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Hannah attended her first “friend” birthday party a couple weeks ago and had a blast.  When we got the invitation to this little boy’s 5th birthday party my first thought was, I know nothing about boy gifts.   Let’s face it, I live in girl world, I never had brothers and I really have no clue what 5 year old boys get excited to play with. I did, however, have a good clue about something this sweet little guy liked because the party theme was batman, spider man and legos.

So I did what most clueless moms do, start browsing pinterest.  That’s when I came across the homemade fort kit idea.  What boy doesn’t love building a fort, right?  I took some ideas from the pin and got to work to make a kit customized for Hannah’s friend.  Here’s what I purchased/used/created:

  • Little red, zipper-top bag (86 cents): The pin had a tutorial for how to make a cloth bag to put the kit in but I am not a great sewer and didn’t want to spend a lot of time trying to make a bag that probably wouldn’t look very good.  I made the bag I bought more sturdy by cutting a cardboard circle the same size as the bottom of the bag and then covering it in red craft foam.  Here is what that looked like:

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  • Navy blue queen sheet ($2)
  • I cut an old white t-shirt into 7, 18-inch (1 inch wide) strips to make the “hooks” for the sheet.  Just stretch out the strips a little then tie knots on each end of the strip.  Make a little loop and then sew onto the sheet.  3 loops go along the long sides of sheet and one in the center.  Here is a photo of the loops/hooks:
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  • I took 5 clothespins I already had laying around the house and had Hannah paint them blue. Then I found superhero/lego clip art, printed them out and covered them with laminate I had.  I glued the laminated art onto each clothespin to make them more fun and in line with the theme:
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  • Now it’s Dollar Tree time.  We got red nylon rope ($1), suction cup hooks ($1), glow sticks ($1) and a flash light ($1) to put into the bag.  I also included some popcorn and fruit snacks because building a fort takes lots of energy 😉
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  • The last step was making a cute sign for the front of the bag so the birthday boy would know what he was getting (or really the birthday boy’s mom because she was the one reading it!):
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The next week when I ran into the birthday boy’s mom at school, she told me that he absolutely loved the fort kit and had been playing with it non-stop the entire weekend.  I’d say the kit was a hit and not bad for just about $7!  If you have any questions about the assembly of this kit just leave me a comment and I’ll get back with you!  Also, if you’d rather not go to the trouble of making the kit, you can always pay me to make one for you 🙂  I can also do a “girly” one…Hannah has already requested one.

008Linked up at New NostalgiaHousewife How-To’s, Atlantamomofthree and All Things with Purpose.

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Cupcake Tower finishedThe cupcake tower I started making this week for two upcoming birthdays is now complete!  This is how I started this project.  If you’d like to make your own cupcake tower, it is super easy.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard cut into circles of 3 different sizes (I used empty diaper boxes to make me feel better about all that $ spent on diapers)
  • Paper to cover the cardboard (I used 12 x 12 scrapbook paper from Michael’s)
  • 2 canned good items covered in paper
  • ribbon
  • hot glue
  • glue dots (optional but this made putting the scrapbook paper onto the cardboard really easy)

You’ll need two circles of cardboard for each tier.  I traced the lid of my cake saver for the bottom tier (largest) and that measured about 13.5″ in diameter.  I traced the lid of  a large dinner plate (about 11″) for my second tier and a salad plate for the top tier (9″).  There is no magic number these cardboard circles need to measure–they just need to go from largest to smallest as you go up the tower.

Glue the same size circles together so your tiers will be sturdy.  Trace the cardboard circle onto your paper so you’ll have the right size of paper to cover your cardboard.  I took my ribbon and hot glued it around the edge of the cardboard circles.  Then I wrapped paper around my canned good and glued them onto my finished cardboard covered tiers.  Ta dah!

Linked up at All Things With Purpose.

If you missed my previous post on Hannah’s pinterest habit you can click here 🙂  Hannah was “pinspired” by this pin so today we made our own version.  Here is Hannah making her “owl face” as she calls it holding her owl creation:
 The pin Hannah saw used fabrics I think but we used a much more 4-year-old friendly material: construction paper.  This creation is now proudly hanging on the window portion of our back door.  Hannah says our next project is a Thanksgiving door hanger so I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Linked up at: New Nostalgia and Women Living Well

We made a Boo Pumpkin.  My cousin, Candace ,would be so proud.  After all, she is the one who introduced me to this addiction website.  I’ve determined that it is perfect for people like me who want to look crafty without having to put too much thought into it.  I mean, what we’re really doing here is ripping off other people’s ideas and making them look like we simply came up with it in between zillions of loads of laundry, nursing a baby, taking the other kid to and from school and making dinner.

With that said, I shall give credit to my pinspiration…yes I just did that.  I must find numerous ways to make you groan with pinterest terms 🙂  Our idea was from this pin.  I say “our” here because I thought this would be a fun project for Hannah and I.  Hannah helped me purchase the supplies from Michael’s first and then she helped pick out and place the buttons on the pumpkin.

So step one was buying supplies–this was not an expensive project, especially with the 40% off coupon from the Michael’s site.  We bought:

  • 1 medium sized fake pumpkin (currently 50% off at Michael’s)
  • 1 package of assorted sizes of black and white buttons (used our 40% off coupon on this item)
  • Black and white polka dot wired ribbon (on clearance)

You’ll also need a hot glue gun, a paper stencil (optional) and a pencil.

Step 2: I printed out a “Boo” template on cardstock using Bodoni MT Bold font (I just used  Microsoft Publisher).  I cut out the inside of the letters to make a stencil.
Step 3: Trace the letters on the pumpkin.  A pencil works well for this since the pumpkin is fake and made out of some type of hard foam.  Here is a picture after I traced:

Step 4: Use the different sizes of buttons to fill in the letters and glue them on.  This is where you can tell your 4 year old, “Find me a small button” and “What size button do you think we need right here?”  Ah, learning.  Pintereducation.
Step 5: Tie your ribbon into a bow on the pumpkin’s stem.

Here is our finished product:
We did a black and white theme.  Our pinspiration used all black buttons which I also think is very cute.

I think this is a fun Halloween project you can do with your kiddo (much more fun that getting your hands into pumpkin guts) AND you don’t have to throw the pumpkin away!  Just stick it into your Halloween box when you put your other decor stuff away and enjoy again next year.

Yay Pinterest!