If you can paint between two lines and wield a small paint roller, you can make this easy & inexpensive chevron + sticker quote wall art!
All you require is a canvas (any size you prefer), acrylic paints (I picked mine up at our local crafts store for $1 each) a craft paint brush, some letter stickers and a small foam paint roller and you’re ready to make some DIY unique art for your home. This would look adorable in a nursery or even over a mantel!Continue reading
I was chuckling to myself the other day as I was making this scalloped bunting banner for Baby A’s new room about how often I used recycled ice cream pails as my crafting material (I was using an ice cream pail lid as a stencil for the scallops).
I’m very easily amused. I’m also very frugal (especially now with this monster sucking up all of our resources), so I’m finding myself recycling more and more household items and craft supplies on hand to make things. Why not, right? It’s cheap, it’s a good use of resources, and it’s fun to re-purpose old things into new things.
Here are some things I’ve used an ice cream pail as material on so far:
…and I’m sure there are more that I’ve forgotten. I think you could also use parts of an ice cream pail as boning for a nursing cover, stiffening for many different projects, and wouldn’t it be fun to try to make one of these capiz shell mobiles/chandeliers out of it?
Plus, there’s one really great bonus from upcycling all of these ice cream pails…
EATING THE ICE CREAM.
Are you a budget crafter? What materials do you like to reuse?
Last Friday, I packed up my kidlets and headed off to our local McDonald’s to meet up with a group of moms & toddlers for a Toddler “Busy Bag” Swap party! The party was the brain child of my friend Jenni who got the initial idea from this blog post. It was an absolute blast and we came home with a bag full of fun little handmade activities that both my girls (aged 4 and 1) loved!
Here’s the idea: a group of moms (we had 11 and I wouldn’t go with any more than that) each picked a different type of busy bag to make (from ideas on the web) and made 11 of the same one. A busy bag is a self-contained activity for a toddler or pre-schooler that’s easy to transport, inexpensive to make, and re-usable. Jenni set our cost limit at $20 for the 11 bags (so it was completely affordable for everyone) and we chatted over Facebook to make sure we didn’t make the same ones.
We met for coffee and a playdate at McDonald’s (who graciously supplied us with free beverages and reserved tables in their newly renovated and cleaned Playplace area – thank you!), laid the bags out on tables, and then we each grabbed one of each of the different busy bags. I was amazed at all of the hard work and creativity that went into these activities – they were all just fantastic.
The result? A super-fun playdate and a whole bunch of unique, new games to play that were made with such thought and attention to detail.
I’d definitely recommend organizing this with a group of your own crafty friends. What a cool idea!
Here are the busy bags we were so happy to come home with (and the links to their tutorials so that you can make them yourself):
Tamara and Heather made these amazing Eye Spy Fish (they partnered on this one since it was more complex).
Candace made this adorable animal matching puzzle with foam sheets, foam stickers and velcro.
Aren’t these all so fun? My girls have already spent several hours playing with these over the weekend, and the best part was that there were activities that were suitable for both of them.
I encourage you to host your own Busy Bag Swap with your crafty mommy friends and see how much fun you (and your kids) will have! Thanks again to my friend Jenni and to McDonald’s in Spruce Grove for making this such a great success!
Sometimes I like to spend a lot of time on DIY projects, and sometimes I just want to make them as simple as possible and get them done.
This easy minky change mat cover was one of the latter kinds of projects. I made it before Baby A was born, and I completely forgot to share it until now (almost a year and a half later)! I still use this DIY change pad cover daily. It’s washable, it’s comfortable, and it didn’t take me long at all to sew. It’s basically a small fitted sheet – without mitered corners. Here’s how I did it:
Measure your change pad from side to side, making sure to add the height of the outside and inside edges. Add 2″. This will be the width of the piece of fabric you’ll need to cut.
Repeat with the length of the changepad, using this measurement as the length of fabric that needs to be cut.
Cut a piece of minkee to this measurement, and then round the corners (I use an ice cream pail lid).
Fold the edges from right side to wrong side about 1/2″ and pin. You can pleat the corners a little to make this work. Sew the edges down, ensuring that there’s at least a 1/4″ casing for the elastic. Leave a 1″ hole.
Cut a piece of elastic that’s appoximately 2/3 the circumference of your changemat. Thread it through the casing, sew its ends together, and then sew the casing hole shut.
Your done! It’s a simple cover, but it’s quick and it’s easy to remove when it needs to be washed. You can make a couple so that you’ll always have one on hand.
Sidenote: Here’s darling Baby A at only two days old. How small is she?! Is is just me, or does the second baby seem to grow up at lightening speed?
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Yesterday was a very, very cold day. It was -44 C with the windchill, Little C’s playschool was cancelled, and we were stuck inside (unless we wanted to lose all of our appendages outside)!
I had seen this wonderful idea on Pinterest (from Spotted Pony’s blog) to upcycle a large wipes container into a simple baby toy. I thought it was such a fantastic way to reuse an old container and to introduce some tactile play to my 14 month old. Babies have so much fun experiencing new colours and textures. It’s also a neat way to introduce problem solving (“how do I get this stuff in and out of this box”?).
old, large wipes container
fabric scraps (look for lots of different textures and colours and, if you desire, find a fabric scrap large enough to decoupage to the sides of the container)
If you want to decoupage the container, cut out a strip of fabric that is as tall and about 2″ longer than the circumference of the wipes container.
Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the sides of the container, stick the fabric to it, and then add another thin layer on top of the fabric. Make sure all of the edges are pasted down and sealed.
Cut squares out of your different fabric scraps (I used pinking shears so that the edges wouldn’t fray as easily). I cut out different, random sizes.
Stuff the squares into the container. You could also put other sorts of baby-friendly items in the container for Baby to discover (like toys, teethers etc.).
Watch your baby play!Show her how to take the fabric pieces out of the box and how to put them back in. Rub her hands over the fabrics and introduce texture words to her like “shiny”, “soft” and “rough”.
Baby A loved playing with her little toy! It cost me no money to make, and it was a great way to spend some of our “inside time” today.
What’s better than doing crafts? Doing them with your children!
My little three year old had seen some snow globes over the weekend and was fascinated by them. When I told her that we could make them ourselves, her eyes widened with delight!
With a few inexpensive supplies and some old baby food jars, we made these cute little DIY snow globes together. It was such a fun, simple craft and my girlie is really excited to give them as Christmas gifts to her friends. Continue reading
Life is crazy, busy and more crazy with toddlers and babies in the house. While I love experimenting every so often with more complicated & exotic dinner recipes, I have a few that aren’t so exotic or complicated that I love to make for my family. This Homemade Gnocchi Bake that I’ve concocted is the ultimate comfort food! While it’s made from “scratch”, I find it pretty quick to put together and it’s something that both my husband – and even my toddler! – loves. Gnocchi is a type of pasta that is really easily and inexpensively made by hand; you don’t need a pasta machine to make it because it’s rolled and cut into pieces. Chopped chicken is optional in this meal, and the addition of tomatoes and spinach add some tasty veggie goodness!
2 cups ricotta cheese (I use the “light”) version
1 medium egg
1 Tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup pasta sauce
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped OR 1/2 cup canned halved tomatoes
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (optional)
1 cup mozarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
To make the gnocchi pasta, whisk the ricotta cheese, egg, olive oil and salt together in a medium bowl. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of flour into the ricotta cheese mixture gradually, using your hands when it gets thick. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes and then cut it into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a cylinder about 1″ in diameter, and then chop each piece into approximately 1″ long pieces.
Bring a large, salted pot of water to boil. Add the gnocchi and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and let cool.
Once the gnocchi has cooled a little, mix it in a large bowl with the chopped spinach, pasta sauce and tomatoes (and cubed chicken breast, optional). Put half of this mixture in the bottom of a medium-sized casserole dish. Sprinkle half of the grated mozarella cheese on top. Layer the rest of the gnocchi mixture on top of that and sprinkle with the remaining mozarella cheese and parmesan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes and enjoy!
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