Camo Glam Flip Flop Makeover

My son and daughter each received a pair of these camo flip flops for Christmas. I thought it would be fun to dress my daughter’s pair up with a little bit of sparkle. I had some decorative sequin trim that I had bought in a remnant bag and I decided this would be a great way to use it.

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I began by hot gluing the trim down the middle of the straps. I decided the sequins weren’t enough, so I added the bow on the front. In the end I had a much more girliefied version of the original flip flop. My daughter loves them and can’t wait to wear them!

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What Did You Make Wednesday? Personalized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sign

A friend of mine is having a birthday party for her son this Saturday. I asked her what types of toys her son is into right now. She told me he loves Ninja Turtles! In fact the theme of the birthday party is going to be Ninja Turtles. She asked me if I could paint him a sign to hang in his bedroom with his name on it . Here is what I came up with.

Cowabunga Dude!

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What Did You Make Wednesday? Bow Holder

I recently have gotten into hair bow making. I think I am making up for the first 4 years of my daughter’s life where I pretty much let her walk around with her hair hanging in her face. I finally learned how to make the hair bows and now I probably will never think she has enough of them.

The only problem I have had since starting to make the bows is finding a place to store them all. I had a belt hanging in her closet that I clipped them to, but it soon filled up.

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Then they were scattered all over her dresser.

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She also has a lot of headbands, other hair accessories and necklaces that I didn’t know what to do with. See her bathroom drawer!

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I knew I had to make a bow holder of some kind so I went on Pinterest for inspiration.

I found these cute letter bow holders,┬áthis lampshade bow holder and these oatmeal canister headband holders. I had some wooden letters that my sister-in-law had painted for my kids when they were first born. They looked so cute in their nursery, but I thought this would be the perfect update for them to match my daughter’s room now. My daughter also had a lamp with a broken base. The lampshade is cylindrical just like the oatmeal canisters, so I combined the idea of the lampshade bow holder and the oatmeal canister headband holder.

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Here’s what I did.

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I painted the background of my letters pink.

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Then I painted a chevron pattern on the letters. I figured if I couldn’t make the chevron work on the quilt, I might as well make it work on the bow holder. I put a sample piece of the quilt in the picture so you can see how they will go together. I am hoping to finish up on the quilt in a couple of weeks.

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I simply hot glued ribbon to the back of the four letters in the middle. My ribbons are 36 inches long. I added four cup hooks to each of the letters at the beginning and end of her name to use for the necklaces. I added saw tooth hangers and rubber bumpers to the back of each square. Now I’ve got that tongue twister in my head…rubber baby buggy bumpers. I hung them kind of wonky so I didn’t have to stress out too much over getting it all perfectly straight and level.

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Then I organized all of her headbands onto the lampshade.

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I organized her brushes, combs, water spray bottle and spray conditioner in one of my Herbalife containers and simply slid the lampshade down over the top.

Now I just have to figure out what I want to put in that empty drawer in the bathroom!

What Did You Make Wednesday? Letter Art

I have seen so many cute ideas for letter art on Pinterest. I thought we would try out our own version to hang above the kids desk in our homeschool room. Here are links to some of the examples that inspired me. This one uses watercolor to paint over a masking tape name. This one uses homemade edible finger paint. This one uses printed fabric for the background and then when you paint over stickers with black paint and remove the stickers the words are revealed.

I decided to let the kids paint whatever they wanted onto a canvas. I then drew a simple letter with a pencil outline. They are still learning their letters so I wanted the font to be simple. I painted around the outline with black paint so that the only thing left showing was the letter. Then I came up with some adjectives that describe each child and painted them in the same simple font around that childs letter. I used purple for my daughter and blue for my son. Lastly I gave each canvas a good coat of Mod Podge. I think these will look great hanging above their desk!

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Valentine’s Day Candy Necklace

I have really been getting in the Valentine’s spirit lately, so I decided to check out my Valentines Pinterest board and see what fun things the kids and I could do together. I came across this Candy Necklace that I had pinned a while back. I thought it would be a perfect way to mimimize the stash of candy at our house and at the same time make something cute for the kids in my Bible class. The kids helped me for a little while by putting the candy in patterns for the neclaces, but they got bored because they weren’t able to help with the entire craft. Tying knots with curling ribbon on small pieces of candy isn’t very easy for a 5 year old.

Things you will need for this craft:

  • Small pieces of candy (make sure they have wrappers that stick out on the ends – Peppermints, Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, etc.)
  • Curling Ribbon
  • Scissors

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Start by lining up your candies in the order you want them in. I used on average 14 pieces of candy per necklace, keep in mind that if you use short candies you will need more and if you use long candies you won’t need as many.

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Cut out 14 five inch pieces of curling ribbon.

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Overlap the candies as shown.

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Place curling ribbon underneath the candies where the wrappers overlap.

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Slowly tie the pieces together tightly with a double knot.

When all the pieces of candy are tied together, tie the last piece of candy to the first to close the necklace. Curl the ribbon and your necklace is done.

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These would make great birthday party favors or stocking stuffers for Christmas too!