Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, Elf On the Shelf

Poseable Elf on the Shelf, Why Not?

So of course we all want to pose them and make our elves holding, posing, ect. so why they heck aren’t they just manufactured that way???  I spent the last 45 minutes twisting floral wire from the dollar store so it would be strong enough to shove through each limb.  

This sounds simple, but you have to cut out the stitches from the seams on the arms and legs in order to shove it through as one piece!!  Elf makers stop the insanity and give us poseable elves!!  I would have paid extra for the convenience.  Okay end rant.  Happy posing my fellow parents and merry Christmas.

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store, Elf On the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf North Pole Airlines:  How to Make Your Own Biplane for Your Elf

Half of the fun of the Christmas season for my little guy is finding his little elf buddy “Tattle” mid adventure each day.  Tomorrow he will find Tattle flying North Pole Airlines on his way back from providing Santa with his daily report.  Today I will teach you how to make your own using everyday recyclables.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Cereal box or other cardboard box of similar thickness 
  • Paper towel tube
  • Paper straws
  • Crafting sticks
  • Metal Brad fastener
  • Hot glue gun and glue 
  • Scissors 
  • String
  • Hole punch 
  1. Cut out a wing to desired length and then traced the other to cut out.
  2. Cut support beam for wings in an hour glass shape.
  3. Cut slits in the wings close enough to your cardboard tube to be able to glue into place the supports to the sides.
  4. Cut slits into the supports to slip pieces together.
  5. Cut strips for the tail piece making slits in the center.  One on the inside edge and one on the outside as pictured below.
  6. Cut slits into the end of the tube to slide tail into place and then glue edges.
  7. Cut a hole for elf to sit in.
  8. Use your hole puncher on the end of the wings on top and bottom.
  9. Tie string from one wing to next allowing for a little slack.
  10. Measure your paper straws in the for the outer wing support and push through each hole securing with hot glue.
  11. Make a hole in the center of each crafting stick and secure with metal Brad fastener, taping the back to keep the propellers spread.
  12. Glenn onto the front of the plane.
  13. Tie string to the end of the tail of new each side and create a loop to hang the plane from.

I hope that this helps bring magic to your little ones Christmas elf hunt too!  Merry Christmas!

Posted in Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store Crafting, Kids Birthday Parties, Pinata, Pirate Party, Where One Man See Trash

Tick Tock the Piñata Build: Part 4

So after much contemplation I have shifted the direction of my dear friend Tick Tock and have gone with this head.  I jumped down the Pinterest rabbit hole one more time to see how others sculpted more difficult paper mache sculptures and the answer is this – or so I think. 

His body should be much simpler than this head, but we’ll see…I am still completely nervous about this project.  However,  if it turns out great then this will surely lend help to someone else’s creative process since Pinterest shows many amazing piñatas without tutorials for the more difficult or extravagant ones.

I’m off to work on my dear friend some more, so please continue to stop by and check out my progress!  

Posted in Crafting, DIY, Kids Birthday Parties, Mad Tea Party, Pinata, Ramblings of Crafty Mom

Passion Projects: Mad Hatters Tea Party Party Package

As you may know from reading my other articles, I’m a mom to an only son and have a big desire to start my own Etsy shop making this the perfect project.  Despite my desire to sell this, I know that I have 2 audiences:  the one that likes my work and wants to make it; and the other that wants to buy it.  With that spirit in mind I will provide you with instructions for my fellow doers,

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