Bringing Maker Monday Back

After getting our crafting on throughout the summer, we have been doing noticeably less of it since school started. First grade Common Core math homework, while admittedly a bit tricksy for this old mama, is no excuse for a decline in crafting. After all, crafting doesn't have to be elaborate or time-consuming. With just a little bit of effort, a lot of fun can be had. Time to step up my game and get back into the crafty swing of things!

I got the idea for today's project from a recent post about tissue paper lanterns at The Artful Parent. A beautifully simple idea with a big pay off. This is a really easy project anyone can do, with materials you likely have on hand.

I decided we ought to start small (literally), by opting to cover a tiny glass votive, as opposed to larger jars or vases. We started by cutting a piece of tissue paper (the kind you would use to stuff into gift boxes) large enough to cover the votive. L drew a simple Halloween motif of a jack-o-lantern and bats with sharpies, and then I helped to tape the paper around the outside of the votive and trimmed the excess paper off the top. We admired its cuteness as-is, then waited for it to get dark so that we could see what it looked like when illuminated.


We love the effect! And I think they would also look great with even more doodles. Thankfully, we have more votives to and no shortage of tissue paper (haha!) for more decorating. L was feeling a little tired this afternoon, so we just made the one, but we plan to make more before the end of the month!

Tooth Fairy pillow

For our first project using the sewing machine, we made a tooth fairy pillow, using fabric from my very limited stash. She's not even close to expecting a visit from the TF yet (a fact she is quite bummed about), but at least now we'll be ready! 😁 (Note: I forget how much prep time goes into sewing. I'm now exhausted!) 😜



I knew L would enjoy making friendship bracelets (or anklets, as the case may be), but I had a feeling that most of the traditional patterns would be too fiddly for her. Inspired by ones that a friend and her daughter made recently, I opted to teach L a simple, braided version. I also decided to teach her using worsted weight yarn, as opposed to embroidery floss. It was still a bit fiddly, but she kept at it. I'm proud of her perserverence and we both love how it turned out!


The day a bear was built

We walked into a Build-a-Bear Workshop for the first time a couple months ago. L was intrigued and really wanted to make an animal. We said no, but reminded her that her birthday was coming up, so maybe she could have one then. She didn't mention it again (and we completely forgot about it) until a few days ago.

I decided to surprise her by taking her this morning. She was so excited!


She chose this black bear, put a heart inside, picked out an outfit, and named her Starry.

Maker Monday: Orange creamsicle sugar scrub

L wanted to make something to give to her ballet teacher at her last class of the year, which is tomorrow. She thought about baking something, but we were having a hard time thinking of a baked item that we thought her ballet teacher would enjoy. So we decided on a body scrub. L was happy- she likes making anything in the kitchen!


Sugar, sweet almond oil, sweet orange oil, and vanilla. It was so easy to make- L pretty much did everything herself. And it smells just like creamsicles- yum!

Maker Monday: Circular weaving

I used scrap cardboard to make the disk, yarn from my stash, and a tapestry needle. Started her out on a larger, plastic needle, but then we needed to switch to a smaller one, to accommodate beads.

It took a couple tries to start it and get it going right, but that was all my fault. (Note: Make sure you have an odd number of notches cut out of your disk rather than an even number. Unless you enjoy being confused as to why the stitches are not lining up correctly.) It was a little fiddly at first, but eventually began to flow. It isn't finished yet, but almost halfway done. And coincidentally matchy with her outfit today, as well as a nearby My Little Pony.

Camp Sprinkles

We first implemented a summer schedule last summer, because I wanted to make the most out of her summer vacation before she started kindergarten. I also wanted to make sure I had some fun activities in the queue, since L always wants to know what we're going to be doing, at all times. It ended up being a lot of fun for the both of us. I was able to fill at least parts of each day, and she always had something fun to do. I decided to implement theme days, just to give myself a parameter to work with. I owe this idea to Pinterest, although I altered the categories to fit activities that I know L enjoys doing, and that we would enjoy doing together.

I'm switching up the categories a little bit this year, but it's roughly the same idea. Each day of the week will have a theme, and we will choose an activity for each day to fit the theme. I don't like to plan the entire summer's activities ahead of time. That would stress me out way too much. I  don't like biting off more than I can chew, and I never commit myself to doing anything unless I know I can follow through. Planning the entire summer right out of the gate would be a recipe for disaster. Instead, I prefer to plan by the week (or even day), depending on what else we have going on, our mood, etc. Flexibility is key!

And so, the weekdays of our summer vacation will look kind of like this (with some part-time day camps and other activities spread out here and there):

  • Maker Monday (art and craft projects)
  • Think & Learn Tuesday (educational activities)
  • What's Cooking Wednesday (cooking and baking)
  • Thoughtful Thursday (journaling, letter writing, and random acts of kindness)
  • Fun Friday (fun places to go and fun things to do)

I'm looking forward to a fun summer, and L is really excited about doing all the fun things we've been planning. We've been making lists of fun things to do in each category. If you have any fun ideas, please leave a comment!