Posts tagged DIY

I seriously still can’t get enough of little Mayhem! If you haven’t seen this girl and her momma at work you are missing out. Together they make dresses out of paper, recycled materials and clear packing tape. This was the first dress she made all on her own. Now they are getting inspired by Disney, Project Runway and award shows, making replica gowns. I mean!

She reminds me of myself. In college I wanted the general public to become educated about graphic design, so for my senior thesis I had a fashion show. I screen printed fabric that was filled with information, shapes and typography. I sewed them into garments that my friends wore in the show.

Three year old, Mayhem is going places, giving those top fashion designers a run for their money. I can’t seem to pick a fave!

To see more of her masterpieces and a behind the scenes of the two at work in their ‘studio’, follow @2sisters_angie or read more about them on Babble’s Meet Mayhem: The Most Fashion-Forward Toddler on Instagram.

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Read about other mother-daughter collaborations here + here!

Don’t forget the treat bags! I made these little witch broom favors last minute for my son’s preschool halloween party after realizing the party wasn’t on actual Halloween. Inspired by a version I saw on pinterest, this super quick diy is sure to sweep everyone off their feet!WHAT YOU WILL NEED:small kraft paper bagsscissorsyarnunsharpened pencilspackaged snacks
INSTRUCTIONS:1. Gather your supplies…everything can be found at your local craft store.
2. Trim down the top of the paper bag so it is half the height of a pencil.3. Keeping the paper bag folded, cut thin strips from the top to the base.(open bag to cut closer to the base).4. Place the snack inside the paper bag.5. Cut a piece of yarn and wrap around the cut ends of the bag, before pulling tight, place a pencil inside.6. Tie yarn ends into a bow. Repeat steps 2-6 until you have made enough.
Note: This DIY may be difficult for kids to do themselves, but they can certainly help. 


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Don’t forget the treat bags! I made these little witch broom favors last minute for my son’s preschool halloween party after realizing the party wasn’t on actual Halloween. Inspired by a version I saw on pinterest, this super quick diy is sure to sweep everyone off their feet!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
small kraft paper bags
scissors
yarn
unsharpened pencils
packaged snacks

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies…everything can be found at your local craft store.

2. Trim down the top of the paper bag so it is half the height of a pencil.
3. Keeping the paper bag folded, cut thin strips from the top to the base.
(open bag to cut closer to the base).
4. Place the snack inside the paper bag.
5. Cut a piece of yarn and wrap around the cut ends of the bag, before pulling tight, place a pencil inside.
6. Tie yarn ends into a bow. Repeat steps 2-6 until you have made enough.

Note: This DIY may be difficult for kids to do themselves, but they can certainly help. 



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See other DIY posts here.

Jax has been telling me all about his dreams lately…it was time make his very own dream catcher. He picked out everything, from the yarn color, feathers down to the little pink bead! I know what you are thinking…this looks way too hard. Well it is actually pretty simple…no glue necessary!WHAT YOU WILL NEED:yarnfeathersbeadsthread (book-binding thread works well)plastic or metal hoopscissorsINSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies…everything can be found at your local craft store.
2. Wrap yarn around and around the hoop until covered. (see visual) For hanging device, leave a little extra on the ends, tie together when your done wrapping.3. Wrap string in loops on hoop a few inches apart, (see visual) spiral around looping around each section, tie off when you’ve reached the middle. Note: Starting string length depends on the size hoop. Also, the closer the first set of loops are the more intricate the web will be, the more string you will need. 4. Attach some extra pieces of yarn to the bottom of the hoop (opposite of the hanging device). For an added detail, try twisting or braiding a few of the strands.5. String a bead onto the end of yarn strand, insert the end of the feather in the bead to secure. Tie a knot on the yarn end or trim excess. Repeat for each yarn strand. To add variety, string a few beads on each strand.6. Hang on a wall to catch your dreams.Note: This DIY may be a little difficult for kids to do themselves, but they can certainly help. 


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Jax has been telling me all about his dreams lately…it was time make his very own dream catcher. He picked out everything, from the yarn color, feathers down to the little pink bead! I know what you are thinking…this looks way too hard. Well it is actually pretty simple…no glue necessary!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
yarn
feathers
beads
thread (book-binding thread works well)
plastic or metal hoop
scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Gather your supplies…everything can be found at your local craft store.

2. Wrap yarn around and around the hoop until covered. (see visual) For hanging device, leave a little extra on the ends, tie together when your done wrapping.
3. Wrap string in loops on hoop a few inches apart, (see visual) spiral around looping around each section, tie off when you’ve reached the middle. Note: Starting string length depends on the size hoop. Also, the closer the first set of loops are the more intricate the web will be, the more string you will need.
4. Attach some extra pieces of yarn to the bottom of the hoop (opposite of the hanging device). For an added detail, try twisting or braiding a few of the strands.
5. String a bead onto the end of yarn strand, insert the end of the feather in the bead to secure. Tie a knot on the yarn end or trim excess. Repeat for each yarn strand. To add variety, string a few beads on each strand.
6. Hang on a wall to catch your dreams.

Note: This DIY may be a little difficult for kids to do themselves, but they can certainly help. 



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Geometric Baby Shower

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A few Sundays ago we threw my younger sister, Sarah a geometric baby shower. She’s an interior designer major, obsessed with triangles…the baby’s nursery theme. It was so much fun to plan. I was inspired by a white geometric bowl I found at Target. I designed her invitations to look like it using a blind deboss technique. (They will be available in my shop soon!)  I was thrilled with the result, so I designed the rest of the signage to match.

We kept it simple with a few appetizers, fruits and veggies. The cake is a tradition that my family makes for anyone expecting…dress, hat + booties. My mom bakes it. I decorate it. We even glazed some triangle sugar cookies for favors.

Measuring the baby bump is a must at a baby shower. But instead of  playing games, of course we did a DIY. Sarah wanted some artwork for baby Avery’s nursery. So all the guests taped off + painted a tiny canvas with the nursery color palette. Everyone loved it! She is going to cluster them all together and display them above the crib. Even my nieces London and Addie made one!

I can’t wait to meet my new niece…she was definitely spoiled with tons shoes + clothes!

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baby shower invitation and printed materials / from Frills paper + goods available soon!
geometric art / diy from Mer Mag
geometric decor / diy from Ruffled by Hey Look
faceted drink stirrers / diy from Confetti Pop
geometric serve bowl / from Target
washi tape / from TapeToGo

Celebrate America! Need something festive for your kids to wear? This diy is super quick and you won’t mess up…I promise.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:colored tank topClorox bleach penpaper towelsmall piece of cardboard


INSTRUCTIONS:1. Gather your supplies.2. Place cardboard inside tank to make a flat surface, place paper towel on top of the cardboard.3. Use Clorox bleach pen to draw stars + stripes. 4. Watch the flag appear. Let stand until it becomes white.5. Wash separately in cold water, dry and wear!
Note: You can also use a paintbrush and dip in straight beach for a more organic look. The Clorox bleach pen will give you more control of the desired shape. Also, this DIY is not intended for kids to do.++++++Jax: tank from Zara / shorts (bleached + cut) from Genuine Kids

Celebrate America! Need something festive for your kids to wear? This diy is super quick and you won’t mess up…I promise.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
colored tank top
Clorox bleach pen
paper towel
small piece of cardboard

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Place cardboard inside tank to make a flat surface, place paper towel on top of the cardboard.
3. Use Clorox bleach pen to draw stars + stripes.
4. Watch the flag appear. Let stand until it becomes white.
5. Wash separately in cold water, dry and wear!

Note: You can also use a paintbrush and dip in straight beach for a more organic look. The Clorox bleach pen will give you more control of the desired shape. Also, this DIY is not intended for kids to do.

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Jax: tank from Zara / shorts (bleached + cut) from Genuine Kids

How exciting…my DIY star leggings were featured on the Disney Baby blog last week! Lucky Stars in honor of March. Check it out here.

How exciting…my DIY star leggings were featured on the Disney Baby blog last week! Lucky Stars in honor of March. Check it out here.


It’s almost Valentine’s day. This diy is for all the special last minute creations happening. It is super easy and looks like you spent hours.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:foam sheets (sticky back makes it even easier)double sided tapescissorswooden blockspaintpaper
INSTRUCTIONS:1. Gather your supplies.2. Cut your desired shape out of the foam sheet.3. Use double sided tape to adhere shape to the block. (If you have the foam sheets with the sticky back, just peel and stick.)4. Dip stamp into paint. Test on a piece of scrap paper to even out the paint.5. Start stamping!
Note: This is the same stamp technique I used on the tablecloths for Jaxon’s superhero party, except with a bolt shape.

It’s almost Valentine’s day. This diy is for all the special last minute creations happening. It is super easy and looks like you spent hours.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
foam sheets (sticky back makes it even easier)
double sided tape
scissors
wooden blocks
paint
paper

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Cut your desired shape out of the foam sheet.
3. Use double sided tape to adhere shape to the block. (If you have the foam sheets with the sticky back, just peel and stick.)
4. Dip stamp into paint. Test on a piece of scrap paper to even out the paint.
5. Start stamping!

Note: This is the same stamp technique I used on the tablecloths for Jaxon’s superhero party, except with a bolt shape.

Hours and hours of entertainment. Jax loved it. He took a nap with it. I’d have to say this is the best last minute diy for kids to do for the holidays. Although I waited a little too long to get the goodies to put inside. So we used little army men…good army men. 
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:glass jars with lidspaintpaintbrushheavy duty glue dotsteeny tiny figurinestinsel glitterwater
INSTRUCTIONS:1. Gather your supplies.2. Paint the lids, let dry.3. Use glue dot (we use ZOTS) to adhere figurine to the inside of the lid.4. Add glitter and water, almost to the top of the jar. If you want to get fancy…add a little bit of glycerin to slow down the snowfall.5. Secure the lid and shake to make snow!
Note: These things aren’t made to last forever, just make sure the lid is tight. You can always use super glue or epoxy to prevent any leaks.

Hours and hours of entertainment. Jax loved it. He took a nap with it. I’d have to say this is the best last minute diy for kids to do for the holidays. Although I waited a little too long to get the goodies to put inside. So we used little army men…good army men.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
glass jars with lids
paint
paintbrush
heavy duty glue dots
teeny tiny figurines
tinsel glitter
water

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Paint the lids, let dry.
3. Use glue dot (we use ZOTS) to adhere figurine to the inside of the lid.
4. Add glitter and water, almost to the top of the jar. If you want to get fancy…add a little bit of glycerin to slow down the snowfall.
5. Secure the lid and shake to make snow!

Note: These things aren’t made to last forever, just make sure the lid is tight. You can always use super glue or epoxy to prevent any leaks.

Before I buy something, I always see if I can either get a discount or make it. In this case, I did both…scored the leggings at Target for $3 and already had the supplies to make these adorable star leggings. Follow the steps below to this super simple DIY and you will soon have some leggings for your little one too!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:leggingsfabric paintpotatoknifemarkercardboardscissors
INSTRUCTIONS:1. Gather your supplies.If you already have a star stamp, skip ahead to step 5.2. First, you will make a stamp…cut the potato in half.3. On the flat end of one half, use a marker to draw a star.4. Cut along the lines and then slice away the outer parts.5. Using scissors, cut two strips of cardboard to insert inside each leg to prevent the paint from going through to the other side.6. Dip the stamp in paint and start stamping.7. Wait for the first side to dry before you stamp the other side. 8. Stamp the other side.9. Wait until dry, then wash (if desired).

Before I buy something, I always see if I can either get a discount or make it. In this case, I did both…scored the leggings at Target for $3 and already had the supplies to make these adorable star leggings. Follow the steps below to this super simple DIY and you will soon have some leggings for your little one too!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
leggings
fabric paint
potato
knife
marker
cardboard
scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies.
If you already have a star stamp, skip ahead to step 5.

2. First, you will make a stamp…cut the potato in half.
3. On the flat end of one half, use a marker to draw a star.
4. Cut along the lines and then slice away the outer parts.
5. Using scissors, cut two strips of cardboard to insert inside each leg to prevent the paint from going through to the other side.
6. Dip the stamp in paint and start stamping.
7. Wait for the first side to dry before you stamp the other side.
8. Stamp the other side.
9. Wait until dry, then wash (if desired).

When I was pregnant I saw some gorgeous blocks online, but they were rather expensive. I painted some of the vintage blocks from my gran and voila! Follow the steps to this super simple DIY and you will soon have some too!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:wooden letter blocksgold acrylic paintpaintbrush
INSTRUCTIONS:1. Gather your supplies.2. Lightly paint the raised surface of each block. Try to avoid painting the letters. (or if the letters on your blocks are raised, try to avoid the area around it)3. Wait for coat to dry, then apply another coat. 4. Repeat until all of the blocks are evenly coated. 6. Wait until dry and then display!
photo by Katharine Roberds Photography

When I was pregnant I saw some gorgeous blocks online, but they were rather expensive. I painted some of the vintage blocks from my gran and voila! Follow the steps to this super simple DIY and you will soon have some too!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
wooden letter blocks
gold acrylic paint
paintbrush

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Lightly paint the raised surface of each block. Try to avoid painting the letters. (or if the letters on your blocks are raised, try to avoid the area around it)
3. Wait for coat to dry, then apply another coat.
4. Repeat until all of the blocks are evenly coated.
6. Wait until dry and then display!

photo by Katharine Roberds Photography

[ part two ] Instead of a game at the baby shower, my sister and I thought that it would be fun to do a DIY. We made paper lunch sacks with all the supplies + instructions to make little hair clips for the baby. Above are some of my favorites…even my niece London made baby Adelaide (Addie) one!

Happy February! Just wanted to share this little DIY garland that I made yesterday. My grandma gave my sister (who is a first grade teacher) these old vintage letters that were once used for a school bulletin board. She wasn’t really into them so she gave them to me…of course I found a use for them! I love how it turned out…so tiny and delicate.

xo Laura

ps. the weather here is incredible today…blogging (+ working) outside while Jax is running around the backyard with the dog.

Friday Flashback: Some of you may remember, last year Jaxon was Oscar the Grouch for Halloween. Oddly this post is my most liked post on Little Frills. I have officially been challenged to top this costume. Hopefully my plan for this year will be just as successful.
Many of you have asked me how I made it. I’ve been kicking myself for not taking photos along the way for a DIY post. So I will just explain…
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:footed sleeper that zipshat with ear flaps (I got lucky and found one with a furry brim for the eye brow)gray/brown fur lots of green fuzzy yarn tall hat box with lidchrome duck tapescissorsneedle & thread
INSTRUCTIONS FOR OSCAR:1. Cut 6 inch strips of green yarn. How many? about 2000.2. Next, cut 2 half inch slits about a half inch apart. Like this:  | |   Leave about 1 inch between each set of slits all over the sleeper and hat.3. Then, slip 2 strands of yarn through each slit evenly. Like this: —|-|—Tie in a knot. Be sure not to tie and yarn across the zipper!4. If the hat does not have fur already sew some along the front edge of the hat.
NOTE: Steps 1-3 are pretty time consuming, so allow several late nights to complete.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TRASH CAN:1. Cut several strips of chrome duck tape the height of the hat box, roll strips (sticky side out) and apply them vertically to the side, 3 inches apart to make the ridges. 2. Next, cut 4 strips to go around the top and bottom edges of the lid and base of the box. Roll and apply.3. Then, cover the entire hat box and lid with tape.4. Don’t forget to make a handle for the lid. Make a simple one by folding over some tape (sticky side in) several times and then tape on the top of the lid in the center.5. Attach lid to the top of hat with extra yarn.

Friday Flashback: Some of you may remember, last year Jaxon was Oscar the Grouch for Halloween. Oddly this post is my most liked post on Little Frills. I have officially been challenged to top this costume. Hopefully my plan for this year will be just as successful.

Many of you have asked me how I made it. I’ve been kicking myself for not taking photos along the way for a DIY post. So I will just explain…

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
footed sleeper that zips
hat with ear flaps (I got lucky and found one with a furry brim for the eye brow)
gray/brown fur
lots of green fuzzy yarn
tall hat box with lid
chrome duck tape
scissors
needle & thread

INSTRUCTIONS FOR OSCAR:
1. Cut 6 inch strips of green yarn. How many? about 2000.
2. Next, cut 2 half inch slits about a half inch apart. Like this:  | |  
Leave about 1 inch between each set of slits all over the sleeper and hat.
3. Then, slip 2 strands of yarn through each slit evenly. Like this: —|-|—
Tie in a knot. Be sure not to tie and yarn across the zipper!
4. If the hat does not have fur already sew some along the front edge of the hat.

NOTE: Steps 1-3 are pretty time consuming, so allow several late nights to complete.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TRASH CAN:
1. Cut several strips of chrome duck tape the height of the hat box, roll strips (sticky side out) and apply them vertically to the side, 3 inches apart to make the ridges.
2. Next, cut 4 strips to go around the top and bottom edges of the lid and base of the box. Roll and apply.
3. Then, cover the entire hat box and lid with tape.
4. Don’t forget to make a handle for the lid. Make a simple one by folding over some tape (sticky side in) several times and then tape on the top of the lid in the center.
5. Attach lid to the top of hat with extra yarn.

Look at this! Designer Jason Gomez cre­ated this awesome alpha­bet instal­la­tion for his new baby girl’s nurs­ery. I love the colors, the pattern and all the different letters. My favorite is the…well I really can’t choose just one, they are all lovely! This makes me want to do a little canvas series for Jax’s room.

{via Oh So Beautiful Paper}

Last night my sister and my niece London came to visit. Jaxon was so excited to have a playmate. But I was so embarrassed…my house was a wreck! With all the wedding planning, things just keep piling up. I often wonder…why is it so hard to just put something back where it goes? Well I found these DIY felt storage bowls over at the b-line, that could really help me out.

Last night my sister and my niece London came to visit. Jaxon was so excited to have a playmate. But I was so embarrassed…my house was a wreck! With all the wedding planning, things just keep piling up. I often wonder…why is it so hard to just put something back where it goes? Well I found these DIY felt storage bowls over at the b-line, that could really help me out.