DIY: How to make a festive party garland

DIY how to make a festive party garland

When my son turned one I wanted to have a colourful and fun party garland with which to decorate, and without breaking the bank.  I didn’t really like what I was finding so I decided it was time to do some DIY.  This garland is really easy to make, and it didn’t take very much time either.  Just follow these easy steps to make one of your own.

Supplies:

Supplies for DIY festive party garland

  • Colourful paper.  You can use as many or as few colours as you wish, I used cardstock paper since it’s a thicker paper that will hold it’s shape better.
  • Staples
  • Hole punch
  • String

Steps:

  1. First fold the paper in half, repeat this step 2 more times.  You should end up with a paper folded in the shape of an accordion.Step 1 diy party garland
  2. Next cut the corners off of each end as shown in the picture.Step 2 diy party garland
  3. Fold the paper in half.Step 3 diy party garland
  4. Staple in the fold.Step 4 diy party garland
  5. Spread the paper out to join the ends and staple each side.Step 5 diy party garland Step 5b diy party garland
  6. Cut two holes into the now star-shaped paper.Step 6 diy party garlandStep 6b diy party garland
  7. Thread some string through the holes and your garland is ready to hang!

    Step 7 diy party garland
    Finished product!

And that’s it!  That’s all there is to it.  It makes for a great party garland that can be done easily and in as many colours as you wish.  Give it a try for yourself and let me know how it turns out!

 

DIY Holiday Wreath

DIY Christmas wreath

With Christmas coming up fast we’re all busy decorating our houses to celebrate the season.  This festive wreath is not only joyful but quite easy to make, just follow these simple steps!

Here’s what you’ll need:

supplies DIY wreath

  1. A 14″ crafting wreath (I have chosen a styrofoam one, available at any craft store)
  2. Christmas tree bulb ornaments in an assortment of sizes and colours.  Choose the colours that best suit your style!
  3. Glue gun
  4. Ribbon

Steps:

  1. Fist I would suggest that you lay out an old table cloth or sheet in order to protect your work surface from any bits of glue that may fall.
  2. Wrap a small amount of ribbon around the wreath so that you can hang it later.  Make sure to take into account the length that you will need to hang it from your door.  Doors come in different sizes so it’s best that you measure the length based on your own door.  I find it easier to attach the ribbon before you glue all of the bulbs into place.
  3. Next, take the ornament hangers off the end of each bulb, these usually just pop right off.ornament hanger
  4. Begin by hot gluing the larger bulbs around the wreath.  If you’re using multiple colours you can select a pattern or simply attach them at random.  The benefit to making your own is that there are no rules, go with whatever inspires you!step 5 DIY Christmas wreath
  5. Continue glueing the large bulbs around the wreath until you have it mostly covered.
  6. Once all of the larger bulbs are in place start to attach the smaller ones, filling in the spaces that the large ones do not cover.  The idea is to fill in any of the visible gaps so that when the wreath is hanging you do not see any of the styrofoam underneath.
DIY holiday wreath
The end result is a beautiful wreath you can proudly display!

And that’s it!  It’s really quite simple and in the end you get this beautiful, and unique, Christmas wreak to hang on your front door or anywhere else you wish to display it.

Did you make one for yourself?  Send me a photo!  I’d love to see how your creations come out.

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Homemade baby food 101

homemade baby food

Have you been thinking about making your own baby food but are overwhelmed by the idea of how complicated and time-consuming it is?  Well guess what, it’s actually very very easy.  I make 90% of what my son eats and it really is super easy and quick.  I still keep store-bought items on hand in case I forget to take out some homemade from the freezer but I only have maybe a handful of store-bought jars in the house.

Here is what you need to make your food:

  1. Fruits and veggies.  Fresh and frozen both work well.  I buy only organic for my son but I do the same for my husband and I anyhow.  Frozen items are often looked at as less health but in reality (if frozen properly) they are just as good as the fresh option.  This is great because sometimes I cannot get the fresh option but the frozen is often available.
  2. A steamer.  I have a stove top vegetable steamer that I use.  This is an item that I already owned and used prior to baby, you really do not need to buy a special one just for your little one.
  3. A blender.  This is another item that I already had in my kitchen, there really isn’t a need to buy the special baby blenders, as long as you have a properly working blender in your home that will do just fine.
  4. Storage containers.  There are a couple of ways you can approach the freezing and storage process.  The best space saver is to simply use an ice-cube tray to freeze the food, and then store the food cubes in a labelled ziplock bag.  But if you prefer you can also use plastic (pba free of course) food containers.  If you do use plastic containers I recommend that you get small ones so that you can take out only what you will use for that day (you can also get containers at any baby store that are intended for baby food storage).

Here are the steps to making the baby food.

  1. For fresh foods: steam them until soft (make sure to first peel items such as sweet potato/potato, apples, etc).  Frozen: boil or steam if necessary, some frozen fruits can simply be defrosted.
  2. Place your prepared food into the blender, some foods may require that you add water and/or milk, and blend until you achieve the consistency you require.  If you’re unsure about the consistency you can use an age appropriate store-bought jar of baby food to see what the consistency you need to achieve.  Just remember that the first foods need to be pureed and small chunks can be added as your child grows and switches to more solid foods.
  3. Fill your containers or ice trays with food and freeze.  I use covered ice trays just to be sure to prevent any sort of contamination that could occur in the freezer.  Once frozen you just pop out your food cubes and store in a labelled ziplock bag.
  4. Every night take out what you will need for the next day.  The benefit to using ice-cube trays is that the food cubes are small so I can take out as many or as little as I wish.  It also makes it easy for mixing foods (i.e. sweet potato with peas).

And that’s it!  It really is that easy!  You can prepare enough food for a month at a time or you can do it on a weekly basis, whatever works best for you.  If you have doubts on when to introduce which foods to your little one just follow the guidelines set by your paediatrician.  My son is now 10 months old and I have found that he actually prefers my homemade food to the store-bought.

If you have any questions about the steps just let me know!

DIY: Growth Chart

DIY_growth_chart

I really wanted to have a growth chart to mark the progress of my precious little guy throughout life, but I also wanted it to be something that I could create.  So here’s what I did!

The finished product!
The finished product!

I love love love how it turned out and it is something super easy to do.

Want to create one of your own?  Here’s how I did it:

  1. Supplies you will need: piece of wood slab (you can get one from any home supply store), sanding paper, wood stain (select your favourite colour!), clear varnish, a black marker and a stencil of the numbers (this is optional), and hanging hooks (I used a standard d-ring).
  2. Once you have your supplies you will start out by sanding down your piece of wood.  Once you are satisfied that it’s nice and smooth go ahead and apply the stain.  Feel free to do as many coats of stain as you wish, just keep in mind that you will be writing on this board so you don’t want it to be too dark or you won’t see the markings.
  3. Once the staining is dried apply the markings and numbers.  I started marking the points from 5″, this is based on the chart being hung exactly 5″off of the floor.  Take your time with this step since you want the markings to be measured out correctly.  I also suggest using a pencil to start with so if you make a mistake it’s no big deal.  Once you are sure you have them marked correctly go ahead and use your black permanent marker and a ruler to make the straight lines.
  4. Next draw out your numbers.  I decided to use a stencil to help me with this part but if you trust your free hand then go ahead and do that.  You can also use black paint to do the numbers but I found a black permanent market to be easier and it looks just as great.
  5. Lastly, apply the varnish.  I am partial to a satin finish but choose the varnish that best fits your style.  The varnish will seal in all of your markings and you can still write on it with a permanent marker.
Here is the plank of wood after sanding, the stain I selected and the wood after one coat of stain.
Here is the plank of wood after sanding, the stain I selected and the wood after one coat of stain.
Here's a close up so you can see more detail.
Here’s a close up so you can see more detail.

That’s it!  Now just have fun marking your child’s growth!  I started it out with my son’s birth height, his height at six months, and next I will mark his height on each birthday for years to come!

This is a great little project if you want to make something special for your little one or even as a gift for a nephew/niece or even grandson/granddaughter.