Category Archives: How-To

I AM GROOT – Kid craft with toilet paper rolls, and brown paper bag, and pipe cleaners and solo cups – How-to

I’m beyond excited about this one! My first personal creative and non-pinterested thing in a long time haha. Not even sure how the idea came to me, but we had an AMAZING time being creative together and trying out things until it worked!

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Materials:

1 brown paper bag
5 pipe cleaners
1 toilet paper roll or paper towel roll
2 sheets tissue paper (I used leftovers from his birthday)

tape
scissors
markers

Directions after the cut

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Hungry Caterpillar Toddler Footprint/Toeprint Craft

After I saw these amazing hungry caterpillar toeprints on Pinterest (don’t know what site they came from :( ) I felt like I had to do it, but instead of just having the toe prints, I decided to take it a little further and make my own version of the book for Rand’s wall. Then, we made prints of his feet in purple/blue/green hues on the yellow paper and put them together to make the butterfly. This was a long project, but so worth it in the end!

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Mascot Monday – How-to: Elephant Ornament (Free Pattern)

In preparation for the holidays, I’m doing a Mascot Monday, where I will post up an instructional PDF once a week on how to do a simple mascot ornament gift.  Last year for Christmas I made one for each of my friends and they were very well received, so this year I’m offering everyone these instructions so that everyone can enjoy them!

This week’s ornament: Elephant

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Mascot Monday – How-to: Squirrel Ornament (Free Pattern)

In preparation for the holidays, I’m doing a Mascot Monday, where I will post up an instructional PDF once a week on how to do a simple mascot ornament gift.  Last year for Christmas I made one for each of my friends and they were very well received, so this year I’m offering everyone these instructions so that everyone can enjoy them!

This week’s ornament: Squirrel

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How-to: 10-Minute Clutch Tutorial

Inspired by this clutch tutorial on instructables, I came up with an idea to make this already easy to make clutch even MORE easy. Instead of using two fabrics for the upper and lining, I just used 1 piece of high quality wool felt. Then I decorated it with a bow made from this adorable bow tutorial

I think this clutch would be even cuter if it was made with a red bow and white felt — it’d be totally Hello Kitty chic!


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Mascot Monday – How-to: Ciao Ciao Ornament (Free Pattern)

In preparation for the holidays, I’m doing a Mascot Monday, where I will post up an instructional PDF once a week on how to do a simple mascot ornament gift.  Last year for Christmas I made one for each of my friends and they were very well received, so this year I’m offering everyone these instructions so that everyone can enjoy them!

This week’s ornament: Ciao Ciao

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How-to: Make an Origami/Kirigami Bow

I love origami, and when I saw this tutorial at Tweety Atalier I knew I had found my new favorite pattern. I don’t speak or read Korean, but fortunately for me I’ve done enough origami to be able to figure out the instructions on my own. I figure, however, this might be valuable to those of you who don’t speak Korean and would like to know how to make these adorable little lovelies. I also added several extra instructional steps that I thought would help make the instructions easier to use for someone who may be less experienced in origami.

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Origami Bow Tutorial

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Mascot Monday – How-to: Adios Ornament (Free Pattern)

In preparation for the holidays, I’m doing a Mascot Monday, where I will post up an instructional PDF once a week on how to do a simple mascot ornament gift.  Last year for Christmas I made one for each of my friends and they were very well received, so this year I’m offering everyone these instructions so that everyone can enjoy them!

This week’s ornament: Adios

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12 Awesome Backpack Tutorials & Patterns

I’ve been looking for a new diaper bag — not because I don’t love the one I have right now, but because I like variety in my life.  At one point, I was thinking about making my own, and in that  quest I ran into these awesome patterns/tutorials.  There are so many free tutorials out there, but really only a few that I personally liked — so I narrowed down to my favorites.

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Mascot Monday – How-to: Bear Ornament (Free Pattern)

In preparation for the holidays, I’m beginning Mascot Monday, where I will post up an instructional PDF once a week on how to do a simple mascot ornament gift.  Last year for Christmas I made one for each of my friends and they were very well received, so this year I’m offering everyone these instructions so that everyone can enjoy them!

This week’s ornament: Bear

One of the few photos I have of a completed mascot

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How to: No-fuss Cupcake Pies

These cupcake -sized pies have long been a favorite in our family.  They’re so easy to make and you can actually get all of the ingredients pre-made from the store!  More adventurous people can feel free to make their own crust and filling — but that adds a substantial amount of time to the project.  I love making these for potlucks because they’re so easy!

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How to: Origami Crane Mobile

There’s something so wonderful about watching a baby watching a mobile.  Maybe it’s the fact that he’s not bothering you, or maybe it’s just great to see simple wonder in their eyes.  Regardless what causes the magic, babies like mobiles so I like them too.

This is one of the easiest projects that I’ve ever worked on.  I actually did this while I was recovering from childbirth and pyelonephritis after Rand was born.

Supplies:

  • Origami paper
  • Thread
  • Pearl beads (or any beads)
  • Tape
  • 1 circle from a cheap wooden embroidery hoop (example) [1 embroidery hoop makes 2 mobiles]

 


Step 1: Make small marking on embroidery hoop.  Then make the same marking directly across the hoop from the first marking.  After that, make markings directly in between the two markings you just made.  You’ve divided your hoop into 4.  Now, make markings in the middle of each of your 4 sections.  Now you should have 8 hatch marks that are equally spaced from each other.

 

Step 2: Fold 8 paper cranes.  Look below for instructions on how to fold a crane.

Step 3: String 20″ thread through pearl and fold thread up at halfway point as shown in picture below.   

Step 4: Thread large needle with doubled thread and poke up through the bottom of crane and up through the middle of crane’s back (where the center of the paper originally was).  Final bird on string should be around 10″ for first bird.

Step 5: Tape the end of the thread to one of the hatch marks on the embroidery hoop.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 3-5, each time making the string about 2″ shorter (final string 1″ shorter).

Step 7: Cut a longish piece of thread, 20-30 inches.  Tie each end on opposite sides of the mobile.  Pull thread up from the middle and knot the piece as far down as you can go.

Step 8: Hang and enjoy!

How-to: Ferrero Rocher Placeholder

I found this concept somewhere on the interwebs (i have no idea where) but loved the idea so much that I ended up doing it for my wedding.  This works well as both a name tag/place holder and party favor.
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