DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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I didn’t play with a ton of dolls when I was younger but I do have a pretty vivid memory of playing with a corn husk doll that I made at school. I wasn’t very attached to it, and I’m sure she found a place in the trash can not longer after I brought her home, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the simplicity of a good corn husk doll today. 

Call me old fashioned, but the idea of Lyla playing with simple, handmade toys like these makes me all kinds of giddy. I love being able to create things for her that bring her joy which is why I added it to our fall bucket list

There just happened to be 8 ears of corn in the produce box that we picked up at the Farmer’s Market last week so I set them aside while I cooked dinner and quickly got to doll making! 

To make a corn husk doll you need: green corn husks, string and a pair of scissors. That’s it!

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[1] Start with 4-5 fresh corn husks. Lay them flat on top of each other and tie together with small piece of string. 

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[2] Flip upside down and pull each husk down. 

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[3] Using another piece of string, tie a piece around the top of the husks to form the head. 

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[4] Grab another husk, lay flat and roll tightly to form the arms. Secure each end with string. 
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[5] Place the arms between the long “body” husks, just below the neck. Secure with piece of string to form the waist. 

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[6] Take another husk and cut in half. Drape pieces over the body in a criss-cross pattern to form the shoulders and secure with string. 

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[7] Take a few more long husks and gather around body to form the skirt. I tied this part with baker’s twine to add a little color ’cause my doll is fancy 😉

You could easily turn these into “boy” dolls by gathering half of the long skirt husks and tying them together at the end to form feet. I left my doll out to dry for a few days before giving it to Lyla to play with and ended up having to tighten up some of the string since the husks shrink when drying. 

Now that we have started crossing things off of our list, I am in full on fall mode. This week I’ve teamed up with Jenna from A Savory Feast as well as some other awesome bloggers to share our favorite posts about fall and to give you a chance to win some cool prizes. The giveaway ends tomorrow so make sure to get your entries in today! 

Happy crafting 🙂

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DIY Photo Strip Bookmarks

As the summer starts winding down, so does the busy wedding season which is always a bummer because I love weddings. I also love photo booths. So when the bride and groom bring a photo booth to their wedding, I am one happy camper.

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The photo strips are such a fun souvenir but I never really knew what to do with them once we got home. Do I hang them on the fridge? Put them in a frame? Cut them up into wallet photos?! After our friend’s wedding last weekend, I brought home our photo strips and was determined to figure out a creative way to keep them displayed. 

Enter the photo strip bookmark. 

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These were insanely easy to make and I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before! If you have any fun photo strips laying around, I highly suggest you make these ASAP!

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SUPPLIES || single-hole punch, scissors, heavy card stock, glue, photo strips and embellishments (I used embroidery floss and some seashell pendants but you could substitute with your favorite ribbon, beads, feathers, etc)

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STEP 1 || Glue your photo strips onto your heavy cardstock. Once dry, cut to size. 

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STEP 2 || Punch a hole into the top of your photo strip while ignoring my poor, neglected nails. 

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STEP 3 || String your embellishments through the punched hole.

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STEP 4 || Insert bookmark into your favorite book and enjoy!

 Insanely easy, right? I told you! What is your favorite wedding souvenir?

Shoutout to my girl, Ali, for originally featuring this on her blog. Check out A Dream Crafter for some fun back to school project tutorials and an awesome tic-tac-toe game . Happy crafting!

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DIY Summertime Placemat

This week flew by, didn’t it? I thought time was supposed to move slower on vacation. Rude.

Anyways, our time in Michigan is wrapping up so if you need me I’ll be fishing, picking strawberries, riding 4-wheelers, listening to grandpa’s stories and smelling the basement (yes, smelling the basement – my cousins can vouch for me, it is one of the best smells ever). 

While I’m busy doing Michigan things, take a peek at my tutorial for a summertime placemat over on Simply Liv. 

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Up next for the Byrds, California! 

 

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diy stuffed toy holder

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias

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As Lyla becomes more verbal and expressive, Alex and I are making a conscious effort to help her connect her feelings and emotions to words. We feel that by teaching her how to express her emotions, we will help her develop social skills that will lead to a happy, healthy childhood. 

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This is where, I think, parenthood gets hard. We are responsible for raising well-adjusted humans that are going to enter society someday. Our children are going to need to be able to communicate and function within the world around them. That is just mind blowing to me. Thankfully, we aren’t totally on our own and there are tons of tools (books, toys, movies, etc.) out there that are available to assist us. 

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To help Lyla discover her emotions, I picked up a set of Inside Out plush characters from Walmart and put together a fun plush holder. I think it’s pretty obvious that she was a big fan from the get-go. As soon as I got the set into the cart, she immediately started having conversations with all of them. Fear seemed to be her favorite – she was probably afraid I was going to embarrass her with more pictures 😉

While we were in the toy aisle, I also made sure to pick up plastic sand pails in the Inside Out plush characters colors. Don’t you just love the bright colors that are so synonymous with Disney-Pixar? I wasn’t able to find either a yellow or purple pail so I swung by the home improvement section and grabbed a couple of cans of spray paint. 

Once home, I took a pallet remnant that we had laying in the garden and arranged the pails on top. If you don’t have a pallet, any thin piece of wood will do. Or, if you have space, (and don’t mind holes in the walls) you could hang the pails right on the wall in your child’s playroom! 

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When I had the pails arranged in an order I liked, I commissioned my husband to screw the pails onto the board. Nothing like a little manual labor on what seemed to be the hottest day ever. Thanks, babe! 

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With all of the pails in place, I grabbed some paint from my craft supply stash and labeled the future homes of our new plush pals, let it dry and then I was done! 

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I’m so happy with the way this DIY stuffed toy holder turned out. Not only can we use our new Inside Out friends to talk about emotions with Lyla, but we can also work on her color recognition and practice putting the toys inside their respective holders. Also, having the pails set up on a board like this makes it totally portable which I love since I can bring it outside on these hot summer days when I can’t stand another minute in the house with no AC (being pregnant in the summer is no joke!)

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We haven’t seen the movie yet but are hoping to soon – I’m hoping it pops up on the weekly “Crybaby Matinee” list since I’m not sure how Lyla will do in a theatre. If not, Alex and I will have to sneak out for a date night soon. That will bring us both joy. (see what I did there?)

Have you seen Inside Out yet? What did you think? How old were your kids when you took them to see their first movie?

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diy patriotic yarn wall hanging

Memorial Day is this weekend which means summer is here! patriotic-wall-hanging

I know, not officially but don’t kill my vibe, k?

Anyways, with Memorial Day being right around the corner my mind has been all: “three cheers for the red, white and blue” and “mmmm BBQ” and “SUMMER!!!” but my surroundings – ehhh, not so much. I decided that our little bungalow needed to step it’s game up and show a little patriotism by way of a craft that was easy enough to complete during naptime.

I settled on making a patriotic yarn wall hanging because I’ve been having major yarn wall art envy lately (yes, it’s a thing) since pictures like this and this keep popping up in my Pinterest feed. 

All you need to make your own patriotic yarn wall hanging is a dowel, yarn (red, white and blue assuming you love America as much as I do), a pair of scissors and some kind of string or rope to hang your masterpiece.

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I was really loose in my design. I kept the outside bunches single colors (ex: a bunch of red yarn, a bunch of blue yarn, etc) but in the middle I mixed it up (blue and white yarn bunched together, red and blue yarn bunched together, etc). In areas where I though a braid would be fun, I made sure to put a little extra yarn. I didn’t keep count of how many yarn strings were going in each bunch and I wasn’t exact on the lengths since it was supposed to be a naptime craft and aintnobodygottimeforthat

Once all the yarn had been tied onto the dowel, I added a long piece of rope scrap and hung it up on the wall. I liked the way it looked, but decided that it needed a little somethin’ somethin’ so I added a few felt star stickers for good measure. Next time, I’ll probably use a few different types of yarn for texture. 

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I’m really happy with how it turned out. It was definitely an easy project but took a lot longer than expected – who knew tying a bunch of yarn on a stick was so time consuming?! 

I hope you all have a fun, safe Memorial Day weekend. I am so grateful for all of the men and women who have selflessly given their lives to protect our freedoms. God bless them and their families and God Bless America.

 

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