How to Turn a Sweater into a Stocking {Tutorial}

I first saw this lovely idea at an antique store downtown. There are so many things to love about the sweater stocking. You can use old/sentimental/colorful sweaters to make the most lovely and meaningful Christmas stockings. And then embellish them with almost anything you like. There are no rules and no two need be alike. Start with a stocking whose design you love. I used this one {for the large size} that I bought at the antique store. Just find a stocking you love and use it as a template. This particular sweater was one of my favorites {from Gap} for several years and then I accidentally dried it. Its' colorful stripes are perfect for a stocking. 1. Turn the sweater wrong side out and use the band of the sweater as the top of the stocking. Lay your template down and use a … [Read more...]

Cereal Box Cut-Out Crafts Thanksgiving turkeys

Get those cereal boxes out of the recycling bin, grab your scissors and some glue and delight your family with colorful Thanksgiving table decorations. With minimal effort and materials, you can transform used food packaging into cheerful holiday decor. To make these fun cereal box turkeys, you need simply: cereal boxes or other cardboard food packaging glue stick or craft glue scissors optional: popsicle sticks, clothespins, cardboard roll, cardboard or foam core board scraps preferably, but not necessarily: circle cutter Read the directions here for assembling your cereal box turkeys. Use popsicle sticks for standing your turkeys (or, rather, poking them into something). Kids can also use them as paper puppets too. To use your cereal box turkey as part of your … [Read more...]

Cereal Box Cut-Out Crafts Mobile

Making a brightly colored mobile is a fun way to use up those cereal boxes you may have sitting in the recycling bin. I made this mobile to hang over our changing table and distract my wiggly baby.  I tried to keep the materials to a minimum, using the cereal box circle cut-outs almost exclusively.  I did add cut straws for depth and buttons to secure the bottom of each hanging element.  Following are instructions for making your own. Materials: cereal boxes, some brightly colored embroidery hoop, I used a 10" hoop sewing tape measure cutting mat (if using circle cutter) hole punch (like this or this) scissors pencil string craft glue straws, about 2 or 3 circle cutter or compass (or round traceable objects) with pencil and scissors buttons 1. Begin by … [Read more...]

Cereal Box Cut-Out Crafts Matching Game

Create your own Memory style matching game with cereal boxes. This will make it a quick and easy educational game for preschoolers. Open and flatten out your old brightly colored cereal, and other food, boxes. Choose about 6 different solid colors and cut out 2 pairs of same-size squares or circles from each. I used a circle cutter to get uniform shapes with guaranteed smooth edges. You could also trace a cup or saucer size plate. The trick is to make sure that the boxes you use are similar width, but differing colors. Let your children turn over the pieces, shuffle them, lay them out, and start matching. Such a simple and easy learning activity for young children and if they lose the pieces, rip them up or drool, color, or mark them, etc. you aren't out any money. … [Read more...]

Repurposing Furniture: New Uses for Old Sideboards

I love the idea of re-purposing things and thinking outside the design centers to furnish my home. I get bored with the same old products and ideas that look identical to what is in my neighbor's house.  Imitation might be the greatest form of flattery, but it can also be kind of boring. I love it when I can use something totally unique that no one else has. I love to find my own personal style as well as finding bargains. Oftentimes that involves buying things from consignment shops, antique stores or garage sales. Bathrooms are really fun rooms to work on because they are usually quite small and easy to furnish. Yet, a good quality attractive vanity for your sink can cost a pretty penny. When we were remodeling our family's vacation house bathroom, we knew that we wanted something … [Read more...]