Kid’s Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Thank goodness I enjoy crafting!  I say that because sometimes the trials and tribulations that come with raising a toddler seem less stressful when I can break out a craft activity for the two of us to do.  I have found some fun resources for kid’s craft ideas that I want to share with you today.

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Jamie is a mom of three boys and has art projects, crafts, and activities for kids from newborn to three years old.  From parenting tips to teaching phonics, Jamie’s website is full of amazing ideas for parent and child to do together.  Two of my favorites are a snowman wind chime made out of tin cans and a Dinosaur Fossil Excavation that is a hands on sensory experience.  You can follow Jaime on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest for more inspiration!

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Holly and Rachel are some quirky mommas who have collaborated with several creative moms to create a one stop resource for activities, crafts, and fun educational experiences for your kids.  You can find indoor and outdoor games, holiday crafts, and even jokes for kids of all ages from babies to middle school aged children.  A couple of my favorite posts are Homemade Toys from Your Recycle Bin and Word Family Tic-Tac-Toe reading game.  You can follow Holly on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest for more inspiration!

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Last but definitely not least, Heidi and Nicci’s parenting website, not only addresses important pregnancy and birthing information, they share fun topics such as starting family traditions and Toddler friendly healthy recipes.  Of course, their kid’s activities and craft and DIY section is my fave, including How to Make Shelves out of Cardboard Boxes and How to Sew a Toddler backpack.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Pinterest!

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Be sure to check out these lovely ladies and their fun and useful sites!  Do you have any kid’s activities you’d like to share?

 

Reading Nook for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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I saw this fantastic idea using spice racks to hold books on Pinterest.  I love this reading nook idea because it takes little space, and adds charm and character while encouraging good reading habits to our little ones.  When I went to IKEA however, these wooden spice racks were nowhere to be found.  I decided to keep looking and stumbled upon some photo ledges that I thought would fit perfectly for a reading nook I had wanted to make for my daughter for her room.

Here is what her wall looked like before.  It was plain and sad with an off centered organization board I made last year. Blah and boring!

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I found a fun cherry blossom decal and added it to the plain walls along with two photo ledges at a height that would make it easy for my toddler to reach. I hung them off set from one another.

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Here is a close up.

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I purchased and painted some wooden letters to spell out “books” and “read” with acrylic craft paint.  I didn’t originally plan on it saying “read books” but I found an old curb side pick-up frame that I thought would look cute around the words.

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Here another photo.  It turned out quite nice.

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My daughter actually picks up and reads her books more often now because they are displayed.  No longer hidden in her organization cubes, her books are now easily accessible and a constant reminder that she has them!

8 DIY Girls Room Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

My daughter and I were playing in her bedroom the other day.  She wanted me to lie down on the floor and tuck me in, just like Mommy and Daddy does.  She brought me her pillow, her blanket, and two of her dolls.  As I laid there I looked around at her room and realized that I have made a lot of the things in her room so I thought I put together a roundup of 8 DIY Girls Room Ideas and tutorials that I have done.

DIY Girls Room Ideas

  1. Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art – I made this out of an old (ugly) painting, burlap, stencils and craft butterflies.
  2. Plant Hanger Chandelier- Every girl, especially tween girls who walk into Mia’s room LOVE this chandelier and thinks it’s so cool.  To think I made it out of a plant hanger I found in a trash pile on the side of the house when we first moved in!
  3. Butterfly Wall Art-  I made these one day literally out of boredom from left overs in my craft closet.
  4. Lampshade Update – OK, so I didn’t technically make the lamp shade but I did dress it up a bit with ribbon and a butterfly J
  5. Ribbon Organization Board – Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.
  6. Refurbished Play Table – This was an old Disney princess table that was about to be thrown away.  I picked it up and re-painted it and added cushions and fabric to the seats.
  7. Updated Storage Bins- Thought I’d give these otherwise boring bins an inexpensive facelift.
  8. Updated Sconces – Just add the desired paint to some thrift store sconces and voila!

There you have it!  I made most of these from unwanted items and turned trash into treasure…well, at least for my daughter!

 

Storage Ideas for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

The older my daughter gets, the more toys and books she has.  I’m always looking for inventive and fun storage ideas for kids.  There are so many inspiring ideas out there that I thought I’d put together a round-up of my favorites.

This clever book sling from Etsy made from a double curtain rob is great.  I would have never thought to do that.  I love the fabric as well.

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I love this!  It looks like stacked tables with drawers for added storage… and it’s purdy too!

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This is one of my favorites!  Being an organization freak, I thought these personalized file crates are a brilliant way to organize art projects, report cards, certificates, and more for each child in the house.

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This is great for older kids.  Using clear glass jars for storage adds color and style while making it easy to see what’s inside.  You can print out these labels here from BHG.

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Another fantastic and ingenious idea from BHG are repurposing plant hangers as wall toy storage.

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A clever way of saving space, this is perfect for nursery with limited space.

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This is from one of my favorite sites, Apartment Therapy.  This DIY project uses pillow cases and embroidery hoops!  I love this!

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Argh! Why didn’t I think of this!  These are wooden spice racks turned book shelves.  You can find these at IKEA for about $4.00 apiece.

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A brilliant trash to treasure idea, this old dresser turned wardrobe storage or dress up station is adorable!

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This is a great way to reuse baby wipe containers and a great way to stay organized!

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Hope you enjoyed my round-up of Storage Ideas for Kids!

 

DIY Candy Valentines with a Free Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Even though my daughter is not yet old enough to be in school, I thought it would still be fun to come up with some DIY Candy Valentines with a Free Printable for my DIY Inspired readers.  I figured my daughter and I could pass the ones I made for this post out to friends and loved ones.  I have done a candy sayings post in the past to help cheer up my husband when he hurt his foot last year, so if you need more inspiration or want to use different candies check out that post.  If you like these, please help yourself to this free printable!

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Here are the sayings that I used this time.  I tried to be creative and funny.  Let me know what you think!  If you have other ideas, I’d love to see your sayings in the comments below.

  • Fruit Snacks – “Orange you berry happy I’m your Valentine?”
  • Blow Pop- “Life without you would blow.”
  • Almond Joy- “You bring me so much joy it’s nuts!”
  • Chiclets- “You’re a sweet chick.  Will you be my Valentine?”
  • Pop Rocks- “You Rock, Valentine!”
  • Whoppers- “You’re a Whopper of a Valentine.”

I used favor bags, scrapbook paper, and ribbon to embellish them.  Double sided tape makes it easy to assemble.  Here are a couple more photos.  I had a lot of fun making them.

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I hope you print them out! Enjoy and don’t forget to leave your candy sayings!

***Bonus alert! I am so excited to share two more bonus Valentine’s Day crafts from my friends, Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box and Barbara from Chase the Star!***

Here is Barbara’s adorable Valentine’s Day Banner!

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And here is Loren’s cute Cupid Felt Valentine’s Snow Globe!

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Happy Crafting!

 

 

DIY Craft Organization Board

by Dinah Wulf

This painting I found was in a pile of unwanted garage sale items about to hit the trash.  Lucky for me, I was able to salvage a few of them before their journey to the garbage dump and ultimate demise. I am re-doing my office into a craft room…yay… and wanted to turn this old painting into a craft organization board.  I made an organization board for my daughter’s room with an old painting and her first baby blanket, but for this one, I wanted to make it a little different.  With a little tender loving care I literally turned this piece of trash into my treasure.

Here is a Before and After shot.

Materials You May Need:

  • Old Painting (best if it’s free!)
  • Paint or spray paint in the color of choice
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape (optional)
  • Material (amount depends on the size of the frame)
  • Ribbon
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Hammer and nails (depending on frame)
  • Pliers
  • Imagination (this one is free too!)

Step One: Disassemble your frame.

For this particular frame the canvas popped right out.  It was nailed to the frame, so I had to carefully remove the nails.  At this point I cleaned both the canvas and frame as best as I could.

Step Two: Paint your frame.

This frame has a fun natural fiber edge to it (score!) so I had to use painter’s tape to protect the edges.  I used left over paint I had from other projects. Otherwise, I would have spray painted it because it would have been easier and faster.  I applied two coats of paint.

Step Three: Cover the canvas.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I covered the canvas with some utility fabric that I bought using a staple gun.  I added a pocket for extra storage, and ribbon as well.  I played around with the ribbon until I got my desired pattern.  I attached the ribbon using the staple gun as well.

Step Four: Reassemble the frame.

For this particular frame, I had to nail the canvas back onto the frame.

Here are a few After photos.

 

That’s it!  This project was so fun for me, and now I have a fun piece for my new craft room! Sneak peek coming soon!

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Potty Training Chart with Free Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Like every other Mother out there with a toddler, I am working on a new rite of passage… potty training.  Ugh.  First of all, I think I started too early.  My best friend’s daughter who may be the same numeric age as my little one, however is actually this amazing super talented and smart 4 Year Old in a Two Year Old’s body, was the reason I started so early.  I tried a few tactics here and there and my newest one is a reward chart.  Since I thought I’d share my story, I might as well turn it into a blog post on how to make your own potty training chart!

What is strange is that we went on vacation for two weeks and she was practically potty trained. She woke up with a dry diaper almost every night and sat on the “big girl” toilet seat almost every time.  We get home from this successful vaca and nada.  We were back to square one.  So, I digress, to a potty training chart.  Here is what you need:

  • Two pieces of 12X12 scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Straight edge
  • Computer (or feel free to handwrite)
  • Exact-o Knife
  • Double sided tape
  • This blue chart or pink chart printable

Step One:  The printable is 7.5” X 10.25”.  Using an exact-o knife and straight edge, cut out the 7.5” X 10.25” window in your desired area.  I positioned mine in the center bottom to leave room for a title.

Step Two: Create your title.  I printed it on a computer and cut it out, but you can simply write your title or use stencils, whatever you prefer.

Step Three: Using double sided tape, attach your top piece to a second piece of scrap book paper. Leave the right and left side of the window unattached so that you can slide and change out your printable when necessary.

Step Four: Print and slide in your printable. By the way, I got the image of the star on Google Images because Mia loves stars!

Step Five:  Hang in at eye level, near your child’s potty.

I use fun and unique stickers to cover each space as my daughter hits the achievement.  So far it’s kind of sort of working maybe?  Ha!  We’ll see!  Do you have any potty training advice?  Here is some advice from Facebook (some funny, some serious):

“Glue” – T.N.

“Be patient. It’s doesn’t happen overnight.” – T.W.

“Aim for the center.” – P.S.

“I was going to say bribery.” – J.H.B.

“It usually will happen when she is ready. Make her as familiar as possible and try all you can think of and when she wants to and is ready she will just do it.” – K.T.Y.

“Buy a potty chair and have her sit on it when she watches TV and then make a big deal out of it when she goes.” – J.W.

“Just show her the process, ask her if she wants to potty in the toilet when you go and once you think she gets the concept just ask her every morning if she wants to wear a diaper or not…. when she is ready she’ll say no. I don’t recommend kid potties, totally unnecessary, more work, more things to clean and when there isn’t one available, they have a harder time going in a regular toilet.” D.R.

How about you?  Any tips or tricks?

 

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Silent Night: Christmas Eve Sleeping Tips for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Christmas Eve Sleeping Tips for Kids

For children, going to sleep on Christmas Eve can be difficult. After all, there is much to be excited about. For parents, it may be difficult to remember those days when all you could think of the night before Christmas was what Santa may possibly leave under the tree. If you are having difficulty in getting your children to sleep on Christmas Eve, there are a few tricks that you can try.

During the Day

  1. Keep them active – Keeping children active during the day will help to ensure that they are tired enough to actually go to sleep despite all of the excitement. Plan activities for the day of Christmas Eve and ensure that they get plenty of exercise.
  2. Don’t Overdo – Your children are bound to be excited but you can help to curb that excitement just a bit. Try not to overdo stimuli that could promote anxiety. Moderate your activities and try to avoid anything that may make your children, particularly younger children, a bit more anxious than they need to be.

During the Evening

  1. Warm bath – A warm bath is just the thing that your children need to relax them before bedtime. If you have a normal bedtime routine, stick to it. Altering from that routine can cause even more excitement which can be difficult for children to overcome.
  2. Warm milk – Warm milk is another great way to make them sleepy before bedtime. Milk has tryptophan in it that causes sleepiness so offering them a glass with a Christmas cookie after dinner can help them to fall asleep sooner.

At Bedtime

  1. Let them sleep – You may be tempted to keep reminding them that Santa is on his way but this may only lead to their restlessness. Try to avoid bringing on any more excitement. Simply close their bedroom door and allow them to drift off.
  2. Let them start early – It is customary in many households to open a gift on Christmas Eve. If this is feasible, allow your children one gift before bedtime to help curb their excitement. They will be thinking more about the gift that they opened than those that are soon to come and will fall asleep faster.

There is no right or wrong way to put your children to bed on Christmas Eve. If you are concerned about them falling asleep, get them up early on the morning of Christmas Eve or use any of the steps above to help calm their excitement and promote a better night’s sleep.

This article was provided by The Odd Mattress Company. Get more tips for a good night’s sleep by visiting their website today.

 

 

 

Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know about you but I receive a lot of Christmas cards in the mail.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE receiving them, especially the ones with the family photos.  I love seeing my loved one’s kids grow up, seeing new additions, and even seeing what funny costumes their pets will be wearing.  You can always make recycled bottle cap magnets out of them but that was SOOOO last year!  Just kidding ;)  This year, I decided to make Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments.  This is a fun and easy kid-friendly craft.  Here’s is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas Cards
  • Paper Cutter or Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hot Glue
  • Embellishments (I used a scrapbook embellishment and plastic rhinestone gems)
  • Ribbon

Step One: Gather your Christmas Cards! I chose by color… red and green of course! Oh yeah… plug in your glue gun.

Step Two: Cut them up.  I cut them in one inch strips.  I cut two lengths just depending on the size of the card. I cut 16 strips all together (8 in two different lengths).

Step Three: To make them easy to maneuver, I stapled four groups of four together.  I also creased a few to make the shape more interesting.

Step Four: Put the four pieces together and pinch with your fingers.  This is the easiest way to apply the glue.  Apply your hot glue and hold it for a few seconds to allow it to harden slightly and then add your embellishment.

Step Five: Add a ribbon.

Step Six: Hang it! So easy AND your Christmas cards don’t get thrown away AND you just made your kid happy by doing a craft with them! P.S. Notice my recycled Scrabble tile ornaments in the background? :)

Bonus!  Guess what?  Here are two other fun ornament tutorials done by my friends and favorite Bloggers over at Pandora’s Craft Box and Chase The Star.

Here is Loren’s DIY Snow Globe from Pandora’s Craft Box!

Here is Barbara’s DIY Ornament from Chase the Star!

I hope you try them out!

 

Happy Meal Toy Memory Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know about you but I am guilty of going through the McDonald’s drive thru every once in a while.  My daughter loves it, so maybe twice a month she gets to go.  Just like when I was a kid, she loves getting the toy in each chicken nugget Happy Meal that we order.  Most if the time, the toy sits in a toy bin and eventually gets thrown away.  I have to admit there are some toys that are just too cute to be trashed.  My best friend was throwing a box of Happy Meal toys away and I stole these out of the box to make these Happy Meal Toy Memory Ornaments. .. that’s right… literal trash to treasure!   After all, we ARE big fans of Hello Kitty in this household!

All you need for this is:

  • Drill
  • Frame Eye Hook
  • Ribbon
  • Marker (to write the date)

This works for practically any Happy Meal Toy that you want to keep.  You just have to find the right spot to drill the hole.

The frame eye hook screws in nicely.

Add a ribbon and write the date and tah-dah… instant memory ornament!  Happy Meal toys are great because they are typically light weight as well, easy to hang, and won’t weigh down your branches.

OK this one was already a Christmas ornament but here it is anyway!

Consider repurposing other items as memory ornaments like action figures, Legos, small doll accessories, keys, or board game pieces.  You can also glam them up a bit by adding a little sparkle with glitter or gems.

 

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Stenciled School Spirit Shirts

by Dinah Wulf

If you know a child in elementary school you can probably relate to this post.  As you know, buying clothes provided by the school can get quite expensive. Being the budget conscious crafty mama that I am, I decided to help my best friend find a DIY alternative to these pricey shirts and made our own Stenciled School Spirit Shirts.  I love stenciling projects and have done quite a few.

I decided to make some custom stencils for this project with the school name, the mascot, and the girl’s names. My trusted go to is Stencils Online. I found them when I made my own burlap stenciled placemats.  I have used them for most of the stencil projects that I have done on this blog because their product lasts over-time, they are easy to store, and also very easy to clean.

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Clothing items
  • Fabric craft paint
  • Spouncers
  • Paper plate
  • Custom stencils
  • Paper towels
  • Cardboard
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The first thing I did was design my stencils at Stencils Online custom stencil design studio.  I have to tell you that these stencils were so much fun to make.  You can choose from a variety of fonts, sizes, and even shapes.  The shirts we were making are for a 5 year old so the five inch size was the perfect size to fit across the chest or back of a t-shirt. I designed my words, ordered them and they arrived at my front door in no time.

To start the project, I find it best to iron the article of clothing using a little bit of spray starch. This is an optional step.   It doesn’t have to be perfect, but the stencils and paint will apply very nicely if ironed first.  We placed a piece of cardboard under the shirt, if the shirt had buttons to ensure a flat stenciling surface.

Next, place your stencil on the desired area. Saturate the spouncer with craft paint, and dab the excess onto the plate before stenciling the shirt.  Stencil the word onto the shirt by using a straight up and down motion holding the stencil in place with the other hand.

Allow your shirts to dry completely (approximately 15 minutes).

We decided that we wanted to add the school mascot to the shirts.  We created our own stencil by recycling a plastic container, finding an image on Google images, tracing it, and using an exact-o knife to cut it out.

Here are some after photos with our lovely model, Tiffany!

 

CD Tower Advent Calendar

by Dinah Wulf

 

I was so excited to make an advent calendar this year because my daughter is finally old enough.  I searched online for some inspiration and saw some great advent calendar ideas but none that I really wanted to do.  Then one day, I was getting my guest room ready for some visiting friends and saw a CD tower that I had from college.  I currently use this piece of repurposed furniture to house guest room necessities like towels, toiletries, pens, paper, and such.  The cubbies are so useful and would be perfect to hold little wrapped gifts for my advent calendar… and it’s RED!  Here’s how I made my CD Tower Advent Calendar.

This project only costs me $20, including all the little trinkets and presents inside.  I know that’s a little more than most advent calendars, but still budget friendly.  I bought items in the dollar bins that had three or more items in a package and broke the package up to save money.  Some things I bought were pens, erasers, candy, stickers, hair clips, plastic play jewelry, and the last one… the grand finale… a Dora Explorer jump rope that costs $1.50.

I bought red and green paper sacks and different types of ribbon to embellish the packages (of course using my coupons AND shopping on black Friday).  I used circle craft punches and printed numbers and letters on my computer.  I thought the circles were perfect because they looked like ornaments.   I punched a small hole on top and added ribbon for each number ornament.  I also alternated the colors.  With my left over paper and ribbon, I made a “days til Christmas” banner to go down the middle on the CD Tower.

Here are some more pictures.

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Oh! By the way! Uncarved (it that a word?) pumpkins last forever!  Geesh!  So I had to turn my Hello Kitty pumpkin into a Christmas Hello Kitty!

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Lego Theme Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

My brother purchased the Lego Haunted House this year for Halloween and I got inspired to write this pot.  Even though most the Lego theme parties I see are for boys, I LOVE Legos and I’m hoping Mia, my daughter will one day love Legos too!  If that day comes and she wants to have a Lego theme party, I’ve put together some fabulous ideas I’ve found on Pinterest and out there in the blogosphere. Here are some fun DIY Lego theme party ideas that I hope you enjoy!  The links I provided are full details of each amazing party.

Decorations:

What I love about Legos is that they are so bright and colorful.  When decorating for a party, just think of bold primary colors, black, and white.  Check out this amazing Lego Dessert Table Display, complete with free printables, this elaborate display was made with gift wrapped juice drink boxes.

I love this Lego Wall Art made from colorful scrapbook paper.  It’s such a creative yet inexpensive idea that makes a big impact.

Who says you have to buy all your party decorations.  This Lego utensil holder is made of… you guessed it…Legos!  What else can you make?

I love this soap dispenser for the bathroom!  What a great idea!

Goodies:

There are so many great Lego food and goodie ideas.   I have actually done a tutorial for easy Lego marshmallow pops in the past.  Here are some tasty looking Lego cookies.

More Lego cookies!

How fun is this Lego Jello?

Favors:

Check out these cute Lego gift bags.  You can purchase regular gift bags and add circles with scrapbook paper.

These adorable Lego Jars and made out of recycled baby food jars. Fill them with Legos or candy and you have the perfect party favor.

Check out this dessert display with colorful gumballs and clear square boxes.  Add a themed label and they are perfect to take home.

 

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Halloween Round Up

by Dinah Wulf

Happy Halloween!! I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween today.  I just wanted to celebrate by doing a Halloween Round Up of some of the Halloween crafts and projects I featured this year. Maybe you’ll still have time to make some of the easy Halloween treats because they are just that… EASY!!!

Easy Halloween Treats- No cook no bake appetizers perfect for any Halloween Party.
Hello Kitty Pumpkin- A fun and easy pumpkin decorating craft you can do with your kids.
Halloween Jeweled Skull- Glam up some skulls with pirate booty!
Easy Halloween Tree- A low cost Halloween project from items found inside and outside the house.
Dancing Ghosts- Make spooky apparitions that dance in your front yard.
Monster Wreath – A kid’s craft made from dollar store items.
Tissue Box Monster – Another fun recycled craft to do with your kids.
Alice In Wonderland Costumes

I can’t believe Halloween 2012 is practically over! Boo hoo… I already have some plans up my sleeve for next year!  It’ll be here before we know it!  If you are out with your little ones tonight, be safe.  I promise I will too!  :)

Tissue Box Monster

by Dinah Wulf

Seventh Generation came out with the cutest DIY tissue box monster video on YouTube showing appreciation for their one million Facebook fans.  Congratulations, Seventh Generation!  Check the adorable video out here:

As a fan of Seventh Generation products myself (I love that they promote healthy products, healthy environment, healthy communities, and healthy company!), I decided to make my own DIY tissue box monster.  This is the perfect family craft to do with your kids.  It’s creative, fun, and quite easy.  Even better, you repurpose and reinvent!

For my monster, I decided to make a partner in crime for my Monster wreath since I had some extra feather boas.  I started by painting my empty tissue box yellow.  I added black (rotten of course) teeth with black construction paper.  I wrapped my feather boas around the box and glued it with hot glue.

Next I created my monster feet by painting and cutting a paper towel roll into fourths.  I cut a jagged edge on one end and folded them up for toes.

I used scrapbook paper for my monster eye and glued it on.  Here he is!

Here he is, a little more sophisticated, with a bow tie.

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Hello Kitty Pumpkin

by Dinah Wulf

I got DIY Inspired from this Hello Kitty pumpkin I saw on Pinterest.  My daughter LOVES Hello Kitty and so do I! I remember collecting Hello Kitty “stuff” when I was little circa early 80’s.  When I saw this pumpkin I HAD to make it for myself…I mean my daughter… This would be perfect for a Halloween party for your little ones.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Construction paper (white, black, yellow, and orange)
  • Double sided tape
  • Black felt
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Circle punch (optional)

We went to a local pumpkin patch and picked up a white pumpkin, I found the perfect shape for her head.  If you can’t find a white pumpkin, you can spray paint or paint a pumpkin white.

I used my daughter’s Hello Kitty doll as a guide.  She has several different sizes, so I found one that was closest to the pumpkin size.  The most important part of this craft is getting the shapes and proportions correct.  First I cut out all the shapes for the face, a yellow nose, two black eyes, and six black whiskers.  Using double sided tape, I glued each piece following my doll guide.

Next I cut out the ears.  Initially I cut two because I wasn’t sure if the hat would cover the right ear.  I used the pumpkin as a guide for the base of the ear. I used hot glue to attach the left ear.

Next I cut a circle out of black felt for the rim of the hat. I used felt because I like the floppy look.  I hot glued it to the top.

I made a cone shape out of black construction paper and hot glued it to the top of the hat as well.

Next, I cut out the iconic Hello Kitty bow using orange paper, scissors, and a circle punch for the center.  I used double sided tape to attach it.

There you have it! A super simple and fun Hello Kitty Pumpkin the perfect Halloween craft!

If you LOVE Hello Kitty like I do, check out this Hello Kitty themed birthday party my friend Maily put together!

Update! Here’s the evolution of this pumpkin over the holidays!

Hello Kitty Holidays
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