Coloring Mixing Grinch Painting

Happy Monday!! I am so excited to finally post this! It’s been a while since my last, what I like to call, “mommy” post or kid friendly post I should say. I was totally inspired by Sheryl from Teaching 2 and 3 year olds for this fun activity. It’s all about a no mess painting that is fun and educational for your little one. I love the idea that this is a hands on activity but all the mess is contained in a Ziploc baggy.This was a definite hit with my three year old daughter. We did this about a week ago and she is still talking about it. It’s a great way to teach mixing colors. Continue reading “Coloring Mixing Grinch Painting”

DIY Mercury Glass

 

Today’s post is a “do it yourself” project I have been wanting to try out for a while. I have seen this all over the internet and wanted to share my own tips on how I made these mercury glass vases. For my project, I used three different glass containers and one large mason jar. I really liked how these turned out, they are perfect for just simple decor ideas around the house or even centerpieces for a party or a wedding. The great part about this particular DIY is that it’s easy and takes not time at all. Did I mention it was easy?

What you will need:

Using a spot outside, place your cardboard on the ground for less mess. To start off this project, you are going to fill your spray bottle half way with water and the other half with vinegar. Give it a good shake to mix it up. Then shake up your looking glass spray paint, so your ready to start. Lay out your glass containers, evenly spread out, on top of the cardboard. Start spraying the inside and outside of each glass container. If you are using a bottle or something with a narrow opening, just coat the outside with paint.

This is the messiest part, so I suggest wearing gloves and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Coat each glass container entirely. Inside and out!!

 

Then mist your vinegar and water solution all over the inside and outside of each glass container.
Then using a paper towel or two, pat off the droplets of water and vinegar to get that vintage look. I noticed when you pat a little more vigorously the more worn it looks. Don’t forget to pat the inside as well! Now, let them dry, and you are finished!! Simple mercury glass vases that are perfect for holding flowers, candles, or even makeup brushes (like how I used mine).
 Hope this was helpful! Can’t wait to share more fun DIY projects and decor ideas.
 Thanks for stopping by!!
Caitlin

DIY Christmas Ornament

 What you need:
1 Christmas picture that you want  (wallet size)
Styrofoam
Glitter
Clear Plastic ornament
Small ribbon
2′ Wide ribbon 7 inches long
Instructions:
1.Cut your picture small enough to fit inside the ornament. Wallet size works best, even it you want your picture to fit inside the ornament horizontally
2.Crumble up the Styrofoam as small as you can, in a bowl and then add glitter. You only need a little.
3.Then place your mixture of Styrofoam and glitter into your ornament. Add your picture in the ornament the way you would like it to look.
4.Close your ornament and then add your thicker ribbon to the top and tie in a bow. Then tie your smaller ribbon through the loop so it makes an “o” shape to hang on the tree.
Then you are finished!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Caitlin

Toddler Pumpkin Costume

Halloween is just around the corner and I am so excited I finally finished my daughters costume just in time. Last year I had so much fun making her costume I knew I wanted to do it again. After scrolling through Pinterest for some inspiration I found a couple of pumpkin costume ideas that I wanted to try and recreate. I put together this costume in about two hours and I have to say, it was two hours well spent. It turned out so cute and I found out sewing paired with a glass of wine is a very relaxing combo. It might just be my new form of therapy 😉  It was so fun to create something one of a kind and that Maddie was excited to wear. If your looking for a fun homemade costume idea for your toddler this one is perfect. I am no seamstress by any means, so if I can do this so can you.

 What you’ll need:
1 yard of orange knit fabric (depending on the size of your toddler)
Sparkly Green ribbon (for the straps)
3 yards of orange tulle
1 8×10 black piece of felt
2 leaf arrangements
Sewing machine
Thread (any color.. I used white)
Scissors
Hot glue gun with glue sticks
Fabric measuring tape
Everything I used was from Hobby Lobby (minus the sewing machine)
 1. Measure out fabric
 This was my first time putting together an entire garment, so it was definitely trial and error. First step I measured out how long I wanted the dress using the fabric measuring tape and the distance around my daughters chest. Then cut off any excess fabric I didn’t need.
2. Sew on Straps
Don’t worry what your stitching looks like, it will be covered in the end. I cut two pieces of the green sparkly ribbon for the straps and made sure they were the right length and in the correct places in the front. Then sewed the straps on the inside of the dress.

 

3.Tulle Tulle Tulle, and more Tulle

This was definitely the hardest part of making this costume. After a while I did start to get the hang of it. I made two rows of tulle. I used the same length measurement of the dress and cut out many pieces of tulle that same length.

Then I began the top layer.
Top layer: 3 pieces of tulle laying on top of each other vertically, then sewing them across the top of the dress
Bottom: 4 pieces of tulle underneath the same way to give it more fullness.

Sew both layers all the way across your orange fabric. Now sew the dress in the back so its completely closed. This is time I let my daughter try it on so I could make sure the fit was right. Then to finish sew in the straps to the back.

4.  Add leaves

I started at the front and hot glued each leaf all the way around.
5. Jack o Lantern Face
Now time to make the jack o lantern face. Cut out 2 large triangles and 1 small one and the shape you want for the mouth. Before I glued I straightened out all the tool while it was hanging up. Then I placed the pieces for the face were I wanted them to go.  Then hot glue each piece in place. Trim the length of tool at the ends if you need too.
The dress is done!!

 Head Piece:

What you need:

Hot Glue Gun
Hair Clip
2×4 piece of fabric
Left over leaves

Glue the fabric to the clip. Arrange your leaves they way you want. Then glue them in place

 

Now your little one is ready for trick or treating!!

Thanks for stopping by!

DIY Fall Wreath

Since it has been awhile since my last DIY post, I thought I would share a fun, and festive fall wreath (try to say that three fast) just in time for the Halloween season. It’s very easy to make and very affordable, and everything can be found at Hobby Lobby. Below is everything you’ll need and how to put this all together. 🙂

What you need:
Wreath (18 in. circumference)
2 ft of Black Burlap
3 Flowers
3 strands of the silver berry garland (in the Christmas aisle)
1 Wooden Letter
Paint of your choice ( I used orange & white acrylic paint)
2 Pant Brushes
Twist Ties
Glue Gun
Scissors
Penny + Pencil (to trace out circles- optional)
1. Trace out circles using your penny onto your letter in the desired pattern. Then paint around the circles in the color of your choice, let dry, then paint inside the circles. Then apply a second coat. This part is optional. It would still look cute with stripes or smaller circles or even one solid color. It’s up to you!
2. Next lay out your wreath and place the burlap the way you would like it. Then add your flowers by pushing them through the burlap and into the wreath. Add your berry stands the same way. Use twisty ties to secure the burlap, flowers, and berry garland to the wreath (without them showing). Use scissors to cut off any excess pieces that are sticking out.

3. Then, lay out your wreath and find out where you want your letter to go. Then hot glue the letter onto the wreath and press it down for 20 to 30 seconds to secure it in place. Then you are finished!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Caitlin