Dec 17

I’ve seen this yarn-filled glass bulb project around, but I can’t remember where I saw it last year. I was so inspired by that post author (whoever you are!) that last December I got three boxes of these glass ornaments with which to make this craft. I was kidding myself because I was 9 months pregnant, it was Christmas time, and we were moving on December 26th… so I didn’t get around to making these ornaments until last week!

The idea I saw centered around putting yarn from your stash into the glass bulbs. I love this idea because I have some pretty novelty yarn that I bought randomly with no projects in mind (like the Noro shown in the bulb above), that just don’t suit my crochet/knitting style.

My twist on the project is that I also used a length of the same yarn to hang the bulb with, showcasing the yarn another way.

To make them: I either fed the yarn through the hole in the bulb slowly (to create the coiling/balling effect), or I had a big mass of the yarn and shoved it through the hole with a pen (this method used for the pink ornament).

These are hard to take good photos of if you’re in a hurry (as I always am), so I hope you will get the idea! I like the orange eyelash yarn – it looks like fire in a bulb in real life!

p.s. If you know where I saw it last year (I think it was linked to on a pretty big blog), let me know and I’ll link to it!

Dec 16

I’ve heard of using fused plastic for making bags, but I haven’t found a lot of great ways to make it pretty. Well, Crafting A Green World just posted this genius tutorial on using plastic baggies and filling them with pretty stuff, fusing them, and making them into pretty ornaments.

Check it out! I’m loving this idea, and she made it seem so simple!

Dec 11

I recently tried making a reverse applique for the first time.

I used a cool little trick for the reverse applique that I haven’t seen anywhere else online…

I used an old dryer sheet to draw my applique on. I placed it over the
sweater bit to choose which part of the sweater would look good as a
spider!

Then I placed the sweater piece underneath the sweatshirt, and pinned the
dryer sheet to the front of the sweatshirt to use as a template as I
sewed.

When I was finished sewing, the dryer sheet tore off pretty easily.

I cut off just the top layer (the sweatshirt) inside the area I sewed, and got a cute reverse applique with minimal effort.

Dec 1

I used a tree doily (a pack of 20 for $1 at the dollar store), and some holiday foam stickers (also from the dollar store) to make a quick advent calendar for my 2 year-old son. I am actually going to use this for his reward chart (stickers for good behavior) instead of an advent calendar, but I can see this as a great quick project for classrooms, scout packs, holiday faires, or just for fun at home. It could also end squabbles between siblings over who gets to put the advent ornament up each day. Just make one tree for each kid!

To make: glue a doily on a complementary colored background paper.

  • Gluing tip: I used a glue stick. Apply with a light hand, especially if it’s one of those stiff/sticky glue sticks, or you’ll tear the doily. I used the edge of the glue stick and applied it in long strokes along each edge and in the middle. To affix to paper, smooth doily lightly out from center onto paper.

For an advent calendar: stick one sticker on tree per day (number the stickers, if desired).

These would also be cute classroom decorations, or just decorations for your little one’s bedroom. You could also adapt this project to make simple Christmas cards with your kids.

Nov 16

Kids of all sizes will enjoy making a pretty fall tree art project using a tracing of their hands as a tree trunk and branches, and finger painting the fall leaves. This is a quick and simple toddler art project, but older kids will also enjoy finger painting again! Use washable paint for easy clean up.

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Crayon or marker
  • Paint

Instructions:

1. Trace the hand using a crayon or marker

2. Allow child to dip fingers in paint and smear, smudge, or dot in some fall leaves.

3. Admire!

Nov 15

My husband came up with this super easy and fun toddler sewing card project! You probably already have all the supplies you need to make this project, and it only takes a minute to put together. Your toddler will be occupied for awhile, too!

Materials:

  • Piece of construction paper or cardstock
  • Length of yarn
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Ball point pen
  • Hand towel

Instructions:

1. Place paper on towel, and poke holes in paper with pen. You can use a random pattern or a pattern that forms a picture, like a heart.

2. Make a “needle” with a short length of pipe cleaner. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner securely around the length of yarn.

3. Your toddler can use the pipe cleaner “needle” to sew through the marked holes. You will probably want to demonstrate it for him, and get him started.

That’s all there is to it! Don’t be too structured – allow your toddler to sew into whatever holes she wants to. There’s no wrong way to do this fun activity!

Nov 2

I saw tattooed soaps at Soap Queen (as designed by Johanna) and posted a tutorial for tattooing your own soap at my other blog, Dollar Store Crafts. (If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! Don’t forget to subscribe to my RSS feeds, too!)

If you have temporary tattooed yourself or someone you love, you are fully capable of doing this, and it takes less than five minutes, from gathering the supplies up to completing the soap! Easy!

What you need:

  • A bar of soap (3 for $1 at the DS)
  • Temporary Tattoos ($1 for a bunch)
  • Wet washcloth, paper towel, or sponge

Total Cost: $2 for 3 bars (price goes down the more soap you make, though, because you can get a sheet of multiple tats at the DS)

To make (or follow your temp tattoo directions, if they are different):

  1. Unwrap soap
  2. Place tattoo sticky side down onto soap
  3. Use wettish cloth to completely dampen tattoo paper
  4. For best results, burnish tattoo (use a spoon to rub the paper, paying close attention to tattoo edges, especially if there are any little pieces of the tattoo that stick out from the body of the tattoo)
  5. Using care, apply pressure with your fingers as you slide the tattoo paper across the soap, away from the applied tattoo
Oct 31

Happy halloween! I looooove these argyle pumpkins by georgie, my love. Found via Handmade Parade. I am a fool for argyle.

Also, happy birthday to Sister Diane!

Oct 30

Here’s a pic of my sister and I in our halloween getups from about 1984. Man, my sister always had to have something teal in her outfits. And check out my awesome lavender legwarmers.

My mom made our tutus. Here’s an excerpt from a little zine I wrote called “Costumes 1980-1987”:

Oct 23

Yesterday I thought it would be fun to put tiny dots of food coloring in an ice cube tray and let my son pour water into it.

He’s now able to control the little water pitcher enough to pour into individual ice reservoirs.

I put single dots of blue, green, yellow, and red, and I also doubled some dots up (red-yellow, blue-red, etc) to make different shades when the water hit them.

The colors mixed together as the water hit them, but continued to deepen as the minutes passed.

When the water was all poured, I gave him a paintbrush and scrap paper to “paint” on.

Total entertainment value: about 15 minutes. It would be more if you re-colored the ice cube trays and got more water. It made pretty water, though!

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