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Pedicured Pencils: Crafts from The Boy Project

9 Jan

We are featuring another craft from THE BOY PROJECT (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister), a humorous middle grade novel from Scholastic, that was released January 1! In honor of the book’s release, we are featuring some of the crafts Kara mentions in the book on this blog.  Kami Kinard, the book’s author, is the mother of CLM, this blog’s creator.  Pedicured Pencils was one of our earlier posts. Kami liked the idea so much that she included it in her book! Click on the book in the sidebar to learn more about it!

Give Your Pencil a Pedicure!


polish a pencil

We purchased these pencils for less than a penny each at the Staples back to school sale!


  1. Wooden Pencil
  2. Nail Polish
  3. Nail gems


  1. Coat a pencil with nail polish.
  2. Let it dry and recoat.
  3. Place small nail gems around the top of pencil.
  4. Paint metal banding with a complimentary color.

*TIP:  We stood the pencil in a Styrofoam block so that we could paint all sides at once.  Clay or play dough could also be used  to hold the pencil upright.

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Santa Hat Dress

19 Dec

This may be the most affordable Christmas Dress your 18” Doll has ever worn!


1. Two Santa Hats.  (This dress was made with a felt hat that had fur trim.)

2. Fabric Glue

3. Ribbon

4. Small Piece of Velcro


1. Lay one hat on flat surface and cut off top of hat.

2. Cut armholes.

3. Glue Ribbon at top of armholes with fabric glue.

4. Put fabric glue around any rough edges to avoid fraying.

5. While glue is drying, cut white fur trim off of second hat.

6. Cut trim the right length to drape over shoulders of doll like a shawl.

7. Glue dime-sized piece of Velcro to ends of shawl. (One on the fur side, and the other on the opposite under-side.)

Now your doll is ready to party!

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Halloween Table Tree

1 Oct

We were inspired to create this tabletop decoration after seeing similar ones in stores.  For the first ones we created, we transformed leftover yellow and white store bought “Easter Trees”. Then we created one from scratch, using an oak branch and an old flower pot.


 1. Dried tree branch

2. Flower pot

3. Cardboard

4. Scissors

5. Glue

6. Black Acrylic Paint

last year's spider rings, bracelets, and whistles

7. Paint brushes

8. Rocks

9. Glitter

10. Assorted Small Halloween items (We used leftover favors and jewelry from other years.)          



 1. Find a dead tree branch (we cut ours off of the deadened part of a tree)

2. Paint the branch black

3. Brush a small amount of glitter onto wet paint

4. Turn flower pot over onto cardboard and trace a circle

5. Cut out circle slightly smaller than the one you traced onto the cardboard. (Eventually, it will need to fit into the pot slightly below the top.)

6. Punch hole in middle of cardboard circle (to insert branch into later)

7. Spread glue onto circle and cover with glitter

8. Paint flower pot black

9. Sprinkle glitter onto wet pot if desired

10.When glue and glitter and glue is dry, assemble tree by adding rocks to the flower pot to keep it stable, then putting bottom of branch into cardboard circle and inserting into the flower pot. Use hot glue if to keep branch and circle in place if needed.

11. Now tie or glue items onto the tree.  Add glitter to desired items, like we did with the spiders!

RIP beneath the eyeball tree

ghosts and pumpkins with spangled spider



Placemat Candles

20 Aug

We recycled old translucent placemats to create pillar candle-like covers for battery operated votives! 


  1. Translucent Placemats

  2. Good Hole Punch

  3. Colored Brads                                                                          

  4. Battery Operated Votive Candles

  5. Scissors

Parents may need to help with cutting and hole punching.


  1. Cut straight pieces of placemats

  2. Punch two to three holes in one side

  3. Roll placemat into a tube, making sure the side with holes is on top of the other side.

  4. Using a marker, make dots where holes are so that holes from both sides will line up

  5. Punch holes where marker-dots are with a good hole punch. (A cheap one  may not make it all the way through the placemats.)

  6. Line up holes from both sides and insert brads.

  7. Open brads to secure.

  8. Place placemat tube over votive.  (Remember, use the battery opperated kind only!)

    See how the brads hold the tubes together!If you plan carefully, you can make the tubes different sizes so they will stack for storage.

all crafts Homemade Projects ~ Add Yours {11/22} 
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Tiny Totes

14 Sep

These cute tote bags were fun to make.  Ours are scaled for 18” dolls like American Girl dolls.

 Materials Needed: 

  1. Felt
  2. Felt shapes, decorative brads, ribbon, and rhinestones for decorating
  3. Ribbon, fishing line, coated wire for handles.
  4. Needle and thread or sewing machine
  5. Scissors.


  1. Cut strip of felt so that when you fold it over it will be a little larger than desired bag size.  (The dimensions of our bags were from 2 ¼ inches to 3 ½ inches.)
  2. Fold felt over and stitch up the sides.
  3. Decorate front of bag as desired.  Be creative!
  4. Add handles.  We used several methods to do this.  For the orange bag we threaded beads onto fishing line and sewed it into the bag.  The blue bag has beads strung on coated wire.  For the bags with ribbon handles we threaded ribbon through the eye of a large needle and stitched it into the sides of the bag.

 This craft was fast and fun!

Little Purses

15 Nov

pocketbooks.jpgThese really turned out cute and were the perfect size for 18″ dolls.  The little bags are actually wedding favor baskets. 

Supplies for Little Purses:

1. Satin party favor baskets
2. Adhesive backed ribbon
3. Colored Sharpies
4. Fabric Glue
5. Acrylic Gemstones
6. Fringe
7. Stickers


1. Color bag with Sharpie marker and/or wrap ribbon or fringe around bag
2.  Peel backing from ribbon or use fabric glue to stick it on.
3. Use fabric glue to add acrylic gems.
4. Stickers and felt shapes can be added too.

Make a Cozy Hat and Pillow for Your Doll

12 Nov


Supplies Needed for Hat:

1. An Old Sock
2. A Pencil or Piece of Chalk
3. Scissors
4. A Piece of String
5. A Pompom
6. Fabric Glue


1. Place the open end of sock on doll’s head.

2. Decide how much of the sock you need to cover the head.  Make a mark on the sock with pencil or chalk.

3. Using scissors, cut sock in two about an inch above (toward toe of sock) the mark.

4. Bunch the cut end of the sock together tightly.  Have an adult help tie yarn or string securely around them.

5. Cut off loose ends of string.  Using Fabric Glue, cover the tied ends with a pompom.

6. Slide the open end of hat over doll’s head!




Make a pillow from the other end of the sock!!



 Supplies Needed For Pillow:
1. Toe end of old sock
2. Cosmetic cotton balls or batting
3. Staples
4. Scissors
5. Ribbon
6. Fabric Glue

1. After making the hat, stuff the toe end of the sock with cotton balls or batting.

2. Fold open end over and staple the edges.

3.  Using scissors, cut a piece of ribbon the right size to go across the end of the pillow.

4. Put fabric glue across staples.

5. Press ribbon onto the glue.

*note: Pillow is for dolls only.  People should not put their heads on pillows secured with staples!  🙂

Sandals for Your 18″ Doll

10 Nov


1. Scissors

2. Ribbon

3. Adhesive (sticky) backed foam sheets

1. Place the foam sheet on a flat surface.

2. Trace a shoe or your doll’s foot onto the foam.  (trace around each foot   twice)

3. Cut out all four tracings.

4. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon 2 1/2 in. long.

5. Peel backing from 1 “left shoe” foam,  set aside.

6. Stick one end of ribbon to outer edge of foam about 1 ½ inches from heel.

7. Stick the other end of ribbon to inside edge of foam, forming an arch.

8. Replace backing and slide onto doll’s foot for fitting.  Adjust as needed.

9.Remove backing.

10. Using the same process, add second ribbon to shoe, 1/8 inch above first one.

11. Peel backing from 1 “right foot” foam.

12. Carefully slide it under the ribbons and stick to sticky side of “left foot foam.”  The ribbons will be caught between the two pieces of foam, so the shoe will have a smooth top and bottom.

13. Repeat process for other shoe.

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Fan Booklets!

1 Oct




You can use any kind of paper and or cardstock (recycled greeting cards or thank you notes work great) to make these cute little books.



  1. 3×2.5 index cards (This helps avoid too much paper cutting. Plus, we like having lines on one side and blank space for drawing on the other!)
  2. cardstock or old cards
  3. brass brad
  4. hole punch
  5. scissors or paper cutter 


  1. Take a small stack of index cards and use hole punch to make a hole in the upper left hand corner.  We first punched a hole in one stack of three or four cards, then traced the hole onto the top card in the next stack before punching so the holes would line up. 
  2. Cut two pieces of cardstock that are slightly larger than the index cards. (Ours measured 2.75” x 3.25”.)
  3. Put the two pieces of cardstock together with both decorative sides facing outward.
  4. Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner of the cardstock.
  5. Line up the holes of the index cards with the holes on the cardstock. Thread brad through hole and secure.fan books
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