October 28, 2014

How to Make a Fringe Necklace

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes
I was making my Halloween costume the other day and I wanted to make a fringe necklace to add some color to my outfit.  I found this GREAT yarn from Lion Brand called "Fettuccini" which is basically a huge spool of pre-cut t-shirt yarn!  I barely used any of it to make this necklace and can't wait to use it again for more projects.  

This necklace took me five minutes to make and that included me taking my pictures and doing my video too :)  I might have to make this in every color but it's so easy I really could.  My friend Kylie modeled it for me today and it made her t-shirt instantly dressed up and fun!  

I made a quick video so you can see the process with just a few captions or look below for the step by step pictures and instructions.  (I don't talk during the video so it's office and nap time friendly!)




Cut a really long piece of yarn for the "neck" part of the necklace.  It can always be trimmed later.  Cut smaller pieces of yarn and make sure they are twice as long as the length you are wanting.  Fold them in half and loop them over the "neck" piece of yarn like pictured.  

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes




Pull tight and push them together.  Keep going until you like the amount of strands you have on the necklace.  I did about 18 strands but I would try it on and see what it looks like. 

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes

I tried it on a few times before I decided to stop adding more strands.

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes
Now you need to trim the bottom of the necklace.  I taped off a V shape with painter's tape and then just trimmed below the tape.  You could do a line straight across or whatever you want.  I also taped the top to the table to make sure it didn't move around while I was cutting.

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes
All done and ready to wear :)  You could use an old t-shirt to make this too but I suggest the Lion Brand Yarn because it eliminates all of that cutting and makes this a super quick project that you will love.  I'm thinking a suede or leather fringe necklace is next :)

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes

How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes






How to Make a Fringe Necklace in 5 Minutes
Have you made a t-shirt necklace before?  What do you do to dress up a plain t-shirt?


October 27, 2014

60th Birthday Math Sign Printable


60th Birthday Math Sign Printable

I wrote a post a few years ago about my father-in-laws 60th Birthday Party and Pinterest went CRAZY for my Birthday Math Sign.  I wanted to help these people who were pinning this like crazy by making them some FREE Printables that looked just like the original.  

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60th Birthday Math Sign Printable and Other Party Ideas on a Budget






October 21, 2014

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart

When I was a teacher me and my teacher friend (Shout out to Mrs. Loya!) LOVED the Leaf Man book by Lois Elhert.  We would read it every fall and make little "leaf men" with paper leaves with our kindergarten classes.

Here is a link to the book if you want to read it to your child and make your very own "Leaf Man."



I went on a "leaf walk" with my son the other day (a.k.a. running into other people's yards with pretty leaves and hoping they aren't watching from their windows) and got some really pretty leaves to make our very own.

Here's how we brought our Leaf Man to life:

 Get some Clear Matte Transparent Con-Tact paper and position your leaf man on the sticky paper.  

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart

 Once we positioned the leaves to make the leaf man's body, I cut a leaf to make the mouth and eyes.

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart
Press the leaves down well and then lay another piece of Con-Tact paper on top to seal it together.  Trim around the edges hang it in the window for a fun fall decoration that your kid's will love.

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart
I helped him with the first one and then he did this one all by himself.  You have to WANT to see it but it's there :)

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart
He's very happy to be a part of our family :)

"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart
"Leaf Man" Fall Craft:  Child at Heart
What are your fall traditions with your family?

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October 17, 2014

Cricut Ikat "Hello Fall" Sign and Bonus Toddler Craft

Ikat Hello Fall Cricut Sign

We are currently moving out of our house and so I didn't even get my fun fall decorations out just to pack them up in a few days :(  Sad day...I had to have SOMETHING to get me in the mood for fall so  I turned this little ikat painting I did the other day with my son into a cute little "Hello Fall" sign with my Cricut Expression 2.

Here are our creations we made the other day just messing around.  I'll show at the end of the post what I turned his little painting into.  I just took the painting I made on the far right and cut it to fit an 8x10 frame.  I used the same technique as with my large ikat diamond canvas from a few months ago.

Ikat Hello Fall Cricut Sign

I used my Cricut Expression 2 and chose the Stretch Font
and just cut out the words in all caps.

Ikat Hello Fall Cricut Sign

After you cut them, be VERY careful with the paper because it's not the letters you are using but the large piece of paper.  I left the center of the A and O out because I really liked the way it looked and it makes it easier too :)

Ikat Hello Fall Cricut Sign

Trim the paper to the 8x10 frame and you are all done!  A simple fun craft that will last all the way until the first snow :)

Ikat Hello Fall Cricut Sign

I took my son's beautiful painting and we created a little jack-o-lantern magnet where he can change it's face from happy to sad.  I drew a pumpkin and cut it out, mounted it on some black paper to make it sturdy, and then added a little face with some brads so that he could change his face.  I put a little magnet on the back and now it lives on our refrigerator.  

Here is the original!  Genius :)

Jack O Lantern Toddler Craft

Jack O Lantern Toddler Craft

Jack O Lantern Toddler Craft

Jack O Lantern Toddler Craft

Jack O Lantern Toddler Craft

I love turning his paintings into something he can play with because he remembers the fun morning we had together every time he sees it...or that's what I tell myself :)

What is your favorite thing about fall?  Do you decorate your entire house or save all of that decorating for Christmas?

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