boho chic gift packaging idea

 DIY boho chic gift packaging idea tie dye baby onesies

Try this boho chic gift packaging idea and DIY baby onesie tie dye idea for a great handmade baby gift that does not cost a lot of money but looks like a boutique gift!  I don’t know about you but my friends are still popping out the little ones and I am always trying to think of something unique to give them that they want and will actually use.  My kids went through baby onesies as fast as they did their diapers.  So I thought I would tie dye a bunch of onesies and package them up. I will give directions on how to make both the tie dyed onesies and the uber cool and creative boho chic gift packaging.

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Supplies for boho chic gift packaging :

learn how to create custom gift packaging with stencil and paint and clearbag kraft paper boxes

Supplies for Tie Dye Baby Onesies:

  • onesies
  • fabric dye in multiple colors
  • tongs
  • rubber bands
  • gloves
  • covered work surface
  • mason jars
  • a stove or a microwave
  • wear old clothes!

Instructions for boho chic gift packaging :

  1. Select your paint colors and stencil then place the surface to be stenciled on a covered work surface.  Place the stencil in the desired location and  dip the stencil brush into the paint. Tap off excess paint.  When stenciling less paint is better because you can always add layers. 
  2. You can change brushes in-between paint colors.  On this project I did not because I wanted blended colors.  Play around and get comfortable with paint and see what you like best.
  3. Stencil randomly all over the gift box and allow the paint to dry.  Use the same stencil that you used to apply the paint and use a micron pen to create an outline.  None of this has to be perfect because that is the nature of hand-made and part of the boho chic look.  

Instructions for Tie Dye Baby Onesies:

  1. Cover your work surface before you begin, wear gloves and old clothes.  As I say that, I am sitting here typing this in with blue fingernails and a splash of blue dye on the front of my shirt.
  2. Add rubber bands to the dyed item to create your pattern and then soak the items to be dyed in a bath of clean hot water.  This helps to get a better dye result.
  3. Either heat up your dye in a dye only pan on the stove or in a jar in the microwave.  Use caution when moving hot stuff.  
  4. Place the item in the mason jar or pan and allow to soak for 15-30 minutes.  The longer it soaks the stronger and brighter the color will be.  Remove the item dyed and rinse with cool clean water. 
  5. Wash with a mild detergent and air dry away from direct sunlight for best results.

Package the dyed baby onesies into the supper cute boho chic gift packaging and watch the delight other face when they see your cool creation.

 

Unicorn Rainbow birthday Party

unicorn rainbow party little girl party ideasMy baby girl turned 6 last week.  She asked for a unicorn rainbow party.  I found the perfect paper supplies at Oriental Trading Company  and not only were the unicorns adorable there was a rainbow too.  My inner 80’s child was so happy to combine two of my favorites and my daughters too – Rainbows and Unicorns.  We went with a rainbow food theme and that was very easy to do with fresh fruits and vegetables plus a few colorful sweet treats like rainbow marshmallow pops and rainbow cupcakes. (OTC is also a client of mine and provided supplies for the party.)
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rainbow themed foods for a little girl rainbow unicorn party
The birthday girl was very pleased with her unicorn rainbow party.   We decked the main table out in everything rainbow that we could think of.  We listed off ideas together and she came up with a few more but we had to set some limits.  Plus,  there was no way I was making 8 cups of Jello in 7 colors.  It was NOT happening and I have not had luck with layering colored Jello. (You might have seen layered rainbow cups on Pinterest.)  Last time I tried that my was about 10 and my grandmother and I made the ugliest layered Jello fruit dessert ever.

Ideas for a unicorn rainbow party:
6th birthday party ideas rainbow unicorn cupcakes

I made  unicorn horns in rainbow colors for her friends and the Unicorn Horn tutorial can be found on the OTC Blog.

Unicorn horn headbamd

The party favors were very quick easy and in expensive.  I fill paper gift bags with candy and added unicorn stickers to seal them closed.
party favors for a little girl rainbow unicorn party

We munched on rainbow foods. Some of the foods were healthy and some were not, but they sure were delicious.

rainbow marshmallow pops rainbow food idea rainbow food ideas

And best of all the kids were able to run around with rainbow colored tails and burn off some of their energy.  We tossed hula hoops around traffic cones and had craft time.

Unicorn horn headband and tail tall unicorn rainbow party idea, unicorn costume

With leftover colored sand from last years party we made sand art in little star shaped keychains.  The sand art was really the favorite craft for the kids.  If you have the opportunity to have it at a party I highly recommend it.

rainbow sand art sand for a little girl rainbow unicorn party

Bracelets were made with pony beads and are always a hit. pony bead bracelets

We even colored in rainbows on a rainbow printable.

rainbow coloring page

Rainbow-Color-Page

All the party supplies and other tutorials can be found on the Oriental Trading company site.

Sit Upon – girl scout craft

A sit upon is a girl scout craft tradition.  I am not sure when the girl scout craft started but I know it has been around for over 40 years because I remember my older cousin making one at camp and teaching me how to make one too.  What is a sit-upon? They are homemade, usually waterproof pads used to protect the user’s backside from the cold and damp while “sitting upon” the ground! They are also great for sitting any where the sitting surface is hard… a Girl Scout craft tradition for camping.

Sit Upon Girl Scout craft

The material being used on the sit upon is called Oly*Fun and it is weather friendly and water resistant. It is not meant for long term use outside. But it is perfect for using and washing off when you are finished and it comes in 18 colors and it acts like a paper because you can cut it with scissors and does not fray.  It is similar to a fabric because it can be sewn and washed.  Like the best of both worlds.

If you would like to see more Girl Scout Crafts click on the link at the bottom and it will take you to another site loaded with ideas.

Girl Scout Craft Sit Upon

Materials for a Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  • Olyfun (your favorite colors)
  • Cushion
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or embroidery floss (optional)
  • Sewing Machine and coordinating thread

hand cut olyfun add hand embroidery detail to olyfun

Instructions for Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  1. Draw a shape for the top of the sit upon on the Olyfun fabric.  We free handed the shapes then cut the shape out and set it a side.
  2. Cut enough Olyfun to cover the cushion on all sides with an extra two inches all around. The cushions use were 15×17 so I cut 17×19.
  3. If you are going to add embellishments sew them on by hand now or with sewing machine.
  4. Fold the material in half and sew up two sides.  You can leave the seams on the outside or you can flip it inside out and the seams will be on the inside.
  5. Cut strips of Olyfun for straps.  I cut them 4 inches wide and folded them in half for extra strength Insert the cushion into the opening.
  6. Insert the strapping and pin in place if needed. Sew the opening closed and trim off any excess material.

Enjoy your sit upon and be part of the girl scout tradition.

teammate gifts using Cricut

Teammate gifts
Make personalized water bottles as end of the season teammate gifts.   As the proud new owner of a Cricut cutting machine, I decided my first project would be something simple.  I tried my hand at Cricut permanent vinyl. (Needs to be cured 24 hours.) The gifts were for 5-7 year olds so I used a sans serif font that is easy to read.  You can pick from all sorts of fonts to use.  I cleaned the outside of the water-bottles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.  Not sure why but I wanted to make sure the vinyl had a very clean surface for adherence.
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Materials to make the teammate gifts:

Instructions to make teammate gifts:

  1. Follow the manufacturers directions on cutting vinyl.  I would tell you how but I think they do a much better job.  Once I have a few more projects under my belt I will write my own.
  2. Weed the design by peeling off all of the pieces of the design that we are not being used.
  3. I used transfer tape to pick up the design and move it to the surface of the water bottles.circut transfer tape with vinyl
  4. Smooth the letters down with a Cricut tool, an old credit card, back of a spoon or even your fingernail.how to remove transfer paper from vinyl
  5. Lift of the transfer tape.  If you missed a spot smooth it over again.  Repeat for each bottle you need.

You can find all sorts of other ideas on their website too. See all the Free Projects in Cricut Design Space  I purchased the water bottles at the dollar store.  If they are not in stock you can order them online too.  There you have it – teammate gifts using the Cricut.

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easy shamrock hair clip

shamrock hair clip with olyfun beautyMake an easy shamrock hair clip using Olyfun and Stickles.  If you can draw a heart you can make this project.  Yes, you can draw a heart and it is okay if it turns out a little wonky.  It is handmade after all.  Plus, in all likelihood your child will be wearing it and they really don’t notice if things are not perfect. Also you could make this a pin to wear on clothes or a backpack.

Oly*Fun is available by the 12×12 sheet in the general craft isle at most big box stores.  You can find it on the bolt in the fabric section.   You can use any fabric glue for Oly*Fun.  I like to use the Cool Tool Glue gun.  It is low temp and does not burn my fingers or melt through the material.  It is also safe for kids to use.

Materials for easy shamrock hair clip:

  • Olyfun 12×12 craft sheets in Pine, Clover and Kiwi.
  • Scissors
  • Adtech Cool Tool Glue Gun and Glue sticks
  • Stickles or glitter glue
  • Hair clip
  • Button

olyfun shamrock stack

Instructions for easy shamrock hair clip:

  1. Cut three hearts in small medium and large. This will give you 9 hearts, three of each size.
  2. Cut a thin strip to cover your hair clip.  I wrap mine around it completely covering it.
  3. Glue tips together as shown in the image above. (no hot glue it will melt) (fabric glue is fine too)
  4. Add accents of Stickles or glitter glue around the edges in a thin line.  Allow the glitter glue to dry or you will have a mess.  You can speed up drying with a cool temperature hair dryer.  DO not use heat or you can melt the Olyfun.
  5. Glue the hair clip to the back of a heart. Leave room for the strip to cover the clip. shamrock back
  6. Cover the hair clip with a strip of Olyfun.  Secure the strip with glue.  Allow to dry.
    shamrock assembly
  7. Glue the stacked hearts on the clip as shown below.

drying shamrock hair clip

Color Sort Busy Activity for Children

color sort busy activity 365 days of crafts

Color sort busy activity for children in rainbow colors and in neutrals can both be made in 15 minutes or less.  I came up with the popsicle shape, cut, sewed, colored and labeled all 10 colors in 32 minutes from concept, gathering materials, to completion.  You can do yours in 15 minutes and make half or take a half hour and make them all.  The materials list is very short.   The activity will keep little ones busy and it can help them learn too.  I colored the bottom of the craft sticks solid.  This is to help them learn to match their colors and I also wrote the name on it for when they are ready to learn sounds and letters.  The popsicle sticks can also be used for creative play.

OlyFun can be purchased in the craft isle at most big box craft stores in sheets or craft packs.  It is also available via bolt in the fabric section.  I really like this material because it dos not fray so you can treat it like paper or fabric.

Color Sort Busy Activity for Children

Materials for Color Sort Busy Activity for Children:

  • OlyFun craft sheet package in 12×12 assorted colors
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and thread or fabric glue or glue gun (your choice)
  • markers
  • craft sticks

Color Sort Busy Activity for Children 2

Instructions for Color Sort Busy Activity for Children:

  1. Draw a popsicle shape out on the Olyfun or freehand cut the shape. Cut two of each shape for popsicle.  Repeat for each color.
  2. Sew or glue the shapes along the outer edge.  Repeat for each color.
  3. Lable the popsicle stick with corresponding color.  Use a marker to color in bottom half with corresponding color. Repeat for each color.

busy bag craft for kids color sort busy bag

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Valentine heart flag with Olyfun


Valentine heart flag

Create a Valentine heart banner with Olyfun.  The flag is super easy to make because the material does not fray and cuts like butter.  I used a heart die cut from Sizzix.  You can layer up to 4 layers of the material over the die but I like to do two at a time.  To adhere the fabric together I used  Fabri-Tac glue. If you have a low temp glue gun you can use that as well.  If you have a sewing machine that is also an option.  The 12×12 OlyFun sheets can be found in most craft stores or big box stores with a craft department. If they don’t have the sheets they might have it by the bolt.  Either way it is pretty inexpensive .  I used my sewing machine to make a quick straight line across the top.  You could hand sew or use glue.  I might go back and ass some glitter and more hand detailing.  But considering this is supposed to be a quick craft I did not.  This piece was actually made in 10 minutes including drying time.  The fabric glue dries super fast.   Last minute I added buttons in coordinating colors.  The flag needed a little pop.  if you do not have a die cut machine you can hand cut the hearts.

I’m excited to be participating in the Valentine edition of Craft Lightening sponsored by The Country Chic Cottage30 Minute Crafts, and 100 Directions.

heart buttons

Material for Valentine heart flag with Olyfun:

 

Valentine heart flag with Olyfun Instructions:

  1. Place die on machine and add two layers Oly*Fun.  Run through the machine.  Remove hearts and repeat as many times ass needed for your flag.
  2. Glue the two layers together for each heart and then glue onto the black 12×12 sheet.  Let a few hearts go off the edge.  Trim off the excess.
  3. Cut the slate grey sheet of Oly*fun in half.  Fold over and sew on the top edge of the Black 12×12 sheet.
  4. Glue on the yarn and buttons.
  5. ENJOY and

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    olyfun valentine banner

easy sew tote tutorial – make a boys water bottle sling using Oly-Fun

easy sew tote tutorial – make a boys water bottle sling using Oly-Fun

Easy sew sling tutorial

Easy sew totes are perfect for a kid on the go.  My kids are a pretty active  and as a family we are always on the on the go.  Being on the go with kids means that someone is always hungry or thirsty.  One way I have tried to teach the kids independence and individual responsibility is to have them prepare their own snacks and drinks.  I made each kid a sling that will hold a refillable water bottle and a small snack and maybe a piece of gum or two.  The kids like them and it is one less task I have to manage.  They know that at the 5 minute warning their bags need to be pack or they go without.  It might sound strict but I hear so much less complaining than before.

The material I use is  Oly*Fun from Fairfield.

Directions to make the easy sew tote:

Cut a piece of the Oly-Fun material to 9×5.

easy sew ply fun projects for kids

Sew three of the four edges together with a 1/4 seem allowance.

kids diy water bottle sling tutorial using oly fun

Turn bag inside out.

How to sew a water bottle tote with olyfun beginner sewing project

Sew a diagonal seam on each side. This will allow the bag to sit level and give room for the snacks.

easy sew trim on tote bias tape tutorial

Cut a 1 x 12 inch strip. No need to cut on the bias to create the trim. The material does not fray.

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To create the straps cut a strip that is 1 inch wide – I measured my son for the length.

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Fold the material into thirds and sew closed.

My son also requested hoops to hook on his keys and his whistle.  I used the left over strap piece to make this.

hook, purse interior

Sew the straps  inside of the pouch. I make a square because I think it is extra durable.

Olyfun trim bias

Since it was such and easy sew tote. I made my daughter one in less than a half hour after making my first one.

 

Easy Santa ornaments

santa belt ornament Let Santa’s jolly belt decorate the tree this year. The ornament is easy enough to make that you can get the kids involved. Make sure you cover your work surface if you are making these with the kids.  If your kids are anything like mine you might want to cover them too.  These ornaments are fun and easy to make  and look very nice on the tree.

Materials for Santa ornament:

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 3”
  • Polyform Sculpey III Black Oven-Bake Clay
  • Silver bead
  • Black glittered ribbon, 7/8” wide, 10” length
  • Silver metallic cording
  • Polyform Sculpey: Acrylic Roller, Clay Tool Starter Set, Clay Mat
  • DecoArt Americana Tuscan Red Acrylic Paint
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Silver Spark Wax Finish
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Glue

Basic Supplies for Santa Ornament

  • straight pins, paintbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for Santa Ornament:

1. While holding ball in your hand, paint the top half of the ball Tuscan Red.  Stick pins into painted surface to make tripod or stand. Set the ball on pins.  Paint other half and let the ball dry.
2. Pinch off one segment of clay; condition with fingers until soft and pliable. Using roller, roll clay to 1/4” thickness on mat. ( you can stack paper up on each side of roller to get the 1/4″ size)
3. Using knife from Starter Set, cut out 2” square. Cut and remove 1” square from center of 2” square, creating the buckle shape. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, bake buckle on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven.
4. Remove the clay pieces from oven. Let the clay cool completely.
5. Adhere ribbon around center of ball then trim ends.
6. Using fingers, apply Silver Spark to buckle.
7. Adhere buckle to ball, covering ribbon ends.
8. Insert silver cord through bead; adhere to top of ball for hanger. Knot the ends.
Make as many Santa ornaments as you would like.

gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms

gummy worm dirtGummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms are on my menu this Halloween season.  Most kids would love to creep out adults with these realistic gummy earthworms. Not me!  I like to gross out my kids and these gummy worms look so realistic.  I ordered the realistic gummy earthworms from Oriental Trading and they sent the product samples in exchange for my honest review. And let’s be honest…THEY ARE AWESOME!!!  They smelled and tasted like root beer.  My kids loved the flavor.   My version is different from the normal recipe you will see online.  I am probably in the minority but I despise chocolate Oreos.  The only thing they are good for is scraping the center filling from.  My kids would completely disagree.  They love them and when we were picking food to serve for their class party we agreed to a new version that I would create.  This is my version of the traditional dirt cups.

Ingredients for gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms:

  • realistic gummy earthworms
  • chocolate brownie mix and ingredients listed on box
  • chocolate pudding and ingredients listed on box
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • clear plastic cups

Instructions for gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic gummy worms:

  1. Make brownies and pudding according to directions.
  2. Let the brownies cool and then crumble. Add to bottom of cup.gummy worm brownies in a cup
  3. Spoon in pudding on top of brownies.gummy worm pudding
  4. Repeat step 2 and 3 until cup is full.gummy worm sprinkles
  5. Add chocolate sprinkles to a jar.gummy worm sprinkles blended
  6. Chop the sprinkles with a submersion blender. gummy worms earthworms
  7. Remove the gummy worms from their packaging.gummy worms dusted with chocolate
  8. Drop half of the gummy worms into the jar and shake to coat. I cut the worms in half and inserted them into the top of the cups. Make sure you have at least one worm going down the side. gummy worm dessert
  9. Add the left over chocolate sprinkles and some brownie crumbs to the top of the cups.

If you would like to pin this recipe use the image below.  You can also follow my FUN FOOD board on Pinterest.

Gummy Earthworm brownie dirt cups made from easy to find ingredients and taste great

My kids like this time of year.  These are the things I have made in years past. Check them out your tummy will thank you.

Candy Corn Cookies

Spider Cupcakes

You can also follow my FUN FOOD board on Pinterest.