Dads Birthday (Not my dad!!!) 2017

This year the kids decided to make Dad some homemade cards (that were very decorative!!) and we made a personal pillow. I found a pillow at Walmart (for $5!!), it was an outdoor decorative pillow which was great because it was a synthetic material so the paint stuck perfectly.pillowWhile at Walmart I also got some multi surface craft paint (under $1.00) and we were set to decorate our pillow! paint923c850e-f47a-4ecb-b3b3-39c7693f9fb0_1.a82129ad3f0cfa55136199e4096eb3cf

The first thing I did was check to make sure the paint would work on the pillow so I made a little dot on the pillow, let it dry then tried to rub it off.  It didn’t smudge so we were ready to go!

We did a practice round and I brushed the paint on to their hands, FYI it apparently tickles when this is done 🙂  We practiced on some paper so I could figure out the right amount of paint to put on their hands.  Then I did the oldest (Pdawg) first (biggest hand!), then middle man (Mr. J) but when I got to baby girl I didn’t know if I should do hands or feet.  She isn’t a fan of things that feel “weird” so she tends to ball her hand up.  On the practice try she did good but from past experience I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the risk because I only had one shot with the pillow!  So I decided to do her feet instead.  She DID NOT like that at all.  Poor girl cried the whole time.

I was happy with how the prints turned out but it needed something else.  So I wrote each kids initial by their print and added the year and month.  Presto DONE!!!

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Their Dad loved it Successful Birthday gift complete!

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Father’s Day from 2 sons

So this is the week before Father’s day and my husband is a sentimental guy so I always try to give him something special.  We already have one thing ready (a plate with hand prints) but wanted to do something else.  I had in mind what I wanted to do so I just had to figure my game plan to execute it.  Son #1 recently quit daycare to stay home with me but he spent the first two Father’s day at Primrose and they always make fantastic crafts especially for holidays and special days.  So not to be out done I worked to make a similar item we got the first year he was at Primrose.

We made imprints of both boys hands and feet.  This may sound simple enough but I tried this last year with plaster of paris and it was a ROCK HARD MESS!  We did it on the driveway and left remnants of the plaster all over the place.   Then I let it dry on a paper plate thinking it would easily peel off but then couldn’t get it off the paper plate.  The husband thought it was wonderful and it sits on the paper plate in his office (in the drawer actually).  You could hardly tell what it was, not my finest crafting moment.

So this time I started with Crayola Air-Dry Clay, White, that I bought from Wal-Mart (very reasonable for a 5 lb tub).  This stuff is awesome.  It is easy to mold and it air drys if you leave it out or you can let the kids re-use over and over again.  I am going to use this for other projects to come!!!

We had all our materials: the clay, parchment paper, saran wrap, and my rolling pin so we got started.

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With the parchment paper laid out we put a good size clump of clay on the paper and then put the saran wrap on top.  This made sure the clay didn’t stick to the rolling pin or the table (learned this making sugar cookies!)

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Next I put Son #1 on the job to roll out the clay (with a little help of course).  We left it about 1/2″ thick evenly across the rolled clay. I made it in a sort of oval/circular shape with enough room for my 2 year olds foot and hand as well as room to write on it.

Once you have the thickness/shape/size you want slowly remove the saran wrap.  I flipped the clay over and the surface that was on the parchment paper is much smoother to do the imprint.  I took Son #1’s foot and hand and pressed down pretty hard.  We practiced a couple times making the imprints and he was having fun rolling the dough so we played a little bit with ours.

IMG_6612After a couple rounds we got one of his hand and foot we liked (left foot, right hand) we did Son #2 which was much easier than doing the ink stamped plate!  You have a little room to move the hand or foot around before pressing hard so if you have a wiggly baby you don’t have to worry about ruining this like you do with paint hand print projects.We did it the exact same way we did Son #1’s  so that dad will have matching plaques.

I took the finished product to a secret, secure location (haha!  the spare closet) where the husband wouldn’t find it so it could dry.  The tub said 2-3 days to dry but I think it takes a little less.  We kept it there for 3 days.  IMG_6613

I went in and checked on it every day to see how it was drying, just out of curiosity.  It slightly lightened in color which I really liked and I was happy with how it looked.

I used a sharpie to write each boys’ name and the year at the top.  The Sharpie didn’t write the best but it was all I had.  Another type of pen or marker may work better.  Then we wrapped them up and are ready to give to dad!

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This is a great gift to do year after year or even just to have as a memento.   I am really happy with the end result and will do this again each year for my husband.  He wants to put them all on a shelf to see how they grow each year.

I really like this clay and also think that I could have the boys paint it for another project…hmmm next craft project maybe???? LOL

I was thinking about getting a shadowbox and putting the imprints in the frame.  Not sure if it will work or not but will try and keep you posted!

Happy Father’s Day and Happy Crafting!!

Making Lasting Memories

I recently had my second baby boy and sadly this will be my last. Part of me would love #3 and a chance for a baby girl but it isn’t in the cards for me.   I have started putting clothes into piles as he grows out of them: donate, give to friends and sell.  I still have that fleeting thought of a keep pile but not sure what I would do with them.  There are 2 outfits I just can’t part with and I am sure you know where I am going with this: the clothes the boys came home from the hospital in.  They were from 2 of my favorites stores too: Gap and Carters.  A sweet little penguin one piece with a matching hat both sweater material.  The second was super soft baby blue 2 piece with an elephant and matching striped hat.  I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these outfits!   Every time I look at them it reminds me of those special days and I can’t part with them.

I thought about trying to make a blanket or pillow with them but really thought that would look weird so I asked a girlfriend if she was saving hers.  She said yes and that she bought teddy bears that she was going to dress with the hospital clothes.  While I liked that idea I didn’t think that really went with the feel of my house or my decor.  I tried to Google the topic but really didn’t find anything.  I also looked on my favorite site, Pinterest but nothing came up on that either.  I couldn’t think of anything all that great to do and put them back in the closest.

Then about 2 weeks ago I found a shadowbox I bought when boy #1 came along.  I had put a picture, his little cap from the hospital and a couple other things in it.  To be totally honest, it was a hot mess!  It didn’t flow together and just looked all hodge podged.  That’s when the clothes I saved came to mind, perfect!  The shadowboxes came with velcro but that didn’t hold up I found from my first attempt.  So I grabbed some push pins and got to work.

I took the outfits and centered them in the box.  I tried to lay them out to give it some dimension instead of laying flat in the box.  I redid it a couple times (and probably will continue until I love it!) I pinned in several places and tried to hide them or at least use colors that the tips would blend.  I then took the matching hats and put on the left side and the hat the wore in the hospital on the right.  I also put their hospital bracelets on the left arm of the outfit.  I have a baby ring from my dad that my mom gave me on my wedding day that was attached to my bouquet with a strip of my baby blanket.  I bought a baby ring for my son and attached it also which I put in the box also.  I don’t have one for baby #2 but I plan to add it soon.

I have two different styles of shadowboxes because I bought them at different times but I plan to get both to match eventually.  I bought them at Michael’s (which is one of my least favorite places EVER) and the quality is blah but it is close and they have coupons but that is another story for later.

So below are pictures of my final project, I put them on the wall tonight and am happy with my outcome.  I put them in each of the boys rooms and boy #1 was so excited to see it on the wall (let’s be clear it is the first thing that has gone on his wall so that might be why too!)

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While I still am holding on to a couple other outfits these will stay with our family forever and the boys will someday appreciate-I hope:)  I may come up with another idea for some other favorite outfits and if so I will share when it comes to me!