Each year, about three days before my mom’s birthday, my dad sends out an SOS e-mail. He asks if we have any ideas for gifts to get her. Usually, I just wish him luck because my mom is a tough one to shop for!
This year, I had two secret weapons when it came to my mom’s birthday gift: the grandchildren!
With hours to spare before her birthday, we went to Michael’s so Jude could lay on the floor and cry to pick out something to make. Our foster son picked out cute wooden arrows AND a $1 birdhouse. Go big or go home folks.
The next day, we had a painting party in our kitchen. I stripped Jude down to his diaper because he likes to express his creativity by rubbing paint in his clothing. In order to control the finished product a little bit, I hid the red, brown, and black when painting the arrows.
To help Jude achieve the look he was envisioning, I poured paint on the wooden arrow and let him rub it in.
The cleanup took longer than the painting BUT we ended up with some pretty cute gifts for Granny Kelly.
Before Jude’s first birthday party, I was looking on Etsy for a party hat for our birthday boy. After snooping around, I found a few hats that I happened to like. However, I couldn’t fathom spending $20 on hat he would most likely wear for a minute. I then had the great idea to make a party hat from scratch. I did some looking around on Pinterest and found Jones Design Company, which shared a hat tutorial and downloadable template.
*Note: After purchasing all of my supplies, I only saved a few dollars by doing this project myself.*
Felt– 2 colors- I save a lot of time by getting felt with a sticky backside from Michaels Poms – I found mine at target but if you already have yarn at home, you can use this tutorial to make your own. Card stock Ball Fringe– I found this in the felt isle at Michaels (similar item) Hot Glue Gun String to keep the hat on the child’s head. I used jewelry string.
Steps Step 1 – Using the template from Jones Design Company, I cut the design out on the card stock. I used my circuit, but you can do this by hand.
Step 2– Form the card-stock into a cone.
Step 3– Once again using the template, cut the hat shape out on felt.
Step 4– Stack the felt cutout onto the card stock cutout.
Step 5– Using the hot glue gun, glue the edges together to create a cone.
Note: I purchased “Tacky Glue” but it would not allow me to hold the shape of the hat.
Step 6– Cut out the number outline in the felt and add it to the hat
Step 7– Add the pom to the top.
Step 8– Add the ball fringe.
Step 9 – Try to get your child to wear the hat
Step 10– Have your dog model for you when your child won’t
When it came to Jude’s first birthday decorations, I wanted to keep things simple. Helium filled balloons are a pain to transport, streamers tear easily, & confetti would get eaten by the birthday boy. I was looking at my Pinterest page for inspiration and found this: >>> source <<<
There was just one problem… The project above requires sewing. Back in 7th grade during our home economics class, I made a deal with one of the boys in our class. He did the machine sewing projects and I did the hand stitching. With this master plan, I never learned how to use a sewing machine. Back to the drawing board for me…
Using Anthropologie for inspiration, Berta from “Mommy like Whoa”, made this beautiful felt garland piece. In her tutorial, I saw that she was using a needle and thread to string her felt. That seemed a little too time consuming for me so I set out to try something a little different while still using the Anthropologie garland as inspiration.
Felt notes: I used the colors “Smoke” + “Silver Grey”. I purchased mine for $0.39 per sheet at Michaels. Being I didn’t know how much felt I would need, I preferred to buy it by the sheet than by the yard.
Cut the felt into strips. I did not measure ANYTHING.
Now decide what order you want your strips in. I made a pile and randomly pulled from it.
Think about how long you want your garland to be and cut your twine or yarn accordingly.
Lastly, tie your felt in knots around the string.
Ta-Da! That is it! A no-sew felt garland tutorial for you to try.
The cutting and knotting were time consuming but were simple enough that I could do it while playing with Jude on the floor. Be sure to share your photos if you give this a try!