Craftykins // Schultüte (School Cone)

My son started Pre-School in Germany this week, and it is a German tradition to give your babiekins a Schultüte (a prettily decorated big cone filled with toys, sweets, school supplies, and other goodies) on their first day of school to make their big day a little sweeter. A Schultüte is really meant to celebrate entering the first grade, but since my family is new to living in Germany and I love starting traditions with my son, I decided to make him a Schultüte (entering pre-school is a pretty big deal too). I searched Pinterest for ideas and showed him several Schultütes: decorated traditionally; with ninjas; with soccer balls; with a giant crocodile; and one like an ice cream cone. My son, with wide eyes, picked the ice cream cone (an ice cream cone is his favorite treat after all). With my design inspiration in hand, I accomplished making my son his very first Schultüte, and this is a tradition I am thrilled to share with him and continue. Do you have back to school traditions you share with your babiekins?

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Supplies | large cone or poster board | kraft paper | scissors | stapler | glue | packing tape | washi tape | measuring tape | ribbon | fabric | needle & thread | letters & or beads for decorating your Schultüte

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Measure a large triangle for your Schultüte & or the paper to wrap your Schultüte with, then cut it out with scissors.

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Decorate your Schultüte – I used washi tape, a drawing of an ice cream cone, and painted wooden letters to spell my son’s name.

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Staple fabric to the top of your Schultüte, I also stapled a fabric scallop that I cut out to represent ice-cream, then fill the Schultüte with toys, sweets, school supplies, and other goodies.

babiekinsmag.com//craftykins//schultüteFill & shape the top of the Schultüte, I used bubble wrap or you could use tissue paper, then tie it closed with a ribbon at the top.

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Lastly, decorate the top of the Schultüte to look like candies on the ice cream cone by sewing on beads. My son helped by picking out the beads to use, but I didn’t let him look inside the Schultüte – that was a surprise for his first day of school!

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My son’s first Schultüte!

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My son loved his Schultüte and he loved his first day of school. I hope your babiekins have a wonderful first day of school too!

Craftykins // You Rock Dad Creative Card

Father’s Day is here and we have the perfect little craft to make for those special dads in our lives. Follow these simple instructions to create a unique, whimsical card that is bound to win over your dad’s heart!

Guest Post by Marie-Laure of La maison de LouLou

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What you need:
Construction
Tissue paper
Twine
Pen, cutter, glue, white out
Washi Tape, including the disc
Option for the disk if you cannot find it just use some construction paper
Goodies

What to do:
*Step 1*: To start have all your supplies ready.
*Step 2*: Cut out of your construction paper a rectangle 5 1/4″x 4″. Start to decorate it with your washi tapes. Add your disk at the center. If you do not have washi tape disk, no worries, cut a circle out of some construction paper and glue it. Then, make a fan-shape, cut and roll it to create a cone; you can glue it together now.
*Step 3*: turn your rectangle on the other side and glue your tissue paper, as it is show on the picture.
*Step 4:* Now you can roll your rectangle and glue it together. Glue your cone to your rectangle.
*Step 5*: add some surprises to your rocket pocket, and with your twine close it.
*Step 6*: Add a message or your dad name with the help of your white-out.

THAT IS IT! 
Happy Father’s Day. Hope you enjoy the day.

Craftykins// Homemade Plant Labels

Guest post by Natalie Walton.

After interviewing ceramicist Anna Eaves of Arrow + Sage recently for Daily Imprint, I spied some cute plant labels on her blog. I asked her if she didn’t mind me creating some with my son as a craft project. She was happy that I’d found inspiration in her work.

She fires her clay – which you can do if you go to a craft center. This means that the labels can stay in a plant pot and not deteriorate from exposure to water. However, if you just use air-drying clay you can insert the label in between the black plastic pot from the garden center and the ceramic plant pot you use at home, or use twine to wrap it around the outside. You could even create the labels as circular discs and use a skewer to create a hole on either side and thread string through to hang that way. These can work as nice gift labels too.

YOU WILL NEED
Air-drying clay
Knife
Rolling pin
Letter stamps
Bowl of water

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Cut a piece of clay about 5cm long by 2.5cm wide and roll until it’s about 2-3mm flat.
2. Using letter stamps, stamp your words before you trim the end.
3. Once you have trimmed the end to a point (to go into the soil) cut and roll your next piece so it’s approximately the same length. Repeat.
4. If you have access to a kiln, fire them. Otherwise, dry on a rack then paint to a colour of your choice.

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Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Homemade Plant Labels

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Homemade Plant Labels

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Homemade Plant Labels

Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit + Mint Soap

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Soap making always seemed like a big and scary craft, until I actually tried it.  It’s really not that hard! If you’re like me and still need a few Mother’s Day or teacher appreciation gifts, you can whip up several bars in just a few hours! Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap You’ll need: Goat’s milk soap base {found online or in most craft stores} Grapefruit and mint essential oils {or whatever oils/combinations you’d like} Silicone molds {also available online or in most craft stores} Microwave or stove with double boiler Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Start by cutting your soap base into cubes. Melt 10 ounces {approximately 10 cubes}, either in a glass vessel in the microwave or on the stovetop with a double boiler.  I used the microwave method, and it took a little over a minute. Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Add oils to melted soap base.  I used about 15 grapefruit and 5 mint.  Mix thoroughly. Pour into silicone mold. Wait for soap to harden, approximately 3 hours or so {or put in the refrigerator to speed things up}, and then pop bars out of the mold. Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Wrap each bar in pretty paper and adornments and tie with twine, if desired. For 2″ x 3″ bars, I used waxed paper cut to 4.5″ x 5.5″ and then tied each with twine and a circle of patterned paper. Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Gift your pretty soaps to friends and family!  No one has to know just how simple making them was!

Craftykins // No-Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother’s Day

Tote bags are one of my favorite sewing projects. They require very few materials, take less than thirty minutes to make, and have so many great uses. And, if you don’t know how to sew, they are actually even easier! I made these totes as a gift to myself and my daughter to “tote” around on Mother’s Day and I think I’ll just go make ten more…

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Materials needed:

  • One yard of any type of fabric (cotton, canvas, jersey etc.)
  • Strips of vinyl or leather for the handles
  • Fusible bonding web (stitch witchery)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Iron

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  1. First, cut out your pieces. I cut the large tote 12in. wide x 28in. long and the small tote 9 in. wide by 20 in. long, but you can really make them any size or shape you want. Cut two vinyl straps for the larger handles 24″ long by 1/2″ wide and two straps for the small tote 14″ long by 1/2″ wide.
  2. Fold the fabric in half width-wise so that the right sides are facing each other. Open it and place a strip of bonding along both edges. Fold the fabric right sides together again and iron on top of the fabric so that the bonding seals the fabric pieces together.
  3. Fold the top edge of the tote bag down about 1 inch and place more bonding underneath the fold all around. Iron again on top of the fabric.
  4. Turn the tote bag right side out and hot glue your straps down. I placed mine on the outside because I liked the look of it but you can also glue them to the inside of the bag.

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Let the straps dry for a few minutes and your bag is done! Repeat the same steps for each bag.Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

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Fill them with flowers, snacks, or even a picnic blanket and your enjoy your Mother’s Day with your little ones!

Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother’s Day

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Let’s be honest…your mom would rather have donuts than flowers for Mother’s Day, right?  Making them at home is easier than you think with this little recipe cheat…you don’t even have to make the dough!

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You’ll need:

store bought biscuit dough {NOT the flaky kind}

oil

powdered sugar

whole milk

vanilla

cookie cutters

sprinkles/toppings, if desired

food color, if desired

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Start by using your cookie cutters to cut the biscuit dough into your desired message or shapes.  If your cutters are on the larger side, you may need to do a little maneuvering to get them to fit.  Try to keep the dough uniform thickness and not  stretch them too much.

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Fill a frying pan with the oil, about 1 inch deep.  Heat on low-medium heat, until the oil “dances”…when a sprinkle of water pops.  Be very careful, hot oil is dangerous!

When the oil is heated, put the dough shapes in.  I usually only put a couple in at a time…this goes very fast, so don’t walk away!  Cook on each side for 45-60 seconds.  The dough should be a golden brown.

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Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

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To make the glaze, combine 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with a tablespoon or two of milk and a tiny bit of vanilla and food color.  This isn’t an exact science…just add the milk as necessary to get the proper consistency.  If it gets too thin, add more sugar.

Dip the donuts in the glaze and place on a cooling rack.  Add sprinkles or toppings.  To make clean up easier, place the cooling rack atop a piece of wax paper to catch any drips.

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When the glaze has dried, gift them to the favorite mom in your life!

Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks Game

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Did you play pick up sticks as a child?  I have many memories playing on summer afternoons with my grandmother…she was some kind of stick flipping genius…seriously, she was SO GOOD.

In an effort to scale back on my littles’ screen time, I’ve been trying to come up with more classic fun for us to do together.   This game fits the bill, and you can make your own set with supplies you probably already have in your home!

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You’ll need:

30 wooden skewers {available at most grocery stores}

scissors

masking tape {optional}

craft paint {traditionally colors are black, red, blue, green, and yellow…but I chose my own!}

fine grit sandpaper {optional}

clear sealant {optional}

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Start by clipping the pointy ends off the skewers.  If there is any splintering, gently sand until smooth.

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Tape off each stick into a striped pattern, if desired.  I grouped my patterns by color.

Traditionally, the game has 1 black stick {worth 25 points}, 7 red sticks {worth 10 points each}, 7 blue sticks {worth 5 points each}, 8 green sticks {worth 2 points each}, and 7 yellow sticks {worth 1 point each}…but again, group them how you like!

Also, we alter our rules a bit to fit my children’s abilities…we just count how many sticks we’ve collected at the end of the game rather than go by points.  Do what works for you!

After you’ve taped, paint your sticks.

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After the paint has completely dried, carefully peel off tape.  Coat each with clear sealant if desired.

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You’re ready to play!

Craftykins // Painted Eggs

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Painted Eggs

Credits // 01. chalk eggs | 02. typography eggs | 03. emoji eggs | 04. sculpture eggs | 05. strawberry eggs | 06. neon dip-dyed eggs

Easter egg hunts are my favorite part of Easter morning, I love the excitement and joy in my son’s face when he discovers the hidden little treasures. Have you ever had an Easter egg hunt with eggs as pretty as these? Imagine the looks on your little babiekins, when they discover: a chalk egg with their name on it, an egg with a funny saying, an egg with their favorite emoji, eggs with mix-and-match faces they can create a sculpture out of, a pretty strawberry egg, or bright fun colorful neon dip-dyed eggs. These eggs are, pardon the egg-pressions egg-traordinary, egg-cellent, and egg-ceptional! They are also a fun craft for you and your little babiekins to enjoy together this holiday weekend.