Edible Doll Clothes Kids Craft with Airheads

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As the weather starts to get colder and the kids are in the house more, I have my eyes out for activities and crafts that they can do inside.   [Read more…]

Golden Butterfly Princess Halloween Costume

Golden Butterfly Princess Halloween Costume DIYI must have looked like a deer in the headlights when my daughter said she wanted her costume to be a “Golden Flower Butterfly Princess” for Halloween.  Okay. [Read more…]

First Day of School Chalkboard Art Signs

First Day of School Chalkboard Art Sign

So far every year I have hand drawn some first day of school chalkboard signs for my kids.  You can see past ones I have done HERE, and HERE.

First day of kindergarten sign

It is fun to try out different designs on the chalkboard and to make different signs for each child.   This has worked for me so far because my two daughters have started school on different days.  I will have to figure out something different for next year when both my girls will be starting school at the same time.

First day of school sign chalkboard DIY

After I made my daughter’s first day of second grade sign, I had a space after the word GRADE so I put a little weird squiggle.  That stupid squiggle bugs me so bad.  Now I wish I would have thought to put the year like I did in my younger daughter’s chalkboard sign.

First day of second grade sign

We are off to a good start of school this year! Last year my oldest was nervous about everything and this year she is all smiles.   My youngest is so happy that two of the girls in her class have pretty names: Pearl and Julie (I am sure she thinks it is “Jewel-y”).   She also did report that she has the longest hair in the class.  So it looks like things are going pretty grand for her as well.   Fingers crossed that things continue going well!



Hand Stitched Bookmarks for Kids

Hand Stitched Bookmarks

School is almost out for us and I am hoping, as I always do but also always seem to fall short, to have my kids read a lot this summer vacation.  A fun way to get kids involved in reading is to have them make their own bookmarks.  I put together this bookmark tutorial for the girls in my Activity Days group.  They are 10-11 years old and I would say that this project was at an intermediate difficulty.  I thought it would be easier for them and maybe it would have if I had explained it better.  I didn’t think it was that hard and maybe I will try it with my daughters and see if they can catch on quicker.

DIY Summer Reading BookmarksI used my Silhouette CAMEO’s rhinestone setting to make the holes in my flower shape.  The rhinestone settings are in the designer edition software.   If you don’t have the designer edition or don’t have a Silhouette, you could use a needle and poke holes along the image that you want to stitch.  I had cut out the bookmark template with the holes already and just had the girls pick their embroidery thread colors to stitch their flower bookmarks with.

Hand stitched bookmarks for kids tutorial

1. Start by wrapping the end of the embroidery floss in tape.

2.  You can start with the stem or with the flower.  Allow plenty of thread slack and start to stitch through the holes using a backstitch.  You can see in step two that I have started to do the stitch down for my flower stem.  Instead of starting in the first hole, I come up through the backside of the second hole and then lace my thread down through the first hole.  Next I would bring my thread up through the third hole and lace it back down through the second and so on.

3.  Turn the bookmark over and use the two ends and tie the loose threads in a knot.

4. Switch colors for the stem and stitch with a backstitch. Complete steps 2 and 3 for the stem as well.

5.  Tie a little tassel to the top of the bookmark.  Cut some pieces of embroidery thread and fold them in half.  Insert the folded edge into the front of the bookmark.

6.  Take the tail of the tassel and put it through the loop that you made in step 5.  Pull carefully to secure.

DIY Easy bookmarks for kids


Some tips that I wish I would have really reiterated to the kids when I helped them make these bookmarks is:

-Get a generous length of embroidery thread and make sure to pull it through carefully all the way each time.  We had to re-thread a few bookmarks because they didn’t leave enough thread.

-Have all the kids start at one place, either the flower or the stem.

-Run through a few examples of backstitching before having the kids start on their own bookmarks.

diy bookmarks for kidsI had all these supplies on hand so making these bookmarks didn’t cost me anything.  You might have most of the items already on hand.  If not, here is a supply list:

Bookworm Gummy worm treat

The whole activity consisted of the girls discussing some books for a summer reading list and then making the bookmarks.  At the end of the activity I sent the girls home with a cute little Keep Reading Bookworm gummy worm treat.   A great activity to kick off summer reading!

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Candy Alphabet Travel Game

Candy Alphabet Travel Game

This post should probably be titled Candy Alphabet Travel Game Prototype 1.   I have had this idea for quite a while.   It is a take on one of those chocolate advent calendars but  with different candy behind each door.   Trouble is, it was just an idea flitting around in my head and I hadn’t had a chance to really ponder it and explore different options of how to put it together.  As our Disney trip was fast approaching, I knew I wanted to make this but I didn’t know how.  This is the first prototype that I came up with and it has some flaws but the general idea of it worked out great.

Candy Alphabet Travel Game_square

I used my Silhouette CAMEO and the print and cut feature to make the front template.  Each Letter had a door around it.  The top and bottom of the door were cut with dash marks and the right side of the door was a straight cut line.  I also added a little trapezoid cut out to make it easier for my kids to open the doors.   If I make this again, I would do longer dash marks because the doors didn’t open cleanly, they kind of ripped when they were opened.

Candy Alphabet Travel Game TutorialOnce I had the front made I went to the store and picked out a variety of little candies to put behind each door.   Now do you remember seeing those candy lei’s that people give at graduations and stuff? That is the inspiration I used for helping the candy to stay put behind each door.  I took some plastic wrap and made a little nest around the candy.  I left one side of the candy exposed and put that up against each door.  I twisted the candy wrap in between candies and taped it onto the backside of the front paper.   The back part was tricky.  I took an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and cut two borders of dashed lines around it.  Then I folded one up and the other over to form a sort of box with a lip.  I laid the Alphabet candy sheet on top of it and taped the sheet around the edges.  Not the best way to do it but I was running out of time to experiment some more.

DIY Paper Advent Calendar

Sorry for the poor photo, it was starting to get dark out so the lighting was really bad in the car.  Now everyone knows the alphabet travel game.  You start with A and look outside as you drive for each letter in the alphabet.  Same goes with this game.  The kids started with A and as soon as they saw the letter A, they could open up the A door and eat the candy that was inside.  Next they moved to B and so on.  My younger daughter had a harder time with it and so she just opened the doors of whatever letter she saw, not it order.  My 2 year old son simply opened all the doors and ate candy to his hearts content.    Given that this idea is super cool but the execution of it needs some tweaking, I would love to hear from you on how you would do it! What ideas do you have for making this DIY Candy Advent Calendar/ Candy Alphabet Game better? I think it would be fun to use for holidays or other occasions as well but I want to think of a better way to do it.  If you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments! This project is made from paper (mostly) and it is a part of a round up of 44 Silhouette Paper Projects (I am number 32!).  Check em out below!

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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