DIY Paper Mache Astronaut Helmet

My son Carter is approaching the end of 4th grade <insert sad music> & his final project had me more excited then he was. The project requirements were to portray a famous Hoosier as a wax figure at a wax museum. He choose David Wolf, an Indianapolis native that became an astronaut. With that he had to have a costume and props. So of course my DIY imagination started running wild!

We had the outfit ironed out, but we still needed a helmet so we decided to make it out of paper mache. It was so simple and cost nothing, because I already had all the materials. So if you are looking for an inexpensive way to make a helmet here are step-by-step instructions.
Materials:

  • Balloon (standard size)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 cup of water
  • Newspaper
  • White copy paper
  • Scissors
  • Paint (desired colors)
  • Paint brush
  • Container to hold the balloon (I used a bowl)
  • Bowl to make the paste

Step 1: Cut the newspaper & white copy paper into strips.
Step2: Make the paste by mixing the 1/2 cup of flour and 1 cup of water.
Step 3: Blow up the balloon to desired size.
Step 4: Dip the newspaper into the paste. Remove any excess paste and put it on the balloon. Do this until the entire balloon is covered with newspaper. Do not apply anymore than two coats of newspaper.
Step 5: Let it dry. I left it overnight but it should only take 4 hours to dry.

Step 6: Make another batch of paste by mixing the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and 1 cup of water.
Step 7: Repeat step 4 but this time use the white copy paper.
Step 8: Let the paper dry for a minimum of 4 hours.

As you can see there are some brown marks on the balloon. This is from the paste, but it can be easily covered up using paint. 

Step 9: Pop the balloon and remove from the shell. You might need to trim the opening to make the helmet sit upright.
Step 10: Use paint to decorate the helmet, then you’re done!

What do you think? Super easy, huh?! The best part is, it cost zero dollars! Well, that’s it for this tutorial. I hope you liked it. Into next time. Xoxo

Dining Room Table & Chairs Makeover. 

Between 4th grade final projects and a newly mobile baby, I finally finished the tutorial for the table & chairs! Honestly, I’m impressed I was able to get it done in two weeks. Anyway, if you are looking to change up your dining room table or any piece of furniture for that matter, you have come to the right place.


Backstory:

I bought this table and chairs from a coworker thinking I would paint it and put it on our deck for outside seating. Come to find out the wood is not treated and it would warp over time, so I ended up putting it in our garage.

Before
I love the country chic look of the table and I hated that it was sitting in our garage so I decided to use it as our dining table and chairs. It’s bigger than the table we were using and again the country chic look. 😊 However, my vision of the table was outweighed by the lack of motivation I had to sand it and do all the prepping. So it continued to sit in the garage until one day when the clouds parted and I was introduced to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (THANK YOU PINTEREST!!) After doing a little research I found out there is NO PREPPING involved. I repeat NO PREPPING to paint. No sanding, priming, staining. Nothing. I have painted several pieces of furniture and have always had to sand, prime, etc. so I though it was too good to be true. Let me tell you, it’s 100% true! So I googled where I could buy the paint, and found it at a cute antique store near my house. This was my first experience with Chalk Paint and it did not disappoint. I now have 3 pieces of furniture that I have used it on and I LOVE IT! So much that I want to share the love with you, but first things first. The materials.

Materials: 

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

There are several colors you can choose from, but in Carrie style I wanted white and gray (shocker). I used: French Linen, Old White, and Paris Gray. If you don’t like this color scheme Annie Sloan has a large selection of colors and they mix well, so your options are almost limitless. 

  • Paint stir sticks
  • Annie Sloan wax brush
  • Lint free cloth
  • Chip brush (I used 3. One for each color.)
  • Clear Finishing Wax (I bought mine from Lowe’s because it was less expensive than the Annie Sloan version. In my opinion it works well.)
  • 120 grit sand paper (just to smooth it over after applying the paint.)
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Paper bowl

Once you have all your materials gathered follow these step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Clean the table with soap and water. That’s it for prepping!

Step 2: Stir the paint or turn them upside down for about 10-15 minutes. Either way make sure it is mixed well.

Step 3: Dab the chip brush into clean water and apply one thin coat of Old White to the base.

Step 4: Let the paint dry. It should dry within 15-20 minutes. Super fast!

Step 5: Apply a second coat of Old White to the base. Make sure to apply the paint with the grain of the wood. Let it dry completely.

Step 6: Apply one thin coat of French Linen to the tabletop. Let it dry. Don’t be alarmed if you see brush marks, it happens. The second coat should cover them up. This paint goes a LONG way so don’t think you need to glob it on to cover up the marks.



Step 7: Apply a second coat of French Linen to the tabletop.

Step 8: Using the paper bowl mix 2 parts Paris Gray to one part Old White. Add a little water to the bowl.

Step 9: Dip the chip brush in water and then the mix and apply a thin coat to the tabletop. While the paint is still wet, quickly wet the lint free cloth and lightly glide it on the tabletop. Doing this provides dimension and gives the tabletop that weathered look. Let it dry.

Step 10: Repeat step 8. Let it dry completely. I left it overnight. (Don’t mind our messy garage!)



Steps 11 & 12 are optional, depending on the look you are going for. 

Step 11:  Use the 120 grit sandpaper to weather the table in the areas where normal wear-and-tear would be. This step is completely optional though.

Step 12: Wipe the table down to make sure all particles from using the sandpaper are removed.

Step 13: Dip the wax brush into the wax and apply in a circular motion. The wax acts as the seal so be sure you are happy with the look before applying. Apply wax to the entire table.


Step 14: Do steps 1-5 & 13 for the chairs.

Step 15: Wipe the table & chairs down after the wax dries then sit back and enjoy your new table and chairs!

After
I hope you liked my tutorial! I would love to see your finished product so please share. Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

So my team and I signed up for the Biggest Loser challenge at work and I have been trying to come up with good but filling dinner ideas to keep me on track. Well let me tell you this is DEFINITELY one of them! It took less than 45 minutes to prep and cook and that is a plus when you have two kids. Especially when one just learned how to crawl!

So if you like heathy, filling, and low maintenance meals you will LOVE this!

Here are all the ingredients you will need. Please note, this recipe makes approximately 6-8 wraps. 

The wrap contents:

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (thawed)
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 1 can of black beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 can of corn (not creamed) drained
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Lettuce leafs
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

The Dressing: 

  • 1 packet of Ranch Greek yogurt mix
  • 1 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt 
  • 3 tablespoons of milk 

Im a visual person, so here’s a picture of everything you need (minus the milk).
Recipe:

  1. Cut the chicken into strips. My chicken was really thick so I cut through the middle to make two thin pieces of chicken, then cut them into strips. 
  2. Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into the pan and turn the burner to medium heat. 
  3. Put the chicken strips in the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. While the chicken is cooking drain the corn and rinse the black beans, then pour them into a saucepan. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes then put to the side. 
  5. In a small bowl mix the Ranch Greek Yogurt salad dressing mix, 3 tablespoons of milk, and 1 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt. 
  6. The chicken should be cooked by this point. If so, set to the side to cool down.
  7. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and cube the avocado. 
  8. Wash the lettuce strips and place them on the plate. Make sure they are spread open.
  9. Put a spoonful of the corn and black bean mix in the center of the lettuce. Then place the chicken strips on top of the corn and black beans. Put some of the Frank’s hot sauce on the chicken, then top with the tomatoes and avocado. Then drizzle the Ranch Greek Yogurt dressing on top. Your done!

How good does this look?!? I can honestly say this was a simple recipe and oh so yummy! I am not even a big fan of Greek yogurt, but the dressing is AMAZING and so much healthier!


Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! 

New Blogger!

Hello! My name is Carrie. Welcome to A Carrie’d Affair Blog! I’m a wife to a Chef, a mother of two boys, & a DIYer at heart. My love for creating things is what led me to start this blog, so here I am!

My goal is to leave you inspired. I love to create and bake, with coffee in hand of course. ☕️ Here you will find DIY projects, tutorials, recipes, home decorating ideas, and my obsession with white & gray. I am so excited to finally share all the things I love with you!