The beauty of reusing something into something new. Like a dress.
In an effort to combat toy catalogs, we snuggled under a warm blanket and read one of our favorite books instead. In "I Had a Favorite Dress," the main character outgrows her favorite dress- which her mama then snips & sews into several new outfits. She wears each new creation on a different day of the week (great calendar practice) and makes something of her own at the end.
After reading it together, our kids wanted to try creating their own new outfits!
Simple Clothespin Doll Ornaments
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- Wood Round Doll Pins
- Acrylic paint
- Fabric scraps (old clothing works well)
- Yarn, twine or string
- Low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Mini screw eyes
Painted clothespins aren't necessary, but make a nice background for kids' creations.
Once dry, you're ready to decorate! We filled our craft table with fabric scraps, then had a hot glue station on a wooden chair next to the outlet. (Tips on hot-gluing with children, here.)
Clothespin Nature FairiesMy oldest daughter, Isia, thought we needed nature fairy ornaments. We used the rest of our clothespin fairy doll supplies, although we omitted wings this time. For the skirts, cut an "x" in the middle of a large artificial flower then insert clothespin.
The best part was upcycling something beautiful together. A life lesson that fits into every season!
- DIY Ninja Elves from Mama Smiles
- Folded paper Christmas tree ornaments from Cutting Tiny Bites
- Dream Snow Christmas ornament from Sunny Day Family
- String art ornaments from Mama Miss