Friday, August 30, 2013

Rapunzel Hairbow holder

A few years ago, I tore this idea out of Family Fun magazine (I cannot find the direct link to the directions online).  Tonight the girls and I made two of these for their rooms.

yellow yarn
purple ribbon
4 inch loop
yard stick

Start by cutting 40 lengths of yarn 108 inches long (or 3 yardsticks).

Tie in the middle with a short piece of yarn.

Center the middle over the inner loop.

Spread it around and then put the outer loop on top.

Flip the hair over and then just start braiding.

When you get to the end, tie with another piece of yarn.

Tie purple ribbons on the top and bottom of the braid.

Hang up and start decorating with hairbows!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Yarn Octopus!

I saw one of these years ago in a magazine and I finally decided to give it a try with my girls. It's a great way  to use up some yarn and a fun end of Summer craft to make!

favorite color yarn (you will need almost a whole skeen)
styrofoam balls
wiggly eyes

Start by wrapping the yarn around something.  We used the girls play table, it is about 28 inches long.  If you want longer legs, wrap around something bigger.  I taped the end down and then they just started wrapping.

Once everything is wrapped, cut a two pieces of yarn about 10~12 inches long.

Carefully pull the yarn off the table and find the center.  Tie one of those pieces of yarn around it.  I also made a loop in the top, so the octopus could be hung.

 Cut the looped ends.  Don't worry if it's not too even, we'll trim them up in the end.

Put the ball in the middle and wrap the yarn around it.  Tie a piece of yarn around the bottom.

Now, just divide they yarn into 8 (about) equal sections for the legs.  I found it easy to divide into 4 sections, then divide those in half.

Then just start braiding each leg and tie the end with another piece of yarn or ribbon.  This was a great way for the girls to practice braiding!!

Once done, trim the legs even (keep a waste basket under where you are trimming).

Finally, glue on some wiggly eyes and you are done!

The girls were very happy with their new toys!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

First Day of School!!

Today is the first day of school for my girls...kindergarten and 3rd grade!  MK has a brand new teacher this year, so I made her this little gift using the printable from Tom Kat Studio.

I used my secret Pentel markers, the girls don't know about these yet.  I keep them well hidden in my craft room!

I tied a tag on a box of Mr. Sketch Smelly Markers.  I always wanted a set of these myself, but I couldn't justify buying myself a set too since I had already bought a new set of Sharpies and felt tip Paper-Mates as a treat for myself when school shopping for the girls.  :(  Speaking of Sharpies, have you seen the Sharpie displays this year....a rainbow of Sharpies, neatly organized into cubbies, with paper on the display to test out before you buy...I may have picked up a new pink Sharpie too.  (I mean seriously, who doesn't need a pink Sharpie.)

Happy first day of school!