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DIY Button Necklace

 

This week my daughter and I hosted a play date with her best friends that live down the street. We made button necklaces and bracelets which turned out to be the perfect craft for a rainy summer day.

The girls enjoyed sorting out their own buttons and colors and were able to string bracelets and necklaces all on their own! They were so excited each time they strung a button.

When doing this craft, bigger buttons work better for smaller hands and fingers. This activity is not only fun, but it helps fine motor skills and lets your child explore shapes, colors, and their creativity!

Supplies Needed:

Buttons

Bakers Twine, Thin Ribbon, or Stretch Magic

Tape (you will need to tape the threading end if you are using twine or ribbon)

*PHOTO 3 or 4 Supply Photo

Instructions:

Measure twine/ribbon around your child's wrist and neck

Make several knots on one end of the twine/ribbon so your buttons don't slip off

Tape the other end to help threading

Start stringing buttons

Once you have the desired amount of buttons bring both ends of the string together and tie in a knot.

What I love best about making bracelets and necklaces this way is that the objects that you can use are endless. I have seen necklaces made this way using gumballs, cheerios, fruit loops, peachy o' candies, and even gummy life savers. Easy, simple, and lots of fun!

What is your favorite DIY to do with kids?

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How To Make Memorial Day Treat Boxes

Many will celebrate Memorial Day weekend surrounded with family and friends honoring those who have served our country by showing their Patriotic pride. Memorial Day is also a great time to teach our children the importance of freedom. Children and treats go hand in hand, and what better way to get them involved in understanding the meaning of Memorial Day than to create a treat box! To get your children into the spirit of remembering those who have served our country this is really a fun and simple craft for all ages to enjoy.

My little one loved peeling the stickers and was able to apply them herself.

Once she finished decorating her box we filled it with chocolate chip cookies and delivered this sweet treat to our neighbor. Older children could drop these off at a local VFW or hospital.  In addition to giving away the treat boxes you could offer them to guests as a way to take home leftovers from a Memorial Day BBQ.

Fill the boxes with cookies or any treat of your choice.  Add ribbon and your treat box is ready for delivery!

*The takeout boxes can be found at your local craft store. Children of all ages can enjoy decorating them with markers, patriotic foam stickers, and ribbon.

Happy Memorial Day from The Little Style File! What are your holiday plans?

 

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How To Make Mickey Mouse Cookies

Part of planning a fun party is all the cool details. These Mickey Mouse cookies were a huge hit at the Mickey party! I wanted to share how to make them with you.
how to make Mickey Mouse cookies
How to make Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookies:
Step One: Make the Sugar Cookie Dough
1 1/3 cup Butter
1 1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
(Cream Together)
Combine:
4 cups of Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
3 Tablespoons of Milk
Add slowly into the butter/sugar mixture. MIx well. Refrigerate dough in a plastic bag overnight.
Step Two: Take out the Chilled cookie dough one hour before making
Step Three: Roll out Dough make your cookies. Grease cookie sheets, Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
Step Four: Cool Cookies completely before decorating/icing them
how to make mickey mouse cookies
Step 5: Make Royal Icing:
3 Tablespoons of Meringue Powder
4 cups of Powdered Sugar
6 Tablespoons of warm water
Food coloring of choice
Beat 7- 10 minutes. To thin it out more just add a little more water. After it's mixed add food coloring. Place icing in a decorators bag or squeeze bottles.
how to make mickey mouse cookies
Step 6:  You outline cookie first with the icing being on the thicker side. Allow to dry then make sure your icing is ready to flood center of your cookie. Decorate accordingly.
make your own Mickey Mouse cookies

make your own mickey mouse cookies Mickey Mouse Cookies You can check out more details of the party here.

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Owl Party Ideas + Cupcake Tutorial

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Owl Party Ideas + Cupcake Tutorial

This little party was an Owl Theme. Three main colors were used along with a couple of patterns to make the party cohesive.  Owl party ideas for decorations include birdcages, mini flag pennants, mini yarn ball banners, a mini scrap banner and of course, a lot of owls. All of the printables were designed by Lauren Haddox Designs.
Owl Party Ideas | The Little Style File
The desserts I made for this party were Owl Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Mini Rice Crispy Treat Cones, Rice Crispy Treat Pops, Mini Cheesecakes and Cake Pops.  The party printables are a cost effective, easy and fun way to carry a theme throughout an entire party.  owl party ideas | The Little Style File
The Owl Cupcakes are so fun and easy to make with your kids! Here is a quick tutorial on how to make them. We made these for my daughters birthday and she had SO much fun putting these together.
Owl Cupcake Tutorial:
owl party ideas | The Little Style File
You will need:
1 package of Oreos
1 package of M&M's
! batch of cupcakes (Homemade or Box)
1 can of frosting (or homemade)
Food Coloring
Step 1: Cook Cupcakes
Step 2: Frost Cupcakes
Step 3: Separate Oreos then cup one of the tops in halves to make the ears.
Step 4: Place ears into the top of the cupcake and add the two circles for the eyes then add the M&M for the nose.
So easy, right?  If you decide to give it a try, share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!

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Kids DIY Valentines

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Kids DIY Valentines

The other day, as I was cleaning the kitchen, my 6 year old, Abryn had been very busy and very quiet for some time.  When I noticed what she was working on I just had to share it! She was making her own valentines for her friends at school.  With no help from mom, she drew 2 little hearts on the outside and colored them red and then on the inside wrote "i love you." She was very proud of herself and even asked me to video tape her! At that I laughed, but I thought a few pretty pictures and a quick tutorial would help your littles get started.  There is just something about receiving something handmade.

DIY Valentines

 

For the kids version of DIY Valentines, here is what you need:

-Paper, or card stock in any color (target) has a great $1 section filled with all kinds of valentine stickers, paper, envelopes etc.

- Envelopes + liners if you want to add a bit of detail

- Markers

- Valentine Stickers

- Glue Stick

Write a sweet little note on the inside of the card or use some of the classic valentine lingo like "your rad," "be mine," "so sweet," "hugs," etc.

Next decorate the envelope with stickers or hand drawn hearts and place the card in the envelope. Now for the glue...

Abryn's favorite part, use the glue stick to secure the envelope down or a big sticker and voila, pretty handmade valentines!

Do you make or buy your kids Valentine's Day cards?

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