Darla- Finding Nemo DIY

Here is a fun DIY costume that is super easy to throw together (((last minute even))) and perfect for Halloween!

darlaIt’s Darla that scary girl who unintentionally kills FISH!  She is the first female Pixar villain and so underrated that we thought we would shine the spotlight on her this ghoulish season.

Everything you need for this costume can be found around the house.

Materials needed:

*purple shirt *blue, pink, and gold glitter *fabric glue *Elmer’s glue

*plaid skirt or denim shorts (we improvised and used denim shorts)

*print out of “Rock n Roll Girl” graphic on cardstock

*brown metallic eyeliner *gray or white pipe cleaner

*two pigtail holders * two bobby pins *knee high socks *plastic fish

*Ziploc bags *clear hair gel and water *scissors

First things first:

Rock-n-Roll-Girl-Darla-ShermanThe shirt:  Cut out the Rock n Roll Girl print following the black bold lines to keep the shape of the graphic.  Glue glitter with the Elmer’s glue onto the letters for that added sparkle.  Blue glitter on Rock and Roll, pink glitter on the letter n and Girl, and gold glitter on the star.  When this dries glue the graphic onto the shirt using the fabric glue.  Make sure to place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to keep from gluing the fabric together.  Place a heavy book over the graphic to keep it flat while drying.

The fish in the bag:  Drop your plastic fishy into the Ziploc bag.  Fill a quarter of the bag with hair gel and top off with tap water.  Just a little over a quarter, not too much water because you will need to tie the bag shut.  The hair gel makes the water look under the sea bubbly.

The hair and makeup:  Darla hair is easy.  Make two pigtails and secure.  Darla is a young girl and she doesn’t wear makeup; use the metallic brown eyeliner to add freckles on your nose and just under the eyes.  She has lots of freckles!  Shape the pipe cleaner and position around the mouth like headgear.  Tuck the ends of the pipe cleaner behind ears and secure with bobby pins.

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Slip on your bottoms, socks, and shoes and your ready to go!

Happy Fall, my friends!

 

Lightsaber DIY

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Star Wars Lightsaber from a pool noodle!!!   This is a fun DIY that is perfect for the lil Jedi in your life!

All you need for this DIY project:

pool noodle

electrical tape

duck tape

You can find all materials at the Dollar Tree.  To make a double sided lightsaber just place two stripes of the gray duck tape in the center of the noodle.  Make stripes and buttons using the black electrical tape.  Smaller lightsabers can be made by cutting the noodle in half and placing the duck tape and electrical tape on one end of noodle.

Now get ready for hours of fun as you and your child engage in the ultimate galactic battle!  Perfect fun for a Star Wars party theme for all ages!

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

1It’s Seuss Day!!!!  We had a lot of fun putting this look together!  We had a shirt from a Penguin play that was perfect for this Cat in the Hat look.  We paired it with a pair of black shorts and knee high black socks.  For the hat, we took red felt and glued on white paper for the stripes.  We rounded the felt and glued the edges together making a pipe hat.  Once dried, we stuffed the center of the pipe hat with tissue paper and secured it to a white paper plate.  We punched two holes on either side and attached stretch cord.  Using white and black face paint to create the Cat look we magically transformed this  adorable child into the Cat in the Hat!

“Ugly” Christmas Sweater- DIY

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Have you noticed a new Christmas fashion emerging in retail stores?  The Ugly Christmas Sweater is a new trend that can end up costing you a pretty penny.  My daughter found one online for $75!   I am going  to show you how you can make one for almost nothing by using what you already own.  Not only will it be unique and in a class of it’s own, but you will have a blast making it!

Materials:

Old sweater or a long sleeve shirt (take it from the closet)

Christmas odds and ends…garland, stockings, ornaments, candy canes, etc…(found em in our Christmas decor totes)

Hot glue gun

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What we did:

Jammed out to our favorite Christmas carols and giggled as we 3 dimensionally designed our sweater.  Our sweater is actually a long sleeve shirt with sweater like arms.  It has a pink cheerleader image on the front, which was easily covered with our Christmas Trim.  Using hot glue and E 6000 we secured the stocking, fake snow, and ornaments in place.

My daughter designed her “Ugly” Christmas Sweater for a contest at school.  She was feeling very confident and very proud of her creation.

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Please share your “Ugly” Christmas Sweater pics

and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Storybook Pumpkins

Check out the storybook pumpkins my amazing kiddos created this year!  This is such a super fun idea and best of all very lil to no mess!  We use fake pumpkins that can be purchased at your local craft store so we can keep them for decoration the following year.

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Maleficent Pumpkin:

Natural colored pumpkin

Paint: green, purple, black, red, pink, and yellow

Black pipe cleaners for horns

E6000 for gluing horns to pumpkin

Black felt for collar

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Bad Kitty Pumpkin:

Black pumpkin

Yellow wiggly eyes

Black pipe cleaner for tail

E6000 for gluing tail and felt pieces to pumpkin

Felt: pink, black, and red for facial features

Black sharpie for mouth lines

I would love to see your Storybook Pumpkin creation, please share below or post on social media using #spookilypumpkin and #thecutecountrychick

Happy Halloween ya’ll!

Fingerprint Christmas Ornament

One of our family traditions is making and giving Christmas ornaments to our family.  It is such a nice way to capture the essence of the year.  My daughter loves painting the inside of the clear balls and making pretty swirls.  We have made this ornament for about 8 years now.  After realizing that our family had enough to fill a whole tree, we decided to try something new.

This year we made fingerprint Christmas ornaments.  They are so much fun and easy for children of all ages.

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What you will need:

self hardening clay- We used Crayola (takes a few days to harden at room temperature.)

straw to make hole

yarn

letter stamps

rolling pin

wax paper

cookie cutter (shape of your choice)

black crayon

glitter spray

silver sharpie

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Roll out a ball of clay with the rolling pin on wax paper.

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Using a cookie cutter press down on clay and cut excess off around the cookie cutter.  Remove cookie cutter.  Using the end of a straw make a hole for the ribbon/yarn for hanging purposes.

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Have your child press their thumbprint on the clay.

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Using a letter stamp press the initials of your child’s name on the ornament above the fingerprint.

Lay out the ornaments on wax paper to dry.  This will take between three and five days.  Once the clay hardens  you take a black crayon and lightly color over the thumbprint.  This makes it easier to see the lines in the fingerprint.  Spray the ornament with silver glitter spray.  Let topside dry; flip and spray underside with glitter spray.  Write the year with silver sharpie on backside of ornament.  Thread ribbon or yarn through hole for hanging.  And voila’!  You have yourself a timeless piece that you can hang on your tree year after year.

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Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!!!

Well good morning ya’ll!  I have a super easy, fun, and super cute Christmas craft for ya!  These are absolutely perfect as teacher gifts.  The best part is this is a kid friendly craft…which means they can do it themselves with minimal help from mom and dad.  In my house that means less help from mom and big sister.

Waterless Snow Globes:

Materials needed:

Epsom Salt

Glitter (we used clear and silver)

Mini figures and Christmas trees (I got mine at the Dollar Tree in their seasonal merchandise)

E6000

Mason Jar

Helping hands 🙂

Steps:

1) Glue mini figure or Christmas tree on the inner part of the mason jar lid with E6000, let dry over nite.

2) Pour some Epsom salt into the mason jar and sprinkle in some glitter.

3) Seal mason jar.

4) Shake and enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

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The teachers love em and appreciate the handmade gift, over all the coffee mugs they get each year.

Here is a post of our Waterless Snow Globes we did last year: SNOW!!!

A Thanksgiving Tradition

This year marks the 6th year for the Annual Cousin Parade.  Every year the young cousins in our family transform shoe boxes into parade floats.  The Cousins Parade is one of our Thanksgiving Family Traditions and one of my favorite activities on Thanksgiving Day.  Here is a sneak peek of the floats my kiddos made this year.

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Superhero’s

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Frosty the Snowman

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