Paper clip book marks

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These bookmarks were made using various sizes of paper clips and ribbons and beads.

I cut ribbons about 4-6 inches in length and tied them around the top of each paper clip and trimmed the ends to suit the length I wanted.

These little guys get clipped to the page you finish reading and the ribbons and beads hang out the top.

I liked this craft because it could be gifted to boys or girls. Anyone that reads would like this as a cute gift.

You could even get kids involved by having them help pick the ribbons and clips they want, have them string the beads and assemble these themselves.

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Kid’s Playroom Painted Shelves

I recently converted a room from a home office to a kid’s playroom. The walls went from milk chocolate to white. Yes… white. In the past, I’ve always done kid’s bedrooms and playrooms in some bright colour, but I find inevitably I grow tired of that one bright colour throughout… especially when you add all of the other crazy colours, toys, accessories, etc. So this time around, I decided that white was a nice clean-slate sort of colour to brighten up this basement space.

The shelving units however got the full colour treatment. Each unit was painted it’s own bright colour and I love the way this turned out.

Each shelving unit gets a different colour of paint

The inspiration for this room and the colouring came from the much loved kid’s story book, “Goodnight Moon”, by Margaret Wise Brown. Anyone who has read this to their child will know that sometimes kids just get addicted to a book and want to read the same one over and over every single night. And this book… well it’s a little strange. But the simple wording, repetitive phrasing and bright primary colours make it a hit with the kids. I found a large hardboard version of this book at a second hand store for $2 and 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking frames for $2 at the Dollarama. So for $10, I created wall art to be featured in this room. Right now they are located on top of the shelves, where they look great. But they might relocate to one of the white walls opposite to the shelves.

Take any kid's book, remove the pages and frame them as artwork to hang in your kid's bedroom or playroom.

 

This was a simple painting project with a lot of impact… I hope that you are inspired by this and create something beautiful for your little ones!

Made beautifully by Leanne 🙂

Button Monogram

Whoa, Nelly. It’s as if we haven’t been crafting and DIY’ing up a storm. We aren’t keeping it top secret from you folks either. We love to share!

This is something I did many months ago for my friend who was expecting her first little baby bundle of joy! I can’t remember the original source, but I did see it again on Pinterest a few days ago, so I’m sure you’ve all seen it before as well.

What you need:

-printed letter in the size and color you want
-shadow box
-buttons
-brads
-glue

All you have to do is:
1. Print out your letter. I did an “S” because they weren’t finding out what their baby was, and their last name starts with an “S”, which conveniently is what my name starts with, so they could easily have named the baby after me. Alas, they did not. How rude! I can’t remember what size or font I picked, because I’m organized and amazing like that. But I think it was size 130 or something. Or not. It’s really anybody’s guess. Also print the letter on card stock. Trust me, your paper needs the same support you give your double D’s. Once you add all the buttons, it gets a little front heavy.

2. Start gluing your buttons to the paper. It’s really that easy.

3. Fill in any blank spaces using brads and other embellishments you have laying around. This is why it is helpful to print the letter in a color, that way it doesn’t look like you took a bite out of it if you can’t find a tiny little bit of something to fill the gap.

4. Once it was done I cut the card stock into a rectangle that would fit onto the backing of the shadow box frame. I also painted the cardboard backing black so that it would all look put together.

5. Glue gun the card stock with the letter and button madness to the backing of the shadow box.

I believe the one I saw online used just a frame with the glass removed. I opted for the shadow box so that it would catch any of the dropped buttons in the event that they fell off. Not that I would do a shotty job like that, but I don’t want my new baby BFF to eat buttons and metal brads for snack time one day.

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Buttons!!!! Love them.

sd. 😻

Little Crafter

So we haven’t posted much in the past week, but I can assure all of you that many beautiful things are being made every single day.

Heather and Stephanie have both been crafting and creating, I’ve been crocheting and painting and deciding on colours to FINALLY paint my kitchen and living room. We’ll be posting about our beautiful creations very soon.

But I had a moment and had to say that I’ve had to bribe my three year old with ‘crafts’, if she goes on the potty. I’ve tried treats, sweets, stickers, EVERYTHING! But this week I’m trying “big girl activities” that only the big kids get to do. Happy to say, we’ve been accident free for 2 days now. Whoever said potty training was easy… Was a big fat liar! 😛

The only back fire to this plan is now she is expecting a new activity for every poop or pee. I’ll be busy enough planning one or two new activities… But hopefully I can squeeze in some crafting time for me!

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And….. From a previous post, Abby and I made coloured noodles and rice. Yesterday’s craft included gluing them onto paper. This bought me a whole hour of silence.

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Coloured Pasta – Prepping for Future Crafts

Coloured Pasta – Prepping for Future Crafts

Leanne here… makin’ it beautiful… So I’ve seen this around on the Internet and we had some time today, so I did this craft with my three year old. It was super easy and I was able to engage my … Continue reading