Spaghetti is my “busy-night” meal, and when my teenager rolls her eyes about another pasta night, I always tell her that if she wants something else, she is welcome to make dinner! Soooo, we often find ourselves in the pasta aisle, and this last time I noticed the most beautiful campanelle noodles. I mean, they’re just so elegant! They immediately made me think of calla lilies, and I decided they would make a lovely cake topper for Easter.
They are also simple enough for kids to make as a Mother’s Day bouquet! Maybe for this week’s pasta night, I’ll trade out our spaghetti noodles for campanelle to make it fancy. Ooo la la! It might even impress my teenager.
what you need:
• Campanelle pasta
• Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint (white and yellow)
• Wire floral stem
• Wire cutters
• Tacky glue
• Green cardstock (match the floral stem color)
Use a paintbrush to paint your campanelle noodles white, and allow to dry.
Use scissors to cut your toothpicks down to 1 inch, and paint the pieces yellow. Allow to dry.
Glue the cut end of the yellow toothpick into the top of the campanelle noodle.
Cut your floral stem down to 7 ½ – 9 inches, and poke the stem through the hole in the noodle. It will most likely stay put without glue, but add some if necessary. Also, cut the floral stems down even more if you plan to put them in cupcakes.
Cut some leaves out of green cardstock, and fold them down the middle. Glue the end of the leaf to the stem, under the campanelle noodle.
Stick a bunch of these campanelle lilies into a round cake, or use some pretty ribbon to tie them into a bouquet for mom! Happy crafting, and Happy Easter!
Today’s doll from Ghana completes the set of our “Dolls Around The World“. This lovely lady represents the beauty, strength and colour of Africa in a stunning outfit of Ghana kente cloth and bright yellow silk. Keep reading to see the full instructions!
Embroidery needle and threads in black, red, yellow, green, pink white and blue
Large, sharp scissors
Sewing machine and matching cotton thread to arms and legs fabric
Download the paper pattern and cut out the pattern pieces. Using a chalk pencil or tailor’s chalk, draw around the pieces, following the instructions.
Trace the eyes, nose and lips onto the front of the head and carefully trace the embroidery pattern onto the front body piece. Just tape the paper pattern to a window with the fabric taped over the top. Use a light pencil or air erasable pen to transfer the design.
Embroider the face, using a simple back stitch and splitting your thread down to three strands to get a finer finish. Then move on to the pattern embroidery, mixing up colours from your selection to make it really colourful. Work simple lines of back stitch close to one another to create blocks of colour.
Now make your doll up. Take head and body pieces and match right sides together. Edge A of the front head should line up with edge A of the front body. Now sew together with 0.75” seam allowance by hand or machine.
Repeat for back head and back body pieces.
Next, take the arms and legs and tack onto the body piece, placing arms across body and legs as shown.
Now with arms and legs still in this position, take the back body piece and pin in place, matching edges. Sew around with arms and legs sandwiched inside, being careful not to catch them in any seams. Leave a gap of around 1” along one side and turn doll right side out. Fill with polyester stuffing and close the gap with small stitches.
Step 7 To make the skirt and headscarf – using the skirt pattern, cut out the pieces in your brightly coloured fabric. Make sure you mark the darts onto the top line of the skirt. Match notches and crease to the dot then sew the dart in place. Next place right sides together and sew along the side edges of the skirt. Turn right side out and iron.
Put your doll into the skirt, then carefully fold over the top edge of the skirt to hem by hand. You can pull to fit the waist as you go. This will make the waistline slightly gathered. Repeat hand stitching to hem bottom edge of the skirt too.
Cut a strip of skirt fabric, approx 2” wide and 10” long. Simply wrap around the head, tucking in and holding in place with tiny stitches, then tie ends in a bow across the forehead.
Ta da! Your doll is finished and ready to sing, dance and play!
In case you’ve missed any of the other dolls in the series, take a look through the archives right here.
We stumbled upon the work of Masayoshi Matsumoto and cannot stop admiring his insanely detailed balloon creations! From insects to plants to birds and animals, his sculptures all are made using solely balloons – no glue, markers, tape, or anything else. Talk about no small feat! We only wish he was available for birthday parties!
Good thing this crab doesn’t have real claws, otherwise he might be in some trouble!
This little hedgehog looks like he’s about to go on a big adventure!
Sure baby penguins are cute, but baby balloon penguins are even cuter!
If you look closely at this horsefly’s wings, it looks like empty balloons were stretched thin into an elastic cord to hold the wings in place.
We wish we could have a whole set of these deer for Christmas decorations!
We love the metallic balloon used for this horned owl’s eyes. And just look at the detailing on his claws!
Balloons are a perfect match for this poodle’s naturally fluffy coat!
The combination of colors on this hermit crab’s shell are the best!
We are huge fans of vintage sequined patches – all the shapes, colors, and designs are so inspiring! They actually inspired today’s DIY project, but instead of going the time-consuming route of sewing individual sequins on, we’re using the new line of Fabric Creations Fantasy Glitter Fabric Paint instead!
We love making patches this way for a whole bunch of reasons. First of all, it uses up those smaller scraps of felt that we save. Second, you can make and design whatever shape you like, completely custom! And of course third, Fantasy Glitter Fabric Paint is SO much easier to work with than regular glitter, especially with kids. The glitter doesn’t get everything and when it dries, it stays soft and flexible, perfect for jean jackets. Keep reading to learn how to make your own!
Cut fun shapes out of felt. You can use whatever colors and shapes you like!
Time to add some glitter! Use a paint brush to apply a matching shade of Fabric Creations Fantasy Glitter Fabric Paint onto each felt shape. Let dry completely.
You can also use stencils to make some really fun patches. Pick out your stencil, hold onto a piece of felt, and use a foam spouncer to apply Fantasy Glitter. Depending on the look you want, you can let dry and then add additional layers, or leave as is.
When dry, cut the felt out around the shape.
Glue the various pieces of the patches together as needed. You can also glue a pinback onto the patch if you don’t want to permanently attach them to something, or just use fabric glue to stick the finished patches onto your jean jacket, back pack, tote bag, whatever you like!
We had fun making a set of glitter samples on our felt – that way you know exactly how each shade of Fantasy Glitter looks on the felt you have. What a cute little rainbow, too!
We are so excited to see Sherlock Gnomes in theaters on March 23! Our whole family loved Gnomeo and Juliet, and can’t wait to see more of our favorite characters on their next adventure. One of our favorites has got to be Nanette! Her silly antics inspired these DIY felt squeezums, perfect for hiding a few sweet treats and surprises!
A little more about the movie: after a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family. Check out the trailer below, it’s a film that’s great for the whole family!
Sherlock Gnomes (2018) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures - YouTube
If your kids can’t hold in their excitement for Sherlock Gnomes until it hits theaters, they’ll love getting creative with this playful craft. Store a few cute treats inside, and once they’re emptied they can be used as little puppets too! If you haven’t heard of “squeezums” before, don’t worry: you’re not alone! Only recently did we learn about the super fun craft. Most often they’re made of plastic canvas covered in yarn stitches, but we put a bit of a simpler twist on them and use craft foam and felt instead. If you’re making this craft with younger kids, you could even skip the felt step and paint directly on the foam instead. It’s totally up to you – the printable template will help whichever way you choose. Keep reading to see more photos and the full instructions below!
Print out the provided template and cut out the shapes. Trace the “back” piece onto black foam and trace the “front” piece twice onto red felt. Cut all the pieces out.
Trace the “back” template onto green felt, as well as the “front” felt piece. Then trace the “front felt” piece again, but on white felt this time. Finally trace the “lip” template twice onto red felt. Cut all the pieces out.
Assemble the base structure by taping the “B” edges of the two pieces of red foam onto the edges of the “back” black foam. We found electrical tape worked really nicely with the craft foam, but other tapes you have on hand may work just as well.
Step 4 When both pieces are taped on securely, your structure should look something like this. If you hold it between your index finger and thumb (little ones might need to use both hands) and give it a gentle squeeze, Nanette’s mouth should open and close without troubling the tape.
Step 5 Time to add the felt! Use a hot glue gun to attach the green piece of felt onto the back of Nanette’s head. The smaller green felt will get glued to the top and the white piece to the bottom – don’t forget to leave room for her lips. Glue both lips on next lining them up with the edge of the red foam.
Step 6 To make Nanette’s eyes, you need two white pom poms. First start by bending a piece of black wire into a circle just a tiny bit smaller than the pom pom, attaching it with a tiny dab of glue. Then use a dot of black paint to make her pupil – it can look whichever way you like. Finally cut three small pieces of black wire and stick them into the side of the pom pom. If they don’t stick in on their own, use glue to secure.
Hot glue the two eyes on top of the green felt. Now that they’re secure, use green paint to cover the back half of each of the pom poms, just the part behind the black wire circle. Let dry.
Step 8 Repeat as many times as you like! And don’t forget to fill her mouth with candy and sweet treats!
To make Nanette’s mouth open and close to reveal the treats inside (kind of like a puppet!) put your thumb on one corner of her mouth and your middle finger on the other corner. Your index finger will rest on the back of her head. Use your finger and thumb to squeeze the sides in and your finger on the back to push to support it. Or, if your little ones’ hands aren’t quire big enough, just put a hand on each corner of the mouth and that works too!
Do you prefer to cook or bake? It may have something to do with my humongous sweet tooth (or should I say “teeth”), but I would definitely choose baking over cooking any day of the week! I’m pretty sure my kids would too, and it’s so much fun to get them involved in the kitchen. It’s even more fun to host a baking or cookie-decorating party with friends, and Easter is the perfect excuse!
Growing up, we made sugar cookies twice a year…once for Christmas, and then again for Easter, and we are carrying that tradition on with our kids. This year we may ask some friends to join in the fun, and I figured there’s no better way, than to hand out some handmade “whisk” invitations! These are so easy to “whip” up (pun intended), and friends will be delighted to receive such a unique little invite.
what you need:
• Jumbo disposable straws (often called milkshake, smoothie, or sundae straws)
• White electrical tape
• Pipe cleaners
• Printer, alphabet stamps, or marker
• Circle punch or cutting machine
• Small hole punch
• Baker’s twine
• Metal ruler
• Box cutter or craft knife
• Cutting mat (not pictured)
Stick an 8 ½ – 9 inch strip of electrical tape to your cutting mat as straight as possible. Use a metal ruler and pen to mark half the width of the tape on both ends. Line the ruler up on the two dots, and use your craft knife to cut the tape in half.
Cut your jumbo straw down to 5 ½ inches. Peel up a piece of the cut electrical tape, and stick one end of it to the top of the straw at a 45 degree angle, and twist it all the way around the straw until you reach the bottom. Cut the tape off as close to the end of the straw as possible, and fold any excess into the inside of the straw if necessary. You can skip this step if you have some paper sundae straws on hand, since they already have stripes…but they are harder to come by, and plain straws need a little jazzing up!
Place one pipe cleaner on top of another, centered and perpendicular to each other, and fold one over the other. Place a third pipe cleaner over the center of your cross, and fold it over the other two. Spread out the “spokes” so they are evenly spaced. Now gather the ends of the spokes together, folding them in one by one. Holding them all together at the tips, push the top down where they are all folded together, and pull the pieces out in the center a bit until it begins to have a whisk-like appearance. Now twist all of the ends together tightly, and make any necessary adjustments to maintain that whisk-look.
Insert the twisted end of the pipe cleaners into one end of the straw, and leave about 3-3 ½ inches of the pipe cleaners sticking out (the head of the whisk). You may have to reshape your whisk once again.
Create a small invitation to attach to the whisk with baker’s twine, using cardstock and a printer, paper cutter, alphabet stamps, or the media of your choice. We printed our invitation onto cardstock, cut it out with a large circle punch, and used a small hole punch and baker’s twine to attach it to the whisk.
Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with this adorable felt leprechaun doll pattern! He’s fun to make, whether you’re Irish or not. And with a secret magnet or two, he can magically hold some of his favorite things!
Most of this DIY doll involves hand sewing, but it’s simple enough that kids can help. And if you want to make it faster, there’s an option for less sewing and more gluing. Plan on working on this over a few evenings and read through all the instructions before you begin.
Ready to make your own leprechaun friend? Let’s get started!
what you need:
Green, Tan, Orange, Yellow, Black and White Felt (wool or wool blend is best)
Embroidery Floss to Match Your Felt, Plus a Rainbow of Colors
Cut out all the pattern pieces from felt. The easiest way to do this is with freezer paper.
Trace the patterns on the freezer paper, grouping them by the color of felt you want each piece to be. Be sure to trace as many as you need to cut out. Iron the freezer paper, shiny side down, to the felt. Cut out the pieces.
For pieces that have embroidery patterns on them, trace those patterns too. Leave the paper on these pieces.
Remove the paper from the non-embroidered pieces.
Embroider the designs and the face through the paper patterns. Use simple back stitch and satin stitch to fill in the areas.
Carefully tear away the paper when you are finished.
If you want to skip the embroidery, you can paint these elements with fabric paint.
Use fabric glue to attach small elements such as the hat band, shoe buckles, and nose.
Before you start to assemble the leprechaun doll, it’s helpful to lay out all of the pieces. Arrange the front and back, and layer the arms, legs, and hat together.
Begin stitching the different elements together with 3 strands of matching embroidery floss. Attach the head pieces to the body pieces. Sew the hair at the top and bottom, and the beard along the top edge.
Stitch the shoes to the bottom of the leg pieces and then sew the sides of the legs and around the shoes. Add a small amount of stuffing if you’d like.
TIP: To eliminate some of the sewing from this project, you can glue all of these pieces together instead. For the arms and legs, glue them in the middle and skip the stuffing.
Repeat step 5 for the hands and arms, but before you sew around the hands, glue a small magnet to the front inside of each hand.
Be sure to let the glue dry before you add any stuffing.
Place the front and back of the leprechaun together with the arms and legs sandwiched between. Lay the two vest pieces on the front. Use sewing clips to hold them in place as you stitch around the sides and bottom of the body.
Stitch the sides of the head together with the ears in place between the layers. Stitch from the top of the beard to the point where the head and body meet. Leave the top of the head open.
Sew around the top of the hat pieces, leaving the bottom and two short edges open.
Sandwich the open bottom of the hat around the top of the head so that one side touches the hair/beard. Sew around the bottom of the hat, stitching through the head at the same time.
Fill the body and the head with stuffing.
Stitch the opening of the head closed with matching embroidery floss.
To make the accessories, embroider the designs and cut out around the shapes. Glue a magnet to the back piece of each accessory. Pay attention to the polarity of the magnets and test which direction they should go before gluing.
Stitch around each accessory shape to finish them.
Now that you have your own leprechaun doll, it’s time to play!
Those super strong magnets make it so your magical Irish friend can hold a shamrock, a rainbow or his pot of gold. That’s a trick that you won’t mind!
Not only is this leprechaun huggable, but he’s also fun to hide around the house as you get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. You might even find him at the end of a rainbow!
We love rainbows all year round, but we especially embrace them now that St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner! Today we turned celery into crazy quick stamps to make these homemade rainbow-stamped favor bags! The arches of the celery stalks are the perfect shape for rainbows, don’t you think?
Of course we had to add a bit of glitter on top to make these bags even cuter. We love Plaid’s line of Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink and Fantasy Glitter Fabric Paint because the fabric still is soft and flexible after the paint dries. Perfect! We filled our rainbow treat bags with golden coins for St. Patrick’s Day, but you could really make these little bags anytime of year and fill them with whatever goodies you like!
Cut a piece of cardstock or scrap paper to fit inside each of the mini fabric bags – this will prevent the paint from soaking through to the other side. Give the bags a quick coat of white or blue Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink and let dry. Depending on your bags, you may not need to do this step but since ours were a natural muslin color, we decided a solid white and pale blue background would help the rainbows pop a little more.
While the bags are drying, prepare your celery stamps. You’ll want one larger arch from the big end of the celery, a medium arch that fits inside that one nicely, and then a baby one for inside that. Use a kitchen knife to cut the pieces that best fit together.
Time to start stamping! We really wanted our rainbows to pop, so we started by brushing Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink in Fruit Punch onto the largest celery arch, and then stamping onto the cloth bag.
For the medium arch, we used Real Yellow.
And for the baby arch we used Aqua. Repeat these on all your bags and let dry.
Let’s add some glitter! For this we used Fabric Creations Fantasy Glitter Fabric Paint in Pixie Pink, Pirate’s Gold, and Mermaid’s Tail. Use a brush to apply each color to the corresponding color on the stamped rainbow. It will look a little bit white/opaque when you first apply it, but that all dries clear and you’re left with the sparkliest rainbows around! Let dry completely and remove the cardstock liners.
Fill your bags with St Patrick’s Day treats like gold coins, rainbow colored candy, or pom pom confetti! If you want to fill them with unwrapped candy, line the cloth bag with a small cellophane bag first to keep the candies clean.
This post is sponsored by Sony Pictures in connection to the home release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: when we’re excited about something, we craft about it! Holidays, birthdays, movies, you name it. And today it’s all about JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle which is available Now on Digital and coming to Blu-ray and DVD March 20th. We cannot wait to watch the movie together as a family! We’ve come up with three fun ways to get ready for the release and plan a Jumanji-themed movie night.
Dress up your drinks with these quick and colorful bandanas (inspired by Moose Finbar, of course!) and top them with handmade drink stirrers. We used a whole bunch of plastic animals and palm trees from the dollar store, but the miniature section at the craft store will definitely have some great options too!
Make your own binocular favors filled with treats to enjoy while watching the movie! And once the candies inside have all been eaten up, kids can use the binoculars as toys too. And don’t forget to fill in your own custom nametags! Inspired by the scene in the movie, these printables are a fun way to get thinking about strengths and weaknesses with your whole family.
Keep reading to see how to craft your very own Jumanji movie night and get your copy of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on digital now!!!
DIY Jungle Drinks
what you need:
Hot glue gun
Mini plastic animals + figures
Pom poms + tassels
Step 1 Arrange the plastic animals, figures, etc into little set ups and groupings that you like.
Hot glue the arrangements onto the top of wooden skewers if you want drink stirrers, or onto straws if you like.
For the drink wraps, cut the corner off of a bandana into a triangle.
Beginning at the wide end, roll into a narrow tube.
Wrap around your glass (we used clear plastic party cups) and tie into a double knot to secure in place. Repeat with more red bandanas or use camouflage fabric too!
Fill the cups with tropical punch or your favorite drink and top with your drink stirrers!
Printable Jumanji Nametags
Inspired by a scene in the movie where our favorite characters learn about their strengths and weaknesses, make your very own nametags featuring your own strengths and weaknesses! Download the printable below.
Print out the tags onto sticker paper and use scissors to cut them into individual tags.
If using the blank tags, use a pen to fill in your own strengths and weaknesses.
DIY Binocular Favors
what you need:
Craft foam (black and white)
Cardboard tubes (two sizes)
Hot glue gun
Step 1 Cut black cardstock to fit the cardboard tubes. Use double-sided tape to secure and wrap around the tubes to cover. You need two tubes (toilet paper roll sized) for the main two parts of the binoculars. After you’ve covered the outside, cover the inside as well.
Step 2 Do the same but on a mini cardboard roll – this one should be narrower, but also shorter than the other two rolls.
Step 3 Trace the two large rolls onto white craft foam. Cut out and use clear tape to attach one circle onto one end of each tube. Don’t worry if the tape is visible right now, we’ll be covering it up later.
Cut black craft foam into 1” wide strips and attach onto the end of each craft tube that you just attached the white circles. The black craft foam should cover up any tape that was on the edge.
Step 5 Time to assemble! Set the two tubes next to each other and then take the mini tube and set it in between them. Use the hot glue gun to attach the mini tube to both the regular tubes, forming a pair of binoculars!
Step 6 Cut a piece of yarn and tape one end into each binocular tube.
Step 7 Fill the binoculars with fun treats! Individually wrapped candies, pom poms, and jungle-themed party favors are perfect!
Make this these adorably kitschy pipe cleaner bracelets to celebrate spring! This is a fun and relatively easy craft that even younger kids can make, for both boys and girls! Kids will love to wear the bracelets that they made themselves.
These bracelets can also act as a fidget toy for your child, just make sure to close the pipe cleaner bracelet securely so that the beads won’t go flying. If your kids love spring as much as I do, they’ll be so excited to make these adorable little friends and take them on lots of fun adventures. Grab some pom poms and let’s get crafting!
CHICK Download, print, and cut out templates for the chick legs, beak and wings. Trace onto felt and cut out. Choose a ¾” pompom and two tiny beads for the eyes.
Thread a sewing needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Pass the needle through the center of the pompom to secure the thread.
Follow the template stitches to work three backstitches to add the beak shaped felt to the pompom, remembering to poke through the center of the pompom on every stitch. Then, pull out the thread to make the beak close.
Stitch the eyes to the pompom, adding one tiny black bead on each side of the beak. Trim a little of the pompom surface to shape the face a little bit.
Add a wing on each side of the pompom with one simple stitch, then pull out the thread to shape the wing.
Finish your chick by sewing the legs centered onto the bottom of the pompom.
Step 2 BUNNY
Cut out bunny paws, nose and ears templates from felt. Choose another ¾” pompom and two tiny beads for the eyes.
Repeat the same process as you did for the chick adding the eyes and paws.
Follow the template stitches to add the bunny nose and ears and shape them by tightening the thread.
Step 3 Pipe cleaner bracelet
Take a pipe cleaner and choose some beads to decorate the bracelet and another one for the closure. Thread beads onto the pipe cleaner and spread them out.
Thread the closure bead on, leaving 1″ of pipe cleaner at the end to create a hook. Secure in place bending and twisting the pipe cleaner end as shown.
Measure your wrist, cutting the pipe cleaner if needed, leaving 1 ½” extra to make the other part of the closure. Create a loop at the other end of the pipe cleaner and twist to secure. Adjust and secure on wrist by attaching the bead hook through the loop.
Step 4 Distribute beads along the bracelets and add pompom animals, stitching them together.
You can also hot glue pompoms to the top of the bracelets.
Step 5 I’m sure you’ll want to make some more chicks and bunnies as soon as you realize how easy and fun is making these tiny animals from pompoms! You can make bracelets from different colors and even make a simpler version out of this bracelet skipping beads and closing, by simply twisting pipe cleaner bottom ends.
Step 6 Not a big bracelet fan? Just shape the pipe cleaner into a heart or a star… add beads, your little pompom friend and tie a piece of twine to hang it as an ornament instead.
Enjoy wearing all the bracelets you made on your wrist and go for a walk with your new little friends. Happy crafting!
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