Monday, April 13, 2015

DIY Gymnastics Mushroom For Under $10

My son Brenden is in Gymnastics. He is really determined to work hard and grow in each event. He has struggled most with the Gymnastics mushroom. In Gymnastics the mushroom is an integral part of pommel horse training. For Brenden to get better we wanted to have a mushroom at home so he can practice as much as he likes. The only problem is they cost around 300 dollars! Here are pictures of two Gymnastics mushrooms that you would find in any Gym.
  
The great thing is you can make your own for under 10 dollars!
Two of the main items you need to make your own mushroom, you can get for free. First you need a Cable Reel which you can get from Home Depot. Just go in and ask for one, they normally throw them away. Then you need a scrap of carpet underlayment which you should be able to score at any carpet store.
You first trace the base of the cable reel on the carpet underlayment and cut it out.
Next you will need some liquid glue and staple gun.
We started out stapling a piece of carpet underlayment to the reel.
   
Then you keep cutting out circles progressively smaller than the base. We cut out about 7 different circles. Then we liquid glued them together.
   
Next you need to cut a piece of underlayment that would lay over all the other layers.
Put more liquid glue over the layers, then turn the reel with all of the underlayment circles upside-down on a piece of Vinyl.
   
Next pull the Vinyl tightly up over the edge of the underlayment and reel and staple it to the wood.
Repeat this step all the way around the reel, stapling the Vinyl to the wood.
There you have it, your very own Gymnastics Mushroom!
   
You can start practicing right away!

Friday, March 13, 2015

DIY Wreath~ Flowers Made Out Of Children's Old Clothing

I Still have a Christmas Wreath on my door and it's MARCH! I wanted to make a wreath that would be good for spring, summer, and fall so I wouldn't have to keep changing it! I also wanted it to be personal! I knew I wanted all of my kids first letters somewhere in it. 
Then I thought of a fun idea to use the fabric from clothing they grew out of!
Here is a picture of the clothing I picked out to use to make the flowers. The flower with their letter in it was made out of an article of clothing they actually wore! The most special flower is little Rowens. The onesie I used to make the light blue petals, all 3 of my boys wore!
 All you do is cut circles out of the fabric. You need 5 circles per flower. 
My circles were about 4 1/2 inches. 
The larger you make the circle, the larger your flower will be.
Iron your circles and then fold them in half two times and iron them again.
   
 All you do is stitch the cut edge and then pull the stitch tight to make a petal.
   
 With the same piece of thread keep stitching your folded circles together.
After you have stitched five folded circles, connect the first and last together to make your flower.
   
 Here are the four flowers I made all stitched together.
 You can really use anything in the middle of your flowers. Some examples could be buttons or jewels. I happened to find these cute chalkboard clips in the dollar section at Target. I just pulled the little wooden flower off of the clip.
Then I hot glued them to the center of my fabric flowers.
     
 As you can see below, I also made a flower out of cream ribbon to add to the wreath to put a W for our last name in it.
Once all of my flowers were done I printed each letter on paper just the right size to fit in the center of each flower. I sealed them on using Mod Podge.
   
 This last step can really be done however you want it depending on your style. 
I love stick wreaths and I also bought some cream flower embellishments to add.
Here is my finished wreath and I couldn't be more pleased!
It makes my door look so much more inviting and just in time for Spring!

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!
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