Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow

Kinley lost her tooth last week and since she’s only lost a few, we’re still considered “newbies” at the whole Tooth Fairy stuff.  Back when I was younger, we would hide the tooth under our pillow at night and in the morning there would be a quarter. I was always so excited! (Inflation… I think I’m giving away my age here lol).  Things have definitely changed since then!

My parents never told me any specifics about what the tooth fairy looked like, so I always imagined a pretty little ballerina with wings who carried a big wand and sprinkled fairy dust everywhere. I also wondered what the tooth fairy did with all those teeth?  It’s kind of gross if you think about it… Anyway, I digress.

After a long night of searching for Kinley’s tooth under her pillow, I decided we needed to make it easier in the future for the Tooth Fairy to find those teeth.  After all, with three kiddos we’re going to have our share of the Tooth Fairy flying around our house.  Here is a super cute Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial I found to help get us through the tooth fairy years ahead of us:)

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Do you have any cute Tooth Fairy traditions or stories?

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Valentine Bath Bombs

Tell your Valentine how much you love them with these Valentine Bath Bombs.  They make the perfect frugal, DIY gift for friends, family, and even your kids teachers.  I made these bath bombs a while back for my girls and they LOVED them!  Just follow the simple steps below to create your own Heart Bath Bombs and attach a cute note that says your the bomb.  20140203-141958.jpg

Here’s what you need!
makes 4 small bath bombs
2 TBS Baking Soda
1 TBS Cream of Tartar
Food Color or liquid Dye (you can find at any craft store) ½ teaspoon Essential Oil (lavender)
Spray Bottle of Water
Soap Mold or Ice Cube Tray

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Add 2 TBS Baking Soda to bowl. Then add 1 TBS Cream of Tartar and ½ teaspoon lavender or Essential Oil. Next, add your food color. (I would suggest that if using food coloring to color these, make sure you use non-toxic vegetable based color.  Safer for everyone, especially for children).  Stir it up and add a couple of sprays of water and keep stirring. You want to get it where it is just sticking together without adding too much water. NOTE: Only add a couple of sprays of water at a time or your bombs will lose their fizz. Put your bath bombs in a soap mold or ice tray, and leave over night to dry out. NOTE: The amount this recipe makes all depends on how big your molds are.  You can really make them as large or as small as you would like.  You can make them the size of a baseball or the size of your thumbnail.  you can double the recipe and make more than four at a time.  I decided to make one batch at a time and change the colors during each of the batches.

When ready just drop your bomb in the bath you can watch it fizz as it releases its sent and colors your water! These bath bombs can stay good up to 1 year as long as they are stored in a dry, cool place that is out of the sun.  ENJOY!!

DIY Heat Transfer

Put on your seat belt ya’ll… you’re about to see some extreme cuteness!!

Since this was my first time doing this type of project and I wanted to do something fun for valentine’s day. The best thing about this craft is it turned out to be super frugal costing me about $4 dollars per shirt.  Tip…one of my favorite ways to save money on fabric at Joann’s is to dig through the remnant bin. “Remnants” are small pieces of fabric, anywhere from a few inches to up to a yard or so the cool thing about the remnant bin is that everything in there is 50% off. Better still, it’s 50% off  the current price for that type of fabric. I always go there first before purchasing fabric for projects similar to this.  I finished these shirts by sewing the patterns with my sewing machine for additional strength but it’s not necessary.

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Materials
T-Shirt
Pattern you want to use for shirt
Fabric scrap for your patterns
Wonder Under (I use Pellon 805 found in the fabric section of your craft store).
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1.  Fuse Wonder Under to wrong side of fabric using the directions on the product.  You can watch a video by going here if your a visual learner like me:)

2.  Print or draw the pattern and cut out ( If your image includes words or letters make sure to make your image backwards as it will read correctly later when you apply it to your shirt).  Place your design on your shirt shiny side up and then place a piece of cloth on top of it.

3.  Set your iron to “cotton” setting, allow to heat up, and then press firmly and iron your design onto the shirt for about 60 seconds.  Allow the design to cool.20140202-210714.jpg

Easy peasy jungle breezy.

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The best things in life aren’t things….Happy Heart day my friends!

God’s Eye Craft

If you’re looking for a fun craft for all ages, check this out!  We made these a few weeks ago and the kiddos LOVED it!  It came with hours of entertainment!  Now I know why my mom introduced this when we were growing up… it gave her time for the nervous breakdown she deserved watching all of us during the hot summer days 🙂

Neat history lesson…The Pueblo and other Native Americans wore special decorations called a God’s Eye, which were thought to bring good luck and long life. They were also created for celebration or blessing, presented as a gift or designed to bless a home.  Now more often they are sold in markets, reminding us that God looks with love on people everywhere.

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Things You’ll Need

two sticks the same size and yarn or string. Seriously… THAT’S ALL!!

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Place 2 sticks together to form an X. This is the frame for the God’s Eye.

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 Tie one end of the yarn around the center of the frame to hold them together. Make the knot tight so the sticks aren’t loose.

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With the other hand, wrap the yarn over and around one arm of the X, then over and around the next arm, and so on. Pull the yarn tightly each time and push the yarn down snugly toward the center.  Continue working this way until the God’s Eye is completed.  Cut the yarn 3 inches from the end of the God’s Eye.  20130710-081530.jpg

You can wrap the entire X with the same color yarn, or you can add different colors; it’s your choice! Once you get the hang of making God’s Eye, try making a gigantic one using two rulers; or a tiny one using toothpicks!  Enjoy!

Melting Crayons

Last week I had seven little people in my house.  That’s right seven… I have a complete new respect for any of you who are raising a large family.  YOU ROCK!!! It was a total adventure but by the third day I was beginning to feel like I look in my driver’s license photo. Despite being sleep deprived and a bit looney, the kiddos had so much fun and shared some wonderful memories with each other.  I pulled together a few crafts to keep them entertained during their visit.  Here was one that ending up being a favorite.  I think it was mine too!  SUPER EASY and fun!

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I took a box of Crayola crayons and let the kiddos pick five favorite colors.  I didn’t have a canvas  but instead used the top of a box lid and taped the crayons at the top.   I would recommend to glue them with a glue gun if you have one.

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then we turned our blow dryer to hot on high.

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not long after you set the hair dryer by the crayons they get shiny and then the wax starts to melt! They each took turns and watched excitedly as the colors raced down the lid.  Seriously… they were so impressed!!

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It dries really quick and after one kiddo finished, we added five more beside theirs and started the process again.  I’ve read on several posts to make sure you use Crayola.  Some tried to use other brands and it was a complete fail.  It turned out super cool… I’m thinking about using this as wall art for Kinley’s room.  Maybe next time I’ll save our broken crayons and try this again!

Chore Bucket

Last week, Kinely and I were trying to come up with a chore plan for the summer.  I wanted something fun and she wanted something she could help me create.  And so the search began… I found this cute idea on fun family crafts website   (save this site to your favorites there are so many fun ides).  All you do is choose a clothespin that has a chore written on it, complete the chore and then drop the clothes pin in the bucket.  Seriously…how much better would the world be if everything was this easy?  I went to Focus on the Family for age appropriate chores and integrated a few of our own.  My goal is implementing this chore bucket and keeping the excitement of doing these the whole summer long!  Wish me luck:)

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