2014. make + take: road or sky. 
materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, needle, scissors, embroidery thread, vehicle figurines
i am kind of obsessed with making sorting mats. i use them often in my classroom for math and science activities. for extra durability, i sewed two sheets of foam together to create each mat and used felt to make the scenery. as part of our community unit we discuss jobs and different vehicles and i thought it would be fun to play with them on a miniature road or sky. i cut roads, houses, and trees for the “road” mat, and the “sky” mat only needed clouds and a runway.
the little vehicles are part of a safari toob collection. they’re one my favorite brands of plastic figurines along with schleich, a german company that specializes in lifelike animals. i should make mats for dogs and cats next, don’t ya think?

2014. make + take: road or sky. 

materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, needle, scissors, embroidery thread, vehicle figurines

i am kind of obsessed with making sorting mats. i use them often in my classroom for math and science activities. for extra durability, i sewed two sheets of foam together to create each mat and used felt to make the scenery. as part of our community unit we discuss jobs and different vehicles and i thought it would be fun to play with them on a miniature road or sky. i cut roads, houses, and trees for the “road” mat, and the “sky” mat only needed clouds and a runway.

the little vehicles are part of a safari toob collection. they’re one my favorite brands of plastic figurines along with schleich, a german company that specializes in lifelike animals. i should make mats for dogs and cats next, don’t ya think?


2014. make + take: paper dogs. 
materials: paper towel roll (or bath tissue rolls), permanent marker, craft paint, assorted paintbrushes, glossy mod podge
the trio of unsavory characters belong to my dog gang. they’re sophie (the pug), mungo (the boxer), and smiley (the boston terrier). one day i will write stories about them for a children’s book series. sophie’s the boss, mungo’s the muscle, and smiley’s the silly one.
i made the paper dogs over a year (or maybe two years) ago, long before i started sharing crafts on the blog. i remembering seeing paper owls on pinterest and and thinking, those would be doggone cuter if they were pups!
find an empty cardboard roll and trim to size if needed. using your fingers, pinch the top part of the roll and push down to create ears. it took me a few tries to line up the ears just right.
use a sharpie and outline details for the dogs like eyes, snouts, noses, whiskers, and patches. paint the dogs with acrylic craft paint. apply multiple coats for light areas like eyes and chests. allow the dogs to dry. the next day, finish the dogs by adding a coat of mod podge.
aren’t they adorable? i lined them up on a shelf by michael’s desk, but if you have little ones, the dogs would make even better finger puppets.
this make + take is approved by sophie. bow wow wow wow wow!

2014. make + take: paper dogs. 

materials: paper towel roll (or bath tissue rolls), permanent marker, craft paint, assorted paintbrushes, glossy mod podge

the trio of unsavory characters belong to my dog gang. they’re sophie (the pug), mungo (the boxer), and smiley (the boston terrier). one day i will write stories about them for a children’s book series. sophie’s the boss, mungo’s the muscle, and smiley’s the silly one.

i made the paper dogs over a year (or maybe two years) ago, long before i started sharing crafts on the blog. i remembering seeing paper owls on pinterest and and thinking, those would be doggone cuter if they were pups!

find an empty cardboard roll and trim to size if needed. using your fingers, pinch the top part of the roll and push down to create ears. it took me a few tries to line up the ears just right.

use a sharpie and outline details for the dogs like eyes, snouts, noses, whiskers, and patches. paint the dogs with acrylic craft paint. apply multiple coats for light areas like eyes and chests. allow the dogs to dry. the next day, finish the dogs by adding a coat of mod podge.

aren’t they adorable? i lined them up on a shelf by michael’s desk, but if you have little ones, the dogs would make even better finger puppets.

this make + take is approved by sophie. bow wow wow wow wow!


2014. make + take: bouquet box. 
materials: wedding bouquet, bouttonniére, faux insects, faux bird, dried moss, wooden display box
after a wedding, many brides wonder, what do i do with my bouquet? it’s customary to save it— you could place it in a tissue lined box or carefully press the flowers in a journal. i’d been itching to make a display box, so i carefully snipped away and created something special we could see everyday.
when we arrived home, i put my bouquet and michael’s bouttonniére in a dry, semi-dark corner of our dining room. i read online that hanging the bouquet upside down was an option, but i wasn’t sure if the flowers would preserve well. my bouquet was composed of two giant dahlias against a large bunch of mixed greens (leaves, baby’s breath, and ferns), and the dahlias were very delicate. surprisingly my method worked just fine. the dahlias shrunk but kept their unique colors, and michael’s billy bobs looked just like new.
instead of saving the entire bouquet, i utilized pieces of it to create a woodland display box. i saved a few leaves and sprigs of fern and baby’s breath, and of course, i kept the dahlias. i layered a bag of mixed floral moss on the bottom of the box followed by the greens. then i arranged the dahlias and michael’s bouttonniére.
i bought the tiny butterflies and chickadee at joann’s for a cute, lifelike touch. it looks like the bird is quietly sitting in the garden waiting for an aphid or ladybug.
we placed the bouquet box on our bookcase in a shaded corner. chopping up a wedding bouquet might not be right for everyone, but it was right (and lovely) for me.
if you missed it, check out our wedding photos here.

2014. make + take: bouquet box. 

materials: wedding bouquet, bouttonniére, faux insects, faux bird, dried moss, wooden display box

after a wedding, many brides wonder, what do i do with my bouquet? it’s customary to save it— you could place it in a tissue lined box or carefully press the flowers in a journal. i’d been itching to make a display box, so i carefully snipped away and created something special we could see everyday.

when we arrived home, i put my bouquet and michael’s bouttonniére in a dry, semi-dark corner of our dining room. i read online that hanging the bouquet upside down was an option, but i wasn’t sure if the flowers would preserve well. my bouquet was composed of two giant dahlias against a large bunch of mixed greens (leaves, baby’s breath, and ferns), and the dahlias were very delicate. surprisingly my method worked just fine. the dahlias shrunk but kept their unique colors, and michael’s billy bobs looked just like new.

instead of saving the entire bouquet, i utilized pieces of it to create a woodland display box. i saved a few leaves and sprigs of fern and baby’s breath, and of course, i kept the dahlias. i layered a bag of mixed floral moss on the bottom of the box followed by the greens. then i arranged the dahlias and michael’s bouttonniére.

i bought the tiny butterflies and chickadee at joann’s for a cute, lifelike touch. it looks like the bird is quietly sitting in the garden waiting for an aphid or ladybug.

we placed the bouquet box on our bookcase in a shaded corner. chopping up a wedding bouquet might not be right for everyone, but it was right (and lovely) for me.

if you missed it, check out our wedding photos here.


2013. make + take: advent calendar clippies. materials: wooden clothespins, adhesive foam squares, scrapbook paper, white paint marker, scissorshappy thanksgiving eve! it’s been a little quiet on the blog this week as we’re housekeepin’. michael installed tub guards in our bathrooms, and i reorganized our bookcases and mantle. we also used some of our wedding money and bought a beautiful, brand-new… coffee table. we’re big spenders!last year i made an advent calendar for michael and lined the numbers up on our shelves. it was his second calendar because i made him one the first year we were dating. this year i declared it an official family tradition and decided to make reusable clips. i can quickly put the clothespins on any bag or package regardless of size.i used silver glitter scrapbook paper, but you can choose any color or print under the sun. cut twenty-four small circles and label them using a paint marker (puffy paint works, too). allow them to dry. stick a circle onto each clothespin with an adhesive foam square.after you’ve collected the advent presents or candy, label them with a clothespin. sit back and smile as your loved one counts down to christmas.

2013. make + take: advent calendar clippies.

materials: wooden clothespins, adhesive foam squares, scrapbook paper, white paint marker, scissors

happy thanksgiving eve! it’s been a little quiet on the blog this week as we’re housekeepin’. michael installed tub guards in our bathrooms, and i reorganized our bookcases and mantle. we also used some of our wedding money and bought a beautiful, brand-new… coffee table. we’re big spenders!

last year i made an advent calendar for michael and lined the numbers up on our shelves. it was his second calendar because i made him one the first year we were dating. this year i declared it an official family tradition and decided to make reusable clips. i can quickly put the clothespins on any bag or package regardless of size.

i used silver glitter scrapbook paper, but you can choose any color or print under the sun. cut twenty-four small circles and label them using a paint marker (puffy paint works, too). allow them to dry. stick a circle onto each clothespin with an adhesive foam square.

after you’ve collected the advent presents or candy, label them with a clothespin. sit back and smile as your loved one counts down to christmas.


2013. make + take: skeleton sam.
materials: white foam sheet, black foam sheet, tacky glue, scissors, sharpie pen
our halloween budget is very small; we buy a few pumpkins and candy. growing up, my mom bought even less. but one thing hasn’t changed— i make my own decorations.
i created the skeleton with leftover foam from another project. i cut a rectangle for his body and then quickly cut some bones. with a few dab of tacky glue, he was done! i named him sam.
in my classroom, i have the same activity in the art station except the kids use extra pieces of construction paper. they’re allowed to make their own skeletons by cutting and gluing whatever and however they like. it’s a fun activity that gets them in the mood for halloween and supports scissor and art skills.
make a skeleton sam (or a skeleton sally) of your own. happy halloween!

2013. make + take: skeleton sam.

materials: white foam sheet, black foam sheet, tacky glue, scissors, sharpie pen

our halloween budget is very small; we buy a few pumpkins and candy. growing up, my mom bought even less. but one thing hasn’t changed— i make my own decorations.

i created the skeleton with leftover foam from another project. i cut a rectangle for his body and then quickly cut some bones. with a few dab of tacky glue, he was done! i named him sam.

in my classroom, i have the same activity in the art station except the kids use extra pieces of construction paper. they’re allowed to make their own skeletons by cutting and gluing whatever and however they like. it’s a fun activity that gets them in the mood for halloween and supports scissor and art skills.

make a skeleton sam (or a skeleton sally) of your own. happy halloween!


2013. make + take: land or water. materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, scissors, animal figurinesi’ve mentioned in previous make + takes that i love hands-on activities for kids. the trick to keeping children busy is giving them intriguing activities or games.my class enjoys sorting mats. you can make the mats for pretty much anything (ex. day or night, heavy or light). i created the land and water mats with foam and felt. i used foam as the base because it’s flexible and tacky glue works well with it. for the “land” mat, i cut out some trees, rocks, and bushes, and for the “water” mat, i cut out a big blue ocean with fish and plants and rocks at the bottom.the little creatures are part of a safari toob collection. i can’t tell you enough how much i’m obsessed with safari toobs. i’d buy every single set if i could. the objects feel durable and come in bright and fun colors.the purpose of the game is simple: sort the pieces for land or water. then play with them as you wish. my students like the different animals, and i’m happy that they’re sorting and staying busy. win win!

2013. make + take: land or water.

materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, scissors, animal figurines

i’ve mentioned in previous make + takes that i love hands-on activities for kids. the trick to keeping children busy is giving them intriguing activities or games.

my class enjoys sorting mats. you can make the mats for pretty much anything (ex. day or night, heavy or light). i created the land and water mats with foam and felt. i used foam as the base because it’s flexible and tacky glue works well with it. for the “land” mat, i cut out some trees, rocks, and bushes, and for the “water” mat, i cut out a big blue ocean with fish and plants and rocks at the bottom.

the little creatures are part of a safari toob collection. i can’t tell you enough how much i’m obsessed with safari toobs. i’d buy every single set if i could. the objects feel durable and come in bright and fun colors.

the purpose of the game is simple: sort the pieces for land or water. then play with them as you wish. my students like the different animals, and i’m happy that they’re sorting and staying busy. win win!


2013. make + take: cutesy clipboard. materials: brown clipboard, ribbons, neat paper, washi tape, acrylic paint, foam brush, glossy mod podgewhen i first began teaching, one of my room parents made me an adorable clipboard using mod podge glue and floral scrapbook paper. i liked it so much that i began making copycats during vacations. this summer, i upped the ante by creating a “contemporary” clipboard with old kate spade wrapping paper.pick out cute paper (wrapping paper or scrapbook paper work best) and you’re ready to start! first, trace the shape of the clipboard on two pieces of paper. for the “front” side, you can trace and cut the excess paper around the metal clip, or you can trace it to just under the clip like i did; my way is much easier. cut out the shapes for the front and back and leave aside.using a small foam brush, cover the back of the clipboard with mod podge. carefully align the “back” paper with the clipboard and lay it on top, smoothing the surface for air bubbles. allow the glue to dry before adding a second coat over the paper. wait 15-20 minutes before working on the front.apply glue to the front of the clipboard. align the “front” paper around the clip (or directly under under it). lay the paper on top, smoothing the surface for air bubbles. allow the glue to dry before adding a second coat over the paper. let the clipboard dry overnight. prop it against something so it doesn’t stick to your table.to make my version, paint the upper part of the clipboard around the metal clip. it’s okay if you smear a little paint on the top seam of paper. allow the paint to dry. use a piece of washi tape and cover the line between the paint and the paper.loop complimentary colored ribbons through the metal clip. use the board for a to-do list, seating chart, or weekly lesson plan. if you want extra credit, make some for your fellow teachers! :o)

2013. make + take: cutesy clipboard.

materials: brown clipboard, ribbons, neat paper, washi tape, acrylic paint, foam brush, glossy mod podge

when i first began teaching, one of my room parents made me an adorable clipboard using mod podge glue and floral scrapbook paper. i liked it so much that i began making copycats during vacations. this summer, i upped the ante by creating a “contemporary” clipboard with old kate spade wrapping paper.

pick out cute paper (wrapping paper or scrapbook paper work best) and you’re ready to start! first, trace the shape of the clipboard on two pieces of paper. for the “front” side, you can trace and cut the excess paper around the metal clip, or you can trace it to just under the clip like i did; my way is much easier. cut out the shapes for the front and back and leave aside.

using a small foam brush, cover the back of the clipboard with mod podge. carefully align the “back” paper with the clipboard and lay it on top, smoothing the surface for air bubbles. allow the glue to dry before adding a second coat over the paper. wait 15-20 minutes before working on the front.

apply glue to the front of the clipboard. align the “front” paper around the clip (or directly under under it). lay the paper on top, smoothing the surface for air bubbles. allow the glue to dry before adding a second coat over the paper. let the clipboard dry overnight. prop it against something so it doesn’t stick to your table.

to make my version, paint the upper part of the clipboard around the metal clip. it’s okay if you smear a little paint on the top seam of paper. allow the paint to dry. use a piece of washi tape and cover the line between the paint and the paper.

loop complimentary colored ribbons through the metal clip. use the board for a to-do list, seating chart, or weekly lesson plan. if you want extra credit, make some for your fellow teachers! :o)


2013. make + take: wedding hangers. materials: wooden hangers, miniature chalkboards, sharpie paint markeri’ve been working on a lot of wedding crafts, and i’ve been having a lot of fun. now that we have our big details squared away, focus returns to sweet little things. last week, i made these hangers for my gown and michael’s suit. they won’t serve much purpose besides being a photo prop for a few minutes. but the thought of them holding our dressed-up best makes me grin.this is an easy project anyone can make with decent handwriting. i chose two of our oldest wooden hangers and paired them with mini chalkboards. i used a white sharpie paint marker and carefully lettered mr. and mrs.looking back, i should have lightly sketched the letters in chalk. i was incredibly lucky that i didn’t smudge the paint. maybe i have a new career as an impromptu graffiti artist. :o)

2013. make + take: wedding hangers.

materials: wooden hangers, miniature chalkboards, sharpie paint marker

i’ve been working on a lot of wedding crafts, and i’ve been having a lot of fun. now that we have our big details squared away, focus returns to sweet little things. last week, i made these hangers for my gown and michael’s suit. they won’t serve much purpose besides being a photo prop for a few minutes. but the thought of them holding our dressed-up best makes me grin.

this is an easy project anyone can make with decent handwriting. i chose two of our oldest wooden hangers and paired them with mini chalkboards. i used a white sharpie paint marker and carefully lettered mr. and mrs.

looking back, i should have lightly sketched the letters in chalk. i was incredibly lucky that i didn’t smudge the paint. maybe i have a new career as an impromptu graffiti artist. :o)


2013. make + take: doily cake topper. materials: small doily, metal initials, jewel-it glue, red felt, scissors, needle, thread, stringdo you like cake? of course you do. i have so many favorite kinds of cakes: red velvet, black forest, oreo, strawberry cream, etc. we haven’t settled on our wedding cake; we’re leaning towards a dessert table with a variety of sweets. but at least one of those treats will be a cake.i made this darling cake topper using a crochet doily and leftover odds and ends. the string is actually from a gift bag. i removed the handles to recycle the bag; i thought the string was too pretty to throw away. i found the initials years ago. they’re from a scrapbooking kit with metal letters in two fonts.i sewed a small heart in the center and then i used jewel-it glue to attach the letters to the doily. jewel-it glue is my go-to glue for metal pieces or gems. using matching thread, i linked the string to the heart at the two top points.here’s the dilemma— how do i prop it up on a cake? i think i’ll tie it to wooden skewers. i tend to craft as soon as i get an idea and work out the technicalities later. cross your fingers.

2013. make + take: doily cake topper.

materials: small doily, metal initials, jewel-it glue, red felt, scissors, needle, thread, string

do you like cake? of course you do. i have so many favorite kinds of cakes: red velvet, black forest, oreo, strawberry cream, etc. we haven’t settled on our wedding cake; we’re leaning towards a dessert table with a variety of sweets. but at least one of those treats will be a cake.

i made this darling cake topper using a crochet doily and leftover odds and ends. the string is actually from a gift bag. i removed the handles to recycle the bag; i thought the string was too pretty to throw away. i found the initials years ago. they’re from a scrapbooking kit with metal letters in two fonts.

i sewed a small heart in the center and then i used jewel-it glue to attach the letters to the doily. jewel-it glue is my go-to glue for metal pieces or gems. using matching thread, i linked the string to the heart at the two top points.

here’s the dilemma— how do i prop it up on a cake? i think i’ll tie it to wooden skewers. i tend to craft as soon as i get an idea and work out the technicalities later. cross your fingers.


2013. make + take: giant pom-poms. materials: yarn, twine, scissors, serving forkon wednesday, i got a grand idea to make pom-pom garlands for our wedding reception. i bought a big skein of red lion brand yarn and set to work.wrapping yarn around a fork is the easiest way to make evenly sized pom-poms. the smaller the fork, the smaller the pom-pom. i used a serving fork because i wanted golfball-sized poms. you could use a slotted spatula for supersize poms (i’m trying that next).wind the yarn around the fork fifteen times and cut the end. thread a small piece of twine in the center of the fork and tie a knot, cinching the yarn. double knot it for extra security. using small scissors, cut the loops on the outer edges of the fork. fluff up the pom-pom. use the twine to tie the poms to a longer string or ribbon for a garland. repeat until you reach a desired length.i used all my yarn and spaced the pom-poms twelve inches apart. my garland ended up being ten yards long. whew! i planned on sharing a photo but i tangled up my work. after scolding myself and straightening out the garland, i carefully put it into a box. don’t sweat; there are tons of examples on pinterest.

2013. make + take: giant pom-poms.

materials: yarn, twine, scissors, serving fork

on wednesday, i got a grand idea to make pom-pom garlands for our wedding reception. i bought a big skein of red lion brand yarn and set to work.

wrapping yarn around a fork is the easiest way to make evenly sized pom-poms. the smaller the fork, the smaller the pom-pom. i used a serving fork because i wanted golfball-sized poms. you could use a slotted spatula for supersize poms (i’m trying that next).

wind the yarn around the fork fifteen times and cut the end. thread a small piece of twine in the center of the fork and tie a knot, cinching the yarn. double knot it for extra security. using small scissors, cut the loops on the outer edges of the fork. fluff up the pom-pom. use the twine to tie the poms to a longer string or ribbon for a garland. repeat until you reach a desired length.

i used all my yarn and spaced the pom-poms twelve inches apart. my garland ended up being ten yards long. whew! i planned on sharing a photo but i tangled up my work. after scolding myself and straightening out the garland, i carefully put it into a box. don’t sweat; there are tons of examples on pinterest.


2013. make + take: picture perfect postcard.
materials: picture frame (mine is by threshold), postcard
peter wood, a famed art director and one of my college professors, taught me that beauty is everywhere. it’s in the tiny letters on your mailbox key, the ombré petals of a hydrangea, and the clouds in the sky. it’s in a slightly askew piece of tape, a bird’s feather, and a curve of a coffee mug.
see that cute little print? it’s an example of everyday beauty; it’s a postcard from madewell. a few weeks ago, it arrived in the mail and i loved it so much that i framed it. it looked even more wonderful (at least to me).
if you have a spare frame, use it for something unexpected. the final result might surprise you.

2013. make + take: picture perfect postcard.

materials: picture frame (mine is by threshold), postcard

peter wood, a famed art director and one of my college professors, taught me that beauty is everywhere. it’s in the tiny letters on your mailbox key, the ombré petals of a hydrangea, and the clouds in the sky. it’s in a slightly askew piece of tape, a bird’s feather, and a curve of a coffee mug.

see that cute little print? it’s an example of everyday beauty; it’s a postcard from madewell. a few weeks ago, it arrived in the mail and i loved it so much that i framed it. it looked even more wonderful (at least to me).

if you have a spare frame, use it for something unexpected. the final result might surprise you.


2013. make + take: for the birds.
materials: acrylic craft paint, paintbrushes, small wooden birdhouses (found at craft stores), newspaper
one of our neighbors has a tree filled with real birdhouses; real meaning birds visit, go inside, eat, build a nest, etc. i have a tree with fake birdhouses; fake meaning if a bird landed on it, it would fall down. maybe i should call them anthouses.
i bought the miniature abodes from the craft store and painted them in cheerful colors. they’re inexpensive outdoor decorations, and they’re cute gifts. don’t forget to spread newspaper on the table because acrylic is permanent, and wrap yourself in newspaper if you’re clumsy like me. or just wear a smock!

2013. make + take: for the birds.

materials: acrylic craft paint, paintbrushes, small wooden birdhouses (found at craft stores), newspaper

one of our neighbors has a tree filled with real birdhouses; real meaning birds visit, go inside, eat, build a nest, etc. i have a tree with fake birdhouses; fake meaning if a bird landed on it, it would fall down. maybe i should call them anthouses.

i bought the miniature abodes from the craft store and painted them in cheerful colors. they’re inexpensive outdoor decorations, and they’re cute gifts. don’t forget to spread newspaper on the table because acrylic is permanent, and wrap yourself in newspaper if you’re clumsy like me. or just wear a smock!


2013. make + take: skills spinner. materials: zoo pals paper plates, pushpin, bobby pins, plastic straws, multicolor dot stickers, permanent markerdo you use flashcards for your kids? mix it up with a skills spinner— i attended a workshop two years ago and another teacher shared the idea for older students. i modified the spinner and made it kindergarten-friendly with sight words.i used zoo pals plates because they’re stinkin’ cute. punch a hole in the center of the plate with a pushpin. insert a small bobby pin and “clip” it to the plate. cut a small piece of straw for the top half of the pin, creating a “hand” similar to a clock. the straw helps little ones move the hand around the plate (older kids won’t need a straw).use colored dots on the outer edge of the plate for specific skills like letters, numbers, words, addition facts, etc. the child holds the plate and reads or recites whatever the hand points towards.think of the spinner as a compact collection of flash cards. plus, they’re easy and inexpensive to create for your students. take one for a whirl!p.s. my heart goes out to anyone affected by the terrorist attacks in boston. beantown is the home of our beloved baseball team and michael’s alma mater. i’m still processing it all. love (and watch out for) each other.

2013. make + take: skills spinner.

materials: zoo pals paper plates, pushpin, bobby pins, plastic straws, multicolor dot stickers, permanent marker

do you use flashcards for your kids? mix it up with a skills spinner— i attended a workshop two years ago and another teacher shared the idea for older students. i modified the spinner and made it kindergarten-friendly with sight words.

i used zoo pals plates because they’re stinkin’ cute. punch a hole in the center of the plate with a pushpin. insert a small bobby pin and “clip” it to the plate. cut a small piece of straw for the top half of the pin, creating a “hand” similar to a clock. the straw helps little ones move the hand around the plate (older kids won’t need a straw).

use colored dots on the outer edge of the plate for specific skills like letters, numbers, words, addition facts, etc. the child holds the plate and reads or recites whatever the hand points towards.

think of the spinner as a compact collection of flash cards. plus, they’re easy and inexpensive to create for your students. take one for a whirl!

p.s. my heart goes out to anyone affected by the terrorist attacks in boston. beantown is the home of our beloved baseball team and michael’s alma mater. i’m still processing it all. love (and watch out for) each other.


2013. make + take: giant washi style flags. materials: wooden skewers, white con-tact paper, permanent markers, scissorslast summer i discovered white con-tact paper and never looked back. i keep a roll in my classroom to label cubbies and create signs. my little ones refer to it as “giant sticker paper” and they’re right: it’s giant sticker paper.i used con-tact paper to make oversized washi style flags. i cut a long strip of adhesive (about 3X10 inches) and placed a wooden skewer in the center. then i folded the paper and it stuck to itself. you can trim the flag into a pennant or banner and draw anything from designs to dinosaurs.my flags say PUGS RULE + DROOL. they’re for pug day which is celebrated everyday at our house.use your personalized flags for cakes, parades, and cocktails. cheers!

2013. make + take: giant washi style flags.

materials: wooden skewers, white con-tact paper, permanent markers, scissors

last summer i discovered white con-tact paper and never looked back. i keep a roll in my classroom to label cubbies and create signs. my little ones refer to it as “giant sticker paper” and they’re right: it’s giant sticker paper.

i used con-tact paper to make oversized washi style flags. i cut a long strip of adhesive (about 3X10 inches) and placed a wooden skewer in the center. then i folded the paper and it stuck to itself. you can trim the flag into a pennant or banner and draw anything from designs to dinosaurs.

my flags say PUGS RULE + DROOL. they’re for pug day which is celebrated everyday at our house.

use your personalized flags for cakes, parades, and cocktails. cheers!


2013. make + take: pom-pom-pillar. materials: pom-poms, embroidery thread, embroidery needle, wiggle eyes, super gluewho invented pom-poms? i looked it up on wikipedia, but i learned nothing about the pom pom creator. however, i discovered that pom-poms can be spelled in many ways: pompon (1961), pom-pom (2010), and pompom (2011). i must love 2010 because i prefer it with the hyphen.pom-pom creatures came into existence around the same time as crafty moms and teachers. usually they’re glued together, but smart people thread them on a string. duh! then the animal never falls apart.i made pom-pom caterpillars for my kids to sort from longest to shortest. i used small pom-poms and embroidery thread. tie a big knot in the thread and string together pom-poms with a big needle to a desired length. then tie another knot and add wiggle eyes.isn’t my little red friend cute? he’s twenty and single.

2013. make + take: pom-pom-pillar.

materials: pom-poms, embroidery thread, embroidery needle, wiggle eyes, super glue

who invented pom-poms? i looked it up on wikipedia, but i learned nothing about the pom pom creator. however, i discovered that pom-poms can be spelled in many ways: pompon (1961), pom-pom (2010), and pompom (2011). i must love 2010 because i prefer it with the hyphen.

pom-pom creatures came into existence around the same time as crafty moms and teachers. usually they’re glued together, but smart people thread them on a string. duh! then the animal never falls apart.

i made pom-pom caterpillars for my kids to sort from longest to shortest. i used small pom-poms and embroidery thread. tie a big knot in the thread and string together pom-poms with a big needle to a desired length. then tie another knot and add wiggle eyes.

isn’t my little red friend cute? he’s twenty and single.