are leaving attached is large enough for the hole punch.


At this point you should have the front and back of the box with a tiny folded edge along the inside of both.



4.  Line your paper between the two folded edges and mark where the holes of the           paper are. If you are using paper with no holes. You will want to hole punch your       paper first, then line up the paper with your cereal box.


5. Once your holes are marked, make your punches. They need to be on both the           front and back cover little flaps.


6.  Now grab some string or twine or even ribbon, and we are going to string               everything together. I started with the back flap first. I strung one end of the       twine in the top hole and one in the very bottom.


Add the string through the corresponding hole in the paper, then go out through the flaps of the top.


7.  You should have two strings coming out from back, take both those strings, put         them together and string them through the middle hole together. Once the strings       are on the back side, pull tight.


8.  Repeat one more time. Take the strings that are now in the middle hole, separate       and string one through the top and one through the bottom holes back through to     the front. Then once in the front, gather both and string them back through the         center hole.


9.  Now all strings should be in the back. Pull Tight.
Knot both sides of the string to the existing string.


10.  Then I knotted them together and cut off the excess.



Opened up.

10.  Now when you close it, It has a raw edge with the side of the pages sort of            sticking out. To make it look more neat, I used duct tape and covered the side.      You can also used washi tape, I just happened to have duct tape on hand.




11.  For the final touch, I used a corner rounder to round the corners of the cereal           box. Completely optional.



And you’re done! Woo hoo Cereal Box notebook. Bonus, it has a game on the back!

You can always take this a step further and use Mod Podge to cover it with paper or fabric. Or use gesso to make a white background and you can decorate it all yourself.

I personally like the box showing. It would be super cute with different boxes.

I hope you all like this one! Let me know how yours come out or what you think.

Have a wonderful weekend, Happy Crafting!



Cereal Box Crafts! #2 Bookmarks and Organizer Dividers!

There is nothing more tragic than the tons of trash we go through as a human race. So it is nice to find things to repurpose and upcycle. Finding things to do with things has become an obsession.

If you missed last weeks post on turning cereal boxes into postcards you can find it here:

This week, while doing some research on my things to do with cereal box posts, I decided to show you just a couple super simple and quick things you can do with cereal boxes or food boxes that you can use in your office or school supplies.

In school or work or well just life you can never have too many bookmarks or dividers!

I have no idea what it is like to be a kid these days, but in my day…in school, I was always jealous of the kids that had rad supplies that were totally original. Sure it is nice to get new stuff but there is nothing like something you made yourself, that no one else has. Even if it is as simple as a bookmark.

This one is so easy, cut out the picture side of boxes to your favorite foods, punch a hole at the top and add some string! And there you go. I used a fancy scissor and cut the top and bottom, just to add a little something extra…and there you go. A delicious distraction.

Bookmark!Mmm Sweet Knowledge...Here is another way to fancy up a food box bookmark.

Yum! Scalloped Potatoes box!  The side of the box was the perfect size for a bookmark, So I grabbed some fabric washi tape that is a bit wider than normal and cut out side of the box.

Fabric Washi Tape Bookmark

I measured the size of the bookmark and cut out the same amount of washi tape. I covered both sides, so cut two equal pieces of washi tape.

Then carefully apply the washi tape to the cut out box piece.measure

Once that is complete, Grab a hole punch and some ribbon or string.

Punch a hole in the top middle and loop through your string.6

There you go a pretty little bookmark. What a great gift!TaDa!

Ok lets move on to the super quick organizer divider!

I use a small divider to keep all my ideas and such. Because I am an over organizer and use a ton of divider tabs, unfortunately you only get so many with the pack, and sometimes if you have an organizer like mine, it is hard to find the right size divider.

So I make my own!

You need one of your current divider pages, a box that is big enough to fit the divider page, scissors, and a hole punch.

Box Organizer Divider

Use a marker to trace the outline of your current divider page to your cut out box.

Then carefully cut out.


Cover your made page with the original page to mark where the holes go. Mark with a pen, then punch out your holes and add to your organizer.


If you want to get fancy you can use Mod Podge (or glue) and paper to cover the new divider page.

I used scrapbook paper here:
*Cover your newly cut out divider page with a light layer of glue. Then press down on your paper.Let Dry.
*Once dry, cut out the divider page and punch your holes.



These are just a few super simple things you can do with food boxes. You never know what supplies you need in a pinch, or when you need a quick distraction project for a kid..or for yourself :D

Have a great weekend everyone!!


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Cereal Box Crafts #1 – Cereal Box to Postcards

Hi Everybody!

I hope this post finds you doing spectacular!  My next series of posts are going to be Cereal Box Crafts. They are so great to work with, every house has them and by converting one piece of trash into treasure you are helping this beautiful planet. Besides, art supplies can get pricey, so it is always exciting to find everyday items to reuse.

Last September I did a post on using old paperboard as a mixed media canvas. You can absolutely do this with a cereal box or the technical name “chipboard” boxes that food comes in. Here is a link if you would like to give it a go: Mixed Media Art on PaperBoard.

Today I am going to show you a fun way to customize post cards with a Cereal Box.

Supplies Needed:

  1. Cereal Box
  2. Scissors
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Gesso
  5. Ruler
  6. Markers
  7. Pencil
  8. Stickles Glitter Glue
  9. Glitter
  10. Blank White paper.


1. Grab your box, scissors and a ruler or an old postcard, and trace the postcard wherever you like on the box. If you do not have a postcard to trace use these dimensions:  At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long.

If you do not have a postcard to trace you can use the dimensions. At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long.

2. Trace and Cut.

Trace and cut

3. I chose to use the word Honey in my postcard. So I outlined the word with thick black sharpie. It gives me an extra thick boarder to work with. This step is optional.


4. Next, Use Acrylic Gesso in white and some fine detailed brushes to paint everywhere but the word Honey.

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5. Once the Gesso is completely dry (it may take a few coats), use a pencil to write in your words. I chose: “Honey I sure do miss you”.


6 Once your completely satisfied with your words, Grab your sharpie and trace. (Just fyi, you can erase on gesso, just be careful and go with the strokes.)

7.) Now Grab your Watercolors and paint all around your words. This takes some fine brushes.



Don’t worry, It does not have to be perfect.

8. Once that is completely dry, Grab your stickles glitter tubes and fill in the words. I outlined my words in a black glitter stickles (not shown), then filled with Gold. The word honey was outlined in gold and filled with a brown. Then added some dots around the sides.



Let Dry

9. While that is drying, Grab your white piece of paper. Trace another post card size rectangle. I then used scalloped edge scissors and chose to make the white paper a tad smaller than the postcard to create a border effect.


10. I added a Post Card Stamp, but you can hand write this or use other stamps.

11. Use Mod Podge to attach once the front is completely dry. 15




Once it is all completely dry, its a good idea to put a spray sealer on the front side. It will protect the water color and all your hard work!

Also its a good idea, once all dry to stick it in a big book over night so it stays completely flat. Sometimes with all the moisture the paper will want to curl. If you have a tacky surface put the post card in wax paper or freezer paper before you put in the book so they don’t stick.

Here is another idea with Glitter. I did not write a tutorial on this one, but if you want one let me know.

Glitter Post Card!


Can you imagine getting that in the mail!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

I would love to hear what you think or even better, see your projects!

Feel free to link up to your related blogs in my comments! I love to spread the word on artists!

Have a fantastic week!!


Composition Notebook Cover Re-do #4 Fabric!

Hello Everybody!

I am finally at my last Composition Notebook Cover post….for now.

If you missed any of the last 3 post on how to redo your notebook covers you can find there here:

  1. Composition Notebook Cover Re-do #1 Paper Decoupage
  2. Composition Notebook Cover Re-do #2 Gesso & Paint
  3. Composition Notebook Cover Re-do #3 Yarn!

This week is the final post on Composition Notebook Redo’s. I thought it would be fun to finish up with some fabric. What is better to use than scraps! I am always looking for an excuse to use up scraps. I have this weird condition where I refuse to throw anything out, because I am absolutely sure I am going to need it one day. It’s not fatal but there is no cure and I do believe it was passed down genetically from my mother. ;D

So here we go!

Things you need:

  • Fabric Scraps
  • Mod-Podge or Elmer’s glue
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Stickles Glitter Glue or Puff Paint
  • Composition Notebook


  1. Gather Supplies Gather Supplies
  2. Pick your favorite fabric scraps Scraps!
  3. Cut fabric into squares of various sizes. I was not careful in any way. You can cut perfect squares, I just chose to do the cover with a bit more random bits.
  4. Use a brush and add a layer of Mod-Podge or Elmer’s glue to a small area of your notebook. Then line up the squares and start to add fabric to the Mod Podged area. I started from the inside moving out so. That way if your scraps do not line up perfectly you can just trim the excess off.
  5. Keep adding squares… 
  6. Add Some More… Make sure all pieces are completely glued down, cover with mod podge again if you want to be extra sure.
  7. Keep on going.. add some more… 
  8. Until…It is finally all covered 
  9. Let dry completely.
  10. Once it is dry, I added a border line around all the small pieces with stickles glitter glue. I even highlighted the random scraps to fill in the weird gaps.
  11. let dry.

Ta-Da!! and Woo-Hoo!! DIY Quilt style composition notebook cover out of fabric.



Can you imagine the possibilities! All those scraps so little time!

What do you think? I would love to know.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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