Category Archives: crafts

craft: wave bottle

I am always looking for craft/activity ideas to make for or with Jonah. I found this one in a book we have full of toddler activities.

Ingredients:

-Clean, empty soda bottle (book said 16 oz, mine was 20)
-Food coloring
-Water
-Baby Oil
-Glitter, beads, sequins, etc. (optional)

Making the wave bottle is super simple. Fill the soda bottle about 1/3 full with water. Then put in a couple drops of food coloring, and whatever else you want to put in. I have had these little red heart glittery sequin-y confetti things FOREVER (like, probably 10 years at least — does that make me some kind of craft hoarder?) and have never been able to figure out anything good to do with them. Well, I think this is the perfect use. Next, fill the bottle the rest of the way with baby oil. I used pretty much the whole bottle, bringing the total cost of this craft to $1.98. Put some strong glue on the inside of the lid and screw it on. That’s it!  The water looks like waves crashing around when you shake the bottle.

Jonah was really intrigued by the wave bottle.  I love crafts like this. It was really cheap and really easy, and took less than 5 minutes to make. Now I’m on the lookout for my next crafty activity!

 

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craft: pom pom push

I finally got around to making the other activity I’d had in mind for Jonah.  I found the idea here (via Pinterest).

I used a tupperware container I already had, and decided to color each hole a different color, since Jonah is old enough to know his colors pretty well.  I used permanent markers to color around each hole.  The purple was a little off, but most of the colors matched pretty closely.  I used a silver sharpie for white.

I bought a thing of pom poms at Wal-Mart for $3.  There were 100 in the pack.  This is about half of them.  Which is good because if we lose some, which we’re bound to, I’ll have replacements.

I showed Jonah how to push the pom poms through the holes, and he automatically started matching the colors.  He’s a smart one.

I made the holes small enough that it’s a bit of a challenge for him to push the pom poms through. I was hoping this wouldn’t frustrate him, and so far, it hasn’t.

I made this a couple of days ago, and he has brought it to me many times since then for me to open it up and empty out the pom poms.  So this is definitely a success!

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a fun custom order

I just finished up a custom order for a friend and wanted to share it with you.  She’s going to be in a wedding next month and wanted jewelry and a pair of shoe clips in “Malibu blue”.  She also wanted to keep the jewelry very simple.  Here’s what I came up with.


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craft: colored rice

I’ve been looking for some cheap* craft-type activities to make for Jonah to play with.  We did the toddler crayons, and that was fun, but right not he’s not really into coloring.  So I found this link through Pinterest showing how to color rice, which I thought would be perfect.  Jonah’s therapist said that he really liked the bucket of dry macaroni that she had, and it seemed like the same concept.

Turns out, he really likes it a lot.  We’ve gotten it out a few times, and he gets almost mesmerized by it.  I put some plastic dinosaurs in there for him to find, and a few scooping tools.  I do have to get out the broom after, but it’s not too messy.  I tried laying down a sheet to catch any stray rice the first time (as you can see in the pictures), but then he just wants to put it over his head and play peek-a-boo.  🙂

*This turned out to be not that cheap, really.  I got a 20 lb bag of rice, the tupperware, and the food coloring, and the rice was like $11 by itself.  Oh, well.  The next craft I have planned really is cheap.

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craft: toddler-friendly crayons

Ever since Jonah first began coloring, I’ve been collecting the many broken pieces in a snack bag.  We’ve tried both the regular-sized crayons and the thicker ones, but it doesn’t matter.  They all get broken.  Once the bag got full, I decided we needed to melt them down to make new crayons!  Yesterday, we went to a thrift store right down the street and got a mini muffin tin for 75 cents.

The amount of pieces I had ended up being pretty much perfect.

Here are most of the wrappers.  When I started tearing the wrappers off, I thought, “I don’t know what people are complaining about!  This isn’t so hard.”  By the time I was halfway through, I wanted to tear out my hair.  I think I’ll have crayon under my fingernails for a few days.

Jonah played patiently while I worked.

Then we had some cuddle time while they baked.  This boy has been very cuddly lately.

The directions I followed said to put them in the freezer to cool and harden, which I did.  But mine ended up cracking.  Not sure what I did wrong.  Our crayons don’t look quite as pretty as some I’ve seen.  Most of Jonah’s broken ones were darker colors, for some reason.  They still look pretty neat, though.

Jonah wasn’t too sure what to think of them!  But hopefully he’ll like them, because I think (and hope) they’ll be harder to break than regular crayons.

Anyone have any other inexpensive or free toddler-friendly craft ideas?  I love that this one only cost us 75 cents!

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Q&A

I found this over at Donna’s blog and thought it’d be something pretty quick and mindless that I could do since I suck at posting.  So, yeah.  Feel free to answer these questions yourself!

1. What is your favorite tv show?

My favorite show of all time is the Kids in the Hall.  I have a ton of “favorite” tv shows, but this is the best.  I’ve been watching it for probably around 10 years, maybe longer.  I didn’t start watching it until after it was already in reruns, but just happened to catch it on Comedy Central one spring break.  I was hooked immediately.

2. What is your favorite colour?

Brown.  I also like grey.

3. What is your favorite food?

I really like reheated spaghetti.  And chocolate.  Things I should not have.

4. Who is your role model?

I have two jewelry-making role models.  Katy from Withering Elm and Suzanne from Hip to be Me.  We have different styles, but they are both so committed to what they do and they make beautiful items.

5. What is your favorite vintage find?

I am not the one who found it, but I would have to say my engagement ring.  It’s too small for me right now (damn pregnancy weight that I still haven’t lost), but I can’t wait to wear it again.

6. What product is your favorite to make?

Rings!  Although I hate working with sterling silver wire, so that stresses me out, but rings in general are my favorite.

7. Vintage or New?

Don’t care.

8. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked (or other cookie dough, especially with chocolate ice cream).  I tend to like coffee-flavored ice cream, too.

9. What hair colour do you wish you had?

I don’t know, just something that wasn’t so drab.

10. What is your FAVORITE blog?

If I had to pick one, I would pick Miss Zoot.  She is hilarious and real and her family is really interesting and fun.

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Finally some crafty content!

Last weekend I had a couple of friends over for a girls night.  We had pizza and watched I Love You, Man, which you should see if you haven’t.  It is always hilarious.  Jonah wasn’t shy this time like he has been other times that people have come over.

It was also a chance for me to give my friend Staci her late birthday present (late because I hadn’t gotten a chance to see her, not because it wasn’t ready!).  I threw a few things together that I thought she might like, and I made her a necklace and a scarf.

I took this at a weird angle.  The beads aren’t all crooked.  They’re as symmetrical as I could get them:

Here’s the little gift box:

Not being shy.  Totes Magotes.

 

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