Ohio State Burlap Wreath

Tried my hand at making my 1st burlap wreath today, and since this in this household we are Ohio State Buckeyes fans, I knew it needed to be a football inspired wreath! Even better that Ohio won their 1st game of the season! It was super easy to make and only took around 2 hours.  I didn’t take pictures of course making it so all I have is the final product.

But I will however go over how it was done.

Supplies:

  •  Metal wreath frame (mine was 18 inches so everything is determined on this)
  • 2 packs of rolled burlap garland (10 yrds each)
  • Ribbon
  • Letters (painted to your liking)
  • pipe cleaner (in similar color)

Step 1:

Get one end of your burlap and start weaving from the outside in on your wreath. Secure the end by looping under so it isn’t shown on the inside and tie with a pipe cleaner.

Step 2:

Keep weaving your burlap in and out all while scrunching so it is full. It takes a while at 1st but it gets easier. Put two fingers between the wreath and the burlap to keep it fluffed up. When you finish all the way around tie it off just like you did at the beginning.

Step 3:

Decorate your letters how you want them and hot glue them onto the burlap. Easiest way to do this is just put hot glue on the back of the letters and gently push down on the burlap.

Step 4:

Finish off with a ribbon!

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I love the final product!

 

If you don’t want to make it and would rather buy it. This is listed on my ETSY shop. https://www.etsy.com/listing/161300263/ohio-state-university-wreath?ref=pr_shop

Sock Puppets

Today was craft day today with my mom’s group.  The theme was sock puppets. I don’t think Action Jackson was very interested in it after he colored on the sock. Maybe he will grow to really like his sock like he did with Mr. Pickles (his Muppet).  He usually runs around the house though with socks on his hands, which is silly since more often than not they aren’t clean.

 

Supplies:

EVERYTHING IN YOUR CRAFT ROOM! No, seriously, anything and everything works to make sock puppets, but if you need a list here you go:

  • Socks
  • Pom-Poms
  • Google eyes
  • Fabric Markers
  • Beads
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Buttons
  • Sewing Kit
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue

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As you can see from all of our mom’s we had a lot of items!

Step 1:

Choose your sock. Slide your hand into the sock so that your fingers are where you toes go.  Open your hand at the toe of the sock and push the sock in to your palm.  This will be making the mouth.

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Step 2:

Cut your felt out to the color that you would like your mouth to be. We chose green, and later cut out just enough red for a tongue.  Hot flue the felt in.

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Step 3:

Decide what kind of eyes you want either the google eyes or if you want to sew on buttons. Mark and make your sock puppet see!

Step 4:

Design. Have fun with your puppets. Give it a nose, hair, scales, anything you can think of. Here is some inspiration!

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Our lovely mom Elizabeth made a dragon for her little one.

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She ended up adding her google eyes to the pom pom’s so that they stand up more!

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Jackson’s and mine needs some help, but it was still fun making it

 

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All of our socks!

 

No sock puppets are perfect. They are supposed to be silly and a lot of fun to make. It’s the memories made that are more important than a physical appearance.

 

I hope everyone has fun! 

 

Flash cards!

It might be summer but I am trying to keep Jackson up with his alphabet and his numbers. Since it is a big part of learning!

Target has there Up and Up index cards (and crayons) for $.25 and they have a coupon when you buy 4 (school supply) up and up items get $1 off. So hello freebie!

I started with the alphabet and but the index cards in half. I made upper case on one side and lower case on the other. Hopefully this will help him be able to start matching his alphabet! I also made 3 prefixes for him to match with different letters to spell new words. Hopefully it will help him start to read.

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Then we made number flash cards.  Same way as alphabet flash cards just cut the index cards in half.   I made the numbers from 1-20 with spelling them out on one side.  Then from 20-50 by 10’s. This way I can use the previous 1-9 words and match them with the higher numbers, (IE. 25- twenty-five, 37- thirty-seven, ect). I also made a few flash cards 1-10 with shapes on them for little man to count.

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(I’m not the best artist, but it works)

Sensory Bins

Since sensory bins are everywhere it seems, Jackson and I decided make two today.

The 1st one all we did was mix water beads ( already hydrated) and shaving cream. He usually likes to play with shaving cream, today he just wasn’t into having his hands all dirty. I however did enjoy it. I love the feel of water beads, instant hand massage for me.  Shaving cream just gives it a little bit more friction.

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The second sensory bin we made used beans. We used black beans, red kidney beans, small red beans. I even added some cashews. Warning if they get wet they become slimy.  So you may not want to add them.  Jackson loved this one. He even put his Angry Birds and farm animals in to play.

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Let’s scoop them

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Even has to add some beans to the shaving cream.

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Hello Angry Birds

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Make some music

There have been two things that I have been wanting to purchase for Jackson lately, a camera and a guitar.  A camera might have to wait until his birthday/Christmas. However, the guitar is something he tries to play every time he sees one around.  On our latest shopping trip at Joann’s, my husband picked up a few more FREE cardboard tubes that use to hold fabric, just like the ones we used in DIY Car Track. Of course we have 3 huge tubes in my dining room and I’m trying to find new projects to do with them.

I didn’t take any pictures of the actual process but it is very simple. I wanted to make something that I could use things I already had. For the guitar all you need is the cardboard tube, cut in half, a shoe box, with or without a lid, and rubber bands.

 

Since these tubes are very thick I got my exacto knife and did deeper cut around the tube where I needed it to be cut at.  I then karate chopped it off the edge of the table breaking it in two. Yup! I did that!  Use your exacto knife again to clean up the edges.  Have your shoe box ready take the bottom of the tube and put it in the middle of the side of the shoe box.  Outline it and cut it out with your exacto knife.  Be able to slide the tube all the way through the shoebox.  Give your tube  1/2 inch to full inch on the other side of the shoebox.  Then place rubber bands around the shoebox. 6  for a guitar or 4 for a bass. I guess I made Jackson a bass if we are going to be technical.

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Bottom line… Jackson loves this thing. He plays it anytime he hears music.

Tornados!!!!!

Since here in the south we have had nothing but rain for the entire month of July, Jack and I decided to make a tornado.(Do you remember doing these in elementary school?) I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while and now I am kinda sad I waited. He is memorized by this.  It’s nice because his little hands are able to flip over the water bottles to form the tornado. I love the weather, I always have. It doesn’t help that my dad is meteorologist. (If you are looking for a new weather report thanks to hurricanes or anything else check it out here)
Jack and I need to do more weather activities.

 

How to make a tornado!

 

What you need:

  • 2 bottles – The smaller the bottles the smaller and shorter the tornado will be. We used 1.5L bottles. Clean and dry. 
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glitter
  • Monopoly house- we used 2 of the small green ones.
  • Duct Tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Food Coloring

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Step 1:

Fill one of your bottles 3/4th of the way with hot water.

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Step 2: 

Add 3-5 drops of food coloring to your water. Don’t go to dark otherwise you can not see.

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Jackson got a little excited before this step and started playing with the food coloring before it was time.

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Step 3:

Add your glitter glue, glitter, and houses to mix everything together.

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Step 4:

Add a bead of hot glue around the rim of one bottle. Then place your other bottle on top of the glue and continue to hot glue around the opening. Cover then with duct tape.

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Step 5:

Shake and spin and turn upside down.. Watch your tornado pick up your house and your glitter become debris.

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After this all I heard was Again Again!! You know you are doing something right when your kid becomes excited over science!

Bottle Cap friends

My family and I the past few weekends have been going to our friends house to swim. Last weekend we were sitting around and Jack found 2 bottle caps and put them together like they were a mouth. What kid doesn’t do that? Heck, I am almost 28 years old and I STILL do that! But seeing a 3 year old do that got my creative juices running and here is what we did.

What you need:

  •   Bottle caps (at least 2 per friend)
  •   Small piece of ribbon (we used red for a tongue)
  •   1 medium sized pom-pom
  •  2 google eyes ( more or less depending on what you want your friend to look like)
  •   Spray paint
  •    Hot glue

Step 1:

Spray paint your bottle caps what ever color you want. If they are already plain no biggie. I just didn’t want my son’s friend to be a corona bottle cap.

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(I LOVE this color, I even used it to spray paint my hanging flower pots) 

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Step 2: 

Get your pom-pom and your small google eyes ( or which ever size you have or want) and hot glue the eyes on the pom-pom.

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Step 3:

Cut your small piece of ribbon on the end to make a V, just like a snake tongue.  This step is optional if you don’t want your friend to have a tongue.

Step 4:

Once your bottle caps are dry, place your ribbon on the bottom of one cap so it is hanging out just a little bit.

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Step 5:

Hot glue the other bottle cap into the one with the ribbon.

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Now you can have friends in all sorts of colors and make them with different faces. Enjoy!

Rocket Man!!!

I have seen this all over Pinterest for months thanks to Do It and How . I believe she is the originator, if not I apologize. But I went off of her design.

I don’t know of any Superhero that has a jet pack, but Jackson has decided to be Iron Man and Captain America today all while wearing the jet pack. I guess it makes him fly even faster?

What you need:

  • 2 empty 2 liters bottles
  • gray spray paint
  • elastic
  • cardboard
  • hot glue
  • Red and Yellow tissue paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • tape

Step 1:   

Spray paint your bottles and let dry. Good thing I painted my bottles almost 2 months ago and just never touched them. Some bottles have different textures than others. If you can get two of the same brand and kind it would be nice.

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Step 2:

Cut your “flames” out of tissue paper. You can also use felt or just about anything else.

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After I cut the flames out, I taped the tops together.

Step 3:

Enter your flames into the the opening of the soda bottles. Hot glue on the tape part so that it doesn’t destroy the tissue.

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Step 4:

Get your cardboard (around 10.5 inches wide)

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Wrap your aluminum foil around your cardboard and tape the seams.

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Back

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Front

Step 5: 

Make your straps. Our straps were 12.5 inches long.

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Attach the elastic to the back of the cardboard using hot glue.

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Step 6:

Attach your soda bottles with hot glue on the back. Be careful not to use to much and melt the bottles.  Fill in the sides with hot glue.

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Step 7: 

BLAST OFF!!!! 

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Make some noise!

With Independence Day right around the corner, Jackson and I decided to make some noise makers today. Our neighborhood does a huge block party that day and an amazing firework display at night. For a HOA funded firework display this thing is better than some city firework shows I have seen.  This year we will be taking our wagon and walking to the lake so little man has something to sit on while we wait for the fireworks. But why not have some noise makers to keep him entertained as well on the 10 minute walk? OOoo.. this reminds me, we can do something to decorate the wagon too =)

Anyways, I went into my craft room (that is in huge need of organization) and tried to find things that I already had. What I found was: construction paper, bells, pipe cleaner, popsicle sticks, and tape. 

I had no idea what I was going to be doing before starting this. It just kinda happened and Jack could help in every step along the way. Well not cutting the stars. But he did help cut pipe cleaners.

Step 1:

Take your pipe cleaners and cut them to about 2- 2.5 inches long. At one end of the pipe cleaners tie on one of the jingle bells.

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Don’t let your son steal your jingle bells. He will put up a playful fight to keep them 😉 And even lick them so you don’t want them back… hhaah

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Step 2: 

Draw and cut out your star shapes.  I didn’t measure or anything. I just drew stars large enough to fit over the popsicle sticks. There are two stars so that it makes a pocket to slide over the top of the sticks.  I taped 2 sides together at this point to keep them together.

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Step 3:

Tape your pipe cleaners to the top front side of the sticks.

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Step 4: 

Slide your star on top of your stick. Tape the star to the stick as well as tape the rest of the sides together to have it closed.

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Make some noise!!!

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Angry Birds Golden Egg

Like most kids and many adults around the world, Angry Birds phenomenon has exploded in our house and has been for a long time now. We even have no Angry Birds days just to give Jackson a break. Boy does he hate that!

Any who, he has several Angry Birds stuffed toys (the ones that make noise).  But you never see golden eggs anywhere. Since he is being to have more imaginative play lately I decided to make one. This was Jackson’s 1st sewing lesson, I do believe he enjoyed it.

 

What you need:

Stuffing

– Yellow Felt

 

Step 1:

Half the felt and drawn an egg and cut it out. Making 2 eggs.

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Step 2:

Sew the two pieces together (I used a zig-zag stitch) leaving just enough of an opening to fold your egg inside out .

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Jackson’s little hand helping guide.

Step 3: 

Fill your egg with stuffing.

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Step 4:

Sew up the opening of your egg.

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Not the best, but my 3 year old isn’t picky.

 

Now you have your golden egg to go with the rest of the birds… and pig.

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