Customize Burp Cloths with Scrap Material

One thing every new mother, whether she is new for the first time or new for the fifth time, needs is burp cloths. One thing almost every crafter has is scrap material. This is an easy tutorial turning your pile of scrap material into great timeless gifts for the expecting mom in your life. Using a pre-fold cloth diaper (which you can buy in large packs at Wal-Mart or Target) and your scrap pile, you can make quite a few of these in a small amount of time. I recommend using the assembly line method. Do all of step one, all of step two, etc at the same time. First, make sure that your scrap is going to fit down the middle strip of the pre-fold. Fold all the corners under and pin securely in place. Sew along all four sides. I personally like and prefer the zigzag stitch, but any … [Read more...]

Recycling Crayon Bits Into New Crafts

I don’t know about you, but my favorite craft projects are those which are easy, quick, fun, and you use materials that you would otherwise throw away. Looking at my daughter’s collection of very used and broken crayons (and I swear there were about hundred and fifty of them) I was on the verge of throwing them all away and getting new crayons.  Then I remembered the good ol’ days of my childhood when my mom would let us melt down our old, broken crayons to make new, fun crayons. Taking one afternoon (during nap time and while I watched an episode of the latest series I’m into) I took the crayons and matched up colors that I liked together (seriously this was one of my favorite parts). I put together greens and oranges, reds and purples, greens and purples – I seriously felt like a … [Read more...]

Paint Your Own Peg Dolls for Homemade Children’s Toys

There is just something about homemade toys that makes them that much more special. Recently, my family went on a trip and I needed something to keep my little one occupied in the car.  She has lately developed a fascination with little people and figurines. After a trip to my local Target and seeing the outrageous prices for the many different “little people”, I decided to make my own little people. Using peg dolls from the craft store (I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby – eight dolls for $2.99) and paint from my growing collection, I painted a timeless treasure for my daughter that means a lot more than a little plastic toy from Target. Another great thing about this craft is it takes mere minutes to create! If you have older children that can handle a paint brush, this is a great summer … [Read more...]

Quote Board Wall Art You can Make Yourself

My husband and I recently purchased a new house. A new house means total bedroom makeover for me. We have been living in apartments for the past five years, and I have never really done anything in the decorating department. I am so making up for that now! I have seen these large graphic signs all over online and I had to have one for the large empty space over our bed. This can be a time consuming project and I highly recommend a helper as some of the steps can prove quite difficult to do by yourself. With all that being said a huge shout out goes to my wonderful husband as this project would be trashed and I would be a ball of pregnant tears without all his help! It ended up being a really fun couple’s project! Supplies to Gather: 1. A large piece of finished grade wood. For my … [Read more...]

Kids Crafts for Father’s Day

If you are anything like me, you wait until the last possible minute to come up with a Father’s Day gift. Then you are stressed because you want it to be the most perfect or most creative ever. The ideas below take the guess work out of coming up with a one of a kind gift any father would enjoy. These crafts can be made by someone as young as two (with a little help of course) or as old as twenty-five. Father’s Day Coupon Book This is one of the most versatile and easiest crafts for anyone to make.  Depending on the age of your child will determine what the coupons can be redeemed for. For example: my two year old’s coupon book states “Good for one (quick) back scratch” and “Good for one free hug”. If your child is older, the coupons could read anything from “Good for making a batch … [Read more...]