Simple String Art Ideas: Lovely Heart

Find out how we made our very first string art to decorate a girls room!

As you know, I am always looking for

which do look good enough for us to enjoy! In that spirit, I wanted to try making some string art for ages! People are sharing so many great projects, and I love how creative this hobby can be! Finally, the time came, and I and my little girl made one of our first, really simple string art ideas come true: a heart!

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Our first string art ever: a heart!

Materials

You don’t need a lot of things to start making your very own string art, especially if its an easy as the one we made. Chances are that you already have these materials at home:

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Instruction on how to make our easy string art heart

I used a simple heart that I printed out in the size that would fit my wooden cutting board. You can easily draw your own, if you have the talent, or search the internet for something you like. In fact, you can find templates not only with the simple shape but with the indication of the points where you have to put the nail in, which really helps to keep the correct distance from each nail to the next.

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The nails don’t need to be straight, but being of even height is important

Once you have your template, cut it out, but be careful to leave the outline intact. Next, secure your template onto the cutting board into place, using some self-adhesive tape.

Hammer and Nails are essential for realizing your string art ideas!

Now it’s time for the hammer and nails. Try to drive every nail into the wood with the same depth, without them getting out on the other side, so they will be even in height, and try to keep a regular distance between them. Hammer and nails aren’t that good to be used by small kids, so I would let the adult do this job. When you have nailed all your nails, carefully rip the template away and remove it all.

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Simple string art: Great for wall decorations!

For the string, we used some pink string I had on hand, perfect for our heart! First, we made a knot tying the string to the first nail and went to the next, wrapping the string around it. We continued this way until we made the outline of the heart with our string.

Then, we just went from there rather intuitively. You go from one nail to another that is further away, wrap the string around each nail, trying to get to all nails and to have a nice outcome. In the end, we did another outline of the heart shape with the string, tight the end of the string securely to the last nail and cut what was left. You can push the string down a little to achieve a better look if you like.

That’ s it! We hang our string art in my girls room and it really looks awesome! There are so many ideas out there to try!!!

DIY Dice Rolling Tray How-To

Find out how to make this easy DIY dice roll tray with only 3 materials in no-time!

One thing I love about board games, among other things, is that you can always combine your love for crafting with them. You can build inserts for your board games, beautify them with upgrades, paint the miniatures, and so on. Since dice rolling is a part of many board games and DnDs games, I soon realized that they make a lot of noise and that you often have to chase them since they tend to fall off the table or make a mess of other components on your board. The best way to resolve this problem is by using a felt-lined dice rolling tray. You can buy them in any shape and color, and some of them fold, too! But I wanted to make my very own DIY dice rolling tray, and in a cheap way!

How to make a dice rolling tray for your board games!
How to make a dice rolling tray for your board games!

First of all, let me tell you that my photos will use a different sized canvas frame than the one I used to make my dice tray, since I missed taking photos from that one! So, here we go!

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Materials to make a dice rolling tray

A painting on a canvas you can use

Instructions

  • If you only have a canvas with a frame, your first step is to remove the actual canvas from the frame, keeping the frame intact. We have loads of them since my kids love painting with brushes!
  • Turn the frame over onto its backside and place the piece of cardboard over it. Cut the cardboard into the appropriate size.
  • Use your cardboard as a guide to cut the felt into the needed size.
  • Glue the felt onto the cardboard.
  • Glue the cardboard with the felt onto the back of your frame.
  • Turn the frame over and there you have you DIY dice rolling tray!!!

Details to add to the DIY dice rolling tray

You can choose any color of felt that you want (there is no need to buy any fancy sewing felt for this craft)! I had a red one, so I used that. You can paint your frame with some wood stain to make it look better. It’s something I want to do, but I am afraid that I will stain the felt, so I guess it’s better to do such a thing before assembling your dice roll tray.

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My DIY dice rolling tray can roll a lot of dice!

Another thing that one could do to make this wood dice rolling tray look more professional, is to line the inside sides of the tray with some same colored felt.

I was very happy with the results and the dice rolling tray gets a lot of use when we play our beloved board games!!

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Orange Peel Roses: Step by Step photo instructions

Learn how to make some beautiful, natural and romantic orange peel roses with our step by step photo instructions using two different tools for different results!!!

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I love the smell of oranges and there is a perfect way to enjoy the smell and make beautiful, natural decorations as well: Orange Peel Roses!!! I wrote about these romantic Orange Peel Roses a long time ago (my dear, it’s been seven years!!!).

This time, I tried using two different peeling tools to see if it would make any difference! And what a difference it made!

At first, I used a regular stainless steel peeler (peeling tool), and then I tried with a simple peeling knife. Here is a step by step photo instructions on how to make these romantic orange peel roses with both tools!

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Orange peel roses

Orange peel roses using a peeler

As I said, at first I used a normal stainless steel peeler, one that I use to peel vegetables and apples mostly. I choose a beautiful orange for this, and started peeling. You have to be careful to not break the orange peeling line, you want a long peel to be able to make roses! Press the peeler evenly down onto the surface of the orange and move the peeler in a spiral downwards, trying to keep the peel stripe even. When you have peeled fairly all of the orange, you can detach the end of the peel from it.

Now it’s time to make the rose. Take your orange peel stripe and start wrapping it around itself skin out, like you would do with a ribbon. Make it as tight as you like, but don’t leave it too loose or your roses will unwrap. You can use a small toothpick or a pin to secure it (try not to damage the orange skin).

Now you can let it dry, either at room temperature, in the oven on low temperature, or as I did, by putting it on our heater.

Orange peel roses using a peeling knife

The second orange I peeled using a peeling knife. You follow the same steps as with the peeler, but you will notice that the peel will be thicker. Try not to cut into the orange flesh and try to get an even stripe as with the other tool. To get a good start, you can first cut the orange’s top and continue in a spiral until you have peeled the whole orange, trying to keep the stripe’s width even.

Now, like above, wrap the stripe around itself, creating a beautiful rose. Secure the peeling’s end and let it dry like the one before.

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Differences I noticed using the two peeling tools

The differences I noticed are quite big! The first rose, made out of the orange peel I removed with a peeler, was more delicate, small and without much of the white stuff of the peel. It looks and smells amazing though!

The second rose looks bigger and more impressive. The white of the orange’s peel also really pops out, making the rose a lot more interesting. It, too, smells of course amazing!

Between these two, I think I prefer the second one, because the white makes the rose more beautiful, and it is bigger then the other, making it stand out!

But really, both are worth it, and eating the oranges will make you healthier, too!!! You can find more ideas on how to use citrus peels on Posimagine, like making beautiful Christmas ornaments and garlands or orange peel decorations using cookie cutters!

Our DIY Ping Pong Table for indoors how-to

Find out how to make a fun DIY ping pong table for your family!

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how to make a diy ping pong table for indoors

As a Christmas present, my son asked for a ping pong table (otherwise known as a table tennis table) to have inside our home. Naturally, our first calm response was: “You can’t be serious how do you think that could ever fit inside of this place what do you mean in our living room there is no space for that!”

After rethinking it though, and as it was what he really – really!!! – wanted for Christmas, we thought we could manage fitting in a smaller version of a Ping Pong table inside our spare room.

He agreed and we started searching for a mini ping pong table. There are many options out there. I really liked one that not only had a small ping pong table, but also other mini-games, like billiard, air hockey, and foosball. Especially one multi-game with table tennis caught my eye, which could even be folded, so more space-saving! Unfortunately, it was too late to order it, it would never be here in time… so, my husband thought, why not find something to make by ourselves? After all, we make a lot of crafts and DIYs!

How to make a mini ping pong table


To make a homemade ping pong table, Mike found a table surface at a DIY furniture store on sale for 15€ that had a good size (140*60cm). It was made out of an ideal wooden material with coating and the color was nice, too. Keep in mind that you can’t use a metallic, poor plastic or a glass table for that, because the ball won’t bounce as it should. Also, we thought briefly about spray painting the table green or blue, but since it was a nice dark color, we decided to leave it as it was.

He also found a set of four table legs of a good height of 70 cm on sale for 20€ and brought them home. Another thing he grabbed was white durable tape.

The last thing needed to build the ping pong table was a set of table tennis rackets and balls, which included a net and the necessary bits to attach it to a table.

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You don’t need much to make a great fun table tennis diy

Materials to build a Ping Pong table

In summary, here are the materials to make a DIY ping pong table that fits inside a home:

  • A suitable table surface, size app. 120x60cm or 140x70cm and four 70 cm height table legs. Or use an already assembled table, preferably one that folds for easy storage
  • White professional self-adhesive tape (2 cm width)
  • A set with ping pong rackets/paddles, balls and table net and all necessary bids to attach to a table

You can guess what happened next! My hubby securely attached the feet to the table. He used the tape to make the lines like on a real ping pong table and attached the net. The net itself needed to be cut to size so it would fit the table we bought.

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A diy ping pong table will provide hours of fun!

And T-A-R-A!!! Behold a homemade diy Ping Pong table!

My son was thrilled when he found it on Christmas Eve! He loved it and he won’t stop playing since he got it!!!

The whole thing summed up to cost about 50€, and if we had more time to hunt for bargains we could do even better than that!

Things to think about

A minor negative thing about our DIY table tennis table is that you can’t play alone. You know, like those big folding ping pong tables that allow you to do that by folding one side up. But we are trying to figure something out, let’s see what we come up with.

If we are going to ever make another one, I think I would choose a slightly different sized table. Perhaps size 120x60cm or 140x70cm. Or I would buy a folding in the middle table. Those can be found in furniture stores or camping equipment stores. They are easier to store when not in use!

The good thing about your own DIY Mini Ping Pong Table is that after your kids have outgrown it or are getting tired of it, we can always use it as a normal table for our crafts or other use! This way it won’t end up unused in an attic or garage, or, even worse, in the trash, like a bought one probably would!

For more crafting and gift ideas, you can check out our other posts!!

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Our DIY Emoji Costume instructions

Learn how to make these easy diy emoji costume, ideal for large groups!

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How to make easy DIY Emoji Costumes for a large group

It’s pretty tough to find an idea for an easy to make DIY costume, especially if you need to make a lot of them fast and with as little money as possible. I love making at least some accessories for our costumes each year or for our birthday parties, so I was a little familiar with such things. Searching for such an idea, fit for a bunch of small kids, I decided that making the Emoji DIY costume ticks all of my needs.
So here are the instructions on how to make easy DIY Emoji Costumes for a large group!

Materials needed for one emoji costume (the exact amounts and colors of cardboard or paper depend on which emoji’s you want to make)

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easy DIY Emoji costume, perfect for large groups and for outside parades

Instructions to make our emoji costumes

First, let me just say that it’s easier to make one type of emoji at the time, so nothing gets mixed up! There are a lot of emojis out there to choose from! I chose some of the better known and happy ones, fitting for a happy, loud group of kids!
After choosing the emoji you want to make, you will need to find a template and carefully adjust the size of it so it will be printed as large as you need it to be, using a PC. I adjusted it so the head/circle (about 28cm diameter) would fit a horizontal paper sheet sized A2. But since I didn’t have a printer to print that kind of A2 sized paper, I printed it out like a puzzle on simple A4 paper sheets instead.

After printing them onto these sheets, I glued them together with some tape (to make one large, whole emoji). After that, you will have to cut out all of your emoji’s features, like teeth, mouth, tongue, eyes, eyebrows, hearts, glasses, etc.
Now the easier part: using the compass or a circular object with the right size (e.g. large plate) make a large, 28 cm diameter circle on the yellow cardboard sheet. Cut out the circle and you have your emoji’s head.

Next steps to make the emoji costume

Now it’s time to assemble your emoji. Take each of the features needed and place them onto the yellow circle. Don’t glue them right away, so you can adjust their position if needed. Have a picture of the emoji you want to make at hand, it will make things easier.

When you are satisfied with how everything looks, use the glue stick to glue everything into place. Let it dry.
Keep the leftover yellow cardboard to use to make some smaller emojis if you want, as I did. I made lots of small emojis and glued them onto sticks and then headbands. I also made some emoji signs and attached some onto our clothes.

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Headband with small emojis

Other ways to make an easy DIY emoji costume


You could skip all of the above and just cut out a yellow circle and paint the emojis features with markers, but I think that method is too time and ink consuming for the large emojis. For the small ones, it’s actually better to just paint them onto the yellow cardboard circles with markers.
You can also draw all of the features by hand on the colored papers, cut them out and glue them on, but I am not that great at drawing, so I opted for the method I described above!
The last step is to glue the ribbon to the back of the emoji. Use a large enough piece so the emoji can be hung around the neck of the one wearing it, without it hanging too high or too low. I used the hot glue gun to glue the ribbon onto the back of the emoji.

Another way to make some easy DIY emoji Halloween costumes is to take a yellow t-shirt and glue one or more emojis on that!

And – of course – you can always buy emoji costumes online!

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DIY Emoji Costumes are ideal for a large group of people. Even as a last-minute costume!
This is simply the best DIY emoji costume because it is easy to make, low-cost, colorful, happy, and full of emotions.!

And now you are ready to have some fun!! These are great to wear even above a jacket! And after the party, these emojis are great to use to decorate a wall at your home, too!!!

For more fun DIY ideas, take a look at our other posts here on Posimagine!

Strawberry Oreo Balls Recipe

Learn how to make the most delicious and easy Oreo strawberry cream cheese pops

As promised, here is our super easy strawberry oreo balls recipe for my all-time favorite treat for birthday party – and all other parties!

The recipe is super easy, just like our favorite cookie recipe, and you don’t really need any special tools to make them. I often end up eating half of the mixture with a spoon, so be aware of that when deciding about the quantities you need!

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Strawberry oreo balls recipe pops

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Ingredients for about forty 30gr Strawberry Oreo Pops

The first step is to buy your favorite Oreo cookies – mine is strawberry cheesecake flavored, but the classic flavor also works great, and someday I will definitely try out some other flavors as well, like the caramel-coconut ones. Please don’t use chocolate covered cookies as they will completely change the texture. Here is the complete list of ingredients:

  • 6 packs of Strawberry cheesecake flavored Oreo cookies (or other) (appr. 900gr)
  • 300gr cream cheese (maybe a little more)
  • 500gr chocolate of your choice
  • 100gr chocolate for decoration
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut butter

Other things you will need:

  • 40 fancy pop sticks
  • A dish
  • Baking paper

How to make the Strawberry Oreo Balls Recipe

Back at home, smash your Oreos into crumbles! You can use a blender or a food processor for that, but you can also smash them by putting them into a plastic bag and roll them with a rolling pin.

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Strawberry Oreo Cookies crumble

Then add the cream cheese and mix it really well. As there are different brands of cream cheese, I can’t give you the exact amount you will need… it is better for you to add the cream cheese little by little (say 50gr a time) and see how your mixture is before adding more.

The mixture has to be firm (keep in mind that it will go into the fridge where it will become a little firmer), but not crumbly or too runny, so you may be able to roll it into little round balls. Put the mixture into the fridge for one hour or so.

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Strawberry Oreo Cookies and Cream Cheese

While the mixture cools, you can melt the chocolate. You can use strawberry-flavored white chocolate and add some color to it, or dark chocolate or even milk chocolate. It’s all up to you! I use to add one teaspoon of coconut butter into the chocolate, which adds flavor and texture but also gives a nice shine to the chocolate.

Line a dish with some baking paper. Take the mixture out of the fridge and start rolling small balls out of it. I usually make each ball with 30gr of the mixture, using a kitchen scale, but you can use more mixture for bigger strawberry oreo pops, or less for smaller strawberry oreo truffles. Place each ball onto the lined dish. It is a good idea to put the dish with the Oreo balls into the fridge again, for ten minutes or so.

How to cover Strawberry Oreo balls in chocolate

To make strawberry oreo balls, you don’t have to take the next step to add the stick. Just go straight to cover your truffles with chocolate!

To make the oreo pops take the mixture out of the fridge. Dip one end of your stick into the melted chocolate and push it through one ball (without lifting the ball at all). Repeat for every other ball and return to the fridge for ten minutes so the chocolate firms up.

After that, take them out of the fridge and carefully dip each Oreo Cream Cheese pop into the melted chocolate, covering the whole ball. You can always heat up your chocolate a little if you notice that it is not as runny as you need it to be. Let the excess chocolate drip off the pop and be careful so that everything stays in place! Put the Strawberry Oreo pops back onto the lined dish and return all of them to the fridge for as long as needed until the chocolate firms up.

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Strawberry Oreo Pops covered with chocolate

If you don’t have any pop sticks around, you can use plain straws that don’t bend as I did one time… they won’t look that awesome like the fancy ones, but they will do the job!

How to decorate Oreo pops

Now it’s time to decorate! Melt some other colored chocolate which you think would make some nice contrast, put it into a plastic food bag and snip of a small piece of the corner (or just use a spoon!), and drizzle some of it over the strawberry Oreo Pops to make them look even yummier!

As I said, you can also make strawberry Oreo balls without the stick and simply wrap them up in some tin foil as I did for our Elena of Avalor Birthday Party, wrapping foil, use nice treat bags or arrange them in a beautiful tray or case.

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Strawberry Oreo balls for birthday party treats

They won’t be around for long, but I have to say it anyway: make sure to eat them within a few days and keep them in a fridge, due to the cream cheese they contain.

This strawberry Oreo Balls Recipe is always – and I mean always – a great hit at any party and the Oreo pops or Oreo balls disappear super fast! Make them and you will not ever regret it (but you will regret not making more, ha!!!)

Our 5 Favorite (not that common) Family Board Games

This is our list of our five favorite and not so well-known family board games we love to play and which make some cool special gifts!

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Favorite family board games

Christmas is just around the corner and we all are looking for some great gifts, especially for the little ones. There are some wonderful, timeless family board games, that always bring joy to children, like Monopoly, UNO, Guess who?, Scrabble, Puzzles, Dominoe and so on.

I didn’t really know that there were such wonderful family board games out there, other than the common ones I mentioned. But after trying a couple of new hobbies (photography mainly – you can read about it here), we tried a new family hobby: Not that common, modern board games! Check out our top 5, that we and my kids really enjoyed or still enjoy playing.

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Family Board games: Colorama (ages 3+)

The Colorama board game is a fun, colorful game that also helps children learn about colors and shapes. We have played the game over and over again and even now, that my kids are 7 and 9 they bring it out once in a while. It is an easy, fast game that all kids enjoy.

Labyrinth (7+)

The Labyrinth board game was one of my favorite board games when I was little! So naturally, I wanted to pass it on to my kids! First, I played the Labyrinth Junior (4+) with them, but they quickly got the idea. We soon moved on to the classic Labyrinth (7+). This one is more challenging but great fun and it really makes kids think!

I recently found out that there are some special editions of the game like Frozen II Junior or even a Harry Potter Labyrinth!

Leo goes to the barber (6+)

Leo goes to the Barber board game is another wonderful fun game for the kids. The goal is to get Leo in time to his barber appointment. It’s a game where the kids have to work together, which is a concept I love. They also must remember the funny obstacles or really talkative friends they find on their way.

IceCool (6+)

IceCool board game is a dexterity board game. That means that besides thinking about a strategy, you also have to use your hands to push the penguins. Everyone gets one penguin and one of them is the supervisor who tries to catch the others. The rest of the players try to get the fishes… it’s a really fast and fun game that the kids enjoy every time!

Dixit (8+)

The Dixit card game is one of the most imaginative games I have ever played. You each get cards with some beautiful, abstract, dreamy pictures.Then the player who is the storyteller has to describe it, but not too exact! The rest of the players have to add a card from their hand that get’s as close as possible to the description. Lastly, they must vote on which card they think is the storytellers. The game really gets your brain working in so many different ways! And if you ever get tired of the pictures in the main game, there are a lot of expansions with new, wonderful art out there!

Maybe you can get some useful ideas for your Christmas shopping! And if you have a board game your family enjoys playing, I’d really love to hear about it (I have to do some Christmas shopping, too!!!). And if you need some ideas about great children’s books for Christmas that we love, you can check out our post with our top 5 list.

DIY Elena of Avalor Birthday Party Ideas

I love to prepare a cool party for my kids and this Elena of Avalor Party was no exception! Pinatas, treats and fun ideas!

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There was a time my daughter was crazy about her after the Tangled – Rapunzel party. When this craze was over, she wanted an Elena of Avalor Birthday party and I went to my friend Pinterest to find some DIY ideas for her party!

Elena of Avalor Birthday Cake and Treats

The Elena of Avalor Birthday Cake was kept simple. I asked a friend to make me a simple red and blue (colors of Avalor) cake. For the top of that cake, she printed out and glued some of the main characters on a stick. I also had a small, silver tiara that I wanted to put on the cake, but beware!!! You – and I learned that the hard way – can’t simply use a silver tiara on an Elena of Avalor birthday cake!!! So what can a mom do? She (I) painted the tiara with some gold acrylic paint, so it could be finally used as a proper Elena of Avalor cake decoration!!! But you can find lots of tiaras online, that is like the “real” Elena tiara… I also found some golden birthday cake candles which were perfect for the theme and the cake was ready!

To make some matching treats I used my favorite party Strawberry Oreo pops recipe!!!

I made three kinds of truffles. One kind was simple truffles that I covered in red and white chocolate and wrapped with foil. I printed out some Elena pictures on shelf adhesive paper, cut them out, and put them onto the foil.

Elena of Avalor Birthday Party treats
Elena of Avalor Birthday Party treats

The other two were made as cake pops on sticks. To decorate those, I printed out two different Elena pictures (two for each cake pop, front, and back) and cut them and glued them onto the stick so the cake pop would become Elena’s dress.

Lastly, I prepared some easy to bake chocolate muffins. I added chocolate frosting to some and prepared toothpicks by gluing printed Elena pictures. I used strawberries as Elena’s dress and secured them with the toothpicks I mentioned. To the rest of the muffins, I added white vanilla frosting. I also sprinkled some red heart sprinkles over them. Lastly, I added the toothpicks without the strawberries (there were not so many strawberries in March!!)

DIY Elena of Avalor Birthday Party Ideas: Easy Mateo’s Tamburitas craft

To keep the kids busy, I prepared some super simple Mateo tamburitas. All I did was get small white paper plates and sticks. I covered the sticks with some big plastic straws for safety and color!. They need to be paper plates in order to be colored. For each tamburita, you will need to glue or staple the two plates to each other (deep side to deep side). Then enter the stick and secure that, too.

I provided a lot of coloring markers and pencils, and all the kids had super much fun! I tried to add some dried big beans to the tamburitas to make them noisier but decided not to do that. The reason was safety concerns since I had invited small kids to the party. But if you want to use the idea, it worked when I tried it!

To complete everything, I printed out a picture of Mateo yielding his magic tambourine. I also added a text to explain what to do and put it in a frame next to the ready to decorate tamburitas.

Elena of Avalor Pinata

Of course, no party is complete without a Pinata! This year I had so little time, that I had to make the project simpler. I decided to make a simple round pinata. I used the same technique as with all of my other pinatas, with colors that match the theme. Next, I just printed out an Elena of Avalor picture in the same size and glue that onto the pinata, which really worked great!

So that was our Elena of Avalor birthday party! I hope you liked it and found some ideas to use! Check out some other birthday party themes to get more inspiration!

Easy and Cute DIY Christmas Ornament Snowman

Find out how to make these super cute snowmen with only a few, cheap materials!

A couple of days ago, our DIY Advent Calendar had a lovely activity proposal for us: make some Christmas ornaments for our tree! And of course, we went on to implement the proposal! This year, we chose to make some cute, easy, and fun DIY Christmas Ornaments Snowman out of inexpensive paper cups.

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Papercup snowman ornament diy

Materials you will need

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Materials you will need to make some DIY Christmas ornaments snowmen
  • some plain white small paper cups (espresso size),
  • markers or acrylic paint (black and other colors of your choice),
  • washi tape (optional),
  • glue,
  • scissors,
  • felt (orange and other colors of your choice) and
  • a little string or ribbon.

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How to make a DIY Christmas Ornaments: Snowman

Start by decorating the top of the cup (right under the opening) with markers or acrylic paint or washi tape like you imagine the snowman’s scarf would look like. Next, using a black marker or black paint, paint a few “stones” for the buttons, the smile, and the eyes of the snowman. Cut out a small triangle out of the orange felt for his nose and glue it in place.

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First step: decorate the “head” of our snowman ornament

Now it’s time for making the hat. You can make whatever hat style you want! If you ask me, beanies and top hats are the best for a snowman, but let your imagination be your guide!

Snowman hats

To make the most common winter beanie, just cut out a rectangular piece of felt, sized a little larger than the base of your cup is. Make a cylinder by gluing the small sides together. Pull the beanie over the base of the cup and glue it in place. With a small piece of string, make a tie on the beanie somewhere over the base.

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Make the cylinder out of felt
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Glue the cylinder on top of the head of the snowman

With the scissor make a few vertical cuts (fringes) to the top of the beanie right down to where you have made the tie.

That’s it already! The only thing left to do is to add a small piece of string or ribbon for hanging, by either using a needle or some glue.

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Cut some fringes and glue a small piece of string to hang
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DIY Christmas ornaments snowman on the tree

Make a whole bunch of them so no snowman feels alone on the tree!

I love how cute they look and how versatile they can be!!! Also, they are really easy and fun for small children to make! They are definitely a Christmas craft keeper, as the Christmas ornaments out of white clay we made last year, are!

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My kids made a few of them so no one feels alone!

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papercup snowman ornament diy

DIY ημερολόγιο αντίστροφης μέτρησης Χριστουγέννων

Ήρθε η πιο χαρούμενη περίοδος του χρόνου και πάλι!!! Αγαπώ τον μήνα Δεκέμβρη και όλα όσα υπόσχεται. Ειδικά με τα παιδιά τριγύρω, ο Δεκέμβριος και τα Χριστούγεννα έχουν αποκτήσει ένα εντελώς νέο νόημα. Κάθε χρόνο προσπαθούμε να κάνουμε το δικό μας DIY ημερολόγιο αντίστροφης μέτρησης προς τα Χριστούγεννα για τα δύο παιδιά μας. Πέρσι, κάναμε μάλιστα δύο! Ένα μόνο με βιβλία και το άλλο γεμάτο με λιχουδιές και σημειώματα με διασκεδαστικές δραστηριότητες που θα κάναμε μαζί ως οικογένεια. Φέτος, αποφασίσαμε να κάνουμε ένα ημερολόγιο που θα συνδυάζει αυτές τις δύο ιδέες. Για άλλη μια φορά λοιπόν, ο μπαμπάς μας ανέλαβε δράση και άρχισε να ετοιμάζει το φετινό ημερολόγιο αντίστροφης μέτρησης. Εγώ από την άλλη πλευρά έψαξα και για βιβλία για να προσθέσουμε ως νέα στο ημερολόγιό μας.

Πώς να φτιάξεις ένα εύκολο DIY ημερολόγιο αντίστροφης μέτρησης προς τα Χριστούγεννα για τα παιδιά από ρολά

Χρησιμοποιώντας ρολά από χαρτί υγείας, εκτυπωτή, κόλλα σιλικόνης και χαρτόνι, καταφέραμε και φτιάξαμε ένα πολύ όμορφο DIY ημερολόγιο αντίστροφης μέτρησης. Μπορείτε να δείτε από τις εικόνες μας πώς κατασκευάστηκε το ημερολόγιο. Αρχικά, πρέπει να κάνετε την πίσω πλευρά από το χαρτόνι και να κόψετε τα ρολά στη μέση. Θα χρειαστείτε περίπου 30 μισά ρολά χαρτιού (25 για τα σημειώματα και μερικά ακόμη για να χρησιμοποιήσετε για να φτιάξετε το ημερολόγιο).

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Η μία πλευρά του ημερολογίου για τα Χριστούγεννα

Ήρθε η σειρά να φτιάξετε το πίσω μέρος από χαρτόνι σε όποια μορφή θέλετε. Εμείς επιλέξαμε ένα σχήμα που μοιάζει με τον σάκο και το έλκηθρο του Αϊ-Βασίλη, αλλά μπορείτε εύκολα να επιλέξετε κάτι άλλο. Για να το φτιάξετε, εκτυπώστε τον Άη Βασίλη και τον σάκο του μαζί με το έλκηθρό του (εμείς βρήκαμε το δικό μας κάνοντας αναζήτηση στο Google “χρωμοσελίδες Άη Βασίλη”). Στη συνέχεια, κόβουμε τον Άη Βασίλη και τον σάκο του μαζί με το έλκηθρο και με βάση αυτό κόβουμε ένα κομμάτι χαρτόνι στο ίδιο σχήμα. Έπειτα, κόβουμε και πετάμε τον σάκο του Άγιου Βασίλη και κρατάμε μόνο τον ίδιο και το έλκηθρό του. Κόβουμε ένα ίδιο κομμάτι από χαρτόνι.  και την τσάντα του και έλκηθρο και χρησιμοποιείται αυτό ως πρότυπο για να κοπεί το ίδιο σχήμα από χαρτόνι.

διακοσμημένο DIY ημερολόγιο αντίστροφης μέτρησης για τα Χριστούγεννα βήμα βήμα
Η άλλη πλευρά του ημερολογίου για τα Χριστούγεννα

Τα επόμενα βήματα

Τώρα, μπορείτε να κολλήσετε τον Άγιο Βασίλη και το έλκηθρό του πάνω στο χαρτόνι του ίδιου σχήματος και αφήστε το στην άκρη.

Στη συνέχεια κολλήστε τα 24 ρολά πάνω στη βάση από χαρτόνι, εκεί όπου υποτίθεται ότι είναι ο μεγάλος σάκος του Άγιου Βασίλη. Κολλήστε τα άλλα ρολά πάνω στο χαρτόνι όπου θα βρίσκεται το έλκηθρο και ο Άγιος Βασίλης.

Το τελευταίο βήμα είναι να εκτυπώσουμε και να κόψουμε τα σημειώματα με τις δραστηριότητες και να καλύψουμε τα ανοίγματα των ρολών με κομμάτια χαρτιού, όπου θα έχουμε γράψει τους αριθμούς από 1 έως 24. Βάζουμε μέσα στα ρολά τα σημειώματα και τα καλύπτουμε με τα αριθμημένα χαρτάκια. Σκεφτείτε καλά πότε θα βάλετε ποια δραστηριότητα! Τώρα πρέπει να κολλήσουμε το κομμάτι με τον Άγιο Βασίλη και το έλκηθρό του που αφήσαμε στην άκρη επάνω στα αντίστοιχα ρολά. Έτοιμο!

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Το ημερολόγιό μας της αντίστροφης μέτρησης για τα Χριστούγεννα πριν το διακοσμήσουμε

Ιδέες για οικογενειακές Χριστουγεννιάτικες δραστηριότητες

Μερικές ιδέες για δραστηριότητες που μπορείτε να προσθέσετε στο ημερολόγιο είναι οι εξής:

Το μόνο πράγμα που έχει σημασία είναι ότι κάνετε, να το κάνετε οικογενειακά!

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Να και το ημερολόγιο μας μετά την διακόσμηση! Δεν είναι όμορφο?

Η πρώτη δραστηριότητα για τα παιδιά μας ήταν να διακοσμήσουν το ημερολόγιό μας με μαρκαδόρους και αυτοκόλλητα που εκτυπώσαμε! Αν σας φαίνεται πολύπλοκο ως σχέδιο, δείτε δύο πολύ όμορφες ιδέες για ημερολόγιο από ρολά χαρτιού υγείας.

Πηγή: oh-write.blogspot.com

easy christmas advent calendar

Πηγή: thecountrychiccottage.net

Ελπίζω να τους φέρει χαρά και να τους αφήσει υπέροχες αναμνήσεις που θα τους συντροφεύουν για μια ζωή!!