Awesome Animal Crafts Recipes and Kid Ideas and Block Party

Let's have some fun with animals. How fun are all these animal crafts, recipes, and kid ideas!?

DIY ANIMAL CRAFTS RECIPES KIDS

From spring chicks and caterpillars to cosy polar bear and sheep there are some awesome animal projects that will be sure to supply hours of fun for the little ones.

bath toys they'll play with for hours | Fantastic Beasts suitcase | caterpillar catapult 

caterpillar egg carton craft | chick toilet roll craft | Monkey cupcakes

DIY puff paint (Butterflies) | Hot Cocoa Polar Bears | bunny mask

crochet cat | Bunny Candy Pouches | Cork Butterfly Craft

sheep cupcake | Bear Hood Tutorial Chick and bunny handprints

Rae Gun guest posting pictureMarissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I am so excited Spring has finally arrived! And when I think of Spring I think animals. Here are a few other fun projects for you to check out!

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Reversible Kids Book Bag Tutorial and Bookroo Review

sponsored-affiliate-disclosure No more juggling awkward sized kid books with this easy kids book bag tutorial and learn about my newest book mail favorite, Bookroo.

children's book bag tutorial with free pattern. Big enough tote for picture books. Easy sewing project.

We're book fanatics in my house. It's not just me and all my YA Lit either. My kiddo has just as many books as I do, maybe more. We have books shelves (or at least designated spots for books) in every single room.

How to find unique Children's books

I don't think I need to convince you guys about how valuable it is to read to our little ones but here are a few of my favorites perks. From problem solving to random facts about the world, to the beginnings of reading, when we read to our kids they learn. There is a special bonding that happens when you read together. There is almost always cuddling just since it's the natural position to sharing a book and the reading time is focused in a way that little other activities are in our hyper connected world. And with the mesh of those two reading somehow opens up amazing conversations. Books and kids are just a good mix.

Read to me please. Toddler sized library book bag and bookroo subscription review. Fun gift idea.

We love our time at the library and sometimes bring home books but when the kids are so little and let's face it germy I honestly prefer to own our own. So I'm thrilled to be partnering with Bookroo a monthly book subscription. Every month we will be getting some happy book mail. I know that I love my Owlcrate so I'm crazy excited that Teddy will have his own bookish box! I think this would make just the perfect gift for just about any kid. More info and how to get 20% off a Bookroo subscription below.

Unique Gift Idea for Toddlers and Older Children. Great birthday present or Christmas gift.

Have you ever noticed that picture books can be so large and not fit in your standard book bag? Umm yeah. So I thought it would be fun to make a book bag specifically to tote Teddy's reads in. My design is nice and wide, perfect for lugging those over-sized books around plus I've got a little slot for your library card. Fun right?

reversible toddler book bag sewing tutorial and free pattern

What You Need
  • 1/2 Yard Outer Fabric
  • 1/2 Yard Inner Fabric
  • Iron-On Vinyl (optional)
  • Reading Design (optional, just right click and save from this post)

 
What to do
  1. Cut Outer into two pieces each 16 inches wide x 17 tall. Make sure your fabric faces the right direction if it's a directional print.
  2. Repeat with the Inner Fabric.
  3. Cut two strips fabric 6 inches wide by 17 tall. If you're using quilting cottons that are 44 inches wide this should be the remaining fabric after you cut the outer and inner pieces. This can be out of either fabric this will be your strap fabric.
  4. With right sides together sew the sides and bottom edges of the outer fabric together. Repeat with the lining fabric.
  5. Turn the outer fabric right sides out.
  6. Sew the card holder on sewing down the sides and bottom edge. To keep the vinyl from sticking to the pressor foot place a piece of wrapping tissue paper in between the vinyl and the foot while you sew. When you are done just pull it off.
  7. Tuck the lining fabric into the outer fabric and iron down the top edge of both 1 inch. Set aside.
  8. Sew the two pieces of the strap together along the short edge making sure that your pattern will face the right direction when the strap is attached.
  9. Fold the strap in half lengthwise and sew down. Turn right sides out and iron.
  10. Tuck the ends into the side seams of the bag and sew all around the top edge making sure to catch the lining, outer fabric and the strap.
  11. If you want to add some vinyl do that now. See this iron-on vinyl tutorial if you've never tried that before.

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

So so cute right!?

children are made readers on the laps of their parents emilie huchwald quote and great book bag tutorial with kids book box review

And if you're curious about Bookroo they are letting me offer 20% for you to try it out! They have a board book and picture book option and so far I'm super impressed. Like I said we have A LOT of books and we don't have the ones from this month's box!

What's in a bookroo box. Fun gift idea for toddlers and kids. Monthly children's books.

Bookroo is all about finding the hidden gems to include in their boxes so there's less chance you'll have them already. They have a panel of 12 families (with a total of 22 kids) that rate the books for all kinds of things including re-readability. It's no wonder they find such fun titles! I'm so excited for Teddy to open the box every month. They are giving me a special deal to share, 20% off their 1 month or 3 months subscriptions!

get 20% off bookroo children's book monthly subscription box

Bookroo review. Monthly book subscription for kids. Great gift idea.

Do you have any favorite kiddo books? Or maybe a book that has received a lot of reading time in your home? I'd love you to tell me about it in the comments!

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

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Love this bookish shirt tutorial. Based on Eric Carle's Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Full directions for how to make this phases of the moon shirt.

This sweet little moon shirt is actually inspired by Eric Carle's Papa Please Get the Moon for Me book. An all time favorite read in our family!

great board books for baby showers or first birthday parties

These board books are still some of our most read books in our house!

Lemony Snicket Quotes DIY Bottle Cap Necklaces

affiliate DISCLOSURE I love a good quote about reading and Lemony Snicket Quotes are some of the best!

lemony snicket necklace DIY crafting tutorial

I'm super excited that A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is getting another chance this time on Netflix. I really liked the movie version I thought it was gorgeous and got the wacky quirkiness of the books.

Easiest way to make upcycled bottle Cap necklaces and Lemony Snicket quotes

I read a bunch of the books which I think are lots of fun for your young reader. A lot of silliness and adventure. And there are tons of them. I didn't get through all of them because I just don't do middle grade (or this might be younger even, chapter books?) that well and like most book series for this age group the stories are pretty formulaic but they are still fun.

DIY book nerd necklaces. Cute upcycled bottle cap craft tutorial

So I'm excited for the new life and to celebrate I thought I'd pull together some of my favorite book and reading related Lemony Snicket quote because there are tons. And of course I had to make a couple into some bookish necklaces because I can't pass up a good book quote necklace! What You Need
What to Do
  1. Print and punch out your images.
  2. Glue image into your bottle cap and allow to dry 1 hour.
  3. Add a thick layer of dimensional magic and let dry at least 3 hours.
  4. Glue a necklace bail or pin back onto the bottle cap!

how to make lemony snicket quote necklaces crafting tutorial

I just love how these turned out! In the past we used to do Resin Bottle Cap pins and necklaces but I love that this technique is SO fast, simple and you don't have to mix a huge batch of resin. You could easily just make one at a time.

DIY Lemony Snicket Quote necklaces with video tutorial

I had such a hard time choosing between all the awesome bookish Lemony Snicket quotes I thought I would share a few of the runners up!

lemony snicket quote

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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket

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awesome lemony snicket necklace tutorials

I hope you'll try making your own bottle cap necklaces. They really are super easy and fun! I'm sharing this as a part of a fun blog hop. Check out these other great Lemony Snicket Recipes and Crafts from my friends! Slow Cooker French Onion Soup-7

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DIY Disney Princess Countdown Crafts

Going to Disneyland? These adorable DIY Disney Princess countdown crafts will make the wait bearable.

DIY Disney Countdown Chains crafting tutorials

I'm so jealous, my sister gave the nieces a trip to Disneyland as their big gift for Christmas this year. I will for sure be making them new DIY Disney Princess Dresses last trip I made Princess Jasmine, Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White for me!  but to kick the trip prep off they wanted to make a fun craft.
Because the anticipation is just as fun we decided to do some cute Disney Princess countdown calendars. They each picked a different character and we made them live on my FB page. See the edited version above.

Disney Princess Countdown Chain Ideas

Cinderella Countdown Ring and Princess Jasmine Countdown Ring*

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Mickey Mouse Countdown Ring

Disney Princess Countdown chain. Great kids craft for Disneyland trips

For even more Disney Characters Countdown Chains my friend Tiffany has tons of options! Shes' got the classics like Goofy and Donald Duck, Finding Dori, and more!

DIY disney countdown chain. great kid crafting project and disneyland vacation idea

Fun right? Let me know if anyone knows where that princess picture is from. It's all over pinterest but as an uploaded image and no link :( You also might like:

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Full Princess Jasmine outfit tutorial and a peek at my Belle dress.

 

Fun Food Recipes Crafts and Block Party

Happy New Year! I thought we'd celebrate with a lot of fun food ideas.

Fun food crafts recipes and more

Whether you're looking for a DIY food inspired project for the kids or an unusual snack here's some good ones!

Lollipop Cookies | 3D Food Printing | Gold Fish Nuggets | Orange Felt Food

Toucan Treat | Felt Sandwich | S'mores Cookies | Princess Leia Cupcakes

Fajita Cups | Caramel Cashew Clusters | Polar Bear Marshmallows | Crispy Crack Pretzel Snacks

Loom Knit Hat (looks like Ice Cream to me) | Felt Food | Tortilla Snowflakes | Pinwheel Cookies

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Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I've been sick most of the last few weeks but I'm finally on the mend so I am all the more excited for the New Year. I'm just ready to get going you know?

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Peanut butter cake mix cookies recipe

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DIY Elf Dolls Tutorial

Remember those giant dolls? Well they aren't pirates any more, I made them the cutest (and easiest) Elves Costumes!

Adorable Elf Dolls tutorial with free patterns

I apologize for the super long video. I've been sick and now the little one is sick so I didn't have a chance to edit it down and I thought eep Christmas is SOOON I just need to share this. But I hope to come back and replace this FB LIVE replay with a bare bones tutorial version!
Speaking of FB live if you don't already know I go live twice a week usually sharing some kind of sewing or crafting project and every once in a while cooking :) You can catch me on the Rae Gun Ramblings page Mondays at 4 PM EST and Tuesday at 1 PM EST. Supplies The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to my newsletter subscribers. You can download the pattern here along with many other free patterns and templates.
  • The password is in every newsletter so if you're already a subscriber check your last newsletter near the bottom the go to this page to access the patterns.
  • Or if you're not already a subscriber sign up right here and when you confirm your email it should give you a welcome page with the password for my downloads page.
What to Do
  • Sew the Dolls according to the directions on the fabric panel. You can watch me sew the girl one in the video above or the boy in this video.
  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn't have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I'm not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances
Boy Elf Doll Costume
  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of ribbon for the sash. And attach a Holly Shoe Jingle Bell.

How to make holly shoe bells. Cute DIY Christmas craft tutorial

Girl Elf Doll Costume
  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the green ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Wrap a Holly Shoe Bell around one of her pony tails and you're good to go.

Sew the cutest elf dolls and shoe jingle bells

DIY Holly Shoe Jingle Bells Tutorial

I'd love to put a little Christmas spirit in your step, quite literally. I made these adorable DIY Holly Shoe Jingle Bells and I'm giddy about how they turned out.

Love this simple Christmas craft. DIY holly shoe bells tutorial and free pattern

Today I'm joining in on I Heart Naptime's annual Crazy Christmas Event. Every year Jamielyn invites loads of talented bloggers to share tons of awesome crafts, recipes, and printables perfect for Christmas. Hop over to see how I made these fun Holly Shoe Bells. P.S. I made the pattern in 3 sizes baby, kiddo and teen/adult.   UPDATED: The following tutorial originally appeared on I Heart Naptime on 11/29/2016 I love the festive little jingle the little holly adds to every step. But more than that I love how quick and easy this little craft comes together.

Such a fun way to dress up our shoes for Christmas. Easy jingle bell holly shoe accessories. Full tutorial and free pattern.

This is easy enough that even elementary school kids who can do basic hand sewing could make their own if you help them cut out the leaves.

Christmas shoe craft. Cute jingle bell holly accessories.

What You Need

How to make Christmas holly shoes that jingle. Easy craft tutorial

What to Do
  1. Cut 2 holly leaves out for each shoe you want to dress up. There are three sizes on the pattern so they can work for baby shoes, kids, and teens/ adults.
  2. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and then fold that in half to find the middle.
  3. Sandwich the middle of the pipe cleaner between the points of two leaves. Take a couple stitched to sew the pipe cleaner to the leaves.
  4. Thread one bell onto your needle and stitch in place. Repeat for the rest of bells.
  5. Take a couple extra stitches to secure the sewing in place before knotting. This will help prevent the stitch from pulling through if the bells get man handled.
  6. Secure the bling to the shoe by threading one side through a shoelace hole and twisting. Alternatively you can simply slide the pipe cleaner under the shoelace and twist to fasten it in place.

Easy to remove Christmas jingle bell bling. Holly shoe tutorial.

I think these turned out so stinking cute. My 2 1/2 year old little boy got SO excited when I put one on his shoe he LOVED dancing and spinning around.

How cute turn regular shoes into jingle bell holly shoes for Christmas. Full tutorial and free pattern.

And as adorable as I think it is I love that when we went to watch his cousin's gymnastic competition I could quickly and easily remove the holly so we wouldn't be disruptive.

Toddler holly jingle bells shoe swag tutorial

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15 Minute Fabric Turkey Headband Tutorial

Some times you need a goofy little festive project. This quick fabric turkey headband is the perfect quirky little project for Thanksgiving.

DIY turkey headband tutorial. Great sewing free pattern perfect for Thanksgiving

It's a darling little accessory that can make even a solid colored shirt look festive! It's so easy and a great little scrap busting project based off of my Scrappy Rosette Headband tutorial.

15 minute Fabric turkey headband free sewing pattern and tutorial cute Thanksgiving craft.

What You Need
  • Fabric scraps
    • Main Fabric
    • Tail Feather Fabric
    • Turkey Body Fabric
  • Cutting Template (download for free here)
  • Red Rick Rack scrap
  • Small Yellow fabric scrap for beak (knit or felt works great)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Tacky Glue
What to Do
  1. Cut the fabric headband piece according to the template.
  2. Sew around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  3. Cut out tail feather pieces using the left template.
  4. Arrange feathers and sew onto headband.
  5. Twist body fabric into a rosette. Sew down in spiral.
  6. Glue on eyes, waddle and nose.
  7. Tie on and wear with pride!

Thanksgiving headband. Easy turkey sewing tutorial

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Rudolf Reindeer Wine Cork Craft Ornament

When I was little my mom had this amazing little Rudolf Reindeer Cork pin made out of a wine cork. I thought it was the cutest!

10 minute upcycled wine cork reindeer pins and Christmas ornaments. Cute Rudolf craft tutorial.

I figured it was high time to make my own. So I decided to make two versions one as a little holiday brooch like my mom had and one that could work as a cute little ornament. They are so quick and easy they are the perfect Craft Lightning project!

Love these adorable wine cork rudolf the red nose reindeer pins and christmas ornaments easy tutorial

I actually had all the supplies on hand from other random crafts and if you opted to use craft glue instead of a hot glue gun even the kiddos could make this!

Supplies for Rudolf Reindeer cork pins and Christmas ornaments tutorial.

What You Need
  • Wine Cork
  • Goggly Eyes
  • Fabric Scrap for Ears
  • Gold Pipe Cleaner
  • Red Pom Pom
  • Pin Back (for pin) or Ribbon (for ornament)
  • Hot Glue Gun or Craft Glue
What to Do
  1. Glue the pom pom and eyes on so they form the eyes and noes.
  2. Cut a leave shape out of the fabric.
  3. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and cut it. Set one half aside for another use. Fold the remaining piece in half and twist around the fabric to form ears and bend to for antlers.
  4. Glue to the top of the cork.
  5. Attach the pin to the back of the cork or ribbon to the top to form a hanging loop for an ornament.

Too cute. Turn old wine corks into darling Rudolf the Rednosed reindeer crafts. Pin and Christmas Ornament tutorial.

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DIY Christmas Ornaments and Block Party

DIY Christmas Ornaments are one of my all time favorite things. I love inspecting a tree and seeing a variety of treasures that tell the story and history of a family. Great list of Christmas ornament tutorials. Tons of DIY christmas ornaments that would be great for kid activities too. Mini Collage Upcycled Lid Ornament | Popsicle Stick Ornament | Metal Marker Gift Tags (would be fun to hang these as ornaments) | Harry Potter Potions Ornament Bottle Brush Jar Ornaments | Beach Themed Ornament | Scroll Saw Ornament | Toddler Ornament Gemstone Ornament | Pearler Bead Ornaments | Christmas Star Ornament | Reindeer Ornament snowman ornament | Hole Punch Ornament | Wood Glitter Ornament | mason jar lid ornament  Rustic Wood Ornament | Scented Clay Ornament | Snow Globe Ornament | Glass Glitter Ornament Chalkboard Ornament | Foam Ornaments | Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament | Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament | Money Ornament One of my favorite parts about handmade Christmas ornaments is that everyone in the family can join in on the fun. Here are a collection of over 20 awesome DIY Christmas Ornament tutorials perfect for the whole family. Rae Gun guest posting picture Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today as this week’s host. Here are a few of my favorite projects since I hosted last time! Great tutorials and sewing projects

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