October 2019 archive

3 Easy Mom Costumes

| Grown-Up, Halloween, Holidays, Tween to Teen

Halloween ranks number one in holiday crafting both at Project Kid (the biz) and Project Kids IRL (Oliver and Sommer). We discuss our decorations and costumes about six months out and it’s constantly changing.

And every year I’m so exhausted by all the crafting that I never think about me (typical mom). And I thought to myself, what does a mom want in a costume…she wants it to be easy, comfortable, and chic. I threw on my favorite Entire World sweatshirt, jeans, and the DIY accessory that made it all come together!

So this year, I made a few costumes that are easy-to-make and take less than 20 minutes. I was inspired by this cute DIY beach bag design by Alice & Lois. Check out the how-to below!

MILK & COOKIES

milk and cookies halloween costume for mom

What you need:

  1. Cut out brown chocolate chip shapes from felt. Glue them to one placemat.
  2. Glue around the circumference of the placemat about 3/4 of the way. Clip with binder clips until it’s dry.
  3. Cut two piece of 12-inch twill tape and glue them to the inner edges of the bag. Clip with binder clips until dry.
  4. Adhere the word MILK to sweatshirt with stickers.

SWEET AS CANDY

candy purse diy halloween costume mom

  1. Print out template and trace eight times on your felt. Cut out.
  2. Space them out evenly in the circle and glue.
  3. Glue around the circumference of the placemat about 3/4 of the way. Clip with binder clips until it’s dry.
  4. Cut two piece of 12-inch twill tape and glue them to the inner edges of the bag. Clip with binder clips until dry.

MOM-O-LANTERN

jack o lantern pumpkin purse diy mom costume

  1. Cut out brown jack-o-lantern features from felt. Glue them to one placemat.
  2. Glue around the circumference of the placemat about 3/4 of the way. Clip with binder clips until it’s dry.
  3. Cut two piece of 12-inch twill tape and glue them to the inner edges of the bag. Clip with binder clips until dry.

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Making My Dream Bathroom

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This post was sponsored by Kohler



In any successful relationship, you have to go down a long winding road with many twists and turns, uncertainties of which path to take, and various ups and downs before you feel ready to settle down and live happily ever after. But when it’s right, you’ll know and you’ll fit together like two puzzle pieces. Or like two peas in a pod. If you read my first post about how to find your perfect bathroom match, you’ll understand this analogy (yes, that means go back here and read!).

So last time, I showed you the ugliest bathroom in the world. And pretty much, you all agreed that it really doesn’t get much worse. People have tried to show me pink flamingo wallpaper or avocado green tile…but no one has topped our black, mauve, and army green mosaic floor with the etched glass shower door. In case you need a refresher, here you go!

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We had a lot of problems to solve in the original bathroom: it was dark, it was cramped, the proportions were off everywhere, and we were dealing with a black toilet. With the help of Lynn, our Kohler designer from Kohler Bathroom Design Services, we fixed every one of those problems. Lynn recommended that we write a list of what was and wasn’t working, so we knew what to address in our meeting. (As you can guess, there wasn’t much that WAS working, so it was a long list of grievances!) And now, friends, we are living in Shangrila! Every time I go to take a shower or brush my teeth, I feel like I’m in a fancy hotel (sans the tray of mini toiletries).

The convenience of the design video meetings meant that Michael and I could be in our respective offices – so it was really easy to meet. We could describe and collaborate easily about our bathroom design needs and then balance the solution and potentially the trade offs with our project budget.

When Lynn shared the photorealistic renderings, it was like being transported into a future version of our bathroom. It made our final choices so easy – we were able to tweak little things to really get a great sense of how it would feel IRL. Plus it made it really easy to communicate the final vision to our contractor.

Are you ready to take a look-see? Let’s take a little tour, shall we?

kohler bathroom redesign project kid

When designing a tiny bathroom with a sliver of a window, the last thing you do is build a dark shower chamber and line the walls and floor in black tile. We knocked out that closed-in shower (in the previous owner’s defense, he built a steam shower in the early aughts when the norm was to make a boxed-in shower room), and that immediately made the bathroom breathe. Even in this messy, construction zone, I could already see the change.

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STEAM SHOWERS ARE AMAZING!

 

Since the bathroom is small by architectural standards, we decided to do away with the tub and create a more elongated stand-up shower…but adding a steam feature (thus the luxury hotel feel). Here’s my favorite feature of the steam unit: there is a little port in the steam valve that allows you to drop in essential oils, so if you have a cold and want a eucalyptus steam, it’s so easy to attain. When you build a steam shower, you have to tile the ceiling (this was new to me, but made total sense) because of the moisture. You also have to enclose the entire shower very tightly to trap the steam in. When we had our frameless glass walls and door built, we designed a vented window so the steam could release.

kohler shower tiles steam shower

It’s amazing that our shower is still about the same size in width as it was, but the fact that it’s a glass wall from floor to ceiling made all the difference in how it feels while inside. Our design consultant helped us place all of the pieces of the shower to make it as elegant and streamlined as possible. I knew I wanted the WaterTiles (the horizontal shower jets) for days when I don’t wash my hair.

kohler bathroom redesign project kid

Lynn introduced us to the DTV+, a digital showering system.  It’s amazing…each family member can have his or her own profile with their target shower temperature already set. My 9-year-old son Oliver loves a 106 degree shower, while my 7-year-old daughter Sommer hovers around 98 degrees. My shower is set to use wall jets, while my husband’s is just the overhead. The digital interface tells you when the shower has reached your temperature so you will never hop into a freezing cold shower again!

WE LOVE OUR TOILET!

 

Moving counter-clockwise, let’s take a look at the toilet. We indulged and got the Veil intelligent toilet. From the outside, it looks like a regular toilet; but regular it is not! It’s the envy of all of our friends, and the entertainment of every child that visits our home! Aside from the fancy bidet features and the seat warmer (I never knew how much I wanted this), its slim and stream-lined design fits so perfectly in this tight spot. The tankless design allows it to recede from focus, but once you walk up to it, it sure grabs your attention. The lid raises as you approach, it flushes as you walk away, and at night, it has a light so you don’t have to disturb your slumbery bathroom visit.

When it came to adding light fixtures, Lynn suggested flush mounts for the ceiling in a line down the length of the bathroom, and sconces on either side of the mirror. As hard as we searched, we never found any that we loved more than the ones she chose for us…the Precision Cylinder Sconces from Circa Lighting, and the matching flush mounts. The fixture finish matched the Kohler fixtures beautifully!

VANITIES, MIRRORS, AND SINKS…OH MY!

kohler bathroom redesign project kid circa lighting

Our sink area got so much more spacious because we were able to elongate the bathroom a smidge by bringing the door out into our hallway about 18” (we couldn’t widen the room without having to redo the plumbing or cutting into our living room). We wanted to add a little warmth into the design with some natural wood tones, so we opted for the Jute Vanity in the Walnut Flax finish. The vanity has a power strip inside, so we can charge toothbrushes, razors, and plug in any hairstyling tools that we need. We have plenty of drawer and cabinet space because we have so much space in our Catalan medicine cabinet. It’s mirrored both inside and out, and has adjustable shelves that hold all of our products.

Since space is at a premium, Lynn suggested that we mount the Purist faucet and handles to the wall, which never would have occurred to me. We kept our sink on the smaller side also to maximize counter space.

Bathrooms can be tricky spaces to design, and using the Kohler Bathroom Design Service was such a great use of our time and money. I can firmly say that we have a match made in heaven!

This post was sponsored by Kohler

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Walnut Pumpkin Craft

| Decor, Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Nature

I had an epiphany when I was scrolling through Instagram and saw some cute little painted pumpkins. It was a pretty life-changing epiphany, folks. Ready for it?

WALNUTS LOOK LIKE MINIATURE PUMPKINS! Yes…for all of those who have thought this before me, I see you.

And now, look what we’ve done over here at Project Kid. We’ve gone and made little walnut pumpkins. You are so welcome!

Ps…wondering what to do with them? Line the up on your windowsill, pile em in a bowl, fill a tall vase!

 

What you need:

  • Walnuts in the shell
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sticks
  • Black permanent marker
  • Hot-glue gun
  1. Paint walnuts with acrylic paint and let dry.
  2. Paint sticks black (or leave natural if you prefer). Let dry.
  3. Hot-glue stems to walnuts.
  4. Draw jack-o-lantern features on!

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Hoodie Halloween Costumes

| ad, Baby, Early Elementary, Grown-Up, Halloween, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Toddler, Tween to Teen

This post was sponsored by Primary.com.

Sometimes DIY Halloween costume inspiration starts with a theme, a color, a character, or a movie…and sometimes it starts with a basic article of clothing. In the case of the five costumes I made this year, it was precisely that…the famed, beloved hoodie sweatshirt.

I partnered with Primary.com to produce these five costumes all made from hoodies. They are easy to make and do not require any complex craft skills or sewing!

OLD TOWN ROAD

old town road diy halloween costume

The record-breaking song of 2019 cannot be forgotten for Halloween! Turn besties into Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X in their blinged out cowboy hoodie costumes from the Old Town Road Video.

MARATHON RUNNERS

marathon runner costume for kids diy

For the kid looking for a comfortable costume on Halloween, this marathon runner outfit is the winner! Complete with a cozy warm hoodie and leggings, watch ’em sprint from doorbell to doorbell collecting candy!

NESTING DOLL COSTUME

diy nesting doll halloween costume easy for kids

This DIY group costume is perfect for 3, 4 or more kids! Friends, cousins or siblings will look adorable dressed as the classic matryoshka dolls. Use the hoodies as the babushka for the dolls!

SPELLING BEE COSTUME

diy bumble bee costume spelling bee

Make a cute bumblebee costume a little smarter by turning her into a Spelling Bee! Best part about this costume is that the stripes are just yellow duct tape so it all peels off and you are back to your favorite hoodie!

PIG IN A BLANKET COSTUME

how to make a pig costume

Pig costumes are cute, but pigs in a blanket are even cuter! Just wrap your pink hoodie costume with a blanket and you are ready to trick-or-treat (and stay warm)!

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Old Town Road Costume

| ad, Grown-Up, Halloween, Holidays, Older Elementary, Tween to Teen

This post was sponsored by Primary.com.

Who’s ready to ride your horse til you can’t no more this Halloween? We could not ignore the biggest song of the year—Old Town Road—and their amazing get-ups when we were making these hoodie costumes for our friends at Primary.com. While cowboys don’t normally wear hoodies, these cozy zip hoodies from Primary.com will keep your trick-or-treaters nice and warm.

If your kids have been relentlessly singing this song all summer long, maybe it’s time to give them the full-on look? Just add a hat, a guitar, or a horse and they will be ready to go!

Keep scrolling down to learn how to make this DIY Old Town Road Halloween costume!




lil nas x costume old town road halloween

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BILLY RAY CYRUS

What you’ll need:

  1. Hot-glue fringe to the front, shoulders, and back of sweatshirt. Hot-glue fringe down the sides of leggings. 
  2. Hot glue stars randomly around the shoulder and wrist areas of the sweatshirt.
  3. Stick adhesive rhinestones around the stars and to the thigh area of the pants. 

 

LIL NAS X

What you’ll need:

old town road costume materials

  1. Trace templates onto felt. You’ll need 2 horses (blue, purple), 8 horseshoes (lavender), 16 flowers (red, blue, yellow), multiple leaves (green).
  2. Assemble flowers and horseshoes using your hot-glue gun.
  3. Hot-glue fringe along the back and underside of the arms of the back hoodie.
  4. Hot-glue felt shapes onto the arms and legs of the sweatshirt and pants, as shown.
  5. Stick adhesive rhinestones all the way around the applique shapes. 
  6. Hot glue a piece of cardboard in the back, and glue a segment of a paper straw on top.
  7. Glue rhinestones onto the bottle cap.
  8. Thread two ends of the black cord through the straw. Slip two small straw segments onto the ends of the cord and knot. 


This post was sponsored by Primary.com.

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DIY Nesting Doll Costume

| ad, Baby, Early Elementary, Grown-Up, Halloween, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Toddler, Tween to Teen

This post was sponsored by Primary.com.


Nesting dolls are such a childhood memory for me…my grandmother brought some back from a trip and I was so enamored with them. And I know I’m not alone; nesting dolls (or matryoshka dolls) have had a little rebirth, both nostalgically and in the marketplace.

When my friends at Primary.com suggested this idea to us, we were all in! It’s such a cute idea for a group of friends, siblings, or cousins. We used the zip hoodie as the head covering and layered the girls up with leggings, the pocket skirt (my fave piece!), and the classic t.

This is a costume that will certainly turn heads on Halloween, and one that will encourage these three little trick-or-treaters to stay together!

What you’ll need:

how to make a nesting doll costume halloween

 

Make It!

Apron

  1. Fold a piece of felt in half. The rectangle of felt should be a bit smaller than the front panel of the pocket skirt. Draw a scallop shape on the felt and cut out. Unfold.
  2. Download templates and trace them onto bright colors of felt. You can create you own flower pattern or be inspired by the ones we made! 
  3. Hot-glue the felt pieces to the apron and hot glue a ribbon around the top edge as the belt. 

Bandana

  1. Cut a flower and leaf from craft foam. Hot glue them to a small piece of cardboard
  2. Stamp a flower and leaf border around the bandana, and use the cork to make polka dots through the center.

DIY nesting doll costume for kids halloween

This post was sponsored by Primary.com.

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