Creative Summer Activities and Block Part

I don't know about you but this summer I want to keep my kids doing creative things versus playing on electronics. We have compiled a list of amazing and creative activities to have fun with your kids all summer long!
It's time for another Block Party hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly| Housewife Eclectic! Be sure to check out all of our blogs, because we've been up to some fun things lately.
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Hey guys! Debra from Housewife Eclectic! I can't wait to share with you some of my favorite printables for your summer. Check out all the fun you can have with your kids below.
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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!?

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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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Want some cute books to read to your little one now? These are all great.

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*

Disney Vacation idea mickey mouse countdown calendar

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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Grown ups can get in on the fun of dressing up at Disneyland too. A fun and comfy Snow White Shirt Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings

Turn a regular tank top into an adorable snow white shirt!

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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

And if you love Peanut butter and Chocolate I'm obsessed with these easy cake mix cookies.

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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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20+ Apple Crafts and Recipes and Block Party

Apple season is here. Celebrate with over 20 Awesome Apple Crafts and Recipes.

Lots of great apple recipes, crafts and kid activities

These fun apple creations will make your taste buds happy and feed you and your little ones' crafty hearts Mini Apple PiesApple Sauce Pouch Wrappers | Apple Stamped Tea Towel | Stuffed Apple Cinnamon Sticks | Apple Candy Pouches Apple Kids Music Shaker Craft | Apple Coffee Cake |Back to School Pudding Packs|Felt Apple SlicesBaked Apple Recipe Caramel Apple Eggrolls | Apple Embroidery HoopApple Cinnamon Raisins Bread PuddingCaramel Apple Fudge | Apple in Apple Pies Caramel Apple MuffinsApple Basket Sugar Cookies | Cinnamon Apple Donut | Apple Cheesecake Bars 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!

Awesome recipes, books, and crafts

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Tons of great Apple crafts, recipes, and kid activiites

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Harry Potter Wand Holster Tutorial

I have wanted to make a wand holder for a long time not but totally put it off. So I'm SUPER excited to share this tutorial today because I adore how it came out!How fun a wand holster to carry your harry potter wands. Great sewing tutorial and how to make DIY wands too.

Too fun! DIY Harry Potter Magic wand holster. Sewing tutorial.

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This tutorial is a little more complicated sewing than I normally share because of the zipper and all the steps but it's still not that hard of a project but if you prefer to just purchase one you can get one here. Oh and if you don't already have a wand to put in your holster I have a super fun and super easy Wand Tutorial.

Have your wands at the ready at all times with this Harry Potter inspired DIY wand holster. Sewing tutorial

My little guy has been carrying a wand around since we made them. He took one on a walk today and it made my geeky Harry Potter loving heart explode.
What You Need
  • Holster Fabric
  • Strap Fabric - adults will need two strips of 3"x44" fabric, one strip for the kid size.
  • Small Zipper (optional)
  • D- Ring (optional)
  • Snaps (optional)
What to do Before I start I just wanted to say I wanted mine to be adjustable and have a zipper pocket so that makes things a little more complicated. BUT you could leave out the zipper and just make your strap the right size for the wearer or even use a safety pin instead of snaps and that would save some work. 1. Cut your fabric out. You can see the general shape I used. I meant to make a free pattern but I totally forgot. I will update this post with a pattern that can be downloaded if you want to save it or pin it and check back later. 2.  Make the straps. For the adult size sew the short ends together. Iron your strap fabric in half  (so it's skinnier) and sew down the length.  Turn right side out and iron. 3. Make the Wand Pocket. The wand pocket fabric should be about 3"x 7" depending on your wand length. Do the same as you did for the strap.

Steps to making a wand holster

4. Tuck in one side of the wand pocket tube and sew closed. Position on the holder piece and sew down along both sides. Make sure it's just one layer of fabric NOT folded. 5. Open both holster pieces and with right sides together sew across the V to connect them at the bottom edge.

How to make a Harry Potter wand holster tutorial

6. Mark where your zipper should go and then with right sides together sew the the raw side edges closed of the non- zipper and and up to where the bottom of the zipper will go. You do want to leave the top edges open. (If you want to skip the zipper just sew it all and leave the top openings.)

Make a zipper pouch wand holder

7. Sew in the zipper. 8. Turn right side out and tuck under the top edges on both sides.

How to make a Harry Potter wand holster adjustable. sewing tutorial

9. Cut off 3 inches from your strap, loop it through the D ring and tuck it into one opening. Sew closed. (If you are making a fitted strap you can skip the D ring and just sew a strap that is the correct length tucking in top openings)

Sew an adjustable magic wand holster perfect for harry potter fans.

10. Sew the raw side of the other strap in the other opening. At this point you can use a safety pin to make your strap adjustable or put in snaps. Just mark where you want your snaps and add them.

How awesome, magic wand holsters. Perfect for Harry Potter lovers. This would be great to take to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

We've all had fun running around with our wands this Summer. And yes the kids love it as much as I do ;)

Must make these! DIY Harry Potter Magic wand holster. Sewing tutorial. Fun gift idea.

I'm excited to be sharing this as a part of Nap-Time Creations' Summer Fun Series! See all the other awesome projects being shared today. And make sure to scroll all the way down for the HUGE Harry Potter giveaways. Summer Fun #6 Make a treat, bookmark, wand holster or stacking dolls. Learn kids photography tips all on Nap-Time Creations Photography Fun for Kids - Sugar Bee Crafts Milk Dud Cake Mix Bars - Kleinworth and Co Turtle Bookmarks - Lulu and Celeste Wand Holster - Rae Gun Ramblings DIY Stacking Dolls - Nap-Time Creations Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series. And don't forget to enter the giveaways!!!

Harry Potter everything. Great book nerd gifts and book swag.

See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping. Prize Pack #1 a Rafflecopter giveaway So many awesome Harry Potter gift ideas. Great for readers Prize Pack #2 See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Harry Potter Series: Day 3

I have more awesome Harry Potter Projects for you Booknerds! Fabulous DIY projects and tutorials For Harry Potter fans and booknerds I am having a blast with all the Happy Harry Potter stuff. I mean really can we just do HP stuff every day all day. I'm kidding maybe, okay I think I'm kidding ;)

Love these printable Harry Potter coloring bookmarks. One for each Hogwarts house. Would be a fun kid activity.

I am dying over the awesomeness of these Printable Harry Potter Coloring Bookmarks that Michelle from The Scrap Shoppe Blog made. Oh may gosh.

Harry-Potter-Library-Bag-When in DOubt go to the library quote and tutorial

And obviously you need a book back to carry your books filled with the awesome bookmarks. This Hermione inspired When In Doubt Go to the Library Bag is just the thing. Awesome tutorial from Tried and True blog!

Harry Potter Sorting hat weaving wall hanging

Want some awesome wall art? How cool is this Sorting Hat Weaving. Amazing right? Albion Gould TOTALLY hit it out of the part with this baby!

words are our most inexhaustible source of magic pillow tutorial

Just in case you missed MY post for today I shared a Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic quote pillow tutorial! I will taught how to make this pillow step by step on the Fan Girl Crafts Facebook page! Oh man and I realized I misspelled inexhaustible AFTER I did the video SHOOOT! The file is updated and I'll update pictures...eventually. And don't forget to enter the giveaways!!!

Harry Potter everything. Great book nerd gifts and book swag.

See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping. Prize Pack #1 a Rafflecopter giveaway So many awesome Harry Potter gift ideas. Great for readers Prize Pack #2 See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping. a Rafflecopter giveaway