When my boys were little I made them these little chefs aprons complete with hats and oven mitts. It was a year when money was tight at Christmas so I made these to go with a cookbook I bought them and a few colorful utensils. It's been close to 7 years and we still have these hanging and ready to use. The smaller one was passed down and the hats have gone MIA but they still love their colorful aprons.
Chefs hat and oven glove are also available.
A dear friend shared an idea of writing something you are thankful for every week all year long on a little sheet of paper and putting it in a jar to reflect on at the end of the year. I immediately thought of how fun this would be for my kids but with a twist.
A Jar a Full of Stars
Once upon a time I used paper stars in a jar as incentives for my first graders. They loved it when I handed them a little paper star for doing well. I could whip on up fast and their eyes would glow. The could keep them or add them to a jar we were filling for a party day or cupcakes for good behavior. This is a twist on the stars those babies loved.
So, I grabbed some pretty scrapbook paper and started cutting 1/2" strips of paper.
I will cut all these in half and stick thing in a smaller jar for the kids take one out when they are ready to write on a strip something they are thankful for that week. Then we will fold them up and make a little star for our jar like below.
You simply start tying one end of a stripe of paper (1/2" x 5.5") in a sort of knot. You don't want one end to be long, so you can tie it closer to the end or tear the extra off. Begin folding the strip around the knot, pretty paper side out. You will have a flat little pentagon with a tail that needs tucking in. Now to make the star.
With your finger nail, press in the 5 flat sides of pentagon. It will puff out the and create a little dent. You now have a star.
We are excited to fill our jar with stars with things we are grateful for this year.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:35
This is one of my favorite patterns. I have made so many of these over the years for other and I still carry the one I made nearly 7 years ago for myself. I hope you enjoy this pattern.
A reverse applique and monogram was PERFECT for this pattern.
DIY Non-slip Covered Hanger Tutorial
It's the perfect gift for the upcoming bride or to hold your items that have delicate straps.
Dress up all your ugly wire hangers that are always getting tangled in the laundry room closet so they'll look pretty and presentable for guests or to give with gifts.
1. Using craft paper, trace your hanger, add 1/2 inch to the sides and 1 inch to the bottom
2. Use the template to cut 2 pieces of fabric.
3. With right sides together, pin and sew the sides, slightly less than 1/2 "or 1/4" in at the seam.
4. Stop 1/2" short of the center at the top to leave space for the hook to slip through.
5. Hem at the bottom all the way around.
6. To make the hanger cover non-slip, add to small buttons to the end of each hanger directly on the seam line. (shown is 1" away from the curve of the hanger at the end.)
I made these as a bridal shower gift years ago.
Thanks Aimee for letting me share this quick and easy tutorial for window paint.
I am excited to be here! My name is Kristy Neeley and I have 4 kids aged 1, 2,4 and 6. We have a good time and they keep me busy! I also write a fun crafty, healthy, DIY blog at www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com .
This particular project is very easy and you may already have all the supplies you need on hand.
We had a lot of fun with this!
To get started all you need are four baby jars, 4 colors of tempera paint and liquid dish soap and a paint brush to mix it all up with.
First start by adding the desired color of paint to the jar.
Now just add a little dish soap.
The more soap you use the thinner the paint will be and the easier it will be to wipe off when it is dry.
We liked a bit more paint then soap since our paints were kind of thin to start with.
Now have a ball! My kids sure did.
This also works great for signs on cars for sale or houses for rent.
A set of a few different colors made up in baby food jars makes a great gift for kiddos. You can even add cute labels to the jar. You can find a huge selection of free printable labels from my blog here.
Hope you have as much fun doing this as we did!
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