tissue paper heart wreath tutorial

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. Where is the time going?! My sweet mama-in-law was here from California over the weekend so we have been busy galavanting around the island and sharing the Lyla snuggles.

I’ll post more about her trip later, but today I want to send you over to Dream Crafter where my tutorial for a tissue paper heart wreath is being featured.

Valentines Day wreath DIY

In case you missed the announcement on Facebook or Instagram last week, I have been selected to work with Ali and three other awesomely-talented ladies this year as part of the Dream Crafter Creative Team. I am so pumped. 

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edible finger paint

As a mostly stay at home mom (I still work one day a week) I try my best to keep Lyla entertained and stimulated. 

We read books, sing songs and dance around the living room. We take walks, go to the park and play fetch with Rocco on the daily.

eight month old edible finger paint

But yesterday was one of those days where our normal activities weren’t cutting it. I was exhausted and Lyla was ready to party. Our living room was a disaster and every minute we spent inside I was trying to convince myself that another cup of coffee would be a bad idea. (ha – like coffee is ever a bad idea)

messy living room

Finger painting with Lyla had been on my list for a while but I didn’t want to use paint because the whole “I’m going to stick anything and everything in my mouth” thing.

Then, a few weeks ago, I read about edible finger paint and I figured that I could probably make my own. We were already on a fast track to bathsville so I figured it was the perfect time to try!

It was super easy and took all of 30 seconds. All I did was add a few drops of food coloring to a container of plain greek yogurt and we had ourselves some non-toxic finger paint. taaadaaaaa!

easy edible finger paint

(pretend that we only painted with red because I’m super on top of things and am getting us in the spirit of Valentine’s Day – not that I only had one container of yogurt and had to borrow food coloring from my neighbor)

In the backyard I put down a big piece of kraft paper, stripped her down to her diaper and let her go. She had tons of fun painting the paper, painting Rocco and eating the grass paint. Clean up was a breeze — I just crumpled up the paper and threw it away and brought the bean girl straight to the bath. 

We will definitely try this again soon…next time with more colors. 

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those lashes though ^

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thanksgiving card (kids craft)

Thanksgiving cards

This year (like every year) I have so much to be thankful for. I have an amazing family, a roof over my head, my needs are met and my wants are few. This year I am feeling especially thankful for my sweet little girl who just happens to be my newest crafting partner.

A few weeks ago, Lyla and I were feeling ambitious and decided to make Thanksgiving cards to let some special people in our lives know how grateful we are for them!

These cards were fun and simple to make. Plus, we already had all of the materials we needed so no trip to the store was required. #winning (I know, that is so over. Forgive me?)

Thanksgiving cards

To make these sweet little Thanksgiving cards you will need:

– brown paint (non-toxic, washable)

– kraft paper

– white chalkboard marker (or a sharpie would work too)

– some twine

– a single hole punch

– card stock

– envelopes

– cute, tiny baby hands

Lay out your kraft paper on a flat surface.(We decided to do this part of the project outside but if that isn’t an option, I would suggest laying out more kraft paper than you need so your wiggly baby doesn’t get paint where they aren’t supposed to). Paint your little cherub’s hand with the brown paint and immediately press onto kraft paper. If your baby is anything like mine, it’s going to take quite a few tries to get some decent looking handprints. So paint and press away until you feel like you have a  good selection.

Once dried, cut out around the best handprints. Line prints up on selected card stock and punch two holes at the top. Secure print to card using a little piece of twine.

Now it’s time to turn those handprints into turkeys! Using your marker, draw a beak, eye and little feet.

Decorate the rest of your card as you wish. We did a mixture of three sentiments “Be Grateful”, “Thankful” and “Gobble, Gobble”

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Sure, they are a little bit messy but I love the way they turned out. I think they are darling!

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If you have older children who you think will cooperate with the whole handprint thing, I would try painting their fingers all different colors to give their turkeys a little more pizazz.

We would love to see your Thanksgiving cards when finished! Follow along on Instagram and tag your photos #byrdcrafts

Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!

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craft night

Last night I had some of my favorite girls over for a much needed craft night. With everyone’s crazy work, school and surf (I’m looking at you, Auntie!) schedules it gets kind of tricky to find a night that works for everyone. And as an extra bonus, my mom is in town visiting so she was able to join in the fun too!

We were all pretty flexible on the craft choice so my mom and I headed to our local Ben Franklin to get inspired.

I don’t know if it is the same for you, but I have imagination overload every time I step foot into a craft store. I had a few different projects in mind for our craft night and was wondering how I was ever going to choose, but once we saw these wooden owls we knew that we had to get them!

Back at the house we set up the supply station. We provided everyone with a wooden owl, their choice of scrapbook paper, some paintbrushes, and eye supplies (bottle caps and little googly eyes)

craft set up

Everyone came over and was excited to get started on their owls. But first, we had an important matter to take care of…eating!

A gathering in my family is not a proper gathering unless their is delicious food involved. For craft night, my mom and I put together two pastie pies. (pronounced “pass-tea”) You can read more about pasties by clicking that link but for the sake of this post, all you need to know is that they are delicious and a family favorite.

pasty and milk

Once both pasty pies were devoured and brownie sundaes were had by all, we were ready to start crafting.

It was so neat to see how everyone’s owls turned out. I know some pretty creative ladies. Here are our finished products:

owls

craft night group

Pretty cute huh? What would you use your owl for?

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