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Nifty Gifty Kid’s Edition: Indoor Snowball Fight!

Nifty Gifty Kid’s Edition: Indoor Snowball Fight!

Here’s a fun and easy DIY gift for the young ones in your life! It’s even easy enough for crafty kids to make for themselves or for younger siblings! The main ingredients are yarn and pom-pom makers, and you know that I love any excuse to bust out the pom-pom maker!

Here are my supplies. This is the perfect project for using up yarn remnants if you have them! 

I followed the pom-pom maker’s directions and created lots of fluffy “snowballs” in both sizes! I used different kinds of yarn to add variation (and to use up scraps).

So FLUFFY! 

Who’s ready for a snowball fight?! These pom-poms won’t hurt ya’, but they will make you smile! 

For gifting, I divided the snowballs between cloth bags labeled with the contents. To continue the snowy theme, you could also turn these snowballs into cute ornaments! Wouldn’t they be adorable as gift toppers too?! So many possibilities!

Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow! 🙂

Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkin Time!

I can no longer resist the call of pumpkins! For a short time at least, I’m seizing the moment to enjoy pumpkin everything! Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin candles, and especially pumpkin decor! (I’ll send any haters a batch of pumpkin scones to console them.) Here are a couple of my favorite pumpkin crafts to help you join the pumpkin party!

I combine my love of both pumpkins AND pom-poms with this first project! You guessed it- I’m making cute lil’ pom-pom pumpkins to add to my fall centerpieces.

You can create these fuzzy little guys using pom-pom makers, different textures of yarn, and green pipe cleaners!  Check out our Pom Pom Pumpkins tutorial for the fun, easy DIY!

While I am very attached to my pom-pom maker, I also have a thing for fabric paint and stamps. I couldn’t pass up an excuse illuminate plain dish towels with fall motifs!

You can find the complete towel stamping tutorial in our post Nifty Gifties: Stamped Dish Towel!

I used foam stamps from the craft store, but you can also make your own! For step-by-step stamp making directions, check out our Funny Bunny Scarf post!

These make such cute fall gifts! I have given them away so fast, that I have yet to make some for me!

Of course, no pumpkin quest could be complete without real pumpkins! We made our yearly visit to a local farm to pick the perfect pumpkin, taste some apples, and snap pictures of the beautiful produce!

I was super excited to finally be able to wear this sweater and vintage wool skirt! To add to the 1940’s vibe, I accessorized with vintage earrings and a homemade snood hair net. You can find all the snood-making details in our DIY 1940’s Snood Hair Net post!

Happy Pumpkin Time, Everyone! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Apple Crafts

Apple Crafts

Apple harvest is underway, and I have been busy creating a “bushel” of fruity crafts! These projects use some of my favorite techniques from previous posts, but give them an apple twist! All of these crafts would be perfect for teacher gifts (show those teachers some love!) or cute fall projects for you! I started by crafting fuzzy pom-pom apples from yarn remnants.

This project was based on our Pom-Pom Pumpkin post from last fall! (Find that tutorial here! ) I just changed the yarn color and glued little felt leaves to the stems! Here are my supplies, including my pom-pom makers, which you can find on Amazon (here).

These little guys would look cute grouped as a centerpiece or hung as ornaments!

Or by themselves!

A great way to round out an apple-themed gift is to stamp an apple card! Check out our paint-stamping tutorial here in this post!

Of course, I couldn’t pass up a chance to add some apple style to my wardrobe! Using the fabric stamping technique from our t-shirt tutorial (here), I added fruity details to a simple dress! I just had to wear it on an apple-buying expedition!

Enjoy apple season! 🙂

Ice Dyed Curtains

Ice Dyed Curtains

Two of my best friends recently moved into a new appartment and needed some new curtains. I thought what could be more fun than tye dying them some curtains! My mom had saved some white cotton sheets and Brit and I had just tried out ice dying when I visited her. I loved how the ice dying turned out and since I have a nice sized lawn, I had plenty of space to do my project.

For our tutorial on how to ice dye and what supplies are needed, check out our previous post linked here: https://partnersincraft.com/ice-dye-apartment-edition/

Soaking the sheets in soda ash.

Set up!

We let the dye melt into the fabric for 3 hours.

After washing and drying the sheets, I made them into curtains.

This is essentially what I did to make them curtains. I did iron the sheets beforehand to make measuring and cutting them as accurate as possible. Remember to leave extra lenght for hemming!

Results!

They look so beautiful with sunlight coming through them!

I had an extra sheet which I didn’t cut. Instead, I pinned it up on the wall like a tapestry.  In an appartment where you can’t paint the walls, this is a great way to add color and it looks great!

The curtains turned out great and my friends love them! Success! 

Musical Garlands

Musical Garlands

Today’s post was inspired by those adorable banners and garlands all over Pinterest! Cute pendants, pom poms, streamers- I love ’em! For my project, I wanted to create garlands from inexpensive materials and be able to use the garlands for multiple occasions (including upcoming Valentine’s Day)! My go-to material in this case was old sheet music! You can download free sheet music at sites like http://www.freesheetmusic.net/ . (Check out their selection of Bach!!) For an antiqued look, pick up old music books at the thrift store and use the paper!

For my garlands, I experimented with three different shapes- hearts, pendants, and 3D hearts. I hung the shapes on a thin crochet yarn, similar to baker’s twine. Before attaching shapes, I marked equal increments on the cord using a pen. These markings showed me where each shape should be attached. Here are the shapes I started with for the 3D hearts.

 

 

To create a 3D effect, I glued two hearts together at the middle fold and sandwiched the string in between.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I made garlands using “flat” heart shapes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I put a little glue on one half of the heart/butterfly shape before folding the shape in half with the cord sandwiched in at the fold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a similar method for the pendant garland, but cut out diamond shapes that created folded triangles.

 

And here are the resulting garlands! I think these would be really cute for Valentine’s Day, a vintage-y tea party, or even Christmas! So many possibilites!