DIY Dream Catcher Mobile

Written by Angie Ramirez of Little Inspiration

I have always wanted a dream-catcher and now that the Land of Nod California Dreamin’ collection is out, it inspired me to create a dream catcher mobile. With only a few materials, and super easy steps, you can re-create your very own dream catcher mobile; perfect for any room of your home.

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- One 10inch Metal Gold Ring (purchased at Hobby Lobby for $1)
– Gold thin Ribbon
– Fishing Rod
– White Feathers
– Gold Paint
– One Thumb Pin

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First Step: Paint the tip of the feathers with gold paint. Let dry completely.

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Second Step: Get a long piece of gold ribbon and begin tying the end of the ribbon as shown below.  Tie the ribbon across to the other side of the ring and repeat.

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Third Step: Tie as you go along crossing over the ring to form a scattered pattern.

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Fourth Step: Hot Glue the tips of the feathers to both ends of a piece of twine and tie to the dream-catcher ring. Adjust each twine to your desired length.

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Attach two long pieces of fishing line to each side of the dream catcher ring. Tie all ends in the center and then tie to a thumb pin. Use a thump pin to attach to the ceiling.

Angie is a stay at home mom, Latina and a blogger living in sunny southern California with her husband, 2 year old daughter and newborn son. She blogs at Little Inspiration, a personal and craft blog that is meant to capture motherhood and share her ideas inspired by her “little inspiration; my baby girl.

DIY Striped Straw Necklaces

Post by Christina of Just Call Me Chris

When I was a kid, my sister and I used to make beads like this out of magazine pages.  We made hundreds of paper beads. It was my goal not to let any magazine ever go wasted again. I bet my mom loved having bags of those paper beads all over the house. Twenty-some-odd years later, I’m still making things… so I guess nothing really changes.

When I remembered all the fun I had making those beads, I thought it might be fun to do a similar project with my four-year-old. She’s not quite old enough to make paper beads on her own yet, so we took a shortcut by using paper straws as our beads. The nice folks at Party Pail sent over some straws for us to use in our craft project. I love the combination of thin and thick stripes on their straws. We combined the straws with some colorful wooden beads and got to work.

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Want to make some necklaces of your own? You probably have most everything you need hanging around the house. Yarn, tape (not pictured), scissors (also not pictured), wooden beads, a handful of striped straws (Party Pail gave us the orangepink and green ones for this project), and a clip of some sort (or anything else you can attach to the end of the yard to keep the beads from falling off).

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Step 1: Cut up the striped straws. I didn’t measure exactly, but each straw made about 10 beads.

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Step 2: Tape one end of the yarn like the end of a shoelace. This makes threading easier for small fingers. Next, attach the clip to the opposite end of the yarn to keep beads from sliding off while you’re working.

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Step 3: Start stringing your necklace. Charlotte loved making up different patterns and she named each design. One was called “cotton candy” another was “pink lemonade” and one was the “unicorn necklace,” of course. Once you’re done beading the necklace, tie the ends together with a square knot, and cut off all but about .5″ excess yarn. You can easily tuck the ends into one of the straws to hide them.

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That’s it. Now throw on a necklace (or six) and hit the town. We made necklaces for our stuffed animals, for our friends and neighbors and we still have plenty of supplies to pull out for our next play date.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her blog, Just Call Me Chris

Land of Nod Locations Host Camp Nod

Back in July, we held our 2nd annual Camp Nod week at The Land of Nod stores. Camp Nod was a week full of creative events for the kiddos to participate in. A camp where you can create arts and crafts projects, and then have fun playing with Nod toys in the store afterwards? I’d say it was a hit! We wanted to share a few of the craft events we hosted with our Honest to Nod readers, so you all can try these fun activities at home!

Garden Day
We provided 3″ terra cotta chalkboard planters, chalk, soil, and Zinnia seeds for the campers. At the beginning of the event, we asked each camp attendee to decorate their planter with chalk. Some drew their name, a design, or some just enjoyed some minimalism. The best part about this is that they can always redecorate their planter for a future activity. After decorating, we helped them fill their pots with soil and handed each of them three Zinnia seeds to tuck into the soil. We loved watching them “garden!”

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Make Your Own Sock Puppet
We provided the campers with kid-sized tube socks and plenty of fun supplies like feathers, fabric markers, pipe cleaners, pom poms, felt sheets, googly eyes, and craft glue dots. The crafty glue dots made this activity less messy, and the kids had so much fun creating their sock puppet masterpieces.

And afterwards, our What’s that Stand For was a perfect stage for the campers to play with their socket puppets.

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Balloon Animals with Shop Sweet Lulu
We partnered with our great pals Shop Sweet Lulu to help us host another balloon animal activity with our campers. We hosted this event last fall with them, and it was such a hit we knew we needed to bring it back for Camp Nod. The DIY Balloon Animal kits are offered on their site, and include one balloon, one 15″ balloon stick, cut cardboard pieces with the animals’ faces, and adhesive glue dots.

The campers first blew up their balloons with their help of the grownups, and attached it to their stick. Afterwards they took the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth from the cardboard cut outs and created their animals with the adhesive glue dots. Campers loves showing off their pigs, bears, and chickens they created!

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We hope you have as much fun with these activities as we did at Camp Nod! We can’t wait for more fun next year!

DIY Felt Letter Pennant

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay.

DIY Felt Pennant

Today I’m posting a little DIY on how to make your own felt letter pennant. This can be such a fun detail in a nursery, and you can express whatever you’d like: “adventure,” “be brave”, “stay wild”, a monogram, anything you can dream up. It’s really simple, and also really inexpensive (always a bonus!). You can use felt sheets for the letters (here is a great source for a gorgeous color selection), but if you want a larger pennant, you will want to get a ½ yard of felt rather than a sheet.

I know it can feel intimidating to freehand cut the letters from the felt, but just go for it. Have some extra felt on hand in case you need to try it a couple of times, but it will look really sweet with a hand-drawn look, so don’t stress about getting the letters perfect!

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Have fun with it, and be creative!  I used the same technique to make the pillows and door hanging in my girls’ shared room, so you can change up the colors and fabric for a completely different look!

Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.