Wire Birthday Crown DIY

October 26, 2012

I spotted a darling little crown via Pinterest so I whipped one up for Kai the day of his birthday. 7! Wow he’s grown! And looks so much like his younger siblings here.

You will need:

12 gauge gold jewelry wire
Wire cutters
Sticky-back felt to cover up plier teeth
E-6000 Clear Craft and Jewelry Glue

Crown DIY Materials

Step 1: Measure size of your child’s head.

Step 2: Gently straighten a length of wire sized to your child’s head. Add in an extra 1/2 inch for the ends. Cut with wire cutters. This will be the crown base.

Step 3 (optional): If you’re using non-jewelry pliers like me, you may want to stick some felt over the teeth. Jewelry wire is exceptionally malleable and your plier will leave unsightly teeth marks.

Step 4: Form the crown base into a circle with your long piece of wire you just cut out. With pliers, twist the ends together. Set aside.

Step 5: Gently straighten out some fresh wire from off the roll. Cut off 5 inches.

Crown DIY Steps 1

Step 6: Bend this metal in half (I used my ruler to get the exact middle) against your thumb fingernail.

Crown DIY Steps 2

Step 7: With pliers, bend the ends up about a 1/4 inch and spread out the point ends about 2 inches apart. This is your finished crown point. Make 12 or so more pieces just like this.

Step 8: Attach crown points to base by hooking the bent ends under the base. With pliers, squeeze the bent ends around the base. Repeat with remaining crownpoints, going all the way around the crown, adjusting the width and spacing between points as you’re going along. Depending on the size of your child’s head, you may need more or less than the number of points on my crown.

Crown DIY Steps 3

Step 9: Lastly, dab some clear E-6000 where the crown points hook around the crown base. This is to keep the points from getting loose. Let dry overnight.

Crown DIY 1

It’s the great pumpkin patch!

October 21, 2012

“Gurrrrl…I’ve got this pumpkin.”

A weekend of fall activities and camping was exactly what our family needed this weekend. It felt so good to break out from my usual stay-at-home routine of, well, staying home all the time. Lately I’ve been getting so hung up in the insignificant details of parenthood and somewhere along the line I’ve become a mixed bag of boring and stress (never know what you’re gonna get!). But the kids’ excitement over corn mazes, pumpkins and anything Halloween has been so infectious and uncontainable, there has been plenty of enthusiasm (to put it lightly) to go around. Speaking of excitement, the boys deviated from conventional orange and picked out white pumpkins this year. Rebels.


Update: Congrats to Erin and Kelli for winning the Tad Carpenter giveaway!

Recent Digital Work

October 18, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any design work! Here are some of the more fun pieces I’ve worked on recently, ranging from blog headers and buttons to graphics for blog posts. My projects in the past year have been mostly web and digital, so admittedly I’ve been missing the experience of product design (my old job in CA) or seeing something I’ve worked on manifest itself on paper. Good thing I have crafts to keep my hands busy and force me to take time off from the computer screen. Can be so hard to look away sometimes.

The animal illustrations above are part of a series of food flags I created for Rita over at Dotcoms for Moms. Check out her post for the free printable and recipes for happy healthy kid food!

Tad Carpenter Books Giveaway

October 12, 2012

Illustrator Tad Carpenter recently launched a new children’s series, and we were the happy recipients of the books I Say, You Say Animal Sounds! and I Say, You Say Opposites! I was sent two extra copies of each book for a giveaway, so feel free to leave a comment if you’d like a chance to win! In addition, the two winners will also receive a silkscreened, 11×14 signed print by Tad Carpenter. Below is the I Say, You Say Roar! print, but click over to check out I Say, You Say Moo! as well.

I’ll contact the two winners after the close of the giveaway Sunday, October 22 at midnight EST. Good luck and have a great weekend!

{photo credit: all images from isayyousaybooks.com, except for pics of M}

DIY Cardboard Bed

October 9, 2012

This cardboard bed I made for Dax has got to be one of my most favorite projects ever! All pieces interlock without tape or glue. I usually dislike sewing since I’m so slow and clumsy at it (being self-taught and using an aging beast of a machine has a lot to do with that) but the project that was supposed to be just a quilt ended up including a pillow. Then a cloud pillow. Then another pillow! Watch out, I may start making clothes for my kids…I wish!

Plans to make your own cardboard bed and more photos can be found at my post for Hellobee.

Pillow fabrics are IKEA and the quilt is made from a pouch that packaged Mara’s Virginia Johnson baby blanket.