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Tablecloth Play Dresses

I've always wanted to make dress up clothes for my daughters. I made an Elsa princess dress a few years ago that I enjoyed creating, but not much else since then. A few weeks ago around my youngest daughter's birthday, a lightbulb went off. 
You might remember from my last post that I created birthday table displays using inexpensive party decorations, including plastic tablecloths that cost about $1. As I was picking up the latest display, I got the idea to recycle the tablecloth into a play dress! The first one I made was from the pink tablecloth in the display shown above.

I felt I had to create at least one more so they wouldn't fight over one dress, but it soon escalated to a total of four dresses that I made over the following weeks. I bought more tablecloths, solely for the purpose of making dresses this time. It was fun stocking up on different colors, hehe. I drafted my own patterns to my girls' measurements, and I had fun getting creative with different colo…

Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

 
It's November, which to many over-enthusiastic holiday lovers means CHRISTMAS! Yes, I love Thanksgiving as well—it's just one big holiday celebration for me from now to the end of the year. So far, I've refrained from putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare, right? This past weekend, I spent some time making some ornaments. I love to create handmade ornaments to add to my little tree each year. 

Lately I've been interested in popsicle stick crafts. I found some super cute ideas on Pinterest (see the links to my Holiday Crafts and Food board and specific posts below). I like that such a simple material can have so many possibilities. Just add paint and glue!

Crafting with my kids
I was able to get my kids involved for part of my craft day. They are ages 2 and 3, so they didn't do much beyond just paint a few popsicle sticks. I turned these painted sticks into little Santa Claus ornaments—two for each daughter as they're bound to ruin some of them with playing, haha. Crafting with toddlers is not an ideal situation due to the constant attention they require and the mess they make. I love that they enjoy being creative, though, and I still got some peaceful time alone to continue with my own ornaments. ;)

Creating the ornaments: (top left) building from popsicle sticks, (top right and bottom images) creating and cutting stencil designs with my Cricut

I chose the ornaments I wanted to make and built the structures with the popsicle sticks and a hot glue gun. I didn't really go into the specific blog posts for detailed instructions on each one. I just kind of winged it based on the photos of the finished ornaments, since they were pretty simple to figure out. Once they were built, I added some base layers of craft paint or stain.

I added some of my own personal touches using my Cricut (my favorite new crafting tool). I used some designs from a set of holiday SVG cut files I created (available on Etsy!) and cut them out of removable vinyl to use as paint stencils. (See the photos above.) I also cut a paper wreath to put onto my door ornament. So cute! Below are the finished ornaments...

Finished ornaments

If you're interested in making your own popsicle stick ornaments, go to my Pinterest board linked here to see some of the ideas I've found, including the ones that inspired these ornaments. Specific post links are also listed below.

My Christmas SVG Set is available on Etsy now, and can be used for ornaments like these or any number of holiday crafts, such as cards, scrapbooking, signs, and T-shirts. The set includes the designs used here and more.

Merry (early) Christmas!
Niki


Click the image to go to my Holiday Crafts and Food Pinterest board to see some of the posts that inspired my ornaments.

My Christmas SVG Set on Etsy

Links

Note: These were the specific posts that inspired my ornaments. As I said above, I did not follow the exact instructions where applicable—rather, I used the images as a jumping-off point, which is why they're slightly different. I have tried to find and credit the original sources as best I could in the links below. Where none could be found, I've simply linked to the Pinterest image from my board.

Mini Pallet Signs from The Crafted Sparrow
Popsicle Stick Santas from One Little Project
Door Ornament by One Little Project
Sled Ornament from Clean and Scentsible
Skis Ornament (Pinterest image)
North Pole (Pinterest image)
Christmas Tree (Pinterest image)


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