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3 Easy DIY Valentines to make with your sweet little valentine!

  With this little baby of mine's due date being on Valentine's Day, my thoughts have been completely revolved around prepping for baby and birth and I honestly haven't given much thought to the holiday. I woke up this morning (still pregnant) and felt bad that I hadn't done any Valentine's activities with Holden. So I hopped on Pinterest and found myself completely overwhelmed and under supplied for the majority of Valentine's activities out there. Thankfully, Mom's Best Network came to my rescue and shared these three easy DIY Valentine's that you can make with your little one.  So if you're like me and looking for some last minute activities, check out these easy V-day activities below.   you-rock-my-world-valentine-2

You Rock My World!

Supplies: Rock Candy Twine Tag Clear Bag

Directions: Place rock candy into clear bags, tie the bags safely shut, add the printable tag (download at the bottom of post) to the treat bag! Easy-Peasy!

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You're The Milk To My Cookies!

Supplies: Milk Bottles Straw Twine Clear Bag Cookies

Directions: Pick up some milk bottles, you local target has them 2 for $3 or you can recycle an cleaned simply orange-orange juice container! Add cookies, homemade or store bought, depending on your time, bag them, add the tag! That's all, quick and easy!

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You Donut Know? You're my Valentine!

Supplies: Cake Donuts (store bought) Frosting Sprinkles Clear Bag Cup + Straw

Directions: Pick up some cake donuts from your local bakery, un-frosted. Make your favorite flavored frosting, add frosting to donuts, shake sprinkles. Bag the donuts, seal with twin + poor some milk in a cup, add some frosting + sprinkles to the rim. Voila, fun after school treat for the kiddos, complete!

"You're the milk to my cookies!" DOWNLOAD the Milk tags HERE

"You Rock My World!" DOWNLOAD the You ROCK tags HERE

"You Donut know? You're my Valentine!" DOWNLOAD the TAGS HERE from Paper and Pleats.

DIY HOLIDAY PLATES

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Black Plates from Ikea // Gold Metallic Sharpie // West Elm Shanna Murray Plates

Around the holidays, it seems that I become even more addicted to Pinterest than usual (if that could be possible) and it's hard not to get wrapped up in the DIY frenzy with all of the fun projects that people are pinning for the holidays. Although my DIY list is always filled with projects that are a little above my DIY skill level, I thought that this year I would start with a simple DIY project before attempting any of the more difficult projects. So if you're looking for a fun and easy way to personalize your holiday table, this project is for you.

I came across these Shanna Murray Plates at West Elm, but was bummed to find that they were already sold out. I had remembered seeing some DIY sharpie projects involving plates a few months ago on Pinterest and although my handwriting probably won't end up looking as cute as the Shanna Murray ones, I thought it would be a fun way to add personality to a holiday dinner.  It's something that your little ones can get involved with (I know Holden would love to make his own plate) and you could even host a party with a make-your-own-plate crafting station.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  After decorating your plate, put it in the oven for 30 minutes.  Turn off the oven after a half hour and let the plates cool completely before removing them.  

DIY SUPERHERO MASK.

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holden's hair is getting long these days and it seems his bangs are constantly in his eyes.  yes, the logical thing would be to trim his hair a bit, but i just can't quite bring myself to do it.  i love holden's long hair and he doesn't really seem to mind.  plus, i love the long-haired surfer look on boys.

i've secretly been putting his hair into little top knots when we're at home and realized i needed to figure out something that might be a little more manly than a top knot.  so i decided to make a superhero mask that could double as a headband to hold his hair back when he is running laps back and forth across the playground.

what you need:

  • pair of your little one's sunglasses (to use a guide for the shape of the mask)
  • fabric (i used a scrap of faux leather)
  • fabric scissors
  • elastic
  • sewing machine or needle & thread

what you do:

  • take the fabric and fold it in half, pinning it so it doesn't move as you cut
  • take the sunglasses and lay them on top of the fabric
  • using fabric scissors cut out around the shape of the sunglasses
  • cut out eye holes
  • take a piece of elastic and measure so that it fits your little one's head
  • sew the elastic onto the ends of the mask
  • and there you have it, a superhero mask (and a secret boy's headband)

 

 

 

MY DIY.

i've been feeling rather crafty lately and have become a little diy obsessed.  here are two of my favorite diy projects from this week.

DIY SHOULDER PATCHES

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i always love how shoulder patches (and elbow patches for that matter) look on holden's sweaters.  we have a few plain and boring, not to mention dark (we like color around this house!), sweaters in holden's closet and i felt compelled to spruce them up a bit.  you can find the step-by-step instructions on the babiekins blog here.

DIY PAPER MACHE ANIMAL HEAD

papermache9_formyblogi have been lusting after the anthropologie paper mache animal heads for a while, but i couldn't bring myself to spend the money on them knowing that in all too quick of time i would be tired with them and onto something new.  so this week i set out to diy my own paper mache zebra head and although not perfect, i think it works for holden's playroom.  you can find the step-by-step instructions on a little artsy's blog here.

DIY: TURN YOUR SWEATER INTO BABY LEGGINGS.

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i bought a cardigan at sweater a few weeks ago in a size large so that it would be oversized.  except instead of looking like it was made to be oversized, it just looked like i was wearing a sweater that was five sizes too big for me.  i was in love with the print so i decided to make holden a pair of pants out of it and in less than ten steps you can make your own for your little one.  this project does require sewing, but this is probably the third time i have ever sewed anything in my life and if i can do it, you can too!

step one:  lay the sweater down so that you have the front and back (two layers) on top of one another and lay one half of a pair of pants that currently fits your little one on top of the sweater. i really like the shape of these skinny jeans on holden, so i decided to use these ones as my pattern, but you can choose any pair of pants that you like.  you want to line up the crotch of the pants with one of the seams on the sweater.

step two:  pin one side of the pants onto the sweater.

step three:  cut out the pants, leaving an extra half inch around the edges.

step four: repeat steps one through three (or you can cut around the piece that you have already cut out) and then lay the two pieces on top of one another right sides facing in so it will look like the pants are inside out.  don't worry if they don't match up perfectly, once you have sewn the pieces together you won't be able to tell.

step five: pin the two pieces together.

step six: sew the two pieces together along the red dotted lines shown above and use a zig zag stitch to give the fabric a little stretch.  since i used a sweater, the fabric was a little thick and kept getting stuck at the beginning so i just used my hands to pull the fabric along.  after i sewed the two pieces together, i cut off any extra fabric along the seams.

step seven:  take 1/2 inch wide elastic, measure around your little one's waist, and cut it so that it will fit your little one.  then fold over the top of the pants so there is enough room for the elastic.

step eight: pin the top of the pants down and sew it together leaving a two inch space that you can thread the elastic through. 

step nine: thread the elastic through the opening, sew the two ends of elastic together, and sew the opening closed...and now your little on has a brand new pair of pants!

DIY HAND STAMPED BABY BOY PANTS.

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i wanted to share a really easy diy project for updating your little one's closet.  in 5 simple steps, you can create a unique article of clothing for your little one. all you need is a clothing item of choice, potato, and fabric paint.

supplies:

pair of pants

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knife

fabric paint

steps:

1.  cut a potato in half and use a knife to cut out your desired shape

2. dip your potato in fabric paint

3. lay your jeans out flat and make sure you wipe any excess paint off of the potato stamp with a qtip

4. start stamping. dip the potato in the paint between each stamp

5. that's it...let your pants dry and you're done!