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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

Lantern Craft

It’s that time of year.. the days are short, the nights are long, and if it’s raining, the days just feel dark! These lanterns are a wonderful kid activity and winter decoration to bring some warm light into the house! Growing up in Scandiavia and going to a Waldorf, we would make these every November for our Lantern Festival. They are super simple to make and you can get creative with shapes, sizes and color schemes! Have fun! 🙂

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  • Glass jar (any shape/size OK, but needs to be glass not plastic)
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Glue (watered out Elmer’s glue)
  • Brushes or sponge brushes to brush light coat of glue on outside of jar
  • Tea lights / votive candles
  • Shiny star stickers (optional)


  • ‘Paint’ the outside of the jars with a thin coat of watered out glue and rip up pieces of colored tissue paper and stick to jar
  • Repeat with multiple layers until desired color density / effect is reached
  • Let dry, and add a few star stickers
  • Light candles and drop inside the jars
  • Enjoy super cosiness! 🙂


DIY Toddler Thank You Cards / Art

After Maya’s birthday this year, I thought it would be a good idea for her to have a part in her thank you cards.  This is a super easy, relatively fast DIY that you can do with your toddler or…on your own 🙂  You could do these for thank you cards, or even frame them as art!Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-1What You’ll Need…

  • Blank Note Cards with Envelopes.  I got mine at Target on clearance, but you could get some at any craft store.
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Cookie sheet lined with tinfoil.  You could just lay out an old sheet/newspapers, but I like to collect all the unused excess glitter and save it :).

What to do…

  • Lay the blank cards out
  • Let your toddler drizzle the glue all over.  I had to rotate the cookie sheet a few times and guide her around so that there wasn’t just a big puddle haha, but she got the hang of it.  The best part is that it’s her design!Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-2 Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-3 Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-4
  • Sprinkle glitter over the top and then shake off excess.Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-5 Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-6 Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-7 Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-8
  • Let it sit until it dries.
  • You can write your thank you message on the back with a note “Handmade by…”

The above images are the 2nd set we made recently.  Here’s the ones she made for her birthday.  I love that she’s super proud of them, and that she has a part in the actual “Thank You” process 🙂Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-9 Blog DIY Toddler Glitter Thank You Card Art-10Have fun!dit-elle-Lauren

DIY Glitter Cap Toe Shoes

When I saw these shoes at the thrift store from far away, I died!!  When I got closer, I noticed they were pretty beat up.  The fronts of the toes were shredded, but for a $1(!!!!), I knew I could do something fun to try and save them.  Haven’t we all had that moment of “Noooooo not the shoes!!!” when our toddlers stumble a little, or as Maya likes to do someitmes…drag her feet.  Grrrr.  Anyway, this wouldn’t work for all shoes, and it does take some time, but…I love how they turned out!  Maya loves them too!

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  • Painters tape (it’s not as sticky/won’t ruin the shoes further :))
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • (You could also just paint the toes!)Blog DIY Glitter Toe Shoes-4Tape off the cap of the shoe in the amount you want to do the glitter toe cap.Blog DIY Glitter Toe Shoes-3Cover the area in glue.  I did a pretty heavy coating to make sure it covered up the shredded areas of the shoe.  I put an apple container under haha, but you could line a cookie sheet with tin foil 🙂 Blog DIY Glitter Toe Shoes-5Then, I let Maya go to town pouring the glitter on.  I actually did these shoes back in September, but am just now blogging them.  I promise, she wasn’t freezing outside in a tank top 🙂 Blog DIY Glitter Toe Shoes-6Voila!Blog DIY Glitter Toe Shoes-1And…here she is wearing them the other day 🙂 Blog DIY Glitter Toe Shoes-8 Blog DIY Glitter Toe Shoes-9 Blog DIY Glitter Toe Shoes-10Have fun and happy glittering!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!!


DIY Lace Crown

This is ridiculously easy to do.  Now that I know it works and is so easy, I plan on doing some more detailed ones and buy some really cool lace!  Added bonus-it takes maybe 5 minutes to make woo hoo! 🙂Blog DIY Lace Crown-1Blog DIY Lace Crown-2 Blog DIY Lace Crown-3 Blog DIY Lace Crown-4 Blog DIY Lace Crown-5What you need…

  • Lace
  • Glue
  • Glitter (you could also glue on beads-I will next time :))
  • Blown up balloon (or something else you can rest it on while it dries that you don’t care about getting glue on)
  • paperclip
  • Newspaper

What you do…

  • Measure the lace around your toddlers head (honestly, this is probably the hardest part of the whole process haha)  Leave about 1/2 an inch overlay and cut.
  • Lay the lace down on the newspaper and run a bead of glue along the bottom of the lace and in the middle.  Smudge with your finger .
  • Let your toddler go to town on the glitter.  🙂
  • Fold the lace into the crown shape and make sure there’s plenty of glue on the ends that overlap.  Paperclip the spot where the ends overlap so that it stays connected.
  • Place the crown on the balloon and wait for it to dry.  I went back and moved it a few times so that it didn’t get glued to the balloon.  It will dry in the shape of the crown, but it’s still moveable/not stiff.

I can totally see making these for a party, or having the girls make them at the beginning of a party to take home when they leave!  dit-elle-Lauren

DIY to do with your toddler // What we did for Valentine’s Day

I had all these grand plans for what Maya and I were going to do for the Huz for Valentine’s Day.  Then…I lost my car keys (the ones we had lost the spare to a few months earlier :{).  I spent 4 hours searching our house top to bottom (87 times!), and then finally gave up.  So, our crafting time was a little cut short.  We still had a blast, and truth be told, the 30 min we spent on them was probably her max anyway 😉Blog Valentine DIY-1Blog Valentine DIY-2Blog Valentine DIY-4Blog Valentine DIY-3

It all started when Maya said “It’s a heart!” on our walk a few days ago, pointing to a pile of rocks.  Of course, I’m like “No, those are just rocks.”  “HEART!” as she tugs me to pick one up.  And what do you know…a heart!  And I knew we would give it to the Huz for Valentine’s Day. 🙂Blog Valentine DIY-5She has the eyes of an eagle, that one…Blog Valentine DIY-6What you need… (for the Valentine’s)

  • Tarp or sheet for easy clean up 🙂
  • Card stock paper or I used a cardboard insert that had come in clothes I bought online.  Yes, I save everything just in case.  Yes, I was so excited to finally use some of my hoarded craft supplies!
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Foraged goodies.  We used both mini pinecones and obviously the “heart/rock”
  • Empty Box (to contain the glitter bomb and glue)

What you do…

  • Since we were doing this for Valentine’s Day, I cut little hearts out in different shapes.  We gave the hearts as Valentines to Maya’s brothers and a few friends 🙂  You could do circles, or just sqares/rectangles.  If you have a fun corner punch that would be cool too!  Those are SO addicting!!
  • Put the “cards” in a box and let your toddler drizzle glue all over them.
  • Then, while glue is still wet, have them go to town with the glitter!

I took these next images with my phone.  Didn’t want to risk getting my camera glue/glitterized 🙂Blog Valentine DIY-7Blog Valentine DIY-8Blog Valentine DIY-9I had a jewelry box that I had saved (duh), that I just glued two of the hearts onto for the box.

Super fun and easy, and Maya did most of it all by herself, which was cool!dit-elle-Lauren

A little leopard here…a little leopard there.

 Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-1 Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-2Yup, I couldn’t stay away from the scissors… I have a stack of black jeans, so I figured one pair could break free and be different, thus ensuring I would rotate them into the mix more. 😉 Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-3LOVE how these turned out!Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-4- Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-4 Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-6Yes…I’m wearing this sweater AGAIN!  Love it! Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-7 Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-8 Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-9 Blog Zara Button Back Sweater Goldsign Frontier Target Leopard Flats-10On me…

Sweater- Zara
Top- Diab’Less (Old, similar here)
Jeans- Goldsign destroyed by me (similar here, similar look here, and less expensive here)
Shoes- Target (not sure how I scored them for $5 at the store, when they are $16 online?!)
On Maya…
Coat- Baluga of NY (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweatshirt- Gap (thrifted, but loving this here)
Jeans- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


DIY destroyed jeans with the strings attached…

I love the look of destroyed jeans.  What I don’t love, is that they seem to add about 25% on to the price tag.  Plus, they get snatched up on eBay immediately/usually go for more than my allotted budget.  So…I googled it and found  bunch of cool tutorials online.  If you are more of a video person, there are a ton on YouTube.  Anyway…here’s what I did.

First figure out what jeans you want to destroy.  I have three pairs of these jeans (two in one size, and one in a size down-ALL purchased on eBay, mind you).  I tend to buy in multiples when I find a pair that fits perfectly.  Obviously, only if I can get them at a screaming deal, and usually with the intent on doing something like this!  Then figure out where you want your holes to be.  I totally braincramped, so I googled (what did we do before google????) destroyed skinny jeans and determined the look I liked vs didn’t like.  I really wanted to start out minimally on this first pair.  It’s so addicting though, so the next pair I’ll be more bold.  I used hair cutting scissors because they are slimmer and more sharp.  It’s not necessary though.Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-1Make the cuts about 1/2 an inch apart for as long and wide as you want to hole to be.  Again, I wanted smaller holes for this pair, because I knew I could always make them bigger later 🙂Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-2Then, turn the jeans inside out, take tweezers, and pull a few of the white threads away.  You need to pull at least 3 of the white threads to expose the blue threads that run up and down.Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-3Then, use the tweezers to start pulling the blue threads out.  It’s hard at first, but then you can get 3-4 out at a time.  All that is left then is the white threads going across!Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-4I did a small area on the back pocket too.  I didn’t want to do it on the main part and risk things falling out, but the top part is lined.  You can’t turn it inside out, but it still works.Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-5And here they are!  I think they are going to keep getting better and better with each wash 🙂Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-6Then I decided to try it on a pair of Maya’s jeans.  She had bit the dust a while back and started a tiny hole.  I figured they would be the perfect pair.  I LOVE how hers turned out!  Isn’t everything cuter when it’s tiny??  I did a few around her pockets too, since it’s not like she’s carrying anything important in them!Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-7I decided to reinforce hers though, just in case she bites it again.  Don’t want her skinning her knees in the name of fashion… :}  I just used iron on patches.  Super easy!Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-8And here she is wearing them in a post from earlier this week.  So cute, right??Blog DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans With Strings Attached-9Happy cutting!dit-elle-Lauren