Reusing Your Kid’s Drawings

Valentine's cards I don’t know about you, but I’ve been at war with my son’s art. It was becoming an insurmountable pile of daily school drawings. Hating to discard it, I’ve come up with one creative way to reuse it.

In three words-homemade greeting cards.

Since Valentine’s was around the corner, I thought it was a simple way to incorporate my son’s drawings. Also, it would prevent me from having to buy cards that would end up in the trash.

I just happened to have the free (sort of since I had to pay for shipping) personalized notecards I got from Shutterfly. Then, I cut hearts from the paper and glued them on. Stamps and some washi tape finished it off.

Each card was slightly different and all were imperfect. I think in the end they made great cards for 3-year-olds.

 

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Cozying Up to This Homemade Holiday Gift

I wouldn’t say I’m very crafty. But I love to create. I can usually find some DIY craft every holiday to make that is not too intimidating, not too Kindergartenish. You could even say, “It’s just right.”

This year, instead of my usual DIY Christmas decor, I attempted to make a small gift.

All I needed was a few sheets of felt, scissors, sewing needle and thread, fabric glue, a fun template, oh and a pair of those 3M Command velcro strips.

What was I making?

Yep, a cozy.

I found this deer head silhouette here. And I was motivated to try it.

Basically, I printed it out. I lined it up with my fancy felt from Walmart, and tried my best at cutting the outline. It was not easy since the image is detailed. Knowing what I know now, sharper scissors or a less detailed template would have made the process easier.

After that was done, I estimated what the coffee cup sleeve would look like and cut the felt to fit it. I added a second layer of felt to give it dimension and glued it with fabric glue. I also glued the 3M strips to each side of the sleeve.

The hardest part of this was hand sewing the deer to the felt. But it was also the most relaxing. Although my stitches are not perfect, I like to believe it gives the gift charm.

Happily, this took me all of one night to finish.

Hopefully, the receiver is not reading this post. Because here’s the finished product.

handmade sleeve

back of coffee cup cozy

Coffee cup sleeve craft

What are you creating this holiday season?

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Creative Friday: More Peace Please

Anyone else reluctant to take down their Christmas decorations? I am. Especially since I worked so hard on them this year sans Christmas tree.

Yes, I still have them up. And will probably keep them up until the next holiday comes on by. {don’t judge me.}

Until then, I decided to redo one last holiday craft that can possibly be used year round especially in light of our recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It’s my bowl of peace. Remember them?

Well I still had leftover styrofoam balls from my snowman project and floral wire so I decided to let peace go. And here’s what happened:

I used the same technique that helped me to create my snowman snow globe. All I did was thread floral wire between a letter ball and a foam ball. Then, I just placed them next to each other. Easy, peace-y.

What have you been working on lately?

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Creative Friday: DIY Snow Globe

On a jaunt to Anthropologie a few weeks ago, I was mesmerized by this:

I stared at it, picked it up (saw the $25 price tag), scratched my head and had a sudden exciting thought that maybe, just maybe I could do it myself.

And I did.

If you want to re-create the project, check out my recipe below:

Basically, I took this mason jar:

And I stuck double-sided tape on the cover:

Grabbed these twin trees from Michael’s:

Here they are sans plastic container. Aren’t they cute?

Glue gunned them.

Pushed them down onto the lid with double-sided tape for good measure.

And grabbed some snowflake sprinkles.

I simply poured a handful on the lid and voila!

After carefully twisting the cap on it, it was finished.

Happy Fridays are days when I get to be crafty. Did you DIY any holiday crafts lately?

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