Archive for the ‘DIY’ tag
October 10th, 2014 at 12:53 pm
My mom always made costumes for my sister and I for Halloween. On the night before Halloween she would quickly craft two costumes out of almost anything! Thank goodness nowadays we have things like blogs and Pinterest to fuel our imaginations! Here are some fun costumes I found while scouring the web for girls costumes.
Plus, you can make practically anything into a costume when you make a tutu. I saw a ghost with a white t-shirt, princesses, pumpkin queens, clowns, superheroes and more!
What fun ideas have you made?
September 12th, 2014 at 5:21 pm
The onset of fall weather and the smell of apples cooking makes me want to start bringing out my fall decorations. This year, I decided to make my own wreath out of burlap. It was really easy and very customizable, so it can be used year-round. I love the way it turned out with a couple of fall additions.
First you need a Metal Wreath Ring. It’s only a couple of dollars and is sold in many different sizes. You also need a couple spools of wired burlap ribbon, which come in all kinds of patterns, colors, and textures. I used the 2.5 inch x 7 yard spools and went through 2 of them. At our local hobby store they sell 30 foot spools which probably would have been a better option in hindsight…it depends on how many wreaths you want to make. When I looped my burlap I did smaller, tighter loops, so if you like it more loopy then you will want more feet of ribbon.
The first step is to tie the ribbon onto the wreath frame. I looped it through the wire and then tied a knot to hold it. Every time I added a new spool of ribbon I repeated this step.
The next step is to pull the burlap up through the first space. Pull the burlap through to make a loop. Once you complete a loop, take the end, twist, and do it in the next slat. Once you have finished the first row, weave and loop in the other direction to make a second row. I used this video to help to demonstrate the process.
You keep this process up until you go all the way around the wreath. At the end, I tied another knot (just like I started), and concealed it under the loops.
Then I picked up some decorative pumpkins and fall berries on sticks to weave into the wreath, and made a bow with some fall ribbon that I had on hand. I didn’t want to glue anything on the wreath so I can change out the decor for different holidays, but feel free to make yours permanent. I am thinking about adding a painted “R” in the middle at some point for our last name initial.
Here are some other wreath inspirations for you to make one all your own!
August 1st, 2014 at 2:51 pm
With two boys who are actively involved in sports, we have to anticipate that sooner or later, medals and trophies will be won and the kids will be eager to display them. My son recently earned his first medal in a soccer tournament, and I wanted to find a fun way to display it so he can remember his accomplishments.
I took a regular towel bar found at your local hardware or department store and attached it to the wall. Then, I looped the medal over it so it hangs nicely. A quick and easy way to display! As you can see, I have displayed his trophies on a shelf underneath as well. I think I might even add some type of quote or word art about hard work or success to finish it off!
It’s important to remind your kids that with some hard work they can accomplish so much!
How do you organized/display your kids’ trophies?
July 24th, 2014 at 10:27 am
When school is out during the summer, it’s the perfect time to ready a list of crafts that will allow your kids having fun and being creative! Some of these crafts can be made from materials found in the great outdoors…have an adventure with your little one to collect the items before you make it. You can also make it educational by using it as a way to teach your kids about animals and nature.
July 21st, 2014 at 10:44 am
Taking the time to add decor to your home can elevate it to a new level. The hard part is that decorations can be costly and decorating a room can become expensive fast. I like to take less expensive items and make them into something else! One of my favorite homemade items is my Elevated Glass Vase.
To make each of these it cost $2 plus the cost of a little glue. There are many different types of glue you can use, so pick out your favorite brand for this.
This project started with a tall straight vase. Get creative. Vary colors, styles, and heights of vases. Then you need two shorter candle holders as shown here.
You simply glue the candle holder to the bottle of the vase. I like to put the vase upside down and apply the candle holder that way. Let dry and fill. I have filled with shells, christmas ornaments, marbles and more. This is a great way to add color through decor.
I have also taken candle holders and attached to plates to make a cake plate or an item to display or serve on.
June 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am
Father’s Day is a great day for your kids to show everyone how much they appreciate what their Dad does for them. A simple but special treat for Dad is a handmade card. Below are some examples of everything from printables to handprints, and even specially cut cards. Your little one will enjoy being creative, and Dad will love a card lovingly created by them.
Another great option is a tie card. Fold a sheet of paper in half cut into the shape of a tie. Decorate that tie and have dad “wear” it for his special day.
May 27th, 2014 at 10:16 am
My kids are summer babies, so we’ll be celebrating their birthdays in the next couple of months. And the thing I love the most is that we get to celebrate them in our own backyard. For the past seven years, there hasn’t been one birthday without a piñata, but this year, we’re going to do something different. Instead of getting one to match the theme of the birthday party at the store, we’ve actually decided to make our very own piñata.
Although I’m not the most crafty person in the world and a making a piñata from scratch sounds pretty complicated to me, I found what looks like an amazingly easy tutorial on YouTube and I can’t wait to try to make a piñata with my children.
- 1 cup flour
- 1.5 cups water
- Large bowl
- Mylar ballon in the shape of a star
- 5 party hats
- Crepe paper of different colors
- Lots of newspaper
- Masking tape
- Glue stick
- Mix water and flour in the bowl until you get a smooth paste.
- Inflate balloon and place a party hat on each of its points and attach with a bit of masking tape.
- Cut the newspaper into long, 2-inch wide strips.
- Grab the newspaper strips and soak them in the paste. Once both sides of the strips are wet, place them on the balloon until you cover it completely.
- Wait for strips to dry out completely (this can take up to a day) and then make a hole on the top so you can take the balloon out and be able to fill the piñata with candy.
- Then, you can start decorating with the colored crepe paper. Cut into 3-inch pieces and make fringes on the end. Then paste these pieces all around the balloon starting at the bottom and going round and round using the glue stick until.
- Fill up the piñata with candy and then make two tiny holes at the top on each side of the big opening and put the string through these so you can hung the piñata.
Photo Credit: BeforeAndAfterTV
May 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am
Mis hijos nacieron en el verano, así que vamos a estar celebrando dos cumpleaños en los próximos meses. Y lo que más me gusta es que podemos celebrar en nuestro propio patio. Durante los últimos siete años, no ha habido un cumpleaños sin una piñata, pero este año, vamos a hacer algo diferente. En vez de comprar uno para que coincida con el tema de la fiesta de cumpleaños en una tienda, hemos decidido hacer nuestra propia piñata.
Aunque yo no soy la persona más talentosa en lo que a manualidades se refiere y un hacer una piñata desde cero suena bastante complicado para mí, me encontré con este tutorial en YouTube y se me hace que no es tan difícil. Además estoy segura que a mis hijos les va a encantar.
- 1 taza de harina
- 1.5 de agua
- Un bol grande
- Un globo de Mylar en forma de estrella
- 5 sombreritos de cumpleaños
- Papel crepé de diferentes colores
- Cinta adhesiva
- Mezcla el agua y la harina en el bol hasta obtener una pasta homogénea.
- Infla el globo y coloca un sombrerito en cada uno de las puntos con un poco de cinta adhesiva.
- Corta trozos de papel periódico de 2 pulgadas de ancho.
- Coge las tiras de periódico y mételas en la mezcla de agua y harina una por una. Una vez que ambos lados de las tiras están mojados, ponlos sobre el globo hasta que lo cubra por completo.
- Espera a que las tiras se sequen completamente (esto puede tardar hasta un día) y luego haz un agujero en la parte superior para que puedas sacar el globo hacia fuera y llenar la piñata con dulces.
- A continuación, puedes empezar a decorar con papel crepé de color. Corta trozos de 3 pulgadas y haz flecos en el extremo. A continuación, pega las piezas por todo el globo a partir de la parte inferior y dando vueltas y vueltas con el pegamento.
- Llene la piñata con dulces y luego haz dos pequeños agujeros en la parte superior de cada lado de la gran apertura y pon la cuerda a través de ellos para que puedas colgar la piñata.
Photo Credit: BeforeAndAfterTV
April 28th, 2014 at 9:13 am
I like to think I have a green thumb, but I’m not really good at gardening. In the spring I get excited about plants and the colors and greenery, but as the summer wears on I get tired of weeding and trimming and watering. Then I let everything go wild and out of control.
Regardless, I am good at growing herbs in a container. First, they require little to no weeding, they are trimmed all the time, and because I pick them often, I tend to water them regularly. I love to use fresh herbs in the summer, adding basil to pasta salads, cilantro to my black bean salsa, and parsley to meatballs and tomato sauce. They are the three herbs you will always find on my patio, but I have also grown mint, thyme, rosemary, and lavender.
Some of the best herbs for container gardens are:
I like to mix several herbs in a pot. Most herbs need full sun or at least 8 hours of sunlight and dry conditions, and they tend to thrive in soil that is lean (meaning not a lot of fertilizer). I’ve never tried growing my herbs inside, but I do love to dry them towards the end of the summer. They will grow in different types of pots and can be worked into your deck, patio, window box, or front steps. When the plant reaches 6-8″ tall, you can harvest by cutting 1/3 of the branches. This will replenish and you will have amazing herbs all summer long. Plus, the scent off of the plants is amazing!
April 7th, 2014 at 1:40 pm
I love to watch my kids’ eyes light up when they find their Easter basket. We fill the baskets with candy and other favorite food treats for the little ones to enjoy, but every year I struggle to find other items to include. Here is a list of 100 items you can fill your child’s basket with!
- Pacifier Holder
- Sippee Cups
- Musical Toys
- Garanimals Baby Toys or Foam Letters
- Small Stuffed Animal
- Toddler Cutlery
- Magnetic Fridge Letters
- Rain Boots
- Coloring Books
- Character Undies
- Hex bugs
- Bath Toys/Crayons
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Fun Toothbrush
- Fun Shampoo
- Stuffed Animal
- Painting Smock
- Art Supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, paints)
- Art Kits
- Bubble Bath
- Fun Cups/Plates
- Dress Up Items
- Play Jewelry
- Pool Toys
- Fun Duct Tape
- Kids Word Search
- Jump Rope
- Construction Paper
- Hair Pretties
- Book light
- Sandals/Flip Flops
- Beach Towel
- Matchbox cars
- Play Tool Set
- Sand Toys
- Shovel and Pail
- Bike Horn/Bell
- Character Bandaids
- Temporary Tatoos
- Water Bottle
- Summer Hat
- Books – appropriate for child’s level
- Sticket Books
- Water Gun
- Nerf Gun
- Swim Goggles
- Sporting Supplies or games
- Jigsaw Puzzle
- Cards or Card Game
- Jacks or Marbles
- Tape Measure (my boys loved the keychain ones since they were toddlers)
- Nail Painting Supplies
- Animal figures
- Magic Tricks
- Comic Book or Kids Magazine
- Bop it or Tangle Jr
- My Little Pony or other small horses
- Play Food
- Walkie Talkies
- Small Magna Doodle or Etch a Sketch
- Glow Sticks
- Small Musical Instrument (harmonica, recorder)
- Pencils/Pencil Toppers
- Action Figures
- Trading Cards
- Fun Socks
- Seeds and a pot
- Diary or Journal
- Video Game controller or new game
- Play Dough
- Bunny Ears
- Gift Cards to favorite stops
- Bunny Money
Feel free to share any other ideas I may have missed!