DIY Interactive Toddler Number Book

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My daughter absolutely loves to count. She counts everything she finds. This book is great because she can read it and count along with it, she can admire the cute pictures that she is counting, and she can even draw on it and practice writing her letters! It is perfect for toddlers because they get excited about back to school time, but she isn’t old enough to go to school yet, so she gets to learn with this fun book at home.

DIY Number Book from www.girllovesglam.com for The Ribbon Retreat

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Kid Craft: Puffy Finger Paint Recipe

Puffy Finger Paint Recipe on www.girllovesglam.com

I absolutely love to craft with my toddler. Sometimes it can get pretty crazy, but that is part of the fun and the experience! Before I was a mom, I would substitute teach at a special needs preschool every once and a while. The teachers there taught me the coolest trick for making puffy finger paint! I couldn’t wait to use it with my own kids. It was so fun to do with my daughter. Although it took her a little while to warm up to the idea of putting her hands in the paint, she was a total natural once she really dug in and got her hands dirty! One really great part about this paint, is that it is made of just 3 ingredients that you probably already have at your house!

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Back to School A-Z Series

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Hurry, hurry…the school bus is coming! Grab your lunch box, your back pack and those good lookin’ school smiles because the bell is about to ring!

Can you believe that in just a couple of weeks, school is starting and our kiddos will be out the door racing to the bus, skipping to their brand new classes, running around with their friends at recess and meeting their new teachers? Crazy!!!

This time of year brings so much excitement… [Read more…]

Craft Supply Giveaway

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38 AWESOME bloggers have all joined forces to give you the GREAT craft Stash GIVEAWAY! Each blogger has picked one of their favorite crafting tools to give to ONE lucky winner (AND IT COULD BE YOU!!!!) WE have everything from washi tape, to chalk paint, to baker’s twine, to sharpies! Everything a crafter’s heart could desire!!!!
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Here’s what you will get (your mailman is going to hate you!!!) Click on the links to see up close and personal what their favorite craft item is (if you get an error just click the home button!!!)

1st Column:

a glue gun and glue sticks from a girl and a glue gun–crayons from Thirty handmade days –fun markers and pens from delia creates–glitter glue from eighteen 25— fabric paint from One Krieger Chick–Pick three colors of paper straws from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke–Fun ribbons and trims from Sweet Charli–mystery bundle of fabric from sugar bee crafts–embroidery set from Flamingo Toes

2nd column:

bakers twine from Over the big moon–sheets of vinyl from A glimpse inside–mini instagram album from Making the world cuter–Martha Stewart fringe scissors from Dolen Diaries–decorative scotch tape from Bombshell Bling–bias tape from Melly Sews—-circle punch from My Sister’s suitcase–glitter pack from R &R workshop–iron on heat transfer from design, dining and diapers–glitter tape from SNAP

3rd column:

acrylic paint, wood tags, jumbo pins from Lolly Jane–metallic painter markers from A little tipsy–random fun craft supplies from Craft-o-Maniac–rainbow washi from pretty providence–Paper to Petal handmade flower book from kiki & company–manila tags and doiles from Smashed peas and carrots–Craft Paint and foam bushes from Simply Designing– superhero beads from twin dragonfly designs–Rit Dye from The Creative mom

4th column:

Americana chalk paint and varnish from the Crafting Sparrow–styrofoam from Mad in Crafts–Duck brand prize pack from The Country chic cottage–scrapbook paper and sharpie from Simple Simon and Co– patterned treat bags from Girl Loves Glam–Paper trimmer from Ucreate–Washi Tape from Keeping it Simple–Craft odds and ends from Made to be Momma–Americana Chalk paint and varnish from I should be mopping the floor — cute embroidery scissors from Rae Gun ramblings

You can enter to win here. There is just a basic entry (Just click enter!) Then loads of other ways to up your odds!!!
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good luck and happy crafting!!!

Magnetic Chalkboard & Dry Erase Learning Board and GIVEAWAY

Can you even believe that it is almost time to send the kiddos back to school again? I am teaming up with a few other fabulous bloggers to show you our ideas to survive back to school season and be able to celebrate it in all of the awesomeness that it truly is!

Awesome Back to School Ideas

 

 

Menu Board | Personalized Teacher Gift | Teacher Survival Kit | Memo Boards | Magnetic Learning Board

Back to school means something totally different when you have a child who isn’t in school yet. Just because my daughter doesn’t go to school yet, doesn’t mean I don’t want to spend the time teaching her and let her make her own discoveries. That is why I chose to make a magnetic chalkboard and dry erase board that can be used as a learning center for all kinds of learning activities.

Magnetic Chalkboard and Dry Erase Learning Board on www.girllovesglam.com

 

To make your very own learning board, you need…

How to make a learning board for toddlers on www.girllovesglam.com

*Cookie sheet

*Chalkboard vinyl, dry erase vinyl, blue outdoor vinyl, and red outdoor vinyl from Expressions Vinyl

*Paper cutter

How to make a magnetic chalkboard on www.girllovesglam.com

Cut a piece of the chalkboard vinyl to the size of the cookie sheet. Stick the vinyl to the cookie sheet.

How to make a magnetic dry erase board on www.girllovesglam.com

Cut the dry erase vinyl as the same size as the other side of the cookie sheet and stick the vinyl to it.

DIY lined dry erase board on www.girllovesglam.com

Cut the blue vinyl into little strips and stick them onto the white board.

Lined Dry Erase White Board on www.girllovesglam.com

 

These are the lines to write on so they need to be spaced apart enough to write on.

Lined magnetic white board on www.girllovesglam.com

Cut the red vinyl into little strips and cut those strips into smaller sections. Put those red pieces in a line in the center of each of the sections. Now my daughter can practice writing on this dry erase board that can easily sit on her lap.

Magnetic Learning Board on www.girllovesglam.com

She can also draw on the chalkboard and play with all of her Pre K learning packs that she has. They can easily stick on the cookie sheet because it is magnetic. You can find tons of these Pre K packs on my friends blog, Over the Big Moon.

Now for an extra special part, a giveaway! Expressions Vinyl is giving away one lucky reader a $100 gift card. To enter, use the widget below…

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Good luck! For even more fabulous ideas using vinyl in so many ways you could ever dream of, check out the Expressions Vinyl Blog too!

Easy Patriotic Star Leis and Giveaway!

Easy Patriotic Star Leis

 

I have never seen a little girl get more excited to see American flags around town than my daughter. She gets SO excited to see them. She calls them “flags with stars” and has to tell us every time she sees one. Little does she know that there is a holiday just around the corner that she will be able see more “flags with stars” than she could ever dream of. She has also recently become obsessed with dress up and jewelry so I decided to marry the two ideas and create a fun little patriotic star lei for her to wear on the 4th of July (and everyday before and after that because she is pretty much obsessed) using vinyl!

I chose vinyl because it is inexpensive, durable, and unlike the cheapo patriotic necklaces that get wet and then bleed color all over your shirt, the vinyl can handle a little water to them on a summer day too! I am excited to be teaming up with Expressions Vinyl as one of their monthly ambassadors to bring you fun projects like this one that will give you fresh ideas for you to do with their awesome vinyl! This is also a fun project because your kids can totally be involved! They are really quick and easy to make.

To make these necklaces, you will need…

Patriotic Necklace Supplies

*Vinyl in as many colors as you want on your necklaces

*Baker’s twine

*Electronic craft cutter

Patriotic Necklace Kid Craft

Cut stars out of each color using your electronic craft cutter. My stars are 2.5 inches each. Lay one star with the sticky side up and lay the piece of twine on top of it.

How to make a patriotic necklace

Take another piece of vinyl the same color and lay it over the top of the other star with the sticky sides touching each other.

Patriotic Necklace Tutorial

Repeat these steps until you have enough stars to cover the length you want your necklace to be.

DIY Patriotic Necklace

Tie the ends of the twine together to create your necklace and you are done!

These are so quick and easy to make, you can make them for your entire neighborhood so your kids and all of their friends can sport them at the parade together. They would love to make them too!

Make sure to check out THIS POST and THIS POST by the other two Expressions Vinyl ambassadors to get other great 4th of July ideas! To celebrate the beginning of our fun Expressions Vinyl Ambassador team, we are having a giveaway for a $75 gift card for Expressions Vinyl! To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Don’t forget to check out these other awesome 4th of July projects too!

DIY Hair Chalking for the 4th of July

4th of July Onesie

4th of July Parade Wands

DIY Disney Princess Cups Tutorial

DIY Disney Princess Cups Tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com #vinyl #project

I decided it was time to introduce regular, non sippy cups to my daughter. I didn’t want just any old cups though, so I made her Disney Princess cups! Here’s what you need to make your own…

Disney Princess Cups Supplies on www.girllovesglam.com

*Cups (I used the Take and Toss kind)

*Outdoor vinyl

*Paper Cutter

*Scissors or vinyl cutter

DIY Snow White Disney Princess Cup on www.girllovesglam.com #tutorial #vinyl #project

For the Snow White cup, I used vinyl that was dark blue, light blue, white, red, and yellow. I measured how big I wanted the pieces to be and cut the dark blue and yellow strips with a paper cutter. Then I added the white collar strip using the same technique. For the sleeves, you can cut them out with a vinyl cutter or scissors. I cut out a light blue circle then two red rounded diamond shapes to put on top of the sleeves. It was super easy and it turned out really well!

DIY Rapunzel Disney Princess Cup on www.girllovesglam.com #diy #tutorial #tangled

For the Rapunzel cup, I cut a strip of light purple and dark purple using the paper cutter. Then, I cut the pink vinyl into a bow shape and two smaller strips to look like to bow is lacing up. Lastly, I cut two dark purple circles out for the sleeves and put them on the sides of the cup. Cute and simple!

DIY Cinderella Disney Princess Cup on www.girllovesglam.com #diy #tutorial #disney #craft

For Cinderella, I used two different shades of blue vinyl. I cut one large strip of vinyl to cover the entire cup. I cut two circles out for the sleeves and a long scalloped piece to go around the bottom to mimic her dress. The easiest one to do for sure!

DIY Ariel Disney Princess Cup #tutorial #diy #littlemermaid #disney #craft

Although it isn’t a princess gown, I wanted the Ariel cup to be her mermaid bikini. To make this one, I used beige, green, and purple vinyl. I cut the beige vinyl into a strip and then the green vinyl into a strip below the beige. I cut out two circles out of the purple vinyl for the bikini top and a small purple strip to go along the back for the back of the bikini top. This one makes me giggle every time I look at it!

DIY Disney Princess Cups on www.girllovesglam.com #craft #tutorial #disney

I can’t even tell you how happy I am with how they all turned out! Best of all, my daughter absolutely LOVES them!

4th of July Garland

I was given a box full of fabulous patriotic paper goodness from American Crafts to play with. I love creating paper banners for different holidays and I knew that Independence Day would be no exception to that! I made a 4th of July garland…

4th of July American Crafts Paper Banner

It is super duper simple, but perfect to bring a little patriotic spirit to the space. Here’s what you need…

American Crafts Patriotic Paper

*American Crafts paper

*American Crafts stickers

*Fishing line

*Electronic cutter

*Hot glue

Cut out two different shapes of stars with the electronic cutter. Decorate them with the stickers. Put hot glue on the back of the star and put the fishing line through it. Put another decorated star over the glue. Do this until you have enough to create a banner.

Patriotic Banner

Hang it up and you are done! Simple, but patriotic enough for the holiday!

Color Block Chalkboard Mason Jars

I am excited to show you the next project as part of the monthly DIY group I am in. This month, the challenge was mason jars! Be sure to go check out the other projects using mason jars too!

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Find the other posts here and here.

For my mason jar project, I wanted to come up with something that was cute, but functional for me. I love an organized space, so what better way than to make the mason jars a way to organize my office supplies! I love the trend of color blocking right now and I really wanted to bring that aspect to them too. On top of it all, I decided to make them chalkboards too! I am obsessed with the clear chalkboard paint!

Color Block Chalkboard Mason Jars #diy #tutorial #craft #project

Here’s how I made these cute jars…

Chalkboard Mason Jars

You need…

*Mason Jars

*Paint

*Clear Chalkboard Paint

*Chalk

*Paintbrush

*Tape

First, paint half of your mason jar one color. After that has dried, tape off the second half of the jar and paint it another color. Using the clear chalkboard paint, paint the entire jar following the instructions on the label. Once it is dry, you can write on it with your chalk and get organized!

It is seriously the easiest project ever, but it adds so much to a space!

Vintage Wooden Jewelry Box Makeover

I am participating in a really fun activity called the Thrifty Stash Snap Swap. How it works, is we are paired up with another person who will be going to Snap. We get to know each other and send them some thrifted goodies from our personal craft stash and from the thrift store! We do at least one project with the items, post about it, and then we get to meet our partner at the Snap conference next month! It has been a lot of fun! My project that I chose to do was making over an amazing vintage wooden jewelry box that I was sent.

 

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Isn’t it just amazing?! I love how the colors look together! For the swap, I was partnered with Sarah, from Craft Quickies. She has a really cute blog that you should all check out! She sent me a really awesome box of goodies.
There are so many projects that I can already think of that I can do with all of this goodness! There will be more on the way! Let’s take a look at that gorgeous jewelry box…
I love all of the brass details, squares, and the yellow inside! I love the natural wood, but it was banged up pretty bad so I knew I would need to give it a little love.
I wanted a good, vibrant blue that wasn’t too turquoise. I got three different colors of blue acrylic paint and mixed them together. Then, I painted the jewelry box with about 3 coats of paint.
I fell in love instantly! I didn’t put any sort of sealer over it, and I don’t think I will. I don’t want it to be overly shiny and I like the way it looks just as is.
It was so fun to fill it up with my jewelry! I can’t wait to use the other things that Sarah sent me! To see some of the other Thrifty Stash Snap Swap posts, check out these links!

McKenzie
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