DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Little Ones

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine

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Nate started his Valentines by drawing on pieces of card stock with this set of double-sided Dieco markers.  I used a heart-shaped paper punch to make hearts, which we adhered to pieces of turquoise card stock (approximately 3.5”H x 2.75”W) using a tape runner (like this one).  I used a white gelly roll pen to write a simple message on each one.

These Valentine cards and little treats can be packaged in little envelopesglassine bags, cello bags or your favorite packaging.  I love how when we look back at these cards in the future, they’ll be a reminder of Nate as a three-year-old, in his current stage of scribbling, learning to draw and experimenting with markers.  Stay tuned for one more Valentine’s idea coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Thanks to The Land of Nod for providing us with garlands and the elephant friend for our Valentine-crafting session!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Valentine’s Day Craft – Heart Necklace

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery & Augustine

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To make the necklaces, we used the thick edge of these great double-sided Djeco markers to make vertical lines on a strip of card stock, repeating the pattern from one edge of the card stock to the other.  I used a heart-shaped paper punch to cut out hearts, punched a hole at the top with this tool and strung some yarn through to complete the necklace.

These Valentine necklaces along with little treats can be packaged in glassine bags, cello bags or your favorite packaging.  They can also be given out on their own.  Can’t wait to see everyone’s Valentine ideas!  Dreaming up our Valentine’s cards and crafting them is one of our favorite times of the year. Happy Valentine-making!

Thanks to The Land of Nod for providing us with garlands and the elephant friend for our Valentine’s Day craft session!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY

By Sara Polacek, Interiors & Event Design Manager

When we set out to transform a formal dining room into a playroom, we wanted to keep the overall layout of the dining room so the space could still be used for large family gatherings. This meant floating the play tables in the middle of the room. In a traditional dining room, you’d hang a chandelier above the table, but this room had plenty of other light, so we opted for something more playful. Also, since the room was mostly white, we wanted to add a colorful focal point to bring the look together.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIYWe won’t lie, this isn’t a DIY you can complete in one naptime, but with a few hours of work and a fraction of the cost of a chandelier, you’ll have a beautiful conversation piece for your home. If you don’t need a piece of this size, this DIY would also work well scaled down as a small mobile.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY Supply List:

  • (Approx. 70) 1/8”, 3/8” & 1/4” dowel rods, various lengths (12”, 18”, 24”)
  • (3) 50”x 1” diameter dowel rods (to make a 18”x46” frame)
  • Spray paint in various colors
  • 50 skeins of embroidery floss in various colors
  • 20lb & 60lb fishing line
  • Tacks
  • (2-4) Eye hooks for ceiling
  • Glue gun
  • Miter saw (could also use hand saw)
  • Wood glue
  • (4) 2” screws

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY 3Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY Directions:

Step 1. Wrap/paint dowel rods

  • Start by securing the embroidery floss with a dab of glue on the rod.
  • Tightly wrap the rod till you reach the end of the floss, secure with another dab of glue.
  • Add another color of floss and continue.
  • To spray paint: lean rods against a surface you don’t mind getting spray paint on or prop up rods in a piece of Styrofoam. Tape off the part you do not want to paint.
  • Let dry and wrap other half, or leave it natural.  We did a mix.

Step 2. Make frame.

  • Saw down dowel rods to be size needed to make frame (we made a 18”x46” frame).
  • Make a 45 degree cut at both ends of each dowel rod.
  • Predrill screw hole in both sides of corner before gluing corner together to hold.
  • Drill screw into corner to secure.

Step 3. Installation.

  • Secure two eye hooks into the ceiling, at the center of each side of the frame.
  • Use 60lb fishing line to hang.
  • Tie fishing line from each corner of frame to the eye hooks.
  • Once chandelier is hung, begin to add dowel rods.
  • For larger dowels, push a tack in the top of dowel.
  • Take 20lb fishing line and attach a strand to each tack.
  • Wrap and tie fishing line around frame, tightly. Hang at varying lengths for interest.
  • For thinner dowels, tie fishing line around top and leave two strands to use for tying around frame.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY 4Voila! You have a beautiful and playful focal point for your space. For more details about turning your dining room into a playroom and other helpful hints, check out our Design Workshop.

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DIY Craft Stick Puzzle

Post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM

DIY Craft Stick PuzzleMy guys have been on a mad painting streak lately and we’re constantly on the hunt for new project ideas. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s going to be a winter of prolific painting. I’ve seen several different DIY puzzle crafts floating about and thought it would be fun to try and incorporate their painting obsession into puzzle-making. They loved it!

With just a few supplies, I was able to get them set up and making their own puzzles in no time. And neither one realized I snuck in a little handwriting and math as well (I love when I get to do that!). The idea is to paint a scene or abstract picture across the width of the craft sticks, which can then be reassembled as a puzzle. My guys had their own ideas, of course, but by the third puzzle, they had caught on and realized it was more fun to put back together one entire image.

Here’s how to make your own craft stick puzzle! You’ll need:

DIY Craft Stick Puzzle Supplies

  • Paint (concentrated watercolors or tempera paint will do)
  • Craft sticks
  • A permanent marker
  • Painter’s tape

Lay out desired number of craft sticks (we found 10 worked best) and tape together with painter’s tape. Using the permanent marker, label the bottom of each craft stick in numbered order. Flip over and paint whatever design you’d like. Either realistic scenes or abstract images work well, but painting across the craft sticks to make a complete and integrated image makes for a more fun puzzle to reassemble.

DIY Craft Stick Puzzle 4DIY Craft Stick Puzzle 6 DIY Craft Stick Puzzle 8DIY Craft Stick Puzzle 10Once your painting is dry, remove the painter’s tape and jumble up the sticks. Try to put the craft stick puzzle back together without looking at the numbers on the back! Then check and see if you’ve got it.

DIY Craft Stick Puzzle 12DIY Craft Stick Puzzle 14DIY Craft Stick Puzzle 16Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.