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Bricos enfants Soctopus soft toy by HelloClementine My Sister's Suitcase: Love {Yarn} Letters Thanks for all your sweet comments on my Valentine's Day Mantel! I'm back today to share my tutorial for the LOVE yarn letters I created. I had never tried wrapping anything in yarn {other than a wreath}, so I had a few trial and errors along the way :) I'm going to share the technique that ended up working the best and fastest for me. Start with your letters... mine are 8" hollow cardboard letters. I found them at JoAnn's for $1.99 each, but I'm sure you could find something similar at any craft store. I used 3 different colors of yarn because I wanted to create an "ombre" effect, but I think they would look just as cute in one color if you have some yarn you need to use up :) {I will say, after using a pretty thin yarn I think next time I would try something a little thicker. The trick to wrapping these letters is the number of surfaces that have to be covered. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Now you are going to start wrapping! 7. 8. 9. Let me know if you guys try this!

Hand-stamped wrapping paper. September is a month of birthdays for us. I'm a little behind, but have been trying to catch up this week. I selected a few small things to send to a faraway friend before realizing I somehow have no wrapping paper, bags, or boxes in this house (a rare thing!). Yesterday everyone was calm enough to allow me a tiny sliver of time to create-and I used it to get on the floor with some pieces of plain brown packing paper, a pencil eraser, and a black ink pad. So simple, fun, and addicting!

Fire breathing dragons This past weekend we had one of those lazy Sundays where we stayed inside all day and did craft projects, house DIY projects, lots of baking, game playing, etc. Isn’t that the best feeling, waking up on a Sunday morning with your husband and kids and having nothing you have to do that day, nowhere to go?! It’s one of my favourite feelings in the world. We made these fire breathing dragons, and it was a really fun project. There are several ways to make them (I spotted the idea on Pinterest and changed it up a bit). To make our version, you’ll need the following: cardboard toilet paper rollsred and orange crepe paperpaint (green, yellow, black)gluewooden beadsmini green pompoms x Courtney

DIY Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes A little while back, I was brainstorming Father’s Day craft ideas, and I had one of those “a-ha” moments. Don’t you just love those? These Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes actually make use of the favor box template that I created for my feature in the first issue of Nonpareil, with an alteration made to add a “collar”. Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes Supplies you’ll need: gift box template + bow tie / necktie template a printer cardstock for the box and tie(s)* scissors a ruler a pen or pencil glue dots double-sided tape 1/4 inch circle hole punch (for bow tie box) a scoring tool (optional) a cutting mat (optional) Print the box template onto lightweight cardstock, cut out along the solid lines, and assemble according to the directions found in the template file. Alternative directions: Assemble the box and attach the tie to the top flap first, and add your gift last. * The patterned paper I used for the ties is Flannel from Cosmo Cricket’s Mr. images from yours truly

Sock Bunny Unlike many sock toys that needs a pair of socks to sew, each sock bunny only needs one (1) sock to make. With a pair of socks you can make a pair of bunny couples. If you have a rather new sock that lost it’s partner, you can make a bunny with it instead of throwing it away. The sock bunny can’t sit on its own, I pinned them down for photography purpose. [If you are interested on the felted carrot shown at the background, here is the tutorial to make it.] {Get full details on next page.} Pages: 1 2 Get all updates via email: Highlights from Our Partners Valentine Jewelry: Love Bead Pins | Homemade Valentine's Day Jewelry This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine Total Time 1 hour Ages preschooler Glue dots and lines (available in various sizes in the scrapbooking or tape and glue aisles of craft stores) have made fixing one material to another as simple as peeling and sticking. Here, we've used them to decorate dyed, hard-boiled eggs with colored sand. What you'll need Egg dye Hard-boiled eggs, cooled Colored sand (available at craft stores) or fine glitter Small bowls Glue dots or lines How to make it Dye your hard-boiled eggs and allow them to dry completely.

Tin Can Magnetic Robots I saw this idea over at the Family Fun Magazine and knew that we had to do this! I'm sure glad that we did! Don't these Robots look Fabulous? You'll need some recycled tin cans, various hardware pieces, plastic lids, pipe cleaners, strong disk magnets, and a hot glue gun. These robots inspired hours of imaginative play and were fun to create! Take a look at the fun we had... First, we got together different pieces of hardware, lids, scrubbers, and pipe cleaners. Then we got our recycled tin cans together and some strong disk magnets. Cassie had a lot of FUN just playing with the magnets and the metal hardware even before we put anything together! Here is C adding some hot glue to some plastic lids so she can attach the magnets. Here she is pleased with adding the magnets! After some of the magnets were glued to the hardware/lids, Cassie began to construct some robots. More play going on here! We added metallic pipe cleaners into the scrubbers for hair and then we were basically done.