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.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Homemade Plant Labels

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Homemade Plant Labels

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Homemade Plant Labels

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Homemade Plant Labels

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Homemade Plant Labels

Partykins // Carter’s 3rd Birthday

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They say the third time’s a charm and after a successful party for my little-big man’s 3rd birthday, I must say I agree! I’ve gone quite over the top in the past, but with a new tot to tote around I tried to keep things—somewhat—minimal this time. So, to make things simple without losing the shock and awe, I went with a gilded gold and shining silver colour scheme with a touch of bronze and copper. The balloons were a cinch to pick up and, the cake was bought at a local bakery,the cupcakes were made by using a boxed mix and the materials for the good bags were all picked up at the craft store! It was also nice to have my little helper around since Carter loves to be involved!

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…

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

 

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

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

  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.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day
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

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

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

Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks Game

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

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!

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

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}

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

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

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

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.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

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

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

You’re ready to play!

Healthykins // Yogurt Banana Popsicles

Get the summer feeling started with a funny and delicious recipe for your kids…

Yogurt Banana Popsicles

Ingredients:
– 3-4 smaller bananas
– 1 container of yogurt
– 1/4 cup of sugar
– 2 vanilla beans
Other items you will need:
– Popsicle sticks
– Hand blender to mix
– Silicone popsicle form

Directions:

1. Peel the bananas and mix with the extract of the vanilla, sugar and yogurt in a mixing beaker. You can be the judge on how big you wish the pieces of banana to be; and mix for a longer or shorter period.
2. Place the mixure into the silicone popsicle form and insert the sticks.
3. Place the form in the freezer.
4. Let freeze for 3-4 hours.

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Yogurt Banana Popsicles // Photography: Annelie Klein

Craftykins // St. Patrick’s Day Candygram

Babiekins Magazine |Craftykins // St. Patrick's Day Candygram

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a major sweet tooth…so it’s probably no surprise that I like to celebrate holidays and birthdays {and hey, every day!} with fun candy.  What friend’s face wouldn’t light up after receiving a box full of favorite treats?!

Babiekins Magazine |Craftykins // St. Patrick's Day Candygram

So to make a candygram, all you need to do is a pick a favorite color of a friend or one that suits a holiday and run with it.  Green for St. Patrick’s Day seemed perfect for this time of year!

I love trips to the candy store, but even grocery and big box stores have many choices of multi-colored bags of candy that can be sorted and then used.

Babiekins Magazine |Craftykins // St. Patrick's Day Candygram

Before filling the boxes, I like to line the bottoms with patterned paper.  Just another way to add some more color…or even add a special little note if you’d like!

Babiekins Magazine |Craftykins // St. Patrick's Day Candygram

Then I fill the sections of the box to the brim.  This is my favorite part!  One bit of advice…avoid minty or cinnamon candy…those flavors can be really overpowering to the other candy.

Babiekins Magazine |Craftykins // St. Patrick's Day Candygram

After it’s all filled up, tie the box with a bow, munch on the leftovers, and gift!

 

Sleepykins // Mini Bohème: Lily and Jules’ Bedroom

Guest post by Véronique Saint Germain of Mini Bohème.

Lily and Jules’ bedroom has slowly evolved into what it is now, a little girly, yes, as this is mainly Lily’s space until Jules will move in as well. Their room is filled with mostly vintage items I found and fell in love with. The room also contains small treasured items from her great-grandparents; like the “Lily Special” box, that was in my grandfather’s painting studio and the pink glass jar from my husband’s grandmother.

Lily and I love to craft together, we use our mother/daughter time to make things. Over the Christmas holiday, we made paper maché bunny heads to represent her and her little brother. It took weeks of slow work but now she’s so proud to show it off to everyone that comes over.

I think their room will evolve again as Jules gets older and his personality shines through. For now, he is only three months old and doesn’t sleep there yet, but hopefully soon. I can’t wait to see them play together in their shared space.

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Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Mini Boheme:Lily and Jules's Bedroom

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Mini Boheme:Lily and Jules's Bedroom

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Mini Boheme:Lily and Jules's Bedroom

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Mini Boheme:Lily and Jules's Bedroom

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Mini Boheme:Lily and Jules's Bedroom

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Mini Boheme:Lily and Jules's Bedroom

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Mini Boheme:Lily and Jules's Bedroom

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Mini Boheme:Lily and Jules's Bedroom

Gallery Wall// Sleep Tight & Never Grow Up Print: Hello Tosha|Panda Print: Edit & Vivo|Weaving: Nanoutiko by Natacha Castonguay|Bunny Wall Mounts: DIY Inspired by Mer Mag www.mermagblog.com|
Cloud and Star hooks DIY by me

Jules Crib// IKEA Gulliver Crib|Panda Softie: IKEA| Cloud pillow & cloud mobile: Baby Jives|Crib sheet: Target|Organic Striped Blanket: Honeyami

Lily’s Bed//Toddler Bed: Vintage|Step stool: IKEA (painted black) Now discontinued|Bedding: Made by me|Unicorn Pillow: Mini Bohème|
Big Sister Banner: DIY by me inspired by www.oleanderandpalm.com

Around the room//Lenda Curtains: IKEA|Chandelier: Vintage|Dressers: Vintage|DollHouse: Vintage|Doll Crib: Vintage|Mirror: Vintage, painted gold|Rug: IKEA, (Lappljung Ruta)
Basket with Softies: Target|Unicorn Mask: Opposite of FarTutus: Tutu Du Monde|Bunny Purse: Mini Bohème|Felt and Fabric Flowers: Bagsy Blue Co|Black Polka Dot Decals: Urban Walls

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Partykins // My Little Valentine

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I’m so fortunate to have friends with kids around Carter and Mason’s age. It makes for great entertainment for both the kids and the moms when throwing little parties so we try to have as many get togethers as we can. It also gives me a great excuse to use the plethora of crafting ideas that I come across on Pinterest. 

We had a little Valentine’s Day party earlier this week. Once upon a time I would have tried to make all the delicious treats myself, but now with a rambunctious toddler and an infant that is just about on the move, it doesn’t leave me much time to break out my dusty Kitchen Aid mixer. All the sweet treats were store bought. I did however make the chocolate dipped strawberries. Only because it’s super simple to do and I had a little helper who was eager to sprinkle on the Valentine’s jimmies for me.  I also made all of the decorations: Pinwheel backdrop, banners, cupcake toppers, milk box favours and party hats. I don’t have to time bake during the day, but I do usually get 1-2 hours to myself an evening, after the boys are tucked away in bed and before it’s time to veg out on the couch with Mr. Smith.

Carter insisted on being in charge of quality control, so he was sampling most of the sweets before our guests arrived. I think it was pretty clear that he approved. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Photography & Styling // Jenny Smith

Craftykins // DIY Paper Hearts

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // Simple Paper Hearts

 

These simple paper hearts are quick to make and perfect to use for all kinds of Valentine decorating.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Paper Hearts

String several together and make a garland.   Top a gift with one.  Hang a few in the window.  Glue one to a toothpick and top a cake.  Be creative!

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Paper Hearts

You’ll need:

lightweight scrapbook paper or colored copy paper

scissors or paper cutter

glue stick

Trim paper into 1 inch strips.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Paper Hearts

Fold paper in half.

Apply a small amount of glue to inside of  fold, pressing firmly to adhere.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Paper Hearts

Gently fold opposite ends of paper together, being careful not to crease the paper.  Glue ends together into a heart shape.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Paper Hearts

Craftykins // Chic Valentine’s Day Card DIY

The lovely Marie-Laure of La maison de LouLou is sharing this sweetly simple DIY with us today. Print the lovely template HERE and follow the instructions below to create chic cards for Valentine’s Day.

Materials:
The printed card Template
Scissor
All purpose glue

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Chic Valentine's Day Card DIY

Instructions:
Step 1: Print and cut from the template: the accordion, the card, and the grey heart. Now with the help of the grey heart cut another heart around “mon coeur fait BOUM”.
Step 2: Fold in accordion the “je t’aime, un peu, beaucoup, a la folie”.
Step 3: Glue your “mon coeur fait Boum” heart on top of your accordion and cut around with your scissor. If you want have the accordion, do not cut too much on the left side.
Step 4: Now glue the accordion to the card.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Chic Valentine's Day Card DIY

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Chic Valentine's Day Card DIY

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Chic Valentine's Day Card DIY

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Chic Valentine's Day Card DIY

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Chic Valentine's Day Card DIY

Voila! You have your chic Valentine’s Day Card.

My daughter will be attaching lollipops to the back of the cards to make them even sweeter.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Craftykins // Valentine’s Day Heart Decorations

Guest post by writer and stylist, Natalie Walton of The Indigo Crew. You may also find Natalie on Instagram.

Whenever we do a craft project at home, I always try to find a good balance between something that everyone can participate in, and a result that we will be happy to display or gift. Of course, sometimes it’s just fun to make a bit of mess but this time around I wanted to create something that the children could give to friends or teachers on Valentine’s Day. All three children (ages 6, 3 and 18 months) got involved in this one.

Materials//
Air drying clay
Cookie cutters in heart shapes
Rolling pin
Skewer
Glitter
Paint
Paint Brush
Baker’s twine
Scissors

Instructions//
1. After a recent visit to a chef supply store we found a selection of heart shaped cookie cutters and a letter set. This gave us the idea on what to do for our Valentine’s Day project this year.

2. We rolled out the air drying clay on baking paper (for easy clean-up afterwards) and used our cookie cutters to create various heart shapes. Some of them we decorated with stamps and created words using the end of a skewer.

3. For some of the hearts we applied glitter with a brush. Here we used a smaller shaped heart as a stencil. While we didn’t use glue to apply the glitter onto his particular heart, we did with another “spotty” version.

4. We used the flat end of a skewer to create indented dots and then filled these with black paint using the pointy end of the stick. For most of the hearts we used a skewer to create a hole so we were able to thread baker’s twine at the end of the project so the hearts can be hung.

5. The hearts were left to dry overnight on a baking rack. (2 pic options)

6. Using large rose petals as a tray is a nice way to gift the tags to friends and family.

7. Decorative fun. We plan to use the petals to make a kid-friendly rose perfume.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations