Posts Tagged ‘family-friendly’
When I was a kid my grandma would make us the best Halloween Costumes. She’d take us to the fancy fabric store and we’d spend hours looking at all the books with samples of the different patterns. It was always really hard, but eventually we’d narrow it down and she’d make our costumes completely from scratch. Now these were not your flimsy Big Box Retail Costumes, these were handcrafted, tailored, pieces of art that were made with lots of love (and blood, sweat, and tears I’m sure!). Back then we actually got to wear our costumes to school, which was always my favorite part. For a whole day we’d get to prance around in our homemade garb as a pretty witch, a silly clown, or for my brother; Captain Planet (which included a fabric six pack of course)!
Unfortunately my kids won’t have the same quality handmade Halloween Costumes I had as a kid, but I’m gonna do my best to make something a little crafty and original. The last few years we’ve participated in our church Trunk or Treat. As a family (including Cale’s five brothers and sisters and children!) we’ve done everything from the Super Mario Brothers to a Bakery complete with the most adorable cupcakes and cookies! This year everyone’s schedule is a bit more crazy than usual so we are trying to keep things fairly simple (although we say that every year!). I love a good hoodie costume cause you can buy the base at a thrift shop, purchase some felt for simple handmade add-ons, and finish with some fabric glue baby and you are good to go! Even if you’d don’t have a sewing a machine you can still create something unique and fun for your little minions that’s simple and one-of-a-kind.
Below is a roundup of links to some of my favorite easy handmade costumes. I’ve been searching for a particular hoodie tutorial myself, but you’ll have to wait until after Halloween to see our final costumes and theme this year!
- Care Bears by See Vanessa Craft
- A Minion from Despicable Me by Not So Idle Hands
- Octopus by dollarcraft on Instructables
- Unicorn by Fiskars
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Vanilla Joy
- Knight by fjnorm on Instructables
- Shark by Fiskars
- Little Red Ridding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf by Martha Stewart
A little bit of forethought goes a long ways! Halloween might be a week away, but I promise you’ve still got time to create you own costume that is way cooler than something from the store (and probably a lot less expensive too!). Get together with some of your friends for a craft night, and cut and glue your own hoodie costume together. Who knows, the materials you need may already be in an old box just waiting to be used.
What’s your favorite handmade costume? Leave us a link in the comment section.
From The Farm
Nothing celebrates a holiday better than dressing up your kids and cousins in matchy matchy outfits and taking blackmale photos for future birthdays, graduations, and weddings.
Or maybe that’s just our family!?
It’s true, we’ve started a tradition monster and it cannot be stopped! My sister-in-law is typically the brains behind these types of operations, but she always finds the cutest ideas online that spark all kinds of crafty creations. I’m sure you’ve seen some of the straw and pipe cleaner firework stamps via Pinterest, but we just decide to take that idea a step further and make them into t-shirts… with glow in the dark paint of course!
I’m not gonna lie, it was messy, and a bit crazy trying to “organize” three menions to stamp things that actually looked somewhat like fireworks, but they had a blast! And we had a blast creating memories with them as a family.
That we have saved and backed up on several digital files until the day we die!
- Plain T-shirts
- Straws (cut 6 slits in one straw at equal lengths to make your firework paint brushes)
- Fabric or Acrylic Paint
- Paper Plates (for paint pallets)
- Small Sheets of Cardboard or Card Stock (place inside t-shirt before painting to prevent the paint from bleeding on the back side of the shirt)
- Roll of Construction Paper (to protect whatever counter top you are doing the craft on)
- Make it Outside: As much fun as this craft is, it can be messy! We just stripped the kids in their diapers and panties and let them go to town outside on the patio. This way we were not worried about them getting paint on inside furniture or their clothes. Although, getting the paint off during bath time was a bit harder than we thought! Might want to make sure they don’t get too crazy and smear it all over themselves.
- Create Different Sizes of Firework Stamps: Your fireworks will be bigger depending on how far down you cut the slits in the straws. Mix it up by cutting some of the straws only an inch deep, and others two or three inches deep. This will add more variety and scale in the prints.
- Mix-Up The Colors: Instead of buying just one large bottle of red, blue, and black paint I purchased several smaller bottles of red, glittery red, black, gray, dark blue, light glittery blue, and even glow in the dark paint! This was just an extra fun touch that made each shirt a bit unique!
- Let the Kids Do It! I know this is hard because the designer/perfectionist will come out, but show them a few samples on their shirt, and then let them do a few on their own. They may not be exactly where you would have placed the stamps, but that is the point! For them to learn and experience being crafty. You can always come in behind them and clean up their firecrackers by adding outlines in glow in the dark paint like we did. This really added an extra depth to their shirt designs, especially for the areas that started to look like blobs of paint. Oh, and don’t freak out if they mix-up the paint cause it’s going to happen! You’re welcome.
I realize this post is a bit late since the Fourth of July was a few days ago, but give me a break I’m 39 weeks pregnant ok!? I still managed to buy all the supplies and actually make the shirts. This close to my due date, I’ll take it!
Here’s to fireworks, matchy matchy outfits, family, food, and a celebration that reminds us how precious it is to have all those things in our lives.
Best of luck on all your holiday crafts and don’t forget to pin this project away for next year!
From The Farm
With winter in full swing I’ve been utilizing the extra indoor time to organize our pictures from this past year. It turns out, in all of our big family events we totally forgot to share images from James’ First Birthday! Talk about first time parenting FAIL! We obviously decided to keep it real low key. Call us crazy, but we just didn’t see the point in going “all out” knowing that there will be a lot of other really important birthdays to come (that he will actually remember!).
Our theme was simple: cows, dirt, homemade cobbler, and an old fashion weenie roast! It was truly a celebration of James’ favorite things!
GAMES: Pin the Tail on the Cow: My brother-in-law Jeremy is an amazing artist and he hand drew an identical image of James’ stuffed cow just perfectly! We loved it so much we’re saving it for his “big boy” room.
CRAFTS: Cow Faces out of Paper Plates: Since the party was for a 1 year old we cut out all the noses, eyes, ears, horns, etc. and put them all into different jars with the parts and pieces labeled. The older kids loved getting to use the glue sticks!
DECOR: Tied bandanas together and created a canopy under our large oak tree in our yard. It’s our favorite place to hang outside with friends. The black and white balloons were a fun connection back to “cow”, without being overly cheesy.
FOOD: Hot dogs, mini bags of chips, a bowl of fruit, veggie tray, and dessert. Kept it super simple, but kid-friendly!
FAVORS: Adorable farm animal crayons from Etsy! One of our favorite little finds for the party.
Other then that, we just pulled the highchair out on the lawn and let James enjoy his birthday cobbler the old fashion way (his love for blackberries definitely runs in the family)! It was a wonderful evening catching up with old and new friends while the kids ran around getting dirty and really worn out for the drive home!
What’s your favorite kid-themed party?
From the Farm
Have I mentioned to you all just how crafty my sister-in-law is? Look out Martha Stewart cause her glue gun could do some serious damage! She’s been planning our baby shower (with the help of our OK family) since we found out we we’re pregnant. This entire last month she’s been all giddy every time she’d talk about (keeping everything a surprise of course) and claiming that she was planning the Baby Shower of the Century.
Now that is a tall order to have to fulfill, but man did she EVER deliver!
Between our Kansas and Oklahoma family and friends we have had THREE showers thrown for our baby. We have felt completely overwhelmed by all the love and excitement surrounding his arrival and cannot tell you how blessed we are to have so many people wanting to share in this journey with us.
Our “Little Man” has been completely spoiled and he is not even here yet!
37 weeks and counting!
From the Farm
This weekend we put on our party hats and headed into the city. Our friends Robb and Courtney are welcoming their second baby to the world, a baby girl in June, and we couldn’t be more excited to share in this journey with them! Let’s just say Meg and Courtney have had lots to chat about and compare (like baby bellies!). We were spoiled with fresh burgers and veggies off the grill along with homemade ice cream (served in the cutest little mason jars)!
Life sure is better when shared with friends!
Handmade decorations in pink and purple… definitely the “cutest” BBQ we’ve ever attended (and Courtney claims she’s not that crafty)! It was the perfect way to welcome their little girl and celebrate with friends.
Thanks for spoiling us with great food and great friendship! We love you both and are still considering that arranged marriage if you are interested!
From the Farm
PS Get Courtney’s recipe for Pink Lemonade Layered Cake in the 2012 May Better Homes & Garden Issue (you’ll have to become a member to get the recipe online)!
If you are from the Midwest you know there is nothing like eating fresh corn on the cob. Marinated with the perfect blend of butter and salt and pepper, it’s the perfect addition to any summer time meal.