Vampirina Halloween Costume

Cohen has decided that he wants to be Vampirina for Halloween.  I totally thought he would have chosen Rapunzel, but after our big birthday party, I’m excited for a change.

 

unnamedI bought his costume on sale at target – on sale for $16.49.  Sweet deal right?  And so many people have been asking where his face paint (and arm paint lol) are from.  I bought pale blue face paint off amazon

I was concerned when I opened the paint because it was rock hard.  As soon as I took a wet paint brush to it, the paint moistened up and went on really easily.

DIY Rapunzel Braid with Fleece Fabric

My son Cohen is turning 5 in 2 weeks, so we have been prepping away for his birthday party.  He’s a princess loving boy and his new obsession is Rapunzel.

I wanted to make a braid for each party guest.  I looked up some tutorials and most of them involved yarn.  I tried to do a sample one and it was trickier that I expected.  I knew there had to be a simpler way.  Someone sent me a link to one done in fabric at Hanna Andersson, and I thought YES!  Fabric should make this project much easier (and cheaper).  Each headband costs about $3 to make.

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So, I’ve made a video about what I did to make these fleece Rapunzel braids.  They will make perfect party favor’s to Cohen birthday guests.

Materials:

  • Yellow Fleece Fabric  – 1.5 yards made 5 headbands.  The last two I made were thinner braids since I was getting low on fabric.  If you want them all to be thick braids, I would do a little more).
  • Purple Ribbon – this is for weaving into the braid.  I bought a spool at the dollar store and ran out after 2 headbands.
  • Plastic Headbands – I purchased packs of 2 at the dollar store
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Fake Flowers – also purchased at the dollar store.

 

DIY Unicorn Horn Headband

Halloween is approaching and we love to bring you ideas of easy costumes that can be made using Taylor Joelle dresses.

This one is so simple and perfect for your rainbow unicorn loving kid.

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Rainbow Unicorn Costume

Materials:

  • Taylor Joelle Rainbow Stripe Dress
  • white felt (I had them cut me a 1/4 yard at the fabric store, and I have tons left).
  • pink felt
  • cardboard (I used a notebook cover)
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • headband (mine is from the dollar store)
  • gold pipe cleaner (or gold wire)
  • stuffing
  • flowers to decorate

Step 1:

Cover the headband with strips of white felt using hot glue

Step 2:

Create the horn.  I pinched down one corner, began rolling into the shape I want and used hot glue to secure as I rolled.  Once it was the size I wanted, I cut the bottom to make it an even cone.  Next I stuffed the cone with some cotton stuffing (took some from a throw pillow I was planning on tossing).

 

 

Step 3:

Wrap the pipe cleaner or wire around the horn.  I used dabs of hot glue to secure it.  Then, attach the horn to the headband.  This time I uses lots of hot glue and fold the sides over the headband.

 

Step 4:

Cut the unicorn ears out using cardboard and felt.  Glue the felt to the cardboard to make it stiff.  Then use hot glue to attach the ears to the headband.

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Step 5:

Embellish with some fake flowers. Rather than spending a lot of money buying the different colors I need, I bought 1 bunch of white flowers and painted them with spray paint and acrylic paint that we had around the house.  Glue the flowers to the headband.

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And there you have it.  A unicorn headband.  My 4 year old son loves it and now is insisting he be a unicorn for Halloween 🙂

These headband would also work great for a unicorn birthday party favor.  Or a party activity.  You could pre-make the headbands and have the party guest embellish them.

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Pokemon Day!

With all the “pokemon go” hype I was thinking how fun it would be to surprise my boys with a little pokemon day.  How fun would this be:

1.   Wake up to some pretty awesome gourmet pokemon donuts.  Photo Credit: Vickie Liu

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  1. Let me each use a device (my husbands phone, my phone or the ipad), and we go on a walk to different local pokestops. Once we are home, I would hide some little pokemon figurines (inside Easter eggs) around the house for them to find.  You can get bulk figuring for cheap on Amazon 

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3.  Give them each a few packs of pokemon (from the dollar store) and have them play with their cards.

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We’d called it Pokemon day!  Now time to make it happen.