For Ella’s sixth birthday party this year, she of course insisted on having a Frozen theme! Just another opportunity to wear her Halloween costume, so sure, why not? Since I booked her party at a ballet studio, I wanted some quick and easy crafts that I could prep and bring with us.
What you’ll need:
- Snowflake hole punch
- Hair clips
- Glue dots (1/2″)
- Jewels or buttons
- Purple and blue cardstock paper
1. First, punch out a bunch of snowflakes out from the cardstock. I chose to use purple, light blue, and teal blue colored cardstock.
2. I decided to use 1/2″ glue dots instead of glue because they were easy and fast to use. They are also super sticky, so everything will stick together nicely. Just make sure that the kids don’t try to apply them with their fingers. Use the glue dots to adhere the paper snowflakes to the hair clips and layer on jewels.
3. Here are some of the different types of hair clips we created after layering the buttons and jewels on the snowflakes! Quick, super easy, and the girls were in love. They all wore their new Frozen snowflake hair clips home, along with some teal fleece no-sew scarves that the girls hand-cut as well!
Here is a last minute Valentine’s Card that I did for my 2 year old’s preschool class. Their class ranges in age from 2-6, so I was looking for something appropriate to span that age group! All you need is a bunch of crayons and some cardstock paper to print the cards on. I used washi tape, but any tape will do! Washi tape is a little less sticky, so the crayon wrapping won’t be ripped when the kids take the tape off.
Click this link for the printable that I created: Colorful Valentine’s Printable. Open up the file and print onto white cardstock. Then, cut at the grey lines and tape on your crayons. Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones 🙂
3 more days until Valentine’s Day! I was in a panic the other day because I have exactly 73 Valentine’s Day cards to make, with 3 kids attending preschool/Kindergarten/3rd grade. But then I found this super cute printable at Project Nursery and it was so easy to get done. All I needed was a 1.5 inch circle hole punch and some 3×4 inch clear bags. Lucas loves gummy worms, so this Valentine’s Day card was a definite winner in his book. Stuffing the bags got a sugary, but we used gloves so it was a pretty easy project and cleanup!
Here is another kid’s jewelry DIY that Ella and I created together. This one is a little more advanced than the Colorful Straw + Bead Necklace that I posted previously. But the materials are still simple and easily accessible! Ella loved being able to choose her own colors for the embroidery thread and skipped around the house jingling happily afterward.
Here’s what you need:
- Embroidery floss
- Silver necklace
- Jump rings
- Jewelry plier
- Fork (optional)
1. First, make the little tassels out of the embroidery thread. Use a fork or your fingers to wrap the embroidery floss around several times before tying the top and cutting the ends.
2. Attach the bell as the centerpiece of your necklace using a jump ring to loop onto the chain. Or, attach a cluster of bells!
3. Attach the tassels along the necklace using jump rings to loop onto the chain.
Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving? 1 week to go… As the kids are big enough to sit at a table by themselves, I’ve been looking for some fun Thanksgiving DIY projects to keep them busy on Turkey Day and to make their Thanksgiving dinner experience extra special! These are nine of my favorites. Of course, I might be a little biased because two of the nine are from Kiwi Crate. Our team had a bunch of fun kid testing the Turkey Placecards (poking feathers into clay is a very satisfying craft) and the Turkey Toss Game (what kid doesn’t like knocking stuff down?). Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Felt Crayon Holders via Skip to My Lou | Kid’s Table via Amy Atlas | Turkey Placecards via The Celebration Shoppe | Turkey Rice Krispy Treats via Shugary Treats | Paper Bag Turkey via One Charming Party | Placemat Printables via A Girl and a Glue Gun | Thanksgiving Bingo via Crazy Little Projects | Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holder via Fiskars | Turkey Toss Game via The Celebration Shoppe
When Kellan turned one, I made this adorable garland to hang up! It was so easy and just brought the party to life with all his toothy smiles & grins. Fortunately, his face was quite round, so the circle hole punch worked perfectly!
Here’s what you need:
- Patterned paper
- Triangular hole punch
- Round hole punch (2″)
- Tissue paper
- Baker’s twine
First, print out paper with the child’s face on it in black and white. Use a round 2″ hole punch to punch out the child’s head! Either use scissors or a triangular hole punch to make the party hats out of patterned paper.
Next, cut up colored tissue paper into small strips and cut small fringes along one side. Then glue the faces and hats and fringed tissue paper together to make lots of cute little faces with party hats on! Love the photos that I used with his tongue out and in a mid-squeal…
Ella loves watching me make jewelry for my Mint + Bloom shop, so sometimes we find time to DIY some kid’s jewelry for her! This one is super quick, easy, and the results are colorful and fun. I love that the components are inexpensive too, so Ella can continue making necklaces for all her friends once I teach her the basics.
Here’s what you need:
- Paper straws
- Painted wood beads
- String or yarn
The most satisfying part of making this necklace is simply cutting all the paper straws! We bought a bunch of colorful patterned paper straws and Ella chose the mint striped ones with pink wooden beads. Once she got started, she made tons of necklaces for all her friends!
Here is one tribal color combo that I made!
Ella and I have walked through Pottery Barn Kids and admired the beautiful $179 painted doll houses that they have displayed, but I have been able to justify the cost! So when I found this unpainted wooden doll house at Michaels for $5… I knew that we had a project on our hands.
Here’s what you need:
- Unfinished wooden doll house
- Acrylic paint (we used a dark grey, pale pink, lavender, and white)
- Masking tape
- Paint brushes
- Adhesive spray
- Patterned paper (we used origami paper)
Ella had a lovely and satisfying time painting the roof and making sure all the grooves were filled in with this nice ballet slipper pink paint that we had chosen. The front door was also painted a matching pink.
The main body of the house was painted a dark charcoal grey and Ella covered the inside of the house with pale pink walls! I helped her tape around all the windows, and then she painted all the window trims white. Everything needed a good two coats to cover the wood well.
Finally, we chose four patterns of our origami paper (you can you any kind of paper here or felt) and cut the paper to fit each room. With a little adhesive spray in each section, we stuck the paper down and let the whole thing dry!
The next morning, Ella pulled off all the masking tape and showed Kellan her new painted doll house! They rounded up their mini figurines, car, and anything that fit in the rooms to act out little puppet shows for me. Soon, all the mini Hello Kitties, Spidermen, and that koala from Ni Hao Kai Lan were all sleeping in their new house under Kleenex tissue blankets.
These Lego magnet favor kits were super easy and the kids loved them! Lucas had a blast kitting all the little baggies up for his friends and he couldn’t resist making all his family members their own custom Lego magnets.
Here’s what you need:
- Glue gun
- Square Lego boards
- Small Lego pieces
- Clear bags
The hardest part about this kit is just gathering all the pieces! The magnets are easy to find at Michaels or on Amazon, but the square Lego boards were a little harder to find. I ended up finding a checkerboard set on eBay that consisted of a bunch of black and white Lego squares! Lucas and I visited the Lego store and filled a small container with all the tiny Lego pieces we could cram in. To transform the Lego squares into magnet bases, we just hot glue gunned the magnets to the back. And then we kitted everything together for the kids to take home.
The other games we played at Lucas’ 7th birthday party included:
- Lego Chopsticks Pick-up Game: We split the kids up into three teams. We put a bin of Legos in front of each team and when we said “Go!”, the kids would pick up the chopsticks and try to transfer Legos from the bin to a plate. Each kid had 30 seconds and then they would pass the chopsticks to team member. At the end of three minutes, we counted each’s team’s Legos on the plate to see who won!
- Lego Tower Game: We split the kids up into teams of two and gave them a minute to build the tallest Lego tower. Tallest tower won.
- Lego Car Ramp Race: We game each kid five minutes to build the fastest race car. Then they took their creations outside and raced them down our homemade ramp. Check out the cool creations the kids made!
For more Lego party ideas, check out the Lego Crayon favors and the Lego Gummy Cupcake Toppers!