Tutu Cute

My daughter is not what you would consider a girly-girl. She is more into soccer & dinosaurs. She sometimes likes girly things, but yet has informed me on many occasions that she’s not that type of girl. Which I have come to interpret as, I like girly things Mommy, but don’t you dare tell me it’s fancy or girly because I will then change my mind and tell you I hate it. Life at 5…going on 35.

One day not long ago my ‘not girly-girl’ came to me and asked for a tutu! Well I almost fell off my chair and then secretly did cartwheels in my girly Mommy head…maybe this tutu could lead us down the path of fancy hairbands and super cute fashionable clothes made to fit a mini figure!  I agreed to make the tutu with my girly hopes quietly hidden behind my smile.

Here’s a brief tutorial on making a no-sew tutu option. I’ll follow up with a sewing option in a future post.

Step One: You will need approximately 6 meters of tulle

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Step Two: Measure from waist to where you would like the tutu to fall. Double that number and cut tulle in lengths. The width can be anywhere from 3 to 5 inches across. Cut a length of ribbon to wrap around waist with enough left over to tie into a bow.

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Step Three: Lay out ribbon. Fold tulle in half and loop around ribbon, tighten and repeat.

Step Four: Continue until you have enough tulle around ribbon to create full skirt. And that’s it!!!

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Happy Birthday Love Hello Kitty

Hi Crafty Friends!

It’s been a bumpy year…but I’m back blogging. Thanks to my nearest and dearest for all your support.

Let’s rewind to my favourite time of year, when the sun was shining and the days were long…starting off with my daughter’s Hello Kitty-themed 5th birthday. What I couldn’t find I made, but because the little lady chose Hello Kitty, I was able to find many items at various stores that fit the theme.

Decor included a snack & sweets table, paper chandeliers and various Happy Birthday signs throughout the backyard.

I put together fruit kebobs & marshmallow kebobs and stuck the skewers into a tissue paper covered styrofoam ball inside of a pink planter. Popcorn is always a crowd pleaser, so I filled individual serving bags. Then we had a ‘decorate your own cupcake’ stand and mini ‘muffin’ rice treats with pink chocolate drizzle.

In order to keep everyone entertained, I set up a decorate your own princess/prince crown, Hello Kitty colouring pages, Hello Kitty pinata smash, Hello Kitty temporary tattoo area and a decorate your own cupcake station.

Two hours of fun in the sun!

 

Collage Hello Kitty Party

Quick & Easy DIY Wall Art

This could be the easiest and most clever wall art idea yet! One of my crafty and creative friends made this for her dining room, and I think it is absolutely brilliant. So naturally, I must share.

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What you’ll need:

Wood Shims – found at any hardware store

Various Paint Colours – she used shades of blue, yellow and white to create the colours she needed

Foam Brushes – Art store or Dollar store will carry these

LePage Wood Glue

Wood Board cut to size

Steps:

1. Paint the shims and let dry overnight

2. Glue the shims to wooden board in a pattern or randomly if you please

Annnnnd done!

GORGEOUS!!!

Wood shims Art 2

Snack Time – Rainy Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was a rainy day….

I felt like cheering things up around here with some fresh baked cookies.

Rainy Day Choc Cookie Collage

Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter Soft

1 Cup Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup White Sugar

1 Tsp Vanilla

2 Eggs

2.5 Cups Flour

3/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/3 Tsp Salt

Chocolate Chips

Mix wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients separately. Add two mixtures together. Once mixed thoroughly, form ball or log and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one or more hours. Take out and roll into a log, cut with a wet knife and lay cookie rounds on parchment lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet with cookie rounds into an oven at 350 F for 10 minutes.

Voila! Easy Rainy Day Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Snack Time – Something Sweet

My craft pursuits that require good weather have been put on hold until the end of the week. I needed a bit of DIY to keep my spirits up, so what better way to put a smile on your face then to make something sweet?

I hunted around the kitchen and found a bag of Wilton Candy Melts (great to keep these on hand and they come in a million different colours. I went with the Colour Burst variety), candy mold and Golden Oreos, which are so delicious. I know some of you are purists, but honestly give the Golden Oreos a try.

So off we go on a candy/chocolate coated adventure…I was able to make about 24 while the little guy was napping.

  1. Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and nuke at 50% power for 3o second intervals, stirring in between
  2. Pour into candy molds
  3. Place Oreos (or similar sized cookies) into molds
  4. Use a spatula or small spoon to cover the top of the cookie with melted candy/chocolate
  5. Place mold into the fridge for a few minutes to harden
  6. Remove from fridge, turn over mold and gently tap out the covered cookie….AND DONE!

If you don’t have a candy mold, you could just dip the cookies and place on parchment paper to cool.

Happy snacking crafty friends!

Covered Oreos Collage

Easy DIY Sweet & Salty Dessert Table

In my house, we generally make a big deal about the kids’ birthdays, balloons, games, arts & crafts etc. etc. My spring/summer party post is in the works, but in the meantime enjoy the more ‘grown-up’ party I hosted for the hubbie’s birthday below.

Straw Holder Collage

I gathered up all my white and silver serving dishes, but realized I needed to DIY a few accessories to pull everything together. I purchased a set of grey zig-zag patterned drinking straws, really because they match the curtains in the dinning room (that’s a whole other DIY project which we can discuss another day) . So, first up, a straw holder. I took a small glass vase and cut a rectangle out of burlap. I then cut a length of sparkly silver trim to create a “belt” for the vase. I used my trusty mini glue gun to glue the seam on the burlap to the jar, then a few small dots of hot glue on the trim.

When I arranged everything on the table, the straw holder wasn’t really standing out, so I flipped a silver candle holder upside down and placed the jar on top. You could also a pillar candle stand or mini cake/cupcake stand to add height to your display. 

I also wrapped a small Mason jar to keep them theme moving across the table. I used the Mason jar to hold utensils for the dessert shooters. The photo shows the Mason jar and the vase as straw holders.

Mini Desserts CollageDessert shooters are a great way to introduce a variety of items to the table without having too many leftovers. It is far easier to justify one tiny dessert…Or two…or three…and plus who is really watching and counting how many you just stuffed in your face?

The first is an apple crumble shooter. Take any apple/fruit crumble recipe, mix all ingredients and bake the crumble separate from the apples/fruit. (If you don’t have a recipe, PM me on Downtime DIY on Facebook and I’ll be happy to share). Let the baked items cool, then layer in a shooter…so easy!

The other shooter is a chocolate brownie covered with vanilla pudding and raspberries. If you don’t have time to bake brownies, just pick some up and get to layering! On this side of the table I placed individual popcorn boxes and mini tarts stacked on two cupcake stands.

I arranged fresh fruit, dried fruit and a veggie platter to the left of the table. Easy, easy, easy. The Salty items were placed around the back of the display, chips, more popcorn, pita and dips etc. 

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Topped it all off with a cute little polka-dot cake…and voila! The quick and easy DIY Salty & Sweet Dessert Table. The DIY’ing, baking and arranging took a total of two hours. Not bad for a night of fun!

Hope you had a crafty month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling All Ninjas…DIY LEGO Ninjago Party

Are you familiar with the Four Golden Weapons, the ninjas: Jay, Cole, Zane, Kai and his sister Nya? I’m talking about the world of Lego Ninjago.

My friend Nicole just hosted a LEGO Ninjago party for her son’s sixth birthday; everything was so DIY amazingly creative that I HAD TO SHARE! So this week, I bring you the DIY LEGO Ninjago party…

Supplies you will need:

  • Construction paper in Red, White, Black
  • Balloons in Red, White, Black
  • Chinese take-out containers in Red, White, Black
  • Assorted candies in Red, White, Black
  • Printer labels and paper
  • Black Sharpie or similar permanent marker
  • White Bristol or foam board, string, tape, glue, scissors etc.
  • Black electrical tape
  • Florist Oasis, rectangle shape
  • Foam swords
  • Strips of white fabric (to use as ninja head bands)

Let’s start off with the decor

Ninjago Decor

The sign was created by printing out Happy Birthday in an ‘asian-inspired’ font. Then a quick Google images search yields Ninjago wallpapers which you can download and print. The ninjas’ eyes were printed out and taped to the balloons (personally, I think this is genius and will for sure be using this idea for other party themes). Chinese take-out containers can be found at most party supply stores and the printed labels were a great touch in keeping with the theme.

How about activities to keep the little ninjas busy?

Ninjago Activities

DIY Ninjago colouring books were printed, if you want to go a step further you could have the kids personalize a cover. Personalized ninja headbands and swords were created for the kids as well. If you don’t have the time, or aren’t as adept at wielding a Sharpie, you could just cut out little red circles from felt and hot glue it to the front of the fabric strips. A pin the beard on Sensei Wu game was also created and hung up for the kids. Pin the ‘whatever’ on ‘whomever’ games are easy to theme and DIY for any party, so it is always a great addition to the activities.

And last but not least, is every kid’s favourite table at a party…the food!

Ninjago Food Collage

The cake and cake pops were purchased from a local bakery, but if you’re super DIY-ish the designs pictured above are easy to duplicate. The stands for the cake pops were created by wrapping florist Oasis with construction paper. So easy and brilliant! Fresh fruit plates were arranged and chosen to keep with the Red, White, Black theme. A few small containers of assorted candies in the colour theme help to round out the table.

Here is a great shot bringing all the elements together

Ninjago Party Table

The lanterns were hung on red and black ribbon on both ends of the room to tie everything together. As well, two foam boards were cut and electrical tape used to create a screen. The characters were downloaded and printed from the internet.

Other ideas you could DIY

  • Big cut-outs for kids to take their pictures with the ninjas or Sensei Wu
  • Ask the kids to dress in all Red, Black or White
  • Incorporate a ninja-themed pinata to ‘train’ the little ninjas in their sword wielding abilities
  • Set-up an obstacle course including a mini-trampoline for the kids to practice their ninja moves
  • Play Master Wu says (kind of like Simon says)
  • Give the kids plain foam swords or sword cut-outs from cardboard and set up a ‘decoration’ area

And there you have it…quick, easy not to mention what can be a budget friendly DIY Ninjago party!

As an aside, the back story to Ninjago is actually really cool, so take a moment to look it up: http://www.lego.com/en-us/ninjago

Sticky Business

Since the addition of the Magnet Board (check out  “Stuck on You” from a few posts ago), there has been a dramatic increase in the volume of masterpieces being created and brought home from school. As a result, we now need more magnets! 

A quick search at a few local stores didn’t yield anything I liked. So…off to the CRAFT ROOM! After a bit of rummaging around in what I like to call the ‘random crafty pile’ I came up with the following.

First up…mini magnet photo frames. 

MATERIALS: Mini photo frames, packages of Neodymium magnets (read: SUPER STRONG!), Weldbond  Glue. P.S. Keep the magnets away from your children, they are very strong and if swallowed will mean a break in crafting to head over to the nearest ER.

Mini Frame Magnet Supplies

I removed the ‘stand’ on the back of the frames.

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I then placed a tiny drop of glue on the back of the Neodymium magnets…again, can’t stress enough…be very careful with the magnets. They are unbelievably strong, keep them away from each other or you’ll have a hell of a time getting them apart. Trust me! 

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Let glue dry for an hour-ish then Voila! You have cute little magnet frames. 

Next up…mini magnet photo frames version 2.

MATERIALS: Photo frames with magnets already affixed (I think these were Umbra?) and sparkle tape. You could use any type of ‘fancy-ish’ tape. There are amazing designer duct tapes available now as well.

Mini Frame Magnet Supplies 2I measured and cut the tape and affixed it to the front of each frame. So easy…

I also created a few button and jewel magnets with the Neodymium magnets and  Weldbond Glue. Below is a photo of how they all turned out. Easy, not to mention really pretty, DIY magnets.

Magnets Final

As always have fun crafting and feel free to contact me with any DIY questions! Have a great week!

Make Me Frame-ous Valentine’s Card Display

A while ago I repainted an old frame, it was just hanging around until I decided to use it for this post. Of course, Dahlia helped me pick the colour. “Hot pink is THE ONLY way to go Mommy,” apparently I have a 16 year old trapped in a 4 year old’s body. I didn’t want to disappoint, so I went with hot pink. This particular shade is called Tutti-Frutti from Behr Paints.

I will tackle DIY frame/furniture painting in an upcoming post (note to self…finish that blog post).

Let’s get started! Supplies shown below, fishing wire, mini clothespins, tape and painted frame. Regular sized clothespins work as well, but you might have to use a stronger tape, i.e. Duct Tape, not Duck Tape…I get that question a lot and apparently so do the nice people at the hardware store. Or at least that’s what I’m told.

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I passed the fishing wire through the spring on the clothespins. I went once through the hole, then looped back through to keep them in place along the wire.

2 String mini clothes pins

3 Tape Fishing Wire

I opted for tape to fasten the fishing wire because knowing me, I’ll likely want to re-purpose the frame at a later date. I fastened four lines with clothespins, you could do more or less depending on the size and number of cards you wish to display.

Here is how the frame turned out. 4 No Background

But…here is how it would look if I tacked a bit of fabric onto the back.

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So there you have it. A quick and easy Valentine’s Day card display. As always, feel free to email me with any of your DIY project questions. Happy Valentine’s Day Crafty Friends.

Stuck On You – DIY Magnet Panel

With a busy 4 year old ‘artist’ and a 2 year old ‘apprentice artist’ running around wielding crayons, markers, glitter glue and what seems like an entire forest of paper, my fridge door was getting a bit chaotic. I decided we needed an art display area. Luckily I had a spare and bare wall in the kitchen. This DIY is also great for those of you with stainless steel fridges…guess you’ve noticed magnets don’t work.

Steel…where does one find such a thing? You could go to Home Depot/Lowes/Rona/your Grandpa’s garage etc. I needed a BIG sheet of steel. I called Metal Supermarkets and explained to a nice man named Jay what I needed. I gave him the measurements and he told me it could be delivered the next day (how’s that for service!).

I decided to wrap the steel in burlap (any fabric with a bit of weight to it will work).  I covered the front of the steel with a THIN layer of spray adhesive. Placed the burlap down and carefully laid my giant sheet of steel on top (CAUTION! the steel is heavy and bendy, so you might need some help…good idea to wear work gloves too. Let’s try to avoid a trip to the ER with a severed palm).

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I folded the burlap over the back of the steel and affixed with heavy duty double-sided carpet tape. The burlap was slipping so I needed to pull and tamp down the fabric a few times. I asked the kids to jump on the folded ends for good measure as well.

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Next I placed a few newspapers under the corners of the completed magnet board and created guide holes with a nail and hammer. The ‘guide holes’ are helpful when you’re drilling the magnet board into the wall. Still with me? Did I lose you at guide  holes? It’s easier than it sounds.

Then Hubbie helped me hold the magnet board up against the wall and I went to town with my drill. Because the board had some weight to it, I made sure to pre-drill and insert anchors for the nails. You can buy anchor and nail sets at a hardware stores, just be sure to find out what kind of wall you have…plaster, drywall etc.

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And that’s it! DIY Magnet Board ready for every masterpiece your LO’s (little ones) create. As always, email me with any of your DIY questions.

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