Halloween Preschool Crafts

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This week I had the pleasure to teach at my sister’s co-op preschool… and the theme is Halloween! I was super excited to help out because there are so many fun Halloween crafts and activities for kids. And they are EASY too! Here are some spooky but friendly ideas for your little one to do.

Puzzle Pumpkin Name

Cut out pumpkin shape. Write name on it. Draw lines between each letter and cut. Mix letters around and help child arrange them in the correct order. Glue on to paper and add a cute green pumpkin stem!

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Spider Handprints

Trace child’s hand on black construction paper. Cut out two handprints and a circle. Glue each handprint on to the back of the circle. Attach googly eyes on to the face… because what kid doesn’t love googly eyes?!

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Handprint Witch

Trace child’s hand on paper. Color green or another preferable color for a witch’s face. Trace and cut out a witch’s hat. Glue on to the top of the traced hand. Give her eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Draw on crazy witch hair, a broom to fly on, stars, and a moon. And wah-la! Beautiful art work to display for Halloween.

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Happy Halloween and happy crafting!!

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Make Your Own Plate Hanger

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When my husband and I were living in Idaho, we lived in an apartment that had space above the cabinets. Of course I had to use this space for decoration. Decorative plates seemed to be pretty popular in kitchens, so I painted some of our old plastic plates and displayed them above our cabinets.

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Once we moved into our current home, the cabinets did not have room for any type of decor {or storage for that matter}. You can imagine my disappointment. Where was I suppose to put my cute decorative plates?! And then it hit me… The wall!! Of course. So many other people put their plates on the wall in the kitchen. But how? Unlike picture frames or other wall decor that already have wall hanging hardware attached on the back, how on earth was I suppose to hang a plate?!

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Here is an easy and simple solution to such a dilemma.

Paper clips and hot glue.

YES! It is literally that easy. Just take a paper clip and hot glue it to where you want it on the back of your plate. Let it dry and hang it on the wall!

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Now I have a place to display my fun and colorful plates!

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DIY $1 Mini Chalkboard

I’m obsessed with chalkboards. They are one of my favorite things to decorate my home with. Retail stores will charge an outrageous amount for cute chalkboards, so why not make your own for close to nothing?

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DIY $1 mini chalkboard

This project literally only cost me $1. I already had the supplies needed to create the chalkboard, so all I needed was a “board” to write chalk on. I went to my nearest Dollar Store and purchased this silver tray for only a buck.

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I spray painted the middle with chalkboard paint and used a fun bright blue acrylic paint for the edge. After the paint dried, I hot glued a burlap bow to the back to hang it on the wall in my kitchen. Now I have a fun new inexpensive decor item for my home!!

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Patio Bench Makeover

Our back patio has been needing a little TLC as of late, and since we are trying to selling the house for my mother I thought giving it an easy and inexpensive patio bench makeover would be just the thing for this sad looking patio.

We decided to build an easy brick fire-pit for the middle of the patio and repaint the bench to match the house color better. The fence behind the bench was rusting and I honestly cannot remember the last time someone painted that old thing. Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do?! Here are the before and after pictures.

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Now that is a bench more appealing to sit on! Time to break out the smores and have a party!

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Baby TOMS Shoes Tutorial

One of my favorite things about being a mom is dressing my baby boy up in beyond adorable clothes. Lately I’ve been itching to get him some stylin’ shoes. I mean, what’s more fun than tiny baby shoes… correction–tiny baby TOMS!?! Yes, you read that right, baby TOMS. I saw them on Pinterest and about died from the overload of cuteness. I absolutely had to make them right away!

I found the original pattern and tutorial from Homemade Toast. She has got some amazing sewing talent!

1. Cut out the pattern

You can find it on the link above at Homemade Toast.

2. Cut out your fabric

I used minky fabric for my inner lining for extra comfort.

3. Sew the back part

With right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam allowance in a straight line.

4. Sew elastic in back part

Fold in half and press. Sew a little more than 1/4″ seam allowance in a straight line along the top. I used 1/4″ elastic to pull through. Be sure to leave a little extra elastic sticking out of the ends when you are done.

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Pull elastic from one side to tighten fabric to your desired stretchiness. Stitch in place to hold. I did a zigzag stitch along the side to make sure the elastic didn’t go anywhere.

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5. Sew the center part

Cut and fold the triangle shapes as shown by the pattern. Press folds well.

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Place right sides together and line triangle shapes up. Sew along the top with 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Turn it right side out and press.

Sew elastic by inserting along top of center strap and stitching with 1/4″ and 1/2″ seam allowances (the “V” shape design).

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Place center strap over toe piece. This part may get kind of confusing, but meet the bottom of the center strap with the middle fold of the toe piece. Stitch with 1/8″ seam allowance.

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6. Baste the toe piece

This part is tricky, but just follow the pattern as close as you can. Fold along the dotted lines to create a nice smooth curve around the toe. Pin and sew 1/4″ seam allowance. Don’t fret if you can’t get the pleats perfect. Personally, I don’t think it needs to be perfect.

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7. Sew front to the back

Sewing along the same two lines on the center strap, attach the front to the back.

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8. Attach the sole

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Before you start pinning, make sure the entire shoe is inside-out. Now pin the sole to the top and back. Pin like crazy. You can never have too many pins, in my opinion. The more you have the easier it will be to keep all the pleats and seams in place, especially since it is such a tiny shoe.

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Sew with 1/4″-1/2″ seam allowance.

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Now turn it right side out and admire your awesome work!!! The best part is putting them on your little baby’s feet! Enjoy the cuteness. :)

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How To Distress Paint Like A Pro {Vaseline Method}

I love distressing the furniture and decor in my home. It is one of my all-time favorite things to do, especially when I’m putting a fresh coat of paint on something. I’m obsessed with farmhouse, shabby chic, chippy, vintage and antique looking decor. They are so fun!

Before, when I would distress anything, I would use sandpaper to rub down the paint. But this usually required a lot of elbow grease. Plus, it was messy and sometimes hurt the raw wood if I sanded too much.

Well put down that sandpaper, my friends, because I have found a much better and easier solution to distressing… The Vaseline method! I know what you are probably thinking… “Vaseline, what? Are you crazy?” The answer is YES! Because believe it or not, this actually works like a charm. I, too, had my doubts at first. But the results will make you ooh and ahh for days, I promise!

I started with a boring old frame that I didn’t care too much for. I wanted to give it a pop of color and lately I’ve been adding this fun turquoise to our home. I applied a coat of Vaseline where I wanted the frame to look worn down {all the edges, all corners, and a few random spots}. Next I painted over it and the whole frame. Once the paint dried, I took an old rag and wiped down the entire thing. It wipes off the Vaseline and creates the ultimate distressed look.

If you want to protect the paint from chipping more, I would suggest applying a protective top coat to your project {polyurethane}. But since this is just a frame, I didn’t worry about it too much.

Now you can ooh and ahh over your masterpiece for days. :)

You can also check out what other fun projects I’ve been up to on my other blog Drill Bits and Oven Mitts!

                          

 

Meet Heather

Hey guys–Heather here! I’m another sister of the Homebodies. You may remember me from the amazing wedding cake/cupcakes Marissa and my other sisters made for my wedding, along with the beautiful rose bouquets and boutonnieres. You can view their post about it here.

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A little background about me… I’m a first time mommy of 1 {my precious little boy} and a wife to my handsome hubster. Tayler and I met and fell in love at Brigham Young University–Idaho in 2011, and were married 5 months later. We moved to Washington last year, had our baby boy, and are absolutely loving being parents.

I have always found joy in crafting and sewing… and pretty much all things “homemakey”. I have discovered, lately, that building furniture my passion. I love the feeling of making something from scratch with your own two hands, which is why I also love spending time in the kitchen baking. I love refinishing and distressing furniture and decor. I love my family, painting, vintage and farmhouse decor, and all things DIY.

Decorating on a budget is one of my ultimate goals. I’m not always perfect at it, but I love to look for good deals on ways to beautify my home. Turning old things into new again is one way I curb my hunger for buying new things.

I am nowhere near perfect at what I do, but I love attempting to be a good homemaker and striving to be the best mama I can be for my little munchkin. I also love learning and trying out new recipes and tutorials from other fellow bloggers!

You can also check out what other fun stuff I’ve been up to on my other blog Drill Bits and Oven Mitts! And when I’m not blogging, I also sell digital prints on Etsy. Check out my shop Christensen Digitals!