Tuesday, October 8, 2013

4 (Pinterest Poser Challenge)

Yesterday was Wade's birthday.  He ran down the stairs at 6 a.m. fully dressed and asked "where's my party?"  He was ready to celebrate being four.   We didn't have a party planned, just a family dinner, cake and a few presents.  With all the kids at school and a preschooler with no sense of time I had a feeling it was going to be a long day.  I needed to find ways to keep him busy and honor his excitement about being 4.  Pinterest to the rescue.  Today's Pinterest Poser is brought to you by the number 4.

**In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,* every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   *My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance. 

Name Banner/Garland 

(Inspired by a DIY Alphabet Garland pinned from Babble.com.)

Old boxes
Alphabet template (download free here)

Print the letters you need and start cutting.  Then trace the letter on the box and start cutting again.

Once all the letters are traced and cut out, get out the paints and let your kid go nuts.  I  guess you could get fancy and paint your own designs and make the letters look Pinterest perfect.  My goal was to make Wade feel special and keep him busy, so for our project I let him paint whatever he wanted.  

I'm far from a homeschooler, but we did make it a little lesson about letters and colors which was fun.

In lieu of a hole puncher, I used one side of my scissors to cut the holes for the ribbon (not recommended).  To make the letters sit on the string or ribbon evenly, two holes are needed per letter.  Then loop string, ribbon or even a piece of yarn through the holes and display.  This could be a fun project to keep up in a playroom or a child's bedroom.  And it is something you and your child can do together.

Cake Topper-How Old Are You
(Inspired by several different pictures on Pinterest.)

cake, frosting and M&M's 

I am not a very creative cake baker/creator/maker.  Remember my Barbie cake that turned out looking like a stripper coming out of a cake?

But this one, is a little easier.  It's M&M's in the shape of the number four.  Wade and I put the M&M's on together.  It was cute.  And yes, I needed Pinterest to inspire me to make this.  I would not have thought of it on my own.

The Birthday Shirt

(Inspired by this cool project that I want to try for my own sweater/shirt soon.)

Since Wade is totally digging turning four, I thought I'd make him a special shirt to mark the occasion. I mean we should all have special shirts for special days, right?  While Wade painted his banner/garland, I made this shirt.  It cost $7 and looked so cute.

shirt or sweater
adhesive strip

I bought the long sleeve shirt at Target for $5, the yellow felt square for 34 cents and the adhesive strip for $2 at JoAnn Fabrics.  I Googled the number 4 and printed an image I liked.  

I cut out the image and traced it onto the felt.  Cut the felt, cut the adhesive and placed it on the shirt where I wanted it. 

I then followed the adhesive directions: dampen the felt, then with a hot iron press for 10 seconds, repeat as necessary until the fabric holds.  It took quite a few times, but finally it worked.

Wade was proud to wear his shirt, he was proud of his banner, he was proud to be the fabulous number 4.
It didn't take a lot of money to make him feel special and loved and important and keep him busy.  It didn't look perfect, but we had fun and then we ate cake when everyone got home.  

Have you made something from Pinterest lately?  Had any great successes? Or advice?  Or warning about a project that's a total waste of time? Do tell.

Please share whatever you're working on in the comments here or over on Facebook.  Come on over and follow my Pinterest boards.

Here are some of the projects I've already attempted, the good and the bad:

Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here

Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowersclick here
Earth Day CupcakesClick here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Funclick here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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  1. So cute! I really love that you are able to take simple and inexpensive ideas to make important memories for your family.

  2. I love it. Not because it's perfect but because it's NOT. Spending the time together to make the projects his is awesome.

  3. You are such a good mom, Angela. He is so lucky to have you, all of them are.