Monday, December 22, 2014

Reindeer Ornaments

So many fun crafts to do around the holidays. We were excited to get our craft on with these reindeer ornaments! Everyone can jump in and several can be made quickly for many family and friends!

  • wood craft sticks
  • tempura paint
  • paint brushes (optional)
  • pom poms
  • googly eyes
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • string or yarn
  1. Paint sticks. Let them dry.
  2. Glue sticks together in a triangle, with top ends poking out for antlers.
  3. Glue on pom pom at bottom point of triangle for the nose.
  4. Glue on googly eyes (or have the toddler stick them on by themselves if they're adhesive ones!).
  5. Loop on string to hang ornament. 
  6. Write on date and child's name on the back.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bow Holder - Repurposed Stationary Box

I collect boxes. You know those pretty stationary boxes that you just can't throw away because they're so pretty? I love those. The ones with magnetic lids are perfect treasure boxes for toddlers to keep stickers or pom poms or crayons. Here we're using a stationary box lid as a hair bow holder!

A hair bow holder keeps these accessories organized (doesn't take up space on a dresser or in a drawer!) and you can see what colors you need to make more of...haha!

If you're in a hurry (like nap time may be over any minute), you can make this in 15 minutes!

  • stationary box
  • scissors
  • 7/8" grosgrain ribbon (lengths will depend on how many bows you have and how long you want it to be)
  • 5/8" ribbon (this is for the piece that'll hang so choose whatever you want, could be an old shoe lace!)
  • candle and match or lighter (to seal ribbon ends)
  • hot glue gun and glue

1. Poke two holes on the side of the box that will be the top. Cut a piece of ribbon or string to the length desired to hang the box. Thread ends of ribbon into the holes and tie off with a knot inside the box (knots shouldn't be showing on the outside) and heat seal the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

2. Cut equal lengths of the 7/8" grosgrain ribbon, as many as you'd like that fit your box, with an inch or two spacing out the ribbons. Heat seal the ends. Using the hot glue gun, glue the ribbon inside the box so that the long tail hangs off the edge. 

3. Clip on hair bows and hang up your hair bow holder! 

Double Bow Hair Clips

With the holidays coming up and dressy occasions, what little girl doesn't need some fancy hair bows? We don't go too crazy here but I'll admit, I did get a little carried away with her hair bow collection (granted, we lose several month to month so it was time to replenish her stash!).

To make your own, check out this Double Bow Video Tutorial and the following hair clip tutorials:
The Ribbon Retreat: Mini Clippie Instructions
Make It & Love It: Simple Bow Hair Clips

I did a combination of the tutorials and used the following materials:

  • hot glue gun and glue
  • scissors
  • 5/8" satin ribbon in various colors (approximately 20" per bow)
  • 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in various colors to match bow (4" per bow)
  • single (or double) prong metal alligator hair clips
  • felt (optional, 1/4" x 1" per bow)

  • If your ends are one up, one down, then there's no upside-down to your bow. If the ends are both on the same side, then your bow has an up or down which means it can only be worn on one side of the hair, right-side up.
  • Use satin ribbon without a "wrong" side, otherwise it'll show up in the loops unless you purposely twist it so it doesn't but that's just confusing.
  • Double Bow Tutorial

Looking forward to pairing these beautiful bows with her holiday party dresses! For now, we'll pair them with DIY leggings and her favorite pajama top!

Previous bow blog posts on Edible Thoughts:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crocheted Finger Puppets

Finger puppets. Portable. Imaginative. So many options.

These finger puppets were all made by trial and error so some look a little funny but hey, as long as Little Miss E enjoys them, they're a success!

"Hop hop! Duck! Frog! Yellow! Black. Eyes." 
  • Inspired by Repeat Crafter Me's "5 Little Ducks Finger Puppets" Tutorial.
  • Used different measurements and hook size based on materials on hand.
  • Sewed on eyes and beak instead of hot glue for ducks. Glued on the eyes for the rabbit and frog. I think I prefer the sewn on ones (assuming I don't do a sloppy job of sewing them on) - easier to sew on if it's done at the halfway point of crocheting the puppet versus waiting until the end (easier to tie a knot at the end since the puppet is so narrow, it's hard to turn it inside out to work on the wrong side).
The're so much fun, they sit with Little Miss E during snack time!

Frog. Bunny. Duck. Duck.
And then there were five...

oink oink

No hot glue on this one. Stitched on the eyes with quadrupled black thread and stitched on the felt nose with the same thread.

Old MacDonald had a farm, eeii eeii oooo. And on his farm he had a pig...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bold Chunky Beanies

LOVE a solid bold bright chunky yarn. It works up quickly and is so snugly yet hearty!

These beanies take about one skein and a little more each. Depending on what size you make, it takes more or less!

Red Heart Heads Up
Bulky 5
80% acrylic, 20% wool
6.5mm/K-10.5 crochet hook

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gray Beanie with Ear Flaps and Baby Doll Beanies

Little Miss E has her own collection of beanies for sure. Of course her baby dolls need beanies too! 

gray beanie with ear flaps
She picked out some colors and said "baby! hat! yellow!" So we whipped up a few for them this evening, some from skeins and others with scrap yarn.

Ways to use scrap yarn:
  • baby doll beanies
  • tie up presents (in place of ribbon)
  • wrap around a wood craft stick to use a imaginative colorful sticks for sorting, pretend, etc.
  • finger puppets
What would you add to this list? Please share!

crocheting toddler
Gray Beanie with Ear Flaps (Toddler Size)
worsted weight yarn and chunky yarn for the edging
5.0mm H-8 crochet hook

Round 1: Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Ear Flap 1:
Row 1: Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Ear Flap 2:
Count 19 stitches from first ear flap
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease.
do not fasten off
SC all around twice. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
SC all around once using a chunky white yarn. Weave in ends.

Inspired by Repeat Crafter Me's basic beanie tutorials (slightly modified so written out above).

Christmas Tree Craft

Card stock. Stickers. Empty toilet paper rolls. Glue. 
How much more fun can it get?

I'm all for getting messy but some days you just don't feel like messing with paint (pun intended!). These foam stickers have an easy peel-off backing toddlers can do themselves (and these days, she likes anything she can do all by herself!). 

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Green and yellow card stock
  • Stickers, pom poms, crayons, etc. (anything you'd like to decorate a tree with)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  1. Depending on age, you can have the child draw the outline of a Christmas tree and cut it themselves or have them pre-cut (we pre-cut ours). 
  2. Have them decorate the tree with whatever materials you give them and have them make a yellow star out of card stock (or pre-cut like we did) to put at the top of the tree. Let it sit and dry.
  3. Cut two slits on the sides that are straight across from each other. Stick the green construction paper tree between them. Depending on the weight of the paper you might need to make the slits a little deeper so that the tree stands up.
  4. Put their names on the back and there you have a great Christmas craft to give to parents or grandparents!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Toddler Kitchen Apron with Purple Shirt-Sleeve-Pockets

DIY crocheted hat, fleece pants, and kitchen apron
In the last couple of months, Little Miss E has really gotten into cooking. She'll yell out "cook!" when we're driving, followed by "home!" when we're going running errands. She'll wake up from a nap and run straight to her kitchen. I love her love for cooking and being in the kitchen! Time to make her an apron and oven mitts (future blog post).

short sleeves for the pockets

grosgrain ribbon for the ties

  • Inspired by Aesthetic Nest's Child's Reversible Fat Quarter Apron.
  • Made the length shorter than the tutorial (18"x18") since it's for a toddler and that's how much scrap fabric I had!
  • For the pockets I used two shirt sleeves from an old shirt since I didn't use two different fabrics for the apron but still wanted contrasting pockets. 

This apron is toddler-approved!

The neck strap was a little long (used 16" per Aesthetic Nest's tutorial but that's for an older child so I could use 14" for the next toddler one) so I looped the waist straps up into the neck strap and tied a bow.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Calming Glitter Bottle

With just a few inexpensive ingredients, you can make this fun little toy for your toddler. Pick a container that isn't too flimsy otherwise you might worry about the plastic puncturing (some people choose to use a glass container but then there's broken glass to worry about too!). I found a small bottle of baby oil at the dollar store which fits perfectly into an activity bag/purse/diaper bag and in the busy hand of a toddler.

Some have used this glitter bottles as "time out" bottles. When the child needs a breather, you can place the bottle on a flat surface and have them watch the glitter go down to the bottom. Then once it has all settled, their quiet time can be over.

Perhaps that idea works better with an older child because my not-two-yet-toddler doesn't let the bottle "sleep" to watch it settle. She loves to shake it up and turn and turn and turn the bottle and watch the "butties" go "bye bye" as they fall with gravity and hide behind the glitter with each turn. It's fun regardless and I'm sure her way of playing with it will evolve over the months! I'm thinking of making a few for the car, her backpack, downstairs, upstairs, etc.

Oh the many faces of a toddler!


  • dollar store baby oil (with child-lock)
  • assorted buttons
  • fine gold glitter
  • Krazy glue
  • hot glue

Unscrew cap from bottle and wash out with soap and water and let dry completed. Pour glitter and buttons into the bottle of baby oil. Wipe off the threads of the bottle too so your cap adheres better. With a generous application of Krazy glue inside the cap threads, screw the cap back onto the bottle. Using your hot glue gun, fill the space between the cap and bottle to make sure that cap isn't going anywhere! (child-lock cap, Krazy glue, hot glue = three ways to keep that cap on!) 

Love this face!