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Painted Wooden Barn
December 16, 2012, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Crafts, painting

Painted Wooden Barn

I  got this cool wooden barn for my son at Tuesday Morning last month thinking that it would match up well with the little dollhouses I got the girls. Technically it’s for the kid to paint themselves, but that’s not why I wanted him to have it. I want it to be a non-frustrating, ready to go toy for his imaginary town.

So I decided to paint it myself. If he painted it, it would look like some bad pop art or cubism, and I don’t think he’d enjoy it as much after that…because it wouldn’t look like a traditional barn. So I got out my paints and brushes and spent all morning paining this barn. I think it turned out great! I hope he loves it! I did some nice blending that I think Bob Ross would be proud of! LOL!



Homemade Wooden Toadstools
December 15, 2012, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Crafts, painting

Homemade Wooden Toadstools

I made these adorable toadstools for the kids. I got some wooden drawer pulls from the wood craft section of Hobby Lobby and painted them to look like toadstools.

I have visions of fairies and tiny babies and all sorts of creatures using these toadstools in the course of play. I was afraid I would end up with mostly girly colored toadstools and tried to not do too many, but after they were all done I think I ended up with 60% neutral when only 33% of my kids are not girls. LOL! Oh well!

Wooden Toadstools

Homemade Wooden Dollhouse Cupcakes
December 8, 2012, 6:16 pm
Filed under: Crafts, painting

Homemade Wooden Dollhouse Cupcakes

I made these adorable tiny cupcakes using the wooden caps that are used on furniture. I got 2 bags of caps from the wood craft section of Hobby Lobby. They were so fast and easy to make and a little addictive!

I made a few different varieties mixing the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry “cakes” with pink, purple, cream, and brown “icing”. To top it off, literally, I used the tip of a wire to give the cupcakes multicolored sprinkles. Oh how I hope the kids like them as much as I do!

tiny wooden cupcakes

Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornaments
December 30, 2010, 11:01 am
Filed under: Around the House, Crafts, embellishing, painting

Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornaments

It’s that time of year again, time to make holiday ornaments. This year the kids decorated popsicle sticks, aka wooden craft sticks, to look like snowflakes.


I think they turned out really well and were super easy to make. First I spray painted white all of the sticks that we would be using. No way I wanted to turn this into a huge multi day painting projects with small children.


Once the sticks were painted a little dab of wood glue in the center allows you to stack 3 sticks on top of each other fanned out to look like an asterisk (*). The kids could help with this step although I did take the liberty of realigning them somewhat to make them more even.


After the glue was dry I used some glitter spray paint to give it some extra umph.



Once it was all dry we used embellishments from the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby to decorate them.


3 ornaments made by 3 kids:




They were so easy and turned out much better than I had hoped!

Stencil “Liquid Gold” Onesies
October 7, 2010, 5:50 pm
Filed under: Breastfeeding, Crafts, embellishing, painting

Stencil “Liquid Gold” Onesies

I decided to make some breastfeeding related onesies to donate to my local La Leche League group.

First I printed my design and text I desired onto transparency “paper”. Then I used an exacto knife to carefully cut out the printed design to create my stencil.

Once the stencils are ready, a piece of cardboard placed inside of a plastic bag is put inside of the onesie to keep the paint from bleeding onto the backside of the onesie. The cardboard is needed to keep the stencil surface flat, and the plastic bag is needed to keep the paint from gluing the shirt to the cardboard. It is best to tape the stencil down to avoid it slipping around and losing it’s place. If you are doing multiple pieces of clothing it is important to wipe the backside of the stencil between uses. Otherwise you will transfer paint from the previous shirt onto the next one.

The design I chose was “I *heart* liquid gold” because breastmilk IS liquid gold. (Ask any mom who pumps at work just how much each hard-earned drop is worth and she’ll say more than it’s weight in gold!)


Using fabric paint and a sponge carefully sponge the paint onto the stencil and shirt. *it’s always a good thing to get your technique mastered on an old piece of fabric.*

Don’t put too much paint on your sponge or it will bleed beyond the stencil a lot. Ideally you sponge over the design a second time only a few minutes after your first coat. It seemed like this strategy eliminated a lot of the bleeding and the sticking that happens when the stencil stays in place too long.


Now you have a great new onesie for your baby to advertise it’s favorite thing!



Footprint Ghost Shirts for Halloween
October 3, 2010, 10:20 am
Filed under: Crafts, embellishing, painting

Footprint Ghost Shirts for Halloween

Last Halloween my youngest was almost 1 and her daycare teachers made these fun footprint ghosts. White footprints on black construction paper. They have been one of my favorite school-made keepsakes. This Halloween we made the same thing but as shirts. I wanted to have all three of my children put a footprint on each of their shirts. We began with black tshirts and fabric paint. I mixed up a few different paints I had that included white, glow-in-the-dark, and glittery.

All of the kids took turns stamping their footprint ghost onto each of the t-shirts.

Then we added a moon and stars to each shirt with glow-in-the-dark paint.

All that is left is to draw ghost faces onto the heel part of the footprint. Easy and fun!

Making Fireworks Shirts for the 4th of July
July 4, 2010, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Crafts, embellishing, painting

Making Fireworks Shirts for the 4th of July

We made these fun fireworks shirts for 4th of July. The kids had a good time stamping out their individual fireworks. I must give the credit where it belongs…the idea is from Family Fun magazine. Here’s a link to their instructions:

We decided to use pink shirts for the girl’s shirts and blue shirts for the boy shirts. I have to say that while the blue shirts are more 4th of July-ish, the fireworks show up so much better on the pink shirts. I dug thru my bag of fabric paints and pulled out some paints to use to create our fireworks.

We used glow in the dark, white, red, blue, green, glittery silver, glitery clear paints, and glitter.

Using pipe cleaners we made our stencils.

The instructions had you dipping the pipe cleaner stencils into paint on a plate. I found that this didn’t work very well. It required lots of paint. It caused the fuzz to sop up and hold lots of the paint; therefore, wasting it. What worked better was to draw lines of paint on the stencil, and then we lightly touched the fabric with the stencil rotating it with each touch.

Ta Da! And the kids were able to help! 🙂

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