sunburst painting.

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Milo had been gifted with some new watercolors from santa this past christmas so I scoured pinterest to find some uses for them. I came across these DIY Sunburst paintings and I thought this could be a fun little project for him.  When I showed it to him, he frowned and said “oh, that’s hard.” But then I told him its kind of just like coloring in the lines, but with paint! He agreed to work on one and we went to town on it.

I took a look at the drawing on the blog, and tried to replicate something like that using a pencil. I outlined the edge with washi tape, so he didn’t paint onto the table. Our version is a bit bigger than the ones she made because I thought it would be easier for Milo to paint.  I showed him how to use the watercolors and how to paint within the lines. We had fun picking all the colors and seeing how the blend together. The blending part was VERY cool to him!

We let it dry, then I erased all the pencil lines and removed the washi tape.  I hung it up with milo’s other works of art – and every time I would pass it I would smile…After one day of staring at it, I knew it needed a frame. This was too pretty!  Now its hanging in our kitchen and I’m super proud of my little guy’s beautiful painting.  I definitely see some more of these in our future.

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superhero masks.

SUPERHEROMASKS

Instead of party hats, I made all the kids superhero masks using this pattern. They also doubled as a party favor….All you need is some felt, hot glue, a sewing machine and some thin elastic.

Felt is in credibly inexpesnive, and I was able to fit three masks on one sheet. I purchased about a yard of elastic on etsy. I didn’t do them double sided, like she did in the pattern; I just used hot glue to affix the different colors and used my sewing machine to sew on the elastic.
These were great for all ages – we had babies wearing them, all the way to teenage brothers and parents!

coffee filter butterflies.

BUTTERFLY

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I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely starting to get over winter and am ready for spring…Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the winter, I’m just ready for warmer days ahead. That being said, Milo and I worked on making these simple coffee filter butterflies in anticipitation of the first day of spring ahead. They are super easy to make and will keep your toddler or preschooler entertained for a bit.

You need
Coffee filters
Watercolor paints
Pipe cleaners

Lay the coffee filters flat, and paint the whole thing with different colors using the water color paints. Make sure to let the paint absorb the filters. Let them dry, and then accoridan fold the filter, about 1/2 an inch, each fold, and then secure with half a pipe cleaner. Display and hope that spring is on its way…

dinosaur hoodie.

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Every kid needs a dinosaur hoodie! These are so easy to whip up! All you need is a hoodie and some felt, and a sewing machine (although you could probably easily do this by hand, it would just take a little bit longer). I had this thrifted hoodie sitting in milo’s closet, and I dug into my felt stash to make the spikes.

I glanced at this tutorial, and then I went to work. You can download a template for the spikes here, or you can just wing it. Fold on a seam, and cut enough spikes to cover the back of your hoodie. ( I ended up using only one sheet of felt for this 3T hoodie)

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1. Fold your hoodie in half. You can iron it to make a nice crease – you will be using this as your guide to pin the spikes.
2. Pin the spikes to your hoodie – the middle of the spike should line up with the crease.

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3. Once all your spikes are pinned, sew each one down the middle of the spike.
4. Once all your spikes are attached to the hoodie, then fold the spikes in half and sew up the sides of the felt.

handprint owl.

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Milo woke up telling me he wanted to do “a project” so I skimmed pinterest to see what we could do and he got pretty excited when I showed him this hand print owl idea. I cut all the pieces out of construction paper and let him glue them onto the big paper. He loved getting his hands all messy in the paint to do the wings. He finished by writing his name on it, and proudly displaying in on the wall in our kitchen.

333. animal ornaments

 


I turned some little plastic toys into instant ornaments using spraypaint, eyelets and fishing line.

286. milo, the superhero.

Trying to recreate an idea I saw on pinterest. Wouldn’t say it was the best execution, but we had fun trying.

285. plush monsters!

Made more of these monsters! As I said before, I can’t make just one. It’s so fun to turn fabric scraps to new life!

132. thomas bunting.

Made some quick bunting out of milo’s old crib sheets for his thomas birthday party.

57. slime

I spent the afternoon with my two of my friends and we made slime for our kiddos using this recipe.

We had one bottle of clear glue and two bottles of the white glue. The recipe says you can use either. Not sure why, but the ones we made with the white glue did not turn out. It stayed really sticky and wet…The clear glue (green above) worked like a charm and came together in no time. Not sure what we did wrong with the other two slimes, it sure made a mess, but we had fun.

1 teaspoon borax powder
1 1/2 C water, divided
4 oz (1/2 C)  Elmer’s glue, clear or white
food coloring

Add borax powder to 1 cup of water and stir to dissolve.  Set aside.  Pour glue into a medium mixing bowl and add 1/2 C water. Add a few drops of food coloring until desired color is reached and then stir to mix glue solution until smooth.  Pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture and watch the solids start to form.  Stir for a few moments and then use your hands to gather the mass.  The mixture will be very soft and wet.  Keep kneading until it firms up and feels dry.  Discard excess liquid in bowl. The more you knead and play with the slime the firmer it will become.  Store in a ziplock bag or air tight container and the slime will keep indefinitely.