DIY | Play TeePee

Kingston’s birthday was last Sunday and one of his gifts was a very special play teepee (If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you might have already seen a peek at this). One in which I made my self, of course it made it 100 times better seeing how much both kids loved it after putting my own love into it. The teepee it self was so easy to make it was almost laughable, I mean cause it looks like it should be tough {and it’s no sew, easy peasy} .

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I followed two awesome tutorial’s: Smile and Wave and Sew, Mama, Sew! you will find all the supplies and steps on these great blogs. Both pretty close, but really great and easy to follow. I used leather for everything, the lacing, securing the poles to the fabric and to eachother.

DIY play tee pee, diy kids teepee, homemade play teepee, 3 year old birthday gift Once I finally set King’s {automatically Harlow’s too} new teepee in the their room I finished the corner off with a little clothes line, a little carpet {more to act as something to help keep the poles from slipping on the hardwood}, and our little dollar store bird house craft mobile {keeping up the theme of keeping all our artwork handmade}. It’s currently the only totally finished corner in their room {and by default our fav}.

The day after I too these pictures I switched out the box holding the stuffies with a giant wicker basket  {which I’ve been having a hard time keeping the kids out of}.

xoxo



DIY | chevron wall art

I had a big blank canvas just waiting to be painted, and many blank walls needing art. I plan on only filling them with things we make ourselves {or I make}. So far that is the only art hanging on our walls ..the handmade with love kind.

This is our latest colorful and fun creation that me and the kid’s made together…

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1. Gather the supplies: Acrylic Paint, Painters Tape, Paint Brushes and a Canvas {not pictured}. Little Tip: We did each step a day or more apart, the kids had fun doing this craft everyday, and I didn’t go totally crazy. 😉

2. Tape off your chevron lines. I did 2″ lines with 1″ painters tape. I first created a 2″ wide V paper pattern to help create the first line. After the first line two lines are taped it’s really fast from there.

3. Let the kids go to town, paint and have fun on the canvas. Maybe not let them go to town eating the paint like Harlow {there was actually no paint on her brush}

4. It’s messy and actually pretty will covered, but I think the white spots and choppiness make it even better.

5. Peel back the tape, I like to take the tape off when the paint it still slightly tacky.

6. Make sure the chevron stripes are totally dry. See the choppiness looks better. right?

7. Tape over the chevron lines you just painted.

8. Let the kids go extra crazy painting the canvas again. Then peel back the tape and Voila!

 

It’s fun, it’s bright it’s sorta turned out looking like a navajo inspired chevron. I’m still not quite sure where it’s home will be, but for now it’s living on our mantle with the art we made dad.

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What do you think?

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xoxo

 

DIY | Little Hippie Headband

I had a few people inquire about the Little Hippie Headband Harlow wore in this week’s Little Style post. So instead of answering each individually I figured it would be way easier to just do a quick little DIY for you all to see.

So you can make your little girl, or your self a quick Hippie Headband too! all things fashionable for kids, kids fashion, stylish kids, little girl headband diy, kids hippie headband diy, how to make a leather hippie headband for your kids 1. Measure your little one’s head, the entire circumference then minus about 4″ from the circumference {this will be the measurement of the braided leather}. Gather your materials: Felt {will cut to fit later}, Leather {I used left over suede from a past project}, Elastic {any side, shape or color}, and of course a Glue Gun and Scissors. Also a ruler and chalk if you like.

For the elastic, if you don’t want to go all the way to the craft store, just buy a pack of those thin elastic headbands at your local drug store, and cut them in half to use as supplies.

2. Cut 3 strips of leather {use a ruler and chalk to draw straight lines to cut along if you like}, I like to cut them extra long just in case. But 18″ will do. Cut 2 small rectangles of felt {about 1/2″ in height and 1 1/2″ long}, you can trim the excess length in the felt later.

3. Once you have everything all cut and your glue gun is plugged in a hot…

4. Start braiding your leather strips, I always tie a loose knot at the end holding the strips together. Braid until it’s just about a couple inches longer then your measurement {the circumference -4″ measurement}. Then cut the strips on one end, glueing the braid with no knot to the elastic {one dot of glue, just to hold while you work}. Then place a small line of glue on the height of the felt strip, then wrap it around the leather/elastic raw edges. You will have to add a bit more glue, and trim the felt once you reach the point where it over laps where you started. Now before cutting the other side of the elastic….you can make the elastic extra long {longer then your full circumference measurement}, or exactly the measurement you took -0.5″ {as the elastic will stretch a bit to fit}.

5. Do this to both sides. I like to make the elastic longer then the circumference I took, I just tie a little knot at the back so I can adjust the size. This way as her head grows I don’t need to make more. AND I can wear it too. 😉

And that’s it! One of a kind Little Hippie Headband

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I have also switched out the leather and used embroidery floss or yarn to do the simple braid, OR if your feeling like spending more then 10 min of this..use yarn, leather or embroidery floss to make a friendship bracelet the length of the circumference -4″ { I like to use cotton yarn, cause it’s soft and not abrasive after all the knotting}. Really adorable as a hippie headband. all things fashionable for kids, kids fashion, stylish kids, little girl headband diy, kids hippie headband diy, how to make a leather hippie headband for your kids

Really easy, REALLY cute and stylish. Also a bit of a change from the regular little headbands.

xoxo

what the kids made dad…

Yesterday we had a wonderful day celebrating dad, well morning. Dad had to work in the afternoon, but we had a great time making the time we had with him, all about him. I love to make things by hand, especially gifts, and Father’s Day was no different. The kids and I painted him a picture, and since I took pictures along the way I thought it would be a great little post to share.

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1. We bought a blank canvas from a local art store, a big giant one for high impact. I also bought vinyl repost-able letters and pasted them on to spell out ‘With All Our Hearts” {for obvious reasons}. I had initially planned to cut letters out of paper, use tacky rubber cement to stick them to the canvas but I found these letters at the store {saved me like an hour of work}

2. We picked out our acrylic paint colors and brushes.

3. Since we were painting indoors I cut open a few garbage bags and taped them to the floor, for easy clean up.

4. Hold your breathe because there is probably gonna be paint everywhere.

5. I let him paint away, he is learning how to paint ‘Up and Down’. After each color we went over it with a wide brush to smooth things out.

6. Then we peeled off the letters.

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