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DIY Christmas Tree Garlands

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Honestly, I never met a garland I didn’t like. Some might say I’m obsessed with garlands, and I’m totally okay with that. So you can imagine that this time of year, with cuteness swagging all over the place, I’m really in my element. I seriously am of the belief that with a little paint, glitter, paper, or ribbon, any object can become a cute garland. Here are 3 that prove that very point!

 

 

Wedding blogs are one of the best sources for cool garlands these days. I’m in love with the colors of this gemstone-like garland from Ruffled. And you can even reuse this garland come Valentine’s Day! And Easter too while you’re at it!

 

 

 

 

Stars are not the most original symbol when it comes to Christmas garlands, but this color palate really shakes up the traditional red and green. And guess what? It’s made with free paint chip samples from the hardware store. This is so easy to make with a star paper punch and the kids can really get into it! They can even punch stars as they are re-watching A Charlie Brown Christmas (one of my all time faves). How-to found here.

 

 

 

Here is a classic pasta craft that really feels festive and celebratory! Cover bowties with gold glitter, let dry, then tie a string around the centers to hang. If there’s anytime to allow glitter into your home, it’s Christmas! You can also see a red on at The Gold Jellybean.

Minty Mouse
Minty Mouse
Minty Mouse

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Decorating with Pinecone Crafts

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Mother Nature is very generous with her craft supplies and one of her most popular (and plentiful) items is pinecones! They are everywhere come fall and are a great base to create some really fun projects! I find that people use pinecones most commonly in three ways: painted for display, as the body base for animals, or to hang on the wall to celebrate fall. Here are some awesome crafts that fit those three categories.

Painted Pinecones:

  1. Bold and beautiful, high-gloss pinecones by Love From Ginger.
  2. Torie Jayne painted these pinecones in a very surprising, spring palate.
  3. Whimzeecal painted just the tips in an ombre effect.
  4. Hang seasonal decor from a painted branch with pinecones. By. Karen Marie Dehn.

Animal Pinecone Crafts:

  1. Whimsy Love makes a darling little owl pinecone craft using felt and googly eyes.
  2. These birds, formerly for sale at World Market, are a great use of pinecones. Just add some styrofoam balls and glittered craft foam shapes to complete the feathered friend.
  3. Kiddley added polymer clay appendages to a pinecone to make this adorable hedgehog.
  4. Is it a bull? A cow? Not sure, but I love the mix of cork and pinecone in this sweet little animal.

Pinecone Garlands:

  1. Who would have thought that the hard/soft combo of pinecones and pom-poms would be a good match? Seekimothy on Etsy did.
  2. Gold + pinecones: you can’t go wrong! This garland is for sale at West Elm.

Inspired? I thought so! Now go outside and find some pinecones!

Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments
Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments
Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments

 

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10 Amazingly Clever Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

When I saw this collection of homemade halloween costumes on Oh Happy Day, my jaw dropped. Each one is better than the next, and while they may take some time, most of them are pretty easy to do. The strongman costume (above) is simply one of my all time faves. Take a look at the other nine! You can click on the links below for directions for the individual costumes.

1. A Field of Flowers | 2. An Airplane | 3. The Red Balloon | 4. A Fluffy White Cloud | 5. Little Artists | 6. A Strongman | 7. A Snail | 8. The Eiffel Tower | 9. A Classic Robot | 10. A Clown

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Unique Leaf Crafts for Kids

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Every fall, I’m always a little late on the leaf crafts. There is such a small window where I live of when the leaves are a true rainbow array of colors, and there are so many lovely things to do with orange, yellow, green, and even brown leaves. Here are a few of my favorites from FamilyFun.

The lovely leaves above were pressed in a heavy book for about ten days (you can see how I miss the boat every year, right?) and then decorated with a metallic paint pen. How lovely would these be hanging in a float frame?(FYI, a float frame is a glass-to-glass frame that’s great for projects like this.)

Flower crowns are lovely in the spring, but don’t ignore the leaves for you little woodsy prince or princess! The leaves stay in their raffia crown without glue, so when some go bad, it’s easy to swap them out.

Test your child’s scavenger skills by challenging him to create a rainbow of leaves (blue might be pushing it). Line them up on a log or even outside on the front stoop. Lay rocks on top to prevent them from blowing away. (Idea from Lisa Jordan of lilfishstudios.com)

 Now do you feel the urgency to get out and find those lovely leaves of orange and gold? I certainly do!

 

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Make: Printing with Apples

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Those three things pictured in the above photo?  These supplies are all you need to make adorable wearables.  Apple season is fast approaching, so I wanted to share this project with you so it is on your mind when the sweet, crisp, beauties start rolling in.

Cut an apple in half and coat it with a thin layer of paint before printing.  I cut the leaf shape out of the other half of the apple.

Use your new stamp to decorate onesies

or t-shirts

or anything that is begging to be printed on (napkins, tea towels, stationary, cloth bags, etc.).  Just be mindful to heat set the fabric paint after it is completely dry.  You’ll find directions on the back of the container of fabric paint.

Perfect for giving as gifts, these are easy and so fun to make with your little and big ones.

Hooray!

-Emily

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