I am teaching a craft class Wednesday, February 3rd to make beautiful, handmade Valentine’s Day Cards – SIGN UP NOW! If ever there was a holiday to spend time and effort to hand-make a card for your loved one, Valentine’s Day is it! Read the catalog description of the class below.
Keepsake Valentine’s Day Card Class: Legend has it that the practice of sending Valentine’s Day cards began in this country when a Mt. Holyoke College student received one such card from her beau in England. The daughter of a stationery manufacturer, she convinced her father of the business potential behind this idea. Thus, the Valentine’s Day card was born! Come join Jess for an evening of handmade heartfelt fun. Using rubber stamps, embossing powder, paper punches, decorative tape, and more, you will create at least two one-of-a-kind cards that express your creativity. Once you learn how simple and rewarding it is to make your own cards, you’ll never again settle for store-bought. This class is ideal for friends and adult/child pairs. Please bring scissors suitable for cutting paper; tuition includes a $10 materials fee.
I’ve continued to do our monthly toddler crafts with my local Baby Bootcamp franchise (past projects here) but I have been terrible about blogging and sharing them. But this month’s salt dough ornaments are so cute I just had to share!! I thought it would be fun for each kid to make a keepsake item for their family or to give as a gift this season and decided salt dough ornaments was the perfect idea. Salt dough is easy to make; it’s just a 2 to 1 to 1 ratio of flour to salt to warm water. You mix all the ingredients until a dough is formed and then roll out and cut into shapes as you would cookies. (Official recipe: 2C flour, 1C salt, 1C warm water. Whisk flour and salt. Add water slowly while mixing. Kneed dough for 10 minutes).
You can use cookie cutters or free hand shapes – we shaped letters by rolling the dough into a snake shape and molding into letters. It’s also a cute idea to create a flat ball and get a hand or footprint of your child too. Note – if your end result is an ornament you’ll want to use a straw to make a hole in it at this point too to string and hang later.
Once your shapes are created you want to bake the dough low and slow (low oven temp, long cook time). For this dough that was about 1/8″ thick it was about an hour and a half of baking at 200 degrees. You don’t want to make the oven any hotter or the dough will brown.
Once out of the oven and cooled it’s time to decorate! You can draw with marker or get really into it (as we did here) and use acrylic paint and glue with sparkles. Be creative! These are great as gifts to grandparents but also as a gift tag on a present for someone like a teacher or friend.
Once paint and/or glitter has dried, seal with spray clear acrylic sealer. Salt dough ornaments are the perfect afternoon activity for your toddler or preschooler to keep them busy during these over-excited weeks leading up to Christmas!
Just in time for gift giving season, learn a fun craft to make with all those old wine corks you’ve been collecting for years and years! I’m teaching a class with Arlington Community Education on Thursday, December 3rd where everyone will make their own wine cork trivet. Bring your own wine corks or I’ll have plenty of extras to use (or fill in if you don’t have enough). Grab your friends and make it a girls night out. REGISTER HERE.
Halloween costumes are brought up months in advance in our house and so much thought is given by a certain little pre schooler as to what she will be (as with most kids her age. Or any age, really). So when it was finally decided (and confirmed about 100 times) that she would be Tinkerbell this year, I hunted around and found a great costume on Amazon for her. The costume is adorable, fits her great, and has green wings but we both felt like something was missing…and since I guess I have thing with making the shoes of Halloween costumes (ahem, ruby slippers) we decided she needed a pair of Tinkerbell booties for her costume. Thankfully they were so easy to make with just a few supplies. Here’s how I did it:
You will need: green slipper socks (not pictured, I bought these), scissors, and white yarn.
First, make 2 pompoms. Loop the white yarn around your 4 fingers, then tie about a 3-inch piece of yarn around the middle of your loops. I used 18 feet of yarn, I wanted a very full and fluffy pompom!
Carefully cut the loops at the center on both sides of the middle tie.
Fluff to make a full pompom and trim so all yarn pieces are (roughly) the same length.
To secure he pompom to the green slipper socks I just cut 2 small holes into the sock and tied to pieces are yarn through the holes.
Ps. Final costume reveal on Halloween, sorry!.
I am pleased to announce online registration has officially opened for my fall craft classes. I’ll be teaching 2 courses this fall at Arlington Community Education, links to register are below.
Wine Cork Trivets – Pop those wine corks and create a trivet loaded with character. Framed in wood, our cork trivet protects surfaces from hot pots while displaying corks from your favorite wines. Corks will be supplied but feel free to bring a few of your own to add personality. Please bring a glue gun if you have one. A $12 materials fee will be collected at class.
Festive Table Runners – Change up the decor of your table for the season with a custom-made table runner. Create an eye-catching centerpiece using a long piece of burlap with colorful ribbon woven throughout. This is a simple way to customize any holiday or event! Please bring sharp scissors to class. A $10 materials fee will be collected at class.
We had been wanting to have some little friends over this summer and settled on this morning as a date and it just so happened to be our first week home from vacation. You know how being home from vacation can be kind of a bummer? Well, we decided to theme our little play date party with friends so we had something to plan and look forward to. Side-note, my little Z has definitely inherited my love of party planning – she’s really an excellent hostess and has an eye for detail, a true event planner in the making. Anyway, we threw the details of our little plate date together in a matter of days so I thought I’d share some of our ideas in case you’re having a last minute event this summer that you’d like to take to the next level with a party theme – ours was a Flamingo Party!
When I asked Z what I thought our party theme was we arrived at flamingo because she and I both have flamingo shirts already, so it seemed like a natural fit.
We bought some truly adorable flamingo straws from Amazon that added a nice pop of color to everything.
We made flamingo cookies dying our favorite sugar cookie recipe pink and using a cookie cutter. Note – did you know Sur la Table sells cookie cutters $1.25? And they have almost any shape you could ever want, that’s my secret spot for finding random cookie cutter shapes and not spending a lot for them.
We also printed out flamingos, colored them, and hung them up as decor.
Add friends, watermelon, a sprinkler, applesauce squeezies, some bubbles, and a couple juice boxes and you have yourself a fun backyard play date!
I have another great DIY craft for you today using Offray ribbon. Last month I made some hair bows, but sometimes you want something a little less dramatic for your little one’s (our your) hair so I came up with this super easy, super cute idea for a simple ribbon hair accessory made with a barrette.
To make this ribbon hair accessory you will need: about 2 feet of 2 colors of 1/4″ or less width ribbon, scissors, barrettes with an open center, I bought these on Amazon.
Cut your ribbon and lay the ribbon on top of each other in the center of the top of the barrette where the seam of the barrette is (opposite of the opening).
Start weaving the ribbon through the open center of the barrette. Weave each side through and when you do the next weave the second color will show.
Continue weaving until you get to the other side of the barrette. Adjust ribbon as needed so no metal is showing through.
Tie in a knot at the end to secure in place and cut ribbon to desired length. So cute!
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