Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fireworks Art for kids

As much as my monsters fight me on bedtime, they never manage to make it to midnight on New Years. Here's a way for your monsters to enjoy "fireworks" and still make it to bed on time (besides the early Netflix countdowns of course).

Cut the ends of paper tubes into strips (the longer the strips, the "showier" the fireworks).

I used paper plates to pour the paint into (easy clean up = bonus!) and let them have at it.

End result:

The monsters' art came out much better than mine, but they gifted them to their Poppa before I could take a photo.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

DIY Play Ice Cubes

What good is a refrigerator if it doesn't keep your food cold? Good thing we made ice cubes for the monsters' refrigerator they got on Christmas, and you can too!

We took Lego blocks and stacked them about 6 blocks high. Wrap the mini Lego tower
in non-stick foil (non-stick on the inside of course). Take out the Lego blocks and pour in clear pony beads.

When you have enough, place them the foil covered pony beads onto a lined cookie sheet, baking at 425 for about 20 minutes, or until they are melted. *Note: make sure your windows are open when doing this!

After they've cooled, remove the foil. You'll have to use a belt sander to grind down the edges. My boyfriend used pliers to hold the cubes while he did this so he wouldn't grind his fingers too.

The end result? Some pretty legit looking ice cubes for your little monsters to play with!

My boyfriend came up with this random idea out of nowhere, what "weird" ideas have you had that turned out great??

Friday, December 25, 2015

DIY Upcycled Kids' Refridgerator

This year's big Christmas present for the monsters was like several projects in one. It took awhile to get it all together, but when it was done, boy was it worth the work!

We knew we wanted the fridge to match with the kitchen we, I mean, "Santa" built them last year, and to have that classic round vintage look. After a few months of looking, the boyfriend was able to find the perfect toy box to make it out of at a thrift store, and at only $4 what a steal!

Now to stand it upright and not have it fall over the boys, my boyfriend traced out and cut a base from wood (making it sloping to account for the roundness), and drilled it to the bottom and lower back making it stable.

For the inside, to divide the refrigerator and freezer parts we made and attached a heavy board as a shelf, anchoring the screws to the toy box door divider and the back where they'd be hidden from view.

To make the inside of the door flat like a real refrigerator door shelf, we measured out more wood boards and attached them place.

After a few coats of paint, the shelves were made using cabinet shelves and an ice bucket you can pick up at Wal-Mart or Target.

If you do your measurements properly, you can attach the door shelves to the boards using the screws holding the boards on.

For the coil wiring at the bottom, we attached a 3 connector A/V cable (ends removed), and covered the wires with plastic edging from an old table, and spray painted it.

We went with retro looking door handles (attached with *really* long screws to the back of the boards), and for an extra touch of authenticity we double sided taped on a vintage appliance decal to complete the look!

It turned out great if I do say so myself! And because it started off as a toy box, it can stand up to abuse from my monsters and their little friends that come over to play.

Oh, and what good is an ice box with actual ice? Click here for the instructions!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Tooth Fairy Letterhead

We recently had a visit from the tooth fairy, and if your smartie pants kids are anything like mine (and can actually recognize your handwriting), you're going to have to get a little creative. Here's a link to a FREE Tooth Fairy memo for you to type on for your little one from Sassy Designs:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Curtain Rod Multi-Stocking Holder

Sometimes when you have a combined family (or treat your fur babies like your real babies) you end up with too many stockings. Stores know this, which is why every year they put out a new style of stocking holders (and stockings!!) that won't match last years so you have to buy a new set(s) whenever there's a new addition to your family. I'm too anal retentive to have mix matched stocking holders, and though I can't find 9 coordinated stocking (the betta fish counts too!) I can at least do something about the first problem.

I used 4 of last year's stocking holders (you may need less depending on how many folks are in your family) and a rounded curtain rod. You can either place the rod on or thread it through the hangers if you have ones like mine. Space out your stockings evenly and jazz it up with a string of battery operated lights!