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An Easy and Simple DIY Keepsake Christmas Ornament

Today’s post is an easy DIY for you that can last as a family keepsake.  It’s a simple ornament that is affordable and fun to create with your kiddos.  This year my son Court is 3.5 and he is excited about all things Christmas.  It’s so much fun to see his reactions and how he soaks it all in.  I’ve been keeping him busy with different crafts and he really loved this one so I thought I would share!

Keep scrolling, it’s just so easy and looks pretty on the tree or even as a decor piece on the mantle!

Photos by Riley Starr
  Let’s start with what you will need!  I got everything for this DIY at Michaels, or as Court likes to say “the craft store”.  We make a trip there every few weeks and stock up on fun things to do.  Plus, they always have a “sale” and things are usually 40-50% off!  So it’s easy on the wallet…

I used these simple clear plastic ornaments, there are some similar here.  We also shopped around the fake flower area, we picked some fun pieces that both Court and I thought would be pretty.  Court especially loved the pine cones!  Then we picked up some glitter and confetti and we were golden!

Next step is writing on the ornaments.  I am lucky and have a few talented friends, so Cindy from Blot & Dot took care of this step for me!  We had her write Court, Cruz and Christmas 2017.  Now, the easy part… Just fill up each ornament to your liking and then hang on the tree!  It’s as easy as that and your kiddos will love it!

Aren’t they pretty?!  And I love the way they look hanging on the tree.  Court had so much fun picking things out and creating these ornaments.  He’s so proud showing them off to anyone who will listen!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far!  Only 2 short weeks till the big day!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on December 11, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAY DECOR, HOLIDAYS

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A DIY Geometric Advent Calendar That Anyone Can Make


With Thanksgiving long past us, you should be well on your way to decorating for Christmas. I usually have the house thoroughly decked out by now, but with us in the middle of our big move, a couple of decor pieces are what I have to work with these days. But my mind is always thinking of what my little ones will remember during the holidays, and I’m not going to have them miss out on any of our fun traditions just cause of a move.

The advent calendar is one of those very memorable traditions we do in our household. Each year, I have created with some fantastic vendors different ways to have an advent calendar. You can see our past advent calendars here and here. This year, I worked with the talented mama, Leanna from David and Leanna. She is no stranger to DIYs for the beijos blog. I wanted to do something that was a little bit out of the box. Along with that concept, adding colors that are non-traditional holiday colors. I love what we came up with, and the best part is you can do it at home too! 

Leanna is going to take you step by step on how to make this fun advent calendar!

Christmas is easily my favorite holiday! I like to put my decorations up as soon as Halloween is over, but for more sane people, all 31 days in December is more than enough. This Christmas, Connor (my son) is old enough to understand the countdown to Christmas, so we’re doing an advent calendar! Unfortunately for us, all the premade ones aren’t dairy free, so we, figured we’d make our own this year! I partnered with Abby at Beijos Events to create these super cute DIY paper advent calendars stuffed with whatever treats work best for you and your family! 

S U P P L I E S

A good pair of scissors  
Cardstock paper (we used paper source
hot glue gun
A pen or pencil
Printer
These geometric shape templates
Bakers Twine
An embroidery needle
Circle punch (optional) 
Mini hole punch
Gel pen of your choice (our white one
Mini wood hoop ring  

 

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D I R E C T I O N S

1. Gather your supplies.

2. Punch the circles for date labels.

3. Next, print out geometric templates onto cardstock.

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4. Fold your cut out template along the dotted line.

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5. Using a mini hole punch or your needle, punch two small holes into the top of your geometric shape.  

6. Thread a length of bakers twine through your newly punched holes.  

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7. And then, thread circle punched date marker through twine as well.

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8. Warm up your hot glue gun and check your shapes to make sure you understand how each side matches up.

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9. Glue tabs to appropriate flaps with tabs tucked INSIDE your shape, so the tabs don’t show once glued.

10. Then, pop candy of choice or any little items into geometric shape before gluing the last tabs down.

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11. Number your date markers.

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12. Finally, tie string at the top of your geometric shape at one end and to your ring at the other end – it will get a little crowded, alternate your lengths as you go.

Enjoy! Merry Christmas! 

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Aren’t those colors together so dreamy! Hanging wise for this one, you can do anything from hanging from a door, nailing to the wall in your little one’s nook area, or hanging it from your kitchen cabinet. I would personally do something high enough where little fingers aren’t able to access it. You will have all 25 days gone before you know it! 
xx
Abby
 

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By on November 28, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, CHRISTMAS, COLLABORATION, CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAY DECOR

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Trick or Treat Halloween Tote

Trick or Treat!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to get into the spirit with. How could you not with all the costumes, spooky + gross food to force your kids to eat, cocktails that smoke, and decorations that could scare you know what out of you. This year, I wanted to do create a trick or treat Halloween tote that was different than the usual suspects. A tote that could not only be used for my daughter but also I could borrow it. There was only one person that I knew that could create exactly what I was looking for. That would be the one and the only, Leanna from David and Leanna. This lady is amazing. She has three boys, runs a successful Etsy shop, blogs, and she is an absolute babe and one of the sweetest ladies around. And today, she is giving us the play by play on how she created this perfect boho trick or treat Halloween tote. 

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the wonderful ladies of Beijos Events a couple different times, so I was super excited when I was asked to help out and create a DIY tutorial for a Halloween straw tote. It looks like Halloween is going to be heavily Batman themed this year so I’m pretty amped to have an excuse to make something girly! So here it is; the cutest little DIY straw Halloween tote with sequin script lettering and yarn tassels. Follow along to make your own! – Leanna

Trick or Treat Tote

You’ll need:
Sequin trim
Hot glue gun & hot glue
Trick or treat stencil (or your own design)
Pen/pencil
Straw tote bag
Yarn in colors of your choice
Pom Pom makers
Sharp embroidery scissors
Wide eye needle

These Pom Pom makers from Amazon are magical.  

 Making Pom Poms

Wrap one side of the Pom Pom maker in your choice of yarn. You’ll need to hold onto the ends at first until the multiple layers hold it in place. 

Once the first side is full, close that side by pushing it back towards center. Note: the “fluffier” your yarn, the fluffier your Pom Pom. Press the yarn between your fingers to determine its fluffy-ness. If it compresses a lot you’ll get fuller Pom Poms. 

Wrap the other side like you did the first. Your Pom Pom maker should look like this.

Take your scissors and cut along the spine from the hinge end (cutting from the other direction may cause the Pom Pom maker to open accidentally). 

 
 

Cut a length of yarn and wrap around the Pom Pom maker along the spine (same place you cut the yarn before). Pull tight and tie a double knot. 

Gently pull Pom Pom arms apart by pushing outwards and the. Pull the center of your Pom Pom maker apart by pulling outwards on each side of the center (The white part of my Pom Pom maker for reference).

 

Gently fluff Pom Pom with your fingers

Trim away all excess until well rounded.

Making Tassels

Wrap yarn around your hand (keeping your fingers evenly spaced) until you reach your desired tassel thickness.

Gently remove from hand to maintain the loop.

Strong a length of yarn through the entire loop  (I have a second length of yarn looped separately so that I can hide my knots, but this step is not necessary).

 

Tie a double knit tightly, this will be the top of your tassel. If you want to hide your knot you can flip the tassel upside down so the knotted string is inside the tassel and the extra string is now the top. 

Cut through the loop at the bottom of your tassel.

 

Wrap a length of yarn three times around the tassel near the top, gently pulling tightly and keeping the shape of your tassel in tact.

 

Tie your knot (I usually tuck mine inside the tassel to hide it once tied). 

Trim the end of your tassel until even. 

 

Sequin Lettering

Trace or draw your phrase onto your tote, I used a new sharpie (finer point). 

Carefully place your sequin trim along your lettering before gluing

Do just a few letters at a time with the hot glue gun. 

I made sure to glue down the loose strands on the edge of the trim before gluing each time.

Some letters worked better as one continuous strand while others needed to be cut in specific locations. Go slowly and measure before cutting and gluing.

Hot glue can get a little messy so just remember you’re better off letting it harden and then removing it than trying to get it off before it dries. Dried hot glue leaves less residue behind than trying to clean it up while it’s hot.

Finally, use your wide eye needle to thread through your Pom Poms and tassels and the tote!

Enjoy!

Thanks Leanna! 
 
xx
Abby

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By on October 9, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, HALLOWEEN

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Bring the Tropics home with this DIY Floral Wreath

Next up on our visit to the tropics is a DIY that I know you will love!  With this dang heat wave going on it really feels like the tropics so we may as well bring them home.  I asked the lovely ladies of Palms and Petals to help make a tropical inspired wreath and they are sharing the easy steps to it today!  It’s a modern take on a wreath with a tropical twist that will look cute on any front door, and make Summer last a little bit longer!

  I love a good DIY and one that makes my home look cute is even better… Keep scrolling to see all of the pretty photos by Riley Starr Photography.

From the Palms and Petals ladies…

Creating this tropical wreath was quite simple. We first went to Michael’s aka the hub of DIY materials. In their floral section, we got a 14” silver metal hoop, grabbed some floral tape/wire, a hot glue gun, and clear hanging command strips. We then jammed to our local farmers market and got a bunch of flowers that had a tropical feel to it. There are many different tropical flowers that you could use, but we decided to use, the signature monstera leaf, pincushion proteas, mini calla lilies, freesia, sword fern and a king protea. 

Once we got home to our work station, better know as our kitchen, we first laid out the flowers and set them on the border of the hoop to visualize what it would look like. Then we put our ‘Green thumb’ to work by cleaning all the leaves off the stems and cutting them to the length as shown in the photos.

After, we started wiring the stems to the hoop.  Also, for extra support we put floral tape over the wire..  We worked our way from the side of the hoop to the middle and repeated the process on the other side. We saved the main statement flower for last, the almighty King Protea.

We cut a sliver of the Monstera leaf off from a other stem and wrapped it around the bottom of the hoop so we could hide our work on the bottom and secured it with hot glue.  Once that felt stable we hot glued the protea.  Finally, we put one command strip on our front door and whala, we got ourselves a beautiful tropical wreath!

The tropical wreath is so easy to make and all it takes is 20-30 minutes. So go drop off your kids at school, take a quick run to Michael’s and the market, and create a memory of your past summer with a tropical wreath!

Thank you ladies for teaching us some of your tricks!  Can’t wait to try this one out myself!!!

xx

Happy Creating!

Jacquelyn

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By on August 31, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, FLORALS

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Kid’s Easter Craft

Let the Easter fun begin!  Easter is less than 2 weeks away and I am getting excited!  It really is one of my favorite holidays.  I obviously always try to make the holidays fun for my kids, and Easter is no exception.  Court’s amazing pre-school teacher, Ms. Sherri always does the best crafts with the kids.  Whenever I pick him up his hands are full of his projects from that day and he is excited to show me each and every one of them.  That’s why I thought a fun Easter craft would be perfect for him!

I’ve bought Court these wooden Easter eggs since his very first Easter, which happened a few days after he was born!  You can buy them on Amazon, but I also saw them in the dollar section at Target.  My idea was to have him decorate these wooden eggs so we could keep them and have them as a keepsake!  I liked that idea because you put so much effort into decorating the real eggs and never get to keep them, this way I could capture his little almost 3 year old creative mind forever!

Photos by Ala Cortez

I went to my local craft store and bought all kinds of goodies.  Paint pens, glitter, pom poms, stickers, puff paint, you name it.  At a recent Easter playdate (which I will be sharing very soon!) I let him and a few of his pre school friends go to town!  The best part was telling the kids about the Easter craft… They all got so excited to do it!!  Thank you Ms. Sherri for instilling this amazing sense of creativity into them!!  Here’s a little glimpse of the fun….

Nothing too fancy, just lots of fun stuff kiddos would like.  I’m being a real mom on this one and doing things that aren’t as pretty, but definitely fun!!!  I also think most of these are great for their fine motor skills and learning about shapes and colors!

Here they all are going at it!  I was really surprised with how excited they were for this!  Note to self, don’t let them wear their fancy clothes for this one… I thought I was being good by buying paint pens instead of actual paint, but it was still a mess!

Look how proud Rowan is of his finished product!!

There you have it… This is a great little craft to do with kiddos of any age.  I think the little toddlers had a lot of fun with it but the older they get the more intricate and detailed they can be!! It’s a great thing to do as a tradition and then keep each year’s egg, it would be so cute to look back on when they’re older!!

Stay tuned for more Easter posts coming your way!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

 

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By on April 4, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, CRAFTS, DIY, EASTER

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