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Marta writes: how-to make a hot cocoa kit

Marta writes: how-to make a hot cocoa kit
HOW-TO MAKE A HOT COCOA KITby Destri of The Mother Huddle There just isn't much that a three year old can create that isn't something only a mother would love. I thought and thought about what my little boy could make his friends for Christmas and finally came up with a Hot Cocoa Kit. Over the course of a week we worked on little projects to add to the kit, and I can't tell you how much fun we had with it. He got to mash things, melt things, sprinkle things, dip things, fill things....all sorts of sensory play. He is so proud of himself and can't wait to give them out. If you find your kids getting restless for the big day to arrive this would be a great project to tackle until it comes. HOT COCOA KIT You may choose to only add one or two elements to the kit, but I will give you a list of what we used. Set The Stage I have learned that my son has a max attention span of about fifteen minutes. I would have everything out and ready before I even called him in the room. Marshmallow Bags

David Stark Sketchbook: THE (purely paper) FLOWER SHOPPE To celebrate the launch of our new book, David Stark Design, we created a pop up store/installation at the west elm store on Broadway and 62nd Street. It was open for 4 days only and everything from the flowers and plants, to the gardening tools were created out of paper and made by us. Even the walls and awning of the store were paper, and it was really fun to have the cutest corner flower shop land, unexpectedly, in the very center of west elm. We collected discarded books from random stoops in Brooklyn as well as uncorrected text books and used the pages to create an array of orchids, house plants, tropical leaves, trees, shovels, watering cans, and loads and loads of flowers. I was inspired by the concept of the now iconic show presented by Claes Oldenburg in his studio in the 60’s called THE STORE. Gustavo documented the installation, launch party, and strike in stop action. Thank you so much to Alex, Jim, Angel, Abigail, Kendall, Patrick, Paul and all of my friends at west elm.

Romantic Gift Basket Idea Thinking of putting together a DIY romantic gift basket for a wedding or engagement? Look no further! What you need Massage lotion Bubble bath Scented candles Chocolates CD or cassette tape of romantic music. Instructions Line a basket with our bear rug using the pattern below or use some pretty fabric and using the pattern make a larger bear rug the couple can actually sit on. Make the “bear rug” out of fake fur or a warm polar fleece or even a velour. Use the pattern shown to cut a “bear skin” out of the fabric then hem it either by hand or on your sewing machine. Alternatively you could package these items up in a heart shaped box for a romantic gift! Download Bear Pattern. Diy: Salt Dough Ornaments : The holidays have officially begun. As we countdown to Christmas I’ll be sharing some of my favorite holiday decorations, crafts, and gift ideas. To start us off Bread Dough Ornaments from Stephanie of even*cleveland. So cute, I can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing Stephanie! p.s. for christmas 2010 Stephanie made these stamped salt dough ornaments. Salt dough ornaments are an easy holiday craft that everyone can do, and you can make them as simple or as complicated as you like. Step 1. Step 2. For the gnomes, I used food coloring to dye some dough red for hats and jackets – this was EXTREMELY messy, so I would recommend wearing latex gloves if you mix in the color by hand, and rolling out any dyed dough between two sheets of wax paper to protect your counter and rolling pin. Once the ornaments are formed, poke them with a bamboo skewer to make holes to hang them from. Step 3. Happy holidays! Related Post:Macaroni SnowflakesDiy: Icicle Chandelier share

25 Handmade Gifts Under $5 If your gift list is long and your budget is small here are some great Handmade Gifts that you can make. Keep in mind that handmade items are not just beautiful but special… I love to give them and I love to receive them. In my opinion they are the best! Jersey Knit Bracelet Lovely! This would make a perfect gift for any of your girlfriends. You can choose the colors and recycle t-shirts that you have around the house. Cheap and cute! tutorial Paper Clip Earrings Tutorial This is a brilliant idea… and the possibilities are endless. Love it! Printed Candles Who doesn’t love a candle? Think about how many different stamps you could use to customize this project. tutorial Hot Chocolate Art! What a great gift for neighbors and teachers… I am personally a hot chocolate lover so this would make a great gift for me tutorial Tile Coaster You can buy these plain tiles at Home Depot for under a dollar. I’ve seen them with family pictures also… Way cute! tutorial Bow Belt I was amazed how easy this tutorial was. So Pretty!

Weekend DIY: Yarn Bowl | Kanelstrand Two weeks ago, while discussing DIY ideas about our No New Gifts Christmas I mentioned a lovely yarn bowl that I wanted to make. Most of you know how much I value hand work be it just for the sake of mental health and the feeling of accomplishment. In a mostly virtual and fast-paced world, one of the most precious acts is working with your hands to create practical objects that can be touched. So, of course I didn't waste much time and dived happily at the project together with my daughter in the first moment available. The thing I like most about this project is that it is totally eco-friendly and should I even use the very fashionable word biodegradable? I made some slight changes to the original pattern, which I would like to share. 1/2 cup of flour4 cups of water3 tablespoons of sugarscrap yarn in the color of your choicebowl to use as a moldsaran wrap or plastic bag Mix well 1/2 cup of flour with 2 cups of lukewarm water. Anyway, the end result is just fabulous, don't you think?

25 Handmade Gifts Under 10 Dollars Well, it is tradition! Time to share my favorite 25 Handmade Gifts of the Year. It takes me some time to put this list together. I look for affordable handmade gifts that will cost around $5 to make and that are pretty and meaningful. I can’t wait to show you what I have for you this year! Super cute DIY Necklaces at Crafts Unleashed I love the tutorial and how easy and affordable these are to make. When life gives you lemons make Homemade Lemon Soap! Think about how cute this would look in a basket with some towels. Recipe and tutorial at A Pumpkin and A Princess Jar Lid Picture Magnets I don’t know of a mom or grandma that wouldn’t like to receive these adorable magnets. I made these for my mama and she loved them! You can make them for under $5 and look how cute they look as a gift! Tutorial at The 36th Avenue DIY Tablet Holder Hello brilliant! This was made from an old wooden kitchen board… again so affordable. Do you know how cool this is for the kitchen, while trying to follow recipes online?

Wire & Paper 50+ Inexpensive DIY Gift Ideas We’re still discussing gift ideas today. I hope you’re not sick of them. Today’s gifts are also handmade but may cost a little more to make. Even then they are still Inexpensive DIY Gift Ideas and range from $5 – $20. Not sure about how you do things but I usually have a set number in my mind of how much I’d like to spend for each person. I’ve tried do each round-up this week as if you do the same thing… Gift Ideas for under $2, Gift Ideas for under $5, and this one. I sure hope it helps out if you’re going handmade this year. Hope you enjoy these ideas as much a I did! From Lil’ Luna: Scrapbook Frame Count Your Blessings Board DIY Planter Boxes Coffee Filter Letters Coffee Filter Wreath Twine & Vinyl Holders Custom Name and Picture Boards DIY Serving Tray from A Thoughtful Place DIY Spoon Hook Rack from Fox Hollow Cottage DIY Rustic Chalkboard from Love Grows Wild DIY Kitchen Chalkboard from Love Grows Wild DIY Distressed Sign from Love Grows Wild DIY Number Tray from Design Dining and Diapers