Baseball Decor – DIY Baseball Wreath

Our family loves everything baseball, especially Boston Red Sox Baseball and Baseball Decor like this DIY Baseball Wreath.  We have tons of baseballs around our house but none that my son was willing to part with and I really wanted the baseballs to look aged and well used so I headed to the thrift stores and found enough to create this great wreath just in time to show my love of baseball for the end of this season.

DIY Baseball Wreath

Baseball Decor – DIY Baseball Wreath


  • used baseballs (quantity depends on how big you want the wreath)
  • wire wreath form or wire coat hanger
  • small screws
  • copper wire
  • ribbon
  • wooden letter (to represent your team or monogram for last name)
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • paint


I like to make things from stuff around the house as much as I can and keep costs down so instead of purchasing a wire wreath form, I used an old wire coat hanger.  I took bent it into a circle but left the hook part of the hanger in place.  I knew that the wreath would be heavy so I thought this would be the best way to hang the wreath when it was finished.

Baseball Wreath Decor

To attach the balls to the wreath, I inserted small screws into each one.  I didn’t have to drill wholes as the screws went into the balls very easily.  I used pliers to hold and twist the screws rather than a screw driver because I didn’t want to chance the screw slipping.

Once the screws were in each ball, I cut a length of copper wire and twisted it around each screw.

baseball wreath tutorial

This copper wire then gets twisted around the wire wreath form or coat hanger to hold the ball in place.  Add wire to each ball and attach them to the wreath.

Use a small amount of hot glue between each ball to keep them from shifting or slipping.

I also used a bit of hot glue to cover the wire and screw on the back of the ball.  This will keep it from scratching the door or wall where you hang the wreath.

I purchased a small wooden B and painted it red for Boston Red Sox and blue ribbon to keep with the team colors.  I tied a simple bow in the ribbon and attached it to the back of the B with hot glue and attached the bow to the wreath.

It’s a great wreath for the front door of the house or would be perfect for a boy’s bedroom!

Baseball wreath



Check out our Boxtrolls!

The countdown continues until The Boxtrolls comes to theaters (9/26). We finished our Boxtrolls, although we’re still reading Here Be Monsters (and we need to hurry or we won’t finish before the movie comes out!)
We had to enter the #BuildaBoxtrollSweeps and took plain old shipping boxes from this:




To this….

To these!

Create your own Boxtroll and enter to win a trip to the movie premiere! Hurry, because the sweeps ends September 5th! Good luck!


An all-expense paid trip for 4 to the L.A. movie premiere of The Boxtrolls!

How to enter

Make a totally awesome Boxtroll

Snap a pic

Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #BuildABoxtrollSweeps hashtag

That’s it!!

Legal and Official Rules  No purchase necessary. 18+ years old. 50 US States + District of Columbia only. 8/4/14-9/5/14. 


Have you made YOUR Boxtroll yet? I’d love to see pics!

Build a Boxtroll and Win! #BuildABoxtrollSweeps #TheBoxtrolls

With just under a month until The Boxtrolls comes to theaters (9/26), the kids decided they wanted to make their OWN Boxtrolls.  We saved some shipping boxes (the kids wanted to make themselves Boxtrolls, I decided we should start on a smaller scale…). Really, what you need are some cardboard boxes and your imagination.  Maybe a few other odds and ends and craft supplies, too.  After that? make-own-boxtroll   Then, let your  imagination run wild. My kids are really, REALLY into duck tape lately so… when we show you our final Boxtrolls next week- you’ll notice there’s duck tape on them all! boxtroll-american-girl

Create your own Boxtroll and enter to win a trip to the movie premiere!

build-a-boxtroll-sweeps-#buildaboxtrollsweeps Prizing

An all-expense paid trip for 4 to the L.A. movie premier of The Boxtrolls How to enter Make a totally awesome Boxtroll Snap a pic Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #BuildABoxtrollSweeps hashtag That’s it!! Legal and Official Rules  No purchase necessary. 18+ years old. 50 US States + District of Columbia only. 8/4/14-9/5/14. 

What will YOUR Boxtroll look like? 


This post is part of an ongoing partnership with The Boxtrolls and SocialMoms.  Opinions are my own.

Button Crafts – Cloth Napkins With Button Fruit Details

I love buttons and I love making button crafts!  Vintage buttons, fancy buttons, wooden buttons, and even shirt buttons!  Button crafts are so much fun to make and so affordable.  These adorable cloth napkins with button fruit details are so sweet and inexpensive.  These are just shirt buttons in various colors.  You could really make a lot of different fruits or even vegetables with this idea and just have a lot of fun with ideas!

Button Crafts – Cloth Napkins With Button Fruit Details



  • set of 4 cloth napkins – I picked these up at Wal-Mart for less than $2
  • shirt buttons in the colors of your chosen fruits – we have grapes, lemons, an apple, and cherries.
  • thread to match your buttons (Have some fun with this if you prefer!)
  • green embroidery thread for stitching the leaves and stems on (I used a thread with varying shades of green for more detail)
  • needle (I always use the easy-to-thread needles because I’m not getting any younger and threading a needle is never, not once, a simple process for me. Needles like to fight me on threading every time!)
  • scissors


I laundered my napkins before beginning.  The buttons will be sewn on so you can launder them after if you’d rather (and of course so you can wash them after use).


Begin by sewing the buttons onto the corner of each napkin as I did in my example.  You’ll want to use thread to match the buttons so the thread doesn’t stand out.


Use very simple stitches to add stems and leaves with the green embroidery thread.  I did not worry about the backs looking perfect but focused on how the leaves and stems turned out.


Here’s the bunch of grapes on a napkin, what do you think?



 Are you into crafting? Have you done button crafts lately?




Mickey and Minnie Mouse Felt Bracelets Craft

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Felt Bracelets

mickey minnie mouse felt bracelets


Black felt

Red Felt

Red ribbon for bow

Blue flower shaped ribbon

Red & white polka dot ribbon

Black Velcro

minnie mickey felt bracelets supplies



Hot glue gun

Mickey Mouse shaped stencil


1. Cut a long strip of felt, 1″ wide. Place felt around wrist and cut felt to size of your wrist.

minnie mickey mouse felt bracelets cut

2. Cut a piece of ribbon to fit the length of the felt, minus 1″ inch.


3. Using the hot glue gun, glue ribbon to the felt. Make sure to leave room on the left end for the velcro.


4. If available, use Mickey Mouse stencil to trace and cut out shape from black felt. If you do not have a stencil use chalk to draw shape on black felt and then cut out. You will need 2 shapes per bracelet.

5. Hot glue 2 Mickey shapes together and then adhere them to the center of the bracelet. If you are making a Minnie Mouse bracelet cut out a small length of red ribbon and make a bow. Attach to her ear.


6. Lay the bracelet flat with the top side is facing you. Using the hot glue attach one piece of the velcro to the left side of the bracelet. Turn the bracelet over and attach the other piece of velcro to the right end of the bracelet. You should have a piece of Velcro at each end of the bracelet. One on the front and one on the back.

7. Wrap around wrist, attach Velcro together and wear.


Pillowcase Dress Pattern: Disney Frozen Inspired

We’ve all seen the adorable pillowcase dresses in many variations.  Most are easy to make and very simple in style.  Here is a twist on that simple project to create a beautiful little girl’s fancy dress!  The colors and sparkles make this Disney Frozen Inspired Pillowcase Dress Pattern perfect for your princess! What little girl wouldn’t love this?!?  And, yes, it is still easy to make!

Disney Frozen Inspired Pillowcase Dress Pattern

frozen pillowcase dress patternYou’ll need the following supplies:

  • 2 regular pillowcases of the same size & color (the higher the thread count, the nicer and dressier the fabric will be)
  • Thread to match the pillowcases
  • Approximately 18 yards of ribbon in a contrasting color (I used a sequined ribbon, about 1 1/2″ wide)
  • 1/4 yard Tulle in a similar color to ribbon
  • Thread to match Tulle
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins for pinning into place, safety pin, & needles for hand sewing
  • Scissors
  • A dress you know fits in length & arm holes for template only


Step 1

Fold the first pillowcase in half lengthwise and out on a flat surface.  Lay the template dress out on the first pillowcase and determine the correct length by lining the bottom of the dress up with the open end of the pillowcase.  Mark a straight like across the opposite end of the pillowcase which will become the neck of the dress.  Next, mark the arm hole lines.  Carefully cut along marks


Step 2

Determine how much shorter than the bottom layer you want the top layer of the dress to be.  Lay the cut pillowcase over the second pillowcase (both still folded in half lengthwise) and adjust the bottom (open end) to be the desired length.  Cut the top and arm holes into the second pillowcase as done in step 1.


Step 3

Now you’ll sew the two layers of the dress together.  This might be the tricky part as it took some time to make sure that once sewn together and turned out everything would be right side out.  You’ll place the shorter, top layer right side out inside the longer layer which is also right side out. Pin the two layers together along the arm holes and straight top.  Sew approximately 1/4″ in from edge, following the contour of the arm hole.

sewing armholes together

Step 4

Turn top layer right side out over the bottom layer.  Fold approximately 1 1/2″ of the straight neckline over, pin into place and sew.  This will become the ribbon pocket for the neck.

ribbon pocket

Step 5

Cut the tulle into 2 strips legnthwise (approximately 6″ each”).  Fold one piece in half lengthwise.  Using the matching thread, begin gathering the tulle onto the thread (you’ll sew at the open side, creating almost a tube).  Gather the entire length onto the thread.  Once you’ve completed this, you’ll begin tacking it to the bottom pillowcase.  The folded edge of the tulle should be approximately 1″ above the open end of the dress and the sewn edge should fall under the top pillowcase.  As you tack the tulle to the pillowcase, gently pull the thread it is on to create a gathered look.



Step 6

Using several layers of thread, create a loop at each side seam that will be large enough to slip the ribbon sash through.  This can be placed at waist height or higher to create an empire waist.  Slip your ribbon through both loops and cut to length.  You’ll want it to be long enough to be snug around the body and either tie in a knot or bow in the back with tails left to hang.

frozen inspired anna pillowcase dress back


Step 7

Pin a large safety pin to the end of the remaining ribbon and begin feeding it through the ribbon pocket at the neckline.  Feed through both the front and back.  This ribbon should be long enough to create straps when the pillow case is gathered in the front and back to create a scooped neckline.  You can either sew the ends of the ribbon together and slide the sewn ends into the pocket or you can leave it longer and tie it when it is put on to be worn.  I chose to sew the ends and conceal them which left the perfect place to add a little tulle flower!

If you’d like to make a tulle flower, cut the remaining tulle into a 3″ strip.  Fold it in half and begin gathering it onto your needle and thread at the open side.  Gather a little to a time and pull it tight, draw your needle through the gathered portion and gather more on.  Repeat until it begins to look like a flower and reaches your desired size.  Sew into place at one side of the neckline.

frozen inspired anna pillowcase-dress

Press the entire dress and it’s ready to be worn!  Who would guess this was a pillowcase?!?


This dress had a total cost of $22.00 in materials and approximately 3 hours of time.

Dollar Store DIY: Lucky Leprechaun Garden


Dollar Store DIY: Lucky Leprechaun Garden

If your children have ever wanted to catch a leprechaun, this Dollar Store DIY project is for you. This Lucky Leprechaun Garden is so sweet and simple, and can be created using just a few dollar store supplies. Perfect for crafting during the St. Patrick’s Day season, this Lucky Leprechaun Garden is an enchanting little spot that any leprechaun would want to hide away in. Take a peek at how to craft your own for just a few dollars.

dollar store DIY leprechaun garden finished

Lucky Leprechaun Garden

Supplies needed:
Round, flat glass candleholder
Moss covered craft stones
Faux/silk clover stems
Green glass rocks
Gold glitter (optional)

We were able to find all of these materials in the candle/floral aisle of our local Dollar Tree store. Total cost for this project was $4, with plenty of supplies left over for our other crafting needs.

1. Begin by placing the moss rocks in the bottom of the candleholder. We were able to fit all but one of what was included in the packaging.
2. Fill in the cracks between the stones with some green glass rocks.
3. Take your bundle of silk clover stems and snip off the heads. You only want to use the actual clovers themselves. Take a few and tuck them down in between the rocks. If you are worried about them staying in place, add a dab of glue to the back first.
4. Finish the leprechaun garden by giving it a sprinkle of gold glitter.

Now, place your leprechaun garden out for everyone to see. You can even use additional green glass rocks to create a cobblestone path leading up to it. Throughout the season of St. Patrick’s Day, you can place gold chocolate coins in or around the garden, a gift from the leprechaun to your kiddos, direct from his own treasure!

dollar store diy leprechaun garden supplies

Craft this Lucky Leprechaun Garden with your children and you are sure to create some new St. Patrick’s Day memories!


DIY Button Hair Clip for St. Patrick’s Day

This fun and easy DIY button hair clip craft would make a fun project to do with the girls.  It’s a great way to update an old or boring hair clip and will be a fun accessory for the hair on St. Patrick’s Day, or any holiday!

diy button hair clip


  • hair clip
  • buttons in the colors of the rainbow
  • green ribbon
  • needle & thread
  • hot glue



I love picking up vintage buttons at tag sales and this is a great project to use a variety of really great buttons!  I’ve selected a button for each color of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green followed by blue, indigo, violet!  I found a great yellow button with a rhinestone center that doubles as my “pot of gold” for this project.


Begin by using hot glue to attach each button to your hair clip, starting with the last colors and overlap as you go.

attach buttons


Finishing with the red button (see the close up of my beautiful yellow button).

attach buttons 2


Next you’ll begin creating your ribbon shamrock.  Cut a length of ribbon approximately 1 1/2″ to 2″ long.  Fold the ribbon in half and gather the cut ends onto your needle & thread.  Pull the thread tight to bunch the ribbon together, creating a petal.  Continue with 2 more pieces for the 3 leaves of the shamrock.



Attach the first and second leaves together, securing well.  Then attach the 3rd leaf to the first two.

shamrock 2  shamrock 3

Angle cut an additional piece of ribbon approximately 2″ long.  Using hot glue to secure, roll the ribbon to create a stem for the shamrock.



Hot glue the shamrock leaves and stem to the violet end of the clip.

attach shamrock 1
You can really make any kind of flower or ribbon decoration for the end of your hair clip to go with your colors, the event, holiday or season.
finished clip 2

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Flying High On Your Love Boys Valentine Treats

These Flying High for your love Valentine’treats are so adorable and so easy to make!  Fun candy planes  that will make a great boys’ Valentine Treat to bring to classmates (girls too of course!) Smarties are Vegana, Gluten, egg, dairy and nut free so they are a REALLY safe treat idea!!

candy planes flying high for your love boy valentine treats

What you’ll need:

  • Smarties candy
  • Life Savor mints
  • Sticks of chewing gum
  • Small rubber bands (we used loom bands)

You may also want stickers, pink or red paper, string, and tags for the to: and from: if they’ll be handed out as a school Valentine.

Step 1

You’ll need to unwrap the mints.  Slip 2 of your tiny rubber bands through one another to create a larger band with a knot in the middle.

candy planes assembly

Step 2

Slip the rubber band through 2 of the mints to make the wheels and place the Smarties (the body of the plane) in between.

candy planes in progress


Step 3

Lay a stick of chewing gum across the top of the Smarties and slip the rubber band over each side of the chewing gum to make the wings of the plane.

candy planes side


Simple as that!

candy planes close

Now, if you want to get a little more creative and spend a bit of extra time, here are a few things you can do!

Lots of chewing gum comes in foil wrappers.  You can wrap a piece of plain pink or red paper around the center of the foil wrapped gum and place heart stickers across the top of the “wings”.

If your children are handing these out to classmates, they’ll likely want to attach a tag letting friends know who this fun plane was from.  Tie a thin string from the tale of the plane and attach a tag for your child to write names on.  You may want to print a fun tag with the words “Flying High On Your Love Valentine” to attach to the tale.  This will look like the plane is pulling a banner through the sky!

Have fun & enjoy!  Check out the butterfly Valentine treats we made too!

DIY Grinch Crafts and Recipes

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my all time most favorite stories EVER. I love it. My family loves it too, thankfully!! Here are several DIY Grinch Holiday Crafts and Recipes for you, and some Grinch Cookie Pops that are fun and festive as well!



If you love the Grinch and want to find a way to add some “grinchiness” to your holiday tree, this gorgeous Grinch fur ornament is the perfect solution. Made from a few supplies found at your local dollar store, you can easily whip up one (or two!) in no time and for just pennies. Take a look below at how to make your own and add some Grinch flare to your holiday décor.


Gorgeous Grinch Fur Ornament

If you love the Grinch and want to find a way to add some “grinchiness” to your holiday tree, this gorgeous Grinch fur ornament is the perfect solution. Made from a few supplies found at your local dollar store, you can easily whip up one (or two!) in no time and for just pennies. Take a look below at how to make your own and add some Grinch flare to your holiday décor.


Gorgeous Grinch Fur Ornament

Supplies needed:
Green feather boa
Round drinking glass
Craft glue

We were able to find the green boa and ribbon used in the sample picture at our local Dollar Tree store.

1. Begin by tracing a circle on a piece of cardboard. Use the drinking glass as your stencil. Cut the circle out.
2. You now want to cut a small circle out of your larger circle, leaving you a loop. You can do this by tracing a smaller glass on the inside of the circle, however we just freehanded one. Cut it out.
3. You now have what looks like a cardboard wreath form. Take the green boa and begin wrapping round the form.
4. Wrap until there is no boa remaining and your form is completely covered. Use your craft glue to secure the end of the boa to the board.
5. Cut a length of ribbon and run it through the now green and fluffy wreath. Tie it at the top into a bow.

That’s it! Your gorgeous Grinch fur ornament is all ready to be hung. So find a spot, nice and central on your tree so everyone can see your love for the Grinch!




Grinch Glass Cozies


This holiday season, wouldn’t it be fun for even your drinking glasses to show some Grinch pizzazz? These Grinch Glass Cozies are so easy to make, and don’t require you sewing single stitch. Plus, they will keep your hands warm while you sip. If you want your glasses to have some Grinchy goodness to them, take a look below at how to make your own Grinch glass cozies.

Grinch Glass Cozies

Supplies needed:
Mason jars or simple drinking glasses
Hot glue, glue gun
Old green sweater

A thrift store is the perfect place to find the materials you need for this project. Our local thrift store had some simple clear glasses we used for this project as well as an old green sweater perfect for snipping.

1. Begin by snipping off the sleeves of your sweater.
2. Starting at the wrist of the sweater, insert your glass to get an idea of how much sleeve you will need to cut in order for the fabric to fit.
3. Now, cut the sleeve to fit the glass.
4. Slide the sleeve onto the glass. Make sure the hemmed edge is at the top of the glass. If there is not a clean hem, just roll the sleeve down once or twice to make one.
5. Your rough edge will be at the bottom of the glass. Pull it so it folds under the glass. Continue pulling the fabric towards the center of the bottom of the glass.
6. Apply a generous dab of hot glue to the center of the glass. Continue pulling the fabric towards the center, pressing it to the glue. The fabric will adhere to it and create a nice and clean finish at the bottom of the glass.

That’s all there is to making your own Grinch Glass Cozies. They are perfect for sipping egg nog or any other holiday beverage you want to enjoy!


Grinch Party Favor


Whether you need to come up with holiday favors for your child’s classroom party or a party you are hosting in your own home, these Grinch Party Favors are the perfect treat. Made from a few simple Dollar Tree materials, these Grinch Party Favors make the perfect take home treat. Take a peek below at how to make your own.

Grinch Party Favor

Supplies needed:
Holiday ribbon
Candy canes
Green feather duster

We were able to find all of these materials at our local Dollar Tree Store, making this a holiday project that is just as frugal as it is fun!

1. Begin by snipping off some of the green feathers from the feather duster.
2. Cut some holiday ribbon (if you use the thick variety as we did, cut it in half to make it skinnier) and set aside.
3. Gather your candy cane and feathers together almost like you are making a bouquet. Place the long feathers in back of the candy cane.
4. While holding the bouquet together, start wrapping the ribbon around the base. This will hold the feathers to the candy cane nicely.
5. Finish the favor by tying any remaining ribbon into a bow nice and tight.

How simple was that? These only take seconds each to make, so they are the perfect favor if you need to make them in bulk.

Head to your local Dollar Tree and gather all of the fixings to make your own Grinch Party Favors! It is a treat your guests are sure to love.


Grinch on a Stick Fruit Skewers


Who knew that a healthy holiday snack could be so fun? These Grinch on a Stick Fruit Skewers are the perfect appetizer or snack at your next holiday party! Kids and adults both will love how fun and easy it is to turn their favorite fruits into a resemblance of the Grinch himself. Take a peek below at how you can make a batch of your own.

Grinch on a Stick Fruit Skewers

Supplies needed:
Wooden skewers
Large green grapes
Mini Marshmallows


1. Begin by prepping your fruit. Do this by washing all of the fruit and allowing it to dry. Cut the bananas into ½ inch thick coins, remove the tops from the strawberries, and wash and leave your green grapes as is.
2. On your skewers, you will place the fruit in this order: grape, banana coin, strawberry (point facing upward) and mini marshmallow.

The finished product looks like a green little Grinch all decked out in his Santa hat! How cute is that? Arrange these Grinch on a Stick Fruit Skewers in a vase or glass bottle for simple display and for guests to easily admire and help themselves to.

Make these for your child’s classroom party, for your own holiday gatherings, or just as a fun holiday craft with the kids. It is a fun and festive treat you are all sure to love, and a healthy one at that.

So head to your local grocer and gather all of the supplies you need to make your own Grinch on a Stick. They are sure to become a holiday fave!



Glowing Grinch Candle


If you are all about the Grinch décor this holiday season, this simple Glowing Grinch Candle needs to be on your to-do list. Easy to make using just a few Dollar Store materials, this Glowing Grinch Candle is the perfect way to light up your home for the holidays in a way that is a whimsical nod to the green guy himself. Take a peek below at how to make your own.

Glowing Grinch Candle

Supplies needed:
Green jar candle
Construction paper
Craft glue

We were able to find everything on this supply list at our local Dollar Tree store. So not only is this a fun and festive craft, but it is one that you can make for just pennies.

1. Begin by cutting a red strip of construction paper. This will serve as the Santa jacket on your Grinch!
2. Apply some craft glue to the ends of the red strip, wrap the strip around the candle, and press the ends into place until adhered.
3. You now want to create a buckle for the belly of your Grinch candle. To do this, cut out a square of black construction paper. Fold the square in half and cut a smaller square out of the inside of the larger one. Discard the small square leaving what looks like a nice shiny black belt buckle.
4. Apply some glue to the buckle and press it to the red strip.

Your finished product will look like the belly of the Grinch (the green candle) wearing his Santa gear (the red coat and buckle) in hopes of popping in on Who-Ville! This project takes just minutes to make, pennies to create, and is a fun way to add some Grinchy fun to your holiday décor. Give it a try and see what you can create!


Grinch in a Glass Bottled Drinks


A party just isn’t a party without the perfect beverage. If you plan on entertaining guests this holiday season, these Grinch in a Glass Bottled Drinks are the perfect solution. Easy to make and so whimsical, these green bottled drinks would make the perfect addition to your menu. Take a look below at what a cinch they are to create using a few simple supplies. Take a peek!

Grinch in a Glass Bottled Drinks

Supplies needed:
Glass bottles with lids (found at most dollar and discount stores)
Lime Kool Aid
Miniature red/white stockings

The miniature red and white stockings can be found at your local Dollar Tree. They are sold in a two pack for just $1. Glass beverage bottles are sold at most discount stores. Be sure to find ones with screw on lids so you can make them up ahead of time and refrigerate them until needed.

1. Begin by preparing your Lime Kool Aid per packet instructions. If you don’t like this beverage you can always use any green or yellow/green beverage of your choice.
2. Fill the bottle with the beverage. Place the lid on tightly.
3. Place one of the mini stockings on tops of the bottle.
4. Gather the top of the stocking and bunch it. Wrap a rubber band around the top of the stocking creating a small puff at the end. It should now resemble a Santa hat.

Fill a tub with your Grinch in a Glass Bottled Drinks and then allow guests to serve themselves. It will look so festive filled with green beverages and topped with a Santa hat, just like the Grinch!

So gather your supplies and give this fun party idea a try! It is sure to add some Grinch fun to your holidays.