OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINE'S 💌

Last year around this time, I was browsing through the kids category on iTunes and my oldest little happened to see the icon for the movie "Cars" flash by. "I want the MCQUEEN movie!" He screamed. I was kind of confused because I was so sure that we've owned that movie for years now, I said "Don't we have that already?" I of course, had to go into our purchased movies to prove to our then 4 year old that I was right, only to find that I was SO wrong. He owns "Cars 2" but not the first movie that was the cause of his obsession with Lightening McQueen for about a year and a half after he turned two. Therefore I bought it (I swore we had it all along) and this started his FULL ON obsession once more. 

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

A few days later when we went to look for Valentines' that he could give his friends in class during their Valentine's Day Party he said "I want MCQUEEN Valentine's mom!!". We looked and looked through all the isles but since the super cool car movie hasn't released any new releases recently (until the one coming this summer! Stay tuned loves!!) there were none to be found. I REALLY didn't want to go from store to store and he insisted on being present and hadpicking them himself, so ordering online was out of the question. Therefore, I had to get creative with a good compromise.

We found some "Cars" themed Valentine's stickers and he is also a fan of Hot Wheels cars (raise your hand if your kid has TONS of these tiny things lying around, waiting for you to trip over 🙋🏻) so then it clicked: Hot Wheels Valentines + Cars stickers to seal them! I had seen something on Pinterest where the Mama's / Daddy's did just that and I knew I had supplies stocked to make them easily, so I decided to make our own version of this apparently popular idea. 

Me: "Hey! Why don't you help me pick our a Hot Wheels car for each of your friends, and we can make a small road to tie them to, add some candy, put them into a bag and seal them with your McQueen stickers, yeah?!" 

Connor: "YES MOM THAT'S SO COOL!!!!!"

Cue the car noises and squealing as he goes into full "McQueen" mode and "drives" off en route to the toy isle. I'm feeling SO proud of myself as I run after him, I mean come on! After that reaction? I HAVE to make these with him! After all, how long is he going to think I'm SO right and SO cool?! Gotta take it while I can right?

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

I did like this Hot Wheels inspired printable that I found on Pinterest, so I printed some out on card stock and gathered all the rest of the materials I thought would make this project come together. We then got to work and we honestly had SUCH a fun time doing it, I'm so glad we decided to go this route!

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted
Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

// All packed up in a CARS bag of course! 

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

// Ready for delivery! 📬

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

These were SO fun to make and it made our oldest little man so proud to hand them out + it's another memory for our memory book which I love! Have fun making these, they could be used for so many things: party invites, party favors, or Valentine's day coming up before you know it. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

* it's netflix time! *  

AKAG

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