Let’s Hear It For the Boys {week 5}

Howdy!  How was your weekend?  I spent mine frantically running around town on errands.  I’m the youth leader over the girls ages 12-18 in my church and we had a fundraiser Saturday to  raise money for their Girls Camp.  We had a Dessert Auction and Talent Show. Is was a ton of fun! The girls did a great job.  I wish I had gotten some photos of it.  Since I didn’t, you get to see another one of Abbi from a few weekends ago at the You-Pick Berry Farm and Petting Zoo :)

This week’s theme is another fun one…Boys Crafts. There are never enough crafts for the males of our species are there?

Remember that voting closes a day early this season, so make sure you have your vote in by Thursday night.  I’m trying a different poll in the sidebar than in the past. It’s in the sidebar and highlighted blue so you can find it a little better. It’s through WordPress, instead of a third party, so I’m hoping that will get rid of the problems some of you were having.  Let me know if you’re still having issues.

And if you want to craft along, remember there’s the I’m Crafty! Linky Party every Thursday as well.

Craft #1 – DIY Cufflinks - Erin @ Erin’s Creative Energy

Most crafts are geared towards women.  Crafting in general is geared towards women.  I was very excited to participate in this week’s theme of, “Let’s Hear It For The Boys,” so I could show off something that you can do for the man in your life.  I made custom cufflinks, some of which are definitely geared for my husband.

Did you know that you can purchase cufflinks without anything on them?  I didn’t realize that until a few weeks ago.  I was so excited because buying a pair of cufflinks is SUPER EXPENSIVE!  This was a much cheaper alternative.  Each pair came out to just under $3!!!  That is way better than spending $50-100 a pair in a store.

At that price, you can afford to make a set for that special guy in your life.  Here are just a few of the ones I came up with…most of them from objects I had around the house.

Baseball cufflinks, made from a real baseball.  The Golfer cufflinks, made from a real golf ball that was laying around the house.  The legos were donated to my crafting cause from a neighbor kid and I spent less than $1 for 6 bobbers to make up the Fisherman cufflinks.  The ideas really are infinite when it comes to ideas on making cufflinks.

Craft #2 – Dino Bike Make-Over – Meg @ Mega Crafty

When I saw the theme “Let’s Hear It For The Boys the first thing I thought of was to make something for the little boy in my life… my nephew. Ok to tell you the truth this was really the second thing I thought of, the very first was the 80′s song from Footloose (and it’s been stuck in my head ever since). But a project for my nephew was the first crafty thing I thought of, so the 80′s song doesn’t really count.

My nephew is at the age where kids start to get their first bikes. I’m not sure if any of you have priced out toddler bikes recently but they are kind of expensive for something he’ll probably grow out of by next summer. So when I found a bike at a tag sale for just $5, I bought it and decided I could give it a makeover.

He loves dinosaurs and the shape of the handlebars reminded me of a dinosaur’s jawline, so I decided this little blue bike should become a Dino-Bike.

My husband took the tires and seat off so I could paint the frame. I sprayed it with two colors then hand detailed the dark green stripes. I drew, cut and painted the dinosaur head that was inspired by the handlebars, then attached it to the front. Last but not least all the paint was sealed and the bike was reassembled.

I can’t wait to watch my nephew learn to ride his very own dino-bike!

Craft #3 – Zip Pouch Truck – ChiWei @ One Dog Woof

You’d think this week would be easy for me, considering I have a boy at home and have complained about how girls’ things are so much cuter, but this was a difficult project  for me.  So, my son likes motor vehicles – trucks, cars, trains, planes.  I ended up making a stuffed truck with a zip pouch for a trailer.  Real life trailers are often shipping containers that hold stuff, like bananas and diapers and Gap jeans.  My little cloth “trailer/pouch” is also a storage container, this time holding little things like small toys, crayons or a light snack.  Get it, get it?  Big storage, little storage?
I found a simple boy-ish (or gender neutral) star printed fabric and made the body of the truck using a tutorial from Make-It Love-It as inspiration.  Then there’s a lined zip-pouch made using a tutorial from Skip to My Lou.   Instead of setting the zipper in the middle, I offset the zipper to the side so I could add a handle to the pouch.  What?  A handle?  Why yes, a handle 2 ways!

The trailer/pouch is removable and has a removable handle that can be snapped on, to make the pouch more of a dopp kit for a little boy, or a perfect little travel bag.  Or, un-snap the bottom end of the handle, flip it over, and snap it into the top of the truck.  Secure the bottom of the bag into the truck “bed” with more snaps, and now you have a pick-up truck that can be picked up by a handle!  Tell me that’s not just a little bit cool?
As for details, the headlights and taillights are buttons from my stash, and I made some felt tires with some fun orange buttons as accents.  My little boy loves his new “ruck”, and I think it’ll come in very useful for trips to hold snacks and toys and pacifiers, or just as something soft to snuggle with at the end of the day!

Craft #4 – Backyard Getaway Hammock – Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations

 If the man in your life is anything like mine, he wants a nice space to relax when he’s home. The T.V. and couch gets old after awhile so I thought creating this nice little getaway right in our backyard would be nice for him. He can go just a few steps out our door and have a super comfy place to just relax, read the paper, drink ice tea, or just fall asleep to the sounds of our backyard wildlife! Hammocks are surprisingly SO easy to make so this sweet little getaway would be really simple to do! You could even attach some hooks to your walls indoors and bring this getaway idea inside if you wanted to!
I used some nice home decor fabric to make the hammock because it was strong while also soft, and it was two-sided! I made some tree straps to attach the hammock to trees. They’re extra long so you can attach them to the thinner trees like in this yard by wrapping the strap around the trunks a couple times or just once around larger trees.
Beside the hammock I made sure to add a little table so he could enjoy the flowers from the yard, iced tea, and the sports section.
The pillows are made out of sturdy duck canvas. They’re not really needed since the hammock is pretty comfy as is, but I thought they were a nice addition, just for fun.
Here you can see the tree straps a little closer and the gathered ends of the hammock. I sewed several lines of stitching on the ends to reinforce its strength. For the tree straps, I sewed boxes with Xs (also with several lines of stitching) to create the loops in the webbing of the tree straps so that they were strong enough to hold a person’s weight. The hammock straps are connected to the tree straps by a carabiner (Be sure to use real carabiners that will support a person’s weight!). As you can see in the picture on the right, the hammock is actually very wide (almost 60 inches!) so he can lay diagonally in it and lay mostly flat.
It’s definitely already a favorite spot at our house! Hope you love it

Craft #5 – Father and Son Fishing Vests – Chrissy @  There are UFO’s under my stairs

I really wanted to make something special for my “boys” this week. My husband is an avid fly-fisherman and our son is finally old enough to be a good buddy to go with on fishing trips. (As in, he’ll actually sit and fish  instead of trying to jump into the river..) My husband was in need of a new fishing vest as his old one was falling apart, so I designed them matching vests.
The vests are constructed from a light cotton twill and lined with cotton so they will be lightweight and comfortable to wear. The pockets and yokes are made from rip stop nylon for strength and durability. The dad vest has a zipper pocket in the front lined with nylon to hold his phone and wallet, things you definitely don’t want to lose or get wet. The patch pockets are mitered at the corners to allow them to expand out for greater capacity, and all the pocket flaps have Velcro closures for easy access. The patches on the top pockets are made of the cuddle fleece that people usually use in blankets, the fuzzy texture makes a great surface to hold flies.

 

The dad vest also has a large zipper pocket that is almost the size of the entire back. Useful for holding maps, gloves, even an extra shirt once the sun comes up and the temperature rises. The D-rings in the back can be used to clip a net to while fishing, and then to hang the vest from at home.

 

My boys were thrilled with how the vests turned out and can’t wait to go fishing in them!

Craft #6 – T-Rex Cake  – Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum

I am so excited to share this week’s project.  I have a boy who always says he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.  He LOVES dinosaurs and so I wanted to make him something really special for his dinosaur birthday party.  Since his favorite is a T-Rex, I made this gorgeous scary cake for him.  RAAAWWWWRRR!

Hope you like it as much as I liked making it.

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh, my son and his dad would LOVE those fishing vests! That might be what I do for Christmas this year! What great projects, all!

  2. says

    Those ideas are great. I really wanted to cast more than one vote.

    I have to say the T-Rex cake is amazing and terrifying at the same time. I expect it would traumatise my kids particularly the eyes. It is very well done though and you should be commended on your design work.

    The cuff links are so cute and such a simple idea and I LOVE the dino bike. I wish my boys were still this little, I would be making this in a heartbeat.
    Thanks for the great inspiration once again.

  3. Karen Lappa says

    I love them all but the dinosaur cake is really awesome and it definately gets my vote!

  4. says

    I’m not sure if it’s just me or not, but the poll isn’t showing up! A friend of mine said it didn’t show up for her either. Just wanted to let you know. Good luck to everyone this week!