February 2017 archive

St. Patty’s Accessories

| Everyday Crafts, Holidays, Jewelry and Fashion, St. Patrick's Day

While St. Patrick’s Day may not rank high on my list of favorite holidays, I’ve been running into so many clever ways to add little luck to your wardrobe that I can’t help but get into the spirit this year. I’ve gathered 9 crafts that you can use to get green from head to toe. Just one is enough to prevent you from getting pinched, but who knows you might get carried away. The more green the more luck right?


This paper clover crown from Oh Happy Day! looks better than the real thing. And instead of wilting, it can bring luck year after year. (See image above!)


rainbow hair clipThe Melrose Family created these cute rainbow clips which can also be crafted as a pins. Wouldn’t they make a sweet gift for friends or classmates?


Giant Lucky Charms

The lack of green in these giant lucky charm barrettes from Handmade Charlotte  is made up for by the amount of luck they’ll surely bring.



I love these simple collars from Fabricworm Blog. Go with green for sweet and sassy way to dress up a crew-neck t-shirt! (If your sewing skillz are a bad as mine, use the pattern to make a no-sew felt version.


rainbow collar

I think rainbows definitely rival clovers as the best way to invoke St. Patty’s spirit. This collar pin from The House That Lars Built  is still sweet enough to wear year round though.


clover leaf lei

Simple As That’s Clover Leaf Lei would be a great craft to have little hands help with. I love the way newsprint is mixed in with all the other fun green patterns.


nautical knot green bracelet

knot bracelet for guys

Nautical bracelets might not be your first thought when it comes to St. Patty’s day, but this minty one from Thanks I Made It fits so perfectly with the holiday color scheme. To make the guys in your life their own green and gold version, follow the tutorial from Hello Glow.


Secret Shoes

You’ll look pinchable – until you bare your soles! The House that Lars Built  does it again with these cleverly painted shoes.


pom pom shoe clips

If you like the idea of showing your spirit on your feet, but don’t want to make any permanent changes to your shoes, the perky Pom Pom Shoe Clips from Lovely Indeed might be the perfect craft.

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Train Chalkboard

| Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Playrooms, Vehicles

If your kid is Thomas-the-Train-obsessed, then you know that you can go to the ends of the earth with track before you can satisfy his or her love for all things Sodor.

This chalkboard would be an adorable addition to any kid’s playroom or bedroom!


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DIY V-Day Dart Board

| Games & Activities, Holidays, Toys, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day

Shot through the heart! In a holiday season full of frills, this Valentine’s themed game is on target for both boys and girls. It has all the fun of darts, minus the danger, plus your kids will be too distracted playing to even notice their working on their addition skills.

To make the dartboard and arrows you will need:


  • Felt in red, pink, blue, orange, purple                                                                        (use a 18×18-inch piece for the base & 9 x 12-inch sheets for other colors)
  • Standard scissors (sewing size are helpful too!)
  • 1 large piece of cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Paper straws
  • Styrofoam balls (same amount as straws)
  • Adhesive Velcro dots (5 per arrow)
  • Sparkly tape
  • Tacky glue
  • Rope


1. Fold your base color piece of felt in half and cut out a large heart on the fold.


2. Repeat step one with the rest of your felt colors, using the previous heart as a guideline to cut the next heart slightly smaller. Make sure to leave approximately an inch between colors so there’s plenty of space for the arrows to land!


3. Use a marker to outline numbers 1 through 4 on extra felt from the center heart (in our case orange). Use leftover felt from the second smallest heart to create a 5 for the center heart. Smaller sewing scissors work best for cutting out the numbers.


4. Apply tacky glue to the edge of each heart and attach them in consecutive layers.


5. Use tacky glue to attach the numbers on the top left edge of each heart layer in ascending order with 1 on the outer heart and 5 in the center.


6. Trace your heart onto a piece of cardboard with a pencil and cut it out with scissors. Secure the felt to the cardboard with tacky glue.


7. Cut a few feet of rope and attach to the back of the cardboard with tape.


– and your board is done! To make the arrows:

1. Cover one end of each straw with a 2 inch piece of tape folded in half over the top.


2. Trim the tape into an angled “V” shape and cut small slits on each side to create a feather.


3. Trim each straw to about 5-inches long. To make your arrow tip, insert the straw into the center of a styrofoam ball and secure with tacky glue.


4. Finally, stick five scratchy (not soft) halves of circular velcro around the styrofoam ball to help increase the likelihood of little hands making their target.




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DIY Photo Gifts

| ad, Decor, DIY Home, Gifts, Holidays, Kids Rooms, Valentine's Day, Wall Decor

On Valentine’s Day what do conversation hearts, cards, and flower bouquets have in common? Give up? They all disappear…the candy gets eaten, the cards get recycled, and the flowers wilt. I ask you this: why are we showing our affection with gifts that have zero staying power?

Obviously I believe that a homemade gift tops the charts, and Valentine’s Day is certainly no exception. I bet if you took a survey, asking what the most personal gift could possibly be, the vast majority will agree on photographs. This Valentine’s Day, I’ve partnered with Nations Photo Lab to show you two clever ways to combine photographs and crafting to get your kids involved in making meaningful, heartfelt Valentine gifts with affordable photo prints.

kid made photo gift valentines day

Free your pics from your memory card and phone to craft these simple but stylish Valentine’s gifts for the special people in your family’s life!


photo wall hanging diy valentine gift

This mobile takes about ten minutes to make, but can last forever. Cut the strings as long as you’d like to hold as many photos as you want! Since the photographs are not glued, your giftee can switch them out for new ones when the mood strikes.

What you’ll need:


  • Photographic prints (you can choose from a variety of finishes; I chose glossy)
  • Skewer
  • Scissors
  • Colorful and natural beads
  • Twine
  • Mini clothespins
  • Tacky glue


1. Trim the point off of the skewer.

MOBILE-12. Tie the twine to one end of the skewer and add a dot of glue to keep it in place.


3. Slip the beads (in a pattern or at random!) over the skewer.


4. Cut the twine about 12-inches long, and tie the end to the other end of the skewer; add another dot of glue.


5. Cut pieces of twine, ranging in length from 10 inches and longer, tie beads to one end securing with a knot, and tie in between the beads on the skewer.


6. Trim photos if necessary, and clip them to the strings using mini clothespins.






word art valentines day photo frame

You can use this technique to write out someone’s name, or even to make a series of heart-shaped frames. The “O” in love makes the perfect spot for the perfect picture!

What you’ll need:


  • Sturdy, but pliable wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Paper straws
  • Scissors
  • Photograph
  • Marker or pen
  • Mini glue dots


1. Cut about 7 to 8 straws into 1/4-inch beads.


2. Cut a 36-inch piece of wire (better to have too much than not enough at this stage) and fold over one end, creating a stopper. String on the paper straw beads until you fill the wire. Fold the wire over the last bead to create a stopper.


3. Bend the wire into the script word “love.” (Don’t worry if you mess up…the straw pieces will hide any kinks in the wire so it’s okay to undo what’s not working.)


4. Lay your photo under the “O” and trace the circle onto the photo.


5. Cut inside the line that you drew, and measure it to make sure it’s fitting perfectly behind the letter. Trim off edges when needed.


6. Use mini glue dots around the periphery of the photos, and carefully stick the photo in place on the back of the “O.” You can stand the frame up on the edge of a shelf or dresser, or tie string to the “L” and “E” to hang.




This post was lovingly sponsored by Nations Photo Lab.

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