Showing posts with label monsters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label monsters. Show all posts

Friday, December 6, 2013

Handmade Gifts For Boys: Monster Soup Mugs

My boys like soup.  I consider it one of the few clear victories in my parenting experience.  You'd think, what's not to love about soup but when it comes to these three, anything with cooked veggies is usually an outright "eat around it" night.  For some reason, soup is an exception.While thinking about things that I could make the boys that they'd like, and that we actually needed, I settled on soup mugs.  They've hit the point where the little baby bowls don't quite cut it anymore, but they family plate set that I so coveted as a newly married woman, don't really work for the kids.

Which means we needed something just for the kids.  Personally, I like my own soup in a mug or deep bowl so I confess, these might get used by me in secret.

I picked up a trio of soup mugs from our local grocery store.  These happened to be on sale, which makes me like them even more.  I used Elmer's Painters Markers to draw on the monster faces, let them dry for 24 hours and then baked them at 350 for 30 minutes to set the paint.  Besides the wait time for drying and baking, this was an almost effortless gift.

I know this series is geared toward things that boys might like to get as gifts but who doesn't want to eat soup out of friendly, little monster mugs? Now the only problem is deciding who gets which monster mug.

Ready to win more handmade, boy friendly gifts?  Today's giveaway come from Mi Cielo.

Mi Cielo is a handmade shop that sells the most adorable character appliqued t-shirts and onsies.

 Mi Cielo has generously offered to giveaway any 1 item from the shop (max $30).  Enter the Rafflecopter below.  Open to U.S. residents only.

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Now run on over to If Only They Would Nap to see how Jess made this DIY ball pit!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Interactive Monster Shirt

This post was originally written as a part of Toptoberfest.

DIY Monster Shirt
Today I'm sharing my tutorial for an interactive monster t-shirt.  Post naming, I'm thinking I should have gone with "perpetually changing monster t-shirt" or something along those lines but while I've gotten the hang of sewing, clever t-shirt names allude me.  Regardless of what you call it, it's sure to be a hit with your little one.  What little boy wouldn't want a monster t-shirt for Christmas?

wool felt scraps (I prefer 100% wool.  It tends to be more expensive but washes with much less pilling)
Heat and Bond or other fusible interfacing
coordinating thread

Step 1:  Cut pieces from wool felt.  Before cutting the body, eye stems and horns, follow package directions to apply fusible interfacing.

Step 2:  Cut small squares of interfacing for the eyes and mouth pieces.  Iron on per package instructions.  When you are deciding on monster "accessories" keep in mind that you'll want at least two different color combinations of each facial feature in order to mix and match. The boys helped me to choose which colors and mouth features they wanted for their monsters. I find they are immeasurable more excited about a piece of clothing if they get to make choices during the project.

Step 3:  Iron the body, horns, and eye stems to your shirt per the interfacing package directions.

Step 4:  Sew around the edge of each piece in order to applique it to the shirt.  For the eye stems, I made three rows of stitching.

Step 5:  Cut a positive/negative piece of Velcro for each facial feature and each place where you want it to attach.  Sewing a rectangle around the outside edge, attach the all of the positive pieces to the monster body and the negative pieces to each "accessory".

Interactive Monster Shirt

That's it!  You are now able to mix and match to create a new monster each time you wear it.  One note:  if you have a clothing sensitive kinda kid (like my middle one) you may want to be sure they wear an undershirt underneath or place a piece of fusible-cut away stabilizer behind the shirt when you sew on the Velcro pieces.

Here's just three of our monstrous creations.  My oldest two thought this was such a great idea, I've been commissioned to sew two more.  Next time around we'll play with the body shape.  Personally, I've always been partial to the "Monsters Inc." monster type.

One word of warning, the line between the monster's facial features and one's own, may begin to become confused.

Here's hoping your little one has a better monster face than mine.  Maybe he thought I meant he was supposed to make the face he makes when he sees a scary monster.

The boys and I would get a huge kick out of seeing your monster shirts, so please feel free to e-mail me with your photos.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monster Eyes Bottle Cap Necklace Tutorial

monster eyeball necklace tutorial

This idea has been swimming around in my head ever since I saw these adorable Monster Eyeball Candy Favors from It Is What It Is .  Don't you just love this blog title?  How many times have you said that to your child?

Colin's school doesn't do the Halloween thing, but our class moms have amazingly invited everyone over to party before the neighborhood Trick-or-Treat.  I thought it would be fun to make a set of Monster Eyeball necklaces to bring along with us for his classmates.

 The necklaces are super simple to make.

 1.  Collect your bottle caps.  I prefer the invite a bunch of people over to drink beer/soda method.  That way you get what you need, but don't have to down a whole case yourself.

2.  Print (document below) and cut out eyeballs.

3.  Mod Podge paper eyeballs to bottle caps.

4.  Use an awl and hammer to punch a hole in each bottle cap.

5.  String your necklace through.

The Mod Podge does the job of adhering the paper to the bottle cap and at the same time gives it a creepy, wet eyeball kinda look.

I'm off to string the rest of the necklaces.  Have a Happy Halloween!
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