Monday, April 30, 2012

Mason Jar May

A good friend of mine's mother emailed me a couple months ago asking if I could use any mason jars....without hesitation, my response was...'Umm, YES please!'  So, Mama G. gathered up all her old ones and gave them to me (thank you!!).

I mean look at the haul!  There were so many different shapes and sizes, some I had never seen before.  So, I decided to do a little series called 'Mason Jar May'.  Once a week in May, I will do a post on a craft I made using a Mason Jar.  After May, I will probably extend this to 'Mason Jar Monday' and do a post every now and then with more ideas!!

So be on the look-out next month for some cool ideas of what to do with all those old jars!!  Here are a few sneak peaks....

Friday, April 27, 2012

Candy 'Flower' Arrangement.

Last year for B's Nutcracker ballet, I gave her a candy bouquet I made instead of flowers.  Here she is after one of the shows with her bouquet.

It was super easy to make and I will probably do this every year now for my daughters instead of flowers.  Using the same techniques, I made two Candy Flower arrangements for gifts recently.  Here is how I made mine.

Candy bars (I used mini size for the arrangement, but regular size for the bouquet)
Bag of small candy (like M&M's or Reese Pieces)
Flower foam
Reynold's wrap
Wooden dowels
Card stock
Plastic packaging tape
Ribbon, plastic wrap (optional)
Any other embellishments you like (I got some butterflies and grass)

I started by making a simple flower pattern, tracing it on card stock and cutting out the flowers, 3 for each arrangement.

Next, I cut the foam to fit inside the containers and covered it with foil. Then I put a loop of packaging tape on the bottom and put it in the container.  You can also glue it to the bottom, but I wanted the recipients to be able to pull it out and re-purpose the containers, so I just taped mine.

Next, I cut the dowels to various lengths.  Using packaging tape, I taped the dowels to the card stock flowers.  I taped York Peppermint patties to the center of each flower.  Then I just poked the dowel into the floral foam.

Then I just taped additional candy bars to the dowels of various sizes and continued arranging.  I also added some grass and the butterfly.

Once I had it arranged like I wanted, I poured the smaller candy, in this case York Peppermint Patty pieces into the bottom of the container.  This covers the foil covered floral foam.

Finally, I wrapped the base with plastic and tied a bow...all done!!

Here's the other one I made....

Every time I give one of these, the recipient LOVES it!  I think they turn out so cute (and delicious)!  I think these would make a great Mother's Day gift, too.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Little Girl Garland

I saw this garland on Pinterest and knew I had to make it.  It's from Two Succulent Sisters blog.

Here's how I made mine...


I started by painting the clothes pins with hair, a shirt and shoes.

Next, I hot glued hair on top of each clothespin.

I braided two of the dolls and put the other two with pigtails.  I put a little bow made out of material on top of the ones where I braided their hair.

Next I cut 4 circles out of material.  I cut a little slit in the middle of each circle and slide the clothespin in and hot glued the skirt on.

Then I cut a length of wire and formed a loop on one end for hanging.  I threaded a few buttons on and then glued a doll, a few more buttons another doll and so forth. 

To glue the dolls on, I used some wood hearts I had left over from another project.  I just put a big dollop of glue on the heart, laid the wire over it and then stuck the doll on top.

Finally, I ripped some material into strips and tied it on the wire.

I plan to use this garland in MK's room and maybe at some birthday parties as well.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Baby Doll Bath towel

You know those little hooded towels your kids use?  Well, we made them for baby dolls!  This was SOOO simple, even my 6 year old could do it (with a little help)!

Hand towel

We made 3 towels, so I had 3 hand towels and 2 washcloths.  I got the towels at Target when they were on sale, but you could also just use some old ones you have laying around.

Start by folding a washcloth in half, measure to find the center, pin down the center and then cut it in half.

Sew along where you just cut.  I chose not to pin along the edge, but if you are more comfortable having it pinned, by all means do so.

(We sewed after bath one night, so B's hair is all wet.)

Once it is sewed up, turn it right side out.  This is the 'hood' of the bath towel.

Next measure to find the center of the hand towel.  Pin the hood to the center and then sew it on!

And there you have .... a baby doll hooded bath towel!  Doesn't Lucy look so warm and cozy wrapped up in her hooded towel?

Happy Sewing!