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Spring Wreath April 24, 2013

Filed under: Art Projects,Crafts,Wreaths — Lizz @ 12:19 pm
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Those of you in the Chicagoland area know that we are currently going through what we all lovingly call “Chicago Weather”.  For those of you that are not experiencing this with us, allow me to recap the past week for you:

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Thursday: (high of 63 degrees) It rained so much that we had massive flooding in the area.  To date, a week later, there are still roads that are closed as they are under water.

Friday Night:  (high of 39 degrees) It snowed.  I had to scrape ice off my windshield.  Chicagoans never take the ice scraper out of the car.  Even in the summer.  Just incase.

Saturday: (high of 45) The sun peaked out

Sunday: (high of 53) A little more sun

Monday: (high of 66) Sunny, and I didn’t even wear a coat

Tuesday: (high of 59) Rain again, gloomy grey skies

Today: (estimate high of 49) might rain again tonight, or possibly snow.

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This weekend is supposed to get close to 70.  My allergies and sanity cannot take this much longer.

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As I dream about the nice spring weather coming our way (right?! please?!), and think about everything starting to grow, I went ahead and made something to make that dream feel like a reality:  A pretty colorful Spring wreath…

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I thought it turned out quite cute, don’t you agree?

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As some of you might remember, I made a white yarn wrapped wreath a while back, because I have a micro-sized apartment and don’t have the space to store more than one.  I like to put removable objects on the wreath so I can continue to re-use it. And that, my friends, is exactly what I did here.

(See how I made the yarn wreath) (Check out my sweet Halloween wreath)

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I went to my favorite craft store, Michaels, and found a really cool green yarn that looked like glittery Astroturf.  I also found some paper butterflies and clearance colored flowers.  Don’t forget your coupon! Random thought tangent…Did you know they have an app that you can get the coupon for them to scan right on your phone, meaning you never show up unexpectedly without your flyer again?  However, I found that they NEVER have good reception in the store and I can’t get the app to work, so now I open the app in the car and take a screen shot of the coupon before I go in.  Works like a charm…

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I wrapped the green yarn tightly around the bottom half of the wreath, so no white shows through.  This took one full skein, and I didn’t cut it at all.  When I’m done with this wreath I will be able to re-use the yarn (an other decorations) for other projects.  I secured both ends with a few T-pins.  Then I also used the T-pins to attach the flowers and butterflies.

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Simple. Removable. Reusable. Spring-y.

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So, what are you doing to make it feel like Spring really is here?

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Lizz

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Do you love this so much you want to pin it on Pintrest? Go right ahead…

 

Awesome Headband Holder April 17, 2013

Filed under: Accessories,Art Projects,Crafts — Lizz @ 12:00 pm
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So now that we’re back, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning.  I’ve been going through some unfinished posts and figured now’s the time to get them out there.  This first one I can’t believe I didn’t post, because it’s one of my favorite projects.  Basically ever little girl in my life has gotten one of these, because they are fabulous, functional, and totally customizable.  While I spring clean the blog, you can clean up your girlie’s hair accessories.  I present to you, the greatest headband holder ever!!!!

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Yes, these pictures are old but still…isn’t it so cute?!  Let me show you how to make this and then how it works.

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First gather your craftin’ stuff.

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  • 1 tall oatmeal tube, emptied and (quickly) rinsed out (keep the lid)
  • Mod Podge and sponge brush
  • Twine, string, or ribbon
  • Your choice of scrapbook paper, 2 pieces
  • Paper cutter (if available)
  • Razor blade and/or scissors
  • cutting surface (i.e. corkboard or mat)

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Once your oatmeal container is clean and dry, remove any paper from the exterior.  Some are printed directly onto the cardboard, which you would just leave on and simply cover.

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Cut your paper to size.  I found that scrapbook paper was not big enough to go all the way around, so I chose a plain complimentary color to use in the back, and my pretty paper for the front.  I used my paper cutter to do this for nice straight lines, but you could do scissors or a ruler and razor blade. Double check your cuts, since it would be very difficult to make changes once you start gluing.

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Cover a section of the tube large enough for the smaller back section of paper with plenty of Mod Podge.  Enlist a helper if needed.

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Stick the back paper to the tube, and smooth it out.  The repeat the process around the other part of the tube and attach the front paper.  I had my front paper overlap my back paper on both sides.

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Once the paper is in place, put a layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the paper, including the top and bottom lip.  This not only gives it a cool shiny glow, but it will also protect the paper from being scratched by the headbands.  Since the top and bottom were Mod Podged, I used our paper towel holder to allow the tube to dry.

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While that’s drying up, take the lid for the tube, and make 4 small cuts toward the outside with the razor blade.

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Then using your twine, string, or ribbon, run a piece through 2 of the holes and tie it off on the inside.  Repeat for the other 2 holes.  This doesn’t need to look pretty, since it should be covered.

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Now you can use these little strings to attach some fun clips, bows, or flowers.

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You can also store all of your extra bows, clips, and flowers inside the tube.

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Once dried, put the top back on the tube, attach something fun to the strings, and place your headbands around the tube itself.  It’s the perfect size and most headbands will clamp on tightly.

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Have a fab Wednesday Everyone!

Lizz

 

 

Paper Earrings March 28, 2012

Filed under: Art Projects,Crafts — Lizz @ 11:00 am
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I don’t know about all of you out there with 6-year-old girls, but mine is currently obsessed with dangly earrings.  For a while I wasn’t allowing them.  Kids play hard, and I am always nervous of a long earring being ripped out.

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A little while ago, Skylar took matters into her own hands.  Using nothing but paper, scissors, and her existing stud earrings, she make herself some lovely dangly earrings.

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I was very impressed!

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So now, I do occasionally allow dangly earrings, but not for school or playtime.  Paper earrings however, are always welcome.  Can’t wait to see what design she comes up with next!

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For those of you whose girls do not already have pierced ears, you could have them cut out their designs, and use glue dots or some other adhesive to let them have a little fun.

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

 

First Aid Butterflies March 21, 2012

Filed under: Art Projects — Lizz @ 10:02 am
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In honor of Spring finally being upon us, here’s a fun and easy art project: First Aid Butterflies!!

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Things you need:

  • Paper in your choice of color
  • Markers
  • Gauze (or cheesecloth)
  • Band-aids

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Have your child use the markers to color the gauze squares.  It’s not a perfect science, just give it some color.  Then pinch the top and bottom of the gauze together, and use the band-aid to attach it to the paper.  Just add a face and antenna, and you’ve got yourself a butterfly!

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So cute!!

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But don’t use up all of your band-aids!  With the amazing weather we’ve been having here in Chicago, I see a lot of outdoor play and scraped knees in our future.

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Have a wonderful (85 degrees in March) day!!

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Lizz

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Wanna pin our cute art project to your Pintrest page? Click here: 

 

St Patty’s Revisit March 15, 2012

Since we did so many St Patty’s Day projects last year (and I couldn’t finish my project for today’s post!), I thought I would show you some of those projects again. If you are looking for a fun last minute project, we have lots for you to try!

(just click the photo to see the original post with instructions)

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Make your own St Patrick’s Day shirt using freezer paper

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Make a leprechaun sundae

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Make a leprechaun trap

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Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day muffin tin meal

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I hope you found something you might want to try!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special St Patrick’s Day themed Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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For you Pintrest fans out there, if you are loving what you see, click the link below to pin your favorite project(s):

 
Make a Shamrock t-shirt

 Leprechaun Sundae

 Leprechaun Trap

 St Patrick’s Day Muffin Tin Meal

 

I was featured on Momnivore’s Dilemma! October 20, 2011

I’m so excited!  I have been featured on this week’s Creative Juices over at Momnivore’s Dilemma!

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It seems that the lovely Nicolette (who also writes about some gluten free stuff for those who are interested) really like the wreath I made.

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I hope you all get a chance to check out Momnivore’s Dilemma, and see the other goodies over there today.

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Have a great day!!

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Lizz

 

White Yarn Wreath October 11, 2011

I keep seeing all these lovely wreaths all over the internet, and I’m been chomping at the bit to try one.  My current favorites are the yarn wrapped ones.  Since we have very little storage around here, I cannot make a new wreath for every occasion.  But I want to!

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So, I’ve come up with a way to make one wreath where I can just change out the decorations!  Problem solved!!  First, I needed to make the base wreath.  I will show this step today, then later I’ll show you how we decorate it.  I started by grabbing the few things:

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A styrofoam wreath, white yarn, and a glue gun is all you will need.  Everything can be found at your local craft store.  I had a coupon (of course) to knock down the price of the styrofoam wreath to about $4, but *here* is another idea to do this even cheaper.

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Since I want this to be a frequently used wreath, I decided to take the extra step to create a little loop in back for hanging.  I simply cut a length of yard, and glued it to the wreath, leaving an unglued section up, like so:

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Now it’s time to wrap.  This took me some serious time (like an entire Sunday, since I kept taking breaks).  It would have been easier if I had purchased white styrofoam, but I didn’t like the shape of the ones they are offering at my local store.  I really wanted this completely rounded one, and not one of the wreaths that are flat in the back and/or front.  I got green knowing it was going to take some effort.

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I started by gluing my yarn anywhere on the wreath, and wrapping it around.

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(here I started wrapping over that string used to make the loop)

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Because of my green foam, I needed to make sure that every wrap around was pulled tight, and then VERY tightly shoved together so nothing showed through.  Every 20 or so wraps around, I squeezed a drop of glue and wrapped a few times over it to hold everything in place.  Doing this allowed for a few breaks to rest the fingers, and insured that you didn’t lose any progress already made.

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(see my glue dots?)

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Another little trick I figured out helped solve the issue that the inner part of the circle is smaller than the outer one.  In the picture above, you can probably see that it looks like sometimes the yarn is sticking out.  After every 10 or so wraps, I would wrap one layer of yarn over the top of the last one, but only on the inside of the circle.  This helped make sure all the angles were right.

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Once I (FINALLY) got all the way around, I used some glue to make sure that last bit of yarn would not unravel.

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(this pic shows how I wrapped around the loop, and on the left you can sort of see the glue to finish off.  Don’t worry, this is the back and nobody will see this part)

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So, was all that effort worth it?

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Oh yeah!!

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And I cannot wait to show you the amazing (removable) Halloween decoration we made for this.

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Have you seen/made a wreath like this one?  Do you have any suggestions for upcoming holiday decorations?  I’d love to hear them!

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Have a lovely day!

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Lizz