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About Awilda

I'm a sponge for all things creative. I love blogging, baking, crafting and DIY'ing and share tips for home decorating, DIY, crafts and frugal living.

DIY Moana Inspired Boat and Oar (prop)

So today I’m sharing my third Moana Inspired birthday project; my DIY Moana Boat and Oar.  If you haven’t seen my other two Moana party decor/props you can check it out here and here.

We wanted to create a  prop for the family to take fun photos with the kids. This project was a bit time consuming but the end result was well worth it.

What you’ll need (for the boat)…

  • Long Cardboard box
  • glue
  • brown paper roll (From Homes Depot – used for flooring)
  • tape
  • red paint (optional -craft store)
  • box cutter
  • white fabric (for the sail)

What you’ll need (for the Oar)…

  • Paper towel rolls
  • Cardboard
  • tape
  • brown paper roll (from Home Depot – used for flooring)

Boat Directions…

The first thing we did was tape the boxes end to end (length wise).  Next we drew a cut line to create the shape of the boat.  Very very carefully cut the boat using the box cutter.

Then we taped down the pieces using the brown paper roll (from Home Depot).  We decided to add the Moana heart of the ocean logo to the boat for added flair.

For the sail: we drew the heart of the ocean on an old blanket that I was going to trash since it was ruined, but I decided to keep it for this project -I’m so glad I did!  We taped the fabric to the brick wall using left over heavy duty double sided tape we bought from Home Depot.

There you have it, the boat and sail all pretty like with my two babies proudly posing!

Oar Directions…

First we drew then cut the cardboard shape (about six pieces), we went with an oval shape and added a ‘neck’ to insert it to the pole (or paper towel roll) and taped it down securely.

Next we lined the oar head with the brown paper liner and taped it.

 

We did decide to paint the oar a tan color (totally optional) and even added Maui’s signature (my daughter’s idea)!  Cool eh?  I think so!

There you have it folks!  Our very own Moana boat and oar prop!

Here is the birthday girl and her sister happily posing with the props, which looks so cool BTW!  Just don’t tell them I’m showing you this pic I promised I wouldn’t 😉 *insert sinister laugh*

Thank you so much for joining me today and if you do get a chance to create this project, make sure to share your mad skills with me on instagram and tag me @hipncreative or use the hashtag #hipncreative  -Until next time guys, I hope you have a truly great day!

 

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DIY Moana Inspired Maui Fish Hook

I’m back with another tutorial for you guys.  Like I mentioned before we previously celebrated my daughter’s 10th birthday (you can find the tutorial here).  The party was Moana themed – which is one of our favorite movies so far.  We decided to make our own Maui Fish hook.  I’m very proud of my girl because she did the majority of the project herself and I think she did a phenomenal job!

What you’ll need…

  • White foam board (Dollar Tree)
  • carboard
  • Brown Marker or paint
  • Glue Gun and sticks
  • white painters tape (dollar tree)
  • White paint (found at craft stores)
  • Tan felt fabric

Directions…

First thing she did was google Maui fishhook images and freehanded the fishhook pattern onto cardboard.  We then used that as our template to trace and cut the rest of the cardboards. The cardboard pieces we had were from purchases we made during the year, we just store them in the garage until we need them.  We used 4 brown scrap cardboard and 2 white foam boards that we used as the outer part of the fish hook.

Next we glued all the hooks together and taped it to together for added security.

Next we painted the the fishhook white and allowed it to dry.  Tip: we applied several coats to the fish hook to make it seem more seamless but you can still see the  tape. 

We also cut strips of felt and glued it to the fish hook handle (try saying that 3 times fast!) Drew some scroll patterns though out the Fish Hook and that’s it, your done!

Full disclosure:  We had everything we needed to make Maui’s Fish Hook on hand.  If we had not this would of cost us a total of $5.00 (paying for the felt, paint, white foam board, tape and cardboard) which is still not bad! When we started this project we had a few minor set backs.  The tape we used kept unraveling – I’m guessing it’s because we used Dollar Tree white tape and it didn’t have a strong adhesive to it.  Also make sure to buy white acrylic paint from the craft store, we had some in hand but it was Pearl white and completely opaque (ugh).  Other than that we had a great time working together!

Make sure to come back for our 3rd project.  Moana’s boat and oar as a photo prop!  Thanks for watching guys!  If you decide to create your own Maui Fish Hook make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @hipncreative or use the hashtag #hipncreative.  Until next time guys, have an awesome day!

DIY Moana Inspired Palm Trees

A while ago we celebrated my youngest daughters birthday.  She was turning 10 and wanted a Moana themed birthday party.  I prefer to DIY as much of my kids party decor as I can because a) it’s sometimes cheaper for me to use whatever left over products I have and b)  I’m crazy like that and like to torture myself with extra work!

I recruited my daughter to help me with this project and I have to say it was a super simple project and we had so much fun working together.  So let’s get started..

What you’ll need..

  • Bamboo skewers (Dollar Tree or Supermarket) cut in half
  • Paper towel rolls or toilet paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • tape or glue
  • Green Paper
  • 2″ foam ball (Dollar Tree or Craft store) cut in half
  • Flower Pot  (Dollar Tree)
  • rocks (Dollar tree)

Directions…

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and if you do create your own palm trees, please make sure to share your talents with me on Instagram using the hashtag #hipnreative or tag me @hipncreative so I can peep your mad skills and cheer you on!

How to Renovate Old Doors for UNDER $20 | Hip ‘n Creative

Hey friends, I hope you’re all doing well this beautiful Monday!  Today I’m sharing how we turned our hold doors into a fresh modern door with just a few simple tools.  I have to be honest and say that this project was easy and cheap.  Especially since we had most of the tools on hand.

DOOR RENOVATION PROJECT

You will need…

  • Paint of your choice
  • paint brushes
  • Trim
  • Liquid nails
  • spray paint of your choice – for the hardware

On hand/Optional

  • Sander (optional)
  • finishing nail (optional)
  • clamps or painters tape to hold down the trim while they dry
  • horses or a stand for the the door to rest on

The first thing I did (after taking down my door) was to remove the hinges and door knob then sanded it down.  This is totally optional, I did it because the doors we had had a lot of bumps and scratches and this would help us to paint without too much showing through.

Once we sanded the doors, we then proceeded with our first layer of paint.  We then measured how we wanted our trim to look.  This trim we bought was from Home Depot and cost about $1.29/sq. foot.  We bought four 8 foot pieces which was enough for us to use on 2 doors.  We measured about 6 inches from the top of the door.  My wonderful husband then helped with the cutting of the trim.  (because I’m totally a chicken when it comes to big machines lol).

We added some liquid nails to the back of the cut trim and held them in place with clamps.  Since our doors are a bit warped we decided to add some finishing nails to keep them in place.  (We were concerned that the trim would fall off in the future)  We also added some caulk to fill in any gaps that were showing from the door and trim.

We finished off the door with a second coat of paint.  We also spray painted our hardware with some matte black spray paint.  I absolute love it and thinks the doors look way better than before.  I managed to video tape some of the painting process and have it below.  If you haven’t done so yet you should head over to my Youtube channel.  I post new videos every week and it would mean so much to me to have you there.

Beef Empanadilla (Empanada) Recipe | Hip ‘n Creative

I love making beef empanadillas/empanadas for my family and I thought it would be awesome to share this recipe with you as well. I have been making these for years and love it!  I hope you do too.  Below I have the list of ingredients you will need to make a batch for yourself.  I also included the video for you as well!

INGREDIENTS: (Serving 20 Empanadillas)

1 lb of Ground Beef (or Chicken, Pork)
1 packet of Sazon
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1.5 tsp of Adobo
1 8oz. Can of Salsa
1 tbsp of Sofrito
1 tbsp of Recado
1 medium Potato cubed
Oil enough for frying
2 packages of Empanada Disc (found in the hispanic section of your supermarket) *make sure to defrost your discs prior to cooking.

DIRECTIONS:
On a separate pot boil a medium potato until fork tender, drain and set aside. On a medium pan cook your beef on medium heat until brown then drain. Add all the ingredients together.

Next take your meat and potato filling and fill the center of the discs. Pinch the ends to secure the discs and prevent them from opening with a fork. Fry in pan for about 3 minutes (each side) on medium heat or until golden brown.

Serve alone or with your favorite rice recipe!  If you make this recipe please make sure to share it with me on instagram by tagging me @hipncreative!

xo,
Awilda