Skip To My Lou http://www.skiptomylou.org Craft, Create, Celebrate! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Made by you Monday http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/28/made-by-you-monday-214/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/28/made-by-you-monday-214/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:38 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41776 Looking for fun ideas to keep kids entertained this summer?  Don’t miss all these boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts!

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DIY Greeting Card Scrapbook http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/27/diy-greeting-card-scrapbook/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/27/diy-greeting-card-scrapbook/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:00:27 +0000 crafty chica http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41713  

Making a  DIY Memory Keeping Craft is a easy way be creative and craft with kids this summer.   It is  a fun kids activity your children will love doing this summer. If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Egg Carton Caterpillar to a DIY Handprint Craft you will find fun creative ideas!

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Hi! Kathy from CraftyChica.com here, guest posting on Skip To My Lou! I’m super excited to be here, as I’ve been a longtime fan of this site!

Okay, let’s do this!

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It’s still summer, yet the end is right around the corner. Think of all the friends you’ve met, as well as family members you connected with! Here’s an easy way to make the memories last – turn a blank greeting card into a little scrapbook! You can use it to add printed out Instagram photos, funny sayings you heard all summer, song lyrics, jokes, whatever seemed to be the topic of the season! The best part about this project is that it only takes a few minutes and uses supplies you probably already have on hand.

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To make this project, you’ll need:

- Scrapbook paper

- Blank greeting card (or a store bought card will do too!)

- Scissors or paper cutters

- Hole punch

- Yarn

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1. Cut three pieces of scrapbook paper 1/8″ smaller than than the opened card.

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2. Once you have them all cut, fold them in half. Use a bone folder to crease them nicely!

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3. Choose three sheets and use the hole punch to make a hole on each end of each sheet.

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4. Set the folded sheets inside the card, centered. Put the tip of a pen inside the holes you made and make a tiny mark on the greeting card spine. Punch holes on the dots.

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5. Thread a piece of yarn through all the holes and tie in a bow on the outside spine.

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6. If you are using a blank greeting card, decorate the front of it! You can also add pictures and notes inside. Instead of scrapbook paper, you can even use envelopes so you can insert things too!

Well, I hope you liked my quick and easy project for Craft Camp!

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Kathy Cano-Murillo is an author, artist and founder of CraftyChica.com. When she isn’t using her glue gun and scissors, she is writing novels about women who do! Check out her site for more info!

Crafty Chica’s Rainbow Shorts Tutorial

Crafty Chica’s Pinata-inspired Animal Charms

Crafty Chica’s books

 

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DIY Memory Keeping Craft http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/26/diy-memory-keeping-craft/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/26/diy-memory-keeping-craft/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:00:29 +0000 pink when http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41739 Making a  DIY Memory Keeping Craft is a easy way be creative and craft with kids this summer.   It is  a fun kids activity your children will love doing this summer. If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Egg Carton Caterpillar to a nature sun garland you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

I’m Jen from PinkWhen, and I am excited to be sharing this craft today with all of you Skip to my Lou fans!  This is a fun Memory Keeping Craft, and it is a perfect project for you and the little one this Summer.

Summer Fun Memory Keeping Craft for Skip to My Lou by PinkWhen

I love crafts like these.  Our kids grow up so fast, and I am always trying to slow down time with mine. While controlling the aspect of time is totally out of control, I can help make time stand still by creating a fun craft like this to remember our fun Summer of 2014.  This is also a perfect gift for the grandparents.

To create this Memory Keeping Craft, you are going to need a few supplies:

  • 8 x 10 canvas
  • colored paints
  • baker’s twine or string of some sort
  • glue
  • little embellishments (I grabbed a package of burlap bows)
  • foam sponge and paint brush
  • painters markers or other permanent pen
  • Aleene’s Tacky Magnetic Adhesive Tape (optional)

Step 1:  Gather all of your supplies together for easy access and prepare to have some fun.  My daughter had such a good time with this project, and it is a parent + child project for sure. We poured our paints on a plate, gathered all of our other supplies, and got ready to have some fun.

Step 2: Summer this year has been fun, and all about balloons for us.  To get things going, we took our baker’s twine and cut several strips.  We then glued just the tips of the twine to the canvas.

Memory Keeping Craft

Step 3: After our twine for the balloons was secure, we grabbed our foam brush and started playing with the paints. One little dab into the paint, and then to the canvas. I then placed the canvas under a fan for a few minutes to allow the glue and paint to full dry.

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Step 4: Once the paint was dry, I tied the the twine together to make our little bouquet of balloons, and added the little burlap bows.

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Step 5:  Now was time for the fun stuff! I took an extra paintbrush and painted some paint onto the little one’s hands.

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(Watch out for the squirmy giggles since the brush bristles tickle!) Carefully place the hands onto the canvas and then promptly take the little one to the sink (or else!).

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Step 6: After the hand prints are dry, grab the fun painters markers. I loved the bright colors, and you know I am a big fan of PINK!

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Step 7: You can place anything here that you prefer, but since this is a Memory Craft, I wanted to make it special for the Summer of 2014, and then add her name on to the bottom.

Step 8: This is optional, but I LOVE it.  I grabbed some Aleene’s tacky magnetic tape to make this project magnetic for our fridge.

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Step 9: Cut a couple of strips of the magnetic tape, pull off the backing, and then firmly press to the back of your canvas. So simple.

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Step 10: Now you are ready to display your project!

Memory Keeping Craft

I hope you enjoyed this fun and simple Memory Making Craft, and I am so excited to have been invited to participate in Craft Camp!

DIY Summer Fun Memory Making Craft

If you liked this project, here are a couple of others you might find interesting as well.

A Minnie Mouse Cozy Coupe

An Easy Drawstring Backpack Tutorial 

DIY Bed Crown Cornice

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Hello, I am Jennifer and I blog over at PinkWhen.com.  You can find  me making all sorts of projects on any given day.  I have always had a creative flair, and now that I am older I get to create fun projects and cook on a daily basis.  Follow along and see what I am going to be sharing next.  You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, and in the kitchen on a daily basis!

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You’re Invited: The Sewing Party Event and Giveaway http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/25/youre-invited-the-sewing-party-event-and-giveaway/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/25/youre-invited-the-sewing-party-event-and-giveaway/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:00:46 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41731 Have you heard all about The Sewing Party yet? It’s a really fun online sewing conference on November 8, and today you can enter to WIN A FREE TICKET ($40 value, 5 winners)!

Read below and you can learn all about The Sewing Party and how you can attend more than 30 classes during this super fun event! I love to sew and I am passionate about teaching others to sew, I love this so much!

The Sewing Party

The Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history.

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about connecting, crafting and creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

So who’s putting on this party?

Some of the biggest names in the industry are behind this super fun day- take a look!

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This video sums up what The Sewing Party is all about!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bOrxggs2pM

Get your Tickets:

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast. Tickets are just $40,  and “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace.

** This year The Sewing Party is open to US residents only. They hope to expand in the future.**

** As a gift for you… if you go ahead and register between between July 15 and July 31 you’ll receive a free $20 t-shirt! Just be sure to use the promo code: LETSPARTY when you register. You’ll receive a follow-up email requesting size info and all that jazz.

So how about that GIVEAWAY?

How would you like to win a free ticket to The Sewing Party? Craft Buds has 5 free tickets to give away. Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below!

(U.S. only please.)

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Winners will be announced Monday, July 28th!

To stay on top of the details, be sure to follow The Sewing Party on social media!

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Egg Carton Caterpillar http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/25/egg-carton-caterpillar/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/25/egg-carton-caterpillar/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:23 +0000 my cakies http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41709 Making a  Egg Carton Caterpillar is a easy way be creative and craft with kids this summer.   It is  a fun kids activity your children will love doing this summer. If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Easy Book cover to a nature sun garland you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

Hello Skip to My Lou readers! I’m Rubyellen from Cakies and I’m so happy to share this cute little project with you! You’re definitely going to want to tead The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make this egg carton caterpillar with the kids. A lot of the projects in our home and done in connection with books we’re reading, and no doubt everyone loves the classic story of that overindulging caterpillar.

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Egg Carton Caterpillar

Supplies:
Egg carton (cut in half lengthwise)
Scissors
Green craft paint
Paintbrush
Cardstock
Markers/colored pencils
6″ strip of crepe paper (or chenille stem)
Glue

Directions:
1. Cut off one column off the egg carton and paint it green (or colorful if you’d like!). Allow to dry completely.

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2. Cut out an oval from the card stock, draw on your caterpillar face on the oval, and twist your crepe paper strip tight to create the antennae.

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3. Glue the antennae to the back of the caterpillar head (near the top), and glue the caterpillar head onto one end of the egg carton.

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Display somewhere for decor or use it to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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We really enjoy making projects inspired by books, such as this house block pillow and these fairy wings. We’re also doing our own little summer series called “Camp Home” filled with easy projects to do at home; this paper plate maze might have been my favorite so far. Thank you for letting me share this project with you!

This post is written by Rubyellen Bratcher, behind the blog Cakies, and author of Let’s Sew Together. She has been featured in Family Fun Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Babiekins, as well as many other print and online venues. A former elementary school teacher, she is a mother to four girls: True, Brave, Soul, and Glow. She lives in California. Her chronicle of daily life can be found at www.mycakies.com.

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Easy Covered Books Tutorial http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/23/easy-covered-books-tutorial/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/23/easy-covered-books-tutorial/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:23 +0000 little birdie secrets http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41642 This Easy Book Cover Tutorial is a easy way to get creating!   It is  a fun kids activity you can do for your kids that will keep kids reading all summer! If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a nature sun garland you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

I’m Mandy from Little Birdie Secrets, a crafty blog featuring kids crafts, recipes, crochet patterns, sewing tutorials, recipes, and more. I’m sharing this darling covered book tutorial that you can make with any fabric, finished off with a cute beaded bookmark. Great for summer reading or back-to-school!

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Book cloth is a paper-backed cloth that is used in bookbinding. You can find it online and in paper stores like Paper Source. Book cloth is worth using because the paper backing keeps the glue from soaking through the fabric and ruining it. But it can be expensive, and there are few color/print options. So we made our own using fabric, iron-on adhesive, and tissue paper.We used a small book of scriptures for our project, but you can cover any book or notebook you want. Here are the other supplies you’ll need:

Supplies
Chipboard
Fabric (we tried a decorator’s weight fabric and a quilting cotton and both worked great)
Coordinating fabric or book cloth for binding
Heat ‘n Bond Ultrahold iron-on adhesive
Tissue paper
PVA glue (bookbinding glue–find it at Paper Source or other online retailers)
Foam brush
Ribbon
Metal charms for bookmark (optional–find these in the jewelry aisle at craft stores)
Metal embellishments for cover (optional–ours are by Tim Holtz)
Needle and coordinating thread
Scissors, Exacto knife, rotary cutter and cutting mat

Start by measuring your book. You will need measurements for the cover’s height and width, and the spine’s height and width.

Make Your Own Book Cloth
Iron a piece of fabric about twice the size of your book cover (one piece for front and one piece for back cover). Then, following the manufacturer’s directions, iron on a piece of the Heat ‘n Bond adhesive about the same size as the fabric on the back of your fabric. Peel off the paper. Cover the adhesive with tissue paper and iron press entire area. It will bond quickly–don’t heat for more than a few seconds. Your fabric is now book cloth!

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Cover
Using an Exacto knife, cut two pieces of chipboard 1/2″ longer than the height 1/4″ shorter than the measurements of the cover.

Cut two pieces of bookcloth 3″ longer and 3″ wider than the chipboard pieces. We used a rotary cutter and quilting ruler to cut it to the specified measurements.

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Bookmark
Cut a piece of ribbon that is the length of the spine plus 3″. Tie on any metal charms you wish.

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Spine
Cut a piece of book cloth that is the same height of the spine and twice the width.

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Glue about 1.5″ of the bookmark ribbon to the top end of the spine. Tuck in the rest inside the book with the charms coming out the bottom so it stays out of the way.

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Center the spine book cloth on the spine and glue in place with PVA glue using a foam brush, smoothing it down along spine and front and back covers.

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Cover the Chipboard
Center a piece of chipboard on the back of the cover book cloth. If you wish to embellish the cover, fold the sides of the book cloth over to crease them and mark the center.

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Sew metal charms or other embellishments to the cover with coordinating thread and a needle.

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decorated book cover tutorial
Spread PVA glue on one side of the chipboard and glue it on the center back of the cover book cloth.

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Cut the corners off the book cloth in a rounded motion, being careful to leave about 1/8″ of fabric from corners (otherwise chipboard will show on corners on finished cover).

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Apply glue to each flap and fold over, smoothing onto chipboard.

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Repeat steps for back cover.

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Fit chipboard covers to book covers by allowing them to hang over 1/4″ on three sides with about 1/2″ of the spine showing. Apply PVA glue to center of covers and adhere to book covers. You’re done!

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We hope you love this craft and will try it to turn a few of your kids’ books into beautiful works of art this summer! Check out our handmade book and other notebook tutorials for more summer crafting fun!

japanese book binding tutorialJapanese Bookbinding Tutorial (how to make a book from scratch)

duct tape covered notebooksDuct Tape Covered Notebooks (and pens!)
how to make a notepadHow to Make a Notepad (from scratch paper!)

mandy and jess lbs square Mandy and Jessica are the two birdies of Little Birdie Secrets, a craft blog born from the crafting obsession of friends living in the Pacific Northwest.  It started with crafting play dates and blossomed into a place where we could share our ideas, knowledge, and finished projects with fellow crafters. Our mission is to share fun and creative crafting projects, tips, and tutorials to make crafting easier and more fun. Our main areas of focus are crocheting, quilting, small sewing projects, kids crafts, home decor, recipes, and paper crafting. We hope our tutorials will inspire you to be creative in every aspect of your life. Come visit us at littlebirdiesecrets.com today!

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Nature Sun catcher Garlands http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/22/nature-sun-catcher-garlands/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/22/nature-sun-catcher-garlands/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 hands on as we grow http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41573 This Nature Suncatcher Garland is the way to get creating!   It is  a fun kids activity that will keep feeling crafty! If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a A Summer Donut Picnic you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

 

Hello Skip to My Lou fans! I’m Jamie, the mom behind hands on : as we grow where I share fun activitiescrafts and art projects I do with my three boys.

I am so excited to be here and to share  this fun wind chime crate to be a part of the Fun Crafts for Summer series here!

We love to make window decorations, they always brighten up the room and are so cheery! Perfect for summer!

This is a fun nature suncatcher that was inspired by our heart garland we made for Valentine’s Day, mixed with our nature suncatchers.

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To make these nature suncatcher garlands, you’ll need:

  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pen
  • Items from Nature
  • String (we used hemp cord but yarn works too)

This activity starts out by exploring in the backyard. A favorite of my active boys.

We looked for small items in nature, small leaves, flowers, or even the petals of the flowers. We kept an eye out for anything with color!

You could definitely make this part an entire activity in itself and do a scavenger hunt for certain colors, textures, or shapes. We always love a good scavenger hunt, and nature ones are classic!

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Then the boys made a nature collage using the contact paper to hold them in place.

I first traced circles onto the contact paper to give the kids some guidance to place their nature items.

If you need it, you can get the full details of how we made the collage part on hands on : as we grow where we also made these into suncatcher wind chimes that are just stunning in the morning sun.

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We cut out the circles and hung him in the window!

Some circles need a little tape help to hold them together in spots.

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jamie-headshotJamie learned to be a hands on mom by creating activities, crafts and art projects for her three boys to do. As a former marketing manager, Jamie needs the creative outlet to get through the early years of parenting with a smile! Follow Jamie on and Pinterest!

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Made by you Monday http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/21/made-by-you-monday-213/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/21/made-by-you-monday-213/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:37 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41562 Looking for fun ideas to keep kids entertained this summer?  Don’t miss all these boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts!

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DIY Bow Napkin Rings http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/20/diy-bow-napkin-rings/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/20/diy-bow-napkin-rings/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:21:08 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41602 Cricut has divided some amazing bloggers into teams and challenged each team member to come up with a project for their home. I am part of  Team 5 so we made our team theme for this months challenge… the number 5.

I made 5 golden rings! That is napkin rings.

DIY Bow Napkin Rings

This is a quick and easy project with the Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine .  I used a shimmery gold flannel backed vinyl (made for tablecloths), metal D-rings and hot glue. All items can be found at a fabric store.

DIY Bow Napkin Rings Supplies

I used the bow from the gift wrap embellishment from the Design Space.  I deleted the objects I didn’t need and enlarged the bow.

cutting with the cricut

Choose cut 5 and it will neatly place 5 bows on the page. Super easy!

making a bow napkin ring with Cricut design

Place vinyl on mat, choose fabric setting, load mat and cut.

DIY Bow Napkin Ring tutorial

Put a dab of hot glue on one end of the bow piece and fasten to other end to make a circle.

how to make bow napkin ring 2

Pinch the middle and wrap the small rectangle around the bow. Fasten with hot glue.

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Flip it over and you have the perfect bow.

how to make bow napkin ring 4

Attach the D-ring to the back with hot glue. Cover the d-ring with a small square of vinyl.

how to make bow napkin ring 5

In no time at all you can make five golden rings perfect for your next dinner party!

Bow napkin rings with Cricut

The Cricut cut the vinyl cloth like butter! This vinyl table cloth material comes in such a variety of patterns and colors that the possibilities are endless for making cute napkin rings for any party!

DIY Bow napkin rings skiptomylou cricut

Please be sure to check out my fabulous team members and their “5″ themed home decor projects!

100 Directions Blog – Five Fabulous Picture Frame Refrigertor Magnets

Create Craft Love – Five DIY Clipboard Kids Art Display

C.R.A.F.T. – High Five Notecards

Just Between Friends – Photo Collage

Cricut is giving away a new Explore machine every day until the end of July!  To enter,take a picture of a project (ANY project) and post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #IMadeIt and #cricut! Official entry rules.

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A Summer Donut Picnic with Glaze recipes http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/20/a-summer-donut-picnic-with-glaze-recipes/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/20/a-summer-donut-picnic-with-glaze-recipes/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:00:41 +0000 I'm Topsy Turvy http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41552 This Summer Donut Picnic is the way to get kids to have fun in the kitchen and learning to cook  It is  a fun kids activity that will keep kids entertained and busy!   If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee  you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

My name is Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy and I’m SO excited to be here for the Fun Crafts for Kids summer series again!  Last Summer I shared my no bake Cheesecake, perfect for summer picnics, and this summer I’m sharing my kids new favorite, a Donut Picnic (can you tell we like eating outside?)!!!

a fun donut picnic to enjoy with your kids this summer, includes easy glaze recipes

You start with plain donuts (my grocery store sells plain ones, or order plain donuts, OR simply make your own like I do!) and a few glaze options, add some toppings and it’s a fun create your own donut picnic.  Perfect for a fun snack, or a crazy sugary dinner (pick the night Dad’s in charge of putting them to bed, right?)

donut-picnic

I let my kids pick what glaze and toppings flavors they wanted.  We went with a basic vanilla glaze, chocolate glaze and maple glaze!  For toppings we have Cinnamon/Sugar, sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles and coconut!  If I was making this for adults I’d add chopped candied bacon, but my kids aren’t a fan.

glazed-donuts

This DOES get messy so make sure you use a blanket that washes easily.  I made this durable denim blanket years ago, and its still a favorite!  You want to make sure the bowls you use are wide enough to fit an entire donut face down.  Teach the kids to drop the donut in, give it a twist and then pull it up and let it drip off a bit.

chocolate-glazed-donut

My youngest doesn’t quite get the concept, but it’s fun to just let them do and create whatever they want.  Just keep some wet wipes handy. And getting messy is part of the fun for kids, right?

sprinkles

Make sure you add the toppings while the glaze is still wet.  If you want too long it will crust over and then the toppings won’t stick!  I let them add as much toppings as they wanted, but once they added the toppings there is no dipping again…

homemade-donut-holes

Also I did have a rule about double dipping the donuts in the glazes, I didn’t want the glazes to mix, but we had plenty of donuts if they wanted to try a different flavor!  Donut holes are PERFECT for trying various flavors as well!

cinnamon-sugar-donuts

My favorite? a basic cinnamon and sugar.  This is the ONE donut that I let them flip the donut around to cover both sides.  If your makeing them homemade the cinnamon and sugar will stick right to a warm donut.  If your buying plain donuts just dip once side in the plain glaze first, OR warm them in the microwave for a few seconds!

homemade-donuts

If you want to try making your own raised donuts head over to my site today to get this recipe.  It takes about 2 hours total, but only about 20 mins is actual work time, the rest is letting it sit and raise!

donut-glaze-recipes

And here are the Glaze recipes:

Vanilla Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2-4 Tbsp Milk
2 tsp vanilla
Mix the powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk and the vanilla. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time.

Chocolate Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I like the dark cocoa powder)
3-5 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the powdered sugar, cocoa, 3 Tbsp milk and the vanilla. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time.

Maple Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1-2 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp mapaline (or other maple extract)
Mix the powdered sugar, maple syrup, 1 Tbsp milk and the mapaline. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time

Cinnamon Sugar
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
Mix!

I hope you liked this donut picnic! Come visit me for other fun ideas like these:

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Easy Waffle Recipe | Crochet Bobble Beard pattern | Anna & Elsa Cake Tutorials

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