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Infant Elvis Costume NO SEW!

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That’s right, you read correctly, this is a NO SEW Elvis costume.  I used my hot glue gun to put it together.  It was a late night, last minute, one hour project, using my cell phone to take pictures… So you get what you get.

Now, if you’re looking for a durable costume to last you for years to come, for heaven sake, pull out the sewing machine and sew wherever I say glue.  BUT, if you know your kid is only going to wear this once or twice, and you don’t care if it lasts that long, follow my lead, my friends.

I started out with a long-sleeve onesie and a pair of white leggings from Target.  I went looking for plain white, but the only ones I could find had little gold dots on them.  Luckily, this worked with the costume.  You’ll also need red felt, stiff white felt, red and gold glitter glue, gold elastic, Velcro dots, sequin, and most important, a glue gun.

Step 1: Cut a slit in the front of the onesie starting at the middle of the collar.  Turn the onesie inside out and fold the side back and glue down with hot glue.  Be careful that your glue doesn’t go through both layers.  Place cardboard in between to be safe.

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Step 2: Glue a piece of red felt over the “V” shape you’ve created.  Again, be sure your hot glue only goes through the one layer of fabric.

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Step 3: Still turned inside out, do the same thing with each of the sleeves.

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Step Four:  Turn the leggings inside out and do the same to each of the legs.  Go along the side of the leg that will face out.

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With the onesie and leggings done, your costume should look like this once you turn it back right side out:

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Step Five: Cut a piece of stiff white felt for the collar.  Honestly, this was the trickiest part for me.  Getting the shape of the collar was hard.  Once you’ve got a shape that works for you, glue the edge along the back of the onesie collar.

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Step Six: Time to bedazzle!  Decorate the collar and sleeves with sequin and glitter glue.  I attached the sequin with glitter glue also.  Notice the zip lock bag in between the fabric so that it wouldn’t go through to the back.

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Step Seven: Glue Velcro dots onto your gold elastic for the belt.

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All done!  Don’t forget to gel your baby’s hair in a slick Elvis curl!  Happy Halloween!

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Cake Mix Gift Tutorial

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Trust me, there are a million cute cake mix gift ideas out there.  Comparatively, I think my version is plain, next time i make this, I will jazz it up a little!  I got caught in the trap of trying to match the box of cake mix- red, which is unnecessary since the cake mix doesn’t even show that much.  When I do this again, I’ll do whatever colors I want!  I got the sprinkles and cupcake holders at Joann’s with my coupon, the total cost for everything was about $5 including the cake mix since I had the ribbon and paper on hand.

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Here’s the back:

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Here’s all the items you need: three pieces of 8.5×11 card stock, another half piece of another color (not pictured), two colors of ribbon, a cake mix, a three pack of sprinkles, clothes pin, cupcake holders, clear bag sandwich bag (not pictured) and glue gun.  I don’t have measurements, just based everything off the size of the box and sprinkle containers.

1Take two of the card stock pieces, cut to width of cake box and glue to each to the bottom and top:2Fold red strips to fit around the sprinkles:3Attach your last piece of card stock to the bottom of the cake mix and make a fold the same size as the sprinkle container:4Glue on paper for sprinkles, insert sprinkles into their holders:5Trim and fold card stock as pictured:6Glue to sprinkle paper and flap down (the flap is just for added strength):7Attach the ribbon.  Here’s the front…8 And here’s the back.9Glue on the clothes pin and add the cupcake liners to the back:11Decorate the front, all finished!IMG_2358

Simple Nativity

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easy nativityHere’s a super simple nativity gift idea.  I made four of them in a few hours (mostly drying time for the paint) and have a few more gifts checked off my list.  If you want the step by step, here it is:

1) Cut 1×4 wood into 5.5 inch pieces (or whatever size you want).

2) White wash the wood with two part white paint and one part water.  Paint all sides and front and back.

3) While drying, cut vinyl.  This is a Silhouette shape sold on their website.

4) Apply vinyl to wood when paint is dry.

So easy and less than a dollar each!

Soccer Gifts

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With soccer season coming to an end, its time to acknowledge the efforts of our players and say thank you to our coaches… BUT I think trophies and plaques are super lame.  They sit on a shelf and are usually made of super cheap plastic.  I like useful gifts!  For my daughter’s team, we decided to do water bottles for the girls.  All the returning players will have them for next year.  SInce we are the Bumble Bees, I got yellow stainless steel bottles and used black outdoor vinyl.  The stainless steel water bottles I got at Discount Mugs.  Out the door with shipping and tax, the bottles were $5.50 each (be sure to google for coupons).

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For my son’s team, I made these dry erase clipboards for the coaches.  I got the clipboards off Amazon and then personalized with indoor vinyl.  Its not pictured, but the other side of the clipboard also has a full soccer field printed on it and dry erase marker.

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How to Make Elsa’s Ice Castle from DISNEY’S FROZEN

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I’ve been searching the internet the last few weeks for ideas for my little girl’s Frozen birthday celebration.  I wanted to use Elsa’s castle for the centerpiece at the party, but not finding anything in my price range (I will not spend $110 on this!) I decided to make my own.  I’m giving a shout out to this guy’s tutorial since I based my castle shapes off his Frozen castle.  I had most of the supplies on hand, so this whole project only cost me $2.50 for the foam core.

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Supplies Needed:

  • 3   12×12 pieces of card stock (I recommend something with a glossy finish or photo paper)
  • 1 piece of foam core
  • glue or paper Mod Podge (something that won’t warp your paper)
  • paint brush (to apply the glue)
  • glitter and embellishments
  • 3D mounting tape
  • scissors and/or cutter

Here we go!

I first made a pattern out of plain white 12×12 paper so that the measurements would show up better for you to see.  You don’t need to make a pattern, just cut your paper to the measurements I’ve specified.  All measurements are in inches.  The red circled letters are explained later.

Here’s how each 12×12 piece of card stock is cut.  Please note on the second page how there’s a section from the third page taped on.

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Once you’ve cut out your pieces, you can begin to assemble your castle.  The circled red letter on each piece indicate which layer the piece will be at.  For example, all the “A” pieces will attach directly to your foam core first.   The spires are just made from scraps.

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Next add Level B.  Use mounting tape for all attachments.

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I then added glitter to the middle of the door opening.  I think if I made this again, I’d use silver glitter, but your choice!

Attach the Level C piece:

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castle part CAnd lastly, the Level D pieces:

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I then added a few embellishments including sliver glitter around the edges and a white snowflake made with my Silhouette.

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Then cut around the outside of the castle with a sharp exact-o knife, leaving about a 1/4 inch around the edges.  I took the left over foam core and attached a piece to the back of the castle so that it would stand.

All done!  I’ll post about the rest of the birthday party soon.

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Quiet Activites

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I made these little pouches for my niece and nephew so they have a quiet activity to do during church.  I didn’t follow a pattern, just went for it.  One thing the pictures don’t show is I used interfacing between the inside and outside panels.  Other than that, hopefully the pictures are self explanatory.

Girl Version:

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The white road dividers are heat transfer vinyl with my Silhouette.

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Flower Pot Candy Bowl: Easter Version

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I’ve been eying those darling DIY gumball machines for awhile now.  Needing a little gift, I made a spring version.

easter candyMy first choice would have been to paint the pot a pastel color to match the knob, but bright pink was what I have on hand.  I got the glass bowl at Walmart and the knob at Lowes, each for a dollar.  The “Happy Easter” was made with my Silhouette vinyl cutter.  The candy was the most expensive part!