Star Wars Birthday Party When my son turned 5, I was super excited to re-use the Halloween costumes from that year for his Star Wars Party. That Halloween he was R2D2 and little brother was BB8. So naturally these two droids now had to be the center of the party decorations. I did the ussual … Continue reading Star Wars Birthday
This year make your own needle felt poppies to wear on Remembrance Day. We had fun with this one talking about what the day means and explaining to the kids what sacrifices service men and women have over the year. First gather a foam pad, your felting needles, red felt, and black wool or felt. … Continue reading DIY Remembrance Day Poppies
I love Gingerbread and making Gingerbread Houses for the holidays. But this year I wanted to add to the tradition and make something that will last multiple seasons: Clay Gingerbread House inspired Luminary. Here is the step by step on how we made these Gingerbread inspired luminaries. Supplies: Oven hard clay - we used natural … Continue reading Dutch “Gingerbread House” Clay Luminary
With the Holiday break right around the corner and many winter camps still being impacted by COVID here is a great game for the entire family.... a criminal family! Create Criminal Profile First you need to create the criminal profiles, complete with finger prints. For your profile get dressed up in a disguise and take … Continue reading DYI: Family Mystery Game Criminal Mastermind
Halloween is around the corner and if you are still scrambling for a costume idea why not consider yourself royalty this year? Here are the instructions to a 3 step royal crown fit for a King, Queen, Prince or Princess! Supplies: - perforated aluminum (This can be purchased from local hardware store in different patterns … Continue reading Easy Last Minute Costume: DIY Royal Crown
We always have jars around the house; from pickles, or pasta sauce in all different sizes. There is also spare change hiding in the couch cushions or the junk drawer. So here is a quick craft with the kids to put that jar to good use and find the spare change a home. Supply list: … Continue reading Easy Mason Jar Piggy Bank
This one was a challenge. I asked Owen what he wanted to be for Halloween. His typical kid response was a vampire. I told him, why don’t you pick something a bit more original that would be fun to make. We decided to look through the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for … Continue reading How to Make a Hippogriff Costume
For some reason we’ve gotten into making Gnome houses. We’ve made so many, we now have a village! Here are our top 5 fairy or gnome houses for your garden this spring/summer. 1. The Tree Stump A neighbor was trimming trees and a few branches were quite thick. So we took a stump. With just … Continue reading Easy DIY Gnome Village
If you are the parent of a little boy, odds are I don't have to explain what is Ninjago. The toddlers have that covered. For the rest of us, it is a new LEGO set of characters and movies centered around Ninjas, super powers and other fun stories, comics we've come to love from LEGO. … Continue reading LEGO Ninjago Birthday Party DIY – 3 Keys for Success
When my boys turned 1 I bought each of them "Oh the Places You'll Go". Their 1st birthdays were small parties, family only. And I had this idea, each family member picked a page and wrote a note to them, now at 1 year old, and when they turn 18 or on their High School … Continue reading One Fish – Two Fish First Birthday Party
Sometimes the prettiest Easter eggs are the ones that nature makes. There is nothing more Easter then a little Robin egg nest. This year we went to our local farmers market and were able to buy a variety of eggs; goose, chicken, and quail. We talked about how different types of birds make different size, … Continue reading Robin Egg Easter Basket – Natural Easter Egg Decorations
Spring time is coming and so is Easter. I love this holiday, for it's meaning and the family time we spend together. One year, we decided to have a big brunch with the entire family. Here is what we did to make it extra special for the little ones. First, we (of course) had the … Continue reading Easy and Fun Easter Brunch for the Entire Family
This is the easiest DIY gift but it is also one of the most meaningful. I made this for my husband for Valentines after being new parents. The first year having gone by in a blur we now had a one year old and it was Valentines Day. One hand the supplies I had: Acrylic … Continue reading Valentines Day Gift DIY
I love Alice in the Wonderland! Some of my favorite memories are watching the movie with my mom while having our own tea party. Naturally when my sister asked for help in decorating for my niece's Alice in the Wonderland themed Birthday party I was all in! So here it is Birthday or Valentines Day … Continue reading Valentine’s Day: Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas
This is a super easy and tons of fun DIY. Its great for a rainy day or to hep use up some of that candy left over from Halloween. This is a Jolly Rancher Melt. We plan on using these to decorate our Gingerbread House and we wanted some fun toys and shapes. All you … Continue reading Easy DIY – Fun Shaped Hard Candy
We've all seen the wood slice ornaments with chalk paint or a snowman face. Those are some of my favorite crafts. But there are so many more designs and ideas for using tree rounds, or wood slices, to make your own ornaments. Last few years I have saved the truck of our Christmas trees for … Continue reading 5 Unique DIY Wood Slice Ornaments
I love fall! I love everything about it: the leaves, the wind, and most importantly - the turkey! I LOVE Thanksgiving. I love this holiday because it reminds us to slow down and be thankful. And did I mention...it's Turkey time! With that, let me introduce you to our newest Thanksgiving tradition: the DIY wood-sliced … Continue reading Thanksgiving DIY Decor
We love being able to share our passion for engineering with our kids and in the process getting our hand dirty! There is no better way then with concrete! Concrete Luminaries are one of our favorites! Supply List: Quickcrete Sand topping mix - cement mix Water Gloves Bucket Stick or small hand shovel for mixing … Continue reading DIY Concrete Luminary
There is nothing more I like to do then MAKE STUFF and Halloween costumes are some of the most fun items to make! This year Owen wanted to be a Star Wars character, since he is to little to have seen the movie the only one he really knows is R2-D2 and BB-8. Because they … Continue reading DIY – Two Star Wars Costumes for Under $100
Hi everyone! We’re super excited to get out this first post in this series about things we love to make. These are products that we sell on our Etsy shops, and of course you’re welcome to purchase them from there ;). However, if you’re reading this blog you’re probably a maker like us, and we want … Continue reading An Overview of All the Things We Love to Make! Musical Toys!
We spend a lot of time outside. Our back yard is our sanctuary and our chaos. We live in a very hot climate and its easy to want to stay inside. But we've been able to make a creative space that despite the heat, calls us to come out and play. One of those things … Continue reading Kid’s Potting Table
There is nothing I like more than getting to play in the dirt with my son! We started when he was 2 with "poking holes" and doing seedlings. On a rainy day I brought in a bucket of dirt, he got to pick the seeds and then poked holes to make sure we got one … Continue reading Gardening with a Toddler
Creating a baby room is exciting. What a joy to welcome a little one. Since our oldest son's room was rocket themed lil' brother's had to be air planes. I started with making the changing table feel more industrial with a peg board background. These easy steps to make this : 1. Supplies : spray … Continue reading Airplane Nursery for Baby Boy
OK as a busy mom I have a few hours to knock out the meals for the week. (Yes I work, yes I blog, yes we try to do as much as possible homemade and yes we are trying to run an Etsy business, so busy sometimes seems like an understatement). I make everything on … Continue reading Homemade Baby Food in 2 Hours
Three great gift ideas, all made from scrap wood. So in my household Mother's day is now behind us. So what does that mean? Time for me to brain storm an awesome DIY Fathers day gift to do with the boys. Thinking about gifts from the past I thought I would share a few of my favorites so far. All of these items were made mostly of scrap wood, and took less then a few hours to make.
Here we installed two large dry erase boards for less then $50 and in under 2 hours! We have talked about getting giant dry erase boards to cover the walls of our office. We never seem to have enough space on our little board to write down all of the to do list as well as our ideas and sketches. So after having talked about for a good 6 months we finally just did it!
Backyard DIY Pallet Weekend Projects!
So Pallets... more then just signs and wood to use for scrap.