Mardi Gras Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Mardi Gras Tag Printable (1)

I have never really celebrated Mardi Gras, although I have always thought it would be fun. I would love to be in New Orleans or Louisiana, or better yet Brazil or Italy! All I know is that it is a carnival of celebrations when people eat a lot and party. Sounds good to me! I also love the colors of green, purple, and gold, so this year, I thought I’d make a Mardi Gras printable in honor of the festivities coming up in February.

You can use this however you like. I made them as little tags for small gifts. I glued them to cardstock, punched a small hole, and tied some black ribbon onto candy filled milk bottles and test tubes.

Fat Tuesday Printable

I made a little sign with a fleur delis and crowns. You can print the tags as well as the full image in case you need specific sizes. You can also use it for party favors, cake toppers, signs, or invitations.

Mardi Gras Printable Tags

Mardi Gras Image

Here are a few more pictures of the favors I made.

Mardi Gras Tag Printable (4)

Fat Tuesday Free Printable

Fat Tuesday Tag Printable

Mardi Gras Free Printable

In case you missed it, my friend Maily threw a Mardi Gras themed party that had some great party decorations and ideas. Check out her beautiful flower arrangements and mask centerpieces.

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Ribbon Craft Flower Arrangement

by Dinah Wulf

Ribbon Craft Flower Arrangement

I was lucky enough to attend CHA this year again, including an exclusive Blogger party where we got to mingle with some amazing brands and learn about some new products. One of the products I received were these cute pull ribbon flowers from Little B. When I pulled them out of the container, I knew immediately what I was going to make… a ribbon craft flower arrangement with real branches from my backyard.

Materials:

  • One Package of Little B Pull Flowers
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Branches
  • Vase

These flowers are addicting to make! They are so easy and so fun. I counted ten scallops across and cut. Fold it in half as shown.

Little B Pull Flowers

Look for the ends of each string and pull. You will see the flower naturally form.

How to make flowers out of ribbon

Tie the two strings together in a knot.  Make sure to pull the string taught as you go to get the knot as close to the flower as possible. Cut the excess string close to the knot.

Ribbon Roses

Aren’t they pretty? I decided to make my blooms on my tree pink and yellow, which will be great for both Valentine’s Day and springtime.

Flowers made out of ribbon

I found this branch in my backyard, which was perfect for this project. I soaked it in water and then let it dry overnight.

Ribbon Flower Arrangement

I originally tried to attach the flowers with decorative Washi tape. It worked, but it was a little hard to keep the flowers on, and you couldn’t see the tape anyway. So, a reverted to using a hot glue gun which cut the time in half and made it SO much easier.

DIY Craft Flowers

Here are a couple after photos. Love it Looks great in my Patron bottle vase!

Ribbon Craft Flowers

Craft Flowers on Natural Branches

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Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Chalkboard Medal Holder DIY

One of my best friends asked me to make her son something to display his soccer medals on. I had a few ideas, but when I came across an unwanted (and inexpensive) sign in the Christmas clearance section at Jo-Ann’s, I knew exactly what I was going to do. Here is my Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY.

Materials:

  • Wood, or Old Sign
  • Hook Screws
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Chalk and Stencils
  • Q-Tip

First, here are all his medals!  I just had to show you… he’s only 7 years old and I am a proud “Auntie”.

Upcycled Chalkboard Medal Holder

Here is the sign I found for next to nothing… super cute, but not my style. I grabbed because a) it was cheap, b) it already had a hanger on it, and c) it was black already, which makes it a really easy makeover.

Chalkboard Medal Holder

I ended up painting on four coats of chalkboard paint.  This photo below is after the 2nd coat.  I allowed it to dry 2 hours in between coats.

Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY

I spaced and screwed in 9 hook screws, starting in the center and working my way out.

Soccer Medal Holder DIY

I stenciled on the word “conquered” onto the sign because my hand writing is horrible.  It’s messy here, but that’s where the Q-Tip comes in.  I simply wet a Q-tip and then cleaned off the edges.  After the fact I realized that I had liquid chalk that would have been perfect for this project, but oh well! Next time! By the way, it took me DAYS to figure out the right word. I liked “champion”, “focused”, “determination”, “perseverance”, but in the end, I chose “conquered” because that’s what he did to win these amazing medals. I figured since it’s chalkboard, we can erase it and write something different on it.

Chalkboard Soccer Medal Holder

Here are a couple photos. He loved it when I gave it to him and I even got a special thank you phone call that was so sweet.

Soccer Medal Holder

Chalkboard Medal Holder Trash to Treasure

Check some other trash to treasure “kid stuff” makeovers I have done:

Bouncy Ball Valentine Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Bouncy Ball Valentine Printable DIY

This year, my daughter chose bouncy balls to give to her classmates at her Valentine party at school. I loved that idea because a) it’s not candy, and b) it’s easy! We found these bags of bouncy balls at Target. I designed a quick bouncy ball Valentine printable so that you could use them too.

Here are the balls. They come in reds and pinks and blues and greens. We bought one of each bag.

Bouncy Ball Valentine Printable

I made and printed these labels that say, “I hope you have a ball this Valentine’s day” and glued them onto some lavender card stock.

Bouncy Ball Non Candy Valentine

I left an area for your child to sign their name. You can use the design in whatever size you need:

Bouncy Ball Valentine Printable

We used double sided tape to attach them to the plastic bags.

Bouncy Ball Valentine Free Printable

Super simple! I hope you enjoy and use the printable!

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Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Fortune Cookie Valentine DIY

I found the cutest erasers ever in the dollar bins at Target. I couldn’t help myself so I picked up a little bag. I knew IMMEDIATELY what I wanted to do with them as soon as I got home.  I made some printable fortunes to go along with this cute little cookie. So, today, I am sharing this Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable that you can use for real fortune cookies or these cute dollar bin erasers.

Here are the erasers. Adorable, right? They come in a pack of six in light pink, hot pink, and purple. I figured I could have Mia give them to friends, school teachers, dance teachers, or coaches.

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

I designed two different ones. One is for teachers with the Chinese symbol for “teachers”, and the other one is for friends or classmates that has the Chinese symbol for “friendship”. They even have lucky numbers like the ones you find in real fortune cookies. They say, “I am “fortune”-ate to have you as my friend/teacher.”

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable for Student or Teacher

You can download the FREE printable here:

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

Enjoy!

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How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Eucalyptus Bath Salts

It’s time for another Dollar Bin Challenge! Our item this month is a glass test tube found for $1.50 in the dollar bins at Michael’s. I decided to make this little gift set of eucalyptus Epsom bath salts. In case you are wondering, these are not the type of bath salts that make you want to eat another person’s face… ha! Kidding… well, not kidding, but rather a soothing all-natural way to relax in the tub!  Here is how to make homemade bath salts.

Materials:

  • Glass test tubes
  • Epsom Salt
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Essential oils and dropper
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring
  • Funnel
  • Labels (optional)

Here is a photo of our dollar bin challenge items. I love these! I love them so much that I bought five.

DIY Bath Salt

Depending on your container, the ratio for the recipe is 2:1 coarse sea salt to Epsom salt. These particular test tubes hold about a quarter cup, so I measured accordingly. Mix the two ingredients thoroughly.

DIY Soothing Bath Salts

Next, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice and mix.

How to make DIY Bath Salts

Lastly, if you want to add color, add two-three drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. I played around with the colors.

DIY Homemade Bath Salts

DIY Colored Bath Salts

Next, I used a funnel to pour the bath salts into the test tubes.

How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

DIY Scented Bath Salts

I also made a label for the tub with directions that say “add 1-2 tablespoons to hot H2O.”

DIY Bath Salt Set

I added my labels and placed them in a gift box.

How to make DIY Epsom Bath Salts

Want to see what other Bloggers are doing with their test tube Dollar Bin Challenge? Check them out right here!

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Kara Noel from Small Things are Big Things – Test Tube Candle 

Jill Parkin from Popscicle Blog – Valentine’s Day Strawberry Milk Printable

Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem

by Dinah Wulf

Roses are Red Violets are Blue Printable Teacher Poem

I know Mia is only in preschool but she has had some amazing teachers. It makes me want to give them something small to say thank you anytime there is a holiday. With Valentine’s Day just right around the corner, I put together this Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem to share. It can be used for Valentine’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, or Just because. You can also attach it to a single rose (chocolate or fresh) or an entire bouquet!

I found these chocolate roses at Target for $1.00 each. I bought three for Mia’s teacher and her assistants.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Poem

I designed this printable, glued it onto black cardstock, and punched out a hole in the shape of a heart. It says, “Roses are red, violets are blue, you are a great teacher, and inspiring too.”

Roses are Red Printable DIY Teacher Valentine

I tied on some twine ribbon.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Appreciation

You can download the design here and make it any size you need it to be.

Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem

I loved how it turned out. It only took a few minutes and I hope it brings a smile to their faces on Valentine’s Day.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Valentine

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Repurposed Jewelry Organization Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Jewelry Organizing Ideas

For some reason if my jewelry is displayed, I wear it more… probably because it’s right there for me to see and choose from, as opposed to a hanger in between my clothes that I forget about. I realized today that I had created several organization and storage options for my jewelry in my walk-in closet so I thought I’d share it today. Hope you find these repurposed jewelry organization ideas inspirational and useful!

Let’s start with something new; one that I have never posted before. I got this cute corkboard for Christmas this year as a white elephant gift. I stared at it for days, because I didn’t really need it in the kitchen. Here’s what I ended up doing with it. The earrings hung nicely, and I used little nails to hang the bracelet and rings.

Repurposed Cork Board Jewelry Organizer

I found this cute metal chest of drawers at Hobby Lobby. I made little labels and use it for jewelry, hair accessories, and makeup.

Repurposed Jewelry Holder

Repurposed Jewelry Storage Ideas

This is a little antique shopping vintage find I HAD to have. I use it for rings that I wear all the time.

Repurposed Jewelry Organizing with Vintage Finds

To match this little ring holder, I made this repurposed pedestal bowl out of some thrift store finds.

DIY Thirift Store Jewelry Holder

I also made this DIY pedestal tray from thrift store finds.

Thrift Store Jewelry Holder DIY

This was an old cabinet door that I repurposed into a jewelry display with some knobs and drawer pulls.

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer

Lastly, since my husband and I travel often, I keep prescription bottle handy to put my jewelry in while we travel. Here are some more repurposed prescription bottle ideas.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles for Jewelry while Traveling

Clever Kitchen Storage and Organization Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Every year after I take down all of my Christmas decorations, I go on a cleaning and organizing rampage. I don’t know why, but after all the decorations are down, it seems like the house is bare and dirty. I thought I’d share a few of my clever kitchen storage and organization ideas today. Some are super simple and cost-effecting repurposing ideas as well.

For some reason, my dog food scooper always breaks or gets lost in the food container. With the help of an old hook and some glue dots I added a little hook on the outside of the dog food container for easy access.

Clever dog food scoop idea

In my pantry, I used an old CD rack to organize some loose items that always get lost when I decide to throw away the box with only a few items left.

Repurposed CD Rack for the Pantry

Also inside my pantry door, I added a cardboard whiteboard that I got as a white elephant gift this Christmas.

White Board inside a Kitchen cabinet

For my pot lids I use a leather letter caddy to keep them out of the way and upright.

Pot Lid Organization

I cut out some food boxes to use in my drawers to help keep my serving spoons and my daughter’s utensils organized.

Recycled Boxes for Utensils

Here is a picture of under my kitchen sink before and after.

Oraganizing Under the sink

I took an old plastic crate from the garage and another plastic bin I had to help keep things in place.

Under the sink organization (2)

I got this idea from A Prudent Life and used a clothespin for my plastic gloves.

Clever Kitchen Storage and Organization Ideas

On the other side I used another hook for my fly swatter.

Under the kitchen sink organization

Lastly… my husband is SO happy about this one…I spent $15 and bought these organizers to store my cleaning equipment. Here is the before and after.

Organzation in the garage

Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date

by Dinah Wulf

Last year, Valentine’s Day fell on a Friday.  At that time, every Friday, my daughter had dance class with her two best friends. After class, sometimes we would continue the fun at my house and the girls would play. Since it was Valentine’s Day, and the girls LOVE making crafts, I decided to make our play date extra special and make it a Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date. It didn’t take too much time to set up and I used what I already had in the craft room. It turned out so cute!

I set up a special table for three. I honestly didn’t really go out of my way because I already had everything in the craft room. It didn’t take me long to set up. I added a few extra touches like Plastic glasses with lace for their juice.

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Pink candies in little baskets that I also added lace to (thanks to my trusty glue gun)!

pretty-in-pink-play-date

I even made them name place settings because I always keep these dollar bin frames handy for dinner parties. It only took a second to print their names.

pretty-in-pink-name-card

The centerpiece was simple too. I just took an existing arrangement and put it on top of a piece of scrapbook paper and then laid a little pink craft butterfly on top for some added girly-ness!

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I set out some foam crafts that I got on sale and the girls made Valentine’s for their families to take home.

crafty-valentine-play-date

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For dessert I simply went to the local grocery store bakery and added a little pompom toothpick on top.

pretty-in-pink-cupcakes

It was such a special day for the girls and it really took little effort. They had such a great time! I hope you enjoyed my super easy Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date!

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Date Night Valentine Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Date Night Valentine Card (1)

Have I told you how awesome my brother is? Well, he is… amazing, really. I think I may have about an ounce of his creativity.  This year for Christmas, he designed made my husband and I a homemade card.  Inside was a gift certificate for dinner, a movie, and money for babysitting…score!! The card was so beautiful that I asked him if I could share it.  I thought it’d be a great idea for a date night Valentine card DIY for a special couple.

My brother designed the card, but you can use any decorative paper you choose, or design the front yourself. This could be used for any type of occasion like an anniversary or special event like a wedding.

Materials:

  • 2 Foam core boards
  • Glue
  • Decorative paper of choice
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Tape

Take one piece of foam core and position your gift cards, one overlapping the other. Trace the outside with a pencil. Cut out the outline using a cutting mat, straightedge, and craft knife.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card (4)

Glue the two pieces of foam core together.

Date Night Valentine Card DIY (2)

Cut your decorative paper to size. Make it long enough to wrap around and cover the card. You may need to use two pieces. Glue the paper to the bottom of the foam core and fold the paper around.

Date Night Valentine Card DIY (1)

My brother also made a matching envelope with babysitting money inside and placed it behind the gift cards.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card (3)

Insert your gift cards on top.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card

Close the card with a piece of tape on the inside.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card (1)

Isn’t it cute? I absolutely love it. Be sure to stop by my brother’s design site Figure Ground Graphics. On there you will find examples of his work along with some free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired!

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DIY Date Night Valentine Collage

 

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Creative Gift Wrapping Tips and Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Creative Gift Wrapping Tips and Ideas

I recently wrote a post entitled, Upcycled Gift Wrapping Ideas. As you can tell I’m a fan a gift wrapping. To me, it’s part of the present. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but it shows that you took a little extra time to make their gift special.  Since writing that post, I have had a few birthdays for friends, so today I thought I’d share some of my creative gift wrapping tips and ideas.

#1: Keep Washi tape handy.

I admit. I’ll grab it if it’s on sale, even if I don’t “need” it at the time. It’s a simple way to add a little oomph to regular wrapping paper or dress up a plain gift bag.  I like to use two or three different colors and patterns and weave them to create a design. It’s a great technique to use for small gifts.

Washi Tape Gift Wrapping DIY

#2: If you don’t have a card, make your own gift tag.

How many times have you been at a party watching people open presents and there is no card or gift tag? This way, the honoree can send out proper thank you cards. It’s good etiquette! I made this one in seconds with a circle punch, some scrap paper and… you guessed it… Washi tape.

Washi Tape Gift Tag DIY

#3: Go all natural.

There’s something chic about mixing all natural ribbon like twine or jute with color. I also buy brown gift bags in bulk. I can embellish it easily, and it matches everything and goes with every holiday and special occasion.

Washi Tape Gift Wrapping

#4 Go with a theme.

My friend told me her son loved Hot Wheels. So, when I wrapped his gifts (hot wheels of course), I made a little track with black cardstock. I used white duct tape for the street lines and used removable glue dots to adhere the little cars.

Race Car Gift Wrapping Idea

#5 Buy wrapping paper off season.

See the green wrapping paper in #4 and the pink wrapping paper in #1? I bought both of those after Christmas and Valentine’s Day. If there is plain or simple wrapping paper available after a holiday I snatch it up for literally pennies. That green wrapping paper works for birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, father’s day, you name it! Catch my drift?

#6 Use toilet paper rolls keep your gift wrapping paper from unrolling.

I’m crediting my mother-in-law for this one! Easy!

Clever Repurposed Toilet Roll Idea

Now that you have the wrapping part down, how about some homemade gift ideas!

Winter Wreath for After Christmas

by Dinah Wulf

Winter Wreath for Front Door

I LOVE this hanging basket. It has been so useful over the past year. I have used it for my front door for several holidays and seasons. In fact, I even mentioned in a post last fall that I should entitle it One Basket Five Ways. Now that the holidays are over, I wanted to do a winter wreath for after Christmas.

I didn’t purchase anything new. I rummaged through my existing decorations. I gathered some:

  1. White feathers from my Christmas tree
  2. Artificial succulents I used to embellish my Christmas card display
  3. A garland from my outdoor Christmas decorations
  4. Artificial floral pieces from a Christmas wreath I made this year
  5. Pinecones
  6. And thick burlap ribbon.

When I make these things I never know exactly what I’m going to do. I just grab what I think might look good together and start arranging and rearranging. This particular piece just got bigger and bigger!

Front Door Winter Hanging Wreath

When I was satisfied I tied a giant bow with thick burlap ribbon. I simply tied it in a knot and then folded the edges back.

Winter Front Door Hanging Wreath with Burlap

Here are a couple photos.

Winter Wreath for After Christmas

Winter Front Door Hanging Wreath

In case you miss the other wreaths I made with this basket, check them out here:

I hope you like it! Thanks for reading!

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

by Dinah Wulf

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

Happy New Year! Wow! What a great year. I can’t believe we are officially in 2015…yikes! Just as in 2013 and 2012, I wanted to reflect back to this past year and put together a best of DIY Inspired 2014. I broke it up in different categories. Here we go!

Best Furniture Makeover

I did a lot of furniture makeovers for my daughter this year, but the most popular was an old dresser that I’ve had since college. I painted this Chevron Dresser with spray paint and stencils to add a pop of color to my walk in closet.

Best Thrift Store Makeover

I found a little bench at Goodwill for less than $10 and turned it into an upcycled bench for kids with new paint and a cushioned seat, intended for my daughter’s reading nook.

Best Free Curb Side Pickup Makeover

I hadn’t done too much dumpster diving this year. I did love my Santa Stop Here sign from a shelf found in the garbage and a fabric lined serving tray I made also destined for the trash, but the most popular is this DIY Organization Board made with chicken wire I upcycled from an old painting I found in the garbage.

Best Trash to Treasure Project

One of the first projects I did in 2014, January 3rd to be exact, this Repurposed Jewelry Organizer is still one of my favorites of all time.

Best Repurposing Idea

Not ready to part with my daughter’s crib, I made this Repurposed Bed Spring turned Craft Organization,  that is probably one of the most useful things in my craft room today.

Best Theme Party Post

I had some fun theme parties I have helped with this year including a Mad Hatter Tea Party, Rapunzel birthday, Dr. Seuss party, Beanie Baby, The Little Mermaid, and Angry Birds party, but these Angry Bird Boxes were definitely the most popular.

Best DIY Gift Idea

This was so fun to make and all natural and organic! This Mango Pina Lip Balm was a hit in 2014.

Best Party Related Tutorial

Who knew these DIY Personalized Bachelorette Bags would be so popular! I actually made these for a girls trip to Las Vegas, but quickly realized that they are great for anytime.

Most Popular Printable

My talented brother designed these Tic Tac Packs Spice Container Printables, which turned out to be popular for Campers this summer.

Best Halloween Post

My very last Halloween post of the year was so last minute! This DIY Minion Costume was simple, quick, and easy to do.

Best Christmas Post

These two posts tied for most popular and they are both globe ornaments! My DIY Snow Globes and Winter Woodland Ornaments were a hit on Pinterest this past season.

New Years Decorations on a Dollar Store Budget

by Dinah Wulf

New Years Christmas Tree on a Budget

Let’s face it, after Christmas many of us don’t have a budget to spend on New Year’s decorations, especially if you are hosting a party. We started a tradition a few years ago, where a few families with kids get together to ring in the New Year. I wanted to make it a little special this year so I started with making a New Year’s Countdown Tree for the kids. I also went to the 99 cent store to see what I could drum up for decorations.  I only spent $8.00! Here are my New Years decorations on a dollar store budget!

Decorate your Christmas Tress for a New Year's Party

For $8.00 I bought 3 packs of metallic party hats, two packs of noise makers, two packs of New Year’s cut outs, and one pack of poppers. I took down all the decorations from my Christmas tree and put them away. The only thing I left up was the burlap ribbon and white feathers.

I decorated the tree with all my 99 cent store finds. Some hats…

After Christmas New Years Party Decor Idea

…some poppers and noise makers…

New Years Decorations on a Dollar Store Budget

…and some metallic cut outs.

Decorate your Christmas Tree for New Years

I also added some left over hats to the mantle.

After Christmas New Years Decor Ideas

Not bad for $7.00!

Decorate for New Years Christmas Tree

In case you missed it, check out the New Year’s countdown tree I did for the kiddos. I marked the time on several envelopes and the kids take turns opening up each one at the specified time. Inside are dares, activities, game ideas, tasty treats, and sweet gestures for them to complete until they open up the next envelope!

New Years Eve Countdown Idea for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

New Year Countdown Party Idea

Ever since my friends and I had kids, we have been staying in on New Year’s Eve and celebrating with our families at my house. This year, I thought it’d be fun to do a little countdown activity for kids. It’s simple and easy and hopefully, will keep the kids entertained and awake until the New Year. Here is my New Years Eve countdown idea for kids.

Materials:

  • Small bags or envelopes
  • Felt Numbers
  • Cardstock
  • Tape or glue
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Circle punch

I had these felt numbers collecting dust in my craft closet. You don’t have to use these; in fact, it’s easier to just write the numbers on an envelope!

New Year Countdown Idea

I cut out circles with a circle pinch and then put the time in the middle. I started at 6:30 and made a bag for every half hour until midnight.

New Years Eve Countdown Idea for Kids

Then I brainstormed fun, dares/activities/instructions, for all the kids to follow when they take turns opening the bag at the designated time. Some things I wrote are:

  • Go outside and hula hoop.
  • Sing “Jingle Bells” as loud as possible.
  • Play a game of hide and seek.
  • Give your parents a big hug and kiss.
  • Take one piece of candy from the candy jar.
  • Share a pack of candy with the other kids.
  • Do your favorite dance.

New Year Countdown Party Idea for Kids

You get the idea. We will have about seven kids at our party and I’ll let them take turns opening them and the older kids can help the younger kids read them.

New Years Eve Countdown Party Idea

I took down the decorations from Christmas on one of my trees and added the envelopes on the tree.

New Years Countdown Idea

This would be fun to do at any party as well, or for the adults to do dares. I hope the kids enjoy it!

 

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

The other day, my Aunt and Uncle dropped off an early Christmas gift for my four year old daughter. Mia. My Uncle made it himself, and Mia just LOVES it so I just had to share this DIY whiteboard drawing table for kids with you today.

Whiteboard Play Table

I suppose you could make it any height and size, depending on the board and age of your child. My uncle made this the perfect height for a 3-5 year old to stand and draw on it.

DIY Whiteboard Play Table

You can easily take the whiteboard on and off.

Whiteboard Play Table for kids

Whiteboard Activity Table

He drilled holes so that 12 dry erase colored markers fit on either side; one side for thick markers and the other side for the thin ones.

DIY Whiteboard Play Table for Kids

He also included an eraser and some magnets so that if she wants to draw on paper, the magnets will hold the paper down.

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

It’s really light weight, that my daughter can even move it herself from room to room.

Whiteboard Activity Play Table

She has played with it multiple times a day ever since she got it!

In case you missed it, here are some other before and after makeovers I have done for my daughter in the past:

 

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

The other day I shared what Josie our elf did for days 1-10. Today I thought I’d share her antics for days 11-20 for some last minute elf on the shelf ideas.

Day 11: Josie was writing a “naughty and nice list”. Mia’s friends from school were on the nice list, while Scrooge, the Grinch, and others were on the naughty list.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 11

 

Day 12: Josie was caught hiding in a present under the Christmas tree.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 12

 

Day 13: We found Josie the bungee jumping Elf over our stairs.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 13 Bungee Elf (1)

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 13 Bungee Elf (2)

 

Day 14: Josie was making Playdoh cookies on the kitchen table.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 14 Playdoh Elf (1)

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 14 Playdoh Elf (2)

 

Day 15: Josie was found in a winter scene in a jar in the kitchen.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 15 Elf in a Jar (1)

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 15 Elf in a Jar (2)

 

Day 16: Josie was reading some reindeer “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” for the 50th nniversary of the show.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 16 Reading Elf

 

Day 17: Josie was having fun sliding down the staircase railing.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 17 Banister Elf (1)

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 17 Banister Elf (2)

 

Day 18: Josie was caught stacking Christmas cups.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 18 Cup Stacking Elf

 

Day 19: Josie was inside a caged candle holder.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 19

 

Day 20: Josie was hiding up in a wreath over the fireplace mantel.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 20

More Elf on the Shelf:

Elf on the Shelf First Day Idea – A cute poem and FREE printable for your elf’s arrival.

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt – The Elf on the Shelf clothing you can buy at the store is so expensive. This is a quick and easy no sew tutorial for how to make an apron skirt for pennies.

How to Make Elf Shoes – One day Mia asked why Josie did have shoes. The next day she showed up with a new pair!

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Elf on the Shelf Bad Day Poem with Printable – Speaking of misbehaving, I ended up creating this FREE printable with a poem from your elf for the day after your child(ren) has been not so nice.

Unique Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Some creative ideas I did for Days 1-10, 2014.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.

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