Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DIY Olaf Halloween Costume


A my snow up against the burning sand...

Seriously, it felt like I was In Summer on Halloween. 80 degrees and a snow cap do not mix. Put me in summer and I was not a happy snowman. I was a puddle.

However, I was particularly proud of my Olaf costume this year since it cost me exactly ZERO dollars to make. While catching up on DVR-ed episodes of Last Man On Earth (in the running for current favorite show), I made my hat with the following:
  • 1 manila folder
  • Construction paper - white, black, light blue and orange
  • A sharpie
  • Glue stick
  • Safety pins
  • Tape
First, I cut out the largest eye circle in light blue. Using that as my template, I cut out circles in the same size from the manila folder. Gluing the blue paper on the manila folder circle gave it stability and a base on which to tape on a safety pin. From there, I cut a slightly smaller black circle and then a slightly smaller white circle, followed by a tiny circle for the pupil of the eye, and glued one on top of the other. Once dry, I pinned the eyes to the hat. I followed a similar process with the eyebrows, cutting them out of black construction paper and gluing them to folder material, then pinning on.

Next, I cut out a carrot shape for the nose and then outlined it on the folder. Once I cut out the shape from the folder, I glued it on and taped a pin on the back. For the teeth, I cut out just the teeth shape from white construction paper. When I traced it on the manila folder, I added the smile line with a Sharpie pin and cut out the whole thing. Another safety pin secured it in place. The hair was made of twisted strips of black construction paper that I pinned on the top.


Following the same method as above, I cut out coal buttons to pin on a long sleeve white tee. I threw on white shorts over white tights and zipped up my black knee high boots. Just like that, Olaf hit the town as a side kick to a tiny, two-year-old Elsa, melting in the hot fall sun.

Sometimes, a costume is worth melting for.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pinterest In Real Life: Teacher Appreciation Cards, Part II

My son's school has a wonderful group of women who act as the morning and afternoon care givers for the kids. Their work of wrangling the kids through the playground and providing them with stimulating books and activities deserves reward. Just as I wanted to gift my son's teachers with a Target gift card, I wanted to provide a little gift for these other women who help shape his days. Off to Pinterest I went to continue my adventures with Pinterest In Real Life.


With all that a coffee shop can provide these days, it is hard to go wrong with a gift card from your local coffee vendor. I found an adorable and easy gift card solution at Sweet Metel Moments with the perfect color printable.



1 coffee gift card
1 printable from Sweet Metel Moments
1 sheet of scrapbook paper
1 glue stick
1 pair of scissors

The recommendation was to print the printable on cardstock. I chose instead to print it on regular printer paper and cut it out. With a glue stick, I attached it to a slightly larger rectangle of scrapbook paper in a coordinating color. I then glued the back of the gift card holder to the white space on the printable and in less than five minutes, I was done! Pinterest success!


Monday, June 8, 2015

Pinterest In Real Life: Teacher Appreciation Cards, Part I

Many of my friends are teachers. Recently, I asked one of them, "What do teachers really want for a gift? Gift cards or something special I've chosen for them myself?"

She looked me in the eye with a serious expression and said, "Gift cards. Every time." She then paid for my coffee with one of her multiple Starbucks gift cards. Message received.

It's time for another experiment in my series: Pinterest in Real Life. With that, I headed off to Pinterest for inspiration on how I might creatively package your average gift card for my son's teachers and school assistants. I have various Pinterest boards, like Templates or DIY Gifts, where I store up ideas that I love.


For Keagan's classroom teachers, I bought Target gift cards. I figured that they could use them for a variety of purposes rather than one set item. When I found a printable Target gift card holder on Landeelu, I knew I had to give it a try. (And go check out Landeelu - so many good ideas!)



1 Target gift card
Printable template from Landeelu
1 sheet of black construction paper or card stock
1 glue stick
1 pair of scissors

I did some tweaks on my card in the interest of time. I wanted to knock these out while watching Game 1 of the Warriors/Cavs Finals match-up, so simplicity was key. Using black construction paper as the backdrop, I simply cut out the template and glued it to the top of the paper. I opted not to round off the edges and keep it rectangular. Rather than get frustrated by an Exacto knife, I decided to simply glue the gift card envelope to the construction paper. I kept the sticky putty from the original gift card holder on the back of the gift card and used it to secure it in place inside the envelope. Once closed, I added the teacher's name and BAM. Appreciation card is complete.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Toy Story 2nd Birthday Party


Two years old. I can hardly believe that my little baby is aging right out of babyhood. We kept the festivities fairly small, but I had a little bit of fun with our Toy Story theme.





Party City provided all of the Toy Story themed decorations. I assigned names to all the different food offerings, such as "Bullseye's Grazing Garden" for our veggie tray, "Mr. Potato Head's Spare Parts" for the chips, and my favorite, "Ken's Cool and Groovy Cheese Plate".


We had a party game: Guess the number of army men. The prizes were a foam rocket launcher for the kid contestants and a bottle of wine for the adults.

Since we are still dealing with food allergies, my husband prepared a dairy and egg-free cake just for Keagan.



And thanks to Pinterest pins such as this and this, I discovered the idea of creating a photo booth, complete with Toy Story characters.

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But the true highlight of the party was seeing my little boy running around excitedly amongst his family, opening his presents and stomping rapidly with glee while clapping his hands. My pride, my joy and my love knows no boundaries when it comes to my son. I love him to infinity and beyond.


Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY: Sharpie-Colored Porcelain Mug


Ah, the holidays. It's that time of year where you scour Pinterest to find new ways to create gifts for all the special people in your life. I've seen lots of different ways to create personalized porcelain mugs with Sharpies in my Pinterest feed, so I decided to put it to the test.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Draw with pens, create your own art
  • Bake mug for 20 minutes
I wanted to find a way to bring my son's budding artistic efforts (read: stabbing at things with crayons and markers with unabashed joy) into the mix. After dressing him in old clothes that wouldn't be completely ruined by permanent markers, I handed over the pens. He went wild scribbling on the mug.



Once he decided it was more fun to throw the pens on the floor than color, I took over by adding Daddy's name and Keagan's signature.

I read online through some of my Google searches that while the paint bakes on, you shouldn't put the mug through the dishwasher. Since this was our test run, I washed the mug by hand with a sponge. I noticed that in one spot, where I scrubbed extra hard, the marker did seem to start to wear off. So when I create these as gifts, I'm going to include a note that gives washing instructions.

I love this DIY! It was easy, affordable and fun to create with my toddler. I'm considering other porcelain options for gifts from Keagan for Christmas - plates, bowls, flower pots, etc. Give it a try and enjoy!