DIY Clear Vinyl Confetti Bows

 Hi friends!

I just have a quick project to share this week.  I don't know if anyone else has noticed all of the 80's /90's hair pieces showing up in stores lately, but the scrunchie is totally back people!  The scrunchie was one of my first sewing projects, and I made a ton of them!

Today's project is another throwback to my childhood--confetti bows!  Did anyone else have one of these?  I remember thinking that they were the coolest thing as a kid...and with the scrunchie making a reappearance again I figured why not add a little more 80's goodness!

Let me deconstruct them for you!


Summer Art Series: Alexander Calder

 This is it guys!  The last post in my summer art series.  It's been a really fun summer, but I have to say I'm kind of glad to see these projects come to an end.  It's beginning to be a bit exhausting keeping these kids happy with the amount of crafts that they want.  Yet I know that the beginning of school is just around the corner, and that I'll be missing these projects soon. I'm glad we made it through all 6 of the artists that I promised them!

The last artist that we studied was Alexander Calder, and I love love this one.  The projects turned out a bit differently that I expected though -primarily because these kids had such strong opinions as to what they wanted their mobiles to work on.

Lu really wanted her mobile to look like something.  We ended up with a cloud with rainbow colored rain drops.

 It's cute, and I think it looks fun hanging above her desk.  Mission accomplished!
If you are looking for a great resource on Calder, I highly recommend this wonderful book.  It's such a cool, interactive book. 
 Another really good book--that's a more traditional picture book--is Sandy's Circus.  It's another really good one guys!

But back to the project. Let's get to what you need to make this project.


DIY Tent and Doll Cots--for an 18 inch doll!

Hi friends!
Today I am over on Make It and Love It showing how to make doll cots for an 18 inch doll...and here on this blog I'm showing you how I threw together a tent for them as well!  

 My kids are really into their American Girl dolls right now.  They want all sort of big stuff for their dolls, but truthfully we just really don't have the space for it all!  This "camping" setup came about because I wanted something that would be a pretty large impressive set-up but could also be collapsed and stored easily.  

Both these cots and tent totally fit the bill!  Plus they are both really easy to put together.  It's a win win! 

I think it would be such a fun gift for a child, Wouldn't it be fun to make a tent "kit"?  It would be so cool to sew up a fabric bag and then put all of the tent pieces inside...

This project is  really pretty affordable too. The cots were about $10 to make.  The tents actually cost me nothing because I used pieces from this Fort Magic Fort Kit.  Don't have a fort magic kit?  No problem!  I'm going to show you how you can make this fort with just PVC pieces from the hardware store.  I priced out the PVC pipes at my local hardware store and you can get all of the pieces that you'll need for about $20.

I'd like to digress a little bit though and say that if you don't have a Fort Magic Kit you might want to look into getting one.  Santa brought our kit--and while it is expensive--it is my favorite kids toy hands down.  It comes with so many pieces!  I've left the kit accessible to my kids this summer and they are constantly building something new.  They've made a plane, an Eiffel tower, a space ship, a house, harry potter wands, and so much more that I'm probably forgetting. It somehow gets incorporated into all of my kids creative play.

My kids approve!  They love this set up!

Alright, who's ready to get started?

I'm going to provide the sizes and pieces that you'll need to make this tent if you were to purchase PVC pieces from the hardware store.  Then I'll show you lots of pieces so that you can see how it's constructed.


Summer Art Series: Dali

Hi friends!

The girls and I have been continuing on our summer plan to study lots of different artists.  This time we studied Salvador Dali.

There aren't a lot of good resources for Salvador Dali.  I did have my kids watch this you tube video though.  They loved his mustache and the fact that he had an anteater as a pet!

We made some Dali versions of the girls using photoshop to get them in the mood:
  I had them do two pretty simple crafts for Dali.   For the first craft we made crazy looking clocks out of shrinky dinks. Shrinky dinks are always a lot of fun, and the girls afterwards wanted to make charms for their backpacks.

We just cut out circles and I let the kids decorate them.  We followed the instructions for how to shrink them, and then I shaped the clocks into funny shapes while they were still hot.

We talked about surrealism, and what surrealism meant in art. We looked at lots of examples of surrealism on the web, and then I encouraged the kids to make their own "surreal" pictures. For the second craft I let them cut out pictures from magazines and then turn the pictures into something else.

They loved the food magazines!  Lu turned a bowl of soap into a hamster wheel, a sandwich into a trampoline, and a bowl food into a pool.

Ellie made a whole town out of food items, and then rode her cars around the town.
We've been having so much fun with our summer art series! I hope you've been enjoying it as well!  I have one last artist that I plan to do with the kids, and I hope to share it soon!  I can't believe the summer is almost over!

Have a wonderful week everyone,



If you missed the rest of the series you can find them here:
The Frida Kahlo one can be found here: 

The Edgard Degas one can be found here:
And the van Gogh one can be found here:
The Picasso project can be found here:


Summer Art Series: Frida Kahlo

 Hi friends!

I'm really excited out this art project that I did with the kids.  I think they turned out so cute!  Lu read a book about Frida Kahlo at school and she was really excited to make her own self portrait in the spirit of Frida Kahlo.

My kids have been begging me to let them paint on a canvas, and I thought this would be the perfect project for one.  I also let them pick out some fake creatures at the dollar store to glue on their self portraits once they were all finished.  Lu picked a fake bird, and Ellie picked some pink butterflies.

 We decided that we'd leave the faces white and just outline the facial features with black fabric puff paint because we wanted the hair and flowers in the hair to really stand out. 

 Who's ready to make their own Frida Kahlo art?


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