Recycled Kid’s Craft: Cereal Box Puzzles

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy Earth Day!  In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share a special recycled craft I did with my daughter.  She may only be two, but crafting runs through my little one’s blood!  I love it!  We are always trying out different kid’s crafts.  Most of the time, I look for things around the house to repurpose and reuse.  Today I want to share a recycled kid’s craft my daughter and I did made out of cereal boxes and the covers of her coloring books.

Materials:

  • Cereal boxes or old board game boxes
  • Coloring book covers or damaged soft book covers
  • Scissors
  • Straight edge
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue sticks

Like most kids, my daughter has several coloring books.  Oftentimes, we tear out the pages and color and we are left with an empty spine and cover.  We decided to save these to make these puzzles.

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Using a cutting mat, straight edge, and craft knife, we cut the coloring book covers to our desired puzzle size.  Mainly, we cut off the titles and price tags.

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Next I cut the fronts and backs of the cereal boxes.

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Mia glued the covers to the cereal boxes with some kid-friendly glue sticks.  The cereal cardboard makes the puzzles more durable.

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After the glue dried, I trimmed around the sides and cut out the puzzle in different shapes.  Cut larger shapes for younger children and smaller pieces for older children.  If your kids are older, they can cut out the shapes themselves.

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Mia loved them!  I’m guessing it’s because she helped make them.  She did them over and over again, clapping as she finished each one.  This was such a great kid’s craft for us to do together, and the puzzles are sturdy enough to keep and use over and over again.

Recycled Straw Necklace Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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Lucky for me, I get to spend at least two times a week with my best friends and their kids.  We try to schedule play dates every Tuesday and Thursday.  Our little ones have become so close they treat each other like sisters (AKA, an occasional hit or raised voice).  Often times we try to come up with a craft the girls can do together.  Most recently we made these cute recycled straw necklace craft.  I got this idea from Jamie over at hands on: as we grow.  She is one of my main resources for the activities I do with Mia.  This kid’s activity in particular is great for fine motor skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Craft Punches
  • Paper scraps

We chose some of our favorite colored yarn. Cut different lengths for bracelets, anklets, or necklaces. We cut them extra-long for the younger kids.

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We also used various craft punches to create our own “beads” with circles and flowers from scrapbook paper scraps I had left over from other projects. Make sure the hole is large enough for little fingers to maneuver.

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You can pre-cut the straws, or if your child is old enough you can allow them to do it with safety scissors.

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Here are our little ones in action.  Please ignore the dirt on my daughter’s face and shirt… oh and the disheveled hair…they were playing outside I swear!  Ha!

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The girls (ages 2-5) had a great time and were happy to take and wear them home from our play date.

Recycled Arrowhead Water Bottle Pineapple

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m excited to partner up with Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic! Recycling is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways we can all help the environment. Sadly, only about 30% of PET plastic bottles get recycled. For recycling to work, we all have to do our part. Unfortunately, not all plastic bottles are made with recycled plastic. It’s Arrowheads goal to continue increasing the use of recycled materials in their bottles, but they need everyone’s help. Currently, there isn’t enough recycled plastic available for Arrowhead to make 100% rPET bottles. Join me in the Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today! I’m also excited to share the recycled Arrowhead water bottle pineapple my daughter and I made.

 

Make recycling a part of your family’s routine.  My daughter Mia and I not only recycle all our paper, plastic, and glass in our home, but we also recycle creatively by repurposing old or discarded things and turn them into something new and useful.  Today I want to share our Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Pineapple we made to give as a gift to a family member who LOVES pineapple candy.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Two Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottles
  • Craft knife
  • Green scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Yellow ribbon or adhesive ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun

First, we started with the leaves of the pineapple.  Make a cone shape out of the green scrapbook paper and secure it with tape.

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Cut out several triangles in varying lengths and sizes.

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Tape the leaves around the cone, forming the leaves of the pineapple as shown.

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Here is what the top should look like.

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To make the body of the pineapple, cut two Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottles in half using a craft knife.

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Fill the bottle halves with the candy of your choice.  If the candy you choose is not yellow in color, you can always paint the inside of the pineapple with yellow craft paint.  I used an adhesive ribbon to secure the two halves together.  If you do not have adhesive ribbon, tape the halves together first and then cover the tape with yellow ribbon.

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Here is what the body should look like.

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Attach the leaves to the top of the pineapple with hot glue.

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There you have it!

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Before I leave you, here are some important facts about recycling:

1. U.S. plastic beverage bottle recycling rates are only at about 30%

2. 2.8 Billion plastic bottles ended up in California landfills in 2011

3. Even though a package says it is “100% recycleABLE”, that does not mean it is made with recyclED plastic.  It just means it CAN BE recycled.  In fact, most containers are not made of recycled plastic.

Recycled plastic is simply a better source of plastic. It’s part of Arrowhead’s ongoing commitment to preserving our natural springs, and ensures that every bit of Arrowhead, both inside and out, is truly Born Better.  Click here to learn more!

A big THANK YOU to Arrowhead Waters for sponsoring this post! 

 

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?

 

Conan O’Brien Glasses

by Dinah Wulf

I often take for granted the many fun activities there are to do here in sunny California.  I am always reminded when I have friends from my hometown come to visit.  Last week, my friends and I attended a taping of Conan O’Brien (it was the one with Snooki and Jwoww).  Of course, we HAD to set ourselves apart from the rest of the audience. So we decided to make Conan O’Brien Glasses.

My friend purchased orange sunglasses (Conan’s signature color) from a discount department store for $2.00 apiece.  What a steal!

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Her husband and my long-time friend is the owner of Custom Concepts, a signage and graphics business.  He designed and printed Conan’s hair, eyes, and nickname, Coco onto an adhesive vinyl.  The eyes and nickname had tiny holes in it so that you could cover the lenses and still see through them.

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Each of us attending the taping had a craft day and made our own glasses.  We even made a “blinged” out rhinestone pair for Conan himself.  For the hair, we stuck the sticker onto cardboard and cut them out.

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The material made it easy to smooth out.

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For the eyes and the nickname, we stuck them directly on the lenses and used a craft knife to trim the edges.

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Here are all five pairs of glasses we made.

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These are us being complete dorks and messing around and “modeling” in them!

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We had a fantastic time making them and attending the taping.  We had an audience page give the rhinestone pair to Conan.  They were a hit with the staff and fellow audience members.  A few couldn’t believe that we made them!

This is a great activity to do with kids (or adults!).  Consider making fun glasses like these for a birthday party activity or kid’s craft!

Valentines Day Craft DIY Garland

by Dinah Wulf

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This Valentines Day Craft DIY Garland is a fun and easy activity for kids.  It’s very easy to do and involves using recycled materials.  I always seem to work that in my crafty projects!  This was another one of those quick crafts that I made with items I already had.  My daughter and I always try to think of projects to do during the day and she had a blast helping me.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Paper scraps (I used pink and red)
  • Old book pages
  • Paper cutter or scissors (preferably a paper cutter because it would be a pain to cut all those strips!)
  • Double sided tape
  • Felt (I had felt craft birds from the dollar bin at Michael’s Craft Store)
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue

We cut several strips of paper and book pages into one inch wide strips in three different lengths with a paper cutter.  OK, I completely forgot to measure the lengths but if I had to guess I would say 6”, 7” and 8”.

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Fold each strip in half.

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Next, using a small narrow piece of double sided tape, bend the curve of the heart in and tape the ends together.

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It will naturally form the perfect heart shape.

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We decided to layer the large (red) and small hearts (book pages), attaching with double sided tape.  Using a hot glue gun, I glued a small felt bird with a gemstone eye to the tip of the heart.  If you can’t find felt craft birds, you can always cut and make them yourself with a simple bird silhouette and felt.

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We punched a hole in the last two hearts, and tied ribbon to it.

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We attached the hearts together with tape and voila!   You have a whimsical recycled heart Valentine’s Day banner.

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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!

 

 

Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin

by Dinah Wulf

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Every year for Christmas we get several yummy treats as gifts… it’s the best!  It seems, however, that every tasty indulgence comes in a tacky Christmas tin.  Why is that?  I love receiving these tins because they are so useful.  You can use them for organization in your pantry, craft room, office, or bathroom.  This time I received one that was the perfect size to hold my daughter’s crayons.  It is wide enough to show several colors at once, which seems to be important to my toddler.  Here is how I made a crayon holder out of a Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin.

Here is the BEFORE photo.

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas tin of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Ruler

This craft project is SO easy that I even had my daughter help me (I probably don’t even need to write a tutorial, but here it is anyway!).  After all, this was for her.  First, I let her choose the paper she wanted. Using a paper cutter or scissors, and a ruler to measure the tin, cut your paper to size.

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Using a paint brush, paint on a thin coat of Mod Podge or watered down glue.  Put your decorative paper on top.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper and allow it to dry completely (approximately 15 minutes).

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Repeat this process to cover the rest of your container.

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I applied two coats.

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Here is another after photo.

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Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

Kids Craft Ideas New Year’s Noise Makers

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I had my little nugget, New Year’s Eve hasn’t been quite the same.  Since it is extremely difficult to find a baby sitter on this popular night out, we have had to fit our little one into our New Year’s Eve party plans.  My friends who also have young kids will likely get together to celebrate the New Year at one of our homes.  To keep the little ones busy, I decided to think of some kids craft ideas.  This year, I thought it’d be fun to make New Year’s noise makers out of recycled items from around the house to help ring in the New Year.

Step One:

Gather your recycled containers.  Any plastic or cardboard box will work.  Make sure it’s small enough for little hands to hold and shake.  Check the kitchen, bathroom, and pantry.  I used a cracker box, soup can, medicine box, and aspirin bottle.

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Step Two:

Gather your embellishments.  Think vibrant, glittery, metallic, and bright…anything fun for the New Year!  I used glittered animal print scrapbook paper, neon paper, and glittered craft foam numbers.

Step Three:

Gather your noise making materials.  Look for anything around the house.  I used bottle caps, paper clips, elbow macaroni noodles, and coins.  The bottle caps make a nice chime sound in small cardboard boxes.

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Step Four:

Gather some basic craft materials like glue, tape, scissors, rulers, pencils, and craft punches and let the kids have at it! My daughter loved helping me.  She is learning to count so she had a great time counting each macaroni noodle or bottle cap and putting them in the box.

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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!

 

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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Halloween Monster Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

I heart Halloween AND I also heart dollar bins!  This Halloween Monster Wreath cost me about $7.00 to make.  It’s a fun craft you can do with your kids.  You can get creative and mix your colors to make your Halloween Monster your own.  Here is a short video tutorial if you’d like to watch it.  If not, continue reading the step by step instructions!

Materials:

  • Foam wreath from the craft store or dollar store (I found mine at the $1 bin at Target)
  • 4 feather boas (I got mine at the .99 store during the Halloween season)
  • 8 Straight pins
  • 2 plastic balls (golf or ping pong work great)
  • 2 Googly eyes
  • Scrapbook paper (and color of your choice for the eyes and mouth)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon of your choice

Step One:

Pin the end of your feather boa to the back of the wreath.  Continue wrapping it until you reach the other end.  Pin the other end into the back of the wreath.  Repeat this step with the other three boas until your wreath is covered.

Step Two:

Make the mouth.  I used a 3.5 inch circle punch to make it easier, however you can just use paper and scissors.  Cut two jagged pieces.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  I’ve never seen a monster with perfect teeth!  Glue each set of teeth to the back of your wreath using hot glue.

 

Step Three:

Make the eyes.  I used another circle punch, plastic golf balls from a golf themed baby shower I did, and googly eyes.  You don’t have to use plastic balls to cut down on cost.  Scrapbook paper works well too!

Step Four: (optional)

Dress your monster.  I added a bow tie for a little character.  Feel free to add whatever you want.  Maybe even add some arms or legs.  It’s up to you!

 

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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!

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Recycled Plastic Container Crown

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled-Plastic-Container-Crown

This year for Halloween my family is going to be the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.  As you know I preach recycled crafting and I made a DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat out of a cardboard box and hanger (among other things), but this time I decided to make my Queen of Hearts crown out of a recycled plastic container, specifically an old (but clean) sour cream container.

This was quite easy and fun and I have to admit I got a little carried away with the plastic gems.  I happen to have everything in my craft closet already, so I didn’t spend a dime making this.  The materials you can use are endless but here’s a list of what I used:

  • Clean plastic sour cream container
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Felt
  • Foam craft hearts
  • Even More Glitter
  • Plastic craft gems
  • Hot glue
  • Clear glaze spray paint (optional)

I started off by cutting off the top trim and the bottom of the container.  Next I cut a jagged edge at the top, using the first triangle I cut out as a pattern to cut out the rest so that they would be even.  Next I glammed it up!  I glittered the entire crown gold and added red felt trim.  I also sprayed the entire crown with a clear glaze to seal in the glitter.  It helps to minimize months of glitter hair!  I decided to glitter foam craft hearts in red and add plastic gems.  I kept adding and adding… I couldn’t help it!  Oh well, it IS a Halloween costume…it can be a little gaudy.

I think these would be fun to make for a princess themed party or even an Alice in Wonderland tea party.  There you have it! A low cost (or no cost) DIY crown.

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