i heart u card

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Who doesn’t just love opening the mail to find a handmade Valentine? No matter who the card is from, it can really brighten anyone’s day. While we think our kid’s DIY Valentines are almost too cute for words this year, we wanted to come up with a fun Valentine craft that could double as a card.  We created our own version of 3-D Valentine card the kids can help make. To make it even easier, we’ve created a printable valentines-day-card template for the “Be mine” card!

Supplies:

Start by printing our valentines-day-card template onto the card stock. Then cut out each card and fold them in half.

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Next, punch a hole on the outer edge of the front and back flap of the folded card. To get the small hole, we used a Martha Stewart hole punch, which we like because it has three different punch sizes, but you can use a regular hole punch if that’s what you already have.

Let the kids help make several large heart punches using the heart hole punch and pink card stock. Then cut several pieces of baker’s twine that are 12 inches long.

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Now you’re ready to make the “eye-heart-u” portion of the card. We started by placing the heart on the baker’s twine first because that made it easier to make sure the google eyes and letter U were placed in the right position. Let the kids place glue dots on one side of one of the heart punches. Then lay the baker’s twine on top of the glue dots, so that the heart is centered in the middle of he piece of twine. Next, place a second heart punch directly on top of the first.

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To attach the google eye, let the kids place glue dots on the back of one google eye. They lay the google eye on the table with the glue side up, and place the baker’s twine on top of it so that the google eye is bout 1/2 inch to the left of the heart. Then place a second google eye on top of the first google eye, sandwiching the google eyes between the twine.

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Lay a “U” sticker with the sticky side up o your work surface. Then place the baker’s twine on top too the “U” so that the “U” is 1/2 inch to the right of the heart. Place a second “U” sticker on top of the first.

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Open the Be mine card and place the “eye-heart-u” baker’s twine on top of the card. Tie the right side of the baker’s twine to the hole on the right side of the card so that the knot is about 1/2 inch from the “U”.

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Next, thread the left side of the baker’s twine through the hole on the left side of the card and then fold the card shut. To finish off the card, tie the two ends of twine together in a bow and place it in a festive colored envelope!

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For more Valentine’s Day craft ideas be sure to check out our kid’s Valentine themed crafts from last year and the year before. There are so many to choose from that you’ll be able to keep those little hands busy all week long!

Happy making!

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Ashley + Hallman

diy kid’s valentines

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Now that February is a mere 24 hours away, our kids are just itching to get started on their classroom Valentine’s cards. They love handing out their Valentine’s to friends, and get especially excited about the little party favor attached to each one. Our kids like to use anything from fun toys like silly straws, mini paint sets and bubbles to colorful lollipops. This year we found these lip whistles and we just knew they would make the perfect Valentine, and with our printable lip whistle template they are a cinch for anyone to make!

Supplies:

  • Lip Whistles (we found ours at Party City, but you can also find them on Amazon)
  • White card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots

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Start by printing our lip whistle Valentine template onto white card stock. Then cut out each card along the dotted line.

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Let you or your child write their names on the bottom line next to the heart.

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Secure a lip whistle to each card using a glue dot, and voila! Your classroom Valentine’s are ready to go! For more printable class Valentine templates and ideas feel free to check out our posts from last year and the year before.

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Ashley + Hallman

Our favorite posts of 2016

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What a year! This year has flown by in the blink of an eye. Before we get with new posts for 2017, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite posts of 2016.

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Jane Can Make

We love to DIY. This year one of our favorite posts was our DIY embroidered denim. We had so much fun adding monograms to our favorite jeans. We also loved making our moss wreath and are starting to think we need to bring some more green in our homes now that the holiday decorations are down.

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Jane Can Celebrate

Everyone knows how much we love a holiday. We love to decorate, make special treats and get crafty for every holiday. While you won’t be thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas for awhile, the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day are just around the corner.

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Jane Can Decorate

We have both been very focused on updating our homes this past year, so we are always looking for home ideas, from front doors to outdoor spaces to interiors. There is no such thing as too much home inspiration!

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Jane Can Cook

We tend to make a lot of special snacks for school and sweet treats for our kids. Our kids love to help whenever they can so the simpler the recipe the better. Our marshmallow pops have been one of our most popular post this year, because they truly are the easiest snack ever!

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Jane Can Play

Our No Carve DIY Pumpkins was one of our favorite posts this year. You probably won’t be making pumpkins for awhile, but you would have fun doing some of these washi tape projects.

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Viva Luxury

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If you are like us, we are always looking for style inspiration. We are still using our  All Dressed Up post outfit ideas until the weather starts to get warmer.

We are looking forward to new projects and new ideas in 2017. Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow along on our journey.

Here’s to a great year!

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Hallman + Ashley

 

 

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elegant and rustic diy ornaments

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Each holiday season we try to come up with a few fun and easy diy ornaments to do with our kids, but this year we decided to make a few just for ourselves. Each of this year’s ornaments were inspired by a few of our client’s rustic holiday decor from last year, which is so classic that it translates perfectly from one year to the next. What we love most about these ornaments is their elegant simplicity and that they could not have been easier to make!

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Even though we focused on colorful holiday decor this year, we just couldn’t resist these monochromatic tree ornaments. We were able to whip these up with a few left over cones from our diy advent calendar and some sticks we found in the back yard.

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Supplies:

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Wool Roving is what is used for felting crafts. We decided to use wool roving because we couldn’t find the chunky wool yarn we wanted and found that wool roving was the next best thing, as well as being a lot less expensive! Wool roving comes in rolls, so you will want to start by unrolling the wool and cutting it into long strips that are about 2-3″ wide. There’s no need to be precise when you’re cutting, slightly messy edges looks best.

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Once the wool is cut, hot glue the end to the tip of the kraft paper cone. Then begin twisting the wool and wrapping it around the cone. Stop every inch or so to add a drop of hot glue to the kraft paper cone to make sure that the wool stays in place. Continue twisting and wrapping the wool all the way down the cone until you have reached the bottom. Then add a dot of hot glue to the inside base of the cone and fold the end of the wool to that it covers the glue. Trim any remaining wool from the end of the strip of wool inside the cone.

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We decided to add a touch of sparkle to our tree by wrapping it with thin gold thread. Start by placing a small dot of hot glue to the inside base of the cone and placing the end of the gold thread in the glue. Once the glue cools, begin wrapping the thread around the outside of the cone in a haphazard way until you reach the tip of the cone. Then wrap the thread back down to the base of the cone. Trim the thread so that the end is one inch longer than the base of the cone. Place another dot of hot glue on the inside base of the cone and lay the end of the thread in the glue, releasing the thread once the glue has cooled.

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Break your stick so that it is about an inch longer than the cone. Then place a large dollop of hot glue on one end of the stick and insert it into the cone so that the stick fits right up into the tip of the cone. Let the glue cool slightly before letting go of the stick.

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To make the star on top of the tree, start by cutting a 4 inch piece of twine and then fold it in half. Place a dot of hot glue on one if the wood stars and lay the ends of the twine in the hot glue. Cover the same wood star with a thin layer of hot glue and place the second star over the first to sandwich the twine loop in between them. Last, place a large dot of hot glue on the bottom of the star, on the opposite end of the twine, and then attach the star to the tip of the cone. Hold the star in place until the glue cools.

See Through Ornaments

Of all the ornaments that we’ve ever made, these have to be the easiest. And even though we made these ornaments for us, our kids loved helping fill them with feathers and leaves.

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We started with several clear plastic ornaments, white and gold paint pens, our favorite greenery and a few white feathers. First we had our kids place a sprig of boxwood or a feather in each ornament. While our kids were having fun placing goodies inside the ornaments, we wrote festive words such as “joy,” “noel” and “peace” on the outside of the ornaments with white or gold paint pens.

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These ornaments were so quick and easy that we churned our several in a matter of minutes. But the best part was how fun they were for all of us to make!

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Ashley + Hallman

colorful christmas decor

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Decorating our homes is always one of our favorite parts of Christmas.  Every year we like to mix it up and try something new. We have done traditional red and green decor and black and white decor, so this year we decided to decorate with lots of color!  Charlie, who is 4 years old, informed us that pink and blue are not Christmas colors, but we loved the way they looked with red and green. We made tassels, painted ornaments, used felt balls, and bottle brush Christmas trees to create our colorful Christmas decor.

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To make the ornaments for this year’s theme, we bought plastic ornaments at Michael’s and filled them with craft paint in the colors of our choice. To make these ornaments, follow the instructions from last year’s colorful DIY ornament post. We wired the ornaments to a boxwood wreath and finished it off with a pale pink ribbon.

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Mantel

We added color to Hallman’s neutral stockings by making a collection of tassels for each stocking. We decorated the mantel with our DIY painted ornaments, a collection of green bottle brush Christmas trees that we found at Michaels and Target, and a felt ball garland from Paper Source.

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To make the tassels, we started with a few skeins of yarn in the colors of our choice. To make the large tassels, we wrapped one color of yarn around 4 fingers 40-50 times depending on how thick the yarn was. Then we cut the  yarn and carefully removed the looped yarn form our fingers. We then cut a 12 inch piece of yarn from the same skein, folded it in half, thread it through the middle of the looped yarn and tied it in a double knot very tightly. This became the top of the tassel. Next, we cut another 12 inch piece of yarn in the same color and tied it tightly in a double knot around the looped yarn, about 1 inch down from first knot we tied. Finally, we cut the looped ends at the bottom of the tassel so that they were even. To make the smaller tassels, we wrapped the yarn around 3 of our fingers 20-30 times, depending on the thickness of the yarn. Then we followed the same steps we used for the large tassels in order to finish the small tassels.

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We tied varying colors and sizes of the tassels together, and then tied each tassel group to the loop on each stocking.

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Table

We continued our theme to the table using the same ornaments, bottle brush trees and felt balls to create a centerpiece. On each place setting we tied the napkins with a set of three handmade tassels. to add a pop of color to our neutral linen napkins.

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Happy Decorating!

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Hallman + Ashley

 

 

counting down the days until christmas

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The Christmas countdown has official begun, and our kids favorite way to tick off the days is with their Advent calendars. Each year we come up with a few fun new DIY advent calendars, and this year was no exception. This year we were inspired by one of our kids’ other favorite holiday traditions…Elf on the Shelf, so we decided to come up with our own little Christmas elf advent calendar.

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Supplies:

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Start by placing a small red circle sticker at the base of each cone for the elf’s nose. Then, using the 3/8″ paper punch, cut 48 circles out of the white sticker sheet to create the eyes. Place a small blue circle sticker on the bottom of each white sticker eye. Place two sticker eyes just above the red nose on each cone.

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Cut 8 circles out of the assorted red and white paper so that each circle is 6.5″ in diameter. We used a circle cutter, but you can also use a compass and pair of scissors. To make the circle 6.4″ in diameter, you will want to set the circle cutter or the compass to 3.25″.

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Using the scissors, cut each paper circle into three equal parts so that you have 24 wedges.

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Using the tape runner, place tape on the back side of a wedge of red and white paper. You will want to make sure that you place tape right along the edges of the paper so that it adheres to the paper cone. Then, with the tip of the wedge at the same side as the tip of the cone, wrap the paper wedge around the paper cone so that the base of the wedge sits over the elf’s eyes just a bit. Once the paper is wrapped around the cone, press down on the edge of the paper to make sure the tape is in place.

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Thread the yarn needle with a 2 foot length of white yarn and tie a knot at the end of the yarn. Run the needle through the cone from the base out though the tip. You will need to place the thimble on your finger in order to push the needle through the inside tip of the cone. Once the needle is through the tip, pull the needle so the yarn runs all the way through the cone until the knot stops the yarn from moving any further.

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Now thread the white pom pom onto the needle and pull the pom pom along the yarn until it stops at the top of the cone. Next, place the black number stickers, 1 through 24, onto the front of each elf hat.

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Print our advent calendar activities template and cut out each activity. Fold the activities in half and place one in each cone. Cut a stack of white tissue paper in half. Crumple a sheet of tissue paper and firmly press it into the base of the cone to hold the activity in place. If you’d like you can add a small treat, such as a Hershey’s kiss or small chocolate coin to the cone before you seal the cone with the tissue paper.

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Now your little elves are ready for the Christmas countdown! You can tie each elf to a long piece of yarn and hang them from your mantle like a garland, or tie them to a 12 inch embroidery hoop and hang the hoop from the ceiling like a mobile!

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Ashley + Hallman

thanksgiving kids’ table inspiration

The kids’ table is a Thanksgiving day institution. We love to come up with decorations, crafts and activities for the kids’ table each year, to keep the kids entertained and making Thanksgiving fun for everyone. This year, we picked a few of our favorite ideas for kids’ tables that are simple and will make everyone smile.

Be Thankful

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Cool Mom Picks

 Kids Table Decor

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Studio Life.Style. for  The LA Times

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The Celebration Shoppe

Legos, Crayons and More!

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Fresh Mommy Blog

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Paging Super Mom

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Project Nursery

Making a thankful tree, a gratitude wreath, thankful jar or a thankful garland are all great ways to focus the kids and the adults on the meaning of the day.

Gobble! Gobble!

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Hallman + Ashley