Category Archives: Craft

Floating Candles and Flowers – Easy Centerpiece!

Floating candles and flowers are my go to – super easy and elegant centerpiece. This takes <60 seconds to assemble. Pick fresh flowers, leaves or herbs if you have some and add to a decorative bowl with water. The flowers and lights will float. Shown here is the centerpiece for our recent Easter Brunch.. a piece of pink depression glass and I used rosemary flowers because that’s what happened to be in bloom at that moment in time! 🙂

There’s room for a lot of creativity here, but floating candles are beautiful day or night!

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DIY Jell-o Play-Doh { Non Candy Preschool Valentine }

I really wanted to give a non candy option out for Maya’s Valentine’s Day treat.  Yes, I’m that mom.  :{

I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make the homemade Play-Doh I’ve been meaning to make for ages.  Maya loves Play-doh (what kid doesn’t?!)  I found this really cool recipe online that uses Jell-O.  It dyes it, AND makes it smell yummy.  FUN!

I’ll be honest.  I’m marginally embarrassed by how much time I spent on these, but whatever… 😉Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-1What you need… (I doubled the recipe for each color, so mine will look bigger)

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil (I used Olive Oil)
  • 1 3 oz pack Jell-O

What you do…

  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a small saucepan until smooth.Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-2 Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-3 Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-4I’ll be honest.  I helped her 🙂 Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-5
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens into a ball of dough.  (about 10 minutes)Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-6
  • Once it has finished cooking, place the dough onto a floured cutting board and wait for it to cool (about 20-30 minutes).  While it’s cooling you can start making another batch with a different color/flavor Jell-O! 🙂Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-8We did Raspberry and Blueberry (Maya’s choice!).Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-9
  • Once it is cool, knead it, adding in flour until it is no longer sticky (about 1/2 cup).Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-10 Maya liked this part! Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-11 Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-12hahaha 😉 Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-13
  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  It will keep for at least a few weeks in the refrigerator, with daily use.  If at any time it starts to be a little sticky, just add more flour.Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-14Making it into a Valentine’s Day gift…
  • Get mini Glad containers
  • 3 Yards of Tulle
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Punch
  • Make a little card on card stock (I did mine in Photoshop, but handwritten would be super cute if you had an older child!  Or…if you have good handwriting-I do not ha ha)
  • You can write a little Valentine’s message.   I actually put the recipe on the cards in case other parents wanted to make some.Blog DIY Jell-O Play-Doh Non Candy Valentine Toddler Craft-15

Thank you so much Kaley Ann for the great Jell-o Play-Doh idea.  Go check out her blog for more great DIY ideas 🙂dit-elle-Lauren

Happy Little Ghosts Kid Craft

Looking for a super cheap, super fun Halloween craft that you can involve the kids in? My soon-to-be 4 year old and 18 month old had a blast making our “Happy Little Ghosts” craft. All you need is a box of tissues, cotton balls, thread and a needle (you do the thread and needle part, kids can do the tissues and cotton balls part)! 🙂

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Supplies (makes 10 ghosts)

  • 10 tissues
  • 10 cotton balls
  • Spool of white sewing thread
  • Needle (for sewing thread)
  • Scissors (for cutting thread)


  • Thread needle with 2 feet+ of thread, and center the needle in the middle of the thread
  • Tie the ends together in a knot, so that you now have a double thread
  • Lay a tissue on a flat surface (kid activity!)
  • Place a cotton ball in the center of the tissue (kid activity!)
  • Gather edges and pick up tissue, holding it so that the cotton ball is completely covered and cinch up the tissue where the ghost neck will be (kid activity!)
  • Stick needle just below covered ball and make two circles around head and cinch up (parent activity here and rest of craft! :))
  • Stick needle into ‘neck’ and up into cotton ball, so that it comes out on the top of the head
  • Pull upward, cut needle off string, tie strings together with a knot
  • Voila! One done! On to the next one! Ava was running such a little ghost craft factory that I could not keep up. Anders meanwhile was having lots of fun pulling tissues out and tossing cotton balls all over.

Tip:  You get a different effect if you wrinkle the tissues a bit (which is why this is such a great kid craft) and you can do this at the first step or even after the ghosts are hung! 🙂


DIY Toilet Paper Roll Glitter Crown with Tulle

Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-1Maya is obsessed with “princesses”.  Every dress is a “princess dress”, and her obsession with Elsa and Anna is (like most toddler girls) a bit out of control 🙂  I had brief thoughts of making her an Elsa costume, but then reality slapped me in the face.  Esther, on the other hand, IS making Ava one, and I cannot wait to see it!!  I went the easy route with Maya’s costume and found a cute orange and black tutu looking outfit at Goodwill for $4.  It’s supposed to be a witch, but I called it a Pumpkin Princess outfit, and Maya’s in love haha.

But…every princess needs a crown, no?  The DIY lace crown I made before was super easy, but I wanted to try something a little more complex and fun.  I had the idea of using a toilet paper roll for the crown, putting glitter on it, and somehow having tulle shoot out.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it until I started making it ha!

As luck would have it, Mother had a post that very morning on Toilet Paper Roll Crafts.  I had originally just cut my crown straight across, but their gold crown with the points was so much cuter!  Saved just in the nick of time!

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  • Toilet paper roll
  • Sharp scissors
  • Glitter
  • Marker that is either the same shade or complimentary to your glitter
  • Glue
  • Small Hole Punch
  • Elastic
  • Tulle (a yard should be plenty, although if you want a longer train use more)
  • Large Cookie sheet lined with tin foil for easy clean up
  • Toddler (added bonus :))


  • Cut your toilet paper roll in half
  • Cut jagged design in one half
  • Cut the other half into a fourth and then cut up one side so it slides inside itself to be smaller and will fit inside the jagged crown piece.
  • Color the Crown piece with your marker.  That way when the glue dries, you will see that color vs the brown toilet paper roll.Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-4
  • Punch holes in opposite sides at the bottom of the crown.
  • Lightly coat the crown with glue (I put a little too much on and it started dripping :{Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-5 Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-6
  • Have your toddler help with lightly pouring the glitter on.  I used both black tiny ball glitter and gold dust glitter.
  • Set that aside to dry.  If you lightly coat it with glue, it should be fine standing up right.
  • Next, cut your tulle into 6 inch squares.  I had probably 8-10. Stack all the tulle with the corners at varying vs being all lined up.  I think it would look cool if you did longer pieces and they were flowing down the back too!
  • Place your cut 1/4 piece of the roll in the middle of the tulle stack and fold up, securing with a rubber band.  Secure the excess with more rubber bands so it’s easier to feed through the crown.Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-7
  • When your crown is dry, feed the tulled inner crown up through the middle and place some glue around the bottom to secure.Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-8 Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-9
  • Cut the rubber bands and fluff the tulle.Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-10
  • Tie the elastic through the punched holes, and your done!Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-11Have fun!!


Easter Egg Tree

A beautiful, inexpensive, and FUN activity with kids! Only about a few weeks late, but figured I’d post it as inspiration for next year! 🙂

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What you need

  • Eggs
  • Dye
  • Toothpicks
  • Thread
  • Fresh tree branches (Forsythia, dogwood or other work well)

How to make your Easter Tree

  • Select fresh white eggs and blow them out. Here’s how: 1) make a small hole in each end by tapping/chiseling with the tip of a sharp knife, 2) poke a toothpick inside one of the holes to break yolk, 3) then blow the egg white/yolk out into a bowl, 4) wash off egg and let try. This is a tricky process and not recommended for kids – you should do this first and then you can have the kids help with dyeing the eggs. More tips here.
  • Dye eggs and decorate as you wish – some metallic paint brushed on dyed eggs is a fun way to add some sparkle or shine!
  • Hang by tying some sewing thread to a 1/2 toothpick inserted into the egg to create a stopper.

Ava quickly became a pro egg dyer!


My Easter Tree via Instagram!


Legends of the Fall..

I love fall! So much color! We live in a beautiful place that is green pretty much year round. The rain and damp have arrived, but the trees are still brilliant.

A favorite fall table decoration is a bowl of water with leaves and tea lights. I know, so simple right!

The bowl could be a piece of thrifted crystal or porcelain (something fire proof!). I get the tea lights in bulk at IKEA, and then add your favorite fall leaves or flowers! Gorgeous when lit, adding coziness to fall evenings. And I’m all about coziness. 🙂

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How to make a chalkboard banner | DIY

I made this chalkboard banner a few years ago and have used it SO many times.  I will admit that it wasn’t easy.  I have had lots of practice with power tools, but you could cut out a few steps and achieve the same result.  Here’s what I did…

Step 1-

Go to Home Depot and buy a plain piece of partical board.  Make sure it’s the kind that has a hard smooth surface on one side.  Had this 3/16 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. Marker Board (4-Pack) been there that would have been totally cool!

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Spray paint primer.  You could roll on primer too, but spray paint was easier and dried faster 🙂Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-2Step 3-

Paint 2 coats of chalkboard paint.Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-3Or…skip those steps and buy this 🙂

Step 4-

Measure out 6 inch strips.  You could make them bigger or small though.Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-3.1

Step 5- (DO NOT use table saw unless you know how to use it)

Cut board into measured strips.  You could buy these and skip the cutting.Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-4Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-5Step 6-

Measure out triangle pieces.Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-5.1Step 7- (DO NOT use miter saw unless you know how to use it)

Cut triangles out.Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-6Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-7Step 8-

Mark holes at the top of each triangle for holes.Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-7.1Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-8I used twine, but you could use yarn or any other kind of strong string.   I used it here for Maya’s birthday.Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-9I’ve also brought it to weddings, and had couples use it for their “Thank You” cards 🙂Blog DIY Chalkboard Banner-10The best part is you can use it over and over for any occasion!

You could skip the cutting steps and buy square, round, or if you can find them triangle precut boards at a craft store.  All you’d have to do is drill the holes and string.dit-elle-Lauren