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09
Dec

DIY Owl Ornaments For Kids

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The kids make me a new ornament to put on my tree every single Christmas. We’ve done this since they were old enough to craft. I have some amazing keepsakes because of this and I look forward to this little craft we do together every single Winter. This year I went with a more woodland theme in my Christmas decorations, so it was an obvious choice to make some owl ornaments for the tree. These were really fun to make and the kids had a lot of fun.

What You’ll Need

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Ball tree ornaments
Felt – in whatever colours you like – cut the felt pieces into eyes, wings, and beaks
scissors
glue
black buttons

* I helped the kids with cutting out the felt pieces. The kids did all the rest on their own

How To Make It

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Grab a tree ornament and glue some felt eyes on the ornament.

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Take an orange triangle beak and glue it right underneath the eyes.

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Find 2 black buttons on glue them on the eyes – 1 button on each eye.

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Grab 2 wings and glue 1 wing on each side of the owl ornament. Allow to dry completely.

Aren’t they just the cutest thing?!!

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Enjoy and happy crafting!

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29
Nov

American Girl Dollhouse – Bedroom

Happy Saturday everyone! Tonight I will be sharing the 4th room in our American Girl dollhouse that I made. The dollhouse is thrifty and adorable and Kirsten just loves it. This dollhouse is for Kirsten’s American Girl, Ellie, but would work great for any 18 inch doll. The room we’ll be sharing tonight is Ellie’s bedroom.

Click on the links below to see the previous rooms we have revealed:

American Girl Dollhouse

American Girl Dollhouse – Dining Room

American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room

American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room 2

Here’s a quick look at the dollhouse:

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The bedroom is the middle room in the left sided bookshelf. I’ve had many people request that I take pictures of Ellie in the dollhouse so that they can get an idea of how everything fits. I promise I will do that in the near future and post the pictures soon in an upcoming post.

For now, here’s the bedroom:

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Let’s get to the details of how I decorated this room…

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The bed was part of Kirsten’s Christmas gift last year. Her room was owl-themed at the time, so I also had a seller on Etsy make me some adorable owl bedding. There are loads of seller’s on Etsy who make adorable bedding beds for American girl dolls. They are pretty reasonable in price too. I paid $29.99 for the set and it included a mattress, comforter and 3 pillows. The bed was purchased from Amazon and was about $45. They are definitely not the thriftiest of items in our dollhouse, but we already had them on hand because they were part of Kirsten’s Christmas gift last year.

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Next up is a cute bedside table for Ellie’s bed. I picked up this thrify little find at our local thrift store for a cool $1.99. I’m not even entirely sure what it was originally intended to be, but it is absolutely perfect doll-sized furniture for a bedside table. I gave it a quick spray of white spray paint and called it a day. Kirsten loves storing things in the drawers too.

That’s it for furniture. Here are some of the accessories that I used…

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I used the white locker light chandelier in Ellie’s bedroom. It takes batteries and it actually works. You can see them working in the full dollhouse picture above. I used double-sided sticky tape to attach it to the ceiling. I purchased the locker chandelier at back-to-school time at Walmart for $11.99.

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I got these adorable owl keychains at the dollar store for $1.25 each. I cut off the tags and the keychain clip and they made awesome owl pillows for Ellie’s bed. They go perfectly with her owl-themed bedroom!

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These cute accessories are stored on Ellie’s bedside table and I purchased them at Michael’s. I got the alarm clock (that actually works) at back to school time for just a few dollars after using my coupon. It’s perfect 18-inch doll size and do you notice the owls on it?! It was meant to be. The colourful owls are actually lipgloss containers that I purchased in the party section of Michael’s. They were half price so I only paid a couple dollars each. They look great in the bedroom!

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I purchased the white letter ‘E’ for Ellie at Michael’s as well. It was also a couple dollars and looks great hanging above her bed. The pink doily was purchased in the dollar section at Michael’s and I’ve used it as a bedroom rug.

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Kirsten insisted that Ellie have a pet bird. We found this adorable birdcage at Michael’s too – can you tell we love Michael’s?! LOL. It was about $5.00 and the sequin birdies were on clearance. The birdies have since broke (I think I know why they were on clearance), but Kirsten has filled the birdcage with another sturdier toy bird.

Here’s a picture of Ellie with the birdcage so you can get a good idea of it’s size…

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Here are some frames that I purchased from Michael’s in the dollar section. We used the yellow frame in Ellie’s bedroom and I printed a cute owl picture to put in it. I hung the frame to the wall using a jeweled pushpin that is pictured below from the dollar store.

Lastly, here’s a picture of some of the accessories I purchased from the dollarstore. For this room, look at the pink baskets that come in a set of 3 for $1.00. These make perfect laundry baskets for the bedroom and they come in lots of different colours. I’ll be showcasing the other accessories in other rooms.

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Here are links to some of the supplies I used to make this room – I did purchase the bookcases from Amazon and they are fabulous and also the bed. The other items were not purchased from Amazon but I will leave you the links on Amazon in case you are interested…

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19
Nov

American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room 2

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be showcasing another room in the American Girl dollhouse that I made for Kirsten out of 2 bookcases. In case you missed my previous posts, you can find them here:

American Girl Dollhouse

American Girl Dollhouse – Dining Room

American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room

This is definitely a thrifty dollhouse that can be used with any 18-inch doll. I used bookcases that I purchased from Amazon and then scoured the thrift stores and sale aisles to find great deals on furnishings. Links to some of the products I purchased can be found at the bottom of this post. I’ve slowly been showcasing the rooms and today I am going to share another room with you – the second living room – or formal living room, lol. Yes, Ellie (her AG doll) needs 2 living rooms.

Here it is:

It’s the top left hand room in the house…

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Let’s get to the details of how I decorated this room…

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First up, I found an old armoire style jewelry box at the thrift store and thought it would be perfect for the house!

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It was $5.99, and after a few coats of pink spray paint, it was perfect for the house. My spray painting is a bit messy on this piece because it was the first furniture piece I painted for the house and was a little heavy on the coats. I learned from this piece and did a much better job for here on in. It took a long time to dry, but it’s now a perfect addition to her living room.

Next is a coat rack that I made from a mug tree…

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I saw this mug tree in the thrift store aisle, and for $2.99, I couldn’t pass it up.

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All I did to spruce this up a bit is paint each branch a different and bright colour. It made it a lot more fun and Kirsten just loves hanging Ellie’s coats from it. It works awesome!

The last piece of furniture that I made for the room was an adorable bench/couch.

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I found this set of small wall shelves at the thrift store and had the idea to turn them into bench seating. I put the larger one in the dance studio – which I’ll show you guys later – and the smaller one in this living room.

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They weren’t in the best shape, but nothing a quick spray of black spray paint couldn’t fix. I also bought some cute fabric, got some thick foam, and some fabric glue. I measured and cut a piece of foam to the size of the bench, and wrapped a piece of fabric around the foam, almost like wrapping a present. I secured everything with fabric glue and then glue gunned the foam bench seat to the black bench. They turned out awesome and were SOOO cheap to make!

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Now, onto the room accessories.

My adorable little bench/couch pictured above needed some cool cushions. I came across these little gems at Winner’s one day…

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Egg pillows! A set of 4 in super fun colours for $1.99. Now I don’t really know why someone would need egg pillows, but I do know they make pretty darn fabulous bench cushions in Ellie’s living room!

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They are fun and match the room so well! They were a great find.

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The large plant on the floor was a find from Walmart for $4.97. Sold!

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I found this rug (which is actually a rug made for student’s lockers) at Michael’s during back to school. It retailed for $15.00 but was 50% off that day, so I got it for $7.49. It’s super soft and really goes well in the room!

I also found the light fixture at Michael’s too!

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It was chevron, which was perfect and matched my chevron couch. It too is meant for a kid’s locker, but these lights are absolutely perfect in an AG dollhouse. It retailed for $24.99, but it was half price as well. I got it for a cool $12.49. I attached the light to the ceiling with double sided sticky tape. And yes, the lights really work. I think these light fixtures in our AG dollhouse really make it special.

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I found this cute little AG-sized alarm clock on Etsy for about $5.00. Yes, the alarm clock really does work! Etsy and Ebay both have some great knock-off finds for your AG dolls. Keep your eyes open for great deals!

Lastly, I put a bowl of apples on top of the armoire. The bowl was purchased from Walmart. They were $2.00 for a set of 2. I got the apples from the thrift store.

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I think I got a whole bag of this mini apples for about $1.00. What a steal. They look just like real apples too and they are perfect dollie-sized!

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Here are links to some of the supplies I used to make this room – I did purchase the bookcases from Amazon and they are fabulous. The other items were not purchased from Amazon but I will leave you the links on Amazon in case you are interested…

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11
Nov

Poppy Art for Remembrance Day

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Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. It’s a day we remember and thank all those who sacrified their lives for us so that we can live in freedom today. My kids have been learning all about Remembrance day in school and the significance of the poppy to Remembrance Day. I thought it would be fun to make an easy poppy craft with them. It was not only easy, but it’s gorgeous too. Check out how we made it over at CBC Parents!

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29
Oct

Halloween Glow Bracelets

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This week the kids and I have been busy coming up with cool ideas to bring to school on Halloween. The kids love to give their classmates a little treat and I love making something creative. This year we’ve come up with 2 ideas, and this is the first. This year Halloween is going to be dark and cold. The weather looks like it’s going to be near-freezing. Safety is a must. These glow bracelet favors will not only be fun for the kids to wear while they are trick-or-treating, but will also help keep them safe from cars on the road.

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These are cute and so easy to make. I even made you guys a free printable label to go with them.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

My free printable – see below
2-inch paper punch
heavy duty cardstock
glow stick bracelets
tape

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Get your FREE printable HERE

How to make it

1. Print out your labels on heavy duty cardstock.

2. Cut your labels with a 2-inch paper punch.

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3. Grab 2 glow stick bracelets and attach the bracelet to 1 end – be careful not to bend the bracelet.

4. Tape the label to the glowsticks by placing a piece of tape across the back.

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So simple and I just love them! Hopefully the kids will love them on Halloween too!!

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