Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lollipop Birthday


My daughter's second birthday is in about two weeks, and I am just beginning to plan. I am in charge of all the decorations and details, and I have so much to do! This next week or two will be all about making decorations for a lollipop birthday party. Although you could use the same concept and make it for any theme that you would like.

So this is my attempt at creating a lollipop birthday party on a budget!

The favors I will be making are paper lollipops. I will also attach a clear bag of jelly beans to each lollipop.


First, you will need to get your material together. For this project, you will need:
  • cookie sticks (Michael's Craft)
  • scrapbook paper/ construction paper
  • differnt colored ribbon
  • Gems - optional (any craft store)
  • hot glue gun

Your fist step is to create your image. I used Microsoft Word to create mine. It was pretty easy to do! You can make yours say whatever you would like. You can also change the wording to make these into birthday party invitations.


Once you have your image created, print out as many copies as you need.  You will need to cut the image out, as well as the colored backing. I cut my colored paper larger than my image so that there was a colored border when I glued them together. I used a circle cutter to make my perfect circles. You can always trace a circle on the paper and cut it that way.

Glue the back of your image and place it in the center of your colored paper. 


Take your cookie stick and tape it to the back of your paper.

Now to make the bow. These are made in a few easy steps. You will need to warm up your glue gun for this. Once your glue gun is ready, take a piece of ribbon, seal the ends. I used a lighter to seal mine, but you can use fray check, clear nail polish, or any other form you want. 
  1. create a ribbon with your piece, adding a dot of glue where the ribbon meets
  2. Flip bow over and add a dot of glue where my finger is. 
  3. Fold the top of the ribbon down onto the glue and press for a few seconds. 
  4. Turn bow over (to the right side) and add your gem. 
It is that easy! Now you have your bow to attach to your lollipops .


Add some glue to the back of your bow and attach to to the stick.



And that is it! Super easy! Make as many as your would like, with as many colors...


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rolled Rosettes


Rosettes are fun and easy to make. You can make them out of any scrap fabric you have laying around the house. They can be used with many different projects, i.e, headbands, hair clips, sewn onto tops, sewn onto purses, or pillows...

Today's post is all about how to make rolled rosettes.

First, you will need your material. I have my fabric, glue fun and scissors.

Cut strips our of the fabric. the longer you make them, the bigger your flower will be. The ticker you cut your strips, the thicker the flower will be as well. I cut my strips thin, so that they would lay flatter, and not as thick.

To start your rosette, you will need to tie a knot at the end of your fabric strips. Then start to roll and twist randomly.  It helped to me to hold the the flower between with my fingers as I was rolling/twisting.



 You can dab a dot of glue every now and then to hold the rosette together.

Once you get close to the end, dab some glue, and turn the leftover fabric onto the back of the rosette. I glued the leftovers down onto the back to secure the shape of the flower, and cut any extra.


Repeat this with all your strips.




And that is it! Super easy. Now you can add these little flowers to any project!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Hand Wreath


Need a last minute Christmas activity? How about this hand wreath?



This is super easy and fun to make! All you need is construction paper, glue, and a scrap piece of ribbon.



First, you will need to trace all the hands that you will be using. For our wreath, I traced Gia's hand and my hand. You only need to trace your hand once - although Gia had so much fun watching me trace her hand, that she wanted both of them done. :) (Aslo, you may want to use a thicker piece of paper to use as a tracer. I used resume paper that I had.)


Once you have your starter hands traced and cut out, go ahead and trace them onto the paper you will be using for your wreath. You don't need to do every piece of paper, because you can stack 3 pieces when cutting out the hands.



Once you have your papers with the traced hands, being to cut. As I said above, it is faster to stack three pieces together, then cut.



Once you have all your cut out hands, shape the bigger hands into a circle...



Get the look you want, and begin to glue!



After you have your circle, take the smaller hands and glue them on top of the big hands.



Let it dry! Once it is dry, cut and clean the inner circle.



The last step is to attach the ribbon. I started by using glue, and put a book on top to weigh it down, but I ended up taping it. I couldn't wait for the glue to dry, so I took two pieces of tape and just tape it down.


And viola! You have your hand wreath! Fun and easy...




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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Simple Black Baby Dress


I had some extra fabric laying around from a skirt I made, so I wanted to try to make something for my daughter, Gia, with it. I had a little less than a yard to work with, and no pattern. I ended up using a dress that she has to get the shape I wanted.

First, I laid the fabric down (folded in half) and cut out the new dress (allowing a little extra around the edges for seams.) Once you cut all the way around the dress, you should have two pieces. Keep these two together. Do this twice so that you have 4 pieces, keeping the sets together.. From there, fold each set in half to make sure the edges meet up. If there is more fabric on one side,trim it to match up.

Now that you have two sets (dress A -top dress and dress B-liner), pin both dresses where the fabric is right sides together. Mark where the armhole starts, so that when you start to sew, you don't close the armholes.



Now, we sew! I started at the armhole line and sewed down to the bottom. Do this for each side on each dress. You will now have two dresses. I also zigzag stiched the edges where I just sewed to prevent fraying.


The next step is to create your bottom hem on each dress.Fold the hem up once, then fold that fold over again and pin. Do this all the way around both dresses. Once you have them pined, sew each hem.


Once I had two dresses with a hemmed bottom, I put dress B inside dress A.
  • You want dress B's seams to be on the outside when putting it into dress A. That way when you put the dress on your daughter, the seam will be in between the dresses, and not up against the skin.
Pin the dresses together at the shoulders. This is where we will sew next. Sew across each side, with all 4 pieces together. Zigzag stitch here too.

Once you have the shoulders sewn, take the top layer and turn the entire dress inside out. Make sure you have 3 pieces in one had and one piece in the other when turning it inside out.
(You will not be turning it inside out from the middle)

From there, you will need to sew a new hem for the neck the same way as you did the bottom. Take the front two pieces fold over twice and pin, moving your way around the neck hem. Once you have the neck sewn, you will need to make an opening at the top of the back neckline.; this will allow the head to slip through the neck without being tight.

I cut out a small rectangle for mine, then sewed the edges of this. I also added a buttonhole on one side, and button on the other.

This was the final dress:
I did not do anything with my armholes, because i am going to sew little sleeves onto them.
But if you would like a tank dress, all you have to do is double fold, pin and sew your arm holes the same way you did the neck hem.
I also did not like how wide the bottom of the dress was, so I took the top layer in a little.
I added the sleevs, and a ruffle in the middle of the dress to end up with this:
Excuse the lighting on this picture.

I will make this dress again, but with better material, and more details on how to make it. Maybe I can get the little one to pose with it on soon!

I hope you enjoyed this!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Construction Paper Flowers


My parents were out of town this weekend, so we house and dog sat. The little one and I are still here waiting for them to get home today, so I thought we could make them something fun. We weren't going to leave the house because of the rain, so I looked around the house for something we could use. This project is really fun, especially if your little one(s) can help out. Mine only helped pick the colors. It will bring some fun color to this rainy day!


This is what you will need:
  1. Different colored construction paper
  2. Pom, poms (I didn't have any, so I used cotton balls.)
  3. Bendable straws
  4. Glue
  5. Scissors
  6. Jar, cup or vase
The first step is to pick out all your colors. Once you have those, you will need to draw or trace a flower on each paper. Do this with as many flowers as you would like. (You will need to have at least 6 petals on each flower.)

Once you have all your flowers drawn, cut them out. Next, make a slit in between two petals towards the center of the flower, and cut a circle.


From there, you will need to overlap two of the petals, and glue them together. This will give the flower some shape.

Once your flowers are all glued, glue your pom-pom or cotton ball to the center of the flower, then flip your flowers over and put some glue on the back of the cotton ball and push your straw (bendable side) into the glued cotton. Let them dry upside down.


Once they are dry, place them in your jar or vase. I used an old jar and taped some patterned paper onto it. I also added cotton balls to the bottom of the jar so that my flowers were easier to position at different levels. You can also bend the straws to angle the flowers.

  • You can always add glitter to the petals, or use paper that has a patter to jazz up your flowers.



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