M IS FOR MERMAID 🐚

DIY PROJECTS

You can create Christmas decor using any theme right?! I think so! As little girls, my sisters and I spent countless hours playing pretend that we were mermaids. We would take the pillow covers off of our pillows and put them over our legs, then narrate an underwater world to life. 🐚

Playing make believe with my sisters are my most cherished childhood memories and trust me … we have TONS of stories!

 While I was photographing the Hotwheels Christmas Wreath DIY I was thinking about what a fun wreath would be for a little girl (if she didn't care for cars) and I was SOOOO very excited when the word MERMAIDS!!!!! came into my mind. I got right to work and hand drew + cut out all of these little underwater ladies out of foam, got to gluing them together and started attaching them to this beautiful white wreath.

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// Are there any seashell collectors out there? 🙋🏻 I spend hours collecting shells on the beach when I get a chance to go and my collection is finally being put into good use! I picked some of my favorites and painted them with watercolors.

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// This part was fun! I wasn't sure how the paint would adhere to the shells but I was pleasantly surprised at the richness of color that I got and the texture in the shells made each of them a beautiful piece of art!

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// I glued these shells on with a glue gun around the mermaids, attached some mini trees and DONE!

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

* If you love and want to re-create this wreath but don't want to hand draw all your mermaids, comment "DIY PLEASE" below and I will draw out a free downloadable template for you to print for them! I will include it (along with a few instructions to make them) into this post for you to access it! Happy Christmas memory making loves! * ❤️❄️🐠

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY 🎄

DIY PROJECTS

If you didn't know this by now, then I think after this post you will for sure know that my boys LOVE hot wheels cars! When I thought of the idea for this wreath, I was really excited to see their reaction to the finished product. Just like I thought that they would: they jumped, laughed and yelled "COOOOL!!!!!". These reactions are always so rewarding, keep the ideas flowing, and my heart so full! I love making my little men happy! ❤️


MESSY LEVEL: 1
This project isn't very messy, there is some gluing with the hot glue gun and string cutting. 

SUPPLIES:

  • Wreath of your choice
  • Hot wheels cars
  • String
  • Racing words printed on cardstock + cut out (optional). Download for racing words available HERE.
  • Paper straws in color / pattern of choice.
DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

1.) The first thing you're going to need is a wreath of your choice. 

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

2.) Then round up all the Hot Wheels cars that you want to use.

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

3.) It was helpful for us to stage them on the wreath where we were going to want them to go. (This step is optional)

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

4.) Then you start to cut your string into 5 inch pieces, cut as many pieces as there are cars. You'll be using these pieces to tie your racers all around your wreath! Wrapping the string around the cars twice, then tying held them on more securely.

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

5.) If you decide to use the racing words, you can print the download out on cardstock. Cut each letter out and glue each word to a paper straw. You can then cut the remnant of each straw off. This made it easier for me to attach the words to the wreath. Then you can glue your words with a hot glue gun all around your wreath.

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// That's it! Your Hot Wheels race car wreath is done + ready to hang!

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// Also, how cute are these little Hot Wheels cars that we attached reindeer antlers + a red nose to?! 😍

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// Have SO much fun making these with your kiddos or on your own to surprise them! The squeals of excitement will leave you so happy that you did! Happy Holidays and have fun decking your halls + joining in all the Holiday festivities! ❤️❄️

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

MINI SCARECROW DIY 🍂

DIY PROJECTS

When I was thinking about a great Fall DIY to create ... one that would also serve as a great Thanksgiving accent or decor; the idea of a small, adorable hand-held scarecrow came to mind. A really stylish one! The more I thought about it, the more I knew it needed to be a reality! The boys were really excited about them too! So I set out to make our scarecrow(s) come to life! 


MESSY LEVEL: 3
There is a good amount of gluing and lots of cutting of different materials.

SUPPLIES:
• Body •

  • Cardboard (for head + torso)
  • 5/16 x 36 wood dowel (can get these at any craft stores)
  • Cardstock in color desired for details
  • Small cup + pencil for tracing
  • Canvas fabric
  • A bag of Aspenwood excelsior you can purchase HERE or locally in any Joann store.
  • Glue gun and/or E600 glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie and/or acrylic paint
  • Clear prepping gesso / gloss to seal canvas fabric

• Outfit •

  • Felt fabric in color desired (we wanted a "denim" look so we went with navy blue)
  • Plaid fabric (or whichever pattern or look preferred for scarecrow shirt)
  • Fun patterned fabric for scarf + leggings (optional)
  • Wire for glasses (optional)
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

1.) First you're going to create a circle that will be the head of the scarecrow. The size will differ depending on how big you want your scarecrow to be. We traced around a kids cup which is 3 inches wide at the top. Then you'll make a rectangle for the body. We made ours to be 3.5 x 5 inches. After you're done tracing, cut your shapes.

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

2.) Next you're going to measure and cut your wood dowel, we made ours out to be 10 1/2 inches long. After cutting it, we glued it down to the head and body of the scarecrow. We used E600 glue which you can find HERE, but a glue gun will work as well!

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

3.) After that, you'll be tracing the head of your scarecrow onto your fabric twice for the front and back of your scarecrow's head and then cutting them out. You'll be left with 2 circles in the same size. We used a canvas fabric and that worked really well! Once you cut your circles out you'll be gluing them to the front and back of the cardboard that makes the scarecrows head.

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

4.) Then it's time to dress your scarecrow! We measured our fabric to the length of our scarecrow's "torso" then folded it over a bit longer. This will hide any raw edges, now cut your fabric. After that you'll want to glue the fabric down.  Also make sure you glue down the raw edges that will be visible and cut any loose threads on the fabric and scarecrow's head as well.

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

5.) Next are the bottoms, we decided to do " skinny jean overalls". We cut a rectangle wide enough to be able to fold towards the center where the wood dowel is ... from both sides. Basically you'll want to measure so that both the right and left flaps can meet in the middle at the wood dowel. Then we cut the waist of the overalls by making the felt fabric overlap a little with the shirt. We glued the felt fabric down a on the back of the waist so that it wasn't moving around during the next step. 

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

6.) Cut a slit at a small angle as you can see below. Fold the left side of your jeans to meet that cut. Before gluing, take a piece of your Aspen wood excelsior and bunch it up. You will glue this to the inside of your pant leg as modeled below, these will be the scarecrow's feet. Once you've repeated these steps on the right side, cut the excess fabric in the middle, this will form a sharp triangle. Then voila!! You have scarecrow legs and feet wearing stylish skinny jeans :) . 

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

7.) Since we LOVE cuffed skinny jeans, I cut a small strip of felt to glue to the bottom of each pant leg to form a cuff. This step is completely optional and if cuffed jeans aren't your thing, go ahead and skip ahead to the next step!

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// Aren't they SO cute?! 😍

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

8.) For the scarecrow's shirt sleeves, you're basically going to do the same thing that you did for the pant legs except for you're just going to cut 2 rectangle pieces, ours measured out to 4 1/2 x 2 inches. Then you'll just insert the wood excelsior for the hands and for the sleeve over in half +  glue it shut except for  you'll leave the top inner part unglued. That will be glued to the top of the rectangle that makes the scarecrow's torso. You open it, put glue in the gap with your glue gun and slide the top corner of the torso into the slit which ends up gluing the "arm" to both the front and back of the scarecrows' torso, creating a "shoulder".  Do this to the other arm as well.

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

9.) Now you're ready to create the top part of your scarecrows' overalls! If you like how your scarecrow looks wearing the skinny jeans and top then you're done with this part. You can scroll down to creating your scarecrow's face. If you want to create the overalls then continue on ... measure a rectangle that will cover the front of the shirt and cut the corners so they get more of an "overall" look. Do the same with another piece of felt for the back of the overalls as well. Then glue them down to the front and back of your scarecrows' shirt.

10.) We created overall straps by cutting thin pieces of felt that are 1/2 and inch wide and about 2 inches long. The straps measured out to reach both the front and back of the overall tops. Cut any excess fabric and glue those to your overalls as well.

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

11.) How fun is it to draw scarecrow faces?! This is the part where you get to make your scarecrow look however you want! We prepped our canvas with two layers of an acrylic polymer so that it wouldn't bleed when we drew or painted our faces on. You can use a clear gesso or any transparent paint prep liquid as well. Paint one coat on, let dry well and do the same to the second coat. Now you have a prepped surface that won't create ink or paint bleeds on your scarecrows' face. If you don't mind that effect, then you don't have to prep it. What worked really well for us was drawing the face first then filling it in with a sharpie. We also painted over the sharpie with black acrylic paint for a darker look!

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

12.) Now the funnest part: accessorizing your scarecrow! We added hair, a beanie, an overall pocket to the top of his overalls and a neck scarf! We also made our scarecrow a friend! She has bangs, a bob haircut, cool glasses, rosy cheeks, a neck scarf and wears a denim vest and skirt with cool patterned leggings! We love our little hipster scarecrows and hope that you love the ones you create too!

DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MINI SCARECROW DIY — All Kids Are Gifted