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Spring and winter are currently having a tug of war in Toronto. With sunshine and warm wind for 2 days and then bleak grey skies and wet snow for 3 combined with no guarantee of what the weather will bring from day to day, planning weekend activities for the kiddo is nearly impossible. Akk! A recent outdoor park adventure we had planned had to be postponed due to unpleasant frozen rain so I had to put on my refashionista thinking cap and come up with a quick indoor replacement activity: A quick peek into my stash revealed a couple of coffee cans – the perfect rainy day crafting ingredient to create an awesome pair of Upcycled DIY Can Stilts! For this quirky kid-friendly project you’ll need to grab a couple of clean, sturdy cans, a hammer, nail and a length of strong yarn or rope. As the labels were printed onto our cans we covered them with paper and the kiddo scribbled on some colours as quickly as she could – she was very impatient to get walking on her stilts! Once the cans were decorated I punctured a two holes in the bottom of each with the hammer and nail. Then fed each end of a length of sturdy yarn through the holes. And tied the ends together inside of each of the cans. I popped the lids back onto the open ends of the cans, flipped them over and presented the groovy stilts to my munchkin! Success! A quick and easy upcycled project perfect for indoor, rainy day play! Grab my fave upcycled toy tutorials right overe here! Need more refashionista inspiration? Take a scroll through my Dream a Little Bigger posts and get upcycling! For loads of funky upcycling DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to keep up your passion for refashion!
So the other day I saw this hilarious little cartoon on Facebook. And it totally made me laugh in public. And then when I saw my Mr. Rob coming toward me with a confused look on his face I laughed even harder. I showed him the cartoon and he totally didn’t get it. Maybe you have to be a girl to appreciate it… At any rate I found the darn thing so funny for a very specific reason. You see a couple of weeks ago I had been to the doctor and I was lamenting to Rob about the weight I had gained since moving here. And Rob cut in and said, “but you’re not fat”. Aw! Thanks :) And then he says “Come here!” and I give him a hug and he tries to lift me off of the grown and immediately makes this crazy groan sound and says “No! You’re too heavy!” For days later he kept trying to tell me that I wasn’t too heavy, that he said the wrong thing and simply meant that he had a bad back. Sure. Whatever :) At any rate after all of this business was said and done I thought I deserved a gift for myself. I’ve been making gifts for everybody else, it’s about high time I make something for me, right? So I bought up some bamboo crochet hooks I’ve had on my wishlist in Amazon forever and then when I got them thought they were kind of boring. So I busted out my wood burning tool and got to work! For this project you will need: Wood burner Bamboo crochet hooks This whole project is pretty darn self explanatory so I’ll go over the materials required really quickly… These are bamboo crochet hooks and I got them with 2 day prime shipping for $7. If you can wait you can snag some, I guess straight from China within a few weeks for only a couple of bucks. There are lots of brands so pay attention to the reviews to make sure you get a good set. Heat your wood burning pen up and be sure to keep all pets and children at a safe distance. Especially cats. They have no sense about these things and will jump right up on the table and onto the thing if you’re not careful. Be sure to have plenty of space around you to work and move and also be sure that you have nothing flammable nearby where you are working or your pen rests in between goes. Simple patterns work really well and look even cooler than things that are more complex. Because these guys are rounded making straight lines can be difficult to make straight and looking decent. Instead I suggest using the tip or sides of your wood burner to make basic shapes and then work out a pattern from that. Because the area with the thumb indent will be the most used I’d suggest starting there and working to the left and right of each row as you go. You’ll end by wrapping up your pattern in the back, so if there is a little bit of a mismatch it won’t be as noticeable. While you work it is quite possible that the stain or whatever coats these things will come off on your hands a bit with the heat. My fingers were orange for a few days before it finally washed away :) But in the end I’m so in love with my little gift to myself that it doesn’t matter that I walked around looking like I had eaten Cheetos for days and never washed my hands!
When you start making Christmas decor, it’s kind of hard to stop. There is always something you want to add: some garlands across the house, some lighting on the front porch! I wanted some funny gnomes to display on the chimney! I made this pair of gnomes in no time. You can use some scrap fabric and you won’t even need a sewing machine! It’s a fun and easy craft to make with the kids, you can maybe create a gnome for each member of your family! Materials you will need: Plastic bottle of 32 oz. (1 liter), scrap fabric, felt fabric, cushion filling, a wooden bead, a pair of scissors and a glue gun. To make the gnome body, cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover the entire bottle. It will work better with a thin fabric. Wrap the bottle into the fabric and, attach it with a piece of rope making a knot around the bottle neck. Once the battle is covered, trim the excess of fabric around the bottle neck. I used the bottle full of water to have some weight and help the gnome to remain straight. You can also fill the bottle with sand if you prefer. Cut a triangle in the felt fabric to make the hat. The high must be 9 inches and the triangle basis is 11 inches, try to cut it slightly rounded. Put some glue on one of the edge, wrap the triangle to make the hat shape and glue the opposite edges together. Glue some cushion filling on the front to make a long beard! Put the hat on top of the bottle, add a few dots of glue to fix it with the gnome body. Finally glue a bead in the middle to make the gnome nose. And done! You have a fun gnome to complete your Christmas decor!
Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters… Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money! I have this thing where I am so cheap that I straight up will not buy an item I need because I only have one […]
Learn how to turn your scrap material into simple and adorable fabric twine. Make something cute and bust your craft stash at the same time! I have had a tendency in the past to catch a bit of guff over the fact that I have no problems making with my cats around. I really can’t […]
Any cake looks even more impressive on a mirrored cake stand! See how to make one that is the perfect size for the cakes you bake most often! Right before Christmas, I decided to treat myself to a cake stand when I was pushing my cart through Walmart. “Handmade!” The box said and I was […]
I most certainly didn’t start out my day figuring that I was going to make a cardboard cat scratcher. And then after I started it I really didn’t have a clue that I wouldn’t get it finished because once I start business, I get business DONE. But, as they say, stuff happens. So today I’m […]