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ping pong ball lamp

Everywhere you turn these days there’s another gotta try it DIY project. Looks like this weekend’s project is inspired by an older Marie Claire Idées using ping pong balls, upcycling an old lamp shade and a few cans of spray paint to create this whimsical pendant lamp.

Rescue an old lampshade, then remove the covering exposing the wire frame.  Thrift stores are great places to find lamp shades if you don’t have an old one laying around. For the ping pong balls try a Dollar Store. You’ll also need heavy nylon thread, a sturdy needle and a hot glue gun.

Spray paint the balls in groups using a different color for each layer. If you are using 6 rows, you will need about 30 balls per group for a total of 180 ping pong balls. After the paint has dried, with a large needle, poke a small hole into each ball on opposite ends.  Using nylon thread, make garlands of balls and knotting one end, then pulling the thread through each ball from one hole to the other. It’s just like beading. Fill up the garland until all of the balls fit around the diameter of your lamp shade’s frame. Tie the garland of balls around the lampshade structure. We will be using a hot glue gun to secure the balls to spots on the frame. Repeat each row of ping pong balls until the entire shade is covered.  For the light, pendant cord sets are available at IKEA HEMMA.

Please share photos of your creations.

 

Rainbow Necklace

What is it about St. Patrick’s Day and cereal?  Lucky Charms

It’s time to enjoy a big bowl brimful of Lucky Charms and start crafting with Froot Loops.

Feed the birds

Last year we made special Shamrocks for our neighborhood birds. Click here for the how to share your cereal with your feathered friends.

This year we are taking a clue from Eighteen25 and designing over the rainbow necklaces as pictured above. Head on over to their blog for a fruit loopy lesson in edible fashion.

ice chalk stars
Hello! I am Lorie from Reading Confetti.

I’m a reading specialist turned SAHM to two preschoolers. I share fun activities and crafts and often a book related to our project. When it’s hot outside, you can usually find us doing classic summertime activities in an attempt to stay cool: running through the sprinkler, making ice cream, and drawing with sidewalk chalk.

What’s that you say? Drawing with sidewalk chalk doesn’t keep you cool? You must not be using the right kind! How about some ice chalk?

ice chalk

Ice chalk is the perfect way for kids to spend a summer afternoon getting creative. And it’s easy and inexpensive too!

ice chalk rainbow

My favorite is the rainbow chalk.

popsicle

But I like the popsicle chalk too.

fizzy ice

The kids like the fizzy ice chalk.

messy

It gets messy.

clean up

But even the clean up is fun.

Come on over and visit us at Reading Confetti for 7 different ways to make ice chalk!

Lorie, thanks for sharing this “cool” summertime fun idea!

Sew this!

Monster Socks

If your Department of Missing Socks is anything like ours, we love this creative way of skipping Match.com and helping those missing their mates begin a new life.

Fave Crafts says, “this is a great project for young children, as the sewing is very simple, and little hands will have lots of fun stuffing their socks!”

Emma Hardy of Sewing for Children features this monstrously clever craft at Fave Crafts where she has a beautiful pictorial so you too can create new and more full-filled lives for your mateless socks.

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monster-browniesWhile thinking monsters, make it a monster mash day and whip us some monster brownies.

monster food

Another scarey monster, one that you can cook up in your kitchen.

So what it’s Sunday, have some fun with whatever you are doing today!

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys is proudly featuring the art of Studio Dog Star for the month of June.  Stop in and see the colorful paintings by local artist, Jenn Nicholson Paskus.

dogs art at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Erin gone to the dogs at Totally Kids fun furiture and toys

Look, our Erin has totally gone to the dogs!

Big Dog at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Jen received an art degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1995, with a concentration in painting and printmaking.  Her love of dogs continued with her dog walking business from 1995 to 2003, where most of the inspiration for her work came from.

Jen uses vibrant colors to reflect the emotion and joy that animals bring to our lives.  Her abstract palette and stylized forms capture their character and represent the connection that people feel with their pets.

Along with Jenn’s collection, she is able to create custom paintings for people and their pets.

Visit www.studiodogstar.com to learn more about Jenn’s work.

Minnesota’s Got Talent!  If you know of other local artists interested in displaying their work at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys, have them contact Kate, our marketing coordinator.  She can be reached at 952-881-2425 or kate@shoptotallykids.com.

 

 

We have piles of pallets accumulating behind our store on a daily basis that are taken away by pallet pickers .  What they do with them,  your guess is as good as mine.  But, look what other clever folks have done to transform or upcyle old pallets; pallet love.

Pallet Bed

Just add a futon.

pallet swing

For Swingers.

pallet garden

Vertical Gardening.

pallet shoe storage

Shoe storage.

pallet rolling storage

Rolling storage cart.

pallet table

Pallet Table

pallet playhouse

Little playhouse.

Pallet big house

Big real house.

Disfuntional Designs says: “Recycling shipping pallets into furniture, home decor and art is currently one of the biggest DIY trends! But before you can create anything with wood pallets, you first need to take them apart!”  Go on over to their website to learn the first step, how to disassemble wooden shipping pallets, they have a good 411.

If you have crafted from pallets, please share with us.  We would love to post your pictures.

– Kelly

Look at this DIY Halloween Garland idea featured on Forty-Two Roads. We are handing this one over to Erin, our Halloween decorator. Let’s see what see will do with it?

Templates for the cut outs can be found at Paper Crave.

These Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs were a huge hit last year. You might want to try making them with the kiddos for a fun together cooking time.

Deviled Eggs, always for Halloween, but this year we’re laying (out) special spider eggs to creep out some friends.

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon (3 oz.)
  • 8 hard-cooked large eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

1. In an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon, turning slices as needed, until browned on both sides and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon.
2. Cut each egg in half lengthwise; gently scoop out yolks and place in a bowl. Mash yolks with a fork, then stir in mayonnaise, green onions, mustard, and crumbled bacon until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon yolk mixture into the hollow of each egg-white half. Serve immediately or cover and chill up to 4 hours.

Schools out, now what do you do to keep your kids from falling into the frightening world of boredom?  Lisa, from Little Bird School of Stitchcraft can show you how to cast a spell on your kids (fingers) this summer. She has a super trick for keeping little hands entertained while learning an age old craft at the same time.
Thanks Lisa for sharing your Finger Knitting post with us.
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Finger knitting is a really good way of getting children interested in wool crafts, and it is very easy to learn.  It also helps to improve a child’s dexterity and ability to concentrate.  No extra implements are required,  just fingers, the best tools in the world!  I often carry balls of yarn in my bag to pass the time in the doctors surgery or similar.
Finger knitting produces a long thin strip of stocking stitch and there are many things you can do with these strips.  In this tutorial, which is suitable for children, I will show you how to finger knit.  You can use any weight of yarn for finger knitting but for this tutorial I used chunky which produces a nice stocking stitch.
To cast on, begin with the palm of your hand facing you with the tail end of the yarn between your thumb and index finger.  Weave the yarn over your index finger and behind the middle finger then over the ring finger.  Wrap the yarn around your smallest finger and weave back to your index finger:
Weave the yarn around the index finger again and continue in the same manner but above the first rows of stitches returning to your index finger again:
Try to keep the stitches fairly loose otherwise it will be difficult for you to make the following moves.
The first row, begins with the little finger, lift the bottom row of wrapped yarn up and over the tip of your finger (see below).  Ensure that you keep the top row of wrapped yarn on your finger as you go.
Continue the process of lifting the bottom row of stitches over the top row of stitches along your hand until you get back to your index finger:
For all subsequent rows, weave the yarn around the fingers again ending with the index finger. It should look like the image below:
Beginning with the little finger, lift the bottom row of yarn over the tips of your fingers.  Continue weaving and lifting the yarn over the fingers.  As you continue the process you will see a long strip of stocking stitch appearing behind you hand:
To cast off, do not weave the work around your fingers instead, lift the stitch off the little finger and pass it across to your ring finger:
Then lift the bottom stitch over the top stitch on your ring finger.  Continue to pass the stitches across and over until you get to the index finger with one stitch remaining.
Cut the yarn, lift the stitch off the index finger and pass the end of your yarn through the stitch and pull to secure the end:

Finger knitting is very addictive and children love it for its simplicity and ease.  I have loads of strips of finger knitting laying around the house and there are lots of things that you can do with them.

For more crafty ideas, be sure to visit Lisa’s blog  Little Bird School of Stitchcraft.

Thanks again for sharing Lisa!

This week’s Recipe for Fun is one that you can not eat, but a sweet treat to give any Mother. Gather up the family and make a Family Fingerprint Ornament.

Mix up a salt dough of 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup cold water until it has consistency of play dough. Flatten into a circle and then press each family members fingerprints into it.

Bake at 250 for 2 hours. Cool overnight then spray with metallic paint and you’ll have a treasured Mother’s Day gift in time for her special day this Sunday.

Another option is  bronze Custom Fingerprint Jewelry by Brent & Jessica Williams as pictured.

Can you even imagine how surprised your kids would be if they drew a picture that comes to life as an actual soft object to play with and cuddle?

This can really happen, just send your child’s picture to Sunny Little Studio and they will create a custom handmade soft toy they will come to treasure.

Orange ya glad you sent this picture in!