It’s no secret that we have a new addition to our family. It’s also no secret that I have a child who is obsessed with FROZEN. So while I was putting together a special big sister gift for Kayla, it occurred to me that she might just get a kick out of this DIY Olaf Onesie. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make this DIY Olaf Onesie and seriously, what new baby doesn’t love warm hugs?
In need of a FROZEN activity for kids? I’ve got a fun summer activity for a FROZEN party or just to keep your kids busy on a hot day.
It’s hot outside, but my child is still obsessed with FROZEN. Which got me thinking that we needed some kind of FROZEN summer fun. While checking out the sand toys at Target this idea came to me and I knew we had to try making a Disney FROZEN Ice Dig. It’s easy to do, you can put it in your freezer and forget about it until you’re desperate for an activity and quite frankly it’s a great way to cool your child down and entertain them.
Make my DIY Tooth brushing success garland. It’s a creative reward chart for kids. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel Kids.
Tooth brushing. Dun dun dun. If you have a child who is technically old enough to brush without physical assistance, but young enough that they cut corners this post is for you! We fall into this dreaded gray area of tooth brushing and it’s become one of our most irritating family debates. So this week I got a little crafty and created a tooth brushing chart with a twist. Hello Tooth Brushing Success Garland!
I created my DIY Disney Frozen Ice Palace Fort using Crazy Forts. This is such a fun DIY castle to make if your child loves the movie FROZEN.
Are you excited about the release of Disney FROZEN on Bluray and DVD? Yeah, so were we. So with rainy forecast a DIY Disney Frozen Ice Palace Fort was the perfect indoor activity to keep my FROZEN fanatic super happy. Also, did you know you can totally download and watch the movie early? Yep, we did that and it made my little Elsa wanna-be the happiest little girl on the planet. Anyway, if you want to make your own DIY Frozen ice palace, castle, fort…whatever you want to call it, then here’s how we did ours.
First, we started with a Crazy Forts set. Maybe you’ve seen them, maybe you haven’t. I had run past one quickly while shuttling Kayla around town on some errands, but hadn’t stopped to see what they were all about. Which is why I was very grateful when my friend Rachel Florio-Urso told me about them and how she loves them. They remind me a bit of a building toy my sisters and I had as kids and I love that they can be built into basically whatever you want. Kayla quickly got to work helping me.
What I like about Crazy Forts is that the pieces are pretty straight forward. There are just sticks of the same length and balls to connect them, so it’s unlikely that your child will come up with a design that is all wonky and lopsided. The balls are covered in holes to allow for a bunch of different angles on their creations.
If you’re low on imagination, then they have a little booklet with design ideas to get you going. For our Disney Frozen Ice Palace, Kayla and I used the Crazy Forts castle design, which was very easy to follow.
Now here is where the magic happens. I somehow found myself in the holiday section of Walmart while picking up some craft supplies a few months back and saw this ice blue fabric with silver glitter snowflakes and on a whim bought it because it reminded me of Elsa’s dress. Kayla’s eye’s lit up when she saw it and asked me to make her a dress out of it. That probably won’t happen, but I might attempt an extra layer to add to her current Elsa dress.
Adding the fabric to the Crazy Forts frame was crazy easy. I just cut pieces that seemed long enough to drape over the sides and then used Kayla’s little hair elastics. Again, the nice part here is that if you have kids around Kayla’s age they can be active participants in all of this since it’s very easy to assemble.
For a finishing touch we used some glittery snowflake ornaments. Truth be told, this was a box of 10 ornaments that was $3. Would I put them on my tree? No way! Do they look really freaking cute on a fort? Yep.
We just used some glue dots to attach them on top of the fabric covered balls and that was it. Hello Disney Frozen Ice Palace fort.
Unless of course you decide to be EXTRA fancy. An hour later I realized I had also bought a couple of these big frozen-looking snowflakes in my “I’ll come up with something someday stash” and they made the perfect icy chandelier to go in Kayla…I mean Elsa’s ice palace.
Want to make your own DIY Disney Frozen Ice Palace? Pin the image below and you’ll have it saved when you’re ready! And if you want to snap up your own Crazy Forts set, you might be glad you did the next time it pours outside on a weekend.
I created my DIY art inspiring flower pots – an easy kids craft as part of a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and their client.
Okay, so who here is totally ready for spring? If you’re like me then all things green, sunny and flowery are currently swirling around in your brain. However, for many of my friends it seems that more snow, ice and yuck are on their way. So I made these cute DIY crayon & sidewalk chalk flower pots for kids. You can break out the fun and colorful feeling of spring when it’s still snowing outside. I’ll show you how!
I started with some basic inexpensive 6″ flower pots from Walmart. While I was there I also picked up crayons, sidewalk chalk, washable paint (since any paint that goes near a child should be washable!) and those cute plush flowers which were in the Easter section for less than a dollar! Yeah, I was feeling all super savvy shopper-ish.
Then at home I realized that genius girl forgot to buy paint brushes. Oh. BUT I quickly came up with a convenient and clever (if you ask me) solution to this. After all, I had a giant box of crayons and the ends of those crayons are perfect little circles – which make perfect little dots when you use them as stamps.
This is a super easy solution for kids who want their creation to turn out looking great, but don’t have the fine motor skills to paint dots easily. Also, I just might be one of those “kids” so yay for forced creative solution finding.
Obviously, you don’t need to paint the pots, but once you are done with that, it’s time to stuff them with art supplies. I chose sidewalk chalk and crayons since they both have great indoor uses with minimal mess. I know what you’re thinking – sidewalk chalk is for…the sidewalk…the driveway…the great outdoors. Sure it is, but it’s also WAY better for small hands that don’t understand gentle pressure. If you’ve ever given a young child regular chalk, then you KNOW just how quickly those pieces go snap.
Here is where sidewalk chalk saves the day. We use it on our chalkboard and we also have a kids table that I decided to use some really good chalkboard paint on last year. It’s the perfect substitute sidewalk for inclement weather or before school fun.
I found a huge box in Walmart for under $5. Which means that when you calculate the cost on this project, you could totally make these as party favors or less than the typical bag-o-junk party favors cost. Just sayin’.
I also used a sheet of green tissue paper in the flower pot to keep the layers separate and create a cute grassy feeling. It’s amazing what a little colored paper will do to up the colorful, fun factor. Next I bent the stem on the plush flower a bit so it fit nicely in the pot without being too tall and I had a seriously cute looking flower pot.
If you want to get extra fancy you can add a neat chalkboard label to the pot. I did simple because I thought it would be fun to put Kayla’s name on it and have it waiting for her when she came home from a “very yucky extra rainy day” at school. Desired squeeeeee effect accomplished!
Making my #colorfulcreations flower pot was super easy and it helped that I could grab everything I needed at Walmart in one quick shopping trip since they have a garden center too. Do you have anything fun up your sleeve for almost-spring crafting?
Looking for a healthy valentine treat for your favorite pirate? These pirate valentine apples make great healthy Valentines Day treats for school and kids go crazy for these pirate eye patches. They only take a minute to put together and are economical enough to do them for the whole class.
Much like my fairy princess valentine apples, these require some stick on wiggle eyes, but not much else. I just used one larger wiggle eye, stuck the patch on and used a piece of washi tape in the back to secure it. I thought they came out pretty cute!
The kids get a fun eye patch (hello toy!) and a healthy treat that’s only filled with the sugar nature put there. If you want to take it to the next level you can bag them up in clear plastic treat bags you’ll find in just about any party aisle and add a little printed tag to them. I made this “You ARGH the apple of my eye” printable.
Perfect for your favorite pirate. I totally had one of Kayla’s favorite teachers in mind while making these. She lives for all things pirate!