Alpha Mom » Brenda Ponnay http://alphamom.com parenting and pregnancy opinions and information Thu, 07 May 2015 14:54:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 Handprinted Head Scarf for Mother’s Day! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/diy-head-scarf-mothers-day/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/diy-head-scarf-mothers-day/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:01:30 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36704

I’ve noticed that head scarves are fashionable again, which is GREAT for summer and sweaty bangs that otherwise could create bad hair days. I thought it would be cool to make a hand-painted head scarf for Mother’s Day. Moms love wearable art made by their children. This DIY gift craft was fun and easy to whip up in an afternoon!

Hand-Painted Head Scarf for Mother's Day by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies for Hand-Painted Head Scarf for Mother’s Day

1. A yard or more of cotton gauze fabric – It’s light and wearable and the way it crinkles up makes it super easy to adjust for any style you might like.  (Need styling tips: just do a quick search on YouTube and you’ll find zillions of them!)

2. Fabric paint in colors of your choosing

3. Optional: a sewing machine and thread, scissors etc.

Directions to make a Hand-Painted Head Scarf for Mother’s Day

Step 1:
First you’ll cut your fabric. (If you are worried about durability, we recommend pre-washing the fabric but we did not pre-wash and it painted just fine.)  We made our scarves a little on the short side but if you like the kind of scarf that will wrap around your hair multiple times and tuck under or you’d like to wear it around your neck with flair…you might want to make your scarf longer. Ours was about five inches wide and a yard and an eighth long. I wish I had made it a yard and a half long, personally.

Step 2:
Spread your fabric out on a counter or table with paper underneath. The paint can seep through the fabric so make sure your surface is well-protected. Also, you’ll want to make sure you are protected too because fabric paint is forever. Wear an old t-shirt you don’t care about or an apron because once fabric paint has dried, it does NOT wash out.

Step 3:
Next, paint your child’s hand with fabric paint. You’ll want to coat it well but don’t glob it on. The thicker the paint, the longer it will take to dry so you want just enough paint to get a good solid handprint but not so much that you’re leaving globs on the fabric that soak through and adhere to the paper underneath never to be separated again. Keep it medium to light.  If you’d like a more watercolored look, you could even add water to the paint. This will lessen the handprint definition but it could create a pretty floral pattern. For this craft we stuck to handprints because moms love to preserve their kids’ prints but this craft could easily turn into a artistic masterpiece.

Step 4:
After your child’s hand is painted, firmly plant it on the fabric. Push down for five to ten seconds and then remove. Wash your child’s hand in between colors and stamp away! When you have your scarf covered in handprints, set it aside to dry according to the fabric paint directions (Usually 4 hours). In 72 hours you can wash the scarf but if you don’t sew the edges I wouldn’t recommend washing. We left our edges raw and they will probably ravel over time but they look good for now.

If you’d like a more finished edge (and you are handy with a sewing machine) just do a quick rolled hem. Then you can wear your headscarf and wash it as often as you like!

Hand-Painted Head Scarf for Mother's Day by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the fashionable moms!

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Cinco de Mayo Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe and Printable Pouch http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/cinco-de-mayo-mexican-hot-chocolate-recipe-printable-pouch/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/cinco-de-mayo-mexican-hot-chocolate-recipe-printable-pouch/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 16:45:41 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36709

Just because Cinco de Mayo is most popularly considered an a adult drinking holiday for Americans doesn’t mean it can’t be a fun day to have a fiesta for kids too! How about we serve Mexican Hot Chocolate in the park? Festive, no? Mexican Hot Chocolate is really easy to make. All you need to do is add cinnamon, whipped cream and maybe some super cute packaging to make it a party!

Cinco De Mayo Mexican Hot Chocolate Printable by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

You can always buy hot chocolate mix from the store but it’s super easy to make and probably healthier for you. I used this recipe from ToryAvey.com and adapted into Mexican Hot Chocolate by adding 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon to each serving.

To make your chocolate mix combine these ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1  and 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt

This will make 24 servings which works out to two tablespoons per serving.  Just add milk, top it with whipped cream, add a cinnamon stick to stir with and a shake of cinnamon on top and you’ve got some delicious bebidas calientes!

Cinco De Mayo Mexican Hot Chocolate Printable by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Or make it with cold milk which is also just as delicious!

If you’re like me and you’d like to give your Mexican chocolate mix away in cute little packages then you can download our printable here. Print it out, cut around the outside and the white diamond in the middle. Then put two tablespoons of mix and your cinnamon in a small plastic bag (lollipop bags work great). Slip the paper poncho over the top of the bag, cinch it tight, tie it with a piece of raffia and a cinnamon stick and you’ve got a take home gift perfect for any fiesta!

(And if you’re looking for a printable paper poncho to slip over other drinks (like say some grown-up cervesas) that don’t say hot chocolate or Happy Cinco de Mayo on them, you can download that here too.)

 

 

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Easy DIY Tray for Mother’s Day! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/mothers-day-breakfast-tray-diy/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/mothers-day-breakfast-tray-diy/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:48:30 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36623

Whoever invented the tradition of serving mothers breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day should be awarded a foot massage or a gift certificate to their favorite shoe store. What is sweeter than your darling child sneaking around in the morning, preparing breakfast the best way they can and then tip-toeing into your bedroom with their masterpiece breakfast teetering on a tray? I know, disasters await in the kitchen and not everything will make it to your bed intact but any mother will say it is well worth the clean up afterwards. Because kids are CUTE! Let them serve their moms breakfast for a change!

Easy DIY Tray for Mother's Day by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

We thought it might be the cherry on top if we delivered breakfast (or in my case tea or a latte) on a tray made especially for mom by kids! Is that not the best thing ever? A simple easy-to-build tray with sweet sentiments sloppily painted for posterity?   All you need is somebody handy with a drill and kids who like to paint, which is pretty much any kid who ever existed.

Here are the supplies you will need:

1. A tray-sized piece of wood. (Ours is roughly 12 x 18 x 1) You can buy a plank at your local hardware store and ask them to cut it down for you or look around in the scrap pile they keep by the cutting area. You might even pick one up for free!

2. Two handles. We used the kind that screw in from the back side but they were a bit tricky. If you’re new to wood-work, go with the handles that have visible screws from the top and save yourself some hassle.

3. Paint (I used spray paint for the base coat and kid-proof acrylic paint for the decorating. I taped off the handles or you could add them after you painted.)

4. A drill for screwing in the handles.

5. Paintbrushes, sandpaper etc….

The steps are so easy I don’t even really need to walk you through it but I will anyway.

1. First make sure your wood isn’t too rough. You might need to sand it.

2. Next you can add your handles or you can add them after you paint.

3. Lastly, paint! (Make sure you are in a well ventilated area.)

4. Let your tray dry. Add a cute homemade card and breakfast and you are ready to present to Mom!

 

p.s. I made an extra tray without paint and it turned out really cute too! Maybe even cute enough for Dad on Father’s Day.

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Easy Spring Flower Garland DIY http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/spring-flower-garland-tutorial/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/spring-flower-garland-tutorial/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:53:36 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36395

I’ve got Spring Fever in the worst way so I decided to liven up some white walls in my house with an easy spring tissue paper garland. So easy to make!

Easy Spring Flower Garland DIY by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

You can make one too!

Supplies to make your Spring Flower Garland:

1. several small squares of colorful tissue paper (mine are roughly 2-3 inches but any size will work. Go big! Go pastel! You can do this!)

2. embroider floss in green

3. scissors

4. a cute kid to model your handiwork

This is so easy I really don’t need to write a tutorial but if you’re feeling uneasy about what to do first,  you could follow these steps.

Tutorial for your Spring Flower Garland:

First, fold two squares of tissue paper in half and then half again. Scallop the edges that are not folded with your scissors. This will make your flower. Unfold it and shift your tissue paper sheets slightly so the petals don’t match up. This will create a little more volume to your flower. If you’d like even more volume, use more sheets of tissue per flower. I stuck to two because I was more interested in getting it done quickly. Then poke your threaded needle through the middle of your flower and slightly crinkle up the petals up towards your thread. Move these flowers along your thread to where you think they look nice. Add more flowers until you’ve reached your desired length. You can create a pattern with your colors or do it randomly like I did. Then hang your garland and your house will instantly be transported from a dismal gray day to beautiful Spring!

We loved this garland so much I’m thinking I might have to plan a tropical garden party to go with it!

Easy Spring Flower Garland DIY by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

 

Happy Spring!

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Happy Nowruz! Haft-Seen Printable for Kids http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/haft-seen-printable-nowruz/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/haft-seen-printable-nowruz/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:06:35 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36351

As you know we’ve been learning a lot about Nowruz (or Norooz), the Persian New Year celebration of Spring. It falls on the 21st of March this year so we put together our first Haft-Seen table. It was a fun learning experience for all of us, especially since I’ve been trying to learn Farsi. Nowruz /Norooz  is a fascinating holiday.  It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years! It’s not necessarily a religious holiday but more of a festival to celebrate spring and hopes for the new year.

Haft-Seen Printable to Celebrate Nowruz (aka Norooz) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

I created a Haft-Seen table printable to help out the process and that can keep little hands busy as a coloring sheet.

Click to print out your own Haft-Seen table printable here.

Haft-Seen actually means “The Seven S’s” in Farsi.  That doesn’t that mean there are only seven items on the table but there needs to be at minimum seven. Observers also add other items to the table that do not start with the letter S to symbolize spring and hope for the new year. Here is a handy key if you would like to play along: (I’ve copied this directly from Wikipedia and other sources. Please correct me in the comments if I’ve gotten anything wrong.)

  1. Sabzeh = wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish – symbolizing rebirth
  2. Samanusweet pudding made from wheat germ – symbolizing affluence
  3. Senjed = dried Silverbery oleaster  or wild olive fruit – symbolizing love
  4. Sirgarlic – symbolizing medicine
  5. Sib = apples – symbolizing beauty and health
  6. Somāqsumac fruit – symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
  7. Serkeh =  vinegar – symbolizing old-age and patience
  8. Sonbol = Hyacinth flower – symbolizing blossoming spring
  9. Sekkeh = Coins -symbolizing prosperity

Some other additional non-“s” items on the table can be:

  1. a candle to light the table – symbolizing sunrise and enlightenment
  2. decorated eggs – symbolizing life or fertility
  3. a koran or holy book
  4. a bowl of goldfish – symbolizing good luck
  5. a mirror – symbolizing cleanliness and self reflection
  6. a crystal bowl of water with an orange floating in it – symbolizing the earth floating in space
  7. rosewater – symbolizing purity and cleanliness

There are more items too but they are more specific to region or religious background. Nowruz is celebrated all over the world so there are many different variations.

Haft-Seen Printable to Celebrate Nowruz (aka Norooz) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Maybe you will add your own twist!  Please share if you do.  Happy Nowruz (aka Norooz) !

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Happy Norooz “Fish” Bowls! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/norooz-fish-bowls-craft/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/norooz-fish-bowls-craft/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:09:08 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36250

I’ve been learning a lot about Norooz (or Nowruz) lately, the Persian New Year that celebrates the Spring Equinox. This year it falls on March 21st, but sometimes it’s on the 19th or the 20th of March, depending on the lunar calendar. It’s a very festive holiday full of fun traditions like decorating eggs and going on picnics.

A very important part of Norooz is the Haft-Seen. This is a small table, usually decorated in a Spring theme. It is set with several items that are carefully chosen to symbolize spring and hopes for the new year. One of these items is a bowl of goldfish, symbolizing life. I was immediately drawn to this item because who doesn’t love a bowl of goldfish! So I decided to make my own version as a craft!

Norooz (aka Nowruz) Persian New Year (Spring Celebration) Goldfish Craft  by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com
Here above, they are without water. Below, you’ll see them filled with water and glitter, which doubles as a really cool calming jar for kids.

Supplies for  Norooz Fish Bowls craft:

1. small jars (from used pickles, pimento, babyfood, olives…check your pantry!)

2. polymer clay in orange

3. beads for bottom of the fishbowl (optional)

4. a needle and thread

5. silk flowers (optional)

6. toothpick

7. hot glue*

8. glitter glue (if you opt to make the glittery water version)

9. blue food coloring (optional)

10. paint for the jar lids (optional)

Norooz (aka Nowruz) Persian New Year (Spring Celebration) Goldfish Craft  by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

 

Step 1: First we emptied and washed our jars. I removed all labels (degreaser does the trick) and made sure they were clean and dry. I also spray-painted my jar lids pink but you don’t have to do that. You can cover them with silk flowers or even leave them plain.

Step 2: Then we made our polymer fish. Polymer clay is really fun to work with but this might be the part of the craft where some of you get frustrated and tell Pinterest that I’m drunk. First, knead your clay for a good few minutes to get it soft and pliable. Then take a small bit and work it into a fish shape. It takes some time to get your fish just right but give them some love and you’ll get it. We found that adding detail with a toothpick really made our fish look more fish-like.

Step 3: When you have your fish formed, use your needle to poke a hole through the fish’s belly from the top to the bottom. This part is a bit tricky because when your fish is strung with thread, you want it to hang so it is swimming horizontally and not from it’s head or it’s tail (That would be a sick fish!). So you want to be careful where you put your hole so that it’s weighted and balanced evenly. After you’ve figured out your center (this might not be the visual center) thread it and double check. Then wiggle your needle around so that the hole will be big enough to thread after you’ve baked your polymer fish.

Step 4: Yes, that’s right, you’ll bake your fish! Sort of like fish sticks but not!  It’s easy and it doesn’t even smell. Lay your loveably lumpy fish out on a baking dish and bake them in the oven at 230º F for 30 minutes (Please follow all the directions closely with your polymer clay. Overcooking polymer clays can release toxic chemicals into the air. Also keeping the kitchen well-ventilated is always a good idea). Remove with potholders and then let them cool.

Step 5: When the fish are cool you can thread them. Pull the thread almost all the way through but stop the thread from going through with a dab of hot glue.* Let that cool and then cut your thread to the length you want it to hang from the top of your jar lid to where it would be swimming. On our jars this was about an inch and a half but if you use larger jars you’ll want to test a longer length before cutting.

Step 6: Then attach your thread to the top of the jar lid and let everything cool.

Bonus Steps!
Now for the fun part: adding glitter water! You can certainly stop here. The fish look super cute swimming in air but if you have kids doing this craft with you, I’m pretty sure they will want to step it up a notch with glitter and water.

Norooz (aka Nowruz) Persian New Year (Spring Celebration) Goldfish Craft  by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

First you will need hot water. This will help your glitter glue dissolve and keep anything funky from growing in your jar. I used a kettle and boiled my water and then let it sit for several minutes until it wasn’t too hot to touch. You could probably use very hot tap water and it might work too.

Next you will add your glitter glue to the water. How much you add is up to you. We used an entire glitter glue bottle for all over our jars but then we were going for maximum effect. You may like less. Stir the glitter into the water with a whisk. This may require some whipping to get the glue to dissolve into the water. When it’s dissolved pour into your jar. My girls chose to add a drop of blue food coloring but I personally would have skipped that step. I think it made the water a little murky but they convinced me it was more fun.

We added some plastic beads to the bottom of our jars for effect (and they glow in the dark too!). Then we added the water and capped it off with our goldfish strung lids. We glued a pretty flower to the top and Tahdah! Our glitter goldfish were happy little swimmers!

Some notes:

If your jar leaks, just pipe a thin line of hot glue around the seal.

If you have strung more than one fish, you might not want to use your jar as a shakeable snow globe type fishbowl because your fish will get tangled together and be forever stuck swimming as a group. But if you only have one fish, shake away!

If your fish come unstuck from the lid for some reason (maybe you assembled the jar a little before everything was cooled) have no fear, you can always dump out the water, let everything dry and then start again.

Enjoy!  Happy Norooz! Happy Nowruz!

 * Remember hot glue guns are not for kids. They can burn!

Difficulty level: not for the faint of heart or easily frustrated but oh-so worth it if you have the time. Children will enjoy working with clay, mixing their glitter solution and playing with their fish.

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Kids’ Valentine’s Day Outfits We Love! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/valentines-day-kids-clothes/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/valentines-day-kids-clothes/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 02:09:31 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36025

We know we’re a little later than our usual selves to the Valentine’s Day planning game this year (we’ve been busy with Valentine’s Day crafts). But we can’t let one of our favorite holidays pass us by without posting a round-up of all our favorite Valentine’s Day outfits for kids. Bring on the red and pink.  And hearts! The great thing about these outfits is they’re classic and most of these pieces could be mixed and matched all year long for all those other days that aren’t so over-the-top and lovey-dovey.

Let’s start with our fave kids graphic tees for Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine's Day graphic tees for kids

A. Jumping Beans Heartbreaker Tee from Kohl’s.
B. Girls Snoopy t-shirt from Old Navy.
C. Love Bandit Long Sleeve Tee from Gymboree.
D. Valentine’s Ninja Long Sleeve Tee from Gymboree.
E. Follow Your Heart Graphic Tee at The Children’s Place.
F.  Disney D-signed Hatchi “Love” High-Low Top at Kohl’s.
G. Heartbreaker Long Sleeve Tee at Gymboree.
H. Love Graphic Tee at Gap.
I. Over-dyed Heart Tee in neon flamingo at J. Crew.
J. Under Armour “All Heart” tee at Nordstrom.

Valentine's Day clothes for kids

A. Embroidered Henley at Gap.
B. Pom Pom t-shirt dress in neon geranium at J.Crew.
C. Chevron A-Line Dress at Target.
D. Polka-Dot Slim Twill Pants at Old Navy.
E. Heart Sunglasses at Gap.
F.  Heart Graphic Zip-Up Hoodie at Target.
G. Floral Skater Dress at The Children’s Place.
H. Toddlers A-line Heart Dress at Target.
I. Mesh Sleeveless Dress at The Children’s Place.
J. Canvas Slip-Ons in Lava Guava at Old Navy.
K. Heart Socks in Heather Gray at Gymboree.
L. Kids New Balance For Crewcuts Glow-in-the-dark KE410 Sneakers at J.Crew.

 

Valentine's Day clothes for kids

 

A. Classic Polo at The Children’s Place.
B.  Slim Jean in Well Worn Wash at J.Crew.
C. Kohl’s Tony Hawk Striped Polo at Kohl’s.
D.  Pique Polo in Pink Pirouette at Old Navy.
E. Ray-Ban Jr. Sunglasses at Macy’s.
F. Checked Shirt at Gymboree.
G. Cashmere crewneck sweater at Lands End.
H. Izod red tie at JC Penney.
I. Chuck Taylor High Top Sneaker in red at Nordstrom.
J. Pull-On Roll-Up Pants at The Children’s Place.
K. Classic Flip Flop in Crimson Red at Old Navy.
L. Henley Shirt at H&M.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, kiddos! 

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Friendly & Colorful Classroom Valentines for Kids! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/friendly-classroom-valentine-printables-kids/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/friendly-classroom-valentine-printables-kids/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:03:37 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35951

Are you tired of all the pink and red lovey, dovey Valentine printable cards out there? They just don’t seem age-appropriate for kids. We’ve got just the right valentine for you to print out for you children to give out to their classmates and friends. Not too lovey, but just a good old-fashioned friendly greetings and they come in a bunch of different colors to choose from.

Friendly Valentine Card Printables for Kids in different colors. By Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Let’s leave that mushy stuff for the grown-ups!

Friendly Valentine Card Printables for Kids in different colors. By Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Click HERE to print out the pink and orange version of our friendly kids’ classroom valentines.

Click HERE to print out the green and blue version of our friendly kids’ classroom valentines.

Then just cut them up and your kids are ready to pass out a friendly valentine greeting to their friends and classmates. Or spice it up by attaching the card to a piece of candy or pencil.  Just stick on with a piece of tape.

Friendly Valentine Card Printables for Kids in different colors. By Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Perfect for the kid who hates pink.

Friendly Valentine Card Printables for Kids in different colors. By Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

And for the kid who loves pink!

Happy Valentine’s Day and printing, my friends!  Click here for more free printable classroom valentine’s day cards for kids.

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T-shirt Scarf Craft for Kids! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/tshirt-scarf-craft-how-to/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/tshirt-scarf-craft-how-to/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:57:23 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35867

I know some of you will look at this T-shirt Scarf and laugh because it’s probably not going to keep anybody’s neck warm on a snowy day but maybe you can keep this idea around for Spring. Here in Southern California, we think of winter as more of a fashion trend than actual weather. That means wearing a scarf and boots with shorts and a tank top is totally acceptable and possibly even cute. You know, to keep the edge off when the sun dips behind a building and the temperature drops below 75º F. We thought making a light scarf out of some old t-shirts would be super fun. Add some fuzzy pom poms and it’s high fashion according to my tweeny-bopper nine-year-old.

T-Shirt Scarf Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies you’ll need to get started:

1. a clean t-shirt. The bigger the t-shirt, the longer and more loopy your scarf will be. We used a child’s small-sized shirt but feel free to go big and triple up!

2. sharp scissors or a rotary cutter*

3. a straight edge ruler (ours is clear but it’s there!)

4. a self-healing matte to cut on

5. fuzzy pom poms or anything else you might like to decorate with

6. hot glue gun** (or fabric glue if you have more patience to wait for it to dry)

 

T-Shirt Scarf Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

How-To Make a T-Shirt Scarf:

Lay your t-shirt out on your cutting surface and smooth out any wrinkles. Then using your rotary cutter and straight edge, cut off the bottom four or five inches from the t-shirt. This will be your scarf. You can save the rest of the t-shirt for another craft. I’m sure I’ll be cooking one up sooner or later.

Then we cut our strips. Feel free to get creative here. We cut small 1-inch strips but you could cut really thin strips or really fat (thicker) strips depending on your cutting skill level. You could even cut three strips and then braid them and sew it back together or do a combination of many different kinds of strips. Google “t-shirt scarf craft” and you’ll get a lot of ideas.

What makes our craft unique is the pom poms. Since we obviously like neon at my house, adding neon pom poms to an already neon orange t-shirt was a huge hit. After we cut all the strips my daughter modeled the scarf to see how she likes to best wear it. Using that as a rough reference point, we spread out the scarf on our flat surface and started gluing the pom poms where we thought they would look cute. As always, be careful with hot glue. If you opt to go the fabric glue route just make sure you allow enough time for everything to dry completely so your pom poms don’t slowly migrate off the scarf.

T-Shirt Scarf Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Then she wrapped it around her neck twice and swears she’s wearing it to school tomorrow to show off her craftiness to all her friends. Pretty spiffy!

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* Rotary cutters are very sharp. Even for adults!  Always use with caution.  My nine-year-old has been crafting since she was two (and we have stock in bandaids) so she might be a little more skilled than the usual kid.

** Hot glue can burn. Practice caution and use common sense.  Adult use only is recommended.

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Snowflake Crowns! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/snowflake-crowns-diy/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/snowflake-crowns-diy/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:27:25 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35687

I don’t know about you but I have a serious snowflake production problem in my house. As in my daughter and her friends think they are snow princesses and no piece of white paper is safe from their snipping scissors. They make snowflakes constantly. Our windows are adorned, the tree is decorated, it’s a virtual snow storm of paper.

It’s actually kind of pretty (and I got a great deal on reams of inexpensive copy paper when our local office store went out of business) so I’ve done very little to hamper their proliferate paper flurries. In fact, you could say I got in on the act and joined them!

Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

They were having so much fun with their paper wonderland, I decided they needed paper snowflake crowns to go with it!

I got out my supplies:

1. cereal boxes (one will do since you can make two crowns with one cereal box)

2. paper doilies leftover from last year’s Valentine craft

3. a glue stick and scissors (exacto knife* optional)

4. white glue and glitter (optional)

Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Tutorial to make Snowflake Crowns:

First I de-assembled the cereal boxes so that I had a nice big piece of flat cardboard. I then cut an oval the size of their heads into the cardboard (An exacto knife is handy for this step*). I measured one of my daughter’s hats for size and made this template but feel free to make your own or just eyeball it.

Next I cut around that oval in a rough two-to-three-inch bigger oval. Some of my sides extended onto the folded side of the cereal box but that didn’t deter me. Floppy snowflake hats are cool with a 70’s snow child vibe I told myself.  With the ring I had now created I notched it with big triangles so it looked like a radiating sun.

Then I cut my doilies into slices like you would a pie and glued them to the radiating triangles of the oval hat with a glue stick. I wasn’t a perfectionist about my placement of the doilies, I just covered the hat with lacy white on both sides until it was all white and lacy. I removed the excess from within the hat circle by cutting it out with an exacto knife.

For the last step (that is completely optional) I let the girls glitter their snowflake crowns by painting them with white glue and sprinkling them with blue and white glitter. But be warned: if you are going to do this last step, you might want to protect your table and floor from glue and glitter. You don’t want to be like me and spend the next hour and a half peeling glue off your table and glitter off your feet.

Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

And that is how the Snowflake Princesses were born! They decided to make cuffs and shawls out of the remaining doilies and various snowflakes they had made.

Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Future fashion designers or their next album cover? You decide.

*please keep all sharp objects away from children and have a responsible adult on hand for cutting.

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