Wrapping Paper Christmas Ornament

By contributing writer Lana  (like banana)

We love Christmas!  We have seven Christmas trees, and we try to make our own ornaments whenever possible.

This year we are trying to downsize some, but we will still make our own ornaments based on what the family likes at the time.  This year my son loves Football, the Houston Texans in fact.  My sister gave him a present last year wrapped in Houston Texans wrapping paper, and I just couldn’t throw it away. So we made a very simple but meaningful homemade ornament for his Texan Christmas Tree (that he decorated himself).

Wrapping Paper Christmas Ornament | The Happy Housewife

Wrapping Paper Ornament

Supplies:

Supplies for Homemade Christmas Ornament

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the designs you want to use from the wrapping paper.
    Wrapping Paper Ornament step 1
  2. Cut out a design using a paper plate for the back ground.  (We used a simple round shape.)
    Wrapping Paper Ornament step 2
  3. Apply the wrapping paper using the Modge Podge.  Just spread a layer on the back like glue.
  4. Then apply Mod Podge on the front of the wrapping paper.
  5. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
  6. Apply Mod Podge anywhere you desire glitter and sprinkle on the glitter.  (Don’t cover up the lettering.) Let dry.
  7. Apply more Mod Podge to seal in the glitter so it won’t come off when it is touched. Let dry overnight.Wrapping Paper Ornament finished | The Happy Housewife

Once dry, your ornament is ready to hang on a Christmas tree.

Other Suggestions:

  • Add fringe to the edge.
  • Instead of a paper plate use a glass ornament.
  • Keep your team tree up until the Superbowl in 2014, we will.

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How to find the Facebook “Other” Inbox

By contributing writer Lana (like banana)

Did you know Facebook has a secret? It has two message inboxes. When we started our own Facebook Garage Sale group, we learned about this secret inbox the hard way.

Everyone kept saying they sent us a message, but we couldn’t find it. I didn’t want to personally become friends with everyone, and I found that this is a great solution. Unfortunately, many people don’t know it is there. I had tons of messages in mine, when I finally found it. I wish someone would have shared this information sooner.

How to find the Facebook "Other" Inbox | The Happy Housewife

How to find Facebook “Other” messages from a computer.

1. Log in to your Facebook account.

2. Go to “Messages.”

Facebook Messages

3. There are two options in the top left hand corner: “Inbox” and “Other.”

How to find the Facebook "Other" Inbox | The Happy Housewife

4. Click “Other.” Voila!

How to find the Facebook "Other" Inbox | The Happy Housewife

 

How to find Facebook “Other” messages from an iPhone.

1. Log in to your Facebook account through Safari, the web browser (not the Facebook App).
How to find the Facebook "Other" Inbox | The Happy Housewife

2. Go to “Messages” and arrow all the way down.

3. Click “View Other messages.” Voila! You are in!

How to find the Facebook "Other" Inbox | The Happy Housewife

I hope this helps, and maybe you can reconnect with old or new friends!

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How to Bling an Otterbox

How to Bling an Otterbox | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Lana  (like banana)

My daughter has grown up all of a sudden and developed a dislike for pink.
We just finished redecorating her and her sister’s entire room to get rid of any trace of pink.  Thankfully, she still likes glitter.

She has just recently inherited her Mom’s old iPhone and pink Otterbox cover, but there is nothing wrong with it.  So, we decided to try to Bling it with purple glitter.  I love when DIY projects turn out better than we had hoped.  It saved her at least $15.00 for a new one, and hers is pretty unique.  Plus, what preteen doesn’t like BLING?

Supplies Needed

  • Otterbox cover
  • Mod Podge (We used glossy finish.)
  • Sponge brush
  • Glitter
  • File folder or newspaper

Instructions

1. Wash the otterbox to get rid of any oils or dirt.  Make sure the pieces are dry.

2. Take out the screen protector from the front and the two in the back.  (Ours went right back in but if they don’t some stores sell alternatives such as Zagg.  I have not tried those so I cannot say how good they are.)How to Bling an Otterbox (step 2) | The Happy Housewife

3. Paint the Otterbox with the Mod Podge.  Make sure to coat it well.

How to Bling an Otterbox (step 3) | The Happy Housewife

4. Now the fun part. Cover it with glitter.  If you miss some, don’t worry, you can always go back and redo it later. Let it dry for 15 to 30 minutes.

(I save all the excess glitter and put it back in the bottle.  No sense wasting it.)

How to Bling an Otterbox (step 4) | The Happy Housewife

5. Paint the glitter part with more Mod Podge.  Make sure it is covered well.  This helps seal in the glitter so it won’t come off on your hands. Let dry overnight.

How to Bling an Otterbox (step 5) | The Happy Housewife

Wake up to a beautiful Blinged Otterbox.  And if you are wondering, the glitter doesn’t come off unless it gets wet or is scraped. The Mod Podge acts as a sealer

How to Bling an Otterbox  | The Happy Housewife

Also, if you notice you have missed a spot, just add more Mod Podge and repeat the steps.

How to Bling an Otterbox  | The Happy Housewife

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How to Hide a Spare House Key

By contributing writer Lana  (like banana)

Have you ever been locked out of your house?  Or maybe your child lost his or her key and needs to get in. A key that is hidden might solve a lot of time.

I love to recycle everyday items into something useful.  Most of the time it comes out necessity. Here is a way to recycle an M & M’s Minis container and turn it into a place to hide a spare house key.

How to Hide a Spare House Key | The Happy Housewife

How to Hide a Spare House Key

Supplies Needed

  • M&M’s Minis Container
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
  • Rock
  • Key
  • Place to hide

How to Hide a Spare House Key (Supplies) | The Happy Housewife

Instructions

  1. Apply hot glue to the bottom of a clean rock.

How to Hide a Spare House Key (Rock) | The Happy Housewife

2.  Press down the rock hard to the top of the cap.

3.  Add key to container.

How to Hide a Spare House Key (Container) | The Happy Housewife

4.  Make sure the key fits.

How to Hide a Spare House Key (Container w/Rock) | The Happy Housewife

5.  Close the container.  Look for a place to hide.

How to Hide a Spare House Key 2 | The Happy Housewife

A potted plant works great!

How to Hide a Spare House Key 3 | The Happy Housewife

A person walking by would probably never notice.  I suggest hiding in different places a few times a year for safety reasons.

Other options:

  1. Use the container for hiding love notes for kids or loved ones.
  2. Use multiple containers for a super scavenger hunt.
  3. Add more M & M’s and hide for a secret Mommy Stash for those really hard days..

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