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Posted on October 7, 2014

Felt-O-Ween Book Review & Giveaway – 40 Scary-Cute Projects to Celebrate Halloween #Sponsored

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Felt-O-Ween Book Review

3 weeks until Halloween! We are rolling right along with costume choices, accessory picking, trick-or-treat route planning… you know the drill.

I wanted to share this super sweet book that crossed my desk. If you are even borderline crafty, you should think about picking up a copy. Felt-O-Ween by Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio features 40 adorable Halloween projects. It walks you through each project step-by-step with pictures and templates.

I liked the pages that explained what basic techniques you need to know before beginning the projects. One quick glance at these pages will let you know if you have the skill-set necessary to complete the various crafts.  (And most, if not all, require little-to-no stitching!)

felt o ween craft book basic techniques

Here’s a look at some of the templates that are included in the back of the book:

felt o ween craft book templates

This book has some of the cutest projects! Here are just a few that caught my eye as I flipped through:

felt o ween craft book trick or treats

felt o ween craft book punkin treat pouches

felt o ween craft book candy corn bunting

So fun!

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Posted on July 1, 2014

10 Patriotic Preschool Crafts for the 4th of July

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Would someone please tell me where June went?  I swear just yesterday we were at the Memorial Day parade, yet here we are, it’s July.

Each year, Lily’s excitement for the 4th of July (and all things red, white and blue, for that matter) seems to grow to a fever pitch as the holiday gets closer.  She’s all about the crafts, the picnics, the parade and the fireworks!  This year I have been pinning a TON of 4th of July crafts and recipes.  I always make sure to look for a bunch of preschooler-friendly crafts because she can’t seem to get enough of them.

Here are the 4th of July-inspired toddler crafts that made my top 10 list!

1.  Pipe cleaners, paint and glitter all come together to make some super fun fireworks painting on Nurse Mommy Superwoman.

fireworks painting with pipe cleaners

2.  These patriotic windsock crafts from A Little Pinch of Perfect are so cute I can hardly stand it!  I would love to have the kids make these and then would hang them up around the house.

4th of july windsock kid craft

3. I’m a sucker for anything with the kids’ hand prints or footprints on them.  I would love to make these patriotic hand prints on canvas and use them as home decor.  See how to make them on B-Inspired Mama.

patriotic hand print kid craft

4.  Lily would be all over this patriotic jar craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning.  She would have a blast and I love the fine motor skill practice that she’d get!

4th of july patriotic jar craft for kids

5.  Mama’s Little Muse has a great ice painting craft.  This looks perfect for an outdoor summertime activity.

red white blue ice cube painting activity

6.  Combine tissue paper art with a patriotic flair in this flag craft from Lil’ Luna.  Check out her blog for directions AND a free flag printable to use as your template.

tissue paper flag craft

7.  What did I tell you?  I’m a sucker for prints!  Here’s an adorable idea for making footprint flags from Crafty Morning.

footprint flag craft for kids

8.  These 4th of July watercolor flags from Make and Takes are pretty and full of color.  I would slap some of those coffee filter flags on my kitchen windows for a handmade suncatcher look!

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9.  When I was a kid, my sister and I would make red, white and blue paper chains every single year for the 4th of July.  We used construction paper and always had a blast hanging them all over the house.  Love the Day has a free paper chain printable template that you can use to make these gorgeous flag chains.

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10.  And last but not least, I am absolutely in LOVE with these 4th of July parade ribbon wands from eighteen25!  I can just imagine Lily waving these in the air during the parade.  Kids will need a little more help with this craft than the others in my round up, but it’s still a pretty simple craft (and did I mention HOW CUTE?!).

4th of july ribbon parade wands

Got a patriotic 4th of July craft idea for the kids?  Leave your link in a comment below!

Posted on May 19, 2014

DIY Beach Sand Hand and Footprint Keepsakes

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Memorial Day is almost here! That means parades, cookouts, picnics, warmer weather and around these parts – BEACH SEASON! We are only about an hour and a half from the nearest beach and every year we try to get to the ocean at least once between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The past few years (minus last year when I was way too pregnant to travel so far) we have spent an awesome week in the Outer Banks, NC. No matter what beach you may find yourself on this summer (even the kids’ sandbox would work), check out this incredibly cool keepsake craft you can make while out soaking up the sun.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Sand (duh)
  2. Water
  3. 8×10 shadow box (find at your local craft or big box store)
  4. Beachy decor to decorate your project – shells, starfish, sand dollars, etc.  Find ’em on the beach or buy them at a craft store (we found ours at Big Lots).
  5. Plaster of Paris (we got a decent sized tub because we knew we wanted to make several prints)
  6. 2 Ziploc freezer bags  – one to mix the Plaster of Paris in and another to cut open and cover frame with to keep plaster off of the frame.
  7. Optional – we used balsa wood and made a really simplistic frame to set inside of the shadow box frame and protective ziploc bag covering.  This was only for spacing and keeping the plaster off the frame.  We made this before we left home and brought it with us.  Again, totally optional and not necessary if you wanted to skip it.

On our first run we were just experimenting and getting used to working with the Plaster of Paris.  We made a frame without any hand/foot prints in it.

First you need to find a clean patch of sand and smooth it over.  Remove any rocks or shells that might be sticking out of the surface.  The first attempt was using dry sand.  That worked okay for shells, etc but when you’re attempting hand/footprints wet sand worked much better to hold the shape (see below).

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Set your frame in the sand and lay shells and other decorations upside down.  (Make sure that the “pretty” sides that you want on display are face DOWN in the sand.  You will be pouring Plaster of Paris over the top.)

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When you are happy with your arrangement it’s time to mix your Plaster of Paris.  We brought bottles of water, a ziploc freezer bag and the plaster with us onto the beach.  We mixed it together in the bag and then poured it directly on top of the entire frame area.

You can use your finger to smooth the back (lumps are okay, just make sure that the entire area inside the frame is covered with plaster).

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Let entire thing SIT untouched for about 30 minutes (until the plaster has set and is completely hardened).

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Here’s what it will look like from the front.  The sand on top of the shells, etc will get brushed away.  An old toothbrush works great for this!

diy beach handprint footprint craft frame i

Gently pop your frame off.  We left these outside in the sun for an entire day to ensure that they were completely set.  Once your design is brushed/cleaned off you can set it inside of the shadow box for an instant gift, decoration, vacation keepsake (or all of the above).

After our practice round, it was time to add some hand and footprints!  This time we used wet sand.  We started with the print, pressing Lily’s hand and foot into the sand to make sure it left a decent indent.  Then we filled in the remaining area with our starfish, sand dollars and shells.

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Our finished unframed masterpieces!

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diy beach handprint footprint craft frame

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DIY Beach Sand Hand and Footprint Keepsakes

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Posted on January 26, 2013

Get Crafty: Easy No-Sew Tutu Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to make a tutu for your little princess but figured that it was too difficult? Guess again!

Every little girl loves playing dress up in a tutu- here’s a super simple version that even kids can make. No sewing involved!

Materials:

1. Goody “ouchless” Adult Size Headband – they come in a multi-pack and can be bought at Target, Giant, Rite-Aid etc.

2. Tulle, ribbon or fabric – I prefer the 6″ width tulle that comes in rolls from the craft store. Make sure if you buy ribbon it does NOT have wired edges! (You can make about 1 tutu with one 25 yard roll of tulle.)

3. Scissors


Directions:

1. Determine how long you want the tutu to be

2. Cut strips of tulle/ribbon/fabric 2x the desired length. About 40 cut strips of tulle are needed for a “full” tutu.

3. Tie each strip of tulle/ribbon/fabric in the middle – just by making a knot – all the way along the headband until desired fullness.

Optional Embellishments:
Glue (with Fabri-tac or craft glue) silk flowers or gems to the ends of ribbon

Tips:
These tutus can be completely and totally customized for your child. You can make them really full, or keep it simple. These make great party favors for birthdays, or a cute gift.

KC is the super crafty mama behind The Diaper Bag Wrangler. She makes all sorts of goodies, including wet bags, personalized kid aprons and her signature Link Loop Diaper Bag. Love the fabrics, love the products – love it all!

Posted on January 20, 2013

{Guest Post} How to Create a Silhouette

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