Over the last few months I've found myself pinning various styles of cardboard houses on Pinterest. I've been wanting to make one, so when my daughter's 2nd birthday party was coming up, I knew this was the perfect opportunity. Baby/toddler birthday parties always feel a little tricky for me. They can't really play organized games yet, and January is too bitter cold in our area to play outside. These houses were the perfect "what to do with the babies" solution.
1. Supplies: large cardboard boxes, box knife, wallpaper or wrapping paper, paint, masking tape and/or packing tape, hot glue, double sided tape 2. Tape your box together and draw out where you'd like the windows and door to be. Lay it down and cut out the shapes with your box knife. 3. Paint any doors and trim. Use your double sided tape or glue to adhere the wallpaper/wrapping paper to the box. 4. Use hot glue to glue shingles onto the roof and any other ornamentation you'd like on the outside of your house.
These houses went over really well with the kiddos and (mostly) contained them to a single room. The part I love about a project like this is that it can be used for a party, but it is just as much fun every day! xo. Katie
Handpainting something is a fun and easy way to turn a store-bought gift into a personalized gift. With a little bit of masking tape and acrylic paint, I turned this ukelele into a special gift that reflects my little one's personality.
I removed the strings and sanded the ukelele before I started my painting process. I applied several coats of paint and then masked off the sides with masking tape to create the stripes.
Happy painting! xo. Katie
By now, most of us have a gift-game plan laid out for our friends and family. Some of us though, (ahem... me) might be a little behind schedule. Don't panic! Here is a fun idea for the little ones on your list.
Supplies: tin cans, leather, decorative fabric, leather laces, Crop-a-dile, wooden dowel and ball, hot glue gun, and cotton. 1. Cut your fabric to fit around your tin can. Use Elmer's Glue to glue it in place. 2. Lay out your leather and trace around your can. Measure 1 inch around the traced circle and draw another circle. 3. Use a pen to map out your holes. Use a Crop-a-dile to punch the holes out. If you don't have a Crop-a-dile, you can use a large needle to make your holes. 4. Run your leather lace through the holes. Cinch tight over the top of the can. Repeat the same steps for the bottom. Run another leather lace diagonally through the top and bottom laces (see picture below for reference). 5. Insert your wooden dowel into the wooden ball. Glue cotton all over the ball to create your drum sticks. 6. Enjoy your adorable new gift!
I customized my drums by painting designs onto the fabric with fabric paint. It's a fun way to personalize this gift!
Many of us can remember back to a time in our life when we had a stick horse laying around. They are classic toys and classic for a reason! To this day, stick horses are great toy to spark a child's imagination!
1. Supplies: fabric, stuffing, yarn, long wooden dowels, styrofoam balls, felt. 2. Carve out a portion of the styrofoam ball and glue the stick into the ball. 3. Cut out your horse head from your fabric. Cut yarn (about 30 inches) and double over. 4. Sew around the perimeter of the horse head, adding the yarn in as you go. Make sure to leave the bottom or "neck" open. This is where you will add your stuffing. 5. Turn the horse head inside out and begin stuffing. 6. Once you have the horse head mostly stuffed, insert the ball into the neck and finish stuffing around the ball. Hand-stitch the opening closed. 7. Cut out the horse's ears and stitch around the perimeter. Turn right-side out and hand-stitch in place. 8. Add details such as a bridle and eyes. For these horses, I cut eyelashes from black felt and used fabric glue to glue them into place. I used the sewing machine to sew strips of scrap leather together to create the bridle and reins.
I've been making these horses for all the nieces and nephews! I'm hoping these will be fun toys they will cherish for years to come. xo. Katie