DIY Crinkle Baby Toy

Something we LOVE to include in our birthday festivities is balloon bouquets!  Something we hate about balloon bouquets is that mylar balloons aren’t great on the environment.  They take years to break down, they end up in our oceans and they hurt animals there.  So, with this tutorial, you can re-use them to something fun for your baby!  Babies love the crinkly sound, they love the little ribbons and lace, and they love how soft the fabric is.  These would make a great and super easy gift!

Supplies:
– Fabric // I chose a minky and a tie dye cotton.  The choices of fabric is up to you! You can use basically anything.
– Pieces of ribbon and lace
– Mylar Balloon
– Sewing machine

  1. First, cut 8″ by 8″ squares out of your fabric and mylar balloon.

  2. Cut out small pieces of ribbon and lace.  You can choose how long you’d like each one to be, and how many to do.  I chose to do 4 little loops, so baby will have a few options.
  3. Pin/clip them to the side of the fabric, on the “right” side.
  4. Start layering with your fabric, and pin/clip together.  Start with the minky, with the balloon piece on top.

  5. Sew all around with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving about an inch or two to turn it.
  6. Turn it right side out.
  7. Sew around the edges, closing up your hole, and finally “quilt” a pattern across the square.  I did a criss-cross through the middle, but you can choose something that makes sense for your fabric pattern!
  8. Ta-da!! Give to a baby to play with and watch them as they discover the crinkle sounds in their new little toy, and enjoy <3         

xoxo,
Alysa

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DIY Princess Silhouette Nursery Art

DIY Disney Princess Silhouettes

So, for Autumn’s room, I really wanted to do a princess theme.  For the first year of her life, I had the banner from my baby shower up in her room, and the theme kind of took off from there.  We have since taken it down (mostly because we were using thumb tacks to keep it up and I didn’t feel comfortable having that hanging above her bed with thumb tacks), but the theme stayed.  I wanted to do something simple, yet obviously princesses, so I decided to do Princess Silhouettes!

DIY Princess Silhouette Printable

YOU WILL NEED:
4 frames
black paper
white paper
A Disney Princess Printable (download here)

STEP ONE:
Download printable and print it out.

STEP TWO:
Cut out each individual princess, and then cut it out using the black paper.  I used black card stock.

DIY Princess Silhouette Printable

STEP THREE:
Glue onto white pieces of paper that fit into the frames and place in the frames.

DIY Princess Silhouette Printable

STEP FOUR:
Hang and enjoy!

xoxo,
Alysa

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DIY Headband & Hairclip Holder

I had been looking for a hairband/hair clip holder for my daughter’s room for a little while, and thought it would definitely be the most fun to make one myself! I didn’t like any of the things I could find on pinterest though.  There were a lot that sit on a table, and I wanted one that would be hanging on the wall.  There were also a few that seemed really complicated, when I wanted something simple.  So, I came up with one on my own!

Here’s how to make one for yourself, too!

diy hairband holder,

YOU WILL NEED:
A piece of corkboard
Wooden clothespins
Some lace
White paint (optional)
A glue gun and glue

DIY hairband holder

ONE:
Measure out the lace and glue gun it to the back of the cork board.  The lace is so you can attach hair clips as well as headbands.  I decided to do two rows of lace, because you can never have too many hair clips!

DIY hairband holder

TWO A:
Paint the clothespins.  I chose to pain them white, because it goes better with the decor in my daughter’s room.  It’s totally optional though, and you can leave them if you’d like.
TWO B:
Place the clothespins where you would like to glue them  I decided to do two rows of 6 each, for a total of 12 clothespins.  My daughter has a lot of hairbands, so this will be able to hold all of them

THREE:
With your hot glue gun, glue the clothespins in place.

FOUR: 
Hang on the wall and cover in clips and hairbands!

DIY hairband holder

And you’re done!  It was the easiest project ever.  The thing that took the longest was waiting until we had time to physically hang it up in her room.

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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DIY Toddler Made Valentines

DIY Toddler Made Valentines

I haven’t made Valentines in a few years, but thought it would be fun to get my daughter involved this year and make a few!  Here’s how we made them:

DIY Toddler Made Valentines

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I decided to use some pink colours.  I spread some paint over a large piece of paper like so:

DIY Toddler Made Valentines

And then let my daughter to her thing:

DIY Toddler Made Valentines

Let it dry overnight so it’s totally dry.      DIY Toddler Made Valentines

Use a pencil to mark off how big you would like your valentines to be.  I chose to make mine 3″ x 2.75″.  I wanted to make them fairly small, just like the ones I would have given out in elementary school.

DIY Toddler Made Valentines

Next, we cut the valentines!

DIY Toddler Made Valentines

Every part of the paper looked different, so each valentine is slightly different.

DIY Toddler Made Valentines

Then, using a sharpie, I wrote some valentines messages on the front (examples include “xoxo” “be my valentine” and “you’re sweet”, but you can write anything you want!)

Toddler Made Valentines

Then, on the back, I wrote “To:” and “From:”, just like the commercial valentines.

DIY Toddler Made Valentines

Now they’re ready to give out!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,
Alysa

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