My Little Pony Felt Headbands

My Little Pony Headbands
I’m doing a my little pony birthday party for a friend’s daughter. I started off by watching way too many episodes in one day while sketching out these headbands. My Little Pony Felt Headbands Once they were sketched out it was easy and fun to put them together while we watched more episodes of my little pony. To make your own you will need great scissor skills, plenty of felt, tacky glue and elastic. Felt ColorsFelt Colors Shopping List:

  • White
  • Light Yellow
  • Bright Yellow
  • Red
  • Light Blue
  • Dark Blue
  • Bright Blue
  • Orange
  • Light Purple
  • Dark Purple
  • Light Pink
  • Hot Pink
  • Light Brown

My three year old son was wonderful enough to take some pictures of the process of making the headbands. Making Felt My Little Pony Headbands First I made a simple stencil, so that the ears would be symmetrical, and used that to cut out light blue felt for Rainbow Dash’s ears. Making Felt My Little Pony Headbands Making Felt My Little Pony Headbands Next I cut out the other colors and shapes for the mane. My sisters have told me I should have had her hair point downwards instead of up, but either way it’s usually flying in the wind so I think it looks great. Making Felt My Little Pony Headbands When everything is cut out you can paint on any accents, I usually just add a paint stroke to the ears. Then everything can be glued on as well. Making Felt My Little Pony Headbands Lastly, the elastic needs to be glued onto the back. I usually let it dry using a clothespin to hold it together.

My Little Pony Headbands

For the rest of the friends it’s the same idea. I used some pictures online to compare the ponies to my sketches and to get the colors right. For some of the less obvious ponies I like to add their cutie mark too.

Twilight Sparkle Headband
Baby Brother makes a cute Twilight Sparkle!

Keep checking back, hopefully soon I will finish the last of the My Little Pony headbands before the party. Keep in touch with Monzanita’s via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and I’ll be posting more pictures!

DIY Snakeskin Picture Frame

DIY Snakeskin Picture Frame

My family loves to go out four wheeling, camping and hiking. Every once in awhile we stumble across a rattle snake and if we have time and resources we usually hunt the snake to eat later. (Don’t worry, we are legally hunting them!) Oh, and I cook the best snake. I’ll have to post the recipe the next time we get one.

We save the snakeskin as well, so far other family members haven taken home the skins and rattles, but this time because I skinned and gutted the snake I was the one to keep the snakeskin and rattle. I had the snakeskin pinned up to dry for the past six months and finally got around to making something with it. I couldn’t believe how paper-y and thin the snakeskin was after it had dried.

Easy Way to Dry Snakeskin: I didn’t have the right tanning materials, so I just sprayed olive oil onto the cardboard where the snakeskin was going and used thumb tacks to pin the snakeskin to the cardboard. I made sure that I stretched the skin out flat as I pinned it in place. I then sprayed more olive oil onto the skin itself and let it dry. It would probably have been dry after a few weeks but I was too lazy (and lacking ideas) to do anything with it then.

DIY Picture Frame: For the picture frame I used foam board and cut out a frame shape with a box knife. The cuts were fairly clean and easy with a straight-edge. They would have looked much nicer if my two year old wasn’t right there trying to ‘help’ the entire time. For the backing of the frame I used cardstock and just glued it on, and also attached the ribbon and the stand with glue. When I find a picture I love it will be glued in as well. Picture frames are usually hung on the wall or out of the way on a shelf so there is really no need for them to be too heavy duty.

Cutting Snakeskin for Picture FramePicture Frame Decoration: Decorating the picture frame was the fun part. I decorated it before I glued the back on. First I cut out the pieces of snakeskin and laid them out how I planned to place them. They cut very easily with a box knife, scissors or most any cutting tools would have worked just fine because of how thin the snakeskin was.

Mod Podge

Next the snakeskin needed to be glued down. I painted mod podge to the back of the snakeskin and to the foam picture frame and used that to glue all of the snakeskin down.

Lastly I pulled out the hot glue gun to glue down the rattle to the front of the picture frame and to add raffia to the sides to hide the foam board and add a little flair to the frame.

Finished Frame Standing

That’s all it took! My snakeskin frame was finished in a short period of time if you don’t count the drying time and the time it took me to try to chase off my little one from getting into my work space.

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National Beer Can Appreciation Day {Can Crafts}

I recently have been on a kick to find some small way to take notice of some of the odd holidays that exist. I’ve been pinning them and projects that go with them on my Interesting Holidays board on Pinterest. Yesterday the coolest odd holiday was National Handwriting Day. I wanted to write some letters to celebrate, but the most I hand-wrote was my list of stuff to do! Not only is today National Beer Can Appreciation Day, but it’s also National Give Someone A Compliment Day and National Peanut Butter Day.

Last month, before Christmas I noticed that everyone on my Uncle’s street had a nice wreath out, so I went and told him he needed a wreath. His first reaction was to laugh and say absolutely not, but once I told him I was making it out of Beer Cans he was excited to join in the festivities.

Beer Can Wreath

My favorite can craft I have yet to make out of a beer can. I love this Coke Can Necklace I made awhile back. I have it on a keychain now, because I have a tendency to break necklace chains.

Coke Can Necklace TutorialIn the past I have made all sorts of different can bracelets, but I couldn’t find a picture of one I made from a beer can either. My favorite of these was my Cherry Dr. Pepper Bracelet, but I will always still love the original Coke Can Bracelet too!

Aluminum Can Bracelets

 If you are itching for more beer can crafts, head over to Pinterest. I follow this amazing board for all of my Aluminum Can Craft needs!

Maple Syrup- One of the Four Main Food Groups!

Elf Syrup Quote

We love syrup around our house- especially homemade! This year I will be decorating some of my hoarded jars for some of our neighbor gifts. It’s a nice gift because I already know they like it, and it is something that can be tucked in the fridge and used at any time. I might even include a bag of frozen pancakes with it as well.

Maple Syrup
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Monica at Monzanita’s
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup light corn syrup
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • ½ Cup of water
  • Dash maple flavor
  • 1 Tbs. butter or margarine
Instructions
  1. Combine syrup, brown sugar and water. Cook on the stove on low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in flavoring and butter. It can be served hot off the stove, or after being refrigerated.

I had an empty bottle that was from olive oil- washed out it was a perfect bottle to give away some syrup in. For ourselves, I just use a water bottle that we were able to get for free from one of our utility companies. It works perfectly! I know my mom uses a gravy dish and in the past I have used a large glass measuring cup to hold my maple syrup too. There are so many options and cute ways to hold it.

Handmade Gift Idea: Maple Syrup

If I buy ink before Christmas I’ll attach some of the Buddy the Elf quotes to the syrup when we give them away. Feel free to print it off and use it for your gifts too!

Canisters, Cartons, and Containers: Fun Fall Basket

I might hoard bottles and bowls and jars sometimes. Or all the time. I finally am going to start using them this week, and to make myself use tons of them I am making it an entire series. To see the rest of my Canisters, Cartons and Containers click here.

Leafy Fall Basket

Fall Basket MaterialsMaterials:

Large Butter Tub
Burlap
Fall Leaves (We only have fake ones, real would be so much cooler!)
Wire
Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Nail

Directions:

First cut your burlap so that it will fit around your butter tub. I had a costco-sized tub and my burlap dimensions were about __”x__”

punch hole in butter tub with a nailAnother thing to do in the beginning is to punch the holes on each side of the butter tub. An easy way to do this is with a nail. It can be pushed into the plastic (near the top) on each side of the tub. This will be where the basket handle goes.

finished twine and wire

The next step is to put the wire through one of the holes, and loop it up and twist it so that it will stay. Then tie the twine to the loop of wire and twist it around the length of the wire.

Soon after you twist the twine around the wire put the second end of the wire through the other hole. Make sure that you don’t let go of the twine while you do this. Loop the end of the wire up and twist it around itself. Now you can tie the twine into the second loop and trim the ends of the twine.

Now you can start hot gluing the burlap to the basket. It will be a little weird because the bottom of the basket is smaller than the top. Just make sure to pull the bottom so that it goes around further than the top. If all else fails when you are done hot gluing the top of the burlap you can always fold in any excess burlap on the bottom so that it would be hidden.

trimming the excess burlap

The burlap at the bottom can be very messy. Now would be a good time to trim it. Also, you might notice that the butter tub print still shows through. By the time we add the leaves it shouldn’t be noticeable and if it is it would only be in bright light, like where I was taking pictures. If it bothers you, feel free to add a second layer of burlap now before we add the leaves to the basket.

The leaves can now be hot glued to the burlap. Make it fun and have them pointing in all sorts of directions. If you have a choice of different colored leaves or sizes try to alternate between them. adding leaves to basket

Finally, you will add the twine around the leaves. My twine bow didn’t want to stay put so I made sure to hot glue it in place.

Fall Basket from Butter Tub

Other than the fact that my leaves are fake I’m really happy with my fall basket. I can’t wait to put some rolls in it for our Thanksgiving Dinner!

If you happen to try making this with real leaves I would love to hear how you did it and how it went. Most parts of the country has beautiful leaves this time of year so I’m hoping someone will try it!

DIY Tissue Box for TP

I don’t buy tissue unless someone in the family has a bad runny nose, and then I get them the nice ones with lotion! The rest of the time we go without tissues in the house, until I saw this tutorial on how to use toilet paper as a tissue refill.

It’s been awhile since I bought tissues so I didn’t have a tissue box. I did however have a box that used to hold cornmeal and it fit a small roll of toilet paper. It’s been sitting on our counter looking like we are using some special cornmeal tissue for a few weeks now. I finally got around to making it cute!

The top of the lid was easy, I just took a box cutter and slit a large “X” into it. It works perfectly.

I mod-podged some cute fall paper onto it, because our kitchen and living room are always fall colors and I can’t wait to start decorating for fall soon!

Once it dried I was able to put the toilet paper back in it and put the lid back on. I love that it’s easy to change when needed as well.

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Dog Stuff Holder

I had some miscellaneous dog stuff (including my new dog brush)laying around the house and I had to find a place for it. I saw this TP holderfrom an oatmeal container. It made me think about putting the dog stuff in one. I had an ugly oatmeal container sitting in the bathroom for a little while and finally decided to cover it.

Paint didn’t cover it well, so I mod podged some scrapbook paper onto it, and made it somewhat presentable.