Category Archives: crafts

Simple Valentine’s Craft

Check out this super cute Valentine Lucy made for her great-grandma and Daddy! It was a HUGE hit!

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Seriously. How cute is that?? And, it took no more than 10 minutes to make! I put her hands on a piece of red cardstock and used her thumbs and first fingers to form a heart. Makeshift heart. Then, I traced her hands, cut it out and taped it to a piece of pink cardstock! In the heart area, I wrote, “I love you.”

That’s it! Easy peasy. And so stinking cute.

Handprint Reindeer

I just realized I never shared the Christmas craft we made for my parents this year! We made Joe’s parents a handprint menorah for Hanukkah, so we made my parents a handprint reindeer!

We set Lucy up in the kitchen and went to work. Just like the menorah, this was super easy to make and barely took us five minutes. I’m all about the super easy crafts, especially when it comes to paint.

We painted both of her hands and put them down one at a time so that the thumbs were touching in a line.

I painted a half circle at the bottom for the face and left it to dry. When it was done, I cut a circle out of red scrapbook paper (since I didn’t have red paint) to attach for the nose and then drew two eyes with a Sharpie. And, the finished product:

So stinkin’ cute! Now, I need to make one for us to have here at home!

Handprint Menorah Craft

When I was interviewing an interfaith family this week, the mother told me her son had made a menorah out of handprints at his preschool. I thought that was such a cute idea. It was definitely something I wanted to do for my in-laws, who are Jewish.

So, today on our way home from my sister-in-law’s house, we stopped by Hobby Lobby and grabbed some supplies. We spent around $10 after two 40% off coupons for two canvases (two pack for $3.99), 2 bottles of paint and a pack of brushes. I didn’t realize the yellow paint was more expensive but, I figure we’ll be able to use the paint and brushes for many, many other projects, so spending $10 isn’t too bad.

Lucy was psyched to paint. She talked about this the whole way home. Thankfully, it was only about a 10 minute drive. :) After we cleared a space on the table, we put down some paper towels and got to work. The first step was to paint her hands. Rather than painting both and then putting them both down at the same time, we did them one at a time. I think that was much easier for a toddler. Mom tip of the day. You’re welcome.

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We put her left hand down first and then the right, putting her right thumb on top of the print from her left thumb, which made a candle holder for the middle menorah candle.

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While Joe washed Lucy’s hands, I painted the base for the menorah. It was fairly simple, which is saying something coming from someone who has no artistic abilities whatsoever. I just painted a line from one hand to the other, then added a thick base. Then, Joe and Lucy added the flames.

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Want to see the finished product??

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Seriously, how cute is that?? And the best part is that it only took about 10 minutes to make! I have plans now for a Christmas-themed painting, which we’ll do when Lucy gets back from her trip with the grandparents this weekend. Can’t wait!

DIY Headband Holder

I’ve been at a loss at what to do with Lucy’s headbands. I can pile them on her dresser (as I’ve been doing) or put them in a basket. That’s the extent of the options I’ve come up with.

Until now. Joe had a brilliant idea for a DIY headband holder, and it was probably the easiest project ever. Seriously. A couple coats of paint, some ribbons and you’re done. It’s that simple.

We got a letter holder from Hobby Lobby (on sale for $6 — the total cost for this project).

We sprayed on one coat of primer, and then sprayed on pink paint. I tied ribbons to the ends to make it look cuter. The ribbons and paint we already had on hand, so this was a super frugal project, and it turned out great!

I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to hang this on the wall (possibly by her bow holder) or stand it up on her dresser. That’s one thing I really love about this project — it’s so versatile. Love it!

DIY Decor

Ever since I’ve been coming up with DIY projects for a blog I write for, I’ve gotten the crafting bug back, and now I want to make a bunch of things for Lucy’s “big girl” room. We still have her nursery decor up because, well, she doesn’t really know any better or care right now, and because I still haven’t decided exactly what I want.

I found this blog with d├ęcor for a child’s bedroom ideas and, of course, now I can’t find it again. The blogger created the cutest nursery for her daughter, and she found wooden birdhouses at antique stores, painted them bright colors to match those she picked out for the room and hung them on the wall. Super cute! It really was cuter than I’m making it sound. Now, to give that a try on my own and see how that works out…