Make Something Monday: DIY Crib Railing Teething Guard

Monday, September 24th, 2012


I found this tutorial on Jane Marie Blog and thought it was a great, simple way to keep your baby from nomming on his/her crib railing. A few teeth marks in the railing might not be a huge deal, but it’s hard to know that your crib’s paint is 100% non-toxic.

What You’ll Need:

  • A few yards of fleece from your local (or online) fabric store
  • Scissors


The Steps:





Make Something Monday: DIY Super Bouncy Ball

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Making these at home definitely takes away the fun of using those awesome 25¢ machines at the store, but it will add to your mad-scientist playtime.


What You’ll Need:

  • Cups or bowls to mix in.
  • Craft sticks to mix with
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Borax (found in the laundry section of stores)
  • Corn Starch
  • Glue (standard Elmers’ or your favorite similar glue)
  • Food coloring (optional)


The Steps:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of hot water and 1/2 teaspoon Borax together until all Borax is dissolved.
  2. In a separate cup or bowl – mix 2 tablespoons of glue with some food coloring to get the color you’d like.
  3. Mix the colored glue and the water/Borax together.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of  cornstarch and mix with a craft stick until it gets too hard to mix anymore.
  5. Take your gooey glue blob out and start kneading it into the shape of a ball. (It will be sticky, but the more you knead it, the more it will harden into a normal superball)
  6. BOOM – you have an awesome new bouncy ball. HAVE. FUN.




PS. If left out, the ball will probably get misshappen, but you can always knead it back into a ball…or make a new one!



Make Something Monday: Toddler Scribbles into Fine Art

Monday, September 10th, 2012

You always want to keep and treasure every work of art your kids make – but when they’re making you an entire reams worth of scribble art, you quickly realize you can’t hold on to everything. So here’s a good way to turn your toddler’s art into something you can proudly display for years to come, and not have to worry about buying extra refrigerators to hang everything on.

What You’ll Need:

  • Completely original art created by your kiddo
  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Modpodge
  • Paintbrushes (foam ones work a little better for this, but any type will do)
  • Scissors
  • An idea or pattern to follow. Google “stencil pattern” , there’s some really good ones floating around.


The Steps

  • Paint your canvas and allow it to dry completely.
  • Cut your pattern out and stencil it onto the back of your scribble art. Then cut the scribble art into the shapes you need.
  • Use Modpodge to glue your scribble art pattern onto the canvas and allow it to dry completely.
  • Coat the entire canvas in Modpodge. Allow it to dry and repeat this step until you’re satisfied.
  • Hang on the wall and enjoy.







PS. I bet my mom still has some of my scribble art somewhere.



Make Something Monday: Jet Pack

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Yes, you read that right. Jet pack.

A friend sent me this tutorial from and we both already want to make our own, and wear them while riding bicycles. And yes, we’re adults.

Head over to the tutorial here.




Make Something Monday: A Smart Use For Paint Chips

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Some of the most common writing errors in English stem from the misuse of apostrophes and contractions—especially when it comes to words like it’s vs. its and you’re vs. your. Giving your child a solid foundation in how contractions are formed and what they actually mean—that is, which letters the apostrophe replaces—will go a long way in helping him or her avoid these common mistakes in the future.

I saw this picture on Pinterest and thought it was such a great way to make a visual aid to teach contractions. It’s pretty, it’s simple and it recycles all those old paint chips you have cluttering up your junk drawer. All you need is those standard 4-shade paint chips, a pen/marker and to write out the words and their contractions as in the picture.





Make Something Monday: Upcycled Styrofoam Prints

Monday, July 16th, 2012

This is a genius way to teach your kiddos (and yourself) printmaking without carving into tiles with sharp tools (which I learned the hard way can get very dangerous and hurty). It even has the added bonus of making use of those Styrofoam containers you wind up with and hate getting stuck with.




Make Something Monday: DIY Moon Sand

Monday, July 9th, 2012

…or Moon Dough… Cloud Dough…. Sand Dough…. I’ve seen it all over the internet under all of these names, so just pick your favorite. Let me know if you or your kids come up with a good name for it. Anyway, whatever you call it, it’s super easy to make and will keep your children entertained for hours.



What You’ll Need:

  • Flour
  • Oil (most tutorials online suggest baby oil, but if you’re worried about your kids putting this in their mouths, apparently coconut and vegetable oils work exactly the same way… and are at least edible)
  • A bin or large container
  • Toys


The Steps:

  1. You want an 8:1 ratio of flour to oil. So 4 cups flour and 1/2 cup oil, 8 cups flour and 1 cup oil, etc. Mix them together until the flour still feels silky and sandy, but will hold a shape if you squeeze it in your hands.
  2. Dump it into a large bin
  3. Add toys.




  • While clean-up is easy, you will have to deal with loose flour and oily hands. This is probably better for outside playtime.
  • Store your moon sand in an airtight container to play with later.
  • You can dye it all sorts of fun colors with food coloring.




Make Something Monday: Wall Art!

Monday, May 21st, 2012


Toilet paper, Paper towels, Gift wrap… they all leave you with cardboard tubes. Everyone has them. Most of us try to come up with things to do with them after we’ve pulled all the paper off. Back in September, I posted these nifty toilet paper roll owls, but as much as Kyle tries to deny it, you can only make so many owls before your house looks like a strange enchanted forest.

I found a nifty collection of paper-roll wall art that is complete with tutorials. Go here it out HERE.

And feel free to scroll down through my favorites. And send us pictures of what you wind up making!





Make Something Monday: Bookcase Dollhouse

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Every little girl wants a dollhouse. Trust me, I was the tommiest of tomboys and I was still jealous of my friends old fashioned dollhouse that her dad built her. But, not every little girl’s dad can build her one, and not every little girl’s grandma has an old fashioned, Victorian dollhouse to pass along.

I’ve noticed a growing trend on the DIY side of the internet, where people are taking old bookcases and turning them into some pretty cool, space saving, upcycled dollhouses. All you need is a bookcase or shelving, some paint/scrap paper, etc to decorate, and a tiny doll moving company to get your little ones dolls to move in.











PS. This DIY is a great excuse for you to play with the dollhouse as you build it 😛

Make Something Monday: Oversized Abacus

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Jenny over at AnythingPretty was inspired by an oversized abacus she saw in a catalog, and took it upon herself to build her own for her son’s nursery. I absolutely love the idea of this. It’s not only a striking piece of wall art, but it’s a functional developmental toy that helps teach counting and colors(depending on how you make yours).



Head over to her step-by-step tutorial here.