Father’s Day Painting

For Father’s Day we painted a cute little beer crate. I know painting can be super messy but with these Toddler Finger Paints, clean up is a breeze. Liam is still a bit small to enjoy the paints or use them without trying to eat the paint. Thankfully it is nontoxic. Jake really gets into the painting and all the different colors. He was so proud he painted all the screws in the beer crate for dad. IMG_8567IMG_8569IMG_8571

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After Liam failed at painting, he got put in charge of coloring the card the boys picked out. He also tried to eat the crayons too. IMG_8575IMG_8576IMG_8556IMG_8554

We got some balloons and Jake was sooooo excited about them. He even asked me to take his picture with the balloons. I knew he would be too excited about them to keep it a secret. 20170616_113218The Father’s Day pool party I planned got rained out but everything the boys and I made for dad was a big hit.20170618_153138Delicious mini cuban appetizers. 20170618_19462620170618_161543^It was starting to storm and Jake has been so scared of thunder lately. This ended up the best daddy and boys picture we could get.^20170618_185059

It was so much fun celebrating such a great daddy. Until next week, XOXO!

Toddler Play Table : Part 2

A few weeks ago, I posted about how I made a couple unique toddler play tables from an Ikea table. Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack.  I wanted to share some photos of the table I made for my son. It is different than the first table. I also wanted to show how I added a roll of drawing paper to the tables. It is great for many hours of toddler drawing creativity. (Even if it is just stacking the chair on top of the table while mom is trying to take some pictures.)

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I wanted to do a fun boy Superhero/Villain theme. I used this Heroes and Villains paper for the top of the table. It has all types of characters on it!

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Then for the chair cushions, I used this Star Wars fabric. I liked how both the fabric and paper had a squares theme to compliment each other without being the exact same design.

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I got a Mala paper roll and a Mala tabletop paper holder which I attached the the side of the table with regular screws. I wanted the top of the table to have the maximum space for activities. I stained the tabletop paper holder at the same time I stained the rest of the table pieces to make sure they came out the same color.

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Jake loves the table, although I have decided he needs to be a bit older to use the paper roll. He would just unroll it all and waste it right now.

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Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack to see how I constructed the table itself!

Thanks for checking out my craft idea today!

 Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I know I am looking forward to some ever needed appreciation! Until next week, XOXO.

Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack

Before Christmas I got a couple Latt Ikea Children’s Tables and decided to add some cool finishes to them for my son and nephew. I made two one of a kind children’s tables pretty easily with a little time from these super affordable Children’s Tables from Ikea. I got a few supplies to go with it.

I will show you what I did for my nephew’s table and then get some more pictures of my son’s table in action in a couple weeks!

 

First I cut the railroad map to the size of the table top.

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And then cut the foam to just a bit smaller than the chair bottoms.

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Using just regular Elmer’s Glue, I glued the foam to the chair and gave it plenty of time to fully dry.
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Next, I cut the fabric just enough to cover the cushion and chair bottom. Using the fabric Mod Podge, I attached the fabric to the chair and gave it plenty of time to dry.

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For the table top, I used a glossy mod podge and followed the directions. I ended up doing quite a few coats on the top. This took several days to complete since I had to wait inbetween coats and between naptimes and bedtimes.IMG_3173IMG_3175IMG_3176

Over the next several days, I stained the rest of the pieces of the table and chairs. I wanted a very dark color so I had to complete a bunch of coats to get it even and the perfect color. And again I had to work around Jakes busy schedule.

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We assembled the children’s table and chairs. Jake man is totally into tools, so he was super excited to help me put them together.

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The finished children’s chairs!!

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And the finished Children’s table!!IMG_3186

It was a big hit on Christmas morning. I love going over to visit my nephew and seeing his drawings on the paper from the table.IMG_3564IMG_3565IMG_3569

Jake’s table is another unique one of a kind table. I will share pictures of his table soon and how I attached a roll of drawing paper to the table. It is always good to have plenty of inspiration for your own projects! Until next week, XOXO!

Mother’s Day

I know I usually try to post on Fridays, but this week I wanted to share our Mother’s Day craft that Jake made for his Grandmas. I had to wait until they received their packages in the mail before posting or it would ruin the surprise.

This is what we made!

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I used painter’s tape (masking tape) to first tape down a message. I used some water color paper because it is a bit thicker. You do not need special paper to do this craft. I just already had some.

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Then, I put blobs of different colors of paint in various places on the paper. I just squeezed blobs from the paint bottles. Make sure you use non-toxic paint in case you child rips a hole in the bag. I put them in gallon ziplock bags and made sure they were tightly sealed.

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Then it is time for some fun! Jake love this. He could not get enough. The feel of the paint in the bag was so much fun for him to explore and learn.

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He even got his feet working on it!

After it’s been fully smeared around (and it’s nap time or bedtime) then carefully peel off the tape to reveal the message. I used s pair of tweezers to help not get myself so messy.

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Now you just let it dry and your painting is complete! Looks awesome little Jake man!

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Even my hubby thought this was super cool. He said “You are going to be the crazy art mom aren’t you?” YES! “That’s cool. Art moms are fun.” I certainly hope so!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Until next week, XOXO