Friday, December 9, 2016

DIY Pocket Yeti Hand Warmer

This rice-filled yeti hand warmer will keep your hands warm on a chilly day. He's perfect for dog walkers or when spending time at the park with the kids. To activate the hand warmer, simply pop it into the microwave for 10 second intervals to warm the rice and place it in your pocket until you're ready to use it. He also makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

Stuff You'll Need:
- felt in white, light blue, black 
- scissors
- needle
- white & black thread
- rice
- funnel

1. Cut out 2 pocket-sized, Yeti-shaped bodies out of the white felt. Cut out the Yeti's face out of  light blue felt and his eyes out of the black felt. Stitch them onto one of the Yeti white body pieces. For his mouth, I used black tread & a simple straight stitch.
2. Hand stitch along the Yeti keeping the stitch small so the rice doesn't fall out. Leave a little opening to fill the hand warmer with rice.
3. Use a funnel to fill the hand warmer with rice then stitch the opening close.

Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY Vintage Truck Pillow

Add a little touch of vintage to your holiday decor with this diy red truck pillow.

Stuff You'll Need:
- (2) 9x9 dark grey felt sheets 
- red, white, black felt (truck)
- dark green, brown felt (tree)
- fabric glue 
- batting material
- pen
- scissors

1. Cut out a truck and tree out of the felt colors listed above. You can either free hand them like I did or search for vintage truck & tree templates online.
2. Glue truck and tree onto one of the dark grey felt sheets with fabric glue.
3. Pin the reverse side of your felt piece with the truck on the other dark grey felt piece. Glue along the edge with fabric glue leaving about a 1/4" seam. Make sure to leave an opening to fill with batting material.
4. Once glued, carefully reverse your pillow. In the opening left, stuff the pillow with batting.
5. Glue opening with fabric glue. Allow to set completely before using.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Get Your Pie On! Thanksgiving Kid's Table

Who doesn't love pie? I was inspired to create this ultra fun kid's tables by one of my favorite foods- pie! You can easily re-create this set-up with just a few crafty steps:

A Whimsical Centerpiece
I created these pies with large pieces of foam and felt. They bring a fun element to the table and kiddos (and big kids) will love it! You can find the basic tutorial here.

It's all in the details!

Pie Coasters

Supplies Used:
-tan felt
-light brown felt
-round coaster (used as a template)
-hot glue gun

 On the light brown felt, trace circles using your round coaster as a template.
Cut out "pie crust"/ circles out of the tan felt. Cut out scalloped edges on the circles then several thin strips for the lattice look. Arrange strips and attach all tan pieces felt to light brown circles with hot glue. 

Salt Dough Wishbone Place Card Holders

Supplies Used:
-1 cup flour
-1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
- paint (I used light blue)


Knead mixture into a dough & roll out into a wishbone shape. 

Place wishbones on a parchment-lined baking sheet.Bake in a 170 degree oven for several hours. 

Paint & seal.

Additional Details:
Plates: Cheeky Home
Cutlery: Target
Table Runner: Butcher Paper/ Craft Paper
Drinks: Milk Jar Glasses & Paper Straws

Sunday, October 9, 2016

DIY Mama + Mini Me Jack-O-Lantern Shirts

These cheerful, diy  jack-o'-lantern shirts are perfect for all kinds of spooky fun! Make one for you and one for your mini to stay cozy through the chilliness nights.

Stuff You'll Need:
-plain black long-sleeved tees (one for mama & one for your mini)
- high quality white felt sheets
- fabric glue
- jack-o-lantern template (I found several online)
- pen
- scissors

Simply trace your jack-o-lantern templates onto your white felt. Cut out your felt and arrange the pieces on your shirts. Attach with fabric glue and allow to set completely before wearing.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

DIY Mr. Potato Head Busy Board

Keep the little ones busy while they learn about their 5 senses. This Mr. Potato Head busy board is simply made with felt. Remember, felt naturally sticks to itself so the fun and possibilities are endless!

Stuff You'll Need:
- felt in various colors
- scissors
- hot glue gun 

1. Cut a large potato-shaped body out of light brown felt.

2. Make your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and arms. You can make additional fun accessories like a hat, shoes, bag, etc. Get creative!

Here's Mrs. Potato Head!

Emma and her masterpiece!

Monday, August 22, 2016

DIY Smart Cookie Pencil Case

Get ready for back to school with this DIY Smart Cookie Pencil case. 
It holds all your essential school supplies and more!

Stuff You Need:
- (2) light brown felt sheets
- 6" zipper
- fabric glue
- pen
- scissors
- small plate
- black puff paint
- additional felt in black, dark brown and pink

1. Trace out 2 circles on the light brown felt sheets using a small plate.
2. Cut out circles.
3. In the center of one of the circles, measure 2 lines that are a 1/2 inch a part. This will be the opening for your zipper.
4. Cut out the 1/2 inch piece of felt between your lines.
5. Place zipper in the center of the opening. Apply fabric glue to the side of the zipper and glue down the 1st side. Repeat process on the other side.
6. Once the glue is set, cut off any excess zipper material.
7. Take the other circle and apply fabric glue along the outer edges and glue together.
8. Cut chocolate chips out of the dark brown felt. Cut smart cookie's eyes out of the black felt and his cheeks out of the pink felt. Then attach all with fabric glue. 
9. Draw his eyeglasses and mouth with the black puff paint. Allow paint to dry over night before using.

Now, you're one smart cookie!

Monday, August 15, 2016

DIY Dory Wristlet

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming"...
with this diy no-sew Dory wristlet.

Stuff You'll Need:
- (2) 9x9 blue felt sheets 
- navy, yellow, white & black felt (Dory's features)
- fabric glue 
- pen
- scissors
- black ribbon

1. Print out a Dory template (I found several online). Cut Dory's body out of the (2) blue felt sheets using your template.

2. Cut Dory's features out of felt: navy and yellow for fin, tail & mouth, white & black for the eyes.

3. Attach all pieces with fabric glue. Place this piece on top of the other Dory body cut out. Glue along the edge with fabric glue leaving about a 1/4" seam. Make sure you leave a little opening at the top so you can put your stuff inside the bag. Attach some black ribbon with fabric glue at the base of the tail.

** This blog does not endorse Disney. Any ideas or instructions for diy products are for personal use only and not for distribution.**

Monday, June 20, 2016

Easy "Jello" Snow Cones

Snow cones are the quintessential summer treat. These easy "jello" snow cones are the perfect treats to celebrate the first day of summer. 

Easy "Jello" Snow Cones

1 cup boiling water
2 cups of lemon lime soda
1 four serving size Jello mix (I used red, yellow & blue)

In a square pan, whisk the Jello mix & boiling water until dissolved.Stir in soda. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Use an ice cream scooper to scoop up snow cones. Serve immediately.

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

DIY No Sew Frozen Treats Pillow

Make this adorable, no-sew frozen treats pillow this summer for your littles (or yourselves)! The perfect nap time companion and a cool addition to your child's (or your) room!

Stuff You'll Need:
- (2) 9x9 white felt sheets 
- pink, tan felt (ice cream)
 -red, white, light blue, tan felt (rocket popsicle)
- brown, tan felt (fudge popsicle)
- fabric glue 
- batting material
- pen
- scissors
1. Cut out an ice cream cone, rocket popsicle, and fudgepopsicle out of the felt colors listed above. You can either free hand them like I did or search for templates online.
2. Glue all 3 treats onto one of the white felt sheets with fabric glue.
3. Pin the reverse side of your felt piece with the treats on the other white felt piece. Glue along the edge with fabric glue leaving about a 1/4" seam. Make sure to leave an opening to fill with batting material.
4. Once glued, carefully reverse your pillow. In the opening left, stuff the pillow with batting.
5. Glue opening with fabric glue. Allow to set completely before using.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

DIY Mickey Shoe Clips

Add a little Mickey glam to your wardrobe with these easy diy shoe clips!

Stuff You'll Need:
- black glitter foam sheet (Michael's)
-  shoe clips (Michael's)
- scissors
- hot glue gun
1. Cut 2 medium-size circles out of the glitter foam sheet- these will be for Mickey's head. Next, cut 4 small circles out of the glitter foam- these are for the ears. 
2. Using your hot glue gun, simply glue the ears onto the head.
3. Apply shoe clip on the non-glittery side with hot glue. Allow glue to set before wearing.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIY No-Sew Taco Clutch

This diy, no-sew taco clutch is the ultimate Cinco De Mayo or Taco Tuesday accessory. It can hold your keys, money, driver's license, credit card, lipstick & more! Olé!

Stuff You'll Need:
- scissors
- glue gun
- 16' zipper
- yellow, red, brown, orange & green felt

1. Cut out all your "taco fixings" out of your felt:
Taco Shell- 6'' in diameter circle
Lettuce- 7' in diameter scalloped circle
Tomatoes- 4 half small half circles
Meat- 4 small half circles
Cheese- 6 tiny strips

Taco Clutch Assembly:

Place yellow felt (taco shell) on top of the green felt (lettuce).

Fold back half of the yellow felt and arrange the toppings like shown above.

Repeat "topping "arrangement on the other half of the taco and 
secure all pieces using your hot glue gun.

Now that you have a taco, attach your zipper (this is the tricky part). Glue zipper (right side facing up) along the edge of the green felt using your glue gun, make sure your zipper is closed. Once you're finished gluing the zipper on half of the taco, open the zipper. Glue along the edge of the other half of the green felt. Trim off any excess material.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Homemade Disneyland Mint Julep

 I'm just a "little" bit in love with Disneyland right now, especially with their foods. If you're ever in Disneyland, you must try their Mint Julep drink at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. It's a (non-alcoholic) minty, limey and refreshing drink that has become my new guilty pleasure. It's one of the things on my list of treats that I have to get whenever we visit the park. (I 'll have to share that list with you one day.) I made a homemade version and now I can have a Mint Julep whenever I'm missing Disneyland. You can too!

Homemade Disneyland Mint Julep
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
20 mint leaves
6 teaspoons lime juice
4 teaspoons lemon juice
3 drops of green food coloring
3 cups of cold water
splash of soda water 

For mint syrup: 
Combine 1 cup of sugar & 1 cup water in a small sauce pan and heat until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove for heat and add mint leaves. Allow syrup to cool completely before storing it in a glass jar. Cover and let sit in the fridge over night. Remove the mint leaves before using your syrup.
For Mint Julep Mix:
1. In a large pitcher, add your mint syrup, lime juice, lemon juice, food coloring and 3 cups of cold water. Mix well.
2. Fill a tall glass with ice then add the mint julep mix, top with soda water and garnish with two maraschino cherries, a lemon, & sprig of mint. Adults: spike it with bourbon, just as delicious.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Homemade Organic Graham Crackers

These organic graham crackers make the perfect base for s'mores or you can simply enjoy them on their own. 

Organic Graham Crackers

You'll Need:
1 cup organic whole wheat flour
1½ cups all purpose flour
½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter, chilled & cubed
¼ cup organic honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a food processor, combine both flours, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.
3. Add cubed & chilled butter to the mix and pulse until mix is coarse.
4. Add honey, water and vanilla and continue to mix until combined.
5. Remove the dough and shape into a ball. Roll out dough, about ¼ inch thick and cut out crackers using your favorite cookie cutter.
6. Place cookies on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes.
7. Cool completely on cooling rack before serving.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

DIY Cactus Easter Eggs

Because I love errrthang cacti, I made these adorable Easter eggs inspired by my favorite plant. You can too!

Stuff You'll Need:
- craft eggs 
- mini terracotta pots
- green paint
- paint brush
- black Sharpie pen
- a small piece of pink tissue paper for the flower
- hot glue gun
- mini pebbles

To make:
Simply paint your eggs and allow to dry completely before drawing on "needles" with your Sharpie.
Attach tissue flower with your hot glue gun. Fill mini pots with pebbles and place your cactus eggs inside.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DIY Felt Ice Cream Truck Quiet Board

I'm constantly finding new ways to entertain my little tot while I try to get work done. This adorable felt ice cream truck quiet board will keep the little ones busy, plus they can work on their counting skills, colors and building skills. And remember, felt naturally sticks to itself so the fun never ends!

Stuff You'll Need:

- a 20" x 15" foam board
- scissors
- box cutter
- hot glue glue
- white felt
- felt in assorted colors for your truck accessories and ice cream treats



Cut out an ice cream truck canopy, window, truck divider & wheels out of felt (in your choice of colors).

Glue all the above onto your felt-covered board using your hot glue gun.

Create your ice cream treats! This is the fun part and the possibilities are endless.
Here's Emma's "Menu" of ice cream treats I've made:

happy creating!