Category: Family

Make Your Own DIY Valentine Stamp How to

Make your own DIY Valentines with this super easy (very crafty!)  homemade stamp.

Secret craft supply needed?  A potato!

 

make your own potato stamp

Potato stamping might be one of my all time favorite homemade crafts because it’s so cool that you can take a potato out of your pantry, carve it up a little, and within minutes you have your very own stamp!

Right? So very cool.  Kind of like these pretty DIY rose stamps I made with lettuce a couple of years ago.

Leftover pantry food for the win.

 

Make Your Own DIY Valentine Stamp

DIY Valentine Stamp How to
 
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Make your own homemade DIY stamp with just potatoes and some paint!
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Recipe type: Paint Craft
Ingredients
  • potato
  • paring knife
  • tole paint
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • card stock or plain note cards to print on
  • scissors to cut card stock
Instructions
  1. Cut card stock into note cards and fold to use in a minute.
  2. Slice the potato in half.
  3. Use the pencil to trace a shape into the potato. I made a heart but you can make whatever you'd like!
  4. Using a knife, cut away the potato around the shape you
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Easy Valentine Pin Craft

Valentine Pin CraftYears ago, I made a Valentine for my hubby. Something fun and silly, but also a little expression of love, that he could keep with him all day long. So I made him a super quick little Valentine pin, a crafty little boutonnière. It was a hit, and he did wear it all day long and he keeps it pinned on his bulletin board in his office year round. I followed suit with smaller versions for my little boys. It only takes 4 supplies and takes about 5 minutes.

Valentie Pin Craft All you need to complete this little trinket is probably in your craft bin right this second. Scraps work perfectly. Gather up the following:

Craft felt

Ribbon

Tiny safety pins (best for children) or large decorative straight pin

Craft scissors

Valentine Pin CraftSince I was making mine for men and little men, I went with red felt and blue ribbons with a bit of a striped edge. Still valentine-y, but not too frilly. If you are making your for girls, go crazy with pinks and ruffles and tulle and all good stuff. Get original–grey hearts with red polka dot ribbon? Totally cute. Pink hearts with ruffled edges and red gingham ribbon? Go for it.… >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft

This craft how to for making painted plain wooden pencils is so easy and adorable!  Let’s get started.

 

painting plain pencils

 

I love pencils.  I just do.  I love the way they smell a little bit like fresh wood, I love it when they get sharp to a perfect point, and I love writing with them.  It takes me all the way back to Kindergarten, which is basically the very best year of anyone’s education.  Freshly sharpened new pencils, treats, crafts, and nap-time.  I wish all of life was like that.  The best!

 

Plain Painted Pencils Craft

Anyway.  Let’s paint some pencils.

 

paint plain pencil craft

How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft Supplies:

  • plain wooden pencils
  • craft paint
  • sharpened pencils or pins (to make dots)
  • masking tape (to make stripes)
  • paintbrush or small paint sponge
  • newspaper or recycled paper

 

Step 1: Lay out your craft supplies on a few layers of recycled paper or a newspaper so you don’t get paint on your nice counter or table surfaces.

Step 2: Squirt some craft paint onto the newspaper or in a small bowl.

Step 3: For polka-dot pencils, dip the sharpened tip of a pencil or the top of a pin into the paint and gently press … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Quote Of The Week Work On Dreams

Dreams! I love this week’s quote. A good dream makes the world tick on from day to day, year after year.  Dreams are what gets us out of hopeless situations into better ones.  Dreams are what make us reach for hard things that feel just a teensy (or a lot) out of the realm of possibility, but often enough turn into reality.  So keep on dreaming, friends. I don’t know about you, but dreams are the reason I get out of bed every day to do the hard work of life.

 

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Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

 

Never give up on a dream

because of the time it will take

to accomplish it.

The Time will pass anyway.

– Earl Nightingale –

 

If you’re just starting with this series, or need to catch up, here are all the quotes so far:

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

happy 2016

Hello, hello, and helllllooooo.  How are all of you?  I’m finally back after a very lovely, very long Christmas holiday and am so excited to start the new year.  I have so many fun projects in the works to share with you, along with continuing old projects like the Quote of The Week and Organizing Your House series.  I’d really love to start a makeup + beauty series again, and we have a lot of DIY projects in the works on my house, and I can’t wait to share what we’re working on in the coming months.

I have a new Quote Of The Week coming later today, but I just wanted to pop in and say I hope you had a delightful holiday season.  I really do.  And I can’t wait to jump right into the new year with you!

xoxo,

Allison

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Stocking Stuffers Guide for Grown Ups

If you are stumped on how to fill those stockings for your husband/wife/parent/adult offspring, look no further. We’ve compiled a guide to our favorite stocking stuffers for your favorite grown ups. Let’s start with the gentlemen, shall we?

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  1. His new favorite shaving and skin care regimen. My husband loves this brand of shave cream, and many other items from their lineup, so I make sure to include it every Christmas.
  2. And for the guy that likes to look polished and dapper at all times, a suave shoe care kit will fit just right in his stocking.
  3. Something practical, perhaps? A slick little multi tool is perfect, and slides right into his wallet.
  4. A new book in his favorite genre–thriller, history, humor, whatever.
  5. For the guy that never quite outgrew legos, a nano block set is sure to delight–wildlife, architecture, or world travel themes available. holiday-gift-guide-for-women-1

stocking stuffers for herNow for the ladies.

  1. For the gal that’s forever losing her hair pins and elastics, a sleek set of several will see her through the next year with every hair in place.
  2. The latest selection for her book club, or a beautiful copy of her favorite novel. I always love a great new book
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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Adorable Christmas Wreath Craft

Christmas Wreath Craft TitleThis adorable little Christmas wreath craft is possibly the easiest Christmas craft ever. It requires only 3 supplies and a pair of scissors, and is not only cute and festive, but it’s great for kids. Um, hello, room moms in charge of class Christmas parties? This is perfect. It’s low cost, low maintenance, and doesn’t involve any glue, glitter or paint. Hallelujah. 

Christmas Wreath CraftTo begin, gather your supplies

Green craft felt

Red or other festive ribbon, about 5/8″ thick

Green pipe cleaners

Scissors (fabric scissors are optional)

Rotary cutter and  mat–this is optional, but I found it really make quick work of cutting up that felt

Christmas Wreath Craft SuppliesChristmas Wreath Craft Instructions
  1. Cut your pipe cleaners in half and form them into circles, twisting the ends over. You can also use full length pipe cleaners to save a step, but you’ll have more excess on the ends to twist over–a 2-3 inch circle is just about right.
  2. Cut your felt into strips, 4 inches-5 inches long by about 3/4 inch thick. A little wider or narrower won’t matter at all. Closer to 5 inches makes them a smidge easier for little hands to manipulate, and they can always be trimmed off the finished product. Estimate about 12-15 strips
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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

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Don’t our sweet boys deserve the best? Spoil them this Christmas with these great gift ideas! I’ve heard people say that girls are easier to shop for than boys, or that it’s more fun to shop for girl stuff. But I disagree! There is something perfect and totally cool for every boy on your list in this guide. The builder, the athlete, the reader, the chef, you name it! Our holiday gift guide for boys is all you need to fill those Christmas wishes.

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1. Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven: Little chefs will go crazy over this play oven! Every kid should get one for Christmas at some point in their lives.

2. LEGO Minecraft Creative Adventures Crafting Box: Combining two all-time favorite boy activities into one awesome toy. Your boys will build all day with this LEGO set.

3. Over-the-Door Hoop: Buy this for your future basketball star! He’ll love it. He may even get those dirty socks in the laundry basket…

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Since books always make the perfect gift, no gift guide is complete without at least one. Your bookworm won’t be able to stop turning pages in this classic novel that … >> find out more...

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Classic Stocking Stuffers for Kids

 

stocking stuffers for kidsNow that those stockings are hung by the chimney with care, it’s time to fill them up! As much as I love wrapping up a beautiful gift and finding that just-right-oh-so-special item for a loved one, I’m a sucker for the stockings, and always have been. I have fond memories of delightedly pulling lip gloss, chocolate Santas, new books, and once even a much-longed for Swatch watch out of my stocking as a child. So, I try to put plenty of love and fun into stockings for my own family. After all, some of the best things come in small packages, right? Check out these suggestions for universally appealing stocking stuffers for kids. There are even a few things here that teens and grown ups will love, too.stocking stuffers for kids title

 

  1. Books, whether the next in a favorite series (we love Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew) or something new.
  2. Any classic old fashioned toy like jacks, pick up sticks, or marbles
  3. Bubble bath or shower gel. These lovely formulas for sensitive skin are worth a try.
  4. Chocolate. I like old fashioned chocolate Santas, but any kind of chocolate or candy will do of course.
  5. Toy cars and trucks. Even girls
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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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