Last year, I styled an adorable camping themed baby shower for some sweet friends of mine. Because it was a husband and child-friendly event, we had some fun elements for the kids, too! These woodland animal masks were a hit!
I LOVE felt. It's inexpensive, versatile and SO easy to work with. The most labor intensive part of this project was designing the patterns and cutting out the pieces (and hey, you can use my downloadable pattern below so half of the work is already done for you!) Once the pieces are cut, simply use hot glue or craft glue to attach it all together and you're done!
Helpful tip: Cut two of each face piece, then sandwich the elastic between both pieces. It'll give the masks a sturdier construction (which means no floppy ears!), and it gives them a nice finished look.
Check out the full camping themed baby shower here! And happy crafting!
Hey, y'all! I'm so excited to share this adorable house I made for the girls' Calico Critters today! Anyone else out there have littles obsessed with Calico Critters??
I have to admit, I understand the obsession. I mean, look how cute they are! What I'm not as crazy about are the price tags on these things. The characters themselves are at least $5 each, and then there are accessories and furniture, etc. The Calico Critters townhouse retails for $130!! Not. Happening.
So I got creative! I found this mini cube shelf on Amazon for just $12 (score!), and the 6"x6" cubes make perfect little rooms for those teensy critters! I used 12"x12" scrapbook paper (cut to size) tacked onto the back of each "room" to create a third wall and to personalize the house to match the girls' bedroom. I especially love the silver and white heart "wallpaper" in Miss Bunny's room!
I also like to mix and match using Lil Woodzeez brand items from Target to save money. The Lil Woodzeez characters themselves aren't as cute as Calico Critters, but the play sets are ADORABLE and they're much cheaper than the CC versions! My girls love their Lil Woodzeez market :).
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think in the comments, and as always, happy creating!!
Well, I finally got around to taking some photos of the tee-pee I made for the girls, so here it is! Fab, right?!
This project took me about three hours (not including my trip to the fabric store, which probably took just as long because "oooohhhh, look at this one!" tends to happen when I'm in a fabric store). Anyway, a fairly quick and easy project, and inexpensive, too! I found this great arrow fabric at Joann's for $2.99/yard (on sale), and the poles were just $2.50 each at my local Ace Hardware! I purchased four yards of the fabric and four poles (I already had the white fabric and twine on hand), for a total cost of about $22. Not bad, considering the Land of Nod tee-pee which inspired this project retails for over $100!
Above are the measurements I used to make the tee-pee. I chose a fabric with the pattern placed in such a way that I could sandwich the triangles together along the length of the fabric (as opposed to width-wise, in which case I would have had a lot more waste.) I cut out four triangles for the panels and four rectangles for the pole sleeves, then sewed a 1/4" hem on the top and bottom of each piece. Then, I lined up the sleeve piece along the edge of a panel piece, folded to create a tube (make sure you fold it so that them seam faces in), and used salon clips to hold it in place while sewing. TIP: Salon clips are my favorite thing to use in place of pins! No poking, no bunching, super easy to use, and they don't leave holes in the fabric! I highly recommend when sewing seams and hems.
Repeat these steps all the way around the tee-pee, then cut a slit in the center of the piece you want to use as the front and simply hem on both sides. Voila, sewing is finished!
I chose to use 1"x2" firring strips cut to 6' lengths as my poles instead of dowels because the cost difference was huge. Dowel pricing hovered around $10 each, versus the firring strips, which were only $2.50. It was a bit more difficult to get the whole tee-pee to balance properly when using the firring strips, but it was worth the cost savings for me.
After threading the poles through the sleeves, it took some adjusting to get it all balanced (having a helper for this step is recommended!). Then, just grab some rope or twine and lash all of the poles together, and you're done!
I threw down a knit blanket and lambskin rug under the tee-pee for a little padding on our hardwood floors. The girls (and their friends) love it! Here's hoping your littles love it, too! :)
Leah is ALL about role playing right now, so I was so excited when I found these building plans for a DIY play market! What's great about this is that you can pack so many play options into a fairly small structure. I don't have the reverse side pictured here, but I painted the flat panel on the back with black chalk paint and wrote a menu on it--just switch out the sign at the top and turn it around and--voila!--you have a bakery, lemonade stand or restaurant! You could even use it as a little pet shop or puppet theater!
This project took Hamilton and I about four hours to build (see the plans here: http://ana-white.com/2013/11/plans/changeable-play-stand-lemonade-market-post-office-theater-bakery-and-more). The materials totaled about $60, and that's using new, quality lumber. You could probably find most of it for free if you were willing to troll Craigslist for a few days! I also sewed the banners myself (solid broadcloth at Joann's goes on sale for $1.99/yard, you'll need only 1/4 yard of each color). The berry baskets were my own addition to the original plans--I really like the look of having all of the food items organized into baskets instead of laying haphazardly about. You can buy berry baskets on Amazon, Etsy, or get them for free at your local farmers market!
I used a black foam posterboard (cut with an exacto-knife) and chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby for the market sign, and hot glued the little chalkboard signs (also from Hobby Lobby) underneath the baskets as an added touch. All of the felt food is homemade, of course! I will be posting free printable patterns for them soon :).
Here is an easy project that will make you LOVE opening your spice drawer!
Start with a bunch of empty, clean baby food jars (probably a good idea to make a list of the spices you have on hand and add them up to be sure you have enough jars.) Then, using a cotton ball, swipe the jar lids with apple cider vinegar (this helps the paint to adhere to the metal) and put on wax paper to dry. Next, use a craft paint of your choice to paint the jar lids. I did two coats just to really cover the metal, but one coat gives the lids a distressed look and is also cute!
While the lids dry on the wax paper, go to your computer to create the labels. You can download the template I used (along with a bunch of other coordinating labels!) here: http://blog.worldlabel.com/2013/kitchen-spice-jar-pantry-organizing-labels.html. You can open the file in Photoshop or Acrobat and fill in the labels using your aforementioned spice list. Here is a picture of the pre-filled-in labels from the website:
Next, print the labels on sticker paper, cut out, and stick them to your jar lids. Fill with spices and–voila!–beautiful spice storage! I ended up needing 35 jars for my spices, and still had room in the drawer for utensils. It has been a fabulous improvement over the hodge-podge mess that my spice storage was before!
Chicks dig playhouses. I think we are born loving curtains, flowers and household appliances. The thing is, the outdoor versions are ridiculously expensive and can only be used half the year (depending on where you live) and the indoor tents fall over with a whisper. So I had a genius idea—why not make an indoor playhouse from fabric that fits over existing furniture and can fold up easily when not in use?
This tutorial is vague because dimensions will be dependent upon the table you’re using and embellishments are subject to personal taste. Really, you could take the basics of this idea and do most anything with it (i.e., a store instead of a house, a fire station, a slumber party “tent”). But here is a rundown of how I made the one for my girls.
Bulk yardage of an inexpensive base fabric
Scrap fabric for embellishments
Hot glue gun
1) Measure your table. Mine was 48”x30”x28”.
2) Cut bulk fabric into five panels, allowing at least one inch for seams. Mine looked like this:
3) Next, cut out any windows or doors.
4) If you are sewing on embellishments, do so at this time (once the panels are sewn together, it’s harder to work the sewing machine around all of the extra fabric.) If using hot glue, you can wait until later.
5) Hem the bottom edges of each panel, as well as the openings to the windows and door. I recommend cutting the fabric at a diagonal in each corner about ½”, folding it over, then sewing ¼” hem around the perimeter.
6) Place panels wrong-side together with edges aligned (pin if necessary), and sew with a straight stitch leaving ½” margin. Do this for all panels.
*HINT: I started by sewing all of the “tops” of the side panels to the top panel, then went around and attached the side panels to each other.
7) Turn the whole thing right-side out and place over the table.
8) Hot glue embellishments on if/where desired.
This is my finished playhouse. I decided to sew roll-up curtains onto the windows and a valance over the doorway, as well as some scrappy flowers in front. I am happy to report that this playhouse is toddler approved :).
Here’s a DIY for the sewing novice that takes less than an hour and is super-useful! This reversible bag ties onto the crib rail and keeps books, stuffed toys and spare blankets or cups off of the crib mattress but easily accessible. The best part is that you can flip it outside of the crib for a baby (so just mom can access the contents) or inside for a toddler.
1/4-1/2 yard cotton fabric (depending on bag size desired)
3 yards ribbon or 2.5 inch wide scrap fabric
1 package of straight pins
1) Cut fabric into two identical panels of desired size, adding one inch to the length and width for seam allowance. (If using two separate fabrics, cut one panel from each.) My panels measured 24″x16″.
2) Cut four pieces of ribbon approximately 22″ long. OR cut four strips of fabric approximately 2.5″x22″.
3) If using the fabric ties instead of ribbon, fold each strip in half length-wise, then fold the edges under and pin so that you have 1/4″ seam on one skinny edge and one long edge. The remaining skinny edge will not be exposed so you can leave it as-is. Sew along the pins using a straight stitch and you’re done!
*Note: It takes longer to sew the ties from fabric than to use ribbon, but the fabric ties hold up better during use and in the wash.
4) Lay one fabric panel face-down on a hard surface. Using your finger or an iron (depending on how cooperative your fabric is), fold the edges over 1/2 inch on all four sides and press flat. Repeat with second panel.
5) Place second panel on top of first panel so that the proper side of the fabric faces out on both sides and the folded seams are together. Place fabric strips or ribbon in between the panels on the four corners (at least an inch of the ribbon length should be between the panels for sturdiness.) Pin.
6) Sew along the edges with a straight stitch, about 1/4″ from the edge. Reinforce the ties in the four corners with a triple stitch or zig-zag.
And voila! All you have to do is tie the ribbons together around the crib rail and you’re done!