Tag Archives: Morgan Sprigler

mmf

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

By Morgan Sprigler

What you will need:

Plaster of paris
Acrylic or tempura paint in bright colors Silicone molds or a cake pop pan Plastic cups
Plastic spoons
Cold water
Sandwich bags (optional)
Scissors (optional)
Lemonade (optional but encouraged)

mm1

Step 1:

Set out plastic cups in a row. Squeeze a quarter size of paint into the bottom of the cup. Repeat this step with each color. I found bottle of bright, acrylic paint at Meijer for 79 cents apiece. My daughters and I selected six different colors. They wanted 27 different bottles, but after a tantrum and a healthy screaming match, we settled on six.

Step 2:

Pour cold water into each cup, filling it approximately one-third of the way full. Using cold water is a very important step. If you are crafting outside (which I highly recommend for this project), bring a pitcher of ice water with you. Now, let your kids stir with their plastic spoons while you check your Insta-stories/email/Facebook.

Step 3:

Slowly add plaster of paris, taking time to stir in between pours. A good rule of thumb would be to use twice as much plaster as water. You want to achieve the consistency of yogurt. Please explain to child that this is not actual yogurt. The label clearly states, “DO NOT INGEST.” So, please, don’t.

Step 4:

Pour your mix into your mold. We used both silicone molds and a steel cake pop pan. The chalk was much easier to remove from the silicone, but both worked. Let your chalk sit out in the sun for as long as your children will allow.

Step 5:

Lemonade break!

mm3

Step 6:

I gave in after 5 hours and being asked, “Ready yet Mommy?!” no less than 1,000 times. Ideally, you want to let your chalk form for 24 hours. If your children will approve, you can pop out a few a bit early and let the rest sit until the next afternoon. Simply remove your chalk from your molds. Your molds can be washed and reused for future baking.

Step 7:

Grab a chair, sit back and relax while your little ones draw pretty flowers and happy faces all over your driveway. Take a moment to walk inside and spike your lemonade (no one is judging here).

Step 8:

After the girls went to sleep, I was feeling creative and decided the cupcake chalk molds we made needed “icing.” I mixed quite a bit more Plaster of Paris with the same amount of water from step three, making a thick paste almost too hard to stir. I then transferred the paste into a sandwich bag and used my scissors to cut one of the bottom corners. A makeshift icing bag. In a circular motion, I iced my little cupcakes and added some glitter on top. Because, well, #whynot #everythingisbetterwithglitter.

mm4

All jokes aside, we really enjoyed this project. We have plenty of supplies leftover to re-create this all summer long and the girls are already asking to do it again. Have fun experimenting with different shapes, layer your colors or use your creations to give away as party favors for your next cookout! Tag me in your Instagram chalk/spiked lemonade photos this summer @Mrs_Sprigler. Until next time!

So, I am aware you can purchase a 60 count of sidewalk chalk for $5.99 at pretty much any store on Earth. However, aren’t we all looking for a way to keep our precious offspring busy this summer? It’s time to create some memories and you don’t have to be a master crafter for this project (my one-year-old excelled at making her first batch of homemade chalky goodness). 

XO

Morgan

 

mbm

She’s Crafty

Meet Morgan Sprigler, the queen of crafting

If Pinterest were personified, her name would be Morgan Sprigler.

The Southern Indiana resident has been crafting since she was a little kid and inspiring plenty of others.

mbm“My mom tells me that, as a kid, I would always want to get myself dressed. My outfit of choice was a T-shirt – one of hers – and a little belt. I was looking for new ways to transform ordinary objects,” Sprigler said. The flawless wife and mama of two grew up with two sisters, whom she used to help get ready for dances and sleepovers. “I’ve always had a love for fashion and interior design,” she explained.

“In college (at Indiana State University), my friends would go out and party, and I would literally lock myself in my room and draw. I wanted to be a fashion designer – but I was not a very good artist – and I would sew for hours and hours.”

Fast forward to today, and you’ll often find Sprigler making crafts for those she loves, which result in keepsakes. “I create memories for my girls and my family, first and foremost, but also for my friends. I get so much enjoyment out of it.”

We asked Morgan to spread the wealth of her knowledge, so she shared a craft almost anyone can do:

mbm2

TULLE CANOPY

I love a tulle canopy so much so, I have made three of them in the past year. They are perfect for a little girl’s room, reading nook, photo shoot, party decor or to romanticize your adult bedroom. It adds such an elegant, soft look to any decor. My daughters’ both love theirs.

SUPPLIES

16” wood embroidery hoop
30 yards of Tulle in preferred color
4 artificial floral arrangements
Pearls/rhinestones/embellishment (optional) 4” ribbon or spool of tulle
Rubber bands
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Measuring tape
Hook

STEP ONE: Measure!

Figure out where your canopy will hang. Use a measuring tape from the hanging point all the way down to the floor, then add 5 inches (this will make sense in step 4). If you want the tulle to pool at the bottom (I personally love this look). add on about 5 additional inches to your measurement. I went with 76 inches.

STEP TWO: Cut!

Find an area in your home where you will have enough room to roll out your tulle. Use your measuring tape, and use the same measurement you configured in step 1. Then, simply cut! Thankfully, tulle is very forgiving, so your line does not have to be perfectly straight. (Side note: I was held back in kindergarten because I could not cute a straight line and still can’t!) Repeat this step until your tulle is gone. You will feel as though you have a lot of fabric, but trust me, you want this to be as full
as possible.

STEP THREE: Rubber Band!

When your tulle was purchased, it was most likely already folded in half. Unfold each panel and lay flat. Rubber band the top of each layer, just as you would a ponytail.

STEP FOUR: Assemble!

Lay your rubber-banded tulle panels around in an evenly spaced circle. Turn the screw on your embroidery hoop until the center hoop separates from the outer hoop. Simply pull the rubber banded sections through the center of your two hoops.

STEP FIVE: Secure!

Begin turning your screw back into place. Stop when you feel like each panel is secure, but do not screw all the way. You want to be able to shift the tulle throughout your hoop to ensure everything is spaced evenly, with a small opening at the front. Once you have each panel where you want it, turn the screw all the way back in place.

STEP SIX: Ribbon!

Cut three even pieces of ribbon or tulle, depending on how high or low you want your canopy to hang. A general length of 15” would be a good starting point. Simply knot the four pieces of ribbon around your hoop, one on each side and one in the back. You may have to separate the tulle a bit to get a secure knot. Once complete, knot the four pieces together at the very top, where it will hang from a hook in your ceiling.

STEP SEVEN: Decorate!

Now for the fun part: Arrange your flowers however you prefer around your hoop, securing with hot glue. Add pearls, rhinestones or whatever your heart desires!

STEP EIGHT: Hang!

Secure your hook to your ceiling and simply hang your beautiful creation! To help your canopy hang evenly, push your hook through your top knot. Ta-Da! Look for more Made by Morgan crafts in upcoming issues of Extol.