Mustache T-Shirt DIY

Post by Darcy of No Monsters in My Bed

Mustache T-Shirt DIYThe other day my youngest daughter announced that she wanted a mustache t-shirt (mustaches being all the rage with this year’s second graders). I’ve always wanted to try freeze paper stenciling with the kids, so this sounded like the prefect opportunity.

Mustache T-Shirt DIY Materials

  • Freezer paper (sold in most grocery stories, next to aluminum foil)
  • Brushes
  • Fabric paint
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Exacto knife (with cutting mat)
  • Plain white t-shirts
  • And some imagination

Directions

  1. We found pictures of mustaches we liked in an old coloring book. So my daughter traced some and freestyled some. My son decided to participate too, though we’re all unclear on what exactly he drew. After the kids finished their art, I cut out the stencils using an exacto knife and cutting mat.Mustache T-Shirt DIY 1
  2. My daughter figured out where on the t-shirt she wanted the mustaches and then I ironed the stencils to the shirt. NOTE – Make sure to iron the stencil so that the shiny side faces down. Mustache T-Shirt DIY 2
  3. It is important to take a break in order to “try out” the mustaches.Mustache T-Shirt DIY 3
  4. Paint!Mustache T-Shirt DIY 5
  5. You are supposed to wait for the paint to dry and then rip off the stencil (we cheated and only waited about 25 minutes, which worked fine).

The kids liked this project so much that we spent the rest of the morning making additional stencils (luckily I had a supply of cheap white t-shirts on hand). A great easy activity for cold, miserable winter days.

Darcy blogs at No Monsters In My Bed and is a mother of three children (8, 7, and 5 years old) located in Arlington, VA. She likes: sleeping in, Alice Munro, cheap red wine, old rocking chairs, shoes without heels, mix tapes, balloons, the color grey, & discovering new things.

Valentine’s Day Weavings

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine

Valentine's Day WeavingsValentine's Day Weavings 1Valentine's Day Weavings 2Valentine's Day Weavings 4Valentine's Day Weavings 5Valentine's Day Weavings 6Valentine's Day Weavings 7These Valentine’s Day Weavings were inspired by these fantastic woven place cards made by The Land of Nod’s own Michelle Kohanzo & Danielle Kurtz!

I cut slits at the top and bottom of a piece of card stock (3.5”H x 2.75”W) and wound twine around the card from left to right, through each slit, taping the loose ends to the back of the card.  Then, I tied one end of the yarn to the top of the first strand of twine, making a knot.  Using a yarn needle, Avery and I took turns weaving the yarn over and under each strand of twine from left to right, working top to bottom until the weaving was done.  I tied the yarn to the bottom of the last strand of twine, making a knot, to secure the weaving.

We tucked in patterned hearts made from an old Paper Source wall art calendar, to finish off our valentines.  You can also use plain solid-colored hearts with a little Valentine’s greeting written on them, or small letterpress cards, like these from Dolce Press.

I also used this great post at Art Bar Blog as a reference.  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us a set of suitcases for this post.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

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.

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!

You can see similar cards that Avery made when she was a toddler here.  Both sets of Valentines were inspired by this post by Lovely Design, one of my favorite artists/bloggers of all time.

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

Valentine's Day Craft - Heart Necklace Valentine's Day Craft - Heart Necklace 2Valentine's Day Craft - Heart Necklace  3Valentine's Day Craft - Heart Necklace 4Valentine's Day Craft - Heart Necklace 5Valentine's Day Craft - Heart Necklace 6We always like to get a head start on our Valentines since we have many to make and pass out!  Our Valentine-crafting session was made festive with these sweet garlands and an adorable elephant friend.  This year, Avery and I collaborated and decided to make a Valentine’s Day craft of heart necklaces.

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.