Sunday, February 1, 2015

Spy Valentines Theme ~ Bomb Valentines & Cereal Box Briefcase

Here is a way to make your little spy happy for Valentine's day! 
Make these SIMPLE and fun Spy theme Valentines and Valentines box!

First we have a sucker bomb!
It is So easy to make and only costs a few dollars!
I love valentines made from suckers because who doesn't love a sucker AND you can get so many for low cost!

First thing you have to do to make these bombs is bend the sucker stick in two places. 
Then you will need a square of foil and a square of black tissue for each sucker.
After bending the sucker stick, I took the square of foil and brought it up and around the sucker but didn't close it all the way! Then you get your black tissue square and bring it up around the foil and push it into the space between the sucker and foil.
After your tissue is up around the foil just squeeze the foil shut and it will hold your tissue in place!
The best part to this step is there is no glue needed!!!
Now to light the fuse of the bomb!
I folded a piece of orange construction paper in half so when I cut out the "flame" I would have two identical pieces of paper. On one side write "U R the BOMB!" and on the other side write "from" your child's name. After you cut out the flame you hot glue it to the top of the sucker stick!
Here is an example of the flame on the bomb and what it says on both sides!
Next, I thought it would be fun to make a Valentines box to match the theme of the bombs. 
What is better than a spy Briefcase?
All you need to make this is an empty cereal box, black spray paint, duct tape, and velcro.
First you cut the front panel of you cereal box, leaving one side attached.
Then lay it out flat and then spray paint it the color of your choice.
I painted my son's black!
Then I cut some extra cardboard to fit where the top of the cereal box was because my kids ripped the top. After hot gluing the cardboard in place I got some black duct tape.
I taped the whole side so it would be all black.
Then I reinforced the other edges by adding tape to them as well.
Next, to make the handle I used the black duct tape around a long piece of thin cardboard.
I say thin because you have to be able to bend it.
Next, make two slits big enough to stick your handle into.
Then you hot glue or duct tape the ends of the cardboard handle up to the top of the box.
Next I used silver duct tape for an accent. I cut a strip in half and taped it around the briefcase in two strips on each side of the handle. then when I got to the top I used a piece of duct tape folded in half to finish out each line. I hot glued it down to the box.
Then I added velcro to the strips that hung over. 
There you have it, a very cost effective way to give your child a spy themed Valentines day!

I stored all of Brenden's bombs in his briefcase, ready to take to school!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Baby's First Christmas Ornament & Other Pregnancy Photo Ideas

Knowing that my baby was due right around Christmas I wanted to take a picture of him holding an ornament and showing how little he was compared to it. 
I thought of the fun idea to make the ornament he is holding in the picture to be his "baby's first" ornament. So after taking the picture I printed it out wallet size.
It's a little tough to attach a picture to a ball ornament so it might be easier to do this with an ornament that has a flat surface. 
To attach a picture to a round surface I cut the edges of the picture so it would mold a little easier and then I hot glued the picture on the plastic ball. 
 Next, I used Mod Podge to seal the picture to the ornament.
 I added a little flare by using some puffy paints and making a design around the picture.
Don't forget to put the year on the ornament somewhere. 

 The other idea for a picture I had was to put my baby in his Christmas stocking while holding a candy cane.
I thought the picture turned out so cute That I wanted to turn the candy cane into an ornament also.
 I found a nice felt gift tag. 
There was a "To and From" card inside the felt gift tag so I Mod Podged the picture to one side. 
On the other side I wrote "Rowen's 1st Christmas".
 Then I hot glued the gift tag to the candy cane. 
Here is what it looks like up close with the tag open with the picture of my baby holding the candy cane!
Here is a picture of the gift tag closed.
I will hang it on the tree just like this!

 Here are a few fun photo ideas to do for before and after pregnancy!

This first picture idea is perfect for a baby born around Christmas time!
Take your first picture, BEFORE, pregnant and holding your new baby's stocking!
Then, AFTER, take your next picture in the same spot with your baby in the stocking.

 This next idea is fun if you have other children! Get them involved in taking progressive photos of your growing tummy! I took pictures 12, 16, 20, 25, 30, 34, 38 weeks and 2 weeks old! 
We had a lot of fun making up different poses for the kids to do while holding the sign of how far along I was!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Present to Big Brother/Big Sister: From New Baby (#2)

First, I want to introduce you all to Rowen Wesley!
We feel so blessed and complete now that he is here!
 I prepared three sibling presents from the new baby!
This time instead of doing a little present in a baby bottle like I did HERE, I collected a little bit larger present for the siblings! First step it making the bag. I used a blue bag for the boys and pink for my girl.
I simply printed out tags for the bags which I colored with markers.
To seal the tag to the bag I used a little Mod Podge and simply let it dry.
The next few pictures show in stages what I added to the sibling presents from their baby brother.
First, I added a book to each of the kids bags. For my two older kids I gave them drawing books and for my little two year old who has never experienced gaining a new sibling, I got him a "Big Brother" book!
Then, I got each of my kids a journal with their initial and a fun pen to draw or write in their journal.
Lastly, I added some playdoh and a bag of candy from their Halloween candy. You can also add some healthier options like fruit leather or Annie's snack bags. 
The whole idea is to add things that would keep them busy in the hospital when they visit and something they can snack on! I might add some fresh fruit closer to the actual day I go in to have the baby.
Another idea that I really want to add to the two older siblings bags is a disposable camera. I think they would have fun taking their own pictures around the room and it would be fun to look back on their perspective of the special day!

Lastly, I wrote two poems from new baby to older brother and one to older sister.
I have them here to print for free, just click on the link.
What I did was add a little note written from new baby to sibling that was like he was writing it the day he was born!
For Garren, I used a poem that I used to give to Brenden the day Garren was born.
You can find that poem, free printable,  HERE along with the sibling present ideas I had the last time when Garren was born!

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