My very own Kanzashi flower headband

So, yesterday I started making a few Kanzashi flowers. I didn’t know how far I’d go with it. diy kanzashi flowersSo I made a bigger flower [9 petals] during lunch, and made the bottom layer using tulle [13 petals] after dinner. My daughter said she wanted it to be a headband. The 99c store sells 6/pk Goody headbands, which I already bought a while back. I still have to figure out what I’m going to do with the other two petals.
diy kanzashi flower headband



diy necklace holderFor Father’s Day, the plan was to make a key holder. That hasn’t changed. The other plan was to use materials that’s left over from previous DIY’s. For starters, there’s leftover mini duct tape from the cowgirl headband I made, tons of jumbo craft sticks. The only thing I bought was a pack of self adhesive hooks from the 99c store.
My daughter has diligently worked on the sides one at a time. I somehow managed to have her wrap duct tape while watching Wizards Of Waverly Place at the same time, or make her to it in the morning before going to school. However, we ran out of leopard print duct she’s short one side. She didn’t want to make a triangle key holder. What to do? As you can see – we bought a different duct tape pattern.

Now, the question is what to do with the 3 pcs that she made?
Answer: Her necklace holder.

made out of 4 jumbo craft sticks, wrapped with duct tape, and self adhesive hooks

Father’s Day DIY – Duct tape to save the day

Honestly, I had planned their DIY since Mother’s Day for their respective dads. However, the kids are having their own mood swings, and were not inspired to work indoors. They want to ride their bikes and stay out til dinner. So with literally 2 days to go. I had to think and revise their DIY’s down to 1.

I had the kids come up with the fastest DIY they have ever made.

My daughter’s present[s] to her dad is:

Picture Frame/Key Holder: made out of jumbo craft sticks, duct tape, and hooks from the 99c store. I will instruct her dad to place a picture.

My son’s present to his dad is:

Picture Frame/Key Holder: made out of wood frame from 99c frame @ Walmart, and hooks from the 99c store. Andy is working on a sketch portrait…

Until  then,

Patriotic Series: Part 1 – Feeling Patriotic

Patriotic DIY Tophat

I should have a premade template post that starts with…”I wasn’t planning for this DIY, but…” Anyway, I was inspired from the cowboy hat that I whipped up, and thought I should make a red, white, and blue – just in case the school holds another spirit week, day, assembly. I was really inclined to make a tophat….

-Headband was wrapped with red ribbon.

-Tophat was made from: glitter foam sheets, empty ribbon spool, rose, ribbon, feathers, garland, cord from door hanger, and felt stars

Patriotic Wreath DIYbut, I didn’t make the headband until I made this wreath. I purchased the garland thinking I’m going to be using it for the headband.

Until Then,


Mother’s Day Series: Yes- Another Photo Holder

photo holder, clothespin photo holder, tuna can photo holder, repurposed tuna can, repurposed clothespin, craft sticks craft, mother's day diy

I really didn’t know what I was going to end up making. All I know is I have about 4 empty tuna cans, a lot of clothespins, a couple of dowels, and craft sticks. I went on pinterest to see what I can make with clothespins and tuna cans, and most of them showed candle holders, or plant holders. Well, I’m not a green thumb according to experience. So a plant holder is out of the question. But, I still crafted them in a way that it looks like a plant holder.

Then I remembered, I have left over plant sorters – hmmm. Is this really going to be a plant holder? Nope. I decided to glue the pot inside the can, add plaster, stick the dowel, and waited for inspiration. Until this morning, when I decided to print a picture that took most of the background – I cut it down to size where it only focuses on my family. I decided to use what’s left of my craft sticks and made it into a frame.
Yes – I made another photo holder.


Handy Mommy – The Sequel

DIY Headband

I got off at 4pm today. My son and I chilled for about an hour and a half before picking up my princess. We took our sweet time having dinner, and walked around Walmart after picking out what their lunch and snacks will be for tomorrow. Then my princess mentioned that tomorrow, they need to wear cowboy or cowgirl outfits, by this time it’s about close to 7 pm. I was mulling if I want to make a quick bandana skirt – but, for some reason, we ended up in the toy aisle, and I found the Walmart version of American Girl Cowgirl Hats, and at the craft aisle, they’re selling mini duct tape. My princess picked out a leopard print. She still gets to be a cowgirl – a fashionable one! After resting for a few minutes, I took out the blue headband from a previous DYI, wrapped it with duct tape, wrapped duct tape on the hat, and glued it together. Post will be updated with her outfit tomorrow.

Btw, what a coincidence that my daughter’s shirt reads creative genius!

Good night, and until then – HAPPY DIY

Mother’s Day Series: DIY Plate decor / Mod Podge

It’s cutting to just days away from Mother’s Day. I will admit, I procrastinated in my DIY’s since my kids have school projects of their own to do. This project is similar to the Halloween plate craft that we have been doing the past couple of years, but I wanted something that can go in my dining area year round. I actually made 2 DIY’s for this project, but I only have a photo for the finished project.

DIY 1: Clear Mod Podge. I wanted to make sure that the glue dries really clear, so instead of making homemade mod podge with white glue, I made it with clear glue instead. I’ll update this post with the photo of the jar.

DIY 2: Plate Decoupage. I wanted it to say family, and have pictures hanging from it – but I wasn’t as inspired to do it elaborately-so I did this as simple as possible.
DIY Plate Decoupage

Set of 8 clear plates @ Dollar Tree
Wall stickers @ Dollar Tree
Cardstock @ 99c store
DIY clear mod podge
Leftover chain

Overall total cost with tax: $5.00

Mother’s Day Series: Last Minute Dollar Gifts

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, if you’re strapped for cash and time – here’s an idea…DIY Cupcake stand.

Last week, I baked cupcakes for the first time in a long time. I realized I made too much. I decided that I need a cupcake stand. Then I realized, why buy? I can DIY. I found 3 melamine plates [each size smaller than the other], a 6pk clear glasses, and craft glue @ the 99c store

Took less than five minutes to make
diy cupcake stand
For the next one, I think I’ll take the time to fill the cups with decorative rocks or glitter.

Until then,


Savings DIY

I needed to come up with a way to teach my kids the value of $$$ and encouraging them to help around the home. So, I’ve given them “jobs” for them to earn an “income”. It’s not much weekly, but, at the end of the year, it’ll add up to an amount that’s big enough for them. By then, it would make them feel proud that they earned it, and then feel much better working for something they bought instead of just demanding it from their custodial and non custodial parents.

Out of smaller cereal boxes, “banks” were made. It’s wrapped in Christmas paper to make sure they understand that this will be opened on the last day of the year. I sealed it to make sure that it won’t be opened regardless of our situation at any given week. If they’re up to it, they can decorate the boxes to personalize it more.

I’d open a bank account for them – but I think it’s better if the kids learn how to save hands on for now…..
diy savings boxdiy savings box

This post will be updated on 12/31/13.