Crafts

Galentine’s Party

A February pick me up was just what the doctor ordered with this Galentine’s Party for my 10 year old, Joslyn and her girlfriends. We had treats and games and crafts and the girls left with their tummies and hands full.

I made all of the treats including the macarons with tiny heart sprinkles on top, chocolate covered strawberries and small rice krispy treats on a stick. There was definitely not a shortage of sugar.




The hit of the party was this cotton candy cocktail. You just add sprite to the glass and it fizzes and melts into the cutest, most delicious pink drink. Pretty sure each of the girls had at least 3 cocktails:)

One of the games we played was memory with these sticky notes attached to the wall. It was the perfect way to fill a large space on the wall as well as make for a fun game. I wrote on the backs of the sticky notes matching words like February 14th and Valentines Day or opposites like boyfriend and girlfriend. The girls loved it!




My daughter is a huge crafter so next we made t-shirts using simple pom poms from the craft store.

Hot glue guns, pom noms and t-shirts are the only supplies needed for this craft and the girls loved being able to come up with their own designs.

The take home favor was a homemade bath bomb. These were so simple to make and so cute to have in the shape of a heart.

BATH BOMB Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 c. baking soda                         2 t. essential oil

1/2 c. citric acid                         3 t. olive oil

1/2 c. Epsom salts                     food coloring

1 t. water

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and combine well with a whisk. In a separate container (glass jar preferably), mix the liquid ingredients together. Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry mix, one small spoon at a time, until the mixture is soft and wet. Put the bath bomb mixture into any choice of molds (we used a heart one). It’s important that once the mold has set for about an hour, that you remove it from the mold and set out on a silpat or waxed paper to dry and harden overnight.

**DO NOT leave the mixture in the mold overnight as it will expand and stay wet and not harden.




Jossie was even nice enough to let her little sister come to the party:)

The balloons on the ceiling were my favorite part of the decor. So bright and colorful!

And as if they didn’t have enough sugar at the party we made little treat bags for them to take home. You can’t have a valentines party without candy!!

Seeing Jossie’s excitement for the party and how much fun she had at it made it all worth it!! She is my mini for sure.

Macrame Pot Holder

Supplies needed are simple- scissors, tape measure, a strong yarn and a piece of masking tape.




Step 1: Measure out lengths of at least 32″ inches (longer if you want the plant to hang down lower) 8 times so that there are 4 loops on one end as pictured below.

Step 2: Tie all of the ends with the 4 loops in a knot leaving a 2 or 3 inch opening at the top to hang the planter on a hook. Tape the knot to a surface and cut the opposite ends evenly as pictured below.




Step 3: Pair yarn into 4 sections and tie knots approximately 6 inches down from the large knot.

Step 4: Leaving the outside yarn pieces out, tie another knot using the remaining pieces, approximately 4 inches below the first knot. Then take the outside pieces of yarn and tie them together so as to make it a circle.




Step 5: Collect all of the pieces of yarn and tie another knot at the bottom, leaving approximately 4 or 5 inches of yarn hanging down. Insert plant into the circle of yarn and you have a hanging pot holder!!

Craft and Sewing Room Organization

This craft and sewing room already came with great bones- plenty of cabinet and storage space, a cute and functional design and the most darling of arts and crafts projects just waiting to be displayed or organized. When I have a space like this to work with, the first thing I do is think about what works to have out in the open so that it can be seen and used often and what works best displayed behind closed doors corralled in bins with proper labels.





Obviously the sewing station needed to be displayed and easily accessible with a lot of room around it to work on. A clean surface and a bright space is ideal for crafting and sewing and this space has both.

The cabinet right above the sewing machine was the perfect place to store fabrics where they can be seen easily when the doors were open. When organizing I try to keep items related to each other as close as possible to one another.

Open shelving and drawers right next to the sewing station stores items like thread and other sewing machine necessities. Cute baskets not the open shelves like these crocheted ones from The Container Store are perfect for storing such items.

This side of the room was also used for gift wrapping and party supplies. I purposely geared half of the craft room toward the adults needs and the other half for the kids needs. In the cabinets right above these supplies are small gifts to keep on hand for last minute gift giving.





Then in the cabinet just to the left holds more gift wrapping necessities as well as party supplies. I used these clear bins from The Container Store so it was easier to see the items inside each container.

The other half of the room is the perfect crafting station for the kids. Easy to reach bins and paper holders make crafting easy and accessible in this area.

Using a variety of baskets and containers to hold different items keeps the space looking colorful and interesting but neatly organized in order to keep the area functioning best. I love displaying projects in craft areas as well in order to inspire and uplift those working in the space.




It’s important for kids to have a place to store their own personal projects so these baskets in the open shelving from The Container Store did just that beautifully.

In the cabinets above the open workspace we corralled more craft items into separate bins so it would be easy for the kids to find what they needed when working on a project.

Wall storage like this from Ikea makes it easy to keep a cleaner surface for crafting as well as help kids know where to put items when they are finished using them.

These stained glass stars made by the homeowner,s father were the icing on the cake hanging in the window. It’s personal touches like these that make a space feel the most like their own.

Mini Paper Roses How-to

My 9 year old is the crafter of all crafters. She spends hours in our office working on crafts that she’s googled or come up with in her own head. I LOVE IT! Obvi. When she showed me these adorable paper roses I knew that they would make the cutest Valentine’s Day craft. The supplies are basic and the how-to is super simple to do on your own or with your kids.

Supplies needed:

Scissors, pencil, craft glue, craft paper in colors of your choice, toothpicks (mine are a little longer and wider than the normal size but the smaller ones would work too) and a circle approximately the size of a ramekin to trace.




Step 1:

Trace and cut the circle out on a piece of the colored craft paper.

Step 2:

Cut the paper in a spiral starting smaller and getting larger.

Step 3:

Begin rolling the spiral starting on the smaller small end, rolling tightly.




Step 4:

Once the spiral is completely rolled, attach the bottom of the flower using the craft glue.

Step 5:

Insert the toothpick into the bottom of the flower, poking a hole in the paper and pushing the toothpick in through the top.

That’s it! So easy and so cute.

I used them as cupcake toppers, on Valentine’s Day cards and as Valentine’s decor.