Polymer Clay Sewing Pins Tutorial

Our house is a busy place these days preparing for Lu's birthday.  Last week I showed you my citrus pincushions.  

 But did you notice those pins?  That's right!  We made those too!

My kids really enjoyed making these, and they made little fruits for their dollhouse too!  It was a lot fun. 

Would you like  to dress up your pincushion with a few decorative pins?  I'll show you how to make your own.


Citrus Pincushion Tutorial (Free Template Included!)

Lot's of birthday preparations are going on at my house these days.  Can you guess the theme of the party?  (This year's party is set to be just as colorful as last years)  I can't wait to show you all the details, but for now I'm just showing you a sneak peak in the form of this tutorial for citrus pincushions!

These little guys are super easy to make and would make great gifts. Better yet, they are a great fabric stash buster!  Don't feel like you have to stick with plain colors as prints look great too!

I've provided the template for free--for you to use for your own personal use. If you use my template(s) to make anything from my blog I'd love it if you'd send me a photo or tag it on instagram with #snugglebuguniversity so I can see your finished projects!

Let's get started!!


Ballerina Puppet Printable!

I meant for this post to happen about a month ago, before my daughters' dance recital.  (Did you see my picture backstage at the dance recital on Instagram...the girls were so cute!)

My original plan was to color this little ballerina in differently for each of my girls, and then place it with a flower to give them at the end of the performance.  In the end though, life got really busy and just the store bought flowers happened.  

My daughters didn't mind though.  When they woke up to see some blank ballerina puppets to make (on their own!!) they were super excited.  As I mentioned last week when I showed you how to make no sew marionettes, my kids have had major puppet fever these days!  Puppets are just so much fun!

I've provided the template that I drew at the bottom of this post.  It's free for you to use for your own personal use...enjoy! If you use my template(s) to make anything from my blog I'd love it if you'd send me a photo or tag it on instagram with #snugglebuguniversity so I can see your finished projects!  

Would you like to make your own ballerina puppets?  Let's get started!


No-Sew Wooden Marionette Puppets

Hi guys!  So we're in the middle of major puppet craziness at my house right now.  There's nothing like puppets to combat a bit of summer boredom, right?

Today I've over at Make It and Love It showing how to make felt animal puppets (you can see the dragon puppet above, but I show how to make 3 more great puppets too).  

Right now though I'm going to show you how to make these wooden new sew marionettes!

There's something about wooden marionettes that I find so incredibly charming...but you don't have to use wood!  You could easily substitute with cardboard and metal washers. 

The faces are just made with marker, and the clothes are just glued on.
They truly are easy to make, and a great project to do with your kids, especially if they are a bit older.  My 5 year old LOVED these guys.  My 3 year old had a bit of a hard time when the arms and legs got tangled.
but even my 3 year old loved watching them come together (and she loved taking pictures of me making them too!) 

Are you ready to get started?


"Shooting Stars" 4th of July Craft

I can't believe I'm posting twice in two days!  That might be a record for me!  This post, or craft,  has been on my mind for a while, but I didn't make it happen until yesterday.  It's inspired by a toy that I had as a child, and it's a great one for the fourth of July so I wanted to share it with you as soon as I got the post ready!

When I was a little girl we went to a hot air balloon festival.  I remember the balloons getting ready to take off so very early in the morning.  I remember hot chocolate.  And I remember this lovely toy that my parents bought me at a craft booth there.  It was simple really.  Just a bean bag attached to a string with lots and lots of ribbons as a tail.  My sister and I would swing it around and around and then let go, making the bean bag fly through the air.  It was so simple, yet so soooo much fun.  We played with it for hours on end, pretending it was everything from rocket ships to fairy magic.

I've wanted to make one for the kids for a while.   Do you want to make one too?  It's so simple, I promise!


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