Category: Crafts

{Mommy Craft} : Burlap Placemats

For several months now, I have wanted to make new placemats.  Our old ones have been washed so many times that they are starting to struggle.  They have also lead to numerous spills because they are small and the boys consistantly manage to put their drink cups on the edge of the mat.  One small bump and down they go.

During Thanksgiving, while cruising Pinterest, I came across a set made from burlap that had different words for eat on them.  I loved the burlap idea, but I wasn’t feeling the words, because it just isn’t us.  So I decided to make my own version.

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This were super simple to make.  The boys think they are pretty cool and I am just happy to have bigger placemats to use on our table.

What have you made lately?

{Mommy Craft} : Handprint Flower Apron

I have been meaning to make a new apron for a couple of months now. I am tired of my current tie-dyed one that the boys and I made a couple of summers ago.  However, I have had a hard time trying to decide what I wanted to do next.  So I decided that I would get it out and start decorating it.  No plan, just decorate it.

Well, it wasn’t long after I started, that my boys helped me come up with a plan.  The boys wanted me to trace their hands onto the apron so I did, since I didn’t have a plan anyway. Once I had all the boys’ hands traced onto the apron, I took a look at it and decided to turn the boys hands into flowers.

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Here is the almost finished project.  I added the boy’s name to the stems after this picture was taken.

What fun ways have you decorated an apron?

{Mommy Craft} : Simple Scarf

I have always loved doing crafts. However, I have done very little crafting for me in the last 5 years.  Now that the boys are a little older and I can leave a few items out that I am working on I have decided to try to craft a little more.

Today I want to share a simple scarf that I knitted over the break.  I used a whole skien of worsted weight yarn and size US 19-15mm knitting needles.  Then I simply knit 20 stitches, turned and purl 20 stitches.  I am not even sure if this is the correct terminology.

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This is a greater started project because you can see all the stitches clearly and there is no complicated counting of stitches or anything.  I am all about simple, especially since this was the second time I have ever knitted anything.

What have you knitted?  I would love to hear about it since I am on a mission to find new ideas.  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Just another craft with the Cameron Clan!

Brown Sugar & Vanilla Body Scrub

For Christmas I gave a few people a wonderful smelling and tasting brown sugar and vanilla body scrub.  I have to warn you that this was my first time to make any homemade beauty product.  However, it was super easy, super cheap and super fun.  My husband was intrigued by the whole thing.

Brown Sugar & Vanilla Body Scrub

Brown Sugar & Vanilla Body Scrub

Ingredients:
2 Cups brown sugar
1 Cup granulated sugar
1 Cup Coconut oil
1 Tbsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions:
1.  Mix brown sugar and granulated sugar until there are no lumps.
2.  Add coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix.  Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so you may need to warm it a bit until it is soft.  (25 seconds in a microwave or set the jar in  bowl of hot water.)
3.  Put the mixture into a sealable glass jar.  I was able to fill two pint size jars with this mixture.

Adapted from Under the Table and Dreaming.

Easy Peasy!  I will be making more homemade beauty products in the future.

What homemade beauty products have you made?  I am on the lookout for new ideas.  Leave a comment and let me know!

Bandana Drawstring Bag

I don’t know about you, but my boys love to take at least one toy with them in the car when we go somewhere.  I do make them leave them in the car, most of the time.  However, we have had a few issues remembering to get all the toys out of the car again when we get home.  Especially, if they acquire something else while we are out.  So in order to combat that problem, for Christmas I made each boy a simple drawstring bag that is for the sole purpose of going to and from the car.  The bag is to put the toy in when we leave the house (if it don’t fit, it can’t go) and to gather all belongings when we get out of the car.  No more having mommy try to carry everything out of the car.

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Bandana Drawstring Bag
This took me about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Supplies:
2 Bandanas
Parachute Cord (any cord that you would like to use for the straps)
Needle and thread (or sewing machine)

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Directions:
1. First, I ironed both of my bandanas to “try” and get out the wrinkles.
2. Lay the two ironed bandanas on top of each other and mark off the size of your bag, remember to leave extra for the seams.  I think I cut out a 17 inch by 15 inch rectangle.  (I made these for my 2, 4, and 5 year old.)
3. Next, fold each of the bandanas down at the top about one inch. I left the bandanas on top of each other, folded one side down and then the other side down.  Sew the folds down.

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4. Next I cut two 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch squares from the leftover to make the loops that the string would run through.  I folded them with the good sides together and sewed the edge.  Then I flipped it inside out.

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5.  Now it is time to sew the sides together.  With the good sides together, I slipped the loop I made between the two good sides with the loop entirely in the middle.

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Sew around the sides and bottom of the bag.

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Make sure that you do not sew over the openings at the top of the bag.

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6.  Flip the bag inside out.
7.  Measure two pieces of parachute cord.  Mine were approximately 3 feet long, but you can make them longer or shorter depending on your kids.  Burn the ends of the parachute cord to prevent fraying.

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8. Thread them through the top of the bags.  One piece of cord for each side of the bag.  I tied the two pieces of cord together on either sides of the openings at the top of the bag.

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I then threaded the cord through the loops at the bottom of the bag and tied a knot.

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8.  All Done!

The boys were excited to get their bags Christmas morning.  I have bought some fabric markers and I am going to let the boys decorate their bags.  This will probably be their favorite part and it is also why I bought solid colored bandanas.

Just another Craft with the Cameron Clan!

Secret Stuffed Animal Storage

We have a lot of stuffed animals in this house.  I have tried to have some stuffed animals “disappear,” however, my sneaky boys found them before they could completely disappear.

Last night, while I was looking through a storage container full of fabric, I came across this cover I had made for my dorm room in college.  Sadly, I can’t remember what it covered.  Anyway, it is like a bag with a zipper on it.

For some reason, I thought that this would make the perfect storage container for Thing 1’s stuffed animals, especially since Thing 1 likes to lay all over them.  He can store all his animals is this bag and then sit or lay on it.

It’s a two for one deal, stuffed animal storage and giant pillow!

Thing 1 thought that the bag was the coolest idea.  He liked the idea that he could sit on it.  Whatever makes him happy.  I am just glad that he now has a designated place to put all of his animals.

 

Snowy Mason Jar Candles

I love me some Mason jars. So this Christmas I decided that I wanted to use them on my table.

 

Supplies:
Quart size Mason Jars
Jute
Epsom Salt
Metallic Crochet Thread
Candle

Instructions:
1.  Wrap the jute around the neck of the jar.


2.  Wrap the metallic thread over the top of the jute.
3. Fill the jar with the desired amount of Epsom salt.


4.  Place candle on top of the snow.

 What do you think?  What have you done with Mason jars?

Tomato Cage Christmas Tree

This year is the first year that I have done more with my Christmas decorating than just put up a tree and place a few small Christmas trees around the house.  It is the first time that I have really taken the time to create my own Christmas “theme.”  The bulk of our decorations, like our Christmas tree and banister decorations are the same.  However, I have taken the time to decorate some other areas and I will want to share some of my creations.

Our front door has gotten a facelift this year.  In addition to our usual wreath, Daddy Cameron added some lights around the door.  I also created a small Christmas tree using one of our tomato cages.

Supplies:
tomato cage
set of 300 lights
twine or rubber bands
ribbon

Instructions:
1. Turn the tomato cage upside down. Using the twine, string or rubber bands tie the stakes together.
2.  Starting at the “bottom of the tree”  wrap Christmas lights up on the outside and down on the inside of the tomato cage.  Make sure that you leave enough lights at the end so that you can plug-in the tree.
3.  Decorate.

Here is what it looked like at dusk.

Want to know what the best part of this little creation is…it was free!  I literally pulled the tomato cage out of our garden this morning.  We already had an extra box of lights.  The ribbon is the leftovers from some of my other decorating adventures.

Also, the boys absolutely love it, because you can see it from inside the house as well. Score!!!

What fun Christmas decorations have you made?