DIY Christmas Ornament Gifts

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DIYbatmanchristmasornamentI LOVE DIY (Do it yourself) projects! They are fun, affordable, and they come directly from the heart. I especially love DIY projects around Christmas. Since my last post on DIY placemats for kids was so popular, I thought I would share another project I was working on for my nephews, DIY Christmas ornaments. Not only are they cute, but they are light weight which is awesome. Lugging heavy ornaments up and down from an attic or basement every year gets taxing!

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WHAT YOU NEED

  1.  Character image. I drew mine with colored pencils and ink, because that is my specialty, but you can purchase an imagine, draw your own, print an image, etc. Ours happened to be Batman and Robin, but you can do anything. Reindeer, Santa, Cardsock paper craft, princess, you name it.
  2.  100lb Cardstock paper. This adds weight and strength to your image. I recommend, drawing, printing, etc your original image out on this cardstock paper. RobinChristmasornament1
  3. Modge podge and a foam brush. For if you do not follow the advise above.
  4. Scissors
  5. Sticky Backed Felt. I purchased mine from Michaels Arts and Crafts, but you should be able to find this from your local craft store with the 8″ x 11″ felt swatches. diychristmasornamentbacking
  6. Thin Ribbon- any color.
  7. Yarn Needle

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HOW YOU MAKE IT

  1. Select an image. Be sure that the image is not larger than 5″ tall or it will be a bit to big for the tree.
  2. Print or draw image onto 100lb white cardstock.
  3. If you ignore or are unable to print onto 100lb cardstock, cut out your image from standard paper. Lightly modge podge the back of your image and place it onto 100lb cardstock. Once dry, cut it out. The stability of the cardstock is crucial.
  4. Once cut, peel back the protective paper on your sticky backed felt.
  5. Place image, on to the adhesive felt. Press and hold. Smooth out so there are no bubbles.
  6. Cut out image.
  7. Cut a piece of thin ribbon the size you wish for the ornament ribbon to be. Be sure to leave extra so you can tie the knot. Mine was about 4″
  8. String the ribbon through the yarn needle.
  9. Pierce the ornament with the yarn needle. I placed the ribbon hole directly top center of each of my ornaments. Pull the needle through, leaving one end of the ribbon on each side.
  10. Remove needle being sure to put it back someplace up and away from being harmful and tie the two ends together in a tight double knot. Remove excess and you know have a cut DIY paper ornament!

 

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As always, if you love what see check out our Etsy Shop. We do not sell licensed characters such as Batman and Robin, but this is an awesome example of what we can create with a pen and pencil. You will love our one of a kind hand-drawn magnetic paper doll sets! CLICK HERE for more information. Happy ornament making!

 

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Do It Yourself (DIY) Gift For Kids, By Kids

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Hooray for DIY projects!!! It makes Christmas fun and affordable. This Christmas is the first one where one of my kids can actually make a Christmas gift that actually is and looks looks like Christmas gift verses a glob of loveable goobly gunk that comes from the heart. So to get us in the spirit of things….I know…I KNOW. It’s November. But when you make everyone’s Christmas presents you have to start early. I should have started earlier.

My girls have multiple young cousins and this year we are making them DIY placemats. But not just any placemat. This placemat is educational. This placemat for kids makes mommies happy. On one side it has the child’s name. (hooray for ABCs/learning to read!) on the other side is a table setting example that teaches children how to set their own place at dinner. A gift that keeps on giving to moms everywhere!!doityourselfplacematsforkids4

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Poster board of any color (we choose blue for the boys)
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Modge pogde
  • Foam glue brush
  • 1 knife, 1 fork, 1 spoon, 1 plate, 1 cup
  • 1 actual placemat or 1 ruler
  • Clear Shelf Liner or laminate

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. You can cut your placemat to be any size you want (thus the ruler.) I however choose the lazy way and took a placemat of mine and traced it on the blue poster board paper. You should be able to fit two placemats on a standard poster board poster found at the grocery store. Cut these out.
  2. Next pick a theme for your placemats. The cousins love Batman and Robin so those were our theme. We cut the logos out on construction paper. I just winged it by looking at images on Google, but if your nervous your drawing abilities, you can print images and trace it onto construction paper before cutting. Also cut their names out in construction paper of your choice.
  3. Than I traced the fork, knife, spoon, cup, and plate onto white construction paper. Cut those out.
  4. Cut out a rectangle for the napkin. We wanted to jazz things up a bit so we added a batman and robin themed napkin ring. You do not have to do this but you can if you want. Size of napkin should be larger than the fork.doityourselfplacematsforkids6
  5.  Now you are ready to begin gluing. This is really where my daughter was able to help. (She is not quite there yet with cutting accurately.) Decide where everything fits on the poster board. (feel free to use ours as a template. Start with the “place setting” side. With the foam brush, paint the back of the cup, fork, knife, spoon, plate, napkin, napkin ring* in place. My daughter LOVED this. It’s like painting and messy. What more could a kid want. Help your child place the items and teach them about proper place settings at the same time. diyplacematsforkids1
  6. Let “place setting” side dry. If you leave it for longer than 20 mins (mine needed it because it took a bath in glue….) be sure to clean your brush so it doesn’t dry out.
  7. Turn the board over and with foam brush, brush glue on the backs of the letters  and any additional decoration you desire. We selected the batman and robin logos.
  8. Set to dry.
  9. Once dry, adults take the clear shelf liner and use as a laminate. Completely cover one side with the clear shelf liner. Be sure to leave excess on each side.
  10. Turn over and cover the other side with laminate as well. I recommend leaving about 1/4″ of laminate overhang. This will prevent water damage. The laminate makes this easy to kids to clean their placemats as well. Cut so it is even on all 4 sides.
  11. Happy gift giving!

Do not submerge placemats in water. doityourselfplacematsforkids2As Always, if you like what we do and you like what you read, please check out our Etsy shop! Our Handmade Magnetic Paper dolls make great stocking stuffers as well as our felt necklaces!

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  • The Joy of Princess Elsa and Dress-up Wigs

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    It has been an awesome day! I’ve gotten to play princess and pirates with my girls and I received the BEST email from a customer today about her daughter’s dress-up wig that I made her. With her permission, I am posting this cuteness for all to see. I LOVE happy customers and happy kids!

    Testimonial

    “OMG how cute is this!!!! Love it!!!
    Absolutely PERFECT!!! Thank you so much!! I don’t care that there will be 10,000 Elsa’s out there…mine is the cutest!!! LOL!!!”

    Like I said…BEST DAY EVER. And she seriously is the CUTEST!

    I Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. To find out more about what I do and sell go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleMissPinkerbell

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    “The Dessert Of The Century”- America’s Test Kitchen

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    10309127_10152216389767775_4705816089847920787_nWhen America’s Test Kitchen says something is “The Dessert of The Century” They are not messing around! They also are not kidding when they say it is hard to make.

    Saturday night “the hubs” thought it would be fun to make this difficult dessert for our date night. So after a quick run to the grocery store we got to work.

    This recipe is VERY particular but fortunately America’s Test Kitchen gets you through it. They do such a great job explaining it I won’t try- just go to their website HERE. We had some major pitfalls-like putting the ganache on too hot (thus the dripping chocolate delicious mess verses their pretty picture of perfection. We also over cooked the almond and hazelnut meringue (husband didn’t know which button was the off button on the oven. He is brilliant really- just not usually in the kitchen. poor dear. Good thing he is cute.

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    As a side note we also took out the coffee flavor aspect to it, and added rum flavoring instead. When it calls for espresso powder in the butter cream- just omit. Than use 1/2 tablespoon of rum flavoring and 1 1/2 tablespoons of water in lieu of 2 tablespoons of water for buttercream.

    Despite our flaws during the cooking process the end it was AMAZING.

    Truly. do yourself a favor and make this. Than eat it, alone without your children. (we love them but this is “sacred” dessert) If you need something to distract sweet ones while you are in dessert coma we recommend our awesome Magnetic Paper Doll Sets. I LOVE shameless plugs. ETSY SHOP CLICK HERE

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    The Disney Princess Wall Art That Started it All

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    ImageIf your daughter is anything like mine, you have heard the song “Let It Go” from the Disney hit movie Frozen approximately 8 billion times. My personal favorite is when it is “Scringed” (scream/singed) while she is in the bathroom. (seems appropriate for a recently potty trained kid and I have the sense of humor of a 5 year old boy.) As our move coincided with the Princess mania that is “Frozen” I thought I could somehow incorporate my daughter’s new favorite princess into the decor. Than I got carried away, as I always do, and decided to draw not only Anna and Eliza from “Frozen” but all the Disney Princesses to decorate my kids walls. Here is how it went down.

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    -I purchased flat wooden wall plaques for 99cents at Walmart.(Don’t judge me for shopping at Wallyworld. I live in a small town-not many options) The great thing is the plaques came with a wall hanging clip on the back so I did not have to staple anything this time! Woo hoo!

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    -I than drew each Disney Princess I could think of on white paper and colored them with color pencils and ink.

    Belle-I modge podge (BEST THING EVER) some pink paper onto each plaque. I than measured and cut out each Princess leaving some white background. Modge podge those Princess on as well and Wa-La! Disney Princess art.

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    My daughter loved the “dollies” so much and would not stop taking them down to play with them (MUCH to my dismay!) that I thought….hummm. I may have something here. I started drawing and created the Magnetic paper dolls I sell today. NOTE* I do not sell anything Disney/based on Disney. All of my dolls are based on the classic fairy tales, or my imagination. The Wall art pictured is strictly for personal use. I hand draw the dolls on card stock, than scan them, and print them professionally.

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    I than touch up the print job and adhere them to magnetic adhesive paper. I cut them out and have a really fun on-the-go toy for my kids. I have also recently purchased  5″ x 7″ Metal DVD tins that I recover with decorative scrap-booking paper, and detailed information on the product. The Princess sets come with a hand-drawn castle background inside the tin. I am really excited about this product.

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    I have come a LONG way since I opened my Etsy shop last year. The magnets are WAY better than the laminate and velcro. My kids are happy, I feel excited, and I hope to make many other kids happy as well. Please check out our shop LittleMissPinkerBell and Like us on Facebook!

    Please tell your friends! This is seriously such a great travel toy! It packs up easily and is super easy for kids to play with. I do not recommend it, however for kids who still put things in their mouths. Disney makes tin magnetic paper dolls that are similar but I found myself getting frustrated with all the small pieces. I have tried to minimize that with my own doll sets. Very few, if any tiny pieces. Which is easier for the kids to play with and easier for me to keep track of. Also we are super excited about our first Sale!

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    DIY 80’s Costumes in Two Days

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    We LOVE dressing up in costume for Halloween and we REALLY LOVE themed parties. Crazy costumes are great ice breakers for any conversation, particularly if you don’t know many people at the party. And who doesn’t LOVE the 80’s? I knew we had this 80’s themed party coming up and for some reason I keep putting it off and putting off making our costumes. Probably because I am working so hard taking care of my family and at relaunching my adorable Etsy Shop (Shameless Plug CLICK HERE!) So it is not quite as do it yourself/DIY as I would like.  

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    WRISTBANDS (2 Pairs)

    1. I purchased neon green family sized washcloths from Family Dollar for $.50 each. If you are serious about this you can purchase more expensive washcloths. We were not that serious.
    2. I than cut two of the three wash cloths in half. 
    3. Fold one of the cut pieces in half again.Don’t cut this time. Measure your wrist to know where to sew the ends together. Make sure you leave some wiggle room as the washcloths are not elastic.
    4. Cut off the excess length not needed for your wristband.
    5. Then Hand-stitch or machine stitch the ends of the piece you folded together with whatever thread you already have.Waa-LAA! Instant wristband set for $.50. 
    6. Repeat until you have 2 pairs of wristbands.

    SWEATBANDS (2)

    1. With the remaining washcloth, cut into 4 even strips. 
    2. Sew two of the 4 strips together on one end. 
    3. Measure the head circumference and cut off any excess length
    4. Now sew the remaining open end together. 
    5. Fold width wise so it is double layered and sew to keep it folded.
    6. WAA-LAA you now have a head sweatband! 
    7. Repeat for 2nd sweatband

    EASY DIY 80s LEGWARMERS 

    There are two ways to make easy DIY Legwarmers.

    The first is by taking an old brightly colored sweater and cutting off the sleeves. If needed sew up loose threads/ends by hemming each sleeve. Than place on sleeve on each leg. Instant legwarmer.

    I did not have a sweater I was willing to part with so I took knee high socks and cut holes in the bottom of them. Instant legwarmers. These are not quite as bulky as the original 80’s look but it works well enough to win 1st prize for best costume!

    MY FAVORITE PLACES TO FIND COSTUMES

    The women’s department at Salvation Army, Family Thrift, Goodwill, etc. It takes time and patience and a husband who doesn’t realize he is wearing women’s plus size pants to pull it off but it totally works! Be creative, be flexible, but also know what you are looking for. 

     

     

     

    Girl’s Room Decor

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    I  was so proud of my little one during the craziness of the last 6 months. Not only did she get a new sibling, but we uprooted her from her home, friends, family, and pink room a few months later. She was a champ. But really misses her pink and brown room. As we are renting, we cannot paint her new room, but that doesn’t mean it can’t feel just as cozy! After a few weeks of settling in I got to work.

    ImageSaving money when doing home decor yourself takes patience, time, trial and error, and bargain hunting (more time). I have found the best way to find the best deals on fabric is to go to the store and browse the remnants, and discontinued fabric bolts WITHOUT YOUR CHILDREN.(if at all possible) I found this ADORABLE polka dot fabric that I love and my daughter loves. (Clearly because I use it for everything) for approx  $1-2 a yard! Note this is AMAZING. Decor Fabric can easily be a minimum of $20 a yard. SCORE. 5-6 yards later…..

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    I created the cornice board first. This is the window treatment seen in the photos. SUPER EASY. These are large double windows so it took 3 white foam boards, razor cutter, and a hot glue gun to make. (approximately $5.00) I will post on how to make cornice boards later. My house is covered in them. I am obsessed. I than added a white felt flower(s) for interest/cuteness. This was $0.00 because I used leftover felt fabric from various projects.

    ImageNext I recovered the lampshades. If you leave the original fabric make sure your new fabric is dark/thick enough to not have the original bleed through. One of my lampshades had Eiffel towers on it you can see only when you turn the lamp on. Oooooooooops. You may just want to take the original fabric off. It was my trial run. It happensImageI than took old canvas images I had in my family room that no longer worked with my new decor and recovered them with fabric. I made the girls initials out of felt flowers and placed them over their beds. SOOO cute and personal. They love it! ImageImage

     

    Bottom line…Reuse things you already have in your home. A little (or a lot) of fabric goes a LOOOONG way and can be used to re-purpose so many things!

    As always, if you like what you read and see check out our Etsy Shop!

    Cute, Fun, Practical, and Affordable Baby Gift-Handmade Burp Cloths

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    I LOVE baby showers. The Babies. The lack of babies (I know that contradicts. I love babies but I also like the two hours of adult girl talk break from my babies..) The chocolate. The excuse to buy adorable baby clothes and say “AWWWW.” a million times. LOVE IT.

    However, like many of you I have entered the season of the baby. Everyone I know is having babies and although I wish I had an unlimited income to spend on baby gifts, I don’t. But I still want to give something meaningful, practical, and fun.

    HOMEMADE THINGS ROCK. That is why Etsy is my candy shop. My sister-in-law just had a baby shower and I made her handmade burp clothes. It was like $5.00 for 3 and 1 1/2 hours of my life. And they are adorable and worth it because she is a pretty awesome sister-in-law.

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    1. I found brand new facial family wash cloths for seriously .50 a piece. I know?!?! And they were in a great size, etc.  and off white/vanilla colored.

    2. I took them home and pulled out my fabric box. Never throw fabric away. I save all my leftovers, even curtains when I am done with them because you never know when you can re-purpose it. Same with buttons and ribbons.

    3. I pulled out some cute fabric I had leftover from the girls room, some ribbon, and a sweater button and Wa-La! I had some cute burp cloths simply by sewing the fabric to the wash cloths.Image

    4. You can keep it simple or add embellishments like I did with the fabric flower/button, or the pleated ribbon. That part was not practical but sometimes its fun to a fashionable burp cloth verses a 100% practical one. Everyone wants to be fashionable when being thrown up on……Image

    As Always, check out our AWESOMe Etsy Shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlemisspinkerbell

    Introducing: Little Miss PinkerBell!

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    After taking a break to adjust to our move, new baby, husband’s new job, etc I have decided to relaunch my paper doll sets. BUT with some big changes. I created an actual doll character named Little Miss PinkerBell. She is a fiery, precocious red head with an adventuresome spirit. She is approximately 5″ tall and pretty gosh darn cute. More importantly she is a MAGNETIC TOY. My daughter ADORES her. And all of PinkerBell’s adventures. So far Miss PinkerBell has traveled to

    Pemberly, From Pride and Predjudice,

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    Downton Abbey

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    and to the depths of the sea as the Little Mermaid.Image

    I know there will be many more adventures to come!

    HOW IT WORKS

    1. Purchase the Doll first or her best friend Luke. (Inspired by my adorable nephew)

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    2. Purchase any set you would like. The clothing/adventure sets are NOT PRECUT. They will arrive on an 8 1/2 x 11 Magnetic sheet. Look I am a mom and anywhere I can save, I want to. I can pass a bunch of savings onto my customers by simply allowing them to cut out the magnet dolls themselves. For those who don’t want the hassle, they can purchase the addition CUT IT OUT option for an additional fee.  This way everyone is happy. Including me-Because I am hoping you will cut it yourself.

    3. Place dolls on a metal surface for playtime. I recommend the fridge at home to distract them while making dinner or a magnet wall board. When you are on the go, I recommend a small cookie sheet. There are some great ideas on how to customize those of which I will share later.

    This has been a blast! And it’s a fun hobby for me.

    Every New Breast Feeding Mommy’s Best Friend

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    I LOVE breastfeeding! I feel so blessed I am able to do it. Let’s face it- breast feeding can be tough business. It’s not for everyone and at first it is SO hard and not to mention painful. Then all of the sudden, the sun breaks through the clouds and it its the best. And it’s a mess. I spent a FORTUNE in wasteful disposable breast pads with my first child. And they were horribly uncomfortable.  Not this time around- Thank you ETSY!!   I bought my reusable pads from Cute and Funky.

    WHY I LOVE THEM

    BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: I have been using these for 3 months now and they are still in great shape! They are adorable (although only I really see them) They are a great price and so comfortable. Worth the investment. At this point with my other child, I would have spent 3 times the money I spent on these great pads and all while slowly trashing the environment.

    COMFORT: Soft fabric, and not itchy like the plastic disposable ones. No UCKY tape on the back that pulls up and sticks to you-ugh let’s not even go there. Its just ten million times better than the disposable tape that does not stick to any fabric but will stick to you (ow!)

    BARELY ANY LEAKS: When my baby started sleeping through the night. ( A one night occurrence…) I did have a leak. I recommend buying the larger size for the night. There may actually be a nighttime specific option. No leaks during the day!

    Breast pad 1No complaints in regards to shipping and came in great packaging. I HIGHLY recommend this product! ALSO NOTE * I bought a 10 pair set. I am a lazy washer and this is good amount. I recommend not buying any less than a 10 pair. In fact if you are like me, and get behind on washing, buy at least 15 pair!  Check out the Facebook Page of Cute and Funky. I will definitely be buying more!