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Fall Leaf and Handprint Collage

Looking for an easy to make craft to do with your toddler during the Autumn Season?
How about trying to make an Fall Leaf & Hand print Collage.

What You’ll Need:

1 Black Sheet of Construction Paper for the Background
A variety of leaves & hand print cutouts ( you are not limited to what you’d like your child’s collage to consist of…you can cut acorns, trees, and more!)
Scissors, Glue, Patience, and a more than willing Toddler!

Step #1

Take a black sheet of construction paper or whatever color you have on hand or would like your child’s collage to be on.

Step #2

Find a variety of leaf patterns or draw your own. I found some great ones to print out here or I am sure you could find some pre-made cut out leaves too.

Step #3

Trace your child’s hand prints and good luck with that. My daughter was pretty good about letting me trace her hand onto construction paper without any problems.  Then cut those hand prints out to let your child glue on his or her collage.

Step #4

Prep your child’s craft area! I let my daughter work over a plastic table cloth and a wipe able place mat especially since glue is involved and if you value your table.

Step #5

Let the creating begin! I had my daughter glue the leaves and hand prints in whatever way she wanted!

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Paper Plate Autumn Wreath Project

Looking for an easy to make craft to do with your toddler?
How about trying to make an Paper Plate Autumn Wreath
like my daughter Melody and I did over the weekend?

What You’ll Need:

1 Paper Plate
1 Yellow Crayon or whatever colors you want to use
Red, Yellow, & Orange Construction Paper ( also you can use other colors too)
Scissors, Glue, Patience, and more than willing Toddler!

Step #1

Take a Paper Plate and Have your child color it what color (s) you or they choose. We went with a yellow and my daughter had a lot of fun doing that.

Step #2

Find a variety of leaf patterns or draw your own to cut out to use on the wreath. I found some great ones to print out here or I am sure you could find some premade cut out leaves too.

Step #3

Start cutting out leaves for your child to glue on the wreath. I folded my construction paper as many times as I could, traced a leaf pattern, and then cut through the folded paper. This saved me a lot of time and cutting! I would say around twenty leaves or so would be a good number for this project.

Step #4

Prep your child’s craft area! I let my daughter work over a plastic table cloth and a wipe able place mat especially since glue is involved and if you value your table.

Step #5

Let the creating begin! I had my daughter glue all around the paper plate and then let her place the leaves in whatever way she wanted! She had a blast and we’ll be looking to make another wreath once the Christmas season is among us!

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Oh to Be Creative! My First No Sew Fleece Blanket

No Sew Fleece Blanket (August 2010)

I wanted to be able to make a blanket for my children but alas I didn’t want to have to go out and purchase a sewing machine. I had seen and heard about no sew fleece blankets from a few people  so I thought I would try my hand at it and was thrilled my results!

A few weeks ago Joann Fabric was having a 40% fleece sell so that time was more than perfect to try my hand and blanket making. I wasn’t sure exactly what size to make for a baby/toddler so I went with a two yard blanket.  I figure more was better at less at the time. My 2 yard blanket is way too big for a little baby but is great to lay down on the floor for crawling on, snuggling up on the couch, or throwing over a twin bed.  Once I know the sex of my baby at the end of August, I’m going to make another no sew blanket and this time go with a 1 yard to a 1 1/2 yard blanket instead.

These blankets are easy to make but a little bit time consuming, especially if you make a two yard blanket. They’ll be lots and lots of cutting! I found the tying part much easier and faster.  Overall if you want to make a fun personalized gift for a friend or baby shower, these are so simple to do.

What You Would Need

  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Two coordinating pieces of any fleece . . . for a baby or toddler, purchase 1 to 1 1/2 yards,  for a child, purchase 1-3/4 yards (in each of two fabrics, for a teen or adult, purchase 2 yards (in each of two fabrics)

Directions

  1. Trim the salvage from your fleece.
  2. Lay your two pieces of fleece on top of one another with the good sides facing out.
  3. Make sure your two pieces of fleece line up, if not trim accordingly.
  4. Cut a 5×5 square from a piece of paper. Use this piece to cut out all four corners from your fleece.
  5. Cut the tassles. Make each cut about an inch apart. Make sure you cut through both pieces of fabric on all four sides of the blanket.
  6. Start tying off the tassels. I started by doing every other one. Once that is done flip the blanket over and tie off the rest.  You can do either double knots or overhand it totally depends on personal preference.
  7. You’ve just made your very own no sew fleece blanket!

I finished my blanket in a day which for me was approximately two hours with breaks here and there. I can’t wait to make a few more in various sizes. I’ll be posting my results  here on my blog so be on the look out!

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Crafty Friday: An Added Bow and Autumn Themed Clips



This week I made a few more alligator hair clips and this go around, I tried my hand at adding a little bow with a crystal embellishment to the top. I have to say it came out a lot better than I expected! And with that being the case, I can’t wait to try to create more!

I’m not quite ready to open an Etsy store yet for my hair accessories because I want to build up a bigger collection first but I am willing to sell a few by word of mouth or by means of my blog. If you are interested in the sets pictured below, feel free to e-mail me and we’ll set something up!

Note that these Autumn themed alligator clips are 1 3/4″ long and are covered quality grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon is treated with heat so there will not be any fraying. These sets include 2 clips for 2.50! You can contact me at ellybean (at) connected2christ dot com, if interested.

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Oh to Be Creative! Easy-to-Make Alligator Hair Clips

It’s so fun to be able to show and tell! And I really proud of my latest attempt to be creative. This year has seemed to be flying by without me personally having much to show for it.  And with that being said, I plan on being more creative from now on out since I’m feeling a bit better and have finally caught up with all that I fell so behind in doing when I was feeling really sick during this second pregnancy.

In the above picture, are several alligator clips that I lined with a variety of different color and styles of ribbon.  I honestly had no idea how easy these clips were to make! I may never purchase these again now that I’ve tried my hand at them and seen how they’ve come out so fantastically.

So how would you go about making these? Well, this is what I’ve used and did!

What You Will need to make your own lined Alligator Clips!

  • 1.75 Single-prong clips (I purchased mine from the Hair BowCenter.com )
  • 3/8 ribbon (grosgrain or velvet are known to stay in hair the best) The Selection above were purchased at Micheals and Target.
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I use Tacky Glue for my hair clips but some people prefer using a hot glue gun)
  • A lighter to seal the ends of the ribbon

I am going to refer you to Hair Clip Tutorial I found over at The Green Wife. She has some great photos that show you how to line your clip. She unlike me fully lines her clips where I only partially line mine to save on ribbon plus you won’t see the back of the hair clip when worn in your hair. Again, it’s a personal preference. So if you want to line your clips exactly like I do, you’ll want to use only 4.5 inches of ribbon instead of 7 inches.

** A handy tricky I do while using Tacky Glue to adhere the ribbon to the clip would be  to use other blank alligator clips to hold the ribbon in place while it’s drying. This saves so much time and frees up your hands to work on more clips or the need tend to your toddler like myself! **

I hope you enjoyed what I’ve shared! I plan on posting more how to’s and sharing more of my hair accessory creations soon! I can’t wait to try my hand at embellishing and making bows!

If you have any hints or tips about creating hair clips whether it be how you go about it or where you like to purchase supplies, be sure to share them here, I’d love to know about them.

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Perler Bead Decorations

I love being crafty and just recently have taken up creating with Perler Beads! Since I’m a fan of gaming consoles and old school games like Pac Man, I created these fun pac man perler bead buddies to decorate my nearly ornamentless tree this year!

I can’t wait to make more of my own favorite characters as well as my own self thought up designs! These are so much fun to create (save for the hours I spent sorting beads). You can buy Perler beads not mixed from the perler bead website and I would also recommend checking out e-bay for some great deals.

You can purchase a bucket of Perler beads for around $13.00 at Micheals or any other craft store. The prices of the pegboards you’ll need vary depending on the size. I scored a great deal on peg boards at Ikea for just two dollars for a set of 4!

Perler beads are great for making key chains, coasters, ornaments, stylish magnets and whatever else you can think up! These are a fun craft to do with kids ages four and up as I have some great memories of creating with them when I was a child.

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