Popsicle Stick Valentine Frame

Popsicle Stick Valentine Frame

A simple DIY toddler project for Valentines Day!

A while back I was charged with the love and care of several little ones every Sunday while their parents attended various classes.  I absolutely adore my littles and, as you guys probably already know, I love figuring out little projects for them to take home, especially during holidays. So, For Valentine’s Day I decided to put together little popsicle stick frames they could decorate with stickers. I mean honestly, what toddler doesn’t love stickers?! I must say, it was a smashing hit. Not only were they covered in sweet valentine stickers, but so were their frames. Plus clean up was a snap, which is always a major bonus when dealing with toddlers.

Even my six year old enjoyed making one, or four. Now my fridge is super festive with their latest creations and I love it. Who says crafts have to be complicated? Bring on the simple!

Let me show you how I set things up.

Supplies:

  1. Large Popsicle sticks
  2. Glue (hot glue, Elmer’s glue, any glue will do… Ha! That totally rhymes.)
  3. Magnet strips (you can find these at Michael’s or any craft store)
  4. Valentines Stickers
  5. Glitter glue pens (optional). You can also use Sharpies.

How To:

  1. Assemble your frame by gluing the popsicle sticks into a square with two popsicle sticks on top and bottom                                  
  2. Depending on what magnetic strips you bought, it may already have an adhesive backing. If so, peel and stick the magnet to the back. Or glue it.                         
  3. Write l-o-v-e on the bottom corner with either a glitter pen or sharpie.  However, usually I gotta have a little glitter.                             
  4. Let littles go to town with stickers!

I mean honestly, does it get any easier? A little prep work gluing the popsicle sticks is all you need. Also, these would make a fun non candy Valentine if you feel the urge to glue…a lot. Plus, now you have fridge art. If you’re anything like me, my fridge is super full of astounding works of art already, but hey, now they’re framed!

If you want another great idea for a simple valentine, try these Melted Heart Crayon Valentines. They come with a free printable, because I love you.

Festive and Beautiful Christmas Yarn Bottles

Festive and Beautiful Christmas Yarn Bottles

Christmas yarn bottles: Inexpensive yet delightful décor.christmas-yarn-pin

Hi everyone! I know it’s been roughly forever since I’ve last posted anything new, let alone did a new craft. Well, tada! With Christmas upon us I thought I’d share something simple, low-cost, and impactful you can do to add something festive to your holiday décor. Now, this isn’t my first wine bottle soiree but I love how these came out, so I simply had to share.

With black Friday and cyber Monday behind me my wallet and budget are pretty much spent. It is my tradition to add something every year to my Christmas décor stash. However, this year my tree decided to give up the ghost and we needed a new one. So out went my décor budget and in came a new tree (which is beautiful). I have to give my husband credit for these. He loved how my last wine bottles turned out and suggested I do another set. Oddly enough, I had some bottles stashed away and pulled them out (I know I know. I hoard craft items like a crazy cat lady hoards cats). I decided on my color scheme and off I went to Hobby Lobby.

After grabbing two skeins of yarn with pretty silver strands threaded throughout I hit the wall of shiny Christmas foliage and whatnots in a desire to find something to adorn my bottles once they were finished. I found the shiniest, silveriest (that’s totally a word) doodads plus a few gorgeous berry patches that were all half off! Perfect! I loaded my goods into my trusty mini van and headed home.

Here’s what you’re going to need:christmas-yarn-bottles-materials

  1. Wine bottles
  2. Yarn
  3. Glue

Funny note here, I had a bottle of craft tacky glue that ran dry halfway through my first bottle. My momentum was going and I didn’t want to stop so I grabbed my daughter’s bottle of Elmer’s glue and it totally worked!

How To:

  1. Clean bottles thoroughly, inside and out. You don’t need to remove the label, just the top wrapper part.
  2. Apply glue to the bottle in sections
  3. Wrap yarn

Honestly, it’s ridiculously easy. Now, for two of my bottles I ended up braiding the yarn to create that peppered look in the middle and base of the neck. I love how that turned out. The braiding takes a while because you need a fairly long strand to wrap it several times, but it’s worth it.

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I also toyed around with the idea of adding galvanized letters (which you can find at Michaels) to spell N O E L, or  J O Y, but I decided I liked them better without. Feel free to use my patterns or make it your own.

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Allow the glue to dry and top off with your choice of doodad or whatnot.  These are great for a table center or mantle. I’d love to see your beautiful project once you’ve completed it.

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If you’re looking for a few more Christmas craft ideas you might be interested in a Sweet and Simple Nativity, or Popsicle Stick Snowflakes!

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Toddler Turkey Plate Craft

Toddler Turkey Plate Craft

I was perusing Pinterest the other day in search of a fun and simple craft for an adorably cute and rambunctious group of toddlers I teach every sunday. I can’t  help myself. Whenever there’s a holiday lurking my crafty senses start tingling and I’ve just gotta glue something. Or, at the very least, help tiny people glue something. There were so many fantastic ideas, but I opted to go for the classic paper plate turkey!

This project is so simple and with little mess to contend with (which is a huge bonus when working with 8 or so tiny humans) it marks this one as a winner. After I had gathered and cut all my supplies my girls went to work. Emma has already made three of these adorable toddler turkey plates.

So, here’s what you’ll need: Turkey plate supplies

  1. Small to medium paper plate. ( I used small)
  2. Elmers glue
  3. Sponge brush
  4. Paper (orange, brown, and whatever you have handy for the bows)
  5. Tissue paper in an array of colors
  6. Googly eyes

Directions: Prep Work

  1. Cut out your feathers using the tissue paper. I used  This template from patternuniverse.com, but you can easily find a different one if you’d like. It’s easy to cut a bunch feathers at once by folding your tissue paper in half, then half again,and once more if it’ll let you.
  2. Cut out your bows and assemble. There is a great little blog called All About Orange (it’s been retired, but still darling) that teaches you how to make a paper bow. Click Here for the link and the free printout. I should also note that the bow template is for a large bow. I simply printed it out then shrank it down with my scanner by 50%.
  3. Cut your Turkey body and head. I used brown paper bags I had on hand which is a great and cheap alternative to cardstock. For my templates I used a bottle to trace for the head and a small bowl for the body.
  4. Cut the beaks. You can do a simple triangle if you’d prefer. I wanted to do the open mouth look so I folded my orange cardstock in half and cut two sides of the triangle along the fold. Easy peasy.

Directions: Assemble

  1. And now for the fun part! Gather you little one(s) and your supplies. Have your toddler brush glue over their plate. It doesn’t matter if they get the entire thing covered.

glue Turkey plate    2.Place feathers first.

glue feathers

3.  Then add body and face.

glue body and face

4.  Last, but not least place your bow!

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Voila! A little prep work goes a long way with these cute toddler turkey plate crafts. Now all you need is a great place to display their artwork while you and your guests revel in the delights of your thanksgiving feast.

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Toddler Turkey plate