DIY Kids Toy Story Alien Costumes

I may be a crafty gal but I have no skills at sewing. Making a homemade Halloween costume is sometimes a challenge for me. Thankfully, I came up with a way to create cute homemade Disney Toy Story Alien costumes with my usual craft tools and supplies. No sewing required. I used felt, scissors, and a hot glue gun. The truly homemade parts of the costumes are the Pizza Planet logos, eyes, antennae and ears.

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My family recently came home from a magical Walt Disney World vacation. We love visiting during the fall and especially enjoy attending the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. We wanted to dress up in Disney themed costumes for the party. The kids all agreed to be the cute little aliens from the Toy Story movies.

My challenge was to not buy a pre-made costume. The costumes needed to be comfortable, stylish, and simple. They also needed to be easy to pack in a suitcase.

For my two daughters, I wanted it to be girly. Instead of wearing long blue pants or a blue jumpsuit,  I bought blue skirts and short sleeve shirts from Justice (on sale). Also, they wore lime green headbands with alien eyes attached.

For my son, I bought a blue short sleeve shirt from Old Navy and shorts from Target. We chose shorts instead of pants because of the Florida warm weather. The alien head was made using a lime green hat with eyes, antennae, and ears attached.

The materials I used to make the Pizza Planet logos are blue felt, yellow felt, orange felt, red felt, gray felt, green felt, scissors, hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks.

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I used an image of a Pizza Planet logo as my guide. I found the image on the Toy Story website. I tried to make the number and placement of each topping exact.

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First, I cut out a circle from the blue felt. I used a can as my circle template.  You could use any circle as a template. I used the same can plus a smaller can to make my template for the orange felt circle outline that goes around the blue circle. I cut out a planet ring from the yellow felt. I cut out four small red felt circles for the pepperoni. I cut out three tiny mushroom from the grey felt. I cut of four little pieces of green felt.

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I glued all the pieces together. First the orange felt outline on the blue circle. The yellow planet ring on and around the blue circle. Finally, I glued on the pizza toppings.

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I attached the Pizza Planet logos to the blue shirts using a safety pin. I also stitched a small portion of the top and bottom of the logo with needle and thread to make it more secure.

The materials I used to make the alien headbands are lime green headbands, white felt, black felt, scissors, hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks.

The materials I used to make the alien hat are a lime green hat, white felt, black felt, lime green felt, lime green pipe cleaner, scissors, hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks.

For the alien eyes, I cut out white felt circles. I then cut out smaller black circles. I glued each black felt circle on top of a white circle. I glued three eyes each on the lime green hat and the lime green headbands.

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For the hat antennae, I bent and shaped the top of a lime green pipe cleaner into a small ball. The rest of the pipe cleaner was bent and glued to the top of the lime green hat. I cut out two lime green felt ears and glued to the sides of the hat.

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My husband and I also got into the costume fun. We dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. I purchased the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head costumes.

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My family and I had a fun time dressing up in Disney Toy Story themed costumes for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. It was an amazing party. There’s nothing like trick-or-treating at the Magic Kingdom.

Have you made any Halloween costumes?

Happy Halloween!

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Dollar Tree Summer Fun: Flip-Flop Frenzy Craft Contest

I am excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you.

Are you ready for summer? I know I am. I can’t wait for the warm weather, sunshine, the pool and relaxing on our backyard deck. Speaking of summer, I am excited to tell you about the Dollar Tree Summer Fun products. Dollar Tree Summer Fun is a new collection of summer tableware, party supplies, toys, flip-flops and more.

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The colorful products will help get your fun-filled summer started. All Summer Fun products cost $1 each, and select items may vary by store. Supplies are limited, so get there soon!

I am thrilled flip-flops are included in the Dollar Tree Summer Fun collection. The flip-flops come in bright and fun colors for only $1. I love wearing flip-flops. If I could, I would wear them every day. Every…single…day. Flip-flops are the only type of shoes I need in the summer.

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I am excited to tell you Dollar Tree is having a Flip-Flop Frenzy Craft Contest. Use your favorite crafting supplies on a pair of flip-flops to create an original flip-flop craft. I can imagine a summery flower like one from a Dollar Tree Summer Fun lei attached to my flip-flops. There are so many possibilities to decorating flip-flops. You could use flowers, ribbons or gems. Let your creativity flow.

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The Flip-Flop Frenzy Craft Contest is going on now. Submit a photo of your creation online on DollarTree.com. You’ll be entered for a chance to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card.

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For more information about Summer Fun products, visit the Dollar Tree Summer Fun page.

Join Dollar Tree’s free loyalty program, the Value Seekers Club, for exclusive crafts, recipes, and tip ideas every month. Visit ValueSeekersClub.com

For more information about Dollar Tree, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and learn more about new Dollar Tree products and contests by becoming an email subscriber.

Are you looking forward to summer?

You’re a Gem Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

I’ll make this post short and sweet.

Girly and pretty. That’s how I describe these little Valentines. Attach the cards to a Ring Pop and you’ve got a “Gem” of a Valentine.  I’m sharing the free You’re a GEM Valentine’s Day printable cards HERE.

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My daughter is excited to give these to her classmates.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

Have a Happy Day!

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Minecraft Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

Moo, oink, baa… Why am I hearing animals?

I used to ask myself this question when my kids first started playing Minecraft. Funny how I didn’t notice the other sounds coming from the popular video game. All I could hear and still hear loudly are the animals.

Anyways, since Valentine’s Day is near, I created these Minecraft Valentines for my son to give to his classmates. I’m sharing the printable with you – download the Minecraft Valentine’s Day printable cards HERE.

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I love how this design is simple. The wording is not specific for any kind of candy or treat.

Do your kids play Minecraft? I knew my son would love the game but I didn’t expect both my daughters to love it also.

I hope you have a happy day!

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Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

Did I tell you I have not one but three kid birthdays to celebrate just days before Christmas?

I already told you about one in the previous post.

The other two are on the same day – the twins.

After 10 years of this, I should be used to all the crazy fun it brings to the holidays. I am… kind of.

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I try to make their birthday celebrations special and separate from Christmas. Although, my kids like to have their classroom birthday treats Christmas themed.

This year, I made Christmas Tree Rice Kristie Treats for the twins to share with their class.

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I made the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe.

I cut the Rice Krispies Treats into triangles. You could use a Christmas tree cookie cutter but simple triangles are easier to make.

I decorated them using green icing, mini red M&M’s as ornaments and mini yellow M&M’s as the stars.

I also decided to keep the trees simple by not coloring them green (using food coloring or even green sprinkles). During y first attempt, I did use green sugar sprinkles but it made the Rice Krispies treats taste too sweet. I think it looks nice without the coloring. The green icing garland gives it enough color.

Also, just like on my Christmas Tree Brownies, the green icing garland paired with the yellow M&M stars and red M&M ornament makes it holiday-ish.

Have you made any Christmas treats this holiday season?

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Reindeer Cocoa Krispies Treats

If you’re a mom with kids, especially in preschool or elementary school, then you are familiar with the parent sign-up sheet for parties. You know the one. The teacher lists food and party supplies for parents to contribute and then the parents put their names besides an item or two.

When my kids were in preschool, I was the mom who would volunteer to bring plates, cups, napkins or a bag of pretzels. Something easy and didn’t require me to make it.

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I was definitely not putting together all the cute treats you’ve seen here the past few years. The cute stuff started coming out of my kitchen when all my kids were out of preschool. Maybe, it’s because I was a slacker back then. Maybe, it was because there was no Pinterest to inspire me. I like to tell myself it’s because I was busy with 3 kids in preschool with little time for anything else.

Anyways, when it comes to my kids birthday classroom treats, now I will happily make an adorable sweet treat. My daughter asked me to create something using Cocoa Krispies Treats for her birthday classroom snack. And so I did – Reindeer Cocoa Krispies Treats. I based it off the reindeer treats, Mini Reindeer Donuts, I made last year.

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I made the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe using Cocoa Krispies.

I cut the Rice Krispies Treats into squares.

I used Wilton Candy Eyeballs. The noses are red M&Ms. I used chocolate icing to keep the eyes and noses in place on the Cocoa Krispies Treats. I drew the antlers using chocolate icing with a round tip. And that’s all I did. Easy.

Have you made any reindeer treats this holiday season?

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DIY Swirly Paper Snowman

Please tell me I’m not the only person who has their outdoor Christmas lights still in a box. I really want to have our outdoor lights and candy canes displayed in the front of our house. I doubt they will be anytime soon with the wintry weather.

But, at least, most of my indoor holiday decorations are up including these cute Swirly Paper Snowmen.

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This paper craft is so simple to create. You could use it as an ornament on your Christmas tree, hang them on a chandelier or use it to decorate a garland like I did.

The materials I used to make these Swirly Paper Snowmen were white cardstock paper, ruler, pencil, straight edge cutter, scissors, Elmer’s glue, ribbon, hot glue gun and glue sticks.

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Each snowman is made with 2 strips of white cardstock paper.

I cut one strip of white paper 11 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. I cut another strip 8.5 inches long and 3/4 inch wide.

The 8.5 inches strip is for the head. The 11 inches strip is for the body.

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On the strip that is 8.5 inches, I drew a line with a pencil 4 inches down. On the strip that is 11 inches, I drew a line with a pencil 5 inches down.

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I rolled (quilled) each strip (first the 8.5 inch strip and then the 11 inch strip) with a pencil until I reached the marked pencil line. I rolled it out a bit so it made a swirl. I placed a light amount of glue near the marked pencil line on the strip and placed the other end of the strip to attach. Note: Too much Elmer’s glue did cause the circle to bend a little at the glue line. I just manually shaped my paper until it was more circular again.

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Now, I have two swirly circles.

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I glued the two swirly circles together to form a snowman.

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I cut some red ribbon 6 inches long. I attached the scarf to snowman using a hot glue gun.

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I placed thin ribbon through the top of the snowman to use for hanging.

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The Swirly Paper Snowmen are a perfect accent to our Christmas garland.

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Frosty the Snowman Tissue Box Cover

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8 years ago, I remember this…

My daughter, who was almost 2 years old at the time, would grab my hands and spin around “ring around the rosie” style to the following…

“Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose and 2 eyes made out of coal…”

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I was also 35 weeks pregnant with twins. Imagine a toddler and expecting twins all around Christmas time. It was a memorable December. Someone pass me a tissue because I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it.

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In addition to needing tissues for my tears, my entire family has also needed a lot of tissues recently. Cough and cold season made an appearance in our household. We were in need of several boxes of Kleenex tissues. Kleenex facial tissue is our preferred brand.

So, I went to Target to purchase several boxes of Kleenex facial tissue using this $1 off 4 or 6 pack Kleenex facial tissue coupon (coupon available while supplies last).

During the past several weeks, my kids, husband and I have had a cold. One person gets it and then another catches it. You know how it goes.

A cough and cold is tough on the kids. Runny noses are the worst. My kids use a lot of tissues during this time. They like knowing there is a box of Kleenex facial tissues next to them. That’s why we always have a tissue box nearby when they are sick – you’ll find one next to their beds, in the bathroom, in the family room, and even next to them on the kitchen table.

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We’ve used so much Kleenex tissues, we had a supply of empty tissue boxes. I asked my kids for ideas for a tissue box craft project. They came up with a brilliant idea – turn an empty tissue box into a bank.

Since I’ve been feeling nostalgic about Frosty, the kids and I decided to create a Frosty the Snowman Tissue Box Cover. Your kids can use this as a bank or storage if the box is empty OR use as a tissue box cover.

The materials we used to make this Frosty the Snowman Tissue Box Cover were blue felt, white felt, black felt, red felt, stiffened glittery black felt, pink felt, my Frost the Snowman face template, pencil, silver Sharpie marker, scissors, ruler, hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks.

Download our Frosty the Snowman template HERE.

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I cut out two rectangle pieces of blue felt measuring 5 1/8 inches by 9 1/2 inches.

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I glued one rectangle blue felt piece with the other with an overlap of about 1/2 inch. I wrapped the blue felt around the tissue box snug. I attached one end to the other using glue.

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NOTE: This tissue box cover was not glued onto the tissue box. It’s meant to slide on and off a box so that it’s reusable.

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I printed and cut out my Frosty the Snowman template. I used the template as a guide. Download our Frosty the Snowman template HERE.

I traced my template pieces on felt using either a pencil or a silver Sharpie marker. The pencil lines are tough to see on the dark felt colors so I used a silver Sharpie marker.

  • I used white felt for the head and outer eyes.
  • I used black felt for the pupils and mouth.
  • I used red felt for the nose.
  • I used pink felt for the flower and blue felt for the middle of the flower.
  • I used glittery black stiffened felt for the hat.

I cut out all my felt pieces.

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My kids helped me glue the Frosty pieces together and then glued him onto the blue felt tissue box cover.

Watch the short video below to see Frosty put together. If you can not play the video in this blog post, then watch it HERE.

For added fun, the kids also attached snowflake stickers on the other sides of the tissue box cover.

Our Frosty the Snowman Tissue Box Cover is adorable. Frosty the Snowman is such a happy and lovable character. He’ll be great to have around to bring cheer when you’re sick and in need of a tissue.

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You can purchase Kleenex facial tissues by going to Target and using this $1 off 4 or 6 pack Kleenex facial tissue coupon (coupon is available while supplies last).

Do your kids love Frosty the Snowman? Have you made any tissue box crafts?

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Felt and Burlap Christmas Wreath

A few weeks ago my husband and I went on a vacation to Puerto Rico. Imagine a place where the weather is warm, the resort’s scenery is breathtaking, the pool is relaxing and there’s a Starbucks.

I must emphasize…Starbucks is not my top memory of Puerto Rico. I mention it only because it’s where I noticed a pretty Christmas wreath. It inspired me to create this Felt and Burlap Christmas Wreath.

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Our Puerto trip was our first kid-free trip since our oldest child was born. She is almost 10 years old.

10 years! We never even took a weekend getaway together. If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen a few pictures from our amazing Puerto Rico vacation.

Anyways, the resort we stayed at had a Starbucks which is where I saw my inspiration wreath. It reminded me of my Felt Leaf Turkey Wreath minus the cute turkey face. I loved how the burlap leaves and red ornaments formed a holly. I knew instantly I wanted to make a similar wreath but using brighter red ornaments.

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Christmas Wreath inside Starbucks at El Conquistador Resort – Puerto Rico

Since then, I wondered if this wreath at other Starbucks. My local Starbucks has a convenient drive-thru so I rarely step inside it. But, I did notice yesterday while peaking through the drive-thru window while waiting for my Vanilla Latte that yes, indeed, the same Christmas wreath was also displayed there.

Maybe, you’ve seen this Starbucks Christmas wreath? Did you ever think about making one for yourself?

Well, here’s a tutorial on my version – a Felt and Burlap Christmas Wreath.

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The materials I used to make this Felt Leaf Christmas Wreath were wreath form (12 inch), kelly green felt, burlap, red ornaments, scissors, pencil, red Sharpie marker, hot glue gun and glue sticks.

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I cut out several rectangle pieces of the green felt. The rectangles were about  2.5 inches by 1.5 inches.

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I then cut those rectangles into pointed feather shapes. I did use my first cut leaf as a template so the leaves were similar size and shape.

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I glued the felt feathers onto the wreath. I glued 3 leaves in each row. See photo below.

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I only glued the feathers onto the front of the wreath. Later, I cut some green felt to cover the back of the wreath.

I took the ornaments and glued onto wreath and to each other.

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I made two burlap leaves by tracing a leaf template onto my burlap. I cut out the burlap leaves.

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I drew random patterns onto each burlap leaf using a red Sharpie marker. I drew diamonds, curved lines, circles.

To stiffen the burlap, I lighted brushed Mod Podge onto each burlap leaf. I let it dry completely.

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I glued the burlap leaves onto the felt wreath.

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This beautiful Felt and Burlap Christmas Wreath is hanging above our fireplace. It’s looks perfect with the rest of our Christmas decorations.

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Happy Crafting!

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Christmas Countdown Printable

I have a secret I’ve been wanting to share. Until this post, only a few people know.

Today, we have a special countdown set to “1 Day.” No, it’s not this Christmas Countdown Printable but our Disney Vacation Countdown. Shhh…the kids have no idea we’re going to Disney World. It’s a super secret surprise trip.

They’ve seen my new Christmas Countdown Printable and said to display it instead of the Disney Vacation Countdown since Christmas comes before our next Disney vacation (which they think is in the summer). Hehe…see they don’t know.

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We’ll be in Disney World tomorrow. I think it’s safe to post this today unless 1) my kids get access to the internet at school , 2) decide to show off my blog to their teachers and friends and 3) read this post. Chances of all that happening are low.

The big surprise will be revealed when the kids get home from school. The Disney Vacation Countdown displaying “1 Day” will be one of the clues as they walk in our door.

Anyways, I decided to make this simple Christmas Countdown Printable because of a dear reader. She made a comment in the Disney Countdown post stating she wanted to make something similar for Christmas.

We love counting down to Christmas. We display a countdown on our family room mantle. We hang a countdown ornament on our Christmas tree. Can a family have too many countdowns?

Personally, I don’t think we really need a third countdown. To be honest, I made this printable countdown more for YOU…maybe you don’t have a Christmas countdown OR an advent calendar OR you don’t want/have time to make one yourself OR you don’t want to spend the money to buy one. Maybe you want something simple.

If you have a an 8×10 frame with glass, a printer, paper, scissors and a dry erase marker, then this Christmas Countdown printable is for you. Just print and frame it. That’s it – easy.

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Download our Christmas Countdown printable HERE.

This printable is meant to fit in an 8×10 frame.

TIPS: I recommend printing it on white card stock paper. I also recommend checking your printer settings. My printer’s “Print Quality” setting is normally on “Standard” but  I changed the “Print Quality” to “High.”

After printing, you’ll need to cut around the red frame of the Christmas Countdown printable to make it an 8×10 picture.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your frame has a glass top. The glass is where you write the numbers. It’s also why you’re able to erase and change the days with a dry erase marker. We use a slightly damp napkin to erase the numbers.

Does your family like to countdown the days until Christmas?

Happy printing and counting down!

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