The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Hat

My baby is almost 9 months old, time to start planning his 1st Birthday Party!

I know I’m setting myself up for failure by going all out on a first birthday of my first child, because I’ll have to do that from here on out for every kid! I guess I learned it from the best because my mom, Raejean over at Easy as Pie! did the same thing when we were kids. Every party had a theme and everything went with it, but they were really fun. Other moms would tell her that she needed to be a party planner! You can check out some of her more current celebrations here.

If you read what we did for Valentine’s Day you would have seen that we like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so that’s what we chose for his “theme”. (Ok, I chose it but convinced my husband that he should “choose” it for me. Like how that works? 😉

The inspiration for this party hat is from Sweet Love Creates Photography Props. She has the cutest knit hungry caterpillar set for newborn photo-shoots. Seeing that my little one’s birthday is in the middle of summer in Arizona I don’t think anything knit would be the way to go, but this is adorable and I wish I had seen it when he was littler!

My hat is currently made from construction paper and laid over another party hat (thanks, sis!) until I go get the cardstock I need. I have a few months, but I wanted to do this one so I knew what I needed to go and get. Anyway… Here’s how to make it!

Red Cardstock
Green Cardstock
Yellow Cardstock
Blue or Purple Cardstock
Party Hat(to use as template)

1. Use another party hat and lay it down on your red cardstock. Trace it and then cut it out. Also cut the slits where needed. Put it together, and tape if necessary. (Party hats hate me, so I tape them!)

2. Cut out yellow circles. You need 2 per hat, and they shouldn’t be perfect circles, make them messy looking!

3. Cut out smaller green circles, you need two per hat as well. Glue them to the yellow circles. Once they dry, glue them to the hat.

4. Rip out a nose shape from the blue or purple cardstock. Glue it to the hat.

5. Cut out antenna shaped like the ones in the book, messy is fine, that’s kind of the Eric Carle look (Dear Eric Carle, that’s a compliment!). These you need 4 per hat. Two for the front and two for the back. Glue them to your skewers, one on each side to hide the skewers. Shorten the skewers first if you need to, like in this post. You can also cut off the points just in case kids pull them out and start trying to sword fight!

6. Cut a small hole in the top of the party hat, one on each side and slide the skewers in. The skewers won’t poke anyone’s heads if they don’t go down far enough (unless you have some party goers with cone heads) but if you want to make it extra safe some foam and glue would be good in there.

Now I just need to go shopping and make a whole bunch for the party that’s ONLY 4 MONTHS AWAY!! Haha I hope this adds to your Very Hungry Caterpillar parties, and stay tuned because I will be creating more fun things in the next few months to come! Thanks for reading!

Disclosure: The infant model posing in this hat was well paid in cheerios for wearing such a goofy thing!

Large Picture Frame Mat

We went to Vegas a little while ago and got this really neat spray paint-painting done for us. They wanted to sell us a mat for it for $15 I told my husband heck no, they would be cheaper at Micheal’s, especially with a coupon. We went and were going to get a custom frame and holy expensive! I don’t think I’ll ever be doing that, let alone for a $30 piece of art. We got a cheaper frame and I realized I could make my own mat for less than a dollar, especially since we don’t have to worry about things being acid free because it’s not a picture.

Every time I go to the dollar store I try to take note of what is there in case I need it later on. Last time I was there I noticed they had poster board. I went back and got a piece of the black and it was only fifty cents, awesome!

Take the fake picture that comes with the frame and set it on your poster board and cut out around it. Put double sided tape on the back of your art and lay it in the middle of the poster board. Put it in the frame and hang! So cheap any easy, right? This could be done if you had a printed picture as well, but I would make sure that the poster board and tape was acid free.

I Alter My Underwear

This is another odd post, don’t worry there won’t be any pictures of my actual underwear, I took the picture from and showed you how I changed them.

As you know, I’m super cheap. When I saw a 10-pack of underwear on clearance at Wal-mart I grabbed them without looking too much at them. It turned out they were on clearance because the picture on the front was different than what was in the package, but I needed them. After awhile of hating them, I finally came up with a solution to make them work.

I took the two red lines and pinned them together. I sewed them, with a long straight stitch as I stretched it. (See my headband post, I did the same thing) I cut off the excess and they were done. It made them fit much better, more like the bikini cut I usually buy. This was easy and they make me feel good, especially for something so cheap.

Baby Playmat

This is going to be an unusual post. I am just going to tell you not to do this project, and I will tell you what was so terrible about it, so that you don’t make the same mistakes I did. Hopefully it will give you ideas to do something like this but a billion times easier!

I found a playmat at a yardsale and got it for fifty cents. I didn’t realize until I got it home that the bottom was torn up pretty badly and was not worth fixing. Being the crafty gal I am, I decided to make a new bottom for it.

I knew I wanted the bottom nice and cushy like a blanket, but I noticed that even crib sized batting was expensive so I decided a puff pillow would be neat and I had a pillow of fluff that could fill it for a tiny bit of the price.

This was at the time my sewing machine was broken, so most of the squares were hand sewn together and then whip stitched closed. I did get to use the machine for some of the squares, but when the squares are finished they all have to be whip stitched together. And that was the nightmare. I started this when I was pregnant, and did alot of the work when I was on bedrest, but it still wasn’t finished until the baby was almost too big for it! It was very time consuming and very frustrating. Not to mention that I dreaded doing it, so a week at a time it would just sit until I would pick it up again the next week.

I also recovered the poles that went over the top. Those were fun and easy to sew, I just copied the originals. By this time my sewing machine was working, I wouldn’t do these by hand, they get pulled on and eaten too much!

If I were to do it again I would do a few things differently. 1. Buy one already made, new at a store. 2. Find a Joann’s coupon and just buy the batting. 3. Make it with an existing quilt. 4. Sew thick straps to go corner to corner and put blankets I already had over the straps.

Number four is my favorite idea, I wish I had done that! Well now you see a cute project that took FOR-EV-ER and know what not to do. Thanks for reading!

Starting a Tradition

I’m catching up this week on everything I wanted to post last month! This year for Valentine’s Day we got the baby a new book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We love this book, but thought that a board book version of it would be best for the next year or so.

On the inside of the book I put in a sticker I created. It has to and from and a happy valentine’s day so he can know where it came from when he got older. It also will make us stick with the tradition or else he will ask about it later! It also is much better than candy or a card, and he will get plenty of that from everyone else.

You can also check out the tradition of the rhyme we use for Christmas, click here!

No-Sew "Take Luck" Pennant

Like my Brian Regan reference? If you don’t get the joke, listen to it here. If it’s not a running joke in your area, there are a million different things you could put instead. The joy of crafting is the personalization!

I saw this cute printable banner for St. Patrick’s Day but I don’t have any ink in my printer and I’m trying to do with out as long as I can. That being said I also scored some St. Patrick’s Day material from a big find at a yard sale recently. For these small holidays I don’t usually keep my decorations so this is a quick easy project that could fall apart by next year.

Green Fabric of Some Sort
White or Contrast Fabric

1. Fold your fabric so that there are 8 layers.

2. Cut a banner-like triangle.

3. Use white fabric and cut out your letters.

4. Glue your letters to your triangles. I used tacky glue. If you use it, make sure you have something beneath it may bleed through just enough to make things a little sticky!

5. Cut slits in the top corners of each triangle. These holes will be used to string them together.

6. String them together, I had a preschooler help me with this, we just used yarn and she had fun pulling the yarn.

That’s it! Quick and easy is how I like my holiday crafts! But as I’m told, I only like to do holiday crafts for the holiday’s that I enjoy. And those are pretty much just the fall holidays. The springtime ones get on my nerves after the 40th themed post showing up in my reader! Haha I vent about that in my Valentine’s Day post!

Picture Bomb!

One of my sisters made super cute valentines for her friends and family. Check them out here at my mom’s blog. They are mustaches on a stick so you can hold them under your nose if you need a disguise! Or just to make people laugh! I was so excited to get mine, on the way home I was holding it under my nose the whole time and just looking at people in other cars.

She also gave us mustache magnets that we put on the fridge. When all of my sisters came over I found all of the pictures on the fridge looking like this one:

Thanks for the Valentines, sis!