Dr. Seuss Flash Cards

*Project by Heidi @ Made by Heidi*

“Big A, Little A… what begins with A?” Remember that awesome book? Well, it was my inspiration for these little flash cards! Needless to say, I spent countless hours glued to my computer screen! but is was sooo worth it, aren’t they soooo cute? I even made a “Cat in the Hat” felt carrying case.

There is a flash card for every letter in the alphabet. The cards measure 4 3/4 inches by 3 1/4 inches. My favorite part is the awesome word collage that  I made for the back of each card. Let’s just say my kids are already addicted!

Grinch Advent Calendar

*Project made by Chica and Jo @ Chica & Jo*

We love everything Christmas and can never wait for it to arrive.  One of our favorite ways to bide our time and know exactly how much longer we have is with an Advent calendar. We knew we had to use the Dr. Seuss inspiration point to create a How the Grinch Stole Christmas Advent calendar.

With this calendar, you get a present and part of the story each day.  By the time you reach the last day, the Grinch’s heart has swelled three times its size and he is celebrating with all the Whos.

You can take this idea and customize it to your favorite Christmas story.  We think A Charlie Brown Christmas would be really cute as well!

Dr. Seuss Activity Blocks

*Tutorial by Mandy @ Sugar Bee for her win during the Dr. Seuss theme*

Check out these awesome Dr. Seuss Activity Blocks – way fun!!  My kids have LOVED them – all ages can find fun things to learn and do with them.

For this project you’ll need:
-a 2x2x8 board (they’re at the back of Lowe’s – around $1.30 or something)
-mod podge
-various colors of craft paint
-optional: words cut out of cardstock or vinyl (otherwise you could just write them on with paint)
-Dr. Seuss book to cut up
-sandpaper
-colored paper

A note about the book to cut up – I scanned thrift stores and found an awesome activity book (for $.50!)- I only needed to use it – if using actual books you might need several.
Here’s the one I got (at Amazon it’s only $5):
Oh, the Things You Can Count from 1-10: Learn About Counting
Some others that I think would be good:
Did I Ever Tell You How High You Can Count?: Learn About Counting Beyond 100 (Dr. Seuss Beginner Fun Books)
Fun and Games with Counting (Dr.Seuss Flashcards)
Dr. Seuss Beginner Counting Cards
The Grinch’s Christmas Activity Book (Dr Seuss)
I’m sure there’s more, so just be on the lookout.

First, cut your long board into squares.  Note that when it says 2×2, it’s not really 2 inches, it’s more like 1.5.  Let me show you a trick on measuring and cutting – I learned this AFTER I cut my blocks.
It’s called a “stop” – clamp a scrap piece of wood over to the right distance – see picture:

Now, when you cut your 2×2 board, you scootch it up to the “stop” and then cut.  Then scootch it and cut again.  This way the cut is always measured the same.  I didn’t do this and I measured on the board and marked 9 lines and cut on the lines – and they weren’t exact or something, because the blocks are all slightly different -oops.  You’ll need 9 blocks. Here’s a picture of how to do it the right way:

And look, here I am actually using a power tool – you can do it!!

Next sand the blocks rough edges.
After that I painted each side a different color – you don’t have to do this, but I thought it would help the kids to know to turn all the blocks to a certain side (for example, with my set, all the green-background blocks are used for the matching game).
Now the fun part – decided what games you want, find corresponding pictures, then trace and cut squares like so:

The following are the games I had for my blocks:

The blocks have 6 sides so there are 6 different activities:
Word Game – using “fox in socks” arrange these blocks to create lots of fun and crazy rhyme sentences.
Puzzle – even older kids enjoy the puzzle – it can be tricky because the blocks rotate so you have to figure which way is up.
Look Alike - match pictures that look alike – one is odd man out.
Color Naming – perfect for younger kids – name colors, have them find them, let them name colors – even “rainbow” is included.
Counting Fish – one fish two fish – find the blocks with specific numbers of fish, group them in “less than” “greater than” and many other fun things can be done with this side.
Body Parts Mix-up - head-body-feet of three “things” – match them all up, or have fun mixing them up.

Now, put mod podge on the back of your square of paper – it’s glue, so stick it to your block.  After all the sides are stuck on and dried, I sanded all the edges again.
Finally, put a layer of mod podge over the entire block.  That’s it – enjoy!!

I really enjoy these Activity Blocks – they are a new go-to if I need to bring something to entertain all my children, because they offer something for everyone.  This craft is thrifty and easy, so I would love to make some sets for gifts to give to family/friends and also for teacher gifts – these are perfect to have in the classroom.

My kids have even thought of different games to play with them than the original 6 I thought of – like here, where they’re playing a memory matching game with the words.

Come by and see me on my blog – - I have more plans for blocks – they’re so thrifty to make (someone do the math- how many blocks can you get out of the 8ft board – all for only under a dollar and a half!) – hopefully I’ll be able to get those posts up in the next week or two….(click the button below to head over to my part of the craft world, Sugar Bee Craft Edition)

Fancy Nancy Bow Holder

*Project by Niki @ LilyBug Designs*

My daughter has many bows and I have been wanting to make her a cute bow holder.  She even took it upon herself to clip all her bows on to a scrap piece of ribbon.  What kind of crafty mother am I that I haven’t made my child some sort of bow holder?  I know, shame on me.  Well, since she loves all things fancy this is a Fancy Nancy inspired bow holder.

You can clip all sorts of bows to the locks of yarn. It just wouldn’t be fancy to Nancy if we didn’t put bows everywhere.
Isn’t she cute with her sparkly sunglasses, crystal tiara and feather boa!

Monogram Wall Hanging

*Project by Mandy @ SugarBee Craft Edition*

My toddler is growing up – time to convert the nursery to a big boy room.  To compliment the colors I’ll be using on his bedding, I made a Monogram Yarn Wall Hanging to display above his dresser.

This idea has so many possibilities – grab any color of yarn and you have a custom wall hanging for any room.  Older children/teen may enjoy making it themselves.  It can add a pop of art in a family room.

When I was taking pictures, my 8-yr-old son walked by and said “that’s really cool mom!” and later that day my daughter said “can we make one for my room?” – gotta LOVE when my crafts are a hit with my kids!

And to wrap it up here’s a boring picture of it in my toddler’s room.  I have another, bigger/wider dresser that will go under it, as soon as I paint it (maybe navy blue, maybe orange – I can’t decide) and then I’ll get to adding some accessories and pulling the room together – but the Monogram Wall Yarn Hanging is definitely the focal point of the room.

Felted Yarn Cards

*Project by Kailyn @  Kailyn’s Bit of Sunshine*

I decided to go about the yarn challenge with a twist. Literally. I decided to try my hand at felting. I figured I could do small testers and see what worked. They all turned out so fun and funky, I decided I needed to use them all.

What better way than to make some funky original cards.

I started with dyed wools and book on felting. I also incorporated wool yarn into the mix. When they were finished felting. I did some beading on a few of them.

For the red card, I used red wool and layered it in two directions. On top of that I used small pieces of orange wool that I laid vertical and horizontal in a criss cross pattern. Next I used the wool yarn and made a spiral in the middle on top of that. To finish it I took lime green wool and laid it in a star pattern. Then felted them all together. Then I did some embroidery and beading on it. Lastly, I glued it on the card.

For the blu card I used a multi colored wool for the base. I used yarn to create the flower and the spiral , and wool for the stems and the leaves. After felting it I had to cut some of the pattern to fit the card. I did a little beading to finish it off.

For the orange and blue woven card, I did just that. I hand wove together the wool yarns. I then added two spirals of the wool yarn. After felting it I added two beads in the middle of the spirals.
The fish card I made was the last card. I decided to try needle felting and used scraps from the blue cards felt for the bottom of the card. I think these will be very fun to send. Because I went small they were not difficult to make.

Yarn Necklace

*Project by Heidi @ Made by Heidi*

Make yourself a gorgeous yarn necklace! Pretty, eh? You can totally rock this necklace with some jeans & a tee or with an awesome cocktail dress! and don’t you just LOVE the color scheme?

I also love that is has beads and buttons…You know you want to wear this! ;)

Cupcake Stands

*Project made by Chica and Jo @ Chica & Jo*

We’ve always loved the idea of individual cupcakes stands to highlight delicious special little cakes but weren’t wowed by how the ones you could buy looked.  Being the crafty ladies we are, we decided to make our own!  These were really inexpensive to make and completely customizable.  Have a baby shower coming up?  Decorate in pastels!  A wedding reception featuring cupcakes for dessert?  Use the wedding colors!  We’ll show you how to make the form as well as tips for finishing them off.  Now, we are off to have some of the tasty cupcakes!