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.

Shamrock Number Matching & a Flash Giveaway

Shamrock Number Matching & a Flash Giveaway

I don’t usually do much decorating for St. Patrick’s Day.  With two little ones running around, I’ll be honest, the day is going to probably be a pretty normal one, with maybe a little pinch or two.  My days of enjoying a green beverage at happy hour are long gone!

I am excited however to share a simple and fun Shamrock Number Matching Game today!

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This is an easy creation that you can use again and again with your little ones {especially if you get it laminated, like I chose to do}.

All you’ll need to make a number matching game is:

Microsoft Word {to make the number mats}

Cricut Explore {to cut the shamrocks}

green cardstock

mini stickable velcro dots

laminating machine

scissors

tin to store shamrocks

I created the mats using Microsoft Word and used a fun font that I had downloaded ages ago, called Miss Smarty Pants.  To cut the shamrocks, I used my brand new Cricut Explore.  Cutting was a breeze {as usual} and I used the Cricut Spatula tool to pop the shamrocks off my mat in a snap!

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I realized that I’d need to get the game laminated if I wanted it to last at all.

Toddlers + Cardstock = quick way to ruin an educational game.

So I headed to Staples and they were able to laminate everything for me for about $3.  I think in the future {especially when I’m homeschooling, I need to invest in a home laminator}.

Once I cut out each shamrock, I used mini velcro dots on the number mats and also on the shamrock cut-outs.  Yes, I realize that makes the game pretty easy seeing the correct number of dots already on the mat, but hey, my little guy is only 2 and he’s just starting to truly learn and understand what his numbers are.  This will only help him!

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He loves it and took to putting the little shamrocks on all by himself immediately.

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And the best part?!  Since the number mats are plain, I can create lots of different cut out shapes for future holidays and events!

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Toddler Fall Tree Art

Toddler Fall Tree Art

Whew.  The toddler activities have definitely been lacking around here lately.  It’s not because we haven’t been doing fun and educational things together.  Nope.  It’s all because of the nasty sickness my family has been passing around this past month.  We’ve done breathing treatments, steam showers, antibiotics, Advil, Tylenol, cough drops, vitamin c…you name it…we’ve done it.  Thankfully, I think we’re on the mend, and my little guy and I got busy this week with a Fall inspired art piece.

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I loved the pumpkin art so much from last month that I wanted to continue with another seasonal themed art project for the month of November.  To make your own, you’ll need:

white cardstock

buttons

fall colored cardstock

brown marker and crayon

Elmer’s school glue or a gluestick

black Sharpie marker

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One thing I learned from our last art project, it’s easier to just get everything out and ready to go and then let him explore and touch and figure out what he wants to do with everything {within reason of course}.  We started out by tracing Jackson’s hand and forearm onto the white cardstock using the brown marker.  I filled in some lines to give the trunk some definition and Jackson decided he wanted to color in the trees a little bit with the brown marker.  I honestly couldn’t believe he stayed inside the lines of the trunk.

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Once the trunks were ready to go, we spent some time applying the glue and adding torn pieces of paper and buttons as the colorful fall leaves.

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Again, I was amazed at how great he did with gluing and placing the objects on his trees.  He was so proud of all of his work {and so was I}.

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Soon we had a couple of beautiful and original masterpieces, and I eagerly added one to a frame on our new DIY’ed picture frame ledge {details on that coming soon}.

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As with all art projects that Jackson and I have completed together, I added his name, the month and the year to the bottom.  After all, I’ll definitely want to remember how old he was when we made all of these fun projects together!

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I’ve already got my wheels turning on what we can make in December.  Any suggestions?!

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Toddler Pumpkin Art

Toddler Pumpkin Art

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I’m picky about two things.  Well, I’m sure I’m picky about more than two things, but these two things came to mind right now, so I’m going to go with it!

1.  My peanut butter must always be creamy {no chunky pb in this house}, and it should always be Jif, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

2.  Our toilet paper will always and only be Cottonelle.  It’s the best.  Hands down.  End of story.  I always buy ours at Target because not only is Cottonelle the best, but Target is the best too!

Not only is Cottonelle toilet paper the best choice for all your bathroom needs {and I’ll leave that comment at that}, you can use the cardboard roll after the tp is all gone for some pretty fun crafts and projects.  I like to save ours and whip them out for rainy day fun with my toddler every once in a while.

This month, we used our Cottonelle Triple  Roll cardboard tubes to make some super cute Toddler Pumpkin Art!

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The process is VERY simple.  I will say that I had other visions for this project, but love how the results turned out in the end.

To make your own pumpkin art, you’ll need:

Cottonelle Triple Roll cardboard tubes

orange paint

white cardstock

blank frame

washi tape {I went with black and white patterns}

cutting machine {to cut your pumpkin silhouette}

black fine tip pen

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Now, originally, I had planned for my little guy to stamp using the cardboard tube {as seen in the photo above on the very bottom sheet of cardstock}.  Well, his little two year old mind didn’t want to do that {the stamped one was mine}.  Instead, he used his cardboard tube as a paint brush and just painted to his little heart’s content.

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So, I went with it.  After all, it’s his creation I want to remember, not my own.

So once it dried {and boy did it take a while because he used a lot of paint}, I cut a pumpkin silhouette with my Cricut, sized it to a 5 x 7 frame, and popped the orange painting he created behind the silhouette.

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I also added some black and white washi tape to my frame since it was just plain old silver.

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And to make sure I remember when he made it, I added his name and the month and year to the white of the cardstock!

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I have visions of future painting projects with our Cottonelle Triple Roll cardboard tubes.

Christmas trees, snowmen, hearts….oh my!!

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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.

The Important Book

The Important Book

I’m so excited to share this week’s Teach Me Tuesday idea.  I’ve had this one in my head for a while now and could hardly wait to share it with my little guy.  It’s a great way to get him to recognize all the important people in his life, and I love to look  through it with him before bedtime.

Make an Important Book to help your toddler learn the people, places, and things that are important to remember! #toddler #preschool #photos #homeschool via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

To make your own important book, you’ll need:

blank composition book

Mod Podge

foam brush

scrapbook paper

photos

corner rounding punch

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To start, I cut each piece of scrapbook paper to size for the composition book pages, rounded the corners with my paper punch {one of my all time favorite crafting tools}, and used Mod Podge to attach them to the front and back covers and the first several pages.

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Once I had about 10 pages covered, I cut out the book title with my Cricut and began to choose pictures that I wanted to include in my little guy’s Important Book.

So, what is an Important Book?  To me, it’s a book filled with people and things that I want my child to know and recognize.  To start this book, I decided that I wanted to focus first and foremost on his family.  We are fortunate enough to live close to a lot of our family, but my side of the family is mostly up north.  While he most definitely know and recognizes his grandparents and uncle that don’t live near him, I thought it would be nice to make sure to look at their pictures a few times a week as we’re going through his book together.

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We’ve also used the book to lead our nightly prayers sometimes as we pray for the members of our family.

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You’ll notice I haven’t labeled anything inside the book yet.  Eventually I plan to label all the people and add on to the book to include important places and other things that I’d like for him to learn and remember.

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Happy 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.