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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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!

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“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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What We Do For Free Food

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20130712_122746We LOVE our Chicken! And what we wouldn’t do for free food! Last week was an AWESOME week of free yummy goodness. 1st you had Free Slurpee day. The past few years 7-11 stores have been giving out free slurpees on 7-11! (It makes sense and YUM.)

Then on July 12th was dress like a cow day and get a free entree at Chick-Fil-A. My child referred to this as the costume party…She was in heaven. Chocolate milk, fries, chicken, playland, and friends. What more can we want? Plus I had a blast laughing with my husband over my utters. Of course the VERY pregnant lady should have utters! So mark your calendars for next year!

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Where Did I Put My Keys Again….

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Image I am FOREVER missing my keys. There are simply too many great places in my house to put them down, walk away, and never see them again. So one day I thought- enough is enough and I made this this nifty key hook from leftover products around the house! LOVE it. Now when my keys go missing it is because I put it low enough the 2 year old can take them off the hook…oops. Word to the wise. Hang yours up high.

WHAT YOU NEED

Wood board (You can pick any size mine is about 8 1/2″ x 11″)

Paint Ceiling plant Hooks (amount is up to you- I did 3)

Staple Gun (If adding ribbon/pzazz!)

Ribbon (Optional)

Wooden letters (K E Y S)

Wall hook(s)

Wood Glue

INSTRUCTIONS- Takes about 2 hours total with drying time. (Maybe less I get easily distracted by other things)

1.Paint your board the color of your choice. Let it dry…trust me.

2. Paint your wooden letters while you wait the color of your choice. Let it Dry.

3. Once everything is nice and dry, mark where you want the letters. Take wood glue and glue the letters onto your board.

4. Add Ribbon or optional pzazz of your choice. If you do as I did, you place the ribbon where you want it, than staple gun it to the back of the board to hold it in place.

5. Take plant ceiling hooks ( I picked these, because 1. they are sturdy, 2. they are simple screw-in hooks and 3. they came in white vs gold.) and screw into board. Be sure to mark where you want them before getting hook happy! Otherwise you will end up with some unwanted holes possibly.

6. Add picture hanger hook to the back of your board. Be sure to get the right weight requirement so you don’t rip a hole in your drywall. This should not be too heavy though. Just keep in mind how many keys you plan to hang from it. 7. Measure and Hang your beautiful creation!

BUT HALEY I AM NOT A DO IT MYSELF KINDA GIRL….. Then check out these great keys hooks made on Etsy and buy one! Life is too short anyway. Aren’t they talented?!

Orange Bird Key Hook by CabinandMoss

Rustic Chalkboard Key Hook by ReCircleMatter

SeaGlass Mail Organizer by cottagehomedecor