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How to Make a Tutu: A Tutorial

how to make a tutu without sewing

This tutu tutorial is the #1 post ever on Feels Like Home. I originally posted it in 2009, and it has been viewed and shared all over the world as parents make tutus for their little princesses, fairies, and ballerinas. I hope you enjoy it again today. For her second birthday, I made Grace a no-sew tutu. It is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. You know we’re anti-princess around here, but I thought a tutu would be a perfect dress up piece. Tutus are all about imagination and whimsy. Tutus can work for ballerinas or fairies or … Read more

Making Jingly Pom Pom Christmas Ornaments with a Preschooler

pom pom christmas ornament

In my post on Ornaments to Make With a Preschooler, I mentioned that these pom pom ornaments were my favorite. They still are my favorite. They were a lot more expensive than I expected – $8 for a bag of sparkly pom poms and $4 for a bag of red jingle bells – but the effect is pretty cool. Jingly Pom Pom Christmas Ornaments Materials 4-inch styrofoam ball A large bag of sparkly pom poms Jingle bells Ribbon Straight pins Super thick tacky glue Instructions Grace wanted to use every single jingle bell, so we glued them on first. We … Read more

Smoochie Hands for When We’re Apart – Craft for Kids with Separation Anxiety

Shrinky Dink hands

Remember the Kissing Hand Necklace that Allie posted on No Time for Flashcards earlier this year? Her idea was to create something that she and her young son could wear when she was away from home, especially on a trip for several days and nights. I loved the idea. I loved the necklaces. I have such a hard time leaving Grace. I have a hard time leaving her at preschool every day, and I have a harder time leaving her overnight. A blogging conference requiring air fare and several nights away from home leaves us both a wreck. Because Grace … Read more

DIY Dry Erase Activity Book for Toddlers and Preschoolers

dry erase activity book for preschoolers

Grace is showing an interest in writing, so I’ve been looking for activities for her to do to that will help her to improve her fine motor skills. A couple weeks ago, I found a dry erase activity book at Simple. Messy. Fun. that I thought Grace would like. I checked out her inspiration at Somewhat Simple, and I decided to make one. Dry Erase Activity Book for Preschoolers The first thing I did was to look for a photo album that would hold all of the pages. I didn’t want to spend a ton,  so I was happy to … Read more

How to Make an Amazing Princess Castle Cake

how to make a princess castle cake

In my poll of readers and Twitter friends, 6 moms said there’s no way they’d try to make the cake and 3 said they would try it. I would think it’s clear by now which group I’m in. I saw the cake and thought, “I could totally make that.” I’m ambitious and creative and patient. I thought the cake was totally impressive, I knew Grace would love it, and I was up to the challenge. If I weren’t pregnant, I think it would have been a lot easier, but it was tough to finish. I’m thankful that my  sister was … Read more

How to Make Resurrection Eggs (and Why I Didn’t Make Any This Year)

how to make resurrection eggs

I intended for my family to have a fun, spiritual, religious Easter celebration this year. I wanted it to be similar to our Christmas. We had fun celebrating the birth of Jesus and the arrival of Santa (or Mrs. Santa, as the case turned out to be). I intended for Easter to be similar, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. You know what they say about good intentions. I started out researching Easter and Lenten traditions back in February. I wanted to come up with a tradition in the same vein as the Jesse Tree, religious and significant … Read more