New Years Eve- Family Style

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New Year’s Eve with the kids…. Family fun?? Lets make this holiday at home, as fun as going out.

This is the first year that we will be at our house, with the kids for New Year’s Eve. I was on a mission to make it enjoyable and memorable for not only all three girls, but for us adults too. How is that possible? Well, this little craft  will give the kids something to look forward to at each hour mark, and kept them busy so the adults can enjoy some down time. Each hour the girls will open one of the bags; it will have some candy (or other treat) and a card with an activity that we will be doing for that hour. Things like: game time, watch a movie, make desserts and so on. It is super quick to put together, seriously took me an hour, and you will have all the needed materials already. How great is that?

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Materials Needed:

  • Paper Bags
  • Card Stock/or any other colored paper you wish to use
  • Blank Clock Template
  • Tape
  • Marker (I am a fan of Sharpies. Who doesn’t like Sharpies?)

Let assemble the “Surprise Bags” (yea I know the name needs a little help. I am taking suggestions):

  1. Attach a piece of the card stock to the front of a paper bag. I used tape, but you can use glue if you prefer.   photo 3 (2)
  2. Attach one of the blank clock templates to the middle of the card stock.photo 2 (7)
  3. Draw the hands of the clock on the clock face. photo 1 (7)
  4. All that is left is to fill the bag with whatever you want, and leave a little note as to the activity that will be going on. photo 2 (9)

Your little ones will be so excited to see these set out and the anticipation of getting to open each one will keep them excited about the night. Let me know how it turns out for you or what goodies you choose to put in each bag.

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Tulle Tulle Tulle.. The Making of a TuTu

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With three little princesses, we have bought our fair share (and then some) of tutus. Pink tutus, purple tutus, white tutus, blue tutus; you name it and we had bought it. Belle NEEDED a tutu for every outfit, mention that the pink one actually matched every outfit she owned and she was horrified that she only really needed one. This little obsession was getting costly, and lets be honest they look pretty easy to make. Here is my no sew, super easy, can make while watching TV in a single night way to make a tutu. And they turn out full, cute, and completely customizable.

Only 3 Items needed:

  • Scissors
  • 3 spools of Tulle (I use the 25 foot spools from Michael’s/Joann’s or the like)
  • Ribbon
  • Ruler (optional)

Lets make a TuTu!!!

  1. To start you need to make the waist band out of the ribbon. For me I like have a big bow in the back with the ribbon hanging down. Measure out about a foot to 18 inches, tie a knot. Now using your princess wrap the ribbon from the knot around her waist and tie another knot. You should have in between the two knots the length of your princesses waist. Measure your tie the same length as the first and cut. Woohoo the waist band is done. See super easy and a third of the way done. Go you!!
  2. Now to cut the tulle. You can use your ruler to measure out exact lengths, or you can use any other method that you want. Since I do this on my couch, in front of the TV, possibly with a glass of wine, I use one of my couch pillows to measure it out (it is about 12 inches wide). This will give your a 6″ tutu. My girls are little so this is good size for them. But if you want a wider tutu just cut the strips of tulle longer. The width will be half the length that you cut it. I like cutting my tulle first all at once. You will need to cut just about all the tulle, depending on how long the waist band is. Look at you go!! Almost done! photo 1 (6)
  3. Here come the fun part!! Applying the tulle to the waist band. Fold a strip of tulle in half, making an open ended loop.photo 4
  4. Place the ribbon on top of tulle, about half way down. photo 3 (1)
  5. Fold the open end of the loop up over the ribbon, and into the loop. photo 2 (5)
  6. Pull tight and slide as close to the knot as possible.  photo 1 (5)
  7. Continue until you cover all of the waistband and everything is tight. photo 5 photo 2 (6)

Your done!! See as promised easy, fast and cute!! Lets see how yours turned out. What colors did you choose to use?

Mason Jar Snow Candles

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Who loves mason jars?? The better question should be who doesn’t love mason jars? They are so versatile and can be used for so many things. As you know, I like crafting things that the kids can help with and that will turn out nice enough for around the house. I like win-win things!! So we are off crafting again. These candles are so cute, when lit they look like sparking snow.

This is a super easy, so cheap, fast, really cute idea when done. All you need is:

  • Mason jars
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Glue (we are fans of the Elmers School Glue)
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Epson salt
  • Tea Light candles

Okay lets make some candles!!

  1. Take the lids off the mason jars
  2. Pour salt onto the cookie sheet
  3. Use the foam brushes to spread a thin layer of glue all over the mason jar
  4. Lay the mason jar on its side in the cookie sheet and roll it to get the salt applied all over it
  5. Set the jar up to dry
  6. Once the jar is dry, fill the bottom of the jar with salt to make a holder for the tea light candle
  7. Place candle in the middle of the jar
  8. And your done

Tink had a blast making these. Belle was very into making it perfect: that all the sides were evenly covered and there were no bare spots. She took the longest to make hers. Baby just liked to play with the salt.

Post pics of how your candles turned out and how you personalized yours. Can’t wait to see them all

3-D SnowFlakes

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It is the holiday season. How did that happen? Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving? Anyway, I have a love/hate relationship with this. One the one hand, I love spending time with my kids, hot cocoa, fireplace going and watching it snow. On the other, I feel the need to go all out; decorate, cook, bake, craft, it is endless. So much to do, so little time.

Well this great little craft is not only is easy, fast, cheap but your kids can do it too. You get to spend time with them, while making something that is worthy of hanging up in your home (family time, crafting, and decorating all in one). To me that is a total win-win-win.

Lets start by gathering all of the supplies. I like having everything put together before you start, that way you are not looking for something or worse realize that you are missing something half way through. You will need:

  • Bamboo Screwer- 12″ preferability
  • Styrofoam Balls- in various sizes.
  • Spray Paint- in what ever colors you want. Make sure that you get one that is okay to use on Styrofoam. I didn’t realize that there was a difference; and if you get just normal spray paint, it left a slightly uneven finish or eats away a small bit of the Styrofoam. Not a big deal to Tink, she said the small flaws made them more realistic. Gotta love that kid.
  • Small bit of Glue- We used Elmer’s School glue.

Okay lets make some snowflakes!!!!

  1. Lay out all your supplies.
  2. Pick up one of your large Styrofoam ball.
  3. Push one of the screwer through the center of the ball. Your ball will be in the middle of the screwer.
  4. Push a second screwer through the center of the ball at an angle.
  5. Push a third screwer through the center of the ball at an angle. At this point you will have your ball with three screwers through the center: one straight down, the other two forming an X.
  6. Push the various smaller sized Styrofoam balls onto the remaining screwers in what ever pattern you like. I preferred going largest to smallest, but the kiddos liked seeing them in all different variations.
  7. When you get to the end and are about to put on your final ball, put a small amount of glue on the end of the screwer. It will run, and that is okay. Now push the ball on. I turned mine a bit to make sure that the glue got inside the ball. This is not essential but I found it does help hold everything together a bit more.
  8. Spray paint them whatever colors you like.

Viola you are done!! Easy as that. It took us about 45 minutes to complete this; start to finish. We made about a dozen snowflakes. I did use some tulle at the end so we could hang them around the house; since the girls love seeing their creations around the house. How did they turn out for you guys? Post me some pics so we can see them.

Happy Holidays!!!!!

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