Friday, April 29, 2011

Make your princess a glittering star wand

Welcome all! Last week was my son's 4th birthday and in lieu of a party (which never go well for me) we planned a birthday adventure for him and his older sister. They got to dress up in royal attire and among other things, slay a dragon, capture snakes and defeat a forest of spiders.
(plus a photo scavenger hunt)


For my daughter we made a tutu and crown and to complete the outfit I made her a glittering star wand.

Supplies;
glitter
Mod Podge
scissors
1/4 dowel cut to length (or a knitting needle like I used)
hot glue
some tulle, ribbon, or yarn to wrap around the wand

Here's how:
First I searched all over to find a good 3D star template and found it here


 Then I used GIMP to shrink it so that I could get two of them onto one page.


I cut them out and folded them to make the shape


Then I glued them together. I used Mod Podge but I would recommend hot glue cause it slipped around when I set it down to dry. Also cut a notch big enough for your wand (I used a knitting needle, though I bought a dowel that never got cut for it)


Apply Mod Podge to the star, be generous with the glue or you'll have empty spots.


The party was is in  pink and blue (they boy's favorite colors) so I alternated the colors.
Put hot glue on the tip of the dowel (or knitting needle), you can paint the dowel first, and push into the tip of star through the notch you cut.


Make sure you add enough hot glue so this doesn't happen.

Dress up the wand with ribbon or tulle and present it to your happy princess.



Next I'll show you how I made Little Man super easy pillow case cape (which he still wears)

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Good stuff is on it's way

I have had probably the busiest month of my life but I have a more goodies to share with you soon!
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bunnies!!

So my birthday is coming up in six days :) and I thought I give you guys a few presents to celebrate.
First up is the pattern for these cute little bunny appliqu├ęs.

I saw something similar; this to be exact

she found the pattern for these on a German forum, since I don't speak German I decided to make up my own version. I used scraps of yarn laying around and a G hook.


Abbreviations:
Ch - Chain
SC- Single crochet
DC- Double crochet
TRB- Treble crochet
SS- Slip stitch

Body
Foundation: Ch 3 9DC in first third Ch from hook



Row 1. *2SC in each* across


Row 2. *HDC 1   2HDC in next* across


Row 3. Ch 1  {2TRB} twice   2DC   HDC   Ch 12 SS in next SC   Ch 12 SS in same space, turn


SC 12 in each loop SS to any loop on back side of bunny.


Finish

(The pink one I actually did  left handed, it was hard but fun 
and know I'm thinking about learning to crochet well with my left hand)

To make the mirror image work the pattern through Row 2. 
for Row 3. Ch 12 SS in next SC   Ch 12 SS in same space, turn
SC 12 in each loop SC  to next   HDC   2DC   {2TRB} twice   Ch 1   SS to body.
Finish

Tail:
JWSC to body where you'd like the tail to go; 4DC   SC  finish



To make the bunting I chained 12 then put chains along the back of the bunny and one between the ears.
If they aren't laying flat for you, you can give them a quick iron (if your yarn will take it)




You can also give them some eyes, I wrapped some blue yarn around a TRB post twice and tied it off in the back, you could also glue on some google eyes.

These work up really quick, I managed to make few while rocking the fussy baby and waiting for our lunch to boil.
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