DIY Painting Station Hack for Small Projects

A couple of years ago, we started a new hobby: modern board games! A whole new world opened up for us! There are so many great board games out there, and there is something for everyone! You can choose between a vast variety of genres, mechanics, difficulty, and themes! One of these genres is board games that come with miniature figures. These come mostly unpainted, but some games have them prepainted. Painting miniatures is even a profitable profession for some very talented artists, and you can find a lot of miniature painting supplies in stores and online. I myself, not the most artistic person in the world, tried out painting some of the miniatures from one of our favorite board games, Arcadia Quest! But, to do that, I needed to get organized so I could paint anywhere in our house without creating a mess and making clean up easier! Since the main supplies like paints and brushes aren’t the cheapest craft supplies, keeping my organizing low budget, was also important. So I created my very own, portable, DIY painting station for small projects! Read on to learn what I did!

DIY Portable painting station for small projects
DIY Portable painting station for small projects

Things you will need to create your own portable DIY painting station for small projects

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My portable painting station for small projects
  • A foldable bed table or a couch table, like these:

  • Optional: a craft mat sized smaller than the table or cut to size, to help to keep it clean, like these:

  • Plastic make-up organizer with lots of different sized storage that will fit nicely on your table, while allowing a good amount of free painting space, like these:

And, of course:

  • Variety of paint brushes
  • Small paint containers
  • Miniatures or other small paint projects

How to organize your paint supplies

To organize your paint station, all you need to do it to assemble the table and makeup organizer if needed. Then, add your silicon mat to the top of your table and position the makeup organizer somewhere where it best suits you. Next, put the brushes and paint containers into the make up organizer and you are already ready to go! Some of these tables even have a spot for a glass, perfect to keep your painting water cup in there. This is so easy to do, and keeps everything nice, clean, and organized! You now can paint anywhere where there is good lighting and – maybe – a good company.

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Everything fits nicely intothe make-up organizer!

Tips for painting small objects

Painting small objects like board game miniatures is different than painting on canvas. Firstly, you will need small detail brushes and acrylic paints in small containers, so they won’t dry out. Also, having very good lighting and even a magnifying glass can be extremely helpful! Patience is another quality you will need, lots of it!

If you play board games, you might also like my blog post on how to make a DIY dice rolling tray or our favorite family board games:

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Kids Craft Project: 5 tips to choose the perfect one

Almost all of us moms are constantly looking for new ways to entertain our kids, to give them insight, to broaden their horizons! And that is not easy! There is a ton of different suggestions on the Internet, and since both our time and our kids’ time is precious, we need to choose how we spend it wisely! So here are my top 5 tips on how to choose the best kids craft project, so you won’t waste your time!

Kids craft project 5 tips to choose the perfect one
Kids craft project 5 tips to choose the perfect one

1. Check out if the kids’ craft idea is a good fit for your kid

Sure, this make-your-own-doll-house looks amazing and it really sounds easy! But what if small hands come into play, to cut wood or sew some curtains for it to make it look that amazing? Well, it simply won’t happen!

Most of kids craft ideas out there are actually made by grown-ups. That’s ok, but if your child sees that prototype, it’s bound to be disappointed by the look of its’ own creation.

And if you jump in and help, well, I have noticed that if I say for example: “My little girl made that!”, when all she did was handing me some materials, then I will get a disappointed, you-lied, how-can-you look from her!

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So, to keep expectations realistic, you should find craft projects that your child can manage to make with only a small amount of help from you. But watch out for it not only to be age-appropriate but also to match your kid’s personal talents and preferences.

Don’t show them the oh-so-perfect Pinterest image, but show them – if you have to – something similar, another kid of the same age, made by itself.

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The perfect kids craft project should always be age appropriate

2. It’s important that the kids project won’t wipe out your bank account

Ok, I get it, there are some crafts that are worth buying hundreds of dollars worth of craft supplies. But let’s be honest: that is not true for most kids’ crafts! As adorable their tries are, the outcome is most of the time not to be kept as a keepsake. I mean, I fear the day my kids ask me to see all of the drawings they gave to me to keep safe when they were little!!!

Of course, there are exceptions, and I myself have a closet full of their creations that I probably won’t ever throw away! But if I was to keep all of them, I would need a new house; or maybe a whole bunch of new houses!

So, keeping it real with what we buy is important! Recycling and using things we have lying in our house is a great way to keep the costs down! Though, the one thing you shouldn’t try to save money from is the quality of the craft supplies. Kids are very sensitive to chemicals and allergies, so keep an eye on non-toxic, safe supplies. Also, it’s always a good thing to keep in mind the mess kids tend to make when crafting, so choosing washable paints is always a good idea!!!

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Use things from home for your kids to use in their craft projects

3. Choose a kids craft project that makes your kid proud of the effort

As I said before, not all projects are meant or worth to be kept. But, if you invest time and money into one special kid’s craft idea, then you should make it worth giving it as a gift, keeping it, displaying it, or playing with it, even for a small amount of time. Painting a canvas for example could always result in some great kids’ room wall decor!

Also making finger puppets, or easy marionettes will provide hours – if not days – of having fun, telling stories, and juicing imagination!

A craft that will be worth showing off will make your kid feel proud of itself and of the effort it took to make, making sure that he or she will try more and more next time!

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Choose a craft that will be worth the effort, like these houses to play with

4. Choose a craft that teaches them something new

Most kids love to draw and paint! But using only markers or coloring pages, won’t teach them to much! Try doing the same thing with a different technique, like painting using finger paint or cotton swabs!

It’s not that important for the craft to teach them something they already do well. So if your kid hasn’t have the hung of using scissors yet, try a craft that is fun and involves a lot of – safe – cutting, to give your kid the chance to improve.

Also, keep in mind that not everything has to involve learning letters or numbers. Teaching your kid how to make its’ own christmas ornaments or crafting its’ own journal, can show your child the potential it has to be the creator of its’ own happiness!

5. Find crafts with a variety

Try to find a kids craft project that involves a variety of materials (types of paper, glues, brushes, etc.) and techniques (folding, cutting, gluing, etc). This will give your kid not only an opportunity to explore new tools and learn how to use them, but also to learn that there are many ways to make their ideas reality!

In time, your kid will grow confident and find new ways of using all those different materials and combine different techniques, creating something new and unique!

If your kid finds something that it really likes using or wants to get better with it, by all means, encourage it to do so! My son started drawing and he is getting really good at it, but he only wants to use a pencil! And that is ok! I encourage him to add variety by adding colored pencils and markers, even some texture using materials I have at home (e.g. cotton), but for now, he prefers to mostly stick to his pencil and paper! On the other hand, my daughter can’t have enough different things to incorporate into her crafts, like glitter, glitter glue, googly eyes, feathers, and many more!

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Give your kid the chance to use different materials for their crafts

More tips for kids crafts

Letting kids use their imagination is the most important thing about crafting. So try not to copy every single craft detail you see in that awesome Pinterest post. Get the main idea, and then leave your kids lead the way, into whatever direction the imagination might take them.

You might find a wonderful toilet paper roll craft-making animals, but maybe your little girl wants to use the same techniques making trees. Or you’ve seen someone using colored cotton balls to make a cute rainbow, but your son prefers to make a dinosaur with them instead! Let them choose their own path and inspiration! That’s all crafting is about, anyway!!!

If you want, take a look of some crafts me and my kids made in these blog posts:

DIY Photo Prop Idea: Chalkboard Sign

I wrote a simple, each time different wish on the photo prop sign for the kids to hold up. Here, I have written “Happiness” (eytichia)

When my girl was still in kindergarten, we wanted to organize a photo-shooting with her classmates to make a calendar and, at the same time, a keepsake. But coming up with an idea that would be feasible with twenty 5-year-old kids, wouldn’t cost much, but would still be super-cute, wasn’t an easy task! Finally, I came up with an easy photo-shoot idea: each kid would hold up a DIY photo prop chalkboard sign with one wish each for the new year. All these individual photos would be photoshopped into one photo collage, that would be printed out. This photo collage would be the background for our kindergarten class calendar!

Getting started with the idea of our DIY photo prop

To see how it would look, I took an example photo of my girl with a blackboard notice board I had in the house. I simply wrote “I love you” on it and gave it to her to hold it up! And we loved it!

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First try with a blackboard I had at home. I wrote down “I love you” (sagapo)

How to make the DIY chalkboard sign for photos

The next step was to make a nice framed chalkboard. The most difficult thing was finding an old wooden frame that looked nice enough to use. I found exactly one of those in my craft stash box! I painted it bright red using acrylic paint because it would pop out on the photo! At first, the idea was to print the photos in black and white, leaving only the red of the frame in color… but in the end, we decided that we wanted all the photos to be fully colored.

The next step was to paint the back of the frame with some black chalkboard brush-on paint. After assembling it, we had our DIY photo prop ready in no time!

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Preparing the frame and back to be our DIY photo prop
DIY photo prop chalkboard sign is ready for action!
Our DIY photo prop chalkboard sign is ready for action!

Tips to make kids smile as cute as they can for a photo

The photo-session went very smoothly, but most of the kids were a little nervous. Therefore, I – acting as the photographer with my Nikon D3300 DSLR camera – just kept talking to them and most of them would give me a smile eventually…

Our DIY photo prop sign, with the word “Love” (agapi).. what better wish is there?

The best part was that their sweetest smile came when I asked them something about their mommy: if they loved her, if she made them yummy chocolate surprise cakes sometimes, or if they liked cuddling with her. Their faces would just light up immediately and whisper “yes”… it was so sweet!!!

Making the photo collage was not that difficult, and the end result was stunning! All of the kids and all parents loved it and wanted extra copies to give to grandparents and other loved ones!

Here are some more of our crafts and DIYs you might be interested in:

Toilet paper rolls craft: Unicorn Puppet

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Our cute little unicorn puppet crafted out of toilet paper rolls

As we are always looking for some fun crafts with my crafty little daughter, we saw a super cute toilet paper rolls craft idea that caught our attention: a paper roll puppet!  There were so many cool ideas out there… my girl first wanted to make a horse, so we began having that in mind. While making the toilet paper rolls puppet, she changed her mind, like she does so often (creativity is strong in her!), and decided to make a unicorn instead. After all, we love unicorns, even as a unicorn pinata!!! But that was not the end of the story…

Materials to make a toilet paper roll unicorn puppet

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How to make our toilet paper rolls craft unicorn puppet

Please keep in mind that a little kid can make a lot by itself for this craft, but some things have to be done by an adult, in my opinion, especially the ones that involve making holes and tying knots!

Step 1. Preparing the toilet paper rolls for our craft

The first of the two toilet paper rolls can be kept as it is. This one will become the unicorn’s body. For the second one, you will have to cut off app. 1/3rd of it, but it’s up to you, how big of a head your unicorn will have. I think the 2/3rd length piece is ideal for that. Put the smaller 1/3rd piece aside, you won’t need it for this craft.

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The second paper roll, cut into two uneven pieces. We will use the bigger piece for the head

Lay the crepe paper out and put the first paper roll on it. Cut out a piece that will be able to cover the paper roll with some excess on both sides, for at least three times. Glue the crepe paper onto the paper roll by rolling it around it. Set aside and do the same with the second paper roll.

Step 2. Making the holes

Now it’s time to make the holes. You can use a scissor for that, but I found it to be easier using the crafting knife. Please be very careful when doing this! You could easily pierce yourself.

Your will need to make four holes on the downside of the unicorn’s body; they will be for the legs. So you will need to make two holes at the front and to holes at the end of the body’s paper roll.

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Four legs, four holes!

Lastly, you will need to make two holes on the upper side of the body, for the puppet strings to go through. On hole goes at the front of the upper side of the body and the other at the end.

For the head, you will need to make two holes, one on the downside of the body and one on the upper side. I would suggest making the holes in the middle, but if you want your unicorn to look up or down, you can make the holes more to the front of the end respectively.

Step 3. Adding the strings to the toilet paper roll puppet

This part can be a little tricky. It’s better to cut bigger than needed pieces of embroidery yarn to be sure, as you always can cut off the excess.

First, begin by making the legs. Cut four pieces of about 10 cm. Take one of them and fiddle one end through one of the holes. Make one or as many knots needed at this end, to secure the yarn. You could also add a drop of glue, but I found it to be too difficult for us. Do the same with the other three pieces for the legs. Don’t adjust the length just yet!

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The know inside of the paper roll, so the marionette won’t fall apart

Step 4. Deciding the length of the control strings

Now you will need to decide how you or your kid wants to play the puppet. If you want to be able to play it on the floor with you standing up than you will need two very long pieces of yarn, depending on your size. The same goes for your kid, but with shorter pieces. We wanted to be able to play the puppeton a table, so the strings needed to be even shorter, especially for my daughter to be able to play with it (you can’t play the marionette for long if the strings force you to hold them over your head!).

When you have made your decision, cut two even length pieces of yarn, like in the next picture. Fiddle one end of the first one through the hole at the end of the unicorn’s body. Tie knots to secure it.

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This is how your toilet paper roll unicorn should be held, so you will have to adjust the length of the strings

Now fiddle one end of the last piece of yarn through the hole in the front of the unicorn’s body and tie knots to secure it. Fiddle the other end of the same piece of yarn through the hole at the downside of the head and make knots to secure it, so the head won’t fall onto the body. Fiddle the same end through the hole on the upper part of the head.

Lift your puppet up, holding both of the strings, you are almost there!!! Tie both ends to the pencil, so it will stand up correctly (the piece that holds the head will need to be shortened).

Your puppet is now ready for the fun part!!

Step 5. Decorating the paper roll unicorn

Your unicorn will need some rainbow hair made out of the rainbow yarn for the head and its tail, googly eyes, and beads for the legs. After securing the beads, adjust and cut the length of the leg strings if needed. You could add whatever you like to it, stickers, ears, glitter, gems; your imagination, and that of your kids is the limit!

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Isn’t this unicorn marionette cute? But something seems to be missing!

Now you would assume that a unicorn needs, well, a horn! Ha, not at our house! My girl decided it would not need one, because it’s just an extraordinary, maybe even magical horse!

But then again, no, it’s a sad little unicorn without a horn, that’s being teased by the all the other little – perfect of course with horns and all –unicorns. 

And so, the story of the little hornless unicorn’s quest to find its destiny begins….!!!

Other toilet paper rolls animal puppets

This technique is perfect to let the imagination fly! You can make almost any animal out of toilet paper rolls! Just add ears, tails, different colors and shapes to make a dog, a horse, a cat and whatever else you can think of to make a farm or zoo!!!

Simple String Art Ideas: Lovely Heart

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

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

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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

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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

easy DIY Emoji costume

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)

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.

DIY easy Emoji headbands
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!

easy DIY Emoji costume large group for cold weather

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!

DIY Elena of Avalor Birthday Party 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!