DIY Light Fury Costume

February 18, 2019
ad, Animals, Early Elementary, Family Bonding, Grown-Up, Halloween, Older Elementary, Tween to Teen, Uncategorized

kid light fury costume craft diy dragon

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures.

Sometimes I forget when I sit down to watch an animated film with my kids that it’s not always about silly animals and pretty colors—that there are some top-shelf lessons about to be served. When we watched the first How to Train Your Dragon movie, I felt like I needed to feverishly take notes to remember all of the tidbits for explaining individuality, compassion, and courage to my kids. Now that the final chapter in the franchise, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Worldis coming to theatres on February 22nd, I will have my pen and paper ready (or at least my notes app on)! There are all new adventures as we’re introduced to a new female dragon, Light Fury.

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True to form, Oliver and Sommer came away from both of the first two How To Train Your Dragon movies with different take-aways…while Oliver cheered through the adventurous battle scenes, Sommer fell in love with Toothless and Hiccup, emulating their sweet, trusting relationship with her stuffed animals.

light fury costume diy dragon kid

To celebrate the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Worldand the new dragon Light FuryI made this costume for Sommer that promises to be on high circulation in the costume bin!

how to train your dragon movie poster

 

What you’ll need:

  • White felt
  • Scrap wrapping or butcher paper
  • Pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Colored chalk
  • White cord
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter paint
  • White headband
  • Two white hair rubber bands
  • Safety pins

 

1. Measure the distance from your child’s wrist to the middle of her back. Cut a piece of wrapping paper or butcher paper to that width, with a height of 15 inches. Draw a dragon wing and cut it out.

2. Fold a piece of felt that’s as wide as your child’s arm span and 15 inches tall in half and pin the paper wing to the felt, making sure that the center lines up with the felt’s fold. Cut through both layers of felt and unfold.

3. Using your colored chalk, lightly draw lines from the top center of each wing down to the bottom points of the wing’s tips.

4. Hot-glue cord on top of the chalk lines and fold excess around to the back and glue to secure.

5. Paint felt with glitter paint and let dry.

6. Hot glue white hair ties to the end points of the wings; these will slip over child’s wrists.

7. Cut templates from wrapping paper to create a headpiece for Light Fury as shown. Pin templates to a piece of folded white felt and cut out two large and two small.

8. Fold white felt pieces over the headband and hot-glue to secure.

Once the wings are on wrists, use safety pins to attach the top middle edge to your child’s white shirt.

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Wear this beautiful costume to theaters when How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World  opens in theaters February 22! Get your tickets now http://unvrs.al/DragonsTix.

 


More about the movie:

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

 

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures.


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Make a Pet Dragon Costume

February 15, 2019
ad, Animals, Early Elementary, Family Bonding, Grown-Up, Halloween, Older Elementary, Tween to Teen

toothless dog costume httyd project kid

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures.

hiccup toothless how to train a dragon

Much like everyone that has seen the How To Train Your Dragon movies, my kids and I fell in love with Toothless. Loyal, courageous, and kind, he has it all…just like our fave four-legged friends. And finally, now that How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is hitting theaters on February 22, we can’t wait to see what epic adventures Toothless and Hiccup embark upon.

With simple materials we turned our loyal friend Joni into a Toothless the Dragon look-alike. Her fire-breathing skills have yet to develop, but no worries—there’s time!

 

What you’ll need:

httyd toothless craft materials

  • Two Tyvek 10×13-inch envelopes
  • Template 
  • Pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • 16 gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint brushes
  • Black paint
  • Glitter paint
  • Dog harness
  • Safety pins

 

  1. Cut two tyvek envelopes down each long side so they becomes long rectangles.

httyd toothless craft

2. Enlarge template to fit your dog. Print and cut out template and trace onto the tyvek towards one end. Flip the template lining up the straight edges and trace again. Repeat to cut a second a second set of wings.

httyd toothless craft

3. Paint both sets of wings black. Let dry.

4. On the backside of one set, hot-glue wire around the top curved edge of the wings, working all the way around to the second wing.  

5. Then, hot-glue pieces of wire down from the top middle edge of the wings to the bottom points.

6. Hot-glue both sets of wings back-to-back, with the wire in between.

httyd toothless craft

7. Paint one side of the wings with glitter paint. Let dry. Hot-glue or pin (for a more temporary costume) wings to the harness.

Make your plans to see How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters with your kiddos when it opens everywhere on February 22!  Get your tickets now! 

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD – In Theaters February 22

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

Don’t forget to go see How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters February 22! Get your tickets now here!

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures.


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Valentine Heart Accessories

February 4, 2019
Grown-Up, Holidays, Jewelry and Fashion, Older Elementary, Toddler, Tween to Teen, Valentine's Day

valentine conversation heart necklace diy kids

Here’s a sweet idea that kids can craft to celebrate their loved ones beyond February 14th. By giving a keychain, a pin, or a necklace, your Valentine will feel loved when she looks at her heart all year round!

conversation heart easy diy gifts for kids valentines

What you’ll need:

 

Make it!

  1. Paint your hearts and let dry. (You can also leave the hearts natural wood.)
  2. Stamp your message onto the conversation heart.
  3. Loop string through the hole to make a necklace or keychain. String on beads. For a keychain, knot it a few times onto the keychain.
  4. To make a pin, glue pin-back to the back of the heart. Glue the ends of the tassel to the bottom edge.

 

 


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Stuffie Superhero Capes

January 17, 2019
Activities, Animals, Early Elementary, Family Bonding, Older Elementary, Preschool, Unplugged Time, Yarn & Fabric

stuffed animal cape felt for kids diy

Who was your child’s first best friend? Before playdates and string bracelets, kids find love and companionship in their stuffed animals—a playmate, a shoulder to cry on, and a superhero all wrapped into one.

kid with stuffed animal and cape hero diy craft

If you are in the NYC area, please join me on Saturday, January 19th at the Museum of the City of New York to celebrate the exhibition, A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York. The classic story celebrates the bond between a girl and her bear, who through her eyes, is perfect just as he is. We will be making superhero capes for your kids’ favorite lovies (stuffed animals are welcome too!).

Click here to RSVP!

MAKE A SUPERHERO CAPE:

What you’ll need:

Make it:

  1. For a medium-sized stuffed animal, cut an 8-inch-by-10-inch piece of felt. Cut 6 slits about 1/2-inch down from top edge.
  2. Weave ribbon through the slits.
  3. Decorate the cape the cape using Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue to keep those embellishments right where you want them!
  4. Tie cape onto stuffed animal and watch them leap tall couches in a single bound!
  1. For a medium-sized stuffed animal, cut an 8-inch-by-10-inch piece of felt. Cut 6 slits about 1/2-inch down from top edge.
  2. Weave ribbon through the slits.
  3. Decorate the cape the cape using Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue to keep those embellishments right where you want them!
  4. Tie cape onto stuffed animal and watch them leap tall couches in a single bound!


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Show & Tell #2

January 4, 2019
Uncategorized

julia rothman new years resolutions list

What’s your feeling on the whole New Year’s resolution thing? Do you make ’em? Do you keep ’em? Do you write them down? Do you share them or keep them secret? This is the first year that I didn’t even mentally write a list of promises of change and I’m okay with that. And then I saw Julia Rothman‘s More/Less list on Instagram and thought it was the perfect soft launch into resolutions for 2019. I’ll be penning mine this weekend.

We got a great response from our first Show & Tell last week, so here we go with installment numero dos!

  • This Printbrush do-hicky on Kickstarter literally blew my mind. When he printed straight onto a balloon, I was done.

 

  • So the Ostrich Pillow is not a new thing, but it just landed in my inbox via their PR company and it just made me want to curl up in a warm ball. Plus, Moira uses one on the best show on the planet, Schitt’s Creek. Is anyone watching on Netflix?

 

  • Would you add an IV drip to your wellness routine? Too drastic or just what the doctor ordered?

 

 

  • I’m loving Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s response to the people that find fault with a video of her dancing on a rooftop in college! Explain to me what’s wrong with that original video!


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