Simple Crafts For Kids: Q-Tip Flowers

Make some flowers with q-tips! This is such a simple craft for kids to do!

 I’m always on the hunt for simple crafts for kids. After a recent trip to Anthropologie, I was inspired by their q-tip flowers that they had on display. I decided to make the ultimate q-tip craft at home by making a smaller version of my own flowers. Scroll down to watch the video tutorial!

Before I explain, here are the ones from Anthropologie (pictures taken with my phone)
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)
We noticed these huge flowers as part of the decor. So cute!
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)
How did they make these?
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)


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Yes, Q-Tips!! (sorry for the fuzzy phone pictures)
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)
I just knew I had to try it myself!
So, I went home and gathered some supplies:
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)
I experimented  a few different ways, but this method was the easiest:
Cut the Q-tips in half
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)
Poke them into the Styrofoam ball:
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)

 

If you make them too close together, the q-tips won’t push down very far.

 

Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)

 

Once you are finished, mix up some water and food coloring.  I loved the aqua color that Anthropologie did, but I’m sure they would look adorable in yellow, orange, green or any other spring color!
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)

 

Keep rolling the ball around in the food coloring until all the q-tips are evenly colored.
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)
Set it on a towel to dry.  The color will lighten a little when dry, so keep that in mind when you are mixing up your color!
Now, snip the stems off of some cheapy flowers.  Keep the wire inside the stem.
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)
Poke it into the ball. You may want to secure it with a bit of hot glue.
Anthropologie inspired q-tip flowers (original tutorial!)
And there you have it! A cheap and easy project inspired by my all time favorite store. :)
Watch the whole process here!

Make some flowers with q-tips! This is such a simple craft for kids to do!
Has anyone else created something inspired by Anthropologie?
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Reusable Homemade Baby Wipes

If you are currently in the diaper stage of kiddos, you know how quickly one child can go through wipes. In an effort to save money and the environment, I came up with a method for making reusable homemade baby wipes! I also cloth diaper, so it’s easy to just throw these right in with the diapers. You could easily make these homemade baby wipes even if you don’t cloth diaper. I also have an all natural homemade baby wipes solution recipe that is gentle on that baby’s bum!

Whip up some homemade baby wipes that can be used over and over again! They are safe for baby, will save you a ton of money and better for the environment!
Lula’s cloth wipes have been mysteriously disappearing and the ones that are left are getting a little nasty.  So, I decided it was time to make a fresh batch of homemade baby wipes!  I found some flannel in fun colors on sale and cut them into a bunch of rectangles.  I just used an old wipes container as a guide and cut my flannel so that it will fit nicely in the container.
Whip up some homemade baby wipes that can be used over and over again! They are safe for baby, will save you a ton of money and better for the environment!
I used a blanket stitch to sew two pieces of flannel together so that they are fairly thick and durable. Notice I did not worry about making them perfect! Once you wash them, the edges will fray a bit and they are being used to wipe a baby’s butt after all, so no need being a perfectionist on this project!
Whip up some homemade baby wipes that can be used over and over again! They are safe for baby, will save you a ton of money and better for the environment!
Whip up some homemade baby wipes that can be used over and over again! They are safe for baby, will save you a ton of money and better for the environment!
Once I was done, I had a nice new stack that fit perfectly in our cute wipes container!
Whip up some homemade baby wipes that can be used over and over again! They are safe for baby, will save you a ton of money and better for the environment!
And now for my  homemade wipe solution:
Whip up some homemade baby wipes that can be used over and over again! They are safe for baby, will save you a ton of money and better for the environment!
Basically you just need about 1 tsp of Dr. Bronner’s soap and about 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Mix it with a few cups of water and pour over the wipes.  Tea tree oil is naturally anti-bacterial and smells great! Much better than the store bought wipe smell.  Some people prefer to put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on a dry wipe before using.  I prefer the other method just because it’s one less step. Either way works, though!
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My Favorite Mid Century Pieces

I love Mid-Century Modern pieces. But, they are so expensive!  It’s rare to find a great deal on one. I’m so fortunate to have inherited a few pieces from my Granny.  Some people have outright told me that they think these pieces are ugly…but I love them!  These are 2 of my favorites that Granny had that no one wanted when she moved into a nursing home. I took them and gave them a new home…thanks Granny!
Soon after I grabbed this brass tree, I started seeing similar things for sale at Pier One imports and World Market.  I guess Granny was ahead of the game! I researched this online and a vintage large brass tree like this goes for $200 +! It used to hang over our bed in our old house, but now it’s in the dining room.
I love how three dimensional it is. 
These little flowers are my favorite!
The other piece is a love it or hate it type of thing. I love it. My husband hates it:
It’s this huge aqua lamp circa 1955.  It’s very much a statement piece.
The best part? The base lights up also! Yes, light comes out of those turquoise circles.  So awesome. 
It’s even signed! I looked this up and there is a Tye of California lamp for sale for $250. Pretty sweet! I really do love it! 
You can ‘t really tell from the picture, but the lamp shade is massive. It makes it a little hard to find a spot for it! I have it sitting right beside our couch in the family room. 
I also inherited a Mid Century table and chairs from Granny. The table needs some refinishing, which I hope to tackle someday soon.  I will be sure to document my progress!

Homemade {all natural} Fabric Softener

As promised, here is how I make homemade fabric softener!
All you need is:
White Vinegar
An Empty Jug (optional)
Essential Oils (optional)
I just poured some vinegar in an empty fabric softener container and added about 30 drops of tea tree oil.  But, you could just literally pour vinegar into your fabric softener dispenser in  your washer and that’s it! I added the oil for some extra scent.  The clothes come out smelling fresh and not in the least bit “vinegary”. They are also super soft. So frugal and natural…love it!
Anyone else have other fabric softener recipes? I saw some online involving conditioner, but wasn’t sure how all of that would work! I’ve also seen ways to make homemade natural dryer sheets. Maybe I will try that next!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
Today I’m sharing with you how to make homemade liquid laundry detergent! I’ve made powdered laundry detergent in the past, but I have been wanting to experiment with a liquid recipe.  I found this one and revised it to my liking.   Here is what you need:

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

An empty (around 1 gallon) container (I used an old detergent jug)
1 cup liquid Dr. Bronner’s Soap
1 cup baking soda
30 drops essential oil (optional)
I started off by taking the spout off the old detergent jug to make pouring and mixing easier
Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
 


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voila! It will go back on later.
Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
Break out the Dr. Bronner’s Soap and measure 1 cup.
Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
Pour it in.
Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
Add 1 cup baking soda
Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
Add about 30 drops of your favorite essential oil.  I already had tea tree oil on hand, so that is what I used. This step is optional…it’s just for nice smelling laundry!
Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
Now, fill it up with warm water (if you use warm, the baking soda will dissolve better)
Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
After you shake it up, you are done with your homemade liquid laundry detergent! You can use the cap to measure out about 1/4 cup per load!
Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with just a few simple and natural ingredients!
So, this was an experiment for me…here are my thoughts.  I think that the powdered detergent is much cheaper.  This takes quite a bit of liquid Dr. Bronner’s soap which is much pricier than just one bar of natural soap for the other recipe.  But, the powdered is a little more labor intensive as you have to grate the soap up.   Both clean pretty well and the liquid recipe ends up smelling better because you can add the essential oils which you can’t do for the powdered kind. So, either recipe would be great, just whatever floats your boat, I guess!!
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The Spring Wreath

I finally got around to completing my spring wreath. I’m happy with the results, so I will share them with you!

Although it’s not spring yet, this gives me a glimmer of hope that it will be here soon! At least it hasn’t snowed in the past week, that is a step in the right direction! I love how green and natural it turned out!

This was my main source of inspiration.

Here’s how I did it:
I bought a large straw wreath (leave the plastic on!) and 3 packs of moss.  The moss isn’t cheap, so save your 40% off coupons and hit up Michaels or Joann’s. 

Some moss is more brown and “furry”, but I liked the look of this particular moss as it is very green, shorter and more compact. It’s a cleaner look in the end, but do whatever floats your boat.  Then, just hot glue it all on the wreath. 

Next, I made some rolled fabric flowers.  I’ve seen these all over the interweb, so I decided to try it myself.

This is how I made them:
Tear a strip of fabric.

Fold it in half and hot glue the end.

Then, start rolling it up.

Continue rolling and twisting the fabric as you go.  Add a drop of hot glue here and there to keep it together.
Glue down the last bit of fabric on the back, to make it easier for attaching to the wreath.

And you did it!

The next thing I did was paint some branches a light gray color with acrylic paint.

I didn’t get them perfectly covered, I wanted a rustic feel.

Then, I just put everything together with hot glue.  I glued the branches down first.

Then, I layered the flowers on top.

I really do love how it turned out! I wasn’t so sure how I would like it after I glued all the moss down. But, once all the other elements came together, it was just what I had envisioned!

Oh, and I just ripped another strip to hang it from. I decided to keep the frayed edges to go with the look of the rolled fabric flowers.
What spring wreaths are you all whipping up?

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