Doll House Makeover

I was browsing my local thrift store and came across this $6 doll house.  Sweet deal right?

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I knew with a little paint this could be so cute in my living room.  My little boy (yes boy) Cohen is obsessed with dolls.  My parents said that they would take over the project as a Christmas present to him.

Before I handed the house over them, I spray painted it completely with Bulls Eye Primer (my fav, I use it on so many different projects).

Here’s the finished project.  My mom used chalk paint (but i think any acrylic paint would do), and scrap book paper for the flooring.

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DIY Christmas Village

Do you have some Christmas village houses that need a little updating?  Or maybe you found some at your local thrift store.  Here’s a fun and simple project to help your village match your decor.

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Here’s what you will need:

  • Spray Paint.  I used 3 different colors. (buy at any craft store)
  • Mini Christmas trees and wreathes (I bought these at Michaels craft)
  • Spray Snow (from Michaels.  I have also seen it on amazon).
  • Hot glue

 

Step one:

Cover your houses with spray paint.  It may need a few coats.  I also spray painted my mini white tree with pink paint.

Step two:

After the spray paint is dry, use some acrylic paint to enhance details like the doors or window frames.

Step three:

Hot glue the wreathes or other decorates you want to include

Step four:

Add the spray snow.  This is fun!  The only problem is that it doesn’t dry like paint.  It stays kind of foamy.  I think I will need to reapply this snow each year when I get my village out.

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Halloween Mantel

Wan’t a SUPER cheap and easy Halloween mantel idea?  We whipped these scary pictures out fast.  My 4 year old helped me design them.  I don’t know my way around most editing programs, but picmonkey makes it fool proof.  My kids use this program all the time.  Now, I am sounding like a commercial haha.  This is not a sponsored post.  I just love the site!

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We used dollar store frames for this project (and I was short one frame so Cooper hasn’t made it up on the mantel yet, but we are working on it!)

To use:

  • Visit picmonkey.com
  • Click on “edit” (top right) and upload your photo.
  • On the far right hand side you will see a row of icons.  Click on the cat.
  • Select which “monster” you want to create, and picmonkey will give you steps on how to create that monster.

 

Painted Pumpkins

Looking for a fun an easy Halloween craft?  I had a great time with my mom, @drdi  painting pumpkins this week!

We used craft store pumpkins because they are cheap and we can bring them out every year!

This project was inspired by the tutorial on The House that Lars Built blog.

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Materials:

  • Fake craft store pumpkins (or real pumpkins if that’s what you prefer)
  • Bulls-eye primer spray paint (we love this primer, it helps the paint go on so easily)  With this primer, you will only need one coat of paint.
  • Sharpie (to draw face details)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Printable stencils from The House that Lars Built Tutorial (we didn’t use the stencils, but I am sure they would be fantastic).

Directions:

  • Cover the pumpkins with the bulls eye spray paint primer (do this outside).   It takes about 10-15 min to dry.  Then we turn it over and pain the bottom.
  • Paint the pumpkin your desired color.  We mixed paint colors with white to make pastels.
  • Let try (or use a hair dryer.
  • Add face details using a pencil first, then sharpie.   We used paint for lips and cheeks.

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Pom Poms and Puffs for Kids Fashion

Pom poms and puffballs are everywhere in fashion right now and we are sort of loving it!   Here’s a lineup of some of our favorite and affordable pom pom fashion trends for kids!

Zara metallic pom pom shoes!  Aren’t these incredible?  They go perfectly with this Zara  headband.

 

Max the Monster Purse from jcrew

This fun comfy baby sweatshirt from hm

 

Gap metallic toddler shoes, with removable puff?  Yes please!

 

I tried to get a little crafty and create a DIY monster puff clip.  You can get these puffs at the craft store or amazon.  Add a felt circle and an alligator clip to the back.  Then simple glue some googly eyes to the front.  This makes a great festive hair or shoe clip.

 

 

Moana Hei Hei Craft

We had a blast making Hei Hei from Moana.  He’s such a cute little guy!

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Materials:

  • toilet paper roll
  • construction paper (or paint)
  • googly eyes
  • feathers
  • glue gun

Instructions:

You can either glue several colors of construction paper to the toilet paper roll, or paint the roll. We used glue sticks to stock the feathers to the top and back of the roll.  The googly eyes were pretty heavy so we needed to use a glue gun to secure them.

Moana Preschool Crafts! Pua the Pig.

Moana releases to DVD next week!  I’ve put together some crafts to celebrate launch day!    Cohen loves these.  It’s such a fun activity for his age group.

Moana Craft 1: Pua the Pig

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Materials:

  • small paper plate
  • pink pipe cleaner
  • stapler
  • pink paper
  • black marker or pencil crayon
  • googly eyes
  • glue

Instructions:

Pre-cut the nose and ears.  Then you can have your child draw the dark circle for the eye, the nostrils of the nose, and the mouth.  They can glue it on.   After curling the pipe cleaner, staple it to the plate.

 

DIY Plastic Animal Necklaces

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A perfect easy craft activity that the kids will love!!  We did these today and it was definitely a success.

I’ve been inspired by these awesome J Crew animal necklaces, and decided that I need to make some with the kids.

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So here’s our kid friendly DIY project.

Materials:

  1.  Plastic Turtles (you could also use dinosaurs, zoo animals or whatever they have available.  I have seen lizards that would be cute too).  Amazon sells them HERE

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2.  Screw Eyes – I bought mine at Joanns (with my 40% off coupon)

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3.  Paint and Brushes.  We tried a few acrylic paints out, and surprisingly my favorite brand was the cheap brand “craft essentials” that I picked up at Joanns.  It covered really well.

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4.  Clear Sealant.  This is optional, but if you want a nice shiny coat and protection from chipping, it would be a good idea.

5.  Cord. We used stretchy cord similar to this

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If you want to match the jcrew necklace closey, you can buy ball and chain necklaces suppliers from ETSY

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Step 1:

Paint your turtles (don’t my shirtless boys, they were ready for a swim.

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Step 2.  Once your turtle is dry, screw in the screw eye.  This was hard for the kids to do, so I did this step for them.  Simply decide where you want to have the ring, and then poke the sharp end into the toy and screw it in until it’s tight.

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Step 3.  If you want to add the clear sealant you can do this now (or before the screw eye goes in, it doesn’t matter.

Step 4.  Cut the stretchy cord long enough so it can fit over their head and tie a single know like this:

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And all done!  My kids really enjoyed this.  Taylor has a friend participating and she said she loves her necklace!

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