Sunday, 30 December 2012

2x4 Snowmen

My girls were looking for something to do a few days ago, and we had three end pieces of wood from other projects I had done.  I gave them to the girls and told them they could make snowmen out of them.  They were excited and went right to work painting them white.  I had some socks with holes that I was going to get ride of, but had decided to keep for projects.  They picked some and we put them over the top and tied a ribbon around them for a hat. I cut the end off and then cut that piece in a circle, so it made a long piece and tied that around the bottom for the scarf.  They painted the faces on and we were done!  Such a quick and simple craft, and I think they are so cute!

Family Picture

I'm sure a lot of you have seen those huge pictures a lot of people have pinned on Pinterest that you can make for cheap. I wanted to check and see if I could really do it, and yes you can!  I was ordering something on Staples, so I checked it out.  You order an engineering print.  I got the 2 foot x 3 foot size for about $3.50.  I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but I figured for less than $4, it was worth trying.  I got free delivery and it came quickly in a sturdy tube.  Of course, it isn't on photo paper and they tell you not to do photos, but it turned out beautifully!  I love it! I had seen on Pinterest that people would put them onto wood.  That was cool, but I thought I would like to be able to switch out the picture now that I know how to get them for so cheap.  So I went to Wal-mart and found a poster frame to fit it for $16.  So for under $20, I have this huge family picture.  I put it over our full-size keyboard upstairs, so you can see how big it really is.
My brother-in-law was thinking of all kinds of ideas you could use these for, like printing out a picture of your child for a birthday party and playing "Pin the hat on _____" (fill in child's name) or some other article of clothing or body part to pin onto the child's picture.  You could decorate your walls with different pictures of your children for parties or anything! 

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Diaper Bag

I had been looking at cute diaper bags on Etsy for the past couple of months.  They are so cute, but I just couldn't see spending almost $100 for a diaper bag that I could probably make.  So I looked for some free patterns for bags and I found one I really liked.  The tutorial was very detailed and it went very quickly.  If you are interested, the site is here:
I picked a gray chevron pattern and used that fabric for the entire outside and just used a white material for the inside.  I love it and can't wait to use it every day!

I also made a wipes case and burp cloth to match.  They fit inside perfectly!