Monday, December 7, 2015

DIY Message Gloves

Add a little festive flair to your wardrobe with these diy message gloves. They're fun and functional  and they cost under $5 to make!

Stuff You'll Need:
- Plain gloves (I bought mine from Target for $3.50)
- felt (in the color of your choice)
- scissors
- fabric glue

Choose a fun & festive message to put on your gloves.
Cut letters out of felt- make sure the message/letters fit on the gloves before gluing them down. 

happy H O L L A   D A Y S!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

DIY Felt Christmas Tree

This kid-friendly Christmas tree is the perfect activity to keep the little ones busy on a rainy or cold winters day. Simply cut a big tree & ornaments out of felt. Felt naturally sticks to itself, so kids can redecorate their tree! 

Toddler/ Emma approved!

DIY Pumpkin Pie Felt Play Food

Stuff You'll Need:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tips On Setting The Kids Table

I love the idea of setting a kids table on Thanksgiving! The kiddos have their own special space PLUS it keeps them busy while the adults can mingle.

Here are some of my tips on creating a simple & stylish Thanksgiving kids table:

- Cover the table with craft paper- perfect for the kids to doddle on and easy to clean up.

- Set out Crayons for each kid.

- Have a special Thanksgiving craft  ready for the kids to make.
Like these hand print turkeys or felt feather crowns.

- Use cupcake liners for coasters.

- Forget the place cards! Just write names on the craft paper with a Sharpie.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DIY Felt Feather Crown

The perfect Turkey day accessory!

Stuff You'll Need:


gobble gobble!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Easy Apple Gallette w/ Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Pumpkins are like the cool kids in school. They get all the hype this time of year and you can can find pumpkin anything just about anywhere!  Don't get me wrong, I love pumpkins but, let's not forget about apples! To me, Fall means apple picking and pie making. Sometimes I don't have time to make an apple pie from scratch but, I can whip up a mean apple gallette in no time! Pair it with an easy bourbon caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream...forget about it!

Easy Apple Gallette w/ Bourbon Caramel Sauce
For Gallette
1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought
2 large apples (peeled, cored & thinly sliced)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon 
1 teaspoon cornstarch
½ tablespoon lemon juice.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Pour the apple mixture onto the center of the crust, leaving a 1-inch border around the sides. Gently overlap the dough & pinch to keep the folds together.
Lightly brush egg wash (1 egg + 1 tsp. water)  on the edge of the dough, and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack.

For Bourbon Caramel Sauce:
1 cup sugar 
1/4 cup water
½ cup heavy cream 
1 Tbsp bourbon
 pinch of salt

Simmer sugar and ¼ cup water on medium heat, swirling pan for 15 minutes or until a deep amber color is reached. Watch closely so it doesn't burn. Turn off burner and remove from heat and slowly add cream while stirring. Add pinch of salt and bourbon. Transfer to a heat-safe dish or bottle and let cool. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

6 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas To Try

I love Halloween! The pumpkins, decorations, candy & the costumes! You don't need to spend a fortune on a Halloween costume. All you need is just a little creativity and time! Here are a some fun and easy DIY Halloween costume ideas to try.

Mama & Baby "Deviled Egg"
On Mama: 
Black Dress 
Devil Ears 
Red Heels
On Baby:
DIY Egg Costume 

 "Cotton Candy"
Pink Tank Top
Pink Tulle Skirt
Blue Heels
DIY Cotton Candy Headband

 "Sassy Cookie"
DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Costume
DIY Milk Headband

 "Love Emoji"
DIY Emoji Costume

"Hostess Cupcake"
DIY Hostess Cupcake Costume
DIY Heart Headband

 "Lilo from Lilo & Stitch"
DIY Lilo Costume 
Stitch Plush Doll

Happy Costume Making!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

DIY Witch & Frankenstein Peg Dolls

Halloween is such a fun time for kids! These diy Halloween peg dolls are the perfect size for little hands. Now, if we can only build a haunted house to put them in. 
Maybe next project?

The anatomy of a Halloween peg doll:

not pictured: paint brushes, scissors, hot glue gun.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

DIY Halloween Felt Garland

Decorate your mantle, walls, or windows with this whimsical diy Halloween felt garland. It also makes the perfect decor for your next Halloween bash!

Stuff You'll Need:

Let's Play!
1. Cut out ghosts, pumpkins and bats from felt. (I made 4 of each shape) You can free hand it like I did or use a template.
2. Using your black puff paint, draw faces on your ghosts and pumpkins. Dry completely.
3. Use your black thread & needle to string up your garland.

B O O !

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DIY Color-Block Noodle Necklaces

My daughter has been into accessories lately. Sunglasses, headbands, and especially necklaces! If it's shiny or colorful, she's all over it! So I thought, "let's make necklaces!" But it has to be toddler-friendly- which means cheap and non-toxic. These diy color-block noodle necklaces are super easy to make, inexpensive and make quite the fashion statement. I totally would rock these! Move over Tiffany's!

Stuff You'll Need:
- rigatoni noddles ( Market Pantry, Target)
- paints in various colors (Handmade Modern, Target)
- painter's tape
- wax paper
- scissors
- paint brush
- white hemp cord

Let's Play!
1. Take one rigatoni and wrap half of the noodle with painter's tape. I did this with 10 noodles.
2. Paint your noddles! Set painted noddles on wax paper and allow to dry completely.

3. Once your painted noodles have dried, gently remove painter's tape.
4. String noodles on cord- make sure the necklace is long enough to go over your child's head.

5. Tie a knot at the top of the necklace.

And bam! You got yourself a necklace. I think I'm ready for cocktails now!

Friday, August 14, 2015

DIY Toddler Handprint Pineapple Cards

Oh pineapple, you had me at aloha. 
Send out tropical greetings with these festive handprint pineapple cards!
Use them as party invitations, thank you cards or make a fun garland! 
Oh the possibilities...

Stuff You'll Need:
- cardstock in yellow and green
- pencil
- scissors
- glue stick

Let's Play!
1. Trace your child's hand onto the green cardstock.
2. Cut out handprint. Set aside- this will be the leaves for the pineapple.
3. Cut out a pineapple-shape from the yellow cardstock.
4. Glue green handprint on top of the pineapple cut-out.
5. Send your pineapple card to someone special!


DIY Toddler Handprint Strawberry Cards

How adorable are these strawberry cards?! It's quite possibly the easiest & sweetest craft that I've made with Emma. Use them as birthday invitations, thank you cards or just because! 

Stuff You'll Need:
- cardstock in pink (or red) and green
- pencil
- scissors
- glue stick
- Sharpie

Let's Play!
1. Trace your child's hand onto the green cardstock.
2. Cut out handprint. Set aside- this will be the top of the strawberry.
3. Cut out an oval-shape/ strawberry-shape from the pink or red cardstock.
4. Glue green handprint upside down onto your strawberry cut-out.
5. Draw seeds with your Sharpie.
6. Send your strawberry card to someone special!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DIY Mini Tropical Pinatas

Watermelons, Cati & Pineapples.... Oh My!

Stuff You'll Need:
- cereal boxes
- toilet paper rolls (for cacti)
- newspaper or magazine sheets (for cacti)
- tape
- scissors or fringe scissors (optional)
- tissue paper, in multiple colors
- glue stick
- black cardstock for watermelon seeds
- candy to fill your pinatas

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For pinata tutorial go here!

DIY Palm Leaf Wrapping Paper

Stuff You'll Need:
- white wrapping paper (Michael's)
- palm leaf stencil ( I made one using Word)
- poster board
- scissors & x-acto knife to make your stencil
- dark green paint
- paint brush
- twine (optional)


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

DIY Circus Animal Cake + Mini Mylar Balloon Toppers

Stuff You'll Need:
- a cake of your choice
- a bag of circus animal cookies
- DIY mini mylar letter balloons (get the full tutorial from a joyful riot, here!)

Monday, July 20, 2015

DIY Pretzel Wrapping Paper

Stuff You'll Need:
- white wrapping paper (Michael's)
- paints in brown & white (Target's Handmade Modern, $1.99 each)
- paint brush 
- yellow "mustard" ribbon


Monday, July 13, 2015

DIY Watermelon Wall Hooks

These bright and quirky watermelon wall hooks are a great storage option for any child's (or adult's) room, plus they make fun wall decor! They are also easy to make!

Stuff You'll Need:
- Ikea "GRUNDIAL" towel hooks ($3.99 for a set of 2)
- Loctite "GO 2 Glue"
- Hardwood
- 2 1/2" Hole Saw
- Miter Saw
- Palm Sander
- Target "Handmade Modern" Paints in green, black & pink ($1.99 per bottle)
- Paint Brush

Let's Play!

1. With your 2 1/2" hole saw, cut out a circle.
2. Cut circle in half.
3. Sand wood with palm sander.
4. Glue your half circle/ watermelon wedge to one hook and allow to dry for 2 hours.
5. Paint watermelon details and allow to dry completely until hanging on walls. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fantastic DIYs For The Fourth!

Can you believe it's already July?! I'm rounding up all my fun, festive and easy DIYs to get you ready for the fourth!! Hooray!

Happy 4th!!!!