How to Make Butterfly Wings from T-Shirts

How to make butterfly wings for kids costume using 2 large t-shirts #halloween #butterfly

This month as a Michaels Maker I was challenged to come up with a DIY Halloween costume. I asked Boo what she wanted to be and she gave me an answer that we summed up to be something like a phantom butterfly:

Phantom Butterfly Costume with DIY Butterfly Wings

I wanted to come up with something that was easy to recreate so I used 2 Gildan t-shirts from Michaels (size XXL):

DIY Butterfly Wings Costume

We made the wings and the antennae and bought the masquerade mask from Michaels: move 2

Spray painted costume wings for Halloween

Basically to make the wings I took 2 of the largest size adult t-shirts I could find at Michaels and cut each one as shown (basically using each sideways shirt as a wing):

 

How to cut t-shirt for butterfly wings

 

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How to Make Sharpie Owl Pumpkins

 

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I am a big fan of Mexican art…especially sugar skulls.  I used black and silver Sharpie markers to turn these faux styrofoam pumpkins into owl sugar skulls for my Halloween decor this year.  Michaels is challenging customers to “trick a pumpkin” this year and post the creations to Instagram. Make sure to read more at the bottom of this post on how to enter your own!
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If you do a google search for “sugar skull” you will come across a variety of images you can pull ideas from. I make up the doodles as I go along, but starting with the round eyes first:

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas without Carving - Sharpie Doodle Owl

Tip: If you mess up, use a damp Magic Eraser to lightly wipe the area until the mistake lightens or disappears completely!

I used 4 different size pumpkins and made them all their own unique version:

How to decorate a pumpkin without carving it ideas #diy #pumpkin

 

I used a silver sharpie on the black/chalkboard pumpkin:Decorating a chalkboard paint pumpkin with sharpie

 

The large pumpkin took around 30 minutes to complete: [Read more...]

Fall Table Decor: Mason Jar Firefly Lanterns

Easy Fall Table Decor: Mason Jar Lantern Lights using LEDs #wedding #fall #entertaining #masonjar

 

This month’s theme for Michaels Makers is fall decor.  Fall is always hard for me because I rarely buy anything orange, yellow or red…all classic fall colors. But…I love acorns and barn wood and moss….so I made these cute little “firefly” inspired lanterns using mason jars and Michaels’ LED string lights (found in the floral section of the store):

diy firefly mason jar lanterns

I also made the barn wood tray and the small rustic twig balls but I’ll follow up with a tutorial on those. The acorns were collected on the Hemlock Inn driveway tonight:

fall table decor ideas and wedding table decor #wedding #falltabledecor #entertaining

To make the lanterns I used a mason jar and a battery operated set of LED string lights from Michaels.  Each set of lights takes 3 batteries and the pack can be tucked nicely into the back of the jar.  I used dried moss to give the inside of the jar an earthy rustic look. The great thing about the lights is that you can leave them on “timer” and they will come on at the same time each night.

diy mason jar lanterns using LED string lights #diy #masonjar #wedding

 

An easy way to decorate a table for fall entertaining:

fall entertaining decor ideas using mason jars #masonjar #fall

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Food

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #stpatricksday #green #partyfood

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Here are 10 fun food and treat ideas you can serve that your friends and family will get a kick out of.

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas: Green Candied Popcorn by Find Your Happiness via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

Green Candied Popcorn via Find Your Happiness

 

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas: Shamrock Tortilla Chips by Pizzazzerie at Spiced via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #stpatricksday #green #partyfood

Shamrock Tortilla Chips by Pizzazzerie via Spiced

 

St Patrick's Day Food Ideas: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies by Life in the Lofthouse via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies via Life in the Lofthouse

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Free St. Patrick’s Day 8×10 Printable Artwork

In a few more days it will be time to add a little green to your home! It’s easy with this free printable 8×10 St. Patrick’s Day sign for you to display in March! Simply print the PDF on cardstock and frame.

Free St. Patrick's Day 8x10 Printable Artwork via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

 

 

I love this sweet Irish Blessing! Just click images below to download the PDF.

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A Frozen Winter Birthday Party and Free Printables

She’s 7! Here is my last minute “winter” party we put together for Boo’s birthday last weekend. It turned out better than I thought it would for the late start I got!

The background I made using burlap. The snowflakes I cut out of a large roll of drawing paper….as well as the popsicle stick snowflakes:

A Frozen Winter Birthday Party Free Printables with Snowflakes and Snowmen in Turquoise, Light Blue, Grey and White via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #frozen

 

She’s so big!

The Birthday Girl: A Frozen Winter Birthday Party with Snowflakes and Snowmen in Turquoise, Light Blue, Grey and White via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #frozen

 

Photo of the party table:

Desert Table: A Frozen Winter Birthday Party with Snowflakes and Snowmen in Turquoise, Light Blue, Grey and White via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #frozen

 

I made the t-shirts at the last minute…Mr. LBB is always a good sport wearing his: [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Style for the Whole Family

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! Do you get in the spirit and dress for the occasion?

Valentine's Day Style for the Whole Family via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

 

 

Here are some cute outfits for the entire family to inspire you!

For Women:

Topshop Red and White Heart Blouse
Mossimo Jeans
Tory Burch Ballet Flats

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Art Prints

We made these cute prints for Valentine’s Day. Boo will be using them for her Valentine’s at school! Download them below:

Free 8x10 Valentines day free printable art prints via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Add a little pink and red to your home this February with these sweet printable 8×10 art prints. Print it, frame it, display it!

 

 

You can download the free printables by clicking the image below.

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January 2014 Dress of the Month

Introducing the January Dress of the Month – our 2014 Valentine’s Day dress! In the January dress box you will receive a Valentine’s Heart Applique dress and two double sided trading cards (one for a friend!) to collect or frame. The trading card this month includes Valentine’s Day artwork on both the front and the back of the card.

The January 2014 Dress of the Month via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

The Lil Blue Boo January Dress of the Month via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

*Please note – this is not a club. You can purchase a dress at any time as long as supplies last.

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Turn Children’s Artwork into Gifts

 

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: Turn Children's Artwork into meaningful handmade gifts with these ideas via lilblueboo.com #gifts #diy #tutorial

Looking for some special gift ideas for the holidays?  I’ve come up with a few ways to turn your child’s artwork into amazing gifts this year.  Boo has a new “how to draw cats” book that she’s so excited about. I asked her to draw me a cat that we could make into some handmade gifts:

Gifts from kid artwork via lilblueboo.com

So impressed by her cute little cat:

turn children's artwork into gifts via lilblueboo.com

Here’s what we made with that one simple drawing:

1. Printed Paper

screen print paper bags and paper via lilblueboo.com

 

2. Printed Pillow

turn kids artwork into stuffies and stuffed animals via lilblueboo.com

3. A Rustic Piece of Artwork

preserve children's artwork making meaningful gifts via lilblueboo.com

4. T-shirts with Matching Packaging

how to make your own t-shirts and print your own boxes via lilblueboo.com

Materials Needed: (click for source info)
Adhesive Shelf Paper or Contact Paper
Double Sided Tape or Glue Stick
Razor blade or Exacto Knife
Speedball Screen (reusable)
Screen Printing Ink for Fabric and Paper
Small Squeegee or use an old credit card

Things to Print:
T-shirt
Wood Cradled Panel Canvas
(use Minwax Driftwood Stain to make rustic)
Kraft Paper

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