Rose Ring & Rose Necklace Tutorial

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut, however all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.
I have been playing around with my Cricut Explore and made some fun Rose Jewelry for the girls and their Back To School wardrobe.  I thought it would be fun to made them some accessories to match their school clothes.  Today I am going to share with you how to make your own Rose Ring and/or Rose Necklace in any color you need.  You could also make up the roses and add them to virtually anything you can think of…barrettes, headband, belts, shirt, notebooks, etc.  These are a fun way to add some color to pretty much anything.
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Here is what you will need…
Materials:
  • Cardstock
  • cutting mat
  • hot glue
  • white pearl
  • ring form or a round bail plate (3/4 inch) for the necklace (Michael’s)
  • laquer spray or varnish spray to give it a nice “waterproof” finish (optional)

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Instructions:

  1. Cut out the 5 flowers on card stock.
  2. Line up flowers from smallest to largest.
  3. Fold up the petals of each flower and bend them so that they look like a 3D flower.
  4. Glue the pearl onto the middle of the smallest petal.
  5. Glue the smallest petal to the one just bigger so that the petals are overlapping.
  6. Continue to do this with each petal so that the largest petal is on the bottom and you have 5 layers of the flower.
  7. Glue the flower onto the round necklace bail or the ring form.

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So go ahead and make some for yourself.  They are super easy and can be made to suit anyone’s taste.

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If you would like to make it right now, simply click on the green “Make It Now” button below.  This will take you directly to the Cricut Design Space where you can cut the project out now for only $.99.

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Spring Break Kids Activities Round-Up

We are right in the middle of Spring Break for many people and sometimes that can mean we need to find ways to entertain the kids so they are not sitting in front of an electronic screen.

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Here is a fun little round-up of things you can do with your kids that I think they will enjoy. 

Happy Spring!!

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How to Make a Bouncy Ball from 36th Avenue

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Home Made Play Dough Recipe from The Idea Room

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Egg Carton Tulips from Carefree Crafts

 

Pencil crayon necklaces

Pencil/Crayon Necklaces from Minie-Co

Glove Monsters from Craftaholics Anonymous

 

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Wood Bead Necklace Tutorial from The Idea Room

Printable Memory Game from Lauren McKinsey

 

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DIY Kaleidoscope from That’s What Che Said

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Water Color Bubble Art from My Cakies

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Sidewalk Chalk Paint from The Idea Room

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Paper Bead Necklaces from The Idea Room

Learn how to melt beads and make accessories with them. Pin it now and make them later! the36thavenue.com

Melted Beads Accessories from The 36th Avenue

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Braided Friendship Bracelets from The Purl Bee

 

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Glow-in-the-Dark Slime Recipe from The Idea Room

 

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Paracord Bracelets from The Crafting Chicks

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Home made Bath Tub Paints from The Idea Room

 

dress up your Flower pots

My girls attend a bi-monthly church group activity with the other girls their age.  There are two women who meet with them regularly as their leaders and they always do fun, and educational things with the girls.  At one of the activities they each planted some flowers and decorated some plain flower pots.

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They were able to pick and choose some flowers to plant and then into their decorated pots.  They decorated the pots by simply taking some cute polka dot tissue paper and cutting it into pieces and then Mod Podge-ing them onto the flower pot.

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Seriously…so simple and so cute!  I think this would be a great activity to do with girls of all ages.  Keep it and display it for everyone to see, or give it away to a friend.   Or make a bunch of these to use as a fun table display for a party or a shower this spring or summer.

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Healthy Kids with Odwalla Smoothies

If you have been following along with us here at The Idea Room, then you know how much I enjoy doing creative things with my family.  The seasons are changing and fall is quickly moving into winter at our house.  Pretty soon we will be spending a lot more time indoors due to rainy and snowy weather.  So, as a mom, I am always on the lookout for creative indoor activities for my children and I.

One of our favorite indoor activities to do together is to make and then play with the BEST Homemade Play Dough….EVER.  We use a secret ingredient to give the play dough a delicious smell and color.  Have you ever made Play Dough with your kids?  If not, you won’t believe just how easy it is…and the Play Dough is better than any you can buy in the store.  Watch the video tutorial and learn how to make play dough.


Last month I shared with you some tips for Encouraging Creativity in Your Kids.  As part of that post, I also introduced you to Odwalla Smoothies for Kids which comes in three delicious flavors.

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Each of the new smoothies contains 100% juice and counts as one serving of fruit and contains 50% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.  Even though Odwalla Smoothies for kids are made with no added sugar, each box contains 110-120 calories, and is therefore not a reduced calorie food.  For full nutritional information, including sugar content, click here.

You can find Odwalla Smoothies for Kids in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store.

Raising kids is tough. Every mom wants to give her children a good start. Whether you have a picky eater or a shy kid, the Odwalla Ambassadors are here to answer your questions about Recipes, Active Living, Education, Play, and Creativity!

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New Year’s Eve game

*Update–The clock printables have been removed from the original source where I found mine stated in the post below.  I have added some that I was able to find that might work for you.  You can find them here:

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I thought I would share a simple game that I came up with to help entertain your kids (and even adults) during your New Year’s Eve Countdown party this year.  The whole premise behind the New Year’s Eve game is fairly straightforward and simple so even the youngest of children can play along with minimal help.

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We named it Rolling Around The Clock.  Simply because that is all you do. First off you will need some clock faces.  I found some fun free printable clock faces from White Life. They have the following four clock faces that you can download for free.

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If you download some, be sure to drop them a quick note and tell them thanks! Aren’t they so fun? They also print out the perfect size.

I printed them out onto some white Cardstock paper. You can also glue them onto some chipboard or cardboard to give them some stability. Adding a quick layer of Matte Finish Mod Podge will also seal them up nicely and keep them from ripping from little hands and overuse.

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I cut some thin strips of cardboard to make the clock hands.  I made one small for the hour hand and then one longer one for the minute hand of the clock.  I colored them black with a black permanent marker.

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Then I simply took some brads which can be found in any craft store that sells scrapbook supplies and used them to attach the hands to the clock face.

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Now that you have made your game pieces here are the rules for the New Years Eve game.

Roll Around the Clock Game Rules:

Each player will need their own clock face.  You will need two dice to play.  To begin each player will roll the dice.  The player with the highest number will go first.  Each player will start with their clock at 1:00. Then you will take turns rolling the dice.  To start out everyone will just roll one dice. You need to roll the time that is next on your clock and make it from 1:00 to 2:00 to 3:00 and so on all the way to 12:00 or Midnight.  The player needs to roll the number of the dice that corresponds to the next number needed.  After you have gotten to 6:00 you will begin to roll two dice to get the higher numbers. If you don’t roll the number you need, your turn will end and it is the next players turn.  The person who rolls to 12:00 first wins.

You can even add some strategy to the game if playing with older people.  For example, if someone rolls doubles they can choose someone to trade clocks with or choose someone to lose a turn.  Etc.

{Phew…that was tough…explaining the rules of play…if that doesn’t make sense, leave a comment and I will try to re-explain them. The game is much simpler than trying to explain it apparently}.

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I would love to hear if some of you end up making and playing this with your kids and family this year! My kids are excited, but I think that mainly has to do with the fact that they get to stay up past their bedtimes!!

And…one last thing…I made some Oreo Pops for New Year’s Eve…who is shocked?!  Haha! You knew it was coming right? But these have a special surprise inside.

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I am not going to take the time to write up a tutorial since there are so many other Oreo Pop Tutorials you can choose from, that I have already shared with you, to follow if you need one. (For example my Snowman Oreo Pops, Santa Belly Oreo Pops and my Mummy Oreo Pops) This is basically a Double Stuft Oreo covered in white chocolate with some sprinkles on it.  BUT…these are special because of what is inside of them…

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Exploding Candy!!

{I found mine at the Dollar Store…Pop Rocks will work too…I just couldn’t find any}

How fun huh?!  And…they really work! I simply removed the double stuff icing and put some melted chocolate on the inside of BOTH cookies.  Then I opened and poured a package of the Exploding Candy on one of the cookies right on top of the chocolate.  Stick the sucker stick on and then place the top cookie on top.  Then I let them harden by popping them in the freezer.  Then simply cover the Oreo with the chocolate and add some sprinkles.  For full instructions for making an Oreo Pop you can see these other tutorials.  For the little New Years Eve Cheers tag go here.

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These are so fun! I had to test one out to make sure it worked.  And they really do pop right in your mouth…like edible fireworks for your mouth!

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

Thanksgiving Craft—Finger Puppets

I finally finished up these fun Thanksgiving Finger Puppets.  I have had these planned for a while now and was just able to find the time to get them all finished up.  These are the perfect Thanksgiving craft to do for and with some of your kids.  Need some distractions for the kids while you are prepping for Thanksgiving Dinner and preparing for the relatives to come over?  Traveling to be with family this holiday?  These finger puppets will be great for entertaining.

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The patterns for these puppets will be available tomorrow for purchase in The Idea Room Store…or you can try your hand at making some!

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The pattern will sell for $2.50 and comes with pictures, patterns and step by step instructions.

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The patterns are for the boy and girl Indians and Pilgrims and the turkey.

To Purchase the patterns for these puppets click here:

Thanksgiving Finger Puppet Patterns

Kids Craft Book Giveaway

{This Giveaway is now CLOSED!}

Hey guys!  My friend Marie from Make and Takes wrote a fun Kids Craft Book called Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year.  It just hit bookshelves and is now available at all major book stores and online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Wiley.com.  Marie was kind enough to send me my very own copy of the book.  My kids are really excited and want to get started on making several of the different craft projects Marie shares.

This book would be perfect gift for the holidays, or stocking stuffer for teacher, parents, grandparents or for your kids.   And knowing me…you know I love to spend time with crafting with my kids.  It is such a great way to stay connected to and spend time with your family.  It is also a great way to foster creativity in your children and get them away from the television and video games.

{all images courtesy of Nicole Gerulat from A Little Sussy}

Marie was also gracious enough to give ONE of my readers a copy of Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the YearSimply leave a comment here sharing one of your favorite things you like to do with your children, grandchildren or family members.  That’s pretty simple right?  One comment per person please.

This giveaway is going to be quick one so be sure to hurry up and enter.  This giveaway will close on Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 pm PT.

You can learn more about Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year  on Marie’s site.

 

*I was given a copy of Marie’s book to review.

The opinions and text are all mine.

Contest runs November 8-10, 2011.

A random winner will be selected and will be given 48 hours

to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen.

Make Bead Necklaces

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I am so excited about this latest project…how to make bead necklaces!  Ever since I saw those adorable gumball necklaces over at One Charming Party (whose site I LOVE)…I have been wanting to make them for my girls…and if I am being completely honest…MYSELF!!  So cute right?  Well, I have kept my eye out for gumballs and just never came across any colors that I loved without having to order them online.  Well, one day while perusing the craft store (which happens more often than I would like to admit) I spied some wooden beads!  BINGO!  I had my “gumballs” and I could make them exactly the colors I wanted.

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And they are so EASY!  I simply took the wooden beads and painted them with acrylic paint.

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I put each bead onto the end of some skewers that we had left over from some summer BBQ’s so that I could paint them easily.  Then I carefully pushed them off the skewer and onto a paper and left them to dry completely.  Then I painted them with a high gloss finish.  I just used a bottle that can be found right next to all the acrylic paints.  I forgot to take a picture of it…but any glossy varnish will work.  I wanted them to have a glossy finish much like the gumballs do.

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I painted several in some fun and bright colors and added some polka-dots to some since I seem to be loving polka-dots lately!

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After the beads are completely dry, cut about 3.5 – 4 feet of ribbon (depending on the finished length you would like the necklaces to be).  I used 3.5 feet and that seemed to be a great size so that all three of my girls could share and wear these necklaces. 

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Line up your beads to determine the pattern you would like them to be strung on the ribbon.  Take your middle bead and thread it onto the ribbon so that it is in the exact middle.  Tie a knot on each end of the bead to hold it into place.  Then leave about an inch of space (or more depending on your preference) and tie another knot.  Thread your next bead on the ribbon and tie a knot directly on the other side.  Now do the same on the other side of the middle bead.  Continue with the process so that you thread one side and then the other.  This will ensure that you have the same amount of ribbon at the end of each end bead on the necklace.  I put seven beads on each necklace and feel that an odd number looked better than an even number of beads.

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The possibilities are endless!  You can also find other great beads at your local craft store if you don’t feel like painting them yourself!

I love that these are so fun and cute and so INEXPENSIVE!!  I also think these would be a great classy gift for a little girl for her birthday from a friend.  Or a fun activity to do for a little girl’s birthday party so the guests could each take one home.  Or Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers…Or make them to give to a mom/grandma for Mother’s Day!

We have been wearing these around town for the past few days and have already had several compliments on them! 

Now I am looking for some classier beads to make one for myself!

 

Make Your Own Crayons

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Is your crayon box riddled with hundreds of broken crayons like ours is? Make your own crayons for your toddlers who can’t hold regular crayons or as Valentine’s Day gifts for your kids friends. It is super easy…all you need to do is gather up all the pieces (or break up full size crayons). All the wrappers need to be removed from the crayons. I soaked mine in cold water and the paper peeled right off. I made sure to dry off the crayons and then put the crayons into a small muffin tin that has been lightly greased. I pre-heated the oven to 300 degrees and then baked them for about 8 minutes or until all the crayons are melted. I took them out of the oven and let them cool on the counter for about 15 minutes.

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Since it is so cold here, I stuck them outside to cool for another 20 minutes. (A freezer will work if it is warm where you are). They should pull away from the edge of the pan when they are ready. Simply turn the pan over and empty them out.

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We made some for my daughter to give out to her Pre-School class for Valentine’s Day. I made some bag toppers to go onto each bag. I simply used my photo program and made a 3.75 in. (width) x 4.25 in. (length) tag to fit on the 3.75 inch wide goody bags I found at Robert’s.

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