Tuesday, June 16, 2015

How to Make Pompoms (the super easy way)


I've been making pompoms for as long as I can remember...they are fun to make and always add a little cheer any place you put them.  There are lots of tools out there, but my favorite way is to make them with my hand...quick and easy!  Below are two full video tutorials, showing you how to make a basic pom pom, then how to make a multicolored pom pom.  Enjoy and happy creating!

For this project you'll need:
  • Yarn (any kind will work, yarn shown in the pictures is worsted weight acrylic...easy to use, cheap, and widely available)
  • Scissors
  • Your hands!


The first tutorial is how to make a basic one color pom pom.  In this video, I'll walk you through the full process and show you how to make different sizes too!



The second tutorial, I'll show you everything form the basic video, but how to make a pom pom using 2 or more colors...fun!



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Monday, June 15, 2015

Beachy Handprint Art


With summer well on its way, here is a fun little project with a beachy theme!  We made ours on canvas, but you can easily make your creation on a heavier piece of paper too.  This is a great project too for using up odds and ends like beads, gems, and even buttons.  Be sure to put the date on the back when you are finished to make a special keepsake!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Art canvas or heavy paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towel rolls for bubbles
  • Beads, shells, gems, and/or buttons
  • Hot glue



  1. You'll want to start by painting the background, we kept it simple...just water sky, and sand.  Let completely dry before moving onto step 2.
  2. Next it's time to do the handprints!  Make sure you paint a nice thick (not too thick though) coating of paint on child's hand.  Now stamp the hand on the canvas...just straight down then back up, try not to wiggle the hand or it will be smudgy looking.  
  3. Let dry then add eyes.  We did a white thumbprint for the outer part of the eye, then dipped a pencil eraser in black paint for the center of the eyes.
  4. Now you're ready to embellish!  Glue beads/gems/shells/buttons to canvas with hot glue (adults do this part)
  5. Let everything dry overnight and you're ready to hang your masterpiece up!  This is perfect for a kid's bathroom too.



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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mommy Craft: Easy Sparkle Earrings


These sparkly earrings are fun and easy to whip up and make a pretty gift.  Make a few pairs up to have on hand for a last minute present, but be sure to make a fabulous pair for you too!

*Click below to watch a full video tutorial and where to purchase supplies for this project too!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Jewelry making tools (I used flat-nosed pliers, wire cutters, round-nosed pliers, chain-nosed pliers)
  • 2 french hooks (I've seen these also called "earwires" and "fish hooks" too)
  • 2 jump rings
  • 2 headpins
  • Beads of your choice


Step One: I like to lay everything out in the order it will be put together.
Step Two: String beads on headpin.
Step Three: Bend headpin at a 90 degree angle with pliers.



Step Four: With the round nosed pliers, continue to bend headpin to form a loop.
Step Five: With flat nosed pliers, flatten/straighten loop if needed.
Step Six: Trim excess wire with wire cutters.



Step Seven: With pliers open jump ring.
Step Eight: Add strand of beads and french hook to the ring.
Step Nine: Close jump ring (you may need a pair of pliers in each hand if it it hard to close.



All finished, enjoy wearing your earrings!


Click below for a full video tutorial too!



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