Archive of ‘Kid friendly’ category

Retro Ribbon Photo Album

I plan to take tons of road trips this summer and I was looking for the perfect photo album to hold my pictures but just couldn’t find one. So, I decided to make my own using some of my favorite ribbon from RABOM.

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For this craft you will need:

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  • Photo Album
  • 1 Yard Pellon White Sew-In Interfacing
  • Roughly 20 Yards Of Various Colored Ribbon (More colors = less yards per color)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Hot Glue Gun

1. Start by placing your photo album on the Pellon Interfacing to get an accurate measurement. Leave at least a 2″ perimeter around all sides of the album.

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2. Place ribbon horizontally over the interfacing. Once done, start weaving other colors in vertically to create a checkered pattern. Now would be a good time to plug in your iron.

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3. Push ribbon close together so that there is no interfacing showing.

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4. Iron away! Make sure to get the corner pieces.

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5. Flip over and place the album on the back side of the interfacing. Cut a square piece of interfacing off of each corner and pieces off of center binding. Leave a little length on one side to accommodate ribbon movement when closing the album.

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6. Take one end of your photo album and fold in and glue down all sides. Partially close album and then glue down all sides on the other end of the album.

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7. Burn the ribbon edges to prevent fraying. All finished!

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Optional: You can incorporate RABOM’s custom printing to make special wedding presents or team photo albums!

These make the perfect housewarming, wedding or birthday gifts! Have fun with yours and try all kinds of fun designs & patterns!

Happy crafting!

- Lo

No Sew Apron

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This no sew apron is a quick, easy project for the busy spring months. It will take you no time at all to whip up one of these as a hostess gift or birthday present for your favorite cook. Let’s get started!

Supplies:

Directions:

1. Measure your waist and add about 36 inches to determine your ribbon length. Cut the ribbon and seal the ends. I used 7/8″ ribbon, but 1.5″ would work as well.

2. Line up the middle of your ribbon piece with the middle of the dish towel. Secure your ribbon to the top of the dish towel using Liquid Stitch or iron on adhesive.

3. You’re done! Wasn’t that easy? These aprons are also great to make for your little helpers. I loved putting on my very own apron and helping my mom in the kitchen when I was a kid.

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Enjoy making these cute and easy aprons!

Elizabeth – originally posted 1/20/12

Baker’s Twine Ball

With temperatures of 60+ degrees, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring around here. We thought it would be fun to make festive spring decorations for around the office so we gathered up some extra baker’s twine to make fun string balls. This project might be a little messy but it is totally worth it!

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You will need:

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1. Blow your balloon into the shape you want. We went with a medium sized ballon so that it was a little rounder. You can coat your balloon with Vaseline so the twine won’t stick to balloon once dry.

2. Pour Mod Podge into the container and soak your twine. This is when it starts to get messy so make sure you do this outside or over a towel.

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3. Start wrapping your twine around the balloon. Wrap vertically, horizontally and diagonally. You can use multiple pieces of twine to avoid tangles. If so, cut out the tangle and tuck the loose string under a wrapped piece of twine.

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4. Let your ball dry for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.

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All finished! Just remove the shriveled up balloon and crusty Mod Podge.

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You can make additional twine balls with our fun spring colored twine! These are perfect for parties or spring weddings! We’d love to hear how you use your twine balls.

- Lo

Bottle Cap Game

Bottle Cap Memory Game

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Did you ever play the card memory game when you were young? You would spread out a deck of cards face down, turn over two cards, and if the numbers matched you kept the pair and got to have another turn. I LOVED that game…who am I kidding, I still love that game! The only down side to the game is that it takes up a lot of space. I have created a new version of the game with bottle caps that minimizes the amount of space needed. Grab your kids because they will love making this with you!

Supplies:

  • Bottle caps
  • Bottle cap images(make sure that you have two of each image)
  • Glue
  • Dimensional Magic or Epoxy Dots

Directions:

1. Grab the bottle caps for your game. I used 20 bottle caps in three different colors, but you can use as many bottle caps as you would like(make sure it’s an even number) in whatever color(s) your heart desires. Punch out your bottle cap images with a 1″ hole punch that can be found in the scrapbook section of any craft store. Make sure you have two of each image.

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2. Glue the bottle cap image to the inside of the bottle cap and apply an epoxy dot over the image to give it a finished look. You may also apply a thin layer of Dimensional Magic over the image if you don’t have any epoxy dots.

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3. Repeat this process on all of the bottle caps. Are you out of bottle cap images? You can also put numbers, letters, or colors underneath your bottle caps instead of an image. This could be a great way to teach a young child their numbers, letters, and colors. If using numbers, this could also become a math game to help kids learn different math functions. Flipping over colorful bottle caps is a lot more fun than having to fill out an addition worksheet.

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4. Now it’s time to play the game! Spread all of your bottle caps out with the image side down.

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5. Flip over two of the bottle caps. No match :( Now it’s the next person’s turn.

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6. One fish…Two fish…It’s a match! The “winner” of this turn takes the pair of bottle caps and gets another turn.

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This “condensed” version of the memory game would be great for road trips. Kids can spread the bottle caps out on a lap desk and play for hours. I keep my bottle caps in a mini takeout box, but a little drawstring bag would be cute as well. Enjoy the hours of fun that you will have playing this game!

Linked to Made By You Monday on Skip To My Lou

Elizabeth

Click here to purchase bottle caps

Blog Share- Felt Activity Mat

Hopscotch Play Mat

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Are you looking for fun inside activities for those rainy, summer days? Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun shares a great tutorial for her Hopscotch Mat over at The Idea Room. This mat could entertain for hours because it has games on BOTH sides of the mat. I’m sure the kids would love to help you make the mat(rainy day #1 activity) , and then they will be able to enjoy it for many rainy days to come. What other games could you incorporate into your felt activity mat?

Elizabeth

Mosaic Letter

Mosaic Letter

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Are you looking for a way to add a personal touch to your decor? Mosaic letters are the way to go. These are great for bedroom decor, wedding decorations, or a wreath. These are addictive, so be prepared to want to make one for all of your friends.

Supplies:

  • Wooden or chip board letter
  • Tissue paper(optional)
  • Paint(optional)
  • Glass stones
  • Modge Podge
  • Dimensional Magic(optional)
  • Ribbon

Directions:

1. Gather all of your supplies and get ready for a fun time. I wanted to cover my letter so that some color would peek out through the stones. I decided to Modge Podge some tissue paper onto the chip board letter. You could leave the letter plain or paint it as well.

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2. Tear your tissue paper into small pieces that will fit onto your letter. Brush a thin layer of Modge Podge onto the letter.

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3. Lay the tissue paper onto the Modge Podge and apply a thin layer of Modge Podge over the tissue paper to secure it to the letter.

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4. Continue to layer the tissue paper until you have covered the entire letter. Now take a break and give the letter time to dry. You can trim off the tissue paper over hang once the letter has dried.

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5. Once the tissue paper is dry, you can start to apply your glass stones. I used Modge Podge to adhere the stones to the letter, but you can use any heavy duty craft glue as well.

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6. Continue to apply the stones until the entire letter is covered. I put some Dimensional Magic in between all of the stones to add a glossy finish, but that’s completely up to you. I also painted a layer of Modge Podge over the entire finished project.

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7. Tie a loop of ribbon around the letter, and it’s ready to be displayed for all to see. I used a Satin Edge Sheer ribbon on my letter.

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I’m sure you will get many compliments on your new project. This would be great for a nursery. You could use initials or spell out the child’s entire name. I hope you enjoy making this fun and simple craft!

Elizabeth

Blog Share- No Sew Beaded Tutu Bedskirt

No Sew Beaded Tutu Bedskirt

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Are you looking to do a little redecorating in your daughter’s bedroom? Beth from Free Stylin’ has the perfect tutorial for you! Her No Sew Tutu Bedskirt will be the perfect addition to your princess’ bedroom decor. Little ones may even like helping out with this simple project. I hope this inspires you to add some fun elements to your home decor!

Elizabeth

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Do you have any special plans for Memorial Day weekend? I always look forward to my family’s Memorial Day cookout. RABOM has a few crafts that can get you ready for the holiday weekend:

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Patriotic Windsock

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Picnic Party Series

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Patriotic Wreath by It’s A Muegge Life

I will leave you with a recipe for a Patriotic Refrigerator Cake. This would be a great dessert to take to a Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day get together. You can definitely change up the flavors and make this cake for any occasion. I was inspired by the Strawberry Refrigerator Cake found on Crystal & Co.. I changed up a few things to make it fit the patriotic theme, and it tastes delicious. I always love a really easy recipe that you can adapt to your needs.

Ingredients:

  • Box of White Cake mix(plus add-ins listed on the back of the box)
  • 1 tsp almond extract(optional)
  • 1 tub(15 oz) of strawberries in syrup
  • 1 small box of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • Blueberries

1. Bake the white cake according to the directions on the box. I added 1 tsp of almond extract to the batter because I LOVE almond cakes, but you may leave out the extract. You could also amp up the flavor by adding citrus juice and zest(a lemon and strawberry cake would be amazing :) ).

2. Let the cake completely cool before you move on the the next step.

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3. Poke holes in the cooled cake with the end of a wooden spatula or spoon.

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4. Puree the strawberries and syrup in a food processor or blender.

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Tip: Make sure your strawberries have COMPLETELY thawed before blending them. Mine were still a little frozen and I ended up with a smoothie consistency instead of strawberry chunks in a syrup. The cake was still delicious, but the consistency of the “puree” made it not absorb as well resulting in the Cool Whip layer not spreading over the strawberry soaked cake like it should. That’s what I get for being impatient. You live, you learn.

5. Spread the strawberry puree over the cake and allow time for it to soak into the cake. As you can see, the strawberry mixture didn’t soak in quite as well as it should since it was still a little frozen. Your cake will do much better than mine and won’t have as much puree sitting on top of the cake.

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6. Whisk 1 cup of cold milk with the vanilla pudding mix. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined. Spread the Cool Whip mixture over the cake. You may definitely omit the pudding and just use Cool Whip if you would like(I love all of the options you have in this recipe!).

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7. Since this is a patriotic cake, I put blueberries on top of the cake to add the “blue” element. Not a fan of blueberries? You could definitely use blue sprinkles.

I hope you enjoy making this cake for your next cookout! Have fun experimenting with different flavors to substitute in this recipe. I think I want to try lemon and blueberry next time:)

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family!

Elizabeth

 

Bottle Cap Art

Bottle Cap Art

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I have a fun project to show you today. Bottle cap art is great for both kids and adults, and the design options are endless. Let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Bottle caps
  • Cardstock or construction paper
  • Frame
  • Canvas
  • Craft or hot glue

Directions:

1. Grab your paper/canvas and bottle caps. Lay out your design on your background. I decided to make bottle cap flowers. Glue your design onto the canvas or paper.

2. If using a piece of paper, place your design into a frame to add some stability since the bottle caps are heavy.

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3. The design possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Paint the canvas and add your bottle cap design to add a 3D effect. Example- paint a garden scene with stems and leaves and have the bottle caps be the flowers.
  2. Rainbow
  3. Bumble bee
  4. Random geometric design
  5. Letter for recepient

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You could also put magnets on your bottle caps and have bottle cap art on your fridge. :) This is a great project for kids to experiment with different shapes, designs, and colors. Thanks for stopping by, and have fun making your bottle cap art!

Elizabeth

Click here to purchase bottle caps

Fairy for a Day

Fairy Skirt

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Are you ready to complete your fairy outfit? We have already made our fairy crowns, so let’s get started on our skirt.

Supplies:

  • Tulle
  • 3/8″ ribbon
  • Crochet headband, fold over elastic, or elastic

Directions:

1. Grab your tulle and scissors. Determine how long you would like for the skirt to be and double that number to get your tulle strip length. I wanted my skirt to be 18″ long, so my tulle strips were 1 yard(or 36″) long. Cut your tulle into strips. The amount of strips you cut will determine the “fluffiness” of your skirt. You will probably need at least 30 strips of tulle.

2. I will be using a crochet headband for my skirt waistband, but you may use fold over elastic or “regular” elastic if a crochet headband is too small for your fairy’s waist. I will be using the same steps as our No Sew Tutu to make my fairy skirt(click on the link to view our instructional video). Fold one strip of tulle in half and thread the loop through the crochet headband.

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3. Pull the tails through the loop to create a knot.

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4. Continue this process until the waistband is covered in tulle. I only did one row of tulle on the crochet headband, but feel free to do multiple rows for a fuller skirt.

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5. You could be finished at this point, but I wanted to add a little more pizazz to my fairy skirt. I cut six 1 yard pieces of purple ribbon(I used Purple and Lavender RABOM Iridescence) and tied it in different spots around the skirt.

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Your fairy skirt is complete, so all that’s left is a pretty wand to help spread magic and cheer to all. There are a couple different styles of wands that you can make. Check out these tutorials for some inspiration:

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Check out our Wedding Wand tutorial for a fun, flowy wand…

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Or you can add a tulle puff to the top like our Ballerina Wand.

What a great addition to the dress-up box, right? Now your fairy is ready to go enchant the world with her new outfit :)

Elizabeth

Blog Share- Fairy Crowns

Fairy Crowns

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Do you know any girls who would love to be fairies for an afternoon? Fairies are the “it” thing right now, and you can find fairy party ideas, crafts, and costume ideas all over blog world. This week we will highlight different tutorials so that you can make your very own fairy costume. :) Head over to 4 Crazy Kings for a tutorial on some fun Fairy Crowns. These are perfect for an afternoon of frolicking around the yard with pixie dust in hand. Check back later this week for a tutorial on a fairy wand and skirt to go with your crown.

Elizabeth

Picnic Party Series

Picnic Essentials

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When you are planning a picnic or picnic party, there are a few things that you MUST  have. Napkins, cups, and plastic cutlery are absolute essentials to every picnic. I have come up with a way to jazz up these items to make your picnic extra special.

Supplies:

  • Napkins
  • Forks, knives, spoons
  • Cups
  • Ribbon
  • Double sided tape or craft glue

Directions:

1. Let’s start with the napkins. I found some brightly patterned napkins at an Easter Sale that I thought would be perfect for my picnic. Fold your napkin around the cutlery and tie some ribbon in a knot to keep it in place. I used White RABOM Iridescence.

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2. Apparently I need to go shopping because all I could find in my pantry were plastic knives. Plastic forks and spoons are a great excuse to go shopping :) You could also tie your ribbon into a bow if you would like.

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3. Continue wrapping and tying until you have your desired number of napkin sets.

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4. Now it’s time for the cups. I used 1.5″ White Double Ruffle ribbon and layered a 5/8″ solid grosgrain down the middle to coordinate with my napkins. Layer the solid grosgrain down the middle of the double ruffle ribbon with some double sided tape or glue. Wrap and adhere the layered ribbon around the cup to add a pop of color.

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5. I used a different color of solid grosgrain on each cup so that no one would get their cups mixed up.

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Now your are almost ready to have a great picnic. Check back next week for a couple other items that will make your picnic an experience to remember!

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Elizabeth

Spring Ribbon Napkin Rings

Spring Ribbon Napkin Rings

Looking for something bright and festive to add that extra special touch to your Easter or Spring table? Well these napkin rings are the answer. These are super easy to make, and you can use up old scraps of ribbon that are piling up in your craft room.

Supplies:

  • Ribbon of choice
  • Double sided tape and/or hot glue

Directions:

1. Cut about six inches of your “base” ribbon.

2. You could use just one ribbon for your napkin ring, but I wanted to layer ribbons to create a mix and match set. Attach your “layer” ribbon to your base ribbon with double sided tape or glue(I used double sided tape).

3. Roll your ribbon into a loop. Glue the two ends together, slightly overlapping, and you have a napkin ring :)

The possibilities are endless with these napkin rings. There are so many different colors and types of ribbon that your imagination can go crazy with this project. You can even add a bow or flower embellishment. Here are the combinations I made(starting from the bottom):

1. Lavender Satin Edge Sheer with 3/8″ Celadon Satin

2. 7/8″ Aqua Double Ruffle with Pink RABOM Iridescence and a 3/8″ White Satin Picot bow

3. Light Yellow Satin Edge Sheer with 3/8″ Light Pink Satin Picot

4. Turquoise Satin Edge Sheer with 5/8″ Maize Satin and a Pink/Maize Small Crochet Daisy

I had so much fun making these napkin rings, and I can’t wait to come up with other fun combinations!

Elizabeth

Bunny Easter Basket

Bunny Easter Basket

Do you remember the Ghost Treat or Trick Bucket we made back around Halloween?

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I love repurposing crafts, so I thought Easter would be the perfect opportunity to use this bucket again. Technically, I guess we are making a Bunny Easter Egg Bucket.

1. Start out by removing the black felt ghost face.

2. Cut out two bunny ears from stiff white felt or card stock. Add pink to the inside of the ears with a marker or layer another smaller piece of pink felt or paper over the white ear.

3. Adhere the ears to the inside of your bucket and you are finished!

I think I would also wrap the handle in pink ribbon to match the ears instead of the black ribbon we used for the ghost.

This is sure to be the most popular Easter Egg Bucket at all of the Easter Egg hunts you go to this weekend.

Happy Easter!

Elizabeth

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