Mini Hair Bow Tutorial

Mini Hair Bow Tutorial

Before the New Year, I shared my tutorial for easy mini hair bows over at Smart School House.  In case you missed it, here it is again!  

These bows make the perfect gift for any little girl in your life and would be super cute in an Easter basket or as part of a fun birthday gift as well.

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Now, if you’re a Wait Til Your Father Gets Home regular, you know that I really have no reason to be making mini hair bows.  Two boys=no need for bows in this household.  But, I do have a sweet niece and a couple other little ladies in my life that I’ve recently showered with these tiny little gifts.  And now, with baby bean number three baking away in my belly, perhaps, some mini hair bows will be needed in the future.  We won’t know until August though whether we will be welcoming hair bows into our house or not!

To make a couple of your own, you’ll need:

rubber shelf liner

3/8 inch wide ribbon

small alligator clips

white felt

hot glue gun/glue sticks

scissors

lighter

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Pictured above is what you’ll need per mini hair bow:

3- 3 inch pieces of ribbon

1 alligator clip

small pieces of shelf liner and felt {should be the same size as your clip}

To make each bow, you’ll do the following:

1.  Tie one piece of ribbon with a single knot in the center of the ribbon.

2.  Use a lighter to seal the ends of each piece of ribbon to avoid any fraying.

3.  Hot glue the remaining two pieces of ribbon into individual loops, then flatten each loop and add a dab of hot glue in the center of the loop.  To assemble the bow, you’ll criss-cross the flattened loops and secure them with a dab of hot glue.  Place the knotted ribbon over the two flattened ribbons, hot glue the knot to the front of the bow, then wrap the leftover pieces around the back, secure with hot glue and cut.

4.  Now that your bow is prepared, you’ll want to prep the alligator clip.  Using the same ribbon, still on the spool, seal the end of the ribbon with the lighter and then hot glue it to the back of the alligator clip, about 1/4 of the way from the end you pinch to open it up.

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5.  Carefully using the hot glue, line the actual alligator clamp, the top of the clip and a bit of the top inside of the clip with your ribbon.  Cut the ribbon so that it covers about halfway on the inside top of the clip and seal the end with the lighter before gluing it.

6.  Hot glue the piece of felt to the top inside of the clip, then glue the rubber shelf liner piece to the felt.  Using the rubber liner will decrease the clip pulling or pinching any of that fine baby hair on your little lady’s head!

7.  Once the clip is lined, you’re ready to hot glue the bow to the top of the clip!

I like to give these as gifts in sets of 3.  Clip them onto a pretty note card decorated with washi tape, and you’re good to go!

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Who would you make a mini hair bow for this year?!

For more awesome and easy Easter basket ideas, make sure to check out this list of over twenty eight crafty and cute ideas you could use this year!

28 Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

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Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Monster Eye Bubbles

Monster Eye Bubbles

I’m super excited to be a part of my friend Amber’s Big Birthday Bash this week by sharing a simply party favor idea for a monster themed party.  This favor will just so happen to be used for the kiddos that attend my second child’s first birthday party in a few short months {where has the time gone?!}.  You see, around the time he was born, Disney Junior released a new show, Henry Hugglemonster.  Well, baby boy’s name is Henry and big brother {and honestly my husband and I also} started lovingly calling him “Henry Monster”.  So, it has stuck, and it will be part of his little first birthday theme.

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These might be the easiest little party favors to make…ever!

To make some for your next birthday bash, you’ll need:

bubble bottles {think dollar store or Target Dollar Spot}

googly eyes, all sizes

black Sharpie

hot glue/glue gun

washi tape

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I decided to mismatch the lids to the bottles, just to make them more colorful.

Now, all you’ve got to do is hot glue a googly eye, or two or three, to the top of each lid, add a fun mouth or nose, and you’ve got instant monster bubbles!

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To make them even more fun, I wrapped each bottle with some coordinating washi tape as well.

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So, one thing checked off my June birthday party to-do list, about 50 more things to go!  No big deal, right?!

For more birthday party fun, check out Crazy Little Projects today {and all week for that matter} for some awesome and inspirational ideas.

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Documenting Baby’s First Year

Documenting Baby’s First Year

We are by no means even half way through my second baby’s first year, but I wanted to share with all of you how I’ve chosen to document his weekly changes.  I did the same for my first born and ended up turning the photos into an awesome photo book that we always manage to look through together on a weekly basis.  It’s so fun to see just how quickly they change, and I know I will cherish these photos for the rest of my life.

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To document baby’s first year, you’ll need just a few items…

small chalk board

chalk pens

white background

cute, growing baby

Each Sunday, I set aside some time to take my little guy’s picture.

Some tips I have when taking a baby’s picture.

1.  Make sure the baby is happy!  My little guy is usually quite the happy camper, but I find that I get the best pictures of him after he’s been well fed and has taken a nap.  A dry diaper never hurts either!

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2.  If you’re going to use a chalk board for each week, like I’ve chosen to do, invest in some chalk pens.  Trust me.  They look awesome, don’t create any dust, and are easier to wipe off from week to week with a damp cloth.

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3.  Try to keep your backgrounds consistent.  I want the focus to be on my baby, not on the background.  So, all of my photos have been taken on our king size bed.  I try my hardest not to get anything else in the background each week, but I’m not perfect.  I do always take the photos when there is good, natural light coming into the room and do some minor editing in PicMonkey.  Having the all white background of the comforter and pillows allows me to brighten up the photo quite a bit.

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4.  Most of all have fun!  I probably take an average of 50-75 shots each week {thank goodness for memory cards, right?!}.  Make faces, silly sounds, and giggle with your baby.  You’ll get a better shot if they know you’re having fun with them!

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When you’ve reached 52 weeks, congratulations!  You’ve made it one whole year.  Throw a big party, let your baby dig his or her chubby hands into a big slice of birthday cake, and then sit down to put all the weekly photos together somehow.  For my first son’s book, I used Shutterfly {during a major sale} and included all 52 weeks plus photos from his first birthday party.  This would also be an awesome project to complete with a Project Life Mini Kit {they specifically make Baby Boy and Girl Editions}.

Happy growing and learning!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

sugarSNAP Review

sugarSNAP Review

I was provided free product for the purposes of this review, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.  I make it a point to only promote products and companies that I LOVE!

Are you a new or expecting mama?

Do you know a mom? I’m hoping you know at least one mom {wink}.

I’ve got the absolute PERFECT gift idea for that mama or even yourself because what mama doesn’t like to give herself a gift every once in a while?!

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I could go on and on about the product, but I won’t need to…it sells itself.  What I do want to share briefly is the very cool story about how sugarSNAP came to be…

You see, two moms {yes MOMS created this company and all of its products} were on their hospital tour.  They soon realized due to their overly large bellies that they were both expecting twins.  They ended up delivering within weeks of each other and an instant friendship was born.  Now, they were ready for those babies.  They bought cute diaper bags with all sorts of organizational pockets and pouches inside, ready to conquer the world of having a baby {or two} in tow at all times.  Well, they soon realized that those pockets and pouches, and frankly the entire diaper bag can be a real black hole when you’re in a pinch searching for diaper wipes, a changing table pad, an extra bottle, or a baby spoon.

sugarSNAP soon came to life while both moms were out with their kiddos at a park one day.  They knew there had to be a better way to organize it all, keeping the kids, themselves, and frankly anyone else that was in their proximity happy.

They’ve got a couple of awesome products, including a car organizer and the Me + Mine organizers, that fit perfectly into your existing diaper bag or purse!

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It’s a set of five super cute and durable bags attached by a easy to use hook and ring system.  Each file has a blank, easy-to-identify tab and comes with a selection of stickers that you place on each tab to create your very own filing system.  The labels include useful files for baby, toddler, and mama.

Let’s take a peek into a few of the bags I put together…

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This one is labeled SNACKS & SUPPLIES.

I’ve got healthy snacks for my toddler ready to go and a bib and spoon for when my littlest starts eating solids.

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I’ve also got a bag for each of the boys with extra clothes, one for diapers and wipes, and a fifth with emergency medicine like Advil and Orajel {we love their natural variety}.

And, look!  They all fit neatly inside my diaper bag!

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I can still zip it closed and everything!  It truly is amazing to not have to dig through a bag to find a small bottle of Desitin anymore.  I’m feeling much more organized these days, that’s for sure!  PLUS, when I ask hubby to grab something from the bag, he doesn’t have to guess where an item might be any longer.

The other awesome thing about the Me + Mine Collection that I’m loving is that I can just grab a bag or two that I know I’ll need and leave the rest in the car, all linked together, and I know they won’t get lost in the mess that sometimes is my car {just keeping it real here folks}.

So, if you’re sick and tired of losing items in your diaper bag, please do yourself a favor…click here and buy a set for yourself!  I PROMISE, this is one purchase you will not regret.

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Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Bedtime Stories Book Crate

Bedtime Stories Book Crate

 I was provided free product for the purposes of this post from Deco Art.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own!

I’ve slowly started the process of adding some decor to the nursery when I’ve had some time here and there {you know between caring for a newborn and chasing a toddler}.  Since big brother ended up taking his book basket to his big boy room, I needed a solution for all the board books he left behind for little brother.

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Luckily I had just gotten tons of awesome, new, multi-surface satin paint from Deco Art and some pretty great stencils to try out on this perfect crate I had in the back of my craft closet.

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{These were only HALF of the colors they so graciously sent my way.  You’ve seriously got to run, not walk (okay, you can drive) to your nearest Michael’s to check them out!}

I chose to go with two colors for this project {don’t worry, I’ve got big plans for all the other colors soon}.

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To create my Bedtime Stories Crate, you’ll need:

bare wood crate {found at Michael’s}

Multi-Surface Satin Paint by Deco Art in Buff Beige & Sky Blue

Letter Stencils by Deco Art

paint brushes

The entire process was super easy!  I chose to paint the entire crate with the Sky Blue color.  It took two coats, but I’m sure if I weren’t such a messy painter, I probably could have gotten away with only one.

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Once my crate was a beautiful shade of sky blue, I waited for it to dry and began to read up on the stenciling tips on the back of my stencil package.  For some reason, stenciling has never been my strong point.  I think the fact that I’m crafting with a toddler running around in the background doesn’t help matters, but that’s how life goes in my house these days.

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The stenciling part took maybe five minutes and was probably one of my most successful stenciling projects to date.

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Once the entire crate was dry, I loaded up all of our gently loved board books, attached a cute pennant banner {one of my favorite crafts from the 2013 SNAP! Conference} to the top of the shelf in the nursery, and added a painted H for Henry.  I used the Multi-Surface Satin paints to paint the H as well!  I just love the pop of color it adds to the room now, as most of it is cream, tan, and white.

If you’re interested in trying out Americana Multi-Surface Satins yourself, you can find them available for purchase at Michael’s, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, and other fine craft retailers!

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They’ve also got an awesome rebate offer available until 10/31/13:

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.