Did you catch those pom pom and tassel keychains at my Craft Night? Well, they were a super easy DIY favor I gave to everyone who joined in all of the making!
When we returned from vacation in Cabo, Mexico, I was so inspired by all of the colors in their handmade pom pom and tassel items that I went straight to the craft store and picked up these yarn skeins with super bright color gradients.
Now, you don’t “need” to buy a pom pom and tassel maker BUT I did try and make them using the hacks you can find online and let’s just say I was happy to invest the <$10 for each of these items to make my life a little easier.
The directions on the back of the pom pom and tassel maker packages were fairly good but if you prefer to try your own method, Pinterest has some great tutorials.
When you make your tassel, make sure to leave enough string on top to add your pom pom and any beads you want to use. You will also be tying the lobster clasp to that string so make sure to factor that into the length as well.
Thread your string into a large needle.
Add your beads and use the needle to push the string through the center of the pom pom.
Add more beads on top if you wish.
Double-knot the end of your string to the jump ring.
Attach the jump ring to the lobster clasp.
*I did not do this, but would suggest adding a little hot glue to my knot on the jump ring as mine already untied. But I think adding the glue should do the trick. Thank goodness for the glue gun!
These keychains look especially good attached to your black bags because of how much the colors pop! Add them to your beach bag, your car, your purse or backpack or give them away to friends!
It has been way too long since I have made something for me. So long, in fact, that I cannot remember what the last thing was. I have been looking for ideas for a super cute pin cushion now that I have started sewing again and when I came across some felt cacti, I knew I had a winner. Cacti and needles just go together perfectly, plus it is super cute and something you would not mind to keep out as decor.
Disclaimer: I apologize for not always putting my supplies in the photo but a lot of what I come up with are last minute light bulb moments. 🙂
p.s. Check out these amazing iridescent colored scissors! I have been looking for some fun, unique craft scissors, especially for all the craft photos I take and I could not resist these.
Cut out 6 pieces of green felt into oval like shapes but with a flat bottom. The length could be as tall as you want it, just make sure the width is about as wide as your pot. Using your sewing machine or by hand, sew together two pieces at a time around the arc leaving the bottom flat side open. Repeat with the other 4 pieces to make 2 more pairs. Take all 3 pairs of sewn green felt, layer them on top of each other and sew them together with a line right down the middle. For thinner wool felt, I was able to use my machine, but for craft felt, I had to sew it by hand as it was too thick.
Using a chopstick or pencil, stuff your cactus sections with the fiberfill. You should have 6 sections to stuff. Make them nice and full to give your pins something to hold on to.
To make the flower, I used 3 different types of flower shapes to layer on to each other. (It is not necessary to have the hole in the light pink flower. I made it thinking I was going to do some things differently but ended up not needing it.) Hot glue them together and stick the little pom poms on top. Take your little pearl beads and glue them onto the spines of each section. You could use the ball pins for this part of the decor as well, but I wanted mine to be a more permanent feature of the cactus.
For the pot, an old styrofoam ball happened to fit inside perfectly. I used some decorative rocks to cover the sides of the ball and hot glued them on: hot glue, rocks, let cool, shake off, repeat. This required quite a few layers to get the height and coverage I wanted.When you are satisfied with your rock coverage, add a generous amount of hot glue to the center of the styrofoam and put your cactus on top. Hold it down for a few seconds in order to make sure it sticks. It was so easy, that I made a darker, circular shaped cacti for my mom as a thank you for re-teaching me how to sew. Instead of oval shaped felt, cut out circular ones with flat bottoms for this type of cactus.
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Part of the problem of being a crafter is that there is always another tool/toy that you want. Have you seen those awesome clear plastic shaker pouches where you can add confetti and sequins inside? Well, I love them. They are made using a fuse tool to melt the plastic together, which I don’t have but want one day. When I saw the Fourth of July Ribbon Wand from Sweet Rose Studio, I knew that there had to be a way that I could make these with the supplies I had. And that’s when I thought, GLUE GUN!
To start with the shaker top of your wand, cut out a shape template. This star was 4 inches across. Insert it into the plastic sleeve.
Heat up the glue gun and run the tip of the glue gun around your shape template slowly to melt the two plastic layers together. Make sure to do this on top of a heat proof surface. I used a silicone mat on top of my cutting mat.
Fuse all the edges together leaving an opening big enough to put in the confetti and glitter stars.
Cut out your star around the fused area leaving extra plastic around the open section.
Cut out some stars, a little larger than the confetti, out of the glitter canvas. I cut enough to glue them back-to-back so that each side was a glitter side!
Remove your paper template from inside the plastic and insert your confetti and glitter stars, the best part! To seal it off, put your paper template on top of your heat mat with your shaker star on top. You can see the template through the plastic and this will allow you to continue to fuse along the remaining edges with your glue gun. The lines were not as straight and thin as they would be with a fuse tool, but they did the job for this project.
Since this was so last minute, I was not able to find any 4th of July themed ribbon. Using the same confetti, I glued red, white and blue stars to the white ribbon. Figure out how full you want your ribbon wands to be and how long to cut them. I used 5 red and 3 white ribbons about 16 inches long. Take your wood dowel and glue gun the ribbons all around the top.Wrap your thin rope to cover the edges of the ribbon around the top of the dowel and secure with hot glue. Add a generous amount of hot glue to the wrapped rope, wait a few seconds for it to cool a bit, and then attach your shaker star.You are ready for your 4th of July parade!
Whew…do you have that one month where it seems like every other day is someone’s birthday? And not just anyones birthdays, but our twins, both of my sisters, my mom, my husband, mine, a handful of close friends and family… June is our month and it even trickles a little into May and July. I was crafting crazy! One of the last of these is my little sister, Emily.
I wanted to make her something for her adorable post college, #bosslady apartment. I took the opportunity to finally use my sewing machine for the first time since I got it at Christmas. But I wasn’t sewing fabric, I used paper for this super easy mobile!
You will need:
Printed cardstock paper
String for hanging
Emily recently traveled to Morocco and I felt a lot of these prints were very appropriate. I cut out triangles with my handy Cricut machine because I wanted them to be the same size.
My mom set up my machine and gave me a quick refresher course as I have not sewn for at least 20 years! Putting two pieces together, back-to-back as they were not printed on one side, I ran them through the machine with a straight stitch. Make sure to have extra thread out when you begin so that you can tie the row onto your hoop.For an unplanned, organic feel, don’t worry too much about spacing them equally apart. After completing each row, I tied them onto the inside portion of an embroidery hoop. Tie string to four equally spaced sides of the hoop and bring them together in the center for hanging.
That’s it! A super modern yet delicate mobile for your home.
I don’t know what it is but I love mini bouquets! They are such a sweet, little sentiment to give someone and are perfect for those “just because” occasions. If you hate the clear plastic wrapping as much as I do, here is a super easy way to dress up your mini bouquet.Grab a sheet of your favorite printed scrapbook paper. Glitter and double-sided paper would be super fun too! (Have you heard about my scrapbook paper addiction???) Turn it over and fold up one corner.Place your bouquet on top and start to wrap the sides around the bouquet.Once you fold over the last side, fasten with a piece of clear tape or even a pretty printed label or sticker. You could even wrap a ribbon around it if you wanted to get extra fancy.That’s it! Really! Pretty market flowers that no longer look like they were from the market.
I don’t know about your house but at our house, we are not truly ready for preschool until we have a “pretty thing” for our hair. This adds another 5-10 minutes to the already long get ready routine so I was motivated to help the situation. Disney’s Hercules is up on the favorite movie list and Baby Pegasus is so cute. As you can tell from the Moana Necklace a few posts back, I love making things with my daughter’s favorite characters.
If you decide to try a character, find an image of them online. I discovered this Steve Thompson illustration while I was searching for Pegasus images. He is a Disney illustrator and designer and I love his take on the characters. After printing and cutting your character out, trace them on what you decide will be their base color. You can then cut individual pieces of the character apart to use as guides for other colors of felt.
TIP: Try to keep it simple and only plan to cut out the larger color block portions. For smaller things, like the eyes and mouth, I would suggest embroidering.
Glue all of your pieces onto your base and you will start to see your character take shape! Decide what details you would like to add and embroider those on. I used the outline stitch with only one (black) or two (other colors) pieces of thread.
TIP: Use tacky glue instead of hot glue for those really small pieces. You don’t want to burn those fingers.
Once you decide which setting your character should be in, use the stiff felt for that base. I wanted Pegasus to be on a cloud under a rainbow, of course!To make the rainbow, I was not sure how big it would end up being so I started with the inside and worked my way out with rainbow sequins and clear seed beads. I also added some clear, iridescent sequins to the outline of the cloud.Turn your character around and hang your ribbons from the bottom with a little bit of glue. Make a loop for hanging and glue onto the top. Cut out another piece of felt to cover the entire back portion and glue on.Done! This is definitely more intricate but as long as you have some stiff felt, ribbons and glue, you can make the same thing in whatever shape or style you wish. Cut out a pink heart, add a loop and some ribbons on bottom and you’re done! Get those pre-cut felt shapes and designs and glue those on, add a loop and some ribbon and you’re done!This can be a great gift and a way to keep all of the bows and clips in one place with something cute to hang up on the wall or towel rack. Now they are all out in front of her. Hopefully we have cut the “pretty thing” searching down a couple minutes. Lol!
Our boys are ONE! The night before the big party, I was prepping and thinking how first birthdays are kind of silly. The boys are too young to remember and yet the first birthday party is such a big deal. I came to realize that this party was in part for our boys, but more so for all the close people in our lives. And of course for us to celebrate having made it through the newborn and infant stages!
Chase and Caden have completely different personalities. The inspiration for the party came from that difference. We always thought that Chase had very gentleman-like qualities. He is quiet, observant and plays independently. Caden always reminds us of a king. He sits up very straight and almost looks down his nose at others! And he loves when he is the center of attention. Little Man Chase and King Cades became the theme of the party and to make it even more fun, we made it a carnival!
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Color palette: dark and light blues with gold and silver metallics. I wanted to combine top hats and mustaches with crowns and sparkly golds.
My husband and I are big kids ourselves, so when we throw a birthday party for our kids, the fun is for the adults too. As soon as the guests entered, they grabbed a crown and a ‘stache.
My little crepe paper buntings draped the top of every window and sliding door. It was such a simple DIY and I love anything that can be stapled!
TIP: I keep hooks over the slider all year round. They come in handy for holidays and parties.
Over the fireplace, I made a super full but still really easy crepe paper banner. TIP: Did you know that you don’t need any tape or glue with crepe paper tassels? Twist it and it holds!
TIP: Always, always, always try to make decorations that can be re-purposed for another celebration. This paper straw banner was from my daughter’s party earlier this year. I just added some metallic fringe to the ends.
One of my favorite parts of a first birthday party is seeing all of the monthly photos together. For King Caden’s banner, I chose very royal, metallic and bold prints. The shape of the bunting also gave it a medieval feel.
For Little Man Chase’s banner, I chose muted colors and prints that reminded me of a business shirt. The shape of his bunting looked like a tie.
To label each photo with the month, I gave them mini construction paper top hats and crowns and wrote the number on them.
You have probably heard me say over and over that I am not a baker. I wish I was but I’m not. Thank goodness for my amazing market bakery.
I told them exactly what I wanted and they gave it to me and they were delicious.
Ten minutes on the Cricut machine and I had the cutest little crown and ‘stache cupcake toppers!
For the outside decor, I wanted to keep it fairly simple as all of the games would be outside too. Flowy crepe paper hung from the trees,
dollar store white and blue table clothes mimicked a circus tent around the patio,
and one of my favorite DIY decorations, punch ball balloons! TIP: Those huge balloons are so festive and this is a great way to have them minus the helium. The reason they work so well is because they have elastic on top to hang and a place to tie a tassel on, on the bottom!
The games were spread out on the lawn. All homemade and classic carnival fun. I knew not only would the kids enjoy them but the adults would too.
If you don’t know already, I am the oldest of 16 cousins, I think it’s 16, haha. My mom has 5 sisters. So we have a BIG family. They all came to help with the party and even manned the games and gave out tickets.
Ping pong toss was the first game I thought of, it is my fav! There’s something so satisfying when that ball clinks around on the glasses and then falls in! It was fairly easy to make, the backboard took some brain power and effort.
Can toss was another game that was super easy to put together. We saved our cans and I wrapped them in fun paper, ordered some bean bags and that was it!
Tic tac toe was a little more challenging to make but I ended up finding the perfect square cardboard box, which was not easy to find. I cut the dividers out of foam core and covered them in wrapping paper.
Maybe the simplest game to put together but one of the hardest to play was ring toss.
The highlight of the games was the prize table where you could turn in your tickets for all of these goodies!
Okay, I lied. The highlight was the cotton candy machine. Everyone wanted to try it but my cousin Kathy is now named Queen of the Cotton Candy. She was determined to master it and I think she did!
The kiddos loved it!
What’s a carnival without popcorn? These mini popcorn containers were adorable. We popped bags and bags of microwave popcorn and my uncle handed them out to the crowd.
I think the highlight of my boys day though was definitely the cake. They were SO tired at this point but they were such troopers. I barely saw them as they were passed from friend to family to friend. They definitely stole the show.
Having twins is no joke, and add in other siblings and you have a very full life; full of every emotion, activity and feeling that you can think of. Our friends and family have supported us from the beginning and our parents have been there for us more times than we can count. This party was for them and I hope they enjoyed every minute of it.
If you caught my last #FridayIntroductions on Instagram, you know that Moana is THE movie in our house right now. Our little girl told us that she is going to ask for the Heart of Te Fiti for Christmas. Of course, she doesn’t know that Christmas is a whole 7 months away, but her innocence is so endearing. She was so patient, I wanted to surprise her! Not just with the shell necklace, but one that opened to hold the Heart of Te Fiti wherever she went!
There are 3 parts to this tutorial. Although it is not one of my easiest DIYs, it is definitely doable if you customize how detailed you want it to be.
Here is how you can make your own shell necklace and Heart of Te Fiti gem.
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Cut out your pieces of felt according to the instructions on the template. Make sure to cut the notch at the top of the grey felt and base felt pieces. In order to give the shell it’s 3D shape, cross over the two notched pieces on your base felt and glue together depending on how deep you want your shell to be. Repeat with your grey felt pieces.
Depending on how detailed you would like to get, you can decorate your shell in a variety of ways. On the bottom portion, I used sequins to mimic the waves of color in an abalone shell, but you could also embroider, glue on other felt pieces, or even use fabric marker.
For the top portion of the shell, I embroidered the wave and tribal signs from the necklace in the movie. Take your decorated pieces and glue them on top of the light blue base. Repeat with the back portions. Make sure to mirror the grey felt on the back to the front so that the two pieces will fit together seamlessly.
To attach the shell to the necklace, thread a piece of cording about 4 inches long through the silver ring. knot on top and at the bottom. Cut a thin rectangular piece of the stiff felt. This will be used to secure the cording to the shell.
Place the cording on the back of the decorated shell piece with the silver loop peeking out the top. Glue the strip of felt across the cording, in the middle of the two knots. Glue together the front and back of the shell at the top, only about an inch wide so that the shell will open. Cut some velcro pieces and attach along the bottom and sides so that it will secure the gem inside.
Moana’s Necklace – Pearl Cording
String your pearl beads on the cording and knot before and after each bead to hold them in place. Moana’s necklace has a lot of detail and I decided that it would be easier to add them after the pearl base was completed. Take another piece of cording and tie your loops onto your base in the same pattern as Moana’s necklace above. Lastly, knot cording to each of the larger loops and cut close to the knot.
You can now attach your shell. I used cording to tie a loop from the jewelry hoop to the necklace but you could open the hoop up and attach it that way. Your necklace is done! Time to start the gem!
A tool with a pointed tip to engrave the details (I used a chopstick and a meat thermometer!)
Knead your clay until it softens and create a small dish like shape to hold a couple drops of your green dye. Mix in. Wear gloves as the dye seeps out through the sides as you are mixing it together.
Continue to add dye until you get the desired shade of green. Roll it into a ball and then shape the semi pointed ends on top and bottom. Make sure it will fit in your shell necklace. Using your tools, recreate the design on the stone from the movie. You can smooth over any rough spots by rubbing them gently with your fingertips. I wish ours glowed in the dark a little more, but mixing it with the transparent clay dulled it out a bit. Like I said above, skip the transparent. The package should give you baking instructions but I did mine at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.
Kelly is a mother to two beautiful girls and a self-proclaimed “maker of beautiful messes.” She has been crafting in one form or another for most of her life and gets the most joy out of watching that same creative spirit growing in her girls. She loves unicorns, cake, peonies and anything that glitters. Her trusty hot glue gun never leaves her side.
In my house, there is a lot of pretend play and dress up happening constantly. My oldest daughter is 6 and quite the “girly-girl.” I swear, I have no idea where she gets this from. No seriously, it wasn’t me. I wear only flip flops, have a handful of dresses shoved in the back of my closet and have been using the same purse for the last 3 years. My daughter however…she’s obsessed with dresses, purses, shoes, and even makeup! She has an entire dress-up wardrobe bursting with princess dresses, purses, shoes, wands, tiara’s, you name it. Nothing makes her happier than to put on a fancy dress with accessories and prance about the house, showing off to anyone who will pay attention.
Her current obsession is with purses. Which she will carefully pack with chapstick, bracelets, toys and anything else that will fit, before we leave the house. She will then last a total of 5 minutes carrying her purse around before getting tired of it and wanting someone else to hold it for her. So now purses have been limited to dress-up play at home only.
This project was inspired by my little girly-girl, who clearly is in need of yet another purse. It’s perfect for playtime and gives me all those summertime feels!
You will need:
4 sheets of premium pink felt
1 sheet of white felt
1 sheet of black felt
3 sheets of pink glitter felt
Hot glue gun
Needle and thread optional if you prefer to sew rather than hot glue
If you can trace, cut and weld a hot glue gun, this project will be easy as pie!
Start by printing out and preparing your templates.
On your premium pink felt you’ll be cutting out two of the Body Templates and Feather Templates. The number of Feather Templates will depend on how long you need the purse to be as this acts as the strap. I used 10 for mine.
On your black felt you’ll be cutting out the Black Beak Template.
On your white felt you’ll be cutting out the White Beak Template.
On your pink glitter felt you’ll be cutting out two of the Wing Templates, the Head Template and the Neck Template.
Once you have all of your pieces cut out, you are ready to begin assembly!
Begin by taking your Head piece and hot gluing the Black Beak portion on top, lining up the edges.
Next, hot glue the White Beak portion onto the Head, making sure it butts right up against the Black Beak and lines up on the edges.
Look at that fabulous Flamingo head you just made! That Flamingo needs a neck, so go ahead and grab your Neck piece and hot glue it down onto the back of the Head.
Now we’re going to jump over to the body, which will be just as fabulous! So set the head and neck piece aside for just a minute. We’ll come back to it later.
Take your two Body pieces and line them up together but don’t hot glue them just yet! First, you want to line up your Wings on either side of the body, so that the tail feather portion meets up just beyond the end of the body. Make sure they are even on both sides of the Body before gluing down. I also drew some designs onto my Wings to give them more character, so go crazy and be creative with it.
Keeping those two Body pieces together and lined up, grab your Head and Neck piece and glue down the other end of the Neck in between the two Body pieces. Starting from the Neck, glue just the very bottom of the Body pieces together, all the way to where the tail feathers on the Wings meet up. This is where you could also sew if you preferred, but I’m a fan of how fast and easy the hot glue is and I think it holds just as well.
You’re going to leave the top open, so you can place all the goodies in there, but feel free to add a button, snap or zipper if you’re super talented!
For this next part, you’ll need your little model, to determine how long to make the strap. Start off with at least 6 feathers and glue them together, flipping every other feather over so you have a staggered pattern. Add as many more feathers as you need for the desired length.
You’re going to glue one end of the strap to the head of the Flamingo and the other end to the body. You might need your little model again to make sure everything lays nicely. Or that could just be me obsessively checking and getting eye rolls from my daughter. Just go with it!
And you’re done! Can you believe how fast and easy that was?
Why is it so hard to find gifts for Mother’s Day? Maybe it is because our moms never ask for much and have almost everything they need. I know I am always caught in the last minute scramble and there isn’t much that I hate more than giving a gift without meaning or thought. Thankfully, inspiration struck just in time.
I always eye the artificial flowers in the dollar store but some don’t particularly look great, not a surprise being that they are $1. On this trip, they had some really good ones and I immediately envisioned them filling a letter shaped box. I didn’t have much time for shopping and in a quick detour to Target, I found a hexagon shaped box and the letter “G” for grandma. My vision had to be reworked a bit, but I knew it would still be pretty and personal.
You will need:
Wood box in the shape you choose
Wood letter to fit inside the box
Glue gun/E600 glue
Fill your wood box with the floral foam, cutting them into pieces and filling all available areas. To secure the pieces together, use a hot glue gun to fill in the cracks like a caulking gun.
For the wood letter, I let my daughter do the painting. She has a tendency to mix all colors together until they turn to brown, like all four year old kids do. 🙂
TIP: If you are having your young child help with the painting, pick out a palette of colors ahead of time and have them paint in layers so all of the colors will show through.
We started with ivory, added silver, gold and then pink. I asked her to add a little more pink but when I came back to the room it was all pink! Luckily she was a good sport and was willing to add a few more gold and silver layers on there!
I love my glue gun, but it can dry super fast.
TIP: If I have to cover a large area with glue but still want the hot glue hold, use E6000 glue. It takes a little while longer to dry and I had more time and flexibility to place the letter.
After gluing to the foam, I used the glue gun like a caulking gun again and filled in the edges with hot glue.
Now it was time to add the flowers. I cut all of the flowers with just a little bit of stem, enough to push into the foam.
TIP: For this type of floral arranging, start with the largest ones first and stick to the rule of three’s. Similar to actual gardening!
After getting three different types of flowers in, I started to question my project. Something didn’t look right and the letter looked lost in the flowers. I ripped it all up and glued in some styrofoam to lift the letter up a bit.
TIP: Do not be afraid to start over if you are not satisfied with your project.
If you are anything like me, it would have driven me crazy to see it that way knowing that I could have made it better.
Ahhhh, much better!!! After making a complete mess, I continued adding flowers and making sure my pops of color were even spread out. It was difficult to push some of them into the foam with the letter raised higher, but some needle nose pliers helped.
We celebrated Mother’s Day a little early, so this post will not ruin the surprise! It is sitting proudly on top of the buffet in her dining room right now! She loved it but I think it made it even more special to know that her daughter and granddaughter both put time and love into it. That is probably the most important thing to remember when looking for a gift idea for your mom!