DIY: 2 Minute Hair Pins

While browsing the dollar section at Michael’s yesterday, I happened upon these adorable little flower embellishments. Twelve of them for a dollar?? I was ALL over that business.

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I bought a few packs of the flowers as well as a sheet of pearls and rhinestones (also from the dollar aisle). I thought they’d make the perfect little hairpins! About two minutes later, with the help of my trusty old glue gun, I had whipped up a nice little collection of shabby flower pins.

Here’s how:

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Supplies:

  • Flower embellishments (pre-made from Michael’s Craft Store)
  • Bobby pin blanks (can be found at some craft stores or online. I get mine on Etsy.)
  • Felt circles, for better adhering
  • Glue

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There’s really not much to these little things. Choose a few flowers that you think go well together, stack them one on top of the other and secure with glue.

For the rosebud (red, pink and grey style shown above), I used two of the same flowers. I took one and folded in half, then in half again and glued after each fold to secure. Then I glued the folded flower onto the flat one. I’m kind of laughing at how ridiculous my explanations are right now, but these are THAT easy. Glue glue glue.

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For the back, glue a felt circle to cover most of the area. This will give a nice surface for your bobby pin to adhere. And yes, you guessed it… glue the bobby pin to the felt. OMG SO HARD I KNOW YOU TOTALLY COULDN’T FIGURE THIS OUT ON YOUR OWN.

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A few examples of finished hairpins…

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And a ring, for good measure. I always end up making a ring when I’m making hair clips, for some reason. Maddie loves them.

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Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to share your own ideas! Have fun!

Mess-Free Art Projects for Toddlers

Okay, I changed the title from “kids” to “toddlers”. This does work well for smaller kids who can still be ‘tricked’ though. :)

If you’re like me, you are probably crazy. It’s okay, friend.

I have major anxiety issues when it comes to the messes my kids make. I’m working very hard on breaking free of this, trust me. I know it’s not fair to keep them from doing what kids do and I definitely don’t want to stifle their creativity. But for those days when they want to paint and I don’t necessarily want to stress and hover over them during the entire process to make sure paint isn’t getting everywhere, this quick and easy project is a savior.

(It’s not the most exciting kid project in all the universe, but for days when mom is sick, HALLELUJAH!)

Enjoy!

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I seriously need more things like this in my life if I ever expect to live to 30.

For the slightly older kids who know this isn’t actually painting, have them throw some glitter in the bag with the paint and tell them to squish it around and make some galaxy art. Hey, whatever works!

Tutorial: Felt Fringe Flowers

It’s been a minute since I’ve done any felt flower tutorials and I’ve been sitting on this one for almost two years. WUT. It’s very similar to my Pom Pom Flower Thingamabobs, so if you’ve ever made those, this will be a breeze!

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Make the centers:

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Cut thin strips of felt to use as the center of your flowers. I never use any real measurement on this part, but for reference, I’d say they’re about as long as your finger. Well, a normal finger. If you have man hands, well… I’m sorry and good luck to you, my friend.

Roll the little strip of felt like you would a sleeping bag, dabbing glue along the way to keep it secure.

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There you go! Okay, those look like crap, but you get the idea.

First variation:

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Cut a strip of felt 10″x2″ or something close to that. The measurements really don’t matter because you’ll be trimming it all down at the end. If you want a larger flower though, increase the length.

Cut little notches along the length of the felt, leaving a good 1/2″ intact on one side.

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Take one of your little flower centers you made earlier and glue it to one end of your fringe, on the section of felt where you didn’t cut notches.

Continue rolling the fringe strip around your center piece, dabbing bits of glue along the way to hold it all in place. Now don’t freak out on this next part…

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This freakishly hideous thing you see right now is completely normal. This is the part where you take your scissors and trim all the little fringe-petal-thingies until they look right to you.

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Second variation:

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This version is pretty much identical to the blue flower. The only difference is that I made thinner cuts for the fringe.

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Again, I trimmed the petals up after the rolling/gluing step. The result is just a smaller, more compact flower. Perfect for hair clips and headbands, I might add.

This would take a little extra time, but you could also cut the tips of the petals into different shapes instead of this blunt version. You could round them, trim them to a point, cut at a 45 degree angle… I’ve done pretty much every possibility and they all end up adorable!

Third variation:

This is a fringe flower without the center piece.

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Take your strip of felt and fold it in half, hot dog-way. #momlife

As you’re holding the folded felt, cut your notches along the length of the strip as you did before. You’ll be cutting through two layers of felt.

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I do it this way, but feel free to dab a little glue along the middle before you fold it in half. It will hold in place a little better, but you just risk getting glue in the way when you’re cutting the fringe.

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Say hello to the blurriest photo of all time.

Remember, “roll like a sleeping bag”? Well we’re doing it again. This time, your felt is doubled up (still folded in half) to make a fuller flower in half the time.

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A little more shabby than the other variations, but still cute!

Let me know if you ladies find this tutorial useful! Enjoy!

Simple Solutions for Organizing Jewelry

My girl loves her necklaces. And her mama loves her necklaces. I mean, her mama loves her own necklaces. I love hers too, but I was referring to mine. OKAY, we both love our own necklaces and each others necklaces. There.

So what does a chunky necklace-obsessed person do when their collection starts overflowing into multiple rooms of their home?

BAM. Ikea, son!

We found a few simple fixes for our necklace issues. For Maddie, this little knob rack did the trick:

It’s available for $6.99 and now holds all her cute little girly things up and out of the way. Most importantly, it keeps them out of Jack’s reach. He likes to throw things in toilets.

For me, I took the advice of my favorite YouTubers, Michelle Money and Laura, and used this $10 solution:

(Video here.)

Those rods and hanging baskets are my new favorite thing in the world. I’m preeeetty sure they were intended for kitchen use, but they work perfectly for jewelry organization. In the basket, I have a few cute little cups to hold my most used rings and earrings. The apothecary jar below has all my bangles and the little green vintage glass box has some of my daintier bracelets and watches inside. It all sits on top of a big standing jewelry cupboard that holds more crap. But hey, it’s all contained to one corner of my bedroom, which is a muuuuch better set up than before!

Kid-Friendly Christmas Craft Projects

With the weather change (HALLELUJAH! RAIN!), we’ve been spending a lot of time inside and you know, going nuts. Oh, who am I kidding, we’re always going nuts. This past week, it was actually cold outside and it just put me in the mood to cozy up and get crafty. There was plenty of hot tea and maybe one particular pair of extremely comfortable and not at all attractive sweat pants involved. It was just the right thing to do.

I looked online for projects that would 1) involve my kids & keep them entertained for a minimum of 5 minutes (not asking for much here) and 2) not require me to go on a trek to the craft store and spend any extra money because it’s December and yeah. You understand.

Here are a few simple crafts I’m sure you’ve all seen a million times, but they were fun and helped add a little cheer to our home.

Supplies: 

  • Craft paint and a brush
  • Paper
  • Chubby baby feet & hands
  • Bravery… (paint + toddlers = yeah, no.)

Supplies:

  • An empty milk jug (gallon)
  • Red, black and yellow felt – red for his hat, black/yellow for his belt
  • Red, tan, black and white craft paint & brush
  • Cotton ballz

This one took a little bit of time, but Maddie loved it. She glued all the cotton balls on by herself and painted his face and body. Jack lay there like a slug. It was his only defense. Jk, I might be watching A Christmas Story. He actually helped paint Santa’s body for about 5 seconds before he got bored and started digging through our trash can.

I wish I was joking.

And then there was the felt tree and ornaments I made in hopes of  keeping their little grubby paws distracted and far, far away from my tree and expensive breakable ornaments. It’s actually working!

Supplies:

  • Felt, felt, felt.
This took less than an hour and doesn’t require anything but felt. Okay, maybe some scissors and glue to make the ornaments, but MAN. It doesn’t even require anything on the back of the ornaments to make them stick to the tree… they stay on their own! Easayyy.

For her birthday, I made Maddie a Hello Kitty headband which she obviously hated. I took photos of the process, which was really simple actually, and am going to try to get a tutorial up for you guys this next week. Is it even necessary though? It’s seriously so simple.

Here are some other things I hope to get to in the next few weeks:

  1. Wreath ornament
  2. Wool trees
  3. Felt ornaments
  4. Glitter covered animals to put in…
  5. DIY Snowglobe

I’m interested to know what your little creative selves have been up to. I know you have some good ideas to share!